Breaking the Band

Breaking the Band

  • 2018
  • 3 Seasons
  • 6.4  (45)

this docuseries explores the circumstances surrounding the demise of some of music's most popular acts. The break ups of The Beatles, The Supremes, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, N.W.A, Van Halen, Sonny and Cher, and more are examined using dramatic recreations. The series has drawn criticism from the bands themselves and their fans.

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The Who
11. The Who
May 16, 2021
The Who sold over 100 million records in a career that spans over 50 years. As they were propelled to fame in the 1960’s they redefined youth culture with their aggressive antics on stage and off. With Pete Townshend’s genius, Roger Daltry’s voice and the drug fuelled capers of its unique rhythm section, Keith Moon and John Entwistle, The Who produced a stream of hits that made them household names worldwide. But with fame came conflict between Pete and Roger, as they tussled for control of the band. And with global superstardom came excess, which ended with Keith Moon’s tragic death in 1978. Somehow the remaining members managed to keep going, until they split in 1982. The Who have since reformed and the two remaining members, Pete and Roger, play on, and are still touring today.
 Poison
10. Poison
February 6, 2021
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Twisted Sister
9. Twisted Sister
February 6, 2021
Summary not available
Aerosmith: Breaking The Band
8. Aerosmith: Breaking The Band
January 31, 2021
Summary not available
Black Sabbath
7. Black Sabbath
December 6, 2020
Black Sabbath: One of the greatest rock bands on the planet the so called fathers of heavy metal came from very humble origins to become among the most successful
Simon & Garfunkel
6. Simon & Garfunkel
May 10, 2020
Simon & Garfunkel were the most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s selling almost 40 million albums worldwide. Their distinct melodies and songs helped define a decade but at the height of their success, just four years after they burst into public consciousness, the duo split up. The former childhood best friends suffered from jealously, rivalry and betrayals.
The Mamas And The Papas
5. The Mamas And The Papas
May 10, 2020
The Mamas and The Papas was one of the most iconic groups of the "Swinging Sixties". Their unique vocal harmonies and timeless pop melodies catapulted them to the top of the Billboard charts. The band's journey to the dizzying heights of fame was strewn with tales of infidelity, unrequited love and power struggles, and powered by a hedonistic lifestyle, centered around drink and drugs. Despite The Mamas and The Papas' star burning for only a few short years, the band left an indelible mark on the music industry.
The Police
4. The Police
May 3, 2020
In the early 1980s, The Police were hailed as the biggest band in the world, selling over 50 million albums. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland dominated the charts and packed out stadiums and then, shockingly, split while at the peak of their rock and roll stardom. Rumors of Sting's fast growing ego, personality clashes and physical fights grew but was this band's implosion really down to just the ambitions of lead singer, Sting or were other factors at work? Breaking the Band: The Police tells the story of a band that defined an era, and reveals the truth behind why they were torn apart.
Journey
3. Journey
April 26, 2020
For more than three decades San Francisco rock band Journey have been selling out stadiums around the world. The band began in the early 1970s as a prog rock oufit, but their biggest success came when lead singer, Steve Perry, joined the band in 1978. Steve Perry known as The Voice, brought a new sound and a wider audience. Journey's Escape album became the bands biggest selling album to date reaching number one and selling a million copies. It scored three top ten hits: "Who's Crying Now," "Don't Stop Believin'," and "Open Arms." But behind the scenes multiple changes in the bands line up were evidence that not everyone was happy with the new change of direction.
Led Zeppelin
2. Led Zeppelin
April 19, 2020
Led Zeppelin split on December 4th 1980, 2 months after the tragic death of iconic drummer, John Bonham. Throughout the 1970’s, at the height of the bands powers, Led Zeppelin became the world’s first rock supergroup, selling over 300 million albums and headlining 600 concerts worldwide. Zeppelin’s rock star excesses became the stuff of legend, and dark rumours swirled around their closely guarded inner circle as everything Zeppelin touched miraculously turned to gold. But after nearly a decade at the top, disaster engulfed the band, and fans speculated that Zeppelin was finally paying the price for their huge success. And 40 years after the split, Zeppelin’s popularity still hasn’t faded; fans, new and old, clamour for a final reunion, which has been described as the “billion dollar tour” by promoters worldwide. But lead singer, Robert Plant, has sworn that he will never play with Zeppelin again, denying lead guitarist Jimmy Page and bass guitarist John Paul Jones the reunion they want. So what really happened to the once close members of the world’s greatest ever rock band? Why won’t they ever play together again? We’ll uncover the truth behind the break up of Led Zeppelin.
Kiss
1. Kiss
April 19, 2020
Kiss blew glam rock out of the water when they formed in 1972, their larger than life cartoon personas and pyrotechnic on stage antics drove audiences crazy. By 1978 they were one of the biggest bands in the world, but the relentless schedule of touring and recording combined with the non-stop debauchery of a rock and roll lifestyle would divide the band; while Peter Criss and Ace Frehely descended into a world of drink and drugs, the bandleader’s Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons stayed sober and tried to keep Kiss recording and performing. Eventually tensions became too much and the original line up of the band split in 1980 when Peter Criss was sacked. Gene and Peter kept Kiss alive over the next decade, with session musicians hired to fill in for the absent Peter and Ace, but their popularity gradually waned. Then, in 1995, after a brief performance on MTV to a rapturous audience, the original line up reconciled and reformed. But when Kiss immediately began a relentless schedule of tours, old tensions soon resurfaced. By 2000 the band hung together by a thread, and the original line up of Kiss broke up when Peter Criss left for the last time. So what caused the original members of Kiss to finally split? We’ll reveal the truth behind the break up of the original Kiss.
Description

this docuseries explores the circumstances surrounding the demise of some of music's most popular acts. The break ups of The Beatles, The Supremes, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, N.W.A, Van Halen, Sonny and Cher, and more are examined using dramatic recreations. The series has drawn criticism from the bands themselves and their fans.Breaking the Band is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (25 episodes). The series first aired on June 10, 2018.

Where to Watch Breaking the Band

Breaking the Band is available for streaming on the Reelz website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Breaking the Band on demand at Amazon Prime, Sling and Tubi TV.

  • Premiere Date
    June 10, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (45)