Round of 12
Last time, sixty bands met
in the desert, and in the end, 12 were invited back to compete for your
votes. Tonight, we go live with the 12 bands.
To remind you, the bands
Light of Doom
The Clark Brothers
Dot Dot Dot
Denver and the Mile High Orchestra
Cliff Wagner and the Old #7
The Likes of You
John reminds the bands to
play together and convey a message. Sheila thinks that we have 12 of the
most diverse bands in America today. Dicko reminds us of how the show
works. Tonight, the bands will play two songs, one cover and one
original song. They'll be tested on writing and interpretation as well
as their sound. Tonight... they take on Bob Dylan, a man who changed the
face of music history. His pioneering songs stand the test of times. The
bands have nothing but the highest of regard for the man, and they hope
not to screw it up.
First band tonight is the
biggest... Two saxes, two trombones, three trumpets, four in the rhythm
section. It's Denver & the Mile High Orchestra with "Freight Train
Blues" and their original, "One-Time Show."
John thought they had fun
with the presentation and the arrangement. They're going to have to bend
and twist the rules, though. Sheila thinks they did an amazing job as
well. She wants to see Denver interact with the band, though. Dicko
thought it was the cheeriest blues song he ever heard. He thinks Denver
should "take his clown suit on a one-way trip to the charity shop." He
thinks presentation needs to be modernized.
Next up is Sean, Gary,
Jesse, and Austin... together known as The Hatch. They live together in
Brooklyn. Their first number is "It's All Over Night, Baby Blue". Their
original: "Stretch Out the Time".
John thought the band beat
on the Dylan song really hard. They play really great, but the original
needed a hook. Sheila says that they need to have the same attitude with
the cover that they did with the original. Dicko's wife loves the Hatch.
HE, on the other hand, thinks that there is no dividing line between
jamming together and really performing. "If you're going to be a pop
group, show us the pop songs."
Next up, the pint-sized
guitar heroes of Light of Doom. Erik, Mitchell, Dillon, Daniel, and
Lucas make up the band of 13 year-olds. One word.. Hanson. They're going
with "All Along the Watchtower" for their Dylan cover, and for the
original, a little ditty dedicated to Grizz and all the other victims of
the fires in San Diego. It's called "Eye of the Storm."
John loves the band. There's
room to grow all around. "Wow. What can I say." Sheila thinks they did a
fantastic job, BUT they need to continue to practice, because they have
to finish the notes on the right note. "It's gotta be in tune." Dicko
finds 13-year-old playing death metal "a little spooky", but agrees with
Sheila. Rock'n'roll is about selling sex, but not at 13. "Put your
Next is Geoff Byrd, Joe,
Jason, and Jesse of The Likes of You. They opened for Hall & Oates.
They're sick of opening, though. They want to be the headliners. They
start with "Blowin' in the Wind". They finish with "Love and Gravity."
John likes this band a lot.
They took the Dylan song and owned it. They've been together for five
months, and they're already putting together songs that could be hits.
Sheila thinks that they're great songwriters, but if you're going to hit
the false, hit it till it hurts. Dicko needs to be convinced that they
are a band instead of Geoff sneaking his way into a solo career. Geoff
agrees with him, but he's thinking more about the band now than his own
Next is the only all-girl
group of the show, Lauren Rocket and her band Rocket. The others: Roxie,
Kelly, Lauren, and Kristin. They have to prove that they're just as good
as any of the guys. First, they go "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Then
they'll finish it out by being "Mean to You".
John likes the urgency of
the band and that they take each other seriously as a band, but they're
a far cry from Chrissie Hynde and Siouxsie Sioux. Sheila thinks that
cover was great, and the original was as great as even that. Dicko's
proud of the band for tightening up. But the voice needs a little more
"grunt". Lauren sounds like "his teenage daughter having one of her
Next comes some Southern
comfort in the form of Cliff Wagner and his band, Cliff Wagner & the Old
#7. The band: Devitt Feeley, Lucas Cheadle, and Craig Ferguson. They're
playing bluegrass Dylan with "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" and
bluegrass original with "Old Fire", a song about tender love and diesel
John really wants to hang
out with these guys. They were really well on. Sheila says that they
owned the song. Dicko didn't enjoy it as much as John or Sheila did.
We've entered the second
half of competition. Next up, a three-piece from Rock City. Danny
Methric, Matt Rost, and Tony Denardo, collectively known as The Muggs.
This is the band that stayed together through Tony's stroke. Tonight,
they'll try to stick together with "Meet Me in the Morning" and "Slow
Curve" for some greasy Detroit rock.
John calls Danny his guitar
hero. He can feel the bond between the three of them. These are one of
Sheila's favorites. Dicko likes them as well, but they have to improve
as singers. The best thing about this is is that this isn't Idol. Danny
needs to get over his singing jibe and just blow.
Ashley, Adam, and Austin
Clark are next with their farm act, the Clark Brothers. Remember, their
father was a traveling preacher and father of seven. We're starting with
"Maggie's Farm" and ending with "Billy the Kid."
John loves the guts and the
dirt put on the Dylan song. He also loves the hook of the original, even
though he popped a string and kept going. "And all the girls want it."
Sheila praises their versatility. Dicko says that they were the
standouts. Wasn't so keen on the Dylan song, messing up the melody.
Next up, we're dealing with
Mikey Bostinto, Mike Crowe, Cody Wilson & Ryan Metcalf, Très Bien!.
They're what you would call a good-time band. They play together, and
they'll play together right now with Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick
Blues." They'll also play "Easy to Love Me."
John thought the cover was
pretty good. He wishes that 60s Brit pop could be modernized. It
couldn't, though. Sheila needs to remind them to hit the solos or quit
the solos. Dicko likes the retro vibe, but reminds them not to fall into
the kitsch of the 60s retro band.
Next up, four brothers from
Philadelphia, Franklin Bridge. Curt Chambers, Dwayne Moore, Ray Ray, and
Darrell Robinson. They all played in church bands, but now they're going
to rock the vote. Hopefully. They start with Dylan's "Tangled Up in
Blue". They finish with another fire dedication with "Incredible," the
song they sang at their audition.
Sheila gives them a standing
O. John calls them an event. "Everyone's chasing you guys." Sheila has
nothing bad to say about this one. She's calling it right now. They're
going to win. Dicko is proud to hear them, BUT... why have they not been
signed? A clue came in the Dylan song. "That song was overarranged to an
inch of its life." They need to keep it simple.
Two more bands to see. The
first is Dot Dot Dot, Adam, Rose, Lisa, Michael, and Stephan. Five
really crazy people who just like to party on stage. They're just there
to entertain. They entertain with "Like a Rolling Stone" and (C-Note: I
love this title...) "Another Stupid Love Song."
John starts out with a great
front man, but they mangled the Dylan song bad. They're original. The
lyrics need work on the original, though. He thought that the title
"Another Stupid Love Song" was apt. Sheila didn't like the Dylan song
either. "Everything was just loud. There were just no dynamic." Dicko
still states that they need to tone it down, coming off as "an exec's
idea of a rock band."
One more band to go, and
it's Sixwire. Andy, Steve, Robb, John, and Chuck got together seven
years ago. They made their first album themselves, but didn't really get
it out there. This is another shot at redemption. Hopefully they don't
blow it. They start their set with "Mr. Tambourine Man", and then close
out the show with "Good to Be Back", yet another audition recycle.
John can tell that they've
been together a long time and it shows. They showed a lot of respect for
the Dylan song, and the original is a crossover hit. Sheila may have to
change her prediction. She's entitled. This band is consummate
professional. Less is more, she says. Dicko? "You guys are a fabulous
addition to this competition. You have to get people to vote for you."
So to recap...
Headliners: Clark Bros.,
Franklin Bridge, Sixwire
Opening Acts: Denver & The Mile-High Orchestra, The Hatch, The Likes of
You, Rocket, Cliff Wagner & The Old #7, The Muggs
Tending Bar: Light of Doom, Très Bien!, Dot Dot Dot
But that's just what we
think. It's all about you. Remember, two of these bands will NOT play
next week. What did your votes do? We'll find out next time.