Wednesday, April 13, 2011

VIDEO: James Durbin, Zakk Wylde rock Sammy Hagar on American Idol

After a very heartfelt and respectful reading of The Beatles classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on last week’s American Idol, James Durbin brought the power back on this week’s show – in more ways than one.

Joining Durbin for a energetic version of Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal” was legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde – ex-Ozzy Osbourne player and leader of Black Label Society.

As the final performers on movie soundtracks night, Wylde and Durbin tore up the stage with a spirited effort, despite pre-show warnings from Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine, who tried to convince James to change his song selection. “You gotta be careful this week,” said Iovine. “That ain’t being careful.”

Durbin stuck to his guns. “This is what I’m doing,” James declared. “I know what’s best for myself as an artist, with no disrespect to either of you.” That statement earned Durbin a thumbs up from fellow mentor Will I. Am. of the Black Eyed Peas (is he a regular, now?) for fighting to stay true to his own vision.

“I have such a deep-seated passion for my music,” added James, “that I want to make the decisions…good or bad. I don’t think I’d still be here if it wasn’t for my passion.”

James earned plenty of praise following the performance. “He sung his ass off, without a doubt,” said Wylde. “Outstanding, Durbin!,” said Steven Tyler. “You just had to get that out, didn’t you. I’m glad you went with your feeling – nice lip to Jimmy, there – I’m glad you got that out, too.”

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James Durbin - Heavy Metal

With guest guitarist Zakk Wylde
Original by Sammy Hagar
American Idol – April 13, 2011

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