A Led Zeppelin song was approved and sung for the first time in American Idol history last night (May 18) by one of the contestants. Apparently after hearing Haley Reinhart’s rendition of The Animals “House Of The Rising Sun”, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant contactd American Idol executives and gave her permission to use any of their singles for a performance.

Reinhart, joined by her father Harry on guitar chose the Led Zeppelin II classic ‘What Is And What Should Never Be”.
Here is her performance:

Tonight one more contestant will be eliminated as the show will be reduced to the final two contestants. American Idol judge Steven Tyler had told numerous show hosts while promoting his new single that Aerosmith would be performing on the season finale, but that will definetly not be happening. In postings on his Facebook page over the weekend, guitarist Joe Perry made it clear that the four other members of Aerosmith weren’t interested in playing the show, insisting that they would rather appear on “Idol” when the band has something to promote like an upcoming tour or a new album.

“(We’re) not playing ‘Idol’ ’cause we were never asked by producers,” Perry wrote. “Brad (Whitford, fellow Aerosmith guitarist] has gig that night with (Experience Hendrix). It’s not logistically possible.

Aerosmith’s looking forward to playing ‘American Idol’ next season when our new CD is out and we can prepare (for) a kick-ass show if they ask us.

“Really looking forward to recording with Aerosmith this July (and) August to finish our long-awaited CD. Icing on cake, Jack Douglas is producing.

“The band (definitely) wants to tour after the new CD. We want to rock out in the U.S. and for our Blue Army behind some new songs.

“There is no peace pipe to smoke because I have no problem with anything Steven is doing. It’s all media driven. In case ya didn’t get that.”

Douglas, who has also worked with The Who and John Lennon, produced a number of classic Aerosmith albums in the Seventies, including “Toys In The Attic” and “Rocks”. He also worked on 2004’s “Honkin’ On Bobo” covers set.

In other American Idol news; last weeks eliminated contestant and rocker James Durbin, from Santa Cruz, California, performed a cover version of the Judas Priest’s “You Got Another Thing Coming”, Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal” and other songs by Elton John and Stevie Wonder on this past Friday night’s edition of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on NBC.
He also made an appearance on Live! With Regis & Kelly this past Monday morning (May 16). The rocker sang one his Idol tunes, the Carole King song, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” and then joined the hosts for a chat.

Asked what he was doing before the show, James said, “I delivered pizzas. Two days before auditions, I got laid off.” He said the pizza place closed, leaving him out of a job. Even after his Idol experience, “Technically, I’m still unemployed,” he added. He really iisn’t though, since he will be a part of the Idol Top 11 summer tour across North America.

Durbin told USA Today on Friday that he is planning to record an album, with what he described as a “(Dio) ‘Holy Diver’, (Black Sabbath) ‘Neon Nights’-type” feel. “I potentially heard my first single yesterday,” he said, adding that it “still has a heavy edge and is radio friendly.” He plans to reunite with a friend from home who will be his lead guitarist. He also hopes to work with Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater.