Sunday, April 24, 2011

James Durbin tops the hennemusic Hot 10

As the lone rocker on American Idol this season, James Durbin has been making a real name for himself and fans are taking notice, as he tops the hennemusic Hot 10 this week.

For “21st Century songs” night on Wednesday, Durbin tackled Muse’s “Uprising,” displaying a post-apocalyptic visual for himself as he was surrounded by marching band drummers.

From setting pianos on fire to having Zakk Wylde sit in on guitar in recent weeks, Durbin is on the rise and presents one of the strongest contenders for the Idol crown with the May 25 finale on the horizon.

The HH10 is a list of the most-viewed rock news stories in the past week by hennemusic readers.

hennemusic Hot 10
week ending April 24, 2011

01 – VIDEO: James Durbin rocks Muse on American Idol
02 – Aerosmith: Steven Tyler grants dying man’s wish
03 – Metallica, Satriani confirmed for Quebec Festival
04 – Van Halen: new album due for summer release?
05 – Metallica to play Quebec’s Summer Festival?
06 – Motley Crue/Poison 2011 Tour dates
07 – KISS: studio update from Tommy Thayer
08 – Ted Nugent: more summer dates added
09 – Queen: Rock In Rio 2011 to pay tribute to Freddie Mercury
10 – Judas Priest: K.K. Downing retires

Major rock news this week included a gracious gesture by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, who teamed with the Passages Hospice Dream Foundation recently to honor a dying fans’ wish by meeting him before he passed.

Metallica fans got word that the band has been confirmed for the Quebec Summer Festival (Festival d'été de Québec) on July 16 in Québec City, Québec, Canada. News of the initial buzz about the possibility of the metal icons’ involvement was the #5 story this week, while the actual confirmation came in at #3. Quebec will rock, indeed, this summer.

A February item on Van Halen’s latest album project has been rediscovered by hennemusic readers this week, who brought the story back to life, pushing it into the #4 spot.

Other big stories included a KISS recording update from guitarist Tommy Thayer, more summer tour dates for Ted Nugent, a Freddie Mercury tribute planned for this fall’s Rock In Rio, and the shocker of the week: guitarist K.K. Downing’s retirement from Judas Priest.

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James Durbin - Uprising
Original by Muse
American Idol – April 20, 2011

See also:

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Steven Tyler tops the hennemusic Hot 10
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