Ronnie Wood to host music show on TV


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His cheeks might be scarred by decades of debauchery but Ronnie Wood continues to display a healthy ability to reinvent himself. First rock star, then artist, and then radio show host. Now the Rolling Stone can now add television presenter to a remarkable CV.

Wood is to host his own show on Sky Arts, featuring musical guests drawn from his bulging contacts book. The show, to launch next February, is expected to follow the format of Wood's award-winning radio show on the digital station Absolute Classic Rock.

This follows a populist formula of vintage rock, blues and soul, along with Wood's prodigial ability to attract high-profile guests to what is still a relatively minor digital channel.

During his stint on-air, Wood has interviewed the Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes, as accompanied by the thrum of his own guitar.

"He's very connected and well loved," said Jez Nelson, the show's executive producer. "It's not like a traditional interview show, it's not jumping on the promotional bandwagon. People who come on will share Ronnie's long-running passion for music. It's not like Jonathan Ross, say, where people used to spend two and a half hours in makeup. Guests never address the cameras, it's a different kind of format."