What possesses a musician to obscure his or her ugly mug with a mask or makeup? There are probably as many reasons as there are noodles in a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese: showmanship, shyness, chronic acne and participation in the witness protection program are a few of the more popular explanations.
Kiss guitarists and Les Pauls just seem to go together. Just ask Tommy Thayer, who just introduced his new Epiphone White Lightning Les Paul. We caught up with Thayer—just days before he headed out on a whirlwind tour of Japan—to discuss the new guitar and a whole lot more.
As we’re sure you’re aware, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What better way of getting in the spirit then hearing your favorite hard rock crooners bare their affection? That’s why we’ve gathered five excellent clips of metal artists going acoustic in the name of love. Whether you love or hate V-Day, you’re sure to enjoy these videos!
Late last week, when Foo Fighters told the universe about frontman Dave Grohl's "surprise" birthday show scheduled for this past Saturday at the Forum in LA, we knew we'd some interesting clips to share with you this morning. We were correct!
In 2000, Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley appeared in a commercial for Folgers coffee. Although the commercial never aired, audio from the ad has circulated in recent years. But now—thanks to the wonders of YouTube—you can watch the entire ad.
According to Gene Simmons of Kiss, "Rock is dead." "Rock is finally dead," he told Esquire. "The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered." Simmons blames file sharing and the fact that no one values music "enough to pay you for it."
We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest touring seasons, collide. So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated in recent weeks and months, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you! — involved as we attempt to pick rock's greatest live band or artist!
Kiss brought their 40th Anniversary Tour to the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, Sunday, August 24 — and were greeted by a packed house. They played what amounted to a greatest-hits set that included "Deuce," "Love Gun," "God of Thunder" and more. They also sprinkled in a good portion of non-makeup-era Kiss with "Hide Your Heart" and "Lick It Up."