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Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says that he is still on good terms with his former bandmate Paul Stanley, a year after they collaborated on Frehley's all-star covers LP "Origins Vol. 1". "Yeah, we're good friends," the ex-KISS guitarist told Brazil's Kazagastão (KZG) this past weekend. He added that he also reconnected with another former bandmate, Gene Simmons, for the first time since they spent time with each other at KISS's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2014. "I just saw Gene about a month ago. He came to my concert in Los Angeles. He hung out all night. [He was] very, very, very friendly. He was great with everybody."
Asked if there is any chance that he will rejoin KISS in the not-too-distant future, Frehley said: "I haven't heard anything. But if I were a betting man, I'd say maybe 50-50. That's good odds."

29 Jan


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KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons made a teenager's dream come true. After receiving an e-mail request from PICU nursing staff and child life specialist Sarah Castiel at Children's Hospital of Nevada last week, Simmons visited Dilan Kohn to fulfill the critically ill 17-year-old wish. Simmons had not only been Dilan's idol, but also his inspiration growing up. Simmons flew to Las Vegas the morning after receiving the letter and brought a huge bag full of signed memorabilia for Kohn. They hung out, shared stories and laughed together for well over an hour while staff looked on with tears in their eyes.

Unfortunately, Dilan passed away peacefully a couple days later.

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."

Gene Simmons starred on an on-stage fall last Saturday, july 16th during KISS's show in Montana. During the closing of the set and while the band was playing "Rock'n'Roll All Nite" in a blizzard of comfetti Gene Simmons fells backwards and lands on stage with his back. Obviously, because of the costume and the high platforms it's not possible to get up on his own, so two roadies came for the rescue and helped him get on his feet again while the crowd was immortalizing the moment in their cell phones and cameras.

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Back to reality now, after attending one of the biggest and the most organized metal festivals in Europe I had ever been, Graspop Metal Meeting. This festival may have started as a pop festival, but this year we celebrated its 20th birthday and it was more metal than ever.

Concert Live promised you a top secret KISS product, and they are not going

Ace Frehley is beginning the new year by looking back. The former Kiss guitarist's new LP, Origins Vol. 1 – due out April 15th – finds him covering songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy and other artists that have inspired him over the years. His heavy-hitting take on Cream's "White Room" is premiering here. The LP also features his first recording with Paul Stanley, an impassioned interpretation of Free's "Fire and Water," in nearly two decades. Other guests on the record include Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Lita Ford and Rob Zombie guitarist John 5.
"I'm really thrilled with the whole thing," Frehley tells Rolling Stone. "I'm excited about it, and probably somewhere down the road there'll be a second volume."
Origins Vol. 1 Track List

1. "White Room" (Cream)
2. "Street Fighting Man" (Rolling Stones)
3. "Spanish Castle Magic," feat. John 5 (Jimi Hendrix)
4. "Fire and Water," feat. Paul Stanley (Free)
5. "Emerald," Slash (Thin Lizzy)
6. "Bring It on Home" (Led Zeppelin)
7. "Wild Thing," feat. Lita Ford (The Troggs)
8. "Parasite," feat. John 5 (Kiss)
9. "Magic Carpet Ride" (Steppenwolf)
10. "Cold Gin," feat. Mike McCready (Kiss)
11. "Till the End of the Day" (Kinks)
12. "Rock and Roll Hell" (Kiss)

KISS fans will be drooling with this since Ace Frehley posted on Facebook the link to a video featuring an entire concert from 1987. It’s Frehley’s Comet’s show at “Rock’N’Roll Heaven” in Toronto, Canada on July 7th, 1987. The video’s duration is approximately 80 minutes and it was recorded with a single camera from the back of the venue. The sound is decent.
Here’s the setlist: Rip It Out, Something Moved, Cold Gin, Love Me Right, Into The Night, New York Groove, Rock Soldiers, Breakout, Shock Me, Ace's Solo, Calling To You, We Got Your Rock, Deuce, Rocket Ride

Gene Simmons says that KISS has "a few more years" left before it calls it quits. He told Glasgow Live ahead of the band's sold-out May 27 concert at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland: "We're the hardest-working band in show business. I wear over forty pounds of studs and armor and all that stuff, seven-inch platform heels, spit fire and have to fly through the air and do all that stuff. If Bono or [Mick] Jagger, who we all love, had to dress up and do what I do, they couldn't last an hour — they just couldn't. In hindsight, it would have been smarter to be a U2 or THE [ROLLING] STONES, to wear some sneakers and a t-shirt and you're comfortable. No, we had to do it the hard way.

"So we're not gonna be able to do it into our 70s, and I'm 67 now. We'll do it for a few more years, and then when we think it's time to go, we'll go, and we'll do it the right way, with a big party. I'd like to think that we would do something that rocks the planet — something big and worldwide and maybe free.".

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