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    Paul Stanley: Kiss Farewell Tour Setlist Expanded To 25 Songs

    (10/20/18) It won't be all night, but former members of Kiss might get the chance to rock 'n' roll with the band one last time.

    Kiss frontman Paul Stanley says the band's (second) farewell tour could include former members performing onstage.

    In an interview in Atlantic City where he was promoting his artwork, Stanley told The Associated Press the band's "End of the Road" world tour starting next year could include appearances by former members. He did not single out anyone by name, but living ex-members are guitarists Ace Frehley, Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick, and drummer Peter Criss.

    Since the tour was announced last month, Kiss fans have been clamoring for a farewell that includes former members.

    "I wouldn't discount any possibilities," said Stanley, who plays the Starchild character in the band. "I learned long ago to never say never. Would I negate the possibility of former members making appearances? Absolutely not. I don't know in what capacity."

    Stanley then went on to extol the virtues and stability of the current lineup: himself, bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons; drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer, calling it "the crux and the core of the band on tour."

    That lineup is already rehearsing the farewell show, even as its elements remain undecided. Stanley said the set list will be expanded from the recent 16 songs to 25, adding the band has "thrown away every piece of hardware that we used on any of the previous tours and created a completely new show."

    Formed in 1973, Kiss did a farewell tour in 2000 with the original lineup of Stanley, Simmons, Frehley and Criss. Yet within a year, Simmons and Stanley decided to keep the band going, promoting guitar tech and band assistant Thayer to the role of full-fledged lead guitarist, and bringing back Singer, who first drummed with the band following the death of Eric Carr in 1991 through the 1996 reunion tour of original members.

    Tensions within the band soon resurfaced in 2000.

    "In the emotional state that we were in, we thought that it's better to put down the horse rather than nurse it back to health," Stanley said. "We in essence threw the baby out with the bath water."

    Those tensions are never far from the surface when former Kissers get together — and could still scuttle a last hurrah for them, despite everyone's best intentions.

    "There are personalities and histories and things that may make it impossible to spend a romantic evening with your ex-wife," Stanley said.

    Speaking of ex-wives, Stanley started painting several years ago while in the midst of a divorce.

    "Anyone who's been through a divorce probably spent a lot of time either banging their head on the wall or crying a lot," Stanley said. "It's a very tumultuous time. My best friend said to me, 'You should paint.' I never painted. But my life is pretty much built on the premise of 'why not?' instead of 'why?' I had no idea how or what I was going to do. And I started painting."

    His pieces include self-portraits, paintings of fellow Kiss band members, as well as Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe, and more abstract art. It's heavy on bold color and simple in brush strokes and design.

    He has sold over $10 million worth of art through the Wentworth Gallery in the past five years.

    Talk Is Jericho: Tonight You Belong To Paul Stanley - Episode 500

    (10/20/18) (Listen) There’s only one person big enough to celebrate episode 500 of Talk Is Jericho, right people??!! Paul Stanley of KISS returns to mark the special occasion with some great stories about the four KISS solo albums that made KISStory in September of 1978! Paul explains how it came to be that all four band members released solo albums on the same day with coordinating cover art, and what he really thought about Gene Simmons’, Ace Frehley’s, and Peter Criss’ respective solo efforts! He’s also talking about the new KISS Pumas, his own painting and gallery shows, and Paul even has some choice words for (and funny memories about) the cult film, “KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park.” Oh yeah!

    ACE FREHLEY To Perform 1978 Solo Album In Its Entirety At NEW JERSEY KISS EXPO

    (10/19/18) Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his acclaimed solo debut by performing the album for the first time in its entirety on the final day of the New Jersey Kiss Expo 2018, which will take place December 7-9 at the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, New Jersey.

    Other guests scheduled to appear at the event include Lita Ford, Bobby Rock (VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, NELSON), Lydia Criss and artist Ken Kelly ("Destroyer", "Love Gun").

    Tickets are on sale now at NJKissExpo.com.

    Co-produced with frequent KISS collaborator Eddie Kramer, "Ace Frehley" is widely hailed as the best of the four KISS solo albums released simultaneously in 1978. It peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 and outsold the solo efforts of his three bandmates. Regarding how the decision to perform all of "Ace Frehley" came about, the guitarist told BUILD Series: "It came from the people putting the event together and some of the people who work for me. They all said it would be a great idea, and I said, 'Yeah, I think it would be,' so we're going to make it happen."

    In addition to a trio of songs ("Snow Blind", "Ozone", "Wiped-Out") that reflect Frehley's extracurricular interests at the time, the album includes a cover of HELLO's 1975 song "New York Groove", which reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and remains a staple of the guitarist's live performances today.

    During a recent "live conversation" at Hollywood's Musicians Institute, Frehley discussed his goals for the album. "I just wanted to make the best record possible," he said. "I had a revelation after all four albums came out and mine became the most successful — pretty much there's this voice in my head going, 'Ace, you know you're a lot more creative away from those guys than you are with them.' That was kind of the beginning of the end for me, because I realized that I could make a lot better music away from Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] and Peter [Criss] than I could with them. But I was also drinking and doing a lot of drugs, so that could have affected my decision-making."

    Frehley's new solo album, "Spaceman", will be released on October 19 via eOne.

    ACE FREHLEY On Firing Drummer SCOT COOGAN: He Told Me, 'You're Losing A Rock Star'

    (10/17/18) (Video) Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley spoke to SiriusXM's "Jim And Sam" about his decision to part ways with the solo band that has backed him on his most recent tours: Richie Scarlet on guitar, Chris Wyse on bass and Scot Coogan. His new group now consists of musicians who backed him and KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons on an Australian tour this past summer: Philip Shouse on guitar/vocals, Ryan Cook on guitar/vocals, Jeremy Asbrock on guitar/vocals, and Christopher Williams on drums. After the Aussie dates, Shouse, Cook, Asbrock and Williams accompanied Frehley on a Japanese trek. Shouse switched from guitar to bass for Frehley's show.

    AOL Build Interview: Ace Frehley

    (10/17/18) Ace Frehley Discusses His 8th Solo Album, "Spaceman": Video. Considered by those in the know to be the musical genius behind KISS, Ace “Space Ace” Frehley was an original member of the band when it formed in 1973, and was a mainstay of the group until his departure in 1982 to pursue a solo career. Ace Frehley's new album, "Spaceman," contains eight originals and a cover of the Eddie Money hit "I Wanna Go Back," continues a decade of productivity for Frehley. The album also features a reunion of sorts with his former Kiss bandmate Gene Simmons, who co-wrote the opener "Without You I'm Nothing."

    ACE FREHLEY Explains Why He Fired His Band: 'It Wasn't Just About Funds'

    (10/17/18) ACE FREHLEY Explains Why He Fired His Band: 'It Wasn't Just About Funds': Listen.

    Ace Frehley Unleashes 'Rockin' With the Boys' Video From Upcoming 'Spaceman': Premiere

    (10/15/18) (Video) Even as he brings out his new solo album, Spaceman, this week -- check out the video for the track "Rockin' With the Boys," premiering exclusively below -- Ace Frehley is predicting a possible return of some kind to the roster of Kiss.

    With the band embarking on a One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour in 2019, Frehley is reading the tea leaves that he might be included in some fashion -- though Kiss itself has not said anything about that and co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have long maintained Frehley and drummer Peter Criss are gone for good. But there have been recent signs of a thaw: Stanley guesting on Frehley's 2016 covers album Origins Vol. 1; Frehley making guest appearances at shows Simmons did to promote his opulent Vault package; Simmons writing and recording two songs with Frehley for Spaceman; and most recently Frehley dismissing the band seen in the "Rockin' With the Boys" video and hiring Simmons' solo band.

    "I think anything can happen," Frehley tells Billboard. "It looks like we're going in that direction. If you go on the Internet and see what the fans are saying, they want it, and Paul and Gene usually don't have a deaf ear to fans. They try to make the fans happy, 'cause that's who pays our rent. I think it boils down to dollars and cents; If (Kiss manager) Doc McGhee says that after talking to promoters around the world (Kiss) could make double the amount of money with Ace in the band, it's a no-brainer." Frehley is quick to note that no discussions have taken place with Stanley and Simmons, so his optimism is tempered -- but still there.

    "Who knows what's going to happen," the guitarist says, "but I think they'd be foolish not to include me in some capacity, if not full-blown capacity. I think the fans will be really pissed."

    Until that's worked out, or not, Frehley is pumped about Spaceman, his eighth solo album. With a title that alludes to his alter ego in Kiss, the nine-song set has a slight autobiographical and sentimental feel in tracks like "Bronx Boy" and "Rockin' With the Boys," the latter of which came from a chorus Frehley wrote during the '70s. "For some reason I could never get a verse and a bridge that I liked that went along with that chorus," Frehley says about the song -- whose video was filmed live during an August concert in Kiss' fabled Detroit Rock City. "I figure if a chorus is great, the rest of (the song) has to be equally good. Up until when I started recording Spaceman I wasn't able to come up with anything, and then it just came to me in one day."

    Spaceman also includes a cover of Eddie Money's "I Wanna Go Back," while Frehley says working on the two songs with Simmons -- "Without You I'm Nothing" and "Your Wish Is My Command" -- was like riding a proverbial bike. "It was a lot of fun," Frehley recalls. "I had done a Vault Experience (show) with him up in L.A., and I think I just emailed him a few days later; I did him a favor, so I said, 'Hey, why don't you come down to my place and try writing a song or two?' and he said 'Great!' and within a week he was down at my studio, and within three hours we came up with both of those songs. It was painless." Frehley acknowledges that his 12 years of sobriety has helped reunite him with his former Kiss mates.

    "We're on the same level again," he explains. "Years ago I was loaded half the time and we weren't on the same plane of consciousness, so to speak. A lot of the things they said about me made sense to me once I got sober -- that's why I don't hold any grudges. I hate being around drunk people now, too."

    With Spaceman out Oct. 19, Frehley will be taking part in this year's Kiss Kruise, setting sail Oct. 31, and play a few shows in Florida and southern California. His next recording move, meanwhile, may be a second volume of Origins, which he hopes to begin "right away. I'm gonna start kicking around ideas for songs and so on and so forth. I'm not wasting any time."

    Interview: Ace Frehley On New Solo Album, Possible KISS Reunion

    (10/15/18) (houstonpress.com) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and original KISS lead guitarist, Ace Frehley has a new solo album coming out on October 19 called Spaceman; meanwhile KISS recently announced their multi-year ‘End of the Road’ farewell world tour. We got a chance to talk with Frehley about this and more over the phone recently.

    Ace Frehley: Actually it was Gene Simmons' idea. [Laughs] I was doing a question and answer session with him in Miami at one of his Vault Experiences and I originally wanted to call the record 40 Years Later because it’s been 40 years since my first solo album and I was kind of polling the audience to get a reaction and it was kind of lukewarm and then Gene got on the microphone and said [Imitating Gene's Voice] “Ace you have to call it Spaceman,” so I went along with Gene’s idea.

    Houston Press: That outfit you're wearing on the cover of your new album; who came up with that? Was is something a wardrobe designer made for you or is that your own outfit?

    Ace Frehley: Well if you check the internet you can find pictures of me in a similar outfit sitting on a plexiglass chair which was a photo session I did with makeup. The photo session was done with Barry Levine who at the time was a very big rock photographer and we did several sessions with him over the years. But I’m sitting in a plexiglass chair with a silver jumpsuit and there’s fog inside the chair and around me. So we kind of did a takeoff of that photo session with this new album cover.

    Houston Press: I listened to your new album and I really liked it; the song 'Without You I’m Nothing' was that written about anyone in particular?

    Ace Frehley: Well Gene came up with that title and pretty much I wrote the remainder of the lyrics. And he came up with the chord structure and the bass part and you know I wrote the bridge and filled in an interesting solo.

    Houston Press: What about the song 'Bronx Boy?' What was it like growing up in The Bronx? I’m from Texas; I know about The Bronx in New York City only from the movies. What was it like?

    Ace Frehley: It was tough. You know it was a place where you could walk two or three blocks and go to the store and end up getting beat up. [Laughs] You know, by some tough guys. So eventually I got sick of getting beat up so I made friends with the tough guys and joined a gang; then I had protection. But then I realized I really didn’t want to be in the gang because I didn’t like the stuff they were doing so around the same time I joined the gang I also picked up the electric guitar so what happened was over a period of two or three years I started doing gigs on the weekends when the gang would meet and go out and raise hell. And they called me up and I’d say “I can’t go I have a gig to do.” So music kind of saved my life with that whole scene.

    Houston Press: The song 'Pursuit of Rock and Roll'; that’s one of my favorite ones on the new album. You mention some of the bands and artists you are a fan of, like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the lyrics.

    Ace Frehley: Yeah. That song has been kicking around for a while you know. Anton Fig is playing drums on that but pretty much what me and my engineer did is re import it from a two-inch reel of tape and then erased everything but the drums and I rewrote the song. I left Anton Fig’s drumming on there because it’s wonderful.

    Houston Press: So you did some touring with Gene Simmons recently how did that go?

    Ace Frehley: It was really painless. I mean I invited him to come down to my home studio in Rancho Sante Fe, California and he came down and within three hours we had written two songs so it was the quickest two songs I ever wrote. [Laughs]

    Houston Press: So it seems like you and Gene and Paul Stanley are getting along a lot better these days. Paul provided the vocals on a song on your last album before your recent work with Gene.

    Ace Frehley: Yeah we’ve kind of patched up any negative vibes at this point. We call each other on the phone just to say hi. I was up in LA ten days ago I had a listening party and I called Paul and invited him to the Rainbow; unfortunately he had to go to Vegas to promote his new Puma sneaker. [Laughs] Yeah everybody is so busy these days. Gene’s always off doing something, now he’s the spokesperson for a cannabis company. I think it’s called Invictus MD. But you know he’s always been very enterprising; I’m happy just coming up with good music and touring and recording and spending time at home relaxing. I like the balance.

    Houston Press: You’re on a roll lately as you’ve been putting out albums on a regular basis now, some very good albums. Space Invader that was a great album and Origins, Vol. 1 with the cover songs was cool, and now this new one. Are you going to keep this schedule going and put out albums on a regular basis?

    Ace Frehley: I’ve already started on Origins, Vol. 2. I just got my studio wired up last week because I recently moved and were in full tilt and I’m kicking around songs for Origins, Vol. 2 already before this album even hits the streets. [Laughs]

    Houston Press: So what about the KISS ‘End of the Road’ Farewell Tour, were you asked to go out on that or not at this point?

    Ace Frehley: I haven’t been asked to do anything with KISS. The fans are talking about it but I haven’t got the phone calls so until that happens it’s still up in the air.

    Houston Press: Would you be open to that?

    Ace Frehley: If it was presented to me in the right way and the money was right, sure. I would do it for the fans more than anything.

    Houston Press: I read online that you might be doing some weddings in Vegas, is that true? Like walking people down the aisle or something like that?

    Ace Frehley: [Laughs] Well what happened was Paul and Gene’s assistant Keith Larue, who’s also a good friend of mine as we’ve done some work together in the past, suggested I do a signing at the KISS Mini Golf in Vegas. So I said alright that sounds like fun and then like two or three weeks later he said "you know they have a wedding chapel there Ace, you can make x amount of dollars to just walk somebody down the aisle and take a few pictures," so I said that sounds like fun. [Laughs] So that’s how that came along. It was just the people running the KISS Mini Golf and Keith and I think Eric Singer has done it, and possibly Paul, I’m not sure. I think it could be fun so I said yeah I’ll do it.

    Houston Press: Any good memories of Houston? Is Houston a good rock and roll city? You can be honest with us.

    Ace Frehley: Houston is a great rock and roll city. So is Dallas, so is Austin, you know I’ve played them all several times and always had a great response. You know there’s a lot of great rock and roll fans down there, I just make sure I wear my cowboy boots on those shows. [Laughs]

    Houston Press: Are you going to go on tour anytime soon?

    Ace Frehley: I’m doing the KISS Kruise October 31; that’s five days and after that I have at least four shows in Florida and then I’m coming home to start recording Origins, Vol. 2 and I think I have a signing in December at an Expo in New Jersey like ten days before Christmas and then I’m taking the holidays off and then I have like three or four shows in northern California at the end of January. And that’s pretty much all I have booked at the moment.

    Houston Press: Why did you decide to cover the Eddie Money song 'I Wanna Go Back' on the new album?

    Ace Frehley: I’ve always loved that song and I was lying in bed with Rachael and that video came on; we were watching videos on YouTube you know and I really identified with the video where he went back to his old high school because I had pretty much done that with The Village Voice in New York. They did a interview with me and they wanted me to go to the Bronx and see where I went to high school and where I used to hang out and so I identified with the song and I loved the melody and the lyrics and the whole message of the song. But Eddie Money’s version is pretty much all keyboards and sax so I said I think it would be nice to just layer on a shitload of guitars but keep the melody. [Laughs]

    Houston Press: So what is the Bronx like today is it different from when you were growing up or the same?

    Ace Frehley: No it’s different.

    Houston Press: Not so many gangs today?

    Ace Frehley: I don’t think it’s the same; I’m sure there are more gangs now. It was always a tough place I think it may even be tougher now because a lot of people moved north out of the Bronx into the suburbs.

    Houston Press: The song 'Off My Back' is that aimed at anyone in particular?

    Ace Frehley: Not really. I just drew from experience of maybe some girlfriends that I couldn’t get rid of. [Laughs]

    Houston Press: 'Quantum Flux' is the new instrumental. What is a Quantum Flux anyway? Do you know?

    Ace Frehley: No, I have no idea. [Laughs] I just try and continue to make fans happy by putting 1 instrumental on every studio record.

    Houston Press: 'Rockin' With the Boys' that kind of reminded me of 'Beth' a little bit. You know kind of similar lyrics, similar theme.

    Ace Frehley: I had written that chorus in the '70s believe it or not. But I was never happy with the verses or the bridge so that songs been kicking around for like 40 years and finally I revived it and wrote new lyrics for the verses and wrote a good bridge and it really all came together for this record.

    Houston Press: So what do you think Paul and Gene will do if this really is their farewell tour? Will they go on with their own individual bands and stay in music do you have any idea? Any thoughts?

    Ace Frehley: I can never tell what those guys are gonna do you know they’ll say one thing and then they do the opposite, so you know. They change their minds like the weather. [Laughs]

    Houston Press: The song 'Your Wish Is My Command' what is that song about?

    Ace Frehley: Well Gene came up with the title and me and him wrote the song and then I pretty much came up with the remainder of the lyrics and came up with the idea to just start with just the acapella vocals and I’m real happy with the production on this record and the mixing.

    Houston Press: Space Center Houston has a new exhibit called Mission Mars and you have a new song on your album called 'Mission To Mars' as well. Have you always been interested in space travel?

    Ace Frehley: Well I’ve been a sci-fi fan since I was a kid you know and when I joined KISS we all had to come up with characters so I invented The Spaceman. So I’ve had a fascination with sci-fi and astronomy and space travel from a young age so it all makes sense to me. I believe eventually were going to colonize Mars and go further.

    Houston Press: What’s the best sci-fi movie in your opinion?

    Ace Frehley: Well one of my favorite old vintage ones is Forbidden Planet with Leslie Nielsen. Probably my second favorite old sci-fi film is The Day the Earth Stood Still with Michael Rennie.

    Houston Press: Do you collect any old movie posters or stuff like that?

    Ace Frehley: Yeah I have a bunch of posters in storage; I have so much stuff it’s crazy. I just moved into a new mansion and I have to get a lot of stuff framed. I probably have like a 100 8x10 photos of me with other celebrities. I was just in my garage going through a box that I found like 3 pictures that Keith Emerson who recently passed away signed to me. I just have so much stuff. But I’m always busy. [Laughs] So it’s going to be awhile before I pull all that stuff out of storage and get it framed and put it up in the new house. But eventually it will all get done. I have to prioritize my time. What’s more important: framing an 8x10 or writing a song?

    Houston Press: I noticed the new albums you have been putting out have been released on vinyl in addition to the other formats; are you a fan of vinyl records?

    Ace Frehley: Well vinyl’s making a comeback, I just saw on the Internet yesterday that one of my vinyl records is already sold out. So I don’t know what’s happening but it seems like there’s been a huge resurgence of vinyl and especially my fans seem to appreciate vinyl. My record company I think is putting out three or four different versions of the record on vinyl with different covers and different color records and stuff. So their doing a great job in the marketing area.

    Houston Press: What kind of relationship do you have with (original KISS drummer) Peter Criss these days? Do you talk to him regularly?

    Ace Frehley: I’m still friends with Peter we’ve always been good friends. I mean he recently retired, didn’t he? I think he did his final show several months ago in New York. So you know there’s not much to talk about if he retires but you know many rock stars have been known to come out of retirement. [Laughs] So who knows what’s going to happen with Peter.

    Houston Press: You are planning on writing another book is that correct?

    Ace Frehley: I’ve already started. You know I have enough stories on the road to write five books. That first book I came out with just scratched the surface. So I’ve been jotting down stories that come to mind and I probably have about 3 chapters written or close to it.

    Houston Press: So why did you leave KISS the last time? I’m sure you’ve answered this hundreds of times already but just refresh our memories.

    Ace Frehley: I had just had enough at that juncture in my life. But I was still fooling around with drugs and alcohol which clouded my judgement. If it wasn’t for that maybe I wouldn’t have quit but luckily I got sober 12 years ago and since then things have been going onwards and upwards especially my relationship with Paul and Gene over the last couple of years so it’s all positive.

    Houston Press: Did you ever have any kind of relationship with (second KISS lead guitarist) Vinnie Vincent? I’m just curious.

    Ace Frehley: Somebody asked me that the other day. I never even met him. [Laughs]

    Houston Press: Because he is making kind of a little comeback himself.

    Ace Frehley: I don’t know if you’d call it a comeback. [Laughs]

    Houston Press: Well, trying to I guess.

    Ace Frehley: [Laughs] I heard Vinnie showed up at one of Gene’s Vault Experiences and Gene was on the stage with him for about 5 minutes and then walked off. [Laughs] So who knows what’s going to happen; the sky’s the limit, I’m one of those guys that never say never you know, anything can happen. And people ask me is there going to be a KISS reunion with you or maybe Peter and I say what’s going to make it happen is when promoters call up Doc McGhee and say we're going to pay you double the amount of money if you get Ace and Peter back. So it’s all about dollars and cents these days. So we'll see what happens. I like the fact that nothing is set, nobody knows exactly what’s going to happen and that includes me. [Laughs] I like spontaneity and not knowing what the future holds.

    GENE SIMMONS Says He Still Hates Performing KISS's 'I Was Made For Lovin' You'

    (10/15/18) (Video) Gene Simmons is asked in an interview with OK! magazine to name a song that he wasn't initially crazy about that ended up becoming a hit.

    PAUL STANLEY On KISS's 'End Of The Road' Tour: 'People Who Have Never Seen Us Will Be Blown Away'

    (10/15/18) (Video) KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke to KLAS-TV about the band's recent announcement that it will embark on its "farewell" tour, dubbed "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour", in 2019.

    GENE SIMMONS Rates Himself As A Songwriter: 'My Batting Average Is Very Low'

    (10/14/18) Mitch Gallagher of Sweetwater Sound recently conducted an interview with KISS bassist Gene Simmons. You can listen to the entire chat: Listen.

    Former KISS and current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick interview!

    (10/14/18) Former KISS and current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick interview: Listen.

    PAUL STANLEY Doesn't Think KISS Will Release Any New Music Before Calling It Quits

    (10/11/18) (Video) Paul Stanley says that it's unlikely KISS will produce any new music before finally calling it quits at the end of its upcoming "farewell" tour.

    KISS hasn't released a full-length disc of new music since 2012's "Monster", which sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.

    The band's previous LP, "Sonic Boom", opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. It was KISS's highest-charting LP ever.

    Over the weekend, Stanley stopped by the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp and was asked by teenage radio host Miles "The Shoe" Schuman if fans can expect to hear anything new from KISS prior to the completion of the group's "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour". He responded (see video below): "No. I don't think so. Look, it's a different time now. I could write 'Let It Be', and people would still say, 'That's great. Now play 'Detroit Rock City'.' And I understand it, because when songs have a history with you, they're kind of like a snapshot of a time in your life, and that's not something that anything can take the place of overnight." He continued: "It's interesting that I think 'Modern Day Delilah' or 'Hell Or Hallelujah' are as good as anything we did [on the earlier albums], but I understand that people are more connected to those old classic songs. I understand it.

    "Look, if you put on a live video concert of any band — if you put on [Paul] McCartney, if you put on THE [ROLLING] STONES — and you turn off the volume, I will tell you every time they're playing a new song, because the audience sits down."

    Stanley added: "It's always interesting that people say, 'When are you gonna churn out new material?' But when those acts, or any classic act turns out new material, people tolerate it. They're asking you to do it and they're asking you to produce it, but at the same time, they really don't want it. So, at some point, I go, 'Really, what's the point?' Unless it's something that's fulfilling for me, to go back in the studio just to record new KISS material, I think everything we've done so far speaks volumes and it's enough of a legacy."

    Paul had previously expressed uncertainty about the idea of making another KISS album in a number of other interviews, telling the "Loudwire Podcast": "If we're going to do an album, it would be because we want to do an album, not because of sales. I think we're living in a time, obviously, now where albums don't sell what they once did, so you either do it because it's a creative outlet and because it satisfies something in you, or not. If you're doing it purely for sales, then you're probably doing it for the wrong reason."

    Paul's comments were echoed by his bandmate Gene Simmons, who said that he was "not incentivized" to release another KISS disc unless there are some major changes in the way music is consumed. He said: "The idea that you work your ass off and then someone with freckles on their face decides they want to download your music and file share — that's not what I work for. How'd you like to be a plumber, come over somebody's house and work all day to fix their plumbing and then when it's time to get paid, they say, 'No, I just wanted to say thank you.' No."

    "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour" will launch in early 2019 and will likely last two or three years, according to Stanley.

    ACE FREHLEY Splits With Solo Band, Enlists Musicians From GENE SIMMONS's Backing Group

    (10/11/18) (Listen) Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has decided to part ways with the solo band that has backed him on his most recent tours: Richie Scarlet on guitar, Chris Wyse on bass and Scot Coogan. He tells "The Cassius Morris Show" in a brand new interview (hear audio below): "I'm changing the lineup in my band. I'm actually gonna start working with the band that backed up [KISS bassist/vocalist] Gene [Simmons on his recent solo tours]. I worked with them in Australia, and they also did eight shows with me in Japan. And I realized that… I think they were better than my current lineup, so I've decided to make a change. They're younger and more hungry."

    Backing Frehley and Simmons on the Australian tour were Philip Shouse on guitar/vocals, Ryan Cook on guitar/vocals, Jeremy Asbrock on guitar/vocals, and Christopher Williams on drums. After the Aussie dates, Shouse, Cook, Asbrock and Williams accompanied Frehley on the Japan trek. Shouse switched from guitar to bass for Frehley's show.

    Asbrock and Shouse are the founders of THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY, a popular Nashville tribute band that routinely hosts surprise appearances by such rocks stars as Alice Cooper, Robin Zander (CHEAP TRICK) and Roger Glover (DEEP PURPLE).

    Asked by "The Cassius Morris Show" if he feels a sense of closure about his time with KISS, Ace said: "Well, I was one of the founding members of KISS and made KISS what it is today. [Current KISS guitarist] Tommy Thayer was just trying to copy everything I created — he hasn't come up with one inch of anything original. From what I read on the Internet, I think the fans really want me back in the band. I'm doing fine without KISS, but if it was offered to me in the right way, I'd seriously consider returning for the last tour. But I haven't been asked yet, so it's kind of up in the air."

    Frehley — whose new solo album, "Spaceman", will be released via eOne on October 19 — first left KISS in 1982. He rejoined in 1996 and parted ways with the band once again in 2002 after the conclusion of their first "farewell tour."

    KISS frontman Stanley recently told the "Rolling Stone Music Now" podcast that while he doesn't rule out the possibility of guest appearances by former members during the "End Of The Road" tour, he doesn't promise anything either. "I really can't say," Stanley said. "This will be a celebration of KISS and not any individual lineup or any individual members. I wouldn't rule anything out, but it's not the crux of what we're doing… and I'm not being coy either. I don't want to mislead anybody. That's not something that's been given a lot of thought at this point. The majority of our time has gone into what is the stage going to be, what is the show going to be, and we're actually in the midst of toying with setlists now."

    Ace Frehley from the KLOS #Subarulive Stage

    (10/2/18) Kiss legend Ace Frehley talks Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, new music and jams out with Jonesy from the KLOS #SubaruLive Stage!: Watch.

    Former KISS Guitarist ACE FREHLEY Says He Knew 'The Elder' Would Bomb

    (10/2/18) On September 25, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley discussed a wide range of topics during a "live conversation" at Hollywood's Musicians Institute. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):

    On his new album, "Spaceman":

    Ace: "It's one of the best records I ever recorded, and that's not coming from me — that's coming from everybody who's heard it. I've done about 50 interviews, and all the interviewers said, 'Ace, this is one of the best things you've ever done.' I wanted to call the album '40 Years Later', because the first solo album I did with 'New York Groove' was 1978. I was doing a 'Vault Experience' in Miami with Gene [Simmons], and we were doing a Q&A. I polled the audience and I said, 'What should I call the next album — '40 Years Later'?' I got a lukewarm response, and then Gene [said], 'Ace, you should call the album 'Spaceman'.' I said, 'Okay. Coming from you? Great. I don't want Tommy Thayer knocking on my door going, 'I'm the Spaceman.' I don't think so.'"

    On growing up in the Bronx: Ace: "I got involved with a gang because I got tired of getting beat up. When you're in a gang, you have protection — you're walking down a street and somebody wants to pick a fight with you, and his buddy will go, 'Don't pick a fight with him. He's in the Ducky Boys.' That's pretty much why I got involved with the gang scene, even though it wasn't something that I really was excited about or really wanted to do. I just wanted protection. As I got older — I joined the gang when I was about 13, and that's around the time I picked up a guitar, so by the time I was 14, I was already in bands and performing on weekends at, like, church dances, so on and so forth — wherever we could play. By the time I was 15, I was really into it and working almost every weekend, and I'd be getting calls from guys in the gang going, 'Hey, we got a fight tonight in a schoolyard. Bring a switchblade.' I'd say, 'I can't go — I got a gig.' Music kind of got me out of that whole gang scene and saved my life."

    On the bands that inspired him in his youth:

    Ace: "THE BEATLES and THE [ROLLING] STONES. When I was 13, I remember getting the single of 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'. They had those matching suits with no collars. [I was a] huge fan of THE ROLLING STONES — actually, more so than THE BEATLES. I'm attracted to bad boys."

    On the classic bands he'd encourage rock fans to listen to:

    Ace: "I don't like to be a dictator and tell people listen what to listen to and what not to. What I would say to up-and-coming guitar players and bands [is], listen to LED ZEPPELIN. Listen to CREAM. Listen to Jeff Beck. Listen to THE WHO. Those are the guys that influenced me, and I got my guitar style by copying their solos and their songwriting. I never took a guitar lesson, and just about every day, somebody comes up to me and says, 'If it wasn't for you, I never would have picked up a guitar.' I feel guilty because I never took a guitar lesson. I go, 'You're idolizing an idiot.' [Laughs] I don't even know what I'm playing half the time. I can't verbalize it — it just comes out of the speakers."

    On the late comedian John Belushi:

    Ace: "I was with John two weeks before he passed away. We were partying together. We used to go on three-day coke runs. We had fun. I'm not promoting drugs, because they can kill you, real quick. I was just lucky. I was one of the few people that could make John Belushi crack up. He told me that, and I was very flattered. Before he left to got to California to finish up the movie he was working on, he said to me, 'Ace, you're going to be in my next film. You have to be.' We all know what happened at the Chateau Marmont. Tragic. I never knew John to use needles. The fact that that girl shot him up with a hot dose of ups-and-downs... John never did that. Leave it to your imagination. I'm not accusing anybody, but I never knew John to stick a needle in his arm, and I spent a lot of time with him."

    On KISS's much-maligned 1981 album "Music From The Elder":

    Ace: "I want to give you my two cents about 'The Elder'. [Producer] Bob Ezrin flew into Connecticut. A lot of it was recorded at my home studio in Connecticut. It was a professional studio — I spent about a million dollars on it. During the recording process, I kept telling all those guys — Bob, Paul [Stanley] and Gene — I go, 'This is the wrong album for this period of time. I think fans want to hear a heavy hard rock album.' They just had a deaf ear to me. I said, 'It's not going to work,' and of course, the album bombed. I guess I had a handle on what was happening. Those guys never had any street sense. It's no fault of their own — Gene grew up in Israel, and Paul grew up in Queens, but he wasn't a guy like me who hung out on the corner and got into fights and did crazy stuff. I always had my pulse on what was going on, and I knew at the time — I would have bet a million dollars that the album was going to fail. I didn't want it to fail, and actually, if you take that album out of sequence with the KISS records, it's not a bad record. I did some great solos on it and there's some really good songs, but it wasn't the right record for the time. I was doing an interview with Billboard magazine, and they said, 'What would happened if 'The Elder' never happened, and you went from [1980's 'Unmasked'] to [1982's] 'Creatures Of The Night'?' I thought for a second, because I like 'Creatures Of The Night' — it's heavy, it's powerful, it's everything I said we should be doing when we recorded 'The Elder'. I may not have quit the band, but you can't rewrite history unless we go into a time warp or a black hole."

    On the drummer Simmons and Stanley hired to replace Peter Criss, the late Eric Carr:

    Ace: "Eric Carr was a sweetheart of a guy and a very good drummer. I became good friends with him. We used to have a couple of beers together — nothing crazy, because he was too afraid to get fired by Paul and Gene. Paul and Gene treated him like he was an employee, and I used to take him on the side and say, 'Don't worry about it. Everything's going to be okay, buddy.' Whenever there was an argument or dissension in the band, I would always try to heal it — probably because I'm a Taurus and I don't like confrontation, usually. But don't fuck with me."

    On FREHLEY'S COMET:

    Ace: "It was an experiment. It wasn't bad. Some of those records, there's some good songs. When I started touring with FREHLEY'S COMET, invariably, on the marquee, the promoter would put 'ACE FREHLEY'S COMET.' I wanted to keep it a band, but in reality, I just missed the fact of being in a band — like with KISS for so many years, we were all equal partners — but I realized the guys in the band weren't really famous as me, and it was never to be. Pretty much, I ended up changing it to THE ACE FREHLEY BAND, and some people left and I got some new people. Life goes on."

    On rejoining KISS, first for "MTV Unplugged" in 1995 and then for a reunion tour the following year:

    Ace: "It was a little strange. Paul and Gene had just finished a tour of conventions. You'd walk into a room and there'd be mannequins of all our old costumes and stuff. The 'Unplugged' thing happened, and I think they were testing the waters. They actually had recorded an album ['Carnival Of Souls'] with Bruce [Kulick] that was due to be released that they scrapped once 'Unplugged' went over so big. The next thing you know, I'm sitting in an office negotiating a reunion tour. The rest is KISStory."

    On the "Bad Boys Of Rock" tour he and Criss did together in 1995:

    Ace: "We just thought it was a good idea to do something together. The fans enjoyed it, and I guess Paul and Gene took notice. Next thing you know, we're doing 'Unplugged'."

    On whether he — or KISS — owns his "Spaceman" makeup:

    Ace: "My attorney told me that I've licensed the makeup to KISS. My attorney is a big attorney. He said from what he has ascertained through the documents, he says, 'You've licensed the makeup to KISS. You didn't sell [it].' I'm not saying it for me — I'm just repeating what my attorney told me. Right now, we're all getting along. I don't want to start a lawsuit."

    On songwriting:

    Ace: "It's amazing to me when I meet people how they read into my lyrics all these deep meanings, and I'll write lyrics in a half an hour for a song. If the words rhyme, great. If it makes some type of sense, great. Usually I write the music first and write lyrics that kind of make sense and go along with the theme. Sometimes, like in the '80s and '90s, I used to write songs and it almost felt an alien or somebody was beaming the lyrics into my head, because I couldn't write them fast enough. I'm getting help from somebody — maybe it's the people from Jendell. [Laughs]"

    On his favorite KISS song:

    Ace: "My favorite KISS song is 'Deuce'. Not only is it a great, ass-kicking song, it was the first [KISS] song that I heard. When I auditioned for KISS, Paul and Gene played 'Deuce' for me and they said, 'It's in the key of A. Plug in and play a solo.' That's how I got the gig, so 'Deuce' has a special place in my heart. I love playing it live, and I enjoyed playing it when I was in KISS. It's a real kick-ass song, so that's probably my favorite KISS song."

    On his favorite album he's recorded:

    Ace: "Probably the first solo album is the most special album I've recorded, because it's stood the test of time. Forty years later, it's still a great record."

    On his determination to succeed:

    Ace: "I've always been a fatalist and believed in fate. When I was 16 years old, I was convinced I was going to be a rock star. Nobody could change my mind. Somebody said to me in an interview, 'What would have happened if KISS failed?' I said, 'I would have been famous with another band.' Nothing was going to stop me. You need that kind of drive and fortitude to be successful. I knew as a teenager that I wanted to be in a theatrical rock group, because I was greatly influenced by Alice Cooper and THE WHO. As much as I loved CREAM and Jeff Beck, they just stood there, but when you went to a WHO concert, you've got [Pete] Townshend throwing his guitar up in the air; he's smashing it into his amps; Keith Moon's wrecking his drums... I found that fascinating, and a lot of fun. I went to see Alice Cooper a couple of times, and I was just blown away by the show. The production was amazing. The 'Billion Dollar Babies' tour at Madison Square Garden, me and Paul Stanley went there, and we snuck down to the front of the stage because we couldn't afford the tickets. We were mesmerized. We all kind of knew, the four of us, that we wanted to do a theatrical rock group. We were all talented; we all could write songs; we all could sing; but we wanted to take it a step further than Alice Cooper did or any other band we had seen. That's how KISS happened."

    On whether he was ever "intimidated" by other guitarists:

    Ace: "I've never been intimidated by any guitar player. I was in Sweden, and I was doing the biggest television show in Sweden. It was like the Johnny Carson show of Sweden. I'm walking down the hallway with the producer, and he says to me, 'Ace, are you a little nervous?' I looked at him and said, 'I don't get nervous. I make other people nervous.' I've never been intimidated by anybody, really. Maybe when I was a teenager, but not once I became a professional musician."

    On his proudest moment:

    Ace: "Probably growing up in New York City and doing three nights at Madison Square Garden. That was one of the pinnacles. The second thing was probably the show we did in Tiger Stadium for the reunion tour, opening night. We had sold out Tiger Stadium in a record time of 48 minutes. We were all wearing old costumes — obviously, redone — and wearing the same makeup, and halfway through the show, I had this amazing feeling of deja vu: 'Are we in the '90s, or back in the '70s?'"

    On his 2011 autobiography "No Regrets":

    Ace: "That was just scraping the surface. I'm working on 'No Regrets 2'. That's going to be even better. It's going to be fun. I don't understand Paul's book [2014's 'Face The Music: A Life Exposed'] — he's crying about his ear; he's crying about... he even threw Gene under the bus. What's that about? He really tore Peter a new asshole. He was easier on me than I thought he was going to be. I don't know why — maybe he likes me? The next book I'm going to write is going to be a fun book. I want it to be entertaining; I don't want any negativity in it. I want it to be just a fun rock n' roll book that's easy reading."

    On his early contributions to KISS, and how the band's dynamic changed over the years:

    Ace: "One of the first songs, I guess, was 'Shock Me'. 'Love Theme From Kiss' was actually mostly me. It says all four of us wrote it, but pretty much, that was my riff, and then Gene came up with the middle part. Gene also wrote the bridge in 'Cold Gin' and never took credit for it — he goes, 'Don't worry about it. You wrote the song.' Sometimes Gene would write a song and I'd change a part, and I would say, 'I don't want any credit — it's your song.' It was like that. We were like brothers, and then all of a sudden, we became multi-millionaires and everybody started going their own way. Gene started dating Cher and Diana Ross. Paul was out here [in Los Angeles] doing something; Peter's doing this; I'm crashing race cars and getting loaded. It was like too much, too soon. It happens, especially in the entertainment business, but thank God I'm still here."

    On deciding to get sober 12 years ago:

    Ace: "I tried getting sober years before that. I put a year together, a year and a half, and then I'd go out on tour. I'm on the tour bus, and the other guys on the tour bus are drinking and smoking pot, so within a week I'd relapse. Finally, I sat down with my sponsor. He goes, 'Look — if you're serious about getting sober, you can't hang out with people that get high.' I had to change my friends and fire some people, and on September 15, 2006, something special happened. My daughter gave me a call… they all talk about alcoholics having that moment of clarity. I had relapsed with my sponsor — me and my sponsor decided to get drunk together — and after about two months, I started going down that path. I hadn't hit bottom yet or picked up cocaine, but I was drinking. My daughter calls me up and goes, 'Dad, I'm not hearing good things about you.' I looked in the mirror and just said, 'Shit — she's right.' That evening, I called my sponsor and he took me to an AA meeting, and I've been sober ever since."

    On agreeing to participate in "wedding experiences" at the chapel inside Kiss By Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas, Nevada:

    Ace: "I got a call from Keith Leroux. He's been working for KISS forever, and he's been helping me out. He called me up, like, a week ago and said, 'Do you want to do that?' My initial reaction was 'no,' but I was talking to Rachael [Gordon, Frehley's longtime fiancée] about it, [and] she goes, 'That might be fun, helping somebody get married.' I think it's going to be fun. I think I'm going to have a gas doing it if somebody decides they want me to walk them down the aisle. It's going to be fun."

    Frehley — whose new solo album, "Spaceman", will be released via eOne on October 19 — first left KISS in 1982. He rejoined in 1996 and parted ways with the band once again in 2002 after the conclusion of their first "farewell tour."

    He says he has not been approached to take part in the band's upcoming "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour".

    ACE FREHLEY On His 1978 Solo Debut: 'I Realized I Could Make Better Music Away From' KISS 'Than I Could With Them'

    (10/2/18) During a "live conversation" at Hollywood's Musicians Institute on September 25, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley discussed his 1978 debut solo album, which was released simultaneously alongside solo recordings by his three bandmates.

    "I just wanted to make the best record possible," Frehley said. "I had a revelation after all four albums came out and mine became the most successful – pretty much there's this voice in my head going, 'Ace, you know you're a lot more creative away from those guys than you are with them.' That was kind of the beginning of the end for me, because I realized that I could make a lot better music away from Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] and Peter [Criss] than I could with them. But I was also drinking and doing a lot of drugs, so that could have affected my decision-making."

    The album featured South African-born drummer Anton Fig, who would later play with the "World's Most Dangerous Band" on the long-running NBC talk show "Late Night With David Letterman" and with the CBS Orchestra on the Letterman-hosted "Late Show". "When I met Anton, he was very green," Ace recalled. "He hadn't played with a lot of famous people. A friend of mine said to me, 'I know this guy Anton Fig,' because I was looking for a drummer for the [1978 solo] record. He told me about Anton and said, 'This guy's great.' Then about three days later, Eddie Kramer called me, my producer, and he said, 'There's this guy I've heard about called Anton Fig and I want you to audition him.' When you get that from two different people you know and trust... I called him up and said, 'Let's get together and jam.' It was just like magic, and it's been magic. Every time I've work with Anton, we have this telepathy. I don't even have to tell him what to do — I just look at him, and he does a drum fill. It's so weird. We just work so well [together]. We're, like, connected mentally."

    Fig would go on to "ghost-perform" all but one song on KISS's 1979 album "Dynasty" and the band's entire 1980 album "Unmasked". According to Frehley, he was even briefly a member of the group. "Paul and Gene came to me and said, 'We're going to fire Peter,'" Frehley said. "I said, 'If it's going to happen, it's going to happen. I have no control. I'm outvoted anyway, two to one.' They said, 'We need to get a drummer.' The first thing out of my mouth was, 'What about Anton Fig?' I go, 'Listen to my solo album — he's an amazing drummer.' They said, 'Why don't you give him a call?'

    "I called Anton that evening and said, 'Hi, Anton. I've got some good news — you're in KISS," Frehley continued. "The next day, Paul and Gene changed their mind, but for one day, Anton was the drummer of KISS. I really felt bad calling him back and telling him, 'Paul and Gene decided [against it].' I think it was because me and Anton were really good friends and we liked to party together, and they probably thought it wasn't a good idea. Me and Peter used to party together, but we still did our job. I still did the shows. I was 99 percent on. I had a tour manager who'd tell me he used to work with THE [ROLLING] STONES, and he said Keith Richards was so stoned, they had to carry him onstage and put him a chair, but the minute they put the guitar in his hand, he was brilliant. I was never that loaded where I couldn't walk on the stage, but I always performed and I always came through."

    Fig later joined Ace in FREHLEY'S COMET and appears on Frehley's new solo album, "Spaceman", which will be released via eOne on October 19.

    VINNIE VINCENT To Go Full Electric For Comeback Shows

    (10/2/18) With both of his comeback shows almost sold out, former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has announced that the concerts will now be "full-shred" electric performances. The shows, which will take place December 7 and December 8 in Memphis, Tennessee at the Theatre at Graceland, are Vincent's first return to the stage in over 30 years.

    Although the shows were originally planned to be acoustic, Vinnie eventually decided to go all electric. "More and more he was seeing it's what the fans wanted, and that's what he wanted to give them," said promoter Derek Christopher. "He wanted to play the songs like they remembered — loud, brash and over the top."

    Vincent will be joined at the Graceland concerts by special guest Robert Fleischman, original vocalist for the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION.

    For tickets and more information, visit www.VinnieVincentLive.com.

    Back in January, Vincent was joined by his Fleischman at the Atlanta KISS Expo 2018 to perform an acoustic version of the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION song "Back On The Streets". During the same event, Vinnie gave his first public interview in more than two decades, and said that he still feels "very strongly" about the two VINNIE VINCENT INVASION albums he released three decades ago, 1986's self-titled effort and 1988's "All Systems Go". However, Vinnie said that "the second record should have never happened. Rob [Fleischman] should have stayed with the project," he said. "The basic sound of that record was like [Jimmy] Page and [Robert] Plant — it was Rob and me. That first record was pretty red-hot. It was my vision; Rob singing; everything was just right. Second version of it should have been aborted, should have never happened. I had the power; I should have taken it. I should have called the shots, which should have been, 'Stop this. Revamp it. Go back, let me get the people I need.' The people that were involved with it at that time should have not been involved with it, but it was such a publicity machinery piece of... it was like a product. It was all publicity and hype. The songs I felt were really good, but I didn't feel the music came out to be... the records weren't what I would have done. I would have never settled on records like that. When I say records, the first one, yes; the second one, no; and that singer [Mark Slaughter, who sang on 'All Systems Go'] was unbearable as far as I'm concerned."

    Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — has made several public appearances this year after spending the past two decades out of the public eye. He recently addressed rumors about his gender identity but declined to answer the question directly, explaining that he wanted to keep a mystique about the subject. He also said that he hopes to complete his autobiography "within a year."

    Vinnie joined KISS in 1982, replacing Ace Frehley. As the "Ankh Warrior," he toured with the group in support of "Creatures Of The Night", on which he played lead guitar on six songs prior to becoming an official member of the band.

    PAUL STANLEY On KISS's Final Tour: 'We're Not Crawling To The Finish Line; We're Celebrating'

    (10/2/18) (Listen) KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke to "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" about the band's recent announcement that it will embark on its "farewell" tour, dubbed "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour", in 2019. As most fans remember, back in 2000 and 2001, KISS already performed a "Farewell Tour". The trek, which was the last to feature drummer Peter Criss, played 142 shows over five legs, covering North America, Japan, and Australia.

    "For the people who say, 'Well, you already did a farewell tour,' that tour was 19 years ago — 19 years ago!" Stanley said (hear audio below). "Bands don't last 19 years. And when we did that tour, it really was because the members of the band were miserable, [and] I was miserable. It seemed like the best thing to do was to put the horse down, so to speak. It wasn't till afterwards that it became clear to me, and should have been all along, that the band should continue. It was just the misery of being with the members at that time was just overwhelming and turned it into drudgery. The difference this time [is] the band gets along great — we see each other, we spend time together, we look forward to being together. It's just reached a point where we needed to have an endgame in place."

    He continued: "If we were on stage in track shoes and jeans playing rock and roll songs, that would be… yeah, we could do that into our… forget about 70s; we could do that into our 80s. But we're carrying around 30-, 40-plus pounds of equipment, whether it's boots and guitars and what have you, and running around, and making it look pretty easy. So I think the elephant in the room became bigger and bigger, and we just needed to look at each other and say, 'How are we going to put a cap on this?' So I think this made a lot of sense. And the 'End Of The Road' is absolutely the end of the band touring, doing anything with that kind of regularity. We wanna go out and do the greatest show we can, and we virtually have thrown out everything that has been on stage for the past 10 years, at least, and created a whole new stage an a whole new show. So this really is the best show we could under the best circumstances. We're not crawling to the finish line; we're celebrating."

    Stanley also touched upon the reasons for why the original KISS lineup decided to call it quits in 2001 after completing what, at the time, was supposed to be the band's last-ever tour. "It fell back to all the things that were wrong to begin with, and a lot of animosity, a lot of resentment," he said. "There is that old adage, 'If you don't learn from the past, you're doomed to repeat it.' And it was horrible — it was horrible to try to get people… forget about onstage; how about trying to get 'em to the lobby? It wasn't fun, and there was certainly an anger and resentment about finances and why we weren't equals. And I'll tell you why we weren't equals — because two of us kept the band alive after the original two had gone, and we toured relentlessly and worked at our craft. And you can't come back in and [expect that] everything goes back to what it was. But it's short-sighted when somebody is more concerned with how much I'm making rather than how much they're making, especially when it's really just a matter… it's degrees of wealth. And there are certainly people who are wealthier than I am, and I don't lose any sleep over it; I'm not envious."

    He continued: "We were all blessed, and for whatever reason, family members, friends just poisoned the well again. And from having people come back swearing that they would never make the same mistakes again and how grateful they were to be back, it turned into the same situation. And short-sighted… I think I certainly looked at it and thought, 'We have to end this.' But it didn't mean, as they say, throwing the baby out with the bathwater, and that's basically what we were doing. And once that tour was over, it wasn't too long before someone came to me and said, 'I loved the 'farewell' tour. When are you going out on the 40th-anniversary [tour]?', or whatever it was. So that's when the light went off and I realized that we didn't really have to adhere to something just because we believed it when we did it."

    Asked if he is open to the idea of releasing solo music in the future once KISS is done touring or if he will find out ways to satisfy himself creatively, Stanley said: "Well, doing solo albums… Doing [2006's] 'Live To Win' was an interesting one, because I don't know that everybody embraced that album. I did an album that I thought was almost the opposite of my first solo album — on purpose. I wanted to avoid doing that album again. Would I possibly wanna do an album like that in the future? If I did another album, would it be guitar driven? Absolutely. That being said, I spend five days a week now doing art. The success of my art, at last count, was over 10 million dollars. So I love being creative in that way.

    "For me, life is about finding outlets for my creativity, and that's how I define myself," he continued. "So what will I do when there's no more KISS? Well, there's loads of things to do. I'm not a believer in bucket lists. The whole idea that you cross things off your bucket list and you want to get them all done, I believe that every time you cross something off, you should be at a point where something else comes on the horizon. So, for me, art is a big part of it.

    "I'm in Vegas now for the launch of my Puma shoes, which are already sold out — you can't get 'em; there's wait lists. So life's exciting. It may sound corny, but, for me, every day I wake up is a new challenge and new possibilities.

    "So, what am I gonna do after this?" Stanley added. "There won't be a vacuum. There are bands out there who tour incessantly, because they have no lives, because they're nobody when they go home, because they don't think they're anybody to begin with. So, really, I bask in the spotlight, I love being onstage, I love doing my best to give everybody what they came for, but it's not everything. I have a great life and terrific family and great friends. And that's not my drug. And for a lot of people who are out there on tour non-stop, it's because they have nothing else going on. I've got loads of things going on."

    Rumors of KISS's final run of live shows gained strength several months ago following the news that the band was attempting to trademark the phrase "The End Of The Road." An application from KISS was filed in February to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which means that the band could use it in connection with "live performances by a musical band."

    Gene Simmons recently told Sweden's Expressen newspaper that KISS's next tour will last three years. Calling it the band's "most spectacular tour ever," the bassist/vocalist added that the trek will make stops on "all continents."

    ACE FREHLEY On KISS TV Movie 'Phantom Of The Park': PAUL STANLEY And GENE SIMMONS Expected 'Gone With The Wind'

    (10/1/18) During a "live conversation" at Hollywood's Musicians Institute on September 25, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recalled filming the band's 1978 Hanna Barbera-produced made-for-television movie "Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park" (alternately known as "Attack Of The Phantoms").

    "I remember it very well," Frehley said."I had a lot of fun. When we started shooting at [the Los Angeles-area amusement park] Magic Mountain, they closed the park at 6 o'clock, so I had the run of the park. I bought a moped and used to drive around all those asphalt trails between the rides. I crashed a few times, but luckily, I had that costume on with all the padding, and I didn't get hurt.

    "The whole experience for me was pretty good," Frehley continued, "[but] there was one day that I really kind of lost it, and that was when I had a fight with a producer. What happened was, I was partying the night before, we had to get up at 7 o'clock [and] drive to Magic Mountain. Then we had to put our makeup on and costumes and stuff. I had the day's shooting schedule, and I was supposed to start shooting at around 10:30, 11 o'clock. All of a sudden, somebody knocks on the door and they says, 'Excuse me, Mr. Frehley. We're going to be doing close-ups on Gene Simmons all morning, and we won't need you until after lunch.' That happened more than once, but the second time it happened, I just lost my [tempter]. I ran into the producer's office [and said], 'This shit's not going to fly with me. You get your shit together. If you want me here at 9 o'clock in makeup, you better make sure you got your shooting schedule right,' because nobody wants to sit around in that makeup and costume for 12 hours. I lost it — I jumped into my Mercedes and took off."

    Although his former bandmates have voiced their displeasure with the movie, Frehley doesn't share their opinion. "Paul [Stanley] and Gene have gone on record that they hate the film," he said. "I think it's hysterical, and I think it's campy and I think it's a silly rock 'n' roll movie. I don't think there's anything wrong with it. They took the film so goddamn seriously that it just ruined it for them when they saw the final cut, because they expected 'Gone With The Wind'."

    "Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park" originally aired on the American television network NBC on October 28, 1978. Filmed largely on location at the Magic Mountain theme park in Santa Clarita, California, the film finds the members of KISS — playing themselves — using their "superpowers" to battle an evil inventor.

    According to the 1997 book "Kiss And Sell: The Making Of A Supergroup", for years after its airing, no one who worked for KISS was permitted to mention the movie in the band's presence.

    On VH1's "When Kiss Ruled The World" program, Simmons offered his thoughts on the film: "It's a classic movie — if you're on drugs."

    The European edit of the film was included on KISS's 2007 DVD anthology "Kissology Volume Two: 1978-1991".

    GENE SIMMONS On Why So Many Musicians Die At Age 27: 'Nobody Can Figure Out What It Is'

    (10/1/18) (Listen) Gene Simmons says that his new book, "27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club", examines the stories of great musicians who died at age 27, from Janis Joplin to NIRVANA's Kurt Cobain to, more recently, Amy Winehouse. The book is the first release on his new Simmons Books imprint.

    Speaking with Kat Walters of Ithaca, New York I100 radio station, Simmons explained (hear audio below): "I was always fascinated by what it is about the 27th year of the lives of the rich and famous going all the way back to 'The Elephant Man' [Joseph Merrick] of the 1800s, all the way up to Kurt Cobain [NIRVANA], Amy Winehouse, Avicii [Tim Bergling], this EDM, electronic music artist just committed suicide as he left the 27th year, as he became 28. There's a rapper, Mac Miller, who just overdosed from drugs and you're hurting yourself. He was just about to turn 27. There's something going on here. Nobody can figure out what it is. And so, we write about Cobain, Winehouse, [Jimi] Hendrix everybody, Janis Joplin, they all died at 27, and Jim Morrison [THE DOORS]. The book is about that, but what I hope comes out of this is that I was shocked to learn that one out of every five people in America have some emotional or mental problems — either depression or chemical imbalance or they're just not feeling good about themselves."

    He continued: "When it gets really bad and you want to hurt yourself, I please ask that you give a call to 911 or the suicide-prevention hotline and just talk or if you know somebody and it could be a family member. It could be mom or dad or kids or brothers and sisters or your next-door neighbors, just talk. 'Hey, how are you doing?' 'Oh, I had a bad day.' 'Me too. I was watching the ballgame and they lost.' Just engage in the conversation and reach out and just let people know they're not alone.

    "When people are alone and they're not feeling good, some bad stuff can happen," Gene added. "So, by talking to people, you may be saving a life. You can see it all the time when people are on top of a building about to jump or on top of a bridge and somebody comes along and gets beside them and hangs out and tries not to grab them and says, 'Hey, how you doing?' You just start talking. You talk him off of suicide and make him realize that everyday above ground is a good day. That there is hope and the sun will come up tomorrow and why shouldn't you be here to see it?"

    Gene also talked about the genesis of his new side outfit, the GENE SIMMONS BAND, which includes members of the popular Nashville tribute band THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY. "KISS has been around 45 years," he said. "We're the number one gold-record-award-winning group of all time, in all categories, but this last year we took some time off and I didn't want to hang around, so I launched a cannabis company out of Canada called Invictus MD and there's fruits and vegetables coming to Whole Foods and all that stuff. There's Money Bag and Simmons Books just launched, and on the days off, I like meeting people and having a good time. Who doesn't want to go to a party? So, I put together the GENE SIMMONS BAND and we have a great time. We just get up there and rock out, play anything we want to play. No fuss, no muss; it's much more intimate. And we have stairs going out into the audience so the fans are invited up onstage. You can actually get up there and hang out and dance if you'd like or you can grab the mic and sing or play, sure you can do that. You can go to YouTube and see some of the really cool, young people as a matter of fact, drummers and guitar players who get up onstage and jam with us. It's a hoot."

    KISS will embark on its "farewell" tour, dubbed "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour", in 2019. The trek is expected to last three years and cover "all continents," according to Simmons.

    ACE FREHLEY Recalls Punching Current KISS Guitarist TOMMY THAYER: 'The Bronx Boy In Me Came Out'

    (10/1/18) At the end of KISS's original farewell tour in 2001, guitarist Ace Frehley says he punched then-tour manager Tommy Thayer, who would later succeed him in the "Spaceman" role after the band decided to continue.

    "That's really out of character for me," Frehley said during a "live conversation" at Hollywood's Musicians Institute on September 25. "What happened was, we had an ongoing rule on tour that there's no women allowed in the dressing room. When we're getting ready, we don't want anybody... we don't even want guys in there. We had a standing rule that no girlfriends or anything are allowed in the dressing room.

    "I had a girlfriend with me — a model from Canada, and, of course, she always had to wait outside," Frehley continued. "When Shannon [Tweed-Simmons] and Paul's [Stanley] wife came on tour, they just pranced into the dressing room. I let it go — I didn't make a big deal out of it. But now, this is the last day of the tour in Australia. Everybody has left the dressing room. Paul, Gene [Simmons] and Peter [Criss]... was Peter there, or was it Eric [Singer]? It's not important to the story. They had all split, so my girlfriend was standing outside, and I said, 'Hey, honey, come on in. Nobody's here.'

    "Five minutes later, Tommy Thayer comes walking in and goes, 'Ace, you know the rule — no women in the dressing room.' I go, 'There's nobody here. It's the end of the tour.' He started being authoritative with me, so I gave him a shot. I got aggravated. I guess the Bronx boy in me came out."

    Frehley — whose new solo album, "Spaceman", will be released via eOne on October 19 — first left KISS in 1982. He rejoined in 1996 and parted ways with the band once again in 2002 after the conclusion of their first "farewell tour."

    He says he has not been approached to take part in the band's upcoming "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour".

    ACE FREHLEY Says His First Departure From KISS Cost PAUL STANLEY And GENE SIMMONS $7.5 Million

    (9/28/18) According to Ace Frehley, his decision to leave KISS in 1982 cost Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley a pretty penny — $7.5 million, to be exact.

    Reflecting on why he quit the band, Frehley told a Musicians Institute audience during a "live conversation" on September 25 that "KISS in the seventies was just like this roller-coaster ride for me. I was holding on for dear life. We were just constantly busy, and the drugs and the alcohol and all the partying in conjunction with that type of schedule just started to get to me. By the early eighties, I just wanted to jump off the roller coaster because I thought I was going to crash.

    "I was sitting in my lawyer's office prior to quitting the band," he continued. "We had just gotten a $15 million contract. I'm talking to my lawyer going, '$15 million, that's great, but every night I drive home to Connecticut, I want to drive my car into a tree because I'm not happy.' He goes, 'Okay, Ace, I hear that, but it's $15 million.' After about a half an hour, I said, 'Look, you cannot spend money six feet under.' He still didn't get it. Unfortunately, when I left, they lost $7.5 million, which I feel bad about, because the contract stated at least three of the four [original] members had to be in the band. They [had already] let Peter [Criss] go, so when I decided to quit, I cut the contract in half and it went from $15 million to $7.5 [million]. I think they were a little mad at me about that."

    Frehley said that while it wasn't easy to walk away from such a big payday, he felt he needed to do so. "I'm still alive — you've got to put that ahead of everything else," he said. "I remember when I was at the richest point in my life, I was the most miserable. I'm sure other people have said that. I've met a lot of wealthy people who are miserable. It depends on how you make your money. There's a lot of wealthy people who are crooked, and they're probably unhappy with themselves and have trouble sleeping at night because it's all on their conscience. That wasn't my problem. My problem was I was doing too much — way too much."

    The guitarist also confirmed that both times he left KISS were by choice. "I remember the first time I wanted to quit the band," he said. "Gene called me up and goes, 'Ace, you don't have to leave the band if you want to do a solo record. You can still stay in KISS. We'll even take a break and let you do it.' They didn't want me to leave. They never wanted me to leave, and I quit the band twice. If you look at old interviews, sometimes they would lump me in with Peter and say, 'Yeah, we fired Peter and Ace.' They never fired me — I always quit. I want to make that clear."

    Frehley — whose new solo album, "Spaceman", will be released via eOne on October 19 — first left KISS in 1982. He rejoined in 1996 and parted ways with the band once again in 2002 after the conclusion of their first "farewell tour."

    He says he has not been approached to take part in the band's upcoming "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour".

    GENE SIMMONS Hopes His '27' Book Will 'Open Up A Conversation' About Depression And Mental Health

    (9/28/18) Gene Simmons hopes that his new book "27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club", which comes out next week, will "open up a conversation" about mental health. He tells the Classic Rock TK99 radio station: Listen.

    ACE FREHLEY Says He Would Take Part In KISS's 'End Of The Road' Tour, But Hasn't Been Asked

    (9/26/18) Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says that while he has not been approached to be a part of KISS's recently announced "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour", he's "hoping" he'll be involved in some capacity.

    "I haven't been asked," he said during a "live conversation" at Hollywood's Musicians Institute on September 25. "I had a meeting with those guys several months ago, and they talked about retiring to me, and that didn't seem right either. Who knows what's going to happen? I read comments on the Internet, and I fall off my bed laughing. There's all these people that have all these different ideas of a configuration of what the next KISS tour should be, and it's crazy — but overwhelmingly, they want me back in the band, I think. That's what I'm reading on the Internet.

    "I'm doing fine on my own," Frehley continued. "My career is on an upswing; I'm having a ton of fun; I like producing my own records. I don't like anybody standing over my shoulder telling me what to do. I've had a lot of freedom, and working with Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] again, it would be different. But then again, I'd probably make $5 or $10 million, so I might consider that...

    "Hopefully next year, what all the KISS fans really want to happen will happen. I'm hoping. I want to be involved, especially for the fans. It's not like my dream job, because I've done it a couple of times and quit, but I really want to do it for the fans if it's going to happen."

    Stanley recently told the "Rolling Stone Music Now" podcast that while he doesn't rule out the possibility of guest appearances by former members during the "End Of The Road" tour, he doesn't promise anything either. "I really can't say," Stanley said. "This will be a celebration of KISS and not any individual lineup or any individual members. I wouldn't rule anything out, but it's not the crux of what we're doing… and I'm not being coy either. I don't want to mislead anybody. That's not something that's been given a lot of thought at this point. The majority of our time has gone into what is the stage going to be, what is the show going to be, and we're actually in the midst of toying with setlists now."

    Frehley — whose new solo album, "Spaceman", will be released via eOne on October 19 — first left KISS in 1982. He rejoined in 1996 and parted ways with the band once again in 2002 after the conclusion of their first "farewell tour."

    Rolling Stone Now: Paul Stanley on Why KISS is saying goodbye

    (9/26/18) Rolling Stone Now: Paul Stanley on Why KISS is saying goodbye: Listen.

    Gene Simmons on turning 70 during KISS farewell tour: 'I don't care'

    (9/26/18) (canoe.com) It may be The End of the Road for veteran rockers KISS — who just announced their two-year farewell tour of the same name after 45 years as a band — but singer-bassist Gene Simmons says he’s going out on top.

    “I feel great!’ said rock and roll’s God of Thunder. “I feel blessed. I’m 69. The hand still doesn’t shake.”

    Clearly, turning the big 7-0 next year doesn’t phase him.

    “Terrific!” he said. “You know, we’re men, we don’t give a f—?’ I’ve never had a guy come up to me and say, ‘Gene, guess how old I am?’ I don’t care. We don’t play by those rules. Get over it. It’s going to happen anyway. Have fun.”

    We caught up with Simmons while in Toronto recently to speak at The Money Show and promote his new book 27: The Legend and Mythology of the 27 Club and new soda line, Gene Simmons’ MoneyBag Sodas.

    What does one discuss at The Money Show?

    You know how to make it, what do you do with it, can you bathe in it, stuff like that.

    CAN you bathe in it?

    Oh yeah, it’s glorious. It’s like women and diamonds. You want to take a diamond bath don’t you?

    Honestly, I’ve never thought about that.

    Yes, you have. (Sings) You’re a woman!

    Why did you — as a clean-living rock and roller — want to write a book about all those musicians who have died at the age of 27?

    I’m hoping there’s going to be an upside to this. I’m hoping the book is going to open up the conversation (about why they died).

    What is it though about that age?

    I’ve asked scientists and sociologists and so on and nobody knows. But it is a mathematical curiosity that people haven’t yet figured out.

    You’ve had 10 rotating members of KISS over the years. Were you ever concerned KISS might lose someone that way?

    Nobody in KISS, no. KISS is a straight band. I’ve never been knowingly high. Never rolled anything or put anything in my nose and I’ve never been drunk. I’ve never smoked cigarettes. (Singer-rhythm guitarist) Paul (Stanley) too is a pretty straight shooter. He has a little wine now and then but that’s it. No drugs, no smoking.

    But what about original guitarist Ace Frehley (a hard drinker now 12 years sober) and drummer Peter Criss, who was into cocaine back in the band’s early days (off drugs since 1984)?

    Observationally, it’s interesting they were kicked out of the band three times and for that. I’m shocked they’re alive.

    But the Gene Simmons Band more recently played live with Ace. How did that go?

    He was terrific, but only because he wasn’t in charge. He brought his guitar and he used my backing band to open the shows. Some people believe they need babysitters around them. ‘Oh, I can’t do things for myself.’ But clearly you can. So he was okay but everything was taken care of — the sound, the lights, which hotel, and how to get there and all that stuff — and he had his girlfriend/slash/wife with him and he had somebody who tuned his guitar. Somebody’s who there to wipe his butt.

    People do have guitar techs, do they not?

    Yeah that’s right. But I don’t. I show up.

    Why did you get into the soda pop business?

    I met two brothers, the Janick brothers, from upstate New York. John and Paul Janick, third generation soda people. Their grandfather started making homemade soda in Buffalo in the 1930’s and then their father learned and then the sons bought the company from their father, none of this ‘handed to them.’ So I love the idea it’s a family business.

    At this point, how do you feel the very polarizing U.S. President Donald Trump is doing in his job?

    A lot of people are unhappy, perhaps rightfully so. But the Dow Jones Industrial (Average is) 26,0000 or so, job rates are down to 3.9%, the economy is booming like never before. The rest of it — politics. You like the guy, vote him back in. You don’t like guy, just make sure nobody votes him back in. My assessment is very clear, unless he’s impeached, if there are no more big wars and if the Dow approaches 29,000, which it may, not only will President Trump be re-elected but it’ll be a landslide.

    So as long as the economy is booming, Trump is doing his job well?

    Not if you have a problem with him socially and politically and stuff like that. But either you approach a country like a business or not because families only care about two things: Is my family safe? Which means war, police, things like that. And can I feed my family? Do I have a job? Am I getting paid well? The rest is politics. If you’re going to after President Trump for having an affair, you have to go all the way to George Washington and (Justin) Trudeau’s father, everybody. You have to go after men. The tendency to wander.

    You Can Have ACE FREHLEY Serve As Best Man At Your Wedding

    (9/25/18) Kiss By Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas is offering special "Ace Frehley Wedding Experiences" whereby you can have KISS guitarist Ace Frehley serve as the best man at your wedding or walk the bride down the aisle at the "Love It Loud: A Rock & Roll Wedding Chapel." The price for this wedding package, which is available from October 26 to October 28, is $6,000.

    According to the Kiss By Monster Mini Golf web site, the "Ace Frehley Wedding Experience" includes:

    * Ace as your best man and/or Ace give away the bride and walk her down the aisle.
    * Use of the KISS wedding chapel for the ceremony (wedding, vow renewal or commitment ceremony)
    * Professional photographer, complete photo session and digital rights to ALL images (Yep! You get ALL of the photos, e-mailed to you to keep!!)
    * The wedding will be livestreamed via Facebook Live on Ace's Facebook and KISS wedding chapel so your friends and family can watch your ceremony live from the comfort of their homes!
    * Rockin' photo session with Ace's actual guitar
    * An "I Got Married At The 'Love It Loud' Wedding Chapel" 45rpm with colored vinyl record and special certificate! With Ace's signature as the witness!!
    * Rockin' wedding cake
    * "Love It Loud" wedding chapel lanyards and laminates for couple
    * "Love It Loud" wedding chapel certificate
    * Two "Love It Loud" wedding chapel poker chips
    * Two "Love It Loud" wedding chapel shot glasses
    * Two "Love It Loud" wedding chapel temporary tattoos
    * Up to 10 guests + bride and groom

    Kiss By Monster Mini Golf's location is a unique 13,000 square-foot "KISS-themed" attraction that showcases an indoor glow-in-the-dark custom-designed, rockin' 18-hole miniature golf course filled with state-of-the-art video design and never-seen-before KISS props.

    The environment is filled with arcade games, a special event room, a colossal sized KISS and rock 'n' roll gift shop, and a rock 'n' roll wedding chapel with themed wedding packages. In addition, a live DJ rocks the house, throughout the days and many "Crazy, Crazy Nights" with continuous KISS music, trivia, contests, and prizes, creating a destination embraced by locals, tourists, and rockers of all ages.

    Kiss By Monster Mini Golf is located at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino at the Masquerade Village Casino level, at 3700 W. Flamingo Road.

    It is open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight with 18-holes of miniature golf available at $11.95 and $9.95 for Las Vegas locals.

    It's Official: KISS To Launch Farewell Tour, 'End Of The Road', In 2019

    (9/22/18) Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ace Frehley will appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" this coming Monday, September 24. Ace will sit in with the official "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" house band, CLETO AND THE CLETONES.

    "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT, 10:35 CDT on ABC.

    Frehley filmed the official music video for his new single, "Rockin' With The Boys", on August 18 at Motor City Muscle Music Festival in Detroit, Michigan.

    "Rockin' With The Boys" is the second song Frehley has made available from his forthcoming all-new "Spaceman" album, due October 19 via Entertainment One (eOne). Frehley previously released the track "Bronx Boy" in April.

    It's Official: KISS To Launch Farewell Tour, 'End Of The Road', In 2019

    (9/19/18) (Video) During an appearance on "America's Got Talent" season 13 finale earlier tonight (Wednesday, September 19), KISS confirmed that it will embark on its "farewell" tour, dubbed "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour", in 2019. The news was delivered in trademark larger-than-life KISS style with a blistering performance of "Detroit Rock City", proving why the band is known as one of the most iconic live performances that simply can't be missed.

    Said KISS frontman Paul Stanley: "This is gonna be our last tour. It will be the most explosive, biggest show we've ever done. People who love us, come see us. If you've never seen us, this is the time. This will be the show."

    KISS added in a statement: "All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... unapologetic and unstoppable."

    KISS Solo Albums Come Together To Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary In A Limited-Edition Vinyl Box Set

    (9/18/18) Forty years ago today, the four founding members of KISS — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss — released their respective solo albums all on the same day to much fanfare, chart success, and platinum sales. And now, four decades later, all four of these pioneering albums are celebrated in "The Solo Albums - 40th Anniversary Collection", a limited-edition 180-gram 4LP box set by Casablanca/UMe that's earmarked for release on October 19.

    Preorders commence today, September 18, for the limited run of 2,500 vinyl box sets, available exclusively through KISS's artist webstore and The Sound Of Vinyl. Each heavyweight 180-gram LP features a unique color to match its associated cover art; "Gene Simmons" appears in red vinyl, "Paul Stanley" sports purple vinyl, "Ace Frehley" contains blue vinyl, and "Peter Criss" is in green vinyl. All four albums are housed together in a deluxe black-matte slipcase that features glossy black images of the four artists' faces surrounding a silver-foil print of the infamous KISS logo.

    Also included in this set are four 12-by-12-inch posters of each album cover, plus an exclusive turntable slipmat that shows all four of artist Eraldo Carugati's iconic, painted album-cover face images all connected together.

    All four of these solo albums served to showcase the wide range of talents of each KISS bandmember. "Gene Simmons", co-produced by Simmons and Sean Delaney, features the band's bassist and co-lead vocalist switching over mainly to acoustic and electric guitar duties for songs that highlight his penchant for BEATLES-esque melodies, funk, and hard rock. Highlights include a remake of "See You In Your Dreams" (initially found on KISS's 1976 benchmark album "Rock And Roll Over") and a cover of the 1940 Disney classic from "Pinocchio", "When You Wish Upon A Star". Guest musicians include AEROSMITH's Joe Perry, CHEAP TRICK's Rick Nielsen, Bob Seger, Cher, Donna Summer and Katey Sagal.

    Meanwhile, "Paul Stanley" was co-produced by Stanley and Jeff Glixman and it showcases all-original material and stellar work across the board from the KISS lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, in addition to lead and acoustic guitar work from longtime KISS axe associate Bob Kulick. The super-catchy track "Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We're Apart)" reached No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

    "Ace Frehley", produced by Eddie Kramer and Frehley, finds the lead guitarist doing what he does best. Frehley's foot-stomping cover of "New York Groove", originally a 1975 hit by the British glam band HELLO, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Guest musicians include Anton Fig on drums (a sometimes KISS session musician who later became a member of FREHLEY'S COMET) and bassist Will Lee, both of whom went on to become core members of both of David Letterman's late-night talk-show house bands led by keyboardist Paul Shaffer.

    Finally, "Peter Criss" was produced by Vini Poncia, a onetime Ringo Starr co-writer who later produced a pair of key KISS albums, 1979's "Dynasty" and 1980's "Unmasked". Most of the songs on "Peter Criss" had been written back in 1971 for the drummer/vocalist's aptly named pre-KISS band, LIPS. The album also boasts a rousing cover of Bobby Lewis's No. 1 1961 hit single, "Tossin' And Turnin'", a song that KISS often wound up playing live during their 1979 "Dynasty" tour.

    Gen. James Thayer, liberator of Nazi death camp, dies at 96

    (9/17/18) Gen. James B. Thayer, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp during World War II and later had a long business and military career in Oregon, died Sunday. He was 96.

    Word of his passing came via an announcement by the rock band Kiss, in which Thayer's son, Tommy, is lead guitarist.

    "First and foremost he was a great family man and great father, but had a great military, business and civilian career," Tommy Thayer said Monday. "He liked to help people and organizations that needed help."

    Thayer was born in Portland but grew up on a farm in the Yamhill County town of Carlton. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Oregon.

    He received the Silver Star and Bronze Star for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was credited with liberating the Gunskirchen Nazi death camp, which he discovered while leading a platoon in Austria in May 1945.

    "I didn't know what to do," he recalled in an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive in 2012. "I got on the radio and said, 'We need all the help we can get, right away.'

    After the war, Thayer served as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was later promoted to brigadier general and commander of the Oregon State Defense Force.

    He also owned an office supply business, the J. Thayer Co., and served on the boards of the Port of Portland, Reed College, the Oregon Graduate Institute and other organizations. Thayer had been residing recently at a retirement community in Lake Oswego.

    The Oregon Military Museum, under renovation at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, was named for him in 2012.

    "Retired Gen. James Thayer served our country & our state with great distinction in World War II and for decades afterward," U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wrote Monday on Twitter. "I'm sad to learn about his passing. My condolences to his family."

    For most of his life, Tommy Thayer said that his father was reluctant to talk about the difficult things he had seen during the war. That changed in 1992 when James Thayer joined a tour of concentration camps organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

    A Jewish man approached him at the airport in Vienna and identified himself as a survivor of the camp in Austria that Thayer discovered. The man, Wolfe Finkelman, said he wouldn't have survived another 24 hours if the Americans hadn't arrived.

    "That changed my life," Thayer said in 2012.

    Thayer and his wife, Patricia, had five children, Jim Jr., John, Tommy, Michael and Anne, according to a University of Oregon profile.

    Patricia and Anne preceded him in death, according to that profile. His son Tommy has been associated with the hard rock band Kiss since the 1980s and formally joined the band in 2002. Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, whose own mother was a Holocaust survivor, once said he owed "a debt of gratitude to Gen. Thayer."

    Kiss Set to Open 'America's Got Talent' Season Finale

    (9/17/18) The America's Got Talent season finale just got a lot more rock and roll. Billboard has learned that Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Kiss will take the stage to perform at the season 13 finale on Wednesday.

    The rock legends behind "Rock and Roll All Nite" and "Detroit Rock City" will open the two-hour finale, which will air at 8 p.m. ET.

    The rock band will up the ante as the top 10 finalists -- Brian King Joseph, Courtney Hadwin, Daniel Emmet, Duo Transcend, Glennis Grace, Michael Ketterer, Samuel Comroe, Shin Lim, Vicki Barbolak and Zurcaroh -- await to see who will win this year's grand prize.

    Tune in Wednesday night for Kiss and the crowning of a new winner at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

    VINNIE VINCENT To Perform With FOUR BY FATE At Pre-'Kiss Kruise' Party In Miami

    (9/12/18) This October, sailing out of Miami, Florida, the eighth annual "Kiss Kruise" will take to the high seas with over 3,000 KISS fans aboard and ready to rock.

    Each year, in true KISS Army style, various fan-organized pre-Kruise parties and reunions are held in the city of departure. This year, eight-time kruisers Joe D'Angelo and Andy Moyen are teaming up to present "The Gathering 3": a party so big it needs two days!

    The event begins on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 with a special opportunity to meet former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent. This meet-and-greet experience will provide fans with a professional photo of themselves and Vinnie, a commemorative poster, the opportunity to have two personal items signed (no guitars, please) and a swag bag loaded with KISS and Vinnie Vincent items. Both days of meet-and-greets are being held at the Holiday Inn Miami Downtown. (The Tuesday meet-and-greet is sold out; tickets for the Monday session are still available).

    Tuesday night, after the Holiday Inn event, is a pre-Kruise party at the Hangar Nightclub (60 NE 11th Street in Miami) which features live performances from Florida's 1984 (VAN HALEN tribute band out of Orlando) and KISS AMERICA (Florida's ultimate KISS tribute band). It will also feature national recording act FOUR BY FATE featuring members of FREHLEY'S COMET, CHEAP TRICK and SKID ROW. FOUR BY FATE will perform a full electric set, with Vinnie Vincent joining them live on stage to perform a few songs; the first electric performance from Vinnie Vincent in over 20 years. Fans need only a general admission ticket ($20) to experience these live bands and witness this piece of KISStory.

    Other special guests in attendance Tuesday night will be supergroup THE DEAD DAISIES, Ace Frehley bandmate Richie Scarlet, author and photographer Lydia Criss, former KISS security Big John Harte, actor James DeBello ("Trip" from KISS-centric movie "Detroit Rock City"), KISS costume designer Maria Contessa, author and musician Ken Sharp as well as several KISS podcast representatives. Fans will have the chance to meet and interact with all special guests throughout the evening.

    This two-day event will also feature several raffles, with all proceeds to be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The BCRF provides critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship. The BCRF is recognized as one of the most financially efficient nonprofits in the country, and is the highest rated breast cancer charity in the U.S. Prizes include a Vinnie Vincent-signed pink Jackson "V" guitar, a "Gene Simmons Vault Experience", and drumheads signed by KISS drummer and breast cancer survivor Peter Criss (aforementioned raffles are just $10 each; winners need not be present to win.) Musicians from all over the globe have also signed several drumheads, including Lita Ford, Bob Kulick, Mark Slaughter, Anton Fig, Bruce Kulick, Carmine Appice, Frank DiMino, and Mark Mendoza, which will also be raffled off that night with tickets available for purchase on-site.

    For more information, visit www.thekisskruisepreparty.com.

    Capital Ideas TV, Episode 41

    (9/7/18) Capital Ideas TV, Episode 41: KISS's Gene Simmons, CannTrust, Park Lawn & NuRAN Wireless: Video.

    ACE FREHLEY Guests On New KEN SHARP Album 'Beauty In The Backseat'

    (9/5/18) (Audio) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley makes a guest appearance on "Beauty In The Backseat", the new album from singer-songriter and authord Ken Sharp. The disc sheds the dark, musical blood on the tracks vibe of Ken's previous release, "New Mourning", and draws deep from his Philly roots, delivering a fresh blast of infectious soul-pop and power pop. Produced by Fernando Perdomo (TODD RUNDGREN, JAKOB DYLAN, BECK) and Sharp, the record showcases mighty musical contributions from Frehley (guitar solo on "Rock Show") and another Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame legend John Oates ("Philly Kind of Night") along with UTOPIA's Kasim Sulton ("Mona Lisa Smile").

    The 16-track album traverses a wide musical terrain and a myriad of lyrical themes. "Rock Show" delivers the intoxicating joy of getting your band on the concert stage; "Pull The Strings" is a quirky story of an adult in his mid-40s who can’t survive without his ventriloquist dummy by his side ("Pull The Strings"), the death of David Bowie is explored on "The Day That David Bowie Died"; "Sinking" chronicles the transformative power of loss while "Listen To Me" is a plea for unity in a world torn apart by social and political tumult and divisiveness.

    "Being a Philly boy with my ear permanently glued to the radio dial, the sound of Philadelphia etched its indelible mark on my musical DNA," says Sharp. "Being able to work in the studio with John Oates, someone whose music was the soundtrack of my youth, was a supersonic blessing of brotherly love! Another full-circle moment for me, being a huge fan of KISS since I was a kid, I was thrilled that Ace Frehley laid down a solo on the opening track, titled, appropriately enough, 'Rock Show'."

    "Beauty In The Backseat" is Sharp's fifth album. He is a seasoned live performer who’s recently landed high profile gigs opening for John Waite, David Cassidy and THE BABYS and headlined The Troubadour in Hollywood, California.

    "Beauty In The Backseat" track listing:

    01. Rock Show
    02. Mona Lisa Smile
    03. Lemons To Lemonade
    04. No One Seems To Stay Together Anymore
    05. Closer
    06. 24 Hours A Day
    07. Pull The Strings
    08. The Day That David Bowie Died
    09. The Hardest Part
    10. Jetfighter
    11. Ring On Your Finger
    12. Listen To Me
    13. Sinking
    14. I Wanna Be David Cassidy
    15. Philly Kind Of Night
    16. Miracle.

    GENE SIMMONS Admits He Has 'Checkered' Past, But Says He Is 'A Good Guy'

    (9/5/18) (Video) Gene Simmons says that his behavior has sometimes been out of line, but insists that he is a good guy who sleeps well at night.

    The KISS bassist/vocalist made his comments less than two months after it was reported that he had settled a sexual battery lawsuit filed against him by a radio and television broadcaster.

    Simmons spoke about his behavior toward women late last month during an appearance on Australia's "The Project" show. He said (see video below): "Oh, I'm sure some of it's been out of line, but I'm a good guy. I sleep well at night. I have a wonderful family and kids. And it is true that people can say all kinds of things, but I happen to be a good guy. The unfortunate thing is there used to be something called presumption of innocence, that the courts would handle something. And now, the Internet and stuff…

    "Look, I wish everybody well," he continued. "My past is checkered, like most people's is, and let those who are without sin cast the first stone. You're in a band, and the arrogance and cocksmanship, if you will, in the '70s and '80s, and even later on, you can come on and just be brazen and just sort of inappropriate and you go, 'That's right. You're in a band.' I wouldn't be able to have gotten away with any of that if you were a dentist or a politician or a plumber.

    "For guys especially, when the ladies aren't around, we're full of garbage — we talk garbage, we do all kinds of stupid stuff — and if it wasn't for the highest form of life on earth — women; our moms, our daughters, our wives, girlfriends and so on — we'd be living in darkness," Gene added. "If it wasn't for my mother and [my wife] Shannon, and especially Sophie, my daughter — she holds my feet to the fire, and rightfully so."

    The woman who sued Gene, identified as "Jane Doe," filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on last December alleging that the KISS bassist/vocalist grabbed her hand multiple times and "forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee." The accuser, identified in the documents as a "longtime on-air personality for a local rock station," also said the 69-year-old rocker "forcibly flicked/struck" her throat when she spoke to Simmons and his bandmate Paul Stanley at their Rock & Brews restaurant at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California. In addition, she claimed Simmons "reached toward [her] buttocks and touched it" while they were posing for a promotional photo together after the interview.

    A hearing took place on July 2 about the case, and the woman's attorney told Los Angeles County Supreme Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy the parties had reached a settlement. The judge said both sides need to file a request for dismissal to officially dismiss the case.

    Terms of the proposed settlement haven't been revealed.

    Gene previously denied any wrongdoing in the matter.

    "For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way," he said last December.

    The lawsuit against Gene came less than a month after it was reported that he had received a lifetime ban from Fox News for crashing a staff meeting and allegedly indulging in some bizarre behavior. He later denied the allegations, telling BBC "Hardtalk" that "somebody [at Fox] apparently had the goods in for me and called The Daily Beast or something and said whatever they said I did. I did nothing. I always had people around me. Like when I come here, I've got handlers and everybody sees what I'm doing. You can't go into a public area and do anything."

    Simmons went on to talk about the pitfalls of social media at times only spotlighting one side of a story: "Nobody calls you and says, 'Do you have a comment?' So the story was printed, and, of course, everybody exploded. And Fox, they're nice people — I like them a lot — closed ranks and they're afraid of getting sued by everybody. Nothing happened. I stand by every word."

    Gene Simmons & Ace Frehley full Q&A Adelaide Vault 2018

    (9/2/18) Gene Simmons & Ace Frehley full Q&A Adelaide Vault 2018: Video.

    VINNIE VINCENT Adds Second Show At Graceland

    (8/24/18) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has added a second show at Graceland following the announcement of his plans to perform "full-shred" electric guitar at his comeback performance. In addition to the previously announced concert on Friday, December 7, Vincent will play on Saturday, December 8.

    "I'm overwhelmed by the love and support from the fans, and look forward to two incredible shows at Graceland," Vincent said.

    The Graceland concerts will be Vincent's first live appearances in over 30 years. The shows will start with an acoustic set, followed by an intermission, and then a full shred electric set. In addition to special guest Robert Fleischman, original vocalist for the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, who will be joining Vinnie for several songs including "Back On The Streets", there will be more special guests, to be announced soon.

    Vinnie will release a special promotional video for the Memphis show on Friday, September 28 at 12:00 noon PST to give fans a little taste of what to expect at the Graceland shows, plus maybe a surprise or two. For tickets and more information, visit www.VinnieVincentLive.com.

    ACE FREHLEY Films 'Rockin' With The Boys' Video In Detroit

    (8/22/18) Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ace Frehley filmed the official music video for his new single, "Rockin' With The Boys", on Saturday, August 18 at Motor City Muscle Music Festival in Detroit, Michigan.

    "Rockin' With The Boys" is the second song Frehley has made available from his forthcoming all-new "Spaceman" album, due October 19 via Entertainment One (eOne). Frehley previously released the track "Bronx Boy" in April.

    "Spaceman", Frehley's eighth solo LP, features nine new original tracks, including a cover of Eddie Money's "I Wanna Go Back", a ripping power pop makeover of the original.

    "No need to worry, I'll be home soon, 'cause I'm rockin' with the boys," Frehley sings on "Rockin' With the Boys", which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS's heyday in the '70s. Both "Rockin With The Boys" and "Bronx Boys" are available on all streaming platforms today, and are iTunes instant-grat tracks for fans who preorder the album.

    In addition to Ace's distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace played bass on all of the songs on "Spaceman" except for two. The listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, "Without You I'm Nothing", which Gene also co-wrote, and "Your Wish Is My Command". Both songs were recorded at Frehley's home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

    Ace's reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water" for 2016's covers LP "Origins, Vol. 1") might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace's clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 "Anomaly" album in 2009.

    "Spaceman" (a title suggested by Simmons himself) serves as the first collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014's "Space Invader", which debuted at No. 9 on the Top 200 chart. The LP scored the highest=charting position of any former or current KISS bandmember ever and marked Frehley's first return to the Top 10 since KISS's 1998 "Psycho Circus" reunion album.

    Widely known as the original "Space Ace" and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over two tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is arguably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley's self-titled "Ace Frehley", released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, "New York Groove", from any of the legendary KISS solo albums (peaking at #13).

    VINNIE VINCENT's Upcoming Concert Will Be Half Unplugged, Half 'Full Shred' With Electric Guitar

    (8/21/18) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has announced that his upcoming concert at Graceland, his first return to the stage in over 30 years, will be half unplugged, half "full shred" with electric guitar.

    Vinnie said: "I've been paying attention to what the fans are writing and saying, and seeing how many fans want me to put on the electric guitar and shred on so many of the great songs we all know and love."

    With many sections of the theater already sold out for the show, the concert at Graceland will start with an acoustic set, followed by an intermission, and then a full shred electric set. In addition to special guest Robert Fleischman, original vocalist for the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, who will be joining Vinnie for several songs including "Back On The Streets", there will be more special guests, to be announced soon.

    Vinnie will release a special promotional video for the Memphis show on Friday, September 28 at 12:00 noon PST to give fans a little taste of what to expect at the Graceland show, plus maybe a surprise or two.

    For tickets and more information, visit www.VinnieVincentLive.com.

    ACE FREHLEY: 'Spaceman' Album Details Revealed; 'Rockin' With The Boys' Single Available

    (8/9/18) Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has released a new song today called "Rockin' With The Boys". This is the second song Frehley has made available from his forthcoming all-new "Spaceman" album, due October 19 via Entertainment One (eOne). Frehley previously released the track "Bronx Boy" in April.

    "Spaceman", Frehley's eighth solo LP, features nine new original tracks, including a cover of Eddie Money's "I Wanna Go Back", a ripping power pop makeover of the original.

    "No need to worry, I'll be home soon, 'cause I'm rockin' with the boys," Frehley sings on "Rockin' With the Boys", which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS's heyday in the '70s. Both "Rockin With The Boys" and "Bronx Boys" are available on all streaming platforms today, and are iTunes instant-grat tracks for fans who preorder the album.

    In addition to Ace's distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace played bass on all of the songs on "Spaceman" except for two. The listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, "Without You I'm Nothing", which Gene also co-wrote, and "Your Wish Is My Command". Both songs were recorded at Frehley's home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

    Ace's reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water" for 2016's covers LP "Origins, Vol. 1") might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace's clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 "Anomaly" album in 2009.

    "Spaceman" (a title suggested by Simmons himself) serves as the first collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014's "Space Invader", which debuted at No. 9 on the Top 200 chart. The LP scored the highest=charting position of any former or current KISS bandmember ever and marked Frehley's first return to the Top 10 since KISS's 1998 "Psycho Circus" reunion album.

    Widely known as the original "Space Ace" and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over two tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is arguably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley's self-titled "Ace Frehley", released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, "New York Groove", from any of the legendary KISS solo albums (peaking at #13).

    "Spaceman" track listing:
    01. Without You I'm Nothing
    02. Rockin' With the Boys (Audio)
    03. Your Wish Is My Command
    04. Bronx Boy (Audio)
    05. Pursuit Of Rock and Roll
    06. I Wanna Go Back
    07. Mission To Mars
    08. Off My Back
    09. Quantum Flux.

    VINNIE VINCENT Files Trademark Application For 'Vinnie Vincent's Kiss'

    (8/8/18) On July 23, former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent filed two applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the word mark "Vinnie Vincent's Kiss". If granted, the registrations will protect the use of the standard character mark of "Vinnie Vincent's Kiss" for entertainment services, specifically "live performances by internationally known musical artist and guitarist Vinnie Vincent," as well as for goods and services, including "compact discs featuring music."

    As previously reported, Vinnie, whose real name is Vincent Cusano, will perform live for the first time in 30 years on December 7 at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. The event will consist of an acoustic set featuring KISS and VINNIE VINCENT INVASION songs, with a special guest appearance by former VINNIE VINCENT INVASION singer Robert Fleischman.

    Vincent has made several public appearances this year after spending the past two decades out of the public eye. He recently addressed rumors about his gender identity but declined to answer the question directly, explaining that he wanted to keep a mystique about the subject. He also said that he hopes to complete his autobiography "within a year."

    Vinnie joined KISS in 1982, replacing Ace Frehley. As the "Ankh Warrior," he toured with the group in support of "Creatures Of The Night", on which he played lead guitar on six songs prior to becoming an official member of the band. He was also a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983.

    After Vincent sued Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for "Lick It Up" royalties, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against the guitarist and awarded the KISS defendants about $66,400 in attorney's fees and $15,400 in costs.

    In June 2010, Vincent lost his 6th Circuit appeal of an order barring him from seeking bankruptcy protection from paying more than $81,000 to his former bandmates.

    Vinnie joined Gene in April at the KISS bassist/vocalist's "Vault Experience" event in Nashville, Tennessee. The reunion took place just a couple of months after Vincent said that reconnecting with Simmons was "probably the nicest thing that's happened" to him in recent years. "I love Gene," he said. "In the early days, he treated me so supportive."

    KISS Manager DOC MCGHEE And Brother SCOTT End 25-Year Business Relationship

    (8/1/18) According to All Access Music Group, McGhee Entertainment partners Doc and Scott McGhee have announced the conclusion of their 25-year business relationship. McGhee Entertainment's web site lists clients that include KISS, Paul Stanley, Ted Nugent, A THOUSAND HORSES, LOVE & THEFT, and others.

    Doc McGhee will continue operating McGhee Entertainment, while his brother Scott has launched a new artist management venture, 1 Entertainment Music And Management Group. The newly formed company plans to offer brand development, digital and social media strategies, and content creation. Both companies will continue to maintain their current Nashville offices. McGhee Entertainment will also continue to operate an office in Los Angeles.

    VINNIE VINCENT Announces First Concert In 30 Years

    (7/26/18) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent will perform live for the first time in 30 years on December 7 in Memphis, Tennessee. Although the venue for the concert has yet to be announced, it has been revealed that the event will consist of an acoustic set featuring KISS and VINNIE VINCENT INVASION songs. Tickets for the show will apparently go on sale tomorrow (Friday, July 27). vinnievincentlive.com/

    Back in January, Vincent was joined by his ex-VINNIE VINCENT INVASION bandmate Robert Fleischman at the Atlanta KISS Expo 2018 to perform an acoustic version of the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION song "Back On The Streets". During the same event, Vinnie gave his first public interview in more than two decades, and said that he still feels "very strongly" about the two VINNIE VINCENT INVASION albums he released three decades ago, 1986's self-titled effort and 1988's "All Systems Go". However, Vinnie said that "the second record should have never happened. Rob [Fleischman] should have stayed with the project," he said. "The basic sound of that record was like [Jimmy] Page and [Robert] Plant — it was Rob and me. That first record was pretty red-hot. It was my vision; Rob singing; everything was just right. Second version of it should have been aborted, should have never happened. I had the power; I should have taken it. I should have called the shots, which should have been, 'Stop this. Revamp it. Go back, let me get the people I need.' The people that were involved with it at that time should have not been involved with it, but it was such a publicity machinery piece of... it was like a product. It was all publicity and hype. The songs I felt were really good, but I didn't feel the music came out to be... the records weren't what I would have done. I would have never settled on records like that. When I say records, the first one, yes; the second one, no; and that singer [Mark Slaughter, who sang on 'All Systems Go'] was unbearable as far as I'm concerned."

    Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — has made several public appearances this year after spending the past two decades out of the public eye. He recently addressed rumors about his gender identity but declined to answer the question directly, explaining that he wanted to keep a mystique about the subject. He also said that he hopes to complete his autobiography "within a year."

    Vinnie joined KISS in 1982, replacing Ace Frehley. As the "Ankh Warrior," he toured with the group in support of "Creatures Of The Night", on which he played lead guitar on six songs prior to becoming an official member of the band.

    PETER CRISS Makes Onstage Appearance At ROB ZOMBIE Concert In Holmdel

    (7/25/18) (Video) Former KISS drummer Peter Criss made an appearance during last night's (Tuesday, July 24) ROB ZOMBIE concert at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.

    Criss, who was watching the performance sidestage, was brought out to the front of the stage by ROB ZOMBIE's frontman and namesake, who cited the KISS co-founding member as an early inspiration to become a musician.

    This is not the first time Criss was seen at a ROB ZOMBIE concert. Back in May 2014, Criss joined the shock-rocker on stage at 93.3 WMMR MMR*B*Q at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey to perform a cover of the KISS classic "God Of Thunder".

    Zombie told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that KISS was one of his biggest influences when he was young. "There was three things in the '70s when I was a little kid that were incredibly influential to me," he said. "You know, Alice Cooper, Elton John and KISS. As a kid, I was just crazy about all three of those."

    In May 2006, Rob Zombie joined original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and ex-GUNS N' ROSES axeman Gilby Clarke plus an all-star band consisting of Slash (guitar; GUNS N' ROSES), Tommy Lee (drums; MÖTLEY CRÜE), and Scott Ian (bass; ANTHRAX) to perform "God Of Thunder" as a tribute to KISS at the "VH1 Rock Honors" event.

    ROB ZOMBIE and MARILYN MANSON kicked off their "Twins Of Evil: The Second Coming" tour on July 11 at Detroit's DTE Energy Music Theatre.

    JOHN CORABI Defends KISS Over PAUL STANLEY's Vocal Issues

    (7/25/18) John Corabi has defended KISS against criticism over the band's recent live performances, saying that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley deserve a lot of credit for putting on great, energetic shows even though they are almost 70 years old.

    When KISS kicked off its European tour earlier in the month in Barcelona, Spain, a number of YouTube videos surfaced online of Stanley clearly struggling to hit the high notes in many of the band's classic songs. This prompted renewed calls for the group to finally call it quits, with some KISS detractors insisting that Paul hasn't been able to deliver the band's material with conviction for many years.

    Corabi, a former member of MÖTLEY CRÜE and THE SCREAM, whose current band, THE DEAD DAISIES, spent several months on the road in 2016 as the support act for KISS, addressed Stanley's vocal issues during a brand new interview with Mariskal Rock TV. He said (see video below): "I think a lot of the fans forget… 'Cause I've been hearing different things about… They're, like, 'Well, Paul didn't sing,' or, 'Gene's not singing that well,' or, 'Paul's not singing that well,' or, 'They didn't play very good.' Every band has an 'off' night once in a while — that's gonna happen. The other thing, too, is I don't think a lot of people take into consideration that they are almost 70 years old. And I've gotta be honest with you. We were on tour [with KISS] last year or the year before, and just for the hell of it, I said to one of the wardrobe girls… I just wanted to pick their boots up. And Gene's boots, honestly, it's probably 15 pounds each boot; they're heavy, heavy boots. Same with Paul's. And I just sat there and I put it in perspective."

    Corabi, who previously played with KISS drummer Eric Singer in the ERIC SINGER PROJECT (ESP), continued: "I did another interview in New York, and the guy was talking about… he was complaining about KISS. And I go, 'How many 70-year-old men do you know who can't even get off the couch, let alone go up and do a two-hour set in boots that each boot weighs 10 pounds, or five kilos, and they're running around, jumping and doing all this stuff for two hours every day — and singing. It's not easy to do… And I just sit there and I go, 'Okay, this is like my dad…' I mean, think about it — he's 70 years old. It's your dad putting on, like, 30 pounds or 40 pounds of gear and running around for two hours and singing and performing. I personally don't know a lot of people at 70, other than those guys — [and] Steven Tyler — but the fact that they're still doing it at 70, I've got nothing but props for that. you've gotta give 'em credit for that."

    Back in 2011, Stanley blamed his voice troubles on singing "through sheer willpower" to "cram in" as many shows as possible.

    The 66-year-old frontman, who underwent surgery on his vocal cords seven years ago for a recurrent problem with his throat which left his voice "cracking," admitted that more than 40 years of performing with KISS left him struggling to sing, and he worked his voice too hard as the band attempted to fit in as many concerts as possible.

    He told the Hollywood Reporter: [I was singing] through sheer willpower... [to] cram in as many shows as possible to maximize profit... The nature of rock singing is a strain on the voice and when you compound that with that amount of shows, you're not giving yourself time to recuperate and the problem is compounded... I was finding myself working harder and harder to do what was once effortless, and having already passed through puberty, I was surprised to hear my voice cracking."

    Stanley added that many artists ruin their vocal cords by partying too hard, explaining: "If you're going to mix alcohol, cigarettes and drugs with singing, you've got a combustible combination that can only get you in trouble.

    "When I was starring in 'Phantom Of The Opera', I found I couldn't drink a glass of wine the night before because it affected my vocal cords the next night, so people who are staying up till all hours, snorting this, smoking that and drinking the other, turn over the sand timer and when the sand runs out, your number comes up."

    GENE SIMMONS: '27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club' Book Due In October

    (7/24/18) "27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club", the inaugural release of the new Simmons Books series, is Gene Simmons's witty, insightful, and no-B.S. take on the myth, and the actual people, that make up the "27 club" — the groundbreaking musicians, artists, and celebrities who died at the age of 27, frozen in the collective consciousness at the zenith of their creative output.

    The summer of 1969 was a momentous one in modern history. It was a season punctuated with change. Apollo 11 landed on the moon, thousands of young fans flocked to rock 'n' roll festivals like Woodstock and the controversial Altamont Freeway concert, the Manson Family cult were on a high-profile killing spree, and the first uprisings that would become the Stonewall Riots began. It was an electric summer of violent endings, new beginnings, and social unrest.

    It was also the summer that a myth was born–beginning with the tragic, untimely death of THE ROLLING STONES founder Brian Jones. The world soon lost two more huge music stars: Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Not only did losing these three beacons of music culture seem to signal the end of a musical era, it also felt like a foreboding sign; they had all died at exactly the same age. All three had lost their lives at the pinnacle of their creative output, and all three were exactly 27 years old.

    People have speculated that there could be a dastardly lineage, from the poisoning of blues pioneer Robert Johnson in 1938, through these icons of the '60s, and more recently to rebel chanteuse Amy Winehouse's death from alcohol poisoning in 2011. Could it be a twisted fate that the world's very best creative souls come to early, often violent, deaths at just 27 years old? Over time, this idea began to be known as, "the 27 club," and it has persisted in the public imagination.

    In "27: The Legend & Mythology Of The 27 Club", rock 'n' roll icon Gene Simmons takes a deep dive into the life stories of these legendary figures, without giving credence to the romanticized idea that being in the "club" is somehow a perverse privilege. Simmons wills us to acknowledge the extraordinary lives, not the sensational deaths, of the musicians and artists who left an indelible mark on the world.

    Gene told the WRIF 101.1 FM radio station that he didn't really set out to write a book that would play up the supernatural aspects of the "club" — instead, he wanted to talk about what lies at the root of self-destructive behavior.

    "It's really about when you become rich and famous and everybody admires you, what is that thing that makes people destroy themselves, even to die? What is that?" Simmons said. "The rest of the world adores you and your fans love you and they give you money and fame and all that, and then you kill yourself. I don't get it."

    Simmons is the co-founder of KISS — America's #1 gold-record-award-winning group of all time in all categories (RIAA), Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees since 2014, and 45 years strong as one of rock's most influential bands. With KISS, Simmons has recorded 44 albums and sold over 100 million records worldwide, and the band continues to sell out stadium tours today. Simmons is also a bestselling author, boasting New York Times bestsellers "Me, Inc." and "On Power" among others, and has founded a number of hugely successful businesses, including the restaurant chain Rock & Brews.

    "27: The Legend & Mythology Of The 27 Club" will be released on October 2 via powerHouse Books.

    Meet Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer and Pick up New KISS San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives!

    (7/12/18) Legendary members of the band KISS are heading to San Diego Rock City, as Entertainment Earth does it again with three more exclusive items for the KISS Army!

    Visit http://eearth.us/?l=n6cnr1 for more info now!

    Commemorating one of the most definitive and iconic KISS albums of all-time, KISS Destroyer 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure Deluxe Box Set features The Demon, The Starchild, The Spaceman, and The Catman in their iconic outfits from the cover of their fourth album, Destroyer. These rockin' sculpted figures are one-of-a-kind variants of the standard Bif Bang Pow! Destroyer action figures. In full costume and makeup, they include 11 points of articulation so you can position them any way you want - like an album cover, posed as they rock and roll all night, or in any way your imagination takes you! With drumsticks for The Catman and guitars for everyone else, this box set (the third in the series) is an exclusive limited edition of only 826 pieces that comes in amazing vintage-style packaging designed to look just like the famous Destroyer album.

    Head to Detroit Rock City with all-new KISS Window Decals! This sensational set includes The Demon, The Starchild, The Spaceman, and The Catman with their instruments, plus a KISS logo decal. With these removeable decals on your ride, everyone will know you're a proud member of the KISS Army!

    Gene Simmons Settles Sexual Battery Lawsuit With Female Journalist

    (7/10/18) Gene Simmons has settled a lawsuit alleging sexual battery, gender violence, battery and assault against a female radio and television broadcaster, according to court filings.

    Simmons and the plaintiff, identified as "Jane Doe," announced to Los Angeles County Supreme Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy on July 2 their case had been settled. The terms of the settlement are unclear.

    The parties will need to submit an official request for dismissal to end the lawsuit.

    Simmons was originally sued in December for allegedly groping the plaintiff and making "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" during a Nov. 1 interview with Simmons and his Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley at their Rock & Brews restaurant at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California.

    According to the lawsuit, Simmons repeatedly grabbed the plaintiff's hand and "forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee." It also alleged the rocker "forcibly flicked/struck" the plaintiff's throat, later providing an "incoherent explanation" for his behavior.

    The suit also said that while posing for a promotional photograph together after the interview, Simmons "reached toward Plaintiff Doe's buttocks and touched it."

    The plaintiff was identified in the documents as a "long-time on-air personality for a local rock station."

    "Defendant Simmons turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos, which made plaintiff Doe extremely uncomfortable," the suit read.

    Her attorney, Willie W. Williams, told The San Bernardino Sun in an interview last year her client was "embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr. Simmons" and "filed suit because she wanted to make a strong statement that this behavior is unacceptable and she wants to see an end to this type of behavior."

    VINNIE PAUL's KISS Casket Was Made By NASHVILLE CASKET SALES

    (6/30/18) Nashville Casket Sales owner Joe Stacey has told Fox 17 that his company made the KISS casket that Vinnie Paul Abbott will be buried in later today (Saturday, June 30) in Arlington, Texas.

    "For whatever reason, the original company lost the license to make a KISS casket," Stacey said. "Now, we're the only ones with the license."

    The KISS casket costs $3,000 and was provided to the Abbott family by KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The casket was offered as a gift at Vinnie's family's request. The PANTERA and HELLYEAH drummer will also be laid to rest in some of his trademark clothes, including his hat, shoes and flannel.

    Vinnie's brother, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, was buried in the original Kiss Kasket prototype in 2004 after his untimely death. The coffin featured the faces of the four founding members of KISS, the KISS logo and the words "Kiss Forever." Both Abbotts were huge fans, especially Darrell, who was shot dead by a gunman in December 2004.

    Vinnie's favorite rock 'n' roll memory involved KISS, as he told The Washington Times. He recalled: "PANTERA was the opening band on the KISS reunion tour in 1997... We did three nights in Mexico City, then we had a flight on my birthday, which is March 11, and we were on a flight from Mexico City to Santiago, Chile. KISS was in first class, and we were in business class. Halfway through the flight, all four of the original members of KISS came back to me and sang 'Happy Birthday' in four-part harmony. They gave me a 'Kisstory' book. I felt like a 14-year-old kid. I had tears coming out of my eyes."

    Vinnie Paul will be buried next to his brother, and his mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington.

    A public memorial for Vinnie Paul will be held this Sunday, July 1, at Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. Fans interested in attending "Vinnie Paul: A Public Celebration Of Life" must receive a wristband to enter the Bomb Factory. The line for wristbands will begin at noon outside the venue prior to the 3:33 p.m. memorial. The event announcement notes: "There are no advance tickets, lines or lists."

    PANTERA fans will know 3:33 p.m. as "Dime Time," in honor of Dimebag.

    Vinnie Paul explained in a 2006 interview: "[Dimebag's] number was three, you know. And every day, 3:33 will appear on the clock, and I don't even mean to look at it, and it just reminds me of him every day. It doesn't matter if it's at night or during the day. I'll be doing something. I'll be right in the middle of something, busy, busy, busy, and I'll look over, and by gosh it's 3:33."

    Vinnie passed away on June 22 at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 54. The drummer's death "did not appear suspicious," according to the official report of the event recorded by Metropolitan Police officers. Sources close to Vinnie told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he suffered a "major heart attack," but that information has not been corroborated yet by an official source.

    Vinnie had reportedly finished laying down drum tracks for the next HELLYEAH album, although there is no word yet on when that LP will see the light of day.

    VINNIE PAUL To Be Buried In KISS Casket, Just Like DIMEBAG

    (6/28/18) According to TMZ, Vinnie Paul Abbott will be buried in a custom "Kiss Kasket" provided by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The casket was offered as a gift at Vinnie's family's request. Vinnie will also be laid to rest in some of his clothes, including his hat, shoes and flannel. (See pictures at TMZ.)

    The former PANTERA drummer's brother, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was buried in the original KISS casket prototype in 2004 after his untimely death. The coffin featured the faces of the four founding members of KISS, the KISS logo and the words "Kiss Forever".

    Darrell was a huge KISS fan and even had a tattoo of original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley on his chest. In addition, Darrell had Frehley autograph it and had that tattooed to his body as well.

    Simmons announced he was giving Dimebag's family the coffin during a December 2004 appearance on Fox News' "The Big Story Weekend Edition With Rita Cosby" a couple of days after the guitarist's death. Simmons told Cosby: "Well, I wasn't really prepared to talk about it, but the family requested, as a personal issue between the family and the grieving people who are going to be there, to send a Kiss Kasket. We initially did it as a promotion. And you know, I think it meant a lot to Darrell when, you know — when he was alive, he gave lots of people great joy. I mean he had the band tattooed onto his chest. He was a major figure in rock and roll. He's going to be greatly missed. And the family wish — you know the one last wish they had was that he be buried in a Kiss Kasket. And I think it's a private matter for the family and the fans, actually."

    In a 2015 interview with The Washington Times, Vinnie Paul was asked if had a favorite rock 'n' roll memory. He responded: "PANTERA was the opening band on the KISS reunion tour in 1997, with all the original members. We toured with them in South America. We did three nights in Mexico City, then we had a flight on my birthday, which is March 11, and we were on a flight from Mexico City to Santiago, Chile. KISS was in first class, and we were in business class. Halfway through the flight, all four of the original members of KISS came back to me and sang 'Happy Birthday' in four-part harmony. They gave me a 'Kisstory' book. I felt like a 14-year-old kid. I had tears coming out of my eyes." He added: "They took us under their wing, really liked us, and it was a great tour."

    A public memorial for Vinnie Paul will be held this Sunday, July 1, at Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. Fans interested in attending "Vinnie Paul: A Public Celebration Of Life" must receive a wristband to enter the Bomb Factory. The line for wristbands will begin at noon outside the venue prior to the 3:33 p.m. memorial. The event announcement notes: "There are no advance tickets, lines or lists."

    The musician's funeral will be held on Saturday, June 30, with the private service also scheduled to begin at 3:33 p.m. Following the services on Saturday and Sunday, Vinnie will be buried alongside his mother and brother.

    Vinnie passed away on Friday (June 22) at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 54. The drummer's death "did not appear suspicious," according to the official report of the event recorded by Metropolitan Police officers. Sources close to Vinnie told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he suffered a "major heart attack," but that information has not been corroborated yet by an official source.

    Vinnie had reportedly finished laying down drum tracks for the next HELLYEAH album, although there is no word yet on when or if that LP will see the light of day.

    GENE SIMMONS: How DONALD TRUMP Will Get Re-Elected In 2020

    (6/14/18) Gene Simmons has laid out a scenario in which President Donald Trump will almost certainly get re-elected in 2020.

    The KISS bassist/vocalist — who is a former contestant on Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" series — made his comments while discussing his new business venture as Chief Evangelist Officer for Invictus MD, a publicly traded cannabis startup, with TheStreet's executive editor Brian Sozzi.

    Simmons, who predicted in the months following the last U.S. presidential election that the Dow Jones Industrial Average would plow past 23,000 (it currently stands at over 25,000) as optimism over corporate earnings turbocharged, remains extremely bullish about the outlook for the U.S. economy. He told TheStreet (see video below): "We will see the day shortly — [within] two years, it's gonna break 30,000. Let me give you the scenario. Ready? Saudi, Israel and Egypt form a public alliance of cooperation. Flights from Israel are gonna fly into Saudi Arabia; it's gonna be a different world. One. Two: North and South Korea do actually come together. Don't worry about the diatribes and all that — that's not 'diet' and 'tribes'; it's a diatribe. They are gonna come together; Kim Jong-un has already started to dismantle [North Korea's nuclear weapons program]. President Trump, who I know and understand, is part of vitriol and getting up there and… He has no… It's kind of Tourette's kind of stuff. But that doesn't matter.

    "I don't care what anybody says. Do it! Make it happen!" he continued. "So there have been other presidents who have been better with media, from [Ronald] Reagan on up. But at the end of the day, people in America are concerned about two things. They don't know about TheStreet or the Dow. Is my family safe? Is my country safe? That's foreign policy. Can I feed my family? That's commerce. Those are the only things they care about. The rest is for the academics in New York and L.A. to argue about. In the middle America, [all they care about is] 'Can I feed my family?' and 'Am I safe?'"

    Simmons went on to say: "I don't know about you, but this president is gonna get re-elected, whether you like it or not, if there is peace and confluence, congruence between North and South Korea and the Dow is about the break 30,000 before the end of his presidency. I'm calling it. If that happens, he's our next president."

    Asked if he was surprised by how markets have reacted to the Trump presidency, Simmons said: "Well, as you know by the numbers, as he was coming in, there was a dip and it was at 17,000. Buy low, sell high. Isn't that what you learned with grandma? Right? Mr. [Warren] Buffett understands this and all that. When the Dow goes down, believe in America. The president was going to… He started to announce it: 'I'm gonna lower [the corporate tax] to 15 or 20…', whatever it is. The Wall Street just kind of [went], 'That our kind of guy: pro business.' You get a stack of papers like this to start a new company. What are you trying to do? Drive every company overseas except to France where you can't fire anybody. Yay, socialism! And so what he did was make it business friendly, and so, all of a sudden, the Dow is exploding. 'Oh, the Dow is at 24,764, now 24,765. We're down 50 points.' Are you kidding me?"

    Last September, Simmons told "The Strombo Show" that it was "too early" to judge Trump's presidency. "Do I think he said a lot of stupid things? Oh, yeah," Simmons said. "He says stupid things, and so do you, and so [do] I. I'm not validating it, but… There's not a human being that walks on the face of the planet that privately hasn't made racist or anti-Semitic or anti-women jokes, or anti-Irish jokes. Privately, everybody does it. He is a Tourette's president who will say whatever he wants, and he doesn't give a fuck if you approve of him, and he's doing the job for one dollar. I like that."

    Gene also defended Trump's occasional off-color remarks and frequently outrageous statements, saying: "I don't know anybody here who hasn't said stupid things publicly or privately, and if they get outed, if you get caught on tape, from Mel Gibson to everyone… I know Mel very well, and I'm Jewish myself, and he said some stupid things, racist things, anti-Semitic things when he was, you know, high or drunk or whatever. But I know the guy, I know that he gave a twenty-million dollar check to start mending kids privately and never talked about it, I know the guy that goes out of his way to help refugees and stuff like that and doesn't advertise it. It's your deeds, not what you say. You've said potty words and so have I. So I'm gonna give the guy who was duly elected a chance to show us what he can do, and then I'll judge his legacy."

    Simmons previously confirmed that KISS was inivited to perform at Trump's inauguration but turned it down because it was "not a good idea."

    Simmons said that he "didn't necessarily vote for President Trump or candidate Clinton" in the 2016 presidential election, adding that "it's really nobody's damn business" whom he voted for. "I think you'd be surprised by my choice — but he's President Trump, because even if you don't like the man, you must respect the office of the presidency and the will of the Electoral College," he said.

    KISS To Launch Three-Year World Tour In January 2019, Says GENE SIMMONS

    (6/4/18) Gene Simmons has told Sweden's Expressen newspaper that KISS will launch a three-year world tour in January 2019. Calling it the band's "most spectacular tour ever," the bassist/vocalist added that the trek will make stops on "all continents."

    Simmons's latest comments echo those made by his bandmate, Paul Stanley, who told CNBC's "Squawk Box" that KISS will embark on its "biggest tour" next year.

    Rumors of KISS's final run of live shows gained strength several months ago following the news that the band was attempting to trademark the phrase "The End Of The Road." An application from KISS was filed in February to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which — should it be accepted — means that the band could use it in connection with "live performances by a musical band." As it stands now, no official farewell tour has been announced.

    As most fans remember, back in 2000 and 2001, KISS already performed a "Farewell Tour". The trek, which was the last to feature drummer Peter Criss, played 142 shows over five legs, covering North America, Japan, and Australia.

    In a recent interview with Australia's News Corp, Simmons confirmed that he "had nothing to do" with KISS's attempt to trademark "The End Of The Road."

    "The god's honest truth is that I've heard this before but I literally had never heard of it until somebody mentioned it and I had nothing to do with it," he said. "So I might learn something, but I know nothing of it. I wouldn't pull your leg, by the way.

    "Kiss Catalog [the company that filed 'The End Of The Road' application] is one of our companies, that's true — but we trademark all sorts of things. I own [the phrase] 'Motion Pictures' — I actually do.

    "There's always been talk, every tour, that this is the last time.

    "Let me put it bluntly: One day we are going to stop and do the last show. I don't know when that is… I still look stunning in real life," he laughed.

    "The band's in great shape — Tommy [Thayer, guitar] and Eric [Singer, drums] are fantastic. Everybody finally seems happy with their lot in life."

    GENE SIMMONS: 'The Problem Is That Politicians Are Telling You What You Want To Hear'

    (5/26/18) In a brand new interview with Barron's, Gene Simmons spoke about the fractured state of American politics and the fallout of the 2016 presidential election. The KISS bassist/vocalist — who is a former contestant on Donald Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" series — said: "I enjoy politics. But I think it's populated by people who have a self-mandated directive to get re-elected. They are not there, in my estimation, to do what is good for the masses. By the way, the current president is doing his job for one dollar. I like that.

    "When you want to lose weight, the guy at the gym doesn't tell you what you want to hear, because he's doing what's good for you," he continued. "If you go into the military, you're going to have a drill sergeant and you're going to hate him. But he is going to prepare you to survive. The problem is that politicians are telling you what you want to hear.

    "Also, you have to give to your constituency. There's $4 million in research going on in Hawaii on why flies fart. It's called pork. It's why the two most hated professions are politicians and lawyers. Be suspicious of all politicians because both sides give pork to their constituencies."

    Simmons previously said that he "didn't necessarily vote for President Trump or candidate Clinton" in the 2016 presidential election, adding that "it's really nobody's damn business" whom he voted for. "I think you'd be surprised by my choice — but he's President Trump, because even if you don't like the man, you must respect the office of the presidency and the will of the Electoral College," he said. Simmons also confirmed that KISS was inivited to perform at Trump's inauguration but turned it down because it was "not a good idea."

    Simmons began personally delivering copies of his new box set, "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016", in January. It is a comprehensive box set of Gene's solo material that comes packaged in a safe.

    TOMMY THAYER Receives Honorary Doctorate From Oregon's Pacific University

    (5/23/18) Oregon's Pacific University awarded an honorary doctorate to longtime university Trustee Tommy Thayer, the lead guitarist for legendary rock band KISS, at the university's spring undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19 at Hanson Stadium on the Forest Grove Campus.

    Thayer, who grew up in Beaverton and graduated from Sunset High School in 1978, has served on Pacific's Board of Trustees since 2005. He has helped the university generate more than $3.5 million for its NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program, primarily through a highly successful celebrity fundraiser Legends, which ran from 2007 to 2016. In 2016, the 10th anniversary Legends event launched the creation of the Tommy Thayer Endowments for Music and Athletics, benefiting students in both programs at Pacific.

    Last spring, the Pacific University Board of Trustees approved awarding Thayer a doctorate of humane letters degree for his philanthropic leadership efforts that have directly helped thousands of Pacific student-athletes.

    Prior to receiving his degree during the ceremony, Thayer gave the keynote address to the class of 2018 consisting of approximately 350 bachelor's degree candidates.

    Video: Tommy Thayer Interview on KGW News Portland

    (5/20/18) Video: Tommy Thayer Interview on KGW News Portland

    MARK SLAUGHTER Responds To VINNIE VINCENT's 'No-Talent Individual' Slam

    (5/13/18) MARK SLAUGHTER Responds To VINNIE VINCENT's 'No-Talent Individual' Slam: Video.

    Wesley grads reminded to leave time for rock ’n’ roll

    (5/15/18) (delawarestatenews.net) As Wesley College graduation commencement speaker, KISS front-man Paul Staney eschewed “smoke machines, lasers, electric guitars and makeup” for the occasion. He jokingly said it was due to a deal he made with college staff to behave.

    Instead, he shared some advice with the outgoing class of 2018.

    “Make the most of your life and be proud of what you do,” he said during his commencement speech. “Make sure at the end of the day, you can look at yourselves in the mirror and like who you see. Go forward, have a great life and remember that even on its worst day — and I’ve had my share — life is a miracle. Go out and prosper. Make this a better world, you can do it. And, take some time to rock ’n’ roll too.”

    Mr. Stanley, who’s also an author, entrepreneur and philanthropist, shared stories of how fighting against adversity in his own life pushed him to succeed.

    Born with microtia — a congenital deformity resulting in an underdeveloped ear — he said he was ridiculed as a young child and later mocked for his desire to pursue music.

    “I’m deaf on my right side and have no ear canal — I didn’t have an ear on that side,” Mr. Stanley said. “People asked, how can you go into music? But, I’ve always said that you have to innately know what you’re capable of doing, no matter what anyone tells you. People say that those who are successful are lucky. It’s not luck. People who are successful look at situations and see opportunities others missed. The people who tell you it’s just luck are the ones who didn’t succeed. It’s a rationale for their failure. Don’t be one of those people.”

    Rousing the graduates, Mr. Stanley urged them to put hard work and drive behind whatever they hope to accomplish.

    “My background is probably very different than yours, but I think I’m proof that regardless of the field you choose to go into, success comes from the fundamentals: hard work, tenacity and believing in yourself,” he said. “If you can dream and you can work hard, you can make the dream into a reality.

    You’re the masters of destiny. The only thing standing between you and success is hard work.”

    Making remarks for the senior class, graduate and Student Government Association president Betty Lee also shared a story of overcoming adversity and celebrated the life of a classmate who died.

    “While we celebrate today, I’d also like to take a moment to celebrate the life of a Wolverine (Wesley’s sports mascot) who’s no longer with us,” said Ms. Lee. “Brittany Paige died my freshman year. After her death, I continued to find little notes she’d written for me and tucked among my nursing textbooks and my notebooks. Each note told me to ‘keep going’ and that I am ‘beautiful’ and I could ‘do it’ and that I am ‘strong.’ If Brittany were here today, she’d be all our biggest fan. On the one-year anniversary of Brittany’s death, I got to spend the day with her parents and they gave me the best advice I was even given. They told me to tell my parents that I loved them as often as I can. At the end of the day that’s all that really matters.”

    The 19-year-old Ms. Paige was killed in early 2015 after being hit by a car while jogging several blocks from the school, reported Dover Police.

    Many hundreds of well-wishers, proud family members and friends joined the graduating students on the lawn of Wesley College campus in Dover during the outdoor ceremony. Several politicians and dignitaries, including U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper, joined the celebration.

    With temperatures in the low 80s and plentiful sunlight, the weather was an improvement from previous years.

    “This is the first time in two years without rain, so this is already a good sign,” said college president Robert Clark II during his speech.

    As other speakers did, Mr. Clark encouraged graduates to face down adversity.

    “I challenge each and every one of you to work hard toward the realization of your potential,” he said. “Don’t waste it. Face, head on, the challenges your class will encounter and overcome them. Embrace what the future holds by being an active part of it.”

    During the ceremony, Mr. Clark also took the opportunity to mark and honor the retirement of two professors: Nancy Rubino and John Paul Muczko.

    Ms. Rubino is retiring from the nursing department after 30 years with the college and Mr. Muczko retired from the kinesiology department after 17 years with the college.

    Ace Frehley - Complete Q&A Indy KISS Expo 2018

    (5/13/18) Ace Frehley - Complete Q&A Indy KISS Expo 2018: Video.

    Vinnie Vincent Interview with Backstage Axxess

    (5/12/18) Vinnie Vincent Interview with Backstage Axxess Prior to his April 27 appearance at New Jersey's Chiller Expo: Video.

    Vinnie Vincent interview with Greg Schmitt

    (5/8/18) Vinnie Vincent interview with Greg Schmitt of WESU's syndicated radio show "Noize In The Attic": Listen.

    Tommy Thayer of KISS Visits Epiphone Headquarters

    (5/4/18) Tommy Thayer of KISS Visits Epiphone Headquarters: Video.

    Pacific University to Bestow Honorary Degree on Tommy Thayer

    (5/3/18) Pacific University will award an honorary doctorate to longtime university Trustee Tommy Thayer, the lead guitarist for legendary rock band KISS, at the university’s spring undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19 at Hanson Stadium on the Forest Grove Campus.

    Thayer, who grew up in Beaverton and graduated from Sunset High School in 1978, has served on Pacific’s Board of Trustees since 2005. He has helped the university generate more than $3.5 million for its NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program, primarily through a highly successful celebrity fundraiser Legends, which ran from 2007 to 2016. In 2016, the 10th anniversary Legends event launched the creation of the Tommy Thayer Endowments for Music and Athletics, benefiting students in both programs at Pacific.

    Last spring, the Pacific University Board of Trustees approved awarding Thayer a doctorate of humane letters degree for his philanthropic leadership efforts that have directly helped thousands of Pacific student-athletes.

    Prior to receiving his degree during the ceremony, Thayer will give the keynote address to the class of 2018 consisting of approximately 350 bachelor’s degree candidates.

    Gene Simmons Dismissed From Sexual Battery Lawsuit

    (4/30/18) A sexual battery lawsuit filed against Gene Simmons has been dismissed, according to the KISS rocker. He insists the case has been "dismissed with prejudice," meaning it cannot be refiled.

    Simmons tells Australia's News Corp, "We're going after that person. When I was growing up and somebody said something bad about you, you would be able to sue back for slander. There's presumption of innocence, and I don't go into the night softly. I've had a long 45-year career. Anybody wants to start something, you picked the wrong guy."

    A woman identified as Jane Doe filed a lawsuit against Simmons in Los Angeles Superior Court in December 2017, alleging he grabbed her hand multiple times and "forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee" and "forcibly flicked/struck" her throat during an interview session at his Rock & Brews restaurant in Highland, California.

    She also claimed Simmons touched her butt while they were posing for a promotional photo together.

    Original KISS Guitarist ACE FREHLEY Releases 'Bronx Boy' Single; New Album Due This Summer

    (4/28/18) (Listen) Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member Ace Frehley has released a brand new single, titled "Bronx Boy". The single is the first track from an all-new, untitled full-length solo LP to be released this summer.

    "Bronx Boy" is available on all digital music services starting today.

    Frehley's next studio album is expected to include the two songs he co-wrote last summer with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.

    "Gene came over my house to write — it went fantastic," Ace said. "In a matter of three hours, he and I came up with two new songs for my [next] record. I'm thrilled." The occasion was momentous for another reason. "It was the first time I have worked with him while I was sober," he revealed, "and it was a pleasure."

    Frehley's last release was a covers collection "Origins, Vol 1", which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart. The effort featured a guest appearance by KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water", marking their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".

    Last September, Frehley released a newly expanded deluxe edition of his 2009 album, "Anomaly", eOne Music. Among the new tracks were two previously unreleased demos: "Hard For Me", which was later reworked into the album's "Foxy & Free", and an early take of "Pain In The Neck", different in tempo and arrangement from the final version. Also included was the previously digital-only "Anomaly" bonus track "The Return Of Space Bear". "Anomaly Deluxe" also featured enhanced album art, a new live poster, and extensive liner notes by rock writer and Ace Frehley historian Ron Albanese (including track-by-track commentary by Frehley). (Listen)

    KISS Manager On Why He Believes Band Can Continue Without Original Members

    (4/28/18) Veteran talent manager Doc McGhee (KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, BON JOVI) was recently interviewed by Juliette Miranda of "The Unwritable Rant" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed here: Listen.

    Gene Simmons acknowledges Kiss' impending demise

    (4/27/18) Kiss rocker Gene Simmons has given fans the heads up about an upcoming farewell tour, insisting he and his bandmates can’t go on forever.

    News of a final set of shows went into overdrive earlier this year after it was revealed the band was attempting to trademark the phrase “The End Of The Road”.

    An application was filed back in February 8, and now bassist Simmons has acknowledged the finale is likely to happen in the not-too-distant future.

    “There will be one at some point,” he recently told the Chicago Sun-Times. “We can’t keep doing this forever. We are the hardest-working band in show business. If (Mick) Jagger stepped into my dragon boots (stage costume), he couldn’t last a half an hour.”

    “We don’t want to stay on stage a day longer than when we feel valid… Remember, we introduced ourselves as, ‘You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world’. Not, ‘We used to be’ the best’.”

    But the rocker insists he had nothing to do with plans to trademark “The End Of The Road”, and that was all down to bandmate Paul Stanley, who previously told journalist Michael Cavacini, “I thought it was a terrific name, and I was surprised nobody had used it before. I wanted to make sure that when we used it, and there will be a time that we do, I imagine – I wanted to be sure that we own it and it’s ours.”

    KISS planning major world tour, says Paul Stanley

    (4/25/18) Though KISS only has a handful of shows scheduled currently, there’s a tour in the works. This according to band frontman Paul Stanley, who took a moment to talk to ABC Radio while walking the red carpet earlier this week at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards in L.A.

    Stanley, who paints in his spare time, said that in addition to the “bunch of art shows” he has scheduled, “KISS [will] do a world tour starting in January, I think.”

    A source close to the band confirms to ABC Radio that KISS is, in fact, putting together a major tour, which is expected to extend well beyond 2019.

    Talking Metal: Vinnie Vincent

    (4/25/18) Talking Metal: Vinnie Vincent: Listen/download.

    VINNIE VINCENT Joins GENE SIMMONS At Nashville 'Vault Experience' Event

    (4/14/18) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent joined his former bandmate Gene Simmons earlier today (Saturday, April 14) at the KISS bassist/vocalist's "Vault Experience" event in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Video footage of Vincent's appearance can be seen here (courtesy of a Facebook Live video from Rosie Luck).

    JOHN 5 Joined By ACE FREHLEY At Whisky A Go Go Concert

    (4/7/18) At the John 5 concert Friday night (April 6) at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California, Ace Frehley came on at the end of the night to play the KISS classics "Parasite" and "Shock Me". Videos: 1, 2.

    PAUL STANLEY 'Can't Wait' To Join GENE SIMMONS At 'Vault' Event In Las Vegas

    (4/3/18) Paul Stanley has confirmed that he will join Gene Simmons at his "Vault" event in Nevada.

    For the last three months, the KISS bassist/vocalist has has been traveling around the U.S., personally delivering copies of his limited-edition box set, "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016", to buyers. The set, including a ticket to one of the "Vault" gatherings, costs $2,000, with the most expensive version going for $50,000.

    Although Simmons has been joined by several of his current and former bandmates at various "The Vault" events so far, his KISS partner Paul Stanley has yet to make an appearance. However, that will all change on May 26 when the two KISS co-founders come together in Las Vegas.

    Stanley tweeted a graphic advertising his appearance at the event, along with the caption: "Me Busy?? Yes!! TOO Busy?!?! NEVER!!! Can't Wait!"

    KISS fans recently speculated that the band would soon embark on a farewell tour following the news that the legendary rock act was attempting to trademark the phrase "The End Of The Road." An application from KISS was filed on February 8 to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which — should it be accepted — means that the band could use it in connection with "live performances by a musical band." As it stands now, no official farewell tour has been announced.

    PAUL STANLEY Is 'Going Over' His Schedule To See When He Can Join GENE SIMMONS At A 'Vault' Event

    (4/2/18) Paul Stanley says that he is "going over" his schedule to see when he can join Gene Simmons at one of his "Vault" events.

    For the last three months, the KISS bassist/vocalist has has been traveling around the U.S., personally delivering copies of his limited-edition box set, "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016", to buyers. The set, including a ticket to one of the "Vault" gatherings, costs $2,000, with the most expensive version going for $50,000.

    Although Simmons has been joined by several of his current and former bandmates at various "The Vault" events so far, there has been no sign of his KISS partner Paul Stanley.

    A few days after Gene told the attendees at his March 25 "Vault" event in New York City that he has been unable to get Paul to come out to any of the gatherings, Stanley took to his Twitter to address his absence.

    "Going over my schedule to see when I can join my 'Brother From Another Mother,' Gene, at one of his Vault events," Paul wrote. "You BET I'm going!"

    KISS fans recently speculated that the band would soon embark on a farewell tour following the news that the legendary rock act was attempting to trademark the phrase "The End Of The Road." An application from KISS was filed on February 8 to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which — should it be accepted — means that the band could use it in connection with "live performances by a musical band." As it stands now, no official farewell tour has been announced.

    GENE SIMMONS: 'I Can't Get PAUL STANLEY To Come Out' To Any Of 'The Vault' Events

    (3/30/18) Gene Simmons says that he hasn't been able to get his KISS bandmate Paul Stanley to come out to any of his "Vault" events.

    For the last three months, the KISS bassist/vocalist has has been traveling around the U.S., personally delivering copies of his limited-edition box set, "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016", to buyers. The set, including a ticket to one of the "Vault" gatherings, costs $2,000, with the most expensive version going for $50,000.

    Although Simmons has been joined by several of his current and former bandmates at various "The Vault" events so far, there has been no sign of his KISS partner Paul Stanley.

    During the March 25 "Vault" event in New York City, Gene addressed Paul's absence, telling the attendees (see video below): "Along the way, some of our friends and family members who started the band with us came by to say hello to wonderful folks like you. Ace [Frehley, original KISS guitarist] has been to three of the 'Vault' events — Los Angeles and a few others. Ace, by the way, is gonna be opening up for the GENE SIMMONS BAND when we do five shows in Australia. He's gonna be using my back-up band and we're just gonna have a great time. He'll play 'Ozone' and lots of other crazy stuff. And Peter Criss [original KISS drummer] came by yesterday, in case you didn't hear. Vinnie Vincent [former KISS guitarist] is gonna be in Nashville. Paul Stanley, I can't get him to come out yet, but we'll see. Maybe I'll get him some paint brushes," apparently referring to the fact that Stanley has been spending much of his time painting and exhibiting his original artwork at various galleries around the country. Simmons added: "The thing we do is tease each other. Tommy [Thayer, current KISS guitarist] and Eric [Singer, current KISS drummer] came to Los Angeles. Bruce Kulick's [former KISS guitarist] been out. Of course, he likes to go out anywhere."

    A few years ago, Simmons told Classic Rock magazine about his relationship with Stanley: "Paul is the soul of KISS and I'm… the cock. Paul is much more emotional, and I'm drier. Paul will go see romantic movies, I'll throw up at them." Singer offered his own perspective, telling the magazine: "Gene loves the sound of his own voice, we all know that. But nothing happens in KISS unless Paul Stanley says it does."

    KISS fans recently speculated that the band would soon embark on a farewell tour following the news that the legendary rock act was attempting to trademark the phrase "The End Of The Road." An application from KISS was filed on February 8 to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which — should it be accepted — means that the band could use it in connection with "live performances by a musical band." As it stands now, no official farewell tour has been announced. (Video)

    KISS Guitarist TOMMY THAYER To Sign Copies Of 'Ernest Hummingbird' Book In Valencia This Weekend

    (3/30/18) KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and author/animator David Feiss will debut their new book and storybook application this weekend. The book reading and sing-along is set to be followed by a book signing at Barnes & Noble at 23630 Valencia Blvd in Valencia, California on Saturday, March 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    "Ernest Hummingbird", created by Feiss ("Cow And Chicken") is a children's story of a lovable young hummingbird named Ernest who wants to sing and not just hum. When his parents initially object, Ernest and his two BFFs Bilfickle Bee and Edgar Allen Poodle set out on a musical journey of wonder, comical roadblocks, and eventual success, finding their way to sing on the big stage!

    Thayer produced the "Ernest Hummingbird" animated storybook available at the Apple app store, narrated by Grammy-Award-winning artist Darius Rucker, and filled with original music and sing-along songs written by Thayer, Feiss and Peter Asher, one-half of the '60s pop duo PETER AND GORDON and a former vice president of Sony Music Group.

    Charles Mechem, former CEO of Taft Broadcasting, who owned Hanna Barbera for 25 years, heads Mechem Media and is also a partner in the "Ernest Hummingbird" project.

    A series of "Ernest Hummingbird" storybooks for the 4 to 8-year-old demographic are planned. Multimedia, short-content stories and sing-along songs are in development.

    GENE SIMMONS Says He 'Had Nothing To Do With' KISS's 'End Of The Road' Trademark Application

    (3/26/18) (Video) Gene Simmons says that he "had nothing to do" with KISS's recent attempt to trademark the phrase "The End Of The Road." An application from KISS was filed on February 8 to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which — should it be accepted — means that the band could use it in connection with "live performances by a musical band." As it stands now, no official farewell tour has been announced.

    During a question-and-answer session as part of the KISS bassist/vocalist's "Vault Experience" event this past weekend in New York City, Simmons was asked about the "The End Of The Road" application and what it means for the band's future.

    "I had nothing to do with that," Gene said (see video below). "I really don't know who stuck it on there, and I don't know if it's a fan or somebody in the band. I would tell you the truth. I literally don't know anything about it. KISS is playing some big outdoor shows in Spain in July. Around there, the GENE SIMMONS BAND is playing, headlining some festivals and stuff like that. We're very lucky. I have a ball doing it, playing obscure songs like 'I' and 'She's So European', stuff we've never played before. So I get to have a great time. But as regards to your [question], I have no idea."

    PETER CRISS And GENE SIMMONS Reunite At 'Vault Experience' Event In New York City

    (3/24/18) (Video) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss joined his former bandmate Gene Simmons earlier today (Saturday, March 24) at the KISS bassist/vocalist's "Vault Experience" event in New York City.

    After being introduced by Gene as "the powerful and the attractive, the original, one and only, Peter Criss," the drummer took the microphone and told the crowd (see video below, courtesy of Mike Brunn): "Hi. It's good to be here. It's good to see you. It's good to be here. I'm feeling great. I had to come and say hi to my bass player from my old band KISS. [Laughs] No. Really, Gene sent me a wonderful invitation; I couldn't resist. And we haven't seen each other since the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame. Out of all the bandmembers, we always had a Twinkie thing going, and way back in the day…" At this point, Simmons chimed in, "He means cake," before Criss continued: "So I had to come in and say hi to him. I do have a big place in my heart for Gene — I always will, out of all the members. So it's good that you came down for him. He loves to be loved, so give him all the love you want, and he'll take it all in. And God bless you all, and thank you so much."

    In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman".

    Criss first left KISS in 1980. Since then he's worked with other bands and released solo albums. He teamed up with KISS again for a reunion tour in the 1990s and most recently in 2004. He was replaced by Eric Singer.

    The four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2014 by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello.

    KISS did not perform — the Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Simmons and Paul Stanley insisted on the current lineup — which also includes guitarist Tommy Thayer — performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.

    Criss, who was known as "Catman," released his last solo CD, titled "One for All", in 2007. Peter produced the album himself for the first time, and was joined by guest musicians that included keyboardist Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee of "Late Night with David Letterman". The album featured a range of styles, from rock and jazz to blues and Broadway, and included covers of "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Send in the Clowns".

    Gene began personally delivering copies of his new box set, "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016", in January.

    "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016" is a comprehensive box set of Gene's solo material that comes packaged in a safe. The set includes 150 previously unreleased songs spread over 10 discs, a leather-bound photo book, a Gene Simmons action figure, an "In Gene We Trust" gold medallion and a "surprise item."

    Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has made appearances at a couple of the "Vault Experience" events so far, while ex-KISS axeman Vinnie Vincent is expected to join Simmons on April 14 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    ‘Billions’ Actor David Costabile To Play Doc McGhee In ‘The Dirt’

    (3/23/18) David Costabile, who plays Bobby Axelrod’s right-hand man Mike “Wags” Wagner stars on Showtime’s Billions, has signed on for the Mötley Crüe biopic, The Dirt, as the group’s longtime manager Doc McGhee.

    Jeff Tremaine is directing the Netflix/LBI Entertainment film that stars Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx, Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil and Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee.

    The pic is based on the Neil Strauss’ book The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, which was adapted for the screen by Rich Wilkes, Tom Kapinos and Amanda Adelson. It follows the band’s rise to international stardom in the 1980s.

    Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and Allen Kovac are producing.

    Costabile, whose credits include Breaking Bad, Lincoln and 13 Hours, is repped by ICM and Gartner/Green.

    'Collateral damage' from #MeToo, #TimesUp 'heinous': Gene Simmons

    (3/23/18) (torontosun.com) Gene Simmons supports the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements within the music industry with one major caveat.

    “I think it’s wonderful for women to be engaged in the conversation and the positive side is there have been a lot of bad guys who have gotten away with it (and aren’t anymore) — that’s a good thing,” the 68-year-old KISS bassist said while in Toronto earlier this week as the new media spokesman for Canadian cannabis company Invictus.

    “The collateral damage is heinous because anybody can say anything and there’s no presumption of innocence. That’s the problem,” Simmons said. “The problem is you don’t have your day in court.”

    “As soon as somebody cries and the mascara runs, the guy’s life is ruined and it’s over. He may be guilty or he may be innocent but what happened to our justice system? You’ll make more money. You’ll embarrass him everyday. Instead of in a news conference which gets you no money. I’m totally in support of anything and everything that follows the rule of law. Get a lawyer. Do it legitimately.”

    Simmons also doesn’t believe the movements will change the music industry.

    “No. Let me put it bluntly. I think the s–tstorm is going to be here for a while and the pendulum will finally get to reality after,” he said. “Right now it’s in the extreme. But I’m the last guy to understand any of this stuff.”

    “My opinion is laws are good. And the more lawful of a society we are the better off we’ll be,” Simmons added.

    Rock Fest Barcelona 2018 Press Conference with Gene Simmons

    (3/21/18) Rock Fest Barcelona 2018 Press Conference with Gene Simmons: Video.

    Gene Simmons softens stance on cannabis

    (3/21/18) (canoe.com) Gene, Gene – the trading machine.

    KISS bassist Gene Simmons was at the TSX Venture Exchange Tuesday ringing the morning bell as Canadian cannabis producer Invictus — which has two licensed sites in Edson, Alta. and Hamilton, Ont. — changed its share ticker name from IMH to GENE.

    “Yes, it is easy to remember but it really comes from genetics,” insisted Simmons, 68, dressed in a black suit and grey tie for his new role as the Vancouver-based Invictus’ “Chief Evangelist Officer.”

    For those confused about this new relationship given Simmons’ staunch teetotaler status — he’s never drank, smoked cigarettes or weed or done any drugs (except under a doctor’s care he says of the latter) and lashed out at abusers — he understands.

    “I was wrong and I was not informed,” said Simmons. “Well, drug abuse, you don’t have to be a genius (to know that’s wrong) and alcohol abuse, everybody knows that’s wrong but I’ve been dismissive of cannabis. And I didn’t know much about it. I just dismissed it out of hand.”

    “I have to man up and admit in the past, I used to dismiss lots of things because of ignorance and arrogance,” he explained. “About three years ago when I did my own research, I found out astonishingly new information that doctors and researchers were talking about with regards to cannabis.”

    Don’t forget, the branding expert has been the driving force behind 5,000 licensed products for KISS, himself and beyond.

    “The appeal Invictus has for me is I’m bullish on the company and as an investment strategy for myself,” said Simmons, who will serve as the company’s media spokesperson among other duties.

    “For me this is a great business opportunity. As a matter of full disclosure, I’ve got 10 million in stock in the company and I’m glad to do it,” he said. “Respectfully, I’m not as much a celebrity as a business man because you can’t find somebody like me. I have a restaurant chain, also some other businesses that have nothing to do with playing a guitar.”

    “At the end of the day, business is the sexiest thing,” Simmons added.

    Other Simmons’ stuff:

    – He’ll be in Toronto hand delivering his Vault box set to fans on May 5-6.

    – The Gene Simmons Band will headline the CannaFest Aug. 24-25 in Grand Forks, B.C.

    – He’s spoken to reality TV show producer Mark Burnett about finding the next generation of KISS musicians when they’re ready to retire: “We can’t do this forever.”

    – He doesn’t think the #MeToo/#TimesUp movements will change the music industry: “No. Let me put it bluntly. I think the s–tstorm is going to be here for a while and the pendulum will finally get to reality after. Right now it’s in the extreme.”

    – His daughter Sophie, who has released three singles, can take care of herself: “She will kick you in the nuts — she’s not afraid of anybody or anything.”

    KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY Explains 'The End Of The Road' Trademark Application

    (3/17/18) KISS fans recently speculated that the band would soon embark on a farewell tour following the news that the legendary rock act was attempting to trademark the phrase "The End Of The Road." An application from KISS was filed on February 8 to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which — should it be accepted — means that the band could use it in connection with "live performances by a musical band." As it stands now, no official farewell tour has been announced.

    Asked by journalist Michael Cavacini for the details on why this trademark was filed, KISS frontman Paul Stanley said: "It's not the first trademark that's been filed. I thought it was a terrific name, and I was surprised nobody had used it before. I wanted to make sure that when we used it, and there will be a time that we do, I imagine — I wanted to be sure that we own it and it's ours. When we wanted to go out and do the 'Hottest Show On Earth' tour, Ringling Bros. came to us and said, 'You can't do that.' It set off a light and bell for me. We've always had slogans or sayings that are synonymous with us, and this was another. Everything does end, in one form or another. When it's my time, I want to go out in style, and I want to go out guns blazing. So, when I came up with this idea, I thought let's make sure we tie this up."

    KISS had once before publicly announced its plans to call it quits nearly 20 years ago. Stanley later said that the band's tumultuous "Farewell Tour" in 2000 was nothing more than an attempt by the group to "put KISS out of its misery" after years of ego clashes and disagreements over songwriting credits between the band's original members.

    Stanley has repeatedly said that the band could one day continue without him and bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, explaining in an interview: "Once the original [KISS lineup] was no more, it just became clear to us that, in some ways, we're much more a sports team. We don't fall into the limitations of other bands, because we're not other bands. So, yeah, at some point, I'd love to see somebody in the band in my place, and it's because I love the band."

    Back in January, Stanley said that he wasn't sure "about the idea of KISS coming to an end. We've built something that's so iconic, and I think it transcends any of the members so I can certainly see me not being there, seriously." He also spoke about his reasons for wanting to spend less time on the road. "I don't want to go leave home," he said. "I have a family and I have children and, honestly, I think my primary responsibility is to be a dad, and I don't want to miss out on that. And certainly, as we got older, we know that life is finite and I pick and choose what I want to do at this point."

    KISS’ Gene Simmons Joins Canadian Cannabis Company

    (3/16/18) INVICTUS MD STRATEGIES CORP. (“Invictus” or the “Company”) (TSXV: IMH; OTC: IVITF; FRA: 8IS1) announced today that rock ‘n’ roll legend and marketing and branding innovator Gene Simmons, co-founder of KISS: America’s #1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time, has joined Invictus as Chief Evangelist Officer.

    The partnership involves Simmons’ leadership in a variety of capacities focused on assisting the Company with its public awareness strategy and eventual branding strategy for the recreational market that is anticipated to be legal in Canada in 2018. His responsibilities will include providing marketing counsel, serving as a spokesperson in the media, public appearances and participation in the Company’s annual general meeting and investor meetings, among others.

    “Gene Simmons is a branding and merchandising genius, who not only created one of the most iconic bands of all time, but has spent decades building successful brands internationally in various industries,” said Dan Kriznic, Chairman and CEO of Invictus. “Gene will lead marketing initiatives that will help spread the positive messages that dwell at the heart of Invictus in accordance with the strict regulations of Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) and the Narcotic Control Regulations (NCR)” said Kriznic.

    “Values and family are very important to me, and when I first connected with Dan at Invictus, I understood immediately that we enjoyed a shared passion for these key life foundations,” said Gene. “Instead of launching straight into business, we talked about the things that matter the most.”

    While Simmons has achieved extraordinary success beyond the concert stage and recording studio, his KISS-related achievements are astounding in themselves with the band having sold more than 100 million albums; earning more American Gold Record Awards than any other group, in all categories (RIAA); building a merchandising/licensing empire with over 2,500 licenses including everything from t-shirts and comic books, to pinball machines, credit cards and lunchboxes; and breaking box office records set by The Beatles and Elvis.

    Beyond KISS, Simmons’ celebrity television show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, aired for eight years and 167 episodes, and was viewed in 84 countries — one of the longest-running celebrity reality TV shows in history. He discovered Van Halen, managed the recording career of Liza Minnelli, and is a founding partner in the global restaurant chain Rock & Brews.

    Simmons’ achievements in marketing encouraged McClaren to hire him as their brand ambassador and Indycar engaged him to do their marketing. Simmons has a record label Simmons Records, is a published author with Simmons Books about to publish his latest book “27”, on the heels of his two previous best sellers Me, Inc., and On Power; and Simmons Comics continues to grow. In addition, he published his own magazine, Tongue (Sterling-McFadden) and is about to launch his newest magazine, “iMOGU” focusing on entrepreneurs that matter. Simmons created and executive produced the TV shows My Dad The Rock Star, Mr. Romance, and others. He has also acted in numerous motion pictures and television shows for more than three decades and is currently co-producing a slate of motion pictures with Arclight Films.

    Simmons is a partner in the New York-based Family Office of Highmore Group Advisors, he has rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange, and was keynote speaker at NASDAQ. Gene Simmons also had a United States Postage Stamp.

    Among his latest ventures, Simmons is launching a premium soda line, MoneyBag™ Sodas, across all 7-Eleven stores; his 50th anniversary rock tour, Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience, continues with stops around the world; and, he will soon launch MoneyBag™ FootGear.

    Terms of the agreement

    Pursuant to the terms of the agreement Invictus acquired all the issued and outstanding shares of Gene-Etics Strains Co. from Gene Simmons and Simmons will provide the marketing and branding efforts described above for a purchase price comprising of $2.5-million (U.S.) payable in cash and the issuance of 2,631,141 common shares in the capital of Invictus to be paid on the closing date. Invictus and Simmons will also enter into a management services agreement and international licensing agreement, for an additional 1,973,355 common shares and a second tranche of 1,973,355 common shares to be issued to Simmons on the later of 240 days following the closing date and January 2, 2019.

    The shares are being issued at a deemed price of $1.97

    About Invictus MD Strategies Corp.

    Invictus MD Strategies Corp. is focused on two main verticals within the Canadian cannabis sector, namely the Licensed Producers under the ACMPR, being its 100% investment in Acreage Pharms Ltd., located in West-Central Alberta, and 50% investment in AB Laboratories Inc., located near Hamilton, Ontario, that has its cultivation and sales license under ACMPR. In addition to ACMPR licenses, the Company has an 82.5% investment in Future Harvest Development Ltd. a Fertilizer and Nutrients manufacturer based in Kelowna, British Columbia.

    For more information, please visit www.invictus-md.com.

    Bruce Kulick interviewed by Totally Driven Radio

    (3/3/18) (Listen) Bruce Kulick interviewed by Totally Driven Radio

    PAUL STANLEY: KISS 'Can' And 'Should' Continue Without Any Original Members

    (2/23/18) (Video) Paul Stanley talks to Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS

    Paul Stanley in-studio on #CPR with Marci!

    (2/22/18) (Video) 95.5 KLOS Paul Stanley in-studio on #CPR with Marci!

    Is It 'The End Of The Road' For KISS?

    (2/19/18) (Link) On February 8, Kiss Catalog Ltd., the owner of the intellectual property rights pertaining to the legendary rock group KISS, filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the word mark "The End Of The Road". If granted, the registration will protect the use of the standard character mark of "The End Of The Road" on entertainment services, specifically "live performances by a musical band."

    Word of the application has led to speculation among KISS fans that the band could be preparing to embark on its final tour.

    KISS had once before publicly announced its plans to call it quits nearly 20 years ago. Guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley later said that the band's tumultuous "Farewell Tour" in 2000 was nothing more than an attempt by the group to "put KISS out of its misery" after years of ego clashes and disagreements over songwriting credits between the band's original members.

    "The 'Farewell Tour' was to get off the stage with our tails between our legs while we still had some self-respect left," bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons explained. "And it became very clear the fans didn't want us to go."

    Simmons said in a 2017 interview that KISS had "a few more years" left before it would call it quits. He told Glasgow Live: "We're the hardest-working band in show business. I wear over forty pounds of studs and armor and all that stuff, seven-inch platform heels, spit fire and have to fly through the air and do all that stuff.

    He continued: "In hindsight, it would have been smarter to be a U2 or THE [ROLLING] STONES, to wear some sneakers and a t-shirt and you're comfortable. No, we had to do it the hard way.

    "So we're not gonna be able to do it into our 70s, and I'm 67 now. We'll do it for a few more years, and then when we think it's time to go, we'll go, and we'll do it the right way, with a big party. I'd like to think that we would do something that rocks the planet — something big and worldwide and maybe free."

    Stanley has repeatedly said that the band could one day continue without him and Gene, explaining in an interview: "Once the original [KISS lineup] was no more, it just became clear to us that, in some ways, we're much more a sports team. We don't fall into the limitations of other bands, because we're not other bands. So, yeah, at some point, I'd love to see somebody in the band in my place, and it's because I love the band."

    PAUL STANLEY Disputes GENE SIMMONS's Version Of How 'It's My Life' Was Written

    (2/19/18) Paul Stanley has disputed Gene Simmons's explanation of how the song "It's My Life" came together, insisting that he "wrote the title, chorus, chords, melody and lyric" to the track before Gene got involved and "wrote the rest."

    "It's My Life" was originally demoed for KISS's 1982 album, "Creatures Of The Night", but it did not make the final record. It was later re-recorded for 1998's "Psycho Circus", but once again found itself excluded from a KISS album for which it was recorded.

    Gene's original demo version of "It's My Life" is one of the tracks featured on his recently released, massive collection "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016", which celebrates the KISS co-founder's 50 years in music.

    A different version of "It's My Life" was included on "WOW", the debut solo studio album by THE PLASMATICS singer Wendy O. Williams, which was produced by Simmons and released in 1984 by Passport Records.

    While promoting "The Vault" box set, Simmons told the story of how "It's My Life" came to be recorded by Williams. He said: "KISS had taken out THE PLASMATICS, featuring Wendy O. Williams on lead vocals. During one of the shows, Wendy came up and said that she wanted to do a solo record and would I like to produce her. And I said, 'Sure. I think it'd be a great idea. But if I'm gonna produce you, I'm gonna decide everything. I'm gonna decide which songs you record, and if you don't have the songwriting talent within the band, then I'll get you the songs, or I'll write some stuff for you. But the songs have to be first and foremost.'"

    He continued: "Paul Stanley had an old piece that he started working on called 'Every Little Beat Of Your Heart', so I took the chordal passage and I wrote a brand new song around it called 'It's My Life': 'I've got a reputation / people know who I am / rules are made to be broken / you can't kill what you don't understand,' which felt very much, and I designed it, to be Wendy talking about herself, about being an individual. And, yeah, she's a chick, but she'll be damned if she'll let any guy tell her what to do."

    After BLABBERMOUTH.NET published an article on Saturday (February 17) about Simmons's first-ever live performance of "It's My Life" — which took place during his February 16 concert at the Lynn Auditorium in Lynn, Massachusetts — Stanley took to his Twitter account to set the record straight regarding the song's origin.

    Paul wrote: "For anyone it matters to... The song 'It's My Life' had nothing to do with any other song of mine. I wrote the title, chorus, chords, melody & lyric to 'It's My Life' and didn't want to use at the time. Gene wanted to use it so he wrote the rest. THAT'S the story!"

    He added in a separate tweet: "FYI...I wrote for the song 'Every Little Beat Of Your Heart' for the Bob Ezrin project which became 'The Elder'. It's transformation started when Lou Reed wrote a terrific lyric poem for it called a 'A World Without Heroes'. Bob put them together."

    GENE SIMMONS Performs Solo Song 'It's My Life' Live For The First Time

    (2/17/18) (Video) KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons played his solo song "It's My Life" live for the first time ever during his February 16 concert at the Lynn Auditorium in Lynn, Massachusetts. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Mike Brunn).

    "It's My Life" was originally written by Gene and Paul Stanley and demoed for KISS's 1982 album, "Creatures Of The Night", but it did not make the final record. It was later re-recorded for 1998's "Psycho Circus", but once again found itself excluded from a KISS album for which it was recorded.

    Gene's original demo version of "It's My Life" is one of the tracks featured on his recently released, massive collection "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016", which celebrates the KISS co-founder's 50 years in music.

    A different version of "It's My Life" was included on "WOW", the debut solo studio album by THE PLASMATICS singer Wendy O. Williams, which was produced by Simmons and released in 1984 by Passport Records.

    Regarding how "It's My Life" came to be recorded by Williams, Gene said: "KISS had taken out THE PLASMATICS, featuring Wendy O. Williams on lead vocals. During one of the shows, Wendy came up and said that she wanted to do a solo record and would I like to produce her. And I said, 'Sure. I think it'd be a great idea. But if I'm gonna produce you, I'm gonna decide everything. I'm gonna decide which songs you record, and if you don't have the songwriting talent within the band, then I'll get you the songs, or I'll write some stuff for you. But the songs have to be first and foremost.'"

    He continued: "Paul Stanley had an old piece that he started working on called 'Every Little Bit Of Your Heart', so I took the chordal passage and I wrote a brand new song around it called 'It's My Life': 'I've got a reputation / people know who I am / rules are made to be broken / you can't kill what you don't understand,' which felt very much, and I designed it, to be Wendy talking about herself, about being an individual. And, yeah, she's a chick, but she'll be damned if she'll let any guy tell her what to do."

    GENE SIMMONS's '27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club' Book Due In August

    (2/13/18) powerHouse Books has set an August 14 release date for KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons's new book, titled "27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club".

    In a recent interview with Detroit, Michigan's WRIF 101.1 FM radio station, Simmons revealed that "27" is "about all the sadness with these people who killed themselves. Frances Bean, Kurt Cobain's daughter, is friends with my son, they hang out," he said. "You should read the quotes she does in the media. 'Hey, it's real cool your father dies while you're still a baby from drugs.' No, it ain't. It sucks."

    Speaking in more detail about the inspiration for his upcoming book, Simmons said: "You'd be shocked at how deep this runs mysteriously. But, again, it's not about the idea that it's 27, although we ask that question: 'Why then? Why not 28? Why not 30?' and all that. But it's really about when you become rich and famous and everybody admires you, what is that thing that makes people destroy themselves, even to die? What is that?

    "The rest of the world adores you and your fans love you and they give you money and fame and all that, and then you kill yourself. I don't get it."

    Gene went on to reiterate that he has "literally never been high or drunk" in his life, "other than [while sitting] in a dentist chair. And that's because of my mother," he explained. "My mother was 14 years of age when she was in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, and she had a horrific life. And what right do I have to torture her and make her unhappy? No, that's never gonna happen."

    Simmons also denied that he has ever been tempted to turn to alcohol or drugs for solace while dealing with the pressures of being on tour.

    "What temptations?" he said. "If you drink enough, your equipment won't work. If you get high, trust me, you're not gonna be witty or look cool. No, there's nothing about that. We've gotta tear down this stupid fascination with it; it's self-destructive.

    "What's happening with opioids is killing everybody," he continued. "No, there's nothing cool about that. I'll tell you what's cool — somebody who arches their back, stands up straight and says, 'Every day above ground is a good day. Now watch me burn rubber.' That's cool."

    The official synopsis of "27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club" reads as follows:

    "Beginning in the summer of 1969, a slew of major rock stars all died in quick succession: Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, all hugely influential musicians of their time, passed away, under tragic circumstances, and at exactly 27 years old.

    "This is how the rumor of the '27 club' — the idea that there is something fateful, myth-worthy, or even cursed about turning 27 — began. Since then, the morbid pantheon has continued to grow, now including art prodigy Basquiat (d. 1988), legendary NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain (d. 1994), and nu-blues heroine Amy Winehouse (d. 2011), among other unforgettable figures. Becoming a member is a perverse privilege, but the cost of entry is dangerously high.

    "In '27', rock legend Gene Simmons of KISS fame, a man with over 10 million album sales and many a story to his name, will serve as our guide to the enigmatic 27 club, examining sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll from the inside, and answering our enduring questions… Why do we find ourselves obsessed with the untimely deaths of the famous and the infamous? Is the 27 club just a compelling urban legend? What does age 27 really mean for our most beautiful and damned?"

    JOHN 5 To Be Joined By ACE FREHLEY At Whisky A Go Go Concert

    (2/10/18) Former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 will be joined by Ace Frehley (KISS) during his April 6 concert at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. As previously reported, also scheduled to appear at the show are Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) and Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), who will perform the MÖTLEY CRÜE classic "Shout At The Devil" with John 5 and his solo band THE CREATURES.

    Last year, John 5 — real name: John William Lowery — took partial credit for reuniting Frehley and Gene Simmons at the former KISS guitarist's February 2017 concert in Beverly Hills, California, marking the first time the KISS legends were photographed together since their 2014 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

    John 5 told Seattle Music Insider that he "wanted to be like KISS" when he first started to play guitar. "[I] loved KISS growing up," he said. "Who didn't?" John 5 revealed in a separate interview with Digital Trends that KISS's 1977 classic "Love Gun" was the first album he connected with. "It's got a great cover. I loved it. I was, like, 'Oh my God — these are monsters with guitars!' I was so young then."

    John 5 is touring in support of his concert album, "It's Alive!", which came out on January 25. The first live album released by John 5 and THE CREATURES — which includes Ian Ross on bass and Rodger Carter on drums — is also the first LP released by John 5 to be made available on vinyl.

    Kiss guitarist featured on app for children's book

    (2/8/18) (vcstar.com) A guitarist for the rock band Kiss is featured in an app for a children’s book dealing with some themes close to the musician’s heart: persistence and following a dream.

    Tommy Thayer is featured in the app that accompanies a children’s book called “Ernest Hummingbird.” It’s the first book written by animator David Feiss, who has worked on “The Ren & Stimpy Show” and a reboot of “The Jetsons,” and who created “Cow and Chicken.”

    Thayer co-wrote some of the songs with musician and producer Peter Asher, who was part of the 1960s duo Peter and Gordon and worked with the Beatles’ Apple organization, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.

    Thayer, Feiss and Asher will read from the book and sign copies Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Thousand Oaks.

    Thayer said he was excited to work with Asher.

    “I’m a huge Beatles fan and ’60s British pop,” Thayer said. “What a legend.”

    All the songs are available on an Apple app. Country music star Darius Rucker, formerly of Hootie & the Blowfish, narrates a “read to me” option.

    For Thayer, the project offered a nice alternative to Kiss, which he said consumes about three to four months a year of his time.

    “Kiss is a wonderful band and one of the biggest bands of all time, but it’s very defined,” Thayer said. “It’s great to get out and write other kinds of songs in different styles and genres.”

    He said he was drawn to “Ernest Hummingbird” because of its themes.

    “I related to Ernest’s story of persistence and in following your dreams,” Thayer said during a recent interview at his Lake Sherwood home. “Thirty-five years ago, I was a kid with stars in my eyes who showed up in Hollywood with a band — my BFFs! — and worked hard to make those dreams come true. There most definitely are parallels between my experience and Ernest’s story. I suppose that’s what drew me to this.”

    Feiss said the idea for the story came to him during the summer of 2012 when a hummingbird flew up beside him and his wife while they were sitting in his Westlake Village backyard.

    “I laughed about the idea of a hummingbird that didn’t want to hum, but wanted to sing, which would be a shock to his traditional dad,” Feiss said. “I named him Murray. But a day later, while driving, the name Ernest Hummingbird came to me. I remember writing it down on a notepad as I was driving north on the 101.”

    Feiss contacted Thayer, with whom he’d worked in 2014.

    “I wrote the lyrics for a few of the songs, but I had no idea what the music was going to be until Tommy emailed me and said, ‘What do you think about this?’” Feiss said. “It was so inspiring.”

    A few months ago, Thayer combined the two worlds on a Kiss Kruise, reading from “Ernest Hummingbird” and signing copies.

    “Out of 3,000 ship guests, there were probably about 200 to 400 kids, so it was perfect,” Thayer said. “They loved it.”

    He’s hoping the project will expand into a television show that explores the book’s multiple themes and several more that are on tap.

    “The story is timeless,” Thayer said. “It never goes out of date.”

    If you go

    What: Reading and signing of “Ernest Hummingbird” and Q&A with Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer and others

    When: 1 p.m. Saturday

    Where: Barnes & Noble, 160 S. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks

    Information: 446-2820

    Jennifer & Bill Talk With Paul Stanley Of KISS!

    (2/8/18) (Listen) Paul Stanley shares his thoughts on music, motivation, and his art, which will be on display at the Wentworth Gallery February 9th in Fort Lauderdale and February 10th in Boca Raton. It’s a dream come true to have the Starchild on the show!

    Paul Stanley on His Passion for Painting & the Future of Kiss

    (2/8/18) (billboard.com) We're used to seeing Paul Stanley on the road playing new music. But this coming weekend he's making a pair of Florida appearances for a different kind of art.

    Stanley will be showing off his paintings and sculptures on Friday (Feb. 9) and Saturday (Feb. 10) at the Wentworth Gallery in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, respectively. He might not rock n' roll all night at either locale, but Stanley feels like these events are their own kind of parties.

    "I enjoy going to the galleries," Stanley, who studied art as a youth and returned to active painting a decade ago, tells Billboard. "I enjoy meeting people. People acquire pieces and we get a chance to talk about those pieces and I'm interested in their take and what they're getting out of the piece. I'm a big believer that people are intimidated by art and theater because critics have intimidated them. Nobody needs to be told what good art is; Good art is what you like and bad art is what you don't like. I would love to get people to realize they don't have to justify their opinions about anything and just find what makes them happy and embrace it. I hate when people preface what they're going to say with, 'Well, I don't know anything about art.' There's nothing to know. You either like it or you don't. End of story."

    Stanley's Florida exhibitions will include a variety of works, ranging from paintings (including pieces of he and Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons on stage) to an acrylic guitar sculpture that represents some of his most recent artistic interests. "I like dealing with three dimensions," explains Stanley. "You can only create what you're capable of creating, as time goes on your skill level increases along with your ability to conceive. The better you are at your skill the more you can think further, beyond your comfort zone, so to be doing these plexiglass pieces is very, very interesting."

    Stanley, who also fronts a 13-piece R&B group called Soul Station, has more time for his visual art in what looks like a light year for Kiss. The group has a handful of festival and headlining dates during July in Spain and Portugal but will be spending most of the year off the road. And Stanley freely acknowledges that: "I don't want to go leave home. I have a family and I have children and, honestly, I think my primary responsibility is to be a dad and I don't want to miss out on that. And certainly as we got older we know that life is finite and I pick and choose what I want to do at this point." That said, Stanley does expect that "there's a world tour down the pike," though he adds that he's not sure how many more of those he's up for.

    "The thought of me not being involved certainly comes to mind," Stanley notes. "I'm not sure about the idea of Kiss coming to an end. We've built something that's so iconic, and I think it transcends any of the members so I can certainly see me not being there, seriously. There was a time where people said it had to be the four of us (Stanley, Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss) and those people are already 50 percent wrong. So I'm betting (another absence) could be overcome, too."

    Meanwhile, Stanley remains enamored with Soul Station, which recently played a dozen shows in Japan. "We're working on a mission to really bring Philly soul and Motown live, the way it was done, in the studio," he says, adding that the group is also considering some original material. "I have some friends of mine who are some of the top producer/writers, and we may do some new material that's very much in that vein," Stanley notes.

    Former VINNIE VINCENT INVASION Drummer BOBBY ROCK To Release 'The Boy Is Gonna Rock' Memoir In May

    (2/8/18) Veteran rock drummer Bobby Rock (VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, NELSON, LITA FORD) will tentatively release his memoir, "The Boy Is Gonna Rock: A Drummer's Journey From Houston To Hollywood In Search Of Hair Metal Heaven", in May.

    Describing the book as "a very detailed and personal 12-chapter memoir about the entire VINNIE VINCENT INVASION saga," Rock said that he was originally going to release it in 2017, "but then I heard about Vinnie's impending appearance at the Atlanta KISS convention and decided to hold off. I didn't want to muddy the waters in any way for Vinnie's long-awaited return," he explained.

    Regarding his decision to release "The Boy Is Gonna Rock" now, Bobby said: "A couple years back, I had posted a few memoirs of my early days with VINNIE VINCENT INVASION on my blog. People seemed to freak over them, so I figured I should probably do an entire memoir on the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION saga. So in early 2017, I started cranking up the hours and mowing through the manuscript. And then, just as I was getting close to completing a first draft, the highly improbable happened: it was announced that the V-Man himself would be coming out of hiding for an exclusive appearance at a KISS convention in Atlanta. Holy shit!

    "Honestly, I was as pleasantly stunned to hear about this as anyone else. However, I decided to rethink my initial release date for this book and, instead, wait until after Vinnie's recently announced appearance. I didn't want there to be any form of distraction relating to Vinnie's return to the public. I thought it would be best for Vinnie to talk about what he wanted to talk about, and answer questions the way he wanted to, as opposed to having to potentially address assertions from my side of the elephant."

    "The Boy Is Gonna Rock: A Drummer's Journey From Houston To Hollywood In Search Of Hair Metal Heaven" will initially be available through a PledgeMusic campaign, which will kick off in March.

    The book's preface can be read at this location.

    Bobby previously said that landing the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION gig out of a once-in-a-lifetime audition opportunity in 1985 "was one of the most unforgettable memories I've had in my professional career. Unfortunately, recording the first INVASION album two months later would also be one of my most 'unforgettable memories'… but for reasons I would rather forget!" he said.

    Bobby was a member of VINNIE VINCENT INVASION for three years — from October 1985 until the band's split in October 1988.He later told KissMonster.com in an interview that "Vinnie was an extremely complex character... not exactly the kind of guy where it was always smart to be completely forthcoming about the truth (as I would later find out the hard way)… Looking back, I feel like Vinnie was probably less of a liability and more misunderstood, mishandled and mismanaged all the way around. It seemed like, on a certain level, he was being 'imaged' as more of a super-glam, wild and crazy rock star kind of character, when he should've been handled more like a private Ritchie Blackmore kind of character, which is more what he was like. I mean, someone like [POISON guitarist] C.C. DeVille really is that character you see... it's authentic to him. But Vinnie was actually a very private person and — as everyone now knows — a family man with a wife and two young daughters. He didn't drink or do drugs and had a nice, normal life in an L.A. suburb. He wasn't the kind of guy to go out trolling the Sunset Strip, banging different girls every night. (The rest of us, however, were a different story back then!) Of course, the public didn't have to know anything about his private life, but it could've at least been left to their imagination. I don't know how comfortable Vinnie was with all of that glam shit, but I don't think he was always represented authentically. Now whether this was Vinnie's undoing or just how he was steered, I couldn't tell you."

    ACE FREHLEY Joins GENE SIMMONS At 'Vault Experience' Event In Miami

    (2/2/18) (Video) ACE FREHLEY Joins GENE SIMMONS At 'Vault Experience' Event In Miami

    Vinnie Vincent - COMPLETE PERFORMANCE Atlanta KISS Expo

    (1/25/18) (Video) First public performance in over 20 years!! WOW!! PLUS with Robert Fleischman!!!! Incredible!!!!

    Vinnie Vincent - REVEALS HIMSELF AND THE TRUTH -The Warrior Rises - Atlanta Kiss Expo

    (1/25/18) (Video) This was filmed January 21, 2018. This was the last day for him in Atlanta at the Atlanta Expo Hall. I was on the first row. It is very personal and up close. He talks the truth. The truth about his life and his tragedy.....and his rise from the ashes after all these years Love Him Dearly KALE ADAMS

    Rock Legend Paul Stanley Of KISS Will Exhibit Original Artwork Throughout South Florida

    (1/23/18) (fortlauderdaledaily.com) You recognize him as the lead singer of KISS, but do you know that he’s a fine artist, too?

    Paul Stanley is bringing his artwork to South Florida, exhibiting work at Wentworth Gallery on Las Olas, as well as at the Wentworth location in Boca Town Center in February.

    The art collection is made up of originals, mixed media originals and limited-edition print artworks and acrylic guitar sculptures, currently being showcased in Wentworth Gallery locations throughout the country.

    Stanley designed and created the iconic KISS logo, which remains universally recognized today. His artistic input continues to be seen in his designs of KISS album covers, performance stages and band apparel.

    Two meet-the-artist appearances are scheduled on Feb 9., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wentworth Gallery on Las Olas and on Feb. 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wentworth Gallery in Boca Town Center.

    To RSVP for the Las Olas event, call 954.468.0685 or email lasolas@wentworthgallery.com. For the event at Boca Town Center, call 561.338.0804 or email towncenter@wentworthgallery.com.

    Wentworth Gallery on Las Olas, 819 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.468.0685; wentworthgallery.com

    Wentworth Gallery in Boca Town Center, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 561.338.0804; wentworthgallery.com

    Ex-KISS Guitarist VINNIE VINCENT: 'I Was In Hell For 20 Years'

    (1/21/18) (Videos: Part 1, Part 2) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent took part in another question-and-answer session on Saturday (January 20) at the Atlanta Kiss Expo. You can now watch video footage of the discussion in two parts below (courtesy of Mike Brunn).

    Asked what led to his departure from KISS after the "Lick It Up" touring cycle came to an end, Vincent said: "The problem was really simple. I was writing a lot of songs, and I felt us growing so much as a band, and I wanted them to want me. I know they wanted Eric [Carr, drums] — they loved Eric — but I didn't feel that they wanted me. Even after 'Lick It Up', the perception of it was that it was a big album, and I still felt, 'No matter what I do, they're just not gonna want me in this band.' And there was a contract they wanted me to sign. But I was bringing… My take-home pay was 550 dollars a week, so I never made any money being in the band. From the beginning to the end, it was 550 dollars a week; that's what they paid me. That was my take-home after taxes."

    According to Vinnie, he was only asking for a bare minimum so that he could support himself and his family. "This was my dream to be in this band," he said. "I didn't want anything as much as I wanted this. Maybe just a little bit so I can buy a house or something. Maybe I could buy a nice car. But that wasn't gonna happen. And there was a contract that they wanted me to sign — it was an employment contract — and there was literally nothing in it for me. I had a family. I had twins that I didn't know I was gonna have, and there was no money to take care of them, and there was no money to buy a home. We were living with relatives, and I was on call 24 hours a day, which was okay — it was all okay. But I couldn't move on; there was no future. There was the future of being Vinnie Vincent of KISS and what that was, but, financially, there was no future in it for me. And I didn't want to be a royalty member, although that would have been nice. But that's not what I asked for. I just asked for something that could take me out of living in an apartment or with my relatives, and maybe a nice car instead of driving around in a car the size of a can of tuna. And while I'm on the road, I've got a family, I've got little children. I wanted to know that they were well taken care of and at least that some of my value, my worth to them would have been special to them and said, 'Look, we can afford to make this work for you,' and they just didn't."

    Vincent said that everything came to a head at the end of "Lick It Up" tour when "the pressure" on him "was so, so, so unbearable to sign" the contract which was presented to him, which he described as "all for us and none for Vinnie. I said, 'I can't, I can't, I can't. Just please treat me better than this and everything will be fine,'" he recalled. "There was nothing. I never saw any royalties during the time I was in the band; it was just a paycheck, that I took home 550 bucks a week. So after the 'Lick It Up' tour was a success and I'm thinking, 'We have a great band. This is a new chapter. This is now…' The makeup came off. This was probably for Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] a really difficult time, because the makeup was what the band was. To remove it, I think, was a bit of a relief. This is my opinion — it was a bit of a relief, but [there was also] a bit of fear, trepidation, because you didn't know what was coming. But 'Lick It Up' said, even with Vinnie, this worked. The songs were great, the reception was great, the tours were great. And at the end of the 'Lick It Up' tour, I remember… The last thing we said to each other was, 'We're gonna record a new record. Come back in about two months with your new songs.' Everybody said, 'Well, see you then. We're all gonna record our new songs, demo them, bring them together and see what we've got for the new record.' I recorded and demoed [future VINNIE VINCENT INVASION songs] 'Boyz Are Gonna Rock', 'Shoot U Full Of Love', 'No Substitute', 'Animal' and 'Twisted'. Those were the five songs that I wrote that I was gonna bring back. They were demoed, and I said, 'This is gonna be one hell of a KISS record, and I think they're gonna love them.' So they asked me to come back, and I said, 'I wanna come back, but I've got to survive. I can't survive on this. And I'm coming back with a great album. Can't we make this work?' And, unfortunately, the answer was no. 'Unless you sign the contract, you can't come back.' And I said, 'You know what? This is gonna break my heart. I can't come back.' So then, about a month later, in May of '84, they sent me a letter saying, 'Well, you're fired.' I guess it was redundant because I already said I wasn't coming back if you can't make this work. And that's what happened. And it broke my heart."

    Vincent also talked about his "20-year-lawsuit" against his former bandmates, alleging unpaid songwriting royalties. He said: "It could have all been avoided. It was senseless, because there were millions of dollars in warranties. And I tried for four fucking years — from '91 to '97 — to say, 'Can't we just work something out?' This wasn't something I wanted to do; this was the last thing I wanted to do. But right is right, and I'm willing to… Just show me some humanity, just a little compassion. Maybe just help me out — settle with me. Just something to make all of this just have been worth it for me. And they said 'no.' And they hurt me deeply — deeply, deeply, deeply, fucking deeply — and there was nowhere to go but to file this lawsuit.

    "The miracle that I survived that lawsuit was probably as miraculous as surviving what happened to me in 1984," he added. "And I just put it behind me. We eventually settled everything that we had between us, all the problems, about seven years ago. But I was in hell for 20 years, and it was my hell — nobody knew it. And I saw the world going by, I saw what everybody was saying about me, I saw what everybody in the band was saying about me, and I said, 'What a shame. What a shame.' There was no reason for it. I mean, we could have had — in my opinion — such a fucking great band. We still can, we still can, because that magic never ends. I still love them. I mean, it's never gonna go away. So when you respect — and I do dearly respect Gene and Paul with all my heart; I love them and I always will. They gave me this. With the good came the bad. But the magic that we have together never dies."

    Vincent said that he had a fond recollection of his last collaboration with KISS, which happened when he was brought in to co-write "Unholy", "Heart Of Chrome" and "I Just Wanna" for the band's 1992 album, "Revenge". "I didn't see them from '84 to '91," he said. "'91 was our first meeting again after VINNIE VINCENT INVASION. And Gene said, 'We're recording a new record.' I think I saw Gene in a recording studio. 'Give us a call. Let's work together.' And I said, 'Ah, I'd love to see you.' And then 'Revenge' happened and those songs. And I said, 'This is the moment. This is the band. This is it.' 'Unholy' was Gene and I; that was our baby. Paul and I wrote two songs, and we worked together for a year on that record. And it was another fun time. I mean, every time we worked together, it was just a joy. The magic, it's something that I can't put into words. 'Magic' is not the right word for it, because it's electric when you just… Something that happens when you plug in something and there's electricity here and it just works. So it turned out to be a great record and a lot of music that I'm proud of."

    Vinnie Vincent joined KISS in 1982, replacing Ace Frehley. As the "Ankh Warrior," he toured with the group in support of "Creatures Of The Night", on which he played lead guitar on six songs prior to becoming an official member of the band. From there, KISS wrote and released "Lick It Up" — their first album without makeup — in 1983, a recording on which Vincent co-wrote eight of 10 songs, including the title track, which remains a staple of the group's live performances to this day.

    In recent years, Vincent has been the subject of a number of rumors about his gender identity, including that he has been cross-dressing and that he has undergone a sex change.

    Last year, Vincent was the focus of a Swedish TV documentary called "KISS Och Gitarristen Som Försvann" ("KISS And The Guitarist Who Disappeared") which apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to track Vinnie down and get him to sit down for an interview.

    VINNIE VINCENT Joined By Ex-VINNIE VINCENT INVASION Singer For 'Back On The Streets' Performance At KISS EXPO

    (1/20/18) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent was joined by his ex-VINNIE VINCENT INVASION bandmate Robert Fleischman earlier today (Saturday, January 20) at the Atlanta KISS Expo 2018 to perform an acoustic version of the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION song "Back On The Streets". Video footage of the impromptu performance can be seen below (courtesy of Mike Brunn and Talking Metal).

    In his first public interview in more than two decades, Vincent told SiriusXM's Eddie Trunk on Friday that he still feels "very strongly" about the two VINNIE VINCENT INVASION albums he released three decades ago, 1986's self-titled effort and 1988's "All Systems Go". However, Vinnie said that "the second record should have never happened. Rob [Fleischman] should have stayed with the project. The basic sound of that record was like [Jimmy] Page and [Robert] Plant — it was Rob and me. That first record was pretty red-hot. It was my vision; Rob singing; everything was just right. Second version of it should have been aborted, should have never happened. I had the power; I should have taken it. I should have called the shots, which should have been, 'Stop this. Revamp it. Go back, let me get the people I need.' The people that were involved with it at that time should have not been involved with it, but it was such a publicity machinery piece of... it was like a product. It was all publicity and hype. The songs, I felt were really good, but I didn't feel the music came out to be... the records weren't what I would have done. I would have never settled on records like that. When I say records, the first one, yes; the second one, no; and that singer [Mark Slaughter, who sang on 'All Systems Go'] was unbearable as far as I'm concerned."

    Vincent told SiriusXM that he has accepted the invitation to appear at Gene Simmons's Nashville stop of the KISS bassist/vocalist's promotional tour in support of his box set, "The Vault", which will take place on April 14.

    Vinnie joined KISS in 1982, replacing Ace Frehley. As the "Ankh Warrior," he toured with the group in support of "Creatures Of The Night", on which he played lead guitar on six songs prior to becoming an official member of the band. From there, KISS wrote and released "Lick It Up" — their first album without makeup — in 1983, a recording on which Vincent co-wrote eight of 10 songs, including the title track, which remains a staple of the group's live performances to this day.

    Despite the album's success, Vincent was fired by KISS after the "Lick It Up" touring cycle came to an end, allegedly due to a dispute over both the terms of his employment contract with the band and royalties. From there, Vincent founded VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, which recorded the aforementioned two albums.

    In 1992, Vincent re-teamed with KISS principals Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley to write three songs for their acclaimed album "Revenge", including the record's first two singles, "Unholy" and "I Just Wanna". Their relationship quickly soured once again, however. Four years later, Vincent released a solo EP, "Euphoria", which featured vocals by former VVI singer Fleischman and included material from sessions recorded around 1990. Soon after that, Vincent vanished from the public eye and remained off the grid for more than two decades.

    In recent years, Vincent has been the subject of a number of rumors about his gender identity, including that he has been cross-dressing and that he has undergone a sex change.

    Last year, Vincent was the focus of a Swedish TV documentary called "KISS Och Gitarristen Som Försvann" ("KISS And The Guitarist Who Disappeared") which apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to track Vinnie down and get him to sit down for an interview.

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    ACE FREHLEY To Perform On This Year's 'Kiss Kruise'

    (1/19/18) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has been added to the list of performers who will appear on The KISS Kruise VIII. The cruise is set to sail on Halloween (October 31) on Norwegian Jade leaving out of Miami, Florida. Also scheduled to play on the ship this year are KISS, former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick and his brother Bob, who previously performed on last year's Kiss Kruise.

    Frehley and KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons performed together onstage for the first time in over 16 years last September at The Children Matter benefit concert to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. They also collaborated on two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album.

    More recently, Simmons was joined by Frehley on January 6 at the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles, California when Gene began personally delivering copies of his new box set, "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016".

    Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength in 2016 after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water", marking their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".

    Frehley's version of "Fire And Water" appears on his covers collection "Origins, Vol 1", which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart.

    Stanley told Billboard last year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup.

    The four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2014 by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello.

    KISS did not perform — the Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Stanley and Simmons insisted on the current lineup performing as well. In the end, nobody won that battle.

    A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line's signature freedom and flexibility to enjoy 11 onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, and a full menu of spa treatments. Enjoy duty-free shopping and awe-inspiring architecture in beautiful Nassau. Explore your adventurous side diving into the crystal blue water with dolphins and colorful fish, or try your luck in a casino.

    To learn more about The KISS Kruise VIII, visit TheKISSKruise.com.

    Eric Singer on Talking Metal Podcast

    (1/9/18) (Listen) On this special episode of Talking Metal, Mark Strigl and Ian McCurdy interview Kiss drummer Eric Singer. We cover his career and also talk about Kiss and the new Ronnie Montrose album 10x10.

    GENE SIMMONS Joined By ACE FREHLEY At 'The Vault Experience' Event In Los Angeles

    (1/7/18) (Video) Gene Simmons began personally delivering copies of his new box set, "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016", during an appearance on Saturday (January 6) at the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles, California. In addition to spending one-on-one time with purchasers, he was joined by his former bandmate, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, for a discussion and some impromptu acoustic-guitar noodling.

    Video footage of the event — courtesy of Sonny Pooni of the Podcast Rock City and Growin' Up Rock podcast — can be seen below.

    Simmons and Frehley performed together onstage for the first time in over 16 years last September at The Children Matter benefit concert to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. They also collaborated on two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album.

    "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016" is a comprehensive box set of Gene's solo material that comes packaged in a safe. The set includes 150 previously unreleased songs spread over 10 discs, a leather-bound photo book, a Gene Simmons action figure, an "In Gene We Trust" gold medallion and a "surprise item."

    Describing "The Vault" as "literally and physically the largest box set of all time," Simmons told the "Hair Jordan" show that it stands "three feet tall" and "weighs 38 pounds. You need two arms to wrap around it and two arms to pick it up. It has metal hardware, metal wheels. I'm really proud of it."

    Simmons added the price is only $2000, and "there are only gonna be a few thousand made on Earth. After that, they will be gone and they will never be done again. It's not available in stores — no nothing. And I'm gonna be going around the world and hand-delivering it to the fans who buy it."

    According to Gene, he will "take a year off and literally travel around the world and hand-deliver the box set to whoever gets it. And the reason for that is… I'm really doing this for myself. Imagine you dreamed as a young kid you'd be a broadcaster and you finally get there and the people that allowed you to get there are the fans, right? The people who listen to you every day. So, because you're so enormously rich and powerful, what you wanna do is you wanna put on the biggest party of all time, but if you're the only person there, it's not much of a party. So my experience is, I'm on stage, but there's a separation between the stage and the fans; there are security guards and I can't get close to them. And when you go through a hotel lobby or some place, there's always a security guard who's keeping the folks away. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna change all that and I'm gonna go myself, pay for my own flights, hotels, security, insurance — I'll do that — and I'm gonna be going around the world, yeah, even to New Zealand, and hand-delivering the box sets."

    "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016" spans the rocker's entire musical career, from 1966 to 2016, and includes the first song he ever wrote at the tender age of 14. There are tracks co-written with Bob Dylan, songs with Eddie and Alex Van Halen from VAN HALEN (a band he says he "discovered"), Joe Perry, and a slew of other luminaries.

    Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength in 2016 after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water", marking their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".

    Frehley's version of "Fire And Water" appears on his covers collection "Origins, Vol 1", which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart.

    Stanley told Billboard last year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup.

    GENE SIMMONS Hints At Possible New Episodes Of 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels'

    (1/7/18) (Listen) KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons spoke to Steve Raymond of New Jersey radio station 100.7 WZXL about "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016", the comprehensive box set of his solo material that comes packaged in a safe. The set includes 150 previously unreleased songs spread over 10 discs, a leather-bound photo book, a Gene Simmons action figure, an "In Gene We Trust" gold medallion and a "surprise item." You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

    On the contents of "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016":

    Gene: "I don't want to come off like a used car salesman, but informationally, there are few thousand of these monsters that are going to be available. After that, no more. This is the largest box set of all time, literally. There's only one place to get it — no stores, no nothing — you got to go to GeneSimmonsVault.com. There's never going to be a cheaper version. It's not going to be downloaded, schmall-loaded in the cloud, just one place to get it if you want it. After those few thousand are gone, there will be no more. What the 'Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience' is, I'm going to be going around the world and I'm going to be hand-delivering the vaults, anywhere you are. We're going to pick a convenient time and place and wherever people are, whether it's New Zealand or Russia, I'm going to hop on a plane at my cost and come to folks and put the largest box set of all time in their hands. It's three feet tall, weighs 38 pounds, looks like a safe, has got a combination and all of that. Inside, it's got metal hardware, metal wheels — this is something that stands the test of time. Inside are 150 tracks that have literally never been released before, from 1966 until 2016. It includes songs I've co-written with Bob Dylan. Eighteen years ago, Bob and I sat down, including the songwriting sessions where we are kidding around and strumming guitars back and forth, three songs that came out of that. I discovered VAN HALEN in the '70s, the brothers Van Halen [Alex and Eddie] were kind enough to jump in the studio with me and we did three tracks together, one of them became [KISS's] 'Christine Sixteen', which became a hit. Joe Perry from AEROSMITH is on one, all the KISS guys going back to '73/'74 are doing original versions, including 'Rock And Roll All Nite' and 'Calling Dr. Love' and all that stuff."

    On whether any Simmons family home videos previously shown on the "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" reality television show are included in the box set:

    Gene: "No, but the family certainly makes an appearance because it's also part of my life and there's a 50,000-word book inside of it that has photos and stories about where I was and all that stuff. None of this has ever been released. But speaking of 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels', we're actually talking with a broadcaster about making new ones."

    On his recurring message that if people are "above ground," as in alive, they should be happy:

    Gene: "Well, life is short and then you're gone. And your job and I think you're making a difference — every once in a while, you put a smile on people's faces and that's important. Your job, my job, everybody's job is to leave this world a little bit better than when we came into it. It's not really all that hard. During Christmas, stop by the Salvation Army, contribute to Wounded Warriors, do it year-round, you make a difference. If you imagine all the people on earth do just a little bit, it greatly improves everything in everybody's life."

    "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016" spans the rocker's entire musical career, from 1966 to 2016, and includes the first song he ever wrote at the tender age of 14.

    "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" aired for seven seasons and followed the life of Simmons, his wife Shannon Tweed and their two children, Nick and Sophie. The most recent episodes of the show aired in 2012.

    GENE SIMMONS Explains Decision To Hand-Deliver 'The Vault' To Fans' Homes

    (1/4/18) (Listen) Gene Simmons spoke to the "Hair Jordan" show on the KSHE 95 radio station about "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016", the comprehensive box set of his solo material that comes packaged in a safe. The set includes 150 previously unreleased songs spread over 10 discs, a leather-bound photo book, a Gene Simmons action figure, an "In Gene We Trust" gold medallion and a "surprise item."

    Describing "The Vault" as "literally and physically the largest box set of all time," Simmons said that it stands "three feet tall" and "weighs 38 pounds. You need two arms to wrap around it and two arms to pick it up, 'cause it's over 38 pounds," he explained (hear audio below). "It has metal hardware, metal wheels. I'm really proud of it."

    Simmons added the price is only $2000, and "there are only gonna be a few thousand made on Earth. After that, they will be gone and they will never be done again. It's not available in stores — no nothing. And I'm gonna be going around the world and hand-delivering it to the fans who buy it. Starting January 6 in Los Angeles, I'm gonna be hand-delivering the very first Gene Simmons Vaults."

    According to Gene, he will "take a year off and literally travel around the world and hand-deliver the box set to whoever gets it. And the reason for that is… I'm really doing this for myself. Imagine you dreamed as a young kid you'd be a broadcaster and you finally get there and the people that allowed you to get there are the fans, right? The people who listen to you every day. So, because you're so enormously rich and powerful, what you wanna do is you wanna put on the biggest party of all time, but if you're the only person there, it's not much of a party. So my experience is, I'm on stage, but there's a separation between the stage and the fans; there are security guards and I can't get close to them. And when you go through a hotel lobby or some place, there's always a security guard who's keeping the folks away. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna change all that and I'm gonna go myself, pay for my own flights, hotels, security, insurance — I'll do that — and I'm gonna be going around the world, yeah, even to New Zealand, and hand-delivering the box sets. This starts in Los Angeles January 6th from 11 a.m. till 7 p.m., I'll be at the legendary Capitol studios. And the fans are gonna gather there. We're gonna have some alone time for quite a few hours."

    Bruce Kulick Interview Metalliluola 2017

    (12/31/17) Bruce Kulick Interview Metalliluola 2017: Listen.

    Winter Classic will be in 'New York Groove'

    (12/29/17) "New York Groove" is a staple at Citi Field after each New York Mets victory, and original Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley will play it there prior to the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres on Monday (1 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports).

    Ironically, "New York Groove," which also blares at MetLife Stadium when the New York Giants score, was a song Frehley didn't want to include when he recorded his first solo album in 1978.

    "It's such an honor that both teams picked that song," Frehley told NHL.com. "I didn't think it was 'rock and roll' enough [to record]. It turns out to be my biggest hit. Go figure.

    "It's a fun song to play, and it always goes over great in concerts. We get the whole audience to sing along. I'm sure it's going to be a great day."

    Citi Field is a stone's throw from Queens Boulevard, where Kiss first started playing live at a since-closed establishment called Coventry in 1973. Fewer than 10 people attended their first show there. By 1977, Kiss was one of the most popular bands in the world. That was also the year they played at Madison Square Garden for the first time. With all four original band members (Frehley, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss) native New Yorkers, it was a lifelong dream fulfilled.

    Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

    "We always used to say when we used to play at bars and clubs, 'Tonight's the Garden,' to get all psyched up," said Frehley, who played with Kiss from 1973-82 and again from 1996-2002. "The first time we played Madison Square Garden, all of us coming from New York, it just like all came together and we really looked and each other and said, 'Well, we've made it.'"

    Frehley, who grew up a Rangers fan and attended games growing up, performed "New York Groove" by himself between periods of a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2012. His band will play alongside him at Citi Field.

    "I did perform at Madison Square Garden for the Rangers, but that was about six or seven years ago, and it was taped," Frehley said. "But it's going to be special, because I'll have my live band with me. It's going to be really cool. I've never been to Citi Field. I can't wait.

    "I'm really looking forward to it; I'm a big fan of the Rangers, coming from New York. Growing up in the Bronx, I'd go to Yankee Stadium and I'd go to Madison Square Garden. I'd go to the Garden and wish that one day I'd perform there. God willing, I did."

    Frehley has released two Billboard Top 10 albums in the past four years, including "Space Invader" and "Origins Vol. 1." He expects to release another album in 2018 via Entertainment One.

    As for one more go-round with Kiss, Frehley wouldn't rule it out.

    "You go on the internet, kids are talking about it constantly," Frehley said. "It's something that the fans want, and it's something I would entertain if it was handled correctly. Absolutely."

    Larry Harris, Promoter of a Risk-Taking Record Label, Dies at 70

    (12/28/17) (nytimes.com) Larry Harris, who helped his second cousin Neil Bogart found Casablanca Records, a flamboyant company that brought Kiss, Donna Summer and other splashy acts to the mainstream spotlight in the 1970s, died on Dec. 18 in Port Angeles, Wash. He was 70.

    His son, Morgan, said the cause was an abdominal aneurysm.

    Casablanca, whose parties and other stimulant-enhanced antics are part of music-industry lore, rose and fell with the disco craze and is often identified with that genre. But its roster was wide-ranging, encompassing not only Kiss, the makeup-encrusted rock band, but also Cher, the funk band Parliament and stand-up comics like Robin Williams and Rodney Dangerfield.

    Mr. Harris was the No. 2 man at the company behind Mr. Bogart, who had what Mr. Harris called a “sky’s the limit” approach to promoting the label’s acts.

    “Publicity, promotion, advertising, tour support — we went the distance on everything we could,” Mr. Harris told the website Legendary Rock Interviews in 2011. “We flew everyone first class, and limos all over the place. We wanted to stand out as the funnest label ever, and I think we accomplished that.”

    Larry Alan Harris was born on May 31, 1947, in Brooklyn. His father, Oscar, was a salesman, and his mother, the former Gertrude Gilbert, was a homemaker. He received a bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology.

    In his 2009 book, “And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records,” written with Curt Gooch and Jeff Suhs, Mr. Harris recalled an early, unexpected brush with the music business. He and some friends headed to the Woodstock festival in the summer of 1969, but they were more prepared than many — he had booked a hotel room nearby. When he arrived he was surprised to find that the hotel was the de facto headquarters for the festival’s organizers and that many of the performers were staying there. Arlo Guthrie, he said, helped him push his car out of the mud after the famous rainstorm.

    “Of the hundreds of thousands camped out on Yasgur’s farmland, I’m not sure that any could claim to have gotten more out of Woodstock than I did,” he wrote.

    In 1971, Mr. Harris interviewed for a job with Mr. Bogart, whom he had met only briefly a decade earlier. Mr. Bogart, four years older than Mr. Harris, was already general manager of the Buddah and Kama Sutra record labels, which had enjoyed some success, especially with bubblegum pop. Mr. Bogart hired him as a promotion man, responsible for building relationships with retail outlets and radio stations in the New York area.

    By 1973 Mr. Bogart was growing restless. He founded his own label, Casablanca (the movie of that name, of course, starred Humphrey Bogart), and took Mr. Harris with him. The two had auditioned Kiss for Buddah, and they quickly signed the band to the new label, though it would take several albums and several years before the band’s attention-getting stage show translated into significant record sales with “Alive!,” a live double album released in 1975.

    Casablanca’s no-holds-barred approach was evident early: In February 1974, the label staged an elaborate party at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles to introduce itself and Kiss. The event had a Casablanca — and “Casablanca” — theme.

    “There was a live camel,” Mr. Harris recalled in an interview for the 2013 book “Nothin’ to Lose: The Making of KISS, 1972-1975.” “Palm trees were brought in, real and fake.”

    Though it took Kiss a while to generate record sales, Casablanca had quicker success with a relatively unknown singer it signed in 1975, Donna Summer. Her first album for the label, “Love to Love You Baby,” was released that year and became a huge hit, as did its title song, full of the sounds of sexual ecstasy.

    Ms. Summer’s music largely defined the disco era for the rest of the decade. Among other disco acts on Casablanca were the Village People, an eclectically costumed bunch whose hits included “Macho Man” and “Y.M.C.A.”

    Casablanca, though, also had failures, most notably four solo albums by the members of Kiss that it released simultaneously in 1978. The company expected four hits; instead the albums quickly landed in the discount bins.

    If Casablanca had oversaturated the market with Kiss material, disco too was proving to have its limits. By the end of the 1970s the genre was dying out, and Casablanca was feeling the effects. Mr. Harris left the company at the end of the decade, as did Mr. Bogart, who died of cancer two years later. Casablanca was absorbed by PolyGram and later went dormant, although the label name has been revived several times since.

    In 1989, Mr. Harris, who had married Mary Candice Hill in 1975, moved to Bellevue, Wash., where he worked for the Track Record Company. In 2002, he moved to Port Angeles, Wash. That same year he opened a comedy club, the Seattle Improv.

    In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by a daughter, Emily Harris, and two sisters, Patricia Lusthaus and Arlene Hauser.

    The 1970s at Casablanca’s headquarters in Los Angeles were full of cocaine and extreme behavior, but Mr. Harris bristled at a passage in a 1990 book by Fredric Dannen, “Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business,” which claimed that the offices closed at 3 p.m. every day so that the wildness could begin.

    “While I can appreciate overstatement for humor’s sake,” Mr. Harris wrote in his book, “the comment is very misleading. We had a ton of fun at Casablanca, and we indulged in all the vices you’d expect, but that never kept us from working hard and putting in long hours.”

    Max Weinberg and Ace Frehley Join Entertainment Lineup for 2018 NHL Winter Classic

    (12/28/17) The temperature will be freezing but the music will be red hot at the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day, as the Buffalo Sabres battle the New York Rangers at New York's Citi Field.

    E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg and KISS legend Ace Frehley have been added to the performance lineup for the outdoor hockey game, joining the previously announced Goo Goo Dolls.

    Weinberg will be performing throughout the game as part of his quartet the Max Weinberg Jukebox, who will be serving as the house band during the event. Fans can vote via Twitter and Facebook on one of the songs Weinberg's group will perform at the game, with the choices being AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" and The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated."

    Frehley, meanwhile, will rock his classic hit "New York Groove" during the pre-game festivities. The song is played at Citi Field following every home win by the New York Mets.

    Goo Goo Dolls will perform during the first intermission of the NHL Winter Classic, which will air live January 1 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

    Roast of Gene Simmons Canceled After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    (12/20/17) Kiss off!

    The Friars Club has canceled its March 2 roast of Gene Simmons. Confidential has learned that the legendary club nixed the tribute in light of recent allegation of sexual impropriety against the Kiss bassist.

    As it happens, Simmons was picked to be honored after the club chose to cancel its roast of Harvey Weinstein because of charges of sexual misconduct against the disgraced movie mogul.

    The decision comes the same day a reporter from Australia’s Daily Telegraph said she walked out on a 1990s interview — the only time she’s done so in her career — after comments by Simmons made her uncomfortable.

    That complaint came a day after reports that Simmons was being sued by an unidentified woman, who claims the 68-year-old rocker groped her last month in a restaurant he co-owns. Simmons denies the claim.

    According to The Daily Beast, Simmons was also banned from Fox News studios after he “crudely insulted female Fox staffers” during a visit in November.

    Simmons’ skewering was to have been hosted by George Lopez. Insult comic Jeffrey Ross was also signed on to playfully taunt the musician. The event was to have taken place at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Midtown, where we’re told the show could still go on without Simmons. As of Monday, club sources confirm that the search was on to find another honoree.

    The legendary comedy club, which boasts “We only roast the ones we love,” has roasted the famous and the infamous in its 113-year history.

    Past roastees include Humphrey Bogart, Milton Berle, Johnny Carson and Lucille Ball. Hugh Hefner, Matt Lauer and Donald Trump have also received the honor.

    The Friars Club didn’t return our calls, but a board member confirms the cancellation.

    “In light of recent developments, and after careful consideration, the Friars Club has decided to cancel its roast of Gene Simmons effective immediately,” we’re told.

    Watch ACE FREHLEY's Entire Houston Concert

    (12/19/17) Fan-filmed video footage of Ace Frehley's entire December 17 concert at Scout Bar in Houston, Texas can be seen here.

    Setlist was as follows:

    01. Rip It Out
    02. Hard Times (KISS song)
    03. 2000 Man (THE ROLLING STONES cover)
    04. Snowblind
    05. Love Gun (KISS song)
    06. Parasite (KISS song)
    07. Rock Soldiers
    08. Bass Solo
    09. Strange Ways (KISS song)
    10. New York Groove (HELLO cover)
    11. 2 Young 2 Die
    12. Shock Me (KISS song)
    13. Ace Frehley Guitar Solo
    14. Cold Gin (KISS song)

    Encore:

    15. Detroit Rock City (KISS song)
    16. Deuce (KISS song).

    GENE SIMMONS Denies Sexual Battery Allegations, Says Evidence Will Prove His Innocence

    (12/17/17) Gene Simmons has denied groping and making "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" toward a radio and television broadcaster during a November 1 interview.

    The woman, identified as "Jane Doe," filed a lawsuit against Simmons in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday (December 15), alleging that the KISS bassist/vocalist grabbed her hand multiple times and "forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee." The accuser, identified in the documents as a "longtime on-air personality for a local rock station," also says the 68-year-old rocker "forcibly flicked/struck" her throat when she spoke to Simmons and his bandmate Paul Stanley at their Rock & Brews restaurant at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California. In addition, she claims Simmons "reached toward [her] buttocks and touched it" while they were posing for a promotional photo together after the interview.

    "My client is embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr. Simmons," the woman's attorney, Willie W. Williams, told The San Bernardino Sun. "She filed suit because she wanted to make a strong statement that this behavior is unacceptable and she wants to see an end to this type of behavior."

    The allegations included in the suit, which can be read in full below, include sexual battery, gender violence, battery and assault.

    Earlier today, Simmons released a statement refuting the woman's allegations and vowing to prove his innocence.

    "I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media," Simmons said in the statement sent to Ultimate Classic Rock. "For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way. I am conferring with my lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these allegations. And, I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence."

    Last month it was reported Simmons had been banned for life from Fox News due to lewd behavior following his appearance on November 15 on Fox News and Fox Business Network. The KISS co-founder was on hand to promote his latest book, the financial self-help guide, titled "On Power", on both "Fox & Friends" and "Mornings With Maria". Simmons, who during the "Fox & Friends" appearance took the opportunity to aid meteorologist Janice Dean in her weather report, and later on, spoke frankly about the various sexual misconduct scandals in Hollywood.

    Simmons denied the allefations during an appearance on BBC "Hardtalk", explaining, "Somebody there apparently had the goods in for me and called The Daily Beast or something and said whatever they said I did. I did nothing. I always had people around me. Like when I come here, I've got handlers and everybody sees what I'm doing. You can't go into a public area and do anything."

    Simmons went on to talk about the pitfalls of social media at times only spotlighting one side of a story: "Nobody calls you and says, 'Do you have a comment?' So the story was printed, and, of course, everybody exploded. And Fox, they're nice people — I like them a lot — closed ranks and they're afraid of getting sued by everybody. Nothing happened. I stand by every word."

    Simmons told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the roles that men and woman play are genetically predisposed. "Until the age of 12, the female of the species far outperforms the male of the species in science, in math, and everything else — I mean, by a few grades," he said. "As soon as puberty hits, she stops with science and math and everything else, and completely becomes dedicated to making herself attractive to the opposite sex. She takes up a new profession. The profession is? To make herself as valuable in her looks as possible, because — my assessment — that's her meal ticket."

    Gene Simmons Sued For Sexual Assault

    (12/16/17) (TMZ.com) Gene Simmons is being sued for allegedly groping a woman during the opening of a restaurant last month.

    The lawsuit -- filed by a Jane Doe -- claims she interviewed Simmons last month at the opening of a Rock & Brews in San Bernardino. The accuser claims during the interview, Gene reached over, grabbed her hand and forcibly placed it on his knee. She says it made her feel uncomfortable, but continued the interview.

    The docs claim Gene grabbed the reporter's hand, commented on how soft it was and creepily suggested she must use lotion ... things got more weird when Simmons reached over and allegedly flicked the interviewer's throat.

    The defendant says following that action, she did her best to stop the interview, but Gene tried to keep going. Finally, she claims he touched her ass when everyone posed for a group photo.

    We reached out to a rep for Gene ... so far, no word back.

    GENE SIMMONS Says He Did Nothing To Warrant Being Banned For Life From FOX NEWS

    (12/12/17) Gene Simmons says that he did nothing to warrant him being banned for life from Fox News.

    It was reported last month that the KISS bassist/vocalist would not be welcomed back to the conservative news network due to lewd behavior following his appearance on Fox News and Fox Business Network. The Daily Beast reported Simmons was on hand to promote his latest book, the financial self-help guide titled "On Power", on both "Fox & Friends" and "Mornings With Maria". During the "Fox & Friends" appearance, he took the opportunity to aid meteorologist Janice Dean in her weather report and later on spoke frankly about the various sexual misconduct scandals in Hollywood.

    It was what allegedly happened once the cameras stopped rolling that got Simmons banned from the network. Gene was set to plug the book with FoxNews.com's entertainment division, when according to an unnamed Fox staffer, he barged into a production meeting, pulled open his red velvet shirt and yelled "Hey chicks, sue me!" — before "telling Michael Jackson pedophilia jokes, and then bopped two employees on the head with his book, making derisive comments about their comparative intelligence according to the sound their heads made when struck." The source was quoted as saying: "It was pretty severe."

    Simmons shot down The Daily Beast's report during an interview with BBC "Hardtalk"'s Sarah Montague. Insisting that he never disrupted a Fox meeting or ripped his shirt off, Simmons said: "Here's how I wear my shirt. Somebody there apparently had the goods in for me and called something called The Daily Beast or something and said whatever they said I did. I did nothing. I always had people around me. Like when I come here, I've got handlers and everybody sees what I'm doing. You can't go into a public area and do anything."

    Gene continued: "The problem is with social media today is nobody calls you and says, 'Do you have a comment?' So the story was printed, and, of course, everybody exploded. And Fox, you know, they're nice people — I like them a lot — closed ranks and they're afraid of getting sued by everybody. Nothing happened. I stand by every word."

    Pressed by Montague to clarify that "nothing happened" but Fox still banned him from the network, Simmons said: "That's right. That's exactly right. I stand by every word I just said."

    During the "Hardtalk" chat, Simmons was asked about women who have opened up about their experiences with sexual harassment/assault in the wake of allegations of misconduct by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Gene, who is renowned for his sexual appetite and decades of consensual conquests, was himself accused on social media of behaving inappropriately around at least two women.

    "All of a sudden, 44 years on in a rock band, somebody's coming up and saying, 'This guy is a bad guy.' It's not true," Gene told Montague in response to accusations of his sexual misconduct. "I think the climate is horrifically bad and yet at the same time empowering to the right women. There are some really bad guys out there; I just happen not to be one of them."

    Commenting on the culture that has for many years protected abusers — and, in some cases, enabled them to harass or assault multiple people — Simmons said: "The women who are going after the Weinsteins of the world? They should go to the cops. The police are here and the court system is here for you to do what the women did with Bill Cosby. You have a complaint? Go to the cops. Going to the court of public opinion on social media is… Maybe it exactly happened the way it happened. Why don't you get yourself a lawyer and do due diligence."

    When Montague pointed out to Simmons that some of the sexual misconduct doesn't rise to the level of criminal prosecution, however obnoxious and unacceptable it may be, but should still be brought to the public's attention in order to change the culture that has kept women abused and silent, Gene said: "There's an organization here in England — I saw it yesterday on a chat show — a woman heads it, about the victims, you know, the men who are committing suicide, who are wrongly accused of all kinds of nonsense. What about that?"

    Asked if he thinks the current witch hunt for sexual predators has gone too far or is unfair, Simmons responded: "I'm not saying it's gone too far or not enough. I'm saying, go to the cops."

    Weinstein's career was brought to a halt after dozens of women in the entertainment industry — including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie — accused him of varying degrees of sexual misconduct over the years.

    A spokeswoman for Weinstein has repeatedly denied allegations "of non-consensual sex." Weinstein has also apologized for "the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past."

    VINNIE VINCENT: 'I Love And Respect GENE SIMMONS Like A Brother'

    (11/29/17) Ex-KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent says that he wishes his former bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley "nothing but the best."

    Vincent replaced lead guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982 and played with KISS for two years. He left the group on bad terms, and later claimed Simmons and Stanley owed him royalties for his work on the group's 1983 album "Lick It Up".

    It was recently announced that Vincent will appear as a special guest at the Atlanta Kiss Expo in January. The 65-year-old musician will be signing autographs and taking photos during the special VIP Meet & Greet on Friday, January 19, 2018, as well as all day long at the Atlanta Kiss Expo on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

    In a brand new statement released to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Vincent said: "I love and respect Gene Simmons like a brother, and have nothing but the fondest of memories working with him and Paul Stanley. Ours was a very special chemistry. We made one hell of a great band, and the magic we made together is timeless.

    "I am proud of our work and the songs we wrote that appeared on the 'Creatures Of The Night', 'Lick It Up' and 'Revenge' albums that became KISS classics, and are staples of their live shows to this day. We brought happiness to the fans with performances and songs that will live on.

    "I am appearing in person at the Atlanta Kiss Expo to celebrate KISS, embrace our music and our time, and share good will with the fans. And for all of the above, I wish both Gene and Paul nothing but the best."

    Simmons recently told The Aquarian Weekly that he would never work with Vincent again. "He's a very talented guy," Gene said. "Everybody's got their troubles in life. You can't fix everything. I'm a big supporter of his talent. You know, go with god. Enjoy life, be happy. But I don't need more dark clouds over my life. It's nice and calm. Eric [Singer, KISS drummer] and Tommy [Thayer, guitar] have been with us for a very long time, and it's professional to the highest degree. Everybody is happy to be together. Everybody shows up on time. There's no, 'The dog ate my homework.' None of that crap.

    "When you use drugs and alcohol and other bullshit things, it's everybody else's fault," Simmons continued. "You're always the victim. You never take charge of your situation, and I'm sick of it. I don't tolerate any of that. I won't have any of those losers around in my life. That includes regular people too. If somebody I work with in other areas drinks, they're gone. By the way, they don't care about you. They just want what they want."

    After Vincent sued Stanley and Simmons for "Lick It Up" royalties, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against the guitarist and awarded the KISS defendants about $66,400 in attorney's fees and $15,400 in costs.

    In June 2010, Vincent lost his 6th Circuit appeal of an order barring him from seeking bankruptcy protection from paying more than $81,000 to his former bandmates.

    After running into into Simmons at a recording studio and reportedly apologizing for causing KISS all the grief while he was a member, Vincent was brought back into the KISS fold to co-write "Unholy", "Heart Of Chrome" and "I Just Wanna" for the band's 1992 album "Revenge". However, once the record was released, "Vinnie was up to his old tricks again," Simmons told Rolling Stone. "He reneged on a signed deal we had made and decided that he wanted to renegotiate. He eventually sued us and lost. As far as I was concerned, he was persona non grata forever."

    "It's a shame," Simmons said. "He's talented beyond most people that you'd meet, but you get to sleep in the bed you make."

    In May 2011, Vincent was arrested and with aggravated domestic assault after allegedly roughing up his wife, Diane Cusano, at their home in Smyrna, Tennessee. He spent the night in jail and was released on $10,000 bond the following morning.

    In a statement released after the arrest, Vincent said: "Please don't believe everything you read. I would never hurt anyone — ever. What has been reported is an absolutely inaccurate depiction of the events that occurred that evening. When it's time, the truth will be known."

    In January 2014, Diane Cusano passed away due to conditions stemming from chronic alcoholism. She was 47 years old.

    In recent years, Vincent has been the subject of a number of unsubstantiated rumors about his gender identity, including that he has been cross-dressing and that he has undergone a sex change.

    Earlier this year, Vincent was the focus of a Swedish TV documentary called "KISS Och Gitarristen Som Försvann" ("KISS And The Guitarist Who Disappeared") which apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to track Vinnie down and get him to sit down for an interview.

    GENE SIMMONS Apologizes For 'Unintentionally' Offending Members Of FOX Team

    (11/20/17) Gene Simmons has issued a statement apologizing for "unintentionally" offending female staffers during his appearance on Fox News and Fox Business.

    It was reported late last week that the KISS bassist/vocalist was banned for life from Fox due to lewd behavior following his appearance last Wednesday (November 15) on the right-leaning cable channels. The Daily Beast reported Simmons was on hand to promote his latest book, the financial self-help guide titled "On Power", on both "Fox & Friends" and "Mornings With Maria". Gene, who, during the "Fox & Friends" appearance, took the opportunity to aid meteorologist Janice Dean in her weather report, later on spoke frankly about the various sexual misconduct scandals in Hollywood.

    Having previously boasted about his sexual appetite and decades of consensual conquests, Simmons said during the panel on "Mornings With Maria": "I'm a powerful and attractive man and what I'm about to say is deadly serious. Men are jackasses. And from the time we're young, we have testosterone. I'm not validating it or defending it. Guys need to be trained from their very, very young ages from their mothers and their loved ones that half the world's population are female, and they need to be treated with respect."

    It was what allegedly happened once the cameras stopped rolling that got the KISS bassist banned from the network. Simmons was set to plug the book with FoxNews.com's entertainment division, when according to an unnamed Fox staffer, he barged into a production meeting, pulled open his red velvet shirt and yelled "Hey chicks, sue me!" — before "telling Michael Jackson pedophilia jokes, and then bopped two employees on the head with his book, making derisive comments about their comparative intelligence according to the sound their heads made when struck." The source was quoted as saying: "It was pretty severe."

    Although Simmons went on to film the piece for Fox entertainment, it reportedly will not be aired.

    Gene has since issued a statement apologizing for the incident, saying: "I have appeared frequently over the years on various Fox News and Fox Business programs and have a tremendous amount of respect for the talented women and men who work there. While I believe that what is being reported is highly exaggerated and misleading, I am sincerely sorry that I unintentionally offended members of the Fox team during my visit."

    A while back, The Pulse Of Radio caught up with Paul Stanley and asked him how he feels about Simmons's highly opinionated beliefs and high-profile persona apart from the band. Stanley explained that Simmons is free to do whatever he likes — as long as it doesn't negatively impact KISS. "I think Gene has earned the right to do whatever he wants to," Paul said. "Gene certainly in all venues has the freedom and the right to do whatever he chooses, as long as it doesn't directly impact on anything that he's only part of. He's come away unscathed till now."

    Fox bans KISS's Gene Simmons from properties

    (11/17/17) The lead singer of the rock band KISS has been banned from all Fox properties "for life" after making lewd comments and harassing employees in a staff meeting following a guest appearance on the network on Thursday.

    Fox News confirmed that Simmons was banned after a series of events first reported by The Daily Beast.

    Simmons had come to Fox to do an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business's "Mornings With Maria" to promote his new book.

    Bartiromo's studio is located on the third floor at Fox News and Fox Business headquarters in midtown Manhattan. After the interview, he went to the 14th floor for an entertainment feature, where he began acting improperly.

    “Hey chicks, sue me!” Simmons said while pulling open his velvet shirt to expose his chest and stomach, according to The Daily Beast.

    He also allegedly touched a number of employees while telling jokes about pedophilia. The touching included knocking on their heads to mock their intelligence.

    Simmons, 68, who appeared on Fox News and Fox Business occasionally as a guest, was "banned from all Fox properties permanently," per The Daily Beast.

    The Israeli-born rocker, whose real name is Chaim Witz, immigrated to the U.S. in 1957.

    KISS was formed in the mid-70s and scored several major hits, including "I Wanna Rock-n-Roll All Night." The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

    Gene Simmons Explains His Controversial Comments About Women: ''I'm Aware of the Rules, I Didn't Create Them''

    (11/14/17) It's another day ending in "y," so Gene Simmons has something controversial to say.

    This time, the 68-year-old Kiss singer suggests women should use their sexuality to gain more money and power.

    In case you missed it, Simmons made the controversial remarks while discussing his new book—On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power—with the NY Post.

    "Women have a choice," he told the publication. "They can dress in potato sacks, [but] as soon as they pretty themselves up with lipstick, lift and separate them and point them in our general direction, they're gonna get a response. Guys are jackasses—we will buy them mansions and houses...all because of sex."

    He also argued that women can't have a career and kids.

    "Get over your biological urges," Simmons said. "It's natural to want to have kids, but, sorry, you can't have it both ways. You have to commit to either career or family. It's very difficult to have both."

    Needless to say, when Simmons joined Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the Today show this morning, they asked him to clarify his remarks.

    "Here's the reality: I'm aware of the rules, I didn't create them," he said. "I'm not saying life is fair. What I'm saying is the male species is visually stimulated. That's life. So you have power—the power of being a female—and you can access that power to make more money."

    He continued, "We appreciate it. We want you [women] to be as attractive to as possible for us [men] and for each other."

    Still, Simmons argued that he's on the female side, noting he wants women to have as much power as possible, which he believes can come from the way women present themselves.

    He also went on to assure viewers he wants all the "jackasses" who were acting improper "to go to jail," alluding to the sexual misconduct allegations that have come out over the last few months.

    "It's time for women to stand up and take charge," he said.

    Watch Simmons interview by launching the video here.

    KISS Kruise To Rock Again In 2018

    (11/13/17) KISS has once again partnered up with the industry leaders in music festivals at sea, Sixthman, to announce the upcoming voyage of The KISS Kruise VIII. The cruise is set to sail on Halloween October 31, 2018 on Norwegian Jade leaving out of Miami, Florida.

    The announcement comes on the heels of the recent return of the sold-out KISS Kruise VII. The KISS Kruise VII left from New Orleans, Louisiana on Norwegian Pearl visiting Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Along the way, the KISS Navy was treated to a first-ever KISS storytellers sail away set as well as 2 full-scale KISS masked concerts in the ship's indoor Stardust Theater. Joining the musical legends on board were Bruce and Bob Kulick, EXTREME, STEEL PANTHER, Derek St. Homes, BIG ROCK SHOW, BITERS, LED ZEPAGAIN, HARD DAY'S NIGHT, Sophie Simmons, THE DIVES, Jake J and the KILLJOYS, and KI.

    Beyond the music, 2,300 KISS fans were treated to a wide array of activities led by the band, including: "Kruise Kitchen with Paul Stanley", "Are You Smarter Than A Rock God with Gene Simmons", "Name That Solo with Tommy Thayer" and "Drum Off with Eric Singer." KISS Kruisers were also able to get one to one with rock-n-roll history in the exclusive Kissworld Konfidential panel that featured Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Big John Harte, Michael James Jackson and Lydia Criss. Throughout the sailing, the ship fully embodied Kissworld with historical costume displays, face painting, a full-service tattoo parlor, photo opportunities with KISS memorabilia, once-in-a-lifetime chances to mingle with their favorite artists, culminating with each guest receiving a signed commemorative poster and photo with KISS.

    A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line's signature freedom and flexibility to enjoy 11 onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, and a full menu of spa treatments. Enjoy duty-free shopping and awe-inspiring architecture in beautiful Nassau. Explore your adventurous side diving into the crystal blue water with dolphins and colorful fish, or try your luck in a casino.

    To learn more about The KISS Kruise VIII, visit TheKISSKruise.com.

    Gene Simmons says women can’t have a career and kids

    (11/12/17) Hey, women! Forget your grandiose notions of working toward equality based on your intellectual merits. That’s all nonsense, and Gene Simmons — a 68-year-old man — is here to tell you why.

    In his new book, “On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power” (Harper Collins, out Tuesday), the Kiss bass player and vocalist uses his decades of business experience to preach about how to get ahead in the modern world.

    For women, Simmons argues that using sexuality is still the quickest route to power.

    “Women have a choice,” he told The Post. “They can dress in potato sacks, [but] as soon as they pretty themselves up with lipstick, lift and separate them and point them in our general direction, they’re gonna get a response. Guys are jackasses — we will buy them mansions and houses .?.?. all because of sex.”

    And, ladies, if you’re thinking of being a working mom, think again. “Get over your biological urges,” Simmons said. “It’s natural to want to have kids, but, sorry, you can’t have it both ways. You have to commit to either career or family. It’s very difficult to have both.”

    Simmons knows his (freakishly long) tongue will get him in trouble. But as he so eloquently put it, he doesn’t “give a f–k what anyone thinks.” The rocker — whose band’s earnings and business interests, such as the restaurant chain Rock & Brews, have earned him an estimated net worth of $300 million — offers “On Power” as a way to share his valuable insights and help the common schmuck be as important as he is.

    The way he sees it, people desire power and money more than they let on: “I’ve met losers in my life who’ve said, ‘I just need enough to get by,’ but they’re lying to themselves.”

    In the book, Simmons argues that the idea of power as a corruptive force is a myth. Even as once-influential figures such as Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner and Kevin Spacey have recently seen their careers and reputations disintegrate because of the alleged misuse of their positions, Simmons stands by his theories in the book.

    “Power is neither good or bad, it is simply a tool,” he said. “I’d rather the good guys have it. In the hands of someone like the Dalai Lama, it’s going to be used well, and not to hurt people. In the hands of Harvey Weinstein, maybe not.”

    And Simmons, who has a son, Nick, 28, and a daughter, Sophie, 25, with his wife, ex-Playboy model Shannon Tweed, doesn’t want to hear any whining from people who haven’t yet earned their power.

    “You’ve got 20-year-olds who are saying, ‘I’m looking forward to my vacation,’?” he said. “Vacation? You’re 20! You haven’t worked!”

    In all fairness, no one can argue that Simmons had anything handed to him. Born Chaim Witz in Israel in 1949, he grew up so poor his family reused rags for toilet paper. They arrived in New York in 1958, and Simmons quickly learned the value of a hustle. In college, he set himself up as a typist to earn extra money, later worked at a deli and even taught sixth grade in East Harlem before Kiss started to take off in 1973. The band would go on to sell more than 75 million albums around the world.

    Simmons, who now lives in Beverly Hills, Calif., feels no guilt about being rich. In fact, he feels the unwashed masses should be thankful he is.

    “If it wasn’t for the rich, there wouldn’t be jobs for people. There’d be no philanthropy. There’d be nothing,” he said. “A poor person never gave me a job. The American dream is not only alive, but it’s better and stronger than ever.”

    Talk Is Jericho: Gene Simmons Returns with The Vault for Episode 400

    (11/3/17) (Listen) There's only one guest big enough for episode 400! That's Gene Simmons of KISS and his $2000 Gene Simmons Vault! And you'll find out why $2000 is a small price to pay for the 10-disc, metal road case box set that comes hand-delivered by The Demon himself! Gene's also talking about attempting to trademark his hand gesture, KISS tribute bands, changing his given name, Paul McCartney, getting schooled by Carol Kaye of The Wrecking Crew, and how Jiminy Cricket from the movie, "Pinocchio," changed his life.

    New KISS Digital Mobile Game Developed By SPROING

    (11/1/17) Leading game developer Sproing has announced the release of new mobile game KISS Rock City, available to download for free from the App Store and from Google Play worldwide. The game was developed in close collaboration with KISS, the hottest rock 'n' roll band in the world, and Epic Rights, KISS's exclusive global licensing agent.

    Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley jointly stated: "KISS is very excited to be partnering with Sproing to bring the KISS Army and game enthusiasts such an entertaining mobile game. The game play rocks, we know you'll love it!"

    KISS Rock City is a laugh-filled adventure that takes players through the struggle of building a legendary rock band just like KISS. Players need to work their way up from playing the local bar circuit to the international spotlight, play along with original KISS hits and reach fame and fortune through skill, business deals and the help of their KISS mentors. No rock-star cliché is too small as players need to deal with the quirks of their band members, rivals, their manager and other weird characters — players will be laughing all the way!

    By working in close partnership with Stanley and Simmons, Sproing is able to ensure the KISStory is spot on, as well as offer day-to-day updates and stories from the band to keep the game play relevant, current and exciting.

    "For a musician like myself a dream came true working together with KISS to create the first rock'n'roll stardom adventure game for mobile devices," says Harald Riegler, CEO at Sproing. "The game features some highly addictive music gameplay, and is a game that fans of rock music and rock games will love!"

    "KISS has done such an amazing job building not only an incredible band known for their iconic songs and legendary stage performances, but also building the biggest rock merch brand in the industry. We are excited to see KISS extended into a highly-engaging mobile game that fans will love!" says Lisa Streff, EVP global licensing at Epic Rights.

    Gene Simmons on Australia's "Distortion" podcast

    (10/29/17) Gene Simmons on Australia's "Distortion" podcast: Listen.

    ACE FREHLEY Joins ALICE COOPER On Stage In Brisbane

    (10/26/17) Ace Frehley joined Alice Cooper on stage for the last song on the final show of their joint Australian tour. The former KISS guitarist and the shock rocker teamed up for an eight-minute-plus version of Cooper's classic "School's Out" Wednesday night (October 25) in Brisbane, featuring multiple guitar solos from Frehley.

    The Brisbane concert was part of Cooper's "Spend The Night With Alice Cooper" world tour, which also marks the fortieth anniversary of his first ever concert tour of Australia back in '77.

    Prior to the trek, Ace stated about the prospect of playing with Cooper: "I have been friends with Alice since the '70s, but I've never had the pleasure of touring with him. Our tour of Australia and New Zealand in October this year will be a major rock and roll event Down Under and leave all our fans with big smiles and wanting more! I can't wait to hit the road."

    Cooper released "Paranormal", his first album in six years and twenty-seventh overall, via earMUSIC in August. The disc features special guests like U2's Larry Mullen Jr., who plays on nine of the twelve new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP; DEEP PURPLE's Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members.

    Upon release, "Paranormal" climbed the iTunes rock charts, landing at No. 1 in twelve countries and the Top 5 in twenty countries.

    Frehley last month released a newly expanded deluxe edition of his 2009 album, "Anomaly", via eOne Music. Among the new tracks are two previously unreleased demos: "Hard For Me", which was later reworked into the album's "Foxy & Free", and an early take of "Pain In The Neck", different in tempo and arrangement from the final version. Also included is the previously digital-only "Anomaly" bonus track "The Return Of Space Bear".

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    ACE FREHLEY On Possible Reunion With KISS: 'I'm Not Holding My Breath'

    (10/22/17) Ace Frehley has once again commented on the possibility of a reunion with KISS, saying that it "could be really special for the fans."

    Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water", marking their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".

    More recently, Ace and KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons got together in Southern California to write two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album.

    Frehley's version of "Fire And Water" appears on his covers collection "Origins, Vol 1", which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart.

    Asked by radio personality Eddie Trunk during an October 9 interview if he thinks his renewed friendship with Stanley and Simmons will eventually lead to his return to KISS, Ace said: "Well, Paul and Gene haven't really talked to me about that. So until I get the phone call, as far as I'm concerned, we're just having fun and reconnecting for old times' sake. And if that happens, it happens. If it doesn't, that's okay too. I have my own career at this juncture, and those guys… well, they're working with half a cover band, actually. [Laughs]"

    Frehley added that he would be open to playing at least a one-off reunion show with KISS under the right circumstances. "Yeah. I mean, I think it could be great," he said. "If it was handled correctly and presented in the right way, I think it could be really special for the fans. It's a wait-and-see kind of situation, but I'm not holding my breath. I stay busy working on my new studio album in the studio, leaving for Australia this Friday. And we have some shows booked in Texas in December, which will be probably wrapped around some other shows, so I stay busy."

    Ace's latest comments came just two weeks after he and Simmons performed together onstage for the first time in over sixteen years at The Children Matter benefit concert to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

    The September 20 event at CHS Field Stadium in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota saw the two musicians sharing vocal duties for three classic KISS songs: "Parasite" from the 1974 album "Hotter Than Hell"; "Cold Gin" from KISS's self-titled 1974 debut; and "Shock Me" from 1977's "Love Gun".

    Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about contributing to "Origins Vol. 1", the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on the record. Frehley told Trunk that Gene may have been "just really busy" and couldn't commit to taking part in the project. "I mean, he's such a workaholic," Ace said. "He hasn't changed very much from when I worked with him in the band, when I was still performing with them. He's always… He gets up at seven o'clock in the morning, he's making phone calls. He actually said to me in the lobby of the hotel in St. Paul that… I said, 'Gene, better go upstairs and get some rest.' And he goes, 'No, I'm gonna be on the phone until three or four in the morning' with different places in the world, where the time is different, where it's earlier and so on and so forth. He just loves making business deals and doing this and doing that. That's kind of the way he's always been — it feeds his ego and personality."

    Ace also dismissed Internet chatter about whether his drinking and drugging days are truly behind him. "It's definitely in my past," he said. "I celebrated eleven years [sober] on September 15th. Ironically, I was looking at some of the comments online, and, actually, some people were saying that I look drunk. That hurts, because I've worked so hard — it was the hardest thing in my life to overcome my demons. And after eleven years, you'd think people would use a little tolerance. Because even though I'm sober, I still have bad balance. And maybe sometimes I don't talk as clear as I should, because I have a Bronx accent and it was a long day, so by the time I got up on stage, I was a little tired. But I can't believe that some people are making cracks, that I was drunk. So that's unfortunate. But I actually got one apology online when I was looking at some of the comments, where one guy said, 'You know, Ace, I apologize I said that [you were drunk] in an earlier comment, because I realized that you weren't, because I spoke to people that were seeing you before you went on and after, and that you were sober.' So that made me feel better."

    Stanley told Billboard earlier this year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup.

    Trailer: KISS Rock City mobile game from KISS coming soon!

    (10/18/17) KISS Rock City mobile game from KISS coming soon!: Video Trailer.

    Oliver Stone Accused of Groping TV Actress in Early 1990s

    (10/14/17) (hollywoodreporter.com) In the wake of a slew of accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein over decades, more women are coming forward with stories of sexual misconduct by high-profile Hollywood men.

    On Thursday, model and actress Carrie Stevens (Days of Our Lives, Beverly Hills, 90210), responding to a Hollywood Reporter story about Oliver Stone's brief expression of sympathy for Weinstein, tweeted: "When I heard about Harvey, I recalled Oliver walking past me & grabbing my boob as he walked out the front door of a party. Two of a kind!"

    During a press conference Friday at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, where he is serving on the festival's competition jury, Stone declined to condemn Weinstein, saying that he thought "a man shouldn't be condemned by a vigilante system." Stone added: "It's not easy what [Harvey Weinstein] is going through, either."

    Stone later walked back the comments, posting a message on Facebook, saying that he had been unaware of the extent of the allegations against Weinstein because of his recent travel schedule.

    "After looking at what has been reported in many publications over the last couple of days, I’m appalled and commend the courage of the women who’ve stepped forward to report sexual abuse or rape," Stone wrote. The multiple Oscar winner also said he would be abandoning a planned Weinstein Co.-produced TV series — Guantanamo, which was set to be his television drama debut — until TWC is no longer involved.

    Stevens appeared on Days of Our Lives and Beverly Hills, 90210 in the early 1990s, followed by parts on shows like Black Scorpion on what was back then the Sci-Fi Channel and USA Network's Pacific Blue. Later she made guest appearances on Two and a Half Men and Jake in Progress, followed by small parts in movies like Vegas, City of Dreams and Rock Star with Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. As a model, she appeared in Playboy as "Playmate of the Month" for September 1997.

    THR reached out to Stevens to ask if she could confirm the allegation of her tweet and would share more of her story. Stevens' reply, in full, is below.

    "It was at Ted Field's home years ago, around the time Oliver did JFK. The party was in his honor. Oliver was on his way out; Ted was seeing him to the door. Oliver spied me standing nearby and just reached out and instead of doing what a normal person does and shaking my hand, he just groped my boob and honked it like a horn and grinned and kept walking.

    I was humiliated but didn't want to complain. I didn't want Ted to think I was ungrateful for the invitation, and I was new on the scene and just navigating my way around Hollywood. I came from the rock 'n' roll scene. Eric Carr from Kiss was my boyfriend and he had just passed away. I met Ted because he produced Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Kiss did the soundtrack, so I met him at the premiere. Ted is a nice guy and he knew I was having a hard time over Eric's passing so he invited me to his party — last thing I wanted to do was be a trouble maker.

    There are a million reasons girls don't speak up. Thank God I was never alone with [Oliver Stone]. If he's grab[bing] me like that in front of people, imagine what he would do in private, given the chance.

    I am lucky I never met Harvey. Unfortunately, I have met many of their kind in this business and it took its toll. Unfortunately, I came to believe my body parts were the only thing I had going for me — and so I did Playboy. But I'll tell you what: I always felt protected and respected by Hef and Playboy Enterprises. I do know Oliver hung out at some parties at the Mansion. Thankfully, I never saw him there. But I can tell you if he ever tried to grab anyone's boob there, Hef would have had security show him the door.

    GENE SIMMONS Shares Story Of His First Recording Session In 1966

    (10/6/17) In the latest episode of "The Pods & Sods Network", Gene Simmons of KISS shares memories of his first recording session in 1966 on a song called "My Uncle Is A Raft". The track is one of a hundred and fifty previously unreleased cuts contained on his new release, "Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience": Listen.

    LITA FORD, FRANKIE BANALI, CARMINE APPICE, BRUCE KULICK, Others To Be Honored By ROCKGODZ HALL OF FAME

    (10/6/17) Lita Ford, Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL), Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT), Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart, BLUE MURDER, VANILLA FUDGE), Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD), Robin McAuley (MSG) and Richie Kotzen (POISON, MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) are amng the musicians who will be inducted into the RockGodz Hall Of Fame on Thursday, October 26 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood. California.

    Starting at 6 p.m. with a preshow red-carpet event, fans will see musicians from some of the greatest bands being honored for their contributions to rock and roll.

    Inductees this year, all to appear in person, include:

    * Lita Ford
    * Kenny Aronoff
    * Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL)
    * Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty, John Mellencamp)
    * Daniel Margasa
    * Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT)
    * Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart, BLUE MURDER, VANILLA FUDGE)
    * Dustin Brayley (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA)
    * Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD)
    * Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION)
    * Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth)
    * Rory Kaplan (Michael Jackson)
    * Gary Hoey (Gary Hoey, Ho Ho Hoey)
    * Robin Mcauley (Michael Schenker)
    * Lee Sklar (Phil Collins, TOTO)
    * Richie Kotzen (POISON, MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS)
    * Elliot Easton (THE CARS, CREDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL REVISITED)
    * Norman Harris (Norman's Rare Guitars)
    * Phil Chen (Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck)
    * Stephen Perkins (JANE'S ADDICTION)
    * David Weiderman (Guitar Center)
    * Tommy Nast (Fathom Events, Album Network, Rock Band Ent.)

    Producer and founder of the event Cindy Landeen says: "This event gets bigger each year and this year’s show will be the best yet."

    The music directors are Tony Franklin and Buster Akrey, and Sandy Rizzo is this year's event manager and artist liaison.

    The School House Of Rock band will be the house band for this prestigious event, there will be live performances from most of the inductees.

    For more information, visit www.rockgodzhalloffame.com.

    Gene Simmon on Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon

    (10/2/17) (Listen) Thirty-seven years after his first interview with Gene Simmons, Mitch gets his second crack at The Demon from KISS. Gene discusses his Vault Box Set, KISS 2018 plans and a possible one-off show... Just listen!

    Up next is former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo. He discusses the new Revolution Saints album, compares Journey singers, talks about letting down Neal Schon and more.

    Finally, go on a walk with Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch who discusses the bands new album, his respect for Dokken, the cheese factor of... well, just listen!

    VINNIE VINCENT Featured In New Promotional Video For Atlanta KISS Expo

    (9/27/17) (Video) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent is featured in a new promotional video for his upcoming appearance as a special guest at the Atlanta Kiss Expo next year.

    According to the official web site for the Atlanta Kiss Expo, the 65-year-old musician will be signing autographs and taking photos during the special VIP Meet & Greet on Friday, January 19, 2018, as well as all day long at the Atlanta Kiss Expo on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

    The organizers say about what is being billed as Vinnie's first public appearance in almost twenty years: "We have worked long and hard to secure the legendary Ankh Warrior for the show, and he's been absolutely awesome and is looking forward to meeting all of his fans."

    In a recently released handwritten note posted on the L.A. KISS Expo Facebook page, Vinnie said: "Dear fans, I'm happy and excited to be seeing all of you at the Atlanta KISS Expo on January 20, 2018. It's been a long time coming, and I know we're going to have an amazing and memorable time. I look forward to meeting you, signing autographs, taking photos, answering your questions and generally having a fun weekend. It will be a celebration for one and all! Thank you for your love and faith."

    Vincent replaced lead guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982 and played with KISS for two years. He left the group on bad terms, and later claimed KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley owed him royalties for his work on KISS' 1983 album "Lick It Up", according to the Courthouse News Service. However, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against him and awarded the KISS defendants about $66,400 in attorney's fees and $15,400 in costs.

    In June 2010, Vincent lost his 6th Circuit appeal of an order barring him from seeking bankruptcy protection from paying more than $81,000 to his former bandmates.

    "He's such a mysterious figure," Bruce Kulick, who held down the lead guitar spot in KISS for twelve years following Vincent's departure, told Rolling Stone. "In some ways, he's the Howard Hughes of KISS. Vinnie has laid low for so long that it adds to his legend."

    After running into into Simmons at a recording studio and reportedly apologizing for causing KISS all the grief while he was a member, Vincent was brought back into the KISS fold to co-write "Unholy", "Heart Of Chrome" and "I Just Wanna" for the band's 1992 album "Revenge". However, once the record was released, "Vinnie was up to his old tricks again," Simmons told Rolling Stone. "He reneged on a signed deal we had made and decided that he wanted to renegotiate. He eventually sued us and lost. As far as I was concerned, he was persona non grata forever."

    "It's a shame," Simmons said. "He's talented beyond most people that you'd meet, but you get to sleep in the bed you make."

    In May 2011, Vincent was arrested and with aggravated domestic assault after allegedly roughing up his wife, Diane Cusano, at their home in Smyrna, Tennessee. He spent the night in jail and was released on $10,000 bond the following morning.

    In a statement released after the arrest, Vincent said: "Please don't believe everything you read. I would never hurt anyone — ever. What has been reported is an absolutely inaccurate depiction of the events that occurred that evening. When it's time, the truth will be known."

    In January 2014, Diane Cusano passed away due to conditions stemming from chronic alcoholism. She was 47 years old.

    In recent years, Vincent has been the subject of a number of unsubstantiated rumors about his gender identity, including that he has been cross-dressing and that he has undergone a sex change.

    Earlier this year, Vincent was the focus of a Swedish TV documentary called "KISS Och Gitarristen Som Försvann" ("KISS And The Guitarist Who Disappeared") which apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to track Vinnie down and get him to sit down for an interview.

    KISS Drummer ERIC SINGER And STYX bassist RICKY PHILLIPS Talk Final RONNIE MONTROSE Album '10X10'

    (9/26/17) When Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, he was in the midst of working on an album that would have thrilled fans of his original MONTROSE (1973-1974) and GAMMA (1979-1983) periods. The artistically restless Montrose followed his muse without question, but, in 2003, he called in bassist Ricky Phillips (STYX, BAD ENGLISH) and drummer Eric Singer (KISS, ALICE COOPER) to tackle a power-trio project that would rock harder than anything he had done in years.

    The idea was to record ten songs with ten different singers and call the album "10x10". He brought Phillips and Singer to Doug Messenger's studio in North Hollywood, and the three musicians set up to record live — no pre-production rehearsals and no overdubs — and knocked out ten basic tracks in two or three days. Sadly, Montrose was unable to see the album through during his lifetime and it quite possibly may never have been heard beyond a few Montrose-family friends. Montrose did manage to record some of his chosen vocalists — such as Sammy Hagar and Edgar Winter — but finances, schedules, and a frightening illness conspired to slow and eventually stop progress.

    We can all thank Phillips, Singer, Leighsa Montrose and Rhino Records now, because the album that appeared destined to be lost to time is now available for pre-order.

    "I was talking to Eric Singer about '10x10' after Ronnie died, and I was pretty sure that I wanted to see if I could finish it, but I hadn't been able to move forward on it," says Phillips. "But Eric said, 'It has to be you. You and I were there to record it. We were there when Ronnie was talking about it — what he wanted to do, who he wanted to sing on it, how he wanted it to sound. If someone else gets into this thing, it's going to suck, and you're going to hate it.' That did it. I called Leighsa Montrose."

    Phillips made it his mission to finish the songs by enlisting a small army of Ronnie's musician friends to record the vocals and the guitar solos for each song, completing the album over the course of recent years.

    The songs represent some of Montrose's best work. According to Ricky Phillips, "His songs still have the fire and angst of a young rebel, but with some added wisdom and foresight voiced in his own unique language of 'guitar-speak.' On '10x10', we hear Ronnie at the top of his game, from the opening crunch guitar of 'Heavy Traffic', all the way to the closing song, 'I'm Not Lying', which was Ronnie's tip of the hat to his friend Robin Trower."

    On September 29, 2017 Rhino Records will release "10x10" on 180-gram vinyl ($21.98), CD ($14.98) and digitally. The album features inspired pairings, like DEEP PURPLE singer Glenn Hughes with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen ("Still Singin' With The Band") and singer Sammy Hagar with TOTO guitarist Steve Lukather ("Color Blind"). Legendary blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa also showcases his guitar talents on the track "The Kingdom's Come Undone" with Ricky Phillips on vocals. A few artists both sing and play, like Edgar Winter ("Love Is An Art") and Tommy Shaw ("Strong Enough").

    Several artists who appear on "10x10" had recorded with Ronnie during his career, like Edgar Winter, who included the guitarist on his 1972 album, "They Only Come Out At Night". Sammy Hagar got his start singing with MONTROSE. Between 1973 and 1975, he recorded two influential albums — "Montrose" and "Paper Money" — with the band and toured the world.

    More than forty years later, Hagar was among the first who agreed to help finish Ronnie's final album. "It's valuable to have '10x10' be seen as Ronnie's last work, rather than going and digging up some stuff from his past. This was something he truly had a vision for," says Hagar.

    "10x10" track listing:

    01. "Heavy Traffic" featuring Eric Martin & Dave Meniketti
    02. "Love Is An Art" featuring Edgar Winter & Rick Derringer
    03. "Color Blind" featuring Sammy Hagar & Steve Lukather
    04. "Still Singin' With The Band" featuring Glenn Hughes, Phil Collen & Jimmy "Z" Zavala
    05. "Strong Enough" featuring Tommy Shaw
    06. "Any Minute" featuring Mark Farner & Ricky Phillips
    07. "The Kingdom's Come Undone" featuring Ricky Phillips & Joe Bonamassa
    08. "One Good Reason" featuring Bruce Turgon & Brad Whitford
    09. "Head On Straight" featuring Davey Pattison & Marc Bonilla
    10. "I'm Not Lying" featuring Gregg Rolie, Tom Gimbel & Lawrence Gowan

    In the clips below, Eric Singer and Ricky Phillips discuss their involvement with "10x10".

    A note from Leighsa Montrose about the cover art: "Ronnie loved the use of a double entendre to convey meaning. My inspiration for the cover artwork is a personal nod to him, how he thought, and what would have been aesthetically pleasing to him. This is beautifully illustrated by Peter Grant. What you see is a sound wave from 'Head On Straight', which he wrote for '10x10'. This was captured by Steve Ledesma with special thanks to Alfred Ruiz. When looking at this soundwave, I wanted the eye and mind to see it as if it was moving and fluid — as if it was him on the cover.

    "Ronnie is music. He had the mindset of an engineer. Math and music was the way he thought. To be able to combine these attributes of Ronnie with depth of meaning, I believe he would have appreciated the thought that went into everyone's combined efforts to understand and create the cover."

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    Gene Simmons: Full Interview | House Of Strombo

    (9/26/17) Gene Simmons: Full Interview | House Of Strombo: Video.

    GENE SIMMONS On ACE FREHLEY Returning To KISS: 'That's Not Gonna Happen'

    (9/26/17) (Video) Gene Simmons has once again ruled out the possibility of KISS reuniting with original guitarist Ace Frehley.

    Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water", marking their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".

    More recently, Ace collaborated with Gene on two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album. And then last week the Space Ace and and the Demon shared a stage for the first time in sixteen years at a benefit concert in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Asked directly about the chances of Frehley's return to KISS, Simmons told "The Cassius Morris Show" (see video above): "That's not gonna happen. Ace has been in and out of the band three different times. That's enough."

    Gene's words echo those made by Stanley, who told Billboard earlier this year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup. "That's not coming from any place of animosity," he explained. "I sang on Ace's most recent album and did a video with him. I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we've done together is terrific. The band as it is — I've played with [current KISS drummer] Eric Singer for, I think, twenty-five years and Tommy's [Thayer, guitar] been in the band probably fifteen years at this point. I have no thoughts of revisiting the past. With that said, I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn't include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from."

    Frehley said a few months ago that he hadn't been contacted about re-teaming with KISS for one last run of shows before the band calls it quits. But, he added, "I'm not ruling it out. It's a possibility, I guess. But the ball's in Paul and Gene's court. If that's something that they would like to do to end off the career of KISS, I think it could be… if it was handled correctly, it could be great. But those guys pretty much run the show these days. And I'm doing my thing, and they're doing their thing. And if it happens, it'd be great, and if it doesn't, I'll be fine and they'll be fine."

    GENE SIMMONS On KISS Turning Down TRUMP's Inauguration: 'In This Polarizing Era, It's Not A Good Idea'

    (9/24/17) Gene Simmons has confirmed that KISS was inivited to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration but turned it down because it was "not a good idea."

    It was Gene's wife Shannon Tweed that originally revealed Trump's camp approached Simmons and his bandmates about participating, telling a TMZ cameraman last December that the KISS bassist/vocalist "politely declined."

    Asked in a new interview with The Daily Beast if Shannon was correct in saying that KISS was asked to appear at the January event, Gene said: "That's true. We were invited to perform, but in this polarizing era, it's not a good idea." Simmons added that there was "no reason" for KISS to play the inauguration. "I'm not sure celebrities should be used as brownie points for politicians," he explained. "'Yeah, I'm running for government so I'm going to get some rock bands and performers beside me.' It's all bullshit, really. Once you're trying to influence people by having celebrities beside you, then it becomes who's got the bigger celebrity and all that. And by the way, I'm not a fan of having our foreign policy decided by anybody living in Malibu. Anybody living in Malibu, their opinions aren't worth more than the opinions of somebody living in Wisconsin."

    Simmons went on to say that he "didn't necessarily vote for President Trump or candidate Clinton" in last year's presidential election, adding that "it's really nobody's damn business" whom he voted for. "I think you'd be surprised by my choice — but he's President Trump, because even if you don't like the man, you must respect the office of the presidency and the will of the Electoral College," he said.

    Prior to last November's election, Simmons — a former contestant on Donald Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" show — told People magazine that he liked how Trump was shaking up the presidential race.

    "The important thing about Trump, and I'm not saying whether I'm voting for him, or Hilary [Clinton], or anybody else, is that he has changed the game," Simmons said. "He doesn't want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it's 'incorrect.'"

    In a March 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Simmons described Donald Trump as "the truest political animal I've ever seen onstage." The rocker explained: "He has no speechwriters, no editing, no nothing. He's actually on tape going 'motherfucker.' You cannot turn away."

    Simmons stressed at that time that he wasn't saying he was supporting Trump. "He has said some very vile, unkind things," he said. "But don't kid yourself. He speaks off the cuff, and what you see is what you get. And he'll double down. If you ask him about building a wall [between the U.S. and Mexico] he'll say, 'Fuck you, I'm going to make it ten feet higher, just because you asked me.' He's not there to be your friend."

    "He's good for the political system," Simmons added. "The middle, the centrists, they can say, 'What do you think of this?' because everybody is sick and tired of being politically correct. Secretly, tens of millions, perhaps a hundred million people may actually have some positive feelings about a wall.”

    ACE FREHLEY And GENE SIMMONS: Video Of Full KQRS 92.5 FM Interview

    (9/24/17) ACE FREHLEY And GENE SIMMONS: Video Of Full KQRS 92.5 FM Interview: Video.

    GENE SIMMONS And ACE FREHLEY Perform Together For First Time In 16 Years

    (9/22/17) Gene Simmons and his former KISS bandmate Ace Frehley performed together onstage for the first time in over sixteen years last night (Wednesday, September 20) at The Children Matter benefit concert to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

    The event at CHS Field Stadium in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota saw the two musicians sharing vocal duties for three classic KISS songs: "Parasite" from the 1974 album "Hotter Than Hell"; "Cold Gin" from KISS's self-titled 1974 debut; and "Shock Me" from 1977's "Love Gun".

    "Before you were born, 1973, in New York City, this guy and I — and two other guys — put together a band we'd never seen onstage," Simmons said while introducing his former bandmate. "Let's hear it for Ace Frehley! He still looks great, goddamn it — doesn't he?"

    Video footage of the reunion can be seen below (the clips were shot and uploaded by Mike Brunn).

    All proceeds from The Children Matter benefit concert will be directed to the hurricane relief efforts of the nonprofit Matter. The nonprofit works in partnership with on-ground relief organizations to source and ship the items needed most, such as: Matterbox Meal Kits, sanitation and contamination prevention supplies and more to the children and families affected displaced by the hurricane.

    The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative created by Simmons and the nonprofit Matter on the simple belief that the lives of children matter. Regardless of race, income, gender, religion, or location, every child deserves the same access to a full and healthy life.

    Frehley told StarTribune that he approached Simmons about being a part of the St. Paul concert.

    "I just did four shows on the East Coast, and I looked at my calendar and I noticed I was off today," Frehley said."I had to head back to San Diego eventually where I live, so I figured I could make a pit stop here. I called Gene, and he was really excited about me being involved, and it's that simple."

    Ace recently collaborated with Gene on two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album.

    Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water", marking their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".

    Frehley's version of "Fire And Water" appears on his covers collection "Origins, Vol 1", which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart.

    Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about contributing to "Origins Vol. 1", the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on the record because "either [Gene] didn't get the message or he was just too busy," Frehley told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station last year.

    Stanley told Billboard earlier this year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup.

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    'Kiss Klassified: War Stories From A Kiss Army General' Book Coming In October

    "Kiss Klassified: War Stories From A Kiss Army General" will be released on October 26 via Gain Production. The book features over 750 never-before-seen photos as well as several unpublished interviews with American rock icons KISS.

    The story is centered around Johan Kihlberg, who was the president of Kiss Army Sweden for ten years. He hung out in the studio with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, got drunk with Eric Carr, performed with Vinnie Vincent and was tour manager for Bruce Kulick. And he scolded Ace Frehley. Johan Kihlberg did it all. And he lived to tell the tale.

    It all started in the early eighties when Johan began stalking the members every time they were in Stockholm. Together with principal photographer Mats Vassfjord, he continued to follow and document KISS around the world. This is his own incomparable Kisstory told to Sweden Rock Magazine's prominent journalist Carl Linnaeus.

    Said Simmons: "Johan Kihlberg is great. I'm a fan of creative people and anytime someone does something from the heart, it's real. It's the biggest honor that somebody would even say hello to you, much less devote a lot of time to do something like this book."

    Linnaeus is perhaps best known for the acclaimed KISS biography "Den Osminkade Sanningen". His latest book, "Jag Sålde Min Själ Till Hårdrocken", is based on his most notable interviews done for Sweden Rock Magazine, where he's been one of the most prolific writers for the last ten years.

    GENE SIMMONS: 'If I Could, I Would Trademark The Air You Breathe'

    Gene Simmons has once again defended his attempt to trademark the so-called "devil's horns" hand gesture.

    The KISS bassist/vocalist withdrew his application to trademark the symbol in late June — less than two weeks after filing with the federal copyright office.

    Most music fans slammed Simmons for the trademark request, saying the symbol has become ubiquitous and means different things to different people.

    Asked by Canada's Metro if he is bothered by the negative feedback he got for trying to trademark the "metal horns" or "rock on" hand sign, Simmons replied: "You can't please everybody. Not everybody likes Jesus, either.

    "Instead of worrying what people think, I just go my merry way and do whatever I want to do.

    "If I could, I would trademark the air you breathe. Every breath. Yes, I would."

    Gene's KISS bandmate Paul Stanley recently said that he had no idea why Simmons attempted to trademark the "devil's horns" hand gesture. Stanley told the Loudwire Podcast: "Well, you know, Gene elicits some very strong reactions from people. And what he does he does for the reasons that only he knows. So I can't really say that I have really any thought about it. It was really something that he wanted to pursue, and the reaction was how people felt about it. So I don't know why he pulled it, and I don't know why he started it. I really have no… I haven't asked him."

    In his original request, which was filed on June 9, Simmons described the sign as consisting "of a hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular." He paid $275, seeking to use the hand signal symbol for "Entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist."

    Gene claimed the gesture was first used in commerce on November 14, 1974, which corresponded to KISS's "Hotter Than Hell" tour. He wrote in his signed declaration that he believed "no other person, firm, corporation or association has the right to use said mark in commerce, either in the identical form or in such near resemblance."

    It's unclear why Simmons suddenly withdrew his application to trademark the gesture but it's unlikely he would have succeeded anyway.

    Copyright lawyer Ronald Abrams told Forbes that such hand gestures can't be trademarked unless they are part of a logo. Trademark attorney Michael Cohen with Cohen IP Law Group in Beverly Hills, who deals with trademark, patent and copyright infringement cases, concurred, telling the Los Angeles Times that it would have been very difficult for Simmons's application to be approved because the gesture has become "genericized."

    Simmons's version of the gesture is actually "I love you" in American Sign Language, with the thumb extended, rather than the thumb holding two middle fingers close to the palm.

    Ronnie James Dio's widow Wendy also criticized Simmons for attempting to trademark the hand sign. She told TheWrap: "To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting. It belongs to everyone — it doesn't belong to anyone. It's a public domain, it shouldn't be trademarked.”

    Gene Simmons Says 'Legislation Is The Answer' To Debate Over Artist Rights In Streaming Age

    Gene Simmons says that the ongoing issues around artist royalty payments involving streaming music services like Spotify can be resolved through "legislation."

    With streaming services dominating the way listeners consume music, artist royalties have been a major topic of discussion.

    Artists and labels have in the past complained about minuscule revenue from streaming sites when compared to downloads or physical sales.

    While promoting his new box set of previously unreleased solo material, "The Vault", this past Wednesday (September 13) on Fox Business, Simmons was asked if he thinks streaming services hurt artists when it comes to music ownership and earnings. He responded (see video below): "It's a disaster. It's a disaster, because the fans have decided, and they've been trained to not pay for music."

    He continued: "Imagine a supermarket. Farmers have worked all their lives to grow the fruit, and the trucks and the unions that bring it to the stores, and the beautiful stores and the people that work there. Imagine walking in there and being able to walk out with anything you want without paying for it. How long is the farmer gonna stay in business? How long is retail gonna stay in business? So everything is dying because fans have trained themselves not to pay for the music."

    Simmons added: "Look, you're not affecting me — I'm doing okay, my rent's paid — but you're killing the new band. You're killing the next BEATLES, and that breaks my heart."

    Gene went on to say he believes "legislation is the answer" when it comes to ensuring that as the companies behind these digital services swell into multibillion-dollar enterprises, it doesn't come at the cost of the artists and their collaborators who put the work into making the music.

    "Look, my daughter, Sophie Simmons, had a ten-million-viewed single two years ago — ten million!" he said. "She made two hundred and fourteen bucks. Spotify is taking all the money. The bands are taking, the acts are taking a small percentage of one penny per download, which is a crime."

    Spotify says it has more than 140 million active users, and more than 60 million paying subscribers across 61 markets.

    Because record labels own the music, they force Spotify to pay 70 percent or more of its revenue to them for royalties.

    Since Spotify's profits are constrained by huge licensing costs, the company's losses more than doubled in 2016 to 556.7 million euros ($581.4 million) on revenues of 2.933 euros ($3.064 billion).

    Former TALKING HEADS frontman David Byrne in 2015 called for more transparency from major labels and streaming services over the fees which musicians receive when their music is played on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

    Listen To BOB KULICK's 'Skeletons In The Closet' Album Feat. KISS, TWISTED SISTER, Ex-BLACK SABBATH Members

    (Listen) "Skeletons In The Closet", the new album from Bob Kulick, can be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below.

    Throughout his forty-year music career, Bob Kulick has worked with an astonishing array of artists: from Meat Loaf to MOTÖRHEAD. From KISS to Michael Bolton. W.A.S.P. to Diana Ross as well as legends such as Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Paul Stanley's first solo album and tour.

    After serving as a sideman and producer for much of his professional career, Kulick has decided that it was time to release a solo album — and he brought along a few of his good friends to support him in the endeavor.

    "Skeletons In The Closet" will be released on September 15 through Vanity Music.

    Gene Simmons to unveil 150 unreleased songs in career-spanning box set

    Gene Simmons is digging into his archives for a one-of-a-kind fan experience.

    The eccentric KISS frontman is commemorating his 50-year career in music with Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience, a limited-edition box set featuring band memorabilia and 150 never-before-released tracks. The limited-edition, 38-pound vault includes 10 CDs, a non-makeup Simmons action figure, a gold medallion reading “In Gene We Trust,” a book of never-before-seen images, and a hand-picked item from his personal collection.

    “We all go through our lives doing whatever it is you’re doing," Simmons says over coffee at Manhattan's The London hotel. “Whether you think of it as a journey or a race, as you get closer to the finish line, that’s when you turn on the heat. I’m 68 now — I’m not going to live forever. So I thought now is the best time if it ever is going to come out.”

    None of the music included in The Vault Experience, which can be pre-ordered at genesimmonsvault.com, will be released digitally. Songs include original demos and studio recordings, some of which, “stylistically, (are) all over the place, which is why (they) didn’t end up on KISS records,” Simmons explains.

    There are also a slew of collaborations, including demos of three tracks with Van Halen and a recording with Bob Dylan. One of the most personal is My Uncle Is a Raft, the first song Simmons ever wrote and recorded as a teenager. The tune is about his uncle, George, who became a father figure for him when he and his mom moved to the United States from Israel.

    “I must’ve written over a hundred really horrible songs,” Simmons says. “My first one (went), ‘My uncle is a raft and he always keeps me floating. He is so good to me.’ I didn’t have the gift of gab — I wasn’t born in America — so my lyrics were bizarre.”

    The set goes for $2,000 and will be hand-delivered to buyers by Simmons starting Dec. 31. Additional packages run $25,000 and $50,000, and include a Vault executive producer's credit and a two-hour get-together with Simmons at a fan's home.

    Hefty price tag aside, Vault is the only opportunity for fans to hear new material from KISS for the foreseeable future: Simmons says the band currently has no plans to release another album.

    "What’s the incentive of working for six months to a year on a new record when people are going to download it for free?" he says. "KISS is not a charity."

    Plus, the gruff rock icon is busy with a handful of other projects: a book about personal wealth, On Power, due Nov. 14, and an expanding restaurant chain, Rock & Brews, which he co-founded with bandmate Paul Stanley.

    Simmons says he doesn't think about KISS' legacy, because "we've already scaled the heights. Our licensing and merchandising dwarfs Elvis and The Beatles combined. If you go to Graceland, there’s a KISS exhibit — that’s what people come to see."

    When KISS was founded in 1973, "nobody thought it would go the distance," he continues. " 'Here’s an idea: I’m going to wear more makeup and higher heels than your mommy, and we’re going to look completely different than any band that’s out there, and I’m going to stick my tongue out and spit fire, and fly through the air.' Not a chance in hell.

    "We always kind of just bumbled along and marched to the beat of our own drum. KISS was always KISS."

    GENE SIMMONS Will Deliver 'The Vault' Box Set To Your Home For $50,000

    (Video) Gene Simmons's long-promised box set of previously unreleased solo material, which has apparently had several different working titles over the years — including "Monster" (later used by KISS for the band's most recent studio album), "Alter Ego" and "100" — has finally been made available.

    Titled "The Vault", the collection of one hundred and fifty "never-released-before songs written and performed by Simmons," which features "notable rock 'n' roll artists, including member of KISS past and present," is being sold exclusively online.

    Fans who order "The Vault" have the option to have the box set delivered to them personally by Simmons in one of three ways.

    * $2,000 will get you an invite to one of twenty-one "Vault Experience" events across the world, where you will pick up a copy the personalized and autographed box set — packaged in a massive 12" x 12" x 6" leather-bound commemorative book featuring dozens of never-seen-before images of Simmons over his fifty-year career — and take part in a "songs-and-stories" playback and question-and-answer session. In addition, you will be granted one-on-one photo, autograph and video time with Simmons.

    * $25,000 will get you an invite to one of eleven "Producer Experience" events, which include all the "Vault Exerience" items above plus "an intimate hour in a recording studio with Gene listening to tracks from 'The Vault'" and an executive producer's credit on the set itself.

    * Fans who spend $50,000 will have Simmons deliver all the above-mentioned items right to their homes, where they and up to twenty-five of their friends can spend two hours with the KISS legend.

    Among the songs expected to be featured on "The Vault" are Simmons's "Love Gun"-era demos featuring Eddie and Alex Van Halen.

    "Any artist can release a boxed set, and never really thank the fans for their support," said Simmons. "I want to celebrate my fiftieth anniversary in rock with the fans, and I have had a blast putting something really special together for them. 'Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience' gives fans something truly unique that they can keep forever, and it gives me a chance to personally thank them for all of their support over the years."

    "What Gene and Rhino have put together with 'The Vault Experience' is truly unprecedented. We have taken the idea of a boxed set to a completely different level," said Mark Pinkus, president of Rhino Entertainment. "As a card-carrying member of the KISS Army from a young age, I'm honored to be working with Gene on such an exciting and innovative project. His fans are going to be absolutely blown away by 'The Vault Experience'."

    For more information, visit www.genesimmonsvault.com.

    GENE SIMMONS And ACE FREHLEY To Perform Together For First Time In 16 Years At 'The Children Matter' Benefit Concert

    Gene Simmons and his former KISS bandmate Ace Frehley will perform together onstage for the first time in over sixteen years at The Children Matter benefit concert to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Don Felder (former lead guitarist of THE EAGLES) and CHEAP TRICK will also appear on September 20 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Over ten thousand people are expected to fill CHS Field Stadium in downtown St. Paul to witness rock history with once-in-a-lifetime collaborative performances between Simmons, Frehley, Felder and CHEAP TRICK as they turn up the volume for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

    All proceeds from The Children Matter benefit concert will be directed to the hurricane relief efforts of the nonprofit Matter. The nonprofit works in partnership with on-ground relief organizations to source and ship the items needed most, such as: Matterbox Meal Kits, sanitation and contamination prevention supplies and more to the children and families affected displaced by the hurricane.

    Tickets starting under $60 and range up to $250 for VIP meet-and-greet.

    Tickets can be purchased online at www.thechildrenmatter.ngo.

    The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative created by Simmons and the nonprofit Matter on the simple belief that the lives of children matter. Regardless of race, income, gender, religion, or location, every child deserves the same access to a full and healthy life.

    Ace recently collaborated with Gene on two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album.

    Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water", marking their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".

    Frehley's version of "Fire And Water" appears on his covers collection "Origins, Vol 1", which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart.

    Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about contributing to "Origins Vol. 1", the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on the record because "either [Gene] didn't get the message or he was just too busy," Frehley told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station last year.

    Stanley told Billboard earlier this year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup.

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    GENE SIMMONS To Release 'The Vault' Box Set Of Previously Unreleased Solo Recordings

    (Video) Gene Simmons's long-promised box set of previously unreleased solo material, which has apparently had several different working titles over the years — including "Monster" (later used by KISS for the band's most recent studio album), "Alter Ego" and "100" — will finally see the light of day later this year.

    In a newly released video message, the KISS bassist/vocalist states: "For the past three years, I've been working on something that I've wanted to share with you my entire life. I've gone through hours and hours of music I've recorded and written over the past fifty years to craft my career-spanning solo recordings box set. It's called 'The Vault'."

    He continues: "'The Vault' is one hundred and fifty-plus never-before-released songs I've written, spanning fifty years, going all the way back to when I was fourteen years old, all the way to some of the songs that became KISS classics. Tens CDs right here, all inside 'The Vault'. It's finally ready to bring to you. Yeah, that's right, I said 'to bring to you,' because what I'm gonna be doing is something that's never been done before by any artist or band. I'm gonna hand-deliver 'The Vault' box set to you and to fans like you around the world."

    Simmons adds: "I also wanted you to have really cool stuff: an exclusive Gene Simmons action figure, an 'In Gene We Trust' medallion, a beautiful full-color book packed with photos from my peronsal archives, and my stories behind the songs — and a very special surprise item from me to you. You're not gonna believe the things we found."

    More information on "The Vault" will be made available at www.genesimmonsvault.com.

    Simmons has released two solo albums and also written for and with other artists, including Bob Dylan and Donna Summer.

    "I've always written 'outside' stuff," he explained in response to a fan question on his official web site back in 2009. "But KISS is KISS. And that means the outside stuff winds up on solo albums, or I keep it in the drawer."

    Simmons's sophomore solo album, "Asshole", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in 2004 to land at position No. 86 on The Billboard 200 chart. Like Gene's 1978 self-titled solo album, "Asshole" featured a number of outside songwriting contributions and guest appearances. Bob Dylan and Gene co-wrote the album's "Waiting For The Morning Light". Frank Zappa and Gene share co-writing credit on "Black Tongue" and the Zappa Family, Dweezil, Ahmet, Moon, Gail and Frank Zappa himself sing and play guitar on the song.

    Gene Simmons is getting into the movie business

    Kiss rock legend Gene Simmons is getting into the movie business.

    A source tells Page Six that Simmons is inking a deal with the Beverly Hills, Calif., and Sydney-based film sales and finance company Arclight Films.

    Arclight is backing Paul Schrader’s film “First Reformed,” with Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, at the Venice Film Festival.

    The company’s also behind an upcoming remake of the 1958 horror classic “The Blob” that will star Samuel L. Jackson.

    Simmons produced the recent Wesley Snipes film, “Armed Response,” with WWE Studios, which was his first narrative film as a producer since the 1999 Kiss-centered “Detriot Rock City.”

    He’s also been exec producer of his A&E reality show, “Gene Simmons: Family Jewels,” and “My Dad the Rock Star.”

    Reps did not immediately get back to us.

    VINNIE VINCENT Is 'Happy And Excited' About His Appearance At Atlanta KISS Expo

    Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent says that he is "happy and excited" to have been announced as a special guest at the the Atlanta Kiss Expo next year.

    According to the official web site for the Atlanta Kiss Expo, the 65-year-old musician will be signing autographs and taking photos during the special VIP Meet & Greet on Friday, January 19, 2018, as well as all day long at the Atlanta Kiss Expo on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

    The organizers say about what is being billed as Vinnie's first public appearance in almost twenty years: "We have worked long and hard to secure the legendary Ankh Warrior for the show, and he's been absolutely awesome and is looking forward to meeting all of his fans."

    In a newly released handwritten note posted on the L.A. KISS Expo Facebook page, Vinnie said: "Dear fans, I'm happy and excited to be seeing all of you at the Atlanta KISS Expo on January 20, 2018. It's been a long time coming, and I know we're going to have an amazing and memorable time. I look forward to meeting you, signing autographs, taking photos, answering your questions and generally having a fun weekend. It will be a celebration for one and all! Thank you for your love and faith."

    Vincent replaced lead guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982 and played with KISS for two years. He left the group on bad terms, and later claimed KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley owed him royalties for his work on KISS' 1983 album "Lick It Up", according to the Courthouse News Service. However, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against him and awarded the KISS defendants about $66,400 in attorney's fees and $15,400 in costs.

    In June 2010, Vincent lost his 6th Circuit appeal of an order barring him from seeking bankruptcy protection from paying more than $81,000 to his former bandmates.

    "He's such a mysterious figure," Bruce Kulick, who held down the lead guitar spot in KISS for twelve years following Vincent's departure, told Rolling Stone. "In some ways, he's the Howard Hughes of KISS. Vinnie has laid low for so long that it adds to his legend."

    After running into into Simmons at a recording studio and reportedly apologizing for causing KISS all the grief while he was a member, Vincent was brought back into the KISS fold to co-write "Unholy", "Heart Of Chrome" and "I Just Wanna" for the band's 1992 album "Revenge". However, once the record was released, "Vinnie was up to his old tricks again," Simmons told Rolling Stone. "He reneged on a signed deal we had made and decided that he wanted to renegotiate. He eventually sued us and lost. As far as I was concerned, he was persona non grata forever."

    "It's a shame," Simmons said. "He's talented beyond most people that you'd meet, but you get to sleep in the bed you make."

    In May 2011, Vincent was arrested and with aggravated domestic assault after allegedly roughing up his wife, Diane Cusano, at their home in Smyrna, Tennessee. He spent the night in jail and was released on $10,000 bond the following morning.

    In a statement released after the arrest, Vincent said: "Please don't believe everything you read. I would never hurt anyone — ever. What has been reported is an absolutely inaccurate depiction of the events that occurred that evening. When it's time, the truth will be known."

    In January 2014, Diane Cusano passed away due to conditions stemming from chronic alcoholism. She was 47 years old.

    In recent years, Vincent has been the subject of a number of unsubstantiated rumors about his gender identity, including that he has been cross-dressing and that he has undergone a sex change.

    Earlier this year, Vincent was the focus of a Swedish TV documentary called "KISS Och Gitarristen Som Försvann" ("KISS And The Guitarist Who Disappeared") which apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to track Vinnie down and get him to sit down for an interview.

    CHRIS JERICHO's 'No Is A Four-Letter Word' Book Features Foreword By PAUL STANLEY

    Da Capo Press has set an August 29 release date for "No Is A Four-Letter Word", the new book by Chris Jericho, a six-time WWE world heavyweight champion, the lead singer of the heavy metal band FOZZY and host of the "Talk Is Jericho" podcast.

    The three-time New York Times bestselling author shares twenty of his most valuable lessons for achieving your goals and living the life you want, jam-packed with fantastic stories and the classic off-the-wall, laugh-out-loud Jericho references he's famous for, with a foreword by KISS frontman Paul Stanley.

    Chris Jericho has known what he wanted out of life since he was a teenager: to be a pro wrestler and to be in a rock and roll band. Most of his high school friends felt that he lacked the tools necessary to get into either, but Chris believed in himself. With the wise words of Master Yoda echoing through his head ("Do or do not. There is no try."), he made it happen. As a result, Chris has spent a lifetime doing instead of merely trying, managing to achieve his dreams while learning dozens of invaluable lessons along the way.

    "No Is a Four-Letter Word" distills more than two decades of showbiz wisdom and advice into twenty easy-to-carry chapters. From developing a strong work ethic thanks to WWE chairman Vince McMahon, remembering to always look like a star from Gene Simmons of KISS, learning to let it go when the "America's Funniest Home Videos" hosting gig goes to his rival, adopting a sense of perpetual reinvention from the late David Bowie, making sure to sell himself like his NHL-legend father Ted Irvine taught him, or going the extra mile to meet Keith Richards (with an assist from Jimmy Fallon), Chris has learned countless lessons during his decades-long career. Now, in the hopes that those same principles might help and inspire his legions of fans, Chris has decided to share them while recounting the fantastic and hilarious stories that led to the birth of these rules. The result is a fun, entertaining, practical, and inspiring book from the man with many scarves but only one drive: to be the best. After reading "No Is a Four-Letter Word", you'll discover that you might have what it takes to succeed as well... you just need to get out there and do it. That's what Jericho would do.

    Jericho told Loudwire about "No Is A Four-Letter Word": "It's basically like a self-help motivational guide as to how I was able to make both these dreams come true being in wrestling and rock and roll when everybody told me that I couldn't do it. No is a dirty word. You shouldn't use it. I think that if people read this book, they'll see I have twenty principles as to how I was able to do what I did. All of them based around advice that I received. There's the Gene Simmons principle, the Paul Stanley principle, the Mystic Man principle. If somebody taught me something over the course of these years, I made it a theme for the book. I like it because it's different from any of the books that I've done, but still has a lot of great ridiculous stories but there's a theme to it."

    He added: "It's not another autobiography. Believe me, I have enough material, but I think four autobiographies in the course of ten years might be pushing it. This is not an autobiography per se, but it still has a lot of great stories from all the years that I've experienced these things."

    VINNIE VINCENT Announced As Special Guest At Atlanta KISS Expo

    Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has been announced as a special guest at the the Atlanta Kiss Expo next year.

    According to the official web site for the Atlanta Kiss Expo, the 65-year-old musician will be signing autographs and taking photos during the special VIP Meet & Greet on Friday, January 19, 2018, as well as all day long at the Atlanta Kiss Expo on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

    The organizers say about what is being billed as Vinnie's first public appearance in almost twenty years: "We have worked long and hard to secure the legendary Ankh Warrior for the show, and he's been absolutely awesome and is looking forward to meeting all of his fans."

    Vincent replaced lead guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982 and played with KISS for two years. He left the group on bad terms, and later claimed KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley owed him royalties for his work on KISS' 1983 album "Lick It Up", according to the Courthouse News Service. However, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against him and awarded the KISS defendants about $66,400 in attorney's fees and $15,400 in costs.

    In June 2010, Vincent lost his 6th Circuit appeal of an order barring him from seeking bankruptcy protection from paying more than $81,000 to his former bandmates.

    "He's such a mysterious figure," Bruce Kulick, who held down the lead guitar spot in KISS for twelve years following Vincent's departure, told Rolling Stone. "In some ways, he's the Howard Hughes of KISS. Vinnie has laid low for so long that it adds to his legend."

    After running into into Simmons at a recording studio and reportedly apologizing for causing KISS all the grief while he was a member, Vincent was brought back into the KISS fold to co-write "Unholy", "Heart Of Chrome" and "I Just Wanna" for the band's 1992 album "Revenge". However, once the record was released, "Vinnie was up to his old tricks again," Simmons told Rolling Stone. "He reneged on a signed deal we had made and decided that he wanted to renegotiate. He eventually sued us and lost. As far as I was concerned, he was persona non grata forever."

    "It's a shame," Simmons said. "He's talented beyond most people that you'd meet, but you get to sleep in the bed you make."

    In May 2011, Vincent was arrested and with aggravated domestic assault after allegedly roughing up his wife, Diane Cusano, at their home in Smyrna, Tennessee. He spent the night in jail and was released on $10,000 bond the following morning.

    In a statement released after the arrest, Vincent said: "Please don't believe everything you read. I would never hurt anyone — ever. What has been reported is an absolutely inaccurate depiction of the events that occurred that evening. When it's time, the truth will be known."

    In January 2014, Diane Cusano passed away due to conditions stemming from chronic alcoholism. She was 47 years old.

    In recent years, Vincent has been the subject of a number of unsubstantiated rumors about his gender identity, including that he has been cross-dressing and that he has undergone a sex change.

    Earlier this year, Vincent was the focus of a Swedish TV documentary called "KISS Och Gitarristen Som Försvann" ("KISS And The Guitarist Who Disappeared") which apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to track Vinnie down and get him to sit down for an interview. (Video)

    Gene Simmons talks about life in music and bringing his restaurant brand to Chicago

    Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and KISS frontman, Gene Simmons joins Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes to talk about his new endeavor to bring “Rock & Brews,” a rock-inspired restaurant and entertainment concept, to the Greater Chicagoland area and a commitment to open 10-15 new corporate-owned restaurants to the area: Listen.

    BOB KULICK's 'Skeletons In The Closet' Feat. KISS, TWISTED SISTER, Ex-BLACK SABBATH Members: More Details Revealed

    Throughout his forty-year music career, Bob Kulick has worked with an astonishing array of artists: from Meat Loaf to MOTÖRHEAD. From KISS to Michael Bolton. W.A.S.P. to Diana Ross as well as legends such as Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Paul Stanley's first solo album and tour.

    After serving as a sideman and producer for much of his professional career, Kulick has decided that it was time to release a solo album — and he brought along a few of his good friends to support him in the endeavor.

    "Skeletons In The Closet" will be released on September 15 through Vanity Music.

    Joining Bob on the album are:

    Lead vocalists

    Dee Snider
    Robin McAuley
    Andrew Freeman
    Vick Wright
    Todd Kerns
    David Glen Eisley
    Dennis St. James

    Bassists

    Rudy Sarzo
    Chuck Wright
    Bobby Ferrari
    Bruce Kulick
    Dennis St James
    Kjell Benner

    Keyboardists

    Doug Katsaros
    Jimmy Waldo

    Drummers

    Vinny Appice
    Frankie Banali
    Eric Singer
    Brent Fitz
    Scot Coogan
    Chuck Burgi
    Bobby Rock
    Jay Schellen

    Bob himself provided all of the guitar tracks and co-produced the album, along with Bobby Ferrari at Vegas View Recording in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    "Skeletons in the Closet" track listing:

    01. Rich Man
    02. Not Before You
    03. London
    04. Goldfinger
    05. Player
    06. India (from MURDERER'S ROW)
    07. Skeletons In The Closet (from MURDERER'S ROW)
    08. Can't Stop The Rock (previously unreleased track)
    09. Guitar Commandos (from Skull — also features a guitar duel with Bruce Kulick)
    10. Eyes Of A Stranger (from SKULL)

    Fifty years is a long time to have a career in any type of industry. However, fifty years in the cut-throat music business is a miracle unto itself. Not to mention a relevant, successful run in not only one but several fields.

    Grammy Award-winning guitarist, songwriter and producer extraordinaire Bob Kulick began his musical profession at 16 — when most high schoolers are still trying to figure out where they're going in life — appearing on the 1966 album "Winchester Cathedral" from the RANDOM BLUES BAND, the "baby band" that Bob played in that played The Café Wha in New York's Greenwich Village alongside Jimmy James and the BLUE FLAMES (later rechristened Jimi Hendrix). "This was the first club gig I had experienced and it completely changed my world!" recalls the guitarist.

    1973 saw Kulick make the connection that he has been associated the most with throughout his career. He auditioned for — and got passed over by — KISS. Instead of being dejected, the six-stringer aligned himself with the band over the years, playing on the studio material on "Kiss Alive II", providing solos on the "Killers" album, co-writing "Naked City" from "Unmasked" and guesting on Paul Stanley's 1979 solo album and tour a decade later. He even suggested his brother to the band. "It took multiple tries but we finally got him there!" Bob laughs.

    Aside from KISS, Bob has, of course, played with Meat Loaf, BALANCE, Lou Reed, W.A.S.P., SKULL, MURDERER'S ROW and several other bands and studio projects over the years.

    Fifty-one years after making his recording debut, the well-respected axe slinger has decided it's time to release his first actual solo album, "Skeletons In The Closet". Kulick explains, "I started writing new music in 2015 which then turned into songs co-written with my former BALANCE bandmate Doug Katsaros and my brother Bruce. I've had the thought of doing a solo project using some of the musicians I had worked with in the past for some time. Now armed with four new original songs, my girlfriend (photographer Julie Bergonz) introduced me to producer Bobby Ferrari at Vegas View Recording and he loved the idea of working with me, the guest artists and the four new songs and that introduction led to the making of this album."

    A ten-song affair, "Skeletons In The Closet" is half brand new songs and half material from his storied past. "The idea of doing these new songs / retrospective songs as one CD only came to me after the new original songs were done. Then we added our cover of 'Goldfinger' and pulled five of my all-time favorite songs out from my 'closet,' creating 'Skeletons In The Closet'."

    Kicking off with "Rich Man", the uplifting track is the lyrical juxtaposition between what we don't have and being "rich" because we have "you" — a girlfriend, lover or a guitar or whatever it is that makes everything else alright. "Not Before You", co-written with Bob's brother Bruce, is a specific reference to, in this case, a new love. "London", Bob says, "is Jack The Ripper sideways. Our homage to Sweeney Todd and a 6 / 8 tempo and feel that, with Dee Snider's vocal, takes you to that place in London where 'No one hears you scream in the darkness.'" Frankie Banali's unique drumming concept helped turn this into a larger-than-life song. "Goldfinger" is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to James Bond films — a heavy version of the classic Shirley Bassey song. "Player" is a theme we're all familiar with — getting "played by someone." This is another take on that story. Bob's back catalog begins its appearance with MURDERER'S ROW's "India" with an Indian / Middle Eastern metal double-bass-drum guitar gallop and with a coral sitar solo played by Kulick. With the title track, Bob states: "I often look to start and/or end recorded songs by setting a mood, vibe or sound effect that 'speaks.' In 'Skeletons In The Closet', you can hear the skeleton sounds in the beginning of the song, helping set the dark mood." "Can't Stop The Rock" "was written produced and recorded when David Eisley and I came up with the Sponge Bob song 'Sweet Victory'. This is another 'rock' lyric song but a fun one we came up with which went great with 'Sweet Victory' at that time." From Bob's SKULL days, "Guitar Commandos" sees him trading lead guitar licks with his brother Bruce. "It's basically a song about the road and touring," he says. Wrapping up the album, "Eyes Of A Stranger" is a song about how crazy love is. "The ups and downs of love, ya know, but also an uplifting and driving track to finish things off."

    Gene Simmons tells Justin Bieber to ‘get a life’

    Justin Bieber went from being on a worldwide tour to being on an apology tour on social media for canceling his remaining show dates, but one rock legend, Gene Simmons, isn’t feeling sorry for the “Sorry” singer.

    The Kiss guitarist told TMZ on Wednesday that Bieber should, “Get a life. You don’t have to worry about anything. You’re rich. In case you didn’t notice, you’re white. You’ve got white privilege… You have nothing to complain about.”

    Still, the 67-year-old added he wishes Bieber well. Simmons said, “He’s young; he’s got lots of fans.”

    Bieber posted a message to his 90 million Instagram followers explaining his reason for quitting the tour.

    Bieber stated the chance to make his life and career more “sustainable” ultimately led him to cancel the rest of his “Purpose” world tour.

    PAUL STANLEY Doesn't Know Why GENE SIMMONS Attempted To Trademark 'Horns' Hand Gesture

    (Listen) Paul Stanley says that he has no idea why Gene Simmons attempted to trademark the so-called "devil's horns" hand gesture.

    The KISS bassist/vocalist withdrew his application to trademark the symbol late last month — less than two weeks after filing with the federal copyright office.

    Most music fans slammed Simmons for the trademark request, saying the symbol has become ubiquitous and means different things to different people.

    Asked by the Loudwire Podcast for his thoughts on Simmons's trademark attempt, Stanley said: "Well, you know, Gene elicits some very strong reactions from people. And what he does he does for the reasons that only he knows. So I can't really say that I have really any thought about it. It was really something that he wanted to pursue, and the reaction was how people felt about it. So I don't know why he pulled it, and I don't know why he started it. I really have no… I haven't asked him."

    In his original request, which was filed on June 9, Simmons described the sign as consisting "of a hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular." He paid $275, seeking to use the hand signal symbol for "Entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist."

    Gene claimed the gesture was first used in commerce on November 14, 1974, which corresponded to KISS's "Hotter Than Hell" tour. He wrote in his signed declaration that he believed "no other person, firm, corporation or association has the right to use said mark in commerce, either in the identical form or in such near resemblance."

    During a recent edition of her show "The Talk", Sharon Osbourne slammed Simmons for the trademark request, accusing the rocker of "trying to make money from posters and t-shirts." She said: "He's crazy. He's trying to get money from the merch where you see this [gesture] on merch, but actually this [symbol], in Italian, which has been going for hundreds of years, means 'the devil.' That's what it means. And so kids at concerts have been doing it for years and years and years. And in '74? Where were you in the '60s when they were doing it, kid, because they've been doing it forever."

    It's unclear why Simmons suddenly withdrew his application to trademark the gesture but it's unlikely he would have succeeded anyway.

    Copyright lawyer Ronald Abrams told Forbes that such hand gestures can't be trademarked unless they are part of a logo. Trademark attorney Michael Cohen with Cohen IP Law Group in Beverly Hills, who deals with trademark, patent and copyright infringement cases, concurred, telling the Los Angeles Times that it would have been very difficult for Simmons's application to be approved because the gesture has become "genericized."

    Simmons's version of the gesture is actually "I love you" in American Sign Language, with the thumb extended, rather than the thumb holding two middle fingers close to the palm.

    Ronnie James Dio's widow Wendy also criticized Simmons for attempting to trademark the hand sign. She told TheWrap: "To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting. It belongs to everyone — it doesn't belong to anyone. It's a public domain, it shouldn't be trademarked."

    KISS's GENE SIMMONS: 'Generations Of Fans Have Been Trained Not To Pay For Music'

    (Listen) Gene Simmons says that he writes new music "all the time" but insists that the business is dead for anybody but the established artists.

    Although KISS hasn't released a studio album since 2012's "Monster", frontman Paul Stanley said last fall that a follow-up effort was on the way.

    Asked by Doug Podell of Detroit's 94.7 WCSX radio station if there is an incentive for KISS to make new records considering that direct music sales play a significantly diminished role compared to a couple of decades ago, Simmons said (hear audio below): "The business is dead. Not for us — we can continue to tour, and THE [ROLLING] STONES can continue to play the songs everybody loves and so can Paul McCartney and stuff. But for a new band, it's dead. You have to give away your music for free, because generations of fans have been trained — shamefully — not to pay for music. Download, fileshare, view — I don't care what you call it — the truth is new bands don't have a chance."

    He continued: "In terms of writing, sure, I write all the time. In fact, a few weeks ago, [original KISS guitarist] Ace [Frehley] and I sat down and we wrote two things for his next record, which is gonna be coming out whenever he says. So writing happens all the time, and in my box set, which is gonna come out — oh, I don't know — before the end of the year, there are gonna be hundreds of songs. But the actual business of it? No, it's dead. It's dead. Because the fans won't pay for music."

    Simmons also once again criticized RADIOHEAD for utilizing a pay-what-you-want model for its 2007 album "In Rainbows", saying: "There was an English band, very well respected. I don't wanna say their name, 'cause their fans get so upset. And I'm actually a fan of the band. And they decided to put out a brand new album on the Internet, and the headline was, 'Listen, there's no price for this. Just pay whatever you wanna pay, or don't pay anything at all.' They only did that once, because it doesn't work. If you can walk into a store and there's a sign up that says, 'You can have anything for free or pay whatever you want,' how long do you think that store would stay in business?"

    Gene's comments echo those made by Stanley, who last year said about the prospect of the band making a new album: "Well, it's a very conflicted subject. In one sense, there's no reason to put out any new music. Because the delivery systems that are available don't pay. We're in a situation now where artists have to take what they can get, as opposed to what they deserve. For me, it's more of a moral issue than anything else, because I don't have to worry about paying the rent, but what about new bands?"

    Stanley previously that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album… When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another."

    Ernie Ball: String Theory featuring Paul Stanley

    Ernie Ball: String Theory featuring Paul Stanley: Video.

    Trailer for 'Armed Response'

    Watch the trailer now for @WWEStudios' 'Armed Response' - starring @WWERollins, @wesleysnipes, @AnneHeche, @DaveAnnable10 & @genesimmons: Video.

    ACE FREHLEY Discusses His Latest Collaboration With GENE SIMMONS, Says He Hasn't Been Approached About Rejoining KISS

    Ace Frehley has confirmed that he recently collaborated with Gene Simmons on two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album. Ace told radio personality Eddie Trunk: "I called him up and I said, 'Gene, you wanna write a few songs?' He says, 'Sure.' Because he had come to my show [in February] at the Saban theater in Los Angeles with John 5 [ROB ZOMBIE guitarist], and that's when we kind of reconnected and bonded a little. And I just shot him an e-mail and said, 'C'mon, let's write some songs together for my new record.' Next thing you know, he's down here [at my house in Rancho Santa Fe, California] and within three hours we had written two songs together, which was, like, a record, for me and him."

    He added: "We had a fantastic time. He came down. We ate in the backyard while I was watering my palm trees. [Laughs] He was going to [my fiancée] Rachel, 'This is something new I've never seen before.' He's eating a sandwich and I'm watering a palm tree in my backyard. But it was a lot of fun."

    According to Ace, the two new songs came together when the two former bandmates "just started jamming. We initially each picked up an acoustic guitar. I don't remember who came up with the beginning of the song. One guy plays one thing and then I play another thing. I think Gene actually came up with more ideas than I did and I just kind of complemented them. And then I started writing lyrics for a songtitle, which I don't wanna give away yet. And then we kind of took a break and then he started playing this bassline and he said, 'Ace, play these thee chords against it,' and within thirty minutes we had a second song. I was really pleased, and so was he."

    Asked if he and Gene ever wrote music together before in the early days of KISS, Frehley said: "We did a lot more than people are aware of, but it's uncredited. For instance, I wrote 'Cold Gin', but I didn't really have a bridge or a breakdown section for that song, and Gene's the one that wrote that whole section; that's all Gene. But he never took credit for it."

    Ace revealed that he has "already started recording" the follow-up to 2014's "Space Invader" album. "After the Fourth of July, we're gonna go full force," he said. "I have a studio now built in the new house here in Rancho Santa Fe. I built a drum room and I upgraded all my equipment. I've got, like, a twenty-by-twenty room with a twelve-foot ceiling. So it's a great control room. And then the drum room is in the garage right next to that room, so we just put a little hole in the wall and threw a snake through the wall. So we've got all the mics coming right into all the preamps. It's working really nicely. Alex Salzman, my engineer, did most of the wiring."

    Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water", marking their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".

    Frehley's version of "Fire And Water" appears on his covers collection "Origins, Vol 1", which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart.

    Asked if there has been any talk about him doing something with KISS again, Frehley told Eddie Trunk: "I can only be honest with you. It's something I haven't pushed and it's something that Paul and Gene haven't brought up to me. I'm just gonna let nature take its course. If the fans demand it, it'll probably get to a point where they're not gonna be able to say 'no.' But I've always said: they'll be fine with what they're doing and I'll be fine on my own. I've got a great solo band. We tour the world. We're touring Australia again with Alice Cooper in October. So whatever happens, one way or the other, everybody's gonna be fine. But if by chance Paul and Gene decide to bring me back in the fold and do a world tour, I think that could be great too, if it was handled correctly. But I haven't been approached, no. Honestly."

    Ace added that his return to KISS for a reunion tour "could be a great thing for the fans. Even if I didn't wanna do it, I would do it for the fans, because we owe it to them. You know what I'm saying?"

    According to Ace, whether or not he ever reunites with KISS will depend largely on the demand from the band's fans and concert promoters around the world.

    "I don't think Paul and Gene do anything innocently," he said. "I think there's a motive behind everything they do, and they're driven by money — let's be honest — and they'll be the first to admit it.

    "Rachel said to me the other day, 'Do you really think there might be a reunion?' And I said to her honestly, 'You know when there's a gonna be a reunion? When promoters call up [KISS manager] Doc McGhee and Paul and Gene and offer them multimillion-dollar figures. It's all about money — you know that and I know that. So if a promoter calls up Doc McGhee and says, 'We'll give you two hundred million dollars and do a six-month tour,' I'm gonna get a phone call. If that doesn't happen, I may not. Who knows? But, like I said, either way, everybody's gonna be fine."

    Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about contributing to "Origins Vol. 1", the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on the record because "either [Gene] didn't get the message or he was just too busy," Frehley told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station last year.

    Stanley told Billboard earlier this year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup. "I sang on Ace's most recent album and did a video with him," he said. "I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we've done together is terrific. The band as it is — I've played with [current KISS drummer] Eric Singer for, I think, 25 years and Tommy's [Thayer, guitar] been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of revisiting the past. With that said, I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn't include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from."

    GENE SIMMONS And ACE FREHLEY Collaborate On Two New Songs For Ex-KISS Guitarist's Next Solo Album

    Gene Simmons has co-written two songs for Ace Frehley's next solo album, the KISS bassist/vocalist has revealed.

    The news of the two former KISS bandmates' collaboration was broken by the bassist/vocalist as he was giving an interview to the Minnesota classic rock radio station 92 KQRS last week.

    Asked if KISS has any plans to return to the studio and make new music, Simmons said (see video below): "Well, I suppose at some point. But literally two days ago I was with Ace, who's not in the band — he used to be in the band three different times — and we wrote two songs. He asked me to write for his next solo record. So I went over to his place, way out in the desert some place, and we wrote two things. And eventually the band [the current lineup of KISS] will go back in [the studio to make new music]. But there's no great incentive, because the record industry, the entire thing, is so dysfunctional. You work hard and you get paid, and if we're gonna work a year on a record, I wanna get paid too. KISS is not a charity. We make a difference between what we do personally and as a band. We buy houses for vets, we supply jobs, we give money to charity, but that's 'cause I wanna give. I don't want anybody deciding that our art, our music, our concerts is free, because 'you have enough money.'"

    Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about contributing the original KISS guitarist's "Origins Vol. 1" collection of covers, the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on the record because "either [Gene] didn't get the message or he was just too busy," Frehley told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station last year.

    "Origins Vol. 1" featured a guest appearance by KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley on a cover of the FREE classic "Fire And Water".

    Frehley said in March that he was still on good terms with Stanley. "Yeah, we're good friends," the ex-KISS guitarist told Brazil's Kazagastão (KZG). He added that he also reconnected with Simmons for the first time since they spent time with each other at KISS's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2014. "I just saw Gene [in February]. He came to my concert in Los Angeles. He hung out all night. [He was] very, very, very friendly. He was great with everybody."

    Asked if there is any chance that he will rejoin KISS in the not-too-distant future, Frehley said: "I haven't heard anything. But if I were a betting man, I'd say maybe 50-50. That's good odds."

    Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with Stanley on the "Fire And Water" cover in what was their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".

    Stanley told Billboard earlier this year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup. "I sang on Ace's most recent album and did a video with him," he said. "I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we've done together is terrific. The band as it is — I've played with [current KISS drummer] Eric Singer for, I think, 25 years and Tommy's [Thayer, guitar] been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of revisiting the past. With that said, I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn't include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from."

    (Video1, Video2)

    Watch Original KISS Drummer PETER CRISS Play His Last-Ever U.S. Concert

    Original KISS drummer Peter Criss played what was being billed as his final U.S. concert this past Saturday, June 17 at the Cutting Room in New York City.

    Criss handled the vocals and some of the drums at the show and was backed by musical director and keyboardist Alex Salzman, guitarist Erik Rudic from the band the COLD SEAS and a horn and string section.

    Criss's set consisted of KISS classics and his solo songs, including "I Can't Stop The Rain", from the 1978 solo album "Peter Criss".

    Criss handed out roses while he sang "Beth" and closed out the set with the swing classic "Sing Sing Sing".

    Asked by Australia's The Rockpit in a brand new interview if he is "moving on to do other things," Criss responded: "You know what?! I'm 71. That scares me when I say that [laughs], but if you're around me, I'm like a 15-year-old kid — I really am. But I've had an amazing career in music. I was around in the '60s and '70s, which was about the best time to be a musician. I actually saw Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison and THE BEATLES when I was young. I've seen the greatest of the greats perform. I grew up at a time when music was so cool. There was Bob Dylan, and things were changing — things were becoming amazing for musicians in the world. So I played clubs for 15 years, then I started the band with the guys.'

    He continued: "I'm a big BEE GEES fan, I was watching the salute to Barry [Gibb, the last surviving member of the BEE GEES], I've been a big fan since they started, and I love that he got up there and performed. And I see now all these guys, from THE ROLLING STONES, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, and we're all in our 70s now, and I hate to say it, but we're dying out, and that's so real. There's less rock and roll in the world, less music in the world, and it's kinda sad.

    "So I'm 71 I'm in the best health I've been in for a while, and I thought if I'm gonna do it, I've gotta do it now. I had male breast cancer and I beat it, and that's really changed my life, and my wife also beat cancer too, so I went out I signed autographs, I wrote a book. When I connected [with the fans] again, I got to hear their stories and they'd ask me if I'd play again or sing again; there was so much love. And when I looked around, everyone was slowing down or retiring, like Eric Clapton, and I wondered what I have left."

    Criss added that he is planning on finally completing the solo album that he started work on nine years ago.

    "Before my cancer, I really put down some really heavy rock and roll. I put down some ballads too, but it was heavier than the stuff I normally do. And then I got sick and I put it aside and I've been sat on it these last eight years. And when I moved to California, I took it with me. There aren't any vocals on there yet, but I played it to a good friend and he told me that it was the best stuff he'd heard in years and I had to finish it, so when I'm over in June to play my last show in New York City, I'll finish it."

    In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman".

    Criss first left KISS in 1980. Since then he's worked with other bands and released solo albums. He teamed up with KISS again for a reunion tour in the 1990s and most recently in 2004. He was replaced by Eric Singer.

    Criss, who was known as "Catman," released his last solo CD, titled "One for All", in 2007. Peter produced the album himself for the first time, and was joined by guest musicians that included keyboardist Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee of "Late Night with David Letterman". The album featured a range of styles, from rock and jazz to blues and Broadway, and included covers of "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Send in the Clowns".

    The four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2014 by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello.

    KISS did not perform — the Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley insisted on the current lineup — which also includes guitarist Tommy Thayer — performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.

    Videos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.

    GENE SIMMONS Weighs In On U.S. Immigration Policy Under PRESIDENT TRUMP

    On June 4, Canadian Jewish News conducted an interview with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at a sold-out gala for Technion Canada, a fundraising arm of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. You can now watch the chat here: Video.

    GENE SIMMONS Says His 'Horns' Hand Signal Is 'Homage' To SPIDER-MAN

    KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine that he started throwing the devil's horn gesture as an "homage" to Spider-man, who is known to make the motion in movies and his comics to activate his powers.

    Simmons filed an application last week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark on the hand signal fans and rockers alike hold up during shows, in which the index and pinkie fingers are extended, the middle and ring finger are curled into the palm, and the thumb either sticks out from the hand like an errant branch from a tree or is also curled into the palm. The KISS bassist/vocalist claimed the gesture was first used in commerce on November 14, 1974, which corresponds to KISS's "Hotter Than Hell" tour. He wrote in his signed declaration that he believes "no other person, firm, corporation or association has the right to use said mark in commerce, either in the identical form or in such near resemblance."

    Most music fans have slammed Simmons for the trademark request, saying the symbol has become ubiquitous and means different things to different people.

    In issue 196 of Classic Rock magazine, Simmons revealed where he got the inspiration for the gesture, explaining it was inspired by Spider-man and the way he shoots webs from his wrists.

    Simmons told Classic Rock: "We laid down the templates. When you see bands rocking out in sync, that's us. When you see bands putting up that two-fingered devil horn salute, that started with KISS."

    When asked if it was Ronnie James Dio who actually started it, Simmons replied: "Well, I've heard Ronnie say that to my face and I said, 'God bless you.' I mean him no ill will, but I think he's wrong.

    "Mine came from Spider-man doing his hand signal, as a homage to him. If you see me in photos, I'm sticking out my thumb. That's the sign in sign language which means 'I love you.'"

    Ronnie James Dio's widow Wendy has slammed Simmons for attempting to trademark the hand sign, calling it "disgusting." She told TheWrap: "To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting. It belongs to everyone — it doesn't belong to anyone. It's a public domain, it shouldn't be trademarked.”

    Gene Simmons Seeks to Register Trademark on Iconic Rock Hand Gesture

    Thumb up or thumb down?

    Kiss frontman Gene Simmons is awaiting the signal from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after he filed an application Friday for a trademark on a hand gesture. Rock fans are probably familiar with the sight. Here's the drawing that's included in the application: Pic.

    According to Simmons, this hand gesture was first used in commerce Nov. 14, 1974. That appears to correspond with Kiss' Hotter Than Hell tour.

    Speaking of hell, the hand gesture appears quite similar to what's known as the "Sign of the horns," a devil signal that, according to an entertaining entry from Wikipedia, dates back to the 5th Century BC founder of Buddhism. It's also the American Sign Language gesture for "I love you."

    Simmons is claiming the hand gesture mark for "entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist."

    Before the Trademark Office allows this hand gesture to be registered — it perhaps wouldn't be unprecedented — an examiner would consider the likelihood of confusion and, possibly, whether it's too generic to be associated with Simmons. Here, for example, is the album cover for the Beatles' 1966 single, Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby: Pic.

    On the road to registration, Simmons might have other obstacles besides John Lennon. Among them could be how in certain Mediterranean cultures, the horns — or "rock on" — gesture is, in the words of The New York Post, "made to a man to imply that his wife is cheating on him." Whether or not that matters is possibly impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling in Tam v. Lee. Then again, maybe Simmons is saying "I love you," but if so, those who use sign language might not love what he's doing.

    An even bigger question is the extent to which Simmons could enforce trademark rights even if his registration is accepted.

    Former professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page has tried. Some reported that he had sued Jay Z over the "Roc-A-Fella Hand Gesture,” alleging it was a trademark infringement of his "Diamond Cutter hand gesture," although we couldn't locate any complaint. However, we did find a lawsuit filed by Page in 2010 against the American electronic music duo, 3OH13. Here was the complaint filed in court. According to records from the Trademark Office, the case settled.

    No matter what happens for Simmons, we guarantee nobody will ever be able to trademark a handshake.

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    Paul Stanley's Revenge

    (Listen) Today (May 19) is the 25th Anniversary of Chris Jericho's favorite KISS album, "Revenge!" And coincidentally, today is also the anniversary of Paul Stanley's 3rd appearance on TIJ! He's back to talk "Revenge" - from the writing and recording of the album to what inspired guitarist Bruce Kulick's amazing playing to working with legendary producer Bob Ezrin to losing drummer Eric Carr before the album was finished. Paul explains why "Revenge" was such a game-changer not only for KISS, but also for his & Gene Simmons' relationship. And if you wanna know how he ended up working with Ace Frehley just last year, you'll hear that too! Plus, is there a future KISS studio album in the works? Paul will tell you himself.

    KISS Cancels Manchester Concert Following Terrorist Attack

    KISS has canceled its previously announced concert in Manchester, England.

    The legendary U.S. rockers had been scheduled to play at the Manchester Arena on May 30, just one week after a suicide bomb killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande gig at the same venue.

    As a result, the Manchester Arena remains closed, which has forced the band to cancel their performance.

    KISS said in a statement: "We are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester.

    "We sadly will not be able to play Manchester Arena on the 30th May.

    "We have always looked forward to these shows and our local fans, but in light of recent events, a canceled rock show seems of such little consequence.

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected and all the people of Manchester at this difficult time. We are with you and you are in our prayers."

    Refunds for the the show will be granted to all ticketholders at the point of purchase.

    KISS's other performances in the U.K. will go ahead as planned.

    Several other artists — including BLONDIE and TAKE THAT — also canceled concerts in the wake of the attack.

    BRUCE KULICK Says He Had To Play Politics In KISS

    Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has revealed he had to take band politics into account when pitching a song to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley during his twelve years in the band.

    Speaking to Hot Metal, the 63-year-old said he could never play a song idea for both Simmons and Stanley — he had to chose which one would give him the best chance of success.

    "During my years with KISS, it was always a challenge to make Gene or Paul really zone in and say, 'I wanna work on that,'" Kulick said. "Then the issue with them was, if you played something for Gene, you can't play it for Paul. You know what I mean? It was like you had to pick and choose your battles and everything.

    "Anyway, that was always like an interesting dynamic but understandable. Groups are very much like that. Just like within a family you know, you can tell one brother one thing but you wouldn't mention that to the other ... your sister or whatever."

    During the extensive chat, Kulick also discussed going out socially with Paul Stanley years before joining the band — because brother Bob Kulick was a friend of the Starchild.

    "Paul was a huge rock star living like a king in New York City," Bruce recalled. "Bob would go, 'Come on along, let's go', we were in Queens we’d hang out, 'We're going to the movies with Paul Stanley,' and everyone was like, 'Wow, that's kind of cool.'

    "That was kind of weird. I'm not saying I really got to know him well. You know when you have that level of fame, you're very carefully with your circle of people you hang with. But that helped when Paul realized, 'You know, I'm hearing good things about Bruce, not only from Bob, from other musicians in L.A.' That's how I really got my start, so I'm grateful to my brother obviously for the introduction but the rest was all my own."

    In 1984, Bruce joined KISS, where he remained as their lead guitarist for more than a decade, accompanying the band on the "Animalize" tour and continuing with the band until the 1996 reunion tour. Bruce is heavily featured on "Kissology – Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", the band's DVDs spanning their historic 40-year career.

    Live Nation Offers Refunds for England Concerts After Terror Attack

    Live Nation is sympathetic to people who bought tickets for concerts in England, offering them refunds if they're too scared to attend ... TMZ has learned.

    Sources at Live Nation tell us refunds will be available for UK concerts featuring Katy Perry, Iron Maiden, KISS, Robbie Williams, Phil Collins, Depeche Mode, and James Arthur. BTW, Senator Bernie Sanders also has a show scheduled at 02 Academy Brixton, and it's sold out.

    Our sources say Live Nation has not made a decision on refunds for other countries, but they are having discussions at offices worldwide ... and they expect to come up with a policy soon.

    The decision to refund tickets in England is partly because of the attack at the Ariana Grande concert and partly because the Prime Minister has made it clear ... another attack seems imminent.

    One Live Nation source tells TMZ, "We've gotten about a thousand media calls but very few consumer calls asking for refunds."

    TOMMY THAYER Says 'It's Crickets' When KISS Plays Lesser-Known Songs Live

    Maggie Wright of Full Metal Rock conducted an interview with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer prior to the band's May 7 show at Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway. You can listen to the full chat here.

    KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY Recalls Ditching Makeup, Talks Frankly About GENE SIMMONS

    According to The Pulse Of Radio, Paul Stanley has admitted that KISS shedding its makeup in the early 1980s was liberating for him. Stanley, who's prepping his second memoir, is currently out on the road with KISS and performs on Saturday (May 20) in the Czech Republic. He chatted with Classic Rock magazine and revealed that KISS wiping off the grease paint helped him grow as a performer, recalling: "The years that we were without the makeup [1983 to 1996] were fine for me. I found them very satisfying because I got a chance to be out there without makeup, which I craved at that point. I think it was easier for me because my persona wasn't really defined by the makeup — it was embellished. To me, the makeup was just reinforcing what you were seeing and who I was. But the day we put the makeup back on before the reunion tour was magical. To look in the mirror and see that face again was empowering."

    On his long-lasting — and sometimes rocky — relationship with KISS co-founder Gene Simmons, Stanley explained: "Gene's my brother. He lives right down the street. And we like each other so much that we stay out of each other's way. As sickening as it might sound, we're not beyond sending each other texts of appreciation. We both have the lives that perhaps we didn't intend to in the beginning, but we both made it possible for us to reach the lives that made us happy. If you would have told him thirty, forty years ago where he'd wind up, he couldn't comprehend it. But you have to keep moving forward. And you may find your destination is not where you intended."

    Although Paul Stanley has been vocal about his issues with co-founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, in his recent memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", he talks frankly about the problems in keeping a partnership going with Gene Simmons over the decades. He admitted to The Pulse Of Radio that it's taken a lot of work to keep the pair moving forward and on the same page. "Oh, sure," he said. "That over the years that's been an ongoing theme in our relationship. But time is the ultimate judge, and the fact that we've been together, at this point for, forty — my gosh — almost forty-four years says volumes. There have been times where I've been very angry and resentful — and I'm not saying momentarily, I'm saying for long periods of time. But, in time, everything falls in place and you get a better perspective — hopefully. If you don't expect from someone what's not possible, then you won't be disappointed."

    What happened when Kiss went to Moscow

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    PodcastOne: KISS - 25th Anniversary of Revenge with Bruce Kulick & The Story Of Thin Lizzy with Scott Gorham

    (Listen) In this episode, Mitch sits down with former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick to discuss the band's landmark album REVENGE on its 25th anniversary. The two discuss its historic importance in the band's catalog, the involvement of Vinnie Vincent, Dick Wagner, Kevin Valentine & Tommy Thayer as well as unreleased tracks and the different drummers that auditioned for the band at that time. Scott Gorham of THIN LIZZY & Black Star Riders is the show's second interview. Scott discusses their new album HEAVY FIRE, working with Phil Lynott & John Sykes, the Thunder & Lightning album, the twin guitar attack, 21 Guns and much more.

    Princess Estelle Just Proved She’s the Most Hardcore Royal of All (and She’s 5!)

    (People.com) (Pic) Royal rocker!

    When KISS blew into Sweden last weekend, (more than 2o years after the band’s first date there!), the country’s 5-year-old future queen, Princess Estelle, once again showed off her high-spirited personality.

    And befitting her VIP status, Princess Estelle not only attended last weekend’s Stockholm concert, but she also she went backstage to meet the band.

    Rockers Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer happily posed with Estelle and her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Meanwhile, Estelle’s baby brother, 1-year-old Prince Oscar, stayed home.

    But Princess Estelle, pictured in her father’s arms for the photo op, really got into the groove, complete with Stanley’s signature star makeup on her right eye.

    Earlier this year, Estelle’s grandmother, Queen Silvia, spoke about the little princess.

    “She is overprotective and very sweet to [her brother Oscar],” Silvia said of her granddaughter, who is second in line to the Swedish throne. “It feels good when you see the two of them together. Estelle’s so alert, interested, happy and curious. She’s adorable and funny — just like her mother when she was little.”

    PETER CRISS Plays 'Final' Australian Show In Melbourne

    (Video) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss played the first of three final solo shows earlier tonight (Friday, May 12) at the Sofitel Grand Ballroom in Melbourne, Australia. The eleven-song setlist included "Can't Stop The Rain", from his 1978 debut solo album; "Words", from Criss's 1980 solo album "Out Of Control"; as well as a number of KISS numbers, like "Beth" from 1976's "Destroyer", "Hooligan" from 1977's "Love Gun", "Strutter", from 1974's "Kiss" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" from 1975's "Dressed To Kill".

    Setlist:
    01. I Can't Stop The Rain (solo - 1978)
    02. Hooked On Rock And Roll (solo - 1978)
    03. Strange Ways ("Hotter Than Hell" - 1974)
    04. Strutter ("Kiss" - 1974)
    05. Don't You Let Me Down (solo - 1978)
    06. Hooligan ("Love Gun" - 1977)
    07. Nothing To Lose ("Kiss" - 1974)
    08. Words (solo, "Out Of Control" - 1980)
    09. Beth ("Destroyer" - 1976)
    10. Rock And Roll All Nite ("Dressed To Kill" - 1975)
    11. Sing, Sing, Sing (a tribute to Gene Krupa - 1937)

    Criss is scheduled to play two U.S. shows in June. His appearance at the New York KISS Expo on June 9-11 will include a meet-and-greet, expo and a New York landmark tour. Five days later, on June 16, Peter will take part in a VIP dinner performance, which is being billed as his last live performance in the USA.

    Asked by Australia's The Rockpit in a brand new interview if he is "moving on to do other things," Criss responded: "You know what?! I'm 71. That scares me when I say that [laughs], but if you're around me, I'm like a 15-year-old kid — I really am. But I've had an amazing career in music. I was around in the '60s and '70s, which was about the best time to be a musician. I actually saw Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison and THE BEATLES when I was young. I've seen the greatest of the greats perform. I grew up at a time when music was so cool. There was Bob Dylan, and things were changing — things were becoming amazing for musicians in the world. So I played clubs for 15 years, then I started the band with the guys.'

    He continued: "I'm a big BEE GEES fan, I was watching the salute to Barry [Gibb, the last surviving member of the BEE GEES], I've been a big fan since they started, and I love that he got up there and performed. And I see now all these guys, from THE ROLLING STONES, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, and we're all in our 70s now, and I hate to say it, but we're dying out, and that's so real. There's less rock and roll in the world, less music in the world, and it's kinda sad.

    "So I'm 71 I'm in the best health I've been in for a while, and I thought if I'm gonna do it, I've gotta do it now. I had male breast cancer and I beat it, and that's really changed my life, and my wife also beat cancer too, so I went out I signed autographs, I wrote a book. When I connected [with the fans] again, I got to hear their stories and they'd ask me if I'd play again or sing again; there was so much love. And when I looked around, everyone was slowing down or retiring, like Eric Clapton, and I wondered what I have left."

    Criss added that he is planning on finally completing the solo album that he started work on nine years ago.

    "Before my cancer, I really put down some really heavy rock and roll. I put down some ballads too, but it was heavier than the stuff I normally do. And then I got sick and I put it aside and I've been sat on it these last eight years. And when I moved to California, I took it with me. There aren't any vocals on there yet, but I played it to a good friend and he told me that it was the best stuff he'd heard in years and I had to finish it, so when I'm over in June to play my last show in New York City, I'll finish it."

    In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman".

    Criss first left KISS in 1980. Since then he's worked with other bands and released solo albums. He teamed up with KISS again for a reunion tour in the 1990s and most recently in 2004. He was replaced by Eric Singer.

    Criss, who was known as "Catman," released his last solo CD, titled "One for All", in 2007. Peter produced the album himself for the first time, and was joined by guest musicians that included keyboardist Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee of "Late Night with David Letterman". The album featured a range of styles, from rock and jazz to blues and Broadway, and included covers of "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Send in the Clowns".

    The four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2014 by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello.

    KISS did not perform — the Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley insisted on the current lineup — which also includes guitarist Tommy Thayer — performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.

    Did BRUCE KULICK Know 'Unplugged' Reunion Would Lead To His Exit From KISS?

    In a brand new interview with Rock N Roll Damnation, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick was asked if "it was evident" that the band's reunion with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley for an episode of MTV's "Unplugged" in 1995 would pave the way for a KISS tour that would exclude him and drummer Eric Singer. "The truth was not really ever kind of revealed for a few reasons," Kulick said. "I was aware that MTV thought that it was really important that if we did KISS 'Unplugged' that they get the scoop of a reunion, that they get that icing on the cake. But that was only a quarter of the evening, but it was the one that got all of the attention press-wise, and that matters because it means money, it means sales and all of that stuff. Behind the scenes, unknown to MTV, unknown to me and Eric Singer was the fact that they were negotiating with promoters that had gotten wind of a reunion on TV, so why wouldn't there be a reunion tour?"

    He continued: "I didn't know that the writing was on the wall even though I was a little uncomfortable, but Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] obviously had a plan that should the original band have some difficulty working together or animosity towards each other or if someone wasn't willing to do it, KISS would have continued with Eric Singer and myself. But apparently, and I think what I understood was, shortly after or while they were trying to put together the 'Unplugged' thing, even though that was not the reunion tour, it was a reunion on stage in front of the world so they were feeling offers."

    Kulick added: "Life is political, and so is business. There was a lot going on behind the scenes, just like in our political world and everyday business. It was really interesting."

    During the same chat, Bruce confirmed that he continued to be paid by KISS for a full year after the "Alive/Worldwide Tour" launched in 1996, even though he was not part of the band's touring lineup. Asked if he was ever offered an extended role within the KISS camp as a behind-the-scenes guy, Kulick said: "No, although they did look to me to do some work for 'Psycho Circus'. That was very strange, but also made me feel really important [laughs] — you know what I mean — because when they got into the studio, I demoed some things with Paul and I was even able to co-write a song with him for that album. Just the fact that they asked me to play some bass and help out on the song I wrote with Paul in the studio was nice. Even the song 'I Finally Found My Way' from the 'Detroit Rock City' soundtrack, I played the bass on that track too, which was cool. I also did some work on both Paul and Gene's solo records, 'Live To Win' and 'Asshole', which was nice."

    In 1984, Bruce joined KISS, where he remained as their lead guitarist for twelve years, accompanying the band on the "Animalize" tour and continuing with the band until the 1996 reunion tour. Bruce is heavily featured on "Kissology – Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", the band's DVDs spanning their historic 40-year career.

    GENE SIMMONS Says 'Some Writing' Has Been Going On For Possible New KISS Album

    Gene Simmons has confirmed that "some writing" has been going on for a possible new KISS studio album but has once again said that he is "not incentivized" to release another KISS disc unless there are some major changes in the way music is consumed.

    KISS's last studio effort, 2012's "Monster", sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.

    The band's previous LP, "Sonic Boom", opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the KISS's highest-charting LP ever.

    Asked by Michael Cavacini if KISS is going to record another studio album or not, Simmons said: "There's some writing going on. Not too long ago I wrote a song called 'Your Wish Is My Command'. It sounds anthemic, like something that might have come off 'Love Gun', maybe. But I'm not incentivized. The idea that you work your ass off and then someone with freckles on their face decides they want to download your music and file share — that's not what I work for. How'd you like to be a plumber, come over somebody's house and work all day to fix their plumbing and then when it's time to get paid they say, 'No, I just wanted to say thank you.' No."

    He continued: "I've heard people say, 'Oh, you have enough money.' That's what I need: an eighteen-year-old kid telling me when enough is enough. It doesn't affect me at all. And it doesn't affect THE [ROLLING] STONES or U2 — a lot of the bands that do well. There's only a handful, actually. The saddest thing of all is that the next great bands, with the talent and the charisma and all that stuff, will never have the chance that we did — because there's no music industry. There's no way for them to pay the rent. They're going to have to give away their music, practically, for free."

    Simmons added: "It almost makes you say, 'You know what, I'll get a day job.' The saddest part of all is that it's not aliens from another planet, it's not another country that invaded us and did that. No, no, no. Your next-door neighbor, the fans, are killing new music. They're killing the bands that want to create music for them. That's who's killing it. You're killing it, by not paying for it. Imagine how long a supermarket would stay in business if everybody went in, took the food and went away and didn't pay for it. [It] wouldn't last very long at all."

    Gene's comments were echoed by KISS frontman Paul Stanley, who last year said about the prospect of the band making a new album: "Well, it's a very conflicted subject. In one sense, there's no reason to put out any new music. Because the delivery systems that are available don't pay. We're in a situation now where artists have to take what they can get, as opposed to what they deserve. For me, it's more of a moral issue than anything else, because I don't have to worry about paying the rent, but what about new bands?"

    Stanley previously that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album… When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another.”

    GENE SIMMONS To Release 'On Power' Book In November

    (Listen) KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will release his next book, "On Power", on November 14 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Simmons told "The Ride With JMV" on 107.5/1070 The Fan that the book is about how "everybody can make more money and actually become relatively rich." He explained: "There are certainly enough economists in the world who have broken through the glass ceiling and taken the message out there that we've always assumed that the top should only be the people that are the smartest and the richest and all that stuff, and that the masses — the great unwashed masses — can never attain the heights, and that is patently untrue."

    Simmons's last book, "Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life And Business", came out in 2014.

    Although Gene has long portrayed himself as the brains behind KISS, his bandmate Paul Stanley's memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", paints a different picture, with Stanley claiming that Simmons was always more concerned with the Gene Simmons business. According to Keith Spera's review of "Face The Music" in The Times-Picayune, Paul wrote in the book that he, along with his therapist at the time, realized in the 1980s that KISS's financial managers were acting in bad faith. Other managers — not Simmons — encouraged diversification into a wide and lucrative range of merchandising opportunities.

    "I saw the term 'marketing genius' used in reference to Gene quite frequently .?.?. [and] it turned my stomach," Stanley wrote of Simmons. "Neither Gene nor I has had an active hand in any significant deals.

    "He was no marketing genius. He just took credit for things. It was unwarranted, selfish, and hurtful, and there was no way to excuse it. Calculated strategist? Sure. Genius? No."

    Despite the barbs directed at Simmons, Stanley said in an interview that his longtime bandmate and business partner "had no arguments with" the comments Paul made in "Face The Music". "We've always been very honest with each other," insisted Stanley.

    The Amazing Story of KISS Guitarist Paul Stanley’s Missing Ear, and the Doctor Who Reconstructed It

    (variety.com) KISS frontman Paul Stanley is mourning the death of a man who played a pivotal part in shaping the sound of his band and ensuring a long career for the guitarist. New Hampshire’s Dr. Frederic Rueckert, who died on May 4, treated the rocker for a congenital ear deformity called Grade 3 Microtia back in 1982. Stanley was born with the condition, which left the external ear underdeveloped and essentially deaf.

    “My dear friend Dr. Frederic Rueckert has died at 95,” Stanley tweeted. “He truly changed my life when he constructed my right ear from my rib. God Bless You.”

    In a series of five surgical procedures, Rueckert removed pieces of cartilage from the rock star’s rib cage and carved them into the framework of an ear, which was then “implanted with a series of skin grafts.”

    Stanley chronicled his ear struggles in his 2014 book, “Face The Music: A Life Exposed.”

    “I had nothing more than a stump on the right side of my head, and my ear canal was also closed, so I was deaf,” the 65-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer wrote. “That left me unable to tell the direction of sound, and more importantly, made it incredibly difficult for me to understand people when there was any kind of background noise or conversation. These problems would lead me to instinctively avoid social situations.”

    Stanley hid the deformity by growing his hair long, and worked through insecurities with a therapist, Dr. Jesse Hilsen, as KISS rose to rock prominence. It was Hilsen who suggested Rueckert after reading an article on the New Hampshire surgeon. At the time, the surgery was relatively new and mainly used on kids.

    “I always tried to express to Dr. Reuckert the life-changing role he was playing for me,” wrote Stanley, who was 30 when he underwent the procedure. “He was a humble man who helped countless children avoid the experience and turmoil and endlessly compounded problems I faced as a kid. He helped give me a new lease on life; I gave him a Rolex watch when he retired. I could never figure out a way to truly show him how much he meant to me.”

    'Hired Gun' Documentary Feat. KISS, ALICE COOPER, METALLICA Members Gets One-Night Screening Event

    (Trailer) According to Variety, the rock documentary "Hired Gun: Out Of The Shadows, Into The Spotlight" will receive a one-night showing on June 29 at several hundred North American locations through Fathom Events.

    The film goes behind the scenes and explores the personalities and creativity of the best session players and backup musicians in the world, ranging from Liberty DeVitto, who has played with Billy Joel, to rock guitarist John 5 who has played with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson.

    A synopsis of the film — directed by Fran Strine — described these musicians as "a group that possesses uncommon musical ability and an uncanny knack for being able to deliver a great performance time and again."

    "We have been overwhelmed by the support and feedback received throughout our festival run," Strine said. "'Hired Gun' is about musicians whose DNA are all over the music and tours we love, without us knowing their faces or names. It’s a music documentary with passion and talent at its core, digging deep and ripping the curtain back to expose what it’s really like to tour and record with the legends."

    "Hired Gun" features Jason Hook (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH), Liberty DeVitto (BILLY JOEL), Kenny Aronoff (JOHN MELLENCAMP), Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE), Phil X (BON JOVI), Justin Derrico (P!NK), Jason Newsted (METALLICA), Eric Singer (KISS), John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE), Glen Sobel, Nita Strauss (ALICE COOPER), Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson, TOTO), Steve Vai (DAVID LEE ROTH), Paul Bushnell (Katy Perry), Jay Graydon (STEELY DAN) and Chris Johnson (RIHANNA).

    Tickets go on sale on May 24.

    Hook, who did stints with Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil and Alice Cooper, before joining FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, told The Pulse Of Radio he understands what it takes to catch a break with a big artist. "I went through years of trying to get gigs myself, and so I really understand what it's like to be the guy reaching out," he said. "And I always admired people that gave me a shot, recognizing that it's an unknown, you don't know if it's… The referrals are easy, when somebody says, 'I've got the perfect guy,' that door has been opened. But for you to open your own doors is very difficult.”

    KISS drummer Criss headlines Beauty Ball on April 29

    The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care is an organization that brings members of the community together to support men, women and children being treated for cancer.

    The foundation, which is located in Tinton Falls, will sponsor its largest fundraising event of the year on April 29 when the Beauty Ball 2017 is held at the Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park.

    The affair, which is in its 11th year, will run from from 6:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

    Peter Criss, founding member and original drummer for the rock n’ roll supergroup, KISS, will highlight an evening of entertainment.

    As a cancer survivor and recipient of the foundation’s Man of Courage Award, Criss will be performing his hit song “Beth,” live at the event.

    The affair, which will help support families dealing with the impact of cancer, will feature an evening filled with live and silent auctions, basket raffles, dinner, cocktails and entertainment provided by a DJ and the jazz group,”The Wright Trio.”

    This year, the foundation will honor both the Holt Construction Corporation and Frank Rizzo for significant contributions.

    The Holt Construction Corporation, which services New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, will receive the 2017 Diamond Award for Philanthropy.

    According to the foundation, Holt Construction Corporation has been a loyal supporter of the foundation for the past 11 years, sponsoring and attending many of their events including the Beauty Ball, while also contributing to many other charitable organizations.

    The Unsung Hero Award will be presented to Rizzo, co-owner of Amazing Decoration, a holiday decorating company that is available throughout New Jersey. According to the foundation, Rizzo has surprised many foundation families by donating outdoor decorating during the holiday season.

    Since its inception in 2007, the Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care has supported over 1,500 families by providing over $1,500,000 million in grants and services to cover such costs as transportation, household bills, groceries, housecleaning services and childcare.

    With affairs such as the Beauty Ball, the foundation can maintain special programs, which include the holiday Adopt-a-Family Program and Thanksgiving meal delivery initiative.

    For information, go to www.beautyfoundationnj.com or call them at 732-719-9909.

    Gene Simmons of Kiss gives emotional Chuck Berry eulogy

    Gene Simmons of Kiss delivered a tearful eulogy for Chuck Berry yesterday.

    Berry died on March 18 at the age of 90. The musician was long recognized as a founder of rock and roll music, influencing rock popularizers such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones.

    Chuck Berry's memorial took place on Sunday in his hometown of St. Louis. The funeral service occured at the Pageant, a hall located just blocks away from Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room, a venue where Berry played a monthly show for many years.

    Simmons apparently gave a surprise spech at Berry's memorial. In the touching tribute, the Kiss bassist reportedly became choked up when talking about the rock and roll originator. Simmons told the gathering he was wearing dark sunglasses to try and hide his tears.

    "These shades are going to help me a lot, because in the back of them are real tears."

    Watch Simmons' speech here.

    Sophie Simmons slams Katey Sagal for revealing dad’s affair

    Sophie Simmons isn’t a big fan of Katey Sagal’s memoir, “Grace Notes,” which reveals an affair Sagal had with Sophie’s father, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, 43 years ago.

    “To write about someone and then have it affect their family, I feel like is a really kind of low place to sell a book,” Simmons said on “Allegedly With Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss” on Tuesday, adding, “I mean, congrats to the one groupie who thought they got ahead, but apparently didn’t.”

    Simmons also says of the former “Married With Children” star — who’s landed a new CBS series, “Superior Donuts” — “You tried to get ahead in music, it didn’t work; ... You played the game and you lost. I’m really sorry. You’re a really talented actress so it worked out.”

    PETER CRISS Announces 'Last' Live Performances In USA, Australia

    Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has announced a couple of convention appearances this spring that are being being on his web site as his final live performances.

    On May 12-14, Criss is scheduled to appear at the KISS Konvention Australia in Victoria, with his May 12 set said to be Peter's last live performance in Australia. Criss's appearance at the New York KISS Expo on June 9-11 will include a meet-and-greet, expo and a New York landmark tour. Five days later, on June 16, Peter will take part in a VIP dinner performance, which is being billed as his last live performance in the USA.

    In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman". Peter's "Catman" persona is an instantly recognizable icon in pop culture.

    Criss first left KISS in 1980. Since then he's worked with other bands and released solo albums. He teamed up with KISS again for a few gigs in the 1990s and most recently in 2004. He was replaced by Eric Singer.

    Criss, who was known as "Catman," released his last solo CD, titled "One for All", in 2007. Peter produced the album himself for the first time, and was joined by guest musicians that included keyboardist Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee of "Late Night with David Letterman". The album featured a range of styles, from rock and jazz to blues and Broadway, and included covers of "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Send in the Clowns".

    The four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2014 by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello.

    PAUL STANLEY To Play Intimate SOUL STATION L.A. Gig On Saturday

    According to The Pulse Of Radio, Paul Stanley has just announced an intimate one-off Los Angeles club date with his R&B revue, SOUL STATION. The KISS frontman and his band are set to play on Saturday, March 11 at Hollywood's Sayers Club. The show marks Stanley's first since canceling four Southern California gigs last month after suffering a concussion while skiing.

    Stanley said in the announcement for the club date: "We're living in a time of being fed canned pre-programmed backing tracks and lip syncing in place of the electricity and passion of real live R&B.

    "When I was a boy, before I ever saw THE WHO or LED ZEPPELIN, I saw Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. I saw THE TEMPTATIONS and all that music is part of the foundation of the music I've made. SOUL STATION is my chance to celebrate it for a night that's real, live and faithfully recreates the sound with the respect it deserves."

    He went on to say: "Whether it's THE STYLISTICS, THE DRAMATICS, THE TEMPTATIONS, Smokey (Robinson) and THE MIRACLES, BLUE MAGIC and on, these songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away.

    "I don't play guitar in the band and we don't do a single KISS song. That's not what this is about.

    "It's magical to hear those songs played right and we're making magic."

    Stanley told The Pulse Of Radio that he always wanted KISS's greatest work to contain everything that he loved and admired about his favorite records growing up. "I'd like to think that the bands that you are influenced and inspired by doesn't necessarily mean that you mimic them," he said. "It means that their passion, or their approach is inspirational. So, whether its gospel, or Motown — it all is music of passion. And that's what I think we wanted to and I wanted to see us channel was the passion and the fervor that all the music I loved had. Y'know, its not about perfection — it's about passion."

    KISS next performs on April 21 in Reno, Nevada at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino.

    Watch GENE SIMMONS Perform With His Solo Band

    (Video) KISS bassist Gene Simmons will kick off his first-ever solo tour on March 18 at the Agora in Cleveland, Ohio as part of Wizard World Comic Con.

    Backing Simmons at the shows will reportedly be guitarist Phil Shouse (Rodney Atkins, John Corabi, LIPSTICK, THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY), drummer Jarred Pope (THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY), guitarist/bassist Jeremy Asbrock (THE SHAZAM, John Corabi, THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY) and guitarist Ryan (HAIR OF THE DOG, THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY).

    On March 2, Simmons and his solo band played a corporate event, and video footage of the gig has been uploaded to Facebook. Check it out above.

    "This is gonna be a first for me," Simmons told CantonRep.com about playing his own shows. "Outside of KISS, I've never done a solo tour. I never did anything like that. Every once in a while I'll jump up on stage and do a song with somebody. Johnny Depp and I did a few songs together, a few other knuckleheads, but that's about it. When Wizard World and I agreed to do five events together, the idea of jumping up onstage and gulping it on for an hour or so came up. And I got a great bunch of guys, real rocking guys who are gonna get up with me, and we'll play all the hits and have ourselves a good old time."

    Simmons will perform "An Evening With Gene Simmons And His Band" and attend five Wizard World Comic Con events as an iconic star attraction in 2017. The club venue concerts are in conjunction with appearances at conventions in Cleveland (March 18-19), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).

    Evening concerts are planned on Friday in each of the respective cities, with Simmons on hand each Saturday to greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct live interactive question-and-answer sessions at each Wizard World Comic Con.

    Simmons said in an interview last week that he was still working on his box set that will include "150 songs that have never been released. That news is gonna be released soon.

    ACE FREHLEY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, GOJIRA, Others Added To PSYCHO LAS VEGAS

    ACE FREHLEY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (featuring Pepper Keenan), DIAMOND HEAD, GOJIRA, PENTAGRAM and SLEEP are among the latest confirmed acts for Psycho Las Vegas 2017, set to take place from August 18 through August 20, with a pre-party August 17, at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    The event includes exclusive 2017 U.S. appearances by KING DIAMOND performing the landmark "Abigail" release in its entirety, French progressive rock unit MAGMA, black metallers ABBATH led by former IMMORTAL guitarist/vocalist Abbath, and cult stoner/desert rock unit SLO BURN fronted by KYUSS's John Garcia. Additionally, Mulatu Astatke, the father of Ethio-jazz, will be making his west of Chicago exclusive appearance while MANILLA ROAD, who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary, will perform their classic "Crystal Logic" in its entirety as a worldwide exclusive for Psycho Las Vegas 2017 .

    KISS Guitarist Tommy Thayer Teams With Zenith Watches for Military Museum Fundraiser

    (forbes.com) Last night in Portland, OR, guitarist Tommy Thayer, a.k.a., the Spaceman, along with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Eric Singer, all of the rock band KISS, gave a surprise performance at the close of a gala fundraiser event, where legendary rockers such as Alice Cooper, Robby Krieger of the Doors, Danny Seraphine from the band, Chicago, and Will Lee from The Late Show with David Letterman, among others, also performed. The exclusive “All-Star Salute to the Oregon Military” event raised $1.4 million toward completing the construction of the $20 million Oregon Military Museum named after Tommy’s father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer. To help raise funds, Tommy Thayer joined forces with Zenith Swiss watch brand to create a special commemorative watch and a small, limited edition collection.

    “Obviously, this is important to me on a personal level because my father is involved,” said Tommy Thayer in a private interview yesterday, “but it is important, too, for people to remember and commemorate the amazing people and their stories of heroism. The things they did for our country are inspirational and help us understand where we came from, what helped make us, as a country.”

    Thayer’s father, the 94-year-old retired Brigadier General James B. Thayer, is a decorated hero who served in World War II. In 1945, Thayer led his platoon forward in Europe, engaging in hand-to-hand combat with SS soldiers, and eventually entered Austria. “My dad’s platoon discovered and liberated an Austrian death camp for Hungarian Jews,” explains Tommy Thayer. “It was a horrific experience, but they saved the lives of 15,000 refugees in that camp.”

    In fact, James B. Thayer received both a Bronze and Silver Star for his acts of heroism and was also honored decades later by the Austrian government. For his bravery, the Oregon Military Museum has been named after the Brigadier General, and rock star Tommy Thayer jumped in to help support the cause.

    Similarly, Kiss rocker Gene Simmons also has a personal connection, in that his mother and her family were held in a concentration camp believed to have been a part of the network of camps that Thayer infiltrated. You can read more about that story here.

    “Gene’s mother’s life was spared at the age of 14, but what she went through makes this effort even more personal for all of us in the band,” says Tommy Thayer. “The band as it is today, all of us are very close and very supportive of each other’s charitable and philanthropic efforts, and especially this one. We have supported the military and the veterans throughout our tours in various ways.”

    In fact, Thayer says that fellow band member, Eric Singer was instrumental in putting Thayer in touch with Zenith and in helping to design the watch that honors his father. Singer is a known watch collector and enthusiast who frequently visits Swiss watch factories.

    “Eric is the one who initially suggested we reach out to Jean-Claude Biver, who was very excited about the cause,” says Thayer. “Eric also helped steer me in the right direction about which watch style to choose and worked with me and Zenith throughout the project.”

    Once Singer and Thayer talked with Biver, CEO of the watch division of LVMH (which includes brands Zenith, TAG Heuer and Hublot, among others), it was decided the World War II story most closely aligned with Zenith, and steps were quickly underway to create a commemorative watch for Tommy’s father, and a second one to be auctioned at last night’s event.

    That watch, the Zenith Pilot Extra Special Thayer Edition, is created in 18-karat rose gold and titanium, and features an engraving on the case back of James B. Thayer in uniform during World War II, with the Oregon Military Museum name on it. The commemorative pieces feature an alligator strap and are offered in a special presentation box with a 48-star flag and a signed letter from ret. BG James B. Thayer about his experiences.

    Additionally, a limited edition of 25 pieces of the watch is being created in bronze. This piece features a very special strap that, according to Tommy Thayer, was Eric Singer’s idea: a strap made of leather from actual World War II ammunition bags.

    At last night’s event, one of the commemorative watches was presented to GB Thayer, while the other watch was auctioned. The watch, which holds a retail value of approximately $14,000, sold for $40,000. All proceeds go to the museum efforts.

    “We have been working on raising funds for the museum for some time now,” says Tommy Thayer. “It is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. The private fundraising, which I am focusing on, takes a lot of time and effort. It is a matter of building the story and having people commit to it.”

    Last night’s event emulated one that was held several years ago, wherein the Kiss members also performed. That event raised $1.2 million. The museum is approximately 70 percent complete and the fundraising in more than half way fulfilled. The Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum, hopefully to be opened by the end of this year, is a 32,000-square-foot museum that will house not only the story of Oregon military men, but also planes, tanks and other educational war materials that trace centuries of military (from Native Americans to today’s Global War on Terrorism) in its state-of-the-art facilities.

    Katey Sagal counts herself among Gene Simmons' conquests in new tell-all

    Count Katey Sagal among the nearly 5,000 women bedded by Gene Simmons. "Peg Bundy" became the Kiss frontman's lover after she waited on him in an L.A. restaurant, and credits him with giving her an early career boost.

    Sagal, best known for playing a sex-starved housewife on “Married… with Children” and biker mama Gemma Teller Morrow on “Sons of Anarchy,” recounts the tale in a new memoir, “Grace Notes,” out next month.

    Before she was an actress, Sagal was an aspiring singer, and at 20 she took a job as a singing waitress in a restaurant in Santa Monica, where she worked alongside Ricki Lee Jones, Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis, and Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo.

    One night the then-little-known band Kiss came in — sans makeup — after opening a bill at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Simmons flirted, she sang for him, and she took him home — “because he was quite persuasive, and I like men,” she writes.

    At first, she says, “I thought Gene was really weird," But she also thought “he was cute and had a lot of confidence.” When he paid attention to Sagal, something inside of her “bloomed” she recalls.

    The next day he tagged along to her band rehearsal, and liked what he heard. So he took them to meet Neil Bogart, the president of Kiss' label, Casablanca — and Bogart signed them on the spot.

    Sagal’s big break fizzled, after the band's record bombed, and they got dropped. But she maintained an off-and-on affair with Simmons, whom she fell for despite knowing what a womanizer he was — even after finding hundreds of Polaroids of his conquests in his New York apartment.

    “I fantasized that I would be the exception,” she writes in the book, which details her years in the music business and her shift to acting, her drug use and subsequent sobriety, an early bout with cancer and her three marriages.

    When she started dating another musician who proposed to her, she accepted — but only after telling Simmons she'd decline if he wanted to marry her: he laughed.

    Simmons left her with enduring advice, she says: don't give up her career ambitions for a man. “And I never did,” Sagal writes, saying that was a lesson she needed to learn.

    Paul Stanley Talks Kiss Merch Milestone: From Waffle Irons to Moisturizing Face Masks

    Read the interview here.

    PEARL JAM's MIKE MCCREADY Joins ACE FREHLEY On Stage In Seattle

    PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready joined original KISS axeman Ace Frehley on stage last night (Saturday, February 11) at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, Washington to perform the KISS classic "Cold Gin". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen here: Video1, Video2.

    The success of Kiss Kruise VI

    Goldmine Magazine article: Read it here.

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    Gene Simmons interview with Goldmine Magazine: Read it here.

    KISS to headline 2017 Endymion Extravaganza

    (theadvocate.com) KISS will finally consummate its relationship with the superkrewe Endymion during the 2017 Mardi Gras season.

    The band will headline the post-parade Endymion Extravaganza in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Feb. 25, sharing the bill with rapper FloRida and disco-era favorites KC and the Sunshine Band.

    Additionally, members of KISS are slated to ride in Endymion for the final few blocks of the parade route. The plan is for them to board a float near the Joy Theater on Canal Street, then wave and toss throws the rest of the way to the Superdome.

    Endymion founder Ed Muniz, the krewe's captain for its entire 51-year history, announced the entertainment roster Wednesday at Mardi Gras World.

    The members of KISS were supposed to serve as the 1979 Endymion parade's grand marshals. But a police strike that year canceled most Carnival parades in Orleans Parish. Endymion rolled in Kenner, but bassist Gene Simmons and his bandmates opted not to ride.

    Muniz took Simmons out to dinner in Metairie anyway. At one point, the rock star put his girlfriend at the time, Cher, on the phone with Muniz.

    The four members of KISS were depicted on a float in the 2016 Endymion parade, which commemorated the krewe’s 50th anniversary.

    KISS joins a long list of celebrity entertainers associated with Endymion. In 1976, rocker Alice Cooper, then at the height of his popularity, rode as the parade’s grand marshal.

    “That was a big deal,” Muniz recalled earlier this year. “That was the first time Endymion went super.”

    In 2015, country superstar Luke Bryan rode aboard Endymion's grand marshal float for the entire route, a span of more than six hours. He then rallied for a midnight performance at the Extravaganza, which, with its ice chests and tables piled high with food and drink, is akin to a mass tailgate party in formal attire.

    The 2016 Extravaganza headliners, Pitbull and Steven Tyler, did not participate in the parade itself, although Tyler did make a brief appearance at Endymion’s pre-parade Samedi Gras celebration on the Orleans Avenue neutral ground near City Park Avenue.

    The 2017 Samedi Gras event will kick off at noon Feb. 25 and feature local cover bands the Topcats, Groovy 7 and the Bucktown Allstars.

    With more than 3,000 members, Endymion stages the largest parade in Carnival. It will roll at 4:15 p.m. Feb. 25 on its traditional Mid-City route. The 2017 theme is "The Constellations." Individual floats will depict celestial bodies.

    Muniz, who made a fortune in the radio business before getting into Jefferson Parish politics, still keeps abreast of popular music. For the Extravaganza, he books acts to appeal to the krewe's diverse membership.

    "That's what I learned when I was operating radio stations — you don't go for just one demographic," Muniz said Wednesday. "I would think FloRida is a different demographic than KISS. FloRida is younger."

    Overall, "the membership seems happy" with this year's selections, he said. Most of the 20,000 tickets for the Extravaganza already have been sold. The only way to buy one now, Muniz said, is from a member of the krewe.

    Headlining acts at the Extravaganza are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars. They are invited to ride in the parade but are not contractually required to do so.

    "We book them to perform," Muniz said. "We invite them to ride. If they don't ride, we don't get upset about it."

    Some performers opt to skip the parade because they don't want to wear themselves out by spending hours on a float leading up to show time. Others would rather spend the early evening rehearsing or doing sound checks at the Superdome.

    But the members of KISS have tentatively agreed to climb aboard a float when the parade reaches the Joy.

    "In a perfect world, that's what is going to happen," Muniz said. "It all seems to work out. I think God loves Mardi Gras."

    GENE SIMMONS Attends ACE FREHLEY's Concert In Beverly Hills

    (Pic) Gene Simmons attended Ace Frehley's concert Friday night (February 3) at The Saban in Beverly Hills, California, marking the first time the KISS legends were photographed together since their 2014 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

    A picture of Simmons and Frehley was posted on the former KISS guitarist's Facebook page, along with the following caption: "MEANWHILE ~ some guy name 'Eugene' crashed Ace's VIP meet-n-greet last nite in Beverly Hills without rendering payment. If any of you Rock Soldiers can identify this man of mystery, let us know!"

    Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water" in what was their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".

    Frehley's version of "Fire And Water" appears on his covers collection "Origins, Vol 1", which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart.

    Asked if there is a chance that he will re-team with KISS, Frehley told "Talking Metal" at the Revolver Music Awards in December: "I haven't heard anything from Paul and Gene — although I did get a text from Gene the other day. He wanted to come see me perform this January. So, you know, maybe he'll pop the big question. Who knows? [Laughs]

    He added: "Whatever happens, we're all good. It's all good."

    Ace's "Talking Metal" comments echoed those he made in November when he told Eddie Trunk of the "Trunk Nation" radio show: "I haven't been contacted [about a reunion]. I'm not ruling it out. It's a possibility, I guess. But the ball's in Paul and Gene's court. If that's something that they would like to do to end off the career of KISS, I think it could be… if it was handled correctly, it could be great. But those guys pretty much run the show these days. And I'm doing my thing, and they're doing their thing. And if it happens, it'd be great, and if it doesn't, I'll be fine and they'll be fine."

    Ace told "Trunk Nation" that his relationship with his former bandmates was never bad as it was portrayed by the media. "However the press colors the fact that we don't get along, in reality we do," he said. "You know, we have disagreements and things are said sometimes, taken out of context. But I've always been friends with those guys and they've been friends with me. We may not have agreed about certain things over the years and maybe there were times we didn't talk. I mean, we created something amazing that withstood the test of time."

    Asked why Simmons ended up not appearing on "Origins Vol. 1", Ace told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station: "Well, I tried calling Gene a couple of times and I got his answering machine. So I shot him a few different texts. I even went as far as to get ahold of Doc McGhee [KISS's manager] and tell Doc to let Gene know I wanted to get ahold of him. And I guess either he didn't get the message or he was just too busy. So I said, 'Well, let me reach to Paul.' I had Paul's cell phone [number] in my phone. I gave him a buzz, and he picked up immediately. And from the outset, he thought it was a great idea and would be a lot of fun. It took a while to choose which song we wanted to do. We were originally thinking about DEREK AND THE DOMINOS' [version of Jimi Hendrix's] 'Little Wing', then we were kicking around maybe 'My Generation' [by THE WHO]. But towards the end of the elimination process, I came up with the idea for [FREE's] 'Fire And Water', and he loved it."

    Tommy Thayer talks Oregon Military Museum Project with KPAM News Talk Radio

    (Listen) Tickets are still available for the Allstar Salute to the Oregon Military on February 18th, http://eventsavvyllc.tofinoauctions.com/ommp2017/homepages/show.

    If you would like more information on this great project, or would like to donate, visit http://oregonmilitarymuseumproject.org/.

    PAUL STANLEY Suffers Concussion While Skiing, Cancels SOUL STATION Shows

    KISS frontman Paul Stanley has canceled all four previously announced shows from his R&B side project SOUL STATION after sustaining a concussion while skiing on January 15. He wrote on Twitter on that day: "I went skiing today and got something I never expected…A concussion! OW!!!!! Lucky though…"

    Earlier today (Wednesday, January 25), Stanley revealed that he was still going through the recovery process, forcing him to rescheduled the SOUL STATION dates. He wrote: "MY APOLOGIES. Recovery from concussion will take a bit longer. I am postponing ALL FOUR California Soul Station shows Feb. 1-4. So sorry."

    This is not the first physical setback that Stanley had experienced in recent years. Back in April 2016, he underwent surgery to repair a torn bicep tendon.

    In a 2013 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Stanley talked about how his stage performances have damaged his body. He said: "My boots weigh 30 pounds. I'm running around and kicking with 15 pounds on each leg. We do at least four shows a week, and the days off are recuperation time."

    He continued: "What I do has taken its toll. I've had both my rotator cuffs surgically repaired. They're all similar to sport injuries. I've torn my meniscus in both knees and had a hip replacement. This is all from onstage performances. It's like doing a triathlon with a guitar around my neck. You have to jump, sing, swing your arm and play the right chord. With that combination, anything can go wrong. I used to jump up in the air and land on my knees. It didn't hurt then, but it does now."

    Stanley reiterated those sentiments in a 2014 interview with The New York Times. He said: "Things that didn't hurt me 40 years ago hurt me today. From 40 years ago. I've had both my rotator cups repaired, my knees. I've had a hip replacement. But I'm doing splits and everything on stage. I'm blessed. Every time I go out on stage, it is exhilarating."

    Stanley, who had his first hip replacement at age 52, told U.K.'s Independent that he had no regrets about the nightly strutting in his eight-inch heels. "Every scar on my body was proudly earned," he said. "There's nothing worse than looking back and wishing you had done things, but I did 'em all. That's how life is supposed to be lived."

    Stanley, who grew up half-deaf and scarred with a deformed right ear, eventually had reconstructive surgery in 1982 to create an ear using a piece of his rib cage.

    KISS Reaches 125 New Worldwide Licensing Partnerships In 2016

    KISS, America's #1 gold-record-award-winning group of all time in all categories (RIAA), gears up in 2017 for a new European tour.

    KISS celebrates another milestone, reaching 125 new licensing partners worldwide, adding to the juggernaut of all music licensing/merchandising entities' thousands of products over a 43-year history!

    Among its 125 new licensing partners, KISS holds the distinction of introducing unique products into the market, including the band's first-time-ever mobile game (for IOS, Android and Kindle), KISS digital emojis and KISS sticker packs for mobile messaging, KISS photo booths and KISS crane games in malls, parks and entertainment centers around the globe and even a KISS high-performance racing bike!

    Epic Rights, KISS's exclusive worldwide licensing and merchandising partner, announces the following roster of licensees with unique and on-trend products.

    New licensees with worldwide rights include:

    * Dynamite Entertainment (comic books and graphic novels)
    * Sproing Publishing (digital mobile video game)
    * Swyft Media (virtual goods — emojis, stickers, frames, overlays, themes, wallpapers, avatars)
    * Apple Industries (photo booths and branded prints)
    * Sciacallo Bikes (carbon racing bikes)
    * Staramba (3D printed figurines)
    * New Ray Toys (long hauler model trucks)

    New licensees with North American rights include:

    * Pangea Brands LLC (waffle makers, toasters, popcorn makers)
    * S&B Entertainment (branded vending and crane machines)
    * Wish Factory (pet products and automotive)
    * Rhode Island Novelty (amusement products) — North America plus Mexico
    * AJJ Enterprises (cornhole/bean bag toss)
    * Card Corporation (debit cards and credit cards)

    KISS co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons jointly said: "We have always believed that to be successful, in life and in music, you've got to keep moving forward. No one wins standing still and we have always refused to live within the limitations of others. Our decades of record-breaking merchandising success is rooted in our motivation to give our fans what they want. Dell and his team at Epic Rights are always on the lookout for what's new, what's trending, and how KISS can be a part of it."

    Other licensees adding to this momentous milestone of 125 partners include Dead Tentacles (worldwide), Fun.com (worldwide), PSD Underwear (worldwide), KISS4Sale (North America), Breygent Marketing (North America), CMD a.k.a. FigPin (North America), Eurographics (North America), iCup (North America), Imaginarium Goods (North America), OT Sports (North America), Robert Kaufman Fabrics (North America), Get Down Art (North America), Odd Sox (North America) and Philcos (Canada).

    "The past 18 months have been among the band's most prolific of the past 40 years, and a key factor in building the KISS brand globally is the their continuous engagement with fans through touring and social media," explained Epic Rights executive VP of global licensing Lisa Streff. "KISS has more gold album awards than any other American band, and they continue to sell out tour dates and events around the world. They have encouraged Epic to explore and develop every opportunity when it comes to reaching out to their millions of ardent fans in every corner of the globe." Streff adds: "KISS have always been innovators and risk takers, and it continues to pay off in terms of developing unique and interesting licensing partnerships."

    Wizard World And Legendary Rock Icon Gene Simmons Join To Produce Local Shows In Five Comic Con Cities

    Wizard World, Inc., (WIZD) the preeminent producer of Wizard World Comic Cons across North America, has formed a new Touring Unit in partnership with veteran music and technology executive Nick Turner. The new unit will bring vibrant live entertainment to Wizard World shows, building on the Wizard’s initiative to create an atmosphere of a weekend festival at every Wizard World show.

    Wizard World is proud to announce that the first venture of Wizard World Touring a joint venture production with Gene Simmons by which the legendary KISS front-man, bassist and rock icon will perform “An Evening with Gene Simmons and his Band” and attend five Wizard World Comic Con events as an iconic star attraction in 2017. The club venue concerts are in conjunction with appearances at conventions in Cleveland (March 18-19), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).

    Evening concerts are planned on Friday in each of the respective cities, with Simmons on hand each Saturday to greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct live interactive Q&A sessions at each Wizard world Comic Con.

    “I’m excited to bring Rock & Roll back to Wizard World Comic Con in 2017,” said Simmons. “It will be great to meet fans and perform for them in every city.”

    GENE SIMMONS Is Not Interested In Making Another KISS Album 'Unless And If There's A Financial Model That Works'

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    KISS members, Kaw Nation to build casino resort in Oklahoma

    Two rock legends will team up with the Kaw Nation to build a new rock ’n’ roll-themed casino and resort complex in Oklahoma.

    Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, members of rock band KISS, are set to bring their Rock & Brews restaurant concept to the Kaw Nation casino in Braman, northwest of Ponca City about 15 miles south of the Kansas state line on Interstate 35.

    A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Jan. 12, where more details about the project will be announced.

    There are just more than a dozen Rock & Brews restaurants across the country, including in the Dallas metro area and in Oklahoma City. The partnership with the Kaw Nation will be the first to take the restaurant to the casino and resort project. It also includes partners Michael Zislis, and Dave and Dell Furano. They will be on hand for the announcement, as well as local partner Kirk Williams and Kaw Nation Chairwoman Jacque Secondline Hensley.

    “This partnership with Rock & Brews will provide the Kaw Nation with the opportunity to again be the prime gaming and entertainment destination in our market,” Hensley said in a statement announcing the partnership.

    Pearl Honors Eric Singer with One-of-a-Kind 30th Anniversary Snare and Charity Auction

    From his early days with Lita Ford, to touring and recording with icons the likes of Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, and KISS (for over 20 years,) Eric Singer is drumming royalty.

    To commemorate Singer’s 30 year tenure as a devoted drum set artist, Pearl recently collaborated with famed engraver John Aldridge to craft a pair of one-of-a-kind SensiTone 14”x5” black nickel-over-brass snare drums.

    The first, a gift from Pearl to Singer, was presented to Eric by Artist Relations Manager John Farquharson at a KISS concert in Uncasville, CT, while the band was meeting fans in their famous stage make-up. “Eric has an impressive collection of Pearl drums from every era,” states Farquharson. “We wanted to make sure this was a timeless piece that could never be duplicated.”

    Each drum features beautifully-figured ornamental fillagree, the KISS logo and Catman icon, a special commemorative 30th Anniversary scroll, and a Kanji graphic representing the Japanese symbol for “Power”; all hand-etched in the outer shell by Aldridge. In tribute to Eric’s passion for watches and drums, his personal drum features an ornate clock face with the word “CHRONOMETRIS” (Latin for “Time Keeper”,) engraved in one panel.

    The “Auction” drum, features hand-signatures from each member of KISS, will be sold in a special online charity auction with all proceeds from the sale going to benefit the Lifeline Education Charter School. Benefiting their music and arts programs. For more info on the school, visit their website - www.lifelinecharterschool.com.

    Eric says: “It has been an honor and pleasure to play PEARL DRUMS for over 30 years and counting! They have truly given me The Best Reason to Play Drums…”

    The special online Ebay auction will begin on December 17th at midnight and extend to December 19, 2016.

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    BRUCE KULICK To Play 10 KISS Classics At Tonight's 'Ultimate Jam Night'

    Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running weekly free music show held at the famed Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California turns its upcoming Tuesday-night show on December 6 into a night honoring famed band KISS with guest musical director and former KISS member Bruce Kulick performing a 10-song set. The event will be broadcast worldwide via Zinna.TV.

    Kulick, also known for his membership in GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, was a member of KISS from 1984 to 1996 during its so-called "no-makeup" era. His performance of 10 KISS songs at Ultimate Jam Night will be the most played in one show since his inclusion in the band.

    Over 50 artists, including ACE FREHLEY bassist Chris Wyse, L.A. GUNS guitarist Michael Grant, GOV'T MULE bassist Jorgen Carlsson, AUTOGRAPH vocalist Simon Daniels, drummer Jason Sutter of MARILYN MANSON, and guitarist Nikki Stringfield of THE IRON MAIDENS will perform tunes from KISS's entire career.

    Ultimate Jam Night is a long-running free weekly show currently in residence at L.A.'s famed Whisky A Go Go. Founded in 2015 by QUIET RIOT's Chuck Wright, the show features a rotating cast of the world's finest musicians assembled in an entirely unrehearsed setting. Since its inception, the night has provided a combination of live music, performance art, comedy bits, walk around characters, and community and charitable giving. More information can be found by visiting www.ultimatejamnight.com.

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    KISS: Fourth Volume Of 'Kissology' Series Is 'About 85 Percent Done'

    (michaelcavacini.com) The long-awaited fourth edition of KISS's popular "Kissology" DVD box set is "about 85 percent done," according to Tommy Thayer.

    The KISS guitarist, who put together many of the band's previous home video collections before joining the group himself in 2002, has been compiling material for the project, which — like its predecessors — will combine never-before-seen footage, full-length concerts and rare TV appearances from the KISS archives.

    Asked by Michael Cavacini why the fourth volume of "Kissology" still hasn't arrived even though it was originally due in November 2011, Thayer said: "I don't know if it was officially slated to be released then. I know we were talking about it and maybe that was the intention. It's still on hold. It's about 85 percent done. I put it together and produced what we've done so far."

    He continued: "'Kissology 4', like the other Kissologies, will chronicle a certain era of the band. It will chronicle the band from early 2001-2002 up until the current date. It will also include vintage footage from the KISS archives that people haven't seen, so there'll be a cool bonus element to it too.

    "Getting back to your question, I don't know if I have a good reason why it hasn't come out yet. There have just been so many other things going on, and something as important as that has to have its own window of time where it's focused on and committed to, in terms of talking about it, putting it out and doing it the right way, so the right attention is given to it. Sometimes that kind of stuff happens.

    "A project like this is a little bit timeless so you have more flexibility where it doesn't have to come out at a certain time, so I guess that's why it hasn't yet. So, we're waiting to find the right time to put it out so it gets the attention that it deserves."

    KISS frontman Paul Stanley said in a 2008 interview that he was taken aback by one particular aspect of the success of the "Kissology" series. "I think my biggest surprise is that 'Kissology Vol. 3' is the biggest and I thought that 'Kissology Vol. 1' would be the biggest because 'Kissology Vol. 1' is the beginning. And if you believed the loudest voices, the loudest opinions, you would think that the majority of people wanted the earliest stuff. But as it turns out, the biggest seller by far is 'Kissology Vol. 3', so once again the people who speak the loudest are not necessarily the majority."

    Although KISS hasn't released a studio album since 2012's "Monster", Stanley told the audience at the band's October 29 concert at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut that a follow-up effort is on the way. Asked by Michael Cavacini when KISS will start writing material for the new disc and begin recording it, Thayer said: "I think right now it's still in the idea phase. I don't believe anything definitive has been determined or decided on yet for that. Within the band, we've talked and thrown some ideas around. So I think there's a good likelihood of that happening, especially since Paul announced it from the stage the other night. We'll see, but it would be nice to do another record.’

    PETER CRISS To Guest At L.A. KISS EXPO

    Original KISS drummer Peter Criss will be the featured guest at the L.A. KISS Expo taking place January 27-29, 2017 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California. This special three-day event will feature a private meet-and-greet experience, an all-day Kiss Expo with signing and photo session, and a special L.A. tour with The Catman himself, Peter Criss!

    For more information, visit www.lakissexpo.com.

    In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman". Peter's "Catman" persona is an instantly recognizable icon in pop culture.

    Criss first left KISS in 1980. Since then he's worked with other bands and released solo albums. He teamed up with KISS again for a few gigs in the 1990s and most recently in 2004. He was replaced by Eric Singer.

    Criss, who was known as "Catman," released his last solo CD, titled "One for All", in 2007. Peter produced the album himself for the first time, and was joined by guest musicians that included keyboardist Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee of "Late Night with David Letterman". The album featured a range of styles, from rock and jazz to blues and Broadway, and included covers of "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Send in the Clowns".

    The four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2014 by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello.

    KISS did not perform — the Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley insisted on the current lineup — which also includes guitarist Tommy Thayer — performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.

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    KISS frontman donates $100,000 to Langley-based children's foundation

    Gene Simmons of KISS gave a $100,000 boost to the Gala of Hope fundraiser for The Centre for Child Development and Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre held at the Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley on Saturday night.

    In addition to the donation, Simmons also auctioned off a ‘blade’ guitar.

    A total of $280,000 was raised by the gala, the centre said.

    Simmons was there with his wife, Canadian model and actress Shannon Tweed, to show support for their daughter, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, who lent her name to the Surrey facility.

    Since 2012, Sophie's Place has assisted abused children up to the age of 18 by providing a safe space where they can talk about their experience of physical, mental or sexual abuse with trained staff and law enforcement professionals.

    In a statement issued by the centre, Tweed-Simmons said the team at Sophie’s Place conducted more than 200 interviews with abused children over the past year.

    “It’s really important that kids have a place to go where they can be taken seriously, and where they can express what’s happened to them in a safe environment," Tweed-Simmons said.

    The Centre also operates satellite offices in Langley that provides a number of professional services for children with special needs including: physiotherapy, communication therapy, occupational therapy, and services for children and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.

    The Langley location is also home to the centre's fundraising arm, the Child Development Foundation of British Columbia.

    For more information, visit www.the-centre.org or phone 604-584-1361.

    PAUL STANLEY, SAMMY HAGAR, PERRY FARRELL Perform At FOO FIGHTERS' Secret Charity Concert

    According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS headlined and hosted a private concert on Saturday night (October 15) in Los Angeles that featured guest appearances from Sammy Hagar, Paul Stanley of KISS, JANE'S ADDICTION singer Perry Farrell, Steve Jones of the SEX PISTOLS, THE POLICE drummer Stewart Copeland and others. The concert took place in front of just a couple of hundred donors who gave money to the FOO FIGHTERS' annual fundraising drive for improvements at local schools.

    Among the highlights of the show were Hagar teaming with FOO FIGHTERS leader Dave Grohl for a duet on VAN HALEN's "Finish What You Started" before they were joined by Jason Bonham for a take on LED ZEPPELIN's "Rock 'N' Roll".

    Stanley tackled ZEPPELIN's "Whole Lotta Love" and THE ROLLING STONES' "It's Only Rock ‘n' Roll (But I Like It)" in addition to several KISS favorites.

    Check out photos of the event at RedRocker.com.

    Grohl told The Pulse Of Radio a while back how he got to know Stanley outside of the music business. "I see Paul Stanley every morning at drop-off 'cause our kids go to school with each other," he said. "Paul is not only a great dude, but a great dad. He's there at 7:30 every morning with his kid and it's the greatest — I mean, it's inspiring. Like, of course, I love KISS and I'm inspired by him as a musician, but when I see him being, like, a dude — being a dad — it's like, that's the coolest thing in the world to me."

    The FOO FIGHTERS played a selection of their own hits, including "Learn To Fly", "My Hero", "Times Like These", "All My Life", "Everlong" and "Best Of You".

    FOO FIGHTERS have been on hiatus since the end of their European trek last November, but various anecdotal reports suggest that Grohl has been working on new music, potentially for the group's ninth studio effort.

    Although Grohl has hinted that HBO was interested in a second season of the documentary series "Sonic Highways", which followed the FOO FIGHTERS around the country as they recorded the 2014 album of the same name, there has been no official announcement that the series is returning.

    KISS Co-Owned LA KISS Football Team Reportedly Ceases Operations

    According to The Orange County Register, LA KISS, the Arena Football League team co-owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, has ceased operations.

    "As I understand, [LA KISS] won't be involved in any football moving forward," AFL Players Union executive director Ivan Soto wrote in an e-mail on Monday.

    LA KISS became the third AFL team to fold and the fifth to leave the league over the past week. First, one of the league's longest serving teams, the Orlando Predators, folded earlier this week. Then, one of the league's newer teams, the Jacksonville Sharks, announced they were leaving the AFL for a rival league. Another long-standing team, the Arizona Rattlers, are looking to join the Indoor Football League. That leaves just four teams in the AFL, half the number that started the 2015 season.

    No official announcement about LA KISS's status has been made by the team or the league.

    When LA KISS was launched in August 2013, Simmons and Stanley had high hopes for the Anaheim-based expansion team.

    "The whole idea of an alternative to what has perhaps become a corporate sport is very intriguing, and resonates with us," Stanley told USA Today at the time. "We've always tried to be a band that relates to everybody, and the AFL is built on that whole premise."

    Regarding their involvement in the team, Stanley said: "We don't want to wear too many hats. When it's appropriate, we will defer to the people who have experience with this. We're bringing something new to the party."

    "We're not going to be passive players in this," Simmons added. "We're really going to be a part of this thing."

    According to The Orange County Register, attendance for LA KISS games dropped sharply in the second season, to an average of 7,913 fans at Honda Center in 2015. That was down from the 10,945 LA KISS averaged in 2014, when they were second in the AFL in attendance.

    The team drew an average of 7,056 this past season, next to last in the league.

    Kiss's Eric Singer talks 30 years as a hard rockin' drum hero

    (musicradar.com) Eric Singer has been up late watching basketball but there’s no sign of fatigue when we sit down to talk to Kiss’s Catman about his life in music.

    Over a 30-plus-year career, the fast-talking, heavy-hitting singer has played with guitar legends Gary Moore, Brian May and Lita Ford, joined Black Sabbath for three years and worked extensively with Alice Cooper. But there are few bigger gigs in rock than Kiss.

    “Life works in funny ways and I don’t regret the choices I’ve made or didn’t make,” says Singer. “I have a lot of stories when I was asked to be in bands and said no and those bands were successful, but sometimes by staying the course, some connection I made manifested later down the line. Things happen for a reason.”

    Singer’s drum heroes include Buddy Rich and Vinnie Colaiuta, but the Kiss gig is all about power, energy and showmanship.

    “Gary Moore said to me years ago, ‘If I’m doing rock, I want a rock drummer. There is nothing I hate worse than a rock drummer trying to be a fusion drummer.’ And that stuck with me,” says Singer, who showed he can lay down the groove when backing Kiss’s Paul Stanley on his Soul Station project.“

    Everybody doesn’t have to be Vinnie Colaiuta or Gregg Bissonette where you’re a chameleon. If you go, ‘I’m a rock drummer, that’s what I do,’ that’s cool too, because you can make a living and be successful. So what works for you.”

    Was your first big break when you landed the gig with Lita Ford?

    “That was in ’84. I entered a Carmine Appice drum contest in LA in September ’84. I remember it was a radio station, I think it was KLOS, you sent in a tape and from that they picked 50 people – 15 girls and 35 guys.

    “They had you play at a Guitar Center in the parking lot, they set up two drum kits, one double bass kit, one single bass kit. Out of that they picked the finalists. Steven Adler was in the contest. He didn’t get picked for the finals, I remember he was upset. His mother went up to Carmine Appice, ‘How come my son Steven didn’t get picked?’ I was standing right on the sidewalk next to him while his mother was asking Carmine. It had to be an awkward moment.

    “The funny thing was, three years later he’s in the biggest band in the world, so you never know how things are going to turn out. After that, fast forward, I made the finals, I didn’t win, I took third place. Some girl asked Carmine for my number, so the next day I got a call, ‘Hey, I got your number from Carmine Appice and I’m doing this video for Playboy magazine, they’re doing all these videos called women of rock.’

    “I did it with a girl called Brenda Lee Holliday. Being in that drum contest, that’s how I got discovered. The guy that played bass in the video, Ray Marzano, had played with Lita. His girlfriend was Lita’s best friend. Randy Castillo was her drummer. Ray goes, ‘Randy quit, Lita doesn’t even know it yet, she’s in England with Tony Iommi,’

    “He said, ‘She’s going to need a drummer, I’m going to recommend you.’ So Ray and a few other people all told Lita about me, I auditioned and got the gig. She was going out with Tony Iommi so that’s how I started playing on some of his demos and ended up in Black Sabbath. I know it’s a cliche´ but life is a chain-link fence, everything connects to something else.”

    What was the path that led to you joining KISS?

    “I was in a band called Badlands with Ozzy’s old guitar player Jake E Lee. We started that band after the Gary Moore tour and we got a record deal around the Fall of ’88. I actually quit the band halfway through the recording process, then they convinced me to stay and we decided to regroup and write new songs. ‘Let’s go to New York and get a change of scenery.’

    “While we were there, this bassist Dennis St James was managed by the same people and he was going to be playing with [guitarist] Bob Kulick on Paul’s solo tour. He asked the management, ‘Hey, what’s Eric doing? Paul Stanley needs a drummer.’

    “I met with Paul, I brought him some Black Sabbath CDs. He told me he was trying to get either me or Gregg Bissonette but Gregg wasn’t available. That night Jason Flom, who was our A&R guy, happened to be at the China Club which was a popular hangout where people jammed in New York City. He goes, ‘Hey, I just ran into Paul Stanley, he told me you’re playing drums on his solo tour.’ That’s how I found out.

    “The minute I got home that next day to LA I got a call saying, ‘Paul decided he wants to start rehearsals earlier.’ I had to turn around and fly back to New York and really start cramming on learning the songs.”

    How did the band work in the studio on the most recent albums Sonic Boom and Monster?

    “The way we did the last two records, the band played live in the studio. We didn’t play with a click track. One song on the newest record I played with a click track only because it was a song we literally wrote on the spot.

    “If you’re playing and everybody is making mistakes you’re not going to get the track. I thought, let’s play to a click, let’s at least get the drums. I did it mainly for expediting the process, but other than that every other thing was played live as a band. You get it warts and all but that’s the thing, it’s live.

    “At this point I’m pretty experienced from working in recording. All the other songs we did, we would go into a rehearsal room, jam the ideas out, get a basic arrangement so that everybody was familiar with the ideas and the riffs and had a chance to live with it, so when we got to the studio we would do two, three, or four songs at a time and we had that rehearsal tape as a point of reference for the tempo and the arrangement.

    “The new record, on some of the songs you can hear me clicking the sticks or counting things off, you hear some of those noises in the background. I like that, to me that gives it that raw, really live element, which is important. That’s why we did it this way because we wanted it to be less slick and less produced in the sense of it being so perfect.”

    It’s important to give the music room to breathe?

    “Music breathes. Music moves. If you listen to a symphony orchestra, you have a conductor, they’re reading sheet music, but the band has to learn how to play as an ensemble together. There’s almost this unspoken free-form time in a lot of classical music, it’s not dead set where you can tap your foot to it like a rock’n’roll song.

    “Humble Pie was a great example, that band really played well together and the music moved around. You’ll feel certain sections of the song slow down and then speed up and they all do it together. They’re really feeling the music as an ensemble and to me that’s more of an orchestral, symphonic vibe where the music has that real human element.

    “Sometimes that happens automatically. Many times you’ll play with another guitar player or bass player and go, ‘Wow, I played really well with this guy, we hear things the same.’ It’s true. The way you interpret things and the way you feel the beat, whether it is ahead or behind or on the mark, those little subtleties are where people say, ‘we’re really clicking together.’ It just has to do with how you hear music.”

    What drums did you use for recording Monster?

    “I used my old Pearl GLX kit. It’s one with those old super-Gripper lugs. There is something unique about those drums, they only made them from around ’86 to 1990, they never really caught on in America.

    “That was my first endorsement kit that I got from Pearl in 1986. I kept those drums all these years and I’ve used them on many tours with Gary Moore, Sabbath, Badlands, even Kiss, Alice Cooper.

    “Last year I decided to dig them out of the warehouse. I hadn’t used them in about 10 years and I had the kit refurbished, had the shells cut down to more standard sizes, because it was an old power toms kit. I used them on tour for a while last year and it reminded me how great these drums sounded – 12", 13", with 16", 18" floor toms, and a 24".

    “I set it up as a double-bass kit but I never even put a pedal on the left drum, I only set it up because that’s what I was physically used to playing and I thought it would make it more comfortable for me.

    “In the studio I don’t care about having a giant kit. Honestly I’m fine with one bass drum, one rack, and one floor tom if I really had to. But with Kiss I wanted to have the option of having more tom sounds, so I used four toms. That kit sounds really great. I used a Pearl Free Floating 14"x61/2" clear acrylic snare.

    That drum ends up being my secret weapon whenever I’m in the studio.

    “I brought in a whole arsenal of snare drums, Black Beauties, old ones from the ’30s, a Tama Bell Brass, all the different Pearl signature drums, I even had one of Cozy Powell’s drums that I got years ago, one of the Yamaha ones. It’s a really weird drum because it has this unique stringer set up on it and has these thick die-cast hoops, the strainer looks like something off a marching snare, Cozy must have had these made special for him because I’ve never seen these before or since.

    “I even tried that when we were first working on rough ideas, but nothing sounded like that Pearl acrylic Free Floater. It’s weird how it would sound better than all the other drums. Usually you never go wrong using a Black Beauty in the studio, that’s always a failsafe mechanism, but that Free Floater is the one.”

    Is it tough to juggle drumming and singing live?

    “As long as I’m feeling healthy and I have my voice then I love singing. It’s tough sometimes when it’s 115° in Phoenix and you’re playing outside with all the flames. There are some times when playing feels like work.

    “Generally, it doesn’t feel like work, I’ve got one of the greatest jobs in the world, getting to play every night for all these people, playing a giant drum kit on a huge stage, putting on a big show, it doesn’t suck. I’ve got one of the greatest drumming gigs that anybody could ever want. Every day is a new adventure.”

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    ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Has A Message For KISS Fans: Stop Questioning GENE SIMMONS And PAUL STANLEY

    Scott Ian has defended Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons's decision not to resurrect KISS's original lineup, explaining that "those guys know what's right for their band."

    During a brand new interview with Florida's 99 Rock radio station, the ANTHRAX guitarist was asked if he thinks Stanley and Simmons should reunite with former KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. He responded: "Look, I'm a lifelong fan of that band. But the bottom line is, and what people need to understand is, look, it's Gene and Paul's band. They are the guys that have worked their asses off since 1973 to keep that band, that business moving forward all the way into 2016 and still on the level that they're doing it."

    He continued: "I know a lot of fans get pissed off — 'Oh, those guys are being dicks' or whatever — and it's, like, you have no idea. You have no idea what it takes to make a band last that long at the level that KISS is. So it's their band and it's their decision.

    "As a fan, I would love to see Ace Frehley play one more time in KISS. And I'm gonna be completely honest, and this is no knock on Peter, but the last time I saw them with Peter, on the KISS/AEROSMITH run, like thirteen years ago or something, whenever that was, the tempos were terrible; everything was just way too slow. So if that's the case, no, I don't wanna see that; I wanna see stuff played at the right tempo. If [Peter] could play it at the right tempo, then more power to him, and I would love to see that; of course I would. But, you know, it's not my band. It's Gene and Paul's band, and those guys know what's right for their band; they've proven it. Stop questioning Gene and Paul."

    Rumors of a KISS reunion with Frehley gained strength earlier this year when Stanley reconnected with his former bandmate for a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water" for Ace's solo covers set, "Origins Vol. 1". Stanley subsequently dismissed the speculation, saying that "It doesn't need to, and won't, lead anywhere in terms of… Why would we change the [current KISS] band? The band is great. KISS is great the way it is. And it's great to be in contact and texting and speaking with Ace. He's in great shape. Psychologically, you know, he's clean and sober, and he's one of a kind. He can be a strange apple, but that's what makes him so cool. And I'm glad I took up the opportunity to be on his album and also shoot a video with him."

    ANTHRAX is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "For All Kings", which sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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    Gene Simmons ushers in documentary of famous Japanese band

    On Monday night, KISS rocker Gene Simmons introduced the LA premiere of a new documentary, “We Are X” — about X Japan, a band he loves that’s massive in its homeland but little-known here.

    Guests at the screening included Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello and X Japan fan Marilyn Manson.

    Also on hand was X Japan’s leader Yoshiki, who performed a version of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at an after-party on a see-through grand piano. (His band specializes in a “colorful collision of thrash metal and classical piano,” according to Rolling Stone. Their slogan’s “Psychedelic Violence Crime of Visual Shock.”)

    A mesmerized fan told us of Yoshiki’s national anthem, “Everyone’s hearts and ears were in awe.”

    Yoshiki said Monday he’ll play Carnegie Hall with the Tokyo Philharmonic next year. Balthazar Getty DJ’d the LA bash at Teddy’s. The film’s scheduled to make a New York screening Thursday with a performance by Yoshiki.

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    KISS's GENE SIMMONS Starring In His Own Comic Book Title

    (newsarama.com) Just before the highly anticipated debut of KISS #1 from writer Amy Chu and artist Kewber Baal, Dynamite Entertainment announces the first spinoff series, KISS: The Demon!

    Co-written by series writer and comics superstar Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and Erik Burnham (Back to the Future, Ghostbusters), with art by Eman Cassallos (Jennifer Blood, Vampirella), KISS: The Demon will feature the band's iconic bassplayer and co-founder himself, Gene Simmons, in his own miniseries!

    Before Blackwell, before Morpheus, there was the MUSIC. In a small town in Iowa, three young KISS fans meet at a concert and form their own band, unaware they are about to embark on a journey that will not only change their lives, but also the fate of the world. A prequel to the ongoing series!"I am so excited to collaborate on The Demon with friend and fellow writer Erik Burnham. He's written a ton of great stuff: X-Files, Scarlet Spider, and Ghostbusters for Marvel, IDW, Image among others." states co-writer Amy Chu "I figured this was a great opportunity to tell a really different kind of story, and it's awesome that Dynamite is letting us do it! Our aim is to build an incredible backstory for the current KISS series, answer a lot of the origin questions like who is Mr. Blackwell? and push the envelope of the KISS comics franchise."

    "KISS has never just been a band. Our comic book history has been long and proud and has spanned decades, and now with Dynamite Entertainment, we intend to go even further," says Gene Simmons. "When we get a great writer and artist team, we know better than to micromanage. We stay out of the way. Everyone involved wanted to take our personas and do classic KISS comic books, and with Amy Chu writing, this will be an adventure the fans will absolutely love."

    "I will reiterate, Gene is a rock star in every sense, and an incredible storyteller and showman. I couldn't think of a better way to expand our line of KISS comics than to tackle stories of the individual characters," said CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. "The Demon is one of the most iconic characters in music and comics, and a great candidate for the first spinoff series. The fact that we could keep Amy on-board, co-writing with Erik Burnham and joined by our very own Eman Cassallos, helps continue the quality that we're establishing with the main KISS series."

    KISS: The Demon #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' November 2016 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in January 2017. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of KISS with their local comic book retailers. KISS: The Demon will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital. Look for updates in the coming months, and make sure to keep up with Dynamite on social media.

    Gene Simmons on The KISS Freedom To Rock Tour

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    ACE FREHLEY Shreds At New York City's ELECTRIC LADY STUDIOS

    Video: ACE FREHLEY Shreds At New York City's ELECTRIC LADY STUDIOS: Video.

    Stern Pinball: Making of KISS Pinball

    Stern Pinball: Making of KISS Pinball: Video.

    HOT TOURS - SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

    Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported Sept. 6-12

    Rank ACT
    Total Gross
    Show Date Range
    Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
    Total Attendance (Capacity)

    9 KISS
    $1,532,287
    Sept. 3-9
    DCU Center, Worcester, Mass. (1/0)
    Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, Maine (1/0)
    Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn. (1/0)
    Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Va. (1/0)
    22,212 (29,261)

    Paul Stanley Interview

    Paul Stanley interviewed by Tony Tone and Wes Jordan of Vintage Sound 93.1 FM: Listen.

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    KISS rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley dining with their families at separate tables at Serendipity 3

    Mardi Gras 2017: Endymion to feature KISS, Flo Rida, KC and the Sunshine Band

    The Krewe of Endymion, the 51-year-old Mardi Gras super krewe, will celebrate 2017 with hard rock, hip hop and disco, as KISS, Flo Rida, and KC and the Sunshine Band entertain at the annual Extravaganza after the Mid-City parade on Feb. 25, the Saturday before Fat Tuesday (Feb. 28).

    Krewe founder Ed Muniz said that the Extravaganza entertainers are always invited to ride in the enormous parade, where they serve as celebrity grand marshals. Some accept the invitation. Some decline, fearful of ruining their voices in advance of their post-parade performances, or because riding in the parade doesn't allow time for sound checks, Muniz said.

    Endymion treasurer Joe Travato said KISS frontman Gene Simmons was the parade's grand marshal in 2005. KISS had been scheduled to ride in the Endymion 1979 parade, before the police strike in New Orleans forced the krewe leadership to move the parade to Kenner. In the end, the band did not appear that year.

    Muniz announced that 2017 will be KC and the Sunshine Band's fourth Endymion appearance.

    At Endymion Extravaganza 2016, Pitbull and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler performed at the annual party at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

    With 81 floats, 3,200 riders, and a budget of $7 million, Endymion is the largest Mardi Gras parade. It is also the only parade to roll on a route from Mid-City to downtown New Orleans.

    Illuminated with high-tech lighting effects and even rolling video screens, Endymion is also the most avant-garde parade. This year lighting designer Ray Ziegler promised a lavish lighting update of the signature Captain Eddy's S.S. Endymion float.

    In addition, for the first time, the parade will be led by a rolling spotlight truck that will project the krewe's logo, a cartoon shepherd, onto the clouds a la the Batman signal. That's if there are clouds. Ziegler said that if not, the spotlight handlers may have to project the image on buildings as the parade passes.

    The theme of Endymion 2017 will be "The Constellations," with floats decorated with celestial symbols, such as a blue bear for the constellation Ursa Minor, twin cherubs for Gemini, and a huge fly for Musca.

    TNT, Ex-KISS, QUIET RIOT, EUROPE Members Guest On ROBERT HAGLUND's 'I Wanna Be Somebody'

    Melodic hard rock classics meet big band jazz on Robert Haglund's new album, "I Wanna Be Somebody".

    In addition to Robert's reliable vocals and the exquisite band arrangements, the album features prominent guests from bands like KISS, WHITESNAKE, EUROPE and TNT. Swedish singers Svante Thuresson and Jan Johansen also contribute duet vocals.

    Robert Haglund has been a professional musician for 20 years now.

    "At the age of 15, I already knew that I wanted to become a musician," he said. However, as a teenager a lot revolved around the rock star myth.

    Robert was realistic and talented enough to actually become a trained musical artist, going on the become hired for both shows and musicals.

    When he saw the DRIFTERS live, got the idea to form av vocal group. Thus, the FANTASTIC FOUR were born, combining Motown soul with crooner aesthetics.

    All along, Robert kept enjoying his old favorite rock bands, like KISS and VAN HALEN. Rockers with a strong image and great songs with a groove.

    Soon, the idea was born to revisit the world of rock, but from a jazz angle.

    It wasn't as far-fetched as it may seem. VAN HALEN always had influences from swing jazz — the father of the Van Halen brothers was a jazz clarinetist, and even played on some of the band's albums. "It was also through their lead singer, David Lee Roth, that I discovered Frank Sinatra," said Robert, who once was a contestant in the Swedish version of "Stars In Their Eyes", sucessfully taking on the role of Roth.

    The idea of an album took shape. Having guest artist seemed obvious, but Robert wanted to whip the material into shape first, in order to be able to present the concept clearly.

    He took his ideas to multi-instrumentalist Erik Mjörnell, together with whom he created most of the arrangements.

    A lot of songs were tried out, since not all had the natural swing it took for them to work in this setting.

    "Arrangements of this type aren't put together in 15 minutes, Robert explained. It had to sound alive, natural and not like the new instrumentations were forced upon the songs.

    When the track listing was decided on, and arrangements finalized, he started contacting a number of musicians and vocalists. To make sure their hearts were in it, he let them decide which songs to contribute to.

    The first one to show interest was Bruce Kulick, solo guitarist of KISS between 1984 and 1996. "He got back to me the very day after I had contacted him," he said. "Bruce only works with projects that he genuinely likes, and he found this projct to be cool, and well put together."

    The fact that Kulick ended up appearing on three different tracks was the seal of approval needed to get others on board. Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE) joins Kulick on the KISS classic "Love Gun".

    "Sarzo turned out to be another humble star, with a big heart," Robert said. "He spends a lot of his time taking care of homeless dogs.

    The album also features a few Scandinavian musicians and vocalists of note.

    Guitarist Kee Marcello of the bands EASY ACTION and EUROPE gets to showcase his jazz rock and fusion chops in "The Price" by TWISTED SISTER.

    "Kee is a super musician whose versitality not eveyone is aware of," Robert enthused. "He really made the song shine. If you listen carefully, you can even find a litte tribute to THE BEATLES' 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' in there."

    Robert was also very pleased with THIN LIZZY's "Don't Believe A Word", a duet with Tony Harnell of TNT.

    "Tony loves LIZZY, and his voice has a bluesy tone that suits the song perfectly," Robert said.

    The Swedish stars singing duets with Robert on the album aren't half bad, either. Jan Johansen has his roots in melodic rock, while Svante Thuresson is the only one guesting the album who originally comes from the jazz and swing world.

    "Svante turns 80 next year, but is still curious about new things," said Robert.

    The legendary singer chose to lend his smooth voice to "Ain't No Love In the Heart Of The City", a Bobby Bland classic that WHITESNAKE took to another level.

    The title track, "I Wanna be Somebody", was originally written and recorded by W.A.S.P. Another visual, highly image-driven band that Robert grew up listening to.

    "Some may think that the title refers to me, but it's mainly about the fact that a lot of people today want to become celebrities at any cost," Robert said. "Our whole society seems to be consumed by this dream of becoming famous."

    All in all, there are ten brilliantly re-arranged rock classics on the album.

    Needless to say, Robert is pleased that it finally sees the light of day.

    "It's easy to lose heart at times, when the jigsaw is spread out, you have kids and everything seems to take more time than it should," he said. "But, just like my childhood heroes, I refused to let others decide on my destiny. If one door closes, another one usually opens, and now the album is finished!"

    It is Robert's hope, and belief, that listeners will find these versions worthwhile.

    "A lot of rockers probably feels that they have heard a song like 'Enter Sandman' enough times. Here they may find new sides to the song, and others on the album."

    "I Wanna Be Somebody" was released August 19 on MMS Records, and distributed by Universal Music. The release will be followed by live gigs in a slightly smaller format.

    Video: Marvel Comics' Stan Lee talks Publicity stunts: KISS and the red ink

    Video: Marvel Comics' Stan Lee talks Publicity stunts: KISS and the red ink.

    Showbiz Analysis: Rock Legend Paul Stanley on KISS and Creative Success

    (parade.com) KISS co-founder Paul Stanley has been especially busy this summer. With the band’s Freedom to Rock Tour rocking cities across the U.S., and the launch of their new multimedia project KISS Rocks Vegas, Stanley’s schedule has been packed, but he’s not complaining. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon has always believed in working hard to make creative dreams happen—and he’s been doing it for over four decades now. I was thrilled to catch up with Stanley for my podcast Whine At 9, where we discussed the power of KISS and creative fulfillment.

    Listen to the interviews with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons on iTunes.

    Not many bands have had the staying power of KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer). And Paul Stanley recognizes and appreciates that. “I’m blessed, but I work hard to maintain a standard. The bar that we set for ourselves is pretty, pretty ruthless and unrelenting. We expect a lot from our road crew, but they do it because they see we’re just as hard on ourselves. We played our first show of this tour—it was 103 degrees outside and that’s where we were playing. It doesn’t matter. We’re KISS. We have an incredible legacy to uphold, and many people come to see us for the first time and all they’ve heard is a legend, and it’s up to us to live up to that and go beyond it. So we wear that with great pride. Every time I get on stage, for me it’s a victory lap.”

    KISS has always been about immersing audiences in an experience. And the band has been going on that journey with their fans each time they play. Whether it’s live or via DVD or CD, the KISS mission is the same. “I want people to come to our show and be there—be present. I’m there…We want to have an experience of celebrating rock and roll, and celebrating life, success, the pursuits of the individual—things that are really important, that are timeless,” says Stanley.

    Did the singer/songwriter ever think that KISS would have the staying power and impact he has witnessed 42 years into the game? “To be honest with you, I have always believed that if you do what you love and love what you do you’ll find others who have the same point of view…if you address your needs and if you address the things that matter to you, it’ll resonate with somebody else.

    “So did I necessarily think that we would play a stadium in South America and everybody would be singing a song I wrote on my sofa? No. But it makes sense… I think what we do, and what I try to do, is something that’s universal. It’s personal, but in the same way that I’m not really that different than the people who come to the show… if I love something, more than likely they will. Did I think it would be this big? Yes and no. I hoped for five great years with the band and here we are four decades in with many, many people saying that on this tour the band’s never been better, and that the show’s never been better. And I tend to agree with them,” Stanley says.

    What advice would the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer give others who hope to find creative success? “I think the key to success is doing what you love and what we owe ourselves in life is to find something we’re passionate about. It doesn’t have to be music. It has to be something that you are fulfilled by. And if you’re fulfilled by something, the success will probably come. And if it doesn’t, you’ll still be fulfilled. There’s nothing worse than pursuing something that you don’t believe in. Then if it fails, what have you got to show for it? If you do something you love doing and you pursue what you in your heart feel is worthwhile, then that doesn’t change. The success is a bonus.” I love it when rockstars are cool and wise.

    Read more about Kiss Rocks Vegas on Parade.

    Video: KISS Performs On Penn State's University Park Campus

    (Do You Love Me, Deuce and Shout It Out Loud, Flaming Youth, Lick It Up, Love Gun, Rock and Roll All Nite, Beth)

    Gene Simmons on the Epic Return of Kiss to Comic Books

    (billboard.com) For almost as long as Kiss has been making music, they've been appearing in comic books. From their debut in Marvel's Howard the Duck No. 12 in 1977 through series from Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing and even Archie Comics, the band has remained a surprising mainstay of the comic book medium for almost four decades.

    With a new series — simply titled KISS — launching from Dynamite Entertainment this October, Heat Vision talked to Gene Simmons about what to expect from the new series and what makes his band so successful in the comic medium. According to him, the appeal is very simple: "Kiss has never been just a band."

    Instead, he suggested, it's the fantasy element of the band that allows them to move from music to comics and back again with such ease. "I fly through the air at 8 feet per second. Yes, I spit fire. And yes, I wear bat wings and dragon boots," Simmons says, adding with mock scolding, "Don't be jealous."

    That crossover between reality and the fantastic has been fueled by what Simmons calls his "fascination with literature that has a sense of wonder." As he put it, "When you think about it, superheroes are really modern day versions of the great Greek gods of mythology: Mercury had wings and could fly. Vulcan was the god of fire." Kiss, then, fits neatly into that spectrum with their Catman, Starchild, Spaceman and Demon personas.

    The iconic, mythological approach is one reason why Simmons calls Amy Chu and Kewber Baal, the writer/artist team behind the new Dynamite series "a dream team" for chronicling the band's comic book adventures. "It's not just because they're both talented, but because they understand and respect the mythology of Kiss," he explains. "From the outset, we started the band with four separate and distinct personas, each with his own tone, each with their own cross to bear — not always getting along together, but connected in a way none of them realizes."

    That idea — of a group dealing with ideas and forces they don't fully understand — is one that echoes the band's beginnings in the real world. "We were completely delusional and inexperienced and really had no idea what we were doing, except for one magical thought: Let's put together the band we never saw on stage," Simmons remembers.

    "And then we were carried away by our own self-imposed mandate, which then led us to completely ignore all the other bands, fans, fashion and especially what critics for Rolling Stone thought. We have always marched to the beat of our own drummer, and here we are, over 42 years later, America's number one gold record award winning group of all time. In all categories, I might add."

    The new comic book series, Simmons promises, will be a love letter to the fans who've stayed with the band for that time — as well as newcomers who've never read a Kiss comic before.

    "The wonderful thing about the Dynamite team is that we are all of like minds," he says. Everyone involved wanted to take our personas and do a classic Kiss comic book, and to include deep fanboy references to [Music from] the Elder, our one and only concept album. With Amy Chu writing the books, this will be an adventure the fans will absolutely love. I've already seen the covers and artwork, and in the patois of the street, it rocks."

    Asked about the continued success of the band's comic book alter egos, Simmons puts it down to simply recognizing when to let the professionals do their thing. "When we get a great writer and artist team, we know better than to micromanage," he says. "We stay out of the way. Our comic book history has been long and proud and has spanned decades, and now with Dynamite Entertainment, we intend to go even further. We can't wait."

    KISS launches digitally and in comic book stores this October and is available for pre-order now.

    Video: ACE FREHLEY Performs In Dallas, Texas

    JAM Magazine has uploaded video footage of former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley performing the song "Rip It Out", "Toys" and "Rocket Ride" at Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, Texas on August 18. Check it out here.

    Gene Simmons Interview

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    PAUL STANLEY Is 'Toying With The Idea' Of Making Another KISS Studio Album

    KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke to the Cleveland Scene about whether there are any plans for the band to record a follow-up to 2012's "Monster" album. He said: "Records at this point are really something that if we do, we do it for us more than anybody else. The market, the sales aren't there… the delivery system isn't there. There really is no music industry. It's a guy who ran Tropicana last year that may run a record company this year. It's not a bunch of people who love music. It's a commodity at this point. So if we do an album, it's because we feel there's a reason. 'Sonic Boom', there was definitely a reason to do. 'Monster', there was a reason to do. We're toying, certainly I'm toying, with the idea of doing another album. I think it will happen. The only thing I'm adamant about is that it's not 'Son Of Sonic Boom' or 'Son Of Monster' or son of any other album. I'm not interested in making a concept album, but I'm also not interested in just rehashing the last two albums, so it has to be something fresh. Because initially, the people we're doing it for are us."

    Stanley said last month that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album… When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another."

    Tommy Thayer Interview

    Radio Interview: 96.7 The Eagle's Captain Jack Interviews Tommy Thayer of KISS: Listen.

    HOT TOURS - AUGUST 16, 2016

    Rank ACT
    Total Gross
    Show Date Range
    Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
    #4 KISS
    $1,402,759
    Aug. 10-13
    Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis. (1/0)
    Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1/0)
    Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/0)
    20,513 (24,985)

    Gene Simmons Announces Special Appearance at Wizard World Comic Con Richmond, VA, September 10th

    Wizard World, Inc., (WIZD) the preeminent producer of Wizard World Comic Cons across North America, is proud to announce that legendary KISS frontman, bassist and rock icon, Gene Simmons will appear at Wizard World Richmond on September 10. Simmons will meet fans, sign autographs, take photographs and participate in a Q&A discussion from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, held September 9 – 11.

    During the Q&A discussion, Simmons will show the never before seen, short film titled GENE SIMMONS: ROCK ICON & MEDIA MOGUL.

    “I’m excited to bring Rock & Roll to Wizard World Comic Con in Richmond,” says Simmons. “It’s gonna be a killer time, so I hope to see you there!”

    Gene Simmons is a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur and one of the world’s most recognized personalities. He co-founded KISS 42 years ago. KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, is celebrating its 42nd year, and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking box-office records set by Elvis and the Beatles. KISS was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the 2014 induction ceremony, and the band is recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for its pioneering work.

    “We’re incredibly excited to have Gene Simmons join us at Wizard World Richmond,” says John Maatta, Wizard World President and CEO. “This is the kind of exclusive and exciting programming that Wizard World is all about.”

    Located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Gene Simmons will join previously announced guests including Jewel Staite (Firefly; Serenity), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Lindsey Morgan (The 100; General Hospital), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, The Legendary Journeys), Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy), Joey Fatone (*NSYNC), and more.

    For more information on Gene Simmons’ appearance, and to purchase general and VIP admissions for the event, view the schedule, location, show hours, hotel and travel information, please visit: http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/richmond.

    HOT TOURS - AUGUST 9, 2016

    Rank ACT
    Total Gross
    Show Date Range
    Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
    Total Attendance (Capacity)

    6 KISS
    $1,438,799
    Aug. 1-5
    Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato, Minn. (1/0)
    AMSOIL Arena, Duluth, Minn. (1/0)
    La Crosse Center, La Crosse, Wis. (1/0)
    i wireless center, Moline, Ill. (1/0)
    21,760 (27,944)

    Paul Stanley Interview

    Paul Stanley Talks About Worcester and Ipswich Fried Clams with Chuck Nowlin: Listen.

    KISS SIGHTING: NEW HONDA COMMERCIAL

    NEW HONDA COMMERCIAL: Video.

    PAUL STANLEY On Possibility Of New KISS Music: 'It's A Very Conflicted Subject'

    KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke to Radio.com about whether there are any plans for the band to record a follow-up to 2012's "Monster" album. He said: "Well, it's a very conflicted subject. In one sense, there's no reason to put out any new music. Because the delivery systems that are available don't pay. We're in a situation now where artists have to take what they can get, as opposed to what they deserve. For me, it's more of a moral issue than anything else, because I don't have to worry about paying the rent, but what about new bands?"

    Stanley also addresseed the issue that fans of classic rock bands don't always like to listen to new music and prefer to hear old favorites.

    "A classic song can only become classic as it gains patina, so to speak, as it gains age," he noted. "Not to get too highbrow, but fine wine has to age, and what makes a song classic is that it endures and that you have a time period or an event that's associated with it, and that doesn't just happen overnight. 'Psycho Circus' has become a classic, 'Lick It Up' has become a classic. Do I think 'Hell Or Hallelujah' [from 'Monster'] will? Absolutely."

    Stanley said earlier in the month that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album… When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another."

    "Monster" sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.

    KISS' previous CD, "Sonic Boom", opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the band's highest-charting LP ever.

    KISS RETURN TO COMICS!

    (www.newsarama.com) The origins of KISS comic books date almost as far back as the inception as the band itself, having been an integral part of comics culture since their 1977 appearance in Howard the Duck #12 and 1978's Marvel Comics Super Special: Kiss. Today, nearly 40 years later, Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the next chapter in the band's legacy, with all-new stories coming to one of the world's leading publishers of licensed comics!

    "KISS has had a four decade-long, proud history in comic books, starting with Marvel Comics in the 1970s, and now with Dynamite's KISS comics," says KISS co-founder Gene Simmons. "KISS is America's number one gold record award-winning group of all-time, and we are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as having our own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Having our own comic book, I have to say, rekindles the thrill I first had as a young teenager, as I followed the adventures of my favorite superheroes. This is going to be fun."

    "In our rich and lengthy tradition of championing KISS in the comic/panel graphic realm, we are proud to announce this partnership and look forward to breaking new ground," says KISS co-founder, Paul Stanley.

    "Gene and Paul are rock stars in every sense and are incredible storytellers and showmen. They are living icons. Their genuine love and knowledge of comics is incredible. I couldn't be more pleased to be working with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and KISS on a new line of comics," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "Over the years, the band has produced so many stories which stand on their own, with characters that belong right alongside even the most well known in the medium. Publishing KISS comics is a dream come true, and we couldn't be more excited to have someone of Amy Chu's caliber to tell the new tales."

    "I am beyond thrilled to be working so closely with the icon that is KISS," says Executive Editor Joseph Rybrandt. "Rock solid storytelling and art are going to rock and roll you all night long. You wanted the best? You're going to get the best!"

    KISS returns to comics with KISS #1 in October, a futuristic, dark sci-fi adventure written by Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and illustrated by Kewber Baal (Army of Darkness: Furious Road). In a world without sun and a world without heroes, four young friends embark on a dangerous mission - to uncover the truth about the mysterious Council of Elders and their underground home, the city of Blackwell. But first they need some help from the past…

    "What is the power of KISS? I was having breakfast recently with the fabulous writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. When she found out I was writing this series, it was like firecrackers had been set off in the restaurant, she was so excited. So I'm doing this not just for the hardcore fans (like Kelly Sue) but also the new ones, like her children," says Amy Chu. "It's a huge challenge. KISS is iconic. Legendary. It's global and cross-generational. So much has been done before with KISS in comics, a LOT of fun and crazy stuff, so for this series, I thought, why not go more serious? For research, I hunkered down and listened to the 1981 album Music from The Elder several times. Like the movie Blade Runner which came out around the same time, people didn't know what to make of it. If that album came out now, I think it would be entirely different reception. So this storyline is more focused on mythology, heroism, and legend, and inspired by themes, lyrics, and song titles from that album."

    Artist Kewber Baal says, "When I received Dynamite's proposal to draw the new KISS series, I immediately got to work with researching each persona: their clothing details, stage performances, their music... and it was only then that it suddenly dawned on me: My actual job is getting paid to listen and draw KISS! How incredible is that? How many hardcore fans, how many KISS Army members will read the series? Oh my, can you see this is a huge responsibility, and what an amazing opportunity? I hope that all the fans will love the story, will love each page, and feel assured that I will do my best. That's a promise from one KISS fan to all other fans in world!"

    "For KISS, it's not just the music, but the visual imagery," says Chu. "It's Kabuki theater. I've been working hard with the artist, Kewber Baal, to craft a fantastic new world that pays homage to the band and the Elder album."

    The debut issue features a whopping ten covers! Four covers, each highlighting a different member of the band, are illustrated by acclaimed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cover artist, Goni Montes. Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie) and series artist Kewber Baal contribute additional covers, while other cover editions include a photo variant, a "Demon" Emoji variant (the first in a series of four, spread across issues #1-4), a special Coloring Book cover by Fernando Ruiz, and a Blank Authentix Edition that aspiring and professional artists can illustrate. Finally, a special cardstock variant edition, autographed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will be available as an incentive to qualifying retailers for their strong support of the series launch.

    KISS #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' August 2016 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of KISS with their local comic book retailers. KISS will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.The classic line up returns to sequential storytelling for the first time in over two years with multiple series planned, and creative details forthcoming! Look for updates in the coming months, and make sure to keep up with Dynamite on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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    Eric Singer on Talk Is Jericho

    (Listen) Drummer Eric Singer is the latest KISS member to join TIJ! He's the longest running drummer in the band's history, and tells the story of how he landed the gig. He talks about his relationship with late KISS drummer Eric Carr, the first time he performed in make-up, what really went down with the original lineup reunion in '96, and whether he thinks KISS will ever hang it up. Plus, he's talking about his days playing with Black Sabbath and Tony Iommi, his favorite all-time drummers, and how The Beatles changed his life.

    Should Musicians Be Able To Remotely Disable Phone Cameras At Concerts? GENE SIMMONS Weighs In

    On July 1, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was interviewed by Jack Antonio for the "Do You Know Jack?" radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below.

    Asked what he thinks about the recent news reports that Apple is working on a technology that could potentially allow music venues to disable a smartphone's camera, making it impossible for fans to tape concerts on mobile phones, Gene said: "When we first started out, this was before cellphones or technology and even voice mail. There was no cable, there was no nothing, so at the concerts, they took away your cameras — they didn't allow you to do that. So, in a lot of ways, the concert experience, especially with KISS, was real — it was emotional, it was deep. You know, people would pass out and cry; it was very emotional. And it's become… Technology, of course, has made everything less emotional. You know, when you get back home and look at your cellphone and the video there, and you go, 'Oh, I don't remember that from the concert!' Well, of course you don't, 'cause you were too busy texting or looking at your cellphone. But do I think they should have the technology to shut off your stuff? Well, maybe with your 'okay.' You know, at least beforehand, they say, 'Okay, you're about to enter a no-cellphone area' and stuff, that's fine. As long as you know, going in."

    According to reports, Apple's technology would use infrared signals to send encoded data to cell phones to disable the camera function. The phone would detect the signal and either alter what's shown on the screen or shut down its video features completely.

    A number of hard rock and heavy metal musicians have been asking fans to shut off their phones at live shows for years.

    NILE mainman Karl Sanders in 2014 slammed fans who insist on shooting photos and video at the band's concerts, saying that they are not "involved in the show" and are cheating other people out of a place where they could be enjoying the music.

    Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach said in 2015 that live performers should be given the same respect as films in movie theaters, which have a long-standing policy requiring audiences to silence their phones and putting away any recording devices during showings. The singer explained: "You can't go to a movie and have your cellphone on, but when you have actual live human beings, it's fucking okay? That's fucking bullshit! It's not appropriate in our society to stand up in a theater and film the fucking movie, but it's totally acceptable to do that at a concert? I've done four fucking Broadway shows and you can't pull out your fucking cellphone or you'll get kicked out! Do you know why? Because it's distracting. It's just not the way to watch and enjoy a show."

    Bach went on to say: "I've toured with the best of the best. I've filmed shit on my cellphone from the side of the stage watching Axl [Rose] and everybody. Guess how many times I've watched that shit? Zero. I look at it and go, 'That sucks! Delete.' It sounds like shit and it looks like shit. I think it takes the mystery out of rock and roll."

    ACE FREHLEY Says Lousy Treatment At ROCK HALL Led To Better Album

    According to The Pulse Of Radio, Ace Frehley says that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's mistreatment of him at KISS's 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction actually inspired him musically. Frehley, who released the covers collection "Origins, Vol. 1" back in April, received great reviews and scored a Top 25 hit with the set. To the surprises of many, Paul Stanley has joined forces with Frehley on the album, taking the lead on a cover of FREE's classic 1970 track "Fire And Water". The recording marked the first time the KISS co-founders appeared on an original album together since the band's 1998 set, "Psycho Circus".

    Ace Frehley revealed to The Pulse Of Radio that the impetus for "Origins, Vol. 1" reaching its potential actually came from his treatment by his former bandmates at the Rock Hall induction. "As you probably know, we were asked to perform at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony, by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and me and Peter [Criss] were up for doing that and Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] shot it down, y'know?" he said. "They made some innuendos that maybe me and Peter weren't up for the task, and that just made me do a better record. [Laughs]"

    The Pulse Of Radio asked Frehley how his sobriety improved the recording process this time around. "I'm a lot more focused and I think when people listen to this album, they're probably going to say that — in fact, a lot of reviewers have already said that," he said. "I'm a lot healthier than I was ten years ago. Not everybody can say that in their 60s, y'know, that they're healthier than they were in their 50s. So, I mean, it's a big plus. Y'know, I got a beautiful lady that I'm engaged to, who co-wrote two songs on the record with me and, y'know, life's good today."

    During an interview with KNPR News, Stanley was asked why he declined to perform with Criss and Frehley at KISS's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. "It's a tough question to answer, but there's so much involved in it," he replied. "Firstly, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame wanted nothing to do with us; they begrudgingly let us in. And my sense was that we were going to be a dog-and-pony show. They wanted to have the original guys play in the band, and all of us in makeup, and, quite honestly, I think it would have done the band a disservice. That lineup has not been together for 14 years, and physically, perhaps, wouldn't have looked that great, and musically, undoubtedly, probably, would have sounded a bit suspect. So, to have people watch it on television and identify that as KISS because there's four guys in makeup would not send a great signal to the people who are not following the band in its current permutation, or what it is today."

    He continued: "Look, we just did 42 shows and played to 600,000 people in America, and I would hate for those people to turn on a TV show where we were an unwanted guest in the first place and see us strong-armed into doing something that really does a disservice to something that I worked at for 40 years.

    "I never quit the band twice, once, and to dilute what I've worked on all these years just to make a committee happy that really was not all that thrilled that we were there in the first place, it sent the wrong message and it endangered something that I hold very dear to me.”

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    KISS ROCKS VEGAS PROMOTIONAL CLIP

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    KISS ROCKS VEGAS ON MULTIPLE FORMATS IN STORES AUGUST 26, 2016

    On August 26, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will unleash KISS Rocks Vegas on DVD+CD ($21.98), Blu-ray+CD ($26.98), and Deluxe Edition DVD+Blu-ray+2CD ($79.98).

    Captured in the midst of their 40th Anniversary World Tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers sonically shook Vegas during their residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in November 2014. This Sin City set sizzles with KISS classics from across their 44 album legacy: “Rock And Roll All Night,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Love Gun,” and more. Punctuated with pyrotechnics galore, the film presents the fire, electricity, and one-of-a-kind rock experience that earned KISS over 100 million sales globally.

    The Deluxe Edition of KISS Rocks Vegas is presented as a hardcover package with a 12X12 book, boasting photos from the show and more, also included is an exclusive CD featuring a seven-song acoustic set.

    “We Rocked and Vegas Rolled ! This was Epic In Your Face KISS ! We got Up close and personal, I think Rock and Roll fans will really enjoy this spectacle that only KISS can deliver.”- Paul Stanley

    “KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well.” -Gene Simmons

    "Kiss Rocks Vegas" track listing:

    01. Detroit Rock City
    02. Creatures Of The Night
    03. Psycho Circus
    04. Parasite
    05. War Machine
    06. Tears Are Falling
    07. Deuce
    08. Lick It Up
    09. I Love It Loud
    10. Hell Or Halleluja & Tommy Solo
    11. God Of Thunder
    12. Do You Love Me
    13. Love Gun
    14. Black Diamond
    15. Shout It Out Loud
    16. Rock And Roll All Night

    Acoustic set:

    01. Coming Home
    02. Plaster Caster
    03. Hard Luck Woman
    04. Christine Sixteen
    05. Goin' Blind
    06. Love Her All I Can
    07. Beth

    KISStory Tour comes to Cadillac

    (cadillacnews.com) Since 1975, the legendary rock band KISS has held a spot in the hearts of Cadillac residents. The group was booked to play at homecoming by Jim Neff, who was the assistant football coach at Cadillac High School at the time.

    On Saturday, June 18, Neff will guide the first ever KISStory Tour, where five permanent "KISStorical markers" will be placed at major sites around the city where fans and residents can get a better impression of where KISS interacted with Cadillac.

    The five sites include the old city hall building, the Sweet Shop, Veteran's Memorial Stadium, the CHS north gym, and the Cadillac News. On the tour, participants will see the only KISS monument in the world. The monument is a laser-etched granite touchstone more than 8 feet tall, 5 feet wide and roughly 5,000 pounds.

    A fan luncheon will follow the tour at Hermann's European Cafe downtown, where fans can meet and mingle. A KISS Tour lunch special for $17 includes a KISSCadillac T-shirt. Seats for the luncheon can be reserved by calling Hermann's at (231) 775-9563. A menu and details are available at kisscadillac.com.

    The Cadillac KISStory Tour will begin at 10 a.m. at Cadillac High School on Saturday, June 18. Fans will receive a tour brochure, have opportunities to take photos and be able to talk to Jim Neff.

    Other surprise plans are also in the works. For details, follow the KISSCadillac Facebook page.

    KISS PARTNER WITH HIRING OUR HEROES AND VET TIX TO SUPPORT MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE FORCES

    America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time in all categories KISS have partnered with Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) and Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) to salute members of the National Guard and military Reserve forces in over 30 U.S. cities during their 2016 ‘KISS: Freedom to Rock’ tour.

    KISS will hire a currently serving member of the National Guard or Reserve force to be a “Roadie for the Day” for each of the 32 U.S. concerts. In addition, KISS will donate a limited number of tickets to veterans in each community and distribute those tickets through VetTix.org. Veterans and their family members will also have the chance to purchase discounted tickets through Vet Tix. Military discounts will also be available at venue box offices with proof of a valid military ID in select markets around the country. Please note this offer is not available in all cities.

    The U.S “KISS: Freedom to Rock” tour stops are all home to a large number of Army and Air National Guard or Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Reserve members. Since September 2001, hundreds of thousands of Guards and Reserve members have been recalled to active duty, and many have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 900 of these brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice.

    KISS’ founder Paul Stanley said “KISS is celebrating our “Freedom To Rock” tour this summer; the same freedom that’s been upheld by our veterans and active duty service members”

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    Paul Stanley: His KISS is on Boise's list

    (boiseweekly.com) He's a bestselling author, painter, philanthropist and a bit soft-spoken. He's also one of the world's premier badasses. Paul Stanley, aka Starchild, co-lead singer of KISS and co-writer of many of the band's best-selling hits, is preparing for the band's current 35-city tour—dubbed "Freedom to Rock"—which begins in Boise on Thursday, July 7.

    "Any band with money can put on a KISS show, but they can't be KISS," said Stanley, who spoke to Boise Weekly about his life and legend.

    Is there any part of touring that you still love?

    Honestly, it's a lot like winning the lottery but complaining about having to pay taxes. Everybody should have my life. It's everything anyone could ever dream of. All presidents want to be rock stars; but rock stars don't ever want to be president.

    To that end, do you feel some responsibility to your fans?

    We have a legend to live up to and a standard that we've kept from the very beginning. I don't take it lightly. This kind of stature doesn't come without hard work. But that doesn't mean it can't be fun.

    I'm certain I'm not the first to tell you that I could be at a KISS concert and see my kids and my parents there.

    It would be pretty uncomfortable if I looked out on an audience that looked like an outing for a retirement community. That said, it's amazing that we've become much like a tribe that crosses all generations. It's still a thrill to see a neighbor, little brother or grandfather at our show. It's the world's largest cult and everybody celebrates their membership.

    I must tell you that it was a bit of a surprise to learn in your 2014 autobiography, Face the Music, that you were born with a misshapen left ear resulting in a hearing deficiency.

    Perhaps part of my quest for fame was really about my own insecurities. Those were magnified by having a birth defect and feeling very insecure, being a little kid who was stared at or being made fun of. Face the Music ended up being a New York Times bestseller and translated into languages all over the world. I really wrote that book for my children, for them to know what it takes to succeed and for them to understand we have a choice to see ourselves as victims or to lead the life that we deserve. For me, it's very rewarding to share with kids to know that life can be difficult but the outcome can be terrific.

    Have you ever considered that KISS arrived at the exact right time in our history of popular culture?

    So it seems. I guess we were needed as much as we thought. KISS started as being the band we wanted to see but never saw. As a rock fan, I felt certain things were missing from the bands I was seeing. I think there was a lack of respect, a lack of appreciation for audiences. You had bands on the stage thinking they were doing audiences a favor. I think KISS was a wake-up call, the right band at the right time to mount the attack.

    And as far as your endurance—and we're talking about more than 40 years—my sense is that KISS is an essential rock band but the makeup and pyrotechnics only amplify that.

    A crappy band with a big show is still a crappy band. We've seen enough of those. You've got to have the content. You can't last 40 years on a gimmick. You're only the new band on the scene just once and once that buzz dies, it's deafening. You may end up on the cover of Rolling Stone by putting a teapot on your head; next year you'll be serving fries.

    How do you design one tour to be different from another while not being too different for diehard members of the tribe?

    What are we going to do? Come out wearing red leather and hats? We're KISS. But we try to do a better, more powerful version of what we've done before. It doesn't get bigger, but it sure can get better.

    Paul Stanley of Kiss talks writing 'Detroit Rock City' and the song's history

    (mlive.com) It's a rock anthem for Detroit. We talked to Kiss singer/songwriter and guitarist Paul Stanley about how he came to write "Detroit Rock City."

    Stanley and Gene Simmons are the two remaining original members of the Rock and Roll Hall of fame band.

    About "Detroit Rock City:"

    Stanley co-wrote the song which was featured on the band's 1976 album "Destroyer." The song did not chart in the U.S., but was popular in Detroit. The b-side, "Beth," ended up becoming a hit instead. The band reissued the single with "Beth" as the a-side.

    Stanley told me the song is not only about Detroit, but about a Kiss fan who died in a car crash on his way to a Kiss concert.

    "There had been an accident outside of an arena in Charlotte. Someone was killed coming to the concert. I thought, how odd and how striking and the juxtaposition of someone coming to a Kiss concert, which celebrates being alive, to lose your life. That was the twist of "Detroit Rock City." To change it from a song about your amazing city to something much more epic."

    Stanley says Detroit embraced Kiss before anyone else did.

    "While we were still an opening back on a three act bill, we were headlining in Detroit. The city embraced us. We were met with open arms and legs. Detroit always understood what we were about. There was a point of view and embracing of rock and roll that saw us taken in with a hospitality that we hadn't seen yet anywhere else."

    Stanley then decided to write a song about Detroit.

    "I had heard a few songs about cities, and I thought, well, Detroit is as good as it gets. So, I thought of "Detroit Rock City." The first thing that came was the chorus: 'Get up! Get down! You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City.'"

    "Then when the lyrics started, we were trying to push ourselves on 'Destroyer,' and step out of the box on the kind of songs we'd been singing before."

    Stanley says he enjoys playing "Detroit Rock City" at each show on tour.

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    Paul Stanley Talks About Nikki Sixx's 'Ludicrous' Slams on Gene Simmons and Why Prince Was a 'Genius'

    It's one thing for Paul Stanley to take Kissmate Gene Simmons to task. But woe be to anyone else who wants to do it -- and that means you, Nikki Sixx.

    With Kiss preparing for the worldwide May 25 screening of its Kiss Rocks Vegas concert film and the early July launch of its summer Freedom To Rock tour, Stanley has been the fulcrum of some pointed social media exchanges during the past week. He took Simmons to task on Twitter for some derogatory interview comments the bassist made about Prince's death, calling them "cold, clueless statements." Simmons subsequently apologized via Twitter. But when Sixx later slammed Simmons as a "bully" and claiming that "nobody in rock" respects him, Stanley posted a sharply worded Facebook retort calling Sixx's comments an "unimportant but annoying squeak" and directing him to "please shut up, find another way to be in the news and get off your self inflated pedestal."

    "It's just silly stuff, honestly," Stanley tells Billboard. "It's one thing to call somebody out and to have a point of view on somebody's quotes, but then to just harp on it...You have to be suspect of the motives. Whatever questions I have about things that Gene has said is one thing, but to beat him into the ground becomes self-serving. It just gets annoying. For other people to harp on it and beat it into the ground is not something I want to sit by and listen to. When somebody starts to denigrate or take potshots at your contributions or your band or anything else, when you consider the source it gets to be ludicrous."

    Stanley and Simmons have no need to, er, Kiss and make up ("We've been together for 40 years -- that says it all," Stanley notes) while Sixx responded to Stanley's Facebook post, writing, "I will give him a standing ovation for calling out Gene himself publicly, then trying to hold my feet to the same fire. But you can't save him (Simmons)."

    And Prince, as it turns out, has been near and dear to Stanley's heart since the Starchild saw Prince play at the Bottom Line in New York in support of his second album, 1979's eponymously titled Prince.

    "I grabbed a bunch of people and brought them down to see him, and he was amazing," Stanley recalls. "He was electrifying and (backstage) he was very, very nice although incredibly shy, very polite. You couldn't help but follow his trajectory over the years. I think that as great as we saw him we didn't realize the true scope of his genius until he was gone. That's always a tragedy."

    With their own Prince-gate behind them, Kiss is read to rev up the machine for 2016, starting with Kiss Rocks Vegas, a Fathom Events one-night-only showing filmed during the group's nine-show November 2014 residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. (Theater and ticket details can be found at FathomEvents.com and kissmycinema.com.) "This is one show," Stanley says, "so if it seems cohesive and there's nothing jarring in terms of continuity, it's because it was one night. You can't help but be aware that in essence it's now or never; It's like stepping into the ring and you're hoping that you're in top form, and if not you draw on your well of determination to pull out all the stops. I think it was a great show. There's a great connection and intensity between us and the audience that's palpable. To do a show in a venue that small and yet do a show that's that large only made us that much more colossal as figures.”

    It likely won't be the last residency for Kiss, either. "We'd love to come back. Perhaps we would do it in a different venue, and that's something that we're looking into," he says. "But the concept of doing a residency is appealing. It's easily one of my favorite stage shows that we've had. I totally enjoyed it and the reviews were ecstatic and raves, and I would love to do it again."

    Kiss is incorporating some of the visual technology of the Vegas show into the Freedom To Rock Tour, which kicks off July 7 in Boise, Idaho, and will play mostly the smaller markets where the band built its Kiss Army during the first years of its career. "We built our following by going to the heartland and going to middle America, so for us (the tour) is basically a return to that," says Stanley, who's featured on a rendition of Free's "Fire and Water" from former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley's new covers album, Origins, Vol. 1.

    "When we first broke through, when Kiss Alive! was just simmering, we were playing the Toledos and the Daytons and the Des Moines. It was at the arena in Dayton when I peeked through the curtain and I really got the full scope of what was happening. The place was packed and this had been going on for a few nights with no end in sight. So those places mean a lot to us, and it'll be great to go back to them."

    GENE SIMMONS: Celebrities Should Keep Their Presidential Choices Private

    In a brand new interview with U.K.'s The Guardian, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was asked if it's correct to say that he will vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. He responded: "That's totally inaccurate. I've known the man over the years, but that doesn't mean I'm going to vote for him."

    He continued: "To be quite honest, I wish celebrities would shut up: I don't like the idea of celebrities announcing who they're for and not for, because a number of their fans will be voting just because their favourite band said to do so. That takes away the honesty of the democratic process. I'm totally against advertising who I want to vote for, and I haven't made up my mind, quite honestly. Celebrities should shut up and keep it private."

    Asked if he thinks there's a place for artists to speak up over issues such as North Carolina's discrimination law, Gene said: "I do — but that's not a political issue, that's a human rights issue. Discrimination of any kind ... Well, I don't agree with Donald Trump on his views on, say, Mexico – I would certainly speak up over the border."

    Simmons, a former contestant on Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" show, recently told People magazine that he likes how the real estate mogul is shaking up the current presidential race.

    "The important thing about Trump, and I'm not saying whether I'm voting for him, or Hilary [Clinton], or anybody else, is that he has changed the game," he said. "He doesn't want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it's 'incorrect.'"

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    NIKKI SIXX: GENE SIMMONS Is An 'Overrated, Lucky Guy That Dresses Like A Clown'

    Nikki Sixx has called Gene Simmons an "overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown" after the KISS co-founder made callous statements about the death of Prince.

    This past week, Simmons received backlash from friends, family and fans after insinuating that Prince died from a drug overdose. The MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist also ripped Simmons on Twitter, saying his "recent heartless and uneducated remarks about Prince's death shows why he's not my hero anymore or anybody's."

    Sixx took to the airwaves and said on his nationally syndicated radio show "Sixx Sense" to elaborate on his criticism of Simmons. He said (hear audio below): "Nothing that Gene Simmons says resonates with me. When you're in Gene's position, you should have a little bit more than a narrow-minded, bullying sense of what's happening on the earth. And he said that if you're depressed, kill yourself. He is pro Trump, he is pro a lot of things that I think are negative."

    He continued: "I think that [Gene] is [an] overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown. [He] wrote some good songs, [but] hasn't in a long time, and loves to brag about himself.

    "I like my heroes to be humble. I like my heroes to have compassion. And I like my heroes to be open to change. I don't like my heroes to be egotistical assholes.

    "Gene Simmons, you're no longer my hero."

    Simmons on Wednesday took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about Prince. He explained: "I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene."

    Prince died on April 21 at his home in Minnesota, but no cause of death has been identified just yet. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that his death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose.

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    NIKKI SIXX Has 'No Respect For GENE SIMMONS,' Says KISS Co-Founder 'Should Call It A Day'

    MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx says that he has "no respect for Gene Simmons" after the KISS co-founder's statement that the death of Prince was "pathetic."

    Earlier this week, Simmons received backlash from friends, family and fans after insinuating that Prince died from a drug overdose. Sixx also ripped Simmons on Twitter, saying his "recent heartless and uneducated remarks about Prince's death shows why he's not my hero anymore or anybody's."

    During an interview with the WNOR FM99 radio station this past Wednesday (May 11), Sixx was asked about Gene's comments and the impact that Prince had on the world of music. He said: "Gene Simmons taking swipes at Prince without actually having the information is what I said #FromHeroToZero. We have no respect for Gene Simmons anymore; nobody in rock does. And I'm not gonna sit back quietly as a person [and] allow a bully to go out there and put down people he doesn't know anything about. The last thing that me and Gene got into is he said that if people are depressed, they should kill themselves."

    He continued: "I think that Gene should call it a day, and that we should look at this beautiful catalogue of music that Prince has given us. And if you wanna compare Prince to KISS, I mean… okay, c'mon. There's no comparison. Prince has been an amazing artist. He's kept his standard high over the years and was never just about money and ego; it was about music."

    Simmons on Wednesday took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about Prince. He explained: "I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene."

    Prince died on April 21 at his home in Minnesota, but no cause of death has been identified just yet. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that his death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose.

    Over the years, Simmons has never hidden his feelings about drug use, even when his bandmates were involved. He told The Pulse Of Radio that drugs are the number one reason for bands failing to live up to their potential. "I have no sympathy at all for anybody that doesn't have enough self-respect for themselves and for their bandmates, because when one guy decides that his dalliances with crazy things is more important that the welfare of his band, that guy doesn't deserve any success," he said. "Because a team is a team, and every guy's gotta carry the weight. You're only as good as your teammates."

    KISS kicks off its 37-date summer tour on July 7 at Boise, Idaho's Taco Bell Arena.

    MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS co-headlined a North American tour in the summer of 2012.

    TWISTED SISTER To Be Joined By OVERKILL, ACE FREHLEY, MONSTER MAGNET At ROCK CARNIVAL Festival

    The second annual Rock Carnival will take place on September 30, October 1 and October 2 in Lakewood, New Jersey at First Energy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws. As with its inaugural year, which drew a staggering 50,000+ attendees, the second annual Rock Carnival will feature classic carnival rides and entertainment, the most delicious food truck offerings, high-action professional wrestling, beer gardens pouring the tastiest of brews, and of course... the best in local, national and international rock and heavy metal music performances! This year will introduce a "Classic Rewind" Friday Night concert, featuring some special performances from 2015 performers, returning to the event they loved.

    Three-day general admission and reserved seat weekend packages for this year's Rock Carnival go on sale Friday, May 13 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time. Three-day "Early Bird" general admission passes start at $95.90 and weekend reserved seat tickets start at $119.99. Get your tickets via TicketFly.

    Skyboxes, reserved seats, daily general admission and VIP experiences (presented by SoundRink) will be available on June 7.

    The first wave of Rock Carnival live music entertainment to be announced is topped by single-day headliners TWISTED SISTER, whose performance will mark their official farewell show for the U.S. northeast.

    TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French states: "As 2016 marks the end of our live performing career, TWISTED SISTER is looking forward to returning to the Tri-State NYC area for the final time to the Rock Carnival at First Energy Park in Lakewood, New Jersey on October 1, 2016. In celebrating our 40th anniversary and our farewell to live performing, we are bringing our '40 & F*ck It' worldwide farewell tour one last time to the area that created us!"

    Also scheduled to appear:

    OVERKILL
    ACE FREHLEY
    MONSTER MAGNET
    FUEL
    TOM KEIFER
    DOKKEN
    TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION
    DORO
    FOUR BY FATE
    KILLCODE
    JESTER
    AMERICAN ANGEL

    taking place on multiple stages including two main festival stages, side by side, on the field. Fans will have general admission access to the stadium field. The event will feature the Birch Hill stage, a very popular performance area and craft beer section.

    Rock Carnival producer John D'Esposito says: "This year's lineup far exceeds our expectations." He adds, "The incredible new layout, amenities and resources are sure to enhance the Carnival experience for our fans and their families."

    For more information, visit therockcarnival.com.

    GENE SIMMONS's Wife Slams PAUL STANLEY Over PRINCE Apology

    Gene Simmons's wife has slammed Paul Stanley after the KISS frontman apologized for his bandmate's comments about Prince.

    Earlier this week, Simmons received backlash from friends, family and fans after calling Prince's death "pathetic" and insinuating that the iconic artist died from a drug overdose. Stanley denounced his bandmate's "cold, clueless" statement on Twitter, saying that he was "embarrassed" by Simmons's comments and offering his apologies.

    But Gene's wife Shannon Tweed last night told Stanley via Twitter: "We all have our failings, but true friends don't point at them and throw you under the bus. Especially partners of 40 years!"

    Stanley replied: "‘Partners of 40 years says it all. Don't confuse walking under the bus with being thrown under. My apology was right."

    Tweed then fired back: "You can't apologize for someone else. It's not up to you. He feels the way he feels. He would never do that to you — never."

    She also posted a picture of her with Simmons on her Facebook page, commenting: "Because, no matter others' opinions, I love my huzby!"

    Simmons yesterday took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about Prince. He explained: "I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene."

    NIKKI SIXX Denounces GENE SIMMONS's 'Heartless And Uneducated Remarks' About PRINCE

    MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has slammed Gene Simmons for the KISS co-founder's comments on the death of Prince.

    Simmons came under fire Tuesday when he called Prince's death "pathetic" in an interview with Newsweek. Late that night, he apologized in a note posted to Twitter.

    In response to Simmons's remarks, Sixx shared his own disheartened opinion on Twitter. He wrote: "[Gene Simmons's] recent heartless and uneducated remarks about Prince's death shows why he's not my hero anymore or anybody's." He added the hashtag "#FromHeroToZero".

    Prince died on April 21 at his home in Minnesota, but no cause of death has been identified just yet. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that his death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose.

    Over the years, Simmons has never hidden his feelings about drug use, even when his bandmates were involved. He told The Pulse Of Radio that drugs are the number one reason for bands failing to live up to their potential. "I have no sympathy at all for anybody that doesn't have enough self-respect for themselves and for their bandmates, because when one guy decides that his dalliances with crazy things is more important that the welfare of his band, that guy doesn't deserve any success," he said. "Because a team is a team, and every guy's gotta carry the weight. You're only as good as your teammates."

    KISS kicks off its 37-date summer tour on July 7 at Boise, Idaho's Taco Bell Arena.

    MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS co-headlined a North American tour in the summer of 2012.

    Gene Simmons On His Prince Comments

    Read Gene's statement here.

    Gene Simmons calls Prince's death 'pathetic'

    Gene Simmons has weighed in on the recent deaths of musicians Prince and David Bowie in a new interview with Newsweek. According to the 66-year-old Kiss frontman, Prince’s death was “pathetic.”

    “Bowie was the most tragic of all because it was real sickness,” Simmons said. “All the other ones were a choice.”

    Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57 in his Chanhassen, Minnesota estate. The cause of his death has yet to be determined, and is being investigated as a possible drug overdose, a law enforcment official told The Associated Press.

    “I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them,” Simmons continued. “I thought he left [Michael] Jackson in the dust. Prince was way beyond that. But how pathetic that he killed himself. Don’t kid yourself, that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you… but that’s what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death.”

    Simmons also said he has “never been high or drunk” in his life and questioned the “insane gene” in people that makes them succumb to “the cliché of the clichés: drugs and alcohol.”

    Paul Stanley, Kiss’s co-lead singer, apologized Tuesday for Simmons’s comments, calling them “embarrassing,” “cold,” and “clueless.”

    Simmons is not one to shy away from controversial statements. Earlier this year, Simmons sparked ire by telling Rolling Stone, “I am looking forward to the death of rap,” and subsequently feuding on Twitter with Ice Cube over the matter.

    Ace Frehley Interview

    Space Ace Frehley in a Groove Exploring Musical Origins: Read the interview here.

    PAUL STANLEY, GLENN HUGHES, STEVE VAI, RUDY SARZO, VINNY APPICE To Be Honored At 'Heavy Rock Icon Awards'

    Paul Stanley (KISS), Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), Carmine Appice (ROD STEWART, OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE), Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, DIO), Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and Steve Vai (FRANK ZAPPA, DAVID LEE ROTH) will be honored at the Heavy Rock Icon Awards, set to take place May 22 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. The solid bronze award statues will be presented by the icons to their peers.They will also perform their iconic songs that have propelled the listeners' emotions, creativity and imagination, and that have stood the test of time.

    All ticket funds will go to Rocking4peace, a 100% volunteer nonprofit whose ultimate mission is to provide peace tolerance equality nonviolence education for children in their schools, challenging their bigoted thinking, as to question their own bigoted thinking, and changing some minds for the better for all mankind.

    Ace & Slash Interview

    Ace Frehley and Slash Talk New Covers Album, Tone and Guitars Galore: Read the interview here.

    A Love Letter to Ace Frehley

    A Love Letter to Ace Frehley: Artists Share the Blazing KISS Solos That Inspired Them: Read the article here.

    SDC 2016 Session: Ask Me Anything Session with Tommy Thayer from KISS

    Ask Me Anything Session with Tommy Thayer from KISS: Video.

    Watch ACE FREHLEY And PAUL STANLEY In 'Fire And Water' Video

    Watch ACE FREHLEY And PAUL STANLEY In 'Fire And Water': Video

    GENE SIMMONS Admits Struggling To Prevent Scalpers From Buying, Reselling Tickets To KISS Concerts

    KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has admitted that his band is struggling to prevent scalpers from getting their hands on KISS concert tickets and reselling them at exorbitant prices. He tells the BBC: "I don't like it, but capitalism is capitalism. If you buy a piece of furniture, you're allowed if you sell it for a profit. But we do try to limit that sort of shenanigans. You try to do the best you can but it is a free market system."

    He continues: "The nature of money is that people tend to abuse it and when there the chance to make hideous sums on somebody who really wants something, people will take advantage of people."

    In 2008, Simmons appeared to support the resale of the band's tickets, telling Ticketnews: "There is no secondary market — there's only the market. That's the reality, and everything else is political jumbling. If somebody wants a ticket, they'll buy it or they won't."

    The office of the attorney general of New York released a report in January that that found abuses preventing consumers from buying tickets at affordable prices or sometimes not at all. The report was harshly critical of the practices of ticket brokers, which, it claimed, drive up the cost of live entertainment by controlling most of the tickets released to the public. These brokers have come under increasing scrutiny for snapping up many of the tickets through a variety of means, including the use of "bots," which are computer programs used to purchase concert and sporting event tickets online at rapid speed. Ticketmaster reportedly estimated 60% of the most desirable tickets for some shows on the secondary market are bought by bots.

    Ace Frehley Recalls Crazy Weekend of Debauchery at Dimebag’s House

    Ace Frehley Recalls Crazy Weekend of Debauchery at Dimebag’s House: Video.

    ACE FREHLEY's 'Origins Vol. 1' Cracks U.S. Top 25; 'Fire And Water' Video Feat. PAUL STANLEY Due This Week

    Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's solo covers set, "Origins Vol. 1", debuted at No. 23 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 16,109 equivalent album units in the week ending April 21.

    The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

    In terms of pure album sales, "Origins Vol. 1" opened with just under 15,824 copies.

    Ace has also confirmed that his music video for the FREE cover "Fire And Water" will feature his former bandmate and KISS's co-founding frontman Paul Stanley. The clip will be released Wednesday, April 27, coincidentally Frehley's 65th birthday. A teaser for the video can be seen here. http://www.justinreich.com/9742/teaserOUTNOW.mp4

    The "Fire And Water" video holds its place in rock and roll history as the first time in 14 years that Frehley and Stanley have shared a stage since KISS's appearance at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. It's also the first time Frehley has released a music video since 1989, which was Frehley's cover of "Do Ya" by ELO and THE MOVE.

    Tommy Thayer confirmed as headlining special guest at 2016 INDY KISS Fan Expo!

    The 2016 INDIANAPOLIS KISS Fan Expo will take place on Sunday, May 22nd from 9am-8pm at the Caribbean Cove Hotel & Conference Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Fan Expo favorite Tommy Thayer is returning to the INDY event in a big way! He will spend all day Sunday with fans at the Expo and also make an appearance at the INDY premiere KISS ROCKS VEGAS movie screenings the night before. In addition to being a guitarist extraordinaire, Tommy is the film's producer!

    Tribute band KISS Resurrection will perform at Expo!

    Each of the first 300 tickets purchased for the 2016 INDY KISS Fan Expo will include one free admission to one of the exclusive May 21st Indianapolis premiere screenings of the KISS ROCKS VEGAS movie! Tickets will not be sold for these movie showings.

    CLICK HERE for full 2016 Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo.

    The Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo is run by the fans, for the fans.

    KISS ROCKS VEGAS EXTENDED MOVIE TRAILER

    KISS ROCKS VEGAS EXTENDED MOVIE TRAILER: Video.

    KISS Legend Ace Frehley Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

    KISS Legend Ace Frehley Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ (Part 3): Video.

    TOMMY THAYER To Speak at Samsung Developers Conference About New Children’s Storybook App

    KISS lead guitarist TOMMY THAYER has been invited to speakat the upcoming Samsung developers conference in San Francisco and will introduce Ernest Hummingbird, a newchildren’s storybook app for which Thayer is a partner. The conference will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on April 27th and 28th. Thayer will speak about his involvement in the app, and embracing app technology as a new means to tell andcommunicate stories and music to children.

    “I'm really delighted that Samsung has asked me to speak at the event, says Thayer, Ernest Hummingbird is a beautiful story that comes to life in the storybook app. I really enjoyed creating and producing the music for this project as well. It will start off as a children’s storybook app, but will eventually be an animated TV series and much more."

    Thayer asked his friend and country music star Darius Rucker to narrate the story. "Having Darius's deep and familiar voice telling Ernest's story is wonderful, Thayer says. “We're proud to have Darius involved.”

    Ernest Hummingbird is a partnership between Thayer and Mechem Media, led by the former CEO of the company that owned Hanna Barbera for 25 years, Charles Mechem. Ernest Hummingbird was conceived initially by Hanna Barbera alum and current Sony director David Feiss, who is best known for his hit Cartoon Network series “Cow and Chicken”. Feiss is also a partner on the project.

    The Samsung Developer Conference (SDC 2016 is designed for developers, for creators and for builders. Together with their tech partners, Samsung will share the latest technologies and future innovations in IoT, Smart Home, VR and more.

    TOMMY THAYER is the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band KISS. Regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, KISS's career milestones are staggering including sales of over 100 million albums worldwide. In 2014, Tommy partnered with Mechem Media creating new intellectual properties for TV, film, new media and mobile. Ernest Hummingbird, a beautiful new children's storybook app will be released in summer 2016.

    RUSH's ALEX LIFESON, KISS's TOMMY THAYER To Take Part In ALICE COOPER's 'Rock & Roll Vampire Bash'

    Alice Cooper's Rock & Roll Golf Classic and Rock & Roll Vampire Bash directly benefit Solid Rock and The Rock Teen Center, and bring together some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports, and many PGA veterans and community leaders.

    Join Alice and his wife Sheryl as they raise the dead at Alice Cooper's Rock & Roll Vampire Bash on Sunday, April 24 from 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 pm. The nocturnal fun includes a cocktail reception where you can chill in the Pro Em VIP Lounge, silent auction, dinner, live auction and live entertainment on the PCS Stage with Alice Cooper and friends, including Alex Lifeson (RUSH), Danny Seraphine (CHICAGO), Tommy Thayer (KISS), Frank Sidoris (SLASH), and Neal Smith (ALICE COOPER), and the comic genius of John O'Hurley and Jeff Allen.

    Tickets are $250 per person and are on sale now by calling Joy Covell at the Solid Rock office at 602-522-9200.

    For more information, go to this location: http://alicecoopersolidrock.com/events/7

    Ace Frehley Is Too Old for This Crap ... Doctors Warn

    Ace Frehley can no longer rock and roll all night -- doctors orders.

    TMZ has learned Frehley is back home resting after being rushed to the hospital Friday night for exhaustion and dehydration. He was released Sunday night with one warning: slow down.

    Docs told the 64-year-old he's in great shape for his age, but needs to stop running around like he's still 18. He was advised to arrange a less exhausting tour schedule.

    We're told Frehley already clocked in a dozen shows this month -- and was shooting a music video in L.A. at the same time ... flying back and forth to play his East Coast dates. Fortunately, the Saturday gig he had to cancel was his last tour date.

    He plans to follow doctor's orders and stay off the road for a while.

    Gene Simmons: Donald Trump Has 'Changed the Game' in Politics and 'Doesn't Care' What People Say

    Outspoken, bombastic, and with an infamous hairdo. It's of little wonder that KISS frontman Gene Simmons likes how Donald Trump is shaking up the current Presidential race.

    "The important thing about Trump, and I'm not saying whether I'm voting for him, or Hilary [Clinton], or anybody else, is that he has changed the game," the rocker tells PEOPLE while attending the John Varvatos 13th Annual Stuart House Benefit Presented by Chrysler in West Hollywood, California, on Sunday. "He doesn't want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it's 'incorrect.' "

    Simmons is no stranger to making headlines when he speaks his mind. He recently kicked up controversy when he criticized the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for inducting N.W.A. earlier this month, arguing that rappers and hip hop artists should not be included. (Which N.W.A. member Ice Cube said was "just wrong.")

    The two have a history as Simmons competed in The Celebrity Apprentice in 2007 (he was fired in week 3 after he bungled a deal with Kodak). But the 66-year-old rocker clearly holds no hard feelings about being fired by Trump.

    "I think people are sick and tired of politicians who have words that are written by other people," he says. "And they are trying to cater and make everybody happy."

    "He doesn't care."

    And, if Trump manages to land the Republican nomination, is there a chance that he could tap Simmons for a post as Vice President?

    "Honestly, it doesn't pay enough," the singer says with a laugh. "Even God passes the hat around."

    Paul Stanley talks KISS & The Freedom To Rock Tour with 102.9 The HOG

    Paul Stanley talks KISS & The Freedom To Rock Tour with 102.9 The HOG: Listen.

    ACE FREHLEY / EYEWITNESS NEWS INTERVIEW

    ACE FREHLEY / EYEWITNESS NEWS INTERVIEW: Video.

    Shoulder surgery keeps Paul Stanley from KISS benefit show

    Shoulder surgery has prevented Paul Stanley from performing an intimate show with KISS.

    Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss donned their classic stage makeup and costumes to play a four-song set Friday to benefit multiple sclerosis research. KISS was the headlining act at the 23rd annual Race to Erase MS fundraising gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    Former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson introduced the band and explained Stanley's absence. Jackson said the lead singer would be recovered in time to tour with KISS this summer.

    Other performers at the fundraising dinner included Eric Benet, David Foster and "The Voice" winner Jordan Smith. The event raised more than $250,000 toward finding a cure for the nervous system disorder.

    Ace Frehley hospitalized with exhaustion after show

    Former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley has been hospitalized for exhaustion and forced to cancel a show in New York.

    A post on his website and Facebook page says he was admitted to a hospital after Friday's show at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree), Pennsylvania. The post says his symptoms are due to "exhaustion and dehydration."

    Frehley's website says he "reluctantly" agreed to cancel Saturday night's sold-out show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie (poh-KIHP'-see).

    The site says he had to cancel a show April 9 in New Hope, Pennsylvania, after a band member was sick.

    The 64-year-old Frehley has been touring all month.

    KISS Performs Without PAUL STANLEY At 'Race To Erase MS' Fundraising Gala

    KISS performed as a trio at the Race To Erase MS fundraising gala last night (Friday, April 15) at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Absent from the event was KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley, who was forced to sit out the show due to a shoulder injury.

    KISS was introduced at the event by former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, who explained Stanley's absence and added that the KISS frontman would be well enough to tour with the band this summer. Special hosts for the evening included Ozzy Osbourne's wife and son, Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne, the latter of whom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012.

    KISS played four songs at the at the fundraiser that supports Nancy Davis's Center Without Walls program. The event, which also featured appearances by Eric Benet, David Foster and Jordan Smith, the winner of "The Voice", included a one-of-a-kind live auction featuring fabulous vacation getaways and experiential packages.

    Stanley broke the news of his injury yesterday on Twitter. "Tore my bicep tendon," he wrote. "Surgery reattached it with a screw and stitches to anchor in place. Not much I can do now!" Several hours later, he added in a separate tweet: "Thanks to my AMAZING doctor I WILL be great & ready to rock WAAAAYYYY before the tour! CAN’T WAIT! #?FreedomToRock?"

    Video of KISS performing the songs "Cold Gin" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" at Race To Erase MS can be seen below.

    Race To Erase MS has been instrumental in funding many pilot studies that have contributed to drugs now on the market and other very important therapies that are improving the lives of people suffering from MS.

    The Center Without Walls program is a unique collaboration of the world's leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins.

    KISS previously performed as a three-piece in 2007, when a heart issue forced Stanley to sit out the band's concert at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California.

    KISS's "Freedom To Rock Tour" is scheduled to begin July 7 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. The two-month run will see the band playing cities that they haven't visited in more than ten years. (Video)

    ACE FREHLEY Admitted To Hospital For Exhaustion And Dehydration; Tonight's Show Canceled

    Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was admitted to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania following his show last night (Friday, April 15) at the F.M. Kirby Center in the city. After extensive testing, it was determined that Ace's symptoms were due to exhaustion and dehydration.

    In consultation with his doctors, Ace, who aside from the exhaustion and dehydration has been given a clean bill of health, has reluctantly agreed to cancel tonight's sold-out show at the Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York. The venue is working to reschedule the date in late September and expects to announce an exact date later this week.

    In the meantime, ticket buyers for tonight's show can use their tickets for the rescheduled date in September or return them at the point of purchase for a full refund. AceFrehley.com VIP Experience and Guitar Signature packages purchasers will be contacted by AceFrehley.com and can either obtain a full refund or use their packages on the rescheduled date.

    Once released from the hospital, Ace will be heading home to Southern California to recuperate.

    Fan-filmed video footage of the Wilkes-Barre concert can be seen below.

    Ace has just released "Origins Vol. 1", a collection of twelve newly recorded classics from his formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll. Most notably, KISS frontman Paul Stanley joins Ace on FREE's hit "Fire And Water". This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS's 1998 reunion album "Psycho Circus". (Video1, Video2)

    KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY Undergoes Surgery For Torn Bicep Tendon

    KISS frontman Paul Stanley has undergone surgery to repair a torn bicep tendon. He will be healed in time for the band's "Freedom To Rock Tour", which is scheduled to kick off in early July.

    Stanley revealed his injury via Twitter earlier today. He wrote: "Tore my bicep tendon. Surgery reattached it with a screw and stitches to anchor in place. Not much I can do now!"

    In a 2013 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Stanley talked about how his stage performances have damaged his body. He said: "My boots weigh 30 pounds. I'm running around and kicking with 15 pounds on each leg. We do at least four shows a week, and the days off are recuperation time."

    He continued: "What I do has taken its toll. I've had both my rotator cuffs surgically repaired. They're all similar to sport injuries. I've torn my meniscus in both knees and had a hip replacement. This is all from onstage performances. It's like doing a triathlon with a guitar around my neck. You have to jump, sing, swing your arm and play the right chord. With that combination, anything can go wrong. I used to jump up in the air and land on my knees. It didn't hurt then, but it does now."

    Stanley reiterated those sentiments in a 2014 interview with The New York Times. He said: "Things that didn't hurt me 40 years ago hurt me today. From 40 years ago. I've had both my rotator cups repaired, my knees. I've had a hip replacement. But I'm doing splits and everything on stage. I'm blessed. Every time I go out on stage, it is exhilarating."

    Stanley, who had his first hip replacement at age 52, told U.K.'s Independent that he had no regrets about the nightly strutting in his eight-inch heels. "Every scar on my body was proudly earned," he said. "There's nothing worse than looking back and wishing you had done things, but I did 'em all. That's how life is supposed to be lived."

    Stanley, who grew up half-deaf and scarred with a deformed right ear, eventually had reconstructive surgery in 1982 to create an ear using a piece of his rib cage.

    Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley's First Song Together in 18 Years

    Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley's First Song Together in 18 Years: Read the Rolling Stone article & hear the song here

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    Ace Frehley Talks Paul Stanley, Slash, Lita Ford, John 5 + More on ‘Origins Vol. 1?

    Ace Frehley Talks Paul Stanley, Slash, Lita Ford, John 5 + More on ‘Origins Vol. 1?: Video.

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