Kevin Bacon says that just because he’s a movie star (“Footloose,” “Apollo 13,” “Mystic River”) doesn’t mean it helps the Bacon Brothers become a hit rock band.
“I think it’s been helpful in terms of getting people sometimes in the seats,” notes Bacon, 50, who fronts the band with his younger brother, noted film and TV composer Michael. “They just want to see what I’m wearing or whatever. And once you get people there, then hopefully you can turn them on to the music a little bit.
“But it doesn’t open a lot of doors from a distributing, marketing or business standpoint. Honestly, that’s been a struggle. I haven’t seen through the years that being a movie star in a rock band has been a big plus. But I do have to tell you that I never thought it was going to be any other way. I never thought I would start playing music and everyone would run and buy our albums.”
The Bacons are in the midst of recording their fifth album, the follow-up to 2005’s “White Knuckles.” Kevin, who’s married to actress Kyra Sedgwick, says they’ve recorded about a dozen songs and hope to release something this fall, and his expectations for its appeal remain modest.
“We’re an indie band, that’s all we are,” he explains. “We’re an indie band and we’re gonna play shows and do stuff on the Internet and just do whatever an indie band can do these days to get the music out there.”
The Bacon Brothers perform at 8 p.m. Friday (July 25) tonight at the 4th Fridays with Ford series at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit. Admission is free. Call (313) 962-0101 or visit www.campusmartiuspark.com.