Thursday, April 21, 2011

VIDEO: James Durbin rocks Muse on American Idol

James Durbin keeps impressing on American Idol, and this week was no different.

Durbin put together a visual experience to match his performance level, pulling out all the stops for his version of Muse’s “Uprising,” on 21st Century Songs week.

Since his vocals have never been in question, it’s been interesting to watch Durbin grow each week in the visual department: from pianos on fire to Zakk Wylde sitting in, James continues to develop a mentality of creating an overall concert experience.

For his Muse track, James had a post-apocalyptic look as he played alongside a marching band drum section. There was something else familiar about the whole thing, as James explained post-show via Twitter:

“The mic stand/cane was a take on Freddie Mercury turned (in honor of him being crowned The Golden God Award) Mr. Alice Cooper! Thank you ALL!”

Both sonically and visually, no one else in the Top 7 compared and Durbin stole the show…again.

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James Durbin - Uprising

Original by Muse
American Idol – April 20, 2011

See also:

How Zakk Wylde wound up on American Idol
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