Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member Ace Frehley has released the music video for Rockin’ With The Boys (see below). Filmed live in Detroit Rock City, this is the first music video we’ve seen from The Spaceman since he released the video for Fire and Water.
That video featured KISS frontman Paul Stanley and was off of Origins, Vol. 1, released in 2016. The video was done by veteran director Justin Reich.
This is the second song Frehley has released this year, from his forthcoming all-new Spaceman album, due October 19th, through Entertainment One (eOne). Frehley previously released the track Bronx Boy in April.
Spaceman, Frehley’s eighth solo LP, features nine new original tracks, plus a cover of Eddie Money’s I Wanna Go Back, a ripping power pop makeover of the original.
Ace Frehley will be appearing on Good Day NY/ on WNYW Fox 5 tomorrow, October 16th at 9 AM EDT, performing his new single, Rockin’ With The Boys in its entirety.
Additionally, an Ace Frehley “Spaceman” pop up store powered by Looney Tunes is planned for October 19th at the Sam Ash Music store, located at 333 W 34th St. in New York City. Ace will be appearing from 5-7PM EDT signing copies of his new album.
Spaceman LPs and CDs will be available to purchase as well as the limited edition Orange Viny only currently available at indie store locations in the U.S.
No need to worry, I’ll be home soon, ’cause I’m rockin’ with the boys,” Frehley sings on Rockin’ With the Boys, which tells the tale of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS’s heyday in the ’70s. Both Rockin With The Boys and Bronx Boy are available on all streaming platforms today, and are iTunes instant grat tracks for fans who preorder the album.
In addition to Ace’s distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace played bass on all of the songs on Spaceman except for two. The listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, Without You I’m Nothing, which Gene also co-wrote, and Your Wish Is My Command. Both songs were recorded at Frehley’s home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
Ace’s reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of Free’s Fire and Water for 2016’s covers LP Origins, Vol. 1) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace’s clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 Anomaly album in 2009.
Spaceman (a title suggested by Simmons, himself) serves as the first collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014’s Space Invader, which debuted at #9 on the Top 200 Chart. The LP scored the highest charting position of any former or current KISS band member ever and marked Frehley’s first return to the Top 10 since KISS’s 1998 Psycho Circus reunion album.
Spaceman track listing:
1. Without You I’m Nothing
2. Rockin’ With the Boys
3. Your Wish Is My Command
4. Bronx Boy
5. Pursuit Of Rock and Roll
6. I Wanna Go Back
7. Mission To Mars
8. Off My Back
9. Quantum Flux
Ace Frehley tour dates:
Oct 31-Nov. 5 Miami to Key West and Nassau, KISS Kruise VIII
November 9 Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
November 10 Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
November 11 Miramar, FL, Miramar Amphitheatre
Parlophone Records (BMG in the US) will continue their reissues series of the Iron Maiden catalog with The Studio Collection-Remastered, covering the band’s sixteen-strong studio albums across their career to date.
Following on from 2014/2017’s black vinyl releases and 2015’s Mastered for iTunes project, The Studio Collection– Remastered will be released on the Digipak CD format, with the track listing matching the original UK releases. The recordings are taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases. The albums will be released chronologically in batches of four, across a nine month period superseding the previously available studio catalogue and all titles will also be made available on streaming platforms. As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases will also be optionally available in a specially artworked box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In the November 16th batch, this will be The Number Of The Beast.
Maiden founder member and bassist Steve Harris says, “We’ve wanted to revisit these for a long time and I was delighted with the remastering we did in 2015. I thought it was the best that our albums have ever sounded and it was only right that we made them available on CD now too.”
The first batch is now available for pre-order now. Find a full list of releases below.
Iron Maiden: The Studio Collection Remastered CD Series
1st batch: November 16th
Iron Maiden / Killers / The Number Of The Beast (option of standard or collectors boxset edition including The Number Of The Beast Eddie figurine and patch / Piece Of Mind
2nd batch: Feb 2019 date TBC
Powerslave / Somewhere In Time (standard/collectors) / Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son / No Prayer For The Dying
3rd batch April 2019 date TBC
Fear Of The Dark (standard/collectors) / The X Factor / Virtual XI / Brave New World
4th batch June 2019 date TBC
Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death (standard/collectors) / The Final Frontier / The Book Of Souls
Def Leppard are celebrating their first-ever Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nomination in style by announcing three new releases.
A new greatest hits collection titled, The Story So Far: The Best Of, which will be released on November 30th. The double disc set will feature 35 tracks – including their cover of Depeche Mode classic Personal Jesus.
Also arriving on November 30th is Hysteria: The Singles – a limited edition 10-disc vinyl box set featuring the smash hits Pour Some Sugar On Me, Animal, Love Bites, Hysteria, Rocket and Armageddon It, along with two bonus singles Excitable/Run Riot and Love And Affection/Don’t Shoot The Shotgun.
The package’s cover art is made up of all 10 of the singles’ sleeves, including the Spanish Animal cover, plus a booklet with a full discography and an introduction written by Def Lep frontman Joe Elliott.
As is if that wasn’t enough Def Leppard news for one day, the band have got into the Christmas spirit early and released We All Need Christmas. Listen to it below.
Def Leppard: The Story So Far track listing:
3. Pour Some Sugar On Me
4. Love Bites
5. Let’s Get Rocked
6. Armaggedon It
8. Two Steps Behind
9. Heaven Is
12. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
13. Make Love Like A Man
15. When Love & Hate Collide
16. Rock Of Ages
17. Personal Jesus
1. Let’s Go
4. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
5. Rock On (Radio Remix)
6. Nine Lives (feat. Tim McGraw)
7. Work It Out
8. Stand Up
13. C’Mon C’Mon
14. Man Enough
15. No Matter What
16. All I Want Is Everything
17. It’s All About Believing
18. Kings Of The World
Hysteria: The Singles Box Set track listing:
Disc 1: Women / Tear It Down (US Version)
Disc 2: Animal / I Wanna Be Your Hero (US Version)
Disc 3: Hysteria / Ride in To the Sun (Int Version)
Disc 4: Pour Some Sugar on Me / Ring of Fire (US Version)
Disc 5: Love Bites / Billy’s Got A Gun (Live)(Int Version)
Disc 6: Armageddon It / Release Me (Can Version)
Disc 7: Rocket / Woman (Live) (US Version)
Disc 8: Excitable / Run Riot (Album Version)
Disc 9: Love and Affection / Don’t Shoot Shotgun (Album Version)
Disc 10: Animal / Tear It Down (Spanish Artwork Version)
KISS frontman Paul Stanley has ruled out the possibility of the band recording another studio album before they bring the curtain down on their career.
KISS announced they would head out on the End Of The Road farewell tour last month, saying they would “go out the same way we came in… unapologetic and unstoppable.”
Speaking at the Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp, Stanley was asked by radio host Miles Schuman if fans could expect any new material, from the band, before they hang it up.
Stanley replied, “No. I don’t think so. It’s a different time now. I could write Let It Be and people would still say, ‘That’s great. Now play Detroit Rock City.’
I understand it because when songs have a history with you, they’re like a snapshot of a time in your life – and that’s not something that anything can take the place of overnight.
It’s interesting that I think Modern Day Delilah or Hell Or Hallelujah are as good as anything we did, but I understand that people are more connected to those old classic songs.”
Stanley added, “If you put on a live video concert of any band – if you put on Paul McCartney or the Rolling Stones – and you turn off the volume, I will tell you every time they’re playing a new song, because the audience sits down.
When any classic act turns out new material, people tolerate it. They’re asking you to do it and they’re asking you to produce it, but at the same time, they really don’t want it.
At some point I go, ‘What’s the point?’ Unless it’s something that’s fulfilling for me to go back in the studio just to record new Kiss material, I think everything we’ve done so far speaks volumes and it’s enough of a legacy.”
Watch the interview below.
additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com
President Trump signed the eagerly anticipated Music Modernization Act into law at a ceremony at the White House on Thursday (October 11th), in the most high-profile event for the music industry in several years. Mike Love and Kid Rock, two of Trump’s most visible supporters in the music community, were at the White House for the signing alongside Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, country singer John Rich and the Doobie Brothers’ Jeff “Skunk” Baxter.
Intended to update music copyright law for the digital era, H.R. 1551 (formally the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act) accomplishes three key things: making sure songwriters and artists receive royalties on songs recorded before 1972; allocating royalties for music producers; and updating licensing and royalty rules for streaming services to pay rights-holders in a more streamlined fashion, via a new, independent entity. Under the act, many music creators will have a more reliable way of collecting the money that they’re due.
“You like this legislation or do you hate it?” Trump asked Kid Rock. “I like it,” replied Kid Rock.
“Everybody knows this business of music is a very dirty business,” Rock said after the signing. “There’s a lot more that needs to be done here. We need to go after the record labels next, and things like free goods. But this is a great start to protect songwriters, producers, engineers — the unsung heroes behind many of these songs that go out there. People like myself who are maybe more at the top of the food chain, it really doesn’t affect as much. But I know many people it does affect.” Kanye West is due to meet with Trump at the White House today, but did not appear at the signing ceremony.
The president delivered prepared comments calling the MMA a milestone that would “close loopholes” in copyright law and help music creators get paid. “They were treated very unfairly. They’re not going to be treated unfairly anymore,” Trump added.
Music business leaders reacted to the signing with enthusiasm; see some of the statements below from various groups.
Spotify’s general counsel and vice president of business and legal affairs Horacio Gutierrez, “One of our core missions at Spotify is to enable a million artists to make a good living from what they love: creating and performing music. The Music Modernization Act is a huge step towards making that a reality, modernizing the outdated licensing system to suit the digital world we live in. The MMA will benefit the music community and create a more transparent and streamlined approach to music licensing and payment for artists.”