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GENE SIMMONS, JERRY CANTRELL Attend M.A.P. AWARDS

Sharon Osbourne hosted the annual M.A.P. Awards Wednesday night (November 5) at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. The event was a benefit for the Musicians Assistance Program, which helps musicians get help for drug and alcohol addiction. This year's event honored AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler, blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, and music industry attorney ...

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THRESHOLD To Release 'Critical Energy' CD/DVD In January

U.K. progressive metallers THRESHOLD have completed work on their live DVD and double CD, titled "Critical Energy". The following feature list has been confirmed for the DVD: 01. Complete concert footage filmed in Holland (18 songs, 118 minutes) 02. Selected ProgPower USA 2002 concert footage (3 songs, 24 minutes) 03. "Critical Moments" tour documentary (12 ...

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DON ARDEN's Autobiography To Be Published In April

Don Arden's much-anticipated autobiography, "Mr. Big", has been pushed back to an April 2004 publication date via Robson Books. Arden, one of the earliest and most notorious managers of the rock 'n' roll era and father of Sharon Osbourne, wife/manager of former BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne, was frequently accused of violent, bullying tactics by ...

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Former BLACK SABBATH Manager Publishes Tell-All Autobiography

Don Arden, one of the earliest and most notorious managers of the rock 'n' roll era and father of Sharon Osbourne, wife/manager of former BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne, has just published his autobiography via Robson Books in the U.K. Dubbed the "Godfather Of Rock" and the "Al Capone of Pop" by the world's press, ...

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GENE SIMMONS Does St. Louis

Deb Peterson of St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: "Gene Simmons didn't kiss the Lou goodbye lightly. The tongue-wagging lead singer of KISS was at the St. Louis Galleria signing copies of his new book 'Sex Money Kiss' on Monday [September 29] when mall security spotted him with a woman who had a dog in a bag ...

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KISS' 'Symphony' DVD Enters Australian Chart At No. 1

KISS's "Kiss Symphony" DVD has entered the Australian Music DVD chart at No. 1, according to the official web site of the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA). The DVD, which features KISS members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Tommy Thayer playing classic songs such as "Rock And Roll All Nite", "Deuce", ...

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GENE SIMMONS Donates Voice To 'King Of The Hill' Episode

KISS star Gene Simmons has donated his voice to the November 9 episode of Fox's "King Of The Hill", titled "Reborn To Be Wild", according to Canada's Chart Attack. Simmons will play the role of Jessie. Also featured in the episode are members of SUM 41, who play a gang of Christian youths who express ...

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KISS' PETER CRISS: 'I Miss ACE'

KISS drummer Peter Criss has admitted in a recent interview with Rocky Mountain News that he wishes for the return of original guitarist Ace Frehley. "I've got a knot in my gut at times for Gene (Simmons) and Paul (Stanley)," Criss explained. "And I miss Ace. I really do. I wish he was up here. ...

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KISS Frontmen Subpoenaed Before Chicago Concert

William Hageman of Chicago Tribune reports that KISS leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were served subpoenas by a private investigator Friday night (September 26) before their performance at the Tweeter Center in connection with a former business manager who is now a fugitive living in South Africa. The case involves Jesse M. Hilsen, 63, ...

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GENE SIMMONS Talks Money: 'Being Alive Means I Want More'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to Bankrate.com about his business philosophies and his penchant for getting involved in other ventures have made him a mogul in his own right even beyond his band's achievements. When asked how much he's worth, Simmons said, "A lot. An awful lot. But numbers aren't indicative of anything except ...

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GENE SIMMONS Talks To PLAYBOY Online

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to Playboy.com about his most memorable and most unusual sexual experiences. When asked if there is one experience he remembers above all others, Simmons said, "No, but one incident made my heart beat like nothing else. In the Seventies, we kept being invited to bizarre parties. There was a ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: Tour Report, Live Video Clips Posted Online

WATCHTOWER/SPASTIC INK guitarist Ron Jarzombek, who recently completed a seven-date run as part of ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman's backing band on the Guitarevolution tour (also featuring former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland), has posted the following tour report on his official web site: "This whole adventure started with me sending ...

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KISS/AEROSMITH Show In Virginia Postponed Due To Hurricane Threat

Due to Hurricane Isabel, the threat of severe weather and the bands' concerns for their fans' well-being, the KISS/AEROSMITH concert scheduled for Virginia Beach, Virginia Wednesday night (September 17) was postponed. Fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets and listen for the rescheduled date. In other KISS-related news, KISS's "Kiss Symphony" DVD has ...

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GENE SIMMONS Banned From BORDERS BOOKSTORES

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told Cindy Adams of The New York Post that he's been banned from making appearances at Borders bookstores to sign copies of his new book, "Sex Money Kiss". Borders says it's because the events at his past appearances were all too wild, raunchy and vulgar. "[Is it] my fault women come ...

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Reunited DARK ANGEL To Appear On METALLICA Tribute Album

Reunited Los Angeles thrashers DARK ANGEL have been invited to contribute to a METALLICA tribute album being produced by Bob Kulick (KISS, MOTÖRHEAD, MEAT LOAF), and are currently in the studio recording their version of "Creeping Death". A late 2003 release through Cleopatra Records is expected. Complete video coverage of the recording sessions for the ...

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Review: AEROSMITH Trumps KISS In A Battle Of '70s Bands

Sean Piccoli of South Florida's Sun-Sentinel reports that "AEROSMITH and KISS, rock bands formed in the 1970s, both had something saved up for a boisterous double bill on Friday night [September 12] at Sound Advice Amphitheatre west of West Palm Beach. "The anti-aging potions reserved to rock stars appear to be working better, on balance, ...

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GENE SIMMONS Says ACE FREHLEY Is Not Coming Back To KISS

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently told TCPalm.com that fans shouldn't expect to see original guitarist Ace Frehley back in the greasepaint anytime soon. "Three strikes, you're out," Simmons said. "He was out of the band for 15 years, then he came back, then he left ... no more." Frehley, he added, "was being self-destructive and ...

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KISS Members Attend Florida Screening Of 'Symphony' DVD

Ivette M. Yee of South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that "KISS members Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Tommy Thayer appeared at Royal Palm Beach Stadium 18 theater [Tuesday night, September 9] to watch 'Kiss Symphony', a documentary film that captures the band in concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia in February. The band will ...

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DREAM THEATER Singer To Guest On FRAMEWORK Debut

FRAMESHIFT, the "exciting" new progressive rock project written and produced by Henning Pauly of CHAIN for James LaBrie, vocalist of the legendary prog-metal band DREAM THEATER, will release their debut album, "Unweaving The Rainbow", in early November through Progrock Records. "Composer Henning Pauly has worked in a wide variety of styles," reads an official press ...

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GENE SIMMONS Reality Show On The Way

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is currently "negotiating with a television outlet for a Gene Simmons reality show," according to Gene's latest posting on his web site. "Also, [I] am having discussions about a SECOND possible show — different in concept. But, that's all I can say for now about these two projects." "[I] am proud ...

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Review: KISS And AEROSMITH A Little Too Old To Rock All Night

Nick Carter of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reviewed the KISS/AEROSMITH tour when it came through town Saturday night (September 6). " 'How y'all doing tonight?' bellowed KISS singer-guitarist Paul Stanley from the stage at Alpine Valley Music Theatre Saturday night. 'Everybody having a good time?' he asked. "What seemed like a long second elapsed between ...

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GENE SIMMONS Checks Out Comedy Show With Ladies In Tow

The Philadelphia Daily News reports KISS star Gene Simmons was in attendance at the Laff House Saturday night (August 30) to catch insult comic Lisa Lampanelli's show. Simmons arrived with four hot young women, tried to buy tickets and refused VIP treatment, but the club whisked him through the door to avoid a box office ...

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Review: KISS, AEROSMITH Aging With Grace

Mary Ethridge of The Beacon Journal reports that Dan Foley, 40, a police officer from Detroit, did his head-banging in 7-inch platform boots at the KISS/AEROSMITH concert at Blossom Music Center Wednesday night (September 3). "He was dressed in full KISS regalia, including the Kabuki-inspired face paint for which the band is famous. Foley was ...

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