5/10: TV UPDATE, VINYL ON HBO, AXS REAL TO REEL, TMS, MORE
Had a chance to finally finish watching the HBO show Vinyl. I heard a lot of negatives about this show from some, mostly because it wasn’t exactly accurate on some stuff. But who ever said this was a documentary? That didn’t bother me at all and I enjoyed the hell out of it. Was it a perfect first season? No. But if you are a music fan was it a fun show and well done? 100%! So cool to see actual bands of the time portrayed like Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Bowie, Lennon, and my first favorite band The Raspberries! The corruption and drugs of the 70’s music business has been well documented. Just read the book about Casablanca and Century Media may have been based on that alone! I grew up working in the music business in the 80’s so this was a bit before my time, but I can tell you many of the people and characters in Vinyl were very real, as were the practices of faking sales, theft and payola. I loved Dice in the debut episode, he was one of many great performances. It was also cool for me to hear some of the legendary NYC radio stations and their DJ’s (some I worked with) given mentions. The show is now set up for what should be a great second season. I recommend it to music fans of you haven’t seen it.
I’ve heard that many are now seeing promos for the show I am hosting on AXS TV called Real To Reel. Thanks for all the kind words. Again this is only me hosting a series of music docs. I don’t want people getting the wrong impression that it’s anything like TMS or an interview show. I have completed all the work already for this series. Unfortunately my cable service doesn’t carry AXS but for those that get it enjoy. Hopefully the start of some other cool projects to come and it was great to work with their team.
Getting very close to final edit of my interview pilot “Inside Out” with Ace Frehley as my guest. We will then take it out to networks and see if we can find a home. More soon.
Finally on the TV front we are still very much hoping to find a new home for TMS. None of the above has anything to do with that show and the minute the owner of that show finds a new home I am all in! In the meantime VH1 Classic still showing replays. Thanks!