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Glam Rock Icon Michael Des Barres Releases New Live Album Hot ‘n Sticky

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Glam Rock Icon Michael Des Barres Releases New Live Album Hot ‘n Sticky

Proof That Rock and Roll is Alive and Well

Los Angeles, CA – Riding the wave of critical acclaim from critics and peers such as Stevie Van Zandt for his album Carnaby Street, Michael Des Barres is releasing a live album recently recorded at the legendary Viper Room in Hollywood. Hot ‘n Sticky is just as the title describes, delivering the songs from Carnaby Street and other personal favorites the way this music is meant to be enjoyed. It’s down-n-dirty, straight-up rock ‘n roll played by a great band, and Michael Des Barres is here to bring it back with Hot ‘n Sticky.

“I had no plans to record a live album that night. I record everything so I have something to dance to, but this happened to be one of those hot and sticky nights when the music plays itself, and we became like a primal, blusey, electric machine. Of course it helps that we’ve played every club, dive bar and juke joint that would have us. That’s where rock ‘n roll lives — no video screens, no lasers, dancers or lip synching, just raw incantations from the Olympian heights of rock ‘n roll heaven.”
– Michael Des Barres

Hot ‘n Sticky will be officially released by MDBimmedia on November 5, 2013 and will be available in both digital and physical formats via all major outlets including iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby and directly from the artist at michaeldesbarres.bandcamp.com. To preview Hot ‘n Sticky in its entirety, go to https://soundcloud.com/michael-des-barres/sets/hot-n-sticky.

“Rock ain’t near dead, and if you need any convincing on this point listen no further than Michael Des Barres’ fiery new live set,
Hot ‘n Sticky. This disc will cure what ails you with ample doses of rhythm, blues, and a pure love of rock ‘n’ roll. The set moves, grooves, and shakes you down with a top-flight band of LA aces and a frontman who melts all those before him.

Rock’s royalty has made it through the darkness that eclipsed the breed and their art throughout the ’80s and ’90s. The real rockers such as Ian Hunter, Glenn Hughes, and Michael Des Barres have all saved up and not spent it all. They’re alive, well and proving on a regular basis that rock may not be on the radio, but it’s doing just fine as an art form.” – Tony Conley, Rock Guitar Daily

Michael Des Barres has been on the rock n’ roll scene for more than four decades. A European Marquis, Michael was raised in England and now lives in Los Angeles. His enduring love of Delta blues and the rock and soul of the mid-60s beat boom, carries forth from his days as the front man for such seminal 1970s bands as Silverhead and Detective, a band personally signed by Jimmy Page to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song records in 1975.

Michael Des Barres was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing at Live Aid with 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, and Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison of 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. His album Carnaby Street garnered a first-round Grammy nomination and two SiriusXM “Songs of the Week” last year.

Today, Michael Des Barres sets the bar for a new breed of healthy rock stars, pushing boundaries as multi-media force of nature. In addition to two weekly syndicated radio shows, Roots & Branches and The Michael Des Barres Show, he has appeared in feature films and countless hit television shows such as NCIS, Nip/Tuck, The Finder, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver. Michael has also been featured in music videos for Maroon 5 and Rihanna and co-stars with Robert Carlyle in the just-released film California Solo. Recently, Michael narrated the one-night only performance of Frank Zappa’s legendary 200 Motels with the LA Philharmonic conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen… and now it’s back on the road, coming to a dive bar or stadium near you!

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Glam Rock Icon and Renowned Actor Michael Des Barres To Appear On NCIS – October 9, 2012

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Glam Rock Icon and Renowned Actor Michael Des Barres To Appear On NCIS – October 9, 2012

October 5, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – Hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed new CD release ‘Carnaby Street’, ubiquitous rock and roller and renowned actor Michael Des Barres will be making a guest appearance on the most watched TV show worldwide, ‘NCIS’ on October 9, 2012. Acting alongside show regulars Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, David McCallum and Pauly Perrette, Michael portrays an ex-rock star down on his luck who gets caught up in some bad stuff. Tracks from ‘Carnaby Street’ will be played throughout the episode.

“I have worked on over 100 hours of television and I have never been on a set where everyone involved made me feel that I could fly with the material,” says Michael, “and feel safe enough, respected enough to do good work. Mark Harmon is the Captain of a ship that sails around the television universe like the mothership of terrific entertainment.”

“This is a very fun episode and Michael Des Barres brings tremendous humor and idiosyncrasy to the character he knows oh-too-well. We really lucked out having him join us.” – Gary Glasberg, NCIS Executive Producer

Michael Des Barres new CD titled ‘Carnaby Street’ was released worldwide by Gonzo MultiMedia on July 10, 2012 and the reaction so far has been phenomenal! The album has garnered rave reviews worldwide, attracting the attention of Steve Van Zant who considers the CD one of the best releases of the year! He has been playing the songs “Little Latin Lover” and the title track “Carnaby Street” in heavy rotation on Little Steven’s Underground Garage.

“The best album he’s ever made – He’s even better than he thinks he is!” – Steve Van Zant

Michael confesses, “I am genuinely shocked and delighted at the response to ‘Carnaby Street’. However, I am not surprised… There is a huge vacuum in rock and roll, a sense of joy and pleasure, a sensuality long trampled underfoot by a ‘hip’ reluctance to let go and let Chuck Berry, bury the self-consciousness and reticence to play music that we all can shake a tail feather too and just celebrate each other and the simplicity and sexuality of rock and roll.”

Due to the popularity of the single “Little Latin Lover”, Michael has decided to release a Spanish version of the song aimed at Latin American radio. “ ‘Little Latin Lover’ is a burst of rock and roll that is about a man who loses his wife to immigration deportation,” explains Michael. “We recorded it in Spanish and English. It has been picked up on the radio by over 180 countries.”

Here’s what is being said about Michael Des Barres ‘Carnaby Street’:

“It really does rock!” – Steve Jones

“The album is great – he is in love with life” – John Taylor

“He always sang the blues great” – Don Johnson

“The album blew my mind!” – Pauly Perrette

“ ‘Pain Killer’ is a healing blues masterpiece” – Gabriel Byrne

“It’s the real thing” – Slim Jim Phantom

Nick Cristiano of The Philadelphia Inquirer gives the album 3 ½ stars and writes the following: “Michael Des Barres describes his new album as ‘authentic rock-and-roll, based in American blues, R&B . . . three-chord, unabashed rocking music.’ That pretty much nails it. The real treat here is how well the British musician and actor and his four-man band grasp those rock-and-roll basics, stirring echoes of the Stones and the Faces (with the rasp in his voice, the 64-year-old Des Barres sometimes brings to mind Rod Stewart). ‘You’re My Pain Killer’ begins the album on a slow burn, and ‘Please Stay’ is a pleading, gospel-inflected ballad that sounds like a lost Stax classic. Mostly, though, ‘Carnaby Street’ is glorious, pedal-to-the-metal riff-rocking, played with swagger and panache and – beginning with Des Barres himself and his thoroughly unpretentious, hook-heavy songs – plenty of heart.”

In other news, Michael Des Barres was recently invited by the well-respected entertainment website The Wrap to become a guest blogger. In a recent piece entitled “50 Years of Jack Flashers, Midnight Ramblers, Devil Sympathizers” he shares his views on 50 years of the Rolling Stones. The blog post was picked up by Yahoo and MSN Entertainment to name a few. You can read Michael’s blog at http://www.thewrap.com/music/blog-post/michael-des-barres-50-years-jack-flashers-midnight-ramblers-devil-sympathizers-56871
On October 16, 2012 Michael Des Barres will be performing at a special event in New York City with members of the E Street Band honoring Steve Van Zandt! Along with Michael, performers include Steve Van Zandt, Jake Clemons (son of Clarence Clemons), Max Weinberg, Elvis Costello, Southside Johnny, Michael Johns, Darlene Love, Dion, Tom Morello, Jesse Malin, NYC Hit Squad and others. For more information: http://www.littlekidsrock.org, https://www.facebook.com/events/419470591445150/

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Herald de Paris Interview with Michael Des Barres

The Michael Des Barres Interview

By Al Carlos Hernandez on July 30, 2012

HOLLYWOOD (Herald de Paris) — Lord Michael Philip Des Barres (AKA Marquis Des Barres) is a British actor and rock singer. He is known for playing the recurring role of Murdoc on the television show MacGyver and for replacing the lateRobert Palmer in the band Power Station, fronting the band at the 1985 Live Aid concert. Des Barre is a supporter of President Barack Obama. Michael said, “Our country, the US, is built on big and interesting ideas.” Therefore the Michael Des Barres Band has recently donated $1,000,000 to Barack Obama to record, promote and support a CD of Sam Cooke cover songs with lyrics rewritten by President Obama to reflect his vision for our country. For more information on this: http://www.MDBIMMEDIA.COM

There is a Hollywood axiom: It’s not who you know that counts. It’s who knows you that counts. If this is true then Michael Des Barres is a rock star among actors. His close friends include Led Zepplins’ Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, as well as former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. Michael was invited by Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor to succeed Freddie Mercury as the lead singer of Queen. Des Barres turned them down because he wasn’t sure he’d be right for the task.

Des Barres is perhaps best known as the touring singer for The Power Station, a 1980’s super group with players from Duran Duran and Chic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kupMnltNcf8 Michael has also played with the 1970’s band Detective (featuring ex-Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye) and British rockers Silverhead.

Des Barres said recently, “I had come to the realization that my life has always been about rock and roll – that’s always been my great love. We get a huge charge in playing music that gets people off. When we played Coachella, I looked out over an audience of 50,000 people and it seemed like at least half were wearing Led Zeppelin shirts.” So the next step for the Michael Des Barres Band is to get on the road and take the music to the people. His quest is to win over a whole new generation with his below the belt rock sound. He said, “Many believe they are hearing something new. And it is new to them … hearing ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ by a band that can play it is a true novelty these days.”

In order to turn his energy towards music and a touring band, this means he has to divide this time with a prolific acting career that, in many cases, has eclipsed his high profile legendary rock personae. As a much-sought-after character actor, over the past 27 years he’s appeared on such TV shows as Seinfeld, Roseanne, Rockford Files, Northern Exposure, The New WKRP and many more. Michael’s best-known recurring character was the evil mastermind Murdoc on MacGyver. Just last week he did a guest shot on the USA Network’s Suits. He was so successful as an actor that he said, “I got a little bored, was hitting my marks, was pulling out my gun and getting shot – but not dead!” he laughs. “So I could come back in another episode!” He loves acting, but he maintains his heart is firmly back into rock and roll, his first love. “If I get an acting gig that I like, I will still do it, but, if it interferes with playing with my band, I’d much rather be in a small club in Kansas City than in front of a camera in Hollywood.”

Michael has recently undertaken an new musical venture and has surrounded himself with players who share his authenticity and love for music that hits below the belt. Michael Des Barres and his band deliver a potent shot of rock and roll on the new album Carnaby Street. He said, “The album is a passionate, profound testament to the power of rock and roll, played in the classic style of British rockers Humble Pie, the Pretty Things and that band with Page-Plant.” The mission statement of Carnaby Street is its title track, where Des Barres remembers growing up as, “Oscar Wilde in velvet jeans,” and discovering rock and roll in a time when, “The Union Jack was in the hands of the Who.”

“I went to school with Mitch Mitchell and he said ‘I’m playing in a band with this black bloke, come ‘round and see us at the Marquee Club,’” recalls Des Barres. “So it’s 1967, I walk into this club and see Jimi Hendrix. It really blew my mind!” So today that feeling has never left me. The same music still moves me and gets me to moving.”

Herald de Paris Deputy Managing Editor Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez had an interesting conversation with the iconic rock star and actor Michael Des Barres.

What was the first experience in life when you realized that you wanted to be an artist?

MD: Your question is so interesting. When I really thought about my answer I realized I never made a choice to do either. It’s almost as if the arts chose me. Acting was what I was drawn to first, I can’t recall why. When I was a pre-teenager I knew I wanted to express myself artistically. This was the only way I could. I didn’t want to pursue anything else. I wanted to communicate how I was feeling by becoming someone else. A common theme throughout my life, so an artist I became. Replacing myself with someone else.

Is your first love music or acting? Which do you think you do best?

MD: Acting attracted me first, I suppose, because it was easier for me since children pretend, and that is what acting is, how well can you pretend. Then I discovered the blues and rock and roll. I was so taken by its raw power and carnality and spontaneity that was at variance with the discipline of acting. So I switched allegiances. But all of it, whatever I’ve done, comes under the umbrella of art, expressing myself in whatever way I can. Painting, photography, poetry, it’s all a device for self discovery.

Tell us about your friendships with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page (of Led Zeppelin) and Mitch Michel (of the Jim Hendrix experience). How did these peers effect what you do and how did your art effect them?

MD: My true friendships with fellow musicians have been a combination of respect and mutual raison d’être. Jimmy and Robert were at their peak when I met them and the power that they had while remaining generous brilliant men was a wonderful awakening that rock and roll personified by its perpetrators can be all things, aggressive, loving and human. This has remained true my entire career. The bigger the star the bigger the heart that beats within them.

You were signed by Purple records. Tell us about your friend who recently passed, Jon Lord. What are your feeling about him and how did he influence you?

MD: I did not personally connect with Deep Purple but I respected Jon Lord a great deal. He had an authority and a classicism that broke the usual description of a “rock and roller.” He was truly a gentle man and synthesized an orchestral feel to hard rock more expertly than anyone else has in my view.

What did you mean when you said that you have a love for music that is authentic and hits below the belt?

MD: My music is sexual. Rock and roll is about sex, feeling, passion, revenge, lust, love. I believe rock and roll’s heart beats below the waist. I like to move, I don’t like to think. My body I trust, my mind I don’t.

Tell us about the Power Station experience and working with the cats from Duran-Duran at their peak. Why did they choose you to replace Robert Palmer? What was that huge worldwide concert like?

MD: The Power Station was very powerful and it’s a station I’m glad I arrived at. I did a show in San Diego, CA with my band Chequered Past. We supported Duran at the peak of their fame. My band broke up soon afterward for the usual reasons, drugs and ego. I was in Texas visiting my friend Don Johnson while he was making a movie. I had just written Obsession and it was a worldwide number one so I was feeling great, reaping the rewards of that success. I got a call from a promoter in New York who said this band needed a singer and it had a hit record but the singer had just quit. They also had tour lined up. I said, “Who is it?” and he wouldn’t answer. Then he said, mysteriously, “Do you want to come to New York and find out?” It sounded fascinating, so I did.

As I entered the promoter’s office in NY I saw John Taylor and Tony Thompson looking alternately beautiful and nervous. They whisked me away to the studio and gave me their album, which was already platinum. They then gave me a version of the album with no vocals on it and put me on the Concorde to London so I could sing for Andy Taylor. I flew to London the next morning, met Andy and sang Get It On for him to the track in his studio. He liked what he heard. As a result I got back on the Concorde, returned to NY City, rehearsed for 10 days and our first real gig was Live Aid.

It was a hell of a day and a hell of a night since everyone on the show stayed in the same hotel. For me, an incredible experience. I had arrived at this place under extraordinary circumstances. I was playing the part of a rock and roll star in a band playing the biggest gig the world had ever seen. That’s how it felt, like a performance within a performance. I loved it.

You are one of the few people ever to successfully segway from a successful rock career into an impressive acting portfolio. Did you do that by design and how did the acting career manifest?

MD: If you look me up in IMDB or Wikipedia you will see that I was an actor first. To Sir with Love with Sydney Poitier was my first movie. I was 16 years old. I did theater for the next five years. Classical theater, a very disciplined profession. I was discovered by Andrew Lloyd Weber playing a rock star in a nude musical called The Dirtiest Show in Town. He introduced me to Deep Purple’s management because their singer, Ian Gillan, was singing Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. He suggested I form a rock band. That was cult favorite Silverhead. My life changed overnight in August of 1971. So when I did come back to acting in 1985 I was prepared and already had the skills and technique to continue where I left off.

Did your rock persona cross over when you’d do parts like Murdoch on MacGyver or comedy like Seinfeld?

MD: Murdoc was a rock and roll assassin. I think that is why it was so successful. I loved the character; he had balls, was good with weapons, and was always seeking revenge, which is perfect for a guy who had been in three bands by then. Revenge was familiar. Acting and comedy in subsequent TV shows and movies came naturally. It’s all about rhythm. Without a sense of humor, life is intolerable.

Tell us about some of your memorable film experiences. I understand you worked with other rockers like Mick Jagger and David Bowie. Why do you think you were able to maintain a significant acting career when other rockers could not?

MD: My most memorable experiences in film are essentially all of them. I love the camaraderie of a movie set. The collaboration that goes into a movie. The intimacy that is achieved because of the long hours and the focus that is required. The most rewarding experiences are the best written scripts and the most interesting characters. If I had to single some out they would be “The Man From Elysian Fields” with Mick Jagger and Andy Garcia in which we played gigolos. “Diary of a Sex Addict” with Roseanne Arquette in which I played her philandering husband. “To Sir With Love” with Sydney Poitier and “PInk Cadillac” with Clint Eastwood in which I played a Neo Nazi biker. Playing American roles being an Englishman, accents are challenging, therefore they brought a particular sense of satisfaction and I think the discipline that I have acquired over the years has served me well in terms of longevity.

Tell us about your guest shot on the upcoming Suits program. You play a Russian ballet impresario?

MD: My roll on the new hit USA network show “Suits” was fun. We had just finished Carnaby Street, my new album, and I was offered the roll of this corrupt Russian. It was shot in Toronto. I flew up there, did my thing and was both relieved to get away from the concentration of recording and throw myself into something else.

Which acting platform do you enjoy the most, TV or film and why?

MD: The movie business is more indulgent time wise, more takes, more waiting around. TV is quicker, I like that. I don’t like directors that insist on too many takes. I lose interest. It’s the same in my music, get in there and play, give it everything you’ve got and move on.

You have said recently that, as an actor, you got a little bored: “I was hitting my marks, I was pulling out my gun, getting shot – but not dead,” so you could come back for the next episode. What did you mean?

MD: I need to reinvigorate myself on occasion. One can become stale and repetitive; I like to mix it up so I can remain fresh and interested in whatever I do.

A worldwide headline states that you have donated one million dollars to Barack Obama to record a CD of Sam Cooke cover songs, with lyrics rewritten by President Obama to reflect his vision for this country. Why did you come up with this concept?

MD: I believe in Obama. The US is built on big and interesting ideas.

Do you feel a need as an artist to enter and/or inform the political arena?

MD: I have no desire to politicize. Human behavior is my politics. Freedom and equal rights for all. Dogma has no place in my life. Love and compassion is all that matters.

You were in the Maroon 5 “Move Like Jagger” video?

MD: I did Maroon 5’s video for “Moves like Jagger” because Jonas Akerlund is a wonderful director. I’ve worked with him a number of times; I love his crew and his brilliance. He asked me to participate in the Jagger video and we had so much fun doing it.

Who are some of the new artists you listen to?
MD: In terms of new music I love so many new artists. The music business is dead but music is very much alive. Jack White, Black Keys, The Alabama Shakes, all these artists I think are amazing. So many talented people who now, in this DIY age, are finding an audience thanks to new technology and the individual freedom through which self expression can manifest.

Tell us about your latest CD Carnaby street. I am told that you reached down into your soul and that the album is a passionate, profound testament to the power of rock and roll played in the classic style of British Rockers Humble Pie. What can fans expect?

MD: “Carnaby Street” was a labor of lust. I was raised on British Blues. I was in the clubs of London when I was 16. I wanted to evoke the raw simple passionate sounds of the music that had inspired me. Our listeners can expect to dance, make love, and laugh with joy and recognition of a world full of sex and redemption and wit and wisdom.

Tell us about some of the rave reviews.

MD: In terms of the critic’s reception to our album, the reviews have been exceptional. Embracing what I have said in my last answer. You can obtain quotes from Billy our wonderful PR guy. They are amazingly accurate. I think I have hit a nerve of simplicity and joy that has gone missing in contemporary rock and roll.

You are very visible on social media. Tell us what you think about new media and how you are using it as a platform to further your interaction with your worldwide fans.

MD: I’m very much involved in social media. I believe in connection. I want my friends (I don’t think of them as fans) to know how I truly feel about everything. The internet affords me that experience. I believe if you know about my sincerity and motivation you will accept that what I am saying and singing is my truth.

What are some of the new projects you have in the works? Are you planning to tour?

MD: We will indeed tour and I hope all your readers come and see us.

How would you like the world to remember you?

MD: I would like to be remembered as the world’s greatest kisser.

Edited by Susan Acieves

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Glam Rock Icon Michael Des Barres Returns To His London Roots With ‘Carnaby Street’

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Michael Des Barres Returns To His London Roots With ‘Carnaby Street’

June 18, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – There is much excitement within the music press and fans alike around the world about the news of the return of glam rock icon Michael Des Barres and his forthcoming CD release ‘Carnaby Street’ On Gonzo MultiMedia, UK. Michael Des Barres has been in the rock ‘n’ roll scene for four decades now. A European nobleman, brought up in England, living in Los Angeles, but 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 (featuring Tony Kaye of Yes). Jimmy Page personally signed Detective to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song records in 1975. From 1982 to 1985, Michael was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols. Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison from Blondie, and Tony Sales of Todd Rundgren (‘Runt’) and Tin Machine fame. Michael Des Barres was also the singer with the touring and LiveAid version of The Power Station, a Duran Duran spin-off band that became one of the most iconic live acts of the mid-1980s. In 1985, Michael penned the song “Obsession”, which 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.

After over 40 years of recording and performing, Michael has returned to his mid-Sixties roots with ‘Carnaby Street’, his first new album in many years. Revisiting his youth in swinging London, ‘Carnaby Street’ is an aural window into rock and roll’s past through the eyes and mind of Michael Des Barres. “The music I am making now is inspired by my past in the mid ’60s / early ’70s,” Michael explains. “As a kid I would go watch all the skinny white blues rock ‘n’ roll musicians in the clubs and it hit me like a hammer! I was so influenced by both the courage of these young white guys combined with the soulful rawness of the African American bluesmen, and the hybrid was so fascinating to me that it really stimulated my entire musical vocabulary. So, a couple of years ago, when I started writing songs again, I realised that I wanted these new songs to be as authentic as I had initially heard and was inspired by.”

This album may quote from the idioms laid down by Wilson Pickett, Zoot Money, and The Rolling Stones, but it is no exercise in retro-stylings. This is very much a piece of the second decade of the 21st Century. It may even be Michael Des Barres’ most important work to date. The opening line of the title track immediately sets the tone of the album; “I was 19 in 1967, on the streets of London. I was in Heaven. I was Oscar Wilde in velvet jeans. Everything you’ve heard is everything I’ve seen.” He is adamant that this is not an homage to mid-Sixties music, but a contemporary album by a contemporary band presenting songs about that particular time in his life: a time when as a teenager just entering manhood the world as a whole was celebrating ‘The Summer of Love’. “The name of the album ‘Carnaby Street’, for me, is a metaphor for the swinging London ’60s,” says Michael, “that whole youth cultural revolution that literally changed the world. So the name reflects my desire to go back to the roots, the joy and the love of the music when I first heard it.”

British born the Marquis Michael Philip Des Barres, along with his excursions into rock stardom, is also a gifted actor and is best known for his reccurring 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, ALF, 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’ featuring 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 very active acting and was featured in the US FOX television show ‘The Finder’ on May 4, 2012. A recent guest appearance on the new season of USA Network’s ‘Suits’ will air sometime this summer. He is also featured in the movie ‘California Solo’, in which Michael plays the manager of Robert Carlyle’s ex-rocker character, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on January 25th. In support of Michael Des Barre’s new album release, 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.”

In closing 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, and really my belief in connection and engagement and letting people into your life… and I say it in the briefest possible way – LOVE EVERYONE NOW!”

Michael Des Barres ‘Carnaby Street’ CD release date July 10, 2012

For more information visit Michael Des Barres official website: http://www.desbarres.com
‘Carnaby Street’ website: http://www.mdbimmedia.com/

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