Caffiend attended this week’s NGAB taping, and she’s got the scoop.
Click on the jump to read her recap and find out who went home…
Cliff and the Old No. 7…go home…
It was Rolling Stones night at the Next Great American Band. Really cool retrospective on The Stones to open the show. I had no idea how cute Mick was as a teenager.
On to the show:
Tres Bien: Performed “Get Off Of My Cloud.” Lead singer is very appealing, doing agile footwork and dancing around. Dicko calls him the best frontman in the competition. I think these guys are dialing it in a little bit, but they’re darling.
Denver and the Mile-High Orchestra: “Free.” They rocked it. Johnny asked them why they didn’t do “Bitch, ” prompting a scolding from the anti-swearing Sheila. Lots of Denver fans in the audience.
Sixwire: They did “This Will Be The Last Time, ” and man, did they nail it. Brilliant. Wait till you guys hear it. This won’t be the last time they’re on the show, no doubt about it.
Light of Doom: Did “Jumping Jack Flash.” Lead singer accidentally started off in too low a key and had trouble hitting the “now” in “all right now.” Solid job overall. I doubt they’ll be next to go. Lots of fans.
Clark Brothers: I always look forward to hearing their take on a song. It’s so unpredictable and so infused with passion. They decide to do “Gimme Shelter.” No description of it would do it justice. All three judges stood and applauded. Dicko frigging loves these guys. Sheila said they were final 2 for sure.
And the last band standing is…Dot Dot Dot. It was the only song whose name I forgot to write down. I like Dot Dot Dot, but the judges felt Adam, the lead singer, was too frenetic and desperate for attention.
Cliff and the Old No. 7 goes home, not unexpectedly. The judges spent quite a lot of time praising and encouraging them, and Cliff was quite gracious, as you would expect him to be. A very classy exit.
The remaining six bands are very good musically. I’m still thinking it’s Sixwire and Clark Bros. in the final two. LOD and Denver are very popular. I’d say Tres Bien and Dot Dot Dot are vulnerable, but a lot depends on next week, when the bands will be performing songs by…Rod Stewart.