LOS ANGELES – May 27, 2014 – AXS TV, the country’s premier destination for live music festival coverage-unleashes a fully loaded summer programming lineup boasting once-in-a-lifetime Sunday night concerts, hard-hitting MMA events, in-depth investigative reports, and the return of the Thursday night comedy block on June 12, with the debut of the all-new comedic panel series MOCKpocalypse at 8:30pE.
Highlights include a Sunday “Summer Rocks” concert series featuring such headliners as ELTON JOHN-THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO on Sunday, June 22 at 8pE; GUNS N’ ROSES-APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY, on Sunday, June 29 at 8pE; RINGO STARR: A LIFETIME OF PEACE & LOVE on Sunday, July 13; and the MUSICARES® PERSON OF THE YEAR 2010: NEIL YOUNG on Sunday, July 20 at 8pE.
Other distinguished programs include a six-part GRAMMY® Museum Series launching Monday, July 7 at 9pE; as well as returning original series TOM GREEN LIVE and GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE premiering on Thursday, June 12; DAN RATHER PRESENTS: RANGE WAR on Tuesday, July 22; and much more.
AXS TV’s summer premiere dates are listed in chronological order. All times are EDT:
Sunday, June 1
PETER GABRIEL: LIVE IN VERONA – TAKING THE PULSE – 8pE (concert)
Friday, June 6
Live AXS TV Fights: RESURRECTION FIGHTING ALLIANCE 15 – 10pE
Sunday, June 8
THE WHO: QUADROPHENIA IN LONDON – 8pE (concert)
Thursday, June 12
MOCKpocalypse series premiere – 8:30pE (series)
TOM GREEN LIVE – third season premiere – 9pE (series) – Steve Carell guests
GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE – 12 new episodes – 10pE (series) – Bobcat Goldthwait hosts
Friday, June 13
Live AXS TV Fights: LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 31 – 10pE
Sunday, June 15
DAVID GILMOUR LIVE IN GDANSK- 8pE (concert) – U.S. Premiere
Thursday, June 19
TOM GREEN LIVE – 9pE (series) – Alan Thicke guests
GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE – 10pE (series) – Jimmie Walker hosts
Friday, June 20
Live AXS TV Fights: LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 32 – 10pE
Sunday, June 22
ELTON JOHN: THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO – 8pE (concert)
Thursday, June 26
TOM GREEN LIVE – 9pE (series) – Criss Angel guests
GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE – 10pE (series) – Gabe Kaplan hosts
Sunday, June 29
GUNS N’ ROSES: APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY – 8pE (concert)
Thursday, July 3
TOM GREEN LIVE – 9pE (series) – Dana Carvey and Buzz Aldrin guest
GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE – 10pE (series) – Joe Piscopo hosts
Friday, July 4
Live AXS TV Fights: LION FIGHT 16 – 9pE – Location: Las Vegas
Sunday, July 6
GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS LIVE FROM RED ROCKS – 8pE (concert)
Monday, July 7
GRAMMY® MUSEUM series premiere – 9pE (series)
Thursday, July 10
TOM GREEN LIVE – 9pE (series) – Bob Saget guests
Friday, July 11
THE VOICE VERSUS: DAN GABLE – 10pE
Sunday, July 13
RINGO STARR: A LIFETIME OF PEACE & LOVE – 8pE (concert)
Friday, July 18
Live AXS TV Fights: LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 33 – 10pE
Sunday, July 20
MUSICARES® PERSON OF THE YEAR 2010: NEIL YOUNG – 8pE (concert)
Monday, July 21
THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS MAGAZINE AWARDS SHOW – 8pE (special)
Tuesday, July 22
DAN RATHER PRESENTS: RANGE WAR – 8pE (special)
Friday, July 25
Live AXS TV Fights: RESURRECTION FIGHTING ALLIANCE 16 – 10pE
Program descriptions are listed below by programming blocks.
New ‘Summer Rocks’ Sunday Night Concert Series
JUNE 1 – “PETER GABRIEL: LIVE IN VERONA – TAKING THE PULSE”- (8pE)
“Live In Verona – Taking the Pulse” features Peter Gabriel with the New Blood Orchestra performing many of the best loved songs from his catalogue. Each song was re-arranged to feature the orchestra – no guitars or drums were used. The location of the concert is the open air setting of the Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy.
JUNE 8 – “THE WHO: QUADROPHENIA LIVE IN LONDON” – (8pE)
Filmed on July 8, 2013, QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON features The Who in peak form, performing Quadrophenia from front to back, in its entirety, plus a special set of some of their all-time greatest hits. The film captures the band’s dynamic performance in front of their hometown crowd and features blistering performances of The Real Me, The Punk And The Godfather, Doctor Jimmy and a powerful performance of Love Reign O’er Me. With HD screen backdrops, archival footage and today’s advanced technology in sound, QUADROPHENIA: LIVE IN LONDON reunites The Who with band mates John Entwistle, for 5:15, and Keith Moon for his signature song Bell Boy. In addition to their performance of Quadrophenia, the band tear through classic tracks such as Pinball Wizard, Who Are You, You Better You Bet, Baba O’Riley, Won’t Get Fooled Again and Tea & Theatre, from their 2006 release with the intensity and power only The Who can conjure.
JUNE 15 – “DAVID GILMOUR LIVE IN GDANSK” – (8pE) U.S. PREMIERE
Tune in as Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour-the voice behind such influential classics as Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb-performs a very special set, live from the shipyards in Gdansk, Poland. The politically charged setting, where former president Lech Walesa famously started the Solidarity Union that ultimately overthrew the communist government, provides the perfect backdrop for this once-in-a-lifetime event, where music and history collide.
JUNE 22 – “ELTON JOHN: THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO” – (8pE)
The beloved singer-songwriter gets the audience up and dancing, as he blazes through a medley of 18 career-spanning hits in this lively performance filmed during his 2013 residency at the world-famous Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
JUNE 29 – “GUNS N ROSES: APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY” – (8pE)
Heavy metal heroes Guns N’ Roses take over Sin City in this milestone set that marks the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking debut album Appetite for Destruction, and the fourth anniversary of the long-awaited Chinese Democracy album. Don’t miss legendary front man Axl Rose at the top of his game, delivering a fiery Vegas-style spectacle covering over two decades of the band’s biggest hits, in this performance filmed during the band’s 2012 “Appetite for Democracy” residency at The Joint in Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Casino. This is the first live concert release from GN’R’s latest lineup, and the first live GN’R release since 1992’s Use Your Illusion II.
JULY 6 – “GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS LIVE FROM RED ROCKS” – (8pE)
Celebrate four decades of “Bad to the Bone” southern rock, as country rebels George Thorogood and the Destroyers roll into town with this hit-heavy 40th anniversary special.
JULY 13 – “RINGO STARR: A LIFETIME OF PEACE AND LOVE” – (8pE)
The David Lynch Foundation honors Ringo Starr with a “Lifetime of Peace and Love Award.” This once in a lifetime tribute concert event is packed with heartfelt moments and great performances from some of music’s biggest and breaking artists including Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Ben Folds, Brendan Benson, Bettye LaVette, The Head & The Heart and Ark Life. Backing band reads like a who’s who of rock ‘n roll featuring Don Was, Benmont Tench, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather and Kenny Arnoff. This unique collection of musicians all came together to celebrate one of music’s greatest stars. The event was shot in Los Angeles last January as a benefit to support the Foundation.
JULY 20 – “MUSICARES® PERSON OF THE YEAR 2010: NEIL YOUNG” – (8pE)
Some of music’s biggest names come together to honor a living legend in MusiCares’® tribute to rock n’ roll heavyweight Neil Young. The star-studded special features performances from an eclectic blend of artists such as Dierks Bentley; Jackson Browne; T Bone Burnett; Neko Case; Shawn Colvin; Elvis Costello; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Sheryl Crow; John Fogerty; Josh Groban; Ben Harper; Elton John; Booker T. Jones; Norah Jones; Lady Antebellum; Dave Matthews; John Mellencamp; Jason Mraz; James Taylor; Keith Urban; Wilco; and more.
“Seriously. Funny. Thursdays.” Comedy Block
JUNE 12 – “MOCKpocalypse” – Series Premiere – (8:30pE)
Making its debut in AXS TV’s Thursday night comedy lineup is the half-hour comedic panel series, MOCKPOCALYPSE.The six-episode series features a panel of today’s top comedians who provide their own humorous takes on the hottest topics and trends in the music industry. The series is the brainchild of acclaimed comedy quintet Dr. God, and is executive-produced by Dr. God founders Neil Garguilo and Dave Park. In addition to the members of Dr. God, the first season of MOCKpocalypse will feature appearances from comedians and actors such as Brody Stevens (BRODY STEVENS: ENJOY IT), Dave Holmes (THE MORNING AFTER), Ryan Stout (CHELSEA LATELY), Abe Benrubi (THE BRIDGE), Kevin Heffernan & Steve Lemme (Broken Lizard comedy troupe), Stevie Ryan (STEVIE TV), Jamie Kaler (MY BOYS), and many more.
JUNE 12 – “TOM GREEN LIVE”-Season 3 Premiere – (9pE)
The irreverent comedian is back with even more outrageous stunts, insightful celebrity interviews, and viewer participation every Thursday night at 9pE. The third season kicks off with fan-favorite Steve Carell (ANCHORMAN 2) on June 12, followed by sitcom star and TV personality Alan Thicke (UNUSUALLY THICKE) on June 19 and master illusionist Criss Angel on June 26.
JUNE 12 – “GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE” – (10pE)
The third season of GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE picks up right where it left off, as the hit stand-up series returns to the Thursday night comedy block on June 12 with host Bobcat Goldthwait. Tune in as the country’s top comics perform at the legendary Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Other comedy headliners who are scheduled to host include Jimmie Walker (June 19); Gabe Kaplan (June 26) and Joe Piscopo (July 3).
Friday Night Programming (SKEE LIVE, Inside MMA, AXS TV Fights)
SKEE LIVE – Fridays at 8pE
The hit music performance and interview series SKEE LIVE-hosted by music newsmaker DJ Skee-airs Fridays at 8pE/5pP. The unique music-centric program presents the biggest names and news in music and entertainment on a weekly basis. DJ Skee-hailed by ‘Forbes’ and ‘Billboard’ as one of the most influential figures in entertainment and pop culture-summons his vast music knowledge and deep industry connections to provide viewers with the ultimate front-row music experience.
INSIDE MMA – Fridays at 9pE
This summer, INSIDE MMA is the premier television source to see the biggest names, latest news, and top highlights from the world of mixed martial arts. Award-winning sportscaster Kenny Rice and four-time world champion fighter Bas Rutten host the weekly show with correspondent Ron Kruck providing on-site coverage of the sport’s major summer events and most interesting stories.
AXS TV FIGHTS – Fridays at 10pE
AXS TV unleashes a hard-hitting lineup of Friday night fights this summer, including the world class Muay Thai event LION FIGHT 16, live from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Friday, July 4.
Upcoming scheduled fights are as follows:
Friday, June 6 – Resurrection Fighting Alliance 15 (10pE) (Location: Los Angeles)
Friday, June 13 – Legacy Fighting Championship 31 (10pE) (Location: Houston)
Friday, June 20 – Legacy Fighting Championship 32 (10pE) (Location: Shreveport)
Friday, July 4 – LION FIGHT16 (9pE) (Location: Las Vegas)
Friday, July 18 – Legacy Fighting Championship 33 (10pE) (Location: Dallas)
Friday, July 25 – Resurrection Fighting Alliance 16 (10pE) (Location: Denver)
ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
MONDAY, JULY 7 – GRAMMY® MUSEUM SERIES – (9pE) – Series Premiere
AXS TV presents an exciting new hour-long six-part series that takes viewers beyond the stage and into the GRAMMY® Museum, where some of the most important and iconic pieces of music history are held. Featured artists include Foreigner, Bad Company, Richard Marx, Berlin, Taj Mahal, and Ed Kowalczyk. The series launches with a special 30-minute Grammy Museum show on Monday, July 7, at 8:30pE.
FRIDAY, JULY 11 – THE VOICE VERSUS – (10pE) – Series Premiere
AXS TV Fights’ “The Voice” Michael Schiavello sits down with Olympic and collegiate wrestling icon Dan Gable for an in-depth discussion about his famed wrestling career, which included a gold medal in the 1972 Olympic Games and a career collegiate record of 181-1, and championship-laden tenure as head coach of the University of Iowa wrestling team.
MONDAY, JULY 21 – THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS MAGAZINE AWARDS SHOW – (8pE)
Don’t miss the first-ever Alternative Press Magazine Awards Show, broadcasting live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Blink-182’s very own Mark Hoppus hosts this unprecedented event featuring exclusive performances from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the MISFITS, Fall Out Boy, and more. Rock pioneer Joan Jett will be honored with the AP Icon Award, while Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan will receive the AP Vanguard Award.
TUESDAY, JULY 22 – DAN RATHER PRESENTS: RANGE WAR – (8pE)
Esteemed newsman Dan Rather hosts this investigative series that tackles all sides of the story with the same fairness, accuracy, and boldness that has defined Rather’s legacy. “Range War” is the second entry in DAN RATHER PRESENTS, exploring the plight and history of the nearly-extinct American buffalo, and the new efforts being made by Native Americans and “big money investors” to conserve acres of land where the creatures can finally roam free.
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