KISS News Archive Part 1

Broadway Star Jeremy Jordan Is Living His Movie Star Dreams in the Rock Film Spinning Gold

(3/30/23) (Trailer #2 ) A few years ago, film director Timothy Scott Bogart was watching a video of Jeremy Jordan doing a cabaret show, as one does. But it wasn't Jordan's poppy Broadway tenor voice that caught his attention. It was Jordan's skills with storytelling. His mix of charm and self-deprecation reminded Bogart of his father, Neil Bogart, the founder of Casablanca Records and the subject of his new film biopic Spinning Gold.

"So he called me and was like, 'I think you're perfect for this role,'" Jordan tells Playbill. "He kind of wooed me. It's very unconventional, but I'm very grateful for it because I didn't have to jump through a million audition hoops."

Jordan does indeed ooze charm as Neil Bogart in Spinning Gold, which releases in theatres March 31. The movie charts the record executive's life and career from his own young dreams to be a professional singer, through the debt-laden start of Casablanca and its eventual success, to his untimely death at age 39. Through Casablanca, Bogart signed music legends Kiss, Donna Summer, Village People, and Parliament (with George Clinton).

"He wanted to be a showman. He wanted to be on the stage or on the screen or in the album, but it just never worked out for him. So, he ended up behind the scenes," says Jordan. "The beautiful thing about the movie is that we tell it in a way that he gets to embellish on his personal life story and add himself in moments where he gets to be the star." Neil often breaks the fourth wall in the film, turning straight to the camera to tell his own story.

Spinning Gold has a very theatrical, larger-than-life feel that is sure to please Broadway fans. "Tim, the writer-director, is a huge Broadway fan," reveals Jordan. "We were always talking about how to musicalize moments." According to Jordan, they wanted the film to feel like a stage show that just happened to be filmed: "It's all this sort of play within [Neil's] mind."

That theatricality is fitting because, fun fact, Neil Bogart was actually a Broadway producer at one point in his eclectic career. In 1981, he helped bring The First to the stage (this isn't depicted in Spinning Gold). The short-run musical starred David Alan Grier as Jackie Robinson, the first Black baseball player to play in the Major League. Check out Bogart's Playbill bio below, which also name-dropped Cher and Robin Williams.

For Jordan's part, he admits to having his own rock star dreams growing up. And Broadway dreams. And movie star dreams. "I'm still working on the rock star dream part," he says. But Spinning Gold is definitely checking movie star boxes. Jordan is at least tangential leading a rock biopic that features a cast studded with some of today's hottest music makers, including Jason Derulo, Wiz Khalifa, Ledisi, and Tayla Parx. (And not to get too Broadway about it, but Jordan did, coincidentally, make his Main Stem debut in Rock of Ages...)

Fellow Broadway fellow Casey Likes, who made his debut this season in Almost Famous, costars in the film as a young Gene Simmons, the Demon bass player from the rock spectacle band Kiss. Jordan promises that in real life, Likes is the opposite of the "very angsty rock-and-roll dude" he is onscreen. (Watch a clip of Jordan and Likes here—there's no Kiss makeup, but there is some very '70s hair happening for both.)

And while Jordan is off fulfilling his movie- and rock-star dreams, Broadway will wait for his return. But in the meantime, we'll have to buy movie tickets.

Doc McGhee talks KISS End Of The Road Final 50 Tour Dates

(3/22/23) Doc McGhee talks KISS End Of The Road Final 50 Tour Dates: Video.

Spinning Gold Puts the Magic of the Infamous 1970s Casablanca Records and its Visionary Founder Neil Bogart on the Big Screen

(3/13/23) (rollingstone.com) The greatest Artists of all time seem to have emerged fully formed from the ether of musical legend as if their success had been simply undeniable and preordained. As if Donna Summer didn’t so much write “Love to Love Ya Baby,” as manifest it; as if KISS’ timeless anthem “Rock N’ Roll Nite” wasn’t so much composed, as delivered fully-realized from hard rock Valhalla directly to Paul Stanley and Gene Simmon’s fingertips.

But history knows better. And the story of Neil Bogart, the explosive, perpetual motion machine behind superstars Donna Summer, Kiss, Parliament, Gladys Knight, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, the Village People, and a host of other globally renowned superstars is the story of where some of the greatest music of our lives really came from.

The legend of Casablanca Records reads like something out of a music industry fever dream: after defining new music genres like Bubble Gum (“Yummy Yummy Yummy”) and the Gospel-Crossover (“Oh Happy Day”), founder Neil Bogart gets tired of battling his corporate boss’ instincts to say “no” and strikes out on his own to launch what would become the biggest independent label in music history at the time. But rising to those heights would come at a great cost.

Now that story is finally hitting the big screen courtesy of an audacious biopic due to be released on March 31st, written and directed by Timothy Scott Bogart, Neil’s son. As Bogart explains, “Spinning Gold will chart the impossible and improbable story of a group of dreamers who once upon a time lived a fairy tale, and together, changed the music business forever.”

Taking us through the greatest hits of some of the wildest stories ever told, the film boasts a star-studded cast, including Wiz Khalifa as George Clinton, Jeremy Jordan as Neil Bogart, Ledisi as Gladys Knight, Jason DeRulo as Ronald Isley, Pink Sweat$ as Bill Withers, Sebastian Maniscalco as Giorgio Moroder, and Tayla Parx as the one and only Donna Summer.

My father’s gift was being able to see the music as much as hear it. He understood the power of these songs and knew that the secret to unlocking their potential, was in believing in the dreamers and artists who created them, and that’s the story we’ve set out to tell” says Bogart.

The film’s opening scene takes us through the memory of how Bogart discovered one of his first hits at Buddah Records, “Oh Happy Day,” sung by a gospel group called the Edwin Hawkin Singers. And as legend has it, Bogart secured the song with a briefcase full of cash and a cross country flight during one of the biggest storms in years as his crew kept the Reverend Hawkins on the phone line so no one else could outbid them. All while Bogart leaned on his friends in the mob to help tip the scales. The set piece serves a dual purpose, both to introduce us to the larger than life character that is Bogart, as well as to let the audience know that for the next two hours, they’re in for a ride.

Spinning Gold then takes the audience on the impossible trip through one near-death experience after the next as Casablanca struggles to stay alive before finally finding unprecedented glory in the mid-1970s.

“Most people believe Kiss must have been an instant hit,” Spinning Gold producer Jessica Martins explains. “Most assume everybody loved Donna Summer right off the bat. None of that was true. Kiss was a disaster from the moment they were introduced, and ‘Love To Love Ya Baby,’ was released and instantly forgotten about. Nobody cared. And had Neil Bogart listened to anyone other than his own instincts, that could have been the end of Casablanca right there.”

Lucky for music fans, those early misfires didn’t spell the demise of Casablanca Records. The label would go on to release seminal records like Donna Summer’s “Last Dance”, KISS’ “Shout It Out Loud,” Parliament’s funk classic “Give Up The Funk,” as well as “Y.M.C.A.,” one of the biggest hit singles in music history from the Village People.

It’s no wonder then, that music and musicians are at the heart of Spinning Gold. Evan Bogart—a Grammy-award winning songwriter (“Halo”) and producer—serves as the film’s executive music producer, and sees the movie as a way to give audiences a lens through which to see iconic artists in the manner his father did. “We wanted that moment of discovery to come across in this film,” he says. “The moment Neil saw that magic in these artists, that lightning in a bottle. My dad was able to see something in people that they weren’t able to see in themselves, and then amplify that quality and elevate it. When people think of the music business greats – it’s Clive Davis, it’s Jimmy Iovine, and yes, it’s Neil Bogart, they were the greatest showmen – but his story, simply got lost to history. Until now.”

Neil Bogart’s vision led to some of the most influential and celebrated artists of all time, and Spinning Gold puts that story on the big screen for the very first time. Musicians like the Isley Brothers, Bill Withers, Donna Summer, and KISS don’t emerge as fully formed successes overnight. They need someone to believe in their magic and give them a shot when no one else will. That was the power of Neil Bogart and Casablanca Records.

Don’t miss Spinning Gold, coming to theaters on March 31st, 2023.

SKID ROW To Support KISS On European Tour Dates

(3/11/23) SKID ROW will support KISS on the following shows in Europe this spring and summer:

June 12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
June 13 - Brussels, Belgium @ Palais 12
June 27 - Lyon, France @ Halle Tony Garnier
June 29 - Tuscany, Italy @ Lucca Festival
July 01 - Mannheim, Germany @ SAP Arena
July 02 - Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena

Four years ago, SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan said that he was not convinced KISS's "End Of The Road" tour will actually mark retirement for the 1970s theatrical rock behemoths.

The New Jersey rockers go back a long way with KISS, with a dispute over whether to tour with the New York icons said to have played a part in the departure of classic-era SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach in 1996.

At the time "End Of The Road" was first announced, KISS claimed each show on the tour would be the band's final visit to that city.

"Man, I have the feeling it's not gonna be their farewell tour," Bolan told the "White Line Fever" podcast. "If you remember, in 2000, we played [KISS's first] farewell tour. We opened up for them on the farewell tour, and we were out with them for about nine months. So I have a feeling, as long as they can keep doing it… Maybe it'll take a break, maybe it'll be a decent hiatus, but I have a feeling we're not gonna see the last of KISS."

Asked if he would like SKID ROW to open for KISS at some stage on the current tour, Bolan said: "We would love to be on that. How many times can you say you've been on the same band's farewell tour — twice!?"

Offering his feelings upon learning that the band was planning to stop touring, Bolan said: "Being such a huge KISS fan, it's sad in a way, but they've been doing it a long time."

SKID ROW released its sixth studio album, "The Gang's All Here", in October 2022. Helmed by Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, the album reached Top 20 chart positions in nine countries worldwide. The band also completed a tour of Europe this fall, as well as a Las Vegas residency with rock icons SCORPIONS last spring.

"The Gang's All Here" marked the introduction of SKID ROW's latest addition, Swedish-born singer Erik Grönwall, who famously went from auditioning for the competition show "Swedish Idol" back in 2009 by singing a cover of SKID ROW's "18 And Life" to now fronting the band.

Grönwall joined SKID ROW as the replacement for ZP Theart, who had been in the group for more than six years.

New ‘Midnight Special’ YouTube Channel Resurrects Iconic ’70s Performances Of David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John And Many Others

(3/6/23) (Youtube Channel) The Midnight Special, the once hugely popular music program that featured such now legendary performers of the 1970s and early ’80s as David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John and too many others to list, is now available to watch on YouTube.

Producer Burt Sugarman announced today’s launch of the Midnight Special YouTube channel, noting that the channel will make available performances that have not been seen in nearly 50 years (at least officially – bootleg copies have circulated for years; some performances from the show were previously available on DVD).

“The Midnight Special was a groundbreaking and revolutionary show that pushed the boundaries of what was possible on television as not one broadcaster had programming available after 1:00 AM back then,” said Sugarman, the show’s creator. “I insisted on live performances in front of an audience, there was no lip syncing. I’m thrilled that it will be available for all fans, as well as a new generation of viewers who may not be familiar with the show. Audiences can enjoy hours of classic performances and interviews from the biggest stars of that era.”

In addition to Bowie, Turner and John, the performers showcased on the late-night music variety series included Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, KISS, The Beach Boys, The Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, and Loretta Lynn, as well as comedians Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, Richard Pryor and George Carlin. The Midnight Special ran from 1972 and 1981.

The original pilot episode and dozens of performances, including Bowie, Turner, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart and more, are already available to stream today.

Watch KISS Perform Three Classic Songs On 'The Howard Stern Show'

(3/2/23) KISS played three of its classic songs during an appearance yesterday morning (Wednesday, March 10 on SiriusXM's "The Howard Stern Show": "Detroit Rock City", "Shout It Out Loud" and "Rock And Roll All Nite". You can watch video of the performance — courtesy of "The Howard Stern Show" YouTube channel — below.

Videos (Detroit Rock City, Shout It Out Loud, Rock and Roll All Nite)

KISS Sets Madison Square Garden For Final Shows Ever

(3/1/23) The ever-touring rock band KISS announced today that the road will end where it began: New York City. The iconic rockers, including original members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will play their final show ever this December at Madison Square Garden.

In a joint statement, the band said, “KISS was born in New York City. On 23rd Street. Half a century ago. It will be a privilege and honor to finish touring at Madison Square Garden, 10 blocks and 50 years from where we first started.”

The final two shows, both at MSG, will take place on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 of this year.

The band’s decision to call it quits has long been expected – the name of their current and final tour is The End of the Road Tour – but there had been some question on whether performances would spill over into 2024.

Produced by Live Nation, the final show dates will kick off in October in Austin, Texas, and culminate in what Live Nation is calling “a massive show” at MSG.

Tickets will be available starting Monday, March 6.

The band’s current line-up includes Simmons, Stanley, Eric Singer on drums and Tommy Thayer on guitar. The band was founded in New York City in 1973, with the line-up of Simmons, Stanley, guitarist Ace Frehley (who last played with the band in 2002) and drummer Peter Criss (who left in 2003).

Longtime KISS Hairstylist Sues Band For Firing ... Claims They Mismanaged Guitar Tech's COVID Death

(2/23/23) A longtime hairstylist for KISS says the rock band didn't act fast enough to help a COVID-stricken guitar tech while they were on tour, leading to his death.

According to a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, David Mathews accused KISS' manager Doc McGhee, of mishandling the grave situation involving Francis Stueber. KISS legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are also named defendants in the suit.

Mathews claims the group was on a tour stop in October 2021 when he learned Stueber had contracted a severe case of COVID while staying in an Illinois hotel room.

He says he urged Stueber to contact Stanley to arrange being sent to the hospital, and Stueber agreed to do so.

Mathews says he then went to Stanley's dressing room and told him, "Call Fran. He's very sick. I can hear the fear in his voice. He needs to go to the hospital."

Stanley allegedly responded, "I get it. I was afraid too when I was sick with COVID." The rock star, according to the docs, phoned Stueber and advises him to go to the hospital, explaining that the disease was "nothing to mess around with."

But, hours later, Mathews says McGhee told him Stueber didn't want to go to the hospital, which conflicted with Stueber's earlier statements to him.

Still, Stanley called Stueber again and told him to go to the hospital, the docs say. Stueber apparently agreed, and McGhee promised to have a Live Nation rep take him to the medical center.

That allegedly never happened. Nearly an hour later, according to the docs, Matthews inquired about Stueber with McGhee, who said Stueber was being tested with an oxygen meter to see if he really needed to go to the hospital.

Matthews says, "Unfortunately, it was apparent that Mr. McGhee did not act in a timely manner. The Live Nation representative did not arrive until the following morning. When visitors entered Mr. Stueber's room at about 1 a.m., he was found dead."

Rolling Stone magazine then ran an article about Stueber's death, blaming KISS for having lax COVID protocols while on tour. The band was allegedly furious and blamed Matthews for the anonymous leaks to the R.S. reporter.

Although Mathews denied being the source of the information, the band apparently didn't believe him and allegedly ended up canning him the following May after 30 years of service.

Mathews is suing the group for wrongful termination, retaliation in violation of labor code and failure to pay all wages.

We reached out to KISS's rep ... so far, no word back.

PAUL STANLEY, OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL And JOAN JETT Unite To Fight Back Against Corporate Use Of Term 'Rock Star'

(2/6/23) Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Paul Stanley, Joan Jett and Gary Clark Jr. appear in a Super Bowl commercial for Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources: Video1, Video2, Video3, Video4, Video5.

Paul Stanley Interview with Big Rig on 98.7 The Gator

(1/28/23) Paul Stanley Interview with Big Rig on 98.7 The Gator: Video.

KISS Officially Releases Only Known Soundboard Recording With Guitarist MARK ST. JOHN

(1/28/23) On April 7, rock icons KISS will release the next installment of their "Off The Soundboard" official live bootleg series with "Off The Soundboard: Poughkeepsie, New York, 1984". Recorded live at the Mid-Hudson Arena on November 28, 1984, during the "Animalize" world tour, this is the fifth in a series of live releases by the band and will be available to stream and download, with a two-LP standard black vinyl set, CD, and a limited edition two-LP set pressed on 180g custard yellow vinyl which are available to pre-order now exclusively through the official KISSonline store.

The multi-platinum band's fifth authorized "Soundboard" live release comes from the November 28, 1984 "Animalize" tour show at the Mid-Hudson Arena in Poughkeepsie, New York, featuring the only known soundboard recording with guitarist Mark St. John. While the tracks "Young And Wasted" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" from this historic show are incomplete due to a tape change and tape space — these recordings were originally for archival use — this live recording is of historical importance due to St. John's appearance.

"Off The Soundboard: Poughkeepsie, New York" finds the legendary band in the midst of the U.S. leg of their successful "Animalize" world tour with the short-lived lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr and St. John. The career-spanning 18-song set includes such tracks as "Creatures Of The Night", "I Love It Loud", "Lick It Up" and 1984's "Heaven's On Fire", which hit No. 49 U.S. Billboard chart. "Poughkeepsie, New York" also features perennial KISS anthems "Detroit Rock City", "Love Gun" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" from their classic back catalog.

KISS are globally recognized as one of the greatest live bands of all time and are the creators of what is universally considered the best live album ever, 1975's gold-certified and No. 9 Billboard-charting "Alive!" The "Off The Soundboard" series continues their storied legacy of groundbreaking live albums with a document of the spectacular, larger-than-life extravaganza that is a KISS concert.

Known for their trademark performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Peerless as a live act, the band's illustrious legacy has been marked by record breaking global tours during a remarkable 50-year career.

"Off The Soundboard: Poughkeepsie, NY" track listing:

01. Detroit Rock City
02. Cold Gin
03. Creatures Of The Night
04. Fits Like A Glove
05. Heaven's On Fire
06. Guitar Solo
07. Under the Gun
08. War Machine
09. Drum Solo
10. Young and Wasted (incomplete)
11. Bass Solo
12. I Love It Loud
13. I Still Love You
14. Love Gun
15. Black Diamond
16. Oh! Susanna
17. Lick It Up
18. Rock And Roll All Nite (incomplete)

Paul Stanley on KISS logo, makeup, band personas and more

(1/18/23) (Video) KISS frontman Paul Stanley talks KISS logo, makeup, band personas and more in this wide-ranging interview with Yahoo Entertainment music editor Lyndsey Parker.

Peter Criss - Dirty Livin' - December 31, 2022 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

(1/1/23) (Video) To celebrate the arrival of the new year, original KISS drummer Peter Criss has shared a new version of the band's song "Dirty Livin'". The four-minute video, which can be seen below, was apparently filmed at Peter's home and features the 77-year-old musician singing along to a pre-recorded instrumental track.

‘Spinning Gold’ Trailer Drops Showing The Rise Of Casablanca Records

(12/15/22) (Video) The official trailer for Spinning Gold has dropped and it explores the rise of Neil Bogart as the founder of Casablanca Records. Watch the preview in the video posted above.

Donna Summer, Parliament, Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers, The Village People, and Bill Withers all have one thing in common with the rock band KISS — they all rose to their musical heights under the watchful ear Bogart, the founder of Casablanca Records, the most successful independent record company of all time.

Along with a rag-tag team of young music lovers, Neil and Casablanca Records would rewrite history and change the music industry forever. Their mix of creative insanity, a total belief in each other and the music they were creating, shaped our culture and ultimately defined a generation. In a story so unbelievable that it can only be true, comes the motion picture event of the musical journey of Neil Bogart and how his Casablanca Records created the greatest soundtrack of our lives.

The cast of Spinning Gold includes Jeremy Jordan as Bogart, Michelle Monaghan as Beth Weiss, Jay Pharoah as Cecil Holmes, Dan Fogler as Buck Reingold, Jason Issacs as Al Bogatz, Lyndsy Fonseca as Joye Biawitz, Chris Redd as Frankie Crocker, Casey Likes as Gene Simmons, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Girgio Moroder.

Famous faces will pay tribute to the legends of the past with Wiz Khalifa as George Clinton, Jason Derulo as Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers, Pink Sweat$ as Bill Withers, Grammy Award nominee Tayla Parx as Donna Summer and multi-Grammy winner Ledisi as Gladys Knight.

Sam Harris will play Paul Stanley, Alex Gaskarth will be Peter Chris and Tayla Parx will give life to Donna Summer.

Other actors include Payton List as Nancy Weiss, James Wolk as Larry Harris, Michael Ian Black as Bill Aucoin, Vincent Pastore as Big Joey and Nick Sandow as Mo Ostin.

Spinning Gold is written, directed, and produced by Timothy Scott Bogart and produced by Jessica Martins, and Laurence Mark, as well as produced by Gary A. Randall, Chris Torto, Bradley Bogart, and David Haring. Grammy Winning Music producer Evan “Kidd” Bogart, along with Harvey Mason, Jr. and Atlantic Records president Kevin Weaver are executive producers on the film and Atlantic Records will be releasing the soundtrack.

Spinning Gold is scheduled to hit theatres on March 31, 2023.

Paul Stanley on life post-farewell tour: ‘We couldn’t kill KISS if we wanted to’

(12/15/22) Paul Stanley says KISS’ legacy will live on beyond their last tour date — if that day ever comes, that is.

Page Six exclusively caught up with the 70-year-old rocker, who is in the midst of KISS’ “End of the Road World Tour,” to discuss the looming end of the band’s nearly 50-year reign.

“At this point, it really comes down to what’s possible at certain ages,” Stanley told us.

“If we were wearing sneakers and T-shirts and jeans, we could do this into our 90s. But we’re carrying around 30, 40, 50 pounds of gear on stage, and making it look easy. And at some point, you realize that you can’t do that indefinitely.”

KISS originally consisted of Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. However, the latter two were part of the band on and off throughout the years before finally quitting in the early 2000s.

Since January 2019, Stanley and Simmons have been on tour alongside Eric Thayer and Tommy Singer — and they haven’t shown any signs of stopping.

“As far as a tour going on forever, we have to acknowledge that two years were lost with COVID,” he said. “So from the time the tour was announced, we lost two years.”

“But that being said, last week we played to 80,000 people in Mexico City and the week before we were close to 40,000 in Tokyo.”

As for the future of the rock group without its original members, Stanley sees the band “continuing” to be part of American culture even after they’re gone.

“I see KISS continuing — in what form that manifests itself is really something that will develop over time. I don’t know exactly what that means. But quite honestly, we couldn’t kill KISS if we wanted to. It’s a part of Americana.”

He continued, “It’s part of world consciousness, and even if we stop, the band continues, in essence. But should it diversify and spread in terms of what KISS is? Sure, the idea, the limitations of other bands, that’s their problem. We’re not those bands.”

While neither Simmons nor Stanley has revealed the last stop on their tour — which fans have hilariously dubbed the “never-ending world tour” — the former told us last month that they know when things will come to an end.

“I know where and when, but I’m not [revealing yet],” Simmons told us. “I do know the last day and date. But you don’t want to find out what you’re getting for Christmas as a present in July, right?”

“We love the fans, and we don’t want to stay on stage too long, but we’re having the time of our lives,” he continued.

When Stanley isn’t performing in front of thousands of people, the guitarist prefers to decompress through another artistic avenue.

“A little more than 20 years ago, I was going through some turmoil, and my best friend said to me, ‘you should paint.’ And somehow, after I finished scratching my head, it resonated with me,” he told us.

In fact, Stanley is showcasing some of his “new original paintings” on Dec. 17. at the Wentworth Gallery in Short Hills, NJ.

“I certainly never painted with the idea of anyone really seeing my work and more so, never thought of the idea of exhibiting,” he said.

ACE FREHLEY Is Putting Finishing Touches On New Studio Album

(11/30/22) Ace Frehley is putting the finishing touches on his new solo album for a tentative early 2023 release.

The original KISS guitarist offered an update on the LP's recording progress while sharing a list on social media of his "Best 10 Sci-Fi Movies Released Up Until 1960". At the end of the message, he wrote: "My New Studio Record is nearing its completion! Hopefully it will be out Spring-Summer 2023!!!"

Back in November 2021, Ace said that he had collaborated with his longtime friend Peppy Castro on "some heavy songs."

Peppy reportedly taught Frehley how to play guitar and previously collaborated with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons as a songwriter and performed on Frehley's and KISS frontman Paul Stanley's solo records.

In December 2020, Frehley told Talking Metal Live that he would start recording his next all-original album the following year. The record will be the follow-up to "Spaceman", which was released in October 2018 via eOne. At the time, he said that had "been writing all along. Plus, I have tracks that I've already recorded that I have to revisit and decide whether they have a chance to make it on my new studio record — [if they] have to be rewritten or [they're] just good the way they are," he explained. "And I've got people sending me song ideas constantly… So, little by little, it's an ongoing process, and it evolves as it goes."

Earlier in 2020, Frehley told Canada's iHeart Radio that he had "only written about three songs" for his next LP, and he added they were "not finished." He said: "Now that I'm [living] on the East Coast [after moving to New Jersey from Southern California], my engineer only lives an hour from me, Alex Salzman, who worked with me extensively on this last record, and he played a lot of bass guitar as well, So it's gonna be even easier, 'Origins Vol. 3' and the next [original] record."

Frehley's latest release was "Origins Vol. 2", the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist.

"Origins Vol. 2" featured cover versions of THE BEATLES' "I'm Down", DEEP PURPLE's "Space Truckin'", LED ZEPPELIN's "Good Times Bad Times", THE ROLLING STONES' "Jumpin' Jack Flash", THE KINKS' "Lola" and THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE's "Manic Depression", among others. A cover of the 1975 KISS tune "She" also appeared as a bonus track. Guests on the set included CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander, Lita Ford and former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons co-wrote two tracks on "Spaceman", "Without You I'm Nothing" and "Your Wish Is My Command", the latter of which also features Simmons's bass playing.

KISS's PAUL STANLEY Announces Wentworth Gallery Appearances

(11/30/22) Wentworth Gallery will present a collection of works from KISS frontman and fine artist Paul Stanley in December, January and February.

Since the artist's last exhibit over four years ago, Stanley has created new original paintings, hand-painted signature Paul Stanley Ibanez guitars, mixed media originals, and limited-edition artworks including new works on metal. Several of the pieces on display come from the Black Series that was originally commissioned in 2020 for museum exhibition. As with most events in 2020, that exhibit was canceled due to COVID.

With the Black Series, Stanley pushes the boundaries of his art by starting with a black canvas and creating vibrance and emotion with his trademark bright colors. A wide selection of curated works is currently being showcased in Wentworth Gallery locations throughout the United States.

Christian O'Mahony, principal at Wentworth Gallery, said: "Paul's artwork really connects with people. In particular, his unique use of colors elicits strong emotions. It is extremely rare to sell an entire gallery of art during a show, but Paul does it regularly. He has become an art phenom."

Stanley designed and created the iconic KISS emblem which remains universally recognized as one of the greatest logos of the 20th century. His artistic and visual input has been and continues to be seen in his designs of KISS album covers, performance stages and apparel.

Stanley returned to his passion for painting 10 years ago by creating portraits and abstracts that are emotionally charged compositions. His tremendous success with his artwork has led to an entirely new fan and media presence. He maximizes the direct and powerful impact of his paintings through scale, texture, color and simplicity of imagery.

Stanley's works have been praised by well-known and distinguished art concerns and acquired by fans, celebrities and art collectors worldwide. Stanley's works have been coveted by collectors as evidenced by consecutive sell-out art shows with total sales in the tens of millions. Additionally, the artist has been commissioned to create numerous large works that are on exhibition globally.

In-gallery appearances by Paul Stanley (artist will be in attendance at all showings)

Saturday, December 17 @ 5-8 p.m.
Wentworth Gallery at Mall at Short Hills
Address: 1200 Morris Tpke, Short Hills, NJ 07078
(973) 564-9776

Stanley will appear at the Florida locations of Wentworth Galleries weekend of January 28, 2023 and the Washington, D.C. area Wentworth Galleries the weekend of February 18, 2023. Details will be announced shortly.

In a 2010 interview with Celebrity Extra, Stanley stated about his artwork, "I've been doing it for quite a few years now. I started painting really as a way of finding another creative outlet. I'm always looking for another way to express myself, and that's how I attempted to find myself. So whether it was doing 'Phantom Of The Opera' or painting or doing what I do in KISS, they're all ways for me to emote stay creative. That's who I am, that's what's in my blood.

"I originally painted with no expectations of ever doing a show or of ever showing anybody my art. It came about because I hung the piece in my house, and people kept saying, 'Who did that painting?' And funny because I wasn't very secure or confident in my ability, I never signed it. To this day that piece isn't signed, but it gave me food for thought, because people seem to connect so much with it that I got talked into doing a show. At this point I've been averaging probably anywhere from 12 to 15 shows a year around the county, and they've been amazingly successful in a way that quite honestly leaves me speechless."

Gene Simmons | Club Random with Bill Maher

(11/28/22) (Video) Bill Maher and Gene Simmons randomly riff on men being able to get pregnant, Gene’s secrets to beat aging, the only two things that Bill and Gene really enjoy, Gene’s legendary battles back in the day, Bill’s take on how people are like bumper cars, the event that happened to Young Bill to make him focus on work, whether it’s possible for rock stars to be faithful, and how Gene doesn’t have friends.

“COUNTDOWN TO MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE”

(11/17/22) NBC will air the hourlong special “Countdown to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®” on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m.

On the eve of the iconic Thanksgiving Day parade, viewers will enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at the incredible stories of the floats, balloons and bands prior to their journey through the streets of New York.

The special will be hosted by Emmy Award nominee Amber Ruffin, host of Peacock’s “The Amber Ruffin Show” and writer/performer on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers."

Making appearances in the “Countdown to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®” special are Paula Abdul, Lauren Alaina, Jon Batiste, Darren Criss, Jordan Davis, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Grammer, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, Gene Simmons, Jordin Sparks and Rob Thomas.

“Countdown to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®” is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Brad Lachman Productions. Brad Lachman and Bill Bracken serve as executive producers.

Kymberly Herrin Dies: ‘Ghostbusters’ Actress Who Starred In Popular ZZ Top Video Was 65

(11/14/22) Kymberly Herrin, who played the “Dream Ghost” in Ghostbusters and appeared in a ZZ Top video that cemented the band as MTV stars, has died. She was 65.

Her family told the Santa Barbara News-Press that Herrin died October in Santa Barbara but did not provide a cause or other details.

Herrin was a model who covered more than a dozen magazines, including twice for Playboy, before being cast in the 1984 music video for ZZ Top’s “Legs.” The clip was a third in an over-the-top trilogy that also included “Gimme All Your Lovin'” and “Sharp Dressed Man” and had made the Texas boogie trio regulars of the then-nascent cable channel. Herrin told an interviewer that she replaced one of three women in the first two videos that the other two “didn’t like.” She was the woman in the bright-red top in “Legs,” which became the band’s biggest hit, reaching the Top 10 in the U.S. and several other countries.

She also appeared in ZZ Top’s 1985 video for “Sleeping Bag” — another Top 10 single — 1987 longform Kiss video Exposed and a David Lee Roth video in the mid-’80s.

Herrin also landed a pair of roles in popular 1984 films: Robert Zemeckis’ Romancing the Stone, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, and Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters, which featured Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver, among others. Herrin has a brief but memorable role in the latter as was cast as the floating apparition who appeared above a sleeping Ackroyd’s bed and appeared to do more than float.

Born on October 2, 1957, in Lompoc, CA, Herrin also had small roles on the big screen in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Road House (1987) and Moving Violations (1985) and guested on the TV dramas Matt Houston and St. Elsewhere.

Kymberly is survived by her mother, Billie Dodson; her brother, Mark Herrin; along with several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. In The family y to the American Cancer Society to further the research of the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

‘Spinning Gold’, About Casablanca Records Rise & Fall, Sets Theatrical Release

(8/28/22) Timothy Scott Bogart’s movie Spinning Gold, about his music-producer father Neil Bogart and the iconic label Casablanca Records that he built, will hit theaters on March 31, 2023.

The release and distribution will be handled by Hero Partners in partnership with Howling Wolf Films, with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment distributing across transactional home entertainment.

Neil Bogart saw the rise and fall of Casablanca Records, which in its heyday from the mid- to late-1970s was a powerhouse in the disco sphere with artists such as Donna Summer, pop with The Village People and hard rock with KISS.

The boom of the music scene and opulence of the drug era took its toll on Casablanca, ultimately putting it in a strenuous financial position. In its desperation it relied on a 1974 two-record set of audio highlights from TV’s The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, entitled Here’s Johnny: Magic Moments from the Tonight Show. Bogart pushed the album as gold with 500K copies in an effort that it would turn platinum, but alas that did not happen, with a flood of unsold records sent back to the label.

Casablanca now resides under the Universal Music Group umbrella as sub-label of Republic Records, focusing on dance and electronic music.

Timothy Scott Bogart directed, wrote and produced the movie. Jessica Martins, Laurence Mark, Gary A. Randall, Chris Torto, Bradley Bogart and David Haring also produced.

Grammy-winning music producer Evan “Kidd” Bogart, along with Harvey Mason, Jr. and Atlantic Records president Kevin Weaver are executive producers on the film. Atlantic Records will be releasing the soundtrack.

Christian Mercuri’s Capstone Global is leading global sales and will be taking the pic to AFM. Mercuri is also an EP.

Howling Wolf Film’s Damon Wolf said, “Launching creative ad agencies, heading up marketing at Sony’s Screen Gems and TriStar labels and leading Lionsgate to its record success with its 2019 film slate as Head of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, allowed a unique landscape to help refine a dynamic and intimate approach to theatrically market and distribute films that can stand on their own without sacrificing any of the creativity, tactics and support needed to connect with audiences. We are thrilled to be putting Spinning Gold – the greatest music story that’s never been told – in theaters next year.”

Added Laurence Mark: “What makes this so exciting is that it encourages deeper collaboration between the filmmakers and the marketing team. In this ever-evolving theatrical marketplace, creating ways for more films to be released in theaters is a thing devoutly to be wished. Spinning Gold is a film that deserves to be seen on a big screen allowing an audience to get caught up in the music and the spectacle.”

Spinning Gold features a cast that includes Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde), Michelle Monaghan, Jay Pharoah, Jason Issacs, Tony winner Dan Fogler, Lyndsy Fonseca, Chris Redd and comedian-actor Sebastian Maniscalco. The pic debuted in the Cannes market back in May.

Some of today’s hottest music stars are playing the icons who inspired them and singing their most popular songs including Grammy and Golden Globe nominee Wiz Khalifa as George Clinton, Jason Derulo as Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers, Pink Sweat$ as Bill Withers, Grammy nominee Tayla Parx as Donna Summer and multi-Grammy winner Ledisi as Gladys Knight.

Hero Partners is the production company behind Spinning Gold headed up by Martins, Timothy Scott Bogart and Torto. They are also producing North Star from Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan which tells the story of the director’s early life in Northern Ireland, with music by U2’s Bono and the Edge, as well as MTV, the story of the launch of the most influential channel in history.

Howling Wolf Films is headed up by Wolf who was the Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Worldwide Distribution for Lionsgate during its recent record-breaking 2019 year, overseeing such films as Knives Out and John Wick 3, as well as head of marketing at TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions overseeing the releases of such hit films as Baby Driver and Don’t Breathe.

KISS CELEBRATE 'CREATURES OF THE NIGHT' ALBUM WITH A SUPER DELUXE ANNIVERSARY EDITION OUT NOVEMBER 18, 2022

(8/26/22) CLASSIC 1982 ALBUM TO BE RELEASED AS A SUPER DELUXE EDITION 5-CD + BLU- RAY AUDIO BOX SET, TRIPLE VINYL, HALF-SPEED MASTERED SINGLE LP, 2-CD DELUXE EDTION, 1-CD REMASTER, AND DIGITAL

Listen To The Previously Unreleased Track "Betrayed (Outtake)" Taken From 'Creatures Of The Night 40,' HERE

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Creatures Of The Night from 1982 is a seminal album in the KISS catalog. It crushed fans' expectations with a huge, back-to-rock sound and has become a fan favorite and cult classic. On November 18, 2022, UMe will release Creatures Of The Night 40 as a 5-CD + Blu-ray Audio Super Deluxe Edition, 3-LP Deluxe, 2-CD Deluxe, 1-LP Half-Speed Master 180gm, 1-CD Remaster, as well as a 5-CD Super Deluxe Edition Digital Download + Streaming and 2-CD Digital Download-only version plus a color Vinyl exclusive. All configurations can be pre-ordered through the official KISS online store.

Having rechanneled their efforts into consciously making a return to the hard rock that they were known for, KISS – Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Eric Carr – unleashed Creatures Of The Night in October of 1982. In addition to a harder sound, the album is also noted for its heavier, darker mood. The single "I Love It Loud" has been performed on nearly every subsequent KISS tour, while "War Machine," the ballad "I Still Love You," and the title song also featured heavily in their live sets for a number of years. Also of note is "Killer," which featured the group's first songwriting collaboration with their soon-to-be-guitarist Vinnie Vincent. Creatures Of The Night received accolades in magazines such as Kerrang! and Guitar Player – which both placed the album in their top five end of year chart for 1982 – and has attained Gold Album status (sales of 500,000+).

The 'Creatures Of The Night 40' Super Deluxe boasts 103 total tracks with 75 tracks being unreleased. Newly remastered on CD 1, the original album has never sounded better. CDs 2 & 3 feature 34 demos, rarities & outtakes including unreleased gems such as "Deadly Weapon (Penny Lane Demo)," "Not For The Innocent (Demo)" and "Betrayed (Outtake)." CDs 4 & 5 highlight 26 incredible, soundboard live recordings from the Creatures '82/'83 Tour and seven super rare tour sound effects, all recorded and archived by the Creatures Tour sound engineer Harry Witz. The Blu-ray Audio disc showcases a first-ever Atmos and 5.1 surround mix from the original album multi-tracks plus the high-resolution newly remastered 1982 stereo mix of the original album.

Additionally, the Super Deluxe box features an extensive array of bonus kollectible KISS memorabilia and ephemera, including:

80-page Hardcover Book with Extensive Liner Notes by Ken Sharp and a treasure trove of unreleased photos and imagery

Creatures Of The Night 1982 Press Kit featuring:
Creatures Band Press Bio Sheet
Creatures Tour Band New Poster 11"x17"
2 Stage Drawings
The Loudest Band In The World Poster 16"x24"
Japanese Promo Poster 16"x22.5"
Band Black & White Promo 8"x10"
Gene, Paul, Eric & Vinnie Color Photos 8"x10"
Creatures 40th T-shirt Iron-on Transfer Sheet
"I Love It Loud" Bumper Sticker
Australian Creatures Sticker
Marcana~ Stadium, Rio de Janeiro 6/18/83 Replica Ticket
Creatures Tour "Detroit" VIP Cloth Sticky Backstage Pass
4 Killers-era Trading Cards
Creatures 1982 Replica Tour Program
Gene, Paul, Eric & Vinnie – Chris Hoffman Illustrations 9"x12"
Gotham Rock City News Volume 2 Newspaper – Track-By-Track Interviews with Gene, Paul, Eric, Vinnie, Michael James Jackson, Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance, Adam Mitchell and Mikel Japp
4 Glow-In-The-Dark Guitar Picks
Iron-on Patch
4 Buttons

KISS is America's #1 Gold Record Award winning Rock group of all time and have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Peerless as a live act, the band's illustrious legacy is marked by record breaking global tours. Now, after an astonishing 49-year career, KISS - Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer - are currently in the midst of their END OF THE ROAD tour.

5-CD SUPER DELUXE EDITION TRACKLISTING

DISC ONE:
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Original Album Remastered
1. Creatures Of The Night
2. Saint And Sinner
3. Keep Me Comin'
4. Rock And Roll Hell
5. Danger
6. I Love It Loud
7. I Still Love You
8. Killer
9. War Machine

DISC TWO:
DEMOS, RARITIES & OUTTAKES
1. I'm A Legend Tonight
2. Down On Your Knees
3. Nowhere To Run
4. Partners In Crime
5. Deadly Weapon (Penny Lane Demo)*
6. Feel Like Heaven (Penny Lane Demo)*
7. Nowhere To Run (Penny Lane Demo)*
8. Deadly Weapon (Original Demo)*
9. Feel Like Heaven (Original Demo)*
10. Nowhere To Run (Take 11 – Instrumental)*
11. Tell It To A Fool (Take 4 – Drums & Bass Instrumental)*
12. Chrome Goes Into Motion (Take 2 – Drums & Bass Instrumental)*
13. I'm A Legend Tonight (Mix 4 – Instrumental & Background Vocals)*
14. Don't Leave Me Lonely (Take 8 – Drums & Guitar Instrumental)*
15. Something Seems To Happen At Night (Gene Simmons Demo)
16. It's Gonna Be Alright (Gene Simmons Demo)

DISC THREE:
DEMOS, RARITIES & OUTTAKES
1. Legends Never Die (Gene Simmons Demo)
2. It's My Life (Gene Simmons Demo)
3. Not For The Innocent (Demo)*
4. I Still Love You (Take 1)*
5. I Still Love You (Take 2)*
6. Saint And Sinner (Take 1)*
7. Saint And Sinner (Take 2 – False Start)*
8. Saint And Sinner (Take 3)*
9. Betrayed (Outtake)*
10. Creatures Of The Night (Alternate Mix 19)*
11. Partners In Crime (Alternate Mix 16B)*
12. I Love It Loud (Alternate Mix 21)*
13. War Machine (Full-Length Version – Mix 11)*
14. Rock And Roll Hell (Take 2 – 9/10/1982)*
15. Rock And Roll Hell (Take 1 – Incomplete – 9/15/1982)*
16. Rock And Roll Hell (Take 2 – 9/15/1982)*
17. I Love It Loud (Single Edit)
18. Creatures Of The Night (1985 Remix)

DISC FOUR:
CREATURES TOUR LIVE '82/'83 – PART ONE
1. Creatures Of The Night (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
2. Strutter (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
3. Calling Dr. Love (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
4. Firehouse (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
5. I Love It Loud (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
6. Cold Gin (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
7. Keep Me Comin' (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
8. War Machine (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
9. I Want You (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*
10. Rock And Roll Hell (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
11. I Still Love You (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
12. Shout It Out Loud (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
13. Gene's Bass Solo (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
14. God Of Thunder / Eric's Drum Solo / God Of Thunder (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

DISC FIVE:
CREATURES TOUR LIVE '82/'83 – PART TWO
1. Paul's Love Gun Rap (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
2. Love Gun (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
3. Paul's Guitar Solo (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
4. Black Diamond (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*
5. Detroit Rock City (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*
6. Rock And Roll All Nite (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*

BONUS LIVE PERFORMANCES
7. Rock And Roll Hell (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
8. I Want You (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
9. King Of The Night Time World (Pine Bluff, Arkansas – 2/11/1983)*
10. Cold Gin (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*
11. I Still Love You (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*
12. Strutter (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*

BONUS CREATURES TOUR SOUND EFFECTS
13. Tank Start Of Show*
14. Turbine*
15. Firehouse Siren*
16. Drum and Ending Tank*
17. Bass Solo Wind and Gargoyles*
18. Bells*
19. Flames*

BLU-RAY AUDIO:
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
*48kHz 24-bit Dolby Atmos / *48kHz 24-bit Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround / 96kHz 24-bit High-Resolution PCM Stereo
1. Creatures Of The Night
2. Saint And Sinner
3. Keep Me Comin'
4. Rock And Roll Hell
5. Danger
6. I Love It Loud
7. I Still Love You
8. Killer
9. War Machine

* Previously unreleased

3LP DELUXE EDITION – COLOR VINYL – ECOMM EXCLUSIVE

LP ONE:
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Original Album Remastered

SIDE ONE
1. Creatures Of The Night
2. Saint And Sinner
3. Keep Me Comin'
4. Rock And Roll Hell
5. Danger

SIDE TWO
1. I Love It Loud
2. I Still Love You
3. Killer
4. War Machine
LP TWO:

DEMOS, RARITIES & OUTTAKES

SIDE THREE
1. Deadly Weapon (Original Demo)*
2. Betrayed (Outtake)*
3. I'm A Legend Tonight (Mix 4 – Instrumental & Background Vocals)*
4. Nowhere To Run (Take 11 – Instrumental)*

SIDE FOUR
1. It's My Life (Gene Simmons Demo)
2. Not For The Innocent (Demo)*
3. Rock And Roll Hell (Take 2 – 9/10/1982)*
4. I Love It Loud (Alternate Mix 21)*
5. Don't Leave Me Lonely (Take 8 – Drums & Guitar Instrumental)*

LP THREE:
CREATURES TOUR LIVE '82/'83

SIDE FIVE
1. Creatures Of The Night (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
2. I Love It Loud (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
3. Keep Me Comin' (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
4. War Machine (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*

SIDE SIX
1. I Want You (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*
2. Rock And Roll Hell (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
3. I Still Love You (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*

*Previously Unreleased

2CD DELUXE EDITION

DISC ONE:
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Original Album Remastered
1. Creatures Of The Night
2. Saint And Sinner
3. Keep Me Comin'
4. Rock And Roll Hell
5. Danger
6. I Love It Loud
7. I Still Love You
8. Killer
9. War Machine

DISC TWO:
DEMOS, RARITIES & OUTTAKES
1. Deadly Weapon (Original Demo)*
2. Betrayed (Outtake)*
3. I'm A Legend Tonight (Mix 4 – Instrumental & Background Vocals)*
4. Nowhere To Run (Take 11 – Instrumental)*
5. It's My Life (Gene Simmons Demo)
6. Not For The Innocent (Demo)*
7. Rock And Roll Hell (Take 2 – 9/10/1982)*
8. I Love It Loud (Alternate Mix 21)*
9. Don't Leave Me Lonely (Take 8 – Drums & Guitar Instrumental)*

CREATURES TOUR LIVE '82/'83
10. Creatures Of The Night (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
11. I Love It Loud (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
12. Keep Me Comin' (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
13. War Machine (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
14. I Want You (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*
15. Rock And Roll Hell (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
16. I Still Love You (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*

*Previously Unreleased

1CD REMASTER
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Original Album Remastered
1. Creatures Of The Night
2. Saint And Sinner
3. Keep Me Comin'
4. Rock And Roll Hell
5. Danger
6. I Love It Loud
7. I Still Love You
8. Killer
9. War Machine

1LP HALF-SPEED VINYL – 180-GRAM BLACK VINYL

SIDE ONE
1. Creatures Of The Night
2. Saint And Sinner
3. Keep Me Comin'
4. Rock And Roll Hell
5. Danger

SIDE TWO
1. I Love It Loud
2. I Still Love You
3. Killer
4. War Machine

SUPER DELUXE EDITION – DIGITAL

DISC ONE:
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Original Album Remastered + Atmos*
1. Creatures Of The Night
2. Saint And Sinner
3. Keep Me Comin'
4. Rock And Roll Hell
5. Danger
6. I Love It Loud
7. I Still Love You
8. Killer
9. War Machine

DISC TWO:
DEMOS, RARITIES & OUTTAKES
1. I'm A Legend Tonight
2. Down On Your Knees
3. Nowhere To Run
4. Partners In Crime
5. Deadly Weapon (Penny Lane Demo)*
6. Feel Like Heaven (Penny Lane Demo)*
7. Nowhere To Run (Penny Lane Demo)*
8. Deadly Weapon (Original Demo)*
9. Feel Like Heaven (Original Demo)*
10. Nowhere To Run (Take 11 – Instrumental)*
11. Tell It To A Fool (Take 4 – Drums & Bass Instrumental)*
12. Chrome Goes Into Motion (Take 2 – Drums & Bass Instrumental)*
13. I'm A Legend Tonight (Mix 4 – Instrumental & Background Vocals)*
14. Don't Leave Me Lonely (Take 8 – Drums & Guitar Instrumental)*
15. Something Seems To Happen At Night (Gene Simmons Demo)
16. It's Gonna Be Alright (Gene Simmons Demo)

DISC THREE:
DEMOS, RARITIES & OUTTAKES
1. Legends Never Die (Gene Simmons Demo)
2. It's My Life (Gene Simmons Demo)
3. Not For The Innocent (Demo)*
4. I Still Love You (Take 1)*
5. I Still Love You (Take 2)*
6. Saint And Sinner (Take 1)*
7. Saint And Sinner (Take 2 – False Start)*
8. Saint And Sinner (Take 3)*
9. Betrayed (Outtake)*
10. Creatures Of The Night (Alternate Mix 19)*
11. Partners In Crime (Alternate Mix 16B)*
12. I Love It Loud (Alternate Mix 21)*
13. War Machine (Full-Length Version – Mix 11)*
14. Rock And Roll Hell (Take 2 – 9/10/1982)*
15. Rock And Roll Hell (Take 1 – Incomplete – 9/15/1982)*
16. Rock And Roll Hell (Take 2 – 9/15/1982)*
17. I Love It Loud (Single Edit)
18. Creatures Of The Night (1985 Remix)

DISC FOUR:
CREATURES TOUR LIVE '82/'83 – PART ONE
1. Creatures Of The Night (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
2. Strutter (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
3. Calling Dr. Love (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
4. Firehouse (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
5. I Love It Loud (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
6. Cold Gin (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
7. Keep Me Comin' (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
8. War Machine (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
9. I Want You (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*
10. Rock And Roll Hell (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
11. I Still Love You (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
12. Shout It Out Loud (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
13. Gene's Bass Solo (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
14. God Of Thunder / Eric's Drum Solo / God Of Thunder (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*

DISC FIVE:
CREATURES TOUR LIVE '82/'83 – PART TWO
1. Paul's Love Gun Rap (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
2. Love Gun (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
3. Paul's Guitar Solo (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
4. Black Diamond (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*
5. Detroit Rock City (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*
6. Rock And Roll All Nite (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*

BONUS LIVE PERFORMANCES
5. Rock And Roll Hell (Sioux City, Iowa – 12/30/1982)*
6. I Want You / Vinnie's Guitar Solo (Rockford, Illinois)*
7. King Of The Night Time World (Pine Bluff, Arkansas – 2/11/1983)*
8. I Want You (Rockford, Illinois – 12/31/1982)*
9. I Still Love You (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*
10. Strutter (Houston, Texas – 3/10/1983)*

BONUS CREATURES TOUR SOUND EFFECTS
11. Tank Start Of Show*
12. Turbine*
13. Firehouse Siren*
14. Drum and Ending Tank*
15. Bass Solo Wind and Gargoyles*
16. Bells*
17. Flames*

* Previously unreleased

TOMMY THAYER : KISS - END OF THE ROAD TOUR INTERVIEW 2022

(8/3/22) (Video) After an epic and storied career of over four decades, resulting in the selling of more than 100 million albums worldwide, rock n roll legends, KISS announced back in 2018 that they would be embarking on their final tour ever, appropriately named END OF THE ROAD … but then came the pandemic! Over the last couple of years, some shows went ahead, shows were cancelled, shows were rescheduled and a few even added. Finally, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer are now ready to rock’n’roll all nite with the KISS Army across Australia one last time in just a couple of weeks time.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers first visited our shores in 1980 during ‘KISSteria’, kick- starting a deep connection between the band and Aussie fans that has continued to thrive for more than four decades. With countless timeless hits like ‘I Was Made For Loving You’, ‘Detroit Rock City’, ‘Love Gun’, ‘Shout It Out Loud’, ‘Lick It Up’, ‘God Gave Rock’n’Roll To You’ and the knock -em dead anthem that closes every KISS show Rock’n’Roll All Nite’, the KISS legacy has continued to grow, generation after generation.

Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips caught up with Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer to chat about the upcoming tour, the band’s career and his association with Gibson and Epiphone guitars.

TOMMY THAYER Teaches Four Iconic KISS Solos Exclusively On GIBSON App

(8/2/22) (Video) The new Gibson App simplifies the learning process and brings guitar-playing to life for the current and next generation of guitarists in a modern, comprehensive, and intuitive way. The Gibson App is the place to take your guitar-playing to the next level. New to the App this week is the Gibson App Guide, where players can get exclusive step-by-step guidance and instruction straight from the music icons who write and perform legendary songs.

In the latest addition to the Gibson App Guide, fans can learn how to play KISS guitarist Tommy "Spaceman" Thayer's favorite iconic KISS guitar solos including "Shout It Out Loud", "Detroit Rock City", "Black Diamond" and "Psycho Circus". Learn each solo through video-guided lessons from Thayer himself showing you all of his hints and tricks to master the individual parts, then jump into the song lessons and refine those newly acquired solo skills. New Gibson App Guides are added regularly and include Jared James Nichols's "Guide To Blues", Richie Faulkner's (JUDAS PRIEST) "Guide To Metal", Celisse's "Guide To Songwriting" and more.

Thayer has had a long relationship with Gibson and Epiphone, releasing four sold-out Epiphone Les Paul signature guitars with the brand including his most recent release, the Epiphone Tommy Thayer Electric Blue Les Paul.

The Gibson App uses a unique two-way, interactive platform to teach guitar students how to do everything from playing their first note to shredding loads of songs. The Gibson App features interactive lessons with thousands of lessons and songs. Learn the songs step by step with video tutorials from superstar artists and pro guitarists in the "Gibson App Guide". The Gibson App also includes a built-in tuner, metronome, Gibson TV, and new songs are added every week. The Gibson App free version features a few lessons a day, the premium version of the Gibson App offers full access and a 14-day free trial, then $19.99/£16.49 monthly or $119.99/£98.99 yearly.

The Gibson App uses "audio augmented reality" to provide dynamic feedback to students as they learn and play. As you pluck a note or strum a chord, the Gibson App listens to your guitar and gives you real-time feedback on your playing. It also gives students a more contextual learning experience: Instead of learning chords and scales in a vacuum, you're able to practice on a scrolling tablature that lets you hear how you sound with the backing of a virtual band. That means you can load up Tom Petty's "American Girl", PIXIES' "Where is My Mind", Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself For Loving You", Kane Brown's "Heaven", Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You", QUEEN's "Killer Queen" and GUNS N' ROSES' "Sweet Child O' Mine", and hundreds of songs in a wide-range of genres, to see how your play matches up with such seminal tracks.

As you're playing, the Gibson App gives you feedback on timing and tone, ensuring that students are getting active input on how their play is developing. The Gibson App appeals to players of all levels, it's not just for beginners looking to learn a few chords, the app can assist seasoned guitarists who are working their way through difficult riffs, want to learn their favorite songs, or polish their advanced techniques.

Players can also challenge themselves by speeding up or slowing the tabs. Like having a full-time guitar teacher, the Gibson App keeps track of all your progress and adjusts lesson plans accordingly. The Gibson App released a "backing track mode" which supports both lesson and song playback without headphones, so users can self-select what works best for their current environment. And that's not all: the Gibson App also packs in a fully-featured digital tuner for guitar first-timers, there's even a detailed lesson on how to tune your instrument, a multi-function metronome, players can connect to free one-on-one consultations with Gibson's Virtual Guitar Tech team, and to direct links to the Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer online stores for easy shopping for guitars, gear, apparel, and accessories.

The Gibson App is more than a pocket-sized guitar teacher, it's loaded with an archive of exclusive content and original programming from its premium and accessible award-winning online network Gibson TV, featuring music icons telling their best guitar stories, with more episodes and installments added regularly. Users can watch BLACK SABBATH's Tony Iommi share insights and tales from his decades-long career on the series "Icons", dive into Joe Bonamassa's assortment of legendary Les Paul guitars on "The Collection" or see how Gibson's iconic instruments are made in their Nashville factory from body to binding on "The Process". There's even a series called "The Scene" that focuses on backstage stories from hallowed music venues from coast to coast like The Troubadour and Grand Ole Opry.

KISS's PAUL STANLEY Is 'Heartbroken' By Death Of Producer MICHAEL JAMES JACKSON

(7/14/22) Producer Michael James Jackson, who worked on several KISS albums, including "Creatures Of The Night", "Lick it Up" and "Animalize", has died.

Earlier today (Thursday, July 14),KISS took to social media to write: "Michael James Jackson has passed away from the complications of COVID related pneumonia. He was the driving force behind 'Killers', 'Creatures Of The Night', 'Lick It Up' and 'Animalize'. His passion and belief in the band was instrumental in our new found success in the 80's. He loved our fans and was a close member of the KISS family until the end. We mourn his loss and celebrate his life."

KISS frontman Paul Stanley also shared a personal message via his Twitter account. He wrote: "Michael James Jackson-My dearest and best friend for 40 years has died. His kindness and steadfast commitment to me and our friendship was a rock that supported me through the toughest times. He pushed me to start painting and reveled unselfishly in all my successes. Heartbroken".

In addition to KISS, Jackson had produced such artists as Paul Williams, Jesse Colin Young, Pablo Cruise, Tom Snow, Lauren Wood and RED RIDER. His work has earned seven gold and five platinum record awards.

JON BON JOVI Teams Up With KISS’ GENE SIMMONS And PAUL STANLEY To Present Hampton Water Frosé At Rock & Brews Restaurants

(7/8/22) Jon Bon Jovi is presenting a new Hampton Water Frosé with KISS’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Rolling Stone reports. Inspired by Bon Jovi’s rosé brand of the same name, the frozen beverage will be available exclusively at Rock & Brews restaurants this summer.

The drink is made with Hampton Water Rosé, Grey Goose Vodka, peach liquor, citrus and fresh strawberries.

“Just like a good song, wine can bring people together no matter where they are in the world,” Bon Jovi says, “and that’s why Jesse and I are excited to partner with Rock & Brews, which was created by my friends and fellow rockers, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, to launch Hampton Water Frosé. It’s the perfect drink to enjoy with your friends and family coast to coast while listening to your favorite music all summer long.”

Kiss interview Gene Simmons 23.6.2022

(6/29/22) (Video) Kiss bassist / vocalist Gene Simmons being interviewed about the future of the band as well as about ex-members joining the group for the last show.

KISS To Release New Archival Title 'Off The Soundboard: Live In Des Moines 1977'

(6/24/22) On September 9, rock icons KISS will release the next installment of their popular "Off The Soundboard" official live bootleg series with "Off The Soundboard: Live In Des Moines 1977", recorded during the "Alive II" tour at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa on November 29, 1977.

This is the latest in a series of live releases by the band and will be available to stream and download, with a 17-song two-LP standard black vinyl set, single CD, and a limited-edition two-LP set pressed on 180-gram purple vinyl available exclusively through the official KISS online store. All configurations of "Off The Soundboard: Live In Des Moines 1977" are available to pre-order.

"Off The Soundboard: Live In Des Moines 1977" was recorded during the landmark and extravagantly-produced "KISS Alive II" tour, and the 17-song set features a raw and powerful performance of classic KISS concert staples such as "Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll", "Love Gun", "Rock And Roll All Nite" (No. 12 Billboard),"Shout It Out Loud", and "Beth" (No. 7 Billboard chart hit and the 1977 People's Choice Award winner in the "Best Song" category) performed by the lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. "Off The Soundboard: Live In Des Moines 1977" captures a monumental moment in KISStory and is a celebration of the legendary band giving rock 'n' roll fans the ultimate live KISS experience.

KISS is globally recognized as one of the greatest live bands of all time and is the creator of what are universally considered two of the best live albums ever, 1975's gold-certified and No. 9 Billboard-charting "Alive!" and 1977's double platinum-certified No. 7 Billboard-charting "Alive II". The "Off The Soundboard" series continues their storied legacy of groundbreaking live albums with a document of the spectacular, larger-than-life extravaganza that is a KISS concert.

Known for their trademark performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock and roll. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and are America's No. 1 gold-record-award-winning rock group of all time. Peerless as a live act, the band's illustrious legacy has been marked by record breaking global tours during a remarkable 49-year career.

"Off The Soundboard: Live In Des Moines 1977" track listing:

01. I Stole Your Love
02. King Of The Night Time World
03. Ladies Room
04. Firehouse
05. Love Gun
06. Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll
07. Makin' Love
08. Christine Sixteen
09. Shock Me
10. I Want You
11. Calling Dr. Love
12. Shout It Out Loud
13. God Of Thunder
14. Rock And Roll All Nite
15. Detroit Rock City
16. Beth
17. Black Diamond

ACE FREHLEY Cancels Summer 2022 European Tour 'Due To Unforeseen Circumstances'

(6/18/22) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has reportedly canceled all of his previously announced summer 2022 European festival appearances, including the Czech Republic's Masters Of Rock and United Kingdom's Steelhouse Festival.

Steelhouse promoters Mikey and Max said in a statement: "We have been informed by Ace Frehley's representatives that, due to unforeseen circumstances on his part, he needs to cancel his entire European tour including his appearance at Steelhouse."

The organizers of Masters Of Rock released a similarly worded statement, saying: "Unfortunately, we will not see the original guitarist of the famous band KISS and subsequently the successful solo artist Ace Frehley at Masters Of Rock this year! We are extremely sorry, but his management has canceled all his planned summer shows in Europe. The changes are sometimes really unpredictable, and so is the official reason for canceling his show: 'Due to unforeseen circumstances Ace Frehley's performance has been cancelled.'"

GENE SIMMONS And NIKKI SIXX Among Musicians Who Will Perform At TAYLOR HAWKINS Tribute Concert In Los Angeles

(6/15/22) After announcing the lineup for the London Taylor Hawkins tribute concert, FOO FIGHTERS and the Hawkins family have now revealed the artists who will play the September 27 tribute show in Los Angeles. Performing at the Kia Forum will be Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of RUSH, Nikki Sixx of MÖTLEY CRÜE, Miley Cyrus, Joshua Homme of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, Joan Jett, Brian May of QUEEN, Mark Ronson, Alanis Morissette, Gene Simmons of KISS, Chad Smith of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, Wolfgang Van Halen of MAMMOTH WVH, and more.

Tickets for both concerts be available starting Friday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. local time.

Proceeds will benefit charities in both the U.K. and the U.S. chosen by the Hawkins family.

As one of the most respected and beloved figures in modern music, Taylor's monolithic talent and magnetic personality endeared him to millions of fans, peers, friends and fellow musical legends the world over. Millions mourned his untimely passing on March 25, with passionate and sincere tributes coming from fans as well as musicians Taylor idolized. The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will unite several of those artists, the Hawkins family and, of course, his FOO FIGHTERS brothers in celebration of Taylor's memory and his legacy as a global rock icon — his bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life.

Hawkins was found dead at the Four Seasons Casa Medina hotel in Bogota.

An official cause of death for Hawkins hasn't yet been released. But on March 26, Colombia's attorney general's office released a preliminary toxicology report, saying that medical examiners found evidence of 10 types of substances in Hawkins's body, including opioids, benzodiazepines, marijuana and antidepressants.

Hawkins joined FOO FIGHTERS in 1997. Prior to that, he played with the Orange County band SYLVIA and was also in the backing band for Sass Jordan. He also toured with Alanis Morissette as her drummer.

Hawkins was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last year as a member of the FOO FIGHTERS.

Hawkins's most recent work with FOO FIGHTERS included last year's "Medicine At Midnight" album, a collection of BEE GEES covers and FOO FIGHTERS' horror film "Studio 666".

Legendary KISS And MANOWAR Artist KEN KELLY Reportedly Dies At 76

(6/3/22) Ken Kelly, one of the most successful fantasy artists who is responsible for many album covers for rock bands such as KISS, RAINBOW and MANOWAR, has reportedly died at the age of 76.

Kelly's passing was confirmed earlier today by his friend Danny Stanton, president and founder of Coallier Entertainment. Stanton wrote simply: "RIP KEN KELLY. You will always be a legend in the KISS world. Such a great guy, artist, friend."

Over Kelly's 50-plus-year career, he has focused in particular on paintings in the sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy subgenres.

Early in his career, he was able to study the paintings of Frank Frazetta in the latter's studio, but Frazetta never let out his trade secrets. In the early 1970s, he did a couple of cover paintings for Castle Of Frankenstein magazine. Throughout the 1970s, he was one of the foremost cover artists on Warren Publishing's Creepy and Eerie magazines.

Kelly has depicted Conan The Barbarian and Tarzan while also creating the artwork for KISS's "Destroyer" and "Love Gun", RAINBOW's "Rising", several albums from MANOWAR, and Ace Frehley's "Space Invader" record.

His work often portrayed exotic, enchanted locales and primal battlefields. He developed the artwork for COHEED AND CAMBRIA's album "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow", and a painting of his was used as the cover art for ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY's 2007 release "Open Fire". In 2012, one of Kelly's paintings was used for the cover of ELECTRIC MAGMA's 12-inch vinyl release "Canadian Samurai II".

Kelly has been a guest at the Kiss By Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas, Nevada, doing autograph signings of prints for the classic KISS albums he has drawn cover artwork for.

Tommy Thayer releasing The Lost Tapes

(6/2/22) Tommy Thayer said he didn’t expect to join any other band once Kiss complete their farewell tour but admitted he thought the same thing before he became a member of the masked giants.

The guitarist took Ace Frehley’s position as the Spaceman in 2002, after having been part of the band’s backroom team since 1994. He’d been a handyman, researcher, tour manager, musical director and film producer before hitting the stage alongside Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

Thayer recently announced the release of five previously unheard songs by Black N’ Blue, the band he formed in 1981. Titled The Lost Tapes, it arrives on June 3 under the banner Thayer - St. James. The songs were written and mainly performed by Thayer and singer Jaime St. James.

Asked in a recent Vinyl Writer Music interview if the release signaled an “open door” for future work, Thayer replied, "After Kiss, I’m not planning on being in a band anymore. Honestly, I wasn’t planning on being in a band anymore back in the mid-'90s! ... Jaime and I will always be friends and enjoy music together, just like we’ve always done."

He went on to explain Simmons’ involvement with the unheard material, which was written in the late ‘80s. “Back then Gene had paid for the recordings of the five songs with the idea that he might shop them or be involved label-wise,” the guitarist said. “Years later, we were talking about it, and he said, ‘You guys can have the recordings back; they’re yours, free.’”

And Thayer admitted that he “fucked up” by keeping the tapes in his attic, which degraded the recordings to the point that the first versions he found couldn’t be rescued. “I started going through my boxes of old tapes and luckily found a DAT [digital audio tape] master of four of the five of the songs. … The only problem was the fifth song wasn’t on the DAT! So I went back to my old tape boxes and found a cassette of the last one. Luckily, the cassette sounded good, and we had it transferred, so it worked.”

PETER CRISS Joins BRUCE KULICK On Stage At Nashville's CREATURES FEST

(5/30/22) (Video) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss joined former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick and his solo band on stage Sunday night (May 29) at this year's Creatures Fest at Nashville's Sonesta Nashville Airport Hotel. Together they performed the song "Hooked On Rock 'N' Roll", which originally appeared on Criss's 1978 solo album. Fan-filmed video of the performance can be seen below.

Kulick's group, which also features singer and guitarist Todd Kerns, bassist and singer Zach Throne and drummer Brent Fitz, performed mostly songs from Kulick's 1980s and 1990s KISS era.

VINNIE VINCENT, ACE FREHLEY And BRUCE KULICK Perform KISS Classics Together At Nashville's CREATURES FEST

(5/30/22) Former KISS guitarists Vinnie Vincent, Ace Frehley and Bruce Kulick performed together for the first time ever at this year's Creatures Fest, which is taking place this weekend at Nashville's Sonesta Nashville Airport Hotel.

Vincent started his set Saturday night (May 28) with around 15 minutes of guitar shredding before he played the KISS classic "I Love It Loud" accompanied by a backing track. Kulick then joined him for "War Machine" before Frehley also stepped in for "Deuce" and "Cold Gin".

According to fans attending the event, "phones/video/audio" during Vinnie's set were prohibited, so most of the footage that has been posted online captures only a portion of the performance.

Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — made several public appearances in 2018 after spending the past two decades out of the public eye.

In 1983, KISS wrote and released "Lick It Up" — their first album without makeup — 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 two albums.

In 1992, Vincent re-teamed with Simmons and 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, the aforementioned "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 April 2018, Vincent joined Gene Simmons at the KISS bassist/vocalist's "Vault" event in Nashville, Tennessee. He later said in an interview that he felt that got "a cold reception" and was "treated very indifferently" by Gene at the event.

Frehley 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."

Bruce joined KISS in 1984 and accompanied the band on the "Animalize" tour and continued with them until the reunion tour. Bruce is heavily featured on "Kissology - Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", the band's DVDs spanning their historic four-decade-plus career.

Frehley and original KISS drummer Peter Criss reunited on stage Friday night (May 27) at Creatures Fest. The two legendary rockers performed two early KISS classics during Frehley's set, "Hard Luck Woman" and "Strange Ways", both featuring Criss on lead vocals. (Video1, Video2, Video3, Video4, Video5)

PETER CRISS And ACE FREHLEY Reunite On Stage At Nashville's CREATURES FEST

(5/30/22) Original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss reunited on stage last night (Friday, May 27) at this year's Creatures Fest at Nashville's Sonesta Nashville Airport Hotel. The two legendary rockers performed two early KISS classics during Frehley's set, "Hard Luck Woman" and "Strange Ways", both featuring Criss on lead vocals. (Hard Luck Woman, Strange Ways)

The Long Road to ‘Spinning Gold’: Why It Took Three Decades to Bring the Story of Six Decadent Disco Years to the Screen

(5/19/22) The story of Casablanca Records has been told by many — in books, articles and by the larger-than-life characters who lived through the salad days of mid- to late-1970s rock and disco music. Its ascent as a hit factory — home to KISS, Donna Summer, the Village People and Parliament Funkadelic — was short and swift and substantial.

Founded in 1974 by Neil Bogart, who’d had limited success as a record man at Buddha Records, a sublabel of MGM which had signed Gladys Knight and the Pips and the Ohio Express, Casablanca had the reputation of a place of excess. Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll was the mantra of the day, and certainly so for the record company that contributed the first smash extended single to clubs and radio stations all over the world — Summer’s 17-minute “Love to Love You,” produced by Giorgio Moroder and first released in 1975.

As legend has it: the record was played at one of Bogart’s wild Hollywood parties, where it unintentionally repeated over and over again until the host realized that, at 17 minutes, the song was just long enough to soundtrack the pre-AIDS sex everyone was having — and likely coincided with the timespan of their cocaine high.

Tim Bogart, one of Neil’s sons alongside hit songwriter Evan Bogart (Rihanna’s “SOS,” Beyonce’s “Halo”), has given a lot of thought to the brief amount of time his dad was on this earth (the elder Bogart died in 1982 of cancer, by which time disco had gone out of fashion), and has worked diligently to preserve the story in the form of a screenplay.

“Spinning Gold” was first conceived in 1990 and, after many drafts, multiple castings and a decades-long search for the right director (the road ultimately led to Tim), is finally a finished feature film making its screen debut at Cannes.

Playing Neil Bogart is Broadway star Jeremy Jordan and taking on the acts on the roster are current-day music artists like Ledisi (Gladys Knight), Tayla Parx (Donna Summer), Jason Derulo (Ron Isley) and Wiz Khalifa (George Clinton). Also featured are comedians Sebastian Maniscalco, playing Moroder, Jay Pharoah and Chris Redd. (Watch an exclusive clip of “Spinning Gold” here.)

Music-wise, the original songs were not used for the soundtrack, which will come out on Atlantic Records. The Bogarts — younger brother Evan serves as executive music producer alongside Harvey Mason jr., the head of the Recording Academy – opted for new versions that demonstrate how the genesis of these songs, from the demo phase to the top of the Billboard charts.

Why did it take three decades to get these six seismic years right? Tim Bogart spoke to Variety about the evolution of the film.

How did you land on yourself as director?

We chose to tell the movie the way we wanted to tell the movie, which meant independently was the only way to do it. Not necessarily because we were trying to protect or whitewash the story — I actually found my father’s flaws to be some of the most fascinating components of his character. I don’t really see them as flaws. He never would have achieved success without truly being a gambler, in the most extreme sense of the word.

The movie was mostly shot during the pandemic. How did that work?

When I decided to direct it, that was about three years ago, just as the independent film business itself was changing because of streamers and the way international pre-sales worked. Then, as we were closing the financing, a global pandemic forced us to shut everything down, like the rest of the world. Not knowing: is this a month? Two months? Forever? Ultimately, we ended up realizing it could be forever and we packed everything away and waited until we could find another opportunity to complete the picture.

“Hit Men: Powerbrokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business ” really put the Casablanca Records story on the map as it was a very popular read among those who worked in the music industry, or aspired to. It came out in 1990, the year you first started on the script. What’s your take on the book?

“Hit Men” is funny. There’s a scene in the book where it says, in essence, that the house that Neil Bogart lived in burned down to the ground. And the way it’s described, it’s like the hand of God came down and wiped it from the earth. The author is correct that there was a fire — I was in the house when it happened — but it was only the garage.

So you saying it’s embellished?

It’s embellished to me. Yes, there was sex — before it was deadly; there was rock and roll; and try to find somebody who wasn’t doing drugs in the ’70s. I don’t pretend my father didn’t do drugs. He did. He loved them. There are people who certainly had excesses; my father was one of them, to be sure. But I don’t think that defined the story.

The movie is not about that. It’s just part of the fabric of those peoples’ lives. And what I think “Hit Men” did was try to make it all about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. What it didn’t do was celebrate any of the extraordinary accomplishments of the characters in the book, who really were some of the boldest, bravest and most creative executives that ever worked in our business.

Explain the thinking behind not using original songs.

When you’re doing a movie about the ultimate gold standards — these classic songs like “Lean on Me,” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Rock and Roll All Nite, “Last Dance” — I felt there was nothing new to tell. My vision always was as a love letter to these artists. I wanted to understand where the songs came from and what the creative process was. That actually opened up a remarkable palette for us to play with because we weren’t saying, these are the masters. We were saying these are the original moments of inspiration of these songs.

You have actors replicating the arena-rock grandness of KISS. Do you need to go to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for their blessing?

Every single artist I reached out to — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Donna’s husband Bruce Sudano, George Clinton himself — has been so supportive of the movie. In fact, the people who play P Funk are the actual children and grandchildren of the original Funkadelics. You reach out to these folks for publishing for sure, but I made no promises to tell the story in a specific way. Ultimately, I do think every one of them is going to be thrilled.

Will we see the infamous party where the extended “Love to Love You” was born?

It’s 100% a true story and is in our film.

Which role was hardest to cast?

My father, without question. I couldn’t land on the person, and I spoke to some extraordinarily wonderful actors who wanted to play him. I had actually committed to cast someone, and had a total panic attack that I’d made the one bad decision that would sink the whole thing. When I heard about Jeremy Jordan, I Googled his performances and saw the extraordinary talent and charisma he had, and the similarities he had to my father’s essence. I jumped on a redeye to New York, had a secret read-through, and cast him on the spot. It was the smartest and best creative decision I made in my life.

You were in talks with Justin Timberlake at one point?

I did develop the project with Justin for a couple of years early on. His music career became too busy for us to figure out how to how to work around that schedule. And ultimately, I decided I was ready to go and that I want to go a different way than what we were talking about.

Sebastian Maniscalco as Giorgio Moroder was an unexpected casting.

Capturing comedy was very important from the beginning. With Sebastian, we sort of looked at what Cameron Crowe did so beautifully with Jimmy Fallon in “Almost Famous.” You didn’t really know it was Jimmy Fallon [Fallon played Stillwater manager Dennis Hope], but it was this wonderful essence of a human that you felt. And only after you realize, that’s Jimmy Fallon. I think that’s what people will say about Sebastian. I think they’ll capture this funny character with this crazy accent — [Moroder is] a German in Italy writing in English — and will love what he did. But it’s very much meant to be something you’re only going to understand later.

What does “spinning gold” mean?

It references a number of things. My father spun plates as a three-ring circus leader at one time — he’d have 20 in the air hoping they weren’t going to crash. And obviously gold refers to success in the music industry, as in gold records and money — his ability to create it even when he kept spending or losing it all. But “Spinning Gold” really was the art of one person believing enough to keep going until it succeeds.

Is there any acknowledgment of the sexism and misogyny of that time in the film? .

We really wrestled with that question because it’s such a different time today. And there were early iterations of the story that delved a lot more into the sexuality. Ultimately, that’s not the story I chose to tell. It’s not that we’re depicting it and not commenting on it; we believe we made a very honest story about the time and about the people. But that particular component, while unbelievably important, is not something that the film itself tells.

The “Spinning Gold” soundtrack includes:

“Last Dance” – Donna Summer
“Love To Love Ya Baby” – Donna Summer
“Bad Girls” – Donna Summer
“Dim All The Lights” – Donna Summer
“It’s Your Thing” – The Isley Brothers
“Oh Happy Day” – Edwin Hawkins’ Singers
“Midnight Train To Georgia” – Gladys Knight
“Give Up The Funk” – Parliament
“Mothership Connection” – Parliament
“Ooh Child” – The Five Stairsteps
“One Toke Over The Line” – Brewer & Shipley
“Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers
“Lean On Me” – Bill Withers
“Who Is He” – Bill Withers
“Rock N Roll All Nite” – Kiss
“Shout It Out Loud” – Kiss
“Beth” – Kiss
“Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” – Ohio Players
“Wooly Bully” – Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
“Ymca” – The Village People.

KISS Adds Second Week To 'Kiss Kruise XI' Featuring Band's 'Final Onboard Performances'

(5/6/22) With the "Kiss Kruise XI" selling out in record time earlier this year, Sixthman and KISS have added a second week to the 2022 sailing beginning October 24-29 from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. This will be another unforgettable "Kiss Kruise" experience featuring a brand new lineup and adding to KISS's final onboard performances.

Fans who already secured their cabin for October 29 - November 3 can double down on the "Kiss Kruise" fun and become a two-timer by sailing on both weeks and receive an exclusive laminate, an exclusive signed item by KISS, happy hour with the band, and a specialty two-timer t-shirt.

This past February, KISS announced that "Kiss Kruise XI" would be their "last performance onboard".

As has been the case on all the previous cruises, fans will get to see KISS's unmasked acoustic and electric shows and engage in activities with the bandmembers.

Original KISS Drummer PETER CRISS To Perform With Australia's SISTERS DOLL At New York City Concert

(4/29/22) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss will join Australian rockers SISTERS DOLL on stage during their May 22 concert at the Cutting Room in New York City.

SISTERS DOLL was previously the backup band for Criss at what was being billed as his last live show in the USA in June 2017, also at the Cutting Room. Prior to that, Peter played with SISTERS DOLL at a concert in Australia in May 2017.

Criss, who turned 76 in December, 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 has claimed that his contract with KISS wasn't renewed in March 2004. That charge has been disputed by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.

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

In a 2012 interview with "The Opie & Anthony Show", Criss revealed that a power struggle, with Simmons and Stanley on one side, and Peter and Ace Frehley on the other, led to his departure from KISS. "I could start feeling [Stanley and Simmons] wanting the power," he said. "The more we were going up the ladder of future and fame, the more it was kind of swaying to Mr. Simmons and Stanley. Ace and I were kind of not getting our musical [ideas] in. It's funny — I wrote the biggest hit the band [ever had] [the 1976 ballad 'Beth'], and meanwhile, I was kind of always getting put down for this stuff. So it was always a battle."

According to Criss, he and Frehley were extremely close, which is why it was especially hurtful for the drummer to learn that Frehley was making more money when the farewell tour ended in 2000. "[It] broke my heart when [Ace] broke my heart," he said. "In the book, I tell the story, but towards the reunion, towards the end, I was devastated, man. I couldn't believe what went on. And it was again about the old M-O-N-E-Y. Money, money, money. Power, power, power. It never was enough for those guys."

Simmons has remained baffled at why Criss decided to leave the band nearly two decades ago following such a triumphant reunion tour and album. "Most people only have one chance, if at all, to swing the bat," Gene said. "Peter's had many chances. When there's a party, not everybody comes. And if you're not in the party, from the outside looking in, you scratch your head and say, 'Why wouldn't anybody want to go to the party? Lots of girls. Lots of money. Lots of good times.' You got me."

After weeks of bad-mouthing each other in the press, 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, with all four — Stanley, Simmons, Frehley and Criss — delivering warm, nostalgic and even sweet-natured speeches that put aside the simmering tensions for at least 12 minutes.

KISS did not perform — the Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Simmons and Stanley insisted on the current lineup — which also includes guitarist Tommy Thayer and Singer — 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".

Cynthia “Plaster Caster” Albritton Dies: Artist Who Made Casts Of Rock Star Private Parts Was 74

(4/21/22) Cynthia Albritton, better known as “Cynthia Plaster Caster” for the plaster casts she made of rock star private parts, died today after what her representatives said was a long illness. She was 74.

Although unconventional and a self-described “recovering groupie,” Albritton evolved as an artist, expanding from music stars to film directors, eventually adding females. She started her career by making a cast using a dental mold-making substance called alginate, which solidified around the subject’s member and then slipped off as the participant, er, “cooled off.”

In 1968, Jimi Hendrix was her first cast. She later expanded to include male filmmakers in the collection and then female artists’ breasts.

Among the artists who submitted to the process were Wayne Kramer of the MC5 and Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks. Kiss’ Gene Simmons wrote a song called “Plaster Caster” for the band’s 1977 platinum album Love Gun. “The plaster’s gettin’ harder and my love is perfection/A token of my love for her collection,” he sang — but Albritton said she never casted any member of that band.

Albritton was born in Chicago, and moved to Los Angeles after befriending Frank Zappa, who supported her craft but declined to participate in the art.

After her apartment was burglarized in 1971, the casts were given to Zappa’s business partner, Herb Cohen. After a long hiatus from cast-making, Albritton tried to get them back. When Cohen balked, things eventually devolved into a court case, with Albritton ultimately getting back all but three of the casts.

She had her first art exhibit in New York in 2000 and then was the subject of a 2001 documentary, Plaster Caster.

No information on survivors or memorial plans has been announced.

KISS’s Paul Stanley Is Auctioning Off His 2022 Corvette Convertible, VIN 001, Throws In A Guitar

(4/20/22) KISS frontman Paul Stanley will sell his 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible at Barrett-Jackson’s forthcoming Las Vegas Auction to be held from June 30 to July 7.

Stanley’s Corvette is VIN 001 for the 2022 model year and is finished in Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat. It also sports a black roof, the available Z51 package, and the High Wing Spoiler. Making Stanley’s 2022 Corvette stand out even further are the yellow brake calipers.

The interior of the car also makes quite a bold statement thanks to the tan-colored leather that adorns the seats and parts of the dashboard, door panels, and transmission tunnel. Other areas of the cabin are clad in black leather with tan-colored contrast stitching.

Stanley has long been a fan of the Corvette and in 2014, helped to design a C7 Corvette Stingray that Chevy displayed at that year’s SEMA Show. His first new car was a 1977 Corvette and he says he took inspiration from some of his favorite European vehicles in speccing out his 2022 model.

The KISS frontman is selling the car with no reserve because he “couldn’t do it justice” as he is so conscious of its pedigree and the fact that it is VIN 001. “I want to make it available to somebody who might be able to get more out of it, whether it’s to add to a collection or to drive it,” he told Barrett-Jackson.

The winning bidder won’t just receive the keys to the car but will also be handed an autographed Ibanez PS120 Paul Stanley Signature guitar.

“The guitar is another part of my life, another aspect of who I am,” Stanley says. “So I thought that whoever acquire the car would have another piece of who I am. I want somebody to take this car and do whatever makes them happy with it, to enjoy it,” Stanley said. “That’s really the keyword, I think, for any collector of anything — joy. And for me, my life has always been about the joy I can bring to other people. So here’s a car and a guitar. Go enjoy.”

GENE SIMMONS Partners With GIBSON To Re-Launch Signature Bass

(4/19/22) (Video) Gibson, the iconic, American instrument brand, has partnered with Gene Simmons — international rock legend and co-founder of KISS — to create the new Gene Simmons G² Thunderbird Bass. The Gene Simmons G² Thunderbird Bass (pronounced G-squared) defines the merging of two music icons and will bring multiple electric guitar and bass collections across Gibson Brands including Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer. The first-ever signature artist bass for Gene from Gibson, the Gene Simmons G² Thunderbird Bass introduces a revitalized Gibson bass lineup with more signature and core guitars to come. The Gene Simmons G² Thunderbird Bass is available worldwide at authorized Gibson dealers and via Gibson.com.

"Gibson is an outstanding company and has earned its place as a leading guitar brand with fans around the world," says Simmons. " The new G² Thunderbird basses are all handmade in the USA, with a sound that is off the charts. The design is so beautiful and collectible, they are simply works of art."

"We are excited to launch the first of many projects together with Gene Simmons!" says Cesar Gueikian, brand president, Gibson Brands. "The Gibson Gene Simmons G² Thunderbird Bass guitar has been more than a year in the making. It looks and sounds EPIC, and it is unmistakably Gene. Working with him is such a privilege for all of us at Gibson; he is deeply involved in every aspect of developing the guitars and planning our launch. A legendary musician who has touched the lives of generations of music fans, Gene is also a creative and successful entrepreneur. This is the first of many ways in which the G² partnership will be paying tribute to Gene, his iconic status, and continue to inspire new generations of Gibson and Gene Simmons fans to play and create music."

The stunning Gene Simmons G² Thunderbird Bass guitar is designed to meet Gene's performance needs and preferences in stadiums across the globe. Designed for modern bassists, it features the classic Gibson Reverse Thunderbird body and headstock shape. The Gene Simmons G² Thunderbird Bass is voiced with a pair of powerful T-Bird Pickups, each with individual Volume controls and paired with a master Tone control. The bound ebony fretboard features pearloid reverse split diamond inlays. A GraphTech nut and Hipshot Mini-Clover tuners keep the tuning rock-solid, while the other end of the strings anchor to a Hipshot Bass Bridge. The back of the headstock features a G² logo. The Ebony nitrocellulose lacquer finish is paired with Black Chrome hardware and a Mirror Plex truss rod cover with a Mirror Plex pickguard which features a laser engraved custom Gene Simmons logo. A hardshell case is included.

Simmons is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and media mogul. Simmons has achieved success that reaches far beyond his music career, extending into television shows, films, publishing, merchandising, worldwide restaurants, consumer products, and more. Simmons was inspired to become a rock star when he first saw a televised performance by THE BEATLES. Simmons formed several bands and then met fellow KISS co-founder Paul Stanley in 1970 and they formed the group WICKED LESTER. In the winter of 1972, with a desire to create the "ultimate" rock band, not just "another" rock band, Simmons and Stanley formed KISS with original band members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. Inspired by his love of comic books and horror films, Simmons conceived the concept of his face paint. The addition of elaborate costumes, frenetic stage performances and ostentatious concert effects, catapulted KISS to international stardom and a coveted position as one of the most recognized rock and roll bands in the world. Since their inception, KISS has developed millions of fans around the world, also known as the KISS Army. With over 100 million CDs and DVDs sold worldwide, KISS continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking box-office records set by Elvis Presley and THE BEATLES. KISS was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014 and in 1999 received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Merchandising giant Simmons's keen business acumen has expanded the KISS brand beyond the stage. With more than 5,000 licensed/merchandised items, KISS has generated more money from merchandising and trademark deals than any other band in music history. Recently, Gene launched Gene Simmons MoneyBag soda — a new line of sodas made with all natural flavors, colors, and pure cane sugar, and packaged in painted bottles.

KISS To Release 'Off The Soundboard: Live At Donington 1996' In June

(4/1/22) On June 10, rock icons KISS will release the next installment of their popular "Off The Soundboard" official live bootleg series with "Off The Soundboard: Live At Donington 1996", recorded during the Monsters Of Rock festival at Donington Park in England on August 17, 1996. This is the latest in a series of live releases by the band and will be available to stream and download, with a threee-LP standard black vinyl set, a two-CD set, and a limited-edition three-LP set pressed on 180-gram red vinyl available exclusively through the official KISS online store.

"Off The Soundboard: Live At Donington 1996" was recorded during the final year of the original run of the renowned annual music festival held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, and the 17-song set features powerhouse performances of classic KISS concert staples such as "Do You Love Me", "Shout It Out Loud", "God Of Thunder" and the title song from their 1976 multi-platinum Top Five album "Love Gun". KISS closed the festival on this date, which was also part of the highly anticipated "Alive/Worldwide" reunion tour featuring Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, making "Off The Soundboard: Live At Donington 1996" a stunning sonic souvenir of this moment in KISStory.

KISS is globally recognized as one of the greatest live bands of all time and are the creators of what is universally considered the best live album ever, 1975's gold-certified and No. 9 Billboard-charting "Alive!" The "Off The Soundboard" series continues their storied legacy of groundbreaking live albums with a document of the spectacular, larger-than-life extravaganza that is a KISS concert.

Known for their trademark performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock and roll. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and are America's No. 1 gold record award-winning group of all time in every category. Peerless as a live act, the band's illustrious legacy has been marked by record breaking global tours during a remarkable 49-year career.

CD1
01. Deuce
02. King Of The Night Time World
03. Do You Love Me?
04. Calling Dr. Love
05. Cold Gin
06. Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
07. Shout It Out Loud
08. Watchin' You
09. Firehouse
10. Shock Me

CD211. Strutter
12. God Of Thunder
13. Love Gun
14. 100,000 Years
15. Black Diamond
16. Detroit Rock City
17. Rock And Roll All Nite

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GENE SIMMONS Says PUTIN Has 'Clearly Gone Off The Rails', Predicts Russia Won't Win War With Ukraine

(3/16/22) (Videos) KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was a guest on the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's "Chief Chat" show on Tuesday (March 15). During the question-and-answer session, Gene talked about life, business, his appreciation for the military and KISS's ongoing "End Of The Road" farewell tour. The hour-plus-interview can be seen below.

Speaking about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Simmons said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "The world forever will be filled with good people and there are gonna be some bad people. My heart goes out to the people in the Ukraine who are bravely not lying down and trying not to inflame the conversation because Mr. Putin has clearly gone off the rails. And I feel for those Russian young soldiers, who, by the way, were not told — I have some friends in D.C., and we've had discussions — they weren't told they were going across the Ukraine. It was just a military exercise. Some of them thought they were war games, so they were totally unprepared for what's happening.

"Look, there's no simple answer, but if America wasn't here as a deterrent, let's say, even if it comes down to the extreme of nuclear apartheid, the world would be a different place, unfortunately, because even people who you sit across and have discussions with can turn into despots and dictators and decide to exert their will over others," he continued. "I'm using very soft language. What it really means is they become mass murderers because they want certain things. And Putin has joined that club, unfortunately, and I hope it can all come to a peaceful end. Now, in the meantime, we should do everything to punish that guy and the oligarchs and everybody else. But, of course, the by-product of that is innocent people in Russia have to bear the brunt of that — higher prices, the ruble is worth next to nothing. And so everybody suffers because one asshole decides he wants to do something like this. It's devastating. I don't even know how to respond. But only the military and the brave people of Ukraine… Wow. One of the world's most powerful regimes is finding out that they're at a standstill and they can't exert their force because the Ukrainians have decided not to lie down… They're not gonna give up. And there's a good chance Russia's gonna get their pants handed to them — perhaps not in a nuclear way, not militarily, but everybody there's gonna have to fight door to door, building to building. They're not gonna win."

On February 24, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced a "special military operation" in Ukraine. Putin made the announcement during a televised early morning speech, peddling accusations of Nazi elements within Ukraine to justify the attack on his western neighbor, a move that experts slammed as slanderous and false. (Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish and lost three family members in the Holocaust.)

The Russian leader called for Ukraine's "demilitarization and denazification" and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to "consequences they have never seen."

According to NPR, nearly 600 civilian fatalities have been confirmed in the first three weeks of the war, including a U.S. journalist.

The U.S. military estimates that between 2,000 and 4,000 Ukrainian armed forces, national guard and volunteer forces have been killed. It estimates that between 5,000 and 6,000 Russian soldiers have been killed.

Ukrainian armed forces say more than 12,000 Russian troops have been killed since February 24.

ACE FREHLEY And PETER CRISS To Perform Together At CREATURES FEST In May

(3/10/22) Original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss will perform together at this year's Creatures Fest, set to take place May 27-29 at Nashville's Sonesta Nashville Airport Hotel. Also scheduled to appear at the event are former KISS guitarists Bruce Kulick and Vinnie Vincent.

According to Creatures Fest promoter Neil Davis, Criss will join Frehley on stage during the guitarist's May 27 set to play a few tracks.

"They both spoke, said they were excited about being at Creatures Fest; they were excited about seeing you, the fans," Davis said. "And they talked, and they just thought that what would be great for the fans, for all of us, is if they got together and played some songs during Ace's set."

Vincent is scheduled to perform on night two of Creatures Fest, while Kulick will close out the event on Sunday, May 29. The festival will also feature performances by QUIET RIOT, ENUFF Z'NUFF, VIXEN, John Corabi, RETURN OF THE COMET and PRETTY BOY FLOYD, among others.

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.

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

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".

Criss played what was being billed as his final U.S. concert in June 2017 at the Cutting Room in New York City.

Frehley, a founding member of KISS, recently said that he is up for a reunion of the original band, but only if the price is right. During an appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk", Frehley stated about the chances of him playing with his former bandmates: "Anything's possible — I've always said that. That's the first question so many people have asked me over the years: 'Would you ever consider doing a KISS reunion?' I said, 'I never closed the door on anything.' If the money's right and it's presented to me in the right way, anything can happen.

"I'm on good terms with Paul [Stanley, guitar/vocals] and Gene [Simmons, bass/vocals], which is nice, because we created something really special in the early '70s that has outlasted so many other bands. And God bless 'em. They're still doing it; I'm still doing it. Peter is still around. I'm not quite sure why Peter hadn't toured over the years as much as I have, but it is what it is."

Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — made several public appearances in 2018 after spending the preceding two decades out of the public eye.

Bruce joined KISS in 1984, and accompanied the band on the "Animalize" tour and continued with them until the reunion tour. Bruce is heavily featured on "Kissology - Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", the band's DVDs spanning their historic four-decade-plus career.

Paul Stanley: I Am Finally Ready to Embrace ‘Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park’

(2/26/22) (hollywoodreporter.com) With Studio 666 (out Feb. 22), The Foo Fighters continue in a long, not-always-successful tradition of bands attempting movie stardom. The new horror-comedy is a spiritual successor to 1978’s Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park — one of the most critically maligned yet passionately loved kitsch oddities to emerge from that decade.

The hard rock band’s elaborate costumes, face makeup and pyrotechnic stage shows helped turn them into one of the biggest acts in the world at the time (between 1977 and 1979, they sold $100 million in records and merchandise, roughly $400 million today), and their manager, Bill Aucoin, wanted to take it to the next level. Curiously, Hanna-Barbera, the animation studio behind The Flintstones and The Jetsons, was chosen to produce the TV film for NBC.https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Print-Issue-6-endpg_kiss-tearsheet-EMBED-2022.jpg

Phantom shot at Magic Mountain near L.A. and followed a mad scientist (Anthony Zerbe) whose animatronic Kiss members do battle with the real ones (who happen to have superpowers like fire-breathing and laser eyes).

“I embrace it like an ugly child,” says Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley. “You have to realize that we were like these imbeciles who got to take over the school. We knew nothing about acting, nothing about filmmaking. We were sold the idea of the film in a sentence that was virtually, ‘A Hard Day’s Night meets Star Wars.’ Well, it was far from either.” If anything, it ended up closer to The Star Wars Holiday Special, which debuted a month later on CBS: an embarrassment that grew into a fan favorite over time.

Stanley, 70, spoke at length with The Hollywood Reporter about the making of the 1978 cult classic.

Seeing Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park as a child left a huge impression on me. To me, it was the coolest thing ever. And then I was reading up on it, and I saw you guys disowned it. Do you still feel that way?

I guess you would have to define it as kitsch, although it wasn’t supposed to be that in the beginning. But you had four guys who never read the script, who were clueless about even the fundamentals of acting, basically allowed to do whatever we wanted to. And a take was considered anything where we didn’t flub our lines.

How far along were you in this idea of Kiss having a mythology around it when you were first presented with the idea of a movie? I was trying to place whether the Kiss Marvel Comics came first, but I think Kiss Meets the Phantom may have come first. It is kind of a chicken or the egg, and it was an ugly chicken. [The first Kiss comic book predated the film by one year.]

I don’t remember. I don’t remember much, honestly. When we were introduced to the idea of the film, we basically said, “Make a film? Great.” It was kind of like The Little Rascals. “Let’s put on a show.” There was so much going on at that time. Two members of the band weren’t speaking to the other two members of the band. We had both [lead guitarist] Ace [Frehley] and [drummer] Peter [Criss], who would [act] on whatever whim might cross their mind. They would leave the set in the middle of shooting. In some scenes, we have stand-ins and stunt doubles [playing us]. And the idea of “the talisman” [which gave us our powers] — clearly we’d never heard the term talisman. Look, we were idiots, and we were suddenly put into a position where The Marx Brothers were being taken seriously.

Did it occur to you at the time that you might be making a dud?

I remember that Anthony Zerbe, who was a credible actor, who played the mad scientist — which, every film needs a mad scientist — he was not terribly enamored to be working with us. We weren’t used to being corralled or told what we needed to do. I just remember at one point being on set at Magic Mountain and turning to my manager at the time, Bill Aucoin, and saying: “I think this is going to be horrible.” And he said, “Don’t worry.” You should never hear anybody say, “Don’t worry.” You know?

How did the NBC executives react to the final product?

They gave us a viewing of the film before it aired on NBC. And I just slid further and further down in my chair. By the time it was over, I was looking at chewing gum on the bottom of the seats. I remember a scene where we were levitating some magic box, and you could see the wires onscreen. And in typical Hollywood fashion, when it was over, people were coming over and shaking my hand and congratulating me.

For me, it wasn’t “Springtime for Hitler,” but it’s just interesting how people hold that film in some affectionate memory. And I think that’s terrific. I was there and it wasn’t. I lived it. And whatever you saw on the screen and whatever dubious thoughts you have about it, let me tell you, you just saw the tip of the iceberg that sank the Titanic.

Did you guys make any effort to stop it from airing?

No. We were caught up so much in our fame and this incredible ride we were on, that, no, I didn’t think much of it. But it was also going to be an NBC Movie of the Week. So let other people judge and let other people [say] what they think of it. It was disappointing to me, but I certainly didn’t lose sleep over it. Again, you’re dealing with four guys who had no concept of what making a film was, let alone what was entailed in acting. Literally, before each scene, we would yell out “Line!” and they would feed us the line, and then they’d roll cameras. I said, “Gene, Peter, let’s go, let’s kill the robots.” If I got it all out, that’s a keeper. Let’s move on.

So the Ed Wood School of Filmmaking.

Well, I think that Gordon Hessler, who directed it, and who was a credible director, must have been ready for shock therapy after he worked on that film. It reached a point where after each take, he would ask us if we liked it.

Did it negatively impact your tour sales or your record sales?

Oh, gosh. Nothing could impact our sales at that point. It was viewed by the people who loved us as great, and by the people who didn’t like us as crap.

Did it affect your cool factor at all?

Cool is in the eye of the beholder. There are many people who have always thought we were cool. And there’ve also been many people who thought we weren’t. So we were used to the sticks and stones that were thrown at us. That was part of who we were and who we are. We’ve never played by the rules. Our only rule has always been no rules. We do what we want.

When we started putting out merchandise, it was thought of as completely uncool. Having a fan club was completely uncool. Whereas we thought, if our fans want something, that’s the ultimate cool. If people want to wear a uniform that identifies with us, whether it’s a belt buckle or a T-shirt, they should have it. And although there was a large population of critics and other bands who looked down their noses at it, as soon as those bands saw the kind of income it generated, they all became Kiss clones.

I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this, but to me the genius of Kiss is that you married rock ‘n’ roll to superhero and sci-fi culture.

Yeah. If you gave Superman a guitar and plugged it into a Marshall amplifier, you’d probably have Kiss.

Gene Simmons Finds Buyer For $13.5M Vegas Home

(2/24/22) Gene Simmons is one huge step closer to leaving Las Vegas, now that he's found someone to snatch up what he thought was his dream home ... until his family strongly disagreed.

The KISS rocker is selling his beautiful glass palace for $13.5 million and it's got a lot to offer. The 6-bed, 8-bath house features a koi pond, an 11-car garage and many of those glass walls are retractable!

No shocker here, but Gene built the 11,000 sq. ft. home in the perfect location -- the crib has sparkling views of the Vegas strip and the surrounding desert.

And, you can take in all of that from the spacious pool.

Back in December, Gene was on TMZ Live, and told us how much he loved the house, and also why he'd put it on the market.

He told us after all of the perks that came with living in Vegas, the one issue that made him sell -- his family members aren't huge fans of desert life. Something about the heat and having strippers down the street wasn't a great sales point for them.

Gene says he bought the property next door as well ... planting 137 trees on the land -- something hard to come by in that Nevada weather.

The Vegas home is currently under contract ... meaning an offer has been accepted, but we're told it won't close until next month. Simmons was accepting crypto as payment for the house, but it's unclear if the buyer went that route.

Ivan Sher of Berkshire Hathaway held the listing.

2022 Edition Of KISS's Annual 'Kiss Kruise' Will Feature Band's 'Last Performance Onboard'

(2/15/22) Legendary rockers KISS have announced that the upcoming voyage of the "Kiss Kruise XI" will be their "last performance onboard". The KISS Navy will set sail for their eleventh mission from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico from October 29, 2022 to November 3, 2022.

As has been the case on all the previous cruises, fans will get to see KISS's unmasked acoustic and electric shows and engage in activities with the bandmembers.

Last year's edition of the "Kiss Kruise" required fans to be vaccinated to attend.

In October, KISS frontman Paul Stanley said that the final concert of the band's "End Of The Road" tour would likely happen by early 2023.

KISS launched its farewell trek in January 2019 but was forced to put it on hold in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"End Of The Road" was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but has since been extended to at least the end of 2022. The trek was announced in September 2018 following a KISS performance of the band's classic song "Detroit Rock City" on "America's Got Talent".

"I believe strongly by the beginning of 2023 we will be finished," Stanley told Ultimate Classic Rock, adding that "it seems only natural [for the final show] to be in New York. That is where the band started, and that was really the background for the band getting together and writing these songs and played loft parties and played clubs starting with an audience of probably 10 people," he said. "It seems we should go full circle."

Stanley went on to say that unlike KISS's 2000-2001 tour, which was also supposed to be its last, "End Of The Road" will truly be the last time KISS performs live. "It's a different time than we had pondered [farewell tours] in the past," Stanley explained. "The fact is that, physically, it's incredibly demanding to do what we do. Look, we played [recently] in Austin, an outdoor show, 100 percent humidity. We're running around for two-plus hours, not only with guitars, but I've got 30-plus pounds of gear on. There's a point where you go, 'You know what? This is more challenge than I want.' And I only want to do it as long as I can do it smiling.

"There's really no thought about changing our minds," he continued. "It has nothing to do with personalities in the band or tensions or a difference of opinion or musicality. It's purely practical. You can play beat the clock, but ultimately the clock wins."

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Stanley and bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, KISS's first "farewell" tour in 2000 was the last to feature the group's original lineup.

In early 2019, Stanley told Australia's "Sunday Night" that "Rock And Roll All Nite" "has to be" the song that KISS performs as the last encore at the final concert of the "End Of The Road" tour. "That is the rock anthem that connects the world," he explained. "It was the start of other people coming up with anthems. They really didn't exist, per se. So, 'Rock And Roll All Nite And Party Every Day', that's a song that just connects with people on all different levels."

Simmons concurred, telling BUILD Series: "How do you not end with 'Rock And Roll All Nite'? We will have played that song, probably without exception, more than any other song we've ever been involved with. You might say, 'Aren't you sick and tired of hearing that?' But I will tell you the roar of the crowd, the smell of the grease paint, there ain't nothing like it. When you hear everybody getting jazzed about that and you get off the stage... [it's] like the fire in the belly. You're dog-tired; you've just done a big show; and you get up on that stage, when you see the joy in everybody's face... We've seen it all. We've been around for generations, but when you see a little 5-year-old kid in KISS makeup on his dad's shoulders who's wearing KISS makeup, next to his father... we're badass kind of guys — nothing affects us much — but that stuff will put a lump in your throat. You have to turn around for a second. It gets me. Yes, it's music, but it's generational, and it brings families together instead of separates [sic] them."

Legendary Security and Body Guard "Big" John Harte Passes at 70

(2/13/22) "Big" John Harte, longtime bodyguard for iconic music artists including KISS, IRON MAIDEN, BILLY IDOL, and PRINCE, passed away on Friday, February 11 in Hollywood, Florida. He was 70 years old.

Born John Joseph Harte III in Newark, NJ on November 15, 1951, he was the older of two boys raised in a traditional Irish-Catholic family in nearby Passaic. When Harte's mother unexpectedly passed away, he helped support his family while dreaming of becoming a famous musician. The rock-and-roll band that Harte played drums and percussion for did not last long, but a chance experience keeping people at bay outside a Grateful Dead concert would change the trajectory of his life.

"I was noticed at that show because I was big, dressed in denim and black, looked tough with my biker's mustache and could handle a rowdy crowd," Harte recalled while working on his memoir in 2021. "I soon found myself handling security at Passaic's Capitol Theater, Jersey City's Roosevelt Stadium and New York's Fillmore East for musicians ranging from Gregg Allman to Lou Reed to the New York Dolls. I learned all aspects of the music business 'ground up' by ushering guests, tuning instruments for performers and doing whatever was needed to ensure a concert ran smoothly."

KISS! "A fella named Rick Stuart, who was already working security with the group, knew I wanted to get on the road as the next step in my career. After the band played the Capitol in October 1975, Rick took me to the hotel room where they were staying. I met tour manager JR Smalling, and was given - or subjected to (laughter) - an impromptu interview. A few days later, I was offered the job by manager Bill Aucoin, soon went on the group's first European tour and worked an average of six days per week for almost a decade. An experience of a lifetime!"

"Guys like [John] are a rare breed," states KISS co-founder and frontman, Paul Stanley from his Foreword contributed to Harte's forthcoming book:

"John was a formidable presence and was rough around the edges for sure, but that never overshadowed the dedication and conscience he would show while babysitting and coddling four spoiled and needy rockstars who were always vying for attention and affirmation that they were his favorite."

"Big John is a legend in the KISS world, nearly as big as the band itself," recalls Michael Brandvold, co-founder of KISS-fan podcast Three Sides of The Coin. "Growing up I saw him as this larger than life, imposing figure who was tasked with protecting the identities of the KISS members. But, when I first met him in 2018 I quickly saw John for who he really was... a quiet, gentle giant with a big heart."

After an exclusive eight-year stint with KISS, Harte spent much of the 1980s touring with British Heavy Metal band, IRON MAIDEN, enjoying more than his share of all perks the music business had to offer- the Rock Star Lifestyle that millions have fantasized about.

"John had worked with us for several years and I recently had a great visit with him laughing and sharing stories together," recalls longtime Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. "A great guy and valued member of the family who will be sadly missed!"

Harte's days with Maiden would lead to a four-decade friendship with Steve Altman, who signed on as bassist Steve Harris's personal assistant and later encouraged Harte to chronicle his Rock 'N Roll adventures:

"I was young and John took me under his wing, even as we both moved on to other music industry opportunities," says Altman. "He was a constant 'go to' in my life and was always there for me."

Harte would eventually settle down and marry the love of his life, MaryAnn, and have their son Brian. Although he would give up the day-to-day, grueling schedule required of world touring, Harte would continue working as late as the 2003 KISS/Aerosmith tour. It was then Harte realized that he had his own following of supporters, and would travel to various conventions and an official KISS Kruise in 2017 to meet them.

"John was loved by so many fans of the bands he had worked for," said his wife. "The admiration that was always shown to him by those whom he met always blew him away. He treasured those moments."

Harte's book will be completed and published posthumously in 2023. "John was not only a part of KISStory but, in a sense, also a rock star in his own right," says Harte's co-author Robert V. Conte. "He witnessed first-hand how the concert scene evolved from the days of the most basic, often error-ridden performances to the visual and audio spectacles most concerts offer today. John and I spoke often over the past few years developing his book and I promised his memoir would be published no matter what. Despite his terrible loss, I will keep that promise."

Those wishing to leave their remembrances with "Big" John Harte may do so on his social media page. A GoFundMe page has been established for those interested in contributing to John's final expenses.

UNION - CBGB New York, NY (Full Show)

(2/10/22) (Video) On February 9, 2000, UNION held their album launch party for The Blue Room at the legendary CBGB. This is the full concert from that night.

KISS Announces May 2022 U.S. Tour Dates

(1/19/22) KISS has announced a handful of new U.S. shows as part of the band's ongoing "End Of The Road" tour. The four rescheduled concerts will take place in May after they were postponed last year. All previously purchased tickets and VIP packages will be honored for the new dates.

As previously reported, KISS will also headline this year's Welcome To Rockville festival on Thursday, May 19 in Daytona Beach, Florida. GUNS N' ROSES, FOO FIGHTERS and KORN will close out the rest of the four-day event.

2022 U.S. tour dates:

May 11 - Milwaukee, WI - American Family Insurance Amphitheater
May 12 - Dayton, OH - Wright State University Nutter Center
May 14 - Hartford, CT - Xfinity Theatre
May 17 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
May 19 - Daytona Beach, FL - Welcome To Rockville – Daytona International Speedway

Here Is A Video Tour Of GENE SIMMONS's Las Vegas Mansion

(1/10/22) (Video) Real estate broker Ryan Serhant has shared a 17-minute video tour of Gene Simmons's nearly 11,000-square-foot estate in Henderson, Nevada's Ascaya luxury community which is currently on the market for $13.5 million. Check it out above.

KISS's 2004 Performance From Virginia Beach To Be Released In March

(1/7/22) On March 11, rock icons KISS will release the next installment of their "Off The Soundboard" official live bootleg series with "Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach", recorded live at the Virginia Beach Amphitheatre on July 25, 2004. This is the second in a series of live releases by the band and will be available to stream and download, with a three-LP standard black vinyl set, a two-CD set, and a limited edition three-LP set pressed on 180-gram opaque green vinyl, all available exclusively through the official KISS online store.

"Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach" finds the legendary band in the midst of their "Rock The Nation" tour, which is notable for being the first full U.S. tour of the longstanding Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer lineup. The career-spanning 20-song set includes classic KISS tracks such as "Lick It Up", "I Love It Loud" and the worldwide smash and No. 11 1979 U.S. Billboard-charting "I Was Made For Lovin' You", as well as perennial KISS fan favorites "Makin' Love", "King Of The Night Time World" and "100,000 Years" that dig deep into the band's astonishing 40-plus-year back catalog.

KISS is globally recognized as one of the greatest live bands of all time and are the creators of what is universally considered the best live album ever, 1975's gold-certified and No. 9 Billboard-charting "Alive!" The "Off The Soundboard" series continues KISS's storied legacy of groundbreaking live albums with a document of the spectacular, larger-than-life extravaganza that is a KISS concert.

Known for their trademark performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and are America's No. 1 gold record award-winning group of all time in every category. Peerless as a live act, the band's illustrious legacy has been marked by record-breaking global tours during a remarkable 48-year career.

"Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach" track listing:

2CD

Disc 1

01. Love Gun
02. Deuce
03. Makin' Love
04. Lick It Up
05. Christine Sixteen
06. Tears Are Falling
07. She
08. Got To Choose
09. I Love It Loud
10. I Want You

Disc 2

01. Psycho Circus
02. King Of The Night Time World
03. War Machine
04. 100,000 Years
05. Unholy
06. Shout It Out Loud
07. I Was Made For Lovin' You
08. Detroit Rock City
09. God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II
10. Rock and Roll All Nite

3LP

Disc 1

01. Love Gun (Side A)
02. Deuce (Side A)
03. Makin' Love (Side A)
04. Lick It Up (Side A)
05. Christine Sixteen (Side B)
06. Tears Are Falling (Side B)
07. She (Side B)
08. Got To Choose (Side B)

Disc 2

01. I Love It Loud (Side A)
02. I Want You (Side A)
03. Psycho Circus (Side A)
04. King Of The Night Time World (Side B)
05. War Machine (Side B)
06. 100, 000 Years (Side B)

Disc 3

01. Unholy (Side A)
02. Shout It Out Loud (Side A)
03. I Was Made For Lovin' You (Side A)
04. Detroit Rock City (Side A)
05. God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II (Side B)
06. Rock And Roll All Nite (Side B)

Will KISS Ever Sell Its Catalog? 'How Much Have You Got?' GENE SIMMONS Says

(1/3/22) Gene Simmons has implied that he and KISS co-founder Paul Stanley are open to selling the band's entire back catalog and the associated trademarks for "the right price."

Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Neil Young are some of the iconic musicians who have recently sold off substantial rights to their music, whether it's just for publishing or the original recordings, known as masters. Investors, major music companies and private equity firms have poured billions of dollars into buying song catalogs, believing that the rise of streaming and growing music revenues will make song rights acquisitions highly lucrative in the long term as they can be exploited for up to 70 years after a musician's death.

Asked in a new interview with A Journal Of Musical Things if KISS will ever sell its catalog to anyone, Simmons replied: "How much have you got? Bob Dylan sold his stuff for $300-400 million. The problem — and I love the guy and worship the ground he walks on — but [his music] isn't going to mean a lot to a 20-year-old. They don't care about 'The Times They Are A-Changin'', 'Maggie's Farm' — they just don't. Very few pieces of music stand the test of time. What KISS has that no other musical entity has is trademarks. Our faces are bigger than the music, bigger than anything.'

The KISS bassist/vocalist continued: "Springsteen just sold for $500 million and what you get is the music, not the imagery. I've never seen a Springsteen cartoon, comic book, or action figures. KISS is the only one. So what you're buying into — if anyone does the right price — you're into buying the imagery that has stood the test of time. Our analogy is Santa Claus/Superman: imagery that is trademarked so that no one can reproduce. And no other musical act has that."

A year ago, KISS frontman Paul Stanley told Ultimate Classic Rock that the idea of older musicians selling their publishing rights in multimillion bundle deals makes perfect sense to him. "As far as I know, we only get one trip on this earth, and you can't take it with you, so I totally get it," he said. "If there's money to be had and it's going to make your life better, then why not? It's a different business model, but it makes total sense... At some point in your career, you look at what you've created and what it's worth. Artists do that; it's what painting's about. You don't stash your artwork — you sell it."

KISS continues to be among the most merchandised bands in history and a pioneering force in the music merchandise and licensing industry, with KISS-branded merchandise available in major retailers around the globe, including Nordstrom, Macy's, Urban Outfitters, Hot Topic, Torrid, Tilly's, Pacsun, Cotton On, Revolve, Nasty Gal, Princess Polly, Target, Walmart and Kohl's, among many more.

Recent KISS deals in North America include Dead Sled Coffee, for pre-packaged coffee in the U.S.; a fashion and accessories collaboration with Robert Graham in the U.S.; high-end apparel with Lauren Moshi in the U.S.; a line of seasonal apparel with Ugly Christmas Sweater for Holiday 2021 in the U.S. In the international marketplace, recent strategic partnerships include Brands For Fans for gin and dark rum in Europe, Japan, and Australia; Metal Departments for real money gambling worldwide; Fexpro for apparel and accessories in Mexico, Central America, and South America; Konnekt for apparel and accessories in Japan; and EastPak for bags, backpacks and accessories in U.S. Europe, Middle East, Asia and Canada; among many others.

Peter Criss Drum Solos 2022

(1/2/22) Rock Drum Solo 2022: Video.

Spanish Drum Solo 2022: Video.

ERIC SINGER Joins Ex-KISS Bandmate BRUCE KULICK For Set Of Group's '80s/'90s Songs In Las Vegas

(1/1/22) KISS drummer Eric Singer joined his former bandmate, ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, during Bruce's concert last night (Thursday, December 30) at Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Singer was filling in for Kulick's regular drummer Brent Fitz who was apparently unable to make the gig because he contracted COVID-19.

Kulick's group, which also features singer and guitarist Todd Kerns and bassist and singer Zach Throne, performed mostly songs from Kulick's 1980s and 1990s KISS era.

The setlist was as follows:

01. Creatures Of The Night
02. Unholy
03. Uh! All Night
04. Domino
05. Heaven's On Fire
06. Watchin' You
07. Tears Are Falling
08. I Love It Loud
09. Detroit Rock City
10. King Of The Night Time World
11. God Gave Rock And Roll To You
12. Forever
13. War Machine
14. Jungle
15. Paralyzed
16. I Just Wanna
17. Spit
18. Star Spangled Banner
19. Crazy Crazy Nights
20. Turn On The Night

Kulick and his band previously played two shows aboard the 10th edition of the Kiss Kruise.

Drum Set Once Owned By Late KISS Drummer ERIC CARR Can Now Be Yours

(1/1/22) A Ludwig 12-piece drum set made for and owned by late KISS drummer Eric Carr is being sold via Reverb. The set comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Eric Carr estate.

In the Reverb listing, the seller of the Carr kit writes: "While I was playing in a KISS tribute band in 2005, my dream came true when I bought this kit from Paul Orofino, one of Eric's closest friends and the one who recorded Eric's audition demo tape for KISS. Paul told me Eric gifted him this drum set, Simmons pads and, I believe, his chrome Chikara set, and Eric had it sent freight right after his video shoot for 'God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II' song by KISS, from Los Angeles to Paul's recording studio in Milbrook, NY. Paul said he recorded albums by BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and other popular bands with some of the drums from this set."

Carr replaced Peter Criss in KISS in 1980 and made his recording debut with the band on 1981's "Music From 'The Elder'" album. His final recording with KISS was "God Gave Rock And Roll To You II". His last public appearance before his death was at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 1991.

Carr contributed his talent to the bands many gold and platinum albums during his tenure, and can be heard on the band's many hit songs from the 1980s, including "Lick It Up", "Heaven's On Fire", "Crazy Nights", "Tears Are Falling" and "Forever", to name a few. In addition to his musical contributions, Carr was equally known for his inviting personality and genuine love for the fans. From the time he joined the band to this very day, Carr remains one of the most beloved members of the KISS family.

Carr died on November 24, 1991 of a rare heart cancer. He was 41.

Back in 2011, on the 20th anniversary of Eric's passing, KISS frontman Paul Stanley stated about Carr: "At a time when KISS was in the midst of upheaval and turmoil, Eric brought calm and an optimism that refocused our priorities so we could move forward. I can't overstate his contribution to our rebirth. His dedication to his music was only matched by his dedication to his fans. He was a kind soul who couldn't say an unkind word about anyone and I think of him all the time."

Added KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons: "I never knew anyone more humble in my life. Eric Carr was a kind soul who never said anything bad about anybody. He was also a double threat on drums, and vocals. I miss him."

As previously reported, an official Eric Carr documentary, backed by the late KISS drummer's family, is in the works.

In 2000, MVD Visual released an Eric Carr documentary called "Inside The Tale Of The Fox: The Eric Carr Story". The 120-minute documentary, directed by Jack Edward Sawyers, included extra footage, outtakes, pictures and interviews, as well as previously unreleased music written and performed by Eric from his pre-KISS and KISS days, plus interviews with Bill Aucoin, Bruce Kulick, Carrie Stevens, members of SLAUGHTER, Fred Coury, and more.

Carr was inducted into the Metal Hall Of Fame on September 12 via a free livestream event hosted by Cathy Rankin.

ACE FREHLEY And VINNIE VINCENT To Appear At Nashville's CREATURES FEST

(12/27/21) Ace Frehley and Vinnie Vincent are among the scheduled performers at Creatures Fest 2022, set to take place Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. Other Creatures Fest performers include VIXEN, QUIET RIOT, ENUFF Z'NUFF, John Corabi, RETURN OF THE COMET and PRETTY BOY FLOYD. More detailed information, including tickets and host hotel, will be made available in early January 2022.

Frehley, a founding member of KISS, recently said that he is up for a reunion of the original band, but only if the price is right. During an appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk", Frehley stated about the chances of him playing with his former bandmates: "Anything's possible — I've always said that. That's the first question so many people have asked me over the years: 'Would you ever consider doing a KISS reunion?' I said, 'I never closed the door on anything.' If the money's right and it's presented to me in the right way, anything can happen.

"I'm on good terms with Paul [Stanley, guitar/vocals] and Gene [Simmons, bass/vocals], which is nice, because we created something really special in the early '70s that has outlasted so many other bands. And God bless 'em. They're still doing it; I'm still doing it. Peter [Criss, drums] is still around. I'm not quite sure why Peter hadn't toured over the years as much as I have, but it is what it is."

Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — made several public appearances in 2018 after spending the preceding two decades out of the public eye.

In 1983, KISS wrote and released "Lick It Up" — their first album without makeup — 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 two albums.

In 1996, 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 November 2019, KISS manager Doc McGhee claimed that all former members of the group have been contacted about possibly taking part in the band's last-ever tour.

Prior to the "End Of The Road" launch, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons weren't very enthusiastic about the prospect of an onstage collaboration with Vinnie Vincent. "Now Vinnie, that's one exception, and for so many reasons," Stanley told Guitar World. "I would say that's not someone who I want to celebrate."

Simmons also chimed in, explaining that "it's worth stating that Vinnie has sued the band and lost 14 times. I'm not here to cast any aspersions. He's a talented guy. That's why he was in the band. But would I depend on him to get up onstage and do anything? Never. … Can he come to the shows? Of course! Anybody can. But onstage? Never."

In April 2018, Vincent joined Simmons at the KISS bassist/vocalist's "Vault" event in Nashville, Tennessee. He later said in an interview that he felt that got "a cold reception" and was "treated very indifferently" by Gene at the event.

GUNS N' ROSES, KISS, SLIPKNOT, KORN, Others Make POLLSTAR's List Of Highest-Grossing Worldwide Tours Of 2021

(12/15/21) THE ROLLING STONES had the highest-grossing tour in the world this year, according to Pollstar, the trade publication dedicated to covering the worldwide concert industry. The "No Filter" trek generated a total of $115.5 million from just 12 concerts. Other artists whose tours landed in the top 100 include GUNS N' ROSES, KISS, SLIPKNOT and MEGADETH / LAMB OF GOD.

The touring industry was one of the first sectors hit by the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, and it may be one of the last to recover. One problem has been the inability to get foreign artists into the United States because of a long backlog of visa applications at American embassies and consulates.

Returning to the road after the touring industry shut down due to COVID has proven to be particularly gratifying for someone like GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash, who is notorious for spending most of his time playing live shows.

"GUNS just did a U.S. tour, which was a lot of fun," he told Germany's Radio Bob! in October. "It was great because you had all these crowds that were super hungry for live gigs. And so it was a very energetic tour. At the same time, [we] also had a lot of intense restrictions. We didn't have any kind of aftershow guests — no guests whatsoever — and we never left the hotel pretty much the entire time. And everybody just had to really keep it together so that we didn't have somebody get sick and have to postpone the tour and all that kind of stuff. But we made it through unscathed. So it was good."

These are some of the rock/metal artists who have made Pollstar's "2021 Year-End Top 100 Worldwide Tours" list:

01. THE ROLLING STONES ($115.5 million)
03. GREEN DAY, WEEZER, FALL OUT BOY ($67.3 million)
07. GUNS N' ROSES ($47.3 million)
30. KISS ($16.9 million)
42. SLIPKNOT's "Knotfest Roadshow" ($12.3 million)
48. KORN ($10.3 million)
53. ZZ TOP ($9.4 million)
61. MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD ($7.9 million)
63. SHINEDOWN ($7.5 million)
64. THE BLACK CROWES ($7.4 million)
69. PRIMUS ($7.0 million)
76. FOREIGNER ($6 million)
85. FOO FIGHTERS ($4.5 million).

Gene Simmons Planning 'Breathtaking' Kiss Museum With His Own Collection

(12/14/21) Big things are coming to Las Vegas next year, thanks to Gene Simmons. The Kiss bassist shared his plans to open a museum all about the band in Sin City, hopefully launching in March 2022.

According to Simmons, the museum will feature his own memorabilia from his time in the band. “I was in Las Vegas to start working on the Kiss museum, which is really just my collection, because I’ve got a half-century of Kiss stuff,” he told the Las Vegas Review Journal over the weekend. “I want the fans to see it.”

As Simmons tells it, fans won't be disappointed by the end result. “It’s going to be breathtaking,” he told the outlet. “I was there the first day, as my stuff started to come in. We have three tractor-trailers full of stuff, and it’s going to be spectacular. The fans are going to dig it. You can play golf, you can have your photo taken, you can take videos of yourself onstage with Kiss, and then go visit my private collection.”

Like the rock music icon said, fans will be able to play mini-golf on the expanded 2,000 square foot glow-in-the-dark attraction Kiss By Monster Mini Golf located in the Rio in Las Vegas. The museum itself will be a 15,000-square-foot space, all of it Kiss-themed, of course, also located in the Rio, as reported by the Review Journal.

Simmons also addressed Kiss's former Vegas residency plans, which were supposed to be held at Zappos Theater beginning on Dec. 29 and runing through Feb. 5. While Simmons would love to get those plans back in motion, he said they will likely wait another year or two before reviving the residency.

“Our original plan was to come in just before New Year’s, but it was just too busy,” Simmons explained. “When I came into town and joined my friend Dave Grohl onstage, that same night you could see George Strait at T-Mobile Arena, literally across the street. You go down the street and you can see many more artists. I mean, it’s packed.

“There are more artists per square inch in a city that never sleeps than anyplace on the planet," he continued. “With all due respect to other all the other artists who are terrific, and who are great and iconic, we’d rather wait for the traffic to die down and bring the best show on Earth, period.”

Eric Carr "The Legend Lives On" (30th Anniversary Tribute)

(11/24/21) (Video) Eric Carr passed away 30 years ago, on November 24th, 1991. Although it sounds like a long period of time his presence has never left me. He was my dear friend and bandmate. My years traveling, working and playing in KISS with him, were unforgettable. Please enjoy my memories of this great man, and know his legend will always live on in the hearts and minds of his fans, family and friends. Created by Bruce and Lisa Kulick

GUNS N' ROSES, FOO FIGHTERS, KISS And KORN To Headline 2022 Edition Of WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE Festival

(11/12/21) GUNS N' ROSES, FOO FIGHTERS, KISS and KORN will headline next year's edition of the Welcome To Rockville festival, set to take place May 19-22, 2022 at world-renowned Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Welcome To Rockville is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination festivals in America. Additional DWP events include Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, Epicenter, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival and more. They're also the co-creators of Rock On The Range, America's largest and most acclaimed rock festival, which celebrated its 12th and final year in 2018.

Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents, said in a statement: "We knew we had to do something massive to follow the biggest Welcome To Rockville in history so we went out and got rock legends @gunsnroses, newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, @foofighters, (you wanted the best, we got you the best) @kissonline and DWP's most requested band, @korn_official. We're looking forward to breaking records at THE WORLD CENTER OF ROCK with you, see you in 2022!"

This year's Welcome To Rockville kicked off on Thursday (November 11) and runs through Sunday (November 14). The four-day festival features 70 bands, including METALLICA, SLIPKNOT and DISTURBED.

Welcome To Rockville, which was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19 concerns, moved from Jacksonville to Daytona Beach in 2021 because organizers said it had outgrown Metropolitan Park.

This year's edition was expected to draw around 40,000 fans daily after it was expanded from three days to four, not including an additional pre-party slate of bands that performed for campers on Wednesday night.

KISSmas Show With Gene Simmons: TalkShopLive

(11/11/21) KISSmas Show With Gene Simmons: TalkShopLive: Video.

ACE FREHLEY Is Working On 'Some Heavy Songs'

(11/10/21) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says that he has collaborated with his longtime friend Peppy Castro on "some heavy songs."

Peppy reportedly taught Frehley how to play guitar and previously collaborated with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons as a songwriter and performed on Frehley's and KISS frontman Paul Stanley's solo records.

Frehley shared the news of his latest latest studio sessions with Castro in an Instagram post on November 4. At the time, he wrote: "Been Recording all day w/my dear friend Peppy Castro…collaborated on some heavy songs!!!"

Earlier today, Ace offered an update on his studio activities, writing: "Been Recording all day!!! I'm thinking about Christmas & how lucky I am that I have complete creative freedom over my music, and I'm very thankful for all the gifts God has given me… I sometimes forget how good I have it, and I'm trying to act humble & be worthy of my talents & situation, considering I grew up with nothing in the Bronx!"

KISS's GENE SIMMONS To Appear On TalkShopLive For 45th-Anniversary Edition Of 'Destroyer'

(11/9/21) Gene Simmons will participate in a live interview on the livestreaming social selling online network TalkShopLive to promote deluxe versions of the band's 45th anniversary edition of "Destroyer". The KISS bassist and co-vocalist will go live on talkshop.live on November 10 at 7 p.m. Eastern. Fans who watch the candid, exclusive interview can purchase the album as well as a holiday-themed T-shirt during the conversation and ask questions via the platform's interactive text chat feature. Simmons will be interviewed by Steve Harkins live on TalkShopLive's Rock 'N' Roll Channel. Fans can start following the channel and buy here.

PETER CRISS - Rockologists Records Reissue Former KISS Drummer's Two Solo Albums On Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl

(11/1/21) (Promo Video) The Rockologists are honoured to present the first American pressing of the legendary 1979 Peter Criss LP, Out Of Control, in over 40 years as well as the first ever American pressing of the 1982 Peter Criss LP, Let Me Rock You. These classic LP’s are pressed on the modern equipment of Third Man Pressing in Detroit Michigan with care and the reverence these releases deserve. Harking back to the heyday of KISS vinyl pressing in the 70’s, Out Of Control and Let Me Rock You will be released in a rainbow of colors, Black, Clear Green, Clear Red, Clear Blue and Clear Coke Bottle vinyl. Each color consists of 500 units, for 2,500 LP’s total for each release. 100 sets of each of the five colors will be bunded together with some special treats at a special price. Individual LP’s of any color will be available for only $29.99 plus shipping. To place your order visit therockologists.com.

Originally Released on September 8, 1980, Out Of Control is the second solo release by former KISS drummer and founder Peter Criss. The LP art was created by Todd Schoor from a concept by Peter Criss.

Album Details:
Producer - David Wolfert and Peter Criss
Engineer - Leanne Ungar
Studio - RCA Recording Studios, NYC - March to July 1980

Musicians:
All Lead Vocal - Peter Criss
Drums and Percussion - Peter Criss
Guitars - Stan Penridge, David Wolfert
Bass - Tony Mercandante, Stu Woods
Keyboards - Benny Harrison
Synthesizers - Ed Walsh, Benny Harrison, David Wolfert
Synthesizer Programming - Ed Walsh, Greg Zanthus Winter
Background Vocals - Stan Penridge, Benny Harrison, Tony Mercandante, David Buskin, Peter Criss
Soprano Sax Solo - George Young
Strings arranged By - David Wolfert\
Conducted By - John Lissauer
Concert Master - David Nadien
Horns Arranged By - Louis Delgatto

Tracklisting and songwriters:

Side 1
"By Myself" - Peter Criss, Stan Penridge and David Wolfert
"Feel Like Letting Go" - Criss, Penridge
"I Found Love" - Criss, Penridge, Wolfert
"In Trouble Again" - Criss, Penridge
"My Life" - Criss, Wolfert, David Buskin

Side 2
"Out Of Control" - Criss, Penridge
"There’s Nothing Better" - Criss, Penridge
"Where Will They Run" - Criss, Penridge
"Words" - Criss, Penridge
"You Better Run" - Eddie Beigati, Felix Cavaliere

Originally Released on June 25th 1982, Let Me Rock You is the third solo release by former KISS drummer and founder Peter Criss.

Album Details
Producer - Vini Poncia for Mad Vincent Productions
Engineer - Bob Schaper
Studio - Conway Recording Studios - Los Angeles

Musicians
Lead Vocal - Peter Criss
Drums and Percussion - Dennis Conway, Michael Braun, Peter Criss
Guitars - Michael Landau, Caleb Quaye, Bob Messana, Phil Grande, Steve stevens, Steve Lukather
Bass - John “Cooker” Lo Presti, Davey Faragher
Keyboards - James Newton Howard, Jai Winding, Jim Roberge
Synthesizers - Ed Walsh, James Newton Howard
Background Vocals - Rory Dodd, Eric Trayer, Mark Kreider, Bob Messano, Vini Poncia, Suzanne Fellini

Tracklisting and songwriters:

Side 1
"Let It Go" - Tommy Faragher, Davey, Faragher, Brie Howard
"Tears" - Vincent Cusano, Adam Mitchell
"Move On Over" - Vini Poncia, Peter Criss
"Jealous Guy" - John Lennon
"Destiny" - Charlie Midnight, Cash Monet, Jeff Schoen

Side 2

"Some Kinda Hurricane" - Russell Ballard
"Let Me Rock You" - Ballard
"First Day In The Rain" - Steve Stevens
"Feel Like Heaven" - Gene Simmons
"Bad Boys" - Peter Criss, Jim Roberge

A founding member and the drummer of the internationally renowned rock group KISS, Peter Criss is an honored member of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Peter also released several solo LP’s heavily influenced by his musical interests in swing and jazz.

KISS Setlist - at Norwegian Gem, Miami, FL, USA 11/1/21

(11/1/21) Psycho Circus
Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll
Take It Off
Watchin' You
Firehouse
Makin' Love
All the Way
Cold Gin
Say Yeah
War Machine
Lick It Up
I Love It Loud
Black Diamond
Detroit Rock City
Rock and Roll All Nite

Watch KISS Perform 'She's So European' And 'We Are One' Live For First Time

(11/1/21) KISS performed the songs "She's So European" and "We Are One" live for the first time ever during the band's first indoor show aboard the ongoing "Kiss Kruise X". Also included in the group's setlist were rarely played tracks "Take It Off" and "Uh! All Night".

KISS Setlist - at Norwegian Gem, Miami, FL, USA 10/31/21

(10/31/21) Psycho Circus
Take It Off

Watchin' You

Firehouse
She's So European
Lick It Up
We Are One
Cold Gin
Uh! All Night
I Love It Loud
Say Yeah
War Machine
Black Diamond
Detroit Rock City
Rock and Roll All Nite

KISS Announces 2022 Edition Of 'Kiss Kruise'

(10/31/21) Legendary rockers KISS have announced the upcoming voyage of the "Kiss Kruise XI". The KISS Navy will set sail for their eleventh mission from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico from October 29, 2022 to November 3, 2022.

KISS's Las Vegas Residency Has Been Canceled

(10/31/21) KISS's second Las Vegas residency has been canceled. Tickets for the legendary rockers' engagement at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, which was scheduled to launch at the end of December, have been taken down from the Caesars Entertainment/Ticketmaster link and fans who already purchased tickets via Ticketmaster have been notified that the shows are no longer taking place.

Zappos Theater representatives have told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that ticket providers will contact purchasers with refund information.

According to Las Vegas Review-Journal writer John Katsilometes, "soft ticket sales" are reportedly the reason the run has been called off.

The following 12 shows have been canceled:

December 2021: 29, 31

January 2022: 1, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29

February 2022: 2, 4, 5

KISS Rejoined By BRUCE KULICK For Two Songs On 'Kiss Kruise X

(10/31/21) Ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick rejoined his bandmates on stage yesterday (Friday, October 29) aboard the "Kiss Kruise X" to perform two of the group's classic songs: "Tears Are Falling" and "Heaven's On Fire". Fan-filmed video of his appearance can be seen below. (Video1, Video2)

KISS Pushes Back Against Roadies' Claim Lax COVID Protocols Led To Guitar Tech's Death

(10/30/21) KISS has pushed back against accusations of lax COVID-19 protocols on the band's ongoing "End Of The Road" U.S. tour.

The legendary rockers have released a statement defending themselves after a group of their roadies suggested to Rolling Stone magazine that the lack of COVID protocols enforced on the tour led to the death of a longtime guitar tech, 53-year-old Francis Stueber. Stueber died of coronavirus in his Detroit hotel room on October 17, just two days after being quarantined.

"We are profoundly heartbroken at the loss of Francis, he was a friend and colleague of 20 years, there is no way to replace him," KISS said in its statement. "Millions of people have lost someone special to this horrific virus and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Please protect yourself and your loved ones.

"Our 'End Of The Road' world tour absolutely had COVID safety protocols in place that met, but most often exceeded, federal, state, and local guidelines," the band added. "But ultimately this is still a global pandemic and there is simply no foolproof way to tour without some element of risk."

‘Couldn’t Believe How Unsafe It Was’: Kiss’ Roadies Blame Lax Covid Protocols for Guitar Tech’s Death

(10/30/21) (rollingstone.com) It was many a roadie’s worst nightmare: On Oct. 17, 53-year-old Francis Stueber died in his hotel room, nearly 2,300 miles from home, according to Kiss and his fellow backstage crew. The longtime guitar tech had been with the band for more than 20 years and was a beloved figure in the Kiss Army.

Having tested positive for Covid-19, Stueber died just two days after being quarantined in a Detroit hotel room. According to the Wayne County Health Examiner’s office, the father of three died of the virus. “We are profoundly heartbroken at the loss of Francis, he was a friend and colleague of 20 years, there is no way to replace him,” the band tells Rolling Stone in a statement. “Millions of people have lost someone special to this horrific virus and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Please protect yourself and your loved ones.”

But three crew members — who spoke on the condition of anonymity over fear of retaliation — say not enough was done to protect them. They place the blame for Stueber’s death squarely on tour production. The trio told Rolling Stone that the tour didn’t take strict enough safety measures, which they say sickened several tour workers and potentially cost Stueber his life.

“Every day during the shows, we weren’t tested. And there are so many unknowns,” one crew member tells Rolling Stone. “Did we superspread this, did we spread this thing from city to city? It’s horrible that Fran passed, and it’s horrible if this is our protocol just for us to tour. Is this going to be the normal, to stick someone in a hotel and if somebody dies, ‘Oh, well, off to the next guy?’ ”

Stueber’s death marked an unexpected, tragic loss of one of the band’s most beloved crew members — and a wake-up call when it comes to touring during a pandemic that is still very much in play. In the wake of tragedy, members of the tour seem eager to place blame: Some of Stueber’s fellow roadies point to what they perceived to be lax Covid-19 safety protocols as the culprit; while the band reveals that workers concealed sickness and even faked vaccine cards in some cases. Either way, as the pandemic continues to imperil the live-music business — and artists fight to get back on the road to work — situations like these beg the question: How much is enough when it comes to keeping bands on the road and their teams safe?

Stueber’s wife, Catherine, did not immediately respond to Rolling Stone’s request for comment, but his sister Mary Stueber-Grass tells Rolling Stone: “He was a hard worker, he loved what he did, and he loved meeting people.… I’ve gotten messages from around the world from friends, fans — anyone who he’s met — sending pictures and memories. He was so full of life, and we’re all devastated.”

“We’d been frustrated for weeks, and by the time Fran died, I just thought, ‘You have to be fucking kidding me.’”

According to a production executive who spoke with Rolling Stone, the crew workers’ assertions about the lack of safety measures are not strictly true. There were protocols in place, even if they were later found lacking. The band required that all the crew submit vaccination cards and wear masks backstage, and catering was separated between local workers and the touring crew. Those who tested positive would be sent to hotels to quarantine, and their bus mates were also tested, the executive said. But the roadies RS spoke to said masks were not always properly worn and tests were not given regularly enough.

That production exec also said that a team of four people, including the executive, presented multiple options to Kiss management when they were designing the tour, including options for how frequently to test the crew. The band’s team elected to only test if someone showed symptoms, a policy similar to ones employed by acts like Green Day. The tour was originally slated to have a designated Covid-19 compliance officer, the executive says, adding that management decided to nix that position a day before the tour started, and those responsibilities fell onto the production team.

“Our End of the Road World Tour absolutely had Covid safety protocols in place that met, but most often exceeded, federal, state, and local guidelines,” the band says in its statement. “But ultimately this is still a global pandemic and there is simply no foolproof way to tour without some element of risk.”

Kiss production manager Robert Long confirms that daily testing was not implemented — and that production presented the band with options for how frequently to test when determining Covid protocols before the band made its decision — but says that he did nothing to discourage testing, despite some roadies’ claim to the contrary. “I never told anyone we didn’t want to test them,” Long tells Rolling Stone. “If you wanted a test, we’d supply it. If you wanted to get tested, if you felt symptoms, if you think someone might be sick, please raise your hand. We had thermometers on every bus, sheets to write down temperatures every morning, mask boxes, and sanitizers everywhere. People were getting tested every other day, we ordered tests regularly. I’m not going to not test people; I take this shit seriously.”

Still, the crew members Rolling Stone spoke with say they were unsatisfied with the way production handled outbreaks. “I couldn’t believe how unsafe it was, and that we were still going,” a second roadie, who said they’d never work for the band again, told RS. “We’d been frustrated for weeks, and by the time Fran died, I just thought, ‘You have to be fucking kidding me.’”

“It was the Wild West out there. You’d think they’d see to it that a band they signed would go through with the protocol they were supposed to do.”

Publicly, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have both been staunch advocates for vaccinations and mask mandates. Simmons told Rolling Stone in August that the band was requiring vaccines and masks for its crew, and, last month, Simmons told Good Morning Britain that anti-vaxxers need to “get over yourself.” The band even took a brief hiatus when both Simmons and Stanley tested positive for the virus in August.

When it came to the crew’s safety, however, frustrated roadies say protocol was lacking. They said Stueber was reportedly one of around 13 crew workers on Kiss’ nearly 70-person tour team who had caught the coronavirus since the tour resumed in September, and until Stueber died, none of the crew’s Covid-19 cases caused any concert postponements. Some crew members had mild symptoms, some more noticeable, and some were asymptomatic; Stueber is the only one who has died.

Four different workers on the tour described Stueber as noticeably ill with a cough and breathing troubles in the days leading up to his death, starting around a week before he was quarantined. But he wasn’t given a test until just a couple of days before he died. Workers say tour management was vocal about not wanting to test to avoid the complications of a positive test, which Long, the executive, and the band dispute. “People [who tested positive for Covid] were sent into mandatory quarantine paid for by the band and denied their efforts to travel while potentially infected,” the band says. “Medical care was offered at every step of the way.”

Even so, when it came to testing, it was largely on the shoulders of the staff to opt in, which some chose not to do because a positive test would put them in quarantine at a hotel in a random city. Moreover, frustrated crew members say that the band seldom notified other workers about a positive Covid test. Instead, they say, the worker would inexplicably disappear from the tour. “If a dude tests positive and is on a bus with 12 other people in close quarters, shouldn’t all those other people also be told, tested, and quarantined until it’s clear they don’t have the virus?” a third Kiss roadie says.

The production team refuted that claim, adding that they notified all workers on the same buses as crew members who tested positive, as well as those who worked alongside them.

Criticism of the production team among lower-ranking crew members isn’t wholly universal. A fourth roadie — who says he got Covid-19 and quarantined at the same hotel where Stueber died — acknowledged that protocols were rocky, but said the production team itself was responsible and that “certain individuals” on the tour were less willing to follow regulations.

“Production did a really good job to the best of their ability going into it,” the crew member says. “Individuals from a bunch of different departments were sometimes more lackadaisical about it, some took it upon themselves not to wear a mask. People were getting sick, but these were people not doing what they’re supposed to.”

Kiss also pointed out that they had little control over the day-to-day actions of the crew. “While the protocols were in place for the tour, it was impossible to police the crew minute by minute of their lives,” the band says. “If certain crew chose to go out to dinner on a day off, or have beers at a local bar after the show, and did so without a mask or without following protocols, there is little that anyone can do to stop that. Particularly when many of our tour markets did not have any state or local mask mandates in place.”

They also revealed a troubling discovery they claim they made post-tour: “We are now aware there were crew members who attempted to conceal signs of illness, and when it was discovered, refused medical attention…. Furthermore, it has recently been brought to our attention that certain crew members may have provided fake vaccination cards which, if true, we find morally reprehensible (as well as illegal), putting the entire tour in harm’s way.”

“Out of greed, we watched our friend die day after day. And nobody did anything.”

According to the fourth roadie, Stueber tried to tough it out on the way to the hotel where he was set to quarantine. “We’d told him he should probably think about going to the hospital, but he said he was fine,” he said, noting that the tech was having a hard time breathing even while sitting in the vehicle. “On a personal standpoint, I wish I pushed it a bit more to get him to call 911, but he’s the only one who could’ve known how bad he felt.” Just a few days later, Stueber was dead.

It’s hard, in the end, to determine where the blame lies. Some crew members point the finger at production — specifically the band, management, and Live Nation. Some take aim at individuals they believe acted without regard for themselves and others. While Live Nation has required its own employees to be vaccinated and is requiring proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 tests for attendees and crew at its own venues, individual tour travel practices and protocols up to the artists.

Live Nation declined to comment on record for this story.

“Between Live Nation, [Kiss’ manager] Doc McGhee, Kiss, whatever the hell else, it was the Wild West out there,” one of the roadies says. “You’d think they’d see to it that a band they signed would go through with the protocol they were supposed to do. I don’t know who dropped the ball.”

Kiss, for their part, point out that crew members, in the end, operated based on their own free will. “We had the option to outright cancel the remainder of this tour, but chose to start the tour up again so the touring crew who had been out of work for more than 18 months could get back to their jobs,” they say. “If anyone had felt that it was just too unsafe, we would have absolutely understood their desire to not work on this tour and stay home and stay in a safer environment.”

Still, having lost a longtime friend and co-worker, the roadies RS spoke to are naturally looking for answers — or at least some form of accountability. “Out of greed, we watched our friend die day after day,” the third roadie adds. “And nobody did anything.”

Gene Simmons Check Out My Spectacular Modern Mansion ... Plunks Down $10.5 Million

(10/28/21) (Photos) Gene Simmons is out with the old, and in with the VERY new after plunking down $10.5 million on a stunning modern mansion in the Hills of Beverly.

We've learned the KISS star actually got something of a deal for the 4-bed, 5-bath crib with close to 8,000 square feet of living space. The deal closed today, so Gene's personal belongings probably haven't even made it through the front door yet.

As for the home ... it's about as modern-looking as they come, with a pool complete with LED lighting, a home theater, built-in art installation and wine cellar fit to hold enough booze to get a small village wasted.

Simmons has been quite the real estate aficionado as of late ... he recently sold his long-time Beverly Hills home for $16 million and just listed his Vegas crib for $15 million.

Gene scored big on his most recent purchase, the home was first listed at $11.5 million ... so the $10.5 million Simmons paid to the former owner -- a billionaire Swiss steel magnate -- ain't too bad.

Celeb real estate agent Tomer Fridman -- who reps the Kardashians on almost every real estate transaction they make -- repped the seller. He's with Compass. Gene was represented by Lisa Young ... also at Compass.

Gene Simmons of Kiss lists Las Vegas Valley estate for $14.95M

(10/21/21) Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has officially put his Las Vegas Valley estate on the market.

According to a news release, the legendary rock icon has listed his Southern Nevada home for $14,950,000.

Located in Henderson's prestigious Ascaya community, the sprawling desert mansion features breathtaking panoramic views of the Las Vegas Valley and the Strip.

According to a news release from listing group the Ivan Sher Group of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties, the home, which expands more than 11,000 square feet, is perched well above the valley and sits on a nearly one-acre two-parcel property, featuring a private garden with walking trails adjacent to the house.

The release states that the estate features three levels, including a lower-level basement, six bedrooms, eight baths and 11 attached garage spaces.

For more information about the estate or to request a private tour, call 702-278-3222 or visit www.isluxury.com.

Watch Late KISS Drummer ERIC CARR's Induction Into METAL HALL OF FAME

(10/8/21) Watch Late KISS Drummer ERIC CARR's Induction Into METAL HALL OF FAME: Video.

KISS Will Be 'Finished' By Early 2023, Says PAUL STANLEY

(10/8/21) KISS frontman Paul Stanley says that the final concert of the band's "End Of The Road" tour will likely happen within the next year and a half.

KISS launched its farewell trek in January 2019 but was forced to put it on hold last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"End Of The Road" was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but has since been extended to at least the end of 2022. The trek was announced in September 2018 following a KISS performance of the band's classic song "Detroit Rock City" on "America's Got Talent".

"I believe strongly by the beginning of 2023 we will be finished," Stanley told Ultimate Classic Rock in a new interview, adding that "it seems only natural [for the final show] to be in New York. That is where the band started, and that was really the background for the band getting together and writing these songs and played loft parties and played clubs starting with an audience of probably 10 people," he said. "It seems we should go full circle."

Stanley went on to say that unlike KISS's 2000-2001 tour, which was also supposed to be its last, "End Of The Road" will truly be the last time KISS performs live. "It's a different time than we had pondered [farewell tours] in the past," Stanley explained. "The fact is that, physically, it's incredibly demanding to do what we do. Look, we played [recently] in Austin, an outdoor show, 100 percent humidity. We're running around for two-plus hours, not only with guitars, but I've got 30-plus pounds of gear on. There's a point where you go, 'You know what? This is more challenge than I want.' And I only want to do it as long as I can do it smiling.

"There's really no thought about changing our minds," he continued. "It has nothing to do with personalities in the band or tensions or a difference of opinion or musicality. It's purely practical. You can play beat the clock, but ultimately the clock wins."

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Stanley and bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, KISS's first "farewell" tour in 2000 was the last to feature the group's original lineup.

In early 2019, Stanley told Australia's "Sunday Night" that "Rock And Roll All Nite" "has to be" the song that KISS performs as the last encore at the final concert of the "End Of The Road" tour. "That is the rock anthem that connects the world," he explained. "It was the start of other people coming up with anthems. They really didn't exist, per se. So, 'Rock And Roll All Nite And Party Every Day', that's a song that just connects with people on all different levels."

Simmons concurred, telling BUILD Series: "How do you not end with 'Rock And Roll All Nite'? We will have played that song, probably without exception, more than any other song we've ever been involved with. You might say, 'Aren't you sick and tired of hearing that?' But I will tell you the roar of the crowd, the smell of the grease paint, there ain't nothing like it. When you hear everybody getting jazzed about that and you get off the stage... [it's] like the fire in the belly. You're dog-tired; you've just done a big show; and you get up on that stage, when you see the joy in everybody's face... We've seen it all. We've been around for generations, but when you see a little 5-year-old kid in KISS makeup on his dad's shoulders who's wearing KISS makeup, next to his father... we're badass kind of guys — nothing affects us much — but that stuff will put a lump in your throat. You have to turn around for a second. It gets me. Yes, it's music, but it's generational, and it brings families together instead of separates [sic] them."

Gene Simmons Sells Beverly Hills Mansion For $16 Mil

(9/24/21) Gene Simmons is finally kissing his Beverly Hills mansion goodbye ... and now it's going to get a facelift.

Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... the KISS frontman just closed on the sale of his two-acre property in Benedict Canyon for $16 million.

He's getting less than asking ... as we first told you, Gene put the home up for sale back in October for $22 million but couldn't unload it, so then he made some renovations and relisted it in March for $25 mil.

Our sources say the buyer is Max Nobel of Nobel Development Group ... and we're told he's planning to remodel the estate.

The property is 16,000-square-feet with 7 bedrooms ... or now, the bells and whistles include a 60-foot water slide, professional size tennis court and parking for 35 cars.

We’re told Gene bought the property back in October 1986 for $1,337,500.

"Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" stars Josh and Matt Altman of Douglas Elliman represented both sides of the sale, but did not want to comment.

KISS Manager Talks Band Biopic – “It’ll Be A Theatrical Release, Then Netfllix”

(9/22/21) (Listen) Longtime KISS manager Doc McGhee spoke to Talking Metal about the band’s planned biopic, Shout It Out Loud.

The film will be directed by Joachim Rønning, the Norwegian filmmaker whose credits include Kon-Tiki, Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The script is written by Ole Sanders. Pic will be a co-production of Mark Canton’s Atmosphere Entertainment and Universal Music Group.

McGhee confirmed the script is finished and will focus on the band’s formative years.

"And I think it's a very interesting look at the formation of KISS, the mindset of how that came about, the social pressure that everybody was in in the '60s and '70s that brought something like KISS to the forefront, that it could actually happen,” he says. “So it's a very interesting, and I think it's a well-written movie. And our partners right now is Netflix. It'll be a theatrical release, then Netflix."

KISS To Release Super Deluxe 45th-Anniversary Edition Of 'Destroyer'

(9/17/21) Celebrating its 45 anniversary, "Destroyer" was originally released in 1976 and is considered to be one of the quintessential KISS albums. It is the band's first album to sell one million copies in its first year and holds the title of being their all-time best-selling studio album. Packed with concert staples and KISS Army favorites, including "Detroit Rock City", "Shout It Out Loud", "God Of Thunder" and "Beth", on November 19, 2021 UMe will release "KISS – Destroyer 45th" in the form of a Super Deluxe 4-CD + Blu-ray audio box set as well as on standard double black vinyl and limited edition yellow and red double colored vinyl, 2-CD set and digital.

For the recording of "Destroyer", Bob Ezrin was brought in as KISS's new producer, helping the band reach new levels, both sonically and creatively. The album also showed the band's growth as musicians and songwriters, experimenting with new sounds which came in the form of the softer side of songs like "Do You Love Me?" , and songs heavy with orchestral arrangements including "Great Expectations" and their Billboard No. 7 hit single "Beth". Following the breakthrough success of 1975's No. 9 Billboard-charting "Alive!", "Destroyer" was the KISS album that brought them to the forefront of the mainstream and transformed them into global rock icons. For its anniversary, UMe celebrates this seminal album's legacy with a staggering amount of bonus material.

CD 1 includes the original album newly remastered at Abbey Road Mastering, while CD 2 features 15 demos from Paul Stanley's and Gene Simmons's personal archives — nine of which were previously unreleased. CD 3 is packed with studio outtakes, alternate versions / mixes and single edits — most notably a brand-new stripped-down mix for "Beth (Acoustic Mix)", and CD 4 contains an electrifying performance from the band's visit to Paris France at the L'Olympia on May 22, 1976. For the Blu-ray audio disc, Steven Wilson was brought in to create a first-ever Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround mix of the original studio album plus two bonus tracks, "Beth (Acoustic Mix)" and "Sweet Pain (Original Guitar Solo)", the latter featuring Ace Frehley's original recorded guitar solo that was not released on the studio album (this track is available on the 2012 "Destroyer: Resurrected" project).

Additionally, the Super Deluxe box features an extravagant array of collectable KISS memorabilia and ephemera, including a complete recreation of the original KISS Army Kit with the original folder and following items:

* KISS Army newsletter Volume 1 - No 2 announcing "Destroyer"
* 2x 8"x10" "Destroyer" Press Photos
* Discography Sheet
* Gene, Paul, Ace & Peter Bio Sheet
* KISS Army Member Certificate
* KISS Army Membership Card

Also included in the Super Deluxe set:

* KISS logo Iron-on
* KISS Army Sticker
* "Detroit Rock City" Bumper Sticker
* "Destroyer" Cover Sticker
* 11"x17" KISS on Westminster Bridge UK Poster
* 4 brand new 8"x10" Band Member Photos
* 8"x12" "Destroyer" Foil Flyer
* 8"x12" "Destroyer" Canadian Flyer (super rare)
* 4x Band Member Trading Cards (newly created for this boxset)
* 16"x24" KISS Over New York Skyline Poster
* 16"x24" KISS Halloween 1976 Concert Poster
* 2x 9"x12" "Destroyer" Tour Stage Blueprints on Transparent Vellum (never been seen before)
* 16-page "Destroyer" 1976 Tour Program
* Gotham Rock City News Volume 1 Newspaper that is a track-by-track interview with all 4 band members, Bob Ezrin and crew
* 68-page hardcover book with extensive liner notes by Paul Elliott and Ken Sharp featuring interviews from Gene, Paul, Ace, Peter, then-manager Bill Aucoin, album producer Bob Ezrin, and many more about the album's writing and production process, U.S. and European tours, photo shoots, promotional stories, band member memories from their TV appearance on "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special", and an intoxicating amount of unreleased photos and imagery

The entire contents are housed in a lift top- style box and features artist Ken Kelly's original "Destroyer" cover art, arguably one of the most iconic album covers in rock, making this the ultimate KISS "Destroyer" souvenir.

Super Deluxe track listing:

Disc One:

Destroyer: Original Album Remastered

01. Detroit Rock City
02. King Of The Night Time World
03. God Of Thunder
04. Great Expectations
05. Flaming Youth
06. Sweet Pain
07. Shout It Out Loud
08. Beth
09. Do You Love Me?

Disc Two

"Destroyer"-Era Demos

Paul Stanley demos

01. Doncha Hesitate
02. God Of Thunder And Rock And Roll
03. It's The Fire*
04. Detroit Rock City*
05. Love Is Alright*

Gene Simmons demos

06. Bad, Bad Lovin'
07. Man Of A Thousand Faces
08. I Don't Want No Romance*
09. Burnin' Up With Fever*
10. Rock N' Rolls Royce*
11. Mad Dog
12. Night Boy*
13. Star*
14. Howlin' For Your Love*
15. True Confessions

Disc Three

Destroyer: Outtakes, Alternate Versions / Mixes, Single Edits

01. Beth (Acoustic Mix)*
02. Shout It Out Loud (Single Edit)
03. Flaming Youth (Single Edit)
04. Detroit Rock City (Single Edit)
05. Shout It Out Loud (Mono Single Edit)
06. Flaming Youth (Mono Single Edit)
07. Detroit Rock City (Mono Single Edit)
08. Beth (Mono)
09. King Of The Night Time World (Live Rehearsal Instrumental)*
10. Do You Love Me? (Mono Instrumental)*
11. God Of Thunder (Early Instrumental Mix)*
12. Ain't None Of Your Business (Instrumental)*
13. Detroit Rock City (Instrumental)*
14. King Of The Night Time World (Alternate Mix)*
15. Great Expectations (Early Version)*
16. Flaming Youth (Early Version)*
17. Do You Love Me? (Early Version)*
18. Shout It Out Loud (Alternate Mix)*
19. Ain't None Of Your Business (Outtake)*
20. Beth (Take 6 – Instrumental)*
21. Beth (Instrumental)*
22. Do You Love Me? (Alternate Mix)*

Disc Four

Live In Paris - L'Olympia - May 22, 1976*

01. Deuce
02. Strutter
03. Flaming Youth
04. Hotter Than Hell
05. Firehouse
06. She / Ace Frehley Guitar Solo
07. Nothin' To Lose
08. Shout It Out Loud / Gene Simmons Bass Solo
09. 100,000 Years / Peter Criss Drum Solo
10. Black Diamond
11. Detroit Rock City
12. Rock And Roll All Nite

Blu-ray audio:

"Destroyer": *Dolby Atmos 48kHz 24-bit, *Dolby True HD 5.1 96kHz 24-bit,

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 96kHz 24-bit, PCM Stereo 96kHz 24-bit

01. Detroit Rock City
02. King Of The Night Time World
03. God Of Thunder
04. Great Expectations
05. Flaming Youth
06. Sweet Pain
07. Shout It Out Loud
08. Beth
09. Do You Love Me?

Bonus Tracks:

10. Beth (Acoustic)
11. Sweet Pain (Original Guitar Solo)

* Previously unreleased

Deluxe Edition 2CD track listing:

Disc One

"Destroyer": Original Album Remastered

01. Detroit Rock City
02. King Of The Night Time World
03. God Of Thunder
04. Great Expectations
05. Flaming Youth
06. Sweet Pain
07. Shout It Out Loud
08. Beth
09. Do You Love Me?

Disc Two

Paul Stanley demos

01. God Of Thunder And Rock And Roll
02. Detroit Rock City*
03. Love Is Alright*

Gene Simmons demos

04. I Don't Want No Romance*
05. Rock N' Rolls Royce*
06. Star*

Rarities

07. Beth (Acoustic Mix)*
08. Shout It Out Loud (Mono Single Edit)
09. King Of The Night Time World (Live Rehearsal Instrumental)*
10. Detroit Rock City (Instrumental)*
11. Flaming Youth (Early Version)*
12. Shout It Out Loud (Alternate Mix)*

Live In Paris - L'Olympia - May 22, 1976*

13. Deuce
14. Strutter
15. Flaming Youth
16. Hotter Than Hell

*Previously Unreleased

Deluxe Edition 2LP track listing:

LP One

"Destroyer": Original Album Remastered

Side One

01. Detroit Rock City
02. King Of The Night Time World
03. God Of Thunder
04. Great Expectations

Side Two

01. Flaming Youth
02. Sweet Pain
03. Shout It Out Loud
04. Beth
05. Do You Love Me?

LP Two

Side Three

Paul Stanley demos

01. God Of Thunder And Rock And Roll
02. Detroit Rock City*
03. Love Is Alright*

Gene Simmons demos

04. I Don't Want No Romance*
05. Rock N' Rolls Royce*
06. Star*

Side Four

Rarities

01. Beth (Acoustic Mix)*
02. Shout It Out Loud (Mono Single Edit)
03. King Of The Night Time World (Live Rehearsal Instrumental)*
04. Detroit Rock City (Instrumental)*
05. Flaming Youth (Early Version)*
06. Shout It Out Loud (Alternate Mix)*

*Previously Unreleased

Dolby Atmos - streaming

"Destroyer": *Dolby Atmos 48kHz 24-bit

01. Detroit Rock City
02. King Of The Night Time World
03. God Of Thunder
04. Great Expectations
05. Flaming Youth
06. Sweet Pain
07. Shout It Out Loud
08. Beth
09. Do You Love Me?

Bonus Tracks:

10. Beth (Acoustic Mix)
11. Sweet Pain (Original Guitar Solo)

* Previously unreleased

KISS's GENE SIMMONS Tests Positive For COVID-19; Four More Concerts Postponed

(8/31/21) Gene Simmons has tested positive for COVID-19.

The KISS bassist/vocalist's diagnosis comes less than a week after his bandmate Paul Stanley revealed that he had also contracted the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, forcing the postponement of three shows on the group's "End Of The Road" farewell tour.

Earlier today (Tuesday, August 31), KISS released the following statement: "KISS will postpone their next four tour dates. While Paul Stanley recently tweeted that he has recovered from COVID, Gene Simmons has now tested positive and is experiencing mild symptoms. The band and crew will remain at home and isolate for the next 10 days and doctors have indicated the tour should be able to resume on September 9th at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates once announced. More information will be emailed to ticketholders directly."

Postponed shows:

Aug. 26 - Burgettstown, PA @ The Pavilion at Star Lake
Aug. 28 - Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Aug. 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Sep. 01 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 02 - Dayton, OH @ Wright State University Nutter Center
Sep. 04 - Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 05 - Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheater - Summerfest Grounds

When Stanley first tested positive last Thursday, KISS said the whole band and the crew members who are traveling with them on the tour are fully vaccinated.

Members of KISS "and their crew have operated in a bubble independently to safeguard everyone as much as possible at each show and in between shows," the band wrote in the statement.

"The tour also has a COVID safety protocol officer on staff full-time that is ensuring everyone is closely following all CDC guidelines," the statement continued.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Simmons urged fans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, saying: "I would highly recommend for everybody to get two Pfizer or Moderna shots, please — for the rest of us. Even if you believe the Earth is flat, it's not."

KISS kicked off the summer 2021 leg of its "End Of The Road" farewell tour on August 18 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The concert marked the band's first full-length live appearance in front of an audience since March 2020.

KISS's farewell trek was launched in January 2019 and was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but is now expected to last well into 2022.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Stanley and Simmons, alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss (drums) and Ace Frehley (guitar), KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

Watch KISS Perform GENE SIMMONS Solo Song 'See You Tonite'

(8/31/21) (Video) KISS has uploaded a new video of the band performing the song "See You Tonite" — which originally appeared on Gene Simmons's 1978 solo album — during a pre-show acoustic set at a recent stop on the "End Of The Road" tour.

"Gene Simmons" was one of four solo albums released by the members of KISS in September 1978. It reached position No. 22 on the Billboard 200 chart and was the highest-charting of all the four KISS solo albums.

KISS was forced to postpone at least three shows on its current tour last week after frontman Paul Stanley tested positive for COVID-19.

In a social media post, KISS said the whole band and the crew members who are traveling with them on the tour are fully vaccinated.

Members of KISS "and their crew have operated in a bubble independently to safeguard everyone as much as possible at each show and in between shows," the band wrote in the statement.

"The tour also has a COVID safety protocol officer on staff full-time that is ensuring everyone is closely following all CDC guidelines," the statement continued.

KISS kicked off the summer 2021 leg of its "End Of The Road" farewell tour on August 18 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The concert marked the band's first full-length live appearance in front of an audience since March 2020.

KISS's farewell trek was launched in January 2019 and was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but is now expected to last well into 2022.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Stanley and Simmons, alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss (drums) and Ace Frehley (guitar), KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY: COVID-19 'Kicked My Ass'

(8/31/21) Paul Stanley says that his battle with COVID-19 is over.

The KISS frontman tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus last week, forcing the postponement of at least three KISS shows.

Yesterday evening (Monday, August 30), Paul took to his Twitter to write: "My COVID symptoms were MILD compared to many others and let me tell you... It kicked my ass. It's over now."

KISS called off its show last Thursday in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania while fans were waiting for the gates to open.

"I had been sick with flu-like symptoms and was tested repeatedly and was negative," Stanley tweeted that day. "As of late this afternoon I tested positive. The crew, staff and band have all tested negative once again."

In a social media post, KISS said the whole band and the crew members who are traveling with them on the tour are fully vaccinated.

Members of KISS "and their crew have operated in a bubble independently to safeguard everyone as much as possible at each show and in between shows," the band wrote in the statement.

"The tour also has a COVID safety protocol officer on staff full-time that is ensuring everyone is closely following all CDC guidelines," the statement continued.

On Friday, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told "TMZ Live" that Paul is "gonna be great because he got vaccinated. He's gonna be fine… Yesterday he started feeling like his voice wasn't up to it and he started feeling a little fatigued. So we always take precautions. And we sent a doctor over, and he said, 'Okay, you may be coming down with something. You guys better just stop.' And that's exactly what we did. And at the right time, as soon as we heard from the doctor, we had paramedics come in from a local hospital and tested the entire crew — the truck drivers, our backstage lineup, the band and everything. Everybody tested negative; Paul tested positive. Now we're quarantining ourselves — all of us; the band, the crew and everybody — for at least five days, just to make sure that we're not carrying it even though we're not experiencing anything. I feel great. We can do shows. My voice is great. Paul is not feeling great. And to be safe for everybody else, we're making sure."

KISS kicked off the summer 2021 leg of its "End Of The Road" farewell tour on August 18 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The concert marked the band's first full-length live appearance in front of an audience since March 2020.

KISS's farewell trek was launched in January 2019 and was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but is now expected to last well into 2022.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Stanley and Simmons, alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss (drums) and Ace Frehley (guitar), KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

Gene Simmons: Paul Stanley Caught Delta Variant ... KISS Crew's Playing it Safe

(8/27/21) Gene Simmons says his KISS co-founder, Paul Stanley, is not feeling great after catching COVID, but he's going to be just fine thanks to the vaccine ... and Gene's urging everyone to get their shots too.

The famous rock 'n' roller joined "TMZ Live" Friday to talk about canceling the band's Pennsylvania show after Paul tested positive for the coronavirus.

Gene says Paul, who's been fully vaccinated, started to lose his voice Thursday and felt tired so the band's doctor suggested he and the crew get a COVID test. Sure enough, Paul tested positive ... and Gene says everyone else on the tour was tested too, but all came back negative.

Gene says everyone involved is quarantining to make sure additional tests don't come up positive. As for Paul, medical professionals advise COVID carriers quarantine for 10 days.

Gene says there is no KISS without Paul, which likely means the band won't hit the stage again until Sept. 9 in Irvine, CA. So upcoming shows in NC, GA, MI, OH, IL and WI will almost certainly be rescheduled.

Gene's assuring all the KISS fans out there Paul will be fine. Fingers crossed for sure.

PAUL STANLEY Tests Positive For COVID-19; Tonight's KISS Concert Canceled

(8/26/21) **UPDATE #3**: Paul Stanley has released the following statement regarding his COVID-19 diagnosis: "A Full Press Release Will Be Issued Shortly about upcoming KISS shows. I had been sick with flu-like symptoms and was tested repeatedly and was negative. As of late this afternoon I tested positive. The crew, staff and band have all tested negative once again. More to follow."

**UPDATE #2**: KISS has issued a statement confirming Paul Stanley's COVID-19 diagnosis. The statement reads: "KISS show at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, PA is unfortunately postponed due to Paul Stanley testing positive for COVID. More information about show dates will be made available ASAP.

"Everyone on the entire tour, both band and crew, are fully vaccinated. The band and their crew have operated in a bubble independently to safeguard everyone as much as possible at each show and in between shows. The tour also has a COVID safety protocol officer on staff full-time that is ensuring everyone is closely following all CDC guidelines."

**UPDATE #1**: According to TMZ, KISS frontman Paul Stanley has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the cancelation of tonight's concert.

Paul is fully vaccinated and feeling fine despite testing positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Although there were rumblings on Twitter that Paul was having heart issues, he took to Twitter just minutes ago to shoot down that rumor, saying: "PEOPLE!!! I am fine! I am not in ICU! My heart allows me to do 26 miles a day on my bike! I don't know where this came from but it's absolute nonsense."

Just before 7:30 p.m., the venue posted on Twitter that the show "is being rescheduled." The tweet did not explain why tonight's show was canceled.

All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date, which has not yet been announced.

The original article follows below.

According to TribLive.com and WPXI, tonight's KISS concert at the Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania has been canceled.

A number of KISS fans have posted on social media that they were being turned away at the gates, with no additional information made available.

As of this writing, KISS has not addressed the cancelation via any of its social media sites and no further details have been provided on the web sites of the venue or Live Nation.

KISS kicked off the summer 2021 leg of its "End Of The Road" farewell tour on August 18 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The concert marked the band's first full-length live appearance in front of an audience since March 2020.

KISS's farewell trek was launched in January 2019 and was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but is now expected to last well into 2022.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Paul Stanley (guitar, vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass, vocals), alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss (drums) and Ace Frehley (guitar), KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

Gene Simmons on Kiss’ New Las Vegas Residency, How to Tour During a Pandemic

(8/16/21) (rollingstone.com) Kiss are returning to Las Vegas. The grease-painted, high-heeled rock band announced 12 shows at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Zappos Theater beginning December 29th. Along with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day performances, the Kiss residency will run into February.

“You do have to take a moment to breathe, but somewhere in there we’re going to do a bunch of shows,” Gene Simmons, the band’s 71-year-old co-founder and bassist, tells Rolling Stone.

This marks Kiss’ first Vegas showroom residency since a 2014 engagement at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Tickets for the 12 concerts go on sale to the general public on August 20th, with a Kiss Army fan club presale set for August 17th.

Along with the residency announcement, Kiss are gearing up to resume their End of the Road World Tour this Wednesday in Mansfield, Massachusetts. We talked to Simmons about how Las Vegas could figure into the band’s future, what the pandemic means for Kiss’ VIP meet-and-greets, and why he’s encouraging fans to get Covid-19 vaccinations.

Rolling Stone: So what brought Kiss back to Las Vegas for another residency?

Gene Simmons: There are matters of the heart and then there are matters of the pocket and it’s nice when they both converge. So it’s a very nice payday. They pay well and that’s reason enough. But it’s also easier for the band because you don’t have the wear and tear of traveling.

What kind of production will the residency have? Is it scaled down or is it on par with the touring show?

The answer is yes to both, because when we play stadiums around the world, those shows are like Transformers. You can make them as big as you want. Kiss’s shows have been talked about for longer than you’ve been alive. Anything that’s got a roof on it, we have to scale back the pyro or we’ll blow the roof off, literally. But we are planning lots of surprises for Vegas, which nobody’s seen yet. We’re in the middle of putting that together.

After playing Dubai on New Year’s Eve and New York City in June for the Tribeca Film Festival, Kiss makes its official return to the road this week. How do you navigate touring during a pandemic?

I would highly recommend for everybody to get two Pfizer or Moderna shots, please — for the rest of us. Even if you believe the Earth is flat, it’s not. The former president… I knew the man before he ran for office. It was a crime for him to rip the mask off and take that stance and create that negative culture of distrust when he himself was vaccinated. The least he could do is say, “Hey, guys, I’ve been vaccinated because I don’t want to die. You may want to think about doing the same thing.” Nope, never talked about it. I think that’s highly unethical. So what do we do? The entire road crew must be vaccinated twice. Nobody gets backstage or onstage without wearing masks, and everybody stays at a safe distance and you’ve got to wash your hands and do everything else the CDC says. Don’t listen to politicians. They’re not qualified. Listen to scientists.

Speaking of keeping a safe distance, one of the hallmarks of the Kiss experience is the backstage VIP meet-and-greet. How do you continue to do that now?

Well, we’re not going to do it backstage. You can’t get near the stage or backstage without being fully vaccinated and wearing masks. We were thinking about Plexiglas enclosures and all that stuff and the closest we came to it that’s safe for the fans and the band is, we do soundchecks before the show. So why not invite the fans to be in the audience and answer questions, play tunes, just kind of hang out together, but at a safe distance. The closest they’re going to get to us is, oh, maybe 100 feet. So maybe it’s a new experience for the fans who can sort of see the reality, and see the stage for what it is without the lights doing tricks. And we can have the back and forth of, “Hey, why don’t you do ‘Hard Luck Woman’?” “OK, guys, remember the song? Let’s do it.”

So you’ll take requests?

Yeah, but you don’t want to do that [for the] whole [meet-and-greet]. Or they may have us doing “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies.

Some artists are requiring proof of vaccination for their audiences. Is that something that’s been discussed?

We have, and because the different states and different cities have different mandates, we can’t impose that. We’ve been thinking long and hard about that. There are folks in America who keep saying, “I’ve got my rights,” and we’re hoping that smart decisions on their end are going to lead to safer environments. But it bears noting about people who scream about rights: You do not have the right to go through a red light, even if you want to. You must stop, because it’s not about you, pal. It’s about the other cars that are coming the other way. You don’t want to endanger them. You don’t have the right to stand up in a movie theater and yell, “Fire!” You won’t get in trouble for saying, “Hey, fire!” in a movie theater if there’s a fire. But if you’re lying, that’s called incitement to riot. And that’s when you become an asshole.

Before the pandemic halted the tour, David Lee Roth was opening for Kiss. Now it’s the performance painter Garibaldi. So David is not back?

Not. But it bears noting that during Dave’s heyday, nobody did what he did. He was the ultimate frontman. Not Plant, not Rod Stewart, nobody. He took being a frontman way beyond anything. And then, I don’t know what happened to him… something. And you get modern-day Dave. I prefer to remember Elvis Presley in his prime. Sneering lips, back in Memphis, you know, doing all that. I don’t want to think of bloated naked Elvis on the bathroom floor.

You’ve talked in the past of one day replacing the members of Kiss, including yourself, and having the band carry on. It seems that a Las Vegas showroom would be ideal for that.

You’re pretty smart, you’re pretty smart…. We are the four most recognized faces on earth. I know to nonbelievers out there it sounds a bit like self-aggrandizement, but I offer the following: we know that Sweden is a monarchy, which means there’s a king and often a queen. But you and I, despite the fact that we’re well-read, have no idea what their names are or what they look like. Which is curious because everybody in Sweden knows what Kiss looks like.

So Vegas could be the type of place where Kiss starts that transition?

Already talking about it… The idea would be more than just music. Like most stage productions, there’s a story. So the Kiss show would certainly include a book, a story, a script.

And the band’s story and music can continue to be told and performed.

Simultaneously around the world.

Almost like a Broadway production?

Well, closer to Blue Man Group, with music.

You started painting during the pandemic and have an art showing in Vegas in October. Your bandmate Paul Stanley is an avid painter too. Do you both compare works?

Nope, not at all. I just told him, “Hey, pandemic’s here, I’m going to fool around. I’ve never done this before.” Paul’s studied it. He has a sense of what a paintbrush can do in this kind of stuff. I haven’t. On the other hand, I can’t read or write music, but I write songs. I can’t cook, but we have a restaurant chain, two at LAX, and across the country. I don’t know how engines work in a truck, but I can drive my truck.

One of the most polarizing of Kiss albums, Music From “The Elder,” turn 40 this fall. How do you view that record now?

I take full blame. It was based on a treatment, a semi-script that I wrote called The Elder. I was staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel at that point and I wrote it on the Beverly Hills Hotel stationery. And when [producer] Bob Ezrin came back into the fold, he said, “What do you got there?” I said, “I’m developing this motion picture. It’s called The Elder,”…a mythological fantasy, which I’ve always been drawn to. And he said, “OK, we’re going to do a concept record and we’re going to write songs based on your various premises.” The decision was Bob Ezrin. And in hindsight, it was an interesting mistake. We all were sort of [thinking], “The Who are the threat, and they have Tommy? Why can’t we have The Elder! The Beatles had Sgt. Pepper. This will be ours.” Well, it wasn’t.

Well, good luck back on the road and with the residency, Gene.

I’m also thinking about a new religion called Kiss-tianity. What do you think?

Sounds good. Who is the Christ figure?

Without being crucified, I’ll take the job — because it’s all tax-free income.

KISS Officially Announces Details Of Second Las Vegas Residency

(8/16/21) KISS will kick off its long-rumored second Las Vegas residency at the end of the year.

The legendary rockers' engagement at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood will launch the last week of December.

The 12 shows are as follows:

December 2021: 29, 31

January 2022: 1, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29

February 2022: 2, 4, 5

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning August 20 at 10 a.m. Las Vegas time.

A KISS Army Fan Club presale will begin on August 17 at 10 a.m. Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning August 18 at 10 a.m.

Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment's loyalty program, as well as Live Nation, Ticketmaster and Zappos customers will have access to a presale beginning Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.

VIP upgrades will be available as an add-on to any ticket. Packages will include a photo with KISS, access to the pre-show soundcheck, Q&A and an invitation to the KISS Army Captain's Lounge.

The legendary rockers previously set up shop in Sin City in November 2014 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel And Casino. The nine-show run was captured for the "Kiss Rocks Vegas" DVD and Blu-ray set, which arrived in August 2016.

Asked by Rolling Stone what brought KISS back to Las Vegas for another residency, bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons said: "There are matters of the heart and then there are matters of the pocket and it's nice when they both converge. So it's a very nice payday. They pay well and that's reason enough. But it's also easier for the band because you don't have the wear and tear of traveling."

As for what kind of production the residency will have and whether it will be scaled down or on par with the touring show, Gene said: "The answer is yes to both, because when we play stadiums around the world, those shows are like Transformers. You can make them as big as you want. KISS's shows have been talked about for longer than you've been alive. Anything that's got a roof on it, we have to scale back the pyro or we'll blow the roof off, literally. But we are planning lots of surprises for Vegas, which nobody's seen yet. We're in the middle of putting that together."

KISS is in the middle of its "End Of The Road" farewell tour, which was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but is now expected to last well into 2022.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Paul Stanley (guitar, vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass, vocals), alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

Former KISS And IRON MAIDEN Members, TRIUMPH, STRYPER, MARTY FRIEDMAN, Others To Be Inducted Into METAL HALL OF FAME

(8/11/21) TRIUMPH, STRYPER, former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and legacy members of KISS and IRON MAIDEN will be inducted into the Metal Hall Of Fame on September 12 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time via a free world premiere livestream video. The livestream event, hosted by Cathy Rankin, will be featured at Volume.com/metalhalloffame.

The Metal Hall Of Fame livestream is being presented by Deko Entertainment and Volume.com.

2021 Metal Hall Of Fame inductees include:

KISS

* Doc McGhee, Manager: 1995-Current
* Bill Aucoin, Manager: 1973-1982 (Posthumously)
* Bruce Kulick, Guitarist, 1984-1996
* Eric Carr, Drummer, 1981-1991 (Posthumously)

TRIUMPH

* Gil Moore
* Rik Emmett
* Mike Levine

IRON MAIDEN

* Paul Di'Anno, Singer, 1977-1981
* Blaze Bayley, Singer, 1994 -1999
* Derek Riggs (creator of IRON MAIDEN mascot Eddie)

Marty Friedman (MEGADETH)
STRYPER
Mark Weiss (photographer)

Presenters included in the 2021 Metal Hall Of Fame livestream video include:

* Paul Stanley (KISS)
* Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER)
* Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
* Jimmy Kay
* Frank DiMino (ANGEL)
* Nigel Glockler (SAXON)
* Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH)
* Carrie Stevens
* Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX)
* Keith Roth
* Glam Rock Guy
* Todd La Torre (QUEENSRŸCHE)
* Joey Vendetta
* Roman Fernandez (accepting for Bill Aucoin)
* Bobby Rock
* Eric Singer (KISS)
* Lisa Lane Kulick
* Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO)
* Sara-Jean Bartky (accepting for Eric Carr)
* Chris Jericho (FOZZY)

The 2021 Metal Hall Of Fame livestream video will also feature inductions and performances from past galas as part of the event's fifth anniversary.

Pat Gesualdo, Metal Hall Of Fame president and CEO said: "The world premiers of the 2021 Metal Hall Of Fame livestream gala video is a great way to have all hard rock and heavy metal fans around the world to take part in our annual induction ceremony.

"In 2021 we had to do a recorded livestream video of the gala as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. We are excited that, as of now, the annual 2022 Metal Hall Of Fame gala will be back to normal in January and held in person."

The Metal Hall Of Fame holds the annual Metal Hall Of Fame celebrity charity gala. It is dedicated to forever enshrining the iconic musicians and music industry executives responsible for making hard rock and heavy metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they continue to inspire fans throughout the world, from generation to generation.

The Metal Hall Of Fame is part of the 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums And Disabilities). D.A.D. provides free therapy and advocacy services for special needs children and wounded veterans in health facilities, schools, and community centers in over 15 countries.

ACE FREHLEY's 1973 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Guitar Expected To Fetch Between $150,000 And $250,000 At Auction

(8/10/21) Auction house Gotta Have Rock And Roll has listed a double-cut 1973 Les Paul Deluxe owned by original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley.

Back in December, 1973, after KISS was signed to their first recording contract, Frehley bought this guitar from Manny’s Music on 48th Street in New York. Ace played the guitar heavily, with over 50 documented concerts from 1973-1976. Frehley loved the guitar so much he even carved the neck heel himself with a screwdriver.

In 1976, Frehley went to Strings & Things in Memphis, Tennessee and converted this Tobacco Burst Les Paul Deluxe into his new one-of-a-kind Black Double-Cut Les Paul nicknamed "Blackie". From then on, the guitar can be pictured in Ace's collection throughout the years.

Ace eventually sold the guitar and it switched hands from collector to collector until eventually, it landed in the hands of a good friend of Ace's. He thought, after so many years, it would be nice to have the guitar reunited with the original owner. In 2015, Ace got his hands back on the guitar that debatably started KISS's illustrious career. Ace immediately recognized his old guitar and was beyond happy to play it one more time. The guitar is also signed on the back by Ace in 2015.

The guitar is set to hit the auction block tomorrow (August 11), and is expected to fetch between $150,000 and $250,000. It comes with a letter of provenance, a letter of authenticity from Frehley and a Gotta Have Rock And Roll certificate of authenticity.

It's Official: Second KISS Las Vegas Residency To Kick Off In December

(8/6/21) KISS will kick off its long-rumored second Las Vegas residency at the end of the year.

The news of KISS's return to Las Vegas was broken by the band's bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons during an interview at Animazing Gallery at The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes, previewing his "ArtWorks" collection of paintings and sketches.

Asked if KISS will be coming back to Vegas for another residency, Simmons said: "We are. My favorite band are gonna be at Zappos [Theater at Planet Hollywood] in Las Vegas starting December 27th. That's right, even through New Year's. And we'll be here through February. But in the middle of the KISS tour that's going around the world."

The legendary rockers previously set up shop in Sin City in November 2014 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel And Casino. The nine-show run was captured for the "Kiss Rocks Vegas" DVD and Blu-ray set, which arrived in August 2016.

Speaking to Las Vegas Weekly, KISS frontman Paul Stanley stated about how the idea for the residency came about: "To spend as much time as we do in Vegas and to live as close as we do, the idea of doing a residency and leaving our stage setup, as opposed to breaking it down nightly, was really appealing."

He continued: "We [had] just finished 42 cities and played for 600,000 people, but that meant that every night the show got disassembled and moved. There's something appealing and challenging about building a set that doesn't have to be moved. You don't have to take into account the practicality of it, being able to be broken down constantly and reassembled. So this was something that we had wanted to do for quite a while; it was just a matter of making sure we found people who were in agreement on how to do it. The Joint was the natural place to do it."

KISS is in the middle of its "End Of The Road" farewell tour, which was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but is now expected to last well into 2022.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Stanley and Simmons, alongside later band additions, Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

GENE SIMMONS Joins Forces With Las Vegas Gallery To Introduce His Never-Before-Seen Art

(8/4/21) KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has joined forces with Nicholas Leone of Animazing Gallery at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas for the debut of Gene Simmons ArtWorks October 14 through 16. The gallery showing will include a broad variety of artwork by Simmons — from sketches and drawings to small and large format paintings.

"Moving to the United States from Israel as a young boy, I didn't speak English," said Simmons. "I fell in love with comics and American television, and they not only helped me learn the language, but inspired creativity and a passion for drawing and painting."

Simmons, a serial entrepreneur who is recognized as much for his off-stage business and creative prowess as he is as for his bold onstage performances with KISS, has enjoyed success in many arenas. Well known as a branding expert, published author of numerous books, film and television star, public speaker, and founder of numerous businesses, Simmons has quietly held a secret passion for more than five decades — art.

"I started doodling and drawing when I was 8 years of age and as a teenager, I had hundreds of illustrations published in fanzines created by and for sci-fi and comic book enthusiasts," said Simmons. "With the KISS "End Of The Road' tour taking a pause during the pandemic, I had a chance to pull decades of my art out of storage and it reignited my passion for drawing and painting again."

Leone, CEO of Animazing Gallery in Las Vegas, had a chance to see a private showing of Simmons's artwork at Simmons's new Las Vegas residence.

"I always knew that Gene had many talents, but I had no idea that he was such an incredible artist. Getting to see samples of his artwork, ranging from his childhood illustrations to his current paintings, was eye opening. There is so much variety in his works," said Leone. "I asked if he would like to show, and possibly even sell some of his work, he humbly said 'why not', and here we are."

The Gene Simmons ArtWorks debut at Animazing Gallery will feature a private VIP event for art collectors and celebrities on October 14, followed by two days of public showings with personal appearances by Simmons from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on October 15 and 16.

"I have had no professional training; I just like to draw and paint. I don't always know where I'm going, and then all of a sudden, I'm on my way," said Simmons. "I have great respect and admiration for art and artists, and I'm excited that people like the work that has resulted from what I consider to be my lifelong hobby."

Simmons finds inspiration from such artists as Jackson Pollack, with many of his newest works embracing Pollack's action painting style with large format canvases on the floor, and Andy Warhol as a leading figure in the pop art movement.

In the mid-'70s, Simmons was an active members of the vibrant social scene in New York. He fondly remembers attending a party at renowned designer Halston's mansion on Park Avenue with his then-girlfriend Cher. Mingling among the event's who's who of artists, musicians, actors, dancers, and socialites, he met Warhol, who invited him to his studio.

"Wow. Spending a day with Andy was mind-blowing. Watching him paint — his passion, his vision — was so inspiring," said Simmons. "He was a giant among artists and a true pioneer."

For more information about the Gene Simmons ArtWorks debut, visit www.animazing.com, e-mail info@animazing.com or call (702) 785-0061.

Music Video Director Martin Kahan Dead at 74

(7/20/21) Martin Kahan, a music video director who worked with many '80s and '90s artists died on July 18 in Lakewood, N.J. at age 74 after a battle with cancer. He was behind clips for bands like Kiss, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi.

Kahan launched his career in the early '80s, when he directed a series of short promotional live videos for Rush, incorporating the band's songs "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight", "Red Barchetta" and "Freewill." After his return to hometown New York City, Kahan began working closely with Columbia Records, directing videos for Scandal ("Love's Got a Line on You"), Ian Hunter ("All the Good Ones Are Taken"), Loverboy ("Queen of the Broken Hearts") and Eddie Money ("The Big Crash").

He also helped make rock history when he directed Kiss' "Lick It Up" in 1983, the band's first video to feature the members without makeup.

"I remember sitting with their business manager, Howard Marks, and Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley], saying, 'Guys, you have to do something dramatic,'" Kiss' creative consultant Danny Goldberg recalled in the 2005 biography, Kiss: Behind the Mask. He urged the band to consider trying something new at a time when its commercial fortunes had dramatically fallen. "That was absolutely the right way to launch it ... [Kahan] did a really good job. The video really brought the band back." (Kahan also directed Kiss' "All Hell's Breakin' Loose" video.)

After he started his own production company, Kahan's clientele expanded even further to include Bon Jovi ("She Don't Know Me" and "In and Out of Love"), Scorpions ("I'm Leaving You"), the Firm with Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers (“Satisfaction Guaranteed”) and Motley Crue ("Too Young to Fall in Love").

He also worked with a variety of country artists like Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson and Sawyer Brown.

Kahan once noted while there was a "need to make money in this business," he insisted there was also room for artists' and directors' "own creative voice." He directed his last video in 2000 for Kenny Chesney's song, "I Lost It."

PETER CRISS To Appear At KNOXVILLE FANBOY EXPO

(7/15/21) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss will appear at the Knoxville Fanboy Expo, set to take place October 29-31 at the Knoxville Convention Center. Joining the 75-year-old musician at the three-day event will be "Star Trek" co-stars William Shatner and George Takei, a "Cobra Kai" and "Karate Kid" cast reunion featuring William Zabka and Martin Kove, and actors Robert Patrick and Ed Begley Jr.

VIP packages start at $149. One-day general admission tickets start at $30.

Visit fanboyexpo.com/knoxville for the complete list of celebrity appearances.

Former KISS And CINDERELLA Touring Keyboardist GARY CORBETT Dies After Battle With Cancer

(7/15/21) Former KISS keyboardist Gary Corbett has died after battling a very aggressive form of lung cancer that had metastasized to his brain and hip.

Earlier today (Thursday, July 15), his family released the following statement: "It is with great sadness and the heaviest of hearts that the Cohen/Corbett family needs to let everyone know that after a hard-fought battle with cancer Gary Corbett passed away last night on Wednesday [July] 14, 2021

"Those who knew Gary know that we and the world of music have all lost a very talented, funny, kind and gentle soul.

"The pain cuts so deeply that our hearts are bleeding.

"A memorial event is being planned. The details will come at a later date

"Today is Gary's birthday. Please keep Gary and our family in your thoughts and your heart.

"Gary Corbett will be truly and deeply missed by all who know him.

"Lenora Corbett/Cohen and Mindy Cohen".

According to LA Weekly, Corbett played offstage keyboards and handled background vocals on KISS tours promoting late-'80s and early-'90s LPs "Crazy Nights", "Hot In The Shade" and "Revenge". Before that, his credits included co-writing Cyndi Lauper's Top 5 hit "She Bop" and working with the solo band of former FOREIGNER singer Lou Gramm, who recommended Corbett to KISS frontman Paul Stanley.

"There seemed to be a trend in the '80s that bands didn't want the image of having a keyboard player onstage," Corbett told LA Weekly. "Some people think keyboards aren't as much of a rock instrument as a guitar. Gene Simmons is definitely of that mindset. At every soundcheck, if the soundman asked me, 'Could you just give me a couple of notes,' [Simmons] would immediately put his hands behind his back and act like he was ice skating around a rink."

In his interview with LA Weekly, Corbett recounted a particularly memorable experience playing with KISS at the 1988 "Monsters Of Rock" festival. "It was such a big show that they had big Diamond Vision screens on each side of the stage," he said. "So when the guys that were working the cameras on the side of the stage were roaming around and filming everything, I guess nobody told them that they weren't supposed to be filming me. So during 'Rock And Roll All Nite', I'm standing there singing and playing and having a good time. And later I found out I was on the big screens in front of, like, 60,000 people, which I don't think made the guys very happy."

After KISS, Corbett played with CINDERELLA until 2011. He also got a couple of Grammys for his work with reggae legends Damian and Stephen Marley.

KISS Announces New Licensing Partnerships And New Retail Programs

(7/14/21) KISS and the band's exclusive global licensing agent Epic Rights have signed new licensing agreements in the last year across multiple product categories for key territories worldwide with many new and unique products for retail.

The new KISS product launches will coincide with the return of the "End Of The Road" world tour, which launched in 2019 and generated record sales. The tour will continue to wow audiences in 2021 with rescheduled shows and new additional concert dates. Known for their trademark larger-than-life, blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands-down the most iconic live show in rock and roll.

KISS continues to be among the most merchandised bands in history and a pioneering force in the music merchandise and licensing industry, with KISS-branded merchandise available in major retailers around the globe, including Nordstrom, Macy's, Urban Outfitters, Hot Topic, Torrid, Tilly's, Pacsun, Cotton On, Revolve, Nasty Gal, Princess Polly, Target, Walmart and Kohl's, among many more.

New KISS deals in North America include Dead Sled Coffee, for pre-packaged coffee in the U.S.; a fashion and accessories collaboration with Robert Graham to launch in the U.S.; high-end apparel with Lauren Moshi in the U.S.; a line of seasonal apparel with Ugly Christmas Sweater for Holiday 2021 in the U.S.; and more (complete list below).

In the international marketplace, new strategic partnerships include Brands For Fans for gin (launching July 2021) and dark rum (launching August 2021) in Europe, Japan, and Australia; Metal Departments for real money gambling worldwide; Fexpro for apparel and accessories in Mexico, Central America, and South America; Konnekt for apparel & accessories in Japan; and EastPak for bags, backpacks and accessories in U.S. Europe, Middle East, Asia and Canada; among many others (complete list below).

"Our licensing partners from around the world continue to do an outstanding job collaborating creatively with us to further build our retail program," said KISS. "And we are eternally grateful to our legion of fans that continue to engage and support us, and we cannot wait to get back on the road this year with an explosive tour to remember! We're pumped and can't wait to celebrate the wildest and hottest show ever!"

Lisa Streff, EVP global licensing at Epic Rights, stated: "KISS's licensing program is hotter than ever. The band's merch continues to grow bigger and better year after year into new and unique categories with expansion into new markets around the world, as well as the return of their highly successful global tour in this summer. The strong interest from our licensing partners worldwide, as well as the remarkable sell-in and sell through success at retail, is a testament to the never-ending strength of this evergreen giant."

Complete list of new licensees for the KISS brand include:

Worldwide & International Deals:

* Metal Departments (real money gambling) - Worldwide
* Brands For Fans (spirits) - U.K., Europe, Japan, Australia
* Absolute Garments (tops for H&M) - Worldwide
* Bradford Exchange (collectibles) - United States, France, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand
* Wren & Glory (fashion denim jackets) - Worldwide
* Ropa Viva (apparel) - Mexico
* Fexpro (apparel & accessories) - Mexico, Central America, South America
* Gloria Jeans (apparel) - Russia
* Konnekt (apparel & accessories) - Japan
* Replay (apparel collection) - Worldwide
* Eastpak (bags, backpacks, accessories) - Europe, Middle East, Asia, United States and Canada
* Aquarius (playing cards, puzzles & board games) - U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Europe
* Smartshake (protein drink shakers) – Worldwide
* Shinko (t-shirts & tote bags) - Japan

North American Deals:

* Dead Sled Coffee (brew-at-home coffee) - United States
* Robert Graham (fashion & accessories) - United States, Canada
* Darring USA (denim & apparel capsule collection) - United States
* Gotham City (wall art & calendars) - United States, Canada, Mexico
* Ideastream (storage boxes) - United States, Canada
* Lauren Moshi (high-end apparel) - United States
* My Custom Sports Chair (chairs) - United States, Canada
* Ugly Christmas Sweater (seasonal apparel) - United States
* Toynk (toys & games) - United States, Canada
* J&F Design (plus-size apparel) - United States, Canada
* Intimo (loungewear, sleepwear, accessories & bags) – United States

Renewed Deals:

* Liquid Blue (apparel) - United States and Canada
* Fun.com (costumes) – Worldwide
* UD Replicas (costumes) – Worldwide
* Advanced Graphics (life-size cardboard cut-outs) – United States and Canada
* Zippo (lighters) - Worldwide

PETER CRISS To Guest On New JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES Album 'Sinner'

(6/26/21) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss makes a guest appearance on the new album from John 5.

The former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist revealed Criss's participation in the project during an appearance on Sirius XM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk" on Wednesday (June 23).

"I have a new record coming out. It's called 'Sinner', and it is a new JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES record," John 5, whose real name is John William Lowery, said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). "It's all new tracks. And this is something that's really cool. Peter Criss is playing drums on the song 'Georgia On My Mind', which is the last song on the record. And I'm telling you… This guy… Barry Pointer, my producer, flew out to Peter's house, set up a couple of mics. Now, this is a jazz type of song, and Peter is known for that jazz feel he has. I shit you not, he sat behind those drums, played two takes. Barry's mouth was dropped open. Wait till you hear this. I mean, it was perfect."

John 5 continued: "It's something you can't teach, is this feel and this vibe. And he nailed it in two takes. And Barry was, like, 'Well, what do we do now?' It took him, like, literally probably eight minutes. And it was just perfect. He was, like, 'There's nothing else we can do. That was perfect.'"

In a 2014 interview, Criss said that he had been working with John 5 on material for a new rock solo album, which he promised would be "heavier" than the stuff he had done in the past.

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.

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

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".

Criss, who turned 75 last December, played what was being billed as his final U.S. concert in June 2017 at the Cutting Room in New York City.

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Spinning Gold’ Biopic About Casablanca Records Chief Neil Bogart Spins Forward With Cast; Capstone Boards World Sales

(6/17/21) Spinning Gold, the long-in-the-works biopic about 1970s Casablanca Records chief Neil Bogart, is heating up again in time for the Cannes Virtual Market. The pic, written and directed by Bogart’s son Timothy Scott Bogart, has added Wiz Khalifa to play Parliament leader George Clinton, Tayla Parx to play Donna Summer, Ledisi to play Gladys Knight and Lyndsy Fonseca (ex-Colleen, The Young & The Restless) to play music manager Joyce Biawitz.

Production is now underway in New Jersey, and Capstone will introduce the film to Cannes market buyers next week.

Jeremy Jordan plays Neil Bogart in the the pic that charts the rise of his Buddah and Casablanca labels in the 1960s and ’70s with a roster that included Donna Summer, KISS, Parliament, Village People, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight and Bill Withers among others.

Jay Pharoah, Michelle Monaghan, Jason Isaacs, Jason Derulo, Sebastian Maniscalco, Dan Fogler, Chris Redd, Peyton List, Pink Sweat$, Casey Likes, Sam Harris, Alex Gaskarth, Jimmy Wolk, Michael Ian Black and Vinnie Pastore are also already aboard in the cast.

Laurence Mark is producing with Jessica Martins of Hero Entertainment, Timothy Scott Bogart, Grammy chief Harvey Mason Jr, Gary Randall of The Boardwalk Entertainment Group, and David Haring. Christian Mercuri of Capstone, Walter Josten of Blue Rider, and Marc Goldberg of Signature Films are executive producers.

Music producer Evan Bogart and Atlantic Records president Kevin Weaver will also executive produce with Atlantic Records, which is set to release the soundtrack. It will be a killer, featuring new versions of some classics — including Summers’ “Last Dance” and “Love to Love You Baby”; Parliament’s “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)”; the Isley Brothers’ “Fight the Power” and “It’s Your Thing”; Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia”; Withers’ “Lean on Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” Kiss’ “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Shout it Out Loud”, Village People’s “YMCA”; and “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers — performed by Parx, Khalifa, Derulo, Pink Sweat$, Harris, Casey Likes, Gaskarth and Ledisi.

The project has been in the works for a long time, notably with Justin Timberlake attached to play Neil Bogart as far back as 2011.

“Spinning Gold is about a group of people who, once upon a time, lived a fairytale and made their dreams come true, all set to some of the greatest music ever pressed in vinyl. Bringing these dreamers and artists to life has been the privilege of my life,” Timothy Scott Bogart said. “For a film about one of the greatest salesmen in the entrainment business, I am thrilled to be working with Christian, Marc and the entire team of Capstone to share this timeless story to audiences and music lovers around the world.”

Khalifa is repped by SMAC Entertainment and Taylor Gang Ent.; Parx by ICM Partners and 3020 Management; Ledisi by Benchmark Entertainment and Wasserman; and Fonseca by ICM, 360 Management and Morris Yorn.

GENE SIMMONS Meets With Members Of Congress As Part Of ASCAP Songwriters Virtual 'Stand With Songwriters' Advocacy Month

(6/17/21) Following a year of canceled live music events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including his own KISS world tour, Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Gene Simmons met with key members of Congress where he was able to outline some of the most pressing issues directly affecting American music creators. Simmons participated in the meeting as part of ASCAP's ongoing advocacy efforts in their "Stand With Songwriters" sessions.

"The music that moves the world — R&B, rock, blues, country western, various jazz — was all invented right here in America by the people who now can't even quit their day job to devote their time to art," said Simmons. "There's not going to be another Lennon, McCartney or Gershwin or somebody else because — even though the talent is out there — most people don't realize every time you download a song, the songwriter is making minuscule amounts of one penny."

"Protecting the rights of American music creators and defending the value of music has always been a core part of ASCAP's mission, and we are thrilled to have some of our most talented members join us as we urge lawmakers in Washington to support the people who make the music we all know and love," said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews.

The pandemic has created unique challenges for the entire music industry — from songwriters, composers and music publishers to performance venues — but, as music creators became more dependent upon streaming income during lockdown, it has also highlighted how outdated music licensing rules no longer work in the modern digital music marketplace. Now, more than ever, music creators need to be able to earn a fair, livable wage for when their music is played. During "Stand With Songwriters" Advocacy Month, ASCAP members will encourage members of Congress to stand with songwriters during this difficult time and help music creators rebuild and modernize America's vibrant music industry.

To learn more about ASCAP's music creator advocacy efforts, visit www.ascap.com/advocacy.

Former KISS Touring Keyboardist GARY CORBETT Is Battling Cancer

(6/16/21) Former KISS keyboardist Gary Corbett is battling a very aggressive form of lung cancer that has metastasized to his brain and hip. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help him and his wife as they are facing devastating medical bills while he goes through treatment.

As many fans know, most musicians don't have health insurance, or when they do, it's not that great. Due to the costs of treatment, Gary is on the verge of losing his home, and the medical bills are piling up alongside all the other bills. He has completed a series of radiation therapy, is undergoing an aggressive series of chemo and immunotherapy, and is slated to start cognitive and occupational therapy soon.

Gary and his wife Lenora are desperate. They cannot afford to pay for his treatment and stopping it is not an option. This is where your help comes in: This money will help pay his outrageous medical costs and keep his bills and mortgage paid while he's coping with his illness and the long road to recovery.

According to LA Weekly, Corbett played offstage keyboards and handled background vocals on KISS tours promoting late-'80s and early-'90s LPs "Crazy Nights", "Hot In The Shade" and "Revenge". Before that, his credits included co-writing Cyndi Lauper's Top 5 hit "She Bop" and working with the solo band of former FOREIGNER singer Lou Gramm, who recommended Corbett to KISS frontman Paul Stanley.

"There seemed to be a trend in the '80s that bands didn't want the image of having a keyboard player onstage," Corbett told LA Weekly. "Some people think keyboards aren't as much of a rock instrument as a guitar. Gene Simmons is definitely of that mindset. At every soundcheck, if the soundman asked me, 'Could you just give me a couple of notes,' [Simmons] would immediately put his hands behind his back and act like he was ice skating around a rink."

In his interview with LA Weekly, Corbett recounted a particularly memorable experience playing with KISS at the 1988 "Monsters Of Rock" festival. "It was such a big show that they had big Diamond Vision screens on each side of the stage," he said. "So when the guys that were working the cameras on the side of the stage were roaming around and filming everything, I guess nobody told them that they weren't supposed to be filming me. So during 'Rock And Roll All Nite', I'm standing there singing and playing and having a good time. And later I found out I was on the big screens in front of, like, 60,000 people, which I don't think made the guys very happy."

After KISS, Corbett played with CINDERELLA until 2011. He also got a couple of Grammys for his work with reggae legends Damian and Stephen Marley.

Interview 2021: Paul Stanley on the End of the Road & "Retiring" (or not)

(6/13/21) (Video) You want the Best? You get the Best! The newest KISS Live album "Off the Soundboard - Tokyo 2001" is out now as a crumb of comfort until we finally get to see them on stage again - and for the last time, too. In our exclusive ROCK ANTENNE interview we talked to the man, the myth, the legend Paul Stanley about the infamous "End of the Road", the last opportunities to see KISS live and his plans for after that. Because "retirement" is a word that is not included in Paul Stanley's vocabulary. ;-) Enjoy!

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WFSB 3: Our Conversation With Gene Simmons

(6/12/21) (Video) WFSB 3 - Rock legend Gene Simmons is talking to us about a new documentary that tells the true story behind the band, KISS. It's called KISStory and it premieres this month on A&E.

KISS Kisstory World Premiere Tribeca Film Festival Full Performance June 11, 2021

(6/12/21) (Video) KISS kicked off its five-song set with "Detroit Rock City" and performed "Shout It Out Loud", "War Machine" and "Heaven's On Fire" before closing the show with "Rock And Roll All Nite".

VINNIE VINCENT Believes He 'Could Have' Rejoined KISS After 'Revenge' Writing Sessions

(6/6/21) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent gave an hour-long interview to Mike Brunn at the "May Metal Madness" event on May 29 at S.I.R. Soundstage in Nashville, Tennessee. You can now watch the chat here.

Download: RELOADED Interview - Paul Stanley KISS

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Gene Simmons Kissing CA Goodbye for $8.2 Million!!! Scoops Up New Vegas Pad

(5/29/21) Gene Simmons appears to be making good on his plan to leave California for Nevada ... he just dropped over $8 million for a rockin' mansion near Las Vegas.

The KISS star nabbed a 6-bed, 8-bath palace in Henderson with 11,000 square feet of living space and distinctively modern features ... like a floating pathway entrance over a koi pond and floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

Gene and his family jewels will have room to move -- the place has seriously spacious rooms inside ... and outside there's a pool, hot tub, built-in barbecue and a courtyard. Desert cool, baby!

We broke the story ... Simmons put his recently renovated Beverly Hills mansion back on the market in March for $25 million.

He'd initially listed it for $22 mil, but then took it off the market and made several improvements.

Around that time, he told reporters he was leaving California, saying ... "There are earthquakes, fires and pandemics every year. Even though there is nice sunshine, I’m done."

Gene must be serious, because along with buying a new home in Henderson ... he slashed the asking price on his Bev Hills home to just under $20 mil. As they say, priced to move!!!

Zac Efron just made a similar move to sell his L.A. home, and it worked ... so good luck, Gene.

KISS Returns To Comics In New Series From DYNAMITE

(5/26/21) The iconic band KISS return to comics in a haunting new tale, "Phantom Obsession", by writer Ian Edginton.

As a young man in 1978, Darius Cho attended a concert of his favorite band, a memory that has stuck with him to this day. Now he is a massively wealthy tech giant, but mysteriously reclusive. Some even believe he may not exist at all, simply serving as a ghostly facade for an endless consortium of corporations. At least until KISS receives an all-expense invitation to play an exclusive concert for him. Playing for an audience of just Cho, his assistant and a crowd of "Westworld"-style androids invented by the mega-billionaire, everything seems a little off… Especially when the band wakes up in luxurious accommodations, but with no way to leave, and their powerful talismans stolen from them!

"It was 1977, in the U.K., and I was 14. I actually discovered KISS in issues #12 and 13 of Marvel's Howard The Duck!," said writer Ian Edginton. "I didn't know who the hell they were, but loved the look. A friend of mine who knew his metal played me the 'Love Gun' album and I was hooked, which is why 'Love Gun' (song and album) has always been my favorite!"

Acclaimed writer Ian Edginton (X-Force, Iron Maiden) twists this mystery and more for readers in this rocking new series. He's joined by artist Celor (Hack/Slash, Zombie Tramp) as well as colorist Valentina Pinto and letterer Troy Peteri. With official collaboration and approval by the band, this is a series that KISS fans can't miss!

In addition to a concert scene, of course, and the band's fight to break free from Cho's captivity, Edginton is tackling some serious questions in the series. Delving into science fiction territory with an exploration of humanity and identity by way of the androids. Which ties right into the band's famous identities involving masks and makeup. Also featured will be a romp through a theme park, with reference and influence from major parts of Japanese culture like Godzilla and the horrific manga works of Junji Ito. But ultimately, Edginton confirms, "It sounds deep, but it's mostly about robots, monsters, and blowing shit up!"

No great rock album is complete without iconic cover art, and comics are no different! In addition to one by interior artist Celor, Jae Lee leads the pack, tapping into the Japanese influences of the story on his cover. KISS fan-favorite artist Stuart Sayger returns, following his contributions to previous series Blood & Stardust, The End and Kiss Zombies, all now available in graphic novels. Celor brings along his Hack/Slash collaborator, writer and artist Tim Seeley, for one too. Plus, of course, a photo of the band themselves, and a blank sketch cover for aspiring artists!

Kiss: Phantom Obsession #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' June 2021 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in August 2021. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more.

GENE SIMMONS Will Teach You How To Play Bass And Write A Song At Special Las Vegas 'MasterClass'

(5/25/21) KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will host a special MasterClass in Las Vegas, Nevada next month.

Says Gene: "Join me, Gene Simmons, in an intimate private setting, on Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada as I teach you and your classmates to play bass and write a song! That's right — we'll be together, on stage."

You will learn to play bass. You will write a song. You will perform as a band — together.

Don't know how to play a note? No worries. Gene will show you how. You'll have an amazing experience followed by a personal bass signing.

For more information, visit GeneSimmonsAxe.com.

Podcast: LA Stories Unfiltered - Paul Stanley

(5/24/21) (Listen/download) 'It wasn't always as it appeared.' Legendary Kiss rock star Paul Stanley on life on and off stage

Paul Stanley may be best known for his "Starchild" persona — rock and roll icon, painted-face superstar, co-founder and frontman for the legendary rock group Kiss — but he’s as complex as the costumes and pyrotechnics you see on stage at his concerts. A successful author, painter and business owner, Stanley has a soft and soulful side you might not expect from the man in leather tights selling out arenas. He opens up to host Giselle Fernandez about life as the Kiss frontman and says the reason the band works so well — with 30 gold records and more than 100 million worldwide album sales — is they’ve always listened to what the fans want. These days, Stanley is going in another direction with his 15-piece ensemble band Soul Station, whose newly released album pays tribute to the R&B and soul sounds of the past.

Vinnie Vincent 2021 Phone Interview with Neil Davis on KISS Live Auctions

(5/24/21) (Listen) Vinnie Vincent 2021 Phone Interview with Neil Davis on KISS Live Auctions

Trailer For New KISS Documentary, 'Biography: KISStory', From A&E

(5/21/21) Trailer For New KISS Documentary, 'Biography: KISStory', From A&E: Video.

KISS Announces 2022 European Tour

(5/19/21) KISS has announced the rescheduled dates for the European leg of its "End Of The Road" tour.

The trek will kick off on June 1, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany and conclude on July 21, 2022 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Tickets that were previously purchased for the postponed 2020 and 2021 shows will be valid for the new dates.

KISS 2022 European tour dates:

Jun. 01 - Westfalenhalle - Dortmund, Germany
Jun. 03 - Atlas Arena - Lodz, Poland
Jun. 06 - Sportspalais - Antwerp, Belgium
Jun. 07 - Accor Arena - Paris, France
Jun. 10 - Download Festival - Castle Donington, UK
Jun. 13 - Barclaycard Arena - Hamburg, Germany
Jun. 16 - Copenhell Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun. 18 - Tele 2 Arena - Stockholm, Sweden
Jun. 20 - Hartwell Arena - Helsinki, Finland
Jun. 22 - Scandinavian - Gothenburg, Sweden
Jun. 24 - Festhalle - Frankfurt, Germany
Jun. 26 - Stadthalle - Vienna, Austria
Jun. 28 - Schleyerhalle - Stuttgart, Germany
Jun. 30 - Festival Du Printemps De Perouges - Saint-Vulbas, France
Jul. 02 - Rockfest - Barcelona, Spain
Jul. 03 - Wizink Arena - Madrid, Spain
Jul. 05 - Festival De Nîmes - Les Arènes De Nîmes - Nîmes, France
Jul. 07 - Hallenstadion - Zurich, Switzerland
Jul. 09 - Zagreb Arena - Zagreb, Croatia
Jul. 11 - Arena Di Verona - Verona, Italy
Jul. 13 - O2 Arena - Prague, Czech Republic
Jul. 14 - Budapest Arena - Budapest, Hungary
Jul. 16 - Romexpo - Bucharest, Romania
Jul. 21 - Ziggo Dome - Amsterdam, Holland

Paul Stanley recently told Rolling Stone magazine that KISS has every intention of resuming its "End Of The Road" tour once the pandemic has subsided. "Totally," he said. "We were 120 shows into it and having a ball [when the pandemic began]. I mean, most of the time when you lose somebody or the situation changes, you find yourself saying, 'Gee, if I had only known,' whereas here, you have a situation where we've come to the conclusion that we can't continue [as a touring band]. It's not feasible. If we were wearing jeans and T-shirts, we could do this into our eighties or nineties, but we're carrying around 40 and 50 pounds of gear for a couple of hours. There's an age factor, which makes it more real for people who may have doubted the idea of the 'end of the road.'But that in mind, it gives us a night with people where we really get to share what we built together. … So the 'End Of The Road', I don't see it as bittersweet. I see it as sweet. And will there be tears? Sure. But oh, my God, look what we've been given. And from what the fans say, look what we gave them. It's unlike other bands."

KISS's farewell trek was launched in January 2019 and was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but is now expected to last well into 2022.

Last December, bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told the 95.5 KLOS radio station that KISS has "a hundred and fifty" shows left in its "End Of The Road" tour, including a stop at "the coldest place on earth."

KISS last performed this past New Year's Eve in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The concert broke Guinness world records for highest flame projection in a music concert and for most flame projections launched simultaneously in a music concert.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Stanley and Simmons, alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss (drums) and Ace Frehley (guitar), KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

In its 48-year career, KISS has accumulated 23 gold and platinum albums — more than any other U.S. band.

ALICE COOPER Announces Fall 2021 U.S. Tour With ACE FREHLEY

(5/17/21) Alice Cooper will make his long-awaited return to the road on a headline tour this September and October. The tour kicks off September 17 in Atlantic City and runs through October 23 in Atlanta. Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will appear as special guest on all shows September 18 through October 22.

Cooper, a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, usually spends up to six months a year on the road, bringing his iconic brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. Known as the architect of shock rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie. Alice Cooper concerts remain a "not-to-be-missed" attraction!

Cooper's universally acclaimed new album "Detroit Stories" is out now via earMUSIC. The record is a celebration of the sound and spirit of the golden era of Detroit rock, and debuted on the Billboard album sales chart at No. 1 upon release in February.

The Associated Press called "Detroit Stories" "a masterpiece of classic rock, soul and R&B in homage to the city that produced him," while Entertainment Weekly proclaimed the release "a love letter from Cooper to his city, and one that encourages a deep dive into his own back catalog and that of his peers." Variety deemed the album "a delicious tip of the hat to '70s classics such as 'Killer' and 'School's Out' without sounding like a throwback." Rolling Stone enthused, "That spirit of rock & roll abandon still exists in Cooper's music half a century later, and his inherent showmanship is why people still fill theaters to see his guillotine act. It's also why his records are still fun to listen to: You never know where he's headed."

"We've always had fun touring together and it should be a heavy rock show with Ace and a great way to get everyone back to live concerts again," says Cooper. "It should be a great night of virtuoso guitars!"

Frehley, KISS co-founder and 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, continues his reflections on a lifetime in music with "Origins, Vol. 2". No stranger to cover versions throughout his musical history — having recorded, rebranded and repossessed such notable nuggets as "New York Groove", "Do Ya" and "I Wanna Go Back" over the course of his eight previous studio efforts — this new collection presents a thoughtful and exciting selection of songs that inspired and helped shape the legendary guitarist. Foremost of importance to the original Spaceman is delivering an album his fans will enjoy, but one where every song also has a place in his life's jukebox.

"I've known Alice for over 30 years," says Frehley. "We're good friends, and we've toured together numerous times and always had a blast. Our musical roots are very similar, and the combination of our two bands make for a great event that nobody is gonna want to miss. Being off the road for more than a year because of the pandemic has been tough on everyone in the music industry, and I'm really looking forward to seeing all of the fans happy, healthy, and ready to rock."

Pre-sale tickets are available Tuesday, May 18 at 10 a.m. local time. Venue and radio pre-sales are set for Wednesday, May 19 at 10 a.m. local time. The general on-sale is set for Friday, May 21 at 10 a.m. local time.

Alice Cooper tour dates with Ace Frehley:

Sep. 17 - Atlantic City, NJ - Ovation Hall at Oceans Resort Casino (Without Ace Frehley)
Sep. 18 - Gilford, NH - Bank of NH Pavilion*
Sep. 19 - Bridgeport, CT - Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater*
Sep. 21- Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
Sep. 22 - Farmingville, NY - Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheatre at Bald Hill*
Sep. 24 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island*
Sep. 25 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre*
Sep. 27 - Youngstown, OH - Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater*
Sep. 28 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center*
Sep. 29 - Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park*
Oct. 01 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Pavilion*
Oct. 02 - St Louis, MO - Saint Louis Music Park*
Oct. 03 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheatre*
Oct. 05 - Pikeville, KY - Appalachian Wireless Arena
Oct. 06 - Raleigh, NC - The Red Hat Amphitheater*
Oct. 07 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*
Oct. 09 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily's Place*
Oct. 10 - West Palm Beach, FL - iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre*
Oct. 11 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*
Oct. 13 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Performing Arts Center
Oct. 14 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall
Oct. 18 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre
Oct. 19 - Austin, TX - HEB Center
Oct. 20 - Ft. Worth, TX - Will Rogers Auditorium
Oct. 22 - Tupelo, MS - Bancorp South Arena
Oct. 23 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival (Without Ace Frehley)
* Produced by Live Nation

Doc McGhee - Rob's School of Music Interview Series

(5/13/21) (Video) This week we are chatting it up with mega manager, Doc McGhee!! We will be diving deep into Doc’s career and discuss what it’s like to manage artists such as KISS, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue!!!

VINNIE VINCENT Is Selling Set Of Handwritten Lyrics For $125,000

(5/11/21) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has made a collection of handwritten lyrics available for purchase via his official web site.

You can own handwritten lyrics to any or all songs penned by Vinnie Vincent from both the KISS and VINNIE VINCENT INVASION catalogs.

Prices:

* $3,500 per individual song
* $50,000: complete set of all 14 Vinnie Vincent KISS handwritten lyrics
* $75,000: complete set of all 20 VINNIE VINCENT INVASION handwritten lyrics
* $125,000: complete set of all KISS and VINNIE VINCENT INVASION handwritten lyrics

Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — made several public appearances in 2018 after spending the past two decades out of the public eye.

In 1983, KISS wrote and released "Lick It Up" — their first album without makeup — 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 two albums.

In 1992, Vincent re-teamed with Simmons and 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 November 2019, KISS manager Doc McGhee claimed that all former members of the group have been contacted about possibly taking part in the band's last-ever tour.

Prior to the "End Of The Road" launch, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons weren't very enthusiastic about the prospect of an onstage collaboration with Vinnie Vincent. "Now Vinnie, that's one exception, and for so many reasons," Stanley told Guitar World. "I would say that's not someone who I want to celebrate."

Simmons also chimed in, explaining that "it's worth stating that Vinnie has sued the band and lost 14 times. I'm not here to cast any aspersions. He's a talented guy. That's why he was in the band. But would I depend on him to get up onstage and do anything? Never. … Can he come to the shows? Of course! Anybody can. But onstage? Never."

In April 2018, Vincent joined Simmons at the KISS bassist/vocalist's "Vault" event in Nashville, Tennessee. He later said in an interview that he felt that got "a cold reception" and was "treated very indifferently" by Gene at the event.

KISS To Perform At TRIBECA FESTIVAL Following Screening Of 'Biography: KISStory'

(4/29/21) Celebrating the success of one of the most iconic bands of all time, KISS will take the stage for a special performance at the 2021 Tribeca Festival in New York City. For the first time ever, the band will perform at the festival directly following the screening of part one of its new A&E documentary "Biography: KISStory". The two-part documentary event is part of the festival's 2021 TV lineup.

Founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will be joined by current band members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer for a multi-song, live, performance at the event. The concert, at a currently undisclosed location, is announced on the heels of the news of the definitive A&E documentary "Biography: KISStory", which is set to premiere with a two-night event on June 27 and June 28 from 9 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET.

Festival passes are on sale now. Tickets to attend the outdoor in-person screening/events are available starting Monday, May 10 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Directed by D.J. Viola, "Biography: KISStory" chronicles the band's five decades in the business as founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons reflect on their historic career.

After 50 years of rocking and rolling all night and partying every day, the No. 1 gold-record-selling band of all time, KISS, shares their story of success before finally smashing their last guitar and extinguishing the fire-breathing demon. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, along with current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer as well as guests Dave Grohl (NIRVANA, FOO FIGHTERS), Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), manager Doc McGhee, music producer Bob Ezrin (ALICE COOPER, PINK FLOYD) and more tell the wild story of the most successful and influential band in the world.

Selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and over 40 years of record-breaking global tours, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at their rise to fame. Featuring original recording sessions, home movies, behind-the-scenes stories and rare footage, the film grants fans an all-access pass to the band's legendary journey. Fans will hear a first-hand account of the emotional story behind the band's start in New York City's gritty rock scene of the 1970s, their meteoric rise to fame, almost losing it all to drugs and alcohol in the 1980s and how they ultimately fought their way back to the top of the charts in the 1990s to become a household name synonymous with rock and roll.

"Through the 'Biography' lens, we are able to give fans a backstage pass to a two-night event that honors the legacy of the rock icons behind KISS," said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming for A&E. "This documentary event is a special tribute to a one-of-a-kind band and the incredible Kiss Army fanbase that has idolized them for generations."

"Biography: KISStory" is a Leslie Greif production, produced for A&E Network by Critical Content and Big Dreams Entertainment with Leslie Greif and Jenny Daly serving as executive producers and D.J. Viola serving as director. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E Network. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for "Biography: KISStory".

The celebrated "Biography" brand continues to highlight newsworthy personalities and events with compelling and surprising points-of-view and remains the defining source for true stories from some of the most accomplished non-fiction storytellers of our time. Extensive on-air and branded digital content, including short form, will roll-out on all platforms, including Biography.com, the home to hundreds of profiles of notable cultural figures and influencers.

New KISS Documentary, 'Biography: KISStory', To Air On A&E In June

(4/27/21) Celebrating one of the most iconic bands of all time, A&E has announced the new definitive documentary film telling the stories behind the phenomenon of KISS. Directed by D.J. Viola, "Biography: KISStory" chronicles the band's five decades in the business as founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons reflect on their historic career. The four-hour, two-night event airs Sunday, June 27 and Monday, June 28 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

After 50 years of rocking and rolling all night and partying every day, the No. 1 gold-record-selling band of all time, KISS, shares their story of success before finally smashing their last guitar and extinguishing the fire-breathing demon. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, along with current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer as well as guests Dave Grohl (NIRVANA, FOO FIGHTERS), Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), manager Doc McGhee, music producer Bob Ezrin (ALICE COOPER, PINK FLOYD) and more tell the wild story of the most successful and influential band in the world.

Selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and over 40 years of record-breaking global tours, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at their rise to fame. Featuring original recording sessions, home movies, behind-the-scenes stories and rare footage, the film grants fans an all-access pass to the band's legendary journey. Fans will hear a first-hand account of the emotional story behind the band's start in New York City's gritty rock scene of the 1970s, their meteoric rise to fame, almost losing it all to drugs and alcohol in the 1980s and how they ultimately fought their way back to the top of the charts in the 1990s to become a household name synonymous with rock and roll.

"Through the 'Biography' lens, we are able to give fans a backstage pass to a two-night event that honors the legacy of the rock icons behind KISS," said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming for A&E. "This documentary event is a special tribute to a one-of-a-kind band and the incredible Kiss Army fanbase that has idolized them for generations."

"Biography: KISStory" is a Leslie Greif production, produced for A&E Network by Critical Content and Big Dreams Entertainment with Leslie Greif and Jenny Daly serving as executive producers and D.J. Viola serving as director. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E Network. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for "Biography: KISStory".

The celebrated "Biography" brand continues to highlight newsworthy personalities and events with compelling and surprising points-of-view and remains the defining source for true stories from some of the most accomplished non-fiction storytellers of our time. Extensive on-air and branded digital content, including short form, will roll-out on all platforms, including Biography.com, the home to hundreds of profiles of notable cultural figures and influencers.

Paul Stanley I'm Demolishing My Bev Hills Mansion ... KISS My Merch Goodbye!!!

(4/24/21) Paul Stanley is starting over ... he's demolishing his mansion in Bev Hills to make way for a brand new home, so he had an estate sale to get rid of EVERYTHING inside.

Paul unloaded tons of KISS merchandise ... the collectibles were displayed in his master bedroom.

We're told most of the band's merch still had the tags on, and folks were buying up all the KISS shirts, pins, license plates, cups and travel bags for anywhere between $15 and $50.

There were some pricier items too ... drinking glasses were going for upwards of $1,200, big French doors went for $900 a pop and Paul's couch went for over $2,000.

Paul's daughter, Emily, had a bunch of stickers on her bedroom door and it was up for grabs at $95.

Heck, Paul even put his lemon trees on sale ... as well as pots and planters starting around $400.

The estate sale went down last week, and by the weekend, pretty much everything had been sold ... so stuff was really flying out of the house.

Now that Paul's done some serious spring cleaning, we're told he's knocking down the 7-bedroom home and building a more modern estate on the property.

KISS Launches New Archival Live Series With 'Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001'

(4/23/21) CD- KISS Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001

Vinyl- KISS Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001

On June 11, rock legends KISS will launch their new official live bootleg series "KISS - Off The Soundboard", with "Tokyo 2001", recorded by the band at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on March 13, 2001. This marks the first in a series of upcoming live releases through UMe and will be available as a 3-LP standard black vinyl set, a 2-CD set, digital downloads and available to stream. "Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001" will also be available as an exclusive 3-LP set pressed on crystal clear vinyl with bone swirl via the official KISS online store. All configurations can be pre-ordered here.

Tokyo has always held a special place of importance throughout the KISStory of the band and "Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001" captures KISS giving the packed 55,000-seat venue the quintessential KISS live experience, direct from the soundboard with such classic anthems as "I Was Made For Lovin' You", "Heaven's On Fire", "Rock And Roll All Nite" and the #7 1976 Billboard hit "Detroit Rock City", as well as rarities such as "I Still Love You" from 1982's "Creatures Of The Night". The 21-track concert is a celebration of the band's musical legacy and features co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, with Ace Frehley on guitar and Eric Singer on drums.

KISS is globally recognized as one of the greatest live bands of all time and is the creator of what is universally considered the best live album ever, 1975's gold-certified and No. 9 Billboard charting "Alive!" "KISS - Off The Soundboard" continues their storied legacy of groundbreaking live albums with a document of the spectacular, larger-than-life extravaganza that is a KISS concert.

Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock and roll. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide have said this tour is devoted to the millions of KISS Army fans.

KISS "Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001" (2CD) track listing:

CD1

01. Detroit Rock City
02. Deuce
03. Shout It Out Loud
04. Talk To Me
05. I Love It Loud
06. Firehouse
07. Do You Love Me
08. Calling Dr. Love
09. Heaven's On Fire
10. Let Me Go Rock & Roll
11. Shock Me / Guitar Solo
12. Psycho Circus

CD2

01. Lick It Up / Bass Solo
02. God Of Thunder / Drum Solo
03. Cold Gin
04. 100,000 Years
05. Love Gun
06. I Still Love You
07. Black Diamond
08. I Was Made For Lovin' You
09. Rock And Roll All Nite

3LP

LP1, Side A

01. Detroit Rock City
02. Deuce
03. Shout It Out Loud
04. Talk To Me

LP1, Side B

01. I Love It Loud
02. Firehouse
03. Do You Love Me
04. Calling Dr. Love
05. Heaven's On Fire

LP2, Side A

01. Let Me Go Rock & Roll
02. Shock Me / Guitar Solo

LP2, Side B

01. Psycho Circus
02. Lick It Up / Bass Solo
03. God Of Thunder / Drum Solo

LP3, Side A

01. Cold Gin
02. 100,000 Years
03. Love Gun

LP3, Side B

01. I Still Love You
02. Black Diamond
03. I Was Made For Lovin' You
04. Rock And Roll All Nite

Digital track listing

01. Detroit Rock City
02. Deuce
03. Shout It Out Loud
04. Talk To Me
05. I Love It Loud
06. Firehouse
07. Do You Love Me
08. Calling Dr. Love
09. Heaven's On Fire
10. Let Me Go Rock & Roll
11. Shock Me / Guitar Solo
12. Psycho Circus
13. Lick It Up / Bass Solo
14. God Of Thunder / Drum Solo
15. Cold Gin
16. 100,000 Years
17. Love Gun
18. I Still Love You
19. Black Diamond
20. I Was Made For Lovin' You
21. Rock And Roll All Nite.

Netflix Near Deal On KISS Biopic ‘Shout It Out Loud;’ Joachim Rønning To Direct Film With Leaders Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons Center Stage

(4/21/21) Netflix is near a deal for Shout It Out Loud, a film package that aspires to do for the iconic hard rock band KISS what Bohemian Rhapsody did for Queen.

According to sources, Netflix is tying up a deal after a bidding battle for a film that will be directed by Joachim Rønning, the Norwegian filmmaker whose credits include Kon-Tiki, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The script is written by Ole Sanders. An earlier draft was done by William Blake Herron. The pic will be a co-production of Mark Canton’s Atmosphere Entertainment and Universal Music Group.

Shout It Out Loud will have close cooperation from bandleaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The band’s concert-arena anthems will be a big part of this, but the film will focus on that duo going back to when they were two misfit kids from Queens who formed an unlikely friendship, starting KISS after enlisting guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. Trying to set themselves apart from the “hair” bands of the day, they accented their power chords and pyrotechnics with makeup. At heart, their formative story is in the vein of The Commitments, if that Irish soul band employed makeup and spiked heels.

Picture the fire-breathing, blood-dripping demonic and growly voiced bass player Simmons at age 12, when he was a Hasidic Orthodox Jew from Israel who found a new faith one fateful day while exiting the yeshiva. “I remember walking out onto the street, seeing this Spanish girl jumping rope across the street, and staring at her long black hair slapping against this great butt,” he once said. “It occurred to me this was better than religion. How could I get near that?”

Stanley, the lead singer with the jet-engine vocals, wasn’t always sex-symbol material. “I was deaf in one ear and had a slight deformity that made me look different,” Stanley said. “I was this short, fat kid, and music became my salvation, a place to hide and dream. And when I played music, there were always girls around.”

Although their musical motives matched, Simmons and Stanley didn’t instantly mesh when they met. “Gene felt he, Lennon and McCartney were the only ones who wrote music,” Stanley once said. “I played him a song that ended up on our first album, and he played three for me, one about soup.” Combining Simmons’ passion for comics with the ’70s Gotham glitter-rock craze, they hit the makeup mirror with a specific goal: “Become the Beatles on steroids.”

“All the glitter-rock bands had wrists as thin as their girlfriends did, and here we looked like linebackers who had raided their girlfriends’ closets,” Stanley said. At an early downtown date, they heard snickers from their glam counterparts “until we plugged in and played, and then everyone’s mouths hung open,” Simmons said.

Their perseverance paid off with KISS Alive! a mega-selling live album that for a time saved Casablanca Records and made them a top-selling and global touring band. KISS has sold more than 100 million records, has 30 Gold and 14 Platinum albums, and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

The film will be produced by Canton through his Atmosphere Entertainment, Leigh Ann Burton through Opus 7, Courtney Solomon, David Blackman and Jody Gerson through Universal Music Group, Doc McGhee through his McGee Entertainment (he is KISS’ longtime manager), Rønning and KISS’ Simmons and Stanley. Atmosphere’s Dorothy Canton and David Hopwood are the executive producers.

The project is on a fast track. The band is in the midst of its “End of the Road Tour,” which has been slowed by the pandemic, but picks back up in the fall and included a loud New Year’s Eve concert in Dubai. There is every reason to imagine Netflix and KISS will use the synergy of a big rock biopic to memorialize their final days on stage, more than 50 years after Simmons and Stanley first got together.

Rønning is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

None of the participants would comment because the deal is not completed.

PAUL STANLEY Among 'The Top Ten Revealed' Panelists

(4/15/21) AXS TV presents a rockin' Mother's Day lineup packed with premieres, as popular music-themed series "The Top Ten Revealed" and "A Year In Music" each return for their fourth seasons on Sunday, May 9. "The Top Ten Revealed" opens the night at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, with "A Year In Music" following at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

Hosted and executive produced by AXS TV fan-favorite Katie Daryl, acclaimed countdown series "The Top Ten Revealed" is back with 12 all-new episodes as a rotating panel of icons and experts from across the entertainment spectrum weigh in on the absolute best artists, albums, and songs in a wide variety of fun and unique categories. The season kicks off on May 9 with a sizzling look at "Smokin' 'Hot' Songs For Summer"; other highlights include a breakdown of the best "Artists Gone Solo" (May 16), "Motown All Stars" (June 6), "Patriotic Songs" (June 27), "Debut Albums Of 1981" (July 25), and "End Of The World Songs" (Aug. 8), among others. The upcoming season also boasts a slate of first-time panelists including KISS frontman Paul Stanley, "Full House" star Jodie Sweetin, "American Idol" finalist and singer/songwriter James Durbin, Grammy-winning songstress Macy Gray, BACKSTREET BOYS' AJ McLean, acclaimed comedienne Margaret Cho, Variety music critic Chris Willman and more, as well as returning favorites such as Dee Snider, Sebastian Bach and Matt Pinfield.

Rounding out the night is the insightful and entertaining profile series "A Year In Music", hosted by Grammy-winning singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale, frontwoman of the rock band HALESTORM. Putting the spotlight on a different period each week, "A Year In Music" presents an in-depth exploration of some of music's most definitive years — viewing each era's biggest bands, influential albums, surprising breakups and monumental breakthroughs through the lens of the political and social happenings of the time. The series' fourth season features 12 all-new episodes, opening with a look back at the Golden Age of Music Videos, 1982, which was headlined by the release of the signature Michael Jackson hit "Thriller". Other highlights include retrospectives on 2012 (May 16), which saw the rise of ONE DIRECTION and the tragic loss of Whitney Houston; 1967's Summer Of Love (May 23); the Y2K bug that threatened the year 2000 (May 30); the mainstream success of Horrorcore amidst the backdrop of the infamous O.J. Simpson trial in 1995 (June 6); the empowered women who provided the soundtrack to 2017 (June 13), and more.

"It doesn't seem all that long ago that 'The Top Ten Revealed' was making its debut on AXS TV, and now we are getting ready to head into our fourth season!" Daryl said. "It is truly an honor to be back, and we could not be more humbled by the support we've received from the AXS TV audience. Each new season presents a fun challenge to try and up the epic categories and iconic panelists from the year before, and I think we have really outdone ourselves this time with even more of the fun themes and legendary guests. I cannot wait to share everything we've been working on when season four kicks off on May 9!"

"I had a blast getting to cut my teeth as a first-time TV host on 'A Year In Music' last season, and I am ecstatic to be back with the series for season four," said Hale. "I learn something new with each episode, and it is so cool to be able to share all of these great facts and findings with other music enthusiasts across the globe. We're covering a lot of ground this year, spanning some truly landmark moments in both music and history. If you love music as much as I do, you won't want to miss a second of it!"

Schedule:

"The Top Ten Revealed" - 8 p.m. ET
May 9 - Smokin' "Hot" Songs For Summer
May 16 - Artists Gone Solo
May 23 - Ode To The Color Black
June 6 - Motown All Stars
June 13 - Space Songs
June 20 - Social Distance Tunes
June 27 - Patriotic Songs
July 11 - Classic Songs Sampled In Rap
July 18 - Animal Titled Songs
July 25 - Debut Albums Of 1981
August 1 - Songs That Count
August 8 - End Of The World Songs

"A Year In Music" - 8:30 p.m. ET
May 9 - 1982
May 16 - 2012
May 23 - 1967
June 6 - 2000
June 13 - 1995
June 20 - 2017
June 27 - 1987
July 11 - 1992
July 18 - 2006
July 25 - 1970
August 1 - 2015
August 8 - 1990.

Former KISS Guitarist BRUCE KULICK Announces 'Live In Las Vegas' Livestream Event

(4/7/21) Former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick will host a livestream event later this month. Dubbed "Bruce Kulick Live In Las Vegas", the show will be filmed at the Marquee Club's Library inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and will see Kulick joined by his wife Lisa, as well as his longtime collaborator Todd Kerns, who is best known as the bassist of SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. They will perform music from KISS along with songs made famous by THE ROLLING STONES, THE BEATLES, THE WHO, Elvis Presley and more.

Get your virtual ticket now for $15 to watch the premiere on April 16 at 9 p.m. ET. The show will be available for purchase and to enjoy until the end of April.

Last December, Kulick hosted another livestream event, "Kissmas Masquerade", during which he played an acoustic KISS set accompanied by Kerns.

In November 2019, Kulick celebrated the 35th anniversary of his first shows with KISS by performing a six-song "Animalize" medley on the "Kiss Kruise" with a band that consisted of Kerns and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS drummer Brent Fitz along with bassist/vocalist Zach Throne. The foursome's set also included other '80s and '90s songs that KISS rarely, if ever, played live.

Kulick joined KISS in 1984, soon after then-guitarist Mark St. John left the band after being diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome, a form of inflammatory arthritis. He recorded five studio albums with the group — "Asylum", "Crazy Nights", "Hot In The Shade", "Revenge" and "Carnival Of Souls" — and can also be heard on the band's "Alive III" and "Kiss Unplugged" live sets. He joined GRAND FUNK RAILROAD in 2001 and continues to serve as the band's lead guitarist today.

Bruce is heavily featured on "Kissology - Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", the DVDs spanning KISS's historic five-decade career.

Detroit Music Awards virtual show packed with special guests

(4/7/21) For the second year, the longstanding Detroit Music Awards will be a virtual affair instead of a live event filled with networking, accolades and performances.

The Facebook Live event, set for Sunday evening, will include an announcement of the winners in categories such as Outstanding Live Performance, Outstanding Tribute Band and Outstanding Music Video. There are also a slew of awards for specific genres like gospel, rap, blues, jazz, rock and more.

The virtual version of the 30th Detroit Music Awards — which is typically a live event at the Fillmore Detroit — will have memorial tributes to two Detroit music legends who have died since last year's gathering: the Supremes' Mary Wilson and saxophonist Alto Reed.

The online broadcast will include performances by Detroit-based musicians Electric Six, Feeder Loft featuring Cousin Mouth, Keynote Sisters, Danny Kroha, Matt Smith of Outrageous Cherry, Rob Stone and nominee David McMurry & Black Light Collective.

Viewers can expect to see the video premiere of "The Devil In Me" from Detroit-bred rock and roll queen Suzi Quatro. Kiss's Paul Stanley and his group Soul Station will also give a shout to the Motor City in a video performance.

30th annual Detroit Music Awards

8 p.m. Sun.

Facebook Live at facebook.com/DetroitMusicAwards

Hangin' & Bangin' # 43 - Doug Aldrich & Tommy Thayer - Whitesnake / Kiss

(4/3/21) (Video) Doug Aldrich and Tommy Thayer talk about rock history with Carmine Appice, Vinny Appice, and Ron Onesti.

Cleve Hall, Acclaimed Makeup Effects Artist, Dies at 61

(4/3/21) Cleve Hall, a respected makeup effects artist known for his distinctive work on such films as Ghoulies, Re-Animator and Troll, has died. He was 61.

Hall died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, his rep Mike Arnoldi told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hall's daughter Constance has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help with burial costs. Her dad "was a family man, an adored father, proud grandpa and a beloved mentor," she wrote. "He loved movies, Godzilla, sculpting and inspiring the next generation of creatives."

Constance and another daughter, Elora, and his ex-wife, Sonia, followed him in business and appeared with him on the 2012 Syfy reality series Monster Man. A year earlier, he was on another Syfy show, Face Off, a competition program that pitted makeup effects artists against one another.

Raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Hall said he knew what he wanted to do for a living after his mom took him to see the 1964 Japanese film Godzilla vs. the Thing. And in Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), he played Godzilla in a costume that he designed himself, later describing the experience as "this little kid's dream come true!"

Hall served as a puppeteer on The Sandlot (1993) and collaborated with late makeup artist John Carl Buechler on films including Ghoulies (1984), The Dungeonmaster (1984), Re-Animator (1985), Zone Troopers (1985), Troll (1986), Eliminators (1986) and TerrorVision (1986).

He also created props for such musical acts as Kiss — he did Gene Simmons' chest armor — Insane Clown Posse and Alice Cooper and received a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2008 for his work on the Nickelodeon kids series Yo Gabba Gabba!

In a 2012 interview, Hall said he hoped computer effects would not destroy the old-school, hands-on techniques that he specialized in. "I think CG is it's a good complement to the physical effects. It shouldn't replace them," he said. "I grew up with Ray Harryhausen, and those films [with] those gripping scenes, these amazing effects, it's like now you know how they were done."

He also is survived by another daughter, Zoe, and two grandchildren.

GENE SIMMONS Sets Record Straight On Home Purchase, Confirms Relocation To Nevada

(3/25/21) Gene Simmons, serial entrepreneur, Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and co-founder of KISS, is responding to false reports about a home purchase in Malibu and wants to set the record straight regarding false, inaccurate, and misleading reports in various media outlets.

Simmons and his wife Shannon Tweed Simmons are selling their Beverly Hills home and relocating to the State Of Nevada full time. Recent reports that Simmons purchased a home in Malibu are false and inaccurate. His wife Shannon Tweed purchased the hilltop home in Malibu with her own money as a personal investment. Simmons and his wife Shannon have always had separate accountants, have always filed solo tax returns and have never filed joint tax returns. Their finances have always been maintained as separate business interests, investments, and financial accounts.

Other reports that Simmons purchased a 22-acre estate in the State of Washington are also inaccurate. Simmons has never owned real estate of any kind in the State of Washington.

Simmons has been very vocal about his desire to leave California for some time due to wanting a quieter lifestyle and to get away from being listed on celebrity maps or having to deal with Beverly Hills tour buses.

"We have been exploring our primary residence options outside of California for a couple of years," Gene said. "We considered various properties in various states but ultimately decided that Nevada is a better choice for us. We are at a place in our lives where a big city lifestyle is just not our thing anymore."

Last fall, Simmons put his Beverly Hills house on the market for $22 million. He later relisted it for $25 million after it never sold and he reportedly invested a lot of money in making improvements.

"California and Beverly Hills have been treating folks that create jobs badly and the tax rates are unacceptable," Gene told the Wall Street Journal in October. "I work hard and pay my taxes and I don’t want to cry the Beverly Hills blues, but enough is enough."

Simmons also said that part of the reason he and his wife listed the two-acre property in Benedict Canyon because the home had become too big for the both of them since their children had grown up.

Gene and Shannon were married in 2011 after dating since 1975. They have two children, Nick, 32, and Sophie, 28.

Gene, Shannon and their kids all appeared on the reality TV series "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" from 2006 until 2012.

For the past few months, Gene has been vocal about people taking the COVID-19 outbreak seriously. He has also blasted Americans who are defiantly skeptical of mask wearing, saying that their refusal to follow the rules is putting all of our health at risk.

In its 48-year career, KISS has accumulated 23 gold and platinum albums — more than any other U.S. band.

Gene Simmons buys California home, despite vowing to flee over taxes

(3/24/21) Gene Simmons isn’t telling California to kiss off — yet.

The rocker just shelled out $5.8 million for a Malibu hilltop home — despite his vow to swear off California just a few months ago due to the state’s “unacceptable” high taxes.

Simmons and his wife, Canadian actress and 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed, purchased the three-bedroom, four-bathroom California home on March 15, property records show.

Last fall, the Kiss frontman put up his longtime Beverly Hills abode — which he bought in 1984 — for $22 million, revealing that he would be heading to Washington State instead. He later upped the asking price to $25 million.

“California and Beverly Hills have been treating folks that create jobs badly and the tax rates are unacceptable,” Simmons, 71, told the Wall Street Journal in an October interview. “I work hard and pay my taxes and I don’t want to cry the Beverly Hills blues, but enough is enough.”

But apparently it wasn’t enough.

Spanning 3,707 square feet, the gated home sits on 2.45 acres of land on top of one of the highest designated ridgelines in Malibu.

Initially built in 1975, one side of the home boasts 180-degree ocean views and another side boasts 180-degree mountain views.

Designed as a newly renovated and custom modern property, the home offers complete privacy. Features of the home include a pool, spa, an RV/boat carport and a three-car garage.

Simmons explained that in addition to wanting to escape the California state tax burden, he and his wife listed the two-acre property in Benedict Canyon because the home had become too big for the both of them since their children had grown up.

The bassist and singer recently purchased two adjacent homes in the Hollywood Hills for their two children and said they plan to relocate their primary residence to Washington.

They currently own a sprawling 22-acre estate near Mount Rainier.

The Israeli-born Simmons and his wife sold their smaller Laurel Canyon spread for $2.2 million last August.

But, apparently, part of them will always remain in the Golden State no matter how high their taxes can fly.

PAUL STANLEY's SOUL STATION Releases Official Video Performance Of 'I, Oh I'

(3/12/21) KISS co-founder and frontman, best-selling author and Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Paul Stanley will release the debut album from his SOUL STATION project on March 19 (postponed from previously announced March 5) via Universal Music Enterprises. A collection of nine classic soul covers and five original tracks, "Now And Then" will feature the band's acclaimed version of THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS' "O-o-h Child" as well as SOUL STATION's take on THE SPINNERS' "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love".

The official music video for the third single from the album, "I, Oh I", can be seen below. Written, arranged and orchestrated by Stanley, "I, Oh I" is the first original song to be released from "Now And Then". (Video)

ACE FREHLEY Shows Off A Few Pieces In His Rock And Roll Memorabilia Collection

(3/12/21) Ace Frehley recently checked in with AXS TV to show viewers a few of the pieces in his rock and roll memorabilia collection. From a specially made and aged replica of his 1959 Les Paul guitar (don't worry, he has 12 of them) to his favorite vintage piece of art, the KISS founding member joins AXS TV on its version of "show and tell," "Rock & Tell". (Video)

Gene Simmons Selling Renovated Bev Hills Home ... Yours For $25 Million!!!

(3/12/21) Gene Simmons is still trying to kiss his Beverly Hills mansion goodbye ... and he's putting it back up for sale, but with a higher price tag after some renovations.

Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... the KISS frontman just relisted his two-acre property in Benedict Canyon for a cool $25 million.

Gene previously put the home up for sale back in October for $22 million, but it never sold and we're told he invested a lot of money in making improvements.

Our sources say the home was almost like a miniature KISS museum, with 4 of the 7 bedrooms decked out with all kinds of band gear ... but as you can see, the rooms no longer look like KISS shrines.

The massive property is 16,000 square feet and it's still got all the bells and whistles you would expect from a rock star's home ... a 60-foot water slide, parking for 35 cars and a professional size tennis court.

'Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles' stars Josh and Matt Altman hold the listing on the property, but did not want to comment.

KISS Launch New "Official" Bootleg Live Series; Off The Soundboard: Tokyo Dome - Tokyo, Japan 3/13/2001 Triple Vinyl Set For June Release

(2/24/21) KISS have launched a new official “bootleg” live series, Off The Soundboard. Starting the series will be their epic performance at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on March 13, 2001. This show comes from the band’s vault of soundboard recordings, features Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Ace Frehley.

Off The Soundboard: Tokyo Dome - Tokyo, Japan 3/13/2001 will be released on triple vinyl via UMC - Mercury on June 11. The release is currently listed for pre-order via Amazon UK, and Amazon US.

Check out the track listing below, and stay tuned for further details.

Track listing:

Side One
"Detroit Rock City"
"Deuce"
"Shout It Out Loud"
"Talk To Me"

Side Two
"I Love It Loud"
"Firehouse"
"Do You Love Me"
"Calling Dr. Love"
"Heaven’s On Fire"

Side Three
"Let Me Go Rock & Roll"
"Shock Me" / Guitar Solo

Side Four
"Psycho Circus"
"Lick It Up" / Bass Solo
"God Of Thunder" / Drum Solo

Side Five
"Cold Gin"
"100,000 Years"
"Love Gun"

Side Six
"I Still Love You"
"Black Diamond"
"I Was Made For Lovin’ You"
"Rock And Roll All Nite"

PAUL STANLEY's SOUL STATION Covers THE SPINNERS' 'Could It Be I'm Falling In Love'

(2/5/21) KISS co-founder and frontman, best-selling author and Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Paul Stanley will release the debut album from his SOUL STATION project on March 19 (postponed from previously announced March 5) via Universal Music Enterprises. A collection of nine classic soul covers and five original tracks, "Now And Then" will feature the band's acclaimed version of THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS' "O-o-h Child" as well as SOUL STATION's take on THE SPINNERS' "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love", which can be streamed here: Audio.

Lullaby Versions Of KISS From TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE ROCK STAR Out Now

(2/5/21) Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, the company which creates "beautiful lullaby versions of your favorite artists," has just released "Lullaby Versions Of Kiss" via Roma Music Group.

"Lullaby Versions Of Kiss" track listing:

01. I Was Made For Lovin' You
02. Rock And Roll All Nite
03. Detroit Rock City
04. Heaven's On Fire
05. Forever
06. Lick It Up
07. Strutter
08. Beth
09. Crazy Crazy Nights
10. Love Gun

The song "I Was Made For Lovin' You" can be streamed above.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star was born for the parent that wants to pass along their biggest passion to their child, music. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star transforms popular music into instrumental lullabies perfect for babies, yoga or just relaxation. Now, parents can enjoy the music from LADY GAGA to METALLICA in soothing lullaby style. With over 135 titles to choose from, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star is the largest line of pop, rock, metal and jamband music lullabies in the world.

These aren't novelty recordings. They are cute, they are soft but these are serious recordings. Roma Music Group, which releases Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, is run by two music industry veterans who put the fidelity of these recording at the top of the priority list. Let's face it, much like the brand name clothes you buy for your infant, this music is really for you. Whether you are raising a metal baby, rocker or hippie baby, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has your music transformed from arena anthems into nursery classics.

Gene Simmons I Wanna Pack and Move All Night!!! Unloads H'Wood Hills Pad

(2/3/21) Gene Simmons has officially kissed his Hollywood Hills crib goodbye ... selling it for a cool $2 million.

The rock star sold his 3-story pad that sits in Laurel Canyon for just a tad under the $2.2 million asking price. The house, and its views, are a beaut ... with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and iconic 180-degree views of downtown L.A., the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park Observatory, Beverly Hills and the Pacific Ocean.

As we reported ... the house offers a spacious deck and tons of living space ... with 2,345 square feet that's perfectly suited for any rock star.

As for his other crib ... the KISS singer and bassist's Beverly Hills estate remains on the market, but the price on that one is a tad higher ... at $22 million. That one's way more house!

PAUL STANLEY's SOUL STATION Releases Live Performance Video Of 'O-o-h Child'

(1/29/21) PAUL STANLEY's SOUL STATION Releases Live Performance Video Of 'O-o-h Child': Video

Paul Stanley Interview talking Soul Station, KISS, Dubai, NYE, KISStory and more!

(1/29/21) Paul Stanley Interview talking Soul Station, KISS, Dubai, NYE, KISStory and more!: Video

KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY Announces Debut SOUL STATION Album 'Now And Then'

(1/15/21) (Video) KISS co-founder and frontman, best-selling author and Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Paul Stanley has spent the last few years developing a project close to his heart. SOUL STATION is a band gathering some of today's leading musicians to pay tribute to the greatest artists and songs from the R&B and soul catalog to keep this vital music current. While a surprise to many, Stanley's early pivotal roots in this music has quietly turned this passion into a celebrated touring and recording band. Stanley's 15-piece ensemble group has toured the U.S. and Japan, and recently recorded an album of nine classic soul songs and five new original songs. "Now And Then" will be released March 5 on Universal Music Enterprises. The first single, "O-O-H Child" (THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS), can be streamed below.

Speaking about the new music, Stanley said: "Between us doing some great SOUL STATION shows and starting the album, I started to think that neither the band or the music we love should depend only on the past so I started writing with the goal of seamlessly taking songs into the present. From what a lot of people I respect have told me, that mission was accomplished."

When Stanley conceived SOUL STATION, the group excelled in the live venue setting, playing smaller, intimate clubs — a setting where Paul Stanley would reflect on those classic hits that were his early inspiration, playing the songs with a reverence and respect for how he and the band believe they should be performed and heard.

"Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more," he said. "I was lucky to see Otis Redding and Solomon Burke among others. That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use."

Stanley's bandmembers include Rafael "Hoffa" Moreira (guitar and backing vocals), Sean Hurley (bass), Alex Alessandroni (musical director, keyboards), Ely Rise (keyboards), Eric Singer (drums and backing vocals), RayYslas (percussion), Gavyn Rhone (backing vocals), Crystal Starr (backing vocals) and Laurhan Beato (backing vocals) and Jon Pappenbrook (lead trumpet).

The band is augmented by three string players and two horn players of the same stature enabling SOUL STATION's wall of sound to be firmly rooted in the past while staking claim to both the present and future.

"Now And Then" track listing:

01. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
02. I Do
03. I, Oh I
04. Ooo Baby Baby
05. O-O-H Child
06. Save Me (From You)
07. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
08. Whenever You're Ready (I'm Here)
09. The Tracks Of My Tears
10. Let's Stay Together
11. La-La – Means I Love You
12. Lorelei
13. You Are Everything
14. Baby I Need Your Loving

Speaking about how the idea for SOUL STATION came about, Paul told Scott Lipps: "I was really lucky, because, before I ever saw [LED] ZEPPELIN or any of the British bands that I grew to love, or the blues bands that I saw, I saw Otis Redding as a kid, I saw Solomon Burke and THE TEMPTATIONS. So that really is the core of what I do. It's not all that I do, but it's in there, and it always has been. SMOKEY [ROBINSON] AND THE MIRACLES; early Stevie Wonder; Philly soul; Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, all the things that they produced — Thom Bell. So you have THE DELFONICS, STYLISTICS, BLUE MAGIC, THE TEMPS, FOUR TOPS, and on and on. So, for me, that music, unfortunately, has been relegated to becoming samples in somebody's rap songs. Those songs deserve so much more, not only respect, but to be listened to, because when we play those songs live, everybody's faces light up, because they're just great, great songs.

"SOUL STATION is 15 people, and everybody's played with everyone from Smokey to Stevie Wonder to Natalie Cole to TEMPTATIONS, Whitney Houston, and on and on and on," Stanley continued. "And it really is like a family. We hang out at my house and have a great time. But what really bonded us together was this love of that music and wanting to recreate it accurately, respectfully. Even some of those bands, when they wound up playing live, did these uptempo, kind of soulless versions of their own songs. And we're playing those songs the way they're supposed to be, and it's glorious.

"Look, I started doing it selfishly, 'cause I love that music, and to have it surrounding me, and to get to sing those songs, is crazy. And then to also write some new tunes that really marry so well to the old tunes is like writing another page.

"Will it surprise some people? Yeah," Paul added. "But, honestly, I'm not… Somebody said, 'Oh, you're reinventing yourself.' I'm not the champion of blues rock or hard rock or metal or this. I did 'Phantom Of The Opera'. I'm a singer, and I choose to sing whatever I choose to sing at any given time. So, really, honestly, it's as natural for me to sing Philly soul as it is to sing rock. It's just I haven't done it publicly."

Last May, Stanley released a cover version of Smokey Robinson's classic song "Ooo Baby Baby", recorded by SOUL STATION. In a statement accompanying the clip, Stanley said: "These are challenging times. Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more. I was lucky to see Otis Redding and Solomon Burke among others. That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use."

He added: "While it's hard to connect physically, some of SOUL STATION decided to reach out and make a virtual and emotional connection on a great Motown and Smokey Robinson classic, Ooo Baby Baby."

In 2019, Stanley told the Real Radio 104.1 radio station that he wanted to wait for the right time to release the SOUL STATION LP. "It really deserves full attention and my full commitment," he explained. "So until we can do great live performances — the band is amazing live — and until we can promote it the way we should, it's just going to simmer."

Asked if he gets any hate from KISS fans for making an album that is stylistically far removed from the music his main band is best known for producing, Stanley said: "I'm sure there are some people who'd rather me doing a KISS album or something like that, but when you sign on with me, you understand that we're both in this together, and sometimes I have to do what I need to do. And that's part of the joy and the reward for me. So I would rather do a great SOUL STATION album right now than tamper with KISS or the KISS legacy and do something that I'm really not feeling at the moment."

KISS's NYE Pay-Per-View Breaks Guinness Records For Highest Flame Projection + Most Flame Projections In Music Concert

(12/31/20) KISS's New Year's Eve performance in Dubai, United Arab Emirates broke Guinness world records for highest flame projection in a music concert and for most flame projections launched simultaneously in a music concert. Landmarks Live Presents produced the $10 million spectacular, which was filmed with more than 50 4K cameras and 360-degree views and was held on a massive 250-foot stage at The Royal Beach at Atlantis. Guinness World Records representatives were on hand at the show, which included "a million dollars' worth of pyro," according to frontman Paul Stanley.

KISS partnered with event company Tixr to beam the "Kiss 2020 Goodbye" show around the world.

Tickets to view the stream are currently on sale on the event's official web site https://www.kiss2020goodbye.com/

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told The Oakland Press about the band's decision to play the Dubai concert: "We get offers all the time, thank goodness, and we've been saying no to everybody because it's just not safe — for us, for the fans. With this, we happened to be in the right place at the right time, and it all make sense. The folks in Dubai, which is a fascinating place, suggested something crazy and said, 'You can do anything you want here, no restrictions.' And we said, 'Wait a minute. You mean we can put on the biggest pyro show of all time, since Krakatoa and the Big Bang? You mean we're gonna be safe going over there?' They said 'yeah,' so there you are."

Landmarks Live creator, director and executive producer Daniel E. Catullo told KhaleejTimes.com that this wasn't his first time collaborating with the rock legends.

"I worked with KISS back in 2005 and I wanted to have a crack at doing a bigger show with them," he said. "Somehow, I developed a reputation of producing challenging shows, whether doing one with Andrea Bocelli at Palazzo Vecchio, the FOO FIGHTERS at the Acropolis or pulling off the biggest show of the year in the middle of a pandemic. Hosting the KISS show in Dubai was a logical step. The United Arab Emirates is among the world leaders in mitigating the spread of COVID and continues to effectively manage the pandemic given the government’s extraordinary response measures. It [made] sense for us to bring Landmarks Live to the UAE."

Catullo went on to say that working with KISS has been "a dream come true" for him. "To be able to capture them in such an explosive and record-breaking way will certainly be a highlight of my career," he said. "Logistically, this was the largest undertaking I've ever done, and during a pandemic made it all the more challenging. Our crew is comprised of over 400 people, most of whom are based in Dubai. It has been a very complex show to put together: almost five months of planning, hundreds of working crew, coordination with the Dubai government, major coordination with the band; this show will go down in the record books. We're also filming a documentary on how we are pulling this show off. We're doing the biggest production in KISS's history.

"The most arduous task has been developing a safe COVID compliance protocol amid the pandemic to ensure no virus transmission among the crew. The crew will essentially create a bubble for the show setup, particularly the few staffers who will be in direct contact with KISS. American Hospital is conducting daily testing. We have to take beyond-extraordinary measures to keep people safe."

KISS Makes Small Lyrical Changes For Dubai Concert, Drops Blood-Spitting Stunt

(12/31/20) KISS cleaned up its act for tonight's New Year's Eve live pay-per-view performance in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, apparently out of respect for local customs and beliefs. Gene Simmons's blood-spitting stunt was missing during his bass solo, and the words "bitch" and "virgin soul" were removed from the lyrics of "100,000 Years" and "God of Thunder", respectively, with "trip" and "sacred soul." Other songs reportedly had minor lyrical changes as well.

According to BBC, Dubai is very conservative when it comes to bad language. Swearing, profanities, insults and "all kind of vulgar language" are considered obscene acts — as is making rude gestures — and offenders can be fined or jailed.

Saying "fuck" is a crime in Dubai as the swear word "disgraces the honor or the modesty" of a person according to Article 373 of the UAE Penal Code.

Swearing in public in Dubai can land you in prison for up to a year. A huge fine may also be imposed for swearing, amounting to as high as Dhs 10,000 ($2,700).

KISS is not the first international artist to self-censor its show in order to bring its music to fans in United Arab Emirates, where expatriates make up most of the population. Back in 2014, Lady Gaga wore a Christmas ornament with a Tayoi Kasuma costume, in lieu of revealing clothing, when she kicked off the Asian leg of her "ArtRAVE" tour at Dubai's Meydan Racecourse. Two years earlier, Madonna held a controversial concert in Abu Dhabi where she reportedly angered the audience with allusions to Judeo-Christian traditions, revealing outfits and erotic dances.

Landmarks Live Presents produced the KISS show, which attempted to set the world's record for largest pyro. The $10 million spectacular was filmed with more than 50 4K cameras and 360-degree views and was held on a massive 250-foot stage at The Royal Beach at Atlantis.

KISS launched its farewell trek in January 2019 but was forced to put it on hold earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"End Of The Road" was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but is now expected to last well into 2022.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Paul Stanley (guitar, vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass, vocals), alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

KISS Setlist: Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates 12/31/20

(12/31/20) Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
Deuce
Say Yeah
I Love It Loud
Heaven's on Fire
Tears Are Falling
War Machine
Lick It Up
Calling Dr. Love
100,000 Years
Cold Gin
God of Thunder
Psycho Circus
Parasite
Love Gun
I Was Made for Lovin' You
Black Diamond
Encore:
Beth
Strutter
Do You Love Me
Rock and Roll All Nite

How PETER CRISS Ended Up Guesting On New RICHIE SCARLET Single 'The Catman & The Emperor'

(12/24/20) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has come out of retirement to lay down his drums on "The Catman & The Emperor", the new single from his former bandmate Richie Scarlet. The track, which also features former FREHLEY'S COMET bassist John Regan, was released on December 18 and can be streamed below.

Known worldwide as "The Emperor Of Rock And Roll", Scarlet has played guitar and toured with Criss and original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. He has also performed with Sebastian Bach and Alice Cooper, and played bass with MOUNTAIN.

Speaking to SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk" about how Criss came to guest on "The Catman & The Emperor", Scarlet said: "I've been close to Peter for many, many, many years, and we've talked the talk about recording something many times, and it's now finally materialized.

"I'm very honored and grateful to have Peter Criss on the track. It's a song I wrote kind of about both of us. There are some KISS references in there — like '100,000 Years', and I mention 'Beth'. And there's a snippet of [Frehley's] '2 Young 2 Die', verse-wise.

"Peter and I are both half Italian and half Irish, right down the middle, and we both grew up in New York City — me originally in the Bronx and him in Brooklyn — so there's references to that on the bridge section of the song," he continued. "And John Regan, of course, did the bass.

"Peter originally was gonna play on another track, a different song I wrote, but then this particular song, I picked up a guitar, and it was just crazy how it just came out of me. The first thing that came out of me was, 'The Catman and The Emperor just left the building. One's off to Brooklyn, the other's just chilling.' And from there, it just kind of materialized very quickly."

Scarlet went on to say that Peter "played his ass off" on "The Catman & The Emperor". "He hadn't played drums that hard in years," Richie said. "He really slammed it. It was a beautiful thing to see that.

"I'm not sure if Peter's ever played drums on another record before, other than his own and KISS — I'm not sure," he continued. "But people haven't heard him play drums in a long, long time. He certainly slams on this song — he didn't hold back at all. And that's what I think his fans are gonna really appreciate, because people haven't really heard him play this heavy in a long time. If anything, it will certainly give his fans just a taste that he's still here, and he's still around — he's not going anywhere. I think it's a great track; it's a catchy tune, to me… It should give rock and roll people a vibe, and especially KISS people."

Scarlet was in FREHLEY'S COMET from 1984 to 1985 and played in three of the band's seven different lineups. He most recenty played in Frehley's solo band in 2018 before being fired by the original KISS guitarist shortly after Richie's wife had just passed away after battling ALS for many years.

In 2018, Scarlet, Regan and former FREHLEY'S COMET guitarist/vocalist Tod Howarth joined forces with former ACE FREHLEY drummer Steve Werner in a new band called RETURN OF THE COMET.

Asked how he got nicknamed "The Emperor Of Rock And Roll", Scarlet told Kiss Hell in a 1997 interview: "Well, it was a joke, Elvis Presley obviously was the king, and then once he died, some people in New York started calling me that just as a goof, and then Ace started calling me that, and the next thing you know I'm 'The Emperor Of Rock And Roll.'"

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.

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

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".

Criss, who turned 75 last Sunday (December 20), played what was being billed as his final U.S. concert in June 2017 at the Cutting Room in New York City.

Bruce Kulick & Lisa Lane - I'll Be Home For Christmas

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KISS Coffee Coming In 2021

(12/24/20) KISS has teamed up with Dead Sled coffee, in a deal brokered by Epic Rights, to launch a new coffee in 2021. More details will be made available soon.

Dead Sled Coffee strives to create a culture of acceptance and respect no matter what your level of coffee knowledge is. It is the highest quality of freshly roasted coffee that comes along with a dark dense of humor, the love of originality, artists and entertainment.

Dead Sled Coffee is an independent business born from a desire to bridge the gap between coffee elite, who need to know everything possible about the coffee they consume, and those of us who just want a good cup of coffee.

Dead Sled Coffee strives to offer amazing product that doesn't require your thesaurus or atlas to appreciate. Feel comfortable ordering our coffee and know that it's not a crime if you don't care where the beans came from. Or where it was processed. Dead Sled has slurped and sniffed through endless cuppings so you can just sit back and enjoy your coffee experience.

Scott Lipps Interviews Paul Stanley of KISS and Evan Stanley

(12/24/20) (Video) Scott Lipps Interviews Paul Stanley of KISS and Evan Stanley about life as rock and roll royalty, new music, growing up in New York, and more.

The Catman & the Emperor

(12/19/20) (Listen) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has come out of retirement to lay down his drums on "The Catman & The Emperor", the new single from his former bandmate Richie Scarlet. The track, which also features former FREHLEY'S COMET bassist John Regan, was released on Friday, December 18.

KISS 2020 Goodbye: Paul Stanley Says Virtual NYE Show Will ‘Rock the Heavens’

(12/19/20) (Video) KISS singer Paul Stanley is calling his upcoming New Year’s Eve show “The biggest concert ever!”

Rock and roll icons KISS are back in a big way. After suspending their global End of the Road final tour due to the pandemic, the band announced KISS 2020 Goodbye, a special livestream event.

He tells “Extra’s” Senior Music Correspondent Adam Weissler that fans can expect “a million dollars’ worth of pyro.”

“We want to shake the ground, rock the heavens, and do what we do best,” Paul said. Watch the interview!

Talking Metal - Ace Frehley Interview 2020

(12/13/20) (Video) Mark Strigl and John "Ostronomy" Ostrosky speak with Ace Frehley about his new music he is working on, his new studio, the I'm Down music video, Lita Ford, Jackie Fox, Joan Jet, Origins Vol. 2, Bruce Kulick, Stan Lee, comics and more.

ACE FREHLEY Releases Animated Music Video For Cover Of THE BEATLES' 'I'm Down'

(12/10/20) Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has released an animated music video for his cover of THE BEATLES classic "I'm Down". The track appears on "Origins Vol. 2", the sequel to Ace's 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist, which came out in September via eOne. The animated video was directed by eOne's Ken Gullic. The original version of "I'm Down" was first released in 1965 as the b-side to THE BEATLES' "Help!": Video.

The Jeremy White Podcast: Gene Simmons

(12/8/20) The Jeremy White Podcast presents Gene Simmons from KISS!: Video.

Kyle Meredith with... Paul Stanley

(12/6/20) (Video) Kiss’s Paul Stanley and Landmarks Live creator Dan Catullo sit down with Kyle Meredith to discuss the band’s upcoming New Year’s Eve show, which is said to be the legendary group’s biggest show ever, complete with world breaking records that include a million dollars worth of Pyro. Catullo tells us of safely producing a show of this magnitude during a pandemic and doing it live from Dubi to a virtual audience around the world, while Stanley details the importance of bringing people together and how he makes a show that people will watch online compelling for them at home. The frontman also speaks about his unstoppable positive outlook, an update on the debut record from his side band Soul Station, impressing Rod Stewart with new music, and the eventual continuation of the End of the Road Tour.

Gene Simmons Checks-in with Marci Wiser

(12/2/20) Gene Simmons Checks-in with Marci Wiser: Audio.

KISS: More Details Revealed For New Year's Eve 'Kiss 2020 Goodbye' Concert

(11/25/20) It's been 300 days since the KISS stage went dark. Roaring back to life and proving that KISS never does anything small, the iconic Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, multi-platinum selling band has announced the biggest concert event of the year, sending off 2020 in KISS style on New Year's Eve at iconic destination, Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. In a year when stages have been dark globally and fans have been craving a true live music experience, Landmarks Live Presents is set to deliver the largest KISS show of the band's storied career live from The Royal Beach at Atlantis Dubai with numerous world record attempts for largest ever pyro display.

Filmed with more than 50 cameras and 360-degree views, the show will be produced by Landmarks Live Presents will be filmed in 4K and can be seen globally with a 1080p Livestream and ticketing powered by Tixr and available on any computer, mobile, and Apple TV.

Putting nearly 400 crew members back to work for the first time in 8 months, the production will take extraordinary on-site COVID protocols including daily testing and biometric crew wristbands to ensure highest safety standards for the entire event. Performed in front of a live COVID-screened and safe audience in Dubai, this will be a first of its kind hybrid live-ticketed and live streamed event.

KISS said: "After nine months of this pandemic darkness the world may finally be seeing light of day. On New Year's Eve KISS will rock the heavens, shake the earth and blaze the way out of 2020 with the largest and most bombastic celebration in our and anyone else's history. We all need it. We all deserve it. Here's to 2021."

Daniel E Catullo III, creator, director and executive producer of Landmarks Live, said: "Working with KISS is an honor and dream come true for me. To be able to capture them in such an explosive and record-breaking way will certainly be a highlight of my career. This show will be unlike any other show or live stream of 2020. Logistically, this was the largest undertaking and production I've ever done and during a pandemic made it all the more challenging. Our crew is comprised of over 400 people from all over the world. It has been a very complex show to put together, but we are happy to bring the world something of this size at a time when it is needed the most. It's a perfect way to say goodbye to 2020 or KISS 2020 goodbye.

"Almost five months of planning, hundreds of working crew, coordination with the Dubai government, major logistics and coordination with the band, and putting on a rock show during a global pandemic, this show will go down in the record books," Catullo added.

"We are incredibly excited that KISS and Landmarks Live has chosen Atlantis Dubai for this first-of-its-kind initiative," said Timothy Kelly, executive vice president and managing director, Atlantis Dubai. "Atlantis has a reputation as being a trailblazer in the world of entertainment and we know that this event which will be watched by millions across the world will provide electrifying, ever-lasting memories for all who join in the celebrations."

The show will also feature a live pre-show that can be streamed for free. The KISS concert and pyro show will feature numerous price points to accommodate all New Year's Eve celebrators safely from home. While the show will be broadcast live timed to midnight in Dubai, ALL of the streaming packages allow a replay option so that fans can re-watch timed to their own midnight festivities.

Price tiering:

* $39.99 - Live Stream and 24 hours of unlimited replays
* $49.99 - Live Stream and 72 hours of unlimited replays
* $249.99 - Gold VIP package - Live Stream, 30 days of unlimited replays, Limited Edition DVD w/ 16-page book, Limited edition T-shirt, limited edition poster
* $999.999 - Platinum VIP Package - Live Stream, 30 days of unlimited replays, Limited edition DVD w/ 16-page book, name in DVD credits and in book, Limited edition T-shirt, limited edition poster (autographed), limited edition Hoodie, metal engraved limited edition commemorative ticket, limited edition vinyl record of the show

Tickets are available now at www.KISS2020Goodbye.com.

Landmarks Live is the brainchild of Emmy Award-winning documentary and live television producer/director Daniel E Catullo III. The initial version of Landmarks Live, the award winning PBS series "Landmarks Live In Concert", featured a lineup of global music superstars performing season one episodes, including "Foo Fighters Live From The Acropolis", "Alicia Keys Live From New York", "Andrea Bocelli Live From The Palazzo Vecchio", "Brad Paisley Live From WVU", "Prophets Of Rage From Sunset Strip And The Stone Pony", "Kings Of Leon Live From Memphis", "K.D. Lang Live From San Antonio" and the "Black Eyed Peas From Royal Albert Hall".

KISS Announces 'Kiss 2020 Goodbye' New Year's Eve Virtual Concert

(11/20/20) (Trailer) KISS will perform a virtual "Kiss 2020 Goodbye" concert on New Year's Eve.

To send off 2020 in their larger-than-life style on New Year’s Eve, the iconic Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, multi-platinum-selling band is reigniting the fire and roaring back to life! In true KISS fashion, they are bringing the biggest and baddest concert event and pyrotechnics show of the year, proving once again, that KISS never does anything small. The massive stage production and free pre-show will be brought directly into your living room at 9 p.m. live from Atlantis Dubai on December 31.

Filmed with more than 50 cameras and 360-degree views, this show produced by Landmarks can be seen globally with ticketing technology and livestream powered by TIXR and experienced like no other virtual concert before. You're invited to spend New Year’s Eve with The Demon, The Starchild, The Spaceman, and The Catman as they rock out of 2020 and roll into 2021…all night!

"Frankly, I wasn't interested in doing a stream on the level of Live at the Troubadour in L.A.," frontman Paul Stanley tells Rolling Stone. "Not that those aren't good, but they aren't KISS. Either we do this right, or we don't do it. For us, size matters. We don't have to reinvent the wheel; we invented it and it runs real well. We're just making sure it's on a scale and a size that does justice not only to the situation we're in, but that it makes the people watching at home feel like they're a part of it."

Gene Simmons states: "We play big. There's not a lot of subtlety in what we do. It's like the Fourth of July. You don't want chaos. You can have the biggest, but it won't be the baddest because just random explosions everywhere and 300-foot fireballs going off, you can't tap your foot to that or sing along. You want to have something that has coordination. So everything that we're naturally doing onstage is going to be amplified — 10-to-100-fold bigger, oh my God.

"The best way to shut everybody up and get everybody to enjoy life right now is to make a big resounding noise and shake the heavens with some pyro," he adds.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at Kiss2020Goodbye.com, with prices starting at $49.99 and gong all the way up to $999 for a bundle that includes 14 "exclusive and limited edition items," including a Blu-ray of the concert.

In January 2019, KISS launched its "End Of The Road" farewell tour, which was previously scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Stanley (guitar, vocals) and Simmons (bass, vocals), alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss (drums) and Ace Frehley (guitar), KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

In its 46-year career, KISS has accumulated 23 gold and platinum albums — more than any other U.S. band.

The Dennis Miller Option: Gene Simmons

(10/24/20) (Listen / Download) Dennis is joined by Gene Simmons of Kiss to talk about the passing of Eddie Van Halen, whom he saw early on and recorded their first demo, and recalls the time he took a ride home with him. They also discuss Gene working with Michael Crichton for the film "Runaway", the actress Jean Simmons, the glory days of the Sunset Strip, the rare achievement of universal stardom, Charlie Watts, an unusual Flaming Lips concert where everyone was encased in their own gigantic plastic ball, Kiss's plans to resume their End of the Road Tour in 2021, Johnny Depp's guitar playing, Sylvester Stallone and a great joke from Gene's son Nick. Then, Dennis plays some of your voicemails and talks about what he thinks Election Day could look like, his surprise that no one is asking Joe Biden about the New York Post's reporting about the files on his son Hunter's hard drive and much more!

Gene Simmons Kissing Bev Hills Mansion Goodbye ... Live Here For $22 Million!

(10/22/20) Gene Simmons is ready to get the hell outta Beverly Hills after nearly 4 decades ... and he's looking to unload his mansion, which is primed for the rock star lifestyle.

The KISS frontman just listed his two-acre estate in beautiful Benedict Canyon for a cool $22 million ... which gets ya 7 bedrooms and 16,000-square-feet of pure luxury.

Gene's pad comes tricked out with a 60-foot water slide, parking for 35 cars, and a professional size tennis court. Yeah, rock star status. He's also got an incredible collection of KISS memorabilia ... but he's taking that with him.

The inside of Gene's custom mansion is super lavish too, complete with chandeliers, coffered ceilings and several balconies and decks overlooking the manicured grounds.

Josh and Matt Altman of Douglas Elliman hold the listing on this property, the second one Gene's listed this year. He's also selling a 3-story crib in the Hollywood Hills for $2.2 million.

Rob's School of Music Interview with Bruce Kulick

(10/22/20) (Video) Tune in to check out our live podcast taping with former KISS guitarist (1984–1996) and current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick!

The Disc Dive w/ Ryan J. Downey

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That Jamieson Show Ace Frehley Interview

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KISS Guitarist TOMMY THAYER Sells Southern California Home For $2.7 Million

(10/7/20) KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer has sold his home in Southern California for $2.7 million.

The Mediterranean villa in the Lake Sherwood community of Ventura County was built in 2005 and was remodeled and upgraded after Thayer purchased the place in 2008 for $1.815 million.

The 4,497-square-foot house includes a gallery, a center-island kitchen, four bedrooms, five bathrooms, five fireplaces and a three-car garage.

Alicia Atout Interview with Ace Frehley

(10/10/20) Alicia Atout Interview with Ace Frehley: Video.

ACE FREHLEY To Release 'Space Truckin'' Picture Disc EP For 'Record Store Day'

(10/7/20) Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has announced the "Space Truckin'" picture disc EP, a title exclusive to Record Store Day on November 27, in the form of a 12-inch vinyl picture disc for his single "Space Truckin'", a cover of the DEEP PURPLE classic. The limited-edition vinyl release also features additional bonus tracks such as "Mission To Mars" and "The Return Of Space Bear". To celebrate the announcement, Ace has shared an extended double music video for "Mission On Mars" and "Space Truckin'".

"Space Truckin'" is taken from Frehley's newest album, "Origins Vol. 2", out now via Entertainment One (eOne), which continues Ace's reflections on a lifetime in music and inspiration. No stranger to cover versions throughout his musical history — having recorded, rebranded and repossessed such notable nuggets as "New York Groove", "Do Ya" and "I Wanna Go Back" throughout his eight previous studio efforts — this new collection presents a thoughtful and exciting selection of songs that inspired and helped shape the legendary guitarist. That spirit of fun is carried through with exquisite execution, and guitar aficionados will enjoy Frehley's fresh interpretations of these classic songs.

"Space Truckin'" was recorded at The Creation Lab in Turlock, California with drummer Matt Starr and keyboard player Rob Sabino.

"'Space Truckin' was recorded years ago, and then I just re-recorded some parts and changed it a little," Frehley said in a statement. "We never ended up putting it on a record, so it was just sitting around. It turned out very well. Rob Sabino is a very accomplished studio musician, and we actually grew up in the Bronx together, so we go way back."

"Space Truckin'" picture disc EP track listing:

01. Space Truckin'
02. Space Invader (Radio Edit)
03. Mission To Mars
04. Space Truckin' (Radio Edit)
05. The Return Of Space Bear.

INTERVIEW WITH BRUCE KULICK ON DECADES WITH JOE E KRAMER 2020

(10/4/20) INTERVIEW WITH BRUCE KULICK ON DECADES WITH JOE E KRAMER 2020: Listen.

Meltdown on WRIF: Talkin’ Rock with Ace Frehley

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Ace Frehley Talks KISS, Hotter Than Hell, Dressed to Kill & Alive - The Disc Dive w/ Ryan J. Downey

(9/21/20) (Video) KISS legend and solo artist Ace Frehley takes The Disc Dive with Ryan J. Downey! We are talking about EVERY single KISS album featuring Ace, as well as his solo records, and Frehley's Comet. In this first episode (of six!), we go over KISS, Hotter Than Hell, Dressed to Kill, and Alive.

Ace Frehley interview with Darren Paltrowitz

(9/21/20) (Video) Legendary guitarist Ace Frehley spoke with Darren Paltrowitz (host of the "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast) about his new album "Origins, Vol.2," working with the eOne team, life during COVID-19, excitement for the future, how to properly say his name, and more. Recorded via Skype on September 9, 2020.

Audio: The Spaceman Returneth

(9/19/20) (Audio) Heavy Magazine interview with Ace Frehley: The Spaceman Returneth

Video: Ace Frehley Drops A New Album | At Home and Social Online

(9/19/20) (Video) Ace Frehley is dropping a new album called Origins Vol. 2 and we have an exclusive interview with the founding member of KISS.

Ace (virtually) invites us into his home to talk about the new album and play an unforgettable game of Rock & Tell, where he shows off some of his coolest music memorabilia!

Ace Frehley on Origins Vol. 2, Working Alone, His Recent Move, and his Friendship with Lita Ford

(9/11/20) (Video) Ace Frehley calls in to reminisce with Jason Rockman about his last few times in Canada, some changes in his personal life, and his upcoming record Origins Vol. 2 and how much he loves performing cover songs. Ace tells us about the video for Space Truckin', his time in KISS and being a prolific musician for years! Ace tells us about his 14 year sobriety, his happiness to be back on the east coast of the USA, how he prefers to work alone as a musician, his sibling-like relationship with Lita Ford and what an upcoming original record may sound like! Origins Vol. 2 is out September 18!

The Cassius Morris Show: Ace Frehley Interview

(9/9/20) (Video) The Cassius Morris Show: Ace Frehley of KISS on 'Origins Vol.2', Home Studio, 2020 Interview

Legendary rock guitarist, Ace Frehley, joins The Cassius Morris Show for his first ever remote video interview.

KISS 'Myths' Examined in AXS TV's New Investigative Documentary Series 'Music's Greatest Mysteries'

(9/7/20) AXS TV has greenlit a new documentary series, "Music's Greatest Mysteries", which aims to shine a light on the unique and enigmatic stories that shaped the history of music. The series is in production and is slated to debut in the fourth quarter of this year.

Spanning a wide variety of eras and genres — from hip-hop and rockabilly to country, grunge and everything in between — "Music's Greatest Mysteries" guides viewers on an immersive journey investigating the infamous myths and larger-than-life personalities which have come to define the music industry throughout the decades. Separating fact from fiction, "Music's Greatest Mysteries" presents a fresh perspective on stories both well known and slightly more obscure, unearthing hidden gems and long-forgotten lore with the help of music icons and noted experts. Blending insightful commentary with rare archive footage, the series seeks to answer the "whys" and "hows" of each new topic until the whole truth is revealed.

"Music's Greatest Mysteries" features six episodes in its inaugural season, searching for the answers to intriguing questions such as "Why Did Michael Jackson And Prince Feud?", "Was Elvis A Narc?" And "Is Avril Lavigne Really Dead?", as well as addressing "The Conspiracies Of Backmasking", "The Myths Of KISS" and "The Sad Story Of 'Friends In Low Places'", among many others. Not only are the themes meshed in history, but so are the interview locations. Legendary music venues such as the Bluebird Café in Nashville and Antone's in Austin will be woven into the fabric of these stories.

"As AXS TV continues to evolve and expand, we are committed to creating new and original reality and lifestyle music programming," said Sarah Weidman, head of original programming, development and multi-platform content for AXS TV. "'Music's Greatest Mysteries' gives viewers an in-depth look at the myths and legends that have rocked the industry. Featuring some of the biggest names in music, packed with expert commentary, and exploring compelling stories both known and unknown, 'Music's Greatest Mysteries' promises to reveal new tales to even the most seasoned music fans. I am excited to share this new series with our viewers when it debuts later this year."

"As a music fan, and someone who's been enamored with these legends for years, it's been a wild journey digging into all of these stories," said executive producer Chip Rives. "Even the most wild tales, when truly exposed, make you wonder. It's been so fun…and we can't wait to share our discoveries this fall."

"Music's Greatest Mysteries" is jointly produced by Texas Crew Productions and Hideout Pictures, with Chip Rives, David Karabinas, Brad Bernstein, Shannon Houchins and Trevor O'Neil serving as executive producers.

Hear ACE FREHLEY's Cover Of THE BEATLES' 'I'm Down' Featuring JOHN 5

(9/3/20) Hear ACE FREHLEY's Cover Of THE BEATLES' 'I'm Down' Featuring JOHN 5: Listen.

Bruce Kulick Twitter Q&A Part 2

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ACE FREHLEY On Making Music: 'I Like Coming Up With Ideas Off The Top Of My Head'

(8/26/20) Ace Frehley, KISS co-founder and 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, continues his reflections on a lifetime in music with "Origins Vol. 2". No stranger to cover versions throughout his musical history — having recorded, rebranded and repossessed such notable nuggets as "New York Groove", "Do Ya" and "I Wanna Go Back" over the course of his eight previous studio efforts — this new collection presents a thoughtful and exciting selection of songs that inspired and helped shape the legendary guitarist. Foremost of importance to the original Spaceman is delivering an album his fans will enjoy, but one where every song also has a place in his life's jukebox.

Describing the process in selecting the songs on this album, Ace comments: "I just thought about the songs that I used to play in clubs when I was doing other people's material. I went through my album collection and thought about the songs that influenced me the most. It was fun picking out the songs. It's a pretty well-rounded record and I think the fans will enjoy it." That spirit of fun is carried through with exquisite execution and guitar aficionados are going to enjoy Frehley's fresh interpretations of these classic songs.

As the second volume focusing on his musical origins, Ace has also grown since "Origins Vol. 1" was released in April 2016. That album hit No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming his fourth Top 40 and second-highest-charting solo album — and there's no questioning Ace's productivity with this album being his fifth recorded work in a decade. Ace chuckles: "Since I had one covers album under my belt, the process of doing 'Origins Vol. 2' was easier because I had put together a formula, picking guest stars and so on." The challenge for him was to put a suitable personal stamp on the material, and "Origins Vol. 2" is replete with special touches that both honor and embellish the material.

Perhaps appropriately, "Origins Vol. 2" kicks off with LED ZEPPELIN's "Good Times Bad Times". Ace is very much aware of that song being the first song on the first side of the first ZEPPELIN album, and the first single that the band released in the United States (backed with "Communication Breakdown", it reached No. 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April 1969). Ace recalls: "Right off the bat, 'Good Times, Bad Times' by LED ZEPPELIN came to mind, because it was the first LED ZEPPELIN song on the first album they released. So, that was at the top of my list. I just wasn't sure I was going to be able to be able to sing it, but somehow I pulled it off." It contrasts well with "Bring It On Home", recorded for "Origins Vol. 1", and Ace has added some lyrics at the end of the song, "directed at people over the years who have done me wrong." These match the fierce vocal and fiery soloing on a cut that includes his solo band guitarist Jeremy Asbrock and drummer Matt Starr.

MOUNTAIN's "Never In My Life" follows — utilizing the lyrics from the Japanese album insert Never In My Life with the more appropriate "bolt of lightning" reference. For some this song is less well known than the signature "Mississippi Queen", but it features a riff that Jimi Hendrix purportedly dug on hearing while MOUNTAIN worked in the studio in 1970. Fans of the heavier Frehley-penned KISS classic "Strange Ways" should dig the riff too. For Ace, the song ties back to his youth. "I distinctly remember in high school, I went to see a friend's band, and they were performing it on a stage in the basement of a church," he says. "I wasn't that familiar with this song, but the guitar player in the band was playing it really good, so I went home and learned it."

In addition to connecting with old songs, Frehley has also reconnected with old friends on "Origins Vol. 2". The first of these making an appearance is keyboard player Rob Sabino, who has performed with the likes of Peter Frampton and SIMON & GARFUNKEL. Sabino had been involved in both the CRAZY JOE & THE VARIABLE SPEED BAND album (the first project to feature Ace outside of KISS in 1980) and the FREHLEY'S COMET debut (1987). On "Origins Vol. 2", Rob takes on the role of DEEP PURPLE's late Jon Lord on "Space Truckin'", one of a pair of tracks recorded at The Creation Lab in Turlock, California. Ace notes: "'Space Truckin'' was actually recorded years ago and then I just re-recorded some parts and changed it a little. We never ended up putting it on a record, so it was just sitting around. It turned out very well. Rob Sabino is a very accomplished studio musician and we actually grew up in the Bronx together, so we go way back."

Longtime fans may be surprised at the inclusion of a BEATLES song, the 1965 non-album single B-side "I'm Down". Under questioning, Ace laughs: "Everyone was telling me, 'You gotta do a BEATLES song, Ace. You didn't do one on the first record.' The early BEATLES inspired me more than the later records, because they were more raw and more rock and roll. I decided to tackle 'I'm Down' and I thought it came out great. John 5 did a great solo on the song, and then we riffed out at the end." In addition to the stellar contribution to the song by John 5, it is also one of several tracks on which engineer Alex Salzman performs bass. When recording, there's no plan, Ace details. "I normally try and keep the bass lines pretty simple and pretty close to the original recordings," he says. "Usually, when I record, it's just me and Alex in a studio and then we add the drums last. Alex is a very accomplished musician, he plays keyboards, guitar, and bass. But I'd sometimes say, 'Alex, why don't you throw the bass down?' I just got finished doing a guitar solo or a vocal. And I guess a little of it has to do with it is that sometimes I'm just lazy!" There's certainly no laziness in the performance that does more than a little justice to the original and Ace gets the opportunity to rip out a rocking traditional guitar solo.

Another non-album single follows, originally recorded by THE ROLLING STONES in 1968, with Ace tackling "Jumpin' Jack Flash". The exquisite Lita Ford returns on vocals for her second "Origins" project with Ace, who's very fond of her. "Lita's like my sister," he says. "I've known Lita since she was in THE RUNAWAYS and we've always remained friends over the years. She did a great job on 'Wild Thing', so I decided to bring her back for this record. She actually stayed over at my house in San Diego and I coached her on the vocal for two days. I think it came out great!" And throwing out another playful Frehley tease, Ace ad-libs "Kick out the Jams Motherf**ker!" at the end, the starting lyric of the legendary MC5's best-known track. Ace had met the MC5's Wayne Kramer at the MAP Fund Rockin' For Recovery benefit at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles in May 2014 and the two have remained friends. According to Ace, "If the record company decides they want an 'Origins Vol. 3' somewhere down the road, you wouldn't be surprised if I did that song."

In terms of his musical history, one of Ace's first concerts was MURRAY THE K's "Music In The Fifth Dimension" in March 1967 at the RKO Theater in Manhattan. On the bill that day, far below headlining Mitch Ryder and Wilson Pickett, were CREAM and THE WHO, who were both making their U.S. debut during the nine-day engagement. Guitarist Eric Clapton made a lasting impression on Ace, even though CREAM only performed a couple of songs during a short set. More than half a century later, Frehley makes a lasting impression with the power of his cover of "Politician". Ace is adamant: "I try not to get involved with politics. I think it dilutes rock 'n' roll and should be kept separate. If people want to interpret any type of political message in my songs, so be it, but I don't do it on purpose." However, musically, the song allows space for both he and guest John 5 to shine with some stunning guitar interplay. One notable part of the track is the crossfaded double solo which Ace notes: "We used an auto-crossover plug in that comes with Pro Tools. If you listen to that long solo with headphones, our solos crisscross back and forth, left to right. We didn't plan it; it was like one take and it just worked out that way. He [John] didn't step on my parts and I didn't really step on his parts." John has become something of a regular on Ace's "Origins" projects, and not without reason. "John is a really talented musician and he can play many different styles of music," Ace says. "He's a much more versatile guitarist than myself, so I respect him for that — plus he's a good friend! He's very fast in the studio."

"My daughter Monique thought that this was the best song on the album. I did 'White Room' on 'Origins, Vol. 1', and I was trying to decide on another CREAM song to do. I started jamming on that riff and it just seemed so strong. I wasn't sure of whether or not I'd be able to sing it, so we spent 15 minutes tracking the riff and then I tried the vocal and was actually able to sing it."

Ace's humor is clearly present with the inclusion of THE KINKS' "Lola". A Top 10 hit in 1970, the then controversial but tongue-in-cheek song was always a favorite of his. "I always thought that it was a great song and when I was a kid it was a big hit," he says. "I just started fooling around with it and realized I could sing it — which is a prerequisite. My new girlfriend is a great singer as well, so after the album was recorded, I had her replace the original background vocal." Lara brings special vocal seasoning to that song, and "Good Times, Bad Times".

Sentimentality is also represented with a smoking cover of HUMBLE PIE's "30 Days In The Hole", which features CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander on lead vocals. Not only had CHEAP TRICK opened for KISS on tour in the 1970s, Ace and CHEAP TRICK were both a part of the 2017 "The Children Matter" benefit concert for hurricane victims. At the time, Robin had expressed an interest in working with Frehley, so "Origins Vol. 2" brings together the two Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame stars. Ace, a lifetime fan of Steve Marriott, knew he'd need some help on the track. He admits: "I tried singing it a couple of times, but there's no way I was going to be able to do it justice, so I gave Robin Zander, an old friend of mine from CHEAP TRICK, a call. And he killed it." Once again, the song is firmly rooted in Ace's personal musical journey: "I've always been a huge fan of HUMBLE PIE and was present both nights they recorded live at the Fillmore. I was lucky enough to meet Steve Marriott at a party in New York City. I've always idolized Steve Marriott's voice and his range. He was such a little guy, but he could really belt it out."

Over the decades, Ace has interacted with fellow guitarist Bruce Kulick on numerous occasions. The two also share a common love for Jimi Hendrix, and a song like "Manic Depression" was the perfect vehicle for both guitarists to shine, with Ace delivering a perfect vocal for the mood. Originally released on "Are You Experienced" (1967), Ace recalls: "Bruce offered his services and I thought that it was a great idea. I've been friends with Bruce through thick and thin, and when Bruce told me he would love to do a track I was happy to accommodate him. He did the bulk of the solo, and then he and I soloed off together towards the end." Bruce executes a dynamic solo with plenty of the elements fans of both guitarists will appreciate.

Like the studio version of KISS's "Rock And Roll All Nite", the PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS hit "Kicks" didn't originally include a guitar solo. This limitation didn't prevent Ace from developing the arrangement and adding a perfect "three-part harmony guitar solo that really Ace-i-fies the song." The first of two Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil compositions on the album, the song was noted for being an early antidrug anthem ahead of its time (1966). And, of course, the song has a fabulous immediately noticeable riff! Ace comments: "They had that look like THE KINKS had in the early days. I always thought that it was a great song and it always stood out and had a catchy riff, so I decided to put that on this record. I think that it's a good message for the youth of today."

The second of the Mann/Weil songs is the Vietnam-era anthem "We Gotta Get Out of This Place". Originally recorded by THE ANIMALS, the song hit No. 13 on the charts in October 1965 and was later included on the U.S. version of "Animal Tracks". Ace delivers a raw vocal matched by his solo, one that he performed very early during his musical career. He recalls: "I always liked that song by THE ANIMALS. It was one of the first songs that I performed live when I was in a band with my brother. We even had a guy playing a Farfisa organ. It brings back good memories and I didn't even think about its political connotations, I just think it's a great song. I recorded that one a while back when I did 'Space Truckin''."

Rounding out the album is the bonus track "She". This song was performed by KISS at their very first show at the Coventry in January 1973 and was revamped for inclusion on "Dressed To Kill" a couple of years later. It's perhaps even more fitting than the KISS songs included on "Origins Vol. 1", dating back to the very genesis of his time in that band. Ace, however, is pragmatic about its inclusion. "It was a song that we had decided to perform live the last three or four months we were touring, before everything got shut down," he says. "We were having a lot of fun doing it live, so 'She' was one of the first songs that popped into my mind as a KISS bonus track for the album." And with its inclusion, Ace allows his solo band members — Jeremy Asbrock, Ryan Spencer Cook and Philip Shouse — an opportunity to shine, while answering the demand of many fans to get the popular performers on a KISS-related record together!

"Origins Vol. 2" is a well-thought-out, but not over-thought, album. For Ace, keeping things organic is an important part of crafting an album's atmosphere. "I just let it happen," he says. "Things evolve when I start doing these records and I try not to plan too much ahead. I like spontaneity. I like coming up with ideas off the top of my head. It's the same way I write guitar solos. When things are fresh and spontaneous, they always come out better for the listener."

Ace gets the last word with a direct message to his fans: "I'm happy with the end result and I hope the fans like it as well."

Track listing:

01. Good Times Bad Times (LED ZEPPELIN)
02. Never In My Life (MOUNTAIN)
03. Space Truckin' (DEEP PURPLE) (Video)
04. I'm Down (THE BEATLES)
05. Jumpin' Jack Flash (THE ROLLING STONES)
06. Politician (CREAM)
07. Lola (THE KINKS)
08. 30 Days In The Hole (HUMBLE PIE)
09. Manic Depression (THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE)
10. Kicks (PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS)
11. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (THE ANIMALS)
12. She (KISS) (bonus track).

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Late Drummer ERIC CARR's Girlfriend CARRIE STEVENS Publishes Tell-All Memoir

(8/20/20) "Carrie Stevens, is a dear friend of mine for many years," begins former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick. "She has written a book that clearly you would love, and here's how to order it! UNRATED: Revelations Of A Rock 'N' Roll Centerfold on Amazon.com."

A description of the 340-page paperback reads:

They were just a couple of tweets, but they propelled actress and Playboy Playmate Carrie Stevens into the headlines as stories swirled about sexual harassment in the movie industry and President Trump’s alleged affairs. Besieged by the media, Carrie was shocked and astounded at the frenzy these tweets aroused. It convinced her that she needed to write her memoir.

Her attitude: If they think these stories are sensational, just wait until they hear about all of her life’s adventures. The result is UNRATED Revelations Of A Rock ‘N’ Roll Centerfold, the memoir of an unimaginable evolution from small town girl, to an extraordinary life in the fast lane. A life in which she had intimate encounters with marquee celebrities from all walks of life — rock stars, Oscar winning actors, movie stars, royalty, a future president, sports legends, and billionaires. It’s a life she shared with the privileged and the powerful that took her from KISS' tour bus to the Playboy Mansion, hopping on private jets at a moment’s notice and cruising the Mediterranean on mega-yachts. And even six months as a “guest” in the exotic harem of the Prince of Brunei. Carrie candidly admits that she chose to become a sex object because she couldn’t escape being treated like one. She takes you on an unapologetic, whirlwind adventure of debauchery, disfunction and heartache with humor and wisdom.

Carrie reflects on the tornado of emotional torture she’s endured and the choices she has made, including life as a single mother. Her story is more than that of survival... It’s about soul mates. In her quest for what matters most in life, (and twenty-nine years after his passing) Carrie can’t let go of her love for her late boyfriend, Eric Carr, drummer for the rock band KISS. Yet, through the years, she has found a way to embrace the loss, and use it as her guiding light. Eric will always be the heart and soul of her story.

Further details can be found at CarrieStevens.com.

Gene Simmons Kissing My Home In the Hills Goodbye ... Yours for $2.2 Million!!!

(8/18/20) Gene Simmons is done with his life in the Hills of Hollywood, so he's unloading some real estate at a price that might be perfect for a KISS memorabilia collector ... who's also rich.

The iconic rocker just listed his 3-story pad in picturesque Laurel Canyon for a cool $2.2 million ... which gets ya 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and rock star-worthy views.

Gene's crib is on a gated private road, perched at the top of Laurel Canyon ... so you get offers 360-degree views of the downtown skyline, Hollywood sign, Bev Hills, Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park Observatory and the Pacific Ocean. Basically all of L.A.

You can take in the sights from spacious outdoor decks on all 3 levels of the 2,345-square-feet home, which Lisa Young and Kennon Earl of Compass are listing.

The master suite -- or primary suite, your choice -- has a reading alcove full of shelves and the room opens up to one of the decks ... and the kitchen and bathrooms are recently updated with modern touches.

By the way, Gene's not packing up his family jewels and leaving Hollywood altogether. He and Shannon still have their massive mansion in those other Hills. Beverly, that is.

KISS Among Contributors To LIVE NATION Charity Fund

(8/12/20) The Music Forward Foundation announced today that the Crew Nation Global Relief Fund has raised $15 million to support live music crews who have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The money raised so far is able to help 15,000 crew members across 36 countries who were impacted by the rescheduled or cancelled shows scheduled to take place through June.

With concerts and festivals still largely on pause, there are hundreds of thousands of crew members who still need help as they see their work interrupted through what is normally the core summer concert season and through the remainder of the shutdown. The fund hopes to double its impact and raise at least $30 million so that it can continue providing support for these independent workers who are the backbone of the live music industry.

Crew members spend years perfecting their specialty to create unforgettable memories and are highly skilled and formally educated in their craft. They include lighting technicians, sound engineers, stage designers and builders, and many others. In addition to those who are employed by tours or promoters, many are self-employed or typically work for independent venues and vendors on a show-by-show basis, sparking overwhelming demand from across the industry at all levels. They are an integral part of live shows, which in turn fuel local economies by promoting consumer activity across restaurants, lodging, transportation and more. Crew Nation aims to provide these valued workers with support so they can sustain through the shutdown and continue their impactful career contributions to concerts and local communities once concerts return.

The fund was launched with an initial $5 million donation from Live Nation, which then matched the next $5 million in donations from artists, fans and employees for a total contribution of $10 million from the company.

"Concerts wouldn't be possible without the many crew members working behind the scenes every step of the way and we want to make sure that as independent workers, they get the support they need from both the industry and the government," said Michael Rapino, president and CEO, Live Nation. "Live Nation is proud to be among the many artists, donors, partners and fans who are helping drive this mission forward and support those who make the magic of live possible."

"The support we have received has been overwhelming, but the number of people who still need assistance is staggering and our work is nowhere near done," said Nurit Smith, executive director, Music Forward Foundation. "The artist community has been so incredibly supportive and creative, utilizing their resources and platforms to make personal donations and drum up contributions through the release of exclusive merch, new music, live streamed performances and much more, and our hope is that it continues to keep rolling."

Crew Nation also just dropped a new line of summer merch, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the fund. To buy merch, go to this location.

Contributions up to $80,000 USD can be made directly via PayPal. Any larger gifts can be coordinated by contacting crewnation@hobmusicforward.org.

The fund is accepting applications as shows would have played off to meet the current demand for missed income. To check the current application window and apply, go to this location.

Artists who have generously contributed donations include:

AEROSMITH
ANDERSON .PAAK
AWOLNATION
BACKSTREET BOYS
BTS X BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT
CHER
COLDPLAY
DEPECHE MODE
FROM ASHES TO NEW
GUNS N' ROSES
JOHN MAYER
JOHNNYSWIM
JOURNEY
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
KESHA
KID ROCK
KISS
KYGO
LAMB OF GOD
METALLICA
MOTÖRHEAD
PANTERA
ROBBIE WILLIAMS
SUM 41
TAKE THAT
THIRD EYE BLIND
TWENTY ONE PILOTS
U2
WESTLIFE

To find out more about ways to get involved, donate, buy merchandise or apply for relief, head to livenation.com/crewnation.

KISS, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, DEFTONES, KORN, Others Confirmed For 2021 Edition Of U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival

(8/3/20) (Video) Interview with Bruce Kulick using the online platform MeetHook. We talked about several matters. It is always nice to talk to a great guitar player!!

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(8/3/20) U.K.'s Download festival has announced KISS, BIFFY CLYRO and SYSTEM OF A DOWN as its 2021 headliners, plus many more of the world's most exciting bands in rock, punk, hardcore and metal including DEFTONES, KORN, STEEL PANTHER and THE DISTILLERS will return for Download 2021, with even more yet to be announced. The three-day festival takes place on June 4-6, 2021 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Friday, Augut 7 via downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.

After an epic and well documented 45-year career that launched an era of rock 'n' roll, the legendary KISS will perform in the U.K. at Download festival 2021, in a U.K. exclusive. They embarked on their final-ever tour in 2019 under the appropriately named "End Of The Road", and known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS have proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock 'n' roll, and one of the best headliners Donington has ever seen. With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, 2020 was due to be their final-ever Download appearance, but due to COVID-19 they'll be bringing their spellbinding show to the hallowed grounds in 2021 instead.

Also headlining Download 2020 will be SYSTEM OF A DOWN, also in a U.K. exclusive. With just five studio albums, the Californian/Armenian band have earned themselves a worldwide following, never failing to put on a mind-blowing performance.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian says: "We're disappointed we weren't able to make it over this year, but we're looking forward to next. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Mostly, we all just want to make sure everyone is provided with a safe and secure environment, so we were prepared to wait as long as we needed to."

Returning to Donington after their fantastic headline set in 2017 are Scottish rock titans BIFFY CLYRO, who will headline the festival once again in 2021. With the band set to release their ninth studio album, "A Celebration Of Endings", this month, the trio will be keen to show off new tracks as well as some of their most well-known hits, including "The Captain", "Mountains" and "Many Of Horror".

In addition to the brilliant acts who have continued over from 2020, Download are delighted to announce several new additions to the lineup, along with BIFFY CLYRO, including the mighty STEEL PANTHER, pop punk kings A DAY TO REMEMBER, the mysterious CREEPER, who have recently returned from hiatus, punk legends RISE AGAINST, internet sensation POPPY, and many more.

Returning to Donington in 2021 are DEFTONES. Since their inception, the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning alternative rock band from Sacramento have released seven albums and sold over 10 million albums worldwide which include fan-favourite tracks "My Own Summer (Shove It)", "Change (House Of Flies)" and "Swerve City".

BIFFY CLYRO said: "We can't wait to return to headline Download in 2021! It's a highlight of the festival calendar and a big part of our history as a band. Headlining in 2017 was special and now it's time to celebrate again! Fuck on!"

With 13 albums behind them already, KORN will be back too. The two-time Grammy Award-winning band have toured the world countless times and have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.

Also returning are the one and only THE DARKNESS, LA punk rockers THE DISTILLERS, Hollywood favourites BLACK VEIL BRIDES, Scottish pirate metallers ALESTORM, Maryland death metallers DYING FETUS, metalcore heroes KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, Brazilian heavy metallers SEPULTURA, Welsh icons FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND in their last ever festival appearance, and many more.

With over 70 bands confirmed to return to Donington in 2021 and much more in the works, Download festival could not be more ready to reunite with its incredible community. COVID-19 might have put a stop to Download 2020, but the spirit of Download never died.

Download festival's Andy Copping said: "2020 has been a tough year for us all, and we were beyond gutted not to be able to experience Download festival with you all. We gave you Download TV to reflect on memories of the past, and what the festival means to all of us. Download 2021 is going to be something special and go down in the history books as when the Download family reunited. We're going to be working hard behind the scenes to make Download 2021 an unforgettable experience and a celebration of the festival we all love."

ACE FREHLEY Releases Cover Of DEEP PURPLE's 'Space Truckin'' From 'Origins Vol. 2' Album

(7/28/20) (Video) Ace Frehley has released the official music video for his cover version of the DEEP PURPLE classic "Space Truckin'". The track, which was recorded at The Creation Lab in Turlock, California with drummer Matt Starr and keyboard player Rob Sabino, will appear on "Origins Vol. 2", the sequel to Ace's 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist, due on September 18 via eOne. The animated video was directed by eOne's Ken Gullic and animated by Chris Fequiere.

"'Space Truckin' was recorded years ago, and then I just re-recorded some parts and changed it a little," Frehley said in a statement. "We never ended up putting it on a record, so it was just sitting around. It turned out very well. Rob Sabino is a very accomplished studio musician, and we actually grew up in the Bronx together, so we go way back."

Track listing:
01. Good Times Bad Times (LED ZEPPELIN)
02. Never In My Life (MOUNTAIN)
03. Space Truckin' (DEEP PURPLE)
04. I'm Down (THE BEATLES)
05. Jumpin' Jack Flash (THE ROLLING STONES)
06. Politician (CREAM)
07. Lola (THE KINKS)
08. 30 Days In The Hole (HUMBLE PIE)
09. Manic Depression (THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE)
10. Kicks (PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS)
11. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (THE ANIMALS)
12. She (KISS) (bonus track)

It was previously reported that "Origins Vol. 2" would feature guest appearances by Lita Ford (on THE ROLLING STONES' "Jumpin' Jack Flash"), CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander (on HUMBLE PIE's "30 Days In The Hole", former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick (on Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression") and ROB ZOMBIE's John 5 (on BEATLES' "I'm Down" and CREAM's "Politician").

Last year, Frehley told The Weekender that "Origins Vol. 2" will once again feature a LED ZEPPELIN tune, "Good Times Bad Times". He also revealed that he wanted to lay down the vocals for "30 Days In The Hole" himself, but that he "just couldn't cut it, vocally, because [Steve] Marriott's just too good of a goddamn singer. I just couldn't do justice to his vocals," he explained. "But I remembered that I had bumped into Robin Zander years ago at a meet-and-greet and he had mentioned to me that he'd like to sing on one of my upcoming records, so I remembered that and gave him a call. And he killed it as well. He sounds like a young Marriott."

Released in April 2016, "Origins Vol. 1" debuted at No. 23 on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 16,000 equivalent album units. The CD featured KISS frontman Paul Stanley joining Ace on FREE's hit "Fire And Water"; Slash trading leads on THIN LIZZY's classic "Emerald", Ford singing and playing lead on THE TROGGS staple "Wild Thing", ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace on the classic KISS composition "Parasite", and PEARL JAM's Mike McCready playing guitar with Ace on KISS's "Cold Gin".

In a 2016 interview with The Aquarian Weekly, Frehley admitted that doing the first covers album was "the record company's idea. To be honest with you, initially, I wasn't that excited about the project, because I had just come off the high of the success of 'Space Invader', which is all originals except for a cover of 'The Joker'," he said. "It was almost, like, 'Okay, I'm going to go through the motions and get this out of the way and then jump into the studio for my next real studio album.' But I've gotta tell ya, man, once I started the process and started remembering the groups that influenced me, narrowing down which songs I thought were going to be best for the record, and then started the recording process; I really started getting more excited about it."

Frehley's latest album, "Spaceman", was released in October 2018 via eOne. KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons co-wrote two tracks on the disc, "Without You I'm Nothing" and "Your Wish Is My Command", the latter of which also features Simmons's bass playing.

ACE FREHLEY Teases Cover Of DEEP PURPLE's 'Space Truckin'' From 'Origins Vol. 2' Album

(7/23/20) (Teaser) Ace Frehley has shared a teaser for his cover version of the DEEP PURPLE classic "Space Truckin'". The track will appear on "Origins Vol. 2", the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist, due later in the year via eOne.

Frehley's full version of "Space Truckin'" is expected to make its online debut on Tuesday, July 28.

It was previously reported that "Origins Vol. 2" would feature guest appearances by Lita Ford (on THE ROLLING STONES' "Jumpin' Jack Flash"), CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander (on HUMBLE PIE's "30 Days In The Hole", former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick (on Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression") and ROB ZOMBIE's John 5 (on BEATLES' "I'm Down" and CREAM's "Politician").

Last year, Frehley told The Weekender that "Origins Vol. 2" will once again feature a LED ZEPPELIN tune, "Good Times Bad Times". He also revealed that he wanted to lay down the vocals for "30 Days In The Hole" himself, but that he "just couldn't cut it, vocally, because [Steve] Marriott's just too good of a goddamn singer. I just couldn't do justice to his vocals," he explained. "But I remembered that I had bumped into Robin Zander years ago at a meet-and-greet and he had mentioned to me that he'd like to sing on one of my upcoming records, so I remembered that and gave him a call. And he killed it as well. He sounds like a young Marriott."

PAUL STANLEY Is Putting Finishing Touches On Debut SOUL STATION Album

(7/21/20) Paul Stanley has returned to the studio to put the finishing touches on the debut album from his R&B band SOUL STATION.

Earlier today, Stanley posted a photo of him wearing a mask in the studio, and he included the following message: "Day 2 in the studio finishing up Soul Station album and YES, We're ALL wearing masks. We do it for our families, children, hospital workers, first responders and many more. Tragic that for some there's no pandemic until it hits their home. Now we suffer the consequences."

This past May, Stanley released a cover version of Smokey Robinson's classic song "Ooo Baby Baby", recorded by SOUL STATION. In a statement accompanying the clip, Stanley said: "These are challenging times. Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more. I was lucky to see Otis Redding and Solomon Burke among others. That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use."

He added: "While it's hard to connect physically, some of SOUL STATION decided to reach out and make a virtual and emotional connection on a great Motown and Smokey Robinson classic, Ooo Baby Baby."

SOUL STATION has spent the last couple of years working on its debut album.

Kiss and Mick Jagger Keyboardist Phil Ashley Dies at 65

(7/16/20) Keyboardist Phil Ashley, who racked up credits with Kiss, Mick Jagger, Aerosmith and Jeff Beck, died on July 10 at age 65. The cause of death was not given.

"We are heartbroken at the passing of Philip Ashley," his family confirmed. "A loving father, husband & partner, a wonderful friend and passionately talented musician. ... We hope to honor his life next year with a memorial service - details to come.

Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley said he was "at a loss for words" via Twitter. "My dear friend Phil Ashley has died suddenly. He was a no bullshit, warm and kind soul who I shared so many hours talking with about the value of life, family and music. He played keyboards for many of the greats. The times we won't have leaves me empty."

Joe Satriani added: "Our dear friend Phil Ashley passed away last week," attaching a picture of the two of them with Doug Wimbish and Simon Philips during the recording of The Extremist. "He was a magnificent musician and human being. My deepest condolences to his family. R.I.P Phil, we will all miss you."

Ashley studied classical music as a child before moving into rock and other genres around age 12. "I would just jump into different styles," he told the Kiss Concert History site. "I loved classical, I loved rock, I loved pop; and then, by the time I was 16 or 17, I was playing jazz. So, that gives you kind of an idea, I was all over the place, but I always just loved music."

He left college to tour with Rupert Holmes, best known for his 1979 hit "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)," and later found steady work as a session player. Ashley's credits also include Billy Idol's 1986 LP, Whiplash Smile; Aerosmith's late '80s singles "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" and "Rag Doll"; Jagger's 1987 record, Primitive Cool; and projects from Debbie Harry, Tina Turner, Cher, Michael Bolton, Satriani, Yoko Ono and Chicago, among many others.

But Ashley had an especially close relationship with Kiss. He was casual friends with Stanley growing up in Queens, and the two often discussed music. "We were always running into each other, whether it was parties or at the bus stop — because he went to school in the city — and I was always going into the city," Ashley told Kiss Concert History. "So we'd always see each other and stop and talk about music. This was our thing, but we weren't in the same bands because I was doing more of the Allman Brothers type stuff and he was doing a bit more of the hard rock stuff."

They become good friends over the years, and Ashley eventually found himself collaborating with the band. "I had programmed [Eric Carr]'s syn drums for his solo, and then I eventually did some opening music, but they flew me out and were doing rehearsal," he told Kiss Concert History. The keyboardist wound up playing on 1987's Crazy Nights, their 1988 single "Let's Put the X in Sex" and two tracks from 1989's Hot in the Shade.

"[Stanley is] the only person that I knew as a teenager that I ended up working with so much later on, and that was always a different bond," he told the site. "There was a certain friendship there, like when he first got married, I was one of his groomsmen. I did a string arrangement for the wedding that they walked out of the thing for. I think it was 'Forever,' so for me Kiss was really this relationship with Paul."

Former FREHLEY'S COMET Drummer JAMIE OLDAKER Dead At 68

(7/16/20) Acclaimed drummer Jamie Oldaker has died at the age of 68. The musician, who had battled cancer in recent years, was surrounded by family members when he passed away Thursday at his Tulsa home.

A rock music, blues rock and country music drummer and percussionist, Oldaker was born September 5, 1951 in Tulsa. He was an exponent of the shuffle style.

After a stint in Bob Seger's band, Oldaker joined Eric Clapton in 1974 during the recording of "461 Ocean Boulevard". Oldaker would remain a member of Clapton's studio and touring bands through 1979, when the entire band was dismissed. Oldaker would return to the Clapton band in 1983, leaving in 1986. Oldaker appears on the blues side of the live recording "24 Nights" from 1990 and 1991. Not long after leaving Clapton's band, Oldaker briefly became a member of KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's project FREHLEY'S COMET, appearing on the 1988 album "Second Sighting". He was a founding member of the alt-country band THE TRACTORS in 1994. Oldaker has also played on recordings of musicians such as THE BELLAMY BROTHERS, ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, Peter Frampton, Stephen Stills, Leon Russell, Freddie King and THE BEE GEES.

"Jamie Oldaker has been my dear friend and brother for over 40 years," Frampton said in a statement provided to the Tulsa World by Oldaker's family. "He was a very warm, caring, true friend with a gentle heart. He cared about us all almost more than he did himself. Most will know him as the drummer on Eric Clapton's albums. His playing was unique; a laid-back style of drumming with an incredible feel. We traveled the world, played many wonderful shows and great recordings together. He was a much-loved person and I will miss him for the rest of my time here. Love you, Jamie."

Oldaker was involved in working with the organizers and the building of the OKPOP museum in Tulsa. He and his wife, Mary, were also hosts of an annual fundraiser, MOJO Fest, to raise money for the Tulsa Day Center For The Homeless.

Here Is New Video Of Original KISS Drummer PETER CRISS Singing 'Don't You Let Me Down' From His 1978 Solo Album

(7/7/20) (Video) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has released a video of him singing the song "Don't You Let Me Down" from his 1978 self-titled solo record.

Criss uploaded the video to Vimeo, writing in an accompanying message: "My friend and a longtime fan Mark stopped by my house to help me out with a few things and while he was here. He asked if I would sing for him one of his favorite songs from my 1978 solo record ('Don't You Let Me Down'). So here I am singing live along with my solo record. He wanted to share his exciting moment with all of you other fans and asked if I could post it on my site for you to see. He was so excited he was shaking. Hope you all enjoy it as well. We did. It was fun!!!"

"Don't You Let Me Down" was originally written in 1971 for Criss's pre-KISS band LIPS.

"Peter Criss" was one of four solo albums released by the members of KISS on September 18, 1978. The LP was produced by Vini Poncia, who went on to helm the KISS albums "Dynasty" (1979) and "Unmasked" (1980).

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 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.

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".

BRUCE KULICK On Brother BOB: 'We Both Respected And Loved Each Other Very Much'

(6/18/20) Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick says that he and his brother Bob "respected and loved each other very much" despite the fact that they "had some issues in the recent past."

Bob died on May 28 at the age of 70. A cause of death has not been revealed.

On Wednesday (June 17), Bruce took to his Instagram to share a few photos of Bob, and he included the following message: "My brother Bob's recent death was a shock to me as well as the entire music world. Words cannot express the emotions I felt with the sudden news. Even though we had some issues in the recent past, we both respected and loved each other very much. Some of his contacts just recently shared with me how he spoke well of me, and if anything ever happened to him, that his brother would handle his affairs.

"[My wife] Lisa and I have been dealing with all the unfortunate matters that one has to take care of when a loved one passes away. Anyone that has experienced this would understand the sadness and the complexities involved.

"Bob lived alone in Las Vegas. Although he died at 70, he lived a full life, with his music career beginning as a teenager. I was always proud of his ambition to make it in the music business. Looking back now at his accomplishments and the list of artists he worked with, he did fulfill his dream. He collected everything from every tour, recording session, travel photos, post cards, press clippings, and anything related to his 50-year career.

"Lisa and I are overwhelmed with the vastness of what we have found. And happy of course to know he saved these items. Over time I will share things with you, since there's so many interesting photos and clippings of his career I know you will love.

"In addition to all of his personal items, some of you might remember that Bob lived in Beverly Hills for 30 years. He was in a long term relationship with the famous Hollywood actress named Stella Stevens. He met her in 1983, and I jokingly called him 'Hollywood Bob'. Her legacy is something that Lisa and I will share with you as well, and I am certain this is something that would make Bob smile from heaven. Stella meant the world to him, and he loved and adored her very much. #bobkulick #bobkulickmusic #guitarist #kisstory #stellastevens #hollywoodbob #gonetoosoon #ripbob"

Throughout his 40-plus-year music career, Bob Kulick 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 LP and tour.

Bob 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).

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.

This past April, Bruce admitted in an interview that his relationship with Bob was "not healthy." Bruce spoke about his estranged older brother five months after Bob made a public post on his personal Facebook page as as well as on his Instagram accusing Bruce of contributory "copyright infringement" over the sale of "Kulick Brothers" merchandise items, including a signed photo. According to Bob, the items were being made available via Kiss Army Merchandise with permission from Bruce only. Bob went on to say that Bruce had "a restraining order" against him, but didn't offer any more details about the circumstances that led to the order being issued.

During 2017's "Kiss Kruise VII", the Kulick brothers played a 13-song set that featured 10 rarely performed KISS songs such as "Turn On The Night" and "All American Man", as well as three classics from Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album (on which Bob performed). That same year, Bob released a solo album, "Skeletons In The Closet"

ACE FREHLEY To Play 'Socially Distanced' Concerts In August

(6/12/20) Ace Frehley will play a pair of shows this summer that will apparently respect guidelines aimed at limiting the spread of the new coronavirus. The original KISS guitarist is scheduled to perform at Jergels in Warrendale, Pennsylvania on August 6 and at the Robins Theatre in Warren, Ohio on August 7.

Coronavirus restrictions have eased somewhat in Ohio, making the events possible with social distancing rules in place.

The Facebook page for the Robins Theatre outlines the venue's safety precautions in the midst of the pandemic.

"After an unplanned break, the Robins Theatre is preparing to reopen in compliance with the Responsible RestartOhio guidelines as set forth by the Ohio Department of Health," the message notes. "As we move forward, the safety of those who enter the facility is at the forefront of our efforts. As you may already know our restrooms are completely touch-less. Additionally, an electrostatic deep cleaning of the entire theater will be performed before we open, we have installed plexiglass at the concession area as well as hand-sanitizing stations at the entrance of the theater and all of our restrooms. Seating will be within the social distancing requirement. Ushers and concession workers will be required to wear protective masks, as well as gloves, to ensure the safety of all of our patrons. A UV cleaning will be performed in addition to our conventional cleaning after each show. A free face mask will be provided to those who want one."

Ace Frehley 2020 tour dates:

August 06 - Warrendale, PA @ Jergels
August 07 - Warren, OH @ Robins Theatre
September 18 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
October 10 - Lawrenceburg, IN @ Lawrenceburg Event Center
October 23 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
December 31 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Grona Lund.

ACE FREHLEY's Next Collection Of Original Material Will Be Released In 2021

(6/9/20) Ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says that he is working on a new collection of original material for a 2021 release.

Earlier today, Ace took to his Facebook to share a picture of him with his girlfriend, and he included the following message: "Just want to say Hi to all my fans, since it's been a while. Hope you're all healthy, happy, and safe... I've been working on a new studio record for next year, since all my concerts have been postponed. Here's a pic of Lara and I at a friends house yesterday, enjoying the beautiful Jersey weather. See you all soon!"

This past April, Ace told SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation" that he has been using the coronavirus downtime to work on "new material for a studio record." He explained: "Because of this virus, everything has been pushed back," he said. "The release of my 'Origins Vol. 2' [the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired him] has been pushed back to the fall. I don't wanna be too idle, so I decided to start recording my next studio record. What the hell?"

According to Ace, "Origins Vol. 2" was "done months ago" but there is no concrete release date yet for the effort.

KISS Announces More Details For Rescheduled 'Kiss Kruise X'

(6/9/20) "Kiss Kruise X", which was scheduled to take place October 30 - November 4, 2020 aboard Norwegian Pearl, has been officially postponed to October 29 – November 3, 2021. Join the KISS members as they sail from Miami to Harvest Caye, Belize and Roatan, Honduras aboard Norwegian Jewel.

So far, the following artists are scheduled to perform aboard "Kiss Kruise X":

KISS
RATT
QUEENSRŸCHE
BRUCE KULICK
FOZZY
BLACK 'N BLUE
TUK SMITH & THE RESTLESS HEARTS
JARED JAMES NICHOLS
LILIAC.

KISS – Original Road Manager J.R. SMALLING Passes

(6/7/20) Back in 2018, it was reported that KISS's original road manager, J.R. Smalling, had been diagnosed with metastatic bone cancer. The outlook for that disease is dire with the average patient surviving anywhere from just six months to four years.

According to a post from Lydia Criss, the ex-wife of original KISS drummer Peter Criss, Smalling passed away on June 1st, 2020.

"I am in total shock & my heart is broken once again. I am so sad to let you know that I lost another good friend. Today I learned of the passing of JR Smalling. He was one of the original KISS road managers. He passed away June 1st, but we were just notified. JR Rest In Peace. You will be missed by all!!"

Smalling guided the fledgling KISS from 1974 through their breakthrough with ALIVE! and Destroyer, and is perhaps most remembered for being the man who literally invented perhaps the most famous concert introduction in rock: KISS's famous "You wanted the best..." intro. It is Smalling's voice, in fact, who begins the band's 1975 double-disc Alive!

METALLICA, BON JOVI And KISS Make FORBES Magazine's Annual List Of World's Highest-Paid Celebrities

(6/5/20) METALLICA, BON JOVI and KISS have made Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's highest-paid celebrities.

Forbes estimated that METALLICA earned $40.5 million in the last 12 months to land at position No. 78 on the list, with BON JOVI pulling in $38 million (No. 87) and KISS pocketing $36.5 million (No. 95).

Forbes compiled the list by estimating pre-tax earnings from June 2019-June 2020, before deducting fees for managers, based on data from Nielsen, touring trade publication Pollstar, movie database IMDB, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the celebrities themselves.

To view the complete list, go to this location.

Last December, music industry trade publication Pollstar reported that METALLICA was the top-grossing hard rock/metal band in the world during the period of November 22, 2018 to November 20, 2019. During that 12-month period, the group sold $179 million worth of concert tickets for its 48 reported shows around the globe.

The world's second-highest-grossing hard rock/metal artist during that period was BON JOVI, who sold $134 million worth of tickets worldwide for its 31 reported performances. Next on the list was KISS, who were the highest grossing hard rock/metal band in North America during the reporting period. Overall, the band — which kicked off its "End Of The Road" farewell tour on January 31, 2019 — sold $89.8 million worth of tickets for 74 reported concerts.

KISS Officially Postpones Summer 2020 European Tour Dates

(6/5/20) KISS has postponed all previously announced European tour dates that were set to take place through June and July.

The band states: "We'll continue monitoring the global situation and will reschedule the dates as soon as possible."

Ticket holders can hold on to existing tickets for rescheduled dates or contact ticket outlets for options.

Says KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley: "We will be back as soon as possible, and in the meantime, we want to say to the Kiss Army in Europe, stay safe."

Adds KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons: "To all our European fans, stay healthy and we will be back rocking you all very soon."

Ace Frehley Announces Limited Edition Release For RSD

(6/4/20) Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has announced that he will be releasing a limited edition vinyl pressing of his fourth solo album "Trouble Walkin'" for Record Store Day.

There will only be 4,000 copies of the album released for the annual event, that will be taking place on August 29th. This will also mark the first time that album has been available on vinyl since 1989.

RSD had these details: "No longer under the band name Frehley's Comet, the album features guest performances by former Kiss drummer Peter Criss, as well as Skid Row members Sebastian Bach, Rachel Bolan and Dave Sabo. Long time Frehley's Comet rhythm section Anton Fig (on drums) and John Regan (bass) back up Frehley throughout the album.

"This yellow/orange 180g double vinyl release is the album's first vinyl pressing since 1989. 1. Shot Full of Rock, 2. Do Ya (The Move cover), 3. Five Card Stud, 4. Hide Your Heart (Bonnie Tyler cover), 5. Lost in Limbo, 6. Trouble Walkin', 7. 2 Young 2 Die, 8. Back to School, 9. Remember Me, 10. Fractured III"

CHARLIE BENANTE And JOHN 5 Team Up For Quarantine Cover Of KISS's 'Mr. Speed'

(6/4/20) (Video) ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante has teamed up with ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5, TRIXTER bassist P.J. Farley (TRIXTER) and KUARANTINE guitarist Joe McGinness to record a "quarantine" cover version of the KISS song "Mr. Speed".

Benante uploaded a video of the performance to his YouTube channel, writing in an accompanying message: "This has always Been a favorite from the Great 'Rock and Roll Over' album. According to Paul: It's was written about having all the lines and know-how to pick up a woman quickly!

"Here is a fun version of a KLASSIK song ! Thanks to John 5, PJ and Joe #paulstanley #genesimmons #petercriss #acefrehley #kissband #70skiss #kissalive #kissarmy @joe_mcginness_official @kissonline @pjfarley @Kuarantine_Official @john5official @anthrax.com @kissnyc @knightsinsatanservice #trixter @officialraband thanks to @dlevanchuk for the awesome edit"

Benante has been using his coronavirus downtime to connect virtually with other metal musicians and share videos of them covering various pop, rock and metal tracks, including those by RUSH, IRON MAIDEN, Billie Eilish and Tom Petty.

ANTHRAX has spent most of the last four years touring in support of its latest album, "For All Kings", which was released in February 2016. A follow-up effort is expected in 2021.

Virtual Download Festival To Be Headlined By KISS, Iron Maiden And System Of A Down

(6/4/20) The three bands, who were set to play this year's festival, will instead "perform" through a mix of vintage clips and exclusive content for Download TV, which will stream on YouTube and social media.

According to a press release, the weekend - spanning June 12 to 14 - will be divvyed up into day and evening programming; the former will "celebrate the spirit of Download Festival" while the latter will see up to three hours of "tailor-made programming" designed to mimic what the actual event would have looked like.

The Friday night "headline" slot will be taken by KISS, with "a replay of standout moments from their huge 2015 headline set".

Saturday night will see a mix of vintage Iron Maiden clips mixed with clips from the Legacy of the Beast Tour and "something just for Download TV".

System of a Down will take out the Sunday night headlining slot with a combination of clips from their 2005, 2011 and 2017 Download spots.

Other performances being streamed across the weekend include Korn, Deftones, Babymetal, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Creeper, The Offspring, Blues Pills, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Funeral For A Friend, Volbeat, The Darkness, Bowling for Soup and - unbelievably - much more.

The daytime programming will boast "a whole host of interactive content and activities", including tutorials, artist Q&As, special live performances and mindfulness sessions plus "cookalongs", with Masterchef's Simon Wood, Nat's What I Reckon and BOSH.

PAUL STANLEY's R&B Band SOUL STATION Releases Cover Of SMOKEY ROBINSON's 'Ooo Baby Baby'

(5/30/20) (Video) Paul Stanley has released a cover version of Smokey Robinson's classic song "Ooo Baby Baby", recorded by the KISS frontman's R&B band SOUL STATION.

An official "socially distanced" performance music video for SOUL STATION's rendition can be seen above.

In a statement accompanying the clip, Stanley said: "These are challenging times. Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more. I was lucky to see Otis Redding and Solomon Burke among others. That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use."

He added: "While it's hard to connect physically, some of SOUL STATION decided to reach out and make a virtual and emotional connection on a great Motown and Smokey Robinson classic, Ooo Baby Baby."

SOUL STATION has spent the last couple of years working on its debut album.

Last year, Stanley told the Real Radio 104.1 radio station that he wanted to wait for the right time to release the SOUL STATION LP. "It really deserves full attention and my full commitment," he explained. "So until we can do great live performances — the band is amazing live — and until we can promote it the way we should, it's just going to simmer. But it's really just mind-blowing good. These are songs that, for one reason or another, have been relegated to samples on a rap tune. And I don't wanna hear background music for a rhyme — I wanna hear those songs.'

He continued: "This band is 13 people strong, and everybody's played with Smokey and Stevie [Wonder] and THE TEMPS [THE TEMPTATIONS] and Natalie Cole and Whitney Houston, and we knock those songs out of the park."

Asked if he gets any hate from KISS fans for making an album that is stylistically far removed from the music his main band is best known for producing, Stanley said: "I'm sure there are some people who'd rather me doing a KISS album or something like that, but when you sign on with me, you understand that we're both in this together, and sometimes I have to do what I need to do. And that's part of the joy and the reward for me. So I would rather do a great SOUL STATION album right now than tamper with KISS or the KISS legacy and do something that I'm really not feeling at the moment."

A couple of years ago, Stanley spoke to Rock Cellar Magazine about how the idea for SOUL STATION first came about. He said: "Well, my roots are much more broad and varied than some people might realize. This is funny; I was having tea with Jimmy Page in London and we were talking about this. I said, 'Before I ever saw [LED] ZEPPELIN or THE WHO or any of those bands, I saw Otis Redding. I saw Solomon Burke. I saw THE TEMPTATIONS.' So it's very much a part of my DNA. Motown and Philly soul and Stax/Volt, all that music is really, unfortunately too nostalgic at this point and used too often for loops and samples as opposed to hearing a great song. What's missing nowadays so much is great live performances of that material. What's being passed off now as R&B is usually a computer and a drum machine. For a while, I thought about that, and I had an opportunity a few years ago to put together something that was in essence SOUL STATION. We did a couple of private shows and we all looked at each other said, 'Why aren't we doing more of this?' It's great to have that coming from people who are not only in demand but working all the time with Stevie Wonder or Smokey [Robinson] or Pink or John Mayer. These are real crème de la creme players but everybody has the same passion for this music. To be able to recreate it, not in a sterile way but with the same passion and intensity that it was made with is something that we all feel very close to."

Asked what the greatest challenges are that he faces in delivering this material in a live setting, Paul told Rock Cellar Magazine: "There's a big weight on my shoulders because I'm singing songs by some legends, and if I can't deliver them, I shouldn't be doing them. So if I'm gonna sing Smokey or if I'm gonna sing Al Green or David Ruffin or Eddie Kendricks, you'd better be on-point or you shouldn't be doing it, plus the rest of the band is so damn good. They have played with Smokey, they've played with Stevie Wonder, with Natalie Cole, they've played with Whitney Houston and John Mayer and with Carlos Santana; I mean, the list goes on and on. For us all to be together as peers and be creating something this exciting, everybody on stage is smiling. We're all just caught up in the moment. To hear Crystal [Starr] sing 'I Want You Back' is just mind-boggling. Her dad was a backup singer for Jackie Wilson. Everybody's got their roots. From the get-go, anybody I ever called to be a part of this immediately said, 'I'm in!' just to have the opportunity to recreate and revive these songs; you don't get that chance."

SOUL STATION made its live debut in September 2015 at West Hollywood, California's The Roxy Theatre. The band also features KISS drummer Eric Singer.

Veteran Session Guitarist And Producer BOB KULICK Dead At 70

(5/30/20) Legendary guitarist and record producer Bob Kulick has died at the age of 70. His passing was confirmed by his brother, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.

Earlier today, Bruce posted the following message on social media: "I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick. His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated. I know he is at peace now, with my parents, playing his guitar as loud as possible. Please respect the Kulick Family's privacy during this very sad time."

Throughout his 40-plus-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 LP and tour.

Bob 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).

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 1978 solo album and tour a decade later. He even suggested his brother to the band.

Last month, Bruce admitted in an interview that his relationship with Bob was "not healthy." Bruce spoke about his estranged older brother five months after Bob made a public post on his personal Facebook page as as well as on his Instagram accusing Bruce of contributory "copyright infringement" over the sale of "Kulick Brothers" merchandise items, including a signed photo. According to Bob, the items were being made available via Kiss Army Merchandise with permission from Bruce only. Bob went on to say that Bruce "has a restraining order" against him, but didn't offer any more details about the circumstances that led to the order being issued.

During 2017's "Kiss Kruise VII", the Kulick brothers played a 13-song set that featured 10 rarely performed KISS songs such as "Turn On The Night" and "All American Man", as well as three classics from Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album (on which Bob performed). That same year, Bob released a solo album, "Skeletons In The Closet".

KISS Guitarist TOMMY THAYER Is Selling Southern California Home For $2.75 Million

(5/20/20) (latimes.com) KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer has put his home in the Lake Sherwood community of Ventura County on the market for $2.75 million.

The custom Mediterranean villa, built in 2005, was remodeled and upgraded after Thayer purchased the place in 2008.

Designed to maximize the scenery, the multilevel house features six patios, including one with an outdoor fireplace. Picture windows in the common areas bring views of the lake and mountains inside.

Reached through a gated courtyard entry, the 4,497-square-foot house holds a gallery, a center-island kitchen, four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Box beam ceilings top the family room, which has one of five fireplaces. The grand living room opens to the front courtyard. A loft/bonus room caps the top floor.

The house rests on about a third of an acre with lawn and formal landscaping. A three-car garage sits off the front.

Thayer, 59, in the 1980s gained fame in Hollywood’s rock scene as frontman of the glam metal band Black ‘n Blue. He joined KISS as the band’s lead guitarist in 2002, replacing Ace Frehley, and co-wrote 10 songs for the band’s 2012 album “Monster.”

Jordan Cohen of RE/MAX One holds the listing.

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Watch First Video From CHRIS JERICHO's KISS Covers Band KUARANTINE

(5/14/20) (Video) FOZZY singer Chris Jericho has joined forces with TRIXTER bassist P.J. Farley (TRIXTER), guitarist Joe McGinness and drummer Kent Slucher to form a 1980s KISS cover band called KUARANTINE. The band's debut video, for the song "No, No, No", which originally appeared on KISS's 1987 album "Crazy Nights", can be seen above.

Jericho told SPIN about KUARANTINE: "This is how you can form a band in the COVID era. You have four badasses singing and playing this era of rock and roll from one of the biggest bands in the world that no one ever focuses on this part of their career. It's cool and organic.

"Had there been no COVID, this never would have taken place," he said. "And gives a little shot in the arm to a scene that's a little bit stagnant because of what's going on worldwide."

FOZZY is gearing up to release its new full-length album, "2020", this fall. The LP features the band's newest hit song "Nowhere To Run", which recently hit Top 10 on the rock radio chart. The song is the band's third track to hit Top 10 on rock radio, following "Judas" and "Painless".

Since reuniting, TRIXTER has released two studio albums via Frontiers Music Srl — 2012's "New Audio Machine" and 2015's "Human Era".

'KISS Kruise X' Postponed To October 2021

(5/12/20) (Video) Kiss Kruise X", which was scheduled to take place October 30 - November 4, 2020 aboard Norwegian Pearl, has been officially postponed to October 2021.

KISS frontman Paul Stanley announced the postponement in a video message earlier today. He said: "Hey, everybody. I hope you're staying safe and I hope you're staying sane. I have to regrettably tell you that this year's 'Kiss Kruise' is being postponed until next year. We kind of saw this coming, but we were hoping things would change, but they haven't. Even if we wanted to do a 'Kiss Kruise' this year, it would probably be canceled because there are so many restrictions being put in place that you wouldn't get the cruise you wanted anyway. So 'Kiss Kruise X' will be 'Kiss Kruise X' again. And we will see you next year. Hold on to your tickets. The ship is sold out. You don't wanna lose your place."

"Kiss Kruise X" was slated to set sail for from Miami to Harvest Caye, Belize and Roatan, Honduras. Joining KISS on the ship were QUEENSRŸCHE, RATT and Chris Jericho's band FOZZY.

In January 2019, KISS launched its "End Of The Road" farewell tour, which was previously scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Stanley and Gene Simmons, alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss (drums) and Ace Frehley (guitar), KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

In its 46-year career, KISS has accumulated 23 gold and platinum albums — more than any other U.S. band.

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How music is helping Rick Springfield’s mental health while in quarantine

(5/9/20) (Video) Rick Springfield is using his time in quarantine to do some good.

On Friday, the Australian-born pop star released the bouncy charity single “The Wall Will Fall” — which features an all-star music video cast including Andy Cohen, Ellen DeGeneres, Paul Stanley, Sammy Hagar and Richard Marx. The tune, which benefits the nonprofit Feeding America, is already No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Chart.

And it all started with a good-natured case of plagiarism.

The “Jessie’s Girl” singer, 70, told Page Six that he ended up teaming with Vance DeGeneres (Ellen’s brother) on the tune after seeing Vance’s comic videos on how to teach guitar in 60 seconds, in which Vance he keeps getting interrupted.

“So I stole it and started doing videos on how to play ‘Jessie’s Girl’ in 60 seconds where I kept getting interrupted too.

“He saw it and called me up and said, ‘You stole my idea! Let’s do something together. Let’s write a song together,'” Springfield said. “So it started off as a fun thing, kind of joke and ended up being a really good song so it’s been an interesting journey.”

Interestingly, the “General Hospital” alum says quarantining has actually been good for his mental health. Springfield has been very open about his decades-long battle with depression a failed suicide attempt at age 16, writing about his struggles in his 2010 autobiography, “Late, Late at Night.”

“The lockdown hasn’t increased my depression,” revealed Springfield, who is quarantining in Malibu, Calif., with his family. ”It’s actually alleviated it to a degree because I’ve been so busy in the studio doing stuff and feeling like I’m doing a little part somewhere to lift somebody’s spirits and so that’s helped my mood.”

The father of two said that it’s a life-long condition.

“I’d rather have something else,” he said. “At least [with] a coke habit you can go to rehab and quit. There is no rehab for depression.”

FOZZY's CHRIS JERICHO Joins Forces With TRIXTER's P.J. FARLEY In KISS Covers Band KUARANTINE

(5/9/20) FOZZY singer Chris Jericho has joined forces with TRIXTER bassist P.J. Farley (TRIXTER), guitarist Joe McGinness and drummer Kent Slucher to form a KISS cover band called KUARANTINE. The band's debut single and video, for the song "No, No, No", which originally appeared on KISS's 1987 album "Crazy Nights", will be released on May 15 via all digital streaming platforms. A short teaser for the track is available here.

Gene Simmons revisits late mother's concentration camp liberation on 75th anniversary

(5/5/20) Kiss star Gene Simmons has opened up about his mother’s release from a Nazi concentration camp after her official papers were unearthed in Germany.

Bild reporters obtained the documents and recently showed them to the rock star 75 years after American troops liberated the Mauthausen camp on 5 May, 1945 — three days before the official end of World War II.

Gene’s mother, Flora Klein, was the only member of her family to survive at the camp. She died in 2018, aged 93.

“She was strong,” he says. “She fought all of this on her own… If somebody says that all of this was in the past — that’s not true. It was yesterday. It all happened just now.”

The documents also featured a victim impact statement Klein wrote, revealing she and her family members were ordered to leave their home in Budapest, Hungary, and she found herself working at the concentration camp in Ravensbruck, living in a hut “surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by the SS.”

She was moved to another camp in early 1945 and then on to Mauthausen on an overcrowded train carriage.

In 1949, Klein moved to Israel and then to the U.S. when her son, real name Chaim Witz, was eight.

Reading the documents in an article to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation, Simmons pointed out his grandmother’s name and said, “My mother told me that they drove the old people into the gas chambers first. My mother spoke of her last conversation with her mother. They touched each other’s hand, and then — gas chamber.”

Simmons claims his mother survived the camp because she knew how to cut hair.

“When she was a 12-year-old girl, she came to a hairdresser and learned how to cut hair. The SS commander’s wife needed someone to do her hair. She asked several girls, ‘Do you speak German?’ The girls raised their hands and said yes. Whoever raised their hand was sent to the gas chamber. My mother spoke a little German, but she didn’t say so.

“That was the reason for why she was chosen. When she was doing the hair, the commander’s wife thought she wouldn’t understand anything. But she did.”

Music Mania Podcast- Bruce Kulick Interview

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ACE FREHLEY Begins Work On New Album Of Original Material; 'Origins Vol. 2' Pushed Back To Fall

(4/28/20) During an appearance on yesterday's (Monday, April 27) episode of SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation", original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley revealed that he has been using the coronavirus downtime to work on "new material for a studio record." He explained: "Because of this virus, everything has been pushed back," he said. "The release of my 'Origins Vol. 2' [the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired him] has been pushed back to the fall. I don't wanna be too idle, so I decided to start recording my next studio record. What the hell?"

According to Ace, "Origins Vol. 2" was "done months ago" but there is no concrete release date yet for the effort.

"We're talking about the end of the summer," he said. "We might put out a single earlier than that — during the summer. We're talking about probably not till September. But that can change. Don't quote me or anything. First it was the summer, then it was the end of the summer. Last I heard it was September. Everybody's worried about their health. Health comes first, because without your health, you've got nothing."

Frehley's latest album, "Spaceman", was released in October 2018 via eOne. KISS bassist/vocalit Gene Simmons co-wrote two tracks on the disc, "Without You I'm Nothing" and "Your Wish Is My Command", the latter of which also features Simmons's bass playing.

It was previously reported that "Origins Vol. 2" would feature guest appearances by Lita Ford (on THE ROLLING STONES' "Jumpin' Jack Flash"), CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander (on HUMBLE PIE's "30 Days In The Hole", former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick (on Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression", ROB ZOMBIE's John 5 (on BEATLES' "I'm Down" and CREAM's "Politician").

JOEY CASSATA's 'Start With A Dream' Book Feat. Foreword By PETER CRISS Now Available In Paperback And As Audiobook

(4/28/20) Featuring a foreword by original KISS drummer Peter Criss, Joey Cassata's book, "Start With A Dream: A Drummer's Journey From Rock & Roll To T.V. To Broadway", is now available in paperback and audiobook editions. The audiobook foreword comes courtesy of Chris Jericho (FOZZY).

Originally released in early 2019, "Start With A Dream" is a story about making your dreams come true no matter what obstacles stand in your way. It starts from Joey's early childhood when he was first introduced to his musical idols KISS, and then ultimately touring with KISS with his band ZO2. ZO2 went on to star in its own TV show, "Z Rock", with guest stars Joan Rivers, Gilbert Gottfried, Dave Navarro, Daryl Hall and Sebastian Bach. After "Z Rock", Joey went on to perform with the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812", starring Grammy Award winner Josh Groban. The book is filled with unique and colorful tales of life in the entertainment business, and is for anyone who has ever had a dream — or even more so for those who have yet to discover their own.

TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider said: "Joey C is 'that guy.' That guy you want in your band, that guy you want in your show, that guy you want to hang out with. Joey C is the total package!"

Added former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy: "From international rock and roll stages to TV to Broadway, Joey Cassata lines 'em up and knocks 'em down no matter what he’s doing… Joey is not only a great drummer, but also one of the funniest guys I know and I can't wait to read his stories! (even the ones I've already heard)."

ACE FREHLEY On Possibility Of Playing With KISS Again: 'What's Gonna Happen Is Gonna Happen'

(4/27/20) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has once again said that he is up for a reunion of the original band, but only if the price is right.

During an appearance earlier today (Monday, April 27 — his 69th birthday) on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation", Frehley stated about his former bandmates: "I texted Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] last week and just wished them well, and Peter [Criss]. And I got a text from Doc [McGhee, KISS manager]. Everybody's okay — thank God. Knock on wood. Eric Singer's been sending me some silly texts [Laughs] 'Cause me and Eric always got along really well on the road.

"Everything's cool," he continued. "What's gonna happen is gonna happen. But everything is delayed at this juncture, so who knows? … I'm doing my own thing. Unless they come forward and the price is right, you're not gonna see me anywhere close by."

In the year and a half after KISS announced its "End Of The Road" farewell tour, fans wondered openly if original members Frehley and Criss would be involved in the trek, especially considering the apparent recent goodwill between Stanley and Simmons and Frehley. Ace's latest album "Spaceman" — a title suggested by Simmons himself — features two songs the pair wrote together, and the duo completed a joint summer 2018 tour of Australia, after which Frehley fired his solo backing band and hired Simmons's.

BRUCE KULICK On His Dispute With His Brother BOB: 'It's Unfortunate That It Went That Way'

(4/23/20) Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick says that his relationship with his brother, legendary guitarist and record producer Bob Kulick, is "not healthy."

Bruce discussed his estranged older brother five months after Bob made a public post on his personal Facebook page as as well as on his Instagram accusing Bruce of contributory "copyright infringement" over the sale of "Kulick Brothers" merchandise items, including a signed photo. According to Bob, the items were being made available via Kiss Army Merchandise with permission from Bruce only. Bob went on to say that Bruce "has a restraining order" against him, but didn't offer any more details about the circumstances that led to the order being issued.

Asked in new interview with music journalist Miles "The Shoe" Schuman whether he and his brother have made amends since Bob's original online outburst, Bruce said (see video below): "Of course, in every family dispute or business dispute that people have, there's two sides to the story. And I decided not to get into the sandbox kind of thing in this situation. So I laid out, and I'm gonna remain laying out.

"Unfortunately, my relationship's not healthy with him, but it's better just to say that there's nothing more to say about it," he continued. "It's unfortunate that it went that way. I took the high road, and that's why I'm not gonna really discuss any details about it. But I would imagine anybody who sees it as an outside person would go, like, 'All right. Well, what is the other side? What's going on on the other side?'

"It's not that I wasn't hurt by it or upset about it, but that didn't amount to me responding either. The proper response was not to respond. And for a lot of other reasons too. So it's just not something I discuss ever. I'm not upset with you that you mentioned it, but everyone that's kind of watched any of that or heard any of that has known that I've never said anything. And I will continue not to say anything, because that's the smart and the healthier thing to do.

"I think most people know that I'm not a really bad guy," Bruce added. "But in business, there's always people's perceptions and disputes, and I just wanna leave it on a high road that I don't wanna talk about it. And I regret that it even went that way, but that was his choice, not mine."

During 2017's "Kiss Kruise VII", the Kulick brothers played a 13-song set that featured 10 rarely performed KISS songs such as "Turn On The Night" and "All American Man", as well as three classics from Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album (on which Bob performed). That same year, Bob released a solo album, "Skeletons In The Closet".

Bruce Kulick joined KISS in 1984 and remained with the band until the group's original lineup reunited in 1996. He joined GRAND FUNK RAILROAD in 2000 and continues to perform with the group to this day.

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U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival Is Officially Canceled

(3/26/20) The 2020 edition of the U.K.'s Download festival has officially been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe.

The event was set to take place on June 12-14 at Castle Donington, with headlining performances by IRON MAIDEN, KISS and SYSTEM OF A DOWN.

The festival organizers announced the cancelation in a statement earlier today.

They wrote: "Download Festival will no longer be taking place this year.

"We've been closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and it's become clear that it just isn't possible for the 2020 festival to go ahead. This decision hasn't been taken lightly and we're beyond disappointed, we extend our heartfelt apologies to all of you — we really did try to make this work.

"Please rest assured we will be back next year. Now, more than ever, we need the Download spirit to thrive and offer support to those that need it most. We’ll do our best to put together an amazing line up for you in 2021 and can’t wait to see you all then. Thank you, as ever, for your continued support.

"We are working closely with our ticketing partners now and they will be in touch very soon to process your refund, or, if you prefer, you can retain your ticket and carry it over to next year. Look out for an e-mail from your ticketing agent very soon and please only contact them if you have not been contacted after 5 days as they are very busy at this time."

Earlier this month, Download organizers said they were bringing eight major new site improvements to this year's event, including a new hard-standing tarmac "lake," a merchandise superstore, shorter walking distances to the arena, extra car park and more vegan options. The festival was also slated to become even more sustainable on site with 100 percent hydrotreated vegetable oil biofuel to be used, reducing carbon emissions by 60 percent.

Last week, Britain's Glastonbury festival, which was set to take place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Somerset, was canceled by the promoters. The decision came after the government advised people to avoid mass gatherings.

KISS Cancels Final Shows Of Spring Leg

(3/12/20) The final three shows of the spring leg of the KISS End Of The Road Tour are being rescheduled out of an abundance of caution. Tulsa, OK will now be Sunday, October 4th at BOK Center; Biloxi, MS will now be Tuesday, October 6th at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum; and Lafayette, LA will now be Wednesday, October 7th at Cajundome. Tickets will be honoured on the new date. The Fall leg of the tour remains unchanged. The band looks forward to seeing the fans very soon.

KISS Cancels Meet-And-Greets With Fans Over Coronavirus Concerns

(3/9/20) KISS has scrapped its previously announced meet-and-greet events on the "End Of The Road" tour due to the unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

KISS manager Doc McGhee released a statement announcing the cancelation, explaining that the bandmembers "have been advised to temporarily" call off these events as authorities struggle to keep people out of crowded places as the virus continued to spread.

"Our Meet and Greets have always offered us and you our fans a unique opportunity to literally stand shoulder to shoulder together," McGhee said in the statement. "After many discussions with experts in the field, we have been advised to temporarily cancel these events given the reality that we do this nightly for a hundred or more fans. Shows will continue as scheduled and we look forward to resuming our time with you backstage."

Around 100,000 people worldwide have contracted the coronavirus and more than 3,000 people have died — the majority in China.

According to the Centers For Disease Control And Protection (CDC), coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person — between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

The agency is recommending that people avoid "close contact" with anyone showing flu-like symptoms.

As the disease officially called COVID-19 continues to spread, concert organizers have been canceling or postponing events across the globe.

Preliminary estimates suggest that the death rate associated with COVID-19 is between one and two percent, which is higher than the average death rate associated with seasonal flu strains, at around 0.1 percent.

KISS is in the middle of the "End Of The Road" farewell tour, which is scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City.

"End Of The Road" kicked off in January 2019 in Vancouver and resumed on February 1, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

KISS, Marvel Pucker Up for Co-Branded Collection

(2/15/20) Rock band KISS has teamed with Marvel on a collection of merchandise spanning apparel, accessories, home goods and more.

Print-on-demand apparel by Fifth Sun launched in January 2020, and a wider range of products will follow.

“The strength and power of the Marvel Universe has inspired musicians, artists and creative talent for more than 80 years,” says Paul Gitter, senior vice president, Marvel Licensing. “Our KISS x Marvel collaboration continues the legacy of working with these amazing rock ‘n’ roll hall of famers, and we are beyond excited to bring fans a loud and proud merchandise collection that screams Marvel style, with rock ‘n’ roll attitude.”

The collaboration between KISS and Marvel originated in the 1970s after the rock band starred in comics like Howard the Duck #12 and the Marvel Comics Super Special series.

“[It’s] a privilege and an honor to follow up our debut 1978 Marvel relationship, KISS Comics, where we met Spider-Man, Dr. Doom and the Fantastic Four with this new partnership,” say Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, KISS. “This is as cool as it gets.”

Other products in the deal include accessories and drinkware from Bioworld, home goods from Jay Franco and posters from Trends International.

“We are thrilled to bring these two legendary brands with such a rich history together for this one-of-a-kind collaboration and feel confident that this will generate strong retail success,” says Lisa Streff, external vice president, global licensing, Epic Rights. “The KISS x Marvel co-brand is sure to have something for fans of all ages who love these evergreen giants.”

In other KISS-related news, Gene Simmons will be speaking at this year's Licensing Leadership Summit in New York City.

47 Years Of Flaming Guitars, Levitating Drums & Pyro: KISS Touring Nears The End

(2/14/20) (pollstar.com) A couple of restless kids from Queens, N.Y., realized they weren’t getting what they wanted from the bands they were seeing in concert and instead created their own in 1972. Wicked Lester even got a lock from Epic Records, which signed the group but shelved its debut.

A year later, and long before “rebranding” came into the lexicon, schoolmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley auditioned a drummer named Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley and reimagined themselves as a fire-breathing, blood-spitting, ass-kicking, blowing-shit-up, rock ‘n’ roll band. It isn’t a case of arrested development or male adolescent fantasy – it’s KISS.

Today, after some 10,000 shows, at least $1 billion in tickets and merchandise sold, according to manager Doc McGhee, countless tons of pyro exploded and possibly the first and one of the biggest official fan clubs known to man in the KISS Army, the band embarked last year on its “End Of The Road” tour, which is to close its 2020 leg Oct. 2. Time will tell what the band may add between then and its final blowout July 17, 2021 in New York City. The final venue hasn’t yet been announced, but the team hints the final month will be a party for the ages with several possible sites in the mix.

“It’s very clear, we’re the hardest working band, period,” the mighty, self-assured “Demon” that is Simmons tells Pollstar. “If you put on dragon boots that weigh about 10 pounds, break your back for two hours flying through the air and stuff, you wouldn’t last a half-hour. … Now I’m 70; I look great. I work out every day and get the heart pumping because we don’t want to do a paint-by-numbers rock show. Now’s a good time to go out on top and with a tug at the heart and a lump in the throat for me.”

It’s Alive!

Stanley, the “Starchild,” yin to Simmons’ yang, is a bit more reflective about the final tour. “I hate to use the word closure, because there will never be closure,” he says.

“KISS would exist with or without our blessing. It’s so much a part of culture at this point there’s no way it could really stop. But in terms of touring, it’s certainly a chance for us to have a victory lap and celebration with the people who have made this possible and also the people who have championed us against all kinds of odds.”

And sometimes those odds were heavily weighted against them. One early review in particular stood out for Simmons. Critic Patrick McDonald, writing for a now-defunct Seattle publication, wrote in 1974: “I hope the four guys who make up the group, whose names don’t matter, are putting money away for the future. The near future, because KISS won’t be around long.”

Funny how things work out. And Simmons hasn’t forgotten, tweeting about the review 44 years later.

The screed, according to Ultimate Classic Rock, also called KISS “a very flashy glitter band that tries to make up in theatrics what it lacks musically” with songs “strictly on the moron level … made up of a series of simple chords any child could learn and lyrics that are there because they rhyme.”

“We’re actually good-natured about the whole thing,” the outspoken Simmons concedes. “We’re blessed to have had a good ride. When you’ve had a good ride and the time of your life, what people are saying on the ground doesn’t mean anything. Not everybody liked Jesus, either. You’ll never be able to have everybody love you. To thine own self be true, do the best you can, have pride, and be true to your own morals, ethics and beliefs. Otherwise you become somebody else’s hand puppet with their hand up your ass.”

KISS has certainly had the last laugh. Since then, the band has played virtually every market in the U.S. and every corner of the globe, according to Doc McGhee of McGhee Entertainment, the band’s manager since 1995. As proof of the band’s staying power, even though its biggest radio hits are some 40 years behind them, KISS is averaging 12,046 tickets sold per show for an average gross of more than $1.2 million reported to Pollstar on “The End Of The Road” caravan.

Over the years, Criss (“The Catman”) and Frehley (“The Spaceman”) departed the band, and for the last 17 years the band has comprised Simmons, Stanley, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. In addition to personnel changes, KISS toyed with “unmasking” – performing without makeup – beginning in 1983. McGhee told them he wouldn’t manage them without the makeup.

”I asked Gene if they were going to put the makeup back on and, when he didn’t answer, I said, ‘I’ll be right over,’” McGhee says of the beginning of his managerial tenure with KISS.

Mitch Rose, CAA’s co-head of contemporary music, has been with the band for about 35 years – even before the agency formally established a music department.

“The show has just gotten louder, brighter, more over the top than it’s ever been, which is exactly what KISS fans want,” Rose says. “KISS was revolutionary in how a concert was presented, and they brought theater to the concert. They brought pyro, they brought explosions, I can’t say they were the first but they were among the first to weave those elements into the show.”

Rose has been instrumental in booking and routing a farewell tour that aims to hit all the bases.

“I think the interesting thing about farewell tours is people see they are still on the road two years later since there’s a lot of cities in the world and you can’t do them in one year,” he says. “We are doing a lot of primary markets but we are also doing a lot of secondary and tertiary markets and where people want KISS, we will go. But that’s always been their touring philosophy.”

“We’ve made sure that this show is the greatest one we’ve done and the most all-encompassing in terms of songs, song selection, visuals,” Stanley says of the final caravan. “I think it’s safe to say that any band with money can put on a KISS show, and many do. But you can’t be KISS.”

Live Nation President of Talent/Touring Rick Franks marvels at the current show. “They blow more stuff up than anyone on the planet. It’s the craziest, most awesome show you can ever imagine.

“There’s never a point you can ever get bored at a KISS show because there’s just so much going on in so many different ways. It’s wild.”

Just how much “stuff” does KISS blow up? It’s probably close to a battalion’s worth of ordnance.

Each show requires 1,300 pieces of pyro including gerbs, comets, mines, flash trays, SPD bullet hits, mortar hits, jets, waterfalls, sparkle cannons, flash reports, cannon simulators and more, according to production manager Robert Long. KISS blew up more than 13,000 pounds of pyro in 2019 alone.

Setting it all off requires roughly 100 liters of Isopar and more than 21,000 grams of multi-gas fuel, Long says, and each show also uses more than 2,250 pounds of liquid Co2, roughly 800 pounds of dry ice and 30 liters of fog fluid.

McGhee has been with the band some 25 years and has also managed Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, Scorpions and, briefly, Guns N’ Roses.

“After over 40 some years of touring, it’s amazing the number of shows we’re doing,” McGhee says. “There’s not a lot of huge hits. We had a lot of fun and a lot of songs and musical lyrics that people loved. What they weren’t was some kind of red-carpet band. They weren’t going to win the Nobel Peace Prize. They weren’t going to get anointed by the Queen. They were going to get kicked out of town because they were ‘Satan worshippers’ and a ‘mothers, lock up your daughters’ thing.”

Ah, yes. The “Knights In Satanic Service” rumor. The stylized logo that some conspiracy theorists interpreted as supposedly promoting National Socialism. McGhee brushes that off, pointing out that “I have two Jewish guys here, and people are saying ‘Look at the SS logo’ in the KISS logo. None of that ever happened.

“KISS was, ‘Let’s party, have a great time. You can be whatever you want to be, and stand up for yourself,” McGhee says. “They meant it and went out there and played it. They didn’t talk about ‘kill your mother’ and how pissed-off they were. They talked about what they did, which was party and have a great time. Life’s short.”

Forming with original members Simmons, Stanley, Criss and Frehley in 1973, KISS has released 20 studio albums, 11 live discs, 14 compilations and greatest hits packages and nine boxed sets. After 1974’s impressive, eponymous debut, the band broke through in a big way with 1975’s classic, double-disc live album, Alive! that spawned the anthemic hit “Rock And Roll All Nite.” That was followed by platinum-sellers Destroyer, which contained the two-sided single with hits “Beth” and “Detroit Rock City,” Rock And Roll Over and Love Gun.

By this time, KISS developed a massive stage production including generous amounts of pyro, confetti, video presentations, ever more elaborate costumes, and stage antics unrivaled to this day. Effects including spitting blood and a flame-throwing guitar joined the most famous tongue in rock (rivaled only by The Rolling Stones’ logo) to became KISS trademarks.

The KISS Army was well on its way to recruiting more than 1 million foot soldiers over the years, according to Epic Rights chief Dell Furano, who has handled the band’s merchandising, marketing and fan club relations since 1980. Furano credits KISS with being the originators of the now-ubiquitous classic black concert T-shirt, considered the gold standard of band merch across the industry and accounting for about 80% of at-show merch sales.

“Prior to the late ‘70s, merchandise wasn’t really considered ‘cool,’” Furano says. Simmons, the consummate rock ‘n’ roll capitalist, is all too happy to elaborate. “We didn’t care about what was cool or what was not. We just wanted to own, and therefore reap the rewards of, anything we created,” he says. “We trademarked our faces before anybody even knew what that meant. In the Library of Congress, the only four faces of human beings are the KISS faces. You can’t get within 1,000 yards of our faces without paying an entrance fee.

“So everything from our faces to our songs, before it was cool, we owned. We started the fan club because we wanted that,” Simmons continues. “We started doing T-shirts and belt buckles and condoms and caskets and all that because we wanted to do it, not because it was cool. We were lambasted for it. But eventually, even the Grateful Dead had Cherry Garcia ice cream, for fuck’s sake.”

Stanley says the band’s ability to listen not only to its team but to its fans is a key element of its success. “In terms of merchandising, people have always said we’re geniuses. But the fact of the matter is, the only thing I would take credit for is that we listened.

“We’ve never put out products on a whim, even from the very beginning when we started doing T-shirts, which was fairly unheard of, and belt buckles,” Stanley continues. “It was because fans wanted to align themselves with us in a way that was almost like wearing a uniform. That was really the start of it but, to this day, any merchandise that we put out is based on feedback. When we plan a tour, we always work on not what is best for us in terms of the financial or economic end. If the lowest of expectations isn’t appealing to us, then we don’t do it. We know before a tour happens what the bottom line is, even in the worst case scenario.”

The KISS team is the first to say the band has never been about producing high art; it’s about entertainment and giving the fans what they want. And KISS fans are among the most loyal in the world, with shows drawing three generations and the band reciprocating with generous meet-and-greets and no hesitation about playing even the smallest markets even though they could route the biggest venues in major markets and call it a day.

“We’ve played Dawson’s Creek at mile marker one on the Alaskan Highway,” McGhee says, laughing, but quite serious about the band’s dedication to its fans. “Those guys would play a pay toilet and use their own change if it meant connecting with a fan.”

Being able to make a connection with fans is of utmost importance to KISS and its team. McGhee says he hangs out with fans during

every show and listens not for what makes them happy, but what doesn’t.

“We created the template that a lot of bands try to follow now,” Stanley says of fan engagement. “In many ways, we were the wakeup call to audiences as to what they should not accept, which is less than the best.

“When we came on the scene there was a tremendous amount of apathy and even disrespect by bands for the people who were buying tickets. In essence, I feel like I came out of the audience, came onstage and kicked whoever was onstage off of it, and said, ‘Let me show you the way it should be done.’ The way we’ve always tried to be is the band we never saw. With that in mind, we have a tremendous sense of gratitude and also a sense of responsibility to the fans to deliver what we’ve fought for over the years and what they’ve embraced.”

Franks explains that KISS has mastered not only the art of staging the kind of show that makes them happy, but how to do it most effectively for the fans and for themselves.

“Gene and Paul both are two of the smartest, veteran music guys there are,” Franks says. “They’ve done this for 40 years on a worldwide basis, so there’s no surprises for them. They understand every aspect of it.

“Just from a financial standpoint, so many artists don’t really understand how much it costs to really do the show and how we build and settle a show. But these guys know everything and exactly what has to be done. It’s really helpful as a touring partner to make this stuff even better. We’re all about being in the KISS business and couldn’t be any more respectful of these guys.”

Being astute businessmen doesn’t mean KISS is necessarily cheap, at least not where its stage show is concerned. The band travels with about 30 vehicles – 20 trucks, and about 10 other vehicles including crew buses and merchandise trucks. It sets off an inordinate amount of pyro and confetti over the course of a show, and the production includes band members flying across arenas. It’s a tall order.

Production Manager Robert Long started his career with KISS as Stanley’s guitar tech when he was 23 years old. He moved into production, working with the band on and off for decades, and regularly since 2009. He also works with Mötley Crüe and several other bands.

He says he’s currently running 16 trucks carrying nothing but production for “The End of The Road.”

KISS uses several vendors to supply the firepower, including gear from MagicFX, Club Cannon, Artistry in Motion, and LOOK Solutions. It employs a state of the art, proprietary dry ice machine developed inhouse by ffp-fx, along with a flame system custom built for KISS in Berlin.

Lightwave International provides laser effects while Christie Lites supplies the elaborate lighting that is a key component of any KISS show.

It all takes six to eight hours to load into a venue and two and a half hours to load out, making for a long day for Long and his crew, without a doubt the unsung heroes of the KISS team.

Merchandise sales helps offset some of that cost. Furano says some shows average per-head sales up to $60 to $80, compared with a typical per head of $7 to $10 for a concert by mere mortals. Another popular merch item is the collectible lithograph poster, and KISS-branded tote bags to carry all that bounty home from the show.

“People used to say, ‘You’re sellouts’ and I’d say, ‘That’s right, bitch, every night,’” Simmons says. To some, “The Demon” might sound somewhat defensive until he explains his reasoning.

“You have a big KISS show that costs an enormous amount of money. But the imagery of KISS has surpassed everything. I know it often sounds like I’m boasting, but the four faces of KISS are the most recognized faces on Earth. People aren’t sure how many faces are on Mount Rushmore or who they are. But they know the four faces of KISS.”

Rose echoes other members of the KISS team about what their association with the band has meant to him.

“It’s been one of the joys, one of the best things in my career with KISS, is they keep the same level of excellence and standards for their fans that they have over the life of their career,” he says. “They never compromise, they always have the fan first and foremost in mind when deciding when to tour, what the ticket prices are, what the show should be, and every element is geared toward the fans.

“If you go to a show and see the meet and greets, you’ll see the joy of people, adults aged 30 to even in their 80s, in meeting them. You can’t replicate that connection – KISS is at the top of connection and loyalty of a fan base.”

Franks adds, “It’s been tremendous. I’ve been with them around the world, we’re in business in Europe, the U.K., South America, you name it. It’s the traveling circus. It’s a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey of a rock show.

“It’s a giant thing to move from city to city. We blow more stuff up than anyone. The show is more entertaining than anything in show business. The KISS logo is such a branded logo that when you see it, you immediately know what you’re getting. There’s no secret. It’s KISS.”

KISS To Perform On 'America's Got Talent: The Champions' Season Two Finale

(2/12/20) KISS will perform on the finale of season two of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" on Monday, February 17 on NBC. The show begins at 8 p.m. EST.

The "America's Got Talent: The Champions" season 2 finalists are Alexa Lauenburger, Angelina Jordan, Boogie Storm, Duo Transcend, Hans, Marcelito Pomoy, Sandou Trio Russian Bar, The Silhouetttes, Tyler Butler-Figueroa, and V. Unbeatable.

KISS will take a break from its "End Of The Road" farewell tour to appear on the program.

The band is scheduled to play in Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 16 and in Springfield, Missouri on February 18.

This isn't the first time KISS has appeared on "America's Got Talent". The group previously performed "Detroit Rock City" on the show finale in September 2018, after which it announced it would launch the "End Of The Road" tour.

'Definitive' KISS Documentary Coming In The Fall

(1/25/20) Legendary rockers KISS will be the subject of an upcoming feature documentary and they are asking their fans to help tell their story.

This will be the definitive documentary of KISS. But in order to make the film the KISS fans deserve, the producers are conducting a global hunt for rare and compelling KISS-related media. This could include but is not limited to:

* Never-before-seen footage of the band onstage or offstage during the 1970s,

* Still photographs or video of the band in the 1970s trying to conceal their identity

* Unscripted, candid or revealing moments between band members, onstage or off, from any era.

* Obscure local or international TV/ radio interviews or news reports from the 1970s, '80s or '90s.

The documentary producers say: "We want to help the world see the band through your eyes. Don't miss this chance to become a permanent part of the band's legacy. Kisstory is literally being made."

To upload your video, audio or photographs for consideration, visit this web site and be sure to include a brief description of your submission in the "Message" section.

The documentary, apparently titled "Kisstory", is expected to arrive in the fall.

The last concert of KISS's "End Of The Road" farewell tour will take place on July 17, 2021 in New York City.

"End Of The Road" kicked off in January 2019 in Vancouver and will resume on February 1 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

PAUL STANLEY Says He Loves GENE SIMMONS's 'Heart': 'He's A Great Guy'

(1/25/20) On January 22, KISS frontman Paul Stanley was interviewed by Eric Blair of "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" at the grand opening of the Rock & Brews restaurant in Tustin, California. You can now watch the chat here.

BRUCE KULICK: 'Joining KISS Changed My Entire Life'

(1/18/20) Former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick was recently interviewed by the "Pod Of Thunder" podcast. You can listen to the entire chat here.

GENE SIMMONS To Headline LICENSING LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2020

(1/17/20) The multi-hyphenate entertainment and entrepreneurial icon is set to take the stage at upcoming executive-level conference to share strategies to build a billion-dollar brand.

The Global Licensing Group at Informa Markets, the licensing industry's leading tradeshow organizer and media partner, has announced world-renowned entertainer and entrepreneur Gene Simmons will headline Licensing Leadership Summit 2020 as the lead keynote speaker.

Simmons has been tantalizing and titillating fans for more than four decades. Simmons is the co-founder of KISS, America's No. 1 gold record award-winning group of all time, and is the brains behind the merchandise powerhouse that has driven more than $1 billion in retail sales of licensed consumer products for brands ranging from "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" to Rock & Brews, Erebus Pictures, Simmons Records, LA KISS and more. He's also engineered collaborations with best-in-class partners such as Archie Comics, Coca-Cola, Hello Kitty, Visa, USPS, Indy Car Series and more. In his keynote, "Gene Simmons: Creating a Brand", Simmons will speak candidly to the Licensing Leadership Summit audience about the launch of his newest branding empire and the secrets to leveraging a brand when you're the star.

"Licensing is an ever-changing, multi-faceted industry that, if executed passionately and strategically, allows brands to showcase and monetize their style and personality," said Simmons. "I look forward to sharing my personal experience and lessons learned over my years mastering the art of this electric business with Licensing Leadership Summit attendees."

Year over year, the business of brand licensing is continuously growing and evolving. According to the Licensing International Annual Global Licensing Survey, global retail sales of licensed merchandise and services grew to $280.3 billion in 2018. Licensing Leadership Summit, an exclusive executive-level conference and networking event, sits at the center of the industry's innovation, connecting global trend setters shaping the dynamic industry across manufacturing, retail, brands, and agents. The intimate conference set to take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, March 16-17, 2020, will bring together more than 300 brand licensing and retail executives for two full days of networking and thought leadership.

"We are honored to announce that Gene Simmons will headline this year's Licensing Leadership Summit," said Anna Knight, vice president, Global Licensing Group. "Simmons is truly a merchandising genius — as the driver of one of the biggest music brands of all time, the innovation behind and staying power his brand is certainly one any business leader would want to emulate. His ability to take risks, foster deep and lasting brand growth and diversify across product categories is inspiring and will be an experience our attendees will take back to the board room."

To register to attend, go to this location.

San Diego Judge Denies Restraining Order Against Former Kiss Guitarist

(1/17/20) On Thursday San Diego North County Judge Harry L. Powazek denied a restraining order against rock legend Ace Frehley.

Frehley's former girlfriend, Rachael Gordon, filed for a restraining order against the former KISS guitarist in late July.

Following the decision in an exclusive interview with Frehley, he said he feels vindicated.

“I never laid a hand on Rachael and she admitted it in her deposition,” said Frehley.

In court, Judge Powazek said domestic violence is never logical.

The couple dated for 11 years and were living together in a Rancho Santa Fe mansion.

“We had been inseparable, completely inseparable since then,” Gordon said.

Gordon said things changed the night of July 12, 2019, when Frehley rushed into their Rancho Santa Fe home, took his belongings, and suddenly left.

Gordon said one of the bodyguards threatened her.

“When I turned to go out of the room the female bodyguard had her fist in my face already and said, 'hey if you say one word you’re going down, one word and listen I’m going to lay you out, right now,’” Gordon recalled. “She grits her teeth right up into my face and scared me.”

Frehley's attorney Jennifer Goldman said Frehley was taking his things because the couple broke-up.

Following the judge’s ruling, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer said he has no ill-feeling towards Gordon.

“I hope she finds someone else and continues on with her life,” said Frehley. “I have no bad feelings about her, we did have some good times, but those have passed.”

Gordon said despite not being granted the restraining order she said she still feels like she won.

“I won because legally he can’t come around,” explained Gordon. “I have a lot of power right now that I can work with and plan to work with.”

KISS To Be Joined By QUEENSRŸCHE, RATT And FOZZY On This Year's 'Kiss Kruise'

(1/14/20) Legendary rockers KISS have once again partnered up with the industry leaders in music festivals at sea, Sixthman, to announce the upcoming voyage of the "Kiss Kruise X". The KISS Navy will set sail for their tenth mission from Miami to Harvest Caye, Belize and Roatan, Honduras from October 30 to November 4, 2020 aboard Norwegian Pearl. The announcement comes on the heels of 2019's sold-out "Kiss Kruise IX", from where the band announced live onboard that their final show of all time will take place in July 2021. Fans can go to TheKissKruise.com for more information on pricing and availability.

From KISS's electrifying shows and exciting activities with each member of the band to autograph sessions with artists from the lineup and much more, the tenth adventure is sure to be an experience of a lifetime. Beyond their onboard rock shows, KISS is bringing their rare memorabilia collection, the KISS Expo, back to the high seas. Additionally, QUEENSRŸCHE, RATT and Chris Jericho's band FOZZY are set to join KISS as they celebrate a decade at sea with more to be announced in the near future.

A destination of her own, Norwegian Pearl offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line's signature freedom and flexibility to enjoy 11 onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, a casino, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, and a full menu of spa treatments. Prices for the cruise start at $1,380 with flexible payment options available and a low deposit of $250 per person.

Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock and roll. The Rock And Roll Hall of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide have said this tour is devoted to the millions of KISS Army fans.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

In its 46-year career, KISS has accumulated 23 gold and platinum albums — more than any other U.S. band.

GRAND FUNK RAILROAD Annnounces 2020 'Some Kind Of Wonderful Tour'

(1/14/20) GRAND FUNK RAILROAD — the legendary rock and roll powerhouse — is extremely excited to be touring in 2020 and marking a 51-year milestone. After playing to millions of fans on the band's tours from 1996 to 2019, GRAND FUNK's 2020 "Some Kind Of Wonderful Tour" will continue to reach both new and longtime fans. Check the band's web site for the preliminary dates for GRAND FUNK's 2020 "Some Kind Of Wonderful Tour", with more to be announced.

Confirmed dates so far:

Feb. 08 - Lincoln, RI - Twin River Casino
Feb. 15 - Yuma, AZ - Yuma Proving Ground
Feb. 21 - Las Vegas, NV - Golden Nugget Casino - Showroom
Feb. 22 - Pauma Valley, CA - Casino Pauma
Mar. 07 - Atlantic City, NJ - Tropicana Casino & Resort
Mar. 14 - French Lick, IN - French Lick Resort
Mar. 21 - Northfield, OH - MGM Northfield Park
Apr. 03 - Baton Rouge, LA - Event Center at L'Auberge Casino and Hotel
Apr. 10 - Marysville, WA - Tulalip Resort Casino
Jun. 12 - Kansas City, MO - Star Pavilion at Ameristar Casino Hotel
Jul. 11 - Chippewa Falls, WI - Northern Wisconsin State Fair - Grandstand
Jul. 16 - Hampton, IA - Franklin County Fair
Jul. 23 - Nashville, TN - Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Named in honor of the band's 1975 Billboard pop smash, the 40-date "Some Kind Of Wonderful Tour" will start in Lincoln, Rhode Island on February 8. Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this top-selling American rock group of the 1970s is "Comin' To Your Town To Help You Party It Down." They've achieved 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales exceeding 25 million copies sold worldwide.

Known as "The American Band," the high-energy five-piece group GRAND FUNK RAILROAD includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, "We're An American Band") and bassist Mel Schacher, "The God of Thunder." Joining Don and Mel are true "all-stars." Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 SPECIAL. Max penned and sang 38's biggest hit "Second Chance" and was co-founder of California's legendary JACK MACK AND THE HEART ATTACK. Don refers to Max as "the best blue-eyed soul singer on the planet." Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and has credits with Michael Bolton, Meat Loaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by GRAND FUNK.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master's degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately called "Dr. Tim," his credits include stints with BOB SEGER AND THE SILVER BULLET BAND and English soul man Robert Palmer.

GRAND FUNK laid the groundwork for such bands as FOREIGNER, JOURNEY, VAN HALEN and BON JOVI with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. The fact that GRAND FUNK's legacy still reigns over the classic rock landscape 50 years after is a testament to the group's influence and staying power. Mega-hits "We're An American Band", "I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home", "Locomotion" and "Some Kind Of Wonderful" still receive continuous airplay on classic rock radio. "We're An American Band" has received notoriety in recent years being used in movie soundtracks and in television/radio advertising. The huge hit was featured in a General Motors national TV ad campaign and in Disney's animated feature film "The Country Bears". "We're An American Band" was featured in the Cuba Gooding Jr. film "Radio", and in the swash buckler "Sahara" starring Matthew McConaughey.

Internationally acclaimed GRAND FUNK has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. A 1971 performance at New York's Shea Stadium sold out faster than THE BEATLES. The group's widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, GRAND FUNK has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles ("We're An American Band" and "Locomotion", both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales exceeding 25 million copies sold worldwide. The most recent gold CD award was presented to the band for their greatest hits package "Grand Funk Railroad The Collectors Series".

The multi-talented band carries on the tradition of GRAND FUNK hits and creates a new chapter in the legacy of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. GFR drew 25,000 people to their Molson Canal Series Concert outside Buffalo, 20,000 in Albany, New York, and 20,000 fans to downtown Orlando, Florida. EMI/Capitol (Universal Music) released a new GRAND FUNK "greatest hits" package that includes a bonus DVD of rare concert footage. GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's 2019 "50 Years Of Funk Tour" was a huge success and now, with the group's 2020 "Some Kind Of Wonderful Tour", seasoned GRAND FUNK lovers and contemporary rock fans discovering the group for the first time will be able to celebrate 50 years of funk with GRAND FUNK RAILROAD.

Watch KISS And YOSHIKI Collaborate For New Year's Eve Television Performance

(1/2/20) Japanese rock star Yoshiki teamed up with American rock legends KISS for a once-in-a-lifetime television performance on Japan's NHK network. The artists appeared together as "Yoshiki feat. KISS" ("YOSHIKISS") during the New Year's Eve "Red And White Music Battle" ("Kouhaku Uta Gassen"), the most-watched television program in Japan, which is also broadcast worldwide. Video footage of the collaboration can be seen here: Video.

KISS And YOSHIKI Collaborate For Once-In-A-Lifetime New Year's Eve Television Performance

(12/28/19) Japanese rock star Yoshiki will team up with American rock legends KISS for a once-in-a-lifetime television performance on Japan's NHK network. The artists will appear together as "Yoshiki feat. KISS" ("YOSHIKISS") during the New Year's Eve "Red And White Music Battle" ("Kouhaku Uta Gassen"), the most-watched television program in Japan, which is also broadcast worldwide.

Yoshiki's televised performance with KISS follows his surprise on-stage appearances with the band at Tokyo Dome and Kyocera Dome Osaka during their "End Of The Road" world tour, electrifying the audience with a piano performance on "Beth" and playing the drums on "Rock and Roll All Nite".

Yoshiki worked previously with KISS to create a 72-piece orchestral cover of "Black Diamond" for the 1994 tribute album "Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved". In 2016, Gene Simmons joined Yoshiki on stage to perform "Rock And Roll All Nite" at the Visual Japan Summit in Tokyo.

The upcoming performance will mark the first time Yoshiki and KISS have appeared on television together.

"I want us to create a performance that will have a big impact," Yoshiki said. "I think we're really going to shock people."

"It's an honor to perform on NHK in my favorite country in the world," says Gene Simmons of KISS. "Yoshiki is a Japanese legend, but he never forgets to have a humble heart. I've been influenced by his humble approach to his work."

Paul Stanley of KISS also praised Yoshiki, adding, "Not only is Yoshiki a wonderful pianist and drummer, but he continues to express the importance of living and has had a great impact on us."

For Yoshiki, KISS was a life-saving force in his childhood as he dealt with the despair caused by the sudden death of his father.

"KISS saved my life," explained Yoshiki, who studied classical piano throughout his youth and began drumming as a way of releasing his emotional pain.

"Instead of banging things, I started banging drums," Yoshiki said in the X JAPAN documentary film "We Are X". Gene Simmons appears in the film to praise the band which was in fact inspired by KISS. "If those guys were born in America," Simmons said, "they might be the biggest band in the world."

Yoshiki's "Kohaku Uta Gassen" appearance will mark his fifth consecutive performance since 2015 as both a solo artist and as leader of the rock group X JAPAN. He defeated Godzilla in 2016, played the drums for the first time following his cervical vertebra surgery in 2017, and made history in 2018 as the first artist to perform on the program for both the red and white teams, appearing as "Yoshiki feat. Hyde" for the "Attack On Titan" theme "Red Swan" and playing the piano with Sarah Brightman on vocals for the chart-topping crossover single "Miracle".

KISS: Official Video Recap Of This Year's 'Kiss Kruise'

(12/21/19) A three-minute video recap of this year's "Kiss Kruise" can be seen here: Video.

It's Official: DAVID LEE ROTH To Open For KISS On 2020 North American Leg Of 'End Of The Road' Tour

(12/18/19) It's official: VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth will open for KISS on the 2020 North American leg of the "End Of The Road" tour.

The Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana said Tuesday that Roth had been added as a special guest to the last leg of the "End Of The Road" tour that will stop in Fort Wayne on Sunday, February 16, 2020.

"David Lee Roth will bring his exciting stage show featuring a twin guitar big rock sound and a set list of classic hits and future energy," the Memorial Coliseum said.

KISS's North American dates kick off February 1 in Manchester, New Hampshire, and run through October 2 in Fort Worth, Texas. The trek will consist of two legs, with gigs in South America and Europe taking place in between.

The VAN HALEN frontman is scheduled to play a nine-show residency at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas in January and March, but none of those shows conflict with the KISS dates. Roth will also appear at the Epicenter festival in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 1.

In a recent interview with the KSHE 95 radio station, Roth confirmed that he will play additional shows beyond his Vegas residency.

"Once we get this up and rolling, then, of course, we're going to start to take this out on the road," he said. "I think I'm the face of VAN HALEN from this point on, and we take it as seriously as all you listening to it. Yeah, there's a lot of smile and style to it, but there's a lot of, 'We really, really have to mean it in the notes and what we do in the subtext of the lyrics.' It's the sound of several generations on one big prison break... We're up there on stage to work it."

Roth told Van Halen News Desk that his band will recreate the sound of VAN HALEN's albums and his own solo work, not VAN HALEN's live performances.

"We do not sound like VAN HALEN live," he said. "You have not heard this. VAN HALEN live is lead guitar, bass, drums, sing. Here, we bring it the way a record brings it. To do that requires two or three guitars. We have five people hollerin'. It's a big rock sound. It's not [1985's] 'Just A Gigolo'. It's not brass band. That was a quickie vacation."

Roth's upcoming Vegas residency won't be the first time he has set up shop in Sin City. Back in 1995, Roth completed a Las Vegas engagement at Bally's Hotel and Casino and another short run at MGM Grand.

VAN HALEN has been inactive since it completed its U.S. tour in October 2015 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

Roth recently launched Ink The Original, a skin-care line specifically made to preserve, protect, and highlight tattoos and keep them from fading.

KISS's 'End Of The Road' Is POLLSTAR's Highest-Grossing North American Hard Rock/Metal Tour Of 2019

(12/17/19) According to the music industry trade publication Pollstar, METALLICA was the top-grossing hard rock/metal band in the world during the period of November 22, 2018 to November 20, 2019. During that 12-month period, the group sold $179 million worth of concert tickets for its 48 reported shows around the globe.

The world's second-highest-grossing hard rock/metal artist during that period was BON JOVI, who sold $134 million worth of tickets worldwide for its 31 reported performances. Next on the list was KISS, who were the highest grossing hard rock/metal band in North America during the reporting period. Overall, the band — which kicked off their "End Of The Road" farewell tour on January 31 — sold $89.8 million worth of tickets for 74 reported concerts.

Pollstar's reporting period encompassed the majority of the 2018 tour by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and the first week of the Yuletide rockers' 2019 trek. Altogether, TSO grossed $65.7 million during the 12-month period, selling 1.02 million tickets along the way. Notably, only Elton John sold more tickets in North America during the same time frame.

IRON MAIDEN's ongoing "Legacy Of The Beast" tour also did strong business, as its 44 stops during the reporting period grossed $49.5 million. All but six of those shows took place in North America, where the band's average attendance was more than 13,000.

Here are Pollstar's Top 10 Worldwide Hard Rock/Metal Tours of 2019:

01. METALLICA ($179 million, 1.74 million tickets, 48 shows)
02. BON JOVI ($134 million, 1.31 million tickets, 31 shows)
03. KISS ($89.8 million, 890,000 tickets, 74 shows)
04. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA ($65.7 million, 1.02 million tickets, 104 shows)
05. IRON MAIDEN ($49.5 million, 750,000 tickets, 44 shows)
06. QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT ($45.5 million, 370,000 tickets, 25 shows)
07. AEROSMITH ($34.1 million, 165,000 tickets, 34 shows)
08. TOOL ($31.6 million, 330,000 tickets, 24 shows)
09. RAMMSTEIN ($29.8 million, 285,000 tickets, 7 shows)
10. GUNS N' ROSES ($26.5 million, 250,000 tickets, 13 shows)

Here, meanwhile, are Pollstar's Top 20 North American Hard Rock/Metal Tours of 2019:
01. KISS ($81.6 million, 800,000 tickets, 67 shows)
02. TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA ($65.7 million, 1.02 million tickets, 104 shows)
03. METALLICA ($45.8 million, 380,000 tickets, 23 shows)
04. QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT ($45.4 million, 370,000 tickets, 25 shows)
05. IRON MAIDEN ($36.9 million, 510,000 tickets, 38 shows)
06. AEROSMITH ($34.1 million, 165,000 tickets, 34 shows)
07. TOOL ($28.4 million, 280,000 tickets, 21 shows)
08. GUNS N' ROSES ($20.1 million, 165,000 tickets, 11 shows)
09. SHINEDOWN ($18.9 million, 375,000 tickets, 71 shows)
10. DEF LEPPARD ($18.7 million, 160,000 tickets, 23 shows)
11. ZZ TOP ($15.8 million, 265,000 tickets, 60 shows)
12. DISTURBED ($15.4 million, 260,000 tickets, 37 shows)
13. BREAKING BENJAMIN ($14.5 million, 410,000 tickets, 48 shows)
14. THE WHO ($12.7 million, 120,000 tickets, 10 shows)
15. LYNYRD SKYNYRD ($10 million, 150,000 tickets, 20 shows)
16. GRETA VAN FLEET ($9.6 million, 195,000 tickets, 38 shows)
17. ROGER WATERS ($8.6 million, 85,000 tickets, 7 shows)
18. JOURNEY ($7 million, 50,000 tickets, 11 shows)
19. GODSMACK ($6.5 million, 125,000 tickets, 21 shows)
20. HEART ($6.1 million, 100,000 tickets, 11 shows)

BRUCE KULICK Is Looking Forward To Recording Music With His 'Kiss Kruise' Band

(12/10/19) Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick says that he is "looking forward" to recording some music with the band that accompanied him on the recent editions of the "Kiss Kruise".

Last month, Kulick celebrated the 35th anniversary of his first shows with KISS by performing a six-song "Animalize" medley on the "Kiss Kruise" with a band that consisted of SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS singer/guitarist Todd Kerns and drummer Brent Fitz along with bassist/vocalist Zach Throne. The foursome's set also included other '80s and '90s songs that KISS rarely, if ever, played live.

On December 3, Kulick spoke about the "Kiss Kruise" during an interview with Soy Kissero. Calling the experience of playing the KISS-curated event "amazing" and "a lot of fun," Bruce said that he "really did enjoy it. And the crowds were amazing," he said. "To play that music, it means a lot to me — especially for that particular crowd, of course. They're wonderful. So, [it was] a lot of fun."

Asked what project he has lined up for 2020, Kulick said: "Well, I have to admit I would love to have an opportunity to record a few songs with that 'Kruise' band. To do some recording would be really exciting. So, I'm looking forward to that."

Kulick joined KISS in 1984, soon after then-guitarist Mark St. John left the band after being diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome, a form of inflammatory arthritis. He recorded five studio albums with the group — "Asylum", "Crazy Nights", "Hot In The Shade", "Revenge" and "Carnival Of Souls" — and can also be heard on the band's "Alive III" and "Kiss Unplugged" live sets. He joined GRAND FUNK RAILROAD in 2001 and continues to serve as the band's lead guitarist today.

Bruce is heavily featured on "Kissology – Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", the DVDs spanning KISS's historic 45-year career.

Rangers legend Ron Duguay: How I ended up in Gene Simmons’ bed with Cher

(12/6/19) Before there was Page Six Sean, there was Page Six Ron.

But there’s one story Rangers great Ron Duguay had never shared before, now revealing for the first time how he ended up in Gene Simmons’ bed with Cher after a night out at Studio 54.

“This is gonna be an exclusive thing because I’ve never been a kiss-and-tell type of guy,” Duguay said on the debut episode of “Up In The Blue Seats,” The Post’s New York Rangers podcast.

The Rangers had just defeated the Islanders at the Garden on Jan. 20, 1982, when Duguay went to celebrate at Studio 54, where he often went at the time despite drawing the ire of Herb Brooks — then the Rangers coach who led the “Miracle on Ice” USA squad over the Russians en route to a gold medal at the 1980 Olympics. (Duguay was traded to Detroit in June 1983.)

Duguay, who was 24 at the time, says he was minding his own business at Studio 54 when a woman pointed at him and called him over. It was Liza Minnelli, who said she’d always wanted to meet Duguay and liked the Rangers. After Duguay chatted with Minnelli’s husband, Minnelli invited Duguay to her house for a party later in the evening and asked if he’d like to meet someone. When he said yes, Minnelli called over none other than Cher, 35 at the time, who had been on the dance floor.

“If you know Cher, if she wants something, she goes after it,” Duguay says. “Grabs me by the arm and says, ‘You dance?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ So we go and start dancing, we’re dancing to all this fun stuff back then — the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel. To this day, if you Google ‘Ron Duguay and Cher,’ it breaks down to a slow song. Her head’s on my [shoulder]. She’s looking very comfortable. And you look at my face, and the expression on my face is like, ‘Oh my God, I’m dancing with Cher.’ I look like I don’t feel comfortable because I’m not comfortable, because I grew up as a Canadian watching ‘Sonny & Cher.'”

The moment Duguay references was captured perfectly by The Post’s Vernon Shibla at Studio 54, Cher resting her head on Duguay’s right shoulder with her eyes closed.

The two then went back to Minnelli’s table, where she said she and her husband were going back to their house. “C’mon, we’re going,” Cher told Duguay.

They were sitting in the lobby of Minnelli’s apartment building, waiting roughly 30 minutes for her arrival before Cher began to get angry. She had enough, so she and Duguay got in a taxi.

“Where are we going?” Duguay asked.

“Just come with me, son,” Cher answered.

The cab went five or six blocks to what Duguay described as a “beautiful” townhouse. Before Cher turned the key to open the door to the house, she turned around to tell Duguay, “By the way, I don’t beep, beep, beep on the first date.”

“Fill in the blank,” Duguay says on the podcast. “And I said, ‘I’m happy to just be here.'”

Duguay looked around at the gold records on the wall of the house, but he noticed they weren’t Cher records, but rather those of KISS. Cher then told Duguay they were at Simmons’ house.

“So I’m in Gene Simmons’ townhouse, not sure why I’m there. Next thing I know, she told me, ‘We’re not doing anything tonight,'” Duguay recalls. “Next thing you know, we’re sitting on his bed. And that’s where the story stops.”

TOMMY THAYER: New Limited-Edition EPIPHONE Guitar Now Available

(12/5/19) (Video) Epiphone, the leader in affordable professional instruments presents the fourth Epiphone signature guitar from KISS guitarist Tommy "Spaceman" Thayer. The new, limited-edition Tommy Thayer Electric Blue Les Paul Outfit features a unique Electric Blue finish with mirrored pickguard, Seymour Duncan JB Humbuckers, and Grover Rotomatic tuners. All previous guitar collaborations with Tommy and Epiphone have completely sold out. The Epiphone Tommy Thayer Electric Blue Les Paul Outfit includes a Blue hardshell case and a Certificate of Authenticity and is available now at authorized Epiphone dealers worldwide.

Thayer has been an Epiphone signature artist since 2014 and both his "White Lightning" Les Paul and Explorer were an instant success with fans and critics alike. The new Tommy Thayer Electric Blue Les Paul features a classic Les Paul profile made from Mahogany with a Maple cap and finished in Electric Blue — from custom paint designer John Douglas — with Les Paul Custom style white and black binding on the top. The Mahogany neck has a 60s SlimTaper profile with an Indian Laurel fingerboard and standard Les Paul trapezoid inlays. The neck has a 24.75" scale, a 12" radius, 22 medium frets, and a 1.69" Graph Tech nut. The truss rod cover has a metal "bell" shape engraved with Tommy's name and the back of the "dovewing" headstock features a "SpaceMan" logo and a reproduction of Tommy's signature in silver.

For his Electric Blue Les Paul, Tommy chose Seymour Duncan JB Humbuckers, the original archetype hot-rod humbucker and one of Duncan's earliest and most revered designs. The neck pickup features a covered JB Humbucker while the bridge pickup features an open-coil JB Humbucker with blue bobbins. Volume and Tone Controls come with custom Blue Top Hat knobs with metal pointers. Tommy selected the classic Lock Tone ABR bridge and Stop Bartail piece along with Grover Rotomatic tuners with an 18:1 tuning ratio for fast and reliable tuning and intonation. The Tommy Thayer Electric Blue Les Paul Outfit comes with a limited lifetime guarantee and Gibson's world-famous 365/24/7 customer service. See your authorized Epiphone dealer soon while supplies last.

Thayer joined KISS in February 2003, stepping into the boots the band's original guitarist, Ace Frehley.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, alongside later band additions, Thayer and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Ace Frehley GF Claims He Pulled Home Ambush ... Gets Restraining Order

(11/28/19) (tmz.com) OG KISS guitarist Ace Frehley stormed into the home he shares with his estranged girlfriend, forcefully took his belongings, then left her high and dry ... so she claims in legal docs.

Rachael Gordon was granted a temporary restraining order against Ace -- who she says she's been with for 11 years -- after what sounds like a bizarre and frightening incident at their house.

She claims in the docs, he returned home from a business trip unannounced and barged in with muscle -- a male and a female bodyguard -- along with his daughter, Monique.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer allegedly refused to talk to Gordon as he went into his office to gather up his guitars and gold records. Rachael says the female guard threatened her with physical violence and Monique screamed at her ... "You are a skank. My family will kill you."

According to the docs ... Gordon claims as quickly as they stormed in, Ace and his crew took off, leaving her "in shock, afraid, filled with anxiety" and "paralyzed with fear."

A friend of Rachael's witnessed the alleged incident, and claims in docs ... Frehley, Monique and the security guards "looked like they were on drugs."

Gordon also alleges Frehley's exhibited physical and troubling behavior with her in the past, claiming he once threw a knife on their bed and said something like ... "you know what that can do to you."

Frehley's filed legal docs of his own, claiming the accusations against him are "unfounded, false, and baseless" ... and he's requesting to introduce the testimonies of 7 witnesses he believes will support dismissing the restraining order.

There's more, though -- Gordon's also seeking money from the ex-KISS member. She claims the home ambush happened as their lease was up, and says she needs the dough to get a new place ... because she doesn't work and Ace allegedly controls their finances.

She wants $11k for rent and deposits, $20k for moving expenses, and for Ace to cover all the costs of their vehicles. She also wants him to fork over $25k for legal fees.

A court hearing's scheduled for January.

ACE FREHLEY's 'Origins Vol. 2' To Feature Guest Appearance By Ex-KISS Guitarist BRUCE KULICK

(11/23/19) During an appearance on this past Thursday's (November 21) episode of "Trunk Nation: L.A. Invasion" on SiriusXM, Ace Frehley spoke about the status of "Origins Vol. 2", the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist.

He said: "I have Lita Ford singing [THE ROLLING STONES'] 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'. I have Robin Zander singing '30 Days In The Hole' by HUMBLE PIE. It came out fabulous. It was a lot of fun working with Lita, 'cause Lita's like my sister. KISS and THE RUNAWAYS used to tour together back in the '70s… I have [former KISS guitarist] Bruce Kulick doing a solo on [Jimi Hendrix's] 'Manic Depression'. I have John 5 playing on a BEATLES song, 'I'm Down'. And he did one other song, 'Politician' by CREAM… If you listen to the CREAM version, [Eric] Clapton does a double solo — he's playing two solos at the same time. So what me and John 5 did is, he did a solo, I did a solo, and then Alex Salzman, my engineer, we did a crossfade. So if you listen to the song with headphones on, you hear me going from one side to the other, and John going from one side back. So it's a really interesting mix. If you listen to it with headphones, you'll get a big kick out of it."

According to Frehley, one of the most appealing aspects of making an album of covers is the fact that he doesn't have to write the songs. "So all I have to do is kind of make it my own, and maybe change the guitar solo a little, maybe change the arrangement a little, and then get some guest stars. I can knock it out in 30 days."

Ace also talked about the delay in releasing "Origins Vol. 2", which was initially expected before the end of 2019.

"It was finished a couple of months ago, and now we're just at the process of mastering and sequencing it," he said. "Originally, we were supposed to put it out in January, and now the record company wants to hold the release date till March. I don't know anything about selling records; I just know how to make 'em. So if they say they wanna put it out in March, I say fine. It gives me more time to work on writing new material for my next studio record."

Frehley previously told The Weekender that "Origins Vol. 2" will once again feature a LED ZEPPELIN tune, "Good Times Bad Times". He also revealed that he wanted to lay down the vocals for "30 Days In The Hole" himself, but that he "just couldn't cut it, vocally, because [Steve] Marriott's just too good of a goddamn singer. I just couldn't do justice to his vocals," he explained. "But I remembered that I had bumped into Robin Zander years ago at a meet-and-greet and he had mentioned to me that he'd like to sing on one of my upcoming records, so I remembered that and gave him a call. And he killed it as well. He sounds like a young Marriott."

Released in April 2016, "Origins Vol. 1" debuted at No. 23 on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 16,000 equivalent album units. The CD featured KISS frontman Paul Stanley joining Ace on FREE's hit "Fire And Water"; Slash trading leads on THIN LIZZY's classic "Emerald", Ford singing and playing lead on THE TROGGS staple "Wild Thing", ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace on the classic KISS composition "Parasite", and PEARL JAM's Mike McCready playing guitar with Ace on KISS's "Cold Gin".

In a 2016 interview with The Aquarian Weekly, Frehley admitted that doing the first covers album was "the record company's idea. To be honest with you, initially, I wasn't that excited about the project, because I had just come off the high of the success of 'Space Invader', which is all originals except for a cover of 'The Joker'," he said. "It was almost, like, 'Okay, I'm going to go through the motions and get this out of the way and then jump into the studio for my next real studio album.' But I've gotta tell ya, man, once I started the process and started remembering the groups that influenced me, narrowing down which songs I thought were going to be best for the record, and then started the recording process; I really started getting more excited about it."

Original KISS Drummer PETER CRISS Pays Tribute To ERIC CARR: He 'Was A Sweetheart Of A Man'

(11/22/19) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has paid tribute to his successor, Eric Carr, calling him "a sweetheart of a man and a great drummer."

Carr replaced Criss in KISS in 1980 and made his recording debut with the band on 1981's "Music From 'The Elder'" album. His final recording with KISS was "God Gave Rock And Roll To You II". His last public appearance before his death was at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 1991.

Earlier this week, Criss took to his official web site to plug the newly released officially licensed Eric Carr commemorative collectors coin, and included the following message: "I'd like to help promote Eric Carr's coin and the designer, Ralph Asbury, to all the fans. Eric Carr was a sweetheart of a man and a great drummer. He would call me often in his years with KISS for guidance and he was so respectful. I really liked him and felt for him. He always gave his best!"

Carr contributed his talent to the bands many gold and platinum albums during his tenure, and can be heard on the band's many hit songs from the 1980s, including "Lick It Up", "Heaven's On Fire", "Crazy Nights", "Tears Are Falling" and "Forever", to name a few. In addition to his musical contributions, Carr was equally known for his inviting personality and genuine love for the fans. From the time he joined the band to this very day, Carr remains one of the most beloved members of the KISS family.

Carr died on November 24, 1991 of a rare heart cancer. He was 41.

Back in 2011, on the 20th anniversary of Eric's passing, KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley stated about Carr: "At a time when KISS was in the midst of upheaval and turmoil, Eric brought calm and an optimism that refocused our priorities so we could move forward. I can't overstate his contribution to our rebirth. His dedication to his music was only matched by his dedication to his fans. He was a kind soul who couldn't say an unkind word about anyone and I think of him all the time."

Added KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons: "I never knew anyone more humble in my life. Eric Carr was a kind soul who never said anything bad about anybody. He was also a double threat on drums, and vocals. I miss him."

GENE SIMMONS To Launch 'Titans Of Rock' Classic Rock Festival Series

(11/22/19) Rock icon Gene Simmons, co-founder of KISS, has joined forces with Chuck Varabioff, a Canadian-based producer, to launch Titans Of Rock, a classic rock festival series, in Canada and the United States. The first festival is set to take place in Grand Forks, British Columbia August 6-8, 2020. Tickets are $125 per day or $300 for the weekend, and there are several VIP packages available.

"I have been working on the Titans Of Rock festival concept for many years," said Simmons. "Our goal is to provide classic rock fans with a one-of-a-kind, immersive, three-day experience featuring legendary names in a venue where they can celebrate their love of rock with other fans."

Simmons met Varabioff when his GENE SIMMONS BAND performed at Cannafest in 2018. Varabioff produced the event and Simmons saw potential to revamp, rebrand and expand the concept into a series of events that would make it more accessible to fans throughout Canada and the United States.

"While our past events have been extremely successful, with Gene's active involvement, creative influence and business savvy, combined with the event's evolution to Titans Of Rock, we will offer fans something they can't find anywhere else," said Varabioff.

Simmons is set to personally host Titans Of Rock in Grand Forks in August. The lineup will be announced prior to the end of 2019 and sponsorships and vendor opportunities are currently available.

Varabioff's previous events included appearances by dozens of notable artists and bands, including the GENE SIMMONS BAND, Bret Michaels, CHEAP TRICK, BEACH BOYS, WHITESNAKE, LOVERBOY, Vince Neil, Tom Cochrane, Lita Ford and Randy Bachman.

RV parking, camping and other accommodations are available to festival goers, and a broad range of vendors will provide food, drinks and retail products.

A percentage of proceeds from the event will benefit local charities, and Habitat for Humanity Kamploops will auction off a show-quality, collectible car to raise funds to build affordable housing for lower income families in the Thompson and Cariboo Chilcotin regions of British Columbia.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit TitansOfRock.com.

Gene Simmons Signs Global Licensing Deal With IMG

(11/18/19) Gene Simmons, co-founder of rock band KISS and music entrepreneur has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing deal with IMG.

IMG will develop licensing plans for multiple product lines, including apparel, homeware, automotive, travel accessories, gaming, and electronics, with an eye towards having products on the shelves by early 2020.

Additionally, IMG’s representation of Simmons will include promotions, commercial tie-ins, and brand endorsements.

“Gene Simmons is a branding and merchandising maven and we are so excited to be working with him. Together, we will use our extensive skills base, relationships and experience to showcase Gene’s iconic style and personality,” said IMG’s Vice President of Licensing Gary Krakower.

Simmons is best known as the frontman for KISS, but has also starred in the TV series ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels,’ and is the co-founder of the ‘Rock and Brews’ restaurant chain. He also is regularly featured a speaker through the auspices of his ‘Gene Rich and Famous Expos’ venture and is currently in the midst of penning his seventh book “On Power.”

VINNIE VINCENT Is Offering 'Historic' Re-Release Of 2002 Instrumental Album For $250 Per CD

(11/18/19) Vinnie Vincent will re-release his 2002 instrumental album in a limited edition of 1,000 CDs.

The former KISS guitarist's official web site is accepting pre-orders for this "historic" re-release of "Speedball Jamm", priced at $250.00 apiece. Each CD will come with a limited-edition autographed 8x10 photo and a "BIG" guitar pick. The discs are expected to ship in February 2020.

"Speedball Jamm" — previously issued under the title "Archives Volume 1" — has been described as "a single 70-minute track of blistering guitarmageddon." According to Rarebird's Rock And Roll Nest, the song "is divided into ten not-very-distinct parts. It's a subterranean-sounding recording of Vinnie jamming endlessly on a lead guitar at high speed, sometimes solo, sometimes with the accompaniment of bass and drums."

Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — made several public appearances last year after spending the past two decades out of the public eye.

In 1983, KISS wrote and released "Lick It Up" — their first album without makeup — 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 two albums.

In 1992, Vincent re-teamed with Simmons and 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.

Vincent recently announced that he will host "Vinnie Vincent's Merry Metal Christmas" on December 14 and December 15 at S.I.R. Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

KISS To Play Concert For Great White Sharks Without PAUL STANLEY

(11/17/19) KISS's previously announced concert for great white sharks will go ahead without the band's frontman, Paul Stanley.

Although KISS has canceled its Australian farewell tour after Stanley was diagnosed with a bad case of the flu, the legendary rockers will still perform under the sea for great white sharks and eight fans separated from them by a small submarine.

After KISS and its fans travel aboard separate boats off the coast of Port Lincoln in South Australia, the band will stay above board on one vessel, and the fans will be lowered beneath the surface of the water from a second boat into the viewing sub in an area known for shark activity.

Tour group Adventure Bay Charters said: "Due to band member Paul Stanley's illness, KISS concert promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live announced the tour was cancelled. We are sorry to hear this news that many fans lost the opportunity to join KISS last road trip concert, and we wish the best for Paul Stanley and a speedy recovery.

"We are glad to announce that we will keep hosting KISS concert for the remaining band members, the shark trip will still go Monday, the Ocean will rock&roll! 8 lucky customers will jump on our shark warrior, using our unique underwater sub, enjoy a KISS live concert and Great White Sharks!"

When the concert was first announced, Stanley told Rolling Stone that he and his bandmates were intrigued at the suggestion.

"Airbnb approached us with this idea that sounded, quite frankly, a little weird, but we're used to being approached with things that are a little weird," he said. "I've played for a lot of land sharks. Now I finally get a chance to play for the ocean varieties."

KISS was forced to cancel the Australian leg of its "End Of The Road" world tour due to Stanley's ongoing illness.

Just days after rescheduling the start of the tour, KISS scrapped all of this month's shows and the rescheduled Perth concert on December 3.

KISS's shark concert this month will mark only the fourth time the band has performed as a trio. KISS previously played as a three-piece in 1982 when original guitarist Ace Frehley reportedly refused to show up during a lip-synced performance of "I" from Studio 54, broadcast via satellite to the Sanremo Festival in Italy; in 2007 when a heart issue caused Stanley to be rushed to the hospital prior to KISS's concert at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California; and in 2016, when Stanley missed a charity show after tearing a bicep.

KISS Cancels Australian Tour Due To Illness

(11/14/19) KISS has canceled its previously announced Australian tour due to illness.

Earlier this week, it was announced that doctors had advised Paul Stanley to rest due to a bad case of influenza, prompting the rescheduling of the tour's first show in Perth and the cancelation of New Zealand. It was hoped the extra few days rest would allow Stanley the chance for a complete recovery so the tour could proceed as planned. However, unfortunately, this has not occurred. Stanley has an additional infection in his throat requiring complete vocal rest and medication for at least two weeks and possibly longer.

Stanley said: "Words cannot begin to convey our massive disappointment in having to cancel our 'End Of The Road' tour of your incredible country. Our connection to you is unparalleled and decades deep. We waited as long as we could and held out hope to the last minute that my situation would clear up and we would be able to march forward. Doctor's orders ultimately have taken precedence and finally we now find ourselves with no choice but to surrender. With heavy hearts, KISS."

Promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live said: "We are devastated with the cancelation of the Australian tour. We've been in constant contact with the band in the past few days hoping for a positive outcome. We know how much fans were looking forward to the tour. We send our best wishes to Paul for a speedy recovery."

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For Supercars Newcastle 500 tickets, the concert portion will be refunded, being $65 for Gold tickets and $115 for One Last KISS tickets. All refunds will go back to the credit card it was purchased on by December 6.

BOB KULICK Says His 'Back-Stabbing' Brother BRUCE KULICK Has Restraining Order Against Him

(11/10/19) Legendary guitarist and record producer Bob Kulick has gone public with his dispute with his brother, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.

On Friday, Bob made a public post on his personal Facebook page as as well as on his Instagram accusing his brother of contributory "copyright infringement" over the sale of "Kulick Brothers" merchandise items, including a signed photo. According to Bob, the items are being made available via Kiss Army Merchandise with permission from Bruce only.

"I have NOT given permission for this and have not been accounted to or paid for merchandise SOLD bearing my name and photos with my likeness," he wrote. "This is called COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT and an indication to all of you as to where my back stabbing Brother Bruce is in all this ! Disgraceful , uncalled for and a situation that will be answered in time !"

Bob went on to say that Bruce "has a restraining order" against him, but didn't offer any more details about the circumstances that led to the order being issued.

During 2017's "Kiss Kruise VII", the Kulick brothers played a 13-song set that featured 10 rarely performed KISS songs such as "Turn On The Night" and "All American Man", as well as three classics from Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album (on which Bob performed). That same year, Bob released a solo album, "Skeletons In The Closet".

Throughout his 40-plus-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 LP and tour.

Bob 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).

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.

Bruce Kulick joined KISS in 1984 and remained with the band until the group's original lineup reunited in 1996. He joined GRAND FUNK RAILROAD in 2000 and continues to perform with the group to this day.

Bob discussed his growing frustrations with people within the KISS camp, including his brother, during an October 2019 interview with "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon".

Vinnnie Vincent Interview on Rock And Roll Experience With Mike Brunn

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KISS's Manager Says ACE FREHLEY And PETER CRISS Have Been Approached About Taking Part In Final Concert

(11/7/19) KISS manager Doc McGhee says that all living former members of the band have been approached about taking part in the iconic group's final concert.

KISS announced over the weekend that it will play its last-ever show on July 17, 2021, in New York City. It will be the finale of the two-and-a-half-year "End Of The Road" world tour, which, by the time it is finished, will have taken in more than 165 dates across several continents.

In the months after KISS announced "End Of The Road", fans wondered openly if original members Ace Frehley (guitar) and Peter Criss (drums) would be involved in the tour, especially considering the apparent recent goodwill between Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and Ace. Frehley's latest album "Spaceman" — a title suggested by Simmons himself — features two songs the pair wrote together, and the duo completed a joint summer 2018 tour of Australia, after which Frehley fired his solo backing band and hired Simmons's.

McGhee said during a question-and-answer session on the ninth annual "Kiss Kruise" that KISS is open to reuniting with all former members at the final gig.

"We want to include everybody that played with KISS to celebrate the 45 years of KISS," he said. "And everybody — Vinnie Vincent and everybody else — that [has] played with KISS is part of this whole celebration of 45 years. So, we're still looking at what we're gonna do on the final show of KISS."

According to McGhee, Frehley and Criss have both "been talked to" about participating in some form. But, he acknowledged, "It's pretty difficult. When people say, 'Oh, you should bring Ace and Peter up.' How do you do that when you have two Catmen and two Spacemen? So you say, 'Okay. You don't wear makeup and you wear makeup.' And then they [Ace and Peter] go, 'Well, that was my makeup.' I don't know. So it's real hard to do, but we'll figure it out because they're very much a part of the heritage of KISS. And they're acknowledged by Gene and Paul and everybody in this room as the founding members… So. it's important to you guys [and] it's important to us. It's just a matter of the balance and we can bring it where it works for everybody and everybody is having a great time."

Last year, Frehley told VintageRock.com that "the only way" he would "seriously consider" taking part in "End Of The Road" is "if I took back my make-up and costume and my character — which I designed." He added that current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer "is not a bad guitar player, but he basically just mimics everything I wrote, and tries to imitate my persona. He's been doing it for 15 years," he said. "But the reality is I'm the original guy. And nobody can really copy the way I play guitar."

Asked if he would still consider participating in the tour if Criss was not involved, Ace said: "I think it would be great if Peter was involved. Obviously, at this point in his life, he wouldn’t be able to do a two-hour show. But I can see if we worked out a situation where Peter came out at the end and did three or four songs — sang 'Beth', did 'Black Diamond' and a couple of others, I think that would be fun."

"End Of The Road" kicked off on January 31 in Vancouver and will resume on November 16 in Perth, Australia.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Simmons and Stanley, alongside later band additions, Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, Criss and Frehley, KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

Kiss Reveal Date and Location of Final ‘End of the Road’ Concert

(11/2/19) Kiss have revealed that their final concert will take place July 17, 2021 in New York City at an unspecified venue.

The band made the announcement onstage prior to the second and final indoor concert of this year's Kiss Kruise, also stating that 90 new tour dates would be announced shortly.

"We've been on the End of the Road tour, and people have said, 'when is the last show?'" Frontman Paul Stanley explained. "So we're here to tell you that the end of the road comes to an end on July 17, 2021 in New York City."

A gigantic countdown clock behind the band during the announcement read 622 days, 23 hours and 51 minutes.

Podcast: Let There Be Talk: #500: Paul Stanley/KISS

(10/28/19) (Listen / download) Today is a monumental day here on Let There Be Talk. My guest is absolutely in the top 5 of all time Dream Guest. Mr Paul Stanley. To sit down with Paul was a dream come true. I've said this over and over that KISS is the reason I am alive. I love you Paul and I owe you big time brother. This is a huge day #500

KISS's GENE SIMMONS Says 'End Of The Road' Tour Will Last Another Two Years

(10/26/19) In a brand new interview with "Larry King Now" guest host Dennis Miller, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons spoke about the band's tumultuous "Farewell Tour" in 2000, which Paul Stanley previous said 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.

"What happened was that Peter Criss and Ace Frehley — who are the original founding members with Paul and myself 46 years ago... Not everybody is designed to run a marathon, it's fair to say," Gene said. "And not everybody should be in a band that lasts decades and decades. So, by the turn of the 2000s, the early 2000s, it became dysfunctional to the extreme. They were asked to leave or left on their own volition three different times because of the cliché of clichés — bad behaviour, unprofessionalism, drugs, alcohol. It's, like, it's been done — come on. Then we looked at each other and said, 'If we can't live up to the, 'You wanted the best, you've got the best, the hottest band in the world,' let's just call it quits.' You've got the cash, the fame. So we stopped — we stopped for a while and kept getting a deluge of gifts and inquiries. 'Why can't you do it? If you've got a flat tire, change the tire. Why do you wanna stop?' And Paul and I had a moment where we just said, 'You know what? We're thinking small.' I always thought of THE BEATLES, 'Nobody will ever take the place of anybody.' But Ringo [Starr] is not an original member; he took the place of Pete Best. So when you take a look at all the bands, 'Oh, there can be a different lead singer of VAN HALEN.' Actually, there can, and there has been. And I'm the guy that found them, so I know what I'm talking about."

Simmons went on to confirm that KISS's ongoing "End Of The Road" trek is indeed the band's "final tour." He said: "It's a long one. We've got another two years of staying out there. We've already done 93 cities around the world, [and we are] coming back again. But the reality is that I'm 70. By the time I'm 72, it's time to get off the stage. We've both seen bands that stayed too long on that stage… You wanna get off the stage before they're tired of you… Leave them wanting more. Don't stay on there too long."

Frehley left KISS after the band's 2002 "Farewell Tour" dates, saying afterwards that he took the word "farewell" seriously. Criss has claimed that his contract with KISS wasn't renewed in March 2004. Both charges have been disputed by Stanley and Simmons.

Simmons and Stanley have chosen to have the rest of the current KISS lineup — guitarist Tommy Thayer and longtime drummer Eric Singer — dress up as Criss's and Frehley's respective "Spaceman" and "Catman" personas.

Earlier this month, Gene underwent a successful kidney stones surgery.

Last month, KISS postponed its shows in Oakland and Los Angeles. The date at Oakland Arena, originally set for September 16, is now listed on the venue web site as March 6. The date at Staples Center in Los Angeles, originally set for September 20, now takes place March 4.

The only reason given for moving the Oakland and Los Angeles performances was "unforeseen scheduling issues."

Legendary KISS, ALICE COOPER And DEEP PURPLE Producer BOB EZRIN's Rights Portfolio Acquired By PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC PUBLISHING

(10/25/19) Publishing giant Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired the music publishing and other rights of the legendary producer, arranger and songwriter Bob Ezrin. Ezrin-produced albums include Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare", KISS's "Destroyer", PINK FLOYD's "The Wall" and Andrea Bocelli's "Sí", all No. 1 albums, among many other chart toppers. Ezrin's music publishing includes all songs he has written/co-written such as KISS's "Detroit Rock City", "Beth" and "Shout It Out Loud", PINK FLOYD's "The Trial" and "Learning To Fly", as well as the JANE'S ADDICTION song "Superhero", which is best known as the theme song for HBO's award-winning series "Entourage".

"This was a good time in my career to consolidate my complex portfolio of diverse rights for the sake of my family and my estate" says Ezrin. He continues: "Larry and all the folks at Primary Wave have been terrific partners in this effort and I am extremely happy with the results. Plus, on top of rationalizing the past, they also presented me with a solid vision for the future that I am very excited about — since I intend to keep creating for many years to come!"

"We are beyond excited about partnering with the legendary Bob Ezrin," says Lawrence Mestel, CEO/founder of Primary Wave Music Publishing. He goes on, "Bob continues to be one of the most sought-after producers in the world. His talent is unparalleled and his body of work is extraordinary. We are delighted to welcome him to the Primary Wave family."

The phrase "super-producer" is often used when discussing Bob Ezrin — and with good reason. In a legendary career that spans nearly 50 years, the Toronto-born Ezrin has worked around the world as a music and entertainment producer, personality and entrepreneur. Throughout his five decades in the industry, Ezrin has worked on recordings, TV, film, and live events for a wide variety of artists, including Andrea Bocelli, PINK FLOYD, Alice Cooper, DEEP PURPLE, KISS, Lou Reed, U2, Jay-Z, Peter Gabriel, 2CELLOS, THE TENORS, AEROSMITH, HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, DEFTONES, Rod Stewart, NINE INCH NAILS, Pete Seeger, and many others and he remains one of the most sought-after producers in the world today. Beginning his career at the age of 8, Bob worked in TV and radio in Toronto as both an on-screen and voice-over performer. During his teen years, he was a folk musician playing the same clubs as Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young. By the age of 21, he was not only producing major rock bands under the tutelage of Jack Richardson, but he formed a friendship with Alice Cooper which would ultimately lead to a nearly 50-year creative partnership that continues today.

In 2004, Bob was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame and, two years later, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame. 2012 saw Bob being named as a Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. A year later he was inducted into Canada's Walk Of Fame. Bob is a co-founder of Wow Unlimited Media Inc. and The Nimbus School of Media Arts, both in Vancouver, B.C., and he co-founded 7th Level Inc. in Richardson, Texas and Enigma Digital in Los Angeles, California, both seminal companies in interactive entertainment, education and social media. He served as co-chairman of Clear Channel Interactive and chairman of Live Nation Artists Records.

Ezrin's passion extends far beyond the recording studio. He currently sits on the boards of directors of In Place of War in Manchester, U.K. and Los Angeles; The Canadian Journalism Foundation in Toronto; The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation in Los Angeles; is an eco-activist in Canada and the U.S., Chairman Emeritus of the Los Angeles Mentoring Partnership and, along with the Edge of U2, the co-founder of Music Rising, an initiative to replace musical instruments that are lost in natural disasters. He and his wife Jan are Leadership Circle members of MusiCounts in Toronto. He is also a "Water Warrior" for UNICEF in Guinea, Africa and a major proponent of mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

The Ezrins live in Nashville and Toronto.

LEMMY, OZZY OSBOURNE, SLASH, GENE SIMMONS Featured In 'The Rainbow' Documentary

(10/15/19) Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired worldwide rights to "The Rainbow", directed by Zak Knutson. The documentary features interviews with rock and roll legends Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Gene Simmons, Lita Ford and the late Lemmy Kilmister. The documentary will be available on demand October 29.

"The Rainbow" explores the vast history of Hollywood's famed Rainbow Bar & Grill and Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip. Both iconic venues were founded by the late Mario Maglieri. The Rainbow, which opened in 1972, is filled with rich rock and roll history. Mario's Italian heritage inspired the delicious food that is served there, especially the pizza, which is known as the best in the city.

Truly a lover of music and the arts, Mario — known as the King of the Sunset Strip — helped hundreds of artists get their start in Los Angeles. Hopefuls from all over the world came to the The Rainbow with the desire of being discovered. He frequently came across talented musicians who went on to become platinum sellers. Their pictures line the walls of The Rainbow.

The documentary gives viewers an inside look at the Maglieri family who has owned the venue and dedicated their lives to preserving rock history.

"Telling the story of the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Whisky A Go Go and the Maglieri family in this film has been a great honor and one that truly represents the history of rock n' roll in America," says producer Matthew Perniciaro of Bow And Arrow Entertainment. Perniciaro and Michael Sherman of Bow And Arrow produced the film, with Todd Singerman, Erik Kritzer of Link Entertainment, Mikeal Maglieri and Mike Maglieri Jr. serving as executive producers.

"We are excited to release 'The Rainbow' documentary as it is a true testament to rock and roll history. The iconic Rainbow Bar and Grill has been the home to many legends over the years and this is a must-see documentary for any music and sunset strip lover," said Nolan Gallagher, founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures.

Gallagher negotiated the deal with Matt Perniciaro of Bow And Arrow Entertainment.

"The Rainbow" can be preordered on iTunes now.

VINNIE VINCENT Announces 'Merry Metal Christmas' Event In Nashville

(10/7/19) (Video) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent will host "Vinnie Vincent's Merry Metal Christmas" on December 14 and December 15 at S.I.R. Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

According to a recently released promotional video for the event, "There will be Vinnie shredding, songs, excellent food, Q&A, photo ops, more memorabilia on display, [and] signings. Unreleased and master tracks of Vinnie Vincent's classic songs will also be previewed and much, much more."

Tickets for "Vinnie Vincent's Merry Metal Christmas" are priced at $500.00 per ticket and can be purchased via PayPal or credit card.

Vincent celebrated his 67th birthday at a private event for select fans on August 10 in Nashville, Tennessee. The party took place at S.I.R. Studios and consisted of "six hours of stories, music, photos and fun."

Vinnie's birthday party came a couple of months after the cancelation of his performance at the "Speedballjamm", which was scheduled to take place on June 7 at the S.I.R. Soundstage in Nashville.

Earlier in the year, Vinnie called off his original comeback concerts. which were supposed to take place February 8 and February 9 in Nashville, due to a dispute with the promoter.

Vincent's plan for his comeback has publicly changed several times. In the initial announcement, the show — which was originally slated to happen in November — was described as a true solo gig with Vinnie singing and playing songs from his career on acoustic guitar and telling stories about the old days.

Last year, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons suggested in an interview that Vincent was "his own worst enemy" and expressed his doubt that Vinnie would successfully relaunch his career.

"There's something called the classic failure mechanism, which I was told by doctors and everything — I'm not saying he is one," Simmons said at the time when asked about Vincent's attempt to trademark the name "Vinnie Vincent's Kiss". "But there are people who simply cannot handle when things are starting to go their way — success — so they torpedo it by making stupid decisions to make sure they don't succeed, so they can deal with that."

Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — made several public appearances last year after spending the past two decades out of the public eye.

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.

KISS to play shark gig out at sea

(10/3/19) KISS are hoping to become the first band to perform for killer sharks as part of a bizarre boat gig.

The rockers have been booked to perform at sea off the southern coast of Australia, where their audience will be a group of lucky fans and Great White sharks.

The gig will take place on Nov. 18 on The Shark Warrior, a glass-bottomed boat that allows passengers to see the sharks swimming beneath them.

Experts expect the big fish to flock to the boat show as they are drawn to low frequencies.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

Meanwhile, KISS bass player Gene Simmons is expected back onstage for the group’s ongoing farewell tour later this month after taking time off to undergo surgery to remove kidney stones.

Gene Simmons Admitted to L.A. Hospital for Kidney Stone Procedure

(10/2/19) Gene Simmons is on a break from rockin' and rollin' all night to deal with some pesky kidney stones -- and he underwent a procedure this week to nip it in the bud.

Sources close to the KISS singer tell TMZ ... Gene was admitted into Cedars-Sinai Hospital early Tuesday morning to undergo a medical procedure that should help get rid of the stones. It's non-invasive, we're told, and only took about an hour to complete.

Our sources say a stent was inserted in his urethra, which helps urine flow from the kidney to the bladder ... ultimately forcing the stones to pass through. Sounds like he'll be peeing 'em out soon.

We're told the stent will be removed in about a week -- and any remaining stones will be removed too. Gene should be good to go at that point.

It sounds like he's been ramping up for this procedure for at least a few weeks now -- Gene tweeted to fans on Sept. 13 that he and the band would be putting their farewell tour on pause so he could handle his health issues. But, he assured them it was no biggie.

Here's the kicker ... back in 2009, Gene sold one of his kidney stones for $15,000, which ended up going to charity. If things go well here ... he might have a bundle on his hands.

Any bidders out there?

BRUCE KULICK Joins Horror Icons COURTNEY GAINS And JOHN FRANKLIN On New 'Dreams In The Witch House' Track

(9/30/19) (Download) On September 23, "Dreams In The Witch House: Penitentiary" was released and offered as a free download through October 31, Halloween. The track's musicians include former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, guitarist Douglas Blair, cello sensation Tina Guo, MOTHER'S FINEST bassist Wyzard and EASY ACTION drummer Björn Höglund. Joining them on vocals are horror icons Courtney Gains ("Children Of The Corn", "The Burbs", "Tales From The Crypt") and John Franklin ("Children Of The Corn", "The Adams Family", "Childsplay").

Produced by Chris Laney of Danish metal band PRETTY MAIDS and executive producer Mike Dalager, the track commemorates the 35th anniversary of the release of Stephen King's "Children Of The Corn" and Bruce Kulick's first recording with KISS on "Animalize", where he played the ghost solo for Track 5, "Lonely Is The Hunter".

"Penitentiary" is a beefed up, cinematic version of the title track from 2013's "Dreams In The Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera", an adaptation of HP Lovecraft's classic horror tale from 1932. The track also marks Kulick and Blair's seventh collaboration with the rock opera. In a previous interview Kulick noted, "When [Chris] approached me, along with Mike, about being involved I said, 'I'm in!' even though I don't know much about HP Lovecraft. But I know Chris understood what I'd be able to lend to the project."

Hollywood actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains, renowned for their iconic roles as child cult leader Isaac and henchman Malachai aren't known for their singing abilities. Executive producer Mike Dalager states: "They will blow you away with their vocal chops! John got his start in musical theater in Chicago and Courtney's an accomplished songwriter and singer who headlines his cruise grunge band RIPPLE STREET." John Franklin states, "My teenage dream of being a rock star is suddenly resurrected. And don't get me started on how friggin' amazing Mr. Gains is!"

ACE FREHLEY On Possible Reunion With KISS: 'The Money Would Have To Be Right; I'm Not Gonna Take TOMMY THAYER's Salary'

(9/28/19) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is up for a reunion of the original band, but only if the price is right. Speaking exclusively to Rock Candy's Dave Reynolds for a 12-page cover story in the latest issue of the magazine, Space Ace discussed a wide range of issues, including his "bad boy" reputation and his current relationship with KISS leaders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. But the really exciting news for KISS fans is that Frehley is still ready and willing to perform with KISS as the band continues with its "End Of The Road" tour.

"It would be nice to go back out again with them," Frehley said. "But it's not my call. I think we have a really good relationship now. I text Paul back and forth and we've worked together, as I have with Gene. I would seriously consider it, but the money would have to be right. I'm not gonna take Tommy Thayer's salary.

"It would certainly sell more tickets with me involved," Ace added. "I have a gut feeling it will happen."

Ace acknowledges that he wasn't always the easiest to work with in KISS, given his acknowledged problems with drink and drugs.

"I know that I put those guys through hell in the past," he conceded. "Sometimes I was too drunk at soundchecks, but sobriety has made me more dependable and reliable." Frehley says he's been sober for 13 years now and would be fighting fit to rejoin the self-styled "Hottest Band In The World" for what would be an unforgettable experience, especially if original drummer Peter Criss were to come back into the fold.

"It would be really exciting," he said. "Not just for me, but also for the fans. I'm ready. I feel reborn."

Read the whole of this revealing article, and many more fascinating features, in issue 16 of Rock Candy, available in shops worldwide or direct online at this location.

GENE SIMMONS Is No Longer 'Chief Evangelist Officer' Of Canadian Cannabis Company INVICTUS

(8/12/19) Canadian cannabis and fertilizer company Invictus announced today that rock icon Gene Simmons has abdicated his position as the company's "chief evangelist officer."

"It has been a pleasure to work with Gene. He has been a valuable asset to the company," said Trevor Dixon, president and chief executive officer of Invictus. "Gene has pledged his ongoing support of the company, its leadership and its new direction."

Simmons continues to be a shareholder in Invictus.

"I have enjoyed my time with Invictus," said Gene. "I remain a big fan!"

The KISS bassist/vocalist, who has always promoted clean living and scoffed at peers who snort drugs and get high, made headlines in March 2018 when he landed the Invictus gig.

For those confused about this relationship given the fact that Simmons had been on the record about never trying cannabis in his whole life, Gene explained his stance during an interview with SmallCapPower at the 2018 New Green Frontier cannabis investor conference, which was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

"Historically, I have to say I was completely wrong about the entire space," he said. "I thought cannabis was for stoners and losers and all that, and slowly but surely, over the years, the amount of research that I saw just blew me away. Seeing little girls who suffer from epilepsy rubbing a salve, not on the inside but outside of their body and seemingly miraculously getting cured made me take stock.

"Big Pharma [the global pharmaceutical industry] is not fond of this space, because cannabis, in its various forms, is actually gonna help people," he continued. "That's what researchers are telling me. And I'm telling everybody else there are a lot of new companies, especially in Canada, and good for them. Some of them are solid, some of them are garbage, and it's up to you to find out what it's all about. I happen to believe in Invictus, and all I urge anybody to do is to go to Invictus-MD.com and do your own research.

"When you go into a restaurant, you get a menu," Simmons added. "Think what looks good for you. It's all there. Some of it's good, some of it's fresh, some of it's rotten and been there a long time. But, generally, the cannabis space, I think, is gonna be good for humanity. Certainly much better than cigarettes, which might give you cancer. This other thing, even as a recreational item, might give you the munchies [the desire for salty, sweet or fatty carbohydrate-rich foods]. Let me see: I get the munchies or I might get cancer."

Simmons also disclosed that he had "10 million in stock" in the company and said that he was "glad to do it."

As part of his deal with Invictus, Simmons had agreed to appear at least 50 investor and industry presentations for the company over a five-year period.

Gene told the Vancouver Sun that he has been drawn into many of his diverse ventures, more often than not, because he established a personal connection, adding that he "liked" the company's former CEO, Dan Kriznic, the first time he met him.

"I may drive a truck, but open the hood and I call the mechanic because he can fix it," Simmons explained. "The most important view is the one from 30,000 feet because that is where you can take in the big picture. Whether it's religion, rock stars or politicians, you need to be able to tell the story and convince people that they need stuff they don't need. With what we're doing with Invictus MD … is something that I'm very bullish on because it's real."

Invictus is a global cannabis company with a focus on the Canadian cannabis space, offering a selection of products under a wide range of cannabinoid profiles that fit the demand of the company's medical clients and retail customers. The company's integrated sales approach is defined by five pillars of distribution including medical, adult-use, international, licensed producer to licensed producer and sales to provinces.

Richard Dreyfuss Is Roulette Records’ Morris Levy, Sebastian Maniscalco Is Giorgio Moroder In Neil Bogart ’70s Music Pic ‘Spinning Gold’

(8/2/19) Richard Dreyfuss has been set to play Roulette Records chief Morris Levy, and Sebastian Maniscalco is playing music visionary Giorgio Moroder in Spinning Gold, the film about ’70s Casablanca Records chief Neil Bogart that his son Timothy Scott Bogart is directing from the script he wrote. Bogart said he has also cast Winslow Fegley to play his father in his childhood years.

Bogart’s Boardwalk Entertainment has fully financed the picture with Jessica Martins’ Hero Entertainment. In a film that will feature some of the most iconic music of the 1970s, Jeremy Jordan plays Bogart and Michelle Monaghan plays his wife, Beth; Samuel L. Jackson plays Parliament leader George Clinton, Kenan Thompson is Motown’s Berry Gordy, Jason Isaacs is Al Bogart (the record producer’s father), Jason Derulo is Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers, Jay Pharoah is WBLS radio DJ Frankie Crocker, D.L. Hughley is Parliament’s Bootsy Collins, Jazmine Sullivan plays Gladys Knight, Steven Strait and X Ambassadors’ Sam Harris play KISS leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Neil Patrick Harris plays KISS co-manager Bill Aucoin, Peyton List plays Nancy Reingold, Caitlin Fitzgerald plays Joyce Biawitz (Bogart’s second wife and co-manager of KISS and Donna Summer), and Dan Fogler, SNL‘s Chris Redd, and James Wolk also have key roles.

The film is being produced by Laurence Mark, Bogart, Martins, and Alex Habrich. Harvey Mason Jr., Evan “Kidd” Bogart, Gary Randall and Wei Zheng are also in producing capacities.

Maniscalco, who has established himself as a top touring standup comedian, was last seen in Green Book and he will next be seen onscreen in The Irishman, the Martin Scorsese-directed drama that has its world premiere at the New York Film Festival. He’s repped by UTA and Levity Entertainment Group, and Dreyfuss is APA.

ACE FREHLEY, SEBASTIAN BACH And WARREN DEMARTINI To Perform With KINGS OF CHAOS At Washington County Fair

(7/24/19) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will perform with KINGS OF CHAOS on Friday, July 26 at the 2019 Washington County Fair in West Bend, Wisconsin. The supergroup's lineup will also include Sebastian Bach (original voice of SKID ROW), Gilby Clarke (GUNS N' ROSES), Warren DeMartini (RATT), James LoMenzo (WHITE LION, MEGADETH) and Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES).

Originally formed by Sorum in 2012 as ROCK 'N' ROLL ALL STARS, KINGS OF CHAOS features a core lineup of members as well as a rotating cast of guest musicians.

KINGS OF CHAOS has recorded just one song so far: a cover of DEEP PURPLE's "Never Before" for the 2012 tribute album "Re-Machined: A Tribute To Deep Purple's 'Machine Head'".

Back in 2014, Bach spoke about Frehley while commenting on KISS' induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and the announcement that the original four members of KISS would not perform at the ceremony.

"As a fan, I understand why people would want to see that," Bach told Ultimate Classic Rock. "But as a [now-51]-year old man that has worked with Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley, I understand why Gene Simmons doesn't work with Ace Frehley."

Bach added cryptically: "Ace has sides to him that maybe the fans don't see. That's all I can say." Sebastian concluded by saying, "I understand why Gene doesn't play with [Ace]."

Bach and Frehley worked together on the track "Know Where You Go" for drummer Anton Fig's solo album "Figments", which came out in 2002. At the time, Bach said that recording with Ace and Anton was "a dream come true and an honor."

ACE FREHLEY To Reunite With His Former FREHLEY'S COMET Bandmates At This Year's 'Kruise Fest'

(7/17/19) This October, sailing out of Miami, Florida, the ninth 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, nine-time kruisers Joe D'Angelo and Jay Jadofsky are teaming up with fellow kruisers Neil Davis and Bill Alward to present "Kruise Fest" a two-day music festival and rock and roll expo at the DoubleTree Hilton Convention Center in Miami, Florida.

The event takes place on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 with a lineup of Grammy winners and rock standouts. Opening the Monday show are fan favorites JADED PAST and "Kiss Kruise" alumni THE NO. 13'S. They are followed by an amazing performance by the KRUISE FEST ALL-STAR BAND. Anchored by Ace Frehley's touring musicians, the group will be joined by Grammy winners John Regan and Bob Kulick, and artists including Richie Scarlet and Tod Howarth, with more to be announced. Closing out the night will be Sebastian Bach performing a full set consisting of the first SKID ROW album in its entirety!

Tuesday will feature a non-make-up acoustic set by KISSTERIOUS, a tribute band from The Netherlands, followed by front man extraordinaire John Corabi (MÖTLEY CRÜE, RATT, THE DEAD DAISIES) performing poolside in what is sure to be a highlight of this two-day event. Hosting the pool party will be Steve Mitchell, "ChippenPaul Stanley" of the Las Vegas tribute SINCITY KISS. The evening set begins with KISS AMERICA (Florida's ultimate KISS tribute band!), followed by international recording act THUNDER MOTHER from Sweden, and RETURN OF THE COMET (featuring members of FREHLEY'S COMET). Tuesday's headliner will be none other than the Spaceman himself, Ace Frehley! Ace will be performing a full set with his band AND will jam two songs with RETURN OF THE COMET for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those in attendance.

Throughout both days, between-set tunes will be provided by Miami's own "Kiss Kruise" alum DJ Noiz, entertaining the crowd with favorite rock songs and mixes. Also on site will be an International KISS Exchange And Rock-n-Roll Expo featuring vendors selling KISS and rock memorabilia. Special Expo guests in attendance Tuesday will be Jake J and the Killjoys, former KISS security Big John Harte, KISS and DIO album designer Ken Kelly, and several KISS podcast representatives. Fans will have the chance to meet and interact with all special guests!

General Admission tickets are only $85 and admit you to all the shows in the concert hall on both days.

For tickets and hotel and event details, go to www.kruisefest.com.

ACE FREHLEY To Release 'Origins Vol. 2' In October

(7/4/19) (Video) Ace Frehley will release "Origins Vol. 2", the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist, in October via Entertainment One (eOne). The disc, which will feature guest appearances by Lita Ford (singing "Jumping Jack Flash") and CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander (singing HUMBLE PIE's "30 Days In The Hole"), is currently being mixed.

Asked in a brand new interview with Long Island, New York's News 12 if he still gets chills when he performs live for his fans, Ace said (see video below): "It feels great. It's great to be adored and worshipped. I mean, I'm used to it, but I still enjoy it. I just turned 68 in April, but I'm still having a great time. I'm actually having more fun now than I did in my 50s. I don't know what the reason is. Sobriety might have something to do with it. The fact that I'm in better shape. I'm a lot more creative now. I've done five albums [in the past decade]. And 'Origins Vol. 2' is done. It's just being mixed. That'll be out in October. So there's a lot of stuff going on."

Frehley recently told The Weekender that "Origins Vol. 2" will once again feature a LED ZEPPELIN tune, "Good Times Bad Times". "I'm really excited about 'Origins Vol. 2'," he said. "It's surpassed my expectations. I got Lita Ford singing 'Jumping Jack Flash', and she's amazing. She came to my home and I coached her for two days with vocals and she just [expletive] killed it. I also have Robin Zander singing '30 Days In The Hole' by HUMBLE PIE. I really wanted to do the HUMBLE PIE song, but I just couldn't cut it, vocally, because [Steve] Marriott's just too good of a goddamn singer. I just couldn't do justice to his vocals. But I remembered that I had bumped into Robin Zander years ago at a meet-and-greet and he had mentioned to me that he'd like to sing on one of my upcoming records, so I remembered that and gave him a call. And he killed it as well. He sounds like a young Marriott."

Ex-KISS Guitarist VINNIE VINCENT Announces 'Birthday Bash'

(6/27/19) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent is apparently planning to celebrate his 67th birthday at a private event for select fans in August in Nashville, Tennessee.

A poster announcing the birthday bash was posted on Vinnie's official web site, along with the following caption: "Vinnie Vincent's Birthday Bash August 10th, 2019 – Nashville, TN. Stay tuned for news and event details!"

A message purportedly from Vincent to his fans about the event was posted two weeks ago on Facebook. In the missive, the musician lamented the existence of "relentless Internet bullying mobs of hate-filled lunatics engaged in the systematic witch hunt to sabotage my brand name and reputation" and expressed his desire to "publicly enjoy this ride with the fans whether it's playing, recording or reconnecting with the fans." Vinnie went on to say that he was "planning some surprises" at the bash and promised that "it will be a blast."

The official announcement of Vinnie's birthday party comes just a month after the cancelation of his performance at the "Speedballjamm", which was scheduled to take place on June 7 at the S.I.R. Soundstage in Nashville.

Vincent's "Speedballjamm" appearance was being billed as an intimate event, with only 60 VIP tickets being made available at the cost of $300 per ticket. The performance was supposed to see Vincent backed by his handpicked musicians, Mike Weeks and Chuck White.

Earlier in the year, Vinnie called off his original comeback concerts. which were supposed to take place February 8 and February 9 in Nashville, due to a dispute with the promoter.

Robert Fleischman, a former member of JOURNEY and Vincent's post-KISS band VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, was supposed to sing for Vinnie but abruptly pulled out of the project in November, saying that he was unhappy about elements of the production.

Derek Christopher, the promoter of Vinnie's comeback concerts, said that he was "shocked" by Vincent's decision to scrap the shows two weeks before they were scheduled to take place.

Vincent's plan for his comeback has publicly changed several times. In the initial announcement, the show — which was originally slated to happen in November — was described as a true solo gig with Vinnie singing and playing songs from his career on acoustic guitar and telling stories about the old days.

Last summer, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons suggested in an interview that Vincent was "his own worst enemy" and expressed his doubt that Vinnie would successfully relaunch his career.

"There's something called the classic failure mechanism, which I was told by doctors and everything — I'm not saying he is one," Simmons said at the time when asked about Vincent's attempt to trademark the name "Vinnie Vincent's Kiss". "But there are people who simply cannot handle when things are starting to go their way — success — so they torpedo it by making stupid decisions to make sure they don't succeed, so they can deal with that."

Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — made several public appearances last year after spending the past two decades out of the public eye.

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.

ACE FREHLEY Says He Recently Spoke With PAUL STANLEY

(6/27/19) Ace Frehley says that he has had no contact with Gene Simmons since his social media outburst in which the ex-KISS guitarist called his former bandmate an "asshole and a sex addict."

Before KISS's "End Of The Road" tour launched in January, Frehley addressed some comments Simmons made about about a possible reunion of the band's original lineup, dismissing Gene's claim that Ace had been fired from KISS three times (he says he quit), alleging that Simmons groped Ace's wife, Rachel, during one of the bassist's "Vault Experience" events in Los Angeles and accusing Simmons and KISS frontman Paul Stanley of trying "to derail my solo career multiple times over the years." After the allegations, he included a threat: "Without a complete and heartfelt apology, an offer to give me my old job back and removing Tommy [Thayer] from the throne I created, the shit will hit the fan and they'll [sic] be no stopping it. It's on!!!" He concluded the post with an image of him pointing at a camera emblazoned with the words, "The gloves are off!!"

Asked in a new interview with Alan K. Stout of The Weekender in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania if he has had a chance to try and mend things with Simmons, Ace said: "I have had no contact with Gene, and Gene hasn't commented on Rachel's accusations. He hasn't said 'Yay' or 'Nay' or denied it, or apologized. It's just very unsettling and an unfortunate situation that that had to go down. I don't know the specifics, exactly, because I did not witness anything. In reality, talking hypothetically, if Rachel decided to sue Gene … in the court of law, I would have to have to say, if they put me on the stand, that I did not witness anything. It's a tough situation. And that's all I really have to say about it."

Frehley added that he has had some contact with Stanley, who wrote in his latest book, "Backstage Pass", that he is glad to have rekindled a friendship with Ace.

"I spoke with Paul last week," Frehley told The Weekender. "I just touched base. He didn't really want to talk about the feud between me and Gene. I heard he'd said some nice things [in the book], and I actually sent him a text thanking him for the kind words …. That's what prompted me to get a hold of him and thank him, and wish him luck on the European tour that they're on right now. I always try to keep the door open."

This past February, Simmons told the Los Angeles Times that he didn't want to go into detail about Ace's explosive remarks. "I'm not gonna say anything in print other than I love Ace and Peter [Criss, original KISS drummer] and I thank them forever — they're every bit as important as Paul and myself for launching the band," he said. "I'm not going to make any guesses of why the emotions are so volatile, but it's happened before."

Stanley — who guested on Frehley's 2016 album "Origins, Vol. 1" — told Billboard he was aware of Frehley's January 2019 comments but was "not sidetracked by anything. I have no comment about that."

Frehley recently has completed work on "Origins Vol. 2", the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist. The LP, which is tentatively due later this year, will feature guest appearances by Lita Ford (singing "Jumping Jack Flash") and CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander (singing HUMBLE PIE's "30 Days In The Hole").

’70s Record Exec Neil Bogart Film ‘Spinning Gold’ Set: Samuel L. Jackson Heads Cast & Channels Iconic ’70s Musical Acts From Donna Summer To KISS, Gladys Knight And The Village People

(6/20/19) In a Hollywood moment where Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman became hits fueled by the music of single acts, what better time to tell the long-gestating movie story of Neil Bogart, complete with the music of the iconic artists he discovered that include Donna Summer, KISS, Parliament, The Village People, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight, Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield, all of whom flourished in the ’70s on the Casablanca Records label?

Production will begin July 16 in Montreal on Spinning Gold, a film written and to be directed by Timothy Scott Bogart, son of the late musical idolmaker who died at age 39 of cancer and lymphoma.

Bogart’s Boardwalk Entertainment has fully financed the picture with Jessica Martins’ Hero Entertainment, and here is the cast: Samuel L. Jackson plays Parliament leader George Clinton (the Godfather of Funk), Kenan Thompson plays Motown’s Berry Gordy, Jason Isaacs plays Al Bogart (the record producer’s father), Jason Derulo plays Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers, Jay Pharoah plays WBLS radio DJ Frankie Crocker, D.L. Hughley plays Parliament’s Bootsy Collins, 11-time Grammy nominee Jazmine Sullivan plays Gladys Knight, Steven Strait and X Ambassadors’ Sam Harris play KISS leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Neil Patrick Harris plays KISS co-manager Bill Aucoin, and a top young singer is about to be set to play Donna Summer.

Playing Bogart will be Tony nominated Broadway actor Jeremy Jordan, with Michelle Monaghan set to play his wife, Beth. Dan Fogler, SNL‘s Chris Redd, and James Wolk also have key roles.

The film is being produced by Laurence Mark, whose musicals include The Greatest Showman and Dreamgirls, Bogart and Martins. Harvey Mason Jr., Evan “Kidd” Bogart, Gary Randall and Wei Zheng are also in producing capacities.

Bogart told Deadline that with the exception of a 3-month option to Sherry Lansing at Paramount in the 1990s, he has resisted numerous overtures for the rights to frame a drama around the life of his father, including one where a producer sent two different scripts and a huge check. Bogart didn’t read the scripts or cash the check, he said. While he and his brother rebuilt the Boardwalk brand his father started post-Casablanca into a successful business, and as he cut his teeth writing and producing TV and films, Bogart eventually came around to the feeling he was the one to tell his father’s story. His father had the reputation of a master promoter and showman who broke a swarm of acts that defined the ’70s disco era, but Bogart was also a man who would spend $4 to earn $3, and he didn’t leave much behind for his sons.

“My father was making $100 million a year, at the height of Casablanca, but he quote unquote forgot to pay his taxes and my inheritance amounted to three years at NYU, a Dodge Daytona and the rights to this story,” he said. “I was going to protect this with all I had.”

The film will recapture the highs and lows, the extravagant parties and decadence, as Bogart says he won’t sugarcoat the excesses of sex and drugs that were prevalent in the music business during his father’s heyday. But he also won’t judge the people depicted in that world. As he spoke to Deadline, Bogart was sitting among sets that recreated his father’s office and the home he grew up in. The director sees the movie in the style of films like Boogie Nights and All The Jazz.

“There were many parts to Neil Bogart, including gambling, womanizing, drugs, but for my father, they were his superpowers,” Bogart said. “If he wasn’t a gambler like his own father, he wouldn’t have been able to run to Vegas to come back and make payroll. He was a functioning Quaalude user who would operate under the influence in the office or at my little league games. But when Frankie Crocker scared the shit out of J Edgar hoover and every record exec turned his back on him after Frankie was arrested in the payola scandal, my father created a fake album to give him an advance that paid his legal fees. It would be wrong for me or the film to judge these people, though the audience certainly can.”

Said Bogart: “When I ask people who were around my father what it was like, they inevitably say a variation of the same thing. That is, ‘I don’t know how I survived it or if I would do it again, but I had the greatest fu*king time of my life.’ That is the compass of the movie, a story of an enormously tight knit group that made magic happen, who believed in their dreams and made them come true.”

The son, who at 49 said he is a teetotaler who has been monogamous and with the same woman he met at age 18, did get one quality from his father: a willingness to bet big, which he is doing by co-financing the under $30 million film.

There is a lot of goodwill among the Casablanca alums. KISS frontmen Simmons and Stanley will give the actors playing them something similar to when Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga sang their A Star Is Born songs unannounced at music festivals. KISS has invited their doppelgangers to be their opening act during an upcoming tour, so that the scenes can be filmed with a packed house.

Among the songs that Bogart has rights to that will be featured in the film — and its soundtrack — are Summers’ Last Dance and I Feel Love, Parliament’s We Want the Funk, the Isley’s Fight The Power and It’s Your Thing, Knight’s Midnight Train to Georgia, Bill Withers’ Lean On Me, Mayfield’s Freddie’s Dead and Superfly, Kiss’ Rock N’ Roll All Night, The Village People’s YMCA and In The Navy, Oh Happy Day by the Edwin Hawkins’ Singers, and numerous others.

“I’m self-financing, we put this together ourselves and only answer to ourselves,” Bogart said. “And after it’s done, I will take it to studios are are right now looking at the returns on Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman,'” he said. “These are great stories of artists finding themselves, set to an entire soundtrack of our lives.”

ICM Partners is repping worldwide distribution rights on the picture and the soundtrack is being released through Boardwalk Records.

Ex-KISS Guitarist BRUCE KULICK Aligns With W.A.S.P.'s DOUGLAS BLAIR To Conjure Victims Of Salem Witch Trials

(6/11/19) On June 10, "Dreams In The Witch House: Sanitarium" was released and offered as a free download for the first 200 people. The track features former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, W.A.S.P. lead guitarist Douglas Blair and 1980s horror icon Courtney Gains ("Children Of The Corn", "The Burbs", "Tales From The Crypt") on lead vocals.

Produced by Chris Laney of Danish metal band PRETTY MAIDS and executive producer Mike Dalager, the release date commemorates the anniversary of Bridget Bishop's hanging during the Salem Witch Trails of 1692. Bridget was the first person condemned to hang by the court. Twenty others were executed.

"Sanitarium" is a predominantly acoustic version of the title track from 2013's "Dreams In The Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera", an adaptation of HP Lovecraft's horror story from 1932. In a recent interview, Gains noted: "To do the title track is pretty exciting… and then now it's starting to evolve into this whole thing where Bruce Kulick is playing lead guitar on it, Doug Blair is playing guitar on it. Every time I hear a new version my head explodes and it's just getting bigger and bigger and I'm really excited where this thing is going."

On September 22, an enhanced ensemble version of "Sanitarium" will be released, titled "Dreams In The Witch House: Penitentiary". With an added verse and a heavier dynamic, the track adds actor John Franklin ("Children Of The Corn", "Childs Play", "The Adams Family") on vocals, along with cello virtuoso Tina Guo, and Hans Zimmer protégé Jon Monroe as orchestrator. The September release of "Penitentiary" will commemorate the anniversary of Martha Corey's hanging, the final execution of the Salem Witch Trails.

A free download of "Dreams In The Witch House: Sanitarium" is available at this location.

PAUL STANLEY On The End Of KISS's 'End Of The Road' Tour: 'We Have A Final Date Pretty Much Planned'

(6/1/19) KISS vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley recently spoke with Shawn Quinn of the Daytona Beach, Florida radio station 95.7 The Hog. The full conversation can be streamed here.

KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park actor Carmine Caridi dead at 85

(5/29/19) Carmine Caridi, the actor best known for portraying Carmine Rosato in “The Godfather: Part II,” has died. He was 85.

Caridi died on Tuesday, his reps confirmed to Variety. He had been in a coma at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. TMZ first reported the news.

His Carmine Rosato character in “The Godfather: Part II” played a key role in the territorial feud with Frank Pentangeli, played by Michael V. Gazzo. Studio executive Robert Evans said in his 1994 memoir “The Kid Stays in the Picture” that Caridi was director Francis Ford Coppola’s first choice for the role of Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather.” However, Evans, he said in the book, thought Caridi was too tall for the role, which instead went to James Caan.

The veteran actor also appeared in “The Godfather: Part III” as a different character, Albert Volpe, an investor in Michael Corleone’s casinos who is killed in an attack at a hotel in Atlantic City. He also starred in TV shows including “Phyllis,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Taxi,” “NYPD Blue” as Detective Vince Gotelli and “Fame” as Angelo Martelli.

In 2004, Caridi became the first person to be expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was ousted for circulating screeners of movies vying for Oscar attention. Caridi and Russell Sprague were also sued by Sony and Time Warner on civil charges of copyright infringement. Caridi was cleared of wrongdoing.

Ace Frehley Shares Animated “Mission to Mars” Video

(5/29/19) (Video) Ace Frehley has shared the music video for "Mission to Mars," animated by artist Christopher Fequiere.

“Mission to Mars” comes off Frehley’s recent album, Spaceman.

Regarding the writing process behind Spaceman, Frehley told Guitar World, “One of the things that started the creative process happening this time was actually when Gene [Simmons] came down to my house and we wrote the two songs for the album. One of them, ‘Without You I’m Nothing,’ opens the record. And the other is the song ‘Your Wish Is My Command.’ ”

As for how former band mates hooked up, Frehley recalled, “I called him up and said, ‘You wanna write a couple of songs with me?’ And he said, ‘Sure.’ Everybody thinks there’s this mysterious thing you gotta do to get two Kiss guys together, you know? But we all have the other’s cell phone numbers and we just call each other! The same thing happened when I asked Paul [Stanley] to do the video and sing ‘Fire and Water’ on [2016’s] Origins, Vol. 1. It just happened. It was, ‘Yeah, I’d love to do it!’ Okay, great. Let’s do it.”

Regarding the gear he used on Spaceman, Frehley said:

“I’ll usually record the basic track with a Les Paul — I’ve been using a lot of the ’59 reissues that Gibson gave me. The aged ones sound great — just like an original ’59. And then I double that with a Strat or a Tele. And a lot of the songs have an acoustic on the track as well. They’re just buried down in the mix.”

He continued, “I use different heads — Marshalls, Fenders — and different mic configurations. And I always put a [Shure SM]57 in front of the speaker and then I’ll blend in a second mic. Actually, Blue Microphones makes an inexpensive condenser mic that’s orange [the Blue Spark], and I blended that with the 57. I used that configuration a lot on the record.”

Frehley is currently out on a short U.S. tour.

Oklahoma's KATT Rock 100.5 radio station interview with Ace Frehley

(5/29/19) (Listen) Oklahoma's KATT Rock 100.5 radio station interview with Ace Frehley

The Monsters Interview Paul Stanley of KISS

(5/23/19) (Video) Paul Stanley calls in. He has kind of a bad connection unfortunately, but it was a gas to talk to him!

Vinnie Vincent Reportedly Cancels June Comeback Show

(5/20/19) It appears that Vinnie Vincent has canceled yet another comeback show.

The page selling tickets for the former Kiss guitarist's June 7 Speedball Jamm concert at S.I.R. Studios in Nashville has been removed from Vincent's website.

A representative for S.I.R. confirmed to UCR that the show won't be happening at the venue, explaining that it had been pulled from the schedule this morning and that its only involvement with the event was to rent the space to Vincent. (There's no word on whether or not the show will be rescheduled at another venue.)

After nearly two decades out of the public eye, Vincent answered fan questions and signed autographs at the January 2018 Atlanta Kiss Expo. Five months later, he announced what would have been his first shows in more than 30 years, which were later postponed from their originally scheduled date of December 2018 to February 2019.

Those were eventually canceled amid a cloud of finger-pointing among Vincent, the promoter and the musicians who were set to play with him at those concerts.

In April 2018, Vincent joined former Kiss bandmate Gene Simmons onstage at an event promoting Simmons' Vault box set, and in October he joined the band Four by Fate on rhythm guitar for performances of three Kiss songs.

Last month, Vincent announced the June Speedball Jamm show, which, as he explained on the Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon podcast, would be an "informal, onstage-look at each other, and everybody just join in [and] follow where I'm going and let's play our asses off and have fun. It'll probably be about an hour or so of guitar. Vinnie guitar."

Vincent also had a message for anybody who doubted the show would take place. "I hear, ya know, you've got the typical bashers out there [saying], 'Vinnie's not gonna show up,'" he told Lafon. "Well that's complete bullshit. So go fuck yourself, you fucking morons. How dare you say such a fucking thing like that! This is happening."

Gene Simmons visits White House and Pentagon, tells story of mother surviving Holocaust

(5/17/19) Gene Simmons, of the rock band KISS, made a surprise visit today to the White House and Pentagon.

The 69-year-old rocker stopped by a veterans event at the Pentagon, and then he went to the White House. It is unclear whether he met with President Donald Trump. The White House did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.

McClatchy journalist Tara Copp reported that Simmons gave an emotional speech to a room full of service members, recounting how his mother survived Nazi concentration camps before moving to Israel to give birth to him, before coming to America.

In video from McClatchy, Simmons is seen discussing his mother's Holocaust survival story. "I'm a proud son of a concentration camp survivor, Nazi Germany. My mother was 14 when she was in the camps. I'm measuring my words because I'm about to break up again."

He went on to discuss how his mother would cry when she saw the American flag and his gratittude for coming to America.

"As an 8 year old boy, I didn't understand why. But from my mother's point of view, we were finally safe," Simmons continued. "I may have been born in the country that people have referred to throughout history as the promised land, but take my word for it, America is the promised land for everybody."

Instead of a more “rock on”-type vibe, Simmons choked back tears as he told the room how his mother was 14 when she was put in a Nazi concentration camp, survived, gave birth to him in Israel and came to America.

— Tara Copp (@TaraCopp) May 16, 2019

He thanked the audience for their service.

Simmons is a former contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice and has spoken favorably of Trump.

In an interview with Loudwire in October 2017, Simmons said that Trump had invited him to come to the White House "once or twice," but he hadn't had the time to go.

“I do have a piece of advice for everybody — stop picking on each other and arguing with each other. It’s just politics … Stop fighting amongst each other, because we’re supposed to be one country," he said at the time.

Watch: Gene Simmons from KISS, and his long hair, experience a Trump helicopter departure at the White House pic.twitter.com/Rda1aXmwm1

— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) May 16, 2019

Kiss Earns $50 Million (So Far) on The End of the Road World Tour

(5/16/19) (billboard.com) After 43 shows throughout the U.S. and Canada, Kiss wrapped the first leg of the End of the Road World Tour on April 13 in Birmingham, Ala. The final seven reports of the farewell run impact the Hot Tours recap dated May 18, 2019, with combined grosses of $10 million, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

In total, the band’s North American leg grossed $58.7 million and sold 518,395 tickets. They have been remarkably consistent since launching on Jan. 31 at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. All but five dates have grossed at least $1 million and all but seven sold at least 10,000 tickets. The tour’s biggest showing was at New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 27, where they grossed $1.947 million and sold 13,359 tickets. The same venue still holds the record for the band’s highest-grossing engagement ever, when they earned $3.3 million over four shows from July 25-28, 1996 during the Alive/Worldwide Tour (this was the band’s first tour since 1979’s Dynasty Tour with original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley).

Of course, this isn’t the first time Kiss has said goodbye. Almost 20 years ago, the Kiss Farewell Tour ran from March 11, 2000, through April 13, 2001. That trek had reported grosses of $55.6 million, already outperformed by their 2019 tour despite being another two decades removed from their last Billboard Hot 100 entry (“Rise to It,” No. 81, June 30, 1990).

Their 2019 grosses lift Kiss’ career total past the $300 million mark. Their entire headline touring ($297.4 million) plus co-headline runs with Aerosmith, Motley Crue and Def Leppard total to $333.2 million and 6.3 million tickets sold.

While Kiss has toured less frequently as time has gone on, their earnings have continued to grow. Throughout the 1990s, the glam superstars grossed $77.4 million and sold 2.05 million tickets across 255 shows. From 2000-2009, they sold 2.02 million tickets from 198 shows, but saw a 30% increase in their grosses, pulling in $100.7 million. And in the 2010s, they grew another 9% to $109.3 million, while playing 135 shows and selling 1.15 million tickets.

Kiss will continue along the End of the Road World Tour throughout 2019, with 26 dates in Europe, an additional 26 in North America, and eight final shows in Australia and New Zealand.

PAUL STANLEY's 'Backstage Pass' Book Sells More Than 11,000 Copies In First Week

(5/12/19) KISS frontman Paul Stanley's second book, "Backstage Pass", sold more than 11,000 copies in its first week of release. The title arrived on April 30, 2019 via HarperOne, HarperCollins's San Francisco-based unit that specializes in publishing books in religion, spirituality, and personal growth.

Earlier today, Stanley tweeted: "TEN THOUSAND hardcovers, over FIVE HUNDRED ebooks and SEVEN HUNDRED audiobooks of BACKSTAGE PASS sold the first week. THANK YOU and if you don’t already have it, pick it up. I wrote it for you."

Stanley told Philadelphia's WTXF that the follow-up to his 2014 autobiography, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", "is almost, in a sense, a companion to the first [book], and maybe what it goes into more is how I accomplished what I've accomplished and what my approach is," he said. "I'm certainly not preaching to people and telling people, 'Do this,' but I think people can get some insight into what's possible for them by seeing what I've done. I don't think we accomplish much by telling people, 'If I were you, I would do…' Because when you do that, first of all, well, you're not me — you've never lived a moment in my shoes — so [it's] much more important that you figure out for yourself. But I think we can all learn something from what other people do. So what I've tried to do in the book is express my point of view and how I got from point A all the way to point Z."

Official "Backstage Pass" book overview: "The New York Times bestselling author and legendary frontman and rhythm guitarist of KISS offers grants fans an all-access backstage pass to his personal life, and shows them how to pursue a royal rock 'n' roll lifestyle of their own, offering hard-won advice and rules to live by from a rock 'n' roll legend.

"In this follow-up to his popular bestseller 'Face The Music', the Starchild takes us deeper into his personal life and his home today, life on and off the stage, revealing what he eats, drinks, and does with his friends and family, [what] he's learned from a lifetime at the frontman of the iconic band KISS, and how he brings his unique sensibility not only to his superstar music career but to every area of his life — from the business to parenting to health and happiness. kitchen and the bar to the gym and the office.

"Showcasing his unique lifestyle, 'Backstage Pass' is a rare look at the man beneath the modern rock god persona. Paul shares fascinating details about his life — his fitness routine, philosophy, business principles, how he finds inspiration, passion, and joy after nearly 50 years filling arenas and selling out shows, and even his favorite meals, and includes recipes from friends such as Anthony Bourdain, Rocco DiSpirito, Mario Batali, and other star chefs.

"'Backstage Pass' divulges more true stories of the rock legend's relationships, hardships, and wild nights, contains intimate four-color, never-before-seen photos from Paul's personal collection, and offers surprising lessons on the discipline and hard work that have made him one of the healthiest and most successful rock 'n' roll frontmen in history — and a model superstar for the modern age.

"This is the book for fans who love living large, but also want to kick ass at everyday life. From doing shots at the bar to enjoying a glass of red on the patio, Paul shows you how you can rock 'n' roll all night and party every day — without missing a beat or looking like you do."

Released in April 2014, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed" debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times' Best Sellers list for Print Hardcover Non-Fiction. On top of that, "Face The Music" debuted on the Times' Combined Print and E-Book best seller list and E-Book best sellers list at No. 3 and No. 13, respectively.

In the "Face The Music", Stanley talked frankly about his early struggles with hearing — he was born with Level 3 Microtia and is deaf in his right ear. Microtia is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear that can affect normal hearing.

KISS frontman Paul Stanley's interview with Yahoo! Finance

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PAUL STANLEY To Sign Copies Of 'Backstage Pass' Book In New Jersey And California

(4/27/19) KISS frontman Paul Stanley will sign copes of his second book, "Backstage Pass", on Monday, April 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey and on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble (189 The Grove Dr.) in Los Angeles, California.

"Backstage Pass" will be released on April 30, 2019 via HarperOne, HarperCollins's San Francisco-based unit that specializes in publishing books in religion, spirituality, and personal growth.

GENE SIMMONS's Sexual Battery Accuser Wants To Drop Lawsuit

(4/26/19) According to The Blast, the woman who accused Gene Simmons of groping her during the opening of his family restaurant chain wants the case dismissed.

The woman — who sued the KISS bassist/vocalist under the name Jane Doe — filed a request for dismissal Wednesday in Los Angeles. The case was originally filed in December of last year, and the woman claims she was working at a dishwasher at Gene's restaurant, Rock & Brews, back in 2016 during the launch party.

The request is asking for the case to be dismissed with prejudice, which means it's over and done with. The documents don't say if a settlement was reached, but a request for a dismissal from the plaintiff is indicative that something was worked out between the two parties.

Once a judge signs off on the request for dismissal, the case will be completely finished.

The woman said she was working as a dishwasher at the Highland, California location of Rock & Brews restaurant chain in 2016. According to the lawsuit, which can be found below, Gene was visiting the restaurant, and Gene's manager and the woman's co-workers encouraged her to take a photo with the KISS star. The woman claimed Gene's manager encouraged her to move closer, and when she did, Gene allegedly "reached over and forcefully placed his hand on her vagina completely covering it." The woman said she tried to stop Gene, and once the photo was taken, she showed it to co-workers. The woman accused Gene of acting in a "sexually charged" manner to other women during the visit, touching their hand and encouraging them to unbutton their shirts.

Jane Doe also named Rock & Brews as a defendant, claiming the company was negligent because it "had advanced knowledge" that Simmons "would engage in unlawful conduct based on previous complaints and lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct." Simmons co-founded the company in 2012.

Simmons settled a separate lawsuit for sexual assault last year after a reporter accused him of groping her, once again at the opening of a Rock & Brews eatery. In that case, the woman claimed he made "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" during a radio interview, including touching her buttocks after posing for a photo. The alleged incident also took place at the Highland, California Rock & Brews location. Simmons settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount in July 2018. Simmons was previously sued for sexual assault in 2010 by a makeup artist who claimed he humped her while she was working at an ESPN broadcasting studio.

Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon: Vinnie Vincent

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Trailer: Paul Stanley on The Big Interview with Dan Rather

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VINNIE VINCENT Announces 'Speedballjamm' Nashville Performance

(4/12/19) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has announced that he will perform at the "Speedballjamm" on Friday, June 7 at the S.I.R. Soundstage in Nashville, Tennessee.

Only 60 VIP tickets are available for the event, which will see Vincent backed by his handpicked musicians, Mike Weeks and Chuck White.

Each $300.00 VIP ticket will include the exclusive Vinnie Vincent "Speedballjamm" performance, a Vinnie Vincent meet-and-greet on Saturday, June 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the same S.I.R. soundstage (one autographed item; no guitars, parts, accessories or musical instruments, parts or accessories).

Guitars, parts, and musical instruments will each be autographed for an additional $500.

S.I.R. NASHVILLE
1101 Cherry Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Tickets for this event are only available via PayPal through VinnieVincent.com and will not be sold at the door.

Your PayPal receipt will act as your ticket to be admitted and will be matched to your name on list at the door.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7.

Earlier in the year, Vinnie canceled his original comeback concerts. which were supposed to take place February 8 and February 9 in Nashville, due to a dispute with the promoter.

Robert Fleischman, a former member of JOURNEY and Vincent's post-KISS band VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, was supposed to sing for Vinnie but abruptly pulled out of the project in November, saying that he was unhappy about elements of the production.

Derek Christopher, the promoter of Vinnie's comeback concerts, said that he was "shocked" by Vincent's decision to scrap the shows two weeks before they were scheduled to take place.

Vincent's plan for his comeback has publicly changed several times. In the initial announcement, the show — which was originally slated to happen in November — was described as a true solo gig with Vinnie singing and playing songs from his career on acoustic guitar and telling stories about the old days.

Last summer, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons suggested in an interview that Vincent was "his own worst enemy" and expressed his doubt that Vinnie would successfully relaunch his career.

"There's something called the classic failure mechanism, which I was told by doctors and everything — I'm not saying he is one," Simmons said at the time when asked about Vincent's attempt to trademark the name "Vinnie Vincent's Kiss". "But there are people who simply cannot handle when things are starting to go their way — success — so they torpedo it by making stupid decisions to make sure they don't succeed, so they can deal with that."

Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — made several public appearances last year after spending the past two decades out of the public eye.

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.

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Danko Jones Talks KISS

(4/7/19) Danko Jones — the singer/guitarist of the Canadian hard rock trio of the same name — recently appeared on the "Cobras & Fire" podcast and talked KISS.

On the influence of KISS: Danko: "I did join the Kiss Army when I was six. I got KISS 'Alive!' – that was my first rock album. I guess that would be a big deal, especially when KISS wrote me back. That was actually the biggest thing. Once they wrote me back, I kind of became a fan for life, so to speak... I am a fan, but my fandom isn't blind. There's people who will buy everything. Maybe 10 years ago, or even further back, I would have bought stuff that I could [have], anything, but [now], I don't need it. Once I got the 'Kisstory' books, I'm done. That's all I need, really. I don't need anything else. What else is there after that? Especially 'Kisstory I'. Nobody needs 'Kisstory II'. It's pretty garbage, but just having those two things, I don't need anything else. Plus, I honestly feel [that] with Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer], they're cool and very capable musicians, but if they're to join KISS, they have to have their own makeup. That's a big thing to me. When Eric [Carr] joined and when Vinnie [Vincent] joined, they had their own makeup, and it made sense to me. I accepted them easily, but you can't wear Ace's makeup. That's Ace Frehley's makeup. They set the precedent when they made Eric 'The Fox'. I'm not going by my own rules. These are the rules they set. That's just how I feel. I'm not into it, man. The new music is cool, and they can do whatever they want — it's their band — but I don't have to be, like, a huge booster like I was growing up, and like I am up until about, I don't know, 'Lick It Up' [and] 'Asylum'. That's where I pretty much say, 'Bye.' I like 'Revenge', but that's about it."

Former East Coast home of KISS drummer Peter Criss looks to snare a buyer

(4/5/19) In Connecticut, this Normandy-style home on a quiet cul-de-sac has rock ‘n’ roll in its roots. It once belonged to KISS drummer Peter Criss, and it’s on the market for $1.875 million.

The idyllic estate spans four acres in a storybook setting. An arched wooden bridge tops a stone-lined creek out front, which feeds into a pond.

Inside, the living spaces combine brick, stone and wood throughout 3,735 square feet. Past the formal entry hall, there’s a living room under dramatic vaulted ceilings, a dining room with a corner fireplace, an office, a wood-paneled pub and a country kitchen with a rustic vibe.

Four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms fill out the rest of the floor plan, including a master suite with a fireplace, sitting area and balcony. Elsewhere on the second story, a wraparound terrace takes in views of the property, which boasts a patio and bocce court.

Across the grounds, there’s a 650-square-foot cottage with a kitchen and lofted bed space.

Tuck Keating of Douglas Elliman holds the listing.

Criss, 73, co-founded KISS in the early ’70s with Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley. He recorded eight albums with the rock band and was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame five years ago.

PAUL STANLEY: Why 'Rock And Roll All Nite' Will Be Last Song KISS Performs At Final Concert

(3/31/19) Brand new interview with Australia's "Sunday Night": Video.

Rock N Wrestling Postcast Episode 66 w/ Bruce Kulick

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STEVE PERRY, PAUL STANLEY, FOREIGNER Among Guests On Seventh Season Of DAN RATHER's 'The Big Interview'

(3/12/19) AXS TV has announced that the popular celebrity sit-down series "The Big Interview" has been given the greenlight for a seventh season, premiering in a new timeslot on Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET. The upcoming season, hosted by veteran TV journalist and host Dan Rather, will feature 10 all-new episodes with some of entertainment's most influential artists in its first cycle of shows this season.

Season seven puts the spotlight on a roster of superstars from across the entertainment spectrum who join with Rather each week to candidly discuss their lives, legacies, and incredible careers. The season kicks off with a rare sit-down with rock superstar — and former JOURNEY singer— Steve Perry, who talks about his decision to leave the band at the peak of their success, a decision that was brought on by the overwhelming feeling that the passion for music had left him in the first-look clip below. He explains, "I could not find the honest passion for singing… and then, I think, my voice was also suffering." Perry continues, "Eventually, the feeling just got very clear to me that I need to just stop." Also during the interview, Perry reflects on growing up as a child of divorce and the impact it had on him, examines the highs and lows of fame, and opens up about his personal life offstage.

The new season also includes conversations with beloved KISS frontman Paul Stanley; pop pioneer Cyndi Lauper; FOREIGNER members Mick Jones and Lou Gramm; Kevin Cronin, Neal Doughty, Bruce Hall, Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt of REO SPEEDWAGON; Oscar-winning actor, writer, director, and musician Billy Bob Thornton; comedic genius Carl Reiner and acclaimed filmmaker Rob Reiner; iconic country star Travis Tritt; celebrated singer, songwriter, and guitarist Boz Scaggs; and multi-talented musician, television personality, and radio host Paul Shaffer, among others.

"I'm incredibly proud to see 'The Big Interview' returning for season seven," Rather said. "It has been my honor to sit down with these entertainment trailblazers every week, as they welcome me — and viewers across the world — into their personal lives. Hitting our 100th episode last season was truly a landmark moment, but it was only the beginning. I look forward to what the future has in store as we continue to build upon that success."

"'The Big Interview' has strongly resonated with our viewers, and Dan Rather is a major reason for that," said Evan Haiman, vice president of music programming and production at AXS TV. "He has a unique ability to get larger-than-life figures to open up in a deeply personal way, showing viewers a side of these icons that they don't usually get to see. Season seven continues that proud legacy, offering up even more of the legendary guests and in-depth discussions that have come to define the series throughout the years."

Broadcast Schedule* (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET)

April 16 - Steve Perry (JOURNEY)
April 23 - Paul Stanley (KISS)
April 30 - Cyndi Lauper
May 7 - FOREIGNER (Mick Jones and Lou Gramm)
May 14 - REO SPEEDWAGON (Kevin Cronin, Neal Doughty, Bruce Hall, Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt)
May 21 - Billy Bob Thornton
May 28 - Carl and Rob Reiner
June 4 - Travis Tritt
June 11 - Boz Scaggs
June 18 - Paul Shaffer
* subject to change

KISS And EMOJI Company Join Forces For Unique Collaboration

(2/14/19) The world's most merchandisable rock band has joined forces with the globally recognized emoji brand to develop and launch a one-of-a-kind collaboration, KISS x emoji. The announcement was made today by Epic Rights, the global licensing agent for KISS, and the emoji company.

For 45 years, the hottest band in the world, KISS, has been beloved around the globe. The emoji brand, one of the most influential lifestyle brands in the world, is loved by all ages. The two brands are coming together to bring a fun, playful and expressive global licensing program to life.

Cleverly combining their strengths, the power of music and the magic of icons, the KISS x emoji brand collaboration has a dedicated brand guide including hundreds of unique icons available for licensing across categories such as apparel, accessories, footwear, electronics, figures and collectibles, drinkware, fan merch, home goods, stationery, and more. The mix of co-branded products will appeal to fans of all ages.

Epic Rights and the emoji company have appointed the following licensing agents around the world to represent the unique KISS x emoji program.

* Celebrities Entertainment – Germany, Austria, Switzerland
* CPLG - France
* Exim – Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay
* JM Brands – Benelux
* Lotus Global Market – Brazil
* Merchantwise – Australia, New Zealand
* Retail Monster – United States
* Segal - Canada
* Tycoon - Mexico

Lisa Streff, EVP of Epic Rights, stated: "More than 6 billion digital icons are used on a daily basis. There is simply no better way to express emotions or to convey a message than by saying it with icons. We are thrilled now to offer KISS x emoji to the millions of KISS fans around the world."

Marco Huesges, CEO of the emoji company, added: "The emoji brand truly is one of the most powerful and communicative global lifestyle brands, moving and influencing people all of the world, in the same way that KISS has for 45 years. This partnership is the perfect symbiosis of two global power brands."

KISS's farewell tour, "End Of The Road", commenced January 31 and is expected to run through 2020.

Dan Neer KISS interview

(2/12/19) Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer recently sat down with national radio personality Dan Neer to discuss this massive undertaking.

You can now listen to the one-hour "All Access" special, which contains such KISS classics as "Rock And Roll All Nite", "Detroit Rock City", "Deuce" and many others, using the SoundCloud link below. (Listen)

CARMINE APPICE Says VINNIE VINCENT 'Looked Like He Was Scared' When He Played At Pre-'Kiss Kruise' Party

(2/2/19) Legendary drummer Carmine Appice spoke to WSOU about the recent cancelation of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent's comeback concerts. The shows, which were supposed to take place February 8 and February 9 in Nashville, were set to feature Vincent alongside Appice and bassist Tony Franklin (DAVID GILMOUR, JIMMY PAGE, THE FIRM).

"Something happened between Vinnie and the promoter," Carmine said. "I know there was something going on. I talked to Vinnie a few times, and him and the promoter were not seeing eye to eye on a lot of stuff. But I always thought that if Vinnie messed this up, or whoever messed it up, I don't know if there'll be another chance. 'Cause this is his comeback. He already canceled it once [before]. And if gets canceled again, nobody's gonna care anymore. [They'll say] 'I'm not gonna go even buy a ticket. He's not gonna show up. Or something's gonna happen.' But I was looking forward to it, because me and Tony Franklin — I love playing with Tony, and we were gonna play the Vinnie KISS songs, which would have been fun."

According to Carmine, he was a bit concerned about Vincent's ability to put on a good show after watching a video of the guitarist playing three KISS songs with FOUR BY FATE last October at the pre-Kiss Kruise party in Miami, Florida.

"Vinnie played with me in a band before he was in KISS called CARMINE AND THE ROCKERS, and I know he's a great player and a great writer and a good singer and he's a good stage performer," Carmine said. "But after I saw that [footage]... Vinnie's always been like a showoff kind of guy, and he just stood there. He looked like he was scared to me. I asked him: 'Can you still play? You've been out 30 years.' He goes, 'Yeah. I've been playing in my house. Yeah, of course, I can still play.' I said, 'Okay. I believe you.' But I don't know what happened. All this other crazy stuff was going on with singers and this and that, and the promoter. It's too bad, 'cause it would have been fun."

Robert Fleischman, a former member of JOURNEY and Vincent's post-KISS band VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, was supposed to sing for Vinnie but abruptly pulled out of the project in November, saying that he was unhappy about elements of the production.

Derek Christopher, the promoter of Vinnie's comeback concerts, said that he was "shocked" by Vincent's decision to scrap the shows two weeks before they were scheduled to take place.

Vincent's plan for his comeback has publicly changed several times. In the initial announcement, the show — which was originally slated to happen in November — was described as a true solo gig with Vinnie singing and playing songs from his career on acoustic guitar and telling stories about the old days.

Last summer, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons suggested in an interview that Vincent was "his own worst enemy" and expressed his doubt that Vinnie would successfully relaunch his career.

"There's something called the classic failure mechanism, which I was told by doctors and everything — I'm not saying he is one," Simmons said at the time when asked about Vincent's attempt to trademark the name "Vinnie Vincent's Kiss". "But there are people who simply cannot handle when things are starting to go their way — success — so they torpedo it by making stupid decisions to make sure they don't succeed, so they can deal with that."

Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — made several public appearances last year after spending the past two decades out of the public eye.

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.

KISS's Guest Appearance On 'The Price Is Right' 2/4/19

(2/2/19) Legendary rockers KISS will appear on "The Price Is Right" on Monday, February 4.

In honor of the 2019 Grammy Awards, airing Sunday, February 9 on CBS, "The Price Is Right" is hosting a week of shows celebrating music. Each day, the show will be themed for a different genre, starting Monday with KISS and rock and roll. The iconic band will model a special prize package featuring their farewell tour and present a musical showcase.

"The Price Is Right" airs weekdays on CBS. Check your local listings for more details.

VINNIE VINCENT Cancels Comeback Concerts

(1/29/19) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has canceled his previously announced comeback shows.

Derek Christopher, the promoter of the event, says that Vincent "has sent a notification letter that he will not be performing the concerts scheduled for February 8th and 9th, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee."

Christopher adds: "While we cannot discuss the terms of the contract due to a confidentiality clause within the contract, we are shocked at this development, and it is, unfortunately, beyond our control. The matter has been turned over to our attorney. As they say, it's 'now in the hands of the lawyers.' In the meantime, every ticket and meet-and-greet order will be automatically refunded in full.

"We want to thank everyone who worked so diligently and tried so hard to make these shows happen. A lot of really good people were involved and tried to make these shows a reality for the fans."

Vincent's plan for his comeback has publicly changed several times. In the initial announcement, the show — which was originally slated to happen in November — was described as a true solo gig with Vinnie singing and playing songs from his career on acoustic guitar and telling stories about the old days.

Vincent had tapped drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, ROD STEWART, JEFF BECK, BLUE MURDER) and bassist Tony Franklin (DAVID GILMOUR, JIMMY PAGE, THE FIRM) to join him at the Nashville concerts.

Robert Fleischman, a former member of JOURNEY and Vincent's post-KISS band VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, was supposed to sing for Vinnie but abruptly pulled out of the project in November, saying that he was unhappy about elements of the production.

Last summer, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons suggested in an interview that Vincent was "his own worst enemy" and expressed his doubt that Vinnie would successfully relaunch his career.

"There's something called the classic failure mechanism, which I was told by doctors and everything — I'm not saying he is one," Simmons said at the time when asked about Vincent's attempt to trademark the name "Vinnie Vincent's Kiss". "But there are people who simply cannot handle when things are starting to go their way — success — so they torpedo it by making stupid decisions to make sure they don't succeed, so they can deal with that."

Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — made several public appearances last year after spending the past two decades out of the public eye.

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.

ACE FREHLEY Blasts GENE SIMMONS And PAUL STANLEY For Reunion Comments: 'Now The Gloves Are Off'

(1/29/19) Ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has slammed his former bandmates Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons over their comments regarding a possible reunion of the band's original lineip.

Simmons and Stanley told Guitar World magazine in a new interview that while KISS's former members were welcome to take part in the band's "End Of The Road" farewell tour, they can only do so in a guesting capacity.

"Ace and Peter [Criss, drums] have gotten three chances," Simmons said. "They were in and out of the band — fired — three times. For drugs, alcohol, bad behavior, being unprofessional … they weren't carrying their load. ... So the short answer to your question is we'd love to have Ace and Peter join us here and there. And if they don't, it's not going to be because of us. But they're never going to be in KISS again."

He added: "Three times is the charm; 'I promise I'll pull out' doesn't work. It's the boy who cried wolf: 'Oh, I've been straight for a million years.' Terrific! Have a good life! ... Would we welcome Ace or Peter to jump up onstage for a song or two? Of course. Could we depend on either Ace or Peter to do a full set night after night? Not on your fucking life."

Stanley said that "it's really not up to" him whether former KISS members join the band onstage for a guest appearance on the upcoming tour. "But I'll say that this is a celebration of this band and its accomplishments and its history," he said. "So anybody who was shortsighted enough to think this should be a reunion is missing the point. That being said, I would love to see everybody at one point or another be onstage. And if that doesn't happen, it's their choice, not mine."

After Simmons's and Stanley's comments were first reported earlier today, Frehley took to his Facebook page to issue a fiery response, accusing Simmons of being "an asshole and a sex addict" who allegedly "groped" Ace's wife and "propositioned her" a year ago.

Ace's full post reads as follows:

"Gene, your memory is really incorrect!… I was NEVER FIRED from KISS, I quit twice (not 3 times) of my own free will, because you and Paul are control freaks, untrustworthy and were too difficult to work with!

"Your slanderous remarks about my bad habits over the years has cost me millions of dollars and now that I'm over 12 years sober, you're still saying I can't be trusted to play a whole nights show! Well, that's exactly what I've been doing for the last 12-years with different configurations of 'The Ace Frehley Band' to you and Paul's dismay!

"I'm also the most successful solo artist to come out of the original KISS lineup, and proud of it!… You and Paul have tried to derail my solo career multiple times over the years unsuccessfully.

"I've tried to be nice and friendly by inviting you and Paul to perform on my past albums for eOne Music, give each of you guys one of my prized Gibson Les Paul 59' models, but today's comments have made me realize you're just an asshole and a sex addict who's being sued by multiple Women, and you're just trying to sweep it all under the carpet!

"The icing on the cake was when you groped my wife and propositioned her in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records building behind my back, when I was trying to help you out at one of your 'Vault Experiences' which I only found out about several weeks later… she was planning on pursuing a suit against you, but I told her to call it off!!!

"Well, now the gloves are off after your terrible comments today and I'm thinking that this really may be 'The End Of The Road Tour' for you guys!!!

"Without a complete and heartfelt apology, an offer to give me my old job back, and removing Tommy from the Throne that I created… THE SHIT WILL HIT THE FAN AND THEY'LL BE NO STOPPING IT-IT'S ON!!!"

In the months after KISS announced the trek, fans wondered openly if Frehley and Criss would be involved in the tour, especially considering the apparent recent goodwill between Paul and Gene and Ace. Frehley's new album "Spaceman" — a title suggested by Simmons himself — features two songs the pair wrote together, and the duo completed a joint summer tour of Australia, after which Frehley fired his solo backing band and hired Simmons's. Stanley, meanwhile, appeared on Frehley's previous studio album, the 2016 covers set "Origins, Vol. 1".

The first North American leg of "End Of The Road" will launch January 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Rogers Arena and will hit an additional 43 cities.

The touring lineup features the current version of the band — Stanley, Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.

PAUL STANLEY Rules Out VINNIE VINCENT Guest Appearance During KISS's Farewell Tour: 'That's Not Someone Who I Want To Celebrate'

(1/29/19) Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have not ruled out the involvement of past members on KISS's "End Of The Road" farewell tour, but only in a guesting capacity.

In the months after KISS announced the trek, fans wondered openly if Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would be involved in the tour, especially considering the apparent current goodwill between Paul and Gene and Ace. Frehley's new album "Spaceman" — a title suggested by Simmons himself — features two songs the pair wrote together, and the duo recently completed a joint tour of Australia, after which Frehley fired his solo backing band and hired Simmons's. Stanley, meanwhile, appeared on Frehley's previous studio album, the 2016 covers set "Origins, Vol. 1".

In a new interview with Guitar World, Simmons said that appearances by Frehley and Criss have not been taken off the table.

"Ace and Peter have gotten three chances," he said. "They were in and out of the band — fired — three times. For drugs, alcohol, bad behavior, being unprofessional … they weren't carrying their load. ... So the short answer to your question is we'd love to have Ace and Peter join us here and there. And if they don't, it's not going to be because of us. But they're never going to be in KISS again."

He added: "Three times is the charm; 'I promise I'll pull out' doesn't work. It's the boy who cried wolf: 'Oh, I've been straight for a million years.' Terrific! Have a good life! ... Would we welcome Ace or Peter to jump up onstage for a song or two? Of course. Could we depend on either Ace of Peter to do a full set night after night? Not on your fucking life."

Stanley said that "it's really not up to" him whether former KISS members join the band onstage for a guest appearance on the upcoming tour. "But I'll say that this is a celebration of this band and its accomplishments and its history," he said. "So anybody who was shortsighted enough to think this should be a reunion is missing the point. That being said, I would love to see everybody at one point or another be onstage. And if that doesn't happen, it's their choice, not mine."

Both Simmons and Stanley spoke in glowing terms about former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick. "We love Bruce," Simmons said. "He was always professional and showed up on time. … So I can never say anything bad about Bruce." "Bruce is somebody who shouldn't be overlooked or underestimated as far as his role in the band," Stanley added.

Stanley and Simmons were far less enthusiastic about the possibility of an onstage collaboration with Vinnie Vincent. "Now Vinnie, that's one exception, and for so many reasons," Stanley said. "I would say that's not someone who I want to celebrate."

Simmons also chimed in, explaining that "it's worth stating that Vinnie has sued the band and lost 14 times. I'm not here to cast any aspersions. He's a talented guy. That's why he was in the band. But would I depend on him to get up onstage and do anything? Never. … Can he come to the shows? Of course! Anybody can. But onstage? Never."

The first North American leg of "End Of The Road" will launch January 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Rogers Arena and will hit an additional 43 cities.

The touring lineup features the current version of the band — Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons and Eric Singer.

Kulick said during a recent interview with Rock Titan that he'd "love to be there" if given the chance to participate in KISS's farewell tour. "Obviously, if there's ever an opportunity where they did want to pay a little tribute to any of the other eras, they know I'd be there," he said. Vinnie Vincent also voiced similar sentiments during an interview with BackstageAxxess last year. "If they ask me, I'll be there," he said. "They're still my buds, my friends, and [there's] a lot of love left. A lot of magic left."

Frehley rejoined his former bandmates last October during the 2018 "Kiss Kruise" to perform an acoustic set of KISS classics. Also appearing with them was Kulick.

"End Of The Road" is expected to continue for more than two years.

KISS's 'End Of The Road' Tour Gets A Tie-In Comic

(1/25/19) Dynamite Entertainment has announced "Kiss: The End", a rocking new series to celebrate the legendary eponymous band's upcoming history-making farewell "End Of The Road" tour.

A young man finds himself possibly dead and wrangling with some of life's most eternal questions. It's a good thing he runs into Death, who sets him on a path to track down their own demon offspring. His prophetic guides in this quest are none other than the otherworldly KISS — The Starchild, The Demon, The Spaceman and The Catman. Their help will be needed, with plenty of peril along the way.

Writer Amy Chu ("Red Sonja", "Poison Ivy") returns to the franchise that she helped Dynamite launch with the breakout hit 2016 ongoing series. Joining her is electrifying artist Edu Menna ("Twilight Zone", "ZNation") and letterer Troy Peteri ("Amazing Spider-Man", "Witchblade").

Fans have a choice between multiple show-stopping covers. Stuart Sayger ("Vampirella vs. Reanimator") returns following his jaw-dropping pieces for Bryan Edward Hill's "Kiss: Blood And Stardust". Joining him is recent rising star Jorge Fornés ("Batman", "Magnus"). Denis Medri ("Red Hood/Arsenal") rounds out this setlist of cover artists. Plus, of course, a fourth option of classic KISS photos from their incredible library.

"I'm totally stoked to be back on KISS, especially for the final tour. And to be working with Edu Menna who drew my friend Craig Engler's 'ZNation', it's pretty awesome," said writer Amy Chu. "I'll be incorporating parts of the actual tour and KISS history into the storyline, and expect lots of Easter eggs, just like in the previous 'Elder' run!"

Artist Edu Menna shared: "I've listened to KISS since my teenage years and their 'Unplugged' album is a favorite. I've followed Amy's work and have had 'envy' of artists who partnered with her...finally my turn arrived! I always try to bring something new for each project. In this work I want to use my style combined with the elegance of the European masters. I hope fans enjoy what we're putting together."

"A lot of books have rock and a lot of books have roll, but none of them are going to combine the two like we are with this one. This is the first comic that is going to make your ears ring," said editor Kevin Ketner. "So go hydrate, do some stretches, and get your LCS to pre-order your copy."

"Kiss: The End" #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' February 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in April 2019. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more.

KISS's PAUL STANLEY Calls Government Shutdown 'Horrific', Says 'The Priority Has To Be To Get People Back To Work'

(1/22/19) (Video) KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons recently announced that all TSA employees can eat for free at their Rock & Brews restaurants during the government shutdown, now the longest in U.S. history. The political stalemate has caused some 800,000 federal workers to miss paychecks — even though thousands of government employees are required to keep working.

TSA employees can choose to eat either a Pulled Pork Sandwich or a Strawberry Fields Salad.

Speaking to CNN, Stanley said (see video below): "It's obviously tough when people's mortgages are on the line, when people are trying to pay for meals for their children. This is horrific.

"Look, Chris Wallace on Fox said to [Vice President] Mike Pence yesterday that he believed that the government should be open and that this was just leverage," he continued. "The problem is when you're leveraging the government and you're shutting it down… Who is the government? The government is of the people, by the people and for the people. Who are you hurting? You're hurting the people. These are the people who make this country what it is, and to see them in this horrendous position… Everybody — not just me; not just Rock & Brews — everybody can do something.

"The gift of giving is a gift to the people who give also," he added. "So everybody can't give the same, but I always say, 'Don't give until it hurts. You give until it feels good.' It feels good to help people. Those are the people who help us."

Asked for his personal opinion of the current state of the U.S. government, Stanley said: "I think, again, people need to put their political affiliation aside and the priority has to be to get people back to work, back on the payrolls, and then let's figure out what the solution is. I certainly have my own point of view, but I'm not gonna share it, because I'm a rock and roller and I know my place."

In his prime-time address earlier this month, President Donald Trump said a wall along the southern border is key to national security, as he called for lawmakers to fund it and end a partial government shutdown. Democrats called the idea of a physical barrier across the entire border expensive and ineffective, and said the solution involves more personnel and detection technology.

Trump, whose central campaign promise was that Mexico would pay for a wall stretching across the roughly 2,000-mile border, admitted that Mexico would not directly cover the cost of the wall's construction, claiming that it will instead be paid for by revenue gained from a new trade deal pending in Congress.

Public polling continues to indicate a majority of Americans oppose the construction of a border wall. Meanwhile, Trump has continued to argue the wall is needed to resolve a security and humanitarian "crisis," blaming illegal immigration for what he said was a scourge of drugs and violence in the U.S.

According to The New York Times, illegal border crossings have been declining for nearly two decades. In 2017, border-crossing apprehensions were at their lowest point since 1971.

VINNIE VINCENT Recruits Singer JIM CREAN For Next Month's Comeback Concerts

(1/18/19) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has recruited Jim Crean to handle lead vocals during his two comeback concerts on February 8 and 9 at the Rocketown Entertainment Complex in Nashville, Tennessee. Also appearing with Vincent will be drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, ROD STEWART, JEFF BECK, BLUE MURDER) and bassist Tony Franklin (DAVID GILMOUR, JIMMY PAGE, THE FIRM).

A recording/touring musician for well over 35 years, Crean has released four solo albums on major labels, including his latest effort, "Insatiable", which was issued through Carmine's label Rocker Records.

The vocalist for the popular tribute band HAIR NATION, Crean has been rocking bars and nightclubs in the Buffalo area since the eighties. He has opened many a show for such national acts as Bret Michaels, SLAUGHTER and DOKKEN. Crean also makes a guest appearance on "Sinister", the first joint studio album by Carmine and his drumming brother Vinny Appice, which was released in October 2017.

Robert Fleischman, a former member of JOURNEY and Vincent's post-KISS band VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, was originally supposed to sing for Vinnie at the Nashville concerts but abruptly pulled out of the project in November, saying that he was unhappy about elements of the production.

"I think a lot of you know my history with Mr. Vincent [has] been a rollercoaster or two," he said in a Facebook post. "Things were not feeling good on the business side… The promoter extremely low-balled me to the point of it being insulting… The amount of money he offered and the poor organization and lack of respect."

He also criticized the poster advertising the dates, which listed Appice and Franklin as members of Vincent's "all-star band" but only credited Fleischman "in tiny little letters which would take a microscope to read it." He continued: "After that, I said to myself, 'I'm not going down this road again,'" and added: "Unfortunately, some people don't learn from their past. Well, I do. I'm not going to hop on that train ever again."

Vincent — who was a member of KISS when the band publicly "unmasked" in 1983 — made several public appearances last year after spending the past two decades out of the public eye.

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.

A new promotional video for the Nashville shows can be seen Video.

After 45-Year Career, KISS Performs For The First Time On The Sunset Strip, Band's First Club Show In Over Two Decades

(1/18/19) SiriusXM announced today that legendary rock band KISS will perform an intimate invitation-only show for SiriusXM subscribers and VIPs on Monday, February 11 at LA's famed Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The exclusive performance will air on KISS' exclusive SiriusXM channel, KISS Army Radio.

The special concert for SiriusXM will feature KISS performing songs from the band's 45-year career. This marks the first time KISS has played a club in over twenty years and will be their first performance at the world famous Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, the venerable rock club on the Sunset Strip that has played host to rock 'n' roll's most important bands and artists, from The Doors, to Janis Joplin, to Led Zeppelin, as well as today's emerging new artists.

KISS' performance at Whisky a Go Go will launch SiriusXM's "The Party Continues," a new live series that will feature music's top artists performing in an intimate venue for SiriusXM subscribers following music's biggest night at the Grammy Awards. KISS, in the midst of their END OF THE ROAD WORLD TOUR, kicks off the series at the historic Whisky a Go Go. "The Party Continues" joins a series of concerts established by SiriusXM at special and iconic venues across the country, including at the Apollo Theater in New York City, The Stephen Talkhouse in the Hamptons, the Faena Theater in Miami Beach and more.

The performance will air on Tuesday, February 12 at 5:00 pm ET on KISS Army Radio, channel 30, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. The concert will air on Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel on Friday, February 15 at 9:00pm ET.

KISS Army Radio, the band's exclusive limited-run SiriusXM channel, will showcase music from KISS' 45-year career including stadium anthems, rarities and live tracks. The band's channel will also feature exclusive stories and insights from Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Additionally, listeners will hear music from other artists who opened for Kiss throughout their career including AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Alice In Chains, Cheap Trick and more.

KISS Army Radio will launch on Monday, February 4 at 5:00 pm ET via satellite on channel 30 and will run through Sunday, February 17.

After an epic and storied 45-year career that launched an era of rock n roll legends, KISS announced that they are hanging up their 9-inch tall touring boots. Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and have toured to nearly every city on the planet and played every venue imaginable have said this tour is devoted to the millions of KISS Army fans. Having played for Kings & Queens, for U.S. veterans, and for millions of devoted KISS Army fans, they will play their final shows as part of the multi-year END OF THE ROAD WORLD TOUR.

Subscribers will have the opportunity to win tickets to this private SiriusXM performance through an invitation sent by e-mail. Subscribers since January 2, 2019 will be able to enter for the chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles, LA including airfare, hotel stay and a pair of tickets to SiriusXM Presents KISS at Whisky a Go Go. See Official Rules for complete details at siriusxm.com/KISS.

SiriusXM subscribers are able to listen to KISS Army Radio (channel 30) on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to www.SiriusXM.com/streaming to learn more.

ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE Feat. MEGADETH's ELLEFSON, ANTHRAX's BELLO: Video For 'Late' Feat. ACE FREHLEY

(1/14/19) (Video) ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE, the collaboration between ANTHRAX's Frank Bello and MEGADETH's David Ellefson — two virtuosic bass players who've anchored some of the fiercest thrash records of all time — has released a music video for the song "Late". The track, which features a guest guitar solo by original KISS axeman Ace Frehley, is taken from ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE's debut album, "Get It Out", which will be released on January 18 via Megaforce. The follow-up to ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE's 2014 self-titled EP was once again produced by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, STONE SOUR), with Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, ASHES DIVIDE) returning behind the kit.

"David and I had a blast filming 'Late' at our friend Chris Santos's restaurant, Beauty & Essex in New York City," says Bello.

"The song has an easy feel to it, so we shot the video with that same spirit," adds Ellefson. "The music is haunting with a memorable hook and Frank's personal storyline. These songs are fun and inspiring to perform."

A kind of rock 'n' roll primal-scream therapy, "Get It Out" is the result of nearly four years of writing and recording sessions — and decades of touring, searching, striving and living. "I've learned that writing songs is very cathartic," says Bello, who has long made songwriting a daily practice. When ANTHRAX is off the road, he tries out new material at open mics around New York City. "A lot of these lyrics are about the inner struggles of my life, and about the rage that has built up from my life experiences — my brother's murder; my father abandoning my family when we were young, leaving us with no funds to pay the bills," he says. "The ups and downs of life in general. I've always had an anger inside that music really helps me deal with."

"The album has the perfect title," Ellefson adds. "This is music that has been living inside of us for so long. There's a big musical part of each of us that doesn't get heard anywhere else."

Boasting a deep bench of guest stars, including Ace Frehley (ex-KISS; the track "Late"), Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND), Nita Strauss (ALICE COOPER), Christian Martucci (STONE SOUR) and Satchel (STEEL PANTHER), the record also represents the fulfillment of a lifelong but little-known ambition for two uniquely gifted artists. As Bello puts it, "All I ever wanted to do was write good songs. I've always been a melody guy. I love hooks; I love catchy songs with a good riff."

The ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE story begins in 2010, when Bello and Ellefson started touring together to lead bass clinics for the amp manufacturer Hartke. In need of backing tracks to support their demonstrations, they embarked upon some writing sessions and discovered their chemistry.

Bello and Ellefson debuted ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE in early 2014, with a self-titled three-song EP that earned the duo airplay on SiriusXM and an appearance on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show". Those tracks — "Booze and Cigarettes", "Tell the World", "Here Again" — are included on "Get It Out" as bonus cuts, in remixed and remastered form.

Ellefson explains that "ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE could have only happened at this moment in time" — when the titans of thrash metal's "Big Four" are older, wiser, kinder and more open creatively. "When you're still climbing up the hill," he says, "there's no room for friendly competition. But once you've been to the top of the hill and you've seen the view — which all of the 'Big Four' have — it's okay to break bread, hang out, have a drink." Or, in the case of ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE, delve into hard-rock songwriting in a profound way. "To hear other sides of us as artists — not just as musicians and performers, but as artists."

GENE SIMMONS: 'Cannabis, In Its Various Forms, Is Actually Gonna Help People'

(1/14/19) KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has once again admitted that he was "completely wrong" about marijuana's benefits in the past.

The KISS bassist/vocalist, who has always promoted clean living and scoffed at peers who snort drugs and get high, made headlines in March 2018 when he landed an odd new gig as "chief evangelist officer" at Canadian cannabis and fertilizer company Invictus.

For those confused about this new relationship given the fact that Simmons has been on the record about never trying cannabis in his whole life, Gene explained his stance during an interview with SmallCapPower at the 2018 New Green Frontier cannabis investor conference, which was held on November 19 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

"Historically, I have to say I was completely wrong about the entire space," he said (see video below). "I thought cannabis was for stoners and losers and all that, and slowly but surely, over the years, the amount of research that I saw just blew me away. Seeing little girls who suffer from epilepsy rubbing a salve, not on the inside but outside of their body and seemingly miraculously getting cured made me take stock.

"Big Pharma [the global pharmaceutical industry] is not fond of this space, because cannabis, in its various forms, is actually gonna help people," he continued. "That's what researchers are telling me. And I'm telling everybody else there are a lot of new companies, especially in Canada, and good for them. Some of them are solid, some of them are garbage, and it's up to you to find out what it's all about. I happen to believe in Invictus, and all I urge anybody to do is to go to Invictus-MD.com and do your own research.

"When you go into a restaurant, you get a menu," Simmons added. "Think what looks good for you. It's all there. Some of it's good, some of it's fresh, some of it's rotten and been there a long time. But, generally, the cannabis space, I think, is gonna be good for humanity. Certainly much better than cigarettes, which might give you cancer. This other thing, even as a recreational item, might give you the munchies [the desire for salty, sweet or fatty carbohydrate-rich foods]. Let me see: I get the munchies or I might get cancer."

Simmons, who serves as Invictus's media spokesperson among other duties, disclosed that he has "10 million in stock" in the company and said that he was "glad to do it."

Dan Kriznic, CEO and chairman of Invictus, credited Gene's business acumen for the appointment. According to Kriznic, Simmons "created one of the most iconic bands of all time, but has spent decades building successful brands internationally in various industries."

As part of his deal with Invictus, Simmons has agreed to appear at least 50 investor and industry presentations for the company over a five-year period.

Gene told the Vancouver Sun that he has been drawn into many of his diverse ventures, more often than not, because he established a personal connection, adding that he "liked" Kriznic the first time he met him.

"I may drive a truck, but open the hood and I call the mechanic because he can fix it," Simmons explained. "The most important view is the one from 30,000 feet because that is where you can take in the big picture. Whether it's religion, rock stars or politicians, you need to be able to tell the story and convince people that they need stuff they don't need. With what we're doing with Invictus MD … is something that I'm very bullish on because it's real."

Watch ACE FREHLEY And LITA FORD Perform 'Wild Thing' At NEW JERSEY KISS EXPO

(12/29/18) Video footage of Ace Frehley and Lita Ford performing THE TROGGS classic "Wild Thing" at the New Jersey Kiss Expo 2018 on December 8 at the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, New Jersey can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube users "William J. Buggeln" and "Chris Cook"). Also available is video of Frehley jamming on "Tush" with Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino (of ANGEL), Vinny Appice (of BLACK SABBATH and DIO) and Jean Beauvior (of THE PLASMATICS). At the end, Ace performed the KISS classic "Cold Gin" with his solo band consisting of Philip Shouse on guitar/vocals, Ryan Cook on guitar/vocals, Jeremy Asbrock on guitar/vocals, and Matt Starr on drums. (Video1, Video2)

GENE SIMMONS On Whether KISS Can Carry On Without Any Original Members: 'Of Course'

(12/29/18) (Video) Gene Simmons has confirmed to the "Lipps Service" radio show that KISS's upcoming "End Of The Road" tour will indeed be the band's last. "The answer is yes, and I'll tell you why," Gene said (see video below). "It's always interesting marketing when you say, 'I promise,' and all that. KISS is the hardest-working band in show business — period. It doesn't mean we're the best, although we call ourselves that. But I wear about seven-inch platform dragon boots. Each one weighs 10 or 11 pounds. That's 20-plus pounds on the legs. It's like working out with bowling balls. Then on top of that, there's another 30 pounds or so between the armor [and the rest of the outfit]. And so if you put [Mick] Jagger and Bono — [who are] both great — in my outfits, they'd… like little girls, they'd fall down… They can't do this. And I've gotta spit fire and fly through the air and all that. It is physically exhausting… So the idea is go out with some dignity."

Asked if KISS could ever carry on without any original members, Simmons said: "Sure. Of course. We've had 10 different lineups. AC/DC has had 22 or so. And there are bands that tour now that sell out things with different lead singers and different guitar players. At the end of the day, it is about the material and about the culture. Because there are better musicians — jazz musicians — that will never be able to make the money that people who are less talented but have charisma [are able to make]. You can go to school to learn guitar or bass — you can't learn, 'You're exciting. You have charisma.' There's no school for that. Walk this way, do [it] that way. You just have it or you don't."

PAUL STANLEY Reveals Why He Still Loves Being In KISS

(12/29/18) Paul Stanley has revealed why he still loves being in KISS. In a recent interview with the "Ultimate Classic Rock Nights" radio show, he said: "I love KISS. Not only because I'm in the band, but I love KISS as a fan. When I'm onstage, does it look like I'm having the time of my life? I am! I get so off on entertaining myself, seeing what I can do to get a rise out of myself, looking across and seeing the other guys. It's great."

He continued: "What I also love about KISS is that we don't portray ourselves to be what we're not. We are entertainers. It doesn't negate being in a rock band. And we wear outfits, uniforms, costumes — call it what you will — but is that any different than the guy who goes on stage with a pair of $300 ripped jeans? That's a costume, too. The only difference is we're copping to it."

In September, KISS announced its "End Of The Road" farewell tour on NBC's "America's Got Talent", and a month later, the band revealed the first set of dates and cities in North America, produced by Live Nation. International markets were announced simultaneously.

The first North American leg of "End Of The Road" will launch January 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Rogers Arena and will hit an additional 43 cities.

"One thing for sure is that this is the last tour," Stanley told Billboard. "What goes beyond that is really hard to say. The tour may go three years, but once we play your city, it is done. That is our big thank you."

The lineup features the current version of the band — Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons and Eric Singer. But Stanley has hinted that former members like Ace Frehley and Peter Criss could make appearances.

ACE FREHLEY Is 'Considering' Putting Out Previously Unreleased Songs And Demos, Including From His Time In KISS

(12/29/18) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has told Michael Cavacini in a recent interview that he is "considering" putting out some of the previously unreleased songs and demos that he has accumulated over the years, including from his time with his former band. He said: "It's going to be a major undertaking. I have over 100 reels of two-inch tape, dating back to when I had my studio in Connecticut. I have all the solos to the songs on 'The Elder' because we recorded a lot of 'The Elder' at my studio in Connecticut. A lot of jam sessions, including ones with guys from Alice Cooper's band. Neal Smith, the bass player. I don't even remember half the people from these jam sessions. I'd have to revisit those tapes. I've had them locked away in a vault for years. Then it's a major undertaking because you have to bake the tapes. A two-inch tape, after a while, starts to deteriorate. What you do is you bake it in an oven. I forget the exact process. But once you bake it you get one good play out of it and then the tape starts shredding with every consecutive play. You get one good take so you transfer everything on to a hard drive and put it into Pro Tools and then you have a perfect copy. It's going to take me six months to a year to complete that project. I have unreleased photos. Over 100 cassettes of demos from Gene [Simmons], Paul [Stanley], Peter [Criss]. Rough mixes. Stuff that nobody's got. Photographs, videos. I have videos of us rehearsing in upstate New York. We used to rehearse in an airplane hanger. I had one of the first black-and-white video cameras and recorders and I had it on the road with me so I recorded some of that. I've got so much crazy stuff I have to revisit. It's going to take me a while to put that all together."

Ron Nevison on Working with KISS

(12/28/18) (rockrivertimes.com) Ron Nevison is an American record producer and audio engineer. He started his career in the early 1970s as an engineer on albums such as Quadrophenia by The Who and Bad Company’s debut album. He eventually became a producer, working with artists including Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, UFO, Jefferson Starship, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, and many others.

Ron was kind enough to answer questions from some readers of the Rockford Rocked Interview’s column. He is also currently in the process of writing his autobiography.

KISS: (Crazy Nights – Mercury Records 1989)

I want to know about the Kiss stuff. It must have been hard for KISS to compete with bands like Bon Jovi during the Crazy Nights era. What was it like working with KISS? – Mike Parr, Rockford

Ron Nevison: Well, as far as KISS trying to compete with Bon Jovi at the time I guess it’s kind of true. Bon Jovi at the time had come out with “livin’ on a prayer,” etc. Paul Stanley of KISS was in New York writing with Desmond Child and all the people Bon Jovi was working with.

In the beginning of the Crazy Nights sessions Paul had shown me eight or ten great quality songs that he thought we could use. Gene just kind of sent me some songs that he had laying around. Maybe twenty five or so. If I remember correctly he basically only contributed a couple of the songs that made it to the record.

We did most everything at Rumbo near Los Angeles. To tell you the truth, I’m a little disappointed that the Crazy Nights album didn’t have a big hit single.

Ten years prior to the Crazy Nights sessions I had an interview with Paul Stanley just before KISS did their solo albums. I met Paul at Casablanca Records but for whatever reason I didn’t end up working with them. I don’t know if they didn’t want me to do it in the end or I didn’t want to do it. Or perhaps I was just too busy.

PAUL STANLEY Is Recording Album With His R&B Band SOUL STATION

(12/24/18) KISS frontman Paul Stanley has entered the studio with his R&B band SOUL STATION to record a full-length album.

On December 19, Stanley tweeted a photo of him and what appears to be more than half a dozen other musicians in the studio and wrote in an accompanying caption: "A SOUL STATION ALBUM! Wow! Having a ball. Horns and strings next."

Stanley spoke to Rock Cellar Magazine about how the idea for SOUL STATION first came about. He said: "Well, my roots are much more broad and varied than some people might realize. This is funny; I was having tea with Jimmy Page in London and we were talking about this. I said, 'Before I ever saw [LED] ZEPPELIN or THE WHO or any of those bands, I saw Otis Redding. I saw Solomon Burke. I saw THE TEMPTATIONS.' So it's very much a part of my DNA. Motown and Philly soul and Stax/Volt, all that music is really, unfortunately too nostalgic at this point and used too often for loops and samples as opposed to hearing a great song. What's missing nowadays so much is great live performances of that material. What's being passed off now as R&B is usually a computer and a drum machine. For a while, I thought about that, and I had an opportunity a few years ago to put together something that was in essence SOUL STATION. We did a couple of private shows and we all looked at each other said, 'Why aren't we doing more of this?' It's great to have that coming from people who are not only in demand but working all the time with Stevie Wonder or Smokey [Robinson] or Pink or John Mayer. These are real crème de la creme players but everybody has the same passion for this music. To be able to recreate it, not in a sterile way but with the same passion and intensity that it was made with is something that we all feel very close to."

Asked what the greatest challenges are that he faces in delivering this material in a live setting, Paul said: "There's a big weight on my shoulders because I'm singing songs by some legends, and if I can't deliver them, I shouldn't be doing them. So if I'm gonna sing Smokey or if I'm gonna sing Al Green or David Ruffin or Eddie Kendricks, you'd better be on-point or you shouldn't be doing it, plus the rest of the band is so damn good. They have played with Smokey, they've played with Stevie Wonder, with Natalie Cole, they've played with Whitney Houston and John Mayer and with Carlos Santana; I mean, the list goes on and on. For us all to be together as peers and be creating something this exciting, everybody on stage is smiling. We're all just caught up in the moment. To hear Crystal [Starr] sing 'I Want You Back' is just mind-boggling. Her dad was a backup singer for Jackie Wilson. Everybody's got their roots. From the get-go, anybody I ever called to be a part of this immediately said, 'I'm in!' just to have the opportunity to recreate and revive these songs; you don't get that chance."

SOUL STATION made its live debut in September 2015 at West Hollywood, California's The Roxy Theatre. The ten-piece band also features KISS drummer Eric Singer.

Former FREHLEY'S COMET Members Rejoin Forces In RETURN OF THE COMET

(12/24/18) Former FREHLEY'S COMET members John Regan (bass), Tod Howarth (guitar/lead vocals) and Richie Scarlet (guitar/lead vocals) have joined forces with former ACE FREHLEY drummer Steve Werner in RETURN OF THE COMET.

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Regan and world-renowned drummer Anton Fig formed FREHLEY'S COMET in 1984. The band went on to sell well over 1.5 million albums and had multiple MTV music videos in heavy rotation from 1987 to 1990.

Now for the first time ever, FREHLEY'S COMET alumni Regan, Howarth and Scarlet, along with Werner, will celebrate their writing, recording, touring and co-production contributions to the FREHLEY'S COMET legacy by performing the hits and classics from the FREHLEY'S COMET catalog and more under the name RETURN OF THE COMET.

RETURN OF THE COMET is:

* John Regan (FREHLEY'S COMET, ACE FREHLEY, PETER FRAMPTON) - bass
* Tod Howarth (FREHLEY'S COMET, CHEAP TRICK, TED NUGENT) - guitar/lead vocals
* Richie Scarlet (FREHLEY'S COMET, ACE FREHLEY, MOUNTAIN) - guitar/lead vocals
* Steve "Budgie" Werner (ACE FREHLEY, LESLIE WEST, HINDENBERG) - drums

Scarlet was in FREHLEY'S COMET from 1984 to 1985 and played in three of the band's seven different lineups. Howarth was in FREHLEY'S COMET from 1986 to 1988 and was in the group's last three lineups. Both Frehley and Regan were members of FREHLEY'S COMET for the duration of the band's four-year existence.

Frehley told Ultimate Classic Rock that the keyboards on FREHLEY'S COMET's debut album were a result of "Howarth's influence." He explained: "I tried to keep the keyboards to a minimum, because I'm really not a keyboard guy. KISS never really used them, except on a couple of songs. I always wanted to follow the same direction with my career as I had with KISS musically. It was almost like I had to fight to keep more keyboards off the record, because I was there with three other band members and my producer."

In a 2017 interview with the Poughkeepsie Journal, Regan — who met Frehley in the mid-1980s at a friend's recording studio in White Plains, New York — described Ace as "a kook, in a good sense. In a world full of copies, he's a one-off. He's an original."

Frehley reunited with Regan and Howarth to perform the songs "Rock Soldiers" and "Cold Gin" during his September 2017 concert in Poughkeepsie, New York.

PAUL STANLEY On KISS's 'End Of The Road' Stage Production: 'This Is Absolutely Mind-Bogglingly Good'

(12/24/18) (Video) KISS frontman Paul Stanley has checked in from the production rehearsals for the band's "End Of The Road" tour, which is scheduled to kick off at the end of January. In a short video message (see below), Stanley said: "Okay, so I'm standing here on the new 'End Of The Road' KISS stage, and all I can tell you is it's freakin' phenomenal. Is it anything like anything we've done? No. This is brand new from the ground up.

"I've gotta tell you," he continued. "People say is this bittersweet? No. If the tour is anything like this stage, it's totally sweet. We always try to raise the bar — that's just for us — but when other bands would see us, they would feel they had to up their game. Let me tell you something: everybody better start working out, because we're upping the game that much more. This is absolutely mind-bogglingly good. It's totally KISS. And I'll be looking for you on the 'End Of The Road' tour."

ACE FREHLEY Talks Politics: 'If You're An American And A Patriot, You Should Get Behind Your President'

(12/16/18) Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently appeared on the "Juliet: Unexpected" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below (interview starts at the 3:11 mark): Listen.

Gene Simmons Sued By A Woman Who Claims He Touched Her Vagina During Photo Op

(12/7/18) (TMZ.com) Gene Simmons is getting sued by a woman who claims he inappropriately touched a woman's vagina during a photo op.

The woman -- who is suing under the name Jane Doe -- said she was working as a dishwasher at one of Simmons' Rock & Brews locations in 2016. In the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- the woman says Gene was visiting the restaurant, and Gene's manager and the woman's coworkers encouraged her to take a photo with the KISS star.

According to the lawsuit -- the woman claims Gene's manager encouraged her to move closer -- and when she did, Gene allegedly, "reached over and forcefully placed his hand on her vagina completely covering it."

The woman says she tried to stop Gene, and once the photo was taken, she showed it to coworkers.

The woman accuses Gene of acting in a "sexually charged" manner to other women during the visit ... touching their hand and encouraging them to unbutton their shirts.

KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY To Release 'Backstage Pass' Book In April; Cover Unveiled

(12/6/18) (Cover) KISS frontman Paul Stanley will release his second book, "Backstage Pass", on April 30, 2019 via HarperOne, HarperCollins's San Francisco-based unit that specializes in publishing books in religion, spirituality, and personal growth.

Stanley told Philadelphia's WTXF that the follow-up to his 2014 autobiography, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", "is almost, in a sense, a companion to the first [book], and maybe what it goes into more is how I accomplished what I've accomplished and what my approach is," he said. "I'm certainly not preaching to people and telling people, 'Do this,' but I think people can get some insight into what's possible for them by seeing what I've done. I don't think we accomplish much by telling people, 'If I were you, I would do…' Because when you do that, first of all, well, you're not me — you've never lived a moment in my shoes — so [it's] much more important that you figure out for yourself. But I think we can all learn something from what other people do. So what I've tried to do in the book is express my point of view and how I got from point A all the way to point Z."

Official "Backstage Pass" book overview: "The New York Times bestselling author and legendary frontman and rhythm guitarist of KISS offers grants fans an all-access backstage pass to his personal life, and shows them how to pursue a royal rock 'n' roll lifestyle of their own, offering hard-won advice and rules to live by from a rock 'n' roll legend.

"In this follow-up to his popular bestseller 'Face The Music', the Starchild takes us deeper into his personal life and his home today, life on and off the stage, revealing what he eats, drinks, and does with his friends and family, [what] he's learned from a lifetime at the frontman of the iconic band KISS, and how he brings his unique sensibility not only to his superstar music career but to every area of his life — from the business to parenting to health and happiness. kitchen and the bar to the gym and the office. "Showcasing his unique lifestyle, 'Backstage Pass' is a rare look at the man beneath the modern rock god persona. Paul shares fascinating details about his life — his fitness routine, philosophy, business principles, how he finds inspiration, passion, and joy after nearly 50 years filling arenas and selling out shows, and even his favorite meals, and includes recipes from friends such as Anthony Bourdain, Rocco DiSpirito, Mario Batali, and other star chefs.

"'Backstage Pass' divulges more true stories of the rock legend's relationships, hardships, and wild nights, contains intimate four-color, never-before-seen photos from Paul's personal collection, and offers surprising lessons on the discipline and hard work that have made him one of the healthiest and most successful rock 'n' roll frontmen in history — and a model superstar for the modern age.

"This is the book for fans who love living large, but also want to kick ass at everyday life. From doing shots at the bar to enjoying a glass of red on the patio, Paul shows you how you can rock 'n' roll all night and party every day — without missing a beat or looking like you do."

Released in April 2014, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed" debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times' Best Sellers list for Print Hardcover Non-Fiction. On top of that, "Face The Music" debuted on the Times' Combined Print and E-Book best seller list and E-Book best sellers list at No. 3 and No. 13, respectively.

In the "Face The Music", Stanley talked frankly about his early struggles with hearing — he was born with Level 3 Microtia and is deaf in his right ear. Microtia is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear that can affect normal hearing.

Gene Simmons' Mother, Flóra Klein, Dies at 92

(12/6/18) KISS bassist Gene Simmons' mother, Flóra Klein, has died at age 92.

Klein's passing was first confirmed by Simmons' wife, Shannon Tweed Simmons.

"Rest in peace my dear Flora," Tweed wrote in a social media post. "The best grandma and mother in law I could ask for. You were loved and you will be missed."

Gene himself added that Flóra was "The best mother in the world."

Gene's band mate, Kiss front man Paul Stanley, added his own tribute.

"I knew here as long as I've known Gene," Stanley wrote. "Beyond her fierce love and pride in her only child, she was his inspiration to live up to being worthy of the sacrifices she made in a very difficult and, at times, horrific life."

Stanley continued, noting that he "admired and loved" Flóra, a Holocaust survivor and single mother, who left Israel for Queens, New York, in the 1950s in search of a better life.

"I will miss her laugh and smile," Stanley wrote. "Let us all say a prayer for her, Gene and his family."

Gene and Stanley together spoke earlier this year about Flóra's involvement in Kiss's early days.

Gene recalled at a Vault event this past spring in Las Vegas about how his mother once referred to Stanley as "a bum."

"Yup," Stanley confirmed, before elaborating. "I call his house and I want to talk to him and his mom, bless her heart...She has a thick accent and she thinks the world revolves around him — and that's what he thinks too. I call up and I say, 'Can I speak to Gene?' and she says, 'The king is on the throne.' And I go, 'Yeah, that's nice. Can I speak to Gene?'"

"'The king is on the throne,'" Stanley recalled her repeating. "I go, 'Nice, the king is on the throne. Can I speak to Gene?'"

Gene's mother repeated herself one more time before Stanley got the message: nature had called earlier and Gene was answering, moving his bowels.

Gene has often spoken lovingly over the years about his mother's influence on his life. He credits her with inspiring his work ethic, and with keeping him away from drug and alcohol abuse.

As an only child, Simmons said he would ask himself, in light of his mother's former suffering, "What right do I have to torture her and make her unhappy? No, that's never gonna happen."

This time its real: KISS guitarist Thayer vows band’s next tour will be their last

(12/6/18) (tass.com) Legendary American glam rockers KISS want to leave the stage at the top of their form, making their final shows their best, the band’s guitarist Tommy Thayer said in an interview with TASS.

The band’s farewell world tour titled the End Of the Road is to kick off in January 2019, performing on June 11 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, and on June 13 at the VTB Arena stadium in Moscow.

“Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and myself, we decided that while the band is still very good and we are doing the best shows, we have been doing…in the history of the band, that we wanted to go out when we’re in top form and do a final tour,” he explained.

He went on to note that when comparing the shows of such rock stars as the Rolling Stones or Paul McCartney, KISS’s performances are far more “physically taxing” due to all the group’s gear and the “physicality of the show”. If the band continues to do it, year after year it will be difficult to keep it up.

Thayers explained that the two founders of the band - vocalist Paul Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons are about 70 years old now and want to end their career.

He admitted that KISS had already done a farewell tour in the early 2000s and after that tour, the two other original members - guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Kriss left the band. However, this time the farewell is real.

“It is not a gimmick, it is legitimate. This will be the final tour of KISS. The shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg will be the last KISS is going to play there,” Thayer vowed.

The rocker predicts that the coming tour will become the biggest in KISS history. The show will use new pyrotechnics, and the set list will include the best songs of the band’s 45-year career.

Will Thayer rock on?

Thayer said that he is not going to retire from music business after the tour ends.

“I am younger than the other guys…maybe I will still be involved with KISS on a different way,” he said adding that he has been involved with KISS for 25 years (not only as a guitar player).

The musician plans to take part in other projects. "It will probably be something which is associated with music or the entertainment business for sure,” he noted.

About the band

KISS was founded in 1973 in New York City. The rockers are known throughout the world for their trademark black-and-white face paint and flamboyant stage outfits. The group shot to stardom with their extravagant live performances, which featured fire-breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits and pyrotechnics. Over their 45-year career, the band sold over 100 mln copies of their albums.

As far as rocking Russian audiences goes, the quartet performed in Moscow in 2008 and 2017.

ACE FREHLEY On Taking Part In KISS's 'End Of The Road' Tour: 'There's Always A Chance I Might Get That Emergency Phone Call'

(12/6/18) During an appearance on today's edition of SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation", Ace Frehley said that while he has not been approached to be a part of KISS's recently announced "End Of The Road" world tour, he is not ruling out being involved in some capacity.

"There's always a chance I might get that emergency phone call," Ace said (hear audio below). "But pretty much I think it's built into my… I told my agent to build into my contract, in the event I do get an emergency phone call and KISS wants me to join the tour and take over for Tommy [Thayer], that I can get out of the dates that I have booked for the summer. So we'll see what happens. You know me — I'm the kind of guy that says 'never say never.' But at this juncture, I have no plans on performing on the upcoming KISS tour, and I haven't gotten any phone calls or had any correspondence. So that's where it stands at this juncture."

As for his solo touring plans for 2019, Ace said: "I have two shows coming up in January on the West Coast. We're doing Seattle, Sacramento, and they might even add some shows and bring us all the way down to San Diego. And then I think might be doing some dates with Alice Cooper in the summer. My guys get along with their guys, and I've known Alice forever. So that's always gonna be a lot of fun. I think they're talking about July and August — it'll be five weeks. So that can be a really special thing."

KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently told the "Rolling Stone Music Now" podcast that while he is not closing the door on 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", was released in October via eOne — 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."

Alabama native on doing pyro for Kiss, U2, other stars

(12/6/18) (al.com) If you witnessed rad pyro during an '80s or early '90 concert, you may have Curt Anthony to partially thank for that wow.

Anthony worked as a pyro tech on tours for elite guitar groups like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Dio, Skid Row, Ratt, ZZ Top and U2, and even rappers Run-DMC and pop-star Janet Jackson.

Usually stationed downstage-right near the guitar techs, Anthony triggered flames, sparks and booms to dramatically punctuate the musicians' onstage performances.

"There was always a giant positive response to everything that you did," Anthony says of fans' reactions. "You could always hear it. It was either a roar or cheer of some sort from the audience."

The 1981 Buckhorn High grad got started in the business through Huntsville concert lighting and pyrotechnics company Luna Tech. His first job there was janitorial. He'd been working at a shoe store as stock-boy. "I'm like, "If this is a chance to at least advance it's more than I'm getting where I am now,'" Anthony recalls. "If it means cleaning the floors and emptying the garbage, put me in coach."

Anthony cleaned the Luna Tech shop for about three years, soaking up whatever knowledge and experience he could.

If the company was working a concert within 200 miles, he'd drive there and help-out with pyro for acts like Ozzy Osbourne and Journey.

Around 1983, once he was 21 and old enough to be listed on pyrotechnics licenses, Anthony got his first shot to go on-tour, with hard-rock heroes Kiss. At the time the band featured frontman Paul Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons, drummer Eric Carr and guitarist Vinnie Vincent. This would be the Kiss' last tour wearing their signature makeup until 1996, when Stanley and Simmons reunited with fellow original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.

Anthony got the Kiss gig after a tech known as "Pyro Pete" left for another tour.

For his first Kiss tour, Anthony remembers the band's pyro including a lot of spark effects. "We would do spinning wheels, a motorized effect, off the Kiss sign," Anthony says. The electrical, 30-foot-high and 40-foot-long or so Kiss sign is one of the band's best-known stage props. "We would also do a wall of sparks falling from the lighting-truss at the top of the Kiss sign, which would cascade down and look almost like a waterfall effect. We would also do what we called airburst effects, which were just small flash charges with sparkle in it that were also rigged from the lighting-truss to simulate an aerial effect, in a controlled environment."

Alas, Kiss axed their pyro for that tour after only a week or so after he joined up, Anthony says. "I can only imagine that it was a case of they were trying to cut costs where they could, and at the time pyro was a big part of their budget. Shortly thereafter the rest of the tour was cancelled."

But he'd be back on the road with Kiss. He was also their pyro tech for tours supporting the band's "Asylum," "Crazy Nights" and "Hot in the Shade" albums. Kiss' opening acts during Anthony's time with them included W.A.S.P., Slaughter, Ted Nugent and Winger.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Simmons - whose onstage antics had long included a "breathing fire" stunt - took the most interest in Kiss' pyro, beyond basic "where to stand and where not to stand" safety concerns.

"I think it was just his nature," Anthony recalls of Simmons. During Anthony's time with Kiss, Simmons was also would fire effects from his bass, a "cold spark" one could put their hand over without injury.

Anthony operated pyro effects using controllers that ranged from briefcase-sized to kitchen-over-shaped. The controllers featured numerous switches and turnkeys. He also helped load-in, set-up and break-down the pyro. His workdays often started around 7 a.m. and pushed through into 2 a.m. the next day. And then he'd get up and do it again. Before the other gear was loaded in, Anthony would get out his remote-control car and send it zooming it around the arena floor. After load-out he'd often play with the toy car again until it was time to get on the tour bus.

"Back in those days a lot of the bands would tour where you're doing five shows in a row, and you would have a travel day," Anthony says. "You maybe travel 600 days on that day off and turn around and do another six in a row."

He wanted to deliver awesome effects for a show, but safety was his biggest concern, Anthony says. "As a pyro guy, your job can affect any and all other departments involved with the production, whether it's the staging, lighting or audio or backline for that matter. You have to be aware of all your surroundings and all the other departments and make sure: number one, you're not going to hurt anybody; number two, you're not going to destroy anyone else's equipment. Your job affects everybody else."

On tour, beside dealing with the pyro itself, Anthony would deal with fire marshals and fire departments of whatever city Kiss was performing in. "For a lot of the fire departments back in those days it was a learning experience," he says. He'd get things approved, make any adjustments to the show that night local codes required, and inform the band of any updates.

Working with more and more bands, Anthony conducted pre-tour presentations for each act and their production personnel, to demonstrate effects he proposed using for that tour. During such a presentation before U2's groundbreaking "Zoo TV Tour," he triggered a strobing flare-effect the band had previously requested be built to last several minutes. After 20 or so seconds of watching the flare, the band was satisfied with what they'd seen and wanted to move on. Anthony replied, "Well, we will move on in a couple minutes when this is through burning. I can't stop it. It's just something we have to sit and wait through for the next few minutes.'" Awk-ward.

During another pre-tour demo, this one for "18 and Life" rockers Skid Row, Anthony says larger-than-life frontman Sebastian Bach kept asking, "'Can you make it bigger? Let's just make this whole stage blowup!' And I'm like, 'We can't. I'll give you what I can but know we can't go that crazy.'"

Asked for his most memorable pyro gigs, Anthony fondly recalls AC/DC's 1985 Rock in Rio set ("We played two nights to crowds of over 250,000 people each night") and Bon Jovi's 1988 to 1990 "New Jersey Syndicate Tour" ("I had two birthdays on this tour, both in Europe").

Ace Frehley Is Making Up For Lost Time: A Cosmic Chat From KISS To 'Spaceman'

(12/5/18) (forbes.com) Ace Frehley loves staring at the stars. He even spent a pretty penny to get a better look at them. When he explains the inner workings of his $6,000 Meade telescope, it’s like a child talking about his favorite toy.

“It has a computer built into it,” Frehley, age 67, says. “If you align it to the North Star, it'll go to all the planets in the solar system. If you wanna go see Saturn, you punch in a three-digit code. It's a high-end telescope. Serious astronomers buy it. I love all that sh*t.”

It’s appropriate that the KISS co-founder and guitarist coined himself “The Spaceman,” back in the 1970s. Decades later, the nickname still sticks. Fresh off the release of his eighth solo album, aptly titled Spaceman, the musician carried himself with a sense of wonderment uncommon in could-be jaded rockstars.

Frehley had been running around New York like a madman. With two hours to rest, he stopped back at The London NYC hotel. He threw himself on his suite bed — cheetah print shirt, leather pants and boots on — taking phone calls from friends and family as he shared his adventures promoting the new record. With a glass bottle of Coke, he took a breather on the couch before his next engagement. Hundreds were already lined up outside of Sam Ash Music Store on W. 34th Street eagerly awaiting autographs. Earlier in the week, he signed the birth certificate of a fan’s child. The boy’s middle name was Ace.

“You’d be surprised what I've signed,” Frehley says. “Asses, tits, you name it. I've never signed a penis though. That's where I draw the line. I’ve had guys ask for hugs and then kiss me on the cheek. That's a little weird, but, what are you gonna do?”

Frehley remains unfazed at the rigmarole of releasing a new album. That week, he made traditional media appearances, like performing for Fox 5’s morning program Good Day New York, but also got a kick out of sitting down for an interview with a 10-year-old YouTuber. He was tired, but ecstatic with the reaction to Spaceman.

“The artists that say they don't give a sh*t about reviews are bullsh*tting,” he says. “They do care. They only say that when they get bad reviews. When they get good reviews, believe me, they talk about it.”

Frehley says critics have likened the sound of his new album to his 1978 self-titled solo record which featured the hit “New York Groove.” Forty years later, he’s fond of the comparison.

“That’s a real big compliment because that album has withstood the test of time,” Frehley says. “It's still my biggest-selling solo record. If Spaceman can do half what that record did, then this is going to be a huge!”

The parallels to Frehley’s older work actually go back to 1976, when KISS released its fourth studio album, Destroyer. Fans have acknowledged a correlation between Spaceman single “Rocking With The Boys” and KISS classic “Beth.”

“Ironically, I never really thought about it when I was writing it,” Frehley says. “I wrote that chorus in the ‘70s, but I was never happy with the verses or the bridge, so I revisited it. It’s about touring with KISS and leaving our loved ones behind.”

While the dark side of rockstardom taught the guitarist a particular loneliness, he’s happy to say that doesn’t represent his life anymore. On the road, his fiancée helps him keep his act together. But a healthy romantic relationship is no substitute for a clear state of mind. Twelve years sober, Frehley is gradually regaining his wits.

“Without the use of substances and alcohol, I’m much more focused,” he says. “My creativity for this past record was at an all-time high. Every year I'm away from drugs and alcohol, some of the memory cells are coming back. My producing is better and the songs I'm writing are better.”

He continues: “Prior to the release of Anomaly in 2009, 20 years went by before I released a record. I find it mind-boggling that I let that happen. But when you're under the influence, you lose track of time and you make mistakes. Right now I'm making up for lost time. And I'm having a lot of fun doing it.”

Frehley’s day-to-day life is calm now. This wasn’t guaranteed, considering his years of substance abuse and raucous childhood hot-wiring cars with the Ducky Boys gang.

“It seems like a different lifetime,” Frehley says. “I wanted protection. I got tired of getting beat up. Once you joined, it's like you were untouchable. If somebody f*cked with you, retribution would follow.”

But the youngster was often pulled away from violence, frankly, because of scheduling conflicts.

“By the time I was 15, I'd be getting calls from the Ducky Boys saying, ‘We're going to a rumble tonight in a school yard, bring a switchblade and a chain.’” Frehley says. “And I'd say, ‘I can't, I got two gigs this weekend!’ In essence, music saved my life, because half of those guys ended up dead, overdosing on drugs or going to jail. One of my best friends stabbed a guy in a bar and did some serious time. God has a plan for everybody. I was lucky enough to get out of that element. Music took me away.”

Frehley recorded Spaceman at his home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California, about a half-hour north of San Diego. His house rests on four acres and features a guesthouse, pool, a pond and palm trees. For an ex-member of one of the world’s biggest rock bands, it’s charming how excited he gets about the domestic side of life. He describes it as his own oasis — and raves about the money he saves through solar panels and well water.

But don’t be misled. Frehley doesn’t spend his time adjusting thermostats. On his property, he built the studio where Spaceman and much of his recent work was recorded. If he has an idea for a song, at any hour, he heads to the studio, lays down a few tracks, then reviews them in the morning. If it’s as good as he thought it was the night before, he’ll continue to develop it.

For the first time during the recording of Spaceman, Frehley’s old KISS cohort Gene Simmons joined him in his private studio. After working with Simmons on some of his elaborate Vault fan experiences, Frehley pulled the favor card.

“Getting Gene on the record was a brilliant idea,” Frehley says. “He kinda felt guilty saying ‘no.’ He showed up on my doorstep and within three or four hours we had two songs done.”

During the session that produced “Without You I’m Nothing” and “Your Wish Is My Command,” Frehley felt happy to flex some of his technical skills.

“Once we figured out the songs with acoustic guitars, I said, ‘Let's lay down a demo, you play bass, I'll play electric guitar.’” Frehley says. “I'm running the Pro Tools, setting up the mic, doing this and that. One of the first things Gene said to me once I started engineering was, ‘How'd you learn to do all this stuff Ace?’”

He continues: “I said, "Unlike you, sometimes I used to stay after the recording session and ask, ‘What do these buttons do?’”

While Frehley did use an engineer for his new album, he takes pride in his ability to record. He remembers back in the ‘70s, learning from engineers like Eddie Kramer, who worked on his debut solo album.

“'New York Groove,’ Eddie Kramer is responsible for that song," he says. "I didn't even want to record it. But, he was persistent and wore me down. We actually finished the last of the dubs down in Manhattan at a studio that I don't think exists anymore, it was up above Radio City Music Hall. The Rockettes would walk by the studio on their way to the roof to sun themselves.”

As a member of KISS, Frehley spent little time behind the microphone. The Bronx-native is far from a traditionally trained guitarist and save for a few vocal lessons, he’s been on his own when it comes to singing, too. But, as a solo artist, Frehley has assumed the role of lead vocalist.

“You can take the boy out of the Bronx, but you can't take the Bronx out of the boy,” Frehley says. “I still have a Bronx accent. Maybe not so much when I sing, but my voice is very recognizable. I've never considered myself a lead singer. I've always sang out of necessity. I'd be much happier just playing lead guitar and singing one or two songs. Singing and playing guitar at the same time takes a lot out of me, but my voice has gotten stronger over the years.”

On tour in 2018, Frehley likes to arrive 10 minutes prior to showtime. He checks his hair, throws on a guitar and walks on stage. He has no patience for warm ups or getting dolled up.

“It’s the complete opposite of what happened when I was in KISS,” Frehley says. “We used to get to the show at least two hours before we performed and went through that whole ritual of putting on the makeup. We've had so many great acts open for us over the years and I never got a chance to see them. At one point, I told them to put a monitor in our dressing room so we can at least watch them while we're putting on the makeup.”

He’s not exaggerating either. Bands like Cheap Trick, Rush and Bob Seger often opened the show for KISS, giving the artists a chance to perform to arenas. But in reality, it’s been many years since Frehley has been tied down to the makeup chair. After the release of the 1981 record Music From “The Elder,” Frehley departed the band.

Fifteen years later in 1996, he rejoined the original lineup for a reunion tour and contributed to the 1998 album Psycho Circus. After a 2001 “Farewell” tour, Frehley once again exited the band. Since his departure, guitarist Tommy Thayer has assumed the role of The Spaceman.

At the time of this interview in mid-October, Frehley addressed rumors that he might rejoin KISS for the band’s yet-to-announced farewell tour.

“I would do it for the fans if the price was right, but I wouldn't do it halfway,” Frehley says. “I'm the real Spaceman. If there's gonna be a real KISS reunion, I'm gonna regain my throne and Tommy's gonna have to do something else.”

By the end of the month, KISS announced the 2019 End of the Road tour, and despite recently performing some tracks with members of KISS on a concert cruise, there is no plan for Frehley to join the band next year.

In addition to the lineup changes of KISS, Frehley’s band has experienced some upheaval as of late. In October, he fired all of the members of his touring band to replace them with Gene Simmons’ solo backing band, citing issues with communication, ego and work ethic. It was met to some dismay by fans, although Frehley doesn’t pay it much mind.

“Everybody's got an opinion, like everybody's got an a**hole,” Frehley says. “I don't pay attention to the internet. Luckily the positive comments far outweigh the negative stuff. I'm in a good place. There's always gonna be some idiot that's gonna say something stupid. I don't let that stuff bother me.”

In 2019, Frehley will begin work on his next album, Origins, Vol 2. December 7-9, you can meet him and see him perform at the New Jersey KISS Expo. In late January, he’ll be playing a handful of shows on the West Coast.

Vinnie Vincent Loses Singer After Rescheduling Comeback

(11/28/18) Singer Robert Fleischman will not take part in Vinnie Vincent's rescheduled comeback shows that were just moved from Memphis in December to Nashville on February 8 and 9.

Fleischman was the singer in the first iteration of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion from 1984 - 1986, Vincent's first and most legitimate shot at parlaying his association with KISS into a free-standing career.

But Fleischman, who is also a former member of Journey, recently announced that he dropped out of the would-be reunion with Vincent after he started getting flashbacks to the end of his first tenure with the mercurial virtuoso guitarist.

"I think a lot of you know my history with Mr. Vincent [has] been a rollercoaster or two," Fleischman wrote in a Facebook post.

He explained that "things were not feeling good on the business side...again" and that Vincent's management made him a paltry offer. But that wasn't all.

Fleischman also cited what he called "poor organization," saying he was hardly in contact with anyone from Vincent's team about the gigs since agreeing to take part. He wagged his finger at Vincent's promoter for the way the Memphis shows were canceled earlier this month, noting that they had known "some time ago it wasn't going to happen."

He says he lost money by having to cancel his travel arrangements so soon before the shows, and he was also more than a little hurt to see he was apparently demoted on the new bill, which advertised drummer Carmine Appice and bassist Tony Franklin as being part of the "all star band. Fleischman noted that his name was relegated to "tiny little letters which would take a microscope to read."

"[After] that I said to myself, 'I'm not going down this road again,'" Fleischman said. "...[U]nfortunately some people don't learn from their past. Well, I do. I'm not going to hop on that train ever again."

Below the statement, Fleischman included what he said was the text message he sent Vincent informing him of his resignation.

Fleischman confirmed in the comments below the post that his text went unanswered. He also expressed agreement with one commenter who described the shows falling apart as Vincent being "back to his usual BS."

Vincent's former Kiss collaborator and band mate Gene Simmons suggested in an interview this summer that he doubts Vincent will successfully relaunch his career.

"There's something called the classic failure mechanism, which I was told by doctors and everything — I'm not saying he is one," Simmons said at the time when asked about Vincent's attempt to trademark the name "Vinnie Vincent's Kiss." "But there are people who simply cannot handle when things are starting to go their way — success — so they torpedo it by making stupid decisions to make sure they don't succeed, so they can deal with that."

Vincent's plan for his comeback has publicly changed several times.

In his initial announcement, the show was described as a true solo gig with Kiss's former Ankh warrior singing and playing songs from his career on acoustic guitar and telling stories about the old days.

It's understandable that adding the vaunted "full shred" set would complicate matters; Vincent needed to find a band and rehearse it to his high standards, all while making appearances at conventions around the country.

The guitarist says all tickets purchased for the postponed shows will be honored at the February dates.

While tickets are on sale now, the new venue has still not been named.

Ace Frehley | Interview & Signing at Sam Ash NYC

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VINNIE VINCENT: December Concert Dates Postponed To February

(11/17/18) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent's previously announced shows in Memphis on December 7 and December 8 have been postponed until February 8 and February 9, 2019 in Nashville due to additional scheduling and logistical requirements by the promoter.

Promoter Derek Christopher said: "Vinnie is ready to rock and roll and is disappointed by the postponement, but we needed extra time to add and confirm additional guests for the show. We wanted to make sure it's done right."

For the February shows, Vinnie will be joined by an all-star band that will include Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, ROD STEWART, JEFF BECK, BLUE MURDER) on drums, and Tony Franklin (DAVID GILMOUR, JIMMY PAGE, THE FIRM) on bass.

Tickets for the December 7 show will be honored on the February 8 date, and tickets for the December 8 show will be honored on the February 9 date.

Tickets can be exchanged or refunded on VinnieVincentLive.com.

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 slams the haters as rock icons Kiss vow to go out on top

(11/13/18) (heraldsun.com.au) AS soon as Kiss announced their farewell tour, frontman Paul Stanley knew there would be cynics.

Because The End of the Road tour, starting next year, is actually Kiss’s second goodbye.

The original Kiss line-up reformed for a farewell tour that ran from 2000 to 2001, but lost drummer Peter Criss before it finished and guitarist Ace Frehley soon after.

Stanley and fellow co-founder Gene Simmons would later state Criss and Frehley’s playing skills meant they weren’t especially proud of the reformation tour musically, even if it was the line-up the fans wanted to see.

“The first farewell tour was almost 19 years ago,” Stanley says. “Cynics be damned. Those people will always find something to say. That (reformed) line-up of the band was dysfunctional. People in the band weren’t showing respect to the fans or the band itself. We decided to put the horse down. The truth is we’ve carried on for 19 years (since the first farewell) because we realised people still wanted to see Kiss, we just had to have a tyre change.”

For this farewell tour, dubbed The End of the Road, Kiss will again be Stanley, Simmons and “new boys” Tommy Thayer (15 years in the band) and Eric Singer (27 years).

Stanley insists this will be it, despite bands regularly receiving raised eyebrows when they announce they’re splitting for good — Motley Crue had to sign a pact in public to prove to fans that their final tour was indeed the last goodbye.

“Not to take away from anybody else, but you can make up any piece of paper that makes people believe one thing or another,” Stanley says.

“It’s all about your intent. We’ve been thinking about how to do this for a while. With the band being really in top form and getting on terrifically, it’s time to take a victory lap. We made the conscious decision that this is it.”

Stanley, 66, says Kiss have strategically planned their exit. Dates for The End of the Road have so far announced been announced for all of 2019, but they’ll potentially tour for up to three years.

“It’s a big world,” Stanley explains. “We want to go out and celebrate with every country and every city that we’ve been to and that will take some time. We planned this. We’re not getting any younger. If we were playing some rock and roll songs wearing blue jeans and T-shirts we could do this into our 90s. But we’re wearing 40 or 50 pounds (18 to 22kgs) of gear, running around on stage.

“I’m 66. People half my age probably wish they were in the same shape. But there’s no beating the clock. You can’t. There are no 60-year-old footballers or basketball players or track runners. Your body can’t take that. At this point we are facing the inevitable and want to do it in the best way possible. We want to do it while we feel great as opposed to letting things deteriorate.

“Forget about a typical rock band, we’re so much more than a rock band. This is the greatest show we’ve ever put together. It’s a completely different stage, a completely new technology. We’re not one of those bands who does a farewell tour because we can’t do it anymore. This will be the ultimate Kiss show.”

Part of the band’s manifesto as they head out one last time is celebrate the success they have achieved despite the critics who always wrote them off. As much as the internet has given the Kiss Army a new platform to rally the troops, there are also plenty of Kiss haters online.

Decades of jumping around on stage in heavy boots may have taken its toll on Stanley’s hips (he’s had both replaced), but some voices online are more concerned with the impact age has had on his voice, posting unflattering concert videos to back their claims.

During his Australian solo tour this year, bandmate Simmons even mocked the Stanley “losing his voice”. (Stanley was quick to point out Simmons was struggling to sell tickets to his concerts.)

“If anyone wants to hear me sound like I did on (1975’s) Kiss Alive! then put on Kiss Alive!” Stanley says. “It would be absurd. Of course your voice changes. Any athlete’s body changes. Any singer’s voice changes. The naysayers and the scrooges will find the video of you falling on your ass, that’s the one they’ll post. But when you’re playing to between 20,000 to 60,000 fans a night and beginning and ending a show with an audience going crazy, I’m not really that concerned with the sceptics.

“I’m in the same boat a lot of people are,” he adds. “I see singers around my age and we talk about it. The difference could be many bands have a singer where you go ‘Well he sounds really good’ but, so does the keyboard player singing along with him. Or the person singing off stage. Kiss have never done that.

“I understand there’s people who tend to spout negativity but they’re in the vast, vast, vast minority. I will do everything in my power and I know that I will sound great on this tour. That is not delusional. I don’t look the same as I did at the beginning of the band, nobody looks the same today as they did decades ago, but it’s all about degree. But there are realities of course.”

Stanley — who is also an accomplished painter — says there are no plans to keep making new music once the final curtain goes down on Kiss’s live career.

“I don’t think there’s any reason to record at this point. You’re up against your past. Your past is much larger and more potent than the quality of your songs. It’s about songs that had a moment in somebody’s life, that’s where the power comes. It’s a photograph of a certain moment for somebody.

“Whether or us or the Stones or any classic band, when people say, ‘Why don’t you do a new album?’ they have no intention of wanting to hear it. They may tolerate a new song or two. But don’t kid yourself, when the (Rolling) Stones put out a new album someone will say, ‘That’s terrific, now play Brown Sugar’. It’s the nature of the beast. I’d rather go out and celebrate our glories and not hunker down in the studio to do an album which, understandably, will never receive the embracing that earlier ones do.

“If you put on a live concert of any of the classic bands and turn off the sound, I could tell you every time they’re playing a new song because the audience sits down. People really don’t want to hear those new songs live.”

It’s a different world Kiss will be saying goodbye to. The sexual metaphors in their lyrics would be hard for a new act to get away with, while even notorious pantsman Simmons has finally opted for marriage rather than salaciously reliving stories of the thousands of women he bedded over the years.

Indeed, on Andrew Denton’s Interview this year Simmons, 69, declared that, looking back on his behaviour through the #MeToo prism, he’d been “an arrogant and sexist pig”.

The two Kiss originals are very different personalities — they’ve clashed many times in recent years, most recently over Simmons’ unsympathetic views on the death of Prince and drug victims. However, Stanley and Simmons will go out as they came in — as friends.

“The Gene most people know is a self-created commodity for the media,” Stanley admits. “He’ll say all kinds of things. That’s who he is. He likes to stir things up, he likes to have soundbites. I can’t address anything other than to say we’ve been together 50 years at this point. We have an unbreakable bond and an appreciation for each other that goes far beyond what most people are fortunate enough to have.”

Kiss will also go out having left a big impression on the music industry. Once criticised for finding a way to merchandise everything from coffins to paid meet and greets, they’re now seen as the band who wrote the blueprint for finding new financial streams beyond album and ticket sales.

They’re a band that achieved pretty much everything possible and Stanley can see their legacy all around.

“There’s not a rock show out there, or a rap show, or any live show you see without some Kiss DNA in it. We were the wake up call to audiences of what they should expect and not tolerate less than. We are still fans of Kiss and we are Kiss.”

While they’ve prepared themselves musically and visually, is Simmons emotionally prepared for that final show — for which they’ve already pencilled in Rock and Roll All Nite as the last song they’ll ever play?

“The term ‘bittersweet’ comes to mind,” he says. “I’m so grateful for everything I’ve been given and everything I’ve shared. I see this as a celebration. It probably won’t sink in for quite a while that it’s over. That being said it’s a time of joy and defiance if you will, celebrating that we’ve always, for better or worse, done it our way, unapologetically. We’ve stood by our victories and brushed ourselves off in defeat. We were and remain the band we always wanted to see. That’s what we’re going out as, the band we always wanted to see.”

Kiss, RAC Arena Perth November 16 2019, Coopers Stadium Adelaide November 19, Rod Laver Arena Melbourne November 21-22, Supercars Newcastle November 23, Qudos Bank Arena Sydney November 26, Brisbane Entertainment Centre November 28. On sale 10am November 12, Ticketek

Watch Original KISS Drummer PETER CRISS Teach Young Fan How To Play

(11/13/18) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss made an appearance at this year's "DW Day" on November 10 at Bentley's Drum Shop in Fresno, California. During the event, he took a few minutes to give a very young fan — dressed in a KISS t-shirt and sporting "Catman" makeup — some pointers and techniques to help him improve his time keeping. Check out video footage here: Video.

Stan Lee, Marvel Mastermind and Cameo King, Dead at 95

(11/12/18) Comic-book legend Stan Lee, who helped build Marvel to prominence and who was involved in the brand’s television and film ventures, died Monday. He was 95.

Lee was declared dead at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after having a medical emergency, our sister site Variety reports.

During his many years at the comic-book publishing house, Lee created characters including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. He left the company in 1972 but kept the title of chairman emeritus until his death, and he received production credit on TV series like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, The Gifted, Inhumans, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

Lee also was known for making cameos — often playing himself — on TV series including The Gifted, Fresh Off the Boat, Nikita, Eureka and The Big Bang Theory, as well as in many feature films (where spotting him at times was a well-known, Alfred Hitchcock-style diversion).

In addition, Lee contributed his voice to a bunch of animated series, including The Simpsons, Ultimate Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.

ACE FREHLEY On His Upcoming Second Book: 'I've Probably Written About A Third Of It'

(11/8/18) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley spoke to Guitar World about the planned sequel to his autobiography "No Regrets: A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir", which came out in 2011. He said: "I've probably written about a third of it. But it's all on little pieces of paper and stuff. I'll remember a story when I'm in a restaurant or something, and just write it down on a napkin, you know? It's kinda like that."

He continued: "It's funny — I just did a show north of San Francisco, in Petaluma, and I realized my old publicity agent from the Casablanca [Records] days lives there. And so we met up and reminisced for about an hour and a half. I went, 'This is some good stuff! You've gotta write it down and e-mail it to me so I can put it in my second book!' Because he was telling me a lot of stuff I completely forgot about. And you know, most of the stories are from the days when I used to get loaded. But now I'm in one of the best places I've ever been in."

Back in 2016, Frehley acknowledged the fact that he has had to piece a lot of the material together from third-party anecdotes owing to his active addictions around the time that the events took place.

"Everybody does have an Ace story, in most cases, and it's actually good for me, because my memory isn't what it used to be," he said. "So [how it comes together is by] sitting down with old friends and employees and family members, and saying, 'What do you remember? Jog my memory.' And nine times out of ten, it comes back to me once they kick off the story."

Frehley said a few years ago that his next book would "be along the same lines as the first one." He continued: "I don't believe in bashing people. I don't believe in a lot of negativity, so most of the stories in the book are going to be about me: funny stories and funny situations on the road, all stories about me in the Bronx growing up, and so on and so forth.

"There wasn't much in the first book about the FREHLEY'S COMET years, and there's plenty of stories along those lines, there's still plenty of KISS stories, and plenty of stories of me growing up. I probably have enough stories for five books."

"No Regrets: A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir" landed at position No. 10 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. The book, which was described as a look back at Ace's "life of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll," arrived on November 1, 2011 via Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

"No Regrets" was co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden who also authored "The Last Great Fight" about what is considered by many to be the biggest upset in the history of boxing: James "Buster" Douglas's tenth-round knockout win over Mike Tyson in 1990.

Frehley performed with KISS from its inception in 1973 until his first departure in 1982 before rejoining KISS in 1996 for a very successful reunion tour. Frehley's latest stint lasted until 2002.

KISS Joined By JAMES CORDEN For 'Rock And Roll All Nite' Performance On 'The Late Late Show'

(11/6/18) (Video) Legendary rockers KISS were joined by James Corden Monday night (November 5) for a performance of their 1975 classic "Rock And Roll All Nite" on "The Late Late Show With James Corden".

Corden, who wore his own custom costume and face paint, changed the lyrics of the songs to reflect the fact that the older we get, the more difficult it becomes to rock and roll all night on top of partying every day.

"You show us everything you've got / You keep on dancin' and the room gets hot / You drive us wild / We'll drive you crazy," he sang.

"More than two drinks is a big mistake / Can't fall asleep and get the worst headache / I got work tomorrow / Let's not get crazy."

A month ago, KISS announced its "End Of The Road" farewell tour on NBC's "America's Got Talent", and last week, the band revealed the first set of dates and cities in North America, produced by Live Nation. International markets were announced simultaneously.

The North American leg of "End Of The Road" will launch January 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Rogers Arena and will hit an additional 43 cities.

KTLA's Frank Buckley Interviews: Gene Simmons

(11/2/18) (Listen / download) Gene Simmons is co-founder of the rock band KISS which has been performing and recording for 45 years. KISS has earned more gold albums (30) than any American band in history. In 2019, the band goes on tour in what it's calling the "End of the Road" farewell tour. Gene is also a prolific entrepreneur and co-founding partner of Rock and Brews restaurants. There are more than three-thousand KISS licensed products including a collaboration with Hello Kitty to market KISS-Hello Kitty merchandise in 90 countries. During this podcast, Gene discusses his life and career, his love of America, his respect for military and first responders, his entrepreneurial spirit, and the upcoming farewell tour. Full show notes available at http://ktla.com/frankbuckleyinterviews.

KISS: Shout It Out Loud

(11/2/18) The Late Late Show with James Corden - James welcomes legendary rock band KISS for a special Halloween performance of their classic song "Shout It Out Loud": Video.

KISS Takes Over Times Square For Halloween

(11/2/18) (Video) Yesterday, iconic rock band KISS celebrated Halloween with a total rock and roll takeover of Times Square in New York City. The epic move was in celebration of their recent "End Of The Road" world tour announcement — which will be the band's final tour ever.

Video of the massive takeover of four enormous clusters and 13 huge billboards right in the heart of the Big Apple can be seen below.

"We don't do anything small," the band says in the video.

"I was a New York City cab driver. I remember driving through Times Square but never could I have imagined that instead of driving the cab, I'd be up on the billboard," said frontman Paul Stanley. The initial "End Of The Road" announcement was made a month ago on NBC's "America's Got Talent", and earlier this week, the band revealed the first set of dates and cities in North America, produced by Live Nation. International markets were announced simultaneously.

The North American leg of "End Of The Road" will launch January 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Rogers Arena and will hit an additional 43 cities.

ACE FREHLEY Rejoins KISS On Stage At 'Kiss Kruise'

(11/2/18) (Video) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley rejoined his former bandmates on Wednesday during this year's "Kiss Kruise" to perform an acoustic set of KISS classics. Also appearing with them was former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.

The legendary rockers — Paul Stanley (vocals, guitar), Gene Simmons (bass, vocals), Tommy Thayer (guitar) and Eric Singer (drums) — are playing multiple shows during the eighth installment of their seagoing extravaganza, which embarked yesterday from Miami and will visit Key West, Florida, and Nassau in the Bahamas before returning to port on November 5.

Frehley, whose solo band is one of the artists performing on the cruise, took the stage during KISS's acoustic show on Wednesday and played four songs with the current KISS lineup: "2000 Man" (THE ROLLING STONES cover, which Ace sang on KISS's 1979 album "Dynasty"), "New York Groove" (HELLO cover, which appeared on Ace's 1978 debut solo album), "Nothing' To Lose" and "Rock And Roll All Nite". Kulick, who is also one of the cruise's scheduled performers, joined in on acoustic guitar.

"Life is full of coincidences," Stanley joked before Frehley's appearance. "Here we are, on a ship... Bruce Kulick just happens to be on this ship. And someone just said, 'You know who else is on this ship?' Ace Frehley! So, let's bring him up too."

Right before kicking into "Nothin' To Lose", Ace got emotional, telling the crowd and his formed bandmates: "This is great... this is so great. Thank you guys for inviting me up." Stanley then added: "Ace, hold on a second. All this couldn't have happened if we hadn't happened. We started this. So thank you for being here."

Earlier in the evening, Kulick reunited with KISS for performances of the "Revenge" track "Domino" — which KISS hadn't played live since 1995 — and "Hide Your Heart".

Last month, Ace told ABC Radio that the cruise could possibly feature one or more reunion performances with KISS. "Anything can happen on this cruise, and I think the fans are expecting something special," he said. "Either I might be invited onstage or I might invite Paul or Gene, or both of them. We'll see what happens…It's a 'Kiss Kruise' and the sky's the limit."

Frehley — whose new solo album, "Spaceman", was released last month 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." Ace said that both times he left KISS were by choice. "I remember the first time I wanted to quit the band," he recalled during a "live conversation" on September 25 at Musicians Institute. "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."

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VINNIE VINCENT Performs KISS Classics With FOUR BY FATE

(11/1/18) (Video) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent joined FOUR BY FATE on stage last night (Tuesday, October 30) at the pre-Kiss Kruise party at the Hangar Nightclub in Miami, Florida to play three KISS songs: "Lick It Up", "I Love It Loud" and "Cold Gin". Fan-filmed video footage of his performance can be seen below. FOUR BY FATE features members of FREHLEY'S COMET, CHEAP TRICK and SKID ROW.

As he did at this past weekend's Chiller Theatre event in Parsippany, New Jersey, Vincent donned a variation of the "Ankh Warrior" makeup for his FOUR BY FATE guest appearance.

The original "Ankh Warrior" ancient Egyptian motif was created by Paul Stanley, KISS's lead singer and rhythm guitarist. Vincent wore the makeup with KISS while on tour in support of the band's 1982 album "Creatures Of The Night", on which he played lead guitar on six songs prior to becoming an official member of the band. After that, he remained with KISS for one additional album, "Lick It Up" recorded in 1983, before being fired from the band for alleged unethical behavior.

Vincent was the last member of KISS to wear a unique makeup/costume configuration until he and the rest of KISS were first shown without the makeup during an interview on MTV in September 1983.

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's official comeback concerts will take place December 7 and December 8 in Memphis, Tennessee at the Theatre at Graceland. They will mark Vinnie's first full-blown return to the stage in over 30 years.

AOL Build Video: KISS Talks Their "End Of The Road" World Tour

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Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide have said this "End of the Road" Tour is devoted to the millions of KISS Army fans.

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Kiss Talks End of the Road Tour, Announces North American Dates

(10/29/18) (billboard.com) (Promo Video) After 45 years of full makeup, tall boots and elaborate costumes, Kiss is hitting the road for their final tour. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will launch their End of the Road Tour on Jan. 31 in Vancouver, B.C., at Rogers Arena and play an additional 43 dates throughout North America for their farewell excursion.

“This time out is far beyond what we have done before, not just because of technology. It is because the meaning of this tour is so, so great because we have been an indelible part of people’s lives, but guess what -- people have been an indelible part of our lives,” Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley tells Billboard. “A thank you is in order, but also one last time to live up to what everybody says we have been and what we are.”

“When we introduce ourselves for 45 years with you, [you] wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world. The bar is very high, maybe the highest. We’re in competition only with ourselves,” singer Gene Simmons says. “We don’t wish any ill will to anybody else, but we’re too busy being the most fabulous band on planet earth. Look at us. Just one look and you go ‘Wow.’”

The End of the Road Tour will include band members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer for the multi-year run that promises dates until at least 2020. The current North American dates will hit major markets including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, Boston, New York and Miami. The final North American date is scheduled for April 13 in Birmingham, Ala.

“One thing for sure is that this is the last tour. What goes beyond that is really hard to say,” Stanley says of what will happen to the band beyond their End of the Road dates. “The tour may go three years, but once we play your city, it is done. That is our big thank you.”

“We’re going to take it nice and slow because we are not like the wonderful bands who wear sneakers and T-shirts and show up with a guitar somewhere,” Simmons says, adding that there is nothing wrong with that. “For us to move anywhere, this is the 600,000-pound gorilla. We can’t move without having tractor trailers up the wazoo. We leave a big imprint and that’s how we like it.”

The band promises bigger than ever stage theatrics, technology and brand-new attire. Simmons explains that each member has designed new outfits for the tour, put together and embellished with that signature Kiss flair, including nine-inch platform boots.

“These are new outfits that we took a long time to craft. All of us design our own stuff. At the end of the day we are fully complete by ourselves,” Simmons tells Billboard. “We’re not only in Kiss, we’re fans of the band. I’m on stage with these guys. I look across the stage, and wow. We’re the greatest band on earth.”

Simmons, Stanley, Thayer and Singer will all continue to don their unique makeup in character as the Demon, Starchild, Spaceman and Catman, respectively.

“This tour is really the last chance for everybody to come, but especially those people who have never seen Kiss before. This is the last opportunity to come and see the wow that [Simmons] is talking about,” adds guitarist Tommy Thayer. “Not only that, it is the last opportunity for the tried and true Kiss army to come out and see us one last time as well. So be there.”

Each night of the tour, the band says they will perform hits from their expansive decades-long catalog. Songs will range from their 1974 debut album to well into the 1990s and beyond.

“For all the audience saying ‘When are you going to record a new album or will you play a deep cut?’ Why? We have ‘Detroit Rock City,’ ‘Love Gun,’ ‘Rock and Roll All Night,’ “Shout Out Loud,’ ‘Firehouse,’ ‘Hotter Than Hell,’ and the list goes on and on,” says Stanley. “There isn’t room for some obscure song. Songs that are obscure are obscure for a reason.”

Stanley adds, “And if we’re going to please a handful of diehards, the real crazy diehards and have 20,000 other people go ‘What’s that?’ or “Let’s go out and get a Coke’ then we are failing the masses. We wouldn’t do that.”

Kiss will be offering VIP experiences and special Kiss Army fan presales beginning on Oct. 31. Kiss meet and greet experiences will be available beginning Tuesday (Oct. 30) at 10 a.m. local time through Epic Rights.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (Nov. 2) at 10 a.m. local time. View upcoming tour dates below the news.

VINNIE VINCENT Dons Variation Of 'Ankh Warrior' Makeup For CHILLER THEATRE Appearance

(10/29/18) (Video) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent donned a variation of the "Ankh Warrior" makeup for his appearance at this past weekend's Chiller Theatre event in Parsippany, New Jersey.

The original "Ankh Warrior" ancient Egyptian motif was created by Paul Stanley, KISS's lead singer and rhythm guitarist. Vincent wore the makeup with KISS while on tour in support of the band's 1982 album "Creatures Of The Night", on which he played lead guitar on six songs prior to becoming an official member of the band. After that, he remained with KISS for one additional album, "Lick It Up" recorded in 1983, before being fired from the band for alleged unethical behavior.

Vincent was the last member of KISS to wear a unique makeup/costume configuration until he and the rest of KISS were first shown without the makeup during an interview on MTV in September 1983.

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's comeback concerts will take place December 7 and December 8 in Memphis, Tennessee at the Theatre at Graceland. They will mark Vincent's first return to the stage in over 30 years.

Former GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist GILBY CLARKE On early band CANDY

(10/28/18) On Paul Stanley nearly producing his early band CANDY: Gilby: "That was the idea. We were managed by KISS's manager at the time, Howard Marks. At that time, Howard only had three acts — us, Diana Ross and KISS. Of course, his first day, [he said], 'Maybe Paul should produce you guys.' Us being huge KISS fans, we were just excited to meet him, number one. The producing thing ended up going to Jimmy Ienner, who produced GRAND FUNK [RAILROAD], [THE] RASPBERRIES... I was probably one that was pulling more for Paul, the singer was probably pulling a little more for Jimmy Ienner."

KISS To Discuss 'End Of The Road' Farewell Tour At SiriusXM's 'Town Hall' Next Monday

(10/26/18) KISS will take part in SiriusXM's "Town Hall" interview series on Monday, October 29 at the satellite network's New York City studios. The band is expected to discuss its upcoming "farewell" tour, dubbed "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour", which will launch in early 2019.

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

"Let's put it into perspective and try to at least get a sense of what's different [this time around]," Stanley told Rolling STone. "The farewell tour took place 19 years ago. The farewell tour was at the end of the time that we had brought back the two original members [guitarist Ace Frehley and Peter Criss] and it was such drudgery and so difficult and so unhappy that it just seemed, like, 'Let's put the horse down.' And after the tour was over, it didn't take me very long to realize I didn't want to say goodbye to the band; I wanted to say goodbye to two members. So that was the differences. We've had 19 years of the band. The band has never been better, happier… But with all that in mind, it's time to think about an end."

Although Stanley didn't rule out the possibility of guest appearances by former members, he didn'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, really 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."

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."

Basist/vocalist 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."

NITA STRAUSS Says PAUL STANLEY And GENE SIMMONS Were 'Very Nice To Work For'

(10/26/18) Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, has spoken to KNAC.COM about her onetime gig as the in-house guitarist for the LA KISS, the now-defunct arena football team owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS. Asked how many people she beat out for the job, Nita said: "I'm not sure that they looked into anyone else. I just remember going into a couple of meetings with Gene and Paul where they were discussing who was going to play the national anthem at the games. I'm not sure that they looked into anyone else. I just got a call asking, 'Are you interested?' And my response was, 'Absolutely! Just tell me when and where to be!' [Laughs] As a lifelong sports fan, especially as a lifelong L.A. sports fan, I was born and raised in L.A., to get the opportunity to play the anthem for an L.A. sports team is a dream come true. Also, did I mention it was also doing it for Gene and Paul? That was simply icing on the cake. [Laughs]"

Asked what was it like to have Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley as her employers, Nita said: "I didn't work directly with them, though I was little starstruck the first time I met them. I mainly worked through the talent department. I didn't work directly too much with Gene and Paul, but they were very nice to work for. When I was leaving and the last half of the season, I had a great conversation with Paul. I had just landed the Alice Cooper tour and had to make a decision to do one thing or the other. I had to let them know I was having to leave. but I had a good reason. [Laughs] This was the MÖTLEY CRÜE farewell tour with Alice Cooper supporting. Gene and Paul were extremely understanding. On the last day, Paul pulled me aside and said, 'Listen, if we have to lose you to anyone, I'm glad it was the Alice Cooper organization because they are going to treat you really well.' I have a lot of respect for him because of that. He didn't have to do that, but he did, and that was really, really cool of him."

Nita will release her debut solo album, "Controlled Chaos", on November 16 via Sumerian Records.

ACE FREHLEY Would Only Participate In KISS's Final Tour If He Could 'Take Back' His 'Make-Up, Costume And Character'

(10/24/18) Ace Frehley has told VintageRock.com that "the only way" he would "seriously consider" taking part in KISS's upcoming "One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour" is "if I took back my make-up and costume and my character — which I designed." He added that current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer "is not a bad guitar player, but he basically just mimics everything I wrote, and tries to imitate my persona. He's been doing it for 15 years," he said. "But the reality is I'm the original guy. And nobody can really copy the way I play guitar."

Asked if he would still consider participating in the tour if original KISS drummer Peter Criss was not involved, Ace said: "I think it would be great if Peter was involved. Obviously, at this point in his life, he wouldn’t be able to do a two-hour show. But I can see if we worked out a situation where Peter came out at the end and did three or four songs — sang 'Beth', did 'Black Diamond' and a couple of others, I think that would be fun."

Ace told Houston Press earlier in the month that he hasn't been approached to take part in KISS's farewell tour. "I haven't been asked to do anything with KISS," he said. "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."

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

Frehley, whose new solo album, "Spaceman", was released on October 19 via eOne, 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."

PAUL STANLEY Says His Upcoming Second Book Is 'Almost A Companion To The First'

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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'

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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.

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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."

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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!

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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