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Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back. Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P). He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!

Sunday, 24 April 2011

American Idol -I'm Guilty as Charged!

Considering that every fibre in my body is saying 'dont do it Chesy', Ive been an avid watcher of AI since Season 5 (Winner, Taylor Hicks), and I dont think I have missed a single episode since. Yes there have been some extremely good and bad & ugly moments, and despite the contrary I have kept an eye out for albums by some good artists (if you can ever call a Cowell/Lythgoe act an artiste), notably Chris Daughtry, a Season 5 fourth placed Idol, Adam Lambert, S8 runner-up to Kris Allen, and Crystal Bowersox, the S9 runner up to Lee DeWyse. For your info, one of the bad and ugly was Sanjaya Malakar, who was kept in the competition purely down to his different weekly hairstyles - I shit you not!

Anywho, my reason for this short opinionated blug is to state that this years judges - Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and the 'absolutely entertaining in his own right' Steven Tyler have picked the strongest set of contestents in the last 10 seasons. In fact any one of the top 10 could win the competition. From the 'One Trick Pony' stylings of Scotty McCreery (every week is country week!), to the Luther Vandross-like Jacob 'Diva' Lusk, Haley Reinhart, a Janis Joplin style singer, and the double bass playing Casey Abrams (the only contestant to be voted back in by the judges after his elimination by the SFB - thats shit for brains - voting public of America). My tip? The absolutely bonkers, but extremely talented James Durbin. A tourettes wielding Metal Head trying to bring back Metal to the masses all on his own in the US of A

So far, we have been treated to Sammy Hagar's 'Heavy Metal' (feat. Zakk Wylde); Muse's 'Uprising', Stevie Wonder's 'Living For The City',   Bon Jovi's 'I'll Be There For You', and Judas Priest's 'You've Got Another Thing Comin'' to name but a few.

He has a range that most rock vocalists would give one of their nuts for - In Durbin's case, he already sounds like he has. Except for the week he kept it understated on 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', each week he has tried to up the stakes both vocally and visually

Whether he wins or not remains to be seen, but I'm certain the bloke will be making a shitload of money and will be a household name sometime soon. Rest assured he will shift more units than the overall winner. I for one hopes he makes the final week as Tyler has promised him a duet should he get there. Vote Durbin, America!

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