James Durbin Gives Acoustic a Chance at Yahoo Music

James Durbin made a name for himself on "American Idol" as Season 10's resident rocker — screaming for vengeance with Judas Priest, grandly brandishing a Gothic cane while covering Muse, covering Sammy Hagar's "Heavy Metal" movie theme, and coining the widely obeyed catchphrase "give metal a chance!"

[Photos: James Durbin Takes Over Yahoo Music's Instagram]

But there's a softer side to James, as evidenced by his new toned-down look, the poppier sound of his sophomore album, "Celebrate" (on which he co-wrote 10 of the 11 tracks), and his recent unplugged performances at Yahoo Music.

"I'm feeling really good. I haven't colored my hair, or cut it," the kinder, gentler James jokes about his makeunder. "I'm not so worried with being portrayed as something. I'm more light-hearted and easy-going. I'm not angry. I'm not sad. I'm 25. I'm a husband, a dad, and I get to do what I love for a living. Like, I have nothing to be depressed about!"

[Related: James Durbin Talks Beatles, Bieber, and Belly-Flops]

As for backlashing fans who may complain that "Celebrate" is too radical a departure from the headbanging sound of his cranked-to-11 debut album, "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster," James points to the breadth of his "Idol" Season 10 performances and says: "I love hard rock and love '80s metal, but that's not all I am. I also performed with Tom Jones on the finale; I sang 'What's New Pussycat.' I did Thirty Seconds to Mars, Carole King, George Harrison, the Beatles, Harry Nilsson, Stevie Wonder. I did a lot of stuff that's not metal."

See James go acoustic here, and check out his frank chat below. You'll soon see the guy still totally rocks, just in a slightly different, slightly unexpected way. "Celebrate" comes out April 8.

Follow Lyndsey on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Amazon, Tumblr

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.