The KISS/Def Leppard live press release is complete with a 40 date US tour announced. Currently it runs from June through to the end of August, but sadly no UK dates, not yet anyway.

Update: Gene Simmons has tweeted: "RELAX. WE WILL COME" when asked about a UK tour.

The April issue of @MOJOmagazine features an interview with Paul Stanley discussing his forthcoming book. "Starchild discusses childhood trauma, Wicked Lester and the survival instinct of the four-headed rock monster that is Kiss". On the shelves right now (Prince cover)...

From BBC News:

Rock band Kiss have pulled out of their performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in a disagreement over their line-up. The veteran act failed to decide which members would be on stage for the concert on 10 April.

They said on their website the "memory of those times" would not be served by a reunion of the original line-up.
Other inductees who will be honoured in New York include Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and Linda Ronstadt.
Musical acts are eligible to be elevated to the Hall of Fame 25 years after their first release.
Kiss, famous for their elaborate stage make-up and costumes, first formed in 1973, including current band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
Originals Ace Frehley and Peter Criss subsequently quit the group, which continued with different musicians.
Their statement continued: "To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up, and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

"This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone."
Speaking to US rock DJ Eddie Trunk, Frehley claimed Simmons and Stanley had rejected a reunion with their original bandmates.
"It's very frustrating. It's what the fans wanted, it's what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted, and it's not gonna happen," he said.
The band's statement denied that they had ever scotched a reunion with Frehley and Cross,
This would have marked the original quartet's first performance together in more than 13 years, at the end of a reunion which lasted from 1996-2000.
Frehley and Cross have not confirmed if they will attend the ceremony.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26345242

NB The "Cross" typo is theirs, not mine!

So we now know that the HOF reunion isn't happening, but even worse there will be no KISS performance at all. But really, so what, isn't this all a big fuss over nothing? Ace's interview on Eddie Trunk over the weekend was followed by many people giving Paul & Gene grief on Twitter & Facebook, not surprisingly before they actually had chance to hear both sides.
 
For those with short memories, Paul gave a massive hint in a Classic Rock interview less than weeks ago when he said "Honestly, I have no plans at the moment to do anything, and that includes playing with Ace and Peter or anyone else", that's right, no plans so why the massive shock that nothing is happening?
 
If you take time to think it through Paul & Gene could never have been able to work this out and still keep everyone happy. The HOF wanted the original band in make-up as it's only them being inducted, Paul quite rightly wanted everyone else inducted too, including Eric Carr. So do they have Peter & Ace in make-up and ignore the fact that Eric Singer & Tommy Thayer have worked their arses off keeping KISS alive for the past 13 years? Of course not, Paul & Gene have put their own band before the arrogance of the HOF and deserve respect for that. Could Peter & Ace have joined the current line-up on stage in make-up? No. Understandably Ace had already said he wouldn't get on stage with Tommy in make-up so that's a none starter, and let's face it would have been uncomfortable for everyone. So what's left, a non-make up show. Yep, that could have worked, but not without Bruce Kulick (and who knows maybe even Vinnie), but then the KISS image is 4 guys in make-up, should this really be toned down for the HOF?
 
So there was never a solution to suit everyone other than not playing - the main issue here isn't Paul, Gene, Ace or Peter or anyone else - it's the HOF. Over the years they have shown themselves to be arrogant and ignorant towards the KISS legacy, ignoring the band and their fans for the past 15 years is unacceptable. It's only a year since we were all mad after seeing the arrogance shown by Jann Wenner to a KISS fan in a YouTube video (below). Why now is everyone pissed that Paul & Gene decide to turn their backs on them and refuse to play?
 
If you could have one last reunion show, perhaps with all surviving members of the band, would you really want it to be in front of a group of "suits" who have ignored us all for 15 years? No, me neither, now bring on the 40th Anniversary Tour of the UK, we have some real celebrating to do this year.
 
 

40 years ago today an album was released that was to change the lives of many people around the world. That album was the self-titled 'KISS', an album that to this day boasts 7 songs that are regularly played at a KISS concert (arguably with an 8th that should also be there). Happy Birthday KISS, I may have only been 1 month old at the time, but have a Cold Gin on us.

1. Strutter
2. Nothin' to Lose
3. Firehouse
4. Cold Gin
5. Let Me Know
6. Kissin' Time
7. Deuce
8. Love Theme from Kiss
9. 100,000 Years
10. Black Diamond

3 Sides Of The Coin logoFor those of you who watch the excellent '3 Sides Of The Coin' (@threesidescoin) talk show on YouTube - this Tuesday they will be speaking to the mysterious "Drago". If you haven't got a clue what I'm talking about, Tuesday is also the 40th anniversary of the release of the first album 'KISS', check out the back of the cover for a clue to Drago!

3 Sides features Mike Brandvold, Mitch Lafon & Tommy Sommers and can be found here: http://threesidesofthecoin.com/

 

The new autobiography from Paul Stanley will be released in the UK on May 22nd and is already available for pre order. As per the last Gene Simmons book we will be running an exclusive competition, check back nearer the time for more details!

Available on Amazon here 

For those who missed the brilliant 'Dan Bach a KISS' last night on S4C you can watch it again (with subtitles!) here http://www.s4c.co.uk/clic/e_level2.shtml?programme_id=513510638

The show was excellent and followed Dan on his recent trip to Japan to see KISS in the Budokan, something he was wanted to do since becoming a fan. He was lucky enough to also attend the acoustic show and the meet & greet. Plus there is also footage of him meeting several fans in Japan as well as attending a gig by Dressed To Kill!

Dan, you have done us all proud, well done.