Taylor Hicks – Whomp At the Warfield DVD Will Finally Be Released

Taylor Hicks’ Whomp at the Warfield DVD was recorded during his post-Idol tour, and has had several release dates come and go. But finally, the DVD, a recording of his show at the Warfield theater in San Francisco in 2007, will be released on January 5.

Taylor has become sort of a joke in the press these days, kinda the poster child for Idol’s failures, or the failure of “the public” to always choose the “correct winner”. Taylor’s run as the “Teen Angel” with the cheesy Broadway musical, Grease hasn’t helped his image much either (though it’s certainly helped his pocketbook).

Bah, I say.

Taylor’s post Idol debut was a lukewarm mish-mash of 2nd rate songs. But live? Taylor puts on a show, peeps. I’ve seen him several times, and I’d go back to see him again. His second album, The Distance is a much better representation of who Taylor is as an artist.

Unabashedly retro, he’s never going to have a hit record, but his live performances are what won him the title. Deservedly.

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50 Comments

  1. But live? Taylor puts on a show, peeps. I’ve seen him several times, and I’d go back to see him again.

    I completely agree with you here. A Taylor Hicks concert is a thoroughly entertaining event. He won’t ever be a multi-platinum recording artist, but I hope he can continue putting on his live shows for many years to come. I’m still a huge fan of that voice.

  2. I love Taylor too, both as a singer and entertainer. Glad the DVD is finally coming out. I couldn’t get the station they ran it on, so this is the first I’ll see of it. Been waiting a long time!

  3. his live performances are what won him the title. Deservedly.

    Totally agree with you here, mj. I’ve seen Taylor live (outside of the AI tour concert) four times, and he never disappoints. Taylor has become a punching bag, but he really is a very talented guy. He definately deserved his win.

    And while Taylor hasn’t been a big commercial success, I do feel that he has been quietly successful. He is earning a good living as an entertainer, which is what he loves to do, and he continues to make music.

  4. Woo. I am reserving the corresponding Hoo for when I have the DVD actually in hand for I have been tricked before.

    Nice cover!

  5. I’ve watched a couple of episodes of American Idol Rewind with his season, and I love the pure joy that Taylor brings to the stage. It’s fun to watch him. I can only imagine how much fun it would be to see him in a live performance. I’m glad that he’s still having fun, doing what he loves to do.

  6. i still dont get why Hicks is seen as a failure….his runner up Kat isnt doing much better. Really, you cant fault him that Daughtry got kicked out 4th and he was the best man left out of the remaining group. Sucks for him that his style and vibe caters to a non mainstream pop crowd but he is a talented guy….hope he eventually gets the credit he deserves. i wasnt a huge fan, but i cant deny the guy is a peformer.

  7. And while Taylor hasn’t been a big commercial success, I do feel that he has been quietly successful. He is earning a good living as an entertainer, which is what he loves to do, and he continues to make music.

    Excellent points above. I attended Taylor’s 2 night gig at WorkPlay in Birmingham, AL this September and I can tell you Taylor and his band tore the roof off the place. Taylor left a free MP3 download of the music captured by the soundboard available at TaylorHicks.com. Check it out and hear this dynamic performer in his element.

    Thanks MJ

  8. Unabashedly retro, he’s never going to have a hit record, but his live performances are what won him the title. Deservedly.

    I agree. Taylor is a great performer. You can’t take your eyes off of him!

  9. So well stated, MJ, and appreciated by this unapologetic Taylor Hicks fan. He was soooo completely off the groove Idol tries to find for their winners, no wonder they dissed him and disowned him. And I will forever love that he was and always will be a well-placed thumb in the eye of all that is sometimes so self-righteous about Idol.
    As you say. He is purely and simply an entertainer. He puts on a terrific, energy-filled live show. People who voted for him on Idol saw that in him and, I am sorry to all the fans of his runners-up, but he was clearly the standout of S5.
    I will to this day say he was the most fun Idol in the most fun season of that show ever. There have been terrific seasons, starting with the first, and some really great winners and also-rans along the way, but Taylor’s was the pinnacle season in my book.

  10. Taylor live is an experience. I attended a number of shows in 2007 and three shadow shows, including both Workplay nights. He is the ultimate performer and really brings it. I do have to say that he’s actually improved as a performer since the 2007 WATW show. I personally think that Grease has helped him with his performance skills and audience connection. Radio play and “commerical” success is over-rated in my book. Most of what is out there and considered commercial is quite cookie-cutter. I hope Taylor continues on his own path, making his own way, making the music the he loves.

  11. That really is an awesome cover picture of Taylor, handsome guy (imo). Ahhh, Taylor, the first idol I got hooked on and have watched AI ever since because of him. I’m probably one of those who enjoyed him singing the covers on the show, and bought (and totally disliked) his first album. The second album was him being more true to himself, but I still miss the Taylor from the show (whom from what I understand was not “him”). Gets complicated, lol. Anyway, I’ve hated to have to endure his rotten press because the man works hard, is obviously talented, is quite the entertainer, nice looking, pleasant, and just hasn’t deserved the pile on. Being a fan of his is like rooting for the underdog, sigh. Keep at it Taylor, there’s a lot of us out here who follow the news about you and are always hoping for a mass media turnaround on the press you receive. I wish him success, success, and more success and happiness.

  12. I agree with MJ completely. And is it me, or is Taylor getting better looking with age?

  13. It’s been a long time since I posted here, but I want to thank juliegr for letting me know about the mp3 download. Yay!

    I don’t know why TPTB and the press can’t just acknowledge that Taylor’s style is very, very different from the pop performer, or even the “rocker” that is the typical Idol contestant, and leave it at that. There’s no need to make the guy a joke or punchline. You don’t like the style? Fine, leave it at that.

    I love Taylor’s style, and in the south, he’s in good company with his bluesy sound. I’ll have to check out this DVD, beats staring at youtube videos!

  14. I agree with MJ completely. And is it me, or is Taylor getting better looking with age?

    Taylor always looked good (and younger) in person. I remember watching him sign autograghs in Greensboro in 2006 during the AI tour and being struck by how much better he looked than on the show.

    Plus, I think he was carrying some extra pounds on the show, which he promptly lost on the AI Tour. I remember reading that one of the AI peeps said something to him about his belly getting big, and Taylor said (and I’m paraphrasing) “middle America loves this gut, I can lose weight when the show is over,” and he did…lol.

  15. I will get my copy since I’ve wanted it forever! Taylor is handsome, I always joke that he’s the only idol that actually looks like his airbrushed idol cd cover. I thought he is was uncle cute on idol, he’s just fine now!

    I hate the idea of calling any of these guys flops. Taylor, Ruben, Fantasia, etc. They are doing exactly what they have always dreamed of. That is success in my book. The Distance is a great cd. I also enjoy Early Works. Taylor is awesome.

  16. Just ordered my copy through mj’s. But like neonorange I’ve been tricked before. In fact if I get every pre-order that I have already ordered of this DVD the mail man may need a bigger truck to deliver them.

    “Live” Taylor is an incredible experience. He is the only performer that at the end of each concert that I’ve attended has left me wanting and wondering when I could could see him perform again.

    And at Workplay he is even better than at other venues. Smith’s in Atlanta is great too. He was really good at the Beau Rivage too. Oh well…. you get the picture.

  17. Another Taylor fan here who is also thrilled that the DVD is finally here. I also have seen Taylor in concert and he really does look younger in person. He was my first real fling into Idol fandom and he’s still a love of mine. I had a little fling in Cook fandom, but don’t like the grundge rock he seems to prefer and now Adam has taken over, but trust me there is still room for Taylor. I seem to like the singer/performers best altho Taylor is a songwriter and plays several instruments.

  18. Always a Soul Patroller. :)

    Can’t wait for the DVD. Only wished he released it before Christmas. I know what I would have asked Santa for.

  19. Taylor is very hunky on that album cover.

    Taylor is a handsome man. If you think the cover is wonderful, you should see him in person. I’ve seen him four times and will see him perform again whenever he’s anywhere near where I live. He’s getting great reviews in Grease, which will undoubted lead to performance in other productions or perhaps on the big screen. Even though I may like others that come along, he will always be my favorite Idol.

  20. Taylor’s the one who got me hooked on idol and introduced me to all the wonderful peeps here at MJ’s. I’ve seen him more times live than I care to admit to (never did wear sparkles, though). I will definitely be buying this dvd.

    I’ve noticed that I always tend to pick favs that I enjoy watching on the show. The ones that make me smile. They don’t have a lot in common, musically or even style wise, but like Taylor, they put a smile on my face.

  21. I’ve never seen Taylor live but I was a fan when he was on the show. From what I’ve heard he got a raw deal promotion-wise.
    Too bad success seems to be judged only by album sales and radio play.
    I’m sure Taylor is enjoying his career & considers himself successful.

  22. As great as Taylor sounded on AI 5, he sounds even better now! I don’t know how he did it, maybe it’s his voice maturing. The word I use to describe Taylor is “unique” – unique stylings, unique looks, unique voice.

    Taylor is a multi-talented (composer, arranger, instrumentalist – harmonica, guitar, keys, drums) performer who is dynamic onstage, humble and charming off-stage. A Taylor Live show is an experience well worth your money and time. And he’s easy on the eyes!

  23. Being a fan of his is like rooting for the underdog, sigh.

    I can appreciate this soooo much being a fan of this yrs’ winner. I have said before that regardless of where KA’s career takes him, I will follow.

    I can also now appreciate Taylor to a greater extent. I hope this DVD does well and I’m happy his fans will get the opportunity to enjoy it! :D

  24. Taylor’ s still my all time fave from Ai. Good to see the love here. This is one idol who will never be Dr. Luked or Max Martinized. And thank God for that…rock on Taylor Hicks!

  25. Taylor has become sort of a joke in the press these days, kinda the poster child for Idol’s failures, or the failure of ‘the public’  to always choose the ‘correct winner’ .

    American Idol is tailor-made ( pardon the pun ), not necessarily for the modern type of singers but for retro singers/performers like Taylor.

    If the theme were always modern 21st century top 100 songs, Taylor Hicks will probably not win.

    But heck, we have themes for the 50’s, 70’s, Beatles, Elvis, Motown, etc. These themes are the perfect to showcase for guys like Taylor Hicks.

    *THAT* is the reason he won in Season 5. He does retro better than most modern singers out there.

  26. Taylor is best experienced live, that I agree with. He’s become a better performer because of his time in Grease and his tours and shadow gigs.
    Thanks for pointing out that Taylor’s CD is a good representation of who he is as an artist. Taylor has said that, too. Love his CD, or hate his CD, the man’s love of performing cannot be denied and that is why he will always have my support and the support of many others who have been going to see him since 2006.

  27. He’s getting great reviews in Grease, which will undoubted lead to performance in other productions or perhaps on the big screen.

    I have always thought Taylor would be AWESOME on the big screen. I’d love to see him land a serious acting job in a MOVIE that he could really sink his teeth into. No joke. I’m possibly overrating him, but I think he could become an A-list actor (like Clooney, George). He seems to me to have the facial features and expressiveness for a story line of depth.

  28. That cover is damn sexy! I too will always be a Taylor Hicks fan. He is the Boogie, lol!

  29. I wasn’t happy with his “Taylor Hicks” cd just after idol but wasn’t expecting much. But then I was not impressed with his second one either – listened to the songs and never bought it.
    I didn’t think that it represented him well – it fell flat for me.
    And Grease ? a cameo in a cheese-fest musical ? No way am I interested in that.
    BUT saw him on the AI tour and 2 of his tour shows and thought he was great…his voice was terrific, he had great energy and was fun.
    Hopefully the dvd will translate some of that – or live may be the only way to go.

  30. If I could quote you all I would. Taylor was my first and greatest idol love. What mj and the rest of you said. He’s something unique and oh so special.

  31. Great to see Taylor Hicks on MJ’s blog again. I agree that he puts on a helluva live sho, doing things his own way. I’ve seen him 5 times on his own tour as well as the AI tour and have enjoyed every single performance. He’s the reason I tuned into this cheesy reality show in the first place because I caught his audition. I’m glad to see these DVDs are finally coming out.

  32. I still am a proud member of the soul patrol. I love Taylor…and even if he somehow became persona non grata with Simon and his band of followers (talk about a promotion blackout! …did anyone besides me notice how small his picture is on the AI ‘winners banner’ used during AI audition rounds?), to me, there’s no denying his performance dynamic. As a pure recording artist, yes there are any number of singers who are ‘better’…but it’s his total energy/passion for his music that moves me. And, comparisons between entertainers are dull anyway. I’d love to see him more frequently on TV…short of seeing him live, that is the next best way to enjoy him. (I, too, saw him live at Staples…he was fabulous.) Bring it on, Taylor…I’m ready.!

  33. I always thought Taylor should have put out a live album- that is truly where he shines!

  34. I’ve been a fan of Taylor since I saw him on AI. Nov. 1,2 I saw him At Epcot. 6 shows for 2 day. I’m still under the woo. I also got to see Grease in Nov. and Taylor is wonderful. His voice is so rich. I would see it again if it comes back here. I’ve seen WATW and it is fantastic. So many good songs. I like all of Taylors cds. On Taylor Hicks: The Right Place is so sexy. Early Works: The Fall and Somehow. To die for. The Distance: Maybe You Should, I Live on a Battlefield and all the other songs. I love Taylors voice and seeing him live is worth all the tea in China.

  35. Great picture on the cover! I can’t wait to see this DVD in my mailbox. I watched it on HDnet and Taylor put on a phenominal show that night.

  36. Oh, and by the way, I still love the TH CD. ;-) I don’t think of it as second-rate at all. Radio play would have sold more CDs.

  37. OMG, I’d totally forgotten about this! I had no idea it was never released. I think I knew people who were there.

    Too true, Taylor is great live. I’m saddened that he’s decided money over art with that ridiculous Broadway gig, but I’m not a fan of anything he’s released post-Idol anyway. He could do “retro” a lot better. See: Guy Forsythe, Black Joe Lewis, et al

    But like you, I’d still go see him live again. As long as the price was right, and he was in my neck of the woods.

  38. I still listen to Taylor’s self-titled post-AI debut CD frequently. I thoroughly enjoyed it then, and I still thoroughly enjoy it now.

    I cannot wait until I can purchase this at Barnes & Noble, and watch it that night…

  39. I can attest that Taylor’s strengths do not, for me, translate to the CDs as well as they could. There are songs I like from both post-Idol releases, and songs I don’t care for, but I’ve noticed that when he performs the songs I don’t like LIVE, they are really something. The way he changes things up, makes them fuller – live is definately his strong suit and that is how he won the show. What’s unfortunate is that he was so popular when he won, Idol expanded the tour to many more dates that year, he made them a lot of money, and then they didn’t bother with a video for him, no single release with his CD. I mean, how the heck do you promote an album w/ no single?

    Looking forward to Whomp. I saw it on cable once and it’s a great show. You never know – he might have a hit song – many singers put out a lot of CDs before landing that radio-friendly hit. But I think he’s happy making money, making music, even if it’s at smaller venues.

  40. I was a big fan of Taylor’s at the beginning and was expecting great music from him. I only ended up liking a few of his songs. His performing skills and his gig in a cheesey Broadway play, are not enough to hold my interest. If Taylor turns things around and decides to make great music a priority, I’ll be back. Nonetheless, I wish him good luck in his career and hope he finds his niche in life.

  41. I agree Taylor is a terrific live performer and a trouper too. The one time I saw him live, he had strep but was so thrilled to be at the historic Ryman. The house was rockin’!

    I haven’t seen Grease but don’t think his run has hurt him in the least. Nothing wrong with steadily gaining fans. Plus, he’s got bills to pay, lol.

    I happened to hear his audition on a random playlist the other day, and I was again struck by his raw blues power, followed by his bluegrass roots burning through on Swanee River Rock.

    I got used to the Idol big-band style Taylor but know a band like this costs big $$. His 2nd album is much better though. I like Seven Mile Breakdown and I am really pleased to know he’s got Nashville connections. I think he fits right into that scene. Plus, I’m not too far from the capital city. Heh.

    Glad Whomp is finally getting out there and for the ones who’ve been waiting. I am not crazy about the Whomp moniker but whatevs:)

    That cover is damn sexy! I too will always be a Taylor Hicks fan. He is the Boogie, lol!

    Hear, hear! :]

  42. when he performs the songs I don’t like LIVE, they are really something. The way he changes things up, makes them fuller ‘“ live is definately his strong suit and that is how he won the show.

    I would encourage every person who has the chance to go and see Taylor live, if possible. He really is a unique experience. I’ve always appreciated how Taylor weaves a combination of various songs together bringing in old favorites in the middle of a newer song, and I have NEVER seen anyone on stage get into the music the way that Taylor does. I still believe that Taylor is the most unique talent to come through Idol and he IS the anti Idol.

  43. Grease, cheesy? It’s a theater classic. Cheesy it’s not. I saw it in London in 1979 and have seen it with Taylor three times. Grease was a very smart move if you ask me. I’ve seen the huge crowds that gather to meet Taylor and buy his CD after the show.

    And MJ, to say with such certainty that Taylor will never have a hit record is remarkable. With that gift of foresight, let’s talk! Last I checked Powerball is up to $122 million. Now what are those winning numbers?

  44. Too bad Taylor has become a joke to the press, because they are missing the key element. He is an awesome entertainer. When he is done being on the road, I can see him with a Las Vegas act. Love the idea of an acting career.

    That is a gorgeous picture for the cover!

  45. I think Taylor might have to tour with someone “current” to get new fans to listen to his music and to appreciate how talented he is. The bashing in the press has resulted in a lot of potential fans not even willing to give him a chance which is unfortunate. The ironic thing is he is appreciated by a lot of highly regarded musicians and performers.

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