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Posted on April 30, 2010

Starting tomorrow, BBC2 will air a brand-new, five-part music documentary series investigating what makes the “perfect” rock’n’roll. ‘I’M IN A ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND’ is an ambitious multi-platform project, it features content on BBC Radio 2 and bbc.co.uk, culminating in a live studio show where industry experts discuss their favourite rock ‘n’ roll musicians and create the ultimate fantasy band.

Sounds great, huh? You can catch the first part tomorrow (Saturday 1st May) at 9.40pm on BBC2.

The series features a host of Roadrunner artists, including Slash, Gene Simmons, Tommy Lee, Juliette Lewis, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Melissa Auf der Maur.

The documentary series, I’m in a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band, narrated by Mark Radcliffe, examines each band-member’s role and finds out what makes them tick – as well as embarking on a rip-roaring romp through some of the greatest stories in rock’n’roll folklore.

It promises to get under the skin of some of the greatest bands from the last 50 years, going beyond the music to uncover the roots of their enduring appeal.

The series breaks the band down into its constituent parts – singer, guitarist and drummer as well as the “other one”, whose face isn’t always recognised but, without them, the magic wouldn’t happen. The fifth programme combines these to look at the relationships and aesthetics of the band as a whole.

Taking the audience through some of rock’n’roll’s greatest stories, the series also uses comic book-style graphics to reconstruct some of rock’s key moments. By delving into these individual characters, it attempts to uncover the inside personas, behaviours and moments that have created some of our most successful bands including The Who, The Police, The Doors, Bon Jovi and The Foo Fighters.

The series shapes up like this:

1st May: Vocals
8th May: Guitars
15th May: Drums
22nd May: Bass/Keys
29th May: The Whole Band
5th June: Live Show

The live studio finale brings together a panel of music industry experts and celebrity fans and the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll line-up, as voted for by the audience, is revealed.

Mark Cooper, executive producer says: “We’ve captured over a hundred interviews with rock’n’roll greats while making this series. From Sting, Roger Daltrey and Jon Bon Jovi talking about what it means to be lead singer, to Jeff Beck and Slash on the role of the guitarist and interviews with drummers like Phil Collins and Chad Smith. It’s crammed with great stories, brilliant archive and graphics that bring the mythological moments of the great rock ‘n’ roll bands to life”.

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