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40 Years Ago Today: KISS goes disco!

KISS DynastyDisco was all the craze in the late ’70s, and it even affected shock rockers KISS when they wrote and recorded Dynasty in 1979. The influence can be heard most clearly on the most popular single from the record, “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” co-written by songwriting extraordinaire Desmond Child.

Nine songs appear on the album, including a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “2,000 Man,” sung by Ace Frehley. Though pictured on the cover, Peter Criss only performed one song—“Dirty Livin’”—on this entire album; Anton Fig, who had drummed for Frehley’s 1978 solo effort, was brought in to play in Criss’ place.

The album spent 25 weeks on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and peaked at #9, but the subsequent tour was a flop. KISS struggled on at least the next couple albums to rediscover their hard rock foundation.

Christmas gift ideas for your headbanger

Everyone loves music…but what do you get for the person who owns CDs, cassette tapes, vinyl records, and MP3s of all their favorite songs already? You could take a chance on new bands such as Greta Van Fleet or Red Dragon Cartel, but you run the risk of getting something that doesn’t quite tickle their ears. Music appreciation is, after all, highly subjective.

Fortunately, there are other ways to enjoy music besides listening to it. Weird, right? But thanks to companies like Funko and McFarlane, you can get collectible figurines of rock stars and band mascots. Here are a few helpful links.
Alice Cooper POP Funko
Funko POP

Ozzy Osbourne McFarlane
McFarlane Figures

Bif Bang Pow! KISS Unmasked

Iron Maiden Super 7 Figures
Various Other Figures and Statues

Playing Cards

The Dead Daisies set to open U.S. “Freedom To Rock Tour” for rock legends, KISS!

Dead Daisies


There are few rock bands as legendary as KISS. So with America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time having announced its 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour and to get an opportunity to play with the masked foursome—let alone open a tour for them—is an instant career highlight. And this summer, The Dead Daisies will be doing just that – opening a month’s worth of dates for KISS in the U.S. (beginning August 10th in Green Bay, WI, and wrapping up on September 10th in Huntington, WV) – in support of their forthcoming SPV/eOne release, ‘Make Some Noise’ (arriving on August 5th 2016).

An Australian-American collective of musicians originally formed in 2012, the current The Dead Daisies line-up is comprised of John Corabi (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitar), David Lowy (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass), and Brian Tichy (drums). ‘Make Some Noise’ is their third studio effort overall (preceded by 2013’s self-titled debut and 2015’s Revolución).

Dead Daisies

Doug Aldrich: “The Daisies playing with KISS – how cool is that? I have known the KISS guys for ages, so I’m very happy that we get to bring the Daisies to the US on this tour. This will be awesome!”

Brian Tichy: “Once again, I’m psyched to go out on tour soon with The Dead Daisies opening for the mighty KISS! There’s never anything wrong with playing drums in a cool rock band, with your buds, in amphitheaters, in the U.S., in the Summer, opening for one of the world’s greatest live bands! Hope to see you there!”

The Dead Daisies have already established itself as a must-see live act, having toured with the likes of ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Def Leppard, as well as their old friends Kiss (including previous U.S., Euro, and Australian tours, plus two appearances aboard the Kiss Kruise). Additionally, the band has been a part of such renowned festivals as the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, Rock in Vienna Festival, Download Festival, and Graspop Metal Meeting.

Dead Daisies

Get ready to rock and roll all night, when the Dead Daisies unite with Kiss this summer!

Wed, Aug 10, 2016 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County Memorial Coliseum
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 Kalamazoo, MI – Wings Event Center
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 Springfield, IL – Illinois State Fair
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 TBA
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 Rockford, IL – BMO Harris Bank Center
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 Dayton, OH – Nutter Center
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 Erie, PA – Erie Insurance Arena
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 Allentown, PA – The Great Allentown Fair
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 Worcester, MA – DCU Center
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 Richmond, VA – Richmond Coliseum
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Arena


Random Awesomeness (part 210)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Ace Freheley – Origins Vol. 1

What do rockers really want?

We’ve all heard the story about Van Halen and the brown M&M’s. But have you ever heard David Lee Roth sing about it? Of course not. If you want to know what is in a rocker’s heart of hearts, you have to listen to what they sing. Here’s a rundown of ten of the deepest desires of rock legends…

I can’t believe this album is 40 years old

On September 10, 1975, one of the most groundbreaking concert albums was released, and if this album isn’t in your collection in some shape or form, your rock cred is seriously in question. I am speaking, of course, about Alive! by KISS. After poor sales of their first few albums, Casablanca Records decided to release a live collection as a last ditch effort before dropping the band from the label. To everyone’s surprise, the record caught fire and KISS became one of the most sought-after live bands in the world.


KISS has had plenty of ups and downs through the years, and the only constants in the group have been Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. But with the other original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, they truly made magic. A fantastic live performance, and a great record to crank at maximum volume.

Purchase Alive! by KISS.

KISS gets animated with Scooby-Doo

Various Artists – Welcome to the Spanish Tribute to KISS (2014)

Welcome to the Spanish Tribute to KISS

Various Artists
Welcome to the Spanish Tribute to KISS
Earth Records, 2014
69 minutes

So many tribute albums exist for KISS, that it’s rare to find one with creative versions of the band’s classic songs. Welcome to the Spanish Tribute to KISS features 18 tracks that are musically solid, but most do not stray very far from the source material. There are some very heavy accents on several tracks, including Paco Stanley’s send-up of “Detroit Rock City” and United’s “Tonight You Belong To Me.”

One of the highlights of this particular disc is K.F.P.’s “Jungle,” a song which was originally recorded for KISS’ Carnival of Souls with Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer, an album often overlooked because of the reunion with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss before it was released. The inclusion of “Radioactive” by Johnny B. Nasty is another treat, and Little Rock Star’s version of “Beth” is a tender version of the Peter Criss song.

As a whole, the disc is not essential to a KISS fanatic’s collection, but there are a handful of good recordings on Welcome to the Spanish Tribute to KISS.

1. Detroit Rock City – Paco Stanley
2. Love Gun – Tyr Sound
3. Jungle – K.F.R.
4. Sure Know Something – 4 L
5. 100,000 Years – Lipstick
6. What’s On Your Mind – Schizophrenic Spacers
7. Hide Your Heart – Poker
8. I Was Made for Loving You – Imagine
9. Crazy Crazy Nights – Naxx
10. Tonight You Belong To Me – United
11. Hard Luck Woman – The Jarluck Band
12. Forever – Mitos
13. Naked City – Johnny B. Nasty
14. Shout It Out Loud – KISS Fever Band
15. Beth – Little Rock Star
16. Radioactive – Johnny B. Nasty
17. Strutter – KISS Fever Band
18. I Can’t Stop The Rain – Hector Gilberto

R.I.P. Dick Wagner

(December 14, 1942 – July 30, 2014)

Guitarist and songwriter Dick Wagner, best known for his work with Alice Cooper, has passed away of respiratory failure. Wagner co-wrote six of the songs on Cooper’s classic 1975 album, Welcome To My Nightmare, including the title track, “Only Women Bleed,” and concert staple “Department of Youth.” Wagner also contributed guitar work to KISS’ Destroyer and Revenge albums.

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: KISS covers edition


It is truly amazing the scope of KISS’ influence on pop music. Hard rock, bubblegum pop, rap, and country artists all devoured the music of KISS, and many paid tribute to “the hottest band in the world” by covering their songs. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it is even more enjoyable when you can take another group’s song and make it your own. Below are some of the bands that have attempted to channel their inner Demon/Star Child/Spaceman/Cat through their own interpretations of KISS classics. For the purposes of this “Ultimate Mixtape,” I have decided to exclude songs that appear only on multi-band tribute albums devoted entirely to KISS. Also, to prevent a mixtape of twenty different versions of “Detroit Rock City,” each song may only appear once in the list.

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: KISS covers edition

This is a very short list; what songs have I missed? What other versions of the songs above trump my selections?

Still hungry for more KISS covers? Check out these tribute albums:

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