KISS GUITARIST ACE FREHLEY ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A KISS REUNION, “I’M NOT RULING IT OUT”

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Original KISS guitarist, Ace Frehley, was a recent guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation. Highlights from the interview appear below via Blabbermouth.net.

Discussing how his relationship with his former KISS bandmates was exaggerated by the press, for the worse:

“The press colors the fact that we don’t get along, in reality we do. You know, we have disagreements and things are said sometimes, taken out of context. But, I’ve always been friends with those guys and they’ve been friends with me. We may not have agreed about certain things over the years and maybe there were times we didn’t talk. I mean, we created something amazing that withstood the test of time.”

Discussing working with Paul Stanley on the song, Fire And Water, from Frehley’s covers album, Origins, Vol 1:

“Working with Paul again, it was almost as if I had never left the band. I mean, the chemistry was still there. I wasn’t sure he was gonna do the video. When he agreed to sing on Fire And Water, that was a great accomplishment. The record company said, ‘You think Paul will do the video?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know. I’ll give him a call.’ And he was very receptive from day one, and I was really amazed and thought it came out fantastic…Me and Paul have been through a lot over the years. But whenever we hook up, it’s like we’ve never been apart. He was a consummate professional. And I said to him after we had done, like, fifteen takes, I said, ‘I’m gonna shoot some smoking-guitar stuff.’ And I go, ‘You don’t have to hang around, Paul. You can split. I really appreciate all the time you’ve invested in doing the video.’ And he said, ‘No, I’ll wait around in case you need me.’ And it was just terrific. He was a real trooper that day.”

Talking about the possibility of a KISS reunion:

“I haven’t been contacted. I’m not ruling it out. It’s a possibility, I guess. But the ball’s in Paul and Gene’s [Simmons] court. If that’s something that they would like to do to end off the career of KISS, I think it could be… if it was handled correctly, it could be great…And if it happens, it’d be great, and if it doesn’t, I’ll be fine and they’ll be fine.”

What about all the rumors floating around regarding a reunion?:

“There’s been rumors for years, and the rumors are probably… There’s a lot more rumors going around now than there were a few years ago. But, you know, rumors are rumors.”

Frehley also confirmed that he has begun working on music for his next collection of original material, tentatively due in 2017.

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BON JOVI ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL “THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE” NORTH AMERICAN DATES, INCLUDING TWO SHOWS AT NYC’S MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

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Bon Jovi, who recently announced their This House Is Not For Sale 2017 tour itinerary, have announced some additional tour dates, including two dates in New York. View the updated schedule below.

Tickets for the new dates, go on sale December 10th at 10 a.m. local time. Backstage with JBJ fan club ticket presales, including exclusive VIP packages, go on presale on December 6th at 10 a.m. through December 9th at 10 p.m. local time. American Express® Card Members can also purchase tickets before the general public beginning December 7th at 10 a.m. through December 9th at 10 p.m. local time. Live Nation pre-sales will begin December 8th at 10 a.m. and conclude on December 9th at 10 p.m. local time.

February:

8 Bon Secours Wellness Arena Greenville, SC
10 Philips Arena Atlanta, GA
12 BB&T Center Sunrise, FL
14 Amalie Arena Tampa, FL
16 BJCC Birmingham, AL
18 Bridgestone Arena Nashville, TN
19 Scottrade Center St. Louis, MO
21 Chesapeake Energy Center Oklahoma City, OK
23 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
25 T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, NV
28 Golden 1 Center Sacramento, CA

March:

1 SAP Center San Jose, CA
4 Talking Stick Resort Arena Phoenix, AZ
5 Viejas Arena San Diego, CA
8 The Forum Los Angeles, CA
14 Pepsi Center Denver, CO
16 FedExForum Memphis, TN
18 Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH
19 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH
22 Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, IN
26 Chicago, IL United Center*
27 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center*
29 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena*
31 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center*

April:

1 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena*
5 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena*
7 New York, NY Madison Square Garden*
8 New York, NY Madison Square Garden*
10 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre*

*added dates

Tour dates from February 8 through March 22, 2017 are on sale now.

Visit bonjovi.com for updated tour and ticketing information.

This House Is Not for Sale was released on November 4th. View the video for the title song by clicking here.

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M3 ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 LINE UP ANNOUNCED, SCHEDULED FOR APRIL AND HOSTED BY EDDIE TRUNK

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M3 Rock Festival, the definitive, can’t-miss annual gathering of heavy metal bands and those that love them, will turn back clock to the 1980s once more at Columbia, Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th. For the first time ever, M3 will expand to a third day to host the new M3 Southern Rock Classic.

Known for its idolized metal bands and colorful, devout audience, the first two days of M3 will once again feature full sets of glam rock and heavy metal hits. The festival will take place on two separate stages, each simulcasting the other, giving fans the option to stay in one seat and watch all the bands as they appear on both stages, or move from stage to stage without missing a note.

M3 is internationally renowned, and has attracted fans from six continents, 10 countries and 40 states. Now in its ninth year, I.M.P. Presents M3 Rock Festival starts with The Official M3 Kix-Off Party, which will get things started Friday, April 28th at 3:30pm. Acts playing Friday night are KIX, Loverboy, Winger, Faster Pussycat, Dangerous Toys, Baton Rouge, and Station, with a special VIP acoustic set by Lita Ford. The full-blown 2017 M3 Rock Festival begins Saturday, April 29th at 10:30am and will include RATT featuring the original members Pearcy, Demartini and Croucier, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Dokken, Warrant, Jack Russell’s Great White, Vixen, Loudness, Danger Danger, Autograph, Bang Tango, Vain, and Mitch Malloy. The festival with hosted by our very own Eddie Trunk.

For the first time, I.M.P. is adding a third day by also presenting the M3 Southern Rock Classic. The all-day extravaganza will feature Lynyrd Skynrd, Charlie Daniels Band, Outlaws, Black Stone Cherry, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Great Train Robbery, and One Nite Stand.

M3 has become more than a festival. It’s a happening, a congregation of those who fell in love with hair metal in the ‘80s and teenagers getting in on it for the first time. Each year VIP and Pavilion seats sell out quickly. Two-day, three-day and VIP packages will go on sale Friday, December 7th at 10am EST through ticketfly.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Merriweather Post Pavilion and 9:30 Club box offices. If available, single-day tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. For more information, visit ticketfly.com or M3rockfest.com.

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GUITARIST DJ ASHBA ON WHY HE LEFT GUNS N’ ROSES, “I NEEDED TO GET BACK TO MY ROOTS”

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Former Guns N’ Roses, and SIXX:AM guitarist, DJ Ashba, was a guest on Eddie’s December 1st broadcast of his Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation. Ashba discussed the reasons why he decided to leave GN’R, highlights from the interview appear below via Blabbermouth.net.

On why he departed from Guns N’ Roses:

“Well, there [were] multiple reasons [why I left GN’R] — a couple that I won’t go into — but the biggest reason was I needed to get back to my roots, back to what I really truly believed in, and that was playing songs I helped write with [SIXX:A.M. bandmates] James [Michael] and Nikki [Sixx]. We [SIXX:A.M.] have five albums out [and] we have a ten-year career together. So we did a tour, Modern Vintage tour, where it was, like, nineteen shows, and that tour really changed my life and put my career back into perspective — you know, being out on the stage and connecting with the fanbase.”

Speaking about being asked to join Guns’ Not In This Lifetime tour:

“Axl called me and he really wanted me a part of the reunion, and I turned it down. I felt if Slash is coming back, that’s great — that’s what the fans want, and I can go off and do what I really wanna do now… And we left [off on good terms]; everything is good. And I couldn’t be happier for the fans out there. I’m a fan. Half of the band reunited, which excites me, but at the same time, it’s the best of both worlds — I get to do what I really love to do, and that’s play in SIXX:A.M.”

DJ Ashba added that SIXX: AM has written a double album — Prayers For The Blessed and Prayers For The Damned. The band is currently on the road, see the tour dates below.

December:

2 Giant Center Hershey, PA
3 Big Sandy Superstore Arena Huntington, WV
5 Bon Secours Wellness Arena Greenville, SC
6 North Charleston Coliseum North Charleston, SC
8 Amway Center Orlando, FL
9 Amalie Arena Tampa, FL
10 Infinite Energy Center Duluth, GA

For more information about SIXX:AM, please visit sixxammusic.com.

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JOE SATRIANI ANNOUNCES JOE SATRIANI’S G4 EXPERIENCE 2017, “SURFING WITH THE ALIEN” 30TH ANNIVERSARY

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Joe Satriani reveals the details for Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary July 24th-28th at Asilomar Center in Carmel, CA. Packages are available at the camp’s official site starting today.

For its fourth installment, the G4 Experience enjoys a game-changing and historic first. The camp will celebrate the writing, recording, and performance of Satriani’s seminal GRAMMY Award-nominated, platinum-selling 1987 epic, Surfing with the Alien—one of the most successful instrumental guitar albums ever made. Recognizing the record’s 30th anniversary, campers will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull back the curtain on the album with the visionaries behind the music.

Satriani will be joined by longtime co-conspirator and Surfing with the Alien co-producer John Cuniberti in addition to other special guests. His original live band during the record’s tour cycle, Stu Hamm and Jonathan Mover, return for the first time since 1995 for the evening’s performances.

About Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary, the guitarist says, “To this day, every fan conversation ends up referencing Surfing with the Alien. We thought the best way to celebrate its 30th birthday would be to devote the 2017 G4 Experience to all things Surfing. It’s such a special moment for me, and I can’t wait to see everyone there so we can relive this album together and create new memories in the process.”

Sign-up is encouraged immediately as the event will sell out soon.

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SUPERGROUP KINGS OF CHAOS ANNOUNCE EAST COAST TOUR

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Supergroup Kings of Chaos have a announced a string of east coast tour dates beginning December 17th in Montclair, New Jersey. Following a mini-residency at the House of Blues in Las Vegas December 1-3rd, the east coast run will feature former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer, Matt Sorum, Linkin Park vocalist, Chester Bennington, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Steve Stevens, guitarist for Billy Idol, and Robert DeLeo, bassist of Stone Temple Pilots.

Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame drummer, Matt Sorum, the creative force behind Kings of Chaos says. “KoC always delivers a badass lineup, and this tour will not disappoint. Where can you hear some of the most iconic songs in rock history packed into one show, performed by the actual artists who created them? Every night is a celebration of rock and roll.”

Tickets are available at kingsofchaosband.com.

Kings Of Chaos w/ special guest Frankie Perez

Dec 1, 2 & 3 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Dec 17 Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
Dec 18 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Dec 20 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Dec 21 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Dec 22 Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort & Casino

Kings Of Chaos online:

Official Website
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Twitter
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