MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook joined Alice Cooper on stage on November 26 inside the Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada to perform the Cooper classic "School's Out". Check out fan-filmed video footage below.
Hook played as a member of pop singers Mandy Moore and Hilary Duff's touring bands before landing sideman gigs with Neil and Cooper and eventually ending up in the lineup of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH.
As previously reported, Hook has teamed up with documentary filmmaker Fran Strine and music manager Jamie Talbot to chronicle the story of world-renowned musicians who are not household names, but are instead the session and backup musicians who have performed at concerts and on countless recordings with huge stars yet remain largely unknown to the public.
The film, called "Hired Gun", goes behind the scenes and explores the personalities and creativity of the best session players and backup musicians in the world, ranging from pianist/harpist Corky Hale, who has played with Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, to rock guitarist John 5 who has played with ROB ZOMBIE and MARILYN MANSON.
A synopsis of the film described these musicians as "a group that possesses uncommon musical ability and an uncanny knack for being able to deliver a great performance time and again."
Hook told The Pulse Of Radio he understands what it takes to catch a break with a big artist. "I went through years of trying to get gigs myself, and so I really understand what it's like to be the guy reaching out," he said. "And I always admired people that gave me a shot, recognizing that it's an unknown, you don't know if it's… The referrals are easy, when somebody says, 'I've got the perfect guy,' that door has been opened. But for you to open your own doors is very difficult."
"Hired Gun" features interviews with Hook, Cooper, Jason Newsted, Aaron Lewis, Richard Patrick, former OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Rudy Sarzo, KISS drummer Eric Singer, John 5, CHICKENFOOT drummer Kenny Aronoff, former WHITESNAKE guitarist Steve Vai and others.
There is currently an Indiegogo campaign set up to help offset the costs of the film. You can donate and receive a number of incentives from many of the musicians seen in the film. The goal is to raise $35,000 and the campaign runs until December 19.
Strine, who made films about STAIND, Dolly Parton and others, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fully finance the movie.