Bob Kulick is an American guitarist and Grammy Award-winning record producer. If there was a “fifth member of KISS award to be handed out, Kulick would probably be the front-running recipient. Not only was he in the running to become the original lead guitarist for the band, but he has played as a session musician on ALIVE 2 and KISS KILLERS albums and Paul Stanley’s self-titled solo album. In the late 80’s he was a part of Stanley’s solo band.During the years, Kulick has appeared on several releases by Meat Loaf, as well as session work for Mark Farner, Diana Ross, Lou Reed and W.A.S.P. among others and has produced/played on countless heavy metal tribute albums. We had a pleasure to sit down with the man himself on last November when he appeared as a special guest for his brother Bruce Kulick and John Corabi who did an acoustic performance on KISS EXPO in Helsinki. The chat did last almost two hours, so there’s a plenty of material to read, and for that reason this interview has been split in two pieces. Read On!
Last year in July, TMD unearthed a KISS demo entitled “Smoke”. Not much was known about the 70′s era sounding track. To this point, it has received nearly 30,000 views on You Tube since being uploaded.
Now… the mystery at last has been explained. Here’s the word from Kiss historian Julian Gill:
“This song, actually entitled “It Ain’t the Smoke”, was post-Dressed to Kill but before the legendary act brought in Bob Ezrin, which would place it in and around 1975…”
Tennessee born Gary Corbett is a Grammy Award winning American keyboardist, composer and producer most famous for playing with such bands as KISS, Lou Gramm, Joe Lynn Turner, Paul Stanley’s solo band and Cinderella. Corbett is one of America’s most prolific keyboardists of recent times and he’s been contributing in various capacities to over 27 albums including working with all of Bob Marley’s sons – with which he won his two Grammy’s. Corbett is nowadays living in Nashville and remains active in many different bands and projects. He’s currently touring with Cinderella and when the bands 25TH Anniversary –tour finally reached Finland on last June then we had time to sit down with Gary and discuss about various subjects .. read on!
An annual festival in Grand Falls – Windsor, NL known primarily as “The” party of the summer. The bands that usually play the festival have never really interested me therefore I have avoided the event concert. This year was something totally different when it was announced that KISS would headline this years event. Sadly the opening acts for the event were on par with what the festival usually offers…the major difference this year was the headliner. Read the rest of this entry »
TMD has obtained rare concert audio of legendary rockers KISS performing the song “100,000 Years” at The Olympia Theater, Paris, France on May 22, 1976. The show came during The Alive! Tour, in support of their 1975 live album Alive!. At the time of the European leg of the tour the classic Destroyer album was already released. This recording is making its debut on YouTube.
According to TMZ, VINNIE VINCENT – the guitarist who famously took ACE FREHLEY’s place in the band KISS – was arrested yesterday on charges of aggravated assault . Vincent (real name Vinnie Cusano) was busted by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department in Tennessee and held on $10,000 bond. He posted and was released at 11:27 AM.
Former KISS guitarist Vincent Cusano — aka Vinnie Vincent — allegedly smacked his wife in the face and dragged her through a pile of broken glass on the night he was arrested … and when cops arrived to the house, they found 4 dead dogs at the scene … this according to law enforcement.
Vinnie Vincent - Mug Shot
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office tells TMZ … on May 22, Vincent’s wife, Diane, arrived to the Sheriff’s Office “covered in blood” and reeking of alcohol.
Cops say 44-year-old Diane told the officers how she had just escaped from the couple’s Tennessee home … after Vincent “smacked her in the face” following an argument about a “female subject [Vincent] was talking to.” She says Vincent then “grabbed her by the hair and threw her down to the ground.”
Diane says Vincent then “dragged her through a pile of glass from a broken plate that had been on the floor since before the argument had started.”
Diane told police she tried to get away — but 58-year-old Vincent threw her to the ground 4 more times. She eventually escaped and drove herself to the station.
Cops dispatched officers to the home — where they found Vincent and “four sealed containers containing deceased dogs.”
Diane told the cops …. the dogs had been “killed by one of their aggressive dogs.”
Vincent was eventually arrested and booked for aggravated domestic assault — and his bond was set at $10,000. TMZ obtained his mug shot, pictured above.
An animal service team was contacted to look into the dead dog situation.
According to TMZ, VINNIE VINCENT – the guitarist who famously took Ace Frehley’s place in the band KISS – was arrested today on charges of aggravated assault . Vincent (real name Vinnie Cusano) was busted by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department in Tennessee and held on $10,000 bond. He posted and was released at 11:27 AM.
Vinnie Vincent appeared on KISS’ Creatures of the Night (1982) and Lick It Up (1983) albums. According to Wikipedia, he quit at the end of the Lick It Up Tour in April 1984 after failure to receive writer/publisher royalties due him from the band. After leaving KISS, Vincent began recording demos which formed the basis of Vincent’s first solo recording VINNIE VINCENT INVASION featuring the MTV staple ‘Boyz Are Gonna Rock’.
More recently, Vincent, in association with Guitarmageddon Guitars, unveiled the official Vinnie Vincent Model Guitar at the NAMM 2011 International Music Industry Trade Show. Check out a trailer below:
Current solo artist and Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known about his stunt with U.S. music icons KISS. However, there’s plenty more that he’s been involved with during his long career which originally started in the mid-70’s. Bruce did his first major tour in 1978 with Meat Loaf, together with his older brother Bob, and later on he worked with such famous names as Michael Bolton, Billy Squier and Good Rats before he was asked to join KISS and replace Mark St. John in 1984. During the next eleven years Bruce recorded altogether five studio albums with KISS including ASYLUM, CRAZY NIGHTS and REVENGE before band decided to make a reunion with the original Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss lineup in 1996. After KISS, Bruce started a brand new band called Union together with onetime Motley Crue singer John Corabi, drummer Brent Fitz and bassist Jamie Hunting. Band released two highly acclaimed albums UNION (1998) and BLUE ROOM (2000) before they slowly disbanded out from the picture. In 2001 Kulick released his first solo album AUDIODOG and he also joined classic U.S rock band Grand Funk Railroad with whom he’s been playing since then. Now, ten years later, Bruce is as busy man as ever. The third solo album BK3 got released in 2010 and he’s been a part of numerous different projects including guest appearances on albums of such artists as Lordi, Shameless, Sebastian Gava, Tim Owens and his former KISS colleagues Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons solo releases. What did bring Bruce in Finland in year 2011 is another project called ESP (Eric Singer Project). The band, which consist of current KISS drummer and Bruce’s former colleague Eric Singer, bassist Chuck Garrick (Alice Cooper) and another Bruce’s old mate John Corabi is a kind of “just for fun” type of band which keeps on doing small tours around the world every then and now when its members have free from their other commitments. ESP was originally formed in 1998 and they have released all covers album in late 90’s plus some live releases including DVD called LIVE AT THE MARQUEE (2005). ESP visited first time in Finland back in 2008 and they now returned to play again in the front of fanatic KISS ARMY FINLAND in Nosturi in Helsinki. Bruce was kind enough to give some time for us and tell all the latest news but also lot of interesting stories from the past including his early career, the state of Union and, of course, lots of interesting KISS stories and much more. Read on!
According to Timestranscript.canadaeast.com, fans of the TV show Gene Simmons Family Jewels will be happy to know Shannon Tweed, Simmons’ longtime love, comic foil and mother of his children, will be flying in to Moncton to join everyone at the Momentum Group’s Atlantic Brand Confabulation on January 14 at Casino NB.
Gene Simmons is the keynote speaker at the Atlantic Brand Confabulation, a motivational speaking event presented by the Car Guys at Moncton Chrysler Superstore where guests will all be treated like VIPs with paparazzi, an ice bar, swag bags, a three-course dinner and more.
Apart from her appearances on the reality show documenting the life of KISS rocker Simmons, the 53-year-old Tweed is also known as an actress, model and former Playboy Playmate of the Year.
“We were so excited when we got the call saying Gene wanted to bring Shannon with him to the event,” said Brad LeBlanc, the CEO of the Momentum Group. “She is a very popular character on Family Jewels and a big part of Gene’s life.
“Having her in the room, meeting those fortunate enough to attend really adds to the VIP theme we are striving for,” LeBlanc said.
Tweed was born in St. John’s, one of seven children of a mink rancher. The family eventually relocated to Saskatoon, where Tweed became involved in beauty pageants at a young age.
Rock legends KISS will be broadcasting a LIVE webcast of their final stop from the 2010 “Hottest Show on Earth” tour at the KROQ Epicenter Twenty Ten Festival on Saturday, September 25th at 8:30PM PT / 11:30PM ET. Be sure to tune in for a special performance where fans from around the world can experience this event first-hand and interact by posting comments and questions using Ustream’s Social Stream or chat. Watch and chat at http://www.ustream.tv/kiss.
Sauna Open Air (Etelä Puisto, Tampere, Finland, 10. – 12.06/10)
Article and pics by Petri Da Costa
Sauna Open Air is pretty much the kick-off for the ”Festival Season” here in Finland and the first metal festival of the summer. This year, according to the organizers, there was a total audience of 23.000, with just the first day (Thursday) sold out. There was a feeling that this year’s SOA wasn’t a big hit among the fans. You could see already that from the last two days, which seemed kinda empty. Maybe it was because of the old money issue for the fans or maybe they weren’t that much interested in seeing some bands that seem to play quite often in SOA or other festivals.
Tommy Thayer has been playing with KISS for years but for many he’s still “the new member” in the band. Thayer replaced original guitarist Ace Frehley in 2002 and since then he’s been playing the “Spaceman” character in the band. Thayer has been a member of KISS for over eight years now but he’s actually been working with KISS or some its members in many different occasions starting already in the late 80’s. Thayer’s old band Black’n Blue was working with Gene Simmons as their producer and since the band eventually broke up in 1989 Thayer’s been very close to KISS camp. Although the original KISS have been gone for years, Eric Singer has replaced Peter Criss and plays the “Catman” character, the band is still going on strong and they keep on doing successful tours and performing in front of massive crowds around the globe. The current lineup released its first studio album titled SONIC BOOM on last year it has become another success story in their long history. Two years ago KISS did one of its most successful tours in history titled “Alive 35” and now they finally came back for more with their brand new “Sonic Boom over Europe” tour. The circus arrived in Malmo in early June and then I had a chance to sit down with Tommy and get some recent info from the “Spaceman” himself.
Legendary manager Bill Aucoin sadly passed away at age 66 in June 28th after losing his long battle against prostate cancer. Bill was the man known for masterminding and managing the career of the group KISS but later on he also managed such bands as: Starz, Billy Squier and Billy Idol amongst many other names. I interviewed Bill back in 2006 in Helsinki when was here working with Finnish monster band Lordi. For reason or another this interview was never published in here in Metal-Rules.com so I decided to do it now as my tribute to Bill.
REST IN PEACE BILL !
INTERVIEW AND QUESTIONS BY MARKO SYRJALA
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTION BY MAURA HAIMOLA
Sunday night, Kiss closed out the anniversary edition of Graspop Metal Meeting with the necessary props, glitter and pyro – or what did you expect? Four simple words characterise this year’s edition: sun, sand, beer and metal, the ideal festival mix for the metal hordes! No fewer than 130,000 metalheads flocked to the GMM arena this year to catch leading bands from all metal genres live on stage.
On Friday, 45,000 metal fans made their way to the arena. Oceans of Sadness kicked off this year’s festivities and recorded their show for a future live release. Anvil were the first to raise a few eyebrows when they played a guitar solo with a golden dildo. Next it was time for thrash metal gods Slayer to tame the masses. The su n was still beating down mercilessly when Sepultura took the stage and Saxon and Mötorhead kept the temperature high and the fists pumping. Aerosmith headlined the first day with a fantastic greatest hits set.
Day 2 was even hotter than the first but the metal armies refused to give in. They came out in great numbers and when Sabaton mounted the stage around noon, thousands of die-hards had already gathered in front of the main stage. Walls of Jericho got the dozens of crowd surfers they wanted and Airbourne went one better by getting the fans in the front rows to take someone on their shoulders. Slash gave the fans what they wanted (Guns ’n Roses hits) and Soulfly put the icing on the cake with a blazing set.
Sunday provided no reprieve from the heat. It was still hotter than hell on the Dessel plains but that didn’t keep the fans from going for it, no holds barred!
Thanks to the unbridled enthusiasm of no fewer than 130,000 metalheads, this anni versary edition will go down in GMM history as one of the best ever! Thanks for a fantastic weekend and… see you all next year!!
GRASPOP METAL MEETING 2010 - heading to the festival