NEWS UPDATE August 2011
|August 21 : KISS
announce new album title: It's gonna be a "Monster"
KISS' follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Sonic Boom" album will
be called "Monster."
The band is currently working on the album in Los Angeles for a 2012
release. KISS is planning a massive 2012-2013 "Monster" world tour
which will take the band around the globe.
"It's effortless... no outside writers, four guys playing together.
Fans will be blown away. If anybody was moved by Sonic Boom, this is
that on steroids," Paul Stanley stated in a new
Classic Rock interview.
KISS is featured with a brief interview in the new issue of "Classic
Rock" magazine, available now. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
discussed topics such as the new KISS album, "KISSology IV" and the
band's upcoming early years' biography.
The following details were shared about the follow-up album to
- The album will feature 10 songs with potential bonus tracks
- Song titles include "Hell Or Hallelujah," "Born To Be A Sinner,"
"Out Of This World" (a
Tommy Thayer song), "Wall Of Sound," and "Are You Ready?"
- The direction will be, as Simmons described, "heavier than Sonic
The band are still currently working on the album. Tommy Thayer
posted the following via his Twitter account on Aug. 16: "At Paul's
finishing up some really cool new songs. Start pre-production
rehearsals with the band tomorrow."
According to "Classic
Rock," the new album is scheduled for release in spring 2012
(although other recent reports have said January 2012).
Read the interview
|August 19 :
Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich
recounts KISS audition
The Sault Star / Jeffrey Ougler
WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich is featured in a new interview
with Jeffrey Ougler at The Sault Star. An excerpt from the article
is available below:
In 1982, the 18-year-old had just moved to L.A. and the famous band
just happened to be holding auditions to replace original axeman Ace
Frehley, whose relationship with fellow band members had peeled and
cracked noticeably for some time.
"Half of the intimidation thing for Kiss was that nobody had seen
their faces at that time," Aldrich said. True enough.
In those days, it was a treat to catch a peek of a portion of Gene
Simmons's mostly shielded unpainted face when photographers would
snap the band's bassist arm-in-arm with one of his steadies at the
time, such as Cher or Diana Ross.
"I didn't know what these guys looked like, and here I was going
down to the recording studio to meet them," Aldrich said.
"There was that whole thing going on in my head. 'Wow, this is just
Aldrich, "more of a Zeppelin guy," came well prepared nonetheless,
able to unleash a very healthy solo for Calling Dr. Love and any
number of other Kiss standards.
"Gene is sitting there with no makeup on telling me, 'Try a solo on
this song, or whatever.' "
Aldrich tried, but it was Vinnie Vincent who got the gig.
There were no hard feeling, and Aldrich and Simmons remain buddies
to this day.
"I was too young, too immature for a gig like that at the time," he
"What it did was really wake me up to, 'OK, I have potential.
Obviously I have something going on or those guys wouldn't have
"It got me serious about being better as a musician. It has never
been about, for me, getting girls or trying to be famous. It's about
trying to be a good musician. I'm still trying."
With that attitude, it's no wonder Aldrich landed firmly on his
feet, going on to back arguably some of the finest vocalists known
to rock and metal, including the late Ronnie James Dio and David
Coverdale, for whose band, Whitesnake, he now serves.
this location to read the complete story.
|August 12 :
Bruce Kulick in the studio working
with Andrew London
Bruce Kulick has posted the following message :
"I have been back in the studio lately. No, not for a BK4 (yet), but
working with an incredible artist named Andrew London. This kid can
sing, write, and play guitar and piano in a refreshing way that I am
really exited about being his session guitar player for. Jeremy
Rubolino, who produced "BK3",
is his producer. So a few days a week between my travels we are
laying tracks on some epic tunes. More on all of that later. Great
to be creative in the studio again, and of course fun to get some of
the guitars out for a spin as I would say."