On Saturday, March 18th, Quiet Riot had its first live debut With their new (seventh, to be precise) singer, James Durbin, “American Idol” finalist.
As we know, Quiet Riot recruited a new singer earlier this month after the dismissal of Seann Nicols , and on Saturday night, James Durbin had his first live performance with the band.
Durbin became known as the “metal guy” on 2011’s season of “American Idol”. He was known for his live performance with Judas Priest, singing on “Living After Midnight”, and “Breaking The Law”. Before this live performance, Durbin talked about his decision to join Quiet Riot, saying that he was motivated by his desire to elevate the band's status to levels not seen in the decade following original singer Kevin DuBrow's death.
"Me stepping into Quiet Riot is me wanting to use the attention that I have and the things that I have done to highlight a band that I feel is being forgotten, or is being remembered for the wrong reasons," he said.
"[The Quiet Riot documentary 'Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back' is] a great movie, it's a great story, it's tragic, it happens to every band. Whenever somebody loses a member, you go through this thing where you're trying to find somebody to fill that spot, and in some cases, it's just another guy, but in other cases, it's your best friend or your brother. And you've really gotta find people that you really gel with and really work with and really understand."
He added: "Even though I know Alex for the past four months, and two days of rehearsal — the only two times I've ever been in a room together with [Quiet Riot drummer] Frankie [Banali] and Chuck [Wright, Quiet Riot bassist] and Alex all together — I feel like we know each other already. I feel like I've known Frankie for years. And so it's this natural progression where I come in, I know the material, I'm prepared. I had two weeks to learn the sixteen-song set — more than other people that have had much longer time. And I come in, and I know it, and I'm happy to be there, I'm grateful to be there, I'm happy to be working with people that wanna work and love to play music.
"For me, the whole 'Idol' thing and everything all together, the reason I did was just so that I could be a working musician and play music for a living and support my family. And that's who I'm in a band with. So it's pretty cool. It's come full circle. But nothing in this music industry or the rock and roll world or anything comes without a price to pay, so whatever the ticket price is, I'll pay it. But you can guaran-damn-tee that I will be there every single night banging my head, making you feel the noise, and I will never phone it in, dial it in, make a gimmick of myself or this band, because they deserve it, Kevin DuBrow's legacy and memory deserves it, and Quiet Riot deserves it."
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