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KISS – Guitarist Tommy Thayer

August 5th, 2015

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TOMMY THAYER

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

WITH THE COURTESY OF THIS IS ROCK -MAGAZINE

The legendary KISS arrived in Europe in June after a two year break. The bands tour, The 40’th Anniversary tour, did not come to Scandinavia at all, so I traveled to the Netherlands, where the band played a sold-out gig in the Ziggo Dome arena in Amsterdam. Before the show I had the opportunity to sit down with the band’s long-term guitarist, Tommy Thayer. The good-humored man told not only all the latest KISS news, but also about what it is like to have been in the band for more than 12 years, and what the future might hold for the band. Read on!

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Download Festival 2015

July 8th, 2015

Download Festival 2015

Donnington

Review by Ellen Norvang
Photography by Ritchie Birnie

They say it rains in England. They say it rains at Download festival. As Slipknot’s frontman, Corey Taylor, likes to put it: Welcome to Down-pour 2015.

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RICHIE SCARLET – Ace Frehley band, solo artist and more

June 27th, 2015

Richie Scarlet

RICHIE SCARLET

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Richie Scarlet is a multi-talented musician and producer from New York. Scarlet has created a long career as a solo artist and he also worked with such names as Dennis Dunaway, Rock and Sebastian Bach, among others. However, Scarlet is best known for his long-standing collaboration with the legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. Scarlet was one of the original members of Frehey’s post KISS band Frehley’s Comet in the early 80s. Later, he played on a successful TROUBLE WALKIN album in 1989 and stayed in the band until 1996, when Ace rejoined KISS. Now he is back in Frehley’s’ band for the third time. The Ace Frehley band started its European tour at Sweden Rock at the beginning of June, and I met a good-humored Richie backstage after the show and here’s what I got caught on the tape. The Emperor or Rock’n Roll is back !!!

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JOHN REGAN – Four by Fate, ex-Frehley’s Comet

August 10th, 2014

John Regan

JOHN REGAN

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

John Regan is an American bassist, songwriter and producer. He is best known for being a long time member of former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s band Frehley’s Comet and later on Ace’s solo band. Regan worked with Ace from 1984 to 1990 and he played on three studio albums FREHLEY’S COMET, SECOND SIGHTNING and TROUBLE WALKIN, a live ep LIVE +1 and a live video LIVE + 4. He has also recorded and performed with such names as John Waite, Peter Frampton, Robin Trower, David Lee Roth and Billy Idol among many others. Currently, Regan is a member of brand new band called Four by Fate. The band also includes Tod Howarth who is Regan’s old band mate from his Frehley’s Comet days. Regan and Howarth were invited to be a special guests for KISS ARMY FINLAND’s KISS Convention in Helsinki in May 2014. On the day before the Expo, John had enough time to sit down with us and discuss Four by Fate, his colorful past with Ace Frehley, and many other interesting topics. Read on!

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ACE FREHLEY To Sit In With THE ROOTS On Jimmy Fallon

August 9th, 2014

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Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will perform on  the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday, August 12, 2014, sitting in with The Roots for the show’s entirety.

Additionally, a one time only in-store appearance and signing at the Best Buy in Union Square, NYC will take place Tuesday August 19th at 6PM. Fans will be able to get their own copy of Space Invader signed by the space man himself.

1. Space Invader
2. Gimme A Feelin’
3. I Wanna Hold You
4. Change
5. Toys
6. Immortal Pleasures
7. Inside The Vortex
8. What Every Girl Wants
9. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship

ACE FREHLEY will release Space Invader, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on August 19th. The album features nine brand new original songs, including the first single, “Gimme a Feelin’,” as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s classic rock staple “The Joker.” Frehley also tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album art for Space Invader. Kelly created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPS, Destroyer (1976) and Love Gun (1977).

Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member.  In addition to having the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self titled Ace Frehley (1978), went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,” from any of the legendary KISS solo albums. The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show Entourage and was also KISS’ second best selling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Beth” and “Calling Dr. Love” even after 36 years.

Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and received a welcoming response among critics.

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NIGHT RANGER – Guitarist Brad Gillis

December 10th, 2013

Brad Gillis

BRAD GILLIS

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

Brad Gillis is an American guitarist, most famous for playing with the band Night Ranger. He has also played for Rubicon, Vicious Rumors, Fiona, and Ozzy Osbourne with whom he released the platinum selling live album SPEAK OF THE DEVIL in 1982.  The man has also released solo albums and appeared in various projects and TV performances including “American Bandstand” and “Solid Gold, Rock & Roll Tonight”. Night Ranger appeared as one of the special guests for this years edition of the KISS Kruise in Caribbean. I had the pleasure to sit down with Mr. Gillis and discuss about the state of Night Ranger, his solo career, and, of course, about the bands past with KISS because, after all, we were on the KISS Kruise!

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KISS – St. John’s, NL Saturday August 3rd, 2013

September 2nd, 2013

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Saturday August 3rd, 2013
Mile One Center
St. John’s, NL

Review & Photo’s by Celtic Bob

 

This was Kiss’ second ever only show in this great Province (The first was 2011 in mine and EvilG’s hometown) and the first of 2 back to back nights at Mile One. The venue holds about 6-7,000 people so you get a decent view even if you are in the nosebleed seats.

I was in attendance at the 2011 outdoor show (REVIEW HERE) in the midst of a torrential rainstorm (and 25k + Fans) that began just moments before the band hit the stage. This time it was indoors so it would be a much more enjoyable evening.

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RICHIE SCARLET – Solo artist, ex-Ace Frehley band, Sebastian Bach, Mountain, etc.

August 7th, 2013
Richie Scarlet

RICHIE SCARLET

INTERVIEW AND PICS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Richie Scarlet, nicknamed ”The Emperor of Rock ’n Roll”, is multi-talented musician and producer from New York. The man started his career back in the late 70’s but he’s best known from his long and successful collaboration with former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. Scarlet has also worked with such names as Sebastian Bach, Mountain, and he’s released several solo albums, including the latest I PLEAD THE FIFTH which came out earlier this year.  Scarlet came to Finland in early June with his lovely wife Joann because he was one of the special quests for annual KISS Expo in Helsinki. Later on in the evening Scarlet also performed with Finnish Ace Frehley tribute band Frehley’s Vomit. I met a little tired but very talkative Scarlet  the next morning at the hotel and here’s what I got caught on the tape. Read on!

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HELLFEST 2013

July 17th, 2013

Hellfest Festival 2013

@ Clisson, France

21st– 23rd June 2013

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photography by Tess Donohoe  Hellfest

It may be some people’s epitome of hell, Michael Buble fans I’m looking at you, but for the metal/rock community Hellfest’s towering gateway looks positively pearly. This year’s line-up is so jam-packed that I was looking for the little glass jars and labels. You’d make a fortune if you could bottle any number of the diverse scope of bands on the bill, with the riffs left in natch, but I’d like them to play their sets first.

Once inside that gateway the layout is much the same as last year, and that isn’t meant in a well-they-clearly-couldn’t-be-arsed sense, because Hellfest could teach most others a thing or 20 on how to put together a fan-friendly festival. Except when it comes to the number of toilets on site that is.

Whilst the Hellfest tree still dominates in its stark simplicity, the hidden beer gardens have gained a snazzy gateway of their own, which invites you into the woodlands. Instead of a fairytale monster at the end of the path though, you’ll find a winebar, which is win-win really. And at night the scrap-metal merch stands and bars still glow with their own rooftop fires.

Stage-wise we’ve got Main Stage 1 and 2, which continue their staggered times so that as one plays, the other sets up, and vice versa. The result is no waiting around for soundchecks or bands to start, just back-to-back bam-bam-bam metal. A similar set-up is in place at the Altar and the Temple, where you can find black metal, death metal and the like, then there’s the Valley which is home to the stoner and doom types, and the Warzone where the punk and hardcore drops.

Hellfest 2013 – it’s like being welcomed home.
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SWEDEN ROCK 2013

July 12th, 2013

Swedenrock 2013

SWEDENROCK FESTIVAL 2013

Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä

“Welcome to the show” – welcomed by KISS  when headlining the second day of the Sweden Rock fest. Well, once again the Finnish Metal-Rules.com team made their annual roadtrip to Sweden Rock. Metal Rules has covered Swedenrock since 2001, therefore it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2013 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was tremendous during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there witnessing bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

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KISS – Press conference, 40th anniversary tour, Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, Jul 4th, 2013

July 10th, 2013

KISS

Press conference, 40th anniversary tour
Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, July 4th, 2013

by Metal Rules guest contributor, Darrin Pope
Pics by Fawn Downey

KISS Press conference, 40th anniversary tour, Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, July 4th, 2013

KISS Press conference, 40th anniversary tour, Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, July 4th, 2013

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KISS: Live at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

July 9th, 2013

Simmons & Stanley

KISS

3’rd of June 2013

Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA BY COURTESY OF THIS IS ROCK MAGAZINE

Legendary U.S. rockers KISS opened up their European leg of the Monster tour in Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden on 1’st of June. The show was the World Premier of bands new spectacular stage titled “Spider”.  Now, two days later, the KISS circus arrived in Helsinki. The band has been a regular visitor to Finland during past few years but there’s still a lot of demand for the band since they sold over 15,000 tickets in Hartwall Arena. It’s KISSin’ time again!

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KISS – Drummer Eric Singer

June 19th, 2013

Eric Singer

ERIC SINGER

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

WITH COURTESY OF THIS IS ROCK MAGAZINE

Legendary U.S. band KISS started its long awaited European leg of the Monster tour in Friends Arena, Stockholm on 1’st of June. The band introduced in front of 30 000 fans, its new spectacular stage set called the “Spider”. Two days later, KISS landed in Finland and played a sold out show in the Hartwall Arena. I met the band’s drummer, Eric Singer, the day after the gig at the hotel in Helsinki. Eric was really excited about the new tour and because of his very good mood we then had a long conversation about the Monster tour, the Spider, KISS fan-dom, the future of KISS, and various other topics. Read on !

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KISS Announces Canadian Monster Tour

April 2nd, 2013
KISS - Live at Malmo

KISS – Live at Malmo

January 2013 marked four decades since the legendary rock band KISS was born. Forty years later, having racked up 28 U.S. gold albums along with 40 million U.S. and 100 million in world sales, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, return stronger than ever.

KISS’ Canadian tour dates with openers SHINEDOWN:

 

July

5 – Save On Food Memorial Centre – Victoria, BC

6 – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC

8 – Prospera Place – Kelowna, BC

10 – Enmax Centre – Lethbridge, AB

12 – Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB

14 – Credit Union Centre – Saskatoon, SK

16 – Brandt Centre at Evraz Place – Regina, SK

17 – Keystone Centre – Brandon, MB

18 – MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB

23 – Sudbury Arena – Sudbury, ON

25 – Scotiabank Place – Ottawa, ON

26 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON

27 – Budweiser Gardens – London, ON

29 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC

31 – Harbour Station – Saint John, NB

 

Aug

1 – Metro Centre – Halifax, NB

3 – Mile One – St. John’s, NL

4 – Mile One – St. John’s, NL

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ANTON FIG

February 7th, 2013
Anton Fig

ANTON FIG

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA

Anton Fig (born Cape Town, South Africa), is well-known session drummer and a longtime member of the CBS Orchestra, appearing nightly on Late Show with David Letterman. During this tenure he has played with scores of great artists including Miles Davis, James Brown and Bruce Springsteen. The CBS Orchestra has backed up a host of artists in other venues such as Little Richard, Lauren Hill and also BB King at the closing ceremonies of the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996). The CBS Orchestra is also the house band for the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. During the years Anton has made countless recordings with such artists as: Mick Jagger, Madonna, Joe Cocker, Gary Moore, Michael Monroe, Joan Armatrading, Blackmore’s Night and Joe Bonamassa among many others. In 1978 Anton was asked to play on KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s solo album. That co-operation lead Anton to make recording sessions with KISS with whom Anton recorded albums DYNASTY (1979) and UNMASKED (1980). He was a member of Ace Frehley’s band Frehley’s Comet from 1984-1987 and later on he has played on numerous Ace’s solo albums including the latest release ANOMALY (2009). Well, there’s been, and is still, so much going on with this man career so it’s better to let the man himself to tell what he’s up to and of course it’s interesting to learn something about the past and future as well… Read on!

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