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The Muggs Rebound From TV Experience

Of the Oakland Press

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Seven weeks after being booted off Fox TV’s “The Next Great American Band,” Detroit rock trio the Muggs are anything but bitter.

“We’re realistic; we went in with low expectations,” says keyboard bassist Tony DeNardo. “We knew that this 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.”

The Muggs did have a good, if quick, run on the show. The group was initially praised by three judges, and the Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik singled out guitarist Danny Methric. “That guitar player’s insane,” Rzeznik said after the first week’s episode. “I was just watching him play. That guy’s amazing.”

But it was Methric’s vocals on Elton John’s “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues” on the Nov. 2 episode that turned the tide against the Muggs.

“We were kind of force-fed that song,” DeNardo says. “Elton John’s great, but that (song’s) not the Muggs. We were forced to sing a pop song and make it work. And it didn’t.”

Despite the early exit, DeNardo says the Muggs enjoyed the other bands on the show and the overall experience. And, he says, since being on TV, the group has enjoyed an exponential increase in hits on its MySpace page and in sales of its self-titled CD.

“We’re happy to have had the exposure,” DeNardo says. “We made friends with all the bands. Everyone’s stand-up people. This is just another feather in our hat. Nothing bad can come from this.”

19 Entertainment, which produces the show, as well as “American Idol” — holds an option on the Muggs’ next album until March, although it’s not expected to exercise it. The sibling trio the Clark Brothers won was name “The Next Great American Band” on Friday (Dec. 21).

The Muggs perform with The Hard Lessons at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 26) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $8.90. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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