Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Rock of Ages" Probably Better as a Play

So last night I purchased "Rock of Ages" from the $5 DVD bin at Walmart.

Thank goodness I only paid $5 for it.

If I had actually gone and seen it the then we would have paid at least $10 each, plus that overpriced popcorn (that is really good if its fresh) and a drink.

The story was pretty good, easy to follow and the music would have been PHENOMENAL had it not been performed by non-musicians.  A good mix of music from across the rock genre and some pretty interesting mash-ups.

But I can say now that I know all the words to "Paradise City" because Tom Cruise enunciates them all so well where Axel just kinda slurred them.  It was kinda weird when you see your favorite actors suddenly break out in song.  It was kinda like karaoke night down down on the Sunset Strip.

Cameo appearances from the final climatic street scene included Sebastian Bach,  Debbie (or is that Deborah?)  Gibson and Kevin Cronin wearing a REO Speedwagon t-shirt. Talk about self-promotion.

I am sure "Rock of Ages" was much better as a Broadway play, and that it what the movie producers were probably thinking when it was all said and done.

As part of the special features is a clip of Def Leppard performing "Rock of Ages" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" at the premier.  I had to laugh because suddenly Def Leppard doesn't quite sound like Def Leppard anymore. All in their fifties now, the years of singing in falsetto have taken a toll.  And who knew lead guitarist Phil Collen, the band's oldest member at 56, has a rocking body! Honey, if my abs looked like, that I'd go shirtless all the time too! 

I have caught myself humming 80's rock songs since waking this morning, but none more so than this one.

A old favorite

More Than Words ~ Extreme
Extreme II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale) 1990 (A&M)

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