Tom Cruise Wants You to Pour Some Sugar On Him (On the ‘Rock of Ages’ Soundtrack)
Do you want to hear Tom Cruise sing Def Leppard? Well, even if you don’t, you’re about to, courtesy of the Rock of Ages soundtrack.
Between the couch jumping and the string of bad movies, Tom Cruise may have gotten a little… let’s call it eccentric in recent years; but if Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol proved anything, it’s that he’s still got the proverbial “it.” Next up for him? ‘80s hair rock musical Rock of Ages.
Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, Rock of Ages follows the story of two young hopefuls, would-be rock star Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) and wannabe actress Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) as they search for the path to stardom. As Stacee Jaxx, the outrageous lead singer of the fictional band Arsenal, Tom Cruise takes on the role of Drew’s idol.
I know, I know: Since when does Tom Cruise sing? Since now, apparently. In what’s been described as as a wacky mashup performance of Axl Rose, Keith Richards, and Jim Morrison, Tom-as-Stacee belts out a whole bunch of classic ‘80s tunes in the movie—and on the soundtrack, which incidentally has just become available for pre-order on iTunes.
And hey, guess what? We’ve got a sneak listen of one of the album’s tracks Or rather, People does. The gossip site has managed to snag a preview of the soundtrack, so click through to hear Tom doing his best Def Leppard impersonation as he croons “Pour Some Sugar On Me:”
He’s got the style down nicely, doesn’t he? He may sound a little skeezy, but we’re willing to roll with it for the same reason we’re willing to roll with his wacky-looking photo shoot from the June issue of W magazine: It’s just the character (this time, at least!)
Tom also rock out with Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is,” Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City,” and Scorpions’ “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The soundtrack drops on June 5, with the movie following closely behind on June 15.
Tell us: Does Tom Cruise make for a good rock star, or is he overreaching a bit?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.