2/25: KISS, LESLIE WEST, MICK JONES, MARTY FRIEDMAN, LITA, TMS, MORE

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Jam packed SiriusXM live show last night. Thanks to Wendy Dio for calling in and letting me premiere a song from the new Dio tribute album called This Is Your Life. It’s out April 1 and all proceeds go to RJD Cancer Fund. Also thanks to Vince Neil who called in and talked a little Motley as well as about a charity event for our mutual friend chef Kerry Simon in Vegas this Thursday. Info in the news section on my site. And also thanks to AJ, Russ and Mike of Adrenaline Mob for coming in. New album Men Of Honor sounds slamming. Also took almost two hours of calls from listeners, mostly about Kiss and the HOF and all the different sides to it. This site has become flooded with comments about this situation. I’m glad I can provide my take through the Trunk Report and also allow you guys to have a platform to post also. For the record ALL comments regardless of their position are posted here! Only comments that resort to name calling or pointless hate and bashing are not posted. I have heard from many that Kiss and their twitter accounts have been blocking people that post thoughts not in line with what they approve of in this situation, while retweeting those that do. I assure you all opinions are welcome and reflected on my platforms if I agree or not.

 

In the time since this news broke with my show Friday night the coverage has been incredible. Huffington Post, Daily News, NY Post, and even the lead story on Howard Stern’s news. Howard by the way called Kiss the “most irrelevant band in music history” and compared them to the 1910 Fruitgum Company. I do NOT agree with this assessment but he has the right to say it. I see all sides of this and in the end, no matter where you stand, it just sucks as fans who fought so hard to see this day happen, we won’t at least get a song from the four guys going in. But who knows, we have about 6 weeks before this all goes down so as we learn being Kiss fans, anything can happen. Many more things to still learn here. Do all of them show up? Who inducts them (hope I can reveal soon, it is a legit Kiss fan. What does the HOF do instead of performance? All star band? Video package? More as we get closer no doubt and as I can share.

 

Shooting a new TMS today you will see this Saturday night. After going pure metal last week with Lamb Of God, TMS goes classic rock this week! Today we shoot with Mick Jones of Foreigner, Leslie West and Lita Ford on guitar. Plus Marty Friedman from Japan on Metal Modem! Should be a fun one! I can also confirm new guests coming in our current season include Dee Snider on set and Yngwie Malmsteen playing in our last two shows! Loving all the variety in TMS in our current season. Thanks for all the amazing response. Keep watching and let’s keep growing this thing even after 5 years and more than 100 shows. Hearing from new fans every day and I appreciate it!

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82 thoughts on “2/25: KISS, LESLIE WEST, MICK JONES, MARTY FRIEDMAN, LITA, TMS, MORE

  1. Enjoyed your show last night Eddie. Only thing I can add to this Kiss discussion is that it probably would have been easier to Paul & Gene to “close” that can of worms that would’ve opened up if they did a one-time, one-song reunion with Peter & Ace than it is to storm the current controversy in the decision not to perform at all.

  2. My two-cents on KISS. I don’t agree with Gene and Paul’s decision to exclude Ace & Peter from performing on stage at the ceremony, but their ultimate decision to not perform at all is probably the right one. However, I think the HOF is responsible in part for this situation. They shouldn’t be able, or even want too, dictate which members of a band are inducted into the HOF. If they’re inducting KISS, then all variations of KISS should be included since they are, theoretically, celebrating a band’s career. If the entirety of the KISS history was being inducted, I think a case could be made for a large current/past members KISS jam.

  3. What KISS allows on their own Twitter feed is their right. Twitter and Facebook (above all else) are used as publicity machines. It is a business not some teenager looking for friends and approval. So like any good business you market yourself in a positive way. This is no different than blocking some punk who puts hate comments on an ex-friends Twitter.

    As far as Howard Stern goes…what credentials does this guy have? Ok he has a popular radio show but calling arguably the most influential rock band in history “irrelevant” just shows the man has no credibility. Just ask most bands that came after KISS, they will all have a KISS story from childhood, talking about how they inspired them. Look I do not like Led Zeppelin but I certainly respect what they accomplished. Stern is a joke and he is confirming that with his comments.

    1. LED ZEPPELIN RULES! 100% agree with Howard Stern Kiss is a gimmick band and short on musicianship basically a Money Making Whore machine interested only in TAKING YOUR MONEY Gene Simmons is a ego money grubbing make up dude not a musician

    2. Look I love Kiss more than most, but calling them the most influential rock band in history is a stretch. Perfomance wise they paved the way bands do live shows but musically while the songs are awesome they are just great songs. Bands like the Beatles (who Gene often says about Kiss being a hard rock Beatles) Led Zeppelin, The Who, Elvis, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Queen, and the Kinks have had a much greater impact musically than Kiss. Paul often mentions Zeppelin as an influence, Ace talks about the Who and so on. Stern has been in the radio business for 40 years and has tons of credibilty. Just ask Bon Jovi about that. Stern has never been a Kiss fan so his comments do not surprise me, but to attack him is ridiculous. Music is opinion based and while we Kiss fans have taken tons of abuse for the love of them, we shouldnt be surprised or attack when someone comments like that. Because someone doesnt get the appeal of a band doesnt mean their opinion isnt valid. Kiss is pure escapism and tons of fun, but I also listen to all the bands above for different reasons. You can hear all the bands metioned above in just about every Kiss song, if you are familiar with those bands. I also forgot to put Alice Cooper (who sued Kiss over copying the melody from “I’m Eighteen” for the song Dreamin’ from Psycho Circus, which Alice won). So let’s stop all the hate and just bask in the glory of them finally getting in.

  4. Hi Eddie. You do know that this is all one big swerve by Kiss, right? All of this Kiss news has everybody talking and they are getting major publicity in the mainstream media. This is all good for business.The original band is going to perform. There is no doubt about it.

  5. You need to induct the band Eddie you are true to the band in all the decades of their carrier ,and I would love be at your side since Dave (nirvana) will be an inducted himself

    1. I agree with Roberto as well Eddie. No one deserves the honor of inducting Kiss anymore than you do . I personally cant think of anyone that has carried the induction torch more than you have, and because you have the media and social vehicles at your disposal to make your voice ,and the voice of the millions of fans that you also help to speak for heard, it makes you the perfect candidate. And it goes without saying, but if you did induct them, be a pretty safe bet which two original members would show up at the ceremony, as for the other two that ones up in the air.

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