'American Idol' Metalhead JAMES DURBIN Releases First Solo Track; Audio Available

James Durbin, the 22-year-old rocker from Santa Cruz, California who was one of the finalists on the last season of "American Idol", has set "Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster" as the title of his debut album, due on November 21 via Wind-Up Records.

A new Durbin track, "Stand Up" (hear audio below), has been released as part of volume 2 of the "Official Gameday NFL Music" EP, which features additional songs by Jordin Sparks, Darius Rucker, HINDER and Sammy Hagar.

Material from the EP will be used by the NFL throughout the season, providing some great exposure for Durbin across America.

"Official Gameday NFL Music Vol. 2" track listing:

01. DARIUS RUCKER - "Kick Off"
02. HINDER - "The Fights About To Begin"
03. SAMMY HAGAR - "Knockdown"
04. JAMES DURBIN - "Stand Up"
05. JORDAN SPARKS - "You Gotta Want It"

MTLEY CRE guitarist Mick Mars revealed via Twitter earlier in the month that he was in the studio working on "a killer track" with Durbin.

"That's right! That's Mick Fuckin Mars!!!!! Playing on MY record!!! This is so unbelievable!!!!" tweeted Durbin in reply to Mick's message. He also attached a photo of what appeared to be the MTLEY CRE guitarist laying down a track in the studio.

Durbin told USA Today in May that he was planning to record an album, with what he described as a "[DIO] 'Holy Diver', [BLACK SABBATH] 'Neon Knights'-type" feel. "I potentially heard my first single yesterday," he said, adding that it "still has a heavy edge and is radio friendly." He also wrote a song with James Michael (SIXX: A.M., SCORPIONS, MTLEY CRE) and frequent AEROSMITH collaborator Marti Frederiksen.

Durbin performed JUDAS PRIEST's classic songs "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law" with the British heavy metal legends themselves during the "American Idol" May finale.

Durbin sang the JUDAS PRIEST classic "You Got Another Thing Coming" on the March 1 edition of "Idol". His rendition marked the first time, according to AEROSMITH singer and "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler, where a JUDAS PRIEST single was performed on the "Idol" stage.


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