It didn’t take a lot of persuading to get Robert Kelly to sign on for FX’s Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
“I’m the drummer in a rock band?,” says Kelly. “Denis Leary is writing it? It’s on FX? I am f–ing in.”
S&D&R&R returns for its second season Thursday at 10 p.m. ET, and Kelly (above) sounds confident he made the right decision.
“The show is a little different this year,” he says. “It’s more serialized. And this year Denis isn’t writing all the episodes, so you also have other perspectives on the characters.”
Kelly plays Bam Bam, the drummer for the Assassins, whose lead singer is Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) (above). Twenty-five years earlier the Assassins were the Heathens, whose lead singer was Gigi’s father, Johnny Rock (Leary).
The Heathens broke up just as their first album was released, because Johnny was sleeping with the wife of the lead guitarist, Flash (John Corbett). There was zero chance they’d ever reunite until Gigi showed up, giving Johnny one last shot at musical success and giving Flash a new girlfriend.
Okay, it gets messy, even when you add two comparatively sane people with bass player Rehab (John Ales) and Johnny’s girlfriend Ava (Elaine Hendrix).
“It’s an awesome cast,” says Kelly. “I can’t wait to get to makeup every day because we have such a great time. And I’ll tell you, we hold nothing back with Liz and Elaine. They’re right in there.”
Those two women (above), Kelly adds, also have a secret thing for him.
“Out of the whole cast,” he says, “they’d bang me first. Before Denis Leary, before John Corbett, they’d have sex with me.”
That puts the 45-year-old Kelly in a different position from his character.
“Bam Bam never gets any sex,” says Kelly. “That’s my goal for the second season. , we do them in front of a real audience.”
And he immediately realized, he said, why all comedians want to be rock stars.
“After my comedy show, middle-aged couples will come up and say they liked it,” he says. “After rock shows, the people who come up are single chicks.”
You see the appeal here.
But all he really needs, Kelly says, is the view he gets on the stage.
“I’m so happy the Heathens became the Assassins,” he says. “I’d so much rather be looking at Gigi than staring at Leary’s skinny ass.”
Just in general, he says, the cast of S&D&R&R is good people.
“If I were as good-looking as John Corbett,” he says, “I’d be a complete dick. He’s not. He’s a great guy.”
Even if Gillies and Hendrix still prefer the drummer.