Paul Stanley plays with Foo Fighters on stage in Los Angeles


VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth joined FOO FIGHTERS on stage last night (Saturday, January 10) at the Forum in Los Angeles to perform two of his band’s biggest hits, “Panama” and “Ain’t Talking About Love”. Other onstage guests included MOTÖRHEAD‘s Lemmy KilmisterAlice CooperTrombone ShortyJoe WalshPerry Farrell (JANE’S ADDICTION), Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Nick OliveriSlash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER), Jack Black and Kyle Gass of TENACIOUS D, and Paul Stanley (KISS). Stanley performed “Detroit Rock City” and “Destroyer” classic “Do You Love Me?” with the FOO FIGHTERS.


Cooper came up for “School’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen”Wylde fronted FOO FIGHTERS for a pair of BLACK SABBATH songs, “N.I.B.” and “Fairies Don’t Wear Boots”, as well as the closing track, a cover of Chuck Berry‘s “Let It Rock”, with Slash and LemmyFarrell joined FOO FIGHTERS for JANE’S ADDICTION‘s “Mountain Song” and a cover of THE ROLLING STONES‘ “Miss You”. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. All tickets for the very special in-the-round performance benefitting multiple charities set the buyer back $50, with $10 of that sum being distributed amongst Rock School Scholarship Fund, MusiCares and Sweet Relief. “Sonic Highways”, the FOO FIGHTERS‘ eighth studio album, was recorded on location in eight different American cities, with the cameras following them around to each session. The show featured a history of each city’s local scene and musicians, as well as footage of the band recording the new disc with some of those local artists as guests. The album sold around 190,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The band will launch its biggest North American tour ever later this year, hitting arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums in the summer and fall.

BRUCE KULICK Weighs In On Possibility Of KISS Continuing Without PAUL STANLEY And GENE SIMMONS


brucekulickesp_2013_638Journey Of A Frontman recently conducted an interview with former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On KISS possibly continuing to perform as a band without Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley:

“We’re not there yet. [laughs] I know that Eric [Singer, drums] made some comments saying he wouldn’t be into it. And I don’t think he would be into it. I think it would be kind of weird, because you’d have twenty, thirty years in the band and then be playing with guys that are cover guys. Bands like JUDAS PRIEST having Ripper Owens pop in for a while, he did a good job. Or JOURNEY with the Philippine kid that can sing like Steve Perry. I think that that model works.

“I mean, look, Gene and Paul didn’t wanna work with Ace [Frehley], [and] Peter [Criss] was done. It’s possible to insert somebody else to do that. So I don’t even think what they’re doing now is wrong at all. And honestly, I think it would be completely different if Gene and Paul were actually ready to step down. They’re not ready to step down yet. But, obviously, KISS fans love the conjecture of ‘what if?’ and ‘what do you think?’ Everyone goes wild, the boards and everything. It’s very askew in many directions. And I know Doc [McGheeKISS's manager] had said some things about it, then Gene says, ‘It’s not true! Paul would come out and say something like that. Nothing like that is happening!’

“It’s silly to talk about while they’re still very vital and hungry and relevant and out there. But I don’t think just because Gene or Paul would say that they’re retiring that Tommy [Thayer, guitar] and Eric would still hang around, even though they’re little younger. Tommy‘s actually the youngest. I think it would be a whole different angle if something else would happen. That’s just my opinion. I have no facts behind it.


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Original KISS knew member, author J.R. Smiling guests on One on One with Mitch Lafon

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Original KISS Krew member J.R. Smalling and former Beatlemania star Mitch Weissman guest on Episode 82 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big) co-hosts.

In this extended episode’s only interview, J.R. Smalling discusses his book, The Original KISS Krew – Out On The Streets, which details the early days of being around and working for KISS. During this interview he also discusses working for Ted Nugent and Aerosmith. Mitch Weissman is along for the conversation and talks about writing with KISS and being personal friends of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. This is a must listen episode for any KISS geek.

With the release of Out On The Streets: The True Tales Of Life On The Road With The Hottest Band In The Land…KISS!, the band’s millions of fans worldwide will finally get an up-close and behind-the-curtain look at KISS’s formative years on the road.

This highly detailed 347-page book comes directly from the collective efforts of JR Smalling, Peter Oreckinto, Rick Munroe and the late Mick Campise, who comprised the core of the band’s original road crew from 1974 – 1976.  In Out on the Streets the four share an intimate and inside look at life on the road with KISS, and detail what it took to lay the foundation for one of the most spectacular and successful rock bands in history.

Out On The Streets digs into the dirt, the blue-collar work ethic, and the crew’s unwavering loyalty to KISS’s ridiculous “biggest band in the world” pipedream.  The four authors spin tales of fighting headline acts like Aerosmith just to get in and out of gigs, logging over 90,000 road miles in 1974 alone, wrestling with thieves and warding off racism.  There’s violent tragedy on a personal level, mind-numbing hours and days without rest, bullet-ridden vehicles, arrests, abject poverty, catalogs of carnal pursuits, broken promises and ultimately a skyrocket of success.

Rare photos, original itineraries, and detailed production schematics are just a few of the perks that litter the pages of this rich and rewarding memoir.

Out On The Streets is available directly from the authors themselves. The authors embellish the book with a thriving Facebook forum where they warmly connect with readers, fans, and the curious, answering questions and sharing additional memories and ephemera.

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Gene Simmons dishes out financial advice

Ryan Ermey | Kiplinger

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Even if you don’t know Gene Simmons’s music, chances are you know his face—the one he’s trademarked, anyway. The Kiss cofounder and bassist has established a personal brand that encompasses everything from his band’s thousands of licensed products to his co-ownership of an Arena Football League team called the LA Kiss.

Simmons’s latest venture is a money book titled Me, Inc. (Dey Street Books, $27). In it, he explains his branding strategy, a message sure to resonate with anyone looking for a job in today’s market. The philosophy in a nutshell: Never forget that marketing yourself is every bit as important as what you bring to the table. “If a vacuum cleaner salesman rings at your front door, he will be selling himself first. The vacuum cleaner is secondary,” Simmons writes.

The ambitious book covers other money topics, too, including investing, saving and home buying. Simmons says he set out to write an abridged version of all the money advice you never learned in school. “They don’t teach you how to pay taxes, earn a living and invest,” he says. “They teach you Columbus discovered America in 1492. Great. I’m prepared for life now.”

But the book addresses these subjects mostly with familiar financial platitudes. Simmons tells you to live within your means and riffs on Poor Richard’s Almanack (two pennies saved is one penny earned post-tax). Don’t expect more than the Cliff’s Notes version of personal finance. When Simmons does go into detail, he occasionally appears a little out of his depth. Sure, you shouldn’t buy a house you can’t afford, but if everyone waited to amass a net worth four times the value of the home they want to buy, as Simmons recommends, it would spell the end of homeownership as we know it. His idea of a diversified investment portfolio quickly devolves from stocks in the Dow Jones industrial average to penny stocks.

With Me, Inc., Simmons offers a glimpse into the financial mind of a rock legend. But don’t quit your (many) day jobs, Gene. Leave financial advice to the pros.


30 years later, Bruce Kulick looks back on joining KISS

Matt Wardlaw | Ultimate Classic Rock

Bruce-KulickThirty years ago this month, Bruce Kulick became the newest guitarist in Kiss. What would ultimately become an exciting 12-year ride with the group started off with some specific marching orders from Paul Stanley that Kulick really took to heart.

“Paul told me that he wanted me to play competitively with everybody that’s out there now,” Kulick tells Ultimate Classic Rock. “Alright, it’s 1984, well that means Van Halen has been famous for four or five years right? I don’t need to mention all the other bands that started to get out there with guitar players that are a lot more flashy than what a typical ‘70s guitar player would be. He wanted me to be able to do it all, and I know he had the right guy. I got what he meant. If the song meant do the finger tapping, do the whammy bar, go! Do it! If it meant just lay back and hold that one note, do that.

“So I really think it worked and it was a healthy 12 years for me and [there was] respect for me from those guys because I did have a lot of versatility as a player,” Kulick adds, “and I could adjust to both — respecting the past and working with the band to be wherever that next step was where they were going. Because you know every band has that evolution, and I feel like I was the right guitarist for that.”

Kulick had also taken notes on the guitarists who came before him. He factored that into his approach, as well. “I had respect for Mark St. John, even though I knew where he came from, what his musical vocabulary was and the players that he loved and listened to — and I was very shocked they chose him,” Kulick says. “Because he was into Alan Holdsworth, a brilliant guitar player. He was into John McLaughlin. He was into these more very fusion-jazz shredders, that I was like, ‘That’s not Kiss!’

“You know, just like you know that Steve Vai could certainly play anything any Kiss guitar player ever played. The guy is like an alien on the guitar. Would he work in Kiss? Of course not. It’s not needed. That kind of ability isn’t really the right match. Was he right for David Lee Roth? Yeah. He can add a twist — since who did David Lee Roth just play with not that long ago? Eddie Van Halen. So everything that a Vai can do, would it work in Kiss? No way. Gene [Simmons] likes to tell that [story] when Eddie was disgruntled with the band and he was unhappy with David and he goes, ‘I wanna be in your band!’ [Laughs.] You know what I mean? Come on. Yeah, he could kick ass on Kiss songs.

“You know, he was absolutely my hero for the flashy side of what I needed to bring to Kiss when they were looking for that, because Eddie, his vibrato and his approach to melodic guitar playing, it’s completely taken on a high-octane level from Eric Clapton,” Kulick says. “You hear it in his vibrato and his choice of notes. He forged a very unique kind of hot rod, super-charged, California, Pasadena, rock and roll style of guitar playing. But if he had never heard Eric Clapton, I don’t even know what Eddie would sound like, you know what I mean? But because in the same way that I could relate to Eddie, I could hear the Jimmy Page, I could hear that he listened to [Jimi] Hendrix, I could hear it in his choices.

“Because, you know, there’s only so many notes in a scale, and how many notes a guitar player can play,” Kulick says. “But the guitar’s a very unique instrument with so much nuance on how you bend the string, how you pull down, how you pick it. If you want to play behind the nut like Jimmy Page, if you want to whammy bar it — whatever. I knew what Ace [Frehley] was about, even though I think he was an extremely unique player — which is why I’m kind of relieved that I didn’t have to really mimic him. He had a certain kind of approach that I could kind of do my way but I didn’t have to imitate it exactly.”

Bruce Kulick ultimately played on five studio albums during his time with Kiss, but we wanted to focus in on the beginnings of his personal “Kisstory.” Here’s Part 1 of our talk …

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2014 was a good year…

Scott Diaz

I start 2015 by looking back at 2014. 2014 is marked as the year that I was lucky enough to meet the entire original and current lineup of KISS. I’m beyond lucky, I hope 2015 treats me this well…

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Here’s your first look to KISS’ team-up with Japanese pop group Momorio Clover Z

Matthew Wilkening | Ultimate Classic Rock

Kiss and Momorio Clover Z have unveiled a 50-second video featuring what appears to be part of their upcoming collaborative single ‘Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina,’ which is due to be released on Jan. 28.

The highly colorful video blends animation with scenes of the Japanese girl group seemingly preparing for battle against their much larger and even more ornately dressed American counterparts. Unless Gene Simmons‘ voice has changed dramatically since the last time we saw Kiss in concert, Momorio Clover Z is handling all the vocals on this clip.

The song is one of two that Kiss frontman Paul Stanley co-wrote for this collaboration. The second, ‘SAMURAI SON,’ will appear on the ‘Kiss Version’ of the single’s two CD releases. Momorio Clover Z will also be opening for Kiss at their March 3 show at the Tokyo Dome, part of the band’s extended 2015 trek through Japan, South America and Europe.


Ibanez Introduces Three New Versions of Paul Stanley Signature Guitar

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Brian Lowe

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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 re-issue three exciting new versions of the original Paul Stanley Signature Model.

“Renewing my collaboration with Ibanez feels like going home to where it all started,” Stanley said. “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 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.”

Stay tuned for more details soon!

Former Kiss Guitarist Bruce Kulick to Release Music From His First Band

Dave Lifton | 1037 The Loon


In 1974, 10 years before he joined KissBruce Kulick was in a band with two friends, and now the music they made is about to get a wider release. You can check out the teaser video for the project above.

Kulick first issued the six songs by KKB — named after Kulick, Mike Katz and Guy Bois — in 2008 in a limited numbered run of 1,000 CDs. As he explained on his Facebook page, “Since then, Mike Katz, our singer and principal writer, found the original multitrack tapes we recorded in 1974. We discussed writing a new song and updating the mixes, with a vision of squeezing every bit of fidelity and spirit out of the performances. In early 2015, KKB will be released with a brand new song that will blow your mind, along with remixed versions of the original six songs and some more recently unearthed material as well. It was a long time ago, but the tracks still sound remarkably current.”

A few years after recording this music, Kulick joined Meat Loaf‘s touring band in support of ‘Bat Out of Hell.’ That was followed by a few years in Blackjack, Michael Bolton’s group before the singer became an adult-contemporary heartthrob. Kulick then spent more than a decade in Kiss, and since 2001 has been playing guitar in Grand Funk Railroad.

“Little did we realize life would never afford us the opportunity to do more with what we created,” Kulick said.


KISS to perform 1975 album ‘Alive!’ in full during Kiss Kruise 2015


Kiss have announced plans to perform their 1975 gold-selling album ‘Alive!’ in full during next year’s Kiss Kruise.

The ‘Kruise’ takes place between October 30 and November 3 and sails between Miami and Jamaica.

As Gigwise reports, plans for the set have now been announced via the band’s website.

The statement reads, “The time has come to take on your next mission which will surely be the most epic adventure the high seas have ever seen – the Kiss Kruise V! We’re going back to the golden age when Kiss rose to prominence, taking the world by storm. What better way to celebrate the rise of these rock legends than to watch Kiss perform the very live album that launched them into greatness 40 years ago? Get ready to rock out to Kiss playing their first gold album Alive! in its entirety.”

This is the fifth year that the Gene Simmons-fronted band have run the cruise, which will also see performances from an as-yet-unannounced supporting bill.

Prices start from £548 for a two-berth cabin.

Meanwhile, the band recently announced that they were to collaborate with Japanese pop group Momoiro Clover Z.

The band will perform on the Japanese five piece’s single ‘Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina’, which is due to be released worldwide in January, with an alternate version also due to be included on Kiss’ forthcoming ‘Best Of Kiss 40′ compilation.

Gene Simmons credits mother for drug-free life

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Rocker Gene Simmons has credited a fear of disappointing his mother with steering him away from drugs and alcohol.

The Kiss frontman insists he has never been drunk or gotten high because he always worried about his mom’s reaction.

He tells U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams, “My mother is actually my biggest inspiration. At 14 years of age she was in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and I’m an only child. Our father left us when I was about six or seven years old. I would never break her heart.”

However, Simmons admits he found other ways to indulge after deciding to stay away from drugs and booze his whole life, although his days as a ladies’ man are now firmly behind him, because he only has eyes for his wife, Shannon Tweed.

He continues, “I’ve been a jacka** most of my life… I have been self-absorbed all of my life, self-centered, arrogant, selfish and full of myself and it took the angel that walked into my life, Shannon…

“Part of the parcel of being a jacka** and not growing up to be a man is not realizing that the dream woman of your life was always there and it took 29 years for this jacka** to grow up and realize I have everything…”


KISS Characters featured on Family Guy smartphone game

Dave Lifton | Ultimate Classic Rock


Throughout the history of the animated series ‘Family Guy,’ Peter Griffin’s love of Kiss has often been worked into the plots. Now, the group has become a part of the show’s smartphone game, ‘Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff.’

“Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!” says the update’s description in Apple’s App Store. “’Tis the season of giving, unless you’re Peter Griffin,” For him, it’s the season of p—ing off the Giant Chicken and ruining Christmas. Lois and Santa need your help delivering a successful holiday season by decorating the town and making gifts.”

‘Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff’ allows fans to go on a variety of storylines that use the game’s characters and setting in the fictional town of Quahog, RI. It is available for both Apple and Google-powered devices. The game is free to download, but there are opportunities for in-app purchases. You can learn more at the game’s website.

PAUL STANLEY: ‘The ‘Farewell’ Tour Was Us Wanting To Put KISS Out Of Its Misery’


paulstanleysolo4th_638KISS frontman Paul Stanley says that the band’s tumultuous “Farewell Tour in 2000 was nothing more than an attempt by the group to “put KISS out of its misery” after years of ego clashes and disagreements over songwriting credits between the band’s original members.

In 1996, the original KISS foursome regrouped and embarked on a massively successful world tour, which lasted a little over a year. Less than two years later, StanleyGene SimmonsPeter Criss and Ace Frehley made plans to the studio to record “Psycho Circus”, their first full studio album together since 1977′s Love Gun”. (Peter was replaced by “ghost” drummer Anton Fig on all but one track on 1979′s “Dynasty”.) The results, however, fell far short of expectations, with Criss only playing drums on one song and Frehley appearing on two tracks.

‘Psycho Circus’ was such a nightmare to make that it kind of turned me off to the whole idea of making another album,” Stanley said during a <a “href=”” =473241″=”" target=”_blank”>recent appearance on “Talk Is Jericho, the podcast of Chris Jericho, the world champion pro wrestler, actor, New York Times best-selling author and lead vocalist of the metal band FOZZY. “But then at some point I thought, I don’t want that to be our last album. It’s not a good memory. Although ‘Psycho Circus’ has turned out to be a great song; it’s terrific.

“Everything was wrong [during the making of 'Psycho Circus'].”

He continued: “The problem that I have is that people say, ‘Why don’t you stop bashing Ace?’ or ‘Why don’t you stop bashing Peter?’ And I go, ‘Well, if you ask the same questions, I have to give you the same answer.’ The answer’s not gonna change. Don’t ask the question, because the truth is the truth. It’s not a matter of wanting to bash somebody. I have to tell it the way it is.

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Talk is Jericho podcast, with Paul Stanley on the Farewell tour

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It’s episode 100 & there’s only one guest fitting for such a milestone mark – Paul Stanley from KISS! And what better place to do episode 100 than Vegas, baby! Y2J, The Starchild, & Sin City… and nothing is off-limits! Early KISS days, make-up, no make-up, breakups, reunions, Psycho Circus, producer Bob Ezrin, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, stage raps, arena football, pro-wrestling, favorite songs, and Gene Simmons. Talk about blowing the roof off the joint…