‘Scooby-Doo & Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery’ Clips + New Song Surface Ahead of Release

Chad Childers | Loudwire

Masters of marketing KISS are about to lend their brand to another franchise. They’ve teamed up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on a new animated full-length film called Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery that’s set to arrive on July 21. But before the film arrives, two new preview clips and a new song called “Don’t Touch My Ascot” featuring KISS with co-writers Greg Collins and Jared Faber from the film have surfaced online.

This actually marks the second time the band has appeared with Scooby, turning up on a 2003 Halloween episode of What’s New, Scooby-Doo? Gene Simmons told IGN in an interview (seen below), “We do very very few cross-branding things. We’re very careful about who we associate with. Scooby-Doo is iconic so for us it was a no-brainer. When Warner Brothers came to us and said, ‘How would you like to do a crazy-wacky thing?’ It was like, ‘Crazy-wacky is our middle name. What it is?’”

As for the plot, it finds the Mystery Inc. gang being invited to investigate when a ghoul begins to terrorize an amusement park. During their visit, the gang meets up with KISS, who claim they’re also there to investigate, leading them to team up to solve the mystery.

In addition to KISS, the film also features the voices of Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Darius Rucker, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Jennifer Carpenter and Pauley Perrette.

Check out the two preview clips below and “Don’t Touch My Ascot” above. And if you’re interested, you can pre-order the Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery film via Amazon.

In other KISS news, the band has received a nod from one of the hottest films in America. KISS shared a video featuring the minions from Minions performing “Rock and Roll All Nite” can be seen below. Meanwhile, Scorpion executive producer Nicholas Wootton let spill to Entertainment Weekly at Comic-Con that KISS’ Gene Simmons will appear in the CBS series’ expanded season opener on Sept. 21. Details of Simmons’ roll were not divulged however.

 

Sophie Simmons-Tweed sings before Dodgers / Brewers game

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Danny Moloshok

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LOS ANGELES — Sophie Tweed-Simmons, daughter of KISS band member Gene Simmons, sang the national anthem. But it was Milwaukee Brewers’ bats that did the talking as they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-1, on Saturday.

Brewers rookie Taylor Jungmann (4-1) tossed a three-hitter, striking out seven and walking two on 100 pitches to help the Brewers improve to 5-2 in his starts.

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Teammate Carlos Gomez drove in five runs, going 2 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout while tying his career high for RBIs, his second five-RBI game in a week.

Brandon Beachy (0-1) gave up three runs and five hits in four innings, struck out two and walked three. The right-hander was making his first start in nearly two years after coming back from two Tommy John surgeries.

For the second straight game, the Dodgers were held to two hits through six innings. Their lone run came on pinch-hitter Kike Hernandez’s sacrifice fly in the eighth.

The Brewers can clinch the series and return to .500 on the road with a win Sunday in their last game before the All-Star break.

‘Scorpion’ Nabs Kiss Frontman Gene Simmons to Guest Star

Marisa Roffman | The Hollywood Reporter

Scorpion has nabbed a musical superstar for its season premiere: Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons.

‎Executive producer Nicholas Wootton‎ announced the news at Comic-Con, noting Simmons — who is currently at the Con, too — will cameo in the second season opener.

And that wasn’t the only big news of the hour –Scorpion will have a super-sized 90-min installment after the Supergirlseries‎ premiere on Monday, October 26. (Supergirl airs 8:30-9:30 p.m. that night, while Scorpion will close out the night from 9:30-11 p.m.)

As the show looks towards its second season, expect Walter (Elyes Gabel) and Paige (Katharine McPhee), as well as Happy (Jadyn Wong) and Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas), to continue to awkwardly dance around their feelings.

“I love the fact that these guys have no idea how to navigate their love lives,” Thomas said, noting it was one of his favorite parts of the show. “It’s something we can all relate to.”

“You’re seeing a lot of our real-life relationship with how we mess with each other,” Thomas added, noting in the beginning, he was a bit afraid of co-star Robert Patrick, but now he they like to goof around with each other.

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Guitarist Tommy Thayer of KISS lists his rock-star worthy home at Lake Sherwood

Lauren Beale | LA Times

la-fi-hotprop-tommy-thayer-20150706-pictures-006KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and his wife, Amber, have listed their house in the Ventura County community of Lake Sherwood at $2.695 million.

Rock-star cool features include a brick barrel ceiling in the gallery, two sets of 10-foot tall doors in the living room and a bedroom that was designed as an apartment.

The custom-built Mediterranean, constructed a decade ago, was remodeled and upgraded by the couple in 2009. They bought the property in 2008 for $1.815 million.

A formal entry, a breakfast area, a loft, four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms are within the 4,492 square feet of interior space.

Six patios, one with an outdoor fireplace, extend the living areas out of doors. Expansive views from the third-acre lot take in the lake and the mountains.

Thayer, 54, was first with the glam metal group Black ‘n Blue and in 2002 joined the hard-rock band KISS, known for their stage makeup, big hair and pyrotechnic-laden performances. He co-wrote 10 songs for the band’s 2012 album “Monster.”

Jerry Adams of Land Marketing Inc. is the listing agent.

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Paul Stanley on Rugby League Rock n Roll

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@WLFpodcast talks to rugby POW Sol Mokdad in Exeter, we dig out a Paul Stanley chat from Lubbock, Texas, 25 years ago plus the conclusion of our chats with Jesper Binzer of Disneyland After Dark, Crash of H.e.a.t and Michael Harrison from Palace of the King 

Bruce Kulick on revisiting his first band and more

Matt Wardlaw | Ultimate Classic Rock

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We spoke with former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick last year for an extensive two-part interview as he marked the 30th anniversary of joining the band and he had plenty of great stories to share regarding his 12-year run with the group.

During that chat, he spoke about his early influences, guitarists like Jimi HendrixEric Clapton and Jimmy Page and Steve Howe of Yes and in the process, dropped a hint at that time in regards to his planned activities for the new year.

“I listened to Yes a lot when I was young,” he said. “I loved Steve Howe, who is very different than Eric Clapton, but a very creative guitar player. I still love Yes. I’m going to be putting out in 2015 a band that I had from 40 years ago and we just cut a new song. I would say that we were a cross between like a kind of Cream and Yes because there’s a lot of sections that are very progressive.”

More than 40 years after Kulick went into the recording studio to lay down tracks with singer/bassist Mike Katz and drummer Guy Bois, fans now have the chance to hear the recorded results of those early sessions with the project that was effectively his first band called KKB. Incredibly, the songs have been freshly remixed and remastered from the original session tapes which had been lost for a number of years but happily, Katz found them in 2013 and got in touch with Kulick, who quickly made plans to revisit and release the material.

As referenced, there’s even some new music to enjoy — the original three members came together virtually to record their first new song since the original sessions in 1974. “Got to Get Back” is the result of that new collaboration and fits in seamlessly with the ‘70s material.

On an early Saturday morning recently, Kulick spent some time discussing the vintage recordings with us and how the new song and EP came together. We also discussed Blackjack, his hard rock band with Michael Bolton that came about at the end of the ‘70s and also, his work with Billy Squier on the The Tale of the Tape album.

The story of this KKB release is pretty incredible. Many folks have fond memories and maybe some recordings of that first band in their early days of playing music, but it just doesn’t usually happen that you find the multi-tracks of that material. I don’t know how much you thought about this stuff over the years, but it had to be a pretty incredible feeling, having that realization that you not only had those tapes, but you could revisit them and perhaps address some things that you all collectively might have wished you had done at the time.

Well, it was really exciting once Mike Katz, the principal singer/songwriter, found them. I did have a version of it that I remember playing Gene [Simmons] and Eric [Carr] years ago and them going, “Wow, this is pretty cool.” It was just like a footnote or whatever, just saying, “Hey, check out what I was doing when I was 20.” I’ve been trying to archive as much as I can, because we all know that the different mediums of music do degrade and you have to be careful about that if you’re trying to preserve things.

So I know I was transferring and digitizing a lot of things from even rehearsals with Michael Bolton for Blackjack and live gigs and then songwriting with him, which was late ‘70s. The reason why I bring it up is that I found this King Biscuit Flower Hour performance that I only had on a cassette, which is why I needed to digitize it. There’s this jam section of the live gig where we all went off and did our own thing, where Sandy Gennaro played some drums and then I go into a riff — and the riff was the riff that I contributed to this [KKB] song called “Trying to Find a Way.” I go, “Oh my God!”

So here it is in ‘79 and I realized, even though we weren’t going to go into that song, we needed a link in the performance between drum solo, bass riff, into something else, right? So that freaked me out — I always knew that I had that live King Biscuit Flower Hour performance, which was mostly songs from our album — and I think we might have done a cover song, like “Rocky Mountain Way” was something that I know I would do with Michael sometimes — but that was crazy, that there was that riff from KKB. So it wasn’t as if I completely ignored it and I know you started the question with saying that it was an early band — I don’t even know if we called ourselves a band.

The whole thing was just getting together and creating these songs that Mike was very clear about. As you can tell, since you digested the music, they’re pretty complex. Some of them are very, you know, there’s time signatures and there’s tricky riffs and to think I was doing that at such a young age was for myself, something I was very proud of myself.

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Gene Simmons’s son says he’s ‘full of shit’

Jeff Giles | Ultimate Classic Rock

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When we’re kids, our fathers can seem impossibly huge and infallible, and getting to know them as adults — and understand their real personalities and human foibles — is often an unexpected, and very liberating, experience. And if your dad is Gene Simmons? Multiply all that by about a thousand.

That’s the impression given, anyway, by an affectionate and funny Vice editorial written by Simmons’ son Nick. Titled “My Dad, Gene Simmons, Is Full of S— and So Are You,” it looks back on the younger Simmons’ experiences living with the Kiss co-founder for a father — and his eventual realization that even if his dad has millions of fans who love him as their fire-spewing Demon, he’s still just a guy.

“I thought everything my father said was written in stone, and wrought from ages of experience and trial,” writes Nick. “But as I grew and he began to shrink, I started to see the cracks. I started seeing his pores, his grey hairs — those small flaws that made him human.”

And as anyone who’s been through this experience with their own parents understands, that dawning realization doesn’t necessarily mean seeing your father as somehow diminished; in fact, it can often lead to a richer and more rewarding relationship, as Nick argues has definitely been the case for the Simmons men.

A large chunk of the essay, which is well worth reading in full, looks back on the first time Simmons realized he disagreed with his father, and points to that moment as the beginning of the end for their lopsided personal dynamic. “It’s important to disagree. It’s important to kill your heroes. And, sometimes, you have to kill your father,” he reflects. “Kill him so you can love him, and his flaws, better than one can love a hollow archetype. The most important thing he taught me is that — just like everyone else — sometimes, he is full of shit.”

 

Bruce Kulick: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley ‘Were always really the driving forces’

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In an extensive new interview with music writer Joel Gausten, former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick discusses various topics, including the recent release of the “Got To Get Back” EP with his very first band KKB, the new vinyl version of his 2010 solo album “BK3″ and the 30th anniversary of KISS‘s “Asylum” album.

Of course, Kulick wasn’t a complete stranger to the KISS camp before becoming a member in 1984. His brother, Bob — a renowned session player whose credits include everyone from Lou Reed to W.A.S.P. — had a long history with the band dating back to 1973, when he first auditioned for the spot taken by original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. Later, he played on Paul Stanley‘s 1978 solo album, co-wrote the song “Naked City” for KISS‘s 1980 “Unmasked” album and contributed guitar session work to the KISS releases “Alive II” (1977) and “Killers” (1982). Despite this longstanding family connection, Kulick didn’t gain true insight into the inner workings of KISS until he landed the job and started working alongside Stanley and Gene Simmons, who both co-produced “Asylum”.

 

ACE FREHLEY Performs At U.K.’s DOWNLOAD Festival

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Fan-filmed video footage of original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley‘s performance at the 2015 edition of the U.K.’s Download festival, which was held last weekend in Donington Park, can be seen below.

Asked what he is going to be working on for the remainder of the year, Ace told Planet Rock: “I’m working on a new covers and remix record for eOne Music, and in Europe, it’s SPV. And after that, I’ve already started working on a new studio record. And between those two things, I’m touring, and I’m doing a cruise after the New Year to the Bahamas, I think — a classic rock cruise. So that’s gonna be a lot of fun. That’s a first for me.”
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KISS’ Gene Simmons: ‘I Blame the Fans’ for Lack of Rock Stars

Chad Childers | Loudwire

Gene-Simmons-630x420KISS‘ Gene Simmons stirred up plenty of debate over his “Rock is finally dead” comment, but perhaps lost by some in the context of his overall point was that the bassist was discussing the downfall of the music industry structure and how it’s hurting future generations of musicians. The rocker circled back to the topic during a recent interview with Planet Rock that can be heard here.

When asked if today’s acts give up too easily on the idea of being “rock stars,” Simmons brought the conversation back to the point of the current industry construct and how it plays into the downfall of the “rock star.”

He explained, “I blame … This is gonna break your hearts … It certainly breaks mine. I blame the fans. Because the fans have decided en masse– in other words, the masses have decided — that they should get free music, download, file share … And you’re not hurting KISS; we’ve been around a long time and we make a good living. You’re killing the next Elvis and the Beatles and the next KISS and the next whoever, because you have to give your music away for free. And who did that? Big corporate entities? No, they didn’t do that. Actually, big corporate entities — record companies — gave bands money that they never had to pay back — ever! If the band failed and the records were a complete disaster, the advance money was all [the band's]. What other business would give you that? If you go to a bank and they give you a million dollars, and your business goes under, they don’t care it failed; they want their money back.”

He continued, “Record companies were a gift from heaven. Yeah, they’re greedy, they’re this … but they wanna make money just like you do. But they gave you money — millions! And if it wasn’t for record companies, there’d be no Sex Pistols, there’d be no punk, there’d be no nothing. There would be punk, but it would be in a small club. It would never become huge.”

Gene-Simmons-630x420Finishing his thought, Simmons concluded, “It’s not the industry; it’s the fans … It’s disappointing, because they would prefer not to support a new band. Remember, it doesn’t affect [KISS]. It affects the next great band, who won’t have a chance. Why? Because the talent isn’t out there? It sure is. The fans killed it. They killed the infrastructure. Imagine England existing without the value of the pound, if things were free. You would have chaos.”

What do you think readers? Does Simmons have a point? Has the advent of downloading, file sharing and free music and the downfall of record companies essentially killed the idea of the “rock star”? Voice your opinions in the Comments section at the bottom of this post.

 

ACE FREHLEY Talks Upcoming Covers Album, Follow-Up To ‘Space Invader’

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Planet Rock conducted an interview with original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley at the 2015 edition of the U.K.’s Download festival, which was held last weekend in Donington Park. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked what he is going to be working on for the remainder of the year, Ace said: “I’m working on a new covers and remix record for eOne Music, and in Europe, it’s SPV. And after that, I’ve already started working on a new studio record. And between those two things, I’m touring, and I’m doing a cruise after the New Year to the Bahamas, I think — a classic rock cruise. So that’s gonna be a lot of fun. That’s a first for me.”

Regarding which songs he is planning on recording for his covers album, Frehley said: “I’m trying to pick songs that, kind of, influenced me through my career. You know, groups and certain songs… I’m doing another [THE ROLLINGSTONES song. That’s no… I’m not a stranger to redoing STONES songs. But, yeah, I’m working on an ANIMALS song, and maybe a [JimiHendrix song. And a couple of… I think I’m gonna be doing ‘Parasite’ and ‘Cold Gin’ — songs that I wrote that I didn’t sing on the original KISS records. So that’ll be a treat, too, for the fans.”

“Space Invader”, the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19, 2014 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

Ace‘s previous CD, “Anomaly”, opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27.

“Space Invader”, which was made available in Europe on August 18, 2014 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, included 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”.