Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the LA Kiss game against the Portland Steel on May 28, and LA Kiss co-owners Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were in attendance. The game was held at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Kulick became the fourth lead guitarist in Kiss when he replaced Mark St. John in 1984. He stayed with the band until 1996, during which time he recorded Asylum, Crazy Nights, Hot in the Shade, Revenge,Alive III, Kiss Unplugged, and Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions.
Prior to joining Kiss, Kulick knew the band through his brother, Bob, a session guitarist who had originally auditioned for the group’s lead guitar spot in 1973. Bruce spoke extensively about his time with Kiss in a recent interview with Joel Gausten.
Nikki Sixx has been in a war of words with KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in recent weeks. The Motley Crue bassist called out Simmons for his controversial comments on Prince’s death, among other topics, which led to Paul Stanley to defend his KISS bandmate by telling Sixx to “please shut up.”
It all started when Gene Simmons told Newsweek that Prince’s death was pathetic, suggesting that the pop icon killed himself through drug abuse. Sixx then called out Simmons, calling him “an overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown” and criticizing him about other comments he’s made over the years, too. Stanley, who himself lambasted Simmons’ Prince comments, then told Sixx to get off his “self inflated pedestal.”
Stanley tells 95.5 KLOS: “Look, life’s too short, and regardless of whatever differences we will have and continue to have and things that we don’t agree on, there’s no denying what we started together.
“And what we started together is the reason that we’re still here today. So why not celebrate it?”
One of the silliest beefs in hard rock this year erupted when KISS’ Gene Simmons called Prince’s death “pathetic” and Mötley Crüe bassist and songwriter Nikki Sixx took him to task, suggesting he’s out of touch and should “call it a day.” Then KISS guitarist Paul Stanley chimed in and Sixx commented again. But now Sixx says it’s time to it’s time back off the battlefield before everyone involved loses credibility.
“I think we just kinda look like a bunch of old women fighting at this point,” he told Loudwire.
Sixx added that the war of words spiraled out of control because the press made a new, bold headline out of every comment. “The problem is that sometimes you will say something and the media will take just that 15 seconds and that gets magnified,” he said. “It can get blown out of proportion.”
KISS Rocks Vegas, screening 25 May – for ONE night!
In November 2014 a helicopter landed at the infamous Hard Rock Hotel as KISS invaded Las Vegas for an historic nine-show run. Now, for one night only on 25 May, fans will be able to experience this spectacular night for themselves as ‘KISS Rocks Vegas’ hits cinemas across the globe.From this blistering live show, fans can expect sky high flames, ear-bursting volume and a few drops of blood! Includes exclusive footage you will only see in the cinema.Don’t miss this unique screening! Join with fans around the world, sing along to favourites like ‘Rock & Roll All Night’, get up and dance in your cinema! Feel like you are in Vegas! Screens are being constantly added from all around the world, so keep checking back to see updates. Follow us on our Social channels to receive the latest news.
This week on KISS My Wax, your co-hosts Jason Herndon, Tom Shannon, & Andrew Sgambati give you their top 10’s! There’s a ton of interesting things in this week’s episode so be sure to check it out. And participate too!
“HOLLYWOOD, CA – MAY 18: Musician Gene Simmons attends the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood launch of DC Universe: The Exhibit – featuring the greatest Super Heroes and Super-Villains on May 18, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood)”
The Justice League, Suicide Squad and general comic book merriment is well represented at the upcoming DC Universe: The Exhibit, part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. TravelPulse had the opportunity to stop by and witness the exhibit that will open May 24.
Let’s just say our inner nerd was screaming to be let out and play with every last movie prop as if we were Harley Quinn left to her own devices.
Thankfully, we remained composed as we stepped through the doorway and saw firsthand where we have come in terms of national geekdom.
The first items that capture the eye are the giant banners that show the Justice League in its glory. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the gang are there to greet you in image form.
The Kiss singer said people made fun of his love of superheroes as a child because it was considered “kid stuff”, as he toured a new DC Comics exhibit at Warner Bros Studios in Los Angeles.
Simmons, 66, said he felt “justice” as superhero movies dominate today’s box office and compared characters such as Superman and Green Lantern to Greek mythological figures.
He told the Press Association: “Superheroes , when you think about it, espouse the American notion that you can come from any country – even from another planet – and still scale the heights. I think it’s a phenomenal, inspiring self-motivating idea.
“The Greeks had their gods, we have ours. There is very little difference between Superman and Green Lantern and so on, and Hercules and Zeus and a ll the other mythological Greek gods.
“It also has this psychological Jungian theme of having an alter ego. The great pathos of Superman is he’s always going to feel like an outsider, and I love that.”
It’s one thing for Paul Stanley to take Kissmate Gene Simmons to task. But woe be to anyone else who wants to do it — and that means you, Nikki Sixx.
With Kiss preparing for the worldwide May 25 screening of its Kiss Rocks Vegas concert film and the early July launch of its summer Freedom To Rock tour, Stanley has been the fulcrum of some pointed social media exchanges during the past week. He took Simmons to task on Twitter for some derogatory interview comments the bassist made about Prince‘s death, calling them “cold, clueless statements.” Simmons subsequently apologized via Twitter. But when Sixx later slammed Simmons as a “bully” and claiming that “nobody in rock” respects him, Stanley posted a sharply worded Facebook retort calling Sixx’s comments an “unimportant but annoying squeak” and directing him to “please shut up, find another way to be in the news and get off your self inflated pedestal.”
“It’s just silly stuff, honestly,” Stanley tells Billboard. “It’s one thing to call somebody out and to have a point of view on somebody’s quotes, but then to just harp on it…You have to be suspect of the motives. Whatever questions I have about things that Gene has said is one thing, but to beat him into the ground becomes self-serving. It just gets annoying. For other people to harp on it and beat it into the ground is not something I want to sit by and listen to. When somebody starts to denigrate or take potshots at your contributions or your band or anything else, when you consider the source it gets to be ludicrous.”
Paul Stanley has one more thing to say about the roundabout beef between himself, Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx and KISS bandmate Gene Simmons.
It all started when Simmons made some tasteless comments about Prince’s death, calling the late artist “pathetic,” for killing himself through drug use. Simmons later backpedaled from those comments andapologized.
Stanley chastised Simmons for those comments, but then Nikki Sixx weighed in, slamming Simmons, and disavowing him as a personal hero.
Stanley did not take kindly to the take down, posting a lengthy rebuttaldefending Simmons.
“It’s just silly stuff, honestly,” Stanley says in a new interview withBillboard. “It’s one thing to call somebody out and to have a point of view on somebody’s quotes, but then to just harp on it…You have to be suspect of the motives. Whatever questions I have about things that Gene has said is one thing, but to beat him into the ground becomes self-serving. It just gets annoying.”
On Ace Frehely’s latest album,Origins, Vol. 1, the guitar legend slips into the roles of both admirer and idol. The formerKiss member compiled the collection of covers by picking songs from bands who influenced him as a musician, like Led Zeppelin (“Bring It On Home,”) Cream (“White Room”),Free (“Fire and Water”) and The Kinks (“Till the End of the Day”). Then he consulted his Rolodex to invite contemporaries to join him on the record, like John 5, Lita Ford, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Slash.
“Slash is an amazing, fiery guitar player, just like me,” says Frehley of the top-hatted axeman, who trades licks with him on Thin Lizzy’s “Emerald.” “I think we complemented each other rather than try to outplay each other.”
Frehley also extended asks to one-time bandmates Paul Stanley andGene Simmons. While Frehley wasn’t able to get a hold of Simmons — “Maybe for volume two,” he says philosophically — Stanley paired with him for “Fire and Water,” for which they also shot a video:
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently spoke to Fuse about his solo covers set, “Origins Vol. 1”, which came out in April. You can now watch the chat below.
Regarding how he went about choosing which songs to cover, Frehley said: “I knew this album was coming, and every time I got an idea or heard a song that I said, ‘That might be a good one to do,’ I’d write it down. And maybe I had had, like, thirty songs and I tried to pick ones that I thought I could do live also; that was a contributing factor in my decision.”
He continued: “I originally wasn’t that excited about it, but once I started the recording process, it just snowballed.
“I’m really happy with the nine covers and three remakes of KISS songs. I think it’s a good package.”
“Origins Vol. 1” debuted at No. 23 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 16,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 21. The CD features KISS frontman Paul Stanley joining Ace on FREE‘s hit “Fire And Water”. This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS‘s 1998 reunion album “Psycho Circus”. Other guests are Slash trading leads on THIN LIZZY‘s classic “Emerald”, Lita Ford singing and playing lead on THE TROGGS staple “Wild Thing”, ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition “Parasite” for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix‘s “Spanish Castle Magic”, and PEARL JAM‘s Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS “Alive!” mainstay “Cold Gin”.
KISS frontman Paul Stanley called out Nikki Sixx in a social media post after the former Motley Crue bass player made insulting comments about Stanley’s bandmate Gene Simmons.
Sixx made disparaging comments about Gene following controversial remarks that Simmons made about the death of Prince in an interview with Newsweek, which he quickly apologized for.
Stanley took to his official Facebook page after he learned of Sixx’s comments and wrote, “Jesus Christ Nikki Sixx! Would you please shut up, find another way to be in the news and get off your self inflated pedestal.
“Regardless of some things Gene Simmons has said that I may take issue with, his influence on musicians (you included) is undeniable and will continue.
“More importantly, his work, generosity and monetary contributions to numerous causes and charities for those less fortunate makes your ongoing rant, in the scheme of things, the unimportant but annoying squeak it truly is. Move on.”Continue reading →