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Doug Aldrich: How KISS would have sounded with me instead of Vinnie Vincent

June 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

GUITARIST Doug Aldrich says KISS would have sounded “similar” in the early 1980s if he had beaten Vinnie Vincent to the job of replacing Ace Frehley. Aldrich, now with American-Australian supergroup the Dead Daisies, was still a teenager when he auditioned for the self-styled “hottest band in the world” in 1982. “At the time, everyone was looking for guitar players who had a little more chops, in the early eighties,” says Aldrich, now 54, on the White Line Fever podcast. “Whitesnake did it, they got John Sykes. Ozzy … Tony Iommi is amazing, he’s the riff-master but Randy Rhoads, he’s more of a soloist. Everybody wanted to [read on]

Gene Simmons doesn’t know the difference between good music and sales figures, says Little Caesar singer

May 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

GENE Simmons believes rock is dead because he can’t tell the difference between good music and good sales, according to Little Caesar frontman Ron Young. Young was responding to Simmons’ now-infamous 2014 proclamation that the art form of rock’n’roll had expired. It caused such a kerfuffle that Canadian band Helix subsequently released a song called “(Gene Simmons says) Rock Is Dead”. “Rock’s not dead – big huge business of rock is dead so Gene Simmons laments,” Young says on the latest episode of White Line Fever podcast . “It’s ridiculous. Rock is never going to go away. It’s just a [read on]

Derek Sherinian: How I made Yngwie Malmsteen play on my solo album

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

YNGWIE Malmsteen never guests on other people’s records – but keyboards star Derek Sherinian says he broke him down with a deal the guitar whiz couldn’t refuse. And Son Of Apollo Sherinian says it was former KISS associate Gene Simmons who showed him how to do business. “I also hold the distinction that he’s played on two of my solo records – he does not to do guest appearances,” Sherinian told Sirius XM Volume in speaking about Malmsteen. “I was savvy enough, from learning from Gene, (to know) that everything is negotiable. “He wanted me to go do the tour and obviously he didn’t [read on]

Vinnie Vincent Invasion Reunion Announced

January 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

VINNIE Vincent has announced a reunion of his Invasion band after an emotional on-stage reunion with its first vocalist, Robert Fleischman. As Vincent performed an acoustic version of “Back On The Streets” from 1986 for Atlanta KISS Expo attendees, the 64-year-old Fleischman walked on stage to join him. “I’m so happy you’re here singing this with me,” Vincent said. “How about a Vinnie Vincent Invasion reunion?” Expo promoter Derek Christopher then said: “How about we do an expo in about six months with a Vinnie Vincent Invasion reunion?” Vincent responded: “I would love it. [read on]

Vinnie Vincent Slams Mark Slaughter As “Unbearable”

January 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

IN his first public appearance in 20 years, reclusive former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent has slammed his former Invasion singer Mark Slaughter as “unbearable”. Speaking at the Atlanta KISS Expo, 65-year-old Vincent also revealed that he was writing a book and that he would help former bandmate Gene Simmons promote his Vault boxed set in Nashville during April. Discussing the two-album Vinnie Vincent Invasion, which existed between 1984 and 1988, Vincent told Sirius XM: “The second record should have never happened. (Singer) Rob [Fleischman] should have stayed with the project. “The basic sound of that record was like [Jimmy] [read on]

Reclusive Vinnie Vincent to conduct live radio interview this Friday

January 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

NOT only is former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent coming out of hiding to meet fans this Friday – he has now deigned to do a radio interview. “Enigmatic” just doesn’t do the job in describing Vincent, guitarist for KISS between 1982 and 1984 who hasn’t been seen in public for years. A Swedish documentary crew recently failed to track him down and concluded he was now living as a woman. That and other questions will finally be answered when Vincent, 65, hosts a Q&A at Atlanta Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Now radio host Eddie Trunk, who will host his daily Sirius XM satellite radio program from the Expo, has [read on]

Sweet & Lynch To Do Second Album

August 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

STRYPER’s Michael Sweet & Dokken’s George Lynch are to collaborate on a second record, it has been confirmed. Speaking of Sirius XM’s Hair Nation channel, singer-guitarist Sweet said a deal had been signed to follow up to last year’s critically-acclaimed Sweet & Lynch project. “Actually, we sealed the deal – we’re doing a Stryper album next year and right after that another Sweet & Lynch album,” Sweet, 53, said. “It is happening and George and I are really pumped about that. “We’re talking already about going in a little bit of a heavier direction and a little more [read on]

Simmons falls over, denies singing “Vote Trump”

July 18, 2016 // 3 Comments

UPDATED: KISS co-founder Gene Simmons, who took a tumble during a show at the weekend, has denied singing “vote trump” during an earlier performance. In Eugene, Oregon, on July 9 while performing “I Love It Loud”, Simmons seemed to endose the presidential hopeful. But he responded to a question on Twitter from a fan by insisting he had instead said “more drums”. See our video below and make up your mind A week later, the demon needed a stage hand to get him back on his “seven inch leather heels” when he took a tumble at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse at Montana State University. The second [read on]