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Rock Star is a 2001 movie starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Stephen Herek. The film also stars Jennifer Aniston. It was shot almost entirely in and around Los Angeles, but takes place in Pittsburgh.
The movie depicts, approximately, the life of an '80s heavy metal band, with the highs and lows of fame, drugs, rock and roll, and groupies. The band depicted in the movie, Steel Dragon, is fictional.
The film was inspired by the real-life story of Tim 'Ripper' Owens, singer in a Judas Priest tribute band who was chosen to replace singer Rob Halford when he left the band. The original title of the movie was to be Metal God, similar to signature Judas Priest song "Metal Gods".
This is the executive producer debut of George Clooney, Wahlberg's co-star from Three Kings and The Perfect Storm.
The band members are portrayed by ex-Dokken current Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson, Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde (Zakk's rhythm guitarist Nick Catanese plays the lead guitarist in Chris' tribute band Blood Pollution), actor and guitarist Dominic West, and ex-Foreigner drummer and son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Jason Bonham. Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge makes an appearance as 'Thor' in the movie. Also, the singing voice for Mark Wahlberg's character was Steelheart frontman Miljenko Matijevic. Jeff Scott Soto (of Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Soul Sirkus, Journey) provided the voice of the fictional band's original singer whom Wahlberg's character replaces.
The band Blood Pollution is also comprised of known musical artists, including the aforementioned guitarist Nick Catanese (Black Label Society), drummer Blas Elias (Slaughter), and bassist Brian Vander Ark, (The Verve Pipe, who also contributed a song to the film's soundtrack). The only member of the two main bands who is not an established musician is Blood Pollution's guitarist Timothy Olyphant