Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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American Idol's Rocker James Durbin on Regis and Kelly: Interview and Performance

James Durbin visits Live with Regis and Kelly and sings an acoustic version "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" by The Shirelles and Carole King.




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Monday, June 6, 2011

After the American Idol Finale, Judas Priest Says, "James Durbin is our Hero"

A new heavy metal hero has emerged, thanks to an unlikely source: American Idol.

The reality series had never seen anyone like James Durbin before, as the 22-year old from Santa Cruz brought hard rock and heavy metal to the Idol stage for the first time.

Metal legends Judas Priest joined Durbin for the Idol finale, which was seen by 29.3 million viewers; USA Today reports that's a 21% increase over last year (24.2 million). The May 25 broadcast was also up 12% in young adults (18-to-49) compared to the Season 9 finale.

"It's just amazing, it really is," Priest vocalist Rob Halford tells FoxNews.com's "Fox 411" (see video below). "We've gotta say thank you to James and to American Idol for putting heavy metal music into 30 million American homes week after week. He's become a hero of ours."

James rocked Priest’s "You've Got Another Thing Coming" back in March, marking the first time a Priest tune was performed on the series, sending shock waves in the metal community and with the band themselves.

"We had no idea that [James] was covering this song by Priest,” said Halford. “All of us back in the U.K. and various locations around the world, our phones [were going off] with texts. 'Can you believe what's happening?' We were absolutely thrilled."

"James is epitomizing heavy metal, because it's the type of music that we've always had to fight for, really," added drummer Scott Travis. "So the fact that he got eliminated quicker than some people wanted him to, and he's still around and he's probably gonna have a long career. And it's the same sort of thing we've had to deal with."
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Friday, June 3, 2011

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A Very Confident James Durbin Says Goodbye to American Idol ~ The Curtain Call Interview

After James Durbin's shocking elimination at the American Idol Season 10 Top 4 Results Show, James gave his final 'Curtain Call' interview with Idol.

James says he "can't believe he even made it this far" in the competition. "Right now, I'm just feeling so thankful to my family, to my friends, and most importantly to my fans. I know I have some seriously hardcore fans out there, and I know that they're rioting right now. But I want them to know, it's okay. I'm okay. This is only the beginning," says James, adding, "To know what I've accomplished, and know that everything I've done on this show, that no one else has ever done. No one's pushed that bar as far as I've pushed it. I'm just really happy that I was able to bring light and give voice to a whole 'nother genre of music. Everything that I performed was my ideas. Everything. Down to what I wanted on the stage. I'm not at all disappointed in myself because I gave everything that I have, every single day, every week, in every single performance."

"I have the best fans in the world!"




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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

James Durbin Featuring Judas Priest at the American Idol Finale

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James Durbin stole the show, again, at the America Idol Season 10 Finale. There had been much speculation over who James would perform with. Many hoped it would be Aerosmith, since Steve Tyler had made a promise at the beginning of the show that he'd sing with James, if James made it to the finals. James came close, finishing in fourth place, and Tyler said Aerosmith would be there. But, according to the rest of the band, there were "scheduling conflicts." James got the next best thing...singing with another of his Idols, Rob Halford of Judas Priest! In a stunning performance of pyrotechnic delights, James proved he should have been in the Top 2, singing Judas Priests' 1980's hits "Livin' After Midnight" and "Breakin the Law" from the album British Steel.

On a side note: James, next time you feel like raiding the Village People's closet, please don't!!




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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

James Durbin, in a Pre-American Idol Performance with His Band, Hollywood Scars

Before James Durbin became American Idol Season 10's best-loved Rebel Rocker, James fronted a band called Hollywood Scars. The Scars perform Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" at The Britannia Arms in Aptos, CA on March 28th 2009. This was their first Your Music Magazine Band Olympicks Vocal Solo Event with The Dead Ringers as the back-up band. James Durbin was the 2009 & 2010 YMO Vocal Solo Event GOLD MEDAL winner!!





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July 6 – West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
July 8 – Everett, WA – Comcast Arena at Everett Events Center
July 9 – Portland, OR – Rose Garden
July 11 – Sacramento, CA – Power Balance Pavilion
July 12 – Oakland, CA – The Oracle Arena
July 13 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
July 15 – Los Angeles, CA – NOKIA Theatre LA Live
July 16 – Ontario, CA – Citizens Business Bank Arena
July 17 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Arena
July 19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Cox Convention Center
July 20 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
July 21 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena
July 22 – New Orleans, LA – Lakefront Arena
July 24 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
July 26 – Duluth, GA – Arena at Gwinnett Center
July 27 – Raleigh, NC – RBC Center
July 28 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
July 30 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
July 31 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
August 2 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
August 3 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
August 4 – Milwaukee, WI – Bradley Center
August 6 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
August 7 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
August 9 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
August 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
August 11 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
August 13 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
August 14 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
August 17 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
August 19 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
August 20 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Coliseum
August 21 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
August 23 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
August 25 – Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
August 27 – Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center
August 28 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
August 30 – Portland, ME – Cumberland County Civic Center
August 31 – Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena
September 1 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
September 3 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
September 6 – Syracuse, NY – War Memorial at OneCenter
September 7 – Reading, PA – Sovereign Center
September 9 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
September 10 – Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena


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Friday, May 27, 2011

James Durbin, American Idol Season 10's Metal God, Visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show

When James Durbin was voted off American Idol Season 10 at the Top 4 Results Show, it came as a shock to many people -- including Ellen! She invited him to The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about his Idol experience, his unprecedented homecoming and why he has become an inspiration to so many.

A true James fan, Ellen said, "I was heartbroken you were sent home. I don't understand it. And really, early on, I picked you to win the whole thing. I think you're amazing." Quite a ringing endorsement from this ex-Idol judge!



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"It's so special and so heartwarming to know that, not only am I going on the show (Idol) to fulfill my dream, but I'm also able to be a voice for people - for some people that feel that it's hard or are too afraid to speak up or to speak out. That it's okay to be different. That it's okay to be weird or a freak, or this and that. I embrace it. I'm freaky," said James. Adding, "Different's the new normal."




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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

American Idol's James Durbin & Haley Reinhart together make up 13 of the Top 25 most popular iTunes singles this year.

"We’re getting down to the wire, so this is about the time when we all start to speculate on how successful our beloved contestants will be when they are done with the show. The first step to achieving success, at least for most, is fairing well in the recording studio.

The great part about Idol is we get a glimpse into what these kids’ recordings will sound like, as each week, the contestants release full-studio versions of their live performances.

So, without further ado, here are American Idol Season 10’s most popular studio recordings on iTunes:

(NOTE: Rankings are based on the number of iTunes song ratings (as well as their star ratings) and the number of file-sharers to account for total popularity)

1. “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals — Haley Reinhart (Top 5)

What an awesome song! Just like her live version, the song starts out a capella and builds from there. She also belts out a few more big notes than in the live version (since she was forced to cut some parts out), and I honestly believe those are the best parts of the studio bit. The Animals’ version is pretty epic, but Haley somehow tops it 46 years later.

2. “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John — Haley Reinhart (Top 11 Redux)

Haley haters: you should really check out her studio recordings. She growls a lot less! Just so you know: she doesn’t have to growl, she just does it because it adds so much character to her voice. I happen to love the growl, and even though it’s almost non-existent in this version, it’s still extremely catchy. As well as Haley sang this one live, her studio version might even be better. Her vocals are perfect and everything about it sounds really modern. It’s also quicker than Elton John’s.

3. “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele — Haley Reinhart (Top 7)

It sure does bode well for Haley that she can take the #1 song in the country, put her own twist on it, and make it sound at least as good as the original. I liked that there is a lot more variety here than in Adele’s. Her phrasing is gorgeous (she seems to be the best at that), and the liberties she takes with the runs are quite impressive. If the radio has destroyed Adele’s song for you, give this one a go!

4. “The River” by Garth Brooks — Scotty McCreery (Top 13)

This is Scotty’s first studio recording, which explains why it is so high in the rankings. The first time you hear his studio voice, you can’t help but bop your head up and down with the song. Even if you don’t like country music, he has a much deeper, richer tone than any of the current pop-country stars we have today. His lower register is showcased brilliantly in this song.

5. “Uprising” by Muse — James Durbin (Top 7)

James was a bit clumsy with the notes in his live performance of this song, and those screams actually turned screechy. I enjoy a good on-key scream, but it was a bit much. In his studio version, his notes are obviously spot-on, and there is no overcooked scream at the end. Also, his lower register sounds infinitely better in the studio than it does on the stage, which really helped make this one sound superb. He left the song virtually unchanged from the Muse version, but I still like it a lot.

6. “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney and Wings — James Durbin (Top 13)

The lower parts of the song sound really nice, but when he goes into his upper register, his voice sounds strikingly thin for a studio version. This song’s ranking is a bit inflated because of James’ “shock boot”. He sang this one for his swan song, so a lot of people came back and downloaded it.

7. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by Carole King/The Shirelles – James Durbin (Top 6)

For the most part, James’ voice sounds excellent in the studio. He has showcased some weaknesses live, such as a thin lower register, wobbly notes, and screechiness, but you should definitely check out his recorded stuff. Since he doesn’t have to belt it out as much in-studio, his voice has a much crisper tone, and his lower register sounds really strong. There’s a lot more substance in his recording voice, which could help him land a good contract. One thing he has to do is lose the excessive screaming in his recordings, as that’s built more for live performances, not for my iPod’s ear buds.

8. “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen/Celine Dion— Pia Toscano (Top 13)

Oh. My. God. This is just unreal. Everyone knows that Pia has an amazing live voice, but she is just as good here. There’s a pureness about it that is so pleasing. Her high notes in this bit are incredible. The power notes are, of course, spectacular, but her soft highs are even more enjoyable. Great build up to the finish. I can see why it cracked the Top 10. Celine Dion has a new rival.

9. “Can I Trust You With My Heart” by Travis Tritt — Scotty McCreery (Top 12)

Meh. This one puts me to sleep. It feels like he is singing the same three notes over and over again. That’s the thing about Scotty – he has such a limited range. The first couple of times you hear him, he sounds outstanding, but that fondness wears out rather quickly. How else do you explain that after his FIRST TWO studio recordings, none of his songs appear on this list until #24? And that #24 song is “Gone” – way out of the box for Scotty. Even though he can stay in his comfort zone right now without risk of penalty, he can’t do that if he wants to be a post-Idol success. He needs to keep things fresh; hopefully he realizes that.

10. “Blue” written for Patsy Cline; by LeAnn Rimes — Haley Reinhart (Top 13)

This is going to fluster the Scotty/Lauren fans, but some may argue that Haley Reinhart owns the best Country performance on the American Idol stage this year, with this LeAnn Rimes song. The recorded version isn’t quite as strong as her live performance, but it’s still great. Some people don’t appreciate the yodel, but it’s very difficult to do. You’re moving in and out of falsetto with each note, so making smooth transitions and staying on pitch can be a nightmare. But this was done perfectly. Believe it or not, this is the first recorded song I downloaded this season, and apparently I wasn’t the only one.

11. “With a Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles — Casey Abrams (Top 13)

12. “Your Song” by Elton John; in the movie Moulin Rouge — Casey Abrams (Top 11 Redux)

13. “I (Who Have Nothing)” by Ben E. King/Tom Jones/Shirley Bassey — Haley Reinhart (Top 4)

14. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles — James Durbin (Top 9)

15. “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi — James Durbin (Top 12)

16. “River Deep, Mountain High” by Ike and Tina Turner — Pia Toscano (Top 9)

17. “Living For the City” by Stevie Wonder — James Durbin (Top 11)

18. “Harder to Breathe” by Maroon 5 — Casey Abrams (Top 7)

19. “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus — Lauren Alaina (Top 8

20. “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams — Paul McDonald (Top 13)

21. “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin — Haley Reinhart (Top 9)

22. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival — Casey Abrams (Top 9)

23. “You and I” by Lady Gaga — Haley Reinhart (Top 5)

24. “Gone” by Montgomery Gentry — Scotty McCreery (Top 5)

25. “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John — Lauren Alaina (Top 11 Redux)
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fox All Access Goes One on One with American Idol's James Durbin

As American Idol gets ready for its two night Season Finale, Fox All Access is live in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre where the finale will be taking place tonight 8/7 central on FOX. Yesterday, All Access spoke to many of Season 10's Idol contestants.

Fox All Access host Chris Leary spoke to James Durbin, who won the affection of many fans while performing on the show. Durbin told about his experience on the show and going on tour with his fellow Idol contestants and so much more.




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Monday, May 23, 2011

American Idol's James Durbin Speaks with Fans after Singing on Durbin Day

James Durbin, American Idol Season 10's most shocking eliminee, spoke to an estimated crowd of 30,000 fans after performing his set on Durbin Day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on May 14th, 2011. After James took the boardwalk stage, Santa Cruz Mayor Ryan Coonerty decided James Durbin Day wouldn’t be good enough. How about James Durbin Week? How about James Durbin Month? Not good enough either, the mayor decided. He proclaimed 2011 "The Year of James Durbin". This is the first time a year has been dedicated to an individual.

Even though James finished fourth in the Idol competition, the mayor's office was able to convince Idol producers to allow James to have his homecoming. This is the first time in Idol's 10 year history that a fourth place finisher was granted the honour of a hometown visit, parade and concert.

James performed The Beatles "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," Journey's "Don't Stop Believing," then asked the crowd, "Will You Still Love me Tomorrow?" before serenading them with this Carole King Classic.




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Saturday, May 21, 2011

American Idol's James Durbin Rocks The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

James Durbin, American Idol Season 10's resident Metal~Head, rocks The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The day following his elimination from American Idol, James Durbin stepped onto The Tonight Show stage and rocked the house.

Despite Idol viewers making such a huge mistake, the Santa Cruz kid is proud of what he brought to the competition.

“I came here [Idol] to do what I wanted to do and I stuck to it,” Durbin told Jay Leno, “and I think I did a pretty good job.”

James then sat in with The Tonight Show band for the rest of the show, rocking many of his Idol tracks, including "You Got Another Thing Coming" by Judas Priest, "Heavy Metal" by Sammy Hagar (from the movie Heavy Metal), Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City", "Saturday's Alright for Fighting" by Elton John and Carole King's (and The Shirelles') "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow".




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