NEWS UPDATE : June - July 2017

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 Nights").

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July 16 : Jaime St. James of Black ‘n Blue interview
From :
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 Face?”

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]”

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SLEAZE ROXX - Jaime St. James interview

July 11 : Listen to Ace Frehley’s Previously Unreleased ‘Hard for Me'
From : /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.

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!”

You can pre-order the deluxe edition of Anomaly at
digital outlets and on 2LP vinyl picture disc and compact disc now.

ACE FREHLEY - Anomaly (album details)

July 1 : 3rd song revealed for Gene Simmons' 10 CD demo box set
From : KISSfaq / KISS Related Recordings
Gene Simmons recently gave in an interview to a
Mexican website . Here's a snippet :

"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 box set".

"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.

June 29 : Two  Simmons / Stanley songs added to ASCAP database
From : KISSfaq
Two (lost ?) songs registered as written by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are recently added to the ASCAP database.
- "Perfume Parade" (
ASCAP : Work ID: 760442800 )
- "10 Sure Fire" (
ASCAP : Work ID: 800636006 )

a third song is registered as written by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley
- "Born For Rock and Roll" (
ASCAP : Work ID: 620147037 )

June 28 : Another song revealed for Gene Simmons' demo box set
From : Robert Fleischman (facebook) / KISS Related Recordings
Today 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 !

June 27 : GENE SIMMONS And ACE FREHLEY collaborate on two new songs for ex-KISS guitarist's next solo album
From : 92KQRS Radio
Gene Simmons has co-written two songs for Ace Frehley's next solo album, the KISS bassist/vocalist has revealed June 22, 2017.

The news of the two former KISS bandmates' collaboration was broken by the bassist/vocalist as he was giving an interview to the Minnesota classic rock radio station
92 KQRS last week.

Asked if KISS has any plans to return to the studio and make new music, Simmons said "Well, I suppose at some point. But literally two days ago I was with Ace, who's not in the band - he used to be in the band three different times - and we wrote two songs. He asked me to write for his next solo record. So I went over to his place, way out in the desert some place, and we wrote two things. And eventually the band [the current lineup of KISS] will go back in [the studio to make new music]. But there's no great incentive, because the record industry, the entire thing, is so dysfunctional. You work hard and you get paid, and if we're gonna work a year on a record, I wanna get paid too. KISS is not a charity. We make a difference between what we do personally and as a band. We buy houses for vets, we supply jobs, we give money to charity, but that's 'cause I wanna give. I don't want anybody deciding that our art, our music, our concerts is free, because 'you have enough money.'"

Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about contributing the original KISS guitarist's "Origins Vol. 1" collection of covers, the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on the record because "either [Gene] didn't get the message or he was just too busy," Frehley told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station last year.

watch the interview
CLICKING HERE. (Ace Frehley segment is around the 19:20 minute)

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 on 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."

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