- Rock Star (film)
name = Rock Star
caption = Theatrical release poster
Mark Wahlberg Jennifer Aniston
runtime = 105 min
language = English
budget = US$57 million
imdb_id = 0202470
"Rock Star" is a 2001 movie starring
Mark Wahlbergand directed by Stephen Herek. The film also stars Jennifer Aniston. It was shot almost entirely in and around Los Angeles, but takes place in Pittsburgh.
The movie depicts, approximately, the life of an '80s
heavy metalband, with the highs and lows of fame, drugs, rock and roll, and groupies. The band depicted in the movie, Steel Dragon, is fictional.
The film was inspired by the real-life story of
Tim 'Ripper' Owens, singer in a Judas Priesttribute band who was chosen to replace singer Rob Halfordwhen he left the band. The original title of the movie was to be "Metal God", similar to signature Judas Priest song "Metal Gods".
The band members are portrayed by ex-
Dokkenbassist Jeff Pilson, Black Label Societyand Ozzy Osbourneguitarist Zakk Wylde(Zakk's rhythm guitarist Nick Cataneseplays the lead guitarist in Chris' tribute band Blood Pollution), actor and guitarist Dominic West, and current Foreigner drummer and son of Led Zeppelindrummer John Bonham, Jason Bonham. Myles Kennedy, from Alter Bridge fame, makes an appearance as 'Thor' in the movie. Also, the singing voice for Mark Wahlberg's character was former Steelheartfrontman Miljenko Matijevic. Jeff Scott Soto (of Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Soul Sirkus, Journey) provided the voice of the fictional band's original singer whom Wahlberg's character replaces.
The band Blood Pollution is also comprised of known musical artists, including the aforementioned guitarist Nick Catanese (Black Label Society), drummer Blas Elias (
Slaughter), and bassist Brian Vander Ark, ( The Verve Pipe, who also contributed a song to the film's soundtrack). An interesting fact about the casting is that the only member of the two main bands who is not an established musician is Blood Pollution's guitarist Timothy Olyphant.
Tagline: "So You Wanna Be a Rock Star?"
"The Story of a Wanna Be, Who Got to Be"
"Rock Star" tells the story of Chris Cole (Wahlberg) and a
rock bandcalled Steel Dragon. Cole is a photocopiertechnician by day, and the lead singer of a Steel Dragon tribute bandcalled "Blood Pollution" by night.
Internal struggles between the Steel Dragon band members culminate with the firing of the lead singer, Bobby Beers (
Jason Flemyng) and the starting of recruitment sessions for them to find a new vocalist. Chris experiences his own internal strife with his bandmates, particularly guitarist Rob Malcolm ( Timothy Olyphant) and is fired from Blood Pollution. He is given an audition with Steel Dragon (thanks to two of Blood Pollution's groupies who had a tape of one of their concerts) and joins them as their new singer, adopting the stage name "Izzy."
Following a successful debut concert with Steel Dragon where the band's long time fans seem to accept him, Izzy has to come to grips with the pressures of his newfound fame and success. The band embarks on a lengthy tour and Izzy experiences the excesses of the lifestyle. His new lifestyle impacts his life both for better and worse, particularly with his relationship with his supportive girlfriend, Emily (
Jennifer Aniston). The group's wise band manager Mats ( Timothy Spall) serves as a sympathetic mentor to Izzy.
After a conversation with Mats, Izzy begins to reconsider his rock star lifestyle. Toward the end of a live concert, Izzy spots a talented fan and pulls him onstage, and hands him the microphone to finish out the concert. Backstage Izzy realizes that what he wanted for so long wasn't what he thought, he goes to the back room and says goodbye to Mats and leaves the band for good.
Izzy (now Chris Cole again) makes his way to Seattle and starts a new coffee-house rock band. He finds Emily working in a coffee shop, but is initially too ashamed to meet her. Emily sees a flyer for his band posted on the wall and takes it down. In the final scene, Chris is singing with his band in a bar, and Emily walks in. Chris leaves the stage and meets her, and they reconcile, ending the film on a happy note.
Mark Wahlberg... Chris 'Izzy' Cole
Jennifer Aniston... Emily Poule
Jason Flemyng... Bobby Beers, Steel Dragon Lead Singer
Dominic West... Kirk Cuddy, Steel Dragon Guitarist
Jason Bonham... A.C., Steel Dragon Drummer
Jeff Pilson... Jorgen, Steel Dragon Bassist
Zakk Wylde... Ghode, Steel Dragon Guitarist
Timothy Spall... Mats, Steel Dragon Road Manager
Timothy Olyphant... Rob Malcolm, Blood Pollution Guitarist
Blas Elias... Donny Johnson, Blood Pollution Drummer
Nick Catanese... Xander Cummins, Blood Pollution Guitarist
Brian Vander Ark... Ricki Bell, Blood Pollution Bassist
Dagmara Dominczyk... Tania Asher, Steel Dragon Public Relations
Stephan Jenkins... Bradley, Black Babylon Singer
Matthew Glave... Joe Cole
*T.R. Miller ... Tim Sin
Myles Kennedy... Thor
Michael Shamus Wiles... Mr. Cole
The "Ripper" Owens parallels
The similarities between the life of former
Judas Priestvocalist Tim 'Ripper' Owensand the film's protagonist were intentional. In the film, a copier sales rep from a working-class mid-sized city lives for fronting a "tribute" band paying homage to his favorite heavy metalgroup. When footage shot by a third-party of his live performance makes it to the famous British band's management, they decide to audition him to replace their departing, closeted homosexual lead singer, which parallels Owens' experience with Judas Priest.
The storyline was "re-imagined" with a few details changed (i.e: set in Pittsburgh instead of Akron, in the 1980s instead of the '90s, etc.). Rock Star's producers stated this was a result of their wanting to take the script in a different direction. However, Owens later stated that it had to do with a failure to reach a financial agreement with the Judas Priest camp for the rights to the story.
Also, the timeline of the film coincides with that of the "social death" of mainstream metal and gives way to the "grunge" movement of the early 90s.
In addition, a costume that strongly resembles one of Rob Halford's stage outfits is on display in the band's mansion.
The original lead singer of Judas Priest,
Rob Halford(loosely portrayed by Jason Flemyngin the movie) has stated that "Rock Star" is one of his favourite movies and that he found it amusing.
Name = Rock Star
Artist = Various Artists
Background = Orange
Released = August 28, 2001
Label = Priority
Reviews = *
AllmusicRating|2.5|5 [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:294uak2k0m3b link]
Many songs featured in the film and on the soundtrack were released after the dates given in the film. They are marked with an asterisk.
#Everclear - "Rock Star" — 3:30
Steel Dragon- "Livin' the Life" — 3:14
Mötley Crüe- " Wild Side"* — 4:34
Steel Dragon- " We All Die Young" ( Steelheartcover) — 4:01
Steel Dragon- "Blood Pollution" — 3:59
Bon Jovi- " Livin' on a Prayer"* — 4:08
Steel Dragon- "Stand Up" — 4:18
Ted Nugent- "Stranglehold" — 8:23
Steel Dragon- "Wasted Generation" — 2:54
#Kiss - "Lick It Up" — 3:56
Steel Dragon- " Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" (Rainbow cover) — 3:27
INXS- "Devil Inside"* — 5:13
The Verve Pipe- "Colorful" — 4:25
Trevor Rabin- "Gotta Have It" — 2:57
List of songs that were featured in the movie but did not appear on the soundtrack CD:
AC/DC- "Are You Ready"*
Culture Club- " Karma Chameleon"
Def Leppard- " Let's Get Rocked"*
Def Leppard- "Rock Rock (Till You Drop)"
Foghat- "Chateau Lefitte '59 Boogie"
Frankie Goes to Hollywood- "Relax"
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch- "Good Vibrations"
Ralph Saenz, Peter Beckett& Steve Plunkett- " California Girls" ( The Beach Boyscover)
Talking Heads- "Once in a Lifetime"
Phoenix Down- "Reckless"
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*mojo title|id=rockstar|title=Rock Star
* [http://markshields.com/photos-2001-los-angeles-trip-rock-star.shtml "Rock Star" premiere photos] Includes after-party photos at House of Blues
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