GENE SIMMONS: ACE FREHLEY Is Not Allowed To Be In KISS

On the eve of the release of his long-awaited new solo album, "Asshole", KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons spoke to Billboard magazine about the group's impressive legacy. The following are some of the highlights of that interview: Billboard: How do you respond to people who say the band isn't really Kiss unless it consists of the ...

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KELLY KEELING To Sing On Italy's MOONSTONE Project

Powerhouse rock vocalist and former Atlantic recording artist Kelly Keeling (BATON ROUGE, BLUE MURDER, MSG, JOHN NORUM) will sing on the track "Slave Of Time" from MOONSTONE, a "straight rocker with a southern feel" that is set to appear on the new project of Italian guitarist Matteo Filippini. In addition, Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK ...

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PANTHEON I Continue Work On Full-Length Debut

PANTHEON I, the Norwegian extreme metal band featuring vocalist/guitarist Andrè Kvebek (1349), guitarist John Espen Sagstad (ABIOTIC) and drummer Eirik Renton (SARKOM), are currently recording the vocals for their debut full-length album, tentatively due before the end of the year. "We have recorded 12 songs, and I can assure you that this will be a ...

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Former DEFIANCE Guitarist Talks About The Band's Legacy

Guitarist Jim Adams of the long-defunct San Francisco Bay Area thrash band DEFIANCE (which at one time featured current SKINLAB bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel) recently spoke to Aesthetic Extremity Webzine about the band's relatively short career and the possibility of a reunion at some point in the future. Asked if there is any truth to the ...

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ACHERON Deny Cancelling Polish Festival Appearance

Despite a promoter's announcement to the contrary, Columbus, Ohio-based black/death metal cult band ACHERON were never confirmed to appear at Poland's Conquer Summer Festival in July, the group allege in an official statement sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET earlier today. "The band want to make clear that they never agreed to play the fest, nor ...

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THE HAUNTED: New Song Available For Download

A brand-new THE HAUNTED track, entitled "99", has been made available for download in MP3 format at this location. "99" comes off the Swedish thrashers' as-yet-untitled fourth album, due this fall through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2003's "One Kill Wonder" was recorded at Gothenburg's famed Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: Video Interview Posted Online

A VELVET REVOLVER video profile from The Associated Press, including a short interview with bassist Duff McKagan and guitarist Slash (both formerly of GUNS N' ROSES) has been posted online at MSN.com. VELVET REVOLVER's debut album, "Contraband", is scheduled for release on June 8 through RCA Records. Listen to the entire album online ...

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