July 27 : Vinnie
Vincent 1982 WARRIOR recordings official release From
Cherry Red Records
Cherry Red Records (UK) have scheduled the
WARRIOR 1982 album recordings for an
official release date September 15, 2017.
The Warrior story starts in 1982 with the Boston based band
NEW ENGLAND, featuring keyboard player
Jimmy Waldo, bassist Gary Shea and drummer Hirsh Gardner, and how
their plans to record their fourth album with Todd Rundgren were
scuppered when their guitarist, John Fannon, unexpectedly quit the
• They put the word out that they required a new singer, and as they
shared management with KISS, Gene Simmons recommended an unknown
Vinnie Cusano, who was then helping KISS with their “Creatures Of
The Night” opus. Although KISS liked Vinnie Cusano, it was felt that
his lack of height was a hindrance to joining them as a full-time
replacement for Ace Frehley!
• Vinnie sent New England a tape of his songs, and an audition was
set-up. New England liked what they heard on Vinnie’s cassette so
much that they decided to learn the whole set of songs in
preparation for Cusano’s audition. The four hit it off, but it was
obvious that this was a new band, soon to be christened Warrior, and
not just a seamless continuation of New England. It was also agreed
that the four would relocate from Massachusetts to Los Angeles, and
began recording the songs that had appeared on Vinnie’s demo tape.
• Fergie Frederikson was brought in to allow Vinnie to concentrate
more on guitar. Despite making some very good music, Warrior’s
career came to an abrupt end before it had even started when Vinnie
was offered the opportunity to join KISS full-time, and become
Vinnie Vincent, before eventually forming Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion.
• Hirsh Gardner returned to Boston to produce, whereas Jimmy Waldo
and Gary Shea would stay in Los Angeles, forming Alcatrazz with
former Rainbow and MSG vocalist Graham Bonnet and a relatively
unknown 20 year old guitarist from Sweden called Yngwie Malmsteen.
• What we have here is a “what might have been” mini-album of
previously unheard, original, classic hard rock by four respected
musicians at the top of their game. As well as the original six
studio tracks, we’ve been lucky enough to include five instrumental
versions, plus a very rare rehearsal tape featuring the
aforementioned Fergie Frederikson. Malcolm Dome’s informative and
detailed liner notes help tell the story, with the input of band
members Jimmy Waldo and Gary Shea.
KISS Related Recordings
Singer Fergie Frederikson (in Cherry Red Records description by
mistake misspelled as "Fergie Henrikson") is best known as the former
lead singer of AOR bands Trillion, LeRoux and Toto's "Isolation"
After leaving Trillion, Frederiksen started focusing mainly on
session work; primarily movie soundtracks. In 1979, he signed with
Casablanca Records, where he performed under the alias of David
As David London he sang two tracks ("Samantha" and "Sound Of The
City") on The Village People soundtrack "Can't Stop The Music"
(Casablanca Records 1980).
In 1981 Casablanca Records released David London's self titled solo
July 21 : Adam
Mitchell vs Gene Simmons demo Box set update From
I interviewed Adam Mitchell yesterday, and during the discussion he
mentioned a couple of songs that may be included on Gene Simmons'
forthcoming Box Set :
- Something Seems To Happen At Night (1982)
- Are You Always This Hot
(the 1987 song with the title that he and Gene wrote for "Crazy
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July 16 : Jaime
St. James of Black ‘n Blue interview From
sleazeroxx.com Sleaze Roxx: A while back, I caught up with
RON KEEL and as I was going over his
discography. You popped up a number of times on some of those
records. What’s your recollection of cutting “Fool For A Pretty
Jaime St. James: [Long pause] Boy, I barely remember that
actually [laughs]. I’ve done so much work with
KEEL… I remember the first time Gene
[Simmons] threw me into the studio and said “Do something [laughs]!”
There were other times where I had more of a say. I hate to say it
because Ron is a good friend of mine but I can’t recall much about
that. I had Ron come in and sing on our ‘Nasty
Nasty’ record on “Best In The West.” He
did an incredible job. I’d like to hear some of those songs again! I
did some vocals on their last record [‘Streets Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’]
and I never heard that. I need to do that [laughs]!
Sleaze Roxx: I’m glad you brought up “Best In The West”
because that was the next thing I wanted to ask you about. There’s a
lot of cool things happening there. You have Ron Keel, you have
Peter Criss of KISS and the album was produced by Gene Simmons of
KISS. What was that environment like?
Jaime St. James: That’s an interesting story. I saw Peter
Criss and his wife at The Rainbow. I knew we were going to bring in
some guests. I spoke with him and said “Hey man, we’re making a
record and we’re working with Gene. You should really come down.”
Peter said “No, no, no. Gene and I haven’t spoken in years.” Hi wife
came up to me afterward and gave me his number and she urged me to
make him do it. So I set it up. Peter said “I don’t know. Gene and I
don’t really get along.” I finally convinced him to come down and
the night he came down, we didn’t record a thing that night
[laughs]! It was Gene and Peter sitting around the studio telling
stories. It was such a cool thing to be have been a part of.
Listening to those stories was almost better than having him on the
recording and Peter sounds cool on that recording.
Sleaze Roxx: That was a hell of a way to close out ‘Nasty Nasty.’
Jaime St. James: It was. I remember Gene being shocked when
Tommy Thayer and I suggested putting brass
on “Best In The West.” We hired a horn section to come in and he was
like “What?!” After he heard what we had done, he was like “You know
what you guys were right. [laughs]”
July 11 : Listen
to Ace Frehley’s Previously Unreleased ‘Hard for Me' From
ultimateclassicrock.com /Matthew Wilkening
Ace Frehley is keeping his hot streak burning with a newly expanded
deluxe edition of his 2009 album "Anomaly",
which arrives on vinyl, CD and digital formats September 8.
You can listen to our exclusive premiere of the bonus track “Hard
for Me” below.
“I think this new edition of the album is great – a special treat
for the fans,” says Frehley. “And, with the bonus tracks, they’ll
get a little more insight into how the album came together.” For
example, “Hard for Me” is a previously unreleased demo that evolved
into Anomaly‘s lead-off track, “Foxy & Free.”
Anomaly Deluxe also features a slower version of “Pain in the Neck,”
and the previously digital-only track “Return of the Space Bear.” It
will also include enhanced album art, a new live poster and
extensive liner notes featuring track-by-track commentary from
Frehley has been particularly active in recent years, releasing the
acclaimed album Space Invader in 2014, and following that up two
years later with his first-ever covers record, Origins Vol. 1. In
addition to unveiling Anomaly Deluxe, Frehley revealed that he’s
already hard at work on his next album, and has in fact co-written
two new songs with his former Kiss bandmate Gene Simmons. “It was
the first time I have worked with him while I was sober,” Frehley
declared, “and it was a pleasure.”
In between working on that new album, Frehley will play a handful of
U.S. shows this summer before heading to Australia and New Zealand
for a series of dates in October with Alice Cooper. And there’s good
news for Unmasked fans: “I gotta do ‘Talk to Me’,” Frehley promised.
“For Australia, I’ll do it!”
"The Gene Simmons band is a chance for me to play songs that Kiss
have never played before, but also hits and I will be playing the
first song of a new box set to be released in October. It has 150
never-before-heard songs, which I spent 50 years making, in a
compilation of 10 discs for the box set and the opener is called
"Are You Ready?".
It will not be available in stores, social media or internet, but
those who attend our show will hear it. And then you can have the
"Are You Ready ?" is a song written for "Monster". As stated in 2011
by Gene Simmons :
"Are You Ready ?" is a new track that I worked out, wrote, and
brought everyone into the studio and said : "Let's bang this out."
June 28 Gene Simmons called Robert Fleischman to inform him that the
song "Piece Of The Rock" - which they wrote together - will be
included on the Gene Simmons demo boxset that
will be released on
Rhino Records !
Gene Simmons called Micki Free on June 21, 2017 to inform him that
the song they wrote together; "Legends Never Die" will be included
on a box set Gene will release on
Rhino Records !
Originally titled "When The Legends Dies", credited to Micki Free
and Gene Simmons. With help of Adam Mitchell, KISS demo'ed the song
as "Legends Never Die" during the "Creatures Of The NIght" sessions,
but the song never had a vocal track put on it.
From then on the song was credited to Gene Simmons, Adam Mitchell
and Micki Free.
In 1983 Simmons took the KISS track and add
WENDY O' WILLIAMS vocals to it.
KING KOBRA recorded the song for their
"III" album, which was released in 1988.