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A Conversation With Chip Z’Nuff

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The classic rock band Enuff Z’Nuff just released Clowns Lounge, a collection of rarities and early demos that have been partially reworked and re-recorded by the band. This exceptional collection also features a guest appearance from the late Jani Lane, of Warrant, as well as an appearance from James Young of Styx on “The Devil Of Shakespeare.” Prior to the release of this excellent album, I had the opportunity to interview the band’s founder and bassist, Chip Z’Nuff. Check out our discussion below, pick up a copy of Clowns Lounge and look out for Enuff Z’Nuff in early 2017 when they’re touring with KISS’ original guitarist, Ace Frehley.

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KISS Kruise VI: Creatures Of The Deep

212_kiss_img_0217I recently returned from KISS Kruise VI, my third and final time on the high seas with the “Hottest Band in the World”: KISS. Each KISS Kruise I’ve been on has been special. KISS Kruise III was my first time partaking in such a wild adventure, I got to see and discover bands I knew little about (i.e.,  Night Ranger and Vintage Trouble) and I made a slew of new friends. On KISS Kruise IV I was dressed to the nines with my favorite band as we took part in the the greatest photo I’ll ever get with KISS because we were all “Dressed to Kill.” And this year’s KISS Kruise was special for a variety of reasons. Let me tell you all about it.

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A Conversation With KISS’ Tommy Thayer

Photograph by Will Byington.

Photograph by Will Byington.

Yesterday I returned from KISS Kruise VI, my third and final sea-bound voyage with the “Hottest Band in the World,” and a few days prior to this trip I interviewed the band’s lead guitarist: Tommy Thayer. As you can see below, I asked Tommy several questions that many fans want answers to and he was more than happy to oblige. Stay tuned for my full recap of KISS Kruise VI, which I’ll post when I get my photo with the band, which should be at some point later this month. Until then, I hope you enjoy my interview with Tommy!

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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…

A Conversation With John Regan

Photo by Tracy Ketcher.

Photo: Tracy Ketcher

On the heels of my review of Four By Fate’s debut albumRelentless, I had the opportunity to interview the band’s bassist, John Regan. In addition to being one of the co-founders of Four By Fate, John has a rich history of working with some of the biggest names in rock and roll history, including David Bowie, Ace Frehley, Mick Jagger, David Lee Roth, John Waite, Peter Frampton, and Billy Idol, among others. During our hour-long conversation, we covered everything from the formation of Four By Fate to John’s time in the studio and on the road with Ace Frehley. We also talked about how John feels that Ace Frehley will inevitably rejoin KISS, and much more. I hope you enjoy the interview with John Regan, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Four By Fate’s new album on June 3.

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KISS Kruise IV: Paul Stanley Q&A

919Today I bought tickets to see KISS on their “Freedom to Rock” tour in Allentown on September 1. I got great seats for the show – 13th row, in front of Gene – and for a reasonable price. This concert is taking place two months before I hop aboard KISS Kruise VI, so you could say I’m going to have a KISS-filled fall. Speaking of the KISS Kruise, below is a video I recently uploaded of Paul Stanley’s hour-long Q&A from KISS Kruise IV. Enjoy!

 

Review – KISS Kruise IV: Dressed To Kill

Me, dressed to kill, with KISS.

Dressed to kill with KISS.

Below is my video review of KISS Kruise IV, as well as photos and videos from this unforgettable event. Enjoy!

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KISS Kruise IV, Here I Come!

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20 autographed copies of Gene Simmons' new book: Me, Inc.

20 autographed copies of Gene Simmons’ new book: Me, Inc.

Vintage Trouble: The Swing House Sessions Tour

906175_10101902085512263_2096428306_oVintage Trouble, arguably the greatest modern rock band, is currently on the road for The Swing House Sessions Tour in support of their new EP. I had the pleasure of interviewing the guys last week about their wonderful music, style and success, so stay tuned for that in the weeks to come. And I’m attending their concert this Wednesday night in Philadelphia at Underground Arts.

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A Conversation With Jack Blades – Part 1

Jack BladesBelow is the first part of my two-part interview with the lead singer and bassist of Night Ranger, Jack Blades. You can read part two here and check out my review of Night Ranger’s new album, High Road.

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