August 28 :
ROBERT FLEISCHMAN discusses his career with Vinnie Vincent From
Robert Fleischman is an American artist/singer, songwriter, producer
and renowned painter. He is best known for his collaboration with
Vinnie Vincent Invasion,
Channel and The Sky. Fleischman has also released several solo
albums, and he has written music for TV and commercials such as
“That 70’s Show” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Fleischman has done a
lot things in his long career, and in this interview, we tried to go
through all of it. The past, present, and the future of Robert
below some small parts from the interview :
Let’s go back to the early days when you first met with Vinnie
Vincent. How did the two of you connect?
Robert Fleischman: I met Vinnie through Adam Mitchell, who was a
songwriter, who wrote with KISS. I guess he wrote with Paul Stanley,
mainly. Adam Mitchell told Vinnie about me because Vinnie was asking
him about available singers in Los Angeles and Hollywood. I gave
Adam my number and Vinnie called me up, and he came to my house. I
opened up the door, and he is standing there with a little T-shirt
on and some tennis shoes and some jeans, with a cassette in his
hand. He came in, we had some tea, and then we sat in my living
room. I popped the cassette in and jacked up the volume, and I
heard, “Boys Are Gonna Rock,” “Substitute,” and “Shoot U Full of
Love.” I heard it and being a songwriter, in the sense of I’m very
particular about songs, I just thought what he did was like the
edgiest and melodic, and amazing guitar playing. So here is this
guy, he’s like Eddie Van Halen. Plus, he can write songs like
Lennon–McCartney, kind of anything. You got to understand that
Vinnie can play anything. He can play country, classical, flamingo;
he can play anything. He is just a virtuoso. So, having somebody
like that in a team is great, because it inspires me and it inspires
him. So, it’s a good exchange of energy going back and forth, like a
good tennis match. So, it was great. Then, later on, we recorded and
stuff, and then he called me up and said, he got an offer to go with
Did Vinnie do auditions to find the right guys in the band?
Fleischman: I never auditioned, and I think that Dana was kind of
there already. He wasn’t my favorite person in the world, but I’ll
tell you the truth. I went to see somebody playing. Vince Neil was
playing, and Dana now plays with Vince Neil. So, a friend of mine
who knows Dana told him that I was there and so Dana goes, “Oh! I
want to see Robert.” So, I went to see him, and at first, I was
really reluctant. I saw him, and I talked to him. Now we have kids
and everything, and I felt like he was a different person. The kids
can change a demon into a flower. So, I kind of gathered all that
and I said, “Okay, fine, everything is fine.” So, it was good to see
somebody go through an actual change and see the difference.
How about Bobby Rock?
Robert Fleischman: I loved Bobby. I still see Bobby every time he
comes into town with Lita Ford. In the past couple of years, I’ve
seen him like four or five times. I see him a lot. He texted me last
night, and we talked. I think he’s the nicest guy in the whole
world. I remember when Vinnie and I and Dana were around, we were
auditioning drummers and here comes Bobby. Bobby had driven from
like Arizona or something, and he’d almost run out of gas, and he’d
just kind of like floated into the driveway. He comes in, opens up
his van, and he just starts setting up his drums. He’s like, “I’m
just testing them out and everything.” I’m just going, “Vinnie, this
is the guy” and he’s going “Okay.” So, Bobby is playing. He’s
ambidextrous, like going all over the place and Vinnie is going,
“Let me hear you do this, let me hear you do that.” He’s like going
through the menu. I said, “Vinnie, don’t put him through this
anymore. He’s the guy”. So, he was the guy.
THE LATTER VINNIE VINCENT YEARS
How familiar are you with the stuff what Vinnie released in the ‘90s
with your vocals?
When did you record those demos?
I don’t remember the year. But it was in the ’80s, in the late ’80s,
I think. I don’t know what the date is on those things. I thought
they were demos and years later I saw that he released it. I don’t
know if it was "Guitars
From Hell"or something else
but I think that material has been repackaged and renamed all over.
I don’t keep up with it at all. It was something I did and I just
kind of walked away. He took those demos, and he re-released them,
and I never knew about it. He never asked me.
Your current drummer Andre LaBelle also played on those demos?
Robert: Yeah. He did play, that’s how I met Andre.
If you listen to the stuff he released later on, like "Euphoria"
EP", it sounds that there’s
a drum machine used on those albums. Even the album credit says it’s
“V-Meister” on drums or something like that. So, do you know what
happened to those original drum tracks?
I don’t know, but he played on it. Vinnie could have replaced him. I
don’t know? I think he just paid him and whatever. “It’s there so
I’ll replace it and do this.” I really don’t know anything that
happened in that part. I guess I did these songs and I just don’t
remember much more. The first album came out what, ’86, and then he
toured with the band and everything like that. Then later, after the
whole thing was over, and the Slaughter thing started, we did those
recordings. You’ve got to understand, I did the songs, and then
after that, it was like all his work. What he did with them, I
didn’t know; I never was abreast of what he was doing. So, it was
all just what was going on. I’m so far removed from that. People go,
“You’re on this album.” Am I? I don’t know? ”laughs.”
August 24 :
GARY MOORE Tribute Album featuring Eric Singer From
A new tribute album dedicated to legendary guitarist Gary Moore will
be released this fall.
Due on October 26 via earMUSIC, "Moore Blues for Gary - A Tribute To
Gary Moore" is the brainchild of Bob Daisley, who had played bass
with Gary since the early eighties.
The sky was crying when Moore passed away on February 6, 2011. From
THIN LIZZY to COLOSSEUM II, together with his solo hits "Parisienne
Walkways" and "Out In The Fields", Gary influenced a whole
generation of guitar players and guitar playing.
Daisley is known for suggesting to Gary that he should make a blues
album — the rest is history. "Still Got The Blues" was an immense
hit, followed by a series of classic modern blues albums. Bob, also
known for his contributions to RAINBOW and OZZY OSBOURNE, was the
driving force behind "Moore Blues For Gary".
Gary's friends are here — his rocking keyboard / guitar / vocal
sidekick Neil Carter sings "Empty Rooms", which he co-wrote with
Gary. Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW) and Glenn Hughes (DEEP
PURPLE) had joined forces with Gary on numerous occasions, together
Eric Singer (KISS) and Darrin Mooney
(PRIMAL SCREAM). Brush Shiels, the leader of Gary's first
professional band SKID ROW, also makes an appearance.
Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO), Steve Lukather (TOTO), Joe Lynn
Turner (RAINBOW), Jeff Watson (NIGHT RANGER), Damon Johnson (BLACK
STAR RIDERS, ALICE COOPER) and Stan Webb (CHICKEN SHACK) also
unsparingly pour all their emotions to show their appreciation to
Gary's sons Jack and Gus are also involved, playing guitar and
singing on "This One's For You", showing that the "Blood Of
Emeralds" still runs their veins.
Moore Blues for Gary – A Tribute To Gary Moore tracklist : 01
That's Why I Play The Blues
02 The Blues Just Got Sadder
03 Empty Rooms
04 Still Got The Blues (For You)
05 Texas Strut
06 Nothing's The Same
07 The Loner (featuring
08 Torn Inside
09 Don't Believe A Word
10 Story Of The Blues
11 This One's For You
12 Power Of The Blues
13 Parisienne Walkways
August 19 :
Vinnie Vincent with Carmine Appice live photo's 1980 From
Giuliano Silva Ognio
/ KISS Related Recordings
In 1981 Vinnie Vincent (Vinnie Cusano) was involved with
CARMINE APPICE self titled solo album.
Vinnie co-wrote the song "Drum City Rocker".
Prior this release Vinnie was in his live band CARMINE AND THE
Check out some live photo's taken in Santa Monica (California), May
August 18 : My Vault Experiences Amsterdam / Frankfurt
KISS Related Recordings
Finally, it took some time, but here's my review of two Gene Simmons Band concerts (Tilburg, The Netherlands
July 19 and Oberhausen, Germany July 20) I attended, as well as two Gene Simmons
The Vault Experiences (Amsterdam, The Netherlands July 22, and
Frankfurt, Germany July 24). Because I mentioned Anna Dalva
(Bullfrog Bheer 1967 -1968) and Gene Simmons is aware of this
website The Amsterdam Vault Experience turned out to be very special
for me personally !!
From one moment to another Gene Simmons picked a guitar and played
us “Movin' On”, explaining that the chords came from Anna Dalva.
After Frankfurt, and a few weeks later, it’s cool to realize they’re
back in contact with each other after 50 years !!!
August 17 : A
Conversation With Ace Frehley From
Blogger Michael Cavacini recently interviewed Ace Frehley, topics
includes his recently released albums, recording and touring with
Gene Simmons (incl. The Vault).
interesting to read Ace Frehley is pretty direct with some of his
Your new solo album Spaceman
kicks off with a great rock song, “Without You I’m Nothing,” that
you co-wrote with Gene Simmons and Gene plays bass on the track.
What was it like sitting down to write a song with Gene again?
It was effortless. Me and Gene have always remained on good terms,
pretty much. I had been doing some appearances with Gene to help him
sell his crate, his Vault. After a couple of those, I told him I was
doing a new record and I invited him down to write a couple of songs
with me. He came down a week later and we wrote two songs: “Without
You I’m Nothing” and “Your Wish Is My Command.”
Gene also plays bass on “Your
Wish Is My Command.” That song title sounds like something Gene came
up with. Was that song title his idea or yours?
He came up with both titles. I wrote the majority of the lyrics. He
came up with the bass riff and he had the idea for me to play those
chords in “Without You I’m Nothing” and it evolved from there. We
did “Your Wish Is My Command” on acoustic guitars and we did
“Without You I’m Nothing” with me on electric guitar and him on
bass. We did it using Pro Tools in my home studio, and I built the
tracks around that.
Did you ever consider having
Gene sing on one of the songs he wrote with you?
I thought about it but he’s so busy it’s ridiculous. He’s like a
workaholic. God bless him but I can’t do what Gene does and he’s two
years older than me. We’re doing Australia and Japan together and
he’s flying in the day of the first show because, I think, he’s
doing a show in Canada a day or two before. He’s not even going to
be on my flight because I’m flying in a day early. The time is so
screwy, at least I’ll have a day to recover. But he’s flying in the
day of the show. (laughs) That’s Gene! (laughs)
August 15 : Tommy
Thayer in the studio ... From
Tommy Thayer (twitter)i
In the studio cutting with Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers) & Jason Scheff (Chicago) with the great Scott
Frankfurt at the helm.
ACE FREHLEY: 'Spaceman'
Album Details Revealed;
'Rockin' With The Boys' Single Available From
Ace Frehley has released a new song today called "Rockin' With The
This is the second song Frehley has made available from his
forthcoming all-new "Spaceman"
album, due October 19 via Entertainment One (eOne). Frehley
previously released the track "Bronx
Boy" in April.
Frehley's eighth solo LP, features nine new original tracks,
including a cover of Eddie Money's "I Wanna Go Back", a ripping
power pop makeover of the original.
"No need to worry, I'll be home soon, 'cause I'm rockin' with the
boys," Frehley sings on "Rockin' With the Boys", which tells the
tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of
the song back in KISS's heyday in the '70s. Both "Rockin With The
Boys" and "Bronx Boys" are available on all streaming platforms
today, and are iTunes instant-grat tracks for fans who preorder the
In addition to Ace's distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace
played bass on all of the songs on "Spaceman" except for two. The
listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone
belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, "Without You I'm
Nothing", which Gene also co-wrote, and "Your Wish Is My Command".
Both songs were recorded at Frehley's home studio in Rancho Santa
Ace's reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist
Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water"
for 2016's covers LP "Origins,
Vol. 1") might be chalked up to the
fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he
celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace's clean living no
doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with
the release of his top 20 "Anomaly" album in 2009.
(a title suggested by Simmons himself) serves as the first
collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014's "Space
Invader", which debuted at No. 9 on the
Top 200 chart. The LP scored the highest=charting position of any
former or current KISS bandmember ever and marked Frehley's first
return to the Top 10 since KISS's 1998 "Psycho Circus" reunion
"Spaceman" track listing:
01. Without You I'm Nothing
02. Rockin' With The Boys (iTunes
03. Your Wish Is My Command
04. Bronx Boy
05. Pursuit Of Rock and Roll
06. I Wanna Go Back
07. Mission To Mars
08. Off My Back
09. Quantum Flux
August 4 : BOB
and BRUCE KULICK related expanded CD reissues From
KISS Related Recordings
UK label Cherry Red Records will release expanded 2CD reissues of
SKULL 1991 album “No Bones About It”, and
MURDER'S ROW self titled 1996 album.
Both albums features co-writes by Bruce Kulick, as well as a guest
appearance on the SKULL song "This Side Of Paradise".
Together with both releases another 2CD expanded release of SKULL is
planned which represents a “what could have been” second SKULL
album, entitled "SKULL II - Now More Than Ever".
SKULL : No Bones About It , 2 CD EXPANDED EDITION
Release date : August 24, 2018.
Bob Kulick formed the hard rock group Skull, releasing their sole
LP, “No Bones About It”, in 1991. Now we have a deluxe 2CD reissue
from Bob Kulick’s cult rockers. This 35 track, 2 disc set also
features an alternative, earlier recording of the full album, and is
completed by 15 previously unreleased, early demos from the band’s
purchase SKULL No Bones About It, 2 CD EXPANDED EDITION at
Cherry Red Records >
SKULL : II - Now More Than Ever, 2 CD EXPANDED EDITION
Release date : August 24, 2018.
This 37 track, 2CD set represents a “what could have been” second
Skull album. It includes 14 previously unreleased original studio
tracks making up an entire “lost” album’s worth of Skull material,
plus an abundance of demos dating back to the earliest stages of the
band’s recording history. What can be considered one of the
strongest collections of “lost” songs unearthed in recent times.
purchase SKULL II - Now More Than Ever, 2 CD EXPANDED EDITION at
Cherry Red Records >
MURDERER'S ROW : Murderer's Row, 2 CD EXPANDED EDITION
Release date : September 21, 2018.
With the short-lived “Murderer’s Row”, Bob Kulick was joined by
Jimmy Waldo on keyboards, who has had as varied a career as Kulick,
having played with Alcatrazz,
BLACKTHORNE (alongside Kulick), Graham
NEW ENGLAND and Quiet Riot. The band were
fronted by David Glen Eisley, who had previously sung lead vocals
for the bands Sorcery (1980-1983), Giuffria (1983–1988) and Dirty
White Boy (1988–1991) before joining Bob and Jimmy in Murderer’s
Row. Drummer Jay Schellenbaum had played with Asia, Circa and
Hurricane, with the line-up completed by bassist Chuck Wright.
Produced by Bob Kulick, Jimmy Waldo and David Glen Eisley, and
engineered by Pat Regan, the self-titled “Murderer’s Row” CD now
includes a second disc of unreleased bonus tracks of rough mixes of
the entire album.
purchase MURDERER'S ROW : Murderer's Row, 2 CD EXPANDED EDITION at
Cherry Red Records >
August 3 :
ROSEN album feat. Tommy Thayer From
Records is proud to announce another fantastic 'from the vaults'
'Voices From The Past' is a very special double CD voyage into the
heyday of the Los Angeles 80s rock scene, with your hosts Jimmy
WARRIOR) & Steven Rosen.
Jimmy Waldo and Steven Rosen were a prolific writing duo at the
height of hard rock’s popularity and were two of the go-to-guys for
songs. But it didn’t stop there. This writing partnership lasted
more than 30 years. And featured on these songs are the cream of the
city’s musicians and singers – Jeff Scott Soto, Steve Plunkett,
Billy Trudell, Keith Howland, Tim Pierce, Sherwood Ball,
TOMMY THAYER, Jamie St James, Marc
Ferrari, Bob Kulick and more!
It is a story best told by Steven Rosen, who has penned a detailed
essay for the liner notes. Here he summarizes:
Steven writes: "This songwriting partnership endured and survived
the pummeling and pulverizing hammer of the music business, one that
relentlessly and thoughtlessly banged you on the head with
rejections and the closing of doors. Reaching out hundreds and
hundreds of times to publishers, managers, music supervisors and
anyone else who might listen to our music, we were summarily
dismissed out of hand.
We’d sit for hours writing, recording, bashing our brains out and
always coming away with something cool.
A handful of the songs here were things I wrote with other people
and which Jimmy engineered. Jimmy had by the time we met, already
played keyboards in New England and Alcatrazz and would go on to
become a member in
MURDERER'S ROW, Quiet Riot and ultimately
Graham Bonnet’s band.
As time passed, we began writing with more specific artists and
projects in mind. 'Naked' was written as a possible song for Heart;
'Ricochet' and 'When A Heart Beats Alone' were written for an L.A.
glam rock band Jimmy was producing called Lace; 'City Of Angels' was
written for the Japanese NHK network; and 'Outlaws' was written for
an indie film of the same name and so on.
Because we were writing for certain artists, we both knew we needed
to pull in guitar players and singers who could convey a specific
vibe. We were able to work with mad gifted players like Keith
Howland (Chicago), Tim Pierce (Rick Springfield, Goo Goo Dolls),
Harry Cody (Shotgun Messiah), Tony Palacios (Guardian) and Lance
Morrison (Don Henley, Rick Springfield).
And the singers? Oh, my god. Mona Moore brought drama and passion to
these songs like no other vocalist I’d ever heard. Billy Trudell,
working in Warpipes at the time, brought soaring and melodic thunder
to 'When It Was A Game,' 'Runaway Fire' and '(Ain’t No) Honor Among
The songs on ‘Voices From the Past’ have remained dormant for years,
residing in boxes, hidden in dusty corners. Giles Lavery, Graham
Bonnet’s manager and a music historian with an encyclopedic
knowledge of all things rock bordering on ultra-nerd, discovered
these DATs, ADATs, reel-to-reels, hard drives and even cassettes
deep within the bowels of Waldo’s garage. He started listening and
was enthralled with what he heard. Giles rescued, resuscitated and
resurrected these songs and for that Jimmy and I are eternally
Complete details of 'Voices From The Past' will be announced shortly
– including the full track list and player/singer credits.
As per usual, JK Northrup has done his complete remastering service
on the tracks and Nello Dell’Omo has put together some classy
artwork to match.
The double CD will be released via MRR on September 28, 2018.
August 3 :
COLDTEARS - "Miracle" featuring Bruce Kulick From
KISS Related Recordings
Swedish Metal band COLDTEARS have released a digital single entitled
"Silence Them All", which song "Miracle" features Bruce Kulick
on lead guitar.