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Denis Leary’s new show ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ to premiere July 16 on FX

by on Jul.12, 2015, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Denis Leary’s new show ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ to premiere July 16 on FX

'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,' the new show created by and starring Denis Leary, will make its premiere on FX this Thursday, July 16 at 10 PM e/p. Leary stars as “Johnny Rock,” lead singer of a legendary early 90's New York band called The Heathens. Known for living up to their name, the band partied so long and so hard that even Keith Richards thought they needed to slow things down.

The Heathens were on the brink of becoming famous for their kickass live shows and the release of their highly anticipated first album…until they broke up. The same day the album dropped. Because lead guitarist Flash (John Corbett) found Johnny in bed with his wife. So the band became legendary for all the wrong reasons - like self-destructing sooner than any group in rock ‘n’ roll history. 25 years later, the only thing bigger than Johnny’s ego is his prostate. The drugs he really needs now aren't cocaine and marijuana - they're Crestor, Cymbalta, and Cialis. He's out of work, out of money, and out of show business options. That's when a massively talented young singer named Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) shows up - with a burning desire to be famous, a throwback appreciation for The Heathens' only album, and a stack of cash big enough to bring the whole band back into the studio. Only this time, SHE'S the lead singer and Johnny's just a behind the scenes songwriter. John Ales, Bobby Kelly, and Elaine Hendrix round out the rest of this dysfunctional rock and roll family. The race is on to see who gets famous first - and for what reason.

Dennis Leary himself says this about his show: "In the studio, we had the benefit of great musicians like Greg Dulli and Dave Rosser from The Afghan Whigs, and legendary New York guitarist Adam Roth from The Jim Carroll Band and The Del Fuegos. Not to mention also Alec Morton from Raging Slab on bass, famed keyboard artist Tommy Mandell, and ex-Ozzy Osbourne drummer Charly Roth. We've all known each other for decades and have a great studio shorthand, and Adam and Charly Roth were on-set as tech advisors. We aimed from the get-go to capture and use live vocals from the filmed performances, as well as live instrumentation in many of the scenes. I think the audience will recognize that almost every time Liz Gillies and I sing on the show, we are singing live - right in the room. I think film and TV audiences are savvy enough to know what's real and what's not when it comes to rock and roll. We also have a secret ingredient that no other music show has: comedy. There are a lot of really funny musical moments on this show - like our bass player Rehab's rock opera, 'An Gorta Mor' - a song cycle consisting of 29 songs about the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840's. It sends up the pretentious side of rock n' roll. He dreams of bringing it to Broadway like so many rock artists before him have - from Sting to Paul Simon to Green Day. The only thing missing from Rehab's plan? Talent."

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"My character, Johnny Rock, writes a song combining the style points of Radiohead and Morrissey. I'm pretty sure its the first time those two names have been included in the same song. Liz Gillies is obviously a massively talented singer, John Corbett sings and plays guitar, and Elaine Hendrix has a gorgeous voice. Those were really non-negotiable requirements for all three of those roles. I do my usual combination of Iggy Pop and Axl Rose - I'm more of a screamer, with a limited crooning range. To their credit, Bobby Kelly actually learned how to play the drums, and John Ales got pretty good on the bass before we started shooting."

"The other thing that is essential on this show was my working relationship with Chris Phillips. We go back 35 years, when we started writing funny songs for The Emerson Comedy Workshop, at Emerson College in Boston. Chris co-wrote 'The Asshole Song' with me - and many others. Having him producing in the studio and co-writing some of the songs with me - as well as penning 'An Gorta Mor' all by himself - I could NOT have done this show without him."

Leary serves as Executive Producer along with Jim Serpico. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is produced by FX Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios.

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Photo credits: Patrick Harbron/FX

Check out all the clips from the show posted pre-premiere so far:

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Courtney Love gets back to acting on ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

by on Jul.09, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Courtney Love gets back to acting on ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

Courtney Love will be getting back to acting with an upcoming role on season 7 of 'Sons of Anarchy's final season on FX.

Love will make her dramatic TV acting debut in episode 4, playing Ms. Harrison, a straight-shooting preschool teacher of Jax’s eldest son, Abel. Love’s character will take a special interest in Abel, which may cause friction with the boy’s mother Wendy (played by new series regular Drea de Matteo).

Love's past credits inclue Alex Cox's 1986 classic "Sid And Nancy", followed by appearances in 1996's "Basquiat" and "Feeling Minnesota". Her much-celebrated turn as the tragic Althea Flynt in the 1996 film "The People Vs. Larry Flynt" was her most critically acclaimed role, garnering praise and nominations from many different film critics. She has also appeared in 1999's "200 Cigarettes", 1999's "Man On The Moon" (which reunited her with "Larry Flynt" director Milos Forman), 2000's "Beat", 2001's "Julie Johnson", and 2002's "Trapped."

Courtney will join another musician in the 'Anarchy' cast, as Marilyn Manson will also appear in Season 7 as a prison power player who has dealings with Jax.

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