William Aucoin, beloved record industry executive, manager, entrepreneur, and creative visionary, passed away this morning, Monday, June 28 at 9:11 am. EST at the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, Florida.

Born December 29, 1943, Bill was battling prostate cancer, and passed away from surgical complications.

The man known for masterminding the career of the world-renowned group KISS, Bill Aucoin also managed STARZ, TOBY BEAU, BILLY SQUIER, BILLY IDOL, and numerous other artists. His most recent venture is Aucoin Globe Entertainment, which he founded in 2007. In its three years, Bill and his company developed bands in the U.S. and around the world.

He leaves behind his longtime partner of fifteen years, Roman Fernandez, and two sisters Betty Britton and Janet Bankowski. 

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June 24 : Flamenco Version of KISS "Tears Are Falling"
Benjamin Woods and his monster creation FLAMETAL will release their latest album, "Heavy Mellow", on July 6 via Flametal Records. According to a press release, the CD "embraces the metalworks of SLAYER, MEGADETH, KISS (Tears Are Falling) and the SCORPIONS, to name a few.

KISS cover versions from Asylum (1985)

June 2 : New Paul Stanley Song: "Timeless" released today.
From: Kiss Related Recordings
Erik Grönwall's "
Somewhere Between A Rock And A Hard Place," featuring the Paul Stanley/ Andreas Carlsson penned song "Timeless" is released today by Sone Music Sweden.

Erik Grönwall (born December 3, 1987) is a Swedish singer and songwriter. 
September 2009 he auditioned for "Idols" Sweden, where he performed a stunning acoustic version of SKID ROW's "18 and Life". ("18 and Life" at
During the quarter-final at the Malmö Arena, Sweden (November 2009) Erik Grönwall performed KISS "Shout It out Loud". In December 2009, he won Swedish Idols. 
During several of the shows he received standing ovations from the jury for his performances. His first single, "Higher", sold gold on digital downloads after only three days. His first self titled album, "Erik Grönwall", was released just ten days after the finals and debuted at number one on the Swedish charts and was certified platinum.
Studio versions of Erik Grönwall covers of "Shout it Out Loud" and "18 and Life" both appears on his debut album, which was releases by Sony BMG Sweden, December 2009.

Paul Stanley and songwriter Andreas Carlsson collaborated on the track "Timeless," which is featured on the album "Somewhere Between A Rock And A Hard Place" from Swedish Idol winner Erik Grönwall. Paul Stanley previously co-wrote five tracks with Andreas Carlsson for his 2006 solo album, "
Live To Win," including the title track.
According to Andreas Carlsson the song was written with Paul Stanley the first time they met, and Erik's recording is stunning. 
Other Paul Stanley / Andreas Carlsson collaborations can be found on
Silbermond’s 2004 album " “Verschwende Deine Zeit” and Bad Candy’s self titled debut album.

Erik Grönwall - Somewhere Between A Rock And A Hard Place (album details)

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