Get ready for a day-long British music invasion which includes a special presentation of the 2017 Brit Awards on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV. The Brit-loving program block starts at 1:10 p.m. ET with an in-depth look at iconic British rocker Eric Clapton’s prolific career in AXS TV’s original profile series, “Rock Legends.” An exciting lineup of classic concerts follows, leading up to the AXS TV premiere of the 2017 Brit Awards ceremony. Legendary artists like Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Robbie Williams will hit the stage at London’s O2 Arena to perform in front of the massive UK crowd.
Eric Clapton impressively ranked at No. 2 on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” just under rank winner Jimi Hendrix. He’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times – as a member of the Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist. He’s won 17 Grammy Awards and became the first artist to win six in one night at the 1992 ceremony. “Rock Legends” will explore his extraordinary career to kick off AXS TV’s Brit-focused programming block at 1:10 ET/10:10 a.m. PT.
At 1:40 p.m. ET, progressive rock icons YES deliver an explosive live set in the concert film “YES Like It Is – YES at the Bristol Hippodrome." Legendary Beatles vocalist-drummer Ringo Starr follows at 3:25 p.m. ET in “Ringo Starr and his 2016 All Starr Band.” Starr’s “All Starr” bandmates include Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham, and Gregg Bissonette. Guitar icon Jeff Beck (who ranked fifth on Rolling Stone’s previously mentioned Greatest Guitarists list) is featured next in “Jeff Beck – Live in Tokyo” at 4:25 p.m. ET. The beloved British rocker crosses multiple genres from jazz to rock to blues in the epic live set which includes “Where Were You,” “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” and many more.
A Brit-loving content block would not be complete without paying homage to one of the biggest British rock bands of all time, Queen. You can see one of their hottest shows (from Freddie Mercury’s final tour with Queen) in the airing of “Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest” at 6:05 p.m. ET. The mammoth setlist includes blockbuster hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You” and more.
“Brits Icon: Elton John” follows at 7:35 p.m. ET with special guest Rod Stewart. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter receives the inaugural Brits Icon Award in a night that celebrates his biggest hits including “Tiny Dancer,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Rocket Man,” “Your Song” and more. Elton John has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide which spawned 50 Top 40 hits. Elton John is an Oscar, Tony, and Grammy Award winner and a prestigious Kennedy Center, Honor. The all-star special (filmed in London) makes a great bookend to AXS TV’s Eric Clapton Brit block opener.
The night comes to a close with the AXS TV premiere of the 2017 Brit Awards, which took place in London at the O2 arena. Ed Sheeran performs his hit singles “Castle on the Hill” and a “Shape of You” remix with Stormzy. Other performers include Bruno Mars, Robbie Williams, Chris Martin with a George Michael tribute cover and more. Be sure to tune into AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT or set your DVR to catch all the action in a magical night of entertainment that honors Britain’s best music artists.
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