Radio 2 to rock for the August Bank Holiday

BBC Radio 2 is celebrating rock music all day on the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of August, including special shows featuring Bryan Adams and Alice Cooper.

Guesting on Ken Bruce’s show will be Hungarian pianist Peter Bence, who we’re told will be performing iconic rock classics live in the Radio 2 Piano Room. At midday, instead of Jeremy Vine, listeners will be treated to two hours hosted by Bryan Adams, who’ll share his collection of personal rock music favourites as well as stories of working with legends including Tina Turner, Sting and Rod Stewart. Guests also include Robert Plant and Jackson Browne.

Tony Blackburn sits in for Steve Wright 2-5pm with a special programme – Women In Rock. That will be followed by Simon Mayo taking two hours of listeners’ rock requests.

The rock theme continues in the evening of Monday 28th August with Paul Jones 7-8pm playing classic blues rock and the blues sounds from the likes of Memphis Slim, Jimmy Preston and Chuck Berry that pointed the way towards early Rock & Roll.

Later there’s Alice Cooper in conversation with Johnnie Walker 8-9pm, which is billed as “an hour of great stories, wisdom and music, in which they talk about many things including Alice’s beautifully warped classics like School’s Out, Elected, I’m Eighteen and Poison, plus his scary alter-ego and his legendary, shocking, theatrical stage show.”

At 9pm Rick Wakeman celebrates famous rock keyboard riffs in “Rick Wakeman’s Key to Keys in Rock”, including contributions from Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks. The day of rock closes with David Rodgian 11pm-midnight playing the best in lovers’ rock.

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