It’s time to party, our place, rock icons in attendance. HISTORY has a blast in store for all true fans of classic Rock with four in-depth documentaries that give us front-row tickets to the lives of the world’s greatest rock legends.
Freddie Mercury: King of Queen
The series kicks off with the most famous, flamboyant and legendary lead singer of all time. No one embodies the image of a larger-than-life front-man better than Freddie Mercury did. A four-octave singer and extraordinary song writer, his true showmanship came out in his live performances and his cheeky rapport with his audience.
Freddie was born in Zanzibar to Indian parents but later moved to England, where he would later meet his fellow Queen bandmates. Over the decades, Queen went on to rival even the Beatles for record-breaking album sales.
Mercury died, tragically of AIDS less than 24 hours after going public with the disease, but the legend, as they say, lives forever.
Available on Catch Up and online at DStv Now »
David Bowie: The Man Who Stole the World
Next, the musical chameleon and androgynous rock icon, David Bowie. Another great artist that was taken too soon, Bowie is a rock god who pretty much redefined the glam rock scene with his ambiguously sexy Ziggy Stardust persona.
Over the decades, Bowie kept reinventing both himself and his sound, inspiring numerous subgenres in the process, from punk to new wave to electronica and even goth rock.
His shock death came only two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his last album, Blackstar, which serves almost as his own eulogy. Despite his vast, ever-changing range of styles, Bowie’s unmistakable signature is writ large on every decade of his career, shaping the music style of the time, and leaving an indelible mark on music history
Watch David Bowie: The Man Who Stole the World on Sunday 23 June on History (186) at 21:10
Elton John: Music Man
Around the time Freddie Mercury and Queen were releasing their debut album, Reginald Dwight, aka Elton John, was launching a full-frontal assault on the music scene with his seventh studio album, and still one of the most iconic and memorable albums of all time, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”.
Arguably the most flamboyant singer/songwriter of our time, Elton famously wanted to be a classical pianist, but claimed his hands were too small. Instead he had to settle for being one of the best blues and rock ‘n’ roll pianists of the latter 20th century. Lucky us! This documentary gives us a glimpse into his incredible, often turbulent journey, from shy young man to Rocketman, and it’s perfectly timed too, as the biopic of the legendary showman’s career lights up big screens around the world.
Watch Elton John: Music Man on Sunday 30 June at 21:10 on History (186) at 21:10
Prince: Kiss in The Rain
Has there ever been a composer/performer/singer/arranger/producer/musician like Prince Rogers Nelson? Of course not. Prince was unique. Insanely prolific, he was one of the best... well, everything, really, but it’s as a singer, songwriter and guitarist that most of us know and love him.
His music practically defined pop and funk in the 80s, earning a Grammy in 1986 for his album “Purple Rain”, the title track of which still gets regular airplay to this day. But despite his raunchy on-stage performances, Prince was a quiet man who mostly hid from media attention, dealing with his demons, alone, behind closed doors, which is how he died of an accidental overdose. This documentary sheds some light on the enigma that was Prince.
Watch Prince: Kiss in The Rain on Sunday, 07 July at 19:20 on History (186) at 19:20
As the bard wrote, “If music be the food of love, play on.” Join this celebration of these phenomenal musical icons on History (186) to understand why their music will play on, long into decades and generations to come.