"MTV Unplugged," the live acoustic-based performance series that rose to prominence in the 1990s, will be returning to the air on Sept. 8, Variety reports. The first episode will take place at The Theater at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles and feature an unplugged performance by pop guitarist/singer Shawn Mendes.
The news of the show’s return comes a little over month following notable layoffs within MTV’s news/editorial division, as the network looks to focus on establishing a stronger emphasis on video content rather than reporting and traditional journalism. The new segments of "Unplugged," according to MTV SVP Amani Duncan, will take place in different locations this time around rather than at the network’s Times Square headquarters.
“‘Let’s take it to cool locations’ was the thought,” Duncan said about the show’s new model. “Like where the artist played their first major show, or maybe they choose a location to make a pro-social statement, or it’s, ‘I always wanted to play Carnegie Hall.'”
The show, which first aired in 1989 and ran until 1999, featured now-iconic acoustic performances from the biggest names in music throughout the decade including Nirvana, Mariah Carey, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page to name a few. The series would go on to receive three Primetime Emmy nominations throughout its original run, in addition to re-introducing classic rock acts to a younger, MTV-era generation.
“We’ve been working our a**es off just trying to figure out the most beautiful way to play these songs in a smaller, stripped-down way,” Mendes added about his upcoming performance. “I feel like if I can do this right, then it will be a moment for me — where people can really understand and see me as a musician and a singer.”