Idol's' James Durbin, Orianthi Rock for Scholarship Fund
The season 10
finalist teamed up with the guitar virtuoso for a benefit in Burbank.
1:24 PM PST 3/4/2012 by
American Idol’s season
10 rocker James Durbin is preparing for a return visit to the show,
and while he hasn’t yet decided which song he’ll perform,
he promises viewers something to remember.
“It’s going to be very cool,” he tells The Hollywood
Reporter. “[On Idol], I went out of my way every single week
to do something that had never been done before and be original and
make moments for myself. Come April 12, it’s going to be no
But first, Durbin is using his trademark wail for a good cause. On
Friday, he teamed up with guitar goddess Orianthi at Burbank’s
Center Staging for a performance benefitting the Rock School Scholarship
Fund. Durbin sang Ronnie James Dio's "Rainbow in the Dark"
and Journey's "Separate Ways" to a crowd ranging in age
from 8 to 65, with the kids from Full Count and School of Rock North
Hollywood backing him up. Orianthi took the stage to shred on guitar
and singing with Durbin, playing alongside the kids to make a dream
come true for the youngsters.
“I’m here for the kids,” Durbin said before the
show kicked off. “I got the chance to meet one of them. His
name is Jamis Dekay and he was up there singing ‘Best of You’
by the Foo Fighters, and his mom told me, ‘When you were up
there on Idol, he looked at me and said, Mom that’s what I want
to do, for the rest of my life.’ And the kid can wail. He’s
got perfect pitch, he’s got style, it’s great.”
The Rock School Scholarship Fund provides tuition and instruments
to kids ages 7 to 17 who want to attend any rock music school in the
U.S.A., but whose families do not have the financial means. They are
currently working with 14 rock schools in Southern California, Georgia,
Massachusetts, and North Carolina with a required curriculum of rock
classics.Their mission is to help kids rock!
“These kids are so talented and it’s such an honor to
be here and to be doing something good for the community,” Durbin
added. “There’s no more music in schools so this is all
they’ve got -- this is all we’ve got. If it wasn’t
for music scholarships I wouldn’t be able to do what I love