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Review: QUEENSRŸCHE Rocks Hometown Crowd

Gene Stout of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Seattle progressive-metal heroes QUEENSRŸCHE and like-minded New York band DREAM THEATER, on tour since late June, enjoyed each other's company so much that their tandem encore Saturday (August 2) at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle turned into a musical love-a-thon. It concluded with a nice surprise from ...

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ACE FREHLEY Says He's Fine Without KISS

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently spoke to Billboard magazine about his decision to sit out the band's co-headlining trek with AEROSMITH. "When I finished the [KISS Farewell] tour, [Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons] told me that was it," Frehley said. "So I'm not gonna sit around and twiddle my thumbs. I started preparing, before ...

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BILLBOARD Magazine Pays Tribute To KISS

The Billboard Information Group will mark the 30th Anniversary of KISS, one of America's most successful and enduring rock 'n' roll bands, with the publication of a 26-page special report in the August 9 issue of Billboard. The issue will be available on newsstands on August 1 and content will be posted on www.billboard.com/KISS. "KISS: ...

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KISS And AEROSMITH: A Perfect Match

Cary Ashby of Coshocton Tribune is reporting that "the fans of hard rock bands include educators, scientists, musicians, actors, retail clerks and students. And among their number are a few local fans of AEROSMITH and KISS who are looking forward to the veteran bands blasting their way into Germain Amphitheater in Columbus on Aug. 19. ...

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GENE SIMMONS: I Am Very Civilized

Gene Simmons insists the live concert pairing of KISS and the prestigious 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra featured on the group's "Kiss Symphony: Alive IV" CD, which comes out this Tuesday (July 22), was a natural combination, the LA Daily News reports. "The notion is, if you're a rocker, when you get offstage, you can't speak ...

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KISS Announce New York City In-Store

KISSPaul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Tommy Thayer — will be doing a in-store in New York City on Wednesday, July 23 in conjunction with the Grand Opening of Best Buy's new 86th street store. KISS will be appearing in full makeup and will be taking photographs with the fans. Pre-signed CDs will ...

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KISS: The Hottest Band In The World — Literally

NewsFilter.org has posted a classic video clip of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons getting a bit sloppy with his fire-breathing act and dribbling some fluid onto his hair. Check it out here. Simmons' brand-new book, "Sex Money Kiss", is filled with his observations on life and the three most important things to him — ...

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KISS: 'Alive IV' Sample Posted Online

A 30-second sample of KISS' "Shout It Out Loud", taken from the group's forthcoming "Kiss Symphony: Alive IV" double CD, has been posted online at this location (Quicktime required). As previously reported, "Kiss Symphony: Alive IV" is due on July 22 through Sanctuary Records. The album was recorded February 28, 2003 when the ...

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GENE SIMMONS: 'My First Motivation Is To Make Lots Of Money'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to New York Post's Cindy Adams about his new book, "Sex Money Kiss". "The book's about sex," he said. "My design, and I suspect all God's designs, start with some engine. A car's engine either has horsepower or not. The design of this particular beast, man, is to expel ...

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KISS/AEROSMITH Tour To Be Extended Into Next Year?

The upcoming KISS/AEROSMITH co-headlining tour, currently scheduled to run between August 2 and October 18, could very well last into the middle of next year, according to KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley. "Should the AEROSMITH/KISS tour go as smoothly as we're all hoping, this could go on indefinitely. I know [AEROSMITH lead guitarist] Joe [Perry] has ...

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KISS: Special Display Available At Seattle's EMP

This summer, Experience Music Project (EMP) presents a unique new display dedicated to the infamous band KISS, opening June 13 and running through early Fall, 2003. Visitors and fans can get a close-up look at some of KISS' most well-known memorabilia, including stage costumes worn by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss ...

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TENET: Demo Recordings Posted Online!

Vancouver's TENET, the new band featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, ex-FORBIDDEN/TESTAMENT guitarist Glen Alvelais, ex-GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati, have posted three demo tracks at their official web site. The rough recordings, which are believed to feature only Simon and ...

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GENE SIMMONS To Host BLACK 'N BLUE Reunion

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will be hosting a reunion of the original BLACK 'N BLUE lineup — including current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer — on Saturday, June 14 at Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. The group will reportedly be reuniting to perform a benefit show to help raise support for Jeff Young, brother of bass ...

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GENE SIMMONS: Solo Album To Feature Songs From DYLAN, ZAPPA

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' first solo record in 25 years will feature songs co-written by Bob Dylan and the late Frank Zappa, Billboard.com has reported. In addition, Simmons is courting a number of singers, including GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose, for guest vocals. The as-yet-untitled disc will be among the first albums released through ...

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GENE SIMMONS Says He Is A Big Fan Of 'THE OSBOURNES'

KISS basist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently told Launch that he is a big fan of "The Osbournes" and is very much looking forward to checking out the reality TV show's upcoming season. "The music world is so full of boring people, it's great to see somebody who's interesting, at the very least, whether you're a fan ...

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GENE SIMMONS Says He Will No Longer Buy PEARL JAM Albums Following VEDDER's Anti-BUSH Outburst

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently told Insight magazine that if fellow rock performers continue to do outrageous politically-charged things such as stabbing a Bush mask onstage, they should expect their record sales to go down. "I don't think everybody that booed will stop buying PEARL JAM records or going to PEARL JAM concerts," Gene said ...

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KISS Launch Label Imprint, Prepare To Release 'Kiss Symphony'

KISS are set to launch a label imprint, dubbed Kiss Records, in association with Sanctuary Records, according to Billboard.com. The first release through the label will be a new, two-disc live set, "The Kiss Symphony: Alive IV", which captures the band's Feb. 28 performance with the Melbourne Orchestra. A DVD and a pay-per-view television special ...

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GENE SIMMONS, PAUL STANLEY To Guest On VH1's 'Icon' Special

KISS bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley were recently interviewed for a huge VH1 10-hour special airing in July called "The 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons". They were interviewed in full makeup and answered questions about being icons, their influence on other pop culture icons and offered comments on other icons, some of which ...

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GENE SIMMONS To Release Demo Recordings With Upcoming Book

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is set to include two previously-unreleased demos, "Everybody Knows" and "You're My Reason For Living", with his forthcoming book, "Sex Money Kiss", due in late June through Simmons Books/New Millennium. The book, which will come in a special lunch-box design, will also be available in an audio version — read by ...

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GENE SIMMONS Lets It Rip!

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' skintight black leather pants split at the seams after he wolfed down a fried fish appetizer, salad, soup, seafood pasta, and a salmon entree at Ago, a hip eatery in Los Angeles, according to Star magazine. Despite the embarrassment, Gene placed his jacket over his exposed lap and proceeded to devour ...

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KISS Vow To Continue Using Pyro Despite Rhode Island Tragedy

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons have have vowed to continue using pyrotechnic displays at their concerts despite the Rhode Island nightclub tragedy that claimed 97 lives. "People want a thrill, people love spectacle and people love to be entertained," Stanley told The Associated Press. "That's why people go to horror movies, why ...

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