From the looks of VH1 Classic’s programming this fall, I’d say there is something for just about every classic rock fan to look forward to over the next few months,
A few days ago, I mentioned Rush Hashanah, which airs on September 29, at 7:00 PM, but that’s just the beginning of the classic lineup that’s on the schedule.
Next up is a special program dedicated to Bob Dylan entitled VH1 Classic Celebrates Dylan, which is scheduled for October 7 at 8:00 PM. Included will be the classic 1965 D.A. Penebaker documentary Don’t Look Back featuring behind-the-scenes moments with Joan Baez, Donovan and Alan Price, and Dylan’s iconic opening of "Subterranean Homesick Blues."
October 19 is a day AC/DC fans might want to get out of bed a bit earlier than normal. It’s a Sunday, which might make a normal "sleep in" weekend day a bit rough for fans without a DVR, Tivo or, dare I say, VCR. That is the day VH1 Classic has decided to call AC/DC Day, and it comes just two days before the release of the group’s new album, Black Ice. The 24 hours of AC/DC-only programming will feature archival footage of the Aussie rockers, BBC concerts, and one of the groups most seminal performances, "Live at Donnington."
In another clever play on words, 6:00 AM on October 31, otherwise known in this part of the world as Halloween, will mark the beginning of another marathon called WHOlloween. This special program is packed with sweet treats for fans of The Who, which will include VH1 Rock Honors: The Who, VH1 Classic Rock Doc: Amazing Journey – The Story of the Who, Classic Albums: Who’s Next, BBC Electric Proms: The Who and On Tour: The Who Virtual Ticket. At 9:00 PM fans will be treated to the premiere of The Who Live at the Isle of Wight.
On Thursday, November 27, which marks the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the U.S., VH1 Classic will present VH1 Classic Gives Thanks for Pink Floyd. I suspect Pink Floyd fans might also be thankful for the more reasonable hour chosen for the start of this presentation, which is 11:00 AM. This program will include documentaries including The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story, and Pink Floyd: Which One’s Pink? It will also recount the story behind the making of one of Pink Floyd’s most influential albums: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon. The program will end with an encore presentation of the band’s iconic movie The Wall, and the premiere of David Gilmour: Live in Gdansk, which is soon to be released in various formats, which include CD and DVD.
In addition to these specials, VH1 Classic is also launching a new series called VH1 Classic All Time Top 10. The show will air every Friday at 10:00 PM, and will feature one specific artist or genre of music on each episode. Some of those planned for the spotlight are Def Leppard, Madonna, Van Halen, male singers, female singers, metal and more. The show will be hosted by Mark Goodman, whom I believe was a VJ for MTV back in the early days of music video.
All show times are reported to be ET/PT. For more, visit MarketWatch.