The Sunken Gardens will be a backdrop for an upcoming music video by The Guess Who.
The Canadian rock band was in town Tuesday filming a video for the single, “Spaces,” in the historic park and garden complex.
The video will be released June 8, said Randy Erwin, band manager from Entertainment Services International.
While on tour performing their hit songs like “American Woman,” “These Eyes” and “No Time,” the band is also slowly releasing singles from their forthcoming album, “Plein D'Amour,” Erwin said.
One video will be filmed for each of eight singles on the album that will be released in full June 30, Erwin said.
“They had just finished a three-show run in Tiffin, Ohio,” Erwin said. “We had a gap and we thought we would drive out to shoot some footage. George Johnson is shooting and directing two video singles from the new album, which will be released later this year.”
This is the second time the band has filmed in the area with Johnson, an award-winning, Fort Wayne-based videographer, Erwin said.
In 2018, they filmed a video with Johnson that went on to win five awards, including an Emmy for Johnson as best director, and a CKF International Film Festival award for best actor for Derek Sharp, lead vocalist, guitarist and pianist.
“George picked out the location,” Sharp said. “He previously did a video for the song “Haunted.” The video was shot in an abandoned house in Fort Wayne. It won several awards.”
When the band presented their concept for the song “Spaces,” Johnson suggested the Sunken Gardens location, lead guitarist Michael Staertow said.
“Once we saw the location in person, we agreed that it was perfect,” Staertow said. “We look forward to the finished product.”
Megan Thompson, Parks Program Director for the City of Huntington, posed with Sharp and parks superintendent Steve Yoder for a photo after the video shoot.
“They fell in love with the scenery and had a great time,” Thompson said.