It's hard to imagine that 10 years have gone by since Tommy Thayer officially took over as the “Spaceman” in Kiss. It seemed only fitting that the Spaceman should don the Les Paul. However, as fate would have it, Thayer has been a longtime Les Paul player, even back in his days in Black and Blue.
From an impending apocalypse to the promise of a new Van Halen album with David Lee Roth, the bar was set high for 2012. Everyone from the Mayans to Nostradamus prophesied 2012 as being the end of the world, but who could have predicted Green Day's epic trilogy of new albums, or Rush churning out their heaviest record this side of 2012, or Joe Walsh's first solo effort in two decades?
In the all-new Holiday 2012 issue of Guitar World magazine, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler give you the scoop on everything from their new album, Music from Another Dimension!, to their battles over Aerosmith's destiny.
Epiphone has announced one of its most anticipated new models, the Tommy Thayer "Spaceman" Les Paul. The new model, which is named after — and designed for — the longtime Kiss guitarist, will be available in January. Thayer recently commented on the guitar on his website.
There are a lot of scary-looking guitars out there -- some intentionally scary, some not -- but in the spirit of the occasion, we thought we'd point out the perfect Halloween guitar, in case your marauding demon rock star costume needs that finishing touch. It's Cort Guitars' Gene Simmons Axe Guitar, which we spotted at this year's Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California.
With less than a week to go until the release of their twentieth studio album, Kiss are now streaming two new songs from Monster online. Check out "Long Way Down" and "All For the Love of Rock & Roll" below.
Kiss made a stop at the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, Sunday, September 2, as part of their co-headlining tour with Mötley Crüe. Kiss took the stage to a near-capacity crowd and tore through many of their live standards. Sprinkled in with "Shout It Out Loud," "Deuce" and "Love Gun" was their new single, "Hell Or Hallelujah," and "War Machine."