Twenty One Pilots' Tyler Joseph says Tom Cruise FIRED band from 'Top Gun: Maverick' soundtrack

Twenty One Pilots' Tyler Joseph says Tom Cruise FIRED band from 'Top Gun: Maverick' soundtrack
Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun: Maverick'; Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots (Paramount Pictures/Getty Images)

Top Gun: Maverick’ is undoubtedly one of the highly anticipated movies of the year and fans can’t wait for the film to arrive in theatres, later this month. The original movie was known for its epic aerial stunts and beautiful soundtrack. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that fans are hoping to have an amazing song list this time around as well. However, it seems that the movie has got into a bit of controversy with a band claiming that they were fired from the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ soundtrack.

Twenty-One Pilots lead singer Tyler Joseph recently stunned the world when he revealed that he was involved with the music of the upcoming Tom Cruise movie. However, everything didn’t work out as he would have expected it to be.


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According to Tyler, the band was supposed to appear on the soundtrack of the upcoming action flick before someone from the movie’s cast swooped in and pressed the ejector-seat button on them.

(L-R) Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun of music group Twenty One Pilots attends the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, which was broadcast live on FOX on May 27, 2021. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

During an interview with KROQ, the lead vocalist from Twenty One Pilots stated that he was working with the music placement person for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and was about to write a new song for the movie. However, he believes that it was Tom Cruise who just came in and fired everyone. He said, “Funny thing, I was working with the music-placement person for the new ‘Top Gun’, on writing a new song for them, and then I believe Tom Cruise came in and just fired everyone.”

Joseph also shared that the movie went into a series of overhauls due to the Covid-19 pandemic and they were a part of the movie when the first trailer was released by Paramount Pictures. He added, “You've seen that new ‘Top Gun’ trailer has been out for like three years. There’ve been a few overhauls, and I was part of that.”

The ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ star hasn’t made any kind of comment regarding the matter, but a source close to the production giant said that the comments made by Joseph are “just not true” and added that Cruise never saw any songs submitted by the band. 

Maverick" World Premiere on May 04, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images,,)

During the same interview, Joseph also noted that he was shown some scenes from the movie and given an idea about what the makers were looking for. Fortunately for Joseph, he didn’t start writing at that point. He said, “I saw some scenes. They brought me in to show me some scenes and stuff, and I actually don't think I started writing.”

This is not the first time Cruise’s reputation of being a harsh taskmaster has come out in public. In December 2020, an audio clip from the sets of ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning’ got leaked and went viral on social media. In the clip, Cruise was heard bashing the crew members who were not taking Covid-19 protocols seriously and threatened to fire everyone if they were seen not following those protocols.

While Twenty One Pilots won’t be on the playlist, Lady Gaga came out with her new song for the movie and called it “a love letter to the world’. Titled ‘Hold My Hand’, the song has been in the works for years now and celebrates the heroes of each and everyone’s life.


The soundtrack of the original 1986 movie was a massive success and the song ‘Take My Breath Away’ by Berlin went on to win Best Original Song at the Academy Awards. The soundtrack remained at the numero uno position on the Billboard Hot 200 albums chart for five non-consecutive weeks in the summer and fall of 1986.

Let’s see if ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ can do the same or not.

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