James Durbin Covers Skid Row’s ’18 and Life’ and ‘I Remember You’
James Durbin wasn't cleared to perform a Skid Row song on 'American Idol,' but the 22-year-old rocker is fulfilling his dream now. Not only has he released an acoustic performance of two covers of the glam rock band, but he also got to meet former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach earlier this month.
"Interesting. Hanging with James Durbin from 'American Idol,'" Bach wrote on Facebook on June 13. "He tells me he wanted to sing '18 & Life' on 'AI' but was told hes not allowed to, its "not cleared." Who makes these decisions & why? How? He was told he could do a bon jovi song but not skid row. Very interesting. & s---ty."
However, Durbin has made his own wish come true. In a new video, the California native is shown performing acoustic versions of '18 and Life' and 'I Remember You.' "I would have loved to do some Skid Row," he tells Yahoo.
Durbin covered Bon Jovi, Journey, Sammy Hagar and Judas Priest during his stint on 'American Idol.' In a recent interview with USA Today, he said he's planning to record an album with 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.”
Until then, fans can get their hands on Durbin's new five-song 'American Idol Season 10 Highlights' EP, which includes an unreleased cover of Green Day's 'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).' The EP will be released on June 28.
Watch James Durbin Cover Skid Row's '18 and Life' and 'I Remember You'