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NEWS UPDATE : December 2018 - February 2019


 
February 5 : WARRIOR (Vinnie Vincent 1982) 2CD Expanded Edition
From : Cherry Red Records
Cherry Red Records (UK) have scheduled a second
WARRIOR 1982 album recordings for an official release date March 22, 2019, entitled "WARRIOR - II" 2CD Expanded Edition.

WARRIOR 1982 (2CD Expanded Edition official release 2019)The WARRIOR story goes back to 1982 when New England members Jimmy Waldo on keyboards, bassist Gary Shea and drummer Hirsch Gardner were searching for a replacement for recently departed guitarist, John Fannon. A then unknown guitarist Vinnie Cusano was recommended by KISS’s Gene Simmons (both bands were represented at the time by manager Bill Aucoin). Cusano was a prolific songwriter, and sent some of his song ideas to the Boston based NEW ENGLAND for consideration. So impressed was the trio with Cusano’s song-writing abilities that they agreed to relocate to Los Angeles where the guitarist was based, and the band WARRIOR was born.

Recording began at the famed Record Plant with serious interest from CBS Records, but the band were also diligent enough to record demos and rough ideas on a more modest set-up, capturing the fledgling band on cassette.

Unfortunately for WARRIOR, Vincent Cusano’s talents meant that the guitarist was snapped up by KISS in 1982 to replace Ace Frehley for their “Creatures Of The Night” LP, their last in make-up, where he’d be rechristened Vinnie Vincent.

Those precious WARRIOR recordings gathered dust until HNE released a collection of them in 2017. Subsequently, more tapes, some of significantly better quality, have been unearthed from Gary Shea’s personal archive. Also included are a number of the demos transferred from the above mentioned cassettes.

Shea and Waldo would remain in Los Angeles, soon joining up with Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet to form Alcatrazz with Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

This 2CD set is a treasure trove for all those who loved the power, quality and sheer momentum of the first “WARRIOR” album, “Warrior II” adds to the band’s legacy and legend.
 
>> CLICK HERE FOR TRACK LIST and FULL ALBUM DETAILS << 

Vinnie Vincent WARRIOR - II 2CD Expanded Edition (album details)

January 21 : Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus - feat. Bruce Kulick
CARMINE APPICE's Guitar Zeus - re-mastered (2019)From : CarmineAppice.net
Today Legendary drummer Carmine Appice is re-releasing his GUITAR ZEUS project, a compilation album featuring a who’s who list of the best and world-renowned guitarists on the planet backed by his core band featuring Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) on bass, Kelly Keeling (T.S.O., M.S.G) on vocals / keys / rhythm guitar, and Appice on drums which wrote and performed these well-crafted timeless songs.

Album available now on CD, vinyl, download and across all streaming platforms here:
http://smarturl.it/GuitarZeus


Originally released as two separate albums in 1995 &
1997, this new re-mastered album (by Stephen DeAcutis - Vanilla Fudge, Corey Glover, Overkill, Cyndi Lauper) combines both releases as one complete version for the first time ever across all digital platforms, as well as feature 5 brand new songs with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Pat Travers, John Norum, and top Japanese guitarists RaiZi and Char.
Select songs will also be available on a special limited-edition vinyl and CD.
Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus showcases the complete and prolific talents of many world-renown rock guitarists including Brian May, Slash, Neil Schon, Yngwie Malmsteen,
Bruce Kulick, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Paul Gilbert, Mick Mars, Richie Sambora, Zakk Wylde, Bob Daisley, Dweezil Zappa, Vivian Campbell, Leslie West, Warren DeMartini, Steve Morse, Ty Tabor (Kings X), Ted Nugent, Dug Pinnick, John Norum and others…

Carmine Appice :
“The Guitar Zeus project, for me, was an amazing experience that has never been done before by a drummer, especially with so much talent on one album! You get your money’s worth! Writing all the songs with my band (Tony & Kelly) and then picking out songs for each guitarist was a fun and time-consuming process, especially coordinating everybody’s schedules and recording sessions.
From the opening note, one can tell this is going to be something special. I consider these drum tracks to be some of the best performances in my career, topped off with working with so many great guitarists and singers. The combination of players and song selection is something special with some of the tunes is out of the ordinary and ahead of their time!”

From : KISS Related Recordings
Since it's first release (1997), various versions of "Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus - Volume II" does exist, but not all features the song "Snake" with Bruce Kulick. 
Even the album "Channel Mind Radio" is released with different track listings, for example the 2003 reissue has a (slightly) different album cover, which actually is released as "Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus Vol 2: Channel Mind Radio" This version doesn't contain the song "Shake" (with Bruce Kulick), but "Nothing" (with John Norum) instead.

August 2009 Fuel Records reissued the Guitar Zeus project as "
Conquering Heroes", a 24 track double-disc set compilation of the best Guitar Zeus songs, with also features "Snake" (with Bruce Kulick).  

CARMINE APPICE'S GUITAR ZEUS featuring Bruce Kulick (details)

December 22 : Former FREHLEY'S COMET members rejoin forces In RETURN OF THE COMET
From : Blabbermouth / returnofthecometband.com
Former FREHLEY'S COMET members John Regan (bass), Tod Howarth (guitar/lead vocals) and Richie Scarlet (guitar/lead vocals) have joined forces with former ACE FREHLEY drummer Steve Werner in RETURN OF THE COMET.
www.returnofthecometband.com

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Regan and world-renowned drummer Anton Fig formed FREHLEY'S COMET in 1984. The band went on to sell well over 1.5 million albums and had multiple MTV music videos in heavy rotation from 1987 to 1990.

Now for the first time ever, FREHLEY'S COMET alumni Regan, Howarth and Scarlet, along with Werner, will celebrate their writing, recording, touring and co-production contributions to the FREHLEY'S COMET legacy by performing the hits and classics from the FREHLEY'S COMET catalog and more under the name RETURN OF THE COMET.

RETURN OF THE COMET is:
* John Regan (FREHLEY'S COMET, ACE FREHLEY, PETER FRAMPTON) - bass
* Tod Howarth (FREHLEY'S COMET, CHEAP TRICK, TED NUGENT) - guitar/lead vocals
* Richie Scarlet (FREHLEY'S COMET, ACE FREHLEY, MOUNTAIN) - guitar/lead vocals
* Steve "Budgie" Werner (ACE FREHLEY, LESLIE WEST, HINDENBERG) - drums

Scarlet was in FREHLEY'S COMET from 1984 to 1985 and played in three of the band's seven different lineups.
Howarth was in FREHLEY'S COMET from 1986 to 1988 and was in the group's last three lineups.
Both Frehley and Regan were members of FREHLEY'S COMET for the duration of the band's four-year existence.

Frehley told Ultimate Classic Rock that the keyboards on FREHLEY'S COMET's debut album were a result of "Howarth's influence." He explained: "I tried to keep the keyboards to a minimum, because I'm really not a keyboard guy. KISS never really used them, except on a couple of songs. I always wanted to follow the same direction with my career as I had with KISS musically. It was almost like I had to fight to keep more keyboards off the record, because I was there with three other band members and my producer."

RETURN OF THE COMET - A Tribute To Ace Frehley (1997)From : KISS Related Recordings
In November 1997 USA label Shock Records released
"Return Of The Comet - A Tribute To Ace Frehley", which album contains (at the time) two previously unreleased Frehley's Comet tracks, "Back On the Streets" and "Animal", both re-recorded by the Comet Band.
The Comet Band (1997) was, Richie Scarlett (lead voacals, guitars), John Regan (bass), Steve Werner (drums) and
Arthur Stead (keyboards).

Frehley reunited with Regan and Howarth to perform the songs "Rock Soldiers" and "Cold Gin" during his September 2017
concert in Poughkeepsie, New York.

www.returnofthecometband.com

December 21 : DOUGLAS BLAIR digital single feat. Bruce Kulick
From : Bruce Kulick (twitter) / Douglas Blair (facebook)
Bruce Kulick recently did a session with W.A.S.P.guitarist Doug Blair, adding acoustic guitar to his 1988 version of “The First Noel”.
 
DOUGLAS BLAIR featuring Bruce Kulick - The First Noel 1988 to 2018 (2018)In 1988 Blair, then the lead guitarist for East Coast rock trio RUN 21, recorded and mixed “The First Noel” at Courtlen Studios in Hanson, MA. The recording utilized cassette, 2” and 1/4” analog tape, along with early computer-automated mixing, yet was never officially released.

Thirty years later, Blair, teams up with Kulick, arguably KISS’s consummate former lead guitarist, who in 2018 recorded an “unplugged-style” magical counter-melody to Blair’s long-lost analog masterpiece.

Bruce Kulick, Mike Dalager and Douglas Blair worked together on the HP Lovecraft Rock Opera project "
Dreams in the Witch House"(from this same LA session new tracks were cut!!).

You can download the song at
cdbaby for FREE for a while...

DOUGLAS BLAIR featuring Bruce Kulick - The First Noel 1988 to 2018 (details)

December 20 : Paul Stanley in the studio with SOUL STATION
From : Paul Stanley (twitter)
KISS frontman Paul Stanley has entered the studio with his R&B band SOUL STATION to record a full-length album.

https://twitter.com/PaulStanleyLive

December 16 : Two Vinnie Vincent songs by VIRTUAL INVASION
From : KISS Related Recordings
On December 25 2018 the band VIRTUAL INVASION will release two newly recorded digital singles, "Forbidden" and "Young Blood, Young Fire".
Both songs are written (and originally recorded) by Vinnie Vincent and Jeff Scott Soto for Vinnie Vincent's "1987 - 1988 Publishing Tape", but never released.

Virtual Invasion is a musical collaboration of musicians from various parts of the world paying homage to guitar virtuoso Vinnie Vincent. The band line up consists of vocalist Rick Rici from Brazil, guitarist Yukihiro Omura from Japan and bass guitarist Damian Bonadono from the United States. The idea for Virtual Invasion was first conceived in 2014 when the members decided to record a new version of the Warrior/Vinnie Vincent Invasion song titled "Back on the Streets".



December 8 : MARCEESE covers "Hotter Than Hell" album
From : KISS Related Recordings
German folk artist MARCEESE fifth KISS-tribute album "Hotter Than Hell" will be released December 21 at Timezone Records.

Here's a small album review by KRR (Jelle Jansen) :
After "
Baby Driver" (2013), "Have Love, Will Travel" (2015), "Black Diamond" (2016) and and 2017's "Torpedo Girl", this the 5th KISS Tribute by Berlin folk artist Marceese.
While his previous tribute albums are compilations of various cover versions from KISS 1974 up to 1980 "Unmasked" album, including the solo albums, this time Marceese decided to re-record the full "Hotter Than Hell" album with new arrangements.
Like I wrote before, I don’t have any musical ability with folk music, but compared to Marceese' first two albums (with the Southern whiskey summer night campfire feeling), it seems this 2018 recording has a darker vibe. Still most of the songs are folk, but this time, the album sounds more 60's - early 70's folk with distorted guitars.
Sure, Marceese's folk can be heard in the new arrangements of "Got To Choose", "Hotter Than Hell" (with a cool instrumental part from halfway the song), "Strange Ways" and the Jazzy "All The Way".
"Parasite" 's new arrangement features a drum machine, together with the rhythm guitar makes it sounds funky, while "Goin' Blind" is turned into a dramatic ballad.
The 10 minute long vocal / distorted guitar version of "Mainline" reminds me to the early days of Pink Floyd. "Comin' Home" is turned into acoustic sort Stray Cats Rock 'n Roll song, but really misses Brian Setzer's voice ...
The album's highlights are the dark mid-tempo country version of "Watchin' You", together with the White Stripes (without drums !) sounding  "Let me Go Rock 'n' Roll".

MARCEESE - Hotter Than Hell (album details)

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