yep, the biggest thief in show business, jay leno, has struck again. this time he stole rickey minor away from american idol to lead the band when kevin eubanks steps down. but unlike when jay stole stuttering john from howard stern (along with several of howard's signature bits), i am ecstatic about this! i hate jay leno and i never watch, and i love american idol (watch your mouths) but i hate the band, and i blame rickey. he's a decent bass player but he has zero range. when he and the band play funk or show tunes, they're fine. when he and the band play rock music, it's godawful. some would call it pathetic. i consider rickey much more a product of superior networking skills than talent. he's not without talent, but there are way more talented musicians and bandleaders out there, some who probably live in your hometown. so for me this is good news. maybe idol can get someone good to lead the band next time. and maybe they won't sound like a broadway pit band slumming when they play rock music anymore. and for god's sake, i hope rickey takes that overplaying no-taste drummer with him!