Music from the 1980s will come to life again this week in the new musical Rock of Ages. Based on the Broadway musical, the film features 80s rock hits from bands like Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, Pat Benatar, Guns N' Roses and more. An all-star cast will take us back 25 years to the time of big hair, big egos, and big cell phones. Some familiar faces have emerged at the Hollywood premiere this past weekend to do interviews on the "black" carpet and show their support for this era of music.
The story is set in 1987 as small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. A romance ensues while working for a local bar and also pursuing rock n' roll careers.
The cast includes Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta- Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, with Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx. Word has it that Cruise took voice lessons and sang 5 hours each day in preparation for the role.
The movie held its Hollywood premiere this past weekend with my favorite MTV veejay Martha Quinn conducting interviews at the black carpet. (Yes, it was black instead of red in honor of rock n' roll.) She held a fun interview with Tom Cruise talking about the music from the movie and the appreciation of the 80s era bands have had for the way he performed the role. The movie soundtrack is available now and features 20 tracks performed by the cast. It includes a few tracks that "mashup" some of the rock hits including "We Built This City / We're Not Gonna Take It" and "Juke Box Hero / I Love Rock 'n' Roll."
To be honest, my jury is still out on how good the movie will be. The cast does have a good mix of actors and singers and I've heard it does have some good comedic value. I'll be watching it mainly for the music and to see if this group can pull off some those notes that the 80s rockers did back in the day. I'm anxious to hear if you 80s fans will be seeing it opening weekend and also how it will do on Rotten Tomatoes. (I'll be traveling so I won't get a chance to see it until the following week.) Also can't wait to hear if my friends Tank & Fogs will stamp it or flush it on the Title Pending Movie Podcast. Rock on!