KISS just announced the final 50 shows of its End of the Road World Tour, and the band is ending its last tour ever with a two-night stand at Madison Square Garden in New York City. I secured a ticket for night one (December 1) of this history farewell to the KISS Army in the city the band was born 50 years ago. If you want to attend one of these final 50 shows, below is more information.Continue reading
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KISS Rare 1974 Bandit Makeup Concert Footage
On January 26, 1974, KISS performed at the Academy of Music in New York City. At this show, Paul Stanley wore his short-lived bandit makeup. Below is rare footage from this concert.Continue reading
KISS Rare 1975 Dressed To Kill Tour Clip: New York City
On March 31, 1975, KISS performed the third show of its Dressed To Kill Tour at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Below is a rare clip from this concert.Continue reading
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!
ThrillerFest X: David Morrell Interviews Nelson DeMille
I just returned from New York City where I attended, for the third year in a row, ThrillerFest, the premier annual conference for mystery and thriller writers. This event, hosted by International Thriller Writers (ITW), is heaven for established writers, aspiring writers and fans of the genre. Attendees get to learn from and network with the best writers in the industry. It’s a fabulous environment that inspires everyone to take their reading and writing to the next level.
I captured a ton of great content during this amazing conference, and over the next several weeks and months I will share with you what I learned and experienced, including photos, videos, highlights from panels, and interviews.
A Conversation With Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander
On Thursday night I went to go see the Robin Zander Band (RZB) perform in New York City, and it was a terrific show. I had first seen Robin with Cheap Trick a few months back on KISS Kruise IV, and I also attended one of his solo acoustic shows during the cruise. Both concerts were great, and the RZB performance this past week was just as compelling. It was two hours of fun classic rock in an intimate setting, and I got to meet Robin after the concert. Check out the band’s website for upcoming tour dates as they put on a show you don’t want to miss.
In addition to attending a great concert and meeting Robin, his band and his son, I had the opportunity to interview Robin Zander on Friday right before he hit the stage. We talked about everything from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to KISS to new Cheap Trick music. Also included below are photos and videos from the RZB concert in New York City. Enjoy!
Night Ranger’s Still Rockin’ America
On Wednesday night I went up to New York City to catch Night Ranger’s concert at B.B. King’s. I was fortunate enough to meet the band backstage, as you can see from the photo above with me and Jack Blades…and Kelly Keagy peering over our shoulders.
2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Today was the start of the first pre-sale for tickets for the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Of course, I was in a meeting when they went on sale and so was my cousin, who is joining me at the event. To solve the problem, I enlisted the help of my girlfriend. At 10 a.m. she was logged in and was ready to buy the tickets and after clicking “search,” she was greeted by a message saying no tickets were available. After persistently searching for what felt like an endless amount of time, she finally secured two tickets and bought them.
Where did all the other tickets go, you ask? Well, they were snatched up by sites like StubHub, which is essentially legalized scalping. Tickets similar to the ones I got for $92.50 on Ticketmaster cost $244 on StubHub. How could they possibly justify such an exorbitant increase? They can’t, which is why it’s a rip-off that only harms the fans.
I’m thrilled that I’m attending this event because I’m going to see two of my favorite bands – KISS and Hall & Oates – get the respect that they deserve from an institution that has ignored their great artistic contributions for far too long.
If you’re looking for tickets to the ceremony, avoid StubHub and try and purchase them during one of the sale dates below:
Onsale to General Public
Start: Sat, 03/01/14 10:00 AM EST
Start: Mon, 02/24/14 09:00 AM EST
End: Fri, 02/28/14 10:00 PM EST
VIP Packages Presale
Start: Mon, 02/24/14 09:00 AM EST
End: Fri, 02/28/14 10:00 PM EST
VIP Packages Post-Sale
Start: Sat, 03/01/14 10:00 AM EST
End: Thu, 03/20/14 05:00 PM EDT
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member Presale
Start: Fri, 02/21/14 10:00 AM EST
End: Sun, 02/23/14 09:00 PM EST
When I Met Melissa Manchester
Yesterday was a great day. I went to New York City with my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day weekend and we saw an excellent movie – American Hustle, went to a great restaurant – The Writing Room – and capped off the day with a Melissa Manchester concert.
In December 2013 I interviewed Melissa for my blog and she was as nice as could be and full of great stories. For those that haven’t read it yet, you can check it out here. One of the topics covered in the interview was yesterday’s concert in NYC. Melissa said, “you never know what I might sing” and boy was she right. The set list included a variety of her biggest hits, including “Midnight Blue,” “Come in From the Rain” and my favorite, “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” She also sang “Something Wonderful” from The King and I and new material from her upcoming album, You Gotta Love the Life. There were countless other songs during the hour-and-a-half concert, including a blistering performance of “I Know Who I Am,” a song that was featured in a trailer for the Tyler Perry movie For Colored Girls. And after the concert came to a close with Cole Porter’s “I Happen to Like New York,” Melissa and her talented musicians were met with a well-deserved standing ovation.
As you can see from the photo above, I had the chance to meet Melissa in person after the show and she was as lovely in person as she was on the phone. She took the time to meet and take photos with fans, as well as autograph items. The line to meet her went to the back of the room but she stuck around until every fan was satisfied. I was very impressed.
If you ever have the opportunity to see Melissa Manchester, go for it. In addition to having a spectacular voice, she’s got great stage presence and an appreciative personality. It was a terrific evening of music and I wouldn’t hesitate to see her again.
Below is a live performance of the aforementioned song, “I Know Who I Am,” from a 2010 concert. Enjoy!
ThrillerFest VIII – Day 4
The fourth and final day of ThrillerFest was just as enjoyable as the ones that preceded it. As you can see from the photo above, I left the conference with a ton of books. Below are highlights, photos and videos from the final day of ThrillerFest, including the entire 43-minute interview with Michael Connelly. I’m attending next year’s conference, which I’m sure will be even better. Now I have to try and finish these books before next July. Wish me luck!
Does Speed Kill?
- “Writing expository material in my books makes me feel like I’m running in mud.” – Andrew Gross
- “I don’t like to write books that feel like screenplays.” – A.J. Hartley
- “If you have a sprint from the beginning of the book to the end, without slowing down, there’s no depth to it at that point.” – Sheldon Siegel
- “If my wife stops reading my book in the middle of a chapter, I ask her why.” – John Gilstrap
- “I love to go to plays to see where the acts end and whether or not people get up from their seats during the intermission. It’s a great way to learn about pacing.” – Heather Graham
T. Jefferson Parker Interview
- “I decided to be a reporter so I could pursue my passion for writing and in my free time work on novels.”
- “I didn’t want to be a series writer. I didn’t see myself in that place, at that time.”
- “The great thing about being a writer is you can be sitting on the boardwalk in Laguna Beach, minding your own business, and the main character in your next novel can walk right in front of you.”
- “When it comes to the writing process, I’m a Monday through Friday kind of guy, from 7 to 5 pm. If I can get five pages done, it’s a good day.”
- “The hardest part for me is not writing. It takes me three months to come up with an idea good enough to start writing. Then it takes me about six months to finish the first draft, and another three months to make it as good as I can before I send it off to my agent.”
- “The shortest outline I wrote was on a bar napkin. After explaining the outline to the publisher, my agent called me the next day and said, ‘I don’t know what you wrote on that napkin but the publisher just bought it.’”
- “For Laguna Heat, I threw away 2,500 pages over a five year period. I never worked so hard to make a book readable. In total, there were six drafts.”
- “I love to read; it’s nourishment for me. I usually have two or three books going at a time. If I didn’t read while I write, I’d never read.”
- Young writers’ first goal should be to find their own voice, and stop trying to write like their heroes.”
- “I still feel that my best work is ahead.”
Are Young Adult Novels Meant For Adults?
- “A lot of my readers are adults because they grew up with me. I’m nostalgia to them. I’m Hall & Oates.” – R.L. Stine
- “There was a statistic saying that 52% of YA readers are adults. But if you remove The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, I’m not sure that’s true.” – Michelle Gagnon
- “I wrote my first young adult book in five weeks.” – Barry Lyga
- “I write YA because that’s what I like to read.” – Linda Gerber
- “Young adult novels have a direct, powerful and emotional point of view.” – Allen Zadoff
- “On social media, 30% of my followers are adults.” – Lissa Price
- “I don’t think it’s so remarkable that adults read YA. We all used to be teenagers.” – Kat Rosenfield