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Nov 11, 2011

James Durbin previews 'Love Me Bad' video

By Brian Mansfield, USA TODAY

James Durbin's music video for his single Love Me Bad will premiere Nov. 16, but a flame-filled preview of the clip already has hit the web.

James says the on-screen fire wasn't the only one during the shoot. "I accidentally blew up a 1971 Dodge Charger by driving it too hard!" he tells Noisecreep. "The hood was on fire and there was smoke everywhere. I just remember the fire department guys we had on set running towards me screaming, 'Get the f--- out!' It was insane."

James says the video crew set several things on fire during the shoot, and, at the end of the video, he drops a torch and sets the whole set ablaze.

James recently told me that during the shoot, he heard from Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars, who played on one of the tracks on James' Memories of a Beautiful Disaster album, out Nov. 21.

"We were shooting the video for Love Me Bad out in Barstow at the dry lake bed, and I get a message from him, saying, 'Have fun out there. That's where we shot Dr. Feelgood,'" James says. "It's pretty cool that he cares that much to let us know that."

The video also gives fans their first good look at his backing band, which consists of lead guitarist Dylan Rosenberg, rhythm guitarist Blake Bunzel, drummer Jeff Fabb and bassist Tyler Molinaro.

Dylan and Tyler were fellow musicians James knew before American Idol.

"Dylan is one of my best friends here in Santa Cruz, someone I've played shows with for a long time," James says. "He's an amazing guitarist. The bass player is Tyler, another guy I've known for a while and played shows with.

"Actually, the last show I played in Santa Cruz before Idol, was my band, Hollywood Scars; Dylan's band, Archer; and Tyler's band, Dirty Penny. We all played on the same bill. It was just us three. Now all being in a band together is pretty funny."

Blake and Jeff both come from a Los Angeles metal band called In This Moment. "We were running auditions and pretty much had already picked Jeff to be our drummer," James says. "We started auditioning guitarists, and in walks Blake. It turns out Jeff knew Blake from the band prior. We just totally hit it off, all of us together.

"We've only been a band for a few weeks. It feels like we've been a band longer. We already have, like, this brotherly camaraderie. So it's great. Everything's going really good. The songs are sounding great; the material's sounding amazing. It's really amazing. We really can't wait to get on the road and start getting the music to the people."

James' official Love Me Bad video will premiere this coming Wednesday, but the singer is currently holding a contest for his fans who want to create their own videos for the track. In the meantime, check out the preview trailer.

By the way, you can listen to Higher Than Heaven, the lead track from Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, when you visit James' Ping profile at iTunes.