Rock n' Roll icon, musician, actor, and Little Steven's Underground Garage radio host Michael Des Barres has teamed up with Portland, ME musician Kris Rodgers ( of Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems) for the spectacular new single titled "Bounce Back Baby out today on Wicked Cool Records.Stream the single HERE.
Des Barres says, "I have always admired Kris Rodgers's work. I felt he had an innate rhythm and blues feel to his songwriting. I wanted to do a couple of songs with piano and wonderful backup singers, and also with his great band, the Dirty Gems. I am so pleased with the results, and our co-producer Dave Draper and Wicked Cool Records, of course. I believe in the positivity of life more than I ever have because we need it so badly, which is in essence what the lyric implies. Get up on your feet again, and fall in love with yourself!" Rodgers adds, "Michael and I started talking during the summer of 2021 about possibly working together. We hit it off! Writing music for "Bounce Back Baby" was really organic because Michael’s lyrics speak so positively to rising up from adversity, like we have all had to do in recent years."
WHO DO YOU WANT ME TO BE? MICHAEL DES BARRES' NEW DOCUMENTARY FOLLOWS A MASTER OF REINVENTION.
Rugged Releasing, a subsidiary of Rugged Entertainment, is proud to announce the worldwide release of the documentary feature film Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me To Be? from director J. Elvis Weinstein on July 10, 2020 on Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNow, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube Rentals, Vudu and more.
Michael Des Barres has carved a path through show business and life like no other. He has played rock stars and been a rock star. He’s been a fictional DJ, and a real DJ with millions of listeners on Sirius XM. A singer with record deals over the course of five decades and an actor in over a hundred TV and movie appearances, chances are you know him and don’t know it. Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me To Be? allows Michael, the son of a junkie aristocrat and a schizophrenic showgirl, to tell viewers his story from it’s very high highs to its very low lows (and some very high lows too). A host of eyewitnesses including Gabriel Byrne, Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols), Don Johnson, John Taylor ( Duran Duran), Allison Anders, Ed Begley Jr., Pamela Des Barres, and Steven Van Zandt all join in to corroborate Michael’s wild tale.
Director J . Elvis Weinstein , a veteran television writer/producer ( MST3K , Freaks and Geeks ) says: ”I’d never met anyone quite like Michael, he confounded my expectations. In an age of ‘toxic narcissism,’ I found instead in Michael what I would call ‘a benevolent narcissist,’ someone who rewards your attention by reflecting his attention and enthusiasm back on you. He is a man in constant search of a true moment with anyone willing to share it. Of course, that’s who he is now, I was interested in the journey it took to grow into that.”
Executive Producer and Rugged CEO Peter Spirer says, “Michael, unlike the nondescript enigma Zelig, has attacked life with ferocity and flamboyance. He has done everything and been everywhere. Yet he still embraces life with the enthusiasm of a teenager which is magnificently captured in this bio pic.”
In a time where the world has come to a screeching halt, this is a film about moving forward. Michael Des Barres is not a man mired in nostalgia. For him, the past is just prologue for right now...and the next moment.
Streaming on Amazon Prime, FandangoNow, Vudu and YourTube Rentals. Also available for purchase in Blu Ray and DVD.
Release date, July 10th, 2020
Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
• The most comprehensive archive of Silverhead’s brief but shining time in the spotlight.
• Featuring their two excellent albums plus bonus tracks.
• Including the hard to find ‘Show Me Everything’ and a host of other live recordings.
In 1971, Deep Purple’s management set up Purple Records, not just to release Purple’s own releases, but also the various side projects the band members were developing, and artists that they respected. Along with early albums by artists as diverse as Ronnie James Dio and Yvonne Elliman, Purple Records tenth release was from a new band called Silverhead who featured future Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison, future Robert Plant guitarist Robbie Blunt, and legendary front man Michael Des Barres. Their much-feted self-titled debut was released in 1972.
That self-titled debut ‘Silverhead’ (CD1) was produced by Martin Birch, famed for him work with Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and of course, Deep Purple. A heady mixture of hard rock, glam rock and of proto-punk, this edition also includes 7” single versions of ‘Ace Supreme’ and ‘Rolling With My Baby’, plus ‘Oh No No No’ (the B-Side of ‘Ace Supreme’).
Silverhead’s second album for Purple Records, ‘16 And Savaged’ (CD2), kicked off with ‘Hello New York’ plus ‘More Than Your Mouth Can Hold’, and now features the debut solo 45 from Michael Des Barres, ‘Leon’ b/w ‘New Moon Tonight’. Most exciting is the inclusion of ‘James Dean’ and ‘Marilyn’, two tracks from the shelved, third Silverhead LP.
When Silverhead supported Nazareth at London’s famed Rainbow Theatre on November 9th, 1973, they didn’t even know that they were being recorded, which no doubt added to the spontaneous mood on ‘Live At The rainbow, London’ (CD3). Released in Japan in 1975, by which time the band had sadly disbanded, it features the best songs from their two albums, plus ‘James Dean’ from what would have been their third. This release also includes the band’s In Concert recording at the BBC’s Paris Theatre on August 31st, 1973.
This six CD set is the most comprehensive archive of Silverhead’s brief but shining time in the spotlight, and now includes the rare and hard to find ‘Show Me Everything’ (CD4), featuring tracks recorded at London’s Alexandra Palace on 29th July 1973, as well as the self-explanatory ‘Berlin Backlash’ (07/02/1973) (CD5) and finishes off with ‘Live In Japan’ (19/01/1974) (CD6).
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