Today (Wednesday) marks the 40th anniversary of KISS's first-ever show, in front of three people at Queens, New York's Popcorn club.
On the band's website, founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons comment on the big day, but so do replacement players, drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer, who were 14 and 12, respectively, when KISS played that first show. Peter Crissand Ace Frehley have not commented on the milestone anniversary.
Paul Stanley writes, "My dream from the start was five years of glory with KISS. Along with Peter and Ace, we kicked doors open that stood in our way, and every band member who has stood with me at some point during these decades has played an essential part in turning that five-year dream into a phenomenal 40-year reality. I thank each of you for your contribution to this milestone."
And Simmons writes, "To the KISS Army, who made it all possible for us. To Paul, without whom I would never have been able to achieve my dreams. And to the band -- past and present -- for continuing to treat the stage as holy ground and the fans as our bosses. Here's to another 40 years!"
1. GINGER BAKER OF CREAM
2. KEITH MOON OF THE WHO
3. JOHN BONHAM OF LED ZEPPELIN
4. TOPPER HEADON OF THE CLASH
5. TOMMY LEE OF MOTLEY CRUE
6. LARS ULRICH OF METALLICA
7. JOSH FREESE OF NIN, DEVO, APC, GNR ETC
8. BILL WARD OF BLACK SABBATH
9. TERRY BOZZIO OF FRANK ZAPPA AND MISSING PERSONS
10. VINNIE PAUL OF PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN AND HELLYEAH
VOLBEAT: Announce Title and Tour Volbeat are calling their next album Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies. The album is due out in the late spring. The band will debut tracks from it on a spring tour, which runs from March 6th in Dallas to April 11th in Philadelphia.
Looking forward to them coming to town with Danko Jones in March. Details are still being locked up so be patient buddies!
1.) "Dirty Diana", Michael Jackson
2.) "Freek-a-Leek", Petey Pablo . . . Names mentioned in this song are: Shameka, Kesha, Tara, Shonda, Sabrina, Crystal, Deronda, Felicia, Tanesha, Sha'von, Yolanda, Monique, Christina and Teresa.
3.) "867-5309 / Jenny", Tommy Tutone
4.) "My Sharona", The Knack
5.) "Kim", Eminem
6.) "Iesha", Another Bad Creation
7.) "Roxanne", The Police
8.) "Jamie", Weezer
9.) "Cecilia", Simon & Garfunkel
10.) "Stacy's Mom", Fountains of Wayne
11.) "Konstantine", Something Corporate
12.) "Molly", Cedric Gervais
13.) "Mandy", Barry Manilow
14.) "Lola", The Kinks
15.) "Eleanor Rigby", The Beatles
16.) "Debra", Beck
17.) "Hey There Delilah", Plain White T's
18.) "Macarena", Los Del Rio . . . Yeah, "Macarena" is a woman's name.
19.) "Jolene", Dolly Parton
20.) "Meet Virginia", Train
21.) "If U Seek Amy", Britney Spears
22.) "Miss Amanda Jones", The Rolling Stones
23.) "Stephanie Says", The Velvet Underground . . . along with the Velvet Underground's "Candy Says", and "Caroline Says, Part 1" and "Part 2", which Lou Reed released on his solo album, "Berlin".
Black Sabbath have set June as the month they will release an album they are calling 13. It's the band's first studio effort with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years.13 was produced by Rick Rubin and features Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine on drums in place of Bill Ward, who could not come to financial terms with the band. It will be released on an incarnation of the band's original record label, Vertigo.
Sabbath will tour the world in support of the release with New Zealand and Australia up first in late April and May followed by one date in Tokyo in mid-May.
Iron Maiden have branched out into a new line of merchandising -- model airplanes.
A replica of the Boeing 757-200 Astraeus that singer Bruce Dickinson flew for the band's 2009 Somewhere Back in Time World Tour is now being sold by ModelBuffs.com. The company says the model "is for sure one of the most appropriate and desirably collectable gifts for every aviation enthusiast and avid aircraft collector."
On March 5th, 12 previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix recordings from 1968 and 1969 will be available as People, Hell and Angels. Seattle’s most famous Son was tinkering with new sounds and musical directions for First Rays of the New Rising Sun, the planned double-album follow-up to Electric Ladyland. And on “Somewhere” according to Rolling Stone " Hendrix sits down with Buddy Miles on drums and Stephen Stills on bass for a far-reaching psychedelic blues jam. Recorded in 1968, "Somewhere" rides signature Hendrix wails, long exploratory solos and free-flowing wordplay. Rolling Stone's Greatest Guitarist of All Time shows why he's earned that title with unparalleled skill and eternally innovative sounds, but "Somewhere" suggests his most complex work may have only been ahead of him.