2002 news- compilation
KISS Related Recordings only)
Containing news on unreleased,
unfinished and shelved albums and projects, rare cover
In other words, if the recording is completed and/ or
released, all details can be found on KRR's regular
|December 22, 2002
Loverboy compilation features Stanley/Kulick penned song.
A new LOVERBOY compilation release
from Sony / Legacy Recordings are due out January 14, 2003.
Loverboy "Love Songs" features the the Paul
Stanley/Bruce Kulick/Desmond Child penned song "Sword and
Stone", taken from Paul Dean's 1988 solo album
Full Tracklist : Heaven In Your Eyes . Always On My Mind . Lucky
Ones . Hot Girls In Love . Love Will Rise Again . This Could Be
The Night . When It's Over . One-Sided Love Affair . Lady Of The
80's . Take Me To The Top . Lovin' Every Minute Of It . Sword And
Stone (Paul Dean Solo Track) . Almost Paradise (Mike Reno &
15, 2002 : Rock Soldiers covered by the McGees.
US country rock band the McGees
recently have released an album entitled "Dimestore
Romeos", which features a cover version of Ace Frehley's
|December 6, 2002
: Vinnie Vincent Update
Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent
(a.k.a. Vincent Cusano) has been writing and recording new
material at a Los Angeles studio for an album that may or may not
surface under the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION moniker. No further
information on the project is available at this time.
19, 2002 : ALICE COOPER's Tour line-up
Cooper's line-up for the coming US and European tour will be:
Eric Singer on Drums (Kiss, Gary Moore, Brian May Group),
Teddy 'Zig Zag' Andreadis on Keyboards & Vocals
(Guns-N-Roses and was on the last Alice Cooper tour), Chuck
Wright on Bass and Vocals (House Of Lords),
Friesen on Guitars (The Almighty and has played with Alice
Cooper over the last 10 years), Eric Dover on guitars and
Vocals (Jellyfish, Glamnation and was on the last Alice Cooper
tour) and Calico Cooper - Dancer, performer and background
vocalist (Alice Cooper's daughter).
2, 2002 : New Tod Howarth demo-CD
Ex- Frehley's Comet guitar-/ keyboard player Tod Howarth just
have released a demo-CD entitled "Winter".
For more info, MP3-samples and order details visit www.todhowarth.com
20, 2002 : John Corabi (UNION) Keeps busy with two new
time Motley Crue vocalist and current Union frontman John
Corabi has two new projects on the go.
Twenty 4 Seven is a special collaboration with Ratt drummer
Bobby Blotzer and Iron Horse/Obsession guitarist Robert
The album combines elements from previous projects of this all
star lineup, Twenty 4 Seven delivers a collection of 9 hard
rocking/bluesy/melodic tunes. Singing with a touch of the
blues and an awful lot of heart & soul, John sang his
heart out in the recording of this album.
Corabi has also formed another new band called Zen Lunatic.
The line up is: John Corabi - Vocals & Guitar; Stevo Bruno
- Bass & Vocals; Jimmy D' Anda - Drums
The band's bio reads: Former Motley Crue singer, John Corabi,
has assembled an all-star lined band called Zen Lunatic. With
Bulletboys drummer Jimmy D Anda on drums and Revel 8 bass
player Stevo Bruno on bass, the trio plans to record their
debut record by this winter. The new sound can only be
described as "in your face- kick ass rock-n-roll."
The trio has been writing and recording at world renown Klown
Records in Santa Monica, California (owned by bass player
Stevo.) With new songs, it will be very interesting to see
which label these rock-heroes sign with. Nickelback manager,
John Greenberg is reportedly on board.
You can hear MP3 samples for the tracks Angel, Stay & Open
Your Eyes, online now at the band's website: www.klownrecords.com.
9, 2002 : MTM SIGNING: HIRSH GARDNER
Gardner (New England drummer and vocalist) has signed to MTM
Music in Europe and Marquee/Avalon in Japan. Expected release
date is mid November. The album is titled "Wasteland For
Broken Hearts". "Its typical production for me, very
thick vocals, huges guitars, lot's of keyboards and mellotron",
says Hirsh. Guest artists appearing on the album are Andre
Maquera of "8084" and Jimmy Waldo, John Fannon and
Gary Shea, Hirsh's three former bandmates in New
During 1981 - 1982 Hirsh was also a part of Vinnie Vincent’s
pre-KISS band Warrior.
Three of the four members in New England, Gary Shea, Jimmy
Waldo, and Hirsch Gardner, joined Vinnie in this band and
demo-ed early versions of Vinnie’s classic material.
22, 2002 : Vinnie Vincent Recording ?
rumor though it's been reported that Andre LaBelle and Vinnie
Vincent may be in the studio. One can only wonder at: 1) is
this true?; and 2) what are they recording? Might simply be
more attention to "Guitarmageddon" or another
varient of "Guitars From Hell" some of which Andre
originally drummed on... ..
25, 2002 : Gene demoing new songs / CHER
came back from putting down vocals on a new tune called
'WAIT.' Very excited about it. In two weeks or so, will do a
demo of another new song called 'ALL THE KIDS WITH PAINTED
Cher and I have been talking about recording a song
together.... perhaps for a movie soundtrack. This is all very
tentative, so please don't email questions. I won't have
25, 2002 : KISS/Gene demoing new songs ?
to Gene, "Just came back from putting down vocals on a
new tune called 'WAIT.' Very excited about it. In two weeks or
so, will do a demo of another new song called 'ALL THE KIDS
WITH PAINTED FACES'". It is not clear who is demoing this
material, Gene with extras, for some other project, or as part
of a "KISS" project. Demoing, also, doesn't mean
that the stuff will get used. But in conjunction with Paul
recently stating that they were considering going into the
studios with Ezrin it would seem that the music isn't dead
yet. Please, keep in mind that any KISS plans may be
tentative. Cutting demos, for whatever reason, is one thing -
fully recording songs or albums is another matter. It should
still be exciting though, regardless....
22, 2002 : Frehley's Comet bass player John Regan have
produced new Sinopoli album .
rock producer Eddie Kramer (Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Jimi Hendrix)
and bass player John Regan (Frampton, Frehley, Roth) have
produced three tracks on the upcoming Sinopoli CD.
The three songs, American Dream, Tell It To Me Baby &
David Bowie's Moonage Daydream were recorded at Millbrook
Sound in Millbrook New York and engineered by Paul Orifino.
Also, 1980's monster producer/songwriter/guitar player Jack
Ponti (Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Angry Tears, Baton Rouge) puts
in a special guest performance on Love On The Terrace. The
track also includes a guest performance by Angry Tears drummer
Tracks to be featured on the album include: Circus . When I
Get Home . It's Too Late . I Like It . Girl, You Got Me Going
. Let's Get The Party Started . Moonage Daydream . Tell It To
Me Baby . American Dream . Love On The Terrace . No More .
For more info. please contact Joey at ANGRYTRS@aol.com.
10, 2002 : Don Caballero : The Peter Criss Jazz
band by the name of Don Caballero has recorded a song called
"The Peter Criss Jazz". Allegedly the song is a
revision of Peter's drumming style.
Formed in Pittsburgh, this indie heavy-rock band plays
instrumentals powered by drummer Damon Che. Guitarists Mike
Banfield and Ian Williams and bassist Pat Morris complete the
band. Their debut, "For Respect", was released by
Touch & Go Records in 1993. Its follow-up, "Don
Caballero 2", appeared in 1995; the group next resurfaced
three years later with "What Burns Never Returns"
and "American Don" in mid-2000.
You can download the song free here: www.audiogalaxy.com/list/song.php?&g=5718830
5, 2002 : RICHIE FONTANA : Album Release
Fontana, best known by KISS fans for playing drums on Paul
Stanley's solo KISS album, has just issued his first solo
album titled "Steady On The Steel" on the official
An independent release on his own Yankee Music label, this
songwriter's showcase was produced, arranged, and written by
Richie, and contains 14 songs that fall into the category of
For many years, Richie Fontana was a close member of the KISS
family. As the drummer for the band Piper with Billy Squier
(A&M Records), the group performed as the opening act for
KISS on their "Love Gun" tour in 1978.
Later, Richie became a member of The Skatt Bros. (Casablanca
Records), the band founded by Sean Delaney, producer of the
second Piper album as well as the Gene Simmons solo KISS album
Both of these bands were handled by Aucoin Management,
administrators of the KISS empire at that time.
Richie also appears on the recently released 'KISS Box Set',
which contains "Tonight You Belong To Me" from Paul
Stanley/KISS (Richie Fontana - drums).
During the 80's, Richie toured with Laura Branigan at the peak
of her career, and worked with various artists including Dr.
John and John Pousette-Dart.
Richie also worked as a session musician for a period of time
Being a songwriter and having the ability to produce, arrange,
and play different instruments, has subsequently led to the
above mentioned current release: "Steady On The
Steel" by Richie Fontana, available at www.RichieFontana.com.
The website has biographical and retrospective sections with
plenty of career photographs and text, as well as a
discography and MP3 samples of the album.
3, 2002: Simmons Records update
SIMMONS RECORDS is well on the way to being reborn.
Beginning of February, Gene Simmons met with an investment
house who expressed serious interest in funding the entity.
The structure of the record company will be different than the
80's SIMMONS RECORDS/RCA version. This will be a wholly owned
and operated record company. We will simply "rent"
the distribution and marketing operation of a major.
March 4, Gene will be winging his way to New York
to meet with investors for SIMMONS RECORDS.
26, 2002 : New KISS Tribute album
SIMMONS : "Can't say much more about this but it promises
to be a one of a kind event. I'm working out the contractual
subtleties and as soon as paperwork is signed, we will
2, 2002 : Vinnie Vincent : More Archives
is an OFFICIAL message regarding the Vinnie Vincent Archives
All Archives CD's are going into production and will be
completed one volume at a time to be followed by a complete
boxed set. All orders will be fulfilled one volume at a time
and will be complemented by a complete boxed set at the end of
production. An 800 phone number will be forthcoming for all
inquiries and information. Watch for upcoming ads for
Speedball Jamm from the VV Archives.
Pyro Messiah was told that everyone who originally
ordered the box set will receive them, and that the 800 phone
number will be used to verify addresses of those who ordered
5, 2002 :
Guitars From Hell Update/Zoom Club Records Releases
year, Zoom Club Records, who have already re-released both of
Vinnie’s Invasion albums, revealed to Pyro Messiah that they
were interested in releasing a live Invasion concert as well
as the still unreleased album “Guitars From Hell.” Many
fans were excited about the possibility of having at least two
more CD’s worth of music from Vinnie.
Pyro Messiah contacted Zoom Club Records to find out what, if
anything, became of their interest in these two recordings.
Since that writing, Zoom Club Records has been in contact with
Vinnie Vincent about releasing “Guitars From Hell” and the
final Invasion concert. They were in contact with Vinnie and
his solicitor trying to secure the rights to both of these
recordings. Unfortunately, the two sides were unable to come
to any sort of agreement over the amount of money necessary to
release the CD’s. Zoom Club Records stated that Vinnie and
his solicitor were asking for too much money and that the
record company never would have been able to make their money
back when releasing them. They stated that they “haven't
given up hope entirely, but the signs are not good.”
Also, Zoom Club was able to provide Pyro Messiah with some
information about upcoming re-releases and information
regarding some of their previous releases.
first Invasion CD was released in a miniature gatefold LP
sleeve and was limited to 1000 copies.
have prepared a vinyl picture disc of the first Invasion
album, but haven’t released it yet. The picture disc
will also be limited to 1000 copies
of the Invasion CD’s are about to be reissued in special
slipcases. They state that there isn’t anything special
about the CD, but that they are reissuing most of their
titles in slipcases for racking purposes.
10, 2002 : Bruce Kulick co-wrote Grand Funk Railroad song
in 2001 I wrote a song with Max Carl the singer of Grand Funk
Railroad, that is so amazing, it might be the best thing I
ever co-wrote. It is called "Who Took Down the
Stars," and we have plans to record this year and that
song will be very important.