VH1 Storytellers

Sunday 10:00 PM on VH1 Premiered Jun 02, 1996 In Season


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    • Counting Crows
      Counting Crows
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Riding a wave of critical and commercial success, the Counting Crows, led by Adam Duritz, perform an array of their hits, including "Rain King", "Mr. Jones", and "Long December".
    • Pearl Jam
      Pearl Jam
      Season 9 - Episode 1
      Pearl Jam band members discuss their songs, and preview a couple from their new self-titled album. Included are "Alive", "Betterman", "Lifewasted", and "Gone".
    • Culture Club
      Culture Club
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      Culture Club perform their hits, including "Church of the Poison Mind", "Karma Chamelion", "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", "Time", and "Miss Me Blind".
    • Kanye West
      Kanye West
      Season 11 - Episode 2
      The outspoken hip-hop star performs some of his big hits, including 'Robocop', 'Amazing', 'Touch the Sky',and 'Heartless'. He opines candidly on a variety of people and topics. Included were a response to recent comments made by 50 Cent, a snipe at a perceived snub by Radiohead at the Grammys, and a touching speech about his mother's passing and his failed engagement.moreless
    • Train & Fuel
      Train & Fuel
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      Two of the hottest acts in rock come together for this episode, which features some of the biggest hits of this year. Train reveal who the girl in "Meet Virginia" is, and Fuel tell a wrenching story about the meaning of "Hemmorhage In My Hands". Members of both bands get together for a reaucous version of "Ramble On", by Led Zeppelin.moreless
    • Kid Rock
      Kid Rock
      Season 11 - Episode 1
      Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band perform before an enthusiastic house at The Factory, near Nashville. Songs include "Devil Without A Cause" and his latest hit, "All Summer Long".
    • Coldplay
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      Coldplay performs songs from their upcoming release, "X&Y", as well as hits from their first two albums. Included are "Clocks", "Yellow", "Speed Of Sound", and new tunes "Square One", and "Fix You".
    • Stone Temple Pilots
      Stone Temple Pilots
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      Scott Weiland leads his band STP through an array of their hits, including "Plush", "Sex Type Thing", "Sour Girl", and "Interstate Love Song". Scott talks about his recent well-publicised legal and substance problems, as well as painful relationship situations, which included an abortion.
    • Lenny Kravitz
      Lenny Kravitz
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      Lenny's music is a mixture of varying styles. Here he talks about writing a song "Thinking Of You", for his mother who had died. He also tells of helping a young girl who was working the street, in a song titled "My Precious Love". He also performs hits from his career, including "Are You Gonna Go My Way", and "Fly Away".moreless
    • Def Leppard
      Def Leppard
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      Co-insiding with the VH1 original movie, "The Def Leppard Story", and the release of "Euphoria", the band's latest album, the Lepps discuss their history and perform some of their hits. Included are "Two Steps Behind", "Hysteria", "Pour Some Sugar On Me", and "Rock Of Ages".
    • Goo Goo Dolls
      Goo Goo Dolls
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      Goo Goo Dolls get really intimate, telling the stories about some of their hits, and some new material from their album "Gutterflower". Songs include "Iris", "Name", "Slide", "Lucky Star", and "Here Is Gone".
    • Travis
      Scottish rockers Travis perform some of their material.
    • Jay-Z: Life of an American gangster
      Backed by a full 12 piece band, Jay-Z performs songs from his upcoming release, American Gangster, and recalls drawing inspiration for the concept album from an early screening of the Denzel Washington/Russell Crowe movie of the same name, whose official soundtrack was released by Jay's Def Jam Recordings.
    • Z.Z. Top
      Z.Z. Top
      Season 11 - Episode 3
      The reunited group tells some stories about their 40 year career, including the real "La Grange", and an interesting story about a homeless man getting involved in the video shoot for "Sharp Dressed Man". Taped at Chicago's Congress Theatre March 31, the band had the crowd on their feet virtually the entire performance.moreless
    • Bruce Springsteen
      Bruce Springsteen
      Season 8 - Episode 2
      Bruce Springsteen performs songs from his newest cd, "Devils and Dust", and weaves some stories about some of his classic hits. Played acoustically, with just his piano and guitar, and some vocal help from his wife Patti Scialfa, the songs include "Thunder Road", "Blinded By The Light", "Brilliant Disguise", and "Nebraska".moreless
    • Robert Plant
      Robert Plant
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      Robert Plant gets up close and personal, talking about his Zeppelin days, and the thoughts behind going solo. Songs performed include "Four Sticks", "Whole Lotta Love", "Darkness, Darkness", and "Ship Of Fools".
    • The Bee Gees
      The Bee Gees
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      The Bee Gees perform hits from their thirty year career. In the stripped-down 'unplugged' style, they roll out songs like "Lonely Days", "Jive Talkin", "To Love Somebody", and some from their record-breaking "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack album.
    • Green Day
      Green Day
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      Green Day performs songs from their hit album, "American Idiot". Included are "American Idiot", "Jesus of Suburbia", "Holiday", "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", "Are We The Waiting?", "When September Ends", and "Letterbomb". They also field questions from the small audience.
    • No Doubt
      No Doubt
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      The ska/pop outfit led by Gwen Stefani revisits the emotional songs written about Gwen's breakup with Tony Kanal, the group's bassist. They perform hits including "Don't Speak", "Sunday Morning", "Just A Girl", and "Ex-girlfriend".
    • The Dixie Chicks
      The Dixie Chicks
      Season 9 - Episode 2
      The 'Not Ready To Make Nice' Girls, (Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, and Martie Macguire), discuss their personal lives, the political upheaval they got involved in, and the inspiration behind some of their best-known hits.
    • Dave Matthews Band
      Dave Matthews Band
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      The Dave Matthews Band performs songs from their acclaimed repertoire, and introduce some new gems from the forthcoming "Stand Up". Included are "Ants Marching", "American Baby", "Too Much", and "Where Are You Going?".
    • Billy Idol
      Billy Idol
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      Billy performs some of his hard-rocking punk-influenced hits in front of an admiring audience. He tells them about his youth of sex and drugs, and sings "Rebel Yell", "Dancing With Myself", "Mony, Mony", and "White Wedding".
    • Ray Davies
      Ray Davies
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      In the series premiere, the charmingly witty and verbally kinky Ray Davies tells warm and funny stories about growing up, starting The Kinks, life with his brother and the rest of his siblings, trips to California and more. Along with one accompanist, Ray gives unique performances of songs from his long and storied career, including "Lola", "Waterloo Sunset", "Well Respected Man", and "Celluloid Heroes". Realizing this is an experimental show, Ray jokes as his stories get longer, yet manages to set an example for other great musical acts to follow.moreless
    • ELO - Electric Light Orchestra
      ELO - Electric Light Orchestra
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      Jeff Lynne brings his recently reunited band into the Storyteller setting. He talks about the origins of some of their classic hits. Included are performances of "Do Ya", "Telephone Line", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Evil Woman", "Livin' Thing", and "Mr. Blue Sky". They also preview some material from the brand new album, "Zoom".moreless
    • Smashing Pumpkins
      Smashing Pumpkins
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      Billy Corgan, the writer and lead singer for Smashing Pumpkins, tells all about the inspirations for some of his best songs. Taped in August toward the end of their final tour, the selections include "Today", "Thirty-Three", "1979", and "Try".
    • The Doors - A Celebration
      The Doors - A Celebration
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      The three surviving members of the group reunite for the first time in 25 years, sharing the stage with guest vocalists. Days of The New front man Travis Meeks sings "The End", Perry Farrell does "L.A. Woman", Creed's Scott Stapp performs "Roadhouse Blues" and "Light My Fire", Scott Weiland does "Break On Through" and "Five To One", and the Cult's Ian Astbury sings "Whiskey Bar/Back Door Man".moreless
    • VH1's Storytellers - Classics
      VH1's Storytellers - Classics
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      This is a highlight collection from some of the most popular episodes, including Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Pete Townshend, Sheryl Crow, Steely Dan, Rod Stewart, and Jackson Browne.
    • Matchbox 20
      Matchbox 20
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      Rob Thomas brings his group Matchbox 20 to the Storyteller stage, saying that they have always wanted to do the show. Taking the opportunity to add strings and horns, Rob discusses the beginnings of the band, and the thoughts behind some of their songs, including "Push" and "If You're Gone".
    • Elvis Costello
      Elvis Costello
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Elvis plays an acoustic set, accompanied only by long-time sidekick Steve Nieve on grand piano. He admits to changing some of his more personal lyrics, and talks about the origins of his songs, including "Alison", "Watching The Detectives", and "Veronica".
    • Lyle Lovett
      Lyle Lovett
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Lyle tells some stories, part-fiction, part-factual, and describes how a writer can blend the two while creating lyrics and music. Accompanied by a cello and a stand-up bass, he gives us a sample of his country/folk rock. Included are songs such as "Fiona", "The Road To Ensenada", and "This Old Porch".moreless
    • VH1 Storytellers: T.I.
      VH1 Storytellers: T.I.
      Season 1 - Episode 83
      T.I. performs live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City as part of the VH1 Storytellers concert series. Watch the full episode!
    • Snoop Dogg
      Snoop Dogg
      Season 10 - Episode 3
      Snoop performs songs from his latest album, "Ego Trippin'", as well as some past hits. Special guests Mistah Fab, Doug E. Fresh, and Too Short join him for some selections, while Snoop answers questions and discusses his influences.
    • Sting
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      In the intimate setting of Steven's Talkhouse on Long Island, NY, Sting talks about the origins of his music. Included are performances of "Roxanne", "Message In A Bottle", "King Of Pain", "Fields Of Gold", and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic".
    • The Black Crowes
      The Black Crowes
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      The Black Crowes perform and tell candid stories about some of their hits. Included are "Remedy", "She Talks To Angels", "Hard To Handle", "Thorn In My Pride", and "Jealous Again".
    • Melissa Etheridge
      Melissa Etheridge
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Getting into the spirit this series intended, Melissa establishes an easy rapport with the small audience, as she tells some warm and funny stories about her songs. The performance includes "Bring Me Some Water", "I'm The Only One", "Come To My Window", and "Nowhere To Go".
    • Garth Brooks
      Garth Brooks
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      In a slight departure, Garth Brooks brings his new country pop music to the series. He shares some intimate stories about his music, and performs some of his hits. Songs include "The River", Sweet Baby James", "The Dance", and "That Summer".
    • Mary J. Blige
      Mary J. Blige
      Season 10 - Episode 2
      R & B star Mary J. Blige, backed by a twelve piece orchestra, discusses and performs her songs. Recorded at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, selections include "Family Affair", "Just Fine", and "No More Drama".
    • Duran Duran
      Duran Duran
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      This band of new-wavers took full advantage of the then-new video medium. Here we see them tell anecdotes about writing and recording some of their biggest hits, including "View To A Kill", "Rio", "Hungry Like The Wolf", and "Girls On Film".
    • Bon Jovi
      Bon Jovi
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      The New Jersey band perform their hits, live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. After performing acounsticly at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards show, Bon Jovi was widely credited with inspiring the "Unplugged" series. That theme is continued here. Songs include "It's My Life", "Livin' On A Prayer", and "Runaway".moreless
    • Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
      Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      The legendary quartet play songs from their 30 year career, and throw in some solo work. Neil Young performs "After The Gold Rush" on solo organ. Graham Nash contributes "Our House". David Crosby reveals the genesis of his "Dream For Him", about a father's love for his son. Other songs include "Guinnevere", "Teach Your Children", and "Only Love Can Break Your Heart".moreless
    • Ringo Starr
      Ringo Starr
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Ringo and his band The Roundheads perform his solo hits like "Photograph" and "It Don't Come Easy", and some of his Beatle songs, including "Octopus's Garden" and "With A Little Help From My Friends".
    • Bonnie Raitt
      Bonnie Raitt
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Bonnie discusses songs from her latest album, "Fundamental", and its Zimbabwean influences. She also performs hits from her smash album, "Nick of Time", including a moving version of "I Can't Make You Love Me".
    • Sheryl Crow
      Sheryl Crow
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Sheryl performs her hits, including "Leaving Las Vegas", "All I Wanna Do", "If It Makes You Happy", "My Favorite Mistake", and "Everyday Is A Winding Road". She is also joined by Stevie Nicks for duet on "Strong Enough".
    • Meat Loaf
      Meat Loaf
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      Meat Loaf, (real name Marvin Aday), shows his knack for interacting with his audience in this episode. He chats with several people, and dedicates "Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth" to an audience member who remembered having her first kiss to that song. He also does a cover of Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns and Money", and leads a sing-a-long on the chorus of "I Would Do Anything For Love".moreless
    • Natalie Merchant
      Natalie Merchant
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      Natalie brings her folksy vocal stylings to the Manhattan Theater. She performs her hits, including "These Are Days", "Carnival", and a few songs from her brand new "Ophelia" collection.
    • Stevie Nicks
      Stevie Nicks
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      Stevie weaves tales into her hits from her days with Fleetwood Mac, ("Dreams", "Landslide"), and her solo efforts, ("Stand Back", "Edge of Seventeen"). She takes questions from the audience after each song, and explains how the ideas take shape. She also performs "Rhiannon" solo, accompanying herself on the piano.
    • Hanson
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Hanson perform in front of 200 elementary school kids, to benefit VH1's Save The Music effort. The songs include "Minute Without You", "Where's The Love", "Weird", and "Gimme Some Lovin".
    • Rod Stewart
      Rod Stewart
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      At New York's famous Supper Club, Rod brings his great rock and roll voice to an intimate setting, performing some of his classic hits. Selections include "Maggy May", "Tonight's The Night", "Ooh La La", "Hot Legs", and "Stay With Me".
    • Jackson Browne
      Jackson Browne
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Jackson plays some of his hits. Included are "Running On Empty", Rock Me On The Water", "Doctor My Eyes", "Rosie", Barricades Of Heaven", "Something Fine", "The Pretender", and "For Every Man".
    • Phil Collins
      Phil Collins
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Phil was in the middle of a world tour when he stopped to do this show. His performance included his solo hits "In The Air Tonight" and "Sussudio", Genesis songs "I Can't Dance" and "Since I Lost You", and some audience requests, including "I Wish It Would Rain"
    • Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson
      Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      The two country legends, (and longtime outlaw buddies), tell jokes and accompany each other on tunes from their songbooks. Willie croons "Crazy", which he wrote for Patsy Cline in 1959, while Johnny sings "Folsom Prison Blues". They trade guitar licks on an extended version of "Ghost Riders In The Sky".
    • John Fogerty
      John Fogerty
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      The former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival strips down an amazing set of hits. Talking softly, but belting out his trademark vocals, he performs "Proud Mary", "Fortunate Son", "Bad Moon Rising", "Who'll Stop The Rain", and many others.
    • Paul Simon
      Paul Simon
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Taped at the Selwyn Theater in New York, Paul performs some of his solo hits, a few Simon & Garfunkel classics, and previews songs from his new Broadway show, "Capeman".
    • Sarah McLachlan
      Sarah McLachlan
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Sara performs her hits, including "Adia", "Building a Mystery", and "Angel". She is joined by Paula Cole for a rendition of "Elsewhere".
    • John Mellencamp
      John Mellencamp
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      VH1 extends Storytellers to 90 minutes for a special performance by John Mellencamp. In the intimate Riviera Club in Chicago, John performs hits from his extensive catalog, including "Small Town", "Pink Houses", "Jack and Diane", and "Pop Singer". He also previews a few new songs, "Eden Is Burning", and "I'm Not Running Anymore".moreless
    • Tony Bennett featuring The Backstreet Boys
      The venerable and extremely popular Tony Bennett performs for an audience of 200 schoolchildren, (2nd through 5th grades). The show is dedicated to VH1's Save The Music campaign. Tony sings songs from his latest collection, "The Playground". He also does some of his well-known standards, and The Backstreet Boys contribute a couple of their hits. They join with Tony for "Swinging On A Star".moreless
    • R. E. M.
      R. E. M.
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, and Peter Buck discuss their music and perform hits like "Losing My Religion", "Fall On Me", and "Man On The Moon". They also introduce some new songs from their latest album, "Up".
    • Wyclef Jean & Friends
      Wyclef Jean & Friends
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      Wyclef talks about his songs, and performs some of them, including "New Day", "Guantanamera", "Gone Till November", "Maria Maria", and "My Love Is Your Love". He is joined by friends Bono and Sheila E., and his band "The Refugee All-Stars".
    • Storytellers at Sundance
      Storytellers at Sundance
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      Singer-songwriters Aimee Mann, Dwight Yoakam, Lisa Loeb, and John Popper of Blues Traveler take the stage at Park City, Utah. Each of them talk about the role of music in film. Part of the Sundance Film Festival, this event is webcast live at 4:30 pm., and users can e-mail their questions directly in for the artists to respond.moreless
    • Steely Dan
      Steely Dan
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      Reunited after twenty years, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen host an hour of their songs, take requests from the audience, and in typically cryptic fashion divulge some of the concepts behind their music. Example: "This song is about a mythical girl or a real girl..I'm not sure which". Songs include "Peg", "Kid Charlemagne", "Bad Sneakers", "Cousin Dupree", and "Josie".moreless
    • Don Henley
      Don Henley
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      Performing some of his solo smashes and Eagles' classics, Don reminisces about his childhood and life in Texas, where neighbors would gather outside in the evenings and tell stories. He took questions from the audience, in which Sheryl Crow caught him off guard. Included songs are "End Of The Innocence", "Life In The Fast Lane", and "Boys Of Summer".moreless
    • Pete Townshend
      Pete Townshend
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      Pete chats with a small audience in London about some of the misconceptions about the meanings of his lyrics. He performs some of The Who's classics, including "Behind Blue Eyes" and "Won't Get Fooled Again".
    • Best Of Storytellers
      Best Of Storytellers
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      This episode is a collection of some of most memorable moments of the first four seasons. Presented as regular broadcast, this coincides with the April 25 CD release. Performances include: John Mellencamp "Jack And Diane"; Dave Matthews "Crush"; Jewel "Who Will Save Your Soul"; Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks "Strong Enough"; Eurythmics "Here Comes The Rain Again"; Counting Crows "Rain King"; David Bowie "China Girl"; and Elvis Costello "Just A Memory".moreless
    • David Bowie
      David Bowie
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      David discusses some of the processes by which he wrote his songs. In particular, he informs us that during 1974-1977, he was deeply distressed and negative, and the lyrics in his songs from that period reflect those emotions.
    • Tom Waits
      Tom Waits
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Tom Waits tells us some bizarre stories, and performs some of his songs. Included are "Ol '55", "Downtown Train", and "Jersey Girl".
    • Dave Matthews featuring Tim Reynolds
      Accompanied by guitarist Tim Reynolds, Dave charms the audience with his stories about 'my worship of women', and performs songs from his repertoire, including "Crush", "Tripping Billies", "Crash Into Me", and "Don't Drink The Water". He makes several references to 'altered states of conciousness'.
    • Tori Amos
      Tori Amos
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      Tori Amos, whose songs are often stories unto themselves, brings her angst-ridden songs to Storytellers. Appearing a little nervous, she gives some very personal anecdotes about her music. The songs include "Cornflake Girl", "Silent All These Years", and "Hey Jupiter".
    • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
      Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      Tom Petty talks about how he writes his songs, and even writes one on the spot. His performance includes hits "I Won't Back Down", "Free Falling", "You Wreck Me", and "You Don't Know How It Feels".
    • Jewel
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      Jewel begins by reading from her book of poetry, "Night Without Armor", then weaves some stories about her songs. Among the selections she perform include "Just Leave Me Alone", "Jupiter", "You Were Meant For Me", and "Angel".
    • Alanis Morissette
      Alanis Morissette
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      Alanis gets up close and personal with her audience at the Roxy in New York City. She introduces each song with details of the emotions she felt while writing. Her songs include "You Learn", "Thank You", Hand In My Pocket", and "You Oughta Know".
    • Elton John - Live 90
      Elton John - Live 90
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Sir Elton John performs, as VH1 presents its first live broadcast of Storytellers. On the evening of September 19, 1997, at a packed House of Blues in New Orleans, Elton tells some emotional stories about some of his biggest hits, and some lesser-known gems. Songs include "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "Bennie And The Jets", "Your Song", "Daniel", "Levon", and "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues". Bernie Taupin, Elton's lyricist, is on hand to share some insight into the origins of the songs.moreless