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`American Idol’ switches up judging format

TV American Idol“American Idol” tried to end on time Tuesday, implementing a format that allowed only two judges to review a singer. Host Ryan Seacrest explained: “We’re working in teams tonight, so we make it in on time.”  Judge Simon Cowell said they had to do it that way because fellow female panelists Paula Abdul and Kara Dioguardi talked too much last week. Still, the popular Fox talent contest ran three minutes over schedule. Last Tuesday’s show ran over by eight minutes. Judges did not have time to comment on Adam Lambert’s rendition of “Mad World.” The division of labor: Cowell and Abdul judged Lambert, Lil Rounds, Danny Gokey and Allison Iraheta. Dioguardi and Randy Jackson reviewed Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud and Kris Allen.  The night’s theme: songs of the cinema. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, an “Idol” superfan who appeared as a judge on the series’ third season, was a guest mentor. This time, Lambert performed in the middle of the telecast, thereby avoiding the danger of getting clipped by viewer recording devices.  The 27-year-old actor sang “Born to Be Wild” — and, as usual, Abdul went wild. She said Lambert dares “to dance the path of greatness.” Cowell was less enthusiastic, saying Lambert’s edgy take on the song from the classic 1969 film “Easy Rider” reminded him of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and might polarize people. On the other extreme, Cowell said he was “bored” by Gokey’s version of “Endless Love” from the 1981 romance of the same name. But he called the smokey-voiced Milwaukee native a “brilliant singer The Cowell-Abdul team enjoyed Iraheta’s Aerosmith cover of “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” from the 1998 blockbuster “Armageddon,” while the Jackson-Dioguardi duo heaped praise on Desai for his soulful take on the Bryan Adams ballad “(Everything I Do) I Do it For You” from 1991′s “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”  Jackson and Dioguardi were on the same page in reviewing Giraud, who sang Adams’ “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” from the 1994 movie “Don Juan DeMarco.” They agreed it wasn’t his best performance; Cowell, meanwhile, opened his mouth like he had something to say.  Rounds, 24, of Memphis, was left in the lurch once more.  She endured another round of criticism, this time for her rendition of the title anthem from 1979′s “The Rose.” “There’s no excuses anymore — you’re not the artist we met” earlier in the competition, Cowell said. Rounds argued back, saying she tried to inject some soul into the Bette Midler song. “Don’t ever be afraid to say what you feel, Lil,” Abdul soothed. “Those who matter don’t mind.”  And that’s where the show cut off.

Metallica shoved the mosh pit into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

metallicaHeavy metal’s heaviest hitters, whose menacing, monstrous sound has banged heads around the globe for decades, were inducted into rock’s shrine on Saturday night, capping a star-studded ceremony that felt much more like a concert than an awards show.  For the first time, the no-holds-barred show, back in Cleveland following a 12-year holdover in New York’s Waldorf-Astoria ballroom, was open to the public. And nearly 5,000 fans partied in the balconies inside renovated Public Auditorium as 1,200 VIPs dined below at tables costing as much $50,000 each.  Many of the came to pay homage to Metallica, which earned top billing in an eclectic 2009 class that included rap pioneers Run-DMC, virtuoso guitarist Jeff Beck, soul singer Bobby Womack and rhythm and blues vocal group Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Metallica’s members have survived some of the dark themes — death, destruction and desolation — that threads through its music, and their induction was a chance to celebrate their legacy as perhaps the hardest band to ever walk the earth. The event also served as a reunion as bassist Jason Newsted, who left the group in 2001, joined his former bandmates on stage for seering versions of “Master of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman.”  “Whatever the intangibles elements are that make a band the best, Metallica has them,” said Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who delivered a heartfelt speech in presenting the band. He recalled being on tour and hearing Metallica on the radio for the first time. “My mind was blown. It wasn’t punk rock. It wasn’t heavy metal. It just stood by itself,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was, but I knew it was a mighty thing.” In accepting their awards, Metallica’s members were joined by Ray Burton, the father of original bassist Cliff Burton, who died tragically in 1986 when the band’s tour bus skidded off an icy road in Sweden.  “Dream big and dare to fail, because this is living proof that it is possible to make a dream come true,” said frontman-guitaristr James Hetfield, who then rattled off a long list of hard-rocking bands he feels deserve induction. “Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Kiss, Ted Nugent, Iron Maiden, Motorhead. We’d like to invite them through the door,” said Hetfield, who concluded his remarks by wrapping Ulrich in a bear hug.  The evening ended with a jam for the ages as Metallica, Beck, Jimmy Page, Aerosmith’s Joe Tyler and Flea brought the house down with a performance of the Yardbirds’ “Train Kept A Rollin.”

A guitar virtuoso, Beck, who was previously inducted in 1992 with the Yardbirds, was put in for his solo work. Although best known for his rock accomplishments, Beck’s career has wandered a fretboard of genres ranging from blues to jazz to electronica. “Jeff’s style is totally unorthodox to the way anyone was taught,” said Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, who presented his longtime friend. “He keeps getting better and better and better.” Beck, wearing all white, was joined on stage by Page, a fellow guitar god, who played bass during a searing rendition of Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.”  With two turntables and a microphone, Run-DMC broke down the barriers between rock and rap. With sparse, stripped-down lyrics above pounding beats, the trio of Joseph “DJ Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell changed rap in the 1980s by taking the realities of the streets to the suburbs.

“They broke away from the pack by being the pack,” said rapper Eminem, looking like the band’s lost member by sporting the group’s trademark black fedora and black leather jacket. “They were the baddest of the bad and the coolest of the cool. Run-DMC changed my life.” “There’s three of them and if you grew up with hip hop like I did, they were the Beatles.”  Their remake and collaboration with Aerosmith on the rock band’s “Walk This Way” changed modern music.  “We were young guys with a new music that people thought was a fad, but we knew the culture was a way of life and we just lived it,” McDaniels said. “The music that we made then didn’t just impact friends, it impacted a generation. So I guess that’s what rock and roll does.” Any chance of a Run reunion ended with Mizell’s death in 2002, when he was shot to death outside his studio. His murder remains unsolved.  Mizell’s mother, Connie, accepted the award on his behalf.  “My baby is still doing it for me,” she said.   Simmons cited “so many smart people and so much help” several times during his speech. He also thanked Mrs. Mizell, who allowed the group to set up their equipment in her Hollis, Queens, living room.  “She never told us to turn the music down once,” Simmons said, turning to his late friend’s mom. “I’d like to thank you for that.”  Cleveland’s Womack, the son of a steelworker, is best known for his soulful voice, but he had far greater musical range as a talented songwriter and guitarist. He also branched into gospel, returning to the roots that got him his start with a family group, the Valentinos. He later played guitar for Sam Cooke.

Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones introduced Womack as “the voice that has always killed me. He brings me to tears.” Wood then recalled a night in New York when he and Womack hid as some Hells Angels gang members were roughing up Wilson Pickett. Little Anthony and the Imperials, who began their career singing on street corners in Brooklyn, N.Y., opened the program with a gorgeous medley of hits “Tears on My Pillow,” “Hurt So Bad,” and “I’m Alright.” Many in the crowd mouthed the familiar tracks as lead singer Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine’s falsetto filled the room.

Longtime friend Smokey Robinson presented the doo-wop group, calling their induction “long overdue.” ourdine thanked his music teacher, “wherever you are” during his induction speech. “We’ve been in this now for 50 years, and when we were kids we never imagined in our wildest dreams we’d ever be here,” he said. “Now that it’s here, the one thing we can look at and say is nobody can ever take this away from us.”  Drummer DJ Fontana and the late bassist Bill Black — both of Elvis Presley’s backup band — and keyboardist Spooner Oldham made it in the sidemen category.  Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson was inducted as an early influence. Dubbed the “Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice,” the 71-year-old Jackson got her start as a country singer. She was a flamboyant dresser, and her choice of skirts and high heels rankled some hardcore fans. It was Elvis Presley, whom she toured with the 1950s, who persuaded her to sing rock songs.  “She could really rock and still kept her femininity intact,” said presenter Roseanne Cash. “She’s the prototype for so many of us.”

Ben Montague new single

ben-montague2Can’t hold me down is an expression that seems to strike a sweet chord with singer songwriter Ben Montague at the moment. Not only is it the name of his debut single, it also perfectly depicts his soaring career right now.

Since bursting onto the live music scene this year, the London born singer songwriter has won the seal of approval by everyone from Genesis’ Mike Rutherford to Formula One’s Eddie Jordan, but more recently he has added American Idol Judge Kara Dioguardi to his ever increasing list of fans. On hearing Ben’s track Weight of Love, the multi-award winning and Grammy-nominee (who judges alongside a panel of Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell) immediately fell in love with it and recorded it with her own vocal.  Ben shot to fame when he recently performed an impromptu gig with Queen’s Roger Taylor and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason at one of Eddie Jordan’s celebrity packed Formula One parties. In the audience that night was Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike and the Mechanics fame who was so impressed by Ben’s ability that he invited him to write and record at the legendary Fisher Lane Farm studios, widely renowned as the venue where Genesis recorded most of their music. Creative studio sessions followed with Gary Go (who recently scored a support slot for Take That on their summer stadium tour which will see him perform in front of a million people in 1 month) and esteemed producer Peter-John Vetesse, (Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Dido, Mel C, Heather Small) and the result was Ben’s debut single ‘Can’t Hold Me Down’ (30th March). Offering a modern twist on many classic songwriters it is already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated debut releases from an artist this year.

As well as one of this country’s most promising songwriters Ben is a captivating live performer in his own right. After touring through Nashville, New York and LA he caught the ear of US publishers Kobalt, who have since hooked him up with some of their top writers. Ben is currently in talks about collaborations with Gary Burr (Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin), Mark Hudson (Aerosmith, Madonna), Dennis Matkosky (Keith Urban, LeAnne Rimes), Lindy Robbins (Backstreet boys, Anastacia), Curt Frasca & Sabelle Breer (Avril Lavigne, Madonna, Celine Dion), Jeff Cohen (Josh Groban, Nick Lachey) and Reed Vertelney (Michael Jackson).

Ben’s UK tour continues at the following dates:

19th March – Bristol – Louisiana
23rd March – Amber Rocks (charity concert hosted by Eddie Jordan)
29th March – Liverpool – Baby Blue (support to Paul Young)
9th April – Heathrow – Terminal 5
22nd April – Support to Joe Bonamassa @ The Sage, Gateshead
23rd April – Support to Joe Bonamassa @ The Civic, Wolverhampton
28th April – Support to Joe Bonamassa @ City Hall, Sheffield
29th April – Support to Joe Bonamassa @ St David’s Hall Glasgow

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