NEWS UPDATE : October - November 2015

November 13 : AVANTASIA's "Ghostlights" album details revealed
From :
AVANTASIA : Ghostlights (2016)AVANTASIA's 7th album, 'Ghostlights', will be released worldwide on January 29th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast and Avalon Marquee (Asia). Today, Tobias proudly presents the cover and announces the tracklists as well as the various formats, in which the upcoming record will be available.

The opus features guest appearances of Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Marco Hietala, Sharon Den Adel, Michael Kiske, Ronnie Atkins, Bob Catley, Jorn Lande,
Bruce Kulick, Robert Mason, Herbie Langhans, Oliver Hartmann and Sascha Paeth.

Bruce Kulick shares his lead guitars on the songs "Babylon Vampires", "Lucifer" and "A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies".  

AVANTASIA Ghostlights 2016(album details)

October 27 : All female KISS covers compilation “KISS & Makeup”
From : MediaHorse /
We’re proud to announce the release of our latest project, “KISS and Makeup,” an all female KISS covers compilation that pays tribute to the legacy of KISS. Created in partnership with the publisher and KISS, the record was a great labor of love for us.

KISS & Makeup (MediaHorse 2015)Ever wonder what beloved KISS tracks would sound like if they weren’t performed by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons?! Besides being able to check out the number of tribute bands dedicated to the American hard rock band, the folks at music licensing and marketing firm MediaHorse have announced the release of a special KISS compilation of all-female artists performing classic KISS songs.

Through the collaborative efforts of HoriPro Entertainment Group and the publishers of the KISS discography, and of course, KISS, MediaHorse present KISS and Makeup, a selection of 16 tracks re-imagined by a wide-ranging mix of musicians and bands from different genres.

“Having performed these songs many thousands of times for millions of fans around the world for over 40 years, we loved hearing these fresh new takes on our classic hits by so many super talented female artists,” said Stanley, “KISS is rock and roll.. and these ladies really know how to rock our catalog. We love KISS and Makeup…and so will you.”

Simmons added, “We’re really excited about KISS and Makeup! It’s fun to hear our songs in a completely new and different fashion…especially by female artists. KISS fans are really going to get a kick out of this record!”

MediaHorse co-founders Shauna Krikorian and Joe Berman stated, “This project has been a fun labor of love for us. We wanted to create something exciting and original that had not yet been done with the band…KISS classics from a female perspective! Listeners will be quite surprised hearing these fresh takes on songs we’ve all grown to love, letting KISS fans experience them in a whole new light. It completely changes the interpretation to hear these songs in modern genres of indie rock and pop and especially with a female singer.”

The album is available for download at iTunes and

KISS TRIBUTE - KISS & Makeup 2015 (album details)

October 25 : new AVANTASIA album will feature Bruce Kulick
From : Bruce Kulick (twitter)
Three songs for Tobias Sammet's Avantasia project done today!
I'm in a pretty wild mood from it!

From :
"What do Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, Michael Kiske, Robert Mason, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley, Ronnie Atkins, Olli Hartmann and me have in common with Marco Hietala of Nightwish? Yes, we're all good looking, funny and amazingly talented… AND: we'll be on the new Avantasia album Ghostlights - out in January 2016.

October 14 : Ace Frehley appears on David Bowie cover version ...
From : Kiss Related Recordings
JOE SILVA : A Journey Through a Dream (2015)On September 5, 2015 Joe Silva have released his digital download album "A Journey Through a Dream". The album, which is also available on CDR, contains a cover version of David Bowie's  "Starman", featuring Ace Frehley (guitar), Anton Fig (drums) and Will Lee (bass).

The album is available for download  at
iTunes and

A 2014 single version of "
Starman" (feat. Ace Frehley) runs 6 seconds longer and is also available for download at iTunes and

JOE SILVA - A Journey Through a Dream (album details)

October 5 : Bobby Rock blog : “Go West, Young Man!”
reflections on the Vinnie Vincent Invasion audition, 30 Years Later

From :
BOBBY ROCKFormer Vinnie Vincent Invasion drummer Bobby Rock has posted a new blog entitled “Go West, Young Man!” - Reflections On The VINNIE VINCENT INVASION Audition, 30 Years Later.

Bobby Rock : “Last week marked the 30th anniversary of my Vinnie Vincent Invasion audition. And since I’m on my annual “writer’s retreat” at the moment, firmly in the headspace of writing, I figured I would do a little stream-of-consciousness riffing about that whole crazy, magical, and dare I say, “destined,” audition experience.

Tuesday, October 1st, 1985, SIR Studios on Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. There are so many things I remember – with great detail and clarity – about that day, and even about the months leading up to it. Frankly, it’s hard to believe three full decades have since trickled through the hourglass.

Read Bobby Rock's blog


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