KISS400 The manager of KISS has confirmed the group are in talks to launch a TV talent show to find replacements for frontman Paul Stanley and guitarist Gene Simmons – when the duo eventually retire.

It has long been rumored that founding members Stanley and Simmons hope to keep the band running when they decide to quit – but both men have been evasive when asked about whether any new members have been signed up and if the takeover will happen after their current world tour.

The rock veterans are the only original members left in the band, which was marred by the departure of Ace Frehely and Peter Criss and the death of Eric Carr in 1991 – the group now includes replacements Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.

However their longtime manager Doc McGhee insists that there are indeed plans to replace all four band members and keep KISS alive for a new generation – they are close to signing a deal to find their replacements through an American Idol-style TV show.

McGhee says in a new TV documentary about the band, “I believe that KISS can go on forever. I believe that there is a way – and we are talking to people and we’re pretty close to getting it done – about finding the four new members of KISS.”

As our own Eddie Trunk reports in his Trunk Report, despite the fact that this article is dated 2008, Eddie writes, “the plan and closer than ever to happening…maybe two years away from launching.”



judaspriest640 Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with Judas Priest members Rob Halford (vocals) Glenn Tipton (guitar) and Richie Faulkner (guitar). Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Songfacts: How does the songwriting work in Judas Priest?

Glenn Tipton: It can be anywhere around. What we normally do is go and get our own bunch of ideas together and then we meet up, throw it into the pot and see what comes out. When the room lights up, we’re onto something – we usually end up with a great song.

So it’s very exciting with Judas Priest, because you go to a writing session with nothing and you never know what you’re going to come away with. It can be a riff that sets off somebody else’s train of thought or it can be a vocal line, or a lyric, or title, or it can even be a riff. And suddenly, a song takes shape. It’s amazing the way it does. Like a jigsaw puzzle, it just all falls into place.

Rob Halford: You start the day with nothing and then you end up with something that’s going to be around longer than you are. The most amazing part of being in any band, I think, is the creative process and seeing what you’ve got left.

Some days, you’ve got nothing. Some weeks you’ve got nothing. But in the general sense of the word, when we would get together there’d always be a spark, so that you’d have a reference to go back to the next day or maybe a week later.

You can’t rush writing music, because if you do rush it, it generally just only has that sense. Some songs will come together very, very simply, but generally, the ones that are really well composed do take a lot of thought, especially when you’ve got hundreds and hundreds of songs already in the vault that are established and part of your repertoire. You’re always trying to better yourself in that respect, so it isn’t easy. It’s not easy, especially 40 years later.

Songfacts: I could imagine.

Rob: Yeah. That’s why I’m so proud of this record. It’s not just another Priest record. It’s a very strong classic metal statement from the band.

Songfacts: Let’s discuss the title track of Redeemer of Souls.

Rob: It’s another song of empowerment for me in the lyrical message. It’s got the little bit of the fantasy element, creating a figure, this redeemer of souls.

What is he? He’s not a destructive guy, he’s coming to bring that redemption with metal, and I think that’s a very iconic type of representation for Judas Priest.

The whole song for me is very unique in its sound and what’s coming through the speakers. If you’re a Priest fan, you go, “That’s my band. That’s why I love this kind of music.” And the statement is there in the four minutes that you hear, and this is what I want from Priest in 2014.

Glenn: I just think it typifies Priest. The rhythm of it is very reminiscent of things we’ve done before. We haven’t tried to repeat anything – it’s just what comes naturally from us.

That’s what I like about that song: it’s a very natural Judas Priest song. And I love the high noon reference, as well, which to me typifies that god, half-molten metal, half-human walking down some sort of deserted cowboy town with tumbleweeds and dust and dirt. That’s the picture it conjures up for me.

Rob: I was thinking Cowboys & Aliens [a 2011 film about a spaceship that lands in the Old West]. Everybody thought that movie sucked and I loved it!

Richie: To me, Redeemer of Souls, the title track, it came about very naturally, as the guys have said. It’s instantly Judas Priest as soon as it comes in. It does have elements of earlier Priest, as they order it. It’s the same band. It’s very instant and very direct. It’s simple, but it’s what you’d expect from a Judas Priest song. It was the first song that got put out to the public just to let you know that Priest is back and this is what it’s about, really.

Songfacts: One of my favorite older Judas Priest songs is Dissident Aggressor. How did you come up with that title?

Rob: It’s about the Berlin Wall in 1970 something or other. I couldn’t sleep, so I went out for a walk. I went to the Berlin Wall and I walked up on top of a boxy-looking post thing.

Glenn: A watchtower-type thing.

Rob: Watchtower thing. It was in November, it was freezing cold, and I was looking over from West Berlin, which is all brightly lit up – pubs were up and everything. And the East side was just dead. It was pitch black, no lights were on, and there were these Russian guys looking back at me in binoculars. That was the seed for what that song talks about, about “I know what I am in Berlin.”

Read more at Songfacts.

Judas Priest’s new album, Redeemer of Souls, is available for purchase today (July 8th).



deeppurple2011 Deep Purple, fresh off a European tour to support their 19th studio album NOW What?!, is heading stateside for a North American tour. It begins August 4th in Scottsdale, AZ (all tour dates below).

NOW What?! was originally released in North America in April 2013 via earMusic/Eagle Rock Entertainment. The album marked the next great chapter in the band’s 40+ year career, blending the classic 70s Deep Purple spirit with modern production and a progressive mindset. Having reached #1 in Germany, Russia, Czech Republic and Austria, charting Top 5 in 7 countries and Top 10 in 10 countries, not to mention hitting the British Top-20 for the first time in 20 years, Deep Purple celebrated with the release of NOW What?! Gold Edition earlier this year, which included additional songs and a live bonus disc.

In anticipation of their return to North America, Deep Purple will release their next single to radio: All The Time In The World.

Blazing off the success of NOW What?!, Deep Purple is ready to bring the sizzle to the States this summer.

Deep Purple North American tour dates:


4 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Casino
5 Ventura, CA Ventura County Fair
6 Costa Mesa, CA Orange County Fair
8 Lincoln, CA Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre
9 Roseburg, OR Douglas County Fair
10 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino
13 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery
14 Valley Center, CA Harrah’s Rincon Casino Event Center
15 Las Vegas, NV Fremont St. Downtown
16 Wendover, NV Peppermill Casino Concert Hall
20 Elgin, IL Festival Park
21 Windsor, ON Caesars Casino
22 Rama, ON Casino Rama
24 Morristown, NJ Mayo PAC
25 Englewood, NJ Bergen PAC
26 Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre at Westbury
29 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Casino
30 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
31 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena



AliceCoopertophat Dreams can come true, as rock icon Alice Cooper can attest, following his induction into the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame at White Castle headquarters in Columbus, Ohio on July 7th, 2014.

As a child of Detroit, Alice learned to love White Castle’s iconic sliders at an early age, and has never lost his taste for them over the years. He also learned to love rock and roll, and pursue his career in a band, and achieved induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

Little did he know that another Hall of Fame, also in Ohio, was in his destiny.

Following a tour of White Castle headquarters led by Bill, Marci and Lisa Ingram (the company is a fourth-generation family-owned business), company VP Jamie Richardson conducted a brief chat with Alice in a room full of White Castle employees, including a band that performed some of Alice’s songs (he actually JOINED them for No More Mr Nice Guy, much to their surprise), and then Alice was presented with a plaque commemorating his induction into their White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame.

Said Alice, “a lot of my fellow rockers are going to be envious of this honor.” Asked how it compared to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Alice responded “there’s no comparison,” carefully ducking the question.

The stop at White Castle headquarters took place on a day off during Alice’s summer tour as Very Special Guests to Motley Crue on their All Bad Things Must Come to An End tour, which plays the Schottenstein Center in Columbus tonight as part of the 72 show run. The summer tour continues through August 31st, and then resumes in autumn, October 10th through November 22nd.

Alice has often talked about his love of White Castle in interviews and on his syndicated Nights With Alice Cooper radio program, and served White Castle at the party following the premiere of the Super Duper Alice Cooper documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in April in New York City. The documentary, produced by Banger Films (same team that produced the award-winning Iron Maiden and Rush documentaries), has recently been released in both DVD and Blu-Ray by Eagle Rock Entertainment.



judaspriest640 Gary Graff of Billboard reports:

Rob Halford and his bandmates wanted to “reinvestigate the roots of (Judas) Priest” for Redeemer of Souls, the band’s 17th studio album and first set of new material since the concept album Nostradamus in 2008, released today (July 8). Watch a special behind-the-scenes video of the making of Redeemer of Souls, premiering exclusively on, below.

Halford tells Billboard that exploration started during Priest’s 2011-12 Epitaph World Tour, the group’s first outing with guitarist Richie Faulkner in place of co-founder K.K. Downing. “We played a little bit of everything from our recordings over the past decades, and I think that spirit seeped back into our musical consciousness somehow,” the frontman explains. “So when we got together to start writing the music for Redeemer of Souls, particularly from (guitarist) Glenn (Tipton) and my perspective, we were carrying a lot of eternal stuff from the beginning of the band. I think the general consensus is that most of this music is very classic Priest; there are textures and atmospheres and things from the 70s and 80s, maybe even the 90s to this music.”

…Halford says he and Tipton were slightly apprehensive about writing without Downing for the first time in the group’s history, but he says working with Faulkner — who joined Priest in 2011 — proved a seamless transition. “Richie’s contribution can’t be overstated,” Halford notes. “It really wasn’t that different — two guitar players and a singer as a writing team, so the format was very, very much the same as it’s always been. When you bring in a guitar player who’s also a very proficient writer and has great skill as a lead guitar player and a tremendous dynamic on stage, that’s got to have some kind of effect on you. I was watching a really cool clip of (Queen’s) Brian May and Roger (Taylor) sitting next to Adam (Lambert), and both Brian and Roger said that (Lambert) just kind of kicked them in the ass, brought another level of intensity and energy to the band. And I feel very, very strongly that’s what Richie did for us as well.”

Read more at Billboard.




bonjoviband400 Bon Jovi is very excited to announce that they will be hosting two special screenings of the rare Bon Jovi documentary Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey on on Wednesday, July 9th.

Time Zone First Airing Second airing
Los Angeles July 9 at 11:00 AM PDT July 9 at 6:00 PM PDT
New York July 9 at 2:00 PM EDT July 9 at 9:00 PM EDT
Sao Paulo July 9 at 3:00 PM BRT July 9 at 10:00 PM BRT
London July 9 at 7:00 PM BST July 10 at 2:00 AM BST
Tokyo July 10 at 3:00 AM JST July 10 at 10:00 AM JST
Sydney July 10 at 4:00 AM AEST July 10 at 11:00 AM AEST

Tweet #AccessAllAreas to join in the conversation during the screenings.

Access All Areas follows the band during the New Jersey Tour, from 1988 to 1990, and includes exclusive live, backstage, and candid behind-the-scenes footage.

Previously only available in the US on VHS tape, this documentary was just re-released last week on DVD as part of the New Jersey Super Deluxe Edition album, available now through Amazon.




CalebJohnson400 Michele Amabile Angermiller of the Hollywood Reporter reports:

American Idol season 13 winner Caleb Johnson will release his new album, Testify, on August 12th. The album is available for pre-order at iTunes.

“It’s been crazy,” says Johnson of shuttling back-and-forth from the American Idol LIVE! summer tour to the studio to put the finishing touches on Testify. “You kind of have to get in the zone where you are going non-stop. You are working 24-7, so you just get in a mode… Now everything is done and I can focus on the tour.”

Johnson has described Testify as “the church of rock and roll. … It’s over-the-top, it’s dramatic, it’s raw…theatrical like Queen and Meatloaf…heavy, stripped-down blues rock.”

Read more at the href=”″ target=”_blank”>Hollywood Reporter.

Watch some of Caleb’s performances on the past season of American Idol below.

Rival Son’s Pressure and Time:

Led Zeppelin’s Dazed and Confused:

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Travelin’ Band:

Whitesnake’s Still of The Night:

American Idol season finale with KISS:



UDR/Motörhead Music has released a video for Lost Woman Blues, filmed live at The Warfield in San Francisco on April 18th, 2014. Watch the clip below.

As previously reported, the reissue of Motorhead’s Aftershock album has been pushed back due to a production error and will be reportedly released on August 25th.


slipknot640 Slipknot are set to return to the U.S. with their own Knotfest–an extraordinary three-day metal and heavy music destination festival–to be held October 24th-26th at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA. This marks the first time Knotfest will be held in the same location for multiple days.

Knotfest U.S. 2014–powered by Rockstar Energy Drink–will feature a Slipknot-curated lineup of over 60 bands performing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Friday night VIP Pre-Party Bash, band performances and other activities for those that purchase VIP or Camping Packages. The weekend will feature performances from Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Tech N9ne, Of Mice & Men, Black Label Society, Testament, Hatebreed, Atreyu, In This Moment, Carcass and many more. A list of artists performing each day is available now at

Slipknot will close the Main Stage both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience. In addition, all ticket purchasers will receive a digital copy of Slipknot’s forthcoming album, to be delivered on release date.

Knotfest is a chance for Slipknot to bring the sensory-overload of a wild European festival–and now we’re coming for you, California,” says Slipknot’s M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). “Playing two different sets over two nights at one location is a new experience in the history of this band. This year’s Knotfests in the U.S. and Japan are going to be on another level.”

Every Knotfest has been a fully immersive experience for fans, and this one ups the ante. In addition to performances from more than 60 of the heaviest bands on the planet, attendees will descend into an apocalyptic underworld featuring over 20 festival attractions including a Slipknot Museum (curated by the band), carnival rides, a zip line across the festival grounds, drum circles, pillars of fire, freaks, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, and so much more.

Campers and VIP ticket holders receive a free Friday night show with Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder, Butcher Babies and more, as well as an early preview of the festival area and Slipknot Museum showcasing the band’s history. VIP ticket holders also can attend a Friday night special VIP Pre-Party Bash with music by Slipknot’s DJ Sid.

Knotfest tickets are on sale now at Limited quantities of Early Bird Discounted 2-day and 1-day festival tickets, as well as Camping Packages are available while supplies last at VIP packages go on sale Wednesday, July 9th at 10:00 AM PT. A limited number of four different levels of VIP packages will be available with amenities including exclusive merchandise bundles, early entrance to a 21+ VIP Lounge, Pit Pass or the best Reserved Seats in the house, preferred parking and more. Hotel packages and travel packages will be available soon. To view all ticket options for Knotfest, visit:

Doors open at 11:00 AM each day and the show runs until 12:30 AM on Saturday and 11:30 PM on Sunday. The Knotfest camping area will be located in a grassy county park adjacent to the venue’s VIP area.

Knotfest is a short drive from San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, San Joaquin Valley, and many more cities in the Southwestern USA.


paulstanley400 The OC Weekly spoke with KISS frontman Paul Stanley about his new autobiography, Face The Music: A Life Exposed.

In it the singer recounts many stories including one that claimed drummer Peter Criss went on a racist rant at a Chinese restaurant and quitting the band for a few days and crawling back. “[Peter] didn’t crawl back,” Stanley says. “He swallowed his pride and pseudo machismo and came back. But part of the dynamic of the band was to have to pragmatically deal with the fact that two of the guys were often times more interested in sabotaging the band, sabotaging [bassist/vocalist] Gene [Simmons] and I, than doing the right thing. And they (Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley) also wanted equal say when they didn’t do equal work.”

He continued: “Part of what we gave the public was the myth that the four of us did everything together and contributed equally. That was something we wanted to maintain in the spirit of the bands that we loved and pictured doing that. The problem was that the guys in the band began to believe it themselves!”

When asked what it is about he and Simmons that they have managed to stay together over 40 years, Stanley said: “It’s hard to define and distinguish between friendship and brotherhood. I certainly see him as a brother, although we don’t always agree on how to treat your brother. At the end of the day, I know he will be there for me and me for him. My issues have always been more rooted in participating evenly and equally and still ending up with a equal share of money. I didn’t want it with Peter and Ace, why would I want it with Gene? He wasn’t doing his job and he was off doing other things and being paid for those things. I felt like if he wasn’t going to do his job and gonna go elsewhere. It was like he took less here or he gave me some of what he was doing elsewhere. That was an ongoing problem. But look, at this point we made the life for each other that each of us could only have dreamed of, and those lives have very little in common. I’m sure Gene would no more want to live my life than I live his. But there’s a bond there because we made it possible for each of us.”