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Legendary Rockers KISS Announce Dates For Second Leg of ‘End Of The Road Tour’

Legendary Rockers KISS Announce Dates For Second Leg of ‘End Of The Road Tour’

After selling more than half a million tickets at their initial on sale, KISS announced the second leg of their final tour ever set for 2019, appropriately named END OF THE ROAD. The initial tour announcement was made at Halloween and featured a first set of dates, some of which sold out instantly.  The band announced today the second leg of the tour in North America starting this summer, produced by Live Nation, as well as new international markets being announced simultaneously.  Tour itinerary detailed below with new dates in red; KISS will be offering VIP experiences and special KISS Army fan presales.

KISS Meet & Greet Experiences will be available Tuesday, November 27 at 10am local time through kissonline.com.  KISS Army fan club presales will begin Wednesday, November 28 at 9am local time. Visit www.kissonline.com for more information.  Tickets to the general public will go on sale starting Monday, December 3 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll.  The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide have said this tour is devoted to the millions of KISS Army fans.

“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable,” said KISS.

TOUR ITINERARY

**newly announced dates in red below

Date City Venue
January 31, 2019 Vancouver, BC, Canada Rogers Arena
February 1, 2019 Portland, OR Rose Garden Moda Center
February 2, 2019 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
February 4, 2019 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
February 7, 2019 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
February 8, 2019 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
February 9, 2019 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
February 12, 2019 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
February 13, 2019 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
February 15, 2019 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
February 16, 2019 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
February 19, 2019 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
February 20, 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
February 22, 2019 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
February 23, 2019 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
February 26, 2019 Oklahoma City Chesapeake
February 27, 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 1, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
March 2, 2019 Chicago, IL United Center
March 4, 2019 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
March 6, 2019 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
March 7, 2019 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
March 9, 2019 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
March 10, 2019 Moline, IL Mark of the Quad Cities
March 12, 2019 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
March 13, 2019 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
March 16, 2019 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
March 17, 2019 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
March 19, 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada Bell Centre
March 20, 2019 Toronto, ON, Canada Air Canada Centre
March 22, 2019 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
March 23, 2019 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 26, 2019 Boston, MA TD Garden
March 27, 2019 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
March 29, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
March 30, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
April 2, 2019 Quebec City, QC, Canada Videotron Centre
April 3, 2019 Ottawa, ON, Canada Canadian Tire Centre
April 6, 2019 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
April 7, 2019 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
April 9, 2019 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
April 11, 2019 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
April 12, 2019 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
April 13, 2019 Birmingham, AL BJCC
August 6, 2019 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
August 8, 2019 Charleston, NC North Charleston Coliseum
August 10, 2019 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
August 11, 2019 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
August 13, 2019 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
August 14, 2019 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 16, 2019 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
August 17, 2019 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
August 20, 2019 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
August 21, 2019 Hershey, PA HersheyPark Stadium
August 23, 2019 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
August 24, 2019 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 27, 2019 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
August 29, 2019 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
August 31, 2019 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
September 1, 2019 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 3, 2019 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
September 5, 2019 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
September 7, 2019 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center
September 8, 2019 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
September 9, 2019 Houston, TX Toyota Center
September 11, 2019 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
September 12, 2019 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
September 14, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
September 16, 2019 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena

 

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Rock Legends KISS Announce Dates For ‘End Of The Road Tour’

Rock Legends KISS Announce Dates For ‘End Of The Road Tour’

After an epic and storied 45 year career that launched an era of rock n roll legends, KISS announced that they will launch their final tour ever in 2019, appropriately named END OF THE ROAD. The initial announcement was made a month ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent which sent the internet into overdrive with fans hoping their city would get one final KISS show. The band announced today the first set of dates and cities in North America, produced by Live Nation. International markets were also announced simultaneously today. Tour itinerary detailed below; KISS will be offering VIP experiences and special KISS Army fan presales.

KISS Meet & Greet Experiences will be available beginning Tuesday, October 30th at 10am local time through kissonline.com. KISS Army fan club presales will begin Wednesday October 31st  at 10 am local time also through www.kissonline.com. Citi is the official presale credit card for the End of the Road World Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Wednesday, October 31 at 12:00pm local time until Thursday, November 1 at 10:00pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets to the general public will go on sale starting Friday, November 2 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll.  The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide have said this tour is devoted to the millions of KISS Army fans.

“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable,” said KISS.

‘END OF THE ROAD’ TOUR ITINERARY

Date City Venue
January 31, 2019 Vancouver, BC, Canada Rogers Arena
February 1, 2019 Portland, OR Moda Center
February 2, 2019 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
February 4, 2019 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
February 7, 2019 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
February 8, 2019 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
February 9, 2019 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
February 12, 2019 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
February 13, 2019 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
February 15, 2019 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
February 16, 2019 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
February 19, 2019 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
February 20, 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
February 22, 2019 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
February 23, 2019 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
February 26, 2019 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
February 27, 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 1, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
March 2, 2019 Chicago, IL United Center
March 4, 2019 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
March 6, 2019 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
March 7, 2019 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center Omaha
March 9, 2019 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
March 10, 2019 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
March 12, 2019 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
March 13, 2019 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
March 16, 2019 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
March 17, 2019 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
March 19, 2019 Montreal, QC, Canada Bell Centre
March 20, 2019 Toronto, ON, Canada Scotiabank Arena
March 22, 2019 Long Island, NY NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Coliseum
March 23, 2019 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 26, 2019 Boston, MA TD Garden
March 27, 2019 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
March 29, 2019 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
March 30, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
April 2, 2019 Quebec City, QC, Canada Videotron Centre
April 3, 2019 Ottawa, ON, Canada Canadian Tire Centre
April 6, 2019 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
April 7, 2019 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
April 9, 2019 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
April 11, 2019 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
April 12, 2019 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
April 13, 2019 Birmingham, AL BJCC

 

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Legends KISS Announce ‘End of The Road World Tour’

Rock ‘N’ Roll Legends KISS Announce ‘End of The Road World Tour’

All good things must come to an end… After an epic and storied 45 year career that launched an era of rock n roll legends, KISS announced exclusively on NBC’s America’s Got Talent tonight that they are hanging up their 9-inch tall touring boots. The news was delivered in trademark larger-than-life KISS style with a blistering performance of “Detroit Rock City”, proving why the band is known as one of the most iconic live performances that simply can’t be missed. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide have toured to nearly every city on the planet and played every venue imaginable.  Having played for Kings & Queens, for U.S. veterans, and for millions of devoted KISS Army fans, they will play their final shows as part of the multi-year END OF THE ROAD WORLD TOUR.  Dates have yet to be announced but KISSonline.com will have all the updates in the weeks to come.

“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable,” said KISS.

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KISS To Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Iconic Solo Albums With A Limited-Edition 4LP Vinyl Box Set

KISS To Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Iconic Solo Albums With A Limited-Edition 4LP Vinyl Box Set

Forty years ago today, each one the four founding members of KISS — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss — released their respective solo albums all on the same day to much fanfare, chart success, and platinum sales. And now, four decades later, all four of these pioneering albums are celebrated in KISS: The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collectiona limited-edition 180-gram 4LP box set by Casablanca/UMe that’s earmarked for release on October 19.

Preorders commence today, September 18, for the limited run of 2,500 vinyl box sets, available exclusively through KISS’s artist webstore (https://www.shopkissonline.com) and The Sound of Vinyl (https://SOV.lnk.to/KISSSoloAlbumsText). Each heavyweight 180-gram LP features a unique color to match its associated cover art; Gene Simmons appears in red vinyl, Paul Stanley sports purple vinyl, Ace Frehley contains blue vinyl, and Peter Criss is in green vinyl. All four albums are housed together in a deluxe black-matte slipcase that features glossy black images of the four artists’ faces surrounding a silver-foil print of the infamous KISS logo.

Also included in this set are four 12-by-12-inch posters of each album cover, plus an exclusive turntable slipmat that shows all four of artist Eraldo Carugati’s iconic, painted album-cover face images all connected together.

All four of these solo albums served to showcase the wide range of talents of each KISS bandmember.Gene Simmons, co-produced by Simmons and Sean Delaney, features the band’s bassist and co-lead vocalist switching over mainly to acoustic and electric guitar duties for songs that highlight his penchant for Beatlesque melodies, funk, and hard rock. Highlights include a remake of “See You In Your Dreams” (initially found on KISS’ 1976 benchmark album, Rock And Roll Over) and a cover of the 1940 Disney classic from Pinocchio, “When You Wish Upon A Star.” Guest musicians include Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Bob Seger, Cher, Donna Summer, and Katey Sagal.

Meanwhile, Paul Stanley was co-produced by Stanley and Jeff Glixman and it showcases all-original material and stellar work across the board from the KISS lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, in addition to lead and acoustic guitar work from longtime KISS axe associate Bob Kulick. The super-catchy track “Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We’re Apart)” reached No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

Ace Frehley, produced by Eddie Kramer and Frehley, finds the lead guitarist doing what he does best. Frehley’s foot-stomping cover of “New York Groove,” originally a 1975 hit by the British glam band Hello, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Guest musicians include Anton Fig on drums (a sometimes KISS session musician who later became a member of Frehley’s Comet) and bassist Will Lee, both of whom went on to become core members of both of David Letterman’s late-night talk-show house bands led by keyboardist Paul Shaffer.

Finally, Peter Criss was produced by Vini Poncia, a onetime Ringo Starr co-writer who later produced a pair of key KISS albums, 1979’s Dynasty and 1980’s Unmasked. Most of the songs on Peter Criss had been written back in 1971 for the drummer/vocalist’s aptly named pre-KISS band, Lips. The album also boasts a rousing cover of Bobby Lewis’s No. 1 1961 hit single, “Tossin’ And Turnin’,” a song that KISS often wound up playing live during their 1979 Dynasty Tour.

Preorder KISS: The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collection here: https://SOV.lnk.to/KISSSoloAlbumsText

KISS – KISS SOLO ALBUMS  [4LP 180g vinyl]

GENE SIMMONS

SIDE A
1.            Radioactive
2.            Burning Up With Fever
3.            See You Tonite
4.            Tunnel Of Love
5.            True Confessions
SIDE B
6.            Living In Sin
7.            Always Near You/Nowhere To Hide
8.            Man Of 1,000 Faces
9.            Mr. Make Believe
10.          See You In Your Dreams
11.          When You Wish Upon A Star

 

PAUL STANLEY
SIDE A
1.            Tonight You Belong To Me
2.            Move On
3.            Ain’t Quite Right
4.            Wouldn’t You Like To Know Me
5.            Take Me Away (Together As One)
SIDE B
6.            It’s Alright
7.            Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We’re Apart)
8.            Love In Chains
9.            Goodbye
ACE FREHLEY
SIDE A
1.            Rip It Out
2.            Speedin’ Back To My Baby
3.            Snow Blind
4.            Ozone
5.            What’s On Your Mind?
SIDE B
6.            New York Groove
7.            I’m In Need Of Love
8.            Wiped-Out
9.            Fractured Mirror
PETER CRISS
SIDE A
1.            I’m Gonna Love You
2.            You Matter To Me
3.            Tossin’ And Turnin’
4.            Don’t You Let Me Down
5.            That’s The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes
SIDE B
6.            Easy Thing
7.            Rock Me, Baby
8.            Kiss The Girl Goodbye
9.            Hooked On Rock ’N’ Roll
10.         I Can’t Stop The Rain

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Ace Frehley Debuts “Fire and Water” Video Featuring Paul Stanley

Ace Frehley Debuts “Fire and Water” Video Featuring Paul Stanley

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2014 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member ACE FREHLEY today has debuted a brand new music video for his cover of Free’s 1970 hit “Fire and Water” featuring none other than KISS frontman PAUL STANLEY. The video is being premiered exclusively through VEVO. “It was great working with Paul again and all the years we’ve spent apart doing other projects seemed to vanish once we hit the stage!,” says Frehley.

The video notches itself into rock and roll history as the first time both Frehley and Stanley appear in a music video since KISS’ music video for “Psycho Circus” released in 1998. It’s also the first time in 14 years that the two shared a stage since KISS’ appearance at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Finally, it’s the first time Frehley has released a music video since 1989, which was Frehley’s cover of “Do Ya” released by both The Move and ELO.

Earlier this week, ACE FREHLEY cracked the U.S. top 10 with his latest effort Origins: Vol. 1 charting at #1 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, #3 on the Billboard Rock chart and #6 on the Billboard Current Chart selling more than 16k units in its first week of release according to Nielsen Soundscan. Internationally, the LP most notably came in at #2 on the Sweden Hard Rock Charts and #05 on the England Indie Album Breaker Charts.

Origins: Vol.1 and its success serves as the follow up to Space Invader, which debuted at #9 on the Top 200 Chart in 2014, the same year Ace Frehley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an original member of KISS.

ACE FREHLEY released Origins Vol. 1, a collection of 12 newly recorded classics from Ace’s formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll on April 15, 2016. This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS’ 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus.

Ace spoke with Rolling Stone about the new record, his guest players and recording with Paul after all these years. Rolling Stone writes: Regarding his reunion with Stanley, Frehley shrugs off any residual tension between the two of them. “We’ve always been friends,” he says. “The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy.”

Rolling Stone debuted “White Room,” a few months ago, the classic hit originally performed by Cream. Other guests are none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy’s classic “Emerald,” Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs staple “Wild Thing,” Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition “Parasite” for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix’s “Spanish Castle Magic,” and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS “Alive!” mainstay “Cold Gin.”

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Ace Frehley’s ‘Origins Vol. 1’ track listing:
1. White Room (Cream)
2. Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones)
3. Spanish Castle Magic (Jimi Hendrix) *John 5
4. Fire and Water (Free) *Paul Stanley
5. Emerald (Thin Lizzy) *Slash
6. Bring It On Home (Led Zeppelin)
7. Wild Thing (The Troggs) *Lita Ford
8. Parasite *John 5 (KISS)
9. Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
10. Cold Gin *Mike McCready (KISS)
11. Till The End Of The Day (Kinks)
12. Rock and Roll Hell (KISS)

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KISS Announces 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour

KISS Announces 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour

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America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time KISS, has announced its 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour and will visit 36+ cities nationwide with more markets being announced soon. The long-awaited & highly anticipated “Freedom To Rock” Tour will kick off on July 7th in Boise, Idaho and will travel the country throughout July and August and will close September 10th in Huntington, West Virginia. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday April 15th for all concert dates (The Grand Rapids, MI and Youngstown, OH shows go on sale Monday April 18th). A KISS ARMY Fan Club Exclusive Presale will begin April 12th.

The KISS “Freedom To Rock” Tour will bring epic rock to 25+ cities it hasn’t been to in over 10+ years and four brand new cities as well. KISS specifically wanted to take the “Freedom To Rock” Tour to its fans in markets that haven’t had the chance to see them in some time or ever at all. This 36+ city tour will rock those markets and allow fans across the country to see America’s favorite rock band of all time, KISS.

Opening for KISS will be Recording Artist Caleb Johnson (American Idol Season 13 winner) for shows July 7 – August 10 while the All-Star rock band THE DEAD DAISIES will open for KISS for shows August 10 – September 10. The “Freedom To Rock” Tour is produced by: National Shows 2 (nationalshows2.com), Frank Productions (frankproductions.com), and CMoore Live (cmoorelive.com).

Freedom To Rock Tour Dates:

Jul. 07 – Boise, Idaho @ Taco Bell Arena
Jul. 09 – Eugene, Ore. @ Matthew Knight Arena
Jul. 10 – Kennewick, Wash. @ Toyota Center
Jul. 15 – Spokane, Wash. @ Spokane Arena
Jul. 16 – Bozeman, Mont. @ Breeden Fieldhouse
Jul. 18 – Colorado Springs, Colo. @ World Arena
Jul. 20 – Independence, Mo. @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Jul. 22 – Lincoln, Neb. @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Jul. 23 – Springfield, Mo. @ JQH Arena
Jul. 25 – Wichita, Kan. @ Intrust Bank Arena
Jul. 27 – Sioux City, Iowa @ Tyson Events Center
Jul. 29 – Cheyenne, Wyo. @ Cheyenne Frontier Days
Jul. 30 – Minot, N.D. @ North Dakota State Fair
Aug. 01 – Mankato, Minn. @ Verizon Wireless Center
Aug. 03 – Duluth, Minn. @ Amsoil Arena
Aug. 05 – Moline, Ill. @ iWireless Arena
Aug. 06 – La Crosse, Wis. @ La Crosse Center
Aug. 08 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
Aug. 10 – Green Bay, Wis. @ Resch Center
Aug. 12 – Fort Wayne, Ind. @ Allen County Memorial Coliseum
Aug. 13 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Van Andel Arena
Aug. 15 – Saginaw, Mich. @ Dow Event Center
Aug. 17 – Springfield, Ill. @ Illinois State Fair
Aug. 20 – Rockford, Ill. @ BMO Harris Bank Center
Aug. 22 – Dayton, Ohio @ Nutter Center
Aug. 24 – Toledo, Ohio @ Huntington Center
Aug. 26 – Youngstown, Ohio @ Covelli Centre
Aug. 27 – Erie, Pa. @ Erie Insurance Arena
Aug. 29 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Blue Cross Arena
Aug. 30 – State College, Pa. @ Bryce Jordan Center
Sep. 01 – Allentown, Pa. @ Great Allentown Fair
Sep. 03 – Worcester, Mass. @ DCU Center
Sep. 04 – Portland, Maine @ Cross Insurance Arena
Sep. 07 – Bridgeport, Ct. @ Webster Bank Arena
Sep. 09 – Richmond, Va. @ Richmond Coliseum
Sep. 10 – Huntington, W.V. @ Big Sandy Arena

 

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Nominees For 2014 Induction

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Nominees For 2014 Induction

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KISS, Nirvana, N.W.A., Hall and Oates and Cat Stevens are among the 16 acts eligible for induction for The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2014. The complete list includes of nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 are:

  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Chic
  • Deep Purple
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Hall and Oates
  • KISS
  • LL Cool J
  • The Meters
  • Nirvana
  • N.W.A.
  • The Replacements
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Cat Stevens
  • Link Wray
  • Yes
  • The Zombies

The 2014 inductees are chosen by a secret ballot of over 600 individual voters consisting of all past inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, musicians, historians, critics and members of the music industry.

The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in April 2014 in New York City. Venue and public ticket sale information will be announced at a later date. The Induction Ceremony will be presented on HBO in May.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2014 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1988.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning October 16 and continuing through December 10 at 5 p.m. EST, the public can visit www.rockhall.com/vote, www.rollingstone.com, and www.usatoday.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will constitute a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 inductees.

All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that tells the story of rock and roll’s global impact via special exhibits, educational programs and its library and archives.

 

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Nominees:

Paul Butterfield Blues Band

“I was born in Chicago – nineteen and forty-one…” The racially mixed Paul Butterfield Blues Band blasted-off from the Windy City with a wall-of-sound fueled by Butterfield’s inspired harmonica and lead guitarist Mike Bloomfield’s explosive lead guitar – at that moment, American rock and roll collided with the real Southside Chicago blues and there was no turning back. Along with original members Elvin Bishop on second guitar and Mark Naftalin on organ, they conquered the landmark 1965 Newport Folk Festival. It was there Bob Dylan borrowed Bloomfield and the Butterfield band’s African-American rhythm section of Sam Lay on drums and bassist Jerome Arnold (both former Howlin’ Wolf band members) for his world-shaking electric debut that Sunday evening. The Butterfield band converted the country-blues purists and turned on the Fillmore generation to the pleasures of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon and Elmore James. With the release of their blues-drenched debut album in the fall of 1965, and its adventurous East-West follow-up in the summer of ’66, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band kicked open a door that brought a defining new edge to rock and roll.

Chic

Chic’s founding partnership consisted of songwriter-producer-guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards (1952-1996), abetted by future Power Station drummer Tony Thompson (1954-2003). They rescued disco in 1977 with a combination of groove, soul and distinctly New York City studio smarts. Rodgers’  chopping rhythm guitar alongside Edwards’ deft bass lines were the perfect counterpart to melodic arrangements with their two female vocalists Alfa Anderson and Norma Jean Wright (replaced by Luci Martin). Out-of-the-box chart smashes “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah),” the #1 “Le Freak” and #1 “Good Times” (ranked on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Singles Of All Time) made Chic the preeminent disco band – emphasis on the word ‘band’ – of the late ’70s. Their music also extended disco’s tenure at a critical moment, as hip-hop (and later in the ’80s, New Jack Swing) began to take the stage. Over the years, artists such as Sugar Hill Gang and Diddy have turned to Chic for beats and samples: “Good Times” has been checked everywhere from “Rapper’s Delight” and Blondie’s “Rapture,” to Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust.” Rodgers and Edwards followed their five years in Chic with careers as top-flight producers for an A-list of megastars. Under Rodgers’ leadership, Chic has continued to tour, releasing live performances of its shows in Japan and Amsterdam.

Deep Purple

Taking their name from a ’30s swingtime-era pop hit, there was nothing breathy or sentimental about the British quintet Deep Purple, first organized in 1967, around a core of phenomenally brilliant musicians. Classically trained, former child prodigy Jon Lord (1941–2012) was responsible for the towering wall of organ sound that formed the band’s bedrock. Lord found an ally for his classical ideas in ace session guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. (In fact, Deep Purple was among the first to stage an orchestral concerto, a concept attempted with varying degrees of success by other bands through the years.) Rod Evans joined next, with the powerful vocal template that was introduced on 1968’s “Hush” (a Joe South song) and “Kentucky Woman” (Neil Diamond). Evans brought along his former band’s thundering drummer, Ian Paice, but Evans was eventually replaced by longtime frontman Ian Gillan; multi-instrumental Welsh bassist Roger Glover completed the first definitive lineup. Their onslaught of sound along with such contemporaries as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, led rock critics to coin a new musical genre: heavy metal. The original lineup reached an early peak on the landmark albums Machine Head and Who Do We Think We Are, whose epic chart singles “Smoke On The Water” and “Woman From Tokyo” sold Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster guitars in numbers that stagger the imagination. Touring around the world now for more than four decades, still led by Gillan, Glover and Paice, the legend of Deep Purple will endure forever.

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel’s influence is so widespread we may take it for granted. When the rest of rock was simplifying in the new wave days, the former Genesis frontman blended synthesizers and a signature gated drum sound with an emotional honesty learned from soul music to create a sensibility that would influence artists from U2 and Arcade Fire to Depeche Mode. With extraordinary ambition, Gabriel transitioned from cult artist to multimedia pop star to global rock icon. His WOMAD festival has been a 33-year laboratory for musical cross-pollination. The epic song “Biko” directly inspired the Artists Against Apartheid movement as he spearheaded the Amnesty International A Conspiracy Of Hope and Human Rights Now tours. His brilliant stage shows inspired U2’s and Flaming Lips’ and expanded the visual vocabulary of music videos with clips such as “Sledgehammer,” “Shock The Monkey” and “Big Time.” In addition, he wrote songs like “Don’t Give Up,” “Red Rain” and “In Your Eyes” that put heart and soul on the radio at a time when those values were in short supply. Four decades on as a solo artist, Gabriel continues to push the boundaries of popular music and challenge audiences across the globe.

Hall and Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates created an original mix of soul and rock that made them the most successful pop duo in history. As songwriters, singers, and producers, they embraced the pop mainstream, bringing passion and creativity back to the 3-minute single. Over the course of their career, they have recorded six #1 hits and put thirty four songs in the Billboard Top 100. Deeply rooted in lush Philly soul, Hall and Oates mixed smooth vocal harmonies and the romantic vulnerability of soul with edgy hard rock and new wave riffs to create some of the finest pop music of the 1980s. They teamed up in the early 1970s in Philadelphia, and landed a deal with Atlantic. On their first three albums they searched for the right style for their talents as they experimented with soul, folk and hard rock. They finally hit with “Sara Smile” in 1976, an irresistible sexy soul ballad that showcased their vocals, songwriting and guitar playing. After their subsequent string of hits (“Rich Girl,” “She’s Gone,” “Wait For Me”) they were energized by new wave and dance music. The result was an incredible run of original songs that topped the pop and R&B charts throughout the 1980s: “Kiss On My List,” “Private Eyes,” “You Make My Dreams” and “I Can’t Go For That” combined the best of both rock and R&B, setting the stage for the important crossover work of Madonna and Prince. They continue to record and attract new young audiences, and their influence can be felt in the work of contemporary artists like Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake.

KISS

Few bands short of the Beatles inspired more kids to pick up the guitar than KISS. With their signature make-up, explosive stage show and anthems like “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “Detroit Rock City,” they are the very personification of rock stars. Original members Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons came together in New York in 1972. While their first two records did not generate many sales, they quickly gained a national following for their bombastic, pyro-filled stage show. Their 1975 live disc Alive! captured that energy and reached Number Nine on the charts, quickly making them one of the most popular bands of the 1970s – scoring countless hit singles, sold-out tours and appearing everywhere from comic books to lunch boxes to their very own TV movie. Frehley and Criss left in the early 1980s and the group took their make-up off for 1983’s Lick It Up. They continued to be a popular live draw, but in 1996 the original quartet reformed (and they put their make-up back on) and KISS mania was reborn. In 2009, KISS released Sonic Boom, their first album of new material in eleven years. They released Monster in 2012.

LL COOL J

LL Cool J always had his sights set on rock & roll. Born James Todd Smith in Queens, New York, LL was only 17 in 1985 when he recorded “Rock The Bells,” which included the following couplet: “It ain’t the glory days with Bruce Springsteen/I’m not a virgin so I know I’ll make Madonna scream.” A year earlier, LL had made his debut on Def Jam, which was also the debut of the label itself. His first two singles – “I Need A Beat” followed by “I Want You” – sketched out the two main gears of his career: testosterone-maddened battle raps and tender, sexy love songs. The former included “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (1985), “Jack The Ripper” (1987) and “Mama Said Knock You Out” (1991). The stylish aggression built into these songs influenced no less a figure than Michael Jackson, who cut “Bad” after meeting LL in person – and after LL himself cut “I’m Bad.” The love songs may have been even more influential and popular. When “I Need Love” went to Number One on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in 1987, it was the first rap recording ever to reach that summit. His success in music has served as a launching pad to concurrent careers in the movies, on television, in fashion, and in fitness.

The Meters

James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament-Funkadelic all coasted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yet one of the true cornerstones of funk is still waiting for induction. The Meters were not only the leading instrumental unit to emerge from the great musical gumbo of New Orleans, they were also one of the tightest and hardest-grooving ensembles R&B has ever seen. The Meters formed in 1965 with a line-up of keyboardist and vocalist Art Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste; the group was later joined by percussionist/vocalist Cyril Neville. The Meters first came to local prominence as the house band for Allen Toussaint’s record label, Sansu. In 1969, the band went on its own and released a string of definitive, irresistibly slamming singles— “Sophisticated Cissy,” “Cissy Strut,” “Look-Ka Py Py” and “Chicken Strut.” In the years that followed, the band became one of the hottest session groups in the world, working with Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer and LaBelle. They recorded extensively with their homeboy Dr. John, including his Desitively Bonnaroo album and the smash hit “Right Place, Wrong Time,” and provided the musical backbone for such modern New Orleans classics as The Wild Tchoupitoulas and the Neville Brothers’ Fiyo On The Bayou. With the explosion of hip-hop, the group became familiar to a new audience when its records were sampled countless times by the likes of RUN DMC, N.W.A., Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys. Meters songs have been covered by everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the Grateful Dead, illustrating the far-reaching influence of these masters of funk.

Nirvana

It only takes one song to start a rock revolution. That trigger, in late 1991, was “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” an exhilarating blast of punk-rock confrontation by Nirvana, a scruffy trio from Seattle. “Teen Spirit,” its moshpit-party video and Nirvana’s kinetic live shows propelled their second album, Nevermind, to Number One and turned singer-guitarist-songwriter Kurt Cobain into the voice and conscience of an alternative-rock nation sick of hair metal and the conservative grip of the Reagan-Bush Eighties. Founded by Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in the logging town of Aberdeen, Washington, Nirvana were underground stars when they made 1989’s Bleach with drummer Chad Channing. Moving from the indie Sub Pop label to Geffen, the band – with drummer Dave Grohl – packed Cobain’s corrosive riffs, emotionally acute writing and twin passions for the Beatles and post-punk bands like the Melvins and the Pixies into Nevermind. A multi-platinum seller, it included the hits “Come As You Are” and “Lithium” and opened the mainstream gates for Green Day, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins. In 1993, Nirvana released the caustic masterpiece, In Utero, and gave a historic performance on MTV’s Unplugged. But in April 1994, Cobain – suffering from drug addiction and severe doubts about his stardom – took his own life. Like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, Cobain was 27, in his creative prime, when he died. Also like them, he and Nirvana remain an enduring influence and challenge – proof that the right band with the right noise can change the world.

N.W.A.

N.W.A. is one of the most important groups in hip-hop history. Their aggressive, boundary smashing, don’t-give-a-fuck perspective was made clear by their name, which stands for Niggaz Wit Attitude. Their most famous single was “Fuck The Police” which was a minimalist classic that described the frustration and anger young black men felt toward the LAPD, years before the Rodney King riots broke out. Some call them the Beatles of hip-hop because of their massive influence, sonic power and their place as a launching pad for several critical solo careers. Dr. Dre, the greatest producer in hip-hop history, created the G-Funk sound he would become known for while he was in N.W.A.. The G-Funk sound, built on P-Funk samples, synthesizer-heavy, cinematic and ominous themes would shape a generation of hip-hop. Ice Cube, who would become one of the most important MCs in hip-hop history was also in the group as was Eazy-E, an unforgettable figure. The group also included MC Ren, a formidable MC and DJ Yella, an important producer. N.W.A. is the prime influence for the sound, ideology, vibe and look of gangsta rap and the L.A. hip-hop sound. They attracted nationwide attention for their albums Straight Outta Compton and Niggaz4Life. Indeed, the FBI sent the group a warning letter that is on exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Replacements

The Replacements never had a hit single. Career-wise they were masters of self-sabotage, but in the long decade between the fall of the Clash and the rise of Nirvana they were the heart and soul of the post punk/indie/ alternative/college rock movement that kept the faith alive. Their shows could be triumphs or disasters, often both in the same night. Their albums still sound terrific today. The band’s frayed DNA lives on in Green Day, Fall Out Boy, The Hold Steady and dozens of other beautiful losers. Leader Paul Westerberg’s songwriting was a blueprint for alt-country greats like Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams. Tom Waits recorded with them, Lucinda Williams sang about them, Peter Buck produced them, Tom Petty took them out as his opening act and swiped Westerberg’s line “a rebel without a clue.” The Replacements’ influence is everywhere.

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt dominated popular music in the 1970s with a voice of tremendous range and power. She was one of the most important voices in the creation of country rock, in part because she understood how to sing traditional country songs like “Silver Threads And Golden Needles.” She regularly crossed over to the country charts in the ’70s, a rarity for rock singers. Working with producer Peter Asher, Ronstadt crafted a repertoire of songs that roamed throughout rock history that she interpreted with beautiful, precise phrasing. Ronstadt was especially good at singing early rock and roll; she had a long string of hits that revived interest in rock’s pioneers: Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou,” The Everly Brothers “When Will I Be Loved” and Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day” among them. She was equally comfortable with Motown music and the beginning of new wave. Her finest work was the run of four consecutive platinum albums in the mid-70s: Heart Like A Wheel (1974), Prisoner In Disguise (1975), Hasten Down The Wind (1976) and Simple Dreams (1977). In the 1980s, she expanded her musical vocabulary by recording songs from the classic American songbook (What’s New, Lush Life) and Mexican music that she heard growing up in Tucson, Arizona (Canciones De Mi Padre). That work proved as successful as her rock albums; she is the only artist to win a Grammy Award in the categories of pop, country, Mexican American and Tropical Latin. That diversity reflects her approach to singing: she was always looking for the best song, regardless of category.

Cat Stevens

The musical odyssey of Cat Stevens is well documented, from teenage London art school songsmith (“The First Cut Is The Deepest,” the Tremeloes’ “Here Comes My Baby”) to introspective cornerstone of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement. Who can measure the courage it took him in the late ’70s, after seven years of multi-platinum success in the U.S. (and over a decade in the UK) to convert to Islam, amidst the wave of turmoil and confusion that was engulfing the world? He left his touring and recording life behind and named himself Yusuf Islam. Inevitably, many long-time fans abandoned him, he found certain international borders closed and worse yet, controversies laid at his doorstep despite his humanist background. It was 17 difficult years between his final LP as Cat Stevens (1978’s Back To Earth), and the first CD as Yusuf and more than a decade until his first pop album in nearly 30 years (An Other Cup in 2006). “When I accepted Islam,” he told Rolling Stone, “a lot of people couldn’t understand. To my fans it seemed that my entering Islam was the direct cause of me leaving the music business, so many people were upset. However, I had found the spiritual home I’d been seeking for most of my life. And if you listen to my music and lyrics, like ‘Peace Train’ and ‘On The Road To Find Out,’ it clearly shows my yearning for direction and the spiritual path I was travelling.” The musical gifts that he has shared with the world are an important chapter in rock history – a beacon of hope that will never be extinguished.

Link Wray

Legions of rock guitarists on every continent testify that the biggest bang of all was the first time they heard “Rumble” by Link Wray (1929-2005), a dangerous slab of reverberating power chords and raw distortion laid down in 1958. In the summer of “Purple People Eater,” “Witch Doctor”  and “Patricia,” the rebellious sonic onslaught of “Rumble”  cut through Top 40 radio like a steamroller. This was more than a decade before power chords even had a name; a decade after that, in the heat of the punk era, Wray’s collaboration with Robert Gordon left every retro-rockabilly guitarslinger in the dust. The impact of Link Wray, one of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, can be heard in generations of American and British metal, punk, grunge, thrash, and psychobilly rockers, all of whom have claimed him and “Rumble” (and follow-ups “Raw-Hide” and “Jack The Ripper”) as their own. Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen head the A-list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees who bow to Link Wray’s abiding influence. Pete Townshend simply calls him the King: “If it hadn’t been for Link Wray and ‘Rumble,’ I would never have picked up a guitar.” Even Iggy Pop is an acolyte: “I left school emotionally after hearing ‘Rumble.’” The DIY recordings that North Carolina Native American Link Wray made on his three-track machine in the family’s converted chicken coop are the holiest of six-string grails. “The major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists,” wrote Cob Koda, “the blueprints for heavy metal, thrash, you name it…if Duane Eddy twanged away for white, teenage America, Link Wray played for juvenile delinquent hoods, plain and simple.” The “Rumble” goes on forever.

Yes

Yes is the most enduring, ambitious and virtuosic progressive band in rock history. By fusing the cinematic soundscapes of King Crimson with the hard rock edge of The Who and the soaring harmonies and melodies of Simon and Garfunkel, they took progressive rock from a small audience of aficionados to radio airwaves and football stadiums all over America. Hits like “Roundabout” and “I’ve Seen All Good People” appealed to rock fans who did not even think they liked prog rock, while album-side length epics like “Close To The Edge” and “The Gates Of Delirium” represent the genre at its absolute finest. Steve Howe remains one of the most underrated guitarists in rock history, while keyboardist Rick Wakeman, bassist Chris Squire and drummers Bill Bruford and Alan White are musicians simply without peer. Frontman Jon Anderson is an alto tenor singer who still hits the highest of high notes forty-five years after forming the group. While many of their contemporaries wilted once punk hit, Yes managed to change with the times and they reemerged in the 1980s as an MTV-ready commercial force, landing massive hits on the charts like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart.” While prog giants like Pink Floyd, Genesis and Emerson Lake & Palmer retired years ago, Yes continues to tour (albeit with some new members) at a pace that would leave bands half their age breathless.

The Zombies

One of the consummate joys of the first wave of the British Invasion was the startling variety of sounds and styles that emerged month after month in that heady halcyon era. At one end of the scale were the raw, blues-drenched disciples of American blues and R&B (Rolling Stones, Animals, Yardbirds), and at the other end were the more studied, sophisticated, intricately arranged atmospherics of the Zombies. There was no other band whose sound filled space as gorgeously and completely as the Zombies: the jazz-inflected electric piano of Rod Argent, the choirboy vocals of him and his St. Albans schoolmates bassist Chris White and lead singer Colin Blunstone. Other schoolmates, Paul Atkinson on guitar and vocals, and drummer Hugh Grundy rounded out the classic original lineup, which endeared itself overnight to the most loyal and dedicated army of fans to which any rock band can lay claim. At the end of the day, it always comes back home to the triad of career defining hits by the Zombies that beg the question: Where were you the first time you heard “She’s Not There” or “Tell Her No” or “Time Of the Season?” Their second and final album Odessey And Oracle has earned its reputation (and its spot inside the Top 100 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time) alongside such masterworks as the Beatles’ White Album and the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. Rod Argent’s eponymous band gave majesty and definition to the ’70s, but the Zombies, which he and Colin Blunstone have been helming on records and tours for the past decade, are truly a rock band for all seasons.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities. For more information, visit rockhall.com.

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Paul Stanley Joins Gene Simmons As Founding Partner In Rock & Brews Restaurant Venture

Paul Stanley Joins Gene Simmons As Founding Partner In Rock & Brews Restaurant Venture

Rock & Brews

Rock & Brews

Rock & Brews™ announced that KISS rock legend Paul Stanley is joining forces with fellow KISS co-founder Gene Simmons in his Rock & Brews restaurant venture as the company prepares for worldwide expansion. Together, they will co-host the March 22 and 23 opening of Rock & Brews in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, the second location for the emerging brand.

Rock & Brews Los Cabos is the first international location for the new entertainment and rock-themed dining concept. Stanley and Simmons, along with Rock & Brews co-founding partners restaurateur-hotelier Michael Zislis and veteran concert promoter Dave Furano, have teamed up with Los Cabos’ restaurateurs Jessica Moreira, Rodrigo Cabeza De Vaca, and Sergio Martinez, and developers Alfredo Gadsden, Gabriel Gadsden and Mario Gadsden for the opening.

“I am honored to join the Rock & Brews lineup, and am especially excited for our first international location in Los Cabos,” said Stanley. “Rock & Brews is truly a unique concept that embraces music and concert-style social gatherings like no other dining venue.”

The new Rock & Brews Los Cabos features a unique concert themed-atmosphere complete with hand-painted murals of rock artists, album and tour art. Guests can take advantage of the al fresco dining offered, or enjoy sitting indoors in an authentically themed backstage concert site. The restaurant features a full bar and will have the largest selection of craft beers in Los Cabos. It is set to be a main late-night attraction for locals and tourists alike, as after the dinner rush, a DJ will be spinning tunes nightly.

The grand opening of Rock & Brews Los Cabos will welcome about 400 KISS fans from around the world, along with music industry notables and local VIPs. A special KISS Army Rock & Brews package is available at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort that includes a two-night stay in a deluxe room with a Jacuzzi and private terrace (double occupancy) March 22 and 23, two tickets to the invitation-only Rock & Brews opening on March 22, a private seaside reception and photo opportunity with Gene and Paul at the resort’s Five Star Diamond De Cortez restaurant prior to the opening event, a breakfast buffet for two at the resort’s Tomatoes restaurant, and a Rock & Brews t-shirt for $749, including tax, based on availability. The rate code is KISARRB. For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.sheratonloscabos.com or call (011) 52-624-145-8000.

Four additional Rock & Brews restaurants are currently in development. Rock & Brews Redondo Beach (on Pacific Coast Highway) is set to open in late April; Rock & Brews LAX (in the Delta Airlines Terminal) and Rock & Brews Paia, Maui will open this summer; and a Rock & Brews Prairiefire, in Kansas City, MO is also slated to open later this year. Several others are on the drawing board for locations throughout the United States and abroad.

Rock & Brews Los Cabos is located at Paseo Malecón San José Plaza del Pescador Local 1, San José Del Cabo. For more information, please visit www.rockandbrews.com.

About Rock & Brews
Rock & Brews features casual American cuisine, as well as dishes that reflect local tastes, and a broad craft beer selection in an atmosphere that is reminiscent of a backstage concert environment featuring concert lighting, multiple televisions and concert-style rock music. The first Rock & Brews entertainment and dining venue opened in April 2012 near Los Angeles International Airport in El Segundo, Calif. The company plans to expand worldwide.

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KISS Unleashes World’s First Globally Social Fan Hub Through Ortsbo

KISS Unleashes World’s First Globally Social Fan Hub Through Ortsbo

Legendary rock band KISS (www.kissonline.com) has tapped Ortsbo (www.ortsbo.com), the world’s leading real-time experiential communications platform, to create the first globally social fan engagement platform, broadcasting fan communications worldwide for the band’s 40-city summer tour, entitled: KISS Motley Crüe The Tour 2012. Reaching fans in multiple languages, the platform will aggregate more than 17 social networks in a central platform at the social hub through www.kissonline.com with instant translation and real-time integration to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Flickr, Vevo, and more. The launch will effectively transform in-venue fan engagement during a live music performance into a global, social and merchandising experience.

A world first in music & fan communications, Ortsbo’s revolutionary multilingual social network aggregator will enable the tour’s on-site team, concert-goers, KISS members and fans worldwide to converse across language barriers, continents and all the top social networks. Built to transform the way audiences, musicians and staffers share live and static entertainment experiences, the new hub will serve as a global base for KISS fans, tour attendees and viewers around the world. Gathering data and statistics in real-time, the service will also collect invaluable information on its back-end for further refinement, development and perfection of the platform while creating unprecedented, niche audience information for advertisers and marketers to potentially tap as well.

“We’re giving our fans a more powerful and meaningful way to communicate and engage with us while on tour. Every member of the KISS Army brings pride and power we share and with Ortsbo’s technology we can reach anyone, anywhere, in any language through one single place on the web,” said Paul Stanley of KISS. “No matter where our fans are or what native language they speak, now all of them can be part of the tour plus purchase tour merchandise through one easy platform.”

Combining all forms of multimedia, chat and e-commerce, users can share photos, video, text, tweets, links and purchase merchandise through one all-inclusive portal, in the language of their choice. The ultimate international experience for music and concerts, Ortsbo’s platform will centralize the global fan base of one of the world’s most-renowned rock bands for a new experiment in defining the social music experience. The full experience will create a heightened fan loyalty coupled with a game-ified communication experience in one powerful online home.

“This unrivaled approach to combining more than a dozen social networks, real-time language services in up to 53 languages and fans of KISS, around their summer tour, may set a new standard in socially-powered music fandom,” said David Lucatch, CEO of Ortsbo. “We are proud to elevate the sharing and socializing of music fans – the strongest form of emotionally-empowered communications – to a level never seen before, with the inclusion of merchandising opportunities.”

In addition to the hub, Live Nation Merchandise has been tapped as a partner to power KISS fan shops and KISS merchandise sites with Ortsbo translation technology, bringing a gambit of must-have KISS items to a global audience in their native tongues. This end of the program enables globalized merchandising opportunities and expanded revenue opportunities for other partners, manufacturers, providers and more.

About KISS – The World’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band
KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. As one of America’s top gold-record champions, KISS has released 44 albums and sold more than 90 million albums worldwide. Decades of record-breaking tours around the globe have included high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Rockin’ The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and special guest appearance on the 2009 American Idol finale that boasted 30 million viewers and a 2010 Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour.

The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” is a striking testament to the band’s unbreakable bond with its fans, and just one of the reasons KISS was nominated for induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. KISS is currently in the studio recording “Monster”, the follow up to their 2009 chart topping album “Sonic Boom” and preparing for a major world tour starting in summer of 2012.

For more information, please visit www.kissonline.com and follow the band: @KISSonline

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KISS and Linkin Park Head To ‘Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock’ & ‘DJ Hero 2’

KISS and Linkin Park Head To ‘Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock’ & ‘DJ Hero 2’

Just in time for the holidays, Activision Publishing Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero®: Warriors of Rock and DJ Hero® 2 are giving the gift that will keep fans rocking and mixing with new downloadable content from two of the world’s best-selling artists KISS and Linkin Park.

Gene Simmons, who voiced the Demi-God of Rock in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, is back this holiday season and has brought the boys of KISS with him. Beginning today Guitar Hero® aficionados can celebrate the holidays KISS style with a KISS-mas trio of tracks featuring everyone’s favorite KISS songs. The KISS-mas Track Pack contains one of the bands biggest hits and possibly one of the greatest rock songs of all time, “Rock And Roll All Nite,” along with two other hit KISS tracks, “Detroit Rock City” and “Calling Dr. Love.”

Linkin Park are no strangers to the remix realm, having collaborated on crossover tracks with everyone from hip-hop icon JAY-Z to world-renowned DJ Hero remixer and consultant Z-Trip. Now, two Linkin Park tracks off of their 2010 number one selling album A Thousand Suns have received the exclusive DJ Hero remix treatment as downloadable content for DJ Hero 2, including “The Catalyst (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix)” and a mashup of “When They Come For Me” by legendary turntablist, producer and DJ Hero alumni, Diplo. Available beginning today, and rounding out the three track Linkin Park Mix Pack, is a mashup of “Pts.OF.Athrty” from the band’s 2002 remix album, Reanimation.

The KISS-mas Track Pack for the Guitar Hero Music Library will be available on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 440 Microsoft Points, on the PlayStation®Store for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system for $5.49 and for Wii™ for 550 Wii Points™.? All songs in the KISS-mas Track Pack will also be released as downloadable singles for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 160 Microsoft Points, PlayStation 3 system for $1.99 and Wii for 200 Wii Points each. In addition to the in-game music store and Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 owners can expand their Guitar Hero music library using the Guitar Hero VIP Pass Music Store, available exclusively on Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network.

The Linkin Park Mix Pack for DJ Hero 2 will be available on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 640 Microsoft Points; and on the PlayStation®Store for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system for $7.99.? All mixes will be released as downloadable singles for Wii™ for 300 Wii Points™.

For more information about Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and the entire line-up of downloadable songs and disc imports, please visit www.guitarhero.com, www.facebook.com/guitarhero and www.twitter.com/guitarhero. For more information about DJ Hero 2 and the complete list of mixes available for download, please visit www.djhero.com, www.facebook.com/djhero and www.twitter.com/djhero.

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