3/10: MICK MARS, DEE SNIDER, HHFEST, KISS, GEORGE LYNCH, MORE

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Thanks for all the awesome response to the Mick Mars TMS episode. Great to have guys you don’t hear from often on. Also great response to my in depth radio interview making the rounds. Appreciate that. Was fun to spend a couple days with Mick and get to know him better after all these years. Episode 9 of our current 12 episode season tapes tomorrow with Dee Snider as our guest and Chris Caffery playing guitar. Some other surprises possible as well. More from the set via Twitter tomorrow as we start to roll. As usual see it this Saturday premiere on VH1C. This weeks Mick Mars show replays all week, just check your grids for days and times.

 

MANY reports about this weekends Hell & Heaven Festival’s status in Mexico City. Latest I am hearing is it is on but at a new location outside Mexico City. Please understand I am a VERY small part of this event and I am only getting my info from the agent that booked me on it. If you are in Mexico you likely know more than me. Assuming it does happen I will be there as planned. I’ll keep you posted on what I hear but much I am learning from you and some of the bands playing I have friends in. Hope it all works out.

 

Many reports and rumors out there about Kiss and the R&R HOF. All I can tell you is at this time there are NO plans for any version of Kiss to play at it at all and no tribute act either. All four members will make a speech and there would likely be a video montage and that’s about it. Of course anything can change but that is where things are at now I am being told and it does not look likely to be different come 4/10.

 

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Comments

  1. I think kiss should makeup and give the fans what they want gene paul ace and peter doing rock and roll allnite, kiss being a new york band and peter being a brooklyn guy barclays is the right place right time one last performance for all the bullshit, kiss fans have endured for 40plus years, do it get it over with and die peacefully!!!

  2. Whoa wait – that IS news! All 4 KISS originals are attending?

  3. Eddie, so good to see Chris Caffery being on, saw him live back in the day with Savatage, just a great underrated guitarist. Great shows the last couple of weeks and looks like this week will be fantastic with Dee. Can’t we have more than twelve episodes….please??? Best show ever.

  4. Hearing Mick was great. I’ve always been disappointed with how over looked he’s been. Motley were the first ban I got into in 4th or 5th grade. I know it’s not up to you, but I’d love to see Al Pitrelli on TMS. I know he’s known as a session/fill in guy, but he’s over looked too. What he did with Savatage and Widowmaker was great. Not to mention Megadeth’s, “Rude Awakening”

  5. Eddie I have come to the conclusion that “KISS” and when I say “KISS” I mean the 4 Core—Ace, Gene, Peter & Paul will never be no more. They were 4 very unique individuals that came together at the right time & created a onslaught of not only music but a flurry of interest from every point of the entertainment world. “KISS” was and always will be the band that everyone envisioned themselves being in. THANK GOD we have youtube/history to always visit to & relive the magic that the 4 Core very unique guys gave us. KISS today is Gene, Paul, Tommy & Eric, & that is fine I guess but that energy, firepower and most of all, the magic just isn’t there that the 4 core had in the 70’s & The Reunion Tour. The magic is gone but the history will forever live, long live “KISS”!!!!!!! Joe in The Cuse.

  6. Thing I liked about Mick Mars on the recent TMS episode, beyond his talent, is that it appears he is a really good hearted guy, not just a sleazy opportunist trying to capitalize or cash in on whatever he can. Much of the music business is notorious for some pretty bottom of the barrel and lowest common denominator type of personalities. Not that there aren’t a lot of great people out there in the biz as I’m sure Eddie would attest to. What is also impressive is that the quality of the music Mick makes means more to him than the actual number of units sold. All in all, he seems like a really stand up guy. Very refreshing to meet guys like him. Lastly, there are a lot of healthier musicians out there than Mick I’m sure who are less appreciative for what they have. Look at what Mick has to endure on a daily basis yet he is a shining example of taking the good with the bad and making the absolute most of his lot. I’m a long term cancer survivor and the good thing about going through a bad time is that you really appreciate the small and simple things in life. All the best to you in the future Mick with regards to your health and musical endeavors.

  7. I just saw a billboard for KISS appearace at San Manuel Casino in Southern California…..All four members faces from neck up….no makeup….mmmmmm….looks like Gene and Paul are trying to promote a different way than the old fake idenity impostors….HAHAAAAA!!!

  8. Eric Heaton says:

    I wonder if the real reason kiss wont perform is that paul’s voice is shot?

  9. Taskerofpuppets says:

    Great show! You can really tell Mick is serious about Motley’s ending their run- can see it in his eyes. Sad to see how the disease is taking its toll on his poor body. He’s always been a unique guitarist and individual and appears to be the calmer of the Crue. If, that’s possible. Keep up the great work Ed, Jim and Don \M/

  10. Any opinion on the guitar world interview with Paul Stanley and his comments on Ace?

    • I have given my opinion on all of this many times in the Trunk Report and on radio. Instead of rehashing mine just like seeing everyone elses. Thanks

  11. Eddie,
    With the release of Paul Stanley’s book coming in April I was wondering if you had read any or all of the books written by the other members of KISS and what you thought of them. I have read books by Ace, Peter and Gene. Although I enjoyed Ace’s stories. I found Peter’s book to be the most honest. I just wonder if Paul’s will be more like the self serving pablum of Gene or a more honest story of the band from his perspective.

  12. Doesn’t matter, just get them on the same stage and Gene Simmons eyes will fill with dollar signs and Ace will be playing on the 40th anniversary tour. KISS and make up boys cause the current version sucks.

  13. And you are running out of time.

  14. John Jenkins says:

    Eddie,
    Do you think theres any chance Ace and Peter might join forces in the future and do a few shows together? I think the time is right and the fans would love it especially in the NY NJ area.

    • No

      • Why not? Why wouldn’t Ace and Peter consider this?

        • Larry "Stone Bandit" Jackson says:

          They’re too many deep seeded issues between the both of them… If you break a pact, it’s hard for anyone to trust you. With that being said…, check out some footage on You Tube w/ Eddie Trunk regarding Ace and Peter… Hope this puts you on the right track…. As far as my opinion on the
          KISS situation, sometimes it’s best to remember the good times of what the band was and represented for the fans…. I now and currently decided to move on to bigger and better groups, Kill Devil Hill and Adrenaline Mob!!!!!

  15. Boy that Mexico thing sounds sketchy! If you want to read about a horribly run show check out the Blue Oyster Cult Hotrails website:

    http://www.hotrails.co.uk/history/1976.htm 6/4/76 in Idaho was a horror story come to life! The promoters sold the heck out of 3 day rock festival and skipped town during the festival when they realized they weren’t going to make any money. Bands just took down their equipment and weren’t going to play. The crown went ballistic and it’s fortunate nobody was killed.

    • Here’s an excerpt from the site, from a Blue Oyster Cult roadie:

      Yes we played! Three day outdoor festival… BOC was a featured headliner, as was Rainbow and Bachman Turner Overdrive. Nazareth played before us on the first night. We were supposed to leave our lights on stage for the other two days shows… BOC was going to Oakland CA to do Day On the Green in the interim and didn’t need the production support; i.e. sound and lights…

      Then we found that the promoter had left with the money and from the booking agent in New York we learned that B.T.O. didn’t even know they were to play! That’s when Rick Downey and I took over the ticket booth. I had a 44 mag. hand gun a security guard lent me. We continued to sell tickets for the three day event not even knowing if we would get past that first day… trying to get the Cult’s money. We counted nickels and dimes!!

      We started taking down the light rig after our show… that started the riot… the kids had been ripped off by this promoter before and were ready to strike… first thing out of the ordinary I noticed was an ice cream truck tumbling down the grandstands… then some kids got in a Freightliner and started driving around the race track with kids hanging from the mirrors!!!!! There was a 100 foot crane to put up the top over the stage; the top was tied off to two empty forty foot trailers on either side of the stage… kids got in the crane and started moving toward the stage, jerking the boom from side to side!

      A lighting guy attacked the crane with a large/big ass fork lift while we were struggling to get the equipment off the stage before the crane strikes (stage hands had left as did the horseback riding security guards)… we just got the lasers in the truck and as I was driving away, in the rear view mirror I saw the crane fall on the stage; the top came down and flipped the trailers that were supporting it!!!!… the kids then burned everything in site: four big genie’s, about ten big Winnebagos (used as dressing rooms) the stage, grandstands and every building on the site… WOW!

      One of the most dangerous scenes I’ve ever been part of!!!!!! The highway was on a rise and the state patrol had about ten cars up there (1/2 mile away) just watching the riot!

      The HOT-RAILS site is super entertaining if you’re a fan of 1970s and 80s rock and roll. Lots of great stories featuring bands like Rush, UFO, KISS, FOGHAT etc…. All the greats and some great inside info, like when Ritchie Blackmore got so pissed off at Don Airey that they took off without him after a gig:

      Sam Judd

      Ritchie Blackmore broke a string 1st song, and played the rest of the set BEHIND his stacks…

      When it came time for Cozy’s solo, Don Airey walked over to Richie and asked him why he was standing back there… and right in front of my face, RB knocked him flat on his arse and jumped on him and went to wailing…

      Once his roadie Fergie went to break it up, we (Ricky Reyer, Fergie and I) joined in and yanked Blackmore off Don… but at this point Cozy finished the solo… BAM!!… flashpots went off and Cozy jumped off the riser and went to kicking the shit out of Don, who was still down, being attended to by Rick Downey…

      At this point Downey nodded with his head that we should probably fall back to neutral ground and we left the stage… they played “Long Live R&R” and came off short about 10 min… end of the night…

      Fast forward 6 hrs to 3 AM at Richfield Coliseum (45 miles from Cleveland and the nearest CAB much less TRUCK and, as our buses pulled away from the gig in the middle of the prairie, there sat poor Don Airey at the top of the ramp… with his Hammond B-3, 2 Leslies, Yamaha CP-80 piano and 4 synths… all alone… in the cold rain… enough gear to FILL a good sized “Transit Van” as you lot say…

      No idea what he did that night… I’d love to ask him sometime…

      Sad image for sure…

      • Sorry about the lengthy posts Eddie and Dana, but I thought you and some of the readers might enjoy some of the stories. The Mexico City bit reminded me….

  16. Eddie,

    Never a big motley crue fan… More into the heavier artists. I gotta say, Mick Mars
    really caught my attention. What a down to earth person. His story moved me so much
    I bought some Too Fast For Love songs on iTunes. I can’t stop listening
    too Public Enemy #1, Merry Go Round, and the title track. You turned me
    onto something I never thought I would listen too. Long live Mick Mars!

  17. In regards to remastering, it seems most labels are content with raising the levels (brickwalling) which can really cause listening fatigue. Conversely, a lot of vinyl reissues are being released from the CD master.
    And I have a guess as to who will induct Kiss into the RRHOF–is it Garth Brooks?

  18. Shame about the Kiss thing, life’s too short. I love all the Kiss, including the solo records, up to and including The Elder, which was a huge risk and a great record, but since it bombed Paul and Gene would never go out on a limb like that again. Their 80s stuff was so over-engineered, it’s too shrill sounding and it always ends up giving me a headache. I can’t believe people think Creatures is so great; it is so badly engineered, drums way too loud, guitars too compressed and almost muffled; most of the songs on that are pretty mediocre. Crazy Nights, is actually their best record from that decade, it sounds like it was actually really worked on, some atrocious lyrics notwithstanding. Revenge is half a great record, Carnival of Souls has some great moments, but you can hear them second guessing themselves trying to be current. Psycho Circus, a completely wasted opportunity, after reclaiming their championship belt you would think they would get Eddie Kramer and go for something along the lines of side 4 on Alive II. Instead they get Bon Jovi’s producer, Paul and Gene decide to put all of their stuff that wasn’t good enough for Hot in the Shade and Carnival of Souls on it, and then they make sure that out of all the songs submitted by Ace, they pick the worst one. Then what they did to Peter with that ballad…it’s like they sabotaged the reunion on purpose, the first song is the only halfway decent song on the whole damn thing. Sonic Boom, the first two songs smoke, the rest sounds too much like New Country, if it isn’t just filler. Monster: great vibe, Gene plays some phenomenal bass on Monster, and “Freak” would’ve been a hit if they would’ve let a young band cover it. But for me, none of what they did after The Elder has the same quality and spirit. A song like “I,” that song is so ingenious, when has metal ever had such an infectious groove? That walking bass line, just incredible. OK, bring on the hail storm of flak, I can’t believe what people say on here. Yes that is my real name, and I am six feet, 230 pounds. I spent alot of my formative years in the ghetto of East Oakland and I am white…so I don’t scare easy, if at all. Thanks Kiss, I can’t say I could’ve made it without you.

  19. pete lytel says:

    Kiss, seriously guys, enough is enough. Just do one song, sans makeup, then the current lineup go out and do your 40th anniversary tour. Youre acting childish and foolish. Do it for your fans and your history. No one expects a new reunion tour. Times are tough enough as it is for us regular folks out here. Whats the big deal? You are acting very detached from your fans. Do one song please. And Gene and Paul bury the hatchet with Eddie already. Do you have any clue how much he has supported you?? I know…theyre never going to read this LOL. Once my gramma sent an email to the president.

  20. Eddie-
    Thanks for having Tom Keifer on last Saturday’s show. He’s got so much vibe in his playing, and his latest release “The Way Life Goes” is beyond unbelievable–it’s got a 70’s era Aerosmith groove to it that is the best stuff I’ve heard in years!

    Randy

  21. Kevin Thompson says:

    Hey Eddie, how is Mick’s health. He seems very feeble to me. He can’t weigh 100 lbs.

  22. Dewey Fischer says:

    Hi Eddie
    Enjoyed the George Lynch interview (saw Lynch Mob last month great show !). One thing George mentioned and something you have talked about occasionally is the “Business of Rock and Roll”
    I do not think it is thought about much with the general music crowd. But if you get down to brass tacks as they say the Queensryche issue is about business, Dave Lombardo and Slayer is about business. Your favorite band not coming to your town is about business (no hall big enough or small enough to do the show). Maybe you could bring in a guest that is a buyer, promoter or the like to discuss the business aspect of music, i think it would make for an interesting segment. Love Trunk Nation and I DVR That Metal Show every week. Keep up the great work Eddie.

  23. Gene and Paul are too busy with their football team…LA kiss…it has and always about them..regardless…

  24. Eddie, I enjoyed your show last night on Trunk Nation. Having a very long commute to and from work every day, your show is a blessing….as is Hair Nation, etc. I love the great questions and the discussions….however, I don’t know how you can stand it when people go off the rails by asking “whatever happened to that band?” (Google people) or “what version of Van Halen do you like?” My new favorite statement that makes me want to pull over because I am laughing my ass off is “I don’t do….I am not very good with computers.” Great show Eddie.

  25. Fryzilla says:

    Any word on who is inducting them?

  26. Eddie I kinda find this somewhat bothersome. This is from a recent CNN interview ——–Paul Stanley recently commented on the Farewell Tour during an appearance on CNN – “When we did the farewell tour I realized I didn’t want to say farewell to KISS, I wanted to say farewell to two of the members.” —–Now Eddie my question is this…” When is enough — ENOUGH”???? Very poor taste. Joe in The Cuse

  27. Beth Milligan says:

    I will tell you Mick Mars is not only a truly great guitarist, but one of the strongest men I think I’ve gotten a chance to listen to. The illness he has is beyond pain as most people outside of cancer would ever understand. For him to have gotten up there year after year knowing what happening to him is courage personified. I swear I was almost in tears. There’s no whining there; no self pity, just a kind, funny man going to give his music all it has till he’s in that grave with that tube playing Motley! What a huge treat that episode was! Thank you Eddie and please pass on our Love (my Husband, Robin and I) to Mick! Have a great week Eddie!

  28. Shame about the Kiss thing, life’s too short. I love all the Kiss, including the solo records, up to and including The Elder, which was a huge risk and a great record, it is the most esoteric Kiss record, but since it bombed Paul and Gene would never go out on a limb like that again. Their 80s stuff was so over-engineered, it’s too shrill sounding and it always ends up giving me a headache. I can’t believe people think Creatures is so great; it is so badly engineered, drums way too loud, guitars too compressed and almost muffled; most of the songs on that are pretty mediocre. Crazy Nights, is actually their best record from that decade, it sounds like it was actually really worked on, some atrocious lyrics notwithstanding. Revenge is half a great record, Carnival of Souls has some great moments, but you can hear them second guessing themselves trying to be current. Psycho Circus, a completely wasted opportunity, after reclaiming their championship belt you would think they would get Eddie Kramer and go for something along the lines of side 4 on Alive II. Instead they get Bon Jovi’s producer, Paul and Gene decide to put all of their stuff that wasn’t good enough for Hot in the Shade and Carnival of Souls on it, and then they make sure that out of all the songs submitted by Ace, they pick the worst one. Then what they did to Peter with that ballad…it’s like they sabotaged the reunion on purpose, the first song is the only halfway decent song on the whole damn thing. Sonic Boom, the first two songs smoke, the rest sounds too much like New Country, if it isn’t just filler. Monster: great vibe, Gene plays some phenomenal bass on Monster, and “Freak” would’ve been a hit if they would’ve let a young band cover it. But for me, none of what they did after The Elder has the same quality and spirit. A song like “I,” that song is so ingenious, when has metal ever had such an infectious groove? That walking bass line, just incredible. Thanks Kiss, I can’t say I could’ve made it without you.

  29. Ed, none of your videos for TMS are availalble to play in New Zealand, can that be changed?

  30. Good. Even though the original KISS lineup is not performing, it’s still a reunion and quite a way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1st 2 KISS albums. You’re right that it’s never a dull moment with the original members.

  31. So, then the event music will be all E-Street Band and Hall and Oates?
    It just rings a little false, and I see that the responses here are dropping off. They’ve done it. They’ve pushed us to the point where we just don’t care. Hoo. Ray.

  32. Kiss are a bunch of LOSERS!
    They can’t do 4 lousy songs with the original guys. Other bands have done it. Just recently Heart did it.
    Paul and Gene are a couple of tools. I was looking forward to this and was considered getting tickets to go. But after the cluster phuck with Gene and Paul I said forget it. I don’t need to hear about Paul Stanley’s pettiness of things that happened 30 years ago. What a loser! Let it go. With such pettiness it must be a nightmare to work with or be around this tool.
    I have no interest in seeing Kiss now.
    I don’t need to see a tribute band.
    I don’t need to see and hear Pauls broken voice.
    I don’t need to see 2 guys who stayed too long at the party and not know when to leave. It is embarrassing.

    If it was up to me I would UN-induct them.

  33. It’s so refreshing to see a guy like Mick Mars while all this kiss bullshit is going on. Me and my GF were 2nd row in Vegas residency on 2/8/12. Mick was right in front if us. He smoked!! What a killer guitar player. You never hear this guy complain about his health. And Im sure if Gene and Paul were in charge they’d fire him. The Crüe are the real deal man. Brothers forever. I will miss Mötley Crüe!! God bless you Mick!

  34. David Waites says:

    Kiss is acting like immature overpaid brats and impostors of today,this is in the beginning of kiss the ones that should have been in 20 years ago,Ace and Peter are icons and blocks of the foundation of kiss.

  35. Mark Ellis says:

    I would like to concur with all those who are praising Mick Mars. What a hell of a guy. Hey Jim, good call including “Red Hot” on your Top Five list. Back in the day of the SF 49ers 80s-90s dynasty, we used to play that song before games to psych up.

  36. Chiming in a little late on the Mick stuff, but yeah, I really enjoyed the TMS and got a chance to finish the Sirius/XM interview. Eddie, or whomever else wants to chime in, I don’t get all the hating on Theater of Pain! My two favorite Motley albums by far are Shout and Too Fast, but I certainly don’t think Theater is one of their worst. C’mon…Louder than Hell, Tonight, Keep Your Eye on the Money, Save our Souls, not to mention the iconic Home Sweet Home. Of all their more well known albums, I actually like Dr. Feelgood the least. Other than the title track, Kickstart and Don’t Go Away Mad, I think it’s very overrated. In my opinion a lot of that album is pure pop/cheese metal at its worst. I’d rank the big five best to worst Shout, Too Fast, Girls, Theater, Feelgood. Just my two cents.

  37. What does Bruce Kulick have to say about this mess? He was in the band way longer that Tommy. Eddie maybe put him on TMS and get his perspective?

  38. Gene and Paul: You guys should do some kind things for your fans, especially the die hards that have been around since 73.
    1) Be nicer on twitter. stop blocking fans that care.
    2) Do a 10 min set for the fans at the RRHF. Tell Tommy and Eric to chill and watch because they weren’t there in the beginning, the FANS were. And if they are FANS, they should oblige
    3) Get Peter and Ace to sign a contract that says ” 3 songs only at RRHF” and that’s it. Set the expectation that its for the FANS.
    4) your FAN BASE will be eternally grateful of the 4 originals play. If you don’t, you will lose a lot of your loyal fans because you’re not doing the right thing by Ace and Peter and the FANS.

    Come on G&P, do it, you got “Nothing To Lose”

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