NEWS UPDATE December 2012
|December 15 : ICONIC
TONIC covers KISS on upcoming cover album
Iconic Tonic will release their sophomore album in early 2013
entitled 'UNDERCOVER', featuring cover versions of some of Hard Rock
and Metals most influential acts such as WASP, Judas Priest, KISS,
and many more! As well as 2 new original Iconic Tonic tracks.
|December 13 : Don
Saint-Thomas CD featuring Bruce Kulick
Kiss Related Recordings / Thorbjörn Brorsson
SAINT-THOMAS have released his his first full-length solo album
"Never Say Never" which features sizzling lead guitar work on the
tracks "Lead or Follow" and "Human Nation", by ex-KISS/current GRAND
FUNK RAILROAD guitarist,
The album also features
ICED EARTH /MA KELLEY guitarist, TROY SEELE, as well as ANGEL
DUST /SIMON BARR SINISTER axeman, RITCHIE WILKISON & many more.
"Never Say Never" has 12 original songs that will have you
singing along to, as well as a haunting, heart-felt cover
version of the GORDON LIGHTFOOT classic, "Wreck of the Edmund
DON SAINT-THOMAS "Never Say Never" is available as digital download
and CD @
The tracks with Bruce Kulick are originally recorded late 2008.
The song "Human Nation" first was released as an
iTunes single January, 2008.
|December 6 : Vinnie
Vincent Special Part 4 - Decibel Geek Podcast
Chris Czynszak / Decibel Geek
the great response we received from Part 3 of our Vinnie Vincent
special with special guest Robert Fleischman, we decided to round
things off with Part 4 this week.
First up is Chris' conversation with Hirsh Gardner. Hirsh is most
well-known as the drummer for late 70's band
NEW ENGLAND. New England's first album was produced by KISS'
Paul Stanley and the band opened for KISS on their 1979 Dynasty
tour. What many people may not know is that Hirsh was creatively
involved with Vinnie Vincent in projects that predate his
involvement with KISS as well as the Vinnie Vincent Invasion.
In this discussion, Hirsh recounts his memories of being introduced
to Vinnie through Gene Simmons,
demo sessions with Vinnie on some songs that wound up later
being used by Invasion as well as KISS, his admiration for Vinnie's
underrated vocal ability, and his memory of Vinnie telling him that
he was offered the lead guitarist slot in KISS.
also shares his memories of reconnecting with Vinnie during a KISS
tour stop in Boston which sparked another musical collaboration when
things went sour between Vincent and Simmons & Stanley. This
collaboration came to a sudden halt when Vinnie, according to Hirsh,
uprooted the project and jetted back to Los Angeles to form what
became known as the
VINNIE VINCENT INVASION. Hirsh also recounts the legal steps he
took in trying to get what he felt he deserved which included having
the Invasion's equipment seized before a show in Boston.
Through all of the drama, Hirsh seems to still have good memories of
working Vincent on a creative level and his stories were very
interesting to us, as fans.
You can keep up with Hirsh at is official website of
next is a brief discussion with Tom Silver. Tom was a National
Marketing Representative for Chrysalis Records in the 1980's while
VINNIE VINCENT INVASION was on its roster. In this conversation,
Tom remembers his experiences of working with the members of
Invasion, albeit limited.
There have been rumors for decades about
conflict between the Invasion and Chrysalis Records during this
period and no one from the record company has publicly spoken about
it. We ask Tom for his take on the theories that Chrysalis was
showing favoritism of Mark Slaughter and attempting to squeeze
Vinnie out of the band during the promotion for
Tom also shares his memories of working with Slaughter as they
formed from the ashes of the Invasion.
Tom is now a certified hypnotherapist and has appeared on many major
network TV shows. More information on Tom Silver can be found at
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