Here's some clarification on the D Barrier at Download, thanks to Dan and John for the info.

"Due to the fact that the new arena  is on a slight slope we have been advised to install a secondary barrier, or 'D Barrier' to reduce the risk of forward movement and possible crushing on the primary barrier.

However, the ends of the barrier will be open (as in wide open as it is designed only to reduce forward movement) with no restriction as to who can go between the primary and secondary barrier."

[NOTE: This press release says Ace is on Friday, according to the Download site this is not correct] 

DOWNLOAD ANNOUNCE LIMITED AMOUNT OF DAY TICKETS ON SALE
WITH 10 MORE BANDS ANNOUNCED
PLUS THIS YEAR'S STAGE SPONSORS UNVEILED

Press Information:  Embargoed until 9am Wednesday 30 April 2008

Download Festival organisers have announced another strong group of rock acts set to take to the stages at Download this year all bringing a different sonic perspective. Returning for a second year Kids In Glass Houses are moving up a stage to make more room for their energetic live set. Joining them on 13, 14, 15 June at Donington Park are Black Tide, Kill Hannah, The Wildhearts, Rival Schools, Haunts, Zebrahead, Skindred, Invasion, Canterbury, Twin Method and Amon Amarth.

Read more: Download Press Release

Good news is that you no longer need to buy a weekend ticket for Download - day tickets will be available as from Friday 2nd May at a cost of 65 quid. There is no limit to the amount of tickets you can order.

Now the bad news, Ace is no longer on the same day as KISS (he is moved to Saturday) so you may need that weekend ticket after all.....

Shrink Rap (Chat Show)
Time - 22:00 - 23:05 Monday 28th April on more4

In the second episode of a new series of Shrink Rap, Dr Pamela Connolly talks to Gene Simmons, outrageous front man of heavy metal band Kiss and
one of America's most successful rock stars. Pamela looks beneath the exterior of this quintessential Alpha male to find out what lies behind his relentless need for success and self-gratification.

 Although nothing has been offically confirmed, it is looking likely that Ace will be at download on the Friday (same day as KISS). How this will work out who knows, I just hope there's a nice gap between Ace & KISS. Who knows maybe a 1 song jam together would be on the cards?? Stranger things have happened.

Hope You are well and happy - and glad of the nights getting a bit lighter - sure makes ME feel better!!
We would like to thank everybody that has turned out to see us so far this year - its our 18th Anniversary, so a very special year for us!!

Anyways, there's some shows coming up that Id like to let U know about:
'Being Paul Stanley' - Sunday 6th April: Rock Cafe 2000, Stourbridge, west Mids.

DRESSED TO KILL:
Saturday 12th April: The Diamond, Sutton in Ashfield
Friday 9th May: The Pitz, Leadenhall, Milton Keynes
Saturday 10th May: The Point, Cardiff
Friday 30th May: Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Saturday 31st May: The Standard, Walthamstow, London E17
Thursday 24th july: Rock n Blues Festival, Derbyshire
Friday 25th July: Birmingham - Venue TBC..

We very much look forward to seeing you at a show or two.. or maybe more...
All the best, and happy 'British Summertime'!!
Ash 'n' DTK (& 'BPS')
* )

Sorry for the lack of updates, here's a quick round up of the last week:-

KISS have added yet another European date to their tour - Latvia on May 22 - in addition to the Italian and German shows recently announced. As far as I'm aware no further UK dates are scheduled although it is rumoured that some more Europe dates may happen....

It is looking very likely that 1 day tickets for Download will be released after all, although they will be very limited and it won't be until May.

Gene's been having a bit of trouble with his harness on the Aussie tour - first it didn't quite go right at the Grand Prix and then this happened in Brisbane:
http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=0tMvE6zS4hE&feature=related  Apart from that the reviews of the shows have been excellent, here's links to a couple of reviews:-

Firstly some fantastic photos from the Grand Prix (thanks Karl): http://www.kissinuk.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3188

And also a short review from KISS Army Australia http://www.kissarmyaustralia.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=5305

 

PLEASE NOTE AS OF YET I HAVE NO IDEA IF THIS IS FOR REAL OR NOT! 

Ace to Space Project

A mission is being planned that will provide the opportunity to put "Spaceman" Ace Frehley into orbit. This mission will make him the first musician to go into, and perform in, outer space.

The first official release regarding this mission will be announced on
http://www.myspace.com/acetospace and http://www.AcetoSpace.com Friday March 14th 2008 at 1400 CST (2pm).

Note that all information that can officially be released will be done so as soon as it can be. Please do not request information.

Regards,

Ace to Space Team