Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Join The Facebook For Gene Simmons To Host Saturday Night Live

My friend Matt Porter sent me this courtesy of his friend Nigel Dreiner's campaign (much like the succesful online campaign that worked for Betty White) to get Gene Simmons to host Staurday Night Live. Nigel has set up a Facebook page with a YouTube video to garner support.

Go to Facebook and search for "GENE SIMMONS To Host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!"Description: GENE SIMMONS should host Saturday Night Live! Gene is one of the most legendary icons in popular music, has an incredibly successful television show AND is hilarious as all out. Gene has been parodied before on the show, but has never appeared.C'mon KISS Army! Spread the word and let the world know that we want to see Gene on SNL!Check out the ALL NEW Twitter Feed: http://www.youtube.com/redirect?username=mattportervideo&q=http%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fgenesimmons4SNL&video_id=WMb_xKiLH4Y&event=url_redirect&url_redirect=True&usg=BfhfUWmY_F0AsbrCnKjWbEfYQbk=Go to Facebook and search for "GENE SIMMONS To Host SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!"
Category: Entertainment


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMb_xKiLH4Y

Monday, March 29, 2010

"I Was Made For Lovin' You" Gets The Big Band Treatment

The Oulu All Star Big Band featuring Finnish heavy metal musician Jarkko Ahola performing a cover of the Kiss song, "I Was Made For Loving You". Big Band arrangement by Sven Seebeck of the OASBB.

Kiss "Cold Gin" London 3/2/10 - Video

Kissonline has posted this clip of "Cold Gin" from the London gig at 02 Academy on 3/2/10:

Paul Stanley & Tommy Thayer Interview: March 24, 2010

Enjoy this interview ran on Basque television channel ETB/March 24, 2010:

Tod Howath's 'Opposite Gods' To Release On April 4

EX-Frehley's Comet, Cheap Trickster Set To Release New Album
Tod Howarth's new album, "Opposite Gods," is due out on April 4, 2010.

You can pre-order it herehttp://www.todhowarth.com/opposite_gods.htm
Visit Tod's web site at the above link to also listen to audio samples
Tracks:
Drown
Way Down South
Opposite Gods
The Artist

Layne
Alfi's Torment
Tell Me

Change
On Your Own
Veterans
Dancing Through The Pain
October Son

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Weekend Update

*Ace Frehley is with new management, David Frey/Red Light Management. Red Light's clients include Tim McGraw, Phish, Dave Matthews Band and Cheap Trick. Ace appeared on Eddie Trunk's radio show, 'Friday Night Rocks', where Ace revealed Gene asked him 3-4 months ago to "rejoin the group as a reality television show"... Listen here
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaH-VRPMbg4&feature=player_embedded.

*Bruce Kulick is working on a studio track with Finnish band, Lordi.

*EliteWorks has released a clip from Kiss' 1980 Unmasked Tour. The show is from the Sydney Fairgrounds. You can view it here:http://www.youtube.com/user/EliteWorksATeBay#p/u/0/b4tve1W2J1A

*Click here to watch Paul Stanley's interview with NBC's South Florida Today.

*Click this interview to view Tommy Thayer's interview (via Hughes & Kettner website) filmed in London.

*Click Here to listen to Gene Simmons on Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson's radio show.

'Gene Simmons Family Jewels':The Demon Turns 60! Preview

This week's GSFJ preview is "The Demon Turns 60!" Paul Stanley and Shannon Tweed through Gene a surprise 60th Birthday-Bowling Bash. The episode airs this Sunday (3/28) @ 9:30 (EST) on A&E Networks.

Paul Stanley:Doc McGhee is not managing Guns N' Roses

In the new issue of Classic Rock magazine, Paul Stanley was asked about Kiss' manager now representing Axl Roses' version of the 80's band.
"That's been very funny," Paul replied. "A few weeks ago I said to Doc: 'It would've been nice if you'd told us.' Doc replied: 'I had nothing to to do with it.'"Stanley added, "Axl has decided, from what I understand, that Doc is his manager. That's a one-way agreement. because Doc is not managing GUNS N' ROSES. One day he certainly might but he's not right now. And he definitely is still our manager."

Neither GUNS N' ROSES nor Axl Rose is listed as a client on McGhee Entertainment's official web site.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Paul Stanley Writes Song For Swedish Idol Winner

Swedish Idol winner Erik Gronwall performs Kiss' "Shout It Out Loud" in front of 12,000. The 22 year old's album, "Somewhere Between A Rock And A Hard Place" is due out June 2nd will feature a song written by Paul Stanley as well as Europe's Joey Tempest and Andreas Carlsson who co-wrote songs for Paul's "Live To Win" album.
Erik's single "Crash And Burn" is due out in April.

Kiss Alive 35/US Tour:Crew's Eye Views - Video

Kissonline has posted various crew's eye views from Kiss' Alive 35 US Tour-

SHOCK ME/Anaheim, CA. 10/26/09.



DEUCE/Atlanta, GA. 10/26/09 Mike "Spike" Rush introduces Kiss.



Gene's fire breathing from Minneapolis, MN. 11/07/09.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Peter Criss In New York City


New York 3/24/10-
Peter Criss resurfaced at the first ever 3D Viewing Party for the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Peter is scene here with model Hillary Rhoda. The party was held to celebrate the first time a hockey game was presented in 3D format.
Photo: Wire Image

Paul Stanley To Appear (Finally!) on Gene Simmons' Family Jewels

"The Demon Turns 60"
Paul Stanley will appear on this week's episode (@ 9:30 est/Sunday 3/28 A&E) co-planning with Shannon Tweed Gene's 60 birthday bash. All of the current members of Kiss will appear on this episode.

Paul Stanley to appear on Sweden's Idol Winner's CD

22 year old Swedish Idol winner Erik Gronwall's new album is coming out in Sweden on June 2 and features a song written by Paul Stanley! You may remember Erik performed "Shout It Out Loud" during the last year's Idol season. Joey Tempest (Europe) and Andreas Carlsson (who co-wrote songs with Paul on his LIVE TO WIN album) also wrote songs for the album. Titled Somewhere Between A Rock And A Hard Place, the album will be proceeded by the single "Crash And Burn" in April.

Erik Gronwall performed "Shout It Out Loud" on this season.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Gene Simmons on the George Lopez Show

Gene appeared on the Lopez Tonight, the George Lopez Show, last night.

Let your thoughts be heard! Post them on www.lopeztonight.com if you want Kiss in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Post them under the comments section.

Click here to be directed to the TBS Newtwork site to see the clip.
http://www.tbs.com/video/index.jsp?cid=185671

Eric Singer on Cover of Modern Drummer


ERIC SINGER COVER STORY OF MAY MODERN DRUMMER
Just Being Himself
by Billy Amendola
For eighteen years, Kiss's drummer has helped his world-famous band stay in our hearts and on the radio by doing what he does best-being himself. In this special online extra from his May 2010 MD cover story, we begin by asking Eric about...The Band's Younger FansIn 2004 we did the Rock The Nation Tour, and then we didn't do any kind of full-length touring until last year in Europe, and that's where we really noticed the resurgence. All those shows did extremely well for us, and we noticed the age demographic had completely changed. All of a sudden there were a lot of young kids, and when we'd ask, "Hey, how do you know about Kiss?"-thinking that maybe their parents were Kiss fans-a lot of them said, "We found you on the Internet through YouTube"...or through Guitar Hero...or Rock Band. So it's the kids themselves discovering Kiss. And next thing you know, they go out and buy the CDs or videos. And then next thing you know, they want to come see the band live!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Philadelphia Kiss Expo Planned for May!

PHILLY KISS EXPO WITH BRUCE KULICK & LYDIA CRISS SET FOR MAY 16, 2010!

2010 Philadelphia KISS Expo celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the release of Asylum! Get ready for another great KISS Expo! The 2010 Philadelphia KISS Expo will be held Sunday May 16th from 1:00PM to 7:00PM (12:00PM for VIP holders)
Radisson Hotel Valley Forge 1160 First Avenue King of Prussia, PA 19406
For hotel rooms - call 610-337-2000 and ask for the special KISS Expo rate! Cutoff for the special rate is April 15th.
You do not want to miss this KISS Expo! This will probably be another year of very few KISS related Expos.
Special guest is former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick. Bruce will be celebrating his recently released cd BK3! Bruce will do a Q/A and be available for photos and autographs throughout the day. Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the release of KISS Asylum with Bruce!
Also appearing will be Author of Sealed With A KISS, Lydia Criss, former wife of original KISS drummer Peter Criss. She will do a Q/A and be available for photos and autographs throughout the day. She will also be selling and signing her coffee table book.
Special performance by tribute band and KISSNation! Based out of New York City, the same city that brought the world KISS, KISSNATION has been on the tribute scene for 9 years. They have worked with the KISS camp on many projects. They will perform a lot of rare never before heard live KISS tunes including a few from Asylum!
Get your KISS costume and greasepaint ready to go! We will be having a costume contest with prizes!
Children 12 and under get in free! KISS merchandise and collectibles will be on sale throughout the day. There will be giveaways and contests too.

VIP ticket holders will be able to get in one hour early (12pm) and get a FREE KISS Meets the Phantom Poster! The poster will be given out at the door upon entry into the event. VIP tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Regular admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

For online information got to http://kissarmywarehouse.com/

Ace Frehley on Friday Night Rocks 3/19/10 - Audio

Eddie Trunk caught Ace in the tub in this interview that aired Friday night on New York's Q104 (3/21)-

Kiss Coffee House Planned for Melbourne, Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald's Mark Hawthorne has issued this report:
Their famous faces have adorned posters, T-shirts and even lunchboxes for a generation, so it was only a matter of time before rock legends KISS ended up on a coffee mug.

Rumours have circulated for more than a year about a KISS venture in Melbourne. If all goes to plan, December 31st will see the opening of KISS CoffeeHouse Melbourne, directly opposite Crown Casino, complete with memorabilia from the band's 35-year rock'n'roll career.

The Melbourne man who negotiated the deal with the band, Steve Agi, is calling on investors to buy into his $5 million cafe and family restaurant.

Agi is a coffee fanatic who spent more than a year negotiating with founding band members GENE SIMMONS and PAUL STANLEY for the Australian rights to the KISS CoffeeHouse business. He plans to spend $1.5 million revamping the vacant Tea House building at 28 Clarendon Street, opposite Crown Metropol hotel and next to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

One KISS CoffeeHouse exists, at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. It opened in 2006 and displays band memorabilia and sells merchandise. A seven-metre KISS boot marks the entrance, while the coffee is said to be ''hotter than hell'' and it only comes in two sizes - gold and platinum.
Read the full report here.

"KIDS" Kiss Tribute Band from Indianapolis Kiss Expo

Check out this clip of "Modern Day Delilah" from these fantastic young musicians who form the Kiss tribute band, KIDS, who performed at the Indianapolis Kiss Expo over the weekend.

The North NJ Kiss Store - April 10

For these economic times comes the North Jersey Kiss Store to be held Saturday April 10, 2010. This free event will feature many items for Kiss fans at rock bottom prices. Billed as "tons of itmes from $10 to $20," will include sought after sets of 1977 Kiss Alive 2 posters, either seperate or in sets, that are original and of all four band members (Yeah! That great 4 "live" poster set of each band member from the Kiss Alive II tour and album!). Also advertised is an unworn Kiss tee-shirt special from $5 - $10.

Special Guests to include Lydia Criss who will be selling and signing her coffee table book, Sealed with a Kiss and Bill Baker of the Ace Frehley Archives, where he will also be selling his book.

The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn (201-641-2024) 70 Challenger Rd., Ridgefield Park, NJ (5 mins. off NJ Tnpk). Admission is free and the event runs from 10AM to 6PM.
Special VIP shopping details call Ross Koondel @ 1-800-370-3315.

Paul Stanley On 'Paul & Young In The Morning' - Audio

Click Here to listen to Paul Stanley's Interview with 'Paul & Young In The Morning' from Florida from this past weekend.

Ace Frehley @ House of Blues Atlantic City 3/20/10- Video

Rocket Ride


Talk To Me

Kiss Manheim Germany May 5, 1976 - Rare Photos

Click to see Dogmatic photos of Kiss' performance in Manhein, Germany May 5, 1976

http://www.dogmaticblog.com/2009/11/10/when-kiss-was-cool-europe-1976/

Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed on the Joy Behar Show

Paul Stanley & Tommy Thayer Perform Acoustic Set

According to Blabbermouth.com, Paul and Tommy performed a special acoustic set for dinner for art patrons at Paul's gallery showing at Wentworth at Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.There is no video available at this time. The pair reportedly played
01. Hard Luck Woman
02. Beth
03. C'mon And Love Me
04. Shandi
05. Say Yeah
06. Shout It Out Loud
07. Comin' Home
08. Lick It Up
09. Rock and Roll All Night
10. Rock Bottom


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Paul Stanley's Interview with CBS 4 TV

Enjoy this clip of Paul's interview from CBS 4 TV Florida to promote his gallery showings this past weekend.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons Interview From St. Louis, 1979

An interview with Paul and Gene has surfaced from Kiss' St. Louis 1979 Dynasty show to promote EliteWorks Ebay Auctions. The ebay auction can be viewed here.

Ace Frehley's 'Outer Space' Headed For Wii

Ace Frehley's "Outer Space" from his latest album, ANOMALY, will be available for Wii and Xbox 360.

The tracks will be available for download on March 23rd for Wii and Xbox 360, and on March 25th for PlayStation 3.

Read more: http://www.thetanooki.com/2010/03/20/carrie-underwood-and-ace-frehley-head-to-rock-band-store/#ixzz0ioUi2hTS

'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' Season 5 Debuts Tonight!

The fifth season of 'Family Jewels' debuts tonight on A&E at 9pm (EST). A&E will also play host to a GSFJ marathon from 3:00pm up to the 9:00pm season debut. Here is a preview clip of the 9pm show:

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ace Frehley: 'Talk To Me' Last Night Live

Ace played "Talk To Me" last night at the Mohegan Sun last night in Connecticut- Here is a great video clip! March 19, 2010.

KISS 2010 UK TOUR TV AD

Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed from NBC's 'Today Show'

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Gene Simmons On 'Jimmy Fallon'

Gene Simmons stopped by 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' and here is the video from AOL's The Top 5-

Friday, March 19, 2010

'Dressed To Kill' Is Released On This Day 1975


DRESSED TO KILL
KISS' 3rd studio was released on this day, March 19, 1975. The album spawned two singles, C'mon & Love Me and Rock And Roll All Nite. The latter became Kiss' biggest anthem to date, played at every show around the world. The album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City with Casablanca Records President Neil Bogart manning the production helm.


It peaked at number 32 on the Billboard charts and was certified Gold by the RIAA on February 28, 1977.

Rock And Roll All Nite peaked at #68 on the Billboard singles chart.

Paul Stanley On Nikki Sixx's Show - Audio

Here is audio of Paul's interview with Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx on his radio show, 'the Sixx Sense' which aired last night, Thursday, March 18.

Ace Frehley To Guest On 'Friday Night Rocks' Tonight

Ace Frehley will guest on New York's Q104.3's 'Friday Night Rocks' with Eddie Trunk.
You can listen here at this location via internet between 11:00PM-2:00AM EST.
Ace has booked the following dates in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area this weekend:
March 19 - Mohegan Sun Casino - Uncasville, CT
March 20 - House of Blues - Atlantic City, NJ
March 21 - Nokia Theater- New York, NY

Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons Media Appearences

Paul's schedule: (For today, Friday) Florida-
1) The Paul & Young Ron Radio Show on 98.7 & 105.9 @ 8:30 AM EST
2) NBC 6-WTVJ TV Morning Show @ 11:15 AM EST
3) CBS 4-WFOR TV News @ 5:30 PM EST
4) WMXJ 102.7 Radio - Magic in the Morning @ TBD - some time in AM

Gene's schedule:
1) Gene appears on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' 12:35/11:35c.

2)Gene will appear on 'the George Lopez Show' next week. George Lopez is looking for Kiss fans-
If you live in or will be in the Los Angeles area next week, submit your best KISS related photo here.

NEW 'ELDER' Era Outakes From 'Flo & Eddie' -1981

New "Elder" era outakes from EliteWorks, promoting auctions of ebay, from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's appearence on the 'Flo & Eddie Show.'
Auctions can be viewed here.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Paul Stanley On Nikki Sixx's Radio Show Tonight

PAUL STANLEY LIVE ON THE AIR TONIGHT
(from PaulStanley.com)
Paul Stanley will appear on Nikki Sixx's Sixx Sense radio show tonight. The show airs nationwide tonight from 7 pm -12 pm.
CLICK HERE to listen live to Sixx Sense beginning at 7 PM tonight
CLICK HERE for the complete list of radio stations airing the show tonight.

Bruce Kulick:Guitars;BK3&Life After Kiss

Interview with Dr. Matt Warnock/Guitar International
Matt Warnock: Your new disc BK3 seems to have a bit of a heavier vibe to it than your work with Grand Funk Railroad, or even with KISS. When you’re doing your own records do you feel more drawn to the heavier side of things, as opposed to the classic rock sounds of your sideman groups?

Bruce Kulick: To be quite honest I love all of those kinds of styles. Even with KISS I was known for “Unholy,” which is of course heavy, but also for “Forever,” which has an acoustic guitar solo. And a song like “Tears Are Falling” has a very melodic, harmony based type guitar part. I don’t really put any rules on the sound of an album when I start writing. I just try to have it grow organically as I write and get into the studio.

I knew I wanted to start this album with some aggression and I’m glad Gene’s song isn’t too heavy, even though it’s still pretty heavy. Then Nick Simmons picked a pretty dark track to sing as well, which I was really happy about. I think he really nailed it. He has that big, blues-rock voice that fit the song perfectly. Then I end the album with “Life,” which was based on a George Harrison-Bob Dylan vibe.

It was tempting to just feature really rockin’ songs on the album, but I’m a big music fan period. I love Led Zeppelin as much as Hendrix, the Who, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. I love it all.

Matt: You mentioned two of the great guest artists from the album, Gene and Nick Simmons, and there are many others. Did you write the material for each specific guest artist or did you allow each guest to pick the song they felt the most comfortable doing?

Bruce: It was more the latter, it was very organic how it all happened. I didn’t really have any guarantee that anyone would be on board with the record when I wrote the songs, so I had written all the material when I went and asked them all to be a part of the project.

With Gene, we wrote that song together with my producer Jeremy, which was a labor of love and we all had a part in the lyrics for that song. With Nick, I gave him a choice of a couple of tracks and he picked the one he wanted to do and he ended up writing the lyrics to the song as well. Each song ended up being almost made for those artists, even if I didn’t know it at the time.

I will say that for the Doug Fieger tune, Jeremy and I had this great power-pop tune and we knew that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off with my style of vocals, so we had to think of who to get for that song. Doug was on the shortlist and he was generous enough to do it so it was a real honor to have Mr. “My Sharona” from the Knack singing on that track.

The important thing was not really the journey of how we got each person on the album, but that it really worked out well in the end.
Read more herehttp://guitarinternational.com/wpmu/2010/03/17/kulick/

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Gene & Shannon on 'The Doctors' Episode Today

Here is a preview clip of Gene and Shannon's appearence on today's 'The Doctor's which is syndicated. Airs at 3:00PM on some east coast television stations.

'I Was Made For Lovin' You' Charts In Germany


According to Viva.tv Music Charts in Germany, "I Was Made For Lovin' You" has re-entered the Top 100 singles chart there. No doubt due to Kiss performing the song on 'Wetten, das?" a few weeks back.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Eric Singer: Six Of The Best/RHYTHUM

Six of the Best: Drummers pick their defining records
From Black Sabbath to Alice Cooper and KISS, Eric Singer tells Phil Ascott how he's landed gigs with rock and metal royalty over the past 25 years through determination, talent and good fortune. Perhaps God really can give rock n' roll to you...
KISS - Sonic Boom (2009)
Harking back to their classic Destroyer album, Paul Stanley instigated new rules for the writing and recording process of the band's first album in 11 years, ensuring jam sessions rocked and rolled all nite...
"I was pleasantly surprised when Paul called up to say, 'I'm thinking about doing a new record but I want to do it as a band and play live. No outside songwriters.' That was basically saying make sure it's your idea, don't bring a song that you had going with someone else. Paul used to write his songs and Gene used to write his, then they'd bring the material to the band and each would get a certain amount of material on the record. That was thrown out the window. It was like, 'We're gonna jam ideas and arrange them so that we're comfortable enough to go into a studio. Then in the studio we'll put them under the microscope.' Brilliant. That's how I first started making records. I used an old Rogers kit - I wanted to use vintage - and a Pearl free-floating plexiglas snare that was perfect with it."
Alice Cooper - The Eyes of Alice Cooper (2003)
Eric's second album with glam shock icon Vincent Furnier was unfairly maligned, according to Singer...
"I played on Brutal Planet (2000,) The Eyes of Alice Cooper and Along Came a Spider (2008.) But out of all those Alice albums, Eyes... was the most fun and the coolest because it was done garage-style, live as a band. We literally went to a room, with all the amps and the drums in the same room, not even really using partitions, and we just blasted the songs out. I got frustrated sometimes because you have so much volume, with the bass guitar and the guitars bleeding into the mics, but we did most songs without a click track, just live as a band. It was truly old school. Probably because of a bad record label and no support, that record went by unnoticed, but if anyone gets the chance then go check that record out because it's a really cool, straight rock n' roll record."
KISS - Revenge (1992)
Another chance meeting whilst recording with Badlands landed Eric his most prestigious gig to date, although it would be a while before he entered the studio with the glam rock titans.
"I was in New York recording the Badlands album in 1989 and someone said [KISS guitarist/singer] Paul Stanley was looking for a drummer for his solo tour. Ironically I was staying at a hotel right around the corner from his offices so I went over and met with him, chatted a bit, and the next thing I know he's hired me. I played on 'God Gave Rock N' Roll To You' for the Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey soundtrack, as Eric Carr was ill. Then when he was too ill to do Revenge I got called in to play as a studio musician. Producer Bob Ezrin was a crazy guy but a genius. I remember we were recording a track playing along to a drum machine so he could monitor the time, and he would speed the drum machine up and slow it down in different sections to have the song move around and feel more natural."
Badlands - Badlands (1989)
Ray Gillen, the young singer who replaced Glenn Hughes in Black Sabbath for the initial Eternal Idol sessions only to quit the band along with Eric, formed this 'supergroup' with ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee.
"I get a lot of drummers to this day that ask me about that band. The guys were great players and for me it was the chance to do our own music, write my own drum parts that didn't have a predetermined drum sound or direction. KISS have a sound and style. I have to make my drumming fit in to the sound. Same with Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper. But when you create your own music you're like a painter and you have a wide open canvas to create what you want, your own sound. I enjoyed that experience but it didn't work out on a business level. I used two Pearl MLX kits and the GLX to record and we recorded live, not to click tracks. We were inspired by Zeppelin, Sabbath, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Humble Pie - it was about being organic, like a classic 70s rock band."
Black Sabbath - The Eternal Idol (1987)
From heaven to hell. What started in the Caribbean paradise of George Martin's AIR Studios descended into squabbling and ended three producers, two singers, two bassists and a mess of an album later.
"A completely different record, not the same vibe at all. Things were very disjointed and you could see things unravelling. The recording was initially a lot of fun because we were in the Caribbean for six weeks, swimming in the ocean and we had a gourmet chef in the studio. I used an old Pearl GLX to record. It had Super Gripper lugs - you didn't have to unscrew the tension rods all the way to take the drum heads off. It was supposed to make it quicker, but a lot of people thought they were a pain in the ass. I thought they were some of the better drums Pearl made, really loud with a big, bombastic sound. I still have that kit. We got a really cool drum sound originally, but they ended up switching producers twice and I was long gone out of the project by the time it was mixed."
Black Sabbath - Seventh Star (1986)
As they say, "Right place, right time." Just a year into his first professional job touring with '80s metal princess Lita Ford, Singer was drafted in for sessions with her boyfriend at the time, one Tony Iommi.
It was the first actual record I did for anybody! It was going to be a Tony Iommi solo album with lots of different singers but ended up becoming Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi and had Glenn Hughes singing on the whole record. Most of those songs started with just us jamming riffs; there were no melodies or arrangements, per se, with a vocalist in mind. It does help when you know what the vocal phrasing is going to be because as a drummer you can accentuate and be more melodic and enhance the arrangements. We didn't have that luxury. For my first record it was a great experience working with Tony. I recorded with a Sonor Phonic red mahogany veneer kit in standard sizes, two 24" bass drums, and 13", 14" 16" and 18" toms. I bought that kit in 1979 and still have it to this day."

Shannon Tweed & Gene Simmons on 'The Doctors' March 17

SHANNON TWEED REVEALS BREAST CANCER SCARE
(Monsters&critics.com)
Shannon Tweed revealed she had a breast cancer scare on The Doctors.
Accompanied by her life partner Gene Simmons of KISS fame, the rocker urged the audience to receive annual examinations and check for any changes to the breat.
“You men out there, you have to talk and make sure your loved one goes today, not tomorrow, to see wonderful doctors who are there to save lives,” said Gene Simmons.
On Wednesday, March 17, rock star Gene Simmons and his girlfriend Shannon Tweed, stars of A & E’s Family Jewels, appear on the Emmy-nominated daytime talk show The Doctors, from Stage 29 Productions and CBS Television Distribution.
Read more: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/news/article_1541278.php/Shannon-Tweed-revealed-she-had-a-breast-cancer-scare-on-The-Doctors#ixzz0iL9QTeMQ

Paul Stanley:Another Kiss Album On The Way

PAUL STANLEY INTERVIEW with MetalRules.com

Written by Marko Syrjala
March 14, 2010
SONIC BOOM
Q: Overall, how satisfied you are for the sales numbers and overall feedback what you’ve got of SONIC BOOM? Was there anything surprising there either in positive or negative way?
A: I’m thrilled because it’s a great album. I said from the beginning whether it sells 10million copies or 1million copies, it’s all the same to me. At this stage of the game it about making a great album, anything else is just a bonus. In America we had the album available exclusively at one place which has a good side and a bad side. The good side is they support is, the bad side is, it’s the only place you can get it. So there are plusses and minuses but I couldn’t want a better album, I couldn’t imagine a better album.
Q: The reviews for the album have been very positive all the way.
A: That’s right. The reviews for SONIC BOOM have been really good. It’s great to do an album which is undeniably good, right? “laughs”. Thank you.
Q: From producers view, what was the biggest difference to produce this album vs. your latest solo album LIVE TO WIN?
A: It was totally different. LIVE TO WIN wasn’t a KISS album. It was me trying not to do a KISS album. If I wanted to do a one man KISS album I would do ANIMALIZE. To do a KISS album I wanted all the elements that make great KISS; everybody contributing, Gene and I writing together and no outside writers. Those all are things that over the years fell away for reason or another. It’s easy to make an album when you don’t write the songs and someone else writes them for you. It’s easy to make an album when you let someone else play your instrument. It’s easy to make an album when you say I have to have 4 songs on the album whether they are good or bad. It can be easy to make an album but it’s not the way we should make an album. This album was made following certain rules, somebody was in charge, and it is much easier with someone in charge. The band will tell you it was the easiest album that we ever made because we had great guidelines.
Q: You've stated many times that this is the best line up of KISS ever. Now after finishing your first studio album with this lineup, do you still agree with that statement?
A: I totally agree with that statement. There aren’t nights when band isn’t in top form. Like I’ve said before, we've now got a band with four people who are all saying, "How can we make the band more famous?" instead of, "How can I make me more famous?"
Q: Although it was stated that all material on SONIC BOOM is brand new, actually there are a couple of songs which were originally written a long time ago, like “Nobody’s Perfect” by Gene. Would you tell us something more about those songs and how you decided which material was used for this album?
A: I never heard another version of that song. Was it called “Nobody’s Perfect”?
Q: Yes, and actually there are some early tapes where you can hear the rough version of that song…
A: I don’t know? Most of the songs he has rehashed I always know about because I hear them year after year. That song sounded really good. Most songs that have not been used usually haven’t been used for a reason. We tweaked that song so… I can’t say?
Q: Many fans criticized, especially here in Europe, that when album came out there wasn’t enough promotion made for it. Was there any certain reason why you didn’t do a promo tour like this when album was coming out?
A: Probably because we are busy. Also, its great to do promotion but someone has to pay for it. If someone isn’t willing to pay for the promotion I am not a charity. I give you a great album and if you want more than a great album then you need to buy me a ticket and find me a place to play.
Q: Well because our time is soon coming to an end here is the very last question. Is SONIC BOOM going to be the very last KISS album ever?
A: I don’t think so. I think that within the next twelve months we are doing another album.
Q: Really???
A: Yeah. I think it will take twelve months to eighteen months.
Q: That’s something to wait for. Thanks for your time and have a good show tonight.
A: Thank you and have a good time.
Read the rest herehttp://www.metal-rules.com/zine/content/view/1892/86/

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ace Frehley: Navigating with the Spaceman

by Rich Tozzoli (PremireGuitar.com)
Engineer Rich Tozzoli Talks with Ace Frehley about His New Album, Anomaly

Having been one of the engineers who helped capture his new sound on Anomaly, I was able to get to know a different guy than the stage persona known to most of the world. Ace, who also produced the album, is celebrating his third year of sobriety, and you can tell: a deep passion for all things guitar shines through on this record. Forever experimenting and always open to new sonic ideas, he carved out a hard-hitting record that reminds many of his 1978 eponymous solo debut.
I caught up with Ace between tours to reflect on the making of Anomaly, his influences, and what lies ahead for him.

When you were getting ready to record parts for Anomaly, you often walked around the studio playing the guitars unplugged. What were you listening for?

That’s what I do when I first buy any electric guitar. I always try to hear what the instrument will sound and feel like without any amplification. I discovered that when you’re shopping for a Les Paul, Strat or Tele, nine times out of ten, whichever one is louder and feels like the whole body is resonating, that one usually sounds better through an amp. Also, when you’re not sure how old the strings are, it’s real apparent that they’re not bright if you play without an amp.

Sometimes we used big heads with a cabinet, and sometimes we used small amps. From a playing and recording point of view, what does each give you?

I’ve always fooled around with little amps, even as early as the first Kiss records. I’d use them in combination with a 4x12 or a Marshall stack. It works well when you blend those sounds together. As much as everyone tries to recapture or fabricate a Marshall stack with a plug-in or whatever, there is nothing like the real thing. So when you combine big and small amps, you simply get a variety of tones. Small amps bring different textures that can’t be replicated, either.

Most of the time, the signal path was straight in: just guitar, cable, and amp.

Yes. I guess I’m pretty much a purist. I really want what’s coming out of the amp to go into the computer or whatever we’re recording on. Once it’s in there and it’s right, you can always tweak it with plug-ins or by pumping it out again and re-recording. But when you get a really good amp sound direct, it can help you give a really good performance. The most important thing is capturing that performance, and if we need to change the tone a little bit, we can effect it down the road.

How did you decide on using the blend of Les Pauls, Strats and Teles?

I’ve been doing that since my first solo record. I had a couple of old Teles and Strats lying around, and I discovered it just created a great blend. Since they all have completely different harmonic ranges, they can create a much fuller sound when mixed in with each other. You can also get a lot of different sounds, depending on how you split them in the mix. I also discovered that I’ll play something slightly different on a Strat or Tele than I would on my Les Paul, simply because of the difference in the body and fingerboards. If you double something on each of those guitars, it’s slightly different in the way you finger it. When you put them together, that little difference makes it that much better. I remember recording Destroyer with Bob Ezrin, and he told me to knock my guitar a little out of tune before I did a double because the frequencies would make a rub with each other. And it really worked!
Read the rest herehttp://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine/Issue/2010/Apr/Ace_Frehley_Navigating_with_the_Spaceman.aspx

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Kiss Branding Continues With Upcoming Children's TV Series

(from AOL NoiseCreep)
After hearing about Paul Stanley's legendary '70s sexploits, reading Gene Simmons' revealing biography and watching 'Family Jewels,' we think Jason Vorhees and Freddy Kruger might be better role models for children than the members of Kiss. However, E1 Entertainment obviously felt otherwise and recently struck a production and development deal with the "hottest band in the land" for a comedic 30-minute television series for kids

"We're honored to be involved in carrying on the Kiss legacy," said Frank Saperstein, Senior VP of Kids and Animation for E1. "It's wonderful to collaborate with the creative forces behind one of the greatest rock bands of all time and unquestionably one of the most recognized worldwide."

The untitled series will be produced and distributed worldwide by E1. The executive producers are John Morayniss and Frank Saperstein for E1 Entertainment, alongside Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss. E1 and Kiss will handle all licensing and merchandise for the series."

Kiss continues to be the juggernaut of licensing and merchandising, from Kiss M&M's to Kiss Dr. Pepper," said Gene Simmons, "Kiss is a band, but also the only music 'brand.' Continuing in our 35-year history of going where no band has gone before, we are proud to partner with E1. Like all things Kiss, we intend to make this a very special show for our fans."

KISS TO APPEAR ON BRUCE DICKINSON'S BBC RADIO SHOW

US rock legends KISS will be a special guest on the March 26th edition of IRON MAIDEN singer BRUCE DICKINSON's Friday Rock Show on BBC 6 in the UK. The show airs from 9:00pm - 12:00am in the UK.
Listeners outside the UK can tune-in online at this location between 4:00-7:00pm EST. If you are in the UK then you can listen on DAB Digital radio, on SKY and TV (SKY 0120, Freeview 707, Freesat 707, Virgin 909).

GENE SIMMONS' HOWL IN 'WOLFMAN' FILM

Gene Simmons did voice-overs for the film "The Wolfman" starring Benicio Del Toro. This movie was released February 12th.
(Thanks to VLADIMIR ILYIN/KISSARMYRUSSIA.COM)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

GENE SIMMONS TO VOICE GUITAR HERO 6

KISS CONFIRM TWO US SUMMER SHOWS

As previously reported here, the Cheyenne, Wyoming show has been confirmed along with a North Dakota show-

KISS will perform concerts in Wyoming and North Dakota this July. The The Hottest and in the World will rock Cheyenne on July 23 and Minot on July 24.

July 23 Cheyenne, Wyoming 2010 Frontier Days

July 24 Minot, North Dakota 2010 State Fair

More dates will come.

Friday, March 12, 2010

'FAMILY JEWELS' SEASON PREVIEW CLIP

SEASON 5:

KISS MASKED BANDIT HOLDS UP STORE AT GUNPOINT

(midmissouri.com)
COLUMBIA, MO. -- An armed masked man robbed Bocomo Bay novelty store Wednesday around 11 p.m.

The employee at the store, located on 1122 Wilkes Blvd., said a man walked in with silver or chrome gun and demanded money.

Police said the robber walked off with cash and merchandise.

The robber wore a mask like a member of the rock band KISS, with a white face and stars over the eyes. The robber is described as a white man, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

This robbery comes after two other robberies in the city this week.

Police said they have not made any arrests.

KISS 1978 'In -Store' VIDEO POSTED TO PROMOTE AUCTIONS

Never-before-available footage from Gene Simmons' 1978 solo album promotional tour has been published online to promote a never-ending series of KISS auctions from eBay seller EliteWorks. The in-store appearance took place at a long-defunct New Orleans, Louisiana record store called Tape City on November, 18, 1978. The KISS bassist was in town to announce the band's (ultimately canceled) appearance at the 1979 Mardi Gras Endymion parade.

This week's KISS auctions include: a 1996 makeup/blood-stained Gene Simmons microphone guard, a complete set of the 1978 KISS school notebooks, sheet music, never-before-seen pictures from the second show of the 1974 "Hotter Than Hell" tour, a 1970s signed photo from original guitarist Ace Frehley, several vintage KISS concert T-shirts and tons more.
You can see the auctions at this location.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

GENE SIMMONS INKS DEAL WITH THE ENVY

By Robert Thompson, Toronto
(Billboard Business News)

Sixteen months after announcing the reformation of Simmons Records in partnership with Universal Music Canada, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has finally inked a deal, signing Toronto rock band The Envy.

The signing is a joint venture with Montreal-based Remedy Music, a division of Crystal Math Management, the company that has the likes of Metric and The Midway State on its roster. “We have embarked upon fulfilling our mandate—to discover new and exciting Canadian talent and to take them around the world,” Simmons said in a statement.

The Envy, who formed in early 2009, are presently recording with JUNO award-winning producer Gavin Brown (Billy Talent, Metric, Three Days Grace) as well as the songwriter/producer Desmond Child (Katy Perry, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Tokio Hotel) for their Simmons/UMC debut release. No release date was announced. Last year, the band toured across Canada with the likes of Marianas Trench, The Midway State and Stereos.

DETAILS ON KISS WYOMING SHOW

As reported here last week...
KISS, Bentley, Lambert will all perform at CFD
(from Wyoming Tribune Eagle/Baylie Evans)
CHEYENNE -- The flamboyant rock group KISS will perform on the opening Friday night of Cheyenne Frontier Days this year.And Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert have joined the lineup.A anonymous CFD official confirmed that KISS -- known for its members' painted faces and wild stage outfits -- will perform. The official asked for anonymity because final negotiations over details are ongoing.But the announcement was made to CFD volunteers last week.KISS will play on July 23. The band has never performed at CFD before.
link:http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2010/03/02/news/01top_03-02-10.txt

BRUCE KULICK INTERVIEW WITH JEWISH TELEGRAPH



Axeman Bruce was so made up to spend 12 years with legends Kiss
Click here to listen to interview with Bruce Kulick
(Mike Cohen/Jewish Telegraph)

BRUCE KULICK has never legally changed his named to 'Former Kiss Guitarist Bruce Kulick'.

Yet it seems that every magazine feels obligated to call him that.
But Bruce, who was with the rock legends for 12 years from 1984 to 1996, is quite happy with the moniker.
"I'm really proud of my 12 years in Kiss," Bruce told me. "How many people do I know who are very talented ,who worked on their careers, but don't have a name as big as Kiss on their resume."
Bruce - who released his third solo album BK3 last month - took his first steps on the road to stardom when he starting playing the guitar aged around 10.
read more here http://www.jewishtelegraph.com/arts.html

GENE SIMMONS TO APPEAR ON 'PRIVATE SESSIONS'

Gene Simmons will appear on A&E's 'Private Sessions' with host Lynn Hoffman. Show date is Sunday, March 14. Here are two preview clips below:


PAUL STANLEY ART SHOW REMINDERS

Wentworth Gallery is pleased to present two art exhibitions by artist, rock icon and legendary KISS frontman Paul Stanley.

Paul will make two special appearances at Wentworth Gallery in March.
Friday - March 19, 2010 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wentworth Gallery - Town Center Mall 6000 Glades Road Boca Raton, FLFor additional details or to RSVP - please call 561-338-0804 or 800-732-6140
Saturday - March 20, 2010 - Noon - 2:00 PM Wentworth Gallery - Las Olas 819 E. Las Olas Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL For additional details or to RSVP - please call 954-468-0685 or 800-732-6140

KISS AMONG CELEBRITIES TO SIGN POKER TABLE FOR CHARITY

The San Manuel table has been signed by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, as well as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ray Romano, Magic Johnson, Mary Hart, Huell Hauser and Mayor Villaraigosa. 100% of the proceeds will go to City of Hope, a research, treatment and educational institution dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
The auction runs until March 15, and can be accessed via eBay Read more: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/3987-arnold-schwarzenegger-and-kiss-sign-poker-table-for-charity#ixzz0hmUOZEdU

GENE SIMMONS:CHALLEGES U2 TO STADIUM-OFF

Gene Simmons was interviewed for Xfm's Rock Show in the UK. Gene discusses money, Kiss, British music and challenged U2 and the Rolling Stones to a stadium-off.

Gene said, “Nobody can touch us on stage. I would love to play on the same stage with U2 and the Stones and anybody out there who considers themself a world champion," said Simmons. "Any champion worth their mettle would welcome other champions to test yourself. All are welcome. You come on up on that stage with us baby. Show me what you got, and then we’ll show you what the big boys do. Size does count."

You can listen to the 3-part interview by clicking here http://www.xfm.co.uk/news/2010/xfm-meets-kiss

STRYPER TO RECORD KISS SONG

(Thanks Marshal)
Michael Sweet of Stryper has announced via his Twitter page that the band will cover 'Shout It Out Loud' for it's next album of rock cover songs.

PAUL STANLEY & GENE SIMMONS TO CREATE CHILDERN'S SERIES

(from Wall Street Journal)

KISS and Kids: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, two of the members of the band KISS, are going from rock and roll to a children’s series. The veteran rockers are creating a 30-minute comedy for Canadian production company E1 television. The show will likely introduce the band to a newer and younger world-wide audience. “Like all things KISS, we intend to make this a very special show for our fans,” Gene Simmons said in a statement.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

KISS IN EUROPEAN PRESS & NEWS

KISS IS GEARING UP WITH A TON OF PRESS FOR THEIR UPCOMING EUROPEAN TOUR TO BEGIN MAY 1 at Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, UK.

PAUL and GENE appear on Swedish news-

Norwegian news network NETT-TV has a feature on KISS's upcoming June 8 tour date in Trondheim. Courtesy of NETT-TV-

Monday, March 8, 2010

KISS SHOW IN WYOMING- JULY 23

Songkick.com has published one KISS dates for it's upcoming US summer tour of 2010. The band will perform at Cheyenne Frontier Days on Friday, July 23 in Cheyenne, WY.
Buy tickets

Sunday, March 7, 2010

SPINNER'S TOP 20 LIVE ALBUMS

Spinner.com has revealed it's top live albums of all time.
1. Thin Lizzy 'Live & Dangerous'
2. Deep Purple 'Made in Japan'
3. UFO 'Strangers in the Night
4. The Who 'Live at Leeds'
5. AC/DC 'If You Want Blood, You Got It'
6. Iron Maiden 'Live After Death'
7. Pink Floyd 'Pulse'
8. Peter Frampton 'Frampton Comes Alive'
9. KISS 'Alive'
10. Genesis 'Seconds Out'
11. Status Quo 'Live!'
12. Yes 'Yessongs'
13. Jethro Tull 'Bursting Out'
14. Hawkwind 'Space Ritual'
15. Cheap Trick 'At Budokan'
16. Wishbone Ash 'Live Dates (1973)'
17. Led Zeppelin 'The Song Remains the Same'
18. Queen 'Live Killers'
19. Rush 'All The World's a Stage'
20. Rush 'Exit Stage Left'

Saturday, March 6, 2010

FLYING WITH PAUL STANLEY - VIDEO

Here is amazing footage of Paul Stanley flying over the audience for "LOVE GUN" Filmed during Kiss' stop in Pittsburgh - December 13, 2009.

KISS EUROPEAN TV REPORTS - VIDEO


Kiss
on TV promoting upcoming UK tour on UK TV FIVE.

Here's a clip of KISS on Channel 1 (T.V.E.) evening news. This 9 pm new is the most watched in Spain! The segment is about KISS' upcoming tour and dates in Spain.

This clip courtesy Kiss Army Spain.

GENE SIMMONS & ERIC SINGER ON CNN

Gene Simmons & Eric Singer are interviewed by Becky Anderson from CNN on Kiss' SONIC BOOM tour.

PAUL STANLEY & TOMMY THAYER INTERVIEW PART 2

Here's Part 2 of an interview with Paul and Tommy with Britain's 106.7 Rock radio!

NEW AVANTASIA SONG WITH ERIC SINGER AVAILABLE


The new track from Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA, "Dying For An Angel," featuring ERIC SINGER on drums and Scorpion's Klaus Meine is now available for listen here http://www.tobiassammet.com/eng/news_1267642250.php at Tobias' website.

Two albums to be released seperately, "The Wicked Symphony" and "Angel Of Babylon" also feature former KISS guitarist BRUCE KULICK along with Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween), Ripper Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Jon Oliva (Savatage), Bob Catley (Magnum), Jorn Lande (Masterplan), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Jens Johansson (ex-DIO, Stratovarius), Andre Matos (ex-Angra). The albums are available April 3. Tobias was recently featured on Bruce's latest CD, BK3.
Pictured: Bruce Kulick and Tobias Sammet

Friday, March 5, 2010

KISS PARTY IN VERONA, ITALY

WIN PAUL STANLEY GUITAR AT KISS PARTY IN VERONA, ITALY
(from DeuceNews)
Five among the best Italian KISS Tribute bands will hit the stage at the Lucille Music Hall in Verona on April 17 for a three hours gig!
A huge KISS raffle is ready to blow your mind, here some prizes:
One Washburn Paul Stanley Cracked Mirror guitar!
One Original Rock And Roll Over Printing Proof signed and kindly offered by the author, Michael Doret!
A BK3 goodies package directly from the man himself, Bruce Kulick!
What else….Wont tell you!! Come down and you will never forget!
Free entrance for all and 1 free gadget for masked freaks!!! All details here.
http://www.deucenews.com/deucenews/

PAUL STANLEY & TOMMY THAYER INTERVIEW

Here's Part 1 of an interview with Paul and Tommy with Britain's 106.7 Rock radio!

KISS REUTERS INTERVIEW - VIDEO

Paul and Gene interview with UK Reuters news wire.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

KISS LIVE FROM LONDON - VIDEO

Show opener "Modern Day Delilah"

"Rock And Roll All Nite"

KISS TORONTO 1974 - Toronto News - 1st KISS ALBUM - VIDEO

Elite Works on Ebay has released yet another KISS video gem. The report was filmed on June 1,1974, when KISS were opening for the New York Dolls at Toronto's 2,800 seat Massey Hall.
Check out Elite Works auctions here: http://shop.ebay.com/eliteworks/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=

MY FIRST KISS CONCERT:WILDWOOD, NJ 7/23/75

MY FIRST KISS!
Here are images of my very first KISS concert at the Wildwood Convention Center, July 23, 1975. This show changed my life. I was astounded as to what I experienced coming from that stage that night! Leaving the hall that night, the smoke clouds that billowed onto the boardwalk, gave the sense (especially to those walking pass on the boards that night) that the hall was on fire. And indeed, the hall was on fire that night... with KISS! That night was the beginning for me and now with over 120 KISS shows under my belt, they still rock as hard and better than any other rock band before or since! Though the album KISS ALIVE! was being recorded there, history has it that "Black Diamond" was the only song used from this show to end up on the legendary album.
by J. Frank Hagan.
photos by Jeff Mazzola.

KISS ON CNN INTERNATIONAL

KISS "SAY YEAH" LONDON - VIDEO

GENE AND PAUL REVEAL THEIR MUSICAL HEROES

Courtesy of the BBC:

BRUCE KULICK: THE GIBSON INTERVIEW


The Gibson Interview: Former Kiss Guitarist Bruce Kulick
by Elianne Halbersberg 03.03.2010

“The soul of a human being and the hands of a legend” is how producer Jeremy Rubolino describes guitarist Bruce Kulick, with whom he worked on Kulick’s third and most recent solo album, BK3. The disc is receiving outstanding reviews worldwide and entered Billboard’s Heatseekers chart at No. 12.

With two solo albums to his credit, a wealth of touring and session work, and of course his years with KISS, Bruce Kulick is a guitarist’s guitarist. He has an innate understanding of what to play and when to play it, and can approach any genre of music with the necessary finesse or aggression to complement the song.

Throughout his successful career, Gibson has been an important part of Kulick’s story. He spoke to Gibson.com about what makes these instruments so special and integral to his sound.

What were your goals for BK3 as a singer, songwriter and guitarist?

My attitude was to have a no-compromise approach to getting the job done. I had already put out a couple of solo records, although I did those myself. This time I worked with a producer, Jeremy Rubolino, who had a real vision. Our discussions as we were writing and planning were to bring up the level of sounds, the studio, and everything that goes into making a record. We took the time and the money to do this, and it was worth it. We used my favorite KISS album, Revenge, as a benchmark to help guide us. My belief is that if you really strive for something and know what’s at the top of the mountain, you will keep climbing.

How did working with Jeremy take your playing to the next level?

Jeremy hears music differently from the average person. He hears it as a film composer, and he sees it on the music staff rather than on a guitar. Many guitarists work within the patterns that are comfortable for scales and fingering. Jeremy’s ideas are not where the fingers are on the guitar. He threw things to me that were out of the box and challenging because they weren’t comfortable fingering-wise. They weren’t harmonies or choices of notes that I would naturally have gone to. I had to interpret and make them my own. It was valuable for me. I do sessions every month, and I prefer to bring Jeremy with me to be sure that I give them my best.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

PAUL STANLEY:"NONE OF US COULD BREATHE..."

LONDON SHOW REPORT:
(Text below from Yahoo! UK/Ireland)

Kiss had to cut short an intimate performance in London last night after confetti cannons caused the band breathing difficulties.

The American rock outfit left the stage at the 800-capacity Islington Academy after the cannons blasted confetti into the air during ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’.
Apparently the amount of
carbondioxide concentrated in the air of the arena made breathing difficult for both the band and those members of the audience closest to them.
“Once the confetti cannons went off, we barely made it off stage,” revealed singer Paul Stanley in a statement.
“None of us could breathe or catch our breath. Pretty scary and there was no way we could continue.
“We came out for the encores but couldn't get past one,” continued Stanley, whose bands still managed to play a crowd-pleasing, 12-song set. “All in all, an amazing night that left many breathless!"Kiss played the gig ahead of their forthcoming European tour.

KISS- DETROIT ROCK CITY LONDON - VIDEO

OF THE LONDON SHOW- Paul reveals, "Once the confetti cannons went off, we barely made it off stage. None of us could breathe or catch our breath. Each of us thought we were the only one until we saw each other. Pretty scary and there was no way we could continue. We came out for the encores but couldn't get past one. Still, all in all, an amazing night that left many breathless!"


BRUCE KULICK ON EDDIE TRUNK: AUDIO AVAILABLE

BRUCE KULICK appeared on Eddie Trunk's The Boneyard on March 1. Here is the complete interview. Bruce talks about "BK3", KISS, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr, Eric Singer & John Corabi.




KISS ON ABC'S EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME EDITION RATINGS SMASH

KISS' APPEARENCE ON POPULAR SHOW RANKED HIGH IN RATINGS
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 3, 2010 -- On last Sunday night's episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, rock icons KISS (www.KISSonline.com) showed their good will to a family in need while at the same time helping Extreme Makeover: Home Edition viewership grow by 2 million viewers from the previous week's telecast. Ratings blossomed 32% in adults 18-49; the networks best young adult performance in that hour in six weeks. Also for the episode, Marvel Entertainment designed a Super Hero themed boy's room and created a custom comic book cover for the boy.
When the hit show told legendary rockers KISS about a family of KISS fans in Gainesville, Florida, who started a home-based, non-profit music school while their own home was falling down around them, the band heeded the call during their recent North American KISS/Alive 35 tour.
read the rest here http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/03/prweb3678774.htm

KISS: PHOTOS FROM LONDON CLUB SHOW




KISS LIVE AT LONDON

March 2, 2010
(photos by Neil Lupin)




Set List:

Modern Day Delilah
Cold Gin
Let Me Go, Rock And Roll
Say Yeah
Calling Dr. Love
Got To Choose
I Love It Loud
100,000 Years
Love Gun
Black Diamond
Rock And Roll All Nite
Detroit Rock City
This gig marks the first time
that "Modern Day Delilah" was used
as the opening number.










GENE SIMMON STARTED THE POOF?

(from TMZ)

Here's an amusing little bit posted on TMZ this morning over the "poof."

Here's Gene Simmons of KISS at a London concert on Tuesday (left) -- and "Jersey Shore" hair diva Snooki at some event in December (right).Read more:

One is wearing too much eye makeup. We're just sayin'...

KISS LIVE O2 ISLINGTON TONIGHT -VIDEO


Photos from tonight's show in London.


Soundcheck.
Video:
KISS Love Gun - O2 Islington Academy March 2 2010. KISS played to capacity of 800 people.




SET-LIST:
Modern Day Delilah
Cold Gin
Let Me Go Rock And Roll
Say Yeah
Calling Dr. Love
Got To Choose
I Love It Loud
100,000 Years
Love Gun
Black Diamond
Rock And Roll All Nite
Detroit Rock City

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

KISS SOUNDCHECK AT O2 ACADEMY


KISS are preparing for tomorrow night's show at the O2 Academy in London. The one off gig at the 800 capacity hall sold out within minutes.
KISS ran through "Calling Dr. Love," "Say Yeah," and "100,00 Years."

Monday, March 1, 2010

ACE FREHLEY: 'In Scranton, PA'


Ace 'unmasks' in Scranton

by Alan K. Scout/The Weekender, Northeast, PA.

Monday March 01, 2010 03:52 PM
A great rock concert can stand out in your mind for various reasons. I've been to quite a few of them, and though some were utterly forgettable, some are still burned deep in the heart. Seeing Paul McCartney live can actually leave you awestruck, and artists like U2 and Bruce Springsteen seem to take you to another place during their lives shows. In some ways, it's almost spiritual.

I love those artists. Always have. And it's no secret to some of our readers that I'm also a pretty big KISS fan. I've seen them about 30 times in concert and can honestly say that when it comes to live bands, they remain among the best. Ace Frehley, the group's original guitarist, is also still an all-time favorite. And it was exactly 25 years ago this week that Frehley gave one of the most memorable shows I've ever seen. And it was right here in Northeast Pennsylvania -- in Scranton -- at the old West Side Theater.

I was 17 years old, and it was the spring of my senior year in high school. A group of good friends and I all loved Ace, and since he had left KISS a few years prior -- right around the time we were finally old enough to start going to their shows -- we'd never seen him play live. I can still remember the day the show was announced and how we were all calling one another and were absolutely over-the-top excited. Within minutes, we were all running off to our little part-time high school jobs, making sure we put in for the night off from work. I called one friend who lived quite a few miles away and said I was on my way over to pick him up. He still jokes to this day that right after I called, he threw on Frehley's 1978 solo album, and before he'd heard even one song, I was already out in front of his house laying on the horn.

Did I mention we were excited?A few weeks later, it was time for the big show. March 3, 1985. The concert venue was about a 30-minute ride from my house. We left about 12 hours early. There were so many of us that we had to take two cars. Even though Ace wasn't going to come on until around 9 p.m., we were there by late morning. Of course, we spent most of the day on a zany quest trying to meet him. After learning from some of the people setting up for the show that he was still nowhere near the venue, we decided to scope out a few nearby hotels, and though we did eventually find the right one and had a pretty close encounter with the great guitarist, we had no luck in our attempt to hang out with the Spaceman.

Read the rest herehttp://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=2210665863318030384