KISS’ GENE SIMMONS SAYS THAT FORMER BANDMATES ACE FREHLEY, AND PETER CRISS, COULD NOT DO THE ENTIRE FAREWELL TOUR BECAUSE “THEY’RE COMPLETELY UNDEPENDABLE”

Simon Hemelryk of Go London writes:

KISS bassist, [Gene Simmons] is turning 70 in August and his band’s current tour, which arrives at the O2 on July 11th, will be its last.

“It’s time,” he says. “This tour will take three years and I’ll be 72 when it finishes. That’s a good point to get off the stage…I’m up there every night in 8in platform boots and 40lbs of armour. I did five-mile walks almost every day for a year to get in shape…”

…KISS…have had a turbulent past, with founding guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss famously leaving the band three times under a cloud of drugs, alcohol and recriminations. There was vague talk of them rejoining for this one last tour. But though Simmons still talks reasonably warmly of them — despite Frehley’s recent Facebook outburst where he accused Simmons of groping his wife — that won’t be happening.

“They were as important as any one of us in the early days of the band and they’ve both been invited to come on stage at some point in the tour. But we couldn’t do the whole thing with them. They’re completely undependable.”

Instead, Simmons and Stanley are performing with the altogether more reliable Eric Singer and Tommy Sayer. “Eric’s played with everybody: Brian May, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, you name it. He and Tommy have a love of labor. They show up on time, do the work and are thrilled to meet the fans. Other members, without naming names, have been miserable.”

Simmons had a poor early childhood in Israel before moving to the US, and his mother, Flora, survived a Nazi concentration camp. She drummed into him how precious life is. So while he’s had plenty of encounters with groupies, a relationship with Diana Ross and is now married to former Playboy Playmate of the Year, Shannon Tweed, he’s been otherwise abstemious. 

“The truth is that no one in the band even smokes cigarettes,” he says. “Nobody drinks either. They’re just not interested. I’ve never been drunk in my life. The drug thing isn’t a discussion.”

So how does he unwind after an adrenaline-fuelled epic gig in front of 20,000 people? “I like cake. I really do. On days off, I binge-watch Game of Thrones…” 

…Will he miss donning the armour and make up to become the Demon? “I don’t know,” he reflects. “On the day that Superman decides to stop guarding the earth, he’s still Superman underneath, but will he miss that outfit? I don’t know.”

Read more at Go London.

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7/4: ALL NEW SEASON OF TRUNKFEST W/SAMMY HAGAR, VINCE NEIL & MORE DEBUTS THIS SUNDAY 9:30P EST ON AXS TV! MORE

THE ALL NEW SEASON OF MY AXS TV SHOW TRUNKFEST KICKS OFF THIS SUNDAY (AND EVERY SUNDAY) WITH BRAND NEW EPISODES AND MUSIC EXPERIENCES. PLEASE WATCH AND DVR EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT 9:30P ET/6:30P PACIFIC. THE DEBUT EPISODE THIS SUNDAY IS FROM SAMMY HAGAR’S HIGH TIDE BEACH PARTY WITH SAMMY, MICHAEL ANTHONY, KEVIN CRONIN AND VINCE NEIL. AXS TV IS AVAILABLE ON MOST CABLE SYSTEMS AND SLING TV.

Back from LA and Vegas. Saw Aerosmith twice, Paul McCartney, and Judas Priest. Full reviews when back live Monday 2P ET on SiriusXM 106.

New podcast now up with Michael Anthony (with the huge VH news he broke) and Joe Satriani. Free www.PodcastOne.com or Apple Podcasts.

Happy 4th.

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THE CULT TO RELEASE “SONIC TEMPLE 30” ON SEPTEMBER 13TH

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of The Cult’s seminal album, Sonic Temple. To celebrate the anniversary, Beggars Arkive will release The Cult: Sonic Temple 30 on September 13th. It will be released as a deluxe box set and a 5-CD set, plus the label will reissue Sonic Temple on double LP, which has been out of print for over 20 years. The sets both contain limited-release demos in addition to previously unreleased tracks. (Full details and track listings are below.) Preorders are available here.

Originally released in 1989, Sonic Temple proved to be a pivotal moment for both the band and the wider rock scene. Produced by the legendary Bob Rock, Sonic Temple had four chart-topping singles: Fire Woman, Edie (Ciao Baby)Sun King and Sweet Soul Sister.

In a recent interview about the album, vocalist Ian Astbury explained how the band brought together hard rock and indie rock to create the unique, game-changing sounds on Sonic Temple. “We wanted to retain our core DNA as we went deeper into psych and hard rock influences,” he said. “It was a complete immersion for me into art, film, music, poetry and literature, weaving those influences into what was to become Sonic Temple. The band was becoming more popular. We were in uncharted waters. Most of the bands we had come up with had split up or fallen off. We were accelerating. There was no real time to breathe. We were forming new allegiances and breaking the glass ceiling of ‘the indie outsider.'”

The album catapulted The Cult into superstar status and remains their most commercially successful release. It has sold over 1.5 million copies in the U.S. alone and was certified platinum in 1990. It made it to No. 10 on the Billboard charts, and the aforementioned songs all remain rock-radio staples to this day.

The box set contains three pieces of vinyl and a cassette plus tour memorabilia and ephemera (replica of original laminate, backstage pass, original press releases, label copy and more). It’s numbered and limited to 3000 pieces worldwide and contains 40 tracks, four of which were previously unreleased. LP1+2 contain the album as originally released. LP3 contains Live At Wembley recorded by the BBC, and the included cassette contains limited-release demos. Four of the live tracks are also previously unreleased.

The five-CD set contains 53 tracks (including six previously unreleased) with the original album on disc 1, alternate edits, mixes, extended versions and acoustic versions on disc 2, limited-release demos on discs 3 and 4 and Live At Wembley recorded by the BBC on disc 5. Six of the live tracks are previously unreleased. It is beautifully packaged in book form with rare photographs and interviews with the band by esteemed U.K. journalist James Brown.

The double LP is a re-vamped reissue of the original album. Now cut onto two pieces of black vinyl, the audio is improved and contains 16 tracks total, which comprise the original album plus six B-sides. It’s been out of print for over 20 years.

The digital version will replicate the CD-set but excludes the original album for a total of 43 tracks.

Box Set:3xLP

A1 Sun King 
A2 Fire Woman 
A3 American Horse 
A4 Edie (Ciao Baby) 

B1 Sweet Soul Sister 
B2 Soul Asylum 
B3 New York City 
B4 Automatic Blues 

C1 Soldier Blue 
C2 Wake Up Time For Freedom 
C3 Medicine Train (From the Edie (Ciao Baby) single) 
C4 The River (From the Sweet Soul Sister single) 

D1 Bleeding Heart Graffiti (from the Edie (Ciao Baby) single) 
D2 Messin’ Up The Blues (from the Fire Woman single) 
D3 Fire Woman (NYC Rock Mix) (from the Fire Woman CD EP) 
D4 Edie (Ciao Baby) (Acoustic) (From The Heart Of Soul CD single) 

E1 New York City (live) *previously unreleased) 
E2 Automatic Blues (live) *previously unreleased) 
E3 American Horse (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single) 
E4 Sun King (live) *previously unreleased 

F1 Soul Asylum (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single) 
F2 Sweet Soul Sister (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single) 
F3 Fire Woman (live) *previously unreleased

Cassette:

A1 Sonic Temple Radio Promo 
A2 New York City (demo) 
A3 American Horse (demo) 
A4 Sun King (demo) 
A5 Automatic Blues (demo) 
A6 Yes Man (demo) 
A7 Wake Up Time For Freedom (demo) 
A8 Citadel (demo) 
A9 The River (demo) 

B1 The Crystal Ocean (demo) 
B2 Cashmere (demo) 
B3 Edie (demo) 
B4 Bleeding Heart Revival (demo) 
B5 Star Child (demo) 
B6 Medicine Train (Rock Demo) 
B7 New York City (Rock Demo) 
B8 Fire (Rock Demo)

5-CD Set:

1-1 Sun King 
1-2 Fire Woman 
1-3 American Horse 
1-4 Edie (Ciao Baby) 
1-5 Sweet Soul Sister 
1-6 Soul Asylum 
1-7 New York City 
1-8 Automatic Blues 
1-9 Soldier Blue 
1-10 Wake Up Time For Freedom 

2-1 Sonic Temple Radio Promo 
2-2 Fire Woman (Edit) 
2-3 Messin’ Up The Blues (from the Fire Woman single) 
2-4 Medicine Train (From the Edie (Ciao Baby) single) 
2-5 Fire Woman (NYC Rock Mix) (from the Fire Woman CD EP) 
2-6 Edie (Ciao Baby) (Edit) 
2-7 Bleeding Heart Graffiti (from the Edie (Ciao Baby) CD EP) 
2-8 Sun King (Edit) 
2-9 Sweet Soul Sister (Edit) 
2-10 The River (From the Sweet Soul Sister single) 
2-11 Soldier Blue (Werman Extended Version) 
2-12 Fire Woman (LA Rock Mix) 
2-13 Sweet Soul Sister (Rock’s Mix) 
2-14 Edie (Ciao Baby) (Acoustic) (From The Heart Of Soul CD single) 

3-1 Medicine Train (demo) 
3-2 New York City (demo) 
3-3 American Horse (demo) 
3-4 Sun King (demo) 
3-5 Automatic Blues (demo) 
3-6 Yes Man (demo) 
3-7 Fire (demo) 
3-8 Wake Up Time For Freedom (demo) 
3-9 Citadel (demo) 
3-10 The River (demo) 

4-1 The Crystal Ocean (demo) 
4-2 Cashmere (demo) 
4-3 Edie (demo) 
4-4 Bleeding Heart Revival (demo) 
4-5 My Love (demo) 
4-6 Star Child (demo) 
4-7 Medicine Train (Rock Demo) 
4-8 New York City (Rock Demo) 
4-9 Fire (rock Demo) 
4-10 Spanish Gold (jam Demo) 

5-1 New York City (live) *previously unreleased) 
5-2 Automatic Blues (live) *previously unreleased) 
5-3 American Horse (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single) 
5-4 Sun King (live) *previously unreleased 
5-5 Soul Asylum (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single) 
5-6 Rain (live) *previously unreleased 
5-7 Sweet Soul Sister (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single) 
5-8 She Sells Sanctuary (live) *previously unreleased 
5-9 Fire Woman (live) *previously unreleased

Standard Double LP:

A1 Sun King 
A2 Fire Woman 
A3 American Horse 
A4 Edie (Ciao Baby) 

B1 Sweet Soul Sister 
B2 Soul Asylum 
B3 New York City 
B4 Automatic Blues 

C1 Soldier Blue 
C2 Wake Up Time For Freedom 
C3 Medicine Train (From the Edie (Ciao Baby) single) 
C4 The River (From the Sweet Soul Sister single) 

D1 Bleeding Heart Graffiti (from the Edie (Ciao Baby) CD EP) 
D2 Messin’ Up The Blues (from the Fire Woman single) 
D3 Fire Woman (NYC Rock Mix) (from the Fire Woman CD EP) 
D4 Edie (Ciao Baby) (Acoustic) (From The Heart Of Soul CD single)

Digital Album:

1  Sonic Temple Radio Promo 
2  Fire Woman (Edit) 
3  Messin’ Up The Blues (from the Fire Woman single) 
4  Medicine Train (From the Edie (Ciao Baby) single) 
5  Fire Woman (NYC Rock Mix) (from the Fire Woman CD EP) 
6  Edie (Ciao Baby) (Edit) 
7  Bleeding Heart Graffiti (from the Edie (Ciao Baby) CD EP) 
8  Sun King (Edit) 
9  Sweet Soul Sister (Edit) 
10 The River (From the Sweet Soul Sister single) 
11 Soldier Blue (Werman Extended Version) 
12 Fire Woman (LA Rock Mix) 
13 Sweet Soul Sister (Rock’s Mix) 
14 Edie (Ciao Baby) (Acoustic) (From The Heart Of Soul CD single) 
15 Medicine Train (demo) 
16 New York City (demo) 
17 American Horse (demo) 
18 Sun King (demo) 
19 Automatic Blues (demo) 
20 Yes Man (demo) 
21 Fire (demo) 
22 Wake Up Time For Freedom (demo) 
23 Citadel (demo) 
24 The River (demo) 
25 The Crystal Ocean (demo) 
26 Cashmere (demo) 
27 Edie (demo) 
28 Bleeding Heart Revival (demo) 
29 My Love (demo) 
30 Star Child (demo) 
31 Medicine Train (Rock Demo) 
32 New York City (Rock Demo) 
33 Fire (rock Demo) 
34 Spanish Gold (jam Demo) 
35 New York City (live) *previously unreleased) 
36 Automatic Blues (live) *previously unreleased) 
37 American Horse (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single) 
38 Sun King (live) *previously unreleased 
39 Soul Asylum (live) from the Sweet Soul Sister single) 
40 Rain (live) *previously unreleased 
41 Sweet Soul Sister (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single) 
42 She Sells Sanctuary (live) *previously unreleased 
43 Fire Woman (live) *previously unreleased

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SEBASTIAN BACH DISCUSSES CELEBRATING SKID ROW’S DEBUT ALBUM, FUTURE PLANS AND MORE

Greg Prato, spoke with Sebastian Bach about Skid Row’s eponymous debut album, for Consequence of Sound. Highlights from the interview appear below.

On whether he knew Skid Row’s debut was a special album during its recording:

Bach “I knew it was going to be a special album to me, because I loved the songs that we had recorded — we recorded the songs three times separately before that record came out. And I got the tattoo, Youth Gone Wild in 1987 — two years before the record came out. I was so sure of that song, I loved that song — that’s one of the reasons why I joined the band. And the lyrics to Youth Gone Wild, 100 percent meant everything to me years before we had a record deal…”

On what he recalls about the filming of the videos for the album:

…we shot those videos, and one crazy piece of trivia is that John 5 — the guitar player from Rob Zombie, who everybody knows and loves as one of the greatest guitar players around today — is in the Piece of Me video. There is a guy who comes on the stage, and I toss him into the crowd, while he does a stagedive. That’s John 5, who at the age of 18, stood in line, because he saw in the paper there was a Skid Row video, so he came down to be in the audience. He was like, “Dude… that’s me!” I’ve been writing music constantly lately — this will be my third collaboration with [John 5]. But actually, our first collaboration was the “Piece of Me” video. Shot at the Canyon Club.

On inviting his former Skid Row bandmates to join him for a jam on this 30th anniversary tour:

“I haven’t heard back from them, would be my answer to you. I wish they could get along with my manager, Rick Sales, like everybody else does in the industry. What else can you do? I don’t know what else to do. I’m 51, and this is the 30th anniversary of the first record I ever put out in my life. Would I like to celebrate it with the other four people who put it out? Yes, I would. But I’m also not going to wait around any longer — because I don’t know how much longer I have, to be honest with you. I honestly don’t know that.”

On collaborating with [guitarist] John 5:

“The field has definitely slimmed as far as guitar slingers go. I think you can read articles about Guitar Center having problems, because people aren’t practicing, putting in the hours that they used to — to become Eddie Van Halen or George Lynch or Warren DeMartini or these real, genuine guitar heroes that we all had when I was a kid. John 5 is from that school. He has reinvented the guitar in his unique way…

On future plans:

“Just new music. As I said, I’ve been working with John 5, but I’ve also been working with Orianthi — we’ve got two songs going. And Steve Stevens from Billy Idol’s band — he was on my last album, and he’s going to be on the next record. And my solo band has got material going. So, that’s going go to be my focus, but I’m also playing live all the time. And I’ve got a bunch of side projects, [like] Kings of Chaos — it’s me, Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, and Lou Gramm from Foreigner on vocals, and Gilby Clarke [formerly of Guns N’ Roses], and then Kenny Aronoff from John Cougar’s, Jack and Diane, on drums, and James Lomenzo [formerly of White Lion] on bass, Warren DeMartini from Ratt on guitar. It’s really a lot of fun — we’re playing as a supergroup for that. And then my 30th anniversary tour starts on August 29th, and right now, it ends in November. (See dates, here).

Read more at Consequence of Sound.


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FORMER GUNS N’ ROSES DRUMMER STEVEN ADLER REPORTEDLY STABS HIMSELF IN THE STOMACH

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler has been hospitalized after reportedly suffering a self-inflicted knife wound.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Fox News that officers responded to the Adler’s Studio City, Calif., home at around 6:30 p.m. PT Thursday on a call of a possible suicide attempt. When they arrived, officers determined that no crime had been committed and deemed the incident a medical emergency only. Adler was transported to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

It’s unclear at this time if the incident was a suicide attempt or accidental.

According to TMZ, who first reported the news, police arrived at Adler’s home and discovered he’d somehow stabbed himself in the stomach. No other parties are believed to be involved in the incident.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Adler joined the famed rock band in 1985. However, his public struggles with drug addiction eventually got him kicked out of the band in 1990. People reported he was allowed to rejoin. after signing a contract saying that he would refrain from drug use, but was then fired again later that same year due to his addiction.

He appeared in the 2008 season of the reality show Celebrity Rehab starring Dr. Drew and appeared in the subsequent spin-off Sober House. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of the group, despite having been kicked out more than two decades prior.

additional source: foxnews.com

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SCORPIONS’ RUDOLPH SCHENKER RESPONDS TO BROTHER MICHAEL’S RECENT NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT HIM

Fraser Lewry of Classic Rock reports:

Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker has finally responded to criticism over money matters from his brother Michael. 

In 2016, Michael told Gigs And Festivals, “I’m actually very disappointed in my brother because I just found out that a lot of things have been incorrect in the past. Me, being seven years younger than the other guys, I think I was taken advantage of right from the beginning.”

Later that year, he told The Metal Voice, “Rudolf asked me to give him the melodies for [Scorpions song] Coast To Coast… and so I’m very disappointed with that. And I must say I’m now finding out more and more weird stuff about Rudolf.”

“Look, I love my brother,” says Rudolf. “He’s a fantastic guitar player but he knows nothing about business. When we made Lovedrive [released in 1979] the band was under contract to Dieter Dierks [producer and manager]. When I asked Michael to play a solo to my composition Coast To Coast, we agreed a half-and-half credit, but Dieter wouldn’t allow it – this related to publishing and studio costs. 

Michael had a signed contract with Dieter that gave him one point on the song. And we agreed to pay Michael… he had the money.”

Schenker goes on, “But in 1985 when he was completely smashed and had a new MSG with Robin McAuley, Michael lived with me in my house. We flew in musicians, I did all of that for nothing on the understanding that Michael would pay me when a record label came in. But he didn’t pay me anything. 

So I took his half to cover the bills he hadn’t paid. Everything is clear. All Michael has to do is ask, ‘What’s happening here?’ But he doesn’t; instead he gives these stupid interviews. I still love my brother but he has always hated business matters and the only person that’s to blame here is himself.”

corpions play Bloodstock Festival on August 11. Tickets are on sale now.

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