“Hired Gun” documentary aims to put sidemen in the spotlight

Nita Strauss by Carl Sheffel
Nita Strauss – Photo (C) Carl Sheffel

A new documentary film is aiming to shed light on the accomplished musicians who carve out their careers away from the spotlight.

Hired Gun is directed by Fran Strine (Dolly: Live in London, The Making of Staind, Battlefield of the Mind) and according to the filmmakers is “a compelling film about a unique fraternity of musicians that possess uncommon musical ability, but who made a conscious decision to make a living playing music in relative obscurity. Occasionally, one of them makes the big time and becomes a star in their own right.”

The film is set to feature interviews with a number of rock and metal musicians who have made their living supporting their more famous brethren, or who have remained in relative obscurity whilst completing their own projects.

Subjects include Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), Dave Ellefson (Megadeth, Soulfly, Hail!, F5), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, Jermaine Jackson) and Phil X (Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Rob Zombie.)

Nita Strauss recently discussed her life as a female guitarist in interview with MetalLife, touching upon Hired Gun along the way:

“There’s been a lot of movies about backing singers and showing different sides of all different professions,” she says.

“This gives us a chance to show what we do. Everyone knows who Billy Joel and who Pink is and who Christina Aguilera is but this gives us a chance to show those fans a little bit about what we do to make the show happen.”

Strauss, Phil X, Jason Hook, Rudy Sarzo and David Ellefson also discussed the film recently with Brian Sword for his The Double Stop podcast. You can listen to the interview from NAMM 2015 below:

Hired Gun is expected to be released in late 2015.

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