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6 part series starting Saturday, 21:40 on BBC Two.

 

What is the DNA of a great rock 'n' roll band?

 

The series breaks this mythical beast down into its constituent parts - singer, guitarist, drummer as well as the shadowy 'other one', whose face we don't quite know but without whom the magic wouldn't happen. The evidence is examined closely in forensic studies of what makes these rock 'n' roll types tick - starting with the lead singer. Often he's the leader - sometimes the dictator, benign or otherwise. His voice is his instrument and out front there's nowhere to hide. He hires. He fires. And when it all goes wrong and the backlash begins, he'll get the blame.

 

An eye-opening romp through great war stories from the rock 'n' roll frontline explores the myriad ways of tackling the daunting role of front person. From the seemingly fearless - like taboo-shattering Jim Morrison of The Doors to the mesmerically fragile - like Joy Division's ill-starred Ian Curtis. From Mick Jagger, who drew up the blueprint of front man as athlete, lothario and chairman of the board to the swaggeringly cantankerous yet strangely static force of nature that is Liam Gallagher.

 

A starry castlist including Iggy Pop, Roger Daltrey and Dave Grohl consider how and why they do what they do on and off stage. Sting speculates where necessary confidence ends and arrogance begins, while Muse's Matt Bellamy wonders whether a tendency towards the diva-ish is an inevitable by-product of the pressures of being the band's focal point. Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays recalls harsh lessons learnt from underestimating the tabloids, and Siouxsie Sioux revels in the moments when it all goes right.

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Matt's topic sounds the most....."Matt-like" :LOL:

 

I think he seems very aware of not becoming a diva and as he's matured and got used to the pressures, he seems to cope admirably with that and stay well grounded. Anyway we'll have to wait and see what he has to say about it.:)

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Sounds very interesting... anyone going to record by any chance for those of us that don't have TV?

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Sounds very interesting... anyone going to record by any chance for those of us that don't have TV?

 

or don't live in the UK. please?

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Great!!! I can't wait... I don't receive BBC2, but I'm sure it's going to be available online in no time!

 

That's odd. Thought it was fairly standard thing to receive. When we didn't have cable we always had ned1,2,3, belg 1,2 and bbc,1,2

Although I guess it has changed since it was ages ago :chuckle:

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It's the BBC, I'd be surprised if Muse wasn't in at least 4 of the episodes.

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this needs urgent bumping!

 

Everyone watch, I cant wait!!!!

There are 6 weeks, so hopefully Dom and Chris will be on, and possible Matt again for his guitar or piano. I cant wait for this :) Matt on national TV!

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It's the BBC, I'd be surprised if Muse wasn't in at least 4 of the episodes.

 

Same. Dunno about the others yet, but next Saturday's episode (8/5/10) is about the guitarists and Matt is indeed in that, saw this on the BBC web page for it:

 

What is the DNA of a great rock 'n' roll band?

 

The series breaks this mythical beast down into its constituent parts - singer, guitarist, drummer as well as the shadowy 'other one', whose face we don't quite know but without whom the magic wouldn't happen.

 

A no-holds-barred look at the talents and foibles of the eternal hero of rock 'n' roll, the guitarist. Windmilling and kerranging from a huge cast of strummers and twangers including Slash, Jeff Beck, Johnny Marr, Pete Townshend, Mick Jones of the Clash, Status Quo and Matt Bellamy of Muse.

:D

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So he may be in the one on the singer and one about the guitarist. If they do one that concentrates on the keyboard player, Matt can be in that. And if they do one on the song writer, Matt can be in that too! :chuckle: Then we can have three other parts on the drummer and bass player and mysterious other (Tom or maybe Morgan) to give us a break from Matt! :LOL:

 

But that's too many parts.

Edited by CarrieB

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Does anyone know what you have to get to win snooker? i.e. do you have to get 2 frames ahead or something? Just want to know so I know how much longer it's likely to be.

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