MVD Entertainment Group teams with documentary filmmaker Tony D’Annunzio on Friday, June 10, for the DVD debut of Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story.
Legend has it that Detroit DJ Russ Gibb paid a visit to Bill Graham's Fillmore in the mid-sixties and had something of an epiphany. There was this old dance hall from the 1920s on Grand River Avenue — out near Joy Road (how appropriate) — that might just be available.
The Grande Ballroom as a Michigan rock venue was born … for six glorious years the likes of Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, The Who and Led Zeppelin would give legendary performances. And then, sadly, the magic was gone, but the memories of those who performed there lives on.
Filmmaker Tony D’Annunzio captures those moments through interview sessions of those who worked there or played gigs at the famed music venue. Sharing their memories of the “Grand – eee” include the likes of Alice Cooper, Rober Daltrey, Ted Nugent and more … plus vintage clips, archival footage and photographs pepper the proceedings.
This is a rock ’n roll trip down memory lane that is presented by D’Annunzio as a true labor of love (three-and-half years in the making). So mark June 10th on your viewing calendar as Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story is well-worth a look-see, especially for music fans.