2/25: KISS, LESLIE WEST, MICK JONES, MARTY FRIEDMAN, LITA, TMS, MORE
Jam packed SiriusXM live show last night. Thanks to Wendy Dio for calling in and letting me premiere a song from the new Dio tribute album called This Is Your Life. It’s out April 1 and all proceeds go to RJD Cancer Fund. Also thanks to Vince Neil who called in and talked a little Motley as well as about a charity event for our mutual friend chef Kerry Simon in Vegas this Thursday. Info in the news section on my site. And also thanks to AJ, Russ and Mike of Adrenaline Mob for coming in. New album Men Of Honor sounds slamming. Also took almost two hours of calls from listeners, mostly about Kiss and the HOF and all the different sides to it. This site has become flooded with comments about this situation. I’m glad I can provide my take through the Trunk Report and also allow you guys to have a platform to post also. For the record ALL comments regardless of their position are posted here! Only comments that resort to name calling or pointless hate and bashing are not posted. I have heard from many that Kiss and their twitter accounts have been blocking people that post thoughts not in line with what they approve of in this situation, while retweeting those that do. I assure you all opinions are welcome and reflected on my platforms if I agree or not.
In the time since this news broke with my show Friday night the coverage has been incredible. Huffington Post, Daily News, NY Post, and even the lead story on Howard Stern’s news. Howard by the way called Kiss the “most irrelevant band in music history” and compared them to the 1910 Fruitgum Company. I do NOT agree with this assessment but he has the right to say it. I see all sides of this and in the end, no matter where you stand, it just sucks as fans who fought so hard to see this day happen, we won’t at least get a song from the four guys going in. But who knows, we have about 6 weeks before this all goes down so as we learn being Kiss fans, anything can happen. Many more things to still learn here. Do all of them show up? Who inducts them (hope I can reveal soon, it is a legit Kiss fan. What does the HOF do instead of performance? All star band? Video package? More as we get closer no doubt and as I can share.
Shooting a new TMS today you will see this Saturday night. After going pure metal last week with Lamb Of God, TMS goes classic rock this week! Today we shoot with Mick Jones of Foreigner, Leslie West and Lita Ford on guitar. Plus Marty Friedman from Japan on Metal Modem! Should be a fun one! I can also confirm new guests coming in our current season include Dee Snider on set and Yngwie Malmsteen playing in our last two shows! Loving all the variety in TMS in our current season. Thanks for all the amazing response. Keep watching and let’s keep growing this thing even after 5 years and more than 100 shows. Hearing from new fans every day and I appreciate it!
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Found it interesting that Paul and Gene said the memory of the original 4 would not be ‘enhanced’ by performing at the HOF… I have seen the YouTube footage of Ace and Peter playing at your anniversary show…unless I am tone deaf they absolutely rocked…..and they played classic songs that, according to Paul & Gene, couldn’t be played during reunion tours because Ace and Peter didn’t have the chops..what BS…
Like you I am a long, long time fan..I just don’t get these two guys..you bang on about only bring here because of the fans…well here is your chance…do a few songs , no makeup, quick thank you speech then move on with your lives..
Perhaps they may even enjoy it and Gene will finally stop calling Ace and Peter drug addicts and drunks??.. I re meme it wasn’t too long ago that marriage was taboo for Gene..now it’s the most wonderful thing…go figure….
PS would love to get your radio show in Sydney, Australia…one day perhaps…
Something that REALLY annoys me lately is that Gene is retweeting tweets that’s making fun of Peter and specially Ace , straight up mean bullying sh*t!
Fine, you don’t wanna play with the original members that helped you made ALL the songs you still touring around with but this crap Gene is doing in twitter is lower than low…
I have been aware of KISS since I first heard “Christine Sixteen” on the radio. Although I do not own any of their records, nor have I ever attended one of their shows, I have enjoyed following them over the years, changing personnel, their music getting heavier with Eric Carr’s drumming, etc. I can see their point of view by not wanting to perform at the ceremony, due to the fact that the current members would be left out if they performed with the original members. I’m sure that Eric and Tommy wouldn’t have any objections if Ace and Peter were to perform with them, but we all know they have no input in regards to that. They could do what Heart did at their induction with different versions from different eras. My observation is that Kiss is on their last leg. They have made enough money so their kids (and probably grandkids) won’t have to work for the rest of their lives, plus the merchandising will make them money for many years to come. They should have one big throwdown performance on stage with the original members, then the later eras, then one mass jam with all of them, and then call it a day.
What’s the big deal? Do it for the fans already! But for God’s sake at least have the common human decency to acknowledge Vinnie, Eric C., Mark, Bruce, and the current hires for their contributions to the band.
Guitar great, and fan anointed “The King of Tone” Leslie West belongs in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. The best tone and vibrato man in the biz. Nobody bends a note and gets more out of a note than LW.