For every Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, there are dozens of "American Idol" contestants who have yet to find stardom, but haven't given up on their rock 'n' roll dreams. Burbank resident Mary Powers is one of them.
Until recently the 28-year-old single mother fronted not one, but two different rock bands. But being in two bands can also mean twice the drama.
On a recent Sunday night, as the Recording Academy was lauding their favorites at the Grammy Awards at Staples Center, Powers and her band Death on the Radio were sweating it out at AMP Rehearsal studios in North Hollywood. It was their first rehearsal since October, gearing up for a show set for Feb. 28 at Release the Bats in Long Beach. By all accounts, the rehearsal went well, but a few weeks later, it all went south.
Death on the Radio featured Power's estranged husband, Lee "Evol" Powers on bass, as well as guitarist Danny Dorman, who's played bass in Wasted Youth and Aggression, and drummer Roger DeLong. After two years, Powers found it too difficult remain in a band with her soon-to-be-ex.