Hired Gun Poster
The poster for director Fran Strine’s music documentary, ‘Hired Gun.’

The world’s leading singers and instrumentalists often receive all of the recognition for creating the most iconic moments in music history. But those celebrated songs wouldn’t have turned out the same way if they didn’t have the contributions of their backing musicians. Those talented instrumentalists are being honored in the new music documentary, ‘Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight.’ In honor of the film’s theatrical release, Shockya is premiering an exclusive clip, which features an interview with honored music producer, Dave Foster.

‘Hired Gun’ is set screen in several hundred theaters tonight at 7:30pm local time, courtesy of Fathom Events. Fans can find their nearest theater and get tickets at the movie’s home page on Fathom Events’ website, or at the box offices of participating theaters. The theatrical run comes after the documentary became a fan favorite on the film festival circuit.

‘Hired Gun’ was co-written, directed and produced by Fran Strine. The movie 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 Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Justin Derrico, Mark Schulman (P!NK), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Eric Singer (KISS), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson, Toto), Steve Vai (David Lee Roth), Paul Bushnell (Katy Perry), Jay Graydon (Steely Dan), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent) and Chris Johnson (Rihanna). The movie will also feature exclusive musical performances.

“‘Hired guns have been an important lynchpin in the industry throughout modern musical history,” Fathom Events’ Vice President of Programming, Kymberli Frueh, said. “You may never know their names, but you have heard them play, and we are thrilled to help bring their stories to the big screen for one night in celebration of these incredibly talented musician

Of the documentary, Strine said, “The music fans who come out to see it should expect an immersive musical experience. ‘Hired Gun’ is a music documentary with passion and talent at its core, digging deep and ripping the curtain back to expose what it’s really like to tour and record with the legends.”

Shockya's Exclusive Hired Gun Clip
Shockya's Exclusive Hired Gun Clip

Shockya's exclusive clip from director Fran Strine's music documentary, 'Hired Gun,' which features an interview with music producer Dave Foster.

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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