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Gene Simmons & Ace Frehley Unveil Australian Co-Headlining Dates

It’s been a general rule of mine that when I am posting about a run of tour dates here on PiercingMetal.com that the shows must have a listing in our music metropolis or at least a couple that can be reached by some form of transportation from here. Now while this is more of the standard, I do break the rule but its my website so I only have myself to scold and when I saw this going by in my Facebook Feed I just had to share it with you all. Check it out, as the legendary Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley are pairing up and doing several co-headlining shows in Australia.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: You’ve probably heard about Gene Simmons doing these “Vault” appearances for a lifelong comprehensive boxed set of his career that actually comes in a vault. If this is new information to you just click HERE to learn about it. To my knowledge Gene’s brought Ace out at some of these appearances and they’ve performed together at each others solo concerts over the last few months so the co-headlining dates make perfect sense to me. Now, my only gripe is that this is NOT happening in the USA and of course NYC where it would be a guaranteed sellout of a show. Come on gentlemen, let’s get something on the books. I’ve seen some of Simmons set lists on Setlist.fm and he is doing some deep cuts. I feel that its a given that the pair will be teaming up during each others set to deliver some KISS classics. I’ll close up now since its late and I’ve had a tiring day but as I wonder who I know in Australia that I can crash with for a few days, I also wonder what you readers think about this run of dates. Are you near enough to attend or far away and looking for a journey? Chime in down below as we love when you do that.

Official Websites:
Gene Simmons: http://www.genesimmons.com
Ace Frehley: http://www.acefrehley.com

KISS Announces Some 2018 European Tour Dates

It seems as though the “Hottest Band In The World” that is KISS have announced three European tour dates which will all take place in Spain. There wasn’t much more to the overall announcement so I’ve just pasted the dates for you down below. Should any additional appearances get revealed I will edit this posting to keep you all in the loop. Check them out.

The Limited Tour Dates:
7/07: Barcelona Rock Fest @ Barcelona, Spain
7/08: Wizink Centre @ Madrid, Spain
7/12: Plaza de Toros @ Cordoba, Spain
7/14: Ressurection Festival @ Vivero, Spain

VIP Tickets and meet and greet packages are also available to purchase from the bands website linked below.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I don’t have much to add about this one since this is for some European dates but I do hope we get an announcement about some US Touring soon. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen KISS in action and its something that I still enjoy very much. Are you in Spain and reading about these few dates? Will you be in attendance? Let us know in the comments section down below.

Official Website: http://www.kissonline.com

The KISS Kruise WILL Sail Again In 2018!

With these Rock specialty themed cruises becoming more and more prevalent, I’ll be sharing the latest scoop on them as I am made aware and this little bit of news just recently came in about “The KISS Kruise”. Check it out below the striking logo and I’ll return at the close.

The Press Release:
KISS Announces The KISS KRUISE VIII Live From Stage On The Final Night Of The Sold-Out KISS Kruise VII – KISSWORLD at Sea

Atlanta, GA – America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time and iconic Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers, KISS have once again partnered up with the industry leaders in music festivals at sea, Sixthman to announce the upcoming voyage of The KISS Kruise VIII. The cruise is set to sail on Halloween October 31st 2018 on Norwegian Jade leaving out of Miami, FL.. For more information and to register for the pre-sale visit TheKissKruise.com (linked below).

The announcement comes on the heels of the recent return of the sold-out KISS Kruise VII. The KISS Kruise VII left from New Orleans, LA on Norwegian Pearl visiting Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Along the way, the KISS Navy was treated to a first-ever KISS storytellers sail away set as well as 2 full-scale KISS masked concerts in the ship’s indoor Stardust Theater. Joining the musical legends on board were Bruce and Bob Kulick, Extreme, Steel Panther, Derek St. Homes, Big Rock Show, BITERS, Led Zepagain, Hard Day’s Night, Sophie Simmons, The Dives, Jake J and the Killjoys, and Ki.

Beyond the music, 2,300 KISS fans were treated to a wide array of activities led by the band, including: “Kruise Kitchen with Paul Stanley,” “Are You Smarter Than A Rock God with Gene Simmons,” “Name That Solo with Tommy Thayer” and “Drum Off with Eric Singer.” KISS Kruisers were also able to get one to one with rock-n-roll history in the exclusive KISSWORLD Konfidential panel that featured Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Big John Harte, Michael James Jackson and Lydia Criss. Throughout the sailing, the ship fully embodied KISSWORLD with historical costume displays, face painting, a full service tattoo parlor, photo opportunities with KISS memorabilia, once-in-a-lifetime chances to mingle with their favorite artists, culminating with each guest receiving a signed commemorative poster and photo with KISS.
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“You Wanted The Best!!!” – KISS “Alive II” Is Forty Years Old!!! (1977-2017)

Stand up on top of your seats and raise your fist in the air and light that lighter to its highest flame because KISS “Alive II” has reached its fortieth anniversary and was released on this date back in 1977. As this is one of my very favorite albums of all time I am pretty stoked to reflect upon its awesomeness. Here we go.

In some sense it began for me with the opening line that shouted “You Wanted The Best And You Got The Best! The Hottest Band In The World —- KISS!!!” From the moment this album began with that intro I started my first truly full exploration into a band that I had only heard every now and again at that point in history. I would sometimes hear them if my parents had the Rock radio station on in the car and songs like “Rock and Roll All Night” or “Strutter” came across the airwaves. I liked those songs enough to the best of my recollection but that was all I was able to absorb since I was still at a pretty young age. When KISS “Alive II” came out I was still in grade school and for some reason I can still recall seeing a double page advertisement for it in one of the major newspapers of the day. Since money was not really in my own control around those years it would be a couple of years later when I finally got my own copy of the album but of course I had heard it quite a few times by then since some older friends had it and allowed me to indulge in its greatness and be schooled in a sense with what truly was “The Hottest Band In The World” to my young ears. To me, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were Rock and Roll superheroes and their wild image was like watching the comic books that I was reading come to life.

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KISS “Alive II” 1977 LP Front Cover

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KISS’ “Crazy Nights” Hits Thirty Years (1987-2017)

Join me now as we return to the year 1987 when MTV was ruling the small screens of homes everywhere and teenagers and the not so much would tune in to see the top videos of the day. It was during this time that the band KISS would release what amounted to be their most commercial album yet with “Crazy Nights”. An album that celebrates its thirtieth anniversary today. By the time 1987 rolled around, it seemed like the makeup had been gone from the faces for so much longer and I guess this was due to the band having released three albums previously all without the famous face paint. “Creatures Of The Night” would be the last makeup years album and when Vinnie Vincent became an official member for “Lick It Up” it was gone. Then came “Animalize” and “Asylum” and new guitarists in Mark St. John for “Animalize” onto Bruce Kulick for “Asylum” where he would continue the role on “Crazy Nights”. At the time of this release Eric Carr (RIP) had become my very favorite drummer and despite being a super diehard for the legendary Ace Frehley, I was quite enjoying the skills that Kulick was bringing to the table. Before getting deep into thoughts on this one, remember that these are personal reflections to the best that’s possible and not line for line history since that is already on the Wikipedia entry. Here we go.

I bought my copy of “Crazy Nights” on vinyl from a store in my neighborhood called The Record Factory. It’s been gone for a very long time as I write this and now is one of the numerous cell phone providers sales places. A band friend of the time would join me in my first listen to the album over a couple of beers in my Sanctum Sanctorum basement headquarters in my parent’s house and while I had heard the single somewhere already was a tad concerned on just how commercial this seemed to be. According to interviews of the time the band had hired on producer Ron Nevison and he was tasked at giving the band a brand-new radio friendly sound. Nevison had worked on Ozzy’s “The Ultiimate Sin” and there were some hits on the release so KISS probably felt that his touch would do similar magic to their latest work. As my friend and I worked through the listen it was agreed that the second number was a killer one but “Bang Bang You” was junk. Too corny and lame we felt – with lines like “I’ll shoot you down with my love gun baby” – Please. I was pretty much a fan of KISS for the past ten years at this time and was feeling very let down by my favorite band as I worked deeper into the release. Below you can examine the full track listing and I’ll continue to share my favorites afterwards.
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