Taylor Hicks On Jam Cruise: 'I Had a Blast!'
The Season 5 'American Idol' winner tells THR it was an honor to sit in with musicians like Robert Randolph, Maceo Parker and Grateful Dead's Bob Weir.
The floating music festival known as Jam Cruise, which brings together like-minded free-spirited folks for five days on the, ahem, high seas, had a bit of a hiccup before leaving Florida shores on January 4 when a police raid turned up a small supply of illegal drugs, including psychedelics like LSD and mushrooms along with ecstasy and marijuana.
Despite the bust, the 2,550-member MSC Poesia, which traveled to Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico and featured performances by Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Robert Randolph, Maceo Parker, Ivan Neville, Galactic and American Idol's Taylor Hicks, was only delayed for several hours, and after leaving its Ft. Lauderdale port, fully embraced its true purpose: to provide an all-night rock party for its passengers, each of whom paid anywhere from $800 to $2500 a pop to partake in the fun.
"I had a blast on the cruise," Hicks tells the Hollywood Reporter's Idol Worship. "Fesitval sound and lighting everywhere on the ship, world-class musicians, it was an honor sitting in with them." Among the highlights, adds the season 5 winner, the Dead's "Sugaree," a fan favorite, on the pool deck during Happy Hour and the ever popular "jam room" on the lower deck, where musicians would congregate from 3:00 to 8:00 in the morning.
No anti-Idol vibes were sensed at all on Jam Cruise, says Hicks. "Our crowds are one in the same." Indeed, check out some amateur video of Hicks wailing on harmonica with Galactic as his backing band. Says Hicks: "I think my Idol experience would have been different if I could show off the instrumentalist side of me."