KISS’ GENE SIMMONS HAS LITTLE SYMPATHY FOR DRUG ADDICTS AND DEPRESSION, SAYS “F-YOU, KILL YOURSELF”

Gene-Simmons400 Annie Reuter of Radio.com reports:

Gene Simmons of KISS has some heated words for drug addicts and people dealing with depression in a new interview with Songfacts.com.

When asked if he keeps in touch with the original players of KISS he answered with a resounding “no.”

Why’s that? Simple: they’re either drug addicts or just downers.

“I don’t get along with anybody who’s a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim,” Simmons said. “Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: ‘The world is a harsh place.’ My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don’t want to hear f–k all about ‘the world as a harsh place.’ She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life.

And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed, I live in Seattle.’ F–k you, then kill yourself.”

He added “I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I’m the guy who says ‘Jump!’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, ‘That’s it, I can’t take it anymore, I’m going to jump.’ Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f–k up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.”

While Simmons said KISS has new songs ready, there are no plans to record anytime soon. But, there is one artist he’d love to record with in the future: Lady Gaga.

“I think Lady Gaga is the only new rock star, although she’s not a rocker,” he said. “I would like her to throw away all the disco stuff and get a band. Don’t use tapes, come out with a real live band and guitars. She’s a bona fide musical artist. She did a duet with Tony Bennett, real great pipes. She can sit at a piano all by herself. She’s a legitimate artist. A lot of the other pop divas who are really talented are not artists.”

Simmons said KISS and Gaga tried to collaborate on their last record but both were too busy.

“We got close. She got busy, we got busy. We would have done it.”

additional source: radio.com

EXODUS TO RELEASE THEIR NEW ALBUM “BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT” ON OCTOBER 14TH

exodus2014lineup638 Legendary thrash metal band Exodus have revealed the never-before-seen album art for their upcoming album, Blood In, Blood Out, hitting retail and digital stores on October 14th through Nuclear Blast. The album art was illustrated by Swedish artist Par Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS’ Let There Be Blood.

The concept for the art was impressively envisaged by Olofsson based on the album title alone, as Gary Holt explains, “The concept came from Par Olofsson – I fed him the title and he immediately came up with the final concept, and it’s perfect! One of my favorite covers we’ve ever done and it fits the title and theme to a T!”

Blood In, Blood Out is Exodus’ 10th studio album, and marks the band’s first release with new vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza since 2004’s Tempo of the Damned. It was also just announced via Rolling Stone that Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett churned out a special guest solo for one of the tracks on the album. More details are set to be released soon, including release dates, track listing information, pre-order specifics, and more.

To celebrate the imminent release of Blood In, Blood Out, Exodus will be busy touring this fall – with a full South American tour leading into a supporting run with fellow metal titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies on the Scion-sponsored fall leg of their United States onslaught. The tour begins on November 12th in Oakland, CA at The Fox Theater and will tour throughout the states, coming to close in Detroit, MI at The Fillmore on December 5th. Tickets are on sale now!

Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, Exodus is making VIP experience packages available for the entire tour. The packages are on sale now! Fans are encouraged to get them as soon as possible, as VIP package sales will close seven days prior to each show day. *To purchase VIP packages via SLOtix.com click here.

**If you already purchased your ticket and would like to be part of the Exodus VIP package experience, contact SLOtix customer service at 888-756-4849 or customerservice@slotix.com.

Exodus Meet & Greet Package to include:

- One Premium Reserved ticket OR One General Admission Ticket with early entry to venue
- Meet & Greet with select members of EXODUS
- Autographed Exodus Poster
- Exodus tour T-Shirt
- Collectible Exodus laminate to remember your evening
- Coupon for 25% discount at the online EXODUS merchandise store
- Onsite check-in staff

Attendees will be included in a giveaway for an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or Exodus guitar (at the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!)

Exodus tour dates:

Exodus in South America:

8/10 – Montreal, WC @ Heavy MTL – main stage B at 1:30PM
10/1 – Belem, Brazil @ Botequim
10/2 – Brasilia, Brazil @ CEDEC
10/4 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Carioca Club
10/5 – Rio De Janeiro @ Brazil Circo Voador
10/7 – Asuncion, Paraguay @ Kop Town
10/9 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Groove
10/11 – Santiago, Chile @ Club Kmasu Premier
10/12 – Antofagasta, Chile @ Rock and Soccer
10/14 – Lima, Peru @ Centrica
10/16 – San Jose, Costa Rica @ Club Pepper’s
10/18 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador

Exodus w/ Slayer & Suicidal Tendencies:

11/11 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater (2nd show added!)
11/12 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
11/14 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
11/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
11/17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter
11/18 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
11/19 – Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
11/21 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live
11/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
11/24 – North Springfield, VA @ Empire (just added – EXODUS ONLY)
11/23 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
11/25 – Albany, NY @ Washington Avenue Armory
11/26 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
11/28 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/29 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
11/30 – Upper Darby, PA (Philadelphia) @ Tower Theater
12/2 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
12/3 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre (just added – EXODUS ONLY)
12/4 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
12/5 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit

As always, for more information, please visit the band’s official website.

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DAVID LEE ROTH’S UNCLE MANNY, OWNER OF NEW YORK’S FAMED CAFE WHA?, HAS PASSED AT AGE 95

DavidLeeRoth640 Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has paid tribute to his club owner uncle Manny Roth, who’s died at the of 95.

His Cafe Wha? establishment in New York gave Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and many others a kickstart to their careers in the 1960s and 70s.

Best known as the place where Animals bassist Chas Chandler saw Hendrix playing and became his manager, the establishment opened in 1959 and played host to leaders of the beat generation movement in its early years. Roth was reputed to have spent his last $100 on decorating it before it opened.

Cafe Wha? also helped launch the careers of comedians including Woody Allen, Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.

Singer Roth has blacked out his website in tribute, with a short note reading: “Uncle Manny has passed away. He was happy, laughing and smiling right up ’til the end. His presence already missed, his contributions with us for ever.”

The venue’s Facebook page reports: “He was a legend in discovering talent and he will be dearly missed by us all. Thanks for everything, Manny – and we hope to continue your legacy long into the future.”

Van Halen played a one-off show in Cafe Wha? in 2012, and Lee Roth recently devoted an episode of his web TV show to his uncle’s establishment. Watch it below.

source: classicrockmagazine.com

DEF LEPPARD GUITARIST VIVIAN CAMPBELL’S CANCER IN REMISSION

Viviancampbell-306 Vivian Campbell has revealed his cancer is in remission again, after an earlier all-clear report proved to be wrong.

And the Def Leppard guitarist is determined not to get too excited after his earlier disappointment.

The Def Leppard guitarist was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma early last year, and announced in November that his course of treatment had been successful. In May he had to confirm, “The remission was a little bit premature. I don’t know if the cancer came back, or it never totally went away. I kind of took that ball and ran with it – and unfortunately it turned out to be premature.”

Campbell reports from the band’s current US tour with KISS, “I’m currently in Boston and I had a scan on Tuesday morning. It shows the cancer is in remission. Great news – but I’m trying not to get too excited as I heard that same phrase last year.

“The plan is to do a stem cell transplant as soon as the tour is finished. However, to keep me in remission, doctors have recommended I do a third round of chemo. So I’m back in hospital, all hooked up and doing my rock’n’roll drugs. Keef would be most proud!”

Meanwhile, Last In Line, the former Dio lineup featuring Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, Claude Schnell and vocalist Andrew Freeman, have released an unmixed clip of brand-new track Devil In Me via their Facebook page. It’s their first original work since gathering in 2012 to perform the material they co-wrote with late frontman Ronnie James Dio. The album from which the band take their name was released 30 years ago in July.

source: classicrockmagazine.com

KISS FILM “CADILLAC HIGH” EXPECTED TO SHOOT IN MICHIGAN

kiss-return Eric Lacy of MLive reports:

Plans for Cadillac High, a feature film based on KISS’ 1975 visit to Cadillac, Michigan are still alive and expected to bring work to the state that helped the band get famous, rocker Gene Simmons told MLive.com.

The Michigan Film Office offered in 2012 film producer Philip Steuer a “conditional” $8.2 million incentive to shoot Cadillac High in Cadillac, Detroit and Pontiac.

It’s unclear why there’s been such a delay, but Simmons sounded eager over the phone Wednesday to see what the finished product will look like.

“It’s now been fully funded and it’s now in pre-production,” Simmons said.

When pressed on the matter, Simmons said he has “no idea” what type of role the band will play in the film, when the movie could be released, and if another visit by the band to Cadillac is possible anytime soon.

“The only date or timeline (for a release) I can give would be a guess,” Simmons said.

KISS is currently on tour this summer with Def Leppard and will make an August 23rd stop at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston.

“Our dance card is so full,” Simmons said. “We’re currently in the middle of the tour — the first half of it — and then we’ll take a break in September.

Then we’ll do a short stint in Las Vegas; then a KISS cruise; then we’ll fly to Mexico City to play a stadium down there; plans for a South American stadium tour, and just go around the world twice for two years.”

Cadillac High is expected to emphasize the impact KISS made on the Cadillac High School Vikings varsity football team and the town as a whole.

In 1974, the Vikings, playing KISS albums in the locker room before and after games, won seven straight games and wound up conference co-champs.

Word spread to KISS of the team’s success, and the band’s members decided to visit Cadillac the next year for a raucous Homecoming weekend.

Read more at MLive.

For more on KISS’ 1975 visit to Cadillac, check out the YouTube video below:

GUITARIST TONY MACALPINE ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES

tonymacapline600px Guitarist Tony MacAlpine has announced tour dates.

His first tour of the USA in over a decade. MacAlpine will be playing his album Maximum Security in full as part of the set, along with a preview of his upcoming solo album Concrete Gardens.

Tony MacAlpine tour dates:

August:

1 Studio City, CA – The Baked Potato (2 shows: 9:30 and 11:30)
2 Studio City, CA – The Baked Potato (2 shows: 9:30 and 11:30)
8 San Francisco, CA – Biscuits & Blues (2 shows: 7:30 and 10:00)
9 Lebanon, OR – Guitars Under The Stars Festival
13 Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
15 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage

October:

6 Denver, CO – Quixote’s True Blue
8 Kansas City, MO – Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club
10 Chicago, IL – Reggies
11 Westland, MI – Token Lounge
12 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
13 Pittsburgh, PA – The Hard Rock Cafe
14 Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
16 New York, NY – The Iridium (2 shows: 8:30 and 10:30)
18 Cambridge, MA – TT The Bear’s Place
19 Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
20 Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music
21 Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
22 Nashville, TN – The High Watt

In the band:

Aquiles Priester – Drums;
Bjorn Englen – Bass*;
Nili Brosh – Guitar.
*Pete Griffin will be playing bass at the Baked Potato shows on August 1st & 2nd.

Tony MacAlpine on the web:

Official website
Facebook
Twitter

SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS ANNOUNCE SEPTEMBER TAKEOVER OF ICONIC HOLLYWOOD CLUBS; NEW ALBUM “WORLD ON FIRE” OUT SEPTEMBER 16TH

Slashandcompany Although it’s said you can never go home again, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have announced that today (July 31st) they’ll celebrate the release of their new album World On Fire by returning to the iconic guitarist’s stomping grounds with a series of three one-night-only club shows: September 23rd (The Troubadour) and then, moving up the hill to the world-famous Sunset Strip, September 25th (The Roxy) and September 26th (The Whisky A Go Go).

These gigs will amp up the excitement around World On Fire–out September 16th Slash’s own label Dik Hayd International, distributed through Caroline–and honor the 50-year anniversary of the beloved musician retailer Guitar Center. Tickets for all shows go on-sale August 1st at SlashOnline.com.

“We’re excited to unleash World On Fire in a big way and be a part of Guitar Center’s 50th celebration,” says Slash. “They’ve been really supportive of me since the very beginning on the Sunset Strip.”

Fans can be a part of history as Guitar Center will present SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy,” to be broadcast on national television on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) November 9th at 8pm. The 90-minute full rock concert will be filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound. Fans can enter to win a VIP trip for two to see The Roxy show and take home an Epiphone Les Paul signed by the legendary guitarist, visit guitarcenter.com/slash to win.

World On Fire marks Slash’s fastest-climbing song at radio ever; the album’s hell-raising first single hit the Top 10 this week. Watch the fun NSFW video below.

The World On Fire disc marks Slash’s third solo offering and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass). For World On Fire, Slash and the band worked with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to create a powerful new turn for the band in 17 songs. World On Fire is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned Slash two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with You’re A Lie and Standing In The Sun. Slash officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently on their summer tour with Aerosmith in addition to select solo dates, see full itinerary below. The group rocked a packed house at The Forum in Los Angeles last night (July 30th). For all dates and tour ticket packages, visit slashonline.com/tour. Check out the set list from The Forum show below:

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators set list from The Forum in Los Angeles 7.30.14:

You’re a Lie
Nighttrain
Standing In The Sun
Back From Cali
You Could Be Mine
World On Fire
Anastasia
By The Sword
Sweet Child Of Mine
Slither
Paradise City

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators on tour:

August:

* 1 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick Resort & Casino – Ballroom
2 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
8 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harvey’s
13 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion
* 15 Coquitlam, BC, Canada Hard Rock Casino – Vancouver
16 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
19 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
22 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
25 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
28 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
* 29 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
31 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall

September:

3 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
6 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
9 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
12 Sydney, NS, Canada Open Hearth Park

Guitar Center Presents: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live from the Sunset Strip

September:

* 23 Hollywood, CA The Troubadour
* 25 Hollywood, CA The Roxy
* 26 Hollywood, CA The Whisky A Go Go

* Indicates Headlining Shows.

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photo credit: Scott Uchida

STEVEN TYLER AND JOE PERRY’S NEW VERSION OF AEROSMITH CLASSIC “DREAM ON,” AVAILABLE ON iTUNES JULY 31ST

StevenTylerJoePerry400 The world heard a new version of the Aerosmith classic Dream On during the Spring 2014 premiere of ESPN’s award-winning news magazine show, E:60. Recorded in Los Angeles in early April, the song features Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, who are joined by the Southern California Children’s Chorus on this arrangement of Dream On (Boston Strong 2014). The song will be released today (July 31st) as a single trhough iTunes. In a powerful moment at last night’s Aerosmith concert at The Forum, in Inglewood, CA the band surprised the audience by bringing the Southern California Children’s Chorus on stage to perform this special rendition of Dream On (Boston Strong 2014).

“The tragedy that took place during the Boston Marathon was unfathomable, but Boston is incredibly resilient and became even stronger. I am so honored to release this version of “Dream On” and to be able to have had the Southern California Children’s Chorus perform with us last night was a beautiful moment, a true gift from up above,” says Steven Tyler.

“The heinous act that took place during the Boston Marathon which shook not only the city but the world and touched us all demanded a positive response,” Joe Perry said. “Boston Strong was that response and gave an example of our city’s inner strength. I would like to think that the strength of our performance on ‘Dream On’ last night with the Southern California Children’s Chorus in LA at the Forum was another rallying point for the goodness in all of us.”

Dream On (Boston Strong 2014) debuted Tuesday, April 15th on E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest, a special hour dedicated to the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The show presented five stories of survivors, narrated by celebrity voices of Boston At 2:49 PM, on April 15th, 2013, as scores of spectators cheered on the Boston Marathon runners approaching the finish line, two hand-made bombs exploded. In a split second, the lives of hundreds of people were forever changed. E:60 presented a special program remembering the lives lost and paying tribute to those who survived, their journeys of perseverance, courage, strength and love in the past twelve months. Watch some clips from the special below:

In July, Aersmith embarked on this summer’s definitive rock experience, the Let Rock Rule tour across North America with Slash. The tour kicked off Thursday, July 10th at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY making stops in Boston, MA. (Xfinity Center), Los Angeles, CA (The Forum) and San Francisco, CA (Sleep Train Pavilion) among other cities, before wrapping Friday, September 12 in Sydney, NS, Canada (Open Hearth Park). These dates follow the band’s overseas portion, which began May 17th in Sofia, Bulgaria, and hit numerous countries including stops in Russia, France, and Germany before ending on June 28th in the U.K.

Aerosmith’s U.S. summer tour dates are as follows:

August:

2 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
8 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys
13 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion
16 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
19 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
22 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
25 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
28 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
31 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall

September:

3 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
6 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
9 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
12 Sydney, NS, Canada Open Hearth Park

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KISS’ PAUL STANLEY DISCUSSES THE ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME, THE BAND CONTINUING WITHOUT HIM, AND TOUR MATES, DEF LEPPARD

paulstanley400 Alan K. Stout from The Weekender spoke with KISS frontman Paul Stanley. Excerpts appear below.

On the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame:

“It’s such a sham,” he said. “Year after year, you look at the inductees, and most people on the street scratch their heads about half of them. It’s really a popularity contest for a very small group of people who actually make the decisions. That Deep Purple isn’t in there is absurd. Whether or not I’m a fan of prog-rock, that Yes isn’t in is ridiculous.”

On whether there will be an officially sanctioned KISS tribute act:

“I know KISS won’t end. The question is, ‘How long will I be a part of it, or Gene be a part if it?’ I really don’t know. As long as we can. It’s hard work, but it’s incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. In 2000, I thought it was over. It’s 14 years later, and I’m much wiser now and smart enough to know that it will continue. Though the band has never been better, I’m also aware that I’m not the only person that can do what I do. I didn’t invent what I do. I was influenced by a lot of great singers and performers, and there are people out there that are just chomping at the bit to get up on stage, and I believe there is more than one person that can go up there and blow people away. At some point, I won’t be there.”

On their tour mates Def Leppard:

When I first heard ‘Photograph,’ it stopped me. It was really, really great. And over the years, they’ve proven themselves by writing just great, great songs. While I’m getting ready to play, I can hear the audience singing all of their songs. And they’re great guys. You can’t argue with the catalog they’ve created.

Read more at The Weekender.

source: theweekender.com

GUITARIST DICK WAGNER PASSES AT AGE 71

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Rock guitarist, bandleader and songwriter Dick Wagner has died at the age of 71, reports Classic Rock Magazine.

He’s respected for being a driving force in Alice Cooper’s band during his School’s Out and Welcome To My Nightmare era of the 1970s. He wrote the song, Only Women Bleed, which has been covered by more than 30 artists since its 1975 release.

He’d already been leader of Lou Reed’s band and had worked with Billy Joel before ending up with Cooper. He later worked in the studio with Aerosmith and performed and composed with artists including Peter Gabriel, Nils Lofgren, Rod Stewart, Grand Funk Railroad and many others.

Wagner, who’d rekindled his working relationship with Cooper in recent years, had been ill for some time. He had undergone heart surgery earlier this month, after fighting back from a severe heart attack in 2007 – and although vowing to “play for you all again one day soon” he was in a medically-induced coma when he passed away last night.

KISS star Gene Simmons has acknowledged Wagner’s guitar solo on Sweet Pain from the band’s acclaimed Destroyer album saying: “He was the consummate gentleman axeman; he will be missed.”

Steve Hunter, Wagner’s partner guitarist in Reed’s band during his Berlin period, commented, “We played together like none other I’ve ever experienced. It was truly a phenomenon.”

His family have posted a statement on his website, stating, “Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble – it was simply too full of love, of music and life. His creativity and passion will live on for ever in the legacy he has left for us.

He was prolific not only in the tangible realm of what we can see and hear, but in the boundless energy of his spirit. He was a fighter – but in the end his body couldn’t keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest.

“Dick said in 2013: ‘Love is in the air; breathe deep.’ Take his advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair.”