Hired Gun (2016)

Director: Fran Strine

Writer(s): Tim Calandrello, Fran Strine

Starring: Kenny Aronoff, Corey Britz, Kara Britz, Phil Buckman, Nick Buda, Paul Bushnell, Phil Chen, Alice Cooper, Kenneth Crouch, Bevan Davies, Justin Derrico, Liberty DeVitto, Dave Ellefson, Robert Ezrin, David Foster, Mike Froedge, Eva Gardner, Siedah Garrett, Chuck Garric, Joe Giancarelli, Brad Gillis, Jay Graydon, Corky Hale, Chris Henderson, Tommy Henriksen, Michael Fish Herring, Derek St. Holmes, Jason Hook, Russell Javors, Billy Joel, John 5, Christopher Johnson, Chris Kael, Dave Koz, Aaron Lewis, Steve Lukather, Rob McNelly, Mike Mushok, Jason Newsted, Ray Parker Jr., Dean Parks, Richard Patrick, Greg Phillinganes, Pink, Chet Roberts, J.R. Robinson, Ryan Roxie, Rudy Sarzo, Neal Schon, Mark Shulman, Eric Singer, Glen Sobel, Jeremy Spencer, Barry Squire, Nita Strauss, Crystal Taliefero, Paul Taylor, Brian Tichy, Brett Tuggle, Greg Upchurch, Steve Vai, Phil Xenidis, Rob Zombie

Synopsis: 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 …

Release Date: August 1, 2017 (USA) | Length: 98 min | Genre: Music | MPAA Rating: TV-14


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