How many of you remember The Rose? The movie where Bette Midler plays self-destructive rock star (I know that seems redundant, but back then none of us knew Mic Jagger would still be singing “Satisfaction” at 70 or that some kind of voodoo would keep reanimating Keith Richards.) who fatally overdoses on stage at a performance?
The band I was touring with at the time went to see it in the theater (after VHS but before DVD made films watchable at home). We were somewhere in Alabama. It was a cool night. We wore jackets against the wind, but it was the movie that brought tears to the two girl singers eyes. They thought the tragic ending was “horrible.” The two other boys were trying to act macho, probably to impress the girls (or themselves) with a lack of emotional response. But having always be skewed at least 10° from the rest of the world, I took a different message from the ending.