It’s not Steppenwolf”s Born to Be Wild but the video from James Blunt’s newest release, Bonfire Hearts pays homage to that one thing most of us have at the top of our bucket list, The Great American motorcycle road trip. In the video, Blunt rides across the wide open West on a customized 2007 Harley-Davidson Nightster, borrowed from Greg Pierce, a Jackson Hole Wyoming resident who also appears in the video, along with local bikers, Kevin Anderjaska, Mark Wittig and Wayne “Grizz” Dyess.
The final scene in the video came about quite by accident when newlyweds Tim and Sarah Farris arrived at the One Ton Pig to celebrate their nuptials and stumbled into the cast and crew filming the video in the parking lot. The producers saw the bride in her dress and included the couple dancing in the final edit. The couple said Bonfire Hearts has become their wedding song, and the experience was a moment that will live forever in their memory. The YouTube video has been viewed over 1 million times.
The groom Tim Farris said the couple didn’t want to obsess over the schedule on their wedding day, preferring to take things as they came, which is what led to their inclusion in the video. “It was pretty magical,” Tim Farris said. “The best things that happen in life are things that aren’t planned.”
Blend the musical talents of Micheal Jackson, the “bite my ass” attitude of Madonna and the “watch me piss off a bunch of parents” on stage persona of Marilyn Manson and you get Lady Gaga.
Throw in a few bad ass bikers and spend a vulgar amount of money and you have the music video for Judas.
If you can believe her twitter, Gaga says the video cost $10 million dollars and has more cameos than any music video in history.
What the hell? Pardon our skepticism , but there’s nobody in our industry that commands a huge appearance fee, at least not anymore. I’m sure she could’ve gotten almost any custom bike builder to show up for free if she asked nicely.
If the figure is true Judas would top Micheal Jackson’s video “Scream” which cost 7 million, with $53,000 of that going to breaking guitars. Maybe Gaga trashed a few hundred motorcycles in the video. As for the plot, according to MSNBC. Gaga said “I play Mary Magdalene leading them into the town where we meet Jesus and I will leave the rest for you to see. But it’s meant more to celebrate faith than it is to challenge it.”
Gaga tweeted (correction* it was rumored) that she has 30,000 motorcyclists appearing in the video. What? Did she buy them all a new Sportster? Maybe she’s becoming the Oprah of the music video world. “Ok everyone guess what? Just for showing up for my video I’m giving you all a new motorcycle!” Lady Gaga the generous. That’s a LOL moment if there ever was one. Somehow I doubt she even shared her stash with the great unwashed nation but we weren’t invited so we can’t really say.
The 25-year-old entertainer directed the video with her creative director,Laurieann Gibson and it’s scheduled to debut tonight on E! at 7pm and 11pm.