Music documentary

REELZ announces REELZFest musical documentary festival

New original stories about Michael Jackson and Jim Morrison make headlines

REELZ has announced its August 2021 premieres highlighted by REELZFest celebrating the music, chaos and mojo of Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, Metallica and AC / DC in a huge range of new music-themed stories. REELZFest also includes REELZ premieres of musical documentaries Metal: the journey of a headbanger and Rush: Beyond the Illuminated Stage.

“With an impressive array of music themed shows, REELZFest taps into the phenomenon of rock music celebrating its fandom, the wild life of rock stars and the real stories of why the music stops, ”shares Steve Cheskin, senior vice president of programming at REELZ. “And REELZFest Aren’t it all mind-boggling guitar riffs, big hair, and bandmate feuds as our original Michael Jackson and Jim Morrison documentaries give viewers an insightful glimpse into the real lives of two legends enduring music and their contributions to the culture and complex personalities that spawned their genius and turmoil. “

A look at the remarkable life of a true comedy giant leads the August 2021 premieres with Autopsy: The Last Hours of … “Jerry Lewis” Sunday, August 1 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. His characteristic physical humor inspired generations of comedians and earned him the nickname ‘King of Comedy’, but behind his image as a benevolent clown who raised billions for charity there were rumors of another Lewis . Was there any secret behind the fun facade that Lewis has perfected so successfully over the years and did his signature pratfall style of comedy play a role in what ultimately took his life?

Kick off REELZFest Saturday, August 14 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT is Jim Morrison: Rider on the Storm exploring the mercurial journey of The Doors frontman whose electrifying performances, rebellious spirit and provocative lyrics changed rock music. But behind his mysterious rock star poet persona was a troubled and restless soul trapped in a life damaged by drug addiction and ultimately mired in controversy after he became the first rock star to be arrested on stage during a live performance. . Now, in rare archival interviews, hear Morrison in his own words discussing fame, becoming a sex symbol, and how he opposed any label. While Morrison symbolized the psychedelic rock star of the 60s, the breathtakingly sounding group was Pink Floyd.

Sunday, August 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT Pink Floyd: Breaking Up the Band examines the rapid rise and gradual breakup of the wildly successful group that has sold over 250 million albums. But before Pink Floyd took off, their singer and co-founder was ousted from the group for excessive and debilitating drug use. The group will not derail and with the release of their iconic The dark side of the moon album everything changed. Huge money, worldwide fame, and power struggles eroded Pink Floyd, but what caused this unique mega-selling group to finally fall apart? Meteoric success, toxic jealousy, and creative rivalries are also mainstays in the history of progressive rock juggernaut Genesis.

Sunday, August 15 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT Genesis: Breaking Up the Group Former lead guitarist Steve Hackett shares his first-hand experiences of the band’s incredible success, the story of their departure, and the clashes between singer Peter Gabriel and drummer Phil Collins that gave birth to their remarkable solo careers.

Then on Saturday, August 21 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT it’s the premiere of the musical documentary REELZ Metal: the journey of a headbanger exploring heavy metal music as a cultural phenomenon with its legends Tony Iommi, Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie among others, giving their take on the genre, its global fan base and the crazy stories of decades of performances. Within the heavy metal music family there is a branch of glam metal embodied by the band Whitesnake with the big vocals of their frontman David Coverdale, searing guitar riffs, tight leather pants and big hair.

Sunday, August 22 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT Whitesnake: Breaking up the group see the group that emerged from the English badlands eager to take over the world, but to refine the sound that would rock America would take 10 years and an ever-changing training. With over 15 million albums sold, Whitesnake was a hit, but it was all built on Coverdale’s ruthless and singular ambition and at the height of his might, he threw it all away.

The hard rock pantheon is not complete without Alice Cooper. Dubbed “The Godfather of Shock Rock,” Alice Cooper’s iconic heavy metal brand featured a wild and often controversial stage performance that involved fireworks, live animals, and fake blood. Before its lead singer legally changed their name to Alice Cooper, the name was that of a rock band that achieved huge success in record time, but the pressure to keep playing became toxic. In Alice Cooper: Breaking Up the Group On Sunday, August 22 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, learn about the history of the legendary band whose history has grown from a party to a horror show.

As arguably the most fascinating, successful, and troubled superstars of all time, Michael Jackson was a singular talent that captivated crowds and elicited strong reactions from fans and observers alike. Along with the remarkable performances and die-hard fans, there was a deeply damaged man. In Michael Jackson: in his mind On Thursday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, psychiatrist Dr.Bob Johnson paints a psychological portrait of the pop icon’s complex mind, from his abusive childhood to his insatiable need for attention and origins of the compulsions that led to his often erratic behavior.

Saturday, August 28 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT Rush: Beyond the Illuminated Stage debuts REELZ with the history of the Canadian rock band’s power trio exploring their 40 years of rock and roll success, setbacks and growing popularity. From the working-class roots of Rush and his struggle to land a recording deal to touring the world with legends including KISS, here is the full inside story of one of the most influential bands of all time.

On Sunday August 29, the REELZFest will close the consecutive premieres of Metallica: Breaking up the group at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT and AC / DC: break the strip at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Legendary Bands That Tell Tales of Heartbreaking Tragedies on the Path to Music History. Metallica is the best-selling heavy metal band in history with five consecutive charts topping, 1,600 shows and nearly $ 1.5 billion in gross sales. But their massive musical success came with destructive excesses, and intra-group rivalries led to chaos with extreme personalities fighting for the limelight. But as the young group reached their high status, tragedy struck when bassist Cliff Burton died after the group’s camper van crashed. Death would reverberate through Metallica for years to come, and it would take hundreds of thousands of dollars in therapy to get the band back on track. Selling over 200 million records and giving over 2,500 concerts worldwide, the explosive AC / DC rockers of Australia have exploded in front of them. The band’s two founding brothers, Malcolm and Angus Young, had a relentless drive to succeed that would leave bloodshed in its wake and divide the band. Former bassist Mark Evans shares his experiences with Angus’ legendary studio guitar solo that literally set the studio on fire with its fallout with Angus that led Evans to quit the band.

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