Tom Cruise Takes On Def Leppard and Guns N' Roses For Rock of Ages
The album features 80s hits by Def Leppard, Journey, Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, Poison, Twisted Sister, Scorpions and more performed by the film's cast including Tom Cruise, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta.
We were sent this background information: Directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), New Line Cinema's Rock of Ages is the film adaptation of the smash hit, five-time Tony nominated Broadway musical which tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Executive Music Producer Adam Anders (Glee) helps tell the rock 'n' roll romance through cast versions of heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Poison, Journey, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, Foreigner, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and more.
"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," said filmmaker Adam Shankman. "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."
"It's an enormous thrill to introduce the soundtrack of Rock of Ages to the world," said Executive Music Producer Adam Anders. "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."
As the larger-than-life, arena-rocking champ "Stacee Jaxx," the Rock of Ages Soundtrack features Tom Cruise belting out Bon Jovi's classic "Wanted Dead or Alive," Def Leppard's hit "Pour Some Sugar On Me," and Guns 'N Roses anthem "Paradise City." Cruise also duets with Malin Akerman on Foreigner's power ballad, "I Want To Know What Love Is," and shares the mic with Julianne Hough on The Scorpions' "Rock You Like A Hurricane."
The album also features an extraordinary medley of Night Ranger's "Sister Christian," David Lee Roth's "Just Like Paradise," and Poison's "Nothin' But A Good Time," which features Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin.
Also echoing through the soundtrack are mash-ups of songs that ruled the airwaves in the `80s, including Foreigner's "Juke Box Hero" / Joan Jett's "I Love Rock N Roll"; Extreme's "More Than Words" / Warrant's "Heaven"; Pat Benatar's "Shadows Of The Night" / Quarterflash's "Harden My Heart"; and Starship's "We Built This City" woven into Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It," all performed by the film's cast.
The full track list for the album is as follows:
1. "Paradise City" - Tom Cruise
2. "Sister Christian" / "Just Like Paradise" / "Nothin' But A Good Time" - Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin
3. "Juke Box Hero" / "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" - Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Julianne
4. "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" - Catherine Zeta-Jones
5. "Waiting For A Girl Like You" - Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough
6. "More Than Words" / "Heaven" - Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta
7. "Wanted Dead Or Alive" - Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough
8. "I Want To Know What Love Is" - Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman
9. "I Wanna Rock" - Diego Boneta
10. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" - Tom Cruise
11. "Harden My Heart" - Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige
12. "Shadows of the Night" / "Harden My Heart" - Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough
13. "Here I Go Again" - Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige, Tom Cruise
14. "Can't Fight This Feeling" - Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin
15. "Any Way You Want It" - Mary J. Blige, Constantine Maroulis, Julianne Hough
16. "Undercover Love" - Diego Boneta
17. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" - Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige
18. "Rock You Like A Hurricane" - Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise
19. "We Built This City" / "We're Not Gonna Take It" - Russell Brand / Catherine Zeta-Jones
20. "Don't Stop Believin'"- Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige