Rock stars are few and far between these days, but the Valley’s Hot Crazy hopes to change that with its silver lamé outfits and a Queen-esque sound.
Fans can check out Hot Crazy for themselves when it plays its first hometown show at Wasted Grain in Old Town Scottsdale on Saturday, August 28. Besides general admission tickets, a VIP package with a “catered, intimate dinner” and meet and greet is available as well.
“It’s a really great, amazing rock concert,” says guitarist Jordan Ziff, a former Scottsdale resident who lives in Burbank. “It’s the type of show that people have been itching for. It’s very flamboyant.”
Bassist Robby Creasey elaborated.
“The shows have some theatrics to it,” he adds. “We like to treat every show like it’s an arena-style show. It’s larger than life. We want everybody to be in the mindset of having a great time. It’s an escape.”
Hot Crazy is influenced by more than Queen, however. Elton John and The Beatles are woven throughout the tunes, and even a little punk. With new music coming in November, Hot Crazy is set to release a cover of the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.”
“I love the Knack, too,” says Ziff, who plays with Ratt. “There’s a little punk element to it in a way. It’s a conglomerate of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s all meshed together.”
“With an extra sparkle of modern pop,” adds Creasey, formerly of Farewell, My Love.
Hot Crazy came about thanks to the quarantine, as Creasey, who lives in Brentwood, California, returned to the Valley and solely hung out with Ziff.
“I didn’t want to be around people,” Ziff says. “We just came up with the idea and started writing music together. He introduced me to Carl (Biehn), the singer. They used to work together in Santa Monica. It was serendipitous.”
Creasey and Ziff have been friends for 15 years, since they attended Horizon High School. However, they rarely wrote music together. The pandemic was a great opportunity to start full-fledged.
“We both had the same vision,” Creasey says. “We had the same idea of what we wanted to do. It was the perfect time and the perfect place.”
Hot Crazy is rounded out by Jake Dick, who responded to an online post for a drummer.
“He messaged me, and he was the first person to message me,” Creasey says. “He was the perfect person for this band.”
Although the concept of the band is slightly humorous, Ziff says, they take the music “really seriously.”
“When we make videos and all that stuff, it’s definitely on the comedic side,” he says. “We have a sense of humor. We don’t take ourselves seriously. We just want everyone to have fun and enjoy the music.”
Hot Crazy hopes its new fans will come along for the ride.
“We’re still in the beginning phase,” Creasey says. “Every week something new, different and exciting is happening. Everyone will find out soon what we’re up to.”
When: 6 p.m. (VIP) and 7 p.m. doors open Saturday, August 28
Where: Wasted Grain, 7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale
Cost: $10 at the door; $70 VIP in advance