Coming to theatres for one-night-only engagements tonight, Thursday, June 29:
Noise Pop, Calgary, Melbourne
20 FEET FROM STARDOM for unsung session musicians.
Stine’s affectionate film profiles about a half dozen “hired guns” – dependable, accomplished professional musicians who are called in to work with A-list performers in the studio or in concerts. Known within the industry but generally not by the general public, they support the likes of Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, Pink, Ozzy Osbourne, Mandy Moore, Hillary Duff, and Metallica. Among the several musicians profiled who pop are Liberty Devitto, a drummer who worked extensively for Billy Joel for three decades until a change in direction left him bitter and without a gig; Rudy Sarzo, who played bass for hair metal bands like Ozzy, Quiet Riot, and Whitesnake; and Jason Hook, who went from being kept on retainer by Hillary Duff to out of a job until he formed the successful Five Finger Death Punch. While tackling similar ground as STARDOM, Stine’s survey lacks a strong driving structure and depends too much on anecdotes to leave as strong impression as that film.