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The Next Great American Band Episode: "5 Cut to 4 & Top 4 Perform"

Season 1, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: The final four groups perform Queen songs, hoping to be one of the last three bands standing.
Original Air Date: Dec 7, 2007

Top Four Perform Season 1, Episode 8

So how many of you were like me tonight and turned on the TV at the normal time, only to see Wayne Brady instead of kids playing metal? OK, so I admit it's a little sad that I work at TV Guide and I didn't know the timeslot moved, but I think it's understandable that I was a little thrown off. I mean, sure, I suppose Fox thinks moving it to 9 pm near the end of the show will get more viewers - but on a Friday? Actually, I expect the ratings to be lower. The later you move it on a Friday night, the more people have already went out to start their weekend. That doesn't really matter though. What matters is this question I'm about to pose to you. What the heck show am I watching? Seriously, am I watching a different show than the voting public? A different show than the judges? I watch American Idol every season and I can usually predict that pretty well. I've watched and blogged Rockstar and was able to do a pretty good job figuring out who was going home there as well. This show, I have no clue. I mean, I said just last week that Dot Dot Dot was going to win it and they got eliminated this week. And frankly, I can't imagine who's actually watching this show that Denver or Light of Doom made it this far. I'm baffled. Unfortunately, pretty much every performance baffled me as well. I watch this show with my wife - she's usually the barometer to know if I'm just in a cranky mood and not being objective at all - and she didn't like most of these performances either. I was happy to hear the bands were going to perform a cover and an original but the end results really disappointed me. I think one of the reasons this show isn't working as well as it could be is how they do the covers. They either need to go the Rockstar route and pick the hits out for the bands, just letting them choose the ones they want or they need to start doing things like making the theme No. 1 songs from the '80s or something like that. Whatever is going to generate actual hits being performed because performing an album track and a song from Queen's final album when you could have chosen from dozens of hits is preposterous. On to the music, starting with The Clark Brothers. I can't stress enough how much I hate that they were able to bring in some "friends from Nashville" to play along with them. So are they a three-piece or a five-piece now? It's pretty lame to change up your band with only three weeks left, and to be honest, I thought they took a major step backwards with it. First they performed "These Are the Days of Our Lives" from Queen's final record in 1991, which to me is silly to begin with, but what was the drummer really needed for in this? For 75 percent of the song, he was completely invisible. I thought this was their most generic performance in weeks. And again, the craziest thing happened with their original - the drummer actually made them sound worse. Nothing you could have told me would have helped me predict that, but they were better without the backbeat. The original was sloppy and really looked just like they pulled in a drummer for the first time. Then there was Sixwire. Those guys are creative, aren't they? Three words to describe yourself - "guitars, vocals, more guitars." Sigh. But, "Fat-Bottomed Girls" is a song you choose when covering Queen. One of my personal favorites from the catalog, it's such a fun song that I wish the guys had shown more energy on stage but this was probably the best performance of the night. Fortunately for me, the judges don't program what gets played on the radio though as the original "Go On" didn't even remotely sound like a hit to me like it did to them. It got better as it moved into rock territory but still sounded a bit jumbled. Light of Doom was an absolute train wreck. I can't say one nice thing about them this week. Well okay, I did like the way they began "We Will Rock You" with the drums but every note after that was brutal starting with a very strange transition to metal. I don't understand why they had to go metal with Queen. Queen rocks hard enough and brutalizing a classic like this was one of the worst things they could have done. As for the original, I actually can't say it better than John did - "all of your influences and none of you." Well, not all of their influences because what started out as metal quickly turned into a chorus I would have expected from Kip Winger circa 1989. And these guys were not influenced by Winger. Jani Lane, maybe. Finally, there was Usher doing "Singing in the Rain" and Fergie wearing leather while writhing around like Axl Rose. What? That wasn't American Band? Oh, sorry. I guess I flipped to that CBS tribute to music in movies and heard Usher, one of the best voices in music today. Denver and the Mile High Orchestra was actually the last band to perform this week. Anyone else think "DMHO" sounds pretty lame? I go with initials if they spell COOL or POOP. Maybe just COOL. Anyway, I suppose choosing "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" was a decent choice for them but an album cut? I'm sure a lot of you have heard this song before since it's from the same album as "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" but it wasn't a hit for them and I think at this point you need to perform songs that everyone will know, not just fans of the band. At least Denver himself had some energy this week. Unfortunately, their original didn't blow me away, but even so it was the best original song of the night. So bye bye bye to Dot Dot Dot. For some reason, I'm going to miss this band that I absolutely hated at the beginning. I was so unimpressed this week that I'm not voting for anyone. So there. And my futile projections about who's going home are done. I hope the final two shows are better than this one. I certainly want to end this show on a positive note. Disagree with me this week? Let me know. I love reading your comments. Until next week, friends. Check out some music from Freddy Mercury and the guys in Queen over in our online video guide. show less
So how many of you were like me tonight and turned on the TV at the normal time, only to see Wayne Brady instead of kids playing metal? OK, so I admit it’s a little sad that I work at TV Guide and I didn’t know the timeslot moved, but I think it’s understandable that I was a little thrown off. I mean, sure, I suppose Fox thinks moving it to 9 pm near the end of the show will get more viewers — but on a Friday? Actually, I expect the ratings to be lower. The later you move it on a Friday night, the more people have already went out to start their weekend.That doesn’t really matter though. What matters is this question I’m about to pose to you. What the heck show am I watching? Seriously, am I watching a different show than the voting public? A different show than the judges? I watch American Idol every season and I can usually predict that pretty well. I’ve watched and blogged Rockstar and was able to do a pretty good job figuring out who was going ... read more

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Premiered: October 19, 2007, on FOX
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Premise: A reality series from the producers of `American Idol' featuring bands competing for a record deal. The winning group is chosen by three judges and viewer votes.

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