Glam rocker Ricky Rebel falls at around a 4.5 on the Kinsey scale. That means he identifies as mostly gay with some hetero tendencies.
“When women are attracted to other women, it’s considered socially cool and even hot,” he explains from his Los Angeles home. “But when men do it, it’s ‘not manly.’ We are socially conditioned to believe that men should not be attracted to other men. That’s why a lot more women than men have experienced gay interactions, but inside our kinky little minds, we are not that different.”
He sings about it in “Boys and Sometimes Girls,” his explosive new sexual lib anthem that he will perform at Bar Sinister in Hollywood on February 11. It is being called the next generation’s “I Kissed a Girl,” but where Katy Perry’s song explored dabbling with the opposite sex, his is about dabbling with both sexes.
“A lot of people refuse to believe that bisexuality is a real thing,” Rebel continues. “They think people who identify as such are ashamed of being gay. It’s not true. Some of the best relationships I have had have been with women.”
Ricky Rebel first burst on the music scene in 1997 as the lead vocalist of the boy-band No Authority, touring with 98 Degrees, Destiny’s Child, Aaron Carter, and Ashlee and Jessica Simpson. The band broke up in 2004 and Ricky fronted several other bands before venturing out on his own in 2012. Since that time, he has released two solo albums, Manipulator and The Blue Album, featuring “Boys and Sometimes Girls”. He will release a third studio album, The New Alpha, this summer.
“The next album will be about being equally masculine and feminine, and energetically speaking, whole and complete,” Rebel explains.
He draws inspiration from Elvis Presley, Prince, and Michael Jackson; musicians with strong images who were larger than their music and weren’t afraid to defy social norms.
Like them, Rebel isn’t afraid to go against convention, whether it be the ways he dresses, the fact that he wears make-up (he is the current face of MustaeV Makeup) or his politics. While a supporter of the resistance to the current administration, and encouraged with Trump’s decision to maintain the 2014 executive order protecting employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination, Rebel is tired of the “sheep out there who think and act a certain way because they are conditioned to hate on everyone who disagrees with them.”
“All of this ‘I am a democrat so I believe this or I am a Republican so I automatically believe that’ has got to end,” he argues. “I respect those who have the courage to think for themselves.”
“Personally speaking, I think our future looks bright,” he contends. “We are more informed now than ever before about what is happening in the world, and that’s a good thing.”
Ricky Rebel performs a special valentine’s inspired concert at Bar Sinister (1652 N Cherokee Ave) in Hollywood on February 11, 2017. “Boys and Sometimes Girls” is available on iTunes now from Audio4Play Records. For more information, visit www.rickyrebelrocks.com.