NEWS UPDATE - December 2014
|December 10 :
Bruce Kulick on "Guitar Wizards Vol. III & IV" album
Records has revealed the artwork for their upcoming Guitar Wizards
Vol. III and IV compilation. The cover features artists Bruce Kulick
(KISS), Tony Franklin (Whitesnake, The Firm), Jeff Healey, Tracy G (Dio),
Chris Poland (Megadeth), Blues Saraceno (Poison), Xander Demos
(Sabbath Judas Sabbath, XDB) and other included guitar players.
The album is scheduled for digital release before Christmas.
Physical copies will have a February 2015 street date.
Guitar Wizards Vol. I and II was released earlier this year.
"We're very honored to have Xander Demos featured on the cover,
alongside some of the most incredible guitar players in rock and
metal," said Demos' manager, Michael Stover of MTS Management Group.
"This compilation has been a long time in the making, and we're very
excited for it to finally be coming out. It's sure to be a huge
Further details to follow.
|December 10 :
Rock & Roll All Nite - A Tribute To Kiss - 1974 - 2014
13, 2015 Versailles Records is set to release a double CD entitled
"Rock & Roll All Nite - A Tribute To Kiss - 1974 - 2014", featuring
current/former members of Guns N Roses, Vinnie Vincent Invasion,
Foreigner, Alice Cooper Band, Ratt, Dio, Slash's Snakepit, Heart,
Keel, L.A. Guns, Dangerous Toys, Britney Fox, Lillian Axe, White
Lion, Slaughter, Moccasin Creek, Richard Kendrick, and many others
pay tribute to KISS's Greatest Hits!
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|December 9 :
Vinnie Vincent says Yes to Swedish band IMPERA
Swedish rock band IMPERA featuring four well known members from
Sweden managed to track down the legendary ex KISS guitar player
Vinnie Vincent to play a guest solo on their new album "Empire Of
Sin" that is coming out January 23rd on Escape Music.
IMPERA are known for their love and ties to KISS, they recorded a
cover of Paul Stanley's solo album song "Goodbye"
with Bob Kulick as special guest for their 2013 album "Pieces Of
Eden, band leader JK Impera used to run the Kiss Army in Sweden and
has played with Bruce Kulick and Vinnie Vincent before, guitarist
Tommy Denander plays on Paul Stanley's last solo album "Live
To Win" and has recorded and performed with Eric Singer, Bruce
and Bob Kulick before, bassist Mats Vassfjord has also played with
Vinnie Vincent before.
“The whole rock world is wondering where Vinnie is today so I was
very happy when I got hold of him, and I was even more thrilled when
he said yes to play a guest solo on our new Impera album but
unfortunately in the end it all fell apart because it was not enough
time so close to the release to make it happen which is ok, I´m
happy he said yes and we wish him all the best, maybe on the next
one says JK Impera”.
|December 9 :
MARCEESE 's 2nd folk KISS Tribute album release date
Kiss Related Recordings
In April 2013 Berlin based folksinger and
guitarplayer Marceese released his first full KISS Tribute album "Baby
Driver". He announced to record the complete KISS backing
catalog from the 70's area. On January 23, 2015 Timezone Records is
set to release his second coup called "Have
Love, Will Travel". He made it his business.
Like on his first KISS cover album Marceese nearly forgoes the big
hits and leave some die-hard-fans with clueless faces. And
surprisingly the new interpretations sound way older than the
originals by Gene, Ace, Peter and Paul ! Which is result of Marceese
slipping over his own Americana-folk-style to 70's Hard Rock tunes.
"Tomorrow and Tonight" and "Move On"for example sounds like 40ies /
But again you count on that native Berliner, so he thunderstruck
with a Hendrix-influenced version of the disco-song "Dirty Livn'",
just to keep it up with a cheesy yearning variation of "Easy
Love, Will Travel" is a varied folk record in the broadest
sense, far away from the excessively buffoonery of the New York Hard
Love, Will Travel" track list :
01 Tomorrow and Tonight
02 Man Of 1000 Faces
03 Plaster Caster
04 I Want You
06 Got Love For Sale
07 Easy Thing
08 Move On
09 Dirty Livin'
10 Rip It Out
11 Rock and Roll All Nite
album review :
Kiss Related Recordings
Wow, This 2nd KISS Tribute of Berlin folk artist is a must have
It’s hard to believe Marceese is from Germany. It really is a
pleasure to hear KISS' obscure songs transformed into Southern
sounding folk classics, in a mood that brings you to New
Orleans, Mississippi Delta, … a house with a rocking chair on
the veranda … “Tommorow and Tonight” goes back to 50’s cajun
music … This time “I Want You” and “Rip It Out” are rearranged
to emotional dramatically acoustical ballads, with a nearly
crying electric guitar during “I Want You”.
Where Marceese first KISS Tribute “Baby
Driver” was mainly acoustical folk
Love, Will Travel" have a lot more musical
surprises …. “Plaster Caster”, an up-tempo “Radioactive” … nice
backing vocals, bass drum and electric guitarsolo on “Got Love
For Sale”, Banjo Cajun / bass drum versions of “Move On” and
“Rock ‘n Roll All Nite” … and with a Jimi Hendrix 60’s guitar
sound version of “Dirty Livin” Marceese did one of the best KISS
cover versions ever …. This really is a must hear!!!
Hidden track on the album is a humoristic parody folk version of
It wouldn’t surprise me when one of these covered KISS tunes
will be used in a movie or documentary taking place in Southern
States of America …
Marceese’s previous KISS Tribute “Baby
Driver” I described as a little pearl,
now his 2nd KISS Tribute “Have Love, Will Travel” than is a
perfectly cut diamond …. KRR TIP !!!
Peter Criss says he wants to make his next solo album ‘Heavier’
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss is continuing work on a new rock
solo album, which he promises will be "heavier" than the stuff he
has done in the past.
Criss's last solo CD, titled "One
For All", came out in 2007. Peter produced the album himself for
the first time, and was joined by guest musicians that included
keyboardist Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee of "Late Night with
The album featured a range of styles, from rock and jazz to blues
and Broadway, and included covers of "What a Difference a Day Makes"
and "Send in the Clowns".
Speaking to an audience of fans at a question-and-answer session
hosted by VH1 Classic "That Metal Show" co-host Eddie Trunk on
November 28 at the "All Things That Rock" festival in Oaks,
Pennsylvania, Criss stated about the progress of the recording
sessions for the follow-up to "One for All" (see video below): "I've
been sitting on a record … I'd done this thing, like, five years ago
and I'm still messing with it. I'm not done, because I don't wanna
He continued: "The sad thing is, you put music out today, and you
download it immediately.
"Rock 'n' roll's not dead — I don't wanna hear that, that rock's
dead. It's far from dead. But it's just not maybe doing what it used
to do. So I'm gonna release, probably, singles again. Like a 45,
with two songs instead of putting out 13. Because it just isn't fair
for the artist — you put out your songs, you download it and there's
really nothing going on."
Criss added that he has been working with former MARILYN MANSON and
current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5, but offered no details about a
possible release date for his next CD. "I wanna take my time with
it," he said. "I'm constantly putting time into it. I want it to be
heavier than I've usually done my stuff, and then I'll get, 'It's
too heavy. You should go back and do light stuff.' Because fans are
never happy. You guys aren't! No matter what we ever do, you're
like, 'Oh, that sucks. I want this.' [Or] 'He's playing that ballad
|December 1 :
Ace Frehley to Cover Kiss Songs on Next Album
Ace Frehley‘s upcoming album of cover songs will hold a special
treat for his long-time fans — new takes on classic Kiss songs.
“Absolutely, I’m re-recording some Kiss tracks,” Frehley tells
100% Rock Magazine. “I believe I’m going to be doing ‘Parasite’;
I’m not sure which other ones, you know, and some covers that I’ve
always wanted to do that I haven’t done.”
‘Parasite’ was one of three songs written or co-written by Frehley
for 1974′s ‘Hotter Than Hell,’ though he didn’t take his first lead
vocal until ‘Shock Me‘ from 1977′s ‘Love Gun.’ Frehley also wrote
‘Cold Gin,’ ‘Getaway’ and ‘Strange Ways’ for Kiss, among others.
This new project, which follows Frehley’s well-received ‘Space
Invader,’ is said to include a number of featured performers,
including Slash, Lita Ford and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.
“I’m going to get a lot of different guest stars to play with me on
these tracks,” Frehley adds. “And it’s going to be a much easier
record than this last one, because I don’t have to write solos, and
I don’t have to write lyrics because they’re already set. So, that’s
going to be another fun record for me, and I’m looking forward to
that, you know, start tracking it out in between tours and what not.”
Read more at
100% Rock Magazine.