By Film Threat Staff | August 27, 2001

Indie film and festival favorite, Rock Opera will be hitting the road in September on a western U.S. tour. Writer-director Bob Ray and lead actor Jerry Don Clark will be accompanying the film on the road trip and driving Jerry’s old house across half the nation.
That’s right, writer-director Bob Ray and lead actor Jerry Don Clark are taking the punk rock stoner caper comedy, Rock Opera (this ain’t no freakin’ musical), on the road. Bob and Jerry will be piling into Jerry’s old house and driving it all over the Western US and a small bit of Canada. “What the hell?” you ask, “Driving Jerry’s house?” That’s right, Jerry used to live in this old Toyota RV and we’re fixing it up and cruising out West trailer park style.
The Rock Opera tour will be like a one movie touring film fest. The duo will be in attendance with the flick and will answer questions after each screening. In addition to all that fun, they’ll be selling Rock Opera merchandise to help support the tour. Available will be Rock Opera VHS tapes, soundtrack CDs, T-shirts, stickers and official Rock Opera Texas Sized Rolling Papers. The tour will take place in late September and early October.
Here’s a list of tour locations: ^ September ^ Sat 15 – El Paso – TBA ^ Sun 16 – Tucson @ The Screening Room – Sponsored by Tucson NORML ^ Tues 18- Los Angeles @ Spaceland – Sponsored by LA NORML ^ Thurs 20- Los Angeles @ Cal Arts ^ Fri 21 –Sat 22 Los Angeles @ Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theater– Sponsored by LA NORML (Bob and Jerry will not be in attendance for the Saturday screening) ^ Sat 22 – San Francisco @ The Werepad ^ Sun 23 – Oakland @ The Parkway ^ Tues 25 – Vancouver @ The Blinding Light ^ Wed 26 – Vancouver @ The Anza Club screening with The Celluloid Social Club ^ Thurs 27 – Seattle @ Little Theater ^ Sun 30 – Portland @ Cinema 21
October ^ Mon 1 – Boise @ Neurolux ^ Tues 2 – Salt Lake City @ Brewvies ^ Wed 3 – Boulder @ Boulder Theater ^ Thurs 4 – Denver – TBA ^ Fri 5 – Lawrence @ The University of Kansas ^ Sat 6 – Dallas @ XPO Lounge – Hosted by Fringe Media ^ Fri 12 – Austin – Alamo Drafthouse – After party at Room 710
Richard Linklater, director of “Slacker,” “Dazed & Confused” and “Waking Life” says of the film, “I like Rock Opera a lot. If every pot user out there goes to see Rock Opera, I think you’ll have a hit on your hands.”
From Austin, “The Live Music Capital of the World” Texas comes Rock Opera, a hilariously raucous and seedy tale of drug fueled rock and roll debauchery. Rock Opera sets a fictional tale of double crossing drug deals in Austin’s real life underground music and drug scene.
Filled with great Austin bands and local scenesters, the story unfolds with Toe’s half-assed attempts to fund a road trip for his band PigPoke by selling marijuana. Rock Opera was written and directed by local Austin filmmaker and musician Bob Ray and according to Bob is “a true story that could have happened.”
Rock Opera starts off as a rambunctious stoner comedy and turns into a tense and action packed thriller as we follow Toe’s exploits through ramshackle houses, punk dives and backwater towns as he frantically scrambles to get his band on the road. A series of mishaps and dimwitted double crosses puts Toe in peril and he struggles to keep his head above bong water as chaos chases him to the frenzied climax.
Rock Opera features live performances by Nashville P***y, Fuckemos, PigPoke, and Witchbanger, plus the music of B******e Surfers, Fuckemos, Ed Hall, Cherubs, Phantom Creeps, El Flaco, Honky, Tallboy, Los Pinkeys, Titz, The Crack Pipes, Antebellum, Voltage, Squat Thrust, Pong, El Insecto, and an original score by 16 Deluxe.
Visit the official site for Rock Opera the Movie for more details.
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