NEW YORK, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ — VH1 Classic delivers a bevy of renowned artists working hard to entertain viewers during Labor Day Weekend. Lynyrd Skynyrd gets the tribute treatment on “Decades Rock Live” with 3 Doors Down, Hank Williams Jr. and Bo Bice while VH1 Classic captures rousing new live performances from Alice In Chains, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Blue Oyster Cult and George Thorogood at the world’s largest annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. Lynyrd Skynyrd, 3 Doors Down, Hank Williams Jr. and Bo Bice Perform In “Decades Rock Live: Lynyrd Skynyrd” Debuting Friday, September 1 VH1 Classic and World Productions present the fifth installment of “Decades Rock Live,” an innovative live concert series that features performances by celebrated artists from rock to soul who have influenced popular music over the last 50 years, as well as performances from some of today’s hottest recording acts who have been inspired by these legends. TV GUIDE said this about the series: “If you’re a fan of live music, don’t miss this series … (‘Decades’) does for rock what CMT’s ‘Crossroads’ did for country.” The concert honoring Lynyrd Skynyrd is set to premiere on VH1 Classic on Friday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET/PT and will feature special guests including 3 Doors Down, Hank Williams Jr. and Bo Bice. Highlights from the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute include: * “That Smell” duet with 3 Doors Down * “Comin’ Home” duet with Bo Bice * “Sweet Home Alabama” encore performance with Bo Bice, 3 Doors Down and Hank Williams Jr. The music performances are augmented with special features, such as “Decades Confidential,” exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with the spotlighted artists focusing on their career milestones and highlighting their newest releases, concert performances and other endeavors. “Decades Rock Live” is taped at Trump Taj Mahal’s high definition television studio, The Decades Rock Arena (temporarily renamed from Mark Etess Arena for the duration of the series run), in Atlantic City, NJ. Each episode focuses on a specific artist. The series will be broadcast in High Definition in 5.1 surround sound, and rebroadcast on a premium HD network at a later date. The series is produced by Eric Sherman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, VH1 Classic and Barry Summers, Executive Producer for World Productions. Co-producer is Tisha Fein (GRAMMY Awards). Billy Idol, Foreigner, Blue Oyster Cult and George Thorogood All Play in VH1 Classic’s New Two-Hour 4th Annual “All Roads Lead To The Chip” Special Hosted by Dee Snider on Saturday, September 2 The bikers come every year, a half-million strong, to Sturgis, South Dakota for the world’s largest annual motorcycle rally. And every year, the bikers ride 10 miles down the highway to “The Chip” — The Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground to see and hear some of the greatest bands in rock and roll ever perform live. This year, VH1 Classic commemorates the 25th anniversary of “The Chip” with the two-hour special “All Roads Lead To The Chip” hosted by Dee Snider on Saturday, September 2 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Highlights include full-performances from the following artists: * A reunited Alice In Chains offers up “It Ain’t Like That.” * Foreigner, with life-long member Mick Jones and drumming legacy Jason Bonham (also of VH1’s “SuperGroup”), deliver ripping renditions of “Hot Blooded” and “Jukebox Hero” — in a thunderstorm. * Billy Idol performs “Flesh For Fantasy” — in another thunderstorm. * George Thorogood rocks out with two blues classics: Bo Didley’s “Who Do You Love,” featuring Dee Snider on maracas and John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” In addition, Dee Snider sits down with Phil Carson, manager to superstar music acts and a bass player with Led Zeppelin back in the day, and with Rod “Woody” Woodruff owner of the Legendary Buffalo Chip and the catalyst behind this annual music extravaganza. Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that presents videos, concerts and music specials all day long, featuring the best of rock, soul and pop artists from the 60s, 70s, 80s and early 90s, including The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police and many more. Learn more at http://www.vh1classic.com.
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