Well this is exciting! We've wanted to have Denis Leary on the show since before his Rescue Me days. The Job? The MTV Music Awards? Remote Control! Ok, and that little movie franchise, Ice Age. We love Denis.
And now he stars as Johnny Rock, the lead singer of the majorly influential band, The Heathens, on the FX Series "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll". Joining Denis this morning, is his costar, the beautiful Liz Gillies. And man can she sing!
You have to check out this show when it airs on July 16th. It's everything a Q listener would love. Plus there are some great guest cameos from Dave Grohl and Joan Jett among others.
Denis and Liz talk about what makes rock & roll so great. And we get into the intra-band dynamics behind personalities like Jagger and Richards or Tyler and Perry and how that makes those bands super stars.
Like we said, it's a rock and roll show!
Liz and the cast of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll attended the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival a short while ago for a screening and Q&A. I've added 10 MQ and 1 HQ picture from a portrait session from the festival:
Public Appearances > Appearances 2015 > Bonnaroo
The band is getting back together. Why will this time be different? Find out in the final chapter of The Heathens Rockumentary.
It's messy. It's badass. It's Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Go behind the scenes of FX's new original series starting Denis Leary and Liz Gillies.
Liz stopped by Zach Sang & The Gang yesterday to talk about Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. You will be able to listen to parts of the interview this Monday on their show, and the full interview will be posted soon, according to their Facebook page. To find out how to listen to the show in your area, go to ZachSangAndTheGang.com. They've also added a few pictures and videos of Liz's visit to their snapchat story, add them at zachsanggang!
Public Appearances > Appearances 2015 > Zach Sang & The Gang
Saturday, June 13, attendees of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival were treated to a special screening of Denis Leary's new series, “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” which is set to premiere on FX July 16. [...]
The “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” screening was met with laughter and cheers from everyone in attendance, as they were introduced to the self-destructive nature of Johnny Rock. Some of the biggest laughs in the incredibly entertaining first three episodes came from clever references to acts like Morrissey, Radiohead and Bon Jovi, as well as a few memorable moments involving physical humor.
Prior to the special screening in the Cinema Tent, AXS got a chance to talk to Leary and the hilarious cast of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” including Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Robert Kelly, about their characters, the show's origins and, of course, sex, drugs and rock and roll.[...]
What drove you to the project as the show's star, writer, director, producer and creator?
Leary: I knew all these guys. A bunch of guys I went to college with, who I was in this theater group with, they were all musicians, they were part of the music track at the school. As they graduated or quit, they joined rock bands in Boston. Some of the bands took off and some of the bands and the people in that scene, like The Cars became huge stars. All those guys became professional musicians _ even if they weren't well known – for the last 30 years they've been playing in various bands. So, I got to see the really famous people and also the guys that didn't make it that are still basically working as professional musicians, you just don't know who they are.
And also the bitter guys that blew it. That's the guy that I wanted to play, a guy who f*cked up the whole thing for his band and I wanted to play with the whole dynamic of the band and family thing and how much people can hate each other in a band. Then I throw in this angle, which is his daughter, who he didn't know he had, shows up. He really has no interest in her at first except to glom on to her because she's got talent and conceivably he can make money off of her. That's the beginning of the story and from there you'll see what develops.
And Elizabeth Gillies is playing your daughter, Gigi. Elizabeth, how would you describe Gigi? What is she all about?
Elizabeth Gillies: She's very determined. It seems, when you watch the first episode, that she's really hell-bent on success and fame. She's very focused on that, but really there's a reason that she came to find her dad and it's not because she wants to be famous. She has that void she wants to fill and she wants a father. She wants to make it work and she wants to fix him it turns out, as the show goes on. They have a very interesting relationship. She wants a lot of things and she's determined to make them all work.
Which relationship is prioritized the father/daughter or bandmates?
Gillies: Father/Daughter. 100 percent. He's kicked right out of the band as soon as I come in. He's “Sidelined Johnny.” [everyone laughs]
Elaine Hendrix: That's a good name for a band.
So is there any tension between Gigi and Ava as the two most important women in Johnny's life?
Gillies: No, we band together.
Hendrix: We're kind of the puppeteers.
Leary: The truth of the series is that by the end of the first season you realize that these guys — who've gotten back together — these guys were never in charge really. Ava has always been in charge of these guys and especially me. When Gigi shows up, it becomes a two-woman show and we may occasionally think that we have power, but we don't have any power. They just let us think that we have power for certain periods of time, which is really interesting and I find that shit really funny. Whenever Ava and Gigi come down hard on Johnny, it's f*cking hilarious, but they also come down on the other guys in the band sometimes which is great.
Check out the full interview here!