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Detroit Rockers The Muggs Named Finalist On New Reality Show

Of the Oakland Press

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Detroit rock trio the Muggs love their home town. But they're hoping they don't get to spend much time here during the next three months.

The Muggs was named one of 12 finalists Friday for "The Next Great American Band," the new Fox network reality show created by the producers of "American Idol." The show, which will air every Friday from Los Angeles, will follow a similar pattern to "Idol," with one band being voted off by viewers each week until the finale in January, when three bands will compete to win a recording contract.

The Muggs first auditioned for the show in August in Burbank and then were invited to a subsequent tryout in Las Vegas, which earned them a spot in the competition's final lineup. On Friday's show the three judges -- Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik, former Prince drummer Sheila E. and "Australian Idol" host Ian Dickson -- effusively praised the Muggs' performance and were particularly touched by the story of bassist Tony DeNardo, who has battled to recover from a stroke and now plays his part on keyboards.

Like their fellow contestants, the Muggs -- which also includes guitarist Danny Methric and drummer Matt Rost -- are now living in a Hollywood apartment provided by the show's producers. Group members are contractually forbidden to comment yet on anything having to do with the show.

Future episodes will include themed nights where the competing bands will play music by other artists and songwriters. Local fans are planning to gather every Friday night to watch the show -- and start dialing in votes for the Muggs afterwards -- at the Detroit's Cadieux Cafe, 4300 Cadieux Road.

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