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    The House Band

    I think the "House Band" that plays behind the contestants is absolutely AWESOME! They have done such a great job on every song. Does anyone know anything about them?
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    I agree they are excellent. I wonder how much time they have to rehearse with contestants? Especially since JD had his own arrangement.

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    They told us their names at the show, but I don't remember. I agree that they are totally amazing though.
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    they are totally amazing. The only thing that saved Will's performance from being a complete bomb was the band.
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    All about the house band, found at http://www.rockstar.msn.com/show/houseband



    Paul Mirkovich
    House Band Musical Director/Keyboardist/Background Vocalist
    Los Angeles native Paul Mirkovich has been the band leader, keyboardist and duet singing partner for Cher for the last 16 years. He has also been the band director for Janet Jackson and Anastasia and a member of the multi-platinum bands Whitesnake and Nelson. Paul has also performed and recorded with Peter Gabriel and Shawn Colvin, among many others. He is currently recording new material when not leading the "Rock Star:INXS" house band. One of twelve siblings himself, Paul and his wife, Michelle, are now the proud parents of two daughters, Zoe and Charlotte.

    Jim McGorman
    Guitarist/Keyboardist/Background Vocalist

    Jim McGorman has served as music director to multi-platinum artist Michelle Branch and as a member of the seminal pop group The New Radicals. He has toured with Poison, Marc Broussard and most recently Cher, on whose Farewell Tour he played guitars and keyboards and sang a duet with Cher each night. Jim wrote and performed original songs featured on the TV shows "One Tree Hill" and "Smallville." His other TV performance credits include "The Tonight Show," BBC's "Top of the Pops" and MTV's "TRL." A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jim cites the classic soul of his hometown (for example, Gamble and Huff) as a big musical influence along with more modern bands such as Coldplay and U2.

    Rafael Moreira
    Lead Guitarist/Background Vocalist
    Brazilian phenom Rafael Moreira is best known as the lead guitarist for multi-platinum artist Pink, with whom he has performed in the United States, Germany, Sweden, England and many other countries. He has recorded with Pink and INXS, among others, and has also performed with artists including Mya, Mark Anthony, Slash, Steven Tyler, Linda Perry, Richie Sambora, Sisqo, Christina Aguilera, as well as the Brazilian musical greats Airto and Flora Purim. Rafael is an experienced TV performer ("Top of the Pops," "Late Show with David Letterman," "Saturday Night Live") and a live fixture on the Los Angeles club scene with his hard rock power trio, Magnetico. More information on his first solo album, "Acid Guitar," a fusion of jazz, rock, and Brazilian influences, is available at www.rafaelmoreira.com. Rafael's music is also heard on the soundtrack to the video game "Spawn." Rafael is a graduate of the Musicians' Institute in Hollywood and describes himself as a "kick-ass soccer player."

    Nate Morton
    Drummer
    Nate Morton recently completed a national tour as drummer with the "American Idol" band. Before that, he was the drummer for platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton. He spent two years as the drummer for jazz luminary Natalie Cole, toured with Chaka Khan and Poe and performed with Madonna at the 2002 Grammy Awards. Nate is endorsed by the No. 1 drum manufacturer in the world, Pearl Drums, as well as Zildjian sticks and cymbals and Remo drum heads. A graduate of the renowned Berklee College of Music, Nate cites Animal from The Muppets as his primary influence and thanks his parents and his first drum instructor, Grant Menfee, for their early support of his musical aspirations. "The bottom line is I hit things with sticks for a living, and that's a pretty fun job." Check out more about Nate on his Web site www.N8Drums.com.

    Sasha
    Bassist
    For two years, Sasha was the bass player with platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton. He toured as bassist with R&B soul artist Ricky Fante, punk legend Billy Idol, and multi-platinum pop band The New Radicals. Sasha's recording credits include stints with British alterna-pop darling Badly Drawn Boy and Vivian Campbell's side project, Clock. Along with Erik Eldenius, he also produced the album "Washed Away" for breaking band Alan Smithee. Before immigrating to the United States, Sasha performed with the No. 1 rock band in the Soviet Union, Zemlyane, with whom he frequently performed before crowds of more than 10,000 fans and sold 20 million records. Now living in Los Angeles with his wife, Deon, and his two boys, Jazz and Tyler, Sasha is also an accomplished visual artist and sculptor. View his work at www.desaart.com.

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    Thanks for some info on the band. They are fabulous. Actually, I loved them most on the new arrangement of "California Dreamin'" by J.D. That song, imho, showcased both the band and the lead singer.

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    Too bad they couldn't find a any body with any credentials. I guess these guys could probably play whatever is thrown at them & do it pretty damn well. Most impressive & they really do rock the show.

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    Thanks for the info on the band, Manny. I honestly think they could play "Mary had a little lamb" and make it sound good.
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    Being a huge Vanessa Carlton fan I love too see Nate and Sasha again. They are both great musicians not to mention wonderful, cool people!!

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    Excellent info, was wonderring about their experience and man do they have plenty...

    Top notch musicians, can't wait to see/hear them do "Paranoid" and see what JD has them do for him covering Alannis Morissette (sp?).

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