The seven best band tour documentaries

The Black Lips are heading to Denver April 2 in support their new album Underneath The Rainbow and also a new documentary featuring their 2012 tour of that took them through Egypt, Cypress, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Watching this rough yet intimate look at what it's like for a Western indie band to draw crowds in the Middle East post-Arab Spring got the Backbeat crew thinking about other intriguing tour documentaries. Here is the list of seven must-watch for any music enthusiast. Let us know what your favorites are in the comments.

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7. Mistaken for StrangersMistaken for Strangers

follows The National as they set out on their first worldwide tour after the release of

High Violet.

However, this documentary follows the tour from a very specific viewpoint: the brother of front man Matt Berninger, Tom Berninger. More a film about sibling rivalry and living a few feet away from rock stars, this documentary provides honest footage of the band on the road as well as an inside look at Berninger's mentality and his complicated relationship with his less ambitious brother.

Available: In Theaters and iTunes March 28.


The Road to God Knows Where (1990) trailerby Flixgr6. The Road To God Knows Where

Shot by one person with a handheld camera,

The Road To God Knows Where

provides an intimate look at Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' 1989 tour of American. While this documentary doesn't show a lot of Cave's impressive on-stage skills, it makes up for it by showing what happens when not in the public eye on the road. Nick Cave also has

a new documentary

Upcoming Events

coming out this year, so before you see that, it might be good to check out the Cave of 24 years ago.

Available: Online at nickcave.com, Amazon

5. Shut Up and Play The Hits

This documentary isn't about a whole tour, but one exceptional show. The last show LCD Soundsystem would play -- and man, was it a show. Intercut with backstage footage, an interview between James Murphy and Chuck Klosterma is a timeline the day after the show, post-LCD Soundsystem. This film perfectly captures the end of band and really the end of an era. This is a documentary about how big of a farewell party a band can throw, and what it's really like when an icon decides to walk away from it all.

Available: Netflix Instant, iTunes, Amazon

4. Meeting People Is Easy

It's hard to imagine there was a time when Radiohead wasn't one of the biggest bands around, but with the release of

OK Computer

at 1998, they were just starting to come to grips with the international fame they would keep growing for years.

Meeting People Is Easy

chronicles the band's exhaustive world tour promoting the now-iconic album. This documentary is, in a way, the opposite of

The Road To God Knows Where

in that it is quite impersonal -- not about Thom Yorke's brooding soul or the strain of a 104 city tour, but instead about the album itself and what it took for a band like Radiohead to make and support it on the road.

Available: Amazon, Youtube



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