Not a Whole Lotta Love: Courtney Evades Press at Guitar-Hero Screening

“What’s it like when you introduce Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White for the first time? “It was a little awkward,” said director Davis Guggenheim—whose latest documentary, It Might Get Loud, brings the three generations of electric guitar gods together for two days of riffing—at a screening of the movie on Monday, Aug. 3. “I wanted them to meet onstage in front of cameras, and it started out a little slow and tense. But then Page picked up his guitar and played ‘A Whole Lotta Love.’ From there, everything opened up.”

Mr. Guggenheim, whose last film was the Academy Award–winning eco-doc An Inconvenient Truth, said his new effort reveals how each guitarist developed his unique sound and style. “I spent a lot of time wiping the drool off my chin watching these guys play,” he said. Also there was X-Men Origins star Lynn Collins, who singled out Mr. White as her favorite of the trio. “But I love all three,” she said. “I want to know all about their artistic process.”

Other fans in the audience included actress Kiera Chaplin, New York Housewife Kelly Bensimon, singer-songwriter Peter Cincotti, America’s Most Smartest Model co-host Mary Alice Stephenson, guitarist Petter Ericson Stakee, fashion designers Anna Sui and Rachel Roy, and Courtney Love—who, in true rock-star style, paused only briefly for photographers before dashing into the theater.