Today would have been The Fox's 66th birthday, RIP Eric.
Today would have been The Fox's 66th birthday, RIP Eric.
Unbelievably it's 4 years since KISS last played London for the one-off help For Heroes show. So many good memories of this show, from Detroit Rock City through to Rock & Roll All Nite (via Crazy Crazy Nights) followed by my first KISS back stage party! It was also preceded by a great launch for the Monster book at the Arts Club in London that I was lucky enough to attend.
There's a familiar face on the cover of the latest Big Issue, Gene is interviewed discussing "his family history - and his violent plans as Earth's 'benevolent' dictator". Make sure you pick it up from your local seller before Monday!
Due to running out of space at the London venue, HeavyCon has moved location to the NEC in Birmingham. However, our fantastic competition to win a Meet & Greet with Gene Simmons for 2 people is staying put and still running! Not only will you win a Meet & Greet but the winner will also receive 2 gold tickets for the 1st October worth £130 each. This will also allow you to gain access into TeamRock enclosure with other artists to meet throughout the day.
Don't forget as well as entering on the site you can also enter on Facebook, just like our page and post the name of your favourite Gene Simmons song (or send a FB message if you prefer).
We also still have a massive 20% discount available - just enter HEAVYCON1 as a promo code over on the HeavyCon website!
Starting this Wednesday at 10PM is a brand new series of Gene Simmons' I Love It Loud on BBC Radio 2. The last series was well worth listening to and covered off a lot of Gene's early influences. Episode 1 is titled "Rock You Like A Hurricane", the BBC press release is below.
"The Demon of Rock is back - Gene Simmons presents a new series of I Love It Loud on BBC Radio 2.
Gene Simmons, co founder of the most successful recording rock band in America - KISS - returns to Radio 2 to play more of the music that 'makes my blood boil', Classic Rock.
In this episode, Gene features tracks artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Rush, Van Halen, and Grand Funk Railroad.
He also has fun with a new feature 'Gene Splicing' where he mashes up hard rock and heavy metal covers of old standards, such as punker Joey Ramones' version of Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World.
Throughout the series Gene recollects personal encounters with the artists featured, sometimes as a colleague like when he discovered Van Halen and produced their first demo and sometimes as a fan."
It's not too late to get your KISS Rocks Vegas cinema tickets to see highlights from the Vegas residency back in 2014. It's showing at many cinemas across the UK this Wednesday (25th May), you can find out more here:
The current full list of UK cinemas are:-
Basingstoke - Odeon
Belfast - Odeon
Birmingham B/Way Plaza Odeon - Dolby Atmos
Birmingham Star City - Vue
Blackpool - Odeon
Bournemouth - Odeon
Brighton - Odeon
Bristol Cribbs - Vue
Cardiff - Odeon
Cheshire Oaks - Vue
Coventry - Odeon
Derby - Odeon
Dudley - Odeon
Dundee - Odeon
Dunfermline - Odeon
Edinburgh Lothian Rd - Odeon
Edinburgh Omni - Vue
Gateshead - Vue - Dolby Atmos
Glasgow Braehead - Odeon
Hatfield - Odeon
Huddersfield - Odeon
Hull - Odeon
Kilmarnock - Odeon
Kingston - Odeon
Leeds Bradford - Odeon
Leeds Light - Vue
Leicester - Odeon
Lincoln - Odeon
Liverpool One - Odeon
London E15 - Vue
London NW1 - Odeon
London SE10 - Odeon
London W12 - Vue
London WC2 - Odeon
London WC2 - Vue
Maidenhead - Odeon
Maidstone - Odeon
Manchester Print - Odeon
Mansfield - Odeon
Milton Keynes Stadium - Odeon - Dolby Atmos
Newcastle Silverlinks - Odeon
Norwich - Odeon
Orpington - Odeon - Dolby Atmos
Oxford George - Odeon
Plymouth - Vue
Portsmouth - Vue
Reading - Vue
Sheffield - Odeon
Southampton - Odeon
Southend - Odeon
Stoke - Odeon
Swansea - Odeon
Swansea - Vue
Tamworth - Odeon
Taunton - Odeon
Telford - Odeon
Warrington - Odeon
Worcester - Odeon
Wrexham - Odeon
After 26 years, awesome UK KISS Tribute Dressed to Kill will be saying goodbye to club shows later this month. They have however promised that one-off special shows will still take place, such as headlining the Wannasee Festival in Penrith in August. Please support them if you can, the shows are as follows:-
Friday 27th May - River Rooms, Stourbridge
Saturday 28th May - The Diamond, Sutton In Ashfield
Happy 65th Birthday to Ace Frehley! What better way to celebrate than releasing a video for Fire and Water featuring Paul Stanley from the excellent Origins album.
Reminder that Ace Frehley's new covers album gets a US and UK release tomorrow. It will be available for download and also in CD and vinyl gatefold formats. Ace has just released a preview of Fire and Water with Paul on vocals today (below) and a video has also just been produced featuring Ace & Paul back together at last!
1. White Room (Cream)
2. Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones)
3. Spanish Castle Magic (Jimi Hendrix)
4. Fire and Water (Free)
5. Emerald (Thin Lizzy)
6. Bring It On Home (Led Zeppelin)
7. Wild Thing (Troggs)
8. Parasite (Kiss)
9. Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
10. Cold Gin (Kiss)
11. Till The End Of The Day (Kinks)
12. Rock N Roll Hell (Kiss)
ROCK ICONS PAUL STANLEY and DON FELDER formerly of THE EAGLES to appear at ROCK AND ROLL FANTASY CAMPS 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION in LOS ANGELES, JUNE 23-26, 2016
Over the course of four music filled days, attendees will be placed into bands led by rock star counselors including Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake), Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath) and many more. Musicians will hone their stage presence, learn to play some of classic rock’s greatest songs, get tips on playing as a band and hear stories of life on the road from their rock star counselors. Attendees will also attend master classes and jams rooms with these renowned musicians and then perform live with their band in front of a packed house at the infamous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.
For more than 30 years, Paul Stanley has reigned supreme as one of the single-most recognizable front men in the history of rock and roll. Stanley single-handedly penned such rock and roll anthems as "Love Gun," "God of Thunder", "Black Diamond" and wrote the timeless celebratory battle cry "I Want To Rock and Roll All Night And Party Everyday". He was the golden throat that throttled "Detroit Rock City," the charismatic swagger behind "I Was Made For Lovin’ You," and stripped of makeup, was the unmasked troubadour that breathed vocal life into the ballads "Reason to Live," "Forever" and "Every Time I Look At You." Stanley designed and created the iconic KISS logo which 40 years on remains universally recognized as one of the greatest logos of the 20th century.
As the headliner at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, attendees will jam with Stanley at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp facility, as well as at the legendary Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.