In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars saga, Quiet Riot
guitarist Alex Grossi has been interviewed by the mysterious Maul
Stanley (a parody hybrid of Star Wars character Darth Maul and Kiss
guitarist Paul Stanley). As part of this special week-long event, Maul
Stanley has also interviewed members of Twisted Sister, Poison and
Cinderella regarding their own unique Star Wars experiences.
A few excerpts from the Alex Grossi interview follow:
Maul Stanley: Alex Grossi, are you a Star Wars fan?
Alex Grossi: I actually just watched my first Star Wars movie this week!
It was Episode IV, which I was told is actually the first one, so I was
a little confused. I kept walking up and down the aisles of my local
Best Buy, saying that I needed the first Star Wars movie and they gave
me Episode I. I said, "No, I need the first one! I need Episode IV!" It
was like some bad Abbott and Costello routine. Finally I told them that
I wanted the one with the dude from the Indiana Jones movies and they
knew just what I meant.
Maul Stanley: What is it like watching a 30-year-old movie for the first
time as a 30-year-old person?
Alex Grossi: It's kind of like looking through you dad's old Playboy
collection. You open one up and wonder if they had razors back then! So
I did watch it, I just don't think I really got it.
Maul Stanley: Give Maul Stanley one reason not to destroy you.
Alex Grossi: Well, maybe it would have worked better if I'd watched them
in numerical order, you know? I suppose it's like being introduced to
Kiss but having your first album be Lick It Up. You're missing so much
that came before it! That album featured Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent
but before them there was Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. There was also
make-up and fire and explosions and a bunch of other cool stuff. Kiss
and Star Wars actually have a lot in common.
Maul Stanley: You have redeemed yourself with the Kiss analogy, Alex
Alex Grossi: Thank you.
Maul Stanley: Do you have any Star Wars collectibles?
Alex Grossi: Just the one DVD! However, you'll be glad to know that I do
have lots of Kiss collectibles! I have all four Psycho Circus action
figures, each with its own unique circus sidekick. I also have a
telephone that plays Detroit Rock City when it rings!
Maul Stanley: Would you like your Kiss action figures to face off
against Maul Stanley's Star Wars action figures?
Alex Grossi: Well, I normally just have my Kiss figures face off against
each other! I like to pit Gene against Paul to see who comes out on top.
Maul Stanley: Do you see any similarities between what you do with Quiet
Riot and what George Lucas did with Star Wars?
Alex Grossi: I think everybody in the entertainment business is simply
trying to be as creative as they can be. I'm doing it, George Lucas is
doing it, everybody's doing it. Even Gene Simmons has been keeping the
Kiss machine rolling for some 30 years now. It's the same basic premise
with a different cast of characters.
The entire interview is available here:
Maul Stanley is the unlikely new anti-hero who combines the spirit of
the Starchild with the essence of the Sith, spiked with a dash of
irreverence. Drawing inspiration from both the Star Wars movies and the
rock band Kiss, the so-called Sithchild mixes the dark side of rock &
roll with the dark side of the Force. Maul Stanley has appeared on Late
Night with Conan O'Brien and in the Triumph the Insult Comic Dog DVD. He
can also be seen in the VH1 special When Star Wars Ruled the World. In
honor of the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars saga, Maul Stanley has
conducted a series of interviews with various rock stars regarding their
own unique Star Wars experiences. Maul Stanley is about to descend upon
the realms of both sci-fi and rock & roll in a big way, heralded by the