Graham Parker & the Rumour, ‘Local Girls’ – Exclusive ‘This Is Live’ Video Premiere
When Graham Parker was approached by director Judd Apatow to reunite the Rumour as part of the story of his 2012 film ‘This Is 40,’ the veteran rocker had already beaten him to the punch. Parker and the Rumour parted ways back in 1981, and though the British singer-songwriter never stopped making music, it was always a GP fan’s dream that he and the band would find their way back together.
In 2011, Parker called up his former band mates to record a new album. The following year saw not only the release of ‘Three Chords Good,’ but the also the aforementioned film, which featured Parker playing himself.
“After I’d foolishly reunited the Rumour and said, ‘Let’s do an album,’ I started to make the preparations for the studio time and all the stuff,” Parker told the Los Angeles Times, ” then somehow Judd popped up and got a hold of me, and I went to meet him. He thought [that I would] be a great, you know, loser, really, in the film.”
Apatow filmed a full GP & The Rumour concert for the movie, but only a small portion made the final edit. Now, thanks to the fine folks at Shout! Factory, that legendary concert is available in its entirety. ‘This Is Live’ features the reunited band blasting through a set of new tunes and old favorites, including ‘Fool’s Gold,’ Passion Is No Ordinary Word’ and ‘Local Girls,’ which Diffuser.fm is proud to premiere here. (Watch it below.)
Directed by Apatow and shot at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, ‘This Is Live’ includes 12 songs and is available on both DVD and Blu-ray.
Watch Graham Parker & The Rumour Perform ‘Local Girls’ from ‘This Is Live’