AC/DC’s Brian Johnson is the host of the Sky Arts channel’s new six-part series, Brian Johnson’s Life On The Road. The show will feature Johnson interviewing such icons as the Who’s Roger Daltrey, Sting, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant. Blabbermouth reported, “Johnson lifts the lid on the stark realities of life on tour, from the wearying hard graft and sleepless nights to the electrifying thrill of performing on stage at iconic venues in front of sell-out crowds around the world.”
In each episode, Johnson visits each musician in a spot near and dear to them, including — Roger Daltrey outside the house he grew up in, in Shepherd’s Bush, London; Lars Ulrich in Metallica’s San Rafael, California headquarters; Nick Mason at his private car collection in the Cotswolds, a rural section of South Central England; with Sting in New York City, traveling downtown in downtown “in a Ford Econoline van — the same van the Police used to drive around the USA on their debut tour”; Joe Elliott in his local Dublin bar, The Porterhouse; and finally Robert Plant in a spot TBA.
This June marks the 35th anniversary of Robert Plant’s first solo album, Pictures At Eleven. Plant recalled how the project, which acted as the springboard for a long and varied career apart from Led Zeppelin, came about: “Initially, I didn’t want to do anything at all. But I got a little four-track tape machine at home and we started knocking out a lot of rockabilly stuff and Dion stuff. And the musicians that I was working with were really quite competent. And a lot of them had been in bands, traveled abroad, been all around the world and had chosen to go into the slow lane, rather than the fast lane. So, there was a total different adrenaline count, which meant that we could spend two nights doing ‘Ruby Baby,’ or something like that, and making it sound great. So, we said the best thing we could do is perhaps having a go of it on the road, and it just sort of escalated from there into something quite good.”
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