May 9, 2024

A&E offers viewers a backstage pass to the celebrated careers of some of hard rock's greatest legends with new specials celebrating rock icons Bret Michaels (POISON),Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER),Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar (VAN HALEN) and Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW). Produced by Banger Films in association with A+E Factual Studios group under the award-winning "Biography" banner, the specials will feature exclusive interviews with each of the artists and those closest to them. Beginning Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET, the nostalgia inducing specials will go behind-the-scenes to the artists' journeys to fame, legendary careers, and iconic music that defined the genre then and now.

"Biography: Bret Michaels"

Premiering Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET, "Biography: Bret Michaels" kicks off the series, chronicling how a boy from small-town Pennsylvania and Type-1 Diabetic became a pop culture icon, philanthropist, and one of the most recognizable faces in America. The two-hour special explores how grit and determination turned Bret Michaels into the ultimate front man known for his high-octane stage presence, how he struggled to keep POISON together, survived several near-death experiences, and embarked on a remarkable series of business ventures. From "Rock Of Love With Bret Michaels" to winning "Celebrity Apprentice", the special showcases how his journey propelled him toward immense success both as a celebrated solo artist and the frontman of the band POISON.

"Biography: Dee Snider"

Premiering Sunday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET, "Biography: Dee Snider" shares the untold story of how Snider went from a high school choir boy to one of the most recognized faces in hard rock as the frontman of TWISTED SISTER. The special depicts the disappointment of record label rejection and how this rejection ultimately led him to write the hit song, "We're Not Gonna Take It". Viewers are taken on a whirlwind adventure as they find out just how far success would fuel Snider's ego before things started to go wrong.

"Biography: Alice Cooper"

Premiering Sunday, June 23 at 10 p.m. ET, "Biography: Alice Cooper" explores the highs and lows of an incredible journey and genre defining artist. Shock rock, hard rock, amazing rock — Alice Cooper and his pioneering group have been described as the founders of it all. From a kid with asthma in Detroit who had an obsession with art and performance to one of the most celebrated characters in music history as the frontman of the groundbreaking ALICE COOPER group to the challenges of addiction that turned the man into a character with the desire to offend, the special delves into the incredible career and legacy of a rock icon and his legendary band.

"Biography: Sammy Hagar"

Premiering Sunday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET, "Biography: Sammy Hagar" traces Hagar's path to fame, beginning as a poverty-stricken child, to the lead singer of the band MONTROSE to launching a successful solo career, and ultimately joining VAN HALEN. The special explores how Hagar helped VAN HALEN get their first ever number one hit, uncovers what led a band that was on the top of world to suddenly split apart, and how Hagar has continued to leave his mark on the hard rock genre.

"Biography Sebastian Bach"

Premiering Sunday, June 30 at 10 p.m. ET, "Biography: Sebastian Bach" outlines how a small-town kid from Canada became the ultimate bad boy of hard rock. From a job offer as a rock frontman at age 14 to a last-minute wedding invitation that led to him meeting the BON JOVI family and joining SKID ROW, the special explores the highs and lows of Bach's incredible career.

All specials will be available on demand and to stream on the A&E app and

The hard rock legend "Biography" specials are produced for A&E by Banger Films in association with A+E Factual Studios group. Co-directors are Sam Dunn and Marc Ricciardelli. Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen serve as executive producers for Banger Films. Rick Krim is an executive producer. Stephen Mintz is an executive producer for A+E Factual Studios group. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson.

Banger Films is an award-winning global leader in music and documentary storytelling, founded by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn in 2004. Banger's catalog includes critically acclaimed documentary series, feature docs, live concerts and kids' programs featuring the biggest names in pop culture and entertainment. Past projects include the Emmy- and Peabody-winning series "Hip-Hop Evolution", Grammy-nominated films "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" and "ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas", Tribeca audience choice award winner "Super Duper Alice Cooper" and the breakthrough heavy metal film "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey".

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