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From: New York, NY, United States
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Below is our complete Kiss news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
KISS' official web site has been updated with the following press release:
Where other bands have fan clubs, KISS has a full-fledged Army of the most rabid and loyal true believers in the world. For more than three decades, the KISS Army has wanted and demanded nothing less than the best from their band and across all those years, that's exactly what KISS has always delivered.
The biggest, baddest, most triumphant show band in rock & roll history, KISS has weathered and transcended the fads, follies and delusions of an industry based on the quick buck and the passing fancy.
In the past thirty years, a thousand musical trends and genres have come and gone and come again — sensitive singer-songwriters, glam, metal, punk, alternative, garage, roots, new wave, goth, hardcore, grunge, industrial, techno, retro, hip-hop, teenybop pop, boy bands, girl groups, etc. etc. — and through it all, there has always been KISS.
KISS endures because the band is archetypal, iconic, larger-than-life and louder than thunder. The band, the brand, the blood, the fire and fireworks, the spectacle, the shock and awe and wonder of it all. KISS has always given its Army the best rock in the world and neither side has ever settled for less. And, for all the flash and arena-sized theatricality, the core of KISS is really the music, as potent and powerful and connected to the true heart of rock & roll as any band or artist or performer of the past century.
For the KISS Army, the release this Halloween of "KISSology: Volume One 1974-1977" marks the arrival of nothing less than a Holy Grail: 6 solid hours of vintage KISS going all the way back to the deep early roots of the band's classic line-up — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss — captured and re-mastered on 2 state-of-the-art DVDs featuring more than 70 live performances and four full concerts bundled along with unreleased tracks and never-before-seen footage. More...
A slew of songs on the playable list for the upcoming new interactive Playstation 2 video game "Guitar Hero II" have been revealed. Check them out below:
Lamb Of God - "Laid To Rest"
Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast And The Harlot"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Freebird"
Alice In Chains - "Them Bones"
Nirvana - "Heart Shaped Box"
Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"
Motley Crue - "Shout At The Devil"
Black Sabbath - "War Pigs"
The Police - "Message In A Bottle"
The Pretenders - "Tattooed Love Boys"
Cheap Trick - "Surrender"
Spinal Tap - "Tonight I'm Going to Rock You Tonight"
Heart - "Crazy On You"
Allman Brothers Band - "Jessica"
Dick Dale - "Misirlou"
The Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
Anthrax - "Madhouse"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart"
Primus - "John The Fisherman"
Kiss - "Strutter"
Rush - "YYZ"
Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"
Reverend Horton Heat - "Psychobilly Freakout"
Drist - "Arterial Black"
Every Time I Die - "The New Black"
Butthole Surfers - "Who The Hell Was In My Room Last Night"
"Guitar Hero II" is due in stores on November 7th.
On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".
When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."
"Butchering The Beatles" track listing: More...
MTV Overdrive has a feature on the debate that took place when MTV set out to come up with the top ten greatest metal bands list. Here's a summary of the process:
"We reached out to the most passionate and knowledgable metal fans working at MTV and asked them to send us their individual picks for the 10 greatest, with the only criteria being "whatever greatness means to you." Some feel that the influence a band had on others is the most important factor in judging greatness; others say the strength of the albums is the primary concern; and some believe the power of a band's live performance is the ultimate measure. We did not care what each participants criteria was; we only asked them to vote from their hearts."
"In part two, we gathered everyone together, showed them the results, and asked them to either stand by it, or change it as they saw fit, the only rule being that a majority had to vote in favor of every change. The discussion and debate over the rankings is what you see in the Overdrive show."
"In such debate lies much geekdom and fun, and MTV's metal brain trust — our panel of experts, consisting of nine die-hard, longtime fans — had a blast conjuring and debating this list."
The resulting list of the greatest metal bands follows, but be sure to check out the video because it was actually an interesting discussion.
1. Black Sabbath
2. Judas Priest
4. Iron Maiden
10. Motley Crue
Read the full article at MTV.com.
POISON, KISS, GUNS N' ROSES and MR. BIG have penned some of the "wussiest songs" of all time, according to AOL Music. Although much of AOL's list of "The 111 Wussiest Songs of All Time" consists of pop-artist selections, several rock acts made the cut, including the following:
99. "Don't Cry" - GUNS N' ROSES (1991)
76. "To Be With You" - MR. BIG (1991)
36. "Beth" - KISS (1976)
27. "More Than Words" - EXTREME (1991)
05. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" - POISON (1988)
To view the entire list, and to read explanations for why each song was selected, visit Music.AOL.com.
VH1 debuts the first ever show to pay homage to the legends who influenced the sound of hard rock with the first annual "VH1 Rock Honors". This year's celebration will honor the music and influence of KISS, Queen, Def Leppard and Judas Priest. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed.
Premiering on Wednesday, May 31 at 9PM*, "VH1 Rock Honors", will be taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 25. The 2 - hour tribute will salute the groundbreaking bands of rock, the once in a lifetime events and the influential people who made a lasting mark on the history of hard rock.
The influence of these honorees will be felt through spoken tributes, filmed packages and performances by some of today's hottest rock acts as well as the legends themselves.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 22nd via www.ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets or in Las Vegas by going directly to the Mandalay Bay Box Office or by calling 877-632-7400 or 702-632-7580. For VIP Tickets Contact VH1 Save The Music at 212-846-7882 or email@example.com.
"Heavy: The Story of Metal," premiering Monday - Thursday, May 1-4 at 9PM ET/PT each night traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture, from its dark, grim beginnings in Birmingham, England to the worldwide force that it remains to this day. In a series of four themed hours, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," explores four decades of music, each hour examining this powerful and often misunderstood genre, from metal's pioneers to its love of glam and excess; from the fight for metal's rebellious soul to its storied flirtation with the devil:
Episode One traces metal's roots in the late-60's in the bombed-out industrial town of Birmingham England to the spectacular rise of Kiss and "glam metal" in the early 70's.
Episode Two examines metal's growing pains during the 70's when both high-brow rock critics and punk rock threatened its very existence. By decade's end, bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Def Leppard gave birth to what became known as "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal." Episode Three sees metal thrive in, of all places, sunny California. Van Halen, Poison, Motley Crue -- it's the world of hair metal. And, keeping everyone's Jacuzzi-soaked ego in check, a little film called Spinal Tap emerges.
Episode Four takes a walk on the dark side: Guns N' Roses, Metallica, thrash, grunge, and how the music and images of Marilyn Manson became associated with the Columbine massacre.
Told from the perspective of the musicians, promoters, writers and fans who have kept metal's flame alive for four decades, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," contains revealing, hilarious and sometimes shocking conversations. Interviews include Sebastian Bach, Jerry Cantrell, Phil Collen, Bruce Dickinson, Fred Durst, Ace Frehley, Rob Halford, Scott Ian, Tony Iommi, Chris Jericho, Lemmy Kilmister, Chuck Klosterman, Jani Lane, Tommy Lee, Doc McGhee, Bret Michaels, Dave Mustaine, Vinnie Paul, Mark Putnam, Riki Rachtman, Dave "Snake" Sabo, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Eddie Trunk, Rob Zombie and more.
The band from the second series of the tv show Rock School - who are calling themselves No Comment - have just landed the gig as the opening act for Judas Priest in Long Beach, California as part of the 'Priest Feast' triple bill that also includes Rob Zombie and Anthrax. The band will make their national debut in front of some 8000 people October 30th at the Long Beach Arena.
Rock School, which is one of VH1's most successful shows, has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon as legendary Kiss bassist Gene Simmons shows fledgling musicians how to rock out, heavy-metal style!
On October 11, IRON MAIDEN fans the world over will have something new to get excited about as the newly re-launched Restless Records releases "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", a tribute to the legendary band. The album, which features MAIDEN's own Paul Di'Anno and marks Restless' return to its metal and punk roots, is produced by Grammy award winner and tribute album pioneer Bob Kulick (KISS, METALLICA, AEROSMITH), along with Brett Chassen, and features appearances from current or former members of IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, WHITESNAKE, SLAUGHTER, HELMET, DOKKEN and many others.
"It's a fitting salute to an awesome band and may be the best tribute I've ever produced. I really like what we've done to these amazing songs, and more importantly, the band approves," says Kulick of the album.
"Numbers from the Beast" features 11 classic IRON MAIDEN tunes revamped in honor of the band's 25th anniversary. The final track listing is as follows:
01. Run to the Hills
02. Wasted Years
04. Flight of Icarus
05. Fear of the Dark
06. The Trooper
07. Aces High
08. 2 Minutes to Midnight
09. Can I Play With Madness?
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. The Wickerman
The cover of every official IRON MAIDEN album has featured a zombie called "Eddie." Eddie has been painted by artist Derek Riggs for 20 years. "Numbers from the Beast" cover art was naturally painted by Riggs and is a must-have for any MAIDEN fan.
"Numbers from the Beast" marks the first release on the newly revamped Restless Records. William Hein, current president of Rykodisc and former head of Enigma Records, co-founded Restless in 1985 as a punk and metal sub-label of Enigma. Restless became a stand-alone label after Capitol-EMI acquired Enigma, and was subsequently acquired by Rykodisc in 2003. Now, back with a new sound and logo, Restless returns to its roots with the MAIDEN salute, as well as an upcoming reissue from California punk outfit 45 GRAVE.
Dave Grohl was so pleased with the results of the acoustic half of the Foo Fighters' recent 'In Your Honor' double album, he now plans to ditch the band's trademark hard rock in favor of a bizarre collaboration with jazz guitarist Herb Alpert.
Grohl is already planning the next Foo Fighters disc and is determined to pull out all the stops this time, with some surprising guest stars.
He says, "There is something so powerful about the quiet dynamic. To me it is much more powerful than a f**king wall of amplifiers sometimes. It's funny how much that has changed our band.
"We're so jazzed that we're talking about the next album we're going to make. The names of producers are getting really out there. The kind of album we want to make next time will surprise anyone.
"It should be really interesting. We're really excited about it, mainly because we felt so liberated by making the acoustic record - now the possibilities are endless.
"We're not afraid of anything, whether it's having f**king Herb Alpert or (Kiss frontman) Gene Simmons on it, who f**king knows."
UK's GIGWISE.com reports: Kiss loony Gene Simmons may have been re-commissioned for the second series of 'Rock School', but not eveybody is enamoured of the face-painted glam-rocker.
The bassist proved a triumphant success on the upcoming television series - which sees him teaching posh classical music students how to raawk. The 13-year-old boffins eventually open a show for Motorhead and a jolly good time is had by all.
Channel 4 were so chuffed with the results they have ordered a second series before the first one has even been broadcast.
But the 'Lick It Up' star (euw! as those American girlies might say,) could be forgiven for turning his nose up - as Channel 4's entertainment boss reportedly remarked, "If I said Simmons wasn't an idiot, I'd be lying."
There'll be tears before bedtime. Let's just hope Gene's wearing waterproof mascara.
Metal musicians congratulate Anthrax on their 20th anniversary:
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: "Anthrax is a band that I have always respected, that has always mattered and was very important to the American metal scene. As part of the 'big four' they were responsible for an enormous amount of the credit for helping establish American metal bands as serious contenders in the world of metal."
Metallica's Kirk Hammett: "Anthrax's music matters. In the pantheon of modern metal, ANTHRAX are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands of the new generation."
Deftones' Abe Cunningham: "Anthrax plays a huge role in Stef and me meeting and starting to jam together; we met through a mutual friend who gave me my first copy of 'Among the Living'. Deftones started in 1988, but before that it was just the two of us in his mom's hot ass garage with the dryer on and the washing machine overflowing trying to make it through 'Indians' and 'Caught In A Mosh'. I would like to thank you guys for the inspiration, your precision, your tones, your dedication and for having the nut sacks to try shit that no one would. Happy 20th Anniversary!!! All the best."
Judas Priest's Rob Halford: "Everyone in Judas Priest congratulates our good friends from Anthrax for passing their 20th-year metal milestone. We have always been fans of the band and had the pleasure to do many shows together. Anthrax are true pioneers with their unique style, sound and heavy brand of metal. They have always and will continue to inspire and influence those around them within the metal world." More...
Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick is the latest to deny rumours that he's going to replace Mick Mars on the upcoming Motley Crue re-union tour. Internet reports had suggested that Kulick would be brought in for the supposedly ailing Mars, but he strongly refutes this claim.
A woman claiming to be an ex-girlfriend of Gene Simmons is suing the Kiss bassist. Georgann Walsh Ward says that she was made to seem like a 'sex addicted nymphomaniac' during the VH1 Kiss rockumentary 'When Kiss Ruled The World'. Why? Because her photo was flashed on screen several times when Simmons talked in general terms about his sexual exploits.
New York City heavy metal masters, Captain T and Ostronomy, will once again appear as "metal experts" on VH1's "40 Least Metal Moments", premiering Saturday, November 13 at 9:00 p.m. EST.
Having previously appeared on VH1's "100 Most Metal Moments," Captain T, a.k.a. Mark Strigl, John Ostronomy, and fellow expert Eric Bohnenstiel, will provide commentary on the 40 most "un-metal" moments in heavy metal history. From Pat Boone's album of heavy metal covers to KISS' successful attempt at disco, the "metal experts" will wax philosophical about some of their favorite heavy metal gods.
A rebroadcast of VH1's highly successful "100 Most Metal Moments" will precede the show from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST.
Captain T and Ostronomy will also appear on the upcoming W.A.S.P. tribute album, which will be released by Denmark's Valhalla Records, and the upcoming KISS tribute album, which will be released in the United States by Lunar Moth Entertainment.
Kiss's Gene Simmons is to take on the role of teacher for the upcoming TV series 'Rock School'. The bassist/vocalist will be instructing 12-year-olds how to form a band.
Sack Trick have just issued their tribute album to Kiss. It's called 'Kiss In Sheep's Clothing', and is available through www.sacktrick.com. Among the many musos to lend their talents are: Vocals - Chris Dale, Alex Dickson, Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Doogie White (Rainbow/Yngwie J Malmsteen's Rising Force), Pete Friesen (Alice Cooper), CJ (Wildhearts), James 'Spreader' Bailes (The Appletons), Alex Kane (AntiProduct), Leigh Marklew (Terrorvision/Malibu Stacy), Robin Guy, Ben Calvert and Reuben Gotto.
Guitars - Alex Dickson, Ace (Skunk Anansie), Pete Friesen (Alice Cooper) and CJ (Wildhearts).
Bass - Chris Paulo Dale, James 'Spreader' Bailes and Leigh Marklew (Terrorvision/Malibu Stacy). Drums by Robin Guy, Ben Calvert and Alex Sponder Elena.
Keyboards, additional vocals and other assorted instruments by Jem Davis, Chris Nubile, Jack Endino, Joe Inferno, Bobby the Bus Driver, Roly Bailey, the Mc Kibbin brothers, Chris Sharrock, Ben Savigear, Mattias and Henrik, Milena Roxx, Mark Cervellas, Damonski, Jinx and the King's Head Choir.
The band will be threatening the countryside at the end of the year with a series of UK shows: Edinburgh Subway November 25, Kingston Peel 27, Isle Of Wight Squadron December 3, Guernsey Blind O Reilly's 4, Nottingham Junction 7 15, York Fibbers 16, Oxford Zodiac 17, Norwich Ferryboat 18, London Camden Barfly 19.
After putting it off for a few years, Kiss singer/guitarist Paul Stanley has finally had hip replacement surgery. According to a message on the official website, the operation took place October 12th, there were no complications, and his recovery will include six to eight weeks of physical therapy at home. Stanley has said that his left hip degenerated from years of high-energy performances with Kiss.
The surgery was supposed to happen about three years ago, but Stanley put it off, even though he knew it would have to happen eventually:
I wound up postponing my hip surgery and, you know, it's like reading in the newspaper your own death, you know, when you keep reading about your hip surgery, and I haven't done it, but I'm just postponing it for awhile. I have, you know, every intention of continuing doing what I've been doing, but little by little I'm turning bionic.
In other news, Paul Stanley has donated a signed guitar to a children's charity. The autographed Silvertone Apocalypse Special is being sold by guitars4kids.com, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, which treats seriously ill children and adolescents regardless of their family's medical insurance or their ability to pay. The auction ends Saturday (October 23rd) at about 6 p.m. ET, so to make a bid, go to ebay.com and search for "Silvertone Apocalypse Signed."
The first major public auction ever conducted of heavy metal music memorabilia will be held November 6 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online in conjunction with Julien Entertainment.
"The sale includes original album cover artwork, handwritten lyrics and musical instruments from Metallica, Anthrax and other heavy metal groups. Many of the Metallica items are from the collection of Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records," said Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment of West Hollywood, California.
The sale contains over 100 auction lots of awards, instruments, lyrics, artwork and documents from artists such as Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Kiss and many others. This historic offering gives fans an opportunity to obtain a piece of heavy metal music history from one of their favorite bands.
"Hard Rock Cafe was built on ground-breaking music, and we are thrilled to host the first-ever heavy metal memorabilia auction," said Don Bernstine, Hard Rock Cafe Manager of Acquisitions/Artist Relations. "The Hard Rock has the world's greatest collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, so we are a natural venue for this historic event that gives music fans the chance to own these artifacts that helped develop a new genre of music."
Auction highlights include: More...
According to the RTL Chartshow, Kiss are the 98th most successful band in Germany based on the number of Top 10 singles. Kiss reached the Top 100 position with two Top 10 hits ("I Was Made for Lovin' You" and "God Gave Rock & Roll to You"). The most successful bands in Germany are The Beatles, followed by ABBA, The Sweet and Boney M. Top hard rock/metal bands are Scorpions at No. 29, Bon Jovi at No. 42, Rammstein at No. 59, Led Zeppelin at No. 80, Guns N Roses at No. 87 and Aerosmith at No. 89.
In other news, a KISS-themed Microsoft comic has been posted online at the GeekCulture.com web site. Check it out at this location.