Breaking the Band
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Thursday, June 21

At the height of their success they were the biggest rock band in the world infamous for their excess and raucous live performances. With their strutting frontmen, wild hair and penchant for spandex they are often portrayed as the archetypal 80's American rock band. The band went through two 'break ups' covered by our timeline owing to a variety of factors but most prominently conflicts over the Van Halen brother's desire for total control and the destructive impacts of substance/alcohol abuse. By 1984 they were the biggest band in the world but, behind the scenes, all was not well and a battle for control raged between the brothers at the heart of the band and it’s lead singer, David Lee Roth. Years of touring, drugs and personality clashes had left them on the brink. When Roth’s ambitions grew beyond the band, the brothers moved quickly to force him out. Their millions of fans were left devastated, but rising from the ashes the they would regroup with a new front man, Sammy Hagar. Against the odds they reached even greater heights with a string of 4 consecutive No.1 albums. Apparently vindicated by their decision the band appeared harmonious. But as the success grew, new tensions emerged and in 1995 the tale of ten years earlier was repeated when Hagar too was ousted for his apparent disloyalty. Show Less
At the height of their success they were the biggest rock band in the world infamous for their excess and raucous live performances. W...Show More

At the height of their success they were the biggest rock band in the world infamous for their excess and raucous live performances. With their strutting frontmen, wild hair and penchant for spandex they are often portrayed as the archetypal 80's American rock band. The band went through two 'break ups' covered by our timeline owing to a variety of factors but most prominently conflicts over the Van Halen brother's desire for total control and the destructive impacts of substance/alcohol abuse. By 1984 they were the biggest band in the world but, behind the scenes, all was not well and a battle for control raged between the brothers at the heart of the band and it’s lead singer, David Lee Roth. Years of touring, drugs and personality clashes had left them on the brink. When Roth’s ambitions grew beyond the band, the brothers moved quickly to force him out. Their millions of fans were left devastated, but rising from the ashes the they would regroup with a new front man, Sammy Hagar. Against the odds they reached even greater heights with a string of 4 consecutive No.1 albums. Apparently vindicated by their decision the band appeared harmonious. But as the success grew, new tensions emerged and in 1995 the tale of ten years earlier was repeated when Hagar too was ousted for his apparent disloyalty. Show Less
At the height of their success they were the biggest rock band in the world infamous for their excess and raucous live performances. W...Show More

Sunday, June 24

On the 27th of February 1974 Cher filed for divorce from her husband Sonny, citing ‘involuntary servitude’ aka. slavery. It was a scandalous end for the duo, who had charmed America with their kooky relationship and heart felt songs. A decade earlier Sonny & Cher released their international chart topping single ‘I got you babe’. In the decade that followed they sold over 40 million records making them one of the most successful duos of all time. But after just a few years at the top, the couple would be pulled apart by financial ruin, infidelity, and a demand for total control by one over the other. This is the story of what really broke up America’s oddest couple, from those who were there. Show Less
On the 27th of February 1974 Cher filed for divorce from her husband Sonny, citing ‘involuntary servitude’ aka. slavery. It was a ...Show More

Monday, June 25

On the 27th of February 1974 Cher filed for divorce from her husband Sonny, citing ‘involuntary servitude’ aka. slavery. It was a scandalous end for the duo, who had charmed America with their kooky relationship and heart felt songs. A decade earlier Sonny & Cher released their international chart topping single ‘I got you babe’. In the decade that followed they sold over 40 million records making them one of the most successful duos of all time. But after just a few years at the top, the couple would be pulled apart by financial ruin, infidelity, and a demand for total control by one over the other. This is the story of what really broke up America’s oddest couple, from those who were there. Show Less
On the 27th of February 1974 Cher filed for divorce from her husband Sonny, citing ‘involuntary servitude’ aka. slavery. It was a ...Show More

Thursday, June 28

On the 27th of February 1974 Cher filed for divorce from her husband Sonny, citing ‘involuntary servitude’ aka. slavery. It was a scandalous end for the duo, who had charmed America with their kooky relationship and heart felt songs. A decade earlier Sonny & Cher released their international chart topping single ‘I got you babe’. In the decade that followed they sold over 40 million records making them one of the most successful duos of all time. But after just a few years at the top, the couple would be pulled apart by financial ruin, infidelity, and a demand for total control by one over the other. This is the story of what really broke up America’s oddest couple, from those who were there. Show Less
On the 27th of February 1974 Cher filed for divorce from her husband Sonny, citing ‘involuntary servitude’ aka. slavery. It was a ...Show More

On the 27th of February 1974 Cher filed for divorce from her husband Sonny, citing ‘involuntary servitude’ aka. slavery. It was a scandalous end for the duo, who had charmed America with their kooky relationship and heart felt songs. A decade earlier Sonny & Cher released their international chart topping single ‘I got you babe’. In the decade that followed they sold over 40 million records making them one of the most successful duos of all time. But after just a few years at the top, the couple would be pulled apart by financial ruin, infidelity, and a demand for total control by one over the other. This is the story of what really broke up America’s oddest couple, from those who were there. Show Less
On the 27th of February 1974 Cher filed for divorce from her husband Sonny, citing ‘involuntary servitude’ aka. slavery. It was a ...Show More

Sunday, July 01


Monday, July 02


About Breaking the Band

Sold out tours, chart-topping hits, and runaway world domination can all mean nothing when you’re in a band on the brink of collapse. Tempers flare, arguments erupt and the sweet sound of musical success comes to an abrupt end. Breaking the Band shows the battling egos, power struggles and inter-band rivalries that split up The Beatles, The Supremes, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, N.W.A, Van Halen and Sonny and Cher. From crippling drug addictions to scandalous affairs Breaking the Band uncovers the incredible true stories by recreating the key moments the cameras missed in addition to using rare band interviews and off-stage footage to piece together each dramatic tale.
Before the break up, it felt like you could do no wrong. You had a big record contract, a sold out international tour, and your band's Instagram account was unrivaled. What could have happened? Take our personality quiz to find out! Don't miss Breaking the Band — Sundays at 10ET/9PT on REELZ