NEWS UPDATE - March - April 2014
|April 8: Captain
Black Beard 2nd album features Bruce Kulick update
Kiss Related Recordings
As reported here March 23 Captain Black Beard have signed with Dead End Exit Records which
label will release their 2nd album "Before Plastic". The disc
contains 11 rocking tracks as well as guest appearances by former
KISS-guitarist Bruce Kulick, Mats Karlsson (220 Volt, The Summit)
and Tommy Denander (Imperia, Radioactive).
Robert Majd (of Captain Black Beard)
Captain Black Beard just released their first video/song from their
coming album. The track is called "Somebody". On the 23rd of May the
band is releasing their sophomore album "Before Plastic" on Dead End
Exit Records (a division of Roasting House) and
Distribution. The album contains 11 melodic kick ass-rock tracks and
also features guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk
Railroad) and Mats Karlsson (220 Volt, The Summit).
Pre-order the album here:
Captain Black Beard (official website)
Captain Black Beard (facebook)
Captain Black Beard (YouTube)
Dead End Exit Records
Check out the
video for "Somebody" here:
Bruce Kulick appears on DJ Peace
"Do You Love Me ?" EP
Kiss Related Recordings
Mark "Peace" Thomas planned to record a remake
of the KISS song "Do You Love Me?" for his debut CD titled "ManSmarts:
The Music" (released on October 15, 2013) but he had enough original
material to complete the project. "Peace" decided to wait until the
summer of 2014 until his DJ work lead him to a chance encounter with
a former member of KISS: Bruce Kulick.
Thomas is known for his DJ-MC services for weddings throughout
Southern California but 2013 would see "DJ Peace" crossover from
playing recordings to recording artist.
In September 2013, Mark ran into one of his hard rock heroes and
former guitarist for KISS, Bruce Kulick, at Sportsmen's Lodge in
Studio City, California.
This lead to Mark approaching Bruce about playing on a "DJ Peace"
cover of "Do You Love Me?" Bruce agreed and liked the contemporary
EDM-infused version of the song.
"Bruce adds that classic KISS sound to the track which is very
contemporary sounding," stated producer Jeff McCullough.
He added: "DJ Peace has arranged the song with a ZEP-style guitar
riff and added a solo that was never there which really makes the
DJ Peace is treating his new recording as a tribute to KISS with a
release date of April 10, which is the day the founding members of
KISS (Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss) will
be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
|March 27: Black
Metal band BLACK ANVIL covers "Under The Rose"
New York-based black metal crew BLACK ANVIL will release its third
full-length album, "Hail Death", on May 27 via Relapse Records.
BLACK ANVIL bassist/vocalist Paul Delaney, citing KISS' "Destroyer"
and METALLICA's "Master Of Puppets" as inspiration. "I wanted it to
be a little more rock 'n' roll sounding because I felt the songs
were a little bigger and structured. It tells a story from beginning
to end and the recording reflects that." As such, the behemoth
offering includes a bonus track: a cover of "Under The Rose" from
KISS' iconic ninth studio recording, "The Elder".
|March 27: New Ace
Frehley album "Space Invader" release date
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ACE FREHLEY will release SPACE
INVADER, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment
One Music (eOne Music) on June 24th, 2014. The album will include at
least nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve
Miller’s “The Joker.” This album is the first release under
Frehley's new universal deal on eOne Music.
Frehley has released an official statement surrounding the exciting
“Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I’ve
created over the years has withstood the test of time. Today I see
no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine
tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and
allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is
yet to come!”
Widely known as the original “Space Ace" and founding guitarist for
16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi platinum selling
rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original
member. In addition to having the best selling solo album career
(vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self
titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one
million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,”
from any of the legendary KISS solo albums; (peaking at #13). The
massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show
“Entourage” and was also KISS’ second bestselling download in 2012,
besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,”
“Beth” and “Calling Dr. Love” even after 36 years.
Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo
albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, "Anomaly"
in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and
received a welcoming response among critics. "’Anomaly' shows why
many rock and metal guitarists list ‘Space Ace’ as a prime
six-string influence," said Rolling Stone.
Ace Frehley recently spent time in the studio with
drummer Matt Starr (BURNING RAIN) and bassist Chris Wyse (THE CULT,
OWL) working on Ace's new CD.
"I'm really excited about this record, because
everybody that's heard the tracks just says they think some of the
tracks are even better than Anomaly, and even showing another side
of me," Frehley told Rolling Stone in an interview for the
magazine's current cover story. "There's two songs I'm going to
re-track, but I'm doing mostly overdubs. Most of the hard work is
Frehley also said that the album would feature collaborations with
his girlfriend Rachael Gordon and told Rolling Stone that an album
of covers and remakes would follow 'Space Invader'. "That one will
be a real treat for the fans, too," Frehley said. "I want to get
some celebrity guests to play on it, some of the covers and stuff,
get Slash, Mike McCready, my buddy from Pearl Jam. You know. The
list is endless." Then, with a laugh, he added, "I might even get
Gene Simmons to play bass on a track."
|March 22: Dressed
To Thrill - A Tribute to KISS with Female Vocalists
Kiss Related Recordings
USA label Genterine Records recently have
"Dressed To Thrill - A Tribute to KISS
with Female Vocalists".
TRACK LISTING :
1. Detroit Rock City (Radio Cult)
2. Ladies Room (Killer Kowalski)
3. See You Tonight (Mantlepiece)
4. Parasite (Viva La Venus)
5. A World Without Heroes (October Layne)
6. C'mon and Love Me (Hollywood Groupies)
7. Forever (Confession Box)
8. I Was Made For Lovin' You (Karma Lingo)
9. Rock and Roll All Nite (Radio Cult)
10. Hard Luck Woman (Willem & Dakota)
11. Love Her All I Can (Killer Kowalski)
|March 19 : KISS
40' 2CD set contains
"Reputation" 1977 demo
May 27, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release a 2-CD KISS
40 compilation with one track from every major album release, live
selections and an unreleased demo from 1977. The 2 CD set featuring
forty tracks spanning KISS’s incredible forty-year recording career.
This set includes one track from every major album release (studio,
Alive & hits collections) plus three live selections from the
2000-era and features the band’s biggest songs including rock and
roll anthems such as “Detroit Rock City,” “Love Gun,” “Beth,” “Rock
And Roll All Nite,” “Beth,” “Psycho Circus,” “Forever,” “I Was Made
For Lovin’ You.” “Lick It Up,” “Heaven’s On Fire” and “Hell or
First time commercial CD release live recordings of “Deuce” (from
2004 tour), “Cold Gin” (from 2009 Alive 35 tour), “Crazy Crazy
Nights” (from 2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe tour) and the previously
unreleased 1977 demo of “Reputation” round out the set for the KISS
|March 10 : Kiss
May Write New Music for Their Football Team
ultimateclassicrock.com (by Chris Epting)
On Monday, March 10, outside the Honda Center arena in Anaheim, CA,
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss helped unveil the uniforms and
cheerleaders for their latest concept/investment, the LA Kiss of the
Arena Football League.
Stanley also told us the group may write new music for use during
the team’s home games. “We are planning to come up with something
that will be the battle cry; something that will represent not only
the team, but will represent the fans. We want the fans to have a
song, or a melody or a battle cry that they can participate in.
Because everybody in those seats is on the team. We can’t win
without those people. The team is much bigger than just those that
are on the field. There’s gonna be 15,000 members in there that are
members of this team.”
Engelbert Humperdinck duet with Gene Simmons
Kiss Related Recordings
Humperdinck's 2CD duet album entitled "Engelbert Calling" featuring
Gene Simmons on "Spinning Wheel" will
be released in the UK on March 17th 2014 through Conehead via Nova
Distribution / Universal.
Engelbert has teamed up with singers including Sir Cliff Richard,
Sir Elton John, Willie Nelson, Lulu, Smokey Robinson and Gene
Simmons, lead singer of US rock group Kiss.
A sample of "Spinning Wheel", Engelbert Humperdinck's duet with Gene
Simmons, can be heard at
CLICK HERE for album details.