February 5 : WARRIOR
(Vinnie Vincent 1982) 2CD Expanded Edition From
Cherry Red Records
Cherry Red Records (UK) have scheduled a second
WARRIOR 1982 album recordings for an
official release date March 22, 2019, entitled "WARRIOR
- II" 2CD Expanded Edition.
WARRIOR story goes back to 1982 when New England members
Jimmy Waldo on keyboards, bassist Gary Shea and drummer Hirsch
Gardner were searching for a replacement for recently departed
guitarist, John Fannon. A then unknown guitarist Vinnie Cusano
was recommended by KISS’s Gene Simmons (both bands were
represented at the time by manager Bill Aucoin). Cusano was a
prolific songwriter, and sent some of his song ideas to the
NEW ENGLAND for consideration. So impressed was the trio
with Cusano’s song-writing abilities that they agreed to
relocate to Los Angeles where the guitarist was based, and the
WARRIOR was born.
Recording began at the famed Record Plant with serious interest
from CBS Records, but the band were also diligent enough to
record demos and rough ideas on a more modest set-up, capturing
the fledgling band on cassette.
WARRIOR, Vincent Cusano’s talents meant that the guitarist
was snapped up by KISS in 1982 to replace Ace Frehley for their
“Creatures Of The Night” LP, their last in make-up, where he’d
be rechristened Vinnie Vincent.
precious WARRIOR recordings gathered dust until
HNE released a collection of them in 2017. Subsequently,
more tapes, some of significantly better quality, have been
unearthed from Gary Shea’s personal archive. Also included are a
number of the demos transferred from the above mentioned
Shea and Waldo would remain in Los Angeles, soon joining up with
Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet to form Alcatrazz with Yngwie J.
This 2CD set is a treasure trove for all those who loved the
power, quality and sheer momentum of the first “WARRIOR”
album, “Warrior II” adds to the band’s legacy and legend.
January 21 :
Carmine Appice's Guitar
Zeus - feat. Bruce Kulick From
Legendary drummer Carmine Appice is re-releasing his GUITAR ZEUS
project, a compilation album featuring a who’s who list of the best
and world-renowned guitarists on the planet backed by his core band
featuring Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) on bass, Kelly
Keeling (T.S.O., M.S.G) on vocals / keys / rhythm guitar, and Appice
on drums which wrote and performed these well-crafted timeless
Originally released as two separate albums in 1995 &
1997, this new re-mastered album (by
Stephen DeAcutis - Vanilla Fudge, Corey Glover, Overkill, Cyndi
Lauper) combines both releases as one complete version for the first
time ever across all digital platforms, as well as feature 5 brand
new songs with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Pat Travers, John Norum, and
top Japanese guitarists RaiZi and Char.
Select songs will also be available on a special limited-edition
vinyl and CD.
Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus showcases the complete and prolific
talents of many world-renown rock guitarists including Brian May,
Slash, Neil Schon, Yngwie Malmsteen,
Bruce Kulick, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Paul
Gilbert, Mick Mars, Richie Sambora, Zakk Wylde, Bob Daisley, Dweezil
Zappa, Vivian Campbell, Leslie West, Warren DeMartini, Steve Morse,
Ty Tabor (Kings X), Ted Nugent, Dug Pinnick, John Norum and others…
Carmine Appice :
“The Guitar Zeus project, for me, was an amazing experience that has
never been done before by a drummer, especially with so much talent
on one album! You get your money’s worth! Writing all the songs with
my band (Tony & Kelly) and then picking out songs for each guitarist
was a fun and time-consuming process, especially coordinating
everybody’s schedules and recording sessions.
From the opening note, one can tell this is going to be something
special. I consider these drum tracks to be some of the best
performances in my career, topped off with working with so many
great guitarists and singers. The combination of players and song
selection is something special with some of the tunes is out of the
ordinary and ahead of their time!”
KISS Related Recordings
Since it's first release (1997), various versions of "Carmine
Appice's Guitar Zeus - Volume II" does exist, but not all features
the song "Snake" with Bruce Kulick.
Even the album "Channel Mind Radio" is released with different track listings,
for example the 2003 reissue has a (slightly) different album
cover, which actually is released as "Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus
Vol 2: Channel Mind Radio" This version doesn't contain the
song "Shake" (with Bruce Kulick), but "Nothing" (with
John Norum) instead.
August 2009 Fuel Records reissued the Guitar Zeus project as
a 24 track double-disc set compilation of the best Guitar Zeus
songs, with also features "Snake" (with Bruce Kulick).
December 22 : Former FREHLEY'S COMET members
rejoin forces In RETURN OF THE COMET From
Former FREHLEY'S COMET members John Regan (bass), Tod Howarth
(guitar/lead vocals) and Richie Scarlet (guitar/lead vocals) have
joined forces with former ACE FREHLEY drummer Steve Werner in RETURN
OF THE COMET.
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Regan and world-renowned
drummer Anton Fig formed FREHLEY'S COMET in 1984. The band went on
to sell well over 1.5 million albums and had multiple MTV music
videos in heavy rotation from 1987 to 1990.
Now for the first time ever, FREHLEY'S COMET alumni Regan, Howarth
and Scarlet, along with Werner, will celebrate their writing,
recording, touring and co-production contributions to the FREHLEY'S
COMET legacy by performing the hits and classics from the FREHLEY'S
COMET catalog and more under the name RETURN OF THE COMET.
RETURN OF THE COMET is:
* John Regan (FREHLEY'S COMET, ACE FREHLEY, PETER FRAMPTON) - bass
* Tod Howarth (FREHLEY'S COMET, CHEAP TRICK, TED NUGENT) -
* Richie Scarlet (FREHLEY'S COMET, ACE FREHLEY, MOUNTAIN) -
* Steve "Budgie" Werner (ACE FREHLEY, LESLIE WEST, HINDENBERG) -
Scarlet was in FREHLEY'S COMET from 1984 to
1985 and played in three of the band's seven different lineups.
Howarth was in FREHLEY'S COMET from 1986 to 1988 and was in the
group's last three lineups.
Both Frehley and Regan were members of FREHLEY'S COMET for the
duration of the band's four-year existence.
Frehley told Ultimate Classic Rock that the keyboards on FREHLEY'S
COMET's debut album were a result of "Howarth's influence." He
explained: "I tried to keep the keyboards to a minimum, because I'm
really not a keyboard guy. KISS never really used them, except on a
couple of songs. I always wanted to follow the same direction with
my career as I had with KISS musically. It was almost like I had to
fight to keep more keyboards off the record, because I was there
with three other band members and my producer."
KISS Related Recordings
In November 1997 USA label Shock Records released
Of The Comet - A Tribute To Ace Frehley",
which album contains (at the time) two previously unreleased
Frehley's Comet tracks, "Back On the Streets" and "Animal", both
re-recorded by the Comet Band.
The Comet Band (1997) was, Richie Scarlett (lead voacals, guitars),
John Regan (bass), Steve Werner (drums) and
Arthur Stead (keyboards).
Frehley reunited with Regan and Howarth to perform the songs "Rock
Soldiers" and "Cold Gin" during his September 2017
concert in Poughkeepsie, New York.
December 21 :
DOUGLAS BLAIR digital
single feat. Bruce Kulick From
Bruce Kulick (twitter) /
Douglas Blair (facebook)
Bruce Kulick recently did a session with
W.A.S.P.guitarist Doug Blair, adding acoustic
guitar to his 1988 version of “The First Noel”.
1988 Blair, then the lead guitarist for East Coast rock trio RUN 21,
recorded and mixed “The First Noel” at Courtlen Studios in Hanson,
MA. The recording utilized cassette, 2” and 1/4” analog tape, along
with early computer-automated mixing, yet was never officially
Thirty years later, Blair, teams up with Kulick, arguably KISS’s
consummate former lead guitarist, who in 2018 recorded an
“unplugged-style” magical counter-melody to Blair’s long-lost analog
Bruce Kulick, Mike Dalager and Douglas Blair worked together on the
HP Lovecraft Rock Opera project "Dreams
in the Witch House"(from
this same LA session new tracks were cut!!).
You can download the song at
for FREE for a while...
December 20 :
Paul Stanley in the studio with SOUL STATION From
Paul Stanley (twitter)
KISS frontman Paul Stanley has entered the studio with his R&B band
SOUL STATION to record a full-length album.
Virtual Invasion is a musical collaboration of musicians from
various parts of the world paying homage to guitar virtuoso Vinnie
Vincent. The band line up consists of vocalist Rick Rici from
Brazil, guitarist Yukihiro Omura from Japan and bass guitarist
Damian Bonadono from the United States. The idea for Virtual
Invasion was first conceived in 2014 when the members decided to
record a new version of the Warrior/Vinnie Vincent Invasion song
titled "Back on the Streets".
December 8 :
MARCEESE covers "Hotter
Than Hell" album From
KISS Related Recordings
German folk artist MARCEESE fifth KISS-tribute album "Hotter
Than Hell" will be released December 21 at Timezone Records.
Here's a small album review by KRR (Jelle Jansen) :
Driver" (2013), "Have
Love, Will Travel" (2015), "Black
Diamond" (2016) and and 2017's "Torpedo
Girl", this the 5th KISS Tribute by Berlin folk artist
While his previous tribute albums are compilations of various
cover versions from KISS 1974 up to 1980 "Unmasked" album,
including the solo albums, this time Marceese decided to
re-record the full "Hotter Than Hell" album with new
Like I wrote before, I don’t have any musical ability with folk
music, but compared to Marceese' first two albums (with the
Southern whiskey summer night campfire feeling), it seems this
2018 recording has a darker vibe. Still most of the songs are
folk, but this time, the album sounds more 60's - early 70's
folk with distorted guitars.
Sure, Marceese's folk can be heard in the new arrangements of
"Got To Choose", "Hotter Than Hell" (with a cool instrumental
part from halfway the song), "Strange Ways" and the Jazzy "All
"Parasite" 's new arrangement features a drum machine, together
with the rhythm guitar makes it sounds funky, while "Goin'
Blind" is turned into a dramatic ballad.
The 10 minute long vocal / distorted guitar version of
"Mainline" reminds me to the early days of Pink Floyd. "Comin'
Home" is turned into acoustic sort Stray Cats Rock 'n Roll song,
but really misses Brian Setzer's voice ...
The album's highlights are the dark mid-tempo country version of
"Watchin' You", together with the White Stripes (without drums
!) sounding "Let me Go Rock 'n' Roll".