Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ace Frehley Rips Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for ‘Trying to Rewrite’ KISStory

Ace is out promoting his new album SPACE INVADER and is opening up that Gene & Paul are rewriting the history of KISS by continually bashing him in their interviews.

Below is the Ace interview on the podcast ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON where he gives his side of how he believes Paul is always attacking him in the press and that fans are saying "Bring back Ace."

The interview also includes details about the album, the line up of Ace's band for the tour and his new book he is writing.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Eddie Trunk talks with Ace Frehley on Podcast

Everyone's favorite Space Man, Ace Frehley, invades this week's episode of The Eddie Trunk Podcast and discusses his latest album, Space Invader, as well as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, sobriety, his famous smoking guitar, stories from back in the day, and of course, KISS in this fun and intense interview.

you can check out more past episodes at http://www.podcastone.com/Eddie-Trunk-Podcast

KISS raise over $1 million for Oregon Military Museum at acoustic concert

Where would KISS be without their makeup and electric guitars, without the arena fireworks that still draw tens of thousands to their shows?

On Sunday night, the answer was Lake Oswego. To raise money for the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame quartet shed their makeup for a rare acoustic set, performing at a charity gala at Rick and Erika Miller’s Jantzen Island estate.

The event was the third “All Star Salute” that members of the group have been involved in — though the first that’s been graced with a Kiss performance. The $15 million museum is a project close to Kiss lead guitarist (and Oregon native) Tommy Thayer’s heart: It’s set to be named after his father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer, now 93, a World War II hero who liberated a Nazi death camp in 1945. As Mike Francis has reported, his actions may have saved Kiss bassist Gene Simmons’ mother, Flora Klein, who survived one such camp at the same time — which, exactly, has been lost to history.

Kiss and the Historical Outreach Foundation had hoped to raise $1 million at the intimate event, a number they beat on Sunday after a successful charity auction that saw Paul Stanley selling off one of his beloved guitars, played since 1989, for $20,000, among other prizes. Tickets to the evening ran $2,500 a person.

The Museum broke ground at Clackamas’ Camp Withycombe earlier this year, and is now halfway toward its $15 million fundraising goal.

Continue reading at OregonLive.com >>

Thursday, September 11, 2014

KISS calls Derek Jeter 'A powerful and attractive man' in video tribute

Hey, New York Yankees fans! You wanted the best tribute yet to captain Derek Jeter, now you got the best! In a video that surely answers the question "Why not?" more so than "Why?" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group KISS has honored Jeter, the Yankees icon who is retiring at season's end.

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (Peter Criss and Ace Frehley are retired from the band currently) taped a message for Jeter that presumably has been or will be played at Yankee Stadium in the final days of Jeter's career. It's typically bombastic, yet earnest.

"Hey Yankees fans," Stanley says. "We know something about longevity; After all, we've been doing this 40 years!"

And then Simmons spoke and stuck his tongue out: "Hey, Derek, congratulations on 20 great years in pinstripes. You're a powerful and attractive man!"

Singer and Thayer were not permitted to speak, though Singer did kick off a "Der-ek Je-ter" Bleacher Creatures chant by banging his drum sticks together, so he helped.

VIDEO: Voice Doctor Who Treats Kiss' Paul Stanley Shares His Advice to Rock-Star Clients

Back in Hollywood’s Golden Era, when Frank Sinatra or Judy Garland sought a voice doctor, only Dr. Ed Kantor would do. During the late 1970s, Kantor added a protege to his practice named Dr. Joe Sugerman  It quickly became clear that Sugerman, a brilliant physician with an easy bedside manner who could coax even the most inconsolably hoarse diva off a ledge, was the right choice.

Sugerman went on to inherit Kantor’s practice, and among his first wave of rock-star patients was Kiss co-frontman Paul Stanley.

"We immediately hit it off," recalls Stanley, 62. It was Stanley who first gave Sugerman a framed gold Kiss record to hang in his office. 

Says Sugerman: "When other singers came in and saw it on the wall, they said, ‘Hey, what about me?'"

KISSTORY: September 11

KISS play their only full concert of the year at the Foundations Forum in Burbank, CA, Goin Blind is performed for the first time.

The NASCAR Nextel Cup KISS Car, driven by Kevin Harvick, races at the Richmond International Raceway in the Rock and Roll 400. Kevin finished 12th.

Official release of the new KISS Fragrances product line.

Gene Simmons appears on the FOX News morning show FOX and Friends.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LA KISS set Season Ticket Holders Concert

(@LAKISSfootball) Season Ticket Holders, We are very pleased to announce that we have confirmed Wednesday, October 29th as the date for the special KISS concert for season ticket holders! Thank you for your understanding and patience while we worked out the routing and availability of the gear, crew, building, and the band. I will follow up in the coming weeks with ticketing specifics including how to access/print your tickets, and how to purchase additional tickets and VIP experiences.

If you still have not renewed your season tickets, you can do so by calling Chris at 714-587-2630 and still receive the limited edition #GeneSimmons Bobblehead for each ticket purchased! Thank you again for your patience and support throughout our inaugural season; we look forward to sharing this special evening with you!

Schuyler Hoversten
Team President,

Ace Frehley Gives Us a Ride Around His Old Bronx Stomping Grounds

Two Naked Cowboys, one Spanish-speaking SpongeBob, a headless Hello Kitty, and an ersatz version of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" all vie for attention on a teeming, muggy, late-summer Times Square afternoon. Unbeknownst to the masses, though, the coolest cartoon character of all is dining on salmon sushi on the second floor of nearby Bluefin restaurant. Ace Frehley, Kiss's onetime Spaceman, is still spacey after all these years: to wit, his just-released solo record, entitled Space Invader. It's the 63-year-old guitar icon's fifth solo outing since his self-titled effort back in 1978.

Frehley, in sunglasses and a striped button-down shirt, flashes back to that moment before the coordinated September 18, 1978, release of all four Kiss solo efforts. "We all had a big meeting sitting around the table prior to going our separate ways for those records, and the others were a little cynical to me, kind of hinting, 'Hey, if you need any help, we're here if you need us.' As if I did need help, you know?" remembers Frehley with a slight hint of aggro. "It kind of just put fuel on the fire for me to work twice as hard on my solo record. We all know what happened."

What happened was Frehley's nine-song LP was both the critics' favorite and best-selling of the solo discs (it went Platinum), thanks in part to a song that would become his hallmark, the Russ Ballard (Argent)-penned stomp-along anthem "New York Groove." On August 12, some 37 years after he first recorded it, Frehley sat in with the Roots to play the song on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, the band laughingly following Frehley's orders -- "I think it's just a cunt-hair faster," he instructed between commercial breaks in his trademark nasal Noo Yawk drawl, as the tuba blatted out the tune's signature riff.

Three or four times during the course of recording Space Invader, which took 10 months, Frehley "sat down and threw on my old '78 solo album. I tried to take elements from that record and incorporate into this new record, because fans are always psyched that it's their favorite Ace record."

Continue reading at VillageVoice.com >>