Call James Durbin rock music's 2012 revivalist and ambassador, because that's what he is. Pop culture watchers will recognize the name and the tagline. Durbin, 22, was known for "bringing heavy metal to the 'American Idol' stage" last season by performing Queen and Muse songs and then by singing onstage with metal legend Judas Priest. Durbin ultimately placed fourth on Season 10 of American Idol, going that far due to his "rawk" edge, his unbridled emotion, his undeniable swagger, his powerhouse voice and his God-given talent, all of which meshed into a potent cocktail that allowed him be rock music's crusader. He gives this time-honored sound a modern update, thanks to his youthful, impassioned flair. Durbin has effectively captured his firecracker live energy.
Durbin is ready for liftoff, armed with his Wind-Up Records debut Memories of a Beautiful Disaster. The singer has a singular focus and a noble goal and that's to have you standing on your feet, pumping your first in the air and rocking out for every minute of his concert. “I want people at my shows to be standing the whole time. For every rock show I've been to, I've been on my feet. I want my fans to get up on theirs, too!" states Durbin on his upcoming tour schedule.
Durbin, who suffers from both Aspberger's Syndrome and Tourette's Syndrome but refuses to be sidelined by either of those medical hurdles, co-wrote five of the 11 songs on the standard edition of Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, and was afforded the dream come true scenario of working with his favorite band (that'd be Swedish cult heroes Hardcore Superstar) and with a guitar god (that'd be Mötley Crüe's Mick Mars) on "Outcast." His fellow writers were like the spark plugs that jumpstarted his newfound creativity and confidence in this realm.
For "Outcast," the guitar-driven, '80s-inspired anthem he wrote with Mars and Hardcore Superstar, Durbin was bookended by two heroes. The end result is an old school, in-your-face fist pumper with a purposefully repetitive hook that reels you in and refuses to let go. It could be the next rock anthem for a generation of, well, outcasts, rock dudes and rock chicks.
Overall, Memories of Beautiful Disaster is an audio document of Durbin's life as he's lived it, with a focus on rock with a capital "R." "It's my first record, and I am figuring stuff out," he admits. "I am looking back on my life. Parts were disastrous, and there are some things I wished never happened. But I can look back and appreciate things that I once considered disasters as things of beauty. They make me who I am today. I'd never go back and change anything."
With that attitude and the fact that he set the table for his career thanks to his 'American Idol' stint, Durbin's arsenal is fully stocked with all the necessary tools to fulfill his mission of bring back the rock! He is now ready to step on his own stage and is ready for his fans to stand with him. For the entire show, of course!
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM
($31.00 in advance; $33.50 at the door)