Slash to launch MTV Classic

Rock guitarist Slash will front a music event in Melbourne in late April to launch new channel MTV Classic, which will replace VH1 from Saturday May 1st.

Appearing at MTV Classic: The Launch, Slash will perform classic Guns ‘N’ Roses songs as well as tracks from his upcoming debut solo album, ‘Slash.’

Aimed at 25-40 year olds, the channel will feature back catalogues of Australian and international artists such as Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Jackson, Prince, INXS, Powderfinger and Silverchair.

Rebecca Batties, from MTV Networks Australia & New Zealand said: “Music is at the heart of MTV Classic…and who better to launch a channel devoted to iconic tracks and artists than one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, Slash? We’re excited to be staging MTV Classic: The Launch in Melbourne – a city with major music heritage – and Slash’s performance will be an explosive start – and, no doubt, a defining moment – for MTV Classic and our audience.”

The event will take place at the Palace Theatre, 20-30 Bourke Street, Melbourne on Wednesday 28 April 2010. Tickets will be available to the public via promotions on Nova and MTV Australia.

It will broadcast on MTV Classic on May 1 2010 at 5pm on channel 810 via Foxtel, Austar and Optus.


  1. Forget MTV Classic. I subscribed to pay tv for the video hits all day. Who wants documentaries on artist. I want the continous hits. Pay tv if you want MTV Classics put it as an extra channel but give us what we subscribed to.

  2. I remember when MTV Australia replaced the fantastic ARC music television channel on Optus Vision all those years ago.

    The decline in the quality of the music being played was alarming and the content only got worse when the ‘reality’ type shows replaced the music content.

    If MTV Classic goes down the same path, there will be some very unhappy subscription television subscribers.

  3. What??!! Why?! There’s nothing wrong with VH1! If the ‘Classic’ in MTV Classic means classic repeats of their reality shows, I’ll pass. Meanwhile [V] continues to suck.
    If only my Austar satellite could pick up Canadian music channels like Muchmusic…

  4. I agree with Cleavy and tomothy. If the proposed MTV Classic channel does what it’s promising and sticks to a focus on playing MUSIC, then I’ll be happy. The first sign of another reality show and I’ll go back to watching DVDs.

  5. Max covers a lot of this already, as does numerous countdowns on VH1. Why replace a working channel which is not bad with one we dont need?

    MTV is not the big name it used to be, its quite pathetic really. Back in 2003 when I first got Foxtel, I would always have it on MTV and [V], now I never watch MTV, and have to stick with [V]2 for some decent enough music.

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