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Fat Mike Presents Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival
Dates In Concord, CA Saturday, October 14 & Sacramento, CA Sunday, October 15
The music lineups for Fat Mike Presents Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival in Concord and Sacramento, CA have been announced. The Saturday, October 14 show at Concord Pavilion in Concord and the Sunday, October 15 show at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento will feature performances from co-headliners NOFX and Flogging Molly, along with Goldfinger, Less Than Jake, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Get Dead, and more.
Tickets for the Concord and Sacramento festival dates go on sale Friday, August 11 at 10:00 AM PT at www.PunkInDrublicFest.com.
Both shows are open to those 21 years old and up, and include at least 3 hours of unlimited craft beer tastings with over 100 craft beers, including some of the West Coast’s best and local favorites, plus access to watch the music stage. VIP tickets include 4 hours of tastings.
Tickets for the October 14 Concord show start at $39 + fees for General Admission and $99 + fees for VIP. Tickets for the October 15 Sacramento show start at $29 + fees for General Admission and $99 + fees for VIP, with multiple VIP and Early Entry ticket options.
Created from the mind and liver of NOFX‘s frontman Fat Mike, the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival will debut in the Western U.S. this fall with five special events featuring the best in punk rock music and regional craft beer.
Named for NOFX’s classic Punk In Drublic album, which has sold over one million copies, Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival launches September 16 in Tacoma, WA, with stops in Boise, ID, Concord, CA, Sacramento, CA, and Huntington Beach, CA. NOFX will co-headline each date of Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival, with music lineups varying slightly by market.
As previously announced, Fat Mike has joined forces with premier music event producer/promoter Synergy Global Entertainment and respected craft beer event production powerhouse Brew Ha Ha Productions for the festival. In addition, to celebrate Punk In Drublic, Fat Mike teamed up with craft beer pioneers Stone Brewing to brew their very own Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager, which will be available in cans only in the festival markets. This collaboration is a huge show of support by Stone, as it marks the first time ever that Stone has worked with a musician for a can release. They’ve even included the festival tour dates on the back of each can. This is a first-of-its-kind level of commitment from a brewery partner for a festival tour.
Catch the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival “stumbling through a town near you”:
Saturday, September 16 – Tacoma, WA – America’s Car Museum (on sale now)
Sunday, September 17 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater (on sale now)
Saturday, October 14 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion (on sale Friday, August 11)
Sunday, October 15 – Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park (on sale Friday, August 11)
Saturday, October 28 – Huntington Beach, CA – Punk ‘N Brew at Bolsa Chica State Park (on sale Friday, September 1)
Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival is pleased to welcome Rockstar Energy Drink, Wienerschnitzel, Stone Brewing and Cosmic Fog as sponsors and supporters in its inaugural year. Sponsor activations vary by market.
Look for details on the other Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival shows in the coming weeks. Visit www.PunkInDrublicFest.com for more information.
About Fat Mike
Fat Mike is a musician, songwriter, producer, record label president, political activist, and champion bowler! Best known as the lead vocalist, bassist and songwriter for long-running punk rock band NOFX, Fat Mike is also bassist and arranger for supergroup cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Additionally, Fat Mike is the co-owner of the Fat Wreck Chords record label in San Francisco. NOFX formed in Los Angeles in 1983, signed to Epitaph Records in 1989, and went on to sell over 6 million records worldwide including two records that went gold in the US and Canada. In 2004, Fat Mike founded Punkvoter.com in an effort to mobilize the punk community to vote, and in turn raised over a million dollars for the Kerry Campaign with the Rock Against Bush compilations. In 2016, NOFX released both a New York Times best-selling book (The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories) and their critically acclaimed 13th album (First Ditch Effort).
About Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc.: Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) specializes in producing music events and music marketing programs benefitting brands, artists, consumers, partners and attendees alike. SGE has produced thousands of branded music festivals, concerts, tours and events throughout the world playing to millions of applauding fans. www.sgeworldwide.com
About Brew Ha Ha Productions: Brew Ha Ha Productions (BHHP) is California’s most successful craft beer event producer and creates award winning, often sold out, events. Its team brings years of successful event production and business experience along with an inside view of the craft beer industry and its enthusiasts. Fueled by a desire to promote craft beer, along with a vision of creating legacy beer fests and events, BHHP was conceived 10 years ago. BHHP produces multiple celebrated festivals with rave reviews annually including BRUFEST in Phoenix AZ, 91X’s BeerX in San Diego, Driftwood, Ye Scallywag and more. Best known for their signature events like the OC Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Roundup, Brew Ho Ho ‘Holiday Ale Festival’, Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival, and the award winning Brew Hee Haw at the OC Fair, BHHP is now expanding events to other cities and states including Arizona, Washington and Idaho to enhance communities with fun and safe events along with helping to raise money for local charities.
Rock and roll history lived on last night at Jones Beach when original Foreigner band members Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald joined the band for an impromptu performance at Jones Beach. It was the first time these members performed together since 1980. Here please find photos and video, along with an exclusive quote from Mick Jones, founding member and lead guitarist.
VIDEO CREDIT: Karsten Staiger (MeinFotoland)
Video includes of Mick Jones introduction
Hook of “Long, Long Way From Home,”
Hook of “I Want To Know What Love Is” (Gramm joined by current Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen)
(July 21, 2017) – “I Want To Know What Love Is.” “Cold As Ice.” “Hot Blooded.” “Juke Box Hero.” FOREIGNER, the band behind these classic and iconic songs, turns 40 this year and is celebrating this milestone by headlining amphitheaters and arenas around the world. On July 20th, one of rock’s most desired reunions took place when original band members Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood, and Ian McDonald joined Foreigner on stage at the Northwell Health Jones Beach Theatre, New York for a memorable rendition of some of Foreigner’s biggest hits.
(left to right): Bruce Watson, Mick Jones, Lou Gramm, Kelly Hansen, Michael Bluestein, Chris Frazier, Al Greenwood, Jeff Pilson, Ian McDonald, Tom Gimbel
Founding member Mick Jones has invited original members of the band to join the band on stage throughout the 40th Anniversary tour, and more surprise appearances are expected during the US leg of the tour. Says Mick Jones, “It was great to have Lou, Al and Ian join us on stage last night, and certainly brought back some special memories. All the original guys are out there playing live shows and working on studio projects. A performance by the entire original band for a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off our 40th Anniversary celebrations.”
For the US shows presented by Live Nation, Foreigner will be joined by their good friends Cheap Trick — who are also celebrating 40 years since the release of their self-titled debut album — and special guest Jason Bonham who will be bringing the music of Led Zeppelin to great night of rock ’n’ roll. Tickets are available at www.livenation.com. To coincide with the tour, FOREIGNER–Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) – has released a celebratory 40th anniversary album that features forty FOREIGNER tracks throughout the years entitled 40 – Forty Hits From Forty Years (RHINO). This album is a comprehensive compilation of original hits and several tracks from the current lineup with Kelly Hansen on vocals including “Can’t Slow Down,” “Too Late,” and the Top 20 AC hit “When It Comes To Love.” The album also features two new songs, “The Flame Still Burns,” and “Give My Life For Love,” a brand new song by Jones.
Since the 1977 release of their first hit “Feels Like The First Time” and their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, FOREIGNER has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multi-platinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts forty years into the game. Recent albums including Juke Box Heroes, a new compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, and The Best of Foreigner 4 & More, recorded live from The Borgata, Atlantic City, both entered the Billboard Top 200 chart. Foreigner also featured strongly in every category in Billboard’s recently released “Greatest of All Time” listing. Catalog sales often eclipse those of Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen and most of their Classic Rock peers (Source: Nielsen SoundScan 2/11/16 – 2/3/16). Check out the US tour at any of the following stops, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks and posted on the band’s official website. Fans can check out livenation.com for updates on tour dates and news.
Ryan “Tater” Johnson a founding member of the band 10 years 1998-2016 has stepped away from the radio rock world for his solo project named Tyler. He records, mixes, and produces himself and really enjoys getting to be the architect.
“I’m a big fan of fight club, I came home from a lifetime of work and touring and realized a lot of things in my life were very wrong and toxic. Tyler is my journey moving forward.”
Ryan plays everything in his debut album, “Lessons,” and is putting it out himself, independently for now he says, but he’s got some interest from some real big dogs in the business. “I’ve met everybody spending over a decade touring the states and the world. I dream big, real big” and went on to brag about getting kicked outta a punk band in high school in Knoxville, TN because they said he dreamed too big. He went on to say the Pennywise guys loved that fact. Especially as 10 years played before them and they watched the set, same with noodles from The Offspring. “I played that riff from keep ’em separated riff while he was side-stage. What a trip. I’ll never forget that moment.”
Go check out this artist’s vision.
“Future psychedelic space blues I’m calling it, thanks to Holy Holly Nicole, thank you darling” This sound is nothing like his past. We spoke about the freedom to explore it as an art with the time to let his broken body heal from years and years of abuse from being tater every night on stage. He is definitely an abstract painter with audio. Go check out his video teasers for his album Lessons out Aug 26th on his 37th birthday. He went on to say he could almost see stars aligning after pay dues for years. Ryan, Tater, Tank, and now healthy, sober, and focused with this new project Tyler. Also he’s an abstract painter and is managing a handful of bands.
Electric ballroom Studios is his recording studio in the mountains between Tennessee and Kentucky. that he really believes he was led to. “I had to go to the mountains to retrain my brain from that madness my life was. Fasting so a bite of food was as enjoyable as playing a show, I’m thin and fit and ready to do it again, my way” He’s always looking for talent to help guide along the path. “Im working with so many different artist and it’s so nice to be home” “I’m always looking to help, no contracts, just wisdom”
Dan DelVecchio – Don’t Believe in Ghosts
View video of “Ragged Old Flag,” produced by d corlew films HERE.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country Music Hall of Fame member, Charlie Daniels is showcasing his love of the Red, White, and Blue once again in his latest recording that will be available for sale digitally on July 4th via iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon. In addition, a new video produced by d corlew films and featured on CMT.com has been released to celebrate the song.
Daniels version of the Johnny Cash standard “Ragged Old Flag,” also includes vocals by Mark “Oz” Geist, Benghazi Warrior/Survivor and co-author of the autobiography “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”
“The ‘Ragged Old Flag’ project was very personal to me,” said David Corlew, “Ragged Old Flag” Video Producer and Charlie Daniels Manager. “When you have the opportunity to create images for a piece that was written by Johnny Cash, performed by Charlie Daniels- and its content consists of what is closest to my heart: our warriors- present and past, our country, and our flag- it really can’t get any better.”
Daniels founded his charity The Journey Home Project in 2014, managed by Board Members David Corlew, with Joe and Mercedez Longever. The Journey Home Project sees its mission as connecting donors to veterans’ organizations that do the most good. They identify the centers, organizations and programs that can best serve our soldiers and families in their journey to reintegrate back to civilian life, on life’s terms.
For more information on Daniels’ latest projects, visit www.CharlieDaniels.com. To learn more about how to support The Journey Home Project, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.
About Charlie Daniels:
With a career spanning nearly 60 years and exceeding 20 million in sales worldwide Charlie Daniels is the quintessential southerner with a healthy dose of wild west cowboy. For decades, he has connected with his millions of fans in the varying genres of music that reflect his steadfast refusal to label his music as anything other than the “Charlie Daniels Band” sound — music that is now sung around the fire at 4-H Club and scout camps, helped elect an American President, and been popularized on a variety of radio formats. Having celebrated multiple GRAMMY® Awards, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, BMI Awards, GMA Dove Awards, CCMA Awards, his list of accolades is broad; the latest being the newest inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Several of his albums have been RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum® and he has achieved a platinum-selling single in his iconic fiddle-ridden hit, “Devil Went Down To Georgia.” An outspoken American patriot and strong supporter of the U.S. military, his talked-about Volunteer Jam concerts are world-famous musical extravaganzas featuring artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama and others, all on one stage for one purpose – to raise funds for our U.S. military. Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in 2016 raised funds for The Journey Home Project, a non-profit veterans assistance organization which he co-founded. For more information on Charlie Daniels, please visit www.charliedaniels.com.
About d corlew films:
d corlew films was formed in 2005 by manager/publisher, David Corlew, a 40-year music industry veteran. d corlew films is a multi-faceted film services company. Since its inception, the company’s specialty has been concert/documentary projects as well as documentaries that tell the stories of the interview subjects in a highly personal and intimate way, focusing on the men and women of our Nation’s military.
About The Journey Home Project
The Journey Home Project is a not-for-profit organization that assists other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Journey Home Project was founded in 2014 by Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels and board members: David Corlew, Ed Hardy, Joe Longever and Mercedez Longever. Conscious of the need to assist our nation’s veterans, they have set out to partner with organizations that do the most good, with the least overhead. Working in tandem with these organizations, The Journey Home Project is making a difference in the lives of American patriots.
Source: Webster PR
KillSET based out of L.A., California is the integration of a professional, well-oiled, finely tuned metal machine and an explosive, supercharged charismatic front man.
The band was created when former ARCM members, James “Jas” Dillon (Drums), Mark Baker (Bass), and Dave Comer (Guitars), combined forces with established singer Luca (Choleric). Instantly, there was an addictive atmosphere in the writing process. The contributions and writing styles of each member perfectly complemented one another’s individual strengths to create a sound that beautifully kills.
KillSET then joined forces with renowned producer, Eddie Wohl (Fuel, Smile Empty Soul, ill Nino, 36 Crazyfists) and completed their debut, full-length album, ‘Know Your Killer,’ demonstrating their signature sound of pure ferocity and simple beauty. The overwhelming support of the freshman album led to worldwide radio play and presented KillSET with the opportunities to share the stage with Fear Factory, Otep, Red, Adrenaline Mob, Flaw, Nothing More, and Saliva.
“Killers in the Pit” (Official Video)
KillSET – Tomorrow (Official Lyric Video)
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Source: Yvonne’s World PR & Promotions
Multi-platinum and Grammy nominated hard rock group SALIVA announce headline dates for their summer Only the Sickest Survive tour. The first leg of the tour starts this week on June 7th in Ishpeming MI and hits cities East of the Mississippi. It ends on July 2nd in Jacksonville FL which is home base for members lead singer Bobby Amaru and bassist Brad Stewart – formerly of Shinedown and Fuel. More dates are being added throughout the summer into October with further announcements coming.
The band has kept themselves busy this year with a successful run of first time ever acoustic performances in select cities and recently a little downtime to start working on new music for a forthcoming record. “No matter acoustic or electric, I believe that keeping the crowd engaged is the most important part of any show. If you can keep them entertained and interested in what you’re doing on stage, then the show is a success,” says SALIVA lead singer Bobby Amaru. Original founding member and lead guitarist Wayne Swinny adds, “My favorite part about getting back on tour is reconnecting with family, friends and fans face to face at our shows.”
Catch SALIVA’s electrifying, unstoppable live show this summer as theyprove Only The Sickest Survive. You can find all of their current show dates @saliva on Facebook, instagram and Bandsintown and their website www.saliva.com. VIP options are available for this tour and on sale through national-acts.com/saliva .
Wednesday June 7th Ispeming, MI Warehouse Showroom
Thursday June 8th Ringle WI The Q & Z Expo Center
Friday June 9th Battle Creek, MI The Music Factory
Saturday June 10th Heath OH Feel The Fire Fest 5 @ Muddy Creek Saloon
Sunday June 11th St Charles, IL The Arcada Theatre
Wednesday June 14th Toledo, OH Frankie’s
Thursday June 15th Detroit MI St. Andrew’s Hall
Friday June 16th Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Saturday June 17th Endicott NY Blue Moon Stage @ Enjoie
Sunday June 18th Fulton, NY MJ’s Music Bar
Wednesday June 21st Laconia NH Whiskey Barrel
Thursday June 22nd Haverhill, MA Whiskey Barrel
Friday June 23rd Easton PA One Center Square
Sunday June 25th Waynesboro PA Dawg House
Tuesday June 27th Greensboro, NC The Blind Tiger
Wednesday June 28th Knoxville, TN The Open Chord
Thursday June 29th Spartanburg, NC Ground Zero
Friday June 30th Savannah, GA The Stage on the Bay
Saturday July 1st Palm Bay, FL Space Coast Harley
Sunday June 2nd Jacksonville, FL 1904 Music Hall
There is an old saying which claims that great art is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. The truth though is that exceptional creativity is nurtured by a complexly brewed combination of unswerving dedication and God-given talent. It’s a fact no better illustrated than by the history of Vancouver’s hard-rock icons ART OF DYING and their talismanic frontman Jonny Hetherington.
Art Of Dying is:
Jonny Hetherington (Vocals)
Tavis Stanley (Guitar)
Cale Gontier (Bass)
Cody Watkins (Drums)
From hours busking on the corners of frozen streets to gatecrashing some of North America’s biggest venues, to writing and recording records of truly earth-shattering proportions, the trajectory of the quartet’s career has astonished both fans and industry insiders alike. With the release of new single and video “All Or Nothing”, the band is on course to continue to amaze.
“In my early days as a musician I just wanted to play and hone my chops,” explains Hetherington, “and playing on the street seemed like the best way to do that. I’ll never forget the folks who came and took notice of what I was doing back then, lots of them are ART OF DYING fans now and I think that’s testament to what we’ve been able to create as a band.”
And what ART OF DYING have been able to create is muscular, vivacious hard-rock bursting with lung-shattering choruses and a sincerity that is impossible to fake. Equally at home with a lead-fingered riff or a deft slow-burner, there is an ease of breadth in AOD’s repertoire that would send most of their peers salad-green with envy.
“I was blown away when I first heard their independent record,” enthuses DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan. “I lived with it for quite a while and I was so impressed with the quality of the songwriting that I had a feeling there was something special going on. David (DISTURBED vocalist David Draiman) and I had been looking for someone to sign to our imprint for a while, but I wanted to make sure the guys could do it live – it’s hard to find a band that are the complete package these days. So, we invited them out on a DISTURBED tour of America, we really threw them in the deep end!”
The band introduced guitarist Tavis Stanley and bassist Cale Gontier to their ranks on the eve of the run with DISTURBED – the quartet playing onstage together for the very first time during the soundcheck of the opening show of the tour. But suddenly, everything clicked. “The moment I knew that we had it right was when our voices started harmonizing,” says Hetherington, of the band’s now-trademark three-way vocals for which David Draiman has dubbed them “Eagles in Chains” referencing a blend of 70s supergroup The Eagles and 90s grunge rockers Alice In Chains. “It felt like the band I had always been looking for and that tour went brilliantly for us – it was the catalyst for us to step up to another level.”
Now, with two critically-acclaimed and widely-played major label albums under their belts, ART OF DYING are returning with new independent extended player NEVERMORE, their most imperious effort to date.
“After wrapping up an extremely difficult record (Rise Up, 2015, Eleven Seven Music) with David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Breaking Benjamin, Of Mice and Men), we have circled back to our roots on NEVERMORE”, states guitarist Tavis Stanley “working with long time collaborator and producer Mark Holman.”
“A lot of the lyrical content on this album is about overcoming adversity,” continues Hetherington. “About taking yourself beyond where you thought you could go… about stepping away from toxic relationships.” Take the second track “Torn Down” for example, a grinding anthem that deals with seeking out and reaffirming your inner pilot light even in the darkest of moments. “All or Nothing” the opening song, boasts a freight train of a riff that screeches off the tracks into a chorus that throws caution to the wind, screaming GO FOR IT – “there’s no next time!”. The title track, “Nevermore” is a self empowering victory speech disguised as an emotional ballad. If you’ve ever had to muster up the courage to walk away from an abusive relationship, this is your song.
Indeed, if NEVERMORE is about one thing above all else it is a study on the power of human will and the uplifting capacity of one’s own self belief. This is rip-snorting rock ’n’ roll that will smash your self-doubt into a million pieces. It’s a record for the believers, for the die hards, for those sick of getting torn down, but also those who realize they are strong enough to get back up.
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Official website: https://art-of-dying.myshopify.com/
AMERICAN IDOL finalist James Durbin and QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi to release “Maps To The Hollywood Scars” – Volume 1 in February 2017.
AMERICAN IDOL finalist James Durbin and QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi have announced a collaboration entitled, “Maps To THE HOLLYWOOD SCARS” – The first 5 song EP will be released worldwide via NEW OCEAN MEDIA (HIM, Adelita’s Way, Motorhead) in February 2017.
Recorded at Desert Moon Productions in Las Vegas (a state of the art studio owned by Danny “The Count” Koker, star and creator of the History Channel’s hit show “Counting Cars”). Maps To The Hollywood Scars showcases the darker side of Hollywood and the music industry – as experienced by two people that have taken different paths, yet ultimately found many common themes throughout their respective journeys. The first of the two EPs feature guest appearances by longtime GUNS N’ ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed, as well as programming and engineering by A.J. St. James (The Big 4, MTV),
In 2011, James Durbin released the album, titled “Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster” . The album debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200, at number eight on the Billboard Rock Chart, number 25 on the Digital Album Chart, and sold 28,000 the first week, The album went on to sell over 123,000 copies in the U.S. alone. Most recently, Durbin released “Riot On Sunset” in the summer of 2016.
Alex Grossi has been a member of QUIET RIOT for over a decade, having been chosen by the late Kevin DuBrow and Frankie Banali to fill the guitar slot in 2004.
Most recently the band completed it’s first full length studio album since 2006’s “Rehab” which is currently set for a spring release Via Frontiers/SRL records. The award winning QUIET RIOT documentary “Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” has been airing on Showtime since January 2015, and appeared at multiple high profile film festivals including the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The movie is currently available via iTunes and on DVD at www.quietriotmovie.com.
“I have been a fan of James’s for a while, and after we got an impromptu chance to jam together in Las Vegas last fall, we kept in touch and the ideas just started flowing back and forth” says Alex Grossi. “I feel that “Maps To The HOLLYWOOD SCARS” is a true labor of love, and reflects a lot of where we have both been, as well as where we are both going musically” outside of what we are both known for”.
James Durbin adds, “It’s not very often that a project like this goes from nothing to something in such a short amount of time, without a slough of industry BS. Alex started sending me instrumental demos & gave me free range to just write! We started churning out songs one after the other and they weren’t losing their quality, they were getting better. I think that we stumbled upon a winning team and it’s only fair that we let our collective fans hear what we’ve been having so much fun making!”
How did you guys get together to form, MAPS TO THE HOLLYWOOD SCARS?
James Durbin: I was playing a residency show in Vegas, ran into Alex at a restaurant and we re-connected. Once my show had ended its run, Alex started sending me demos and that’s what spawned the collaboration. It all happened so organically and easily so we just ran with it.
Who came up with the name and why?
JD: I had a band (pre ‘idol’) named ‘Hollywood Scars’ that was short lived. I knew I always wanted to use the name for a future project and this happened to fit a similar attitude. I suggested it to Alex and he added ‘Maps To The’ and the rest is history.
Where and who produced the EP?
Alex Grossi: The E.P. (and the next one) has been produced by AJ St. James – We met him out here in Vegas and he “got it” right away, if you will….. We are very lucky to have him at the helm, and his instincts are right in line with what we were and are going for, both sonically and musically.
Who played on EP?
AG: Well, it has really just been James and Myself — I did all the guitars and bass, AJ programmed the drums, based on what each song called for and Durbin did all the Vox. We kept it very under lock and key and very “in house”. The only additional player, we had come in was longtime GUNS N’ ROSES Keyboardist Dizzy Reed, who added strings, piano & organ to the track (and our first single) “TILL DEATH” – Which he really took to to a whole different place…
Whom would you like to get involved in a future album?
AG: That has been up for discussion. Between both James and I, we both know a lot of people that would not only add to the next release musically, but attention-wise. That being said, we are mostly focused on developing the songs to stand on their own – then seeing if a certain player will enhance it, as Dizzy did on “TILL DEATH” – We didn’t plan it – It just happened, and musically, it made sense.
Where will you begin your tour?
AG: We have had offers from places all over the place, but it would have to be
under the right circumstances – Neither of us are “itching” to get out there, although I am sure we will do a few scattered shows at some point (when the calendars line up)…
AG: Both James and I use PRS Guitars, and If you go to both of our websites you will see a full list of what strings/mics/picks/pedals/pickups etc… we all use.
One thing you like to do but hate to admit?
AG: As much as I miss Hollywood, and hate to admit it, as this town can get pretty goofy, I do like living in Las Vegas – After 12 years in Hollywood, it is a quiet, refreshing change….
Be sure to catch Maps of the Hollywood Stars at a venue near you!