According to Variety, the rock documentary “Hired Gun: Out Of The Shadows, Into The Spotlight” will receive a one-night showing on June 29 at several hundred North American locations through Fathom Events.
The film goes behind the scenes and explores the personalities and creativity of the best session players and backup musicians in the world, ranging from Liberty DeVitto, who has played with Billy Joel, to rock guitarist John 5 who has played with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson.
A synopsis of the film — directed by Fran Strine — described these musicians as “a group that possesses uncommon musical ability and an uncanny knack for being able to deliver a great performance time and again.”
“We have been overwhelmed by the support and feedback received throughout our festival run,” Strine said. “‘Hired Gun’ is about musicians whose DNA are all over the music and tours we love, without us knowing their faces or names. It’s a music documentary with passion and talent at its core, digging deep and ripping the curtain back to expose what it’s really like to tour and record with the legends.”
“Hired Gun” features Jason Hook (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH), Liberty DeVitto (BILLY JOEL), Kenny Aronoff (JOHN MELLENCAMP), Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE), Phil X (BON JOVI), Justin Derrico (P!NK), Jason Newsted (METALLICA), Eric Singer (KISS), John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE), Glen Sobel, Nita Strauss (ALICE COOPER), Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson, TOTO), Steve Vai (DAVID LEE ROTH), Paul Bushnell (Katy Perry), Jay Graydon (STEELY DAN) and Chris Johnson (RIHANNA).
Tickets go on sale on May 24.
Hook, who did stints with Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil and Alice Cooper, before joining FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, told The Pulse Of Radio he understands what it takes to catch a break with a big artist. “I went through years of trying to get gigs myself, and so I really understand what it’s like to be the guy reaching out,” he said. “And I always admired people that gave me a shot, recognizing that it’s an unknown, you don’t know if it’s… The referrals are easy, when somebody says, ‘I’ve got the perfect guy,’ that door has been opened. But for you to open your own doors is very difficult.”