American Idol Headlines for 12/12/12 - The Evening Edition

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I’m going to be perfectly honest. I’d rather be watching the 121212 Concert for Sandy relief tonight, rather than what will likely be awful performances on The X Factor. Paul McCartney is performing with the remaining members of Nirvana for starters. Sigh. If you want to check it out, The event begins at 7:30 et. WATCH HERE.

Kelly Clarkson’s Latest Diva News Has Us Hyperventilating – Grab your inhalers Kelly Clarkson fans, because we have it on good authority that she will be throwing down a live version of her latest single “Catch My Breath” on VH1 Divas Sunday. Anyone who saw her perform the midtempo dance track on the American Music Awards, caught her brilliant VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul sets last year (ahem, she killed it wearing a cast on her foot) or watched her Unplugged gets why this is a BFD. – Read more at VH1.com

Adam Lambert Calls Natasha Bedingfield, Bootsy Collins, Iggy Azalea, VH1 DIVAS Collab “F-ing Genius”. – It wouldn’t be VH1 Divas week without a daily dose of this year’s host Adam Lambert. And guess what our fearless dance party maestro had to say when we told him Natasha Bedingfield, Iggy Azalea and Bootsy Collins are performing Deee-Lite‘s “Groove Is In The Heart” this Sunday? The only appropriate response: “That’s f***ing genius! I love that song!” – Read more at VH1

Nicki Minaj’s “American Idol” Arrival – Gearing up for another workday, Nicki Minaj showed up on the set of “American Idol” in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon (December 11). The “Super Bass” rapper looked curvaceous as she squeezed into a form-fitting yellow dress as she exited her trailer, only to be captured on film by a sneaky shutterbug. See the Photos at Celebrity Gossip

‘X Factor’s’ CeCe Frey on Being Inspired by Adam Lambert, Getting Advice from Ke$ha: ‘I’m Ready To Raise Hell’ (Q&A) – “In every competition show, I don’t care what kind of contestant you were or how much people liked you or disliked you — everybody gets the courtesy of a look back on their journey,” Frey told The Hollywood Reporter four days after her elimination. “Not just for them, but for the people out there supporting them,” she said. “You have to wonder, what was so different about me, or my elimination or my time on the X Factor?” She has a point. It hardly seemed like a fitting ending for a girl that essentially started out being packaged as one of those reality-show cookie-cutter villains with a big ego and a bad attitude. However, as the competition went on, audiences saw a whole other side of CeCe Frey — one that we at THR found, well, cool. – Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

Top 4 Tate Stevens Interview: Dethroning Carly Rose Sonenclar

Go Inside The Nobel Peace Prize Concert

ETonline scored a sneak peek inside the venue and is pleased to bring you highlights from the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Concert, including numbers from Kylie Minogue, Ne-Yo, Seal and Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston! Watch!

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  • http://anibundel.wordpress.com/ anibundel

    No just Macca singing Nirvana (Does anyone else picture him doing a beatlesified “Rape Me”? Just me? Ok.) but also Eddie Vedder with Rodger Waters doing Pink Floyd tunes. 
    This is why DVRs were invented.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Just Jared:
    Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj: ‘American Idol’ Filming!
    http://www.justjared.com/2012/12/12/mariah-carey-nicki-minaj-american-idol-filming/

  • girlygirltoo

    Roger Waters just performed “The Wall” with a bunch of young hip hop dancers on stage with him. This #121212 concert is off to a great start

  • durbesque

    Couldn’t keep my eyes open during Waters? or Vedder?  I’m forced to go watch XF…where real talent will keep me awake.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     I’m waiting for The Stones, Sir Paul, The WHO, Eric Clapton – heck, I’m ready to see and hear them all, lolol… my heart belongs to the legends… it’s all for a good cause, and I’m ready to jam!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     LOL… MMM, Ok :)

  • justmefornow

    Yes, Pearl Jam and Pink Floyd can’t possibly compare to DoucheBag 3, LMFAO!
    (Best post of the night!)

  • girlygirltoo

    lolllll seriously? The XF contestants are B-O-R-I-N-G. And Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder have more talent in their little finger than Emblem3 do put together

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Shallow alert….

    Jon Bon Jovi is looking MIGHTY GOOOD in dem jeans, whooo wee!

    Wanted Dead or Alive!! That song still rocks

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    He’s sounding good, but he’s struggling a little bit; He used to have more range, I think??

    Age is a b..tch.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Tell me ’bout it, lol… I’m still glad to be here – glad they are too… I’m forever 17 when I hear these groups :)

  • justmefornow

    He can still sing circles around some. Ritchie S. sounds good though.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    I’ve seen the Stones 2x – they were a bucket list group for me, and if I could I’d see them again… they’re ‘old’ by today’s standards, but hot damn when they take the stage they still burn the joint downnnn… this is gonna be a good show!

    *passes the case of Heineken around the room*

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    The audience singing Living On a Prayer… chills…

  • justmefornow

    Jon is smart, make the crowd sing the highest part of Livin’ on a Prayer.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Yep, he’s more a “lead performer” now, like Klaus Meine and some other rock dinosaurs. Not that’s wrong. I’d rather see these guys asking the public to sing for them than any of the XF contestants actually singing in a concert.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I’m gonna go back and make fun of Emblem3 right now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Eric Clapton!!

    *heart pounding*

  • Karen C

    I agree with Simon, the arraingement was too overcomplicated for that song.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    He’s getting ready to put a hurting on that guitar – *whistles*

  • justmefornow

    I love how even though the voice may slip a little with age, these guys can still KILL IT on guitar! Clapton still has it.

  • maymay

    Facebook 2012 Year in Review for US Trends:

    Songs:
    We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) – Fun
    Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
    Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
    What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
    Payphone – Maroon 5
    Mercy – Kanye West
    Some Nights – Fun
    Home – Phillip Phillips
    Boyfriend – Justin Bieber
    Take Care (feat. Rihanna) – Drake

    Public Figures:
    Barack Obama
    Mitt Romney
    One Direction
    Tim Tebow
    Eli Manning and Peyton Manning (tie)
    Madonna
    Honey Boo Boo
    Jeremy Lin
    Paul Ryan
    Phillip Phillips

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     This is freaking awesome – the star power in the lineup so far is on top of their game… I’d gladly pay money to see a show of this caliber… Clapton is turning my mind to mush… haven’t heard him live in a while…

    *taps foot and bobs head in time to the beat*

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    STONES up next – wooo hooo! Time for a quick restroom break before I bust out them Moves Like Jagger! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    wooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    they are tight!

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Rolling Stones’ Readers’ poll: The Best Album of 2012

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictur….assing-08 14349

  • justmefornow

    ‘Jumpin” Jack Flash’
    This is one hell of a line up so far. I can’t remember the last time such legendary groups were altogether for one event.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     The Stones are on it babyyyyyyyy – I must have a DVD of this show… it’s been awesome so far… Stones are really bringing it!

  • maymay

    PP joins Matchbox20 tour:
    1/29 Catoosa, OK- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino1/30 San Antonio, TX- Majestic Theater2/01 Thackerville, OK- Winstar Casino2/02 Longview, TX- Belcher Performing Arts Center2/05 Louisville, KY- Louisville Palace2/06 Normal, IL- Braden Auditorium2/08 Prior Lake, MN- Mystic Lake Casino2/09 Milwaukee, WI- Riverside Theatre2/10 Des Moines, IA- Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, IA2/12 Fort Wayne, IN- Embassy Theater2/13 Kalamazoo, MI- Miller Auditorium2/15 Toledo, OH- Stranahan Theatre2/16 Columbus, OH- Palace Theater2/17 Akron, OH- Akron Civic Theater2/19 Niagara Falls, ON- Fallsview Casino2/20 Niagara Falls, ON- Fallsview Casino2/21 Windsor, ON- The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor2/23 Atlantic City, NJ- Borgata2/25 Baltimore, MD- Modell Performing Arts Center At The Lyric2/26 Port Chester, NY- The Capitol Theatre2/27 Bethlehem, PA- The Sands Bethlehem Event Center

  • mouse999

    What a concert!!! Anybody who is somebody minus Biebs.
    XF rates will suck. And Barbara Walters special. Sorry, Babs, but Honey Boo Boo as most fascinated person?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Alicia Keys… sublime… I just pre-ordered this concert CD on Itunes… what I’ve heard so far I gotta have… it’s number 1… and IMO deserved…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Mick Jagger sounded really good. Ironically, I thought Alicia was pretty bad and boring.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     She’s usually kinda hit or miss for me… depends on the mood I’m in… my mood is pretty good tonight, so I’m not gonna harsh on her too much, lol

  • tripp_ncwy

    The Hollywood Reporter:

    ‘American Idol’: Nicki Minaj Addresses ‘White Guy With Guitar’ Curse

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/nicki-minaj-american-idol-wgwg-401893

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Pete and Roger and the Whoooooooooooooo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Is that The Edge on guitar w/te WHO? If so – effin’ sweeeeeeet!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Keith Moon  – this ‘tribute’… chills 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    SHUT IT DOWN – PINBALL WIZARD!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     lawdhammercy…. I get excitement at your feet….. majestic, soaring fucking rock at its best – !!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    concert of the year – my vote!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     *DEAD*

    lOVE rEIGN o’ER mE… Live… sung by Roger Daltrey… who still looks FINE AS HELL…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    I’m calling this our 1st Live Aid in the new millenium… blown away, never expected it to be this good… signing off because I need to focus 100% on the rest of this great music!

  • fantoo1

    I guess we can count on Nicki throwing the WGWG under the bus! :)

  • fantoo1

    Safe to say both Phillip and One Direction had a great year.

  • angiedb

    I hope Phil fans and mj have seen this. Really, really funny! http://www.eonline.com/news/371011/just-in-time-for-christmas-wilson-phillip-phillips

  • MissMyEm

    I’ve been watching (and still watching) 121212Concert all night.  Just tuned it off when Kanye was on.  Sorry he’s not my cuppa.  The show was awesome.  Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi on stage singing together twice.   Best music ever.  Now looking forward to Sir Paul.  It’s not finished in the West yet.

    The Who, The Stones, Billy Joel, Bruce and Jon…no words.  Just awesome.

  • roarpen

     LMAO – thanks for posting this. How funny?  http://www.eonline.com/news/37

  • Anny_nanny

    “Paul McCartney is performing with the remaining members of Nirvana for starters.”
    Wow! I missed, I will look on YT.

  • Anny_nanny

    I already scared.

  • Anny_nanny

    Funny. Especially when we look at the BOSS’s performance in another window.
    And here comes Nicki – wigs, synchronization. *vomiting*

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Holy Jesus – just witnessed the coolest thing EVER – pAUL mCcARTNEY AND THE SURVIVING nIRVANA MEMEBERS… and they freaking rocked… Paul McCartney was unbelievably awesome… if you missed it, please go to you tube or scour the internet for this… this one will be talked about 50 years in the future… mark my words, it was that effing awesome.  my brains are really sizzling right now from the awesomeness… no sleep 2nite, the net and tumbler and twitter is ablaze talking about mccartney and nirvana…

    #realmusicstillexists

    #paulmccartneypaulmccartneypaulmccartney

  • Anny_nanny

    Paul McCartney & Nirvana 12.12.12. Sandy Relief Concert H

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma8nDZaFp4k

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    What a terrific concert!  I wish they’d repeat it.  The only time I switched stations was when Kanye came on.  Rap music is just not for my ears.  Good to see Nirvana with Paul McCartney.  Although Paul seemed a little congested, he did a great job.

    I believe the Rolling Stones were scheduled to do one more song.  Wonder why they didn’t?

  • Nadine_Bitch
  • Incipit

     Can I unroll the banner “WGWG FOREVER!!!” here?

    Why yes. Yes, you can, Anny_nanny. IMO.

    And add hillstreetblooz’s hashtag - #realmusicstillexists  (just not on the radio)

    Those Wonderful Guys With Guitars gave us some Music, last night – I hope they raised a boatload of money for the people who were affected by Hurricane Sandy – and if they make a DVD available of that remarkable concert, I’ll buy that too. 

  • sdmama

    What? No dates in California? For that matter, it looks like they are not coming to west coast at all. Did we do something to make them upset?

  • sdmama

    I am pretty excited to see Phillip listed here, not just “Home” as a song. I don’t know what it was last year, but it is great that American Idol champion listed here, and NOT THE JUDGES. (wink)

  • Anny_nanny

    PP joins only on the part of the tour. All the tour dates need to look at MB20′s website.

  • Anny_nanny

    HAC 2012/12/13
    Pos Pos+ Artist Title Spins Spins+ Bullet Bullet+
    1 +1 PHILLIP PHILLIPS Home 4365 +9 -7 +30

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P46N6P5XPK22JVXDJJEENXGLVE marie

    Thanks for the interview. What a dream of a guy.

  • marmom07

    Interesting in that Yahoo interview Adam talks about how well his singles did in some countries over seas and that he want to get back in the studio and that new music might go in a different? direction. I need to listen again because I don’t remember exactly what he said. He mentions touring overseas but didn’t really address specifically touring in the US. Maybe he just assumes we know that? He is definitely not saying no to future Queen collaboration or tour here in US but if something is in the works he’s not talking about it. 

  • Axxxel

    maybe a different approach in choosing which singles to be released… I think he played too safe on this one…

    If I were his management, I would release Cuckoo, Naked Love and Trespassing and I will not put “Running” as a bonus track but as a regular track on the album.

  • Axxxel

    So funny when he mentioned in the interview that he adjusted the lighting for the interview.

    I still remember how people were complaining in his Season of American Idol, how the lightings in his performances are much better compared to the other lightings of the  contestants’s performances. Then it turned out that it was Adam himself who asked for a change in the lightings…

  • mjsbigblog

    3,576,335 reminder:

    ALL NUMBERS IN THE NUMBERS THREAD PLEASE.

  • Chicagolaw

    Lyndsey does the best interviews! So excited for the Divas show. And excited for new material—I think he going to head back in a “Max Martin” direction this time.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    Kind of sorry this discussion started in what is essentially a dying thread.

    I don’t think it was Adam who played it too safe with the singles – I think it was RCA.  I don’t believe for one minute that if Adam had had his way, the first two singles from the album would have been two of the three (on the standard release) that he did not co-write and which were not particularly representative of the rest of the album.  He doesn’t even perform BTIKM in concert, even in SA where it apparently did well.  That doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement of RCA’s selection of lead single to me. ;-)  The choice of what songs to release is the label’s – not the artist’s, or the artist’s management.  They may have input, but they don’t make the final decision.

    As for touring, I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that he he’ll go back into the studio and do one-offs instead of an actual U.S. tour.  And as much as I’d love to see him perform live, I’d rather he do that than wait too long to start serious work on new music.  And if DMG manages to bring those discussions Adam has apparently been having with various TV production teams and networks to fruition while he’s doing it, so much the better.  The wider Adam casts his net, the better off he’ll be.

  • sdmama

    Oh, now I understand.  Thank you!

  • bridgette12

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he don’t do a tour at all in the US. I’m thinking he’s going to stay overseas doing concerts with his band and maybe some with Queen until he’s ready to do another album next fall. 

  • bridgette12

    I think your right, he might go more in the “Max Martin” direction. He needs songs that not only allow his voice to shine, but also songs that have a message without being to preachy. 

  • Chicagolaw

    I don’t think he is going to wait until next fall for the third album. I got the impression that new material for album three was next in line after the international shows.

  • mmb

    I thought his reference to “different approach” might be more in the vein of not doing as much co-writing, and instead just getting quickly into the studio to record already written songs by proven hit-makers. 

  • bscfan

    If Adam is not touring this summer, why would he give up the lease on his house?
       Also, Sharon, what are the “discussions Adam has apparently been having with various TV production teams and networks”?? Was that something mentioned in the interview (I admit I haven’t listened to it yet).
       This sounds like a really informative interview!

  • mmb

    yeah that is the impression I got — international tour, then in studio.  I’m sure that he will do US concerts in the late spring and over the summer.  But it may be more of a series of one-offs than a 3 month 50 stop tour. Although who knows.   Really curious about the meetings with networks and producers about other projects.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    Also, Sharon, what are the “discussions Adam has apparently been having
    with various TV production teams and networks”?? Was that something
    mentioned in the interview (I admit I haven’t listened to it yet).

    Yes, it’s in the Lyndsey Parker interview.  He doesn’t go into much detail, not surprisingly, but it’s interesting to hear discussions like that have taken place.  He also refers to having had multiple meetings with Idol about the judging position.

    It’s a very informative interview – highly recommended.  Lyndsey’s interviews with Adam are always stellar, IMO. 

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I was amazed at how many WGWG they had doing the Hurricane Sandy concert! Don’t they know how bored and tired we are of them, especially since they’re all the same! ;-)

  • bridgette12

    Let’s get real, there is no comparison between the WGWG on the Hurricane Sandy concert and the WGWG that Idol has produced.  

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Everybody has to start somewhere. Not all of these guys, from last night’s show, were immediate stars right out the gate. Just as with all other types of singers/performers, building a career takes work, time (and a bit of luck) and there will be ups and downs along the way.

  • mjsbigblog

    The fact that crickety white guys with guitars made up much of last night’s benefit entertainment probably had more to do with who put the show together than anything else.

    I’m not that girl who complains about how much today’s music sucks, and back in my day blah blah blah. One of the best performers last night was Kanye West in his leather kilt. Heh. 

    To be honest, my bathroom break came during Billy Joel’s set. 

  • standtotheright

    “Once all these baby boomer rock stars die, how will we ever have another benefit show?”

    The Boomers themselves will die and benefit shows targeted to them and their particular tastes will be supplanted by shows featuring the musicians that GenX and the Millennials will pay to see play MSG for disaster relief. Organizers admitted that they deliberately targeted boomers because that’s where the money is…now.

    Will benefits be able to raise the same amount of money if average standards of living stagnate and increasingly fractured listening habits mean that fewer acts are capable of drawing arena-level eyeballs on their own? Probably not. Will they be able to raise enough money to do some major good? I’d say that’s a near certainty.

    In the meantime, I don’t think that “we care about the needs of a demographically diverse population in NYC and NJ metros” is the message people were getting from the massive amounts of rockist bittercakery I saw last night when, for 20 whole minutes at a time, the show focused music from artists outside heritage rock bands. And I was excited for many of those heritage rock bands, for the record.

  • mmb

    who knows what the future will hold for ANY idol contestant — WGWG or no.  I never in a million years would have thought back in the 80s that Bon Jovi would have the career they have had.  They were initially thought of as just another disposable hair band.  Madonna was widely expected to be a flash in the pan when she first broke through.

    I expect that those diva, r&b, pop, dance folks currently in their teens thru early thirties who prove to have staying power will be the ones performing in these benefit shows once the baby boomer rock stars die off…just like the boomers parents’ generations favorite acts were the ones to do theses sort of things 30-40 years ago.  I actually thought it was a bit startling that there was only one woman performer and one or two under the age of 45.  I thought that was more of an oversight by the concert organizers than proof that only legacy acts make good music.

  • Incipit

    Not all of these guys, from last night’s show, were immediate stars right out the gate.

    Absolutely true, Sassycatz – many of us were around for those early days, and hung in there for some rocky times (you should excuse the pun). “Everybody has to start somewhere.” My brief with people who want to dismiss the guys who play guitar today is they also tend to want to demolish the starting gate for them. 

    That Twitter remark has more than a little grain of truth. The benefit show was designed to get donations – the organizers knew who to appeal to, who had the deep pockets, and for once, no one was looking at the prime Ad Market. Heh. And yes, I absolutely get the irony, Sassycatz. It sorta jumps out there. *snerk*

    The Baby Boomer Generation covers a lot of years – and we still buy music. The Advertisers on radio and TV may not like how the Boomers aren’t susceptible to their Bright New Products, don’t have to own The Latest Thing and the music industry as it is nowadays allows the advertisers to drive the market, not the music. But our adherence to the styles of music we grew up with is a positive for the artists. And, as it turns out, for charitable causes we can afford to support.

    The organizers could have put together a benefit show with any genre predominating that they wanted – they chose these Wonderful Guys With Guitars, and these guys more than delivered the entertainment, and buzz all over the Social Apps. It will be interesting to see how the audience did with the donations, which was the point.

    IMO. Of Course.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Let no one think that I’m saying I wanted to see a show, last night, with only WGWGs or was pleased that they only had one woman performer. (After all, there are some women singers who play guitar as well! ;-) I’m just addressing the constant and continual disdain being dished out by some idol fans and the media towards any young white male who happens to pick up a guitar and sings on Idol. To me, it’s no different then constantly dissing all performers of a particular race or gender who sing a genre “you” don’t favor, without addressing them as individuals with their own unique take on their talents and their own roads to hoe in an industry and current popular climate that isn’t favorable to them. And I wouldn’t be so sure that once the baby boomers and the entertainers they’ve loved die off that another generation won’t be interested in people with similar talents. After all, these same youngsters show up at these concerts and seem to be having a blast. And it isn’t because the performer is male, or white, or plays a guitar but it’s because they are talented.

    My brief with people who want to dismiss the guys who play guitar today
    is they also tend to want to demolish the starting gate for them.

    Although I think you meant to say “beef” … very, very well said. By limiting who gets in the door and writing them off before they even begin, you are lowering the overall potential.

  • Incipit

    Although I think you meant to say “beef” … very, very well said. By limiting who gets in the door and writing them off before they even begin, you are lowering the overall potential.

    No, Sassycatz, I meant ‘brief’, as in the written document used in legal adversarial systems that explains why an argument should prevail.

    However, ‘Beef’ would work too!

    And This – in spades – even though the Baby Boomer die-off is gonna take a while – *snerk*

    And I wouldn’t be so sure that once the baby boomers and the entertainers they’ve loved die off that another generation won’t be interested in people with similar talents. After all, these same youngsters show up at these concerts and seem to be having a blast. And it isn’t because the performer is male, or white, or plays a guitar but it’s because they are talented.

    There is plenty of evidence that an affinity for different sorts of rock music is not solely generational – or confined to people from the Baby Boom Years, 1946 to 1964…which is a HUGE span compared to the next named generations.

    Rock and Roll will never die – it’s actually true.

  • standtotheright

    And I wouldn’t be so sure that once the baby boomers and the entertainers they’ve loved die off that another generation won’t be interested in people with similar talents.

    I don’t think anyone is saying that. I do think that if one looks at the festivals that attract large numbers of music fans in their 20s and 30s (Coachella, SXSW, Lollapalooza, etc.) that fans expect and respond to a slate of acts including rock bands but also hip-hop, EDM, R&B, and sometimes straight-up pop. Big tribute/charity shows in the future are probably going to follow that model and, I suspect, will do fine with it.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    The Baby Boomer Generation covers a lot of years – and we still buy music.

    Indeed!  Our children also seem to like the music we grooved to in the 1960′s and 70′s.  Oh, and their children like those “Guitar Hero” type of video games which just happens to include a lot of the Baby Boomers music.  Rock and Roll can bridge generational gaps!  I actually consider Bon Jovi and Nirvana a little more current, than the “old guys.”

    Rock and Roll will never die – it’s actually true.

    All this talk of “us” dying is frightening, but true.

  • marmom07

    Not all young people today are in love with the current music scene. My daughter (18) and her boyfriend (20) and many of their friends have zero interest in today’s current pop music. The boyfriend and others are musicians themselves and they listen to a wide variety of (some new music) but a lot of classical music, from Mozart etc classical to Jazz to rock n roll to country…. the older classic  40′s- 50′s, 60′s, 70′s music is musically more complex and interesting to them as musicians than today’s current manufactured stuff (so they tell me). My hope is sometime in the near future commercial radio will lose it’s stifling, choke hold on musical creativity and we can get back to a time where music genre’s are not so narrowly defined and there are more than a handful of artists that are played on the radio at any one time. The repetitiveness is one reason I don’t listen to radio anymore.

  • Karen C

    Not all of these guys, from last night’s show, were immediate stars right out the gate.

    Right, and I think that this shows the longevity that this type of artist could have,  much more so than for most pop stars. Very few pop stars have careers of more than 10 years, let alone 30 or 40. 

    But isn’t it interesting how few performers there were of the sort AI fans claim to want to see win AI … like diva women, R&B folk, or dancing singers, to name a few?

    I think there is still a big audience, both young and old,  for rock, and country too,  and that the reason for the WGWG doing so well on AI is a sign that many people still prefer this type of music.  Or at least among the audience that watches AI.

    Quite a few people at work have said that their kids listen to classic rock or country instead of most current pop, which they don’t really like.  And I live in the Northeast.  I have also noticed that every rock concert I go to has a mix of all ages, from 40s to teens.

  • http://twitter.com/ksgirl123 Lu

    Well someone must still like these old guys because I heard they raised 80 plus million.  Long live R & R.