Idol Headlines for 10/24/10

Lee DeWyze tweets, “Anyway, I have rehearsal tonight with Chris, John, RJ & Lincoln .Looking forward to it.Need coffee..I’ll let u know how it goes, c ya”

Chris is guitarist Chris Wrate. It looks like we’ve got the first names of the rest of the band. Super sleuths, get on it!

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ETA: Lincoln is probably (not confirmed yet) Lincoln Cleary who played with Lee at the Arlington Race track in September. Here’s Lincoln’s My Space. He is friends with an RJ, whose account is private. via @Imkhemari @ItsMyT1me

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Nigel Lythgoe just arrived in Nashville (assuming it’s for the Nashville Idol callbacks.) He tweets, “I went to the Carousel of Hope Ball last night and stayed out until 3:00. Jumped on a plane at 8:25 this morning and here I am in Nashville.”

Jennifer Lopez and her husband performed at the Carousel of Hope ball last night.

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Anoop Desai is shooting his “All Is Fair” music video today. He’ll be updating twitter with photos like this all day.

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Carrie Underwood won two awards from the French Association of Country Music yesterday. Carrie won Best Female Vocalist of the Year and Best Video of the Year for “Cowboy Casanova”

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Lee DeWyze chooses his band. He tweets, “Going to band practice…. Official, the band has been formed…good times.”

@DweezySignal tweets that guitarist Chris Wrate (@ChrisWrate) is a confirmed member. via ItsMyT1me

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Katharine McPhee saw Kellie Pickler in concert last night in Bossier, Louisiana (she’s in LA shooting a movie). Katharine tweets, “@kelliepickler you rocked tonight! Love that were sitting next to each other right now having a brewsky! Sooooo much fun!”

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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A Sneak Peek of Anoop Desai’s “All is Fair” Video

via Ashley Maria

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photo: @cheesecake

Lee DeWyze met the Cheesecake Factory “Idol-Oke” winner Young Dee Tha Singer, at the Grove mall restaurant in Los Angeles yesterday.

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Kris Allen roots for Cliff Lee in the baseball world series. Check out the videoclip at MLB.com

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Adam Lambert: Tank Top Tour

Adam Lambert gets lei’d at Honolulu airport and then hits the streets of Waikiki, Hawaii in a tank top on Sunday (October 24).

The 28-year-old American Idol vet went shopping with friends before grabbing dinner together.

See the photos at Just Jared

via JustForAdam1

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‘Rock of Ages’ mirrors star’s life

“Bon Jovi was a big deal to me. Guns N’ Roses was a big deal to me. I remember I would race home from school to watch MTV – we didn’t have the luxury of TiVo.”

It was “American Idol” that brought Maroulis to the attention of the “Rock of Ages” producers.

“When I was eliminated, they pitched me the show and played a mix tape. It was really primitive at the time, being workshopped in L.A. but getting buzz.

“I told them, ‘Call me when you get to New York.’ ”

Read more at Cincinnati.com

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Ruben Studdard sings “I Swear” live in Manila with David Foster & Friends

Ruben Studdard is currently on an Asian tour with David Foster & Friends (Peter Cetera, Charice, Natalie Cole and more). Watch Ruben sing “I Swear” in Manila Friday night.

via IamthePurpleWalrus

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Simon Cowell got engaged too fast, says his mum

Simon Cowell’s fiancee quit Britain after becoming bored with The X Factor judge’s long hours at work, his mother has revealed.

Julie Cowell, 85, has said her son may have got engaged to glamorous Mezhgan Hussainy too quickly – and said her move to Los Angeles may give Simon the space he needs.

Ms Hussainy, who worked as a make-up artist on American Idol, is now with her parents in California, although a source close to Cowell insisted she was expected to return.

Read more at the Daily Mail

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Jennifer Lopez: Carousel of Hope with Marc Anthony!

Jennifer Lopez is white hot at the 32nd Anniversary Carousel Of Hope Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday (October 23) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 41-year-old singer and Marc Anthony performed together at the event.

Paris Hilton tweeted at the gala, “Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony just performed at the event. J Lo looked amazing as usual, she is absolutely stunning! I am obsessed with the dress she’s wearing. Love her!”

See the photos at Just Jared

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‘Devil child’ Katie Waissel made me attempt suicide, says ex boyfriend who introduced her to Simon Cowell’s right-hand man

Gareth also revealed that he had introduced her to Tim Byrne, Simon Cowell’s right-hand man at his SyCo record label and TV production company.

He also arranged her to meet Ashley Tabor, who co-manages acts with Louis Walsh.

Gareth said: ‘Katie’s had links to both Simon and Louis for a number of years.’

Read more at the Daily Mail

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Cowell responds to Elton’s jibes

Now, Cowell has furiously responded to the comments and challenged the singer to try and nurture new stars for himself.

Cowell tells Britain’s Sunday Mirror, “Elton John said in the papers… he said that these shows don’t produce stars. Well Elton if you’re not watching, I’m going to send you this tape and you can take back what you said.

“The truth is Elton’s watching the show every week. What he’s slightly missing the point on, and you always hear this resentment from bigger artists nowadays… they don’t like the fact a show can make an artist. I always say to these people who criticize – why don’t you spend some time with new artists. If Elton feels that strongly about it then my message to him is: ‘You show me how to do it.'”

Read more at KIMT.com

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98 Comments

  1. Adam Lambert gets lei’d at Honolulu airport and then hits the streets of Waikiki, Hawaii in a tank top on Sunday (October 24).

    Please could someone explain to me what get lei´d means? I don´t know the word and I can´t find it on the dictionary either :)

  2. Someone needs to steal that tank top and the tie dyed tshirt and burn them, lol. Arms are looking good though!

  3. wordnerdarchie:
    10/24/2010 at 9:18 am
    renataamelo: “Lei” is a Hawaiian word for a garland or wreath. It is customary to greet visitors by placing it around their necks on arrival. Hence the term “lei’d”. Hope that helps.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lei_%28Hawaii%29

    Thanks wordnerdarchie! I get it now

  4. Someone needs to steal that tank top and the tie dyed tshirt and burn them,

    Seriously, for all the shopping he does, you’d think he would have purchased a new one by now!

  5. Yeah, with an astigmatism in both eyes, that tank top does a number on my eyes! Otherwise, he is looking fine!

  6. Diligent research has led me to conclude that Adam’s off stage, real life wardrobe can fit into a carry-on bag.

  7. Oh, that tank top is a hoot! If Adam was a billionaire I think he’d still wear the same clothes. Instead of burning it he should auction it off for donorschoose. There are a lot of memories in that shirt…lots of sand too!

    sr4mjc…love your avatar.

    Next time I travel I will take a lesson from him on how to pack. No one will be photographing me so I can wear the same thing every day.

  8. Oh, that tank top is a hoot! If Adam was a billionaire I think he’d still wear the same clothes. Instead of burning it he should auction it off for donorschoose. There are a lot of memories in that shirt…lots of sand too!

    haha, I didn’t even think about the paps incident. My brain is still scarred from the pirate beard in Nola with that tank top.

  9. maybe hawaii fan can jump on adam and steal his tank top and put flower on his neck and give him new cloth as gift.then adam gives what the hell look!

  10. Lol if I hadn’t already know Adam was back on US soil waking up this morning to pap photos would have clued me in lol

    Renataamelo
    Also about the lei thing. Lei is pronounced like lay so when you say Adam got lei’ed in Hawaii is sounds like Adam got laid in Hawaii *nod*nod*wink*wink* hehe its a old running joke when people go to Hawaii

  11. Adam got lei’d in Hawaii. Now give him a grass skirt and coconut shells. Then he can dish that tank top. :)

  12. If you think that Adam will ever get rid of his beloved tank top it only shows that you don’t really know men…hehehe.. Same goes for his dyed T-shirt… :-D

  13. I can’t wait to see Lee perform live with his band!

    I second this – can’t wait!

    And congrats to Carrie – who knew the French had Country Music Awards? “Oui”-Haw!!!

  14. Are any of Lee’s former bandmates in his new band, or are they all new people?

    I had no clue the French even had Country Music Awards — is country music popular there now? It wasn’t when I lived there a few years ago.

    Kris has invited the President to come to his concert in DC tonight (LOL – homes!)

    KrisAllen

    #@BarackObama we got ya 2 tickets for the show tonight for you and that wife of yours. Hope to see ya there homes!
    1 hour ago via Echofon

  15. It’s not just that tank top. Adam should NEVER wear a tank top. Glowing white skin, ginger freckles & non-defined arms make a tank top a fashion faux pas.

  16. Are any of Lee’s former bandmates in his new band, or are they all new people?

    Lee’s old band were all in their 40s, married, and had other “real” jobs, so I doubt any of them have made the trek out to L.A. but who knows? Chris is the only confirmed one.

  17. Lee’s old band were all in their 40s, married, and had other “real” jobs, so I doubt any of them have made the trek out to L.A. but who knows? Chris is the only confirmed one.

    I just checked out Chris Wrate’s myspace and saw that he’s part of Charice’s band. Is it normal for these musicians to be part of several bands?

  18. Fashion is in the eye of the beholder. There are millions of people with white skin and freckles who wear tank tops.

  19. I just checked out Chris Wrate’s myspace and saw that he’s part of Charice’s band. Is it normal for these musicians to be part of several bands?

    He could’ve just been a “rented musician”(I don’t know the correct term for it lol) kind of like how Tim and the band are for the Idol tour. They do that and they do other gigs too. Just how studio musicians can play on several different albums. But I’m not sure, I’d think he’d be in Lee’s band permanetly.

  20. It’s not just that tank top. Adam should NEVER wear a tank top. Glowing white skin, ginger freckles & non-defined arms make a tank top a fashion faux pas.

    Based on this he shouldn’t wear vests either??

    I like his arms and freckles. My issue is the pattern on this tank top gets me dizzy. :-) But, if Adam likes it, that’s all that matters.

  21. Adam’s tank top makes me dizyy lol – I think he should by a tank top with another design(or just one color).

    Do you know when Lee will make his first appearance playing with his band?

  22. I can’t wait to see Lee perform live with his band!

    ITA! these tidbits really get me all the more excited. can’t wait to see the full band and their upcoming performances. chris seems like a pretty chill guy, already warming up to the fans & acknowledging them :)

    He could’ve just been a “rented musician”(I don’t know the correct term for it lol) kind of like how Tim and the band are for the Idol tour. They do that and they do other gigs too. Just how studio musicians can play on several different albums. But I’m not sure, I’d think he’d be in Lee’s band permanetly.

    weebs, i thought the same thing too. i noticed that when one of his followers asked him if he would be playing & traveling with charice to asia, he replied that he still was not sure. so i’m thinking maybe it depends on their contract? also, he not only plays guitar on his myspace vids, but he also does back-up vocals. guess he can do back-up for SS, heh! (as per kris’ advice)

  23. Do you know when Lee will make his first appearance playing with his band?

    Don’t know, but Lee has been tweeting about rehearsing with his band. It’s almost Nov, so hopefully RCA/19 booked him for some morning or late night shows. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like they aren’t promoting him at all compared to past winners. Even Crystal has been more visible in the media. And why isn’t RCA pushing his new single on the radio ?

  24. 10/24/2010 at 1:20 pm
    It’s not just that tank top. Adam should NEVER wear a tank top. Glowing white skin, ginger freckles & non-defined arms make a tank top a fashion faux pas.

    lorismile:
    Based on this he shouldn’t wear vests either??

    I like his arms and freckles. My issue is the pattern on this tank top gets me dizzy. But, if Adam likes it, that’s all that matters.

    Love the freckles, the broad shoulders, and the “defined enough” arms!

  25. I just checked out Chris Wrate’s myspace and saw that he’s part of Charice’s band. Is it normal for these musicians to be part of several bands?

    Well, all Idols are more or less solo artists, so Lee is no exception. Daughtry is considered to be a real band, but ex drummer admitted that it’s all about Chris.
    A band is hired for every Idol.

  26. Let’s see, in my dream world, I have the choice of Adam in my livingroom in either a t-shirt or a tank top…hmmmm…let me see, which would I choose…..WTF…I don’t care!!!!! It’s AFL, I will take him any way I can get him.

  27. Anoop is at the set for the shooting of his music video for “All is Fair”. Here is what he posted on twitter about this:

    @anoopdoggdesai: Just got to set for the #AllisFair music video shoot! This sound stage is insane…

  28. Really? Adam is in beautiful Hawaii, and all we can talk about is his tank top? LOL! Anyway, I hope he has time to relax and take it all in while he is there! I would love to be there myself one day :)

  29. And why isn’t RCA pushing his new single on the radio?

    I believe RCA is pushing his new single on the radio-I’ve seen his picture and his single -always the same picture-on the front webpage of at least 10 major radio stations-I’m pretty sure RCA pays for this.
    He had his first rehearsal with his new band last night-I’m sure he’ll start having performances to promote his single soon.

  30. The single hasn’t even been released to radio yet so that’s why you aren’t seeing it being pushed as much as you’d think. They’re promoting it, like someone said it’s on the websites for several websites already and RCA does pay for that. We’ll prolly see it amping up this week now that the single will be on iTunes and available for radio.

    And I don’t think Crystal is any more visible than Lee. We only see and hear about her because we visit MJs where the Idol business is reported. To the rest of the country, neither of them are very visible. I doubt anybody outside of the Idol-sphere know what Crystal or Lee have been up to, and they won’t until they hear their songs on the radio or see their CDs in the stores.

    Well, all Idols are more or less solo artists, so Lee is no exception. Daughtry is considered to be a real band, but ex drummer admitted that it’s all about Chris.
    A band is hired for every Idol.

    Yeah, Daughtry is about Chris, and even David Cook’s band in any other realm of the music world would be considered a cohesive “band” is still all about David. Kris has a band, and Cale is visible, but I couldn’t tell you any of their names outside of him. Lee’s band will be no different, I’m sure.

  31. artemis:
    10/24/2010 at 2:42 pm

    And why isn’t RCA pushing his new single on the radio?

    I believe RCA is pushing his new single on the radio-I’ve seen his picture and his single -always the same picture-on the front webpage of at least 10 major radio stations-I’m pretty sure RCA pays for this.
    He had his first rehearsal with his new band last night-I’m sure he’ll start having performances to promote his single soon.

    There are paid ads on lots of radio station websites for SS, RCA is clearly promoting the song. SS already has an add from KMHX-FM Santa Rosa — a station that plays a lot of Idol music. There are a number of stations like this that play Daughtry-Cook-Kris a lot, plus Mayer, Maroon5, etc and should be early adders for Lee. This song has a nice clear market fit. And it should be able to cross-over to Pop like September did for Daughtry.

    We’ll see in a few days, how SS does with adds. But seems like RCA may have that covered.

    The only concern I have is that it doesn’t seem like Lee is getting much in the way of promotional opportunities, and with an HAC only radio push, he will need something else to reach people and let them know the album is coming. There are no future events on his official website. Just seems odd to me.

    At this point last year, Kris was all over the place. He had done a number of TV appearances, and had several promo events slated with radio stations. Cook had even more press coverage, and radio and TV appearances before his album launched than Kris.

    I am not expecting to see Lee on SNL, but shouldn’t he be booked for something? And should he be doing radio interviews and promo concerts? Mark me puzzled by what is going on with Lee.

  32. That’s what I don’t get either. Past winners had all kinds of TV appearances or radio interviews, but Lee hasn’t done any of those since the tour ended. The only interview I remember is him debuting his single on Ryan’s show. It’s just odd what’s happening.

  33. I, personally, don’t think the promotion for the season 9 winner and runner-ups is odd…it just sems to be inline with the mediocre response that their wins have created. Season 9 lost mainstream media pretty early on during their season and the lackluster sales for their tour just didn’t get a lot of attention nor did it evolve into much, if any, national coverage. Other than Crystal’s surprise wedding the press and the tv entertainment shows have been pretty ho-hum about all of Season 9 (no magazine photo shoots or big time spreads that I can re-call).

    TV talk shows are also “under the gun” right now and they are scrambling to book acts that will help bring in the viewers…and since Lee and Crystal are still very low profile it may not be until we see results of their early album sales that they may be offered some good bookings since the mainstream audience really has no idea who they are.

    Since I have no horse in the race for Season 9 accolades I’m just sitting calmly waiting to see if any of the winners will be able to hit the ground running. Right now they are all moving at a turtle’s pace…but remember the old fable…a turtle may still have a chance. Not likely in my book but possible.

  34. Hm. I’m thinking all this radio talk and the massive stats belong in the weekend numbers thread…

  35. SparklesATL:
    10/24/2010 at 12:52 pm

    It’s not just that tank top. Adam should NEVER wear a tank top. Glowing white skin, ginger freckles & non-defined arms make a tank top a fashion faux pas.

    Adam is very unusual in that he can pull off any fashion trend or style. In my very humble opinion, even a tank top!
    The man looks good in it all, including those freckled arms…… ;)

  36. Adam is very unusual in that he can pull off any fashion trend or style. In my very humble opinion, even a tank top!
    The man looks good in it all, including those freckled arms…… ;)

    Not sure that I would call Adam’s tank a fashion trend, but at least he knows how to dress for the occasion. He is on a break in Hawaii and dressed perfectly for that.

    And it really must be a slow day in Celebrity news when Adam in a tank top is newsworthy.

  37. I am firmly on team tank top for Adam! I think he looks hot in them and should wear them more often. :-)

  38. The single hasn’t even been released to radio yet so that’s why you aren’t seeing it being pushed as much as you’d think. They’re promoting it, like someone said it’s on the websites for several websites already and RCA does pay for that. We’ll prolly see it amping up this week now that the single will be on iTunes and available for radio.

    Lee’s single has been released to radio. A few radio stations are playing it. It has not gone for adds yet. Songs are generally released to radio prior to going for adds. An add date is just the date that the label wants to rally the radio stations around. They are free to pick whatever date they want to start playing the song once they have it. It’s not uncommon for debut songs to be charting before the official add date.

  39. Lee just finished auditioning his band and started rehearsing with them last night-they’ve got to figure out how to perform Sweet Serendipity (the song Jim C called LLWD on crack) live-hopefully the TV appearances are coming up. He had a bunch of them right after he won Idol, so I don’t think he’ll fail to get them now that he’s got a song to promote.
    Lee didn’t finish recording the album til the day before the single-which was a last minute switch-came out.
    IIRC, Kris recorded LLWD during the summer and wasn’t it released in September? So I’m sure his promotion started earlier than Lee’s will. I was primarily following Adam, so I’m not certain about the dates. Lee has had several charity events for Feeding America and Breast Cancer and that private top secret gig with David Cook.He did the Ford Concert with Crystal and the big Arlington Park concert in September . So he hasn’t been invisible.
    As for his official website, it will probably have his performances listed after they happen. That site really needs a makeover. It is not user friendly.

    ETA-Sorry MJ if this offtopic here-I posted before I saw your post.

  40. Lee just finished auditioning his band and started rehearsing with them last night-they’ve got to figure out how to perform Sweet Serendipity (the song Jim C called LLWD on crack) live-hopefully the TV appearances are coming up.

    TV appearances are typically tied to the album release (not the debut single). They will likely happen the week of Nov 16 (with some the following weeks). There may be one or two the week before if that’s the only way the schedules work.

  41. Sweet Serendipity (the song Jim C called LLWD on crack)

    Lol, gotta love Jim.

    As for his official website, it will probably have his performances listed after they happen. That site really needs a makeover. It is not user friendly.

    Are any of the official sites any good? I”ve heard Kris fans complain, and most of Danny’s fans go to a fan site for news. Seems funny that fans care more about it than the label who is making $$ off of the artists. Well, on second thought, I guess it isn’t that odd ;)

    Segment on E News about AMA Red Carpet Hosts; Danny Gokey shown arriving. Agnes Monica said there is more “big news”. I’m curious what that will be and if it will include Danny at all. She had also said she was doing a “project” with Danny when she leaked the hosting situation with pictures of her and Danny on her Twitter. I assumed it was Charity related; we will see.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCh3HJ9W9yk

    Kind of neat; someone did Danny’s “It’s Only” in American Sign Language:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP_LY5G1woY

  42. A band is hired for every Idol

    That may be true but Cook’s band is made up of 3 members of his former band (with the exception of the drummer, Kyle, who was hired during the never-ending tour. I read that they all had to audition, but seems like TPTB liked what they saw with Neal, Andy and later Monty to hire them for The Anthemic. I think everyone else’s (Daughtry, DeWyze and Allen (except his guitar player) were musician’s off the street so to speak.

  43. I think Kris’ band first performed with him on 10/25/09 at the Dolphin’s Tailgate Party — so not that different than Lee’s schedule with the band. (I may be mis-remembering this as the first time.)

    LLWD was released 9/21/10 — about a month earlier than Lee’s single. Kris performed LLWD and other songs before he had his band. And he did several interviews and radio station visits in Sept and October. So it was a different strategy and schedule.

    I am sure that they have some TV and other promotion lined up for Lee — he should be on GMA, the talk shows, etc. in November to support the album launch.

    But they prob also have some additional radio interviews scheduled to support the single release. (The only one so far was Ryan’s show.)

  44. I said this the other day but it bears repeating, 2 years ago at this time we didnt know much about David’s promo..then we found out around this time he had SNL booked and from there one more stuff started popping up. I expect the bulk of Lee’s promo will be closer to the album drop. He’s been in rehearsals for a few days, clearly he will be performing,somewhere.

  45. That may be true but Cook’s band is made up of 3 members of his former band (with the exception of the drummer, Kyle, who was hired during the never-ending tour. I read that they all had to audition, but seems like TPTB liked what they saw with Neal, Andy and later Monty to hire them for The Anthemic. I think everyone else’s (Daughtry, DeWyze and Allen (except his guitar player) were musician’s off the street so to speak.

    Chris Daughtry knew two of his original band members before they auditioned — Jeremy Brady and Joey Barnes. He met the other two original members of the band at the auditions.

    I think that 19M is more than willing to let their artists bring in people they trust from before Idol.

    Adam’s band, dancers and crew also have a number of people from his pre-Idol days — all auditioned for their jobs. Most notably, Monte Pittman, musical director and his lead guitarist was also in Citizen Vein with Adam before Idol, and Brooke Wendle, choreographer and dance, was in Wicked with Adam. Costumes are by Skin Graf, Lee Cherry from Zodiac is doing his photography, Sultan who does makeup, and others are pre-Idol relationships. Plus, his brother and mom are working for him (I don’t think they had to audition or interview though.)

    I do not know if how Adam is treated is typical, but he has almost total freedom on who is involved in the show — on stage and behind the scenes.

  46. I think everyone else’s (Daughtry, DeWyze and Allen (except his guitar player) were musician’s off the street so to speak.

    Q3 already addressed Daughtry and Adam.

    Danny’s bass player is his brother in law. His keyboardist is from his church (although everyone from his band had to audition for Sony for his band. Sadly, although his good friend from New York did the radio tour with him, he didn’t get the job for electric guitar for touring.)

    So I think they are willing to let prior associations be a member; but at least for Danny, I know they had to audition.

  47. Re: Idol’s and their bands…I know Allison’s were just hired and even Adam’s band (except Monty Pittman) were auditions and were originally just hired for the initial media push. Thats why the first keyboardest left at the begining of the year, and her replacement and even the drummer left at the end of the US leg of the tour. I think they stayed alot longer than originally planned. And they all had other obligations to their other bands.

    Lisa (original keyboardist) was just hired for the promo tour but I think there was no chemistry with the rest of the band. Cam is a better fit.

    LP (Adam’s original drummer from Yellowcard) was not even planning to do any of the the tour, and stayed until the 9/15 Tabernacle concert (WLL Reggae performance was LPs last show). A bit longer than planned. :)

    The only other musician who has left Adam is Zack Baird who did the synth programming. But he was never hired to be in the band and just filled in a couple of times for Lisa. He left for the KoRN international tour. And would love to see him back with the band and Cam for a concert or two. Not happening this year. But maybe next tour.

    But the big Adam band question is what happens when Madonna goes on her next tour. Monte been Madonna’s lead guitarist on tour since 2001. And he will be hard for Adam to replace in many ways.

  48. But the big Adam band question is what happens when Madonna goes on her next tour. Monte been Madonna’s lead guitarist on tour since 2001. And he will be hard for Adam to replace in many ways.

    Monte will tour with Madonna, of course. I’m sure Adam has already thought about how he’ll replace him.

  49. We just need to make sure that Madonna and Adam don’t ever tour at the same time….can’t really say no to Madonna

  50. Chris Daughtry knew two of his original band members before they auditioned — Jeremy Brady and Joey Barnes. He met the other two original members of the band at the auditions.

    Chris knew of them, but they were not from his former band–who all auditioned, but did not make the cut.

  51. So I think they are willing to let prior associations be a member; but at least for Danny, I know they had to audition.

    I think everyone had to audition for Adam — including Monte, Brooke and all the dancers. But sometime the auditions must be proforma — where they really going to get someone better for Adam on lead guitar than Monte Pittman? Would be tough.

    But some of the people from the auditions are great. Josh Paul, Daughtry’s bass guitarist is a great musician and he was from the original band auditions.

  52. I would be so sad if Monte left Adam to be with Madonna. The lead guitarist is so hard to replace. He’s the Eddie Van Halen to Adam’s Diamond Dave- but as others have said you don’t say no to Madge I guess.

    I guess Monte could always train Tommy to take his place, as Tommy is a guitarist but just took the bass gig to fill out the band.

  53. We just need to make sure that Madonna and Adam don’t ever tour at the same time….can’t really say no to Madonna

    Well, Adam could always open for Madonna. Monte would need double pay…lol

    FYI…Adam and Terrance knew each other before Idol also.

    Tommy is a guitarist but just took the bass gig to fill out the band.

    Not sure Tommy is ready for that kind of role. .

  54. Danny’s bass player is his brother in law. His keyboardist is from his church (although everyone from his band had to audition for Sony for his band. Sadly, although his good friend from New York did the radio tour with him, he didn’t get the job for electric guitar for touring.)

    So I think they are willing to let prior associations be a member; but at least for Danny, I know they had to audition.

    The keyboardist Brandon Fraley does go to the church Danny adopted in Nashville, but I don’t think he knew Danny before he joined the band. His wife, Jamelle Fraley, was a big fan of Danny and is Carrie’s background vocalist. She encouraged Brandon to pursue the position with Danny when the opportunity came up. Since Brandon joined Danny’s band, Jamelle appears with them as often as she can, and spent a good part of the summer/early fall on tour with Danny.

    Previous to that, Brandon had some experience touring with Gretchen Wilson; there’s a funny little bit on the ACM blue carpet where Danny is interviewing Gretchen and they talk about Brandon joining Danny’s band. Gretchen makes it pretty clear that if she had had room for Brandon to stay with her, Danny may have been out of luck ;)

    It was too bad the first lead guitar player in Danny’s band couldn’t stay, he had a lot of charisma performing with Danny and was very popular on the radio tour. They went through a couple more after that. Greg Hagan was the first, he had toured previously with Little Big Town. He wound up leaving Danny’s band because Danny’s touring schedule was much too intense for him, lol (wound up with Julianne instead). The one after that was a little creepy to me, lol; he didn’t last long.

    The current lead guitarist is Matt Reviere, who seems to be very very good; he’s become quite popular with Danny’s fans also. I also like the new steel player, Justin Ward, who seems to be very good and is more animated on stage than the person he recently replaced.

  55. Studio57:
    10/24/2010 at 6:55 pm

    I would be so sad if Monte left Adam to be with Madonna. The lead guitarist is so hard to replace. He’s the Eddie Van Halen to Adam’s Diamond Dave- but as others have said you don’t say no to Madge I guess.

    I guess Monte could always train Tommy to take his place, as Tommy is a guitarist but just took the bass gig to fill out the band.

    I am still hoping they schedule it so there is a “Joint custody” agreement for Monte! Seriously — Madonna’s Hip Hop Tour is now pushed to Fall 2011 and it still isn’t official. But I am not sure Monte would necessarily be a critical part of what is being described by the dancers who auditioned in London. It is planned as a Theatrical Hip Hop Show.

    Well I guess we will find out what Adam does if Monte leaves. But I am sure if needed Adam will get someone great. It just would just not be the same.

    Tommy played lead guitar for Adam once and I wasn’t sold on him as a lead guitarist. But I would love to see Tommy on rhythm guitar, and add a bass.

    I think there is a good chance that Adam could come back with an adjusted line-up for his next tour. I will not even try to guess what he will do next summer. I have trouble with next week. Reggae WLL, cover Metallica’s ES, who knows what will be next.

  56. Not sure Tommy is ready for that kind of role. .

    Am I mistaken or didn’t Tommy fill in for Monte once?

    ETA: I thought so. It would be hard for ANYONE to replace Monte.

  57. Am I mistaken or didn’t Tommy fill in for Monte once?

    Yes, which is why I said what I said. ;-)

  58. ETA: I thought so. It would be hard for ANYONE to replace Monte.

    Maybe Slash! :)

    Seriously I think even Monte is replaceable but not by Tommy. But at least Monte will be around through next summer if not longer. Because Madonna has pushed to tour back three times now — now Fall 2011 — so maybe the timing will work out.

  59. Studio57:
    10/24/2010 at 6:55 pm

    I would be so sad if Monte left Adam to be with Madonna. The lead guitarist is so hard to replace. He’s the Eddie Van Halen to Adam’s Diamond Dave- but as others have said you don’t say no to Madge I guess.

    I remember an interview with Monte where he was asked that question and he didn’t say Madonna outright. I think he said something along the lines of he hoped it wouldn’t happen. He also said that Adam was awful good to him. And he added that of course Madonna was good to him too.

  60. Maybe Slash!

    I’m still hoping for a song collaboration with Slash. :-)

  61. Lee’s second band member to be identified is Lincoln Cleary, who played when he performed at his big concert at Arlington Park. His myspace is:

    http://myspace.com/lincolncleary

    As for John and RJ- I got nothin’ (so far)

    ETA There is a picture of RJ on Lincoln’s myspace, but RJ’s myspace is private. Hmmmmm.What’s the matter with him; doesn’t he wanted to be, um,researched?

  62. Wow, that video snippet of Anoop is not at all what I was expecting after reading his comments the other day about the kind of music he wanted to put out. Was that his actual song, or something else playing in the background? (I only listen to country radio, so it could be a monster pop hit for all I know, haha.)

  63. I always thought they slowed down the songs when they film music vidoes? Anoop’s sounded like they sped it up…talk about chipmunk effect.

  64. Everyone in Adam’s band is replaceable imo. He’s a solo artist, it’s all about him. Monte is great but im sure there are people who are just as great.

  65. Guys with prior ties to the Idols still have to audition to be in their bands. For instance, Cale has talked about having to audition a couple of times before he got approved to be in Kris’s band, even though they had worked together prior to Kris being on AI. So I would guess anyone from Lee’s old band who he wanted to be in his new one would still have to pass an audition.

    I hope Monte will be able to figure out a schedule that would let him juggle playing with both Adam and Madonna. I know of musicians who tour with more than one band. But with Monte and his wife just having twins, the issue may be more that he’ll want to spend more time at home and less on the road.

    He is a really good guitarist and would be really hard for Adam to replace. Is Tommy a good enough lead guitarist to be able to step right into that position?

  66. So I would guess anyone from Lee’s old band who he wanted to be in his new one would still have to pass an audition.

    Yeah you’re right. I doubt any of them even auditioned though because of their age and ties to Chicago (They’re all in their 40s and have families and real jobs, etc.) I don’t know if RCA would’ve been exactly keen on the guitarist from Ministry being in one of their new acts bands. But like alot of people have said, he’s a solo artist and the band is secondary. None of them will be in the music video, probably won’t be included in many interviews, etc. It’ll be more like Kris and Adam’s bands than Chris and David’s bands (and even their bands are secondary to the front man)These guys are traveling musician and prolly go where the money is.

  67. lorismile:
    10/24/2010 at 7:22 pm

    Am I mistaken or didn’t Tommy fill in for Monte once?

    Yes, which is why I said what I said. ;-)

    I have to disagree. I like Tommy’s style and think he’s more than ready.

  68. He is a really good guitarist and would be really hard for Adam to replace. Is Tommy a good enough lead guitarist to be able to step right into that position?

    No, I don’t think so. No knock on Tommy, Monte is a great guitarist. But Tommy brings his own, umm, talents to the table. ;)

  69. Is Brian M. at Kris’ concert tonight? (this tweeter is)

    mylifeback
    Lol being interviewed for Idol Chatter about @KrisAllen
    2 minutes ago via Echofon

    ETA: LOL — guess not

    @dy7764 lol it’s an intern. See what happens when you don’t go to the bathroom w us?

    #intern for Idol Chatter says video interview w Kris will be up online tonight or first thing in the morning.
    6 minutes ago

  70. Weebs787

    Well Kris’s band is really becoming more of a true band than just a bunch of guys backing up a solo artist. They have all talked about wanting to stick together and how Kris wants them all on the next album. Hopefully they will end up doing that because they are a terrific band and work really well together. It seems rather problematic to keep changing up the people in the band if you are relatively successful, get along well and really mesh as a unit. Sometimes it can’t be helped — RL intervenes or whatever. But I hope Kris & Adam can keep their bands together if that’s what they want to do.

  71. sr4mjc:
    10/24/2010 at 9:12 pm
    No, I don’t think so. No knock on Tommy, Monte is a great guitarist.

    Tommy had to step in pretty quickly for the Boston concert. Given practice time, I think he’d be fine. And he has his own style, which a lot of people seemed to like when he performed in Boston.

  72. Tommy had to step in pretty quickly for the Boston concert. Given practice time, I think he’d be fine. And he has his own style, which a lot of people seemed to like when he performed in Boston.

    He was fine for that show. He could learn it, but think he’s good on bass and I also like the idea of him on rhythm guitar and adding another lead. But cross that bridge later if and when Madonna comes knocking on Monte’s door.

  73. Even Daughtry has been through two different changes in the band since they’ve been formed so no matter how tight a band is, well things can change. Hell legendary bands have often gone through several changes due to various circumstances.

    In the case of David I’m sure he considers his band a “true band”. They’re there recording with him but as long as he’s still a solo artist (and maybe just my opinion since I’m not a band uberfan) but I think any of them can be replaced.

  74. Actually, Tommy has played lead guitar twice. Once was in Boston, the other was on Ellen. Of course he is not at the level of Monte, but he is a much better guitar player than many realize. I am sure he’s learned a lot this year too. He’s been playing bass for a year. He’s been playing guitar sicne he was 12.

    But Adam is just starting out and Madonna will slow down eventually. I am sure they have thought about this before. I don’t think we have to worry about this just yet.

  75. But like alot of people have said, he’s a solo artist and the band is secondary. None of them will be in the music video, probably won’t be included in many interviews, etc. It’ll be more like Kris and Adam’s bands than Chris and David’s bands (and even their bands are secondary to the front man)These guys are traveling musician and prolly go where the money is.

    Not sure what you mean but Adam’s band has been featured is all 3 of his music videos….

  76. They have all talked about wanting to stick together and how Kris wants them all on the next album. Hopefully they will end up doing that because they are a terrific band and work really well together.

    Oh I totally agree with you. I think it’d be a better idea to have them all be a cohesive unit, where they contribute to the writing and everything on the next record. But he’s still the main focus and always will be. That’s more of what I was saying. I’d like to think that if Lee, Chris, and the others work really well together that it could be the same.

    Other than the 5 boys that have been discussed here, have there been band members that become more of a band in a traditional sense for the other Idols? I don’t even know if I’ve ever paid much attention to the bands of any besides those 5.

  77. I agree with Kradison. It’s really all about Adam for me.

    Of course it’s all about Adam. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t acknowledge and appreciate the members of his team. For me, that just reflects well on Adam because it means he chose them well.

  78. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t acknowledge and appreciate the members of his team

    Of course not. I love Monte. For me, he’s the most important member of Adam’s band.

  79. I am pretty sure I remember Adam saying, somewhere, that Tommy had originally turned up to audition for lead guitar, but that they already had Monte in, and they asked if he could play bass. And so Tommy then auditioned for the bass playing. Does anyone else remember this? I think it was an interview or a TV spot or something, I can’t keep them all straight! :)

  80. Adam is just starting out and Madonna will slow down eventually.

    As if Adam will ever reach the same level of success as Madonna now or ever. LOL

  81. Powter48:
    10/24/2010 at 10:37 pm

    Adam is just starting out and Madonna will slow down eventually.

    As if Adam will ever reach the same level of success as Madonna now or ever. LOL

    I must have missed something Powter, who said Adam would? The conversation is about Monte and his availability, not Adam matching Madonna’s success.

    I do remember Monte saying that it would be a hard decision because he is Musical Director for Adam’s band and he gets lots of great solos and spotlight time with Adam, something he doesn’t get as much of with Madonna.

  82. Thank you CindyM! That’s exactly what I meant. I thought that was clear enough from the context.

  83. Just watched the sneak peek of Anoop’s video. Are they deliberately trying to make him sound like a girl? That was weird — didn’t sound like his voice at all.

  84. sagi:
    10/24/2010 at 10:36 pm
    I am pretty sure I remember Adam saying, somewhere, that Tommy had originally turned up to audition for lead guitar, but that they already had Monte in, and they asked if he could play bass. And so Tommy then auditioned for the bass playing. Does anyone else remember this? I think it was an interview or a TV spot or something, I can’t keep them all straight!

    Yes, I remember it exactly as you said.

  85. After thinking about it, RJ Ronquillo may not be the “RJ” in Lee’s band. How many guitarists does he need?

  86. Of course it’s all about Adam. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t acknowledge and appreciate the members of his team. For me, that just reflects well on Adam because it means he chose them well.

    I’m referring to the posts saying that so and so band member will be irreplaceable or hard to replace. It’s a business and im sure Adam knows that. Like someone upthread said, Monte gets a lot of spotlight with Adam, and they all get treated like celebs when they’re on tour with Adam. So i wouldn’t be surprised if they try to stay as long as possible. But there are a lot of guitarists who can replace Monte.

    And i’ve heard Tommy play guitar, he’s not all that great but i don’t see any problem with him replacing Monte.

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