HOLLYWOOD — With enough heavy metal stars to fill a Milwaukee Metalfest party, Monday’s preem of “Rock Star” at the Village Theater combined elements of a mid-’80s Grammys lineup and a Sotheby’s tribute to “important” studded leather.
Post-screening, Kiss lead guitarist Gene Simmons called the pic “terrific,” although he rolled his eyes at the thought of a heavy-metal star turning his back on “the money, the stage, the hot-and-cold-running girls” to play a Seattle coffeehouse.
Poison’s Rikki Rockett offered this Zen-like review: “Everyone’s path is a little bit different. It’s hard to tell if they got it right or wrong.”
Party was at the House of Blues, where cover band Metalshop performed and David Spade expressed his preference for the group over the originals: “You catch all the ’80s hits without any of ‘the stuff from the new album.’ ” Perfs also came from LL Cool J and pic’s co-star/Black Label Society lead guitarist Zakk Wylde, who shut the party down after three songs at 2 a.m.
Among those banging heads at the preem were Warner Bros.’ Alan Horn, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brad Ball and Dan Fellman; Bel-Air’s Steven Reuther; producers Toby Jaffe and Robert Lawrence; director Stephen Herek; stars Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston; plus guests Rachael Leigh Cook, Fred Durst, David Foster, David Hayter, Kevin Huvane, Lisa Kudrow, Marilyn Manson, Matthew Perry, Brad Pitt, Marq Roswell and Paul Stanley.