NEWS UPDATE February 2013

February 27 : Carlsson and Denander covers "Roomservice"
From : andreascarlsson.se / andreascarlsson blogg / Kissfaq.com
Following is a brief blog entry from songwriter Andreas Carlsson, who co-wrote five tracks on Paul Stanley's 2006 solo album, "Live To Win," including the title track.
According to Carlsson, who attended a KISS rehearsal in Los Angeles on Feb. 25, the band ran through "Sweet Pain," "Flaming Youth," "I Stole Your Love," "Christine Sixteen," and "Room Service" -- might one of these songs make it into the Australian tour set list? (Note: the following blog dated february 25 was translated via Google Translate.)

Hello! Having it awesome in Los Angeles! The other day I was at SIR studios to see KISS prepare for their Monster Tour in Australia. I ended up in a crossfire of plectrum as Gene and Paul took turns to fire at me. Gene can from 20 feet away hit a Coke can, which precision. Maybe it was a way of selecting the groupies in the audience back in the day? I got to my great delight select and hear songs that rarely even been in KISS repertoire from my comfortable couch in front of the edge of the stage. Forgotten classics like Sweet Pain, Flaming Youth, I Stole Your Love, Christine Sixteen and unusual Room Service.
The last one was a proposal that emerged from a demo that I and my good friend guitar Phantom and producer Tommy Denander recorded in my studio a few weeks ago.
A total homage to the world's best band with yours truly on vocals.

Listen to Denander and Carlsson's cover of "Room Service" HERE.

February 16 : A World With Heroes
40th Anniversary KISS Tribute album to Benefit Cancer Hospice

From : Mitch Lafon / Three Sides Of The Coin / bravewords.com
To mark the 40th Anniversary of KISS, rock scribe Mitch Lafon has gathered some of the greatest rock musicians for a KISS tribute album. A World With Heroes features unique performances of incredible KISS songs.

Says Mitch: "A World With Heroes (40th Anniversary KISS Tribute), with all profits going to benefit the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence, a cancer care hospice (my father-in-law passed away there peacefully on January 4th).

KISS songs from every era will be represented. All basic tracks will be recorded by Eric Brittingham (bass - CINDERELLA) , Jeff LaBar (guitars - Cinderella) and Troy Lucketta (drums - TESLA).

Vocalists and other artists that will contribute to the CD include: Terry Ilious (GREAT WHITE), Bumblefoot (GUNS N' ROSES), Russ Dwarf (THE KILLER DWARFS), Ron Young (LITTLE CAESAR), Doug Alrich (WHITESNAKE), Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, PANTERA), Dery Grehan (HONEYMOON SUITE), Bill Leverty (FIREHOUSE), Derek Sherinian (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, DREAM THEATER), Phil Lewis (L.A. GUNS), Doro, Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill), SLAVES ON DOPE, Chris Van Dahl (ex-L.A. Guns), TOMMY DENANDER, Johnny Dee (DORO), JEFF PARIS, PHIL NARO, WILLIE BASSE and Sean Kelly (NELLY FURTADO, HELIX).

More to be announced shortly. Please support this great cause."

At PledgeMusic you can be a part of the creation of this album.
Visit PledgeMusic for further details and to see how you can be involved.

Pledge Music - A World Without Heroes

February 16 : TOMALO's Tribute to  "The Hottest Band in the World"
From : tomaloweb.com.ar / facebook.com/tomalohardrock
TOMALO (Hard Rock band from Argentina) presents the second video from their new album LIVE TO ROCK (2012). "The Hottest Band in the World" is a tribute to KISS, our favourite band.

We would like to thank the 34 people that have participated in this video. You have made our message yours, we have shared the fanatism, the admiration and specially the love for the hottest band in the world: KISS!

Thank you Gene, Paul, Peter, Ace, Eric C., Vinnie, Mark, Bruce, Eric S. and Tommy for these 40 years of magic.

From : Kiss Related Recordings
FYI, yours truly have participated in this video as well .... Enjoy

TOMALO website

February 9 : A World With Heroes (40th Anniversary KISS tribute)
From : Mitch Lafon / Three Sides Of The Coin
Mitch Lafon : I've put together a PLEDGE MUSIC campaign for this project... It'll go live next week.... Hopefully, you support this great cause...

A World With Heroes (40th Anniversary KISS tribute) with all profits going to benefit a cancer care hospice (my father-in-law passed away there peacefully on Jan 4th 2013). KISS songs from every era will be represented. All basic tracks will be recorded by Eric Brittingham (bass - Cinderella), Jeff LaBar (guitars - Cinderella) and Troy Lucketta (drums - Tesla). Vocalists and other artists that will contribute to the CD include: Terry Illious (Great White), Bumblefoot (GNR), Russ Dwarf (The Killer Dwarfs), Ron Young (Little Caesar), Doug Alrich (Whitesnake), Dery Grehan (Honeymoon Suite), Bill Leverty(Firehouse). With more to be announced shortly.

Please support this great cause.

February 6 : BLACK 'N BLUE Jaime St. James interview
From : Kiss Related Recordings / oregonmusicnews.com
Ruben Mosqueda of Oregon Music News recently did an interview with BLACK 'B BLUE singer Jaime St. James. Topics includes Tommy Thayer and Jaime St. James KISS Tribute band COLD GIN, the Gene Simmons produced BLACK 'n BLUE albums "Nasty Nasty" (1986) and  "In Heat" (1988), as well as Peter Criss and Ron Keel who both did backing vocals on the song "Best in the West". Also mentioned is Gene Simmons ripped off the riff of the song "Nasty Nasty" for KISS "Domino".

Read the interview clicking here.

Jaime St. James interview

February 7 : Anton Fig discusses playing on Frehley's '78 solo album
From : www.metal-rules.com
MetalRules.com's Marko Syrjala conducted an interview with Anton Fig. An excerpt follows:

It was basically Ace, you and producer Eddie Kramer, who made the entire album threesome?

Anton Fig: Right.

But I’ve learned that Will Lee also played some bass on the album?

Anton Fig: He really just basically… when we cut the whole record with Ace, Ace was on rhythm guitar. We were in like a mansion with a remote truck outside, and his amps were on a stairwell. So we cut it all and decided to put bass on two songs. Once they got all the tracks to New York he played bass on a couple of tracks but he wasn’t involved in those 10 days of tracking.

How much did you have the freedom to play the way you wanted and to be creative when the album was recorded?

Anton Fig: It was pretty much whatever I wanted to do. When we were recording “Rip It Out”, in the drum solo on the demo when I recorded with Ace, the first time I met him, I just played that solo off the top of my head on the demos. When it came time for the record, he said “I already like what you played on the demos”. They played it to me and I liked it and played the same thing again. But that was just something spur of the moment. They let me play whatever I wanted really.

Tell something about the song “Wiped Out” which you did co-wrote with Ace?

Anton Fig: Ace was playing this riff and so I started to play the drums to it and then I changed the beat around. I played the beat in different ways so it made his riff sound like he was doing something different. And then he really liked that so we kind of worked on it and basically it was just me turning the riff around. And then when he wrote another part and then he said ‘why don’t you go work on it and I’ll give you writing?’ So I went back and I wrote the words. And then he did it on the record. It was like really cool. And he gave me credit– well I did write it with him.

Read the entire interview clicking here.

Anton Fig interview

February 6 : BLACK 'N BLUE Jaime St. James interview
From : Kiss Related Recordings / oregonmusicnews.com
Ruben Mosqueda of Oregon Music News recently did an interview with BLACK 'B BLUE singer Jaime St. James.
Topics includes Tommy Thayer and Jaime St. James KISS Tribute band COLD GIN, the Gene Simmons produced BLACK 'n BLUE albums "Nasty Nasty" (1986) and  "In Heat" (1988), as well as Peter Criss and Ron Keel who both did backing vocals on the song "Best in the West". Also mentioned is Gene Simmons ripped off the riff of the song "Nasty Nasty" for KISS "Domino".

Read the interview clicking here.

BLACK 'N BLUE Jaime St. James interview

February 6 :
Kevin Valentine talks about the 3 KISS albums he played drums on
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From : Three Sides Of the Coin
In episode #9 of 'Three Sides Of the Coin' Podcast we talk with special guest Kevin Valentine. Kevin talks about the three KISS albums he played drums on in the studio; "Hot In The Shade," "Revenge" and "Psycho Circus." He talks about recording demos with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, working with Bob Ezrin and Bruce Fairbairn, and how he had to audition for the "Psycho Circus" album.
From : Kiss Related Recordings
Another KISS Related album Kevin Valentine produced and played all drums on is GRAHAM BONNET's 1999 album "The Day I Went Mad" which features Bruce Kulick on playing bass on 4 tracks.

Visit www.ThreeSidesOfTheCoin.com and join the conversation. Three Sides of the Coin is a KISS podcast featuring Michael Brandvold, Mitch Lafon and Tommy Sommers.





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