We're almost there friends! Next week is the finale and we now have three bands to choose from. I believe Dominic Bowden said that there were 3,000,000 votes last week. At least I think that's what he said. I had to go get some Q-tips and clean out my ears after that, as I swore he said that a show that averages less than 3 million viewers each week got more votes than people watching. I suppose it's possible, but if he's telling the truth I will umI will buy the Dot Dot Dot CD when it comes out.
This week we have to do some serious predicting as well. The website I visit to follow the off-season baseball moves, always gives predictions on where a player will sign, how much money they will get and what their chances are to be worth the money. So I thought it might be fun to do something like that this week.
Denver and The Mile High Orchestra
"September" by Earth, Wind & Fire should have been perfect for them to showcase their exciting side and instead the vocals were kind of average and the keyboards sounded cheesy. While the world class horns were their usual selves, Denver had the typical moves down like he has rocks in his shorts. Dicko says he doesn't like them playing disco. And this is the guy these bands are supposed to take advice from?
Their best performance of the entire competition was the "we" pick (who exactly is "we" anyway). The Ides of March's "Vehicle" was a great song for them. Denver even tried to show some personality in this one. Dicko asks them what kind of album they want to make and they cop out by saying something about joy and love. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Isn't that what every band says? Okay, so Slayer doesn't really say that, but you get my point.
"The Way You Move Me" was an original they wrote and while it was a solid song, the stage presence for all of them wasn't good. And what was that leg kick by Denver? It looked like he was 80's and had arthritic knees.
Max People at any given Denver show in 2008: 250
Number of those people who are annoyed they have to scream to their friend over "some band that just happen to be here while we were trying to drink": 246
Number of years until they do nothing but covers: 5
Chances of American Band 2 if they win: No way Jose.
The Clark Brothers
What the heck was the first song they sang? That wasn't "Change The World" by Eric Clapton. That was another one of those unrecognizable arrangements of a classic song that only work about 25% of the time. This was not one of those times. It wasn't as bad as Light of Doom with "We Will Rock You" but it was pretty odd. Tough to put my finger on what exactly I didn't like, but it felt like change for the sake of change and that's never been a favorite of mine.
The "we" pick was a terrible choice. The judges were right, Lonestar's "Amazing" was a song suited for Sixwire. The Clark Brothers need upbeat tracks that can have that off the wall slide guitar hitting you across the face. That really is a great tune to begin with so it's a shame that The Clark Brothers couldn't do it justice. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.
And tell me if you could have predicted that a group up for Next Great American Band would close out their performances for your votes, with "This Little Light Of Mine"? Best one they did this night but that ain't going to make me buy the CD.
First week sales of their debut CD: 35, 500 ranking them #91 on the Billboard Album Chart.
Number of Drugs Ashley does while they are on their big US tour in 2008: Zero. God wouldn't approve.
What 2009 looks like: Dropped by label. Records Gospel CD. Is known only by those that listen to radio on Sunday morning.
Chances of American Band 2 if they win: Well, the writers are still on strike
I think Steely Dan's "Reeling in the Years" was a decent choice for them, though I would have liked to have seen "Heartache Tonight" by the Eagles instead. I mean, every time I see the four up front in a line I think of Don, Glenn, Timothy etcjust like I did tonight when the did the foursome of guitar heroics at the end and every single time they sang harmonies.
The "we" choice was interesting only because when was the last time you heard anyone mention England Dan & John Ford Coley? The original version of "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" is a pretty boring song and so was this. And how could this possibly be a "we". There's no way that multiple people said "oh yeah dude, England Dan is the bomb." There had to be one producer that had a hankerin' to hear this for some reason.
Then they played the song that got them on the show in the first place, "Good To Be Back." Well, I mean got them on the show if you don't believe the Randy Jackson through the back door story. Either way, this is the first single should they get to put one out. And it might even be a minor country hit too.
Number of US pop stations to play their first single: 3
World Tour in 2009? You betcha. Opening up for Big & Rich's
Number of interviews where they talk about getting the shaft from major labels years ago: 2
Number of interviews after this show is over. 2
Chances of American Band 2 if they win it: Very slim.
Can you believe it too? Light of Doom is gone! About 5 weeks too late, but better than nothing. Personally, I'd be shocked if we heard from them within 5 years and if we do, it will be kind of a joke.
Final prediction of the night:
Chances of me buying the winning band's CD? Aw, hell no. I have Rockstar Supernova. That's taking up enough space as it is.
Gimme your thoughts and tell me who you think is going to win it!
Until next week, friends.
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Were almost there friends! Next week is the finale and we now have three bands to choose from. I believe Dominic Bowden said that there were 3,000,000 votes last week. At least I think thats what he said. I had to go get some Q-tips and clean out my ears after that, as I swore he said that a show that averages less than 3 million viewers each week got more votes than people watching. I suppose its possible, but if hes telling the truth I will um
I will buy the Dot Dot Dot CD when it comes out. This week we have to do some serious predicting as well. The website I visit to follow the off-season baseball moves, always gives predictions on where a player will sign, how much money they will get and what their chances are to be worth the money. So I thought it might be fun to do something like that this week. Denver and The Mile High OrchestraSeptember by Earth, Wind & Fire should have been perfect for them to showcase their exciting side and ...