James Durbin is having some fun now. Rewinding to 2011, Santa Cruz native James Durbin was a finalist on season 10 of the widely popular television show, American Idol. After that he participated in the American Idol Tour with the finalists from that season. Then in November, he released his first rock album entitled Memories of a Beautiful Disaster and he is fiercely excited to hit the road and showcase his new songs. Durbin fans came out in droves to The Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL to check out his first live performance with his new band and they were pumped.
James Durbin with his band mates, Dylan Rosenberg on lead guitar, Blake Bunzel on guitar, Tyler Molinaro on bass, and Jeff Fabb on drums did not disappoint. Durbin took stage and the crowd went wild. He opened the night with his fans singing along and fist pumping to his rock-anthem hit Stand Up which led perfectly into his rocking All I Want and the night got heavier when he kicked it into high gear with Higher Than Heaven. Durbin told the crowd on several occasions how awesome it was to be playing in the bar scene. Getting close and personal with his fans seemed important as this was his first show promoting his new album. Other songs performed included Right Behind You, Screaming, his current release Love Me Bad, and the anti-bullying rocker Outcast.
If you have been starving for some new, exciting, and top-notch fresh rock-n-roll, James Durbin is your man! Dubin's vocal range is extensive and his live show and new songs will make you stand up and put your hands up!
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James Durbin speaks to Unrated Magazine in an exclusive interview before his performance
Anita Brodersen: James thanks for taking time out to meet. I know you tried out for season 8 of American Idol and you were cut. What did you do differently on season 10 that drove you to be a finalist?
James Durbin: Well, on season 8 I was pretending to be humbled. When season 10 came about I was humbled. I was not that grateful earlier on but things have changed being married and with a kid now.
Brodersen: What was it like on Idol when you walked on stage and saw Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez watching your every move? Did it make you nervous?
Durbin: Not at all. It was totally exciting. I took their criticism, thought about it, and used it to my advantage.
Brodersen: How will this show compare with your performances on Idol?
Durbin: On Idol I put a lot of energy into each performance. For tonight's performance I will be able to take it in stride, then push it, and then back into the stride.
Brodersen: Right now, what are some of your favorite songs you will be performing tonight?
Durbin: Really liking Higher Than Heaven, Outcast, and Crawling Home.
Brodersen: Speaking of your song Outcast, Mick Mars from Motley Crue helped write this song and he plays guitar on your album. How did this come about?
Durbin: I actually met Mick at one of his shows. Mick then reached out to me and asked if he could work with me on my new album. Outcast was born. Oh...and I want to give a shout-out to one of my favorite bands - Swedish rockers Hardcore Superstar.
Brodersen: What bands have you been influenced by?
Durbin: Of course The Beatles, and also Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Queen, Humble Pie, and 30 Seconds to Mars.
Brodersen Finally, what can your fans expect from you tonight and what are you plans for 2012?
Durbin: Tonight will be a fun show with my full band. I am hitting the road this spring and summer so continue checking out my web site for further details on an exciting year!
Brodersen: Thanks James for sitting down and speaking with Unrated Magazine.