February 21 :
Russ Ballard's version of "New York Groove" released From
KISS Related Recordings
Today veteran British singer/songwriter
RUSS BALLARD tenth solo album "It's Good To Be
Here" is released on BMG UK.
For the album Russ Ballard finally recorded his own version of "New
York Groove", which he penned halfway the seventies and is recorded
by Hello (1975) and Ace Frehley (1978).
This song alone earns him around $100,000 per year from Advertising,
TV and Movie “syncs”.
Ace Frehley covered "New York Groove" on his self-titled solo album
in 1978. Frehley's version reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100
chart and has been a regular staple of KISS live performances,
during tours in which Frehley has taken part. During his non-KISS
years, Ace Frehley also did a cover of the Ballard song "Into the
Night", for his 1987
Frehley's Comet album. Peter
Criss recorded Ballard's "Let Me Rock You" and "Some Kinda
Hurricane" on his 1982
Let Me Rock You album.
In 1991 KISS covered Russ Ballard's "God Gave Rock and Roll To You".
Originally coming to prominence as the lead singer and guitarist for
the band Argent, Russ Ballard became known by the late 1970s as a
songwriter and producer.
His compositions are recorded by Rainbow ("Since You Been Gone" and
"I Surrender"), ABBA's Frida ("I Know There's Something Going On"
and Agnetha Fältskog ("Can't Shake Loose"), The Who's Roger Daltrey,
Santana, Hot Chocolate, and many others ....
Listen to RUSS BALLARD "New York Groove"(2020) on
Spotify, or by the album at
February 16 :
Peter Criss' BALLS OF FIRE updated details From
axeologyextended.wordpress.com In 1985 Peter Criss was pretty much a new
man. Fairly little in his autobiography is factually correct but for
the most part he seems to have been brutally honest about his
feelings. Thus we know that he felt relatively at ease with the
then-recent move to California and felt like playing music again.
Enter the obscure band
BALLS OF FIRE (KRR : between spring - August 1986).
Now, when it comes to Peter’s pre- and post-KISS bands pretty much
all of them are more or less obscure, but
BALLS OF FIRE have been in a league of their own. Thankfully, in
recent years, as sharing over this whole internet thing has started
to blossom, more information has become available and the picture
has become a little clearer.
January 20 :
Marty And The Bad Punch release video for track
“My Demons” feat. ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick From
SleazeRoxx Marty And The Bad Punch consisting of
guitarist Marty Punch, lead vocalist David Cagle, keyboardist Robert
Karasek, bassist Martin Motnik and drummer Carsten Enghardt have
released a video for their song “My Demons” from their upcoming new
A Straight Line", which will be available on February 21, 2020.
The video features none other than former KISS member Bruce Kulick
on lead guitar.
January 18 :
new LORDI single Like A Bee To The Honey”,
written by Paul Stanley and Jean Beauvoir is out today! From
Jean Beauvoir The long awaited LORDI new album "Killection"
is out Jan 31 2020. The new single “Like A Bee To The Honey”,
written by Paul Stanley and Jean Beauvoir is out today!
The vivid Lordi track is accompanied by an animated video, as only
“Like A Bee To The Honey” - Lyric Video:
KISS Related Recordings Finnish
Hard Rock band LORDI tenth studio album "Killection" will be
released on January 31, 2020 via AFM Records. The album will feature
an unreleased 1980's song entitled “Like A Bee To The Honey” written by Jean Beauvoir and Paul Stanley.
What if LORDI would have already been making music since the early
70's? And what if they have been releasing one hit single after the
other since those times and now, almost 50 years later, are looking
back on a full collection of songs that have been successful ever
since? This is exactly the idea that LORDI are executing, with their
newest studio album “Killection.”
Once more Mr. Lordi, the master of the masquerade, presents us with
one of his ideas, absurd and genius at the same time, and comes up
with a concept that has never been done before in the music
industry: "Killection" is a compilation album that simply says “what
if” LORDI had been in existence since the early 70's. It contains
all their imaginary hit singles from different periods done with
painstaking attention to detail using authentic studios and vintage
technology. This is how they would have sounded if LORDI would have
made music back then and therefore would have had the hit material
to release this compilation now.
In an interview with
Metal-Rules (2019) Jean Beauvoir discusses his
recent collaboration with Finnish monster band Lordi and the Paul
Stanley co-written song :
Jean Beauvoir : "We did mostly fresh stuff. I did discuss a song
that I had done with Paul Stanley, that we wrote together some time
ago, that I thought might be something that could fit what they have
in mind. We don’t know what’s going to happen with it, but they like
the song very much. It was almost like a “rock-ish,” “dance-ish”
kind of song, towards a kind of– I don’t know. It’s a cool song. So,
we’re going to see if they’re going to use it or not, but they like
the song very much."
January 12 :
Bruce Kulick guests on upcoming WOLFPAKK album From
KISS Related Recordings
The new studio album by German Rockers
Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball) and Michael
Voss (Mad Max, Casanova) allstar project
WOLFPAKKis titled "Nature Strikes Back", and will be released in January
24, 2020 via
A total of 32 guest musicians contribute to the new album
"Nature Strikes Back", among them are Mikkey Dee (Official Motörhead,
Scorpions), Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, CoreLeoni), Michael Sweet (Stryper),
Craig Goldy (ex-DIO), Carl Sentance (Nazareth), Jeff Waters
(Annihilator), Vinnie Moore (UFO) and
BRUCE KULICK (ex-Kiss)!
Mark Sweeney released his second solo
In" which also features a guest appearance
by Bruce Kulick.