NEWS UPDATE : July 2017

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.

WARRIOR 1982 (official release 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 group.

• 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.

From : 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" album.
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 London.
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 album.

WARRIOR 1982 (album details 2017)

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 Nights").

... and if you need a cool job related to Gene Simmons box set :"Provide support to consumers who purchase online from the Gene Simmons box set (henceforth referred to as “the artist”) websites." , check this link :


July 16 : Jaime St. James of Black ‘n Blue interview
From :
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 Face?”

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]”

Read the entire interview 

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July 11 : Listen to Ace Frehley’s Previously Unreleased ‘Hard for Me'
From : /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.

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!”

You can pre-order the deluxe edition of Anomaly at
digital outlets and on 2LP vinyl picture disc and compact disc now.

ACE FREHLEY - Anomaly (album details)

July 1 : 3rd song revealed for Gene Simmons' 10 CD demo box set
From : KISSfaq / KISS Related Recordings
Gene Simmons recently gave in an interview to a
Mexican website . Here's a snippet :

"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 box set".

"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.

last update : 2017-07-31

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