Injury, life-threatening illness, BO BICE rocks on!
Amidst controversy, Bo Bice omits his new song from the benefit concert last night in Syracuse, NY.
Bo Bice had been saying on reports from MTV and VH-1 that he had written a song about the situation in New Orleans and planned to perform that song during the concert. He did not. Speculation exists but no statements have been issued about the decision. One reason could be attributed to the American Idol executives just saying “NO”.
Bice was asked by A.O.L. Celebrity about writing the song inspired by the hurricane:
I’m a CNN junkie. I wrote a song about it and I’m going to sing it Sunday. It’s called “We Can’t Change This World.” I’m talking about we can’t change this world if we can’t change our minds. The first step is realizing there is a problem. The problem doesn’t have to be something that we’re going to solve (right away), but to sit around and say it’s never going to be solved – man, if we quit trying, we’d be worthless.
It may have been Bo Bice’s call; in the wake of the press coverage of Kanye West, and his bone-headed proclamations made during a fund-raiser, (that wound up with pledgers calling back to retract their donations) he may have decided that the venue was not the time or place. Wise man Biceman!
Concert attendance was lower than anticipated for the benefit. Only about half of the venue was filled although it had been billed as a sold-out show. Of course, the previous evening, the A.I. 4 group had given their last performance, tickets to the A.I. events are pricey. But it is possible the press coverage provided Bice proceeding the show may have had some effect.
Bo Bice fan-sites were blazing with threads concerned about the content of the song. The potential that Bo Bice might have negative comments expressed towards President Bush and rescue efforts in New Orleans were being met with concern Bice might pull a ‘Kanye West’. Many fans seemed poised to toss their dirty socks at him. Not good.
Bice’s professional career has been just picking up steam and momentum. He has been developing a large dedicated fan base, but it is premature for him to utilize the celebrity he has developed so far to air political views. As one fan put it, “Bo Bice has not even cut and released his first CD yet; now is not the time for him to be making negative comments against Bush or the current rescue & clean-up efforts being made in the wake of Katrina.”
The lyrics of the song have not been made public so speculations could be made all day as to their content. The interview with MTV, seems to be the main match that ignited the fire-storm of debate. It was slanted in such a way it gave rise to interpretations that this song contained political and racial material. We won’t know for sure until Bice cuts the CD, even then, modifications may be made to tone the message, if indeed controversial.
Bice is planning to release the new song as a single with his band, Sugar Money to benefit Katrina victims.
Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.
Saturday night, the last A.I. 4 performance was enthusiastically received, especially when Bo Bice made his “surprise” appearance. As quoted in ‘The Post-Standard’, newspaper for the Syracuse area,
“But in the worst-kept secret of the night – Savol and Turner both told the crowd that their missing friend was in the house – Bice walked slowly from the wings with the help of a cane. He quickly tossed the cane, kicked off his flip-flops and delivered a dynamic performance of the rock song “Vehicle,” the 1970 hit by the Ides of March.
Bice oozed every bit of the rock star charisma that made loads of folks scream he was robbed when Underwood beat him to earn the Idol title.”
Prior to the Sunday night benefit concert, (9/11) The Biceman must have made a striking figure as he limped with the assistance of his cane toward the shocked group lined up out front to purchase tickets. He handed out about 100 tickets purchased with his own funds.
“Let’s all just band together,” he told those looking stunned at Bice’s unscheduled public appearance. “Y’all please, please, please put the word out,” as reported by The Post-Standard.
“I told my fans the best thing they can do is help the Red Cross. I moved from Birmingham to Nashville, and living in my house in Helena (Alabama) right now is a family from Grand Isles (on the coast of Louisiana). These people had to uproot their lives because of the hurricane. My wife’s dad is doing the same thing with helping people out and bringing them into their home. It’s not about money, it’s about what you can do.”
He is also working on getting the family situated, get the kids in school and do what he can to help the parents get needed jobs. He adds:
“I’m not a rich man, but I’m rich with what God has given me – great family and great friends. If I can be a mouthpiece to motivate people, that’s the smallest thing I can do. But I was put on this earth to do more than sing songs. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty. The first chance I get I’m going down there.”
The Sunday benefit concert raised $280,000.00 for the Gulf-Cost Relief effort.
I say good call Biceman in not performing your song; what you said is true, we need to band together. The Kanye Wests are about division and conflict, that is not your ‘scene’! We’ll have to wait and see how this new song plays out…
Tread carefully, Biceman; rock on.
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