If you’re a fan of rock music, you’ve probably seen the movie Rock Star. This 2001 film tells the story of Chris Cole, a die-hard fan of the fictional band Steel Dragon who gets the chance to become their lead singer after the departure of their original frontman.
But who actually sings in the movie Rock Star? Let’s take a closer look.
The Lead Role
The actor who plays Chris Cole in Rock Star is Mark Wahlberg. While Wahlberg is primarily known for his work as an actor, he has dabbled in music as well. In fact, before he became famous as a member of New Kids on the Block, Mark’s older brother Donnie was actually part of that boy band.
In Rock Star, Mark Wahlberg does all of his own singing. He worked with vocal coach Roger Love to prepare for the role and recorded all of his songs for the movie’s soundtrack.
The Band Members
While Mark Wahlberg sings all of Chris Cole’s parts in Rock Star, he’s not actually part of Steel Dragon. So who provides the vocals for that band?
The answer is quite surprising: it’s Jeff Scott Soto.
Who is Jeff Scott Soto?
Jeff Scott Soto is a real-life rock musician who has been active since the early 1980s. He has released numerous albums as a solo artist and has also been involved with bands like Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force and Journey.
In Rock Star, Jeff Scott Soto provides all of the lead vocals for Steel Dragon. He recorded all of their songs for the movie’s soundtrack and even performed live with Mark Wahlberg during some promotional appearances.
Other Musical Contributions
In addition to Mark Wahlberg and Jeff Scott Soto, there are several other musicians who contributed to the music in Rock Star. These include:
- Jason Bonham, son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, who played drums for Steel Dragon in the movie
- Zakk Wylde, guitarist for bands like Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society, who provided some of the guitar solos heard in the film
- Nick Catanese, guitarist for Black Label Society, who also played guitar on some of Steel Dragon’s songs
So there you have it: Mark Wahlberg sings all of Chris Cole’s parts in Rock Star, while Jeff Scott Soto provides the lead vocals for Steel Dragon. With contributions from other talented musicians like Jason Bonham and Zakk Wylde, the movie’s soundtrack is a true celebration of rock music.