QUIET RIOT's seventh lead singer, "American Idol" finalist James Durbin has slammed the "supreme scum" who post comments on BLABBERMOUTH.NET, calling them "bottom-feeding crotch goblins."
Durbin, who became known as the "metal guy" on 2011's season of "American Idol" after performing "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law" with JUDAS PRIEST, joined QUIET RIOT last week after the dismissal of Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha; formerly of ADLER'S APPETITE). Nicols was with QUIET RIOT for just a few months, but long enough to record the vocals for the band's upcoming album, "Road Rage".
Fully aware of the fact that the rock world could be disdainful of the winner of a mainstream reality show, Durbin was asked by California Rock News if he seen any of the criticism he has received via the comments section on BLABBERMOUTH.NET and what he thinks about it. "I'm aware of Blabbermouth comments," Durbin admitted. "I don't really know what kind of creature that is on the other end of the interweb there that gets a jolly from thinking that they're being funny or crushing people's dreams or hopes or anything. But I think it's pretty ironic that somebody spends all their time either on their phone or on their computer — wherever it is. I assume many of these people have jobs they're extremely unhappy with. It doesn't mean they're living in their mom's basements or whatever, but chances are they're pretty unhappy with the course of their life."
He continued: "I've definitely seen some altercations [in the comments section on BLABBERMOUTH.NET]. I usually try and stay out of it and keep my life as positive and reaching for higher heights and feeding off the bottom.
"But, yeah, if I had to give them a description or anything, it would probably be a bottom-feeding crotch goblin. They fit the description. They eat the dingleberries from the bottom. They're just the supreme scum. And… What else can I say? Let's see…
"There's a great thing that Chris Jericho used to say about Stephanie McMahon in the early attitude era of the WWF at the time: 'Dirty, rotten, lousy, bottom-feeding, trash-bag ho.' You know, the list can go on and on and on. But, honestly, I just think it's pathetic, and it's just a glorified gossip site for men. There's a couple of women on there, but I wouldn't classify them as women either."
Durbin added: "I can throw down with the best of 'em when it comes to this. So, yeah, they can keep talking, but you know what they're doing? They're still talking. So it's when they stop talking that you've gotta worry about it. Whether they're talking good or bad, my name still comes up in their conversation. And it just means that talking about me — whether they're talking shit about it or they're talking good things about it — is more important to them than whatever else is going on in their lives. So, hey, more power to 'em."
Durbin, who recently collaborated with QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi on the "Maps To The Hollywood Scars" EP, will make his live debut with QUIET RIOT on March 18 at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas. A handful of additional North American dates will take place during the next two months.
"Road Rage" will be released on April 21 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Banali revived QUIET RIOT in 2010, three years after original singer Kevin DuBrow's death, along with Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright. The group went through two vocalists — Mark Huff and Scott Vokoun — before settling on Jizzy Pearl in 2013. Pearl announced his exit from QUIET RIOT last October.