Michael Des Barres
Actor, singer
Michael Des Barres
Lord Michael Philip Des Barres (born 24 January 1948) 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 late Robert Palmer in the band Power Station, fronting the band at the 1985 Live Aid concert.
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Michael Des Barres Partners With Yahoo! Music To Premiere ‘The Key To The Universe’
Icon vs. Icon - almost 2 years
As the British singer, songwriter, musician and actor MICHAEL DES BARRES prepares for the April 7 release of his album THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE (FOD Records), he’s partnered with YAHOO! MUSIC to exclusively premiere the album one week in advance of its release. Listen to the album—which marks his return to down and dirty rock music with heavy guitars and unflinching lyrics […]
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Music Reviews: Michael Des Barres, Hartmann, Niva, Rainbow
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
A bunch of AOR and some classic rock on offer this week.
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Interview: Michael Des Barres (AKA Murdoc from MacGyver)
Blogger News Network - over 4 years
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with well known actor and musician Michael Des Barres. There might be some that view the Marquis Michael Philip Des Barres (yes he really is an English Lord) as being just a tad on the eccentric side. Of course there are a few people that think I am [...]
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Music Reviews: Coralspin, Michael Des Barres Band, HellYeah, Hollywood Burnouts, Oedipus and Herman Frank
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music Reviews: Coralspin, Michael Des Barres Band, HellYeah, Hollywood Burnouts, Oedipus and Herman Frank Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 05:18 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, 2012 To some Michael Des Barres is more famous for his ex-wife than his music and his acting. An acquired taste for some who read this column, but catchy and interesting none the less. [...] how many bands of the type have the balls to end with a track called "Moonlight" with an added surprised at the end? Think a touch of Whitesnake, a bit Rising Force era Malmsteen and a touch of Accept-esque heavy rock. What really makes this album is Rick Altzi on vocals with his Jeff Scott Soto quality of voice. Song-writing works well and the tracks are all catchy as you would expect. A great release from a talented guitarist clever enough ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Des Barres
  • 2015
    Age 67
    On 7 April 2015 Des Barres released a solo, full-length album "The Key to the Universe".
    More Details Hide Details Produced by Bob Rose at The Forum Music Village in Rome, the album reunites Des Barres with Nigel Harrison (former bassist of Blondie and Silverhead) on bass and guitar, in addition to Clive Deamer (Portishead, Robert Plant) on drums, and Dani Robinson on guitar. Des Barres has appeared in over 100 different TV shows and almost 30 movies in his career. He first started acting at 8 years old as 'The Nux Bar Kid' on posters all over England. He appeared (uncredited) in the 1966 film starring Tony Curtis, "Drop Dead Darling". His first credited film role was as a supporting cast member in the classic 1967 film To Sir, with Love playing an East End pupil who always wears dark sunglasses indoors and out, followed by a few other minor roles before he decided to pursue a career in music instead. He later concentrated his energies on acting again and was quickly cast in Ghoulies (1984) as cult leader Malcolm Graves, and Nightflyers (1987) as a charismatic empath. He worked opposite Clint Eastwood in 1989's Pink Cadillac. His other film roles have included Midnight Cabaret (1990), Under Siege (1992), Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992), A Simple Twist of Fate (1994), and Sugar Town (1999). He also appeared in the 2004 film Catch That Kid and had a brief part in David Lynch's classic 2001 film Mulholland Drive.
  • 2013
    Age 65
    On 5 November 2013 The Michael Des Barres Band released a live album "Hot n Sticky Live, which was recorded at the Viper Room in Los Angeles, in November 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The album is available as high quality mp3 downloads.
    On 23 October 2013 Michael joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the world premiere of 200 Motels – The Suites by Frank Zappa, where he appeared as "Rance", the narrator.
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  • 2011
    Age 63
    In 2011, he formed The Michael Des Barres Band which includes Jebin Bruni, David Goodstein, Paul Ill, and Eric Schermerhorn and released a new album entitled Carnaby Street, in June 2012.
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  • 2006
    Age 58
    In 2006 - 2007, he fronted a 10-piece soul band called Michael Des Barres and Free Love Foundation.
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  • 2001
    Age 53
    In 2001, Des Barres formed Down Boy together with Paul McCartney's guitarist Brian Ray.
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  • 1998
    Age 50
    From 1998 - 2000, he had a band called The Usual Susspects with Steve Jones and Mick Rossi.
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  • 1996
    Age 48
    Although focusing more on his acting career in the following years, Des Barres continued to write music and perform live with various bands in the Los Angeles area. In 1996 - 1997, he played in Vince Lightning and the Spectaculars, which included Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom.
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  • 1986
    Age 38
    He released a second solo album called Somebody Up There Likes Me in 1986, which featured contributions by former bandmates Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) and Andy Taylor (Duran Duran).
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  • 1985
    Age 37
    He performed live with them for several months before they disbanded, including a set broadcast to millions at the 1985 Live Aid charity concert in Philadelphia.
    More Details Hide Details Des Barres' friendship with actor Don Johnson got Power Station a guest appearance on Johnson's TV show Miami Vice. He wrote one song with the band, "We Fight For Love" which appears on the soundtrack to the film Commando.
    In 1985, when Robert Palmer withdrew from the Duran Duran side project Power Station just before their American summer tour, Des Barres was chosen to take his place as lead vocalist.
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  • 1984
    Age 36
    Des Barres met the members of Duran Duran when Chequered Past opened for a few shows during their 1984 tour.
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  • 1983
    Age 35
    In 1983, he wrote and recorded the song "Obsession" together with Holly Knight, which later became a No.6 Billboard Top 40 hit when covered by Animotion in 1985.
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  • 1982
    Age 34
    He was part of the band Chequered Past from 1982 to 1985, 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.
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  • 1977
    Age 29
    He married Pamela on 29 October 1977; the couple were divorced in 1991, remaining friends.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Nicholas Dean Des Barres, was a contributor to the video game magazine GameFan, writing many of his articles under the pseudonym "Nick Rox"; Nick also designed the Resident Evil film poster, and is currently a game writer at video game developer PlatinumGames.
  • 1975
    Age 27
    After moving to Los Angeles, he formed the band Detective in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details They recorded two albums that were released on Led Zeppelin's Swan Song Records label, before breaking up in 1978. A solo album, I'm Only Human, followed in 1980, with a solo tour of the US and UK. The album was recorded on Dreamland Records and produced by Mike Chapman (composer of "Mickey" and producer of "My Sharona"). His musicians at this time were the session band Zoo Drive featuring John Goodsall (guitars), Paul Delph (keyboards), Doug Lunn (bass), and Ric Parnell (drums). On the recording and in significant gigs Nigel Harrison (of Blondie) replaced Doug Lunn on bass.
  • 1974
    Age 26
    Married in England, he divorced his first wife - Wendy - after meeting Pamela in 1974.
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  • 1972
    Age 24
    Des Barres then formed Silverhead in England in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details They recorded two albums and toured the US, Europe, and Japan, before disbanding in 1974.
  • 1948
    Age 0
    The only child of Marquis Philip and Marchioness Irene Des Barres, Michael Philip Des Barres was born in Hove, on 24 January 1948 and grew up in the Sussex area, then attended boarding school (Repton).
    More Details Hide Details He later attended the Corona Academy drama school in London and appeared in several plays. Des Barres formed his first teenage band the Orange Illusion with Nicholas Young, Darryl Read, and Kit Williams, whilst they were all attending Corona Academy Stage School studying to be actors. The lineup, despite being broken up by the school's agent Hazel Malone, all went on to do greater things individually.
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