The new documentary Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight showcases the stories of the mostly anonymous, but hugely talented, musical sidemen who back rock stars like Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, and Ozzy Osbourne, and play an essential role in their success. As Cooper says in a just-released clip from the film, “Always surround yourself with A-list players. I mean, everybody in my band’s an A-list player. I just don’t have time for B-list guys.”
Musicians featured in director Fran Strine’s film include Ray Parker Jr. (Aretha Franklin), David Foster (Earth, Wind & Fire), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Eva Gardner (Pink), Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel), Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp Band), and Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper). Fathom Events is screening the film in theaters across the country on June 29.
Watch the trailer for Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight anove and that clip with Cooper at the top of this post.