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September 12 : Lipstick Generation covers Eric Carr's "Eyes Of Love"
From : KISS Related Recordings
Nashville, TN based hard rock band
LIPSTICK GENERATION have released a video for their cover of Eric Carr‘s “Eyes of Love.” The cover song is not yet released in physical format, but will (probably) appear on the band's third album.
The Eric Carr, Bruce Kulick, Adam Mitchell written song "Eyes Of Love", was one of the four songs Eric Carr brought to KISS "Hot In The Shade" sessions. The Eric Carr demo of the song is eventually released in 1999 on the CD album "
Rockology".

LIPSTICK GENERATION website

September 6 : New found KISS 1975 - 1976 cover versions
From : KISSfaq / KISS Related Recordings
It is be known that the Finnish Punk Rockers
DEAD END 5 (probably) was the first band who recorded a cover of a KISS song. Their 1976 debut album "Dead Ends" features a cover version of "Let me Go Rock 'n Roll", which song is in Finnish, entitled "WC-Paperi-75".

More recently an interesting discussion started at
KISSfaq forum to find out what's the earliest cover of a KISS song to appear on a record or cassette, which resulted in two more 1975 and 1976 'discoveries'. Both are compilation albums of then-current top 40 hits as recorded by unknown artists. These types of releases were common at the time.

In 1975 the
C.B. Radio Music Ensemble covered "Rock 'n Roll All Nite" which version appeared on the LP "Convoy 20 Of Today's Hits", as released by Homestead Records in the USA and Canada.

In 1976 the
GMC Pick Hit Artists covered "Hard Luck Woman" which version appeared on an 8-track tape entitled "Super Rock", as released by Charlotte North Carolina label  Fantastic F.

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September 6 : Bruce Kulick guests on  VELVET INSANE album
From : VELVET INSANE / Bruce Kulick
BRUCE KULICK in the studio for VELVET INSANE
Last June Bruce Kulick recorded some guitar pieces for a song entitled "Ready For a Brand New Start" by Swedish Rockers VELVET INSANE.

Currently the band is in studio working on their new album. According to gthe band Bruce Kulick is helping in many different ways with both the band and the record.

VELVET INSANE is a rock band from north of Sweden centered around Jesper Lindgren - guitar and Jonas Eriksson - vocals.

VELVET INSANE facebook

August 19 : Bruce Kulick guests on upcoming WOLFPAKK album
WOLFPAKKFrom : KISS Related Recordings
The new studio album by German Rockers
Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball) and Michael Voss (Mad Max, Casanova) allstar project WOLFPAKK is titled "Nature Strikes Back", and will be released in late January 2020 via MASSACRE RECORDS!

A total of 32 guest musicians will contribute to the new album "Nature Strikes Back", among them are Mikkey Dee (Official Motörhead, Scorpions), Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, CoreLeoni), Michael Sweet (Stryper), Craig Goldy (ex-DIO), Carl Sentance (Nazareth), Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Vinnie Moore (UFO) and
BRUCE KULICK (ex-Kiss)!

In 2010
Mark Sweeney released his second solo album "All In" which also features a guest appearance by Bruce Kulick.

August 16 : Cat #1 25th Anniversary Edition 2LP vinyl released
From : Jelle Jansen / KISS Related Recordings
CRISS : Cat #1 (2LP vinyl reissue 2019)
CRISS 1994 album "Cat #1" 25th Anniversary Edition 2LP purple vinyl (550 numbered copies only) is released today, exactly 25 years after its first release.

At this moment less than 100 copies are available. To order your copy contact Anthony Jr. at
tntmusic1353@gmail.com.

Earlier this year Anthony Lombardi decided to let Paul Tavenner do the remastering for the vinyl release, and from then on it was suggested to release the album as a 2 LP set, including the same bonus tracks as used for the Japanese 2018 CD reisue. Around the same time I was asked about my thoughts, and the first thing what came in mind was, that with a 2LP set you've 4 sides with an opening song, instead of one (on a CD). To be honest, before last year, I hadn't spinned the album in years. I once had the Swedish vinyl picture disc of “Cat #1”, and I wasn’t keen about “Strike” as the first track on the B-side. Thinking back to the 70’s and 80’s vinyl albums, to me the first song on the B-side is/was just as important as the one on the A-side, for example the first song on each side of KISS' "Love Gun" album.
Another album which I thought of was the KISS compilation 4CD set “Ikons” (2008), where each CD features the songs as sung by one of the original members. To me it was cool to have all KISS songs as sung by Ace Frehley or Peter Criss on one separate CD. With these topics in mind I suggested to switch the track order a bit, as well as Anthony was thinking about putting all ballads on one side of the album.

So, for the 2LP
25th Anniversary Edition of CRISS "Cat #1", I decided to put all three songs featuring Ace Frehley together on Side 1.
For side 2 I took all three ballads of the album, except for “Beth”. To me it’s funny the second side still opens with a heavy riff (“The Truth”), before the track turns into a ballad CRISS 2019 2LP creditskind of song. I personally rediscovered “Good Times” as a good song recently, and with “Down With The Sun” all 3 songs together on one side of the vinyl, it turns out you’ll easy recognize the way Peter sings like he did on his 1978 and his early 80’s solo albums.
For side 3, I thought it was best to open with the MTV video single “Show Me”. Besides that, the songs have shared vocals or are sung by Mike Stone. “We Want You” (once) was the last the song of the set list during CRISS 1992 tour, so that's a good reason to close the third side with that particular song.
Because Anthony liked to have “Beth” as the last song on the 1994 album (track order), it was already decided to put that song on side 4. To me it was weird to open that album side with “Beth”, and because “Bad People Burn In Hell” is one of the earliest CRISS band songs demoed (in 1991), I switched that track as the opening song for the fourth side of the album, which also contains "The Cat" and "What You're Doin' “ as bonus tracks, both taken from the 1993 CRISS EP.
I’m sure some will disagree with me, but on the other hand, I think the new track order of this 25th Anniversary Edition of the album is a good way to rediscover CRISS ‘Cat #1, even in a way the mood you’re in.

25th Anniversary Edition 2LP purple vinyl track order.
SIDE 1. (length 14:47)
A1. Bad Attitude (featuring Ace Frehley - lead guitar)
A2. Walk The Line (featuring Ace Frehley - lead guitar)
A3. Blue Moon Over Brooklyn (featuring Ace Frehley - lead guitar)

SIDE 2. (length 14:24)
A1. The Truth
A2. Good Times
A3. Down With The Sun

Side 3. (length 12:47)
A1. Show Me
A2. Strike (near sure this is Mike Stone on vocals)
A3. We Want You

Side 4. (length 14:23)
A1. Bad People Burn In Hell
A2. Beth
A3. The Cat (taken from the 1993 EP)
A4. What You're Doin' (taken from the 1993 EP)

To order your copy contact Anthony Jr. at
tntmusic1353@gmail.com.

CRISS - Cat #1 album details

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