|28th July 2002 Rock 'N' The Box!|
Check out the latest KISS toys to hit the UK. Forbidden Planet are selling Rock 'N' The Boxes of Paul, Gene, Ace & Peter, apparently they even, er, 'pop out' to a KISS tune! Alice Cooper & Ozzy ones are also available.
Check them out at the Forbidden Planet website (go to their shop and search for KISS to find them). Thanks to Sharon Pitts for the info.
|25th July 2002 Farewell tour - "we changed our minds"|
With Kiss, it seems too much is never enough. There have been no shortage of Kiss greatest-hits discs over the years, but that's not stopping them from issuing yet another, The Very Best of Kiss, on August 27.
Unlike some past best-of discs, which have featured either the band's early material or their less-praised '80s fare, but rarely both, the new record chronicles the band's entire career, from early singles like "Strutter" and "Deuce" to "Lick It Up" and "God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II."
Chances are there will be even more greatest hits records to come because Kiss will probably be making music and touring until Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are buried in their Kiss Kaskets (see "Kiss Kick It In Style, Komplete With Kaskets"). They're in talks with labels about releasing a new Kiss record, and they recently recorded a version of "Rock N Roll Radio" for an upcoming Ramones cover album (see "Kiss, Garbage Join Rob Zombie's Ramones Tribute LP").
"I frequently run into Johnny Ramone, and about a month ago he told me about the Ramones tribute album and asked if we would participate," Stanley explained on Kiss' Web site. "I can remember our club days and seeing Joey Ramone standing a head above everyone else! ... Gene, Eric [Singer] and I recorded a track called 'Rock N Roll Radio.' We used a big saxophone section done by Scott Paige, who tours with Pink Floyd, and Derek Sherinian on piano. Gene and I trade off vocals, and I have to say this is as cool and kick-ass as it gets!"
Of course, when there are record releases, tours aren't usually far behind. Regardless of prior claims that their last go 'round would be their farewell tour (see "Kiss Announce Farewell Tour"), Kiss plan to hit the road again in 2003.
"People change their minds, and in this case that goes along with being a living, thinking person," Stanley wrote. "What one says one day with total commitment may at another time turn out not to be so. Am I doing this for the money or the fans? Both, and let's not forget I'm doing this for me. That is the reason I originally started playing: because I wanted to, and only I can decide ultimately when to stop. As you know (assuming that you have a job), it is great to have both the appreciation of those around you and to be compensated financially."
Guitarist Ace Frehley recently told New York's WNEW-FM that
Simmons and Stanley are urging him to join them on the upcoming
tour, and he responded that "if the price is right"
he'll be donning the spaceman costume and firework-shooting
|23rd July 2002 Paul to host Masquerade Ball in Vegas|
NOTE THAT AS OF YET PAUL'S APPEARANCE HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED BY
Holly Shields & Rose]
|22nd July 2002 New Greatest Hits CD!|
|Just what every KISS fan
needs.... another Greatest Hits album! KISS Online have
announced that 'The Very Best Of KISS' will be released on 27th
August in the US, currently it is unknown if a worldwide release
is penned. Something to note is that it is being released by
Mercury/Universal which seeing as KISS have already left the
label must mean this is to help them finish off the old
contract. The best part of the album seems to be the cover, it
is what Greatest KISS should have looked like. Here's the
|16th July 2002 KISS Kollector news|
Joop van Pelt]
New issue of KISS Kollector magazine out in early August
The August issue of the glossy KISS Kollector magazine will be out soon. Issue no. 41 includes part 2 of our revealing Sean Delaney interview, a great interview with former KISS account manager Chris Lendt, an interview with legendary drummer Anton Fig along with a review of his new album featuring Ace Frehley, a report on Ace Frehley's birthday bash, a review of the premiere issue of Gene Simmons Tongue magazine, a sneak preview of the upcoming 'holy grail' of KISS books titled KISS Alive Forever - The Complete Touring History, a review of Richie Scarlet's new solo album featuring Ace Frehley, lots of never before printed photos (recent shots as well as rare photos from the early seventies) and much, much more.
In other news, KISS Kollector is sad to report that recently English producer/engineer Mike Stone passed away at age 51. As most of you probably know, Mike worked a lot with KISS/Sean Delaney in the late seventies and is also known as producer/engineer for other acts including Queen and Journey. And along with Paul Stanley he produced the 1979 debut album by New England.
|New Richie Scarlet CD|
THE NEW RICHIE SCARLET CD with ACE FREHLEY TY TABOR ANTON FIG NEIL SMITH DENNIS DUNAWAY LESLIE WEST and more to order write to firstname.lastname@example.org
$15. plus $15 for shipping any quanity so order a few
this is the first cd with ACE with out kiss in five years
|8th July 2002 Ace on Eddie Trunk|
|Ace phoned into the
Eddie Trunk show on 4th July, here's a summary of what was
Listen to the 5 minute interview over
|1st July 2002 DTK photos|
Clarke & Dan bach have kindly sent in some cool pictures from the recent Dressed
To Kill gig in Crewe (may 10th 2002). Full
details of DTK gigs can be found here. Big thanks to Sammy
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