Prime Rocks

Monday 13th October 9.00pm

Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Harry Abdul, the owner of a sand and gravel business, and Lorraine Rykiss, a former concert pianist.

She began taking dance lessons when she was eight. She then attended Van Nuys High School, where she was senior class president and head cheer-leader. After graduating in 1980, she started college at Cal State Northridge, studying TV and radio.

After joining the L.A. Lakers basketball team cheerleaders, she became head cheerleader/choreographer after only a few months, eventually dropping out of college to dance and choreograph full-time.

Having worked for both Michael and Janet Jackson, her dancing skills became much in demand and she went on to choreograph videos for Duran Duran and George Michael, as well as working on the Tracy Ullman Show.

Paula’s debut album, ‘Forever Your Girl’ became a worldwide hit thanks to the dance track ‘Straight Up’. A run of successful singles on both sides of the Atlantic led to album sales of over 7 million.

Paula married actor Emilio Estevez 1992 but the couple divorced in 1993. With her fame diminishing in the late ’90s, she bounced back onto TV screens across America as a celebrity judge on the hugely successful American Idol series. Sparring against fellow judge Simon Cowell, she became a firm favourite on the show.

Monday 29th September 9.00pm

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was the seventh album Elton John released – and is considered to be his best.

This documentary features interviews with Sir Elton, Bernie Taupin, as well as many of the musicians who played on the record, as well as archival footage of the sessions, demos, and live performances to tell the story behind this seminal album.

Sunday 7th September 9.30pm

The story of the sixties television sensations The Monkees, whose music outsold The Beatles and Elvis combined in 1967, and their fight to be taken seriously as musicians.

Monkee Business:

• To cast the show, the producers placed an ad in Variety, which was answered by 437 hopefuls, all of whom were interviewed. The only one cast as a result of the ad, it turned out, was Michael Nesmith.

• After the first season ended, Davy Jones disappeared from the public eye for several weeks, while a series of morbid rumors about his health made the rounds. The truth was that Jones had received a draft notice, and subsequently fasted for three weeks in order to fail the physical. It worked.

• Of the four Monkees, only Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz participated in all 58 episodes. Davy Jones was written out of an episode so he could attend his sister’s wedding in England; Michael Nesmith was written out of three episodes; one while he recovered from a tonsillectomy, one when his son Jonathan was born, and one to make a family trip home to Texas.

Tuesday 1st April at 9.30pm

With his gravelly packet-a-day voice and thumping rock anthems, Jimmy Barnes is one of Australia’s most iconic singers. In this exclusive concert Jimmy entertains a select group of people at the Sydney Opera House.
On August 5, 2007, Jimmy Barnes headlined a one-off show at the Sydney Opera House. Jimmy was backed by an orchestra, a choir and his live band, performing for a select group of fans and family. The audience included Cold Chisel comrades Don Walker and Phil Small alongside friends such as Billy Birmingham, Sam Neill and Brett Lee. It was a chance to revisit some of Jimmy’s favourite songs as well as showcase some of the tunes from his latest album Out In The Blue.

Tuesday 25th March at 9.30pm

With his gravelly packet-a-day voice and thumping rock anthems, Jimmy Barnes is one of Australia’s most iconic singers. In this exclusive concert Jimmy entertains a select group of people at the Sydney Opera House.
On August 5, 2007, Jimmy Barnes headlined a one-off show at the Sydney Opera House. Jimmy was backed by an orchestra, a choir and his live band, performing for a select group of fans and family. The audience included Cold Chisel comrades Don Walker and Phil Small alongside friends such as Billy Birmingham, Sam Neill and Brett Lee. It was a chance to revisit some of Jimmy’s favourite songs as well as showcase some of the tunes from his latest album Out In The Blue.

In a unique and revealing documentary Sir Elton John talks about his amazing career in music; his highs and his lows; The Elton John Aids Foundation and his relationships with partner David Furnish, Bernie Taupin, Princess Diana and The Beatles.

Sir Elton literally step back in time as the superstar singer takes viewers on a flamboyant, intimate and entertaining journey through his colourful life. A journey that has seen a career span more than four decades and boast global record sales in excess of 250 million. Sir Elton reveals his true feelings about many key moments, both personal and professional, that have shaped his life. Viewers will get the chance to see Sir Elton interact with his younger self, with exclusive access to the great man himself, in an unprecedented rummage through rare archive material as Elton gives a private insight into his past unlike anything ever seen before in any television documentary.

Tuesday 18th March at 9.35pm on Prime

Raised by his grandparents after his parents abandoned him at a young age, Eric Clapton has gone onto to became an international superstar with the groups Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos.

Born on March 30, 1945 in Surrey, England, guitarist, singer and songwriter Eric Clapton was an above-average student who excelled in art, but played the guitar more often than he studied. He received his first guitar as a present from his grandmother on his 13th birthday and as Clapton moved through adolescence, his love for the guitar and American blues music grew. In 1963 he joined the Yardbirds and recorded two albums, Five Live Yardbirds and For Your Love, but artistic differences led him to quit the band in 1965 and join Bluesbreaker. That partnership lasted for a year, and in 1965 Clapton formed the group Cream and became an international superstar. Though hugely popular, the group disbanded in 1969. Clapton’s next band Blind Faith was another short lived supergroup which broke up after less than a year and was followed by Derek and the Dominos. By the early 1970s Clapton was fighting a heroin addiction, which he overcame with the help of controversial “electro-acupuncture” treatment. Despite this setback and numerous personal tragedies, including the deaths of many friends and the 1991 death of his four-year-old son, Conor, Clapton has gone on to achieve enormous personal success in his solo career.

Tuesday 11TH March at 9.30pm on Prime

The first of the manufactured bands, The Monkees shocked the music industry by generating a slew of hit records starting with “Last Train to Clarksville.”

Formed after two TV producers placed an ad for actors to star in a new television show about a band clearly modelled on the Beatles, the four successful applicants became The Monkees, on screen and off. While it is true that they sang their own songs, they did not play their own instruments, even though the television show depicted them doing so. Their subsequent hit, “I’m a Believer”, established The Monkees as one of the most popular bands of their time with their careers as recording artists and performers outlasting the television series.

Tuesday 4th March at 9.30pm

Through soul, R&B, rock and roll and disco, Rod Stewart has remained relevant as a world famous entertainer.

Blending a mixture of that raspy yearning voice with style, sex appeal, and a reputation for enjoying the finer things in life, Rod, at 59 years young, continues to woo his loyal fans across the globe. He still sells out venues both large and small, swinging the microphone stand and racing across the stage. His career has recently enjoyed yet another huge reinvention with multiple editions of his Great American Songbook albums selling in the millions. Today, as always, Rod Stewart lives for his long-legged blondes, his children, and his beloved Glasgow Celtics football team. Some guys really do have all the luck

Tuesday 26th February at 9.30pm on Prime

*NSYNC was a five member boy band which experienced a remarkably powerful blast up the pop charts and an equally dramatic breakup.
Their success led to millions of album sales, multiple television specials, and inevitable controversy about the quality of their music. Along the way, there was a classic management scandal that nearly destroyed the band. Since then, Justin Timberlake has emerged as a mega-star and tabloid headliner in his solo career. Surprisingly, the five band members of *NSYNC remain close to this day.

Tuesday 19th February at 9.30pm on Prime