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The Muggs Keep Chin Up After Being Booted From "...Band"

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Detroit's Muggs will not be "The Next Great American Band."

The rock trio was voted off the Fox TV reality show following a poor reaction to its performance of Elton John's "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" on the Nov. 2 episode. The program's three judges were particular critical of guitarist Danny Methric's vocals.

But keyboard bassist Tony DeNardo says the group is still "honored to have been on the show."

"We went in with low expectations," DeNardo explains. "We knew that his show ultimately wasn't for us. It's for pop bands, not a three-piece blues rock group from Detroit. We just did it for the national exposure."

DeNardo says the Muggs, who have returned to Detroit, have noticed a substantial bump in traffic on its MySpace site -- from a few hundred to nearly 5,000 hits -- and in sales of its self-titled CD. 19 Entertainment, which produces the TV show, has an option on the next Muggs album until March.

The Muggs next perform on Dec. 26 with the Hard Lessons at St. Andrew's Hall.

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