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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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.
How would the guys from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" make over the black and white makeup of Kiss? We may get to find out.
Gene Simmons, the tongue-wagging bassist of Kiss, is considering an appearance on the Bravo reality show. On his web site, Simmons says that producers for the show have asked him join the Fab Five for an episode.
"They called me and asked me if I would do it. I'm a fan of the show. We may shoot on the 28th of September," Simmons says.
Bravo did not immediately return calls seeking a comment.
"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is in its second season, airing on Bravo at 10 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesdays.
Dozens of guitars autographed by some of the biggest names in the music business are being auctioned online in an attempt to raise money for victims of Hurricane Charley, which caused widespread damage in Florida earlier this month.
Bids can be placed until September 20th on guitars signed by Linkin Park, Korn, Incubus, Chevelle, Stone Sour, Deftones, 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, and many more.
Go to StormAid.com for all the details of the auction, which was put together by Clear Channel Radio.
While Dio often gets credit, Simmons claims to predate him. But is the truth somewhere in the middle? Electric Basement's Brian Coles writes an interesting and humorous piece on who invented the horns up sign (aka Sign of the Devil, etc).
Read the full article at Electric Basement.
Gene Simmons and Company raided Sunday's North Carolina KISS Expo looking for illegal DVD's and Videos along with various other bootlegged KISS material on Sunday, Aug. 8th. According to various sources Gene Simmons is trying to root out a notorious bootlegger. In attendance was Special Guest, Gordon G.G. Gebert, author of the books KISS & Tell, KISS & Tell More, and Rock & Roll War Stories. Gebert states, "At first I didn't know what was going on. When I realized they were confiscating bootlegs I watched the drama unfold. Then some guy claiming to be Gene Simmons' lawyer came to where I was signing my new book and we had a heated exchange. He tried to stop me from selling merchandise until he checked it out. I told him he had no authority to stop me from selling legal merchandise. The exchange was interesting to say the least. After he realized I had nothing illegal they left the venue."
KISS Expo Organizer is due in court Friday, August 13th.
KISS have posted this message on their official website:
Mexico City - KISS announced it will tape a concert in Mexico this month for distribution on DVD.
In a conference call Tuesday from Palm Beach, Fla., singer Paul Stanley (news) said the band would tape its Aug. 17 show in Mexico City. Tickets for the concert at the Palacio de los Deportes sold out quickly.
Stanley didn't indicate when the DVD would go on sale, but said it would be distributed internationally.
In other news, a few photos from their performances in both Birmingham, Alabama on August 3 and in Atlanta, Georgia on August 4 have been posted on online. Check them out: Photo 1 - Altanta, Georgia, Photo 2 - Birmingham, Alabama.
Simmons Audio Visual/New Millennium/Sanctuary Records Group is proud to announce the DVD & CD release of Gene Simmons’ "Speaking in Tongues" on August 24 and September 28, respectively.
"Speaking in Tongues" chronicles Gene Simmons' first ever, no holds barred “lecture tour” of Australia, shocking and tantalizing his audiences by speaking his mind on his favorite topics – Money, Success, Fame, KISS & of course - Women! Other highlights from "Speaking in Tongues" include a fascinating in-depth look at one of rock ‘n roll’s most legendary icon’s private life including his home, his family and his various business dealings. Additionally, the DVD & CD includes for the first time anywhere, over ten unheard and never-before-released Gene Simmons songs from the seventies through the nineties.
"Speaking in Tongues" is an intimate and revealing portrayal of Simmons' personal philosophies of life. Simmons (arguably the most opinionated man in music) states, “I decide things for myself, convention in society says I’m supposed to get married, I’m supposed to do this…I refuse. I’m a contradiction to all this stuff…I’m willing to bear all the criticism and I’m willing to take all the rewards. All the blame, but all the credit.” A brave statement from a man unafraid of pushing the envelope and dealing with the consequences.
Most recently, Simmons co-founding member of KISS, America's No.1 Gold Record Champions Of All Time (RIAA - Group Category), released his highly anticipated second solo effort, A**hole, revealing yet another side to the multi-talented artist. Like his 1978 self-titled solo album, A**hole is a diverse forward thinking, genre splitting effort and features a number of musical luminaries which include Bob Dylan, Dave Navarro and the Zappa Family.
KISS, who has rock and rolled all night and partied every day for over three decades and broken box office attendance records set by Elvis Presley and the Beatles, continue to conquer audiences with their current 2004 “Rock the Nation” worldwide tour.
KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley recently spoke to PressOfAtlanticCity.com about the group's current tour, the absence of original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley and his upcoming solo album. Several excerpts from the interview follow:
Q: Are Peter and Ace done for good?
Paul Stanley: "Yeah. No question. I wish both of them the best, but they don't belong in the band. You can't have members coming and going and we don't know what to expect and the fans don't know what to expect. It's unacceptable at some point. It's just better for everybody. I hope they pursue what makes them happy. Meanwhile, the band continues because it should. The team and the army is about making sure the athlete or the soldiers believe in the cause. That's what makes for a victory. When people no longer share the same drive or focus, it's neither fair to the band or the fans."
Q: What do you think about Gene's new solo album?
Paul Stanley: (long pause) "No comment. Let's just say, I hope it's what he wanted to do. He reaps the benefits or takes the ... criticism. If this is the album he chose to make, then he deserves what he gets, either way."
Q: You had the best solo album all of those years ago. Don't you have the itch for another one?
Paul Stanley: "It's been in the works for a while; I'm just not on a soap box talking about it. It's half done. I'm not about selling sizzle. My album's about delivering a steak. It won't matter who's involved or what color the cover is. That's what it's not about. I want to release it sometime around the New Year."
Read the full article at PressOfAtlanticCity.com.
Kiss guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley recently spoke to Pennsylvania's TimesLeader.com about the group's decision to carry on without original members, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss.
"Interestingly, the only people that seem to want to know why you've come back are the people that wish you wouldn't," Stanley said with a chuckle. "It's been an amazing response, and the turnouts have been incredible. I couldn't have wished for anything this good. Not only big crowds, but huge, boisterous approval of the show. The only thing louder than the band is the audience."
Gateway's "Beck/Smith Celebrity Gossip" (web site) reports that Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons won't make anyone's list of feminist fellows, what with his constant chauvinistic and lascivious statements. But get the veteran rocker talking about his 11-year-old daughter and the tables get turned pretty fast.
"I tell her to break the cycle. I tell her not to depend on man for a definition of who she is. I tell her not to depend on a guy for anything. When two girls are talking about a blind date, one will say, 'What does he DO?' When two guys are talking about a blind date, they don't care what your job is," he says. "It's, 'What does she look like?'" More...