It’s been a while since we’ve seen any official reviews of Bo shows, so what a treat to see two of them this morning. The Central Virginian took in a solo show last week and was charmed by folksy, highly personal Bo:
The long brown locks may be gone, but the voice that made him one of American Idol’s most popular contestants still remains. [...]
“I like doing this type of show because it’s very much where I came from,” Bice said. “It’s more of an intimate engagement. It’s for the listeners. I get to tell stories of my songs and how I wrote them.”
It was a format that Bice followed the entire night, with his original songs serving as a glimpse into his own personal path in life. He played “Used To Be Me,” a ballad he wrote for a struggling friend. Other songs, such as “Glory, Hallelujah” from his latest album, “New Soul Revival,” dealt with Bice’s own spiritual and emotional journey since the conclusion of his time on American Idol.
Just a few days later though, the Allentown Morning Call was quite impressed by how deeply Bo immersed himself into the culture of Blood, Sweat and Tears:
Perhaps the biggest surprise in the concert Wednesday that had “American Idol” runner-up Bo Bice fronting seminal jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears at Musikfest Cafet at ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem was how much Bice suppressed his personality to make his integration into the group seamless. [...]
Instead, he ably assumed the role of the group’s singer, sounding a lot like its classic vocalist David Clayton-Thomas, to whom he was compared on “Idol,” in a 90-minute, 16-song set. That was a good thing. Bice only occasionally crossed over into imitation – far more often sounding inspired but having his own vibe.
He established his chops immediately , brassy and soulful, on the opening “Got to Get You Into My Life,” the Beatles cover with which Blood Sweat & Tears had a minor hit in 1975. The band also established its chops, as trumpet player Carl Fischer came front and center for a solo.
When it comes down to it, it’s voice and horns that make Blood, Sweat & Tears, and the lineup had both with Bice and a four-man horn section among its nine members.
I’m not one of those who think Bo can sing anything, even the phone book (I hate that phrase!), but there’s no doubt he’s the kind of musician who can make himself at home in all sorts of situations. It must be so much fun for him to mix up his performances up like this.
Published by Jennheifer on March 6th, 2014 tagged Bo Bice, News Links, Tour News | 2 Comments »
Bo and BST had a very wet show in Louisiana last weekend, but a little rain can’t keep a good man or a hot band down.
Although bad weather and video cameras don’t mix very well, one fun clip has turned up. You can’t see Bo there, but you damn well can hear him.
Published by Jennheifer on February 27th, 2014 tagged Bo Bice, Tour News, Videos | Comment now »
Crazy weather this winter.
Published by Jennheifer on February 12th, 2014 tagged Bo Bice | 2 Comments »
If you listened really closely to American Idol tonight, you heard something pretty damn great. Check out this clip from 00:35 – 1:00:
Recognize that song? Yep, It’s Bo’s Get on and Ride! AI has a pretty ruthless habit of ignoring even their best contestants if they don’t have major post-show success, so it’s just delightful to see that the people behind the scenes still appreciate his talents.
Published by Jennheifer on February 6th, 2014 tagged Bo Bice | 4 Comments »
Five kids. Four American Idols. One amazing experience! Your $10 donation/vote at RallyIdol.org/vote will help fund childhood cancer research for better treatment procedures, and, ultimately, cures.
In American Idol fashion, five kids fighting childhood cancer take The Buckhead Theatre stage. They’ll perform with the band before a live audience, and a panel of judges who know music… Our judge/encouragers are Bo Bice, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, and Anthony Fedorov–former American Idol finalists who believe in this cause.
You can join them at the live concert on Friday, March 21, at 6:00 p.m. or you can join them online by voting to donate $10, $100 or more for childhood cancer research.
I’m not familiar with the Rally Foundation, but the cause is more than worthy, so check it out and help if you can.
Published by Jennheifer on February 4th, 2014 tagged Bo Bice, Misc. News | Comment now »
In honor of the start of the Winter Olympics next week, I give you the best figure skating music video ever made. It’s practically perfect in every way, isn’t it? The only thing that could have made it better would be Bo playing the keytar while ice skating.
I cannot understand why no Olympians have snatched this song up for their routine. It’s mind bottling.
Published by Jennheifer on February 2nd, 2014 tagged Bo Bice, Videos | 1 Comment »
The word hero gets used too easily these days, but Pete Seeger truly deserves that title. He spent his lifetime raising his voice in support of civil rights, social justice, and the environment. His songs took notice of both the best and the worst sides of America, and this country is the better for it. If you aren’t familiar with his story, please, spend a little time browsing the tributes pouring in for this true American idol.
Rest in peace, Pete Seeger. I thank you for your service.
Published by Jennheifer on January 28th, 2014 tagged Bo Bice | Comment now »
Blood, Sweat and Tears has added that promo video with Bo to it’s website and made it public on youtube, too.
Out on the road, Bo and BS&T are continuing to get great reviews.
Blood, Sweat & Tears if not is still as awesome as they were back in the day. Their performance as musicians can’t get any better than that! Bo Bice is a perfect pick for lead singer, his voice is as if he was reincarnated to sing with the band.
I didn’t think this would be that good without the original band but it was. Bo Brice has a killer voice, is surprising good frontman.
Did they make you so very happy?
Yup everyone was happy. Bo Bice Is the Lead Singer. And played guitar. He blew everyone away.
Blood, Sweat, and Tears put on a great show at One World Theater tonight. Sounded just like they did when I saw them back in the day. The singer was Bo Bice, who almost beat out Carrie Underwood years ago, back when I watched American Idol. He has a big voice, raspy, like David Clayton Thomas had.
Bo rocked the house down. He makes the perfect front man fit this band. He made every song sound original yet made it his own. What a voice!
Congratulations, Bo! You’re killin’ it.
Published by Jennheifer on January 26th, 2014 tagged Bo Bice, Tour News, Videos | 4 Comments »
Blood, Sweat and Tears has put together a nice promo video of Bo singing lead with the band. I can’t embed it, but you can watch over here.
Published by Jennheifer on January 15th, 2014 tagged Bo Bice, Tour News, Videos | 5 Comments »
Bo’s stageit shows are always a treat, but this one could be especially fun -
Bo has his friend & fellow A.I. Alumni Anthony Fedorov in town recording a new EP at RockHound Studios “ATL”.
Tune in and check out a rare stageit! Ask questions, hear stories about our time on A.I, the tour in 2005 & maybe even get Feddy to sing ya a song or 2.
Top tipper gets a American Idol 2005 Tour shirt. Hand signed by Anthony & I.
This is a shirt from my personal collection and is a genuine Tour Shirt from Top 10 Tour.
Bo and Anthony were both quite the cut-ups during AI, and you know they have a lot of stories to tell. We can only hope they’ll let something juicy slip. But please, don’t ask them what Simon is really like! Get your ticket soon – Anthony has a fanbase, too, so they’ll go quick.