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Maybe I should listen to all of Kiss’s music, I probably will…

Over the years, I wasn’t much of a fan of that band, Kiss. I was mostly into the Ace Frehly era. That’s the era that I preferred but I listened to two of Kiss’s albums last night. I listened to their first 1974 self-titled debut and listened to their “Dressed to Kill” album. Both are really good! Ace Frehley is one of my favorite guitarists of all time and I like his solo work too. I should listen to all the other eras of Kiss too. I’m planning to listen to all of their albums. All of Kiss’s albums are on Apple Music/Itunes for streamable except for their 2009 album, “Sonic Boom”. That’s probably because “Sonic Boom” is not available in Itunes in the USA.

I should listen to all of Kiss’s music and I’m about to start this week. Kiss has always been a great band, I just preferred their earlier stuff but I should check out their newer material too and I will. I just put all of Kiss’s studio albums in my Apple Music library and put in a few live albums of theirs too: Alive, Alive II, Alive III, and Kiss MTV Unplugged.

I’ve read so much about Kiss over the years. Read plenty of their interviews in many music magazines and I’ve read Ace’s book, “No Regrets” so I should get into the band more. Yeah, both Gene and Paul have extremely large egos but they are undeniably talented, though.

Kev

Gene Simmons investigated by LAPD for child porn but Gene is innocent…

You can love Gene Simmons or hate him all you want but he’s definitely innocent in this one.

Apparently somebody used one of his computers and downloaded child porn. Do you think someone like him would do something like that? Hell no. It’s possible that someone must of played a nasty prank on him or one of his bandmates were using his computers or it could be somebody that he knows.

Of course, I’m sure many Gene Simmons haters are gonna think he’s guilty before proven innocent but Gene is not being accused of anything here. Not a “suspect”.

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/08/21/search-warrant-gene-simmons-home

Things like this is why you shouldn’t allow other people to use your computers. You can’t trust everyone even people you know well. Make your computers password protected and changed them at all times.

Kev

When people attack Gene Simmons for his “rock is dead” comments is proof people know nothing about music…

I see a lot of people attacking Gene for his “rock is dead” comments. The most popular attack that I’ve seen that is aimed at him is, “The only reason he’s mad ’cause Kiss is no longer successful”. I’ve seen you guys said it on here and a lot of people in facebook made that claim. I see that claim all over the internet. It’s just people way of saying that Gene is just jealous. Which is nothing new when people decide to be realistic or have an opinion in music. When people decide to be honest or have an opinion music related, they always get called jealous. I always get called jealous when I criticize the local music scene. When you criticize other bands or the music industry, being jealous is the only response that people can come up with.

Like I proved the other day, Kiss has always been in the spotlight and they’ve always been successful. ALL of their albums sold pretty well and they still have a huge fan following. They still tour on a yearly basis. As a matter of fact Kiss just played a show in Saratoga Springs not too long ago, SOLD OUT show of course. Plus, KISS are rock n’ roll Hall of Famers now so they’re definitely not jealous of other band’s successes at all.

Ya know, when people makes these claims and lies that Kiss is no longer successful, it sounds like that you’re the one who is being jealous of Gene.

You see, today’s industry is different than the past. There’s a lot of kids and a new generation of music fans who don’t understand how the industry was back in the 70’s and 80’s. I believe that’s why a lot of people attacked Gene for his comments. When I see people attack Gene for his opinion when that’s all it was, I think to myself… all these kids probably listen to stuff like Slipknot, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold and stuff like that. How much do you wanna bet that kids in this generation don’t even listen to KISS, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Clash, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, etc.??? A lot of new music fans don’t understand how the old days were.

Ask yourself this… do you think new bands like Slipknot or Avenged Sevenfold would be as big as Led Zeppelin or The Rolling Stones??? Yes, Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold are two metal bands that are pretty huge but I don’t think they’ll get the legendary status like bands from the 70’s did.

I know Dee Snider of Twisted Sister responded to Gene and I actually enjoyed what Dee wrote.

However, no matter what people think of Gene’s comments, I’m just glad that he brought it up and it sparked a huge debate. It really helped bring to everyone’s attention. I’m pretty sure the major record labels are pissed that Gene said that. LOL!!! It would be nice if we could get another rock revival just like the good old grunge days in the 90’s. Aaaaahhh, those days were awesome. I miss the days when bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains were all over the mainstream.

Will rock n’ roll and metal ever take over the mainstream again? It could but it would be very tough.

I’m still siding with Gene, though. Gene definitely got people going on this.I don’t see what Gene said was so bad at all. He just simply wants the industry to give the new rock bands a chance. There’s a lot of talented new rock bands today that deserves more recognition and success like the pop stars are getting. Bands like Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold and Black Label Society deserves more mainstream recognition… all three of those bands I listed are great.

When people attack Gene, I believe they don’t understand how the music industry works. I’ve been around long enough to see what music was like back in the 80’s and I’ve been paying attention to 70’s music too. That’s what I prefer to listen to the most, I love 70’s rock music. Why do you think I love Led Zep, Hendrix, The Doors and The Allman Brothers??? How come bands like Slipknot and Avenged Sevefold don’t get the iconic status like them? That’s all Gene is saying, people!!!! Chill out and relax.

I’m sure the music media won’t leave Gene alone on this topic and interviewers will ask him about it again. It’ll be interesting to see how long this debate goes.

Kev

In defense of Kiss…

There’s a lot of misinformed idiots making claims that Kiss is no longer successful or in the spotlight anymore. I call BULLSHIT. Do people even get their facts right before they open their idiot mouths???? Kiss has always been successful, love ’em or hate ’em. The only reason people think Kiss is no longer big in the mainstream is ’cause they haven’t made a new studio album in a long while. Agree with it or not, Kiss is still in the spotlight. 

Their last three studio albums were pretty high in the Billboard 200. Look it up. “Psycho Circus” (1998) made it up to no. 3. “Sonic Boom” (2009) made it to no. 2. Their latest album, “Monster” made it to no. 3. The band never made a no. 1 album before but they are still successful. 

On top of that, Kiss still sells out concerts and they’re on a successful tour. 

Love Kiss or hate ’em, they are legends. 

When Gene says that “Rock is dead” and he says that newer bands deserve the “iconic” status he’s only speaking from his experience of what Kiss went through back in the day. Gene has been in the music business for over 30 years or more so he has seen how the music business changed. He has more experience in the music industry than any of us so the man knows what he’s talking about. 

I know Gene is a crazy guy but him saying crazy stuff is nothing new. I’ve been reading interviews with Gene and Paul in interviews for a long time and those guys aren’t afraid to tell things like it is. They maybe egotistical yes but at the same time those guys are honest. 

Why do people have to be such negative pieces of shits??? Take your hateful opinions and shove ’em up your ass. 

Kev

Gene Simmons full Esquire interview with his son here…

Music fans are getting their panties in a bunch over Gene Simmons controversial “Rock is finally dead” comments. How much do you wanna bet that most of them didn’t read the actual interview itself before slamming the guy? I just finished reading the interview with Gene and his son at Esquire magazine.

Before bashing Gene Simmons, maybe you should read the entire interview and then you would understand what he’s saying.

Read it here:

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/gene-simmons-future-of-rock

I think the interview is very interesting!

A lot of people are coming to a misunderstanding when he says that “Rock is finally dead”. He’s not saying that there are no rock bands anymore. That’s not what he’s saying at all. He knows that there are new rock bands today but what he’s saying is that they will no longer get the “iconic” and “legendary” status with the way the industry is going today.

Today, the industry have been giving the “iconic” status to fake pop-stars like Justin Bieber, Kanye, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Psy, etc. who are mostly manufactured by record labels. Those pop stars don’t write their own songs. It’s mostly the record labels that writes the songs in today’s mainstream these days.

Back in the old days when Hendrix, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Clash, etc. all came around they all got the iconic and “legendary status” ’cause they wrote their own songs and played their own instruments.

You know how legendary and essential albums like Led Zeppelin IV – Zoso, Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon”, The Beatles “Sgt. Peppers”, The Clash “London Calling”, Hendrix “Electric Ladyland” are all important albums that we’ll never forget???

With the way the industry is going today, we’ll never get that essential classic again.

That’s what he meant when he said that, “Rock is finally dead”. When real rock bands and musicians get together and make albums that are huge and iconic that is rock n’ roll. Those days are dead and gone now.

People are accusing Gene of being behind of the times but he’s not. Yeah, there are rock bands today sure but most of today’s bands are manufactured and created by record labels too like Linkin Park for starters. Everything is created by the labels these days.

Gene just wants bands who writes their own songs and play their own instruments getting success in the music business.

I’m sure Gene is gonna get asked again about this in his next interview and I’m sure he’ll talk about it even more.

Read that interview I posted above, the whole thing. It’s good and Gene is so right on everything he said. I’m still siding with him.

Kev

Somebody finally says it, “Rock is finally dead”… thanks Gene Simmons!!!

Gone are the days when kids just want to look after their favorite rock stars and buy all of their albums and hang posters of them on their bedroom walls. These days kids are listening to stuff like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kanye, Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, etc.

Gone are the days when kids want to pick up a guitar, learn a few chords and jam on pentatonic scales — then try to start their own band and play in their garages to try to score a record deal with a major label. These days kids are desperately trying to get fame by getting on garbage competition shows like: “The Voice”, “American Idol”, “America’s Got Talent”, “X-Factor”, etc.

Gone are the days when you want to see your favorite rock bands in large arenas so you can mosh to them, bang your head and raise some hell. These days large arena concerts are for teenagers and young girls so they can scream their heads off to their favorite boy bands or rap stars.

Okay, I think you get my point now. I’ve been saying for years on my blogs that “rock n’ roll” is dead. Rock tries to make a comeback in the mainstream but it is always dominated by pop, rap, and country. Today’s mainstream of music is shit.

I don’t buy new albums much anymore. It’s getting harder and harder to find good music these days. That’s why on my Ipod, you’ll find mostly older music like in the 60’s and 70’s. Sometimes 80’s and early 90’s. I don’t listen to new music too much. I only listen to new music if it’s good and something catches my attention. While I’m not a big fan of pop, rap and country… I can take a little bit of it.

I listen to all sorts of music. A little bit of everything but my no 1. preferred genre is rock n’ roll. I’ve listened to rock n’ roll my entire life so I know it’s a dying industry. It really is sad where the music industry has come to today. Thank you for telling it like is, Gene! \m/

http://loudwire.com/gene-simmons-rock-finally-dead/

Kev

Congrats to Kiss, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and other Hall of Fame inductees for 2014!!!

If Kurt was still alive, I’m sure he would have been honored to be inducted along with Kiss and Peter Gabriel. Too bad he’s not around to see this. I’m sure Dave, Krist, and Pat will accept this honor on his behalf. Will the surviving members of Nirvana perform? I’m sure they will.

Love Kiss or hate them, they deserve this honor too. Kiss has been ignored from the Hall of Fame for years and they finally made it in. I love Kiss too but only their earlier stuff. I’m not into Kiss’s new music too much but I love all of their classic songs, though. Will Ace Frehley be there to reunite with them? I’m sure this induction will be for all members of Kiss over the years.

I love Peter Gabriel’s music as “Us” and “So” are two of my favorite albums of all time. His induction is worthy for sure.

Congrats also go out to Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, and Hall & Oates. Another famous backing band gets the induction and that’s the E Street Band, Springsteen’s backing band. So this means Bruce’s wife Patty and Little Steven Van Zandt are now Hall of Famers. The same goes for Max Weinberg and Clarence Clemons.

The next Hall of Fame show will be interesting for sure.

I’m more interested on who’s going to induct, Nirvana. Butch Vig, Frances Bean, the guys from the Meat Puppets? Anyone of them, a possibility.

See the full inductee list, here.

Kev

Thought: I think it’s wrong to kick KISS off the Michael Jackson tribute concert…

Angry fans were outraged that KISS were booked for the Oct. 8th Michael Jackson concert in Wales. The promoters heard, and just like that, they kicked the band off the lineup. The reason? Gene Simmons agreed that Michael Jackson was a pedophile and child molester years ago.

The band haven’t responded to being kicked off the concert yet, but I’m sure they will have something to say about it soon.

Read the full story, here.

In my opinion, the promoters didn’t have to boot KISS off the show just because fans didn’t want them on. What Gene said about Michael was years ago. If Gene agreed to sign up to play the show with KISS, then I’m sure he had a change of heart with Michael Jackson now. The promoters claim they did it because they wanted to do justice to Michael’s memory with this tribute.

Well, the reality is, they just disrespected Michael’s honor just by booting KISS off the show. Michael have always been a huge fan of KISS. I’m pretty sure M.J. would have wanted them on the concert if he was still alive right now. They need KISS for the show.

On top of that, Gene isn’t the only person in the world who thinks M.J. was a pedophile. There are plenty of people who think of M.J. the same way.

Kev

Report: Kiss is no longer a Billboard hit, Michael Buble steals the legendary band’s spotlight…

Kiss’s new album, “Sonic Boom” couldn’t even make no. 1 in the Billboard. Instead, a new singer/songwriter that is unknown steal the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer hopefuls spotlight. That is Michael Buble.

Kiss only sold 108,000 copies of “Sonic Boom”, while Buble sold 132,000.

108,000 copies of “Sonic Boom” is not really that great if you think about it. So that’s further proof that not many people out there care for Kiss anymore. I like Kiss but only with Ace Frehley. I don’t like Kiss with other guitarists.

Billboard reports:

http://www.billboard.com/news/michael-buble-beats-kiss-on-billboard-200-1004021931.story#/news/michael-buble-beats-kiss-on-billboard-200-1004021931.story

Kev

Report: Kiss, LL Cool J, Chilli Peppers, Genesis, etc. nominated for the Rock Hall of Fame…

New nominations for this year’s “Rock Hall of Fame” in Cleveland, Ohio has been announced this year. This year nominations includes the legends Kiss, LL Cool J, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Genesis, The Hollies, and Laura Nyro.

The Associated Press reports:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h26sDU2Ys1-gBdz91XJAUZ-jvO1QD9AT0QUG1

Me thinks, Kiss will get in no matter what. So will the Chilli Peppers and LL Cool J. Genesis will definitely get in.

I don’t know about Laura Nyro though, I don’t even know who that is.

If Genesis finally does get inducted, I wonder if Peter Gabriel will be part of that induction since he was the first frontman of that band before Phil Collins? I’m sure they’ll let Peter be part of this. I don’t see why not?

So you ask, LL Cool J is not rock, he is strictly rap and hip hop, how does he get nominated? I’m willing to bet the song “Mama Said Knock You Out”, is what got him the nomination, that tune is kind of like a rock song.

Kev