Two Johnny Thunders rock films, Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders and Madrid Memory, a concert film featuring The Heartbreakers, are coming to disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Records.
Madrid Memory, streeting on DVD plus CD April 5, features a lost live concert performance from The Heartbreakers’s 1984 reunion world tour that included fellow Dolls Sylvain Sylvain and Jerry Nolan plus Billy Rath. Filmed for TV broadcast at La Edad De Oro in Madrid, Spain, the concert captures performances of songs from throughout Thunders’s career including “Personality Crisis,” “Too Much Junkie Business,” and “Born Too Lose.”
Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders, arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 24, is a film based on true events surrounding the mysterious death of the legendary guitarist Thunders. Thunders arrives to New Orleans to begin a new chapter of his life by following a new musical sound, and staying clean from drugs in order to see his kids again. After he settles into the St. Peter’s Guest House Hotel, things go awry. His room is robbed, which contained the last of his money and his only methadone supply. His journey to recovery quickly turns dark when he takes desperate measures to get better, all which propel him deeper into chaos, ultimately leading to his unexplained mysterious final hours.