Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Video: Ace Frehley's "Fire And Water" Featuring Paul Stanley

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Here's Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley covering "Fire And Water" by Free on Ace's new cover album "Origins Vol.1".


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Peter Criss Remembers Prince

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Original KISS drummer and founding member Peter Criss has taken to his official website to remember the artist Prince. Peter writes:
Prince
 1958-2016
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and fans of Prince.
He was an iconic musician and performer who will be sorely missed."

God bless,
 Peter & Gigi Criss

Monday, April 18, 2016

Remembering Sean Delaney In The Month Of April

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We would like to make it a point to remember musician, producer, road manager and songwriter Sean Delaney who passed away on April 13, 2003. Sean was known by some fans and people in the KISS camp as the "the fifth member of KISS."

Here's a little background info on Sean:

- Sean Delaney -

Prentice John Delaney Jr. (January 8, 1945 - April 13, 2003), better known as Sean Delaney, was an American musician, producer, road manager and songwriter, best known for his work with the rock band KISS from the early 1970s until the early 1980s. He is largely credited with developing their choreography onstage, and co-wrote many songs with Paul Stanley, including "Mr. Speed", "Makin' Love", and "Take Me" from the 1976 album Rock and Roll Over, and "All American Man" from the studio side of the 1977 album Alive II.

He also co-wrote the song "Rocket Ride" with Ace Frehley for the same album, a song that remained a staple of Frehley's live set throughout his solo career and was used as the title of his 2008 tour. He simultaneously produced and co-wrote songs for Gene Simmons' and Peter Criss' 1978 self-titled solo albums. He is the only person to have co-written songs with each original member of KISS. He is often referred to by fans and those close to the band as "the fifth member of KISS."

According to Delaney, it was he who persuaded Bill Aucoin to go and see the band at the Hotel Diplomat:
Gene had sent us a phoney press release and press packet. Listing all the places they had been playing and 'Reviews' of their performances. All were bogus. I remember laughing and telling Bill, 'If they have gone to this extent to get our attention, let's go see them.' And we did.
The date was August 10, 1973. Following that first experience, the band performed a private showcase at La Tang Studios for Delaney, with Neil Bogart (future Casablanca records president), Bill Aucoin (future KISS manager) and Joyce Biawitz (also a future KISS manager). Delaney's recollection of the evening tells the story:

I thought it was absolutely the worst thing that could possibly hit, I mean worst. It was so unlike anything that it had to be incredible. It was new, it was something that wasn't being done. ... So try to imagine, in a small rehearsal studio, four guys are up there playing. In front of them are Bill, Neil, Joyce, and myself. They finished the first song and no applause. Gene (Simmons) walks down to Neil Bogart, grabs both of his hands, and makes him applaud ... and Neil started applauding because he was scared to death. And I said to myself at that moment, "This I wanna be involved in" ... because that's the kind of balls you have to have to do anything.

For most of Delaney's tenure with KISS, he acted in various capacities behind the scenes while the band was on tour. Part choreographer, part roadie and part driver would have been an accurate description for Delaney's job before KISS became widely commercially successful. In the early days, he coached the band as to how to move onstage with the makeup and costumes on, including several signature moves (such as the swaying guitar moves at the end of "Deuce") that have been a staple of the live set for over 35 years. After the band became a worldwide success, he was afforded several opportunities to produce up-and-coming bands, including Billy Squier's first band Piper in 1977, but perhaps his most well known production credit is for Gene Simmons' 1978 self-titled solo album. He also produced KISS' first greatest hits compilation Double Platinum, also released in 1978, which included a brand-new version of the KISS classic "Strutter," dubbed "Strutter '78".

Songwriting with KISS

He was also given the opportunity in 1976 and 1977 to co-write several songs with members of the band, who were now far too busy to keep up with songwriting at the clip they had previously been used to. As mentioned before, the full list of the songs he contributed to the group were:

"Take Me" (Stanley/Delaney) from Rock and Roll Over
"Mr. Speed" (Stanley/Delaney) from Rock and Roll Over
"Makin' Love" (Stanley/Delaney) from Rock and Roll Over
"All American Man" (Stanley/Delaney) from Alive II
"Rocket Ride" (Frehley/Delaney) from Alive II

Delaney has also claimed to have co-written the KISS songs "Love Gun", "I Want You" and "Rock Bottom", although without receiving credit.

Gene Simmons

Delaney was brought in to produce Gene Simmons' album in 1978. In Gene's case, Delaney was asked at the outset to produce the album, and even had a co-writing credit with the song "Living In Sin," featuring notable luminaries Cher and Bob Seger on backup vocals. A big part of the production process was indubitably coordinating schedules between the many notable guest appearances on the album. In addition to the aforementioned stars, Joe Perry, Rick Nielsen, and Donna Summer all appeared on the album among many others.

Peter Criss

Delaney was asked while producing Simmons' solo album to also contribute to Criss' solo venture. Criss was involved in a car accident around this time, and because of this and other behind-the-scenes distractions, was incapable of getting any new original material together. After delving into the back catalogs of former bands Lips and Chelsea for any remaining material he and Stan Penridge had written, and after sprinkling in a couple of covers, the drummer found himself still short of a full album. Knowing that Delaney had songs that would suit the album, Neil Bogart insisted that Delaney write songs for the album and help Criss see it through to the end of the process. Delaney was initially reluctant because of his involvement with Simmons' album, but Bogart used the solo album Delaney himself was planning on doing as leverage to pressure him into doing it, as Casablanca was slated to be the record label he would ultimately release it on. Delaney wrote "I Can't Stop The Rain" and "Rock Me, Baby" off of Criss' solo album, both of which he also shares production credit for; those two songs and "Easy Thing" (written by Criss/Penridge) were co-produced by Vini Poncia/Peter Criss/Sean Delaney.

This fact that Delaney worked on both albums is remarkable, as all four albums were allegedly closely guarded from each other by each KISS member and KISS management, with no other member's (or any individual associated with any of the other four solos) involvement or input. Simmons granted Delaney special dispensation to work on Criss' album, knowing how critical it was for all four to be completed in a timely fashion.

R.I.P. Sean.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Listen To Ace Frehley's New Album "Origins Vol. 1"



You can listen to Ace Frehley's entire cover album "Origins Vol. 1" above. 

"Origins Vol. 1" is due out Friday, April 15, 2016.

Buy the album on iTunes Here.  

"Origins Vol. 1" track listing:

White Room (CREAM)
Street Fighting Man (ROLLING STONES)
Spanish Castle Magic (JIMI HENDRIX) (feat. John 5)
Fire And Water (FREE) (feat. Paul Stanley)
Emerald (THIN LIZZY) (feat. Slash)
Bring It On Home (LED ZEPPELIN)
Wild Thing (THE TROGGS) (feat. Lita Ford)
Parasite (KISS) (feat. John 5)
Magic Carpet Ride (STEPPENWOLF)
Cold Gin (KISS) (feat. Mike McCready
Till The End Of The Day (THE KINKS)
Rock And Roll Hell (KISS)

Friday, April 8, 2016

KISS Announce 2016 "Freedom To Rock" Tour


36+ CITY TOUR TO KICK OFF JULY 7TH IN BOISE, IDAHO – TICKETS ON SALE BEGINNING FRIDAY APRIL 15TH

America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time KISS, has announced its 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour and will visit 36+ cities nationwide with more markets being announced soon. The long-awaited & highly anticipated “Freedom To Rock” Tour will kick off on July 7th in Boise, Idaho and will travel the country throughout July and August and will close September 10th in Huntington, West Virginia. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday April 15th for all concert dates (The Grand Rapids, MI and Youngstown, OH shows go on sale Monday April 18th). A KISS ARMY Fan Club Exclusive Presale will begin April 12th.

The KISS “Freedom To Rock” Tour will bring epic rock to 25+ cities it hasn’t been to in over 10+ years and four brand new cities as well. KISS specifically wanted to take the “Freedom To Rock” Tour to its fans in markets that haven’t had the chance to see them in some time or ever at all. This 36+ city tour will rock those markets and allow fans across the country to see America’s favorite rock band of all time, KISS.

Opening for KISS will be Recording Artist Caleb Johnson (American Idol Season 13 winner) for shows July 7 – August 10 while the All-Star rock band THE DEAD DAISIES will open for KISS for shows August 10 – September 10. The “Freedom To Rock” Tour is produced by: National Shows 2 (nationalshows2.com), Frank Productions (frankproductions.com), and CMoore Live (cmoorelive.com).

Date City Venue
7/7/2016 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
7/9/2016 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
7/10/2016 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center
7/15/2016 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
7/16/2016 Bozeman, MT Breeden Fieldhouse
7/18/2016 Colorado Springs, CO World Arena
7/20/2016 Independence, MO Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
7/22/2016 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
7/23/2016 Springfield, MO JQH Arena
7/25/2016 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena;
7/27/2016 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center
7/29/2016 Cheyenne, WY Cheyenne Frontier Days
7/30/2016 Minot, ND North Dakota State Fair
8/1/2016 Mankato, MN Verizon Wireless Center
8/3/2016 Duluth, MN Amsoil Arena
8/5/2016 Moline, IL iWireless Arena
8/6/2016 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center
8/8/2016 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
8/10/2016 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
8/12/2016 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County Memorial Coliseum
8/13/2016 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
8/15/2016 Saginaw, MI Dow Event Center
8/17/2016 Springfield, IL Illinois State Fair
8/20/2016 Rockford, IL BMO Harris Bank Center
8/22/2016 Dayton, OH Nutter Center
8/24/2016 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
8/26/2016 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
8/27/2016 Erie, PA Erie Insurance Arena
8/29/2016 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
8/30/2016 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
9/1/2016 Allentown, PA The Great Allentown Fair
9/3/2016 Worcester, MA DCU Center
9/4/2016 Portland, ME Cross Insurance Arena
9/7/2016 Bridgeport, CT Webster Bank Arena
9/9/2016 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum
9/10/2016 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Arena

** Additional markets to be announced soon


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