“AMERICAN IDOL” CONTESTANT CALEB JOHNSON PERFORMS WHITESNAKE’S “STILL OF NIGHT”

CalebJohnson400 On last night’s (April 30th) episode of American Idol, contestant, and resident rocker, Caleb Johnson performed Whitesnake’s Still of the Night. Watch his performance below.

Still of the Night appears on Whitesnake’s 1987 self titled album which sold over eight million copies in the US where the album went platinum eight times. Besides Still of the Night, other singles released from the Whitesnake album included: Here I Go Again, Is This Love?, Crying in the Rain and Give Me All Your Love.

American Idol season 13 is broadcast on the Fox network and features judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr..

As per a poster’s suggestion (thanks Gary) I have also included Caleb’s performance of Led Zeppelin’s Dazed and Confused below.

Comments

  1. Jeremiah Pence says:

    Wow!! He actually pulled it off quite well. Love the judge on the right “Did I leave the oven on?” expression. I’m assuming he’s not a Whitesnake fan.

    • LOL Jeremiah,

      I think you are referring to Harry Connick Jr.. He’s a New Orleans jazz musician, so Whitesnake may not be his cup of tea, but does admit, time and again, that Caleb can sing.

      Dana from EddieTrunk.com :)

  2. Brandon says:

    Wow. Um, okay. I don’t necessarily like harping on amateur talent because I’m part of that group, but I just don’t see anything special about this performance. Kept wondering to myself as people were going ape kaka at the end how many audience members actually listened to Coverdale originally rip that song out. Caleb has a good voice granted, but this song in particular doesn’t do much to showcase his talent. Glad I stopped paying attention to AI after Lambert lost in the finals. General public just doesn’t get it.

    • Hi Brandon,

      I hate this Karaoke show as well, but for some stupid reason, I still watch it from time to time.

      Actually, I think Caleb did a good job and he is my favorite contestant this season, so that is why I decided to post this clip. He has a great rock voice with tons of power and it was nice to see him do this song justice. I am happy there is a finalist on this show who genuinely LOVES rock music. Plus, if his performance got Whitesnake a few extra downloads, then all the better.

      Dana from EddieTrunk.com :)

      • Dana from et.com

        LMAO! Karaoke show haha soooo true!

        It would be nice if there was a contest show that showcased a band, rather than just a singer. Burnett, are you listening? haha (yea right)

  3. The guy can sing, did a great job.
    Too bad Jennifer Lopez is so distracting and annoying.
    We know she’s never listened to Whitesnake in her life.

    • Who knows Dave,

      But she is a huge fan of Caleb’s and says she gets the “goosies” from many of his performances. I think she genuinely respects his vocal talent, because let’s face it, that is not her strong suit.

      Dana from EddieTrunk.com :)

  4. Michael says:

    He did a great job, watch out David Coverdale.

    The band members need more hair to pull that off convincingly.

  5. harshtimez says:

    Wow…never watch that show, nor ever like the song…But damn, that was sick.

  6. ian mclellan says:

    Harry Connick Jr. looks totally unimpressed lol Auto tune works wonders.

  7. That guy is going places, that’s for sure…….

  8. Wow, not a fan of American Idol, but this guy rocks out the classic….damn!!!

  9. Jeff Koger says:

    Nailed it! Nice job!

  10. Gary B. says:

    Check this kid out doing “Dazed And Confused” from Zeppelin. He is definitely the real deal.

  11. Not a fan of the show but he’s pretty good. They need more contestants that rock and not sing ttoday’s crappy music instead. IMO the winners are manufactured stars and don’t last very long like REAL rock stars.

  12. I would have laughed my ass off if he sang “slide it in.”

  13. MetalMike says:

    I think everyone is just shocked that a hard rock song was on AI……..For what it is, the guy did okay, but that was so PG and not like the song really is. The beauty of the song is the sexual innuendo…When the kid does “Spit it Out”, then I will be interested.

    • Jimmy Apple (@jimmyapple5) says:

      The hard rock artists on AI actually tend to do fairly well in the competition.

  14. He also sang Rush’s Working Man and Rival Sons’ Pressure and Time a few weeks ago. Say what you want about American Idol, but every now and then they do stumble onto some real talent.

  15. Marcco Rui says:

    Is this Eddie’s son?

  16. Where were these performances when Steve Tyler was a judge. Who woulda thought it would take Harry Connick to bring this out in a contestant.

  17. The kid did well but the band sucks!! Sorry but that song has one of the heaviest riffs! They did it no justice!

  18. Joe Pensanti says:

    I think he’d be great doing a Meat Loaf tribute…

  19. XA351GT says:

    You guys need to get him on TMS. I’d love to see him next to Eddie. Eddie had a TBT pic on FB that’s looks just like Caleb. The dude can sing I was impressed and I hate AI .

  20. james D says:

    Can’t stand the AI show, but noticed his approach was very similar to John Sykes(original guitarist on the Whitesnake track) doing it in his live shows, which Eddie plays on his radio shows every once in a while. Check it out.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxx59BZEncQ

  21. Umm yes JLo is a metal fan. Ive watched her since the MTV show right after 9/11 in Baghdad with Kid Rock ( I know not metal) and also her jamming to Priest two years ago on Idol.. She knows these people and digs it.

    • Really? I am surprised. I know Janet Jackson mentioned that she liked metal back in the good ole days and cited Motley Crue as an example. She said her song Black Cat was her attempt at a metal song.

      Dana from Eddie Trunk.com :)

    • calebswachofan says:

      Jennifer Lopez told Caleb he was Sexy when he performed “Dazed and Confused. She always dances and gives standing ovations to Caleb. She must love rock because she did only 1 or 2 other standing ovations for other contestants and constantly did them for Caleb.

  22. Wow, great performance! Guitarist kicked ass also. Its a pleasant surprise to still see 80s metal popping up in current pop culture and to see someone who actually has talent on AI.

  23. I haven’t read all these comments yet but, he also did Rush’s ‘Working Man’ and a Rival Son’s song as well.
    Even though it’s AI, I see the positive from the exposure this kid will bring these bands by playing their songs. AI still gets 10+ million viewers a week, so how many young kids afterwards researched these bands and possibly bought one of their albums or downloaded a single? Just a thought.

    • D3,

      I said the same thing. If it helps Whitesnake, and all the other bands to get exposure, then more power to it. Caleb does a great job singing a lot of these songs, so that helps as well.

      Dana from ET.com :)

      • calebswachofan says:

        Dana, hi I am a huge fan of the metal show and I too, absolutely love Caleb. I have been watching him all season. The first hard rock winner of american idol! its awesome. The funniest thing in these hard rock songs he is doing, the bassist is Rickey Minor. I think he is from “the Tonight Show” and he just loves playing the harder stuff! Did you see Caleb during “Working Man” when he said Heeellllooo Riicckkky and then slammed himself on the floor, it was at the end of the song? My other favorite moment was his (second) performance of dazed and confused when he slammed the microphone into the floor 4 or 5 times. Just great!

        • calebswachofan says:

          Im actually kind of sad its all over. There will never be a guy like him on the show again. He was one of a kind. on top of being extremely talented, he is super funny. And that girl thats in the top lost and he won, she asked him to prom and he is taking her. I noticed his Kings Of Leon and Black Crows songs arent over here though. Not hard enough rock?

          • No, I just can’t post every performance. I really dig his voice and hope he does well in the future. Occasionally, this dumb show gets it right, and this year, thankfully, they did.

            Dana from ET.com :)

        • Yes, Ricky Minor was from Jay Leno’s show when he came back after Conan got the boot.

          Leno’s first band featured Branford Marsalis, who eventually left, and was replaced by Kevin Eubanks. The Tonight Show, as a general rule, always had talented musicians in their house bands. I loved Johnny Carson’s house band! Doc Severinsen and the boys, they ruled. Ed Shaughnessy was an amazing drummer.

          Dana from ET.com :)

  24. Taskerofpuppets says:

    Man I used to love Whitesnake in the 80′s. I still love them especially with Tommy Aldridge behind the kit. Dana, when is Eddie ginna get Tommy Aldridge on TMS?!! Really want yo see him on the re rocking the world.

    Thanks,.Taskerofpuppets

  25. Bon Posey says:

    Wow. I was a big Caleb fan; this guy was a rock star. Unfortunately, Caleb got too big for his britches and made some disparaging marks about his fans, because the primadonna felt they voted for songs that poor baby didn’t like to sing. Guess what Caleb, it’s a free country and your right to sing whatever you want. It’s your (former) FANS right as well to vote you out because they see your true colors as a D-bag. Good luck on your ride back to obscurity-you blew it “dude”.

    • Isabella says:

      Agree. Caleb, there are plenty of great artists out there who do what you do and do it better and actually appreciate their fans or at least act like it to their faces. And there will be others to follow as well. Will waste no more time or money on such an ungrateful jerk.

      • Mary Kaye Bates says:

        Actually, as he’s said repeatedly, he called his haters on facebook “retards”. Most of us felt it was an unfortunate choice of words but not something we haven’t all heard a million times. He also said, it wasn’t that he didn’t like the song ( I don’t want to miss a thing ) but just that it had been done so much.

    • Bon,

      If that is true, that’s pretty lousy. I have been a Caleb fan all season, as much as I hate to admit I still occasionally take a peak at this glorified karaoke show.

      Dana from EddieTrunk.com :)

  26. Jack Woodstein says:

    This karaoke shit sucks so bad.

  27. I love how harry connick jr. has absolutely no clue on some of these songs. This kid kills it! hope he actually comes in second so he can be free to record a great album instead of a controlled american idol record if he wins. Let’s hear him do some motley crue. Kid has an incredible voice. So cool he is using such great 80′s songs!

  28. Caleb has been rockin’ it all season!

  29. Just killer

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