Monday, January 31, 2011

Producer Of 'Creatures' Says Ace Frehley Played Some Guitar On The Album

 
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In a recent interview with Greg Prato, the author of the new book "The Eric Carr Story", Greg revealed some interesting KISS news that has been somewhat of a mystery - up until now?

When Greg interviewed the producer of KISS' "Creatures of the Night" album Michael James Jackson for his book, Michael stated that Ace Frehley did in fact play some guitar on "Creatures".

What tracks he played on are unknown.

Throughout the life of the album, Ace Frehley was thought not to have played on "Creatures" even though his face (for contractual reasons) was still featured on the album cover.

PodKISSt #40 (Part 1): The Fox Rocks!

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On this edition of PodKISSt we’re bringing you TWO fantastic interviews. First, we’re joined by Greg Prato, author of the hot new Eric Carr biography. We also check in with the one and only Bruce Kulick, who shares a heartfelt appraisal of life with (and without) Eric Carr. In part two, we catch up with Eric’s sister, Loretta Caravello. And, of course, plenty of music from throughout Eric’s career! Hey, KISS Army… what are you waitin’ for?

Part One and Two HERE.

Photos: Gene And Shannon At Fort Hood


KISSopolis/Photos: Shannon Tweed

Here are a few photos of Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed during their visit to Fort Hood. 

Watch for this trip to be featured on a future episode of 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels'.

Today In KISStory - 2001

 
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Today in KISStory - January 31, 2001: Eric Singer Rejoins KISS, replacing Peter Criss, in Cat makeup. He performs on the Japan and Austrailan leg of the Farewell World Tour.

Singer was asked to rejoin Kiss in 2001 after Criss' departure shortly before the Australian and Japanese leg of Kiss' Farewell tour. Singer debuted in full "Catman" make-up and costume for the first time on the tour, causing some animosity because the "Catman" character had previously been solely portrayed by Criss, including during many of the band's successful years; even when Eric Carr replaced Criss, Carr did not don the makeup (he portrayed the "Fox" until Kiss dispensed with the makeup in 1983).

Singer was replaced again by Criss in 2003 but returned to the band by the end of the year after Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley opted not to renew Criss' contract. Since then Singer has been playing drums in Kiss as their permanent drummer. In 2009, Singer, along with lead guitarist Tommy Thayer, played and sang on the new Kiss album Sonic Boom, the first studio album to feature the new line-up.

Today in KISStory - 1999

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Today in KISStory - 1999: KISS Play "Rock And Roll All Nite" At Super Bowl XXXIII

Dallas City Hall Gives Gene Simmons Key To City

 
DallasObserver.com/by Robert Wilonsky

Well, that was ... surreal.

When I left Dallas City Hall at 4:50 this afternoon, Gene Simmons was still there -- in the mayor's fifth-floor conference room, surrounded by cameras and politicos and one or two fans who'd managed to work their way into the room. Laid out before the God of Thunder were myriad gifts handed to him by council member Steve Salazar about 20 minutes earlier, up in the Flag Room outside city council chambers -- a key to the city, a street sign bearing his name, a state flag that once flew over the Capitol in Austin and a blue vase upon which was engraved the city of Dallas seal. (That particular present had been given to Shannon Tweed, the 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year with whom Simmons has lived for 26 years.)

Somehow, in between spots, Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway managed to get the KISS singer and bassist and Tweed into his office, just down the hall from the conference room. When I walked in, after scootching by the A&E camera crew that perpetually follows around the couple for their Gene Simmons Family Jewels reality series, I overheard them talking about Caraway's Pull 'Em Up campaign.

"I need your help in pullin' up those pants," said Caraway, who, earlier, had taken off his gold pin emblazoned with the seal and made Simmons "a citizen of Dallas." (A shot of that follows.) It was unclear if Simmons had agreed to enlist in the Caraway Army.

But at some point, Simmons noticed a framed poster of Muhammad Ali -- that famous photo in which he towers over a vanquished Sonny Liston. Simmons, speaking so softly it was hard to hear at times, began talking about Ali and civil rights. Then, he told Caraway, "I used to live with Diana for two years -- Diana Ross -- and she used to talk about touring the South with the Supremes and how their tour bus would get shot at." Caraway nodded and said, "S'tough, man."

Below are more photos from the Flag Room ceremony -- easily, one of the more raucous events in Dallas City Hall history. Said The News's Rudy Bush, facetiously, "City Hall has never been more ... alive." More than a few times the room erupted in cheers, never more so than when Simmons insisted, in rock-star parlance, "Dallas rocks."

Most of the event proved to be a rather serious tribute to the troops and a plug for Simmons and Tweed's Angels & Aces event at Fair Park on Wednesday benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project. As Simmons said, he was glad everyone came out to see a celebrity, but "I'm a nobody," just some schmuck who wears "stupid sunglasses even in the dark." Said Simmons, "We're forever indebted to our troops who make our lives possible."

Still, it was kinda funny when Salazar -- standing with Tennell Atkins, Ron Natinsky and Caraway -- said he spent 12 years trying to get a street named for César Chávez. But, he joked, this time around he didn't have to go through the City Plan Commission or the council to get the street in front of the Centennial Building at Fair Park renamed Gene Simmons Boulevard for Wednesday night's event.

Simmons, who'd only expected to get the key to the city, actually seemed a little ... overwhelmed, maybe?

"I don't know what to say at this point," he said as the gifts kept on coming. He put his hand to his forehead -- a very oy vey look. But he happily, dutifully went where he was directed, and in between TV interviews, he signed autographs and posed for photos with the City Hall workers who'd packed into the Flag Room.

Oh -- and For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure, here's KISS at the Smirnoff on October 2, 2003. I should send it to Natinsky. When I asked him if he even knew who KISS was, he said, "Sure." I asked him to name a favorite song. "Hell, I dunno -- all of 'em." Riiight.

For all I know, Simmons is still at City Hall.

Gene Simmons Update On Fort Hood Visit

 KISSopolis/Gene Simmons Twitter/Photos: Shannon Tweed

Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed recently visited the troops at Fort Hood. Gene 'tweets' about the visit:

Gene: "Visited Fort Hood in Texas.  350 square miles of proud Army. @shannonleetweed drove an Abrams tank!!! Full speed!!!


We spent a few days at Fort Hood, the largest military base in the free world. We went there to honor our troops.

At Ford Hood, we visited the USO, which does amazing work to make life a little easier for our Troops.

Proud to have met all these magnificent members of our Army. Tomorrow, our soldiers are deploying overseas. We will be there to honor them."



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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gene Simmons Business Interview




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Gene Simmons interviewed by JT Foxx for his upcoming speaking engagement in L.A. Fo rmore information go to GeneSimmons.com

Today In KISStory - 1973

 
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On this day in KISStory - January 30, 1973, KISS performed their very first concert at Popcorn (The Coventry) in Queens, NY. The band performed 2 sets at the club that night for a crowd of under 10 people.

Gene recalls how that show came about:

1973 was the beginning.

Wicked Lester had just finished its album for EPIC RECORDS. There were five members in the band, including Paul and myself. Though we had a real recording contract with a major label, and though we had finished an entire album, we were depressed. It just wasn't what we had envisioned.

So, we started again. We tried firing the other three guys in Wicked Lester, but some wouldn't leave. So, we quit.

We started again with a vision. 'Let's put together the band we never saw on stage.'

We got a manager named LOU LINET, who managed JF MURPHY AND FREE FLOWING SALT and DIANA MARCOVITZ (or something like that)...and when he heard the newborn baby -- KISS. He thought it was the worst crap he had ever heard. Needless to say, he was gone immediately. So, we were managerless.

I put together a bio kit, while I worked at the Puerto Rican Interagency Council, as assistant to the Director. Peter's friend owned a printing press and printed up our invites.

But, where to play? We didn't have a manager. We didn't have an agent. We never had.

I made a phone call cold to a place called Popcorn in Queens, NY and on the phone convinced the guy to hire a band, who would soon be changing their name from WICKED LESTER to KISS.

We got the gig -- three nights -- Wed, Thurs and Fri for the sum total of $150.

That was the beginning.

Tommy Thayer Saves Par At The Bob Hope Classic

 
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 In the fourth round of the 2011 Bob Hope Classic at the Palmer Private Course, Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer makes a long putt at the par-3 17th to save par.


Gene Simmons At Fort Hood

 Photo: GSFJ Executive Producers

Here's a photo of Gene Simmons during his visit to Fort Hood on January 29, 2010. Look for this visit in a future upcoming episode of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels".

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Gene And Shannon In Fort Hood

Photo: Shannon Tweed

Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed with the 'girls who do all the work at the USO'

Gene Simmons And Shannon Tweed In Fort Hood

 Photo: Shannon Tweed

Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed in Fort Hood on January 29th about to visit the troops.

Eric Carr's "Rockheads" Comic Coming Soon

 
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PR) "NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK; Rocksville Station® comics is proud to present Eric Carr’s Rockheads™, a cartoon series featuring the artwork of Eric Carr. Publisher Dyna Meecho, LLC is currently working with Streetgang Productions, Inc. to bring you this cameo appearance of The Rockheads™ in comic book form. The street date for the publication will be April, 2011.

The Rockheads™ were created in the mid 1980’s by Eric Carr, the late drummer of the legendary rock band Kiss. Throughout his years with Kiss, Eric’s characters took shape and matured into an adorable cartoon series, with each one having their own special features and unique personalities. Eric had a vision for The Rockheads™ and attempted to pursue that vision with the aid of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

In 1987, Hanna Barbera Corporation and Landmark Entertainment showed a sincere interest in marketing The Rockheads™, recognizing that the fun, rock n’ roll theme would be appealing to many different age groups. However, because of Eric’s untimely death in 1991, he was unable to bring his project to fruition.

The Carr Family strongly believes in Eric’s vision of The Rockheads™, and have decided to pick up where Eric left off.

Kiss fans number in the millions and have waited years to see The Rockheads™ surface. Today Eric’s vision is premiered in Dyna Meecho’s second issue of Rocksville Station® titled “Ticket to Rock”.

The Rockheads™ are owned by the Carr Family, Bruce Kulick, guitarist for Kiss (1984 to 1996) and Adam Mitchell, a well respected song writer who’s songs have been performed by Kiss, Chicago, John Waite, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Paul Anka, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Bonnie Tyler, Art Garfunkel, Anne Murray, Nicolette Larson and dozens more.

The comic book will be offered in a true 32 page format and is also available online at www.ericcarr.com and www.kulick.net"

Gene Simmons Talks After Receiving Key To City Of Dallas

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Rockstar Gene Simmons talks after receiving a key to the City of Dallas at a cermony Friday at Dallas City Hall.

 

Concert Poster For KISS' San Juan, Puerto Rico Show

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Here's the poster for KISS' San Juan, Puerto Rico concert on March 12.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Gene Simmons Blvd

 Photo: Shannon Tweed's Twitter/www.wfaa.com

Gene Simmons received the key to the city of Dallas, Texas today as Shannon Tweed looks on. Shannon writes on her Twitter account about the event:  "Omg! NEVER gonna hear the end of this!"

Watch the ceremony video below.

Denton Motorcycle Maker Burns The Candle To Meet Deadline For Gene Simmons' Party

 
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Staff Writer Melissa Repko reports:

King Chancellor III has a few long nights ahead.

Chancellor, the owner of King Custom Motorcycles in Denton, is building a "Demon Chopper" for Gene Simmons' Aces & Angels Salute to the Troops , a Super Bowl party next Wednesday at Centennial Hall in Fair Park.

He's still got work to do, and parts to pay for.

"I haven't been sleeping, and I won't sleep 'til it's done," he said.

The Demon Chopper - worth up to $100,000 - will be auctioned at Simmons' bash to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit group that helps soldiers injured in the line of duty.

For Chancellor, 37, the cause is personal. He's a Marine veteran.

"We've got all the kids coming back from Iraq that are shot up," he said. "I think the general public doesn't realize what's at stake over there. They're removed from all of it."

Chancellor has been working the phones, trying to scrounge up money and parts. Party planners gave him $5,000, he said, but building a motorcycle like the one for Simmons' auction usually costs around $14,000. Chancellor says he's taken thousands of dollars out of his own savings, something he wouldn't do for another cause.

But the opportunity is exciting to him. Chancellor says he's been tinkering and doing metal work since he was "old enough to walk."

"Everyone was riding bicycles, and I was cutting them up with a cutting torch," he says, with a laugh.

Paul Stanley Almost Produced GNR's 'Appetite For Destruction'

 
Jason Baxter- lineout.thestranger.com

I've been reading Slash—the autobiography of, uh, Slash—recently, in preparation for an interview with the world-famous guitarist that ended up falling-through (Slash's publicist's actual words: "pulled out." I think that has a nice skanky adianoeta vibe to it, don't you?).

Regardless, from what little I read, I was able to glean some unsurprisingly lurid stories, and others that were just plain interesting. Maybe this is common knowledge, but were you aware that Paul Stanley of KISS™ almost produced Appetite for Destruction?

Gene Simmons Gets A Taste Of Cherry Cola's

 
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KISS legend/huckster hosts label showcase at Bathurst Street club, but leaves unimpressed by the talent

If, as Fred Armisen would have you believe, the dream of the '90s is alive in Portland, then Cherry Cola’s Rock and Rolla Cabaret and Lounge is where it went to die last night.

Billed as a showcase for KISS legend/huckster Gene Simmons’ all-Canadian record label, Simmons Records, the evening (and I do mean evening—the whole shebang was wrapped and in the Kasket by 9:30pm) played out as a parade of smile-and-bare-it showmanship and earnest tragic characters marching to the beat of fame’s elusive drum.

Trapped in an era even Simmons (a man usually devoid of irony) has an ironic detachment from, the Bathurst Street venue was modeled in the opulent style of a late-'80s/early-'90s Sunset Strip club, playing host to a throng of willing extras and a series musical pantomimes performed for a bored rock star aiming for gritty, street-level recognition to validate his Universal Music Canada–backed vanity label.

By 6:30pm, the club was packed with the usual Anvil rejects that have come to define Cherry Cola’s, record-company reps paying face-time homage and, of course, one over-zealous KISS fan who made it clear to anyone that would listen that he would not be leaving the premises without a signature from his blood-spewing hero. The only thing missing was Simmons himself—though his looming presence was made known by the arranging and rearranging of a plush "VIP" area. And to his credit, when Simmons arrived (exactly on cue at 7pm, as the first band came on), he shuffled quietly to the bar and "hung" with the "people" as his omnipresent camera crew doted around him.

Musically, the night was scheduled around a three-stage process: band plays trifecta of potential chart-busting hits, walks to the back for a private pow-wow with the Demon himself, pose for pictures, the next band repeats.

First up were Toronto-via-Calgary “rock and punk” group Inner City Elegance whose (as their press release boasts) “angular riffs, thick grooves and pop sensibility” (read: generic post-grunge sensibility) gave every failed rock star in the crowd a renewed sense of purpose—though the cute merch stand the band set up in the back of the bar earned them bonus points in my books. Unfortunately, not so for the God of Thunder who, after their private convo (to be aired at a later date, surely), told my female companion to hold onto the shirt they’d given him while he walked away.

Next up were Kitchener’s Courage My Love—disappointingly not decked out vintage shirts—who, on their Facebook page, state, “Our lyrics aren't the whiny slurs of 'misunderstood teenagers;' they tell stories of social change.” I was really hoping the band’s attitude would inspire an Oasis-vs.-Blur-like rivalry with one of the other bands or, at the very least, that fetching lead singer Mercedes Arn-Horn would elicit a misogynistic comment from the evening's lothario of honour. Alas, neither happened. Returning from the closed-door discussions, Simmons seemed more interested in talking to his fans than posing with the group; even though they were the best of the bunch, in Simmons' eyes, The Envy they ain’t.

The last band of the evening had a lead singer with frosted tips. 'Nuff said.

Looking rather exhausted, Simmons got the hell out of Cherry Cola's as soon as demonly possible, and who could blame him? When the realization of a dying dream is so blandly painted on the faces of your true fans, one can’t wake up fast enough. 

KISS Hard Rock Live Tickets On Sale Today

 
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Tickets for KISS' Hard Rock Live concert on March 17th at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, go on sale today  at 12:00 PM (EST) Ticketmaster.com. You may also purchase tickets by calling 1-800-745-3000.

KISS Rewind: The Ace Frehley Interview

 
Alison Richter

Last week, Examiner.com took a look back as Paul Stanley discussed the making of Psycho Circus. Today, the archives open again with Ace Frehley talking reunion, recording and lessons learned.

So … you’re on the West Coast. Rumor has it you hate it out there.
Let’s just say I’m not particularly fond of it! Hate is a strong word, and I don't want to offend any of our West Coast fans. Although I am looking at property in Malibu because I do like the ocean.

Do you remember the precise moment you got “the call”?
It wasn’t like one call. We were negotiating. When Peter and I were co-headlining a sold-out tour of Canada, during the course of that tour Gene spoke to my manager, who at the time was also managing Peter, about a reunion tour. It was after MTV Unplugged, and on the success of that, wheels started turning. Paul and Gene still thought Peter and I were alcoholic drug addicts, but we came in on time, were professional, and they looked at us in a different light. They started negotiating, we made a couple of trips to L.A. and talked in Gene’s office, the lawyers ironed out the legalities of contracts, and next thing we were on the road.

Why was it important to tour before recording?
We had no idea we were going to do an album. All we were gearing up for was a reunion tour. There were no plans for an album until toward the end. We realized, as it was winding down, that it was so successful. Everyone kept saying we should do another album. One night, we were in the dressing room putting on makeup — that’s the only chance we really had to talk; we were like four women in a beauty parlor! — and we decided an album would be a good idea. I’m real happy with the end result. Most people say it surpasses expectations.

There are no sexual overtones on this album. Was that a conscious effort?
We’re all more mature. We have families, children, and I wasn’t going to write a song about getting high now that I’m sober. I cringe a little now when I sing “Cold Gin,” but it’s one of the most requested songs, so we still have to do it live. I feel a little guilty, so I take it with a grain of salt; I’m not putting a drink in anybody’s hand. Our musicianship, our writing and vocals are stronger. Paul’s range surpasses anything he had twenty years ago. By far, he has the best range in the group, but what’s really special about KISS is that there are four singers with their own following. That gives it strength. The four of us together is bigger than any of us alone. That doesn’t mean when it’s over I won’t do another Ace Frehley album, but as long as KISS is hot and kids want us, I’m still here and having fun doing it.

You say “kids,” yet when you look at the audience …
There were a lot of teenagers and a lot of older fans who brought their own kids. There really was a wide variety.

Everyone asks what it was like being in the studio again. My question is this: Who were those four men in the beginning and who are they now?
When I was younger, I was very intimidated by the recording studio because I didn’t have much experience. Since I left KISS, I built my own studio, bought a second house with a digital studio, know how to engineer, use Pro Tools and edit on the computer. I can burn my own CDs and design my own labels. I think we were four crazy people with four different personalities and interests. You know how they say opposites attract? I’m the computer junkie. Gene is the workaholic, always involved in merchandising and writing songs. He’s the biggest driving force and hardest-working member of the band. I tip my hat to him. Peter has been through a lot. He’s on his third wife, a lovely lady named Gigi. We’re all going out tonight to see a movie.

Does the music you’re making now have anything to do with the music you made then?
Absolutely. It’s just more mature and shows growth. My guitar style hasn’t changed; I’m just more proficient. Paul really has grown as a guitar player; he can hold his own as lead. We’ve all gotten better and had a great chance to regroup and do it all over again. Young musicians come up to me, like Slash, Marilyn Manson — they were in school when KISS was huge. Above and beyond, I realize all the work we did in the 1970s influenced a whole generation of guitar players, and now we’re doing it again. When I’m 60, kids will come up and say, “You influenced me,” because I'm sure we’ll do Alive IV — it’s a never-ending saga! The craziest thing about our band is you can’t put us in any category. There is no other band like us. The only other group with such staying power is the Stones. Today, bands put out one or two albums and it’s over. I was 16 when I decided to be a rock star and everyone — my friends, my family — said, “You’re out of your mind. You’ll never make it. There's too much competition.” At 27, I was in one of the biggest groups in the world. I was always determined.

You once said, “My ability to laugh has gotten me through ... and a lot of prayer, too.” Are you a spiritual person?
Absolutely. That’s how I was raised. I was brought up Lutheran. I’m part German, Cherokee and Dutch. That’s a good combination. I’ve got roots because the Indians were here before anybody. Plus, I’m an Earth sign: Taurus. That’s why people gravitate toward me. I ground them. That’s why I’m so easy to get along with. My motto is, I treat people the way I like to be treated: no ego, no bulls**t, no rock star thing. I’m no better than anyone else just because I’m lucky enough to be in the biggest band in the world. I thank God for that every night before I go to bed. I have a beautiful daughter, things are great, they couldn’t be any better. The band is getting along great. We had a meeting; we used to have them weekly in the 1970s, then everyone became millionaires, went separate ways, we all bought mansions, but through thick and thin, the one thing that has gotten me through the hard times is my sense of humor. I never lost it; otherwise I might not have made it. There was a time when I was so down and out, and I guess it was a defense mechanism. There was a point when I wanted to blow my head off, and I’d start laughing and think, I love life too much; everything will work out. The music business is a roller coaster ride and I like roller coasters. I can’t imagine being in a 9-to-5 job, a corporation, retiring at 65 with a gold watch and playing golf until I die of a heart attack. Your life is planned out for you. I know I’ll live to be old because I’m kind of clairvoyant. When I was on tour with Peter, he asked me, “Do you think they’ll do [the reunion]?” I said, “Of course. Get ready,” because I'd had three or four flashes of being onstage with him, Paul and Gene, in makeup, vivid images that would last about three seconds.

When did you get into computers?
I’ve been working with them for probably twenty years. I’m very excited about the people doing our 3-D effects. I gravitated toward the programmers and animators on our video shoot. They were using silicon graphics machines like all the top Hollywood animators. These are the fastest computers on the market. The least expensive ones are $15,000. The programs are $25-30,000 for the software. A friend of mine just finished animation on the Bruce Willis film Armageddon, and she's going to start tutoring me.

You created the morph that closed the shows on the last tour. How did that come about?
I did them as a whim one day when I got back from touring with Peter. We were in negotiations for the reunion and I decided to scan the four solo album covers and put them in an animation program in a morph loop. I put them on high-eight double- resolution tape. When Gene, Paul and I flew from New York to L.A. for rehearsals, I had it in one of my camcorders and showed it to Gene. He completely flipped and said, “You programmed this?” I said, “Yeah, it took about four hours.” He said, “I want to use this!” I gave it to him. I’ve got other ideas. I’m working on a new animation to end the show on this tour. The programmers have explained to me how to make stuff come out of the screens with 3-D effects, like when I shoot the rocket out of my guitar. You duck; it’s scary! Now, with a real KISS album to back it up ... one of the heads of Mercury stopped by to say our single is one of the most added in the country, and I think the album will be received well.

How is technology affecting your music? It’s now possible to record and produce an entire album by yourself with a computer. Is it going too far?
We used Pro Tools during the album, not to record, but when we cut a track with a lot of spontaneity, even if it’s not perfect, we keep it. You can send it into Pro Tools and shift it; same with vocals if there’s a glitch. We use it that way. Some people can abuse it. Or they make a perfect record that they can’t play live. I try not to depend on computers to make me sound good. I usually do solos very spontaneously. I don’t work them out beforehand. I empty my head, do the solo, and if there are a couple of clunkers but the meat is good and the emotion is there, then that’s fine.

Did you believe in second chances before this? You know the old saying: “You can’t go back.”
I knew years ago this was going to happen because when I toured my own band from 1986-1990, and put out four albums, ninety percent of the fans I met, their first question was, “When are you guys getting back together and putting on the makeup?” It’s something fans demanded. They were relentless. Over the course of the years, they asked Gene and Paul thousands of times and they’d say no. I think when we did the Unplugged sessions, Paul and Gene realized that Peter and I weren’t that nuts and maybe they could work with us again. That’s the catalyst that started wheels turning — in Gene’s head, anyway! I’m having a ball doing it. Toward the end, when I quit, I was sick of putting makeup on. I wanted people to respect me for me and I got that as a solo artist, so it’s a non-issue now. We did a tour, an album, we’re starting a second reunion tour, and to me it’s just gravy, another step in my career that can show everybody that I have the right stuff. How long it lasts, only the big guy upstairs knows.

And you speak to him every night?
Sure, I pray. Most people do, I think. I would hope so. I used to be … I wouldn't pray until I got sick or thought I was going to die. Then you say, “Oh God, please, I don’t want to die.” A lot of people do that. I reevaluated and said, “I shouldn’t only pray when things are bad. I should also pray when things are good.” I’m not a religious fanatic by any stretch, but for me, it works. Everybody has to figure it out for themselves. It’s like A.A. I would go to meetings five or six days a week, but I would never tell my friends who drank, “You shouldn’t drink.” People have to learn for themselves. I’m not one to preach to others about how to live their lives. The first step in getting well is to realize you’re sick. I keep my guard up all the time. I still go to meetings. It’s just an hour out of my day and I walk out feeling better. I don’t want to end up where I used to be. I was half in the bag for most of the KISS concerts. Today is today and I’ve got myself together. I’m enjoying myself more than ever. It’s nice to play sober, remember what I played, and remember the people I shake hands with. I’ll tell you a story about the 1970s. We had a day off and we were at the pool. Gene used to be a lifeguard ...

What???
It’s true! So I’m in the pool; I must have drank a couple of six packs. There are a couple of bodyguards, groupies, everyone is loaded except Gene. I’m thinking about this cartoon where someone — Bugs Bunny, maybe — is drowning. He sticks up one finger, then two, then three. I started laughing so hard that I inhaled water into my lungs. Before I realized it, I was in trouble. I screamed, “Gene, help!” Everyone thought I was kidding, but he knew I was serious. He pulled me out, pumped water out of my lungs and put me to bed. Gene saved my life. I look back on all the insane things I did in the ’70s. I don’t need any chemicals or stimulants anymore. I’ve been through it all, done it all, and I’m happy the way I am now.

What is your definition of happiness?
I’m happy now. When I left KISS, I wasn’t. I was abusing substances, not getting along with my wife, Gene or Paul, Peter had left the group two years before and I missed my buddy because we were so close, and I started becoming suicidal. Gene still doesn’t understand it. I was so unhappy. I wanted to die. I’d leave the studio pissed off, come home to a crazy household, and a lot of times while driving home I thought, Is it worth it? I wanted to drive my car into a tree. I came to Gene and said, “I’m quitting the band.” He said, “How can you walk out on a ten million dollar record contract?” I said, “Because I can’t spend it six feet under!” Gene doesn’t get it; he thinks money solves everything. Well, it doesn’t buy happiness. You name it, I had it: houses, cars, studio, and I thought, Is this it? I always set goals for myself, and with the success of the solo album, I thought it was time for a change and felt I needed to leave the group and start my own band. It was hard in the beginning, but it was a learning experience. I got by, I still received residuals, the intimacy of the clubs was nice, whereas in arenas you can’t see anything because of the spotlights in your eyes. You can’t even touch the audience. But I’m enjoying it again, because when they lower the lights and I get a glimpse of people’s faces, smiling, you can’t beat that feeling. For two hours, they forget about all their problems, they’re entertained, and that makes me feel good. There’s this “power” you have, positive things you can do. But there is a negative side. For example, I don’t mind signing autographs, but some people can be really rude. I was in a restaurant once and a guy grabbed my hand while I was putting food in my mouth. I mean, at least wait. There’s a time and place. Luckily, I don’t get hounded the way Princess Diana did. I can’t imagine ...

Do you learn more from success or failure? How are the lessons different?
I learn from both, but probably more from failure because I’m thickheaded! Learning from mistakes is better. I lived through and learned from mine. A lot of people don't. I made a lot of mistakes and learned from all of them. Some people make big mistakes and don’t recover.

http://www.examiner.com/music-industry-in-national/kiss-rewind-the-ace-frehley-interview#ixzz1CJkd8szR

KISS Planning To 'Kick Some Butt' In 2011 With Their 20th Album

 
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Kiss are set to enter the studio in March and hope to have a new album, their 20th, out by the end of the year.

The band's 2009 album 'Sonic Boom' was their 19th full studio release, and marked the first time they'd put out an album for over ten years.

Speaking to Backstageaxxess.com, guitarist Tommy Thayer said: "We'll probably be in the studio by March, so sometime this year I'm sure you'll see a spanking new Kiss album that's going to kick some butt!"

Despite the 11-year gap between 1998's 'Psycho Circus' and 'Sonic Boom', their 19th album turned out to be the band's highest-ever charting album.

"We are starting to work on writing some songs, and we'll approach it just like we did with 'Sonic Boom'," Thayer said of the new album. "Keep it all in the band in terms of the writing, with no agenda besides writing great rock'n'roll songs that we love."

Thayer also said that the new album would once again be produced by the band's frontman Paul Stanley. "Paul knows more what a Kiss record should sound like than anybody," he said, "so he is going to lead the charge and produce it again."

Custom Motorcycle To Be Unveiled In Dallas By Gene Simmons

 
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On Feb. 2 Gene Simmons of the legendary rock band KISS will be hosting the “Aces and Angels” event at Centennial Hall at Fair Park in Dallas. The event’s main purpose is to support the Wounded Warriors Project, the USO, soldiers, veterans and their families. Besides concerts from Five For Fighting, Little Texas, The Grascals and Rival Sons, there will be auctions, poker tournaments and raffles.

The biggest and baddest event will be the unveiling of a customized bike, honoring and signed by the Demon himself, Simmons. The bike project is almost complete and according to its builder, King Chancellor owner of King Custom Motorcycles in Denton, the bike will resemble Gene’s Demon persona.
“Most of my bikes look like dragons and usually have pointy metals protruding from them,” King said. “If you get too close to some of my bikes you will get cut. Although all of my sheet metal flows, there are areas around the gas tanks, and handle bar grips which come to a point. So I’m always telling people to keep kids away from my motorcycles,” he laughed.

When King starts a project sometimes he will draw up his idea. Some of has drawings have ended up in the hands of such famous celebrities as Robbie Knievel. However, the idea for Simmons’ bike is all laid out in his head. All of the parts are in and ready to be painted and assembled.

The bike will be, “black and silver with airbrushed 'scales' on top,” King said. It will be considered a pro street bike and built to be “long and low.”

“The bike will have a 120 hp motor, 300 wide mm back tire, black crocodile seat, hand made custom sheet metal and 4x8 flat steel,” King added.

King has donated, “hundreds of hours into the bike,” he said. “But, when Gene signs it that will make it worth even more (for when it is auctioned off).”

King’s creation will be unveiled at the Feb. 2 event which will be held at Centennial Hall, Fair Park, Dallas. Then in the fall, the bike will be, “available for auction in Dallas for the next Aces and Angels event during the Red River Rivalry,” event producer Michael Eakman said.

This project is very dear to many involved, especially to King.  “As a former Marine I think building the bike supports a very good cause,” King said. “I am donating my time towards the bike, but we are trying to recover funds,” for a few expenses. To make a donation to the bikes fund call King at (940) 453-2392. “If we can raise more than what is needed, then I will keep building the bike for the project until the money runs out.”

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Simmons Talks Schwarzenegger

 KISSopolis

While in Toronto, Canada this week on a speaking seminar tour, Gene Simmons attended a keynote speech by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Gene writes about the event on his twitter account:

"Gov Schwarzenegger was in Toronto giving a Keynote Speech, the day after yours truly gave one at Toronto's Sony Center.

The Gov was very inspirational. A self made man, who has scaled the heights. To be admired.

Gov Schwarzenegger was in Toronto giving a Keynote Speech, the day after yours truly gave one at Toronto's Sony Ce http://twitpic.com/3tryg9

Betsy Berg/ICM who booked Gov Schwarz for event came by to chat.  She used to work for us & has gone on to bigger things. She's a go-getter."

New KISS Album Update

By Eric MacKinnon

New KISS Studio Album – coming soon. KISS heading into studio in March

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer has confirmed that the legendary rockers are heading back into the studio and plan to release a new album before the end of the year. And he reveals it will follow much the same format as 2009’s Sonic Boom which was a massive success on both sides of the Atlantic.
In an interview with BackstageAxxess Thayer says: “The great news is that we are going in the studio again in the next month or two. We are starting to work on writing some songs, approach it just like we did with Sonic Boom and keep it all in the band in terms of the writing, with no agenda besides writing great rock n’ roll songs that we love, then rehearsing them before then recording them. It really felt good to us so we’ll go the same way this time.”

The new record will be the bands 20th studio album and Thayer reveals KISS co-leader Paul Stanley will produce it, after the success he had at the helm on Sonic Boom He adds: “Paul knows more what a KISS record should sound like than anybody, to be honest with you, so he is going to lead the charge and produce it again and we are all really excited about it.

“I know we are going to start working on it really soon in terms of the writing and rehearsing and we’ll probably be in the studio by March, so sometime this year I’m sure you’ll see a spanking new KISS album that’s gonna kick some butt!”

KISS Returning To Puerto Rico

 
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KISS will bring their "Hottest Show on Earth Tour" to Puerto Rico with a show at Coliseo de Puerto Rico in Hato Rey on March 12, 2011.

www.coliseodepuertorico.com

A KISS Army Fan Club Presale will begin this Friday.

Pre-sale Start: Friday, January 28th, 2011 from 10AM local time
Pre-sale End: Saturday, January 29th, 2011 from 9AM local time

General public tickets will go on sale Saturday, January 29th, 2011 @ 10AM local time.

Gene Simmons And Arnold Schwarzenegger

 
KISSopolis/Photo: Shannon Tweed

Here's a photo of Gene Simmons and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Toronto during Arnolds speaking engagement on Wednesday, January 26th. Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed were in Toronto this week as part of Gene's speaking engagement tour.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gene Simmons To Recieve Key To City Of Dallas

 
Steve Thompson / cityhallblog.dallasnews.com

Council Member Steve Salazar To Present City Key To KISS Bassist.

Friday, Dallas City Council member Steve Salazar plans to present a key to the city to KISS bassist Gene Simmons, also known as "The Demon."

Why?

Here's the release:
Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed will be hosting more than 500 of our North and Central Texas soldiers who have just returned from Iraq and Afghanistan at Aces & Angels Salute to the Troops on Feb 2 at Centennial Hall in Fair Park. The event supports the USO and the Wounded Warrior Project. Gene Simmons will be filming his show here and entertaining the troops as he does all over the country. All parties would like to bring attention to the tireless work of our Armed Forces and those who support them and reinforce that pledge of support, gratitude and patriotism while the eyes of the world are focused on North Texas, the City of Dallas and the Super Bowl XLV events. For more information log on to www.aces-angels.org , Gene Simmons Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops on Facebook or @AcesAndAngels on Twitter.

KISS Pop! Figures In Stores Now

 
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The Funko KISS Pop! figures that we previewed on KOL back in December are now beginning to arrive at retail stores.

Be on the look out for the ultra rare chase KISS Pop! figures with GLOWING faces. Gene's chase figure has the glowing face and a tongue.

Tommy Thayer Interviewed At NAMM 2011

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One of the interviews Backstageaxxess.com set up while  at NAMM 2011 was with Kiss guitarist and all around nice guy Tommy Thayer.  Tommy was there to sign autographs and pose for pictures on behalf of his guitar amp company Hughes and Kettner. The Duotone amp is eye catching. It's lit up with an indigo blue that reflects Tommy's signature.  The best part about the amp is that Tommy's royalty payments from the sales of his signature amp go directly to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. After we talked about the amp, we dove into the state of Kiss.  Will there be a new Kiss album? Will there be a tour in support of it? Tommy answers these questions and more. Let's see if lightening really does strike twice... 


Petsmart Rocks With KISS

 
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For all you pet lovers out there, Petsmart will be launching a line of KISS pet accessories and t-shirts in April. Here's a sneak preview of the art mockups for their new KISS dog T-shirts!

Ed Roman Talks Vinnie Vincent Guitars

 
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At the 2011 NAMM show in Anaheim,  Tom Pilecki of Pear Guitars released the Vinnie Vincent Guitar !!! Prices are starting at $9,000.00.  Which is $5,000,00 higher than "The Ed Roman V Twin" starts at.

The guitar actually looked pretty good from 8 feet away. It did not measure up to the level of quality that we are doing on our V Twin Model. In fact it doesn't measure up to the Jackson model that was discontinued 10 years ago. I am a bit surprised, I know Tom Pilecki & I know he is capable of better quality. I suppose cost issues & royalties to Vinnie Vincent may play a part in this.

If you want to buy one do it quickly because, Ed Roman predicts that they won't be doing it for long. In my past experiences with Vinnie I am aware of certain issues that will likely trainwreck this instrument. If you want details contact the Jackson Custom Shop, they will tell you why they discontinued the original model.

I sold Vinnie Vincent a guitar back in the 70's when he was playing with Felix Cavaliere from The Rascals. Vinnie is a excellent musician who penned some of my favorite Kiss Tunes he also plays great guitar.

Vinnie had a great stage presence, he had a great all around look, It's too bad that the ego crashes between Gene Simmons & Vinnie caused the breakup. Even though Ace is an old old friend of mine & I love him dearly. My favorite Kiss lineup on stage was with Vinnie.

In the case of many multitalented individuals there are certain eccentricities that cause them to become their own worst enemies. I am and always will be a fan of Vinnie's work but working with Vinnie was very unproductive for us.

Gene Simmons Rocks Advertising Week

 
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“Everyone here is a brand,” said Gene Simmons.

And if anyone knows the power of a brand it’s Simmons, a founding member of the rock-n-roll dynasty KISS and now an entrepreneur and marketing guru.

Simmons, 61, addressed a crowd at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto Tuesday during the Institute of Communication Agencies’ annual Advertising Week.

During his presentation, audience members got a look at what makes the KISS brand so successful. The self-proclaimed “God Of Thunder” has flexed his marketing muscle to align the KISS name with big brands like Nike, Visa, Nestle, the Holiday Inn and the Indy race series.

There’s a KISS coffee house, video games, action figures, comic books and even coffins.
An hour and two video presentations later, Simmons walked down into the crowd and invited audience members to seek his business advice.

Simmons spoke with Evan, an aspiring musician who had traveled overnight by bus from New York City, CD in hand. Simmons examined the CD and wondered why Evan’s contact information wasn’t on cover.
“It’s inside,” Evan pointed out.

Simmons asked how Evan was currently paying his bills. Evan said he continues to “push his wares” and thankfully doesn’t have many bills because he still lives at home.

“Smart,” said Simmons, who had told earlier said he’d lived at home until he was 22. It’s a good idea for young people to stay at home and save as much money as possible, said Simmons.

After several minutes of back and forth with Evan, Simmons said, “watch this,” and passed the CD to a man sitting behind Evan–the president of Universal Canada.

Simmons then made his way over to the other side of the auditorium where a female university student with a green Mohawk handed him a black and red pillow adorned with his image.
The pillows cost around $8 to make and sell for $15 through the girl’s Facebook page. She asked what her next steps should be.

Simmons playfully asked how much she had paid him to use his image, and told her about that little thing called a licensing fee.

The scene quickly tuned into what could only be described as an episode of Dragon’s Den on crack. One woman presented her children’s book about a family called “The Farties” based on flatulence. She even performed a jingle… with her mouth.

Advertising week continues today with a documentary screening of Helvetica, a presentation by Google and the charity boxing event Agency Wars.

The Simmons’ Formula For Success

 
Story: Tony Van Alphen / Photo: Carlos Osorio - Toronto Star

There was no sign of the kabuki makeup or the platform dragon boots. No blood spitting “demon” bursting on the stage with his guitar and pyrotechnics exploding around him
Just a casually dressed Gene Simmons, the entrepreneur, offering his simple pearls of wisdom on how anyone can become successful and/or rich.

Simmons, the 61-year-old rock star, told about 400 curious onlookers at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts that they needed to listen, save, diversify, conduct proper due diligence and spend other people’s money to make it to the top.

Appearing as an Advertising Week event sponsored by the Toronto Star, he said they may not make it big like him as the architect of the worldwide KISS marketing and merchandising juggernaut but his tips might help.

“Everyone here is a brand,” said Simmons, who received $100,000 plus expenses for his 1-hour package of thoughts and answers to questions.
The entrepreneur and entertainer has leveraged the KISS rock music band into a money making marketing and merchandising machine with more than 2,500 licensed products during the last two decades.

They range from calendars and condoms to cups and coffins. There are KISS Visa platinum credit cards, comic books, a coffee house, video game, action figures, fragrances, footballs and pinball machines.

He is a partner in Simmons Abraham Marketing and Simmons Records with auto parts heiress Belinda Stronach and a co-founder of CoolSprings Life.com which provides estate planning for people with a net worth of more than $20 million.

“It’s the Rolls-Royce of estate planning,” he boasted.

Simmons said it’s important to listen to people and customers, noting that Hollywood film director and producer Stephen Spielberg speaks to people everywhere in all walks of life in search of advice.

He told them they should save and it’s not even a bad idea for young people to stay at home and use their money pursuing other opportunities.

“Jesus lived with his mom until he was 33,” he said strolling around the stage in white shoes. “I was 22.”

He added most people that strike it rich didn’t come from big cities or corporate cultures. They came from places like Liverpool (the Beatles) and Kitty Hawk (the Wright brothers.)

“You can come from anywhere and conquer the world,” Simmons said after showing a brief film clip of the KISS success story.

Simmons also urged the crowd not to “put all their eggs in one basket” and diversify into different interests by holding one job or two while still pursuing something they really enjoy.
Borrowing a strategy of many famous entrepreneurs, he told them to never spend their own money, if they can get it from somewhere else.

“I use other people’s money to make money for others,” he said.

Simmons said he also listens to his mother who told him to look beyond accomplishments of today and to the future and partner Shannon Tweed, who advises him regularly to conduct proper due diligence before teaming up with someone on a business deal.

He noted that the victims of New York fraudster Bernie Madoff never did enough homework before losing billions of dollars in his Ponzi schemes.

Among participants posing questions, one budding entrepreneur presented a pillow to Simmons with a picture of the rock star embroidered on it. She asked him for his advice.

Simmons smiled and joked that she would still have to pay a licensing fee to sell it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gene Simmons In Toronto

 Photo: Jim KISS

Gene Simmons in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on January 25th during his speaking engagement tour.

Thanks to Jim KISS for this photo.

"Detroit Rock City" Goes Reggae

Andy Rehfeldt

You have to check out this reggae version of the KISS classic "Detroit Rock City" by Andy Rehfeldt. 

Andy Rehfeldt writes: "I found the vocals alone, so I  had to do something with them. All instruments played and recorded by me."

Forget Football; It’s All About KISS

 
Christine Perez/frontburner.dmagazine.com

My younger brother, Marty, played football in college and is crazy about the game. But that’s not what’s compelling him to join tens of thousands of others in flocking to Dallas—um, Arlington—next week. An attorney in Dayton, Ohio, my brother is also a huge KISS fan, and has been since the 1970s. So when he heard about a big bash KISS’ Gene Simmons is throwing on Feb. 2, he immediately began looking into flights.

Simmons’ 2011 Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops will be the first major party of Super Bowl week. The KISS front man and his longtime partner, former Playmate Shannon Tweed, will host 500 Texas soldiers and about 2,500 partiers at Fair Park’s Centennial Hall. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the USO.

More than 50 professional athletes are slated to attend, including Jason Witten, Randy White, Jim McMahon, and Bret Saberhagen. Promoters also promise rock stars and television and film celebs. Entertainment will be provided by Five for Fighting (John Ondrasik), Little Texas, Rival Sons, and The Grascals. (What?! No KISS?!) The event also will include the Texas State Poker Championships, with the winner getting a $10,000 seat to represent the state Texas at the World Series of Poker.

The whole thing will be filmed by A&E for its reality series, Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels. Individual tickets and VIP cabanas for 10 remain available.

Supping With Simmons

 
Tara Bradbury / The Telegram/ Photo: Craig Norris

St. John’s woman has dinner with KISS rocker, Shannon Tweed

Shelley Chase is used to hanging out with celebrities, but even she admits she was star-struck earlier this month.

Chase, along with Great Big Sea’s Bob Hallett, runs Garrison Hill Entertainment — this province’s only booking and management agency, representing musicians like The Once and comedians like Snook and John Sheehan. She’s also an experienced show producer and it was in that capacity she was invited to Moncton, N.B., a little over a week ago.

It was there she had dinner with legendary KISS rocker Gene Simmons and his Newfoundland-born former Playboy playmate partner, Shannon Tweed.

Chase was invited to Moncton by friend Brad LeBlanc, the 21-year-old CEO of Momentum Group, which organizes various events around New Brunswick. Last year, the company produced The Atlantic Dream Festival; a weekend-long motivational event featuring speakers such as Sir Richard Branson and Kevin O’Leary.

LeBlanc was co-ordinating the Atlantic Brand Confabulation, a networking and informational event about personal and business branding, and asked Chase to host. Simmons was the event’s keynote speaker.
“I was brought into the event to help program the whole evening, and he was brought in to speak about branding and marketing,” Chase explained. “I was terrified at the thought of meeting him because I thought he was an ominous character. You hear a lot of different stories and mixed reviews about him, but my experience with him was I’ve never met such a consummate professional.”

LeBlanc has said the brand confabulation was “the beginning of a lot of work” he plans to do with Simmons.

Branding and marketing is Simmons’ forte. KISS might not be as popular as it was in the 1970s, but Simmons continues to make a career from business deals using the band’s logo, on everything from kids’ toothbrushes to snowboards to condoms.

Simmons spoke to the 850-strong audience about the importance of being passionate and confident in their work and their brand, and afterwards took questions, with the help of Chase, who co-ordinated the segment. From seasoned professionals to student entrepreneurs, Simmons was interested in every question and answered them honestly and with heart.

“He said to be rich like a rock star, meaning that if you’re going to be an agency or a goldfish seller, do it to a celebrity level,” Chase said. “Humility and all these things are lovely, but they don’t advance your brand or your company.

“He quoted from someone else, but he said every day he gets up and says, ‘Am I doing exactly what I want to be doing? If it was over tomorrow, am I in the place I want to be?’”

Once the event was over, and after a quick run to Shoppers Drug Mart with Tweed for makeup, Chase attended a private dinner with the couple. Simmons also had some words of wisdom for her.
“He was talking about the heart and the pocketbook. He asked me, ‘Where are you with your company? What are you doing and what’s the plan?’ He said, ‘Your pocketbook and your heart are two different things and they’re mutually exclusive. You can feed your pocketbook and then take care of your heart afterwards, but you can’t do it in the reverse order,’” Chase said.

Chase spoke to Simmons and Tweed about their reality TVshow, “Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels,” in which the couple appears with their two children, Nick and Sophie, and about Newfoundland — Tweed was raised on a mink farm in Whitbourne, but reportedly hasn’t been back to the province in more than 20 years. Despite not mentioning her hometown on the show, Chase said the couple has a soft spot for the province, and is open to bringing the show up this way.

“Unfortunately, up to this point, Newfoundland hasn’t been relevant on the show,” Chase said. “I can say that we did talk about the idea of bringing the show here, and (Tweed) said that Nick and Sophie have never been here. It’s not her choice (where the show is filmed), but she said they would very much like to bring the show here. That’s all that I can officially say at this point.”

Simmons was interested in the number of expatriate Newfoundlanders who have been returning home to start businesses, and wondered if there were any land development projects available for them, Chase said. He also entertained her with his version of Newfoundland sayings.

“He was trying to say, ‘Stay where you’re at till I gets where you’re to,’ and Shannon was laughing and trying to tell him how to get it right,” Chase said with a laugh.

Though he was direct and confident in conversation, Simmons wasn’t anything like the ominous character Chase was expecting, she said, describing him as polite, sweet and lovely.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Win Tickets To The Aces And Angels Party Hosted By Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed

 
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The celebrity event of the year is coming….Gene Simmons of KISS HOSTS Aces and Angels salute to the troops. The kick off event for big game week in dallas and KRLD has your tickets.

Register here for your chance to win: http://krld-am.listenernetwork.com/asp3/ContestDetail.aspx?AID=126049

Visit aces-angels.org to buy your tickets today.  Proudly supporting the USO & Wounded Warrior Project

The Party Buzz: Aces & Angels With Gene Simmons

 
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.com) – One of the biggest and best events coming to Dallas for the football championship will be Aces & Angels “Salute to the Troops” hosted by legendary rock star Gene Simmons from KISS.

Aces & Angels is getting a jump on the festivities by taking place on Wednesday, February 2nd. The party kicks off at 6pm in the The Centennial Building at Fair Park.
In addition to the national media outlets that will be covering this event, there will also be an A&E production crew filming Gene Simmons’ reality show Family Jewels. Partygoers will enjoy five hours of live music with performances by Five for Fighting, Little Texas, The Grascals, Rival Sons, and 4Troops (a quartet of military veterans).

Aces & Angels supports the Wounded Warrior Project and the USO. Gene Simmons will personally be escorting a group of 1,000 Texas soldiers from Ft. Hood and he’ll take a few injured troops to the Sunday game.

Many famous actors, comedians, rock stars and professional athletes will be playing the Vegas-style casino games and partaking in the gourmet food. Celebrities at past Aces & Angels parties include Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Shannon Elizabeth, Dane Cook, and Derek Hough.

There will also be a cigar lounge, VIP cabanas, and silent & live auctions. For the first-time ever, a special-edition Gene Simmons “Salute to the Troops” custom motorcycle will be unveiled at the event. Plus, someone will win a seat in the 2011 World Series of Poker by playing in the Aces & Angels poker tournament.

Tickets are still available, and you can get discounted rates by mentioning “RAGE” for individual tickets and “RAGEVIP” for cabanas. The Richie & Greggo Extravaganza will be broadcasting live from 2-7pm followed by Jagger & Jasmine from 7-11pm. Spread the buzz.

Rock & Roll Icons KISS Coming To Hard Rock

 
BROWARD NEWS & ENTERTAINMENT TODAY

Rock and roll icons KISS will bring their “Hottest Show on Earth Tour” to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on March 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 28 at noon.

Regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, KISS holds honors as one of America’s top gold record champions, recording 37 albums over 36 years and selling over 100 million albums worldwide. Record-breaking tours around the globe include high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the 2005 Rockin’ The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and most recently, the 2009 American Idol Finale before thirty million viewers.

The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. 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.

All seats are available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, open Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and on Sunday & Monday – only open on event days at noon. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time.

KISS To Rock 'Hard Rock Live' In Hollywood, Florida

 
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KISS will perform at Hard Rock Live at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Mar 17, 2011.

Stay tuned to KISSonline for details on KISS Army members-only ticket pre-sale and Meet & Greet packages.

www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

Madrid KISS Fan Fest

 
KISS Army Spain

KISS ARMY SPAIN celebrates it's second anniversary by hosting a KISS Fan Fest at the Sala Heineken in Madrid, Spain on February 5, 2011. The event features two of Spain's best KISS tribute bands - KISS FEVER BAND and EXKISSITOS. Meet KISS fans and friends from all parts of Spain! Enjoy KISS videos on the big screen, KISS merchandise, and visit the KISS Army Spain booth. In addition, there will a drawing for a Silvertone Paul Stanley guitar used on the Rock The Nation tour.

Come out and enjoy an authentic fan fest!

Buy tickets at http://www.ticktackticket.com/entradas/buscar.do?claves=Kiss+Fever+Band+-+Exkissitos&buscar=SEARCH&poblacion&categoria&dia&mesany&codIdioma=ING .

Vince Hatfield Releases "Beth"

www.vincehatfield.com

 Vince Hatfield's latest single is an awesome heartfelt rendition of the Kiss classic, "Beth," recorded and produced by Eric Paul.  Vince had never heard "Beth" up until February 2010 when his wife, Shawn, a big fan of "Kiss" since childhood, played Peter Criss' original single for him. During his recent February 2010 recording session at Ricky Skaggs studio in Nashville, Shawn asked Vince to record the song. The song was recorded and mixed but remained unheard outside of the studio until fate stepped in. While on vacation in July 2010 with his kids at a condo in Corpus Christie, the kids turned on the TV to an episode of Gene Simmon's Family Jewels. As the show aired a segment of Kiss on tour in Australia, Vince, Shawn and the kids watched as Gene explained to the new drummer, (of appx. 5 years), why he said "no" when he asked if he could sing "Beth" live. Gene stated emphatically that he had given his word to Peter Criss (the original "Kiss" drummer, co-writer, and vocalist on "Beth") when he left the band that Kiss would never do "Beth" live again.  Vince says he really admires Gene Simmons for being the type of person that kept his word with Peter Criss. Vince believes that in business, as well as in life, that trait of keeping ones word, is regretfully very rare in this day and time.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Season Six Confirmed For "Gene Simmons Family Jewels"

 
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No official date has been attached, but new episodes of Gene Simmons Family Jewels will be returning to A&E in 2011.

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1998 Interview With The Fifth Member of KISS, Sean Delaney

 
Mike Branvold

Former KISSonline webmaster Mike Branvold shares a classic KISS related interview. Mike writes:

"Exact date of this interview is not known, but it would be around mid 1998. I am not even sure this interview was ever posted before as it occurred just before I stopped work on KISS Otaku and started working on KISSonline."

"Sean Delaney, the fifth KISS member, discusses the book he had just started on. He talks about pre-KISS, the solo albums, how he got involved with Peter Criss' solo album and more."

Click HERE to listen to the interview with Sean Delaney.

Bruce Kulick Jams In School Of Rock Tribute

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Here are a few photos from School Of Rock's Tribute to KISS this past weekend in Hollywood. As you can see in the photos, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick stopped by to jam with the kids!

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