Top 10 Reality Show Rock Stars
Yes, at this point there have been enough rockers on reality TV that we can do a list of the Top 10 Reality Show Rock Stars. Some musicians might find that sad. Other classic rockers might be comforted by the fact that they can judge a singing competition or vie for Donald Trump’s approval instead of doing another “greatest hits” tour. For better or worse, you can blame the whole trend on Ozzy Osbourne. The rock star/reality crossover began on March 5, 2002, when MTV aired the first episode of ‘The Osbournes.’ The view into the metal titan’s homelife would endear the Ozzman to a brand-new generation of fans. Scroll down to see how else made it onto the Top 10 Reality Show Rock Stars.
The Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist appeared to be a less-than-willing participant in the E! channel’s ‘Married to Rock’ series (he even wrote a column for ‘Seattle Weekly’ about his hatred for reality TV). The since-cancelled show took a look inside the lives of women married to and/or in a relationship with rockers such as McKagan, Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) and Billy Duffy (The Cult). The short-lived series was essentially a clone of the ‘Real Housewives’ shows, with plenty of drama between the wives and ridiculous events – like an all-pink fairy tale wedding. Anytime Duff made an appearance, he looked like he’d rather be ‘estranged’ from the woman who got him into this mess.
The Twisted Sister frontman has appeared on so many reality shows, when he was the man of honor at the Rock and Roll Roast earlier this year, he was billed as both a veteran rocker and a reality show star. The ‘I Wanna Rock’ singer has tried being a country crooner, battled for the title of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and even landed his own ‘Osbournes’ clone on A&E (which was cancelled). Although Snider’s stature and personality are imposing, he’s thankfully stopped short of putting on the Twisted Sister makeup in Donald Trump’s boardroom. Let’s hope that continues during his time on the current edition of ‘Celebrity Apprentice: All Stars.’
No, that infamous homemade tape doesn’t quite count as a reality show. But the Motley Crue drummer made some noise with the short-lived NBC series ‘Tommy Lee Goes to College.’ Because this was reality TV (and not actual reality), Lee didn’t actually enroll at the University of Nebraska and his roommate and tutor were cast by the producers. Still, viewers got the chance to see Lee try out for the school’s marching band. A few years later, he also was part of ‘Rock Star: Supernova’ – the follow-up to ‘Rock Star: INXS’ – during which amateur singers competed to lead a band that didn’t exist. Yup, sounds like reality TV all right.
Viewers will never forget the time Meat Loaf screamed like a bat out of hell… about art supplies. Yes, the big rocker with the big voice blew up at Gary Busey because he thought the actor had stolen the materials he needed for that episode’s challenge. That moment alone earns Mr. Loaf a spot on the Top 10 Reality Show Rock Stars. Fortunately, country star (and eventual season champion) John Rich located the supplies, preventing Meat Loaf from going ‘Fight Club’ on the whole cast.
The Motley Crue frontman has been involved in more than his share of memorable reality TV moments, ranging from attending Corey Feldman’s wedding (officiated by MC Hammer) to nearly dropping his partner on ‘Skating with the Stars.’ But Neil never looked less cool than on VH1’s ‘Remaking Vince Neil,’ during which viewers got to witness the singer try to increase his fame by getting plastic surgery. He’s got the looks that kill.
There are few rockers with a longer reality show resume than the Nuge. And the Motor City Madman has done it all on TV – teaching viewers to hunt, teaching celebrities to hunt, teaching regular people to hunt and, naturally, hunting regular people (well, just as a final challenge). But Uncle Ted’s best reality TV moment had nothing to do with wild game. During VH1’s ‘SuperGroup’ – which also featured Sebastian Bach, Scott Ian, Jason Bonham and Evan Seinfeld – Bach made everyone watch an episode of ‘Gilmore Girls’ that he appeared in. As Bach laughed hysterically, Ted looked like he wished a crossbow was handy.
The Aerosmith legend has always had a way with words… meaning that when he puts words together, you often have no way of understanding him. Never was this more apparent than during his two-season stint as a judge on ‘American Idol,’ where he ably filled Paula Abdul’s shoes as the “wacky” one. Although Tyler’s comments (from barking to screaming to gibberish) were sometimes nonsensical, no one ever doubted his passion for the music.
To a whole bunch of people, Bret Michaels is better-known as a reality TV star than a musician. Not only did the Poison singer look for love (in some very wrong places) throughout three seasons of ‘Rock of Love,’ he was crowned the ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ in 2010. Spoiler alert: He returned to compete in this year’s all-star edition but was fired by the Donald in the first episode.
The Kiss star made his first splash on reality TV by returning to his roots as a teacher. (Simmons taught kindergarten before becoming a professional musician. Does this explain the face paint?) Simmons got to play Jack Black to music students in ‘Rock School,’ which showed his softer side and his knack for interacting with kids. He’s since become a fixture on A&E with ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels,’ which has aired a whopping 160 episodes. Yet, the most infamous moment of the series happened on the set of the ‘Joy Behar Show,’ when Simmons now-wife Shannon Tweed walked off the set in disgust.
Prince of Darkness. Heavy Metal Godfather. Reality TV Pioneer. Without Ozzy and MTV’s ‘The Osbournes,’ it’s unlikely that any well-known musician would have agreed to have cameras film their daily lives. But after ‘The Osbournes’ became a worldwide sensation, rockers will clamoring to get on TV. Yet, none of the shows that followed were quite as twisted and entertaining as this crazy train. Then again, who knew that watching the singer trying to figure out the microwave… or the TV… or the family dog would be quite so amusing? Before the series, Ozzy already was a rock legend. ‘The Osbournes’ made him a pop culture icon.