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Richard Tyson, Ivy Isenberg & Roy Alfred Jr. on the red carpet in Bangkok where Rock Band was the landslide favorite for audience choice award.

Rock Band in Bangkok, Thailand at TIDFF

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First up was Roy Alfred Jr's "Rock Band" The film depicts the adventures in Thailand of the former members of the Spiders, a Gen X rock band fondly remembered for their heroic levels of excessive hedonism and a one hit wonder. 

 

At this point the film could have gone wrong in so, so, so many ways but director Spike Royal jettisons the tired shackles of the Mock Doc set up and goes all in on an ensemble piece as his characters struggle with their failures and the glimmer of hope of a revival. With insightful dialogue, irreverent disregard for anything resembling political correctness and playing big to the heart strings, director Alfred stays (just), on the right side of sentimental.
 

Rock Band has enough heart and humour to take its rightful place in the pantheon of a sub genre so rightly invented and ruled by Spinal Tap and Almost Famous.
 

"Run" Nathamonkarn lead actress in Rock Band

Bangkok Thailand

Run the Thai superstar and supermodel keeps getting on the cover of Thailand's top magazines. Several are talking about her role in Rock Band as the enchanting tour guide who transforms the life of a broken Rock Star.

Rock Band DCP test screening 

Rock Band picks up another huge fan as Steve Adler original drummer from Guns N' Roses views the film he worked on for the first time.

"That was a totally awesome movie! I can't believe how much fun it was, and how good the music is! Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help promote it".

 

Steve kept texting the director for days about how much he liked it....

Steve Adler,  J  Scott  and  Tommy Train after the screening.

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