Anyone who watched Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan on The Arsenio Hall Show Oct. 26 might be convinced that the duo — once known infamously as Milli Vanilli — could be making a comeback. After all, it has been two years since it was discovered that the pair didn’t sing on their own multiplatinum album. And Hall treated the two guys, now based in L.A. and performing as Rob and Fab, as if their new single, ”We Can Get It On,” was a big deal.
But talk-show appearances can be deceiving. In fact, Rob and Fab’s single has barely been sent to record stores and radio stations. The release of a just-finished album has already been delayed five times. Rights to the LP have gone from one little-known label to another. Says Todd Headlee, who managed Milli Vanilli: ”They’re being handled by people who aren’t in the music business.”
In the middle of all this confusion are Rob and Fab themselves. The Milli Vanilli controversy, Rob says, ”follows you like a shadow.” Late last year, Rob attempted suicide. Now the two men cling to the hope that they can recapture their old glory. ”It seems to me America is the country of second chances,” says the German-born Rob. ”Is that true?”