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4th April 2017

brian johnson

A new Sky Arts series, 'Brian Johnson's Life On The Road', features Johnno in conversation with some of the biggest names in rock'n'roll history.

This six part series sees Johnno explore the realities of life on a global rock tour with Roger Daltrey, Lars Ulrich, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Sting, Joe Elliott and Robert Plant.

Part one is set for broadcast at 9.00pm UK Time on Friday 28th April 2017.

In the first episode, Roger Daltrey, who Brian has known for forty years, meets Brian outside the house The Who vocalist grew up in, in Shepherd's Bush, London. They take a walk through the neighbourhood streets and end up at Bush Hall, where The Who rehearsed in their early days.

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In Bush Hall, Brian and Roger discuss how in many ways, the modern rock tour was invented by The Who. They pioneered many of the moves and postures of the live rock show: the bombast, the aggression, the strutting, the element of danger on stage, the ear-splitting loudness, and the move into bigger arenas with laser shows and giant TV screens.

And while on the road, The Who were second to none in terms of rock'n'roll mayhem – it was a non-stop carnival of drugs, groupies, and wrecked hotel rooms.

Brian and Roger's conversation turns to The Who's 1969 album, 'Tommy', and subsequent tour and how it transformed The Who from a quirky, antagonistic art-rock band into stadium filling Rock Gods.

This is a series to be savoured and definitely not to be missed.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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