Benny Mardones: The Conversation

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Legendary singer/songwriter BENNY MARDONES and HOLLYWOOD SCARS, (a project formed in 2016 by JAMES DURBIN and ALEX GROSSI) have recorded a new version of the MARDONES classic “INTO THE NIGHT” to aid C.R.I.S.P. (Chicagoland Rescue Intervention Support Program).

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“Many have tried to capture the soul of my beloved “Into The Night” over the years” says Mardones. “I had NO idea what to expect when I received the track . James’s vocal take is near perfect and Alex’s stellar guitar playing really takes it to a whole new level.

“Helping animals and rescue organizations has always been something I do whenever I can, as do both James and Alex . I could not be happier and cannot wait for my fans to hear what we have done, and help a cause that I hold very dearly”

Grossi states: “We had both always liked the song, it’s one of those hooks that is simply lightning in a bottle. We had some extra studio time one night during the “Hollywood Scars” sessions and decided to take a shot at a more “Rock” version of “Into The Night”. We ended up finishing it as a labor of love with some amazing help from our close friends”

Adds Durbin: “We sent a rough mix to Benny Mardones himself, with no intention of it ever seeing the light day. We immediately connected via email and after a few files being sent back and forth, came up with a version that we are all proud of. I am even prouder that we can use it to help out a great charity like C.R.I.S.P.”

“Into The Night” is unusual for being one of only 10 recordings in history to ever ascend to the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart twice. The chartings, in 1980 and 1989, were of two similar but separate recordings.

Written and composed by Mardones and his writing partner Robert Tepper (best known for his hit song “No Easy Way Out” from the Rocky IV Motion Picture Soundtrack), “Into the Night” earned them a GRAMMY nomination, and to this day is one of the top 25 most played songs in the history of American radio. It has also been recorded by USHER, as well as sampled by many artists over the years.

“INTO THE NIGHT 2017” was recorded, produced, edited and mixed by Rick Vierra at Rocker Studios in Santa Cruz, CA and AJ St. James at Desert Moon Productions in Las Vegas NV, with production by Benny Mardones himself. The track includes drummer and producer Gregory Gendron, ENUFF Z’ NUFF Bassist Chip Z’ Nuff, and was mastered by Anthony Focx, known for his studio work with AEROSMITH and BUCKCHERRY.

C.R.I.S.P. is a coalition of rescues, shelters and advocacy groups. Donations are made through One Tail at a Time and earmarked to be used for CRISP services only. One Tail at a Time is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible.

Anyone who makes a donation will receive a digital copy of the track. To Make A Donation –


Benny Mardones w/ Hollywood Scars – “INTO THE NIGHT”