Decibel Geek, episode 145 – Conversation with Ken Barr

Chris

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Some of the most memorable KISS discussions we’ve had are the ones we’ve conducted with crew members. This week’s guest should prove to continue that tradition.
Former KISS crew member Ken Barr joins Chris and Aaron this week for an in-depth discussion of a very transitional phase in the Hottest Band in the Land’s career. Ken was a drum tech/guitar tech/carpenter for KISS from 1992 – 1996. His tenure included the Revenge tour, Alive III, the 1995 convention tour, MTV Unplugged, Reunion tour rehearsals, and the 1996 KROQ Weenie Roast. Lots of stories about the personalities behind the members of KISS, stories from the road, and Ken’s thoughts on what the band is doing today.

 

One On One with Mitch Lafon Episode 28

Mitch Lafon

d5bc9761aa7aa32e57f7e5aaf0fa4002In episode 28 of One On One with Mitch Lafon. Mitch is joined by co-hosts Russ Dwarf (KILLER DWARFS) and Mark Strigl (Talking Metal). In this episode Mitch sits down with Peter ‘Moose’ Oreckinto and JR Smalling two of KISS’ original crew guys. The three discuss working with the band in the early days, the importance of Sean Delaney & Bill Aucoin, the impressions of the original members (Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley), what it was like working for the band ‘back in the day’, the origins of the ‘You Wanted The Best’ tag line, their new book ‘Out On The streets’ and much more.

Ace Frehley reveals ‘Space Invader’ track listing

Jeff Giles | Ultimate Classic Rock

ace-frehley-space-invader-inside-300x300With just a few short weeks to go before Ace Frehley releases his new solo album, ‘Space Invader,’ he’s revealed the complete track listings for the record’s various configurations.

The album, due in the U.S. on Aug. 19, will be available digitally, as a standard CD, in a deluxe CD digipak, and as a double-LP gatefold with colored vinyl — with various bonus tracks scattered between the formats.

“I know that everyone is hoping that this album is heavier than the last one,” Frehley told Guitar World, “and it is.”

The setting for these sessions played a key role, he added.

“I did most of the recording at my friend’s studio in Turlock, California, called the Creation Lab,” Frehley says. “Turlock is in the middle of nowhere — it’s like a farming community — and that’s why I loved it. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and there are absolutely no distractions when working at this place. You record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There’s nothing else to do there, which means it’s the perfect place for me to record.”

As we previously reported, the first single from ‘Space Invader,’ ‘Gimme a Feelin’,’ is out now; you can check it out here.

Ace Frehley ‘Space Invader’ Track Listings:

Limited Edition Digipak CD
‘Space Invader’
‘Gimme a Feelin” (radio edit)
‘I Wanna Hold You’
‘Change’
‘Toys’
‘Immortal Pleasures’
‘Inside the Vortex’
‘What Every Girl Wants’
‘Past the Milky Way’
‘Reckless’
‘The Joker’
‘Starship’
‘The Joker’ (extended version)
‘Reckless’ (different remix version)

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Strange Ways podcast – Mr Speed

Strange Ways Podcast

285-_9718867Besides discussing and celebrating the gods of thunder, your KISS Army bros also record KISS covers purely for the fun of it…They are all free to download or stream, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do making them!

KISS at the Forum July 8, 2014

Marc Loren

Hey guys, thought I’d share this clip from last night. It’s the last two songs complete with confetti storm, fireworks and some great audience reaction shots. Hope you enjoy! The band was fantastic last night.

The Stephen James NOX Cover Story Pays Tribute to Famous Band Kiss

Trendhunter

famous-bandStephen James channels an opulent rocker for this latest NOX magazine cover story that tributes famous band KISS. The tattooed top model is captured by photographer Juanjo Molina’s lens while posing in an industrial, mechanic’s garage.

Art direction and styling for this image series is courtesy of Abraham Gutiérrez who hand-picks Stephen’s wardrobe of colored suits, transparent rain gear and pattern-clashing separates.

The model sports the latest from Givenchy, Jimmy Choo and Balenciaga for this KISS-themed editorial that also recreates the famous band’s makeup looks. Antonio Estrada for REDKEN and MAC is in charge of grooming for the photo series and gives Stephen a clean-cut hair look that offsets cosmetics worthy of KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Wears Gene Simmons’ Kiss Costume

Jeff Giles | Ultimate Classic Rock

philkissWhatever else happens on Def Leppard‘s summer tour with Kiss, we can at least be sure that Lep guitarist Phil Collen is having fun.

Collen’s flair for road shenanigans surfaced recently on the Kiss Facebook page, where the band posted a picture of their tour mate all gussied up in Kiss bassist Gene Simmons‘ trademark costume while also wielding his distinctive axe. The photo was taken during the July 6 stop in Chula Vista, Calif. for the tour, which started June 23 in Salt Lake City, Utah and is scheduled to wrap up Aug. 31 in Texas.

Good as Collen might look as the Demon, don’t expect him to trade his Leppard spots for greasepaint anytime soon — once they wrap up this round of tour dates with Kiss, Def Leppard will get right back to work on their next album, their first since 2008′s ‘Songs from the Sparkle Lounge.’ And although the new record was initially supposed to be an EP, Collen says once the songwriting sessions started, the new material just kept flowing.

“We’re actually blown away, ’cause it normally takes us about five years to write 10 songs, and we’ve got 15 songs already — not finished, but we’re gonna have an album out next year,” he recently enthused. “So for us, that’s our big goal. Next year’s gonna be a really important year. We’ve got this great album. The recording has been really going fast and flowing, so we’re ultra-excited about that.”

 

KISS’ Paul Stanley Interview Part III – “Clearly, There Was A Time Where Backstage Was Hedonism At Its Finest… When You Are Given The Keys To The Candy Store, You Tend To Eat A Lot Of Candy… I Certainly Had A Sugar High”

Mitch Lafon | Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles

Special Report By Mitch Lafon

In June, Paul Stanley held a special press only conference call to discuss KISS’ upcoming tour with Def Leppard and his New York Times’ best selling book, Face The Music: A Life Exposed. Journalists from across Canada and the US were able to ask one question plus a follow-up. What you will read below are Paul’s answers to the questions that were posed (in proper sequence) by the various media invited to the one-hour event. In part three, Paul talks about the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Shame (Fame), his favorite apps and how backstage has changed over the last forty years.

Please note: none of the questions were asked by this reporter.

In your book, Face The Music: A Life Exposed, you mention the 1974 show at the Paramount Theater (now the Kirby Center) in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Why did you include that specific show in your book?

“I just remember this questionable choice of an opening act. This poor guy was up there was juggling and riding a unicycle when people were clearly there to see these four madmen blow the place up, celebrate rock n’ roll and the cause of celebrating life. It just resonated with me that this poor guy was out there having pennies pitched at him and doing his best to do what he was hired to do. I don’t know why that stood out for me.”

You’ve been performing a lot of these songs for years. Have they taken on a new meaning for you?

“All of these songs are songs of victory. They are all songs of celebrating our winning. That we are here forty years later and singing these songs is a source of incredible pride and accomplishment. Each one of those songs is a celebration of going against all odds and going against the critics, the people who didn’t like us and winning. So, these are the songs of a battle won.”

How does your approach to the show change when you’re performing outdoors compared to an arena?

“We try to be observant of low flying planes when we’re outdoors, but it doesn’t change anything because what we do comes from the heart. It comes from who we are. It’s a different environment though because in an arena there’s a sense of being enclosed, entombed or encapsulated (which has its pluses), but being outside during the summer is a terrific dichotomy / contrast between what we do and being outside in the midst of a great summer night with the stars shining and everything else. We’ve been doing this for forty years and the reason people still buy tickets to see the classic acts is because you know that we will deliver the goods.There are countless acts nowadays who sing on a song that was basically put together in somebody’s living room on a computer and auto-tuned. You know damn well that those people are not going to be able to put on a show. Many bands and many artists who sell nowadays or certainly have downloads in huge numbers are nobody who you want to go see live because they haven’t learned the craft. The ones who have enough money to put on a great show are invariably dependent upon

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Fred Zermeno | EGP

With half the number of players and a field half the size of what you see in the NFL, the pace of an LA KISS arena football game is twice as fast, higher scoring, and non-stop action. (EGP Photo by Fred Zermeno)

With half the number of players and a field half the size of what you see in the NFL, the pace of an LA KISS arena football game is twice as fast, higher scoring, and non-stop action. (EGP Photo by Fred Zermeno)

The LA KISS suffered the biggest defeat of its short history last Saturday, losing 46-64 to the Spokane Shock at the Home Depot Center in Anaheim, delaying a chance to win a spot in the playoffs.

It was a hard fought, action-packed, fast pace game, but at the end of the day the LA KISS offense was no match for the Shock’s defense, which shut down a couple of crucial drives on their road to the win. Adding to the loss were two interceptions thrown by six-foot-one KISS Quarterback Aaron Garcia (Sacramento State) that killed a pair of promising drives.

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Strange Ways podcast 25 – A discussion about the ALIVE albums. Part 1

285>_9710627Episode 25 finds your KISS ARMY bros,Jody Havenot and D-ROCK, joined by our Canadian Co-Anchor, ANDREW KISS!!! We got together for a little discussion about the Alive! legacy. We had a blast, and hope you do too! The conversation went a little long, so it is divided into 2 parts. Both are live and available for your auditory pleasure. And as always, thanks for listening, and keep on rockin’!

4th and Loud, Reality Show on Inaugural LA KISS Arena Football Season, Kicks Off Aug. 5

Matt Coker | OC Weekly

4th-and-Loud_AMC_560pAMC announced Wednesday that 4th and Loud, a docu-series following the inaugural season of the LA KISS Arena Football League team that plays home games at the Honda Center, premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Despite the headline to Daniel Cohn’s pre-season cover story above, LA KISS is not winning, having two victories at home and only one on the road for a disappointing 3-10 record in the National Conference’s West Division. The 14-0, division-leading Arizona Rattlers crushed LA KISS 83-47 on Saturday. The home team returns to Anaheim to play Spokane tomorrow night.

Even though LA KISS has not lived up to the hype, that does not mean 4th and Loud will be unworthy reality television. Remember how great Hard Knocks was when it followed the lackluster New York Jets?

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Live review: Kiss and Def Leppard at Sleep Country Amphitheater

Robert Ham | Oregonian

15311487-mmmainThe iconic hard rock band arguably invented the arena rock spectacle, replete with synchronized pyrotechnics, elaborate stage sets and, of course, their signature face paint and glam rock demon costumes.

However, at some point — and we can debate all day long about exactly when this occurred — the pageantry became more important than the music.

And for the many fans that packed the Sleep Country Amphitheater on Friday night to see Kiss is concert, that’s something they readily accept and anticipate. Sure, hearing “Rock and Roll All Nite” was great, but hearing it while being showered in an unrelenting spray of confetti is apparently even better.

In that regard, everyone got what they wanted out of this deal: Kiss got their captive audience; the attendees got their sensory overload.

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Peter Criss of Kiss joins WindMill’s 10,000 Hot Dogs

Asbury Park Press

PETER-CRISS-LIBRO1The WindMill’s 10,000 Hot Dogs fundraiser just got a rock ‘n’ roll injection.

Peter Criss, the former drummer for Kiss, has signed on to be an honorary chairman of 10,000 Hot Dogs, a summer-long benefit for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean counties.

“Summer time is fun on a bun,” said Criss, a resident of Wall, in a statement. “Help us feed our community and feed the hungry.”

The 10,000 Hot Dogs kickoff featured a concert by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes atop of the iconic WindMill restaurant in Long Branch on May 23. Johnny and the Jukes performed for a half-hour and crammed in hits like “I Don’t Want to Go Home,” “The Fever,” “Havin’ a Party” and more.

Customers who make a $5 donation at the WindMill through Labor Day via the Website 10000hotdogs.com or by texting “hotdog” to 41444 will help the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties deliver 15 meals to those in need this summer. Also, hot dog maker Sabrett will donate up to 10,000 hot dogs, matching each $5 donation with a goal of raising $50,000. That would mean 160,000 meals for Monmouth and Ocean counties families.

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Honorary Seabreeze toast to Bill Aucoin this Saturday

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This June 28th marks the 4th anniversary of the passing of Bill Aucoin. As we always do, we encourage a Seabreeze toast (or whatever you may have in hand at the time, wherever in the world you might be) in his honor. So Cheers! and as always, “Onward and Upward!”

*To enhance the sense of connection between the participants of this event all over the world, we suggest getting your hands on a fine cigar (or cheap, no one cares), but a nice Partagas or Romeo & Julieta would be right up Bill’s alley. And if you want to blast some music, well, of course KISS, Billy Idol and Billy Squier are obvious suggestions. But some of Bill’s favorites are: Neil Young, Cat Stevens, and The Mamas and the Papas (Monday, Monday was a particular favorite).

- Apologies to anyone “not invited” but Facebook is capping event invites at approximately 1000 and unfortunately I have no control over which 1000 of Bill’s friends are “invited” since the code seems to pick them randomly. But if you find your way to this event page, we encourage you to join in. Cheers!

Saturday at 8 pm.

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Hollywood, FL 33019

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