The Demon Advocates: Gene Simmons' Favourite Albums

The KISS man picks a giants-of-rock top 13 albums for Val Siebert (and finally gives drum machines the talking to they deserve)

- Val Siebert / TheQuietus.com

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland
Electric Ladyland actually would be a welcome album if it was a brand new band today. It still holds up. It was actually a pivotal record in the sense that you had a guitar player, perhaps the pre-eminent one of them all, who actually took chances in terms of songwriting. He also experimented with electronics, backing tapes and all that stuff. The reason that I know all of this is because the engineer and producer on that was a guy called Eddie Kramer who engineered some of the earlier Kiss records, and he would tell us stories and everything. A double album, it had lots of great guests on it like Dave Mason from Traffic and many others. 'Crosstown Traffic' is great, very unlike Jimi Hendrix. Noel Redding, the bass player actually auditioned as a guitar player and Hendrix told him, 'I'm actually looking for a bass player', so he had to switch over to bass right on the spot, which is why his bass playing, with a pick, is not the way that most bass players play.

I was still in school when I heard it, I must have been 17 or so because I remember drawing the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the name and all that, on the cover of my notebook. In those days we used to buy albums sometimes just because of the album covers. There was an art to it, there were big hardcover books talking about the art and design of album covers and there were artists and companies like Hipgnosis and places like that which specialised in just creating album covers. For instance, on Love Gun we had a painter named Ken Kelly who painted the piece, and it was a lot of time and effort. It was an art, and sadly that's gone. Now the visuals are down to the size of a postage stamp, you don't get much. I didn't actually buy this one because of the cover. I'd bought Axis: Bold As Love because of the cover.

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Tommy Thayer Featured In Guitar World

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer is featured in the April 2015 issue of Guitar World. The piece features a great picture of Tommy with his Epiphone Tommy Thayer "Spaceman" Les Paul Standard and when asked what his favorite piece of gear is, Tommy replied, "My Epiphone Tommy Thayer "Spaceman" Les Paul Standard. It's a fabulous guitar, well made and great sounding with all the same features and components that I use on my Gibsons."

Tommy's first Epiphone signature guitar was such a huge success that we have teamed up with him again to bring you the new Epiphone Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul. Available in the spring of 2015, the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit features a solid Mahogany body and a plain Maple Veneer Top finished in beautiful Metallic White with a chrome colored pickguard, all chosen by Tommy. The body also has 7-ply (pure white and black) binding on the top and single-ply pure white binding on the fingerboard.

The 2015 Signature Model comes with Seymour Duncan® JB™ humbuckers especially chosen by Tommy along with a custom hard case, an "Inspired by" Custom Studded Leather Strap just like Tommy's original, a Hand Signed Certificate of Authenticity, a binder with certificate and official photograph, and Epiphone's customary accessories including a user’s manual, Epiphone poster, Epiphone bumper sticker, and more.

"My new "White Lightning" signature model is the pinnacle of looks, style and flash," says Tommy. "I'm proud to put my name on a serious guitar that can be enjoyed at home or rock the biggest stages in the world."



Thanks to everyone who sent in a photo during our ‪‎Face The Music‬ / ‪‎ME, INC‬ Book Photo contest.

The winner of the Paul Stanley autographed guitar is Anthony Chiarella.

The winner of the Gene Simmons autographed bass is Stephen Meola.


Winners were randomly drawn from all photo submissions.
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