James Durbin Hands In Powerful Performance And
Rocks The Rave In Milwaukee
James Durbin rocked The
Rave in Milwaukee on Saturday January 28th, 2012, and the former American
Idol contestant lived up to his reputation as a high energy performer
with a passion for his music. Durbin was in town to support his first
release for Wind-Up Records titled "Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster."
Just 3 songs into his one hour set, Durbin dedicated his song "Higher
Than Heaven" to his new wife.
Periodically throughout the show Durbin sang through a megaphone.
In particular, early in the set, Durbin used this vocal technique
on his song "Screaming," and it was one of the more appropriate
uses of a megaphone in a rock song I've heard in a while. The vocals
matched the intensity of the music without overpowering the overall
Durbin also used some coloful language onstage to describe his tour
of the basement and pool area of The Rave, explaining that it freaked
him out so much he "Shit his pants." Durbin joked that he
went back to his hotel and changed. It was a humorous exchange that
was well received by the crowd.
Durbin was far from silent
on the stage between songs, and a short time later asked the crowd
"Are you having a good time or what, Milwaukee ?" He then
took a short jump off drummer Jeff Fabb's riser.
It was Durbin's touching honesty that really impressed me the most.
He informed the crowd "I can't tell you what a dream come true
it is to look out on a crowd of people," and went on to humbly
say "I can't do this without you."
Right before Durbin performed his hit "Love Me Bad," his
band tuned up and he told the waiting crowd that "Its worth the
wait." Durbin would later inform The Rave patrons that the concert
was only the "Second full band full electric show" that
the group had performed. They sounded well rehearsed, so the news
came as a shock.
After showing one more deep and sincere moment of appreciation, Durbin
said "Thank you, I love all you guys," and then performed
an unreleased track with a positive message. Durban told the fans
"I like to write songs that mean something," and proceeded
to perform his song "Alien."
For the encore, Durbin and his band came back onto the stage and he
let the crowd know that his song "Crawling Home" had "Become
our unofficial official tour song," and that it was a tune about
"Searching the world for something you love and realizing it's
All I Want
Higher Than Heaven
Right Behind You
Love In Ruins
Love Me Bad
Encore : Crawling Home