09/05/2015

Rock & Brews Buena Park Grand Opening with Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons!

Rock & Brews, the family-friendly dining and entertainment concept co-founded by KISS front men Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, will host its grand opening fundraiser event on September 15 beginning at 4:00 p.m. A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Buena Park VFW, Post 8954 2LT Walter D. Ehlers Memorial Post.

Tickets to the evening fundraiser event will be $100 per person and include a red carpet arrival, two adult beverages per person or unlimited soft drinks, a sampling of Rock & Brews cuisine, a chance to mingle with Stanley and Simmons, and more.

For more information or to join Rock & Brews Buena Park's Roadie Club, please visit rockandbrews.com/buenapark.

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09/03/2015

These 12 Extremely Non-Metal Covers Of KISS Songs Still Rock

Not every KISS remake rocks and rolls all night.

From the moment KISS first permanently conquered rock, metal, and, in fact, all forms of pop culture in the mid-1970s, artists have been covering the group’s songs.

Typically, dipping into the KISS catalogue is a favorite activity of garage bands, hardcore bruisers, and, of course, heavy metal artists. In fact, when it comes to headbangers paying musical tribute to their face-painted heroes, metal’s entire spectrum, from glitzy glam to brutal blackness, covers KISS.

Alas, hard and/or heavy is not a requirement when it comes to covering KISS. Discounting tangentially metal sounds such as Nirvana’s grunge rave-up of “Do You Love Me?” and the Replacement’s drunk-punk “Black Diamond,” delving into non-metal performances of KISS material makes for some mighty odd musical bedfellows. Here are ten of the oddest excursions.

12. “Fui Hecho Para Amarte” – Menudo (1981)

“Fui Hecho Para Amarte” is Spanish for “I Was Made for Loving You.” It’s fitting, then, that when Latin music’s premiere, eternally youthful (via forced teenage retirement) dance-oriented boy band took a crack at a KISS song, it would be KISS’s initially bellyached-about, ultimately deemed kickass attempt to go disco. Menudo’s cover ups the song’s inherent pop factor and those prepubescent voices successfully sell the message. Menudo, too, was made for loving you, baby.

09/02/2015

Teachers Turned Rock Stars

Reading, ’riting, and rocking, from the classroom to the concert hall.
 

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Teachers often get a bad rap from rock-and-roll, dating back to “School Days” by Chuck Berry on through “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper, “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd, and both hit versions of “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” by Brownsville Station and Mötley Crüe.

But what happens when the instructor in front of the classroom is actually a rock star? In some cases, they’re up-and-comers who teach by day and jam by night; in others, they’re established figures who return to school to share their unique knowledge.

So with school back in session, here’s a salute to ten major musicians who (at least) once stepped off stage and rocked a chalkboard.

1. Gene Simmons

For a brief spell in the early 1970s, Gene Simmons—AKA the fire-breathing Demon bassist of Kiss—taught sixth grade at P.S. 75 in New York City’s Spanish Harlem.

“The reason I quit after six months,” Simmons revealed, “is that I discovered the real reason I became a teacher. It was because I wanted to get up on stage and have people notice me. I had to quit because the stage was too small. Forty people wasn’t enough. I wanted 40,000.”

In 2005, Simmons hopped the pond to star in the UK reality TV show, Gene Simmons’ Rock School, where the God of Thunder was challenged, a la the beloved Jack Black movie School of Rock, to transform a classroom full of kids into a high-powered rock-and-roll ensemble.

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09/02/2015

KISS AUSTRALIAN / NEW ZEALAND TOUR – OCTOBER 2015

Ready for a stage production called ‘The Spider’, moved by 38 computer controlled winches, featuring 220 automated lights, weighing in at 43,000 kgs, incorporating 900 pieces of pyrotechnics and powered by 400,000 watts of sound?   

Get your face paint ready Australia and New Zealand because Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer are on their way Down Under in October as part of their 40th Anniversary world tour. 

 

October 3    PERTH Arena

October 6     ADELAIDE Entertainment Centre

October 8    MELBOURNE Rod Laver Arena

October 9    MELBOURNE Rod Laver Arena

October 10  SYDNEY AllPhones Arena

October 12    NEWCASTLE Entertainment Centre

October 13   BRISBANE Entertainment Centre

October 16   AUCKLAND Vector Arena

 

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