in 2013 as a dream project for the guitarist Jesper Lindgren, the
Swedish based Velvet Insane has gone from a four piece rock band to
a rock duo with inspirations from 70's glam and more modern music.
In January 2020 the duo will release their new full length CD which
is a new step for the band. This CD's first single features renown
rock guitarist Bruce Kulick, and other songs have collaborations
with well known Swedish artists. A very ambitious album which the
duo has spent a lot of time on and it brings out some of the best of
them both musically and lyrically. The band features singer Jonas
Eriksson and guitarist Jesper Lindgren.
1 : Tommy
Thayer talks working with
Gene Simmons on Hot In The Shade Album From :The
Story of Rock and Roll Radio Show (James Daubeney)
KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer is featured in a new interview with The
Story Of Rock And Roll Radio Show out of South Africa.
Tommy discusses how his relationship with the band formed,
supporting KISS with Black 'N Blue, working with Jimmy
Barnes (1985) and his 1993-1994 band Shake
On working on "Hot In The Shade" :
Thayer: "I had a relationship with Gene Simmons because he produced
Black 'N Blue's third and fourth records ("Nasty
Nasty" and "In
Heat"). At one point he asked me if I wanted to write a couple
songs with him. He was working on some tunes for their new record at
the time, which became "Hot In The Shade". Of course I jumped on
that an ended up with a couple co-writes with Gene Simmons ("The
Street Giveth And The Street Taketh Away", "Betrayed") and it was
interesting because they were album tracks, but 'Betrayed' ended up
being the B-side of the single, which was 'Forever'. That was a big
song - it was a Top 10 record. I didn't have any money at the time,
and one day I went to my mailbox and there was a cheque from the
publishing company for $25,000 (laughs). I couldn't believe it."
November 30 :
Robert Haglund "Love Gun (duet)" feat. Bruce Kulick From
KISS Related Recordings (Thorbjörn Brorsson) Earlier
this year Swedish singer Robert Haglund released a duet version of
the song "Love Gun" as a digital single.
Haglund's cover of the KISS song first appeared on his 2016 album "I
Wanna Be Somebody”, which features Robert singing his favorite
Hard Rock tunes in a jazz style. Just like the 2016 recording, the
2019 version still features Bruce Kulick on guitar and Rudy Sarzo on
bass. The 2019 version is re-done into a duet with the new added
singer Thomas Vikström.
In 2018 Robert Haglund released a cover of the (Vini Poncia, John
Vastano, Michael Morgan penned) song "You
Matter To Me”, which also appears on Peter Criss 1978 solo
Bruce Kulick also played guitar on this cover song.
November 26 :
"Sweet Victory" new remix (feat. Eric Singer - ??- ) From
In remembrance of Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg
on the one-year anniversary of his passing, a brand new, free
special version of the anthem “Sweet
Victory” will be available as a
tribute to his memory.
Penned by Grammy Award-winning producer / guitarist Bob Kulick
(KISS, Motörhead, Meat Loaf) and celebrated hard rock singer David
Glen Eisley (Giuffria, Dirty White Boy), the song, originally
featured in the 2001 episode “Band Geeks”, is presented as a new
Upon hearing “Sweet
Victory”, Hillenburg was inspired to write the
entire episode around this epic song. Eisley’s passionate vocals
were sung by Spongebob himself, in a football stadium performance at
the Bubble Bowl, starring all the Bikini Bottom characters. The
scene has become hailed as one of the most memorable moments from
“The episode exemplified Stephen Hillenburg’s talents,” says Kulick,
“so we, the ‘Sweet Victory’ creators, along with Doug Katsaros
(orchestration and background vocals), Katie Katsaros (background
vocals), and Mike Gillies (mixer) humbly present to you this new
abbreviated version (1:54) in tribute to Stephen Hillenburg.”
Debuted almost 20 years ago, “Sweet Victory” continues to resonate
with listeners. In November 2018, a petition was created via
Change.org urging fans to rally behind a Super Bowl performance of
the song in Hillenburg’s memory. Although Maroon 5 did not perform
the song during their halftime set, streams of “Sweet Victory”
jumped 566% after the band included a Spongebob teaser in a halftime
show promo clip on their Twitter feed.
“May you ALL have a happy Holiday season,” concludes Eisley. “May
the new decade find you all celebrating your own ‘Victories’ in your
lives, your hearts & your souls.”
November 23 :
Ace Frehley welcomes Bruce Kulick to new 'Origins, Vol. 2' Album From
Ace Frehley and Bruce Kulick are teaming up. The former Kiss
guitarists have covered Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression" for
Frehley's upcoming Origins Vol. 2, the follow-up to 2018's Spaceman.
In a new interview, Frehley added that John 5 plays on two tracks on
the album, which is now expected in March 2020.
Frehley broke the news to Eddie Trunk. "I have Bruce Kulick doing a
solo on 'Manic Depression,'" he began. "I have John 5 playing on a
Beatles song, 'I'm Down' and he did one other song, 'Politician' by
Cream. If you listen to the Cream version, (Eric) Clapton does a
double solo, he's playing two solos at the same time. So what me and
John 5 did is, he did a solo, I did a solo, and then Alex Salzman my
engineer we did a crossfade.
So if you listen to the song with headphones on, you hear me going
from one side to the other, and John going from one side back. So
it's a really interesting mix."
Origins Vol. 2 will be the former Kiss guitarist's second album
dedicated to cover songs, with the first volume arriving in 2016.
Since having a big hit with his version of Hello's "New York Groove"
on his 1978 self-titled debut solo album, Frehley has included a
cover song on every one of his solo efforts except 1988's "Second
Sighting", and he told Trunk he has "so much fun" making them.
"The great thing about doing a covers record is, I don't have to
write the songs," he continued. "So all I have to do is kind of make
it my own, maybe change the solo a little, maybe change the
arrangement a little, and then get some guest stars. I can knock it
out in 30 days."
Kulick and John 5 join Robin Zander and Lita Ford as guests whose
participation was announced back in July, with the Cheap Trick
frontman singing Humble Pie's "30 Days in the Hole" and the
ex-Runaways guitarist taking the mic for the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin'
Jack Flash." At the time, he had hoped it would be ready for
October, but now he reveals it's been pushed back twice
"It was finished a couple of months ago, now we're just at the
process of mastering and sequencing it," he said. "Originally we
were supposed to put it out in January, and now the record company
wants to hold the release date until March. I don't know anything
about selling records, I just know how to make them. So if they say
they want to put it out in March, I say fine, the gives me more time
to work on writing new material for my next studio album."
mentioned ACE FREHLEY "Origins Vol. 2" tracks so far :
- Manic Depression (feat. Bruce Kulick on guitar) (Jimi Hendrix
- I'm Down (feat. John 5 on guitar) (Beatles cover)
- Politician (feat. John 5 on guitar) (Cream cover)
- 30 Days in the Hole (feat. Robin Zander on lead vocals) (Humple
- Jumpin' Jack Flash (feat. Lita Ford on lead vocals) (Rolling
- Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin cover)
November 17 :
VINNIE VINCENT "Speedball Jamm" 2020 Re-Release From
Vinnie Vincent will re-release his 2002 instrumental album in a
limited edition of 1000 CDs.
The former KISS guitarist's official web site is
accepting pre-orders for this "historic" re-release of
"Speedball Jamm", priced at $250.00 a piece. Each CD will come with
a limited-edition autographed 8x10 photo and a "BIG" guitar pick.
The discs are expected to ship in February 2020.
Jamm - Archives Volume 1" - has been described as "a single
70-minute track of blistering guitarmageddon." According to
Rarebird's Rock And Roll Nest, the song "is divided into ten
not-very-distinct parts. It's a subterranean-sounding recording of
Vinnie jamming endlessly on a lead guitar at high speed, sometimes
solo, sometimes with the accompaniment of bass and drums."