JAMES DURBIN: RONNIE JAMES DIO ‘Was Such A Force In Metal’

“American Idol” finalist James Durbin recently spoke to Revolver magazine about his love for heavy metal and his debut solo album, “Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster”, which includes a guest appearance by Mick Mars of MÖTLEY CRÜE. You can now watch the chat below.

“The first time I heard metal was driving in my mom’s car, and I heard ‘Holy Diver’ by DIO,” Durbin said. “My jaw basically hit the floor of the car. Wow!”

He continued, “Ronnie [James Dio] was such a force in metal, and it just really made me wanna push my limits. He had such a beautifully operatic voice, but was able to transcend genres and transcend barriers and transcend age. There were the old, haggard dudes who hang out at the Rainbow [Bar Grill in Hollywood], he affected those people and he affected young kids like me.”

“Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster” sold around 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 36 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD, which was released on November 21, 2011 via Wind-Up Records, contains contributions from songwriters James Michael (SIXX: A.M., MÖTLEY CRÜE) and Marti Frederiksen (AEROSMITH, BUCKCHERRY, OZZY OSBOURNE), along with Swedish rock band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR.

Durbin‘s current touring band includes former IN THIS MOMENT drummer Jeff Fabb and guitarist Blake Bunzel.

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