NEWS UPDATE - August 2013

August-September : KissFAQ Launch 1978 Solo Album Retrospective
From : KissFaq (Tim Tim McPhate)
Retrospective to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1978 KISS solo albums with all-new interviews, original features, special content, and much more

As KISS celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2013, on July 29 launched Back In The Solo Album Groove: The KISS Albums. 35 Years Later..., an ambitious multi-week retrospective dedicated to arguably the biggest milestone in KISStory: the 1978 KISS solo albums.

Most notably, Stanley, Simmons, Frehley, and Criss would make music history with the simultaneous release of four individual solo albums on September 18, 1978. It was music that surprised, titillated and shocked both KISS fans and critics.

Now, 35 years later, through a series of brand-new
KISSfaq interviews, original features and related special content, Back In The Solo Album Groove put the four 1978 KISS solo albums center stage like never before.

More than 30 brand-new interviews were conducted with various individuals who either worked directly on the solo albums or have a strong connection of sorts. The interviews will offer readers fresh first-hand perspectives straight from studio musicians, producers, engineers, and collaborators, and the creative professionals working in the KISS camp at the time.

Here's a list of the conducted interviews so far :
Eddie Kramer : produced Ace Frehley's 1978 album; KISS, Ace Frehley 1987 and 1989.
Jeff Glixman : co-produced Paul Stanley's 1978 album; Black Sabbath 1986 and 1987.
Bob Kulick : guitars Paul Stanley's 1978 album; Balance (1981), Paul Stanley (1989)..
Tom Saviano : horn arrangements for Peter Criss' 1978 album; HEAT 1981 and 2013.
Mitch Weissman : on Gene Simmons' 1978 album; 80's KISS co-writer / ghost musician;
Wendy O'Williams, KEEL, Gene Simmons' 1983 and 1985 demos...
Anton Fig : drummer on Ace Frehley's 1978 album; Ace Frehley 1987 and 2009 albums.
Christopher K. Lendt : Former vice president of Glickman/Marks Management (business)
Russ Ballard : on Ace Frehley's 1978 album; Peter Criss (1982), Frehley's Comet (1987)
Doug Katsaros : piano Paul Stanley's 1978 album;  Balance (1981).
Steve Buslowe : Bass on Payl stanley's 1978 album, Meat Loaf (1979)
Rob Freeman : Engineer on Ace Frehley's 1978 album (and mixed with Eddie Kramer).
Richard T. Bear : piano on Peter Criss' and Gene Simmons' 1978 albums, Sean Delaney
Peppy Castro : on Paul Stanley's 1978 album; Balance (1981).
Diana Grasselli : on Paul Stanley's 1978 album; Desmond Child and Rouge (1979).
Michael Des Barres : on Gene Simmons' 1978 album; DETECTIVE vs unrl. KISS song.
Will Lee : on Ace Frehley's 1978 album; Laura Nyro (1978).
Michele Slater : Production coordinator for Gene Simmons' 1978 album.
Neil Jason : played bass on Gene Simmons' and Peter Criss' 1978 albums.
Larry Harris : former Casablanca Records executive vice president /managing director.
Susan Collins : backing vocals on Ace Frehley's 1978 album.
Dennis Woloch : art directior for several graphically iconic KISS-and 1978 solo albums.
Eric Troyer : vocals and pianist on Gene Simmons' 1978 album.
Carol Ross-Durborow : head of the Press Office - promotional campaign for the 1978 ..
Art Munson : guitarist on Peter Criss' 1978 album.
John Tropea : guitarist on Peter Criss' 1978 album.
Carol Kaye : publicist at Aucoin Management - promotional strategy for the solo albums
John Cavazos : member of Azusa Citrus College Choir on Gene Simmons' 1978 album.
Richie Fontana : drummer on Paul Stanley's 1978 album; Billy Squier / Piper.
Brendan Harkin : guitarist on Peter Criss' 1978 album; STARZ.
Ben D. Bollinger : member of Azusa Citrus College Choir on Gene Simmons' album.
Stephanie Tudor : former Aucoin Management director of production 1977 - 1986.
David Edward Byrd : graphic artist/illustrator, creating the interlocking solo album murals

Aug. 29 : Engelbert Humperdinck lays down duet with Gene Simmons
From :
The legendary Engelbert Humperdinck spent the day in the studio with Kiss founder Gene Simmons laying down a track for his Duets albums.
Engelbert Humperdinck and Gene Simmons
Engelbert is nearing completion of the album which features songs with Willie Nelson, Elton John and Smokey Robinson and now Simmons.

Engelbert exclusively announced the Simmons duet in his interview with Noise11. “There’s Elton, there’s Smokey Robinson, there’s Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Neil Sedaka and it goes on and on and on. It is very exciting names on this particular album. I’m so thrilled that everyone has responded and wanted to work on the album with me and I think it has been a very exciting project,” he said.

Last week he also announced 60s British pop star Lulu would also join him on the album.

Today Engelbert told fans via Facebook, “What an absolute pleasure to meet and record with this giant of a Rock God! A fantastic day with Gene Simmons and his gorgeous wife Shannon.”

Aug. 29 : "Monster" 2CD Japan Tour Edition due October 16
From :
A KISS 2CD "Monster" Japanese Tour Edition CD will be released October 16th.

KISS - MonsterDisc 1 :
1. Hell or Hallelujah
2. Wall Of Sound
3. Freak
4. Back To The Stone Age
5. Shout Mercy
6. Long Way Down
7. Eat Your Heart Out
8. The Devil Is Me
9. Outta This World
10. All For The Love Of Rock & Roll
11. Take Me Down Below
12. Last Chance
13. [Bonus Track] King Of The Night Time World (Live - Rock The Nation tour 2004)

Disc 2 : Monster Tour 2013 (Studio recordings of the Monster Tour 2013 set list)
1. Psycho Circus
2. Shout It Out Loud
3. Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll
4. I Love It Loud
5. Heaven's On Fire
6. Calling Dr. Love
7. Say Yeah (Previously unreleased in Japan)
8. God Of Thunder
9. Lick It Up
10. Love Gun
11. Black Diamond
12. Detroit Rock City
13. I Was Made For Lovin' You
14. Rock And Roll All Night
15. Right Here Right Now (Bonus Track)

CDjapan - KISS Monster 2CD Japan Tour Edition

Aug. 22 : Tod Howarth dusts off Cocoa Blue project with covers album
From : KissFaq /
Frehley's Comet alumnus Tod Howarth has dusted off his high school band, Cocoa Blue, which also features Chicago bassist Jason Scheff, for an album consisting of '70s cover tunes. Artists covered on the album include the Eagles, Montrose, Deep Purple, Ted Nugent and the Commodores.

Track listing:

COCOA BLUE"Life In The Fast Lane"
"Cat Scratch Fever"
"Sweet Emotion"
"China Grove"
"Lido Shuffle"
"Rock Candy"
"Free Ride"
"Play That Funky Music"
"Brick House"
"Smoke On The Water"

Listen to samples and order your copy at iTunes.

August 21 : Starship covers KISS  "Nothing Can Keep Me From You"
From : KissFaq
In 1999 KISS (read: Paul Stanley) recorded the Diane Warren-penned "Nothing Can Keep Me From You" for the film "Detroit Rock City." Nearly 15 years later, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas has rebooted the ballad for their first studio album in 20 years, "Loveless Fascination," which is scheduled for release on Sept. 17.

last update : 2013-08-31

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