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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Taylor Hicks: Not Clowning Around

Taylor Hicks performed one of his 'shadow tour' concerts last night in Chicago at Martyrs Restaurant and Bar. So far only a few tidbits of on-line noise circling the internet this morning. Many of the gals I read that attended the show likely still sleeping it off this morning.

Word out, Mr. Hicks wasn't just clowning around when he told recent M&G gals about not taking pictures, recording the songs at Martyrs. According to one concert attendee, "By the way, while Taylor was singing “What’s Right Is Right” he saw someone with a camera pointed at him and he said, “get that camera out of here.” He means business."

I just had to laugh to think he’d pause in mid-sentence to shout at some lady snapping pics. I imagine him yelling out mid-stanza or something - then getting right back into the tune, “When you’ve got a dream… put the damn camera up!…reach for the sky…”.

The fans who follow Hicks on-line seem to have their skirts in a knot over Taylor not wanting pre-record release recordings, photos or Youtubed vids to be available prior to release of the new material, if even then. Many Loyalists to Hicks repeat their mantra about following Mr. Hicks' wishes as if he's some sort of guru heading some special sect, perhaps he is to them. Others are getting their rebel on and saying who cares, cheering on the bootleggers.

Personally I'm getting a tickle out of the Teacher's Pets who are writing, "I wouldn’t watch it because Taylor has made it absolutely clear that this is NOT how he wants us to hear his new music for the first time! I respect that. Personally, I hope that if anyone attempts to record or cellcert they get bounced out of the place on their idiotic arrogant asses". That made me think of those cute little monkeys. I can just imagine them giving a 'yip' if someone posts material not sanctioned by Taylor and quickly covering their eyes, hitting the sound button on their computer; they're such good fans. I guess it's good that folks are complying, to get caught with camera or recording devices can get you tossed from the club and your equipment confiscated. You can also be shown the door to litigation court for that violation. My view is, if it is posted and stated no recording etc. while you are at a show, then don't violate the rules or face the consequences.

It's glaringly obvious "the Why" about Hicks' not wanting a cell cert or recordings to emerge from his shadow tours. Taylor Hicks needs this to be a successful venture, with that in mind, he's got to be very careful with material release, how it is handled. Too there's the profit margin issue to contend with - free material on line might cut into the profits of the sale of the real product. Interesting too to see if any of the local entertainment writers will show up to cover Mr. Hicks at any of the venues or if that is being denied at this point as well. Take that one step further are any of the entertainment writers even interested? I'd think so considering the press he's been doing in some of the tour cities so far and after all, he was that reality show winner.

That said, Mr. Hicks should want to share his new material, be open with the fans more. He's still thinking along the mindset that the less out there the more folks will be interested. Shouting out at fans while you're in mid-song not real good P.R. either but I understand the frustrations. Hell, just recently at one of Darling Man's band performances some of the ladies present were damn annoying with their popping up and down and talking through the guys' set. Small scale example, but suffice to say, I get it.

Perhaps Mr. Hicks will see the light and start filming his shows to put up on one of his websites, you know, to draw more traffic. I'm looking forward to the video created by Jake Davis, no word out yet on where this video will be seen first. I guess that's one more thing Mr. Hicks deems placed on a need to know basis... At least Mr. Davis understands the benefits of providing a teaser peek.
(Click picture)Mr. Davis has a little Leonardo DiCaprio thing going on in that photo.
"Tears of a Clown" Smokey


  1. jerseyirish11:27 AM

    Sunny, I read last night that someone at a M & G said he said once the CD is released people can go back to cellcerts and videos he just wants the music to be heard in its true form until it is released. I don't think that is unreasonable of him, if someone did sneak a video out, yeah I would watch knowing that it might not sound the way it was live. I think he did what he did to protect his music, thats all. If folks can't accept that this is his right oh well.


  2. Thing is JI it's a big ol' internet world and stuff gets leaked. Won't be surprised if something comes out of this show yet. If he had postings up at the venue regarding copyright material then it would be illegal for them to post - if not it's fair game.

    I do think he was in error to yell out at a fan about the camera issue, doesn't he have security detail? They should have been the one to handle it. Too if no posting up about not doing it at Martyrs a casual fan might not be up on what he says to fans at M&G's and on his website - especially considering that was put up very recently.

  3. Anonymous12:17 PM

    Last night's set list:
    Soul Thing
    Give Me Tonight
    Heart and Soul
    Heaven Knows/Maze
    Compared to What
    What’s Right is Right
    Gonna Move
    The Deal
    Womans Gotta Have It

    Naked in the Jungle

    (Not YKW)

  4. Sunny, great post. I respect his choice to try and keep his music underwraps until it's released. He must be very excited about it, and he just wants people to go and buy the cd before they upload the videos to their ipods instead. Ya know, the whole "leakage" thing?

    When I did first hear about him not allowing the recording or pictures, it kind of upset me, but the more I thought about it, I was like ok, cool, it's his choice.

    Now... if someone where to "secretly" come up with a video, you can bet I'll watch it! lol

  5. I respect his requests as well, but likely roots lie in his wanting the fans at the show to be a part of it - not make spectacles out of themselves filming. lol

  6. Haha, yeah that too. *Hides camera behind back*

  7. Anonymous10:26 PM

    Sunny, whatever, no big deal but he did not yell out at a fan. Hes been around way too long not to know how to handle it. It was talked about. Things will leak out , and hell yeah I will watch them, but I think he has the right to handle it his way right or wrong. I have thought for a long time that he needed to get better control of things. Its his product.
    henry8 I can't get the comments to work right.

  8. I hope we get some media. From what I've read, he was fantastic last night.

  9. WhompGirl12:04 AM

    Just wanted to make something clear....I was at Martyr's Bar right by the stage. Taylor never "yelled at" the fan with he camera. My recollection was that while singing the new single, he simple pointed to the fan, not at the fan, and said "camera" and kept on with the song. He was letting his people know there was a camera and where it was and someone took care of it. He pretty much never missed a beat. He was respectful of the audience by not making a huge deal of it. But he was also following through with his request that there be no cameras. I agree that we should allow Taylor to let his newest single have the biggest impact.

  10. WhompGirl12:07 AM

    Oh, and I forgot to mention that Taylor was great at Martyr's Bar. He was very engaging with the fans. And it was nice to see a lot of the cast from "Grease" there to support him. I think they got a pretty big kick out of it. I sure wish him well with the new single, video and so on that is about to happen in the next couple months. Thanks, Taylor!!

  11. Thanks for the clarification on the 'camera girl' issue. I wasn't there, just going by what someone who was, passed on.

    Too bad he did not have staff film some of it to pass on to those who could not attend, it would definitely aide public relations with we long-time fans unable to hoof it to Chicago.

    Man, I'd join that HQ site if word out footage was on it. I'm that daft about him. LOL

    Also one attendee told me she saw no signs about the pic taking and filming and then three others have emailed that there were signs up at the entrance and other locations within the venue. If it's posted, def. a no-no.

    Thank you for the info WhompGirl