February 17 :
Gene Simmons Band performed "The Vault" songs live From
KISS Related Recordings /
KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons played his solo song "Are You
Ready", as well as KISS' "She's So European" and "It's My Life" live
for the first time ever during his February 16 concert at the Lynn
Auditorium in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below
(courtesy of Mike Brunn).
"It's My Life" was originally written by Gene and Paul Stanley and
demoed for KISS's 1982 album, "Creatures Of The Night", but it did
not make the final record. It was later re-recorded for 1998's
"Psycho Circus", but once again found itself excluded from a KISS
album for which it was recorded.
A different version of "It's My Life" was included on "W.O.W",
the debut solo studio album by THE PLASMATICS singer Wendy O.
Williams, which was produced by Simmons and released in 1984 by
Regarding how "It's My Life" came to be recorded by Williams, Gene
said: "KISS had taken out THE PLASMATICS, featuring Wendy O.
Williams on lead vocals. During one of the shows, Wendy came up and
said that she wanted to do a solo record and would I like to produce
her. And I said, 'Sure. I think it'd be a great idea. But if I'm
gonna produce you, I'm gonna decide everything. I'm gonna decide
which songs you record, and if you don't have the songwriting talent
within the band, then I'll get you the songs, or I'll write some
stuff for you. But the songs have to be first and foremost.'"
Gene Simmons Band Setlist
at The Lynn Memorial Auditorium, Lynn, MA, USA, February 16,
- Shout It Out Loud
- Are You Ready (from "The Vault"/ live debut)
- Calling Dr. Love
- Do You Love Me
- Almost Human
- Long Tall Sally (Little Richard cover)
- Help! (The Beatles cover)
- I Love It Loud
- War Machine
- Strutter (with Gary Cherone of Extreme)
- Sweet Pain
- She's So European (first time ever played)
- Charisma (stopped briefly because Gene forgot the Lyrics)
- It’s My Life (from "The Vault"/ live debut)
- Rock and Roll All Nite
February 10 : New
Ace Frehley studio CD will be out the end of April From
According to Ace Frehley's facebook his new studio CD will be out by
the end of April.
album "Lardass" will be released on vinyl LP February 18, 2018.
will have twelve songs who will change the world. The album is
produced by Chips Kiesbye, mixed by Henryk Lipp and features very
special guests Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Brian James (The Damned)
and Bruce Kulick (KISS).
February 8 :
Klassik ’78 have limited edition CDs available From
Good news for fans of non-digital based music as KISS 70's inspired
KLASSIK ’78 have both their 2017 EP's - "Side One" and "Side Two" -
available in limited edition physical CD's titled "The Unoriginals"
for sale on their website.
“By request, KLASSIK ’78 have made “Limited Edition” KLASSIK ’78 CDs
and T-Shirts available for purchase online. The CD titled “KLASSIK
’78 – THE UNORIGINALS” contains all of the songs from the “Side One”
& “Side Two” EP downloads on one disc). Rock & Roll!
January 27 :
Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley song titles revealed .. From
Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley revealed at the Miami Vault Experience
that the two songs they did for Ace Frehley's next album are “Your
Wish is My Command” and “I’m Nothing Without You”.
January 20 :
"Archives" box set ... From
KISS Related Recordings On
Friday, January 19, 2018 former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent gave
his first public interview in more than two decades at the Atlanta
During the Q&A the "Archives
box set" was mentioned :
Vinnie Vincent responded : "I am so sorry that I caused you to stop
believing in me." Says he has been working to finish it over the
last three months and hopes to finish it in 2018.
"Everyone who did buy it will get two copies and some really nice
personal gifts from me as a thank you, and an 'I'm sorry, please
forgive me' gift."
One of the other topics was that Vinnie Vincent's 1991/1992
co-written song "I Wanna Live" appears on Gene Simmons "The
Vinnie Vincent : "I have an e-mail address that I hadn’t checked in
about five years. It was an e-mail I only used for certain things
that were going on business-wise, and once that business was done, I
never checked it anymore. I don’t know what caused me to do this -
forces sometimes, they compel you to do something, you don’t know
why - Christmas night, I said, ‘I better check this e-mail, just to
see if it’s still there.’ I see three e-mails from Gene. I say,
‘Isn’t that great? How nice. I wonder what I did wrong now. [Laughs]
I wonder what he’s yelling me at for now.’ I’m looking at the dates
of these e-mails, and they’re from June and July. This is Christmas
night. I opened it up and it had to do with [Simmons‘s recently
released box set] ‘The Vault’. We had written a lot of songs during
the ‘Revenge’ era, and I think there’s one on there — one of my
favorite songs, my own personal favorite songs, ‘I Wanna Live’. This
was June; he sent me another one two weeks later and gets no answer
from me. Then he sends me another one in July, and there’s no answer
from Vinnie, basically about the same thing. I said, I bet that’s
why he’s mad at me. I read all three e-mails, and I said [imitates
typing], ‘I love you; I miss you; come on home,’ you know? Then we
started emailing again. He said, ‘I’d like to have ‘I Wanna Live’ on
‘The Vault’, and invited me to Nashville and receive it on stage and
to meet each other again. I said to him, ‘Listen, you said some
stuff about me — come on, we’re past this.’ I said, ‘I just want you
to know, I still love you. I always will. We had a lot of good
things. Let’s move on.’ The e-mail vibe was great.”
On whether he accepted the invitation to appear at Simmons‘s
Nashville stop of his promotional tour in support of “The Vault”,
which will take place on April 14:
Vinnie: “Absolutely. I will show up for him.”
January 14 - 26 :
GENE SIMMONS The Vault
albums reviewed ... From
Sonny Pooni An
unbelievable opportunity of a lifetime presented itself and I had
the honor of meeting the powerful and attractive…. The Demon
himself…. Gene Simmons during the Los Angeles Gene Simmons Vault
Experience. Over several installments, I will be sharing parts of my
incredible story and reviewing all 11 discs from the newly released
Gene Simmons Vault. Some reviews will be on
Decibelgeek.com and some on
GrowinUpRock.com (since I am a staff
writer for both, I had to share the love).
January 5 :
Gene SIMMONS The Vault - Full Tracklist Revealed! From
We know you've been waiting patiently... without further adieu,
here's the complete track-listing for all 10 discs and the bonus
disc. Over 150 songs revealed!