Crazy Nights, 25 Years Strong: Ron Nevison interview From:
Kissfaq.com Just months after
the "Asylum" tour, in summer 1986, Paul Stanley was already mulling
the direction of the next KISS album.
Though the in-house produced "Asylum"
crept past gold status, Stanley was taking note of bands such as Bon
Heart, and Ozzy Osbourne, who were all
racing up the charts with hit singles and multi-platinum
albums. He wanted KISS to get in on the
action. He knew he needed a hot producer to help him toward this
goal. He wanted Ron Nevison.
discography reads like a who's who of classic rock royalty,
including work with the
Who, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Thin Lizzy,
and the Rolling Stones, among others. By the time the calendar
turned to 1987, he was fresh from resuscitating the career of Heart,
who sold millions on the strength of four hit singles from their
1985 Nevison-produced self-titled album. Nevison was in such high
demand throughout late 1986 and early 1987, KISS (read: Paul
to hold their new album until his schedule
The resulting fruit of Nevison/KISS' labor
Nights." True to 1987-style rock, there are big guitars, shout-along
choruses, shredding solos, ample keyboards, well-crafted songs, and
polished production. The album finds Stanley's powerful voice in
fine form, particularly on the singles "Crazy Nights," "Reason To
Live" and "Turn On The Night."
After recording was completed on "Crazy Nights," the band thought
they had hit a home run. "Everybody was really excited," recalls
The Torpedian Harmonists - Talk To Me (cover version) From:
Kiss Related Recordings Check
out this funny vocal-harmony cover of "Talk To Me" by The Torpedian
I'm a Legend Tonight - An Italian Tribute To Eric Carr From:
Kiss Related Recordings Italian label
Bologna Rock City Records in partnership with
EricCarr.com recently released an official Italian Tribute to Eric Carr "I'M A LEGEND
TONIGHT". Fifteen Italian bands has taken part of this project and
Bologna Rock City Records is
proud to announce that everything is realized in friendship with
Loretta Caravello and all Eric Carr family.
The CD has been made to support also ANT (Ass.ne Nazionale
Tumori) to contribute human fight against cancer.
Crazy Crazy Nights (Danger Zone)
2. Lick It Up (Crying Steel)
3. Who Wants To Be Lonely (Markonee)
4. Under The Gun (H.A.R.E.M)
5. War Machine (Midnite Sun)
6. Forever (Deadly Tide)
7. I Love It Loud (Neurasthenia)
8. Creatures Of The Night (Sange:Main:Machine)
9. I'm A Legend Tonight (Kissexy)
10. King Of The Mountain (Noise Pollution)
11. Heaven's On Fire (Superhorrorfuck)
12. A World Without Heroes Remix (M. Luppi / R. Priori)
13. Rock And Roll Hell (Gunsmoke)
14. Hide Your Heart (Live 4 Win)
15. Uh! All Night (Kiss Web All Star)
Order "I'm a Legend Tonight - An Italian Tribute To Eric Carr"
Below are the right answers of last month contest.
1) Danger Danger singer Ted Poley sings lead vocals on
"Just Can't Wait".
Name the title of the KISS song Danger Danger did
perform live during their Japan 1992 Tour.
ANSWER : Deuce
2) In 1987 Ace Frehley's "Frehley's Comet" was released. The album
which song is based on on a track Eric Carr and Ace Frehley
wrote during KISS "The
Elder" sessions. Less people know that Ace Frehley and Eric
Carr demoed a song which
is also known as "Breakout II". Name the title of that song ?
ANSWER : Rock Your Mind
3) bonus question.
From the start of the KISS Related Recordings website
may 1997, I received a lot of
help and response from KRR visitors. At the time I found out
that there was a fake Eric
Carr demo circulating in the (tape-)trading circuit.
That tape contains the songs "Rock Me Slowly" and "Wet and
Actually these songs were taken from the 2nd EP (1980) of an
artist who later became
an American Emmy Award winning singer, songwriter, producer,
What's the name of this artist/singer/songwriter ?
ANSWER : Paul Sabu
January 7 :
New 'Monster' album update from Paul Stanley From:
Paul Stanley checked in with KISSOnline this morning to give us the
latest update on the new KISS album:
"Friday we officially completed work on the new album.
Listening to the tracks back to back is like sensory overload.
Everyone who has heard any of it is completely blown away. Powerful,
heavy, melodic and epic.
It makes us very proud. You all will be too. Mixing starts next
January 7 :
New 'Monster' album update from Gene Simmons From:
KISS Studio Album is done.
Great job by Paul producing. Tommy and Eric = really kicked it up a
Without overstating the obvious, when you hear the album, every
single track rocks.
No outside writers.
No children's choirs.
Just meat and potatoes.
January 6 :
Van Halen debuts unreleased song from ’76 Gene Simmons demos From:
All the way back in 1976, a young Gene Simmons caught a show of the
even younger band Van Halen. So impressed was Simmons, he offered
and did produce the band’s
first demo tape. And just last night one
of these long forgotten songs came to light at a live Van Halen club
performance in NYC. The song, She’s the Woman, is also slated to
appear on their soon to be released studio album.
VAN HALEN returned to the stage for the first time since the end of
its 2007/2008 reunion tour on Thursday night (January 5) when the
band performed at the tiny Cafe Wha? nightclub in downtown
The setlist for the evening's show stuck to VAN HALEN classics from
the six albums of the initial David Lee Roth era, with the exception
of a tune called "She's The Woman". That song originally appeared on
1976 demo tape, produced by KISS bassist Gene Simmons, that got VAN HALEN their record deal with Warner Bros. It was left off the
group's 1978 debut but has been resurrected for the new disc.
January 6 :
Paul Stanley's Commentary on 6 new 'Monster' tracks From:
Classic Rock Magazine's February issue features Paul Stanley's
thoughts on 6 tracks from KISS's upcoming album! Here's an excerpt:
When it came to recording KISS's new, 20th album, 'Monster', Paul
Stanley was wearing a big hat with the word 'Boss' on it.
"I wasn't interested in making an album unless I was in charge and
no one agreed to it half-heartedly," says the singer and guitarist,
taking a break from co-producing the record at Conway Studios in
Hollywood. "The band's all there, all the time, and we cut the
tracks all facing each other in the same room. Chemistry and
camaraderie, that's essential. That's what made Sonic Boom so great,
and this album is thunderously better."
Firm but fair, we say. And if Stanley is to be believed, then their
late-career hot streak shows no sign of fizzling out anytime soon.
Which is why we've asked him to take us through Monster's key
tracks. Take it away, Mr. Starchild...
"IT'S A LONG WAY DOWN"
"It says that those who reach heights and don't appreciate them fall
mightily -- it's a long way down from the top. It's a defining track
in the sense that it's very up-tempo and very much a signature song.
Eric's [Singer] drumming is incredible on this."
"BACK TO THE STONE AGE"
"One that Gene sings. It's exactly what you'd expect it to be from
the title. I come from a school where you write a verse, a bridge, a
chorus, and then you go back. That's in my blood. It's in Motown,
it's in The Beatles, it's in Led Zeppelin, it's in The Who, it's in
all my favorite bands."
"That's a great track. There's a lot of tracks that could start the
album, and this is one of them. I like to think that the opening
song is a declaration of what the album really is, whether it's a
Love Gun or a Detroit Rock City. It's important to start with a song
that defines what you're gonna be getting."
"OUT OF THIS WORLD"
"That's one of Tommy's [Thayer, guitarist.] He really pushed the
limits. His playing is phenomenal. It has the kind of excitement
that I like to hear where you're not quite sure if it's gonna go off
the rails or not. That's what makes great rock n' roll."
"WALL OF SOUND"
"We're not trying to reinvent the wheel here; we're at our best when
we don't over-think. It's not a Rubik's Cube, it's a song, you know?
This one is absolutely, immediately recognizable and identifiable
and true to being KISS. I put the blinders on us to keep us from
being derailed or the attention span broken by things going on
"HELL OR HALLELUJAH"
"Another up-tempo song, and it's very definitive. That's what I
think is so great about this album: every track is quintessential.
No one does it better -- and many have tried. When we hit the
bulls-eye, we hit it full on. We've cut 14 tracks. How many we'll
use or how this will play out will be interesting, but there's no
January 4 :
Paul Stanley checks in from the studio From:
KISS members Paul Stanley (guitar, vocals) and Tommy Thayer
(guitar), along with producer Greg Collins, have released a
one-minute video message from Collins' studio, The Nook, where they
are putting the finishing touches on the band's new CD, "Monster".
"[KISS is] about two days from [being] finished with this album,"
says Stanley. "It's almost done and it's awesome. It is by far the
best thing we've done in I don't know how long. Have I ever said
that before? Yeah. Was I right? Yeah. I'm right this time again. . .
Truly, the album kicks major ass and we're very, very proud of it."
Thayer adds, "You're gonna as as excited as we are, 'cause we're
really excited. And we're not just saying that. This is great stuff.
In a 2011 interview with U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine, Stanley
stated about KISS' follow-up to 2009's "Sonic Boom", "'Sonic Boom'
was a pivotal album in the sense that we were aware of who we were
as a performing band, but we had to re-establish who we are as a
recording band. That being done, this is much easier and that much
Added bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons: "This new record feels heavier
than 'Sonic Boom'. It feels like [it's] a connection between
'Destroyer' and 'Revenge'.
Regarding some of the tracks that will appear on "Monster", Stanley
said, "I'd be surprised if the album didn't start with 'HELL OR
HALLELUJAH'. It's up-tempo, a great riff, definitive KISS. There's a
track called 'BORN TO BE SINNER', and Tommy [Thayer, guitar] has a
song called 'OUT OF THIS WORLD', which is terrific. They're anthemic
songs. That's the nature of how we write. There are no ballads."
Added Simmons: "'ARE YOU READY ?' is a new track that I worked out,
wrote, and brought everyone into the studio and said: 'Let's bang
this out.' Another of the new songs, tentatively titled 'WALL OF
SOUND', we just came up with on the spot. The guts of that song were
written in 40 minutes."
In a 2009 interview with Premier Guitar, Collins stated about the
experience of working with KISS on "Sonic Boom", "It was amazing,
because I was working with people that I idolized as a kid. Over the
years I've learned that the dynamic in every band is different, and
sometimes it can be tough, with politics, egos and however many
years of baggage. I couldn't believe how incredibly healthy the
creative relationship is with KISS. Paul was clearly in charge of
the record, but he was open to everyone's ideas. Everything was
discussed in an enjoyable, fun way. There was no sense of egos
overwhelming the process or anyone being marginalized in any way. It
was one of the most enjoyable experiences I ever had working with a
band. . . . Paul has said that no other lineup could have made this
record and I believe he's right. Everyone in KISS is confident about
their role in the band. They're not trying to please anyone but
themselves, which is the best way to make music. There was no sense
of anxiety, no label, no A&R guy. It was just the band and myself,
trying to make the best KISS record we could. It was a completely
natural process, and hopefully the results speak for themselves."
"Monster" is tentatively due this spring.
January 4 :
Kissin' Time! interviews Peppy Castro From:
There have been many people who had the opportunity to be associated
with KISS and their career development over the years, but only one
can say that he helped teach Ace Frehley the guitar. That man is
Peppy Castro. From his time in the psychedelic Blues Magoos to
working with KISS session guitarist Bob Kulick in Balance, Peppy has
experienced success and gratification as a musician that few can
experience. Recently, I got the opportunity to chat with Peppy about
his musical career and much more. Enjoy!
Topics include Ace Frehley as a friend, Paul Stanley's 1978 solo
album, and how did Paul Stanley end up on the
BALANCE 1981 album ...
January 3 :
Eric Singer Talks New KISS Album In COTH PodCast From:
Creatures Of The Net Podcast recently conducted an interview with
KISS drummer Eric Singer. In the interview Singer reveals details
about KISS' next album entitled 'Monster' set for release sometime
this year. He also talks about the sound on the record, and past
members of KISS, including guitarist Vinnie Vincent.
Listen to the podcast below:
December 30 :
Legendary Rock Interview with Gary Shea (Warrior) From:
Gary Shea is a knockout bass player and one of the easiest guys on
the planet to talk to. He’s probably one of the easiest to work with
as well and has had the distinction of working with some of the
biggest “big name” musicians on the planet. Some were supremely
professional and straightforward, such as Steve Vai and Paul Stanley
and others, like Vinnie Vincent and Yngwie J. Malmsteen, are
remembered as being supremely talented but difficul;t to work with.
Gary Shea has headlined major venues in Alcatrazz and gotten top 40
chart action with his band New England but is a musician’s musician
and is more than content to live in Michigan and play music he loves
just because he loves it. If you’re up his way go check out one of
his gigs and stick around after the show to have a quick chat with
Gary. If you like music as much as he does you might be in for a
long night and some amazing stories. We talked with Gary for quite a
while about his career and probably barely scratched the surface.
Topics includes Paul Stanley and the
NEW ENGLAND 1979 album, touring with KISS in 1979;
WARRIOR (with Vinnie Vincent), Alcatrazz (Yngwie Malmsteen,