Cue Band For ‘Payson Idol’

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Rock Star? Hilton MacNab scowls at his 15 minutes of fame performing on a Jumbotron at the intersection of Highways 87 and 260. He was part of Payson’s own version of American Idol, a new addition to rodeo week. Hilton, in the band Angry Caucasians, ended up in a rock off with his dad, Dean, from the band, In It to Win It.

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The Angry Caucasians — Clayton Chlarson, Camron Chlarson, and Hilton Macnab — (above) start off the Rock Band 2 competition conducted at Chapman Auto Center on the corner of Highways 87 and 260, Thursday.

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The judges, Mike Rose, Deb Rose and Chris Wolf impersonate “American Idol” personalities and provide equally caustics remarks during each band’s set.

It may not have been Woodstock, but the first annual Rock Band 2 competition rated right up there with a good night at the karaoke bar.

Five bands, made up mostly of high school teens, performed classic hits for a seated crowd of 50 people at Chapman Auto Center Thursday night, while all of Rim Country looked on from Highway 87 as they drove by.

A huge, 11-foot Jumbotron broadcast the action toward the intersection of Highways 87 and 260, collecting a few curious glances from passersby, wondering what in tarnation was going on.

Bands such as the Rockin’ Wrestlers, Mind Tricks and Angry Caucasians played two songs from the Wii game Rock Band 2 and were judged by American Idol celebrity judges Paula Abdul (Debra Rose), Randy Jackson (Michael Rose) and Simon Cowell (Chris Wolf).

The first act was the Angry Caucasians with drummer Cameron Chlarson, 13, singer Clayton Chlarson, 16, and guitarist Hilton McNab, 16.

The Chlarsons’ mom Carrie said her sons went to the store after Halloween and bought everything on sale to create their signature look of long hair and big hats.

“They dress up and do this with their friends all the time,” she said.

After playing their first song, judge Jackson said he wanted the group to get more into the song and reminded them this was their one chance at stardom!

Judge Cowell told the teens their performance was awful.

“I tell you, if you had sung like that 2,000 years ago, they would have stoned you,” he said.

After their next song, all three judges gave the teens a job well done.

Next up was the Rockin’ Wrestlers with Joey Garcia on guitar, Ben Lee on vocals and Colin Bella on drums, who gave a solid performance. The groups Mind Tricks, Static on the Brain and In It to Win It followed.

In the end, Static on the Brain won.

Judges awarded points based on best score, how well they played the game; character, how into the performance they were; dress, did much to look like a rock star and song difficulty.

The Angry Caucasians and In It to Win It tied for second, so a lightning round was held. Each group’s best player played one song. For the Angry Caucasians, Hilton McNab played against his father Dean from the In It to Win It group. Dean beat out his son, taking the second-place title for the group.

The winning band received tickets to the rodeo performance at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 and will be recognized in the arena during intermission.

Carrie said she heard the event was a great success and organizers want to do it again next year.

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