Usually, a fanboy post about an American Idol contestant wouldn’t have a place on a guitar blog such as this. However, on the latest American Idol, James Durbin was accompanied by Zakk Wylde of Ozzy Osbourne’s band and of Black Label Society. Zakk was sporting his signature beard, BLS vest, and signature Gibson bullseye Les Paul.
Durbin was performing Heavy Metal a Sammy Hagar song from the 1981 animated film of the same name.
Durbin was the last performance of the night, and as usual, did not disappoint. I was jumping around like a little teeny-bopper when Zakk Wylde came through the curtains onto the stage.
The fact that Durbin and AI could pull such a superstar guitar player really speaks to Durbin’s talent, because you know Zakk would not jeopardize his own reputation by singing with some sucky wannabe rock singer on a pop show. Durbin is the only true rocker that has ever graced the Idol stage, and is the best rock vocalist I have heard in a very, very long time. Durbin is definitely my favorite, but I almost hope he doesn’t win so he can get his own band and make great music (similar to what Daughtry did).
James Durbin: Heavy Metal (ft. Zakk Wylde)
You can see the performance for yourself here.