Last weekend, your Stereogum crew was supposed to travel to Austin to cover Fun Fun Fun Fest. But Hurricane Sandy wrecked those plans, and it looks like that means we missed a hell of a spectacle: Hurricane Val Kilmer. The festival’s Friday afternoon program had a hole in it for a mystery guest and that guest turned out to be Kilmer, performing with Atlanta garage-rock troglodytes the Black Lips. And during their brief performance together, Kilmer cut off clumps of his own hair with a knife, kissed at least one Black Lip, and destroyed both a guitar and an amp — the latter with a chainsaw.
Rolling Stone reports that there was a method to this particular strain of madness: Kilmer was filming a scene for an upcoming film from enigmatic auteur Terrence Malick. The movie concerns a love triangle in the Austin music scene, and it also stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, and Ryan Gosling, the last of whom was filming scenes during last year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.
But even with that explanation, the performance still seems like a symptom of Kilmer’s late-career slide into general insanity. I particularly like this little nugget of reported stage patter: “Do you wanna hear some Doors songs? Well, you’re 20 years too late. No Doors here. We have some windows . . . got some garage. But we’ve got no Doors.” Got some garage! Watch a fan-made video below.
Corban tells me that I should make a MacGruber reference here, but I haven’t seen MacGruber and I don’t know what the fuck he’s talking about.
Though many New York neighborhoods have gotten back on their feet, more devastated areas like Red Hook, the Far Rockaways and Staten Island still direly need emergency relief and support. WNYC has a comprehensive round-up for ways to help. Also, donating to the Red Cross makes an impact and it’s easy. Organizations like the Red Hook Initiative and Occupy Sandy also have ways to donate directly (including this cool Amazon “Wedding Registry“).