Monday, June 12, 2006


What do the Amboy Dukes, Anthrax, Biohazard, Foreigner and Skid Row have in common?

Well, unless you watch VH1, you may be unaware that each of the above-named bands have spawned a reality show bastardized "Making the Band"-ish docu-megalo-melodrama.

The show Supergroup features Sebastian Bach on lead vocals, Ted Nugent on lead guitar, Scott Ian on rhthym guitar, Evan Seinfeld on bass, and Jason Bonham on drums.

It has been my reality show guilty pleasure since Survivor ended (although Hell's Kitchen resumes for a second season tonight).

Bach, the former vocalist of Skid Row, devil glam metal spawn from the '80s, is the ultimate narcissistic rock star frontman. You almost want to believe he is playing it up for the cameras. No one could be that much of a caricature. But he is. We saw "Baz" in The Rocky Horror Show when it was on Broadway. He played "Riff Raff" and nailed the singing, but his acting was deplorable.

Seinfeld, the bassist from Biohazard, is also an adult film producer with his wife Tera Patrick (currently on the cover of FHM magazine). He and guitarist Scott Ian (of Anthrax) were recently on another VH1 show called "Matzah and Metal," in which a bunch of metalheads sit around a seder table and discuss being in a metal band and being Jewish. Quite fun!

Jason Bonham, the drummer, most recently of Foreigner, is the son of Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and is the most normal person on the show.

And of course, we have Ted Nugent, who is a reality show in and of himself. In fact, a while back TVland was treated to a show called "Surviving Nugent," in which innocents were deployed to Nugent's ranch and subjected to Survivor-style challenges that only amplified the Motorcity Madman's, well, madness, as well as the lowest common denominator that reality television has lowered itself (even I couldn't survive watching the show. I think it was when the first contestant was rushed to the hospital after trying to jump over a moving truck that I quit).

Last night's episode featured, among other things, the band finally settling on a name:

and Seinfeld doing a photo shoot with his wife and Bach's wife. I'd show you a picture of that, but even Billyblog has some level of integrity. Just kidding. Here it is:

Before you comment about pandering to the lowest common denominator, please note I could have made the picture a lot bigger.

So what's the point of this post? Watch the show. It's quite entertaining. And maybe we'll get some good music out of it.

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