KISS rehearsed in Los Angeles on Friday (May 19) for the "VH1 Rock Honors" show. Hab from manager Doc McGhee's office stopped by and snapped a few photos of the guys rehearsing. This was the first time KISS has played together since their one-off corporate gig, Hondafest, last September in Ohio. Drummer Eric Singer told KissOnline.com that "while rehearsals started off just for 'Rock Honors', we ended up rehearsing half the set for the Japan shows [which are scheduled to take place in July]. That's what's so great with this band. We haven't played in over eight months and we just picked up where we left off, like we've been playing every night on tour!""VH1 Rock Honors" is the first-ever show to pay homage to the legends who influenced the sound of hard rock. This year's celebration will honor the music and influence of JUDAS PRIEST, KISS, QUEEN and DEF LEPPARD. Premiering on Wednesday, May 31 at 9:00 p.m., "VH1 Rock Honors" will be taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 25 and will include performances by all of the honorees as well as tribute performances by GODSMACK (who will be paying tribute to JUDAS PRIEST), FOO FIGHTERS (QUEEN) and THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS (DEF LEPPARD). An all-star band consisting of Rob Zombie (vocals), Slash (guitar; VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Tommy Lee (drums; MÖTLEY CRÜE), and Scott Ian (bass — yes, bass; ANTHRAX) — plus a "special-surprise" second guitarist — will be paying tribute to KISS. Riki Rachtman will serve as backstage announcer. At the first annual "VH1 Rock Honors", members of KISS, QUEEN, DEF LEPPARD and JUDAS PRIEST will be presented with a custom ring. VH1 and Commemorative Brands, Inc. have produced 40 "class rings" to be awarded to the "VH1 Rock Honors" honorees. As we sing the praises of the artists whose music has made a lasting mark on the history of hard rock, VH1 will honor them with a 10-karat white gold ring, with onyx, diamond and garnet stones. Check out a photo of the ring at this location.
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