MTV Launches ‘Classic’ Channel Dedicated to 1990s


‘Beavis and Butt-Head,’ ‘Aeon Flux’ and ‘MTV Unplugged’ to be resurrected in new channel

MTV plans to rebrand VH1 Classic as MTV Classic starting on August 1st. According to a statement from the company, the new channel will focus on “an eclectic mix of fan-favorite MTV series and music programming drawn from across its rich history, with a special focus on the 1990s and early 2000s.”


The August 1st switch date has special significance, commemorating the launch of MTV 35 years ago on August 1st, 1981. The debut hour of MTV Classic will replicate the first hour of programming in MTV’s history. In a nod to modern technology, fans will also be able to watch “MTV Hour One” via Facebook Live on the channel’s Facebook page.


After revisiting the 1981 debut, MTV Classic will flit through programming history, looking back at Total Request Live and airing the “most memorable” installments of MTV Unplugged, including episodes featuring Nirvana, Erykah Badu and Bob Dylan. Primetime will feature several popular animated shows, including Beavis & Butt-head and Aeon Flux. On the weekends, the channel plans to serve up “binge-worthy marathons” of shows like Real World and Laguna Beach.


“From Beavis & Butt-head to Laguna Beach, MTV’s programming vault is a music and pop culture goldmine with universal resonance,” Sean Atkins, President of MTV, noted in a statement. “MTV Classic gives audiences a modern and artful home for classic MTV programming and — alongside MTV, MTV2, MTV Live and mtvU — rounds out a diverse portfolio with music and youth culture at its core.”


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The Mission’s Wayne Hussey says new album has the “swagger and bombast of the Mission of old”




The Mission’s Wayne Hussey has given an update from the studio, where he and the band are working on their new album.


They’re putting the pieces in place for the follow-up to 2013’s The Brightest Light with producer Tim Palmer. He was behind the desk for the band’s 1986 debut album God’s Own Medicine and 1990’s Carved In Sand.


And Hussey says the new material, which is expected later this year, carries the “swagger and bombast of the Mission of old.”


He says: “I’m sat in my hotel room in Austin having just completed my first day of work here with Tim Palmer. I haven’t seen Tim for maybe a good 10 years or so but it’s like no time at all has passed and we are so immediately comfortable working with each other again.


“I think this album is shaping up to be monstrous – an album that you will love. It has all the swagger and bombast of the Mission of old. Great tunes and some great guest performances. I’ve managed to persuade a few of my old mates to lend their vocal talents to this album. Guess who?


He suggests the record is the “lost link” between The Sisters Of Mercy’s debut First And Last And Always and God’s Own Medicine, and adds: “I have rekindled my love for the guitar, electric 12 string particularly, after many years of ambivalence between us.”


The Mission will head out on the road to celebrate their 30th anniversary later this year, with dates announced for the UK, Europe and Australia – including an appearance at the Whitby Goth Weekend on November 5.


The Mission 30th anniversary tour dates


Oct 01: Dublin O2 Academy, Ireland
Oct 02: Belfast Limelight, UK
Oct 03: Glasgow O2 ABC, UK
Oct 05: Manchester O2 Ritz, UK
Oct 06: Nottingham Rock City, UK
Oct 07: Bristol O2 Academy, UK
Oct 08: London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, UK
Oct 11: Porto Hard Club, Portugal
Oct 12: Lisbon Paradise Garage, Portugal
Oct 14: Madrid But, Spain
Oct 15: Valencia Republica, Spain
Oct 16: Barcelona Bikini, Spain
Oct 18: Milan Boom Club, Italy
Oct 19: Lausanne Les Docks, Switzerland
Oct 21: Hamburg Markthalle, Germany
Oct 22: Berlin Postbahnhof, Germany
Oct 23: Warsaw Progresja, Poland
Oct 25: Bratislava MMC, Slovakia
Oct 26: Vienna Szene Wien, Austria
Oct 27: Munich Backstage, Germany
Oct 28: Wargem Expo, Belgium
Oct 29: Cologne Essigfabrik, Germany
Oct 31: Utrecht Tivolivredenburg, Netherlands
Nov 01: Paris Bus Palladium, France
Nov 05: Whitby Goth Weekend, UK
Nov 11: Sydney The Factory, Australia
Nov 12: Brisbane The Triffid, Australia
Nov 13: Melbourne Max Watts, Australia
Nov 15: Adelaide The Gov, Australia
Nov 16: Perth Capitol, Australia

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‘Kim Fowley: Live At Burger Records’ Limited Edition Cassette!

13680083_10209276414043981_9029246036802142945_oTo commemorate what would have been Kim Fowley’s 77th birthday (July 21) and to honor his wish for his legacy to live on, BURGER RECORDS releases the ‘Kim Fowley: Live At Burger Records’ Limited Edition Cassette!


Over an hour of stories, songs and more with the legendary outrageous one and what would also be his last public performance. Only 150 pressed. Out now on Burger Records:

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Eddie Braun to attempt Evel Knievel’s Snake River Canyon jump




Stuntman Eddie Braun has secured the funding, the permits and the team. Now all that’s left to do is complete a launch across the Snake River Canyon that swallowed his idol in 1974.


Legendary stuntman Evel Knievel attempted scores of insane motorcycle jumps in his career (and fractured hundreds of bones), among the most well-known his 1974 attempt to jump across the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho, aboard a steam-powered rocket dubbed the X-2 Skycycle.


Knievel — who died in 2007 at age 69 after battling diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis — inspired boldness in many admirers, perhaps to the chagrin of parents and to the financial benefit of adhesive bandage makers. Among Knievel’s fans was Braun, now age 54, a stuntman who’s performed on The Avengers, Transformers and on many other films and TV shows. Now Braun wants to finish what Knievel started aboard the rocket “Evel Spirit” that’s almost the same as what Knievel used back then.


“Evel took off on one side of the canyon in 1974,” Braun told Pat Graham of the Associated Press. “I’m hoping his spirit lands on the other side of the canyon in 2016. How many people get to fulfill the dreams of their hero? It’s kind of like touching Superman’s cape.”


Braun’s jump is set for September 17 only a few miles from the original jump site and will be live-streamed on the Internet.


Braun also has some familiar faces along for the ride: Knievel’s son Kelly, who witessed the original jump, as well as Scott Truax, son of the X-2 Skycycle’s designer. Had Knievel’s parachute not deployed too early, the team believes Knievel would have made it.

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AC/DC Looks Forward To Mixing Things Up With Axl Rose On Tour


AC/DC guitarist Angus Young says the band are looking forward to their upcoming fall US tour with Axl Rose. Originally set for spring, the ten show run was postponed in March when singer Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.


Rose stepped in to assist the band and the pairing launched AC/DC’s European tour in Lisbon on May 7 to rave reviews worldwide. While the singer is currently playing dates with Guns N’ Roses on a summer stadium tour of North America, Young is preparing for AC/DC’s fall shows that begin August 27 in Greensboro, NC.


“The dates coming up in America,” says Angus during a new video highlights package of the European shows, “We’re all looking forward to getting out there and playing. We’re going to have a real blast.


“With Axl, we’ve been able to mix up quite a few songs with the older ones, and the fun part is when we get there on the stage, seeing it come to life in front of the audience.”


“Really looking forward to doing the American shows with Axl,” adds bassist Cliff Williams. “It’s going to be a really good time. It’s going to be great.”


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