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Rock Star Steven Tyler American Idol Judge Is Of Calabrian Descent

By Andrew Guzaldo Steven Tyler was born Steven Victor Tallarico on March 26, 1948, classical musician and pianist. Son of Susan and Victor A. Tallarico Steven is of Calabrian descent. American musicians of Italian descent such as, Frank Sinatra dominated big band music; the only vocalists with some reported Italian blood that made this rock-dominated list are Springsteen, Tyler, and Frankie Valli. For such a small group, Jews did just fine with Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, and Art Garfunkel. Why so many white southerners? Well, popular music requires singers with soul, naturalness, and unschooled talent, and Scots-Irish men of humble origins seem to have it. But Jewish talent contradicts the idea. Another possibility is that there is greater extraversion among southerners, an important trait for performing. There’s really no way around it: Steven Tyler is a likable guy. But what do you expect from a man with a reputation as one of the most charismatic front men in rock history? That’s all well and good, but being an ‘American Idol’ judges means getting your hands dirty. And as Howard Stern pointed out in an impromptu interview with the Aerosmith singer yesterday morning, fans and critics are already labeling Tyler “the new Paula Abdul.” The legendary rocker hinted that the Abdul comparison might be due to his recent stint in rehab, but assured listeners that he’s bringing his A-game to ‘Idol’ while not being overly critical. Tyler told the press during a conference call yesterday, “I’m not going in there to be a harsh judge or overly bearing. I’m just bringing my Italian ‘I know how to work a room Aunt Phyllis’ honesty.” But as someone who had to work his way to the top before institutions like ‘American Idol’ and YouTube existed, it’s only natural to wonder if Tyler’s perspective on the contestants might be a bit skewed. The 62 year-old admitted to having an initial bias to the concept at first. “I didn’t like the idea that someone could be an ‘Idol’ or call them an ‘Idol’ if they didn’t do their dues and play clubs and drag their balls through glass,” Tyler said. But he soon came to terms with the times. “It’s a different world today. Out of 700 there were 40 that were like ‘oh my god,’ and now we have 20. When you watch it, you kind of fall in love ...” In fact, Tyler revealed that his contact with ‘American Idol’ extends beyond one season, should things work out for both parties. Of course, it’s only natural for fans to look to Tyler to find the rockers in this season’s crop of contestants, a bias he says viewers should not be worried about. “I have a good ear for all kinds of music and not all great voices make great rock stars. Some people with not so great voices make great rock stars.” As for finding the next “Steven Tyler” amongst the group, the new judge did reveal that he hasn’t “heard a lot of (rock), but what I have heard has come out the wormhole. For every week that I brought along someone that was great, they were given the wrong song and the wrong key and that’s the heartbreak. There do one-kid that’s got a great rock element, he’s totally off the wall but what rocker isn’t? I hope he makes it through, he’s amazing.”

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