Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Look for these cultural cameos in 'Rock of Ages'

Our Stuck in the '80s guru Steve Spears spotted these cultural cameos during Rock of Ages:

As young lovers Sherrie and Drew stroll through a now-extinct Tower Records store on the Sunset Strip, see how many album covers from the '80s you can recognize, including Lita Ford, Molly Hatchet, Ted Nugent and even the soundtrack to Footloose — an inside nod to Julianne Hough, who starred in the 2011 remake.

Steve Perry's hit solo song Oh Sherrie — a predictable punchline in the stage version of Rock of Ages — is missing in the big-screen production, except for a few opening notes before it gets cut off. Now that's funny.

American Idol's Constantine Maroulis, who played Drew in the Broadway stage version, makes a split-second appearance as a skeptical record executive. He also scores a singing credit as part of Journey's Any Way You Want It.

Speaking of cameos, look very carefully in the final street battle scene as real-life rockers Debbie Gibson, REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin and Skid Row's Sebastian Bach appear in the crowd.

South Florida's Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, appears unexpectedly in Southern California and hosts the final, tear-jerking concert scene. Many other scenes were filmed in Fort Lauderdale instead of Los Angeles as well.

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