August 19 : The
WIRES digital single "Tonight" feat. Bruce Kulick From
KISS Related Recordings
Today another Swedish band released a song on Spotify that features
Bruce Kulick on guitar. The name of the band is
THE WIRES and the song is titled
At the moment there's no information about a possible physical
August 15 : HIRSH
GARDNER talks about upcoming WARRIOR disc .. From
KISS Related Recordings
September 15, 2017 Cherry Red Records
will release (Vinnie Vincent’s)
WARRIOR album, which contains the original
finished 1982 studio recordings, as well as 5 instrumental versions,
plus 5 rehearsal tracks featuring Fergie Frederikson on lead vocals
instead of Vinnie Vincent himself.
Prior the WARRIOR release, drummer Hirsh Gardner will release his
second solo album “My Brain Needs A Holiday” on August 25.
For this website a good reason to do an interview with
WARRIOR drummer Hisrh Gardner to ask some
questions about his days with Vinnie Vincent, as well as about
NEW ENGLAND, which 1979 debut album was
produced by Paul Stanley'.
KRR : When did Bill Aucoin discovered the band
and was he responsible the band got signed at Infinity Records …, and if
yes, why Casablanca (Neil Bogart) was not interested (probably because
they were more into disco at the time, and already had ANGEL ?)
HIRSH GARDNER: …… well the answer to your question is yes Bill Aucoin was
very instrumental in hooking us up with Infinity Records.
Ron Alexenburg was formerly the head of CBS records and was given an
of money to start his own independent label distributed by MCA. But the
story goes a little further than just auditioning for Ron and getting
the deal with Infinity Records. We had a rehearsal studio just a little
south of Boston where we initially auditioned for Bill Aucoin. Bill
started bringing record labels to our small studio to audition the
band. Neil Bogart of Casablanca was not one of those who came to the
studio but I'm sure Bill had had conversations with him about
signing the band.
: Now the WARRIOR recordings gets a proper release at Cherry Red
Records, I’m wondering who decided the time is right. Except for the
Fergie Frederikson (RIP) rehearsals, after the tape trading circuit
(80’s/90’s), all songs circulate on the internet for years … So I think
it’s interesting to know who’s responsible that the WARRIOR recordings
finally will be released officially … Did the label contact you ? Or did
one of you did contact Cherry Red Records … Or is it Vinnie Vincent
himself who decided the time is right ? Are you still in contact with
HIRSH GARDNER: I really did not have anything to do with the
release of the Cherry Red recordings.
KRR : To me it’s very cool that Fergie Frederikson
is involved too … I’m sure most of us didn’t know that.
After Trillion, Frderikson signed with Casablanca Records, and released
an album under the alias of David London. In 1981 he worked with Gregg
Giuffria in hopes of a possible new ANGEL album under a new line-up.
Probably Bill Aucoin suggested to bring in Fergie Frederikson to allow
Vinnie to concentrate more on guitar ??
HIRSH GARDNER: … actually we did not have anything to do with
Bill Aucoin at that time. We had parted ways with Bill Aucoin in the
midst of our third New England album, "Walking Wild". While we were
WARRIOR in LA we had several singers including
Fergie, Robert Fleischman among others audition for the band. I kept
telling Vinnie over and over and over again, dude, none of these
people can sing your songs as well as you can. Thus begins the
stubbornness that surrounds the Vinnie Vincent story that we've all
: What can we expect of your new album “My Brain Needs A Holiday"
(release date August 25, 2017) ?
HIRSH GARDNER: I think this album really shows a lot of diversity
in my Productions. There are kick ass rockers like Do Me Do Me and My
Brain Needs A Holiday and then I do a complete left turn with a song
like Diamond Moon. I have a lot of very eclectic influences. For
instance one of my favorite all-time singers is the country singer Vince
Gill whom I worship as a lead vocalist. At the same time I have a song
like Git It Back which feature is Ron Bumblefoot Thal on guitar that is
very industrial in nature. It's actually me playing live drums but I'm
using the track as a loop also combining some synthesizer bass Loops as
well. And then there is Love Is which the first three quarters of that
song are an acapella performance with me singing about 60 tracks of
vocals. But the bottom line is it's definitely a rock album that anyone
that enjoys AOR melodic rock will probably love... I hope!!!!
Before his untimely death in 2012, renowned American rock guitarist
Ronnie Montrose began recording an ambitious passion project with
bassist Ricky Phillips (Styx, Bad English) and drummer
ERIC SINGER (Kiss, Alice Cooper). The idea
was to record 10 songs with 10 different singers and call the album
10X10. Sadly, Montrose was unable to see the album through during
his lifetime. Instead, Phillips made it his mission to finish the
songs by enlisting a small army of Ronnie’s musician friends to
record the vocals and the guitar solos for each song, completing the
album in recent years.
March 29, 2005
KISS-Related-Recordings got the following
finished rough mixes of tracks to present to 10 of my favorite
singers and have each one contribute lyrics and vocals to some
incredible “Power Trio” tracks that Ricky Phillips
(bassist – Babys, Bad English, and now Styx,) Eric Singer
(drummer - Alice Cooper and now KISS) and I recorded live in
the studio. We have most singers on board now, and I’ll list
them next month… I’ve contacted many of my old as well as
new friends, and am very excited to bring this assemblage of
talent together on one project… The title will be “Ronnie
Montrose and Friends – 10x10.”
From : melodicrock.com
Not only that, but the long in
progress Montrose record continues to take shape under Ricky
Phillips guidance. With much of the music completed, it's now
time to start recording lead vocals for the album, which is
set to be an all-star affair. Musically the line-up features
Ronnie Montrose on guitar, Ricky on bass and Eric Singer on
drums. Guest vocalists lined up to do a track each include
Sammy Hagar, Eric Martin, Tommy Shaw, Paul Stanley, Gregg
Rolie and more. The style of the album says Ricky "is old
school 70's heavy rock n roll...no overdubs, no
From : KISSfaq (2005)
Paul Stanley was also suggested to be involved musically with
In July 2005 Paul announced that he expected to be recording the
guest vocals for a Montrose song. He said, "Barring any
unforeseen contractual problems, I'm hoping to do it since
Ronnie Montrose is a friend and killer guitar player. The first
album by the original lineup of Montrose is one of my all-time
The tracks Ronnie Montrose had done, that needed lead vocals,
had been recorded during the summer of 2003 with Eric Singer and
bassist Ricky Phillips.
Ronnie commented in 2004, "I'm now working on bringing 10 of my
favorite singers together to each contribute lyrics and vocals
to some incredible 'Power Trio' tracks that Ricky Phillips and
Eric Singer and I recorded live in the studio last summer.
The tentative title will be 'Ronnie Montrose and Friends -
10x10' and the complete list of singers will be listed here as
soon as everyone is on board... I've contacted many of my
friends, and am very excited to bring this assemblage of talent
together on one project" (RonnieMontrose.com).
Unfortunately, within a few months Paul Stanley's involvement
was cancelled, apparently because he wasn't happy with the song.
August 5 :
Tommy Thayer recalls surprise recording encounter with Bob Dylan From
Jay Gilbert (Coffee-talk)
KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer was recently interviewed by
Jay Gilbert and asked about his favorite
Thayer replied: “Gene Simmons wrote a song with Bob Dylan and I’m
guessing it was around 1991. One day I got a call from Gene and he
says, “Get a drummer and a keyboard player and meet me down at
Cherokee Studios at 7pm tonight, we’re going to record a song I
wrote with Bob Dylan.” I’m like wow, seriously? I brought my Les
Paul and two acoustic guitars, a 6 and a 12-string that I borrowed
from my buddy Marc Ferrari. I get there and sure enough in walks Bob
Dylan and his girlfriend. Suddenly I’m thinking it’s Bob Dylan, the
guy who influenced the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, unreal. He says let
me show you the chord changes and we proceed to pass the 12-string
acoustic back and forth. It seemed like one of the most surreal
thing I’ve ever experienced. He was quiet and eccentric but
friendly. The thing that stood out to me more than anything was
Gene. He won’t mind me saying this, but I’ve never seen Gene be
anything but “I’m Gene Simmons and I’m the center of the universe,”
but around Bob Dylan, he was like a kid just happy to be in the
room. I do remember taking the strings off the 12-string the next
day before I gave it back to Marc. I still have those strings.”
KISS Related Recordings
The song Tommy Thayer is talking about probably is
"Laughing When You Want To Cry". which was once been known as a Gene
co-wrote with the legendary Bob Dylan. According to Gene, "Bob came
up with the chords, most of them, and then I took it and wrote
lyrics, melody, the rest of it.... We understood each other right
away. He picked up an acoustic guitar, and we just tossed it back
and forth, 'How 'bout this, how 'bout that?' And he started to
strum, because he -- at least with me -- tended to talk and strum
guitar at the same time. And as soon as I heard the first three or
four chords, I went, 'Wait, wait, what's that? Do that again.' So I
went and started to write a lyric around that" (Billboard.com). A
re-recording of the song ended up on Gene Simmons 2004 solo album "Asshole"
with the song title changed to "Waiting for the Morning Light".
Maybe the original recording with Bob Dylan will end up on Gene Simmons box set,
which is planned to be released later this year.
August 1 :
Swedish fan release KISS tribute song feat. Bruce Kulick From
KISS Related Recordings
Swedish KISS fan Anders Cronzell has been a musician and songwriter
for 20 years and Kiss has always been his favorite and inspiration.
At KISS Kruise V (2015) Anders met Paul Stanley and he bought
On that guitar he wrote the song "Rock 'n Roll Keeps You Young" as a
tribute to his heroes. Later on he met Kiss again at a meet and
greet and he gave them an USB containing the song. Paul told him he
He continued to work/write on the song together with producer Uffe
Then he got in contact with Bruce Kulick and asked him if he wanted
to play on the song. Bruce accepted, so now Bruce is the lead
guitarist on the finished product.
August 8th "Rock 'n Roll Keeps You Young" will be released on
Spotify (and other digital platforms). At this moment there is no
physical release planned but it might be physically released in the
future. The tribute song will be released under the name "Cronzell".
July 27 : Vinnie
Vincent 1982 WARRIOR recordings official release From
Cherry Red Records
Cherry Red Records (UK) have scheduled the
WARRIOR 1982 album recordings for an
official release date September 15, 2017.
The Warrior story starts in 1982 with the Boston based band
NEW ENGLAND, featuring keyboard player
Jimmy Waldo, bassist Gary Shea and drummer Hirsh Gardner, and how
their plans to record their fourth album with Todd Rundgren were
scuppered when their guitarist, John Fannon, unexpectedly quit the
• They put the word out that they required a new singer, and as they
shared management with KISS, Gene Simmons recommended an unknown
Vinnie Cusano, who was then helping KISS with their “Creatures Of
The Night” opus. Although KISS liked Vinnie Cusano, it was felt that
his lack of height was a hindrance to joining them as a full-time
replacement for Ace Frehley!
• Vinnie sent New England a tape of his songs, and an audition was
set-up. New England liked what they heard on Vinnie’s cassette so
much that they decided to learn the whole set of songs in
preparation for Cusano’s audition. The four hit it off, but it was
obvious that this was a new band, soon to be christened Warrior, and
not just a seamless continuation of New England. It was also agreed
that the four would relocate from Massachusetts to Los Angeles, and
began recording the songs that had appeared on Vinnie’s demo tape.
• Fergie Frederikson was brought in to allow Vinnie to concentrate
more on guitar. Despite making some very good music, Warrior’s
career came to an abrupt end before it had even started when Vinnie
was offered the opportunity to join KISS full-time, and become
Vinnie Vincent, before eventually forming Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion.
• Hirsh Gardner returned to Boston to produce, whereas Jimmy Waldo
and Gary Shea would stay in Los Angeles, forming Alcatrazz with
former Rainbow and MSG vocalist Graham Bonnet and a relatively
unknown 20 year old guitarist from Sweden called Yngwie Malmsteen.
• What we have here is a “what might have been” mini-album of
previously unheard, original, classic hard rock by four respected
musicians at the top of their game. As well as the original six
studio tracks, we’ve been lucky enough to include five instrumental
versions, plus a very rare rehearsal tape featuring the
aforementioned Fergie Frederikson. Malcolm Dome’s informative and
detailed liner notes help tell the story, with the input of band
members Jimmy Waldo and Gary Shea.
KISS Related Recordings
Singer Fergie Frederikson (in Cherry Red Records description by
mistake misspelled as "Fergie Henrikson") is best known as the former
lead singer of AOR bands Trillion, LeRoux and Toto's "Isolation"
After leaving Trillion, Frederiksen started focusing mainly on
session work; primarily movie soundtracks. In 1979, he signed with
Casablanca Records, where he performed under the alias of David
As David London he sang two tracks ("Samantha" and "Sound Of The
City") on The Village People soundtrack "Can't Stop The Music"
(Casablanca Records 1980).
In 1981 Casablanca Records released David London's self titled solo
July 21 : Adam
Mitchell vs Gene Simmons demo Box set update From
I interviewed Adam Mitchell yesterday, and during the discussion he
mentioned a couple of songs that may be included on Gene Simmons'
forthcoming Box Set :
- Something Seems To Happen At Night (1982)
- Are You Always This Hot
(the 1987 song with the title that he and Gene wrote for "Crazy
... and if you need a cool job related to Gene Simmons box set
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July 16 : Jaime
St. James of Black ‘n Blue interview From
sleazeroxx.com Sleaze Roxx: A while back, I caught up with
RON KEEL and as I was going over his
discography. You popped up a number of times on some of those
records. What’s your recollection of cutting “Fool For A Pretty
Jaime St. James: [Long pause] Boy, I barely remember that
actually [laughs]. I’ve done so much work with
KEEL… I remember the first time Gene
[Simmons] threw me into the studio and said “Do something [laughs]!”
There were other times where I had more of a say. I hate to say it
because Ron is a good friend of mine but I can’t recall much about
that. I had Ron come in and sing on our ‘Nasty
Nasty’ record on “Best In The West.” He
did an incredible job. I’d like to hear some of those songs again! I
did some vocals on their last record [‘Streets Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’]
and I never heard that. I need to do that [laughs]!
Sleaze Roxx: I’m glad you brought up “Best In The West”
because that was the next thing I wanted to ask you about. There’s a
lot of cool things happening there. You have Ron Keel, you have
Peter Criss of KISS and the album was produced by Gene Simmons of
KISS. What was that environment like?
Jaime St. James: That’s an interesting story. I saw Peter
Criss and his wife at The Rainbow. I knew we were going to bring in
some guests. I spoke with him and said “Hey man, we’re making a
record and we’re working with Gene. You should really come down.”
Peter said “No, no, no. Gene and I haven’t spoken in years.” Hi wife
came up to me afterward and gave me his number and she urged me to
make him do it. So I set it up. Peter said “I don’t know. Gene and I
don’t really get along.” I finally convinced him to come down and
the night he came down, we didn’t record a thing that night
[laughs]! It was Gene and Peter sitting around the studio telling
stories. It was such a cool thing to be have been a part of.
Listening to those stories was almost better than having him on the
recording and Peter sounds cool on that recording.
Sleaze Roxx: That was a hell of a way to close out ‘Nasty Nasty.’
Jaime St. James: It was. I remember Gene being shocked when
Tommy Thayer and I suggested putting brass
on “Best In The West.” We hired a horn section to come in and he was
like “What?!” After he heard what we had done, he was like “You know
what you guys were right. [laughs]”
July 11 : Listen
to Ace Frehley’s Previously Unreleased ‘Hard for Me' From
ultimateclassicrock.com /Matthew Wilkening
Ace Frehley is keeping his hot streak burning with a newly expanded
deluxe edition of his 2009 album "Anomaly",
which arrives on vinyl, CD and digital formats September 8.
You can listen to our exclusive premiere of the bonus track “Hard
for Me” below.
“I think this new edition of the album is great – a special treat
for the fans,” says Frehley. “And, with the bonus tracks, they’ll
get a little more insight into how the album came together.” For
example, “Hard for Me” is a previously unreleased demo that evolved
into Anomaly‘s lead-off track, “Foxy & Free.”
Anomaly Deluxe also features a slower version of “Pain in the Neck,”
and the previously digital-only track “Return of the Space Bear.” It
will also include enhanced album art, a new live poster and
extensive liner notes featuring track-by-track commentary from
Frehley has been particularly active in recent years, releasing the
acclaimed album Space Invader in 2014, and following that up two
years later with his first-ever covers record, Origins Vol. 1. In
addition to unveiling Anomaly Deluxe, Frehley revealed that he’s
already hard at work on his next album, and has in fact co-written
two new songs with his former Kiss bandmate Gene Simmons. “It was
the first time I have worked with him while I was sober,” Frehley
declared, “and it was a pleasure.”
In between working on that new album, Frehley will play a handful of
U.S. shows this summer before heading to Australia and New Zealand
for a series of dates in October with Alice Cooper. And there’s good
news for Unmasked fans: “I gotta do ‘Talk to Me’,” Frehley promised.
“For Australia, I’ll do it!”
"The Gene Simmons band is a chance for me to play songs that Kiss
have never played before, but also hits and I will be playing the
first song of a new box set to be released in October. It has 150
never-before-heard songs, which I spent 50 years making, in a
compilation of 10 discs for the box set and the opener is called
"Are You Ready?".
It will not be available in stores, social media or internet, but
those who attend our show will hear it. And then you can have the
"Are You Ready ?" is a song written for "Monster". As stated in 2011
by Gene Simmons :
"Are You Ready ?" is a new track that I worked out, wrote, and
brought everyone into the studio and said : "Let's bang this out."
June 28 Gene Simmons called Robert Fleischman to inform him that the
song "Piece Of The Rock" - which they wrote together - will be
included on the Gene Simmons demo boxset that
will be released on
Rhino Records !
Gene Simmons called Micki Free on June 21, 2017 to inform him that
the song they wrote together; "Legends Never Die" will be included
on a box set Gene will release on
Rhino Records !
Originally titled "When The Legends Dies", credited to Micki Free
and Gene Simmons. With help of Adam Mitchell, KISS demo'ed the song
as "Legends Never Die" during the "Creatures Of The NIght" sessions,
but the song never had a vocal track put on it.
From then on the song was credited to Gene Simmons, Adam Mitchell
and Micki Free.
In 1983 Simmons took the KISS track and add
WENDY O' WILLIAMS vocals to it.
KING KOBRA recorded the song for their
"III" album, which was released in 1988.