A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week
Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of June 30-July 6, 2003.There's more music in the air than usual this week, thanks to Friday's Fourth of July celebrations across the country. A&E will broadcast "This Is Your Country," featuring performances by Al Green, Brian Wilson, Lee Ann Womack and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
PBS will air "A Capitol Fourth" from Washington, D.C., boasting a star-studded lineup of the Chieftains, Jerry Douglas, James Ingram, Erich Kunzel, Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs, the National Symphony Orchestra and Kristin Chenoweth.
Originating from New York is "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular," airing on NBC. Betty Buckley, Ann Hampton Callaway, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, John
Mellencamp, Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce Knowles are expected to perform.
Although not a live event, Trio will broadcast an all-star Willie Nelson concert taped in April in Nashville, which featured performances by Ryan Adams, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Patty Griffin, Hank III, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Norah Jones, Toby Keith, Mark Knopfler, matchbox 20, Brian McKnight, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Ray Price, Richie Sambora and Lee Ann Womack.
Later that night, Trio offers up Nelson's 70th birthday bash, taped recently in New York. Among the acts joining the country great in celebration are Aerosmith, Ray Charles, Kenny Chesney, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Wyclef Jean, Norah Jones, Toby Keith, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Shelby Lynne, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Leon Russell, Paul Simon, Shania Twain and ZZ Top.
Sunday brings two not-to-miss specials on music acts. E! rolls out the latest in its popular "E! True Hollywood Stories" with a spotlight on Eminem, while Trio airs the Wilco documentary "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart," which spotlights the making of the band's 2002 album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot."
This week also offers a look at some unheralded films starring musicians. On Monday, Encore's Love Stories network shows "The Jazz Singer," starring Neil Diamond and Laurence Olivier. Black Starz airs "Gunmen," featuring the rappers Eric B. & Rakim, Dr. Dre and Big Daddy Kane. Showtime 2 dusts off "UHF," the lone star vehicle to date for the beloved "Weird" Al Yankovic.
And for a weekend blast of rock, check out MTV's rerun of its 2002 Aerosmith "mtvICON" special. The rock legends are feted by such acts as Dr. Dre, Eminem, Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Method Man, Nas, Papa Roach, Pink, Shakira and Train.