Michael Des Barres has been in the rock ‘n’ roll scene for four decades now; a European nobleman brought up in England and living in Los Angeles. With an enduring love of delta blues and the rock and soul of the mid-60s beat boom, he was front man for such seminal 1970s bands as Silverhead and Detective. Jimmy Page personally signed Detective to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song records in 1975.
Michael Des Barres was also the singer with the touring and Live Aid version of The Power Station, a Duran Duran spin-off band that became one of the most iconic live acts of the mid-1980s. From 1982 to 1984, Michael was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison from Blondie. In 1983, Michael penned the song “Obsession”, which later became a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion; the track has been featured in numerous movies throughout the years.
Along with his excursions into rock stardom, Des Barres is also a gifted actor, best known for his recurring role as Murdoc on the popular television show ‘MacGyver’. He has been featured in dozens of movies and television shows over the past 40 years (including Seinfeld, Melrose Place, Frasier, Bones, Ellen, Nip/Tuck and Pink Cadillac with Clint Eastwood) and was also a featured actor in the ’60s classic movie ‘To Sir, With Love’ starring Sidney Poitier. Michael was formerly married to GTO’s member Pamela Des Barres, best known for her top-selling book ‘I’m With The Band’.
Recently, Michael Des Barres reunited with Silverhead for the first time in 38 years and performed to sold out audiences in Japan in April 2012. The reaction from the Japanese audience was electric! Michael is still acting and will appear on the CBS show ‘NCIS’ in October 2012. He is also featured in the movie ‘California Solo’, in which Michael plays the manager of Robert Carlyle’s ex-rocker character. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2012, and will be released theatrically in early 2013.
In support of Michael Des Barres’ latest album, "Carnaby Street," several live shows are currently being scheduled. “The majority of the people that have come to see us play, and we’ve only played perhaps a dozen shows, has been 80 percent a young audience, early and mid-twenties, who consider us an indie band, ironically,” says Michael. “The music we are playing is below the waist rock ‘n’ roll, and I think that the audiences are kind of starved for a carnal, sensual, sexy blues music. There’s nothing ironic about our music – there’s nothing angry or apologetic about our music. We are there to make people happy and joyous and fall in love.”
Michael Des Barres has this to impart to his followers of the past four decades: “The message that I have to say to fans and friends, and I don’t think of them as fans, I think of them as friends – and they are friends. We should all be friends. My belief is in connection and engagement and letting people into your life… and I say it in the briefest possible way – LOVE EVERYONE NOW.”