First look airs during 56th ACM Awards
Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, has announced its new original unscripted television series, From Cradle to Stage, will premiere Thursday, May 6th. Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and inspired by his mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, and her critically-acclaimed book, From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars, the Live Nation Productions series is a dynamic personal exploration of the special relationship between successful musicians and their moms. The six-part series will debut exclusively on Paramount+ over six week starting May 6th.
Honest, humorous and emotional, each episode features a famous performer and their mother, alongside Dave and Virginia, as they take an impassioned journey home and explore each artists’ upbringing and the tools they received as a young talent to survive the turbulence of success.
May 6th features Imagine Dragon’s Dan Reynolds and mom Christene Reynolds. May 13th features Pharrell and mother Dr. Carolyn Williams. May 20th focuses on Miranda Lambert and her mom Bev. Brandi Carlile and mother Teresa follow on May 27th. June 3rd features Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and his mother Mary with Rush’s Geddy Lee and mom Mary Weinrib closing out the series on June 10th.
“I believe that the relationship between a musician and their mother is so important because it’s the foundation of their understanding of love, which is surely every artist’s greatest muse,” shares Grohl. “Having the opportunity to travel the country and tell the stories of these amazing women behind the curtain not only shed some light on the music that they inspired, but also made me appreciate the love that I was given from my own mother, my best friend. It goes without saying that we are all indebted to the women who have given us life. For without them, there would be no music.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Dave, Virginia, Live Nation, Silva Artist Management and Endeavor Content to deliver this amazing series to our Paramount+ audience exclusively,“ adds Bruce Gillmer, ViacomCBS President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events. “This series, based on Virginia Grohl’s acclaimed book, offers a rare look at the intimate and inspiring moments between some of the world’s biggest performers and their moms – just in time for Mother’s Day.”
From Live Nation Productions, in association with Endeavor Content, From Cradle to Stage is executive produced by Dave Grohl and Virginia Hanlon Grohl, Doug Pray (The Defiant Ones), John Ramsay (Sonic Highways), Michael Rapino, Heather Parry, Ryan Kroft, and Damian Vaca.
The series is the newest addition to the previously announced Paramount+ music slate, which includes some of the most influential and storied music franchises, including Behind the Music, Unplugged, and Yo! MTV Raps.