Thursday, April 14, 2011

Metal Idol, continued

This wasn't as cool as Durbin singing Judas Priest's "You Got Another Thing Coming" a few weeks ago, but gotta give the man props - he is unapologetic in his metal-ness, even if he does choose a pretty suck-ass song (Sammy Hagar's title track from the film Heavy Metal) to prove it. If nothing else, this was easily the most time given to a guitar solo in the history of American Idol and for that alone it was sorta neat.


  1. I gotta disagree. Just like the Priest performance, this was just godawful. It's like a bad version of Steel Panther. gah. Good point about the solo though (part of my problem with the Priest was the continual soloing underneath the vocal -- as if to say, 'it's metal, it must have a guitar solo in it, even if no one ever sings over guitar solos in metal')

  2. For me, good is relative when it comes to things like what appears on American Idol. Will I ever buy a James Durbin album if/when such a thing is released? Hell to the n-o. But do I enjoy seeing this kind of stuff on a show that began its life trying to manufacture the next Spears/Timberlake/Whitney thing? Indeed I do. Now, whether the change is a sign that metal occupies the same cultural terrain once occupied by boy bands and teen pop is different question altogether...(although on that score, metal already covered that ground; see Def Leppard's Hysteria).