KISS: Stanley Out-Debuts Them All

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largePaul Stanley‘s autobiography, Face the Music: A Life Exposed, has debuted at number-two on The New York Times Best Sellers list for print Hardcover Non-Fiction. It also placed high on the paper’s Combined Print and E-Book best-seller list (number-three) and E-Book best-sellers list (number-13).

This is the highest-debuting memoir by a member of KISSPeter Criss is second with Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of KISS (number-seven in the Times), while Ace Frehley‘s No Regrets debuted at number-10. Gene Simmons, the first member of the band to tell his story, only got as high as number-14 with KISS and Make-Up.

SiriusXM’s Sal Governale Talks KISS

Mitch Lafon

SiriusXM radio personality, Sal Governale, goes One On One with Mitch Lafon and talks KISS. The pair start at the very beginning of how Sal became a huge KISS fan as well as discuss Paul Stanley’s Face The Music – A Life Exposed book, the band’s induction into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame, the different members and line up changes and all things KISS. 

Indianapolis KISS Expo May 17

Indy KISS Expo

kissexpobannerThe 2014 INDIANAPOLIS KISS Fan Expo will take place on Saturday May 17th from 1:00PM to 8:00PM (10am for Platinum and 11am VIP ticket  holders)

NEW HOTEL Location:

Wyndham Indianapolis West
2544 Executive Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46241

For rooms reservations call 317-381-6181 and ask for the KISS Expo Rate of $99 a night or CLICK THIS LINK:  

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Tommy Thayer- Featured guest KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer! Come meet Tommy as KISS gets ready to hit the road this summer! Tommy will also do a Q/A and be available for photos and autographs throughout the day.

Bruce Kulick- Special guest Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick returns to INDY fresh off his recent KISS Hall Of Fame adventure. Kulick will give fans a firsthand account of the trip during his Q/A. Bruce will be available for photos and autographs throughout the day.

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One on one with Four by Fate’s Tod Howarth, (Frehley’s Comet)

Mitch Lafon

Tod Howarth of Four By Fate (Former Frehley’s Comet) goes One On One With Mitch Lafon to discuss his new band Four By Fate (with John Regan, Sean Kelly & Stet Howland) as well as talk about his time in Ace Frehley’s post-KISS outfit, Frehley’s Comet. Tod reminisces about first joining the band, the recording of the first and second albums, his reasons for leaving, the ‘vault’ of unreleased songs and more. Tod also mentions his time in Cheap Trick and focuses on the upcoming live shows and new album by Four By Fate.  

KISS tribute band Mr Speed on the season finale of AXS TV monday night

AXS TV

Mr. Speed on AXS TV the Worlds Greatest Tribute BandsLOS ANGELES – April 16, 2014 – The third season of AXS TV’s THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS wraps up next week with a live concert performance by KISS tribute band Mr. Speed Monday, April 21 at 11pE/8pP. During the hour-long concert performance, the Los Angeles KISS arena football team’s LA KISS Girls dance team will perform on stage as a featured guest.

Next week, tune in for a 90-minute live tribute band special on April 30 at 1aE/10pP featuring the Beatles tribute band “Britain’s Finest.” The acclaimed musical act will take viewers on a Magical Mystery Tour, as they blaze through the Beatles’ career-spanning catalogue of hits and provide a one-of-a-kind spectacle that will satisfy even the most demanding fans.

Listen to Ace Frehley’s Long-Lost 1971 Pre-KISS Acetate Demo for Molimo

Chaz Kangas | The Village Voice

With KISS now safely enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one would assume every piece of the band’s legacy would have been properly documented. Shockingly, that wasn’t the case. That is..until now.

molimo560chrisreisman.jpgRecord collector Chris Reisman was working his way through an extensive vinyl collection in a barn in upstate New York when, in the last bit of excavating, he found a box full of decades-old acetates and demos. Among them, KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s earliest known major label recordings as part of shelved psychadelic/prog-rock outfit Molimo.

Recorded for RCA in 1971, KISS fans have speculated about its existence for years, but when a quest to find it in RCA’s vaults proved unfruitful, hope seemed lost. Reisman’s find is the single biggest “lost” music discovery since the Velvet Underground 1966 acetate was found by collector Warren Hill at a Portland garage sale in 2004. Reisman has had the item on eBay since yesterday, and the KISS Army are flocking to get a digital glimpse of it.

We spoke to Reisman, whom you may remember as the chap who uncovered the original full A Tribe Called Quest and DMX demos a few years back, about how this discovery was made. Afterward, exclusive audio from the demo.

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New Jersey KISS Mart – Saturday, May 10, 2014

NJ KISS Mart

Come on down to shop for the missing holes in your KISS collection. Or, bring a box, (or van), full of stuff to sell to us – we pay cash on the spot! Interested in every kind of merch.

KISS Museum, Ross Koondel and Eric Carr’s Family will be the main dealers at this one day selling spree. This is a free event, open to the public, that focuses on nothing but KISS merchandise. Just like a store, you can casually shop for under an hour, or stay all day and hang out with friends and fellow KISS fans. No guests, no gimmicks, just buying and selling every KISS collectible under the sun. If you’ve never been to the KISS Mart before, do come on down, we’d love to see you!

Located at the Hilton Garden Inn, a hotel at the same exit as the annual NJ KISS Expo at the Raritan Center.

Mart postcard 2014

 

Four By Fate – Interview with former Frehley’s Comet bassist John Regan

Mitch Lafon

 

Former Frehley’s Comet/ Peter Frampton bassist, John Regan goes One On One With Mitch Lafon to discuss his new band, Four By Fate, which also includes singer Tod Howarth (Frehley’s Comet/ Cheap Trick), guitarist Sean Kelly (Crash Kelly, Helix) and drummer Stet Howland (W.A.S.P/Lita Ford). The two discuss how the band came about, plans for a new album and tour. John also went through his history with former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and discussed his time in the band, the making of the Frehley Comet albums, the possibility of a reunion, the vault of unreleased material and much more.

1973: Kiss Shocks and Awes the World

Neil Vazquez | Do You Remember

Kiss-SliderContrary to popular belief, Kiss was not just about the makeup—it was the about the pyrotechnics, fake blood and high heels. Formed in 1973, the band made a name for themselves as a part of the glam rock-movement in a similar vein to the androgynous antics of the New York Dolls and Alice Cooper. So how exactly did a couple of guys who look like RuPaul’s Drag Race rejects become the idols of half the male population of the United States? Kick-ass guitar licks and Satan worship, that’s how.

Though they’ve enjoyed commercial success, Kiss has had a rough go of it on the critical side. Luckily, last week they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—alongside Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and Cat Stevens, among others—after a nearly 15-year snub by the exclusive club of aging rock stars. For hardcore fans, the honor was a long time coming for Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter. Here we look at the long career of a band who fused pageantry and theatrics with a hard-rock edge.

On The Mike Douglas Show

Kiss’ second television performance, on The Mike Douglas Show, was also coupled with Simmons’ first on-camera interview. True to his demon character, he scared an uncomfortable audience with his trademark tongue wagging, prompting comedian Totie

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Paul Stanley Book Signing @ Bookends, Ridgewood, New Jersey

Gus Griesinger | Backstage Axxess

Paul Stanley is in the midst of a book signing for his autobiography “Face the Music a A Life Exposed. He stopped by Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ a day before his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stanley showed up well over an hour early to sign a whopping 500 pre sold books in Bookends back room. at 6pm sharp, Stanley came downstairs to pose for the media with the book for about 30 or so seconds before diving right into the signing. People started lining up at 5am. For about 3 hours, Stanley signed another 600 books and did a quick pose with book purchasers. We even got his guitar tech Francis Steuber to pose with the book.

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Catching up with Paul Stanley

Mark Lore | Paste

paulstanleymainKISS has outlived most things its age (and probably more than a few cockroaches), as the rock and roll entity rolls into its 40th year. That means I’ve just entered my 36th year as a member of the KISS Army (does this make me a five-star general yet?). Of course, I’m not alone. KISS fans are as devoted (or gullible, depending on who you ask) as they come.

2014 is shaping up to be a big year for the most divisive band in the world. After 15 long years of eligibility, the four original members—Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley—are finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band is reissuing its entire catalog (complete with cardboard Love Guns and posters) on vinyl. And Stanley—the Starchild and the glue who has held things together all these years—finally penned an autobiography, making him the final of the four originals to do so.

While there are plenty of nuggets about KISS’s early daze, Stanley doesn’t belabor the sex, drugs and minutiae that most KISS fans probably know anyway (although there are points early in the book, where it feels like Stanley whizzes through rock and roll’s impact on him). Instead the Starchild digs deep into the human condition, starting with his upbringing, where his parents were going through the motions themselves and found little time for young Stanley Eisen, who was dealing with his own insecurities (he was born with only one ear, and to this day is deaf on one side).

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Ace Frehley Says He Was “Really Honored” to Be Inducted into Rock Hall; Knocks Paul Stanley’s Acceptance Speech

ABC News Radio

Larry Busacca

Larry Busacca

After all the drama leading up to the induction of KISS ‘ four original members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Thursday, the feuding band mates behaved civil and friendly to each other while accepting the honor.  Founding lead guitarist Ace Frehley tells ABC News Radio that he was “really honored” to be part of the ceremony, although he did direct some mild criticism toward frontman Paul Stanley , who took some shots at the Rock Hall and the way it goes about choosing inductees.

“I really didn’t like some of the things Paul Stanley said in his speech, because obviously he’s a little aggravated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” explains Frehley.  “I know he wanted to get other members in the group inducted.”

Ace adds that “there was some political stuff going on,” which led to disagreements about whether KISS would perform at the event.  “Unfortunately we did not perform, even though I was up for it,” he notes, adding, “I try to stay away from politics.  I don’t think politics and music work.  I never did.”

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‘I’m a one-man show’: Kiss’ Ace Frehley previews his new album, Space Invader

Something Else!

There was the long wait, the belated nomination, the vicious back biting and the surprisingly gracious induction. Now that Kiss is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, however, it’s time for Ace Frehley to get back to work on a solo album.

The forthcoming Space Invader, due on June 24, 2014 via eOne Music, is Frehley’s first since 2009′s Anomaly — which shot to No. 27 on the Billboard album lists, the guitarist’s highest-charting project since his platinum-selling 1978 eponymous debut.

Here’s what we know: “There’s going to be a real interesting instrumental, there’s gonna be some catchy riff songs, there’s gonna be some straight-ahead rockers and everything in between,” Frehley tells Billboard. “The only real guests I have [are] Chris Wyse from the Cult and my drummer Matt Starr, who I used on my last U.S. tour. And pretty much I’m playing all the instruments and doing all the lead vocals. I’m a one-man show.”

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Tom Harper, (roadie & studio bassist), talks KISS

Mitch Lafon

Tom Harper (who was Paul Stanley’s roadie on the Dynasty tour and bass player on the KISS song, Shandi from Unmasked) goes One On One with Mitch Lafon. In this hour long interview, Tom discusses how he became KISS’s roadie on the Dynasty tour, how circumstance led him to play on KISS’ song, Shandi, as well as going on to work with Judas Priest on their Screaming For Vengeance Tour, Hall & Oates, Supertramp and more. Tom also talks about the band members’ relationship in those turbulent days and the Peter Criss Out Of Control tour that failed to launch back in 1980. We also chat about the Eric Carr/KISS drummer auditions of 1980 and Tom’s latest EP, Vintage UK.