NEWS UPDATE July 2012

July 31 : Pre-Order "Monster" At iTunes/Album Track listing available
From : kissfaq.com
"Monster" is now available for pre-order at iTunes. Pre-order the album HERE.
The track listing is as follows:

KISS - Monster 20121. Hell Or Hallelujah
2. Wall Of Sound
3. Freak
4. Back To The Stone Age
5. Shout Mercy
6. Long Way Down
7. Eat Your Heart Out
8. The Devil Is Me
9, Outta This World
10. All For The Love Of Rock & Roll
11. Take Me Down Below
12. Last Chance
13. Right Here Right Now

July 31 : "Destroyer: Resurrected" Available At iTunes + Samples
From : kissfaq.com
"Destroyer: Resurrected" is now available for pre-order at iTunes. Additionally, you can listen to 90-second samples of each track, including Ace Frehley's "lost" solo on "Sweet Pain." Listen HERE.

'Destroyer: Resurrected' tracklisting:
DESTROYER DELUXE EDITION1. Detroit Rock City
2. King Of The Night Time World
3. God Of Thunder
4. Great Expectations
5. Flaming Youth
6. Sweet Pain
7. Shout It Out Loud
8. Beth
9. Do You Love Me?
10. Rock and Roll Party
11. Bonus Track: Sweet Pain (Original Guitar Solo)

July 30 : Bruce Kulick : Union / The Blue Room  2CD set reissue.
From : Kiss Related Recordings
UNION - Union / The Blue Room - 2CD reissue 2012 (SFMTFCD020)UK label The Store For Music recently released both UNION albums "Union" and "The Blue Room" as a 2CD set reissue. Union features John Corabi, ex-member of The Scream and Motley Crue (lead vocals and guitar), ex-Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, drummer Brent Fitz and bassist Jamie Hunting.UNION released their self-titled first album in 1998. Various versions of this album were produced, with differing track listings and bonus tracks.
This version contains the 1999 bonustrack “Oh! Darling”.

The Store For Music also reissued Gilby Clarke's 2001 "Swag" album, which features Eric Singer on the tracks "Heart Of Chrome" and "Diamond Dogs".
In 2010 the label released a 3 CD set reissue of CARMINE APPICE's "GUITAR ZEUS" albums, which second disc contains the song "Snake" featuring Bruce Kulick.

The Store For Music website : thestoreformusic.com

July 23 : Jesus Loves Gene Simmons !!
From : www.kisw.com / genesimmons.com
Here's a little known fact -- Jesus is a Gene Simmons fan.
Well, at least that is what singer-songwriter Michael Disciple says. He has written and recorded "Jesus Loves Gene Simmons," and posted a video of the song on YouTube.
For close to seven minutes he sings "Jesus Loves Gene Simmons" along with a few other verses that are hard to make out. The video shows him singing and playing his guitar in the fields of Alabama interspersed with images of Jesus. And, he was smart enough not to put any images of Simmons in the clip. But, apparently Simmons likes it as he has posted it on his website along with a billboard Disciple erected in Virginia advertising the song.

Michael Disciple website : http://www.michaeldisciple.com

July 19 : Newly Remixed 'Destroyer: Resurrected' Coming In August
Press Release - Universal Music
KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time and holds the honor as one of America's top gold-record champions. On August 21, 2012, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release KISS's 1976 multi-platinum, landmark album 'Destroyer: Resurrected', newly remixed from the original master tapes by the album's original producer, Bob Ezrin. Ezrin pulled the tapes from the vaults and painstakingly remixed the entire album, enhancing the sound and bringing out its rich texture and vibrancy, while keeping the integrity of the original recording intact. 'Destroyer: Resurrected' will also include rare and unreleased recordings rediscovered during the remixing process, plus the originally intended cover artwork.

Hot on the heels of their breakthrough hit album 'Alive!', KISS released their fourth studio album 'Destroyer' which is considered the most ambitious studio recording of KISS's '70s catalog. Bob Ezrin, who had previously worked with Alice Cooper, was brought in to produce the album and among the production flourishes Ezrin introduced to KISS were sound effects, strings, a children's choir, reversed drumming and the eerie, echoing sounds of screaming children over Gene Simmons' vocals on "God of Thunder." Upon its release, 'Destroyer' reached the No. 11 position on the Billboard Top 200 and, with the help of the surprise top-10 hit "Beth," was their first album to go platinum.

Originally released as the B-side to the single "Detroit Rock City," "Beth," -- the heart-yearning ballad co-written and performed by drummer Peter Criss -- was quickly picked up by radio nationwide and became the first top 10 for KISS, climbing all the way to the No. 7 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. While going through the original tapes, a forgotten vocal piece that was originally edited out in the final mix of "Beth" was discovered and now, for the first time, the complete original vocal recording has been restored and is included in the final mix. Other rediscovered gems include a complete, alternate guitar solo for the track "Sweet Pain," now heard for the first time since it was originally recorded. The newly remixed "Sweet Pain" with the original guitar solo will be included as a bonus track. In addition to the treasures found buried in the hours of recordings, KISS classics such as "Detroit Rock City," "Shout It Out Loud," "Do You Love Me?" and "God of Thunder" were painstakingly remixed by Ezrin as he fleshed out the drums and guitars, bringing out the bottom end to the bass, making his mixes tight and tough.

In addition, 'Destroyer: Resurrected' will now be issued with the originally intended cover art thought too controversial for the time. Created by artist Ken Kelly, the "brown" cover depicts KISS dressed in their ALIVE! costumes and standing on rubble in front of a burning city in ruins. At the time, the record company thought it was too violent and settled for the tamer "blue" version known today. This release also marked the first time that a comic-book illustration of the band appeared on the cover, confirming that the band was transforming from hard rockers to superheroes.

To this day, 'Destroyer' remains one of the group's most ambitious recordings and greatest accomplishments. In both Kerrang! and Guitar World magazine it is listed as one of the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time" and in 2003, it was included on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Now, with today's state-of-the-art technology, this landmark release can be heard the way that KISS intended.

The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation, transcending age, race and creed. KISS releases their 20th studio album, 'Monster', on October 15 internationally and October 16 in North America. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the "Hottest Band in the World" is a striking testament to the band's unbreakable bond with its fans.

DESTROYER DELUXE EDITION'Destroyer: Resurrected' tracklisting:
1. Detroit Rock City
2. King Of The Night Time World
3. God Of Thunder
4. Great Expectations
5. Flaming Youth
6. Sweet Pain
7. Shout It Out Loud
8. Beth
9. Do You Love Me?
Bonus Track:
Sweet Pain (Original Guitar Solo.

July 19 : Vinnie Vincent Special Part 3 : Robert Fleischman interview
From: Chris Czynszak / Decibel Geek
If you heard the self-titled Vinnie Vincent Invasion debut in 1986 and saw the video for Boyz are Gonna Rock, then you witnessed the first Milli Vanilli moment on MTV.
While the vast majority of music fans were unaware, the owner of the voice in that video was seeing it for the first time along with them. That is due to the fact that Robert Fleischman, vocalist on the studio recording of the Invasion debut, was no longer in the band by the time of the video premier due to a contract dispute. In today's conversation, Fleischman shares what it was like putting the album together, the zaniness that took place in the studio, and the tense interactions between band members, managers, and record company executives.

Fleischman's involvement with Vinnie Vincent is not limited to that one album. He was actually working with Vincent and former members of the band New England in Los Angeles in the early 1980's. While putting together demo tracks of what would later become the Invasion debut, Today's conversation has Fleischman sharing stories of the early songwriting process of Vincent and what it was like when the shredder showed up to rehearsal to tell them that he had been offered a job playing lead guitar for KISS.

The third time that Fleischman was involved with Vinnie Vincent took place after the disbanding of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion immediately following the promotional tour for their second album, All Systems Go; fronted by Mark Slaughter. While hesitant to work with Vinnie after the previous experiences, he agreed to continue the working relationship. His stories of what happened to cause the full album to go unreleased have to be heard to be believed. This conversation gives you an idea of what took place in the early 1990's when Vinnie was putting this project together and why it only yielded an EP's worth of material years later.

Another topic covered in this conversation is Robert's response to a press release issued by Vinnie Vincent in 2011 stating that he was intending to re-record the All Systems Go album with Robert Fleischman handling vocal duties instead of the aforementioned Slaughter.

We also touch upon Robert's early career as a member of Journey, his solo tour opening for Van Halen during the VHII tour, and how performing with Journey in celebration of their induction to the Rock Walk of Fame sparked an interest in returning to the music industry with his new band The Sky.

Featuring one time Vinnie Vincent drummer (Guitars from Hell unreleased album-era) Andre LaBelle, The Sky formed in 2009 after Fleischman traveled cross-country to join LaBelle in Richmond, VA. Sporting a live, organic sound with influences dating back tot he British Invasion of the 1960's, The Sky have released their self-titled debut album. All music played during this episode of the Decibel Geek podcast is from The Sky debut album. For our listeners, Robert is now offering autographed copies of The Sky's debut album if you order through this link.

listen to the Robert Fleischman interview clicking here.

July 18 : 'Lullaby Renditions Of Kiss' Due In August
From: blabbermouth.net / rockabyebabymusic.com
Rockabye Baby! — which transforms timeless rock songs into beautiful instrumental lullabies — will release "Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of Kiss" on August 28.

Album description: "There will never be a better show opener than 'Detroit Rock City'. 'Beth' is the gold standard for power ballads. And 'Rock And Roll All Nite' is the quintessential rock 'n' roll national anthem. Given Rockabye's kid-tested, parent-approved lullaby treatment, these KISS Klassics are as alive as ever — just as thrilling when xylophones and bells replace Ace Frehley's Gibson Les Paul and Gene Simmons' demonic snarl. Except come bedtime, junior won't be able to keep partying into the 'nite;' these lullabies will have him counting a veritable KISS Army of sheep."

"Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of Kiss" track listing:

01. Shout It Out Loud
02. Rock and Roll All Nite
03. C'mon and Love Me
04. Calling Dr. Love
05. Deuce
06. Strutter
07. Love Gun
08. Detroit Rock City
09. I Was Made for Lovin' You
10. Sure Know Something
11. Hard Luck Woman
12. Beth

Rockabye Baby! was created by VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth's sister Lisa Roth in conjunction with CMH Records. The label turns popular rock songs into lullabyes — songs from artists like PEARL JAM, BLACK SABBATH, GUNS N' ROSES, METALLICA and JOURNEY, just to name a few.
"It's more for the parent than the child but it calms the child at the same time," Lisa Roth told Forbes magazine.
She added, "When I knew I'd really hit something right was when I saw an interview of Kirk Hammett of METALLICA talking about playing it for his child, and he said that it works."

rockabyebabymusic.com

July 16 : Simmons Records update
Kobra and the Lotus is due to be released on 6th August 2012

From: spinefarmrecords.com / Kiss Related Recordings
Powerhouse, pure metal outfit fronted by Kobra Paige, a female vocalist able to be mentioned in the same breath as the true giants of the genre – the likes of Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Geoff Tate (Queensryche) & the late Ronnie James Dio.

The Canadian quintet’s debut self-titled album is set for release on August 6th, signed to Simmons Records and with the great man himself lending full behind-the-scenes support; Spinefarm are handling the international roll-out of the project.

This is 10 tracks of no-compromise heavy metal, arena rather than garage rock, produced by Kevin Churko (Ozzy, Five Finger Death Punch, etc.), and with the drama turned up to ten – as much a statement of intent as a collection of songs, with first single/video, ‘Forever One’, currently on release.

Line Up:
Kobra Paige - vocals
Lord Griffin Kissack – drums
Pete Dimov – bass guitar
Timothy Vega – lead guitar
Jasio Kulakowski – lead/rhythm guitar

Kobra and the Lotus - Kobra and the LotusTrack listing:
1. 50 Shades of Evil
2. Welcome to my Funeral
3. Forever One
4. Heavens Veins
5. Nayana (My Eyes)
6. Sanctuary
7. No Rest For The Wicked
8. Lover of the Beloved
9. Calm Before the Storm
10. Aria of Karmika               

Kobra and the Lotus website : http://kobraandthelotus.com

kobraandthelotus.com

July 6 : Bruce Kulick limited edition AUDIODOG CD on sale now !
From: kulick.net
The Limited Edition pressing of Audiodog - only 330 copies available - is officially on sale now exclusively at Kulick.net.

The external packaging is the same as the original pressing, but the disc itself reflects "Limited Edition" and features two new songs not included on the original release: the instrumental "495" and a very special track called "Bruce Sings to Joe." This Limited Edition pressing also includes a signed, two-sided color postcard .

The CD is $15 plus S&H/P&P, and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Pet Adoption Fund, the place Bruce adopted Joe from in California.

Complete Track Listing: • Pair of Dice • Strange To Me • Change is Coming • Need Me • I Don't Mind • Monster Island • Please Don't Wait • Liar • I Can't Take • Dogs of Morrison • Skydome • 495 • Bruce Sings to Joe.

Kulick.net (AudioDog)

July 5 : DESTROYER deluxe edition out in August
DESTROYER DELUXE EDITIONFrom: deucenews.com / blabbermouth.net
The long awaited 35th Anniversary special Destroyer re-release is now set for an August 21, 2012 release through Universal Music. The two-disc set, dubbed "Destroyer/Resurrected", will feature remixes of the original LP by producer Bob Ezrin, outtakes from the 1976 album sessions as well as the LP's original cover art.

Ken Kelly's original version of the album cover for "Destroyer" was rejected by the record company because they felt the scene was too violent-looking. Also, the original version had the members of KISS wearing the "Alive" costumes.

Released in March 1976, "Destroyer" was the second consecutive KISS album to reach the Top 20 in the U.S. The LP was certified gold by the RIAA on April 22, 1976. It was certified platinum on November 11, 1976, the first KISS album to achieve that distinction.

July 2 : Hell Or Hallelujah - new single off KISS 'Monster' out now
From: Kissonline.com / KissFaq.com / Kiss Related Recordings
The single "Hell Or Hallelujah" is released today, and immediately went to the #1 spot on Amazon.co.uk single rock chart.

Following its international release earlier today, "Hell Or Hallelujah" is now available for purchase in the iTunes' U.S. Store.
Buy your copy clicking here.

Additionally, the track is now available to stream via Spotify.





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