Thanks to KARX/KNSH/KPUR/KQIZ/KZRK/Amarillo’s Operations Manager/Production Director/Program Director Craig Vaughn who dropped us a line to say, “It always makes me laugh when someone from Amarillo wins or has a request since we’re the city that sent Dee to jail 30 years ago. I bet he never thought he would be hosting a show that’s played in this city let alone addressing one of its citizens. Here’s a link to the story (if you don’t know about it already).
Dee remembers Amarillo well. Said Dee in response to Craig’s message, “Ahhh…what was once dangerous is now…accepted! Like Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and so many other ‘bad boys’ before me, I have graduated from being the scourge of society to a beloved public figure! WTF?! Pretty soon they’ll be calling me ‘Sir Dee Snider’!”
KISS is celebrating its 40th year and heading out on the road for a summer tour with Def Leppard. The 40+-date tour kicks off on Monday, June 23, in West Valley City, Utah; check out all the announced dates right here. In a cool development, the bands are going to partner with numerous military organizations (including the USO, Hiring Our Heroes, Project Resiliency/Raven Drum Foundation, August Warrior Project and the Wounded Warrior Project) to give military personnel exclusive access to discounted tickets.
Military charities will receive a portion of ticket sales with the money raised being split among all the non-profit organizations participating with the summer tour. “Politicians fart through their mouth,” said Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons at a press conference announcing the tour. “Only the military makes freedom possible.” Singer/guitarist Paul Stanley said the band has plans to hire veterans as part of its road crew. Added Paul, “This is a chance for somebody to travel and be part of the Kiss Army.”
On a KISS-related note, last week it was widely reported that the heirs of late drummer Eric Carr had filed suit against KISS alleging unpaid royalties. But it seems there’s a lot more to the story. Soon after the news broke and with the support of Carr’s heirs, the band’s Paul Stanley stepped forward and publicly denounced the lawsuit on Twitter.
Mark Abbattista, the Carr family’s lawyer, told Blabbermouth.net, “It came to our attention through a variety of different media outlets that a legal proceeding was filed against the band Kiss purporting to be on behalf of the ‘The Estate of Eric Carr’ and the ‘late Kiss drummer’s heirs’. This proceeding was filed by a non-related third party without any knowledge, authorization or consent of anyone in the Carr family. The filing party’s attorney has been contacted and ordered to cease and desist from any further statements, actions or allusions purporting to be on behalf of, or in any way relating, directly or indirectly, to Eric Carr and/or the Carr family. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons know that Eric’s family is not involved in this matter. However, due to the litigious society in which we live and the unfiltered proliferation of inaccurate online discussion, it is imperative to address the matter publicly, set the record straight and let the fans know that we are unified in our response to preserve and protect the honorable and beloved legacy of Eric Carr.”
Added an Eric Carr family member: “We’ve known each other for almost 35 years and we have the highest respect for Kiss and keeping Eric’s memory in a positive light.” Carr replaced original drummer Peter Criss and played with Kiss from 1980 to 1991; he passed away on November 21, 1991, from a rare and deadly form of heart cancer.
Metallica premiered a brand new song called “The Lords of Summer” last weekend during their South American tour opener in Bogata, Colombia. “[It’s] fairly representative of where our creative headspace is at right now,” said drummer Lars Ulrich to RollingStone.com.
“It’s one of those things that’s like, ‘Here, we’re writing and we’re creating.’ We did the same thing when we went out and played a bunch of dates in 2006. We were writing and played two different new songs over the course of that summer, and none of them made the record [2008’s Death Magnetic]. That’s how we work; stuff just gets changed around, moved over and this goes over there and the rest of that gets sacked and that ends up in the intro in song five. So, who knows what’s going to happen with this stuff.
But we are off and running and have been creating away in the studio and now we’re going to go out and play and sweat and share and we’ve got some new music that we want to throw everybody’s way. And maybe by the time we get to Europe, there will be a different song or different thing or different arrangement. Who knows? We’ll sort of take it one step at a time.”
Quiet Riot, Faster Pussycat, BulletBoys and Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses) are teaming up for the Bang Your Head Tour this summer.
Most dates TBA; several dates have been scheduled as part of Quiet Riot’s summer tour – see the dates here.
White Devil Armory is the official name of the upcoming studio album from New Jersey thrash metal band Overkill. It’s expected out sometime this July.
Third times a charm!(?) Congrats to Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx (55) and his new bride Courtney Bingham (28) on their marriage last weekend at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.
This is Nikki’s 3rd marriage; he has five children from previous relationships.