Given the lack of attention The Nashville Flood received from an idle American news media in light of the amount it deserved, it’s hard to scoff at some made-FOR-TV-BY-TV superstars’ efforts to aid the downtrodden of Music City. But here goes: Tickets to last Sunday’s Daughtry concert at Bridgestone Arena were dropped down to the near-Creed level price of $10 — 100 percent of the proceeds were donated to flood relief efforts via The Community Foundation. One can only guess that the move was made as a way to help the good folks of Nashville while filling some empty seats and using the amassed donation to justify a tax write-off instead of taking a hit on unsold tickets. I have no problems with such means justifying the ends of flood relief. Hell, Gaylord is laying off 1,700 people. That fucking sucks.
As an incentive to throw down a 10-spot on the Daught, the show included guest appearances courtesy of Kelly Clarkson and some dude from 3 Doors Down. Clarkson did indeed make a crowd-pleasing appearance — dueting with Daughtry singer Chris Daughtry (and his chin-strap) on a cover of Tracy Chapman’s rumination on Reagan-era urban struggle, “Fast Car.” If nearly a decade’s worth of American Idol episodes aren’t enough of a reference point for you to imagine what it sounded like, I posted video evidence above. See what recently departed Idol judge Simon Cowell said about it below.