Dan Rather’s “The Big Interview” is back for the fall with nine all-new episodes starting Tues., Sept. 13. The premiere episode features a rare interview with rock legend Neil Young. The press release is below and a screener of this premiere is available and included in the assets section below. If you have any questions at all, please just let me and thank you for your coverage.
THE BIG INTERVIEW RETURNS TO AXS TV WITH A NEW FALL CYCLE, KICKING IT OFF IS A RARE DISCUSSION WITH GRAMMY®-WINNING FOLK ROCK ICON NEIL YOUNG ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, AT 8pE/5pP
The Nine-Episode All-New Lineup Also Features Interviews with Music Giants Martina McBride, Michael Bublé, Meat Loaf, Olivia Newton-John, & More
LOS ANGELES – August 22, 2016 – THE BIG INTERVIEW returns to AXS TV with nine new episodes as part of its fourth season’s fall cycle, premiering with folk rock giant Neil Young on Tuesday, September 13, at 8pE/5pP. Hosted by Dan Rather, the series boasts exclusive, in-depth discussions with some of the biggest names in entertainment, as the celebrated journalist gets his subjects to open up about their legendary careers and intriguing personal lives as only he can. Past guests who have appeared on THE BIG INTERVIEW include Young’s former bandmates David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash as well as Oscar®-winning actor Benicio Del Toro, award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and acclaimed music icons Trisha Yearwood, Phil Collins, Big & Rich, Gregg Allman and Sammy Hagar, among others.
The fall lineup is packed with nine more candid conversations, beginning with Young, who opens up about his latest album, Earth, as well as his fight against corporations, and the power they hold in America. He also discusses his innovative high-resolution digital music system, Pono; his childhood bout with polio, and how it shaped his guitar playing, his mental focus, and how he views the world. Rather even asked him his thoughts on Prince’s death, and the role drugs and drug companies played in it and about his legendary—and sometimes tumultuous—stint with the short-lived super group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young as well as his current backing band Promise of the Real, featuring Willie Nelson’s sons; and much more.
Joining Young this season is an eclectic roster of entertainers featuring rock n’ roll superstar Meat Loaf (9/20); country queen Martina McBride (9/27); multi-talented actress and singer Olivia Newton-John(10/4); and award-winning singer/songwriter Michael Bublé (10/11). Complete dates and additional guests will be announced at a later time.
As a special kickoff event, AXS TV presents a day-long BIG INTERVIEW Marathon on Saturday, September 10, highlighting some of the series’ most unforgettable episodes. The day begins at 8aE with doo-wop legend Frankie Valli, followed by country mainstay Merle Haggard at 9aE; folk rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash at 10aE; heavy metal master Gene Simmons at 11aE; country queen Loretta Lynn at 12pE; country songstress Tanya Tucker at 1pE; the infamous Red Rocker Sammy Hagar at 2pE; Southern Rock hero Gregg Allman at 3pE, John Fogerty at 4pE; country bombshell Dolly Parton at 5pE; rock n’ roll pioneers Heart at 6pE; and beloved country standout Willie Nelson at 7pE. Additionally, the marathon will feature sneak peeks of the upcoming Neil Young episode, as well as wraparounds featuring Dan Rather.