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09 Nov

Toby Wright

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Just a mere look at Toby Wright’s CV is sufficient enough to make you reach out to your record collection and grab albums from Alice in Chains, Korn, KISS, Fear Factory, Soul Asylum etc. for your listening pleasure. Without any doubt, Wright is one of those key figures in the music industry that helped shape the sound of the 90s (and not only, of course). We get in touch with him and ask him to share some details with us regarding his collaboration with two classic bands: Alice in Chains and KISS. Toby was more than happy to do so and we sincerely thank him for taking the time…Interview: Sakis Nikas

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Ask any die hard fan around the world, which was the first occasion where the names of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons appeared on the credits of a record and they will all bounce back with the same answer: Lyn Christopher's self-titled record of 1973. And what a record that was! But that's another subject whatsoever. Lyn Christopher was kind enough to let us know that she will be doing a book signing with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for the promotion of KISS' upcoming book: "Nothin' To Lose" that focuses on the early days of the NY band. The event will take place on the 10th of September in Ridgewood, NJ and in Staten Island. Well, that will be an event to remember as it will mark the "reunion" of Gene, Paul and Lyn after 40 years!

Gene Simmons in a recent interview he gave to Rolling Stone said that he doesn’t like hip-hop  music at all and he predicted the end for rap music. “"I'm looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody”, Simmons added. He also predicted rap’s death: "Rap will die. Next year, ten years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy." Later on the same interview he also made a connection of rap music with gangsters: “I don't have the cultural background to appreciate being a gangster. Of course that's not what it's all about, but that's where it comes from. That's the heart and soul of it. It came from the streets”. So, prepare for the media and social media war to come…

20 Jan

GENE SIMMONS GOES SOLO...

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Gene Simmons will temporarily set aside his Kiss duties for a series of solo appearances at five Comic Con events throughout the spring, summer and fall 2017.
Simmons is being touted as “an iconic star attraction” for the events, which are scheduled to take place at the Wizard-branded conventions in in Cleveland (March 18-19), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).
“I’m excited to bring rock ‘n’ roll back to Wizard World Comic Con in 2017,” said Simmons in a press release. “It will be great to meet fans and perform for them in every city.”

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will present rock heavyweights KISS


with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at its 32nd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 29 in Hollywood. The exclusive, invitation-only gala takes place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The ASCAP Founders Award goes to ASCAP's pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients include Sir Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Patti Smith, STEELY DAN, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

19 Nov

Jay Messina

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Jay Messina is an engineer who has linked his name with some of the biggest rock albums of the 70s (and not only) and with such names as Aerosmith, KISS, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Cheap Trick etc. Just one look at his official website and the artists that he collaborated with and you will feel like taking a look at a small Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Recently, Jay Messina was in Greece for vacations and Rockpages was there for yet another exclusive feature…Watch the video and read the interview below...

KISS legend Gene Simmons recently spoke with Billboard about a number of charity events

Gene Simmons says that he is not interested in producing another KISS studio album "unless and if there's a financial model that works" to make it worthwhile for the band to write and record new music.
During a recent appearance on "The SDR Show", Simmons was asked what keeps KISS motivated to continue making new records after more than four decades in the business. He responded: "That's less of an incentive, because downloading and filesharing… People have convinced themselves they don't wanna pay for stuff. And last time I checked, KISS is not a charity. We're philanthropic, but I'll be the one that decides how much I give and where. I don't want some college kid to decide, 'You have enough money. I don't wanna pay for your record.' Okay, then go download and RADIOHEAD record and see what happ… No, I ain't about that. Make a distinction between commerce and philanthropy. So the idea of doing another KISS record, unless and if there's a financial model that works, personally I'm not interested in it."

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