Saturday, May 31, 2014

Photos: Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons Perform With KISS Tribute Band At Rock & Brews In Kansas City

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Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS perform with KISS tribute band "Almost KISS" at the grand opening at Rock & Brews Restaurant on May 29, 2014 in Overland Park, Kansas.

Original KISS Line-Up On The Covers Of Rolling Stone México


The four original members of KISS grace the covers of the June edition of Mexican Rolling Stone magazine.

See the promo for the covers HERE: http://on.fb.me/U2l7Dn

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Video: KISS Co-founders Visit Rock & Brews


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Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons visit their Rock & Brews restaurant at Prairiefire shopping center.




Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Ace Frehley Song "Gimme A Feelin'"


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Here's a new song called "Gimme A Feelin'" from original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley from his forthcoming album "Space Invader" which is due out on July 8th.


Q&A With KISS Drummer Eric Singer

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I would like to thank everyone for submitting questions for this Q&A and having Eric taking his own time to answer them! Enjoy and thank you all for the support! - Kevin Ganley - page admin of www.facebook.com/FansOfEricSinger

Q: From Bob Trottier: Why did you decide to put the CHIKARA symbol on your vest??? IT LOOKS AWESOME BY THE WAY! Thanks!
ES: Since we decided to not have "new" costumes this year, I thought I would kinda "add " to my existing outfit with small details. I'll keep doing that with what I wear thru out the year (belt buckles,necklace etc...)

Q: From Thomas Schiphof: Eric, Are you still doing session work as drummer besides KISS, and what do you think a good session drummer has to be capable of? Thx a lot!
ES: I do not do much outside KISS as I used to. I love all types music and enjoy playing different styles, but KISS has kept me busy for the most part and no need to look elsewhere
As for "session" type drumming ? It takes discipline and practise on a regular basis to stay on your game. Not something many people can do. That is why there are only a handful of guys who do most of the session work.

Q: From Sacha Thevenin: Hi Eric, I want to know, who inspired you when you were young and what kind of music you're listening when you're at home apart from KISS?
ES: I was inspired by a home filled with Music as my parents both were/are musicians themselves. My Brothers and Sister also played instruments. I loved mostly 60-70's music and still listen to my favorite bands to this day (Sabbath,Zeppelin,Sweet,Deep Purple, Montrose, Bad Company etc...) But when at home I usually listen to Classical Music with Mozart being the favorite of all.

Q: From Jérémie Tremblay: Hi Eric! I am 13 years old and I play drums because of you. When I'll be older, I'd like to play in a band. What advices can you give me to play well night after night without having pain in the arms and to stay myself in this crazy world? Thank you, keep up the great work!
ES: I suggest maybe try exercise to keep your body strong and in shape. It really helps my drumming for sure. And of course being rehearsed and prepared so you can relax and "enjoy" the music and play as if your breathing naturally will also contribute to consistency in your drumming. Remember to take all things slow and easy and build up your drumming and strength one day at a time...

Q: From Rod Ward: Hey Eric, given that KISS plays mostly the "hits" do you ever ask Paul & Gene to play anything from Carnival Of Souls or Revenge? Paul says he didn't care for Carnival of Souls- he said Gene pushed more for the album.....Thanks!!
ES: We talk about different songs from time to time, I don't think many of those songs work for a Live show unless it's a diehard KISS audience ala the KISS Kruise ! But you never know what we may pull out of the hat one day
I'm always open to play anything.

Q: From Jack Smith: Hey Eric, I'd like to know what your favorite on stage memory was?
ES: Hard to say as there have been so many. I think getting to play with so many of my influences and bands that I grew up on is at times like a dream to me. So although I cannot single out a certain gig, I will just say everything in my ongoing storyline in the music biz has been awesome !

Q: From Zack Ouellette: Hey Eric, I'd like to know what is your favorite costume or outfit that you have worn in KISS?
ES: Never thought about this question. hmmmmmm ?
I like the vest(s) I have used past couple years since I designed them and was able to contribute to the details to personalize them

Q: From Mark Wells: Hi Eric, what do you think of your signature series snare and do you use one on stage?
ES: The Eric Singer PEARL snare was a great drum (10 ply maple with 3 air vents in Silver Sparkle paint) A VERY Loud drum. I have been using a 13" x 7" PEARL steel shell drum
that I just love. I switch from time to time. I also have been using a 70's PEARL "Jupiter: chrome over brass shell 14" x 5" for some stuff. Love those drums too

Q: From Alzi Clanton: Hi Eric, I know you're a noted watch collector, do you have a favorite watch in your collection? Is there a type of watch you'd would like to own that you do not yet have? - Alzi
ES: I like/love all watches from inexpensive to haute horology timepieces. I Guess Vintage HEUER chronographs PANERAI,ANONIMO,Jaeger LeCoultre,OMEGA,Hublot,Rolex,BALL etc... are some favorite brands that come to mind. But I really have passion and love for so many brands/watches !

Q: From Rhiannon Smith: Hi Eric, can't wait for the next tour to start! My question to you is have you ever seen both Queen and Olivia Newton John live in concert?
ES: I saw QUEEN 3 times with Freddie Mercury and twice with Paul Rodgers (I also did a few gigs with them as a 2nd drummer early 2000's)
Never saw Olivia Newton John, but I was in one of her videos in 1984 !

Q: From Simon Bondesson: Hello Eric! My question is: Why are your cymbals tightend so hard during the Rock the Nation tour?
ES: I many times do a lot of "cymbal catches" and need control over the movement of cymbals when I hit them or I end up with gashes on my knuckles ! Also I like the even symmetry of the all flat cymbals set-up

Q: From Charity Marie Jackson: Hi Eric, how does it feel to be a part of KISS? Does it bother you that people say you aren't the real catman?
ES: I have always been proud and honored to play with all the bands/artists I have worked with thru out my career. Being in KISS is no easy task, and I have enjoyed all of it, the ups and downs during my journey I love making music and playing drums and that justifies everything for me.

Q: From Astrid Maldonado: Hello Eric!, what is your opinion on Mexican KISS fans? Best Regards, Astrid
ES: All KISS fans are great around the world, but I have to say Latin American countries are special because of their outward pouring of emotions that they proudly wear on their sleeves and share openly for us to see and feel ! Very intense indeed !!

Q: From Bryan Thouvenel: Hey Eric, 2 questions; Do you think KISS will or could continue without Gene and/or Paul? and Would you ever wear the Fox makeup as a tribute to the late great Eric Carr?
ES: I have no idea about the future regarding this type scenario. I live in today's KISS and just enjoy what we do now. Although I respect Eric Carr and know what he means to his many fans , I do not see that happening...

Q: From Mark Willett: If you had the chance to put together a Supergroup for a one night performance with members from who you have played with in your career, who would be in the band?
ES: Brian May and Gary Moore on Guitar, Bob Daisley on Bass, Ray Gillen & Glenn Hughes on vocals And for musicians I have not played with? Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury or Steve Marriott, John Lord, Paul McCartney, John Bonham

Q: From Devena Besley: Do you have any future plans for the Eric Singer Project?
ES: Bruce, John,Chuck and I speak occasionally about trying to play some dates with ESP. Just not an easy task based on all our schedules as we play in different bands with our main gigs. Possibly sometime end of year or 2015 perhaps. Always open to that in the future if/when possible.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Video: Paul Stanley On PM Magazine - 1978


Paul Stanley interviewed on "PM Magazine" while he was doing his solo promo tour for his 1978 self-titled solo album.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Ace Frehley, Night Ranger, & George Lynch Perform "Cold Gin"


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Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley performing "Cold Gin" with Night Ranger & George Lynch at the Carnegie Arts Center of Turlock benefit show. May 24, 2014.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Today In KISStory - 1999

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Today In KISStory - May 25, 1999: KISS frontman Paul Stanley debuts as 'The Phantom' in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Pantages Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Today In KISStory - 2006

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Today In KISStory - May 25, 2006: KISS is honored and performed at the first 'VH1 Rock Honors' concert in Las Vegas.

KISS performed "Detroit Rock City," "Deuce," "Love Gun" and "Makin' Love." Before KISS' set, an All Star band tribute to KISS with surprise guest Ace Frehley, Tommy Lee, Slash, Scott Ian, Gilby Clarke and Rob Zombie performing KISS' 'God Of Thunder'.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

KISS On The Cover Of Rolling Stone Argentina

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Here's KISS on the cover of Rolling Stone nº 194, Argentina.

Latest KISS Magazine Cover: "Classic Rock"

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Here's KISS on the cover of the Russian edition of "Classic Rock" magazine.

Full Paul Stanley Q&A At 2014 Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo


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Here's video of the entire Q&A that Paul Stanley did at the 2014 Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo on Saturday, May 17, 2014.



Friday, May 23, 2014

Video: KISS In American Idol 2014 Finale Press Room

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Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, and Paul Stanley American Idol Season XIII grand finale Press Room Arrivals at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, United States.


Today in KISStory - 1979

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Today in KISStory - May 23, 1979: KISS release "Dynasty".

"Dynasty" is the seventh studio album by KISS. It was produced by Vini Poncia and released on Casablanca Records on May 23, 1979. "Dynasty" marked the first time that the original four members of KISS did not all appear together for the entire album.

With the exception of his song "Dirty Livin'", Peter Criss does not appear on the album, and he would not perform on another KISS album until 1998's Psycho Circus. Drummer Anton Fig played on all the other tracks on "Dynasty".

"Dynasty" restored KISS to commercial prominence, reaching #9 on the US Billboard album chart. It was certified platinum by July by the RIAA.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Photo: KISS & Caleb Johnson On 2014 American Idol Finale

Photo Source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: (L-R) Musician Gene Simmons of KISS, host Ryan Seacrest, American Idol Finalist Caleb Johnsonj, brother Houston Johnson, musicians Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer of KISS perform onstage during Fox's 'American Idol' XIII Finale at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

View more photos HERE: http://bit.ly/1o8d7gA

KISS 40 CD Set Promo Clip

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A new compilation KISS 40, a 2 CD set featuring forty tracks spanning KISS's incredible forty-year recording career.

This set includes one track from every major album release (studio, Alive & hits collections) plus three live selections from the 2000-era and features the band's biggest songs including rock and roll anthems such as "Detroit Rock City," "Love Gun," "Beth," "Rock And Roll All Nite," "Beth," "Psycho Circus," "Forever," "I Was Made For Lovin' You." "Lick It Up," "Heaven's On Fire" and "Hell or Hallelujah." First time commercial CD release live recordings of "Deuce" (from 2004 tour), "Cold Gin" (from 2009 Alive 35 tour), "Crazy Crazy Nights" (from 2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe tour) and the previously unreleased 1977 demo of "Reputation" round out the set for the KISS Army.




Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Paul Stanley Live At 93.3 KDKB Studios

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The Starchild Paul Stanley of KISS stopped in the KDKB studios to talk with NeanderPaul about his new book, The Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame and a famous song that he wrote that he gets no credit for.

Today In KISStory - 1980

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Today In KISStory - May 20, 1980: KISS releases "Unmasked".

At the time it was the last studio album from the original lineup of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, although Criss actually had no involvement with the recording of the album. Anton Fig (uncredited) played all drums on the album. This album marked another departure for Kiss: this was the first album since 1977's Love Gun not to feature all members on vocals, excluding the four solo releases in 1978.

Although Unmasked marked a major departure musically for the band, the album reached #35 on the U.S. Billboard chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 30, 1980.

The band filmed a promotional video for "Shandi," with Peter Criss. It was the last time Criss appeared with Kiss in any capacity until he performed with them at a Kiss Convention on June 17, 1995. In the band's authorized biography, Criss revealed that he was the last one left in the band's dressing room after filming, and broke down crying.

A lip-synced German television performance of "Talk to Me" and "She's So European" featured the debut of Eric Carr, who became the band's permanent drummer until his death in 1991. The band would play a concert at the now defunct Palladium Theatre in New York to officially introduce Carr as Criss' permanent replacement in the band.

Video: 2014 Indy KISS Fan Expo


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Here's fan video of the 2014 Indy KISS Fan Expo held on Saturday, May 17, 2014.


Today In KISStory - 2009


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KISS Rocked American Idol Finale

Today In KISStory - May 20, 2009: KISS rocked over 25 million Americans with Detroit Rock City and Rock and Roll All Night as the band was front-and-center on the American Idol finale show performing with runner-up Adam Lambert.
 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Today In KISStory - 1978


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Today In KISStory - May 19th, 1978: KISS play Magic Mountain Amusement Park.

While KISS was filming their made for TV movie "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park" for NBC, they held a free concert at Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia, California. After the concert the band filmed segments lip syncing to the songs “Love Gun” and “Shock Me” to be included in the movie.

Tickets to the concert were given away via a local radio station. While filming the concert and filming the extra scenes, KISS members interacted with the crowd.

Here's some raw video footage (above) of the free concert KISS gave at Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia, California that eventually would be included as concert footage for the KISS movie "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park".


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bruce Kulick & Tommy Thayer Q&A At Indy KISS Fan Expo

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Tommy Thayer pops in on Bruce Kulcik's Q&A session and the two talk about their spot within the 40 years of KISS and how Bruce supports and has Tommy's back when fans/critics go negative on the current KISS guitarist.


Paul Stanley Q&A At 2014 Indy KISS Expo

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Here's video of Paul Stanley answering fan questions at the 2014 Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Today In KISStory - 1980

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Today in KISStory - 1980: Peter Criss' first departure from KISS. Apparently, Peter Criss was 'voted out' in a band meeting with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Bill Aucoin.

Bill Aucoin: "Gene and Paul came to me and said I think we have to replace Peter." A spoken word CD released in 1999 titled "13 Classic KISS Stories" features Bill Aucoin (KISS' first manager) where he also discusses Criss being 'let go':
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KISS bassist Gene Simmons has made it clear that Peter Criss was fired; Paul Stanley too has discussed Criss' departure in several interviews, including the commentary on KISSology 2. In Ace Frehley's book "No Regrets", Ace also stated that Criss was fired during a band meeting in which Frehley was outvoted by Gene and Paul.

Peter Criss however has maintained that he quit the band. The video for the song "Shandi" was shot in one day, and Peter was out of the band at that time; said Paul Stanley, "After we finished shooting, Peter packed up his things, and went home."

Peter Criss officially left KISS on May 18, 1980. As a result, KISS postponed the European tour until the end of August, thus giving the band enough time to find a replacement drummer, whom they found in Eric Carr.

Today In KISStory - 1993


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Today in KISStory - May 18, 1993: The KISS album 'Alive III' is released. The recording of Alive III took place over multiple dates in Cleveland, Detroit and Indianapolis during the band's 1992 tour in support of 'Revenge'.

Today In KISStory - 1993

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Today in KISStory - May 18th, 1993: KISS featuring Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick were inducted into Hollywood's famed RockWalk. At the ceremony in front of fans, friends and family, Paul, Gene and Bruce spoke to the crowd and then left impressions of their hand prints in a block of cement. After adding plates of the KISS logo and their signatures, the stone plaque was later added to RockWalk located at the site of the famed Oriental Theatre now Guitar Center Hollywood. Eric Carr was posthumously inducted into the Rock Walk in 1995 and added to the KISS plaque.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bruce Kulick & Tommy Thayer At The Indy KISS Fan Expo

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Here's Bruce Kulick and Tommy Thayer with KISS fan Ken Casper at the 2014 Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

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Here are a few photos from today's Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo. Thanks to our friend Ken Casper for the photos!

KISS American Idol Announcement


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Here's video of American Idol finalist Caleb Johnson finding out that he will perform with KISS on the season finale next week.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Eric Singer

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Happy Birthday to KISS drummer Eric Singer! 
We wish you all the best and hope you have a great day, Eric.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Rob Zombie & Peter Criss Perform "God of Thunder"

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Here's Rob Zombie and his band performing "God of Thunder" with original KISS drummer Peter Criss at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey on Saturday, May, 10. 2014. 


Happy Mother's Day!

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Happy Mother's Day to all of the KISS Army Moms!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Kerrang! Nominates Gene Simmons For "Tweeter Of The Year" Award

Source: www.vintagevinylnews.com

Kerrang! magazine has nominated Gene Simmons for "Tweeter Of The Year". Gene is up against Gerard Way, Mark Hoppus, Keith Buckley and Pete Wentz in the same award category.

The night of rock'n'roll mayhem takes place on Thursday 12 June at London's Troxy, and will be hosted by legendary partier Andrew W.K. and Anthrax guitar god Scott Ian.

Read more HERE: http://bit.ly/QiUIhP

Today In KISStory - 2004

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KISS kick off their "Rock The Nation" Tour in Perth, Australia.

KISS' Rock The Nation Tour began May 8th, 2004 in Perth, Australia. The first full tour of the Paul, Gene, Tommy and Eric lineup, would take the band to Australia, Japan, the US and Mexico. Throughout the tour Gene spits blood before "Unholy" and breathes fire during "War Machine".

In Australia, KISS performed eight shows including two intimate theater shows. During the Sydney, Australia Superdome show 12 members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra joins KISS for the last five songs. KISS also performs "I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock and Roll" for the first time live, while in Australia.

KISS then plays six shows in Japan, including three nights at Budokan in Tokyo before returning to the US for forty-two shows including Washington DC and Virginia Beach, VA, where KISS record their Rock The Nation DVD. Instant Live CDs are also available at many of the US shows. Fans order before the concert begins, and then pick up a CD live recording of the actual shows they've just attended on the way out!! During the West Palm Beach show, Paul becomes ill and dehydrated, forcing KISS to cancel the next two shows in Florida.

KISS end their 2004 World Tour with three dates in Mexico, performing twice in Monterey and the final night in Mexico City!

Set list most nights includes:

Love Gun / Deuce / Makin' Love / Lick It Up / Got To Choose / War Machine / Christine Sixteen / I Want You / I Love It Loud / 100,000 Years / Unholy / Shout It Out Loud / I Was Made For Lovin' You / Detroit Rock City / God Gave Rock And Roll To You II / Rock And Roll All Nite

KISS also performed the following songs at some shows on the tour:

I Pledge Allegiance / Tears Are Falling / Creatures of the Night / Dr. Love / She / Strutter / C'mon and Love Me / Parasite / Love Her All I Can / All the Way / Hotter Than Hell / Cold Gin / I Stole Your Love / Shandi / Goin' Blind / Psycho Circus / King of the Night time World

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

1978 KISS Book Being Re-Released

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Original bestselling biography of the original band by former Creem editor and "World's Leading Authority on the Rock Group Kiss" Robert Duncan. Revealing encounters with Gene, Paul, Peter and Ace. Heroic tales of the hungry years. Handwriting analysis. Even comedy. Said a topknot-scratching Gene: "Robert really worked the strange stuff." First published in 1978, this unauthorized bio sold 400,000 copies around the world. Out-of-print for 25 years, and now a collectible, Robert Duncan's Kiss is reissued here, with a new intro by the author, in print and, for the first time, e-book.

Order a copy at Amazon HERE: http://amzn.to/1int7aH

Monday, May 5, 2014

New Jersey KISS Mart This Saturday

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NJ KISS Mart

Saturday, May 10, 2014
11am – 5 pm
Free admission
New location – Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
Come to buy, trade or sell single items or entire collections!

Come on down to shop for the missing holes in your KISS collection. Or, bring a box, (or van), full of stuff to sell to us – we pay cash on the spot! Interested in every kind of merch.

KISS Museum, Ross Koondel and Eric Carr’s Family will be the main dealers at this one day selling spree. This is a free event, open to the public, that focuses on nothing but KISS merchandise. Just like a store, you can casually shop for under an hour, or stay all day and hang out with friends and fellow KISS fans. No guests, no gimmicks, just buying and selling every KISS collectible under the sun. If you’ve never been to the KISS Mart before, do come on down, we’d love to see you!

Located at the Hilton Garden Inn, a hotel at the same exit as the annual NJ KISS Expo at the Raritan Center.

Interview: Producer Toby Wright Talks "Carnival Of Souls"


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Producer Toby Wright sits down One On One with Mitch Lafon (rock journalist) to discuss his work on the KISS album ‘that fell through the cracks’ – CARNIVAL OF SOULS. As Toby walks the listener through the minutiae of that late ’90s album, he also talks about working with Alice In Chains and Metallica. Toby had engineering duties on Metallica’s …And Justice For All album and explains what exactly happened to the much talked about (and often maligned) “bass sound.” 


Video: Paul Stanley Q&A At Jewish Community Center


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Here's video of Paul Stanley's Q&A from the San Francisco Jewish Community Center on Friday, April 25th, 2014.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Eric Singer Talks Watches With Hodinkee


When you walk into Eric Singer's Hollywood home, you know right away that he's a watch guy. Immediately you see LeCoultre travel clocks and Heuer race timers on his shelves, Lange and Vacheron catalogs scattered across his tables. You also see gold and platinum records on the wall. This is Talking Watches with KISS drummer Eric Singer.


Video: Paul Stanley On "The Talk"


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Here's video of Paul Stanley on the CBS's "The Talk" on Thursday, May 1st discussing his new memoir "Face The Music".

 

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