UPDATE and REQUEST: So they made it past Vegas and play live tonight from Radio City Music Hall. You can vote for them at 9:55 eastern tonight. So DO IT! Seriously, or the terrorists and some freakin' cat juggler will win.
I don't watch a lot of TV and would not have been watching America's Got Talent, except for one thing, well one band actually, American Hitmen. If you saw them Tuesday night or the week before, you may have caught their tale and heard them rock. But if you are a long time BLACKFIVE reader, you heard about them five years ago.
In 2008 there was a National Heroes tour with some good friends of mine, like David Bellavia, Jeremiah Workman and Marcus Luttrell among others and I went along to make sure it got the coverage it should. The reason was to let America know why the Surge in Iraq could win the war, which it did. The tour kicked off in San Diego on the deck of the USS Midway. After a bunch of former SEALS skydived onto the deck at dusk, the Hitmen came on to rock. And they rocked hard.
They are former Marines, brothers in arms and actual brothers. Here is the bio from their site
The American Hitmen formed quite literally in the midst of battle in Fallujah, Iraq, during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004. Brothers Dan and Tim Cord began jamming for their fellow Marines in the smoke pit, after long days of missions, incoming mortars, and firefights, with acoustic guitars in hopes of uplifting everyone's spirits. Upon returning home to Camp Pendleton, CA, the Cord brothers brought bassist and fellow Marine, Dan Jarmon, into the band to play bass guitar.
Here is some video of their performance on the Midway. The song is "Born Again" and still my favorite.
They played Simple Man for their audition and then House of the Rising Sun in Vegas. I can't wait to see what they spring on the audience live at Radio City Music Hall. That is where you all come in. You don't have to watch, although you should, but you do have to vote. I will keep you informed and then we will all make the social media sing and the internets hum. It's these guys or some cat juggling act, that is no contest.