Rock Star: A Night at the Mayan Theatre

Rock Star: A Night at the Mayan Theatre

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A companion piece to the reality talent show, Rock Star: INXS -- in which contestants vie to fill the shoes of the late Michael Hutchence -- this disc was recorded live on May 18, 2005, at Los Angeles's Mayan Theater. Highlights include performances by finalists Marty Casey (the Kinks' "You Really Got Me"), Mig Ayesa (Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," PeterSee more details below

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A companion piece to the reality talent show, Rock Star: INXS -- in which contestants vie to fill the shoes of the late Michael Hutchence -- this disc was recorded live on May 18, 2005, at Los Angeles's Mayan Theater. Highlights include performances by finalists Marty Casey (the Kinks' "You Really Got Me"), Mig Ayesa (Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way"), and contest winner and INXS' new lead singer, J.D. Fortune (the Guess Who's "American Woman").

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Rock Star: A Night at the Mayan Theatre showcases the first night of live performances on the extended audition show Rock Star: INXS. The brainchild of reality television impresario Mark Burnett -- creator of Survivor -- Rock Star featured a motley group of vocalists auditioning to become the new lead singer of iconic Australian rock group INXS, whose lead singer, Michael Hutchence, died in 1997. The overall atmosphere on that first night of performances was one of hyped-up, adrenalin-fueled excitement, which resulted in less than stellar performances by totally unknown singers. Oddly, not a single INXS song was sung and, as such, none are included here. Instead, the contestants were forced to prove their "rock star" worth by belting out a mix of recent and classic rock hits. Former Elvis impersonator J.D. Fortune ultimately won the job as INXS' new lead man despite his hyperbolic debut here on "American Woman." Much better is cherubic powerhouse Jordis Unga's tidal wave-like album-opener on the Who's "Baba O'Riley." Similarly engaging are eventual runner-up Marty Casey's punk rock David Bowie take of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" and Mohawked soulster Ty Taylor's invigorating version of Living Colour's "Cult of Personality." Also included is third runner-up Mig Ayesa's truly inspired late-season standout performance of Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way," in which he accompanied himself on piano. It'll never win a Grammy Award, but as a truly odd and insignificant souvenir of television's "reality years," Rock Star: A Night at the Mayan Theatre is a fascinating listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969772621
catalogNumber:
97726

Tracks

  1. Baba O'Riley  - Jordis Unga
  2. You Really Got Me  - Marty Casey
  3. One Way or Another  - Daphna Dove
  4. Cult of Personality  - Ty Taylor
  5. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
  6. Brown Sugar  - Neal Carlson
  7. Middle of the Road  - Tara Slone
  8. Rock and Roll All Nite  - Brandon Calhoon
  9. Celebrity Skin
  10. Heroes
  11. Burning Down the House  - Heather Luttrell
  12. American Woman  - J.D. Fortune
  13. Piece of My Heart  - Deanna Johnston
  14. Smells Like Teen Spirit  - Mig Ayesa
  15. Remedy  - Suzie McNeil
  16. The Man Who Sold the World  - Jordis Unga
  17. Baby, I Love Your Way  - Mig Ayesa

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Mirkovich   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rudy Stein   Cello
Jim McGorman   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Roberto Cani   Violin
Shanti Randall   Viola
Rafael Moreira   Guitar,Vocals
Mario de León   Violin
Nate Morton   Drums
Sasha Krivtsov   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Paul Mirkovich   Producer,Audio Production
Gene Grimaldi   Mastering
Pablo Munguia   Engineer
David Eugene Edwards   Executive Producer
John Ciasulli   Band Technician
Mark Burnett   Executive Producer

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