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Welcome to My World: 10 Musicians Who Deserve Their Own Reality Show

Keith Urban
Keith Urban
Photo by Groovehouse

Ever since The Real World hit the MTV airwaves in the early '90s, reality television has been all the rage. However, since The Osbournes debuted in 2002, some of that reality programming has catered to music fans.

Even such music artists as country artist Tanya Tucker, rapper/minister Reverend Run (of Run-DMC), Travis Barker (of Blink-182) and plenty more have all gotten their own reality shows. Even Wilson Phillips has their own now.

Here are some artists who might do well if they had their own reality show.

10. Keith Urban: What's not to love about country singer Keith Urban? He plays country music like the rockers of old and has a beautiful wife, actress Nicole Kidman. It would be amazing to see him on the road, how he and his wife juggle their careers and keep it all together. It could air on GAC or CMT.

9. Sebastian Bach: Remember when Bret Michaels of Poison had his own "Bachelor"-style dating show where all those women vied for his love? It was called Rock of Love and aired on VH1. Well, former Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach also needs some love from the ladies. It could be called Lovin' Sebastian and it could also air on VH1.

Photo by Daniel Kramer
Photo by Daniel Kramer

8. Alice Cooper: Hey kids, remember that scene in Wayne's World where Wayne and Garth go to an Alice Cooper show and get the ultimate chance of a lifetime -- to go backstage and meet their hero? Well, what better way to see more behind-the-scenes Alice and Co. than with his own reality show? To borrow one of his album titles, the show could be called Alice Cooper: From the Inside. It should air on VH1 Classic.

7. Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong has had his handiwork (musically speaking) in quite a few places these days -- not just with his band Green Day. American Idiot was made into a fairly well received Broadway musical and is now being turned into a major motion picture. Also, it would be nice to see him interact with some of his bandmates and family, in addition to the television show being a major promo piece for the film. However, there's only one network it should air on: Fuse.

 

6. David Byrne The former Talking Heads front man, film score composer and cycling activist is a renaissance man. It would be cool to see him in action. It would be a great way to advocate for cycling as an alternative mode of transportation for anyone, even musicians. The show could be called David Byrne's Fear of Music, to use the title of a 1979 Talking Heads album. If this were to air, it would probably be on Bravo or Ovation.

5. Gretchen Wilson Gretchen Wilson is the answer to every country-rocker's prayer since Johnny Cash and Lynyrd Skynyrd came onto the scene. Her show could not only chronicle her singing and recording career, but also her family life, touring and even her philanthropy work. There's only one network she should have a reality show on: CMT. It could be called Outlaw-ville with Gretchen Wilson.

4. Sammy Hagar: The Red Rocker is a renaissance man. In addition to his own successful solo career, Hagar has played in such bands as Montrose, Van Halen, HSAS, Sammy and the Waboritas and lately Chickenfoot. He also has his own brand of best-selling tequila, his own rum brand, a mountain-bike store in California, a nightclub, two restaurants and a bar. If he had his own television show, not only would it be a great promotion for his various business ventures, but it would be kinda cool to see Hagar in action. The show could definitely air on TLC.

3. Lil Wayne: What's not to love about Lil Wayne? If he had a reality show, not only would we get a glimpse into how he comes up with his songs, but also his faith. If it were to air, it would have to air on MTV. It could be called Lil' Wayne's Show.

 

Welcome to My World: 10 Musicians Who Deserve Their Own Reality Show
Photo by Groovehouse

2. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: If Pat and Neil had their own reality show, sadly it would not air on the network that made them famous. ("You Better Run" was the second video ever played on MTV when it debuted in 1981.) Sadly, it would have to air on either VH1 Classic, Lifetime (since it is "television for women") or The Oprah Winfrey Network.

The show itself would focus on Benatar's career as a recording artist, but also focus on her husband's newest business venture: the recording studio Spyder's Soul Kitchen. Oh, and here's a nice title for the show that borrows from one of her albums: Pat and Neil: Live from Earth.

1. Jack Black: Remember when lead singer Jack Black appeared on MTV's Diary to promote his then-latest film, School of Rock? Well, children, before he was known as an actor, Black was in the comedy-rock band called Tenacious D. This would be a really funny reality show because Black and his musical partner, Kyle Gass, are hilarious.

Now, they had a show before on HBO, but this would be different because it would be Jack Black giving the viewers a crash course in the history of rock and roll. Essentially, it would be an extension of School of Rock but with a performance or two by the artist they start talking about on the show. Also, there would be a segment where they travel to famous places in rock history such as the Fillmore in San Francisco or Janis Joplin's childhood home in Port Arthur. It could be called Jack Black's School of Rock and it could air on TeenNick or Fuse.


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