Sheila E. Is with FOX's 'Band'
Goo Goo Dolls singer will also judge show
Goo Goo Dolls singer John Rzeznik, percussionist and band leader Sheila E. and Ian "Dicko" Dickson, a music-business veteran who's lately acted as a judge on "Australian Idol," will serve as the judges for "The Next Great American Band," which debuts in October. Dominic Bowden, the host of "New Zealand Idol," will perform the same duties on "Band."
The worldwide "Idol" connections for Dickson and Bowden are not coincidental; "American Band" is a production of 19 Entertainment, the folks responsible for all "Idol" incarnations worldwide.
Like "Idol," "The Next Great American Band" will challenge groups to perform in several different styles as it searches for the top unsigned band in the country. The three judges will narrow down the field to 10 finalists who'll perform live each week, playing a mix of their own music and cover tunes. Viewers will have the final say in who stays and who goes.
Rzeznik and his fellow Goo Goo Dolls have sold more than 10 million records over the course of their career, hitting a peak in the late 1990s with songs like "Name" and "Iris." The group has a greatest-hits album due in November, smack in the middle of "American Band's" scheduled run.
Sheila E. has played with the likes of Prince, Lionel Richie and Marvin Gaye in her career and had a pair of No. 1 dance singles in the 1980s with "The Glamorous Life" and "A Love Bizarre." She's currently on tour with a project called C.O.E.D. (Confessions of Every Diva). Dickson has been in the music industry for 20 years, primarily as a press and promotions agent for bands like Oasis, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Pearl Jam.