Thursday, March 17, 2011

American Idol's Rocker JAMES DURBIN Sings "I'll Be There for You"

American Idol Season 10's resident rocker James Durbin takes over the stage and sings Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There for You" for the Top 12 Show. This week's theme for the Idol contestants was 'songs from your birth year'. James was born on January 6th, 1989, "a happy little boy." ("A complete little cheese-ball," James describes himself.) "The music in 1989 was some of the best music ever. Bon Jovi was killin' it on the charts," says James, in explanation of his song choice.

James' confidence and stage swagger is so impressive; he just takes over that stage like an old-time rocker. And his screams aren't 'screamy', they're beautiful. Great jump and pyrotechnics at the end. This boy can perform! The crowd and the judges love it! Rocker Steven Tyler said, "1989, I've got leftover sandwiches under my bed older than you. How do you do that?" James answers, "Watching you." Steven goes on to say, "Don’t get too poppy than me." Not too sure what Steven meant...James goes on to say that there was some great music in '89, including some Aerosmith, which he let slip he may be singing for the finale!! Steven says that if James saves it til then, he'll come up and sing with him! Wow! That I'd love to see. Long bleeeep. Jennifer Lopez, laughing and clapping with a huge smile, said, "A great singer, a great performer, makes you want to sing along. And if you saw me, acting the fool, that's exactly what you do. It's amazing, and I love it. I love it. You were great!" Randy Jackson pointed out a few pitch problems, and added, "But what you do always is you figure out how to make it your own. You really did it justice. You found a way to put your high note in, but not overdo it. Very tastefully done Dude." Steven hasn't given enough words of wisdom yet, so he adds, "That man right there has a rich vein of inner crazy."

"I'll Be There for You" is a song by American hard rock band Bon Jovi from their 1988 album New Jersey, was written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. The single of the song was ranked #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Mainstream rock charts. As the band (and hard rock music) was at its peak popularity at this time, the song quickly climbed to the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their fourth and final #1 single. The song has remained as one of Bon Jovi's signature songs and a classic in the power ballad genre. The song was also a peek into a more mature sound heard on their following albums Keep the Faith and These Days.

The verses of "I'll Be There for You" have an eerily and uncredited similarity (both musically and melodically) to John Lennon's Beatles' track 'Don't Let Me Down' (recorded during the Get Back sessions) and the chorus was supposedly culled from an unreleased song by Joel Ellis of Cats in Boots and Heavy Bones. Joel Ellis has said that Lehua Reid (Richie Sambora's ex-fiancée) regaled him with anecdotes regarding Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora 'sitting at the piano for hours with a box full of tapes they got from people and going through the songs looking for stuff they could rip off and laughing about it, your [Ellis'] song was played over and over and over'.

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