Looks like the back and forth, will they/won’t they speculation regarding what lineup of KISS will perform at the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April is over: NO incarnation will be playing, says the band.
Said a statement on the KISS website, “Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including long time present members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, and additionally Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr all who have made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s point of view. Although KISS has moved forward far longer without them, Ace [Frehley] and Peter [Criss] are at the very foundation of what we have built and this would all be impossible had they not been a part of it in the beginning. It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in make-up and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced.
Contrary to claims made through the media, we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter. We have spent 40 years dedicated to building KISS without quitting or wavering as the band has moved forward with huge tours and platinum albums through different important lineups for forty years, to this day. KISS has always been a band unlike any other. That is why we started KISS. That is why we continue KISS. Being unlike other bands also means making choices and decisions unlike other bands. This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.
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. We are excited and are looking forward to seeing you all on the KISS 40th Anniversary worldwide tour.”
Former drummer Peter Criss spoke out soon after his former band posted their “no play” decision: “It’s disappointing to have to say to you, the fans, that as of today, Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction,” wrote Peter in an official statement. …“This is disgraceful and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together.”
Metal guitar wiz Chris Impellitteri also weighed in with his opinion with this tweet:
Here’s a killer trailer for Alice Cooper’s upcoming documentary (or “doc opera”), Super Duper Alice Cooper, due out this spring. It’ll feature cameos from Dee Snider, Iggy Pop, Elton John, John Lydon, and many more.
The movie spins the tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll, whose rock ‘n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, preacher’s son, who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre.
From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix-based freaks in the ’60s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the ’70s to his triumphant comeback as ’80s glam metal Godfather, viewers will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each others’ souls.
And be sure to check out the trailer for the upcoming film, Attack Of Life: The Bang Tango Movie, narrated by Twisted Sister frontman and HOH host, Dee Snider.
Megadeth singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine will be joining the San Diego Symphony this April as a featured soloist. The classical-based concert has been dubbed “Symphony Interrupted” and will take place at Copley Symphony Hall on April 12.
Notes the Symphony’s Facebook page, “When Dave Mustaine performs the virtuosic ‘Summer’ and ‘Winter’ movements from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and Bach’s classic ‘Air’ on the G string, you will see a truly different side of ‘metal.’ The San Diego Symphony will then wow you in the second half of the program with Antonín Dvořák’s famous New World Symphony. Following Dvorak will be Richard Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’, and who knows… someone might just feel inclined to walk back on stage to rejoin the members of the San Diego Symphony in an encore performance where heavy-metallic sparks are sure to fly!”
Looks like Queensrÿche still hasn’t come to terms with which side gets the name. Longtime frontman Geoff Tate and his former bandmates are still in a tug of war over the name rights, and they’ve just requested (again!) an extension from the court to come to an agreement. If they don’t agree, they’ll be in front of the judge in April for a trial.
Motörhead and Saxon frontman Biff Byford teamed up for a cover of Rainbow’s classic “Starstruck” on the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album, This Is Your Life (due out on April 1st). You can stream the track right here.
Said Motörhead frontman Lemmy about Ronnie James Dio, “Ronnie was a proper rock ‘n’ roller, a true knight of the highest order, a great singer and frontman who walked the walk. He was the real deal and he will always be missed.” Added Biff, “…‘Starstruck’ harks back to a time of groupies and rock ‘n’ roll excess of the ’70s and ’80s. This song has great riffs, and great vocals to go along with it, so it was really cool to sing the song and be a part of the compilation.” Lemmy, who was too sick at the time to sing lead vocals, sang background vocals on the song.
Motörhead’s heading out on the high seas this fall with the announcement of its first-ever cruise, aptly called MotörBoat. The ship sails from Miami, Florida, to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. Keep your eyes on the the cruise’s official Facebook page for dates, additional bands and more info. as it becomes available.
These new Arnette Witch Doctor sunglasses with a Slayer theme are now available. They’re limited editions that feature interchangeable arms that can be used with other Arnette A.C.E.S. models.
Lillian Axe is readying the release of its 13th studio album, One Night In The Temple, an acoustic three-disc album recorded inside a Masonic Temple in the Louisiana bayou. It’ll be out on April 15.