A documentary film about session and touring musicians that are hired by well establish and famous bands and artists. These people may not be household names, but are still top notch performers!
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★★★½ review by Kevin Doree on Letterboxd
Stories of amazing players playing just outside the spotlight. Often underpaid, underappreciated.
★★★½ review by Michael on Letterboxd
Interviews with and about A-list session and touring musicians who back up star performers. Plus some great performances featuring these musicians. The director has been a long-time concert photographer and videographer who's worked extensively with some of the musicians featured in the movie and HIRED GUN really digs into some of their stories and explores their careers, their successes and failures, their mistakes, their lucky breaks, and their feelings about their profession. There's a lot of information presented so the musical interludes are a welcome break giving the audience time to digest what we've learned.
It's fun to see the lists of bands each player has worked with; some stick to particular niches, some back up artists in a variety of styles.
Great stories. Great music. A rewarding experience.
★★★★ review by Scott Johnson on Letterboxd
Pretty dope interviews. I dig this movie quite a bit.
★★★½ review by chrissweet1967 on Letterboxd
★★★★½ review by David Clarke on Letterboxd
What 20 Feet From Stardom did for the world of the back up singer, Hired Gun does for the world of the musician for hire. These dedicated guitar slingers and drummers do the best they can whether it's pursuing their heavy metal dreams or backing up Hillary Duff. None of the participants are household names (well a few you may be familiar with) but their love of making music for a living comes across. The movie confirms everything I thought about Billy Joel and everything I always hoped about Alice Cooper.
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