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Rock Star
     

Rock Star

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Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, which helps explain the jaw-dropping tale spun in this reality-based flick and illuminated by its partially vintage, partially re-created soundtrack. The rags-to-riches story -- a slightly embellished take on the career of Tim "Ripper" Owens, who went from cover band obscurity to fronting Judas Priest -- is best encapsulated

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Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, which helps explain the jaw-dropping tale spun in this reality-based flick and illuminated by its partially vintage, partially re-created soundtrack. The rags-to-riches story -- a slightly embellished take on the career of Tim "Ripper" Owens, who went from cover band obscurity to fronting Judas Priest -- is best encapsulated in the half-dozen tracks by Rock Star's fictional supergroup, Steel Dragon, made up of real metal all-stars, including Zakk Wylde and Jason Bonham. Walking the line between head-banging fury (which spills from the balls-to-the-wall "Blood Pollution") and Bic-flicking power balladry (see the overwrought "We All Die Young"), Dragon revel in the self-indulgent excess of the '80s. In addition, you'll find a sprinkling of chart hits from the big-hair era -- Kiss's "Lick It Up" and Mötley Crüe's "Wild Side" being the most telling -- as well as solid (but slightly misplaced) offerings from '90s rockers Everclear and the Verve Pipe. If you've been looking for a bookend for that Spinal Tap soundtrack for ages, your search is, at long last, over.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Doug Stone
The movie Rock Star is based on the Cinderella (not the band) story of Tim "Ripper" Owens, the lead singer of a Judas Priest cover band who actually joined Priest when the storied Rob Halford exited. This scenario is reenacted through two fictional bands: Blood Pollution, the proletariat tribute band, and Steel Dragon, the professional stadium sensation. The movie was originally titled Metal God, and that's exactly what the new songs lack. Both these bands are comprised of less-than-legendary metallers from Black Label Society (Slaughter and Dokken). The new Steel Dragon songs (especially "We Die Young," which is sung by perfect-choice lung-buster Mike Matijevic of Steelheart) paint a portrait of a great time in metal, but you don't put your fist in the air or bang your head to a portrait. Like the film, this soundtrack is ambiguous as to whether it actually loves the music or sees metal as a fascinating and brief moment in pop culture. Like always with fictional bands, the music must live up to the images and the precedence, and rarely does. Twiggy Ramirez from Marilyn Manson donates "Blood Pollution" for the band of the same name and Sammy Hagar supplies the typically brain-dead "Stand Up." An awful Verve Pipe coffeehouse number goes down in flames just as it does in the movie. (Metal, for all its flaws, is unapologetically commercial: as beautiful as it is bombastic and as poignant as it is plastic. A prefabricated alternative song is just embarrassing.) Everclear's "Rock Star" already appeared on Songs From an American Movie, Vol. 2 a year prior, and just doesn't fit into the golden-age-of-leather sect depicted in the film (Flipp's "Rockstar" would have been a cooler choice). Trevor Rabin, who resuscitated the career of Yes, does the Rock Star score; he's a definite '80s star and a great guitar player, but rarely associated with metal. Luckily, he's balanced out by hair maestro Tom Werman, an '80s producer with more apropos credentials who oversees the mock rock bits. Werman also brings along two of his electric jewels: all nine glorious minutes of Ted Nugent's airtight "Stranglehold" and Mötley Crüe's white-knuckle ride on the "Wildside." Elsewhere, Kiss and Bon Jovi classics sound as good as ever, and "Devil Inside" is a nice side line. Surprisingly, although Rock Star features two Def Leppard songs -- "Rock Rock (Till You Drop)" and "Let's Get Rocked" (a 1992 number which has no place in a film set in the '80s) -- neither appear on this soundtrack. The almighty Judas Priest is also absent, a tragedy considering the film's content and the metal hero's eternal status as one of the genre's finest.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
Label:
Priority Records
UPC:
0049925023824
catalogNumber:
50238
Rank:
32658

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bon Jovi   Track Performer
INXS   Track Performer
Kiss   Track Performer
Mötley Crüe   Track Performer
Ted Nugent   Track Performer
Jason Bonham   Drums
Jeff Pilson   Bass
Jeff Scott Soto   Vocals
Zakk Wylde   Guitar
Verve Pipe   Track Performer
Everclear   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jon Bon Jovi   Composer
Trevor Rabin   Producer
Richie Sambora   Composer
Paul Stanley   Composer
Vinnie Vincent Invasion   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer
Eddie DeLena   Engineer
Tom Werman   Producer
Mick Mars   Composer
Andrew Scheps   Engineer
Genevieve Thomas Colvin   Associate Supervisor

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Rock Star 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished watching ''Rock Star''. And, while it was mildly entertaining, it was also overly predictable. However, this was a viable and somewhat familiar vehicle to help Mark Walburg, in his ascent in the movie business. Haveing shook the stigma of the ''Marky Mark days'', Mr Walburg is fast becomeing a a new and refreshing ''riseing star'' in the local theaters. In short, while the movie itself left somewhat to be desired, it is worth a watch just once, to see Mr Walburg in the movie that he simply ''had to make''. Keep an eye on this young man, as he is destined to become a major box office draw, and, I feel, deservedly so.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never in my whole life seen such an amazing movie. Not only the movie but the soundtrack was truely inspiring. It was a relief to hear the same music I grew up to getting the respect it longfully deserved. It was nice to hear music that you can understand and relate to versus new age metal. I think that Mark Wahlberg played his character to profection and he has never been so inspirational.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was the most amazing thing I have ever seen! This movie is the story of my dreams I can put myself right into the main character!!!!! It was so exciting and so heartfelt......I saw it like 2 years ago and I'm STILL reeling from seeing it! The cd is like having MORE of the movie, You definitely need to see the movie and get this CD!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie gave a clear inside look at the ups and downs of a rock stars rise and fall and the soundtrack fits perfectly. While Wanted Dead Or Alive might have been a better choice than Livin On A Prayer to summarize this artist's struggle, the inclusion of a Bon Jovi song brings a reality to this story. A soundtrack makes a movie.