Friday, April 12, 2013

Richie Wise Guitarist And Producer Looks Back On Dust And Working With KISS

Robert Cavuoto |

There are few artists you can single-handedly point to as being trail blazers of a specific musical style.

But, when it comes to American heavy metal, Dust is one such band.

Comprised of singer/guitarist/songwriter Richie Wise, bassist Kenny Aaronson, drummer Marc Bell [aka Marky Ramone] and Kenny Kerner supplying lyrics and sharing songwriting and production duties, the band issued a pair of cult classic albums – 1971′s self-titled debut and 1972′s Hard Attack – before splitting up.

Both albums have been long out-of-print, but headbangers will now get a chance to discover the legend, as Sony/Legacy will be reissuing both albums on a remastered (from the original analog master tapes) single CD on April 16th, with a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl version released on April 20th.

And while they may not have acquired fame with Dust, all four aforementioned contributors found success elsewhere.

Bell as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/Grammy Award-winning drummer for the Ramones [after changing his name to Marky Ramone], Aaronson as a bassist-for-hire with rock’s elite [Bob Dylan, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett], and Kerner and Wise as a successful production duo who produced KISS‘ first two classic albums.

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