The much-talked-about, star-heavy CBS miniseries "Shake, Rattle & Roll" is only a few weeks away, and the accompanying soundtrack is now scheduled to hit stores on October 26.Both the mini-series and soundtrack promise to appeal to a wide range of fans, with Dickey Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Blink-182's Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus, K-Ci & JoJo, and Terence Trent D'Arby showing off their acting chops on the small screen and reinterpreting early rock and roll classics on the record. Among the soundtrack's highlights are Dickey Barrett singing Bill Haley & The Comets' "Shake, Rattle & Roll" [RealAudio] (with the help of Semisonic's Dan Wilson), Blink-182 performing Jan & Dean's "Dead Man's Curve," Terence Trent D'Arby's version of Jackie Wilson's "To Be Loved," and K-Ci & JoJo with Jesse Powell and Rahsaan Patterson singing "Tears On My Pillow" by Little Anthony & The
The miniseries stars Barrett as Bill Haley and D'Arby as Jackie Wilson; many of the other artists play fictitious roles (see "The Bosstones' Dicky Barrett Up For Bill Haley Role").K-Ci & JoJo, Jesse Powell, and Rahsaan Patterson play a fictional doo-wop quartet, and Chante Moore appears as a member of a girl group called the Emeralds (see "K-Ci & JoJo, Terence Trent D'Arby, Chante Moore Added To Musical Miniseries"). Blink-182's Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus, originally reported to be playing Jan & Dean (see "Blink-182 Duo To Play Jan And Dean In TV Mini-Series") are now playing the role of a fictional "surf music duo." According to a source at MCA Records (the band's label as well as the label issuing the soundtrack), Jan & Dean's camp wouldn't allow the duo's likeness to be used in the film. Other notables to appear in
the miniseries include blues legend B.B. King, James Coburn ("Affliction"), and Dana Delaney ("China Beach").Beginning in 1955, the plot follows an affair of a young couple and the rise and fall of the HeartAches, the band that they form. The story ends in 1963 with the advent of the British Invasion. "Shake, Rattle & Roll" will air on CBS on Sunday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 10 at 9:00-11:00 p.m. (ET) both nights.
-- Brian Ives