New HBO Documentary Features Clips From Headbangers Ball with Layne Staley
There's a new documentary on HBO that has many people talking, it's called Class Action Park, and if you haven't had the chance to see it, it's really good.
The premise of the documentary is all about Action Park, the infamous amusement and water park that was notoriously dangerous. There were many lawsuits surrounding the park, and there are even deaths attributed to the park. The park was so popular though, even shows like Headbangers Ball were filmed there. Here's how HBO describes the documentary:
Class Action Park is the first-ever feature-length documentary to explore the legend, legacy, and truth behind a place that long ago entered the realm of myth. To some, New Jersey's infamous Action Park was the most spectacularly fun amusement park on Earth: A place where unruly 1980s teenagers were given free rein to go gonzo on strange contraptions that seemed to violate the laws of common sense (and perhaps physics). To others, it was an ill-conceived death trap. One thing is sure: It's the type of place that will never exist again. Shirking the trappings of nostalgia, the film uses investigative journalism, newly unearthed and never-before-seen documents and recordings, original animations, and interviews with the people who lived it to reveal the true story for the first time. The documentary features an original score by The Holladay Brothers.
I watched the documentary the other day, and it's really interesting, but one thing jumped out at me, the episode of Headbangers Ball that was filmed there. In the documentary they show clips of that episode featuring none other than Alice in Chains Jerry Cantrell, and the late Layne Staley. Sidenote, does anyone else think MTV needs to bring shows like Headbangers Ball back? Because I used to love these style shows!
Check out the trailer for Class Action Park below, and see the episode of Headbangers Ball below that (isn't YouTube great?).