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

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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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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09/01/2015

Paul Stanley Uses His Side Project, Soul Station, to Revive the Great Era of Soul Music

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KISS guitarist Paul Stanley has a soft spot for the great soul music of the 60's and 70's.

Stanley has said that the music was the first that he knew. "When I was a boy, before I ever saw the Who or Led Zeppelin, I saw Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. I saw the Temptations. It’s tragic to think that so many people are missing out on experiencing the power of so many great bands, artists and that incredible music."

That's why he has formed the band Soul Station in an attempt to expose people to the magic of R&B. "That music is part of the foundation of all the music I’ve made and Soul Station is my chance to celebrate it for a night that’s real and live."

Soul Station will play for one night only at Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre on September 11. As to what to expect, Stanley says "Whether it’s the Stylistics, the Dramatics, the Temptations, Smokey and the Miracles, Blue Magic and on, these songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away. I don’t play guitar in the band and we don’t do a single KISS song. That's not what this is about. It’s magical to hear those songs played right and we’re making magic."

Soul Station includes Stanley, Rafael “Hoffa” Moreira (guitar & backing vocals), Sean Hurley (bass), Alex Alessandroni (keyboards), Ely Rise (keyboards), Eric Singer (drums & backing vocals), Ramon Yslas (percussion), Nelson Beato (backing vocals), Crystal Starr (backing vocals) and Ayana Layli (backing vocals).

09/01/2015

KISS Destroyer Monster Truck 1:25 Scale AMT Model Kit #787 Review

Review and Photos by Alan Mann / Right On! Replicas

Two of the greatest Icons in their industries meet in this AMT Fantasy Monster Truck!

Bigfoot which was introduced in 1979 is regarded as the original monster truck. Other trucks with the name “Bigfoot” have been introduced in the years since, and it remains a well-known monster truck moniker in the United States. Bigfoot 4×4, Inc. is owned and operated by its creator, Bob Chandler. Bigfoot has been based on the Ford F-Series trucks since its beginning. Through the years the body styles have been updated as well as the manufacture of tubular chassis’ and fiberglass bodies.

KISS is an American rock band formed by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Well known for its member’s face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s. The band has gone through multiple lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. Counting the 1978 solo albums, KISS has been awarded 30 gold albums to date, the most of any American band. Destroyer is the fourth studio album released on March 15, 1976. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on April 22, 1976, and platinum on November 11 of the same year, the first KISS album to achieve platinum. The album marked a departure from the raw sound of the band’s first three albums to a more finished sound they continue to use.

09/01/2015

Nothin’ to Lose: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley Go for Broke As They Weigh In on KISS Guitarists Past and Present

by Richard Bienstock / Guitar World

ACE FREHLEY

GENE SIMMONS As a musician, you have to hand it to him. He knew his stuff. And when he cared—the first three records, I would say—he was great. You can sing those solos. It was like opera. And the integrity of his style was instantly recognizable. As soon as he played, you knew it was him. That’s probably the highest compliment you can give to a guitar player.

PAUL STANLEY In the beginning, we just gelled as guitarists. And even today, I talk about Ace a lot. I’ll tell people, “He really had the goods.” He can argue all he wants that he still does, or say whatever he wants to say the reasons are that he didn’t ascend to more. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. But I saw somebody throw away a gift.

SIMMONS Before the drugs and the booze and everything, he was basically Ace, a lovable, loving guy. We all cared for him. I loved him. I love the straight Ace. But I fucking hate any drug addict. Because they’re possessed.

VINNIE VINCENT

STANLEY Vinnie had an incredible touch and an incredible knowledge of the guitar. But left to his own devices he’d hang himself. For somebody who could play so brilliantly and so tastefully, it became more about how much he could play rather than what he played. And, ultimately, I couldn’t understand what he chose to play. And that’s not taking into account all the other stuff about him, which I think has been well documented.

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