Next Episode of Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road is
The legendary AC/DC frontman will debut his new show Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road, a six part series featuring Johnson chatting it up with some of his also-legendary rock and roll friends. We'll get the tour stories and more, right from the horses' mouths, with said horses including Lars Ulrich, Roger Daltrey, Sting, Nick Mason, Robert Plant and Joe Elliott.
Car collector Brian visits car collector Nick at his Cotswold estate for a week look at the rides, and then they talk about Pink Floyd‘s early days, when they were faced with performing huge shows without a whole lot of live experience. Later, it's back to the car collection and the ride which made it possible for the band to tour after Roger Waters‘ exit: the 1962 Ferrari 250GTO which Nick bought in 1977 for £35,000 — now worth an estimated £40 million. Nick put it up for collateral to finance the 1987-1989 A Momentary Lapse Of Reason tour; Roger was having disagreements with the rest of the band over the use of the Pink Floyd name, and nobody would underwrite the tour — so the Ferrari came to the rescue, and the tour went smashingly. The band did more than 200 shows for 4.25 million fans over 18 months, with ticket sales reaching £60 million. Brian and Nick discuss the tour details and how it made Pink Floyd one of the highest grossing live acts of the 80s.
Brian scampers over to New York for some face time with longtime friend and fellow Geordie, Sting. In a real blast from the past, they hop into the Ford Econoline in which the Police trundled around on their debut United States tour, and pilot it to the site of the band's first gig — the legendary CBGBs. The trip turns into a Time Machine jaunt to 1978, with Brian and Sting talking about how far they've progressed since those early days. At CBGBs — which is now a fashion boutique — they visit the same room in which the Police played on their first visit to New York, prompting Sting to do some reminiscing about "fleapits and toilets" in which he used to play, and how they were the best times, while the huge stadia in which he played later on all blurred into one. We get a look into the machinations of the rock and roll machine, with tensions between band members, the toll on family members, out of control egos … and life as an Englishman in New York.
Brian's off to Dublin to have a beakfast with his old chum Joe Elliott; they get together in the Temple Bar District and Joe escorts Brian down the pub, The Porterhouse (his favorite). We hear about Def Leppard‘s backstory and the ascent of a bunch of lads from Sheffield who were huge fans of T. Rex, Mott The Hoople, Thin Lizzy and Queen, and helped lead the New Wave Of British Metal. There's rich history here — some of it tragic, such as what befell Rick Allen — and talk of the Pyromania and Hysteria tours. Were they actually smuggled into their in-the-round shows in laundry baskets (including once by Robert Plant)? Of course they were, and other hijinks included opening for themselves in disguise, as U2 have done from time to time. Wrapping up, Joe discusses aspects of his career following the band's years at the top of the charts.
In the final episode of the series, Brian Johnson meets Led Zeppelin lead singer and lyricist Robert Plant to discuss some of the English rock band's most memorable tours.
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