ACE FREHLEY Signs With eOne Music

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Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has inked a new two-album deal with eOne Music.

Frehley has spent the past few days in the studio with drummer Matt Starr (BURNING RAIN) and bassist Chris Wyse (THE CULTOWL) working on Ace‘s new CD. An early 2014 release is expected.

Frehley‘s last album, “Anomaly”, was made available as a 2-LP vinyl set featuring two new limited-edition colors on October 1 via Brookvale Records. Only 750 units of each color were manufactured.

Frehley told Billboard.com in a 2009 interview that he intended “Anomaly” to “kind of pick up where I left off with my first solo album” — 1978’s “Ace Frehley”.

“Prior to going into the studio, I listened to that first album, which everybody cites as their favorite Ace record,” Frehley said. “I dissected it and tried to get into the same mind set this time around. I think I recaptured some of the musical textures and attitude and vibe that I had on that first record.”

“Anomaly” was recorded at Schoolhouse Studios in New York and at Ace‘s home studio in Westchester, New York.

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ACE FREHLEY Slams GENE SIMMONS Over ‘Cancer’ Comments: ‘All He Can Do Is Badmouth Other People’

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Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was interviewed on this past Friday night’s (November 1) edition of Eddie Trunk‘s “Eddie Trunk Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM. A few excerpts from the chat follow below (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On possibly being inducted — along with his fellow original KISS members — into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next spring:

Frehley: “I’m happy that I’m gonna be inducted — most likely — next year, in April, in New York City, and it should be a great event. There’s no way [KISS bassist/vocalist] Gene [Simmons] can put a lid on it. I mean, what’s he gonna do?”

On Gene Simmons‘ recent comments in an interview in which he compared being in a band with Frehley and original KISS drummer Peter Criss to having “cancer in your system” which must be cut out “as fast as you can”:

Frehley: “I don’t know what’s up with Gene. He used to say to me in the ’70s, every time I did something stupid, he’d go, ‘Ace, you’re shooting yourself in the foot again.’ Well, he’s been shooting himself in the foot for years.

Gene‘s living in the past. He’s become a caricature of himself. I mean, from the very beginning, his only motivation was money. The guy has no friends; he’s not respected by his peers; he’s pissed off thousands of fans; he’s never had a hit single, like I’ve had. I had the most successful Gibson signature-series guitar in history. He didn’t. It goes on and on. He took the safe route: he never got loaded, he never partied. I took the same route Elvis Presley took and [JimiHendrix and Keith Richards and Jim Morrison… it’s endless. I have all this life experience and thank God I can live to talk about it. What’s he gonna talk about? All he can do is badmouth other people.”

On his refusal to appear in what’s being billed as the definitive KISS documentary, “You Wanted The Best You Got The Best”, an officially sanctioned film which is being directed by Alan G. Parker:

Frehley: “I don’t know. I found it very weird that, instead of getting a call from Gene or [KISS manager] Doc McGhee or [KISS guitarist/vocalist] Paul [Stanley], because they’re behind this documentary, instead of getting a call from them, I get a call from my bodyguard, and he got a call from KISS‘ bodyguard about me doing an interview for this documentary. They tried to go through the back door — probably because they don’t wanna pay me any money, as usual, and it left a bad taste in my mouth, and I just passed on it. You want me to do a documentary? Let me know how much money you’re making, give me my fair share, and I’ll sit down and talk. You don’t wanna do it that way? Forget about it… If KISS is behind the documentary, Paul and Gene are making the lion’s share of the funds.”

On reports that he is fighting a foreclosure action on on his home in Yorktown in Northern Westchester County, New York, 35 miles from New York City, the $735,000 mortgage on which the guitarist reportedly stopped paying on March 1, 2011:

Frehley: “I left the house over two and a half years ago. My attorney is taking care of it. It’s not in foreclosure. Things got blown out of propotion. Somebody didn’t take care of what they were supposed to do. And my attorney is taking care of it. But, basically, I’m out in California now, and I have people living on that property, taking care of it, and they’ve been showing it to people who are interested in possibly purchasing it. And the whole thing was kind of a misunderstanding.”

On how he likes living in California:

Frehley: “I’ve lived in New York my whole life. A lot of people used to come out to California and say, ‘Hey, what are you doing? You are a traitor.’ But since I’ve been out here, I don’t see myself coming back. I like the climate. I couldn’t do the winters anymore. Once you hit 60, it’s, like, get me outta here.”

Roseland Ballroom, Historic NYC Venue, Closing In April

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Story via Billboard.com

New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard, though no official announcement has been made.

The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg and booked by Live Nation, opened at its 52nd street location, a converted skating rink, in 1958 and is a sentimental favorite for many bands. The history of the venue in New York dates back to 1919, when it was located at 51st and Broadway, and prior to that in Philadelphia.

Evolving from ballroom dancing in the ‘20s to popular music, Roseland has for years been a favored New York play for a wide range of bands from the early days of rock, through disco, grunge, modern rock, jam, pop, urban and EDM. The venue found a new gear with a $1 million production/rigging renovation in the early ‘90s, funded by Ginsberg, which led to more high profile bookings of multiple dates on bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and other hot acts when competition in that cap range was not as fierce.

The room sits its in a sweet spot in terms of capacity at about 3,500, just right for developing bands climbing up the venue ladder as well as bigger bands, including the likes of the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Radiohead, that want to create buzz with an underplay. But its capacity is also a highly competitive space in the market, with AEG’s Best Buy Theater at about 2,500, Live Nation’s 3,500-cap Hammerstein Ballroom, Bowery Presents Terminal 5 at 3,000 cap, and the 2,800-cap Beacon Theatre, operated by Madison Square Garden.

Still, Roseland remains a busy room, and one artists and agents prefer in many cases, so the move to close is likely related more to property values than the venue’s bottom line.

The closing of Roseland will be “a huge loss for concerts in New York City,” says Ken Fermaglich at the Agency Group, who was surprised to hear the venue would shutter. “I love the venue and always have. I saw Nirvana there and will never forget that show.”

Among the acts currently on the Roseland calendar are Danzig, Fitz & the Tantrums, the Wanted, Pretty Lights, Hoodie Allen, and Panic! At the Disco. While no announcement has been made, it is likely that high profile artists will want to send the building off in style.

Live Nation New York and Roseland could not be reached for comment at press time. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

GENERATION KILL: ‘We’re All Gonna Die’ Info

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GENERATION KILL, the band featuring EXODUS frontman Rob Dukes, will release its sophomore album, “We’re All Gonna Die”, on November 15 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who has previously worked with SUICIDE SILENCEALL THAT REMAINSSHADOWS FALL and SOULFLY, among others.

In the video clip below, Dukes and GENERATION KILL bassist Rob Moschetti (formerly of PRO-PAIN and M.O.D.) talk about their old-school songwriting approach on “We’re All Gonna Die”.

Commented Dukes: “We called this album ‘We’re All Gonna Die’ because, for the most part, the lyrics are about the darker side of the existence of humans on this planet.

“The album as a whole is so diverse, drawing from our influences that we grew up on.

“We achieved our goal of creating something that we all are so proud of. I personally think this is the strongest vocal performance of my career, and as a band we can’t wait for the hard rock/metal world to hear this album.”

Added Zeuss: “This album is not an EXODUS clone. This is an album of music where five guys got together an explored our own roots of music, the records we grew up listening to and wrote songs paying homage to what we love.”

“We’re All Gonna Die” track listing:

01. Born To Serve
02. Prophets Of War
03. Self Destruction
04. Friendly Fire
05. Carny Love
06. Vegas
07. There Is No Hope
08. We’re All Gonna Die

GENERATION KILL‘s debut album, “Red White And Blood”, was released in September 2011. The CD was recorded at J. Rod Production Studios in New City, New York (where the vocal tracks for EXODUS‘ “Let There Be Blood” and OVERKILL‘s “Ironbound” were previously laid down).

GENERATION KILL is:

Rob Dukes – Vocals
Rob Moschetti – Bass/Backing Vocals
Jason Trenczer – Lead Guitar
Jason Velez – Lead Guitar
James DeMaria – Drums

ILL NIÑO PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO

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ILL NIÑO have premiered a new music video for “Forgive Me Father”,the latest single from the album, Epidemia. From the pews to the pit, join Christian Machado (vocals) for a metal-infused sermonbound to convert all non-believers.

Watch “Forgive Me Father” here.

 

 

Currently on the road for The American Epidemia Tour, ILL NIÑO is honoring the US Military, offering either free admission or 2 for 1 admission with a Military ID. Check out the tour video and see a full list of tour dates here.


Tour Dates:
10/1 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/2 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
10/3 – New Orleans, LA @ Hanger 13
10/4 – Winter Park, FL @ The Haven Lounge
10/5 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Roc Bar
10/6 – St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
10/8 – Spring Lake Park, MN @ POV’s
10/9 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/10 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
10/11 – Detroit, MI @ I Rock
10/12 – Marion, OH @ Tink’s Rockhouse
10/13 – Louisville, KY @ The Vernon Club
10/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
10/19 – Nashua, NH @ Bernie’s
10/20 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/22 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/23 – Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s By The Sea
10/24 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
10/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/26 – Fayetteville, NC @ The Drunken Horse Pub

EXODUS Singer’s GENERATION KILL: New Album Details Revealed

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GENERATION KILL, the band featuring EXODUS frontman Rob Dukes, will release its sophomore album, “We’re All Gonna Die”, on November 15 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who has previously worked with SUICIDE SILENCEALL THAT REMAINSSHADOWS FALL and SOULFLY, among others.

Commented Dukes: “We called this album ‘We’re All Gonna Die’ because, for the most part, the lyrics are about the darker side of the existence of humans on this planet.

“The album as a whole is so diverse, drawing from our influences that we grew up on.

“We achieved our goal of creating something that we all are so proud of. I personally think this is the strongest vocal performance of my career, and as a band we can’t wait for the hard rock/metal world to hear this album.”

Added Zeuss: “This album is not an EXODUS clone. This is an album of music where five guys got together an explored our own roots of music, the records we grew up listening to and wrote songs paying homage to what we love.”

“We’re All Gonna Die” track listing:

01. Born To Serve
02. Prophets Of War
03. Self Destruction
04. Friendly Fire
05. Carny Love
06. Vegas
07. There Is No Hope
08. We’re All Gonna Die

GENERATION KILL‘s debut album, “Red White And Blood”, was released in September 2011. The CD was recorded at J. Rod Production Studios in New City, New York (where the vocal tracks for EXODUS‘ “Let There Be Blood” and OVERKILL‘s “Ironbound” were previously laid down).

GENERATION KILL is:

Rob Dukes – Vocals
Rob Moschetti – Bass/Backing Vocals
Jason Trenczer – Lead Guitar
Jason Velez – Lead Guitar
James DeMaria – Drums

SEBASTIAN BACH Says He Was ‘Asked’ To Replace VINCE NEIL In MÖTLEY CRÜE

ImageFormer SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach says that he was asked to replace Vince Neil in MÖTLEY CRÜE but that he turned down the opportunity because he thought his situation at the time was better. Neil was fired from MÖTLEY CRÜE in 1992 due to personal differences and was replaced by John Corabi. With Corabi on vocals, MÖTLEY CRÜE released one critically acclaimed full-length CD, which ended up being a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top-Ten placing on the album chart. Asked by a fan on Twitter if he was ever considered to replace Vince in MÖTLEY CRÜE, Bach replied that he was not just “considered” but that he was actually “asked” by CRÜE if he wanted to join the band as its new lead singer. He then added that the story of how close he came to becoming a member of MÖTLEY CRÜE might be included in his upcoming autobiography, which he is currently working on and for which he recently revealed that he had “a big offer from a big book company.” When another fan pressed Bach on why the singer turned down the offer to join MÖTLEY CRÜE, Bach replied: “The short answer is that I actually thought at the time this band SKID ROW was better.” Sebastian then added, “Gee, I sure know how to pick ’em.” In a November 2012 interview with the “Eddie Trunk Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM, Bach stated about his former band: “I will always be the singer of SKID ROW, no matter what. There’s no other guy. It’s like… John Corabi, I love ya — it’s great — but where’s Vince? I mean, that’s the way it is. Walk down the street with me and count how many times [people scream out], ‘Youth Gone Wild! SKID ROW!’ It’s like people shout out of the cars.”