MTV revealed earlier this week that its iconic series MTV Unplugged will be making a comeback starting this fall. The first star set to perform on the newly rebooted series is Shawn Mendes, and the session is scheduled to air on September 08.
MTV Unplugged first began airing in 1989 and kept a more regular schedule for a decade, up to 1999. In between 2000 and 2009, the American television series started airing less frequently until coming to a full stop in 2009.
Previous reports set the show’s return date for last year, back in 2016. While that didn’t happen, the show is set and ready on airing once more this year, as we also know the air date and name of the star singing in its first episode.
MTV Unplugged, Nostalgia Making a Comeback
Throughout its original run, Unplugged hosted very important names in the music industry, some of which have become legends. Nirvana, Erica Clapton, Bruce Springsteen are no strangers to the series. The list of names to have performed on the show also includes Adele, Jay-Z, Tony Bennett, and Katy Perry, among many others.
In its announcement of the reboot, MTV also offered some details about the first episode. It also pointed out the changes brought to the classic MTV Unplugged.
— MTV News (@MTVNews) August 17, 2017
Classic performances on the show were stripped back acoustic sets which took place in a small live setting. The 2017 version will come with some changes. Each performance will be held in a different location, one that has “special significance for the musician”.
The September 08 episode will be filmed in Los Angeles The Theatre at Ace Hotel. According to a statement from Shawn Mendes himself, he was drawn to the franchise after watching a clip of the March 1992 episode featuring Pearl Jam.
“It wasn’t so much about the commercial, showman side of it; it was really about the music,” Mendes was reported as stating.
He also said that “I’m so thrilled and honored to be able to help bring the Unplugged series back. It’s a show that truly highlights artistry and brings unique performances to fans that they can’t see anywhere else.”
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