• Tue. Jul 16th, 2024

In KISS’ classic era, Peter Criss wore the makeup of the Catman on the live stage and entertained millions around the world. Can you name the man on stage that wears that makeup now?

There is one man who has played bass for Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult, and Queensryche. Can you name him?

John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane” will always be remembered for its classic drum-intensive bridge section. Do you know the name of the man that actually performed it?

You went and saw Alice Cooper perform last year. Can you name one other man on the stage besides Alice himself?



These questions and more are what a film called Hired Gun is looking to tackle. The movie has already been shown at a number of film festivals, and will be playing for one night only in select American theaters on June 29, 2017, through Fathom Events.

As someone who has long been a fan of many of these artists, I have always tried to take it upon myself to learn about everyone that does their part to bring these classic anthems to life. It is great to see a film crew is setting out to handle the matter as well, bringing music fans a look at the men that are not necessary the stars that stand in the spotlight on stage.



Hired Gun is directed by Fran Strine, a former Metal Edge Magazine photographer who has directed documentaries and live concert video releases for artists that include Staind, Nickelback, Shinedown, Seether, and Dolly Parton. Earlier festival airings of the documentary have already spawned great reviews.

Hired Gun hits select American theaters for one night only on June 29, with a review to come. Participating theaters can be found on the Fathom Events website.



We will have a full interview coming up with Kenny Aronoff, who we were lucky enough to sit down with while he was in town and is featured in the film ( and on so SO many pieces of music you know),  very soon!  Stay tuned!-  SL

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By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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