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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.



'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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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.

You can hear the song already on the ROLLING STONE homepage:

Badlands House Band, Fans Weather Apocalyptic Storm to Experience World Premiere Concert

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SIOUX FALLS (September 2, 2015) The Badlands House Band, the musical voice of Chuck Brennan’s new Badlands Pawn entertainment destination, made their debut in true post-Apocalyptic fashion on Thursday, August 27 at The District in Sioux Falls.
The band, fans, staff and venue endured a record-breaking thunderstorm which caused major flooding and road closures throughout the region, and a power outage lasting nearly two hours. The hundreds of Rock ‘n Roll enthusiasts that remained at the venue roared when the power came back on and the Badlands House Band took the stage.
“We stayed ready, and maintained our focus,” said lead singer Ron Keel. “When the juice came back on, it was time to go to work.”
The electricity remained on for the entire show, which featured plenty of flames, smoke, explosions, a drum riser built like the front of a train – and special guest appearances by Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Paul Stanley from KISS and Night Ranger’s Jack Blades.
“The Badlands House Band is really world class,” Stanley stated after the show. “I was more than pleasantly surprised. When you say you’re going to sit in with a band you really don’t know what you’re getting into. It’s great.”
“I’m really proud of the entire Badlands team,” Brennan said. “The band kicks ass, and our staff and crew really rose to the occasion. This is the first of many epic events presented by the Badlands Entertainment Group.”
The concert was filmed for an upcoming TV special, and the first 500 guests in the door received a free Badlands House Band t-shirt.
The band is led by million-selling frontman Ron Keel, the Metal Cowboy, and includes Midwest drum legend Rev Koller, guitarists DC Cothern and Doc Purcell, keyboardist Dakota Scott and bass player Geno “El Diablo” Arce.
The songlist featured classic Rock ‘n Roll anthems woven together to create a show filled with twists and turns, dramatic transitions, massive vocal harmonies and guitar histrionics. After the performance, the Badlands House Band wasted no time resting as they climbed on board the tour bus and headed for their first road show the following night in Mankato, Minnesota.
“The Minnesota show the next day was the true test,” said Badlands Entertainment Manager Mike “Chainsaw” Findling. “It was a last minute opportunity, so there was no advance promotion and nobody knew who they were. Without the hype, the special effects, lights, no train and no superstar guests, the show still worked. Thousands of fans were singing along, even though they’d never heard of the band.”
The group’s next stop is in Moorhead, Minnesota Sept. 11 at Bluestem Amphitheater with Hairball. They are also confirmed to perform at major bike events such as Biketoberfest (Daytona October 15-17) and the Lone Star Rally in Galveston November 5-7. BHB has just launched their official web site at and announced plans to headline the New Year’s Eve concert at Badlands Pawn in Sioux Falls.
Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry opens Thanksgiving Day, 2015 and will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the year. For more information, visit

One on One with Mitch Lafon - BINKY PHILIPS (KISS)

Monday, August 11, 2014
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Binky Philips goes One On One - and tells his KISS stories...

In episode 36 of One On One with Mitch Lafon. Mitch is joined by co-hosts Russ Dwarf (KILLER DWARFS).

This episode features an in-depth interview with The Planets, BINKY PHILIPS. BINKY talks about his friendship with Paul Stanley, being around KISS in their formative years, his book 'My Life In The Ghost Of Planets: The Story Of A CBGB Almost-Was - A Single Notes Book' and so much more. This is one episode that KISS fans simply CANNOT miss.

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One On One With Mitch Lafon - JOHN 5

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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In episode 31 of One On One with Mitch Lafon. Mitch is joined by co-host Russ Dwarf (KILLER DWARFS) and Mark Strigl. This episode features an interview with John 5 of Rob Zombie's band who discusses his new album 'Careful With That Axe', working with Rob Zombie, Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth and K.D. Lang, his criticism of the '2wo ' Voyeurs' album (featuring Judas Priest's Rob Halford and himself) as well as the album he's made (in the past year) with David Lee Roth (of Van Halen) that remains unreleased.
The second half of this episode features an interview with rising Canadian star Jeremy Widerman of the bandMONSTER TRUCK. Jeremy talks about the band's new album 'Furiosity', making it in today's marketplace, playing the Heavy Montreal Festival and more. Also, listen for Jeremy's 'secret sentence' for your chance to win a pair of tickets to 2014's HEAVY MONTREAL FESTIVAL.
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