Ace Frehley Enlists All Star Lineup for ‘Origins, Vol. 1’

Ace Frehley Enlists All Star Lineup for ‘Origins, Vol. 1’

Feb 20, 2016

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

Tour dates:
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)

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Foo Fighters new album to coincide with Dave Grohl HBO series about other iconic recording studios

Foo Fighters new album to coincide with Dave Grohl HBO series about other iconic recording studios

May 15, 2014

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.

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

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

Apr 12, 2014

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

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

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

Mar 20, 2014

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

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

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.


Release date: April 1, 2014
• Alive!
• Animalize
• Destroyer
• Dressed To Kill
• Dynasty
• Hotter Than Hell
• 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)
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.

• 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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Def Leppard/KISS Summer co-headlining tour announced (video)

Def Leppard/KISS Summer co-headlining tour announced (video)

Mar 18, 2014

KISS and Def Leppard will rock North America for a 42-city co-headlining tour that will kick off on June 23rd in West Valley City, Utah and wrap up August 31st in Woodlands, Texas. Tickets will go on sale starting Friday.
The groups announced the tour yesterday at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. You can watch the entire press below.

KISS guitarist Paul Stanley promised the tour will “deliver good news and excitement,” with Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott adding that he and Gene Simmons first discussed the idea of the two bands touring together when he and the Kiss bassist played some South American dates two years ago as part of a rock-and-roll all-stars tour. “It’s finally happened, which is fantastic,” Elliott says.

It’ll be the first time the two bands have shared a bill, though Stanley says, “We’ve run into each other at festivals. It just seemed to be a natural fit.” Stanley also noted that one of guitarist Phil Collen’s pre-Def Leppard bands, Girl, opened for KISS in the U.K. during the early ’80s.

Simmons says a dollar from each ticket sold on the tour will go to to the Wounded Warrior Project and other military non-profits including the USO, Hire a Hero, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, and The Augusta Warrior Project. “Politicians fart through their mouth,” Simmons said. “Only the military makes freedom possible.”

Stanley added that the group also plans to hire vets again for its crew. “We try to find a couple of vets who want to go out and be part of the team,” he says. “This is a chance for somebody to travel and be part of the KISS Army.” KISS has done this on past tours as well.

Elliot says he doesn’t see any rivalry developing between the groups while they’re on tour. “It’s two great bands that are going to be playing for the same amount of time,” he says. “It’s joint forces. I don’t see it as competitive at all.”
KISS/Def Leppard
Jun. 23 - West Valley City, UT - USANA Amphitheater
Jun. 25 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Jun. 27 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater
Jun. 29 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
Jul. 2 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
Jul. 3 - Wheatland, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre,
Jul. 5 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul. 6 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Jul. 8 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Jul. 9 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
Jul. 12 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
Jul. 13 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jul. 15 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 16 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 18 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul. 19 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
Jul. 20 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Jul. 22 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jul. 23 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jul. 25 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 26 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 1 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
Aug. 2 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
Aug. 3 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 5 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 6 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre
Aug. 8 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Aug. 9 - Scranton, PA - Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Aug. 10 - Hartford, CN - Xfinity Theatre
Aug. 12 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 13 - Darien, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 15 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Aug. 16 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 17 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Aug. 20 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
Aug. 22 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 23 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 24 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 26 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
Aug. 28 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 29 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Aug. 31 - Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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