You’d be forgiven for forgetting that there’s a Tom Cruise rock musical coming this summer in between all the superhero fare. While we’ve only gotten brief glimpses of the musical numbers from Rock of Ages in the film’s trailers, a full music video for the stars’ rendition of Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” has gone online. I actually think the idea for Rock of Ages is solid, but I absolutely cannot stand the production on these songs. Director Adam Shankman recruited Glee’s music producer Adam Anders to produce the songs for Rock of Ages, and all the choruses sound way, way, way overproduced. “Any Way You Want It” doesn’t sound terrible thanks to Mary J. Blige, but any time the chorus comes in I’m immediately taken out of the number.
In addition to the music video, an audio sample of Cruise singing “Pour Some Sugar On Me” has also landed online. Again, it’s overproduced, but Cruise doesn’t sound terrible on his own. Hit the jump to take a listen to the songs. Rock of Ages opens on June 15th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Rock of Ages:
“Rock of Ages” tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.
Here’s Cruise singing “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, followed by the “Any Way You Want It” video.