VH1 PRESENTS UNPLUGGED: GYM CLASS HEROES PREMIERING ON VH1 AND VH1.COM BEGINNING JULY 12
Multi-Platinum Group To Perform Five-Song Set Including New Hit Single "The Fighter," "Billionaire" and "Clothes Off," with Special Guests Neon Hitch and Patrick Stump
NEW YORK, NY - July 10, 2012 - VH1 today announced Gym Class Heroes will take the stage for the Grammy(R) and Emmy(R) award-winning series, "Unplugged," now back for the 2012 season, with State Farm serving as exclusive digital sponsor. The episode, which features a five-song set, plus one digital-only exclusive, will debut on Thursday, July 12 on Unplugged.VH1.com beginning at 4 PM EST and on-air that evening at 12 Midnight EST. The episode will also appear on Palladia, beginning Saturday, July 14 at 9 PM EST and again that evening at 12 Midnight EST.
"Gym Class Heroes bring a fresh energy and string of hits to the Unplugged stage," said Rick Krim, VH1 Executive Vice President of Talent & Music Programming, "We couldn't think of a more perfect time to give fans the up-close and raw performances of some of their favorite songs."
The multi-platinum group, featuring Travie McCoy, Disash Lumumba-Kasongo, Eric Roberts and Matt McGinley will perform fan favorites including their new hit single "The Fighter," as well as "Billionaire," "Clothes Off" and "Stereo Hearts," all featuring a guest performance with Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. Gym Class Heroes will also perform "Ass Back Home," from their 2011 album "The Papercut Chronicles II" featuring British singer/songwriter Neon Hitch and finally, perform a web-exclusive "Gym Class Heroes Jam" appearing only on Unplugged.VH1.com.
"State Farm is thrilled to help music fans get to a better state by bringing them closer to the Unplugged series," said State Farm marketing assistant vice president Tim Van Hoof. "The digital experience lets fans access the series where and when they want and we can't wait to send a fan to a live performance!"
The 2012 Unplugged Season features a total of eight episodes across MTV, VH1 and CMT, with Gym Class Heroes' performance being the fourth in the Season. As the exclusive digital sponsor, State Farm will continue to showcase its success with music programs and provide fans with the opportunity to experience these artists in the up-close and unforgettable way only Unplugged can do. In addition, State Farm will be sending one lucky fan with a friend to see a live Unplugged performance via the State Farm Unplugged Sweepstakes.
Unplugged was created by Robert Small and Jim Burns.
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