Well the American Idol finale sucked. But, there were a couple of good parts that made it worth watching.
Here’s my favorite contestant performing with Judas Priest. They actually did two songs – “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law”:
And the other great part was the Aerosmith-less Steven Tyler performing “Dream On”, and he sounded as good as ever:
And a comeback was made on the show – the Sax in a pop/rock song! I believe it had disappeared in shame after Kenny G. broke on to the music scene. But it came back for this Lady Ga Ga song. I (surprisingly) did not mind this. Of course I did have my head buried in a game of Bejeweled, so I wasn’t watching the screen. The Sax makes its appearance at 2:50. It made me look up at the screen. Then I dry heaved, and went back to my game.
Now I remember why I stopped watching American Idol for a while! Finally, there was somebody consistently putting out really good rock songs. I don’t think that there’s much question that Durbin is going to go on to a successful Rock career. Here are his performances of ’80s songs:
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
This is when James proved to me that he wasn’t a phony Idol “token” rock performer:
I’ll Be There for You
He could even do rock ballads:
I love Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal”. But, I always felt it was more of a Hard Rock song than Metal. This version of “Heavy Metal” is actually Heavy Metal. And props for getting Zakk Wylde
Don’t Stop Believin’
Great song choice! Unfortunately, this was the first song of his last night.
I’m not exactly the biggest American Idol fan – mainly because I really love music. Luckily, I have a DVR player, so I conduct my own little “Gong Show”. As soon as I can see the song is going to suck, I fast forward through the rest of the song, and listen to the judges.
But, this week I was pleasantly surprised by this year’s token “rocker” – James Durbin. There were some seasons that I did not watch “Idol” at all, but as far as I know, nobody has done Judas Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”. I think James did a great job with it. He wasn’t as over-the-top as I though he would be. I’ll keep tuning in as long as he’s on the show, and he keeps up performances like this:
And if that put you in the mood for the original, here you go:
With American Idol starting back up, this week’s videos feature two of the stars – First is Randy Jackson in all his spandex glory with Journey in “Girl Can’t Help It”. This song came off of Journey’s Raised on Radio album. Randy Jackson replaced bassist Ross Valory. A lot of people criticized Journey with this album, but I still love it.
And the second video is from Steven Tyler and Aerosmith with one of my favorite Aerosmith songs of the ’80s – “Love In An Elevator”. This song came off the great album Pump. It was the first of several singles released from the album. “Love In An Elevator” peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.