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The Ultimate Jam Night Interviews with Alex Grossi of Quiet Riot and Maps To The Hollywood Scars

The Ultimate Jam Night Interviews with Alex Grossi of Quiet Riot and Maps To The Hollywood Scars

It was time for another chapter of Ultimate Jam Night, with the theme for the 99th edition of the long running show being East Coast Night. One musician with East Coast roots ready to rock was Alex Grossi from Quiet Riot and Maps To The Hollywood Scars, making a special guests appearance at the iconic nightclub in the heart of the Sunset Strip. During the show, Highwire Daze Online had a chance to sit down and chat with Mr. Grossi to find out more about Maps To The Hollywood Scars – his brand new project featuring American Idol finalist (and now Quiet Riot vocalist) James Durbin on vocals. We also found out news about the Beautiful Creatures reunion as well as spoke with Alex about his participation with Ulitmate Jam Night! Read on…

We’re here at Ultimate Jam Night with Alex Grossi from Maps To The Hollywood Scars and Quiet Riot. So, how did you become involved with Ultimate Jam Night and how many shows have you done?
I don’t really know, probably about a dozen or so. I became involved with it through my band mate in Quiet Riot, Chuck Wright, who sort of masterminds the whole thing. He invites me down whenever there’s songs easy enough to play

And when you’re in town!
Yeah, when I’m in town. I also don’t live here so that helps too

Where do you live?
I live in Las Vegas

So for those missing tonight’s show, what can one expect from your live performance?
Well, I just got done playing a Skid Row song. Tonght’s theme is East Coast bands so I’m going to do some Kiss, some Beastie Boys. Just anything from the east coast and ironically, I grew up on the east coast and I happened to be in town this week and rehearsing with Quiet Riot. So it all worked out

What, to you, has been a highlight of Ultimate Jam Night? Any particular highlight from a show?
You know, it’s just a matter of the most random people getting together and playing that you wouldn’t ever see in other circumstances. Combinations of people you’d never expect. Chuck’s done a really good job. They do stuff that’s a little, you know, a little avant garde – a little mixing drummers up and having a theme. Like tonight’s East Coast Night, they had a Doors night, they had a Van Halen night, they had a Kiss night. They’ve got a cool thing going here. Obviously, you can tell. It’s Tuesday night and it’s packed

How did Hollywood Scars come about and where did you meet James Durbin?
I’ve known James since 2011. We met through a mutual acquaintance here in Hollywood. I actually met him when he did American Idol with Judas Priest at The Viper Room in the VIP room right after the show. We kept in touch off and on and I ran into him up in Las Vegas back in October. He was doing this residency type thing, and after the show we ended up at the after party and we kind of hung out. We ended up jamming a song and kept in touch. I ended up sending him 3 or 4 songs I was working on – instrumental only demos, drum machine, guitar, bass. He was sending them back to me with killer lyrics; killer melodies!

Then I sent him 3 more and next thing he said, “Send 12 songs if you can.” I said, “You know what? This is too good, I’m going to make a record out of it.” He had the name “Hollywood Scars” running around and I put Maps To The Hollywood Scars around that to it, based on when you go to Hollywood Boulevard, there are people handing out the little maps. “Oh, you want to go see Bruce Willis?” you know. It kind of happened very organically, we did it ourselves. New Ocean Media is the label – but we control everything, and we own the masters. It’s not like we’re answering to anybody so it’s sort of like a labor of love. We’ve become very close friends because we had a lot of fun making the record.

Is there any overall story on the new music?
You know, the one thing I would say is it’s about the music industry. We both took very different paths. He was on a singing reality show, which metal fans and some of those gossip websites went, “Ooh,” and basically talked shit about him They’ll talk smack about it but the bottom line is – he’s a great singer and we both worked very hard to get where we are and ultimately ended up in Hollywood, where it’s kill or be killed, you know? It’ll eat you alive. So, more about the music industry taken by 2 guys that took 2 different paths and ended up in the same place – dealing with tragedy, you get your hopes built up. Actually, I think anybody in the entertainment business can understand it

Now that James is in Quiet Riot with you, would Hollywood Scars ever want to do a show with Quiet Riot or a tour?
You know, when Quiet Riot is on stage, we want to fire on all cylinders. We kill it. You know, one ban