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17th May '17 7:32:51 AM JamesAustin
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A 2001 comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Herek and starring Mark Wahlberg as Chris "Izzy" Cole, the lead singer of a tribute band who becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes. This movie explores the rabid popularity and backstage excesses of the HairMetal bands that dominated 1980s music.

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''Rock Star'' is a
2001 comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Herek and starring Mark Wahlberg as Chris "Izzy" Cole, the lead singer of a tribute band who becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes. This movie explores the rabid popularity and backstage excesses of the HairMetal bands that dominated 1980s music.



* ArmoredClosetGay: Steel Dragon's original singer. Also, according to WordofGod (on the commentary), Bradley, the rival singer who replaces Chris in Blood Pollution.

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* ArmoredClosetGay: Steel Dragon's original singer. Also, according to WordofGod WordOfGod (on the commentary), Bradley, the rival singer who replaces Chris in Blood Pollution.



* AscendedFanboy: The plot.
* BasedOnATrueStory: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_%22Ripper%22_Owens Tim "Ripper" Owens was in a Judas Priest tribute band before joining Judas Priest itself]].
** To hammer the point home, the working title of the film (seen on the clapper on outtakes on the [=DVD=]) was Rock God. "Rock God" is the nickname of Rob Halford, the man Owens replaced.

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* AscendedFanboy: The plot.
plot: Chris was the lead singer of a tribute band for his favorite band before he becomes lead singer of the real band.
* BasedOnATrueStory: The story is based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_%22Ripper%22_Owens Tim "Ripper" Owens Owens]], who was in a Judas Priest tribute band before joining Judas Priest itself]].
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itself. To hammer the point home, the working title of the film (seen on the clapper on outtakes on the [=DVD=]) was Rock God. "Rock God" is the nickname of Rob Halford, the man Owens replaced.



* BookEnds: Chris impresses the lead singer by singing along at a concert; a fan later does the same thing to him.

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* BookEnds: {{Bookends}}: Chris impresses the lead singer by singing along at a concert; a fan later does the same thing to him.



* DoingItForTheArt: [[invoked]] How Chris feels about his tribute band. Also, Bobby Beers' project at the end.

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* DoingItForTheArt: [[invoked]] How In-universe, how Chris feels about his tribute band. Also, Bobby Beers' project at the end.
26th Apr '17 1:10:15 PM SnowHesher
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* ArtisticLicenseMusic: It's very unlikely that Bobby Beers would be able to hear Chris singing along to "Stand Up and Shout" over the band's PA system and front stage monitors.
21st Feb '17 10:37:18 AM Mdumas43073
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Mark Wahlberg stars as Chris Cole, the lead singer of a tribute band who becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes. This movie explores the rabid popularity and backstage excesses of the glam rock bands that dominated 1980's music.

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A 2001 comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Herek and starring Mark Wahlberg stars as Chris "Izzy" Cole, the lead singer of a tribute band who becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes. This movie explores the rabid popularity and backstage excesses of the glam rock HairMetal bands that dominated 1980's music.1980s music.
13th Sep '16 7:54:28 PM SnowHesher
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* InVinoVeritas: One scene features Chris and Mats having drinks at the Rainbow Bar & Grill (a well-known rock star hangout in Hollywood). During their conversation, Mats tells the story about how he was once married, but left his wife because married life did not promise as much excitement as touring with rock bands. His wife later got remarried to a doctor and had children with him. The melancholic tone of Mats' voice implies that he's uncertain if he made the right choice or not.
13th Sep '16 5:41:42 PM SnowHesher
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** In one scene, Chris drives a motorcycle down the hallway of the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood. John Bonham from Music/LedZeppelin did the same thing in the same hotel in the 1970s.
13th Sep '16 5:01:19 PM SnowHesher
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* CampGay: Bobby Beers behaves like a total diva when he is fired from Steel Dragon. [[spoiler: In the closing credits, we see that he has abandoned rock music and become a Michael Flatley-like professional dancer.]]
23rd Aug '16 4:53:04 PM gewunomox
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* ImportantHaircut: Chris gets one at the end, going from metal length to [[KurtCobain Cobain]] length.

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* ImportantHaircut: Chris gets one at the end, going from metal length to [[KurtCobain [[Music/KurtCobain Cobain]] length.
31st Jul '16 5:56:19 PM CockroachCharlie
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** Likewise at the end when Chris sees Thor mimicking him in the same way he (Chris) mimicked Bobby in the beginning of the film.
31st Jul '16 5:54:29 PM CockroachCharlie
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** Bobby Beers outright says it.
2nd Jul '16 1:52:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* CoolOldGuy: Mats, the road manager for Steel Dragon. He becomes somewhat of a mentor to Chris, giving him advice on how to adapt to the lifestyle of a famous rock star.
** WordOfGod on the DVD says he was envisioned as a [[TheObiWan "demented Obi Wan Kenobi."]]

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* CoolOldGuy: Mats, the road manager for Steel Dragon. He becomes somewhat of a mentor to Chris, giving him advice on how to adapt to the lifestyle of a famous rock star. \n** WordOfGod on the DVD says he was envisioned as a [[TheObiWan "demented Obi Wan Kenobi."]] "
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