Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - VINNIE VINCENT

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On this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON - a new and exclusive interview (recorded April 19th 2019) with guitarist extraordinaire VINNIE VINCENT
We discuss everything under the sun including his upcoming shows, his career, and much much more. (Please note that at the 45 minute mark for 15 seonds or so the audio is unstable. Similar at the 58 minute mark.)
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Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - BRUCE & BOB KULICK

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On this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon: It's an early KISSmas as I sit down with longtime KISS guitarist BRUCE KULICK and his brother BOB. Alan Niven co-hosts.
In our first interview (starts at approx. 11 mins 30 secs), Bruce Kulick discussed his recent experience on the KISS Kruise as well as the KISS box set, unreleased songs, his career highlight with KISS, joining KISS on The End Of The Road tour, his new website and more. 
Our second interview (starts at approx. 1 hr 10 mins) is with guitarist Bob Kulick. We discuss Pure Fire - The Ultimate KISS Tribute (which includes Chris Jericho),  his involvement with KISS (including playing on KISS Alive II, Unmasked, Killers and more), should he have joined KISS, Balance, Bon Jovi (1 hr 32 mins) and much more. 
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Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - PAUL STANLEY

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This week on Westwood's One Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon - new interviews with KISS frontman Paul Stanley, Red Dragon Cartel's Jake E. Lee and Accept's Wolf Hoffmann. Former Guns N' Roses & Great White manager, Alan Niven, co-hosts.
First up, is our forty minute chat with revered KISS frontman Paul Stanley. We talk End Of The Road and a whole lot more. ENJOY!
Next up, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee discusses Red Dragon Cartel's new album Patina, the band's revolving door of lead singers, the challenges of touring, Badlands and more. 
And we wrap up the show with ACCEPT's Wolf Hoffmann talking about the band's upcoming album Symphonic Terror - Live At Wacken 2017, future 'Symphonic' shows, the chance to play Headbangers Symphony tracks live, Judas Priest's Andy Sneap and producing the next Accept album, Blood Of The Nations being the band's most important album, being asked to become a replacement player in another band and much more.



KISS Tribute Given New Name New Art & Bonus DVD

Friday, October 19, 2018
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Star-Studded Salute To Hard Rock Legends KISS Receives A Very Special Reissue With New Title And All New Artwork!
Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet with guest performances by Bruce Kulick, Tommy Shaw, Lemmy Kilmister, Doug Aldrich, Dee Snider, Steve Lukather, Chris Jericho, C.C. DeVille, Dug Pinnick, Page Hamilton, Buzz Osbourne, and more!
Los Angeles, CA - An incredible line-up of world-class musicians and vocalists gathered together, under the helm of Grammy award-winning producers Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet, to recreate 11 classics from the catalog of one of music's greatest, best-loved bands, the icons of theatrical shock rock, the mighty KISS! Originally released as Spin The Bottle in 2004, the resulting album has received a complete makeover this year and will be reissued October 19 with all new artwork.
Now titled, Pure Fire - The Ultimate KISS Tribute, the album features unique combinations of A-list performers including former KISS member Bruce Kulick plus some of the bands biggest friends and fans including Tommy Shaw (Styx), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Steve Lukather (Toto), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Buzz Osbourne (The Melvins), Dug Pinnick (King's X), C.C. DeVille (Poison) and so many more!

This special multi-media edition also comes with a bonus making-of DVD that features interviews and stories from the artists, including those who are no longer with us, recorded 14 years ago - it's like a beautifully preserved time capsule showing what these artists looked like, sang like and played like, and what they thought about KISS back then. Hear producer Bob Kulick, Tommy Shaw, Tony Franklin, Aynsley Dunbar, Robin McAuley, Robben Ford , Lemmy , Greg Bissonette, Doug Aldrich, Kip Winger, Carmine Appice, Mike Porcaro,  Fred Coury, and many others share their personal stories and recollections about Paul, Gene, Ace & Peter. No self-respecting KISS fan should be without this release!

Track List:
1. Detroit Rock City - Dee Snider, Doug Aldrich, Marco Mendoza, John Tempesta
2. Love Gun - Tommy Shaw, Steve Lukather, Tim Bogert, Jay Schellen
3. Cold Gin - Mark Slaughter, Ryan Roxy, Robben Ford, Phil Soussan, Steve Riley
4. King Of The Night Time World - Chris Jericho, Rich Ward, Mike Inez, Fred Coury
5. I Want You - Kip Winger, Paul Gilbert, Greg Bissonette
6. God Of Thunder - Buzz Osbourne, Bruce Kulick, Blasko, Carmine Appice
7. Calling Dr. Love - Page Hamilton, Mike Porcaro, Greg Bissonette
8. Shout It Out Loud - Lemmy Kilmister, Jennifer Batten, Bob Kulick, Samantha Maloney
9. Parasite - Dug Pinnick, Bob Kulick, John Alderete, Vinnie Colaiuta
10. Strutter - Phil Lewis, Gilby Clarke, Jeff Pilson, Bobby Rock
11. Stole Your Love - Robin McAuley, C.C. DeVille, Tony Franklin, Aynsley Dunbar

Interviews and stories with: Paul Gilbert, Bob Kulick, Tommy Shaw, Tony Franklin, Aynsley Dunbar, Robin McAuley, Robben Ford, Lemmy, Greg Bissonette, C.C. DeVille, Doug Aldrich, Kip Winger, Carmine Appice, Mike Porcaro, Fred Coury, Jennifer Batten, Bobby Rock, Mark Slaughter, Page Hamilton, Tim Bogert, Steve Lukather, Samantha Maloney, Chris Jericho and Bruce Kulick

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'After being friends with KISS, knowing them for years, playing on Paul's solo record, it was my pleasure to play on this tribute CD. And also working with Bob Kulick was great fun. I thought it came out great. It ROCKS!' - Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/ Beck, Bogert, Appice)

'I really liked the new arrangement they had and we screamed through it pretty fast. Wild combinations of players and singers, and in the end a very new twist to some KISS classics.' - Steve Lukather (Toto)

'KISS is and forever will be the most exciting band in the land!' - Kip Winger (Winger)

'What fun it is to do anything with Bob. Giving KISS some love. I tried to do Gene proud. We're all parasites, baby!!' - Dug Pinnick (King's X)

'I was thrilled to play on this record, especially with Mark Slaughter and Ryan Roxie, with whom I have played before. The song 'Cold Gin' was special for me because of one morning back in 1990 when I was awoken by a phone call from Gene Simmons inviting me to come up on stage to play a song with them that night. It was indeed a great moment for me!' - Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne)

'Such an honor to be included then and now, in this list of immensely talented musicians on this KISS tribute. Put your KISS face on and turn it up. Enjoy!!!' - Robin McAuley. ( MSG )

'Some seriously great performances by an insane bunch! Being involved on many of the assorted songs, I had the pleasure of enjoying all the different folks and the cool and varied interpretations they all were bringing to the table.' - David Glen Eisley (Giuffria/Dirty White Boy)

ACE FREHLEY Releases All New Solo album ‘Spaceman’ Due October 19

Friday, October 19, 2018
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Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member ACE FREHLEY has released a new song today called "Rockin' With The Boys" This is the second song Frehley has released this year, from his forthcoming all-new Spaceman album, due October 19, 2018, via Entertainment One (eOne)/SPV.  Frehley previously released the track "Bronx Boy" in April.
Spaceman, Frehley's eighth solo LP, features nine new original tracks including a cover of Eddie Money's 'I Wanna Go Back' a ripping power pop makeover of the original.

'No need to worry, I'll be home soon, 'cause I'm rockin' with the boys,' Frehley sings on 'Rockin' With the Boys,' which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS's heyday in the '70s. Both "Rockin With The Boys" and "Bronx Boys" are available on all streaming platforms today, and are iTunes instant grat tracks for fans who preorder the album.

In addition to Ace's distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace played bass on all of the songs on Spaceman except for two. The listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, 'Without You I'm Nothing' which Gene also co-wrote, and "Your Wish Is My Command" Both songs were recorded at Frehley's home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Ace's reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of Free's 'Fire and Water' for 2016's covers LP Origins Vol. 1) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace's clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his Anomaly album in 2009. Spaceman (a title suggested by Simmons, himself) serves as the first collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014's Space Invader.
Space Invader received praise from critics. Rolling Stone wrote, "Gene Simmons has claimed Ace Frehley doesn't deserve to wear Kiss' Kabuki clown paint, but the former Spaceman's first solo LP in five years says otherwise" while Associated Press hailed, "...the original Kiss lead guitarist has recorded his best solo album since his groundbreaking self-titled album in 1978."
Widely known as the original 'Space Ace" and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley's self-titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, 'New York Groove' from any of the legendary KISS solo albums (peaking at #13).
Spaceman will be released through Entertainment One (eOne)/SPV with an exclusive European cover artwork on October 19th, 2018 as CD DigiPak and LP version.
1. Without You I'm Nothing 4:07
2. Rockin' With The Boys 4:15
3. Your Wish Is My Command 3:38
4. Bronx Boy 2:51
5. Pursuit Of Rock N' Roll 4:32
6. I Wanna Go Back 4:01
7. Mission To Mars 3:39
8. Off My Back 3:37
9. Quantum Flux 6:30



Gene Simmons: Full Interview - House Of Strombo

The Strombo Show welcomed Gene Simmons for an intimate exploration to celebrate his Gene Simmons' Vault. This is the unedited, full conversation. He opened up about his thoughts as an immigrant toward President Trump, his relationship with all members of KISS along with his thoughts toward feminism and more. Read the complete transcript here.
On if he thinks if President Trump is a good President:
"Well, it's too early, you know when you were a little baby and you kept falling on your face, i'm not gonna judge you then, do i think you said a lot of stupid things, oh ya, but i know the man by the way, we hung and all that stuff, what you see is what you get, he says stupid things, and so do you, and so do i, i'm not validating it but, there's not a human being that walks on thee face of the planet that privately hasn't made racists or anti-semitic or entire martian or anti-women jokes, or anti-irish jokes, go ahead. Privately everybody does it. He is a tourette president who will say whatever he wants.. and he doesn't give a fuck if you approve of him, and he's doing the job for one dollar. I like that.
You will be judged by what you do and that i agree that what you say can be hurtful, but at the end of the day politics intrinsically is about 2 things, one keep us safe, and to give me an opportunity to feed my family. I think if you go across everywhere else, anywhere else in the world those are the 2 items people are concerned with most, you will never please anybody, i don't know anybody here who hasn't said stupid things publicly or privately and if they get outed you know if you get caught on tape, from Mel Gibson to everyone, and i know mel very well and i'm jewish myself, and he said some stupid things, racists things, anti-semitic things when he was, y'know high or drunk or whatever, but i know the guy, i know that he gave a 2o million dollar check to start mending kids privately and never talked about it, i know the guy that goes out of his way to help refugees and stuff like that and doesn't advertise it. It's your deeds not what you say, you've said potty words and so have i, so i'm gonna give the guy who was duly elected a chance to show us what he can do, and then i'll judge his legacy."
On another KISS record:
When and if it's the right time, i would wanna figure out a different business model because i refuse to stick it on clouds and shmouds and all this stuff where it's just like a puff of smoke that's gone, i want to feel, i want to see the art, i wanna feel the thing in my hand, i refuse to play by a broken down system that in a lot of ways is highway robbery, the artist, by the way it doesn't affect me,. I'm a rich son of a bitch and all that okay okay okay, the new little baby bands, how do they earn a living? How do you write your songs and, how'd you quit your day job and really do this full time. You can't.
It's crazy because the fan refuse to pay money for the records, and that means your killing the new bands, you're killing them , you're not giving them the next elvis or elton or whoever you think is great, a chance. We had a lot of chance, we had record companies, they gave us millions and we could tour and do all that stuff, new bands have to go back to living in their mother's basement. That’s unfortunate
On Halloween:
We used to go through Beverley Hills and they used to do cobwebs through entire street and i remember walking down the street one day, so help me god true story, without makeup or anything, just walking with the kids, and coming on the other side was a young mother and her very small child dressed just like me with makeup, which was in the days when the Demon was wrestling, and she comes over and she says sweetheart that's gene simmons, and the little kid said, and he's dressed like me in Kiss makeup, “who?” She said y'know, that's the demon, she goes nooo, because the kid put on the demon makeup because of the wrestler who's dressed like me, he never heard a kiss or anything. But i got him later mwahaha.
On Peter Criss' final tour:
There's no such thing as final. Yknow every band says goodnight, but if they clap long enough you come back and do it again.
I haven't spoken to him in a long time but i think he's far happier now, not everybody is designed to run a marathon, y'know being on the road is tough because everybody around you will try to drag you into darkness, and if you're not careful it's easy, and i'm too involved with myself and delusionally in love with myself that i'm not interested in other people's assessment of life, i know what's good for me."
On Paul Stanley:
"He's the best partner, i mean if i was gay i would do him, in front of you and your children."

ACE FREHLEY’S 'Anomaly' To Be Reissued As 'Anomaly Deluxe' On September 8

Friday, September 8, 2017
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Founding KISS guitarist, solo artist, and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has premiered an all new bonus track titled "Hard For Me" today exclusively via ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM. The track will appear on a reissue of his 2009 album Anomaly re-released as Anomaly Deluxe coming out on September 8, 2017 via Entertainment One Music.
“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.”
Among the new tracks are two previously unreleased demos: “Hard for Me,” which was later reworked into the album’s “Foxy and Free,” and an early take of “Pain in The Neck,” different in tempo and arrangement from the final version. Also included is the previously digital-only Anomaly bonus track “The Return of Space Bear.”
Anomaly Deluxe will also feature enhanced album art, a new live poster, and extensive liner notes by rock writer and Ace Frehley historian, Ron Albanese (including track by track commentary by Frehley). Pre order options can be seen below.
In late 2016 the company entered into an extended agreement with Frehley to release two more studio albums.
Vice President of Sales and Acquisitions at eOne Ken Gullic says, “We’re absolutely thrilled to have an artist of Ace’s stature on our roster, and to re-release this album on eOne. The Anomaly Deluxe edition completes the trifecta of his comeback trilogy, alongside his first Top 10 album, Space Invader, as well as Origins Vol.1.  Ace will follow this with two more studio albums.”
At the time of its release, Anomaly lived up to its name. “There was a lot of pressure on me, because I hadn’t done an album in 20 years,” explains Frehley. “I wasn’t sure it wasn’t going to be well-received. Luckily, it was!” The record debuted at #27 on the U.S. Billboard chart.
Between live shows in the United States, Frehley is writing for his next album, and reveals that sessions have included working with Gene Simmons for an expected 2018 release. 
“I am writing for my next studio album,” he begins, “Gene came over my house to write - it went fantastic. In a matter of three hours, he and I came up with two new songs for my (next) record. I’m thrilled.” The occasion was momentous for another reason: “it was the first time I have worked with him while I was sober,” he reveals, “and it was a pleasure.”
In September Frehley and his band will return to Australia and New Zealand for a series of dates with Alice Cooper. 
“I have not been to Australia in a while,” he begins, “Alice and I have been friends since the ’70s, and playing with him is going to be bigger and better.”
Speaking of playing, there is a rumor that a certain song will be performed on the tour by Frehley, one that goes back to being a fan favorite Down Under when he first toured there with KISS in 1980. The original “Spaceman” sets the record straight.
“I gotta do ‘Talk to Me’ - for Australia, I’ll do it!”
Upcoming 2017 Dates
Jul 20, 2017 - Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
Jul 21, 2017 - Melbourne, FL, King Center of the Performing Arts
Jul 22, 2017 - Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live (Co-headlining with RATT)
Aug 19, 2017 - Las Vegas, NV, Psycho Fest, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Sep 16, 2017 - New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Australia and New Zealand 2017 Dates with Alice Cooper
For ticket info, visit
Oct 17,    2017 - Perth, Arena
Oct 19,    2017    - Adelaide, The Barton Theatre
Oct 20,    2017    - Melbourne, Margaret Court Arena
Oct 21,    2017    - Sydney, Hordern Pavillion
Oct 23,    2017    - Canberra, AIS Arena
Oct 24,    2017    - Newcastle, Entertainment Centre
Oct 25,    2017    - Brisbane, Convention Centre
New Zealand
Oct 27, 2017 - Auckland, The Trusts Arena
Oct 28, 2017 - Wellington, TSB Bank Arena
1. Foxy & Free
2. Outer Space
3. Pain In The Neck
4. Fox On The Run
5. Genghis Khan
6. Too Many Faces
7. Change The World
8. Space Bear (Extended)
9. A Little Below The Angels
10. Sister
11. It's A Great Life
12. Fractured Quantum
13. Hard For Me (Bonus)
14. Pain In The Neck (Bonus - Slower Version)
15. The Return of Space Bear (Bonus)

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - Gene Simmons (KISS), Mike Rutherford (Genesis) & Adam Mitchell (KISS songwriter)

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Title: Gene Simmons (KISS), Mike Rutherford (Genesis) & Adam Mitchell (KISS songwriter)
In this episode, Mitch sits down with Genesis' Mike Rutherford to discuss Genesis 50th anniversary plans, Ray Wilson & Calling All Stations, Phil Collins & Peter Gabriel leaving the band, Invisible Touch, Mike + The Mechanics and much more.
Then as highly requested - Mitch shares his entire June 9th 1980 interview with Gene Simmons to discuss the Unmasked album and more. 
And finally keeping in the spirit of '80s KISS - songwriter Adam Mitchell shares his experiences of writing with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr for the KISS Killers, Creatures Of The Night, Crazy Nights and Hot In The Shade albums. He also shares his thoughts on what makes a good song. 
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'Everybody's Talkin' About THE DIVES Featuring Paul Stanley's Son

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With the four members of THE DIVES hailing from both sides of the country and the middle, it might seem unlikely that these musicians would ever even meet, let alone form a band – until you hear them play.  After one listen, it’s nearly impossible to imagine them playing with anyone else.  Featuring tight harmonies and infectious hooks, THE DIVES’ music sounds fresh and familiar at the same time.  When explaining how the band was formed, they all vehemently agree that they got together with the common goal of making the kind of music they wish they heard more.

Based in NYC and a brand new band by any standards, THE DIVES wasted no time writing original material, rehearsing and leaping onto the club circuit.  When asked to describe their sound, Evan Stanley, lead guitarist and vocalist, immediately answered, “We’re a Rock & Roll band.”  Sergio Ortega, bass and vocals, explains, “It’s a rock band playing catchy songs.  Big hooks, but rattier than Top 40.”  THE DIVES musical influences are similar enough to create a cohesive sound with memorable hooks, yet diverse enough to infuse their music with the excitement of very modern flavours.  
The band is comprised of guitarist and lead singer Evan Stanley, guitarist and lead singer Mike Lefton, bassist and singer Sergio Ortega and drummer and singer Jimmy Meier.  Developing a passionate interest in music as children, all four have been mastering their instruments from an early age.  When Stanley moved to NYC to attend college at NYU / Tisch’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, he was determined to start a band.  After a little trial and error, he was introduced to New Jersey native, Mike Lefton.  A brotherhood was formed instantly as the two found musical commonalities beginning with their influences and energetic work ethic.  And the beginnings of a band was formed.  Mike reached out to fellow New Jersey native, Jimmy Meier to give the band a beat.  With a gig booked, they scrambled to find a bass player.  A friend recommended an unlikely fit, Sergio Ortega.  Unlikely because Ortega is also an incredibly talented musician better known for guitar, banjo and mandolin and has toured the world as guitarist and musical director for Broadway phenomenon, Ramin Karimloo.  The group asked Sergio to sit in for that show and never let him leave.  It’s the kind of band fans dream about – THE DIVES don’t just spend time together for rehearsals and performances, they are brothers brought together by a common goal, shared passions and a twisted sense of humour.
Unfortunately, musical assumptions arise when people make the connection between Evan and KISS frontman, Paul Stanley.  Yes, Evan is the son of the rock legend but he makes it clear that THE DIVES are forging their own musical path, “You won’t hear anything that sounds like KISS at The Dives’ show.”
2017is already a very exciting year for THE DIVES.  With the release of their debut EP, Everybody’s Talkin’, a UK tour that afforded them the opportunity to play to audiences numbering in the tens of thousands, the band is performing throughout the summer and heading out for a national tour in August.  Be sure to follow them on all social platforms for daily updates and be sure to catch a show near you!  
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One On One With Mitch Lafon

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PRETTY MAIDS singer Ronnie Atkins guests on Ep. 280 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.


In this episode, PRETTY MAIDS singer Ronnie Atkins discusses the band's fantastic new album KINGMAKER, KISS, working with famed producer EDDIE KRAMER (KISS, Jimi Hendrix, etc.) and Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen, guitarist Ken Hammer, the band's history, the North American market place, NORDIC UNION and much more.

QUOTES from the interview:

Making new music (time 1.20): "When you are ten years (old), you dream about making music that people would like and go on the road and play it live in front of people. That motivation is still there."

The band KISS (4.58): "I remember the first album I bought from KISS was DESTROYER - to me still that's a great album. It's just one of the great albums from my childhood.

Eddie Kramer as a producer (6.36): "I think we expected something else. For a band from Denmark - the record company wanted us to have an American producer, so Eddie Kramer's name came up and he had a pretty good CV (like KISS, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and stuff like that). He was a very nice guy but for producing an '80s hard rock/heavy metal band - he was a little over the hill to be honest."

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One On One With Mitch Lafon - ACE FREHELY

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ACE FREHLEY joins Mitch on episode 204 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.

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In the episode's only interview, former KISS guitarist discusses his latest album Origins Vol. 1, working with Paul Stanley, his upcoming 2016 tour plans, the 40th anniversary of KISS' landmark Destroyer album, the 20th anniversary of the pre-reunion MTV Unplugged album, Psycho Circus, the reunion tour and much more.

Quotes from the ACE FREHLEY interview:

Getting Paul Stanley on the album: "It was actually rather easy. I called Paul and he picked up the phone right away. I told him what I was doing and he was very receptive."

"I had originally tried to get Gene on the record, but he never got back to me."

On working with KISS again: "I'm not ruling it out. I always leave the door open. Right now, I'm just very excited about Fire And Water. Paul's really happy with the way it turned out. I'm very happy. So, we're just moving forward in a positive way and whatever happens in the future happens or if it doesn't - it doesn't."

The 1996 KISS - MTV Unplugged album: "It was a little nerve-racking. We weren't sure how the fans were going to receive it, but when we taped the show; the fans just went crazy when me and Peter walked out. It was just one of those moments in time where everything solidified."

"Paul and Gene realized that they had to move forward with me and Peter because the fans wouldn't have it any other way."

The Reunion Tour: "It was a lot of fun in the beginning, but as the years progressed it got a little weird."

"Paul and Gene know how to push my buttons and Peter's buttons."

The supposed reunion album, Psycho Circus: "I felt it would have been a better album if me and Peter had played more on it."

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ACE FREHLEY Reveals His Influences on 'Origins Vol. 1'

Friday, April 15, 2016
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- first single out February 12th
OUT APRIL 15, 2016
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ACE FREHLEY has announced Origins Vol. 1, a covers album featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll, on April 15, 2016 through SPV/Steamhammer in Europe, available as digipak, 2LP and download. Most notably, KISS frontman PAUL STANLEY joins Ace on Free's hit "Fire and Water." This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same recording since KISS' 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus.
Other guests are none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy's classic "Emerald," Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs' staple "Wild Thing," Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar on the KISS song "Parasite" and Jimi Hendrix' "Spanish Castle Magic," and Pearl Jam's Mike McCreedy plays guitar on Ace's mainstay "Cold Gin."
Ace will be as active as ever on the road in 2016 dates will be announced as soon as possible. Ace will be joined on the road by Richie Scarlet (rhythm, guitar and vocal duties), Chris Wyse on bass and vocals (The Cult), Scott Coogan on drums (Nikki Sixx’s Brides of Destruction).
Origins Vol. 1 will be the follow up to Space Invader, released in 2014. Space Invader was Frehley's first studio album in five years, and the album charted all over Europe.
Space Invader, received high praise from critics. Rolling Stone wrote, "Gene Simmons has claimed Ace Frehley doesn't deserve to wear Kiss' Kabuki clown paint, but the former Spaceman's first solo LP in five years says otherwise," while Associated Press hailed, "The original Kiss lead guitarist has recorded his best solo album since his groundbreaking self-titled album in 1978." Paste Magazine also confirmed, "Space Invader is a good rock album, and it’s an even better guitar record."
1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04
2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00
3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34
4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11
5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28
6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25
7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44
8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04
9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43
10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17
11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26
12. Rock N Roll Hell (Kiss) 6:32

The track "White Room" will be released as the first single and is available on all digital platforms tomorrow Friday February 12th.

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Double Stop Podcast - DAVE WITTMAN

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This week on the Double Stop Podcast is a rare interview with Dave Wittman, who Engineered a boatload if records in the 70's and 80's.
Dave Wittman discusses his career as a Recording Engineer. From meeting Jimi Hendrix as a teenager, and his first job with Eddie Kramer, to working in the studio with KISS (and the Van Halen demos with Gene Simmons), Peter Frampton, Foreigner, Billy Idol and much, much more. He also discusses the change in the music industry with Grunge, and his work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra both in studio and on the road. This episode features guest co-host Greg Renoff author of the new book Van Halen Rising.
On Engineering early KISS demos 27:30 “Eddie (Kramer) and I did the first demo that got KISS their record deal. They came in and did the classic Cold Gin, Deuce, Strutter - that kind of thing, and we just went in one afternoon and did the kind of did the Beatles thing. The four track to four track to four track kind of thing. That was one of the first things that Eddie trusted me with - with him looking over my shoulder."
On Mixing the Gene Simmons Van Halen Demo's 28:25 “Eddie (Kramer) brought in the multi-track tape - it included Runnin’ with the Devil. I didn't actually know who it was at the time, I just knew I loved that song.”

On working with Led Zepplin 34:20 "I got to work on the mixing of Houses of the Holy, and the movie soundtrack The Song Remains the Same. And they used my Marshal top on that, by the way. They needed a Marshal top to do an overdub at 2 in the morning, and I lived around the corner so I went home and got it."
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One On One With Mitch Lafon - BACKYARD BABIES

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DREGEN from Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES joins Mitch on Episode 164 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.
We discuss the band's stellar new album Four By Four, KISS, the return of THE HELLACOPTERS, MICHAEL MONROE, more cowbell, new solo music, his book, Supershit 666, the vibrant music scene in Sweden and much more.
Quotes from the interview: On being 'bored' with the band: "I couldn't really tell anymore if the gig we did was great or if it totally sucked. I was a machine just doing the same thing every night." The Hellacopters reunion: "Me and Nicke have been talking about putting the original Hellacopters together. We think it's a waste not to do it because I still think the original Hellacopters can still deliver that sound."
On KISS: "Between '73 and '78, they were the best band in the world... I'd rather follow the KISS soap opera than the Kardashians, but it's almost the same." "I can't see KISS without Ace Frehley."
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Mars Attacks Podcast - KISS

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Episode 124 of the Mars Attacks Podcast continues its Classic Albums series, this time around we focus on the 1974 self-titled debut by Kiss.  This episode contains interviews from a bunch of different musicians, show hosts, and journalist.  Among those you will hear are Roch from Radioactive Metal, Chris and Aaron from the Decibel Geek Podcast, Mitch Lafon of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Racer X's Jeff Martin, author Martin Popoff, Josh Christian of Toxik, Carl Canedy of The Rods, former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover, Joe Stump, Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer, Sharlee D'Angelo of Arch Enemy, Ross The Boss of Death Dealer, Gene Hoglan, Jason McMaster of Dangerous Toys, Charlie Benante of Anthrax, Doro Pesch and courtesy of Talking Metal, Ace Frehley.
Among those that have provided written comments include by David Ellefson of Megadeth, former Guns N Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, John Nymann of Y&T, Will Carroll of Death Angel, Dave Starr of Wildestarr, and many more.
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