'American band' has global ties

By Times Wires
Published August 28, 2007

Fox has tapped a pair of chart-topping musicians and a pair of personalities from the other side of the planet for its next musical competition. Goo Goo Dolls singer John Rzeznik, percussionist and band leader Sheila E. and Ian "Dicko" Dickson, a music business veteran who has 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.Zap2it.com