February 29 : Bobby
Rock blog : Welcome To
Recording Drums for the First Vinnie Vincent Invasion Album From
Vinnie Vincent Invasion drummer Bobby Rock has posted a new blog
entitled “Welcome To Hell: Recording drums for the first
VINNIE VINCENT INVASION album”
Bobby Rock : “Landing the VVI gig out of a once-in-a-lifetime
audition opportunity was one of the most unforgettable memories I’ve
had in my professional career. Unfortunately, recording the first
Invasion album two months later would also be one of my most
“unforgettable memories”… but for reasons I would rather forget!
February 29 :
Bruce Kulick related - Dreams In The Witch House
Kiss Related Recordings (Thorbjörn Brorsson) "Madness
Is My Destiny" from 2013’s A
Lovecraftian Rock Opera, “DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE” received a
grand make-over with a cinematic, orchestral version
showcasing the dynamic talents of Depeche Mode drummer Christian Eigner, Mother’s Finest bassist Wyzard and former KISS guitarist
With rich orchestrations composed and conducted by
Jeremy Rubolino and a propulsive arrangement by Anders Ringman
and Jeremy Rubolino, you’ll find yourself transported deep into
black seas of musical infinity.
Crucis : Unholy Mutation" was released as digital
download. That song is a reinvented version of the
song from the 2013 album "Dreams in the Witch House
A Lovecraftian Rock Opera", which original runs 3:35.
"Signum Crucis: Unholy Mutation" was recorded January 2015 at the
Stagg Street Studio (Van Nuys, CA) and features Bruce Kulick on
(acoustic guitar) and Douglas Blair of W.A.S.P. (electric guitar).
June 2015 the song "The
Refuge of Penitence" was released as digital
download, which also include Bruce Kulick (acoustic guitar) and
Douglas Blair of W.A.S.P. (electric guitar).
To expand the run time of 2013's epic "A
Lovecraftian Rock Opera" to a more Feature Film / Stage
Extravaganza friendly run-time, the Producers of "Dreams in the
Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera have continued to create new
material adapted from characters and plot lines from H.P.
Lovecraft's Cosmic Horror tale of Witches, Forbidden Knowledge,
Advanced Mathematics, Dimensional Travel and the Lovecraftian
Mythos, entitled "The Dreams in the Witch House (1932)".
February 23 :
LITA FORD: 'Rotten To
featuring Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick available for streaming From
Kiss Related Recordings
Here's the premiere of Lita Ford's "Rotten to the Core",
featuring Gene Simmons (bass), Bruce Kulick (guitar) and Rodger Carter (drums)
from Lita Ford's upcoming album "Time Capsule", which will be released April 15
For more details see January 29 news update
February 19 :
PAUL STANLEY On His R&B Band SOUL STATION From
rockcellarmagazine.com / Ken Sharp
KISS founder/frontman Paul Stanley performed the first-ever Soul
Station concert at The Roxy in West Hollywood last September 11th.
Paul Stanley recently spoke with
Rockcellar Magazine about the project, which
draws from R&B/soul music hits of the ’60s and ’70s.
In the past 40 + years, as lead singer/front man of KISS, Paul
Stanley has delivered on that promise, infusing the group’s brand of
anthemic, atomic powered hard rock with passion, swagger, and yes,
Listen to the James Brown-inspired vocal grit that fuels Anything
For My Baby from 1975’s Dressed to Kill album or Got To Choose, its
riff inspired by Wilson Pickett‘s Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won’t Do)
or the soul/pop flavor of Easy As It Seems from 1980’s Unmasked for
examples of Stanley’s joyous immersion into the sonic signposts of
An excerpt from the interview is available below.
Ken Sharp : While it might surprise some, your love of soul/R&B
music resonates in KISS with self-penned songs like Got To Choose,
Easy As It Seems, What Makes the World Go Round and Shout It Out
Paul Stanley : Yeah. As for Easy As It Seems, what it comes out
sounding like as opposed to what it was as it was originally written
as are two different things. The roots of that song and the others
you mentioned were certainly in R&B. Certainly Shout It Out Loud,
the answer vocal and backgrounds was inspired by the Four Tops.
That’s exactly what it is, it was taken from the Four Tops with the
lead vocal and then the backgrounds answering it.
SOUL STATION has scheduled three shows in February. The dates are as
Feb. 26 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Feb. 27 - The Canyon - Agoura Hills, CA
Feb. 28 - The Rose - Pasadena, CA
: Paul Stanley talks about his vocal appearance on
Ace Frehley's upcoming solo cover album From
February 11 :
ACE FREHLEY's cover album confirmed track list From
Ace Frehley is beginning the new year by looking back. The former
Kiss guitarist's new LP, Origins Vol. 1 – due out April 15th – finds
him covering songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy
and other artists that have inspired him over the years.
His heavy-hitting take on Cream's "White Room" is premiering here.
The LP also features his first recording with PAUL STANLEY, an
impassioned interpretation of Free's "Fire and Water," in nearly two
decades. Other guests on the record include Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike
McCready, Lita Ford and Rob Zombie guitarist John 5.
"I'm really thrilled with the whole thing," Frehley tells Rolling
Stone. "I'm excited about it, and probably somewhere down the road
there'll be a second volume."
"White Room" holds a special place in the guitarist's heart, since
he attended Cream's New York City concert debut when he was about 15
– one of Frehley's first concerts. "Eric Clapton has always been a
big influence on me," the guitarist says. "They were opening up for
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. The Who was on the bill, too.
Clapton had a big afro then and that painted guitar. It was pretty
cool and different. I always liked 'White Room.'" Frehley's drummer,
Scott Coogan, joins him on vocals for the song.
Frehley shrugs off any residual tension between himself and Stanley.
"We've always been friends," he says. "The press seems to amplify
negativity. I guess it makes good copy."
Both founding Kiss members were fans of Free and the song "Fire and
Water," the title cut of the "All Right Now" group's 1970 LP.
Frehley had wanted to do a version of it since the Seventies, so he
recorded the backing tracks with his band and sent them to Stanley
about a month ago, with the Kiss singer sending his recorded parts
"I thought Paul did a fabulous vocal on it," the guitarist says. "He
jumped at the chance to do this because it's something that's
outside of Kiss and his character in Kiss, and it gave him a chance
to, you know, sing. With Paul, you usually think of him singing in a
slightly higher register and on 'Fire and Water,' he's singing deep
from his diaphragm, and it's a real cool vocal. Everyone's who heard
it was just thinks it's the shit."
Frehley also enjoyed lining up his other guests on the album.
McCready plays on Kiss' "Cold Gin," a tune Frehley wrote, but Gene
Simmons sang originally. "I've been a big influence on Mike, at
least that's what he tells me," the former Kiss guitarist says.
Slash plays on Thin Lizzy's "Emerald," and he contributed to the
recording by suggesting both he and Frehley play live at the same
time, something they did 15 times. "It took me three days to pick
the best takes," Frehley says, "and I think it came out great."
Lita Ford joined him on the Troggs' "Wild Thing." "It has almost a
garage-band flare to it," the guitarist says. And finally, John 5
wowed Frehley with his playing on Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Music"
and Kiss' "Parasite," another Frehley-penned song he's singing for
the first time on Origins. "John 5 was amazing to watch," he says.
"He inspired me and obviously I inspire him. It was a lot of fun."
Origins Vol. 1 Track List
1. "White Room" (Cream)
2. "Street Fighting Man" (Rolling Stones)
3. "Spanish Castle Magic," feat. John 5 (Jimi Hendrix)
4. "Fire and Water," feat. Paul Stanley (Free)
5. "Emerald," Slash (Thin Lizzy)
6. "Bring It on Home" (Led Zeppelin)
7. "Wild Thing," feat. Lita Ford (The Troggs)
8. "Parasite," feat. John 5 (Kiss)
9. "Magic Carpet Ride" (Steppenwolf)
10. "Cold Gin," feat. Mike McCready (Kiss)
11. "Till the End of the Day" (Kinks)
12. "Rock and Roll Hell" (Kiss)
February 7 :
ACE FREHLEY's cover album unconfirmed track list From
According to information published by Kiss Army Japan the new Ace
Frehley cover album is already recorded, and will be edited in the
studio for a release later this year.
Special guests includes Lita Ford, Slash, John 5 among others.
The unconfirmed track list would be the following:
1. White Room (CREAM)
2. Street Fighting Man (THE ROLLING STONES)
3. Spanish Castle Magic (JIMI HENDRIX)
4. Fire and Water (FREE) with Paul Stanley !!!!!
5. Emerald (THIN LIZZY)
6. Bring It On Home (LED ZEPPELIN)
7. Wild Thing (CHIP TAYLOR)
8. Parasite (KISS)
9. Magic Carpet Ride (STEPPENWOLF)
10. Cold Gin (KISS)
11. Till The End Of The Day (THE KINKS)
12. Rock and Roll Hell (KISS)