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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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Credited cast:
Kenny Aronoff ... Himself
... Himself (credit only)
Kara Britz ... Herself (credit only)
... Himself
Nick Buda ... Himself (credit only)
Paul Bushnell ... Himself
Phil Chen ... Himself (credit only)
... Himself
Kenneth Crouch ... Himself (credit only)
Bevan Davies ... Himself (credit only)
Justin Derrico ... Himself
Liberty DeVitto ... Himself
... Himself
... Himself (as Bob Ezrin)
... Himself


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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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 »


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I was very impressed. Like, 10/10 impressed.
3 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

Fantastic interviews, freaking amazing people being interviewed and an excellent focus on the subject matter.

I knew a lot of those names going in to this, but there were more that I didn't know. I thought that was great, getting to "meet" new people. I found out a lot about some people I had heard of, too, for instance: I knew who Jason Hook was because I've been listening to 5FDP since they started; but I didn't know his history, so it was cool seeing how he's a regular blue-collar guy at heart.

In fact, that was the coolest takeaway for me, I think, was seeing how all these guys, despite their incredible and somewhat arcane skills, really are blue-collar-"working for a living" folks just like me.

My favorite takeaway tho, is that Liberty Devitto is clearly one of the coolest mofoss on the planet in addition to being a kick-ass drummer. I wanna hang out with him, buy him a beer or something. If I thought he'd get any money from it, I'd go buy Billy Joel's entire catalog right now (relax; I know he wouldn't).

Truly worthwhile, IMO, if you are a musician or just love music. Again, 10/10 rating from me.

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