BEVERLY HILLS, California — While shooting his first video a few weeks ago, Bo Bice was kind enough to take a minute on the set to explain the concept.
"You ever seen 'The Smurfs'?" the former "Idol" asked. "We got a bunch of little Smurfs that are gonna be flown in on helicopters, dangling from wires. Then some magical spaceships will sprinkle fairy dust and make them fly."
That sounds sort of possible if, say, Michel Gondry were directing. That, or it's a bunch of BS. And from past experience, like the time Bo stopped an interview to turn the questions on a parking meter, we are going with the latter.
Besides, it's hard to imagine such a treatment for a song called "The Real Thing," from his debut LP of the same name (see "Intestines, 'Idol,' Baby And Bon Jovi Helped Inspire Bo Bice's Debut").
Whatever the case, we know from what we saw that Bice does a lot of performing in various locations around downtown Los Angeles, with Ryan Smith (Story of the Year) directing.
"I'm glad we don't have to lip-synch during ['American Idol']," Bo said after the shoot. "I think I started lip-synching about halfway through the first day, and it's not as easy as you think it would be. But it's definitely better than a day job."
With the video in the can, Bice has cleared his schedule for touring. He has promotional performances in Cleveland, Philadelphia and New York this month, then he's hoping to land a support slot for the spring.
"So if you're in a very good band and you want us to come play for you, my number is ...," he joked.