Intercourse, medicine and rock royalty tales untold — VH1’s “Behind the Music” had all of it.
And now, Paramount+ is reviving the ’90s-era music documentary collection, which aired from August 1997 via July 2014, with a contemporary peek into the lives of popular culture giants throughout all musical genres.
The rebooted present — which premieres Thursday, July 29, and can debut new episodes weekly — grants followers of Jennifer Lopez, 52; Bret Michaels, 58; LL Cool J, 53; and extra entry to the polarizing peaks and pangs of their lives within the limelight.
MTV (one among Paramount+’s networks) may even drop an accompanying podcast weekly for much more behind-the-scenes particulars.
As we gear up for a brand new period of insider music scoops, we a have a look at probably the most stunning moments from the “Behind the Music” archive.
Milli Vanilli’s misfortune revealed
In 1989, when the reality got here out that “Woman You Know It’s True” singers Milli Vanilli have been truly lip-synching their hit songs, the duo disappeared in a fog of disgrace.
However it wasn’t till the “Behind the Music” debut episode on Aug. 17, 1997, that the German-bred performers spoke out on the depths of their downward spiral.
“I needed to die,” confessed Milli Vanilli’s Rob Pilatus.
After he and bandmate Fabrice Morvan, now 55, have been uncovered for defrauding followers, the 2 childhood pals finally parted methods in effort to keep away from mass ridicule.
In April 1998, Pilatus died of an alcohol and prescription drug overdose at age 32. He and Morvan by no means mended their friendship.
Billy Joel misplaced out on $90 million
The “Piano Man” himself had a couple of unhappy secrets and techniques to spill.
In his “Behind the Music” episode, which aired in November 1997, Billy Joel revealed that his former supervisor and ex brother-in-law Frank Weber had allegedly swindled him out of tens of millions within the Nineteen Eighties.
“After I began to develop into financially profitable, I wasn’t actually dealing with that side of issues,” Joel, now 72, admitted.
In 1989, the “New York State of Thoughts” singer sued Weber for $90 million, citing fraud. However Weber outwitted Joel and the authorized system by submitting chapter, which brought about Joel’s lawsuit to collapse. The five-time Grammy winner misplaced — and finally settled for round $8 million in 1990.
“The upside is, I’ve been actually actually lucky,” Joel mentioned of his monetary rebound because the fracas. “The draw back is, I bought taken benefit of.”
Left Eye lit issues up
TLC’s April 1999 “Behind the Music” profile — which detailed the financial hardships and private trials that the platinum-selling woman group endured — crescendoed with Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ June 1994 arson arrest.
The singer torched the mansion of then-boyfriend NFL participant Andre Rison, now 54, following an argument.
“I’d been ingesting,” Lopes mentioned. “And I simply threw a pair of sneakers within the tub and … lit them on fireplace.”
She was sentenced to 5 years probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 high quality. However the ordeal impressed her iconic verse within the hit single “Waterfalls.” Lopes died in a automotive accident in 2002.
Motley Crüe’s tragic automotive crash
On “Behind the Music: Motley Crüe” in 1998, frontman Vince Neil shared how the notorious rock band’s orgy of indulgence got here to a screeching halt for him.
Within the episode, Neil opened up in regards to the tragic drunken automotive crash that resulted within the demise of his buddy, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley in December 1984.
“Razzle died in my arms,” mentioned an emotional Neil, who was the motive force.
In the course of the accident, the “Dr. Feelgood” singer’s blood alcohol degree was 0.17 — properly above California’s .08 authorized restrict.
Neil was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Neil solely served 15 days of his sentence and has continued performing with the Crüe on and off through the years.
MC Hammer’s chapter shocker
From rags to riches to rags is the theme of MC Hammer’s August 1997 “Behind the Music” episode.
The “U Can’t Contact This” singer famously squandered his estimated $33 million web value on a sprawling property, a group of over 17 classic vehicles, 21 thoroughbred racehorses and a slew of designer equipment in lower than 5 years, culminating in him submitting Chapter 11 Chapter in 1996.
And along with his extravagant spending, Hammer blamed his misfortunes on his money-grubbing entourage.
“Whenever you’re coping with a lot of cash, you possibly can’t watch everyone,” Hammer mentioned, noting that he had a workers of over 200 “pals” on a payroll totaling greater than $500,000 a month. “And when you possibly can’t watch everyone, be careful.”
Since making his cash missteps, the “Too Legit To Stop” lyricist has pursued careers in ministry and know-how investments — however he did go well with up in his legendary billowing Hammer pants for Cheetos’ Tremendous Bowl industrial in 2020.
“You gotta take the great with the dangerous,” he mentioned. “That’s all a part of being a celeb.”