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Softcover edition of ‘108 Rock Star Guitars’ book to be available November 11

by on Oct.21, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Softcover edition of ‘108 Rock Star Guitars’ book to be available November 11

Hal Leonard Books will release a softcover edition of '108 Rock Star Guitars' by photographer/author Lisa S. Johnson on November 11. This exquisite book, originally issued as an embossed, red leatherette-bound hardcover in limited quantity that USA Today called, “…a monster of a coffee table book…” will now be available to a much wider audience at a more affordable retail price of $54.

Hailed as “impressive,” “jaw-dropping,” “masterpiece” and “elegant” by media and artists alike when it was released in October 2013, 108 Rock Star Guitars received widespread accolades for its overall design and the artistry of the images—up-close portraits of the cherished guitars belonging to some of the world’s most iconic players. American Photo magazine named it one of the “Best Photo Books of the Year” for 2013, while Brian Setzer called it, “The classiest guitar book I have ever seen.”

Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Dave Mustaine, Phil Collen, Carlos Santana, Jack White, Ronnie Wood, Lou Reed, Ace Frehley, Billy Gibbons, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Robby Krieger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Winter, and Les Paul, who also wrote the foreword, are among the rock stars whose instruments are featured.

The softcover, with French flaps, includes many of the same features of the original book in a slightly smaller size (9×10.5”): 396 pages, 486 gorgeous color images, reproduced using a six-color printing process, on high quality paper, and cover art that replicates the hardcover’s award-winning design.

“I am thrilled that Hal Leonard, with its global distribution channels, will publish the softcover edition of 108 Rock Star Guitars,” Johnson commented. “Even at a lower price, it was essential that this version maintained the style and beautiful quality of the hardcover edition, and I think anyone who sees this book will appreciate the care and detail that went into the new presentation.”

In 108 Rock Star Guitars, Johnson’s extreme close-up images capture the intimate details of her six-string subjects in a fresh and distinctive way revealing the beauty and art in these magnificent instruments, and giving insight into the personality of the musicians who play them. Additionally, she provides personal anecdotes describing her 17-year quest to photograph these guitars and documents her travels from the backstage hallways of some of the world’s most famous venues to the artists’ private homes.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the softcover edition will benefit the Les Paul Foundation, which supports music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. Pre-order now at www.amazon.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa S. Johnson grew up in an artistic family, where she fell in love with melody and imagery and pursued a career in photography. After a successful 10-year stint working at Eastman Kodak, she met the owner of a vintage guitar shop in Memphis, Tenn., and began exclusively photographing guitars. She lives in Las Vegas.

ABOUT LES PAUL (FOREWORD)

Les Paul was a guitar player, inventor, and recording artist, and an innovator throughout his career. In 1941, he built his first solid-body electric, helping shepherd into existence rock music as we know it. A pioneer whose name graces some of the most beloved six-strings ever manufactured, Paul died in Mahwah, N.J., where he had spent much of his life, in 2009 at the age of 94.

ABOUT THE LES PAUL FOUNDATION:

The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit, and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation awards grants to music, music engineering and sound programs that serve youth, establishes music-related scholarships at schools and programs for students, provides grants for medical research and programs related to hearing impairment, and supports public exhibits displaying Les Paul’s life achievements. www.lespaulfoundation.org

Check out a few video clips with Lisa sharing her interactions with some of the guitars featured in this fabulous book!



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2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremonies recap (video)

by on Apr.12, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremonies recap (video)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took place Thursday night (Apr. 10) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. An edited for broadcast showing of the ceremonies, will be airing on HBO this May 31, but in the meantime, check out the best of the video highlights we found on youtube, in sequence of show order.

Peter Gabriel Induction speech and performance


Cat Stevens Induction speech and performance


KISS Tom Morello induction speech and acceptance speeches with original members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley


Linda Ronstadt tribute with Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris and Carrie Underwood



Bruce Springsteen inducts The E Street Band and performance



Nirvana inducted by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.

Hall & Oates


Nirvana induction speeches by Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain's relatives

Joan Jett, Kim Gordan, St. Vincent & Lorde with Grohl, Novoselic, and Pat Smear



Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2014 poster

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Ace Frehley announces release date for new album ‘Space Invader’ and will be a presenter at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards

by on Mar.27, 2014, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Ace Frehley announces release date for new album ‘Space Invader’ and will be a presenter at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ace Frehley will release Space Invader, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on June 24th. The album will include at least nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of The Steve Miller Band’s 'The Joker'. This album is the first release under Frehley's new universal deal on eOne Music.

Frehley has released an official statement surrounding the exciting news: “Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time. Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!”

Widely known as the original “Space Ace" and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over two tenures) of the multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, 'New York Groove', from any of the legendary KISS solo albums; (peaking at #13). The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show Entourage and was also KISS’ second bestselling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as 'I Was Made For Lovin’ You', 'Beth' and 'Calling Dr. Love' even after 36 years.

Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and received a welcoming response among critics.

Ace will participate in the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards show by presenting the Dimebag Darrell "Best Guitarist" Award alongside label-mate Zakk Wylde. The awards show will take place on April 23 at the Club Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now.

Frehley adds: “It’s exciting to finally be part of the Golden Gods, awards and an honor to be part of any Dimebag memorial award. He was a friend, and I know everyone misses him, as do I.”

Ace Frehley 2014

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KISS to release remastered vinyl, ‘KISS 40’ compilation and massive ‘KISSTERIA – The Ultimate Vinyl Road Case’

by on Mar.20, 2014, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS

KISS to release remastered vinyl, ‘KISS 40’ compilation and massive ‘KISSTERIA – The Ultimate Vinyl Road Case’

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of rock and roll giants KISS and in true KISS fashion, the band plan to make 2014 the biggest and loudest, non-stop rock and roll party of the century.

Rock legends KISS were the first signing to Neil Bogart’s newly formed Casablanca Records label after he saw and recognized their talent and showmanship during their spectacular performance at a showcase concert at New York City’s Le Tang’s Ballet Studio in 1973, offering them a contract on the spot. Four decades after releasing their self-titled, major label debut, KISS will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April, proof of the unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” as they rallied together to have the band included in this year’s induction ceremony.

Having earned 28 U.S. gold albums along with 40 million U.S. and 100 million in world sales, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are stronger than ever with a legacy that continues to grow, generation after generation. Their last album, Monster, proved that they are still at the top of their game with impressive sales and topping the charts worldwide debuting at No. 3 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart and Top 10 in twenty other countries.

To celebrate their incredible 40-year recording career and their upcoming, long-overdue induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will kick off the celebration on April 1, 2014 with the first batch of 10 individual KISS remastered albums on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl with 18 more vinyl titles coming through the first half of 2014. In May, fans can look forward to a 2-CD KISS 40 compilation with one track from every major album release, live selections and an unreleased demo from 1977. And finally, starting today, the definitive KISS vinyl box set, KISSTERIA – The Ultimate Vinyl Road Case, featuring 34 KISS LPs - including titles never-before issued on vinyl, six exclusive albums to the box set and a plethora of collectibles only available in KISSTERIA will be available exclusively for D2C pre-order at www.kissonline.com

A new compilation KISS 40, a 2 CD set featuring forty tracks spanning KISS’s incredible forty-year recording career. This set includes one track from every major album release (studio, Alive & hits collections) plus three live selections from the 2000-era and features the band’s biggest songs including rock and roll anthems such as “Detroit Rock City,” “Love Gun,” “Beth,” “Rock And Roll All Nite,” “Beth,” “Psycho Circus,” “Forever,” “I Was Made For Lovin’ You.” “Lick It Up,” “Heaven’s On Fire” and “Hell or Hallelujah.” First time commercial CD release live recordings of “Deuce” (from 2004 tour), “Cold Gin” (from 2009 Alive 35 tour), “Crazy Crazy Nights” (from 2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe tour) and the previously unreleased 1977 demo of “Reputation” round out the set for the KISS Army.

And for a ultimate KISS collector, with only 1000 copies being produced worldwide, KISSTERIA – The Ultimate Vinyl Road Case is a highly-collectible vinyl road case box set featuring 34 KISS LPs including nineteen studio albums, all five of the Alive releases, the four original KISS solo albums, each with exact replicas of the original inserts, plus six exclusive vinyl titles that will not be made available individually. All albums are pressed onto audiophile 180g vinyl and are newly remastered from the ultra-high definition Direct Stream Digital transfers from original analog tapes to bring out maximum fidelity of these iconic albums.

Exclusive KISSTERIA extras include eleven 11”x17” archival posters, including the band’s very first promo poster; a KISS vinyl cleaning cloth; a KISS turntable mat; a set of KISS dominoes; four band lithographs highlighting four decades of the band; and a certificate of authenticity displaying the limited edition number for each of the individual box sets. Reserve your KISSTERIA road case at Go to www.kissteria.kissonline.com.

Forty years ago KISS released their eponymous debut album, which would propel the band to the top of the rock and roll hierarchy where they have reigned for the past four decades making the KISS legacy a global brand with more than 3,000 licensed merchandise products, including a recent partnership with the Arena Football League as owners of the Anaheim-based expansion team LA KISS.

KISS VINYL

Release date: April 1, 2014
• Alive!
• Animalize
• Destroyer
• Dressed To Kill
• Dynasty
• Hotter Than Hell
• KISS
• Lick It Up
• Revenge
• Unmasked

Release date: May 6, 2014
• Asylum
• Creatures Of The Night
• Love Gun
• MTV Unplugged
• Psycho Circus*

Release date: May 27, 2014
• Rock And Roll Over
• Alive III
• Music From The Elder – First Vinyl Release in Concept Album Sequence
• Crazy Nights
• Hot In The Shade
• Alive: The Millennium Concert*
• Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions*

Release date: June 24, 2014
• Alive II
• Ace Frehley
• Gene Simmons
• Peter Criss
• Paul Stanley

*First Time on Vinyl

KISS – 40

Unless indicated all selections are album versions

CD 1
1. Nothin To Lose
2. Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
3. C’mon and Love Me
4. Rock And Roll All Nite (Live)
5. God Of Thunder (Demo)
6. Beth
7. Hard Luck Woman
8. Reputation (Demo) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
9. Christine Sixteen
10. Shout It Out Loud (Live)
11. Strutter ‘78
12. You Matter To Me (Peter Criss)
13. Radioactive (Gene Simmons)
14. New York Groove (Ace Frehley)
15. Hold Me, Touch Me (Paul Stanley)
16. I Was Made For Lovin’ You (Single Edit)
17. Shandi
18. A World Without Heroes
19. I Love It Loud
20. Down On Your Knees
21. Lick It Up
22. Heaven’s On Fire

CD 2
1. Tears Are Falling
2. Reason To Live
3. Let’s Put The X In Sex
4. Forever (Remix)
5. God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II
6. Unholy (Live)
7. Do You Love Me? (MTV Unplugged)
8. Room Service (Live)
9. Jungle (Radio Edit)
10. Psycho Circus
11. Nothing Can Keep Me From You
12. Detroit Rock City (Live)
13. Deuce (Live 2004) – UNRELEASED COMMERCIALLY
14. Firehouse (Live – 1999/2000)
15. Modern Day Delilah
16. Cold Gin (Live 2009) – UNRELEASED COMMERCIALLY
17. Crazy Crazy Nights (Live 2010) – UNRELEASED COMMERCIALLY
18. Hell or Hallelujah

KISSTERIA – The Vinyl Road Case

Custom ANVILTM Road Case to house 34 KISS LPs and a plethora of extras.

• KISS
• Hotter Than Hell
• Dressed To Kill – Includes Embossed Front & Back Jacket Covers
• Alive! – Includes 8 Page Color Booklet
• Destroyer
• Rock And Roll Over – Includes Sticker Sheet
• Love Gun – Includes Paper Gun with “Bang” Sheet
• Alive II – Includes Tattoo Sheet & 8 Page Color Booklet
• Ace Frehley (Solo Album) - Includes “Ace” Interlocking Poster
• Gene Simmons (Solo Album) - Includes “Gene” Interlocking Poster
• Peter Criss (Solo Album) - Includes “Peter” Interlocking Poster
• Paul Stanley (Solo Album) - Includes “Paul” Interlocking Poster
• Dynasty – 22” x 33” Poster
• Unmasked – 22” x 33” Poster
• Music From The Elder – First Vinyl Release in Concept Album Sequence
• Creatures Of The Night
• Lick It Up
• Animalize
• Asylum
• Crazy Nights
• Hot In The Shade
• Revenge
• Alive III
• MTV Unplugged - Includes 24” x 24” Poster
• Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions – First Vinyl Pressing Ever
• Psycho Circus – First Vinyl Pressing Ever will include a 12”x12” Lenticular Cover
• Alive: The Millennium Collection – First Vinyl Pressing Ever
• Monster

Exclusive vinyl titles for the Road Case:

• Double Platinum – Includes Embossed front & back jacket covers + Embossed platinum award insert
• Greatest KISS – Includes First Vinyl Pressing Ever. Will combine all exclusive tracks used worldwide into one package
• KILLERS - Includes First U.S. Release Ever. Will combine both Japan and Australia track lists into one package
• You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best
• Smashes, Thrashes & Hits
• KISS Symphony: Alive IV

Exclusive Bonus Items for Vinyl Box:
• Eleven 11”x17” Archival Posters in a poster tube:
• First Band Promo Poster
• Hotel Diplomat Concert Poster
• Asylum Promo Poster
• Lick It Up Promo Poster
• KISS 1984 Promo Poster
• Alive III Promo Poster
• You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best Promo Poster
• Smashes, Thrashes & Hits Promo Poster
• MTV Unplugged Promo Poster
• Live 1996 Tour Poster
• Psycho Circus Promo Poster
• KISS Vinyl Cleaning Cloth
• KISS Turntable Mat
• KISS Dominoes
• Four Band Photo Lithographs

• Certificate of Authenticity with Exclusive Box Number

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Original member of KISS won’t be performing at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame….Thanks to Gene and Paul

by on Feb.24, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Original member of KISS won’t be performing at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame….Thanks to Gene and Paul

Over the weekend, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley revealed on Eddie Trunk's Q104.3 radio show, that the that the original members of KISS will not be performing at the Rock N’Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. That was followed by a statement from Peter Criss, prompted and official response by Gene and Paul, which sounds disingenuous at best.

On 'Eddie Trunk Rocks' from Friday night (Feb. 21) Frehley said, “I don’t think KISS fans are gonna be too excited and happy about the news, ’cause at this juncture, Paul (Stanley) and Gene (Simmons) have decided to perform with (current KISS members) Tommy (Thayer, guitar) and Eric (Singer, drums), and it looks like the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is going along with it.”

Ace had a lot more to say on the subject of the R&R Hall OF Fame, scheduled to take place on April 10th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Check out the full interview with Eddie Trucnk below:

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss then released his own following statement about the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction:

“To KISS fans,

It’s disappointing to have to say to you, the fans, that as of today, Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Tickets go on sale on Monday, February 24th, and I wanted to make sure that fans understood that no original performance, in or out of makeup, has been offered to us before they purchased their tickets. This is disgraceful and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together.

God Bless,
Peter Criss – The Catman”

This prompted the statement from KISS on the band's website:

“To All Our Fans In Regards To The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Out of respect, Ace and Peter’s recent statements demand a quick response to you, our fans.

Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including long time present members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, and additionally Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr all who have made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s point of view.

Although KISS has moved forward far longer without them, Ace and Peter are at the very foundation of what we have built and this would all be impossible had they not been a part of it in the beginning.

It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in make-up and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced. Contrary to claims made through the media we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter.

We have spent 40 years dedicated to building KISS without quitting or wavering as the band has moved forward with huge tours and platinum albums through different important lineups for forty years, to this day.

KISS has always been a band unlike any other. That is why we started KISS. That is why we continue KISS. Being unlike other bands also means making choices and decisions unlike other bands.

This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.

To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

We are excited and are looking forward to seeing you all on the KISS 40th Anniversary worldwide tour.”

I know a lot of bridges were burned over the years between the guys, and I cannot claim to know the entire story between those guys, but my god, if you can't acknowledge the other two guys that were there at the beginning in a meaningful way, than that is pretty sad. Continuing to put business and dollar signs first, and music and legacy second seems to be the continued culmination and interpretation of Gene and Paul's stance. Sell some more Hello Kitty shit and Forever 21 Kiss clothing. Ace and Peter better show and get up there to accept THEIR award. Don't worry about the rest.

KISS Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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