Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll created by and starring Denis Leary as Johnny Rock, lead singer of The Heathens, premieres Thursday, July 16th, on FX. Even before I knew anything about anything, I just KNEW I was going to tune in. My reasons?
Number 1: Watch the clip and other videos below. Johnny Rock makes up a Radiohead/ Morrissey mashup song, for his daughter, Gigi.
Number 2: The title.
Number 3:Elizabeth Gillies plays his daughter on SDRR. I don’t know how many of you have had to watch Nickelodeon with your kids, but she was on a little show called Victorious, playing a bitchy, yet extremely talented singer named Jade. She was my favorite character.
Number 4: The Heathens is comprised of lead singer, Johnny Rock (Leary), Robert Kelly (Louie) as Bam Bam, John Corbett (Parenthood) as Flash, and John Ales as Rehab. Those band names!
Number 5: 10 episodes on FX – a solid channel. It’s worth checking out SDRR.
There are probably many more I am not thinking of at the moment, but watch the clip and you will be hooked.
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll centers on “Johnny Rock” (Denis Leary), lead singer of a legendary early 90’s New York band called The Heathens. Known for living up to their name, the band partied so long and so hard that even Keith Richards thought they needed to slow things down. The Heathens were on the brink of becoming famous for their kickass live shows and the release of their highly anticipated first album. Until they broke up. The same day the album dropped. Because lead guitarist Flash (John Corbett) found Johnny in bed with his wife. So the band became legendary for all the wrong reasons – like self-destructing sooner than any group in rock-n-roll history. 25 years later, the only thing bigger than Johnny’s ego is his prostate. The drugs he really needs now aren’t cocaine and marijuana – they’re Crestor, Cymbalta and Cialis. He’s out of work, out of money and out of show business options. That’s when a massively talented young singer named Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) shows up – with a burning desire to be famous, a throwback appreciation for The Heathens’ only album, and a stack of cash big enough to bring the whole band back into the studio. Only this time, SHE’S the lead singer and Johnny’s just a behind-the-scenes songwriter. John Ales, Bobby Kelly and Elaine Hendrix round out the rest of this dysfunctional rock and roll family. The race is on to see who gets famous first – and for what reason.