Good day all,
I decided to write a quick post to carry everyone over the Memorial Day Holiday. Trust me this will be quick, but before I start please remember during your Bar-B-Ques and parties to remember all of those that gave their lives in service to our country. Also, take a minute and thank all of the current men and women in the United States Armed Forces and their families for all of their sacrifices.
Now on to today’s topic; over the past few days since the American Idol finale I have seen a multitude of websites discussing the winner and the runner-up and having discussions on whether or not one is worthy over another. Personally, I do not watch American Idol, my wife does and she passes on information about the show to me, but I would love to see some more hard rock/heavy metal come out of that show. I know what I am asking is ridiculous because the majority of people who watch the show are the teeny-bopper 11-15 year old girls and their mothers and these are the people who are voting (plus my lovely and intelligent wife). But the point is with the addition of the X-Factor, The Voice, and now Duets the talent/singing show is starting to be a bit over saturated. Seriously, just look at heavy metal and the amount of quality bands that are out there and tell me that a talent show that tries to narrow down, out of thousands, one good singer and it allows the public to vote on the winner. The public has no clue how to judge talent, there is a reason that the same type of singer always wins every year, because that is what the public is programmed to like. Just listen to any top 40 radio station around the country. If the public had any ability to choose an outstanding singer, Justin Bieber would not be selling as many albums as he does.
I remember back a few years ago they had a singing competition called Rockstar: INXS which was a singing competition to find the band INXS a new lead singer due to the death of Micheal Hutchence. This to me was a unique show because it allowed the band a vote in the final member and it was for a purpose. The band was there to help decide who had the right voice for what they where trying to do and that included instruments, a real rock band as back up and a constant live audience. They eventually selected J.D. Fortune as the new lead singer and they went on to put out an album and a tour, but that is beside the point. The point, at least for me is they had a great formula and used it the way it should be used. Once again they used a real rock band for every episode, they had the band looking for the new singer in-house to critique and give advise on how they are hearing the singer and how they need to adapt to fill the role as their lead singer, and by the way they all sang rock songs. So this show premiered back in the summer of 2005 and did OK in the ratings, but the formula was smart and because of that there was a second season and a new search for a lead singer.
The second season was much less popular, which was surprising because of the band/people involved. The new season in the summer of 2006 was to front the new supergroup formed by Jason Newstead, Tommy Lee and Gilby Clarke. As one can imagine this caused the contestants to be more on the heavy metal side of music and once again that was great for the metal scene as a whole, but also because the formula remained the same and you actually were able to see what the performer would sound like fronting a band instead of fronting a pre-recorded sound mix. Again, this season was not as popular and they did not promote it like the first season, but it still was more of a proper talent show/audition than American Idol or any of the other shows will ever be.
Obviously a show like Rockstar: INXS / Supernova could not go on forever, I mean how many bands out there really have time to search for a singer this way. Hey wait, maybe Slash and Duff and Matt could have a show like this to find the new lead singer of Velvet Revolver, I mean it has taken a long time. But I digress, as far as I am concerned Rockstar proves why American Idol and the shows like it are currently allowing for mediocre talent to prevail and have become irrelevant to the music landscape . We need shows that showcase the real talent behind music and that only comes from having talented musicians and singers on the show. We need a new rock/metal version of one of these shows to show the rest how it is done. I know some are going to say that having a TV show to find metal talent just isn’t metal, and you may be right, but as far as I am concerned it would be great entertainment, if done right, or maybe not!
Song of the Day: http://youtu.be/UBYxpsg9fCg
Until Later, Peace and have a great Memorial Day Holiday