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Hired Gun (2016)

Not Rated | | 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 overview, first billed only:
John 5 ... Self
Kenny Aronoff Kenny Aronoff ... Self
Corey Britz ... Self (credit only)
Kara Britz Kara Britz ... Self (credit only)
Phil Buckman ... Self
Nick Buda Nick Buda ... Self (credit only)
Paul Bushnell Paul Bushnell ... Self
Phil Chen Phil Chen ... Self (credit only)
Alice Cooper ... Self
Kenneth Crouch Kenneth Crouch ... Self (credit only)
Bevan Davies Bevan Davies ... Self (credit only)
Justin Derrico Justin Derrico ... Self
Liberty DeVitto Liberty DeVitto ... Self
Dave Ellefson ... Self
Robert Ezrin ... Self (as Bob Ezrin)
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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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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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By Phil Xenidis (as Phil X)
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Some Great & Inspiring Individual Stories
5 September 2017 | by larrys3See all my reviews

This documentary focuses on what's called "hired guns", especially in the rock and heavy metal genre. Basically a "hired gun" is a super talented musician who can, at a moment's notice, play as a studio musician or actually join a band and tour with them. However, in the often cold and brutal musical world, they will have no tenure, receive low pay, and often get no credit for their contributions.

As one sees in the film, some of the "hired guns" will emerge and prosper from their stints while others will not and even eventually experience tragic consequences. The film, directed by Fran Strine, jumps from one interviewee to another, and initially seemed disjointed, since I really wasn't familiar with most of the musicians and record execs. However, the power of the individual stories overrode all else, in my opinion, and I certainly not only was inspired by these tales but also learned a lot about a genre I knew little about.

As I've read in some reviews this documentary can certainly fall into the category of such other movies as "20 Feet From Stardom", "The Wrecking Crew", and "Standing in the Shadows of Motown", except this doc centers on rock and heavy metal bands and players.


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1 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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