Idol Rocker James Durbin Talks Beatles, Bieber, and Belly-Flops
"American Idol" rocker James Durbin is set to release his sophomore album "Celebrate" on April 8, and longtime fans of the man who famously performed with Judas Priest on the Season 10 "Idol" finale might be surprised by its poppier, peppier direction.
But James has given more than just metal a chance throughout his musical life. He's influenced by a wide array of artists, from Michael Jackson to the Beatles to even his Season 10 "Idol" crony Casey Abrams, and in a pop-quiz interview with Yahoo Music, he hilariously dishes about all that and more.
photo: Kristen Shaffer
The "Space Jam" soundtrack.
What was the first concert you attended, and where?
It was horrible. It was Trapt. It was at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, and I won free tickets because I was getting a slice of pizza downtown and they had this radio station outside there. And I heard them because they were broadcasting right there; they were like, "Hey, if anyone hears us on the radio and wants to come to the concert tonight, come on down and we'll get you free tickets." So I went. I had two tickets, I was like 15 or 16, and couldn't find anyone to go with me. So I'm, like, trying to give away a free ticket to anyone outside, and of course, being a 16-year-old boy, I'm trying to find like a girl. Like, "You want this ticket? It's free! You don't have to stand with me or anything, but it's a free ticket." But she still said no — and she was there buying a ticket!
What was the artist/song/video/album/concert that made you go, "Wow, making music is what I want to do too"?
Thriller. When I was in 6th grade I sang [Michael Jackson's] "Rock With You" and I did the moonwalk and everything at a talent show. I think "Idol" still has the only known copy of [that video]. They need to send it back to my mom.
If you could duet with any recording artist, living or dead, who would your dream duet partner be?
What has been your unfortunate onstage mishap?
I like to eat. I like to be healthy and work out, but my love of food and eating and sugar — especially the drug sugar — kind of kicks out the love of fitness and staying healthy. So sometimes I would finish off a show and at the very end of the show I'd do a big jump, and more than 100 times my shirt would fly up and you'd just see my white gut flopping over the belt line. Ugh!