“Ex-Wives of Rock” is an AXS-TV reality series that follows the sisterhood of four women with the same unique trait – they were all once married to rock stars and lived to tell about it.
Narrated by Shannon Tweed (wife of KISS bassist, Gene Simmons) Ex-Wives of Rock follows the exploits of Athena Bass (ex-wife of Scorpions drummer, James Kottak), Bobbi Brown (ex-wife of Warrant front man, Jani Lane), Sharise Neil (ex-wife of Mötley Crüe front man, Vince Neil) and Blue Dixon (ex-wife of Warrant bassist Jerry Dixon), as they make their way through the post L.A. hard rock/metal scene.
Although sultry blonde Athena Bass’ brother (Tommy Lee) is known for his work with the legendary Mötley Crüe, her beauty is equally matched by her own insatiable drum prowess. She’s currently performing with Femme Fatale – an all-star line-up fronted by the sexy, in your face vocals of Lorraine Lewis.
I recently spoke with Athena about the new season of “Ex-Wives of Rock”, Femme Fatale and more in this exclusive interview.
James Wood: What makes Ex-Wives of Rock so special?
Athena Bass: There are so many real things in there that people don’t usually get to see. Times where there’s no way we would normally show it because it’s kind of embarrassing [laughs]. But I like the fact that we’re all friends. In other shows, they sometimes just put people together to get weirdness, but us knowing each other for such a long time makes it all that much cooler. You’re not afraid to turn around and say something to someone you’ve known forever as you would be with a total stranger. We’re all weird in our own way but we all accept it [laughs]!
JW: What can fans expect from the new season?
AB: Probably some things that they would never expect to see. A lot of people might think that we all just live this crazy high-life; with tons of money, private planes and limos but it’s not like that. The show’s a way for people to get to know us a little bit better.
JW: This season deals with an Earth shattering decision you have to make. Can you tell me a little bit more about it?
AB: It’s actually the second worst decision of my life [laughs]. I made a decision to move back in with my ex after our big gigantic mess where he made a ton of promises to me.
JW: Let’s talk a little about your music. What made you decide to start playing drums?
AB: In the town I grew up in, there was nothing to do and I was bored as sh**. I was constantly grounded and couldn’t go out or hang with my friends. My father had built my brother a sound proof studio in our garage and what I would do was watch videos on MTV and then run in to Tommy’s drums and try to play what I had just seen. So after months of being on and off restriction I had started teaching myself how to play.
JW: Was there a particular moment when you realized that you wanted to make music a career?
AB: I remember it was when I went to see my brother play at The Forum and got to go up and sit behind him. The hair on my arms stood up and I had chills the whole time. To have that much energy from all of those people in one place was crazy. I couldn’t handle myself. That was when I said, “I HAVE to do this!”
JW: Did you ever find it challenging being a female and playing what some had considered a “male dominated” instrument?
AB: Not really. At the time, people might have said things like it would be harder for girls, but I thought it was awesome. It was like having a million big brothers who were always looking out for us. They would help us with our gear and let us open shows for them. Maybe they thought we were cute but I’m not sure. But when people say things like that they’re talking about you being taken seriously. The truth is if you’re good at what you do people will take you seriously whether you’re a girl or a guy.
JW: What does your band, Femme Fatale have planned for 2016?
AB: We have a few things coming up. We’re going to be playing in Canada for the very first time and will also be on the West Coast Monsters of Rock Cruise. We have such a fun show. Lorraine Lewis (vocals) is amazing; Janis Tanaka (bass) has toured with Pink and L7; Corrtney Cox and Nikki Stringfield (guitars) are both from the Iron Maidens and are shred machines and Katt Scarlett on keys is super hot and can sing like an angel. With some bands you get together to play, but it isn’t fun and is more like a business. With this band our business is having fun!
JW: Are there any other projects you’re currently working on?
AB: I have my own company, Aphrodite by Athena. I’m also writing a book. It’s not just a bio but it’s about the many crazy things that have happened to me that people don’t know about. Things I’ve learned and picked up along the way that hopefully people will learn from. There are some really funny stories in there that no one has ever heard before.
“Ex-Wives of Rock” airs on AXS-TV. Check local listings for time and station.