Satellite radio provider SiriusXM has announced that they will be adding nine new limited-time, artist-focused stations to their rotation starting May 1. Artists getting dedicated stations include Metallica, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Prince and George Strait.
The new stations come at a very opportune time, as SiriusXM is allowing anyone in North America to use the service for free through May 31 without a subscription or credit card as part of their Stream Free promotion. Listeners will have access to Premier-level content on the app and online, including video, curated playlists and their On Demand archive of shows, interviews, performances, audio documentaries and more.
Said SiriusXM president/chief content officer Scott Greenstein in a statement:
“It’s like catching lightning in a bottle for SiriusXM to be able to offer authorized channels from these iconic artists, not only to our subscribers, but at a time when our app is free to everyone. These channels, combined with our already incredible set of artist-dedicated channels, makes SiriusXM the ultimate audio destination to bring fans closer to the artists they love, and at a time when people can use some great music.”
Each of these new channels will broadcast commercial-free music, as well as exclusive content from their respective artists. For example, Mandatory Metallica will feature “the legendary hard rock band’s biggest songs, rarities, and career-spanning concert recordings,” plus commentary from each band member, a 30-date “virtual Metallica tour” airing past concerts, and an at-home DJ session from Lars Ulrich called “Welcome Home.” The band will also be taking over metal station Liquid Metal on Modays in May for “Metallica Mondays.” Guns ‘N’ Roses Radio will feature music spanning the band’s entire career (deep cuts, live tracks and an exclusive 2017 concert from the Apollo Theater included), as well as bands that influenced their sound and bands that toured with them. Led Zeppelin Radio will include every song from their discography, “early rough mixes, alternate versions, remasters, and momentous performances,” as well as commentary from members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones.
These artists join the likes of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Phish and more who have worked with SiriusXM to create stations devoted to their music.