If you’re a fan of rock music and movies, chances are you’ve seen the 2001 film “Rock Star” starring Mark Wahlberg. The movie follows 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 their original frontman is fired.
But who exactly was the band in the movie Rock Star? Let’s take a closer look.
The Real-Life Inspiration
First off, it’s important to note that Steel Dragon is not a real band. However, they were heavily inspired by the real-life ’80s glam metal group Judas Priest.
In fact, several members of Judas Priest actually make cameo appearances in the film, including lead singer Rob Halford and guitarist K.K. Downing.
The Actors Behind Steel Dragon
Despite not being a real band, Steel Dragon still needed musicians to bring their music to life on screen. So who were the actors behind the band?
Mark Wahlberg played Chris Cole/ “Izzy”, the lead singer of Steel Dragon. While Wahlberg may be best known for his acting career nowadays, he actually got his start in music as part of the hip-hop group Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch.
Playing alongside Wahlberg was Dominic West as Kirk Cuddy (guitar), Jason Bonham as A.C. (drums), Jeff Pilson as Jorgen (bass), and Zakk Wylde as Ghode (guitar). Bonham is actually the son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, while Wylde is best known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society.
Bringing The Music To Life
Of course, a movie about a rock band wouldn’t be complete without some killer tunes. While some of Steel Dragon’s songs were written specifically for the film, several were actually covers of classic rock songs.
One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is when Steel Dragon performs a cover of the Judas Priest song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (not to be confused with the Twisted Sister hit of the same name). Other covers performed by Steel Dragon in the movie include “Stand Up and Shout” by Dio and “Livin’ The Life” by Steelheart.
The Legacy Of Rock Star
While Rock Star may not have been a critical darling upon its release, it has since become a cult classic among fans of both rock music and ’00s cinema. The film’s soundtrack also helped introduce a new generation to classic rock songs that they may not have otherwise been familiar with.
In conclusion, while Steel Dragon may not have been a real band, they still managed to capture the spirit of ’80s glam metal and bring it to life on screen. And who knows? Maybe someday we’ll see Mark Wahlberg reprise his role as Chris Cole for a Rock Star sequel.