THE LATEST ORIGINAL FOUR-PART DOCUMENTARY SERIES ON E!
DEBUTS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 – 10PM ET/PT (1 hour)
(CALGARY, September 28, 2007) â€“ E! is proud to present Tribute Bands, the networkâ€™s latest all-new Canadian original documentary series. Narrated by Toronto native and Rockstar: INXS finalist Suzie McNeil, each one-hour episode follows a tribute band paying homage to The Police, Rush, Queen and The Tragically Hip.
From CanWest MediaWorks and Executive Producers Allison Grace and Michelle Metivier, this 4-part documentary series makes its television debut Sundays at 10pm ET/PT beginning October 21 on E!.
By day they work in law offices, hospitals and factories; by night, they morph into Sting, Geddy Lee, Freddie Mercury and Gord Downie. Virtually every major rock band has spawned a tribute group. Tribute Bands features interviews with artists and industry veterans including Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, the former manager of The Police Miles Copeland and Peter Freestone, Freddie Mercury’s longtime personal assistant.
â€œE!â€™s roster of Canadian original documentaries continues to take viewers backstage with the premiere of Tribute Bands,â€ said Christine Shipton, Vice President of Original Programming for CanWest MediaWorks Inc. â€œE! is a vibrant new network and we are committed to providing viewers with a host of quality Canadian programming that reflects this fresh, new point of view.â€
â€œThe Next Best Stingâ€ follows the maniacal and ever-entertaining Miles Copeland, who managed The Police for 23 years and is the brother of Police drummer Stewart Copeland. After witnessing the success of various Police tribute bands, Copeland decides to form â€œthe ultimate Police tribute band.â€
In â€œFor The Love of Rushâ€, viewers meet the obsessive Dave Cornwall (a.k.a. Spageddy Lee) who fronts an Arizona-based Rush tribute band called Freewill. Tribute Bands also connects with other groups trying to emulate one of the most technically proficient bands in the world.
â€œKeeping The Spirit of Freddie Aliveâ€ trails Joe Russoâ€™s fight to escape New Yorkâ€™s seedy club scene with Almost Queen, and Scotlandâ€™s Gary Mullen who has made a considerable fortune fronting One Night of Queen.
The series concludes with â€œKeeping Up with the Hipâ€, a look at three Ontario-based Tragically Hip tribute bands as they try to ride the wave of one of Canadaâ€™s most beloved bands.
Sundays at 10pm ET/PT
â€œThe Next Best Stingâ€ – October 21
â€œFor the Love of Rushâ€ – October 28
â€œKeeping the Spirit of Freddie Aliveâ€ – November 4
â€œKeeping Up with The Hipâ€ – November 11