The mastermind behind the hit HBO series The Sopranos David Chase is making his feature directorial debut with a new ’60s-inspired film about a group of friends who start a rock band and try to make it big titled Not Fade Away. The film opens this weekend in a special screening only at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood.
The film isn’t your typical ‘rags to riches’ rock band story as David puts it, but more for the fans of rock and roll music who grew up listening and playing music from the Stones, The Kinks and other influential ’60s rock bands.
“I’ve seen the biopic movies and the usual stories of rags to riches,” David explained. “I just wanted to do a movie for all those of us who really played rock and roll, but never made a penny out of it.”
The movie stars Soprano’s star James Gandolfini as one of the band member’s father, which almost didn’t come to be.
David admitted “I never thought about putting James in the part of the father,” but after he read the lines with him pictured saying them he says, “not only did those scenes click into place – into sharp focus, but the whole movie clicked into sharp focus.”
Guitarist of the E Street Band and another star of The Sopranos, Steven Van Zandt also worked David in writing and choosing the music for the film.
And speaking of The Sopranos, Gary Bryan just had to ask – what was up with the ending of The Sopranos and why the choice of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”?
“Two reasons – one because that would have been a song from Tony’s youth, and the other reason is because it’s more obvious which is saying ‘don’t stop believing’, explains Tony.
Listen to our entire interview with David Chase to hear more about his movie Not Fade Away below!