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Tom Cruise stars as rocker Stacee Jaxx in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages, an homage to '80s rock and glam metal that features songs from Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Pat Benatar, and Journey.
It's 1987, and only one rock star can save a dive bar on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip: Tom Cruise. The actor has never starred in a musical before, so he practices several hours a day for months to play Stacee Jaxx, frontman for the fictional band Arsenal. The film opens with Cruise singing Guns N' Roses "Paradise City." We also meet aspiring rocker Drew (Diego Boneta) and his love interest Sherrie (Julianne Hough), who both work at the struggling Bourbon Room, the club that pins its hopes of survival on Arsenal's final concert. Meanwhile, local conservatives (Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bryan Cranston) are determined to destroy the den of iniquity and protest with Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" and Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." Drew readies for his big break with Joan Jett's "I Love Rock And Roll" and Foreigner's "Juke Box Hero," while Stacee admits he's "Wanted Dead Or Alive" ala Bon Jovi. By the end, Drew and Sherrie take the stage to sing Drew's "original" song, Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."
Rock of Ages is an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning 2006 Broadway hit of the same name, which ran for 2,328 performances until it closed on January 18, 2015. The film takes liberties with the storyline - altering a subplot that includes an affair between Stacee and Sherrie and putting the Bourbon Room in danger over a tax debt instead of from German developers - but uses many of the same songs. While the movie only earns a little over $59 million at the box office, the soundtrack peaks at #5 on the Billboard 200 and is certified gold in Canada.