Michael is back with a new solo album called The Key To The Universe, which will be released on April 7th by FOD Records.
The Key To The Universe was recorded at Forum Music Village in Rome in June last year, with Nigel Harrison (Silverhead, Chequered Past) on bass and guitar, Clive Deamer (Portishead, Robert Plant) on drums, Dani Robinson on guitar and with Bob Rose producing.
“Essentially, the album was a revelation to me. The process was unlike anything I have ever experienced – a true collaboration between musicians and producer, all of whom had great respect for one another, which made it egoless. We came together in Rome with the single desire of making the best rock record we could. Bob Rose, our producer, steered us through and before we knew it, the album was done. It was a magical experience in the eternal city of Rome, forever indelibly seared into my DNA”, Michael told AllAccess.com in a recent interview.
The album has already been given an excellent in-depth review by Tony Conley at Rock Guitar Daily:
“Michael Des Barres’ The Key To The Universe is one of those increasingly rare records that makes you remember why we love rock ‘n’ roll – in fact, it forces you to remember why we love rock ‘n’ roll. Rock ‘n’ roll that reminds you that the best rock ‘n’ roll resides both in the head, and below the waist. This record is a blast.”
The first single is called “Can’t Get You Off My Mind” and was written by Linda Perry. The music video, directed by 5-time VMA nominee David Rousseau, can be seen below:
There is also a very cool EPK video clip about the album recording on YouTube.
Michael has done a number of interviews lately, to promote the album. Here are links to some of them:
09 February: MDB on Mix96 Buffalo (YouTube) – VIDEO
19 February: Michael Des Barres talks infectious new album and career (axs.com)
02 March: MDB on The Playboy Morning Show (Playboy Radio) – VIDEO
02 March: MDB interviewed by Rock Guitar Daily (soundcloud.com) – AUDIO
04 March: Interview with top entertainment figure Michael Des Barres (Digital Journal)
11 March: MDB on The Adam Carolla Show (adamcarolla.com) – AUDIO
17 March: 10 Questions with … Michael Des Barres (AllAccess.com)
17 March: The Morning After: Michael Des Barres (xrock.com) – AUDIO
18 March: They’re Playing My Song – Michael Des Barres (songfacts.com)
22 March: Talkin’ with Michael Des Barres! (The Shoe with Miles Schuman) – AUDIO
25 March: Suicide Girls Radio – Michael Des Barres (tradiov.com) – VIDEO
26 March: Veteran Rocker Michael Des Barres Unlocks ‘The Key to… (Technology Tell)
27 March: In conversation with: Michael Des Barres (100 Percent Rock Magazine)
Nigel Harrison has also been interviewed about the album, by Guitar International.
For more info on the new album, visit Michael’s official website at michaeldesbarres.com.