Hired Gun is a compelling story about the creative genius, personalities, stories, and music of the best sidemen, sidewomen, session players, and paid musicians in the world. Collectively, they are group of musicians that possess uncommon musical ability, and an uncanny knack of being able to get it right and deliver what is needed for the song or the performance. But that is where the comparison ends. Individually, they are a diverse lot with vastly different backgrounds and experience in music world. Most of them make a living playing, singing, and songwriting in relative obscurity.
Some try to take the road less traveled, the road to independence as an acclaimed musician, singer or songwriter in his or her own right. Most of them do not make it, and when they don’t--what happens to them?
Unlike other films that have tried to provide us with a glimpse of what it’s like to be a paid musician, Hired Gun delivers far more. Director Fran Strine has gained unparalleled access into the lives and homes of these artists. After establishing trust and credibility, he is able to reveal and share with the viewer intimate details of their lives, their personal, professional and artistic choices and their resulting implications. The film delivers ultimate highs, crushing lows, and tragedy.
Throughout the film music documentarian Fran Strine (Dolly Parton: Live in London; The making of Staind; Battlefield of the Mind) and Producer Jamie Talbot (Sunset Strip, Radio Caroline) use a masterful blend of live interviews, archival performance footage and sound recordings to deliver a thoughtful, spirited look at the Hired Gun and the stars that hire them.
Barry Squire (A&R GURU and the go do guy for band auditions)
Bob Ezrin: (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Peter Gabriel)
Brad Gillis: (Ozzy, Night Ranger)
Brett Tuggle: (Fleetwood Mac, David Lee Roth, Coverdale/Page)
Brian Tichy: (Foreigner, Billy Idol, Ozzy, Whitesnake)
Chris Cael: (Five Finger Death Punch)
Chris Johnson: (Stevie Wonder)
Corky Hale: (Liberace, Frank Sinatra, George Michael, Bjork)
Crystal Talifiero: (John Mellencamp, Billy Joel)
Dave Ellefeson: (Megadeth)
Dave Koz: (Rod Stewart, Richard Marx, Platinum Artist)
David Foster: (Celine Dion, Chicago, Andre Boccelli, Barbra Streisand)
Dean Parks: (Steely Dan, Michael Jackson (most recorded musician in history))
Derek St. Holmes: (Ted Nugent)
Eric Singer: (Kiss, Brian May, Badlands, The Cult, Gary Moore)
Eva Gardner: P!nk, Mars Volta
Glen Sobel: (Alice Cooper)
Jason Hook: (Five Finger Death Punch, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil, Hilary Duff)
Jason Newsted: (Metallica)
Jay Graydon: (Barry White, Steely Dan, Earth Wind and Fire, George Benson)
John 5: (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, David Lee Roth)
Justin Derrico: (Pink, The Voice,)
Kenny Aronoff: (John Mellencamp, Ringo Starr, John Fogerty, Meatloaf, Chickenfoot)
Liberty DeVito: (Billy Joel)
Mark Shulman: (Pink, Cher, Stevie Nicks)
Michael Herring: (Christin Aguilara, Tupac, Stevie Wonder, Prince)
Neal Schon: (Journey, Santana, Bad English, Hardline)
Nick Budda: (Taylor Swift)
Nita Strauss: Alice Cooper
Paul Bushnell: (Katy Perry, Tim McGraw,)
Paul Taylor: (Steve Perry, Alice Cooper, Winger)
Phil Buckman: (Filter, Voice of Carl’s Jr)
Phil Chen: (Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Eddie Van Halen)
Phil X: (Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry)
Ray Parker (Jr: Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Marvin Gaye)
Rob McNelley: (Bob Seger, Lady Antebellum)
Rudy Sarzo: (Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Dio)
Sal G:( Staind)
Siedah Garrett: (Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones)
Steve Lukather: (Toto, Lionel Richie, Don Henley, Michael Jackson)
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