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'The Grand Tour': Jeremy Clarkson Has Big Ideas For Amazon Prime Show's Theme Music

'They played a rocking blues number... which would be great.'

10/10/2016 11:46

Jeremy Clarkson’s new show ‘The Grand Tour’ debuts on Amazon Prime next month, and it seems he’s got high hopes about the theme music.

The controversial TV personality is reportedly hoping to rope in The Who rocker Roger Daltrey to create the show’s opening music, which will also feature his former ‘Top Gear’ co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond.

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According to The Sun, Roger is at the top of Jeremy’s wishlist for the theme music, as is former Doctor Feelgood singer Wilko Johnson.

The two are said to have performed for Amazon bosses earlier this year, in what has been dubbed an “audition”.

An insider told the paper: The track which they played was a rocking blues number and would be great for the show. It’s one of a couple of options.

“Jeremy is also looking at getting his favourite band Hothouse Flowers to have a go.”

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Roger Daltrey

‘The Grand Tour’ makes its much-awaited debut on 18 November, with the first 12 episodes debuting on a week by week basis.

Episode one will begin streaming 18 months after the BBC confirmed Jeremy wouldn’t be returning to ‘Top Gear’, following a physical attack on a producer.

Since then, the Beeb has aired a reboot of ‘Top Gear’ with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc at the helm, though the former wasn’t exactly well-received from critics or viewers, and Chris announced at the end of the series that he wouldn’t be returning.

More recently, Matt confirmed that he would be back for a second run, with Rory Reid and Chris Harris being promoted to the main presenting team.

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