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James Durbin Acoustic Rock Kicks Off in Hollywood
Jan/04/14 11:19 AM

James Durbin Life of a Rockstar Concert Review
By Nicole Hanratty

January 3, 2014--Hollywood, Ca-- James Durbin plays The Viper Room drawing a sizable crowd on a Friday night in a city that seems to still be on holiday. The streets are quiet but the iconic venue on the Sunset Strip is filled with love for James Durbin acoustic style. Durbin is on tour with Kelley James and tells the crowd at tonight's show that this is his warm up on the first night of the two month national tour it kicks off.

Durbin's intimate three man band performance includes recently released pop rock single "Parachute" which he almost has to play on a guitar "without a g string" as he jokes. Popping strings on stage is all part of the life of a rock star and in true professional fashion, Durbin tries to roll with it. He calls out to friend "Noah" for help and in a flash "Noah" pulls through, finding Durbin's black jeep--a lock easy to pick jokes Durbin--grabbing his other guitar and delivering it to the stage. With replacement guitar in hand, James Durbin treats the crowd to a rousing presentation of "Parachute" with a confidence the American Idol alum has clearly mastered.

 

 

Also in his set is new song "Louder Than a Loaded Gun"--to which the LA crowd impressively sings along---and a highlight solo acoustic rock version of "Higher Than Heaven" from 2011 album "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster." Alone with a guitar and a hushed crowd, Durbin's voice is comparable to Jon Bon Jovi's and his voice fills the room with velvet rock.

As his set closes, in his fitted red flannel shirt and black skinny jeans rolled up to reveal tan boots, Durbin mixes new song "Fool For You" with a cool paired down acoustic Cee Lo Green's "F*ck You." Durbin's last song "Not Alone" with lyrics "love is all I have for you" is an apropos way to close out a room filled with love for him.