James Durbin Says Axl Rose Is 'Definitely' A Dick

Tommy Carroll of the South Bend, Indiana radio station 103.9 The Bear conducted an interview with "American Idol" finalist James Durbin.

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According to Blabbermouth.net, Tommy Carroll of the South Bend, Indiana radio station 103.9 The Bear conducted an interview with "American Idol" finalist James Durbin at this year's Rock On The Range festival, which was held May 18-20 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. You can now watch the chat below.

When asked about his soulful singing style, Durbin said, "I listen to a lot of different music, a lot of rock. Just from the ages... Humble Pie, Steve Marriott. He just got inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame [as part of the Small Faces], actually... [Led] Zeppelin, Queen... I love The Darkness, man. Aerosmith, The Beatles, especially. Look at Axl Rose. He's got soul. He may be a dick, but he's got soul. You can't deny that. And talent. But he's a dick, definitely."

James Durbin's debut 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. The CD, which was released on November 21, 2011 via Wind-Up Records, contains contributions from songwriters James Michael (Sixx: A.M., Mötley Crüe) and Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Buckcherry, Ozzy Osbourne), along with Swedish rock band Hardcore Superstar.

Durbin's current touring band includes former In This Moment drummer Jeff Fabb and guitarist Blake Bunzel.

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    iommi600
    I got a better headline: "Breaking news: Captain Obvious is blonde"
    Kenjamin91
    Jesus_Dean wrote: I like Axl! He sticks to his guns no matter what anyone says, and he's so big, other people are granted interviews but get Axl's name stuck in the headline to draw attention to the article.
    "...sticks to his guns" Yeah, apparently.
    sethkins
    i love how i get emails from UG saying i was bashing bands in comments, and then they post something like this.
    MegadethFan18
    I saw Guns on Friday and they were excellent. They came out and just tore it up. It's not like Axl come out and disrespected anyone or was rude. He came, he rocked, made a few jokes and left. He even had to good grace to thank us all for coming to see the band, how awful of him!
    MetalBoot
    Yeah Axel is a dick, but he's a dick who will still be famous in 10 years, so my question is who are you again?
    dewitt
    P.S. Did you know that you can quote and comment in the same post?... because you can.
    im not mental
    wow, really? to me, axl always seemed like a down-to-earth, unselfish dude who was always in it for the music and not the money. this is a total shock.
    DurbNet
    I don't know why this is news. Oh it's because Blabbermouth are pissed off that Durbin called them out for falsely reporting that he's Drowning Pool's new lead singer. Everyone knows that Axl's a dick, and everyone, including Durbin also knows that he's a legend. Sure I'm a fan of Axl too but I'm not gonna lie and claim that he's a sweetheart because that's the furtherest thing from the truth. I think Axl actually prides himself on the fact that he's a dick.
    YOLO_Fonz
    iommi600 wrote: I got a better headline: "Breaking news: Captain Obvious is blonde"
    I agree with him and he's being Sherlock Holmes and stuff but I don't think that a person who competed in American Idol should get respect. I mean...Durbin sold out before he even started his career
    Oraznatac
    So now we're supposed to believe him? Screw that! Axl Rose is an Asshole not a dick!
    Jesus_Dean
    I like Axl! He sticks to his guns no matter what anyone says, and he's so big, other people are granted interviews but get Axl's name stuck in the headline to draw attention to the article.
    aldogia
    He doesnt even say why he is a dick. Why unknown blond fellow, why is he a dick? The standard of reporting in the music industry is shocking. The heading should only allude to the contents of the story and be elaborated by the story itself, it shouldnt BE the entire story.
    dewitt
    Design Realtor wrote: People ,do your research! It is a known fact that Axl Rose refused to appear at the Hall of Fame Induction.....Talk about DISRESPECT.... What a great Honor and he is "ABOVE IT"...."Dick" is too Kind of a word in my book!! This is a direct quote "I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of Guns N Roses."
    How is it 'being a dick' to cordially request that he not be included in their joke of an organization? The only difference between one way or the other is that they would profit from his likeness, had he been inducted (and I'm not even completely sure they honored his request). He did his research trying to give himself a good reason to do it, and couldn't come up with one. He also basically stated that he would have likely attended and possibly performed (in one way or another) if the media had given them some space. The only people he flatout said he absolutely wouldn't play with were Steven Adler and Matt Sorum, and they were for very specific reasons. Also, Izzy didn't go either, and he hasn't issued a statement regarding that or even thanking his fans (gasp!). So does that make him an even bigger dick? We all know that the general population sees Axl as a dick, but it's really for no good reason. It's just a media thing. It doesn't surprise me when people hear words that actually come from Axl Rose's mouth and think "What is going on? Axl not being an insane egotistical prick?!! He actually sounds humble!! Maybe he's turning over a new leaf..." In actuality, he's the same person he's been this whole time; there's just no journalist in between to twist his words, take things out of context, and add their own biased opinions with their own ulterior motives. Why do we need to know James Durbin's opinion on the matter, especially since he's never even met the guy?
    Design Realtor
    MegadethFan18 wrote: I saw Guns on Friday and they were excellent. They came out and just tore it up. It's not like Axl come out and disrespected anyone or was rude. He came, he rocked, made a few jokes and left. He even had to good grace to thank us all for coming to see the band, how awful of him!
    Dukey
    DurbNet wrote: @Oraznatac He's one of the best frontmen ever AND a dick.
    I tend to say that when God gives you a gift - he ****s you up a little bit. Because you can't be all gifted!
    DurbNet
    @im not mental Perhaps you should have a talk with the original GnR line up.
    Design Realtor
    People ,do your research! It is a known fact that Axl Rose refused to appear at the Hall of Fame Induction.....Talk about DISRESPECT.... What a great Honor and he is "ABOVE IT"...."Dick" is too Kind of a word in my book!! This is a direct quote "I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of Guns N Roses."
    Design Realtor
    James has been in bands for years! Sell Out? How many Producers do you think are gonna take a chance on someone that has Tourettes Syndrome & Aspergers? There were no Odds in his favor! But, A.Idol was a Brilliant tactic! And, James made AMERICA wake up and He revived the METAL Scene, single handly! Folks should be bowing down to him.. the Music Biz is... for they know the truth and are very grateful to James....
    Design Realtor
    YOLO_Fonz wrote: iommi600 wrote: I got a better headline: "Breaking news: Captain Obvious is blonde" I agree with him and he's being Sherlock Holmes and stuff but I don't think that a person who competed in American Idol should get respect. I mean...Durbin sold out before he even started his career
    Battman1993
    To anybody who thinks James is a "sellout", the only reason he went on American Idol was because he got laid off from the Domino's pizza franchise he was working for two days before he auditioned and he was trying to find a way to support his wife and child. Get your goddamn facts straight before you call anybody a "sellout."
    YOLO_Fonz
    Design Realtor wrote: James has been in bands for years! Sell Out? How many Producers do you think are gonna take a chance on someone that has Tourettes Syndrome & Aspergers? There were no Odds in his favor! But, A.Idol was a Brilliant tactic! And, James made AMERICA wake up and He revived the METAL Scene, single handly! Folks should be bowing down to him.. the Music Biz is... for they know the truth and are very grateful to James....
    do you even know how to you this website?
    YOLO_Fonz
    YOLO_Fonz wrote: Design Realtor wrote: James has been in bands for years! Sell Out? How many Producers do you think are gonna take a chance on someone that has Tourettes Syndrome & Aspergers? There were no Odds in his favor! But, A.Idol was a Brilliant tactic! And, James made AMERICA wake up and He revived the METAL Scene, single handly! Folks should be bowing down to him.. the Music Biz is... for they know the truth and are very grateful to James.... do you even know how to you this website?
    *use
    Design Realtor
    Glad to hear....amazing what a piece of "Humble Pie" can do for a soul...perhaps Axl has righted his wrongs! I'll give him the benefit of doubt and pass on to James! Knowing this most likely will change James opinion...he was stating his opinion based on the Rock & Roll Hall of fame fiasco!
    -Annihilation-
    Axl may be a huge ****-knuckle, but he's probably a really cool guy once you get to know him.