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KISS Guitarist Tommy Thayer – “Ace Frehley Was At The Top Of His Game On Those First Three To Four Albums; There’s No Question About It”

Anthony Morgan at Metal Forces Magazine recently caught up with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. An excerpt from the interview is available below:

January 2013 box set The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 collects all of the 29 KISS singles to be originally issued through Neil Bogart-founded label Casablanca Records, many of which KISS still perform live to this very day.

“My favourite early KISS material is the first three albums (February 1974’s Kiss, October 1974’s Hotter Than Hell, and March 1975’s Dressed To Kill),” Tommy cites. “The first four albums I should say, including Alive! (September 1975). Anything on any of those records is just phenomenal stuff. The band was new, the band was raw, and you can hear it in the singing. You can hear it in the guitar playing; Ace (Frehley) was at the top of his game on those first three to four albums. There’s no question about it.

“That’s really where I cut my teeth when I was starting to play guitar. I’ve been playing all of those tunes for almost 40 years now (laughs), and that’s why I know them so well. Really though, some of my favourite stuff is off of our new album Monster. The guitar playing on that and the guitar solos are something that I’m very proud of. I really came out of my shell on this. It’s very in-your-face, and the guitar playing and the album itself is something that we’re all very proud of and very excited about. I’m looking forward to everybody hearing that.”

Performing pre-existing licks, the axe-slinger doesn’t opt to deviate away from original renditions.

“Whether it’s Ace or any of the other guitar players that wrote and recorded guitar parts on the KISS records, I want to try to play them as faithfully as I can to the way they were originally written and recorded,” he divulges. “I think that most fans and most people who go to the concerts want to hear them that way. I know that when I go to see a show, I want to hear those songs played the way that I know them. It’s always disheartening when you see maybe a new guitar player come into a situation or into a band that you like and you’re seeing them live in concert, and he’s not faithful to the parts. It’s not as good to me that way, and I’ve never liked that as much. I’ve always tried to get that stuff as close as I can to the originals, because that’s the way it’s supposed to be and that’s the way it’s supposed to sound.”

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KISS have scheduled a run of Canadian shows in July and August, which will include smaller cities the band have never visited on past tours.

Scheduled dates, with venues and further details to be announced, include:

5 – Victoria, BC
6 – Vancouver, BC
8 – Penticton, BC or Ketowna, BC
10 – Lelthbridge, AB
12 – Edmonton, AB
13 – Calgary, AB
14 – Moose Jaw, SK
16 – Saskatoon, SK
17 – Estevan, SK
18 – Brandon, MB
20 – Cadot, MB
22 – Winnipeg, MB
25 – London, ON
26 – Ottawa, ON or Hamilton, ON
27 – Ottawa, ON
29 – Montreal, QC
31 – St. John, NB

1 – Halifax, NS
3 – St. Johns, NL

Stay tuned for updates on this Canadian trek.

KISS’ PAUL STANLEY Interviewed On Nights With ALICE COOPER; Part 2 Streaming

ALICE COOPER recently interviewed KISS singer/guitarist PAUL STANLEY for his Nights With Alice Cooper radio show on Planet Rock.

Part 2 of the chat is currently streaming at this location.

Click here to listen to the first part of the interview. The interview starts after 3:08:00.

Former KISS Guitarist ACE FREHLEY’s Home In Foreclosure

Ernie Garcia of lohud.com reports that a bank is accusing former KISS guitarist ACE FREHLEY of not paying the mortgage on his Yorktown home for almost two years.

U.S. Bank National Association claims that the rock star, whose real name is Paul Frehley, stopped paying his $735,000 mortgage on March 1, 2011.

In its February 15th foreclosure filing, the bank asked the court to order a sale of the home to pay for the outstanding principal of $703,581.48 plus interest, late charges and other expenses.

Frehley, 61, borrowed the money in 2006 for the one-family home at 1347 Spring Valley Road that sits on 3.01 acres. The 2,441-square-foot house has two floors, three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Further details available here.


Rock Fest this morning officially unveiled the 2013 20th-anniversary lineup to feature headliners KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE and KORN, with one headliner remaining (to be announced). Additional acts slated for the hallmark year include MEGADETH, THE OFFSPRING, SEETHER, WHITESNAKE, DEVICE (featuring David Draiman of DISTURBED), HALESTORM (recent GrammyAward winner for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” for “Love Bites (So Do I)”), STONE SOUR (featuring Corey Taylor of SLIPKNOT), SKILLET, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, POP EVIL and more.

Rock Fest organizers say this year’s festival features both returning fan favorites, as well as highly requested new acts who are making their inaugural trip to Rock Fest. The focus for 2013 20th anniversary was to put together four days of rock acts that would flat-out entertain from the first show of the day straight through to the final show in true 20th-anniversary fashion. There are also some surprises in store for rock fans, such as the return of Brian “Head” Welch, former guitarist for KORN, who will be rejoining the band for their headlining show at Rock Fest 2013, as well as the return of drummer Tommy Aldridge to WHITESNAKE.

Rock Fest is held from Thursday, July 17 to Sunday, July 20 at the Venue in Cadott, Wisconsin. Lineup and ticket information can be found at www.rock-fest.com. The event offers an experience for rock music fans of all ages, focusing on a blend of the biggest and best names in active and classic rock. It is set on 320 acres in central Wisconsin in an interactive natural amphitheater setting, and home to over 8,000 campsites all within walking distance to the concert grounds.

KISS’ PAUL STANLEY Interviewed On Nights With ALICE COOPER; Part 1 Streaming

ALICE COOPER recently interviewed KISS singer/guitarist PAUL STANLEY for his Nights With Alice Cooper radio show on Planet Rock.

Click here to listen to the first part of the interview, which aired on February 13th. The interview starts after 3:08:00.

Part 2 of Alice’s interview with Paul Stanley is set to air on February 21st.