When Rock of Ages opened on Broadway, it contained a long list of 80’s rock anthems performed by the actors who were, for the most part, unknown to popular music audiences.
That changed a bit when a number of known artists started taking over roles for a short time such as Dee Snyder.
Get ready for the movie version of the show, set for a June 15 release. As with most Broadway to Hollywood transfers, the producers have stocked the film with names like Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Mary J. Blige.
We know some of those people can sing. Zeta-Jones won an Academy Award in Chicago, Julianne Hough topped the country album chart and there’s little that can be said about the talent of Mary J. Blige, but what of Cruise, Baldwin and Brand?
We don’t know quite yet, but we will find out on June 5 with the soundtrack album is released WaterTower Music.
The film’s director, Adam Shankman, said “Taking classic, beloved rock anthems and seeing them through the unique perspective of the characters in the film was such an exciting prospect for me in directing Rock of Ages. We had a phenomenal cast who performed these songs in such a powerful way, adding depth and meaningful imagery to the film. I was lucky to have a partner in Adam Anders who, better than anyone working today, understands how to take popular songs and seamlessly repurpose them to tell a story with unparalleled originality and success.”
Executive Music Producer Adam Anders added “It’s an enormous thrill to introduce the soundtrack of Rock of Ages to the world. While re-imagining these songs for the film, it was important for me to present them in a way that would not only tell the story, but transcend generations by making these songs relevant for today’s audience. This soundtrack truly captures the incredible performances of a very talented cast who brilliantly reinterpreted these songs with us in the spirit of the film. I am really proud of this soundtrack as it is definitely one of the highlights of my career.”
Here is the track listing for the soundtrack album along with the actor singing each song:
Paradise City – Tom Cruise
Sister Christian / Just Like Paradise / Nothin’ But A Good Time – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin
Juke Box Hero / I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough
Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Catherine Zeta-Jones
Waiting For A Girl Like You – Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough
More Than Words / Heaven – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta
Wanted Dead Or Alive – Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough
I Want To Know What Love Is – Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman
I Wanna Rock – Diego Boneta
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Tom Cruise
Harden My Heart – Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige
Shadows of the Night / Harden My Heart – Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough
Here I Go Again – Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige, Tom Cruise,
Can’t Fight This Feeling – Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin
Any Way You Want It – Mary J. Blige, Constantine Maroulis, Julianne Hough
Undercover Love – Diego Boneta
Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige
Rock You Like A Hurricane – Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise
We Built This City / We’re Not Gonna Take It – Russell Brand / Catherine Zeta-Jones
Don’t Stop Believin’- Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige
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