Tampa loves Taylor.

From Tampa Bay Online:

Watching Taylor Hicks strut, hunch, wiggle and shake his booty is so much more fun than listening to his “Taylor Hicks” CD which is a rather bland mix of blues and pop…The [Soul] Patrol was out in full force at the Tampa Theatre Thursday night. The place was sold out and Hicks brought them to their feet often. The audience looked considerably older than the fans of previous “American Idol” winners. You wonder how Hicks won the season five “Idol” competition when his audience of more than 1,400 was much more senior and smaller than the 18,000 who watched Justin Timberlake Thursday night just down the street…(Ed. note — de facto winner DAUGHTRY! is playing even smaller venues.)

Yeah, it’s amazing, isn’t it? I still can’t wrap my mind around how all those arthritic geezers managed to pick up a phone and punch in a number without having to take a handful of medication, or even a nap in between.

Don’t get me wrong. I like Taylor Hicks, especially when he cuts loose and covers Ray Charles or does the Doobie Brothers’ “Takin’ It to the Streets.” He also threw in a little “Tupelo Honey” and “Brown-eyed Handsome Man” Thursday night…It’s great that Hicks won “Idol” because he is such an anti-Idol type. This 29-year-old good ol’ Alabama boy has a decent voice and his musical heart is in the right place. That post “Idol” album was probably more reflective of what Hicks’ music producer Clive Davis felt was commercial. Hicks told the crowd that his new single off the album, “Just to Feel That Way,” almost didn’t make the cut. He said he wasn’t sold on it but “Clive called and said “You need to do this’ and I said ‘Yes, Boss’.” (emphasis added)

And yet, he managed to save that song. I’d totally hate it if it weren’t for the life and feeling Taylor manages to inject into it.

As for the rest of the review…I don’t think it’s really up for debate anymore that people much prefer seeing Taylor live to listening to him on a CD. I like them both equally, but I realize that I’m in the minority, and that’s fine. Taylor will do okay, even if he doesn’t manage to outsell High School Musical.

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1 Response to “Tampa loves Taylor.”


  1. 1 Sunny February 27, 2007 at 9:55 am

    Hey, Hanna Montana rolled over him too, but that’s irrelevant, he’s not about the numbers remember?

    Comparing Hicks’ draw to Timberlake’s a lame way to attempt to slight the Soulman. Apples and oranges.


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