Matt Giraud News! Interview and Acoustic ‘Hard to Handle’

Matt Giraud was interviewed today on WZZM 13 TV in Grand Rapids. Matt mentioned he will appear on AI this season. He also performed a totally kick-ass version of Hard to Handle…accompanying himself on guitar! (he says he’s only been playing for a couple of years)

In other Matt news, he tweeted that he completed recording all his new music yesterday with Sweet Japonic for a demo CD and possible EP. He is performing at a Griffins Hockey game tomorrow night, and his April concert, at the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, is nearly sold out already.

Video after the JUMP…


Acoustic – “Hard to Handle” – On the guitar!

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  1. That was awesome awesome HTH performance. Finally Matts doing recording for a possible EP and a CD, I cant wait. Out of the contestants, I love all his originals the most.

    Coming back to idol? Heck yeah! The 5th place Syndrome continues!

  2. Love Matt, but could not make it through that version of HTH. It sounded like karaoke Black Crowes. Glad Matt is going to be on the show, but it makes me wonder what it takes for a previous contestant to get back on.

  3. Ooh, I liked that! I prefer the full band version of HTH with Matt on the keys when he did it on the Idol tour (he killed that on tour), but that was cool to hear acoustic. Matt could’ve had such a better run on Idol. America didn’t see what his best. Fingers crossed for cool music coming from him soon.

  4. I think Matt and Scott McIntyre might have gotten asked back to perform this year because their dueling piano song got cut from the finale last year. I agree – I liked Matt’s version on tour with the piano better, but there’s no doubt, the guy can sing.

  5. Yay to hear that Matt will be on Idol this season! I hope Matt performs one of his new original songs, or possibly his duet with Anna Wilson (might be interesting if they have Rat Pack week). This is a very different-sounding Hard to Handle, but what I like about it is it focuses attention on his voice.

  6. I think Matt and Scott McIntyre might have gotten asked back to perform this year because their dueling piano song got cut from the finale last year.

    Did they get promised that would happen, or am I hallucinating it? :) I think Scott said they got promised that, but I could be wrong. The memory is the first thing to go.

  7. oceana, I think you are right. I recall that Matt was interviewed by Slezak in August and talked about the producers promising him a performance slot this season to compensate for getting the dueling pianos cut from the finale. (Also, as 5th-place finisher, Matt had less face time on the finale than almost all the top 10 once this performance was cut, which was Slezak’s reason for asking the question.)

  8. Love all of Matt’s versions of Hard to Handle but wow the acoustic version is amazing! Can’t wait to see him on American Idol. I hoping he performs either Brand New Day or I Miss You Tonight. I wonder if the Sweet J band will be with him. I hope so!

    Oh there is a cellcast tonight for Matt’s performance at the Hockey game. Come here at 7 PM EST! Thanks cellcasters!

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