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KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 314

Last night I took part in another episode of the KISSFAQ Podcast. This time around we talked about it being the 40th anniversary of Eric Carr debuting as KISS’ new drummer. We also discussed Ace Frehley’s new single, “Space Truckin’,” from his forthcoming album: Origins, Vol. 2.  Check out the episode below, and enjoy!

KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 306

Last week Bruce Kulick shared the sad news that his brother Bob passed away. An accomplished musician who performed with numerous iconic artists over the years, including Janis Ian and Meat Loaf, Bob played a significant and influential role in KISStory. Making contributions in both a live and studio setting, his work was unmistakable and unrestrained. On the latest episode of the KISSFAQ podcast, we paid tribute to Bob by sharing our memories meeting him and enjoying his timeless work. Bob may be gone but his music will live forever. I hope you enjoy the show.

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KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 304

Last night, I took part in yet another episode of the KISSFAQ podcast. This time around we talked about the upcoming KISS fan-film from Andrew Sgambati entitled One Last Time. Airing May 15 on YouTube and Vimeo, One Last Time is an excellent documentary focused on Andrew’s KISS fandom and the band’s End Of The Road World Tour. As always, it was a blast being part of the KISSFAQ podcast. I hope you enjoy it!

KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 300

During these difficult times of social distancing, I’ve used technology to play online games with friends and even record video podcasts with them. Speaking of which, I was honored to take part in the 300th episode of the KISSFAQ Podcast. Talk about a major milestone! On this episode, we discussed our three greatest KISS-related memories and our biggest KISS-related regrets. Check out the episode below, and enjoy!

Completely Damaged Radio: February 24, 2020

Today, I took part in another episode of Completely Damaged Radio at Montgomery County Community College. I had such a wonderful time on the show back in December that I jumped at the chance to do it again.

This time around we talked about pro wrestling, Barry Manilow, James Patterson, Bruce Springsteen, and all things DDP Yoga, including the upcoming DDP Yoga Retreat. Check out the show (above), and enjoy!

Allentown’s Farewell KISS

On February 4 I attended my fourth KISS concert during the band’s End of the Road tour. It was the second date of this leg of the tour, and one of only two times that KISS is coming anywhere near Philadelphia this year. I already got a ticket for the other show, which takes place in Atlantic City in August. While seeing them in Philadelphia last March was spectacular, this concert may have surpassed it. The band was on fire in Allentown, and David Lee Roth’s killer opening set made the night even more fun.

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KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 282

Tonight I took part in another episode of the KISSFAQ podcast. This time we discussed Take It Off: KISS Truly Unmasked—a great new book by Greg Prato that drops on November 19. Check out our detailed discussion below, where we go chapter by chapter and also provide our overall thoughts on the book. Additionally, this episode includes a 30-minute interview with the author conducted by Julian Gill. Enjoy!

KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 280

Last night, I took part in another episode of the KISSFAQ podcast. This episode focused on KISS Kruise IX. Julian, Alex, and I interviewed David Rudat about his experience on the ship. As a first-timer, he had plenty to share about the pre-kruise festivities, as well as everything that happened on board the ship. It was a pleasure taking part in this podcast. I hope you enjoy it.

KISS Announces Tour Dates & Final Performance

The end is near. On KISS Kruise IX, while amongst the KISS Navy, KISS revealed the band’s final performance on its “End Of The Road” tour. It’s taking place on July 17, 2021 in New York City, where the band was formed, at a yet-to-be-announced location. The band already performed at Madison Square Garden, so that’s out of the question. Will it be at Citi Field in Queens? How about Central Park? No one knows, but I’m sure we’ll find out in the months to come.

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Take It Off: KISS Truly Unmasked

On November 19, a new book about KISS is coming out. Unlike the many that came before it, this one is focused on the non-makeup era of the band, which is from 1983-1996. As a big fan of this KISS time period, I was eager to read this book and see if it lived up to the hype it has been getting. I’m glad to say that, overall, it’s an excellent book with a wealth of information. Inside you’ll find chapters on each album from the band during this era, as well as some additional subcategories. The author provides his thoughts for each of these, while also including insights from industry influencers and those that were either in the band or worked with KISS. My only complaint is I don’t like that Eddie Trunk was included in this book, specifically because Gene and Paul don’t like him (because he doesn’t support the current incarnation of the band) and, as a result, many KISS fans don’t like him either, including yours truly. I think Eddie Trunk’s prominence in this book hurts it and could have a negative impact on sales because of how vehemently opposed some fans are toward him. All of the other guest commentators in this book are perfectly fine, but it’s puzzling why the author chose to highlight someone as polarizing as Eddie Trunk, especially since he’s such a negative force in the KISS world. If you can set this aside, then you should definitely pick up a copy of Take It Off: KISS Truly Unmasked.

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