Marko Syrjala Finland’s Imperiumi spoke with KISS frontman, and bassist, Gene Simmons. Highlights of the interview appear below.

Imperiumi: How did you pick up the guys [in your solo] the band?

Gene Simmons: Well, they played on the KISS Kruise. And they do a tribute; they have a big rock show or something. You know, it just happens. I didn’t pick them; we had a different drummer. We had two different drummers before, and they just said, “Hey, you’ve got a show coming up. Our drummer can’t make it; he’s got to go.” So, I said, “Well, get another drummer. Don’t think about it.” If you plan something too much, sometimes it doesn’t work. This band just came together without any planning. We get along great. Nobody uses drugs, no drinking.

Imperiumi: Do you ever have days when you’re doing absolutely nothing?

Gene Simmons: Well, even when I have a day off, you have all these businesses, emails all the time, and lawyers, and everything. I’m even starting a company for vegetables. In about a month in grocery stores and it’ll come around the world. But it’s a new kind of vegetables. You take grapes and tomatoes, and you mix them up. And that’s big. It’s a big, big thing. I own this logo; I designed it.

Imperiumi: One thing what the KISS fans have been waiting for a long time is the next episode of Kissology. Is that ever going to be released or is something you’ve decided not to do anymore?

Gene Simmons: Well, number four is finished, but the lawyers are taking their time, I don’t know why. It takes a long time.

Imperiumi: I remember that I read your interview from the year 1985 where you said that there’s nothing more embarrassing than some guys on stage at their 50’s. I think that you pointed to Rolling Stones at the time, but things have changed.

Gene Simmons: When I was a kid, we used to say, “Don’t trust anybody over 30.” When Paul McCartney wrote a song, he said, “Will you still love me when I’m 64?” Well, he’s 74. This rock and roll thing doesn’t have rules because it never existed before. It’s a new thing. Rap is a new thing. Classical music has been here forever. Even blues has been around for a long time. Before the ’50s, there was no such thing as rock and roll, and what are the rules? The people who are writing the songs and playing them could not even read or write music. I can. I can write songs and play a few instruments and do that, but if you showed me a classical music sheet, I can’t read it but those guys that read the classic, they can’t write Dr. Love.

Imperiumi: How long you think you can carry on doing this?

Gene Simmons: Well, in KISS, we can’t continue longer than the early 70s. It’s because the band is the hardest-working band in show business. You see Iggy on stage. He doesn’t have to carry any weight, except it’s a hard show, but wear sneakers and jeans. Me? [laughter] It takes a long time, and the outfit weighs a lot, and the heels are taller even then your girlfriend’s. It’s a lot of hard work, and when we come off the stage, for me, you’re really tired. So, in its present form, KISS can’t do it 75, 74. I wouldn’t want to do it one day longer than it was real.

Imperiumi: The next KISS tour is going to start in February, is it really going to be the final tour?

Gene Simmons: I don’t know.

Imperiumi: Do you have any plans to invite some special guests from the past maybe?

Gene Simmons: We talked about it. But we haven’t decided anything. The problem is if you bring out a special guest, they come on without makeup. They do. We haven’t really gotten that far.

Imperiumi: I’m asking this only because some former members of the band have said in public that they would love to be a part of this tour, in a way or another.

Gene Simmons: Who is? [laughter] I do know, but it’s not going to… yeah. You can’t put on the makeup. You’ve been out of the band 20 years. It’s not going to happen. And it’s a difficult question because if we did bring out anybody that was in the band, they can’t put on the makeup.

Imperiumi: But you have been talking about it?

Gene Simmons: Not a lot. No.

Imperiumi: The very last question; when the time of the very last KISS show comes, would you like to have all living members of KISS joining the event?

Gene Simmons: It sounds like it should be, but I don’t know yet. We’ll see.

Read the entire interview, at Imperiumi.


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Hookers & Blow, a project formed by longtime Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi is celebrating it’s 15-year anniversary and is excited to welcome longtime friend Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders) on bass for their upcoming North American tour supporting The Dead Daisies. The twenty-five city tour will begin on August 15th in Cleveland, OH.

“We are really excited to have Robbie joining us this summer, says guitarist Grossi. “He is not only a great player, but probably one of the funniest guys we have ever met”

Most recently, Dizzy Reed has released his very first solo record Rock & Roll Ain’t Easy, featuring members of Guns N’ Roses, No Doubt, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P., The Psychedelic Furs, Thin Lizzy and many more.

The Dead Daisies are currently on the final leg of their European Burn It Down tour where they just shot a music video for the band’s next single Dead And Gone at Black Box Music.

The Dead Daisies are:

Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) – Guitar
John Corabi (Motley Crue, The Scream) – Vocals
Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) – Bass
David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) – Guitar
Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) – Drums

The Dead Daisies/Hookers & Blow – 2018 North American tour dates:

Aug. 15 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Aug. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Aug. 17 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Aug. 18 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Aug. 19 – Louisville, KY – Diamonds
Aug. 22 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Aug. 23 – London, ON – Harris Park
Aug. 24 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
Aug. 25 – Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
Aug. 26 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
Aug. 28 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Aug. 29 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s
Aug. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Aug. 31 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club

Sep. 1 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Sep. 4 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Sep. 6 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Sep. 7 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Sep. 8 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Sep. 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
Sep. 13 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
Sep. 14 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
Sep. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theater

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Former Great White frontman Terry Ilous posted the following message on his Facebook page:

“As of Monday, July 9th I was informed through an email, and the internet, that I was no longer with the band Great White. After having just played a round of back to back shows this week, needless to say, I was taken by surprise. I would, first of all, like to personally thank each and every one of the fans for their continued support over the last 8 1/2 years. It has meant a great deal to me to meet, and get to know, so many amazing people while on the road.

Taking over the lead for such an iconic band as Great White was no easy task. I did my best to never disappoint the fans and to respect and protect the legacy that Mark, Michael, Audie, and Jack had established so many years ago. Throughout these 8 1/2 yrs. I have proudly invested all of my energy and focus into the GW brand. And while I am disheartened at the abrupt end to this years tour; I will now put my focus into my solo works and other endeavors. While I have no official statement on future touring at this time, I will say that there will be some surprises in store for fans. Stay tuned to all my social media pages, announcements to come.

Thank you,
Terry Ilous”

Great White sent out an official press release announcing Mitch Malloy as their new lead singer.

Guitarist Mark Kendall said, ““Mitch is an incredible singer, artist, songwriter and engineer…We’re beyond excited to stretch our musical muscles with a fresh, new take on Great White’s catalog of hits>.”

Malloy, who originally hails from Dickinson, N.D., charted his first solo single, Anything At All in 1992. His subsequent hits Nobody Wins In This War and Our Love Will Never Die also made Billboard’s Top 100. Most recently he’s been cranking out penned hits and producing clients for his Malloy Master Tracks studio. These clients include Taylor Swift, Boys Like Girls, Kenny Loggins, Craig Morgan, Johnny Gates and many more.

Malloy has been in this is this situation before. In 1996 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Van Halen, asked Malloy to take the reigns as its singer. Although Malloy didn’t take the gig, he further established his reputation as a universally- respected frontman.

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Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy was a guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM radio show, Trunk Nation, on July 9th. Excerpts from the interview appear below (as transcribed by

On why guitarist Warren DiMartini is no longer in the band:

“Warren just didn’t wanna go out there, and when you have a corporation, or a company, that company doesn’t cease if the majority wants to move forward. We wanted to clean house, and that’s it, and go out and enjoy ourselves for once. ‘Enough drama. We’ve been through enough. I’m just moving forward — [bassist] Juan [Croucier] and myself — and just trying to keep some legacy involved. It’s very simple — you either like what you’re doing or you don’t and we do. But it has to be with the right people. It’s not like we need to hire Jimmy Page or somebody. We’re gonna work with people that we have a great time with.”

Discussing whether DiMartini was fired:

“Warren was not fired — he wasn’t fired at all. He just took it upon himself to not be involved, but I’m not gonna dwell on that subject anymore either; it’s not worth it.” He added, that he and Juan “thought things were going copacetic” with DeMartini “but later found out there were other things going on with this guy, and he just didn’t wanna partake in these shows. And that’s just how it turned out. Hey, all I know is we didn’t fire the guy. I don’t tend to dwell on things, so it doesn’t bother me. I just move forward, and that’s what we did. We wanna go out and have a good time and celebrate. It’s no big deal. Warren is no longer in the group — his choice; not ours. The company is one thing, the corporation is another, but being in a band, that’s a whole another world.”

Talking about how they found their new band members:

‘We went through auditions — many people — and we invited a lot of people to come down. We move forward; we don’t waste time — or at least Juan and I don’t…So we auditioned all these people and decided on guys that we thought would hang around for a bit and grow and hopefully see a few more years out of this… And it wasn’t a simple task, by any means…”

On guitarist George Lynch being asked to join the band:

‘If we wanted to get a big name, it would have went down and that would have been that. But it’s all scheduling, what bands they’re in, what they’re doing — it involves quite a lot of things. I don’t know if they’re on the road, if they’re with other bands, if they’re in the studio. So we had to take all of these things into consideration.

With George, it was one of my first… I brought it up first. And we got hold of him. And with much respect, it just didn’t gel. I mean, not with him playing, ’cause he’s re-recorded some Ratt songs with me before and things were great. So with much respect, I think George is a phenomenal guitar player. It just didn’t work out…We wanna do things that we haven’t been able to do in about a year or two.’ And that was the bottom line. But much respect to George. I mean, he’s phenomenal. It’s not like we don’t know each other and we haven’t played with each other.”

Discussing rumors that Jake E. Lee was also considered for the guitar position:

“”No, he wasn’t approached. We love Jake. He goes back to [Stephen’s pre-RATT band] Mickey Ratt, before the original guys, with me, so, of course, that would have been a great contender. But no, we never went there. Like I said before, they have other bands, they have other projects, records, they’re doing this…they’ve gotta pull out and do their solo stuff or they’ve gotta do their bands. That’s not gonna work.”

Ratt’s new lineup is:

* Stephen Pearcy – Vocals
* Juan Croucier – Bass
* Jordan Ziff (Razer) – Lead Guitar
* Chris Sanders (Britny Fox, Knight Fury) – Rhythm Guitar
* Pete Holmes (Black ‘N Blue, Ratt’s Juan Croucier) – Drums

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The term “supergroup” gets thrown around on a regular basis these days. However, Generation Axe undisputedly brings together some of the greatest guitarists of all time. Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abisi once again will join together to tour North America to stage 32 appearances across the country. Beginning on November 7th at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California, the run will return to markets where the inaugural tour was celebrated and hit several new cities for the first time. The general on-sale goes live July 13th.

Steve Vai offers, “The Generation Axe show is a unique performance of five fiercely talented guitar players coming together to create a six-string extravaganza that is sure to amaze and delight.”

Each tour stop will include a variety of collaborations by the five players, including everyone performing together as one cohesive band with a rhythm section including Pete Griffin (Dweezil Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Edgar Winter) on bass, Nick Marinovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) on keys, and JP Bouvet on drums. Vai, Wylde, Malmsteen, Bettencourt and Abasi will perform songs from their various catalogs and join forces on some well-known songs (as well as probably a few unexpected, unearthed gems).

Vai shares, “The Generation Axe experience goes way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. The idea was to create a seamless show with one backing band and five completely accomplished and astonishing guitarists that take to the stage in various configurations, performing some of their solo music and merging together as cohesive co-creators of lushly orchestrated guitar extravaganzas. Guitar jams like this can get really messy when there is no organization and my idea was to create parts for everybody to play in harmony and off each other so it’s not a mess of noise. This worked out remarkably well. There are places where everyone is playing together in wild harmony.”

Making this rare tour experience even more special, Generation Axe VIP packages will be offered, giving fans access to these guitars masters and exclusive one-of-a-kind memorabilia. A front row package (including a meet-and-greet), a meet-and-greet package, and a VIP tour package will be available. For additional information, visit

Generation Axe tour dates:


7 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
8 Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
9 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre #
11 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
13 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre – Denver
15 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
16 Salina, KS – The Stiefel Theatre
17 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
18 Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Theatre
19 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
20 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
21 Detroit, MI – Fillmore Detroit
23 Medford, MA – The Chevalier Theater
24 Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre
25 Kitchener, ON – Centre in the Square
27 Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
28 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
29 Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre
30 Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City – The Theater


1 Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
3 Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre
4 Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury
5 Richmond, VA – The National
8 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
9 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
10 Davie, FL – Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
11 Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
13 Austin, TX – The Moody Theater
14 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
16 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Rockwell
18 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

# Nuno Bettencourt not appearing

About the guitarists:

Many artists fit easily into a single category, while Steve Vai remains unclassifiable. He is a virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer, and consummate audio producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery. He is one of the most in-demand, versatile, eloquent and soulful guitarists in the business. The Grammy Award winner has sold over 15 million albums and toured the world as a solo artist, a member of G3, and with Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake. Vai launched his successful solo career with the release of Flex-Able in 1984 and has written, produced, and engineered all of his solo albums. He has appeared as a guest artist on more than 40 albums and created music for blockbuster films, best-selling video games, national sports franchises, and corporate brand initiatives. Vai has earned honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute.

Grammy Award winner Zakk Wylde’s legendary career includes a lengthy tenure with Ozzy Osbourne in which Wylde co-wrote and recorded several albums, including the multiplatinum No More Tears, Osbourne’s largest-selling solo album featuring the classic hit single Mama, I’m Coming Home and the bulk of the double platinum 2002 set Ozzmosis. With Osbourne, Wylde has played on countless world tours and television appearances, with his signature bullseye Les Paul in tow. Wylde has his mitts imprinted on Hollywood’s Rock Walk Of Fame; guest-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the movie Rock Star; and even jammed with Axl, Slash and Duff McKagan in Guns N’ Roses. But nothing offers the pure expression of Zakk Wylde’s animalistic “id” like Black Label Society, the stomping, heavy, bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard rock/metal quartet who are quick to rip up a solo as to dip into a piano-fueled anthemic ballad.

When Yngwie J. Malmsteen hit the scene in the early ’80s, he turned the entire guitar world upside down. Never before was guitar playing like his ever heard. Drawing inspiration from his love for Baroque and Romantic classical music, Malmsteen employs classical violin techniques such as four and five octave arpeggios, pedal notes, and harmonic minor, diminished and Phrygian scales, flawlessly delivered at mind-boggling levels of speed and clarity. In doing so, he has singlehandedly created a brand-new style of guitar playing and composing that is still derived from today. In addition to having written and produced 35+ neoclassical rock albums, Malmsteen composed and orchestrated the Concerto Suite For Electric Guitar And Orchestra, which he recorded with the prestigious Czech Philharmonic in Prague, conducted by Yoel Levy of Atlanta Symphony fame. Malmsteen subsequently performed the piece live with the New Japan Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony, among others. Malmsteen has received numerous Grammy nominations, hundreds of magazine covers, dozens of Reader’s Poll and Composer of the Year Awards, a plaque on the Rock Walk Of Fame, signature model guitars, amps, pickups, strings, picks, pedals, microphones, and more. Time magazine placed him as one of the top ten guitarists of all time. Some 35 years and 25 million+ album sales later, Yngwie shows no signs of slowing down.

Guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter, and record producer Nuno Bettencourt rose to international prominence as a guitar player with the Grammy-nominated, Boston-area band EXTREME, one of the most successful rock acts of the early to mid-1990s selling over 10 million records worldwide. Musically, Extreme is dominated by Bettencourt’s blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. Bettencourt penned the acoustic ballad More Than Words that went to #1 on the Billboard charts and Hole Hearted that reached #4. He has released multiple solo albums as well as with bands he founded, including Mourning Widows Population 1, Dramagods and Satellite Party. Bettencourt has written, produced and performed with many legendary artists including Rihanna, Steven Tyler, Paul McCartney, Janet Jackson and many others.

Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide Abasi, better known as Tosin Abasi, is a Nigerian American guitarist known as the guitar player and founder of the instrumental progressive metal band Animals As Leaders. Abasi’s compositions of intricate music have garnered critical acclaim in a few short years. Abasi is part of the breed of new contemporary players who are raising the bar on the concept of electric guitar virtuosity. His approach to the guitar stems from a passion for advanced techniques and harmony. Using seven-, eight-, and nine-string guitars have allowed Abasi to create a highly unique and individual sound.

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Legendary rock band, Great White is proud to announce that Mitch Malloy is now its lead singer. Malloy, a celebrated songwriter and artist now based in Nashville, takes the reigns as only the third lead vocalist in Great White’s 36-year history.

“Mitch is an incredible singer, artist, songwriter and engineer,” lead guitarist, Mark Kendall said. “We’re beyond excited to stretch our musical muscles with a fresh, new take on Great White’s catalog of hits. Terry Ilous has been released to join his other projects. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his run with Great White.”

Malloy, who originally hails from Dickinson, N.D., charted his first solo single, Anything At All in 1992. His subsequent hits Nobody Wins In This War and Our Love Will Never Die also made Billboard’s Top 100. Most recently he’s been cranking out penned hits and producing clients for his Malloy Master Tracks studio. These clients include Taylor Swift, Boys Like Girls, Kenny Loggins, Craig Morgan, Johnny Gates and many more.

Malloy has been in this is this situation before. In 1996 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Van Halen, asked Malloy to take the reigns as its singer. Although Malloy didn’t take the gig, he further established his reputation as a universally- respected frontman. He’s thrilled to be a part of Great White. He’s not trying to be a “clone” of previous singers Jack Rusell and Ilous.

“I have to represent this music honorably,” Malloy said. “I respect what has come before me, and have to remind fans of where they were when they first heard these songs. I also have to be myself at the same time. When I first heard my own voice with Great White’s music, I knew something special was going on.”

Guitarist and keyboardist, Michael Lardie, praised Malloy for his musical chops and reputation.

“We had an immediate rapport with Mitch,” Lardie said. “I’m positive the fans will embrace Mitch and continue to support Great White. This music is bigger than any one person.”

“We’re ready to rock with Mitch,” drummer Audie Desbrow added. “2018 and beyond still has a lot in store for Great White. Don’t ever count us down and out. It feels like we’re just getting started.”

Great White is focused on its newest journey with Malloy. They plan on returning to the studio and will update fans as soon as they can. Great White is Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards), Audie Desbrow (drums, percussion), Scott Synder (bass) and Mitch Malloy (vocals).

Catch Great White on tour. More dates are being added and all dates subject to change.

July 14 | The Lucky Eagle Casino | Rochester, Wash.
July 20 | Harrah’s Cherokee | Cherokee, N.C.
July 21 | Macon City Auditorium | Macon, Georgia
July 27 | St. Clair Riverfest | St. Clair, Mich.
July 28 | Beaver Dam Amphitheater | Beaver Dam, Ky.
July 30 | Monroe County Fair | Monroe, Mich.

August 3 | Psycho Silo | Sheffield, Ill.
August 4 | Clearfield County Fair | Clearfield, Pa.
August 15 | Iowa State Fair | Des Moines, Iowa
August 17 | Turning Stone Resort & Casino | Verona, N.Y.
August 18 | Kentucky State Fair | Louisville, Ky
August 19 | The Foundation Performing Arts Center | Spindale, N.C.
August 25 | Idaho Rock Fest Melaleca Field | Idaho Falls, Idaho

September 1 | Shenandoah County Fair | Woodstock, Va.
September 2 | Jergel’s Rhythm Grille | Warrendale, Pa.
September 8 | Grand Falls Casino | Larchwood, Iowa
September 15 | Rockefella’s Music Festival II | Banning, Calif.
September 22 | Southwind Casino | Newkirk, Okla.
September 28 | Private Event | Detroit, Mich.
September 29 | BMI Speedway | Versailles, Ohio

October 6 | Pearl River Casino & Resort | Philadelphia, Pa.

November 2 | Sycuan Casino | El Cajon, Calif.
November 16 | Golden Nugget Casino | Las Vegas, Nev.

Visit for additional details.

Great White on the web:

Official Website

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