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A Conversation With Bruce Kulick

fullsizeoutput_1e3dA couple days prior to the 2016 NJ KISS Expo, I had the opportunity to interview former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick. I’ve never heard anyone say anything negative about Bruce, and now I know why. Both on the phone and at the Expo, he was as nice as could be and willing to answer all of my questions. For the latest news on Bruce and his exciting musical journey, make sure to visit his website and follow him on social mediaRead more…

KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 92

fullsizeoutput_1e40Yesterday I took part in another episode of the KISSFAQ podcast! I, along with other diehard KISS fans, discussed our thoughts on the 2016 NJ KISS Expo. You can listen to this episode on iTunes, or watch a video of it below on YouTube. Enjoy!

KISStory is Made at 2016 NJ KISS Expo

fullsizeoutput_1e3aAt the 2016 NJ KISS Expo the KISS Army descended upon the Hotel Somerset-Bridgewater to celebrate their favorite band: KISS. For those that haven’t been to one of these events before, there are various vendors, with tables overflowing with merchandise, special guests taking photos with fans and autographing items and other fun happenings for everyone to enjoy. Read more…

Meeting Dennis DeYoung

fullsizeoutput_1e2aThis past Saturday night I met Dennis DeYoung, former STYX lead vocalist on several of the band’s biggest hits, some of which include “Babe,” “Come Sail Away” and “The Best of Times.” Dennis performed all of these hits and more during the concert, and his voice was as beautiful and powerful as ever.

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Book Review: WWE Encyclopedia of Sports-Entertainment

wwe_encyclopedia_3rd_3dDK Publishing, the company that has produced an unending string of fantastic books about WWE and other pop-culture phenomena, has a new release coming out later this month: WWE Encyclopedia of Sports-Entertainment. DK was nice enough to send me an advance copy of the book to review. I’m happy to report that this is one of the greatest books they’ve ever produced. For all of the details, including a look at what’s inside this sports-entertainment tome, watch my video review below.

KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 91

10750165_10102791720012593_2573929942104802060_oTonight I took part in another episode of the KISSFAQ podcast! I, along with other diehard KISS fans, discussed our thoughts on Ace Frehley live in 2016. We talked about his setlist, whether or not he can still bring it and the rumor that he may be rejoining KISS in 2017. You can listen to this episode on iTunes, or watch a video of it below on YouTube. Enjoy!

Meeting Bruce Springsteen

img_8334Three weeks ago I attended my first Bruce Springsteen concert. Today I met “The Boss.” Well, to be accurate, I did see Bruce perform with The E Street Band when they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame two years ago. I was there with my cousin, mainly to see KISS and Hall & Oates be inducted, but seeing Bruce rock out, along with several other rock icons, made for an entertaining evening full of music. Nevertheless, the Bruce Springsteen concert I attended three weeks ago was my first time seeing a full-length performance by New Jersey’s favorite son, and it was awesome. It was also the longest U.S. concert he’s ever performed. But enough of that. Let me tell you about Bruce’s event at the Free Library of Philadelphia promoting his new autobiography: Born to Run.

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A Conversation With Dennis DeYoung, Former STYX Vocalist

dennis-deyoungI had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite singers and one of the greatest voices in the history of music: Dennis DeYoung, lead vocalist of STYX hits “Come Sail Away,” “Babe,” “Mr. Roboto,” “The Best of Times,” “Don’t Let It End,” “Show Me The Way,” and “Lady.”

Our discussion lasted for more than an hour and we covered a myriad of topics, including Barry Manilow, Journey, what DeYoung misses most about being in STYX, the state of the music industry, politicians using music without the permission of the artists, and much more. DeYoung was funny, charming, smart, and easily one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve ever conducted.

Make sure to visit DeYoung’s website for the latest tour dates. He has two performances in the Philadelphia/New Jersey/New York area coming up in October. I’m attending his show on October 8 at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa. For those of you closer to New York, DeYoung has an October 21 performance scheduled at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, with special guest Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist of Journey.

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Icons of Wrestling II: Sting, Bret Hart & Shane Douglas

14344881_1807659479480800_9117730191397715144_nToday I went to Icons of Wrestling II, which took place at the famous ECW Arena in Philadelphia. My main reason for going was to get a photo with WCW and WWE legend Sting, and to meet and finally get a photo with a wrestler I grew up watching in the 1990s: Bret “The Hitman” Heart.

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KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 88

issue-1-cover-2016-744x1024-1Last night I took part in my first episode of the KISSFAQ podcast! I, along with three other diehard KISS fans, discussed our thoughts on the new Official KISS Magazine. You can listen to this episode on iTunes, or watch a video of it below on YouTube. Unfortunately, the YouTube video is audio only because one of the other guests on the show had technical issues with video. I look forward to being part of future episodes of the KISSFAQ podcast. It’s a great show!

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