Saturday, September 27, 2014

Audio: Gene Simmons & Engelbert Humperdinck Sing "Spinning Wheel"

Here's audio of Gene Simmons and Engelbert Humperdinck singing "Spinning Wheel" from the Engelbert's new album "Engelbert Calling."

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ace Frehley Announces Dozen U.S. Tour Dates For Late November

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will play his first run of U.S. shows in a couple of years at the end of November. Ace's short batch of dates will include two back-to-back concerts at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on November 24 and November 25. Tickets for the NYC shows, which will be presented by VH1 Classic "That Metal Show" co-host and radio personality Eddie Trunk, will go on sale on Wednesday, September 24.

Ace Frehley tour dates:

Nov. 13 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre
Nov. 14 - Sugar Loaf, NY - Sugar Loaf PAC
Nov. 15 - Greensburg, PA - Palace Theatre
Nov. 17 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre
Nov. 18 - Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head
Nov. 20 - Huntington, NY - Paramount
Nov. 21 - Uncasville, CT - Wolf Den
Nov. 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Music Box @ Borgata
Nov. 24 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Nov. 25 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Nov. 26 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre

Frehley's touring lineup will include none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace's "Trouble Walking" platter in 1989, and will do so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach.

On bass and vocals will be Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger's 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley's new album, "Space Invader", on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL.

Finally, Scot Coogan will be behind the drum kit for Frehley's upcoming tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace's band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 "Rock Of Ages" tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON.

"I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer," Scot said. "When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again."

Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER's self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta.

Says Frehley: "I can't wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I'll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, 'Space Invader', for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!"

Matt Starr, the featured drummer on "Space Invader", will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"Space Invader", the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

Ace's previous CD, "Anomaly", opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27.

"Space Invader", which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker".

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Today In KISStory - 1998

Today In KISStory - September 22, 1998: KISS release their 18th studio album "Psycho Circus".

"Psycho Circus" features the original four members of he band back together and in full make-up (since 1979). Some pressings of the album featured a lenticular cover that alternates between a black KISS logo and the album title with pictures of a clown and the band members, while the Japan initial first pressing featured a pop-up cover which had 3 foam spring-loaded panels of a clown face and 2 others with band members faces that popped out when the doors were opened. The track "You Wanted the Best" is the only KISS song in which lead vocals are shared by the entire lineup.

Following the highly successful 1996-1997 reunion tour, Psycho Circus was marketed as the first studio album by the band's original lineup since 1979's Dynasty (as Peter Criss did not participate on 1980's Unmasked). As with Dynasty and Unmasked, however, many of the songs were recorded by uncredited players. Guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss were used sparingly, with Criss only playing drums on "Into the Void." Frehley played on two songs from the album (not including vocals). In 2011 in Frehley's book No Regrets, he says that he wrote a lot of songs for the album, one of those songs being titled "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Rock 'n' Roll." He mentions that the title and song were deemed very similar to the song "I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock 'n' Roll." "Into the Void" was originally titled "Shakin' Sharp Shooter" but Simmons and Stanley were unhappy with the lyrics and title so Simmons rewrote it.

In a radio interview with Eddie Trunk following his departure Criss stated that only "Into the Void" featured instrumental contributions from all four members. Regarding the lack of cohesion in the group at the time of recording, Stanley stated "We tried to do a KISS album, and it was an ill-fated attempt because there was no real band," and continued by adding "For a band to make a great album, it has to share a common purpose, and we didn't have it." In 2012 Stanley also talked about why the original lineup didn't play on the record, and that's because so many lawyers were getting involved and they just lost tolerance and told Frehley and Criss not to bother showing up. Although Stanley doesn't say whose lawyers were getting involved. (Drummer Kevin Valentine and current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer are thought to have played on the album, although not credited in the album notes.)

Bruce Fairbairn was brought to produce the album, and stated that he wanted to stay away from gimmicks and trends such as guest appearances, just "tried to stay true to what KISS does best and people remember them for". The album was mostly recorded at Los Angeles' A&M Studios and One on One Recording Studios, with the performances being first recorded with analogue equipment, and then digitized for mixing and overdubs. Afterwards it was mixed by Mick Guzauski in his New York studio, and mastered by Fairbarn and Kiss' long-time partner George Marino at Sterling Sound NY. Fairbairn complimented the band for being collaborative, declaring that "it had the potential to be a nightmare because they're all disparate and strong characters, musically and as people."

"Psycho Circus" debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, selling 110,000 copies in its first week of release, and was certified Gold by the RIAA on October 22, 1998. Rolling Stone said about the album, "Psycho Circus" is an album of platform-stomping rhythms, roller-coaster guitar riffs and sing-along choruses - is far more respectable than any of the awkward flops from the no-makeup years." Entertainment Weekly (9/25/98, p. 106) said, "This is rock with a capital R, captured in all its cheesy glory... This new effort proves that in the circus of hard-rock dinosaurs, KISS remains its Barnum & Bailey."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ace Frehley To Appear At Chiller Theater Event

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will appear at the Chiller Theater horror and sci-fi convention this October in Parsippany, NJ. 

Dates: October 24-26, 2014
- Friday - 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
- Saturday - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Sunday - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

More info HERE:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Today In KISStory - 1985

Today In KISStory - September 16, 1985: KISS release their  thirteenth studio album "Asylum".

 "Asylum" features the debut of lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, who played on Animalize (ghost guitarist for "Lonely Is The Hunter"), and filled in for guitarist Mark St. John (Mark Norton) for their European and American Animalize tour, and officially replaced Mark St. John in December, 1984. He was the band's third lead guitarist since the departure of Ace Frehley in late 1982. The new lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr, and Bruce Kulick would last for six years until Carr's death in November 1991.

Fan reaction to "Asylum" was mixed. The album was certified Gold in November, 1985 by the RIAA ."Asylum" sold over 1.5 million copies, but never was re-certified for the Platinum award. The KISS Remasters seem to confirm this as it states that "Asylum" is one of the four albums that were certified Platinum in a row. Evidently, there is a RIAA Platinum award for this album, but the entry was never updated in the database. Until the RIAA confirms this, it remains only Gold.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Congratulations Ace Frehley On 8 Years Of Sobriety

Today, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is celebrating 8 years sobriety.

We wish you all the best, Ace.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Video: Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley Leaving The Trump Soho Hotel In New York

Here's video of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley leaving the Trump Soho Hotel in New York on Wednesday September 10, 2014.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gene Simmons Update


Gene Simmons:

ROCK IS DEAD - that was the headline in a recent interview I did, of course, taken out of context. That's okay.
It's still true.
Name a rock band in the last 30 years that has risen to iconic level. Nirvana? Anyone else?
Name iconic rock acts in the first 30 years – from 1958 through 1988 – ELVIS, THE BEATLES, THE STONES, LED ZEPPELIN, PINK FLOYD, SPRINGSTEEN, AC/DC, METALLICA and MOTOWN, and countless more.
Yesterday KISS headlined a terrific event called FASHION ROCKS. It was on CBS.
There were some terrific acts on the bill. Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, sure, band called Perry, and many more. Including hosting by Justin Bieber and various models.
Honestly, even though the event is called FASHION ROCKS, and even though KISS closed the show and headlined..... THIS WAS THE ONE AND ONLY ROCK BAND ON THE ENTIRE BILL.
Defense rests, your Honor.

Video: KISS Perform "Rock And Roll All Nite" On Fashion Rocks Live

Here's video of KISS performing "Rock And Roll All Nite" at the Fashion Rocks 2014 event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. 

Photos: KISS At Fashion Rocks 2014

 Source: Caleigha Starchild | Zimbio

Here are a few photos of KISS at the Fashion Rocks 2014 event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Today In KISStory - 1975

Today In KISStory - 1975: ALIVE! is released.

Alive! is KISS' fourth album and is considered their breakthrough, as well as a landmark for live albums. Released on September 10, 1975, the double-disc set contains live versions of selected tracks from their first three studio albums, KISS, Hotter Than Hell, and Dressed to Kill.

It peaked at #9 on the album charts. The album charted for 110 weeks, by far the longest in the band's history. In 2003 the album was ranked #159 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.