It’s been 14 long, drama-saddled years since Ace Frehley played live with Kiss. But the guitarist recently united with former bandmate Paul Stanley for a rendition of Free’s “Fire and Water,” which appears on Frehley’s new covers LP, Origins Vol. 1. Now the duo have joined forces for the song’s video – their first together since Kiss’ 1998 clip for “Psycho Circus.”
Frehley and Stanley open with an alley pep-talk, telling each other it’s been “too many years” but emphasizing they’ve “still got it.” The rock legends hit the stage and perform the hard-hitting 1970 track, backed by flashing lights. “You’ve got what it takes to make a poor man’s heart break,” Stanley sings, flamboyantly pointing straight into the camera.
When Gene Simmons named his new album ‘Asshole’ few people would argue it was an inappropriate name. Gene does have a reputation to uphold after all.
Asshole is his first solo in 26 years. Kiss as a commercial product is pretty much about equal parts Gene’s ‘rock star’ to Paul’s ‘pop star’. Extract the Gene component into a solo record and you get a hard rock sound.
Now over to Tim Cashmere to update the story with Gene Simmons.
Tim Cashmere: Hi Gene how are ya?
Gene Simmons: Wonderful! Hold on a second!
Sarah McLachlan: Hello Tim.
TC: Hello, who is this?
SM: This is Sarah. How are you?
TC: I am not bad; I hear you’re chilling out by the pool up there?
SM: We are chilling out by the pool, yes. It’s fabulous, very good. There is no sun, but it’s still very nice.
TC: There is no sun in Brisbane?
SM: There is sun everywhere except at the pool at the hotel. It’s a bad design.
TC: …but surely you can bask in Gene Simmons’ glowing light?
KISS is by far one of the most recognizable bands around. The signature makeup, the outfits, the pyrotechnics, etc. But at their show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the “Race To Erase MS Gala,” there was a noticeable absence. That was because frontman Paul Stanley (aka “The Starchild”) was forced to miss the gig after going under the knife for bicep surgery.
Stanley was eager to update fans on his condition via his Twitter, saying “Tore my bicep tendon. Surgery reattached it with a screw and stitches to anchor in place. not much I can do now!”
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley took part in a live interview event with BackStory on March 23 at AOL studios in New York City. The interview was conducted by Brad Tolinski. Best known as the editor in chief of Guitar World magazine for 25 years, Tolinski is a respected journalist and the author of “Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page”. You can now watch video footage of the question-and-answer session below. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
Ace: “When I listen to the first and second KISS record, they’re so dry… there’s no digital reverb. The production is just… Sometimes I cringe [when I hear it]. But, to me, the biggest advantage of what’s happening now when you record is digital. I mean, the flexibility you have with digital editing and digital recording… I mean, I come from the school in the ’70s, when we had to make an edit, we had to cut it with a razorblade. It was a two-inch piece of tape, and we had to cut it. And I remember, a lot of times, they took little slices of tape and put it off to the side and put it back together, and we’d play it and go, ‘Hey, it doesn’t sound right. Put that piece back in.’ And sometimes it took an hour just to do an edit. But with digital editing, it’s a click of the mouse.”
Former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley has been hospitalized for exhaustion and forced to cancel a show in New York.
A post on his website and Facebook page says he was admitted to a hospital after Friday’s show at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre (WILKS’-ba-ree), Pennsylvania. The post says his symptoms are due to “exhaustion and dehydration.”
Frehley’s website says he “reluctantly” agreed to cancel Saturday night’s sold-out show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie (poh-KIHP’-see).
The site says he had to cancel a show April 9 in New Hope, Pennsylvania, after a band member was sick.
The 64-year-old Frehley has been touring all month.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Shoulder surgery has prevented Paul Stanley from performing an intimate show with KISS.
Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Carr donned their classic stage makeup and costumes to play a four-song set Friday to benefit multiple sclerosis research. KISS was the headlining act at the 23rd annual Race to Erase MS fundraising gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson introduced the band and explained Stanley’s absence. Jackson said the lead singer would be recovered in time to tour with KISS this summer.
Other performers at the fundraising dinner included Eric Benet, David Foster and “The Voice” winner Jordan Smith. The event raised more than $250,000 toward finding a cure for the nervous system disorder.
The long awaited KISS Rock Iconz statues from Knucklebonz. These premium statues follow along in the tradition of this series past releases of such artists as Jimmy Page, Jimmy Hendrix, Dimebag Darryl, Judas Priest, plus many more. Past figures of other bands editions were usually limited to 3,000 and sold out rather quickly. The KISS release is only set at a very low 1,000 and was already sold out from the manufacturer before the release. We were able to get a few dozen sets, but that is all we will ever have for sale. As you can see on eBay, the Knucklebonz figures tend to appreciate in value and the KISS figures should be no different.
The beef between the KISS frontman and rapper was sparked by comments Gene made suggesting hip hop stars shouldn’t be considered for inclusion in the institution.
At N.w.a.’s induction ceremony on Friday (08Apr16) Cube slammed the rocker for his comments, saying rock and roll was a “spirit” rather than a particular musical style or genre.
After being called out, Gene stood by the comments, writing on Twitter, “let me know when Jimi Hendrix gets into the Hip Hop Hall Of Fame,” causing the hip hop star to issue a social media response citing black musicians as the inventors of rock music.
“Who stole the soul? Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Chubby Checkers help invent Rock n Roll. We invent it. Y’all (white rock musicians) reprint it,” he wrote.
Ice Cube, real name O’Shea Jackson, then posted lines from his Hall of Fame induction speech including its conclusion, “Rock & roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and in life. That is rock & roll, and that is us”.
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has responded to comments made by NWA at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame
The hip-hop group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame on Friday night (April 8) alongside Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller and songwriter/producer Bert Berns at a ceremony in at the Barclay’s Centre in Brooklyn, New York.
NWA member MC Ren used the opportunity to hit back at Simmons, who criticised rap as a genre recently.
Simmons had told Rolling Stone: “I am looking forward to the death of rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody… or just melody.”
He added: “Rap will die. Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.”
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