Rock stars often live their life through the intense glare of the spotlight, as the paparazzi shadow their every move. This typically isn’t enough to stop them from leading the life that they have wanted to lead, which has more often than not ended up in negative headlines splashed across the front pages of newspapers about them. However, in this modern-day, the life of rockstars has changed as they often need to be a role model for their younger fans, which has led to some of them appearing on reality television. But which rockstars have appeared on reality shows?
There is no secret that Ozzy Osbourne is a pioneer for heavy metal, as the success of Osbourne as a solo artist and in Black Sabbath paved the way for bands that followed. However, before the success of Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s, the Osbourne’s were the first family that let television crews into their home life. It was a unique look behind the curtain of one of the most controversial rock stars that has ever seen, and ‘The Osbournes’ became an immediate hit on MTV.
The first episode aired in 2002, and it quickly became clear that the family weren’t going to play different roles while the show was filmed. If there was a record for the most bleeps in a show, then The Osbournes would probably claim it. Ozzy later revealed that he was on prescription drugs throughout the series, but it still gave fans of the family hours of entertainment.
Osbourne’s move certainly opened the door for a new kind of reality television show, and Gene Simmons quickly followed his lead. Simmons was part of one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Kiss, when his show began to air on A&E. The show was called Gen Simmons: Family Jewels, and was aired on television for the first time back in 2006. It gave Simmons and Kiss fans a unique look behind the curtain of what family life within the Simmons household looked like, as it starred the Kiss star, Shannon Tweed and their two children.
To say it was different from The Osbournes would be an understatement, as instead of being outlandish, family life within the Simmons household was timid and heartwarming. Simmons once again delved into reality television when he appeared on Celebrity Apprentice.
Bret Michaels was an instrumental part of the rock band Poison, and the group have sold over 45 million records globally. However, most recently, he has been the star of a number of reality shows. His first venture into reality television came with Rock Of Love With Bret Michaels, which was similar to The Bachelor, as 25 women competed for a date with the rockstar. The show came to an end in 2010, where Michaels would instead be the star of his own reality show called Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, which follows his day-to-day life.