Surviving Members of Rush Comment on Neil Peart’s Death, Other Rockers React

As new spreads around the globe of the passing of drumming and Progressive Music Giant Neil Peart, reactions have been swift and the outpouring deep. Beginning with a statement from Rush band members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, many icons of the music world themselves, including many great Canadians, commented on the profound impact Peart had on us all. Fans have joined in the world over with their tributes as well.  We’ll have more information about this tragic and terrible loss for the music world as it develops. Continue reading

Van Halen Releases “Van Halen II” Forty Years Ago

Forty years ago today Van Halen dropped their second album less than a year after their debut Van Halen set the music world on fire. In just a year, the band had become a household name, and headliner nationally, and Eddie Van Halen, in particular, had graced the cover of many magazines for his sweet shred skills. Wanting to strike while the iron was hot, the band came right back with  Van Halen II (Warner Bros.), made up of their infamous pre-record deal demos made with Gene Simmons and Ted Templeman, and a few new songs. Van Halen II had the unenviable task of following one of the greatest debut albums ever. Continue reading

Kiss To Reissue 1978 Solo Albums In Deluxe Set

On this day in 1978 the four founding members of Kiss: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss released their solo albums on the same day. They are charted and sold millions since Kiss were the biggest band in the world at this time. The band will now release the ‘The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collection’, a limited-edition 180-gram 4LP box set by Casablanca/UMe that’s earmarked for release on October 19th. Details below. Continue reading

Watch Gene Simmons And Ace Frehley Play Kiss Covers In Australia

KISS member Gene Simmons was joined by his former bandmate Ace Frehley on stage in Sydney, Australia last night (8/31) to run through some songs together. They were both in joking moods and high spirits as they jammed and Gene told stories about how Ace won his spot in the band at his fateful audition. Watch fan-filmed footage of them playing Kiss classics ‘Deuce’ and ‘Rock And Roll All Nite’  together. Ace is on tour as he gets ready to release his new album, Spaceman, on October 19th via eOne Music.

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Ryders Creed – Ryders Creed

With a sound influenced by AC/DC, Clutch, Monster Truck, and a little Black Stone Cherry are Ryders Creed. The five-piece hailing the midlands formed last year, winning the Hard Rock Hell’s Highway to Hell Competition, and have just released their self-titled debut album on Off Ya Rocka Recordings. Continue reading

Ace Frehley And Gene Simmons Will Perform Live Together For A Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert

Big news! For the first time in 16 years, Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons will perform live together on stage at The Children Matter benefit concert in St. Paul, Minnesota. Continue reading

On the Road… with Kiss

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There are a few things in America you need to see before you die. The Statue of Liberty from a boat, so you can understand how this country was born. You need to see the sunset at the Pacific Ocean from a beach in California, and you need to see the sunrise in the Rocky Mountains. And you need to see a KISS concert once at least n your life.  Continue reading

My Favorite Tour Ever… Wolf Hoffman of Accept

 Wolf Hoffman of Accept, photo credit by Alan Hess

Wolf Hoffman of Accept, photo credit by Alan Hess


“We’ve been doing it so long, I would say the best year, if I were to think back on my whole career, is probably like in 1984 when we were all innocent little kids from Germany and we came to America for the first time. We discovered this huge market and the country of the United States. We met all these people that were our heroes. That was really a big world that opened up for us for the first time. That was pretty spectacular back then. The year, 1984, the first tour we ever did in the states was opening up for KISS. So that was huge! That was amazing. We came from playing small clubs and community halls, things like that in Europe. Then we toured arenas every night with KISS. Quite a change, there.“

Gene Simmons of KISS, by Rick Triana Photography

Gene Simmons of KISS, by Rick Triana Photography

 

Of course we learned (a lot from KISS)! We learned how big business is conducted in that world and what a great show they put on. To give you a funny little example of what we learned from them – Back in those days we had massive equipment on stage. Massive backline, huge Marshall stacks but we had no idea that KISS were using dummies. There were no speakers in any of their cabinets. When we saw that for the first time we were like, “Wow, they are cheating!” We can’t believe it. We didn’t know you could do that actually. That’s what we learned. Wow, they get away with that. Being on stage you realize there is nothing in these things. They look cool.”

 

AS TOLD TO VICTORIA ANDERSON

 

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