KISS News Archive Part 1

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

(11/19/18) Ace Frehley | Interview & Signing at Sam Ash NYC: Watch.

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."

Watch KISS Perform 'Love Gun' On 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

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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.

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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.

Bruce Kulick interviewed by Totally Driven Radio

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

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

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

Paul Stanley in-studio on #CPR with Marci!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kiss guitarist featured on app for children's book

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

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

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

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

Thayer said he was excited to work with Asher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you go

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

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

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

Information: 446-2820

Jennifer & Bill Talk With Paul Stanley Of KISS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vinnie Vincent - COMPLETE PERFORMANCE Atlanta KISS Expo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Singer on Talking Metal Podcast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bruce Kulick Interview Metalliluola 2017

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

Winter Classic will be in 'New York Groove'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“While I can appreciate overstatement for humor’s sake,” Mr. Harris wrote in his book, “the comment is very misleading. We had a ton of fun at Casablanca, and we indulged in all the vices you’d expect, but that never kept us from working hard and putting in long hours.”

Max Weinberg and Ace Frehley Join Entertainment Lineup for 2018 NHL Winter Classic

(12/28/17) The temperature will be freezing but the music will be red hot at the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day, as the Buffalo Sabres battle the New York Rangers at New York's Citi Field.

E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg and KISS legend Ace Frehley have been added to the performance lineup for the outdoor hockey game, joining the previously announced Goo Goo Dolls.

Weinberg will be performing throughout the game as part of his quartet the Max Weinberg Jukebox, who will be serving as the house band during the event. Fans can vote via Twitter and Facebook on one of the songs Weinberg's group will perform at the game, with the choices being AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" and The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated."

Frehley, meanwhile, will rock his classic hit "New York Groove" during the pre-game festivities. The song is played at Citi Field following every home win by the New York Mets.

Goo Goo Dolls will perform during the first intermission of the NHL Winter Classic, which will air live January 1 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

Roast of Gene Simmons Canceled After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

(12/20/17) Kiss off!

The Friars Club has canceled its March 2 roast of Gene Simmons. Confidential has learned that the legendary club nixed the tribute in light of recent allegation of sexual impropriety against the Kiss bassist.

As it happens, Simmons was picked to be honored after the club chose to cancel its roast of Harvey Weinstein because of charges of sexual misconduct against the disgraced movie mogul.

The decision comes the same day a reporter from Australia’s Daily Telegraph said she walked out on a 1990s interview — the only time she’s done so in her career — after comments by Simmons made her uncomfortable.

That complaint came a day after reports that Simmons was being sued by an unidentified woman, who claims the 68-year-old rocker groped her last month in a restaurant he co-owns. Simmons denies the claim.

According to The Daily Beast, Simmons was also banned from Fox News studios after he “crudely insulted female Fox staffers” during a visit in November.

Simmons’ skewering was to have been hosted by George Lopez. Insult comic Jeffrey Ross was also signed on to playfully taunt the musician. The event was to have taken place at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Midtown, where we’re told the show could still go on without Simmons. As of Monday, club sources confirm that the search was on to find another honoree.

The legendary comedy club, which boasts “We only roast the ones we love,” has roasted the famous and the infamous in its 113-year history.

Past roastees include Humphrey Bogart, Milton Berle, Johnny Carson and Lucille Ball. Hugh Hefner, Matt Lauer and Donald Trump have also received the honor.

The Friars Club didn’t return our calls, but a board member confirms the cancellation.

“In light of recent developments, and after careful consideration, the Friars Club has decided to cancel its roast of Gene Simmons effective immediately,” we’re told.

Watch ACE FREHLEY's Entire Houston Concert

(12/19/17) Fan-filmed video footage of Ace Frehley's entire December 17 concert at Scout Bar in Houston, Texas can be seen here.

Setlist was as follows:

01. Rip It Out
02. Hard Times (KISS song)
03. 2000 Man (THE ROLLING STONES cover)
04. Snowblind
05. Love Gun (KISS song)
06. Parasite (KISS song)
07. Rock Soldiers
08. Bass Solo
09. Strange Ways (KISS song)
10. New York Groove (HELLO cover)
11. 2 Young 2 Die
12. Shock Me (KISS song)
13. Ace Frehley Guitar Solo
14. Cold Gin (KISS song)

Encore:

15. Detroit Rock City (KISS song)
16. Deuce (KISS song).

GENE SIMMONS Denies Sexual Battery Allegations, Says Evidence Will Prove His Innocence

(12/17/17) Gene Simmons has denied groping and making "unwanted, unwarranted sexual advances" toward a radio and television broadcaster during a November 1 interview.

The woman, identified as "Jane Doe," filed a lawsuit against Simmons in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday (December 15), alleging that the KISS bassist/vocalist grabbed her hand multiple times and "forcefully placed it on his knee and held it on his knee." The accuser, identified in the documents as a "longtime on-air personality for a local rock station," also says the 68-year-old rocker "forcibly flicked/struck" her throat when she spoke to Simmons and his bandmate Paul Stanley at their Rock & Brews restaurant at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California. In addition, she claims Simmons "reached toward [her] buttocks and touched it" while they were posing for a promotional photo together after the interview.

"My client is embarrassed and humiliated by the incident with Mr. Simmons," the woman's attorney, Willie W. Williams, told The San Bernardino Sun. "She filed suit because she wanted to make a strong statement that this behavior is unacceptable and she wants to see an end to this type of behavior."

The allegations included in the suit, which can be read in full below, include sexual battery, gender violence, battery and assault.

Earlier today, Simmons released a statement refuting the woman's allegations and vowing to prove his innocence.

"I intend to defend myself against any alleged charges you may have been reading about in the media," Simmons said in the statement sent to Ultimate Classic Rock. "For the record, I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way. I am conferring with my lawyers with the aim of vigorously countering these allegations. And, I look forward to my day in court where the evidence will prove my innocence."

Last month it was reported Simmons had been banned for life from Fox News due to lewd behavior following his appearance on November 15 on Fox News and Fox Business Network. The KISS co-founder was on hand to promote his latest book, the financial self-help guide, titled "On Power", on both "Fox & Friends" and "Mornings With Maria". Simmons, who during the "Fox & Friends" appearance took the opportunity to aid meteorologist Janice Dean in her weather report, and later on, spoke frankly about the various sexual misconduct scandals in Hollywood.

Simmons denied the allefations during an appearance on BBC "Hardtalk", explaining, "Somebody there apparently had the goods in for me and called The Daily Beast or something and said whatever they said I did. I did nothing. I always had people around me. Like when I come here, I've got handlers and everybody sees what I'm doing. You can't go into a public area and do anything."

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

Simmons told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the roles that men and woman play are genetically predisposed. "Until the age of 12, the female of the species far outperforms the male of the species in science, in math, and everything else — I mean, by a few grades," he said. "As soon as puberty hits, she stops with science and math and everything else, and completely becomes dedicated to making herself attractive to the opposite sex. She takes up a new profession. The profession is? To make herself as valuable in her looks as possible, because — my assessment — that's her meal ticket."

Gene Simmons Sued For Sexual Assault

(12/16/17) (TMZ.com) Gene Simmons is being sued for allegedly groping a woman during the opening of a restaurant last month.

The lawsuit -- filed by a Jane Doe -- claims she interviewed Simmons last month at the opening of a Rock & Brews in San Bernardino. The accuser claims during the interview, Gene reached over, grabbed her hand and forcibly placed it on his knee. She says it made her feel uncomfortable, but continued the interview.

The docs claim Gene grabbed the reporter's hand, commented on how soft it was and creepily suggested she must use lotion ... things got more weird when Simmons reached over and allegedly flicked the interviewer's throat.

The defendant says following that action, she did her best to stop the interview, but Gene tried to keep going. Finally, she claims he touched her ass when everyone posed for a group photo.

We reached out to a rep for Gene ... so far, no word back.

GENE SIMMONS Says He Did Nothing To Warrant Being Banned For Life From FOX NEWS

(12/12/17) Gene Simmons says that he did nothing to warrant him being banned for life from Fox News.

It was reported last month that the KISS bassist/vocalist would not be welcomed back to the conservative news network due to lewd behavior following his appearance on Fox News and Fox Business Network. The Daily Beast reported Simmons was on hand to promote his latest book, the financial self-help guide titled "On Power", on both "Fox & Friends" and "Mornings With Maria". During the "Fox & Friends" appearance, he took the opportunity to aid meteorologist Janice Dean in her weather report and later on spoke frankly about the various sexual misconduct scandals in Hollywood.

It was what allegedly happened once the cameras stopped rolling that got Simmons banned from the network. Gene was set to plug the book with FoxNews.com's entertainment division, when according to an unnamed Fox staffer, he barged into a production meeting, pulled open his red velvet shirt and yelled "Hey chicks, sue me!" — before "telling Michael Jackson pedophilia jokes, and then bopped two employees on the head with his book, making derisive comments about their comparative intelligence according to the sound their heads made when struck." The source was quoted as saying: "It was pretty severe."

Simmons shot down The Daily Beast's report during an interview with BBC "Hardtalk"'s Sarah Montague. Insisting that he never disrupted a Fox meeting or ripped his shirt off, Simmons said: "Here's how I wear my shirt. Somebody there apparently had the goods in for me and called something called The Daily Beast or something and said whatever they said I did. I did nothing. I always had people around me. Like when I come here, I've got handlers and everybody sees what I'm doing. You can't go into a public area and do anything."

Gene continued: "The problem is with social media today is nobody calls you and says, 'Do you have a comment?' So the story was printed, and, of course, everybody exploded. And Fox, you know, they're nice people — I like them a lot — closed ranks and they're afraid of getting sued by everybody. Nothing happened. I stand by every word."

Pressed by Montague to clarify that "nothing happened" but Fox still banned him from the network, Simmons said: "That's right. That's exactly right. I stand by every word I just said."

During the "Hardtalk" chat, Simmons was asked about women who have opened up about their experiences with sexual harassment/assault in the wake of allegations of misconduct by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Gene, who is renowned for his sexual appetite and decades of consensual conquests, was himself accused on social media of behaving inappropriately around at least two women.

"All of a sudden, 44 years on in a rock band, somebody's coming up and saying, 'This guy is a bad guy.' It's not true," Gene told Montague in response to accusations of his sexual misconduct. "I think the climate is horrifically bad and yet at the same time empowering to the right women. There are some really bad guys out there; I just happen not to be one of them."

Commenting on the culture that has for many years protected abusers — and, in some cases, enabled them to harass or assault multiple people — Simmons said: "The women who are going after the Weinsteins of the world? They should go to the cops. The police are here and the court system is here for you to do what the women did with Bill Cosby. You have a complaint? Go to the cops. Going to the court of public opinion on social media is… Maybe it exactly happened the way it happened. Why don't you get yourself a lawyer and do due diligence."

When Montague pointed out to Simmons that some of the sexual misconduct doesn't rise to the level of criminal prosecution, however obnoxious and unacceptable it may be, but should still be brought to the public's attention in order to change the culture that has kept women abused and silent, Gene said: "There's an organization here in England — I saw it yesterday on a chat show — a woman heads it, about the victims, you know, the men who are committing suicide, who are wrongly accused of all kinds of nonsense. What about that?"

Asked if he thinks the current witch hunt for sexual predators has gone too far or is unfair, Simmons responded: "I'm not saying it's gone too far or not enough. I'm saying, go to the cops."

Weinstein's career was brought to a halt after dozens of women in the entertainment industry — including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie — accused him of varying degrees of sexual misconduct over the years.

A spokeswoman for Weinstein has repeatedly denied allegations "of non-consensual sex." Weinstein has also apologized for "the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past."

VINNIE VINCENT: 'I Love And Respect GENE SIMMONS Like A Brother'

(11/29/17) Ex-KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent says that he wishes his former bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley "nothing but the best."

Vincent replaced lead guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982 and played with KISS for two years. He left the group on bad terms, and later claimed Simmons and Stanley owed him royalties for his work on the group's 1983 album "Lick It Up".

It was recently announced that Vincent will appear as a special guest at the Atlanta Kiss Expo in January. The 65-year-old musician will be signing autographs and taking photos during the special VIP Meet & Greet on Friday, January 19, 2018, as well as all day long at the Atlanta Kiss Expo on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

In a brand new statement released to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Vincent said: "I love and respect Gene Simmons like a brother, and have nothing but the fondest of memories working with him and Paul Stanley. Ours was a very special chemistry. We made one hell of a great band, and the magic we made together is timeless.

"I am proud of our work and the songs we wrote that appeared on the 'Creatures Of The Night', 'Lick It Up' and 'Revenge' albums that became KISS classics, and are staples of their live shows to this day. We brought happiness to the fans with performances and songs that will live on.

"I am appearing in person at the Atlanta Kiss Expo to celebrate KISS, embrace our music and our time, and share good will with the fans. And for all of the above, I wish both Gene and Paul nothing but the best."

Simmons recently told The Aquarian Weekly that he would never work with Vincent again. "He's a very talented guy," Gene said. "Everybody's got their troubles in life. You can't fix everything. I'm a big supporter of his talent. You know, go with god. Enjoy life, be happy. But I don't need more dark clouds over my life. It's nice and calm. Eric [Singer, KISS drummer] and Tommy [Thayer, guitar] have been with us for a very long time, and it's professional to the highest degree. Everybody is happy to be together. Everybody shows up on time. There's no, 'The dog ate my homework.' None of that crap.

"When you use drugs and alcohol and other bullshit things, it's everybody else's fault," Simmons continued. "You're always the victim. You never take charge of your situation, and I'm sick of it. I don't tolerate any of that. I won't have any of those losers around in my life. That includes regular people too. If somebody I work with in other areas drinks, they're gone. By the way, they don't care about you. They just want what they want."

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

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

After running into into Simmons at a recording studio and reportedly apologizing for causing KISS all the grief while he was a member, Vincent was brought back into the KISS fold to co-write "Unholy", "Heart Of Chrome" and "I Just Wanna" for the band's 1992 album "Revenge". However, once the record was released, "Vinnie was up to his old tricks again," Simmons told Rolling Stone. "He reneged on a signed deal we had made and decided that he wanted to renegotiate. He eventually sued us and lost. As far as I was concerned, he was persona non grata forever."

"It's a shame," Simmons said. "He's talented beyond most people that you'd meet, but you get to sleep in the bed you make."

In May 2011, Vincent was arrested and with aggravated domestic assault after allegedly roughing up his wife, Diane Cusano, at their home in Smyrna, Tennessee. He spent the night in jail and was released on $10,000 bond the following morning.

In a statement released after the arrest, Vincent said: "Please don't believe everything you read. I would never hurt anyone — ever. What has been reported is an absolutely inaccurate depiction of the events that occurred that evening. When it's time, the truth will be known."

In January 2014, Diane Cusano passed away due to conditions stemming from chronic alcoholism. She was 47 years old.

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

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

GENE SIMMONS Apologizes For 'Unintentionally' Offending Members Of FOX Team

(11/20/17) Gene Simmons has issued a statement apologizing for "unintentionally" offending female staffers during his appearance on Fox News and Fox Business.

It was reported late last week that the KISS bassist/vocalist was banned for life from Fox due to lewd behavior following his appearance last Wednesday (November 15) on the right-leaning cable channels. The Daily Beast reported Simmons was on hand to promote his latest book, the financial self-help guide titled "On Power", on both "Fox & Friends" and "Mornings With Maria". Gene, who, during the "Fox & Friends" appearance, took the opportunity to aid meteorologist Janice Dean in her weather report, later on spoke frankly about the various sexual misconduct scandals in Hollywood.

Having previously boasted about his sexual appetite and decades of consensual conquests, Simmons said during the panel on "Mornings With Maria": "I'm a powerful and attractive man and what I'm about to say is deadly serious. Men are jackasses. And from the time we're young, we have testosterone. I'm not validating it or defending it. Guys need to be trained from their very, very young ages from their mothers and their loved ones that half the world's population are female, and they need to be treated with respect."

It was what allegedly happened once the cameras stopped rolling that got the KISS bassist banned from the network. Simmons was set to plug the book with FoxNews.com's entertainment division, when according to an unnamed Fox staffer, he barged into a production meeting, pulled open his red velvet shirt and yelled "Hey chicks, sue me!" — before "telling Michael Jackson pedophilia jokes, and then bopped two employees on the head with his book, making derisive comments about their comparative intelligence according to the sound their heads made when struck." The source was quoted as saying: "It was pretty severe."

Although Simmons went on to film the piece for Fox entertainment, it reportedly will not be aired.

Gene has since issued a statement apologizing for the incident, saying: "I have appeared frequently over the years on various Fox News and Fox Business programs and have a tremendous amount of respect for the talented women and men who work there. While I believe that what is being reported is highly exaggerated and misleading, I am sincerely sorry that I unintentionally offended members of the Fox team during my visit."

A while back, The Pulse Of Radio caught up with Paul Stanley and asked him how he feels about Simmons's highly opinionated beliefs and high-profile persona apart from the band. Stanley explained that Simmons is free to do whatever he likes — as long as it doesn't negatively impact KISS. "I think Gene has earned the right to do whatever he wants to," Paul said. "Gene certainly in all venues has the freedom and the right to do whatever he chooses, as long as it doesn't directly impact on anything that he's only part of. He's come away unscathed till now."

Fox bans KISS's Gene Simmons from properties

(11/17/17) The lead singer of the rock band KISS has been banned from all Fox properties "for life" after making lewd comments and harassing employees in a staff meeting following a guest appearance on the network on Thursday.

Fox News confirmed that Simmons was banned after a series of events first reported by The Daily Beast.

Simmons had come to Fox to do an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business's "Mornings With Maria" to promote his new book.

Bartiromo's studio is located on the third floor at Fox News and Fox Business headquarters in midtown Manhattan. After the interview, he went to the 14th floor for an entertainment feature, where he began acting improperly.

“Hey chicks, sue me!” Simmons said while pulling open his velvet shirt to expose his chest and stomach, according to The Daily Beast.

He also allegedly touched a number of employees while telling jokes about pedophilia. The touching included knocking on their heads to mock their intelligence.

Simmons, 68, who appeared on Fox News and Fox Business occasionally as a guest, was "banned from all Fox properties permanently," per The Daily Beast.

The Israeli-born rocker, whose real name is Chaim Witz, immigrated to the U.S. in 1957.

KISS was formed in the mid-70s and scored several major hits, including "I Wanna Rock-n-Roll All Night." The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Gene Simmons Explains His Controversial Comments About Women: ''I'm Aware of the Rules, I Didn't Create Them''

(11/14/17) It's another day ending in "y," so Gene Simmons has something controversial to say.

This time, the 68-year-old Kiss singer suggests women should use their sexuality to gain more money and power.

In case you missed it, Simmons made the controversial remarks while discussing his new book—On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power—with the NY Post.

"Women have a choice," he told the publication. "They can dress in potato sacks, [but] as soon as they pretty themselves up with lipstick, lift and separate them and point them in our general direction, they're gonna get a response. Guys are jackasses—we will buy them mansions and houses...all because of sex."

He also argued that women can't have a career and kids.

"Get over your biological urges," Simmons said. "It's natural to want to have kids, but, sorry, you can't have it both ways. You have to commit to either career or family. It's very difficult to have both."

Needless to say, when Simmons joined Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the Today show this morning, they asked him to clarify his remarks.

"Here's the reality: I'm aware of the rules, I didn't create them," he said. "I'm not saying life is fair. What I'm saying is the male species is visually stimulated. That's life. So you have power—the power of being a female—and you can access that power to make more money."

He continued, "We appreciate it. We want you [women] to be as attractive to as possible for us [men] and for each other."

Still, Simmons argued that he's on the female side, noting he wants women to have as much power as possible, which he believes can come from the way women present themselves.

He also went on to assure viewers he wants all the "jackasses" who were acting improper "to go to jail," alluding to the sexual misconduct allegations that have come out over the last few months.

"It's time for women to stand up and take charge," he said.

Watch Simmons interview by launching the video here.

KISS Kruise To Rock Again In 2018

(11/13/17) KISS has once again partnered up with the industry leaders in music festivals at sea, Sixthman, to announce the upcoming voyage of The KISS Kruise VIII. The cruise is set to sail on Halloween October 31, 2018 on Norwegian Jade leaving out of Miami, Florida.

The announcement comes on the heels of the recent return of the sold-out KISS Kruise VII. The KISS Kruise VII left from New Orleans, Louisiana on Norwegian Pearl visiting Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Along the way, the KISS Navy was treated to a first-ever KISS storytellers sail away set as well as 2 full-scale KISS masked concerts in the ship's indoor Stardust Theater. Joining the musical legends on board were Bruce and Bob Kulick, EXTREME, STEEL PANTHER, Derek St. Homes, BIG ROCK SHOW, BITERS, LED ZEPAGAIN, HARD DAY'S NIGHT, Sophie Simmons, THE DIVES, Jake J and the KILLJOYS, and KI.

Beyond the music, 2,300 KISS fans were treated to a wide array of activities led by the band, including: "Kruise Kitchen with Paul Stanley", "Are You Smarter Than A Rock God with Gene Simmons", "Name That Solo with Tommy Thayer" and "Drum Off with Eric Singer." KISS Kruisers were also able to get one to one with rock-n-roll history in the exclusive Kissworld Konfidential panel that featured Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Big John Harte, Michael James Jackson and Lydia Criss. Throughout the sailing, the ship fully embodied Kissworld with historical costume displays, face painting, a full-service tattoo parlor, photo opportunities with KISS memorabilia, once-in-a-lifetime chances to mingle with their favorite artists, culminating with each guest receiving a signed commemorative poster and photo with KISS.

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

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

Gene Simmons says women can’t have a career and kids

(11/12/17) Hey, women! Forget your grandiose notions of working toward equality based on your intellectual merits. That’s all nonsense, and Gene Simmons — a 68-year-old man — is here to tell you why.

In his new book, “On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power” (Harper Collins, out Tuesday), the Kiss bass player and vocalist uses his decades of business experience to preach about how to get ahead in the modern world.

For women, Simmons argues that using sexuality is still the quickest route to power.

“Women have a choice,” he told The Post. “They can dress in potato sacks, [but] as soon as they pretty themselves up with lipstick, lift and separate them and point them in our general direction, they’re gonna get a response. Guys are jackasses — we will buy them mansions and houses .?.?. all because of sex.”

And, ladies, if you’re thinking of being a working mom, think again. “Get over your biological urges,” Simmons said. “It’s natural to want to have kids, but, sorry, you can’t have it both ways. You have to commit to either career or family. It’s very difficult to have both.”

Simmons knows his (freakishly long) tongue will get him in trouble. But as he so eloquently put it, he doesn’t “give a f–k what anyone thinks.” The rocker — whose band’s earnings and business interests, such as the restaurant chain Rock & Brews, have earned him an estimated net worth of $300 million — offers “On Power” as a way to share his valuable insights and help the common schmuck be as important as he is.

The way he sees it, people desire power and money more than they let on: “I’ve met losers in my life who’ve said, ‘I just need enough to get by,’ but they’re lying to themselves.”

In the book, Simmons argues that the idea of power as a corruptive force is a myth. Even as once-influential figures such as Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner and Kevin Spacey have recently seen their careers and reputations disintegrate because of the alleged misuse of their positions, Simmons stands by his theories in the book.

“Power is neither good or bad, it is simply a tool,” he said. “I’d rather the good guys have it. In the hands of someone like the Dalai Lama, it’s going to be used well, and not to hurt people. In the hands of Harvey Weinstein, maybe not.”

And Simmons, who has a son, Nick, 28, and a daughter, Sophie, 25, with his wife, ex-Playboy model Shannon Tweed, doesn’t want to hear any whining from people who haven’t yet earned their power.

“You’ve got 20-year-olds who are saying, ‘I’m looking forward to my vacation,’?” he said. “Vacation? You’re 20! You haven’t worked!”

In all fairness, no one can argue that Simmons had anything handed to him. Born Chaim Witz in Israel in 1949, he grew up so poor his family reused rags for toilet paper. They arrived in New York in 1958, and Simmons quickly learned the value of a hustle. In college, he set himself up as a typist to earn extra money, later worked at a deli and even taught sixth grade in East Harlem before Kiss started to take off in 1973. The band would go on to sell more than 75 million albums around the world.

Simmons, who now lives in Beverly Hills, Calif., feels no guilt about being rich. In fact, he feels the unwashed masses should be thankful he is.

“If it wasn’t for the rich, there wouldn’t be jobs for people. There’d be no philanthropy. There’d be nothing,” he said. “A poor person never gave me a job. The American dream is not only alive, but it’s better and stronger than ever.”

Talk Is Jericho: Gene Simmons Returns with The Vault for Episode 400

(11/3/17) (Listen) There's only one guest big enough for episode 400! That's Gene Simmons of KISS and his $2000 Gene Simmons Vault! And you'll find out why $2000 is a small price to pay for the 10-disc, metal road case box set that comes hand-delivered by The Demon himself! Gene's also talking about attempting to trademark his hand gesture, KISS tribute bands, changing his given name, Paul McCartney, getting schooled by Carol Kaye of The Wrecking Crew, and how Jiminy Cricket from the movie, "Pinocchio," changed his life.

New KISS Digital Mobile Game Developed By SPROING

(11/1/17) Leading game developer Sproing has announced the release of new mobile game KISS Rock City, available to download for free from the App Store and from Google Play worldwide. The game was developed in close collaboration with KISS, the hottest rock 'n' roll band in the world, and Epic Rights, KISS's exclusive global licensing agent.

Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley jointly stated: "KISS is very excited to be partnering with Sproing to bring the KISS Army and game enthusiasts such an entertaining mobile game. The game play rocks, we know you'll love it!"

KISS Rock City is a laugh-filled adventure that takes players through the struggle of building a legendary rock band just like KISS. Players need to work their way up from playing the local bar circuit to the international spotlight, play along with original KISS hits and reach fame and fortune through skill, business deals and the help of their KISS mentors. No rock-star cliché is too small as players need to deal with the quirks of their band members, rivals, their manager and other weird characters — players will be laughing all the way!

By working in close partnership with Stanley and Simmons, Sproing is able to ensure the KISStory is spot on, as well as offer day-to-day updates and stories from the band to keep the game play relevant, current and exciting.

"For a musician like myself a dream came true working together with KISS to create the first rock'n'roll stardom adventure game for mobile devices," says Harald Riegler, CEO at Sproing. "The game features some highly addictive music gameplay, and is a game that fans of rock music and rock games will love!"

"KISS has done such an amazing job building not only an incredible band known for their iconic songs and legendary stage performances, but also building the biggest rock merch brand in the industry. We are excited to see KISS extended into a highly-engaging mobile game that fans will love!" says Lisa Streff, EVP global licensing at Epic Rights.

Gene Simmons on Australia's "Distortion" podcast

(10/29/17) Gene Simmons on Australia's "Distortion" podcast: Listen.

ACE FREHLEY Joins ALICE COOPER On Stage In Brisbane

(10/26/17) Ace Frehley joined Alice Cooper on stage for the last song on the final show of their joint Australian tour. The former KISS guitarist and the shock rocker teamed up for an eight-minute-plus version of Cooper's classic "School's Out" Wednesday night (October 25) in Brisbane, featuring multiple guitar solos from Frehley.

The Brisbane concert was part of Cooper's "Spend The Night With Alice Cooper" world tour, which also marks the fortieth anniversary of his first ever concert tour of Australia back in '77.

Prior to the trek, Ace stated about the prospect of playing with Cooper: "I have been friends with Alice since the '70s, but I've never had the pleasure of touring with him. Our tour of Australia and New Zealand in October this year will be a major rock and roll event Down Under and leave all our fans with big smiles and wanting more! I can't wait to hit the road."

Cooper released "Paranormal", his first album in six years and twenty-seventh overall, via earMUSIC in August. The disc features special guests like U2's Larry Mullen Jr., who plays on nine of the twelve new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ TOP; DEEP PURPLE's Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members.

Upon release, "Paranormal" climbed the iTunes rock charts, landing at No. 1 in twelve countries and the Top 5 in twenty countries.

Frehley last month released a newly expanded deluxe edition of his 2009 album, "Anomaly", via eOne Music. Among the new tracks are two previously unreleased demos: "Hard For Me", which was later reworked into the album's "Foxy & Free", and an early take of "Pain In The Neck", different in tempo and arrangement from the final version. Also included is the previously digital-only "Anomaly" bonus track "The Return Of Space Bear".

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ACE FREHLEY On Possible Reunion With KISS: 'I'm Not Holding My Breath'

(10/22/17) Ace Frehley has once again commented on the possibility of a reunion with KISS, saying that it "could be really special for the fans."

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

More recently, Ace and KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons got together in Southern California to write two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album.

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

Asked by radio personality Eddie Trunk during an October 9 interview if he thinks his renewed friendship with Stanley and Simmons will eventually lead to his return to KISS, Ace said: "Well, Paul and Gene haven't really talked to me about that. So until I get the phone call, as far as I'm concerned, we're just having fun and reconnecting for old times' sake. And if that happens, it happens. If it doesn't, that's okay too. I have my own career at this juncture, and those guys… well, they're working with half a cover band, actually. [Laughs]"

Frehley added that he would be open to playing at least a one-off reunion show with KISS under the right circumstances. "Yeah. I mean, I think it could be great," he said. "If it was handled correctly and presented in the right way, I think it could be really special for the fans. It's a wait-and-see kind of situation, but I'm not holding my breath. I stay busy working on my new studio album in the studio, leaving for Australia this Friday. And we have some shows booked in Texas in December, which will be probably wrapped around some other shows, so I stay busy."

Ace's latest comments came just two weeks after he and Simmons performed together onstage for the first time in over sixteen years at The Children Matter benefit concert to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The September 20 event at CHS Field Stadium in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota saw the two musicians sharing vocal duties for three classic KISS songs: "Parasite" from the 1974 album "Hotter Than Hell"; "Cold Gin" from KISS's self-titled 1974 debut; and "Shock Me" from 1977's "Love Gun".

Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about contributing to "Origins Vol. 1", the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on the record. Frehley told Trunk that Gene may have been "just really busy" and couldn't commit to taking part in the project. "I mean, he's such a workaholic," Ace said. "He hasn't changed very much from when I worked with him in the band, when I was still performing with them. He's always… He gets up at seven o'clock in the morning, he's making phone calls. He actually said to me in the lobby of the hotel in St. Paul that… I said, 'Gene, better go upstairs and get some rest.' And he goes, 'No, I'm gonna be on the phone until three or four in the morning' with different places in the world, where the time is different, where it's earlier and so on and so forth. He just loves making business deals and doing this and doing that. That's kind of the way he's always been — it feeds his ego and personality."

Ace also dismissed Internet chatter about whether his drinking and drugging days are truly behind him. "It's definitely in my past," he said. "I celebrated eleven years [sober] on September 15th. Ironically, I was looking at some of the comments online, and, actually, some people were saying that I look drunk. That hurts, because I've worked so hard — it was the hardest thing in my life to overcome my demons. And after eleven years, you'd think people would use a little tolerance. Because even though I'm sober, I still have bad balance. And maybe sometimes I don't talk as clear as I should, because I have a Bronx accent and it was a long day, so by the time I got up on stage, I was a little tired. But I can't believe that some people are making cracks, that I was drunk. So that's unfortunate. But I actually got one apology online when I was looking at some of the comments, where one guy said, 'You know, Ace, I apologize I said that [you were drunk] in an earlier comment, because I realized that you weren't, because I spoke to people that were seeing you before you went on and after, and that you were sober.' So that made me feel better."

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

Trailer: KISS Rock City mobile game from KISS coming soon!

(10/18/17) KISS Rock City mobile game from KISS coming soon!: Video Trailer.

Oliver Stone Accused of Groping TV Actress in Early 1990s

(10/14/17) (hollywoodreporter.com) In the wake of a slew of accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein over decades, more women are coming forward with stories of sexual misconduct by high-profile Hollywood men.

On Thursday, model and actress Carrie Stevens (Days of Our Lives, Beverly Hills, 90210), responding to a Hollywood Reporter story about Oliver Stone's brief expression of sympathy for Weinstein, tweeted: "When I heard about Harvey, I recalled Oliver walking past me & grabbing my boob as he walked out the front door of a party. Two of a kind!"

During a press conference Friday at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, where he is serving on the festival's competition jury, Stone declined to condemn Weinstein, saying that he thought "a man shouldn't be condemned by a vigilante system." Stone added: "It's not easy what [Harvey Weinstein] is going through, either."

Stone later walked back the comments, posting a message on Facebook, saying that he had been unaware of the extent of the allegations against Weinstein because of his recent travel schedule.

"After looking at what has been reported in many publications over the last couple of days, I’m appalled and commend the courage of the women who’ve stepped forward to report sexual abuse or rape," Stone wrote. The multiple Oscar winner also said he would be abandoning a planned Weinstein Co.-produced TV series — Guantanamo, which was set to be his television drama debut — until TWC is no longer involved.

Stevens appeared on Days of Our Lives and Beverly Hills, 90210 in the early 1990s, followed by parts on shows like Black Scorpion on what was back then the Sci-Fi Channel and USA Network's Pacific Blue. Later she made guest appearances on Two and a Half Men and Jake in Progress, followed by small parts in movies like Vegas, City of Dreams and Rock Star with Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. As a model, she appeared in Playboy as "Playmate of the Month" for September 1997.

THR reached out to Stevens to ask if she could confirm the allegation of her tweet and would share more of her story. Stevens' reply, in full, is below.

"It was at Ted Field's home years ago, around the time Oliver did JFK. The party was in his honor. Oliver was on his way out; Ted was seeing him to the door. Oliver spied me standing nearby and just reached out and instead of doing what a normal person does and shaking my hand, he just groped my boob and honked it like a horn and grinned and kept walking.

I was humiliated but didn't want to complain. I didn't want Ted to think I was ungrateful for the invitation, and I was new on the scene and just navigating my way around Hollywood. I came from the rock 'n' roll scene. Eric Carr from Kiss was my boyfriend and he had just passed away. I met Ted because he produced Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Kiss did the soundtrack, so I met him at the premiere. Ted is a nice guy and he knew I was having a hard time over Eric's passing so he invited me to his party — last thing I wanted to do was be a trouble maker.

There are a million reasons girls don't speak up. Thank God I was never alone with [Oliver Stone]. If he's grab[bing] me like that in front of people, imagine what he would do in private, given the chance.

I am lucky I never met Harvey. Unfortunately, I have met many of their kind in this business and it took its toll. Unfortunately, I came to believe my body parts were the only thing I had going for me — and so I did Playboy. But I'll tell you what: I always felt protected and respected by Hef and Playboy Enterprises. I do know Oliver hung out at some parties at the Mansion. Thankfully, I never saw him there. But I can tell you if he ever tried to grab anyone's boob there, Hef would have had security show him the door.

GENE SIMMONS Shares Story Of His First Recording Session In 1966

(10/6/17) In the latest episode of "The Pods & Sods Network", Gene Simmons of KISS shares memories of his first recording session in 1966 on a song called "My Uncle Is A Raft". The track is one of a hundred and fifty previously unreleased cuts contained on his new release, "Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience": Listen.

LITA FORD, FRANKIE BANALI, CARMINE APPICE, BRUCE KULICK, Others To Be Honored By ROCKGODZ HALL OF FAME

(10/6/17) Lita Ford, Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL), Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT), Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart, BLUE MURDER, VANILLA FUDGE), Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD), Robin McAuley (MSG) and Richie Kotzen (POISON, MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) are amng the musicians who will be inducted into the RockGodz Hall Of Fame on Thursday, October 26 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood. California.

Starting at 6 p.m. with a preshow red-carpet event, fans will see musicians from some of the greatest bands being honored for their contributions to rock and roll.

Inductees this year, all to appear in person, include:

* Lita Ford
* Kenny Aronoff
* Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL)
* Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty, John Mellencamp)
* Daniel Margasa
* Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT)
* Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart, BLUE MURDER, VANILLA FUDGE)
* Dustin Brayley (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA)
* Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD)
* Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION)
* Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth)
* Rory Kaplan (Michael Jackson)
* Gary Hoey (Gary Hoey, Ho Ho Hoey)
* Robin Mcauley (Michael Schenker)
* Lee Sklar (Phil Collins, TOTO)
* Richie Kotzen (POISON, MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS)
* Elliot Easton (THE CARS, CREDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL REVISITED)
* Norman Harris (Norman's Rare Guitars)
* Phil Chen (Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck)
* Stephen Perkins (JANE'S ADDICTION)
* David Weiderman (Guitar Center)
* Tommy Nast (Fathom Events, Album Network, Rock Band Ent.)

Producer and founder of the event Cindy Landeen says: "This event gets bigger each year and this year’s show will be the best yet."

The music directors are Tony Franklin and Buster Akrey, and Sandy Rizzo is this year's event manager and artist liaison.

The School House Of Rock band will be the house band for this prestigious event, there will be live performances from most of the inductees.

For more information, visit www.rockgodzhalloffame.com.

Gene Simmon on Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon

(10/2/17) (Listen) Thirty-seven years after his first interview with Gene Simmons, Mitch gets his second crack at The Demon from KISS. Gene discusses his Vault Box Set, KISS 2018 plans and a possible one-off show... Just listen!

Up next is former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo. He discusses the new Revolution Saints album, compares Journey singers, talks about letting down Neal Schon and more.

Finally, go on a walk with Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch who discusses the bands new album, his respect for Dokken, the cheese factor of... well, just listen!

VINNIE VINCENT Featured In New Promotional Video For Atlanta KISS Expo

(9/27/17) (Video) Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent is featured in a new promotional video for his upcoming appearance as a special guest at the Atlanta Kiss Expo next year.

According to the official web site for the Atlanta Kiss Expo, the 65-year-old musician will be signing autographs and taking photos during the special VIP Meet & Greet on Friday, January 19, 2018, as well as all day long at the Atlanta Kiss Expo on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

The organizers say about what is being billed as Vinnie's first public appearance in almost twenty years: "We have worked long and hard to secure the legendary Ankh Warrior for the show, and he's been absolutely awesome and is looking forward to meeting all of his fans."

In a recently released handwritten note posted on the L.A. KISS Expo Facebook page, Vinnie said: "Dear fans, I'm happy and excited to be seeing all of you at the Atlanta KISS Expo on January 20, 2018. It's been a long time coming, and I know we're going to have an amazing and memorable time. I look forward to meeting you, signing autographs, taking photos, answering your questions and generally having a fun weekend. It will be a celebration for one and all! Thank you for your love and faith."

Vincent replaced lead guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982 and played with KISS for two years. He left the group on bad terms, and later claimed KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley owed him royalties for his work on KISS' 1983 album "Lick It Up", according to the Courthouse News Service. However, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against him and awarded the KISS defendants about $66,400 in attorney's fees and $15,400 in costs.

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

"He's such a mysterious figure," Bruce Kulick, who held down the lead guitar spot in KISS for twelve years following Vincent's departure, told Rolling Stone. "In some ways, he's the Howard Hughes of KISS. Vinnie has laid low for so long that it adds to his legend."

After running into into Simmons at a recording studio and reportedly apologizing for causing KISS all the grief while he was a member, Vincent was brought back into the KISS fold to co-write "Unholy", "Heart Of Chrome" and "I Just Wanna" for the band's 1992 album "Revenge". However, once the record was released, "Vinnie was up to his old tricks again," Simmons told Rolling Stone. "He reneged on a signed deal we had made and decided that he wanted to renegotiate. He eventually sued us and lost. As far as I was concerned, he was persona non grata forever."

"It's a shame," Simmons said. "He's talented beyond most people that you'd meet, but you get to sleep in the bed you make."

In May 2011, Vincent was arrested and with aggravated domestic assault after allegedly roughing up his wife, Diane Cusano, at their home in Smyrna, Tennessee. He spent the night in jail and was released on $10,000 bond the following morning.

In a statement released after the arrest, Vincent said: "Please don't believe everything you read. I would never hurt anyone — ever. What has been reported is an absolutely inaccurate depiction of the events that occurred that evening. When it's time, the truth will be known."

In January 2014, Diane Cusano passed away due to conditions stemming from chronic alcoholism. She was 47 years old.

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

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

KISS Drummer ERIC SINGER And STYX bassist RICKY PHILLIPS Talk Final RONNIE MONTROSE Album '10X10'

(9/26/17) When Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, he was in the midst of working on an album that would have thrilled fans of his original MONTROSE (1973-1974) and GAMMA (1979-1983) periods. The artistically restless Montrose followed his muse without question, but, in 2003, he called in bassist Ricky Phillips (STYX, BAD ENGLISH) and drummer Eric Singer (KISS, ALICE COOPER) to tackle a power-trio project that would rock harder than anything he had done in years.

The idea was to record ten songs with ten different singers and call the album "10x10". He brought Phillips and Singer to Doug Messenger's studio in North Hollywood, and the three musicians set up to record live — no pre-production rehearsals and no overdubs — and knocked out ten basic tracks in two or three days. Sadly, Montrose was unable to see the album through during his lifetime and it quite possibly may never have been heard beyond a few Montrose-family friends. Montrose did manage to record some of his chosen vocalists — such as Sammy Hagar and Edgar Winter — but finances, schedules, and a frightening illness conspired to slow and eventually stop progress.

We can all thank Phillips, Singer, Leighsa Montrose and Rhino Records now, because the album that appeared destined to be lost to time is now available for pre-order.

"I was talking to Eric Singer about '10x10' after Ronnie died, and I was pretty sure that I wanted to see if I could finish it, but I hadn't been able to move forward on it," says Phillips. "But Eric said, 'It has to be you. You and I were there to record it. We were there when Ronnie was talking about it — what he wanted to do, who he wanted to sing on it, how he wanted it to sound. If someone else gets into this thing, it's going to suck, and you're going to hate it.' That did it. I called Leighsa Montrose."

Phillips made it his mission to finish the songs by enlisting a small army of Ronnie's musician friends to record the vocals and the guitar solos for each song, completing the album over the course of recent years.

The songs represent some of Montrose's best work. According to Ricky Phillips, "His songs still have the fire and angst of a young rebel, but with some added wisdom and foresight voiced in his own unique language of 'guitar-speak.' On '10x10', we hear Ronnie at the top of his game, from the opening crunch guitar of 'Heavy Traffic', all the way to the closing song, 'I'm Not Lying', which was Ronnie's tip of the hat to his friend Robin Trower."

On September 29, 2017 Rhino Records will release "10x10" on 180-gram vinyl ($21.98), CD ($14.98) and digitally. The album features inspired pairings, like DEEP PURPLE singer Glenn Hughes with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen ("Still Singin' With The Band") and singer Sammy Hagar with TOTO guitarist Steve Lukather ("Color Blind"). Legendary blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa also showcases his guitar talents on the track "The Kingdom's Come Undone" with Ricky Phillips on vocals. A few artists both sing and play, like Edgar Winter ("Love Is An Art") and Tommy Shaw ("Strong Enough").

Several artists who appear on "10x10" had recorded with Ronnie during his career, like Edgar Winter, who included the guitarist on his 1972 album, "They Only Come Out At Night". Sammy Hagar got his start singing with MONTROSE. Between 1973 and 1975, he recorded two influential albums — "Montrose" and "Paper Money" — with the band and toured the world.

More than forty years later, Hagar was among the first who agreed to help finish Ronnie's final album. "It's valuable to have '10x10' be seen as Ronnie's last work, rather than going and digging up some stuff from his past. This was something he truly had a vision for," says Hagar.

"10x10" track listing:

01. "Heavy Traffic" featuring Eric Martin & Dave Meniketti
02. "Love Is An Art" featuring Edgar Winter & Rick Derringer
03. "Color Blind" featuring Sammy Hagar & Steve Lukather
04. "Still Singin' With The Band" featuring Glenn Hughes, Phil Collen & Jimmy "Z" Zavala
05. "Strong Enough" featuring Tommy Shaw
06. "Any Minute" featuring Mark Farner & Ricky Phillips
07. "The Kingdom's Come Undone" featuring Ricky Phillips & Joe Bonamassa
08. "One Good Reason" featuring Bruce Turgon & Brad Whitford
09. "Head On Straight" featuring Davey Pattison & Marc Bonilla
10. "I'm Not Lying" featuring Gregg Rolie, Tom Gimbel & Lawrence Gowan

In the clips below, Eric Singer and Ricky Phillips discuss their involvement with "10x10".

A note from Leighsa Montrose about the cover art: "Ronnie loved the use of a double entendre to convey meaning. My inspiration for the cover artwork is a personal nod to him, how he thought, and what would have been aesthetically pleasing to him. This is beautifully illustrated by Peter Grant. What you see is a sound wave from 'Head On Straight', which he wrote for '10x10'. This was captured by Steve Ledesma with special thanks to Alfred Ruiz. When looking at this soundwave, I wanted the eye and mind to see it as if it was moving and fluid — as if it was him on the cover.

"Ronnie is music. He had the mindset of an engineer. Math and music was the way he thought. To be able to combine these attributes of Ronnie with depth of meaning, I believe he would have appreciated the thought that went into everyone's combined efforts to understand and create the cover."

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Gene Simmons: Full Interview | House Of Strombo

(9/26/17) Gene Simmons: Full Interview | House Of Strombo: Video.

GENE SIMMONS On ACE FREHLEY Returning To KISS: 'That's Not Gonna Happen'

(9/26/17) (Video) Gene Simmons has once again ruled out the possibility of KISS reuniting with original guitarist Ace Frehley.

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

More recently, Ace collaborated with Gene on two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album. And then last week the Space Ace and and the Demon shared a stage for the first time in sixteen years at a benefit concert in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Asked directly about the chances of Frehley's return to KISS, Simmons told "The Cassius Morris Show" (see video above): "That's not gonna happen. Ace has been in and out of the band three different times. That's enough."

Gene's words echo those made by Stanley, who told Billboard earlier this year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup. "That's not coming from any place of animosity," he explained. "I sang on Ace's most recent album and did a video with him. I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we've done together is terrific. The band as it is — I've played with [current KISS drummer] Eric Singer for, I think, twenty-five years and Tommy's [Thayer, guitar] been in the band probably fifteen years at this point. I have no thoughts of revisiting the past. With that said, I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn't include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from."

Frehley said a few months ago that he hadn't been contacted about re-teaming with KISS for one last run of shows before the band calls it quits. But, he added, "I'm not ruling it out. It's a possibility, I guess. But the ball's in Paul and Gene's court. If that's something that they would like to do to end off the career of KISS, I think it could be… if it was handled correctly, it could be great. But those guys pretty much run the show these days. And I'm doing my thing, and they're doing their thing. And if it happens, it'd be great, and if it doesn't, I'll be fine and they'll be fine."

GENE SIMMONS On KISS Turning Down TRUMP's Inauguration: 'In This Polarizing Era, It's Not A Good Idea'

(9/24/17) Gene Simmons has confirmed that KISS was inivited to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration but turned it down because it was "not a good idea."

It was Gene's wife Shannon Tweed that originally revealed Trump's camp approached Simmons and his bandmates about participating, telling a TMZ cameraman last December that the KISS bassist/vocalist "politely declined."

Asked in a new interview with The Daily Beast if Shannon was correct in saying that KISS was asked to appear at the January event, Gene said: "That's true. We were invited to perform, but in this polarizing era, it's not a good idea." Simmons added that there was "no reason" for KISS to play the inauguration. "I'm not sure celebrities should be used as brownie points for politicians," he explained. "'Yeah, I'm running for government so I'm going to get some rock bands and performers beside me.' It's all bullshit, really. Once you're trying to influence people by having celebrities beside you, then it becomes who's got the bigger celebrity and all that. And by the way, I'm not a fan of having our foreign policy decided by anybody living in Malibu. Anybody living in Malibu, their opinions aren't worth more than the opinions of somebody living in Wisconsin."

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

Prior to last November's election, Simmons — a former contestant on Donald Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" show — told People magazine that he liked how Trump was shaking up the presidential race.

"The important thing about Trump, and I'm not saying whether I'm voting for him, or Hilary [Clinton], or anybody else, is that he has changed the game," Simmons said. "He doesn't want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it's 'incorrect.'"

In a March 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Simmons described Donald Trump as "the truest political animal I've ever seen onstage." The rocker explained: "He has no speechwriters, no editing, no nothing. He's actually on tape going 'motherfucker.' You cannot turn away."

Simmons stressed at that time that he wasn't saying he was supporting Trump. "He has said some very vile, unkind things," he said. "But don't kid yourself. He speaks off the cuff, and what you see is what you get. And he'll double down. If you ask him about building a wall [between the U.S. and Mexico] he'll say, 'Fuck you, I'm going to make it ten feet higher, just because you asked me.' He's not there to be your friend."

"He's good for the political system," Simmons added. "The middle, the centrists, they can say, 'What do you think of this?' because everybody is sick and tired of being politically correct. Secretly, tens of millions, perhaps a hundred million people may actually have some positive feelings about a wall.”

ACE FREHLEY And GENE SIMMONS: Video Of Full KQRS 92.5 FM Interview

(9/24/17) ACE FREHLEY And GENE SIMMONS: Video Of Full KQRS 92.5 FM Interview: Video.

GENE SIMMONS And ACE FREHLEY Perform Together For First Time In 16 Years

(9/22/17) Gene Simmons and his former KISS bandmate Ace Frehley performed together onstage for the first time in over sixteen years last night (Wednesday, September 20) at The Children Matter benefit concert to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The event at CHS Field Stadium in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota saw the two musicians sharing vocal duties for three classic KISS songs: "Parasite" from the 1974 album "Hotter Than Hell"; "Cold Gin" from KISS's self-titled 1974 debut; and "Shock Me" from 1977's "Love Gun".

"Before you were born, 1973, in New York City, this guy and I — and two other guys — put together a band we'd never seen onstage," Simmons said while introducing his former bandmate. "Let's hear it for Ace Frehley! He still looks great, goddamn it — doesn't he?"

Video footage of the reunion can be seen below (the clips were shot and uploaded by Mike Brunn).

All proceeds from The Children Matter benefit concert will be directed to the hurricane relief efforts of the nonprofit Matter. The nonprofit works in partnership with on-ground relief organizations to source and ship the items needed most, such as: Matterbox Meal Kits, sanitation and contamination prevention supplies and more to the children and families affected displaced by the hurricane.

The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative created by Simmons and the nonprofit Matter on the simple belief that the lives of children matter. Regardless of race, income, gender, religion, or location, every child deserves the same access to a full and healthy life.

Frehley told StarTribune that he approached Simmons about being a part of the St. Paul concert.

"I just did four shows on the East Coast, and I looked at my calendar and I noticed I was off today," Frehley said."I had to head back to San Diego eventually where I live, so I figured I could make a pit stop here. I called Gene, and he was really excited about me being involved, and it's that simple."

Ace recently collaborated with Gene on two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album.

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

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

Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about contributing to "Origins Vol. 1", the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on the record because "either [Gene] didn't get the message or he was just too busy," Frehley told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station last year.

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

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'Kiss Klassified: War Stories From A Kiss Army General' Book Coming In October

"Kiss Klassified: War Stories From A Kiss Army General" will be released on October 26 via Gain Production. The book features over 750 never-before-seen photos as well as several unpublished interviews with American rock icons KISS.

The story is centered around Johan Kihlberg, who was the president of Kiss Army Sweden for ten years. He hung out in the studio with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, got drunk with Eric Carr, performed with Vinnie Vincent and was tour manager for Bruce Kulick. And he scolded Ace Frehley. Johan Kihlberg did it all. And he lived to tell the tale.

It all started in the early eighties when Johan began stalking the members every time they were in Stockholm. Together with principal photographer Mats Vassfjord, he continued to follow and document KISS around the world. This is his own incomparable Kisstory told to Sweden Rock Magazine's prominent journalist Carl Linnaeus.

Said Simmons: "Johan Kihlberg is great. I'm a fan of creative people and anytime someone does something from the heart, it's real. It's the biggest honor that somebody would even say hello to you, much less devote a lot of time to do something like this book."

Linnaeus is perhaps best known for the acclaimed KISS biography "Den Osminkade Sanningen". His latest book, "Jag Sålde Min Själ Till Hårdrocken", is based on his most notable interviews done for Sweden Rock Magazine, where he's been one of the most prolific writers for the last ten years.

GENE SIMMONS: 'If I Could, I Would Trademark The Air You Breathe'

Gene Simmons has once again defended his attempt to trademark the so-called "devil's horns" hand gesture.

The KISS bassist/vocalist withdrew his application to trademark the symbol in late June — less than two weeks after filing with the federal copyright office.

Most music fans slammed Simmons for the trademark request, saying the symbol has become ubiquitous and means different things to different people.

Asked by Canada's Metro if he is bothered by the negative feedback he got for trying to trademark the "metal horns" or "rock on" hand sign, Simmons replied: "You can't please everybody. Not everybody likes Jesus, either.

"Instead of worrying what people think, I just go my merry way and do whatever I want to do.

"If I could, I would trademark the air you breathe. Every breath. Yes, I would."

Gene's KISS bandmate Paul Stanley recently said that he had no idea why Simmons attempted to trademark the "devil's horns" hand gesture. Stanley told the Loudwire Podcast: "Well, you know, Gene elicits some very strong reactions from people. And what he does he does for the reasons that only he knows. So I can't really say that I have really any thought about it. It was really something that he wanted to pursue, and the reaction was how people felt about it. So I don't know why he pulled it, and I don't know why he started it. I really have no… I haven't asked him."

In his original request, which was filed on June 9, Simmons described the sign as consisting "of a hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular." He paid $275, seeking to use the hand signal symbol for "Entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist."

Gene claimed the gesture was first used in commerce on November 14, 1974, which corresponded to KISS's "Hotter Than Hell" tour. He wrote in his signed declaration that he believed "no other person, firm, corporation or association has the right to use said mark in commerce, either in the identical form or in such near resemblance."

It's unclear why Simmons suddenly withdrew his application to trademark the gesture but it's unlikely he would have succeeded anyway.

Copyright lawyer Ronald Abrams told Forbes that such hand gestures can't be trademarked unless they are part of a logo. Trademark attorney Michael Cohen with Cohen IP Law Group in Beverly Hills, who deals with trademark, patent and copyright infringement cases, concurred, telling the Los Angeles Times that it would have been very difficult for Simmons's application to be approved because the gesture has become "genericized."

Simmons's version of the gesture is actually "I love you" in American Sign Language, with the thumb extended, rather than the thumb holding two middle fingers close to the palm.

Ronnie James Dio's widow Wendy also criticized Simmons for attempting to trademark the hand sign. She told TheWrap: "To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting. It belongs to everyone — it doesn't belong to anyone. It's a public domain, it shouldn't be trademarked.”

Gene Simmons Says 'Legislation Is The Answer' To Debate Over Artist Rights In Streaming Age

Gene Simmons says that the ongoing issues around artist royalty payments involving streaming music services like Spotify can be resolved through "legislation."

With streaming services dominating the way listeners consume music, artist royalties have been a major topic of discussion.

Artists and labels have in the past complained about minuscule revenue from streaming sites when compared to downloads or physical sales.

While promoting his new box set of previously unreleased solo material, "The Vault", this past Wednesday (September 13) on Fox Business, Simmons was asked if he thinks streaming services hurt artists when it comes to music ownership and earnings. He responded (see video below): "It's a disaster. It's a disaster, because the fans have decided, and they've been trained to not pay for music."

He continued: "Imagine a supermarket. Farmers have worked all their lives to grow the fruit, and the trucks and the unions that bring it to the stores, and the beautiful stores and the people that work there. Imagine walking in there and being able to walk out with anything you want without paying for it. How long is the farmer gonna stay in business? How long is retail gonna stay in business? So everything is dying because fans have trained themselves not to pay for the music."

Simmons added: "Look, you're not affecting me — I'm doing okay, my rent's paid — but you're killing the new band. You're killing the next BEATLES, and that breaks my heart."

Gene went on to say he believes "legislation is the answer" when it comes to ensuring that as the companies behind these digital services swell into multibillion-dollar enterprises, it doesn't come at the cost of the artists and their collaborators who put the work into making the music.

"Look, my daughter, Sophie Simmons, had a ten-million-viewed single two years ago — ten million!" he said. "She made two hundred and fourteen bucks. Spotify is taking all the money. The bands are taking, the acts are taking a small percentage of one penny per download, which is a crime."

Spotify says it has more than 140 million active users, and more than 60 million paying subscribers across 61 markets.

Because record labels own the music, they force Spotify to pay 70 percent or more of its revenue to them for royalties.

Since Spotify's profits are constrained by huge licensing costs, the company's losses more than doubled in 2016 to 556.7 million euros ($581.4 million) on revenues of 2.933 euros ($3.064 billion).

Former TALKING HEADS frontman David Byrne in 2015 called for more transparency from major labels and streaming services over the fees which musicians receive when their music is played on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

Listen To BOB KULICK's 'Skeletons In The Closet' Album Feat. KISS, TWISTED SISTER, Ex-BLACK SABBATH Members

(Listen) "Skeletons In The Closet", the new album from Bob Kulick, can be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below.

Throughout his forty-year music career, Bob Kulick has worked with an astonishing array of artists: from Meat Loaf to MOTÖRHEAD. From KISS to Michael Bolton. W.A.S.P. to Diana Ross as well as legends such as Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Paul Stanley's first solo album and tour.

After serving as a sideman and producer for much of his professional career, Kulick has decided that it was time to release a solo album — and he brought along a few of his good friends to support him in the endeavor.

"Skeletons In The Closet" will be released on September 15 through Vanity Music.

Gene Simmons to unveil 150 unreleased songs in career-spanning box set

Gene Simmons is digging into his archives for a one-of-a-kind fan experience.

The eccentric KISS frontman is commemorating his 50-year career in music with Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience, a limited-edition box set featuring band memorabilia and 150 never-before-released tracks. The limited-edition, 38-pound vault includes 10 CDs, a non-makeup Simmons action figure, a gold medallion reading “In Gene We Trust,” a book of never-before-seen images, and a hand-picked item from his personal collection.

“We all go through our lives doing whatever it is you’re doing," Simmons says over coffee at Manhattan's The London hotel. “Whether you think of it as a journey or a race, as you get closer to the finish line, that’s when you turn on the heat. I’m 68 now — I’m not going to live forever. So I thought now is the best time if it ever is going to come out.”

None of the music included in The Vault Experience, which can be pre-ordered at genesimmonsvault.com, will be released digitally. Songs include original demos and studio recordings, some of which, “stylistically, (are) all over the place, which is why (they) didn’t end up on KISS records,” Simmons explains.

There are also a slew of collaborations, including demos of three tracks with Van Halen and a recording with Bob Dylan. One of the most personal is My Uncle Is a Raft, the first song Simmons ever wrote and recorded as a teenager. The tune is about his uncle, George, who became a father figure for him when he and his mom moved to the United States from Israel.

“I must’ve written over a hundred really horrible songs,” Simmons says. “My first one (went), ‘My uncle is a raft and he always keeps me floating. He is so good to me.’ I didn’t have the gift of gab — I wasn’t born in America — so my lyrics were bizarre.”

The set goes for $2,000 and will be hand-delivered to buyers by Simmons starting Dec. 31. Additional packages run $25,000 and $50,000, and include a Vault executive producer's credit and a two-hour get-together with Simmons at a fan's home.

Hefty price tag aside, Vault is the only opportunity for fans to hear new material from KISS for the foreseeable future: Simmons says the band currently has no plans to release another album.

"What’s the incentive of working for six months to a year on a new record when people are going to download it for free?" he says. "KISS is not a charity."

Plus, the gruff rock icon is busy with a handful of other projects: a book about personal wealth, On Power, due Nov. 14, and an expanding restaurant chain, Rock & Brews, which he co-founded with bandmate Paul Stanley.

Simmons says he doesn't think about KISS' legacy, because "we've already scaled the heights. Our licensing and merchandising dwarfs Elvis and The Beatles combined. If you go to Graceland, there’s a KISS exhibit — that’s what people come to see."

When KISS was founded in 1973, "nobody thought it would go the distance," he continues. " 'Here’s an idea: I’m going to wear more makeup and higher heels than your mommy, and we’re going to look completely different than any band that’s out there, and I’m going to stick my tongue out and spit fire, and fly through the air.' Not a chance in hell.

"We always kind of just bumbled along and marched to the beat of our own drum. KISS was always KISS."

GENE SIMMONS Will Deliver 'The Vault' Box Set To Your Home For $50,000

(Video) Gene Simmons's long-promised box set of previously unreleased solo material, which has apparently had several different working titles over the years — including "Monster" (later used by KISS for the band's most recent studio album), "Alter Ego" and "100" — has finally been made available.

Titled "The Vault", the collection of one hundred and fifty "never-released-before songs written and performed by Simmons," which features "notable rock 'n' roll artists, including member of KISS past and present," is being sold exclusively online.

Fans who order "The Vault" have the option to have the box set delivered to them personally by Simmons in one of three ways.

* $2,000 will get you an invite to one of twenty-one "Vault Experience" events across the world, where you will pick up a copy the personalized and autographed box set — packaged in a massive 12" x 12" x 6" leather-bound commemorative book featuring dozens of never-seen-before images of Simmons over his fifty-year career — and take part in a "songs-and-stories" playback and question-and-answer session. In addition, you will be granted one-on-one photo, autograph and video time with Simmons.

* $25,000 will get you an invite to one of eleven "Producer Experience" events, which include all the "Vault Exerience" items above plus "an intimate hour in a recording studio with Gene listening to tracks from 'The Vault'" and an executive producer's credit on the set itself.

* Fans who spend $50,000 will have Simmons deliver all the above-mentioned items right to their homes, where they and up to twenty-five of their friends can spend two hours with the KISS legend.

Among the songs expected to be featured on "The Vault" are Simmons's "Love Gun"-era demos featuring Eddie and Alex Van Halen.

"Any artist can release a boxed set, and never really thank the fans for their support," said Simmons. "I want to celebrate my fiftieth anniversary in rock with the fans, and I have had a blast putting something really special together for them. 'Gene Simmons: The Vault Experience' gives fans something truly unique that they can keep forever, and it gives me a chance to personally thank them for all of their support over the years."

"What Gene and Rhino have put together with 'The Vault Experience' is truly unprecedented. We have taken the idea of a boxed set to a completely different level," said Mark Pinkus, president of Rhino Entertainment. "As a card-carrying member of the KISS Army from a young age, I'm honored to be working with Gene on such an exciting and innovative project. His fans are going to be absolutely blown away by 'The Vault Experience'."

For more information, visit www.genesimmonsvault.com.

GENE SIMMONS And ACE FREHLEY To Perform Together For First Time In 16 Years At 'The Children Matter' Benefit Concert

Gene Simmons and his former KISS bandmate Ace Frehley will perform together onstage for the first time in over sixteen years at The Children Matter benefit concert to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Don Felder (former lead guitarist of THE EAGLES) and CHEAP TRICK will also appear on September 20 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Over ten thousand people are expected to fill CHS Field Stadium in downtown St. Paul to witness rock history with once-in-a-lifetime collaborative performances between Simmons, Frehley, Felder and CHEAP TRICK as they turn up the volume for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

All proceeds from The Children Matter benefit concert will be directed to the hurricane relief efforts of the nonprofit Matter. The nonprofit works in partnership with on-ground relief organizations to source and ship the items needed most, such as: Matterbox Meal Kits, sanitation and contamination prevention supplies and more to the children and families affected displaced by the hurricane.

Tickets starting under $60 and range up to $250 for VIP meet-and-greet.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.thechildrenmatter.ngo.

The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative created by Simmons and the nonprofit Matter on the simple belief that the lives of children matter. Regardless of race, income, gender, religion, or location, every child deserves the same access to a full and healthy life.

Ace recently collaborated with Gene on two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album.

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

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

Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about contributing to "Origins Vol. 1", the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on the record because "either [Gene] didn't get the message or he was just too busy," Frehley told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station last year.

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

Jonesy’s Jukebox 95.5 KLOS: Sept 5: Paul Stanley In-studio

Jonesy’s Jukebox 95.5 KLOS - Sept 5: Paul Stanley In-studio: Listen.

GENE SIMMONS To Release 'The Vault' Box Set Of Previously Unreleased Solo Recordings

(Video) Gene Simmons's long-promised box set of previously unreleased solo material, which has apparently had several different working titles over the years — including "Monster" (later used by KISS for the band's most recent studio album), "Alter Ego" and "100" — will finally see the light of day later this year.

In a newly released video message, the KISS bassist/vocalist states: "For the past three years, I've been working on something that I've wanted to share with you my entire life. I've gone through hours and hours of music I've recorded and written over the past fifty years to craft my career-spanning solo recordings box set. It's called 'The Vault'."

He continues: "'The Vault' is one hundred and fifty-plus never-before-released songs I've written, spanning fifty years, going all the way back to when I was fourteen years old, all the way to some of the songs that became KISS classics. Tens CDs right here, all inside 'The Vault'. It's finally ready to bring to you. Yeah, that's right, I said 'to bring to you,' because what I'm gonna be doing is something that's never been done before by any artist or band. I'm gonna hand-deliver 'The Vault' box set to you and to fans like you around the world."

Simmons adds: "I also wanted you to have really cool stuff: an exclusive Gene Simmons action figure, an 'In Gene We Trust' medallion, a beautiful full-color book packed with photos from my peronsal archives, and my stories behind the songs — and a very special surprise item from me to you. You're not gonna believe the things we found."

More information on "The Vault" will be made available at www.genesimmonsvault.com.

Simmons has released two solo albums and also written for and with other artists, including Bob Dylan and Donna Summer.

"I've always written 'outside' stuff," he explained in response to a fan question on his official web site back in 2009. "But KISS is KISS. And that means the outside stuff winds up on solo albums, or I keep it in the drawer."

Simmons's sophomore solo album, "Asshole", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in 2004 to land at position No. 86 on The Billboard 200 chart. Like Gene's 1978 self-titled solo album, "Asshole" featured a number of outside songwriting contributions and guest appearances. Bob Dylan and Gene co-wrote the album's "Waiting For The Morning Light". Frank Zappa and Gene share co-writing credit on "Black Tongue" and the Zappa Family, Dweezil, Ahmet, Moon, Gail and Frank Zappa himself sing and play guitar on the song.

Gene Simmons is getting into the movie business

Kiss rock legend Gene Simmons is getting into the movie business.

A source tells Page Six that Simmons is inking a deal with the Beverly Hills, Calif., and Sydney-based film sales and finance company Arclight Films.

Arclight is backing Paul Schrader’s film “First Reformed,” with Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, at the Venice Film Festival.

The company’s also behind an upcoming remake of the 1958 horror classic “The Blob” that will star Samuel L. Jackson.

Simmons produced the recent Wesley Snipes film, “Armed Response,” with WWE Studios, which was his first narrative film as a producer since the 1999 Kiss-centered “Detriot Rock City.”

He’s also been exec producer of his A&E reality show, “Gene Simmons: Family Jewels,” and “My Dad the Rock Star.”

Reps did not immediately get back to us.

VINNIE VINCENT Is 'Happy And Excited' About His Appearance At Atlanta KISS Expo

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent says that he is "happy and excited" to have been announced as a special guest at the the Atlanta Kiss Expo next year.

According to the official web site for the Atlanta Kiss Expo, the 65-year-old musician will be signing autographs and taking photos during the special VIP Meet & Greet on Friday, January 19, 2018, as well as all day long at the Atlanta Kiss Expo on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

The organizers say about what is being billed as Vinnie's first public appearance in almost twenty years: "We have worked long and hard to secure the legendary Ankh Warrior for the show, and he's been absolutely awesome and is looking forward to meeting all of his fans."

In a newly released handwritten note posted on the L.A. KISS Expo Facebook page, Vinnie said: "Dear fans, I'm happy and excited to be seeing all of you at the Atlanta KISS Expo on January 20, 2018. It's been a long time coming, and I know we're going to have an amazing and memorable time. I look forward to meeting you, signing autographs, taking photos, answering your questions and generally having a fun weekend. It will be a celebration for one and all! Thank you for your love and faith."

Vincent replaced lead guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982 and played with KISS for two years. He left the group on bad terms, and later claimed KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley owed him royalties for his work on KISS' 1983 album "Lick It Up", according to the Courthouse News Service. However, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against him and awarded the KISS defendants about $66,400 in attorney's fees and $15,400 in costs.

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

"He's such a mysterious figure," Bruce Kulick, who held down the lead guitar spot in KISS for twelve years following Vincent's departure, told Rolling Stone. "In some ways, he's the Howard Hughes of KISS. Vinnie has laid low for so long that it adds to his legend."

After running into into Simmons at a recording studio and reportedly apologizing for causing KISS all the grief while he was a member, Vincent was brought back into the KISS fold to co-write "Unholy", "Heart Of Chrome" and "I Just Wanna" for the band's 1992 album "Revenge". However, once the record was released, "Vinnie was up to his old tricks again," Simmons told Rolling Stone. "He reneged on a signed deal we had made and decided that he wanted to renegotiate. He eventually sued us and lost. As far as I was concerned, he was persona non grata forever."

"It's a shame," Simmons said. "He's talented beyond most people that you'd meet, but you get to sleep in the bed you make."

In May 2011, Vincent was arrested and with aggravated domestic assault after allegedly roughing up his wife, Diane Cusano, at their home in Smyrna, Tennessee. He spent the night in jail and was released on $10,000 bond the following morning.

In a statement released after the arrest, Vincent said: "Please don't believe everything you read. I would never hurt anyone — ever. What has been reported is an absolutely inaccurate depiction of the events that occurred that evening. When it's time, the truth will be known."

In January 2014, Diane Cusano passed away due to conditions stemming from chronic alcoholism. She was 47 years old.

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

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

CHRIS JERICHO's 'No Is A Four-Letter Word' Book Features Foreword By PAUL STANLEY

Da Capo Press has set an August 29 release date for "No Is A Four-Letter Word", the new book by Chris Jericho, a six-time WWE world heavyweight champion, the lead singer of the heavy metal band FOZZY and host of the "Talk Is Jericho" podcast.

The three-time New York Times bestselling author shares twenty of his most valuable lessons for achieving your goals and living the life you want, jam-packed with fantastic stories and the classic off-the-wall, laugh-out-loud Jericho references he's famous for, with a foreword by KISS frontman Paul Stanley.

Chris Jericho has known what he wanted out of life since he was a teenager: to be a pro wrestler and to be in a rock and roll band. Most of his high school friends felt that he lacked the tools necessary to get into either, but Chris believed in himself. With the wise words of Master Yoda echoing through his head ("Do or do not. There is no try."), he made it happen. As a result, Chris has spent a lifetime doing instead of merely trying, managing to achieve his dreams while learning dozens of invaluable lessons along the way.

"No Is a Four-Letter Word" distills more than two decades of showbiz wisdom and advice into twenty easy-to-carry chapters. From developing a strong work ethic thanks to WWE chairman Vince McMahon, remembering to always look like a star from Gene Simmons of KISS, learning to let it go when the "America's Funniest Home Videos" hosting gig goes to his rival, adopting a sense of perpetual reinvention from the late David Bowie, making sure to sell himself like his NHL-legend father Ted Irvine taught him, or going the extra mile to meet Keith Richards (with an assist from Jimmy Fallon), Chris has learned countless lessons during his decades-long career. Now, in the hopes that those same principles might help and inspire his legions of fans, Chris has decided to share them while recounting the fantastic and hilarious stories that led to the birth of these rules. The result is a fun, entertaining, practical, and inspiring book from the man with many scarves but only one drive: to be the best. After reading "No Is a Four-Letter Word", you'll discover that you might have what it takes to succeed as well... you just need to get out there and do it. That's what Jericho would do.

Jericho told Loudwire about "No Is A Four-Letter Word": "It's basically like a self-help motivational guide as to how I was able to make both these dreams come true being in wrestling and rock and roll when everybody told me that I couldn't do it. No is a dirty word. You shouldn't use it. I think that if people read this book, they'll see I have twenty principles as to how I was able to do what I did. All of them based around advice that I received. There's the Gene Simmons principle, the Paul Stanley principle, the Mystic Man principle. If somebody taught me something over the course of these years, I made it a theme for the book. I like it because it's different from any of the books that I've done, but still has a lot of great ridiculous stories but there's a theme to it."

He added: "It's not another autobiography. Believe me, I have enough material, but I think four autobiographies in the course of ten years might be pushing it. This is not an autobiography per se, but it still has a lot of great stories from all the years that I've experienced these things."

VINNIE VINCENT Announced As Special Guest At Atlanta KISS Expo

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has been announced as a special guest at the the Atlanta Kiss Expo next year.

According to the official web site for the Atlanta Kiss Expo, the 65-year-old musician will be signing autographs and taking photos during the special VIP Meet & Greet on Friday, January 19, 2018, as well as all day long at the Atlanta Kiss Expo on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

The organizers say about what is being billed as Vinnie's first public appearance in almost twenty years: "We have worked long and hard to secure the legendary Ankh Warrior for the show, and he's been absolutely awesome and is looking forward to meeting all of his fans."

Vincent replaced lead guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982 and played with KISS for two years. He left the group on bad terms, and later claimed KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley owed him royalties for his work on KISS' 1983 album "Lick It Up", according to the Courthouse News Service. However, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against him and awarded the KISS defendants about $66,400 in attorney's fees and $15,400 in costs.

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

"He's such a mysterious figure," Bruce Kulick, who held down the lead guitar spot in KISS for twelve years following Vincent's departure, told Rolling Stone. "In some ways, he's the Howard Hughes of KISS. Vinnie has laid low for so long that it adds to his legend."

After running into into Simmons at a recording studio and reportedly apologizing for causing KISS all the grief while he was a member, Vincent was brought back into the KISS fold to co-write "Unholy", "Heart Of Chrome" and "I Just Wanna" for the band's 1992 album "Revenge". However, once the record was released, "Vinnie was up to his old tricks again," Simmons told Rolling Stone. "He reneged on a signed deal we had made and decided that he wanted to renegotiate. He eventually sued us and lost. As far as I was concerned, he was persona non grata forever."

"It's a shame," Simmons said. "He's talented beyond most people that you'd meet, but you get to sleep in the bed you make."

In May 2011, Vincent was arrested and with aggravated domestic assault after allegedly roughing up his wife, Diane Cusano, at their home in Smyrna, Tennessee. He spent the night in jail and was released on $10,000 bond the following morning.

In a statement released after the arrest, Vincent said: "Please don't believe everything you read. I would never hurt anyone — ever. What has been reported is an absolutely inaccurate depiction of the events that occurred that evening. When it's time, the truth will be known."

In January 2014, Diane Cusano passed away due to conditions stemming from chronic alcoholism. She was 47 years old.

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

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

Gene Simmons talks about life in music and bringing his restaurant brand to Chicago

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and KISS frontman, Gene Simmons joins Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes to talk about his new endeavor to bring “Rock & Brews,” a rock-inspired restaurant and entertainment concept, to the Greater Chicagoland area and a commitment to open 10-15 new corporate-owned restaurants to the area: Listen.

BOB KULICK's 'Skeletons In The Closet' Feat. KISS, TWISTED SISTER, Ex-BLACK SABBATH Members: More Details Revealed

Throughout his forty-year music career, Bob Kulick has worked with an astonishing array of artists: from Meat Loaf to MOTÖRHEAD. From KISS to Michael Bolton. W.A.S.P. to Diana Ross as well as legends such as Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Paul Stanley's first solo album and tour.

After serving as a sideman and producer for much of his professional career, Kulick has decided that it was time to release a solo album — and he brought along a few of his good friends to support him in the endeavor.

"Skeletons In The Closet" will be released on September 15 through Vanity Music.

Joining Bob on the album are:

Lead vocalists

Dee Snider
Robin McAuley
Andrew Freeman
Vick Wright
Todd Kerns
David Glen Eisley
Dennis St. James

Bassists

Rudy Sarzo
Chuck Wright
Bobby Ferrari
Bruce Kulick
Dennis St James
Kjell Benner

Keyboardists

Doug Katsaros
Jimmy Waldo

Drummers

Vinny Appice
Frankie Banali
Eric Singer
Brent Fitz
Scot Coogan
Chuck Burgi
Bobby Rock
Jay Schellen

Bob himself provided all of the guitar tracks and co-produced the album, along with Bobby Ferrari at Vegas View Recording in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Skeletons in the Closet" track listing:

01. Rich Man
02. Not Before You
03. London
04. Goldfinger
05. Player
06. India (from MURDERER'S ROW)
07. Skeletons In The Closet (from MURDERER'S ROW)
08. Can't Stop The Rock (previously unreleased track)
09. Guitar Commandos (from Skull — also features a guitar duel with Bruce Kulick)
10. Eyes Of A Stranger (from SKULL)

Fifty years is a long time to have a career in any type of industry. However, fifty years in the cut-throat music business is a miracle unto itself. Not to mention a relevant, successful run in not only one but several fields.

Grammy Award-winning guitarist, songwriter and producer extraordinaire Bob Kulick began his musical profession at 16 — when most high schoolers are still trying to figure out where they're going in life — appearing on the 1966 album "Winchester Cathedral" from the RANDOM BLUES BAND, the "baby band" that Bob played in that played The Café Wha in New York's Greenwich Village alongside Jimmy James and the BLUE FLAMES (later rechristened Jimi Hendrix). "This was the first club gig I had experienced and it completely changed my world!" recalls the guitarist.

1973 saw Kulick make the connection that he has been associated the most with throughout his career. He auditioned for — and got passed over by — KISS. Instead of being dejected, the six-stringer aligned himself with the band over the years, playing on the studio material on "Kiss Alive II", providing solos on the "Killers" album, co-writing "Naked City" from "Unmasked" and guesting on Paul Stanley's 1979 solo album and tour a decade later. He even suggested his brother to the band. "It took multiple tries but we finally got him there!" Bob laughs.

Aside from KISS, Bob has, of course, played with Meat Loaf, BALANCE, Lou Reed, W.A.S.P., SKULL, MURDERER'S ROW and several other bands and studio projects over the years.

Fifty-one years after making his recording debut, the well-respected axe slinger has decided it's time to release his first actual solo album, "Skeletons In The Closet". Kulick explains, "I started writing new music in 2015 which then turned into songs co-written with my former BALANCE bandmate Doug Katsaros and my brother Bruce. I've had the thought of doing a solo project using some of the musicians I had worked with in the past for some time. Now armed with four new original songs, my girlfriend (photographer Julie Bergonz) introduced me to producer Bobby Ferrari at Vegas View Recording and he loved the idea of working with me, the guest artists and the four new songs and that introduction led to the making of this album."

A ten-song affair, "Skeletons In The Closet" is half brand new songs and half material from his storied past. "The idea of doing these new songs / retrospective songs as one CD only came to me after the new original songs were done. Then we added our cover of 'Goldfinger' and pulled five of my all-time favorite songs out from my 'closet,' creating 'Skeletons In The Closet'."

Kicking off with "Rich Man", the uplifting track is the lyrical juxtaposition between what we don't have and being "rich" because we have "you" — a girlfriend, lover or a guitar or whatever it is that makes everything else alright. "Not Before You", co-written with Bob's brother Bruce, is a specific reference to, in this case, a new love. "London", Bob says, "is Jack The Ripper sideways. Our homage to Sweeney Todd and a 6 / 8 tempo and feel that, with Dee Snider's vocal, takes you to that place in London where 'No one hears you scream in the darkness.'" Frankie Banali's unique drumming concept helped turn this into a larger-than-life song. "Goldfinger" is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to James Bond films — a heavy version of the classic Shirley Bassey song. "Player" is a theme we're all familiar with — getting "played by someone." This is another take on that story. Bob's back catalog begins its appearance with MURDERER'S ROW's "India" with an Indian / Middle Eastern metal double-bass-drum guitar gallop and with a coral sitar solo played by Kulick. With the title track, Bob states: "I often look to start and/or end recorded songs by setting a mood, vibe or sound effect that 'speaks.' In 'Skeletons In The Closet', you can hear the skeleton sounds in the beginning of the song, helping set the dark mood." "Can't Stop The Rock" "was written produced and recorded when David Eisley and I came up with the Sponge Bob song 'Sweet Victory'. This is another 'rock' lyric song but a fun one we came up with which went great with 'Sweet Victory' at that time." From Bob's SKULL days, "Guitar Commandos" sees him trading lead guitar licks with his brother Bruce. "It's basically a song about the road and touring," he says. Wrapping up the album, "Eyes Of A Stranger" is a song about how crazy love is. "The ups and downs of love, ya know, but also an uplifting and driving track to finish things off."

Gene Simmons tells Justin Bieber to ‘get a life’

Justin Bieber went from being on a worldwide tour to being on an apology tour on social media for canceling his remaining show dates, but one rock legend, Gene Simmons, isn’t feeling sorry for the “Sorry” singer.

The Kiss guitarist told TMZ on Wednesday that Bieber should, “Get a life. You don’t have to worry about anything. You’re rich. In case you didn’t notice, you’re white. You’ve got white privilege… You have nothing to complain about.”

Still, the 67-year-old added he wishes Bieber well. Simmons said, “He’s young; he’s got lots of fans.”

Bieber posted a message to his 90 million Instagram followers explaining his reason for quitting the tour.

Bieber stated the chance to make his life and career more “sustainable” ultimately led him to cancel the rest of his “Purpose” world tour.

PAUL STANLEY Doesn't Know Why GENE SIMMONS Attempted To Trademark 'Horns' Hand Gesture

(Listen) Paul Stanley says that he has no idea why Gene Simmons attempted to trademark the so-called "devil's horns" hand gesture.

The KISS bassist/vocalist withdrew his application to trademark the symbol late last month — less than two weeks after filing with the federal copyright office.

Most music fans slammed Simmons for the trademark request, saying the symbol has become ubiquitous and means different things to different people.

Asked by the Loudwire Podcast for his thoughts on Simmons's trademark attempt, Stanley said: "Well, you know, Gene elicits some very strong reactions from people. And what he does he does for the reasons that only he knows. So I can't really say that I have really any thought about it. It was really something that he wanted to pursue, and the reaction was how people felt about it. So I don't know why he pulled it, and I don't know why he started it. I really have no… I haven't asked him."

In his original request, which was filed on June 9, Simmons described the sign as consisting "of a hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular." He paid $275, seeking to use the hand signal symbol for "Entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist."

Gene claimed the gesture was first used in commerce on November 14, 1974, which corresponded to KISS's "Hotter Than Hell" tour. He wrote in his signed declaration that he believed "no other person, firm, corporation or association has the right to use said mark in commerce, either in the identical form or in such near resemblance."

During a recent edition of her show "The Talk", Sharon Osbourne slammed Simmons for the trademark request, accusing the rocker of "trying to make money from posters and t-shirts." She said: "He's crazy. He's trying to get money from the merch where you see this [gesture] on merch, but actually this [symbol], in Italian, which has been going for hundreds of years, means 'the devil.' That's what it means. And so kids at concerts have been doing it for years and years and years. And in '74? Where were you in the '60s when they were doing it, kid, because they've been doing it forever."

It's unclear why Simmons suddenly withdrew his application to trademark the gesture but it's unlikely he would have succeeded anyway.

Copyright lawyer Ronald Abrams told Forbes that such hand gestures can't be trademarked unless they are part of a logo. Trademark attorney Michael Cohen with Cohen IP Law Group in Beverly Hills, who deals with trademark, patent and copyright infringement cases, concurred, telling the Los Angeles Times that it would have been very difficult for Simmons's application to be approved because the gesture has become "genericized."

Simmons's version of the gesture is actually "I love you" in American Sign Language, with the thumb extended, rather than the thumb holding two middle fingers close to the palm.

Ronnie James Dio's widow Wendy also criticized Simmons for attempting to trademark the hand sign. She told TheWrap: "To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting. It belongs to everyone — it doesn't belong to anyone. It's a public domain, it shouldn't be trademarked."

KISS's GENE SIMMONS: 'Generations Of Fans Have Been Trained Not To Pay For Music'

(Listen) Gene Simmons says that he writes new music "all the time" but insists that the business is dead for anybody but the established artists.

Although KISS hasn't released a studio album since 2012's "Monster", frontman Paul Stanley said last fall that a follow-up effort was on the way.

Asked by Doug Podell of Detroit's 94.7 WCSX radio station if there is an incentive for KISS to make new records considering that direct music sales play a significantly diminished role compared to a couple of decades ago, Simmons said (hear audio below): "The business is dead. Not for us — we can continue to tour, and THE [ROLLING] STONES can continue to play the songs everybody loves and so can Paul McCartney and stuff. But for a new band, it's dead. You have to give away your music for free, because generations of fans have been trained — shamefully — not to pay for music. Download, fileshare, view — I don't care what you call it — the truth is new bands don't have a chance."

He continued: "In terms of writing, sure, I write all the time. In fact, a few weeks ago, [original KISS guitarist] Ace [Frehley] and I sat down and we wrote two things for his next record, which is gonna be coming out whenever he says. So writing happens all the time, and in my box set, which is gonna come out — oh, I don't know — before the end of the year, there are gonna be hundreds of songs. But the actual business of it? No, it's dead. It's dead. Because the fans won't pay for music."

Simmons also once again criticized RADIOHEAD for utilizing a pay-what-you-want model for its 2007 album "In Rainbows", saying: "There was an English band, very well respected. I don't wanna say their name, 'cause their fans get so upset. And I'm actually a fan of the band. And they decided to put out a brand new album on the Internet, and the headline was, 'Listen, there's no price for this. Just pay whatever you wanna pay, or don't pay anything at all.' They only did that once, because it doesn't work. If you can walk into a store and there's a sign up that says, 'You can have anything for free or pay whatever you want,' how long do you think that store would stay in business?"

Gene's comments echo those made by Stanley, who last year said about the prospect of the band making a new album: "Well, it's a very conflicted subject. In one sense, there's no reason to put out any new music. Because the delivery systems that are available don't pay. We're in a situation now where artists have to take what they can get, as opposed to what they deserve. For me, it's more of a moral issue than anything else, because I don't have to worry about paying the rent, but what about new bands?"

Stanley previously that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album… When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another."

Ernie Ball: String Theory featuring Paul Stanley

Ernie Ball: String Theory featuring Paul Stanley: Video.

Trailer for 'Armed Response'

Watch the trailer now for @WWEStudios' 'Armed Response' - starring @WWERollins, @wesleysnipes, @AnneHeche, @DaveAnnable10 & @genesimmons: Video.

ACE FREHLEY Discusses His Latest Collaboration With GENE SIMMONS, Says He Hasn't Been Approached About Rejoining KISS

Ace Frehley has confirmed that he recently collaborated with Gene Simmons on two songs for the former KISS guitarist's next solo album. Ace told radio personality Eddie Trunk: "I called him up and I said, 'Gene, you wanna write a few songs?' He says, 'Sure.' Because he had come to my show [in February] at the Saban theater in Los Angeles with John 5 [ROB ZOMBIE guitarist], and that's when we kind of reconnected and bonded a little. And I just shot him an e-mail and said, 'C'mon, let's write some songs together for my new record.' Next thing you know, he's down here [at my house in Rancho Santa Fe, California] and within three hours we had written two songs together, which was, like, a record, for me and him."

He added: "We had a fantastic time. He came down. We ate in the backyard while I was watering my palm trees. [Laughs] He was going to [my fiancée] Rachel, 'This is something new I've never seen before.' He's eating a sandwich and I'm watering a palm tree in my backyard. But it was a lot of fun."

According to Ace, the two new songs came together when the two former bandmates "just started jamming. We initially each picked up an acoustic guitar. I don't remember who came up with the beginning of the song. One guy plays one thing and then I play another thing. I think Gene actually came up with more ideas than I did and I just kind of complemented them. And then I started writing lyrics for a songtitle, which I don't wanna give away yet. And then we kind of took a break and then he started playing this bassline and he said, 'Ace, play these thee chords against it,' and within thirty minutes we had a second song. I was really pleased, and so was he."

Asked if he and Gene ever wrote music together before in the early days of KISS, Frehley said: "We did a lot more than people are aware of, but it's uncredited. For instance, I wrote 'Cold Gin', but I didn't really have a bridge or a breakdown section for that song, and Gene's the one that wrote that whole section; that's all Gene. But he never took credit for it."

Ace revealed that he has "already started recording" the follow-up to 2014's "Space Invader" album. "After the Fourth of July, we're gonna go full force," he said. "I have a studio now built in the new house here in Rancho Santa Fe. I built a drum room and I upgraded all my equipment. I've got, like, a twenty-by-twenty room with a twelve-foot ceiling. So it's a great control room. And then the drum room is in the garage right next to that room, so we just put a little hole in the wall and threw a snake through the wall. So we've got all the mics coming right into all the preamps. It's working really nicely. Alex Salzman, my engineer, did most of the wiring."

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

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

Asked if there has been any talk about him doing something with KISS again, Frehley told Eddie Trunk: "I can only be honest with you. It's something I haven't pushed and it's something that Paul and Gene haven't brought up to me. I'm just gonna let nature take its course. If the fans demand it, it'll probably get to a point where they're not gonna be able to say 'no.' But I've always said: they'll be fine with what they're doing and I'll be fine on my own. I've got a great solo band. We tour the world. We're touring Australia again with Alice Cooper in October. So whatever happens, one way or the other, everybody's gonna be fine. But if by chance Paul and Gene decide to bring me back in the fold and do a world tour, I think that could be great too, if it was handled correctly. But I haven't been approached, no. Honestly."

Ace added that his return to KISS for a reunion tour "could be a great thing for the fans. Even if I didn't wanna do it, I would do it for the fans, because we owe it to them. You know what I'm saying?"

According to Ace, whether or not he ever reunites with KISS will depend largely on the demand from the band's fans and concert promoters around the world.

"I don't think Paul and Gene do anything innocently," he said. "I think there's a motive behind everything they do, and they're driven by money — let's be honest — and they'll be the first to admit it.

"Rachel said to me the other day, 'Do you really think there might be a reunion?' And I said to her honestly, 'You know when there's a gonna be a reunion? When promoters call up [KISS manager] Doc McGhee and Paul and Gene and offer them multimillion-dollar figures. It's all about money — you know that and I know that. So if a promoter calls up Doc McGhee and says, 'We'll give you two hundred million dollars and do a six-month tour,' I'm gonna get a phone call. If that doesn't happen, I may not. Who knows? But, like I said, either way, everybody's gonna be fine."

Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about contributing to "Origins Vol. 1", the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on the record because "either [Gene] didn't get the message or he was just too busy," Frehley told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station last year.

Stanley told Billboard earlier this year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup. "I sang on Ace's most recent album and did a video with him," he said. "I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we've done together is terrific. The band as it is — I've played with [current KISS drummer] Eric Singer for, I think, 25 years and Tommy's [Thayer, guitar] been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of revisiting the past. With that said, I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn't include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from."

GENE SIMMONS And ACE FREHLEY Collaborate On Two New Songs For Ex-KISS Guitarist's Next Solo Album

Gene Simmons has co-written two songs for Ace Frehley's next solo album, the KISS bassist/vocalist has revealed.

The news of the two former KISS bandmates' collaboration was broken by the bassist/vocalist as he was giving an interview to the Minnesota classic rock radio station 92 KQRS last week.

Asked if KISS has any plans to return to the studio and make new music, Simmons said (see video below): "Well, I suppose at some point. But literally two days ago I was with Ace, who's not in the band — he used to be in the band three different times — and we wrote two songs. He asked me to write for his next solo record. So I went over to his place, way out in the desert some place, and we wrote two things. And eventually the band [the current lineup of KISS] will go back in [the studio to make new music]. But there's no great incentive, because the record industry, the entire thing, is so dysfunctional. You work hard and you get paid, and if we're gonna work a year on a record, I wanna get paid too. KISS is not a charity. We make a difference between what we do personally and as a band. We buy houses for vets, we supply jobs, we give money to charity, but that's 'cause I wanna give. I don't want anybody deciding that our art, our music, our concerts is free, because 'you have enough money.'"

Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about contributing the original KISS guitarist's "Origins Vol. 1" collection of covers, the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on the record because "either [Gene] didn't get the message or he was just too busy," Frehley told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station last year.

"Origins Vol. 1" featured a guest appearance by KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley on a cover of the FREE classic "Fire And Water".

Frehley said in March that he was still on good terms with Stanley. "Yeah, we're good friends," the ex-KISS guitarist told Brazil's Kazagastão (KZG). He added that he also reconnected with Simmons for the first time since they spent time with each other at KISS's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2014. "I just saw Gene [in February]. He came to my concert in Los Angeles. He hung out all night. [He was] very, very, very friendly. He was great with everybody."

Asked if there is any chance that he will rejoin KISS in the not-too-distant future, Frehley said: "I haven't heard anything. But if I were a betting man, I'd say maybe 50-50. That's good odds."

Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with Stanley on the "Fire And Water" cover in what was their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".

Stanley told Billboard earlier this year that he had no interest in a reunion of KISS's original lineup. "I sang on Ace's most recent album and did a video with him," he said. "I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we've done together is terrific. The band as it is — I've played with [current KISS drummer] Eric Singer for, I think, 25 years and Tommy's [Thayer, guitar] been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of revisiting the past. With that said, I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn't include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from."

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Watch Original KISS Drummer PETER CRISS Play His Last-Ever U.S. Concert

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss played what was being billed as his final U.S. concert this past Saturday, June 17 at the Cutting Room in New York City.

Criss handled the vocals and some of the drums at the show and was backed by musical director and keyboardist Alex Salzman, guitarist Erik Rudic from the band the COLD SEAS and a horn and string section.

Criss's set consisted of KISS classics and his solo songs, including "I Can't Stop The Rain", from the 1978 solo album "Peter Criss".

Criss handed out roses while he sang "Beth" and closed out the set with the swing classic "Sing Sing Sing".

Asked by Australia's The Rockpit in a brand new interview if he is "moving on to do other things," Criss responded: "You know what?! I'm 71. That scares me when I say that [laughs], but if you're around me, I'm like a 15-year-old kid — I really am. But I've had an amazing career in music. I was around in the '60s and '70s, which was about the best time to be a musician. I actually saw Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison and THE BEATLES when I was young. I've seen the greatest of the greats perform. I grew up at a time when music was so cool. There was Bob Dylan, and things were changing — things were becoming amazing for musicians in the world. So I played clubs for 15 years, then I started the band with the guys.'

He continued: "I'm a big BEE GEES fan, I was watching the salute to Barry [Gibb, the last surviving member of the BEE GEES], I've been a big fan since they started, and I love that he got up there and performed. And I see now all these guys, from THE ROLLING STONES, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, and we're all in our 70s now, and I hate to say it, but we're dying out, and that's so real. There's less rock and roll in the world, less music in the world, and it's kinda sad.

"So I'm 71 I'm in the best health I've been in for a while, and I thought if I'm gonna do it, I've gotta do it now. I had male breast cancer and I beat it, and that's really changed my life, and my wife also beat cancer too, so I went out I signed autographs, I wrote a book. When I connected [with the fans] again, I got to hear their stories and they'd ask me if I'd play again or sing again; there was so much love. And when I looked around, everyone was slowing down or retiring, like Eric Clapton, and I wondered what I have left."

Criss added that he is planning on finally completing the solo album that he started work on nine years ago.

"Before my cancer, I really put down some really heavy rock and roll. I put down some ballads too, but it was heavier than the stuff I normally do. And then I got sick and I put it aside and I've been sat on it these last eight years. And when I moved to California, I took it with me. There aren't any vocals on there yet, but I played it to a good friend and he told me that it was the best stuff he'd heard in years and I had to finish it, so when I'm over in June to play my last show in New York City, I'll finish it."

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

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

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

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

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

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GENE SIMMONS Weighs In On U.S. Immigration Policy Under PRESIDENT TRUMP

On June 4, Canadian Jewish News conducted an interview with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at a sold-out gala for Technion Canada, a fundraising arm of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. You can now watch the chat here: Video.

GENE SIMMONS Says His 'Horns' Hand Signal Is 'Homage' To SPIDER-MAN

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine that he started throwing the devil's horn gesture as an "homage" to Spider-man, who is known to make the motion in movies and his comics to activate his powers.

Simmons filed an application last week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark on the hand signal fans and rockers alike hold up during shows, in which the index and pinkie fingers are extended, the middle and ring finger are curled into the palm, and the thumb either sticks out from the hand like an errant branch from a tree or is also curled into the palm. The KISS bassist/vocalist claimed the gesture was first used in commerce on November 14, 1974, which corresponds to KISS's "Hotter Than Hell" tour. He wrote in his signed declaration that he believes "no other person, firm, corporation or association has the right to use said mark in commerce, either in the identical form or in such near resemblance."

Most music fans have slammed Simmons for the trademark request, saying the symbol has become ubiquitous and means different things to different people.

In issue 196 of Classic Rock magazine, Simmons revealed where he got the inspiration for the gesture, explaining it was inspired by Spider-man and the way he shoots webs from his wrists.

Simmons told Classic Rock: "We laid down the templates. When you see bands rocking out in sync, that's us. When you see bands putting up that two-fingered devil horn salute, that started with KISS."

When asked if it was Ronnie James Dio who actually started it, Simmons replied: "Well, I've heard Ronnie say that to my face and I said, 'God bless you.' I mean him no ill will, but I think he's wrong.

"Mine came from Spider-man doing his hand signal, as a homage to him. If you see me in photos, I'm sticking out my thumb. That's the sign in sign language which means 'I love you.'"

Ronnie James Dio's widow Wendy has slammed Simmons for attempting to trademark the hand sign, calling it "disgusting." She told TheWrap: "To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting. It belongs to everyone — it doesn't belong to anyone. It's a public domain, it shouldn't be trademarked.”

Gene Simmons Seeks to Register Trademark on Iconic Rock Hand Gesture

Thumb up or thumb down?

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons is awaiting the signal from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after he filed an application Friday for a trademark on a hand gesture. Rock fans are probably familiar with the sight. Here's the drawing that's included in the application: Pic.

According to Simmons, this hand gesture was first used in commerce Nov. 14, 1974. That appears to correspond with Kiss' Hotter Than Hell tour.

Speaking of hell, the hand gesture appears quite similar to what's known as the "Sign of the horns," a devil signal that, according to an entertaining entry from Wikipedia, dates back to the 5th Century BC founder of Buddhism. It's also the American Sign Language gesture for "I love you."

Simmons is claiming the hand gesture mark for "entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist."

Before the Trademark Office allows this hand gesture to be registered — it perhaps wouldn't be unprecedented — an examiner would consider the likelihood of confusion and, possibly, whether it's too generic to be associated with Simmons. Here, for example, is the album cover for the Beatles' 1966 single, Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby: Pic.

On the road to registration, Simmons might have other obstacles besides John Lennon. Among them could be how in certain Mediterranean cultures, the horns — or "rock on" — gesture is, in the words of The New York Post, "made to a man to imply that his wife is cheating on him." Whether or not that matters is possibly impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling in Tam v. Lee. Then again, maybe Simmons is saying "I love you," but if so, those who use sign language might not love what he's doing.

An even bigger question is the extent to which Simmons could enforce trademark rights even if his registration is accepted.

Former professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page has tried. Some reported that he had sued Jay Z over the "Roc-A-Fella Hand Gesture,” alleging it was a trademark infringement of his "Diamond Cutter hand gesture," although we couldn't locate any complaint. However, we did find a lawsuit filed by Page in 2010 against the American electronic music duo, 3OH13. Here was the complaint filed in court. According to records from the Trademark Office, the case settled.

No matter what happens for Simmons, we guarantee nobody will ever be able to trademark a handshake.

Eric Carr's THE ROCKHEADS! ANIMATION CARTOON TRAILER

Eric Carr's THE ROCKHEADS! ANIMATION CARTOON TRAILER: Video.

Tommy Thayer Q&A Video

Tommy Thayer Q&A in London: Video.

Paul Stanley's Revenge

(Listen) Today (May 19) is the 25th Anniversary of Chris Jericho's favorite KISS album, "Revenge!" And coincidentally, today is also the anniversary of Paul Stanley's 3rd appearance on TIJ! He's back to talk "Revenge" - from the writing and recording of the album to what inspired guitarist Bruce Kulick's amazing playing to working with legendary producer Bob Ezrin to losing drummer Eric Carr before the album was finished. Paul explains why "Revenge" was such a game-changer not only for KISS, but also for his & Gene Simmons' relationship. And if you wanna know how he ended up working with Ace Frehley just last year, you'll hear that too! Plus, is there a future KISS studio album in the works? Paul will tell you himself.

KISS Cancels Manchester Concert Following Terrorist Attack

KISS has canceled its previously announced concert in Manchester, England.

The legendary U.S. rockers had been scheduled to play at the Manchester Arena on May 30, just one week after a suicide bomb killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande gig at the same venue.

As a result, the Manchester Arena remains closed, which has forced the band to cancel their performance.

KISS said in a statement: "We are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester.

"We sadly will not be able to play Manchester Arena on the 30th May.

"We have always looked forward to these shows and our local fans, but in light of recent events, a canceled rock show seems of such little consequence.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected and all the people of Manchester at this difficult time. We are with you and you are in our prayers."

Refunds for the the show will be granted to all ticketholders at the point of purchase.

KISS's other performances in the U.K. will go ahead as planned.

Several other artists — including BLONDIE and TAKE THAT — also canceled concerts in the wake of the attack.

BRUCE KULICK Says He Had To Play Politics In KISS

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has revealed he had to take band politics into account when pitching a song to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley during his twelve years in the band.

Speaking to Hot Metal, the 63-year-old said he could never play a song idea for both Simmons and Stanley — he had to chose which one would give him the best chance of success.

"During my years with KISS, it was always a challenge to make Gene or Paul really zone in and say, 'I wanna work on that,'" Kulick said. "Then the issue with them was, if you played something for Gene, you can't play it for Paul. You know what I mean? It was like you had to pick and choose your battles and everything.

"Anyway, that was always like an interesting dynamic but understandable. Groups are very much like that. Just like within a family you know, you can tell one brother one thing but you wouldn't mention that to the other ... your sister or whatever."

During the extensive chat, Kulick also discussed going out socially with Paul Stanley years before joining the band — because brother Bob Kulick was a friend of the Starchild.

"Paul was a huge rock star living like a king in New York City," Bruce recalled. "Bob would go, 'Come on along, let's go', we were in Queens we’d hang out, 'We're going to the movies with Paul Stanley,' and everyone was like, 'Wow, that's kind of cool.'

"That was kind of weird. I'm not saying I really got to know him well. You know when you have that level of fame, you're very carefully with your circle of people you hang with. But that helped when Paul realized, 'You know, I'm hearing good things about Bruce, not only from Bob, from other musicians in L.A.' That's how I really got my start, so I'm grateful to my brother obviously for the introduction but the rest was all my own."

In 1984, Bruce joined KISS, where he remained as their lead guitarist for more than a decade, accompanying the band on the "Animalize" tour and continuing with the band until the 1996 reunion tour. Bruce is heavily featured on "Kissology – Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", the band's DVDs spanning their historic 40-year career.

Live Nation Offers Refunds for England Concerts After Terror Attack

Live Nation is sympathetic to people who bought tickets for concerts in England, offering them refunds if they're too scared to attend ... TMZ has learned.

Sources at Live Nation tell us refunds will be available for UK concerts featuring Katy Perry, Iron Maiden, KISS, Robbie Williams, Phil Collins, Depeche Mode, and James Arthur. BTW, Senator Bernie Sanders also has a show scheduled at 02 Academy Brixton, and it's sold out.

Our sources say Live Nation has not made a decision on refunds for other countries, but they are having discussions at offices worldwide ... and they expect to come up with a policy soon.

The decision to refund tickets in England is partly because of the attack at the Ariana Grande concert and partly because the Prime Minister has made it clear ... another attack seems imminent.

One Live Nation source tells TMZ, "We've gotten about a thousand media calls but very few consumer calls asking for refunds."

TOMMY THAYER Says 'It's Crickets' When KISS Plays Lesser-Known Songs Live

Maggie Wright of Full Metal Rock conducted an interview with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer prior to the band's May 7 show at Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway. You can listen to the full chat here.

KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY Recalls Ditching Makeup, Talks Frankly About GENE SIMMONS

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Paul Stanley has admitted that KISS shedding its makeup in the early 1980s was liberating for him. Stanley, who's prepping his second memoir, is currently out on the road with KISS and performs on Saturday (May 20) in the Czech Republic. He chatted with Classic Rock magazine and revealed that KISS wiping off the grease paint helped him grow as a performer, recalling: "The years that we were without the makeup [1983 to 1996] were fine for me. I found them very satisfying because I got a chance to be out there without makeup, which I craved at that point. I think it was easier for me because my persona wasn't really defined by the makeup — it was embellished. To me, the makeup was just reinforcing what you were seeing and who I was. But the day we put the makeup back on before the reunion tour was magical. To look in the mirror and see that face again was empowering."

On his long-lasting — and sometimes rocky — relationship with KISS co-founder Gene Simmons, Stanley explained: "Gene's my brother. He lives right down the street. And we like each other so much that we stay out of each other's way. As sickening as it might sound, we're not beyond sending each other texts of appreciation. We both have the lives that perhaps we didn't intend to in the beginning, but we both made it possible for us to reach the lives that made us happy. If you would have told him thirty, forty years ago where he'd wind up, he couldn't comprehend it. But you have to keep moving forward. And you may find your destination is not where you intended."

Although Paul Stanley has been vocal about his issues with co-founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, in his recent memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", he talks frankly about the problems in keeping a partnership going with Gene Simmons over the decades. He admitted to The Pulse Of Radio that it's taken a lot of work to keep the pair moving forward and on the same page. "Oh, sure," he said. "That over the years that's been an ongoing theme in our relationship. But time is the ultimate judge, and the fact that we've been together, at this point for, forty — my gosh — almost forty-four years says volumes. There have been times where I've been very angry and resentful — and I'm not saying momentarily, I'm saying for long periods of time. But, in time, everything falls in place and you get a better perspective — hopefully. If you don't expect from someone what's not possible, then you won't be disappointed."

What happened when Kiss went to Moscow

What happened when Kiss went to Moscow: bullet-proof tents, rivalries and mating rituals: read the article here.

PodcastOne: KISS - 25th Anniversary of Revenge with Bruce Kulick & The Story Of Thin Lizzy with Scott Gorham

(Listen) In this episode, Mitch sits down with former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick to discuss the band's landmark album REVENGE on its 25th anniversary. The two discuss its historic importance in the band's catalog, the involvement of Vinnie Vincent, Dick Wagner, Kevin Valentine & Tommy Thayer as well as unreleased tracks and the different drummers that auditioned for the band at that time. Scott Gorham of THIN LIZZY & Black Star Riders is the show's second interview. Scott discusses their new album HEAVY FIRE, working with Phil Lynott & John Sykes, the Thunder & Lightning album, the twin guitar attack, 21 Guns and much more.

Princess Estelle Just Proved She’s the Most Hardcore Royal of All (and She’s 5!)

(People.com) (Pic) Royal rocker!

When KISS blew into Sweden last weekend, (more than 2o years after the band’s first date there!), the country’s 5-year-old future queen, Princess Estelle, once again showed off her high-spirited personality.

And befitting her VIP status, Princess Estelle not only attended last weekend’s Stockholm concert, but she also she went backstage to meet the band.

Rockers Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer happily posed with Estelle and her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Meanwhile, Estelle’s baby brother, 1-year-old Prince Oscar, stayed home.

But Princess Estelle, pictured in her father’s arms for the photo op, really got into the groove, complete with Stanley’s signature star makeup on her right eye.

Earlier this year, Estelle’s grandmother, Queen Silvia, spoke about the little princess.

“She is overprotective and very sweet to [her brother Oscar],” Silvia said of her granddaughter, who is second in line to the Swedish throne. “It feels good when you see the two of them together. Estelle’s so alert, interested, happy and curious. She’s adorable and funny — just like her mother when she was little.”

PETER CRISS Plays 'Final' Australian Show In Melbourne

(Video) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss played the first of three final solo shows earlier tonight (Friday, May 12) at the Sofitel Grand Ballroom in Melbourne, Australia. The eleven-song setlist included "Can't Stop The Rain", from his 1978 debut solo album; "Words", from Criss's 1980 solo album "Out Of Control"; as well as a number of KISS numbers, like "Beth" from 1976's "Destroyer", "Hooligan" from 1977's "Love Gun", "Strutter", from 1974's "Kiss" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" from 1975's "Dressed To Kill".

Setlist:
01. I Can't Stop The Rain (solo - 1978)
02. Hooked On Rock And Roll (solo - 1978)
03. Strange Ways ("Hotter Than Hell" - 1974)
04. Strutter ("Kiss" - 1974)
05. Don't You Let Me Down (solo - 1978)
06. Hooligan ("Love Gun" - 1977)
07. Nothing To Lose ("Kiss" - 1974)
08. Words (solo, "Out Of Control" - 1980)
09. Beth ("Destroyer" - 1976)
10. Rock And Roll All Nite ("Dressed To Kill" - 1975)
11. Sing, Sing, Sing (a tribute to Gene Krupa - 1937)

Criss is scheduled to play two U.S. shows in June. His appearance at the New York KISS Expo on June 9-11 will include a meet-and-greet, expo and a New York landmark tour. Five days later, on June 16, Peter will take part in a VIP dinner performance, which is being billed as his last live performance in the USA.

Asked by Australia's The Rockpit in a brand new interview if he is "moving on to do other things," Criss responded: "You know what?! I'm 71. That scares me when I say that [laughs], but if you're around me, I'm like a 15-year-old kid — I really am. But I've had an amazing career in music. I was around in the '60s and '70s, which was about the best time to be a musician. I actually saw Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison and THE BEATLES when I was young. I've seen the greatest of the greats perform. I grew up at a time when music was so cool. There was Bob Dylan, and things were changing — things were becoming amazing for musicians in the world. So I played clubs for 15 years, then I started the band with the guys.'

He continued: "I'm a big BEE GEES fan, I was watching the salute to Barry [Gibb, the last surviving member of the BEE GEES], I've been a big fan since they started, and I love that he got up there and performed. And I see now all these guys, from THE ROLLING STONES, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, and we're all in our 70s now, and I hate to say it, but we're dying out, and that's so real. There's less rock and roll in the world, less music in the world, and it's kinda sad.

"So I'm 71 I'm in the best health I've been in for a while, and I thought if I'm gonna do it, I've gotta do it now. I had male breast cancer and I beat it, and that's really changed my life, and my wife also beat cancer too, so I went out I signed autographs, I wrote a book. When I connected [with the fans] again, I got to hear their stories and they'd ask me if I'd play again or sing again; there was so much love. And when I looked around, everyone was slowing down or retiring, like Eric Clapton, and I wondered what I have left."

Criss added that he is planning on finally completing the solo album that he started work on nine years ago.

"Before my cancer, I really put down some really heavy rock and roll. I put down some ballads too, but it was heavier than the stuff I normally do. And then I got sick and I put it aside and I've been sat on it these last eight years. And when I moved to California, I took it with me. There aren't any vocals on there yet, but I played it to a good friend and he told me that it was the best stuff he'd heard in years and I had to finish it, so when I'm over in June to play my last show in New York City, I'll finish it."

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

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

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

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

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

Did BRUCE KULICK Know 'Unplugged' Reunion Would Lead To His Exit From KISS?

In a brand new interview with Rock N Roll Damnation, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick was asked if "it was evident" that the band's reunion with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley for an episode of MTV's "Unplugged" in 1995 would pave the way for a KISS tour that would exclude him and drummer Eric Singer. "The truth was not really ever kind of revealed for a few reasons," Kulick said. "I was aware that MTV thought that it was really important that if we did KISS 'Unplugged' that they get the scoop of a reunion, that they get that icing on the cake. But that was only a quarter of the evening, but it was the one that got all of the attention press-wise, and that matters because it means money, it means sales and all of that stuff. Behind the scenes, unknown to MTV, unknown to me and Eric Singer was the fact that they were negotiating with promoters that had gotten wind of a reunion on TV, so why wouldn't there be a reunion tour?"

He continued: "I didn't know that the writing was on the wall even though I was a little uncomfortable, but Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] obviously had a plan that should the original band have some difficulty working together or animosity towards each other or if someone wasn't willing to do it, KISS would have continued with Eric Singer and myself. But apparently, and I think what I understood was, shortly after or while they were trying to put together the 'Unplugged' thing, even though that was not the reunion tour, it was a reunion on stage in front of the world so they were feeling offers."

Kulick added: "Life is political, and so is business. There was a lot going on behind the scenes, just like in our political world and everyday business. It was really interesting."

During the same chat, Bruce confirmed that he continued to be paid by KISS for a full year after the "Alive/Worldwide Tour" launched in 1996, even though he was not part of the band's touring lineup. Asked if he was ever offered an extended role within the KISS camp as a behind-the-scenes guy, Kulick said: "No, although they did look to me to do some work for 'Psycho Circus'. That was very strange, but also made me feel really important [laughs] — you know what I mean — because when they got into the studio, I demoed some things with Paul and I was even able to co-write a song with him for that album. Just the fact that they asked me to play some bass and help out on the song I wrote with Paul in the studio was nice. Even the song 'I Finally Found My Way' from the 'Detroit Rock City' soundtrack, I played the bass on that track too, which was cool. I also did some work on both Paul and Gene's solo records, 'Live To Win' and 'Asshole', which was nice."

In 1984, Bruce joined KISS, where he remained as their lead guitarist for twelve years, accompanying the band on the "Animalize" tour and continuing with the band until the 1996 reunion tour. Bruce is heavily featured on "Kissology – Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", the band's DVDs spanning their historic 40-year career.

GENE SIMMONS Says 'Some Writing' Has Been Going On For Possible New KISS Album

Gene Simmons has confirmed that "some writing" has been going on for a possible new KISS studio album but has once again said that he is "not incentivized" to release another KISS disc unless there are some major changes in the way music is consumed.

KISS's last studio effort, 2012's "Monster", sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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

Asked by Michael Cavacini if KISS is going to record another studio album or not, Simmons said: "There's some writing going on. Not too long ago I wrote a song called 'Your Wish Is My Command'. It sounds anthemic, like something that might have come off 'Love Gun', maybe. But I'm not incentivized. The idea that you work your ass off and then someone with freckles on their face decides they want to download your music and file share — that's not what I work for. How'd you like to be a plumber, come over somebody's house and work all day to fix their plumbing and then when it's time to get paid they say, 'No, I just wanted to say thank you.' No."

He continued: "I've heard people say, 'Oh, you have enough money.' That's what I need: an eighteen-year-old kid telling me when enough is enough. It doesn't affect me at all. And it doesn't affect THE [ROLLING] STONES or U2 — a lot of the bands that do well. There's only a handful, actually. The saddest thing of all is that the next great bands, with the talent and the charisma and all that stuff, will never have the chance that we did — because there's no music industry. There's no way for them to pay the rent. They're going to have to give away their music, practically, for free."

Simmons added: "It almost makes you say, 'You know what, I'll get a day job.' The saddest part of all is that it's not aliens from another planet, it's not another country that invaded us and did that. No, no, no. Your next-door neighbor, the fans, are killing new music. They're killing the bands that want to create music for them. That's who's killing it. You're killing it, by not paying for it. Imagine how long a supermarket would stay in business if everybody went in, took the food and went away and didn't pay for it. [It] wouldn't last very long at all."

Gene's comments were echoed by KISS frontman Paul Stanley, who last year said about the prospect of the band making a new album: "Well, it's a very conflicted subject. In one sense, there's no reason to put out any new music. Because the delivery systems that are available don't pay. We're in a situation now where artists have to take what they can get, as opposed to what they deserve. For me, it's more of a moral issue than anything else, because I don't have to worry about paying the rent, but what about new bands?"

Stanley previously that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album… When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another.”

GENE SIMMONS To Release 'On Power' Book In November

(Listen) KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will release his next book, "On Power", on November 14 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Simmons told "The Ride With JMV" on 107.5/1070 The Fan that the book is about how "everybody can make more money and actually become relatively rich." He explained: "There are certainly enough economists in the world who have broken through the glass ceiling and taken the message out there that we've always assumed that the top should only be the people that are the smartest and the richest and all that stuff, and that the masses — the great unwashed masses — can never attain the heights, and that is patently untrue."

Simmons's last book, "Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life And Business", came out in 2014.

Although Gene has long portrayed himself as the brains behind KISS, his bandmate Paul Stanley's memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", paints a different picture, with Stanley claiming that Simmons was always more concerned with the Gene Simmons business. According to Keith Spera's review of "Face The Music" in The Times-Picayune, Paul wrote in the book that he, along with his therapist at the time, realized in the 1980s that KISS's financial managers were acting in bad faith. Other managers — not Simmons — encouraged diversification into a wide and lucrative range of merchandising opportunities.

"I saw the term 'marketing genius' used in reference to Gene quite frequently .?.?. [and] it turned my stomach," Stanley wrote of Simmons. "Neither Gene nor I has had an active hand in any significant deals.

"He was no marketing genius. He just took credit for things. It was unwarranted, selfish, and hurtful, and there was no way to excuse it. Calculated strategist? Sure. Genius? No."

Despite the barbs directed at Simmons, Stanley said in an interview that his longtime bandmate and business partner "had no arguments with" the comments Paul made in "Face The Music". "We've always been very honest with each other," insisted Stanley.

The Amazing Story of KISS Guitarist Paul Stanley’s Missing Ear, and the Doctor Who Reconstructed It

(variety.com) KISS frontman Paul Stanley is mourning the death of a man who played a pivotal part in shaping the sound of his band and ensuring a long career for the guitarist. New Hampshire’s Dr. Frederic Rueckert, who died on May 4, treated the rocker for a congenital ear deformity called Grade 3 Microtia back in 1982. Stanley was born with the condition, which left the external ear underdeveloped and essentially deaf.

“My dear friend Dr. Frederic Rueckert has died at 95,” Stanley tweeted. “He truly changed my life when he constructed my right ear from my rib. God Bless You.”

In a series of five surgical procedures, Rueckert removed pieces of cartilage from the rock star’s rib cage and carved them into the framework of an ear, which was then “implanted with a series of skin grafts.”

Stanley chronicled his ear struggles in his 2014 book, “Face The Music: A Life Exposed.”

“I had nothing more than a stump on the right side of my head, and my ear canal was also closed, so I was deaf,” the 65-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer wrote. “That left me unable to tell the direction of sound, and more importantly, made it incredibly difficult for me to understand people when there was any kind of background noise or conversation. These problems would lead me to instinctively avoid social situations.”

Stanley hid the deformity by growing his hair long, and worked through insecurities with a therapist, Dr. Jesse Hilsen, as KISS rose to rock prominence. It was Hilsen who suggested Rueckert after reading an article on the New Hampshire surgeon. At the time, the surgery was relatively new and mainly used on kids.

“I always tried to express to Dr. Reuckert the life-changing role he was playing for me,” wrote Stanley, who was 30 when he underwent the procedure. “He was a humble man who helped countless children avoid the experience and turmoil and endlessly compounded problems I faced as a kid. He helped give me a new lease on life; I gave him a Rolex watch when he retired. I could never figure out a way to truly show him how much he meant to me.”

'Hired Gun' Documentary Feat. KISS, ALICE COOPER, METALLICA Members Gets One-Night Screening Event

(Trailer) According to Variety, the rock documentary "Hired Gun: Out Of The Shadows, Into The Spotlight" will receive a one-night showing on June 29 at several hundred North American locations through Fathom Events.

The film goes behind the scenes and explores the personalities and creativity of the best session players and backup musicians in the world, ranging from Liberty DeVitto, who has played with Billy Joel, to rock guitarist John 5 who has played with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson.

A synopsis of the film — directed by Fran Strine — described these musicians as "a group that possesses uncommon musical ability and an uncanny knack for being able to deliver a great performance time and again."

"We have been overwhelmed by the support and feedback received throughout our festival run," Strine said. "'Hired Gun' is about musicians whose DNA are all over the music and tours we love, without us knowing their faces or names. It’s a music documentary with passion and talent at its core, digging deep and ripping the curtain back to expose what it’s really like to tour and record with the legends."

"Hired Gun" features Jason Hook (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH), Liberty DeVitto (BILLY JOEL), Kenny Aronoff (JOHN MELLENCAMP), Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE), Phil X (BON JOVI), Justin Derrico (P!NK), Jason Newsted (METALLICA), Eric Singer (KISS), John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE), Glen Sobel, Nita Strauss (ALICE COOPER), Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson, TOTO), Steve Vai (DAVID LEE ROTH), Paul Bushnell (Katy Perry), Jay Graydon (STEELY DAN) and Chris Johnson (RIHANNA).

Tickets go on sale on May 24.

Hook, who did stints with Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil and Alice Cooper, before joining FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, told The Pulse Of Radio he understands what it takes to catch a break with a big artist. "I went through years of trying to get gigs myself, and so I really understand what it's like to be the guy reaching out," he said. "And I always admired people that gave me a shot, recognizing that it's an unknown, you don't know if it's… The referrals are easy, when somebody says, 'I've got the perfect guy,' that door has been opened. But for you to open your own doors is very difficult.”

KISS drummer Criss headlines Beauty Ball on April 29

The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care is an organization that brings members of the community together to support men, women and children being treated for cancer.

The foundation, which is located in Tinton Falls, will sponsor its largest fundraising event of the year on April 29 when the Beauty Ball 2017 is held at the Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park.

The affair, which is in its 11th year, will run from from 6:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

Peter Criss, founding member and original drummer for the rock n’ roll supergroup, KISS, will highlight an evening of entertainment.

As a cancer survivor and recipient of the foundation’s Man of Courage Award, Criss will be performing his hit song “Beth,” live at the event.

The affair, which will help support families dealing with the impact of cancer, will feature an evening filled with live and silent auctions, basket raffles, dinner, cocktails and entertainment provided by a DJ and the jazz group,”The Wright Trio.”

This year, the foundation will honor both the Holt Construction Corporation and Frank Rizzo for significant contributions.

The Holt Construction Corporation, which services New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, will receive the 2017 Diamond Award for Philanthropy.

According to the foundation, Holt Construction Corporation has been a loyal supporter of the foundation for the past 11 years, sponsoring and attending many of their events including the Beauty Ball, while also contributing to many other charitable organizations.

The Unsung Hero Award will be presented to Rizzo, co-owner of Amazing Decoration, a holiday decorating company that is available throughout New Jersey. According to the foundation, Rizzo has surprised many foundation families by donating outdoor decorating during the holiday season.

Since its inception in 2007, the Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care has supported over 1,500 families by providing over $1,500,000 million in grants and services to cover such costs as transportation, household bills, groceries, housecleaning services and childcare.

With affairs such as the Beauty Ball, the foundation can maintain special programs, which include the holiday Adopt-a-Family Program and Thanksgiving meal delivery initiative.

For information, go to www.beautyfoundationnj.com or call them at 732-719-9909.

Gene Simmons of Kiss gives emotional Chuck Berry eulogy

Gene Simmons of Kiss delivered a tearful eulogy for Chuck Berry yesterday.

Berry died on March 18 at the age of 90. The musician was long recognized as a founder of rock and roll music, influencing rock popularizers such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones.

Chuck Berry's memorial took place on Sunday in his hometown of St. Louis. The funeral service occured at the Pageant, a hall located just blocks away from Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room, a venue where Berry played a monthly show for many years.

Simmons apparently gave a surprise spech at Berry's memorial. In the touching tribute, the Kiss bassist reportedly became choked up when talking about the rock and roll originator. Simmons told the gathering he was wearing dark sunglasses to try and hide his tears.

"These shades are going to help me a lot, because in the back of them are real tears."

Watch Simmons' speech here.

Sophie Simmons slams Katey Sagal for revealing dad’s affair

Sophie Simmons isn’t a big fan of Katey Sagal’s memoir, “Grace Notes,” which reveals an affair Sagal had with Sophie’s father, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, 43 years ago.

“To write about someone and then have it affect their family, I feel like is a really kind of low place to sell a book,” Simmons said on “Allegedly With Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss” on Tuesday, adding, “I mean, congrats to the one groupie who thought they got ahead, but apparently didn’t.”

Simmons also says of the former “Married With Children” star — who’s landed a new CBS series, “Superior Donuts” — “You tried to get ahead in music, it didn’t work; ... You played the game and you lost. I’m really sorry. You’re a really talented actress so it worked out.”

PETER CRISS Announces 'Last' Live Performances In USA, Australia

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has announced a couple of convention appearances this spring that are being being on his web site as his final live performances.

On May 12-14, Criss is scheduled to appear at the KISS Konvention Australia in Victoria, with his May 12 set said to be Peter's last live performance in Australia. Criss's appearance at the New York KISS Expo on June 9-11 will include a meet-and-greet, expo and a New York landmark tour. Five days later, on June 16, Peter will take part in a VIP dinner performance, which is being billed as his last live performance in the USA.

In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman". Peter's "Catman" persona is an instantly recognizable icon in pop culture.

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

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

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

PAUL STANLEY To Play Intimate SOUL STATION L.A. Gig On Saturday

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Paul Stanley has just announced an intimate one-off Los Angeles club date with his R&B revue, SOUL STATION. The KISS frontman and his band are set to play on Saturday, March 11 at Hollywood's Sayers Club. The show marks Stanley's first since canceling four Southern California gigs last month after suffering a concussion while skiing.

Stanley said in the announcement for the club date: "We're living in a time of being fed canned pre-programmed backing tracks and lip syncing in place of the electricity and passion of real live R&B.

"When I was a boy, before I ever saw THE WHO or LED ZEPPELIN, I saw Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. I saw THE TEMPTATIONS and all that music is part of the foundation of the music I've made. SOUL STATION is my chance to celebrate it for a night that's real, live and faithfully recreates the sound with the respect it deserves."

He went on to say: "Whether it's THE STYLISTICS, THE DRAMATICS, THE TEMPTATIONS, Smokey (Robinson) and THE MIRACLES, BLUE MAGIC and on, these songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away.

"I don't play guitar in the band and we don't do a single KISS song. That's not what this is about.

"It's magical to hear those songs played right and we're making magic."

Stanley told The Pulse Of Radio that he always wanted KISS's greatest work to contain everything that he loved and admired about his favorite records growing up. "I'd like to think that the bands that you are influenced and inspired by doesn't necessarily mean that you mimic them," he said. "It means that their passion, or their approach is inspirational. So, whether its gospel, or Motown — it all is music of passion. And that's what I think we wanted to and I wanted to see us channel was the passion and the fervor that all the music I loved had. Y'know, its not about perfection — it's about passion."

KISS next performs on April 21 in Reno, Nevada at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino.

Watch GENE SIMMONS Perform With His Solo Band

(Video) KISS bassist Gene Simmons will kick off his first-ever solo tour on March 18 at the Agora in Cleveland, Ohio as part of Wizard World Comic Con.

Backing Simmons at the shows will reportedly be guitarist Phil Shouse (Rodney Atkins, John Corabi, LIPSTICK, THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY), drummer Jarred Pope (THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY), guitarist/bassist Jeremy Asbrock (THE SHAZAM, John Corabi, THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY) and guitarist Ryan (HAIR OF THE DOG, THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY).

On March 2, Simmons and his solo band played a corporate event, and video footage of the gig has been uploaded to Facebook. Check it out above.

"This is gonna be a first for me," Simmons told CantonRep.com about playing his own shows. "Outside of KISS, I've never done a solo tour. I never did anything like that. Every once in a while I'll jump up on stage and do a song with somebody. Johnny Depp and I did a few songs together, a few other knuckleheads, but that's about it. When Wizard World and I agreed to do five events together, the idea of jumping up onstage and gulping it on for an hour or so came up. And I got a great bunch of guys, real rocking guys who are gonna get up with me, and we'll play all the hits and have ourselves a good old time."

Simmons will perform "An Evening With Gene Simmons And His Band" and attend five Wizard World Comic Con events as an iconic star attraction in 2017. The club venue concerts are in conjunction with appearances at conventions in Cleveland (March 18-19), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).

Evening concerts are planned on Friday in each of the respective cities, with Simmons on hand each Saturday to greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct live interactive question-and-answer sessions at each Wizard World Comic Con.

Simmons said in an interview last week that he was still working on his box set that will include "150 songs that have never been released. That news is gonna be released soon.

ACE FREHLEY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, GOJIRA, Others Added To PSYCHO LAS VEGAS

ACE FREHLEY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (featuring Pepper Keenan), DIAMOND HEAD, GOJIRA, PENTAGRAM and SLEEP are among the latest confirmed acts for Psycho Las Vegas 2017, set to take place from August 18 through August 20, with a pre-party August 17, at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event includes exclusive 2017 U.S. appearances by KING DIAMOND performing the landmark "Abigail" release in its entirety, French progressive rock unit MAGMA, black metallers ABBATH led by former IMMORTAL guitarist/vocalist Abbath, and cult stoner/desert rock unit SLO BURN fronted by KYUSS's John Garcia. Additionally, Mulatu Astatke, the father of Ethio-jazz, will be making his west of Chicago exclusive appearance while MANILLA ROAD, who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary, will perform their classic "Crystal Logic" in its entirety as a worldwide exclusive for Psycho Las Vegas 2017 .

KISS Guitarist Tommy Thayer Teams With Zenith Watches for Military Museum Fundraiser

(forbes.com) Last night in Portland, OR, guitarist Tommy Thayer, a.k.a., the Spaceman, along with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Eric Singer, all of the rock band KISS, gave a surprise performance at the close of a gala fundraiser event, where legendary rockers such as Alice Cooper, Robby Krieger of the Doors, Danny Seraphine from the band, Chicago, and Will Lee from The Late Show with David Letterman, among others, also performed. The exclusive “All-Star Salute to the Oregon Military” event raised $1.4 million toward completing the construction of the $20 million Oregon Military Museum named after Tommy’s father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer. To help raise funds, Tommy Thayer joined forces with Zenith Swiss watch brand to create a special commemorative watch and a small, limited edition collection.

“Obviously, this is important to me on a personal level because my father is involved,” said Tommy Thayer in a private interview yesterday, “but it is important, too, for people to remember and commemorate the amazing people and their stories of heroism. The things they did for our country are inspirational and help us understand where we came from, what helped make us, as a country.”

Thayer’s father, the 94-year-old retired Brigadier General James B. Thayer, is a decorated hero who served in World War II. In 1945, Thayer led his platoon forward in Europe, engaging in hand-to-hand combat with SS soldiers, and eventually entered Austria. “My dad’s platoon discovered and liberated an Austrian death camp for Hungarian Jews,” explains Tommy Thayer. “It was a horrific experience, but they saved the lives of 15,000 refugees in that camp.”

In fact, James B. Thayer received both a Bronze and Silver Star for his acts of heroism and was also honored decades later by the Austrian government. For his bravery, the Oregon Military Museum has been named after the Brigadier General, and rock star Tommy Thayer jumped in to help support the cause.

Similarly, Kiss rocker Gene Simmons also has a personal connection, in that his mother and her family were held in a concentration camp believed to have been a part of the network of camps that Thayer infiltrated. You can read more about that story here.

“Gene’s mother’s life was spared at the age of 14, but what she went through makes this effort even more personal for all of us in the band,” says Tommy Thayer. “The band as it is today, all of us are very close and very supportive of each other’s charitable and philanthropic efforts, and especially this one. We have supported the military and the veterans throughout our tours in various ways.”

In fact, Thayer says that fellow band member, Eric Singer was instrumental in putting Thayer in touch with Zenith and in helping to design the watch that honors his father. Singer is a known watch collector and enthusiast who frequently visits Swiss watch factories.

“Eric is the one who initially suggested we reach out to Jean-Claude Biver, who was very excited about the cause,” says Thayer. “Eric also helped steer me in the right direction about which watch style to choose and worked with me and Zenith throughout the project.”

Once Singer and Thayer talked with Biver, CEO of the watch division of LVMH (which includes brands Zenith, TAG Heuer and Hublot, among others), it was decided the World War II story most closely aligned with Zenith, and steps were quickly underway to create a commemorative watch for Tommy’s father, and a second one to be auctioned at last night’s event.

That watch, the Zenith Pilot Extra Special Thayer Edition, is created in 18-karat rose gold and titanium, and features an engraving on the case back of James B. Thayer in uniform during World War II, with the Oregon Military Museum name on it. The commemorative pieces feature an alligator strap and are offered in a special presentation box with a 48-star flag and a signed letter from ret. BG James B. Thayer about his experiences.

Additionally, a limited edition of 25 pieces of the watch is being created in bronze. This piece features a very special strap that, according to Tommy Thayer, was Eric Singer’s idea: a strap made of leather from actual World War II ammunition bags.

At last night’s event, one of the commemorative watches was presented to GB Thayer, while the other watch was auctioned. The watch, which holds a retail value of approximately $14,000, sold for $40,000. All proceeds go to the museum efforts.

“We have been working on raising funds for the museum for some time now,” says Tommy Thayer. “It is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. The private fundraising, which I am focusing on, takes a lot of time and effort. It is a matter of building the story and having people commit to it.”

Last night’s event emulated one that was held several years ago, wherein the Kiss members also performed. That event raised $1.2 million. The museum is approximately 70 percent complete and the fundraising in more than half way fulfilled. The Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum, hopefully to be opened by the end of this year, is a 32,000-square-foot museum that will house not only the story of Oregon military men, but also planes, tanks and other educational war materials that trace centuries of military (from Native Americans to today’s Global War on Terrorism) in its state-of-the-art facilities.

Katey Sagal counts herself among Gene Simmons' conquests in new tell-all

Count Katey Sagal among the nearly 5,000 women bedded by Gene Simmons. "Peg Bundy" became the Kiss frontman's lover after she waited on him in an L.A. restaurant, and credits him with giving her an early career boost.

Sagal, best known for playing a sex-starved housewife on “Married… with Children” and biker mama Gemma Teller Morrow on “Sons of Anarchy,” recounts the tale in a new memoir, “Grace Notes,” out next month.

Before she was an actress, Sagal was an aspiring singer, and at 20 she took a job as a singing waitress in a restaurant in Santa Monica, where she worked alongside Ricki Lee Jones, Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis, and Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo.

One night the then-little-known band Kiss came in — sans makeup — after opening a bill at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Simmons flirted, she sang for him, and she took him home — “because he was quite persuasive, and I like men,” she writes.

At first, she says, “I thought Gene was really weird," But she also thought “he was cute and had a lot of confidence.” When he paid attention to Sagal, something inside of her “bloomed” she recalls.

The next day he tagged along to her band rehearsal, and liked what he heard. So he took them to meet Neil Bogart, the president of Kiss' label, Casablanca — and Bogart signed them on the spot.

Sagal’s big break fizzled, after the band's record bombed, and they got dropped. But she maintained an off-and-on affair with Simmons, whom she fell for despite knowing what a womanizer he was — even after finding hundreds of Polaroids of his conquests in his New York apartment.

“I fantasized that I would be the exception,” she writes in the book, which details her years in the music business and her shift to acting, her drug use and subsequent sobriety, an early bout with cancer and her three marriages.

When she started dating another musician who proposed to her, she accepted — but only after telling Simmons she'd decline if he wanted to marry her: he laughed.

Simmons left her with enduring advice, she says: don't give up her career ambitions for a man. “And I never did,” Sagal writes, saying that was a lesson she needed to learn.

Paul Stanley Talks Kiss Merch Milestone: From Waffle Irons to Moisturizing Face Masks

Read the interview here.

PEARL JAM's MIKE MCCREADY Joins ACE FREHLEY On Stage In Seattle

PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready joined original KISS axeman Ace Frehley on stage last night (Saturday, February 11) at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, Washington to perform the KISS classic "Cold Gin". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen here: Video1, Video2.

The success of Kiss Kruise VI

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Gene Simmons keeps Kiss classic

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KISS to headline 2017 Endymion Extravaganza

(theadvocate.com) KISS will finally consummate its relationship with the superkrewe Endymion during the 2017 Mardi Gras season.

The band will headline the post-parade Endymion Extravaganza in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Feb. 25, sharing the bill with rapper FloRida and disco-era favorites KC and the Sunshine Band.

Additionally, members of KISS are slated to ride in Endymion for the final few blocks of the parade route. The plan is for them to board a float near the Joy Theater on Canal Street, then wave and toss throws the rest of the way to the Superdome.

Endymion founder Ed Muniz, the krewe's captain for its entire 51-year history, announced the entertainment roster Wednesday at Mardi Gras World.

The members of KISS were supposed to serve as the 1979 Endymion parade's grand marshals. But a police strike that year canceled most Carnival parades in Orleans Parish. Endymion rolled in Kenner, but bassist Gene Simmons and his bandmates opted not to ride.

Muniz took Simmons out to dinner in Metairie anyway. At one point, the rock star put his girlfriend at the time, Cher, on the phone with Muniz.

The four members of KISS were depicted on a float in the 2016 Endymion parade, which commemorated the krewe’s 50th anniversary.

KISS joins a long list of celebrity entertainers associated with Endymion. In 1976, rocker Alice Cooper, then at the height of his popularity, rode as the parade’s grand marshal.

“That was a big deal,” Muniz recalled earlier this year. “That was the first time Endymion went super.”

In 2015, country superstar Luke Bryan rode aboard Endymion's grand marshal float for the entire route, a span of more than six hours. He then rallied for a midnight performance at the Extravaganza, which, with its ice chests and tables piled high with food and drink, is akin to a mass tailgate party in formal attire.

The 2016 Extravaganza headliners, Pitbull and Steven Tyler, did not participate in the parade itself, although Tyler did make a brief appearance at Endymion’s pre-parade Samedi Gras celebration on the Orleans Avenue neutral ground near City Park Avenue.

The 2017 Samedi Gras event will kick off at noon Feb. 25 and feature local cover bands the Topcats, Groovy 7 and the Bucktown Allstars.

With more than 3,000 members, Endymion stages the largest parade in Carnival. It will roll at 4:15 p.m. Feb. 25 on its traditional Mid-City route. The 2017 theme is "The Constellations." Individual floats will depict celestial bodies.

Muniz, who made a fortune in the radio business before getting into Jefferson Parish politics, still keeps abreast of popular music. For the Extravaganza, he books acts to appeal to the krewe's diverse membership.

"That's what I learned when I was operating radio stations — you don't go for just one demographic," Muniz said Wednesday. "I would think FloRida is a different demographic than KISS. FloRida is younger."

Overall, "the membership seems happy" with this year's selections, he said. Most of the 20,000 tickets for the Extravaganza already have been sold. The only way to buy one now, Muniz said, is from a member of the krewe.

Headlining acts at the Extravaganza are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars. They are invited to ride in the parade but are not contractually required to do so.

"We book them to perform," Muniz said. "We invite them to ride. If they don't ride, we don't get upset about it."

Some performers opt to skip the parade because they don't want to wear themselves out by spending hours on a float leading up to show time. Others would rather spend the early evening rehearsing or doing sound checks at the Superdome.

But the members of KISS have tentatively agreed to climb aboard a float when the parade reaches the Joy.

"In a perfect world, that's what is going to happen," Muniz said. "It all seems to work out. I think God loves Mardi Gras."

GENE SIMMONS Attends ACE FREHLEY's Concert In Beverly Hills

(Pic) Gene Simmons attended Ace Frehley's concert Friday night (February 3) at The Saban in Beverly Hills, California, marking the first time the KISS legends were photographed together since their 2014 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

A picture of Simmons and Frehley was posted on the former KISS guitarist's Facebook page, along with the following caption: "MEANWHILE ~ some guy name 'Eugene' crashed Ace's VIP meet-n-greet last nite in Beverly Hills without rendering payment. If any of you Rock Soldiers can identify this man of mystery, let us know!"

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

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

Asked if there is a chance that he will re-team with KISS, Frehley told "Talking Metal" at the Revolver Music Awards in December: "I haven't heard anything from Paul and Gene — although I did get a text from Gene the other day. He wanted to come see me perform this January. So, you know, maybe he'll pop the big question. Who knows? [Laughs]

He added: "Whatever happens, we're all good. It's all good."

Ace's "Talking Metal" comments echoed those he made in November when he told Eddie Trunk of the "Trunk Nation" radio show: "I haven't been contacted [about a reunion]. I'm not ruling it out. It's a possibility, I guess. But the ball's in Paul and Gene's court. If that's something that they would like to do to end off the career of KISS, I think it could be… if it was handled correctly, it could be great. But those guys pretty much run the show these days. And I'm doing my thing, and they're doing their thing. And if it happens, it'd be great, and if it doesn't, I'll be fine and they'll be fine."

Ace told "Trunk Nation" that his relationship with his former bandmates was never bad as it was portrayed by the media. "However the press colors the fact that we don't get along, in reality we do," he said. "You know, we have disagreements and things are said sometimes, taken out of context. But I've always been friends with those guys and they've been friends with me. We may not have agreed about certain things over the years and maybe there were times we didn't talk. I mean, we created something amazing that withstood the test of time."

Asked why Simmons ended up not appearing on "Origins Vol. 1", Ace told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station: "Well, I tried calling Gene a couple of times and I got his answering machine. So I shot him a few different texts. I even went as far as to get ahold of Doc McGhee [KISS's manager] and tell Doc to let Gene know I wanted to get ahold of him. And I guess either he didn't get the message or he was just too busy. So I said, 'Well, let me reach to Paul.' I had Paul's cell phone [number] in my phone. I gave him a buzz, and he picked up immediately. And from the outset, he thought it was a great idea and would be a lot of fun. It took a while to choose which song we wanted to do. We were originally thinking about DEREK AND THE DOMINOS' [version of Jimi Hendrix's] 'Little Wing', then we were kicking around maybe 'My Generation' [by THE WHO]. But towards the end of the elimination process, I came up with the idea for [FREE's] 'Fire And Water', and he loved it."

Tommy Thayer talks Oregon Military Museum Project with KPAM News Talk Radio

(Listen) Tickets are still available for the Allstar Salute to the Oregon Military on February 18th, http://eventsavvyllc.tofinoauctions.com/ommp2017/homepages/show.

If you would like more information on this great project, or would like to donate, visit http://oregonmilitarymuseumproject.org/.

PAUL STANLEY Suffers Concussion While Skiing, Cancels SOUL STATION Shows

KISS frontman Paul Stanley has canceled all four previously announced shows from his R&B side project SOUL STATION after sustaining a concussion while skiing on January 15. He wrote on Twitter on that day: "I went skiing today and got something I never expected…A concussion! OW!!!!! Lucky though…"

Earlier today (Wednesday, January 25), Stanley revealed that he was still going through the recovery process, forcing him to rescheduled the SOUL STATION dates. He wrote: "MY APOLOGIES. Recovery from concussion will take a bit longer. I am postponing ALL FOUR California Soul Station shows Feb. 1-4. So sorry."

This is not the first physical setback that Stanley had experienced in recent years. Back in April 2016, he underwent surgery to repair a torn bicep tendon.

In a 2013 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Stanley talked about how his stage performances have damaged his body. He said: "My boots weigh 30 pounds. I'm running around and kicking with 15 pounds on each leg. We do at least four shows a week, and the days off are recuperation time."

He continued: "What I do has taken its toll. I've had both my rotator cuffs surgically repaired. They're all similar to sport injuries. I've torn my meniscus in both knees and had a hip replacement. This is all from onstage performances. It's like doing a triathlon with a guitar around my neck. You have to jump, sing, swing your arm and play the right chord. With that combination, anything can go wrong. I used to jump up in the air and land on my knees. It didn't hurt then, but it does now."

Stanley reiterated those sentiments in a 2014 interview with The New York Times. He said: "Things that didn't hurt me 40 years ago hurt me today. From 40 years ago. I've had both my rotator cups repaired, my knees. I've had a hip replacement. But I'm doing splits and everything on stage. I'm blessed. Every time I go out on stage, it is exhilarating."

Stanley, who had his first hip replacement at age 52, told U.K.'s Independent that he had no regrets about the nightly strutting in his eight-inch heels. "Every scar on my body was proudly earned," he said. "There's nothing worse than looking back and wishing you had done things, but I did 'em all. That's how life is supposed to be lived."

Stanley, who grew up half-deaf and scarred with a deformed right ear, eventually had reconstructive surgery in 1982 to create an ear using a piece of his rib cage.

KISS Reaches 125 New Worldwide Licensing Partnerships In 2016

KISS, America's #1 gold-record-award-winning group of all time in all categories (RIAA), gears up in 2017 for a new European tour.

KISS celebrates another milestone, reaching 125 new licensing partners worldwide, adding to the juggernaut of all music licensing/merchandising entities' thousands of products over a 43-year history!

Among its 125 new licensing partners, KISS holds the distinction of introducing unique products into the market, including the band's first-time-ever mobile game (for IOS, Android and Kindle), KISS digital emojis and KISS sticker packs for mobile messaging, KISS photo booths and KISS crane games in malls, parks and entertainment centers around the globe and even a KISS high-performance racing bike!

Epic Rights, KISS's exclusive worldwide licensing and merchandising partner, announces the following roster of licensees with unique and on-trend products.

New licensees with worldwide rights include:

* Dynamite Entertainment (comic books and graphic novels)
* Sproing Publishing (digital mobile video game)
* Swyft Media (virtual goods — emojis, stickers, frames, overlays, themes, wallpapers, avatars)
* Apple Industries (photo booths and branded prints)
* Sciacallo Bikes (carbon racing bikes)
* Staramba (3D printed figurines)
* New Ray Toys (long hauler model trucks)

New licensees with North American rights include:

* Pangea Brands LLC (waffle makers, toasters, popcorn makers)
* S&B Entertainment (branded vending and crane machines)
* Wish Factory (pet products and automotive)
* Rhode Island Novelty (amusement products) — North America plus Mexico
* AJJ Enterprises (cornhole/bean bag toss)
* Card Corporation (debit cards and credit cards)

KISS co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons jointly said: "We have always believed that to be successful, in life and in music, you've got to keep moving forward. No one wins standing still and we have always refused to live within the limitations of others. Our decades of record-breaking merchandising success is rooted in our motivation to give our fans what they want. Dell and his team at Epic Rights are always on the lookout for what's new, what's trending, and how KISS can be a part of it."

Other licensees adding to this momentous milestone of 125 partners include Dead Tentacles (worldwide), Fun.com (worldwide), PSD Underwear (worldwide), KISS4Sale (North America), Breygent Marketing (North America), CMD a.k.a. FigPin (North America), Eurographics (North America), iCup (North America), Imaginarium Goods (North America), OT Sports (North America), Robert Kaufman Fabrics (North America), Get Down Art (North America), Odd Sox (North America) and Philcos (Canada).

"The past 18 months have been among the band's most prolific of the past 40 years, and a key factor in building the KISS brand globally is the their continuous engagement with fans through touring and social media," explained Epic Rights executive VP of global licensing Lisa Streff. "KISS has more gold album awards than any other American band, and they continue to sell out tour dates and events around the world. They have encouraged Epic to explore and develop every opportunity when it comes to reaching out to their millions of ardent fans in every corner of the globe." Streff adds: "KISS have always been innovators and risk takers, and it continues to pay off in terms of developing unique and interesting licensing partnerships."

Wizard World And Legendary Rock Icon Gene Simmons Join To Produce Local Shows In Five Comic Con Cities

Wizard World, Inc., (WIZD) the preeminent producer of Wizard World Comic Cons across North America, has formed a new Touring Unit in partnership with veteran music and technology executive Nick Turner. The new unit will bring vibrant live entertainment to Wizard World shows, building on the Wizard’s initiative to create an atmosphere of a weekend festival at every Wizard World show.

Wizard World is proud to announce that the first venture of Wizard World Touring a joint venture production with Gene Simmons by which the legendary KISS front-man, bassist and rock icon will perform “An Evening with Gene Simmons and his Band” and attend five Wizard World Comic Con events as an iconic star attraction in 2017. The club venue concerts are in conjunction with appearances at conventions in Cleveland (March 18-19), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).

Evening concerts are planned on Friday in each of the respective cities, with Simmons on hand each Saturday to greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct live interactive Q&A sessions at each Wizard world Comic Con.

“I’m excited to bring Rock & Roll back to Wizard World Comic Con in 2017,” said Simmons. “It will be great to meet fans and perform for them in every city.”

GENE SIMMONS Is Not Interested In Making Another KISS Album 'Unless And If There's A Financial Model That Works'

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KISS members, Kaw Nation to build casino resort in Oklahoma

Two rock legends will team up with the Kaw Nation to build a new rock ’n’ roll-themed casino and resort complex in Oklahoma.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, members of rock band KISS, are set to bring their Rock & Brews restaurant concept to the Kaw Nation casino in Braman, northwest of Ponca City about 15 miles south of the Kansas state line on Interstate 35.

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Jan. 12, where more details about the project will be announced.

There are just more than a dozen Rock & Brews restaurants across the country, including in the Dallas metro area and in Oklahoma City. The partnership with the Kaw Nation will be the first to take the restaurant to the casino and resort project. It also includes partners Michael Zislis, and Dave and Dell Furano. They will be on hand for the announcement, as well as local partner Kirk Williams and Kaw Nation Chairwoman Jacque Secondline Hensley.

“This partnership with Rock & Brews will provide the Kaw Nation with the opportunity to again be the prime gaming and entertainment destination in our market,” Hensley said in a statement announcing the partnership.

Pearl Honors Eric Singer with One-of-a-Kind 30th Anniversary Snare and Charity Auction

From his early days with Lita Ford, to touring and recording with icons the likes of Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, and KISS (for over 20 years,) Eric Singer is drumming royalty.

To commemorate Singer’s 30 year tenure as a devoted drum set artist, Pearl recently collaborated with famed engraver John Aldridge to craft a pair of one-of-a-kind SensiTone 14”x5” black nickel-over-brass snare drums.

The first, a gift from Pearl to Singer, was presented to Eric by Artist Relations Manager John Farquharson at a KISS concert in Uncasville, CT, while the band was meeting fans in their famous stage make-up. “Eric has an impressive collection of Pearl drums from every era,” states Farquharson. “We wanted to make sure this was a timeless piece that could never be duplicated.”

Each drum features beautifully-figured ornamental fillagree, the KISS logo and Catman icon, a special commemorative 30th Anniversary scroll, and a Kanji graphic representing the Japanese symbol for “Power”; all hand-etched in the outer shell by Aldridge. In tribute to Eric’s passion for watches and drums, his personal drum features an ornate clock face with the word “CHRONOMETRIS” (Latin for “Time Keeper”,) engraved in one panel.

The “Auction” drum, features hand-signatures from each member of KISS, will be sold in a special online charity auction with all proceeds from the sale going to benefit the Lifeline Education Charter School. Benefiting their music and arts programs. For more info on the school, visit their website - www.lifelinecharterschool.com.

Eric says: “It has been an honor and pleasure to play PEARL DRUMS for over 30 years and counting! They have truly given me The Best Reason to Play Drums…”

The special online Ebay auction will begin on December 17th at midnight and extend to December 19, 2016.

Talking Metal at Revolver Awards with Ace Frehley

Talking Metal at Revolver Awards with Ace Frehley: Video.

KISS on The Voice

KISS & Sundance Head rock The Voice Finale!: Video.

BRUCE KULICK To Play 10 KISS Classics At Tonight's 'Ultimate Jam Night'

Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running weekly free music show held at the famed Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California turns its upcoming Tuesday-night show on December 6 into a night honoring famed band KISS with guest musical director and former KISS member Bruce Kulick performing a 10-song set. The event will be broadcast worldwide via Zinna.TV.

Kulick, also known for his membership in GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, was a member of KISS from 1984 to 1996 during its so-called "no-makeup" era. His performance of 10 KISS songs at Ultimate Jam Night will be the most played in one show since his inclusion in the band.

Over 50 artists, including ACE FREHLEY bassist Chris Wyse, L.A. GUNS guitarist Michael Grant, GOV'T MULE bassist Jorgen Carlsson, AUTOGRAPH vocalist Simon Daniels, drummer Jason Sutter of MARILYN MANSON, and guitarist Nikki Stringfield of THE IRON MAIDENS will perform tunes from KISS's entire career.

Ultimate Jam Night is a long-running free weekly show currently in residence at L.A.'s famed Whisky A Go Go. Founded in 2015 by QUIET RIOT's Chuck Wright, the show features a rotating cast of the world's finest musicians assembled in an entirely unrehearsed setting. Since its inception, the night has provided a combination of live music, performance art, comedy bits, walk around characters, and community and charitable giving. More information can be found by visiting www.ultimatejamnight.com.

Portland's CW talks Ernest Hummingbird with Tommy Thayer

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KISS: Fourth Volume Of 'Kissology' Series Is 'About 85 Percent Done'

(michaelcavacini.com) The long-awaited fourth edition of KISS's popular "Kissology" DVD box set is "about 85 percent done," according to Tommy Thayer.

The KISS guitarist, who put together many of the band's previous home video collections before joining the group himself in 2002, has been compiling material for the project, which — like its predecessors — will combine never-before-seen footage, full-length concerts and rare TV appearances from the KISS archives.

Asked by Michael Cavacini why the fourth volume of "Kissology" still hasn't arrived even though it was originally due in November 2011, Thayer said: "I don't know if it was officially slated to be released then. I know we were talking about it and maybe that was the intention. It's still on hold. It's about 85 percent done. I put it together and produced what we've done so far."

He continued: "'Kissology 4', like the other Kissologies, will chronicle a certain era of the band. It will chronicle the band from early 2001-2002 up until the current date. It will also include vintage footage from the KISS archives that people haven't seen, so there'll be a cool bonus element to it too.

"Getting back to your question, I don't know if I have a good reason why it hasn't come out yet. There have just been so many other things going on, and something as important as that has to have its own window of time where it's focused on and committed to, in terms of talking about it, putting it out and doing it the right way, so the right attention is given to it. Sometimes that kind of stuff happens.

"A project like this is a little bit timeless so you have more flexibility where it doesn't have to come out at a certain time, so I guess that's why it hasn't yet. So, we're waiting to find the right time to put it out so it gets the attention that it deserves."

KISS frontman Paul Stanley said in a 2008 interview that he was taken aback by one particular aspect of the success of the "Kissology" series. "I think my biggest surprise is that 'Kissology Vol. 3' is the biggest and I thought that 'Kissology Vol. 1' would be the biggest because 'Kissology Vol. 1' is the beginning. And if you believed the loudest voices, the loudest opinions, you would think that the majority of people wanted the earliest stuff. But as it turns out, the biggest seller by far is 'Kissology Vol. 3', so once again the people who speak the loudest are not necessarily the majority."

Although KISS hasn't released a studio album since 2012's "Monster", Stanley told the audience at the band's October 29 concert at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut that a follow-up effort is on the way. Asked by Michael Cavacini when KISS will start writing material for the new disc and begin recording it, Thayer said: "I think right now it's still in the idea phase. I don't believe anything definitive has been determined or decided on yet for that. Within the band, we've talked and thrown some ideas around. So I think there's a good likelihood of that happening, especially since Paul announced it from the stage the other night. We'll see, but it would be nice to do another record.’

PETER CRISS To Guest At L.A. KISS EXPO

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss will be the featured guest at the L.A. KISS Expo taking place January 27-29, 2017 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California. This special three-day event will feature a private meet-and-greet experience, an all-day Kiss Expo with signing and photo session, and a special L.A. tour with The Catman himself, Peter Criss!

For more information, visit www.lakissexpo.com.

In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman". Peter's "Catman" persona is an instantly recognizable icon in pop culture.

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

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

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

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

Ernest Hummingbird featuring Tommy Thayer & Darius Rucker

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KISS frontman donates $100,000 to Langley-based children's foundation

Gene Simmons of KISS gave a $100,000 boost to the Gala of Hope fundraiser for The Centre for Child Development and Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre held at the Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley on Saturday night.

In addition to the donation, Simmons also auctioned off a ‘blade’ guitar.

A total of $280,000 was raised by the gala, the centre said.

Simmons was there with his wife, Canadian model and actress Shannon Tweed, to show support for their daughter, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, who lent her name to the Surrey facility.

Since 2012, Sophie's Place has assisted abused children up to the age of 18 by providing a safe space where they can talk about their experience of physical, mental or sexual abuse with trained staff and law enforcement professionals.

In a statement issued by the centre, Tweed-Simmons said the team at Sophie’s Place conducted more than 200 interviews with abused children over the past year.

“It’s really important that kids have a place to go where they can be taken seriously, and where they can express what’s happened to them in a safe environment," Tweed-Simmons said.

The Centre also operates satellite offices in Langley that provides a number of professional services for children with special needs including: physiotherapy, communication therapy, occupational therapy, and services for children and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.

The Langley location is also home to the centre's fundraising arm, the Child Development Foundation of British Columbia.

For more information, visit www.the-centre.org or phone 604-584-1361.

PAUL STANLEY, SAMMY HAGAR, PERRY FARRELL Perform At FOO FIGHTERS' Secret Charity Concert

According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS headlined and hosted a private concert on Saturday night (October 15) in Los Angeles that featured guest appearances from Sammy Hagar, Paul Stanley of KISS, JANE'S ADDICTION singer Perry Farrell, Steve Jones of the SEX PISTOLS, THE POLICE drummer Stewart Copeland and others. The concert took place in front of just a couple of hundred donors who gave money to the FOO FIGHTERS' annual fundraising drive for improvements at local schools.

Among the highlights of the show were Hagar teaming with FOO FIGHTERS leader Dave Grohl for a duet on VAN HALEN's "Finish What You Started" before they were joined by Jason Bonham for a take on LED ZEPPELIN's "Rock 'N' Roll".

Stanley tackled ZEPPELIN's "Whole Lotta Love" and THE ROLLING STONES' "It's Only Rock ‘n' Roll (But I Like It)" in addition to several KISS favorites.

Check out photos of the event at RedRocker.com.

Grohl told The Pulse Of Radio a while back how he got to know Stanley outside of the music business. "I see Paul Stanley every morning at drop-off 'cause our kids go to school with each other," he said. "Paul is not only a great dude, but a great dad. He's there at 7:30 every morning with his kid and it's the greatest — I mean, it's inspiring. Like, of course, I love KISS and I'm inspired by him as a musician, but when I see him being, like, a dude — being a dad — it's like, that's the coolest thing in the world to me."

The FOO FIGHTERS played a selection of their own hits, including "Learn To Fly", "My Hero", "Times Like These", "All My Life", "Everlong" and "Best Of You".

FOO FIGHTERS have been on hiatus since the end of their European trek last November, but various anecdotal reports suggest that Grohl has been working on new music, potentially for the group's ninth studio effort.

Although Grohl has hinted that HBO was interested in a second season of the documentary series "Sonic Highways", which followed the FOO FIGHTERS around the country as they recorded the 2014 album of the same name, there has been no official announcement that the series is returning.

KISS Co-Owned LA KISS Football Team Reportedly Ceases Operations

According to The Orange County Register, LA KISS, the Arena Football League team co-owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, has ceased operations.

"As I understand, [LA KISS] won't be involved in any football moving forward," AFL Players Union executive director Ivan Soto wrote in an e-mail on Monday.

LA KISS became the third AFL team to fold and the fifth to leave the league over the past week. First, one of the league's longest serving teams, the Orlando Predators, folded earlier this week. Then, one of the league's newer teams, the Jacksonville Sharks, announced they were leaving the AFL for a rival league. Another long-standing team, the Arizona Rattlers, are looking to join the Indoor Football League. That leaves just four teams in the AFL, half the number that started the 2015 season.

No official announcement about LA KISS's status has been made by the team or the league.

When LA KISS was launched in August 2013, Simmons and Stanley had high hopes for the Anaheim-based expansion team.

"The whole idea of an alternative to what has perhaps become a corporate sport is very intriguing, and resonates with us," Stanley told USA Today at the time. "We've always tried to be a band that relates to everybody, and the AFL is built on that whole premise."

Regarding their involvement in the team, Stanley said: "We don't want to wear too many hats. When it's appropriate, we will defer to the people who have experience with this. We're bringing something new to the party."

"We're not going to be passive players in this," Simmons added. "We're really going to be a part of this thing."

According to The Orange County Register, attendance for LA KISS games dropped sharply in the second season, to an average of 7,913 fans at Honda Center in 2015. That was down from the 10,945 LA KISS averaged in 2014, when they were second in the AFL in attendance.

The team drew an average of 7,056 this past season, next to last in the league.

Kiss's Eric Singer talks 30 years as a hard rockin' drum hero

(musicradar.com) Eric Singer has been up late watching basketball but there’s no sign of fatigue when we sit down to talk to Kiss’s Catman about his life in music.

Over a 30-plus-year career, the fast-talking, heavy-hitting singer has played with guitar legends Gary Moore, Brian May and Lita Ford, joined Black Sabbath for three years and worked extensively with Alice Cooper. But there are few bigger gigs in rock than Kiss.

“Life works in funny ways and I don’t regret the choices I’ve made or didn’t make,” says Singer. “I have a lot of stories when I was asked to be in bands and said no and those bands were successful, but sometimes by staying the course, some connection I made manifested later down the line. Things happen for a reason.”

Singer’s drum heroes include Buddy Rich and Vinnie Colaiuta, but the Kiss gig is all about power, energy and showmanship.

“Gary Moore said to me years ago, ‘If I’m doing rock, I want a rock drummer. There is nothing I hate worse than a rock drummer trying to be a fusion drummer.’ And that stuck with me,” says Singer, who showed he can lay down the groove when backing Kiss’s Paul Stanley on his Soul Station project.“

Everybody doesn’t have to be Vinnie Colaiuta or Gregg Bissonette where you’re a chameleon. If you go, ‘I’m a rock drummer, that’s what I do,’ that’s cool too, because you can make a living and be successful. So what works for you.”

Was your first big break when you landed the gig with Lita Ford?

“That was in ’84. I entered a Carmine Appice drum contest in LA in September ’84. I remember it was a radio station, I think it was KLOS, you sent in a tape and from that they picked 50 people – 15 girls and 35 guys.

“They had you play at a Guitar Center in the parking lot, they set up two drum kits, one double bass kit, one single bass kit. Out of that they picked the finalists. Steven Adler was in the contest. He didn’t get picked for the finals, I remember he was upset. His mother went up to Carmine Appice, ‘How come my son Steven didn’t get picked?’ I was standing right on the sidewalk next to him while his mother was asking Carmine. It had to be an awkward moment.

“The funny thing was, three years later he’s in the biggest band in the world, so you never know how things are going to turn out. After that, fast forward, I made the finals, I didn’t win, I took third place. Some girl asked Carmine for my number, so the next day I got a call, ‘Hey, I got your number from Carmine Appice and I’m doing this video for Playboy magazine, they’re doing all these videos called women of rock.’

“I did it with a girl called Brenda Lee Holliday. Being in that drum contest, that’s how I got discovered. The guy that played bass in the video, Ray Marzano, had played with Lita. His girlfriend was Lita’s best friend. Randy Castillo was her drummer. Ray goes, ‘Randy quit, Lita doesn’t even know it yet, she’s in England with Tony Iommi,’

“He said, ‘She’s going to need a drummer, I’m going to recommend you.’ So Ray and a few other people all told Lita about me, I auditioned and got the gig. She was going out with Tony Iommi so that’s how I started playing on some of his demos and ended up in Black Sabbath. I know it’s a cliche´ but life is a chain-link fence, everything connects to something else.”

What was the path that led to you joining KISS?

“I was in a band called Badlands with Ozzy’s old guitar player Jake E Lee. We started that band after the Gary Moore tour and we got a record deal around the Fall of ’88. I actually quit the band halfway through the recording process, then they convinced me to stay and we decided to regroup and write new songs. ‘Let’s go to New York and get a change of scenery.’

“While we were there, this bassist Dennis St James was managed by the same people and he was going to be playing with [guitarist] Bob Kulick on Paul’s solo tour. He asked the management, ‘Hey, what’s Eric doing? Paul Stanley needs a drummer.’

“I met with Paul, I brought him some Black Sabbath CDs. He told me he was trying to get either me or Gregg Bissonette but Gregg wasn’t available. That night Jason Flom, who was our A&R guy, happened to be at the China Club which was a popular hangout where people jammed in New York City. He goes, ‘Hey, I just ran into Paul Stanley, he told me you’re playing drums on his solo tour.’ That’s how I found out.

“The minute I got home that next day to LA I got a call saying, ‘Paul decided he wants to start rehearsals earlier.’ I had to turn around and fly back to New York and really start cramming on learning the songs.”

How did the band work in the studio on the most recent albums Sonic Boom and Monster?

“The way we did the last two records, the band played live in the studio. We didn’t play with a click track. One song on the newest record I played with a click track only because it was a song we literally wrote on the spot.

“If you’re playing and everybody is making mistakes you’re not going to get the track. I thought, let’s play to a click, let’s at least get the drums. I did it mainly for expediting the process, but other than that every other thing was played live as a band. You get it warts and all but that’s the thing, it’s live.

“At this point I’m pretty experienced from working in recording. All the other songs we did, we would go into a rehearsal room, jam the ideas out, get a basic arrangement so that everybody was familiar with the ideas and the riffs and had a chance to live with it, so when we got to the studio we would do two, three, or four songs at a time and we had that rehearsal tape as a point of reference for the tempo and the arrangement.

“The new record, on some of the songs you can hear me clicking the sticks or counting things off, you hear some of those noises in the background. I like that, to me that gives it that raw, really live element, which is important. That’s why we did it this way because we wanted it to be less slick and less produced in the sense of it being so perfect.”

It’s important to give the music room to breathe?

“Music breathes. Music moves. If you listen to a symphony orchestra, you have a conductor, they’re reading sheet music, but the band has to learn how to play as an ensemble together. There’s almost this unspoken free-form time in a lot of classical music, it’s not dead set where you can tap your foot to it like a rock’n’roll song.

“Humble Pie was a great example, that band really played well together and the music moved around. You’ll feel certain sections of the song slow down and then speed up and they all do it together. They’re really feeling the music as an ensemble and to me that’s more of an orchestral, symphonic vibe where the music has that real human element.

“Sometimes that happens automatically. Many times you’ll play with another guitar player or bass player and go, ‘Wow, I played really well with this guy, we hear things the same.’ It’s true. The way you interpret things and the way you feel the beat, whether it is ahead or behind or on the mark, those little subtleties are where people say, ‘we’re really clicking together.’ It just has to do with how you hear music.”

What drums did you use for recording Monster?

“I used my old Pearl GLX kit. It’s one with those old super-Gripper lugs. There is something unique about those drums, they only made them from around ’86 to 1990, they never really caught on in America.

“That was my first endorsement kit that I got from Pearl in 1986. I kept those drums all these years and I’ve used them on many tours with Gary Moore, Sabbath, Badlands, even Kiss, Alice Cooper.

“Last year I decided to dig them out of the warehouse. I hadn’t used them in about 10 years and I had the kit refurbished, had the shells cut down to more standard sizes, because it was an old power toms kit. I used them on tour for a while last year and it reminded me how great these drums sounded – 12", 13", with 16", 18" floor toms, and a 24".

“I set it up as a double-bass kit but I never even put a pedal on the left drum, I only set it up because that’s what I was physically used to playing and I thought it would make it more comfortable for me.

“In the studio I don’t care about having a giant kit. Honestly I’m fine with one bass drum, one rack, and one floor tom if I really had to. But with Kiss I wanted to have the option of having more tom sounds, so I used four toms. That kit sounds really great. I used a Pearl Free Floating 14"x61/2" clear acrylic snare.

That drum ends up being my secret weapon whenever I’m in the studio.

“I brought in a whole arsenal of snare drums, Black Beauties, old ones from the ’30s, a Tama Bell Brass, all the different Pearl signature drums, I even had one of Cozy Powell’s drums that I got years ago, one of the Yamaha ones. It’s a really weird drum because it has this unique stringer set up on it and has these thick die-cast hoops, the strainer looks like something off a marching snare, Cozy must have had these made special for him because I’ve never seen these before or since.

“I even tried that when we were first working on rough ideas, but nothing sounded like that Pearl acrylic Free Floater. It’s weird how it would sound better than all the other drums. Usually you never go wrong using a Black Beauty in the studio, that’s always a failsafe mechanism, but that Free Floater is the one.”

Is it tough to juggle drumming and singing live?

“As long as I’m feeling healthy and I have my voice then I love singing. It’s tough sometimes when it’s 115° in Phoenix and you’re playing outside with all the flames. There are some times when playing feels like work.

“Generally, it doesn’t feel like work, I’ve got one of the greatest jobs in the world, getting to play every night for all these people, playing a giant drum kit on a huge stage, putting on a big show, it doesn’t suck. I’ve got one of the greatest drumming gigs that anybody could ever want. Every day is a new adventure.”

X Japan and Visual-Kei All-Stars Rock ‘n’ Roll All Nite With Surprise Guest Gene Simmons

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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Has A Message For KISS Fans: Stop Questioning GENE SIMMONS And PAUL STANLEY

Scott Ian has defended Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons's decision not to resurrect KISS's original lineup, explaining that "those guys know what's right for their band."

During a brand new interview with Florida's 99 Rock radio station, the ANTHRAX guitarist was asked if he thinks Stanley and Simmons should reunite with former KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. He responded: "Look, I'm a lifelong fan of that band. But the bottom line is, and what people need to understand is, look, it's Gene and Paul's band. They are the guys that have worked their asses off since 1973 to keep that band, that business moving forward all the way into 2016 and still on the level that they're doing it."

He continued: "I know a lot of fans get pissed off — 'Oh, those guys are being dicks' or whatever — and it's, like, you have no idea. You have no idea what it takes to make a band last that long at the level that KISS is. So it's their band and it's their decision.

"As a fan, I would love to see Ace Frehley play one more time in KISS. And I'm gonna be completely honest, and this is no knock on Peter, but the last time I saw them with Peter, on the KISS/AEROSMITH run, like thirteen years ago or something, whenever that was, the tempos were terrible; everything was just way too slow. So if that's the case, no, I don't wanna see that; I wanna see stuff played at the right tempo. If [Peter] could play it at the right tempo, then more power to him, and I would love to see that; of course I would. But, you know, it's not my band. It's Gene and Paul's band, and those guys know what's right for their band; they've proven it. Stop questioning Gene and Paul."

Rumors of a KISS reunion with Frehley gained strength earlier this year when Stanley reconnected with his former bandmate for a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water" for Ace's solo covers set, "Origins Vol. 1". Stanley subsequently dismissed the speculation, saying that "It doesn't need to, and won't, lead anywhere in terms of… Why would we change the [current KISS] band? The band is great. KISS is great the way it is. And it's great to be in contact and texting and speaking with Ace. He's in great shape. Psychologically, you know, he's clean and sober, and he's one of a kind. He can be a strange apple, but that's what makes him so cool. And I'm glad I took up the opportunity to be on his album and also shoot a video with him."

ANTHRAX is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "For All Kings", which sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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Gene Simmons ushers in documentary of famous Japanese band

On Monday night, KISS rocker Gene Simmons introduced the LA premiere of a new documentary, “We Are X” — about X Japan, a band he loves that’s massive in its homeland but little-known here.

Guests at the screening included Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello and X Japan fan Marilyn Manson.

Also on hand was X Japan’s leader Yoshiki, who performed a version of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at an after-party on a see-through grand piano. (His band specializes in a “colorful collision of thrash metal and classical piano,” according to Rolling Stone. Their slogan’s “Psychedelic Violence Crime of Visual Shock.”)

A mesmerized fan told us of Yoshiki’s national anthem, “Everyone’s hearts and ears were in awe.”

Yoshiki said Monday he’ll play Carnegie Hall with the Tokyo Philharmonic next year. Balthazar Getty DJ’d the LA bash at Teddy’s. The film’s scheduled to make a New York screening Thursday with a performance by Yoshiki.

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KISS's GENE SIMMONS Starring In His Own Comic Book Title

(newsarama.com) Just before the highly anticipated debut of KISS #1 from writer Amy Chu and artist Kewber Baal, Dynamite Entertainment announces the first spinoff series, KISS: The Demon!

Co-written by series writer and comics superstar Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and Erik Burnham (Back to the Future, Ghostbusters), with art by Eman Cassallos (Jennifer Blood, Vampirella), KISS: The Demon will feature the band's iconic bassplayer and co-founder himself, Gene Simmons, in his own miniseries!

Before Blackwell, before Morpheus, there was the MUSIC. In a small town in Iowa, three young KISS fans meet at a concert and form their own band, unaware they are about to embark on a journey that will not only change their lives, but also the fate of the world. A prequel to the ongoing series!"I am so excited to collaborate on The Demon with friend and fellow writer Erik Burnham. He's written a ton of great stuff: X-Files, Scarlet Spider, and Ghostbusters for Marvel, IDW, Image among others." states co-writer Amy Chu "I figured this was a great opportunity to tell a really different kind of story, and it's awesome that Dynamite is letting us do it! Our aim is to build an incredible backstory for the current KISS series, answer a lot of the origin questions like who is Mr. Blackwell? and push the envelope of the KISS comics franchise."

"KISS has never just been a band. Our comic book history has been long and proud and has spanned decades, and now with Dynamite Entertainment, we intend to go even further," says Gene Simmons. "When we get a great writer and artist team, we know better than to micromanage. We stay out of the way. Everyone involved wanted to take our personas and do classic KISS comic books, and with Amy Chu writing, this will be an adventure the fans will absolutely love."

"I will reiterate, Gene is a rock star in every sense, and an incredible storyteller and showman. I couldn't think of a better way to expand our line of KISS comics than to tackle stories of the individual characters," said CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. "The Demon is one of the most iconic characters in music and comics, and a great candidate for the first spinoff series. The fact that we could keep Amy on-board, co-writing with Erik Burnham and joined by our very own Eman Cassallos, helps continue the quality that we're establishing with the main KISS series."

KISS: The Demon #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' November 2016 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in January 2017. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of KISS with their local comic book retailers. KISS: The Demon will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital. Look for updates in the coming months, and make sure to keep up with Dynamite on social media.

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HOT TOURS - SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported Sept. 6-12

Rank ACT
Total Gross
Show Date Range
Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)

9 KISS
$1,532,287
Sept. 3-9
DCU Center, Worcester, Mass. (1/0)
Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, Maine (1/0)
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn. (1/0)
Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Va. (1/0)
22,212 (29,261)

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Mardi Gras 2017: Endymion to feature KISS, Flo Rida, KC and the Sunshine Band

The Krewe of Endymion, the 51-year-old Mardi Gras super krewe, will celebrate 2017 with hard rock, hip hop and disco, as KISS, Flo Rida, and KC and the Sunshine Band entertain at the annual Extravaganza after the Mid-City parade on Feb. 25, the Saturday before Fat Tuesday (Feb. 28).

Krewe founder Ed Muniz said that the Extravaganza entertainers are always invited to ride in the enormous parade, where they serve as celebrity grand marshals. Some accept the invitation. Some decline, fearful of ruining their voices in advance of their post-parade performances, or because riding in the parade doesn't allow time for sound checks, Muniz said.

Endymion treasurer Joe Travato said KISS frontman Gene Simmons was the parade's grand marshal in 2005. KISS had been scheduled to ride in the Endymion 1979 parade, before the police strike in New Orleans forced the krewe leadership to move the parade to Kenner. In the end, the band did not appear that year.

Muniz announced that 2017 will be KC and the Sunshine Band's fourth Endymion appearance.

At Endymion Extravaganza 2016, Pitbull and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler performed at the annual party at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

With 81 floats, 3,200 riders, and a budget of $7 million, Endymion is the largest Mardi Gras parade. It is also the only parade to roll on a route from Mid-City to downtown New Orleans.

Illuminated with high-tech lighting effects and even rolling video screens, Endymion is also the most avant-garde parade. This year lighting designer Ray Ziegler promised a lavish lighting update of the signature Captain Eddy's S.S. Endymion float.

In addition, for the first time, the parade will be led by a rolling spotlight truck that will project the krewe's logo, a cartoon shepherd, onto the clouds a la the Batman signal. That's if there are clouds. Ziegler said that if not, the spotlight handlers may have to project the image on buildings as the parade passes.

The theme of Endymion 2017 will be "The Constellations," with floats decorated with celestial symbols, such as a blue bear for the constellation Ursa Minor, twin cherubs for Gemini, and a huge fly for Musca.

TNT, Ex-KISS, QUIET RIOT, EUROPE Members Guest On ROBERT HAGLUND's 'I Wanna Be Somebody'

Melodic hard rock classics meet big band jazz on Robert Haglund's new album, "I Wanna Be Somebody".

In addition to Robert's reliable vocals and the exquisite band arrangements, the album features prominent guests from bands like KISS, WHITESNAKE, EUROPE and TNT. Swedish singers Svante Thuresson and Jan Johansen also contribute duet vocals.

Robert Haglund has been a professional musician for 20 years now.

"At the age of 15, I already knew that I wanted to become a musician," he said. However, as a teenager a lot revolved around the rock star myth.

Robert was realistic and talented enough to actually become a trained musical artist, going on the become hired for both shows and musicals.

When he saw the DRIFTERS live, got the idea to form av vocal group. Thus, the FANTASTIC FOUR were born, combining Motown soul with crooner aesthetics.

All along, Robert kept enjoying his old favorite rock bands, like KISS and VAN HALEN. Rockers with a strong image and great songs with a groove.

Soon, the idea was born to revisit the world of rock, but from a jazz angle.

It wasn't as far-fetched as it may seem. VAN HALEN always had influences from swing jazz — the father of the Van Halen brothers was a jazz clarinetist, and even played on some of the band's albums. "It was also through their lead singer, David Lee Roth, that I discovered Frank Sinatra," said Robert, who once was a contestant in the Swedish version of "Stars In Their Eyes", sucessfully taking on the role of Roth.

The idea of an album took shape. Having guest artist seemed obvious, but Robert wanted to whip the material into shape first, in order to be able to present the concept clearly.

He took his ideas to multi-instrumentalist Erik Mjörnell, together with whom he created most of the arrangements.

A lot of songs were tried out, since not all had the natural swing it took for them to work in this setting.

"Arrangements of this type aren't put together in 15 minutes, Robert explained. It had to sound alive, natural and not like the new instrumentations were forced upon the songs.

When the track listing was decided on, and arrangements finalized, he started contacting a number of musicians and vocalists. To make sure their hearts were in it, he let them decide which songs to contribute to.

The first one to show interest was Bruce Kulick, solo guitarist of KISS between 1984 and 1996. "He got back to me the very day after I had contacted him," he said. "Bruce only works with projects that he genuinely likes, and he found this projct to be cool, and well put together."

The fact that Kulick ended up appearing on three different tracks was the seal of approval needed to get others on board. Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE) joins Kulick on the KISS classic "Love Gun".

"Sarzo turned out to be another humble star, with a big heart," Robert said. "He spends a lot of his time taking care of homeless dogs.

The album also features a few Scandinavian musicians and vocalists of note.

Guitarist Kee Marcello of the bands EASY ACTION and EUROPE gets to showcase his jazz rock and fusion chops in "The Price" by TWISTED SISTER.

"Kee is a super musician whose versitality not eveyone is aware of," Robert enthused. "He really made the song shine. If you listen carefully, you can even find a litte tribute to THE BEATLES' 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' in there."

Robert was also very pleased with THIN LIZZY's "Don't Believe A Word", a duet with Tony Harnell of TNT.

"Tony loves LIZZY, and his voice has a bluesy tone that suits the song perfectly," Robert said.

The Swedish stars singing duets with Robert on the album aren't half bad, either. Jan Johansen has his roots in melodic rock, while Svante Thuresson is the only one guesting the album who originally comes from the jazz and swing world.

"Svante turns 80 next year, but is still curious about new things," said Robert.

The legendary singer chose to lend his smooth voice to "Ain't No Love In the Heart Of The City", a Bobby Bland classic that WHITESNAKE took to another level.

The title track, "I Wanna be Somebody", was originally written and recorded by W.A.S.P. Another visual, highly image-driven band that Robert grew up listening to.

"Some may think that the title refers to me, but it's mainly about the fact that a lot of people today want to become celebrities at any cost," Robert said. "Our whole society seems to be consumed by this dream of becoming famous."

All in all, there are ten brilliantly re-arranged rock classics on the album.

Needless to say, Robert is pleased that it finally sees the light of day.

"It's easy to lose heart at times, when the jigsaw is spread out, you have kids and everything seems to take more time than it should," he said. "But, just like my childhood heroes, I refused to let others decide on my destiny. If one door closes, another one usually opens, and now the album is finished!"

It is Robert's hope, and belief, that listeners will find these versions worthwhile.

"A lot of rockers probably feels that they have heard a song like 'Enter Sandman' enough times. Here they may find new sides to the song, and others on the album."

"I Wanna Be Somebody" was released August 19 on MMS Records, and distributed by Universal Music. The release will be followed by live gigs in a slightly smaller format.

Video: Marvel Comics' Stan Lee talks Publicity stunts: KISS and the red ink

Video: Marvel Comics' Stan Lee talks Publicity stunts: KISS and the red ink.

Showbiz Analysis: Rock Legend Paul Stanley on KISS and Creative Success

(parade.com) KISS co-founder Paul Stanley has been especially busy this summer. With the band’s Freedom to Rock Tour rocking cities across the U.S., and the launch of their new multimedia project KISS Rocks Vegas, Stanley’s schedule has been packed, but he’s not complaining. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon has always believed in working hard to make creative dreams happen—and he’s been doing it for over four decades now. I was thrilled to catch up with Stanley for my podcast Whine At 9, where we discussed the power of KISS and creative fulfillment.

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Not many bands have had the staying power of KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer). And Paul Stanley recognizes and appreciates that. “I’m blessed, but I work hard to maintain a standard. The bar that we set for ourselves is pretty, pretty ruthless and unrelenting. We expect a lot from our road crew, but they do it because they see we’re just as hard on ourselves. We played our first show of this tour—it was 103 degrees outside and that’s where we were playing. It doesn’t matter. We’re KISS. We have an incredible legacy to uphold, and many people come to see us for the first time and all they’ve heard is a legend, and it’s up to us to live up to that and go beyond it. So we wear that with great pride. Every time I get on stage, for me it’s a victory lap.”

KISS has always been about immersing audiences in an experience. And the band has been going on that journey with their fans each time they play. Whether it’s live or via DVD or CD, the KISS mission is the same. “I want people to come to our show and be there—be present. I’m there…We want to have an experience of celebrating rock and roll, and celebrating life, success, the pursuits of the individual—things that are really important, that are timeless,” says Stanley.

Did the singer/songwriter ever think that KISS would have the staying power and impact he has witnessed 42 years into the game? “To be honest with you, I have always believed that if you do what you love and love what you do you’ll find others who have the same point of view…if you address your needs and if you address the things that matter to you, it’ll resonate with somebody else.

“So did I necessarily think that we would play a stadium in South America and everybody would be singing a song I wrote on my sofa? No. But it makes sense… I think what we do, and what I try to do, is something that’s universal. It’s personal, but in the same way that I’m not really that different than the people who come to the show… if I love something, more than likely they will. Did I think it would be this big? Yes and no. I hoped for five great years with the band and here we are four decades in with many, many people saying that on this tour the band’s never been better, and that the show’s never been better. And I tend to agree with them,” Stanley says.

What advice would the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer give others who hope to find creative success? “I think the key to success is doing what you love and what we owe ourselves in life is to find something we’re passionate about. It doesn’t have to be music. It has to be something that you are fulfilled by. And if you’re fulfilled by something, the success will probably come. And if it doesn’t, you’ll still be fulfilled. There’s nothing worse than pursuing something that you don’t believe in. Then if it fails, what have you got to show for it? If you do something you love doing and you pursue what you in your heart feel is worthwhile, then that doesn’t change. The success is a bonus.” I love it when rockstars are cool and wise.

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Video: KISS Performs On Penn State's University Park Campus

(Do You Love Me, Deuce and Shout It Out Loud, Flaming Youth, Lick It Up, Love Gun, Rock and Roll All Nite, Beth)

Gene Simmons on the Epic Return of Kiss to Comic Books

(billboard.com) For almost as long as Kiss has been making music, they've been appearing in comic books. From their debut in Marvel's Howard the Duck No. 12 in 1977 through series from Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing and even Archie Comics, the band has remained a surprising mainstay of the comic book medium for almost four decades.

With a new series — simply titled KISS — launching from Dynamite Entertainment this October, Heat Vision talked to Gene Simmons about what to expect from the new series and what makes his band so successful in the comic medium. According to him, the appeal is very simple: "Kiss has never been just a band."

Instead, he suggested, it's the fantasy element of the band that allows them to move from music to comics and back again with such ease. "I fly through the air at 8 feet per second. Yes, I spit fire. And yes, I wear bat wings and dragon boots," Simmons says, adding with mock scolding, "Don't be jealous."

That crossover between reality and the fantastic has been fueled by what Simmons calls his "fascination with literature that has a sense of wonder." As he put it, "When you think about it, superheroes are really modern day versions of the great Greek gods of mythology: Mercury had wings and could fly. Vulcan was the god of fire." Kiss, then, fits neatly into that spectrum with their Catman, Starchild, Spaceman and Demon personas.

The iconic, mythological approach is one reason why Simmons calls Amy Chu and Kewber Baal, the writer/artist team behind the new Dynamite series "a dream team" for chronicling the band's comic book adventures. "It's not just because they're both talented, but because they understand and respect the mythology of Kiss," he explains. "From the outset, we started the band with four separate and distinct personas, each with his own tone, each with their own cross to bear — not always getting along together, but connected in a way none of them realizes."

That idea — of a group dealing with ideas and forces they don't fully understand — is one that echoes the band's beginnings in the real world. "We were completely delusional and inexperienced and really had no idea what we were doing, except for one magical thought: Let's put together the band we never saw on stage," Simmons remembers.

"And then we were carried away by our own self-imposed mandate, which then led us to completely ignore all the other bands, fans, fashion and especially what critics for Rolling Stone thought. We have always marched to the beat of our own drummer, and here we are, over 42 years later, America's number one gold record award winning group of all time. In all categories, I might add."

The new comic book series, Simmons promises, will be a love letter to the fans who've stayed with the band for that time — as well as newcomers who've never read a Kiss comic before.

"The wonderful thing about the Dynamite team is that we are all of like minds," he says. Everyone involved wanted to take our personas and do a classic Kiss comic book, and to include deep fanboy references to [Music from] the Elder, our one and only concept album. With Amy Chu writing the books, this will be an adventure the fans will absolutely love. I've already seen the covers and artwork, and in the patois of the street, it rocks."

Asked about the continued success of the band's comic book alter egos, Simmons puts it down to simply recognizing when to let the professionals do their thing. "When we get a great writer and artist team, we know better than to micromanage," he says. "We stay out of the way. Our comic book history has been long and proud and has spanned decades, and now with Dynamite Entertainment, we intend to go even further. We can't wait."

KISS launches digitally and in comic book stores this October and is available for pre-order now.

Video: ACE FREHLEY Performs In Dallas, Texas

JAM Magazine has uploaded video footage of former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley performing the song "Rip It Out", "Toys" and "Rocket Ride" at Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, Texas on August 18. Check it out here.

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PAUL STANLEY Is 'Toying With The Idea' Of Making Another KISS Studio Album

KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke to the Cleveland Scene about whether there are any plans for the band to record a follow-up to 2012's "Monster" album. He said: "Records at this point are really something that if we do, we do it for us more than anybody else. The market, the sales aren't there… the delivery system isn't there. There really is no music industry. It's a guy who ran Tropicana last year that may run a record company this year. It's not a bunch of people who love music. It's a commodity at this point. So if we do an album, it's because we feel there's a reason. 'Sonic Boom', there was definitely a reason to do. 'Monster', there was a reason to do. We're toying, certainly I'm toying, with the idea of doing another album. I think it will happen. The only thing I'm adamant about is that it's not 'Son Of Sonic Boom' or 'Son Of Monster' or son of any other album. I'm not interested in making a concept album, but I'm also not interested in just rehashing the last two albums, so it has to be something fresh. Because initially, the people we're doing it for are us."

Stanley said last month that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album… When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another."

Tommy Thayer Interview

Radio Interview: 96.7 The Eagle's Captain Jack Interviews Tommy Thayer of KISS: Listen.

HOT TOURS - AUGUST 16, 2016

Rank ACT
Total Gross
Show Date Range
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
#4 KISS
$1,402,759
Aug. 10-13
Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis. (1/0)
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1/0)
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/0)
20,513 (24,985)

Gene Simmons Announces Special Appearance at Wizard World Comic Con Richmond, VA, September 10th

Wizard World, Inc., (WIZD) the preeminent producer of Wizard World Comic Cons across North America, is proud to announce that legendary KISS frontman, bassist and rock icon, Gene Simmons will appear at Wizard World Richmond on September 10. Simmons will meet fans, sign autographs, take photographs and participate in a Q&A discussion from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, held September 9 – 11.

During the Q&A discussion, Simmons will show the never before seen, short film titled GENE SIMMONS: ROCK ICON & MEDIA MOGUL.

“I’m excited to bring Rock & Roll to Wizard World Comic Con in Richmond,” says Simmons. “It’s gonna be a killer time, so I hope to see you there!”

Gene Simmons is a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur and one of the world’s most recognized personalities. He co-founded KISS 42 years ago. KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, is celebrating its 42nd year, and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking box-office records set by Elvis and the Beatles. KISS was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the 2014 induction ceremony, and the band is recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for its pioneering work.

“We’re incredibly excited to have Gene Simmons join us at Wizard World Richmond,” says John Maatta, Wizard World President and CEO. “This is the kind of exclusive and exciting programming that Wizard World is all about.”

Located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Gene Simmons will join previously announced guests including Jewel Staite (Firefly; Serenity), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Lindsey Morgan (The 100; General Hospital), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, The Legendary Journeys), Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy), Joey Fatone (*NSYNC), and more.

For more information on Gene Simmons’ appearance, and to purchase general and VIP admissions for the event, view the schedule, location, show hours, hotel and travel information, please visit: http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/richmond.

HOT TOURS - AUGUST 9, 2016

Rank ACT
Total Gross
Show Date Range
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)

6 KISS
$1,438,799
Aug. 1-5
Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato, Minn. (1/0)
AMSOIL Arena, Duluth, Minn. (1/0)
La Crosse Center, La Crosse, Wis. (1/0)
i wireless center, Moline, Ill. (1/0)
21,760 (27,944)

Paul Stanley Interview

Paul Stanley Talks About Worcester and Ipswich Fried Clams with Chuck Nowlin: Listen.

KISS SIGHTING: NEW HONDA COMMERCIAL

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PAUL STANLEY On Possibility Of New KISS Music: 'It's A Very Conflicted Subject'

KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke to Radio.com about whether there are any plans for the band to record a follow-up to 2012's "Monster" album. He said: "Well, it's a very conflicted subject. In one sense, there's no reason to put out any new music. Because the delivery systems that are available don't pay. We're in a situation now where artists have to take what they can get, as opposed to what they deserve. For me, it's more of a moral issue than anything else, because I don't have to worry about paying the rent, but what about new bands?"

Stanley also addresseed the issue that fans of classic rock bands don't always like to listen to new music and prefer to hear old favorites.

"A classic song can only become classic as it gains patina, so to speak, as it gains age," he noted. "Not to get too highbrow, but fine wine has to age, and what makes a song classic is that it endures and that you have a time period or an event that's associated with it, and that doesn't just happen overnight. 'Psycho Circus' has become a classic, 'Lick It Up' has become a classic. Do I think 'Hell Or Hallelujah' [from 'Monster'] will? Absolutely."

Stanley said earlier in the month that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album… When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another."

"Monster" sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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

KISS RETURN TO COMICS!

(www.newsarama.com) The origins of KISS comic books date almost as far back as the inception as the band itself, having been an integral part of comics culture since their 1977 appearance in Howard the Duck #12 and 1978's Marvel Comics Super Special: Kiss. Today, nearly 40 years later, Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the next chapter in the band's legacy, with all-new stories coming to one of the world's leading publishers of licensed comics!

"KISS has had a four decade-long, proud history in comic books, starting with Marvel Comics in the 1970s, and now with Dynamite's KISS comics," says KISS co-founder Gene Simmons. "KISS is America's number one gold record award-winning group of all-time, and we are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as having our own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Having our own comic book, I have to say, rekindles the thrill I first had as a young teenager, as I followed the adventures of my favorite superheroes. This is going to be fun."

"In our rich and lengthy tradition of championing KISS in the comic/panel graphic realm, we are proud to announce this partnership and look forward to breaking new ground," says KISS co-founder, Paul Stanley.

"Gene and Paul are rock stars in every sense and are incredible storytellers and showmen. They are living icons. Their genuine love and knowledge of comics is incredible. I couldn't be more pleased to be working with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and KISS on a new line of comics," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "Over the years, the band has produced so many stories which stand on their own, with characters that belong right alongside even the most well known in the medium. Publishing KISS comics is a dream come true, and we couldn't be more excited to have someone of Amy Chu's caliber to tell the new tales."

"I am beyond thrilled to be working so closely with the icon that is KISS," says Executive Editor Joseph Rybrandt. "Rock solid storytelling and art are going to rock and roll you all night long. You wanted the best? You're going to get the best!"

KISS returns to comics with KISS #1 in October, a futuristic, dark sci-fi adventure written by Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and illustrated by Kewber Baal (Army of Darkness: Furious Road). In a world without sun and a world without heroes, four young friends embark on a dangerous mission - to uncover the truth about the mysterious Council of Elders and their underground home, the city of Blackwell. But first they need some help from the past…

"What is the power of KISS? I was having breakfast recently with the fabulous writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. When she found out I was writing this series, it was like firecrackers had been set off in the restaurant, she was so excited. So I'm doing this not just for the hardcore fans (like Kelly Sue) but also the new ones, like her children," says Amy Chu. "It's a huge challenge. KISS is iconic. Legendary. It's global and cross-generational. So much has been done before with KISS in comics, a LOT of fun and crazy stuff, so for this series, I thought, why not go more serious? For research, I hunkered down and listened to the 1981 album Music from The Elder several times. Like the movie Blade Runner which came out around the same time, people didn't know what to make of it. If that album came out now, I think it would be entirely different reception. So this storyline is more focused on mythology, heroism, and legend, and inspired by themes, lyrics, and song titles from that album."

Artist Kewber Baal says, "When I received Dynamite's proposal to draw the new KISS series, I immediately got to work with researching each persona: their clothing details, stage performances, their music... and it was only then that it suddenly dawned on me: My actual job is getting paid to listen and draw KISS! How incredible is that? How many hardcore fans, how many KISS Army members will read the series? Oh my, can you see this is a huge responsibility, and what an amazing opportunity? I hope that all the fans will love the story, will love each page, and feel assured that I will do my best. That's a promise from one KISS fan to all other fans in world!"

"For KISS, it's not just the music, but the visual imagery," says Chu. "It's Kabuki theater. I've been working hard with the artist, Kewber Baal, to craft a fantastic new world that pays homage to the band and the Elder album."

The debut issue features a whopping ten covers! Four covers, each highlighting a different member of the band, are illustrated by acclaimed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cover artist, Goni Montes. Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie) and series artist Kewber Baal contribute additional covers, while other cover editions include a photo variant, a "Demon" Emoji variant (the first in a series of four, spread across issues #1-4), a special Coloring Book cover by Fernando Ruiz, and a Blank Authentix Edition that aspiring and professional artists can illustrate. Finally, a special cardstock variant edition, autographed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will be available as an incentive to qualifying retailers for their strong support of the series launch.

KISS #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' August 2016 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of KISS with their local comic book retailers. KISS will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.The classic line up returns to sequential storytelling for the first time in over two years with multiple series planned, and creative details forthcoming! Look for updates in the coming months, and make sure to keep up with Dynamite on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

KISS interview on KBAD 94.5

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Eric Singer on Talk Is Jericho

(Listen) Drummer Eric Singer is the latest KISS member to join TIJ! He's the longest running drummer in the band's history, and tells the story of how he landed the gig. He talks about his relationship with late KISS drummer Eric Carr, the first time he performed in make-up, what really went down with the original lineup reunion in '96, and whether he thinks KISS will ever hang it up. Plus, he's talking about his days playing with Black Sabbath and Tony Iommi, his favorite all-time drummers, and how The Beatles changed his life.

Should Musicians Be Able To Remotely Disable Phone Cameras At Concerts? GENE SIMMONS Weighs In

On July 1, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was interviewed by Jack Antonio for the "Do You Know Jack?" radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below.

Asked what he thinks about the recent news reports that Apple is working on a technology that could potentially allow music venues to disable a smartphone's camera, making it impossible for fans to tape concerts on mobile phones, Gene said: "When we first started out, this was before cellphones or technology and even voice mail. There was no cable, there was no nothing, so at the concerts, they took away your cameras — they didn't allow you to do that. So, in a lot of ways, the concert experience, especially with KISS, was real — it was emotional, it was deep. You know, people would pass out and cry; it was very emotional. And it's become… Technology, of course, has made everything less emotional. You know, when you get back home and look at your cellphone and the video there, and you go, 'Oh, I don't remember that from the concert!' Well, of course you don't, 'cause you were too busy texting or looking at your cellphone. But do I think they should have the technology to shut off your stuff? Well, maybe with your 'okay.' You know, at least beforehand, they say, 'Okay, you're about to enter a no-cellphone area' and stuff, that's fine. As long as you know, going in."

According to reports, Apple's technology would use infrared signals to send encoded data to cell phones to disable the camera function. The phone would detect the signal and either alter what's shown on the screen or shut down its video features completely.

A number of hard rock and heavy metal musicians have been asking fans to shut off their phones at live shows for years.

NILE mainman Karl Sanders in 2014 slammed fans who insist on shooting photos and video at the band's concerts, saying that they are not "involved in the show" and are cheating other people out of a place where they could be enjoying the music.

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach said in 2015 that live performers should be given the same respect as films in movie theaters, which have a long-standing policy requiring audiences to silence their phones and putting away any recording devices during showings. The singer explained: "You can't go to a movie and have your cellphone on, but when you have actual live human beings, it's fucking okay? That's fucking bullshit! It's not appropriate in our society to stand up in a theater and film the fucking movie, but it's totally acceptable to do that at a concert? I've done four fucking Broadway shows and you can't pull out your fucking cellphone or you'll get kicked out! Do you know why? Because it's distracting. It's just not the way to watch and enjoy a show."

Bach went on to say: "I've toured with the best of the best. I've filmed shit on my cellphone from the side of the stage watching Axl [Rose] and everybody. Guess how many times I've watched that shit? Zero. I look at it and go, 'That sucks! Delete.' It sounds like shit and it looks like shit. I think it takes the mystery out of rock and roll."

ACE FREHLEY Says Lousy Treatment At ROCK HALL Led To Better Album

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Ace Frehley says that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's mistreatment of him at KISS's 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction actually inspired him musically. Frehley, who released the covers collection "Origins, Vol. 1" back in April, received great reviews and scored a Top 25 hit with the set. To the surprises of many, Paul Stanley has joined forces with Frehley on the album, taking the lead on a cover of FREE's classic 1970 track "Fire And Water". The recording marked the first time the KISS co-founders appeared on an original album together since the band's 1998 set, "Psycho Circus".

Ace Frehley revealed to The Pulse Of Radio that the impetus for "Origins, Vol. 1" reaching its potential actually came from his treatment by his former bandmates at the Rock Hall induction. "As you probably know, we were asked to perform at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony, by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and me and Peter [Criss] were up for doing that and Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] shot it down, y'know?" he said. "They made some innuendos that maybe me and Peter weren't up for the task, and that just made me do a better record. [Laughs]"

The Pulse Of Radio asked Frehley how his sobriety improved the recording process this time around. "I'm a lot more focused and I think when people listen to this album, they're probably going to say that — in fact, a lot of reviewers have already said that," he said. "I'm a lot healthier than I was ten years ago. Not everybody can say that in their 60s, y'know, that they're healthier than they were in their 50s. So, I mean, it's a big plus. Y'know, I got a beautiful lady that I'm engaged to, who co-wrote two songs on the record with me and, y'know, life's good today."

During an interview with KNPR News, Stanley was asked why he declined to perform with Criss and Frehley at KISS's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. "It's a tough question to answer, but there's so much involved in it," he replied. "Firstly, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame wanted nothing to do with us; they begrudgingly let us in. And my sense was that we were going to be a dog-and-pony show. They wanted to have the original guys play in the band, and all of us in makeup, and, quite honestly, I think it would have done the band a disservice. That lineup has not been together for 14 years, and physically, perhaps, wouldn't have looked that great, and musically, undoubtedly, probably, would have sounded a bit suspect. So, to have people watch it on television and identify that as KISS because there's four guys in makeup would not send a great signal to the people who are not following the band in its current permutation, or what it is today."

He continued: "Look, we just did 42 shows and played to 600,000 people in America, and I would hate for those people to turn on a TV show where we were an unwanted guest in the first place and see us strong-armed into doing something that really does a disservice to something that I worked at for 40 years.

"I never quit the band twice, once, and to dilute what I've worked on all these years just to make a committee happy that really was not all that thrilled that we were there in the first place, it sent the wrong message and it endangered something that I hold very dear to me.”

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KISS ROCKS VEGAS PROMOTIONAL CLIP

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KISS ROCKS VEGAS ON MULTIPLE FORMATS IN STORES AUGUST 26, 2016

On August 26, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will unleash KISS Rocks Vegas on DVD+CD ($21.98), Blu-ray+CD ($26.98), and Deluxe Edition DVD+Blu-ray+2CD ($79.98).

Captured in the midst of their 40th Anniversary World Tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers sonically shook Vegas during their residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in November 2014. This Sin City set sizzles with KISS classics from across their 44 album legacy: “Rock And Roll All Night,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Love Gun,” and more. Punctuated with pyrotechnics galore, the film presents the fire, electricity, and one-of-a-kind rock experience that earned KISS over 100 million sales globally.

The Deluxe Edition of KISS Rocks Vegas is presented as a hardcover package with a 12X12 book, boasting photos from the show and more, also included is an exclusive CD featuring a seven-song acoustic set.

“We Rocked and Vegas Rolled ! This was Epic In Your Face KISS ! We got Up close and personal, I think Rock and Roll fans will really enjoy this spectacle that only KISS can deliver.”- Paul Stanley

“KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well.” -Gene Simmons

"Kiss Rocks Vegas" track listing:

01. Detroit Rock City
02. Creatures Of The Night
03. Psycho Circus
04. Parasite
05. War Machine
06. Tears Are Falling
07. Deuce
08. Lick It Up
09. I Love It Loud
10. Hell Or Halleluja & Tommy Solo
11. God Of Thunder
12. Do You Love Me
13. Love Gun
14. Black Diamond
15. Shout It Out Loud
16. Rock And Roll All Night

Acoustic set:

01. Coming Home
02. Plaster Caster
03. Hard Luck Woman
04. Christine Sixteen
05. Goin' Blind
06. Love Her All I Can
07. Beth

KISStory Tour comes to Cadillac

(cadillacnews.com) Since 1975, the legendary rock band KISS has held a spot in the hearts of Cadillac residents. The group was booked to play at homecoming by Jim Neff, who was the assistant football coach at Cadillac High School at the time.

On Saturday, June 18, Neff will guide the first ever KISStory Tour, where five permanent "KISStorical markers" will be placed at major sites around the city where fans and residents can get a better impression of where KISS interacted with Cadillac.

The five sites include the old city hall building, the Sweet Shop, Veteran's Memorial Stadium, the CHS north gym, and the Cadillac News. On the tour, participants will see the only KISS monument in the world. The monument is a laser-etched granite touchstone more than 8 feet tall, 5 feet wide and roughly 5,000 pounds.

A fan luncheon will follow the tour at Hermann's European Cafe downtown, where fans can meet and mingle. A KISS Tour lunch special for $17 includes a KISSCadillac T-shirt. Seats for the luncheon can be reserved by calling Hermann's at (231) 775-9563. A menu and details are available at kisscadillac.com.

The Cadillac KISStory Tour will begin at 10 a.m. at Cadillac High School on Saturday, June 18. Fans will receive a tour brochure, have opportunities to take photos and be able to talk to Jim Neff.

Other surprise plans are also in the works. For details, follow the KISSCadillac Facebook page.

KISS PARTNER WITH HIRING OUR HEROES AND VET TIX TO SUPPORT MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE FORCES

America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time in all categories KISS have partnered with Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) and Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) to salute members of the National Guard and military Reserve forces in over 30 U.S. cities during their 2016 ‘KISS: Freedom to Rock’ tour.

KISS will hire a currently serving member of the National Guard or Reserve force to be a “Roadie for the Day” for each of the 32 U.S. concerts. In addition, KISS will donate a limited number of tickets to veterans in each community and distribute those tickets through VetTix.org. Veterans and their family members will also have the chance to purchase discounted tickets through Vet Tix. Military discounts will also be available at venue box offices with proof of a valid military ID in select markets around the country. Please note this offer is not available in all cities.

The U.S “KISS: Freedom to Rock” tour stops are all home to a large number of Army and Air National Guard or Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Reserve members. Since September 2001, hundreds of thousands of Guards and Reserve members have been recalled to active duty, and many have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 900 of these brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice.

KISS’ founder Paul Stanley said “KISS is celebrating our “Freedom To Rock” tour this summer; the same freedom that’s been upheld by our veterans and active duty service members”

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Paul Stanley: His KISS is on Boise's list

(boiseweekly.com) He's a bestselling author, painter, philanthropist and a bit soft-spoken. He's also one of the world's premier badasses. Paul Stanley, aka Starchild, co-lead singer of KISS and co-writer of many of the band's best-selling hits, is preparing for the band's current 35-city tour—dubbed "Freedom to Rock"—which begins in Boise on Thursday, July 7.

"Any band with money can put on a KISS show, but they can't be KISS," said Stanley, who spoke to Boise Weekly about his life and legend.

Is there any part of touring that you still love?

Honestly, it's a lot like winning the lottery but complaining about having to pay taxes. Everybody should have my life. It's everything anyone could ever dream of. All presidents want to be rock stars; but rock stars don't ever want to be president.

To that end, do you feel some responsibility to your fans?

We have a legend to live up to and a standard that we've kept from the very beginning. I don't take it lightly. This kind of stature doesn't come without hard work. But that doesn't mean it can't be fun.

I'm certain I'm not the first to tell you that I could be at a KISS concert and see my kids and my parents there.

It would be pretty uncomfortable if I looked out on an audience that looked like an outing for a retirement community. That said, it's amazing that we've become much like a tribe that crosses all generations. It's still a thrill to see a neighbor, little brother or grandfather at our show. It's the world's largest cult and everybody celebrates their membership.

I must tell you that it was a bit of a surprise to learn in your 2014 autobiography, Face the Music, that you were born with a misshapen left ear resulting in a hearing deficiency.

Perhaps part of my quest for fame was really about my own insecurities. Those were magnified by having a birth defect and feeling very insecure, being a little kid who was stared at or being made fun of. Face the Music ended up being a New York Times bestseller and translated into languages all over the world. I really wrote that book for my children, for them to know what it takes to succeed and for them to understand we have a choice to see ourselves as victims or to lead the life that we deserve. For me, it's very rewarding to share with kids to know that life can be difficult but the outcome can be terrific.

Have you ever considered that KISS arrived at the exact right time in our history of popular culture?

So it seems. I guess we were needed as much as we thought. KISS started as being the band we wanted to see but never saw. As a rock fan, I felt certain things were missing from the bands I was seeing. I think there was a lack of respect, a lack of appreciation for audiences. You had bands on the stage thinking they were doing audiences a favor. I think KISS was a wake-up call, the right band at the right time to mount the attack.

And as far as your endurance—and we're talking about more than 40 years—my sense is that KISS is an essential rock band but the makeup and pyrotechnics only amplify that.

A crappy band with a big show is still a crappy band. We've seen enough of those. You've got to have the content. You can't last 40 years on a gimmick. You're only the new band on the scene just once and once that buzz dies, it's deafening. You may end up on the cover of Rolling Stone by putting a teapot on your head; next year you'll be serving fries.

How do you design one tour to be different from another while not being too different for diehard members of the tribe?

What are we going to do? Come out wearing red leather and hats? We're KISS. But we try to do a better, more powerful version of what we've done before. It doesn't get bigger, but it sure can get better.

Paul Stanley of Kiss talks writing 'Detroit Rock City' and the song's history

(mlive.com) It's a rock anthem for Detroit. We talked to Kiss singer/songwriter and guitarist Paul Stanley about how he came to write "Detroit Rock City."

Stanley and Gene Simmons are the two remaining original members of the Rock and Roll Hall of fame band.

About "Detroit Rock City:"

Stanley co-wrote the song which was featured on the band's 1976 album "Destroyer." The song did not chart in the U.S., but was popular in Detroit. The b-side, "Beth," ended up becoming a hit instead. The band reissued the single with "Beth" as the a-side.

Stanley told me the song is not only about Detroit, but about a Kiss fan who died in a car crash on his way to a Kiss concert.

"There had been an accident outside of an arena in Charlotte. Someone was killed coming to the concert. I thought, how odd and how striking and the juxtaposition of someone coming to a Kiss concert, which celebrates being alive, to lose your life. That was the twist of "Detroit Rock City." To change it from a song about your amazing city to something much more epic."

Stanley says Detroit embraced Kiss before anyone else did.

"While we were still an opening back on a three act bill, we were headlining in Detroit. The city embraced us. We were met with open arms and legs. Detroit always understood what we were about. There was a point of view and embracing of rock and roll that saw us taken in with a hospitality that we hadn't seen yet anywhere else."

Stanley then decided to write a song about Detroit.

"I had heard a few songs about cities, and I thought, well, Detroit is as good as it gets. So, I thought of "Detroit Rock City." The first thing that came was the chorus: 'Get up! Get down! You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City.'"

"Then when the lyrics started, we were trying to push ourselves on 'Destroyer,' and step out of the box on the kind of songs we'd been singing before."

Stanley says he enjoys playing "Detroit Rock City" at each show on tour.

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Paul Stanley Talks About Nikki Sixx's 'Ludicrous' Slams on Gene Simmons and Why Prince Was a 'Genius'

It's one thing for Paul Stanley to take Kissmate Gene Simmons to task. But woe be to anyone else who wants to do it -- and that means you, Nikki Sixx.

With Kiss preparing for the worldwide May 25 screening of its Kiss Rocks Vegas concert film and the early July launch of its summer Freedom To Rock tour, Stanley has been the fulcrum of some pointed social media exchanges during the past week. He took Simmons to task on Twitter for some derogatory interview comments the bassist made about Prince's death, calling them "cold, clueless statements." Simmons subsequently apologized via Twitter. But when Sixx later slammed Simmons as a "bully" and claiming that "nobody in rock" respects him, Stanley posted a sharply worded Facebook retort calling Sixx's comments an "unimportant but annoying squeak" and directing him to "please shut up, find another way to be in the news and get off your self inflated pedestal."

"It's just silly stuff, honestly," Stanley tells Billboard. "It's one thing to call somebody out and to have a point of view on somebody's quotes, but then to just harp on it...You have to be suspect of the motives. Whatever questions I have about things that Gene has said is one thing, but to beat him into the ground becomes self-serving. It just gets annoying. For other people to harp on it and beat it into the ground is not something I want to sit by and listen to. When somebody starts to denigrate or take potshots at your contributions or your band or anything else, when you consider the source it gets to be ludicrous."

Stanley and Simmons have no need to, er, Kiss and make up ("We've been together for 40 years -- that says it all," Stanley notes) while Sixx responded to Stanley's Facebook post, writing, "I will give him a standing ovation for calling out Gene himself publicly, then trying to hold my feet to the same fire. But you can't save him (Simmons)."

And Prince, as it turns out, has been near and dear to Stanley's heart since the Starchild saw Prince play at the Bottom Line in New York in support of his second album, 1979's eponymously titled Prince.

"I grabbed a bunch of people and brought them down to see him, and he was amazing," Stanley recalls. "He was electrifying and (backstage) he was very, very nice although incredibly shy, very polite. You couldn't help but follow his trajectory over the years. I think that as great as we saw him we didn't realize the true scope of his genius until he was gone. That's always a tragedy."

With their own Prince-gate behind them, Kiss is read to rev up the machine for 2016, starting with Kiss Rocks Vegas, a Fathom Events one-night-only showing filmed during the group's nine-show November 2014 residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. (Theater and ticket details can be found at FathomEvents.com and kissmycinema.com.) "This is one show," Stanley says, "so if it seems cohesive and there's nothing jarring in terms of continuity, it's because it was one night. You can't help but be aware that in essence it's now or never; It's like stepping into the ring and you're hoping that you're in top form, and if not you draw on your well of determination to pull out all the stops. I think it was a great show. There's a great connection and intensity between us and the audience that's palpable. To do a show in a venue that small and yet do a show that's that large only made us that much more colossal as figures.”

It likely won't be the last residency for Kiss, either. "We'd love to come back. Perhaps we would do it in a different venue, and that's something that we're looking into," he says. "But the concept of doing a residency is appealing. It's easily one of my favorite stage shows that we've had. I totally enjoyed it and the reviews were ecstatic and raves, and I would love to do it again."

Kiss is incorporating some of the visual technology of the Vegas show into the Freedom To Rock Tour, which kicks off July 7 in Boise, Idaho, and will play mostly the smaller markets where the band built its Kiss Army during the first years of its career. "We built our following by going to the heartland and going to middle America, so for us (the tour) is basically a return to that," says Stanley, who's featured on a rendition of Free's "Fire and Water" from former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley's new covers album, Origins, Vol. 1.

"When we first broke through, when Kiss Alive! was just simmering, we were playing the Toledos and the Daytons and the Des Moines. It was at the arena in Dayton when I peeked through the curtain and I really got the full scope of what was happening. The place was packed and this had been going on for a few nights with no end in sight. So those places mean a lot to us, and it'll be great to go back to them."

GENE SIMMONS: Celebrities Should Keep Their Presidential Choices Private

In a brand new interview with U.K.'s The Guardian, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was asked if it's correct to say that he will vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. He responded: "That's totally inaccurate. I've known the man over the years, but that doesn't mean I'm going to vote for him."

He continued: "To be quite honest, I wish celebrities would shut up: I don't like the idea of celebrities announcing who they're for and not for, because a number of their fans will be voting just because their favourite band said to do so. That takes away the honesty of the democratic process. I'm totally against advertising who I want to vote for, and I haven't made up my mind, quite honestly. Celebrities should shut up and keep it private."

Asked if he thinks there's a place for artists to speak up over issues such as North Carolina's discrimination law, Gene said: "I do — but that's not a political issue, that's a human rights issue. Discrimination of any kind ... Well, I don't agree with Donald Trump on his views on, say, Mexico – I would certainly speak up over the border."

Simmons, a former contestant on Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" show, recently told People magazine that he likes how the real estate mogul is shaking up the current presidential race.

"The important thing about Trump, and I'm not saying whether I'm voting for him, or Hilary [Clinton], or anybody else, is that he has changed the game," he said. "He doesn't want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it's 'incorrect.'"

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NIKKI SIXX: GENE SIMMONS Is An 'Overrated, Lucky Guy That Dresses Like A Clown'

Nikki Sixx has called Gene Simmons an "overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown" after the KISS co-founder made callous statements about the death of Prince.

This past week, Simmons received backlash from friends, family and fans after insinuating that Prince died from a drug overdose. The MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist also ripped Simmons on Twitter, saying his "recent heartless and uneducated remarks about Prince's death shows why he's not my hero anymore or anybody's."

Sixx took to the airwaves and said on his nationally syndicated radio show "Sixx Sense" to elaborate on his criticism of Simmons. He said (hear audio below): "Nothing that Gene Simmons says resonates with me. When you're in Gene's position, you should have a little bit more than a narrow-minded, bullying sense of what's happening on the earth. And he said that if you're depressed, kill yourself. He is pro Trump, he is pro a lot of things that I think are negative."

He continued: "I think that [Gene] is [an] overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown. [He] wrote some good songs, [but] hasn't in a long time, and loves to brag about himself.

"I like my heroes to be humble. I like my heroes to have compassion. And I like my heroes to be open to change. I don't like my heroes to be egotistical assholes.

"Gene Simmons, you're no longer my hero."

Simmons on Wednesday took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about Prince. He explained: "I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene."

Prince died on April 21 at his home in Minnesota, but no cause of death has been identified just yet. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that his death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose.

MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS co-headlined a North American tour in the summer of 2012.

NIKKI SIXX Has 'No Respect For GENE SIMMONS,' Says KISS Co-Founder 'Should Call It A Day'

MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx says that he has "no respect for Gene Simmons" after the KISS co-founder's statement that the death of Prince was "pathetic."

Earlier this week, Simmons received backlash from friends, family and fans after insinuating that Prince died from a drug overdose. Sixx also ripped Simmons on Twitter, saying his "recent heartless and uneducated remarks about Prince's death shows why he's not my hero anymore or anybody's."

During an interview with the WNOR FM99 radio station this past Wednesday (May 11), Sixx was asked about Gene's comments and the impact that Prince had on the world of music. He said: "Gene Simmons taking swipes at Prince without actually having the information is what I said #FromHeroToZero. We have no respect for Gene Simmons anymore; nobody in rock does. And I'm not gonna sit back quietly as a person [and] allow a bully to go out there and put down people he doesn't know anything about. The last thing that me and Gene got into is he said that if people are depressed, they should kill themselves."

He continued: "I think that Gene should call it a day, and that we should look at this beautiful catalogue of music that Prince has given us. And if you wanna compare Prince to KISS, I mean… okay, c'mon. There's no comparison. Prince has been an amazing artist. He's kept his standard high over the years and was never just about money and ego; it was about music."

Simmons on Wednesday took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about Prince. He explained: "I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene."

Prince died on April 21 at his home in Minnesota, but no cause of death has been identified just yet. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that his death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose.

Over the years, Simmons has never hidden his feelings about drug use, even when his bandmates were involved. He told The Pulse Of Radio that drugs are the number one reason for bands failing to live up to their potential. "I have no sympathy at all for anybody that doesn't have enough self-respect for themselves and for their bandmates, because when one guy decides that his dalliances with crazy things is more important that the welfare of his band, that guy doesn't deserve any success," he said. "Because a team is a team, and every guy's gotta carry the weight. You're only as good as your teammates."

KISS kicks off its 37-date summer tour on July 7 at Boise, Idaho's Taco Bell Arena.

MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS co-headlined a North American tour in the summer of 2012.

TWISTED SISTER To Be Joined By OVERKILL, ACE FREHLEY, MONSTER MAGNET At ROCK CARNIVAL Festival

The second annual Rock Carnival will take place on September 30, October 1 and October 2 in Lakewood, New Jersey at First Energy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws. As with its inaugural year, which drew a staggering 50,000+ attendees, the second annual Rock Carnival will feature classic carnival rides and entertainment, the most delicious food truck offerings, high-action professional wrestling, beer gardens pouring the tastiest of brews, and of course... the best in local, national and international rock and heavy metal music performances! This year will introduce a "Classic Rewind" Friday Night concert, featuring some special performances from 2015 performers, returning to the event they loved.

Three-day general admission and reserved seat weekend packages for this year's Rock Carnival go on sale Friday, May 13 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time. Three-day "Early Bird" general admission passes start at $95.90 and weekend reserved seat tickets start at $119.99. Get your tickets via TicketFly.

Skyboxes, reserved seats, daily general admission and VIP experiences (presented by SoundRink) will be available on June 7.

The first wave of Rock Carnival live music entertainment to be announced is topped by single-day headliners TWISTED SISTER, whose performance will mark their official farewell show for the U.S. northeast.

TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French states: "As 2016 marks the end of our live performing career, TWISTED SISTER is looking forward to returning to the Tri-State NYC area for the final time to the Rock Carnival at First Energy Park in Lakewood, New Jersey on October 1, 2016. In celebrating our 40th anniversary and our farewell to live performing, we are bringing our '40 & F*ck It' worldwide farewell tour one last time to the area that created us!"

Also scheduled to appear:

OVERKILL
ACE FREHLEY
MONSTER MAGNET
FUEL
TOM KEIFER
DOKKEN
TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION
DORO
FOUR BY FATE
KILLCODE
JESTER
AMERICAN ANGEL

taking place on multiple stages including two main festival stages, side by side, on the field. Fans will have general admission access to the stadium field. The event will feature the Birch Hill stage, a very popular performance area and craft beer section.

Rock Carnival producer John D'Esposito says: "This year's lineup far exceeds our expectations." He adds, "The incredible new layout, amenities and resources are sure to enhance the Carnival experience for our fans and their families."

For more information, visit therockcarnival.com.

GENE SIMMONS's Wife Slams PAUL STANLEY Over PRINCE Apology

Gene Simmons's wife has slammed Paul Stanley after the KISS frontman apologized for his bandmate's comments about Prince.

Earlier this week, Simmons received backlash from friends, family and fans after calling Prince's death "pathetic" and insinuating that the iconic artist died from a drug overdose. Stanley denounced his bandmate's "cold, clueless" statement on Twitter, saying that he was "embarrassed" by Simmons's comments and offering his apologies.

But Gene's wife Shannon Tweed last night told Stanley via Twitter: "We all have our failings, but true friends don't point at them and throw you under the bus. Especially partners of 40 years!"

Stanley replied: "‘Partners of 40 years says it all. Don't confuse walking under the bus with being thrown under. My apology was right."

Tweed then fired back: "You can't apologize for someone else. It's not up to you. He feels the way he feels. He would never do that to you — never."

She also posted a picture of her with Simmons on her Facebook page, commenting: "Because, no matter others' opinions, I love my huzby!"

Simmons yesterday took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about Prince. He explained: "I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene."

NIKKI SIXX Denounces GENE SIMMONS's 'Heartless And Uneducated Remarks' About PRINCE

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has slammed Gene Simmons for the KISS co-founder's comments on the death of Prince.

Simmons came under fire Tuesday when he called Prince's death "pathetic" in an interview with Newsweek. Late that night, he apologized in a note posted to Twitter.

In response to Simmons's remarks, Sixx shared his own disheartened opinion on Twitter. He wrote: "[Gene Simmons's] recent heartless and uneducated remarks about Prince's death shows why he's not my hero anymore or anybody's." He added the hashtag "#FromHeroToZero".

Prince died on April 21 at his home in Minnesota, but no cause of death has been identified just yet. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that his death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose.

Over the years, Simmons has never hidden his feelings about drug use, even when his bandmates were involved. He told The Pulse Of Radio that drugs are the number one reason for bands failing to live up to their potential. "I have no sympathy at all for anybody that doesn't have enough self-respect for themselves and for their bandmates, because when one guy decides that his dalliances with crazy things is more important that the welfare of his band, that guy doesn't deserve any success," he said. "Because a team is a team, and every guy's gotta carry the weight. You're only as good as your teammates."

KISS kicks off its 37-date summer tour on July 7 at Boise, Idaho's Taco Bell Arena.

MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS co-headlined a North American tour in the summer of 2012.

Gene Simmons On His Prince Comments

Read Gene's statement here.

Gene Simmons calls Prince's death 'pathetic'

Gene Simmons has weighed in on the recent deaths of musicians Prince and David Bowie in a new interview with Newsweek. According to the 66-year-old Kiss frontman, Prince’s death was “pathetic.”

“Bowie was the most tragic of all because it was real sickness,” Simmons said. “All the other ones were a choice.”

Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57 in his Chanhassen, Minnesota estate. The cause of his death has yet to be determined, and is being investigated as a possible drug overdose, a law enforcment official told The Associated Press.

“I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them,” Simmons continued. “I thought he left [Michael] Jackson in the dust. Prince was way beyond that. But how pathetic that he killed himself. Don’t kid yourself, that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you… but that’s what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death.”

Simmons also said he has “never been high or drunk” in his life and questioned the “insane gene” in people that makes them succumb to “the cliché of the clichés: drugs and alcohol.”

Paul Stanley, Kiss’s co-lead singer, apologized Tuesday for Simmons’s comments, calling them “embarrassing,” “cold,” and “clueless.”

Simmons is not one to shy away from controversial statements. Earlier this year, Simmons sparked ire by telling Rolling Stone, “I am looking forward to the death of rap,” and subsequently feuding on Twitter with Ice Cube over the matter.

Ace Frehley Interview

Space Ace Frehley in a Groove Exploring Musical Origins: Read the interview here.

PAUL STANLEY, GLENN HUGHES, STEVE VAI, RUDY SARZO, VINNY APPICE To Be Honored At 'Heavy Rock Icon Awards'

Paul Stanley (KISS), Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), Carmine Appice (ROD STEWART, OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE), Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, DIO), Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and Steve Vai (FRANK ZAPPA, DAVID LEE ROTH) will be honored at the Heavy Rock Icon Awards, set to take place May 22 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. The solid bronze award statues will be presented by the icons to their peers.They will also perform their iconic songs that have propelled the listeners' emotions, creativity and imagination, and that have stood the test of time.

All ticket funds will go to Rocking4peace, a 100% volunteer nonprofit whose ultimate mission is to provide peace tolerance equality nonviolence education for children in their schools, challenging their bigoted thinking, as to question their own bigoted thinking, and changing some minds for the better for all mankind.

Ace & Slash Interview

Ace Frehley and Slash Talk New Covers Album, Tone and Guitars Galore: Read the interview here.

A Love Letter to Ace Frehley

A Love Letter to Ace Frehley: Artists Share the Blazing KISS Solos That Inspired Them: Read the article here.

SDC 2016 Session: Ask Me Anything Session with Tommy Thayer from KISS

Ask Me Anything Session with Tommy Thayer from KISS: Video.

Watch ACE FREHLEY And PAUL STANLEY In 'Fire And Water' Video

Watch ACE FREHLEY And PAUL STANLEY In 'Fire And Water': Video

GENE SIMMONS Admits Struggling To Prevent Scalpers From Buying, Reselling Tickets To KISS Concerts

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has admitted that his band is struggling to prevent scalpers from getting their hands on KISS concert tickets and reselling them at exorbitant prices. He tells the BBC: "I don't like it, but capitalism is capitalism. If you buy a piece of furniture, you're allowed if you sell it for a profit. But we do try to limit that sort of shenanigans. You try to do the best you can but it is a free market system."

He continues: "The nature of money is that people tend to abuse it and when there the chance to make hideous sums on somebody who really wants something, people will take advantage of people."

In 2008, Simmons appeared to support the resale of the band's tickets, telling Ticketnews: "There is no secondary market — there's only the market. That's the reality, and everything else is political jumbling. If somebody wants a ticket, they'll buy it or they won't."

The office of the attorney general of New York released a report in January that that found abuses preventing consumers from buying tickets at affordable prices or sometimes not at all. The report was harshly critical of the practices of ticket brokers, which, it claimed, drive up the cost of live entertainment by controlling most of the tickets released to the public. These brokers have come under increasing scrutiny for snapping up many of the tickets through a variety of means, including the use of "bots," which are computer programs used to purchase concert and sporting event tickets online at rapid speed. Ticketmaster reportedly estimated 60% of the most desirable tickets for some shows on the secondary market are bought by bots.

Ace Frehley Recalls Crazy Weekend of Debauchery at Dimebag’s House

Ace Frehley Recalls Crazy Weekend of Debauchery at Dimebag’s House: Video.

ACE FREHLEY's 'Origins Vol. 1' Cracks U.S. Top 25; 'Fire And Water' Video Feat. PAUL STANLEY Due This Week

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's solo covers set, "Origins Vol. 1", debuted at No. 23 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 16,109 equivalent album units in the week ending April 21.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

In terms of pure album sales, "Origins Vol. 1" opened with just under 15,824 copies.

Ace has also confirmed that his music video for the FREE cover "Fire And Water" will feature his former bandmate and KISS's co-founding frontman Paul Stanley. The clip will be released Wednesday, April 27, coincidentally Frehley's 65th birthday. A teaser for the video can be seen here. http://www.justinreich.com/9742/teaserOUTNOW.mp4

The "Fire And Water" video holds its place in rock and roll history as the first time in 14 years that Frehley and Stanley have shared a stage since KISS's appearance at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. It's also the first time Frehley has released a music video since 1989, which was Frehley's cover of "Do Ya" by ELO and THE MOVE.

Tommy Thayer confirmed as headlining special guest at 2016 INDY KISS Fan Expo!

The 2016 INDIANAPOLIS KISS Fan Expo will take place on Sunday, May 22nd from 9am-8pm at the Caribbean Cove Hotel & Conference Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Fan Expo favorite Tommy Thayer is returning to the INDY event in a big way! He will spend all day Sunday with fans at the Expo and also make an appearance at the INDY premiere KISS ROCKS VEGAS movie screenings the night before. In addition to being a guitarist extraordinaire, Tommy is the film's producer!

Tribute band KISS Resurrection will perform at Expo!

Each of the first 300 tickets purchased for the 2016 INDY KISS Fan Expo will include one free admission to one of the exclusive May 21st Indianapolis premiere screenings of the KISS ROCKS VEGAS movie! Tickets will not be sold for these movie showings.

CLICK HERE for full 2016 Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo.

The Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo is run by the fans, for the fans.

KISS ROCKS VEGAS EXTENDED MOVIE TRAILER

KISS ROCKS VEGAS EXTENDED MOVIE TRAILER: Video.

KISS Legend Ace Frehley Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

KISS Legend Ace Frehley Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ (Part 3): Video.

TOMMY THAYER To Speak at Samsung Developers Conference About New Children’s Storybook App

KISS lead guitarist TOMMY THAYER has been invited to speakat the upcoming Samsung developers conference in San Francisco and will introduce Ernest Hummingbird, a newchildren’s storybook app for which Thayer is a partner. The conference will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on April 27th and 28th. Thayer will speak about his involvement in the app, and embracing app technology as a new means to tell andcommunicate stories and music to children.

“I'm really delighted that Samsung has asked me to speak at the event, says Thayer, Ernest Hummingbird is a beautiful story that comes to life in the storybook app. I really enjoyed creating and producing the music for this project as well. It will start off as a children’s storybook app, but will eventually be an animated TV series and much more."

Thayer asked his friend and country music star Darius Rucker to narrate the story. "Having Darius's deep and familiar voice telling Ernest's story is wonderful, Thayer says. “We're proud to have Darius involved.”

Ernest Hummingbird is a partnership between Thayer and Mechem Media, led by the former CEO of the company that owned Hanna Barbera for 25 years, Charles Mechem. Ernest Hummingbird was conceived initially by Hanna Barbera alum and current Sony director David Feiss, who is best known for his hit Cartoon Network series “Cow and Chicken”. Feiss is also a partner on the project.

The Samsung Developer Conference (SDC 2016 is designed for developers, for creators and for builders. Together with their tech partners, Samsung will share the latest technologies and future innovations in IoT, Smart Home, VR and more.

TOMMY THAYER is the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band KISS. Regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, KISS's career milestones are staggering including sales of over 100 million albums worldwide. In 2014, Tommy partnered with Mechem Media creating new intellectual properties for TV, film, new media and mobile. Ernest Hummingbird, a beautiful new children's storybook app will be released in summer 2016.

RUSH's ALEX LIFESON, KISS's TOMMY THAYER To Take Part In ALICE COOPER's 'Rock & Roll Vampire Bash'

Alice Cooper's Rock & Roll Golf Classic and Rock & Roll Vampire Bash directly benefit Solid Rock and The Rock Teen Center, and bring together some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports, and many PGA veterans and community leaders.

Join Alice and his wife Sheryl as they raise the dead at Alice Cooper's Rock & Roll Vampire Bash on Sunday, April 24 from 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 pm. The nocturnal fun includes a cocktail reception where you can chill in the Pro Em VIP Lounge, silent auction, dinner, live auction and live entertainment on the PCS Stage with Alice Cooper and friends, including Alex Lifeson (RUSH), Danny Seraphine (CHICAGO), Tommy Thayer (KISS), Frank Sidoris (SLASH), and Neal Smith (ALICE COOPER), and the comic genius of John O'Hurley and Jeff Allen.

Tickets are $250 per person and are on sale now by calling Joy Covell at the Solid Rock office at 602-522-9200.

For more information, go to this location: http://alicecoopersolidrock.com/events/7

Ace Frehley Is Too Old for This Crap ... Doctors Warn

Ace Frehley can no longer rock and roll all night -- doctors orders.

TMZ has learned Frehley is back home resting after being rushed to the hospital Friday night for exhaustion and dehydration. He was released Sunday night with one warning: slow down.

Docs told the 64-year-old he's in great shape for his age, but needs to stop running around like he's still 18. He was advised to arrange a less exhausting tour schedule.

We're told Frehley already clocked in a dozen shows this month -- and was shooting a music video in L.A. at the same time ... flying back and forth to play his East Coast dates. Fortunately, the Saturday gig he had to cancel was his last tour date.

He plans to follow doctor's orders and stay off the road for a while.

Gene Simmons: Donald Trump Has 'Changed the Game' in Politics and 'Doesn't Care' What People Say

Outspoken, bombastic, and with an infamous hairdo. It's of little wonder that KISS frontman Gene Simmons likes how Donald Trump is shaking up the current Presidential race.

"The important thing about Trump, and I'm not saying whether I'm voting for him, or Hilary [Clinton], or anybody else, is that he has changed the game," the rocker tells PEOPLE while attending the John Varvatos 13th Annual Stuart House Benefit Presented by Chrysler in West Hollywood, California, on Sunday. "He doesn't want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it's 'incorrect.' "

Simmons is no stranger to making headlines when he speaks his mind. He recently kicked up controversy when he criticized the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for inducting N.W.A. earlier this month, arguing that rappers and hip hop artists should not be included. (Which N.W.A. member Ice Cube said was "just wrong.")

The two have a history as Simmons competed in The Celebrity Apprentice in 2007 (he was fired in week 3 after he bungled a deal with Kodak). But the 66-year-old rocker clearly holds no hard feelings about being fired by Trump.

"I think people are sick and tired of politicians who have words that are written by other people," he says. "And they are trying to cater and make everybody happy."

"He doesn't care."

And, if Trump manages to land the Republican nomination, is there a chance that he could tap Simmons for a post as Vice President?

"Honestly, it doesn't pay enough," the singer says with a laugh. "Even God passes the hat around."

Paul Stanley talks KISS & The Freedom To Rock Tour with 102.9 The HOG

Paul Stanley talks KISS & The Freedom To Rock Tour with 102.9 The HOG: Listen.

ACE FREHLEY / EYEWITNESS NEWS INTERVIEW

ACE FREHLEY / EYEWITNESS NEWS INTERVIEW: Video.

Shoulder surgery keeps Paul Stanley from KISS benefit show

Shoulder surgery has prevented Paul Stanley from performing an intimate show with KISS.

Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss donned their classic stage makeup and costumes to play a four-song set Friday to benefit multiple sclerosis research. KISS was the headlining act at the 23rd annual Race to Erase MS fundraising gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson introduced the band and explained Stanley's absence. Jackson said the lead singer would be recovered in time to tour with KISS this summer.

Other performers at the fundraising dinner included Eric Benet, David Foster and "The Voice" winner Jordan Smith. The event raised more than $250,000 toward finding a cure for the nervous system disorder.

Ace Frehley hospitalized with exhaustion after show

Former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley has been hospitalized for exhaustion and forced to cancel a show in New York.

A post on his website and Facebook page says he was admitted to a hospital after Friday's show at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree), Pennsylvania. The post says his symptoms are due to "exhaustion and dehydration."

Frehley's website says he "reluctantly" agreed to cancel Saturday night's sold-out show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie (poh-KIHP'-see).

The site says he had to cancel a show April 9 in New Hope, Pennsylvania, after a band member was sick.

The 64-year-old Frehley has been touring all month.

KISS Performs Without PAUL STANLEY At 'Race To Erase MS' Fundraising Gala

KISS performed as a trio at the Race To Erase MS fundraising gala last night (Friday, April 15) at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Absent from the event was KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley, who was forced to sit out the show due to a shoulder injury.

KISS was introduced at the event by former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, who explained Stanley's absence and added that the KISS frontman would be well enough to tour with the band this summer. Special hosts for the evening included Ozzy Osbourne's wife and son, Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne, the latter of whom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012.

KISS played four songs at the at the fundraiser that supports Nancy Davis's Center Without Walls program. The event, which also featured appearances by Eric Benet, David Foster and Jordan Smith, the winner of "The Voice", included a one-of-a-kind live auction featuring fabulous vacation getaways and experiential packages.

Stanley broke the news of his injury yesterday on Twitter. "Tore my bicep tendon," he wrote. "Surgery reattached it with a screw and stitches to anchor in place. Not much I can do now!" Several hours later, he added in a separate tweet: "Thanks to my AMAZING doctor I WILL be great & ready to rock WAAAAYYYY before the tour! CAN’T WAIT! #?FreedomToRock?"

Video of KISS performing the songs "Cold Gin" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" at Race To Erase MS can be seen below.

Race To Erase MS has been instrumental in funding many pilot studies that have contributed to drugs now on the market and other very important therapies that are improving the lives of people suffering from MS.

The Center Without Walls program is a unique collaboration of the world's leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins.

KISS previously performed as a three-piece in 2007, when a heart issue forced Stanley to sit out the band's concert at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California.

KISS's "Freedom To Rock Tour" is scheduled to begin July 7 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. The two-month run will see the band playing cities that they haven't visited in more than ten years. (Video)

ACE FREHLEY Admitted To Hospital For Exhaustion And Dehydration; Tonight's Show Canceled

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was admitted to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania following his show last night (Friday, April 15) at the F.M. Kirby Center in the city. After extensive testing, it was determined that Ace's symptoms were due to exhaustion and dehydration.

In consultation with his doctors, Ace, who aside from the exhaustion and dehydration has been given a clean bill of health, has reluctantly agreed to cancel tonight's sold-out show at the Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York. The venue is working to reschedule the date in late September and expects to announce an exact date later this week.

In the meantime, ticket buyers for tonight's show can use their tickets for the rescheduled date in September or return them at the point of purchase for a full refund. AceFrehley.com VIP Experience and Guitar Signature packages purchasers will be contacted by AceFrehley.com and can either obtain a full refund or use their packages on the rescheduled date.

Once released from the hospital, Ace will be heading home to Southern California to recuperate.

Fan-filmed video footage of the Wilkes-Barre concert can be seen below.

Ace has just released "Origins Vol. 1", a collection of twelve newly recorded classics from his formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll. Most notably, KISS frontman Paul Stanley joins Ace on FREE's hit "Fire And Water". This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS's 1998 reunion album "Psycho Circus". (Video1, Video2)

KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY Undergoes Surgery For Torn Bicep Tendon

KISS frontman Paul Stanley has undergone surgery to repair a torn bicep tendon. He will be healed in time for the band's "Freedom To Rock Tour", which is scheduled to kick off in early July.

Stanley revealed his injury via Twitter earlier today. He wrote: "Tore my bicep tendon. Surgery reattached it with a screw and stitches to anchor in place. Not much I can do now!"

In a 2013 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Stanley talked about how his stage performances have damaged his body. He said: "My boots weigh 30 pounds. I'm running around and kicking with 15 pounds on each leg. We do at least four shows a week, and the days off are recuperation time."

He continued: "What I do has taken its toll. I've had both my rotator cuffs surgically repaired. They're all similar to sport injuries. I've torn my meniscus in both knees and had a hip replacement. This is all from onstage performances. It's like doing a triathlon with a guitar around my neck. You have to jump, sing, swing your arm and play the right chord. With that combination, anything can go wrong. I used to jump up in the air and land on my knees. It didn't hurt then, but it does now."

Stanley reiterated those sentiments in a 2014 interview with The New York Times. He said: "Things that didn't hurt me 40 years ago hurt me today. From 40 years ago. I've had both my rotator cups repaired, my knees. I've had a hip replacement. But I'm doing splits and everything on stage. I'm blessed. Every time I go out on stage, it is exhilarating."

Stanley, who had his first hip replacement at age 52, told U.K.'s Independent that he had no regrets about the nightly strutting in his eight-inch heels. "Every scar on my body was proudly earned," he said. "There's nothing worse than looking back and wishing you had done things, but I did 'em all. That's how life is supposed to be lived."

Stanley, who grew up half-deaf and scarred with a deformed right ear, eventually had reconstructive surgery in 1982 to create an ear using a piece of his rib cage.

Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley's First Song Together in 18 Years

Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley's First Song Together in 18 Years: Read the Rolling Stone article & hear the song here

Ace Frehley - Origins Ad

Ace Frehley - Origins Ad: Video.

Ace Frehley Talks Paul Stanley, Slash, Lita Ford, John 5 + More on ‘Origins Vol. 1?

Ace Frehley Talks Paul Stanley, Slash, Lita Ford, John 5 + More on ‘Origins Vol. 1?: Video.

KISS FREEDOM OF ROCK TOUR TV AD

KISS FREEDOM OF ROCK TOUR TV AD: Video.

KISS ANNOUNCES 2016 SUMMER AMERICAN “FREEDOM TO ROCK” TOUR

36+ CITY TOUR TO KICK OFF JULY 7TH IN BOISE, IDAHO – TICKETS ON SALE BEGINNING FRIDAY APRIL 15TH

America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time KISS, has announced its 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour and will visit 36+ cities nationwide with more markets being announced soon. The long-awaited & highly anticipated “Freedom To Rock” Tour will kick off on July 7th in Boise, Idaho and will travel the country throughout July and August and will close September 10th in Huntington, West Virginia. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday April 15th for all concert dates (The Grand Rapids, MI and Youngstown, OH shows go on sale Monday April 18th). A KISS ARMY Fan Club Exclusive Presale will begin April 12th.

The KISS “Freedom To Rock” Tour will bring epic rock to 25+ cities it hasn’t been to in over 10+ years and four brand new cities as well. KISS specifically wanted to take the “Freedom To Rock” Tour to its fans in markets that haven’t had the chance to see them in some time or ever at all. This 36+ city tour will rock those markets and allow fans across the country to see America’s favorite rock band of all time, KISS.

Opening for KISS will be Recording Artist Caleb Johnson (American Idol Season 13 winner) for shows July 7 – August 10 while the All-Star rock band THE DEAD DAISIES will open for KISS for shows August 10 – September 10. The “Freedom To Rock” Tour is produced by: National Shows 2 (nationalshows2.com), Frank Productions (frankproductions.com), and CMoore Live (cmoorelive.com).

Date City Venue
7/7/2016 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
7/9/2016 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
7/10/2016 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center
7/15/2016 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
7/16/2016 Bozeman, MT Breeden Fieldhouse
7/18/2016 Colorado Springs, CO World Arena
7/20/2016 Independence, MO Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
7/22/2016 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
7/23/2016 Springfield, MO JQH Arena
7/25/2016 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena;
7/27/2016 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center
7/29/2016 Cheyenne, WY Cheyenne Frontier Days
7/30/2016 Minot, ND North Dakota State Fair
8/1/2016 Mankato, MN Verizon Wireless Center
8/3/2016 Duluth, MN Amsoil Arena
8/5/2016 Moline, IL iWireless Arena
8/6/2016 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center
8/8/2016 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
8/10/2016 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
8/12/2016 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County Memorial Coliseum
8/13/2016 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
8/15/2016 Saginaw, MI Dow Event Center
8/17/2016 Springfield, IL Illinois State Fair
8/20/2016 Rockford, IL BMO Harris Bank Center
8/22/2016 Dayton, OH Nutter Center
8/24/2016 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
8/26/2016 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
8/27/2016 Erie, PA Erie Insurance Arena
8/29/2016 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
8/30/2016 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
9/1/2016 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair
9/3/2016 Worcester, MA DCU Center
9/4/2016 Portland, ME Cross Insurance Arena
9/7/2016 Bridgeport, CT Webster Bank Arena
9/9/2016 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum
9/10/2016 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Arena

** Additional markets to be announced soon

Ace Frehley Interview

Monday Rock City: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ace Frehley Talks Sobriety, Space Travel & Making Peace with KISS: Read here.

Gene Simmons on Kiss Makeup Controversy: 'Why Wouldn't We Use It?'

(rollingstone.com) For over a decade, Kiss' Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer have both worn makeup associated with the band's founding guitarist and drummer, respectively. Although the move has sparked some controversy among Kiss fans, singer-bassist Gene Simmons tells Rolling Stone it doesn't bother him

"Why wouldn't we use the classic makeup?" he says. "We own it."

The subject came up during an interview regarding the 40th anniversary of Kiss' Destroyer album, when Simmons bemoaned founding guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss' acrimonious departures from the group within its first decade.

"The saddest thing of all is here we are, top of Mt. Olympus with all this cool stuff happening, really enjoying ourselves, the fans are thrilled, and nobody ever holds up a sign, 'Where's Ace and Peter?'" he says. "Anybody that's in a band goes, 'Oh, they can't exist without me.' They are sadly mistaken. Whether you're AC/DC or Van Halen or anybody, they can actually not only exist without you. Even if you're the lead singer, they can actually get twice as big.

"Even if you're in Genesis: 'Oh, they can never do it without Peter Gabriel.' Oh, sure they can," he continues. "In fact, we'll get a guy who doesn't have any personality and doesn't put on masks or anything and just sings songs, and they'll play stadiums. And Peter Gabriel, with all of the great masks and the things, never played that."

The band had previously encouraged band members who joined in the early Eighties to create new personas – guitarist Vinnie Vincent became the Ankh Warrior and drummer Eric Carr was the Fox – but after the band decided to "unmask" Simmons, the musician says the band decided new personas were not valid. So when Frehley and Criss departed the band's reunion tour in 2002 and 2004, respectively, the group – which owns rights to the makeup – bequeathed it unto Thayer and Singer.

"In retrospect, it was the right decision," Simmons says. "There's always going to be five percent or 10 percent of people who were there at the beginning who will complain about anything. And listen, I think that's valid from their point of view. But people get onto a train at different times.

"If you go to see the Stones live today and poke the guy next to you and say, 'Ron Wood, he's not Brian Jones,' the guy says, 'Who the fuck is that?' He wouldn't have a clue what you were talking about. He came into the Stones 10, 20, 30 years after you did."

Rolling Stone reported in 2014 that Peter Criss relinquished the rights to his character when he left the band. "I'm pissed at myself that my makeup slipped through my hands," he said. "That's my cross that I bear." Frehley said he licensed his and would get it back, though singer-guitarist Paul Stanley called that notion a "fantasy."

Kiss have announced three live dates so far this year. On July 29th, they will play Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and on the following day they play the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, North Dakota. On November 4th, they will headline their own Kiss Kruise VI, which travels from Miami to Cozumel and the Grand Caymans.

Additionally, Ace Frehley's upcoming covers record Origins Vol. 1 sees the guitarist playing alongside Stanley for the first time in nearly two decades. They tackled Free's "Fire and Water" together on the record. "We've always been friends," Frehley told Rolling Stone in February. "The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy."

Ace Frehley on "Elliot In The Morning"

Ace Frehley on "Elliot In The Morning": Listen.

'Kiss Rocks Vegas' Concert Movie Trailer

'Kiss Rocks Vegas' Concert Movie Trailer: Video.

Ace Frehley’s second Kiss tell-all on the way

Former Kiss guitar god Ace Frehley is deep into writing a follow-up to his 2011 best-selling tell-all, “No Regrets.”

The rocker told us he’s already six months into the new book, and that it will dish on more tales from the road with the original Kiss members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss.

Frehley was in the band from 1973 till 1982.

There will also be “tons of stories” of growing up in The Bronx before he joined Kiss, he told us while on tour for his new solo album, “Origins, Vol. 1.” Stanley appears on the album.

Ace Frehley: Five Songs I Wish I Wrote

(rollingstone.com) Ace Frehley's new album, Origins Vol. 1 – due out April 15th – finds him covering songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy and other artists that have inspired him over the years. The LP also features his first recording with Paul Stanley, an impassioned interpretation of Free's "Fire and Water," in nearly two decades (Other guests on the record include Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Lita Ford and Rob Zombie guitarist John 5). It was fitting then that we recently asked him to pick five songs that he wishes he had written – find out his picks below.

The Who, "My Generation"

It's the first Who song that really grabbed me. I can't think of another rock song where the bassist takes the solo.

Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

This is Jimmy Page at his best. I don't even know how to categorize it. It might be in its own category.

Kiss, "Deuce"

This is the first song that Gene, Paul and Peter played when I walked into the audition. It just grabs your attention right away.

Cream, "White Room"

Cream had a huge influence on my playing. This is a classic wah-wah song. I'd play it on my upcoming tour, but I don't use pedals because I might trip over them.

Thin Lizzy, "Emerald"

This is a real heavy song that just barrels through and has a cool breakdown with dual guitar leads playing the harmony part. It just has an awesome ambience.

Gene Simmons on Donald Trump: 'He's Good for the Political System'

(rollingstone.com) Gene Simmons has been enjoying watching Donald Trump subvert the presidential race, calling it the most fascinating election he can remember and saying it was "bound to happen" in what he calls the "Age of Kardashian." "He is the truest political animal I've ever seen onstage," the Kiss vocalist-bassist tells Rolling Stone. "He has no speechwriters, no editing, no nothing. He's actually on tape going 'motherfucker.' You cannot turn away."

Simmons is quick to point out that he's not saying he's supporting Trump. "He has said some very vile, unkind things," he says. "But don't kid yourself. He speaks off the cuff, and what you see is what you get. And he'll double down. If you ask him about building a wall [between the U.S. and Mexico] he'll say, 'Fuck you, I'm going to make it 10 feet higher, just because you asked me.' He's not there to be your friend."

What fascinates Simmons is Trump's ability to root out people's feelings. "He's good for the political system," he says. "The middle, the centrists, they can say, 'What do you think of this?' because everybody is sick and tired of being politically correct. Secretly, tens of millions, perhaps 100 million people may actually have some positive feelings about a wall.

"Macedonia is building a wall between Greece and Macedonia," he continues. "There's a wall between Israel and a neighboring country. There was a Berlin Wall. There was the Great Wall of China. So whether they're good or bad for people, walls actually work. It's unkind, but in terms of pragmatics, it actually works ... The Pope has said the wall is unkind, but it's interesting that at the Vatican there's a wall. They don't want people on the outside coming into the Vatican."

Ultimately, Simmons feels it will be up to Americans as individuals to make a private decision about Trump's wall and his ability to be president. One thing he feels he knows for sure, however, is that "this guy has changed politics forever in America." Showbiz has become politics, the singer says, referencing the way Marco Rubio felt a need to reference the size of Trump's penis – and Trump replied.

"What you can say about politicians is that they're politicians," says Simmons, who previously voted for Barack Obama and "in a lot of ways" felt dissatisfied with his decision. "Trump is not a politician. He does not need your money, and he will speak his mind, God damn it, whether you like it or not. And he has no problem saying 'Fuck off.'

"I like that," Simmons continues. "Even if I disagree."

ACE FREHLEY Says It's 'Ridiculous' To Think KISS Could Continue Without Any Original Members

During an interview with the "Karlson & McKenzie" show on Boston's WZLX 100.7 FM radio station, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was asked about the possibility of the band one day carrying on without any original members, including main songwriter Paul Stanley.

"That's the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard [Stanley and KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons] make," Ace said (hear audio below). "I think the only reason they make those statements at this juncture is to try to validate the fact that they have two other guys in the band that aren't the original members. So they're trying to rationalize to the fans, 'Well, you know, we replaced Peter [Criss, original KISS drummer] and we replaced Ace, and eventually we're gonna replace ourselves. That's like [THE ROLLING STONES singer] Mick Jagger saying, 'Yeah, after me and Keith [Richards, THE ROLLINGS STONES guitarist] die, THE STONES will continue on with two other guys.' I mean, it's a joke."

It was back in 2005 that KISS manager manager Doc McGhee first told the New York Times that the group had "been toying with the idea of recruiting an entire band to... don the band's famous makeup." McGhee said, "KISS is more like Doritos or Pepsi, as far as a brand name is concerned. They're more characters than the individual person. I think (new members) have a legitimate chance to carry the franchise."

Simmons didn't necessarily disagree with that idea. He told Launch that the concept of original members isn't widely held by fans, and it isn't really accurate anyway. "There's no question that there's a core of fans — five-10 percent, my sense is — who believe in original members," he said. "And yet, when you look at original members, THE BEATLES are not original members — Ringo is not an original member; THE [ROLLING] STONES — barely. You know, they've had so many members come and go, but it's the STONES; and AC/DC's aren't original members; and VAN HALEN; and JOURNEY...you go down the list of every — almost every band you can think of."

In a 2012 interview with The San Diego Union-Tribute, Stanley reaffirmed KISS' intention to continue after he and Gene Simmons depart.

"The band is bigger than its members," said Stanley. "And it only takes, in this case, four like-minded people with a similar outlook and talent to further the cause and continue KISS. It makes perfect sense to me. It may not make sense to other bands, but we're not other bands. We don't live by those rules. We never have.”

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KISS To Rock Movie Theaters Worldwide With New Concert Film 'Kiss Rocks Vegas'

Back in November 2014, the helicopter descended upon the infamous Hard Rock Hotel as KISS invaded Las Vegas for an historic nine-show run. Now, for one night only on May 25, fans will be able to experience this spectacular night for themselves as "Kiss Rocks Vegas" hits cinemas across the globe. From this blistering live show, fans can expect sky high flames, ear-bursting volume and a few drops of blood! Includes exclusive interviews with band and footage you will only see in the cinema.

Famed for their iconic face paint and stage attire, KISS was formed in New York City in 1973 by Paul Stanley (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Gene Simmons (vocals, bass guitar). Their sensational live performances feature fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics to spare. Tommy Thayer (lead guitar, vocals) and Eric Singer (drums, percussion, vocals) round out the band's powerful lineup. Tommy is also producer of the film "Kiss Rocks Vegas".

Said Stanley: "See us on the big screen with the awesome power of Surround Sound. Feel like you are in Vegas and don't be shy to 'shout it out loud!'"

Added Simmons: "Jin us for a 'crazy crazy night' in your cinema!”

Stated Thayer: "We are all tremendously proud of this production; it captures a truly unique performance. You need to see it in a cinema to get the full on experience."

Said Singer: "We rocked The Joint at Hard Rock in Las Vegas. You get up close and personal with KISS. You're going to love it."

A select number of cinemas worldwide will also be screening the concert in Dolby Atmos, providing a powerfully immersive and moving audio experience for the cinema audience.

For more information and to book tickets for the cinema event please visit www.kissmycinema.com.

Speaking to Las Vegas Weekly, Stanley stated about how the idea for the KISS 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 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."

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PAUL STANLEY, JUDAS PRIEST To Take Part In This Summer's 'Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp'

Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp celebrates its 20th anniversary with two amazing summer camps — rock icons Paul Stanley (KISS) along with Don Felder (formerly of THE EAGLES) June 23-26 and JUDAS PRIEST - "Vol. 2: Hell Bent For Hollywood" on August 4-7.

As headliners at Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp, attendees will jam and perform with Paul Stanley and members of JUDAS PRIEST at the Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp facility, as well as at the legendary Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. They will also jam with Don Felder and Mark Farner at the Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp facility on some of the biggest rock and roll songs in history.

Said JUDAS PRIEST in a statement: "We had such a blast last time with the fantasy camp, it's time for an encore! Four of JUDAS PRIEST are primed to bang out some more metal adventures at this one of a kind experience!"

Over the course of four days, attendees will be placed into bands led by rock star counselors including Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE), Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH) and many more. Musicians will hone their stage presence, learn to play some of music's greatest songs, get tips and hear stories of life on the road from their rock star counselors, attend master classes and jams rooms with these renowned musicians and then perform live with their band in front of a packed house at the infamous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

"To be part of Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp isn't just a fantasy for the people who are here, it's my fantasy too, it's really a gift to me as much as anybody else," said Paul Stanley.

For more than 30 years, Paul Stanley has reigned supreme as one of the single-most recognizable front men in the history of rock and roll. He continues to be the chief songwriter, driving force and unwavering voice of KISS.

Don Felder is renowned as a former lead guitarist of THE EAGLES, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time. A member of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame since 1998, Felder served as a member of THE EAGLES for 27 years. Felder originated the music and co-wrote THE EAGLES' biggest hit — the iconic, Grammy-winning smash "Hotel California".

Also participating in the amazing experience will be former lead vocalist of the blues rock band GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, Mark Farner. With hits such as "American Band", "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "I'm Your Captain". GRAND FUNK RAILROAD has sold millions of records throughout their career.

JUDAS PRIEST has sold over 45 million albums to date. MTV ranked them the second greatest metal band of all time. This hard and heavy camp features four members of JUDAS PRIEST, including vocalist Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, guitarist Richie Faulkner and drummer Scott Travis.

"Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp is where adults come to live their rock and roll dreams and jam with their musical heroes, and where our Jr. rockers come to begin their rock and roll dreams," said David Fishof, owner of Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp. "The camp is open to all levels of musicians, vocalists, from beginners to expert. There is a spot in a band for everyone."

Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp is a non-competitive atmosphere designed for all levels of musicians and music enthusiasts. Participants are placed in bands with like-minded people and skill level to make for an off-the-charts experience.

For additional information, go to www.rockcamp.com or call 888-762-BAND.

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ACE FREHLEY To Discuss 'Origins Vol. 1' Album At 'BackStory' Event In New York City

BackStory has teamed up with original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley for a live interview event focusing on his new album, "Origins Vol. 1", on Wednesday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m. at AOL studios in New York City.

Guests will enjoy a seat at an exclusive live interview, a limited-edition autographed poster, a meet-and-greet with Frehley, plus complimentary beverages.

The interview will be conducted by Brad Tolinski. Best known as the editor in chief of Guitar World magazine for 25 years, Tolinski is a respected journalist and the author of "Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page".

For more information, go to this location.

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Ace Frehley Announces New LP, 'White Room' Cover, Paul Stanley Reunion

(rollingstone.com) Ace Frehley is beginning the new year by looking back. The former Kiss guitarist's new LP, Origins Vol. 1 – due out April 15th – finds him covering songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy and other artists that have inspired him over the years. His heavy-hitting take on Cream's "White Room" is premiering here. The LP also features his first recording with Paul Stanley, an impassioned interpretation of Free's "Fire and Water," in nearly two decades. Other guests on the record include Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Lita Ford and Rob Zombie guitarist John 5.

"I'm really thrilled with the whole thing," Frehley tells Rolling Stone. "I'm excited about it, and probably somewhere down the road there'll be a second volume."

"White Room" holds a special place in the guitarist's heart, since he attended Cream's New York City concert debut when he was about 15 – one of Frehley's first concerts. "Eric Clapton has always been a big influence on me," the guitarist says. "They were opening up for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. The Who was on the bill, too. Clapton had a big afro then and that painted guitar. It was pretty cool and different. I always liked 'White Room.'" Frehley's drummer, Scott Coogan, joins him on vocals for the song.

Frehley shrugs off any residual tension between himself and Stanley. "We've always been friends," he says. "The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy."

Both founding Kiss members were fans of Free and the song "Fire and Water," the title cut of the "All Right Now" group's 1970 LP. Frehley had wanted to do a version of it since the Seventies, so he recorded the backing tracks with his band and sent them to Stanley about a month ago, with the Kiss singer sending his recorded parts right back.

"I thought Paul did a fabulous vocal on it," the guitarist says. "He jumped at the chance to do this because it's something that's outside of Kiss and his character in Kiss, and it gave him a chance to, you know, sing. With Paul, you usually think of him singing in a slightly higher register and on 'Fire and Water,' he's singing deep from his diaphragm, and it's a real cool vocal. Everyone's who heard it was just thinks it's the shit."

Frehley also enjoyed lining up his other guests on the album. McCready plays on Kiss' "Cold Gin," a tune Frehley wrote, but Gene Simmons sang originally. "I've been a big influence on Mike, at least that's what he tells me," the former Kiss guitarist says. Slash plays on Thin Lizzy's "Emerald," and he contributed to the recording by suggesting both he and Frehley play live at the same time, something they did 15 times. "It took me three days to pick the best takes," Frehley says, "and I think it came out great."

Lita Ford joined him on the Troggs' "Wild Thing." "It has almost a garage-band flare to it," the guitarist says. And finally, John 5 wowed Frehley with his playing on Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Music" and Kiss' "Parasite," another Frehley-penned song he's singing for the first time on Origins. "John 5 was amazing to watch," he says. "He inspired me and obviously I inspire him. It was a lot of fun."

Frehley will be supporting the new record with a North American tour. See the dates below the track list.

Origins Vol. 1 Track List
1. "White Room" (Cream)
2. "Street Fighting Man" (Rolling Stones)
3. "Spanish Castle Magic," feat. John 5 (Jimi Hendrix)
4. "Fire and Water," feat. Paul Stanley (Free)
5. "Emerald," Slash (Thin Lizzy)
6. "Bring It on Home" (Led Zeppelin)
7. "Wild Thing," feat. Lita Ford (The Troggs)
8. "Parasite," feat. John 5 (Kiss)
9. "Magic Carpet Ride" (Steppenwolf)
10. "Cold Gin," feat. Mike McCready (Kiss)
11. "Till the End of the Day" (Kinks)
12. "Rock and Roll Hell" (Kiss).

Legendary KISS collaborates with traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e art

In celebration of Grammy Week, on Saturday, February 13th from 6 to 8 PM, Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel will honor KISS with a ca-reer-spanning photographic exhibit, and debut the first edition pieces from the KISS + UKIYO-E Project. From 6:00 to 6:30 PM, KISS founders and rock n' roll icons Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will make a very special appearance.

Morrison Hotel Gallery salutes the Grammys and the legacy of the seminal rock band with an exhibition that will feature iconic and revealing images of the group along its journey from fiery upstarts to megastars. The exhibit will also include the debut of the KISS + UKIYO-E Project which showcases a unique selection of stun-ning multi-colored wood block prints, representative of one of Japan's most revered traditional genre of art. The KISS Ukiyo-e are first edition prints, limited to only 200, and are signed by the band. The 'KISS Ukiyo-e' project started in fall of 2014 as the first of its kind collaboration with a team of Japanese master artisans, and has culminated in these wonderful pieces of fine art being displayed here in their first comprehensive international feature exhibit. Widely popularized during the 1600s in Edo era Japan, Ukiyo-e famously depicted current events and often illustrious entertainment industry figures and scenes, and thus this contemporary collaboration with KISS is the perfect modern day continuation of the Ukiyo-e tradi-tion.

The photographers that are a part of this exhibit have shaped the careers of many artists, and have become pop culture legends in their own right. They include Bob Gruen, Danny Clinch, Lynn Goldsmith, Neal Preston, Norman Seeff, Patrick Harbron and Travis Shinn. The images display the group dominating the stage, captured by Patrick Harbron's anthemic perspective, Norman Seeff's snapshots of the blood-thirsty young band, and Neal Preston's playful holiday shots. Also included are se-lect images from Lynn Goldsmith's catalog, which span the glory years of 1977 thru 1980. Danny Clinch and Travis Shinn contribute more recent images, showcasing KISS in a victorious elegance as international ambassadors of rock n' roll. Repre-senting KISS's worldwide adulation is a series of Japanese prints that marry the traditional art of Ukiyo-e with KISS iconography for a dazzling cross-cultural ex-change.

The slogan "You wanted the best, you got the best!" has become synonymous with the rock band KISS right before they hit the stage. For 43 years, the band has de-livered on the promise of defying trends and weathering lineup shifts to consistent-ly provide anthemic rock n' roll, performed and packaged with majestic brilliance.

Grammy week is a time to reflect back on achievements in music, and to celebrate the artists that have made those achievements. No band around today has a histo-ry, or rather, a KISS-tory, like KISS. They were nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999 for Psycho Circus.

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PETER CRISS To Appear At TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss will attend Texas Frightmare Weekend on April 29 - May 1 to meet and greet fans in a rare appearance.

In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman". Peter's "Catman" persona is an instantly recognizable icon in pop culture.

"After hosting an appearance by Ace Frehley at our 2014 event, we've been flooded with requests to bring in Peter Criss," says Texas Frightmare Weekend founder Loyd Cryer. "Our event has always been about fulfilling fans' requests and we are honored that Peter has agreed to attend."

Peter Criss will attend the event on all three days, giving his fans plenty of opportunities for autographs, photos and meet and greets.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase now at this location: texasfrightmareweekend.com.

Texas Frightmare Weekend is presented in association with Fangoria magazine. 2016 marks the event's now entry into its second decade as the Southwest's premier horror convention and film festival. The annual event hosts celebrity appearances, autograph signings, screenings, exclusive parties and horror memorabilia vendors from all over the country.

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

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

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

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

SLASH, PAUL STANLEY, JERRY CANTRELL, JOHN 5 Featured In 'Turn It Up!' Documentary

(Trailer) Celebrating the electric guitar, the full-length documentary film "Turn It Up!" will be released on January 22. A cinematic and auditory tour de force, the film — shot in high definition — is a combination of stunning photography, musical performances, world-class collections, and in-depth interviews – from international legends to "everyman" collectors. Released by 71st Street Entertainment, "Turn It Up!" will be available as a two-disc DVD set, two-disc Blu-ray set (with second disc in standard definition only), and as a digital download (does not include bonus set).

Created and directed by Robert Radler ("Best Of The Best 1 & 2", "SS United States: Lady In Waiting", "The Substitute"), "Turn It Up!" is an emotional exploration of the electric guitar and the people who fall under its spell. Narrated by actor/musician Kevin Bacon, the film features interviews with an array of guitar royalty: the late Les Paul and B.B. King (in one of his final interviews), Slash, Robby Krieger, Paul Stanley, Steve Lukather, Nancy Wilson, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Albert Lee, Ana Popovic, Jerry Cantrell, Steve Howe, John 5 and many others.

The "Turn It Up!" DVD and Blu-ray sets not only include the full documentary film, but the "Conversations And Extras" bonus disc, which boasts extended interviews; scenes with the Burst Brothers; mini-documentaries on RKS Guitars and Seymour Duncan; Robby Krieger noodling on his guitar; and a performance of Jeff "Skunk" Baxter from the film "S.S. United States: Lady In Waiting".

"Turn It Up!" simultaneously honors the beloved electrified six-string and recognizes the rich bond between musician and instrument, and the pilgrimage to find the ultimate guitar and perfect tone. From the mouths of those who invent them, build them, sell them, collect them, and those who make them sing, the film reveals the deep cultural love affair of the world’s most popular instrument, and explores its past, present, and future.

It's the sound of rebellion, heartbreak, joy, fear, madness, pain, and all-out exuberance — the electric guitar has been a beacon of self-expression for generations, and "Turn It Up!" details exactly why.

The DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download will be available online and at physical retailers (through Sony RED Distribution).

Ace Frehley, Paul Rodgers, Night Ranger to Headline Rockfest 80's

A celebration of hard rock's big hits and big hair will take place next spring in south Florida at the two-day Rockfest 80's. Headliners include former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, Bad Company, Free and Queen singer Paul Rodgers and Night Ranger, who are best known for power ballad "Sister Christian." The festival will take place at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida on April 2nd and 3rd.

Ratt, the Romantics, Warrant, Cinderella's Tom Keifer and Geoff Tate are some of the other acts to be part of the nostalgic lineup. Firehouse, John Waite, Lynch Mob, Autograph and Slaughter will also perform. More acts to be announced in 2016. The bands will be playing more of their classic hits for fans over the two-day show.

"Rockfest 80's is a project over a year in the making," the festival's producer Larry Offsey said in a statement. "We are excited to launch our brand and create a true South Florida rock festival event."

Tickets for Rockfest 80's will go on sale December 21st. More information can be found at the festival's official site.

Last year, Ace Frehley released his first solo album in five years, Space Invader. He was also inducted alongside Kiss into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in early 2014. Paul Rodgers released a new solo LP, The Royal Sessions, last year, when he sang soul and R&B hits by Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding and others. As for Night Ranger, the hard rock band released their 11th album, High Road, in 2014. They were also referenced during an episode of Parks and Recreation last year, with Yo La Tengo playing a Night Ranger cover band called Bobby Knight Ranger.

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Now Up For Auction – KISS Eric Singer stage-played Pearl Drum Kit

In honor of our friend Karl Cochran, who suffered a stroke last year, KISS has donated the drum kit that Eric Singer played during the KISS KRUISE V Alive! shows.

An auction to win the KISS drum kit is running now through next Saturday, Dec. 19th. 100% of the money raised goes directly to help Karl with his medical bills.

Bidding will start at $7,500, and any interested parties should e-mail to contact@rocknrecovery.net.

Here is the list of the drums the winning bidder will receive:

PEARL drums (Black Gloss Finish)
6"-8"-10"-12"13" Concert Toms
14 x14 Floor Tom (double headed)
16x16 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " "
18x16 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " " "

13" x 7" Chrome over Steel snare drum (Limited Edition)

ALL Pearl Hardware (for all drums and 6 cymbals)
PEARL Double Pedal
PEARL Drum Throne

LP Chrome Cowbell
ZILDJIAN Cymbals
(1)20" ride
(4) 19" Crash
(1) 17" China Type

KISS "logo" front Bass Drum Head (autographed by the band) included along with 6 pairs of Eric Singer "KISS" Signature drum sticks!

Shipping cost at "Buyer's" expense - shipped directly to you from KISS (or local pick-up in Los Angeles area).

Please bid now to help Karl. You can also make a tax-deductible donation at http://rocknrecovery.net/news/.

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KISS frontman to serve up craft beer, national anthem at Spurs game

A bona fide rock god will be singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and touting craft suds Friday at the AT&T Center.

Paul Stanley, the Starchild of the legendary rock act Kiss, will be at center court before the Spurs play the Los Angeles Lakers. He’ll be in town for the grand opening of Rock & Brews, the new classic rock-themed restaurant and craft beer pub at the renovated arena. Stanley and bandmate Gene Simmons are among the cofounders of the venture launched in 2012.

This is the first Rock & Brews at a sports arena, and the Spurs want that fact shouted out loud.

Rick Pych, Spurs Sports & Entertainment president of business operations, said the organization is honored to have the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in the house.

“Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have utilized the same passion and enthusiasm that made Kiss a rock legend to create a fantastic restaurant experience,” Pych said.

Bill Summersett, a San Antonio native and Kiss memorabilia collector who for decades was a diehard member of the Kiss Army, said the family restaurant will be a hit.

“I’m sure it’s gonna draw a ton of people,” said Summersett, who has been to more than 30 Kiss concerts. He has caught guitars Stanley broke and threw off stage, and he has owned items such as a Kiss pinball machine, Kiss condoms and Kiss comic books printed with red ink that included the group members’ blood.

“Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are marketing geniuses. There’s nothing they haven’t made,” Summersett said.

Rock & Brews combines Stanley’s love of cooking, local produce and classic rock. Away from Kiss, he plays with the soul and R&B revue Soul Station.

Stanley recently talked by phone about craft beer, culinary possibilities and being grateful for rock ’n’ roll.

Did you ever imagine the rise of craft beer culture?

Beer has become the new wine. Beer is crafted, at this point, by people who understand notes and where it hits you on the palate. The care that’s put into it has been a long time coming. It’s very interesting to see beer go beyond something that you guzzle at a sports event or that you drink for a buzz.

Which is trendier, rock ’n’ roll or food?

One doesn’t rule the other. Rock ’n’ roll is essential. The foundation of Rock & Brews certainly is a love of classic rock. But then that foundation is used to build something very unique, almost a lifestyle, where people can enjoy great beer, great food, and I don’t mean franchise slop. (It’s) a food experience where if you want to bring your children out for the day, you don’t have to eat cardboard pizza served by somebody dressed as a rat.

What’s your favorite Rock & Brews craft beer?

I love a rich, dark lager. But we have samplers where there are multiple glasses and it’s great to sample in the same way you might sample different wines.

How about the food?

I think the fish tacos are awesome. The burgers are off the charts. We have pretzels. Everybody is used to soft pretzels. But our pretzel dough comes in from Germany. We have a beer cheese that’s awesome to dip in.

No orange cheese nachos?

There’s nothing wrong with that. We’ve all sat at games and had that cheese food product. God only knows what it is. Why not enjoy something that’s really, really good? Once you elevate your taste buds a bit there’s no going back.

Why are you so active in the promotion?

I don’t believe in putting my name on anything I don’t believe in.

What about the national anthem?

I did it at Dodger games. I starred in “Phantom of the Opera.” So I consider myself a singer that sings rock as opposed to a rock singer. “The Star-Spangled Banner” is a real interesting one in that people tend to obliterate it when they do it and turn it into a showcase for vocal gymnastics instead of singing it as it was written. If you’re looking for showboating, you’re not going to hear it. The anthem should be sung with respect.

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Rivermen to wear KISS-themed jerseys March 4

(pjstar.com) (Pic) The Peoria Rivermen will deliver a KISS to their fanbase on March 4 at Carver Arena.

The team has added a theme night centered around the legendary band. The Rivermen will skate in special KISS jerseys and auction them after the game.

Rivermen players participated in choosing from several jersey design options for the event. You can see the jerseys online with this story at pjstar.com.

“We are excited to be working with OT Sports, and KISS, on this special jersey night,” Rivermen co-owner Bart Rogers said. “There’s not much that hasn’t been tried in the specialty jersey/theme night industry. I think we are producing some fun nights this season with our special jersey themes, and this is just icing on the cake for us.

“OT Sports created three KISS styles to choose from, and we let our entire organization vote on which one to use. We’ll have some other related things happening at the game that night, and will announce them soon.”

Video: 40th Anniversary KISS Homecoming in Cadillac

Video: 40th Anniversary KISS Homecoming in Cadillac.

Video: ROCK AND BREWS VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATION WITH GENE SIMMONS AND PAUL STANLEY OF KISS

Video: ROCK AND BREWS VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATION WITH GENE SIMMONS AND PAUL STANLEY OF KISS.

Cops shut down private Gene Simmons concert

Gene Simmons couldn’t rock and roll all night.

The KISS frontman, 66, co-hosted a party on Saturday night at pal Rohan Oza’s sprawling LA mansion to raise money for a children’s charity.

Forgoing black-and-white stage makeup, the rocker surprised the crowd — including Randy Jackson and Maria Menounos – with a private concert until uniformed Beverly Hills police showed up to shut down the raucous sounds.

“The sound from Gene’s performance travelled all over Beverly Hills,” a source told Page Six. “The cops showed up because of the noise.”

Known for throwing exclusive parties in Tinseltown and NYC, venture capitalist Oza didn’t let a visit from the 5-0 end the glittering night — which benefitted the Children Matter Foundation, an organization focused on improving the lives of kids around the globe.

“Gene put down the guitar, but the party continued with a DJ,” added the source.

This wasn’t the first time Simmons has rocked a charity event benefiting kids. Earlier this year, the bassist joined Johnny Depp for an impromptu number at a MendingKids.org party in LA.

KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY: Video Footage Of Solo Acoustic Performance From 'Kiss Kruise V'

Comin’ Home
Hard Luck Woman
Shandi
Hide Your Heart
Hold Me Touch Me
Nowhere To Run
C’Mon And Love Me
Magic Touch and Tonight You Belong To Me
Ain’t Quite Right
Mistake (Demo)
Talk Me

Paul Stanley featured in new Mitch Albom Book

(Video) Paul Stanley is featured in the latest book from world renowned author Mitch Albom. If you love music and mystery you'll LOVE it. The soundtrack features Creatures of the Night is also released today! http://features.aol.com/video/get-first-look-mitch-alboms-new-book-magic-strings-frankie-presto

KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY Addresses 'Persistent' Gay Rumor

Robert Scott of New Zealand's The Breeze conducted an interview with KISS frontman Paul Stanley ahead of the band's Auckland concert. They chatted about Paul's view on reviews, what's kept KISS going for all these years, what's left to achieve, working with Gene Simmons, drugs, his sexuality, his kids, retirement and New Zealand wine. You can now watch the chat here.

Hollywood Flashback: John Stamos, Gene Simmons Recall Insane 1986 Bomb 'Never Too Young to Die'

(hollywoodreporter.com) He plays a playboy grandpa on Fox’s Grandfathered, but in 1986, John Stamos was a hunky spy facing off against Gene Simmons — in drag.

The movie was Never Too Young to Die, a low-budget campfest that Stamos — then 22 and still a year away from being cast in ABC's Full House — mistakenly thought would be his ticket to movie stardom.

In it, the Kiss bassist plays “evil hermaphrodite” Velvet Von Ragner, who kills Stamos’ secret-agent father (George Lazenby, spoofing his one-off role as James Bond). Stamos’ character, prep-school senior Lance Stargrove, avenges his dad’s death with the help of secret agent Danja Deering, played by Vanity (of Prince fame).

"I had to shave and wax my chest, wear a prosthetic set of boobs and all sorts of other indignities — respectfully, to those that enjoy that sort of thing,” says Simmons, who drew “whistles and catcalls from the Teamsters” whenever he emerged from his trailer.

Simmons, 66, cites a song by the transgender punk rocker Jayne County — upon whom Hedwig and the Angry Inch was based — as his Velvet Von Ragner inspiration: "It Takes a Man Like Me, to Be a Woman Like Me."

"It was scary," says Stamos, 52, of Simmons' transformation. "I guess it was supposed to be like a Rocky Horror 'Sweet Transvestite' thing. I think I had nightmares about it, because it was Gene's big face with all that makeup and stuff. It was a trip."

Simmons for his part has a good sense of humor about the gender-bending turn. "Ah, the folly of youth," he muses. "I was offered two parts in Never Too Young to Die: the role of Marine commander and a hermaphrodite. ... That'll teach me to read scripts before accepting roles."

When Never Too Young came along, it had been two years since Stamos had walked away from a regular gig on General Hospital — and the young heartthrob had big dreams for his career.

"I just thought, 'This is my shot! A young James Bond!' I thought it was going to be the biggest breakthrough. 'I’m done with TV — I’m going to be a movie star!' And then I did that piece of shit," he says.

The actor threw himself into the role, taking gymnastics lessons and breaking his ankle in the process: "I worked so hard to make it great."

Stamos' first memory of Vanity, who played his onscreen love interest (she douses herself with a garden hose while he munches on an apple in one seduction scene) is a vivid one.

At the cast meet-and-greet — a dinner held at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood — the “Nasty Girl” singer “put her hand down my pants before the appetizers started coming out,” he recalls. “She completely seduced the shit out of me.”

"I thought, 'Wow, this is going to be a great movie,'" he says.

Vanity, who fronted the group Vanity 6, has turned to born-again Christian evangelism since 1994, when she nearly died from a crack-cocaine overdose. But back in 1986, there was little holding her back.

"I don’t want to say anything bad about her because I know she’s straightened out her act, but she was pretty wild," Stamos recalls, adding that the singer gravitated to any prop weaponry she found around the set. (“She was like Al Pacino in Scarface, blasting these f—ing machine guns all over the place,” he says. “We weren’t even rolling!”)

The two never ended up dating ("I was overwhelmed by it all — she was kind of a big star, I guess"), and as filming went on, some friction developed between them.

"Her real name was Denise," says Stamos of Vanity, who now goes by her given name, Denise Matthews. "I remember thinking I couldn’t put up with her anymore: 'Vanity! Call me Vanity!' I remember telling her off: 'Lighten up, Denise!'” But, he adds, "we did have fun — she was really nice to me." (Matthews did not respond to several emails requesting comment.)

The movie found a buyer at the 1985 American Film Market, but bombed upon release. “It was hard to find in theaters but was playing at a nearby drive-in. I brought a chick,” Stamos says. “Didn’t do me any good.”

The B-movie embarrassment came and went without notice, but, with a little time and distance, Stamos developed a certain fondness for the material.

"I’m at the point in my career where I can look back at things that were really fucking stupid and go, 'Oh my God, I’m so glad I did that!,'" he tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I can really have a laugh about it, and this is certainly one of the biggest. I would love more people to see it."

At the urging of Simmons, Stamos has made several attempts to buy the rights to the film over the years, with an eye toward building a cult audience. That hasn't happened yet — but Stamos is still seriously thinking about it.

"It's the perfect midnight-movie, where people can come and dress up. It’s — what’s the term I’m looking for? — the best worst thing you will ever see," he says.

But you don't have to wait for a midnight screening. A complete print of Never Too Young to Die has been uploaded to YouTube.

KISS Electric Sail Away Setlist - Oct 2015

Flaming Youth (First time played live since 1976)
I Stole Your Love
Ladies Room (First time played live since 1978)
Comin' Home
Plaster Caster
Mainline
Take Me
A World Without Heroes
Shock Me (followed by Alive II solo abbreviated)
Love Her All I Can
Strange Ways (First time played live since 1975)
Mr. Speed (First time ever played electric)
Goin' Blind
All the Way
Christine Sixteen
La bamba (Ritchie Valens cover) (Partial, Paul smashes his guitar)

Encore
Makin' Love
All Hell's Breakin' Loose (snippet)
Hide Your Heart
Shout It Out Loud

Author out to solve age-old 'Detroit Rock City' mystery

(freep.com) “Detroit Rock City” has become an anthem around these parts, a hard-rocking, much-loved Kiss classic whose title gave the Motor City another enduring nickname.

And here’s something you probably didn’t know: That 1976 track, a tribute to Kiss’s favorite concert town, seems to have been inspired in part by a tragedy far outside Michigan, for years shrouded in mystery.

Nailing down that vexing detail has become an obsessive, ongoing quest for author James Campion, whose just-published book, “Shout It Out Loud,” chronicles the making of the band’s iconic “Destroyer” album.

At 380 pages, Campion’s book digs in deep, exploring the backstory of an album that many regard as Kiss’s best, with plenty of info about “Detroit Rock City,” the album’s epic lead-off track. (One anecdote from producer Bob Ezrin: The band sang about driving "down 95," inadvertently substituting the East Coast highway for Detroit's I-75. Kiss tried to divert attention from the screw-up by changing the printed lyrics to "doin' 95.")

As the veteran New York journalist readied his final manuscript earlier this year, he realized there was one crucial factoid he’d not yet tracked down:

What was Paul Stanley referring to when he said that “Detroit Rock City” was based on a fatal fan wreck after a Kiss show in the Carolinas?

The obscure tidbit had been mentioned by Stanley in a handful of old interviews, usually with a uncertain reference to a show in Charlotte. The band had gotten word of this fatal wreck, Stanley would say, and wove it into the story line of “Detroit Rock City.”

There’s no doubt that Stanley, the song’s co-writer and vocalist, had set out to salute Detroit from the start. Early demo tapes reveal a raw but purposeful composition that hammers on the “Ya gotta lose your mind in / Detroit rock city” refrain and its celebration of concert partying.

"It truly is the rock city," says Campion. "It's where rock 'n' roll became rock. It's that heavy MC5 sound. It's where Alice Cooper went. It's where Kiss had to go when other people were booing them off stages."

Still, the demo versions were far from the Ezrin-polished track that wound up on “Destroyer.” At some point, Stanley fleshed out the tragic final twist: the song’s young, revved-up narrator is killed in a car accident on his way to a Saturday night concert. The album version is bookended with a grim news report and the jarring noise of a crash.

“It’s a great rock song,” Campion says, “but it’s also a beautiful, melancholy tribute to (the idea) that no matter how young and invincible you feel because of rock music, there’s mortality involved.”

But who was this fallen Kiss fan? Aside from bits of speculation among diehard fans online, there were few details to be found. No date, no locale, no name.

With his book’s deadline looming, Campion began an intensive search. He tracked down Kiss’s 1975 tour schedule, zeroing in on dates in and around Charlotte. He plowed through public death records, solicited help from bemused police departments and dug into old newspaper archives, looking for key details in accident reports: What time did it happen? Did the vehicle include a group of teens?

"I became a macabre detective,” he says.

Coming up short, Campion began to have doubts about Stanley's story. This was a band, after all, that had invented mythology for decades.

But then, why would Stanley bring up Charlotte at all? Why not just say Detroit? “If you are going to lie, lie big,” as Campion writes in his book.

“It must have happened, or at least he really did think it happened,” he says.

Campion kept digging, moving his focus to 1974 thanks to word from a former Kiss roadie. And that's when a handful of candidate names emerged, several of them with ties to Fayetteville, N.C., where Kiss performed on Nov. 30, 1974 — two days after Charlotte. He lists them in his book.

"Fayetteville is the ground zero of this story," he says now with confidence. "I'd be shocked if it was not."

Campion's detective tale doesn't have a satisfying ending — at least not yet. He's hoping that his new book, and articles like this one, will spur a lead that brings a conclusive answer: Which Kiss fan's death inspired one of the band's best-known songs?

"I want to get to the bottom of this," he says. "If for no other reason than it's haunting me."

'Shout it Out Loud: The Story of Kiss’s "Destroyer" and the Making of an American Icon'

By James Campion - Backbeat Books, $24.99

GOLD104.3's One on One with Gene Simmons

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Cadillac unveils monument on 40th anniversary of Kiss visit

In October 1975, Kiss visited a small northern Michigan community where the high school football team had credited the rock band's music for its success on the field the previous year.

Now residents in Cadillac are giving something back to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers known for wearing makeup that masks its members' faces: a black granite monument celebrating the 40th anniversary of the visit.

The Cadillac News and WWTV reported that the monument was unveiled Saturday, although members of the band weren't able to attend. A tribute band performed some Kiss hits as part of the event.

The monument reads in part: "The renowned bond between Cadillac and Kiss endures to this day."

It also says the event on Oct. 9, 1975, "attained worldwide acclaim as one of the most iconic stories in rock and roll lore."

"On that day, Kiss came to Cadillac, and a legend was created," the monument says.

Kiss rode in the homecoming parade and performed in the school gym. The group ultimately departed Cadillac from the football field in a helicopter, showering fans with hundreds of "Kiss Loves You" cards.

"I think we were stunned," Lucy Best told WWTV. Best was a student at Cadillac High at the time.

"I think we didn't believe it at first ... and as it got closer and people started making plans to paint faces and it started to become real and then they showed up and it really was real," Best said.

Then-assistant football coach Jim Neff spearheaded efforts in 1975 to get Kiss to town. In 1974, the football team played Kiss songs before games. It had a seven-game winning streak and became conference co-champions, according to the monument.

Neff and former head football coach Milo Brines pulled away the tarp from the monument Saturday at the school's football stadium.

TOMMY THAYER TALKS KISS WITH RADIO NEW ZEALAND

TOMMY THAYER TALKS KISS WITH RADIO NEW ZEALAND: Audio.

KISS - Channel 9 - Morning Show - Australia - 2nd October 2015

KISS - Channel 9 - Morning Show - Australia - 2nd October 2015: Video.

PETER CRISS Gets Behind The Kit At New York City's 'DW Day 2015'

(Video) On October 3, original KISS drummer Peter Criss got behind the kit during his appearance at "DW Day" at Guitar Center's Union Square location in New York City. Check out video footage and photos of the event below.

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

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

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

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

KISS expands licensing roster with wealth of new partners

Off the back of a sell out worldwide tour, Epic Rights is leveraging the growing legions of KISS fans with multiple new deals and renewals for the glam rockers.

Epic Rights has secured a number of new licensing partnerships for the Hall of Fame glam rockers, KISS.

The firm has also renewed a slate of existing licensees for product lines across a number of categories, citing the growing legion of KISS Army fans across the globe.

New partnerships will see the KISS brand launch into footwear from Charlotte Olympia, t-shirts, electronics and collectables in the US from Four Seasons Designs and accessories and home décor in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand from Bradford Exchange.

Furthermore, Iconic Concepts will launch a range of mini-replica guitars, scarves, collectables and barware, Legends Socks will develop men’s and women’s socks and Silver Buffalo will deliver drinkware, blankets, wall art and more.

Rounding out the list of new licensing partners, Yusef will develop KISS lip balm and lip gloss in the US, Distribuidora de Ropa Viva will deliver t-shorts, tank tops and sweatshirts in Mexico and Winning Moves International will launch a KISS-themed Monopoly board game worldwide.

Meanwhile, existing licensees renewing their KISS brand agreement include ACCO with decorative wall calendars, Kurt S Adler with Christmas décor and Funko with vinyl toys and collector edition t-shirts worldwide.

FIPO will continue to roll out apparel, accessories, bedding and towels in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland and expanding to include Germany, Austria and Switzerland, while CID will deliver t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, leggings, dressings and baseballs across Europe.

Completing the list and Angotti Designs will continue to produce children’s apparel in the US, Canada, France, Ireland, Japan, Mexico and Spain.

The slate of new deals and renewal of existing partnerships arrives off the back of a sell out KISS world tour, visiting stadiums in Europe as well as Australia and New Zealand.

“The KISS brand continues to exceed our expectations for appeal as well as performance round the globe, a true testament to the brand’s music and continued fan engagement,” said Epic Rights executive VP of global licensing, Lisa Streff.

“The KISS multigenerational fan base is passionate and loyal and continues to drive demand for a broad range of products and services, which is truly a rarity in today’s licensing environment.

“This level of consumer support attracts a consistent stream of new and current licensees that continue to fuel the brand’s growth and visibility around the world.”

KISS partners with Legacy Australia

For more than a decade, legendary rock band KISS has worked passionately with several programs in the US assisting returned servicemen and women.

KISS are keen to continue this very valuable work whilst in Australia and today, are pleased to announce they will be doing so on their national tour – courtesy of Legacy Australia.

In the US, KISS are active supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project, which is a non-profit organisation assisting men & women who have incurred service connected injuries, and the Hiring Our Heroes program, a US initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment.

KISS has raised awareness for both programs by regularly visiting recovering wounded veterans, raising money through donating proceeds from concert ticket sales and by giving returned veterans the opportunity to work as “KISS Roadies” on their tours. To date KISS has raised upwards of two million dollars in funds and millions more in awareness from media for their support of military veterans causes.

Most recently KISS hired three servicemen to be roadies during their three week residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, and prior, servicemen were hired to be “KISS Roadies” on the entire KISS/Def Leppard US summer tour, 2013 the KISS/Motley Crue tour and band’s UK tour.

In Australia, the band’s initiative will take on a slightly different feel! As Legacy’s main priority is the welfare of the widows and families of servicemen and women, it is widows around the country who will be given the unique opportunity to become a “KISS Roadie For A Day”.

When made aware of the incredible work Legacy does in Australia for war widows and their families, the band felt very passionately about recognising their strength and courage.

At each of the band’s seven Australian concerts starting in Perth on Saturday (October 3), Legacy Australia has selected a woman for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ladies will work with the KISS team in the VIP Packages area. They will prep and build the area at each venue, meet and host the VIP fans who attend a special afternoon acoustic session, and help manage the VIP band photo opportunities. And of course, after all that hard work, sit back and enjoy the show!

The women are of various ages and have lost husbands or partners in different conflicts, including Shelley Kovco who lost her husband Jake in Iraq in 2006. She was left with two very young children on her own after his death and Legacy has assisted her with school fees, uniforms, books as well as much-needed emotional support for the whole family.

Shelley and Melbourne Legacy CEO, Mikaela Stafrace, met KISS in Melbourne last night. Shelley will be the KISS Roadie working at the Rod Laver Arena show next Thursday October 8.

Legacy Australia Chairman, Mr David Gray said it is a fantastic opportunity to be supported by one of the most famous rock bands in the world, helping raise not only awareness but give some of our very special ladies a “money can’t buy experience”.

“It really is such a tremendous opportunity, and we can’t thank KISS enough for the support they are giving our organisation while touring in Australia and helping raise awareness around the world,” he said. “KISS have a very close affiliation with service men and women in the US and we are very happy they have decided to support our vital work here in Australia. These ladies have made such a huge sacrifice and it is fabulous we are offering them something very, very, special in return.”

The first KISS Roadie will be ex-soldier Naomi Nary, who lost her Special Air Service Regiment husband David in a motor vehicle accident in Iraq. Naomi has two kids and has received significant support from Legacy.

Legacy is liaising with ladies from other states now, with the complete list being finalised over the weekend.

KISS perform Shout It Out Loud on Grand Final of the AFL Footy Show?

KISS perform Shout It Out Loud on Grand Final of the AFL Footy Show?: Video.

PAUL STANLEY TALKS WITH ABC AUSTRALIA

PAUL STANLEY TALKS WITH ABC AUSTRALIA: Video.

KISS perform Rock And Roll All Nite on Grand Final of the AFL Footy Show

KISS perform Rock And Roll All Nite on Grand Final of the AFL Footy Show: Video.

KISS are back in Australia!!! - Stephen chats to Tommy Thayer

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Paul Stanley Looks Back on Five Key Kiss Albums

(rollingstoneaus.com) Legendary rockers Kiss kick off their Australian tour in Perth this Saturday. Vocalist Paul Stanley took some time out to re-evaluate five albums from the band's back catalogue.

Dressed to Kill (1975): "Dressed To Kill was an interesting album because at that point we were still trying to break nationally, and with each album that didn't do it we quickly went into the studio to do another album. And Dressed To Kill was done under duress in terms of needing to get another album out, and we actually went into the studio without all the songs completed or written. Gene [Simmons, bass/vocals] and I would go in the morning sometimes and write songs and when Peter [Criss, drums] and Ace [Frehley, guitar] would come in we'd tell them today's song is called "Two Timer", and we would teach them the song. I think the songs are better than the sound. I have an issue with a lot of the early albums because they didn't sonically represent what the band was. If you ever saw the band live early on we were bombastic, and those albums don't sound it."

Unmasked (1980): "Unmasked I know was very popular in some countries including Australia, but it was an album for me where the band was in turmoil. Peter didn't play on the album, he didn't play on [1979's] Dynasty either, not because of personality problems but because the producer deemed that his ability was in question. So we were at that point where I think we had lost sight of why we started this in the first place, and that was because we loved rock & roll. At that point we had lost our teeth and were gumming the music instead of biting it."

Lick It Up (1983): "Lick It Up was an interesting album because I had wanted to take off the make-up on [1982's] Creatures Of the Night because I thought that people at that time were listening with their eyes and didn't like seeing the band as it was anymore, and didn't perhaps believe in the band visually anymore, and it affected how they listened to the band. And as good an album as Creatures was, it was kind of overlooked, so I knew that when we took the make-up off that the next album would be better received. It sold multiple times what Creatures had sold. People wanted Kiss but they didn't want Kiss looking as they did."

Hot in the Shade (1989): "Hot in the Shade was more than a little disjointed because by that point Gene and I were very much in our own camps so to speak and writing separately, and I think he may have been bringing in songs he had very little to do with because he was involved in other outside interests. I think that there are some good songs on there but overall it's a scattered album with no real focus to it."

Revenge (1992): "Revenge was a great album, in that we got back together with [producer] Bob Ezrin at a time when he was in great shape again. We tried working together earlier and it was a disaster, but Revenge was a time when the band was focused and Bob was focused and we turned out a great album."

Gene Simmons Interview

@genesimmons says when it comes to political correctness you should be able to say whatever you want #pmlive: Video.

Gene Simmons Live on The Project TV, Australia

Gene Simmons Live on The Project TV, Australia: Video.

Paul Stanley Interview! - WKLT

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Gene Simmons Interview! - WKLT

Gene Simmons Interview! - WKLT: Listen.

KISS Frontman Paul Stanley Becomes Shareholder In Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry

There is no better endorsement for an entertainment complex with the tagline “Guns, Gold & Rock N Roll” than one of the world’s top selling rock & roll legends wanting to be a part of it. KISS’ Paul Stanley, one of the most recognizable front men in rock & roll as well as an artist, songwriter and businessman, has become a minority owner in Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The 70,000 square foot retail, business and events center opens Thanksgiving Day and includes dozens of entertainment options including a pawn shop, radio network, television network, shooting range and concert venue.

Stanley is a long-time friend of Badlands founder and CEO Chuck Brennan. The Badlands family of companies also includes Badlands Entertainment, Guns, Gold & Rock N Roll Radio Network and Badlands Motor Speedway. Brennan is a philanthropist and businessman who founded several businesses including Dollar Loan Center and the non-profit Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls, SD.

Stanley said Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry is an entertainment destination unlike any other in South Dakota. “Sioux Falls has never seen anything like this,” said Stanley. “The country has never seen anything like this. The first one is in Sioux Falls and it is a template for more to come. It’s very exciting to see and be a part of.”

Stanley became an owner in Badlands following his most recent trip to perform with the Badlands House Band at their world premiere concert. “The concert almost didn’t happen because the city was completely flooded that night,” said Brennan. “Paul and Jack Blades from Night Ranger were guest performers and really showed their commitment to music and our success by waiting more than two hours until the power was restored and they could go onstage. Paul’s friendship over the years and support of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy and now Badlands, really means the world to me. If Paul Stanley says what we are creating is outstanding, consider it outstanding.”

Following his performance with the Badlands House Band, Stanley toured Badlands Pawn and the Badlands Motor Speedway before deciding to invest in Brennan’s vision for Sioux Falls. “He opened up his checkbook and bought all the remaining shares of the original offering,” said Brennan. “I couldn’t be prouder to work with Paul, and our incredible team of entertainers and professionals, to bring my vision for Badlands to fruition.”

“I admire Chuck,” said Stanley. “He grew up here and wants to give back here…with the Brennan Rock and Roll academy and now Badlands. This will become a nationally-known tourist attraction. It will be a destination that will boost the local economy with jobs and commerce, and a tourist destination that people will come from all over the world to visit.”

Stanley said he was especially impressed with community-minded efforts that were planned as a part of Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry. “For me, a place that comes into a community has to justify itself by being a member of that community, giving back and being a good neighbor,” he said. “The state-of-the-art shooting range will give members of law enforcement a chance to practice free of charge and provide firearm lessons to citizens.”

Stanley said every part of Badlands is being designed with the most important element in mind—fun. “If it’s not fun, it might not be worth doing,” he said. “Everything about Badlands is fun. It’s revolutionary. It’s terrific!”

Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry, opening Thanksgiving Day, will become one of the state’s largest tourist destinations in the heart of the newly coined ‘Sioux Falls Sports & Entertainment District.’ Badlands Motor Speedway, formerly Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, SD, is set to become a premiere sprint car facility and home of the prestigious $250,000 Rock & Roll Gold Cup, an annual 3-day racing event. It will officially open at the start of the 2016 racing season.

For more information, visit www.badlandspawn.com and www.badlandsmotorspeedway.com.

INTERVIEW – TOMMY THAYER, KISS – September 2015

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Inside the "Gene, Ace, Peter & Paul" KISS book

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Singer-Guitarist Ace Frehley Talks About How Sobriety Has Helped Him Focus

(clevescene.com) When we went looking for the Spaceman, we found him in Green Bay, Wisconsin, believe it or not. That’s where former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was on Tuesday afternoon when we caught up with him via phone for a brief conversation. He comes to Northeast Ohio on Saturday night to perform at Hard Rock Live.

Space Invader, Frehley’s latest solo album, continues the successful comeback story for the 64-year old veteran guitarist who scored a Top 10 debut on the Billboard charts when the album was released last year in August. The chart debut added another milestone to Frehley’s career, as he became the first KISS member to have an album debut in the Top 10 as a solo artist. Anomaly, his previous solo album, released in 2009, peaked at #26 on the album charts.

The artwork for Space Invader came from Ken Kelly — well-known in the KISS universe for creating the cover art for the classic Love Gun and Destroyer albums. Frehley had been keen to have Kelly work on art for one of his projects and he finally got his wish with the new album and he says that the space theme that populates some of the material on the record began to take shape as he was in the midst of discussing album art ideas with Kelly.

“It kind of started up with the cover idea,” he says. “I wanted to get Ken Kelly to paint something and then we figured that [it should have] me coming out of the spaceship and it just snowballed from there.”

Frehley assembled the bulk of the album in less than a year, writing 11 songs in the process, something that demonstrated that he still had creative mojo that he thought he might have lost.

“You get to a certain age and you just think that sometimes you can’t recapture some of the things that you had in your youth,” he says. “One of the comments that I got a lot on this last record was that my voice still sounds like it did in my twenties, which is kind of funny, you know? Sobriety,” he adds, “has really helped me focus and be more creative. It was kind of fun towards the end as the songs started falling into place and we got really hot on the space theme. ‘Space Invader’ was the last song that I wrote for the record and it just kind of came together during the mixing process [which] was a big surprise and a nice surprise.”

Guitarist Richie Scarlet, a longtime former associate, is back in the fold, touring with Frehley for the first time since the ‘90s, one of several changes that Frehley made to retool his touring band. “I gave Richie a call last year when we went out in November, because I decided to replace my old guitar player, Todd [Youth] and it was the same thing with my old bass player, Anthony [Esposito], who I replaced with Chris Wyse, who used to play bass for the Cult,” he says. “So we had two [new] people and I also got back my old drummer, Scot Coogan, so it was nice and the chemistry is really good onstage. I think by far, this is probably the best live band I’ve ever assembled. I’ve known Richie forever, so we just trade off licks at the end of a couple of songs and nothing’s rehearsed. It’s all impromptu. It’s nice to be able to do that, you know? You can play outside of the box a little bit.

The Rocksino show will feature a diverse setlist featuring material from Space Invader, plus a good number of tracks spanning his entire solo career and a healthy selection of KISS favorites. Frehley admits that it’s tough putting the set lists together.

“It really comes down to that you only have so many minutes to perform and you know, you want to perform the songs that are going to be the most well-received,” he says. “I get a lot of requests for songs that I’ve never done live or songs that are a little more obscure, but you know, the bottom line is that some fans, sure they’d love to hear them, but they’re not going to be as well-received as some songs that are more well-known. So I try to do the songs that I think are going to please most of the people most of the time.”

Frehley has a few projects on deck, including an upcoming covers album that will trace his early influences, tentatively featuring his version of songs from Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Rolling Stones and others.

“We’ve got most of the songs tracked already,” he says. “I’m just finishing up some overdubs and doing some rough mixes and then I think they’re planning to release it in the spring, so we’re on schedule with that. The most exciting thing with that record has been getting Slash in the studio and trading off on a Thin Lizzy song. We did ‘Emerald’ [from Thin Lizzy’s 1976 Jailbreak album] and we did an extended solo section that gave us a lot of leeway to just kind of go off and get crazy and we did.”

He’s working to finish the material and then he says he’ll look at potentially inviting some additional guests to play on the album. One name that has been mentioned is Gene Simmons, and Frehley says it’s still something that he’d like to pursue.

“If I can coordinate my schedule with his schedule,” he adds. “You know, he’s always running around doing this, that and the other thing.”

Looking back on the band’s 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Frehley calls it a “great night.”

“I had a lot of fun and giving the acceptance speech was a gas and doing all of the press backstage,” he says. “You know, my only regret was that we didn’t perform and it’s unfortunate, because me and Peter [Criss] really wanted to perform and as you probably know, Paul [Stanley] and Gene decided not to perform with us.”

But he still retains lots of fond memories of his glory years with the band, including the experience of recording the group’s landmark Alive live album, which remains a fan favorite to this day and one which Rolling Stone recently placed high on their list of the Top 50 Classic Live Albums.

“You know, when I think about KISS Alive, I think about the live performances, but I also think about [being in the] studio with Eddie Kramer, doing overdubs to try to clean it up a little,” Frehley says with a hearty laugh. “He had these crazy mic stands with long tape loops, you know, it was before digital equipment, so everything was on tape and we’d have these long tape loops with different audience sounds, so on and so forth. It was pretty wacky. But we had a lot of fun doing it. It was one of the highlights of my career, working with Eddie and doing something that crazy. You know, the packaging was right, the timing was right and it’s still one of our biggest records to date, if not our biggest. KISS is known for our live show and our theatrics and the Alive record captured that. It captured the explosions and the crowd response and all of the other mayhem that went along with the rock and roll circus that we presented in the ‘70s. I think that’s why it was so well-received.”

After the current tour and working to complete the upcoming covers album, Frehley has no shortage of things on his plate.

“I’m still writing original material and you know, I was just offered another studio album deal so I’m probably going to pick up that option and I’m always planning ahead,” he says. “I’d like to do a soundtrack for a film. I just got offered a tour in South America, which I’m probably going to fine tune and do next year. We’ve got a cruise happening in mid-January of 2016, the Rock Legends Cruise. That’s going to happen January 15th. It’s good to be busy and stay active. I don’t know many years I’m going to have at this, but you know, so far, so good.”

Gene on GMA

Gene Simmons on Good Morning America: Video.

KISS - AMERICA'S #1 GOLD RECORD AWARD WINNING GROUP OF ALL TIME

(riaa.com) KISS (Rock And Roll Hall of Fame), now celebrating its 40th anniversary, has earned more Gold Album Record Awards than any American band in the history of The Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA's) Gold & Platinum Awards certifications. In the last 41 years, KISS has earned 30 Gold albums (26 KISS albums + 4 Solo Albums that were all released simultaneously -- a feat never before achieved by any band.) KISS has 14 Platinum albums, with three albums being multi-Platinum.

“Congratulations to KISS – the new Gold standard for albums by American bands,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA. “What an extraordinary achievement for an enduring band. Forty years later and the band is still rocking. Congratulations to KISS on their Gold album milestone and continued success."

KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. Decades of record-breaking tours around the globe have included high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Rockin' The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, special guest appearance on the 2009 American Idol finale that boasted 30 million viewers and a 2010 Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are stronger than ever with a legacy that continues to grow, generation after generation. Their last album, Monster, proved that they are still at the top of their game with impressive sales and topping the charts worldwide debuting at No. 3 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart and Top 10 in twenty other countries. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the "Hottest Band in the World" is a striking testament to the band's unbreakable bond with its fans.

KISS is currently celebrating two other major milestones, their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of 2014, as well as the band’s 40th Anniversary. KISS 40, an album celebrating 40 years of Rock ‘N Roll is available now.

New KISS-Related Book 'Gene, Ace, Peter & Paul' Explores 1978 Solo Albums

On September 18, 1978, the four members of KISS made music history when they simultaneously released their solo albums. The albums were backed by an unprecedented, multimillion dollar marketing and publicity campaign, and a total of more than 5.3 million units were shipped to retailers, creating KISSteria and representing perhaps one of the last examples of record industry excess in the '70s. "Gene, Ace, Peter & Paul: A Detailed Exploration Of The 1978 KISS Solo Albums" is based in large part on a 2013 KISSFAQ.com celebratory retrospective that commemorated the 35th anniversary of the solo albums.

"Gene, Ace, Peter & Paul: A Detailed Exploration of the 1978 KISS Solo Albums" puts the four KISS solo albums under the microscope like never before. More than 30 brand-new interviews were conducted with various individuals who either worked directly on the solo albums or have a strong connection with the projects. These interviews offer readers fresh first-hand perspectives straight from studio musicians, producers, engineers, and songwriters, and the creative professionals working in the KISS camp at the time.

A supporting series of topical features further illuminates KISS'activities in 1978 while dissecting the albums and offering in-depth analysis and biographical information on the albums' participants.

Visit www.kiss78soloalbums.com for more information.

Kiss' Paul Stanley Croons Unadorned R&B Classics at Soul Station Debut

(rollingstone.com) (Video: Could It Be I'm Falling In Love) There were no fireworks or kabuki makeup, no lightning bolts or platform heels, but Paul Stanley of Kiss found some genuine emotional power in a set of classic Sixties and Seventies R&B Friday night at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. It was the first public performance of Paul Stanley's Soul Station, and it was clearly a labor of love for the singer, way outside his usual rock comfort zone of bombast and shouting out loud. The Starchild had come to share his true love of Motown and Philly soul.

The songs were ancient hits by Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, Al Green and the Isley Brothers, and the performances painstakingly re-created the original arrangements, with only occasional nods to Stanley's other gig. "We're paying respect, with reverence, to some of the great songs," Stanley said early in his 75-minute set, dressed in shades and a tuxedo jacket, swaying in cowboy boots of fire-engine red.

"There was a time not that long ago when you would turn on the radio and you'd hear songs written by real songwriters, songs sung by real singers, played by real musicians," he explained to the whistling, cheering crowd at the 500-capacity club on the Sunset Strip. "These songs mean a lot to us. They're beautiful songs. You could sway and touch the person next to you — you could also get punched in the face. I think you're going to like this."

He began with the Temptations' "Get Ready," singing in falsetto, as he would the entire set, reaching for high notes and subtlety that would be a challenge for almost anyone not named Smokey. His vocals could have been louder in the mix here, but Stanley found his own power and confidence as the set rolled on, blending elegantly with a trio of gifted backup singers: Nelson Beato, Ayana Layli and Crystal Starr.

Stanley and his singers went full a cappella to begin Robinson's sweet, tearful "Ooo Baby Baby," singing into retro chrome-plated microphones. "We got great, great singers. I would be nothing without these singers," Stanley said admiringly. Behind them was a six-man band that included Kiss drummer Eric Singer, and they obviously had been rehearsing hard for this moment, reviving the warm bass lines and glancing guitar riffs of the Temptations' "Just My Imagination."

That song's chorus also prompted the first of many spontaneous sing-alongs from the crowd, many dressed in Kiss shirts and hats, but no one shouting for any tunes from Stanley's other band. In a corner booth of the club's VIP section were two fans cheering as loudly as anyone: Kiss fanatic Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine) and Stanley's musical life partner, Gene Simmons.

"He's great because he loves that music and he understands it," Simmons said, grinning from behind his sunglasses. "Great songwriting is great songwriting."

Stanley introduced the Smokey Robinson and the Miracles hit "Tracks of My Tears" by speaking in awe of the distinctive opening melody: "I'm going to be transported as soon as I hear it." He tapped into the Hi Records sound of Memphis soul on Green's "Let's Stay Together," as the crowd clapped to the beat, followed by the Temptations' "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and the slippery funk guitar on the Isley Brothers' "Who's That Lady?"

These were love songs performed at human scale, with emotions that soared, no special effects necessary. Pulling off his tuxedo jacket, Stanley joked with the crowd, "You don't have to be shy. We know each other."

For the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," Stanley picked up a tambourine and handed lead vocals to Crystal Starr, who nailed the tune with searing passion and skill.

Before the Roxy show, Soul Station had played just twice before at benefit events for the school attended by one of Stanley's children. Now he plans to tour the band between his ongoing dates with Kiss. At the end of the night, he summed up the sound and tradition he hoped to share with his fans: "Real musicians, real music, really cool."

Set List:

"Get Ready"
"La-La (Means I Love You)"
"Just My Imagination"
"Ooo Baby Baby"
"Sideshow"
"You Are Everything"
"Tracks of My Tears"
"Let’s Stay Together"
"Betcha by Golly, Wow"
"The Way You Do the Things You Do"
"I Want You Back"
"Who’s That Lady?"

Encore:

"O-o-h Child"
"This Old Heart of Mine"
"Could It Be I’m Falling in Love"

Video: PAUL STANLEY's R&B Band SOUL STATION Performs Live

Videos: Just My Imagination, Jackson 5 Cover.

Paul Stanley's New 10-Piece Band Plays Soul Classics, Not KISS Songs

Paul Stanley's New 10-Piece Band Plays Soul Classics, Not KISS Songs: Read the L.A. Weekly interview here.

Paul Stanley Returns To Talking Jericho

(Listen Here) It's the 40th Anniversary of "KISS Alive!" and Paul Stanley is here to celebrate the milestone event! He remembers whose idea it was to do a live album, why they decided to do it, and what they added in the studio before it was released! Hear stories about the infamous 70's KISS road crew, why KISS died their hair blue-black, and how they really felt about the choreographed "Deuce" moves! Plus, Paul has a special message for Dee Snider!

ACE FREHLEY, STEVEN ADLER, LITA FORD To Appear At 'All Things That Rock Fest'

Imagine 20,000 square feet of CDs, records, videos, music memorabilia and pop culture collectibles from the 1950s to today plus celebrities from the world of music, live entertainment gathered in one place for two days only. It's the second annual All Things That Rock Fest — like comic-con for rock and roll — an event for entire family, featuring over a hundred vendors from around the world buying, selling and trading virtually every rock and roll lifestyle collectible at incredible prices. The All Things That Rock Fest blasts off on Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, Pennsylvania (PA Turnpike to Route 202S to Route 422W).

The All Things That Rock Fest also features celebrity guest appearances by the likes of original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley; former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler; Carl Palmer, drummer for the supergroups EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER and ASIA; Lita Ford, original guitarist for the influential band THE RUNAWAYS as well as acclaimed solo artist; and Frankie Banali from QUIET RIOT. These artists and others will be meeting fans, signing autographs, and posing for photo opportunities.

Lee Wysocki, personal friend of Les Paul, will display and give people an opportunity to play a collection of Les Paul's personal guitars, including Les's 1935 L7, the Jimmy Page prototype and more! Attendees can also tour the Gibson Guitar Bus plus the Rock Girls Bikini Bod Squad will also be there to entertain the guys.

Without question, the All Things That Rock Fest is a true music lifestyle fair, bringing the most comprehensive collection of pop and rock music items ever assembled under one roof — new and used, rare, collectible, and common records, CDs, DVDs, tapes, 45s, 12-inch singles, posters, t-shirts, books and memorabilia in all types of music, including rock, metal, jazz, R&B, alternative, classical, new age, blues, soul, show, soundtracks, folk, comedy, disco, new releases, imports, out of print, and much more.

Artist schedules, newly added guests and advanced tickets are available at www.AllThingsThatRockFestival.com.

KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY Performs With RON KEEL's BADLANDS HOUSE BAND

Video: Detroit Rock City, Love Gun.

REBEL RELEASES “KISS ME” FEATURING SOPHIE SIMMONS VIA CASABLANCA RECORDS

(Listen) REBEL takes on Sixpence Non The Richer’s “Kiss Me” [feat. Sophie Simmons], released today via Casablanca Records. You purchase it HERE!

On the track, REBEL ignites a different spark within Sixpence None The Richer’s 1998 smash of the same name. It’s a special moment for Casablanca Records as well since Sophie’s father, KISS founder and front man Gene Simmons, was the label’s very first signing in 1973. It brings everything full circle for the modern era of the brand.

The singer, actress, model, designer, and writer comments, “I am honored that Casablanca, REBEL, and the whole team over there thought of me for this project. Of course, I jumped at the chance. This song was my childhood. When I was little, I would sing it imagining what my first kiss would be like. It’s rare to hear a song about romance these days. I hope I did Sixpence None the Richer proud!”

Republic Records Senior Vice President of A&R and General Manager of Casablanca Records, Brett Alperowitz adds, “We love Sophie as a singer and an artist, and the fact that she is Gene Simmons’s daughter is an added bonus. It’s really important to us to bridge Casablanca’s storied past with its exciting future. Her presence at the label enables us to solidify that link in the best way possible—through the music.”

Buzzing worldwide, REBEL continues to turn heads. His remix of James Newton Howard’s “The Hanging Tree” [feat.Jennifer Lawrence] drummed up impressive airplay in early 2015.

Simmons and Stanley Weigh In on Kiss Guitarists Past and Present

Nothin’ to Lose: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley Go for Broke As They Weigh In on Kiss Guitarists Past and Present: : Read here.

Bruce Kulick: ‘Have Guitar, Will Rock!’

Bruce Kulick Interview: Read here.

A Conversation With Eric Singer

A Conversation With Eric Singer: Read here.

ON THE SECOND SEASON PREMIERE OF “SCORPION,” MONDAY, SEPT. 21

“Satellite of Love” – The new Director of Homeland Security reunites the team when a nuclear powered Russian satellite is knocked out of orbit and must be diverted before it detonates over Southern California. Also, Paige and Walter must face their feelings for each other after hospital footage reveals Paige kissed him, on the second season premiere of SCORPION, Monday, Sept. 21 (9:00-9:59 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Alana De La Garza guest stars as the new head of Homeland Security and KISS frontman Gene Simmons makes a cameo appearance as himself.

Gene Simmons -- Home Raided for Child Porn ... Gene NOT a Suspect

(tmz.com) Gene Simmons' house was raided Thursday morning by cops looking for evidence of child porn, although we're told neither Gene nor anyone in his family is a suspect.

The LAPD's Internet Crime Against Chidren's Task Force executed a search warrant at 8 AM, and we're told cops seized computers and other evidence.

Law enforcement sources tell us, someone downloaded child porn either on one of their computers or using their internet access. We're told neither Simmons nor anyone in his family are considered suspects or persons of interest. Gene was away on tour when the downloads occurred.

It's unclear who, if anyone is considered a suspect. We're told the family is fully cooperative.

VIDEO: KISS AUSTRALIA 2015

VIDEO: KISS AUSTRALIA 2015.

Flying V “Tribute to the Alive! 75 Tour”

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the KISS Alive! Tour, Paul Stanley will add some Gibson Flying Vs into his arsenal of stage played guitars during both KISS Kruise V Alive shows!

One of these iconic guitars can be yours!

You’ll get:

– A staged-played Gibson Flying V guitar autographed to you, in person, by the Starchild!

– Your Flying V will be played for multiple songs during the show you attend aboard the KISS Kruise! (Paul will play your guitar for a minimum of four songs)

– You’ll also get to attend Paul’s intimate acoustic performance aboard the KISS Kruise V! Paul will perform a relaxed, acoustic set sharing memories about his music and the stories behind the songs spanning his incredible career.

– You and up to three guests will enjoy a private meet-and-greet with Paul Stanley aboard the Kruise. Bring your camera for photos of you and your guitar! After the show, you will pick up your guitar and take it home with you.

– Paul will also sign five collectibles of your choice (NO GUITARS or pick guards.)

CLICK HERE to buy one of these special guitars now!

L.A. Kiss QB -- Team Left Me Homeless ... And Stole My Wife's Meds

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's arena football team is getting blasted by its own QB ... who says the L.A. Kiss kicked him out of his home just because he suffered an injury during a game.

Matt Bassuener went down with a broken hand during a loss in May and says the Kiss showed no mercy. According to a new lawsuit, the team's doctor cleared him to play in July -- but Bassuener insisted on a 2nd opinion from his own doc, who put the kibosh on him suiting up again.

That's when the trouble started. Matt and his wife live in corporate housing ... an apartment subsidized by the team. But in his suit, Matt says the team forcibly entered the apartment in August -- and went through their stuff, changed the locks ... and even stole stuff.

He says the missing items included his wife's passport, immigration papers, and her epilepsy medication ... which she needs to take twice a day.

Bassuener says she missed 3 doses before the team allowed them to pick up the meds and some belongings, but other items are still in the apartment.

Matt's suing to get back in their crib, but he's persona non grata with the team ... which insists he's been cut.

Johnny Depp, Gene Simmons rock together for kids' charity

(Pic, Pic2, Pic3) Johnny Depp didn't say a word as he stepped onto a small stage inside the Lucky Strike bowling alley. He just strapped on a guitar and started playing with the band.

One song later, Gene Simmons joined in.

The superstar pairing capped off a fundraising concert Sunday for MendingKids.org, an organization that provides hundreds of free corrective surgeries each year for children around the world. Besides Depp and Simmons, the event also featured a surprise reunion of rock group Extreme for a performance of their 1991 classic "More Than Words."

After appearances by various musicians, Depp quietly joined the house band to play Alice Cooper's "School's Out." (The 52-year-old actor announced last week that he is forming a band with Cooper and guitarist Joe Perry called Hollywood Vampires that will release a self-titled album next month and donate proceeds to charity.)

His hair slicked back, Depp wore jeans and an oxford shirt topped with a gray vest. He played a white electric guitar.

Simmons was the last to take the stage. A supporter of MendingKids.org for several years, the 65-year-old entertainer invited anyone with $1,000 to donate to the organization to come up and sing with the band. About 10 donors took him up on the offer, including his son and daughter, and they shared the stage with Depp, Simmons and the rest of the band during the closing number, the Kiss hit "Rock and Roll All Nite."

After the show, Depp waved to fans and disappeared out a side door.

Johnny Depp rocks for charity in bowling alley

(Video) Johnny Depp's two performing personalities — movie star and rock star — were on wild display this weekend.

First he was slurring "Captain Jack Sparrow" swaggering around Disneyland in eyeliner and dreads on Saturday. Then he slicked back his hair, donned a buttoned-down shirt and gray vest and strapped on a white electric guitar to join Gene Simmons for a charity gig in a Los Angeles bowling alley Sunday night.

According to the Associated Press, Depp didn't say a word as he stepped onto a small stage inside the Lucky Strike bowling alley, where he and Simmons and other musicians played a fundraising concert Sunday for MendingKids.org, an organization that provides hundreds of free corrective surgeries each year for children around the world.

The event also featured a surprise reunion of rock group Extreme for a performance of their 1991 classic More Than Words.

Depp quietly took the stage to play Alice Cooper's School's Out. Depp, Cooper and guitarist Joe Perry are now part of a superband, the Hollywood Vampires, scheduled to play two charity gigs next month and release a self-titled album, with proceeds earmarked for charity.

A supporter of MendingKids.org for several years, Simmons invited anyone with $1,000 to donate to the organization to come up and sing with the band. About 10 donors took him up on the offer, including his son and daughter, and they shared the stage with Depp, Simmons and the rest of the band during the closing number, the Kiss hit Rock and Roll All Nite.

After the show, Depp waved to fans and disappeared out a side door.

On Saturday it was a dramatically different story: He dressed up as his Captain Jack Sparrow character, from his latest, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, to take part in a promotion presentation at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif.

You know the look: tri-corner hat, lots of makeup and rings, long hair, puffy shirt under a long vest, knee-high suede boots, big wide belt.

"Where are we?" he mumbled. "Disneyland," replied the Disney exec Sean Bailey. "Never heard of it," Depp snapped.

Johnny Depp, Gene Simmons rock together for kids’ charity

(Pic) Johnny Depp didn’t say a word as he stepped onto a small stage inside the Lucky Strike bowling alley. He just strapped on a guitar and started playing with the band.

One song later, Gene Simmons joined in.

The superstar pairing capped off a fundraising concert Sunday in LA for MendingKids.org, an organization that provides hundreds of free corrective surgeries each year for children around the world. Besides Depp and Simmons, the event also featured a surprise reunion of rock group Extreme for a performance of their 1991 classic “More Than Words.”

After appearances by various musicians, Depp quietly joined the house band to play Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” (The 52-year-old actor announced last week that he is forming a band with Cooper and guitarist Joe Perry called Hollywood Vampires that will release a self-titled album next month and donate proceeds to charity.)

His hair slicked back, Depp wore jeans and an oxford shirt topped with a gray vest. He played a white electric guitar.

Simmons was the last to take the stage. A supporter of MendingKids.org for several years, the 65-year-old entertainer invited anyone with $1,000 to donate to the organization to come up and sing with the band. About 10 donors took him up on the offer, including his son and daughter, and they shared the stage with Depp, Simmons and the rest of the band during the closing number, the Kiss hit “Rock and Roll All Nite.”

After the show, Depp waved to fans and disappeared out a side door.

Video: ACE FREHLEY, SEBASTIAN BACH, GILBY CLARKE Take Part In All-Star Jam At CATHOUSE LIVE AT IRVINE MEADOWS

(Videos: Deuce, Shock Me) Ace Frehley (KISS), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Gilby Clarke (GUNS N' ROSES), Evan Seinfeld (BIOHAZARD), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Nuno Bettencourt (EXTREME) and Phil Lewis (L.A. GUNS) are among the musicians who took part in an all-star jam at last night's (Saturday, August 15) Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows festival at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater (recently known as Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) in Irvine, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.

Riki Rachtman created the original rock dance club that dominated the Hollywood scene from 1986 until 1993. Now, along with Live Nation and Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), he brought Cathouse Live to a much larger audience with this decadent music and lifestyle festival.

Said Rachtman: "I recently started a Cathouse Hollywood Facebook page and everyone was asking, 'Why don't you do another Cathouse?' I loved the idea and mentioned it on Twitter. So many bands told me that they wanted to be a part of it that I knew that I had to bring it back on a much larger scale. It was too big for a club, so we decided to do a festival."

The original Hollywood Cathouse was known for its edgy, underground, dirty rock 'n' roll vibe that was rooted in punk. It reeked of raunch and pure decadence. Patrons would freely indulge. The DJ played rock 'n' roll between unannounced performances from bands like GUNS N' ROSES (Cathouse regulars who performed live at the club in 1986 just before their debut record was released), Sebastian Bach, Stephen Pearcy, L.A. GUNS, FASTER PUSSYCAT, JUNKYARD, JETBOY, BANG TANGO, SAIGON KICK, BLACK 'N BLUE, LITTLE CAESAR, and many more. GUNS N' ROSES' video for "It's So Easy" was shot at the Cathouse, and Alice Cooper played the club one Halloween.

When Ice-T was banned from every Los Angeles club, Riki invited the rapper's band BODY COUNT to play Cathouse.

"It wouldn't be uncommon to see GUNS N' ROSES one week and ALICE IN CHAINS the next — so many bands played before they were huge," said Rachtman. "It was also the kind of place where you'd find Robert Downey Jr. rubbing elbows with AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler.

Kiss' Gene Simmons on Giving Back & Why He's 'Thinking of Buying the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame'

(billboard.com) Outspoken Kiss icon Gene Simmons is a journalist’s dream, always good for colorful quotes on a variety of subjects. Like when the subject turns to Kiss’ place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Simmons questions why acts like Madonna and Donna Summer are in there. And he wonders: “When is Led Zeppelin going to be in the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame?”

But Simmons has a softer side as he talks about his many philanthropic endeavors. He’ll be participating in two charity events. The first is Aug. 16 at Lucky Strike in Hollywood, where he and Johnny Depp will bowl and lead an all-star jam that also includes Gilby Clarke, Nuno Bettencourt and more to raise funds for Mending Kids, an organization that raises money to send doctors around the world to perform operations on kids in need. The second event will take place Aug. 18, where Simmons will be interviewed at the Grammy Museum following stand-up sets by the likes of Bill Burr and Jim Jefferies as part of Comedy Rocks. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Sophie’s Place, a charity set up by his daughter Sophie Simmons, which also benefits children.

Simmons spoke to Billboard about the importance of giving back, as well as his plans for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tell us about the event Sunday.

Mending Kids does great work. All the funding comes in from contributions, and MendingKids.org sends doctors, on their dime, around the world to provide free operations to children with physical deformities, facial, spinal, anything, where otherwise they would have a life of pain and suffering and perhaps death. So Johnny Depp and I are gonna bowl August 16 at Lucky Strike in Hollywood, so people should go get their tickets. Space is limited, it’s not one of those huge events, so there’ll be high-end people and a rock band, everybody’s gonna jump up and jam. Johnny will play a few songs, I’ll play a few songs, a few other knuckleheads will jump up, and all the proceeds go to MendingKids.org to provide children with operations that they would normally never have.

Have you ever jammed with Johnny before?

No. We’ve met and chatted some, but never been onstage with him.

Are there covers you’d be particularly excited to do with him?

We have no idea. We’re just gonna do it loosey-goosey -- which is not a bad name for a band, not a good name come to think of it. But you get up there and just let it roll. There’ll be a good bunch of musicians; it’s gonna be a good night. But anything you do too slick doesn’t come off heartfelt. It’s less about the show and the celebrities and more about the good and what we’re all trying to do for kids.

How did you first ever get involved with the organization?

A few years ago, I was introduced to Mending Kids by a friend. It started off as business, and then the more I looked into it, the more I saw these are legitimate doctors who contribute their time and effort and they try to raise funds.

You did a benefit for them at House of Blues with Kiss and Tom Jones as well.

I put the deal together, negotiated with the House of Blues to give us the space for free, I booked Arsenio Hall and Tom Jones and the guys in Kiss contributed their time. I called Penn Jillette, who hosted the evening, and I called Mark Cuban to broadcast the event on AXS. It was a big night, raised a lot of money, and then as we all do, we get busy with the rest of our lives. Then Mending Kids called me about a month back and said, “Look, we’re having this event, can you please promote it?” They said they have Johnny Depp. I said, “That’s all you need, but I’ll be happy to step up and I’ll bowl and you can auction me off and we’ll jam and do all that.”

What do you look for in charities you work with?

The most important thing is that most of the money goes to help make a difference. There are large organizations that cost a lot of money for offices and staff, I tend not to get involved with those because enough of the money goes to buy people cars and pay office rent and stuff like that. They’re well-meaning, but they’re expensive. The lean, mean organizations that don’t have a high overhead means that more of the money gets to help people. Children are my soft spot, actually.

Has that always been the case for you, or became more of an issue for you as you got older and became a parent?

I’m not from America [Simmons was born in Israel], and when I was a kid, we had nothing. We had an outhouse out in the woods that was a hole in the ground and that’s where you went. We didn’t even have toilet paper; we had rags and you’d wash them and reuse them. That’s where I came from. I never saw a toilet or a toothbrush until I was about 9. And I’m not tugging on anybody’s shirt sleeves to get any kind of sympathy. Six months after the country became independent, I was born. And so in the beginning, there was very little infrastructure. And one day a care package showed up and there were cans of peaches and a Bugs Bunny book; not a comic book. I still remember it: Bugs Bunny is going over the hill and he’s being hunted by Elmer Fudd and all that. Of course I couldn’t read English at the time and there was a torn sweater. And when that care package came in, all of a sudden I had the sense that somebody cared, and it started there.

Are there moments you’ve gotten to see the effects of what you do?

We’ve worked with Wounded Warriors for years, and a tour or two ago, a buck out of every ticket was given directly to Wounded Warriors. And the last tour in America we found a vet who had nothing when he came back home. He had three kids and a wife and they were trying to figure out where they were gonna live, so we pooled all the money and brought him up onstage during a show. We talked onstage about how we all think Superman and Spider-Man are cool, but the real superheroes actually volunteer and risk life and limb for an idea, which gives us the freedom we have. I don’t want to get too cornball about it, but there’s nothing like our armed forces. So onstage we surprised our vet with a brand-new house all paid for. To watch the joy and the tears of the family and the vet was something. The entire audience was cheering and happy and crying, it was a thing to behold.

And you have another charity event next week, correct?

Two days later at the Grammy Museum. I was asked by Bill Burr and a few of the other very funny guys to come up there and either be made fun of or joke back and forth and some of the proceeds are going to Sophie’s Place. That’s SophieTSimmons.com for anybody that wants to contribute and save some lives.

Who have been the comedians you really admire and enjoy over the years?

The guys I liked were dangerous and they weren’t politically correct, some of them were racist, some had anger issues and drugs and all that stuff. But because they were dangerous they were really funny. Sam Kinison I thought was just a killer. I knew Andy Kaufman, and he got a bad rap. But at his height, no matter how politically incorrect and how insensitive he was, Andrew Dice Clay -- I’d never seen anything or heard anything like him. In his own way, George Carlin must have pissed off lots of people. There are a lot of guys. But basically I’m not a fan of comedians who talk about why did the chicken cross the road. I don’t want humor my mom would get off on. I like humor that you can’t believe what comes out of the guy’s mouth.

Like many comedians, Kiss has always been very outspoken and it took so long for you guys to get in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Never cared about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Do I care that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame decided to bring Madonna and LL Cool J into it before us? No. I have no idea what those artists have to do with rock and roll. When is Led Zeppelin going to be in the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame? But stranger things have happened, and I’m the last guy in the world to complain about anything. In fact, I was thinking of buying the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

MITM Clips: Paul Stanley Makes Andy’s Day

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Music Is On A Mission With Gene Simmons

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Video: Paul Stanley Announces First-Ever SOUL STATION Concert on KTLA 5 News

Video: Paul Stanley Announces First-Ever SOUL STATION Concert on KTLA 5 News.

Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer PAUL STANLEY Announces First-Ever SOUL STATION Concert at the Roxy, September 11th

Soul Station is a ten piece coalition of some of today’s leading musicians paying tribute to an era of great soul music.

“When I was a boy, before I ever saw the Who or Led Zeppelin, I saw Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. I saw the Temptations. It’s tragic to think that so many people are missing out on experiencing the power of so many great bands, artists and that incredible music,” said Stanley. “That music is part of the foundation of all the music I’ve made and Soul Station is my chance to celebrate it for a night that’s real and live.”

To clarify further he adds, “I don’t play guitar in the band and we don’t do a single KISS song. That's not what this is about,” Stanley continues. “It’s magical to hear those songs played right and we’re making magic.”

“We’re living in a time of being fed canned pre-programmed backing tracks and lip syncing in place of the electricity and passion of real live R&B,” says Stanley. “When I was a boy, before I ever saw the Who or Led Zeppelin, I saw Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. I saw the Temptations and all that music is part of the foundation of the music I’ve made. Soul Station is my chance to celebrate it for a night that’s real, live and faithfully recreates the sound with the respect it deserves. Whether it’s the Stylistics, the Dramatics, the Temptations, Smokey and the Miracles, Blue Magic and on, these songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away.” To clarify further he adds, “I don’t play guitar in the band and we don’t do a single KISS song. That's not what this is about,” Stanley continues. “It’s magical to hear those songs played right and we’re making magic.”

September 11, Soul Station debut at Los Angeles’ legendary Roxy Theatre.

Tickets for the show will go on sale beginning 3pm ET/2pm CT/noon PT today, August 4th, at www.ticketfly.com.

Stanley's legendary band members will include: Rafael "Hoffa" Moreira (guitar, backing vocals), Sean Hurley (bass), Alex Alessandroni (keyboards), Ely Rise (keyboards), Eric Singer (drums, backing vocals), Ramon Yslas (percussion), Nelson Beato (backing vocals), Crystal Starr (backing vocals) and Ayana Layli (backing vocals).

SLASH And ACE FREHLEY Record THIN LIZZY Classic For Upcoming Covers Album

(Pic) Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has recorded a guest appearance on a cover version of a THIN LIZZY classic for original KISS axeman Ace Frehley's forthcoming covers album, due later in the year via SPV/Steamhammer.

A photo of Slash in the studio with Ace's drummer Matt Starr and their engineer can be seen below.

Slash wrote on Twitter: "Had a really fun, live session with @Ace_Frehley last night jamming on a #ThinLizzy tune for his new covers album. Good times!"

KISS Cadillac Homecoming 40th Anniversary Celebration

On October 9-10, 2015, Cadillac will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the KISS Homecoming at Cadillac High School. The legendary rock band KISS visited the small town of Cadillac in 1975 to connect with their football team and perform a concert in the gym, a story that has become iconic in Rock and Roll history.

This year’s homecoming coincides with the 120th Anniversary of Cadillac Viking football, so special festivities are being planned. The weekend will include: The homecoming football game, KISS-themed additions to the homecoming parade, a re-creation of the concert in the gym (featuring the World’s Best KISS Tribute Band – Mr. Speed), the unveiling of a permanent KISS monument, walking tours of KISStorical markers at significant spots around town, promotions by local businesses, and much more.

Joy Vandrie, Director of the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau, expects the weekend will have great appeal to KISS fans. “This event will garner world wide attention and not only attract many visitors to Cadillac for this unique weekend, but also establish Cadillac as a permanent KISS tourism destination.”

The KISS Cadillac Homecoming is a collaborative event with Cadillac Area Festival & Events, Cadillac Area Public Schools, the Cadillac Sports Boosters, and the Cadillac Band Boosters. All NET proceeds from the event will benefit the two booster clubs.

A committee of local citizens and many volunteers are working hard to make this event a success. Committee member Jim Neff, the person responsible for bringing KISS to Cadillac in 1975, adds: “We have the total backing of KISS and their management at McGhee Entertainment. The goal for everyone involved is to do something positive for the City of Cadillac and the students at Cadillac High School.”

A schedule of events, ticket information for the KISS tribute concert featuring Mr. Speed, sponsorship opportunities, and ways for KISS fans to donate to the monument fund will be forthcoming.

Continuing information updates will be on the event website at kisscadillac.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/KISSCadillac, on Twitter at twitter.com/KISSCadillac, in the Cadillac News in print and on cadillacnews.com. Event details and information about visiting Cadillac will be on the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau website at cadillacmichigan.com.

Anton Fig Shows A Different Side With "Figments"

Having spent the last 29 years as the house drummer on Late Night With David Letterman and its successor The Late Show With David Letterman, and even longer as one of New York’s most in-demand session drummers, Anton Fig is one of America’s most widely-heard musicians. The veteran player unveils an entirely new set of musical skills on Figments, his first-ever album under his own name.

In addition to tapping new dimensions of his percussive abilities, Figments showcases Anton Fig’s talents as a songwriter and producer, with 13 adventurous self-penned tunes that reveal his considerable melodic gifts and distinctive rhythmic sensibility. He’s joined by an impressive cast of musicians and vocalists that demonstrates the breadth of Fig’s musical vision as well as the esteem in which he’s held by his peers.

Figments’ stellar cast includes Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, whose heavenly multi-tracked harmonies are featured on the hauntingly bittersweet “Hand on My Shoulder,” which also features a persuasive lead vocal by former Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin; Ivan Neville, who adds his soulful vocals and keyboards on the funky “Inside Out”; the late Richie Havens, whose one-of-a-kind voice drives the heartfelt “More Than Friends”; and KISS guitar hero Ace Frehley, longtime Frehley cohort Richie Scarlet and Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach, who lend their presence to the epic, soaring “Know Where You Go.”

Also on board are such notable figures as keyboard legend Al Kooper, Booker T and the MGs bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn, English guitar icon Chris Spedding, veteran singer-songwriter Chip Taylor, acclaimed R&B vocalist Catherine Russell, noted jazz guitarist Oz Noy, renowned bassists Richard Bona, Tony Garnier and Bakhiti Kumalo, distinguished horn men Chris Botti, Randy Brecker, Ronnie Cuber and Lew Soloff, Fig’s longstanding Letterman bandmates Paul Shaffer, Felicia Collins, Will Lee and Sid McGinniss, and former late-night rival Jimmy Vivino on guitar.

Figments’ material was drawn from a healthy backlog of songs that Fig had written or co-written over the years. “At a certain point, I looked back and realized that I had accumulated all these songs,” he explains. “So I decided that it was time to realize them by matching each song with the right musicians and singers, with my drumming and production as the through-line.”

Originally issued in a limited-edition pressing in 2002, Figments came to life through a homespun birth cycle that was appropriate to the project’s personal nature, with most of the recording done in Fig’s digital home studio.

“About 80 per cent of the record,” he says, “was done in my apartment in Manhattan. People just came over and sang and played. It was beautiful to have Richie Havens singing in the bedroom. The danger of working that way is that it’s easy to fix everything and take the life out of the performances, so I worked hard to keep it sounding spontaneous and organic. I was interested in making it sound good, not making it sound perfect.”

For Anton, one of the project’s highlights was a field trip to California to record Brian Wilson’s vocals. “That was just incredible,” he says of the experience. “Brian asked me to sing the top line or him, and then he asked, ‘Do you want four-part harmony or five-part harmony?’ I didn’t want to be greedy, so I said four. He brought a whole wall of harmony from the top down, and gave the vocals that little twist so that it sounds just like him. He did this all in a very short time; the harmonies were there in his head, and he just laid them down.” An additional audio memento of Fig’s collaboration with Wilson is the additional section of his unaccompanied harmonies that’s included as an unlisted bonus at the end of the album.

In many ways, Figments is a summation of the myriad musical experiences that Anton Fig has amassed during his long and colorful career. Growing up in a musically inclined family in his native South Africa, he began drumming at the age of four. Early in life, he became acutely aware of the injustice of his homeland’s apartheid system of racial segregation.

“As a white person growing up in South Africa, you knew that something was very wrong,” he recalls. “The country felt very isolated, and the government purposefully cut people off because they didn’t want people to see how the rest of the world was living. So there was no television. But people would go overseas and bring back records, and we’d pick up the BBC on shortwave radio, so things would get through and give you a glimpse of what it was like in other places.

“Another thing was that it was illegal in South Africa for blacks and whites to play music together in public,” he adds. “But when I was very young, my parents would have lots of parties and have tons of musicians of color come and play, and they’d wake me up and I’d come down in my pajamas and I’d get to sit in with them.”

His early experiences inspired Anton to look to America as a beacon of musical freedom, and he jumped at the opportunity to attend the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. After graduating with honors, he headed for New York, where he soon became one of the city’s busiest drummers, achieving some early notoriety playing with urban troubadour Garland Jeffreys and guitar pioneer Link Wray. He also recorded two albums and toured widely as a member (and frequent songwriter) of the early-’80s new-wave band Spider, which also launched the career of hit tunesmith Holly Knight, and which was managed by legendary KISS impresario Bill Aucoin.

His work with Spider led to Anton drumming on Ace Frehley’s first solo release and on KISS’ albums Dynasty and Unmasked, as well as serving a subsequent three-year stint as a member of Frehley’s post-KISS combo Frehley’s Comet. Over the next few years, he racked up an impressive session resume, playing on albums by the likes of Joan Armatrading, Rosanne Cash, Joe Cocker, Rodney Crowell, Bob Dylan, Robert Gordon, Mick Jagger, Cyndi Lauper and Ronnie Spector.

In 1986, Anton accepted an offer to join Late Night With David Letterman’s house band, a gig that would last for nearly three decades and approximately 5,400 shows, continuing when Letterman moved from NBC to CBS with The Late Show With David Letterman. In addition to being seen nightly by millions of viewers (and occasionally acting in comic sketches), the show also gave him the opportunity to back a wide array of musical icons, while allowing him time to continue his studio career.

During his Letterman years, Fig recorded and/or performed live with such legends as Tony Bennett, Booker T and the MGs, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Ray Davies, Miles Davis, Marianne Faithfull, Al Green, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Madonna, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Satriani, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder and Warren Zevon. He played in the house band for Bob Dylan’s historic 30th Anniversary concert celebration, and joined with his Letterman cohorts in the house band for multiple Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies, as well as the landmark Concert for New York City benefit. He also published In the Groove, his own instructional drum video/book set.

The diverse strands of Anton Fig’s stellar musical adventures come together memorably on Figments, whose reemergence in 2015 coincides with Letterman’s retirement and the swan song The Late Show, and the drummer’s return to touring for the first time in decades, playing with blues guitar phenom Joe Bonamassa, with whom he’s been recording since 2007.

“It’s gonna be different going out there again,” Anton says of his return to the road, adding, “David Garibaldi, the drummer from Tower of Power, recently told me, ‘Everything you’ve done in your life is just to prepare you for what you’re about to do next.’ So that’s how I’m approaching it. I don’t know what to expect, but I’m looking at it as an exciting adventure.”

BG Thayer: From the US Army... to the KISS Army?

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Promo Video: KISS NEW ZEALAND 2015

Promo Video: KISS NEW ZEALAND 2015.

Video: Interview with KISS in Ecuador

Video: Interview with KISS in Ecuador.

Exclusive @PaulStanleyLive Collectors' Club @TheKISSKruise V Performance

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Video: KISS "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em" from San Manuel ICasino

Video: KISS "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em" from San Manuel ICasino.

Gene Simmons talks Kiss acoustic show, music

(http://www.pe.com/articles/kiss-773654-fans-san.html) When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23

Where: San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland

Admission: $65-$75, plus fees, 21 and older only

Information: 800-359-2464; sanmanuel.com

Setlist of songs at the Kiss San Manuel show in 2014: "Comin' Home," "Calling Dr. Love," "Hard Luck Woman," "Christine Sixteen," "Hide Your Heart," "Goin' Blind," "Cold Gin," "Do You Love Me," "Nothin' to Lose," "Love Her All I Can," "A World Without Heroes," "Plaster Caster," "Take Me," "See You Tonite" (Gene Simmons song), "Rock Bottom," "You Shook Me" (Led Zeppelin cover), Led Zeppelin Medley, "Mississippi Queen" (Mountain cover), "Got to Choose," "Shout It Out Loud" and "Rock and Roll All Nite."

With or without makeup, Kiss is still Kiss.

The same can be said for the group’s ability to rock plugged in or unplugged. Following up a successful acoustic performance at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in 2014, the legendary rock group will be returning to the Highland casino for a repeat performance Thursday, July 23.

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the guys will perform a stripped-down set of some of their classics without all the pop and pizazz of a regular Kiss show. Simmons talked about the group’s show, music and more in a recent telephone interview.

Q: When you did the acoustic and storytelling-style show at San Manuel last year, Paul remarked a few times that you didn’t know if you’d ever do it again. What made you decide to bring it back?

A: We enjoyed it. Like all things that we do, we do it only if we want to. Sometimes it takes a lot of work. Sometimes it’s just seamless. Like when we do the Kiss cruises, it’s a lot of work. You’re talking, making sure every person gets personalized signed stuff, pose for photos with every person and do a few shows. Playing at your place (San Manuel) is seamless. You sort of get up and it feels like somebody’s in your living room, compared to the stadiums we play in. It’s easy and we get a chance to not worry about the pyrotechnics and technical stuff. It feels informal.

Q: In an intimate way?

A: Yeah. It’s not so much showbiz. It’s a chance to peel off the outer layer and let the fans see more of the real people.

Q: Does that help you make a deeper connection with the fans?

A: The result is probably that, but it’s not intentional. There doesn’t seem to be a big master plan; there never has been. Although people give us a lot more credit for. We do what we like and, often, what we like works. Big time.

Q: Are there songs that work best for an acoustic set?

A: We’re rehearsing in a couple of days and will dust off some nuggets that we haven’t played. We’re probably going to play some stuff we’ve never played live. We may do a balled we’ve never played live. That’s a kick for us, too.

Q: Does that keep things fresh and interesting, not just for you, but the fans as well?

A: We take our lead from the fans. We’re very much connected to our bosses and despite the fact that we’re the ones on stage getting the accolades, ultimately we understand that if the fans weren’t there I’d probably be asking the next person in line ‘would you like some fries with that?’”

Q: What is it about the music and what you guys have done that has created this deep connection with fans? People are still painting their faces to this day and now even getting new generations involved.

A: You got it. The coolest thing of all is when a five year old discovers Kiss for the first time. That is something that is more than just band and fan. It’s a beginning of a relationship. Our songs are used in weddings. Our fans tattoo our faces on their bodies. They have Kiss conventions and tribute bands.

Q: Any chance that Kiss will be working on new material soon?

A: Paul may think there’s not going to be another record; I suspect there will be. We never force the issue. There is no one to answer to except our own gut. I recently wrote a song called ‘Your Wish is My Command’ and it feels like Kiss. It came out pretty easy. When there’s enough material, we’ll look at each other and say ‘you wanna?’

Blastr.com: KISS talks about collaborating with Scooby Doo

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New KISS Song 'Don't Touch My Ascot' Debuts In 'Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock And Roll Mystery' Movie

KISS recently recorded a new song for the the animated film "Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock And Roll Mystery", available July 10 on digital HD platforms and July 21 on Blu-ray/DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The track, "Don't Touch My Ascot", was written by Tony Cervone, Greg Collins and Jared Faber, and is performed by KISS, Greg Collins and Jared Faber. Check it out in the YouTube clip below: Listen.

Scooby-Doo! & Kiss: Rock & Roll Mystery by Entertainment Weekly

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Scooby-Doo - Scooby-Doo! & Kiss: Rock & Roll Mystery Interview - Comic-Con 2015

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Videos: Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Sneak Peeks

When a ghoul begins to terrorize an amusement park, the Mystery Inc. gang come head to head with the legendary rock group, KISS, who claim they're also there to solve the mystery. Now the two groups must learn to work together as the clues lead them on a cosmic journey to another dimension.

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Gene Simmons is Secretly a Huge Comic Book Nerd

KISS' Gene Simmons busts out an encyclopedic knowledge of comic history and sheds some light on his own band's unusual...contribution to comic canon: Video.

KISS and 'Scooby Doo!' Cast Talk New Animated Crossover

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'Scorpion' Nabs Kiss Frontman Gene Simmons to Guest Star

(hollywoodreporter.com) Scorpion has nabbed a musical superstar for its season premiere: Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons.

Executive producer Nicholas Wootton? announced the news at Comic-Con, noting Simmons -- who is currently at the Con, too -- will cameo in the second season opener.

And that wasn't the only big news of the hour -- Scorpion will have a super-sized 90-min installment after the Supergirl series? premiere on Monday, October 26. (Supergirl airs 8:30-9:30 p.m. that night, while Scorpion will close out the night from 9:30-11 p.m.)

As the show looks towards its second season, expect Walter (Elyes Gabel) and Paige (Katharine McPhee), as well as Happy (Jadyn Wong) and Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas), to continue to awkwardly dance around their feelings.

"I love the fact that these guys have no idea how to navigate their love lives," Thomas said, noting it was one of his favorite parts of the show. "It's something we can all relate to."

"You're seeing a lot of our real-life relationship with how we mess with each other," Thomas added, noting in the beginning, he was a bit afraid of co-star Robert Patrick, but now he they like to goof around with each other.

Guitarist Tommy Thayer of KISS lists his rock-star worthy home at Lake Sherwood

(Pics) KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and his wife, Amber, have listed their house in the Ventura County community of Lake Sherwood at $2.695 million.

Rock-star cool features include a brick barrel ceiling in the gallery, two sets of 10-foot tall doors in the living room and a bedroom that was designed as an apartment.

The custom-built Mediterranean, constructed a decade ago, was remodeled and upgraded by the couple in 2009. They bought the property in 2008 for $1.815 million.

KISS lead guitarist and songwriter Tommy Thayer has listed his Lake Sherwood home for sale.

A formal entry, a breakfast area, a loft, four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms are within the 4,492 square feet of interior space.

Six patios, one with an outdoor fireplace, extend the living areas out of doors. Expansive views from the third-acre lot take in the lake and the mountains.

Thayer, 54, was first with the glam metal group Black ‘n Blue and in 2002 joined the hard-rock band KISS, known for their stage makeup, big hair and pyrotechnic-laden performances. He co-wrote 10 songs for the band’s 2012 album “Monster.”

Jerry Adams of Land Marketing Inc. is the listing agent.

VIDEO: KISS GRAND FINALE AT DOWNLOAD

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Everlasting KISS: The Branding of the World's Most Commercial Band

(highbrowmagazine.com) More than 40 years after their initial formation in New York City in 1973, the band KISS is still living – and selling – large. Since their misleadingly-named “KISS Farewell Tour” in 2001, the group has toured consistently nearly every year, performing over 450 concerts in stadiums and amphitheatres across North and South America, Europe, and Japan; their merchandise sales alone within the same 15-year span topple $500 million.

The particular KISS brand – and the merchandise that so often accompanies it – has long been a site of either fascination or derision, depending on who you ask. The band’s aggressive marketing schemes and gimmicks – from their pyrotechnic stage show to their extensive line of licensed goods that includes action-figure dolls, comic books printed with traces of blood, branded condoms, a line of ladies’ perfumes, and, perhaps the granddaddy of them all, the KISS Kasket – seem proof enough that the band is nothing more than a “sell-out,” an artless grab for commercial profit that, to some, desecrates the good name of rock’n’roll. But this doesn’t seem to trouble the band members’ consciences at all: “Yeah, we sell out,” bassist Gene Simmons says in their VH1 Behind the Music special; “we sell out [our concerts] every night.”

Working and thriving under such auspicious, blatant commercial aims, unabashedly proud – sometimes even arrogant – of their successes, KISS is typically cast as everything authentic rock music ought to be against; the genre’s critical tastemakers and gatekeepers tend to view them only as laughable, unrefined, and unworthy of serious consideration. For example, KISS was only just inducted into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2014, more than 15 years after their initial eligibility (even Swedish pop group ABBA got in before them) – and, until that very same year, they had not once graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. “Here we are tonight, inducted basically for the things we were left out for,” frontman Paul Stanley said at the Hall of Fame ceremony honoring them, referring to the alleged 100 million records KISS has sold worldwide. “The people buy albums. The people who nominate do not.”

To their fans, who are notoriously loyal, devoted, and even militant – the “KISS Army” began in earnest when fans in Indiana surrounded their local radio station and demanded they play more KISS records – the band is obviously more than just four overgrown men in black leather spandex, platform boots, and full-faced makeup – though that’s clearly a huge part of their appeal. The four original “characters” – Gene Simmons’ “Demon,” Paul Stanley’s “Starchild,” Peter Criss’ “Catman,” and Ace Frehley’s “Spaceman” – are some of the most instantly recognizable faces in the history of popular music. In fact, they even overshadow their own creators: no one knew what the actual faces of the band members looked like until a dramatically staged “unveiling” on MTV in 1983.

This is exactly what made the group so immediately powerful, and what no doubt has contributed greatly to their enormous longevity. Essentially, it’s not Simmons, Stanley, Criss, or Frehley who are the true members of KISS; it’s the characters who make up the band. And unlike their flesh-and-blood counterparts, these characters never age, never get tired; they don’t have drug problems, day jobs, spouses, or joint pain. They exist entirely within one dimensionality, and with one sole purpose: to rock your face off.

KISS is not so much a band as it is a brand – a brilliantly capitalistic take on rock music that has proved to be both a blessing and a curse for its progenitors. The logics of branding and the rock-star character creations allowed KISS easy extension into the world of merchandising in unprecedented ways, building a nest egg of brand recognition and free advertising through the sheer extent of their line of goods. It’s hard to imagine, for example, a series of Bob Dylan action figures – not only because such capitalistic schemes inherently go against deep-seated romantic notions of rock music’s “authenticity” and the artist’s selfless pursuit of truth and beauty, but also because Dylan is a full, three-dimensional person that cannot be so easily contained within molded plastic. But the Catman exists only as the drummer for KISS – and when you buy his toy likeness, you can put him in any pose you want.

While branding, marketing, and merchandising helped the band accrue their massive crop of fans in the 1970s, it also served as a point of tension within the group. Drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley were dismissed from the band or resigned, respectively, by the early 1980s, Frehley later telling Behind the Music that it was “too much merchandising and not enough focus on the music for me… I consider myself an entertainer second and a musician first.”

Remaining members Simmons and Stanley’s attempts to create new characters with new band members, however – including Eric Carr’s Fox and Vinnie Vincent’s Wiz – coincided with a gradual waning of the group’s popularity. Their “non-makeup years,” from 1983 to 1996, earned for the band relatively steady commercial success, but still diminished compared to their initial prominence. In many ways, non-makeup KISS was simply not the same band as KISS; today, few songs from that era are even performed at KISS concerts.

Simmons claims he was motivated in the mid-‘90s to reunite the original four members – with full makeup – because he noticed the growing popularity of KISS tribute bands and KISS conventions, where people dressed and made themselves up in the old ‘70s look. “We just shrugged our shoulders and said, ‘this is probably what the fans want,” he told VH1.

But KISStory, like history, has a habit of repeating itself. When the four original characters got back together, so did their same problems. Criss was again dismissed from the group in 2001 over contract disputes and Frehley left in 2002, again citing artistic frustration. This time around, however, Simmons and Stanley found a new way to keep the ball rolling: in a move they both apparently now regret, Criss and Frehley sold (or licensed – there appear to be some conflicting views) the creative rights of their character makeup to Stanley and Simmons. Now, anyone can be a Cat or a Spaceman – or, indeed, a Demon or Starchild. Stanley and Simmons, both now in their 60s, told Rolling Stone a few years ago that they planned to eventually replace their own characters with new actors, effectively allowing KISS to go on forever.

This makes good business sense, on one hand. There’s clearly money to be made in franchising out KISS; Simmons estimates the brand’s value in terms of multiple billions of dollars. And in many ways, a revolving door of rock band members should not seem so strange; after all, this is how we routinely experience staged plays, musicals, ballets, and even orchestras. Yet there is something about rock music that seems to recoil from the idea that a rock star could be replaceable – indeed, willingly want to replace himself.

When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sought to induct KISS, they only intended to honor the four original members – a symbolic gesture Simmons and Stanley adamantly argued against. Because where the institution of Rock – embodied within the Hall of Fame – likes to think of its artists as unique, original, irreducible representatives of genius, KISS steps in to declare just the opposite. On Planet KISS, it doesn’t matter so much who’s behind the mask of makeup or wearing the platform boots, so long as the audience is having a good time. In fact, even as Stanley and Simmons tour with their fellow current band members, there are hundreds of officially-sanctioned KISS tribute bands performing across the world. Like a food franchise – Starbucks, or McDonald’s, for example – all these KISS bands deliver the same menu of rock’n’roll in a way that is comforting in its instant recognition. Above all, it’s what the people want.

KISS has always put their fans first – and for that, they’ve been accused of lacking integrity, artistic merit, and authenticity. And in fact, these are precisely the ideas about rock music KISS seeks to undermine. Even from their humble beginnings, KISS sought to spread their particular vision for the ultimate rock’n’roll group as far as possible. “What we were doing was undeniable,” Stanley told VH1 about their early days in New York; “we knew that we would take over the world.”

Kiss Drummer Eric Singer to Judge Luxury Watch Awards

(bloomberg.com) Eric Singer, drummer for the rock band Kiss, has been named to the jury of watchmaking's highest awards, the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). He is a well-known collector of eclectic timepieces and will join the rotating group of 26 jurors in Geneva this November as they select the best watches of 2015.

The GPHG is now entering its fourth year and has quickly become the most prestigious award ceremony in watchmaking, covering categories from grande complications to high jewelry on down to watches for less than $5,000. Brands must opt in to participate, and few well-known brands abstain (Rolex being the notable exception). Smaller brands, such as Ressence, use the GPHG as a way to earn some name recognition.

While Singer is a new addition, this year's jury is composed of many returning members, including jury president Aurel Bacs, of the new Phillips watch department. They're joined by such industry notables as René Beyer of Zurich's Beyer watch shop, Lebanese jeweler Claude Sfeir (who was the underbidder on the $24 million sale of the Patek Philippe Supercomplication), super collectors such as John Goldberger, as well as such journalists and writers as Elizabeth Doerr and Nick Foulkes. Singer's spot has previously been occupied by musician John Mayer and designer Philippe Starck, other famous watch lovers.

Breguet took last year's top prize, so per tradition, Breguet Vice President Jean-Charles Zufferey will also be joining the jury and Breguet will be ineligible for the Aiguille d'Or, or Golden Hand, award. This year's shortlist of competing watches will be announced July 15.

A swanky celebration of racing and classic cars

(Pic) Aristocratic car collectors, aging rockers, tech moguls and art dealers descended upon Lord March’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, England, over the weekend.

Spotted during the festivities, which included a black-tie dinner for 1,200 and a Cartier luncheon, were: Apple design guru Jony Ive, artist/designer Marc Newson, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Princess Margaret’s son David Armstrong-Jones, gallerist Adam Lindemann, Prince Michael of Kent, William and Annabel Astor, Anthony Bamford and Stirling Moss.

Gene Simmons played during the weekend of racing and a classic car auction. A 1935 Aston-Martin sold for an eye-popping $4.6 million.

KISS Guitarist TOMMY THAYER Doesn't Rule Out New Studio Album

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Kiss' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley On Kiss Kaskets And Their Best Advice

(forbes.com) There are KISS coffins (or KISS Kaskets, to be precise), KISS bath towels, KISS slot machines, KISS knives, KISS credit cards, and even LA KISS, an arena football team.

KISS may often seem more like a brand than a band, but founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley tell Forbes that all the licensing (around 3,000 items, by the way) would mean nothing if the music wasn’t there.

“There’s no way that a band or an artist can last for 40 years unless that foundation is built on great music,” Stanley says. The group, which has sold more than 100 million albums and continues to sell out stadiums around the world, was presented the Founders Award by ASCAP recently in recognition of its contributions to the world of music.

“People keep pointing to the sizzle and it’s OK with us,” Simmons adds, “but when we started 41 years ago, we didn’t even have a name for the band. We started writing songs. There wasn’t a sit-down session with marketers or radio programmers [on] how do you write a hit single and stuff. We just never played the game.”

What KISS did do is play it smart. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers surrounded themselves with a team who looked out for their business interests while they were taking care of the creative side.

“What we did in the beginning we did right. We happened to fall into this make-up thing. There was no grand design, we just said, ‘hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we did this,’ and the make-up that we put on then and continue to put on on every night with our own two hands, we created,” Simmons says. “The logo, originally thought of by [former band member] Ace [Frehley], but Paul actually sat down with a ruler, and, it’s not perfect, drew the actual logo that we still use today. The smartest thing that our manager did at the beginning was trademark everything right at the outset.”

Simmons’ best advice to acts coming up today is to be “duly diligent” and trademark everything. “Figure it out in the beginning, you can’t come back years later and say, ‘In retrospect…’.”

Stanley seconds that and adds have a great team from the start. “Did we come up with the idea to trademark or copyright the makeup? No. But we’ve had a keen eye to surround ourselves with people who enable us and help us achieve the goals that we want.”

When it comes to signing off on the licensing deals, by the time the item gets to Simmons and Stanley, their team has already vetted it. “What do we say yes to? Things that appeal to us. When you try to second guess the public, you’re going to lose,” Stanley says. “Sooner or later you’re going to bet on knowing what the public wants, you’re going to fail and kick yourself for not doing it your way, so I always figure that if we do something we love, someone else will love it. I think that’s the bottom line, do what you love, embrace things that mean something to you and they’ll mean something to someone else.”

The pair credit their ardent fans, collectively known as the KISS Army, with keeping them honest. “They will not give us an inch,” Simmons says. “They demand the best and that’s what you want. You want someone who loves you so much that they’ll tell you your breath sticks. They take the time to say, ‘I don’t like that song on the set list. That thing you dod on the last show’.”

“I think is’s great to have an audience that’s not full of blind adulation,” Stanley says. “They love us when they love us and they also tell us when they don’t like what we’re doing, but we’ll take the lumps."

They swear they’re having just as much fun now as they always have and who wouldn’t be? MusicRadar’s readers just voted them the best live act in the world. “There have been generations of fans that have grown up with our stuff. Kids are named after our songs, there are KISS conventions, we have the KISS cruise, for God’s sake,” Simmons says. “We just came back from playing a stadium full of people. Try to get that rush.”

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Paul Stanley Hosts Food and Beer Festival to Benefit Maui Food Bank, July 11

Rock & Brews Paia, the family-friendly, rock-inspired restaurant co-founded by KISS front men Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, has joined forces with Maui Brewing, Co., to host a food and beer festival from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on July 11 benefiting Maui Food Bank. The event will be hosted by Paul Stanley of KISS, who is also a co-founder in Rock & Brews and Garrett Marrero, founder of Maui Brewing Co.

The event will feature a sampling of Rock & Brews’ quality American comfort food and 10 of Maui Brewing Co.’s finest beers. Tickets are $25 per person, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Maui Food Bank.

For more information about Rock & Brews Paia’s Rockin’ Food & Beer Festival and to purchase tickets visit www.RockandBrewsPaia.Eventbrite.com or call 808-579-9011. Rock & Brews Paia is located at 120 Hana Hwy.

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KISS SIGNING AT ENTERTAINMENT EARTH BOOTH DURING COMIC-CON

Shout It Out Loud! 'KISS' members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer are scheduled to sign autographs at the Entertainment Earth Booth #2343 during San Diego Comic-Con International on July 9, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

All signings at the booth are free, but require a ticket. Check out the Entertainment Earth booth for details on how to obtain a randomly distributed ticket as well as all the KISS product convention exclusives. Among which is the new KISS Classic Tin Tote Gift Set.

Pre-Order all the KISS exclusives online at EntertainmentEarth.com: http://eearth.us/?l=1cbm4t.

"East Meets West" July 1-3 In Los Angeles, KISS to Play with Momoiro Clover Z at Anime Expo 2015

Legendary superstar rock band KISS will welcome the current # 1 Pop Sensation in Japan, Momoiro Clover Z (MCZ,) a singing group comprised of five young girl singers, to Los Angeles during the week of June 29th, concurrent with the 2015 Anime Expo. As part of MCZ’s Anime Expo activities, the group will perform live during a special concert at the Microsoft (formerly Nokia) Theatre on July 2, with KISS co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley introducing the group. To be held at the LA Convention Center, the Anime Expo is the largest and most popular convention in North America for fans of the anime and manga artforms, and of Japanese pop culture. Over 100,000 people are expected to attend.

Tickets for this special Concert are available now and only to Badge Holders for attendance to the Anime Expo. Tickets can be purchased at www.anime-expo.org/momoiro-clover-z-ticket-sales-opening-up/ under “Latest Updates.”

In addition, KISS will receive the prestigious 2015 “Special Commissioner’s Award” from Japan’s International Short Shorts Asian Film Festival, one of Asia’s largest and most popular international short film festivals. KISS is receiving this award for the music video they produced in 2014, entitled “Samurai Son,” in which they appear together with MCZ. The award will be presented to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on July 2nd at the Nokia Theatre, prior to the start of the MCZ concert that evening.

This “EAST MEETS WEST” cross-promotional campaign is the direct result of KISS’ decades-long affection for Japan and the Japanese culture, along with an unprecedented recent collaboration between KISS and MCZ. In early 2015, MCZ’s release of the Paul Stanley written song "Yume no Ukiyo Ni Saitemina,” (“Samurai Son,”) along with MCZ’s cover of the KISS classic “Rock N’ Roll All Night,” were both included on MCZ’s # 1 EP in Japan. This # 1 EP concurrently marked KISS’ first # 1 record in the band’s 40-year history. The # 1 EP was listed on Japan’s Oricon Chart and Japan’s Amazon Pop Chart. MCZ appears on King Records.

Between February 23 and March 3, 2015, KISS performed to over 1.3 million fans during the band’s five-date tour of Japan (at venues in Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima and Sendai.) On March 3rd, KISS performed at the Tokyo Dome to over 30,000 fans. To mark the end of that show, KISS welcomed MCZ on-stage to perform two encores: MCZ performed their smash hits “Yume no Ukiyo Ni Saitemina” and “Rock N’ Roll All Night.” The Video of this Performance will make its World Premiere during the MCZ Concert on July 2 at Nokia Theatre.

During their performance at the Nokia Theater on July 2, MCZ will also perform songs from the upcoming feature films Dragon Ball Z: Ressurection F, produced by FUNimation, coming to U.S. theaters in August, 2015, and Sailor Moon, which will be released in the U.S. later in 2015.

From its very start in the 1970s, KISS paid tribute to the Japanese influence of Kabuki as evidenced by the famous makeup worn by the four members of the band: Starchild, Demon, Catman and Spaceman. KISS has adopted Japanese iconography into its DNA, and has now become Uykiyo-e, a 400-year old art form whose master woodcarvers total only nine living artists! Ukiyo-e, the world renowned Japanese traditional woodblock printing culture, is struggling to survive in the modern world. Through KISS’ involvement, the “UKIYO-E PROJECT” has created brand new Ukiyo-e artwork prints inspired by the four KISS characters. The hopes of this Project are to resurrect this amazing art form and to help pass these techniques to the next generation. So far, there have been two KISS Ukiyo-e designs released. KISS and MCZ collaborative Ukiyo-e artworks will be revealed at the Anime Expo.

“Ukiyo-e, that’s Nippon, that’s tradition, that’s history, that’s Kabuki, that’s deep, deep culture,” says Gene Simmons. “We respect it.”

KISS and Momoiro Clover Z postage stamps, recently issued through the Japanese Postal service, will also be on display backstage prior to the MCZ Concert on July 2nd.

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KISS on monetizing their brand

(bworldonline.com) The US band recognizes it has escaped the worst impact of the availability of cheap music online thanks to the fact that its glory years were in the 1970s and 1980s, when the Internet was in its infancy.

Now, while exploring other ways to profit from its huge following, the band is also standing up for new, unknown talent struggling to win financial backing from music companies.

“It doesn’t hurt us, it only hurts new bands, and that’s the sad part,” said Gene Simmons, the 65-year-old bass guitarist and co-lead singer, his face streaked with demon-like paint.

“Where’s the next Beatles? Where’s the next Stones? Where’s the next Elvis? Where’s Prince? Where’s anybody?” he asked.

Eric Singer, KISS’ 57-year-old drummer, whose makeup was done in his trademark cat face, said: “The mentality of young kids, they just think it’s OK, it’s common to go ‘Oh, I’ll just go online and get the music.’ They don’t realize you’re supposed to pay for it.”

He added that “rock ’n’ roll’s not dying because of the bands or fans not buying it -- it’s because there’s not a business to support it.”

Singer boasted that KISS had pioneered the exploitation of its brand, blazing a path that many other top artists now follow in a bid to prop up sagging record sales.

“There’s no doubt almost everything you see in a live rock or pop setting performance stagewise and all that, merchandise and everything… at the forefront was KISS.”

“If you’re in Las Vegas, go and play golf at our golf course... If you want to hop into a limo, hop into our limo service: KISS Limos… (and) we’re doing the KISS Kruise,” Simmons said.

The cruise sails from Miami to Jamaica later this year on board the Norwegian Pearl, “the central hub for all KISS maniacs worldwide,” according to the KISS Kruise Web site.

“What’s more rock ’n’ roll than mini-golf?” the Web site for the band’s Las Vegas branded mini-golf course observes blithely.

Singer added that a lunch with “Lord Simmons” was also available, for a price.

‘UTTER IDOLS’

The pair spoke to AFP just before performing at a Paris concert midway through a worldwide tour.

The tour is celebrating the band’s 40 years of performing, but the songs that drew the biggest welcome at the Paris concert were standards from its early years.

People in the venue, the 6,000-place Zenith in northeast Paris, cheered loudly when “I was Made for Lovin’ You” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” wrapped up a show that featured the band’s signature stage pyrotechnics and over-the-top posing.

One of their revenue-spinning activities could be seen backstage before the concert: around 100 people lining up to get individual photos with the band as part of a VIP package costing €1,000 ($1,100) each.

“They are our utter idols. This is a boyhood dream,” said one French fan, an 18-year-old student named Lucas Chaplin.

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Q&A: Paul Stanley, co-founder and singer/songwriter of KISS

(sportswearnet.com) Paul Stanley, co-founder and singer/songwriter of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, KISS, will launch his own lifestyle and fashion brand, Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels. Here, he talks about his attitude towards fashion and style and his aim to also design womenswear at some point. Interview by Melanie Gropler.

You designed the band’s costumes. Why did you decide to start a commercial fashion collection?

I have always been excited by finding new ways to express myself creatively, and my successes point to a general affirmation of those outlets. My individual Look, whether more formal or casual, has always been based on a combination of elements rather than mirroring fashion. Fashion makes creating a style possible using various pieces, looks and eras, but on it’s own, fashion is better served on a printed page as art rather than something that looks organic to the individual who might wear it. My hope is to take some of the work out for the consumer by creating pieces that are compatible.

Do you see yourself as a part of your design?

I have no desire to endorse anything that isn’t conceptually mine. The idea is to develop my point of view in a broad range of areas starting with men’s apparel.

What will be the look and the feel of the collection? What’s the heart of it?

Style over fashion. Fashion is momentary. Style is timeless.

You’ll start with men’s fashion. Can you imagine to design women’s wear as well? Women have always loved and commented on what I wear and I have always had a great eye for helping women find ways to project a comfortable look that is sexy without looking contrived or obvious so my answer is a confident “YES."

Kiss is well known for their extraordinary costumes and performances. How important is fashion for you personally?

Clothes don’t make the man but done properly they perhaps allow you to put forward a first impression that is indicative of who you are or in other cases, how you would like to perceived.

What pieces in your wardrobe do you like best and why?

A pair of black Levi’s 511 Jeans fit great and work with almost anything. I love the timeless tailoring of a two button Brioni Suit. I love the shoulders and drape of their Jackets and whether you wear the suit or just the jacket it exudes confidence. I love a lot of what John Varvatos does. His point of view and touchstones are clothes. I wear a lot of his white wing color shirts. It’s one of my "go to’s" and work with anything. Everyone is now making great men’s shoes. I like to wear something a bit colorful and wild with blue jeans but you can’t go wrong with a great black shoe. I also need a pair of trainers or running shoes but for me they have to have black soles and trim to work with everything.

What’s your favorite designer?

Varvatos, Brioni, Christian Lacroix do some nice pieces. Actually there’s loads of great stuff out there. It’s all a matter of what you mix.

Kiss: A rock'n'roll fairytale

(theherald.com.au) KISS have never done things by halves. From the cartoon make-up and the costumes to the elaborate theatrics of their live shows - we're talking fire breathing, blood spitting and fireworks-shooting guitars - the KISS philosophy has never equated to less is more. The iconic rock band returns to Australia in October, bringing their spectacular The Spider stage production to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and - for the first time - Newcastle.

The spider - which can be motioned up and down like a giant puppet - weighs 43,500kg, with 220 automated lights and 100 multi-coloured LED lights. If that wasn't enough, the show uses 900 pieces of pyrotechnics, 20 flame machines and 300kg of dry ice. It is the ultimate, epic rock show.

"Yeah, well, that's what we're known for," KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer says with a laugh.

"There's no such thing as less is more and we take pride in the fact we probably shoot off more pyro than any other act out there. And it should be noted that KISS was actually pioneering in all that stage effects stuff, like pyro, that everybody uses now. It all started with KISS and so we are the originators."

Thayer had spent the morning rehearsing with KISS - Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Eric Singer - when he spoke to Weekender last month from Los Angeles. The band was preparing for the European/UK leg of the band's world tour, which kicked off in the US last year, taking in Canada, Japan and South America before heading to Europe (they perform in Vienna tonight) and, finally, Australia.

Like everything associated with KISS, the European/UK tour is huge - arena venues and a headline spot on the bill at British heavy rock festival Download that draws 120,000 through the gates over three days.

It is an incredible position for a band to be in 42 years after it played its first show to an audience that, according to Simmons, had less than 10 people in attendance.

Thayer, a life-long fan who joined the band officially in 2003, says KISS are "bigger than a band."

"It's a phenomenon. It's iconic. Those characters, the make-up, the outfits, the show, I think it's something that is legendary in a way," Thayer says.

"When you get to that level in a band people just come in droves, they want to keep coming to see it. KISS is one of those rare bands that is at that point where it's become iconic and it just keeps going.

"Of course we need to do a great job, we need to play really well and put on great shows and we work hard at that, but with that in mind, people keep wanting to come and see KISS and see the show and hear the music and see the spectacle."

It was during the band's 2003 tour of Australia that Thayer played his first concert as an official member of KISS.

The band performed with the 70-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a concert at the Telstra Dome (now Etihad Stadium) which was recorded and released as a live album, Kiss Symphony: Alive IV.

Thayer said moments like that make him pinch himself. "That was a big introduction to me into the band - it's not bad being in arguably one of the biggest, most legendary groups ever," Thayer says.

"KISS is a band that I've had my eyes on ever since they first came out in 1973 when I was younger. I was always a fan and I've always felt KISS is one of the most outrageous, over-the-top, dynamic bands that ever existed.

"So being in the band is a complete honour and sometimes I have to pinch myself to remind myself that I'm actually in it.

"It's every guitar player's dream come true to be in a band like this."

KISS are among the big rock acts of the '70s that inspired Thayer to pick up a guitar as a 13-year-old kid growing up in Portland, Oregon.

He is what you could describe as the ultimate fan and his journey into the world of KISS is the perfect rock'n'roll fairytale.

In his early 20s, Thayer formed hard rock band Black 'n Blue who played around Portland before relocating to California, where they built a following around clubs on LA's Sunset Strip and landed a recording deal with Geffen Records.

The band released its debut album in 1984 and scored a spot opening for KISS on a two-month tour the following year.

Thayer developed a friendship with Stanley and Simmons, the latter of whom produced Black 'n Blue's next two albums.

The band split in 1989, however Thayer remained close with Stanley and Simmons, co-writing songs for the band's album, Hot In The Shade.

At one point, Thayer even played in a KISS cover band but he downplays it as not being a serious job, simply as "a bit of a goof".

By 1994, Thayer had been hired by Stanley and Simmons to work for them, doing everything from making coffee to odd jobs.

"I kind of needed a job so they offered me a part-time job to come work in the KISS organisation and I just did odd jobs and then I ended up working full-time by the mid-90s," Thayer recalls.

"When they started the reunion tour [in 1996] I was the road manager, so I was just more focused on getting into the music business at that point because you don't get many more chances as a musician.

"When you get a record deal and that record deal runs its course, you don't usually get too many more shots at it and so I was looking at more of a business approach or management approach to my career.

"Things just came full circle and after a few more years I became the lead guitar player."

Thayer, 54, says the notion that he orchestrated his move into the band is simply not true.

"It's funny because people have always said 'Oh Tommy, you had a grand design' or 'You planned this out perfectly and you're so smart' and all this sort of thing.

"But it really didn't work out that way."

Thayer first performed with the band in 2002 when he was on stand-by to fill in for original guitarist Ace Frehley who had returned to the band after first splitting in 1982 and rejoined for the reunion tour in 1996.

Frehley would often turn up late to go on stage - or not turn up at all.

His unreliability had become so common that Thayer had his own "Spaceman" outfit - the one worn by Frehley - ready to go backstage in the event that the guitarist would fail to show up.

In 2002, KISS was booked to play a private show in Jamaica.

Frehley refused to play, so Thayer got the call that he was needed.

"Doc McGhee, the band's manager, had called me and said 'The other guy's not gonna show up for this gig, we know that now for sure, so we want you to make sure to be ready to play and come down and don the make-up, put the Spaceman outfit on and do this gig'," Thayer recalls.

"So the first gig was really as a fill-in. We didn't know where everything was going at that point but then, by the time we got to the beginning of 2003, I was officially in the band.

"They said 'We want you to do this' and so it was as simple as that."

That's not to say his introduction into the band as the Spaceman has gone without controversy.

Last year, Frehley spoke out against Thayer in an interview, describing him as "just a guy up there copying me and trying to move like me and trying to sing like me and trying to play like me".

Thayer is aware of Frehley's comments.

"I don't want to get into a back and forth but I'm sure you can kind of assess what you think when you hear all that," Thayer says.

"I think he had every opportunity in the world to continue in KISS and be in KISS as long as he did the right thing, but it worked out better for me and he has to lead his life.

"As far as the jabs and all that, he can say that stuff and I'm not going to say anything bad about him.

"I just wish all the best to everybody in whatever they're doing."

KISS emerged in the '70s to become one of the biggest-selling acts of the decade.

It was as much about the theatrics of the band as it was the music that earned them a fanatical base of followers, who became christened as the KISS Army, with thousands of members all over the globe.

The tongue-wagging Simmons formed the band in New York with frontman Stanley in 1973, drummer Peter Criss finalising the original line-up alongside Frehley on guitar, with each adopting their own cartoon-style character, complete with signature make-up.

The band has released 20 studio albums, with sales topping the 100 million mark, and boasts a back catalogue of classic rock anthems: Rock and Roll All Nite, I Was Made For Loving You, Love Gun, God Gave Rock'n'Roll To You, Shout It Out Loud, Detroit Rock City.

In 2014, KISS finally had their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

If the band has it their way, KISS could go on forever.

Stanley was recently quoted as saying he would like to see KISS become "immortal" and continue on after he is finished.

Thayer says there is every chance it could happen.

"It's possible, I mean, it's already kind of happened with half the band, to be truthful," Thayer says.

"But it's hard to imagine KISS without Paul or Gene. But at the same time, who's to say somebody won't come along that blows everybody away and they could take over and continue on.

"Anything's possible, you never say never and I think part of the KISS philosophy is there are no rules and anything could happen."

A conversation with Grand Funk Railroad's Bruce Kulick

A conversation with Grand Funk Railroad's Bruce Kulick: Video.

Tickets go on sale Friday for Kiss acoustic concert at San Manuel Casino

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Kiss is set to return to the San Manuel Casino for another acoustic concert set for July and tickets go on sale Friday.

The band’s last gig at the casino was in April last year, billed as a no makeup, stripped down kind of show to feature “stories and songs.” This year’s show is simply being touted as a makeup-free “acoustic evening with Kiss.”

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. July 23 at the Highland casino. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Tickets are available for purchase starting at 11 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster.

The current lineup features original members Paul Stanley (guitarist, singer) and Gene Simmons (bassist, vocalist) as well as drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer.

Last year, attendees were given free hats of the Arena Football League team L.A. Kiss, which is sponsored by the casino. The team is co-owned by Stanley and Simmons and the show was used to publicize the team’s inaugural season.

Kiss is known for songs like “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “I Was Made for Lovin’ You.”

For more information, head to www.sanmanuel.com.

KISS conservative styling good-bye in custom Corvette

(detroitnews.com) (Pic) Quiet is not a term you’d likely use to describe the rock group KISS. Loud and in your face, for sure, and that includes not only the group’s music and fire-breathing, pyrotechnic performances, but the bold, face-painted graphic makeup that turns musicians into characters that look like they’ve emerged from some sort of nightmare — or perhaps from the pages of a comic book.

The band’s co-founder and front man is Paul Stanley, who also is an accomplished artist whose original paintings can demand six figures and whose prints sell for $2,000 and more.

Which brings us to today’s subject: A 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray created in a joint effort by Stanley and the Chevrolet design staff. Like KISS and its music, you’re likely to have a love-it or hate-it reaction to the graphic revisions made to the sports car.

But don’t judge too quickly. My initial reaction was to hate it when I saw the car at the most recent Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. But over the course of five days I walked by the car over and over again and it’s bold graphic started to grow on me and now, as I review my photos from the show, I actually think the car looks pretty terrific.

So what did the musician-artist want in his Paul Stanley Concept Corvette? Well, a rather shocking — but what else would you expect — two-tone paint scheme, though not in black and white as are the dominant colors in KISS’ makeup. For his Corvette, Stanley chose an almost shockingly deep and dark P.S. Candy Red exterior color. But that was just the start: He also had the roof, rear hatch panel, spoiler, rearview mirrors and grille covered in Midnight Glaze Silver.

To further set his car apart, it rides on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear Chevrolet Accessories wheels painted in a dark Carbon Flash Metallic color and wrapped with all-out, high-performance summer-season tires.

While the exterior may be sinister in appearance, the interior is the standard 3LT trim setup in Jet Black, well, except for the carbon-fiber gauge cluster surround, the carbon-fiber steering wheel spoke cover, and with unique quilted Parchment leather seating surfaces with dark red accent stitching and Parchment leather accents in the door panels, passenger dash board and center console.

The car also has the optional Z51 performance package — dry-sump oiling, electronic limited-slip differential, larger front brakes, and differential and transmission coolers — as well as a Performance Data Recorder to track lap times on track days.

So, do you love it or hate it?

Or to put it another way, does it make you want to rock ’n’ roll all night and drive every day?

Kiss comes 'Alive' in toy form at Comic-Con

(usatoday.com) (Pic) Perhaps you can't take Gene Simmons home with you, all rocking out and such. Entertainment Earth might have the best thing, however.

At San Diego Comic-Con next month (July 8-12), the online pop-collectible retailer will have available for attendees a box set of Kiss action figures by Bif Bang Pow complete with a stage inspired by the iconic rock band's 1977 live album Alive II. Priced at $160, the Comic-Con exclusive is limited to 1,500 units and is also available for preorder at EntertainmentEarth.com for those who can't make it to the convention.

The toy for each of the band members has nine points of articulation for concert-ready poses that rock and roll all night and party every day, plus they all have character-specific outfits such as Simmons' fabric "Demon" cape. He, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley all come with guitars, and drummer Peter Criss has sticks and a paper-craft drum set.

Packaged in a box with album artwork, the set also includes Kiss temporary tattoos similar to the ones that came with the Alive II record plus a stage with manually rising platform and a mini wireless speaker you can hook up to a device to stream hits like God of Thunder, Detroit Rock City and Shout It Out Loud. And for the true over-the-top experience, the colorful backdrop includes an animated light-up Kiss logo.

Other Entertainment Earth exclusives at Comic-Con include a Saturday Night Live Weekend Update set of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler action figures, Star Trek IV whales with Mr. Spock bobblehead, and an Adventure Time tin tote.

KISS' Tommy Thayer: 11 records that changed my life

KISS' Tommy Thayer: 11 records that changed my life: read.

BRUCE KULICK Releases New KKB Single 'Got To Get Back'

Before Bruce Kulick became a member of the legendary rock band KISS, touring and recording many hits during the 12-year non-makeup era of the band, Kulick started out in New York city, fantasizing about being on stage, recording and having the world hear his passion for music. Little did he realize that every musical experience he encountered, especially in his teenage years, would actually prepare him for accomplishing his dream of being a world-renowned lead guitarist.

Kulick was a huge fan of the British rock invasion of America in the '60s, with bands like THE BEATLES, CREAM, LED ZEPPELIN and THE WHO leading the charge. These bands inspired him to play guitar, and to seek out other players in the Jackson Heights area of Queens, New York, hoping to make some original music that could satisfy his creative appetite. Enter neighbor Mike Katz, who lived on the same street as Kulick. Katz, who was also heavily influenced by the bands of that era, was a consummate bassist, who sang and wrote music in a style that was easily interpreted for Kulick's lead playing. A local drummer named Guy Bois rounded out the trio in proper fashion with his powerful drumming, and his parents' basement was the breeding ground for all the rehearsal and creation of music to follow.

Although the band had no name, Kulick, Katz and Bois created a unique blend of power trio rock, with progressive stylings and melodic hooks. After many rehearsals, the three young players booked a New York studio to properly record their musical concoction. The end result, in September 1974, was music that felt urgent, intense and compelling. Sadly, with no clear direction for the group to follow this recorded music, the band never played together live and the trio all went their separate ways.

The reel-to-reel tape of those sessions sat gathering dust in Kulick's home, until a garage sale discovery of a Teac tape recorder gave new life to the hidden musical treasure. Friends with whom Kulick shared the recording all agreed: "You must release this music for people to hear." The tape was transferred and, after some cleaning up of the tracks, Kulick released "KKB 1974" in 2008. The limited-run CD sold out quickly.

An unexpected new chapter for KKB happened in 2013, when Katz found the original tapes from Sudden Rush Studios. By using the actual tracks recorded, Kulick had the opportunity to remix, remaster and get creative with this music once again. But the discovery sparked something substantially more interesting than simply polishing up "old" music — the desire for Katz and Kulick to create a new song for KKB, 40 years after its genesis.

"Got To Get Back", the result of KKB's rekindled fire, is a total throwback to the '70s. Each band member recorded their parts in a local studio — Bois in Paris, Katz in New York City, and Kulick in Los Angeles — completing their tracks for the brand new tune. The result was sublime. Further adding to KKB's renaissance, a string quartet scored by Jeremy Rubolino, Kulick's longtime collaborator, was added to the ballad "Someday", giving the song a shine that couldn't have been imagined in 1974.

"This music represents a time in my career that I feel helped define the potential of my guitar playing," Kulick says. "It gives me chills to hear it. The interplay with Mike on bass and Guy on drums was expertly executed, filled with passion that defined our age. To think that so long ago I was involved in something this powerful that sat in my closet unheard for nearly 35 years made me furious. My intense desire to share this music that is relevant now, more than ever, is a huge accomplishment. Play it loud and imagine three young men pouring their hearts out making music, never concerned about anything but the music. That was the intention. It was pure, it was real. And now it's available for all to enjoy."

For more information, visit Kulick.net.

KISS opens 2015 European Tour at massive Rockavaria festival Saturday in Munich

KISS opens 2015 European Tour at massive Rockavaria festival Saturday in Munich: Video.

Paul Stanley and Epic Rights to Develop and Launch New Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels Brand

(Pic) Paul Stanley, Co-Founder and singer/songwriter of legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, KISS, has teamed up with the music industry’s leading branding and social media marketing company, Epic Rights, to develop and launch Stanley’s all new lifestyle brand, Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels, at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas in June. The announcement was made today by Epic Rights CEO Dell Furano and Paul Stanley.

From Stanley’s signature designs of musical instruments to his fine art paintings, both of which have generated millions in sales, the brand Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels is synonymous with fashion forward, cutting-edge style and an independent spirit. Epic Rights has been charged with building the Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels brand into a new licensing program, including men’s fashion apparel and accessories, footwear, food, spirits, home decor, cookware and more. Epic Rights anticipates debuting the Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels brand at retail in fall 2016.

“Paul is the definitive Rock Renaissance man with a sense of style in arts, fashion, design and food that is unrivaled in the music industry. His creativity, marketing savvy and personal style truly sets him apart,” said Furano.

“Over the years, Dell and I have worked closely on the strategic developments and partnerships on the KISS brand, as well as more recently with Rock & Brews and my paintings,” said Stanley. “I am excited to watch Dell and Epic Rights’ great team of branding professionals seek out and find opportunities and outlets that will reflect a lifestyle and point of view that I am passionate about and do it imaginatively and creatively in the years to come.”

Stanley, one of rock’s most acknowledged and respected front men as lead singer and guitarist for KISS, is a driving force and unwavering voice for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band. Ensconced in the media as both an unequivocally sophisticated fashion trendsetter and creative visionary, Stanley has designed KISS costumes, album covers and stages in addition to its iconic KISS logo, instantly recognizable around the world for the past 40 years!

As an author, Stanley’s autobiography Face The Music, soared to #2 on the New York Times Best Seller List. His concept for Rock & Brews, an energized dining and entertainment venue continues to expand with new locations being launched around the country. Recently, both Stanley and Gene Simmons were recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award, a prestigious honor given to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius, which will enrich generations to come. Additionally, Stanley was honored at the Open Hearts Foundation Gala for his direct involvement in both raising funds to pay for needed surgeries for children afflicted with various birth defects and giving support to the parents of those children.

About Epic Rights: Epic Rights is a full service global branding, licensing and social media marketing company dedicated to building celebrity and entertainment brands via its broad global network of retailers, licensees and agents. Working with a roster of top clients and brands, Epic Rights’ services includes licensing/branding, music merchandising, social media management, VIP ticketing and fan clubs. Epic Rights also oversees sponsorships and endorsements, digital archiving of all creative/photo/media assets and manages worldwide e-commerce for its clients in addition to providing in-house legal resources for trademark registration and audit management. Epic Rights is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

Podcast: Ace Frehley- I hate the business of music!

Podcast: Ace Frehley- I hate the business of music!

Frontman Paul believes band can move forward without writing more music

(classicrock.teamrock.com) Kiss frontman Paul Stanley says it’s not necessary for the band to record another album.

He believes they had good reasons to make 2009’s Sonic Boom and 2012’s Monster – but that their tally of studio outings might stop at 20.

Stanley tells Classic Rock’s Paul Brannigan: “There has to be a purpose to us doing an album. There was a time when we did albums because the contracts said so. But I only want to work now when it’s justified.

“Sonic Boom was an album that very much needed to be done, and Monster just felt like, ‘Well, we did Sonic Boom – let’s see where we go from here.’”

He adds: “Having accomplished that, I feel we can move forward without new music. There are enough things going on in Kiss that right now it doesn’t feel utterly necessary to make a new album.”

That doesn’t mean the position won’t change. “Anything is possible,” says Stanley. “But at the moment I don’t see it on the horizon. I’m not one to ever say ‘never.’”

Kiss close this year’s Download festival at Donington next month – and the frontman insists they’ll deliver. “If we have the honour, you better believe that we need to bring it, and need to justify being the last band everyone’s going to see. As a band that’s never been known for subtlety, believe me, we’ll be pulling out all the stops.”

Asked whether he’d consider following other bands down the route of creating their own festival, Stanley says: “I really have no desire to do anything of that magnitude. I’d be dealing with too many idiots.”

Momoiro Clover Z Idols to Perform at Anime Expo With KISS Rockers

(animenewsnetwork.com) The Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z will perform at Anime Expo in Los Angeles in July. They will hold a live concert on July 2 at the Nokia Theatre, the same venue that hosts the Grammy Awards. The concert will feature as special guests Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, the founding members of the rock band KISS.

Momoiro Clover Z and KISS collaborated on "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina," the single Momoiro Clover released on January 28.

Momoiro Clover Z previously sang theme songs for Sailor Moon Crystal, Bodacious Space Pirates, Joshiraku, and Pokémon: Black and White. (When the group had six members instead of five, they sang themes for In Solitude Where We Are Least Alone and Dragon Crisis! under their original name Momoiro Clover.) The idols not only sang the theme song for this year's Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film, but also recorded the song in English and voiced characters in the film.

Momoiro Clover Z has held other overseas events, including Japan Media Arts Festival in Dortmund, Germany in 2011, and Japan Expo in France in 2012.

Simmons Remebers B.B. King

Simmons Remebers B.B. King: Video.

Paul Stanley Endorses Humorous 'Music-Recycling Project'

Paul Stanley Endorses Humorous 'Music-Recycling Project': Video.

Ace Frehley to play UB Center for the Arts in September

Ace Frehley, iconic guitarist and founding member of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Kiss, will bring his band to the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Frehley, on tour behind his latest solo album, “Space Invader,” will perform a mix of solo favorites and Kiss classics. (Yes, that includes “New York Groove.” And quite likely, Shock Me” and “Rocket Ride,” too.)

Tickets are $29.50-$42.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through the UBCFA box office and Tickets.com.

VIDEO: KISS SPANISH CONCERTS COMMERCIAL

VIDEO: KISS SPANISH CONCERTS COMMERCIAL.

ACE FREHLEY: Video Footage Of Perth Concert

Rocket Ride, Toys, Gimmie a Feelin', Parasite, Snow Blind, Love Gun, Breakout.

SCOOBY-DOO! AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY COVER ARTWORK

SCOOBY-DOO! AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY COVER ARTWORK: pic.

PAUL STANLEY HONORED BY OPEN HEARTS FOUNDATION

From http://www.openheartsfoundation.org/:

PAUL STANLEY – Mending Kids

For more than 30 years, Paul Stanley has reigned supreme as one of the single-most recognizable front men in the history of rock and roll. Although preferring to live his off stage life out of the media spotlight he continues to be the chief songwriter, driving force and unwavering voice of KISS.

Off the stage, Paul has shared his personal experience with the birth defect known as microtia. Microtia is a deformity of the outer ear and for Paul it resulted in additional loss of hearing on his right side.

Now aligned with Mending Kids, Paul is directly involved in both raising funds to pay for needed surgeries for children afflicted with various birth defects including microtia and giving support to the parents of those children. Mending Kids deploys teams of volunteer surgeons and recovery staff to developing countries to perform free life-saving or life-changing surgeries and teach locals to build sustainable programs. American children receive free surgeries from volunteer doctors in California, and children from outside the country are flown here for more complex procedures. www.mendingkids.com

KISS accepts the ASCAP Founders Award - 2015 ASCAP Pop Awards

KISS accepts the ASCAP Founders Award - 2015 ASCAP Pop Awards: Video.

VIDEO: KISS VERONA, ITALY CONCERT COMMERCIAL

VIDEO: KISS VERONA, ITALY CONCERT COMMERCIAL

Videos: New KISS Pinball Machine Announced

New KISS Pinball Machine Announced: Video1, Video2.

ACE FREHLEY: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Entire Sydney Concert

ACE FREHLEY: Fan-Filmed Footage Of Entire Sydney Concert.

KISS Concert Trailer - Rock in Vienna

KISS Concert Trailer: Rock in Vienna.

Paul Stanley talks Arena Football with Larry King

Paul Stanley talks Arena Football with Larry King: Video.

Video: ACE FREHLEY Performs In Sydney

Love Gun, 2000 Man, Shock Me & Rip It Out.

Dave Grohl Hails KISS at ASCAP Pop Awards: Read His Speech in Full

You could draw a straight line from KISS in its 1970s heyday to the Foo Fighters' ascent 20 years later -- both arena acts delivering rock with a purpose -- so it was fitting that Foos frontman Dave Grohl was chosen to present Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with the ASCAP Founders Award. What those in attendance at Wednesday's ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood might not have expected, however, is the continuing connection between the two camps: their kids' grade school.

Taking a light, reflective and personal approach, Grohl delivered a solid homage that began from his own childhood days as a proud cadet in the KISS army. The sentiment of the speech was clearly appreciated, as Simmons later declared, "Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are carrying the flag that we hope will inspire the next generation of young kids."

Read Grohl's tribute in its entirety below.

Picture this: Springfield, Virginia, 1976. A skinny young boy with shaggy brown hair on a yellow yard sale bicycle brings home a copy of the album Destroyer, his first KISS record. Everybody remembers their first KISS record, and this is how I remember mine.

Up until that point, it had been mainly Beatles and Carly Simon, maybe a little Phoebe Snow, f---in’ 10cc. But the album cover alone was enough to make me break my old piggy bank into a thousand pieces and scrape up enough lawn-mowing money to give it straight to Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.

With nuclear anticipation, I let the needle drop on that legendary intro to "Detroit Rock City," perhaps the greatest introduction to any rock 'n' roll album ever recorded. It filled my speakers and my imagination. Thirty-four minutes later and 27 seconds later, KISS had filled my soul. I was now a member of the infamous KISS army.

Before long, my room had become a f---ing shrine. Posters of these four musical monsters lined my walls action figures filled my shelves and KISS albums overtook my once A.M,-friendly record collection. I was converted…

Every morning, I would wake up in my tiny bedroom and take a good look at my superheroes before walking to school. They got me through those years and ultimately inspired me to follow this unreasonable dream of becoming a professional rock 'n' roll musician.

One hundred million albums. One hundred million f---ing albums. Countless hit singles, record-breaking concert attendance. They even made fuckin’ disco look cool with “I Was Made For Lovin You.” Raise your hand if you can say the same thing.

I remember the KISS radio, which they just showed on screen -- I'm so happy that they actually have remnants of this f---ing masterpiece of technology. I remember the KISS radios advertised on TV -- "Hear all of your favorite KISS songs on your official KISS radio!" I imagined it was futuristic piece of technology and my direct link to my musical gods, so I ordered one... C.O.D., without even asking for permission from my struggling schoolteacher mother.

I'll never forget the day it arrived. The mailman knocked on the door, my mother took one look at this thing and said, I didn't f---ing order that. Then she sent it away.

Forty years later, my love of KISS is still strong. And these days I still spend every morning before school with Paul Stanley… in the parking lot of our kids’ f---in’ elementary school, chatting about Zeppelin and Electric Lady and touring and school fundraisers. So I'd say that my unreasonable dream definitely came true. And I finally got my KISS radio -- it's the cheapest f---ing A.M. radio I have eve seen in my life! With the KISS logo on it. Nice one, Gene.

So without further adieu, it is my great honor to say: you wanted the best, and you got the best. The hottest band in the world -- KISS!

Kiss' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on the Next Generation of Rock Stars: 'They Don't Have a Chance'

(billboard.com) For 40 years, Kiss has built a legacy on being a must-see live spectacle, with elaborate makeup, costumes and pyro that can still pack arenas and stadiums around the globe. And indeed, the band’s founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons had finished a sold-out South American stadium tour just hours prior to returning to Los Angeles.

The occasion? The ASCAP Pop Music Awards, where Simmons and Stanley accepted the ASCAP Founders Award, an annual honor given to a music pioneer. Though Kiss will continue to tour throughout the year, with treks that are about to take them into Germany, the Czech Republic and Australia, “it was always about the songs,” Stanley said in his acceptance speech. “For bands that last 40 years, it’s not about the smoke, it’s not about the makeup, it’s about the songs."

Stanley, 62, and Simmons, 65, are the only founding members who still tour as Kiss, though they did reunite with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss for the band’s 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But in an interview with Billboard, the seemingly ageless rockers didn’t spend much time dwelling on the importance of certain trophies. Instead, they seemed genuinely grateful to be in the position of being a still-vital draw on the road that, Stanley says, can crank out some solid new tunes when the inspiration strikes.

Billboard: Congrats on receiving the ASCAP Founders Award. Given all the attention paid to your live show, what does winning a songwriting-based award mean to you?

Paul Stanley: I believe we come from a philosophy that really covets and looks up the source, whether it was the Brill Building and Goffin and King or Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, or the Gershwin Brothers or Lennon-McCartney, it really comes down to a great song. For us to be feted this way, join the company that have come before, it doesn’t suck.

How did Dave Grohl come to be selected for your introduction tonight?

Stanley: I’m friends with Dave, and really when I said would you come and do this he jumped at it. Look Dave is arguably the last major rock star of the last three decades. He’s filling stadiums worldwide because he understands his roots and that’s what we’re about. Some people have forgotten where we started and who inspired us.

It’s been just over a year since you received another distinct honor, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A year out, what does that recognition mean to you now?

Gene Simmons: I’m not sure. When you’re busy doing your own stuff it’s like running a race. You try not to look over your shoulder to see who else is in the race, you do the best you can. I think there’s a decided difference between the pop songwriters who are magnificent in their own way. I could never do what they do, which is to sit down and write a song and figure out which artist is gonna sing the song. I can’t do that. I think what we’re best at is writing songs for who we are. It’s an individual sort of approach, it’s defined, it’s for the fans. I don’t know that you can be all things to everybody, which is why there are different kinds of music. There are balladeers and guitar slingers and so forth. If your songs connect with the fans and they pump their fists in the air and go, “Yeah!!” that’s when a song really works. That’s the electric church of it. The glory hallelujah of it.

How much time do you still spend these days writing new music? And has that process changed from when you first started out?

Stanley: I think at this point I write when there’s a reason to write. To sit down, there are so many outlets to be creative and certainly the recording industry or what’s left of it is really in shambles. The only reason to record at this point or write songs is to make a statement about the current band, and that we don’t only rely on our old catalog. I think we’re very fortunate to have come out when we did, and to not be relying upon an industry that has basically committed suicide.

Simmons: We’ve been around for 41 years, but you know what Paul just said is actually true. Don’t misunderstand, we’re not complaining. We have very good lives, the arenas and stadiums fill up, we can go anywhere in the world and we have a ball. It is really -- maybe profoundly is the right word -- but it’s really sad for the new artists. Where’s the next Elvis, where’s the next Beatles, where's the Zeppelin? They’re out there but they don’t have a chance. They don’t have a chance because once upon a time we had record companies, and they would support you and have point of purchase material and they would give you advances. In other words, they gave you the air to breathe to find yourself and spend the time to learn how to run.

Stanley: Well they championed you and nurtured you.

Simmons: And that’s what’s missing. So the next big band, the next Zeppelin, what are they gonna do? Give away their music for free? They’re gonna be living in their mom’s basement, unfortunately, and they’re never gonna get the chance that we did which is the saddest part of all for the new bands because there should always be a new generation of bands.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of KISS as a band. Will you be celebrating that milestone?

Stanley: It’s interesting because for us, everyday is a celebration, everyday is a milestone. The idea that 40 years is more significant than 39 was? It doesn’t affect us. We literally got off a plane yesterday morning from Sao Paolo, 70,000 people were at the show. And all the other shows were comparable to that. So the idea of going out and making some sort of extra celebration? Every night we hit the stage is a celebration. It’s a victory dance, it’s a victory lap. Against all the people who said it would never work, against all the people who said it was ridiculous. We won.

KISS Fetted at ASCAP Pop Music Awards

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored KISS, the Doobie Brothers and St. Vincent on Wednesday during the 32nd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

In addition to honoring the three artists, the invitation-only event awarded top songwriters Max Martin and Toby Gad and publishers Sony/ATV and Prescription Songs LLC.

Legendary musician Dave Grohl presented the Founders Award to KISS, putting the band in the company of previous recipients including Elvis Costello, Sir Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell. Patrick Simmons and Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers accepted the Voice of Music Award given to members whose music gives voice to the spirit of a generation. ASCAP also recognized indie pop-rocker St. Vincent with the Vanguard Award, previously awarded to Arcade Fire, Björk and Diplo among others.

For the fifth consecutive year and eighth time in his career, Martin was named songwriter of the year for his work on some of the year’s top hits including “Bang Bang” by Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, “Break Free” by Ariana Grande ft. Zedd, “Dark Horse” and “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Problem” by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea and “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. Smash hit single “All of Me” recorded by John Legend earned Gad the song of the year award.

Sony/ATV was named publisher of the year for having a hand in 25 hit pop songs in 2014. Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier accepted the award with the Sony/ATV creative team. Beka Tischker, Senior VP of publishing for Prescription Songs LLC accepted the independent publisher of the year award on behalf of the organization.

Musical performances during the festivities included Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities performing the band’s song “Safe and Sound,” Maureen “MoZella” McDonald performing her Miley Cyrus hit, “Wrecking Ball,” Richie Sambora and Australian guitarist Orianthi performing the Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes” and singer-actor Constantine Maroulis performing a medley of KISS’s “Detroit Rock City,” “Love Gun,” “Shout it Out Loud” and “Rock and Roll All Nite.”

Iron City Rocks Episode 265: Tommy Thayer of KISS

Iron City Rocks Episode 265: Tommy Thayer of KISS.

SCOOBY-DOO! AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY

SCOOBY-DOO! AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY: Trailer.

Gene Simmons from Kiss: 'I live to make more money'

(bbc.co.uk) Rock star Gene Simmons says that when it comes to making money he is like a great white shark.

And that despite being worth more than $300m (£202m), he will never stop wanting to make more.

The bassist and co-vocalist of stadium-filling, costume-wearing and face-painted US band Kiss, says: "Life is business, and I approach life the way sharks approach life - they must keep moving or else they will drown.

"I'll never stop hunting more money, I'll never have enough."

With Kiss now in South America on the latest stage of a two-year sell-out world tour, Simmons, 65, took time out to speak to the BBC about his long career in the music industry, and his host of other business interests.

Although famous for sticking out his very long tongue, and past womanising - he claims to have slept with 4,800 women - what is much less well known is that Simmons has always been the financial brains of the band. He is its de facto chief executive.

Ever since the four-piece band formed in New York in 1973, it has been Simmons who has kept his eyes on the finances. And it was his incredibly lucrative idea for the band to sell as much merchandise as possible.

For while Kiss have sold 100 million records around the world, the band has actually made more money from selling licensed products.

Over the group's 42 year history, it has authorised more than 5,000 different items of merchandise, everything from rock band staples such as T-shirts and hats, to comic books, pinball machines, credit cards, and even condoms and coffins.

Not forgetting jewellery, ashtrays, lunchboxes, Halloween costumes, baseballs and beach towels. And a golf course and coffee shop.

It is a business empire which under Simmons' stewardship just keeps on growing.

This has led to the band's critics - and there have been many over the years - accusing the group of being too commercially-focused, of cheapening itself at the expense of its music.

The calm and quietly spoken Simmons says he has no respect for such people.

He says (after a liberal amount of swear words have been edited out): "All our lives Kiss has been hounded by people who haven't achieved anything. And we buried them long ago.

"I call selling merchandise 'the Kiss business', and every band sells T-shirts, every band sells merchandise. They just don't do as good a job of it as us."

Lifetime teetotaller

The son of a mother who survived the Holocaust, Simmons was born in the Israeli city of Haifa in 1949. His birth name was Chaim Witz.

Describing his family as "dirt poor", he first showed his entrepreneurial spirit as a seven year old, when he and a friend started to pick wild fruit which they then sold on roadsides.

He says it was his first lesson in the importance of working hard and making money.

The family then emigrated to the US a year later, and growing up in New York, Simmons was inspired to start a band after watching the Beatles on television.

In 1973 Kiss was formed, with Simmons on bass, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley on guitars, and Peter Criss on drums.

With Simmons and Stanley sharing the vocals, each band member painted his face with a different design, and took on a stage name.

Simmons' name was "The Demon", and on a white background he drew black flames around his eyes. Not forgetting putting on platform boots and body armour.

Fuelled by catchy hard rock songs, and the outlandish make-up and outfits giving the band a major promotional push, within a few years Kiss was enjoying soaring sales and sell-out tours.

The music critics were often hostile, with many accusing the group of being all image over substance, but Kiss built up a massive fan base around the world.

Yet despite living a multi-million dollar lifestyle for four decades, Simmons says he has never drunk alcohol, taken drugs, or even smoked a cigarette.

"As a young man at parties, I'd look around and see all the other men completely drunk, behaving like idiots, and unable to talk to the beautiful girls," he says.

"What a complete waste of humanity... booze or drugs have never done anything for me, but I fully uphold people's right to have a completely loser life."

Workaholic

Although original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are no longer in the group, Kiss continues to tour the world with Stanley as the musical leader and Simmons as the businessman.

He describes his stewardship of the current world tour as like "driving a truck".

"I'm driving and I keep an eye on everything," says Simmons. "But open the hood and I don't have a clue what is going on with the engine.

"Thankfully I hire people who can do all that for me. Paul and I always have a great team with us... and every night we put on one hell of a show. We are deadly series when up on stage."

In addition to looking after Kiss, Simmons' other business interests now include everything from a restaurant chain, to an American football team, reality TV shows, a new horror movie production company, book and magazine publishing, public speaking, and language translation services.

He says he is able to find the time for everything because he loves working, and is never hungover.

"Think about how much time most people waste doing nothing - weekends, nothing, holidays, nothing, Christmas, nothing. That all adds up.

"Me I'm always working. When I'm on tour, I'm constantly on my computer working."

When at home, Simmons lives in Los Angeles with his long-term partner Shannon Tweed, an actress and former Playboy playmate, which whom he has two children.

He says: "I'm like [billionaire investor] Warren Buffet - he gets up every day and goes to work even though he doesn't need the money.

"I live to make more money. People who say that money is the root of all evil are morons, a lack of money is the root of all evil."

KISS comes to Argentina: interview - Telefe Noticias

KISS comes to Argentina: interview - Telefe Noticias

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VIDEO: KISS URUGUAY CONCERT AD

Kiss meets Scooby-Doo in new film

(Video) (Pic1, Pic2) They'll be selling Scooby Snacks soon in Detroit Rock City.

The super-sleuthing canine and "the hottest band in the world" are teaming up in the animated film Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery, available July 10 on digital HD platforms and July 21 on Blu-ray/DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Kiss members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer voice their own characters in the movie, which centers on a Halloween concert at the group's amusement park Kiss World. Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang drop by to hear some tunes but wind up partnering with the musicians to take on the Crimson Witch, a spooky lady with a nefarious plan to summon the evil and powerful Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria.

The cartoon Mystery features six classic Kiss numbers plus a new song by the band just for the film, which features guest voice stars Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Darius Rucker, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Jennifer Carpenter and Pauley Perrette.

This isn't the first time Kiss and Scooby have shared screen time: The band also appeared on a 2003 Halloween episode of What's New, Scooby-Doo?

Video: ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE'S KISS ARMY COLOMBIA REPORT

Video: ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE'S KISS ARMY COLOMBIA REPORT.

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TOMMY THAYER SOUNDCHECKS IN QUITO: video.

BRUCE KULICK 'Waves Flag' For KISS's Non-Makeup Years

BRUCE KULICK 'Waves Flag' For KISS's Non-Makeup Years: video.

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VIDEO: RECAP OF GENE SIMMONS BOOK SIGNING AT R&B EL SEGUNDO!

Kiss Singer Gene Simmons' 5 Favorite 'Elevated' Horror Movies

(rollingstone.com) When Gene Simmons and WWE Studios announced they had teamed to make what they called "elevated" horror movies, the word "elevated" raised some eyebrows – and not in a Vincent Price kind of way. So Rolling Stone spoke with Kiss' resident Demon to find out just what he meant. "It's not gonna be slasher films and gore, because the easy way out is the cheap, stupid stuff," he says. "Texas Chainsaw? That's fine. Fine for some people. Not my style."

Although Simmons is a fan of A Nightmare on Elm Street, he thinks making "blood and guts" films is too easy. "Horror just means you get the bejesus scared out of you, and I think there are some good modern examples," he says. "Insidious was a great film."

The first movie to be made by Erebus Pictures, Simmons' new company with WWE Studios, is Temple. It centers around a commando team investigating a futuristic supercomputer that has begun behaving strangely. "It feels like Three Days of the Condor meets H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos," Simmons says. "'Temple' is what they call this kind of supercomputer that can do all kinds of things that we never thought of, except there are things that are happening there that no one can understand. Slowly find out, layer by layer, what the hell is going on."

The production company has two other scripts ready to be produced, though Simmons won't tease them ("You don't want to find out what you're getting for Christmas in July, right?"), and he has two he's specifically picked that are waiting in line. Currently, the singer-bassist has no plans to appear in Temple, but he's leaving the door open for cameos in the future movies.

Here are Simmons' five favorite "elevated" horror films.

1. Psycho (1960): "Psycho is a wonderful, elevated horror film, and it doesn't necessarily have monsters or ghosts," Simmons says. "You ever see Psycho? I'm embarrassed to say that there are people out there who don't have a clue what I'm talking about. Shame on them. It's interesting to note Psycho had murders and all this kind of wacky stuff but you never saw a knife go into a body. You never saw a body actually bleed. I think that made it even more horrific. Sometimes the scariest things are what human beings are capable of."

2. M (1931): "It's German expressionist film directed by Fritz Lang that broached pedophilia. Peter Lorre played a crazed madman who killed and molested children and all kinds of other stuff, and there was a child playing with a ball in one scene when she meets Lorre's character. Even more horrific than anything else after she disappears, the camera shows the ball rolling down a hill until it finally stops moving. Your mind takes over, and does much more horrific things then the screen can. I think being obvious and throwing blood and guts at the screen is stupid."

3. Village of the Damned (1960): "It has all these blue-eyed, blonde little children who aren't really from here. George Sanders plays the father who eventually has to lead the children to try to save society, after a meteor passes, and all of a sudden every female in the town is pregnant. I think that's an amazing opening for a movie, and it's smart."

4. The Exorcist (1973): "The step-by-step horrific setup of the film is just great filmmaking. The movie starts, and you're on a movie set, and this actress is bringing her daughter along with her to Boston, because she has broken up with her husband. So while she's busy working, [actress] Linda Blair is at home, doing whatever, except the home is haunted, and eventually the evil spirit, a demon takes over her, and her mom doesn't believe in it. Sure, you get the punch in the gut and the kick in the nuts when her head spins around and she spits out pea soup and everybody just flips out, but leading up to that is a very well-written script. It's easy to do the action sequences. You sit down, and say, 'OK, we're gonna have a head pop off here, and then I'm gonna have a ghost dive off somebody's ass, and use them like a hand puppet.' OK, I get it. Those are all gonna be good hand-puppet scary moves, but what's the script? You have to care about the characters, and stuff. That's what we mean by elevated."

5. The Omen (1976): "It stars Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as a couple who gives birth to the Bad Guy's son. And how do you know? Well, he's got 666 somewhere on his skull, and you got to move the hairs apart. I mean, it's just very scary stuff, but when you really think about it, not a lot of blood and gore. There's a scene where a guy is walking with the intent of hurting [the son, Damien], and then all of a sudden the truck rolls down a hill and decapitates the guy. You're kind going, 'What the Hell?' And layer after layer of the story peel away until finally, later on, you understand."

New Mitch Albom novel a story of world-famous guitarist

Mitch Albom's next novel will have strings attached.

Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Wednesday that Albom's "The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto" will come out Nov. 10. The title character is a world-famous guitar player whose life takes readers through a mini-history of modern music, from Duke Ellington and Hank Williams to Carole King and KISS.

Harper is calling the book a "'Forrest Gump'-like romp."

Albom is known for such best-sellers as the novel "The First Phone Call from Heaven" and the memoir "Tuesdays With Morrie."

KISS To Receive ASCAP Founders Award

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will present rock heavyweights KISS with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at its 32nd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 29 in Hollywood. The exclusive, invitation-only gala takes place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The ASCAP Founders Award goes to ASCAP's pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients include Sir Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Patti Smith, STEELY DAN, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

KISS is one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, selling over 100 million albums worldwide in their 40-year career. Formed in the early 1970s, KISS has achieved staggering career milestones, boasting decades of record-breaking tours around the globe. Today, the KISS "brand" has infiltrated pop culture with its unforgettable personas Starchild, Demon, Spaceman and Cat. With hits like "Strutter", "Shout it Out Loud", "Detroit Rock City", "Rock And Roll All Nite", "Christine Sixteen", "I Was Made for Lovin' You" and "Beth", KISS has 28 gold albums, the most of any American rock band, and in 2014 they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. As the band continues their 40th Anniversary World Tour with 2015 tours in Japan, South America and Australia — founding band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons also celebrate 40 years as members of ASCAP.

The 32nd ASCAP Pop Music Awards precede the 10th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, the only national conference dedicated to the craft and business of songwriting and composing. The EXPO takes place April 30 - May 2 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Many of the biggest names in music have shared their wisdom and music at the EXPO, including Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham interviewed by Sara Bareilles, Dr. Luke, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, Katy Perry, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, Justin Timberlake in conversation with Bill Withers and Ann and Nancy Wilson (HEART).

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PAUL STANLEY: 'Charity Is Never An Option, It's Always An Obligation'

TOMMY THAYER Discusses Epiphone White Lightning Les Paul Video

TOMMY THAYER Discusses Epiphone White Lightning Les Paul: Video.

Ace Frehley Working on Covers Album Before Taking Touring Break

(billboard.com) Guitarist wants to recast Kiss classics "Parasite" & "Cold Gin," along with Led Zeppelin, Beatles & Who tracks.

In April, Ace Frehley will make the very long flight to Australia to play there and New Zealand for his Invading Down Under tour. He’ll follow up with June dates in Europe, including a June 13 Download Festival appearance. He’s looking forward to both jaunts since he didn’t play New Zealand the last time he was Down Under in 2010. “I’m really excited about going back to England and doing Download. I haven’t done it since 2008 or ’09,” he adds. “Europe’s gonna be a gas.”

Being a veteran traveler, the Space Ace is prepared for the rigors of flying: He passes the time with books, his laptop and sleeping. When he winds down at his hotel, room service is crucial: “Room service is really important. You want it the way you order it,” he says. “A lot of times it doesn’t come out that way. I’m prepared for that. I always order one extra meal if my order isn’t right. At least I have a spare.”

Meanwhile, Frehley is in the early stages of recording his next album, which is a covers project. The set follows up 2014’s Space Invader. The critically lauded album debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, surpassing the No. 26 peak of his 1978 self-titled solo debut. “The album’s going to be about my influences,” says Frehley. “I’m probably going to do a Rolling Stones song, a Who song, possibly a Led Zeppelin song, maybe a Beatles song. Stuff from bands that I grew up on and greatly influenced me. Those are the songs I’d redo, besides vintage Kiss stuff and a Frehley’s Comet track.”

Frehley hasn’t thought to ask former Beatle Paul McCartney to join him in the studio if he does cover the Fab Four — Frehley chuckles at the idea — but he has put the ask out to guitarists Lita Ford, Slash and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam. “I was actually going to ask [former Kiss bandmate] Gene Simmons to play bass on a track and sing with me. I haven’t gotten to that stage yet,” he says.

Frehley says he has done some overdubs and intends to track another six to eight songs, then pick the best 12 to focus on. The album’s track list isn’t solidified, but he says he’s “probably going to redo both ‘Cold Gin’ and ‘Parasite.’ On Kiss records, I’m not singing lead. So I’m going to sing lead on them like I do live so there’s [studio tracks] out there with me.”

He doesn’t have a set idea about how he wants the updated versions of the songs to sound, either. “That’s something I don’t plan. I just go in and do it. Try a couple different ways. It’s obviously going to be a lot heavier than the original, and the production is going to be far superior because technology has advanced so much [to a] higher state since we tracked a long time a go in the ’70s. Those are going to be the major differences. Obviously, Peter Criss isn’t going to be playing drums on it. I’m going to be using my touring drummer, Scot Coogan.”

Since he enjoys working in the studio, in the future, Frehley would like to produce music for other artists besides himself. “I have a wealth of knowledge. I’ve worked with some of the greatest producers and engineers over the years, and it’s knowledge I want to share with a younger band,” he says. “I’ve learned so much from guys like Eddie Kramer and Bob Ezrin and miking techniques, the way to put together a song, layering harmonies. Even working with [former Kiss bandmate] Paul [Stanley] and Gene, I learned a lot about harmonies, because those guys are good at layering harmonies. It’s a lot of knowledge I’d like to pass on to another band.”

Sealed with a KISS - Interview with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons

Sealed with a KISS - Interview with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons: Video.

WWE, Gene Simmons Tag-Team To Launch Horror Label

The sultans of slam and God of Thunder are conspiring to terrify you. WWE Studios and Kiss mogul Gene Simmons have paired up to launch Erebus Pictures, which will finance and produce horror films. The venture has pinned a three-picture co-production deal that will kick off with writer Matt Savelloni’s Temple. Erebus, named for the Greek god of darkness, will shop worldwide rights on all titles and will use WWE’s numerous platforms to market its titles.

“The horror genre continues to fascinate me as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences,” rocker and reality star Simmons said. “I am so thrilled to be working with the masterminds from WWE Studios in launching Erebus Pictures.” Said WWE Studios President Michael Luisi: “Horror films fall into a genre that thrives on genuine passion, and I believe this partnership truly capitalizes on that sentiment and supports our vision.”

Temple follows a team of highly trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down. They begin to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover who or what killed the team previously stationed at the compound. A director will be named soon, the parties said. Erebus’ second features will start production later this year.

Gene Simmons blasts artists who mime

(news.com.au) KISS rocker Gene Simmons wants “dishonest” bands who use backing tapes to include that fact on their concert tickets.

Simmons claimed some of the world’s biggest performers are relying on prerecorded music or vocals in concerts.

“I have a problem when you charge $100 to see a live show and the artist uses backing tracks,” Simmons said. “It’s like the ingredients in food, if the first ingredient on the label is sugar that’s at least honest. It should be on every ticket — you’re paying $100, 30 to 50 per cent of the show is (on) backing tracks and they’ll sing sometimes, sometimes they’ll lip synch. At least be honest. It’s not about backing tracks, it’s about dishonesty.

“There’s nobody with a synthesiser on our stage, there’s no samples on the drums, there’s nothing. There’s very few bands who do that now — AC/DC, Metallica, us. I can’t even say that about U2 or the Stones. There’s very few bands who don’t use (backing) tracks.”

Simmons also has little time for most of today’s pop acts.

“I liked the new song Rihanna did with Kanye West and Paul McCartney (FourFiveSeconds) — she sounded better singing a real song. Umbrella-ella-ella? I don’t get it. Lots of people do, that’s great.

“Lady Gaga I like, she’s the real deal. She’s come to our shows, what she’s done with Tony Bennett show that above the backing tracks and dancers from Las Vegas on poles she can really sing. I’d like to see Gaga come out with a real rock band and do a rock record. She is the real deal, unlike all the others. She can do what Madonna can’t — she can sing.”

But Simmons did have sympathy for Madonna’s recent fall at the Brit Awards.

“That was unfortunate, but she got up, on with the show. It’ll happen. That’s not embarrassing, it’s embarrassing when the backing track dies.”

Meanwhile Australian Kiss fans have snapped up almost all of the $1250 packages to meet the band on their October tour.

Kiss sell 60 of the VIP meet and greet packages at each show, most of which were available through their fan club and sold out within minutes.

A handful of the packages still left for each show but expected to sell out immediately when they go on sale on Thursday.

The $1250 package provides access to an intimate acoustic set, performed without make-up, in front of just 60 fans. It also comes with one platinum ticket to the concert, early entry to the venue, a photograph with the band in full make-up, autograph and VIP merchandise including T-shirt, poster and guitar picks.

Kiss play Perth Arena October 3, Adelaide Entertainment Centre October 6, Rod Laver Arena October 8, Allphones Arena October 10, Newcastle Entertainment Centre October 12 and Brisbane Entertainment Centre October 13.

Tickets on sale at 2pm on Thursday, March 26 from Ticketek.

LA KISS 2015 Media Day At Honda Center

LA KISS 2015 Media Day At Honda Center: Video.

'The Decline Of Western Civilization' Films To Receive Deluxe-Box-Set Release This June

The highly celebrated and long-awaited trilogy known as "The Decline Of Western Civilization" will receive a deluxe box set release on June 30 from Shout! Factory. The four-disc set will be available in both Blu-ray and DVD formats, and will contain Penelope Spheeris' "The Decline Of Western Civilization" (1980), "The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years" (1988) and "The Decline Of Western Civilization Part III" (1998), a 40-page book containing an essay written by rock historian Domenic Priore ("Riot On Sunset Strip: Rock 'N' Roll's Last Stand In Hollywood"), rare stills, and bonus features, including extended interviews, a commentary recorded by Dave Grohl in February 2015, and more. This is the first-ever official Blu-ray or DVD release of the films. The set is available for pre-order on Amazon.com and ShoutFactory.com.

"The Decline Of Western Civilization" box set features a new 2K high-definition scan of each film, supervised by Spheeris. In keeping with the spirit of the rebellious times in which they were shot, the vintage aspects have been respected, and the films retain their original feel.

Spheeris, who also directed "Suburbia", "Black Sheep" and "Wayne's World", regards the "Decline" films as her most personally rewarding work.

"I am so grateful to the fans of these films, and the bands that appeared in them, for their loyalty and patience," she said. "This is my life's work, and I like to think that when I go to my grave, 'The Decline' is what I'll be remembered for."

In 1981 Spheeris was able to book only one midnight screening for the Los Angeles premiere of "The Decline Of Western Civilization". Even though mainstream Hollywood didn't get it, thousands of fans showed up, spilling onto Hollywood Boulevard, and over 300 policemen arrived on scene. "This was a 1,200-seat theater," she remembered, "and they had to add another show at 2:00 a.m. to avoid a riot. Both shows sold out." Police chief Darryl Gates wrote the filmmakers a letter banning further screenings in the city. However, times change, and in 2014 the three "Decline" films were restored by The Academy Film Archive, and screened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Part of the appeal of "The Decline Of Western Civilization" was its appearance in the midst of a backlash against disco, and slick, mainstream music films. The film garnered rave reviews from press, becoming one of the most written about movies of 1980. Perceived as shocking and outrageous, the film captured the essence of the punk scene, and provided a front row seat to the mosh pits, violence, humor and anti-establishment view of the world, as well as unparalleled access to some of the most influential and innovative musicians and groups of all time, including X, CIRCLE JERKS, BLACK FLAG, FEAR and GERMS. Largely unknown to the mainstream world at the time, many of the punk bands first seen here have become legendary.

The second in Penelope Spheeris' music documentary trilogy, "The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years" (1988) takes a fast-paced look at the outrageous heavy metal scene of the late '80s. Set in Los Angeles, the film explores fascinating portraits of struggling musicians, fans and star-struck groupies. Featuring Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, POISON, members of AEROSMITH, KISS, MOTÖRHEAD, and perfomances by MEGADETH, FASTER PUSSYCAT, LIZZY BORDEN, LONDON, ODIN and SEDUCE, this raucous and uproarious chapter also chronicles the lonely naiveté of the striving bands, and the endless flow of alcohol and drugs.

Legendary moments from the film include Ozzy Osbourne's straight talk about the pitfalls of the industry while he struggles to pour orange juice into a glass, an outspoken Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. lounges in a pool and pours bottles of vodka on his head, a comparison of outlandish groupie stories, and LONDON setting a soviet flag on fire, all contrasted by a down-to-earth Lemmy offering some sage insight into the decadent rock lifestyle.

Vogue crowned Spheeris the Margaret Mead of headbangers, adding that the film works best "when these purveyors of white noise are dragged offstage and separated from their codpieces." She was able to get to the heart of the musicians themselves, exposing what drives them with uncensored honesty.

In 1998, the last in the series, "The Decline Of Western Civilization Part III", hit select theaters but was never released in any home video format. A disturbing social commentary on homeless youth who have often left home due to abuse or neglect, the film has themes of alienation and alcoholism.

Spheeris personally financed the film, bringing to the screen the real-life squatter lifestyle and angry rejection of mainstream society two decades after she wrote and directed the cult classic "Suburbia". Sadly, there are plenty of tragic endings in this story, overdoses, a squat fire, and the murder of a kid named Squid, who was thrilled to be included in the film because he thought it might turn his life around.

A fitting last chapter in the "Decline" trilogy, this film includes performances by FINAL CONFLICT, LITMUS GREEN, NAKED AGGRESSION and THE RESISTANCE and won the Freedom Of Expression award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. In 1999 Spheeris went on to direct "We Sold Our Souls For Rock 'N' Roll", which premiered at Sundance.

Capturing the zeitgeist of a movement or a time is an all-but-impossible task. And though the three movies in this collection are very different and reflect different times, one of the things they have in common is how adroitly they do exactly that. Compelling, revealing and ultimately moving, "The Decline Of Western Civilization", taken as a whole, is an arresting look at who we were and who we are.

The experience of interfacing with homeless kids for "Decline III" instilled in Spheeris a desire to become a foster parent, and she now has her California state license.

For years the fans have asked why it has taken so long for the three "Decline" films to be available as a collection. Spheeris says there are two major reasons and for both, she apologizes. "First, I was not able (until now) to get 'Decline III' released, without giving up the rights to the first two movies," she said. "Second, I always like to look forward in life, not back."

Spheeris credits her daughter, Anna Fox, for not only encouraging her to get the movies out there for the fans, but also for doing most of the incredibly complex expanse of work that was required. For this, she is eternally grateful to Anna.

Special features:

* New 2K scan of each film supervised by director Penelope Spheeris
* Commentary by Dave Grohl
* Tawn Mastrey of KNAC interviews Penelope Spheeris
* Never-before-seen original footage, performances and interviews
* Mark Toscano of the Academy Film Archive interviews Penelope Spheeris
* Theatrical trailers
* 40-page booklet featuring rare stills and text by Domenic Priore

Kiss' Peter Criss leads celebs in fight against cancer

They raised money all night so cancer patients can party every day.

Peter Criss, a founding member of Kiss, and other celebs came to town to fight cancer in the Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care's 9th annual Beauty Ball, held Saturday, March 14 at the Robert J. Collins Arena on the campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft.

Criss, a male breast cancer survivor, presented the Peter Criss Man of Courage Award to Connor Phelps, a 21-year-old Arizona college student who is currently battling Leukemia.

"I try to get the awareness to men that we get it," Criss said. "Men don't know. What annoys me is that it's called breast cancer. Bingo, right off the bat, it's breast cancer. Why isn't it called pec cancer?"

Criss was diagnosed in 2007. He's since become an advocate to raise awareness about the disease.

"Every year I meet 20 18-year-old boys (who have breast cancer) and they don't know what to do," said Criss, who lives in Wall. "They're embarrassed. It's a chick's disease. Only girls get it."

"My battle is I just want guys to know they can get it, and if they can detect it immediately (they can be cured,)'' Criss said. Early detection "saved my life and I've now become very involved. These lovely girls (of the Beauty Foundation) invite me every year to give out the Peter Criss Man of Courage Award and it's a legacy. I started Kiss, but this is really cool; this is important."

Criss, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was the award's first recipient in 2013.

"We wanted to spread the word about male breast cancer because 1 percent of the breast cancer cases are men -- that's a lot," said event co-chair Krista-Olsen Dibsie. "That's 100,000 cases each year in this country."

The Tinton Falls-based Beauty Foundation seeks to ease the financial strains associated with battling cancer, and to allow patients and their families to focus on beating the disease. More than $300,000 was raised at the black-tie event, which also featured appearances by Bo Dietl, a Fox News contributor, his fiancee Margo Urban of the Cover Girls singing group, celebrity photographer Mark Weiss and GiGi Criss, Peter Criss' wife.

"A lot more people are coming down with cancer and it's certain it's caused by environmental stuff,'' Dietl said. "I'm no environmental freak, but there are certain things we have to watch because otherwise future generations will not exist."

Visit www.beautyfoundationnj.com for more information.

GENE SIMMONS AT FIRST-EVER ROCK 'n' ROLL FANTASY CAMP IN CANADA

The legendary Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp that has been making dreams come true in the U.S. for the past 18 years is now launching in Canada. The first-ever Canadian camp will take place in Calgary, Alberta from May 14th - 17th, 2015, and features the Rock Legend, singer-songwriter, businessman, arena football co-owner of the LA KISS and media icon – Gene Simmons.

Simmons will be visiting Calgary to excite the Rockers of Canada and bring awareness to this life-changing experience. The Rock Legend has been involved with previous Rock Camps, and is excited to pass on his knowledge and Rock out with Canadian Rockers like you!

"Mentoring adult and young rockers at the fantasy camp has always been an amazingly rewarding experience for me," says Simmons. "I enjoy teaching and handing over lessons I've learned from the business to musicians and upcoming talent".

CLICK HERE for full details on Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp Calgary.

Gene Simmons on latest Talk is Jericho

NOW on TALK IS JERICHO!!! The God of Thunder, himself.... Gene Simmons!!!!!!

Oh yeah! The God of Thunder meets the Pod of Thunder for an in-depth discussion on fire breathing, bass playing, big words like gymnasium, songwriting, The Beatles, rock is dead, drugs & alcohol, KISS break-ups & reunions, 5,000 pieces of merch, dying wishes, and tombstone epitaphs. And then there's a fascinating look inside Gene Simmons' KISS museum aka Los Angeles home!

Check it out NOW on PodcastOne!

PodKISSt #103 Side 1 of Psycho Circus!

PodKISSt #103 Side 1 of Psycho Circus: Listen.

Decibel Geek Podcast: Albums Unleashed Carnival of Souls

Albums Unleashed Carnival of Souls: Listen Part 1, Listenb Part 2.

PodKISSt #102 1998 and the rise of the Psycho Circus!

PodKISSt #102 1998 and the rise of the Psycho Circus: Listen.

PodKISSt #101 Ace put the Ace in SPACE INVADER

PodKISSt #101 Ace put the Ace in SPACE INVADER: Listen.

PodKISSt #100 8 Years of KISS TALK!

PodKISSt #100 8 Years of KISS TALK!: Listen.

PodKISSt #98 and #99 "CRAZY NIGHTS"

PodKISSt #98 and #99 "CRAZY NIGHTS": Listen Part 1, Listen Part 2.

PodKISSt #98 LOVE GUN DELUXE

PodKISSt #98 LOVE GUN DELUXE: Listen.

SUNRISE AUSTRALIA INTERVIEWS PAUL STANLEY & GENE SIMMONS

SUNRISE AUSTRALIA INTERVIEWS PAUL STANLEY & GENE SIMMONS: video.

Arabella Carter gets ear surgery and post-op celebrity visit

(Pic) Arabella Carter, the little girl from Prince Albert, Sask. who was born without external ears, has had reconstructive surgery. The youngster and her family were in Los Angeles for the procedure and were treated to a morale boosting post-op visit by music celebrity Paul Stanley, who supports a charity for children with microtia.

Bilateral microtia is the technical name for the condition of being born without external ears.

Arabella's surgery took place March 6, according to a posting on the Facebook page Ears for Arabella.

"Arabella is out of surgery," the post said, adding the four-year-old was recovering "safely in our arms."

The next day, Kiss band member Paul Stanley was at the child's bedside providing well wishes for Arabella.

Stanley was also born with microtia and waited over 30 years for his ear to be constructed. He is now closely associated with non-profit group Mending Kids, which raises funds to help children around the world access reconstructive surgery.

The musician said the cause is very close to him and in interviews he has spoken about the teasing he endured as a youngster who was different.

Today (Australia): Ace Frehley of KISS

Today (Australia): Ace Frehley of KISS: video.

KISS AUSTRALIAN TOUR - OCTOBER 2015

Australia - are you ready?

Ready for one of THE greatest bands in rock’n’roll history with one of THE most spectacular shows Australia will see this year?

Ready for a stage production called ‘The Spider’, moved by 38 computer controlled winches, featuring 220 automated lights, weighing in at 43,000 kgs, incorporating 900 pieces of pyrotechnics and powered by 400,000 watts of sound?

Add in showmanship that continues to thrill audiences around the world, some of the best damn rock anthems in music history and there’s only ONE band we can be talking about....... KISS!

Get your face paint ready Australia because Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer are on their way Down Under in October as part of their 40th Anniversary world tour. Kicking off at the Perth Arena on Saturday October 3, then to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and for the first time ever Newcastle, it’s the news the rabid KISS army fans have been waiting for!

AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Saturday October 3 PERTH Arena
Tuesday October 6- ADELAIDE Entertainment Centre
Thursday October 8- MELBOURNE Rod Laver Arena
Saturday October 10- SYDNEY AllPhones Arena
Monday October 12- NEWCASTLE Entertainment Centre
Tuesday October 13- BRISBANE Entertainment Centre

KISS fan club members presale - Monday 16th March 2.00pm - Wednesday 18th March 10.00pm.

Tickets on sale - Thursday March 26 at 2.00pm from www.ticketek.com.au & 132 84

KISS are heading to New Zealand too! All the details will be announced next week.

Kiss-signed Japanese calligraphy works on sale, get the paperwork for a second mortgage ready

(rocketnews24.com) As you may have noticed, KISS have recently made their way back to Japan and it’s always a treat when they do. This year we’ve already seen them make a well-received cross-genre music video with Momoiro Clover Z and release a line of skin smoothing facepacks with the Japanese cosmetic brand Isshin.

If those weren’t surprising enough, now KISS has collaborated with shodo calligrapher Ryugen Sobukawa for a limited collection of KISS-themed works each autographed by a member of the band.

Oh, and they cost a small fortune…

In total there are only 80 of these works made, but they are divided into four types based on each member of the band. First the canvas has a stylish writing of “KISS” in English next to a kanji interpretation of a character’s name.

Each of the 20 originally made works for each member was also autographed by them. Gene Simmons even did it in full make-up and costume. You know the feeling of being the only person to a “costume party” who actually wore a costume. Something tells me that’s a constant nightmare for KISS.

Each piece of art is very beautiful and blend the edginess of the rock group with the elegance of classical Japanese calligraphy perfectly. In an interesting twist, although rock is considered a new art compared to shodo, each of the artists are transposed in age. The 35-year-old Sobukawa (pictured above next to Simmons) wasn’t even alive when KISS first appeared on stage in Japan.

Okay! So I’m sure all you KISS fans are champing at the bit to get some of these limited-edition writings. The good news is they’re all ready to be ordered from Sobukawa’s website linked below!

The bad news is they cost 432,000 yen (US$3,570) a piece. Now of course the true KISS fan will need to get all four which if my abacus is correct will run you about 1,728,000 yen ($14,280). Come on, what are you waiting for? It’s not like you’re going to be buried in your KISS coffin with all your money. Might as well enjoy it.

Ryugen Sobukawa & KISS website (Japanese) Includes links to purchase the works.

Decibel Geek Podcast: Jay "Hot Sam" Barth

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KISS Performs Acoustic Version Of LED ZEPPELIN's 'You Shook Me' During Fan Meet-And-Greet In Tokyo

The full setlist for the acoustic concert was as follows:

01. Comin' Home
02. Christine Sixteen
03. Hard Luck Woman
04. If I Fell (THE BEATLES)
05. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (THE BEATLES)
06. Calling Dr Love
07. Sukiyaki (KYU SAKAMOTO)
08. Got to Choose
09. You Shook Me (Muddy Waters / LED ZEPPELIN)
10. Beth

ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Stopped Being A KISS Fan After 'Alive II'

(Video) During the latest "That After Show" segment of "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic, ANTHRAX members Scott Ian (guitar), Charlie Benante (drums) and Frank Bello (bass), along with Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT, spoke about when they stopped being fans of KISS's music.

Said Ian: "I was already way into AC/DC [by the time KISS released 'Dynasty' in 1979] and my taste had kind of changed. I went to see [KISS] at Nassau Coliseum [in Uniondale, New York], I think, on [the 'Dynasty'] tour, with [JUDAS] PRIEST opening, and me and my friend left after PRIEST. I mean, I was 15, and my taste had kind of changed already at that point. Don't get me wrong: from the first album to 'Alive II', that period, to me, still means as much in 2015 as it did, to me, in 1977. Like, that's what an imprint it made on me. That still means everything to me."

Ian last year defended KISS leaders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for their refusal to perform with only the band's original lineup at KISS's April 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn. Scott said: "I'm a [KISS] fan, just like everyone else, so would I wanna see the four original dudes back in makeup one more time? Of course I would, as a fan. But bands don't do things dictated by what the audience wants. A band would last about a year if that's how you worked. You have to do things the way you wanna do them."

He continued: "KISS has been around for 40 years and are bigger now than they were in 1977 because Gene and Paul make smart decisions — that's why. So, as a fan, and if you love them, you have to abide by the decisions that Gene and Paul are making for their brand and their band. So, why people get so upset over these things, I really don't undertand. Like, if they decided they were playing with [current KISS members] Tommy [Thayer, guitar] and Eric [Singer, drums], so fine. That's what they're doing. This is their band. This has been the lineup for a long time now."

KISS on MUSIC STATION (Japan)

KISS on MUSIC STATION (Japan): video.

Jeffrey Hayzlett Interviews Gene Simmons

EP 1: Gene Simmons (Listen) Jeffrey Hayzlett butted heads with Gene Simmons on Celebrity Apprentice and they eventually gained a mutual respect. Now Jeffrey talks to Gene about his life experiences in business and what has driven him to a lifetime of success.

KISS Admits To Using Backing Tracks While Performing New Single 'Samurai Son'

(Video) Legendary rockers KISS, who are currently taking part in a brief tour of Japan, have admitted to using backing tracks while performing their new single, "Samurai Son", one of two songs they recently collaborated on with Japanese pop group MOMOIRO CLOVER Z.

Said KISS in a tweet: "Recorded 'Samurai Son' for Japan. To reproduce production here, we play live with extra tracks. Nothing to hide."

While announcing KISS's 2012 tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was particularly critical about pop artists who use pre-recorded backing tracks in their live shows. He said: "We're sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them. The guys you see on stage are playing their instruments. No fake bullshit. Leave that to the Rihanna, Shmianna and anyone who ends their name with an 'A.'"

KISS's first collaboration with MOMORIO CLOVER Z was released on January 28. The track "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" was composed by KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and Greg Collins, with lyrics written by Yuho Iwasato. MOMOIRO CLOVER Z performs the song, with KISS providing background vocals and instruments. It was released in two versions — "Momoclo Edition" and "KISS Edition" — via iTunes in 120 countries. A music video for the track, featuring both bands, was shot in Las Vegas.

Both the "Momoclo Edition" and "KISS Edition" of "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" feature the title track and one same coupling song, but the "KISS Edition" includes the track titled "Samurai Son", which was made using "Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina" as its base. It is sung by KISS while MOMORIO CLOVER Z members participate on vocals. The "Momoclo Edition" comes with a Blu-ray disc which contains the music video for the title track instead.

"Samurai Son" is also available on KISS's Japanese compilation "Best Of KISS 40", alongside 19 tracks spanning the band's four-decade career and a DVD featuring three exclusive live performances.

MOMORIO CLOVER Z will open for KISS on March 3 at the Tokyo Dome.

@KISSOnline: Recorded Samurai Son for Japan. To reproduce production here we play live with extra tracks. Nothing to hide.

KISS Setlist at Nippon Gaishi Hall, Nagoya, Japan

KISS Setlist at Nippon Gaishi Hall, Nagoya, Japan
Detroit Rock City
Creatures of the Night
Psycho Circus
Parasite
War Machine
Do You Love Me
Deuce
Hell or Hallelujah
I Love It Loud
Lick It Up
Bass Solo (Gene spits blood and flies)
God of Thunder
Hide Your Heart
Love Gun
Black Diamond
Encore:
Shout It Out Loud
I Was Made for Lovin' You
Samurai Son (Live debut)
Rock and Roll All Nite

KISS / Momoiro Clover Z Press Conference

Video: KISS / Momoiro Clover Z Press Conference.

KISS FAN Q&A AT TOWER RECORDS IN TOKYO

VIDEO: KISS FAN Q&A AT TOWER RECORDS IN TOKYO.

VIDEO: "SAMURAI SON" FROM KISS JAPAN REHEARSALS

VIDEO: "SAMURAI SON" FROM KISS JAPAN REHEARSALS.

BRUCE KULICK Records New Music For 'Dreams In The Witch House'

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, W.A.S.P. lead guitarist Douglas Blair, heavy metal cellist Tina Guo and esteemed Swedish actor Stefan Sauk ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") have recorded new music for "Dreams In The Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera" at Stagg Street Studio in Los Angeles. More sessions to continue next month in Stockholm, Sweden, with the addition of MOTÖRHEAD's Mikkey Dee on drums.

On January 20, Sauk recorded the voice of the role of Father Iwanicki in a new song for "Dreams In The Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera", a hard rock concept album, jointly produced by Swedish and American music producers, based on HP Lovecraft's 1933 horror tale of the same name.

A CD with the same title, "A Lovecraftian Rock Opera", also featuring Kulick, was released in October 2013 and was lauded as a "dark, evocative musical journey" by American horror publication Fangoria and "a masterpiece" by XXL-ROCK. Sauk joins the production as the concept album is now being developed into a motion picture in Hollywood.

The new song is composed by Swedish music composer Anders Ringman. Titled "The Refuge of Penitence", it covers a plot point not present in the current rock opera adaptation of the source story. Sauk, portraying a Polish catholic priest, sings a cautionary tale of mankind's temptation with technological advancement, rejection of faith, and their negative consequences leading to an impending doom; thematic subject matter quite familiar to heavy metal. Kulick and Blair provide lead guitar work which mutates from a faith-based acoustic lead-line (Kulick), into something much more sinister and trans-dimensional (Blair on electric). Rounding out the L.A. session was Tina Guo, with over 40 Hollywood film score credits, as well as performances with the FOO FIGHTERS, SLAYER and Carlos Santana. A separate track from the rock opera, titled "Signum Crucis", already featuring Bruce Kulick on lead guitar, will include Mikkey Dee on drums.

For more information on the rock opera, go to WitchhouseRocks.com.

Ex-KISS Member To Guest On 'That Metal Show'

With the recent announcement of Geddy Lee (RUSH) and John Petrucci (DREAM THEATER) on the season premiere of VH1 Classic's centerpiece in original programming "That Metal Show", more guests have been confirmed for what promises to be the most diverse season in the show's history. Recently confirmed guests for this season are Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian of ANTHRAX, John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON), Chris Jericho (FOZZY), Kerry King of SLAYER, Dave Lombardo (ex-SLAYER), Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Michael Schenker, Ace Frehley (KISS) and Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT). This season marks first-time appearances for punk rock legend Marky Ramone, rap icon Darryl McDaniels of RUN-DMC, Gary Holt of SLAYER and EXODUS, Taylor Momsen of THE PRETTY RECKLESS, Max Cavalera of SOULFLY, Mark Farner of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, and Andy Biersack of BLACK VEIL BRIDES. MOTÖRHEAD and David Coverdale from WHITESNAKE are confirmed to appear on the show via the "Metal Modem". More guest confirmations will be announced at a later date.

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week on "That Metal Show", Season 14 will continue the trend, with Petrucci making his first-ever appearance on the debut episode. Other confirmed performers are Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT, John 5, Joel Hoekstra of WHITESNAKE, and Frank Hannon of TESLA. Making their "That Metal Show" musical debuts will be Mike Orlando of ADRENALINE MOB, and "That Metal Show" favorite Zakk Wylde. "That Metal Show" first-timers will be double-neck shred-master Michael Angelo Batio, Rich Ward of FOZZY and STUCK MOJO, Damon Johnson of THIN LIZZY and BLACK STAR RIDERS, and Nita Strauss of ALICE COOPER and THE IRON MAIDENS.

Kicking off what's guaranteed to be the best season of "That Metal Show" yet, Lee has been confirmed for the debut episode. He will be making his second appearance on the acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. The episode will premiere on Saturday, February 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, repeating at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT the same evening.

The new season of "That Metal Show" will consist of 12 all-new episodes and will be shot at Metropolis Studios in New York City on Tuesday nights for broadcast that Saturday. Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at this location. Upcoming guests will be announced in the near future.

If previous seasons are any indication, season 14 will be the biggest season of "That Metal Show" to date. Last season marked some monumental changes for the show as it returned to New York City. Previously the show was taped over several days in a course of a week at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. But Season 13 was shot at Metropolis Studios on Tuesday nights, for broadcast the following Saturday, which will be the same for this new season.

Fans can watch previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app.

KISS welcomes new partners across sportswear, infant clothing and more

Glam rock band KISS is expanding its licensing portfolio further, with a slate of new deals across sportswear, infant clothing, accessories and more.

In a raft of new partnerships secured by Epic Rights, the new line-up will launch across the US this year.

Within adults clothing and accessories, The Factor.e is developing KISS activewear for men and women, while H3 sportgear is fashioning KISS headwear.

Elsewhere, Hypnotic Hats is developing KISS novelty socks, backpacks, tote bags and luggage.

Airwaves will manufacture a line of KISS infant onesies and Stepping Stones will create newborn, infant and toddler KISS footwear and infant KISS gift sets.

Just Funky will produce a line of KISS housewares, including throws, blankets and more, while across music accessories, Perri’s Leather will launch a line of KISS guitar straps, guitar picks and guitar bags.

“KISS has an incredibly passionate core group of fans numbering in the millions and their popularity continues to rise, especially here in the US,” said Lisa Streff, SVP, licensing, Epic Rights.

In addition to the new products, Epic Rights will also be launching a social media campaign to introduce new products and promotions to target the 13 million plus KISS Army Fans this year.

Celebrity Drive: Paul Stanley Loves His 'Vette

(motortrend.com) Quick Stats: Paul Stanley KISS front man, author, painter

Daily Driver: 2015 Corvette Stingray (Stanley's rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10)

Other cars: See below

Favorite road trip: Interstate 95 from New York to New England

Car he learned to drive in: 1963 Ford Galaxie

First car bought: 1961 Rambler American

Kiss front man Paul Stanley is a bit of a Renaissance man as a singer-songwriter, painter, New York Times best-selling author, star of "Phantom of the Opera," and, in a former life, a New York City cab driver.

He can add styling a Corvette for General Motors to the list after working with the automaker on a 2015 Stingray for the SEMA show in a car that would also become his daily driver.

"I've yearned to be driving an American car without apology," he says. "I like driving a car that says 'Corvette' on it. I like driving an American car because we've always had capabilities to turn out great cars, and for reasons that are lost to me, we chose not to. But as the competition became stiffer and as the car industry seemed to be folding, I guess the message was resounding, and lo and behold, here were some great cars."

PAUL STANLEY Says BECK 'Should Have Kicked' KANYE WEST 'Right In The Nuts'

KISS frontman Paul Stanley says that Beck "should've kicked Kanye [West] right in the nuts" following the rapper's unexpected appearance onstage during Sunday night's (February 8) Grammy Awards when Beck's "Morning Phase" was announced as the surprise winner of "Album Of The Year." Although many at first assumed West was jokingly re-enacting his storming of the stage when Taylor Swift won a few years back, the hip-hop star later blasted the Grammys in a rant in which he suggested that Beck should have given his award to Beyonce.

"Beck should've kicked Kanye right in the nuts and said, ‘Get the fuck off MY stage!'" Stanley wrote on his Facebook page.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Beck told Us Weekly, "I was just so excited he was coming up. He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?" As for beating out Beyonce for the award, Beck added, "I thought she was going to win. Come on, she's Beyonce!"

Beck was nominated for "Album Of The Year" twice before, in 1997 for "Odelay" and 2001 for "Midnite Vultures", and lost both times.

West said after the ceremony, "I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more… and Beck needs to respect artistry and he should've given his award to Beyonce."

West didn't back down, saying on Monday morning (February 9), "Beck knows Beyonce should have won… I love Beck. But he ain't have album of the year."

According to The Pulse Of Radio, GARBAGE singer Shirley Manson weighed in on the issue with an open letter to Kanye on Monday, in which she wrote, "It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry. You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like Beck."

Manson continued, "You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt. In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own. Grow up and stop throwing your toys around."

KISS vs Momoiro Clover Z single hits #1 in Japan!

The KISS vs Momoiro Clover Z collaboration single hit #1 on the Oricon Japanese Singles chart and Amazon's Japanese Pop chart! It's the highest charting collaboration single by a Japanese artist and international artist ever!

Paul Stanley composed "YUMENO UKIYONI SAITEMINA" and KISS performed the music on the single. KISS and Momoiro Clover Z both sang lead vocals on two versions of the song. Japanese cultural essences, such as Kabuki, Ukiyo-e art, and samurai armor are themes throughout the song. The "Samurai Son" music video also contains unique Japanese anime.

The "Samurai Son" project was broadcasted on NHK, the sole public broadcaster in Japan. In addition, a huge advertisement was placed at the world's largest Shibuya Scramble intersection. Momoiro Clover Z performed on the popular Japanese program "Music Station," and this project continues to be a hot topic in Japanese media.

The collaboration single by the Japanese popular group Momoiro Clover Z an KISS titled “YUMENO IKIYONI SAITEMINA” was released on January 28th worldwide.

The title song and the other included tracks in the "Samurai Son" package have been digitally distributed throughout 120 countries via iTunes music store. The song has ranked 1st on the world chart in US, Canada, Sweden and other countries and continues to create a worldwide buzz.

Collaboration Song with Momoiro Clover Z Becomes Kiss' First Top 10 Hit in Japan

"Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina, the collaboration single between Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z and internationally famous rock band KISS was released in Japan on January 28. It ranked 2nd in the Oricon weekly single chart selling 58,000 units in its first week. Surprisingly, it is the first top 10 hit for KISS, who has been considered as one of the most popular foreign rock bands in Japan. The previous most successful single for the band in the Japanese chart was "I Was Made For Lovin' You," which ranked 83rd in December 1979, 35 years and two months ago.

It is also the first top 3 single in 17 and half years for a collaboration song between Japanese and foreign artists. The last top 3 song was "Forever," performed by Japanese actor Takashi Sorimachi and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora in July 1997.

Frankie DiVita interviews Bruce Kulick at NAMM 2015

Frankie DiVita interviews Bruce Kulick at NAMM 2015: Video.

Tommy Thayer at 2015 NAMM

Tommy Thayer at 2015 NAMM: Video.

"SAMURAI SON" OFF SHOT TRAILER/KISS vs MOMOIRO CLOVER Z

"SAMURAI SON" OFF SHOT TRAILER/KISS vs MOMOIRO CLOVER Z: Video.

VIDEO MESSAGE FOR KISS ARMY JAPAN

VIDEO MESSAGE FOR KISS ARMY JAPAN: Video.

First Look At PAUL STANLEY's IBANEZ Guitars

First Look At PAUL STANLEY's IBANEZ Guitars: Video.

TOMMY THAYER Joins STEEL PANTHER On Stage

TOMMY THAYER Joins STEEL PANTHER On Stage At NAMMJAM 2015: Video.

Promo clip for "Best of KISS 40 CD [Japan Commemorative Edition]

Promo clip for "Best of KISS 40 CD [Japan Commemorative Edition]: video.

EPIPHONE RELEASING NEW LIMITED EDITION TOMMY THAYER SIGNATURE GUITAR

Epiphone presents the Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer 2015 Signature Les Paul Outfit, Epiphone's second Les Paul collaboration with one of the most exciting guitarists on the planet, Tommy "Spaceman" Thayer of KISS.

The Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer 2015 Signature Les Paul Outfit features a solid Mahogany body and a plain Maple Veneer Top finished in beautiful Metallic White with a chrome colored pickguard, all chosen by Tommy. The body also has 7-ply (pure white and black) binding on the top and single-ply pure white binding on the fingerboard.

The 2015 Signature Model comes with Seymour Duncan® JB™ humbuckers especially chosen by Tommy along with a custom hard case, an "Inspired by" Custom Studded Leather Strap just like Tommy's original, a Hand Signed Certificate of Authenticity, a binder with certificate and official photograph, and Epiphone's customary accessories including a user’s manual, Epiphone poster, Epiphone bumper sticker, and more.

"My new 2015 signature model is the pinnacle of looks, style and flash," says Tommy. "I'm proud to put my name on a serious guitar that can be enjoyed at home or rock the biggest stages in the world."

Why LA KISS are kings of the AFL

(espn.go.com) ORDERING EYEBLACK BY the barrel isn't part of the game plan for most professional football clubs, but all that changed the day a team agreed to call Los Angeles home. In August 2013, KISS frontman Gene Simmons and bandmate Paul Stanley brought the game back to the City of Angels when they cofounded the Arena Football League's LA KISS. Not since the inception of the forward pass has the game undergone such an extreme makeover. Well, the fan experience part anyway. Despite a 3-15 record in their inaugural season, they have become the AFL's marquee franchise. Here's Simmons on the secret sauce behind the success:

Why KISS entered the world of football ...

Well, opportunity knocks probably only once and you don't get another chance. You don't have to be a genius to look around in perhaps the second-largest market in America, Los Angeles, and see it doesn't have a professional football team of any kind. Arena football is cool. For one thing, you don't have to mortgage your home to buy tickets -- $99 for season tickets, what's wrong with that? It's air-conditioned, no matter rain or shine or anything else. It's comfortable. You don't have to travel a mile for the food. If you want to pee, it's right outside the door. It's all good. It's also much faster, much more in your face. It's actually more aggressive. What we do is to make sure you don't have a chance to dip your chips every time the ball goes down on the floor and people are huddling.

The goal of every LA KISS game ...

To make it the Super Bowl every game. That's exactly the idea because you have to be honest with yourself. Although there are a lot of football fans, there aren't 100 million football fans, come on. Just like when you go to the Kentucky Derby, everybody that goes there doesn't necessarily know anything about horse racing. They go there for the spectacle. It's a must-see event. And if you take away the spectacle that is the Super Bowl, the music and the fireworks, if you take away all that, what do you got? How could you have cheerleaders without music? And when the guys run out to the field, isn't that music that heralds their arrival? Don't teams -- if they are lucky -- have their own anthem? Words to those anthems mean something: This is who we are, this is what we stand for. So that's what we try to do, and we've been very successful because in one season, our very first one, we were the only team in the AFL to pull at least 10,000 people to every home game. That's unheard of. What other AFL team had a reality show on the air? You've got to try to break new ground and not do what grandpa used to do. Welcome to the 21st century. Any fireworks that you see at a KISS show should be at our LA KISS events -- it shouldn't be just a football game; it should be an event!

What to expect at an LA KISS game ...

We have full live rock bands -- nobody playing tapes. When the band sings it's real, it's live. We have extreme sports people doing full 360-degree flips on motorbikes. We have our Junior KISS Girls who are 10 to 12 years old -- cute as a button -- and they all do their dance routines to music. We have laser light shows. Our dancers are A-level athletes. Some of them are hanging in iron cages 50 feet above the ground above the goalposts. The opening day we had our guys levitating down from the ceiling, 80 feet up in the air. Basically, if you mixed up KISS and football you'd get LA KISS, which is profoundly and accurately why it's called LA KISS.

On Jon Bon Jovi's and Motley Crue's involvement with the AFL's Philadelphia Soul and Las Vegas Outlaws, respectively ...

Never heard of them. I know that one of the guys was involved in Arena football. I don't know if the other guy respectfully is going to be involved, but I keep hearing the same things you do. But look, when you're running a race you can never look over your shoulder to see who is behind you. You just run your race, look forward and be the best that you can be and good luck to anybody who wants to get into the game. But we've never lost in ventures. We're serious about it. One of the first things that I tried to do was bring concerts and music and glamour and glitz to KISS ventures. I mean what's Caesar coming back after a successful war without trumpets heralding his arrival? What is anything without music? What's church without music? What is sports without music? Think about it: When these guys train, you think there is nothing going into their ears? I mean music is really the soundtrack of your life. Anything from Mantovani all the way to Chopin. But if you're doing anything having to do with adrenaline, you're probably listening to KISS.

Simmons on the state of the NFL ...

Football has gotten bigger, and if football doesn't watch what it's doing, something else is going to come along, something more exciting. Maybe it's Arena football, maybe it's extreme fighting, whatever it is. Look, people have the attention span of gnats. Yes, there are team rivalries based on "my city is cooler than your city." I get it, it's always been about that, but you don't have to do that just in football. It can be in anything. Listen, the NFL invited me to sing the national anthem in a few stadiums, including the game at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 people, and I was proud to do it, so the NFL does a great job. But hockey is exciting, so is basketball, so is lots of stuff. Everything can coexist, but if the only thing you're doing is what you're doing, you've got to give more and music is a good "more." I don't mean just something for your ears, I mean the visual experience of music. And this is nothing new.

Simmons on the state of MLB ...

There is still a grandmother playing an organ of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." I mean, really. You got to be careful, baseball used to be America's pastime, but really it's not anymore. A few years ago a consortium, including myself, tried to buy the Dodgers. And it is stuck in the muck and the mire. It's stuck in the past: the outfits, the games. The first thing I wanted to do was to bring in baseball cheerleaders and have a theme song, like all this branding stuff. You should have heard the uproar, "Well that's not how we do things!" Really? Says who? Who is the rule maker? Baseball is an exciting game, but while the pitcher is lining up and looking around to think about which ball to throw, everybody is just dipping their chips and talking to each other. I would speed it up. I would install a time limit. You've got to throw that ball whether you're ready or not in 10 seconds or less. If not, it's an automatic ball.

What to expect next season from LA KISS ...

We are certainly going to scale back on special occasions. The ceiling levitation thing cost a fortune -- 250 grand just to do the opening spectacle because there were so many fireworks. We can have people rappelling 100 feet up from the rooftop. We play at the Honda Center and some of the other arenas we play at have very high roofs, so anything is possible. Why can't you do that with music, and people coming down in parachutes or jet packs? Give them a show!

On the response he's received from the football community ...

Not a clue. I never looked around, I never asked anybody how they feel about it. It's beside the point. I'm sure there are lots of people that wish us well, and some people who don't. I mean what's Christmas without Scrooge? But you can't let the Scrooges of the world stop you from having a good old time and enjoying Christmas. As far as I'm concerned, every day is Christmas -- of course we call it KISSmas -- and I'm the guy that brings the presents. I'm coming down your chimney whether you want me to or not.

On attempting to sign Tim Tebow to the team ...

I was very vocal about it [circa September 2013]. We didn't even talk about it as a team. I was just talking about it, not as a press angle or anything, but as a matter of ethics. If any one of our guys gets caught in a bar fight or impregnates a girl without being responsible, they are out. I don't care how well you play. And remember when people, and the media, started making fun of him because he's a religious Christian? So he gets down on one knee and crosses himself. What's the problem with that? He's a good family guy, doesn't use drugs as far as we know, doesn't kill or torture dogs and is not facing a murder charge. As far as I'm concerned, football could use more Tim Tebows. Clean it up! There are kids watching.

Ace Frehley Is "Invading Down Under" In 2015

Ace Frehley, the former lead guitarist of American rockers KISS, has announced his 2015 Invading Down Under Tour, which will see the solo artist return to Australia for the first time since his 2010 It’s Ace Down Under Tour.

During the Invading Down Under Tour, Frehley will play two-hour sets composed of solo material and Kiss classics, across April and May. His latest solo studio effort, Space Invader, was released in August 2014.

Frehley’s current touring band includes Richie Scarlet, who contributed rhythm guitar and vocals on Frehley’s 1989 solo album Trouble Walkin’, as well as bassist Chris Wyse, who has performed with Ozzy Osbourne and The Cult in the past, and drummer Scot Coogan, who has shared the stage with Lita Ford and Nikki Sixx.

“I can’t wait to get down to New Zealand and Australia with this new lineup,” Frehley has said. “I’ll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD Space Invader for the enjoyment of the fans. Let There Be Rock!”

Ace Frehley’s Invading Down Under Tour will kick off in Brisbane on Wednesday, 29th April, and finish up in Perth on Thursday, 7th May. Tour dates below the news section.

MOMOIRO CLOVER Z vs KISS "YUMENO UKIYONI SAITEMINA" Music Video

MOMOIRO CLOVER Z vs KISS "YUMENO UKIYONI SAITEMINA": Music Video.

Special Program for Momoiro Clover Z x KISS Collaboration Project to be Streamed Tomorrow

It is confirmed that a special program for the collaboration project between Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z and internationally famous American rock band KISS will be streamed on the idol group's official Ustream and YouTube channels at 21:00 on January 19 (JST), 04:00 on January 19 (PST).

The program will feature the two groups' conversations in question and answer style, and the PV for their collaboration song "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina" will be introduced to the world for the first time. The CD single, which also includes a cover version of KISS' 3rd single in 1975, "Rock and Roll All Nite," performed by Momoiro Clover Z, will be released on January 28.

Epiphone Announces Tommy Thayer Appearance at NAMM

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer will attend this year's Namm show in Anaheim. California. Tommy will make a special appearance for Epiphone (booth 300B Level 3) at 1:00PM on Saturday - January 24.

Legendary THE RUNAWAYS Producer KIM FOWLEY Dies At 75

Legendary Hollywood impresario/producer Kim Fowley died earlier today (Thursday, January 15) after a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 75.

Fowley is best known for his role behind a string of novelty and cult pop rock singles in the 1960s, and for managing THE RUNAWAYS in the 1970s. He produced the band's 1976 self-titled debut and co-wrote THE RUNAWAYS' biggest hit, "Cherry Bomb", with Joan Jett. Fowley was also a songwriter, who co-penned "Escape" for ALICE COOPER's 1975 album "Welcome To My Nightmare", and "King of the Night Time World" and "Do You Love Me" for KISS's 1976 LP "Destroyer".

Despite the fact that Fowley had been embroiled in legal battles with former THE RUNAWAYS frontwoman Cherie Currie over the years, the singer cared for Fowley during his fight with cancer and she even moved him into her Los Angeles-area home.

"I love Kim. I really do," Currie told Billboard.com last year. "After everything I went through as a kid with him, I ended up becoming a mom and realized it was difficult for a man in his 30s to deal with five teenage girls. He's a friend I admire who needed help, and I could be there for him."

Currie posted the following message on her Facebook page earlier tonight: "Just before 8 a.m. this morning, January 15, 2014, Kim Fowley passed away at his home with his wife, Kara Wright, by his side after a long battle with cancer. He was 75 years old.

"I am so blessed that I got to get to know you again, Kim, really get to know you on a personal level and that we became friends. Mostly that you spent time here at my home. It's a time I will never forget.

"The last record you made is in good hands and I am so glad that record is mine. It was a pleasure.

"Thank you for starting my career when I was a just a child. You were instrumental in so many getting started in this crazy world of music. You are a genius... you are loved. You will be so missed.

"Rest in peace, my friend."

In a 2012 statement posted on the San Diego Reader web site, Fowley said: "I am preparing for death. That includes withdrawing from all human contact except for accountants, attorneys and industry meetings

"I am working on dying. I am a bladder cancer surgery recall patient. Every six months wires, cameras and instruments of pain such as knives and scalpels go in through the penis all the way up to my stomach. They take out elements of my body and do biopsies. Bladder cancer is the fastest recurring cancer but you can't do a CAT-scan or an X-ray or any other mumbo jumbo. You have to keep repeating the procedure in order to know how your margins are.

"To deal with that kind of Auschwitz intrusion on your body in a hospital setting is horrifying.

"Death is a juicy topic. It's like nudity and drugs. It's right up there with LOL, cats and puppies. It's an American tradition, just like Disney and chocolate."

The 2010 biopic "The Runaways" was based on the book "Neon Angel" by Currie, and it presented Fowley as aggressive and domineering in relation to the band he helped form.

In the movie, Fowley was portrayed by "Revolutionary Road"'s Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon.

Randy Rhoads Tribute Album to Include Bruce Kulick

(ultimateclassicrock.com ) An all-star lineup featuring Bruce Kulick, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Rudy Sarzo, George Lynch and others will pay respect to a late guitarist on the upcoming album ‘Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute.’

Due March 3, the project features new versions of 11 songs co-written by Rhoads — including many associated with his celebrated tenure alongside Ozzy Osbourne. Songs like ‘Back to the Coast’ and ‘Killer Girls’ reference Rhoads’ earlier stint in Quiet Riot. Also featured are Serj Tankian, Gus G., Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and Bernie Torme. Grammy winner Bob Kulich (Bruce’s older brother) worked as producer. The full track listing, with guest stars, is below.

An expanded version of the album will be paired with a bonus DVD that includes interviews with a number of the guests, hosted by Bob Kulick. A special feature focuses on Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood, founded by Rhoads’ mother and overseen by his brother Kelle.

Rhoads joined Quiet Riot as a teenager before soaring to fame with Osbourne on a pair of his early ’80s solo albums, ‘Blizzard of Oz‘ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’ The guitarist died in a 1982 plane crash when he was just 25. (Sarzo, Torme and Gus G. have collaborated with Osbourne, as well.) Sarzo was also in Quiet Riot, while Appice and Aldrich worked with Osbourne’s Black Sabbath successor Ronnie James Dio.

‘Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute’ Track Listing

‘Crazy Train’ (Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
‘Over the Mountain’ (Tim “Ripper” Owens, Jon Donais, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali)
‘Mr. Crowley’ (Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Kelle Rhoads, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
‘Believer’ (Tim “Ripper” Owens, Doug Aldrich, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
‘Back To The Coast’ (Kelle Rhoads, Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali)
‘I Don’t Know’ (Tim “Ripper” Owens, George Lynch, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
‘S A T 0' (Tim “Ripper” Owens, Bob Kulick, Dweezil Zappa, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
‘Killer Girls’ (Tim “Ripper” Owens, Joel Hoekstra, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
‘Goodbye to Romance’ (Tim “Ripper” Owens, Gus G., Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
‘Suicide Solution’ (Tim “Ripper” Owens, Brad Gillis, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
‘Flying High Again’ (Tim “Ripper” Owens, Bernie Torme, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)

Paul Stanley previews the new Kiss Me photo app

Paul Stanley previews the new Kiss Me photo app: video.

Kiss' Paul Stanley: More than social media keeps us relevant

Kiss' Paul Stanley: More than social media keeps us relevant

Gene Simmons explains why 'more is a good word'

Gene Simmons explains why 'more is a good word': video.

Patcast: Paul Stanley

This week on the Patcast, one of the biggest rockstars of all time joins us for a conversation--it's Kiss's Paul Stanley: Listen.

PAUL STANLEY Joins FOO FIGHTERS On Stage In Los Angeles

PAUL STANLEY Joins FOO FIGHTERS On Stage In Los Angeles: Video.

Rock & Brews Grand Opening Oviedo

Video1, Video2, Video3, Video4.

#KISS vs Momoiro Clover Z Documentary

Video: #KISS vs Momoiro Clover Z Documentary

ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: How I Discovered KISS

ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: How I Discovered KISS - Video.

KISS vs. Momoiro Clover Z Sneak Peek Trailer

KISS vs. Momoiro Clover Z Sneak Peek Trailer: video.

KISS vs Momoiro Clover Z Studio Footage

KISS vs Momoiro Clover Z Studio Footage: video.

Let 'HIMYM's' Barney Stinson get you pumped up for New Year's Eve with this playlist

Happy New Year's Eve! The best thing to get ready for a big night on the town or even a low key evening with company is some great music, so why not to do it Barney Stinson style?

"How I Met Your Mother" fans may remember way back from Season 1 that Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) had quite the knack for making playlists of all kinds. One of his most famous by far was his "get psyched mix" that lead the group into one of the craziest New Year's Eves of their lives.

When Barney introduces the playlist in the Season 1 episode "The Limo," he proclaims: "My own personal 'get psyched mix'. Now people think a good mix should rise and fall. But people are wrong. It should be all rise, baby! Now prepare yourselves for an audio journey to the white, hot center of adrenaline!" (Video.

Three different versions of Barney's mix have been released over the years. The first track list is briefly seen on the cover of the CD when it is introduced in "The Limo." The second Barney gives in a blog entry entitled "Party Alert!" The third is the track listing published in Barney's book "The Bro Code."

The best is definitely the "Bro Code" version, as it is the most lengthy and therefore the most delightful. Here is the track listing in case you want to mix and match on your own, followed by a video featuring all the "get psyched" tracks all in one continuous mix for your New Year's -- or really anytime -- enjoyment.

(Listen)
"You Give Love a Bad Name" - Bon Jovi
"I Wanna Rock" - Twisted Sister
"The Humpty Dance" - Digital Underground
"Don't Stop Believin'" - Journey
"You're the Best Around" - Joe Esposito
"Lick It Up" - KISS
"Paradise City" - Guns N' Roses
"Tom Sawyer" - Rush
"The Transformers Theme" - Vince DiCola with Optimus Prime
"Dancing with Myself" - Billy Idol
"Rock You Like a Hurricane" - Scorpions
"Come Sail Away" - Styx
"Free Bird" (second half only) - Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Panama" - Van Halen
"Jessie's Girl" - Rick Springfield
"Talk Dirty to Me" - Poison
"Thunderstruck" - AC/DC
"High Enough" - Damn Yankees
"Hip Hop Hooray" - Naughty by Nature
"Dr. Feelgood" - Motley Crue
"Round and Round" - Ratt.

KISS's Collaboration With Japanese Pop Group MOMORIO CLOVER Z: 50-Second Preview

KISS's Collaboration With Japanese Pop Group MOMORIO CLOVER Z: 50-Second Preview.

'Take A Knee' with Gene Simmons

'Take A Knee' with Gene Simmons: Listen.

ACE FREHLEY: 'I'm Not This Virtuoso Musician, And I Definitely Make Mistakes In My Solos'

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was recently asked by Artisan News what it is about his guitar style and technique that sets him apart from other players. He responded (see video below): "That's an interesting question. I don't really know. Some people say it's my vibrato. Some people say it's the way I approach songs. Since I'm not a schooled musician, and I never took a guitar lesson, I approach music slightly differently than, let's say, somebody who took guitar lessons and knows how to read music. I play sometimes very unorthodox, and I think, for some reason, kids who are just starting out maybe somehow sense that and pick it up and realize that I just started learning playing chords — E, D and A — on an acoustic guitar and eventually got my first electric guitar when I was 13. So maybe somehow that comes through the grooves or through the speakers. There's that innocence about my music where I'm not this virtuoso musician, and I definitely make mistakes in my solos — they're not perfect — but they have attitude. And I always thought that was more important. When you listen to THE ROLLING STONES, you hear mistakes on their records, but you know what?! Boy, does it swing." (Video).

KISS To Perform Entire 'Alive!' Album On 'The Kiss Kruise V'

For 40 years, KISS has been in the business of rock and roll, recruiting legions of fans from all walks of life and every corner of the globe. The time has come to take on your next mission which will surely be the most epic adventure the high seas have ever seen... The Kiss Kruise V! Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer will be sailing from Miami to Jamaica, October 30 - November 3, 2015 aboard Norwegian Pearl, the central hub for all KISS maniacs worldwide.

They're going back to the golden age when KISS rose to prominence, taking the world by storm. What better way to celebrate the rise of these rock legends than to watch KISS perform the very live album that launched them into greatness 40 years ago? Get ready to rock out to KISS playing their first gold album, "Alive!", in its entirety. You read it right. KISS is playing "Alive!" from front to back during The Kiss Kruise V indoor show.

Year five has promised to bring new surprises and drive you wild and crazy. Book a cabin during the pre-sale and receive a limited-edition The Kiss Kruise V t-shirt mailed to your door before the boat sails.

Cruise itinerary (subject to change)

* Thursday, October 29, 2015 - Pre-Party on Ship (additional purchase; departs 8PM ET)
* Friday, October 30 - Depart Miami, Florida (approx. 4:00 p.m. ET)
* Saturday, October 31 - Day At Sea
* Sunday, November 1 - Jamaica
* Monday, November 2 - Day At Sea
* Tuesday, November 3 - Arrive Miami, Florida (approx. 8:00 a.m. ET)

KISS will be inviting some of their favorite bands to join them for this adventure at sea. You can expect artists announcements throughout the year to round out this music festival, so count on your days to be filled with numerous shows, contests and activities.

For more information, visit www.thekisskruise.com.

KKB 2015 Promo

(Video) KKB returns in 2015. Bruce Kulick, Mike Katz, and Guy Bois are proud to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of KKB, featuring an all-new mix of the original album, plus a brand new track recorded in 2014. Stay tuned to www.kulick.net for details!

Folgers - Never Aired Paul Stanley Commercial

Folgers - Never Aired Paul Stanley Commercial: Video.

Peter Criss Talks Breast Cancer Awareness, New Solo Work

Jacky BamBam of Philadelphia's 93.3 WMMR radio station conducted an interview with original KISS drummer Peter Criss on November 28 at the "All Things That Rock" festival in Oaks, Pennsylvania. You can now listen to the chat at this location.

Momoiro Clover Z x KISS Collaboration Detailed

(crunchyroll.com) The team up between American rock band KISS and Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z (Bodacious Space Pirates, Sailor Moon Crystal), untitled when announced last month, now has a name. Momoclo's 13th single, "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina,” is set to be released internationally January 28th via iTunes in 120 countries. The Japanese physical release is coming in Momoclo edition with CD and Blu-Ray and KISS Edition with CD.

The title song is composed by Paul Stanley and Greg Collins with Yuho Iwasato on lyrics. It's performed by Momoclo with KISS play the instruments and backing vocal. The B side is still to be announced.

The KISS version will also include the exta song SAMURAI SON, which is also slated to be included on the January 28th release of “Best of KISS 40:

Momoclo Edition

01. Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina
02. undecided
03. Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina(off vocal ver.)
04. undecided(off vocal ver.)

Blu-ray
·Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina MUSIC VIDEO

KISS Edition
01. Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina
02. undecided
03. SAMURAI SON
04. Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina(off vocal ver.)
05. undecided(off vocal ver.)
06. SAMURAI SON(off vocal ver.)

Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina

Lyrics:Iwasato Yuho, Paul Stanley
Music:Paul Stanley, Greg Collins
Arrangement:KISS, Greg Collins
Player and Chorus: KISS

SAMURAI SON
Lyrics: Paul Stanley
Music: Paul Stanley, Greg Collins
Arrangement: KISS, Greg Collins
Player:KISS
Chorus:Momoiro Clover Z

“Best of KISS 40" tracklist

01. SAMURAI SON (US mix) KISS vs Momoiro Clover Z
02. Rock and Roll All Nite
03. Shout It Out Loud
04. Beth
05. Hard Luck Woman
06. Detroit Rock City
07. Calling Dr.Love
08. Christine Sixteen
09. Love Gun
10. I Was Made For Lovin’ You
11. Shandi
12. I’m a Legend Tonight
13. Lick It Up
14. Heaven’s On Fire
15. Tears Are Falling
16. Crazy Nights
17. God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll to You II
18. Psycho Circus
19. Modern Day Delilah
20. Hell Or Hallelujah

Limited Edition DVD
01. Psycho Circus
02. Shout It Out Loud
03. Hell Or Hallelujah

Last month, Momoiro Clover Z also announced plans to perform at KISS’s March 3rd 40th anniversary Tokyo Dome concert, and plans to release three other singles in the first half of 2015.

PAUL STANLEY Returns To IBANEZ GUITARS

(Pic) In 1976, Ibanez approached KISS frontman Paul Stanley to collaborate on a signature guitar that would become the instrument with which he would be forever associated. Now, for the first time since 1996, Paul and Ibanez have reunited to reissue three exciting new versions of the original Paul Stanley Signature Model.

"Renewing my collaboration with Ibanez feels like going home to where it all started," commented Stanley. "The guitars we created remain iconic and we will celebrate them and more as we move forward into our future together."

"We're very excited to be partnering again with Paul Stanley," said Ibanez artist relations manager Mike Taft. "It’s been an amazing year for both Paul and the band, including the release of his best-selling autobiography, the band's long-overdue induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and the ongoing world tour to commemorate their 40th anniversary together. I couldn't think of a better time for Paul to reunite with Ibanez. Along with their distinctive styling, these historic instruments have proven themselves on albums and in concert worldwide, where their sound has made them sought after by guitarists for decades."

GENE SIMMONS ON THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW

VIDEO: GENE SIMMONS ON THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW.

CHRIS JERICHO CELEBRATES 100TH EPISODE OF PODCAST WITH PAUL STANLEY!

CHRIS JERICHO CELEBRATES 100TH EPISODE OF PODCAST WITH PAUL STANLEY: Listen.

CABO NEWS TODAY INTERVIEW WITH PAUL STANLEY

CABO NEWS TODAY INTERVIEW WITH PAUL STANLEY: Video.

Nancy Comic Strip

Nancy Comic Strip: See the Comic here.

Ace Talks To VH1 Classic

Videos: Part1, Part2, Part3.

Eric Singer KISS Interview 2014 | The Cassius Morris Show

Eric Singer KISS Interview 2014 | The Cassius Morris Show: video.

KISS's Original Road Crew Releases Tell-All 1970s Memoir

With the release of "Out On the Streets: The True Tales of Life on the Road With the Hottest Band in the Land...KISS!" ($29.95) the band's millions of fans worldwide will finally get an up-close and behind-the-curtain look at KISS's formative years on the road.

This highly detailed 347-page book comes directly from the collective efforts of JR Smalling, Peter Oreckinto, Rick Munroe and the late Mick Campise, who comprised the core of the band's original road crew from 1974 - 1976. In "Out on the Streets" the four share an intimate and inside look at life on the road with KISS, and detail what it took to lay the foundation for one of the most spectacular and successful rock bands in history.

"Out on the Streets" digs into the dirt, the blue-collar work ethic, and the crew's unwavering loyalty to KISS's ridiculous "biggest band in the world" pipedream. The four authors spin tales of fighting headline acts like Aerosmith just to get in and out of gigs, logging over 90,000 road miles in 1974 alone, wrestling with thieves and warding off racism. There's violent tragedy on a personal level, mind-numbing hours and days without rest, bullet-ridden vehicles, arrests, abject poverty, catalogs of carnal pursuits, broken promises and ultimately a skyrocket of success.

Rare photos, original itineraries, and detailed production schematics are just a few of the perks that litter the pages of this rich and rewarding memoir.

"Out on the Streets" is available directly from the authors themselves. The authors embellish the book with a thriving Facebook forum where they warmly connect with readers, fans, and the curious, answering questions and sharing additional memories and ephemera.

To order visit: www.theoriginalkisskrew.com (Also available on Amazon and eBay after January 1, 2015)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheOriginalKISSKREW/

Ex-partner sues LA KISS executive

A federal lawsuit filed this week claims the managing partner of the LA KISS Arena Football League team mismanaged and diverted funds from the Florida team he previously owned.

The suit, filed in the Central District of California Southern Division, contends that Brett Bouchy committed fraud by profiting from tickets sold by scalpers to Orlando Predators games. The suit also said Bouchy didn’t disclose all of the Florida team’s debts when selling his majority share last year to co-owner David Pearsall.

An attorney representing Pearsall Holdings, which brought the suit, declined to elaborate beyond the court filings.

Bouchy, who lives in Orange County, said he has not been served with the lawsuit, but defended his record with the Arena Football League. He has served on the league’s executive committee for 12 years. Bouchy said that Pearsall was kicked out of the league earlier this year for failing to meet several obligations related to the Predators.

“I am confident that I will be vindicated in any suit brought by Mr. Pearsall,” Bouchy said.

After leaving the Predators, Bouchy launched the LA KISS expansion team last year with co-owners Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock group KISS and the band’s manager, Doc McGhee. The team ended its inaugural season at the Honda Center with a 3-15 record.

Among other contentions in the lawsuit:

• Bouchy regularly received a split of Predators tickets sold by scalpers, draining funds from the team’s coffers. The team would regularly print an extra 3,000 tickets to Orlando games, distributed to a broker, who would then give the tickets to scalpers. Money generated from the street sales were split among the scalpers, the broker and Bouchy.

• When selling his share of the Predators for $247,583, Bouchy told Pearsall he could recoup $500,000 more through hosting both a KISS rock concert and the 2013 Arena Bowl in Orlando. The events together, however, generated about $200,000, before expenses.

• After the sale, Bouchy delivered a balance sheet to Pearsall showing $88,044 in liabilities. But it did not disclose at least $450,000 in outstanding loans and expenses related to hosting the Arena Bowl.

The lawsuit is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.

Paul Stanley on The Queen Latifah Show

Paul Stanley on The Queen Latifah Show: Video.

KISS Captures Renee Fleming

KISS Captures Renee Fleming: Video.

PETER CRISS Says He Wants To Make His Next Solo Album 'Heavier'

(Video) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss is continuing work on a new rock solo album, which he promises will be "heavier" than the stuff he has done in the past.

Criss's last solo CD, titled "One for All", came out 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".

Speaking to an audience of fans at a question-and-answer session hosted by VH1 Classic "That Metal Show" co-host Eddie Trunk on November 28 at the "All Things That Rock" festival in Oaks, Pennsylvania, Criss stated about the progress of the recording sessions for the follow-up to "One for All" (see video below): "I've been sitting on a record … I'd done this thing, like, five years ago and I'm still messing with it. I'm not done, because I don't wanna rush it."

He continued: "The sad thing is, you put music out today, and you download it immediately.

"Rock 'n' roll's not dead — I don't wanna hear that, that rock's dead. It's far from dead. But it's just not maybe doing what it used to do. So I'm gonna release, probably, singles again. Like a 45, with two songs instead of putting out 13. Because it just isn't fair for the artist — you put out your songs, you download it and there's really nothing going on."

Criss added that he has been working with former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5, but offered no details about a possible release date for his next CD. "I wanna take my time with it," he said. "I'm constantly putting time into it. I want it to be heavier than I've usually done my stuff, and then I'll get, 'It's too heavy. You should go back and do light stuff.' Because fans are never happy. You guys aren't! No matter what we ever do, you're like, 'Oh, that sucks. I want this.' [Or] 'He's playing that ballad shit again.'"

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 by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, with all four — Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter 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 Paul Stanley insisted on the current lineup — which also includes guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer — performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.

Old pal says Gene Simmons would 'KISS' and tell

Gene Simmons — the long-tongued KISS bassist and author of “Me, Inc.” — didn’t suffer from shyness as a kid in Forest Hills, Queens.

Alan Stuart Graf recounts in the book “I Inhaled: Rantings, Ramblings and Ravings of a Hippie Lawyer,” how he and Gene Klein, as he was known then, were in a band together called the Long Island Sounds.

“We were about 14 at the time, and this other guitar player and I were playing Ventures [surf-rock] music with a cool cat drummer named Stan,” Graf wrote.

“But we needed a bass player. So I talked Gene into getting a bass. We went down to Manny’s Music Store in downtown Manhattan and picked him out a Paul McCartney imitation white bass. He was in love with it and kept on fantasizing that he was Paul and all the girls loved him because of his fine bass.”

Graf went off to college and lost track of the band, and never realized until 1995 that his old pal was one of the hugely successful rockers behind the KISS make-up.

When KISS finally came to Portland, Ore., where Graf was practicing law, Graf went to their hotel and found Simmons in the restaurant.

“The more we talked, the more we realized that we were on completely different trips,” Graf wrote. “Gene decided to impress me and tell me about all the girls that we both knew back in grade school that he had felt up. I thought to myself, this guy is still .?.?. 16 years old.”

INTERVIEW - Ace Frehley, October 2014

INTERVIEW - Ace Frehley, October 2014

Gene Simmons toned-down his tongue for Macy's Parade

KISS frontman Gene Simmons toned down his trademark tongue action during the legendary rock band’s performance at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The epic performance by Kiss in full costume and makeup was one of the highlights of the many theatrics of Thursday morning’s family- friendly parade, watched by nearly 23 million people.

The band pulled out the stops for the performance, broadcast live on NBC, from their float outside Macy’s Herald Square, and performed a rocking Kiss medley.

But one thing missing (apart from blood spitting and fire breathing) from the Kiss act was bassist Simmons’ overtly suggestive gymnastics with his freakishly long tongue. The NBC cameras delicately panned away when he did get the much-talked-about tongue out, and there was far less lingual wagging going on.

Simmons told us he did purposely tone things down to be family-friendly. He told Page Six on Friday, “I was proud to be a part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. My tongue is God-given. As regards the parade, my intention was to be tongue in cheek. Mostly, I kept it in my cheek.”

Kiss bulldozed their way into the beloved parade as the band, which includes founding members Simmons and Paul Stanley plus Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Kiss has been on an anniversary world tour, while Simmons, who has built a merchandising and branding empire around Kiss, recently published, “Me, Inc: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business.”

A Macy’s rep told us, “There were no restrictions placed on the Kiss appearance. Their performance was a highlight of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s live national broadcast which captured the very best of this legendary group.”

The broadcast, hosted by Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, also included performances from Sting, Idina Menzel and Nick Jonas.

Bruce Kulick on his BK Model from Rock N Roll Relics

Bruce Kulick on his BK Model from Rock N Roll Relics: Part 1, Part 2.

Sophie Simmons hints at 'Family Jewels' return

Gene Simmons’ daughter Sophie says the family is considering bringing back reality show “Family Jewels.”

“We’ve been approached,” she told us. “It’s something that we definitely need to talk about as a family, but it might be happening .?.?. I started when I was 11, so growing up you just see all of your awkward phases. That’s kind of crappy, but it’s kind of good in the sense that it gave me a thick skin.”

She added, “But .?.?. do we really want to jump back into that .?.?. where we don’t have privacy?”

5 Questions with Hall of Famer, former KISS fretman Ace Frehley , who performs at Borgata Saturday

(pressofatlanticcity.com) Ace Frehley’s “crazy year” started with getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of KISS, continued with the release of his biggest solo album of his career and is touring for the first time since 2011.

The guitarist-singer will perform material from his new record “Space Invader” (Entertainment One Music), his five other solo albums and classic KISS tracks 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box.

However, this hall of fame year wasn’t without its hiccups, as the April induction of the hard-rocking band known for its makeup and outrageous costumes was marred by a spat over whether KISS’ original quartet would perform together.

Both Frehley, who first exited the band in 1982 and then returned for a six-year stint that ended in 2002, and former drummer Peter Criss wanted to play with co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The latter two would only agree to a set that included its current replacement members.

Although the two factions didn’t get their act together, the original foursome managed to share the stage to accept the honor.

Ahead of his latest A.C. appearance, Frehley talks about his latest musical set, the Hall of Fame reunion that wasn’t to be and whether the original KISS lineup will ever share the stage again.

Q: “Space Invader” is your first solo album to crack the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart and the best-performing solo record of any KISS member. Why do you think it’s clicked with listeners?

A: I’m really happy with the way the new album was received. It took me 10 months to put the album together. My head was in a good place, and I was working in a really relaxed studio. I took my time. When I felt creative, I created. When I didn’t, I just put it down.

Q: How was it to get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but not to perform?

A: I was happy to get inducted, no matter what the outcome was. I would have preferred performing. That was a moment in history that was lost forever. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame requested all four inductees get up there and perform. Peter and I were up to the task, and Gene and Paul shot it down. It was a shame that after 40 years of support, Paul and Gene couldn’t give the fans 15 minutes.

Q: The four of you managed to make nice for the podium, but there has been a lot of sniping ever since. Why is there so much lingering animosity?

A: It’s not as much animosity as the press makes out. We’re all cordial to each other. I talk to the guys from time to time for business matters. I still get checks from them quarterly for the use of my makeup. The press blows things up. They don’t want to write about happiness –– they want to write about dirt.

Q: So is there any chance of a reunion?

A: There hasn’t been any discussion about it, but I’m open to anything. I’m the type of guy who says never say never. When I’m not on tour or in my studio, I’m available.

Q: You haven’t hit the road since 2011. What’s it like to tour these days?

A: I’ve been sober for over eight years –– I don’t allow alcohol in the dressing room or around me. I just try to keep a mellow, relaxed vibe. I take it easy during the day. I take a nap, I relax, I order room service. Then I mosey on down to the venue and take care of business. My mindset is focused on the show –– everything else is secondary.

If you don’t like loud music, you better wear earphones. I’m letting people know it’s going to be loud. You can expect heavy, hard rock ’n’ roll. Contrary to Gene Simmons’ statement, rock ‘n’ roll is not dead. He’s been putting his foot in his mouth a lot lately.

Ace Frehley

WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22

WHERE: The Music Box, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City

HOW MUCH: Tickets, priced at $29.50 and $35, are available at the Borgata box office and TheBorgata.com

WEBSITE: AceFrehley.com

Momoiro Clover Z & KISS internationally announce release of collaboration single

(Photo) Momoiro Clover Z and the American hard rock legends KISS will release a collaboration single on January 28th, 2015. This is the first time for KISS to collaborate with a Japanese artist. Their single will be sold worldwide on iTune Music Store in over 120 countries.

There are two types; one is Momoiro Clover Z edition, the other is KISS edition and the lead track is composed and performed by KISS and Momoiro Clover Z is in charge of vocals.

Two newly recorded tracks including a lead track and each off vocal version will be included in Momoiro Clover Z edition. This edition also includes a music video of the lead track in Blu-ray Disc. On the other hand, three newly recorded tracks including a lead track and each off vocal version, in total six tracks will be included in KISS edition.

Momoiro Clover Z and KISS shot a music video and did a photo shoot for cover jacket in Las Vegas

It is also announced that Momoiro Clover Z will appear at the last show at Tokyo Dome of the KISS 40th anniversary tour.

Momoiro Clover Z is planning to release three consecutive new singles in the first half of 2015 and this collaboration single is the first one.

Product summary
Artist name: Momoiro Clover Z & KISS
Release date: January 28th, 2015

[Momoiro Clover Z edition] (CD+Blu-ray)
Product no.: KIZM-321?2
Price: JPY1,759 (excluding tax)
CD: Four tracks in total (two newly recorded tracks and each vocal version)
Blu-ray: Music video

[KISS edition (CD only)]
Product no.: KICM-1579
Price: JPY1,250 (excluding tax)
Six tracks in total (three newly recorded tracks and each vocal version)

[iTunes]

KISS RETURNING TO JAPAN IN 2015

KISS will return to Japan with five concerts in February / March 2015!

KISS Japan Tour Dates:

Feb 23 - Nippon Gaishi Hall - Nagoya
Feb 25 - Osaka Castle Hall - Osaka
Feb 26 - Hiroshima Sun Plaza - Hiroshima
Feb 28 - Sekisui Heim Super Arena - Sendai
Mar 3 - Tokyo Dome - Tokyo

Momoiro Clover Z will be special guests at the Tokyo Dome show only.

An online ticket pre-order will begin Tuesday, November 18th on e+. Visit http://udo.jp for full details.

Ace Frehley Set List - New Brunswick, NJ - Nov 13, 2014

01. Lost In Limbo (first time played live since 1992)
02. Gimme A Feelin' (live debut)
03. Toys (live debut)
04. Parasite
05. Snowblind
06. Love Gun (Scot Coogan on vocals)
07. Breakout (Richie Scarlett on vocals)
08. Space Invader (live debut)
09. King Of The Night Time World (Scot Coogan on vocals)
10. Strutter (Scot Coogan on vocals)
11. Change (started song but aborted)
12. Bass Solo
13. Strange Ways (Chris Wyse on vocals)
14. Rock Soldiers
15. New York Groove
16. Shock Me
17. Ace Frehley Guitar Solo
18. Rocket Ride
19. 2 Young 2 Die (Richie Scarlett on vocals)
20. Shot Full Of Rock (first time played live since 2008)

Encore:
21. Cold Gin

Ace Frehley says there is no hate between founding Kiss band members

(lehighvalleylive.com) Ace Frehley is enjoying a different kind of high.

In April, the 63-year-old guitarist was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of Kiss.

He released his sixth solo album, "Space Invader," in August to positive reviews from critics. "Space Invader" debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

"It's a good feeling to work 10 months on a project and put your heart and soul into it and get the recognition you deserve," Frehley says during an October phone interview.

Frehley is on the road with a backing band made up of different players than the one he toured with for his 2009 album "Anomaly." This time out he is joined by guitarist Richie Scarlet, The Cult bassist Chris Wyse and drummer Scot Coogan. Scarlet performed on Frehley's 1989 solo effort "Trouble Walking."

Frehley performs Nov. 26 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

"This maybe the best lineup I've ever assembled," Frehley says. "I got a gut feeling."

Frehley, now seven years sober, says life on the road is much tamer than in years' past. "I won't be hanging out in the bars," Frehley says. "It's a lot nicer these days. I remember what I did the night before. And I'm in great health."

Personal 'Space'

Though his greasepaint and hard partying days are behind him -- he left Kiss for the second time in 2002 -- an Ace Frehley concert would not be complete without performing a handful of songs he penned for his former band, including fan favorites "Cold Gin" and "Shock Me."

But Kiss' original lead guitarist is eager to perform and test out the new material.

"I feel like I'm still chomping at the bit to see how fans react," Frehley says.

"Space Invader" finds Frehley revisiting familiar territory, with an emphasis on rocket-powered guitar solos and high voltage rock 'n' roll reminiscent of his 1978 debut solo album.

Frehley says he used the same recording approach for "Space Invader" that he started with "Ace Frehley" more than 30 years ago. "I tracked most of the songs with me and Anton Fig and then threw a scratch bass track on it. That pretty much has been the format for all of my albums since," Frehley says. "It's the formula that works for me."

The evolution in technology is not lost on Frehley. "When I think back on that (first) record, I didn't have digital reverbs, I didn't have (digital recording software) Pro Tools," he says. "If I wanted to edit something, I had to (physically) slice the tape.

"(Now) I'm doing editing on my laptop in my hotel room."

Frehley says the title track to "Space Invader" is his favorite song on the album because of how quickly it congealed from idea to completed track. It was the last song and took one day to finish. "It blew me away how well it came out," Frehley says. "The way the solos and background vocals came together."

Frehley calls his playing is "unorthodox" and, when he comes across them, gets a kick out of watching YouTube videos of aspiring guitarists play his songs.

"Everybody's doing their own interpretation," Frehley says. "That's why they all come to see me live, to see what I can do."

Loaded deck

In August, Frehley's promotional campaign for "Space Invader" landed him on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." He sat in with house band The Roots and performed his hit cover of Hello's "New York Groove."

"It was really a lot of fun. Those guys are fans, they're so professional," Frehley says of his "Tonight Show" appearance. "Jimmy was so sweet to me. I gave him a guitar after the show ... I was so happy he invited me."

Frehley is also planning a follow-up to his memoir, "No Regrets." Just don't expect mud-slinging from the original Spaceman. "It's not gonna be a vendetta book," Frehley says. "I want my books to be a fun read. I have so many road stories, I can write five books. There are more stories from my childhood, bands I was in prior to Kiss."

And there is a covers album in the works, too. "Right now I'm focused on 'Space Invader'," Frehley cautions.

As for the trading of blows in interviews between Frehley and his former Kiss band-mates, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Frehley says the supposed animosity is much ado about nothing.

Reflecting on his Hall of Fame induction, Frehley says he walked away with fond memories of that night. (Only Kiss' original lineup -- Frehley, Simmons, Stanley and former drummer Peter Criss -- were inducted. The quartet did not perform.)

"It was great. It was a lot of fun, everyone was on their best behavior," Frehley says. "The press makes it that we all hate each other, but it's not true. The only regret (I have) is that the four of us didn't perform. It's too bad after 40 years they didn't gave us 15 minutes."

PETER CRISS To Be Honored At Cancer Research & Treatment Fund's Hall Of Fame

Founding KISS drummer and cancer survivor Peter Criss will honored at this year's Cancer Research & Treatment Fund's Hall Of Fame event on Tuesday, November 18 at the JW Marriot Essex House in New York City.

For more information, go to this location.

While some men feel embarrassed because of "this macho crap," Criss told CNN surviving breast cancer was actually a blessing. He was treated before the tumor could spread and said he was speaking about male breast cancer to raise the profile of this rare disease.

Criss, who played drums for KISS and was known as "Catman," offered this advice to men who spot lumps in their breast: "Don't sit around playing Mr. Tough Guy. Don't say 'It's going to go away.' It might not and you might not see life anymore and how beautiful that is."

Criss, who has been working on a new rock album for the last few years, told Reuters his bout with cancer had affected his songwriting.

"My lyrics are not so deep and dismal," he said.

Criss quit KISS for the third time in 2004.

KISS To Perform At 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

KISS will perform at the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will take place on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, and air on NBC.

The special performance by KISS — which was secured by the band's brand management company, Epic Rights — will be led by more than 600 cheerleaders from around the country, paying tribute to the band with a rocking KISS medley.

The 88th edition of America's favorite holiday tradition will begin at 9:00 a.m, ready to entertain more than 3.5 million spectators lining the streets of Manhattan and more than 50 million viewers nationwide.

"Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the most popular and visually spectacular holiday parade in America, and there is no doubt that KISS, unequalled in the world of concert performance, will deliver stunning theatrics at the Parade," said Juli Boylan-Riddles, EVP of global strategic partnerships and licensing.

KISS leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley jointly stated: "2014 has been a banner year for us and participating in one of the country's most beloved events caps off what has truly been a spectacular 40th anniversary. We can't wait to rock the Big Apple with our fans on Thanksgiving."

The cast of the NBC's "Today Show" will host the broadcast, which will also feature Sting, Meghan Trainor, Idina Menzel, Nick Jonas, the cast of "Sesame Street" and actress Quevenzhane Wallis, with Philadelphia's Taney Dragons and their star pitcher, 13-year-old Mo'Ne Davis, kicking things off.

Setlist at KISS Kruise 2014 - Plugged In Night 2

Creatures of the Night
Psycho Circus
Parasite
Plaster Caster
War Machine
Makin' Love
She
Hell or Hallelujah
Watchin' You
Detroit Rock City
Do You Love Me
Love Gun
Black Diamond

Encore:
Shout It Out Loud
The Oath
Rock and Roll All Nite (with "Just a Boy" intro)

Paul Stanley Customizes A 2015 Corvette Stingray: SEMA 2014

(Photo) (gmauthority.com) When the all-new 2014 C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray debuted last year, it won accolades upon accolades, including being named the 2014 North American Car of the Year. Of course, 2015 brings some updates and even the 2015 Z06 , but today at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas we’re most excited about the debut of the 2015 Stingray styled in collaboration with KISS frontman Paul Stanley.

While not a part of the KISS Army, I have to give props to Paul Stanley. As the front man for one of the most successful rock groups in history, Stanley worked with Chevrolet designers to personalize a 2015 Corvette Stingray coupe to create the perfect vehicle (pun intended) that reflects his creativity applied to America’s sports car.

Stanley selected the exterior scheme, which has a unique candy red hue offset with Midnight Glaze Silver paint on the roof, rear hatch, spoiler, outside mirrors, and front grille. He also helped select the quilted parchment leather seats and accents in the Jet Black cabin, plus the dark red accent stitching throughout.

“This car is undeniable in terms of its aesthetics,” says Stanley. “And it is also a world-class piece of machinery.”

Of course, power comes from the 6.2L V8 LT1 engine putting out 460 horsepower mated to GM’s new eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, which Chevrolet claims to deliver world-class shift times that rival the best dual-clutch designs, not to mention delivering an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway. Stanley’s Stingray also features the Z51 Performance Package, notable for its dry-sump oiling system, electronic limited-slip differential, larger front brakes, and a cooling package for the differential and transmission.

This Corvette rolls on Chevrolet Accessories Carbon Flash Metallic forged aluminum wheels, 19-inch front/20-inch rear, paired with Michelin P245/35ZR19 tires front and P285/30ZR20 tires rear.

“It was great working with Paul Stanley, because of his vision and passion for design and automobiles,” says the U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports, Jim Campbell.

88TH ANNUAL MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE MARKS THE START OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE NATION'S MOST BELOVED SPECTACLE, NOV. 27 ON NBC

Parade Airs Live 9 a.m. – noon (All Time Zones), Encore Presentation to Air Same Day 2-5 p.m. (All Time Zones)

NEW YORK – Nov. 3, 2014 – As the nation gathers to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends, the biggest spectacle of the holiday season returns to entertain millions, as the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® returns to NBC on Thursday, Nov. 27 (9a.m.-noon in all time zones.) Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s “Today” will anchor the broadcast.

More than 8,000 participants, some donning clown costumes, handling balloon giants or striking up the band will set down the streets of Manhattan at the sound of the time honored catchphrase Let’s Have a Parade™. With a live audience, more than 3.5 million strong and a nationwide television gathering of more than 50 million viewers, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation’s most beloved holiday pageant.

The star power on Thanksgiving Day comes courtesy of performers from music, film, sports, theatre and television. As they reach their marks on 34th Street, the nation will enjoy their spectacular performances. Joining the festivities this year are the Big Apple Circus, Before You Exit, William Blake, Sabrina Carpenter, Cirque du Soleil, Hilary Duff, Renee Fleming, Becky G., Lucy Hale, Nick Jonas, KISS, Sandra Lee, The Madden Brothers, Idina Menzel, Miss USA 2014- Nia Sanchez, MKTO, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, NEEDTOBREATH, NHL legends John LeClair and Pat LaFontaine, Pentatonix, Romeo Santos, Cole Swindell, Meghan Trainor, The Vamps, Quvenzhané Wallis, and more.

Kicking off the march will be a special group of children who have embodied the Parade’s spirit of teamwork. Throughout their remarkable run this past season at the Little League World Series, Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons displayed an inspiring level of collaboration, spirit and camaraderie - as perfectly evidenced by the group’s embrace and support of pitcher Mo’ne Davis. In honor of that exemplary effort this year the Taney Dragons will lead the procession down the streets of Manhattan with Macy’s Parade executive producer Amy Kule.

“Like turkey dinner and gathering with family, tradition means everything on Thanksgiving and we’re thrilled to once again telecast the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment. “It’s an annual heartwarming event that helps celebrate the holiday season.”

From its humble beginnings in 1924 to the breathtaking spectacular of today, the Macy’s Parade line-up unfolds each year in grand fashion. It’s not just a Parade marching down an avenue; it is a march through tradition, history and popular culture. The magic Parade’s famed line-up this year features 16 giant character balloons; 33 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 27 floats; 1,300 cheerleaders and dancers; 1000 clowns; 12 marching bands; and a host of celebrity performers.

“This is a record breaking year for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as we debut the largest new cast of giant character balloons ever assembled, along with five amazing new floats. Tens of millions of spectators will be amazed by what we have in store,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “In addition to an incredible line up of celebrity performers, America’s best high school and college marching bands, hundreds of dancers, cheerleaders, clowns, and balloon handlers, we are adding some new layers of interactivity to the Parade for the first time this year. From live cameras on a float capturing special moments along the route to incredible 360-degree panoramic photos where fans can find themselves part the action, and finally, through our Confetti Carpet, the behind the scenes look at the starting line with our celebrity performers; we are bringing the Macy’s Parade closer to audiences in New York City and in homes across the country.”

GIANTS IN THE SKY

The Parade’s signature giant balloons have for decades showcased the world’s most recognized characters. From comic strips and cartoons to films, video games and the collective pop culture psyche, these giants are a cast of wonder. Starting with a simple paper sketch and transformed via science and engineering by Macy’s “Balloonatics” into high flying art, the giants of wonder will return to inspire and amaze.

This year, Macy’s will introduce the biggest class of new balloons in its history. Six new giant characters will take to the sky including the loveable Peruvian bear Paddington™; the always electrifying Pikachu™; the warm giggling Pillsbury Doughboy®; the vanquisher of evil the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; the lava spewing Skylanders® Eruptor; and the friendly locomotive Thomas the Tank Engine.

Rounding out the ballooning line-up are returning favorites including Adventure Time with Finn & Jake, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, The Elf on the Shelf, Hello Kitty, Papa Smurf, Ronald McDonald, Snoopy and Woodstock, Spider-Man, SpongeBob SquarePants and Toothless of How to Train Your Dragon. In addition, the balloon cast includes new balloonicles (a Macy’s Parade hybrid of cold-air balloon and vehicle) of the famed-spokesduck the Aflac Duck and Cloe the Holiday Clown, as well as the return of the KOOL-AID Man. In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the film classic, balloonheads of The Wizard of OZ characters will also make a special appearance.

FLOATING SCENE MAKERS

Macy’s floating stages take to the streets bringing a collection of whimsical treats that transport spectators into worlds of fantasy. These 360-degree masterpieces are created by Macy’s Parade Studio’s team of designers, carpenters, painters, animators, metal fabricators and electricians, who work to bring the initial visions on a sketch pad to larger-than-life form. While creativity is key, the team must also factor a very big detail when designing these marvels...these sometime three stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide creations, must collapse to no more than 12 ½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to safely travel from the New Jersey studio to the Manhattan starting line.

This year’s five new fantasy floats include Cracker Jack® Popcorn’s At the Ball Game; Sino- American Friendship Association’s Beauty of Beijing, Dora and Friends: Aventuras Fantasticas, GoldieBlox™’s The Girl-Powered Spinning Machine, and Pirate Booty®’s Treasure Hunt.

The returning float roster includes 1-2-3 Sesame Street; Big Apple; Bridge To The Future; Daytime, Play Time, Night Time Too…; Dreamseeker by Cirque du Soleil®; Enchanting World of Lindt Chocolate; Frozen Fall Fun; Goldfish® on Parade; International Cele-bear-ation Clock Tower; It’s All Rock & Roll; Marion-Carole Showboat; Mount Rushmore’s American Pride; On The Roll Again; Pep Rally; Santa’s Sleigh; The Smurfs; Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Tom Turkey; Waves of Conservation; Winter Wonderland In Central Park; and A World at Sea.

DRUM ROLL, PLEASE…

At the center of the spectacle bringing the warm energy, enthusiasm and joy of performing are the nation’s best marching bands and rollicking performance groups. Together they add the musical heart and whimsical talent portion to the holiday revelry, delighting spectators along the route and providing television viewers with showstopping performances. Twelve performance ensembles will take up the call of the baton and march down the streets of Manhattan creating a wave of excitement. Joining the Thanksgiving Day revelry are American Fork High School (American Fork, UT), Bahama All Stars Marching Band (Nassau, Bahamas), Baldwinsville High School (Baldwinsville, NY), Center Grove High School (Greenwood, IN), Foothill High School (Henderson, NV), Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA), Macy’s Great American Marching Band (United States), Madison Scouts Anniversary Corps (Madison, WI), NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY), Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Lexington, KY), Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC), and Winston Churchill High School (San Antonio, TX). The supply of sometimes wacky, but always fun entertainment includes the nation’s best performance groups. Taking the spotlight along the line of march are the Friendswood High School Wranglerettes (Friendswood, TX), Harlem Globetrotters, The New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies featuring Music Ambassador DJ Hektik (New Orleans, LA), Red Hot Mamas (Post Falls, ID), Spirit of America Dance (United States) and Varsity Spirit Cheer (United States).

AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE

The celebrity party begins early via various social media outlets when fans follow @macys to get special content from the Confetti Carpet. Pulling back the curtain to check out what happens backstage before the celebrities join the Parade, the Confetti Carpet will be the place for wacky and hilarious interactions with our celebrity cast. The revelry continues once the Parade steps off as the Cracker Jack At the Ball Game float passes by, giving spectators the opportunity to participate in the ultimate selfie, if they are caught on the baseball- themed float’s live cameras and beamed to the stadium’s jumbotron. To cap off Parade day interactive experiences, the New York Daily News’ Big Apple float will take special panoramic photos all along the route, which spectators can access via macys.com/parade post event, to see if they can spot themselves in the stunning 360-degree photos.

Fans nationwide can kick-off their own Parade experiences early by downloading the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade App. The App will give fans the chance to interact with the famed march, learn more about the elements and share content with their friends. From behind-the- scenes previews to the exclusive Elf-o-matic feature, which allows fans to transform themselves into an Elf balloon and share their high-flying debut with friends; the App is a one- stop destination for all things Macy’s Parade. The free app will be available from the iTunes® App Store or from Google Play. In addition to the interactive app experience this year, Macy’s iconic characters return to take center stage in a series of animated spots featuring Tom Turkey, Cloe the Holiday Clown, Happy Hippo, the rambunctious Elf trio and more. Catch the action on macys.com/parade and watch how Macy’s star characters prep for the big day as they re-enact scenes from classic New York based movies.

The 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will step-off at 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will travel down to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas to 34th Street. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square. A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere has been the guiding motto of this annual national tradition for more than eight decades and is one which continues to this day.

Please note: All talent, performances, line-up and information included are subject to change.

Setlist at KISS Kruise 2014 - Plugged In Night 1

Creatures of the Night
Psycho Circus
War Machine
Plaster Caster
Tears are Falling
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Lick It Up
Calling Dr. Love
Hell or Hallelujah
I Love It Loud
Detroit Rock City
Love Gun
Black Diamond
Encore:
Shout It Out Loud
The Oath
Rock and Roll All Nite

KISS Setlist at KISS Kruise 2014 - Nov 1

Acoustic
Comin' Home
Plaster Caster
Got to Choose
God of Thunder (Riff)
Hide Your Heart
Christine Sixteen
Nothin' to Lose
Love Her All I Can
See You Tonite
Hard Luck Woman
All the Way
Shock Me
Hotter Than Hell
Firehouse
C'mon and Love Me
Cold Gin
Do You Love Me

Ace Frehley: I don't pay attention to what Gene Simmons says

(torontosun.com) Spaceman or Space Invader?

Well, both actually, as original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, whose band persona was Spaceman, has released a new solo album called Space Invader with song titles like the title track, Inside the Vortex, Past the Milky Way and Starship.

“Even when I’m not wearing the makeup I’m still the same guy,” said the 63-year-old Bronx native, who left KISS for good in 2002 after first departing in 1982, and then reuniting with the group in 1996.

“I’ve always been fascinated with sci-fi films and astronomy,” he said in a Canadian newspaper exclusive with QMI Agency. “When did man walk on the moon? I think it was ‘69 and I was born in ‘51. I remember watching it on the TV in the classroom. All that stuff had a profound impact on me and when we put together KISS (in 1973) everybody just followed through with their alter-egos.”

We caught up with Frehley down the line from his San Diego home to talk about his new music, the contentious KISS 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and eight years of sobriety.

So much has been written about the friction between you and current KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in the lead up to the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of the band. But were you at least happy you finally got in?

I was thrilled about the whole ceremony. I mean the only regret is that KISS didn’t perform. And a lot of people aren’t even aware of the fact that I was supposed to perform that night at the end of the evening. I was supposed to do Highway to Hell with Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello and they cut it because the show just went way over time. I had my guitar with me and everything and I was getting all psyched and then all the speeches from the E Street Band added another hour.

Have you worked through any differences with Gene and Paul resulting from that occasion?

The press likes to amplify negativity. Nobody wants to hear that we get along. It only makes headlines when we say stuff about each other but you gotta remember we’re brothers in rock 'n' roll and we started something really great in the early ‘70s and that can’t be disputed, our work withstands the test of time... I’m on speaking terms with those guys. I spoke to Gene probably three or four months ago when I was driving up to L.A. while I was finishing the final touches on Space Invader. We were just reminiscing about the ‘70s when we used to drive around in station wagons. And he was talking to me about how the music business has changed so much. He basically made a statement that rock 'n' roll is dead.

Is it?

I don’t really pay much attention to what Gene says these days. He’s attacking poor people, he’s attacking depressed people, and people in recovery. He puts his foot in his mouth a lot these days and I’d rather not even comment on it.

Do you speak much to original KISS drummer Peter Criss, who's also no longer in the group?

I talk to Peter from time to time. Peter’s hanging in there. He’s in New Jersey. I’m in San Diego. We don’t get to see each other much.

Space Invader has a few notable songs where you seem to be taking stock of your life. Let’s start with Change.

For me it’s more about getting sober, that’s the way I interpreted it.

And Reckless certainly seems to about your booze-and-drugs filled past.

I (have) never hidden the fact(s) about all the crazy things I‘ve done in my life. It’s no secret that I have a past history of alcoholism and drug addiction, but Sept. 15 I celebrated eight years (of sobriety). It’s life-changing. There’s no way I would have been able to put out a record like this at age 63 still getting loaded, it just wouldn’t have happened. And only by the grace of God am I walking around today. Every day above ground is a good day as far as I’m concerned. And the hit records and touring and all the other stuff and the accolades and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that’s just gravy on top of everything.

Did you have an epiphany moment in terms of getting sober?

I’ve tried getting sober several times over the course of the last 35 years but the last time it just kind of stuck. I actually got a phone call from my daughter, who’s down in Florida, and she’s in recovery, and she said, ‘Dad, you gotta sober up.’ And I just looked in the mirror and said, ‘Yeah.’ Sometimes a phone call from a family member or a talk from a family member can really ring true.

Is touring hard due to temptation?

I don’t allow any alcohol or drugs around the band or in the dressing room. I try to hire all sober people if at all possible or if they do use drugs and alcohol I tell them, ‘Don’t use it around me or when there’s a show.’ I can’t be a complete policeman. I mean I don’t have anything against drinking or drugs. It’s a free country. People have a right to do whatever they want to do as long as they take care of business.

It certainly sounds like sobriety had led to better guitar playing on Space Invader.

I’m definitely more focused putting this record together... And the best is yet to come I believe. I’m talking to a couple of producers about scoring some films. I’d like to do some more acting. I’d like to produce some other bands and share my production skills. I produced my last two records plus I’ve worked with some of the greatest producers and engineers of all time in the last 40 years... Who knows what the future will bring but I want to break new ground still at this point.

Did you watch any of the Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels reality show on TV?

Gene invited me to do the show, I declined. He also invited me to be on the (Comedy Central) roast and I called up Paul, and Paul said it wasn’t in his comfort zone. I called Peter and he said he didn’t want to do it. I respectfully declined because I didn’t want to go up there without Paul and Peter if he was going to be roasted. He ended up hiring comics and stuff, kinda strange.

Space Invader also includes a cover of Steve Miller’s 1973 classic The Joker. How did that come about?

That was actually the record company’s idea... I was a little resistant because I didn’t think the song was heavy enough and would hold up with the rest of the songs. But I kind of heavied it up a little. Put in a guitar solo and gave the choruses a New York Groove-kind of swing. I kind of made it my own. I like to use the term, ‘I Ace-i-fied it.’

So KISS and Miller never met along the way?

I don’t believe we’ve ever met. But it’s a possibility. There were a lot of blackouts.

Paul Stanley of KISS: 'Winning and living on your own terms defines rock and roll'

(lasvegassun.com) Fire breathing, spitting blood, guitars on fire, levitating drum kits and extraordinary pyrotechnics have always been hallmarks of KISS led by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, and it all finally took them to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The rockers’ worldwide record sales are more than 100 million, making them one of the bestselling bands of all time. Incredibly, the group that formed in 1973 is going stronger than ever, and its Army of fans grows larger, too.

Now KISS is celebrating its 40th anniversary with its first-ever residency — at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel — where Gene promises: “What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it. We intend to blow the roof off the Hard Rock.”

KISS will play nine shows Nov. 5-23 with guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer rounding out the action. Beneath that bizarre makeup beats the hearts of two astute businessmen who are marketing marvels. We actually share the same Wall Street investment banker.

I’ve known Gene and Paul for many, many years, so it’s always good to have a long chat with them. I caught up with Paul just before he left for Mexico City and his annual KISS Cruise.

You’ve just wrapped another one of those major tours?

We did 42 shows and played to 600,000 people, so right now I’m just catching my breath. Tomorrow I leave for Mexico City to headline a festival, then we have the KISS Cruise, which we do every year, and that’s sold out with 3,500 people from 33 countries. Then we come to Las Vegas, which is the icing on the cake.

Not just because it’s the first time you’re playing a residency at the Hard Rock, but why is it the icing on the cake?

Well because it’s new territory for us, and what KISS has always been about is going against the grain and really doing things in our time and when it feels right for us. There was a time where quite honestly everyone thought of Las Vegas as an elephant burial ground.

It was the more glittery branch in Missouri for some people, but it’s so unique. There was also a time where the best food you could get was a $1.99 prime rib. Now if I want a great meal, I go to Las Vegas. You can’t get a comparable meal in Los Angeles to what you can get in Las Vegas.

Everything has changed so much, and it’s always seemed like a perfect fit for us to be in Las Vegas, but for a lot of reasons, it just wasn’t meant to be. Now the planets have lined up, and everything is as it should be, and we will come in and do what we do.

We are doing a KISS show in Las Vegas, we are not doing a Las Vegas show with KISS. We are a rock and roll band, and we will do what we do — better than any band at this point.

Are you changing the tour show?

Completely different stage. At this point, our influence is so widespread that virtually any rock band you go see live is doing the KISS show. The only thing they can never be is KISS. Anybody with money can buy pyro, can buy lasers, but you can never be us. So for us to come into Las Vegas, we’ll set a different level honestly.

It’s an amazing thing for us to be able to go into a smaller venue and not downsize. Usually going into a smaller venue means doing a smaller show, but because this show isn’t portable and because this show is a permanent installation, we can do things that we couldn’t when you have to break the show down every night.

With 40 years as a group, do you ever sit and chat with Gene and try to dissect or wonder why you got this extraordinary four-decade life as a top rock group?

I think we understand why because we have a work ethic. We do something that we are passionate about and take a lot of pride in. We don’t bow to anyone else other than to our own desires. We’ve never been a band who lived within the boundaries or other people’s perceptions of who we should be or what’s credible or not credible or what’s rock and roll and what’s not rock and roll.

Winning and living on your own terms is rock and roll, and we are that and then some. Gene and I take a lot of pride in what we do. We respect the fans to the utmost. We started this band to be the band we never saw. A band that would respect an audience.

We understand that when you pay for a ticket, you deserve the best. You deserve to get something for your money in the same way as when you go to the market. If you’re going to pay, you don’t want to walk out with an empty sack.

We’ve always been very clear that we are not only a musical band, but we are entertainers. In our case, we’re in a unique position of being more than any other band in the sense that one might see us as Superman with a guitar. We’re superheroes.

We’re four iconic images who are known around the world. People know KISS no matter where you take our photo, although they might not know the individual members. We’ve always been clear on what we are and what we’re not.

It’s meant, though, 40 years of putting on this extraordinary makeup. Do you still love doing it, or do you sometimes wish you could just go on and play without it?

I’ve done both, and honestly this is the uniform to my way of thinking the only band I would ever want to be in. I wear it with incredible pride. Forty years of doing this means 40 years of being victorious. Every time I step up onstage with the makeup on, it’s a victory lap. I mean this is extraordinary. We’re not a rock band; we’re a phenomenon. Rock bands make music; phenomenons impact society.

Does it change your persona under the makeup?

It’s only appropriate that my persona is magnified in order for me to communicate to 20,000 people. If I spoke the way you and I are speaking now, it would be lost to most. So I am 20,000 times this and then some. I want everybody at our arena gigs and our stadium gigs, and now at the Joint, I want everybody to feel that I’m talking to them because I am.

Everybody to the last seat in the last row is as important as the people in the front. My personality gets magnified, amplified and taken to a different level just so that the intensity and the intimacy that you and I might have is something that everybody in the venue will experience.

Your fans today must range from hardcore fans from 40 years ago and a whole new legion of youngsters, right?

Yeah, I think we’re three or four generations into this at this point, and it’s gone beyond being a band. Coming to a KISS concert is like going to a tribal meeting. This is a tribe at this point. Most bands are very demographic specific and most bands have a select age group who come to see them.

Most rock bands, if you go to the show, you don’t want your younger brother to show up, you don’t want your parents there, you don’t want your neighbor there. It’s yours and your contemporaries. With KISS, it’s very different. It’s like the largest cult in the world, and everybody who’s there is in it together. We have parents bringing their kids. We have three generations showing up. We’ll have people holding their children up kind of like a rite of passage.

Parents want their kids to experience what they did. I take a tremendous amount of pride in that and see this as a huge responsibility. I take a lot of pride sometimes in addressing the children in the audience and saying we were there for your parents, and we’ll be there for you. This is much bigger than Gene or I or anyone else. I take great pride in believing that the band will outlive me.

In terms of rock and roll, Motley Crew is calling it quits on its current world tour. Are you saying KISS will not call it quits and go on maybe with other musicians?

Oh, totally; absolutely. We are unlike any other band. We are closer to an army. We are closer to a sports team. I’m not foolish enough to think that I’m the only person to do what I do. The Yankees continued without Babe Ruth. Time marches on, and if you’re part of a movement or part of a commitment to a cause, then when you’re time is done … look, if you fall in battle, someone picks up your gun and runs.

Somebody has to carry the flag, and that’s what KISS is about. KISS is about a lifestyle and self-empowerment and going against the odds and believing in yourself. I guess enjoying the fruits of hard work. That’s not singular to me. People who said that was not possible in terms of KISS are already 50 percent wrong. The lineup is now 40 years on, and two of the members are not the original members, but they are far better at this point than the original members.

Are you still a part-time Las Vegas resident?

I still have my place there, and I would say regardless of whether I have a residence in Las Vegas, I love Las Vegas. My wife and I go in just to see a show and have some great meals. My friend Julian Serrano is one of my favorite chefs arguably in the world. Between him and everybody else who’s there at this point, I have to go to Las Vegas to get a great meal. I can’t get it in Los Angeles.

So walking in here to Vince Neil’s hometown, and he has started the Las Vegas Outlaws, first tell me are you pleased that he’s got an Arena Football League expansion team? And are you ready for the L.A. Kiss to whip the Las Vegas Outlaws?

I have to say a long time ago I stopped looking at competition. The only person I compete with is myself. I don’t really see the idea that Las Vegas is Vince’s town; it’s also Carrot Top’s town.

I understand. The rivalry has started.

I wish Vince the best. We will see how things unfold.

You must be pleased, though, with the expansion of the Arena Football League coming to Las Vegas.

I think at this point the Arena Football League has so much to offer. It’s an experience unlike anything else. The intensity of the game and the intimacy of it that is played out so close to you that literally you can wind up with a player in your lap. There are no sidelines, and the game plays very quickly and aggressively.

I think people have a lot of misinformation about what these players are. These are not third-rate players; these are the upper 1 percent of players available. There’s only so much room in the NFL, so these are great players, and it’s a terrific sport. I’m proud to be a part of it. I won a championship in the AFL and love making it into what it should be.

How did the L.A. Kiss do this year?

Oh we did horrifically. Now mind you that was the team’s performance, but in terms of tickets, we’re the envy of everyone in the league. We had 8,000 season-ticket holders, and we’re already scheduled to have more than that for 2015. To be an expansion team and to be in the position that we were, we may have been a bit naive in believing that we could go from 0 to 60, so to speak.

We have some ground to make up, but in terms of delivering entertainment, everybody loved the games. Even with the games we lost, we had great dancers, we have live music, we have pyro. It’s just football, and what attracted us to the AFL was the potential that it could be so much more than it is.

If we’re raising the bar, so be it. Every team that’s coming in, whether it’s Vince’s or anyone else’s, it’s going to have to stand tall because we’re setting a standard that has not been seen yet in the AFL.

So who wins ultimately? The fans. And that’s true at the Hard Rock for November. We’ll deliver the win for the fans.

3 Nellis airmen picked as KISS 'Roadies for a Week'

Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS partners with Nellis Air Force Base to select three local, active military members to serve as “Roadies for a Week” during the band’s KISS Rocks Vegas residency at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Nov. 5-23.

Known for their extensive support of service men and women, KISS has been working with active military members and veterans for years. The KISS Rocks Vegas residency will mark the band’s third time enlisting the help of America’s heroes.

“It is an honor for us to enlist these heroes of our Armed Forces into the KISS Army,” said KISS frontman and guitarist Paul Stanley. “They have already proven what they are capable of and their presence can only elevate us.”

After submitting applications, Master Sgt. Jason Borkhuis of Nellis Air Force Base, Sgt. First Class Cory DeMille of the U.S. Army Reserve and Technical Sgt. Richard Reichert of Nellis Air Force Base were chosen by the band to become a “Roadie for a Week.” The three brave men have a combined 60-plus years of service, are highly-decorated and well respected in the armed forces community.

Borkhuis, Demille and Reichert will all work closely with the KISS crew and the band’s VIP program for a total of three shows each for their designated week. Each roadie will create his or her own video and photo diary to keep as a memento from their week working with one of the greatest rock bands in the world. In addition to assisting with the show, roadies will also receive a complimentary hotel stay at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino during their volunteer week.

“I was so amped up after hearing the news,” said Borkhuis. “I didn’t get much sleep prior to going to work the night shift. Instead of sleeping when I got home, I cranked my post-divorce theme song ‘Crazy, Crazy Nights.’”

"These guys are living legends,” said Demille. “It is awesome to know underneath the makeup and the outfits, they are patriotic Americans."

“It’s a childhood dream come true and I’m still a kid at heart,” said Reichert. “I’m still in shock but I’m so excited to get this chance.”

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Hard Rock Hotel box office, www.axs.com or charge-by-phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. VIP ticket and room and show packages are available at www.hardrockhotel.com.

KISS Gift Packs Now Available From Iconic Shop

Earlier this summer, KISS hit the road for their 40th Anniversary Tour and next month, the iconic rockers will be rocking Vegas! To celebrate, Iconic Shop™ has created custom gift packs so fans can rock right along with the band.

Offering unique music merchandise and collectibles from hundreds of artists, Iconic Shop spans across various genres including Classic Rock, Blues, Metal, Modern Rock, Punk, and Hip Hop. KISS has been shocking fans with their intense vocals and elaborate stage shows for four decades now. Fans, both old and young, were treated this summer when the band took to touring across the Unites States to pay tribute to their 40th anniversary. Although the tour officially ended in August, KISS will be performing in Vegas at The Joint between November 5 and 23, 2014. More information and tickets available here.

To celebrate the Kiss Rocks Vegas show, Iconic Shop wanted to create original KISS gift packs with a little something for every kind of fan. Offering four unique gift packs, Iconic Shop has combined some of their top-selling KISS-branded pieces to create a gift that is sure to please even the most devoted of KISS fans. Items included among the gift sets include a 4-piece glassware set emblazoned with the band’s iconic painted faces, Zippo lighter, and other collectables.

“KISS and their legendary army of fans have helped to define American rock over the past four decades,” says Iconic CEO, Tom Spain. “We couldn’t be more excited to release our custom gift packs that will pay tribute to such an iconic music act.”

Fans can visit the Iconic Shop website today to check out the gift packs as well as other KISS merchandise sold separately.

Gene Simmons Urges Women to "Stop Depending on Men" and "Get a Career"

(Video) Gene Simmons is getting attention again and it's not for the music!

The Kiss frontman appeared on Trending with Andrea Tantaros last week where he shared his thoughts on what women should be thinking when they're trying to succeed financially.

As it turns out, he says, ladies should be less focused on a man and more interested in earning a stable income.

"Here's the real skinny of life as we know it," he shared on Fox News while promoting his new book Me, Inc. "Let's all agree that woman should not depend on men. The statistics predominately tell us they will run out on you. Yes, infidelity, but the other problem is the economics of relationships."

Simmons later went on to explain his viewpoint that men "predominately" go out and earn a living for his family. But when trouble arises in a relationship, women are left with little options.

"Assume the man won't be there. Why not devote your time, your early years, to making your fortune?" he explained. "Get a career."

He added, "Life is not a straight line and I'm here to say women think differently than men. Men must work for a living. Women have the option of becoming the housewife, which is respectable and wonderful but what happens when the man runs away?"

And while Simmons says there are plenty of nice guys out there, the rocker assures female fans that they need to be smart when it comes to finding the one.

"Don't depend on them," he shared. "Why should you? They don't depend on you for anything. The less you depend on a man for emotional and financial support, the better off you'll be."

Simmons is no stranger to speaking his mind.

During an interview with HuffPost Live, the rocker said people moving to America should assimilate to the culture as quickly as possible.

"As an immigrant, I'm telling you: Learn to speak goddamn English," he said. "It is the key that will unlock the keys to the kingdom." He also faced backlash over comments about depression.

KISS: 'Love Gun: Deluxe Edition' Promotional Clip

KISS: 'Love Gun: Deluxe Edition' Promotional Clip.

Setlist at Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2014

Creatures of the Night
Psycho Circus
War Machine (Gene breathes fire)
Plaster Caster
Tears Are Falling
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Lick It Up
Calling Dr. Love
Hell or Hallelujah
Bass Solo (Gene spits blood and flies)
I Love It Loud
Detroit Rock City
Love Gun (Paul flies out to audience for entire song)
Black Diamond

Encore:
Shout It Out Loud
I Was Made for Lovin' You
Rock and Roll All Nite

Peter Criss music drives Gene Simmons crazy at book signing

(pagesix.com) Gene Simmons kept yelling “Turn on the music!” at the Barnes & Noble on Warren Street, where the Kiss rocker was signing copies of his humble book “Me, Inc.”

“Like a bad joke they played Peter Criss,” said my literary legman.

Drummer Criss, who sang “Beth” and “Hard Luck Woman,” has been fired or retired from the group three times.

Oprah: Where Are They Now?

(First Aired: Oct. 26, 2014) - OWN - The cast of ``A Different World'' reunites; updates from ``General Hospital'' actress Finola Hughes and Kiss' Paul Stanley.

PAUL STANLEY ON JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE

VIDEO: PAUL STANLEY ON JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE.

PAUL STANLEY: 'KISS Never Stops'

KISS members Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer spoke to Artisan News at the September 21 event at the John Varvatos boutique in Hollywood where menswear designer John Varvatos and former BEATLES drummer and music icon Ringo Starr celebrated their #PEACEROCKS initiative. You can watch the report here: Tommy, Paul.

MIPCOM: Kiss Star Gene Simmons Slams Coddling TV Talent Show Judges

(hollywoodreporter.com) "You can't sugarcoat shit, pardon me"

Gene Simmons is not one to sugarcoat his opinions.

Precious TV singing-competition show judges who coddle pop-star wannabes, rather than be brutally honest about their lack of talent, don't score points with the Kiss star. "You can't sugarcoat shit, pardon me. You can mentor anyone you like, but it's a waste of time if they don't have the goods intrinsically," Simmons told The Hollywood Reporter at MIPCOM, where he's launching his new reality format Coliseum from Sierra/Engine Television.

The music mogul is putting his own spin on the TV competition show genre by getting tough on contestants. Why? Because the music industry, like life itself, is cutthroat.

"Your qualification for being on this show is you can sing in the shower? Is that it, without paying any dues or writing songs or any stagecraft?" he questioned. Coliseum sees Simmons, who recently entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as Rock Caesar challenging contestants to form rock bands with a winning musical voice and performance.

The reality show veteran will motivate evolving acts before they perform in front of an audience. "We want to open the trapdoors of life and get tough. There will be heartbreak, and people are going to cry and their dreams will be shattered, just like in real life," the Kiss frontman said.

Simmons understands what leads singing competition show judges to nurture talent, rather than offer harsh and honest evaluations. "TV shows are fantasy because they're selling soap suds. It's family entertainment, it's primetime, the kids are there, and they [broadcasters] don't want to get too realistic," he said.

But Coliseum will prize image over voice when judging talent. "We want to create superstars, not just singers that get record deals," Simmons said. The other twist is that Coliseum will mix and match artists that contend on the show to find the perfect musical act.

Shuffling and reshuffling talent to find the perfect musical act is the focus of another reality TV competition format from Nemo Planet, Birth of a Band, being shopped by Peace Point Rights at MIPCOM this week.

Genesis rock band legend Mike Rutherford, backed by the Internet as a casting platform, will help mentor emerging talent to select contestants from six instrumental/vocal categories. Eric Mueller, senior vp international sales and acquisitions at ?Peace Point Rights, said music lovers are increasingly going to YouTube and Vimeo to find fresh musical talent.

So Birth of a Band will wrangle talent online before the transition to TV. Each week, competing teams will perform to impress audiences, with online voting leading to the reshuffling or elimination of bandmembers.

The final two teams will compete for the top prize of becoming a supporting act for a major band. "The aim is to identify the next Genesis," Mueller said.

Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp coming to Calgary

The legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp is coming to Calgary and will feature rock legend Gene Simmons of KISS fame, the Herald has learned.

The camp, which has been making dreams come true in the United States for the past 18 years, will hold its first foray into Canada January 8-11, 2015 in Calgary.

Simmons, a singer-songwriter, businessman, arena football co-owner of the LA KISS and media icon, headlines the launch of the business venture north of the border.

“Mentoring adult and young rockers at the fantasy camp has always been an amazingly rewarding experience for me,” said Simmons in a statement. “I enjoy teaching and handing over lessons I’ve learned from the business to musicians and upcoming talent.”

Over four days, attendees will get to fulfill their dreams by jamming with their idols who will help them perfect their instrument skills, vocals and stage presence. The campers, with guidance from the counsellors, will write, record and rehearse an original song at Heritage Hall at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and perform before a live audience at the downtown Calgary Fairmont Palliser Hotel.

Bryan Taylor, chief operating officer of Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp Canada, said the camp is hoping to attract 80 people. Cost is $5,500 for the song-writing portion of the camp and $8,900 for the whole package.

Taylor said the level of wealth and disposable income in Calgary made the business venture a viable proposition here.

“It’s transformational. The fun that people have at this thing and the way they come out of it, the excitement, it’s amazing what they can do,” said Taylor.

“There’s so much excitement in Calgary. It’s a young, growing, bursting at the seams active city looking to embrace more events. We thought what a great city to launch it in. The most energetic city in Canada and frankly let’s make the people in Toronto and Vancouver and all that look at us and go ‘wow, we want to get in on that too’.”

For more information on the camp visit www.rockandrollcampcanada.com.

George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, Souls of We) and Leland Sklar (who has contributed to over 2,000 albums) will also be joining Simmons as Rock Star Guests of the first Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in Canada.

Additional Rock Star Counsellors include: Lita Ford (The Runaways), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, DIO, Rick Derringer, John Lennon), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Queensryche), Teddy Andreadis (Carole King, Guns N Roses, Alice Cooper, BB King, Michael Jackson), Nick Catanese (Black Label Society), and four members of the Canadian Rock group Loverboy – Paul Dean, Matt Frenette, Doug Johnson, Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve.

David Fishof is the founder and creator of the concept. He’s worked with veteran rock legends such as Roger Daltrey, Levon Helm, Joe Walsh, Roger Hodgson, Todd Rundgren, Jack Bruce, Dr. John, Randy Bachman and many others.

AMC Exits Unscripted Programming To Focus On Scripted Series, 'Talking Dead' & 'Comic Book Men' To Continue

Three years after it entered the unscripted arena, AMC is pulling out to focus on its core scripted business. Of the network’s unscripted portfolio, only The Walking Dead hit aftershow Talking Dead and Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men will continue. Any other production or development of unscripted shows is being discontinued. That includes recently renewed Game of Arms, which will shut down production on its second season effective immediately. Producers will have the option of finding another home for their unscripted projects, with AMC’s full cooperation.

AMC has about 10 employees in New York and Los Angeles who focus on unscripted programming. Some of them will continue to service AMC’s two remaining series, though some will likely leave as part of the programming shift.

“Scripted originals are at the core of the AMC brand,” the network said in a statement to Deadline.”Iconic shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead have driven AMC’s evolution into a must-have television network. We are proud of our efforts in unscripted programming and the unique worlds we have been able to introduce, but in an environment of exploding content options for viewers, we have decided to make scripted programming our priority.”

AMC kicked off its foray into unscripted in 2011 with the docu-series Inside the DHS and The Pitch. A year and a half later, AMC launched an all-unscripted Thursday night with Comic Book Men as the anchor, but retreated from the night a year later, in 2013. Originally, the idea was to use reality programming as a replacement for movies in primetime. But, with the glut of unscripted programming on cable, audiences for it started to decline across the board as it became harder and harder to find a breakout hit, and many of those who did break out have had a short lifespan. Plus, reality series do not have the repeatability of scripted shows, and multiple play is key for cable networks. Meanwhile, AMC’s movies have performed reasonably well, with the network’s year-to-date adults 18-49 primetime movie audience actually up and younger than 2013.

More importantly, as cable universe becomes more fragmented, networks have been looking to narrow their brands to distinguish themselves from the competition. In a similar move, USA Network is pulling away from half-hour comedies to focus on its core drama programming that viewers associate with its brand.

What AMC is best known for is drama programming. It established itself as an original programming player with compelling series like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. It has struggled to launch a new drama hit over the past couple of years, but with no distractions trying to maintain both a scripted and unscripted portfolios, the network’s executives can now focus again on the AMC bread and butter and work on finding that next big drama franchise. In the meanwhile, AMC has offshoots of two of its biggest scripted series in the works, the upcoming Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul and the Walking Dead companion, which has received a pilot order.

The Walking Dead’s companion talk show, Talking Dead, has been a monster hit fitting for the series that spawned it — its season four averaged 5.6 million total viewers, 3.7 million adults 18-49 per episode in live+3.

Comic Book Men also has done well in its low-trafficked Sunday midnight slot, averaging 1.35 million total viewers, 969k adults 18-49 per episode in Season 3.

Peter Criss: Breast cancer 'scared the pants off me'

Peter Criss: Breast cancer 'scared the pants off me': video.

The Playboy Library: KISS Alive!

(playboy.com) We are not going to debate the music of KISS. If you love it, nothing I say will convince you otherwise; if you hate it, nothing I can say will make you reconsider.

Maybe.

Let’s talk facts: Forty-plus-year career. Over 100 million albums sold. Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame (albeit begrudgingly) Inductees. The industry and music elitists may not take them seriously, but a few million fans beg to differ. Sure, Pearl Jam is a hell of a band, but they don’t have their own army.

KISS rose from the ashes of Wicked Lester, a Jethro Tull-tinged prog-rock band led by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Realizing they were good but not great, Stanley and Simmons severed ties with Epic Records and set out with one goal in mind — create the rock band they had never seen, but wished they did. Stripping down their sound, abandoning the jazz flute and Hammond organ and bringing lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss into the fold, they focused on louder guitars and catchier melodies.

Deconstructing the early success of the Beatles Stanley and Simmons modeled themselves on the Fab Four formula: Four distinct personalities, twin lead singers (the rhythm guitarist and bassist) who occasionally gave the others time to shine singing songs that perfectly fit their well crafted personas. A few Wicked Lester holdovers, such as “She,” remained in the set, albeit barely recognizable as played through the new KISS locomotive.

Between February 1974 and March 1975 KISS released three albums — KISS, Hotter Than Hell, Dressed to Kill — all to mediocre sales. But their live shows were quickly becoming a thing of legend. You’ve seen the makeup and the fire and the blood. You know what I’m talking about. Alive! functions as a greatest hits of those first three albums and shows exactly how prolific the band was in their early days.

Released in September of ’75 (making it four albums in less than two years), *Alive! *was recorded at the behest of their modest but growing fan base, which complained their first three records did not come close to capturing the sound of their live shows. Recorded in Detroit, Cleveland, New Jersey and Ohio, Alive! would peak at #9, chart for a whopping 110 weeks and launch international KISSteria.

People may have come for the KISS spectacle, but they were staying for the music: “Deuce,” “Strutter,” “Hotter Than Hell,” “Cold Gin,” “Fire House,” “Rock And Roll All Nite”: They all sound as good blasting out of your car today as they did then.

This was the album that converted much of rock royalty: From Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Anthrax to Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift and Lady GaGa (whose most prized possession is a pair of 8” boots given to her by Paul Stanley) — the KISS Army spans the musical horizon.

There may not be a “Stairway to Heaven” on Alive! and that’s just fine. KISS isn’t about changing the world: KISS is about enjoying it while you’re here.

Gene Simmons and Engelbert Humperdinck compare tongues

KISS legend and tongue-acrobat Gene Simmons said he and Engelbert Humperdinck compared their talents while recording their duet “Spinning Wheel” for the British singer’s recent album, “Engelbert Calling,” which also includes duets with Elton John, Olivia Newton-John, Willie Nelson and Smokey Robinson.

Simmons recalled that, “While Engelbert and I were posing for photos, we made jokes. The usual stuff guys do. Some [were] inappropriate for younger ears, so I’m not sharing .?.?. He was curious if my tongue was as long as he had heard. And I offered that I would normally stick my tongue out, but noticed the floor wasn’t all that clean.”

Gene Simmons on "Kansas City Live"

Gene Simmons on "Kansas City Live": video.

SC guitarist faces child pornography charge

(charlotteobserver.com) (Mug shot) A former guitarist of Wicked Lester, the rock and roll band that preceded Kiss, was arrested in Beaufort County on Friday, accused of uploading child pornography.

Stephen Coronel, 63, of Bluffton was charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor following a search of his Plantation Pointe apartment, Sgt. Robin McIntosh of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies seized a number of electronic devices and other evidence, McIntosh said. Additional details were not available Friday, McIntosh said, citing the pending forensic analysis of evidence.

The investigation began when the U.S. Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force determined child pornography had been uploaded from a home in Bluffton, McIntosh said.

The task force and Sheriff's Office tracked the material to Coronel's home.

In 1970 and 1971, Coronel was a member of New York-based band Wicked Lester before members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley left to form Kiss.

Wicked Lester did not release an album, though Coronel helped write several songs that later appeared on Kiss albums.

Ace Frehley Says One Nice Thing About Each Former KISS Bandmate

Ace Frehley Says One Nice Thing About Each Former KISS Bandmate: video.

ACE FREHLEY: PAUL STANLEY Is 'One Of The Sloppiest Guitar Players Out There'

In the October issue of Metropolis Nights magazine, legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley sits down with celebrity journalist Chaunce Hayden and opens up about his relationship with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow below.

Chaunce Hayden: Recently, in Guitar World magazine, Paul [Stanley] said that you had lost a lot of your guitar skills and what a shame it was. How does that make you feel?

Ace Frehley: "I didn't read that, but I think that's hysterical. For Paul to try and say something negative against me as a guitar player? Come on! He should listen to himself playing live. He's one of the sloppiest guitar players out there. He's more worried about jumping around and pointing his finger. That's been the problem since the beginning of KISS. We all used to yell at him for making so many mistakes. I would try and cover for him. So for him to take a shot at my guitar playing…. Is he out of his mind?"

Chaunce Hayden: Vindication?

Ace Frehley: "Like I said, any of my critics now look foolish. That includes Paul and Gene and whoever else is on the bandwagon. They like to call me a drunk and a drug addict and everything else under the sun. The fact is I'm now enjoying eight years of sobriety as of yesterday. I continue to follow that road and put one foot in front of the other. One day at a time I get through it. It's really disheartening for people to continue to badger me and call me a loser just because I made some mistakes in the past. We should put that to bed. That's ancient history at this juncture. My body of work has stood the test of time and I know what I'm capable of doing. One thing Paul and Gene can never say about me is that in concert I always came through and delivered."

Chaunce Hayden: How do you feel about the new football reality show Gene and Paul are putting together for the AMC channel?

Ace Frehley: "I think they should put more time in the studio and maybe they would make better records. [Laughs]"

Chaunce Hayden: There was a rumor that you moved out of your house because you claimed it was haunted. Fact or fiction?

Ace Frehley: "That was true! I was living with my fiancée and we had to move out. She was pushed down a flight of stairs and a lot of things happened to me. I felt like I got punched in the face while up in the attic. Things were always flying around and moving. My fiancée is very psychic and she sees aberrations all the time. I don't see them, but she does. She's that sensitive."

Chaunce Hayden: We talking about ghosts?

Ace Frehley: "I don't know what they are. They could be inter-dimensional people or spirits that haven't found their way. But there's definitely something out there. I've experienced too many weird things to discount that something out there doesn't exist besides us.

Tommy Thayer, Sebastian Bach Perform At 'Scott Medlock - Robby Krieger' All-Star Concert

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Ace Frehley tour dates

Nov. 13 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre
Nov. 14 - Sugar Loaf, NY - Sugar Loaf PAC
Nov. 15 - Greensburg, PA - Palace Theatre
Nov. 17 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre
Nov. 18 - Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head
Nov. 20 - Huntington, NY - Paramount
Nov. 21 - Uncasville, CT - Wolf Den
Nov. 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Music Box @ Borgata
Nov. 24 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Nov. 25 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Nov. 26 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre

One On One 49 - Ace Frehley

(Listen) Legendary (former) KISS guitarist ACE FREHLEY and Queensrÿche guitarist, Michael Wilton, join Mitch on Episode 49 of One On One with Mitch Lafon. This episode was co-hosted by Creatures Of The Net Podcast host Cassius Morris.

In our first interview, iconic guitarist ACE FREHLEY talks to Mitch about his upcoming tour and new album, SPACE INVADER. The pair also discuss Richie Scarlet re-joining him on his upcoming tour, the recording of KISS’ Psycho Circus album, whether of not The Joker was an appropriate song to cover, his upcoming second book, his upcoming covers album, who was/is the best KISS drummer, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, was the Frehley’s Comet CD Second Sighting really a Tod Howarth solo album, the probability of reforming with Four By Fate’s John Regan and Tod Howarth and much more.

Kiss' 'Love Gun' Album Reportedly Getting Deluxe Edition Reissue

(ultimateclassicrock.com) Kiss fans will soon be able to pull the trigger on an even bigger ‘Love Gun.’

Universal Denmark has announced plans to reissue the band’s 1977 release, adding a second disc of demos, live cuts and interviews to a newly remastered version of the original recording. The new package reportedly comes with liner notes written by Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott, who’s obviously still feeling the buzz from the two bands spending time on the road together.

“The band’s sixth studio recording, ‘Love Gun’ was the first album to feature lead vocal performances from all four original band members, and the last studio album with the original Kiss lineup,” enthuses the label’s press release. “‘Love Gun’ has since gone on to sell more than four million copies worldwide.”

The ‘Love Gun’ deluxe edition is scheduled to arrive in European stores on Oct. 28; as of this writing, it isn’t known whether that release date applies to the U.S., or even whether Universal intends to carry over the reissue to the States. Check out the track listing below, and decide whether you’ll be importing the record when it comes out.

‘Love Gun’ Deluxe Edition Track Listing

Disc One (original album)
‘I Stole Your Love’
‘Christine Sixteen’
‘Got Love for Sale’
‘Shock Me’
‘Tomorrow and Tonight’
‘Love Gun’
‘Hooligan’
‘Almost Human’
‘Plaster Caster’
‘Then She Kissed Me’

Disc Two (bonus tracks)
‘Much Too Soon’ (Demo)
‘Plaster Caster’ (Demo)
‘Reputation’ (Demo)
‘Love Gun’ (Teaching Demo)
‘Love Gun’ (Demo)
Gene Simmons Interview (1977)
‘Tomorrow and Tonight’ (Demo)
‘I Know Who You Are’ (Demo)
‘Love Gun’ (Live in Largo, MD 1977)
‘Christine Sixteen’ (Live in Largo, MD 1977)
‘Shock Me’ (Live in Largo, MD 1977)

ACE FREHLEY Announces Lineup Of His Touring Band

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has announced the touring lineup for the first leg of his first U.S. shows in four years.

The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee has tapped none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace's "Trouble Walkin" platter in 1989, and will do so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach.

On bass and vocals will be Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger's 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley's new album, "Space Invader", on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL.

Finally, Scot Coogan will be behind the drum kit for Frehley's upcoming tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace's band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 "Rock Of Ages" tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON.

"I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer," Scot said. "When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again."

Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER's self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta.

Says Frehley: "I can't wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I'll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, 'Space Invader', for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!"

Matt Starr, the featured drummer on "Space Invader", will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"Space Invader", the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

Ace's previous CD, "Anomaly", opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27.

"Space Invader", which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker".

A Bunch Of B.S. With Brian Steward: Former KISS Guitarist BRUCE KULICK

A Bunch Of B.S. With Brian Steward: Former KISS Guitarist BRUCE KULICK: Listen.

MIPCOM: Kiss' Gene Simmons & Sierra/Engine To Fire Up 'Coliseum'

Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons is putting his own spin on the musical competition show format. The singer-bassist, together with Sierra/Engine Television, will be launching Coliseum at MIPCOM next month. Created by Simmons and Chris Philip, CEO of Sierra/Engine Television, Coliseum involves multiple contestants from all musical genres, forming bands to create an unforgettable act. Simmons will coach evolving acts on the show, which will culminate in a battle-of-the-bands concert. The fate of the bands lies in the hands of the Rock Caesar (Simmons) and the crowd. Each week, three guests from the recording industry will provide commentary. On the Croisette, Simmons will be pitching and offering his take on international versions of Coliseum. Sierra/Engine will handle global rights to the series in all media. The format also was developed by the Format People’s Justin Scroggie and Michel Rodrigue. Simmons and Paul Stanley’s docu series 4th And Loud is currently airing on AMC. It takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the inaugural season of the Arena Football League’s L.A. Kiss. For nine seasons, Simmons starred in his own realty series on A&E, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, and he also toplined VH1’s Gene Simmons’ Rock School for VH-1 for two seasons.

THE KISS ROOM - September 2014

(Listen) KISS ARMY, listen to the September edition of THE KISS ROOM, recorded LIVE on Friday, September 12, 2014 and originally broadcast via MontcoRadio.com!

Matt Porter is joined in THE KISS ROOM by Joey Cassata (KISSNation & Z02), Loretta Caravello (ericcarr.com), Eric Toddorocks Carr (etrcthefox.com) and Bob Grover!

Former ACE FREHLEY Bassist ANTHONY ESPOSITO Says He Was 'Tossed Away' And 'Dissed' By Original KISS Guitarist

Former ACE FREHLEY Bassist ANTHONY ESPOSITO Says He Was 'Tossed Away' And 'Dissed' By Original KISS Guitarist: video.

Kiss raise over $1 million for Oregon Military Museum at acoustic concert

(oregonlive.com) Where would Kiss be without their makeup and electric guitars, without the arena fireworks that still draw tens of thousands to their shows?

On Sunday night, the answer was Lake Oswego. To raise money for the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame quartet shed their makeup for a rare acoustic set, performing at a charity gala at Rick and Erika Miller’s Jantzen Island estate.

The event was the third “All Star Salute” that members of the group have been involved in — though the first that’s been graced with a Kiss performance. The $15 million museum is a project close to Kiss lead guitarist (and Oregon native) Tommy Thayer’s heart: It’s set to be named after his father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer, now 93, a World War II hero who liberated a Nazi death camp in 1945. As Mike Francis has reported, his actions may have saved Kiss bassist Gene Simmons’ mother, Flora Klein, who survived one such camp at the same time — which, exactly, has been lost to history.

Kiss and the Historical Outreach Foundation had hoped to raise $1 million at the intimate event, a number they beat on Sunday after a successful charity auction that saw Paul Stanley selling off one of his beloved guitars, played since 1989, for $20,000, among other prizes. Tickets to the evening ran $2,500 a person.

The Museum broke ground at Clackamas’ Camp Withycombe earlier this year, and is now halfway toward its $15 million fundraising goal.

Before the festivities and during the show, Kiss spoke of their commitment to the military and the “obligation” of supporting the Museum’s cause, but it was hardly a somber evening: drinks flowed and Stanley beckoned the small crowd to the front of the stage — and then onto it — in between tossing out an endless supply of guitar picks to the crowd. The band’s gone acoustic before, most famously in an MTV performance released in 1996, and Sunday’s set ran through rambunctious renditions of many of their “Unplugged” songs, including “Comin’ Home,” “Plaster Caster,” “Beth” and, of course, “Rock and Roll All Nite.”

Here’s the band’s full set list below. Look for interviews with Tommy Thayer and more shortly.

1. Comin’ Home
2. Hard Luck Woman
3. Calling Dr. Love
4. Do You Love Me?
5. Plaster Caster
6. Shout It Out Loud
7. Got to Choose
8. Christine Sixteen
9. Lick It Up
10. Goin’ Blind
11. Love Her All I Can
12. Hide Your Heart
13. Beth
14. Rock and All All Nite

Jade's 'Let Sign Shine' campaign wins celebrity support from Gene Simmons

Jade Chapman launched her “Let Sign Shine” campaign because she was worried that people with hearing difficulties, including her profoundly-deaf 10-year-old sister Laura, could become socially isolated if they are unable to communicate or understand spoken conversations.

She initially wrote to her MP George Freeman, and received a reply from children’s minister Edward Timpson in June, saying work was under way to develop a GCSE in British sign language (BSL), but it would be up to schools to “decide on what is right for them to teach”.

Since then, the 17-year-old Dereham Sixth Form student has collected more than 2,000 signatures on a petition which she hopes will eventually gather enough momentum to have the issue discussed in parliament.

Her campaign has already received national recognition from some famous faces, with BBC TV presenter Nick Knowles sending a personal email of support, and Matthew Wright from Channel 5 tweeting her petition link to his followers on social media.

But, as a rock music fan, Jade was “overwhelmed” to have also been retweeted by members of two stadium-filling US bands – Gene Simmons of Kiss, and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.

She said: “To begin with it is a bit hard to believe. I have to let it sink in and then aim even higher. I’m not sure how much higher we can get, but I will keep getting signatures. My petition has got 2,086 signatures, and I hope to get more from the new Year 12s when they come in to the college. Maybe we can get 10,000, which is enough to get it discussed in parliament.

“The support is getting there, even if there is still a way to go, I will not give up. I didn’t expect it to get this far, so I will continue with the campaign, that’s for sure.”

Jade said Nick Knowles, host of the DIY SOS show, replied after she contacted him via his web page. “I contacted quite a lot of people, but he was the only one who emailed back,” she said. “I used to watch him on TV as a kid. He said he has made deaf friends down the pub and he wishes he could communicate through sign language.”

Jade’s campaign has also seen her become a finalist in the education section of the Norfolk and Suffolk Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, and she was among the final 15 of 660 young people nominated for the national BBC Radio 1 teen awards.

She said: “It would help with general awareness if I won one of them – but it was not my aim to win awards. I just want to achieve the aim of my campaign, which is to get sign language taught in schools, and to stop the isolation which deaf people feel.”

Jade and Laura live on South Green in Dereham with their younger brother Luke, and parents Matt and Jo. Laura goes to Colman Junior School in Norwich, where they have a specialist deaf unit.

Jade’s Facebook Page is called Let Sign Shine and her online petition is at https://www.change.org/p/schools-to-teach-sign-language.

Gene Simmons: Sad Rice's Wife Isn't 'Copping To Fact She Was Abused'

When an American icon talks, you listen.

The rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and lead vocalist of Kiss Gene Simmons, joined the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show on Friday morning to discuss a variety of topics and to promote his charity MendingKids.org, which sends doctors all over the world to perform surgeries to underprivileged kids.

Simmons, of course, addressed the Ray Rice situation.

“We’re all in the peanut gallery,” Simmons said on Friday. “None of us know the specifics expect what we saw on TV. And if the NFL knew about it, whether it is the commissioner or anybody else, they’re held accountable. But the saddest part of all is that, and look I’m not invol