Friday, February 29, 2008

Random KISS Update

Whether you want it or not, it's time for a roundup of what the original members of KISS have been up to:

Paul Stanley is reportedly having a penthouse suite built atop Palms Place in Vegas, fueling rumors that he is in talks with Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, the Vegas version of Phantom of the Opera. Stanley had a great run playing the Phantom in the Toronto production in 1999. Him posting the rumor on his own Web site is not doing anything to squash the buzz.

Ace Frehley, as we know, is on tour. But now his forthcoming CD has a name - "Pain in the Neck." Seems that the CD has a guest lead from Slash. And Ace is trying to cop the success of his original solo release from 1978 (all four KISS solo albums were issued on my 10th birthday in 1978 - how cool is that?). Ace says, "I've been listening to my first solo album with KISS, because everybody says that's their favorite record. I was trying to figure out what made it so special, so I'm trying to incorporate a lot of what that record had for this new CD. It has a lot of different aspects and shows different musical sides of me and it's something I'm trying to recapture. I don't know if I can do it but I'm gonna take a shot at it." Good luck, Ace. That first album rules.

Gene Simmons is still a scumbag. While the furor over his sex tape is dying down, he made the following comment on his site: "You should know for the record, the garbage was recorded without my knowledge and is a page from my past. It happened and there's nothing I can do to repair that. The black-and-white footage may have been decades old. The entity behind the garbage has repeatedly tried to make money off of this and we have always refused. This is not the first time the entity has tried to blackmail and extort us. We have always refused and we will continue to refuse." First of all, look at Gene in the tape. It is not 'decades old.' Secondly, I feel really bad for him (not). It's not like he didn't hump this chick in the first place. Really hard to feel any pity for old Gene here.

And Peter Criss? Well, he pretty much still sucks ass.


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VoxMoose said...

So what is the deal with Peter Criss? I'm guessing from your comment, you don't regard him has the Mike Anthony of KISS.

Isorski said...

Let's be straight here. I love KISS because of how much of an impact they made on me as a kid. I actually wanted to play drums before guitar, and it was 100 percent because of Peter Criss.

But he hasn't done anything good in decades and really never was that good of a drummer. If you analyze his playing on anything past Alive, he lost a lot of his passion and wild abandon. And I can name three KISS albums where his name is on the album but someone else played the drums!

Isorski said...

Oh, and Sue - thank you! I appreciate your nice compliment.

Chris said...

I had the pleasure of spending 30 head-exploding minutes on the phone with Ace Frehley today. I did my best not to pull a "Chris Farley interviews Paul McCartney" SNL bit rewind, and I think I pulled it off. I hope.

Isorski said...

OK, what? Awesome! Did you ask him about Gene's sex tape? Are you writing a story on ole Ace? If so, I'd like to post it.

Chris said...

Isorski, you want to hit me with an email? Mine is I can hook you up with some info before anything posts online. You can absolutely post whatever you want over here!