Taylor Hicks is doing some after-hours partying, going out with some of the other guys from American Idol following the Pop-Tart American Idol shows. He's been getting out with his former bandmates, LiMBO, when they're performing in the same towns. LiMBO (Little Memphis Blues Orchestra) has been working to schedule gigs near Hicks' Idol tour stops to coincide with the Idol Tour, creating an opportunity for Taylor Hicks to join them.
I've read a few articles claiming, in error, that LiMBO had no knowledge of Taylor's "surprise" visits, but that is inaccurate. Reports surfaced many weeks previous, attempts were being made to coincide LiMBO's and Taylor's tour cities and dates to enable the guys to get together for the "After Idol Parties." Promotions of these "After Idol Parties" are posted on their myspace site. They are a talented band, great fun to listen to, and with Taylor Hicks, a prime example of grooving soul music machinery.
Another interesting item emerging from these nights out is Taylor Hicks is not going out to the band gigs solo. He's bringing along some of the other Idols: Ace Young, Elliot Yamin, and Bucky Covington have formed what initially resembles the start of a new "Idol Rat Pack."
The Idol Rat Pack have been happily providing the public an American Idol "fantasy treat," allowing photo opportunities, partying and fraternizing with and performing for fans with LiMBO. The stop in Charlotte, North Carolina, had the Idol Rat Pack communing with their public at Coyote Joe's, a small country blues bar. Ace Young, being the sweet-faced nice guy, allowed unlimited photo opportunities, Covington, the party animal of the group, drank and danced the night away, Elliot and Hicks got up on stage to perform with the band.
I hold Hicks as filling the legendary Sintra's role in the original Ratpack, with Elliot Yamin pulling the Sammy Davis role. That files Young in the Dean Martin category – Martin was the pretty one of the group. Bucky Covington, he's a combination of Martin and Joey Bishop. Now, before anyone assaults my comparing the Idol Rat Pack to the original Rat Pack regarding the talent focus – I am simply making comparisons based on the entourage factors. (Plus, I do have a vivid imagination.) Regarding Chris Daughtry, no word out on where or if he falls within the Idol Rat Pack.
Originally, I imagine the guys have gone out together as a way to blow off steam, but it could bode fortuitous, this new Idol Rat Pack. Frank Sinatra and the original Rat Pack ruled the entertainment industry during the early to mid-1960s, with their largely talented entourage reigning center stage in the media. Hanging together in the public eye promotes several factors, the American Idol tour, Taylor Hicks' former band LiMBO, but importantly, collectively, it sets them up for potential continuation in the public spotlight. Falling off the face of the entertainment industry map like most of past season’s Idol contestants could well be avoided should these guys retain their unique alliance.
A new trend could be set, sealing their individual successes in the entertainment industry. Chalk it up to another potential history-creating opportunity to emerge from this season's American Idol. It is an interesting concept, one I think the guys should not discount. They seem to be compatible and good friends, all carrying separate but loyal fanbases. Strength can lie in unity.
Taylor Hicks, with his innate strengths in understanding the public, has most likely already taken note of the benefits of this entourage. I stand impressed with Elliot Yamin, and his negotiations for an independent recording contract outside of the 19E grip. The Idol Rat Pack is an interesting development within the American Idol scene. Time will tell if, indeed, we are looking at a new Rat Pack, and if they recognize or desire to retain this possibly interesting and exciting liasion.
Groove on, Soulman.