June 27 : GENE
SIMMONS And ACE FREHLEY collaborate on two new songs for ex-KISS
guitarist's next solo album From
Gene Simmons has co-written two songs for Ace Frehley's next solo
album, the KISS bassist/vocalist has revealed June 22, 2017.
The news of the two former KISS bandmates' collaboration was broken
by the bassist/vocalist as he was giving an interview to the
Minnesota classic rock radio station
92 KQRS last week.
Asked if KISS has any plans to return to the studio and make new
music, Simmons said "Well, I suppose at some point. But literally
two days ago I was with Ace, who's not in the band - he used to be
in the band three different times - and we wrote two songs. He asked
me to write for his next solo record. So I went over to his place,
way out in the desert some place, and we wrote two things. And
eventually the band [the current lineup of KISS] will go back in
[the studio to make new music]. But there's no great incentive,
because the record industry, the entire thing, is so dysfunctional.
You work hard and you get paid, and if we're gonna work a year on a
record, I wanna get paid too. KISS is not a charity. We make a
difference between what we do personally and as a band. We buy
houses for vets, we supply jobs, we give money to charity, but
that's 'cause I wanna give. I don't want anybody deciding that our
art, our music, our concerts is free, because 'you have enough
Even though Frehley reached out to Simmons a couple of years about
contributing the original KISS guitarist's "Origins Vol. 1"
collection of covers, the bassist/vocalist ended up not appearing on
the record because "either [Gene] didn't get the message or he was
just too busy," Frehley told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station last
watch the interview
CLICKING HERE. (Ace Frehley segment is around
the 19:20 minute)
June 21 : "Legends Never Die" on Gene
Simmons demo box set From
Micki Free (facebook)
So cool! Gene Simmons called me today to inform me our song we wrote
together; "Legends Never Die" will be included on a box set Gene
will release on
Rhino Records !...Great to hear from my
mentor the God of Thunder himself!
KISS Related Recordings
Originally titled "When The Legends Dies", credited to Micki Free
and Gene Simmons. With help of Adam Mitchell, KISS demo'ed the song
as "Legends Never Die" during the "Creatures Of The NIght" sessions,
but the song never had a vocal track put on it.
From then on the song was credited to Gene Simmons, Adam Mitchell
and Micki Free.
In 1983 Simmons took the KISS track and add
WENDY O' WILLIAMS vocals to it.
KING KOBRA recorded the song for their
"III" album, which was released in 1988.
June 19 : Robert Haglund
video promo clip features Bruce Kulick From
KISS Related Recordings
Last year Swedish artist Robert Haglund, better known as one of the Four members in the Motown
The Fantastic Four, released his debut
Wanna Be Somebody".
On this album Robert sings his
favorite Hard Rock tunes in a jazz style, an unique and personal
album. The quest Musicians are well known in music business,
here you find Bruce Kulick (KISS) Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake)
Swedens most famous jazz singer Svante Thuresson, Tony Harnell
(Skid Row / TNT), Kee Marcello (Europe), Fred Coury (Cinderella)
Jan Johansen etc.
Album Tracklist :
1 Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City - Whitesnake cover
2 Enter Sandman - Metallica cover
3 Don't Believe a Word - Thin Lizzy cover
4 Ice Cream Man - Van Halen cover
5 Love Gun - KISS cover
6 Holy Diver - DIO cover
7 The Price - Twisted Sister cover
8 Ace of Spades - Motorhead cover
9 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi cover
10 I Wanna Be Somebody - WASP cover
Bruce Kulick is playing guitar on "Love Gun" (KISS) , Enter Sandman"
(Metallica) and "Don't Believe a Word" (Thin Lizzy).
June 19 :
Original KISS drummer PETER CRISS performs final show From
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss played what was being billed as
his final U.S. concert this past Saturday, June 17 at the Cutting
Room in New York City.
Peter Criss performed the following setlist:
- I Can’t Stop The Rain (video)
- Hooked On Rock ’N’ Roll (video)
- Strange Ways (video)
- Strutter (video)
- You Matter To Me (video)
- Don’t You Let Me Down (video)
- Hooligan (video)
- Nothin' To Lose (video)
- Words (video)
- Hard Luck Woman (video)
- Beth (video)
- Rock And Roll All Nite (video)
- Sing, Sing, Sing (video)
Criss handled the vocals and some of the drums at the show and was
backed by musical director and keyboardist Alex Salzman, guitarist
Erik Rudic from the band the COLD SEAS and a horn and string
Criss's set consisted of KISS classics and his solo songs, including
"I Can't Stop The Rain", from the 1978 solo album "Peter Criss".
Criss handed out roses while he sang "Beth" and closed out the set
with the swing classic "Sing Sing Sing".
Asked by Australia's
The Rockpit in a brand new interview if he
is "moving on to do other things," Criss responded: "You know what?!
I'm 71. That scares me when I say that, but if you're around me, I'm
like a 15-year-old kid — I really am. But I've had an amazing career
in music. I was around in the '60s and '70s, which was about the
best time to be a musician. I actually saw Janis Joplin, Jimi
Hendrix and Jim Morrison and THE BEATLES when I was young. I've seen
the greatest of the greats perform. I grew up at a time when music
was so cool. There was Bob Dylan, and things were changing — things
were becoming amazing for musicians in the world. So I played clubs
for 15 years, then I started the band with the guys.'
He continued: "I'm a big BEE GEES fan, I was watching the salute to
Barry [Gibb, the last surviving member of the BEE GEES], I've been a
big fan since they started, and I love that he got up there and
performed. And I see now all these guys, from THE ROLLING STONES,
Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, and we're all in our 70s now, and I
hate to say it, but we're dying out, and that's so real. There's
less rock and roll in the world, less music in the world, and it's
"So I'm 71 I'm in the best health I've been in for a while, and I
thought if I'm gonna do it, I've gotta do it now. I had male breast
cancer and I beat it, and that's really changed my life, and my wife
also beat cancer too, so I went out I signed autographs, I wrote a
book. When I connected [with the fans] again, I got to hear their
stories and they'd ask me if I'd play again or sing again; there was
so much love. And when I looked around, everyone was slowing down or
retiring, like Eric Clapton, and I wondered what I have left."
Criss added that he is planning on finally completing the solo album
that he started work on nine years ago.
"Before my cancer, I really put down some really heavy rock and
roll. I put down some ballads too, but it was heavier than the stuff
I normally do. And then I got sick and I put it aside and I've been
sat on it these last eight years. And when I moved to California, I
took it with me. There aren't any vocals on there yet, but I played
it to a good friend and he told me that it was the best stuff he'd
heard in years and I had to finish it, so when I'm over in June to
play my last show in New York City, I'll finish it."