Tuesday, July 16, 2013

'70s KISS Tribute Band A.L.I.V.E. Confirm New Live Date


A.L.I.V.E.!, the new band put together strictly out of a passion for '70's era KISS was formed by good timing and happenstance! Rex Brown (bass; PANTERA, KILL DEVIL HILL), Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (guitar; GUNS N' ROSES), Brian Thomas Tichy (drums; WHITESNAKE, QUEENSRĊ¸CHE, OZZY OSBOURNE, S.U.N.) and Mark Zavon (guitar; Kill Devil Hill), have confirmed a new live date on July 26th at Shamrocks Grill And Pub- Chino Hills in Chino Hills, California. The band's itinerary includes:

24 - The Whiskey - Hollywood, CA
25 - LVCS - Las Vegas, NV
26 - Shamrocks Grill And Pub- Chino Hills - Chino Hills, CA

The members of A.L.I.V.E.! all ended up working together on rock journalist Mitch Lafon's KISS 40th Anniversary Tribute album for cancer care: A World With Heroes (more details here).

This serendipitous occurrence came to be when Rex and Tichy laid down bass and drums on Bumblefoot's version of 'Detroit Rock City' in which not only does Thal play all guitars, he sings all vocals. Tichy also tracked drums, backgrounds, rhythm and leads (along with Zavon) to Rex and Zavon's version of 'Larger Than Life'. Rex makes his debut lead vocal on this track.

When the emails started circling, it became apparent that they all shared the same love for KISS in the '70's. At the same time, they all were all somewhat shocked by how much Thal sounded like Paul Stanley and Rex like Gene Simmons on their tracks. Therein lay the set up leading to the formation of A.L.I.V.E.