Living Legends Take Centre Stage in the Candid Documentary Series, ROCK ICONS, Premiering November 1 on HBO Canada

— October 15, 2015

– Produced by Toronto’s Banger Films and directed by Canadians Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen –
– Featuring iconic music artists including Geddy Lee, Rob Halford, Ted Nugent, Ann Wilson, Dave Mustaine, and Slash –

“In the art world they talk about less is more…for us as a band, we say more is more.” – Geddy Lee

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(L-R) Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash, and Joe Elliott with Def Leppard, in ROCK ICONS

TORONTO (October 15, 2015) – From the basement music room in Slash’s home, to Nikki Sixx’s radio studio, to backstage at a Heart concert moments before Ann Wilson takes the stage, ROCK ICONS celebrates the innovative artists who defined the history of rock music, offering an intimate, revealing portrait of who they really are and the road that led them to their iconic status. Produced by Toronto-based Banger Films (RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE, SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER) and VH1 Classic, and directed by Canadians Sam Dunn and Scot McFayden, the 10-part, half-hour documentary series debuts Sunday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. ** Media Note ** – Download images at https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/hbo-canada or http://www.corusent.com/brands/hbo-canada. Each episode of ROCK ICONS goes beyond the velvet rope with never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews with featured artists and those who helped build their remarkable careers. In the premiere episode, legendary Canadian musician and Rush frontman Geddy Lee is in the spotlight, showcasing his incomparable musical talent and drive that was influenced by the passing of his father. From his wine collection, to his devotion for baseball, to his meticulous care for his immense collection of musical instruments, Lee shares his views on how to live life to the fullest and reveals the secret to his long-standing career. The episode also includes never-before-seen interviews with his fellow bandmates Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson. Fast facts about Geddy Lee as seen on the first episode of ROCK ICONS: • Geddy Lee’s interest in music first sparked after listening to the distinctive riffs in Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman. • Lee cites baseball as his most pleasurable escape from reality, allowing him to distract himself from the tension and pressure of life. • Lee is a wine connoisseur, and travels the world in search of exceptional vintages. Other musical giants featured in ROCK ICONS include: Rob Halford (Judas Priest); Ted Nugent (The Motor City Madman); Ann Wilson (Heart); Dave Mustaine (Megadeth); Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe); Slash (Guns N’ Roses); Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates); Joe Elliott (Def Leppard); and Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins). In Eastern Canada, the series will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, it will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada). ROCK ICONS is internationally distributed by Tricon Films & Television. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Hashtag: #ROCKICONS Twitter: @HBOCanada @TMN_Publicity @CorusPR Facebook: Facebook.com/HBOCanada Instagram: @HBOCanada Hubub: Hubub.com/TMN_Publicity For more information: For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada): Christian Llano, 416.384.3098 or christian.llano@bellmedia.ca  For Movie Central (Western Canada): Rebecca Rebeiro, 416.479.6474 or rebecca.rebeiro@corusent.com  

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About Banger Films
Banger Films is an award-winning film and television production company based in Toronto. In its first 10 years, Banger has produced smash-hit feature documentaries, TV series and live concerts, broadcast worldwide on networks such as The Movie Network, Vh1, BBC 2, Globosat, NRK, Sky UK and many more. The Banger catalogue includes the essential heavy metal documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey (2006) and its follow-up Global Metal (2008); SXSW Audience Award and Juno-winning Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009), Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Award-winning Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010), the “doc opera” Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014), as well as the biggest-ever TV series on metal and hard rock, Metal Evolution (2011). In 2013, Banger launched a kids’ programming division, B Minors. Upcoming projects include The Message: Hip-Hop Evolution, a two-part doc on the history of hip-hop; Satan Lives, a feature documentary about the Devil in modern times; and Rock Icons, a music-bio series featuring intimate portraits of the most legendary artists in the history of metal and rock.

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