AMERICAN IDOL finalist James Durbin and QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi have announced a collaboration entitled Maps To The HOLLYWOOD SCARS.  Their first 5 song EP Volume One is being released worldwide via NEW OCEAN MEDIA today.   It can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon and all digital and streaming outlets.
The first single being serviced to radio is the song Till Death.  A lyric video for the song debuted today on Yahoo:  click here to view.
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 2 people that have taken 2 different paths, yet ultimately found many common themes throughout their respective journeys.  Volume One features a 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).
VOLUME ONE” track listing:
01. Roads
02. Till Death
03. Lost Boys
04. Abomination  
05. Never Ending Ride
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.
“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”.
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.  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
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 & they weren’t losing their quality, they were getting better.  I think that we stumbled upon a winning team and its only fair that we let our collective fans hear what we’ve been having so much fun making!”
The band is already putting the finishing touches on “Maps To The Hollywood Scars – Volume 2”.  Set for a spring release, as well as their first video, which will be released in the coming weeks.
For more  information, check out the band’s website:

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