NEWS UPDATE - April 2013

April 29 : a conversation with Frehley's Comet John Regan
From : Chris Czynszak | Decibel Geek
John Regan is commonly known amongst KISS fans as the bassist for Frehley's Comet but his resume tells a much bigger story. John was nice enough to talk to Chris & Aaron this week about his 30+ year career in the music industry, working with artists such as Ace Frehley, the Rolling Stones, and Peter Frampton.

Crazy Joe RendaWe start in 1980 with Regan's first meeting with Ace Frehley while collaborating on mutual friend Crazy Joe Renda's Variable Speed Band album that featured the quirky Frehley-penned single 'Eugene.' Regan shares how Renda and North Lake Sound Studios in White Plains, NY would continue to be crucial in the advancement of his musical career.

In this long-form discussion Regan shares how he first started working with Peter Frampton in 1982 and the marathon 3 day cram-session to learn Frampton's entire live set. This would mark the beginning of a friendship and musical bond that would bring the two together numerous times over the next three decades.

1985-86 would see Regan working with legendary artists such as David Bowie and Mick Jagger. In this discussion you'll hear his recollections of recording with the two for their 1985 duet of 'Dancin' in the Street' as well as his memories of working with the Rolling Stones during the sessions for the Dirty Work album.

FREHLEY'S COMETA bit of recording and touring in 1984 with Frehley would lay the foundation that Regan would return to in 1987 as Megaforce Records picked up Frehley's Comet and backed the new lineup featuring Frehley, Regan, drummer Anton Fig, and guitarist/vocalist Tod Howarth. John shares his memories of the recording process for the album and the difficulties that came up after Fig was given the full-time job as the drummer for David Letterman's band.

Regan shares his memories of working with Jamie Oldaker as the legendary drummer took over the drum stool in the Comet. Some Comet fans throughout the years have expressed resentment that Oldaker didn't "fit" the Frehley sound and, in this discussion, you'll hear Regan's reaction to that criticism.

FREHLEY'S COMET - Second SightingAlso in this long-form talk, Regan shares his thoughts on Eddie Trunk and his place in helping get Ace Frehley back into the public consciousness. "I don't think Ace would have got signed if it weren't for Eddie being the real force behind it." Regan shares how Trunk was adamant about Frehley's potential and swayed Megaforce president Jon Zazula to give the former KISS axe-man a shot. He also shares, later in the interview, how he heard that Trunk has been telling Frehley that a Comet reunion would not be a good idea.

Regan also tells us his opinion of Second Sighting and how he thinks the Live +4 album that was shoehorned in between it and the debut may have sabotaged the band's potential growth. John also notes that the absence of Eddie Kramer behind the board may have hindered the album's sound but how there are also some shining moments as well.

ACE FREHLEY - Trouble Walkin'1989 saw Frehley release Trouble Walkin'. With Kramer back behind the board and Richie Scarlet replacing Tod Howarth on guitar, the album had a grittier feel than the earlier Comet material and also did not bear the Comet tag. Regan explains why Howarth may have left the group and what went into the decision to not bill this lineup as Frehley's Comet.

We also ask Regan his opinion of claims made by Gordon Gebert in his KISS & Tell book that involve Regan producing Frehley-related live & greatest hits packages as a method for recouping money owed to him by Ace.

Other topics touched on in this hour plus interview include Regan's work with artists such as Michael Monroe and David Lee Roth. We also ask John some listener questions that were sent in.

There's a lot to get to in this discussion and we barely scratched the surface. John was a great sport and we really appreciate him appearing on the show. We hope you enjoy this talk. known for his production skills. He has produced bands including the Chesterfield Kings, Dez Cadena of the Misfits and dozens of other artists. Although Richie's main instrument is lead guitar and vocals, he also plays 8 other instruments including all keyboards, bass, drums and nearly any other stringed instrument on the planet.

Decibel Geek Podcast - John Regan interview

April 28 : Richie Scarlet Debuts "Without Your Love" Video
From :
Guitarist Richie Scarlet has posted a video for his latest single "Without Your Love".
The song appears on Scarlet's new album 'I Plead The Fifth', available for purchase at
RICHIE SCARLET - I Plead The Fifth (2012) and

Known worldwide as 'The Emperor of Rock and Roll', Richie Scarlet has played guitar and toured with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss from the legendary band KISS, appearing on both their solo albums. He has also preformed with Sebastian Bach, the Alice Cooper Group, and played bass with Mountain for many tours. His solo career boasts seven critically acclaimed CD's as well as DVD's. His most recent projects include his live performance, 'Live In Japan', filmed at the ESP Center in Tokyo and the 5th Avenue Vampires CD with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and original Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway.

Richie is also known for his production skills. He has produced bands including the Chesterfield Kings, Dez Cadena of the Misfits and dozens of other artists. Although Richie's main instrument is lead guitar and vocals, he also plays 8 other instruments including all keyboards, bass, drums and nearly any other stringed instrument on the planet. 

From : Kiss Related Recordings
Guest musicians on  "I Plead The Fifth" includes Guns N' Roses guitarist Bumblefoot and Dez Cadena (currently playing guitar with the Misfits). Other notable guest stars on "I Plead The Fifth" include former ACE FREHLEY bassist, John Regan, and original Alice Cooper Group bassist Dennis Dunaway.

April 28 : New Super Group featuring Bruce Kulick ?
From : Kiss Related Recordings (thanks to Thorbjörn Brorsson)
NOTE : The news below is not confirmed yet, so maybe it's a rumor.

In an interview with Swedish metal Blog/Online Metal Newspaper called "Metal Shrine" Joe Lynn Turner mentions he was negotiating for a new record deal with Frontiers Records.
Besides Joe Lynn Turner the band should include Carmine Appice, Tony Franklin and Bruce Kulick. Maybe the interview will be posted online @ Metal Shrine later this week.

Adrenaline Mob - Coverta (2013)April 9 : VICIOUS RUMORS covers "Strange Ways"
From : Kiss Related Recordings
San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans VICIOUS RUMORS new album "Electric Punishment" features a wicked cover of KISS "Strange Ways" by KISS.

"Electric Punishment" will be released through SPV / Steamhammer on April 26th in Germany, April 29th in Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada. It will be available as a jewel case version, double gatefold colored vinyl and download.

April 9 :
A World With Heroes 40th Anniversary KISS Tribute  update
From : PledgeMusic / / Kiss Related Recordings
As reported here February 16, 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.

Today the project have reached 82% of its goal with only 8 days left.
REMEMBER - without your pledges the KISS Tribute CD does not get made...
so please pledge! @

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).

Lots of updates are added at PledgeMusic since February 16, so here's a list of artists and songs confirmed so far :

* SOMETHING UNTO NOTHING (S.U.N.) featuring Sass Jordan & Brian Tichy along with
   Godsmack/ S.U.N. live drummer Tommy Stewart : I Stole Your Love.
* Former L.A. Guns frontman, Chris Van Dahl, will be recording versions of "Hard Luck
   Woman" and "Beth". One track will be made available exclusively to pledgers via an
   downloadable update.
* SLAVES ON DOPE, will be recording versions of "New York Groove" and "Anything For My
   Baby". One track will be made available exclusively to pledgers via an downloadable
* Ron Young of  LITTLE CAESAR has chosen to cover the unintentionally eponymous KISS
   cover,"Little Caesar" taken from the 1989 album, HOT IN THE SHADE.
* DON DOKKEN : Cold Gin
* Mark Tornillo of ACCEPT : Spit (from KISS "Revenge"album)
* KILL DEVIL HILL's Rex Brown and Mark Zavon : Larger Than Life
* GUNS N' ROSES' Bumblefoot : Detroit Rock City
* FIREHOUSE's Bill Leverty with THE KILLER DWARFS' Russ Dwarf : Deuce
* (Ex- XYZ) and current GREAT WHITE singer Terry Ilous : Forever
* DORO PESCH offers a special 2013 version of "Only You".
* HONEYMOON SUITE : Reason To Live
* BLACK SHEEP's Willie Basse : I Love It Loud
* RON KEEL : Rock N Roll Hell
* KILLER DWARFS' Russ Dwarf and Sean Kelly (CRASH KELLY, GILBY CLARKE) : Unholy
* JEFF PARIS : Shout Mercy (from KISS' recent 2012 "Monster" album !!)
* ... with singer PHIL NARO : Psycho Circus
* ... with singer PHIL LEWIS (Girl, LA Guns) : Master & Slave
* ... with singer RICK HUGHES (Sword (Canada) : Love Gun
* ... with singer GEOFF TATE (Queenryche) : The Oath

Lending their talents musically are Doug Aldrich (guitars; WHITESNAKE), Mark Slaughter (guitars; SLAUGHTER), Eric Brittingham (bass; CINDERELLA), Jeff LaBar (guitars; CINDERELLA), Troy Lucketta (drums; TESLA), Tommy Denander and Gary Fraser (guitars; BRIGHTON ROCK).

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.

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