NEWS UPDATE : May - June 2017

June 21 : "Legends Never Die" on Gene Simmons demo box set
From : Micki Free (facebook)
So cool! Gene Simmons called me today to inform me our song we wrote together; "Legends Never Die" will be included in a box set Gene will release on
Rhino Records !...Great to hear from my mentor the God of Thunder himself!

From : KISS Related Recordings
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.

June 19 : Robert Haglund video promo clip features Bruce Kulick
From : KISS Related Recordings
Last year Swedish artist Robert Haglund, better known as one of the Four members in the Motown group
The Fantastic Four, released his debut album "I Wanna Be Somebody". 
On this album Robert sings his favorite Hard Rock tunes in a jazz style, an unique and personal album. The quest Musicians are well known in music business, here you find Bruce Kulick (KISS) Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake) Swedens most famous jazz singer Svante Thuresson, Tony Harnell (Skid Row / TNT), Kee Marcello (Europe), Fred Coury (Cinderella) Jan Johansen etc.

ROBERT HAGLUND - I Wanne Be Somebody (2016)Album Tracklist :
1 Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City - Whitesnake cover
2 Enter Sandman - Metallica cover
3 Don't Believe a Word - Thin Lizzy cover
4 Ice Cream Man - Van Halen cover
5 Love Gun - KISS cover
6  Holy Diver - DIO cover
7 The Price - Twisted Sister cover
8 Ace of Spades - Motorhead cover
9 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi cover
10 I Wanna Be Somebody - WASP cover

Bruce Kulick is playing guitar on "Love Gun" (KISS) , Enter Sandman" (Metallica) and "Don't Believe a Word" (Thin Lizzy).

Robert Haglund (album details)

June 19 : Original  KISS drummer PETER CRISS  performs final show
From : /
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss played what was being billed as his final U.S. concert this past Saturday, June 17 at the Cutting Room in New York City.

PETER CRISS - NYC 2017 final show
Peter Criss performed the following setlist:

- I Can’t Stop The Rain (
- Hooked On Rock ’N’ Roll (
- Strange Ways (
- Strutter (
- You Matter To Me (
- Don’t You Let Me Down (
- Hooligan (
- Nothin' To Lose (
- Words (
- Hard Luck Woman (
- Beth (
- Rock And Roll All Nite (
- Sing, Sing, Sing (

Criss handled the vocals and some of the drums at the show and was backed by musical director and keyboardist Alex Salzman, guitarist Erik Rudic from the band the COLD SEAS and a horn and string section.

Criss's set consisted of KISS classics and his solo songs, including "I Can't Stop The Rain", from the 1978 solo album "Peter Criss".
Criss handed out roses while he sang "Beth" and closed out the set with the swing classic "Sing Sing Sing".

Asked by Australia's
The Rockpit in a brand new interview if he is "moving on to do other things," Criss responded: "You know what?! I'm 71. That scares me when I say that, but if you're around me, I'm like a 15-year-old kid — I really am. But I've had an amazing career in music. I was around in the '60s and '70s, which was about the best time to be a musician. I actually saw Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison and THE BEATLES when I was young. I've seen the greatest of the greats perform. I grew up at a time when music was so cool. There was Bob Dylan, and things were changing — things were becoming amazing for musicians in the world. So I played clubs for 15 years, then I started the band with the guys.'

He continued: "I'm a big BEE GEES fan, I was watching the salute to Barry [Gibb, the last surviving member of the BEE GEES], I've been a big fan since they started, and I love that he got up there and performed. And I see now all these guys, from THE ROLLING STONES, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, and we're all in our 70s now, and I hate to say it, but we're dying out, and that's so real. There's less rock and roll in the world, less music in the world, and it's kinda sad.

"So I'm 71 I'm in the best health I've been in for a while, and I thought if I'm gonna do it, I've gotta do it now. I had male breast cancer and I beat it, and that's really changed my life, and my wife also beat cancer too, so I went out I signed autographs, I wrote a book. When I connected [with the fans] again, I got to hear their stories and they'd ask me if I'd play again or sing again; there was so much love. And when I looked around, everyone was slowing down or retiring, like Eric Clapton, and I wondered what I have left."

Criss added that he is planning on finally completing the solo album that he started work on nine years ago.

"Before my cancer, I really put down some really heavy rock and roll. I put down some ballads too, but it was heavier than the stuff I normally do. And then I got sick and I put it aside and I've been sat on it these last eight years. And when I moved to California, I took it with me. There aren't any vocals on there yet, but I played it to a good friend and he told me that it was the best stuff he'd heard in years and I had to finish it, so when I'm over in June to play my last show in New York City, I'll finish it."

Read the entire interview

May 7 : Mark St. John co-written song on Joey C. Jones compilation
From : KISS Related Recordings
JOEY C JONES - Best Of Volume One (2017)On April 29, Demon Doll Records have released Joey C. Jones compilation album "Best Of Volume One".
The 21 track album is made up of songs from various of Joey's projects, like Shock Tu (1989/1990), Joey C. Jones and The Glory Hounds (1993), Crabtree (1999), Orange Helicopter (2000) and Joey's collaboration with CC DeVille in the latter's narcotic induced post-Poison project Needle Park.

The album marks the Joey C. Jones / Mark St. John penned song "Comin' On". Compared to the other 20 tracks, "Comin' On" sounds like a very good demo-recording.
The song must have been taped in 1989 / 1990 prior to Shock Tu's (unreleased) debut album. It's unconfirmed by Joey yet, but it's possible that Mark St. John also plays guitar on this recording.
Also unconfirmed is that Joey C. Jones and Mark St. John wrote 2 more songs together.

In 1985 vocalist Joey C Jones had been approached by Dana Strum in regard to auditioning for the Vinnie Vincent Invasion - Strum ended up producing the Sweet Savage EP (1985) at Baby-O Studios in Hollywood.

Purchase JOEY C. JONES "Best Of Volume One" at Demon Doll Records

JOEY C. JONES - Best Of Volume One - album details

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