Bust out your coolest plaid button-up and make sure your Tamagotchi is fed because the 90s are back, at least for a series of nostalgic nights featuring concerts from some of the decade’s most memorable bands. The multi-part event is being called Long Live The 90s and for those of us who lived through the decade, it’s hard not to get excited for some great music and good memories. The curated performances will come from a variety of bands including Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden and more.
Of course there was nothing more complicated about writing this story than figuring out which of the seven bands deserved first paragraph recognition. As you can see, I ultimately went with Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden, but no doubt fans of Stone Temple Pilots, Jane’s Addiction, Garbage and The Black Crowes are likely wondering what’s wrong with my personal taste. That’s the only downside to having so many heavy-hitters in one curated limited series.
Long Live The 90s will air on AXS TV and will launch on May 9th. Each subsequent episode will air on Sunday nights at 9 PM ET with only a quick break in the action over Memorial Day weekend. It’ll also fit in nicely with some of AXS’ other programming options that are music-heavy including The Top Ten Revealed and A Year In Music, as well as many of Dan Rather’s episodes of The Big Interview which have featured a variety of guests from different musical genres including Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Kid Rock, Ice Cube, Norah Jones, Weird Al, Carlos Santana and way more.
Expect each of the concerts airing as part of the Long Live The 90s series to have a very different feel and vibe. The events were recorded all over the country and will feature very different stage shows and presentations. For example: Jane’s Addiction: Live In NYC will see the band playing alongside burlesque dancers, trapeze acts and more, while Pearl Jam’s Let’s Play Two was shot at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs’ run to The World Series in 2016 and will include details on lead singer Eddie Vedder’s connection to Chicago.
Few industries were upended more during the pandemic than live music. Venues across the country were shuttered, countless tours were cancelled and people who love live music were forced to find other outlets. We’re likely still a few months or more away from large events returning, but there has been enough positive momentum that people are starting to get excited. I can’t imagine a better way to continue getting hyped for live music than by watching these concerts on AXS, and if you do it with your favorite Slap Bracelet on, all the better.
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