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Published: 2010/11/24
by Sam Davis

Umphrey’s McGee Gets An American Idol Nod

American Idol ’s 8th season winner Kris Allen reportedly nodded to jamband stalwarts Umphrey’s McGee over the weekend with a rendition of their recent “mash up” of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Umphrey’s debuted the same “mash up” during its Halloween Monster Mash at the Pageant Theater, St. Louis, MO on October 31. While Allen has covered “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” in the past, this was the first time he combined the two songs (which feature similar rhythms).

The performance took place on Saturday night at the Pechanga Theater in Temecula, CA and has since spurred a flurry of message board chatter from Allen’s fans attempting to deny any connection to Umphrey’s “mash up.” However, Umphrey’s has now has acknowledged Allen’s cover with a message on its own site, even calling for a “mash up” throw down. Read the full message from Umphrey’s McGee’s blog The Floor below:

We here at Umphrey’s McGee would like to take a moment to congratulate Kris Allen, 8th season American Idol winner, on working one of the latest UM mash ups into his live show. We are honored to have inspired the latest American Idol with our version. As many of you probably know, Brendan is a religious follower of Idol and was devastated when he had to turn down the latest judging opening due to UM touring conflicts. At least the music is living on with Kris, who is of course named after our very own Kris Myers. Mash up throw down anyone?


There are 7 comments associated with this post

Carolyn March 18, 2011, 14:28:05

I just wanted all Umphreys McGee fans to know that Umphreys McGee will soon be visiting Long Island, on the waterfront at Shorefront Park in Patchogue. They are performing July 16th 2011 along with over 35 other performers that weekend. There will be plenty of other rock, jam, folk, blues & “Americana” genres as well. It’s going to be the most affordable festival in the Northeast, and features over 35 performers over three days in the rock, jam, folk, blues & “Americana” genres. Definitely check it out, there’s more information on the Great South Bay Music Festival website!!!

Leslie November 25, 2010, 15:57:58

What a perfect example of great minds/musicians thinking alike. Congrats to Umphrey’s McGee for putting it out there first. Thanks for the video of Kris Allen. Gorgeous. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova wrote “Falling Slowly” which Kris performed on Idol. Later, in concert, Kris mashed up this song with “With or Without You.” Glen and Marketa later performed Kris’ mashup in concert which Kris said was the highest form of flattery. I agree with Beth – we fans want more! Actually, a mashup throwdown sounds like fun!

Jim November 25, 2010, 18:03:51

Hi my name is Kris Allen. I became famous by playing other peoples music on tv. Without the inspiration or talent of others I most likely would have never reached the level of fame I now enjoy. Since becoming famous I now feel entitled to take others ideas and claim them as my own. And then when people call me out, I say it was unplanned and unrehearsed.

Forbin November 26, 2010, 08:37:59

American Idol winner does impromptu, unrehearsed mash-ups… LOL.

DAVE November 26, 2010, 12:05:51


Beth November 24, 2010, 19:59:45

Well, I spoke with his guitarist, Cale Mills, after the show and according to him the mashup was a completely unplanned, unrehearsed thing. He said the Kris had mentioned the other day that both songs had a similar beat… and that was kind of the end of it until Saturday night, when Kris decided to spontaneously give it go… Kudos to both Kris and Umphrey’s McGee for having such a great ear for music! Instead of a throwdown, they should get together to perform it… or even better, come up with another awesome mashup for all their fans. :-)

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