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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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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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USA

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English

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1 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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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 »

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In the end credits for the Ted Nugent songs, Derek St. Holmes' name is incorrectly listed as Derek St. James. See more »

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Interesting documentary on rock music's unsung heroes
18 October 2018 | by grantssSee all my reviews

A documentary on the nameless musicians behind the stars - the people in the touring and/or studio bands of major stars. Shows the highs and lows, the pros and cons, how some of them got where they are and their lives as hired guns.

An interesting documentary on rock music's unsung heroes. For every famous, successful artist there's dozens of musicians who played on studio albums or performed in the bands of the famous artist, with little to no recognition. This documentary does a good job of empathising with and highlighting the skills, trials and tribulations of the sideman.

Wasn't always that promising though: started off pretty dully, with a heap of (largely metal) musicians trying to out cheerlead each other. The first bit focuses mostly on how they got their big break and while there are some really interesting, even historic moments (e.g. the guitar solo on Steely Dan's 'Peg" and the drum fill on John Cougar Mellencamp's 'Jack and Diane'), involved it just seems pretty conventional. Moreover, you feel like you've seen this before - '20 Feet From Stardom' and 'Standing In The Shadows Of Motown' already covered the life and influence of backing musicians.

However, in the second half it gets really interesting and engaging. Now we see what touring life is like and how expendable these musicians are. It's quite sad how they are treated and how things turn out for some of them.

The latter half also shows why, despite the insecurity and treatment, these guys still do what they do - the love of music. This leaves the ultimate note a positive one.


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