According to People.com, Geoff Tate, the frontman for progressive metal band QUEENSRŸCHE, surprised “American Idol” finalist James Durbin and James‘ longtime love Heidi Lowe with a performance of his band’s 1984 classic “Take Hold Of The Flame” — one of Durbin and Lowe‘s favorite tunes — at the couple’s wedding New Year’s Eve in a chapel at the edge of a redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Other guests included Durbin‘s fellow “Idol” Season 10 alums Haley Reinhart, Stefano Langone and Casey Abrams.
Durbin‘s debut solo album, “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.
“Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster” was released on November 21 via Wind-Up Records. The CD includes a guest appearance by Mick Mars of MÖTLEY CRÜE, as well contributions from songwriters James Michael (SIXX: A.M., MÖTLEY CRÜE) and Marti Frederiksen (AEROSMITH, BUCKCHERRY, OZZY OSBOURNE), along with Swedish rock band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR.