Hired Gun Documentary About Musicians, Hitting Theaters

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A new documentary does for backup musicians what the 2013 Academy Award©-winning film 20 Feet From Stardom did for backup singers. Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight is coming to movie theaters for one night on Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. local time.

The full-length feature details the stories of the world’s unsung music industry heroes who are responsible for some of the most famous instrumentation on chart-topping albums and have regularly toured and recorded with such classic rock legends as Alice Cooper, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, as well as Michael Jackson, Katy Perry and many more. The documentary is now available on DVD. (See link below.)

Millions of fans have seen and listened to these “hired guns” play the music of the famous stars who have hired them, and now through this new documentary, they share incredible stories and exclusive musical performances. A long-time film festival favorite, the special presentation will include an exclusive Q&A with several of the musicians.

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations is available at the website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Directed by Fran Strine, Hired Gun details the highs and lows of touring life, the demands of session schedules and the dedication required to play backseat to some of rock’s most iconic musicians. These players are recognized as some of the best musicians in the world, and include Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Eric Singer (Kiss), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson, Toto), Steve Vai (David Lee Roth), Jay Graydon (Steely Dan) and more.

Many of the musicians featured in the Hired Gun documentary

Related: Our interview with Rudy Sarzo

Watch the official trailer for Hired Gun


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