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Guitarist RALPH SANTOLLA Leaves ICED EARTH, Joins SEBASTIAN BACH

Guitarist Ralph Santolla has officially left ICED EARTH and joined SEBASTIAN BACH's solo band. "There are several reasons for this decision, and for the moment I will keep them to myself," Santolla writes in a statement sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "The other guys [in ICED EARTH] know my reasons, and h...
July 2, 2004
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GENE SIMMONS Talks About Infamous NPR Interview

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to the Cleveland Free Times about his infamous 2002 interview with National Public Radio talk show host Terry Gross. Gross had previously told the Miami Herald that the interview "turned into an insult fest. It was like a little brawl. We got 3,000 o...
July 1, 2004
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KISS At Richmond International Raceway: Photos Posted Online

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of the legendary rock group KISS were on hand Tuesday (June 29) at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia to unveil new paint schemes that feature their likenesses for three cars that will race in the NASCAR series at RIR on September 9 through 11. Che...
June 30, 2004
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Review: Half-KISS Rocks Bonner Springs

Timothy Finn of The Kansas City Star writes: When KISS resumed touring back in the late 1990s, it alerted everyone that the band was hitting the road to say farewell once and for all. No one knew then that the sayonara/au revoir/danke schoen tour would become a process of attrition that would exceed...
June 29, 2004
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KISS Guitarist THAYER Says He Can't Understand Why PETER CRISS Called Him An 'Impostor'

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer spoke to the Oregon Music Guide shortly prior to the launch of the group's North American "Rock the Nation" tour. The following are some of the highlights from that interview: On KISS' newly expanded set list: "Obviously, up through last year, with Peter [Criss] in the ba...
June 29, 2004
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Court Battle Over JIMI HENDRIX's Estate Begins

Gene Johnson of The Associated Press reports: Relatives of the late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix returned to court Monday (June 28) to begin another legal battle over which family members should receive money from the musician's posthumous releases, royalties and merchandise. The case, the latest of s...
June 29, 2004
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KISS' GENE SIMMONS: Only Bands Without Original Members Survive

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has defended his band against criticism that the group's current lineup — featuring Simmons and frontman Paul Stanley as the sole remaining original members — is nothing more than a glorified cover band masquerading as the real thing. "We're still KISS. If you want...
June 27, 2004
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UNEARTHED: Former ICED EARTH Members Speak Out

UNEARTHED, the new band formed by former ICED EARTH members Gene Adam (vocals),Dave Abell (guitar),and Mark Prator (drums),along with Bill Owen (guitar) of the pre-ICED EARTH band PURGATORY and NASTY SAVAGE/ex-AGENT STEEL bassist Richard Bateman, recently did an interview with the Chilean "heavy...
June 26, 2004
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Report: Former KISS Manager Busted After Ten Years On The Run

Andy Geller of The New York Post reports that former KISS manager Jesse Hilsen was exposed Wednesday (June 23) as a $2 million deadbeat dad — New York City's worst. Hilsen, 64, once a top East Side shrink, was busted in the Catskills Saturday night after 10 years on the run, the feds said. Hilsen, ....
June 24, 2004
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Asshole

Somebody, please, somewhere, tell this repulsive, greedy man to shut the fuck up already. After years of listening to his bullshit about everything from women to money to politics, all the while watching him take the once great name of KISS and, along with his partner Paul Stanley, drag it through t...
June 24, 2004
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A Former KISS Army Soldier Compiles List Of Worst Moments In 'KISStory'

The Pitch writer Geoff Harkness, a self-proclaimed reformed KISS fan, has compiled a list of his ten worst moments in KISStory. Harkness, who, by his own admission, hasn't been able to stomach the self-proclaimed "hottest band in the world" for years, writes: "Today, KISS has become the worst possib...
June 23, 2004
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KISS/POISON: Seattle Gig Cancelled

Wednesday night's (June 23) KISS/POISON at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle has been canceled, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is fighting a sore throat and fever and was advised by doctors not to perform, according to the report. White River is...
June 23, 2004
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Producer EDDIE KRAMER: Classic Rock Auction Details Revealed

Backstage Auctions has announced The 2004 Classic Rock Auction, featuring the private collection of Eddie Kramer. The auction begins on July 18, 2004 and runs for two weeks. Eddie Kramer is one of the most renowned and respected record producers in music, spanning a career of more than four decades,...
June 21, 2004
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GENE SIMMONS Films Cameo Appearance In Country Video: Photos Available

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons filmed a cameo appearance in the new video from country artist TRICK PONY on Thursday (June 17) at the Heartland Mansion in Las Vegas, Nevada. The video, for the track "The Bride", features Simmons in the role of the "whore priest," according to a message on Gene's...
June 20, 2004
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GENE SIMMONS Interviewed By Australia's 'So Fresh': Video Available

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was recently interviewed by the Australian weekly TV program "So Fresh" airing on Network Nine. Watch the interview online at this location (Real Media). As previously reported, Simmons' long-awaited sophomore solo album, "Asshole", sold 12,913 copies in its first...
June 17, 2004