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VH1 Classic Readies Decades Rock Live

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

VH1 Classic and World Productions will present an all-star artist lineup for Decades Rock Live, an innovative new live concert series scheduled to premiere on the network in the fall. Artists confirmed include Bonnie Raitt, Billy Corgan, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Cyndi Lauper, The Doobie Brothers With Michael McDonald, Keb Mo, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Incubus, Sarah McLachlan, Rob Zombie, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The second recorded installment will tape at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ on September 30, and features Raitt with special guests Jones, Harper and Mo.

Decades Rock Live features performances by artists from rock to soul who have influenced popular music over the last 50 years as well as performances from some of today's hottest recording acts who have been inspired by these legends. Each one-hour episode will focus on a specific artist.

At the inaugural taping of the show on August 5, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, founding members of The Doors, featuring Ian Astbury, unveiled their new band moniker "Riders On The Storm." Special guests were Perry Farrell, Macy Gray, Pat Travers, John Sabastian, The Original Vanilla Fudge and Antigone Rising.

Decades Rock Live is taped at Trump Taj Mahal's high definition television studio, The Decades Rock Arena (temporarily renamed from Mark Etess Arena for the duration of the series run). The music performances are augmented with special features, such as "Decades Confidential," exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with artists, focusing on their career milestones and highlighting their newest releases, concert performances and other endeavors. The segments will also include "Fan Factoids" from viewers sharing their knowledge of music facts and figures, incorporated as pop-up quotes and trivia in every episode. Additionally, Decades Rock Live will feature several special themed shows that will include recording acts from the past five decades celebrating a specific musical genre or period. It will be broadcast in High Definition in 5.1 surround sound, and rebroadcast on a premium HD network at a later date.

The series will be produced by Eric Sherman, senior vice president and general manager, VH1 Classic and Barry Summers, executive producer for World Productions. Co-producers are Tisha Fein (GRAMMY Awards) and Terry Lickona (Austin City Limits). –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen