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KISS Land Gold Album For 'Kiss Symphony'

Legendary rock icons KISS have added another gold record to their lead as the RIAA title holder for No. 1 American group gold record champions of all time as the debut album from Kiss Records/Sanctuary Records, "Kiss Symphony: Alive IV", has shipped gold prior to its July 22 release date. Unlike anything recorded or released ...

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AEROSMITH Singer Snaps

The New York Daily News reports AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler was being followed by a female paparazzo on Thursday night (July 17) near Cafe Habana on Prince St. when suddenly he turned around. An onlooker says Tyler then "took her camera. He's shouting at her, and grabs her by the wrist, saying, 'Let's see how ...

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Hard Rock Among The Winners In The Hit-And-Miss Concert Tour Market

Billboard magazine is reporting that as 2003 enters its busiest concert performance window, it has already been a year of dizzying highs and disappointing lows. In the hard rock genre, METALLICA's Summer Sanitarium, the KISS/AEROSMITH tour and Ozzfest will be among the big winners this season. "This is really a pretty decent summer," says Dennis ...

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KISS Announce New York City In-Store

KISSPaul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Tommy Thayer — will be doing a in-store in New York City on Wednesday, July 23 in conjunction with the Grand Opening of Best Buy's new 86th street store. KISS will be appearing in full makeup and will be taking photographs with the fans. Pre-signed CDs will ...

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KISS Guitarist Remembers His First Gig With The Group

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, who will continue to portray Ace Frehley's "Spaceman" character during the band's upcoming tour with AEROSMITH, recently spoke to Billboard magazine about his first "proper" gig with the group, which took place in February with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra — a sold-out show played to 48,000, broadcast worldwide via pay-per-view ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist To Launch Line Of Condiments

Following in the footsteps of AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry, whose "Rock Your World Boneyard Brew" line of condiments has reportedly been a great success since its launch last year, VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has announced plans to start up his own brand of hot sauce. "It's common knowledge that Michael Anthony is a hardcore ...

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Hailed Or Reviled, Music Of 1978-83 Just Won't Die

The Hartford Courant reports that it's been called "the worst period in rock history," yet music made between 1978 and 1983 just won't die. For proof, look at the summer concert schedule — it seems like it's all from that era: KISS, AEROSMITH, OZZY OSBOURNE, IRON MAIDEN, STEELY DAN, THE EAGLES, HEART and, of course, ...

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PORCH GHOULS To Support KISS/AEROSMITH In September

Bill Ellis of GoMemphis.com is reporting that the PORCH GHOULS, the Memphis-based rock band signed to Joe Perry's record label Roman Records, will be the opening act for the September leg of the upcoming KISS/AEROSMITH tour. The PORCH GHOULS, who are being described as an alternative rock band that specializes in blues rock, released their ...

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AEROSMITH To Release New Home Video

AEROSMITH are contemplating releasing a home video containing "making of" footage from sessions for their forthcoming album, according to Billboard.com. As previously reported, the band are currently recording a blues album with producer Jack Douglas, who worked with the band on several of their 1970s albums, including "Toys in the Attic" and "Rocks". The as-yet-untitled ...

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AEROSMITH's STEVEN TYLER: Large-Lipped, Thin-Hipped

The New York Post reports that Steven Tyler's daughters are plus-sized, but the large-lipped AEROSMITH singer seems to be disappearing. During a photo shoot for Glamour's August "Great Genes" spread, in which celebs and their families pose in blue jeans, the magazine had a problem finding denims to fit the slim-hipped Tyler. While daughters Mia ...

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Former DOKKEN Bassist: My Most Memorable Tours

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson recently spoke to Suite101.com about his most memorable tours. "The two best tours DOKKEN ever did were the DIO tour in '84-'85 and the AEROSMITH tour in '87 and '88," he said. "Those were definitely both peaks in different ways. DIO was a great band, and we were learning. We ...

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KISS: The Hottest Band In The World — Literally

NewsFilter.org has posted a classic video clip of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons getting a bit sloppy with his fire-breathing act and dribbling some fluid onto his hair. Check it out here. Simmons' brand-new book, "Sex Money Kiss", is filled with his observations on life and the three most important things to him — ...

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AEROSMITH: Blues Album Delayed Until January

AEROSMITH's much-anticipated new blues album has had its release date pushed back to January 2004. Guitarist Joe Perry told Billboard.com, "All the basics are done, we're probably three-quarters done with the overdubs. And there really aren't many to do, because we cut the album basically live." "By having the record come out in January, it ...

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KISS' PAUL STANLEY Working On Solo Album

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley is working on his first solo album in 25 years, according to Billboard.com. Stanley is working with a crop of songwriters that includes Sweden's Andreas Carlsson, who has written songs with or for the likes of DEF LEPPARD, CELINE DION, BON JOVI, BACKSTREET BOYS, LEANN RIMES, BRITNEY SPEARS and 'N SYNC. ...

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KISS/AEROSMITH Tour To Be Extended Into Next Year?

The upcoming KISS/AEROSMITH co-headlining tour, currently scheduled to run between August 2 and October 18, could very well last into the middle of next year, according to KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley. "Should the AEROSMITH/KISS tour go as smoothly as we're all hoping, this could go on indefinitely. I know [AEROSMITH lead guitarist] Joe [Perry] has ...

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AEROSMITH Drummer Named To BRONX WALK OF FAME

AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer has been named as one of the new inductees into the Bronx Walk Of Fame, according to Launch. Although AEROSMITH are known as a Boston band, Kramer was born and raised in the Bronx, one of the five boroughs that make up New York City, while frontman Steven Tyler comes from ...

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AEROSMITH Contribute Song To 'Rugrats' Movie

AEROSMITH have contributed a song called "Lizard Love" to the third feature film based on the Nickelodeon series "Rugrats". The track will appear in "Rugrats Go Wild!" , which hits theatres Friday (June 13), and the video, featuring the band cavorting with the wisecracking toddlers, is being shown on Nickelodeon. ...

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GENE SIMMONS: Solo Album To Feature Songs From DYLAN, ZAPPA

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' first solo record in 25 years will feature songs co-written by Bob Dylan and the late Frank Zappa, Billboard.com has reported. In addition, Simmons is courting a number of singers, including GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose, for guest vocals. The as-yet-untitled disc will be among the first albums released through ...

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KISS Drummer Working On Solo Album

KISS drummer Peter Criss is reportedly working on his first solo release for his own Catapult label. The following question-and-answer session was posted on Criss' official web site, www.petercriss.net: Q: How does it feel to be working on your 1st CD for Catapult Records? Peter: "A dream come true. I always wanted a ...

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GENE SIMMONS Says He Is A Big Fan Of 'THE OSBOURNES'

KISS basist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently told Launch that he is a big fan of "The Osbournes" and is very much looking forward to checking out the reality TV show's upcoming season. "The music world is so full of boring people, it's great to see somebody who's interesting, at the very least, whether you're a fan ...

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AEROSMITH Skipped METALLICA Tribute Over Private-Jet Dispute: Insider

AEROSMITH's last-minute cancellation of their scheduled appearance at the METALLICA "mtvICON" taping in early May reportedly had to do with manager Trudy Green insisting the network foot the bill for a private jet for the band, according an unnamed "insider" source cited by Hits Daily Double. AEROSMITH are currently recording their much-discussed blues album for ...

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KISS To Publish Official Biography

KISS will release their official biography in the fall, according to Launch. It's called "Kiss: Behind The Mask", and it features recollections from the band and photographs from the KISS archives, many of which have never been published. The book also includes comments from AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry, THE WHO's Pete Townshend, Ozzy Osbourne, Brian ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman To Appear On WILLIE NELSON TV Special

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler is among the featured guests on USA Network's "Willie Nelson and Friends: Live and Kickin'", a 70th birthday celebration for a self-proclaimed old-fashioned musical man, who, to many of his fans, represents a breathing symbol of America. The show, which is set to air Monday night (May 26) at 9:00 p.m. ...

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