Ace Frehley has announced 'Origins Vol. 1,' a collection of 12 newly recorded classics from Ace’s formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll, will be released on April 15. Most notably, KISS frontman Paul Stanley joins Ace on Free's hit "Fire and Water." This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS' 1998 reunion album 'Psycho Circus.'
Ace has already debuted "White Room," the classic hit originally performed by Cream. Other guests on the album are none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy's classic "Emerald," Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs staple "Wild Thing," Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition "Parasite" for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Magic," and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS “Alive!” mainstay "Cold Gin." "White Room" is also an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP on iTunes will receive the Cream cover song instantly. Ace will be touring extensively in 2016, including a date at The Ranch in San Miguel, CA. on March 4 with openers Soundhouse. Get tickets here
Feb. 26 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Feb. 27 - San Antonio, TX - Fitzgerald's
Feb. 28 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
Mar. 2 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Mar. 4 - San Miguel, CA - The Ranch
Mar. 5 - Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
Mar. 6 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
Apr. 1 - Ponte Vedra, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Apr. 2 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theatre
Apr. 3 - Sunrise, FL - Markham Park - Rockfest 80's
Apr. 5 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Apr. 7 - Danville, VA - Carrington Pavilion
Apr. 9 - New Hope, PA - Havana New Hope
Apr. 11 - New York, NY - BB King's Blues Club
Apr. 12 - New York, NY - BB King's Blues Club
Apr. 13 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
Apr. 15 - Wilkes Barre, PA - The F.M. Kirby Center
Apr. 16 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
'Origins Vol. 1' Track listing:
1. White Room (Cream)
2. Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones)
3. Spanish Castle Magic (Jimi Hendrix) w/John 5
4. Fire and Water (Free) w/Paul Stanley
5. Emerald (Thin Lizzy) w/Slash
6. Bring It On Home (Led Zeppelin)
7. Wild Thing (The Troggs) w/Lita Ford
8. Parasite w/John 5 (KISS)
9. Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
10. Cold Gin w/Mike McCready (KISS)
11. Till The End Of The Day (Kinks)
12. Rock and Roll Hell (KISS)
The website The Richest has posted the top ten richest bass players in the world. While many of the bassists on the list you would be able to guess, there is one surprise to me...Tony Kanal of No Doubt came in at #9 with $45 million. Who knew?
1. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion
2. Sting – $300 million
2. Gene Simmons (KISS) – $300 million
4. Roger Waters – $270 million
5. Adam Clayton (U2) – $150 million
6. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – $115 million
7. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) – $80 million
8. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) – $65 million
9. Tony Kanal (No Doubt) – $45 million
10. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) – $40 million
Channel your inner Gene Simmons with his new book ‘Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business’
Gene Simmons is out rocking with Def Leppard on a Summer U.S. tour, but he is set to show you the way to financial success with the book: 'Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business.'
In Me, Inc., the marketing and finance wizard Gene Simmons gives aspiring entrepreneurs the critical tools they need to succeed. Simmons teaches you how to build a solid business strategy, harness the countless tools available in the digital age, network like hell, and be the architect for the business entity that is you. Inspired by The Art of War, Me, Inc. is organized around thirteen specific, easy-to-understand principles for success, drawn from Simmons’s own triumphs and failures. From finding the confidence necessary to get started, to surrounding yourself with the right people, to knowing when to pull the plug and when to double-down, these principles can help you attain the freedom and wealth of your dreams.
The book goes on sale October 21, 2014. Pre-order now at: www.harpercollins.com
Big plans for the Foo Fighters next album have been revealed, with the as-yet-untitled record arriving this fall through Roswell/RCA Records. The bonus is that is will be chronicled in an upcoming HBO series directed by Dave Grohl.
Grohl will expand on his Sound City film and look at iconic recording studios across North America where the Foos recorded for the new album. Studios featured in the series will include Nirvana/Page & Plant producer Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, Don Zientara’s Inner Ear studios in Washington DC – where Fugazi, Henry Rollins' first band S.O.A. and Grohl's pre-Nirvana punk rock band Scream recorded - and Rancho De La Luna studios in California, a site at which Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Mark Lanegan, among others, have recorded. Other studios in Austin, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Nashville will be featured as well.
Grohl will also conduct interviews for the series, speaking with some of the artists who have recorded at each facility, including Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, Heart's Nancy Wilson, Joe Walsh from The Eagles and Dischord Records head honcho Ian MacKaye.
A press release for the series explains: “One song was recorded in each city, every song featuring local legends sitting in, and every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.
“Each episode delves into the singular regional identity of each city-how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns-ultimately celebrating their common bond: Every artist that appears in the show, regardless of genre or locale, started as an average kid with the universal dreams of making music and making it big.”
The as-yet-untitled series be a part of HBO's winter schedule, with the first episode of the series premiering on the eve of the band’s 20th anniversary.
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