Is Gene Simmons still right? Is “Rock Dead?”

Posted onFebruary 15, 2017
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“rock is dead”

“There’s every bit as much talent out there as there [was] when we first started, but the new bands have to live in their mother’s basement because they can’t afford to do this full time, because people are just filesharing and downloading,” he continued. “And that’s their prerogative — we allowed it and we haven’t sued everybody’s pants off for doing that. So that’s everybody’s fault — the record company’s fault.”
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My review of Peter Criss’s book “Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss

Gene Simmons gets called out by his son!

Posted onJune 30, 2015
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Not sure how tough it would be to grow up being the son of a famous and very wealthy Dad. It had to have more perks than downfalls. I can only imagine that every once in a while you would grow tired of spending money or riding in Limo’s all your life. But, in the natural world with out all the glitter and glamour, Nick had a Dad, “Gene”. Gene had a son. It’s the “changing of the guard” story. The Student becomes the Master.  Here is Nick’s story!  An excerpt:  

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“I used to take my father’s lessons as an eager student, wide-eyed and receptive. We never used to argue. Today we do, and sometimes things get heated, especially when it comes to politics or social issues. But through it all, I’ve found that he respects me more in the end, even if we never come to terms, than he did when I just passively agreed.”

 

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For the rest head to The Vice or Bravewords!! NICK SIMMONS On Father GENE SIMMONS – “The Most Important Thing He Taught Me Is That – Just Like Everyone Else – Sometimes He Is Full Of Shit” –   

“I used to take my father’s lessons as an eager student, wide-eyed and receptive. We never used to argue. Today we do, and sometimes things get heated, especially when it comes to politics or social issues. But through it all, I’ve found that he respects me more in the end, even if we never come to terms, than he did when I just passively agreed.
 

KISS “Creatures of the Night”…sigh ;-(

Posted onApril 15, 2015
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This was recorded on April 14th 2015. Just leaving it at that.

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Gene calls Paul out! Click here <HERE>

 

KISS unplugged 2015. Ouch. Gene calls out Paul

Posted onMarch 17, 2015
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on his vocals..

image_galleryThe band KISS has been a life long “hero” band of mine. Well since my little brother somehow talked our Grandmother into buying KISS ALIVE I way back in the day. I remember clearly her asking David if this was the band that sang about “nasty” stuff. He said it wasn’t so that album went into the shopping cart instead of back to the album rack. Then a few months later we saw KISS in concert in 1978 and everything changed! We were totally hooked! Grabbing everything up from magazines to giant wall posters. KISS could do no wrong! I even rushed home from passing out Western Auto flyers at BigK to watch the debut of “KISS Meets the Phathom of the Park”! Quite possibly one of the campiest movies of the 70’s but I loved it.

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We know time changes everything. People get old. I, like little Jackie Paper, grew up too. But I still like KISS and have seen them several times thru out the years. But recently Paul’s vocals have deteriorated to the point that he needs to either take a long break, or retire. Let us remember KISS as they were. The “Kings’ of the Night Time World”. Not as they are now. It’s sad… It’s sad that my Hero’s grew old too.

Here is a recent unplugged set. See for your self 🙁

KISS comes to Cadillac High School 1975

Posted onDecember 18, 2014
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And this is why KISS rules the world! If you missed the KISS era mid 70’s you pretty much have missed the best time for rock and roll. A school football team is losing game after game. The coach decides to pep up the players by playing some rock and roll on 8 tracks in the locker room and he chooses the music of  KISS. The team then wins the next seven games in a row… What happened next could only happen in the 70’s. The coach makes a call to KISS Management and then KISSTORY is made! There should be a movie made about it!

Check out this youtube video of the events!

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Interesting Classic Fan Photos (9)

KISS in the 80’s… Where they ever subtle? lol

Posted onDecember 11, 2014
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KICKACTS EXTREME… 

80’s extreme that is/ MTv was everywhere. Visual meltdown!

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Gene Simmons said …”Rock is Dead”

Posted onSeptember 5, 2014
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He recently did an interview with Nick Simmons for Esquire magazine… Gene’s advice for future rock stars is to “not quit your day job”.  I actually think he is right about this one. The Rock music business is in shambles. Comments welcome and expected from fellow musicians :). chuck untitled Here’s an excerpt.

“Don’t quit your day job is a good piece of advice,” Gene began. “When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain. Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support. There was an entire industry to help the next BEATLES, [THE ROLLING] STONES, Prince, [Jimi] Hendrix, to prop them up and support them every step of the way. There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead.

“Rock is finally dead.

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KISS on American Idol

Posted onMay 22, 2014
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Thoughts’?

Ace Frehley plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

Posted onMay 16, 2014
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AceFrehleyfrom LOUDWIRE. Good stuff!

http://loudwire.com/kiss-ace-frehley-wikipedia-fact-or-fiction-part-1/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART 2

 

Preview Paul Stanley’s Memoir

Posted onApril 1, 2014
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20140320-paulstanley-x306h-1395347304“The tour was horrible. Constant drudgery and misery. We spent all of our energy trying to coax Peter and Ace out of their hotel rooms. Ace sucker-punched Tommy at one of the shows. Peter had his usual handbook detailing how hotel staff had to treat him and which windows had to be covered with tinfoil and all that. There was no reasoning with either of them. We never knew if we’d make it to a show on time, and once we got onstage we never knew whether we’d get through the show. I mean, if a guy has trouble putting on his makeup, how is he going to play? Not surprisingly, the shows could be pretty awful.

I was angry at Peter and Ace for being disrespectful toward everything we had accomplished and everything the fans were giving us. I bought into the idea that this really was it. The end of Kiss. There was no place to go. it was unbearable.

We were stuck in a rut musically as well – basically playing the same 17 songs we’d taught them for the initial reunion. This was the third tour with the same set list. Peter and Ace just couldn’t master any more. The needle was already into the red. I had to come up with nonsensical interview responses to questions about why we were playing the same songs. I couldn’t just say, “because Peter and Ace can’t learn any others.”