Remember Rock of Love with Bret Michaels? From 2007-2009, the VH1 reality series chronicled strippers and fame whores vying for a shot at love (and like, maybe a penicillin shot too) with Poison frontman Bret Michaels, essentially Flavor of Love for ’80s hair-metal. While at this point the show is forgotten enough to have it’s own entry in VH1’s I Love the [insert time period here], but it was a popular enough show for the network that when Michaels announced he wouldn’t be coming back for a fourth season, they asked other rockers, apparently. Like Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor. In an interview with radio station KISW/Seattle, Taylor spoke about being approached:
“I’ve gotten offered a lot of [non-music-related projects] over the years. I actually got called… I wanna say about seven years ago, I got called about being on ‘Rock Of Love’. I think Bret had passed on it, on one of the seasons. And I was, like, ‘Don’t ever call me again.’
Honestly, I was sitting there… I was, like, [trying to figure out] who in their right mind thought I was the perfect dude for ‘Rock of Love 12’ or whatever the hell it was. And I was just, like, there’s some idiots in this business. I’m just letting you know. I don’t know if you got that memo. There’s some stupid people [who] were given the keys to the kingdom.
I was talking to my manager. I was, like, ‘Where the hell…? What conversation were they having where they went from one end to me? How the hell did you get to me and thought that I would be down with that?’ At first I was pissed, and then I just started laughing my… I was just, like, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding! Really?!”
In retrospect, I was, like, ‘Man, I should have just done one week and just ruined it.’ [I should done] the complete opposite of what could have been and just destroyed these people’s dreams. But at the same time, it’s, like…I’ve got a pretty good vibe for what works for me and what doesn’t.
“I’m not gonna be that guy that kind of cashes in my name for a quick paycheck. I would rather do what works for me, and hopefully have people come with me on that journey, than worry about anything like that. Because as long as you stick to your guns and do what works for you, you’re gonna keep the lights on, you’re gonna be able to pay your rent. And that’s all that matters to me, really.”
It would’ve been fun to see the frontman of Slipknot on a dating reality show, it probably would have been more pathetic than fun. Not to mention the fact that Taylor got married in 2009. But the road of celebrity-hood is lined with artists that stretched outside of their comfort zone and failed. For every Justin Timberlake or Mark McGrath that can pull it off, there’s a lot more than don’t. Also, if Taylor got hired, and they didn’t call the show He Loves Me, He Loves Me Knot, they missed out on a golden opportunity.
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