KISS frontman Paul Stanley’s new book, Backstage Pass, will be released on April 30th through HarperCollins’ HarperOne.

The official Backstage Pass book overview states:

“The New York Times bestselling author and legendary frontman and rhythm guitarist of KISS offers grants fans an all-access backstage pass to his personal life, and shows them how to pursue a royal rock n’ roll lifestyle of their own, offering hard-won advice and rules to live by from a rock n’ roll legend.

In this follow-up to his popular bestseller Face The Music, the Starchild takes us deeper into his personal life and his home today, life on and off the stage, revealing what he eats, drinks, and does with his friends and family, [what] he’s learned from a lifetime as the frontman of the iconic band KISS, and how he brings his unique sensibility not only to his superstar music career but to every area of his life — from the business to parenting to health and happiness. kitchen and the bar to the gym and the office.

Showcasing his unique lifestyle, Backstage Pass is a rare look at the man beneath the modern rock god persona. Paul shares fascinating details about his life — his fitness routine, philosophy, business principles, how he finds inspiration, passion, and joy after nearly 50 years filling arenas and selling out shows, and even his favorite meals, and includes recipes from friends such as Anthony Bourdain, Rocco DiSpirito, Mario Batali, and other star chefs.

Backstage Pass divulges more true stories of the rock legend’s relationships, hardships, and wild nights, contains intimate four-color, never-before-seen photos from Paul’s personal collection, and offers surprising lessons on the discipline and hard work that have made him one of the healthiest and most successful rock n’ roll frontmen in history — and a model superstar for the modern age.

This is the book for fans who love living large, but also want to kick ass at everyday life. From doing shots at the bar to enjoying a glass of red on the patio, Paul shows you how you can rock n’ roll all night and party every day — without missing a beat or looking like you do.”

Released in April 2014, Face The Music: A Life Exposed debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times’ Best Sellers list for Print Hardcover Non-Fiction. On top of that, Face The Music debuted on the Times’ Combined Print and E-Book best seller list and E-Book best sellers list at No. 3 and No. 13, respectively.

In the Face The Music, Stanley talked frankly about his early struggles with hearing — he was born with Level 3 Microtia and is deaf in his right ear. Microtia is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear that can affect normal hearing.

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The Winery Dogs, the band featuring Richie Kozten (Poison, Mr. Big), Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr. Big) and Mike Portnoy (Sons of Apollo, Dream Theater) have announced some May 2019 tour dates. See the itinerary, below.


1 Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
2 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
3 New York, NY – Sony Hall
5 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
7 Hopewell, VA – Beacon Theater
8 Nashville, TN – Basement East
9 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
11 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
12 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
15 Ft Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
16 Milwaukee, WI – Potowatami Casino
17 Milwaukee, WI – Potowatami Casino
18 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
20 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
23 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
24 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
25 Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
28 Sacramento, CA – Crest Theater
29 Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater
30 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
31 Los Angeles, CA – Saban Theater

Since wrapping up an extensive world tour in support of their second release,Hot Streak, in the summer of 2016, the band have performed live on just two occasions — during the inaugural Monsterwood, the West Coast edition of the Monsters Of Rock cruise in the fall of 2016, and nearly a year later during an Ultimate Jam Night tribute to late Adrrnaline Mob bassist David Zablidowsky at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.

The band’s latest release was, Dog Years: Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016, which was released on August 7th, 2017. Read more about it, here.

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Russia’s Tass reports:

Legendary American glam rockers KISS want to leave the stage at the top of their form, making their final shows their best, the band’s guitarist Tommy Thayer said in an interview with TASS.

“Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and myself, we decided that while the band is still very good and we are doing the best shows, we have been doing…in the history of the band, that we wanted to go out when we’re in top form and do a final tour,” he explained.

He went on to note that when comparing the shows of such rock stars as the Rolling Stones or Paul McCartney, KISS’s performances are far more “physically taxing” due to all the group’s gear and the “physicality of the show.” If the band continues to do it, year after year it will be difficult to keep it up…

…He admitted that KISS had already done a farewell tour in the early 2000s and after that tour, the two other original members – guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Kriss left the band. However, this time the farewell is real.

“It is not a gimmick, it is legitimate. This will be the final tour of KISS…” Thayer vowed.

The rocker predicts that the coming tour will become the biggest in KISS history. The show will use new pyrotechnics, and the set list will include the best songs of the band’s 45-year career.

Read more at TASS.


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New York Times bestselling author and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan is putting the finishing touches on a solo album that’s coming in 2019.

McKagan began recording the album back in March with producer Shooter Jennings. The two worked out of Station House studios, located in Echo Park, CA, writing and recording in-between McKagan’s tour with seminal rock band Guns N’ Roses and the release of Jennings’ eponymous album, Shooter.

The album will be McKagan’s musical follow-up to 2015’s bestselling book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions).

“I wrote a couple of articles about historical places I passed through on this last tour and people kept asking if that was going to be the focus of my next book,” says McKagan. “But an unseen and irrepressible force guided me to write little vignettes of reflective prose…little instant-reactions.

The heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide I have experienced over the last two and a half years of traveling this globe of ours coerced these words into songs that tell my truth, and one that I hope will spread and help us all. I do this for my daughters…I do this for my love of where I grew up…I do this, because I truly feel it must be done and said right now.”

“From the first night we sat together at my piano hashing out arrangements of his songs, before going into the studio to record them, I felt it was a really important record that had to be heard,” says Jennings. “The songs have so much heart and are so musical that I could just hear all the arrangements immediately and I could really feel them.”

About his connection to McKagan, Jennings says, “I met Duff right after I moved to Los Angeles nearly twenty years ago. I was such a massive Guns N’ Roses fan when I was younger. I’d say that they had a lot to do with me even moving to LA. But there was some kind of magnetic force I guess that kept us orbiting each other over the years. When the idea of collaborating with him on this album came up, I was very eager to get the job as producer. I felt like the music this man made was part of the fabric of my own musical identity and that I would really love building a record with him. Once we sat down and started going over the songs he had, I instantly knew that the two of us were going to be a great fit together.”

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Rival Sons have announced their first full North American headline tour. The dates include stops at New York’s Brooklyn Steel, Philadelphia’s Union Transfer and Los Angeles’s Henry Fonda Theatre. The Sheepdogs will support all U.S. dates.

Pre-sales begin Wednesday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. local time; all remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. local.

The upcoming tour schedule marks the release of Rival Sons’ much-anticipated new album, Feral Roots, which arrives everywhere on January 25th through Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records.

The primal intensity of Feral Roots reflects a certain unrest at the heart of the album, sparked by Buchanan’s recent move to Tennessee. “With all the stimuli we’re constantly receiving these days, I think a lot of people have a desire to live with more freedom and simplicity,” noted Buchanan. “There’s a longing for your truer nature to prevail, and to reclaim some sort of wildness.” But with its nuanced explorations of art and love and truth, “Feral Roots” ultimately argues for pushing beyond pure survival instincts and striving for something more exalted: an unbreakable commitment to creating beauty of your own.

To read more about Feral Roots, to stream the single, Back In The Woods, and to view the video for, Do Your Worst, please click here.

Rival Sons are also set for a special headline performance at 98.9 The Bear’s Electric Christmas, on December 15th at Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Pierre’s Entertainment Center.

Rival Sons Tour dates:


4 Dallas, TX – Trees
5 Fort Smith, AR – TempleLive
6 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
8 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
9 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage)
10 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
12 Charleston, SC – Ladson Exchange Fairgrounds**
13 Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds**
14 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena**
17 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
18 Boston, MA – Royale Night Club
19 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall***
21 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
22 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
23 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
26 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
27 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
29 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
30 Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room


2 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
3 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
4 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre***
6 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
7 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
9 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

** Festival Lineup

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Metallica frontman James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo , say they can relate to fans who say Metallica’s music has made a deep connection with them.

When asked Boise radio station 100.3 The X Rocks’ host Big J, what it was like when a fan approach(es) them to say that their music had saved their life.

Hetfield responded, “I know what they mean, because it saved my life. So, yeah, join the club.”

Guitarist Hammett then puts up his hand and says, “Yeah, me too.”

Hetfield continues, “That is the ultimate connection – something I’ve felt: Some fear, some anxiety, whatever it may be. My viewpoint of the world is totally off kilter, it’s defective, and then when someone comes up to you and says, ‘What you’ve written down or what you’ve created has helped me’ that’s more of a connection.

You haven’t spoken any words – you’ve just felt what that person is feeling, even though it might be different. Everyone loves it when someone tells their story. Someone’s saying, ‘That guy is singing to me’ or ‘That song is about me.’”

Trujillo says that music is the “ultimate conduit” and adds “With music, and the magic of music, you’re making people happy.

“I used to run in the mountains to Metallica music back on the Ride The Lightning album, so there’s always a place for it, and it’s almost always positive for most people. Music is like magic in my mind, it’s really special.”

Remaining Metallica 2018/2019 North American tour dates

Dec 5: Portland Moda Center, OR
Dec 7: Sacramento Golden 1 Center, CA
Dec 9: Fresno Save Mart Center, CA
Dec 12: Spokane Arena, WA

Jan 20: Little Rock Verizon Arena, AR
Jan 22: Birmingham Legacy Arena At The BJCC, AL
Jan 24: Nashville Bridgestone Arena, TN
Jan 28: Raleigh PNC Arena, NC
Jan 30: Cincinnati US Bank Arena, OH

Feb 1: Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena, OH
Feb 28: El Paso Don Haskins Center, TX

Mar 2: Lubbock United Supermarkets Arena, TX
Mar 4: Wichita Intrust Bank Arena, KS
Mar 6: Kansas City Sprint Center, MO
Mar 9: Louisville KFC Yum Center, KY
Mar 11: Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldshouse, IN

additional source: Metal Hammer via

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