ALBUM REVIEW: Tony Reed – Funeral Suit

Tony Reed has certainly kept busy in 2020. In addition to putting out new releases with Big Scenic Nowhere and Mos Generator and unearthing old material with Constance Tomb, he’s also found the time to issue the first proper album under his own name. The second release in Ripple Music’s Blood And Strings series, Funeral Suit is a decidedly stripped-down affair with often minimalist instrumentation and a Folk backdrop. It’s already a well-worn set up with so many musicians trying their hand at it these days, but Reed always finds a way to apply his signature stamp to a given style.

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KISS Announces European Tour Dates For 2021

KISS has announced their rescheduled 2021 European Tour Dates. Unfortunately, due to world events KISS could not complete the original dates scheduled through June and July 2020. But the band are delighted to announce rescheduled and new European dates for 2021. Further dates will also be added to the cities announced today.  Continue reading

Bob Kulick (KISS, Meat Loaf, Lou Reed, WWE) Has Died, Age 70

 

Sad news as Bob Kulick, infamous sideman and collaborator, has died at age 70. The news was confirmed by his brother Bruce via social media. No cause of death has been revealed at this time. Kulick’s discography features guitar work on KISS’ Alive II, Paul Stanley, Unmasked and Killers; Meat Loaf’s Bad Attitude and Live (at Wembley); Lou Reed’s Coney Island Baby; W.A.S.P.’s The Crimson Idol and Still Not Black Enough; Michael Bolton’s self-titled album, Doro’s Calling the Wild; and Ripper Owens’ Play My Game. Bob played guitar on WWE Superstar Triple H’s iconic entrance music, “The Game,” which also features Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister. Kulick also composed the track “Sweet Victory” for the SpongeBob SquarePants episode “Band Geeks.” The song was also featured during the Halftime Show for Super Bowl LIII. We send our condolences out to Bob’s family, friends, and fans at this time. 

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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

KISS Cancels Australian Tour Due To Paul Stanley Health Issues

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Sad news as KISS has announced the cancellation of its previously announced Australian tour due to illness. Earlier this week, it was announced that doctors had advised Paul Stanley to rest due to a bad case of influenza, prompting the rescheduling of the tour’s first show in Perth and the cancellation of New Zealand. The thinking by doctors was that the extra few days rest would allow Stanley the chance for recovery so the tour could proceed. Unfortunately, Stanley has an additional infection in his throat requiring complete vocal rest and medication for at least two weeks and possibly longer. Two of the shows were sold out for what was to be their last tour of the continent. Tickets purchased by credit or debit card will be refunded in full (including ticket insurance premium, if relevant) and patrons do not need to take any action. Patrons should allow up to 10 working days for the refund to appear in their account. Patrons who purchased tickets in an Agency using cash or EFTPOS will be contacted via phone in the next 15 days to arrange for a full refund. Continue reading

KISS to Play Their Final Show Ever in July 2021 in New York City

According to a published report by KISS will perform the final show of their farewell End of the Road Tour on July 17, 2021, in New York City. The band announced the details of its final performance prior to playing the second indoor show of this year’s Kiss Kruise. The band also has booked ninety new tour dates as yet unannounced. Continue reading

Kiss Appears On “America’s Got Talent”, Announces New Farewell Tour

 

Members of Kiss appeared tonight on the season 13 finale of America’s Got Talent. During the show, the band announced their farewell tour named “One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour”. The tour is expected to kick off in 2019 and last until 2022. KISS co-frontman Paul Stanley remarked “This is gonna be our last tour. It will be the most explosive, biggest show we’ve ever done. People who love us, come see us. If you’ve never seen us, this is the time. This will be the show.” Kiss previously performed a “Farewell Tour” in 2000-2001. The tour, which was the last to feature drummer Peter Criss, played 142 shows over five legs, covering North America, Japan, and Australia. 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

KISS’ Paul Stanley Signature Guitars Coming From Ibanez Guitars

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In 1976, Ibanez Guitars approached KISS frontman Paul Stanley to collaborate on a signature guitar that would become the instrument with which he would be forever associated. Now, for the first time since 1996, Paul and Ibanez have reunited to reissue three exciting new versions of the original Paul Stanley Signature Model. More information will be released at the NAMM 2015 show.

“Renewing my collaboration with Ibanez feels like going home to where it all started,” commented Stanley. “The guitars we created remain iconic and we will celebrate them and more as we move forward into our future together.”

“We’re very excited to be partnering again with Paul Stanley,” said Ibanez artist relations manager Mike Taft. “It’s been an amazing year for both Paul and the band, including the release of his best-selling autobiography, the band’s long-overdue induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame , and the ongoing world tour to commemorate their 40th anniversary together. I couldn’t think of a better time for Paul to reunite with Ibanez. Along with their distinctive styling, these historic instruments have proven themselves on albums and in concert worldwide, where their sound has made them sought after by guitarists for decades.”

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