I NEVER watch American Idol. Never have liked the show. Although I dig the fact that people get an opportunity to “make it” in the business, I’m not diggin how they have to get there via the show. Anyways, I read that this guy James Durbin kicked some metal ass recently with the help of our very own Zakk Wyld. He had previously performed a song Priest song “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” which made American Idol history and more recently sang Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal” in which Durbin states “Give metal a chance!” prior to him singing the song. Right on Durbin!!
Guitarist Zakk Wylde, who said afterward that Durbin “sang his ass off.”
The metal guitarist admitted that WWE star, Chris Jericho, was the one who called him up on behalf of Idol contestant James Durbin and convinced him to perform Sammy Hagar’s ‘Heavy Metal.’
“Father Jericho called me up. He’s on Dancing With the Stars, so we’ve been busting his balls about that,” said Wylde.
“That felt really, really real!” stated Jennifer Lopez. “I really loved that. I don’t know what these are sounding like at home but here they are killing it dead,” she said. “Who would have ever thought that on ‘Idol’ we would have heavy metal?”
Fellow judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler were equally impressed. “My God, you guys were just at a James Durbin concert, at a Zakk Wylde concert,” Jackson told the audience. “I’m happy you stuck to your guns,” he told Durbin of going against mentor Iovine’s wishes. “We always tell contestants to ‘do you’ and tonight you did you. … I can see you onstage with Ozzy at the next Ozzfest! Durbin rocks!”
“Outstanding, Durbin,” Tyler said. “I’m glad you went with your feelings. … Nice lip to Jimmy, man.”
The guy didn’t exactly do anything where I’d call it “rip your face” music off but still…I think it’s groovy as fuck that the American Idol team agreed to let the guy sing metal! \m/
Check out this video clip of his performance: