Posts Tagged ‘KISS’

The second annual Chicago Open Air festival will bring together an all-star lineup of rock’s top artists on Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, just outside Chicago. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature more than 40 performances, including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count and many more.

Tickets for go on sale at noon CST Friday, Jan. 20, at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com. (more…)

Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley

NEW YORK — 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley will release Space Invader, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on June 24, 2014. The album will include at least nine new, original songs, as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.” This album is the first release under Frehley’s new universal deal with eOne Music. (more…)

KISS and Def Leppard

KISS and Def Leppard

As rumored for the past couple weeks, KISS and Def Leppard announced today a summer co-headlining tour. The trek will kick off Monday, June 23, in West Valley City, Utah, and hit more than 40 cities. Tickets go on sale starting on Friday, March 21, through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com. The routing is as follows. (more…)

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Bruce Kulick

Bruce Kulick

Survivor: An interview with Bruce Kulick

Ace Frehley was first and Tommy Thayer wears the makeup now, but no KISS guitarist has had a longer tenure than Bruce Kulick. His years (1984 to 1996) yielded several hit albums and one of the best records of the band’s 35-year career, 1992’s Revenge. Kulick went his own way when the original lineup reunited in 1996, forming Union with former Mötley Crüe singer John Corabi and releasing two criminally overlooked albums (Union, 1998, and The Blue Room, 2000). Solo releases followed in 2001 (Audio Dog) and 2003 (Transformer), and since 2001, Kulick has been a member of Grand Funk Railroad. On Feb. 2, Bruce unleashes his third solo album, BK3. With guest appearances by Gene Simmons, Gene’s son Nick, Corabi, KISS drummer Eric Singer, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Edguy singer Tobias Sammet and The Knack frontman Doug Fieger, along with Kulick’s always solid playing, it’s an album KISS fans won’t want to miss. Bruce recently talked to Live Metal’s Greg Maki about BK3 and more. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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For some reason, I’ve waited several months to review this album, and I’m glad I have. Back in October 2009, it just did not live up to the hype. The band touted it as a return to its rough-around-the-edges, us-against-the-world, 1970s sound. Paul Stanley took the reins as producer, and no outside songwriters participated. It was KISS writing and recording as a real band for the first time in who knows how long. (more…)

REVIEW: Ace Frehley – ‘Anomaly’

Posted: September 15, 2009 by Greg Maki in Reviews
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anomalyReview by Greg Maki
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It is appropriate that less than a month before KISS releases its new album, Sonic Boom—with guitarist Tommy Thayer pictured on the cover in the familiar “Spaceman” makeup—that Ace Frehley releases his first solo studio effort in 20 years. Comparing the two is unavoidable, and Ace has set the bar high for his former bandmates. Anomaly easily surpasses his ‘80s output (which includes albums released under the name Frehley’s Comet and Ace Frehley) to become his best solo work since his 1978 album. (more…)

INTERVIEW: Ace Frehley

Posted: August 15, 2009 by Greg Maki in Interviews
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Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley. Simply put, the man is a legend, an icon. As the original lead guitarist of KISS, he inspired and influenced legions of musicians. Outside of KISS, he has had the most successful solo career of anyone who has passed through that band’s ranks. On Sept. 15, two decades after his last collection of original solo material, a clean-and-sober Ace returns with Anomaly, a record that successfully channels the spirit of his popular 1978 solo album. Live Metal’s Greg Maki recently caught up with Frehley to discuss the new album and more. (more…)

Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley

Review by Greg Maki

I became a KISS fan in the late 1980s. I was probably 9 or 10 years old. The first album I bought was Hot in the Shade, though soon after that purchase I began to learn of the band’s history through the Smashes, Thrashes & Hits CD. As I quickly added the entire back catalog to my collection, guitarist Ace Frehley emerged as my favorite band member. I was drawn to the darker, heavier edge of the songs he wrote, especially in the band’s early days. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons wrote many songs I will love until the day I die, but Ace’s material stands out and is not as easily placed in the time in which it was written. To this day, he is undervalued as a songwriter within KISS and underrated as a lead guitarist. (more…)

Josey Scott of Saliva

Josey Scott of Saliva

After disappearing from the scene for two years after its 2004 album, Survival of the Sickest, Saliva returned in a big way in early 2007. Its single “Ladies and Gentlemen” from its new album, Blood Stained Love Story, has been heard everywhere from the WWE to the NFL Network to ESPN Radio to NASCAR to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And, of course, it’s been a staple on rock radio all year long. Overall, Blood Stained Love Story shows a more mature, introspective side of a band known for its rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. It’s come a long way from the days of “Click Click Boom.” Frontman Josey Scott recently called in from the road to talk to Live Metal’s Greg Maki about the smash hit single, the new album, the band’s 2003 tour with KISS and Aerosmith, and its longstanding relationship with World Wrestling Entertainment. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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While other members of KISS come and go, and Gene Simmons’ attention wanders to other projects, Paul Stanley’s focus has never wavered. It always has been about the music for him. In fact, one wonders if KISS would have survived the dark days of the 1980s without his leadership. A return to the studio for KISS is nowhere in sight, but that may not be such a bad thing. Live to Win, Stanley’s second solo album (his first since all four KISS members released their own records in 1978), is the best KISS-related recording since Revenge (1992). (more…)