Friday, April 30, 2010
If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to attend Bruce Kulick’s BK3 record release party at The Cat Club on the Sunset Strip last February, here’s your chance to witness one of the most memorable moments. Catch Bruce performing “Hand of the King” with Nick Simmons making his live music debut, this Sunday May 2nd @ 9:30pm EST and Monday May 3rd at 1:30am EST on A&E. http://www.kulick.net
Thursday, April 29, 2010
‘You wanna bite?’ Kiss’s legendary bassist Gene Simmons, leathery-faced without his iconic make-up, strides into a London hotel room with a takeaway baguette. When I decline, Simmons doesn’t skip a beat: ‘OK, how about the sandwich?’
It’s like being chatted up by Krusty The Clown. But 37 years after they originally formed in New York, Kiss haven’t lost their touch – and they’ve returned for their Sonic Boom Over Europe arena tour, named after their undeniably kick-ass 19th LP. Simmons veers intriguingly between outrageous flirt, entrepreneur and Rock School lecturer.
‘You have a moral duty as a rock star,’ he insists. ‘All these audiences work at jobs they dislike and spend their pay cheques on something they love: they wanna see Kiss. How f***ing dare any of us ruin that trust? So we introduce ourselves with: “You wanted the best, you got the best.” There’s a sense of pride.’
In the adjacent suite sits Kiss co-frontman and Sonic Boom producer Paul Stanley (the band’s current line-up, including guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, dates back around a decade); he’s more softly spoken than Simmons yet still given to explosive bravado. Both men are sharply intelligent, articulate and responsible for air-punching party anthems such as Detroit Rock City and Rock And Roll All Nite.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Still going strong after all these years and boasting thigh muscles men half his age would kill for, The Demon talks Donald Trump, William Shakespeare and Family Jewels – and that’s just for starters.
We can’t wait to see the man himself on action in Newcastle on Sunday and we’ll have a review of that show right here within hours of the final curtain falling.
For now sit back and enjoy a few more words of wisdom from an individual who has truly brightened up these pages during the past fortnight.
rushonrock: So just how do you keep on top of everything with all your various projects on the boil?
GS: I do what Santa Claus does – I make a list, I check it twice and make sure who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. It’s all very organised. I need to spend time with my family and keep track of my projects and it’s all written down in order. I need to remind myself that Kiss is a brand, not a band.
rushonrock: Do you have a full-time secretary?
GS: I use a traditional diary with room for notes. The Blackberry means well but it’s failing is that it treats all information exactly the same – when it’s not. ‘Blow up the world’ is a big thing and ‘clip your toenails’ should be in small letters because they’re not the same value. See what I mean? But that’s not what the Blackberry does.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Paul Stanley posted this:
Hey Everyone,We are stoked, ready and have never sounded better! New songs! Old songs! New old songs! We can't wait to hit the stage for that first show and blow you all away! See you there,Paul Stanley
(L)This photo was taken Friday night photo shoot in LA for Kiss' Summer tour.
Ace Frehley will induct legendary musician and inventor, the late Les Paul, into the New Jersey Hall of Fame at NJPAC in Newark, NJ on Sunday May 2.
The organization's third annual induction ceremony will be a star-studded red carpet event honoring the class of 2010 which includes Les Paul as well as Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Susan Sarandon, President Woodrow Wilson, and more. Paul lived in Mahwah, New Jersey for many years. Paul passed away on August, 12, 2009 at age 94.
Tickets for the ceremony only range from $30.00 to $90.00 and are available through the NJPAC Box Office at http://www.acefrehley.com/ace_news/www.njpac.org or by calling 1-888-GO-NJPAC.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
New England opened for Kiss during the 1979 DYNASTY tour.
ACE ON SOBER HOUSE
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The veteran bass player and rock solid businessman still looks good in a pair of platform heels and boasts the steely thighs of a 30-year-old.
You can catch him and rest of the guys from Saturday May 1 in Sheffield and the across the UK in Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and London.
For Simmons rocking is his business – and business is good.
Look out for Part Two of our Gene exclusive next week.
rushonrock: So why was 2009 the year to take your stuff to the market?
As a fan of Sober House, I've seen the previews over the last few weeks that have Ace appearing alongside ex-Alice in Chains bassist, Mike Starr, in an episode... Now Ace has officially announced his appearence on the popular VH1 series:
Ace Frehley will appear on the season finale of VH1 Sober House with Dr. Drew on Thursday April 29 at 10:00 PM. The episode will re-air at 11:00 PM and 1:00 AM as well as several times over the weekend. VH1.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
"Punk Goes Classic Rock" track listing:
01. HIT THE LIGHTS - "More Than A Feeling" (originally recorded by BOSTON)
02. VERSA EMERGE - "Paint It Black" (originally recorded by THE ROLLING STONES)
03. THE ALMOST - "Free Fallin'" (originally recorded by TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS)
04. MAYDAY PARADE - "We Are The Champions" (originally recorded by QUEEN)
05. THE SUMMER SET - "Rock 'n Roll All Nite" (originally recorded by KISS)
06. WE THE KINGS - "Caught Up In You" (originally recorded by .38 SPECIAL)
07. A SKYLIT DRIVE - "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (originally recorded by JOURNEY)
08. I SEE STARS - "Your Love" (originally recorded by THE OUTFIELD)
09. PIERCE THE VEIL - "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (originally recorded by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT)
10. FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS - "Crazy Train" (originally recorded by OZZY OSBOURNE)11. THE MAINE - "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (originally recorded by DEF LEPPARD)
12. ENVY ON THE COAST - "All Along The Watchtower" (originally recorded by BOB DYLAN)13. EVERY AVENUE - "Take Me Home Tonight" (originally recorded by EDDIE MONEY)
14. NEVER SHOUT NEVER - "Bohemian Rhapsody" (originally recorded by QUEEN)
15. BLESSTHEFALL - "Dream On" (originally recorded by AEROSMITH)
"Punk Goes Classic Rock" dues out April 27 (Ace's birthday!) is released through Fearless Records. Check out this location to stream the album.
The lovely Miss Shannon Tweed has Twittered that no members of Kiss are sick and that the press conference that was scheduled at the House of Blues in West Hollywood yesterday, will be held next week, according to Shannon's twitter which reads as follows:
Monday, April 19, 2010
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.
CLICK HERE for more info
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
PAUL STANLEY TALKS ABOUT ART AND THE POSSIBILITY OF DOING ANOTHER KISS ALBUM
On this date in 1996, Kiss held a press conference aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City to announce the reunion tour of all four original members, Ace, Gene, Paul & Peter which marked one of the most highly anticipated and successful tours of all time. Below is a clip of that news conference introduced by Conan O'Brien.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
After 15 years of endless pranks, KISS manager Doc McGhee enlists Shannon to help get Gene back once and for all. While in New Orleans for the annual Voo Doo Fest, Gene is lead to believe that the roadies have gone on strike due to a curse the locals have put on him. They will only resume work if he goes through the necessary steps to cure the "curse" himself.
Click herehttp://www.aetv.com/gene-simmons-family-jewels/episode-guide/index.jsp?episode=549204&deeplink=true&dlepisodeid=549204&dlseason=Season%205 for a preview of this episode.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
After a long exhausting flight from Las Vegas (via Los Angeles three days before) to Denver to Philadelphia, I'm home (doing laundry) and have been up 24 hours. I hope to catch some sleep today...
Be back shortly...
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
(Courtesy Fred Vehert)
Photos & Reoprt by Thierry Raynaud
Musikmesse 2010 held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from March 24 to 27, 2010. The Musikmesse is one of the world's leading trade fairs for the world of music, and as our reporter Thierry Raynaud was able to notice, KISS was very well represented this year!A little walk at Musik Messe 2010.This year, I had the opportunity to go to the Musik Messe in time and as a professional. It had been long (much too long...) since I last saw such a magical place. Obviously, I took advantage of it to go around in all directions and check what's new about KISS. It should be said straight away, the Musik Messe is enormous. It's not the NAMM in Los Angeles (to which I just might be going in January) but for all those who love guitar, it definitely rocks. I made easy conversation with Matthias Jabs from Scorpions, saw Telecasters from 1952-53 (the first electric guitar models ever marketed) up to €45,000. Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitars. Crazy stuff for me anyway.
Former KISS guitarist BRUCE KULICK will be hosting a Celebrity Karaoke and US Troop Care Package Party on Tuesday, April 6th at Locals Sports Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, CA. This Red Carpet event begins at 8pm with free admission for all. Donations to the US Troops will be based on the evening's bar sales.
Bruce will also be the Special Guest at the Philadelphia KISS Expo on Sunday May 16th from 1pm to 7pm (12pm for VIP holders) at the Radisson Hotel, Valley Forge in King of Prussia, PA. Bruce will do a Q&A and be available for photos and autographs. You can get more information about the 2010 Philadelphia KISS Expo on their official website.
Lydia Criss will also be a special guest at this event.
This year's Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp was filmed by TV producer (Survivor, Martha Stewart) Mark Burnett for a new reality show on VH1 Classic. The camp featured Ace Frehley and Bruce Kulick as well as Mark Anthony (ex-Van Halen, Chickenfoot) and Mark Farner.
A clip of Ace at the camp was recently used on Vh1's Sober House with Dr. Drew when ex-Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr payed a visit appearing onstage with Ace.
No airdate has been set at the time of this post.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Saturday 3/20 House Of Blues Atlantic City
Meet up with everyone in the lobby for the ride to A.C. We stop on the New Jersey Turnpike somewhere near the shore for gas and coffee and, let me tell you, these people take that show “Jersey Shore” seriously. I swear, I think I saw Snookie standing on line at the Starbucks!!! Check into our rooms in Atlantic City,and off to sound check. My good friend Phil Caivano from Monster Magnet comes on down with a old Marshall amp for me to use – one of my Marshall’s wasn’t sounding right – so I owe Phil a big one!!!!
For all you gear heads out there, our backline with Ace is pretty big. Between me and Ace we have 12 4×12 Marshall cabs, 6 100 watt Marshal heads, 6 8×10 SVT cabs and 3 300 watt SVT amps … and all this stuff is live. When I played in Motorhead I thought that was loud, but onstage with Ace Frehley is twice as loud as Motorhead. Another killer show, got a great pic of me hold Ace’s “smoker guitar” during the Shock Me solo spot. After the show, hung out with a bunch of friends, my good buddy Jason Trioxin from Wednesday 13 had come down for the night. Did a little gambling and was up 100 bucks, so I called it a night. Want to be good and rested for the show in New York City.
Read Todd's blog herehttp://www.lip-service.com/webzine/?p=4789
For pricing information, visit Rock Band's official web site.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
You might buy car insurance from a gecko or a cave man, but would you consider buying life insurance from a blood-spitting hellion in leather pants?
Gene Simmons, the 60-year-old co-founder of the rock band KISS, hopes so. If you are wealthy enough, that is.
Mr. Simmons's new group, Cool Springs Life Equity Strategy, was launched last month to tap into a lucrative demographic: entertainers, sports stars and other people with a net worth of $20 million or more who need a life-insurance policy of $10 million or greater. The firm's founders, who include David R. Carpenter, formerly of insurance powerhouse Transamerica, believe there is big opportunity to sell jumbo insurance policies to rich people.
The only glitch: Cool Springs is based in Franklin, Tenn., near Nashville but far from the entertainment meccas on the East and West coasts. Last September, the founders realized they needed a rainmaker.
So they reached out to a fire breather.
Friday, April 2, 2010
The Ultimate Scrapbook." Admisson is free.
Lydia Criss, author of "Sealed With A Kiss," and Bill Baker, author of "Ace Frehley: The Ultimate Fan Scrapebook," will be in attendance to offer their respective books and related items for sale. KissMuseum.com will also represent with most of its online and catalog inventory, with items discounted 15-75% off. "Expect wall to wall KISS memorabilia -- all fresh from recently purchased private collections; not just the same old worn-out stuff you see year after year at KISS Expos."
The NJ Kiss Store details:
The North New Jersey KISS Store
Hilton Garden Inn, 70 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Friday April 9: 4 p.m - 9 p.m.
Saturday April 10: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
For more information click HERE.
Ace Frehley had let the cat out of the bag when he was interviewed on Eddie Trunk's radio show last week stating that Gene had contacted him 3-4 months ago about rejoining the band for a reality show.
Now, comes this tidbit, well, not so tidbit about Ace Frehley and Peter Criss rejoining Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for an A&E reality show that is set for the network's fall season line-up. Sources are saying that Ace and Peter have taken the offer to appear in such a reality series. We'll see how this all plays out to be reality or just plain hogwash.
Details are sketchy at the time of this post, but one must wonder if this is will follow the premise of finding suitable musicians for a Vegas-style and or Broadway type show celebrating Kiss that has been rumored and talked about over the past couple of years.
No confimation has come from either Gene and Paul, Ace, Peter or A&E Network. However, this is an interesting story to say the elast especially after Ace mentioned it on Eddie's radio show.
We'll keep you posted on this fascinating story...
KISS frontman, Paul Stanley, stopped off for a round of coffee while out and about with his wife Erin Sutton and their adorable 1-year-old daughter Sarah in Los Angeles on Thursday (April 1).
Paul and his wife, an attorney, are already parents to son Colin, 3, and Paul’s 15-year-old son Evan from his previous marriage.