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NEWS UPDATE : June - July 2019


 
July 11 : Thomas Zwijsen covers KISS again on “Nylon Metal II”
From : Thomas Zwijsen  / KISS Related Recordings
Award winning classical guitar virtuoso Thomas Zwijsen will release his eight solo album “Nylon Metal II” on August 31st this year.

The CD contains 16 classical guitar arrangements of metal and rock songs by Iron Maiden, System Of A Down, DIO, Black Sabbath, KISS, Deep Purple, Van Halen, The Scorpions, Blind Guardian, Helloween and more. Thomas performs his favourite metal hits in his signature style combining baselines, guitar melodies and vocal lines simultaneously on one guitar, using a wide spectrum of innovative fingerstyle techniques.

Zwijsen states: “My mission is to bring Heavy Metal to the Classical Guitar world and vice versa, combining the greatness of heavy metal compositions with the beautiful tone of the classical guitar.”

Track listing:

Ecstasy Of Gold (Ennio Morricone)
Chop Suey! (System of a Down)
Jump (Van Halen)
The Number Of The Beast (Iron Maiden)
Wind Of Change (The Scorpions)
Heaven & Hell (Black Sabbath)
Holy Diver (DIO)
A Tale That Wasn’t Right (Helloween)
Run To The Hills (Iron Maiden)
Mirror Mirror (Blind Guardian)
Alexander The Great (Iron Maiden)
Forever and One (Helloween)
I Was Made For Loving You (Kiss)
Phantom Of The Opera (Iron Maiden)

Bonus Tracks:
Take On Me (A-ha)
Wasted Years 2019 (Iron Maiden)

Last Year Thomas Zwijsen released a 2CD set entitled “Nylon Metal” which features two KISS cover songs; "Forever" (featuring Bruce Kulick) and "Detroit Rock City".

THOMAS ZWIJSEN (official)

July 10 : JESSE DAMON (Silent Rage)
                interview about working and demoing with Gene Simmons

From : SleazeRoxx.com / Jesse Damon  / KISS Related Recordings
SILENT RAGE - Don't Touch Me ThereTyson Briden of SleazeRoxx.com recently interviewed SILENT RAGE lead vocalist / guitarist Jesse Damon.
June 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of SILENT RAGE's 2nd album "Don't Touch Me There", which was one of the first releases on Gene Simmons then new label Simmons Records.

Topics include : Gene Simmons phonecall for meeting with the band, signing them for Simmons Records; writing songs as well as Gene Simmons suggestions to cover E.L.O.'s “Can’t Get Her Out of My Mind” and to re-write and re-record "Rebel With A Cause”, which song was already on Silent Rage debut album "Shattered Hearts" (1987); writing and demoing songs with Gene Simmons for KISS' "Revenge" album, as well as writing and demoing songs with Gene Simmons after "Revenge" was released. Many of these recording sessions with Jesse Damon / Silent Rage ended up on "Gene Simmons - The Vault".

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SleazeRoxx Jesse Damon interview part -1
- SleazeRoxx Jesse Damon interview part -2

SILENT RAGE - Don't Toch Me There (album details)

July 8 :
GENE SIMMONS Reveals KISS have unreleased material Ready to Roll

From : Three Sides Of The Coin
This week’s edition of Three Sides Of The Coin features an interview with The Demon himself, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, in conversation with British rock writer (Record Collector magazine) and musician (with UK metalheads Black Sheets Of Rain) Rich Davenport.

Simmons discusses what KISS have in store for fans once the current End Of The Road tour concludes, revealing that the band have unreleased material ready to roll in the vaults, and plans for other projects including a movie and “…all kinds of stuff that makes purists furious.”

Says Davenport: “I was offered the chance to interview Gene for Record Collector magazine as the band hit Europe for a series of shows, and as a fan of the band since I was 12 years old, I aimed to ask questions that would appeal to long-serving members of the KISS Army. Gene was cordial and candid about such topics as the band’s reasons for making this tour their last, the possibility of an all-new lineup carrying on the KISS name, his relationship with former guitarist Ace Frehley since Ace got sober, the origins of the bands vast range of collectible merchandise, the early days of Casablanca Records, and the different ways in which KISS is perceived by audiences in different countries around the world. I had a lot more material from Gene than it was possible to include in the feature I wrote, so I contacted the guys at Three Sides Of The Coin, and on this week’s show, they’re airing the full-length audio version, giving you the unexpurgated Thoughts Of Chairman Simmons, on everything from Stevie Wonder to Scooby Doo.”

To hear the interview Tune in at Spotify or YouTube.


 
July 2 : The CULT demo's featuring Eric Singer on
              "Sonic Temple 30th anniversary expanded sets"

From : KISS Related Recordings / superdeluxeedition.com
The CULT - Sonic Temple 5CD super deluxe (2019)The CULT‘s 1989 album "Sonic Temple" is getting the 30th reissue treatment in September 2019 with a series of expanded physical sets.

Their fourth album, "Sonic Temple" was produced by Bob Rock and delivered three top 40 hits in the UK (‘Fire Woman’, ‘Edie (Ciao Baby)’, ‘Sun King’) and sold over 1.5 million copies in the US alone.

Beggars Arkive will reissue this album in three physical variations including a 5CD super deluxe box set with the album, B-sides, remixes, demos and live tracks and a 3LP+cassette box set which covers similar ground. An expanded 2LP vinyl edition (featuring six B-sides) is also available.

The box sets feature enhanced, rebooted artwork and the 5CD set comes in book form. The 3LP vinyl package with the cassette is limited to 3,000 units and comes with a host of facsimile memorabilia including replica of original laminate, backstage pass, original press releases, and the like. The label have confirmed to SDE that there is no download code with either of the vinyl sets.

These will be released on 13 September 2019 and are available to pre-order via the SDE shop by CLICKING ON THIS LINK.

From : KISS Related Recordings
The 3rd CD of the CD set, as well as the music cassette of the 3LP vinyl package (probably) features The SONIC TEMPLE DEMOS as recorded June 11 and 12, 1988 with ERIC SINGER on drums !!!!  The Cult was back down to the original core three members and ready to try out ideas for the new album. On 11th June they entered Track Record studios at 5102 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood with session drummer ERIC SINGER, to record fourteen tracks and on the following day they laid down a further seven.
All songs recorded during the two day session are written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, produced by The Cult. (1st engineer John Carter; 2nd engineers Edgar Garcia, Pete Magdaieno and Ken Palakovitch.)

ERIC SINGER - (ORDER) DETAILS on The CULT / Sonic Temple 30th anniversary expanded sets

July 3 : ACE FREHLEY To Release 'Origins Vol. 2' In October
From : KISS Related Recordings
Ace Frehley recently completed work on "Origins Vol. 2", the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist. The LP, which is tentatively due in October, will feature guest appearances by Lita Ford (singing "Jumping Jack Flash") and CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander (singing HUMBLE PIE's "30 Days In The Hole").

Frehley recently told The Weekender that "Origins Vol. 2" will once again feature a LED ZEPPELIN tune, "Good Times Bad Times". "I'm really excited about 'Origins Vol. 2'," he said. "It's surpassed my expectations. I got Lita Ford singing 'Jumping Jack Flash', and she's amazing. She came to my home and I coached her for two days with vocals and she just [expletive] killed it. I also have Robin Zander singing '30 Days In The Hole' by HUMBLE PIE. I really wanted to do the HUMBLE PIE song, but I just couldn't cut it, vocally, because [Steve] Marriott's just too good of a goddamn singer. I just couldn't do justice to his vocals. But I remembered that I had bumped into Robin Zander years ago at a meet-and-greet and he had mentioned to me that he'd like to sing on one of my upcoming records, so I remembered that and gave him a call. And he killed it as well. He sounds like a young Marriott."

June 28 : "I Was Made For Lovin' You" performed by Rock-n-mob
From : Rock-n-Mob
Today, Moscow' Rock-n-Mob (270+ musicians) premiered an official video for the song
"I Was Made For Lovin' You", as recorded at Gorky Park, Moscow, Russia, May 19th, 2019.

Rock-n-Mob is inspired by a group of people from a small Italian city Cesena, who once organized an event, getting 1000 musicians together to perform Foo Fighter's "Learn To Fly", just to ask the American band to come and to play a concert in Cesena!

Rock-n-Mob's format is an orchestra of more than 70 musicians: drummers, guitarists, bass-guitarists, keyboardists, singers and and everybody who likes to get involved.
The first rock-n-mobs performed at the famous Gorky Park in Moscow.

June 11 : Dreams in the Witch House "Sanitarium" (Bruce Kulick)
From : Dreams in the Witch House
 Dreams in the Witch House "Sanitarium" (digital single 2019)On June 10, "Dreams In The Witch House: Sanitarium" was released and offered as a free download for the first 200 people. The track features former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, W.A.S.P. lead guitarist Douglas Blair and 1980s horror icon Courtney Gains ("Children Of The Corn", "The Burbs", "Tales From The Crypt") on lead vocals.

Produced by Chris Laney of Danish metal band PRETTY MAIDS and executive producer Mike Dalager, the release date commemorates the anniversary of Bridget Bishop's hanging during the Salem Witch Trails of 1692. Bridget was the first person condemned to hang by the court. Twenty others were executed.

"Sanitarium" is a predominantly acoustic version of the title track from 2013's "Dreams In The Witch House : A Lovecraftian Rock Opera", an adaptation of HP Lovecraft's horror story from 1932. In a recent interview, Gains noted: "To do the title track is pretty exciting… and then now it's starting to evolve into this whole thing where Bruce Kulick is playing lead guitar on it, Doug Blair is playing guitar on it. Every time I hear a new version my head explodes and it's just getting bigger and bigger and I'm really excited where this thing is going."

On September 22, an enhanced ensemble version of "Sanitarium" will be released, titled "Dreams In The Witch House: Penitentiary". With an added verse and a heavier dynamic, the track adds actor John Franklin ("Children Of The Corn", "Childs Play", "The Adams Family") on vocals, along with cello virtuoso Tina Guo, and Hans Zimmer protégé Jon Monroe as orchestrator. The September release of "Penitentiary" will commemorate the anniversary of Martha Corey's hanging, the final execution of the Salem Witch Trails.

"Dreams In The Witch House: Sanitarium" is available at
bandcamp.

BRUCE KULICK - Dreams in the Witch House - Sanitarium - digital single details

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