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[08/04/09 - 06:01 AM]
Vh1, VH1 Classic, and Palladia to Premiere Two 'Hard Rock Calling' Specials from London's Hyde Park, Featuring Music's Biggest Icons and Brightest Rising Stars
The first one-hour special airs Friday, August 21 at 9:00/8:00c.

[via press release from VH1]

VH1, VH1 Classic, and Palladia to Premiere Two 'Hard Rock Calling' Specials from London's Hyde Park, Featuring Music's Biggest Icons and Brightest Rising Stars

"Hard Rock Calling" Specials Premiere Friday, August 21 at 9PM* on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 -- Once a summer, some of the biggest acts from all over the world meet for three days to perform in London's Hyde Park and rock out in front of tens of thousands of fans. This phenomenon is known as "Hard Rock Calling," and on August 21 at 9PM* VH1, VH1 Classic, and Palladia are bringing this premier concert event all the way from the historic green spaces of London to a television near you!

First, on Friday, August 21 at 9PM*, VH1 Classic will premier a 1-hour show featuring rock legends Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Neil Young, The Pretenders, and The Dave Matthews Band. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band open up with their cover of the Clash's "London Calling" followed by The Pretenders performing "Middle of the Road" and The Dave Matthews Band delivering a powerful rendition of "All Along the Watchtower." Neil Young wows the crowd with an epic performance of "Down by the River." Bruce Springsteen closes the concert with his rare classic "Rosalita" from his 1973 album " The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle."

In addition, VH1 and Palladia will debut an extended 2-hour version of the show, which will include all of the performances from the 1-hour VH1 Classic version, plus some of today's rising artists including The Killers, The Kooks, Ben Harper, James Morrison, and The Gaslight Anthem. The special will also include show commentary from the artists. The Killers perform their hits "Human" and "Somebody Told Me." Ben Harper plays the Led Zeppelin classic "Good Times Bad Times," and James Morrison offers a soulful rendition of his song "Wonderful World."

VH1 and Palladia will also feature two other Pretenders songs that are not featured on the 1-hour show on VH1 Classic, an additional oldie from Neil Young, and the Bruce Springsteen classic "Jungleland" from his 1975 album "Born to Run."

Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that present videos, concerts and music specials all day long, featuring the best of rock, soul and pop artists from the 60s, 70s and 80s, including The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police, Madonna and many more. Learn more at VH1Classic.com.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 95 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, VH1Games and extensive broadband video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.

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