October 30, 2020

So, you’re the 26th Marquis Des Barres and, no doubt, there is a pretty well planned career path in front of you so what do you do? Well, become a singer and actor, of course, what else would you want to become? We’ll leave aside his TV career and concentrate on the singing side of his career with Des Barres forming Silverhead in the early ’70’s and released a couple of albums before moving to the States and forming Detective which was signed to the Swan Song label by none other than Jimmy Page. He then formed Chequered Past’ in the early ’80s and as a result of supporting Duran Duran he became the Power Station vocalist when Robert Palmer left the group. He has also released several albums as a solo artist and then formed The Mistakes in 2018, a real band of veterans of the rock world and musicians who have probably forgotten more about the music industry than modern day ones know!

Together, they have combined for this six track live rock and roll romp which was recorded in Los Angeles and is classic rock delivered with style, passion, energy and vigour. The songs work well together and are delivered in fine British rhythm and blues style kicking off with Hello New York a Silverhead track before they move on to a rock version of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and then Bolan’s Get It On gets similar treatment. Des Barres actually sang this song with Power Station at the Philadelphia leg of Live Aid and this raucous and rocking version is miles away from the cultured tones of Power Station. Detective Man is a song that De Barres recorded with Detective and then there is another Silverhead cover with 16 And Savaged before they close with Rock N Roll Medley, a homage to Little Richard featuring Good Golly Miss Molly and Long Tall Sally and is great fun. Michael De Barres is a great singer and musician with a long career behind him and still has a zest for music as this life affirming EP testifies.

Live! At The Hi Hat track list

  1. Hello New York (3:34)
  2. What’s Going On (3:17)
  3. Get It On (Bang A Gong) (3:21)
  4. Detective Man (4:49)
  5. 16 And Savaged (4:02)
  6. Rock N Roll Medley (3:44)