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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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KISS: 'The Official Authorized Autobiography' On The Way

"KISS: Behind The Mask: The Official Authorized Biography", a brand new book endorsed by KISS mainstays Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, is scheduled to surface this October. Meanwhile, VH1's "Ultimate Albums" series will cover "Alive", with details to be announced at a later date. Also, Stanley has conducted an interview for a "behind-the-scenes" special for ...

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MARCEL JACOB: No Chance Of A New HUMANIMAL CD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current TALISMAN bassist Marcel Jacob has issued the following statement in response to reports that Z Records would be issuing a new HUMANIMAL CD in 2003/2004: "I won't do it, [vocalist] Jeff [Scott Soto] won't do it, it's possible [guitarist] Pontus Norgren might go for it, but that would be like ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Tales Of Insecurity And Fear

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mainman Devin Townsend recently told Canada's Chart Attack that the band's trademark humor is less apparent on the group's upcoming album than in the past — a move that he says was entirely intentional. "One of the new things introduced is that the humor of STRAPPING has sort of changed to irony," ...

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TENET Launch Official Web Site

Vancouver's TENET, featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, ex-GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati, have launched their official web site (still under contruction) at this location. The group are tentatively scheduled to record their debut album in the spring with ...

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SACRIFICE Reunite! (Sort Of)

Guitarist/vocalist Rob Urbinati got together a couple of days ago with his former SACRIFICE bandmates Gus Pynn (drums) and Scott Watts (bass) and jammed some old SACRIFICE stuff, according to Voices From The Darkside. "It was fun, even though we all had trouble remembering the stuff," Urbinati commented. Rob is currently preparing to ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Turns Down DARK ANGEL Slot

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's Jed Simon has turned down an offer to fill the vacant guitarist slot in DARK ANGEL following the departure of founding member Jim Durkin. Although he had originally agreed to join the Los Angeles thrashers in their reunion bid, Simon has apparently had a change of heart — the reasons for which ...

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Former DARK ANGEL Guitarist Speaks Out On His Departure

Former DARK ANGEL and current DREAMS OF DAMNATION/PAGAN WAR MACHINE guitarist Jim Durkin has spoken out on his non-participation in the upcoming DARK ANGEL reunion tour. The Los Angeles-based thrashers, who were set to embark on a West Coast mini-tour in early December, have replaced Durkin in the group's lineup with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD axeman ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Joins DARK ANGEL!

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon has been tapped to join the reunited DARK ANGEL on their upcoming West Coast tour and subsequent European festival appearances. Simon, a thrash metal veteran whose pre-SYL recording history includes work with such underground acts as CAUSTIC THOUGHT and ARMOROS, replaces founding member Jim Durkin, who was recently dismissed ...

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ZIMMER'S HOLE Part Ways With Keyboardist

ZIMMER'S HOLE, the Vancouver-based project featuring guitarist Jed Simon and bassist Byron Stroud of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, have parted ways with keyboardist Will Campagna, who "has left the band for other commitments," according to Simon. The band are currently seeking a replacement. In other news, ZIMMER'S HOLE have commenced the songwriting process for their next ...

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HALFORD Guitarist Builds PAIN MUSEUM, Plans Debut Album in 2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak has announced the formation of PAIN MUSEUM, a new powerhouse metal band featuring vocalist Tim Clayborne, current HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek and long time Metal Mike collaborator Steve Booke on bass. The band will tour and record around the HALFORD schedule. PAIN MUSEUM's debut CD will build ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS: Why We Fired ERIC CARR On His Deathbed

During a recent question-and-answer session with fans attending his Tongue Tour in Australia, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons explained the reasons behind the group's decision to fire drummer Eric Carr a short time after he was diagnosed with cancer in 1991. "This is still a very emotional subject," Simmons said. "At first, when Eric was coughing ...

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