Thanks to Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt of California Breed for hanging out in studio with me last night for my Q104.3 NYC radio show. Hear this show on all affiliate stations listed on this site next weekend usual time and day. Glenn is truly remarkable. The guy partied harder than anyone in the 70’s and 80’s and came through it looking and sounding better in 2014 than people half his age. Interesting revelations in last nights interview including his recent open heart surgery, the fact that he recorded and was close to announcing a band with the DiLeo brothers of STP, and how he started California Breed and found his new young guitarist. Was also cool to hear that things are fine now with Joe Bonamossa after the demise of BCC. Love the Cal Breed album and look forward to hosting their second ever show tonight in NYC at The Gramercy. The history of Glenn Hughes is truly amazing and this new band is already one of my favorite chapters yet.

I’ll also be swinging by Brian Tichy’s Bonzo Bash at Bergen PAC early tonight before hitting Cal Breed. Brian is also doing a Randy Rhoads tribute Tuesday at The Stone Pony and Wed at Bergen PAC in NJ. Congrats to all the ticket winners on my radio shows.

R&R HOF ceremony finally premieres tonight on HBO more than 6 weeks after it happened. As many of you know I was lucky enough to be there at the table with Ace and as a guest of him and Peter that night. I sent out many photos, posted video, and we discussed it at great length before, during and since it happened. Tonight you will see what HBO has decided to air from the night. But as I said all along, the Kiss part of the evening was very very minimal compared to all the others inducted. They were the only band to have no musical performance of any kind (although Ace was going to jam at the end but it was cut because it went so late, I think Springsteen band is STILL talking..). Will also be interesting to see what they include of Paul’s speech. My video uncut from the night shows what was said completely. Paul took some well deserved shots at the HOF. Be interesting to see what they leave in. It’s nice Kiss is finally in after 15 years. In many circles the fighting between them, the HOF, etc still goes on. But at least they are in and you will see some version of the induction tonight. You will also see that Tom Morello did a great job inducting them, at least in my opinion.

Mostly positive comments here on the new Ace song. I played it last night and will again on the SiriusXM show Monday. I think it sounds like classic Ace and is exactly what you’d expect from Ace’s style and vibe. I really like his voice. Of course he was never Paul Rodgers or Robert Plant, Dio, etc, but he has that same youthful sound in his voice from the ’78 record again which is cool. The album is out July 8th.

Have a good weekend all!

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  • Dave Esselburn on

    Also, the interview with Hughes last night was wonderful. Glad he and Bonamassa are cool with each other now. And he sounded like he was going to cry talking about Dio. Very touching moments in the interview.

  • Dave Weitz on

    I’m putting all of my $$$ on both Paul’s AND Daryl Hall’s speeches being heavily edited, with Bruce’s and the band’s being shown in their entirety (still snoozing). I was there that night as well and there’s no way Jann Wenner allows their opinions to be heard by the masses tonight. Nonetheless, it was a big night for the KISS Army and I’ll be watching tonight \m/ \m/

  • tom on

    dave you were close. they cut up ace and peters and left paul and gene in its entirety.hmmmm conspiracy theories anyone???

  • Tyler Adams on

    I absolutely loved the interview with Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watts last night! Glenn Hughes is always great to listen to. The new California Breed album is smokin’! However, I am a little more partial to Black Country Communion. I just really dug the BCC sound and the way Glenn played with the band. Especially on songs like Black Country. He doesn’t really play like that with California Breed. I just wish I had of had the chance to see them play live. But now that BCC is no more and probably never will be again, I just feel like kinda out of place listening to them. Its not like Hendrix, or Cream, or Zeppelin, ect. where they are a classic band that everyone knows and listens to and all that Jazz. in my experience, its more like they came, people barely knew them, and then they left the building not to ever return. They just don’t seem to have that relevancy anymore and it feels like the band was never meant to happen. Am I wrong to feel like that? But nonetheless I look forward to great things from California Breed.

    Now as for the new Ace Frehley single, Gene and Paul will probably sue Ace for ‘Stealing the Kiss sound’…LOL It sounds just like the old 70’s Kiss sound along with his Kiss solo record sound. Everytime Ace plays lead there is no mistaking who it is. He is the only person that sounds like that or can sound like that. Tommy, even tho he copies Ace’s parts, still cannot sound like Ace no matter what he does. I love the new song and can’t wait for the album. It’s really Ace going back to his roots and doing what he loves. Without Ace you wouldn’t have the sound that Kiss had in the 70’s, which was evident in the 80’s and even now with the guitar players who replaced him. so really you could say that Ace made the Kiss sound. I hope his new album brings him back in a big way.

    As for the KISS RRHOF induction, it was just like you said. short n sweet. Then it was like quickly cut to Cat Stevens as if to say thank God thats over with, we never have to deal with that again. Almost kind of rude tho. But it is what it is and Kiss is finally in and we can move on to Deep Purple and other bands. Now we just need to work on kicking out non rock n roll bands and sending them to there rightful Hall of Fame home! Oh wait, some of them don’t have a home… and look at that no one cares if they do or not. Just get out of the ROCK AND ROLL Hall of fame where you don’t belong! Or if its insisted that they stay and belong there, then change the name of the hall to reflect that more than just rock n roll bands are in the hall.

    Thats my two cents on it all. Thank you and goodnight! LOL

  • Rob on

    Although I’m glad that KISS was inducted, I think an opportunity to blow the roof off the joint was sorely missed. It would’ve been the best time to show the audience that KISS wasn’t just a collection of gimmicks ,but really can rock. I also liked how Darryl Hall more or less called the Hall on the bullshit just like Paul’s been doing.

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