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Hired Gun (2016)

TV-14 | | Documentary, Music | 1 August 2017 (USA)
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A documentary film about session and touring musicians that are hired by well established and famous bands and artists like Metallica, KISS, and Billy Joel. These hired guns may not be household names, but are still masters of their craft.

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Fran Strine
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kenny Aronoff Kenny Aronoff ... Himself
Corey Britz ... Himself (credit only)
Kara Britz Kara Britz ... Herself (credit only)
Phil Buckman ... Himself
Nick Buda Nick Buda ... Himself (credit only)
Paul Bushnell Paul Bushnell ... Himself
Phil Chen Phil Chen ... Himself (credit only)
Alice Cooper ... Himself
Kenneth Crouch Kenneth Crouch ... Himself (credit only)
Bevan Davies Bevan Davies ... Himself (credit only)
Justin Derrico Justin Derrico ... Himself
Liberty DeVitto Liberty DeVitto ... Himself
Dave Ellefson ... Himself
Robert Ezrin ... Himself (as Bob Ezrin)
David Foster ... Himself
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Session Aces. Keepers of Time. Vocalists. Composers. The sidemen and sidewomen who play the riffs and fills we imitate in the air. When we turn up the radio, chances are we are listening to one of these players. A-listers have them on speed dial. International tour or recording session, who're they gonna call? A "Hired Gun." This feature length one-off documentary introduces the prolific musicians who are virtually unknown to the public. Billy Joel, Whitesnake, P!NK and Metallica are synonymous with their own artistry and success, but who is responsible for their instrumental solos? Who tours with them live? It is the consummate side players who kill it show after show, often playing circles around the actual band members. In "Hired Gun," viewers learn the firsthand stories from individuals who have mastered their craft and perform on the world's biggest stages. This film details the highs and lows of touring life, the demands of hectic session schedules, and the dedication required ...

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The untold stories behind your favorite musicians.

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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1 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Drama Kills See more »
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Rock band Art of Dying's frontman Jonny Hetherington wrote and performed the theme song, also called 'Hired Gun' with Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook. The song plays over the closing credits in the film. See more »

Goofs

Rudy Sarzo mentions that the plane that crashed into Ozzy Osbourne's tour bus and kills Randy Rhoads was a Cessna, but the picture of the plane earlier that was shown is a Bonanza (which was the kind of aircraft that actually crashed). "Cessna" is a specific brand of aircraft; it is not an umbrella term that applies to all small planes, though this is an easy mistake for a non-aviator to make. See more »

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Piano Blues
By Brett Tuggle
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Great Documentary!
4 December 2017 | by newmountainmusicSee all my reviews

Forget about the guy who bitched about Steve Vai and wrote a whiny review. This documentary doesn't look at the most famous session players (Like Vai), it follows people you may have never heard of (but whose talents you may have heard). The depth and honesty of the documentary is palpable. The players it does focus on show just how high the highs and how low the lows are when you dedicate your life to playing someone else's music. A couple superstar artists come out looking like douche bags for the way they treat their side men, but for the most part, the documentary steers clear of drama.


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