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PORCH GHOULS To Support KISS/AEROSMITH In September

Bill Ellis of GoMemphis.com is reporting that the PORCH GHOULS, the Memphis-based rock band signed to Joe Perry's record label Roman Records, will be the opening act for the September leg of the upcoming KISS/AEROSMITH tour. The PORCH GHOULS, who are being described as an alternative rock band that specializes in blues rock, released their ...

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AEROSMITH To Release New Home Video

AEROSMITH are contemplating releasing a home video containing "making of" footage from sessions for their forthcoming album, according to Billboard.com. As previously reported, the band are currently recording a blues album with producer Jack Douglas, who worked with the band on several of their 1970s albums, including "Toys in the Attic" and "Rocks". The as-yet-untitled ...

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AEROSMITH's STEVEN TYLER: Large-Lipped, Thin-Hipped

The New York Post reports that Steven Tyler's daughters are plus-sized, but the large-lipped AEROSMITH singer seems to be disappearing. During a photo shoot for Glamour's August "Great Genes" spread, in which celebs and their families pose in blue jeans, the magazine had a problem finding denims to fit the slim-hipped Tyler. While daughters Mia ...

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Former DOKKEN Bassist: My Most Memorable Tours

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson recently spoke to Suite101.com about his most memorable tours. "The two best tours DOKKEN ever did were the DIO tour in '84-'85 and the AEROSMITH tour in '87 and '88," he said. "Those were definitely both peaks in different ways. DIO was a great band, and we were learning. We ...

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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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AEROSMITH: Blues Album Delayed Until January

AEROSMITH's much-anticipated new blues album has had its release date pushed back to January 2004. Guitarist Joe Perry told Billboard.com, "All the basics are done, we're probably three-quarters done with the overdubs. And there really aren't many to do, because we cut the album basically live." "By having the record come out in January, it ...

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KISS' PAUL STANLEY Working On Solo Album

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley is working on his first solo album in 25 years, according to Billboard.com. Stanley is working with a crop of songwriters that includes Sweden's Andreas Carlsson, who has written songs with or for the likes of DEF LEPPARD, CELINE DION, BON JOVI, BACKSTREET BOYS, LEANN RIMES, BRITNEY SPEARS and 'N SYNC. ...

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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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AEROSMITH Drummer Named To BRONX WALK OF FAME

AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer has been named as one of the new inductees into the Bronx Walk Of Fame, according to Launch. Although AEROSMITH are known as a Boston band, Kramer was born and raised in the Bronx, one of the five boroughs that make up New York City, while frontman Steven Tyler comes from ...

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AEROSMITH Contribute Song To 'Rugrats' Movie

AEROSMITH have contributed a song called "Lizard Love" to the third feature film based on the Nickelodeon series "Rugrats". The track will appear in "Rugrats Go Wild!" , which hits theatres Friday (June 13), and the video, featuring the band cavorting with the wisecracking toddlers, is being shown on Nickelodeon. ...

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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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KISS Drummer Working On Solo Album

KISS drummer Peter Criss is reportedly working on his first solo release for his own Catapult label. The following question-and-answer session was posted on Criss' official web site, www.petercriss.net: Q: How does it feel to be working on your 1st CD for Catapult Records? Peter: "A dream come true. I always wanted a ...

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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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AEROSMITH Skipped METALLICA Tribute Over Private-Jet Dispute: Insider

AEROSMITH's last-minute cancellation of their scheduled appearance at the METALLICA "mtvICON" taping in early May reportedly had to do with manager Trudy Green insisting the network foot the bill for a private jet for the band, according an unnamed "insider" source cited by Hits Daily Double. AEROSMITH are currently recording their much-discussed blues album for ...

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KISS To Publish Official Biography

KISS will release their official biography in the fall, according to Launch. It's called "Kiss: Behind The Mask", and it features recollections from the band and photographs from the KISS archives, many of which have never been published. The book also includes comments from AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry, THE WHO's Pete Townshend, Ozzy Osbourne, Brian ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman To Appear On WILLIE NELSON TV Special

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler is among the featured guests on USA Network's "Willie Nelson and Friends: Live and Kickin'", a 70th birthday celebration for a self-proclaimed old-fashioned musical man, who, to many of his fans, represents a breathing symbol of America. The show, which is set to air Monday night (May 26) at 9:00 p.m. ...

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AMEN Select MIKE FRASER To Mix New CD

AMEN have tapped Mike Fraser (DEF LEPPARD, METALLICA, AC/DC, AEROSMITH) to mix their forthcoming CD, the group's first for new label, Eaturmusic. The Los Angeles outfit have recorded a total of 53 songs, and whittled it down to 20, for the as-yet-untitled effort, which was reportedly produced by SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian. ...

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IRON MAIDEN: European Tour Kick-Off Set List Revealed!

IRON MAIDEN premiered one new song, titled "The World's Wildest Dream", during the kick-off show of the European leg of the "Give Me Ed…'Til I'm Dead" world tour Friday night (May 23) at Coliseum Sports Palace in La Coruna, Spain. The group's complete set list for the gig was as follows: 01. The Number Of ...

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METALLICA's HETFIELD Reveals His Most Memorable Festival Experience

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield, a veteran of the summer festival circuit, recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about his most memorable festival experience from the pre-METALLICA days. "Probably the most memorable was the California World Music Festival," Hetfield said. "It was one of those two-day things. The first night was TED NUGENT and VAN HALEN ...

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AEROSMITH's TYLER: 'Good Music Is Like Good Sex'

The Boston Herald reports that AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry took a break from recording the group's latest — a blues record due out in September — to throw a private party Saturday night at the House of Blues in Cambridge. The event, to introduce Gibson Guitar's new "Joe Perry Signature" ax, was packed with Perry's ...

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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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AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY To Unveil Signature Guitar

AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry is unveiling his signature guitar at the House of Blues in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday (May 17), according to CNN. The Gibson brand guitar, dubbed the Gibson Joe Perry Signature, was first inspired by Perry's wife Billie. She secretly conspired to build a prototype of the guitar with the people at ...

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AEROSMITH To Perform At Z100's ZOOTOPIA 2003 Mega-Concert

AEROSMITH are strongly rumored to be planning an appearance at Z100's much-hyped Zootopia 2003 concert on Sunday, June 1 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Singer Steve Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry are expected to officially announce their participation at the gig this morning (May 16) during a live appearance on Z100 beginning ...

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AEROSMITH Singer's Commencement Speech, Performance Posted Online

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler's commencement speech to the graduating class at Berklee College of Music last Saturday (May 10) has been posted online in video and audio formats. Also available for listening is Tyler's "sweeping, emotional" version of AEROSMITH's "Dream On", augmented by horns and a string section, which was performed at The 2003 Commencement ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman Receives Honorary Doctorate: Photos Available

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler was given an honorary Doctor Of Music degree from Boston's Berklee College of Music on Saturday (May 10). Tyler addressed the graduates and guests at the school's commencement exercises, which were held at the Reggie Lewis Track And Athletic Center in Boston. Tyler cautioned the students, saying, "A career in music ...

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IRON MAIDEN/DREAM THEATER Producer To Pen 'Tell-All' Book

Veteran producer Kevin Shirley has announced a deal with a London-based publisher for a "tall-all" book that will shed the light on "the fun shenanigans that have occurred during the making of a few of those albums on my discography!" Shirley writes on his official web site. "Expect the dirt on [IRON] MAIDEN, THE BLACK ...

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AEROSMITH Unveil Special Ticket Packages For KISS Tour

Live Daily reports that AEROSMITH are offering members of their fan club — Aero Force One — a choice of three premium ticketing packages for the band's upcoming co-headlining tour with KISS, the most extravagant of which costs $595. That price will get the buyer early entry into the venue, backstage access to a pre-show ...

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