GUITARIST ACE FREHLEY EXPLAINS TO EDDIE WHY HE REPLACED THE MUSICIANS IN HIS SOLO BAND

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley spoke to our very own Eddie Trunk on his SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation show about why he parted ways with the solo band that included: Richie Scarlet on guitar, Chris Wyse on bass and Scot Coogan.

“That was hard,” Frehley admitted [as per blabbermouth.net].

As for how the change happened, Ace said, “Well, I had performed with Gene’s [Simmons, KISS bassist/vocalist] backup band in Australia, and then Gene, for some reason, canceled his trip to Japan. So I went to Japan with his band and we did eight shows. And they’re super tight; they all sing lead — four-part harmony. I mean, I’ll never forget playing 2000 Man the first time with this band, and all of a sudden, I’m hearing all the harmonies that were on the original record done by Paul [Stanley] and Gene. I’m saying, ‘Great.’ So, after the last show in Tokyo, I said to these guys, ‘Are you available? Would you consider doing the [‘Kiss Kruise’]?’ And they said, ‘Yeah.’ They’re all fans of mine. And they’re cheaper than my band, and I’m trying to cut costs down. I cut one crew member… It wasn’t just about funds. I would have paid them what I’m paying my band right now, because they’re that good. But don’t let them know that.”

When Eddie inquired about how Scarlet, Wyse and Coogan took the news that they were being replaced, Frehley replied, “Chris took it really well. He’s been playing with the [Hollywood] Vampires, he told me he was doing solo shows with Joe Perry, and he’s one of the most sought-after bass players in Los Angeles. So Chris took it really well. Scotty didn’t take it very well. And Richie didn’t take it well, because his wife had just passed away [after battling ALS for many years].”

He continued, “It was a nightmare, because I kept procrastinating, because I said, ‘How can I call Richie and let him know I’m using another band when his wife is on her deathbed?’ And it was tearing me apart. Finally I just said, ‘I’ve gotta man up.’ So I called him and I told him briefly why and… and he hung up on me. [Laughs] He goes, ‘I can’t believe this s–t,’ and he hung up on me. So, two days later, I called him back in the evening, and I said, ‘Rich…’ He apologized for hanging up on me. I’ve known Richie forever. So we healed. He told me he loved me like a brother; I told him the same. I said, ‘Tell me what I can do for you, because I know you were expecting the money from the cruise.’ So I wired some money into his account to help pay for Joann’s funeral. She was a wonderful lady.”

Frehley went on to defend his actions explaining, “Bad timing is bad timing, but business decisions really don’t… can’t… with personal life, it never jells. It’s never the right time, in a lot of cases.”

Listen to Eddie’s interview with Ace by clicking here.

Frehley’s new solo album, Spaceman, will be released through eOne on October 19th.

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BASSIST BOB DAISLEY RE SIGNS U.S. PUBLISHING WITH BLIZZARD MUSIC LIMITED

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne today announced that former Ozzy Osbourne musician Bob Daisley has re-signed his U.S. publishing to Blizzard Music Limited after the 35-year reversion period, reports blabbermouth.net.

This new agreement encompasses songs co-written by Daisley from the first two Ozzy Osbourne solo albums — 1980’s Blizzard Of Ozz and 1981’s Diary Of A Madman — which will now remain under the full control of Blizzard Music Limited worldwide.

In May 2017, Daisley’s lawsuit against Ozzy over unpaid royalties was dismissed. U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder concluded that Daisley’s claims that Osbourne used a sham company, Blizzard Music Limited, to withhold royalty income from him were matters that should be settled through arbitration.

The dispute centered around the royalties for Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman, both of which featured Daisley’s playing along with songwriting contributions.

Daisley told journalist Joel Gausten in a 2016 interview that while he had received performance and publishing royalties for the songs, he had not received his share of what are known as synchronization fees, or “sync fees,” which writers earn from the use of a song in an ad, TV show, movie, video game or other such media.

Daisley’s lawsuit stated that the firm that conducted an audit at his request in 2014 estimated that at least $2 million in royalty income had been withheld, although it could not determine a precise amount.

He also explained in 2016 that Ozzy’s publishing company had “been taking a higher percentage off the top” than his contract states, claiming, “The Osbournes have been taking 25 percent rather than the 10 percent I agreed to.”

Ozzy issued a statement on the lawsuit at the time it was filed, saying that Daisley had routinely been royalties totaling in the “millions of dollars” over the past 36 years, adding that “Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. He has previously filed lawsuits in the U.K. and the U.S. and has lost on each occasion.

“We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment. We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr. Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne’s success.”

This was the second time that Daisley took legal action against the singer. Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake, who also played on both records, filed suit against Ozzy in the early 2000s for unpaid performance royalties. Their suit was dismissed in 2002.

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TESLA GUITARIST FRANK HANNON COVERS DEEP PURPLE’S “HUSH,” LISTEN HERE

Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon has released the official music video for his cover of Deep Purple’s Hush, which is on his solo cover series, From One Place… To Another Vol. 2. Watch the video below.

As with Vol. 1, the recording features a number of special guests, this time including Roger Fisher of HEART, Graham Whitford (son of Aeromsith’s Brad Whitford), Duane Betts (son of Allman Brothers’ Dickey), Randy Hansen and Jared James Nichols.

“This volume is definitely a step up for me as an artist,” declares Hannon. “I chose to sing some of my favorite songs from very different genres ranging from Aerosmith, Chaka Khan, Black Sabbath to Seal. I am proud of Volume 1 but Volume 2 came out a lot edgier and with some heavier tones.”

While Volume 1 was more roots and acoustic focused, From One Place… To Another Vol. 2 is all electric with full backing band, recorded in various locations with a portable recorder and eventually assembled back in Hannon’s home studio.

“As it turns out, singing is becoming a lot of fun for me,” Hannon admits. “I’ve left the smoking guitar duties to some very special guests including the Jimi Hendrix tribute master Randy Hansen, Heart founder Roger Fisher, Jared James Nichols, as well as other guest artists who contributed flavors.”

Randy Hansen and Roger Fisher have always been heroes of Frank’s. “Known for his Magic Man guitar sounds, Roger and I recorded a Heart classic Sing Child, which is almost as funky a song as the man himself,” Frank says.

A chance meeting south of the border led to the recording of a classic Aeromsith cut. “I ran into guitarist Graham Whitford in Mexico while on tour and asked him if he’d be interested in recording guitars on his dad’s song and he graciously obliged,” Frank says. “Six months later, we put it together via the Internet and ‘Lord of the Thighs’ became a highlight for me.”

The biggest surprise of the album is Frank’s take on Seal’s Kiss From A Rose. “It’s a vocal melody that has haunted me for years,” he says. “When I decided to record it, I spent weeks researching Seal and learned how he wrote the song with no instruments, using only his voice as the music background. This really opened my eyes and ears to the power of a vocal melody that drives a song and I recorded it similarly on my portable 8-track in a dressing room on tour.”

From One Place… To Another Vol. 2 track listing:

1. Hush (featuring Randy Hansen)
2. Lord Of The Thighs (featuring Graham Whitford)
3. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (featuring Duane Betts)
4. Tell Me Somethin’ Good
5. Kiss From A Rose
6. Sing Child (featuring Roger Fisher)
7. I Can See Clearly Now
8. Spanish Castle Magic (featuring Randy Hansen)
9. I Can Help
10. Sweet Leaf (featuring Jared James Nichols)

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“BOWL FOR RONNIE” EBAY AUCTION LAUNCHED FOR A SPOT ON EDDIE’S BOWLING TEAM, BIDDING ENDS OCTOBER 22ND

Feverish bidding is now under way on EBay for a place on the celebrity bowling team captained by television and radio personality Eddie Trunk at the Fourth Annual Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Party on Thursday, October 25th at PINZ Bowling Center in Studio City, California. The event, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund will feature a celebrity bowling tournament and a raffle drawing for prizes and memorabilia.

Eddie Trunk, who is heard on SiriusXM’s Volume channel and whose new TV series TrunkFest airs on AXS-TV, will serve as host. The EBay auction for a place on his team ends on Monday, October 22nd. Place your bid, by clicking here.

The Bowl For Ronnie is one of two annual events held by the music industry charity, now in its ninth year of raising awareness and much-needed funding for cancer research.

Among the rockers and celebrities planning to participate in this year’s event are: Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses, Adler’s Appetite), Doug Aldrich (Dio, Dead Daisies), Chuck Billy (Testament), Ira Black (Lizzy Borden, Fuel), Jimmy Burkhard (Billy Idol, West Bound), Brett Scallions and Phil Buckman of Fuel, Kalen Chase (Korn), Jason Cornwell and Stephen LeBlanc of West Bound, Fred Coury (Cinderella), Jeff, Matt and Shawn Duncan (Armored Saint/DC4), Marc Ferrari (Keel, Cold Sweat), Damon Fox (The Cult), Chuck Garric, Chris Latham and Calico Cooper of Beastö Blancö, (Alice Cooper/ Beastö Blancö), actress-musician Abby Gennet, Rita Haney, Sonia Harley, Stew Herrera from KLOS, Adam Jones (Tool), Alex Kane (The Ramones), guitarist-producer Bob Kulick, Sam Koltun, Colin Reid, Rich Sacco, Michael Stone and Patrick Stone of Budderside, Johnny Martin (LA Guns, Adler’s Appetite), actor/musician Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage), Dave “Chili” Moreno (Puddle of Mudd), Marty O’Brien (Methods of Mayhem, Lita Ford), Otep Shamaya (Otep), Howie Simon (Alcatrazz), Brendon Small (Dethklok, Metalocalypse), Jeff Scott Soto (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), Dio Disciples members Oni Logan, Joe Retta, Scott Warren and Simon Wright, Chas West (Lynch Mob, West Bound), Roy Z (Rob Halford), August Zadra (Dennis DeYoung), DJ WIll of knac.com and Diva and Ahmet Zappa as well as actors Elysia Skye, Star Fields (Sons of Anarchy), Al Coronel (The Last Ship), James St. Vincent and yoga expert Sadi Nardini.

The event kicks off at 6:30 PM with open bowling and a VIP pre-party for lane sponsors, celebrities and their guests. BOWL FOR RONNIE participants can anticipate an evening of fun, food, and, of course, bowling with rockers and celebrities competing for trophies in the name of raising funds and awareness for the Dio Cancer Fund. Among the raffle prizes will be a specially-designed bowling ball and pin featuring the BOWL FOR RONNIE artwork (see below) along with a PINZ bowling party as well as many other items.

100% of the net proceeds from the Bowl For Ronnie will go to the Dio Cancer Fund. Individual tickets and lane sponsorships are now on sale, and participants are encouraged to gather friends, family and co-workers for the ultimate bowling team. The Pinz Bowling Center is located at 12655 Ventura Blvd in Studio City, California.

For more information, visit diocancerfund.org/events/. Tickets are now on sale at bowlforronnie2018.eventbrite.com.

Individual Spectator: $50 per person (includes pizza and general admission)
Individual Bowler: $75 (Join other rock ‘n bowlers for open bowling from 6:30-9PM on first come, first served basis, includes pizza, shoe rental and bowling)
Team/Corporate Lane Sponsorship: $1995 package for private lane for 6 bowlers (includes team or corporate logo displayed on lane and throughout event on flat screens, 6 VIP party passes for access to Artist/VIP lounge, 2 drink tickets per team member, 6 “Bowl For Ronnie” t-shirts, pizza and shoe rental)

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OZZY RESCHEDULES CANCELED US TOUR DATES FOR JULY 2019

Last week it was announced that Ozzy Osbourne had been forced to cancel the last four dates of his US No More Tours 2 tour.

The veteran was in the midst of his trek when he admitted to hospital in Los Angeles to undergo surgery on his right hand for an infection.

He initially planned to move two shows to the end of October, but with doctors ordering him to rest and facing the prospect of further surgery, he reluctantly postponed the rest of his live commitments.

He’s now revealed that he’ll make up all four shows in the summer of 2019. They’ll take place on:

July 20: Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena, NV
Jul 23: Chula Vista Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, CA
Jul 27: Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre, CA
Jul 29: Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl, CA

Speaking after postponing the live dates, Ozzy said in a statement, “I’m so f–king bummed about cancelling these shows.

The tour had been going great and we were really looking forward to these last few gigs. We’re hoping everyone will be patient and we’ll look forward to seeing them at the shows next year.”

Tickets for the postponed shows will be valid for the new dates, while refunds are also available from the point of purchase.

additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com

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GENE SIMMONS SAYS HE HATES PERFORMING KISS’ “I WAS MADE FOR LOVING YOU”

Gene Simmons says he hates playing KISS’, I Was Made For Loving You, because of its signature melody.

Simmons was a guest of OK Magazine when he was asked to name a KISS song he didn’t like, but one that still went on to become a hit.

He says that when Paul Stanley first introduced him to the tune, which appeared on their 1979 album Dynasty, he was immediately impressed with Stanley’s opening lyrics. But when Gene asked what his part was, he was told it would be the catchy chorus melody.

Simmons said to Stanley, “You’re killing me. I’m going to sing like my grandmother? I hate playing that song today. Stadiums full of people jumping up and down like biblical locusts. They go nuts jumping up and down and I’m going, ‘Do, do, do, do, do, do, kill me now. Still to this day I hate that song.”

Watch the video interview below.

additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com

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