SiriusXM has extended its Stream Free availability through May 31 and in conjunction, will roll out a slew of new artist-specific channels.
Channels dedicated to David Bowie, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, George Strait, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Prince and The Rolling Stones will launch May 1 and run through the month. The new offerings will only be available via the SiriusXM app.
To hear all of the satellite provider’s offerings for free, non-subscribers can download the SiriusXM app or go to SiriusXM.com/streamfree.
Here are some highlights of the new channels. For more information, visit siriusxm.com/new-channels.
The David Bowie Channel will feature music spanning Bowie’s career, from his earliest recordings to his final album, “Blackstar.” Rare tracks, demo versions and other artist interpretations of his songs will be included.
Hotel California, SiriusXM’s Eagles channel, will offer music and stories from the band’s career, a timely collection of songs (“The Eagles’ Pandemic Playlist”) and encores of the Eagles’ exclusive SiriusXM concert from the Grand Ole Opry from October 2017. Additionally, famous rock journalist and SiriusXM host David Fricke shares narratives on Eagles lineage and more.
The Fleetwood Mac Channel will showcase band hits, solo material, live songs, rare demo tracks and musical influences. The channel will also include exclusive stories and insights from the band, plus special shows hosted by Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie. A special hour-long behind-the-scenes look at the band’s landmark album, “Rumours,” called “Rumours Revealed,” will include commentary from Fleetwood and McVie, as well as Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.
Ace in the Hole Radio is dedicated to the music of George Strait and will encompass personal insights and stories from the country music legend about his life and music. The channel will also air Strait’s biggest songs, including 60 No. 1 hits from throughout his career.
Guns N’ Roses Radio will feature live tracks and rarities among the familiar material. The channel will also include music by artists who have influenced Guns N’ Roses as well as those that have toured with the band. Additionally, listeners will hear Guns N’ Roses’ SiriusXM concert from the Apollo Theater from July 2017.
Led Zeppelin Radio will present fans with every song from the iconic band’s music catalog. Sounds and insights from Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones will be in the mix, as well as the songs that made Led Zeppelin rock legends. Listeners will also hear early rough mixes, alternate versions, remasters and momentous performances captured live.
Mandatory Metallica will feature a 30-date “virtual Metallica tour,” which offers a daily concert from the band on tour around the globe, including the band’s SiriusXM concert from 2013 at the Apollo Theater in New York City and their 2016 concert at New York City’s Webster Hall. An exclusive at-home DJ session, “Welcome Home,” from Lars Ulrich will also be featured. The band will take over SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal channel each Monday in May, for “Metallica Mondays.”
The Prince Channel will include a never-before-heard demo of a conceptual radio show created by Prince for a Sirius Satellite Radio channel from 2005. Created by Prince around the release of his celebrated “3121” album, two-hour-plus show, features songs from his heady catalog, personal favorite selections by other artists, mixes, interviews, and a peek into his vault of unreleased studio and live recordings. Prince collaborated with DJ Rashida, who hosts the show, with Prince joining throughout. Comedian Katt Williams also pops in as “Ezekiel” to provide comedic relief throughout. The channel will also include a takeover from Sheila E., special playlists from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and SiriusXM’s recent “Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute To Prince Town Hall,” featuring Jimmy Jam, Sheila E. and H.E.R.
Rolling Stones Radio, which debuted on SiriusXM in 2008, has been updated and expanded, giving Stones fans a comprehensive journey through the band's almost six-decade career, including their new song ‘Living In A Ghost Town’ which was completed during quarantine. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood share thoughts and memories about writing and recording their biggest songs, performing live, friendships, and the band’s legacy.
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