This post is about a theatrical event that will only be available in the US. If it follows the pattern of the other ones I mention below it will eventually be available via other media.
Fathom Events is airing a documentary at movie theaters this Thursday night, June 29 2017. Titled Hired Gun, it “introduces music fans to some of the world’s unsung heroes of the music industry. These artists have played with musical legends such as Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Billy Joel, Pink, Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Jackson, Metallica and many more.
Hired Gun is the story of the musical talent responsible for the most famous instrumental solos in the world, who have toured with the musical legends who hired them. The movie details the highs and lows of touring life, the demands of session schedules, and the dedication required to play backseat to some of rock’s most iconic musicians.”
That write-up is from the documentary’s website. If you’ve been paying attention the past few years, they’ve been making some pretty good documentaries about the music business: Twenty Feet From Stardom, about backup singers; The Wrecking Crew, about LA studio musicians; Muscle Shoals, about the legendary Alabama studios; and Tom Dowd and the Language of Music about the guy who produced everyone from Ray Charles to John Coltrane to Derek and the Dominos.
Following the movie will be a Q&A with the cast.