Taylor Hicks dropped by the FOX affiliate in Las Vegas to discuss his upcoming residence in Las Vegas, American Idol, his stint on The Choice and more.

After the interview, he performed an Idol favorite, “Taking it To The Streets.” That’s an oldie but a goodie!  The tune is just a little taste of what to expect when the Season 5 Idol winner begins his gig at Bally’s on Tuesday June 26.

Taylor Hicks on FOX 5 Vegas’ MORE Access from Lexicon Public Relations on Vimeo.

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

    Taylor is just so calm, cool, and collective.  The reporter touched his arm…I think she liked him.  The audio isn’t all that good, but Taylor can sing!  I hope he does well at Bally’s!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GJ7GOGSVLTJY6SJDVVZYAEUL4Y Jean White

     The audio was really messed up, but still can’t deny Taylor and his band (most of them have been with him for years!) can BRING it! Great interview, and I loved the beginning clip of “You Are So Beautiful”; it was just one of my favorites from him on the Idol stage.  I would love to go to one of the shows at Bally’s.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3NQHPT3NA6VGKK22RCMTGOCII Tiffany

    I didnt like that performance cuz he didnt do those Idol moves when he sang that lol.  He makes me laugh. :)

  • Anonymous

    That band is tight as a drum…

    Taylor Hicks, vocals, harmonica, guitar
    Jamie McLean, vocals, guitar
    Brian Griffin, drums
    Brian Gallagher, sax
    Brian Less, keyboards, vocals
    Mark Vanderpoel, bass

    And I lurve that sequined shirt… just enough bling for Vegas without going over the top!  I can’t wait to get there and hear their whole set.  Elliott Yamin tweeted last night he flew into Vegas…. he could be a special guest opening night on Tuesday. Watch for it! Would love to hear a reprise of Bobby Womack’s, Woman’s Gotta Have It, the tune they dueted on on Taylor’s last album The Distance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj66MMbkAZY

  • http://twitter.com/bella313 Laurie

    He moved the best he could in such a small space. Man needs some room!!!! Love seeing and hearing Brian G. play again. And Jamie’s band is terrific. 

  • http://twitter.com/TweeterNese Denise

    Taylor is not to be missed in concert. He is a real Muscian’s musician. He can move seamlessly from Blues, Soul, Jamband, Country, Jazz. He can do it all.
    Glad to hear he’ll be including some Idol favorites in his show, But his new music is great too.

  • http://twitter.com/seor seor

    Gah!  He is so cute!

  • Anonymous

    Taylor makes things happen, all on his own. Congratulations for making it happen in Vegas!
    I’m glad he did TI2TS. Give the viewing audience something they are familiar with and get them in the seats. Then, watch out! He’ll kill it with his own material.

  • fairlyoften

    I think Taylor and his band are going to be great in Vegas. He is a real diverse performer, does so many things well, and that voice has always amazed me.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t this the same song he sang when he won Idol? Some friendly advice, sing something different. He’s not going to get any new fans singing the same old tired song, over and over again.

  • Anonymous

    As he’s stated before, his set list will include songs from Idol, cover songs and originals from his all of his 5 albums, brand new songs from an upcoming CD, and classic Vegas songs.  A large variety will bring in lots of Idol fans, casual fans and people in the casino. TI2TS is actually a song that charted for Taylor, so it’s a no brainer he’d sing this as well – it’s a familiar song to get people to turn their heads who might not have if he sang a new tune. This band will blow the roof off of the place.  They remodeled the Indigo – expanded the stage, installed retractable soundproof curtains and new lighting.  Should be fab!

  • Anonymous

    If he had sung something new, some people would have actually taken notice. But, this song reminds me it’s more of the same from him and he hasn’t grown musically from 7 years ago or whenever he won. 

  • Anonymous

    His voice sounds constricted here.  I hope somebody can sneak a few videos.  He should be much better at full tilt.

  • Anonymous

    Totally disagree with you. This was a performance on the local Vegas Fox affiliate TV station …. it wasn’t a time to debut a new song.  The only purpose for this appearance was to get people aware of his show at Ballys and into the showroom with a familiar song that was associated with him from Idol. He has plenty of time to debut new songs and play off of his extensive set list during his 2 hour, 5 days a week, 8 week show. You would benefit from seeing the show since you don’t seem to aware of what he does in concert.

  • Anonymous

    I would never get on a plane to see Taylor Hicks. I might if he played in my hometown, but that seems unlikely.

  • Anonymous

    The main objective of this appearance was to get the Las Vegas locals out to the show. Once they are in, they will see who he really is musically.

  • http://twitter.com/TweeterNese Denise

    Funny, you complain that he is singing an Idol song because for years he has not sung any of the songs from Idol and some fans have complained about that. So I guess he can’t please everyone no matter what he does. But believe me if you hear him in concert he has grown as a performer and has received praise from people like Ivan Neville, Keb Mo and many Nasville musician’s and song writers he has worked with since Idol.

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

    It would seem that anyone who would get on a plane and head to Las Vegas would also enjoy the sights and sounds of this fun city.  Seeing Taylor Hicks perform would be a bonus.  I’d love to go!  Taylor sounds great on YouTube if there are any complaints about this video.

  • hicksaholic

    It was definitely enough to make me want to hop on a plane to Vegas. My advice… life is short, see Taylor Hicks live.
     

  • Anonymous

    Perfection — love how Taylor have evolved both his interview and TV performance skills.

    This residency sounds like the beginning of something good.

  • Anonymous

    To Curly:  So many Brians!  I remember Less, but is the sax guy the same as in’06?  The sax guy I remember always had a hat on.  And, I remember one of the band’s nickname has like buzzy, or snippy, or something like that!  LOL 

    Nice to see him doin’ his thang, regardless!

  • Anonymous

    The sax guy with the hat in ’06 is Jeff Lopez – his usual sax player, but apparently he couldn’t commit for the 8 weeks in Vegas, so he hired Brian Gallegher, his excellent sax player from his post-Idol ’07 tour.  I think I like him even better than Lopez, although both are excellent.  And his original drummer from the pre-Idol days, Zippy, hasn’t been playing with him for years. Taylor’s had a few drummers since then, but the current one is from Jamie’s band.

  • Anonymous

    Zippy!  Yes, that’s it.  I thought Lopez was amazing…I was one of those who descended on Bham in August of 06.  8-7-6, to be exact.  Good times.

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

    Wonder if there will be dancers on stage with Taylor?