February 25th, 2014
Michael performing at a tribute concert to Duane Allman. The Mint, LA, 27 November 2013.
(Photo by Joe Schaeffer)
Michael has been interviewed by UK’s Fireworks Magazine again this month. The interview is mainly about his recent live album Hot ‘n Sticky, but it also provides some info about Josh Weinstein’s long-awaited MDB documentary Who Do You Want Me To Be?.
MDB on the live album:
‘Hot N Sticky’ was one of those nights where nobody thought, we just played and smiled. We have a DVD of it coming and you can see that. It was just ecstasy. When we played the great Supremes song ‘Stop In The Name Of Love’, it felt like I was in The Who or something! We use that song as a metaphor for all the things going on in the world, violence going on world-wide and say “Stop, in the name of love!”
MDB on the documentary:
“It’s done, it’s ready to go. It’s called ‘Who Do You Want Me To Be?’ which I think is a great title when you consider the lyrics of the biggest song I wrote, with Holly Knight of course, which was ‘Obsession’. It’s a very eclectic and interesting documentary, covering my boarding school years in Derbyshire which was like ‘Wuthering Heights’ meets ‘Dante’s Inferno’! From Sidney Poitier to Steve Jones, the documentary is interesting, I can’t wait for people to see it.”
The full interview appears in issue 62 of Fireworks Magazine, which is available now. It can also be found online at rocktopia.co.uk.
February 23rd, 2014
Silverhead in Tokyo, April 2012
Following their successfull reunion concerts in Tokyo in 2012, Silverhead were planning to return to Japan for additional concerts in March 2014. The trip was recently pushed back to June/July 2014, but now it’s been cancelled altogether; as this week Michael announced on their Facebook page that Silverhead will not be performing again:
“I regret to inform all our loyal fans, new and old, that the band will not be performing again, as Silverhead. Sadly, our work commitments do not allow this, and we have decided to not keep anybody waiting around to see if we do tour again, or even commit to an album… We had the greatest time together in Japan, and it was nice to see and work together again, and keep in constant touch… It touched all of us that you guys were still out there supporting us, and it was heartfelt by the many fans that continue to. You guys made our reunion shows an event for us to treasure…”
Read to full message on the Silverhead Facebook page.
Thankfully, there’s still something to look forward to, as a new “Best of” album is in the works:
“I’m still working on how to put it out, but ‘The Best of Silverhead’ is a f***ing awesome record. It’ll have all the heavy stuff, plus an unreleased track called James Dean, and a live version of Bright Light”, Michael told UK’s Classic Rock Magazine in a recent interview.
February 23rd, 2014
Regular visitors may have noticed the header of this website changed recently.
In 2008, after five years of being a fansite, desbarres.com became Michael’s official website. Since then a lot has happened. It’s been six eventful years, with lots of exciting projects. But I have also found it increasingly harder to keep track of everything.
Thankfully, people like Richard Stellar and Kitty Page gradually took over the reins, creating the new official website at mdbimmedia.com. That site has now been moved over to michaeldesbarres.com, which will be Michael’s only official website from now on.
Therefore, desbarres.com has now gone back to being a fansite again. It will remain online for the time being, and I will try to update it when I have the time, but for all the latest updates please visit the official site.
I want to thank Michael for six great years of working together and for his continued support.
January 1st, 2014
Michael starts the new year by releasing a new single called “2014″, taken from the forthcoming EP Solutionism.
The song was written, arranged and produced in collaboration with Jeremy Little.
“This song is a revolutionary anthem on the dance floor. A change is coming where compassion is in fashion, where love is enough. So look in to each other’s eyes as you dance into the new year, clear and cool.”
“2014″ is now available for download on Michael’s Bandcamp page in the high-quality format of your choice.
More info can be found on mdbimmedia.com.
November 5th, 2013
Michael’s new live album Hot ‘n Sticky is released today, November 5th!
Recorded live at The Viper Room with The Michael Des Barres Band in November 2012, Hot ‘n Sticky features eight rocking tracks, including several audience favorites from Carnaby Street.
The digital album can be downloaded from Michael’s Bandcamp shop in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC etc). It is also available as a Limited Edition CD.
Other online shops where you can get the digital album include iTunes, Amazon.com and CDbaby.
“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 says in a press release.
More info about the album can be found on mdbimmedia.com.