NEWS UPDATE : September 2023

September 29 :
BUFFALO ROCK CITY II Tribute to KISS release date October 31, 2023

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On October 31,  KISS THIS!/ BUFFALO ROCK CITY II will release the follow up to 2020's KISS Tribute album “Buffalo Rock City”.

Proceeds from the sales of "BUFFALO ROCK CITY II" are earmarked to the Maria Love Convalescent Fund, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, providing immediate financial assistance to those in need.

Lifelong KISS fan and KISS THIS! founder/guitarist, John Jeffrey, has, once again, assembled a who’s who of artists, largely representing the Western New York music scene. Among the artists are original “Buffalo Rock City" alumni- Shawn Przybylak (drums), Gene Schmidt (guitar), Joe Teresi (guitar), Rock Rollain (bass) and Nat Peace (vocals).
"BUFFALO ROCK CITY II" features WNY “newcomers” to the studio project - Larry Kremer (drums), Kylie Velletta (vocals) & Debbie Knight (who made her first "BRC" appearance on 2022's, "Buffalo Rock City ALIVE!").
The 2 headlining bands returning to “Buffalo Rock City II” album, are tribute band, KISS THIS! and DoDriver, an all-original act, handpicked by KISS and their manager Doc McGhee, to open for KISS on the Sonic Boom tour at Darien Lake on August 13, 2010.

Another WNY artist bassist Billy Sheehan spearheads the list of international rock artists contributing to the project. The album features John Corabi (vocals), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), John Gioeli (vocals), Jean Beauvoir (vocals), Tommy Henriksen (vocals), Tommy Denander (guitar), Howie Simon (guitar), Rafael Moreira (guitar) Deen Castronovo (drums/vocals), Steve Blaze (guitar), Philip Shouse (bass), Dave Comer (vocals) & Mitch Weissman (vocals).
These "celebrity guests" have toured and recorded with Ace Frehley, Alice Cooper, Warlock, Accept, David Lee Roth, Hardline, Talas, KillSET, Gene Simmons, Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, The Hollywood Vampires, Lillian Axe, Winger, Stryper, Tesla, Michael Jackson, Motley Crue, The Dead Daisies, The Ramones, The Plasmatics, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Stanley, Soul Station and Beatlemania.

Mitch Weissman, who sang on “Buffalo Rock City,” returns with his co-write with Gene Simmons, "What You See Is What You Get." Originally demoed by Weissman and Simmons for the 1987, Ron Nevison produced KISS album, "Crazy Nights," the Mitch and BCR’s producer John cleared 30-year old cobwebs to complete this special song.

Making an additional note in "KISStory," Jean Beauvoir plays a significant role, recording a brand new version of "Who Wants To Be Lonely," which he originally contributed to KISS' 1985 release, "Asylum."

"Buffalo Rock City II" was mixed by C.Wood (Brian McKnight, Rascal Flatts, Alicia Keys, Leann Rimes, Lenny Kravitz, Justin Timberlake, Kenny G & Slash) and David Julian. Julian is an established producer and songwriter, who has written songs for Jack Russell (Great White) and Ace Frehley.

Keeping in tradition with the great KISS album covers, Kevin Conrad, the comic artist who penciled and inked the front cover of “Buffalo Rock City,” created a masterpiece once again-- the front and back art for "II." A life-long KISS fan, Kevin’s most known for ink all 31 issues of Todd McFarlane’s "KISS - Psycho Circus" comic book series. This new "BCR II" cover art depicts the KISS members that the musicians in KISS THIS! portray and personify. The cover is an homage to the iconic KISS "Love Gun" album artwork, featuring Buffalo's Albright Knox Art Gallery as the centerpiece.

As the first album, “Buffalo Rock City” focused on topical/non-cock rock KISS songs, it was decided that "Buffalo Rock City II," while serving a greater purpose, would focus exclusively on all the fun "love" themed songs in the catalog.

BUFFALO ROCK CITY II" 17 song CD tracks:
Buffalo Rock City II - Tribute To KISS (2023) - I Stole Your Love '89 (Johnny Gioeli & Howie Simon)
 - Saint And Sinner (DoDriver)
 - Who Wants To Be Lonely (Jean Beauvoir)
 - Down On Your Knees (John Corabi)
 - Have Love Will Travel / Got Love For Sale' (Dave Comer)
 - Tomorrow and Tonight (Dave Comer)
 - Love For Sale (Billy Sheehan & Jeff Scott Soto)
 - Calling Dr. Love (KISS THIS!)
 - Makin' Love (KISS THIS!)
 - Save Your Love (Tommy Henriksen & Philip Shouse)
 - Love Gun (Deen Castronovo & Rafael Moreira)
 - Shoot U Full Of Love (Various artists)
 - Exciter (Dave Comer)
 - You Love Me To Hate You (Steve Blaze)
 - I   (Dave Comer & Tommy Denander)
 - Hell Or High Water (Various artists)
 - What You See Is What You Get  (Mitch Weissman)

*DISCLAIMER* The only digital download available from the album is the pre-order track "Calling Dr. Love." There will a sampler track available, when the album is released (10/31/23), but if you're interested in a digital (non-CD) version of the album, there will be an USB for sale in the "Merch" section, containing all of the MP3s on the album.

You can pre-order the album at

Buffalo Rock City II bandcamp

September 22 :
ACE FREHLEY completes Mixing eight songs for next Solo Album

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Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is currently mixing his new studio album for a tentative early 2024 release via MNRK Music Group (formerly known as eOne Music). Assisting the 72-year-old musician with some of the new LP's songwriting and production has been TRIXTER's Steve Brown, who took to his Instagram earlier today (Friday, September 22) to share a photo of him and Frehley, along with producer, engineer and mixer Bruno Ravel, who is best known for his role as bassist in DANGER DANGER. Steve wrote in an accompanying message: "This is a Rockin' Team right here. 8 tunes mixed and it sounds stellar @brunoravel mix/master general for the new @acefrehleyofficial @mnrk_heavy #recordingstudio #mixengineer #acefrehley #newalbum …and yeah I’m really short next to these guys".

Frehley spoke about the recording process for his new album this March 2023 during an appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk". At the time, he marveled at the amount of material he was able to complete, saying: "Within six days I had written and recorded five new songs, which is unprecedented for me."

Ace went on to say that he has also been working on his new LP with Peppy Castro of the BLUES MAGOOS. He added: "Back in the '60s, [the BLUES MAGOOS] had the big hit '(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet'. I grew up with him in the Bronx. He inspired me to become a rock star. I remember going to Orchard Beach in the Bronx, and all of a sudden I hear Peppy's song on the radio. I go, 'Jesus Christ. If he can do that, I can do it. I'm better looking than him.' [Laughs] He actually taught me how to play bar chord in the basement of an apartment building… But we've been friends ever since, and we've followed each other's career. And he's been in my studio a half dozen times. And he also hooked me up with Tommy Denander. He wrote three songs for me that I'm probably gonna rearrange at least one or two of them and add vocals. But me and Steve have been doing a song a day. It's insanity."

According to Ace, his upcoming LP will include at least one cover song.

"If my memory serves me correctly, the last two studio records I did both had one cover on them and one instrumental," he said. "I have two or three songs that can be instrumentals or I could add lyrics to it. I'm just deciding which one is gonna be the best one for an instrumental, because if I don't do an instrumental, my fans are gonna be upset, because every one of my studio albums have had an instrumental track on it. It all started with 'Fractured Mirror' in 1978."

Peppy previously collaborated with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons as a songwriter and performed on Frehley's and KISS frontman Paul Stanley's solo records.

September 20 : KISSMOKER - A Stoner Rock Tribute To KISS
From : Kiss Related Recordings
On September 15 Argentinean Stoner / Doom / Psych / Sludge label Sabbra Cadabra have release a KISS tribute compilation entitled "KISSMOKER - A Stoner Rock Tribute To KISS".

Tracklist :

KISSMOKER - A Stoner Rock Tribute To KISS (2023)01. Love Gun - CORMANO (Chile)
02. 100.000 Years - LORD OF THE VOID (Mexico)
03. Shock Me - SOUTHSIDERS (Argentina)
04. Anything For My Baby - DIRTY WOMAN (Mexico)
05.  Cold Gin - SOUTHAVEN (Venezuela)
06. C'mon and Love Me - DRYWEED (Spain)
07. War Machine - DEAD ROOSTER (Argentina)
08. Naked City - SICK (Chile)
09. She - INFFERNO (Argentina)
10. I Stole Your Love - AL EXILIO (Chile)
11. Snowblind - FUEGOS FATUOS (Argentina)
12. Detroit Rock City - CRIATURAS DE LA NOCHE (Mexico)
13. Rock And Roll All Nite - TUGURIO (Mexico)
14. God Of Thunder - SANTOS DE AZUFRE (Venezuela)

You can purchase the album at

KISSMOKER - A Stoner Rock Tribute To KISS album details

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