VEVO launched “Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater,” an original series created by musical wunderkind and Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Armstrong, and directed by Mirror Films’ Kevin Kerslake. An homage to the classic American Musical, “Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater” centers on Armstrong as a punk rock version of Rod Serling, who hosts each episode starring special guest actors and top musical artists.
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Premiering exclusively on VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, “Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater” features brilliant songs written by Armstrong paired with lively dance numbers that are married with narratives that cross over many genres, and all of it lined with scintillating, dark edges. “Doing a show centered on musical theatre isn’t really a stretch for me,” says Armstrong. “For 25 years, I’ve been making music and collaborating with friends, been involved in hundreds of videos, and it’s really just a direct extension of my world.”
“Dante,” the pilot episode of “RockNRoll Theater” brings “Inferno,” Dante Alighieri’s 14th Century epic poem, roaring into the 21st Century with a fresh take on greed and corporate corruption. The episode stars AFI frontman Davey Havok, guitarist and vocalist Lars Frederiksen of Rancid, and actor Robert David Hall, known for his extensive work on “CSI.” “Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater” marks the first scripted piece of original programming featured on VEVO, enriching the platform’s catalogue of 45,000 premium music videos and live concerts.
“When it came time to hire a director, we immediately thought of Kevin Kerslake,” says Armstrong’s producing partner David Robertson. “Having worked with him on a couple of Rancid videos, he was already in the family, but he brings so much experience to the table that it was an easy call to tap him for the job.”
“Tim’s idea for an anthology series that was a cross between ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ makes your mind just explode with the possibilities,” explains Director Kevin Kerslake. “Just as ‘The Twilight Zone’ examined social and psychological issues from adventurous angles, this show explores similar themes, but we give it a little more throttle.” A lot more throttle, actually. “RockNRoll Theater” is a foot-to-the-floor romp through prime musical real estate. “Tim is a musical genius, adept at so many styles, and the man can turn a phrase – his lyrics are a combination of street thug, beat poet, and hopeless romantic. Plus, his work ethic is just insane! This is without question the coolest project I’ve ever done in my life,” beams Kerslake.
“Kevin’s range and diversity as a Director never ceases to amaze me,” adds Mirror Films’ Owner/Executive Producer Eric Barrett. “This latest work with Tim Armstrong for VEVO is a throwback to musicals of a bygone era. Couple this with his just-released ‘Electric Daisy Carnival’ feature doc – two genres that are very current in today’s youth culture – and you can see that it’s been a very busy year.”
In addition to working with Director/DP Kerslake, Armstrong teamed up with choreographer Michael Rooney, known for his multiple MTV Video Music awards, including Spike Jonze’s Fatboy Slim “Weapon Of Choice” music video starring Christopher Walken, and esteemed casting director Mary Vernieu (“Black Swan,” “Sin City,” “The Wrestler”).
Future episodes to come on VEVO.
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