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James Durbin Brings His A-Game to Post-’Idol’ Football Song

Lyndsey Parker
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"American Idol" Season 10 screamer James Durbin was always adamant that he would never stray from his hard-rock roots while pursuing his post-"AI" career, and so far, he's a metal-man of his word. He covered the Heavy Metal theme and performed with Zakk Wylde and Judas Priest on "Idol"; he belted out Guns N' Roses and Muse tunes on the Idols Live Tour (and he wanted to perform songs by Skid Row and Dio); he landed a multi-page spread in the respected rock mag Revolver; he just signed to Wind-Up Records, label home of Evanescence and Seether; and now he's released a head-hammeringly catchy new track, "Stand Up" on the Official Gameday Music Of The NFL Vol. 2 EP, that's a promising sign of rawkin' things to come.

The hard-charging, fist-pumping anthem, complete with cranked-to-11 chorus, would certainly sound awesome booming from the speakers at any stadium--whether that stadium was hosting a football game or, well, a Durbin headlining concert. Fans of few-and-far-between modern mainstream rock acts like the Foo Fighters, Muse, MCR, Avenged Sevenfold, Paramore, and famous "Idol" rocker Daughtry will find much to dig here...as will old-school aficionados longing for the days when Aerosmith and GNR dominated the charts and airwaves. Basically, "Stand Up" supplies just the right balance of pop and rock, for maximum appeal--best played at maximum volume, of course.

James Durbin's full-length debut Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster comes out on Wind-Up Records on November 21, and if this song is any indication of the album's overall sound, I think James could have a very big career, with plenty of rock-starved record-buyers in America giving (pop-)metal a chance. 

It's game on for Durbin now.

[photo courtesy of Fox]

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