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‘Hired Gun’ Original Music Score by THE CRYSTAL METHOD Set For Release This Friday, September 22

In the documentary film Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight, an elite group of “First Call, A-List” musicians share their behind-the scene stories of touring, what it takes to play next to the world’s most iconic musicians and create some of the world’s most popular songs.  To complement the storyline, Grammy Award-nominated, platinum-certified electronic dance innovator THE CRYSTAL METHOD with Tobias Enhus have crafted the original music score HIRED GUN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, INTO THE SPOTLIGHT out September 22 on Tiny e Records.

The film depicts revealing stories about the origins of some of the most widely cherished music and its true players. Tales from Alice Cooper, David Foster, Ray Parker Jr. (Ghostbusters), Steve Vai, Jay Graydon (Steely Dan), Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Mark Schulman (P!NK), Eric Singer (KISS), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Glen Sobel, Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson, Toto), Paul Bushnell (Katy Perry), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), Chris Johnson (Rihanna) and others are embellished by music by THE CRYSTAL METHOD (who is Scott Kirkland).   Additional players that collaborate with THE CRYSTAL METHOD on various score pieces include other documentary subjects Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel), Brian West and Justin Derrico as well as TOOL’s Justin Chancellor.

Hired Gun director Fran Strine highlights several key scenes where THE CRYSTAL METHOD score is prominent:

  •  “We Miss Doug”: There are some really heavy topics in the film, when Liberty Devitto and Russell Javors (longtime players with Billy Joel) discuss Doug Stegmeyer’s suicide. Scott really hit the mark on this score. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen audience members tear up during this segment.

  • “Wake For Randy”: During the Rudy Sarzo and Brad Gillis segment about the tragic passing of Randy Rhodes, the swelling of the music really elevates the story exactly the way we intended during the spotting session. 

  • “We Miss Cliff” featuring Justin CancellorLoved what Justin did for the Cliff Burton pieceI lot of pressure was put on Scott as we used Metallica’s “Orion” as temp music…What Scott delivered was chilling and absolutely perfect!

“Being a fan of music documentaries, I jumped at the opportunity to view an early cut of Hired Gun. Fran’s a great story teller so it didn’t take me long to realize I wanted to be a part of this project,” shares Scott Kirkland.  “The scene that immediately spoke to me was Rudy Sarzo’s retelling of that tragic day in March of 1982 when the world lost Randy Rhodes. I became a kid again, staring at the family’s 20″ Magnavox TV in shock, as an awkward reporter with an MTV hat told the world he was gone. I stopped everything and started writing and from that initial demo I got the gig. This project allowed me to explore so many different genres and emotions that I found it to be so creatively stimulating. The night before the entire score was due they sent me the Cliff Burton scene. So I asked my mate Justin Chancellor to stop by after rehearsal and watch it with me because I knew he like myself and so many others worshiped Cliff. Justin is so brilliant and plays with his heart. I’m thrilled that my good friend Tobias Enhus was able to join me and couldn’t be prouder of our contribution to this awesome project.”

Produced by Fran Strine, Tim Calandrello, Jason Hook and Todd PoulsonHired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight was released by Vision Films in theaters across the US in partnership with Fathom Events in June 2017 and released on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD in August in partnership with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  Additionally, Worldwide Distributor Vision Films created subtitles in 26 languages and will release it globally on several VOD platforms for music fans across the globe beginning on September 15.  Currently Hired Gun is Amazon’s Top Choice for four consecutive weeks in Music Documentaries.

THE CRYSTAL METHOD is currently in the studio recording a new album, the follow-up to 2014’s self-titled The Crystal Method.

Track listing for the HIRED GUN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, INTO THE SPOTLIGHT Original Music Score by The Crystal Method with Tobias Enhus is:

1 Gun Stinger

2 Not Getting Credit

3 NY Gang

4 We Miss Cliff feat Justin Chancellor

5 Darker Weird Vibes

6 We Miss Doug

7 Liberty’s Pad feat Liberty Devitto

8 Liberty Loses His Gig

9 Rudy’s Peace With God feat Brian West

10 Filter Nails

11 Wake For Randy

12 Chemistry

13 Rudy’s Riot

14 Wake For Randy (reprise)

15 We Miss Randy

16 Checks Stop Coming

17 Hook Talks

18 Rudy’s Journey feat Justin Derrico

Catch THE CRYSTAL METHOD on tour:

DATE

CITY

VENUE

Thu

9/21

Montreal, CAN

Newspeak Montreal

Fri

9/22

Toronto, CAN

The Phoenix Concert Theatre

Sat

9/23

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017

Sat

9/23

Ardmore, PA

The Ardmore Music Hall

Fri

9/29

Minneapolis, MN

Loft at Skyway

Sat

9/30

Ferndale, MI

Grasshopper

Fri

10/06

Chattanooga, TN

TENGIG

Thu

10/12

San Francisco, CA

Audio

Fri

10/13

Kansas City, MO

The Riot Room

Sat

10/14

Atlanta, GA

Iris/Rush Lounge

Fri

10/20

New Orleans, LA

Tipitinas

Fri

10/27

Nashville, TN

Cannery

Sat

10/28

Memphis, TN

New Daisy

Fri

11/17

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Cosmonauvt Club

Sat

11/18

Moscow, Russia

Red Club

Fri

11/24

Oklahoma City, OK

Tower Theatre

Fri

12/15

Milwaukee, WI

Sit 1A

Sat

12/16

Denver, CO

Beta

Thu

1/18

Houston, TX

Stereo Live

Fri

1/19

Dallas, TX

Stereo Live

Sat

1/20

Austin, TX

Empire Control Room

Fri

2/23

Bellingham, WA

Wild Buffalo

Sat

2/24

San Francisco, CA

Great Northern

About RJ Frometa

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