Taking a look back…

Looking back is good..right? It gives you a chance to reflect on the sum total of your life. It makes you realize what your life is really worth.

While browsing through some statistics, I realized that yesterday was a significant day in the life of my bouncing baby blog.  One year ago, this site registered the most hits it has ever received.  I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “My God, what was the headline on that fateful day??!?”  Well, peeps… my life apparently is worth nine minutes of illegally shot Taylor Hicks video…all in all, not much.

The Soul Patrol wanted to disembowel me in the square in front of the governor’s mansion in Birmingham. They wanted to parade my head on a stick through the streets and set it up on a post in front of Ona’s. Why? Because I dared to post video of Taylor singing.

If you’ve been around this blog at all…you just might remember it…

Because of this injustice to Taylor Hicks, somebody turned my Vimeo account into the authorities for having “illegal images.” Yep, Vimeo deleted all the videos, so I’m unable to, once more, share the immorality of stolen moments with you.  The Bastards.

And this video, this is for Taylor. Maybe this could be his next career move, since Grease served him so well:

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154 Responses to “Taking a look back…”

  1. That happened around that time to IDOL BLUES (RIP) too; someone turned it in for questionable material likely to try to hurt me. I contacted Blogger and had ban lifted that day. (I went to log in and was told blog was basically off limits and under investigation. lol)

    Sick really, the bastards that had all your vids killed. We can guess the ID regarding some of those who may have been that mental to think they’re doing something of value.

    Now watch, speculation – will be circulating that Mr. Hicks had ‘someone’ take those steps. (That’s to elevate him further in the 77-some-odd folks still hanging daily on line to talk about him. lol )

  2. Montgomery is the capital of Alabama not B’ham. Now that that is cleared up…what videos? The pool table videos????

  3. capitol? capital? I think it’s capitol…right?

  4. Don’t you just love it when the Soul Patrol Police come out in full force? The person that turned you in was probably jealous because they didn’t post the vid first-therefore didn’t get the hits on their blog/site.

    I couldn’t help but notice some of the same people posting the same bs as they do today. And what ever happened to “bitelight” ?

  5. Fairhope, haven’t you ever heard of poetic license? ahahahhaha

    It was the “illegally” shot video of Martyr’s…

  6. CS – Brightlight has had health issues she’s opted out of the on-line scene.

  7. Have to say I love that picture of Taylor. Seen him in several light colored suits since then and they look so fine. LOL.

  8. He was so huggable back then. It’s amazing what stress can do over time. He still looks good but has lost that youthful look in his face-at least IMHO.

  9. That was a fun look down memory lane! I’m sorry to hear that Brightlight has health issues. Her posts her pure insanity at it’s best! 🙂

    Poor Taylor, he sure had his fair share of crazies and the crazies drive out normal fans. A crazy-assed fanbase and sub-par music will kill anybodies career. Well, hope he finds his way in life, whatever that might be. Somewhere along the way, he lost his focus and didn’t keep his eyes on the prize.

  10. casualfan Says:

    I hope brightlight is well. She did give everyone a run for their money at times, but I did enjoy her spunk and dedication of being a T fan.

  11. I agree with Snow, that was a fun look down memory lane. We are all a year older, including Taylor. Wonder if he is more or less satisfied with his career today. I think it is safe to say that many on this blog are less pleased with him then they were a year ago.

  12. casualfan Says:

    I think it is safe to say that many on this blog are less pleased with him then they were a year ago.
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    I don’t think that it’s if anyone is less pleased but more like not really caring at this point. Seems that most have become ghosts or drifted back into reality. Even the die hards are fading away.

  13. NotYourGrandma Says:

    Following his career these days is as interesting to me as watching paint dry. I wholeheartedly do not think Grease helped his career one bit or made him new fans. It also seems he tweets reluctantly – takes some quick photo of nothing and thinks “that should appease them for now.” It’s all very impersonal. And his interviews are usually just canned answers. It’s hard to stay interested. And don’t get me started on what’s left of his fan base.

    It’s kind of sad as he seemed so full of potential after his win. But things just went downhill after that last Idol performance in May 2007.

  14. He’s skilled at tossing around the catnip for sure.

  15. The reason peeps continue going down memory lane is because that’s all that’s left. Sitting around the house watching WATW 20 times a day only reminds one of what once was and will never be again.

  16. I am happy for Taylor that he gets good reviews from Grease.

    I would not be that kind. I saw it here in Saint Louis and really loved Ace. He did a great job! The whole cast really worked hard! Then this clown comes on the stage strutting around for a little while and gets STAR billing??

    The haters would love Taylor in this role. He gives them a good laugh. As a fan …complete turn-off. What was he thinking???

    The song after the show was completely out of place and looked desperate. Maybe doing Grease made money, but I seriously doubt that he gained any fans.

    The Taylor of today is far removed from the one I was texting my fingers off to win Idol. I have no idea what happened.

  17. casualfan Says:

    I saw it here in Saint Louis and really loved Ace. He did a great job! The whole cast really worked hard!
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    Now this I can agree with. No doubt the ENTIRE cast works really, really hard each and every night because they are dedicated to their craft. Hopefully, people seek out their autographs and Ace is allowed to display his music in the lobbies after the shows. Perhaps Ace can perform his new single afterwards and rotate with T…ya think?

  18. Hmmmm. It’s feeling like the “Winter Blues” in here. LOL. I think Taylor did what he needed to do to keep afloat. While I might wish he didn’t have to do Grease and could tour his CD only, that is not the case right now. Music/show business is a slippery slope. His name is still out there and he is making connections with some talented musicians so I don’t count him out. He may or may not reach the level of stardom some wish for him but I have no doubt he’ll be able to keep making a living in music and that’s better than a lot of talented musicians can say.

  19. blueberry Says:

    I must have missed the video debacle so I can not voice an opinion on that. I sincerely hope the ghosts come back because I enjoy this place so much…most days it is a refuge from the insanity that sometimes happens in real life. Whether Taylor related or not, there is something to learn here (and if I was a psych major it would be a goldmine).

    But I really do not understand some things. Am I the only one who doesn’t care that a musician does not tweet, video chat etc? And even if it was promised, I’m still like, “so what”. I do not want this relationship (for lack of a better word) to be personal.

    I just want, even more than a CD, a good concert to attend. I do not care that I do not know more than the handful of the biographical facts I now know. I wish this guy success in whatever manner he would like that success to be, but that wish is no different that the basic goodwill feelings I have for any person I do not know. And I know that there might be a silent period of any number of years when musicians don’t put out any new music and although I’ve not considered myself a patient person, I’ll have to rethink that because I must be. I refuse to believe that I am the only abnormal “fan” like this out there.

  20. Snowstorm Says:

    I really think that many of these Idols lose perspective after they’ve been on Idol. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be on the most popular TV show with millions watching you and the world telling you that you are the best thing since sliced bread. I really do think it goes straight to their heads and they feel they have it made and everything will come easily. It’s just not true. Once the show ends, whether you are the winner or not, you still have to work hard post-Idol.

    Idols are rookies in the entertainment business, so they must get the best agent, managers and personnal who will steer them in the right direction. I have a feeling in Taylor’s case, he was a hard-head and wanted to do things his way. He said so himself, “they can’t mold me”. You also never want to bite the hand that feeds you.

  21. You are not the only one Blueberry. LOL. I follow a few musicians on Twitter and some may tweet more often than Taylor but it is often just nonsense stuff. LOL. The few fan sites for other artists I pop in on, don’t seem any more active than Taylor’s sites and many are not as active. And yes, you are right most artists have long silent periods. I do think some fans are unrealistic as to how much daily, weekly or monthly info or new projects needs to come from Taylor. For me it’s just fun on the sites most of the time and if it gets too bogged down in Doom & Gloom or name calling I just log off and enter my real life. LOL. But I must say I’ve met and conversed on-line with some terrific people and been introduced to a lot of new music as well as learning some interesting info about the music business.

  22. hicksaholic Says:

    Idols are rookies in the entertainment business, so they must get the best agent, managers and personnal who will steer them in the right direction. I have a feeling in Taylor’s case, he was a hard-head and wanted to do things his way. He said so himself, “they can’t mold me”. You also never want to bite the hand that feeds you.

    Snow, I have to agree with you on this. I don’t know for sure obviously but my gut feel is Taylor felt invincible coming off of Idol and thought he could call a lot more of the shots without negative ramifications than wound up being the case. I fully believe if he had it to do over again he would have been a good bit more cooperative. There is always the outside chance that TPTB were trying to screw him over from the beginning and he was just fighting back but it just doesn’t make sense. As popular as he was coming off Idol I feel sure TPTB wanted to capitalize on that popularity.
    I guess it’s irrelevant now. Nothing can be changed. The only thing I have occasionally wished for is a major revival of Taylor’s career even if it involved AI management. Everybody loves a comeback story (Jennifer Hudson) and I think having a comeback from obscurity(may as well not sugarcoat it) would be a way to liven up AI. I swear a little radio play could help a lot. Probably a crazy idea. I just don’t know at this point if anything will revive Taylor’s career to anything like it was post idol. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe he hated the price of that much popularity although I doubt it.

  23. casualfan Says:

    Snow-Great post and Amen!

  24. casualfan Says:

    Taylor wasn’t prepared for what he got. He was thrown to the wolves but he also had an arrogant attitude and from what has been said…extremely hard to work with. The movie industry will be 10xs harder than where he’s at now.

  25. casualfan Says:

    Wasn’t there suppose to be some big annoucement from Taylor today? Is it a major movie role? Leading guy in a TV show? New cd?

  26. Lots of food for thought here. My son and daughter in law were big fans. They bought his first CD and saw him once on his 07 tour. They liked his first CD, The Right Place, JTFTW, and others and couldn’t understand the lack of radio play. By the time TD came out, it was out of sight out of mind for them as seems to be the case with most of his original fans. I gifted them TD, and they only liked Nineteen and the song with Elliott, but still they were shocked by so few CD’s sold. Taylor is once again under the general publics radar. So many liked him on AI, even if it was as only that crazy old looking guy. They never bought his music or followed his career. I do think a few of those people go to see him in Grease, just to see what he does. He is still a name, but without current fame.

  27. You need to remember that a tiny group of people follow Taylor Hicks. His lack of popularity has nothing to do with what he tweets or blogs or doesn’t. He is simply out of sight, out of mind for the masses, as are the other contestants and winners who are not heard on the radio, seen or TV or written about in magazines. The masses know nothing and care nothing about TPTB or what when wrong. Only things that will get Tay on the radar now, is a hit song on the radio , a hit role in a movie, tv or Broadway. He mentioned DWTS on Orlando radio this morning, and now I’m thinking he’d go for that in a heartbeat. He wants to be famous and be on TV.

  28. Snowstorm Says:

    hicksaholic, Taylor’s biggest mistake was not signing with 19E. Something tells me they were very upset over this. Sony didn’t do right by him, either. It’s all politics and money.

    Wouldn’t that be great if Taylor made a comeback! He has talent. You never know what the future brings.

  29. Snowstorm Says:

    I think Taylor would do DWTS if he was asked to. I don’t think Taylor is a good enough dancer and will end up being laughed at. He has trouble doing the hand jive, so how in the world will he be able to master much more difficult dance moves?

  30. What’s going on here! Sweetay posting like sourtay and Snowstorm posting like a gentle rain shower.

  31. Not sure Taylor was being that much of a hard ass with TPTB. The rumors of arrogant attitude were just that rumors. He did have an idea of what kind of artist he wanted to be but I don’t think that is a bad thing. He did not sign with 19 but it was not manditory and he did have legal advice so it’s a little hard to second guess that. He may have been better off to have signed in hind sight but who knows? Reuben did everything they wanted and he is pretty much off the radar too. Cook is not a huge star and Kris is off to the slowest start of any winner. So maybe it’s more the genre they are in and not whether he submitted to TBTB or not. The females and one non-winner rocker are the reported breakout stars. Not one in the genre of soul or adult contemporary. Personally I think after the first few seasons they decided there was more than just the winner to make a lot of money off of. They decided to throw the initial beginning promotion money at the winner but not get in too deep if there looked to be a break out star among the runner ups. Let’s face it they are going to promote the artist that will earn the most money for the least amount of promo money. Kris may windup getting the shaft from last year, we’ll see. I’m running on here but I guess my point is that the lack of support and the down right making fun of Taylor could have been a warning to others to sign with them but if he had signed it might not have changed much because his music was harder to push than the rocker Daughtry.

  32. casualfan Says:

    I don’t watch DWTS but if T was on there, I would have to reconsider. That will be highly interesting to me.

  33. Snow, you are right the last place I would want to see Taylor is on DWTS. LOL.

  34. NotYourGrandMa Says:

    It’s not that tweeting is so important, my point was it’s about doing/saying something interesting to keep people interested while you’re not making music. Grease is not interesting and saying the same thing over and over again in interviews isn’t either.

    Snow, agreed 100%. Not signing with 19 E was a major mistake. It’s just logic. 19E is owned by Simon Fuller who is also the creator of AI. Why would Simon be motivated to promote Taylor after his win and use his powerful show to do it when he wouldn’t be getting a cut? Of course he promoted Daughtry, he’s a business man with money being the bottom line. I guess Taylor thought he could do it on his own and he was wrong. I don’t think anyone screwed Taylor, I really don’t. I think he screwed himself by making bad career decisions.

    Grease was ok for a little while, but TWO YEARS of a really cheesy gig??? That to me was career suicide. He would have been better off being an opening act for some other musician or even doing Survivor or some lame reality show.

  35. Dee says:
    Kris is off to the slowest start of any winner

    I’m wondering if this is an opinion, or based on actual figures? For my part, I’ve heard Kris’ release on our radio stations several times. The only thing I’ve ever heard get radio play for Taylor was the coronation song.

  36. I don’t think anyone screwed Taylor, I really don’t. I think he screwed himself by making bad career decisions.
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    And I think Taylor knows it too. 😉

  37. It’s more than likely, we will never know the whole story regarding what happened with 19. The winner is given a recording contract, that’s it. There is no promise of management or promotion, but, they hold the option, so, maybe they didn’t want to manage him. We’ll also never know what Taylor did or didn’t do to cause that. It may be as simple, as them not believing he could be current, so, they put all of their eggs in Daughtry’s basket.

    Of course, he’s made some bad career decisions, who doesn’t at some point. Which decisions were bad, is just each of our opinions, based on our hopes for him.

    I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but, I do still find it strange, that every idol contestant, except Taylor, is able to get radio play & their video shown on VH1. Nobody is going to make me believe his singles/videos were worse than every other contestant’s.

    I do agree with Blueberry, as far as, not caring about Tweets & such. I just want the CDs, DVDs, & live concerts to continue. What he does to make the money to do that, I’m OK with, as long as it’s legal LOL.

  38. Poke Salad Annie Says:

    Dancin, your post makes more sense than any I’ve read, and I could not agree with you more…Well said!

  39. YKW yes not just my opinion the numbers for Kris’s debut sales week was 80,000. He was the first winner not to crack the top 10. Before Kris, Jordin Sparks was the lowest. Her first weeks sales was 119,000. Taylor’s first weeks sales was 350,000.
    Not to say Kris won’t do well. I think he will.

  40. Not Your Grandma, the thought of Hicks on Survivor made me laugh. lol Oh man.

    Rosie wrote, “What’s going on here! Sweetay posting like sourtay and Snowstorm posting like a gentle rain shower.: lol It must have been opposites day.

    I think DWTS would be great. I’d watch it. lol *Do it, do it, do it*(sending subliminal msgs. to Hicks).

    Hicksaholic, “Taylor felt invincible coming off of Idol …” of course he did, man he had all the celebs coming to the show to see him, really, he had Big Buzz and man, The Hoff cried. (LOL)

    Sweetay keeping it REAL, “I would not be that kind. I saw it here in Saint Louis and really loved Ace. He did a great job! The whole cast really worked hard! Then this clown comes on the stage strutting around for a little while and gets STAR billing??” Exactly what my thoughts have been watching vids… not what I thought for him at all either.

    casualfan, “The reason peeps continue going down memory lane is because that’s all that’s left. Sitting around the house watching WATW 20 times a day only reminds one of what once was and will never be again.” Some are doing just that. Sad really.

  41. why am I in moderation? have I been bad?

  42. Dee, you left out some facts regarding Kris Allen, which you did not research. While it’s true that Adam Lambert outsold Kris in cd sales. Kris easily outsold Adam in I-tunes sales. Kris’ single Live Like We’re Dying” is in the top 40 and is getting more and more radio airplay. None of Adam’s singles even came close to the Top 40. There’s still a chance that What Do Want From Me, can move up the charts, but so far, that has not happened. Kris’ video is still going strong on VH1, while Adam’s video was dropped after one week.

    It’s clear to me that Kris is outdoing Adam and clearly outdid Taylor by miles and miles. Taylor had some success with cd sales, although he did not sell a million; his singles still did nothing.

  43. I’ll tell you why Taylor Hicks got NO radio airplay and why Adam Lambert is heading down that same road. The radio stations hate organized American Idol fanclubs spamming their radio stations. You irritated them to no end when you requested out of their market. AI fans still think it’s about voting when AI ends. Wrong!

    Over-zealous fanbases kill careers. Remember that letter on Taylor’s myspace telling you to stop requesting and to mail a letter? Which was funny because who’s going to mail a letter? Didn’t that give you a clue?

  44. Sunny, some of mine are doing it also. I figured out to not use seasonal terms like: Autumn, Summer, Winter or SNOW. 😉

  45. casualfan Says:

    Thanks for the link. Both guys are very talented and no doubt we will be hearing alot of music from both of them.

  46. Snow wrote:
    “Dee, you left out some facts regarding Kris Allen, which you did not research. While it’s true that Adam Lambert outsold Kris in cd sales.”

    I made no mention of comparing Kris and Adam in sales??? But the numbers you found are interesting as well as the article. AI the last couple years has really pushed single downloads on Itunes. Much more than they ever did in Taylor’s season.

  47. littlewing Says:

    Sorry that Brightlight is having some health issues. I always appreciated her candor and she always had the facts to back it up, lol.

    Wouldn’t that be great if Taylor made a comeback! He has talent. You never know what the future brings.

    Yeah! Best post I’ve read all day.

    <em<they wanted to disembowel me on the square in front of the governor's mansion LOL, love that! It is unfortunate what happened with the Martyr videos – the enforcers came out and all hell broke loose. I mean, I saw their side, but hell, it hurt what? Nothing. I do have to ask myself sometimes though, after 4 years on this roller coaster ride, why do I keep up with him still? And I think it’s because I believe that he has sooo much potential. Though it didn’t pan out the way we had imagined, I believe he’ll enjoy a great career.

    Regarding his communication with fans, it’s true blogging won’t help him out much in the grand scheme of things, but I do think that since the Twitterverse is on fire right now and is a powerful medium, it would be an excellent way to connect with his fellow musicians and friends and get the word out on new music, highlighting other bands, or causes that either he or those he follows support. We don’t need soliloquies or anything. 😉 It’s just a great way to get to get connected and get his name out there and gain followers outside the SP. So I think he should approach it from that angle.

    btw, Fairhope, you were right the first time, ‘capital’ is the city and ‘capitol’ refers to the building 🙂

  48. What were on those damn videos??????????

  49. Taylor’s cockels are warm tonight! He has so many nannys and guidence counselors.

  50. hicksaholic Says:

    I am with Snow for what it’s worth- Taylor’s biggest mistake was not signing with 19. Of course who knows why he didn’t? Perhaps he thought he could do it without them-my theory) or they were difficult to work with from an artistic perspective. Of course, even if he had signed he might not have been successful but somehow I don’t buy that. With his popularity coming off the show I think he could have sang anything and it would have been at least moderately successful.
    IF Taylor had had any kind of radio play coming out of AI he would have succeeded I feel sure. I think not signing with 19 killed him and he has been trying to recover ever since.

  51. rosie Says:

    January 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm
    Taylor’s cockels are warm tonight! He has so many nannys and guidence counselors.
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    LOL-Rosie, You’ve done more than your fair share of playing both of those roles dear. 😉

    BTW-Hope you are feeling better.

  52. hicksaholic Says:

    Wonder what a cockel is, heard the expression just not sure what it means. If Rosie is using it maybe it is balls related.

  53. Dee, yes I realize you did not mention Adam Lambert, however, your post suggested that Kris is not doing well and it simply is not true. Kris is having success with I-tunes and his song is doing well, something Taylor could only wish for. Congrats to Kris who has the #1 video on VH1!

  54. “With his popularity coming off the show I think he could have sang anything and it would have been at least moderately successful.”

    I definitely agree with this. Taylor was very popular coming off the show. Hey, he sold 300,000 of the TH cd the first week and had the second highest CD sales of the week. That is a big accomplishment, especially since he had no single released at the time. If Sony had done right by him and picked the most contemporary song to be the single, which in my opinion, was Give Me Tonight, promoted it properly, and made a video, I really think he would still be popular with the masses. 19/Sony really screwed him.

  55. Just watched the George Clooney Haiti marathon, we were out last night but taped it. Jennifer Hudson looked gorgeous and did a really good version of “Let It Be”.

    On the non-Idol front several performances were quite good, but Dave Matthews paired with Neil Young sounded like a pair of cats yowling. lol DMan walking through den asked me, “WTF who’s screeching? That’s just horrible. ”

    All in all though, for a great cause, hope it raises tons of money for Haiti. We’ve donated already but may do so again. I just hope the funding actually reaches the people and helps out those orphaned children.

    Cheers. Happy Saturday.

  56. hicksaholic Says:

    Jennifer has been on a major diet. She looks great, has lost a lot of weight.
    She did sound really good although I would never pay to go see a whole concert of her singing. Just not my thing but she is really talented. What season AI was she? I have forgotte. Was it three, the one Fantasia won?

  57. hicksaholic Says:

    Sorry forgotten

  58. Time to weigh in. Jen came out 7th on Season 3, won by Fantasia. Who knew she could act, but I knew she could sing. Cockels is such a fun word, and one I intend to use more often with regards to Tay. Cockels means the core of one’s being, and I have several thoughts to where Tay’s core lies, thus his cockels. His cockels are surrounded by his ballsiness. There were so many good ideas expressed on this thread and I agreed with most everyone, one way or another. Sunny was so right about Tay feeling invincable when he won AI. Elimination bottom four night, Rebecca Romaine requested he sing Jailhouse Rock again. On the Idol boards peeps were declaring him the new Elvis and praising his every body part and singing and performing. He had believed in his voice, struggled and continued on, despite being dissed in Nashville and LA. He must have felt vindicated by the masses when he won. Then came the People Mag honor and cheers on the tour. I can’t blame him if it went to his head. He was the most interesting and unique talent to come from the first 5 seasons of AI. That is why he was offered a book deal. The lack of a single record, out of the gate, and no vid, did him in with regards to sales and building momentum and cashing in on his fame and talent. Three or four of the songs on the TH cd, were not only radio friendly and worthy, but a hell of a lot better than most of the songs from other AI contestents. Sweetay refered to Tay as teen angle as a clown, and Spin agreed. Actors take a part and make it their own, no matter how big or small the part, or how different from their real life. Taylor has done that with his role as teen angel. Thus he gets laughs, entertains his audience, and once again proves he is ballsy and not a one trick pony. His commitment to such a long run, may have been a mistake in hindsight. I’m sure he has had to pass up other things, such as small roles in TV series and who knows what else.

  59. casualfan Says:

    I’m sure he has had to pass up other things, such as small roles in TV series and who knows what else.
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    Hmmm, interesting Rosie. I can’t imagine him having to pass on anything like this because I personally don’t see how he’s been asked to do any of this, but whatever floats your boat hon.

  60. CF, Jordin posted she is thrilled to be asked to be on Bones. Ruben, Clay, Daughrty, and Ace have been on TV shows since Tay has been in Grease. Fantasia has a reality show. There could be others who have made guest appearances. Then also, there could have been other Broadway roles. A spokesperson said they would have welcolmed other Idols on the Haiiti releif telathon. I have no cyrstal ball, but I do think that from June 08- June 10, Tay could have been an invited guest on some show. Bottom line is not just what some fan thinks, with regards to Taylors worth on network TV. but what the execs and advertisers think. You and others here think no one wants Mr. Hicks for anything, anywhere or anytime.

  61. Thanks Rosie. Now I can get a good night’s rest knowing that Taylor could have been invited as a guest somewhere on June 8th-10th. 😉

  62. Fantasia also had a movie made about her life also. It was actually pretty good.

  63. hicksaholic Says:

    I think Taylor is still very recognizable to the masses. I feel sure he will have an opportunity to at least play a bit part on a tv show. I hope he can get an even better role. I have no illusions that he could act like Jen Hudson but you never know, if he gets the right part.
    I don’t think Rosie is off in the clouds. Taylor’s very popular in Grease but he has very little time for any other gigs right now. When his commitment to Grease is up hopefully we will see him have some other opportunities. My concern(for me, not Taylor) is it might be Broadway again. Broadway (or national tours of Broadway) seems to provide a steady paycheck. It just gets a little boring for me as a fan, particularly a music fan.

  64. Somebody has to be up above the clouds when there are so many grave diggers busy on the ground.

  65. Rose, I simply agreed on the part that “Grease” wasn’t what or where I initially thought he’d be doing now, back in 06. It’s his career, but that’s my observation. I’m not trying to tell him what he should be doing just stating what I thought he had going for him back then.

    Regarding June, what is that about anyway? Regarding the Haiti telethon and the folks running it having expressed someplace they’d have on more Idols, haven’t seen that anyplace. That would have been a great thing to be a part of and he’d have had millions of people watching him. The iTunes exposure would have been huge. Apparently he either did not know about it, no one asked him to participate or he had to do “Grease” instead… You know, woulda coulda shoulda. It’s neither here nor there. Fact remains he’s in a Broadway musical touring nationally and that’s that.

  66. I have a strong urge to travel the 1 hr. 45min. to Hershey Pa. to see Tay for the 3rd time in Grease. It will be nice weather in Apr. and I haven’t been to Hershey for 33 yrs, so an overnight visit seems like a decent plan. The M&G’s there are going for $86.00, and never had one and want one. I want to tell Tay who I am and discuss his warm cockels, and will even reguest the favor to rub his forearm. I’ll do all the talking, so he won’t have to. Hope to show him he has a sane fan, and tell him the online fan thing is a trip. Don’t need notin signed just to feel that way. My post answering Sunny is missing. Maybe I didn’t submit.

  67. casualfan Says:

    Rosie, No doubt Taylor would enjoy that. If you get the chance to go-by all means do. The constant support of the SP returning to see Grease is most likely very comforting for Taylor. Maybe you can meet both Ace and T which will make it extra special.

  68. HeheCF! Sunny, I meant June 2008-June 2010, the two years he has been tied up with Grease. There is no magic 3 day window coming for Tay June 8-10, 2010. Kat and Archie’s peeps contacted the telethon peeps and thus were there. The spokesperson said no other idols requested to be on and if they had, they’d be welcome. There were tons of big names, so perhaps they would have just answered the phones. Tay never imagined a cone ride until sometime in 2008. It is an acting gig and one he does well.

  69. Rose of any one of us in this rag tag group, myself included, you would be a great choice to rep us all. Do it, then let us know how it goes, lol. I’d love to be a fly on the wall. hehehehe

  70. casualfan Says:

    Curious to know what door will open next for Hicks in the upcoming chapter of whatever his career choice will be.

  71. My advice to you Rosie. Rent a kid for the Meet and Greet. Then you can get a good look at him on the sly while he interacts with the kid. LOL.

  72. hicksaholic Says:

    My gut feel is as soon as Rosie tells Taylor who she is and she wants to discuss his warm cockels she won’t have to worry whether he talks or not. She will be too busy trying to stop him from running away from her.

  73. hicksaholic Says:

    Whoever Katharine has as management now is doing a great job. Taylor needs a little of that when he leaves Grease. All of a sudden Katharine is everywhere.

  74. casualfan Says:

    hicksaholic Says:

    January 24, 2010 at 6:50 pm
    My gut feel is as soon as Rosie tells Taylor who she is and she wants to discuss his warm cockels she won’t have to worry whether he talks or not. She will be too busy trying to stop him from running away from her.
    =============================================
    LOL! He’s so cute when he gets embarrassed. He either puts his head down and pretends like he didn’t hear anything or he stares straight ahead. Taylor’s body language can be quite telling. I have an ex the same way.

  75. casualfan Says:

    hicksaholic Says:

    January 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm
    Whoever Katharine has as management now is doing a great job. Taylor needs a little of that when he leaves Grease. All of a sudden Katharine is everywhere.
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    I like Kat. Her latest single is pretty darn good. Don’t care for the hair but she does have a good voice and good management backing her.

  76. casualfan Says:

  77. casualfan Says:

    Maybe country music is her calling afterall. For me at least-she’s way better than Carrie Underwood. Wishing her great success in her music career.

  78. Hicksaholic, I’m not wacky, I’d leave out discussing his cockels, but I’d like to tell him in person that I think he is ballsy. Now a tag like hicksaholic or taylorgasm might scare him, but rosie sounds so mild mannered. I just caught the end of the CSI NY esisode that Daughtry was in. Daughtry has his big music career and doesn’t care about acting. Kat and Tay would like to act. Just don’t understand all the doubts some have that Taylor couldn’t act well or that no one would want him. My goodness, even on the BB peeps go on and on about Tay embaressing himself if he were to be on DWTS, or that he couldn’t do it straight without acting goofy. The lack of faith is the gray haired guy who captured America’s votes on AI astounds me. Kat’s husband is in the business, so maybe he has connections. I even read a suggestion in a woman’s magazine that listening to her new CD is a good idea for winter.

  79. casualfan Says:

    Actually Rosie, Daughtry has stated that he enjoys acting so hopefully we will see him doing more roles. I loved him in CSI even though it was a small part. He would make a great villain. I thought Kat did do something in a movie, but I could be wrong.

    Regarding Taylor, I’m thinking some of us are a little stunned by his turnaround from it being “all about the music” to “it’s all about what makes me popular” mentality.

    But whatever road he chooses, I’m assuming that we ALL want for him to succeed but it doesn’t stop us from being disappointed.

  80. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL! WOOOHOOOO!

  81. I’m more inclined to think it went from “all about the music” to “all about paying the bills”, but, that’s just me.

  82. hicksaholic Says:

    “I’m more inclined to think it went from “all about the music” to “all about paying the bills”, but, that’s just me.”

    Dancin, you’re probably right about that. You can’t blame him for that. Although I think Taylor loves music I think he wants to be financially successful. If acting provides that success he is willing to do it. His grandmother said he told her when he was 10 or 11 he was going to be famous one day and have a Lamborghini so in all likelihood he would never be satisfied just being a broke musician. Some of that may be money related and what it allows him to have but some of it may be validation to him of his worthiness or talent. With his history growing up that doesn’t seem like that much of a stretch.

    LOL, Rosie about the name hicksholic. My daughter kiddingly gave it to me during Taylor’s AI season and it stuck. What’s really bad is if I inadvertently post on a non Taylor related board as hicksaholic. I know readers see that and go WTF

  83. hicksaholic Says:

    I am really excited for the Saints. That was an incredible game and although I wanted them to win you couldn’t help but feel bad for Brett Favre. I wish they could have played in the Superbowl not Indianoplis. I would be scared of Peyton if I was NO- he’s a football completion machine.

  84. Poke Salad Annie Says:

    Congrats to the Saints….but, I feel bad for Brett Favre,too…He’s a tough old bird…banged up and taped up, he gets back in the game and sends it into overtime…However, I agree with Hicksaholic. Beware of Peyton Manning. He’s a robot. Awesome QB. Super Bowl should be a high powered offense slug fest.

  85. Well, I could not blame him if he is focusing on all about the bills. I don’t buy into that “Starving for your Art Crap”. LOL. Probably because both myself and my daughter are artists. LOL.
    I don’t think we can assume anything from something he said at 10 or 11. LOL. I heard that he did buy his Dad a house and his Grandma a car. Nice kid!!
    I’m sure he feels he has to make all the money he can to secure himself and then he can afford to play the music the way he wants to.

  86. casualfan Says:

    It’s funny-Peyton is Archie Manning’s son who was a famous NO Saints QB in the 70’s.

  87. Ange Bleu Says:

    Good heavens, no! I think Taylor would be entirely wrong for DWTS. He is totally uncoordinated in his moves. He’d be one of the first to be eliminated.

    Hey, I think his next album will be country. I remember in April, after the AI show in which he made an appearance, he was sitting down on a bench with Simon Cowell to his right. Randy Jackson was standing up facing them. Simon urged Taylor to stop singing the type of music he was performing, which he apparently felt wasn’t commercial enough, and turn to country. He told Taylor that in his judgment he felt he would do much better as a country singer. Randy joined in the conversation and said that he agreed. Taylor should stop singing the type of songs he had been doing and turn to country. Taylor seemed to be in agreement, and both Simon and Randy were totally sincere.

  88. casualfan Says:

    IMO-Taylor is at his best with bluesy-southern-rock tunes. SMB is a good song, but going all the way country doesn’t fit him. At least that’s my opinion. A touch of country is good but not all out Nashville style.

  89. casualfan Says:

    Dee Says:

    January 25, 2010 at 9:44 am
    Well, I could not blame him if he is focusing on all about the bills. I don’t buy into that “Starving for your Art Crap”. LOL. Probably because both myself and my daughter are artists.
    ============================================
    I know quite a few musicians, artists, actors who would disagree with you on this. Some people truly live for their creativity because it runs in their veins. They have chosen that kind of lifestyle not because of the money, but because of the creativity. Contrary to popular belief…not everyone is seeking fame and fortune. Some people are in it for the rush, the intense dedication of being able to express themselves and to share their gift with others.

    The fame and fortune are only a perks-not the goal.

  90. casualfan Says:

    A tweet from a true musician…I LOVE this guy!
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    vinceesquire if you perform music just for the sake of possibly becoming famous…you make me sick.
    33 minutes ago from mobile web

  91. latest Taylor Tweet…

    “SoHo. Meeting with agents about TV stuff. ”

    what does SoHo stand for?

  92. hicksaholic Says:

    SoHo is a neighborhood in NYC right? Unless there ia another SoHo.

  93. hicksaholic Says:

    I think it stands for south of Houston or some Ho street in NYC

  94. Dee…I don’t buy into the starving artists crap either. The artists/actors and etc who claim to just want to be creative and true to their music just haven’t had the opportunity to be rich and famous yet and would grab the chance if presented.

    Doing it just for the creativity sounds good but really..I wonder how the landlord. the grocery store the gas pumps etc like being paid in creativity.

    I think it is a nice gesture to say I just want to create…but a bit impossible to carry through unless you have rich parents or a sugar mama/daddy.

  95. Casual Fan we can agree to disagree on this one. LOL. Taylor WAS that starving artist for ten years. I think he earned the right to make some money finally!
    I’ve hung around with that starving artist crowd too and quite a few of them talk a good Creativity vs Fame conversation with a little bit of holier than thou sprinkled in. But those same people were never actually faced with the prospect of being famous so it is just conversation. If they really had the option to choose they might be singing a different tune. LOL. Just something to think about.

  96. LOL. Anne I like how you think. LOL.

  97. SoHo is a nice trendy area in Manhatten. I even think a few celebs live there. Some musicians are more shy or reclusive, but Tay said up front he likes to entertain. Some actors are shy or quiet and come off as boring and miserable on interviews. Harrison Ford played all those dynamic roles, but he looks like he hates being on TV talking like a real person.

  98. casualfan Says:

    I agree Dee and it’s great to have a well balanced conversation which I really do enjoy. I find it most interesting reading what others think and feel, especially when there is genuine passion behind their thoughts. I have also found that speaking from a fan perspective and speaking from a neutral perspective is often quite different. But that’s what makes blogs like this so darn interesting….at least IMHO. 😉

  99. casualfan Says:

    And in all fairness to these struggling musicians who really are all about the music….they often have to work other side jobs, be away from their families, make great sacrifices for what their real true love is…the music.

    I remember Suzanne Thrash saying in a People Magazine issue about Taylor right after his win that music is Taylor’s true mistress. Interesting how fame can make one change where one’s loyalties lie.

  100. Snowstorm Says:

    All contestants on AI want fame and if they don’t get it thru music, they’ll get it anyway they can. All of you fans who are saying that Taylor is “all about the music” were fooled by him.

    I’ll bet money that his next TV gig is reality TV or possibly a guest spot on a soap opera.

  101. Crazymomelon Says:

    Is this where I want to make my virgin post? Probably not, but maybe I can organize my thoughts here.
    I’ve been reading here for a few weeks. Mostly bemused. But what’s called me out is this discussion of Art for Art’s Sake, aka “It’s all about the music”. I’ve always wondered at how one’s artistic self is somehow diminished or compromised by one’s need for food and shelter.

    casualfan says, “And in all fairness to these struggling musicians who really are all about the music….they often have to work other side jobs, be away from their families, make great sacrifices for what their real true love is…the music.”

    Waiting tables. maybe? What if said musician were in a position to, say, headline a road production of a popular musical? Is that job too ‘good’ to fund The Music? A TV shot is unworthy, but refinishing floors at a Nursing home is A-OK?

    You guys were totally outed when you argued the “success” of Adam Lambert and Kris..whatever..vs. Taylor.

    This is just another American Idol blog. heh.

  102. CF I too enjoy your thoughts. But don’t be too quick to decide Taylor’s true feelings about his music has changed. It could be he sees this Grease thing and the other detours he has taken as the sacrifice HE has to make at this time in his life. Having already done the starving musician gig for so long I think he has proved his feelings about his music. We tend to think here and now when sometimes it seems Taylor is thinking further down the line so we really don’t know. He may feel that there is still a possibility to obtain a much higher level of fame which in turn would translate to more fans to support solo tours with his music. AND lets not forget that at the time Taylor tried out for AI, a lot of his serious musician friends thought he was selling out, when in Taylor mind he was just trying to get his voice heard. I think Taylor winning has brought out the David Cooks and Kris Allens to give AI a try.

  103. casualfan Says:

    Your response Dee is more than fair and much appreciated. I think we all tend to veer off that beaten path at times and are too quick to judge not only Taylor but each other as in who is a “hater” and who is a “true” fan. I think all of us ultimately want to see him succeed in whatever he does, but it doesn’t take away the disappointment that some of us feel about the music not being there. That doesn’t make us bad fans or haters.

    Someone who is reading this blog today made a comment elsewhere that she wished all of us “haters” would leave and be gone forever. I find that statement very sad and I feel sorry for that person. To put so much energy into that kind of aggression is very unhealthy.

  104. casualfan Says:

    I think Taylor winning has brought out the David Cooks and Kris Allens to give AI a try.
    ============================================
    I agree with this all the way. Danny Gokey said that Taylor is one of the main sources of inspiration for him trying out for AI so we now have Danny who I enjoy too.

  105. casualfan says, “And in all fairness to these struggling musicians who really are all about the music….they often have to work other side jobs, be away from their families, make great sacrifices for what their real true love is…the music.”

    Waiting tables. maybe? What if said musician were in a position to, say, headline a road production of a popular musical? Is that job too ‘good’ to fund The Music? A TV shot is unworthy, but refinishing floors at a Nursing home is A-OK?

    Welcome, crazymomelon…

    To respond to your post…I would say that no, a road production of a musical is fine to fund the music, except that’s not what’s happening. When was the last shadow show? He had talked about recording after Grease was over, now he’s talking about tv gigs?

    Sometimes I just wonder what the Taylor of ten years ago would say to the Taylor of the present if he could.

  106. I came out of the closet a long time ago Momelon. You must have missed it! LOL

  107. It’s night night time all you hatahs! I’m going to bed.

  108. Grey, It only takes one day to do a part for say a TV Drama such as CSI. That includes even a role with several scenes a lots of lines. TV is not like a movie. The shows are on within months of when they were filmed. Some new series have only like a month delay before your episode is on. The more visable Taylor becomes to others in the entertainment business the more offers he will get. BTW, had Jen Hudson not tried out for Dreamgirls, where would her music career be today?

  109. Fairhope Says:

    January 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm
    It’s night night time all you hatahs! I’m going to bed.
    =============================================
    Now be sure and dream about warming T’s cockels tonight FH. 😉

  110. Rosie, You should seriously apply for Taylor’s PR team. I’m not insulting you by any means. You are a good supporter of him and can look at both sides when you want to. Kudos to you for having the ability to be objective.

  111. IAG said: I would say that no, a road production of a musical is fine to fund the music, except that’s not what’s happening. When was the last shadow show? He had talked about recording after Grease was over, now he’s talking about tv gigs?

    He is still talking about the next CD. As far as the Shadow shows he has done quite a few and Josh said the other day that the shadow gigs were getting harder to put together both finding available venues and getting quality musicians together not to mention the expense of these quality musicians for just a small venue. As I said before I think Taylor is looking further down the road than we are and I think he has no plans to give up music.

    To CasualFan, this has been a very good discussion thread. This is what keeps me coming back, for there are alot more thoughtful & interesting Taylor fans than the few crazy over the top ones. LOL.

  112. hicksaholic Says:

    I agree this is a very interesting discussion.
    I think Taylor would love to be doing more shadow gigs if he could be sure the logistics would work out and everyone get paid. I think he would really love it if he could attract some new fans to some of these shadow concerts. Probably all of the above are difficult due to the economy, winter weather, Taylor being out of the general public’s eye for so long etc.
    I agree with Dee that some of these things Taylor is pursuing might help him be able to get back to the music. He needs more fans or even better yet to remind the fans he had during AI why they became fans. If a tv bit spot does it than that’s fine with me.

    Crazymelon,
    I really enjoy this blog. Although there are not a lot of posters those that do have a lot of diverse thoughts that are interesting to discuss. If you are looking for everyone here to never question a decision Taylor makes this is not the place for you. But the posters here are fans of Taylor and want him to be successful I believe. Different opinions don’t mean you are a hater.

  113. spinshack Says:

    Didn’t Constantcrap Maroulis do a stint in a soap opera for a while?

  114. spinshack Says:

    Oh so Ange Blue you don’t think watching Hicks do the ‘sprinkler’ would be entertaining? LOL I think he’d do fine on DWTS.

  115. Oh yea, Constantcrap was on a Soap for a while. LOL. Less of them around too. Even the Soaps have fallen on hard times.

  116. Mom use to watch General Hospital, One Life to Live, Young & the Restless. lol I remember being home from school sick, she usually ironing something; the woman ironed our bed sheets (sheesh) and her shows would be on. Once when sick with a severe asthma issue and off school 2 wks I was getting so addicted I did not want to go back to school. x-D

  117. Carrie just filmed an episode of How I Met Your Mother. Just think before AI, she had never flown on a plane. She quickly embraced the glamour and fame of show business. I want Taylor do get as many gigs as he can to keep his name out there and to show how multi talented he is. Then he won’t have to cancel S Cal music gigs, as Eliott just did. Constantcrap trained for musical theater in college, so that is what his goal was from the get go. Looks like Ace wants to concentrate on music production and Broadway. Those that did well on AI all just want to make the most of what they love to do and to be able to live well. They want to be less boxed in by career and life than they were pre AI.

  118. Interesting article I just read in the paper. Not quite on topic but maybe it is since it’s “taking a look back” and talking about “artistic integrity”. LOL.

    http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2010-01-26-millivanilli26_ST_N.htm

  119. Snowstorm Says:

    Jordin Sparks has an acting gig on Bones. Never seen this show, but good for her. Looks like a trend that many Idols are going into acting.

    http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2010/01/american-idol-winner-jordin-sparks-to-guest-on-bones.html

  120. Cockels…

  121. There are so many TV series on expanded cable, that one could make a guest appearance on a dozen of them and still not be seen by the masses. I bet most of you have never watched an episode of 70% of the shows. Here’s hoping Tay gets a role or two or three, on one of the more popular shows, and becomes more visable then Ben Stein. “smilie”

  122. casualfan Says:

    With Idol season started, no doubt there will be a lot of TV appearances from past Idols on shows-especially the ones that are FOX connected. Savvy PR for AI in my opinion.

  123. Ange Bleu Says:

    Sadly, so sadly, most participants on DWTS (but not all, of course) are considered C-listers or young people who are trying to gain recognition for themselves, or just plain has-beens trying for some sort of comeback. How would the media play up (or down) Taylor’s appearance. Probably as a “never made it” trying to regenerate his career. Believe what you may, it is my belief that he would have a better chance of obtaining future successful gigs if he never was associated with this show. For him it would be career suicide. But, who said he was interested in the first place. With his looks and talent, who knows what’s waiting for him.

  124. Oh here I am again…putting in my totally irrelevant two cents worth. Some of you ought to remember that early on Taylor said something about riding the crest of the wave from the success of winning AI (NOT a quote) because he knew it was gonna let up sooner or later. And he has prolonged it with everything he has in him, I think.

    He’s definitely given it his all…he’s a pretty sorry interview but on a local level he’s made a nice impression with every appearance. And people notice his manner and remember that more than we might think. He’s sacrificed a lot of his personal life to keep his eyes on the prize. He shows up where he’s expected and nary a nasty scene has been reported. He’s been sober, available, on time and in a reasonable mood with all the fans and reporters…can’t say the same for all the other touring acts…some of whom have acted like pricks at inconvenient moments (Daughtry at St. Jude’s, for instance).

    He’s kept his friends…which says a lot… and as for GREASE… the producers are delighted with his devotion to their bottom line. That kind of thing counts a lot in his world. So he’s made his rep and he’s seeing the world from a first class seat. I’ll bet he’s learned a LOT in the process. When he took on Grease, I groaned. If he does DWTS, I’ll groan again. But basically the kid knows what he’s doing better than we ever will. I’m full of all kinds of advice for him….which he’ll never hear.. but I definitely want to say one thing…I’ve seen him off-stage with the most unimportant people you might imagine and he treats them as if they were equals to the president/Pope/Legends of the world.

    He may blow out his vocal chords singing through repeated bouts of strep but the money he’s made the last three years hasn’t gone up in smoke and he’s set himself up to become a hell of a producer someday. Taylor paid his dues and has his head on straight and I still find him interesting and entertaining. Ya’ll just hang in there awhile longer. It could be very interesting—-again.

    As for Kat, did anybody see her on the David Foster special? He raved about her so much I thought she had a good shot at being Mrs. Foster the 3rd (4th?). She a babe, no doubt there. But she’s a “flavor of the month” kind of girl. Her shoes could be filled with the next blonde down the pike.

  125. hicksaholic Says:

    Excellent post Linn. Lots of good thoughts, some of which sound like you know Taylor or at least some of his friends. But maybe you’re like some of the rest of us. We’ve been following him so long, we pretty much know his life history.
    Keeping his friends says a lot about him. At least he has kept his ego somewhat in check if he’s done that.
    Birmingham loves Taylor and I think regardless of his national success he will have numerous opportunities for success in Alabama. Not bad for a guy living paycheck to paycheck at the Florabama.
    Although I would be thrilled to know I was going to see Taylor weekly on any show I have to agree, the press would rip him a new one if he goes on DWTS. But that’s up to Taylor. I am certainly no show business expert and will happily follow him should he choose that route.
    I will say I am very interested in what is coming after Grease.
    Kat is definitely getting a lot of media coverage in the last few months. She is absolutely beautiful (although much prettier as a brunette IMO) and talented but she leaves me cold. She seems shallow to me when she’s singing like she’s not letting you know what she’s feeling or worse yet she doesn’t even understand what she’s singing about.

  126. Linn, can I kiss you or hug you or send you a present? Your two cents were a gold mine.

  127. “I’ve seen him off-stage with the most unimportant people you might imagine and he treats them as if they were equals to the president/Pope/Legends of the world.”

    Oh really? You do realize that Taylor charges for meet and greets and you MUST purchase his cd at the Grease shows to even meet him? People stopped being fans when Taylor went from “it’s all about the music” to “it’s all about the money”. Yes, I realize he barely made any money with this music, but that doesn’t give him the right to rip off fans, who did support him and bought him stuff. He needs to reel it in… nobody likes a SELL-OUT!

  128. that should be “bought his stuff” not “bought him stuff”

  129. SS, he came out after Grease in NY and signed things for people and chatted. He also sent me stuff I requested when I wrote to him during his stay in NY. He does charge for a M&G, but no one is forced to purchase one and they do get some one on one time with him and some photos. He needs to promote and sell The Distance after Grease to try to run of the sales figures as an independent artist, so musicians and writers will be willing to work with him on his next CD. I hope you agree with the rest of Linn’s post.

  130. Snowstorm Says:

    You are right Rosie.. he did sign for people on Broadway in NYC for free. I was there too, so I know, however, he does not do that anymore on tour. If you want to meet him and get his autograph, you must purchase his cd. This reeks of desperation to me and tells me he only wants your money. If The Distance was good enough, it would have sold on its own and gotten recognition and it obviously did not.

    As far as Linn’s post, I could care less about his devotion, character, personality or strep throat, and I can assure you, people outside of his fanbase don’t care about any of those things either. People want good music – period. If it’s good, it will get the sales and recognition it deserves on its own merits and not trying to bribe people into buying it.

  131. Linn…great post. I agree ..he knows way better then I do what a person must do to keep there name out there’

    SS…I think most artists now charge for meet & greets..it helps pay the bills since the record companies rip them off so badly….they have to re-coup their losses.

  132. I have also seen Taylor in NY and a few other venues and there are a lot of people in the line to just shake his hand and tell him how much they enjoyed his performance..they had not bought the cd…some have programs and things to get signed and he has signed them with the same good grace he has signed the purchased cd’s to be signed.

  133. casualfan Says:

    I’m guessing the name “Taylor Hicks” is considered a brand so therefore is a business. It makes sense that he would charge for his autograph to the general public. I also don’t blame him for cracking down on pics being taken. It’s just business and shouldn’t be taken personally.

  134. cf is still living in 2006. Other than he’s the winner in a karoeke singing contest, the name Taylor Hicks means nothing.

  135. Snow, I think Taylor is soon to prove you mistaken.

  136. SS, Your insults are getting a little contrived. Do you ever have anything good to say about Taylor at all? Do you ever have anything positive to say about anyone?

  137. Snowstorm Says:

    I’m just proving my point that his autograph does not mean very much these days. No need to get defensive, unless people STILL have delusions of grandeur that they are going to make money off of him. If that’s the case, I would suggest you face reality, but hey, no skin off my nose.

  138. Snowstorm Says:

    “Do you ever have anything positive to say about anyone?”

    I give credit, where credit is due… it’s called being a realist.

  139. Snowstorm Says:

    “Do you ever have anything good to say about Taylor at all?”

    He’s so yummy, thud! I’m joking! No, I take that back, he’s a very attractive man, in person. He sometimes does not photograph that well, but he’s actually very attractive in person. Are you happy now? What about you Rosie Posie?

  140. First of all I wouldn’t refer to AI as just a reality show or a karaoke show. The ratings more than double other hit shows, especialy Tay’s year during which more than 30 million watched every Tues. and Wed. There have been some real superstars in the music business come from that show such as Kelly and Carrie. Because Taylor looked older, the gray hair, the quirkiness, and charisma, he was noticed, stood out and was parodied on SNL and I think more people remember him than other contestents. I have friends, who never watched AI and to this day they don’t know who Daughtry is, but they know who T.H. is. That could be due to People Mags pick of him, or the fact his photo was on the front page of The Balto. Sun and on more newspapers than any other winner. He was and is different and therefore, due to his hard work and talent he could make a comeback is music or acting. I agree he looks more handsome in person, sans makeup, than he does in many still photos with makeup. But damn if he didn’t look like one hot hunk of a star, at the 2006 American Music Awards. I think more people then you think, get a little buzz from meeting him, especialy in the smaller cities.

  141. hicksaholic Says:

    Rosie,
    I for one would be thrilled if Taylor could make a comeback. I don’t think it’s that much of a stretch to think that could happen. In an article posted on the Boogie Taylor said Simon told him he should consider movies. As I posted over there I believe Simon knows Taylor is a visual performer and with his less than stellar record sales perhaps it’s time to go back to visual performances particularly now that he has a little acting experience.

    Saying that I only wish for a comeback for my own selfish reasons not Taylor’s unless that’s what he wants. I feel sure Taylor makes a good living and will be pretty well set for life unless he blows through all his earnings(something that seems to be completely contrary to his nature). I just want to be able to say to all my friends who equate Taylor’s lack of record sales with a lack of talent on his part that I was right about his talent. It’s stupid because it really shouldn’t matter to me one way or the other, no money in my pocket, but that’s what I would like.

  142. Snowstorm Says:

    If your friends don’t know who Daughtry is, they are NOT music fans! Your friends are TV fans, Ro Ro. BIG difference! And WTF are you talking about… American Idol is reality TV!?! Emmy noms for AI are under REALITY TV!! HELLO????

    You also live in the past when you CONSTANTLY talk about People magazine and SNL! WTF?? Ro Ro, repeat after me…HELLO 2010!

  143. SS, It is true many of my friends aren’t fans of the current top 40 music and thus don’t know about Daughtry. If D keeps appearing on TV shows and wins more awards then they will see him and get who he is. They do however know who Kellie and Carrie are because they won AI and Carrie is all over the cover of magazines and is beautiful, and Kelly’s been around awhile and is big in music. Screw reality TV, AI is major TV, a phenom. You implied, missy smarts, that it was just a reality show, kind of like The Bachelor. I’m not living in the past. I’m saying what worked for Tay then can still work for him now.

  144. SS…. you got your 5 minutes of …ah…. attention. Now fly away home…or wherever you will be more appreciated.

    Seems the only reason for your appearance is to try to rile the real fans of this blog’s raison d’etre. The only positive mention you’ve made lately has been to note Taylor’s good looks. The other writers here enjoy his talent, as well. Evidently you lack the depth to do that.

    I hope the cat fight ends here. Over and out.

  145. hicks, I read that about Simon encouraging Taylor to go into film. I’m one who still does not think Simon dislikes Taylor, but I do think he was pissed at Taylor, due to something, post AI. I don’t care what my friends think about Tay’s lack of visability, however if he performs in Balto again, I’m making sure some of them go see him. Well at least the ones that owe me! lol

  146. Snowstorm Says:

    Linn, I don’t know who the hell you are, but I’m expressing my opinion like everyone else. If you don’t like it, that would be YOUR problem. In case you didn’t know, I’m pretty much the only one here who is a realist and makes any sense.

    Rosie… FACT, AI IS REALITY TV.. it’s in the same category as Survivor, the Bachelor and DWTS. FACTS RO, FACTS!

  147. Snowstorm Says:

    And here we go again, some nutty fan talking about who is and who isn’t a REAL fans!! LMAO!!

  148. casualfan Says:

    huh?

  149. I really don’t want Taylor to be on DWTS, but I’d watch it if he was.

    I think what has hurt Taylor is his genre. No, soul/blues music isn’t top of anyone’s charts.

    His appeal for me has everything to do with his passion for his music. That’s something that isn’t captured on a CD. It’s only when you see him does it come across. Which is why I think he was so popular on AI. He is a visual performer, and sadly his contrived, made for Vh1 “videos” stink. I do not even watch them because the fakeness is just sad. He isn’t passionate unless he is live. If they want to release a video of him to appeal to anyone it needs to be a live cut. And he should release a live album. Because then you hear that something in his voice that disappears when he’s in a studio. That something that makes your hair stand up and your heart skip a beat. Never have I heard that on his CD’s…only on his live recordings.

  150. I agree with you Freckles. None of his post Ido CD’s captures any of his true passion. The CD’s before were full of the soul, passion and true musical talent.

    Didn’t care for any of the so called videos he made either. WRIR wasn’t bad but I didn’t get into the song at all so I didn’t watch the video.

    Too bad his WATW didn’t do anything either. Even the die-hard fans stopped talking about it.

  151. I guess I must be a minority, because although I like IYT and UTR, they still don’t have that Taylor thing that his live recordings do. The ones that were released while he was on Idol to get us all riled up. And it worked. The scream thing he did during 12/23/05 Naked in the Jungle at the Workplay. SHUT UP!!!! Forever man on the 11/25/05 show is my hands down absolute FAVORITE! Someone on YouTube had the Forever Man from Antone’s when he was there, and they took it down, which was so sad. The intensity in his face was ridiculously awesome!

    So after all that, yes I am a fan-girl. I can’t help it. But all the stuff I love about him isn’t there unless he’s live. And I can tell you, no TV show has ever done him justice, not even AI. I enjoyed AI, but after seeing what he does away from that show, and when he’s just doing what he does, nothing compares to that.

    I love Guitar Hero, and there’s a pop up that comes up between songs that says, no one pays money to here you jam. I would agree with that with any other artist, but when I pay money for Taylor, I WANT to hear him jam. That’s when he comes alive. That’s when I melt in my heart a little.

  152. Freckles, I agree with you…there is nothing quite like Taylor live. I’ve been to several concerts and when he’s in the music, in the moment, it can transport you. That is what a real musician is capable of…I miss that from him.

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