- The award-winning live performance and interview series returns with new and iconic artists, bringing the series to a total of 72 episodes
- Featured artists include Soundgarden, Snoop Dogg, Alice in Chains, Damon Albarn, Phantogram, The 1975, CHVRCHES and more
- Season 8 kicks off with 6 episodes filmed live in Austin, TX, during SXSW
- Series moves to an exciting new time slot – Sunday nights at 8 p.m.
Los Angeles, CA: New episodes of the award-winning music television series Guitar Center Sessions presented by JBL will begin airing Sunday, May 4, 2014. Now in its landmark 8th season, Guitar Center Sessions has been tuned into more than 15 million times since December, and is moving to an exciting new Sunday night time slot, airing inspiring performances each week at 8 p.m. exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience (channel 239). Season 8 will feature notable artists including Snoop Dogg, Alice in Chains, Damon Albarn, Phantogram, CHVRCHES, Cage the Elephant and more. It all kicks off with Seattle rock band Soundgarden performing songs that span their entire catalog. This episode, among others this season, was filmed live at SXSW, on a rooftop perched high above the crowds with Austin’s majestic skyline as a backdrop.
"Our first ever trip out to SXSW as a band was a special part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for Superunknown,” says Soundgarden. “The rooftop show for Guitar Center was truly memorable and we hope our fans will enjoy the chance to see it on DIRECTV."
Watch Soundgarden perform “Rusty Cage” on Guitar Center Sessions here: http://youtu.be/Oh3ctsg_a3A
Guitar Center Sessions Season 8 Episode Schedule:
|May 4, 2014||Soundgarden|
|May 11, 2014||Damon Albarn|
|May 18, 2014||Phantogram|
|May 25, 2014||The Wild Feathers|
|June 1, 2014||Snoop Dogg|
|June 8, 2014||The 1975|
|July 13, 2014||311|
|July 20, 2014||LP|
|July 27, 2014||Dawes|
|August 3, 2014||Alice in Chains|
|August 10, 2014||CHVRCHES|
|August 17, 2014||Cage the Elephant|
“We are incredibly proud to present our viewers with yet another season of Guitar Center Sessions,” says Dustin Hinz, Director of Music and Entertainment Marketing Guitar Center. “Season 8 brings to life the stories, songs and journeys of a remarkable line-up of iconic and influential artists. Filming live at one of the world’s biggest music festivals was the perfect way to celebrate both Guitar Center’s 50th Anniversary and the success Guitar Center Sessions has seen over the past 60 episodes.”
“DIRECTV’s Audience Network is honored to host another season of Guitar Center Sessions,” said Chris Long, SVP Original Content and Production, DIRECTV. “We’re excited to air an amazing showcase from this year’s SXSW and to bring our customers another incredible line-up of talent in Season 8.”
Guitar Center Sessions captures exclusive live performances and interviews from noteworthy and influential artists in stunning hi-definition and 5.1 surround sound. In addition to show-stopping performances, each episode features intimate interviews conducted by renowned journalist Nic Harcourt, offering rare insights into the celebrated careers of these icons and the inspirations behind their music. Episodes debut at 8 p.m. exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience (channel 239). Past episodes from the series air on AXSTV, Monday nights at 9pm. Guitar Center Sessions is but one example of the music retailer’s efforts to support artists by creating new avenues to expose their music to large audiences in an ever-changing music industry.
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