Rock of Ages has certainly been touring like a rock band! The film had two high-profile premieres this week, a NYC red carpet sponsored by The Venetian Hotel (Las Vegas) on June 6th and a Los Angeles premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater tonight June 8th.
Members of the star-studded cast were in attendance on both coasts to promote the film which opens nationwide June 15th.
The NYC premiere was held at the Landmark Theater and included cast Julianne Hough and director Adam Shankman, as well as celebrity guests Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas and wife Marisol Thomas, Padma Lakshmi, Dylan Lauren, Irina Shayk, Lisa Ling, Sean Lennon, and more. The event was sponsored by The Venetian Las Vegas which will be debuting Rock of Ages on their stage in December. The Vegas production will feature classic ’80s songs “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Here I Go Again,” “I Wanna Know What Love Is”. “Vegas is as campy as it gets. It is the perfect place,” Hough told reporters. Shankman added, “It’s the greatest honor that The Venetian just opened its very own Bourbon Room inspired by the movie. I can’t wait to go to the opening of the show at the end of the year!” Post-screening, celebrities enjoyed a reception at Sons of Essex.
In Los Angeles, Julianne Hough (and brother DWTS’ Derek Hough, plus boyfriend Ryan Seacrest), Diego Boneta, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Catherin Zeta-Jones, Zac Efron, Tom Cruise (sans wife Katie Holmes), Josh Duhanel (in a long wig, rocker jacket, and shirtless) with wife Fergie, and screenwriter Justin Theroux (sans girlfriend Jennifer Aniston) walked the red carpet. Post-carpet the evening included rock performances by Bret Michaels with Poison and Def Leppard. Other rockers in attendance incldued REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin and Lita Ford.
Press Pass LA has been reporting on this film since news first broke last year with the announcement of Russell Brand to play Lonny, the film’s narrator and night club operator. Check out our article here for more information about what to expect from this film and a bit of history on Rock of Ages the play which started at Hollywood’s Vangaurd theater and returned last year to the Pantages.
I for one can’t wait to see the film next weekend and check out the play when it debuts in Sin City at The Venetian this December. What could more rockin!
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