Dan Rather doesn’t pull any punches during the hour-long episode, as he takes viewers behind the makeup to meet the real Gene Simmons – outspoken musician, business man, father, and husband. From his life and loves, to his views on the music industry and his passion for America, Gene doesn’t shy away from the taboo topics. Dan and Gene get surprisingly personal, eliciting a side of the superstar that isn’t often seen on stage or television. From his father’s absence, his mother’s time in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, and his poverty-stricken childhood in Israel to his high-profile liaisons with Cher and Diana Ross, his monumental success with KISS, and his revealing reality show – no stone is left unturned.
While Simmons may have finally settled down as a family man, his career – both as an entrepreneur and a member of KISS – has never been hotter. With the band’s blockbuster 40th anniversary tour well underway, Simmons delves into the origins of KISS, their refusal to play the pop music game, and their commitment to originality and hard word. It’s this same drive, what Simmons calls “the working man’s ethic,” that has helped him build a multi-million dollar empire that includes a record company, restaurant chain, race horse operations, and an Arena Football team.
Kenny Rogers sits down with Dan Rather for THE BIG INTERVIEW this Tuesday at 8 ET|5 PT
Filmed on stage at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Kenny Rogers‘ path from jazz musician to country music icon is chronicled through a frank and insightful conversation with Dan Rather. Throughout the interview, Rogers provides heartfelt answers about his humble beginnings, his love for a good story, and fondly recalls his mother’s pearls of wisdom that he still follows today.
Rather covers all major aspects of Rogers career; from his early days as a singer and bass player for doo-wop groups, jazz trios, and folk-rock bands to what led Rogers to start his solo career. Additionally, the two Houston natives talk at length about the history behind the GRAMMY® Award-winning Song of the Year “The Gambler,” and Rogers‘ success performing duets with established artists – such as Lionel Ritchie and Dolly Parton.
Truly one of the most influential country music artists of all time, Rogers is still performing nearly 100 shows a year in front of live audiences worldwide! Rogers accolades include charting a record in each of the past seven decades, recording 24 No. 1 hits and 12 No. 1 albums, and being one of the highest selling artists ever – with over 120 million albums sold worldwide! A trailblazing artist, Rogers was the first country artist to consistently sell out arenas and quickly became a pop superstar as well – his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10’s is fourth-best all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley.
Rogers has received hundreds of awards for his music and charity work, including three GRAMMY® Awards, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music awards, and six Country Music Association awards.Rogers has also been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the CMA Lifetime Achievement Award And just this year, his most recent album, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” became his 22nd Top 10 Country Album, and the title track duet with Dolly Parton has earned GRAMMY® Award and CMA Award nominations.
EXCLUSIVE video sneak peek into Kenny & Dan’s conversation:
Premiering September 16 at 8 ET|5 PT
Meet a side of Jack White his millions of fans have never seen in his BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather, Tuesday at 8 ET|5 PT. In this hour-long, wide-ranging conversation, the rock ‘n roller talks about everything from his move to Nashville, to how he envies the musicians of the Sixties.
Enjoy this exclusive sneak-peek of THE BIG INTERVIEW & tune in for the full conversation Tuesday at 8 ET|5 PT.
Premiering September 9 at 8 ET|5 PT
On an all-new episode of THE BIG INTERVIEW, Dan Rather sits down with the legendary Loretta Lynn during a break in her cross-country tour. Don’t miss the Queen of Country Music in an intimate conversation with Dan on life, love, and, of course, music.
Premiering Saturday August 23 at 8 ET|5 PT
In this hour-long exclusive, Simon Cowell, THE X FACTOR creator and judge, sits down with veteran newsman Dan Rather for a frank and open interview on an all-new episode of AXS TV’s lauded interview series, THE BIG INTERVIEW. Filmed on location at his summer home, Simon opens up on what life is like as both a reality TV tough guy and hugely successful music and TV producer, while also reflecting on events in his personal life that he has never before publicly shared.
Get to know the real Simon Cowell on THE BIG INTERVIEW, then watch the music mogul in action August 31 at 8 ET|5 PT when THE X FACTOR UK premieres on AXS TV! We are proud to be the official U.S. broadcast home for the upcoming eleventh season – which of course features the much-anticipated return of Simon to the judging panel.
Of course, Dan talks with Simon on the importance of THE X FACTOR UK coming to AXS TV, and what we can expect from the new season – like maybe a softer Simon? “No it’ll be exactly what you expect, Dan,” says Simon, with a smile. Catch a sneak-peak of their BIG INTERVIEW below:
THE BIG INTERVIEW with Simon Cowell marks the return of #axsTBI with new, incisive episodes this Fall, featuring your favorite new artists and legendary entertainers – like Country Music Hall of Famers Loretta Lynn and Kenny Rogers, musician Jack White, and rock ‘n roller Jerry Lee Lewis, among others.
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