Celebrity Drive: Paul Stanley of KISS Loves His ‘Vette

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AA94SvjQuick Stats: Paul Stanley Kiss front man, author, painter
Daily Driver: 2015 Corvette Stingray (Stanley’s rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: See below
Favorite road trip: Interstate 95 from New York to New England
Car he learned to drive in: 1963 Ford Galaxie
First car bought: 1961 Rambler American

Kiss front man Paul Stanley is a bit of a Renaissance man as a singer-songwriter, painter, New York Times best-selling author, star of “Phantom of the Opera,” and, in a former life, a New York City cab driver.

He can add styling a Corvette for General Motors to the list after working with the automaker on a 2015 Stingray for the SEMA show in a car that would also become his daily driver.

AA94Xa2“I’ve yearned to be driving an American car without apology,” he says. “I like driving a car that says ‘Corvette’ on it. I like driving an American car because we’ve always had capabilities to turn out great cars, and for reasons that are lost to me, we chose not to. But as the competition became stiffer and as the car industry seemed to be folding, I guess the message was resounding, and lo and behold, here were some great cars.”

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KISS Kruise V Pre-Party for a good cause

Andy Moyen

Living in Sinners, The rooms at The Holiday Inn Port of Miami- Downtown 340 Biscayne Blvd Miami Fl 33132 right across the street from Bayside Market are ready to be booked. Dates available are Oct 26,27,28,29,and Nov 3 , 2015 You can call in and make your reservations NOW by calling 1 800-526-5655 or 305-371-4400 and for our international guests the best way to reserved is by sending an email to reservations miabb@soundhospitality.com by email. Weather your emailing or c…alling please make sure to tell them this is for KISS KRUISE 2015 in your email and when calling. We have a better deal than last year’s rates. This year the rates are $159.00 plus 13% tax . Book now before there all gone. Credit card # to make reservations. Card WILL NOT BE CHARGED until You check in.

We will have transportation from the Holiday Inn to the Port of Miami starting at 10 AM Oct 29th for only 5.00 DOLLARS

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Ex-KISS Guitarist BRUCE KULICK On Getting Married: ‘It Took Fifteen Years To Find The Right One’

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Frankie DiVita of the 95.5 KLOS radio station conducted an interview with former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick at this year’s NAMM show, which took place January 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.

Speaking about his decision to marry girlfriend Lisa Lane in Janaury 2014, Kulick said: “I had that kind of typical, I’ll call it the ‘trophy wife,’ during the KISS years. And that worked for a little while, until we divorced right around when the KISS thing ended — unrelated, of course, actually, I will say. But it took fifteen years to find the right one and get married. And Lisa Lane is that. She’s a beautiful singer, but not, like, rock, even though she can kind of do that. We just put the song that we did our first dance at at our wedding a year ago up on our anniversary. It’s called ‘I Dreamed Of You’. And [it's billed as] ‘Lisa Lane‘ — like ‘Lois Lane‘ but ‘Lisa Lane‘ — ‘featuring Bruce Kulick.’ And it’s like, jazz. It’s a trio. And she’s got a voice [that makes] everybody go, ‘That’s you?’ I mean, I cry when she sings. She just has such a beautiful voice. [I'm] very proud of her.”

Bruce, 61, proposed to Lisa on Christmas Eve in 2012 in London, England.

In 1984, Bruce joined KISS, where he remained as their lead guitarist for twelve years, accompanying the band on the “Animalize” tour and continuing with the band until the 1996 reunion tour. Bruce is heavily featured on “Kissology – Vol. 2″ and “Vol. 3″, the band’s DVDs spanning their historic 35-year career.

Kulick‘s third solo album, “BK3″, was released in Europe in January 2010 via Frontiers Records and in North America in February 2010 through Twenty 4 Records/Rocket Science Ventures. The first single from the album, “Hand Of The King”, featuring Nick Simmons (son of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons), was a digital-only release available at all online music stores, including iTunes.

 

Tommy Thayer Interview from Backstage Axxess

Gus Griesinger | Backstage Axxess

After a successful run on his initial first signature series with Epiphone, KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer was at NAMM to promote his second series. The Les Paul Outfit “White Lightning” guitar is just as beautiful in person as it looks on video. Tommy is proud of the guitar and why shouldn’t he be? We talked about how the idea to do another guitar came about and what went into the specifications of it. It was the night before Tommy played a few songs with glam band Steel Panther and we talked about that as well. In addition, we discussed the upcoming KISS Kruise and how the band can fit more obscure songs into the setlist of either the electric or acoustic show. Check out his response is right here.

Tommy has been nothing but gracious to us and I personally have interviewed him four times now. He is always one of my favorites to talk with. A small distraction during our interview is the Robbie Krieger band. The band started to play during our interview so you will hear a little classic Krieger. It doesn’t get more candid than this. Enjoy KISS and The Doors coming together a little!

KISS’s TOMMY THAYER Says Technology Enables Musicians To Make ‘Perfect’-Sounding Records With No ‘Soul’

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Music Junkie Press conducted an interview with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer at the Hughes & Kettner booth at this year’s NAMM show, which was held January 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.

Speaking about how modern technology has affected the way musicians create music, Thayer said: “All the technology and even the social networking and everything that goes on, it gets a little overwhelming, and I think we sometimes do lose touch with getting back to the roots of music and the creative aspect of everything. I think we never wanna lose track of that or lose that connection, because with all the technology, even recording with Auto-Tune and all this stuff, you can make something sound perfect, but you lose the real personality and the soul of something when you do that too much. So it’s something… You have to not lose track of that. Music is feel, it’s soul… it’s the heart.”

Thayer joined KISS in February 2003, stepping into the boots Frehley had been occupying for the KISS reunion that lasted from 1996 to 2002.

Speaking about the first time he performed with KISS in full makeup, Thayer told Guitar World magazine in a 2013 interview: “The first time was at a private corporate concert in Jamaica in early 2002. It was exhilarating and over the top, but also very comfortable. It didn’t seem that out of the ordinary. I had been around the band a long time, so I wasn’t new to the family. I’d also played in a KISS tribute band in the early Nineties and we’d wear KISS makeup. Actually, I even used to put on KISS makeup as a kid. So it was more of a familiar feeling than not. It all came very naturally. But of course, you’re filling big shoes because there’s such a big legacy with KISS. There’s high expectations and pressure to step up and do a great job.”

He continued: “And yeah, some people say, ‘Why didn’t you come in and introduce a new character?’ It’s an interesting question, but when I got in the band I was just honored to be there. I also respected where they came from and what they’re all about. So who am I to ever suggest I need a new personality or a new character, or the band needs a new guitar sound or style? That’s ridiculous. Sometimes it just takes people a long time to understand that.”

 

First Look At PAUL STANLEY’s IBANEZ Guitars

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In 1976, Ibanez approached KISS frontman Paul Stanley to collaborate on a signature guitar that would become the instrument with which he would be forever associated. Now, for the first time since 1996, Paul and Ibanez have reunited to reissue three exciting new versions of the original Paul Stanley Signature Model.

Guitar World stopped by the Ibanez stand at this past weekend’s NAMM show in Anaheim, California to get a first look at Stanley‘s new guitars. Check out the footage below.

“Renewing my collaboration with Ibanez feels like going home to where it all started,” commented Stanley. “The guitars we created remain iconic and we will celebrate them and more as we move forward into our future together.”

“We’re very excited to be partnering again with Paul Stanley,” said Ibanez artist relations manager Mike Taft. “It’s been an amazing year for both Paul and the band, including the release of his best-selling autobiography, the band’s long-overdue induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and the ongoing world tour to commemorate their 40th anniversary together. I couldn’t think of a better time for Paul to reunite with Ibanez. Along with their distinctive styling, these historic instruments have proven themselves on albums and in concert worldwide, where their sound has made them sought after by guitarists for decades.”

KISS: Promotional Video For Japan-Only Special Edition Of ‘KISS 40′ Compilation

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KISS has collaborated with the Japanese pop group MOMORIO CLOVER Z on a new single, to be released on January 28. The track “Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina” was composed by KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and Greg Collins, with lyrics written by Yuho IwasatoMOMOIRO CLOVER Z performs the song, with KISS providing background vocals and instruments. It will be released in two versions — “Momoclo Edition” and “KISS Edition” — via iTunes in 120 countries. A music video for the track, featuring both bands, has already been shot in Las Vegas.

Both the “Momoclo Edition” and “KISS Edition” of “Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina” will feature the title track and one same coupling song, but the “KISS Edition” will include the track titled “Samurai Son”, which was made using “Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina” as its base. It is sung by KISS while MOMORIO CLOVER Z members participate on vocals. The “Momoclo Edition” will come with a Blu-ray disc which contains the music video for the title track instead.

“Samurai Son” will also be made available on KISS‘s upcoming Japanese special edition of songs culled from the 2014 “KISS 40″ release, alongside 19 tracks spanning the band’s four-decade career and a DVD featuring three exclusive live performances, released to commemorate KISS‘s 2015 Japanese tour. The DVD includes three songs filmed at the Budokan in Tokyo on October 24, 2013. Audio from that version of “Hell Or Hallelujah” was previously released as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of “KISS 40″.

 

One on One 85 Thayer

Mitch Lafon

On this episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon: interviews with Robert Säll and Herman Furin of Swedish band Work Of Art as well as the brother of KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, John Thayer. John discusses his latest album (the Laurel Street EP), talks about his music, speaks with pride about his brother Tommy and addresses the issue of the ‘Spaceman’ makeup. The members of WORK OF ART discuss their career up to now, the brilliant new album FRAMEWORK, Robert talks about his side-project W.E.T. with Eclipse’s Erik Mårtensson and singer Jeff Scott Soto. Russ Dwarf of the Killer Dwarfs co-hosts.

Massive KISS Guitar Pick collection up for sale

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This past week we have listed over 120 KISS guitar picks for sale at KISSmuseum.com. We also have several super-rare picks up for auction on eBay, ending this Sunday evening. Picks are all photographed professionally and researched for accurate descriptions, (thanks “Picks n Sticks” on KISSfaq.com). Most are singles, so act fast before they are gone!

KISS Rare Guitar Pick Auction on eBay
KISS Guitar Pick Collection for sale at KISSmuseum.com

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Is this KISS’s second song with Momoiro Clover Z?

Nick DeRiso | Ultimate Classic Rock

The second track from Kiss‘ two-song collaboration with the Japanese pop group Momoiro Clover Z has apparently — but not officially — surfaced online. You can listen to it via the above stream.

‘Samurai Son,’ co-written by Paul Stanley, follows the recent release ‘Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina.’ If this is legit, ‘Samurai Son’ was seemingly built off the same track — except that Stanley provides a completely different vocal track this time.

‘Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina’ was written by Stanley and Greg Collins, co-producer of Kiss’ 2012 release ‘Monster,’ with additional lyrics by Yuho Iwasato. ‘Samurai Son’ is included as a bonus track on the new Japanese compilation ‘Best of Kiss 40,’ along with 19 songs from throughout the group’s four-decade career and a DVD featuring a trio of exclusive live performances.

Momoiro Clover Z will also be opening for Kiss on March 3 at the Tokyo Dome, as part of the group’s on-going tour through Japan, South America and Europe. Kiss has shot a documentary about the collaboration, as well.

 

Ace Frehley heads down under in April

Larry Petro | News Monkey

Former KISS axeman Ace Frehley has announced a string of Australia and New Zealand solo shows. This will be his first ever solo appearances in New Zealand.

Says Ace, “I can’t wait to get down to New Zealand and Australia 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!”

Joining Ace on stage will be Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace’s Trouble Walking album and has toured with Sebastian Bach, bassist Chris Wyse (OZZY OSBOURNE, THE CULT) and Scot Coogan (LITA FORD, NIKKI SIXX).

The 2-hour set features everything an Ace or KISS fan could hope for. Included are all his solo anthems - “New York Groove” (a bona-fide Top 20 Hit in Australia and NZ), “Snowblind”, “Rock Soldiers” and highlights from his latest Top 10 Billboard album Space Invader. Expect KISS diamonds such as “Strutter”, “Cold Gin”, “Love Gun”, “Deuce”, “Shock Me” and “Detroit Rock City” as well. Plus as a special treat for KISS fans, some rare KISS gems that you simply won’t hear anywhere else - “Talk To Me”, “Rocket Ride”, “Strange Ways”, “Parasite” and “King Of The Night Time World”.

Tickets on sale at 9 AM on Wednesday, January 28th.

Tour dates:

  • 4.24 – Wellington, New Zealand – James Cabaret
  • 4.25 – Auckland, New Zealand – The Studio
  • 4.29 – Brisbane, Australia – Tivoli Theatre
  • 4.30 – Sydney, Australia – Metro Theatre
  • 5.1 – Hobart, Australia – Wrestpoint Showroom
  • 5.2 – Melbourne, Australia – Forum Theatre
  • 5.6 – Adelaide, Australia – The Gov
  • 5.7 – Perth, Australia – Astor Theatre

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Tommy to perform with Steel Panther at NAMMJAM 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 7.18.18 AMHeld on Friday night of the annual NAMM SHOW, the biggest worldwide convention for the music instrument industry, NAMMJAM 2015 is considered by NAMM SHOW attendees as “the hottest ticket at NAMM” Now in its 6th year, this invitation-only party will be held on FRIDAY, JANUARY 23rd beginning at 6 pm at the fabulous GROVE OF ANAHEIM.

Presented by DELVE TEXAS and sponsored by EPIPHONE GUITARS, MONSTER ENERGY, AFFLICTION, CORONA LIGHT, FX GROUP, NEWTEK, GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE, SIT STRINGS, KRAMER GUITARS, BAND GEAR and GOTHAM STANDS, NAMMJAM 2015 will be a rocking evening of music, fashion and camaraderie. 

Performances at NAMMJAM 2015 will include…

·  STEEL PANTHER -  the American glam metal band who’s profane, funny and all rock-n-roll
satirical send-up has made them legends in their own time.

·  HARDCORE SUPERSTAR - the Swedish sleaze rockers have been together since 1997
with three #1 hits on the Sweden  music charts. This will be their first U.S. performance
in ten years!

·  OTHERWISE  - blending plaintive post-grunge and driving, alternative hard rock, the
Las Vegas quintet have three hit singles.

·  NICK COLIONNE - combining jazz, R & B, blues and funk, his unmistakable sound and
vibe is instantly recognizable as he takes the guitar to unexpected places.

  • ·  AFFLICTION FASHION SHOW BY JONNY COFFIN  - highlighting America’s premier,
    rock-n-roll lifestyle clothing brand, AFFLICTION, this high-energy fashion show is always
    an eye-catching treat.
 

KISS + Momoiro Clover Z release full ‘Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemaina’ video

Maatthew Wilkening | Ultimate Classic Rock

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley has branded celebrity autobiographies “junk” and insisted most stars don’t tell the truth when writing about themselves.

Stanley released his own memoirs, Face The Music: A Life Exposed, in April (14), 14 years after his bandmate Gene Simmons detailed his own life story in his best-selling 2001 autobiography Kiss And Make-Up.

The singer admits he was slow to put pen to paper because he did not want to a write a book solely about Kiss, and he did not want to follow the celebrity memoirs trend.

He tells Train star Pat Monahan in his weekly Patcast podcast, “This isn’t the fourth Kiss book; this is the first Paul Stanley book. I wasn’t writing the last in a series. I don’t wanna be associated with those books, ’cause most of them are junk. Autobiographies, by their nature, are junk, because they tend to be love letters to yourself. You are writing what you think is you in your best light, telling stories that probably may have been enhanced, to say the least…”