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Hard Rock Live

Hard Rock Live (Sun. (30), 8-9 p.m., VH1) Taped in New York by Robert Small Entertainment, VH1, Hard Rock Cafe, Pontiac and Warner Bros. Pay TV, Cable & Network Features. Executive producers, Robert Small, Jim Berk, Eric Frankel; producer, Karen Ferlito; co-producer, John Schreiber; director, Linda Kahle; production and lighting designer, David Goodman; editor, Sean Fullan. Performer: Jewel. The new performance series from Robert Small, creator of "Unplugged" for MTV, begins with an engaging hour from million-selling pop-folkie Jewel. Show has all the textures of "Unplugged" --- more chatting than usual, nonstop camera action of pans, zooms and dolly shots that resolve in closeups --- and adds some black-and-white backstage footage. Appeal will depend solely on the artists. Jewel, the 21-year-old Alaska-to-San Diego transplant who began performing with her parents just out of the toddler stage, wisely uses show to perform four songs that don't appear on her triple-platinum Atlantic debut "Pieces of You." While her 10-song set confirms her young, gifted and beach-bum image --- her social, personal and spiritual reflections all connect to the oceanfront life and traveling to and from surfing sites --- she adds to her vagabond charm by yodeling with dad and dueting a cappella with mom on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." She's in good voice throughout --- perfs of the hits "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "You Were Meant for Me" are full of spark --- and the camera clearly loves the doll-faced singer. Backstage chitchat with Paula Cole seems forced; onstage comments capture the giddiness of a youngster freshly acquainted with the prizes of fame. "Hard Rock Live," part of the MTV networks' newly re-emphasized music programming, has a varied lineup of double bills over the next half-dozen Sundays, among the performers are Simply Red, Shawn Colvin, Robert Palmer, Lou Reed, John Hiatt and the Lemonheads, each of whom should be able to deliver more the type of commentary or reflection that could make this program stand out. In first seg, Hard Rock Cafe plugs love letters from Sid Vicious, Freddie Mercury and jazz man Charlie Parker on display at various restaurants. AU: Phil Gallo

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Performer: Jewel.

Hard Rock Live (Sun. (30), 8-9 p.m., VH1) Taped in New York by Robert Small Entertainment, VH1, Hard Rock Cafe, Pontiac and Warner Bros. Pay TV, Cable & Network Features. Executive producers, Robert Small, Jim Berk, Eric Frankel; producer, Karen Ferlito; co-producer, John Schreiber; director, Linda Kahle; production and lighting designer, David Goodman; editor, Sean Fullan. Performer: Jewel. The new performance series from Robert Small, creator of “Unplugged” for MTV, begins with an engaging hour from million-selling pop-folkie Jewel. Show has all the textures of “Unplugged” — more chatting than usual, nonstop camera action of pans, zooms and dolly shots that resolve in closeups — and adds some black-and-white backstage footage. Appeal will depend solely on the artists. Jewel, the 21-year-old Alaska-to-San Diego transplant who began performing with her parents just out of the toddler stage, wisely uses show to perform four songs that don’t appear on her triple-platinum Atlantic debut “Pieces of You.” While her 10-song set confirms her young, gifted and beach-bum image — her social, personal and spiritual reflections all connect to the oceanfront life and traveling to and from surfing sites — she adds to her vagabond charm by yodeling with dad and dueting a cappella with mom on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” She’s in good voice throughout — perfs of the hits “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “You Were Meant for Me” are full of spark — and the camera clearly loves the doll-faced singer. Backstage chitchat with Paula Cole seems forced; onstage comments capture the giddiness of a youngster freshly acquainted with the prizes of fame. “Hard Rock Live,” part of the MTV networks’ newly re-emphasized music programming, has a varied lineup of double bills over the next half-dozen Sundays, among the performers are Simply Red, Shawn Colvin, Robert Palmer, Lou Reed, John Hiatt and the Lemonheads, each of whom should be able to deliver more the type of commentary or reflection that could make this program stand out. In first seg, Hard Rock Cafe plugs love letters from Sid Vicious, Freddie Mercury and jazz man Charlie Parker on display at various restaurants. AU: Phil Gallo

Hard Rock Live

Sun. (30), 8-9 p.m., VH1

Production: Taped in New York by Robert Small Entertainment, VH1, Hard Rock Cafe, Pontiac and Warner Bros. Pay TV, Cable & Network Features. Executive producers, Robert Small, Jim Berk, Eric Frankel; producer, Karen Ferlito; co-producer, John Schreiber; director, Linda Kahle;

Crew: production and lighting designer, David Goodman; editor, Sean Fullan.

Cast: Performer: Jewel.

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