Monday, March 31, 2014

Sebastian Bach Visits KISS by Monster Mini Golf

KISS by Monster Mini Golf

A big thanks to Sebastian Bach for visiting KISS by Monster Mini Golf last night and adding to his awesome KISS collection. You Rock Sebastian! Here he is checking out the KISS Monster Book.

KISS’ Simmons And Stanley Talk Cocks, Cattle And ‘The Elder’

Kiss founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley examine their personal relationship, compare sexual conquests and agree on their band’s biggest mistake in a brand new interview.

Simmons gets the ball rolling by using semi-anatomical metaphors to explain what role he and his bandmate of over 40 years play in the ongoing success of Kiss. If you were somehow expecting subtlety from the author of lyrics such as “For goodness sakes / My snake’s alive and it’s ready to bite,” you’re in for a surprise.

‘Paul is the soul of Kiss and I’m… the cock.’ Simmons tells Classic Rock magazine. ‘Paul is much more emotional, and I’m drier. Paul will go see romantic movies, I’ll throw up at them.” Drummer Eric Singer adds outside perspective to the dynamic: ‘Gene loves the sound of his own voice, we all know that. But nothing happens in Kiss unless Paul Stanley says it does.”

When asked the most burning question anyone can be presented with — who’s slept with more women, him or Gene — Stanley replies, “I think I had more that would qualify as women. With him you were also throwing in cattle. But we both did very well. Gene likes to stand up and say: ‘Look at me, and look at what I’ve done.’ And that’s okay. But who had more? I don’t know. He certainly had ones that I didn’t want.”

One thing the duo agree on is the biggest mistake in Kiss history. Surprise, surprise, it’s the oft-mocked 1981 concept album ‘Music from the Elder.’ “It was just folly,” Stanley insists. “I’m not ashamed of it, but that and the movie ‘Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park‘ stand out as us getting off at the wrong exit.”

Simmons goes even further, declaring that the album “was entirely my fault… that started out as an idea for a movie, until Bob Ezrin read it and said, ‘This will be your ‘Tommy.’ Oops! But that album refocused us. After that we were a wild animal, peeing on our territory and saying, ‘We make the rules, not you.”

Sunday, March 30, 2014

KISS Has Much To Celebrate In 2014

2014 certainly is shaping up to be the year of KISS. The 41 year old rock band has more going on in the first few months of this year than most groups half their age do. To say KISS are overachievers would be a gross understatement.

After many years of the band's loyal fans petitioning the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame to have the band inducted, the time has finally come. The group's original line-up including Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss will be awarded the prestigious honor on April 10th. While it's a great show of adoration, KISS is making a stand by not performing at the event as the Hall of Fame won't recognize present members of the band Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.

"...We won't be playing there. We'll just accept the award. 'Thank you very much.' We've been around forty years. Tommy and Eric have been in the band 20 years - two and a half times longer than Ace and Peter. You're going to slap them in the face and we're supposed to... get up on stage and do it? No, that's not going to happen," Bassist Gene Simmons stated to Entertainment Weekly.

2014 also marks the 40th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album. Recorded in 1973, the album was the first release for Casablanca Records. The album was produced by Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise at Bell Sound Studios in New York City. It contains legendary tracks like "Strutter," "Nothin' to Lose," "Firehouse," "Cold Gin," "Let Me Know," "Kissin' Time," "Deuce," "Love Theme from Kiss," "100,000 Years," and "Black Diamond." Many of them became regular staples of their live performances over the past four decades.

KISS isn't only continuing to conquer the music universe. They're also moving into the world of sports. Their Arena Football team, L.A. KISS, won their inaugural game against the San Antonio Talons. Decked out in uniforms covered in flames and a KISS logo, the players are quickly proving to be as fierce on the field as their mascots are on the stage.

Both Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons shared their excitement over the win. The Starchild proclaimed, "We win first game! SO PROUD AND EXCITED! Congrats Bob and the team! ONWARD!" The Demon proudly commented, "Congratulations to everyone on our team... Won very first game against the respected San Antonio Talons!!! Very proud of our team."

To top everything off, KISS is embarking on a North American tour in 2014 with fellow Arena Rock kings Def Leppard. It kicks off Monday, June 30th in West Valley City, UT and travels to over 40 cities. Can we expect them to play the entire self-titled album on this tour? We'll have to wait and see.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley wanted fans to know this tour isn't only about lining their own pockets with the almighty dollar. They plan on giving something back to the people that work hard to protect our country and provide the freedom to "Rock'n'Roll All Nite and Party Every Day." One dollar from each ticket sold will go to the Wounded Warrior Project and other military non-profits. They're also planning to hire veterans as part of their touring crew.

"We try to find a couple of vets who want to go out and be part of the team. This is a chance for somebody to travel and be part of the Kiss Army," Stanley said.

KISS will continue its year of celebration throughout 2014. They're releasing a CD set and a vinyl set for starters. The vinyl set will include albums never before released in the format. Fans of the greatest Rock'n'Roll band in the world better get prepared to be KISS'd!

Go to KISS's official website for all the latest news about the band.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Creatures Of The Net - Episode #68 - Cooking With KISS! (W/ Chef Marlon)

 Creatures Of The Net

Today on Creatures Of The Net, an interview with KISS’ tour chef, Chef Marlon Alexander. I also give my thoughts on the Rolling Stone cover, the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame and more.

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Ace Frehley Joins the TFW Guest List

Please welcome Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 inductee Ace Frehley to Texas Frightmare Weekend!

Ace Frehley is the former lead guitarist for hard rock super group KISS, best known for his “Space Ace” character, on stage stagger, cackling laugh and smoking guitar effects.

From LoudWire:

It’s a good year to be Ace Frehley! Not only is the legendary KISS guitarist about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but he also has his first solo album in five years about to hit shelves. Frehley has announced that his latest disc, ‘Space Invader,’ will be released June 24 via eOne Music.

Fans can look forward to nine original new cuts, plus Ace is taking on the Steve Miller Band classic, ‘The Joker.’ This will be Frehley’s first release as part of his new record deal with eOne.

In other Ace Frehley news, the guitarist will be part of the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. He’s signed on to be one of the presenters, joining Zakk Wylde onstage as they reveal the winner of this year’s Dimebag Darrell ‘Best Guitarist’ Award. Frehley stated of his participation, “It’s exciting to finally be part of the Golden Gods Awards and an honor to be part of any Dimebag memorial award. He was a friend and I know everyone misses him, as do I.” The 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards take place April 23 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

More info HERE:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Slipknot's Corey Taylor Calls Out KISS For Rock Hall Drama

According to The Pulse Of Radio, STONE SOUR/SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor has called out KISS in a new interview with over the public feud between the current band members, two original ex-members and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame over the group's long-awaited induction into the Hall next month. Taylor said, "On one hand, you're stoked being a KISS fan, but on the other hand it's, like, 'Can you guys just put aside your petty issues and realize that without one another you wouldn't have been able to do this? Can you just set stuff aside and do one show for the fans of the original lineup again? And then you never have to see each other again?'"

KISS co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley firmly rejected the idea of performing at the induction ceremony with former founding members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, despite the Hall's and fans' wishes.

Taylor added, "Without (Frehley and Criss), the other two guys wouldn't be where they are! And that's just me layin' it straight! I might not ever get a kind word from anybody in that band anymore. But I think it's petty and I think it's ridiculous! Figure it out! Show respect, because sometimes it's not about you, it's about the fans."

But Taylor, who has seen his share of turbulent times in SLIPKNOT, admitted that band relationships can be tricky. He said, "We're just crazy people who can't get along sometimes… Now add fame and money and all that rock and roll craziness to it — we're lucky we don't eat each other in this industry!"

KISS will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 10 at a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, along with NIRVANA, Linda Ronstadt and others.

Taylor and SLIPKNOT are currently recording their first studio album since 2008's "All Hope Is Gone".

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Ace Frehley Announces New Album "Space Invader"

Ace Frehley's official Facebook page: 
We are excited to announce the new album SPACE INVADER, Ace's first new solo album in five years, via E1 Music on June 24th, 2014. The album will include at least nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker.”

An official statement from Ace surrounding the exciting news:
“Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time. Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!” - TEAM ACE

Ace Frehley Signs With eOne Music; Reveals New Album Title, Street Date

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee ACE FREHLEY will release Space Invader, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on June 24th. The album will include at least nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of THE STEVE MILLER BAND’s 'The Joker'. This album is the first release under Frehley's new universal deal on eOne Music

Frehley has released an official statement surrounding the exciting news: “Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time. Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!”

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 demonstrably 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). The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show Entourage and was also KISS’ second bestselling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as 'I Was Made For Lovin’ You', 'Beth' and 'Calling Dr. Love' even after 36 years.

Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and received a welcoming response among critics.

Ace will participate in the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards show by presenting the Dimebag Darrell "Best Guitarist" Award alongside label-mate ZAKK WYLDE. The awards show will take place on April 23, 2014 at the Club Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now.

Frehley adds: “It’s exciting to finally be part of the Golden Gods, awards and an honor to be part of any Dimebag memorial award. He was a friend, and I know everyone misses him, as do I.”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gene Simmons & Engelbert Humperdinck Duet Now Available

You can now purchase and listen to a clip of Gene Simmons and Engelbert Humperdinck singing the duet "Spinning Wheel" from Engelbert's new duet album "Engelbert Calling".

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Gene Simmons Rock Camp Starts This Thursday

Gene Simmons is your host -- along with current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. Simmons is also bringing along compatriots Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), and Dave Ellefson (Megadeth). Counselors include Lita Ford, Vinny Appice, Rudy Sarzo, and Phil Soussan.

The KISS-themed Rock Camp is from Thursday, March 27th through March 30th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

For more info HERE:

Paul Stanley Of KISS' 20 Best Onstage Quotes

Source: | Photo: Michael Putland/Getty Images

The choicest lines from the king of concert banter

Shouted Out Loud

Paul Stanley is many things: Singer-guitarist in Kiss, painter, philanthropist, musical theater adept, author. He's also, indisputably, one of the all-time masters of rock & roll stage banter. By turns rousing, hilarious and non-sensical (and always entertaining), Stanley knows exactly how to keep the concert energy high even when the band is between songs. In honor of our new cover story (online in full here now!), here are 20 of his most delirious declarations taken from the viral bootleg collection Let Me Get This Off My Chest. By Melissa Horn.

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KISSopolis Turns 5 Years Old

KISSopolis is celebrating its fifth birthday this month. We would like to thank you, the KISS Army, for making us one of your daily sources for KISS news. We appreciate it.

Here's to five more years. Thank you, KISS Army!

Three Sides Of The Coin - Episode #68 - Memories Of Bill Aucoin Shared By His Partner Roman Fernandez

We are joined Bill Aucoin's partner Roman Fernandez. Roman shares his personal stories and memories of Bill. An insightful and touching look into the life of one of the men responsible for KISS' success. You get a glimpse into who Bill Aucoin is as person. We also discuss Peter Criss' appearance on That Metal Show and the upcoming KISS Vinyl Box Set release.

Beatlemania's Mitch Weissman Talks KISS

Mitch Weissman once played the role of 'Paul McCartney' in the original Broadway production of Beatlemania, but it's his association with Gene Simmons and KISS that fans keep asking him about. Mitch Weissman goes one-on-one in this interview with rock journalist, Mitch Lafon. During the conversation, we find out about Mitch's involvement in Gene Simmons' 1978 solo album, writing and submitting songs for the KISS album Creatures Of The Night, Lick It Up, Animalize and Crazy Nights (as well as the heavily KISS connected Wendy O' Williams album, WOW.) Weissman even lifts the veil of mystery surrounding ghost musicians on those KISS albums and comes clean as to what he did and did not play on. Also, hear Mitch tell stories about Cher, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Jimmy Crespo, former Aerosmith managers Steve Leber and David Krebs as well as Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

KISS Finally Get The Cover Of Rolling Stone

After 40 years, the original members of Kiss make their first appearance on Rolling Stone's cover

You wanted the best? It took a while, but you got the best: Forty years after the release of their debut album, Kiss have finally made the cover of Rolling Stone. Marking the band's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the cover image is a classic 1975 photo of the band's original lineup: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, plus Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, who were both gone from the band by the early Eighties.

The cover story, by Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt, tells the sad, hilarious and triumphant story of one of the biggest rock bands ever, taking an in-depth look at the founding members' lives and careers. Hiatt hung out with all four original members in their homes (in San Diego, Beverly Hills and Monmouth County, New Jersey) where they shared fond memories and, inevitably, some intense backbiting. "I keep thinking about Ace and Peter," Simmons admits. “"What are they doing now? Where are they?’ It’s gotta be close to the end. How do you make any money? How do you pay your bills?"

Even Stanley and Simmons have had their differences. "We've always seen each other as brothers," says Stanley. "What we seem to be at odds at is how you treat your brother. Gene’s priority, by far, has always been himself. And he’s not one to let anyone else’s feelings or contributions get in the way."

They also explain precisely why they won't be reuniting for a performance at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Stanley and Simmons offered to allow the former members to jam with Kiss' current lineup, featuring guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, but Ace and Peter found that proposition deeply insulting. "I won’t be disrespected," Criss says. "How can you put me in the Hall of Fame and then tell me to go sit over there in the corner while another guy puts on my makeup and plays? That’s an injustice. To the fans, too."

Simmons counters that Frehley and Criss "no longer deserve to wear the paint." "The makeup is earned," he adds."Just being there at the beginning is not enough… And if you blow it for yourself, it's your fault. You can’t blame your band members. 'Oh, look what happened to me. Oh, poor me.' Look at my little violin. I have no sympathy."

Frehley suggests another reason for the current members' reluctance: "The reason they don’t want to perform with me and Peter is because the last time they did, they had to do a reunion tour. We play three songs, the fans go crazy. They don't want to open up a can of worms." Frehley, meanwhile, says he licensed – rather than sold ­– the rights to his Spaceman makeup to the band, and suggests that he’s due to get the rights back sometime soon.

Also in the story, Simmons says his touring days are almost be done. "I’m 64 now," he says. "Three more tours. Two, if I have a life change of some kind."

For much more on Kiss, check out the cover story, on sale Friday, March 28th — and online tomorrow, March 26th.

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CNN KISS Special Airs April 11th

Source: | Photo: Ross Halfin Photography

CNN's Poppy Harlow interviewed Tommy, Eric, Paul and Gene today for a CNN KISS special. The CNN Spotlight on KISS airs on April 11th at 10pm ET.

In this photo: Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Actress Pom Klementieff & Paul Stanley.

The KISS Room - March Edition

KISS ARMY, listen to the March edition of THE KISS ROOM, recorded LIVE on Friday, March 21!

MATT PORTER is joined by:

• The starchild CHRIS GIORDANO from KISS IT
and KISStory!
• ALANA MAUGER from The Grunge Garage
• KISS talk, KISS tunes and MORE!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Social Media Helps Sick Johnson County Boy's Dream Come True


PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A Johnson County boy's dream is coming true. The 8-year-old has been through several operations including four jaw surgeries. He has a unique music interest for a young boy...and thanks to social media he will meet his musical heroes.

About 6 months into her pregnancy, Natasha Miller, received devastating news.

"They unfortunately thought it would be in my best interest to terminate my pregnancy at that point," explains Miller.

Miller says she could not do that, and went to see specialists in Cincinnati where a few months later her son was born and diagnosed with Nager Syndrome.

"When he was born there were 90 documented cases and 24 survivors," says Miller.

Now, eight years later..."He has a trach, he has a feeding tube, he has a medi-port, he has shortened arms, and he does not have thumbs," Miller explains.

However, what Isaac does a love for the 70s rock band, KISS!

Miller says her son discovered the band one day while watching videos on YouTube.

"Our lives have not been the same ever since. It is KISS birthday parties, KISS halloween, everything...he wants a KISS hermit crab, a KISS hearing aid," she explains.

A few days ago she found out that this summer, the group is playing in Cincinnati...the town where Isaac was born.

Miller says, "I was overwhelmed with people who were like, 'I want him to go! I want to help'."

So, a website to raise money for tickets was set up.

"Before even 24 hours, there was over $1,300 in there," says Miller.

The website spread like wildfire through social media with the help of groups like the 'KISS Army'. Bringing in donations from several states as well as Canada and Australia.

Miller says, "Okay that's enough we got enough for tickets...they were like No! We want him to have a limo ride, a nice motel room, one t-shirt of every kind."

They also worked to get the attention of the group, and it worked!

Thursday night, Miller, received a phone call from a man who works with the band.

She says, "He explained to go ahead and get our tickets, but don't buy meet and greet tickets..that he was going to take care of that for our family."

Folks from all over coming together, to make sure Isaac's dream comes true. As he will rock and roll all night with the band that puts a smile on his face

"Shows you there are still good people out there," says Miller.

The KISS and Def Leppard concert is July 15th.

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Gene Simmons Featured In Spanish "Metal Hammer" Magazine

Source: KISS Army Spain

Gene Simmons guides us through the chaos of the recording industry in a four-page interview in the latest issue of the Spanish "Metal Hammer".

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Latest KISS Magazine Cover: "This Is Rock"


Here's Paul Stanley on the cover of the April issue of Spain's "This is Rock".

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Latest KISS Magazine Cover: "CLASSIX!"


KISS is featured in a new magazine from Italy called "CLASSIX!". KISS appear on the cover and there's a 20 page article inside.

More information on the magazine HERE:

Friday, March 21, 2014

Nikki Sixx: "Peter & Ace F*cked Themselves For Sure!" | Source:

Motely Crue's Nikki Sixx has apparently just finished reading Paul Stanley's forthcoming memoir "Face The Music: A Life Exposed" and has posted the following statement on his official Twitter account:

Nikki Sixx: 

"Just finished @PaulStanleyLive book and have a clearer understanding of the inner working's of KISS. Peter & Ace fucked themselves for sure!"

 Paul Stanley replied to Nikki on Twitter: 
"Glad you love my book. The truth is the truth. We'lll hang when you're back. Hey to Courtney. Have a blast"

Paul Stanley's book will be released on April 8 via HarperOne.

Peter Criss Rips KISS For Not Giving ‘Ten Minutes’ To Fans For Hall Of Fame

On the eve of Kiss‘ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Peter Criss had some strong new words for Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for their decision to not play at the ceremony.

“What’s wrong with giving ten minutes of your time for the forty years that you’ve given us?” the band’s original drummer asks on the upcoming episode of VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show.’ (Without seeing the interview, one presumes Criss might mean “…for the forty years the fans have given us?”) He spoke those words at the end of the show, when he addressed Kiss fans everywhere to say that he was upset at being excluded from performing with the group on April 10. The ‘That Metal Show’ episode will air Saturday, March 22 and 11:00PM Eastern.

Reminiscent of last year’s scenario with Guns N’ Roses, this has turned into a situation where no one is likely to walk away happy. Ace Frehley recently said the current incarnation of Kiss is “half a Kiss cover band.’ Stanley called the Hall “tainted, corrupted and distorted,” which led to the Hall’s CEO to pen a statement explaining why only the original members would be inducted. Last week, Simmons and Stanley exchanged words with critic, Hall of Fame committee member and longtime Kiss hater Dave Marsh.

Even though there will be no reunion of the original lineup at the induction, Criss and Frehley still have the memories of when they performed at ‘That Metal Show’ host’s Eddie Trunk’s party last October. It was the first time they had been on stage together since 2000.

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KISS Accuses Hall Of Fame Of Bias

KISS founding member Paul Stanley has accused the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of giving other bands preferential treatment when deciding who can be inducted.

It comes after Stanley and bandmate Gene Simmons learned that longtime members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer would not be honoured by the hall because they were not part of the original line-up.

As a result, KISS has turned down an invitation to perform at their own induction ceremony in April.

Stanley and Simmons have pointed out to Hall of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman that founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were only in the band for the first seven years, whereas current members Singer and Thayer have played with KISS for 20 years.

Stanley on Thursday wrote an open letter to Peresman in which he accuses the foundation of favouritism.

He cites their 1994 decision to let rock band Grateful Dead induct 12 members from an ever-changing line-up, including behind-the-scenes songwriter Robert Hunter.

"The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame continues to attempt to restore its questionable credibility and glimpses behind the facade with nonsense and half truths," the singer says in the letter posted on the KISS website.

"The truth is Joel Peresman and the rest of the decision makers refused to consider the induction of any former KISS members and specifically the late Eric Carr and Bruce Kulick who were both in the band through multi-platinum albums and worldwide tours and didn't wear make-up.

Stanley said the preferential treatment of the Grateful Dead went so far that they were given the power to choose how many members they wanted to be inducted.

They even allowed their request to include a songwriter who had never been a Grateful Dead member, he said.

"There is no getting around the reality ... (of) the Hall Of Fame's favouritism and preferential treatment towards artists they like," he said.

The singer said the Hall should "just accept the truth as it is and move on" rather than try to explain its reasons.

Former KISS Drummer Peter Criss Addresses Rock Hall Induction on ‘That Metal Show’ Episode

You’ll want to check out VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show’ this weekend as former KISS drummer Peter Criss is the primary guest. The musician, of course, addressed the band’s upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and had a few pointed comments in the process.

Criss called out his old bandmates for making the decision not to perform at the Rock Hall induction ceremony. “What’s wrong with giving ten minutes of your time, for the forty years that you’ve given us?,” exclaimed Criss, referring to the band’s loyal fans. And while the drummer is critical of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley‘s choice, he did speak fondly of the joyful early days playing with KISS and recently having the chance to play with Ace Frehley again. Criss also spoke openly about his battle and triumph over male breast cancer.

Also joining ‘That Metal Show’ in the studio this week is Charred Walls of the Damned drummer Richard Christy, who serves as the guest musician. Christy rocks his drumming skills in front of Criss, his childhood hero, and also offers the KISS legend a special thank you for inspiring his musical path. The drummer also provides an update on the band’s new album progress.

Viewers can also look for the ‘Put It on the Table’ segment of questions with Criss, a ‘TMS Top 5′ that ranks KISS songs, and a ‘Throwdown’ debate about the better live album — ‘Alive’ or ‘Alive II.’ And host Eddie Trunk once again fields audience trivia for the ‘Stump the Trunk’ segment.

The latest episode of ‘That Metal Show’ airs Saturday, March 22 at 11PM ET/PT

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Interview: Kenny Kerner Talks KISS

Producer Kenny Kerner sat down with rock journalist Mitch Lafon to discuss his involvement in KISS first two albums: 'KISS' & 'Hotter Than Hell'. The albums both released 40 years ago in 1974 were co-produced by Kerner and Richie Wise. During the interview Kerner reminisces about KISS' showcase concert at New York City's Le Tang's Ballet Studio in 1973, picking KISS' demo tape out of a box left outside Neil Bogart's office, working on KISS' first and second album, working with Richie Wise, managing, music business advice, his impressions of all the members of KISS as well as Neil Bogart, Sean Delaney and his particular fondness for longtime KISS manager, Bill Aucoin. Kerner also offers his opinion as to why the first two KISS albums weren't commercial successes and why he was fired and thus prevented from being involved in KISS' third album, 'Dressed To Kill'. This one hour interview explores in depth two of American rock's most iconic albums from one of rock's most iconic bands, KISS. Kenny also talks about his current venture 'The Cool School - For Music Business Studies'.

This Week's Episode Of "That Metal Show" Rock N' Rolls All Night With Peter Criss

That Metal Show returns this week with their biggest episode of the current season to date. In the midst of the controversy around KISS not allowing two of it’s original members to perform on stage during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 10th, KISS original drummer Peter Criss shares how he really feels about this matter with hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine. Peter also recounts the joyful early days of KISS, his battle and triumph over male breast cancer, and the joy he felt when playing with Ace Frehley again at host Eddie Trunk’s recent 30-years-in-radio celebration.

In Put It On The Table, Peter answers which band he wishes he could be in if it wasn’t KISS, the song he wishes he wrote, and the best concert he ever attended. The episode ends with Criss addressing the KISS Army telling them how sad he is that he won’t be able to play for them one more time and, as he so eloquently says to Paul and Gene, “What’s wrong with giving ten minutes of your time, for the forty years that you’ve given us?”

Charred Walls of the Damned drummer Richard Christy also drops by the show to take on the coveted guest musician job. Christy showcases his drumming skills while performing in front of his childhood hero, Criss. At one point Richard thanks Peter saying that if it wasn’t for Peter and Kiss, Richard would not be playing drums today. Christy also lets us know that he is currently in the studio working on the new Charred Walls of the Damned album, which will be out some time next year.

Episode ten also features the usual fan-favorite segments: The TMS Top 5 tackles the Top 5 KISS Songs with all three hosts only agreeing on one song, the epic Black Diamond. Peter then adds a few of his own that were missed. This week’s Throwdown pits the KISS classic live albums Alive against Alive II. The decision is unanimous as the original Alive wins the title. This week’s Stump The Trunk finds Eddie battling to regain his dominance over the audience questions with the end result being lots of camera time for everyone’s favorite Miss Box of Junk, Jennifer.

Episode ten of That Metal Show airs this Saturday, March 22nd at 11:00PM ET/PT.

Read more HERE.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Classic Rock Launches KISS Limited Collector’s Edition 40th Anniversary Folio

Calling all members of the Kiss Army!

To celebrate 40 years since the debut of the first Kiss album, Classic Rock is releasing a Limited Edition Collector’s Folio containing four exclusive copies of Classic Rock issue No.196.

This limited deluxe edition features four issues of the magazine – one for each band member – with an exclusive Danny Clinch solo shot (suited and booted by John Varvatos) on the cover of each. The run is strictly limited to 2,500 copies.

As well as the epic 18-page celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary, each of the four issues comes with bespoke bonus content, plus a giant double-sided A1 poster from the forthcoming Kiss film by Alan G. Parker.

Each cover will include an exclusive, additional interview with the respective cover star – be it Paul, Gene, Eric or Tommy, the ultimate Kiss Buyer’s Guide and more.

As if that wasn’t enough, it’s all housed in a luxurious, foil-embossed hardback slipcase.

You can order this special limited edition here. Get ’em while they’re hotter than hell… When they’re gone, they’re gone!

Please note, this is a premium product and weighs over 2kg, therefore shipping has been included in the total cost.

Only available while stocks last. Please note all packages will be sent in a La Poste package. Shipping will commence from April 9.

The standard issue of Classic Rock issue No.196, with Kiss on the front cover, will be available on UK newsstands from March 26 – or you can pre-order here:

Today In KISStory - 1975

Today in KISStory - March 19, 1975: KISS release their third studio album "Dressed To Kill".

"C'mon And Love Me" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" were released as singles from the album. "Dressed To Kill" was certified Gold by the RIAA on February 28, 1977.

Track Listing:

1. "Room Service"
2. "Two Timer"
3. "Ladies in Waiting"
4. "Getaway"
5. "Rock Bottom"
6. "C'mon and Love Me"
7. "Anything for My Baby"
8. "She"
9. "Love Her All I Can"
10. "Rock and Roll All Nite"

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Video: KISS & Def Leppard 2014 Tour Press Conference

Here's video of KISS and Def Leppard announcing their 2014 Summer Tour at a press conference in L.A. at the House of Blues on Monday, March 17, 2014.

Click HERE to see tour dates.

Paul Stanley Responds To Hall's Comments To Billboard

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame continues to attempt to restore it's questionable credibility and glimpses behind the facade with nonsense and half truths.

The truth is Joel Peresman and the rest of the decision makers refused to consider the induction of ANY former KISS members and specifically the late Eric Carr and Bruce Kulick who were both in the band through multi platinum albums and worldwide tours and DIDN'T wear makeup.

There is no getting around the reality that the Hall of Fame's favoritism and preferential treatment towards artists they like goes as far as ASKING the Grateful Dead how many members THEY wanted the hall to induct and following their directive while also including a songwriter who was never in the actual band.

Let's just accept the truth as it is and move on.

- Paul Stanley

Billboard Article:

KISS, Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour

After its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, Kiss will hit the road to celebrate.

The rock band announced today (March 17) a co-headlining tour this summer with fellow rockers Def Leppard.

The 42-city jaunt across North America is set to begin June 23 in West Valley City, Utah, stretching all the way to Aug. 31 in Woodlands, Texas.

The tour was announced Monday at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, with a stream provided online by Live Nation. According to USA Today, the prospect of the bands touring together was first proposed by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Kiss' Gene Simmons while the duo played as part of a rock 'n' roll all stars tour two years ago.

A pre-sale, hosted by, will take place starting March 18 at 10 a.m. Regular ticket sales start March 21 on Live Nation's website and mobile app.

Kiss will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 10 in New York -- though it'll only be the band's original lineup getting passes to the hall, something about which Kiss member Paul Stanley has voiced his displeasure in the weeks leading up the induction ceremony.

See below for a full list of tour dates.

Kiss/Def Leppard Summer Tour 2014

June 23 - West Valley City, Utah (USANA Amphitheater)
June 25 - Denver, Colo. (Pepsi Center)
June 27 - Ridgefield, Wash. (Sleep Country Amphitheater)
June 29 - Auburn, Wash. (White River Amphitheatre)
July 2 - Concord, Calif. (Concord Pavilion)
July 3 - Wheatland, Calif. (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
July 5 - Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
July 6 - Chula Vista, Calif. (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
July 8 - Los Angeles, Calif. (The Forum)
July 9 - Phoenix, Ariz. (Ak-Chin Pavilion)
July 12 - Austin, Texas (Austin360 Amphitheater) (on sale March 22)
July 13 - Dallas, Texas (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
July 15 - Cincinnati, Ohio (Riverbend Music Center)
July 16 - Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena)
July 18 - Atlanta, Ga. (Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood) (on sale March 22)
July 19 - Charlotte, N.C. (PNC Music Pavilion)
July 20 - Raleigh, N.C. (Walnut Creek Amphitheatre)
July 22 - West Palm Beach, Fla. (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
July 23 - Tampa, Fla. (MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre)
July 25 - Bristow, Va. (Jiffy Lube Live)
July 26 - Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center) (on sale March 22)
Aug. 1 - Mansfield, Mass. (Xfinity Center)
Aug. 2 - Atlantic City, N.J. (Boardwalk Hall)
Aug. 3 - Camden, N.J. (Susquehanna Bank Center)
Aug. 5 - Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) (on sale March 22)
Aug. 6 - Wantagh, N.Y. (Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre) (on sale March 22)
Aug. 8 - Virginia Beach, Va. (Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach) (on sale March 22)
Aug. 9 - Scranton, Pa. (Pavilion at Montage Mountain)
Aug. 10 - Hartford, Conn. (Xfinity Theatre)
Aug. 12 - Toronto, Ontario (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
Aug. 13 - Darien, N.Y. (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center) (on sale March 22)
Aug. 15 - East Troy, Wisc. (Alpine Valley Music Theatre)
Aug. 16 - Tinley Park, Ill. (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
Aug. 17 - Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Center)
Aug. 20 - Des Moines, Iowa (Wells Fargo Arena)
Aug. 22 - Noblesville, Ind. (Klipsch Music Center)
Aug. 23 - Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre) (on sale March 22)
Aug. 24 - Burgettstown, Pa. (First Niagara Pavilion) (on sale March 22)
Aug. 26 - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)
Aug. 28 - Maryland Heights, Mo. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater) (on sale March 22)
Aug. 29 - Tulsa, Okla. (BOK Center)
Aug. 31 - Woodlands, Texas (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)

Monday, March 17, 2014

KISS & Def Leppard - The World's Biggest Rock Bands Set To Tour This Summer

Tickets On Sale Starting Friday, March 21 Through Live Nation Mobile App and at

LOS ANGELES – March 17, 2014 – This summer two of the world's greatest rock bands, KISS and DEF LEPPARD, are set to deliver a massive tour dedicated to fans who wanna rock and roll all night! These two legendary rock bands spanning two continents announced today that they will launch the tour as KISS celebrates their 40th year in music. The summer's biggest hit-fueled rock tour, promoted exclusively by Live Nation, will storm through 40-plus cities throughout North America kicking-off on Monday, June 23 in West Valley City, UT at the USANA Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale starting on Friday, March 21 through the Live Nation mobile app and at

With combined album sales of over 200 million, KISS and Def Leppard are more than just iconic; they remain TODAY'S dominant powerhouses of rock tallying 30+ chart-topping hits, countless sold out MEGA tours and awards and accolades from around the globe. Known for their elaborate and spectacular stage shows, each band plans to give fans the ultimate summer concert experience with the most impressive lighting and sound production ever along with KISS' signature over-the-top pyrotechnics.

KISS consists of vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons, vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. Def Leppard consists of vocalist Joe Elliott, guitarist Vivian Campbell, guitarist Phil Collen, bassist Rick “Sav” Savage and drummer Rick Allen.

Tour Dates:

Mon Jun 23 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheater
Wed Jun 25 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Fri Jun 27 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater
Sun Jun 29 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater
Wed Jul 02 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
Thu Jul 03 Wheatland, CA Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
Sat Jul 05 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sun Jul 06 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Tue Jul 08 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Wed Jul 09 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sat Jul 12 Austin, TX austin360 Amphitheater
Sun Jul 13 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Tue Jul 15 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Wed Jul 16 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Fri Jul 18 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
Sat Jul 19 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Sun Jul 20 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Tue Jul 22 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
Wed Jul 23 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
Fri Jul 25 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Sat Jul 26 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri Aug 01 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
Sat Aug 02 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
Sun Aug 03 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Tue Aug 05 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Wed Aug 06 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
Fri Aug 08 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Sat Aug 09 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sun Aug 10 Hartford, CT The Xfinity Theatre
Tue Aug 12 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 13 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Fri Aug 15 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theater
Sat Aug 16 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun Aug 17 Minneapolis, MN Target Center**
Wed Aug 20 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena**
Fri Aug 22 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sat Aug 23 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sun Aug 24 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Tue Aug 26 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Thu Aug 28 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Fri Aug 29 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Sun Aug 31 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


Rock Hall Band Members Inductees


I wonder if anything is going to change down the road regarding multiple band members getting inducted. It's pretty clear the Hall itself doesn't know how to handle any of this. The carelessness of past snubs has never been corrected. Anyway there's this bit of NomCom history:

Former NomCom member Jeff Tamarkin wrote this on his Facebook page:

As much as I despise Kiss, Paul Stanley is actually correct when he says that the R&R Hall of Fame bends its rules at whim. He cites the Grateful Dead's induction and his take on that is 100% accurate. I was on the Hall's nominating committee when the Dead were being inducted. Jon Landau, Bruce's manager and one of the big shots at the Hall, asked me to find out from the Dead which members they wanted included. The word came back from their spokesman: "all or none." And so Robert Hunter, their chief songwriter who was never an official band member, was inducted along with, I think, 11 or 12 others. That even included Vince Welnick, who had only been playing keyboards with them for several years.

Similar situations have occurred with other bands, and then there has been the opposite: many instances where a lead singer was inducted but not the band members (which is why the E Street Band are going in now), or situations where key members were inducted but not later or earlier ones (as with Jefferson Airplane, who chose to induct only the best known six members from their prime years, shunning Skip Spence, Signe Anderson, Papa John Creach, Joey Covington and John Barbata).

In other words, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame remains a big joke.

Also for all you Dave Marsh haters, more from Tamarkin:

Jeff Tamarkin ....that doesn't explain why only six of the Airplane's full-time members were inducted. In each case it was left up to the bands to decide. And having been a member of the committee when both of them were nominated, I can tell you that there was some definite opposition--mostly from the loudmouth likes of Dave Marsh, who hates most West Coast music--against nominating the Dead, the Doors and others from both halves of the state.

Tom Lane at 12:13 PM

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Today In KISStory - 1984

Today In KISStory - March 17, 1984: The final show of the 'Lick It Up' Tour is played in Evansville, IN. This is also the final show with Vinnie Vincent in the band.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Peter Criss & Ace Frehley To Appear On "That Metal Show"

Eddie Trunk: "This Tuesday we tape this Saturday’s new episode. Peter Criss will join us on set! Peter has not been on with us since the very early half hour days of TMS. Needless to say much to cover with him and we will do the full hour with the Catman. Ace Frehley may or may not join us for this show via Skype. Ace is in the middle of deadlines to finish his new album on the W Coast and likely won’t be able to get to NYC for our taping. But we hope to include him via Skype if our schedules match up. Either way should be a great show and our guest musician on drums with be Richard Christy."

Saturday, March 15, 2014

LA KISS Arena Football Team Win First Game


Paul Stanley: "LA KISS! We win first game! SO PROUD AND EXCITED! Congrats Bob and the team! ONWARD! "

Gene Simmons: "Congratulations to everyone on our team, @LAKISS_AFL. Won Very 1st game against the respected @SATalons!!! 41-38. Very proud of our team. Congratulations to @LAKISS_AFL coach Bob McMillen for an amazing first game. You are a powerful and attractive man."

Eddie Van Halen Responds To Gene Simmon's Claim About Supposedly Wanting To Join KISS

Gene Simmons claims that he once had to talk Eddie Van Halen out of leaving Van Halen and joining Kiss. Gene has repeated this story a few times over the last 20 years, but we’ve never heard what Eddie Van Halen has to say about this story…until now!

The Van Halen News Desk has dug up a rare interview in which Eddie was asked about this rumor! This interview, embed below, was conducted by Alan K. Stout of The Times Leader. Alan states, ”It’s not everyday that a guy who, as a kid, wore a Van Halen t-shirt to school all the time and wore a “VH” necklace gets to chat at length with the guitar legend. But that’s what happened to me at The Times Leader back in the spring of 1995.”

It’s a typical Balance era interview until the interviewer pops the off-the-record question (at the 15:45 mark). Here’s the transcription of the Kiss – related segment:

Interviewer: I have this book [Kiss's coffee table book] KISSTORY, and there is a passage in there about you.

Eddie: Wow!

It said back around ’82, you had dinner or lunch with Gene and Paul in L.A., and Ace [Frehley] had just quit, and you weren’t happy, and they talked about bringing you into the band. Is that true?

Not that I know of.

[Laughs] I didn’t think it was!

Unless I was so fucked up I don’t remember…? They might have asked me…?

I thought that’s a fascinating Eddie Van Halen story that I don’t think anybody knows.

Not even me! Wow. No, I don’t have a clue. They might have just asked me in passing, and I just kind of laughed it off, probably.

[Laughs] Yeah! I didn’t think it was something that was being seriously talked about.

If it happened I’m sure i would have remembered.

[Laughs] Funny story.

Thats hilarious. Maybe they did ask me and I just thought they were joking…?

So, there you have it. Eddie’s answer was about what we figured it would be. What do you think is the real story? Gene insists this happened. Paul Stanley was just asked about this rumor, and said he never heard anything about it before. Eddie has never publicly said anything about ever wanting to join Kiss. Who do you think is telling the truth? And who’s telling a different kind of truth?

Read original story HERE.

Today In KISStory - 1976 | Source: wikipedia/Destroyer

Today In KISStory - March 15, 1976: KISS' fourth studio album 'Destroyer' is released.

'Destroyer' is the fourth studio album and fifth album overall by KISS, released on March 15, 1976 in the United States. It was the second consecutive KISS album to reach the Top 20 in the United States, as well as the first to chart in Germany and New Zealand. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on April 22, 1976. It was certified platinum on November 11, 1976, the first KISS album to achieve that distinction.

Coming on the heels of the group's breakthrough album "Alive!", 'Destroyer' is easily the most ambitious studio recording of KISS' '70s catalogue. Bob Ezrin, who had previously worked with Alice Cooper, was brought in to produce the album. Among the production flourishes Ezrin introduced to KISS were sound effects, strings, screaming children and reversed drums (on "God of Thunder") as well as a children's choir.

'Destroyer' is the first KISS album to prominently feature outside musicians, such as members of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra. However, one musician was not credited: Dick Wagner, from Alice Cooper's band, replaced Ace Frehley on tracks such as "Sweet Pain" (as Frehley didn't want to interrupt a card game he was playing during recording sessions for the song) and even on a song that Frehley himself co-wrote, "Flaming Youth". Wagner also played the acoustic guitar found on the song "Beth". The success of Alive! and Destroyer enabled the band to embark on their first tour of Europe.

The cover art for 'Destroyer' was painted by fantasy artist Ken Kelly. Kelly's work was brought to the attention of Simmons, who met with Kelly to discuss ideas for 'Destroyer'. Kelly agreed but asked to see Kiss perform live first to gain inspiration. He was invited to a show and given a backstage pass. He later said of the performance, "It blew me away." Kelly was later commissioned by the band to draw the cover for 1977's Love Gun.

Kelly's original version of the album cover was rejected by the record company because they felt the scene was too violent looking with the rubble and flames. Also, the original version had the members of Kiss wearing the Alive! costumes. The front cover shows the group striding on top of a pile of rubble, and a desolate background spotted with destroyed buildings, some of which are engulfed in flames. The back cover shows a similar scene, but with more buildings on fire. The front of the inner sleeve featured a large KISS logo and the lyrics to "Detroit Rock City". The other side displayed the lyric "SHOUT IT OUT LOUD", as well as an advertisement for the KISS Army fan club.

In anticipation of the 35th anniversary of the release of 'Destroyer', producer Bob Ezrin approached Simmons and Stanley about doing a remix and re-release of the original album. With their approval, Ezrin acquired the original 16-track analog master tapes and had them digitally transferred for remixing. In addition to re-equalizing elements of each song, Ezrin also added in some parts of tracks that had been omitted from the original mix. Notable among these are some additional vocals on "Detroit Rock City" and "Beth", and the substitution of a guitar solo by Ace Frehley on "Sweet Pain" for the one from the original that had been performed by Dick Wagner. (A version of "Sweet Pain" with Frehley's solo was included as track 6, while the original version with Wagner's solo is appended as a "bonus" track at the end of the new CD.) Ezrin also used digital manipulation to fix an incorrect lyric ("down 95") on "Detroit Rock City". The resulting album, titled 'Destroyer: Resurrected', was released on August 21, 2012. It featured Ken Kelly's original cover artwork prior to alteration by Casablanca for the 1976 release.

'Destroyer: Resurrected' met with positive critical reception. William Clark of Guitar International wrote: "Each track sounds crisper, clearer and louder, which are always welcome qualities when you’re listening to a classic album of the likes of Destroyer". The album returned to the Billboard charts, debuting at #11 the week after its re-release.

Friday, March 14, 2014

KISS And Def Leppard Summer Co-Headlining Tour To Be Officially Announced On Monday

KISS and DEF LEPPARD will announce their joint summer U.S. tour at a press conference on Monday, March 17 at 2 p.m. ET, to be livestreamed from Los Angeles via The trek, which is set to kick off in late June and run through the end of August, will see KISS closing all dates.

With their signature makeup, explosive stage show and anthems like "Rock And Roll All Nite" and "Detroit Rock City", KISS is the very personification of rock stars. In 2014, the band celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of their first album, "Kiss". After four decades of scoring countless hit singles, sold-out tours and appearing everywhere from comic books to lunch boxes to their very own TV movie, the iconic band remains one of the most influential artists in the history of rock and roll. At the top of American bands with the most gold albums, KISS has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide — including their chart-topping 20th studio album, "Monster", produced by Paul Stanley and released in 2012. In support of that album, the band performed their worldwide "Monster" tour with sold-out-out shows in Australia, Europe, South America, North America and Japan as once again KISS, and their loyal followers in the KISS Army, rocked the globe.

DEF LEPPARD's influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums — including two of the best-selling albums of all time, "Pyromania" and "Hysteria". Most recently, the band released their first live album, "Mirror Ball: Live & More", which rose to the Top 20 on The Billboard 200 chart. The album captures the group's legendary concert experience, bringing together live versions of classic LEPPARD hits such as "Rock Of Ages", "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Foolin'".

With 100 million records sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, DEF LEPPARD — Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) — continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the sound for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group's spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name. For the past thirty years the band's concerts have become must-see events and have quickly made them an institution in the touring industry, as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.

Gene Simmons On The Work Ethic That Made KISS Great, Snubbing The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Source: wcbsfm.cbslocal. | Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

"Bow your knees to your bosses, who are the fans, because without the fans you are nothing."

On the slim chance you haven’t heard his music, there is a strong possibility you’ve still seen Gene Simmons‘ face. He’s the most marketable man in music and Simmons has no one to thank but himself, turning KISS from a band into a brand; their image has been everywhere, from coffins to condoms and beyond.

That mindset toward success took hold of Simmons and the band from the start of their career as the first act signed to a young record label called Casablanca Records, which CBS-FM morning show host, Scott Shannon, worked for at the time. KISS was Casablanca’s best seller, which was more impressive considering its lineup: Donna Summer, Village People, and Cher, to name a few.

“You had to do it the good ol’ fashion way, which was get in your station wagon — the first tour, anyway — and go around, knockin’ on doors,” recalls Simmons.

“I’d get up five or so in the morning before we had to go to the next place and write a little postcard to the program director. ‘Hey, thanks so much and see ya next time. Come on down. Sorry about your daughter.’ You know, that kind of stuff,” added Simmons, who built a reputation throughout his career as a ladies’ man.

KISS will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 but, unlike most artists who receive the honor, will not perform during the ceremony.

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an interesting organization,” said Simmons, referring to the leniency when it came to including members of previously inducted bands. “They refuse to induct all the members of KISS.” Simmons is, of course, referring to Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer — both currently members of the band, each having spent more than a decade with core members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley — have spent more time as a part of KISS than original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.

“Getting up on stage and playing just with Peter and Ace — and not with Tommy and Eric — is a slap in the face to Tommy and Eric,” added Simmons.

Click the link below to listen to Scott Shannon’s full interview with Gene Simmons, where they also discuss his latest endeavor — ownership of Arena Football League team L.A. KISS — and his appearance on tonight’s episode of CSI on CBS.

Click HERE to listen to Gene's interview with Scott Shannon.