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GENE SIMMONS On KISS's Final Shows: 'You've Gotta Have The Dignity And Pride To Know When It's Time To Call It Quits'

During an appearance earlier today (Sunday, June 4) on Australia's "The Sunday Project", KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons discussed the band's decision to end its career with two back-to-back shows at Madison Square Garden in New York in early December. He said in part (as transcribed by BLABBERMO...
June 4, 2023

KISS Adds Three U.S. Shows To Final Leg Of 'End Of The Road' Tour

KISS has added three dates to the final North American leg of its "End Of The Road" farewell tour. These final runs of shows will kick off this September and now include stops in Crandon, Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Cleveland, ohio before wrapping up with a massive concert in the city where it...
June 1, 2023

KISS Announces Last-Ever Australian Show At 83,500-Capacity Stadium In Sydney

KISS has announced one final concert in Australia, set to take place on Saturday, October 7 at Sydney's 83,500-capacity Accor Stadium. The surprise show, billed as "The Final Curtain", will mark the band's first and only appearance in Australia following the "End Of The Road" Australian tour in Augu...
May 29, 2023

Is BLACKIE LAWLESS Using Backing Tapes For His Lead Vocals? 'When I'm Up There, I'm Singing My Ass Off', He Says

During a May 25 appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk", W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless was once again asked about complaints from some of the band's fans about the use of backing tracks during the group's live performances. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Abo...
May 26, 2023

DARK ANGEL's GENE HOGLAN: JIM DURKIN's Death 'Was An Absolute Surprise'

DARK ANGEL drummer Gene Hoglan spoke to the Mike Nelson Show about the passing of the band's founding guitarist Jim Durkin, who died on March 8 at the age of 58. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "His loss was a real tragedy to us all. It was an absolute surprise. We knew Jim had some he...
May 25, 2023

VINNIE VINCENT Introduces His New Singer SCOTT BOARD At 'Judgment Day' Listening Party In Nashville

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent says that his VINNIE VINCENT INVASION album "Judgment Day (Guitarmageddon Pt. I)" could finally arrive before the end of the year. The 70-year-old musician, whose real name is Vincent John Cusano, made the comment after holding a listening party for "Judgment Day...
May 24, 2023

DAVID ELLEFSON Completes Narration For Documentary On Late MEGADETH Drummer NICK MENZA

Former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has successfully completed the narration for the long-awaited Nick Menza documentary film "This Was My Life: The Story of Nick Menza". A 30-second clip of Ellefson in the studio can be seen below. Executive producer, director and editor Holly Mollohan from the...
May 23, 2023

KISS Cancels Plymouth Concert Due To 'Logistical Reasons'

According to Plymouth Live, KISS has canceled its June 3 concert at the Home Park stadium in Plymouth, England. Promoter Robomagic announced it was scrapping what was supposed to be the opening night of the European leg of KISS's "End Of The Road" tour due to "logistical reasons". The promoter added...
May 21, 2023

IAN ANDERSON Says MOTÖRHEAD And MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'Spurious Use Of The Umlaut' Was 'Silly'

JETHRO TULL recently released its 23rd studio album, "RökFlöte", via InsideOut Music. Following 2022's "The Zealot Gene", the group's first LP in two decades, Ian Anderson and his bandmates are returning with a 12-track record based on the characters and roles of some of the principal gods of the ol...
May 18, 2023

DARK ANGEL's GENE HOGLAN: We Were 'Shattered' And In 'Absolute Shock' After JIM DURKIN's Death

DARK ANGEL drummer Gene Hoglan spoke to Friday 13th about the passing of the band's founding guitarist Jim Durkin, who died on March 8 at the age of 58. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "It was a shock to us, I'll admit. Jim has always been rather mercurial with us. There'd be times whe...
May 17, 2023

COREY TAYLOR Blasts ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME: 'At This Point, Who Gives A S***, Really?'

In a new interview with Jason Bailey of Audacy Check In, Corey Taylor was asked which of his three projects — SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR or his solo band — he would want to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for. He responded: "Oh, Jesus. At this point, who gives a shit, really? To be honest…...
May 16, 2023

ACE FREHLEY Welcomes Back Drummer SCOT COOGAN For First Time In Five Years

Scot Coogan, a veteran session drummer who has played with Ace Frehley, LYNCH MOB, Lita Ford, Stephen Pearcy and L.A. GUNS, rejoined the original KISS guitarist on stage for the first time in five years on April 29 at Reg Lenna Center For The Arts in Jamestown, New York. Fan-filmed video of the enti...
May 7, 2023

Watch: GENE SIMMONS Performs With BRUCE KULICK And ERIC SINGER At 'An Evening With' VIP Event In Las Vegas

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was joined by KISS drummer Eric Singer and former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick for a performance in Las Vegas on Saturday (May 6) as part of Gene's weekend-long VIP event. The May 5-7 event dubbed "An Evening With Gene Simmons" is being held at the Rio Hotel & C...
May 7, 2023

Watch: TESTAMENT's CHUCK BILLY Says 'LOMBARDO Who?' While Introducing New Drummer CHRIS DOVAS In Colombia

TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy threw shade at the band's former drummer Dave Lombardo during a concert in Colombia. Billy brought up Lombardo's name while introducing TESTAMENT's new drummer Chris Dovas at the group's May 2 show at the Teatro Royal Center in Bogotá. Before launching into the song "D.N...
May 7, 2023

DEVILDRIVER's DEZ FAFARA Blasts Metal Bands Who Use Pre-Recorded Tracks For Lead Vocals

DEVILDRIVER and COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara has blasted metal bands who enhance their show by using pre-recorded tracks for lead vocals and other instruments during their concerts. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for relying on backing tracks, drum triggers and oth...
May 6, 2023