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02 Sep 2014

FORMER KISS PUBLICIST CAROL ROSS TALKS ABOUT THE STRUGGLES OF MARKETING A NEW BAND TODAY

August 29, 2014

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The KISS inspired Podcast, Three Sides Of The Coin welcomed former KISS publicist Carol Ross to the show to discuss her time working for the band. She tells stories of how she was responsible for iconic KISS moments like putting their blood in the red ink for their first comic book and the Empire State Building photo shoot.

Hosts Michael Brandvold and Tommy Sommers chat with her about the band’s marketing the band and how difficult it was to sell them to publications like Rolling Stone Magazine.

During the interview, Carol talks about marketing bands today compared to the pre-internet era:

“Everything is social media now, basically” she said.

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“The music business is so different today. It used to be a community and record companies would sign a band and if the band didn’t have a hit single or hit album the first time around they gave them another opportunity.  They would invest in the band if they believed in the band.

Today, that’s unheard of; nobody will give you anything.  Ultimately today, the young artists have to do everything themselves. They have to be their own record company, they have to do their promotion, they have to do everything themselves. There is not really a place to go anymore. It’s an absolutely different world” she continued.

“For what I do, I have to deal with social media. That’s where you have the concentration. Yeah, there’s magazines like Rolling Stone and there are lots of different magazines and you have to deal with all of that as well. But, really, getting their music out and making sure that it’s on the internet in all of the different outlets and it’s much harder today to break an artist than it was years ago.”

Carol also goes on to say that since she has been told by every record company that they are not signing anybody, the artist has to do everything by themselves and she doesn’t know what would happen with KISS if they were coming out today because “it’s a very strange marketplace now”.

This episode is a great journey through the mind of one of the geniuses who helped turn KISS into the biggest band in the world.  It is a great listen for not only KISS fans, but a great marketing lesson for any up and coming band.  You get to hear how the big boys do it.

To watch the show on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6hwCtXlDsc

To listen to the show on Spreaker:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/mbrandvold/ep-90-former-kiss-publicist-carol-ross

Michael Brandvold and Tommy Sommers are available for interviews to have discussions about every era of the band including the new box set and vinyl reissues being put out by Universal Music Group and the new Ace Frehley record “Space Invader”.

Three Sides Of The Coin is unofficial & unsanctioned and has no affiliation with the band KISS.

Visit http://www.ThreeSidesOfTheCoin.com http://www.facebook.com/threesidesofthecoin http://www.twitter.com/threesidescoin and CALL US at 320-515-4771 and join the conversation. Three Sides of the Coin is a KISS talk show featuring Michael Brandvold and Tommy Sommers.

Since launching a year ago, Three Sides of the Coin has been viewed or listened to over 500,000 times. In the last year, They have been joined by special guests including former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, the Black Veil Brides‘ Andy BiersackFrank Munoz (associate producer for Ace Frehley’s “Anomaly” album), award winning songwriter Adam MitchellEd Kanon (Peter Criss’ drum tech), Eddie Trunk (Host of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” and “Eddie Trunk Live”)  and Kevin Valentine (drummer on KISS’ “Psycho Circus” album).

Three Sides of the Coin was recently picked (October 2013) as a ‘What’s Hot’ podcast by Apple’s iTunes.

In the early ’90s, Michael Brandvold launched the fifth ever website on the Internet devoted to KISS, KISS Otaku. He was the first to build, launch and maintain Kissonline.com (KISS’ official web presence).

Tommy Sommers has spent many years on the record show circuit selling memorabilia and meeting many KISS fans.

It’s only our opinion… it’s neither right nor wrong!

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Web: http://threesidesofthecoin.com

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For interview opportunities, please contact Izzy Presley from Izzy Presley Productions via email: izzy@izzypresleyproductions.com.

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06 Aug 2014

THREE SIDES OF THE COIN REVIEW ACE FREHLEY’S “SPACE INVADER”

For Immediate Release

“My favorites are the ’78 (Ace Frehley KISS Solo Record) and “Trouble Walkin’”, but I can’t say that this one doesn’t shove it’s way up in there”

– Tommy Sommers

“Guitars sound super crisp, clean, right up front; Just love it”

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The KISS inspired Podcast, Three Sides Of The Coin, sit down and review the brand new Ace Frehley release “Space Invader”.  Hosts Michael Brandvold and Tommy Sommers break it down track by track for their listeners, rate it out of 10 stars, and pick their favorite and least favorite tracks on the release.

As the boys dissect the album track by track, they also give their opinions on Ace comparing it to his ’78 solo record and how it stacks up agains Ace’s last release “Anomaly” along with listing their favorite records that Ace has put out.

They both agree that they like the album. Brandvold gives it a 6-7 out of ten while Sommers says it’s between a 7 and 7 1/2, they also agree that some of the vocals aren’t what they should be and a producer like Eddie Kramer would have taken the record to a whole other level.

Here is the track listing for the standard release version which is what they reviewed:

‘Space Invader’

‘Gimme a Feelin” (radio edit)

‘I Wanna Hold You’

‘Change’ –

‘Toys’ –

‘Immortal Pleasures’

‘Inside the Vortex’

‘What Every Girl Wants’

‘Past the Milky Way’

‘Reckless’

‘The Joker’

‘Starship’

To watch the show on youtube:

http://youtu.be/b5L9rso2234

To listen to the show on Spreaker:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/mbrandvold/ep-86-ace-frehley-track-by-track-review

Michael Brandvold and Tommy Sommers are available for interviews to have discussions about every era of the band including the new box set and vinyl reissues being put out by Universal Music Group and the new Ace Frehley record “Space Invader”.

Three Sides Of The Coin is unofficial & unsanctioned and has no affiliation with the band KISS.

Visit http://www.ThreeSidesOfTheCoin.com http://www.facebook.com/threesidesofthecoin http://www.twitter.com/threesidescoin and CALL US at 320-515-4771 and join the conversation. Three Sides of the Coin is a KISS talk show featuring Michael Brandvold and Tommy Sommers.

Since launching a year ago, Three Sides of the Coin has been viewed or listened to over 500,000 times. In the last year, They have been joined by special guests including former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, the Black Veil BridesAndy Biersack, Frank Munoz (associate producer for Ace Frehley’s “Anomaly” album), award winning songwriter Adam Mitchell, Ed Kanon (Peter Criss’ drum tech), Eddie Trunk (Host of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” and “Eddie Trunk Live”)  and Kevin Valentine (drummer on KISS’ “Psycho Circus” album).

Three Sides of the Coin was recently picked (October 2013) as a ‘What’s Hot’ podcast by Apple’s iTunes.

In the early ’90s, Michael Brandvold launched the fifth ever website on the Internet devoted to KISS, KISS Otaku. He was the first to build, launch and maintain Kissonline.com (KISS’ official web presence).

Tommy Sommers has spent many years on the record show circuit selling memorabilia and meeting many KISS fans.

It’s only our opinion… it’s neither right nor wrong!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/threesidesofthecoin

Twitter: twitter.com/threesidescoin

YouTube: youtube.threesidesofthecoin.com

Spreaker: spreaker.threesidesofthecoin.com

iTunes: itunes.threesidesofthecoin.com

TuneIn: http://tunein.threesidesofthecoin.com

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Web: http://threesidesofthecoin.com

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For interview opportunities, please contact Izzy Presley from Izzy Presley Productions via email: izzy@izzypresleyproductions.com.

 

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05 Jul 2014

ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST ANTHONY SHORE TO CELEBRATE THE KING ON AUGUST 16TH AT THE PARKWAY THEATER IN MINNEAPOLIS

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JULY 4TH, 2014

On August 16th, 1977, we lost the biggest icon in American history. We lost the man who not only revered as the creator and king of rock and roll, but crossed genres with #1 hits in pop, gospel, and country music while becoming a movie star all at the same time. On August 16th, 1977, we lost Elvis Presley.

Every year tens of thousands of Elvis fans converge on Memphis, TN to celebrate The King during Elvis Week, the week of his death. This year, Minnesota Elvis fans don’t have to make the trek, because they can celebrate with Minnesota’s own Anthony Shore.

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August 16th, Anthony brings his all star band to The Parkway Theater in Minneapolis to celebrate the 37th anniversary of Elvis’ passing with his show, “Remembering Elvis”.

Anthony grew up in England and honed his craft working cruise ships in Europe before moving to Minneapolis just a few years ago.

He has stunned audiences all over the world and won multiple awards all over the United States including top three finishes in Memphis during Elvis Week and his biggest prize, 1st place in Milwaukee for a $25,000 purse.

Tickets are available at The Parkway Theater for only $15 (General Admission) and $38 (2 Tickets & Up Front Love Seat) and at this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/754162

The Parkway Theater is located at 4818 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55417. (612) 822- 3030.

For more information on Anthony Shore, please visit www.ELVISMN.com.

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20 May 2014

Ace Von Johnson From Faster Pussycat Talks About New Faster Pussycat Music And Danny’s Drunken Tumble

 

Photo Credit: Josh Withers

Photo Credit: Josh Wither

 

Hollywood, CA – Ace Von Johnson from Faster Pussycat stopped by Another FN’ Podcast to chat with Izzy Presley about new Pussycat music, dealing with fans who yell for original members, The Monsters Of Rock Cruise, their upcoming “Bang Your Head” tour with Quiet Riot/Bullet Boys/Gilby Clarke, and tells the story of Pussycat’s bass player Danny “Tender” Nordahl’s now infamous drunken tumble into the drum riser.  He also goes on to talk about his love for dogs and what he does to help shelters.

Von Johnson says that the new Faster Pussycat could out before the Summer tour, but for sure there will be a new Faster Pussycat release before the end of the year. It will contain the track “Pretty Ugly” along with another track they have been playing live up to this point.

It may be an EP with another EP to follow with a combined full length release to follow with extra tracks, but nothing is set in stone yet.

Ace also went on to talk about their bass player Danny “Tender” Nordahl taking a header into the drum kit in March that has become an YouTube hit.

“If he had really hurt himself, I would be really upset, but because he was so drunk that he just collapsed like a pile of laundry and just got back up….sort of, it’s funny”.

He also went on to say he just had one of those days and he was partying all day, they saw it coming and it WASN’T the first song of the set.  He actually went shoulder first into the drum riser and his head never hit the drums.

“It’s a little embarrassing when that shit happens and I am sure anyone else in the band would have felt the same way if it had been me” he said, but also when he saw the video that he was laughing so hard he was crying.

I think Taime Downe said it best when it happened “Fuckin Rock & Roll”.

 

The entire interview is available via these links

Spreaker: http://www.spreaker.com/user/izzypresley/ace-von-johnson-from-faster-pussycat

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8stxOo-coII

 

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12 May 2014

Bobbie Brown, The Cherry Pie Girl, Is Welcomed On Another FN’ Podcast

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Bobbie Brown swings by the Hurt Locker to talk about her book “Dirty Rocker Boys”, The Ex-Wives of Rock, paranormal experiences with the ghost of Jani Lane, and tells the truth about if size really does matter.  She also talks about meeting her current boyfriend via online dating.

http://www.spreaker.com/user/izzypresley/another-fn-podcast-bobbie-brown

http://www.metalsludge.tv/?p=43398

 

 

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12 May 2014

Hairball Ready for Another Successful Summer

hairball_faces_2013“THE BEST COVER BAND I’VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE” – Alice Cooper

In December of 2013, Hairball played what could be considered the biggest shows of their career.

On December 5th they traveled to Las Vegas, NV to play the Brennan Rock And Roll Academy benefit where they were the backing band for many of the icons they pay homage to in their everyday show. Alice Cooper and Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) both sang in front of them along with the likes of Tom Keifer (Cinderella), Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe), Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Jack Blades (Night Ranger), Kip Winger (Winger), Joey Tempest (Europe), and Joan Jett, while KISS closed the show. Then they did it one more time on Saturday the 7th in Phoenix for Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding Benefit.

Cooper not only called them the “best cover band I’ve ever seen” but went on to say that Hairball does Alice Cooper just as good as his band does.

This was all on the heels of huge shows in Mexico, Sturgis, Moondance Jam, and playing for the Minnesota Vikings in London, England prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The show keeps growing and growing along with their fan base, as the band keeps expanding their reach to more parts of the United States and the world. Crossing the country and crossing the boarders, Hairball is well on their way while winning over crowds every night.

Interviews and press materials are available by contacting Izzy Presley Productions at izzy@izzypresleyproductions.com. 651-285-1830 www.hairballonline.com

is a Rock & Roll experience you won’t soon forget. A band puts on a concert-Hairball puts on an event! The lights, sound, smoke, fire, bombs, and screaming hoards of avid fans…to merely call it a concert would be like calling Mount Rushmore a roadside attraction!

Vocalists Rockstar Bob, Joe Dandy, and Kris Voxx lead the band through a 2-hour, mind-blowing, and drop-dead accurate homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world. Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, Prince and Aerosmith are but a few of the acts fans will see brought to life. The Hairball stage becomes an entirely new rock concert before your very eyes countless times throughout the night.

The motor that drives the Hairball dragster consists of Freaky on the electric bass, Blake on the drums, and Happy on the lead guitar. These Rock & Roll soldiers pride themselves on nailing some of the most memorable licks and chops of all time, while adding their own style and flare that they’ve cultivated over dec- ades of tireless performing. These guys live and breathe Rock & Roll! 2013 finds Hairball celebrating its 13th year of rocking hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Every day it adds more characters, more pyrotechnics, more lights, more sound, more props, more surprises…more everything! While Happy often tells the audience “Today is the first day is the rest of your life!” Hairball performs every show as though it could be its last. Every night is a 100% full-on, no-holds-barred, exciting, chaotic, fiery party that has to be experienced to be believed!

As important to Hairball as the music are its fans. While many bands claim to have the best fans in the world, Hairball actually has! Whether they are 10 years old or 100, Hairball fans bring an unparalleled enthusi- asm and energy to the show that enhances the arena experience. Hairball knows it wouldn’t exist without its fans, and takes every opportunity to let them know that. Whether it’s a pre-show meet and greet, hanging out at the merch booth, or chatting online, Hairball has a lot in common with its fans and it’s always a good time when they get together.

Hairball is more than just a band, and certainly more than a tribute band.

Don’t confuse with the countless “80’s Tribute” bands across the country. is an experience, an attitude, and expression of music that isn’t simply a retro flashback. It’s a way of life, and it’s not going any- where soon!

Izzy Presley
Izzy Presley Productions
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“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull right up along side of it” – David Lee Roth

 

 

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21 Mar 2014

THREE SIDES OF THE COIN WELCOME NEPHEW OF SEAN DELANEY TO LATEST SHOW

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The KISS inspired Podcast, Three Sides Of The Coin, welcomed Russ Delaney for their 67th episode to honor his late uncle Sean Delaney.

Episode 67 w/Russ Delaney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq1jfAOpHSo

Often referred to by KISS fans as “The Fifth KISS”, Sean Delaney was the right hand man of Bill Aucoin, their first manager and the man credited with helping shoot them to superstardom. Delaney served as tour manager, choreographer, and co-wrote songs with the band.  He was also asked by Gene Simmons to produce his self titled 1978 solo album.

Russ had a relationship with the band through Sean and also his father, who roadied for KISS.

Throughout the interview, hosts Michael Brandvold and Tommy Sommers hear Russ tell stories about his uncle and what he meant to KISS along with personal stories from his childhood being around the band out of their make up and taking his third grade classmates to watch the band live from the 5th row.

In a shocking story, Russ reveals that Bill Aucoin actually sold the rights to KISS in the early 1980s which contradicts reports of him being fired by the band or quitting because of “creative and directional differences”.

Russ will also be at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony representing the memory of his uncle, Sean, and his legacy with the Hottest Band In The World.

Episode 67 is a run down memory lane through the life of a man who grew up with KISS as part of his immediate family.  Russ Delaney brings thoughts and stories from a source that many would not think to tap.

Michael Brandvold and Tommy Sommers are available for interviews to have discussions about the impending Hall Of Fame Induction for KISS and all of the drama surrounding it.  The induction ceremony is April 10th in Brooklyn, NY.

Three Sides Of The Coin is unofficial & unsanctioned and has no affiliation with the band KISS.

Visit http://www.ThreeSidesOfTheCoin.com http://www.facebook.com/threesidesofthecoin http://www.twitter.com/threesidescoin and CALL US at 320-515-4771 and join the conversation. Three Sides of the Coin is a KISS talk show featuring Michael Brandvold and Tommy Sommers.

Since launching a year ago, Three Sides of the Coin has been viewed or listened to over 200,000 times. In the last year, They have been joined by special guests including former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, the Black Veil Brides‘ Andy BiersackFrank Munoz (associate producer for Ace Frehley‘s “Anomaly” album), award winning songwriterAdam MitchellEd Kanon (Peter Criss’ drum tech), Eddie Trunk (Host of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” and “Eddie Trunk Live”)  and Kevin Valentine (drummer on KISS’ “Psycho Circus” album).

Three Sides of the Coin was recently picked (October 2013) as a ‘What’s Hot’ podcast by Apple’s iTunes.

In the early ’90s, Michael Brandvold launched the fifth ever website on the Internet devoted to KISS, KISS Otaku. He was the first to build, launch and maintainKissonline.com (KISS’ official web presence).

Tommy Sommers has spent many years on the record show circuit selling memorabilia and meeting many KISS fans.

 It’s only our opinion… it’s neither right nor wrong!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/threesidesofthecoin

Twitter: twitter.com/threesidescoin

YouTube: youtube.threesidesofthecoin.com

Spreaker: spreaker.threesidesofthecoin.com

iTunes: itunes.threesidesofthecoin.com

TuneIn: http://tunein.threesidesofthecoin.com

Stitcher Radio: stitcher.threesidesofthecoin.com

Web: http://threesidesofthecoin.com

Merchandise: shop.threesidesofthecoin.com

For interview opportunities, please contact Izzy Presley from Izzy Presley Productions via email: izzy@izzypresleyproductions.com.

 

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25 Feb 2014

Izzy Presley Productions Announces Partnership With Michael Brandvold Marketing/Three Sides Of The Coin & Dropping The Needle

For immediate release: 2/25/14

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Izzy Presley Productions is proud to announce a partnership with Michael Brandvold Marketing and will be handling the promotion and media relations for the podcasts “Three Sides Of The Coin” and “Dropping The Needle”.

This is an exciting venture for Izzy Presley Productions and is important to the growth of the company while being essential for its long-term viability.

About The Hosts:

In the early ’90s, Michael Brandvold launched the fifth ever website on the Internet devoted to KISS, KISS Otaku. He was the first to build, launch and maintain Kissonline.com (KISS’ official web presence).   Michael is also the owner of Michael Brandvold Marketing and authored the book “KISS School Of Marketing: 11 Lessons I Learned While Working With KISS”.

Mitch Lafon, a renowned rock journalist, first interviewed Gene Simmons in June 1980 at age 11 and has since interviewed nearly all current and past members of KISS (many more than once). In 2013, he  organized, produced and released the ‘A WORLD WITH HEROES’ – KISS TRIBUTE for cancer care (available worldwide on iTunes).

Tommy Sommers has spent many years on the record show circuit selling memorabilia and meeting many KISS fans.

Three Sides Of The Coin

Since launching a year ago Three Sides of the Coin has been viewed or listened to over 200,000 times. In the last year, Three Sides of the Coin has been joined by special guests including former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, the Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack, Frank Munoz associate producer for Ace Frehley’s Anomaly album, award winning songwriter Adam Mitchell, Ed Kanon (Peter Criss‘ drum tech),  and Kevin Valentine (drummer on KISS’ Psycho Circus album). Three Sides of the Coin was recently picked (October 2013) as a ‘What’s Hot’ podcast by Apple’s iTunes.

It’s only our opinion… it’s neither right nor wrong.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/threesidesofthecoin

Twitter: twitter.com/threesidescoin

YouTube: youtube.threesidesofthecoin.com

Spreaker: spreaker.threesidesofthecoin.com

iTunes: itunes.threesidesofthecoin.com

TuneIn: http://tunein.threesidesofthecoin.com

Stitcher Radio: stitcher.threesidesofthecoin.com

Web: http://threesidesofthecoin.com

Merchandise: shop.threesidesofthecoin.com

***Three Sides Of The Coin is unofficial & unsanctioned and has no affiliation with the band KISS.***

Dropping The Needle

Dropping The Needle is hosted by Michael Brandvold, Tommy Sommers, and Mitch Lafon, and features the guys talking about music.  No ass kissing, no BS, just strait forward conversations about music.

Originally hosted by Michael and Mitch, the show featured interviews with the likes of Udo Dirkschnieder (former Accept lead vocalist), Rachel Bolan (Skid Row), Todd Howarth (former Frehley’s Comet), Geoff Tate (Former Queensrÿche), and many more.

Dropping The Needle relaunched with Tommy joining the crew in February of 2014 with the return episode covering the Mötley Crüe Final Tour.

Website: www.droppingtheneedle.com

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzDMG2H31uyZm_rwaHEn7Xz7Y4JUCRM_y

Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/dropping-the-needle

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/michael-brandvold-marketing/id520272541

 

 

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23 Feb 2014

KISS SLAPS THE MAKE UP OFF ACE & PETER; LETS DOWN FANS WITH HALL OF FAME PERFORMANCE SNUB

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Let me premise this article by saying that I fully understand that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley own KISS, the make up, and the brand that used to be the band that molded me into the music geek that I have become.  In 1977 I received “Destroyer” for Christmas and from that point forward I would be a proud member of the KISS Army…until now.

On Friday night, February 21, 2014, Ace Frehley called into the Eddie Trunk radio show on Q1043 in New York to make an announcement to KISS fans regarding the upcoming April 10th Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

“I don’t think KISS fans are gonna be too excited and happy about the news, ‘cause at this juncture Gene and Paul have decided to perform with Tommy (Thayer) and Eric (Singer) and it looks like the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is going along with it.”

Ace continued on to say “If I am not gonna put on the make up and do a three song reunion for the fans, then what am I gonna do; and right now right now I don’t even know if I am gonna show up for that, ya know?

I don’t know and at this point, I don’t really give a shit.  I really don’t care.  It’s like, enough already.  You don’t wanna do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you?”

He also went on to say in the interview that he feels terrible for the fans and would not get on stage with Tommy in his make up.

Peter Criss released a statement via his website, www.petercriss.net:

To KISS fans,

It’s disappointing to have to say to you, the fans, that as of today, Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.   Tickets go on sale on Monday, Feb. 24th,  and I wanted to make sure that fans understood that no original performance, in or out of makeup, has been offered to us before they purchased their tickets.  This is disgraceful and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together.

God Bless,

Peter Criss – The Catman

I decided to clear my mind of anger and Jack Daniels so I could write this logically today instead of full of piss and vinegar (and JD) last night.

I don’t want to say “I told you so”, but, I told you so.  When it was announced that KISS would in fact be inducted into the Hall, I proclaimed on my podcast (Another FN Podcast w/Izzy Presley) that I had a bad feeling this would turn into another Guns n’ Roses/Van Halen debacle, and unfortunately, it has.

For their illustrious forty year career, KISS has claimed to be about the fans.  It was the fans who bombarded an Ohio radio station in 1975 to get them to play KISS records by claiming they were the “KISS Army”.

It was the fans that poured money into the marketing machine that KISS had become buying anything and everything with KISS on it, as ridiculous as any of the products may have been.  A phenomenon that repeated itself with the bands return to glory.

It was the fans that stuck by the band throughout line up changes, format changes, and tough times.

It was the fans that not only made KISS the Hottest Band In The World, but the biggest band in the world.

It was the fans who made the reunion an enormous success.  For many reliving their memories from years past and many seeing  for the first time what they were too young to see in those years past.

It was the fans that made so much of a stink that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame finally caved and let us vote in the band that changed our lives.

It is the fans who are getting the shaft from the two people that we have stood by for those forty years: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

I could take this opportunity to throw hateful passages and take shots and Gene and Paul, but I cannot do that, no matter how easy it would be.  Instead I prefer to discuss this rationally and save the hate for the podcast.

With that said, what Gene and Paul have done is wrong.  After thanking the fans over and over for getting them where they are and especially now by getting them in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they are turning their backs on us, The KISS Army, before the biggest moment of their career.

The Hall will be inducting the original line up. Inducting them the way they appeared on the back of the records: Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, and Gene Simmons. Not The Spaceman, The Starchild, The Demon, and The Catman.

When the Hall was asked if other members of the band could be inducted also, the Hall said no, but is allowing the performance without Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.  This has happened with bands in the past, but with a band like Heart, those excluded original members were in no way as pivotal NOR as important as Ace and Peter with the success of the band.

It was the four of them wearing the warpaint they created. It was the four of them that wrote those songs and put on the show that made them bigger than life.  It is the four of them that the Hall is inducting and to not allow the two people who you could not have done this without is the biggest backhand to not only Ace and Peter, but to the fans, and the history of the band.

Gene and Paul, I am taking this opportunity to renounce my devotion to the KISS Army.  I am taking this chance to say to you that this time you have went to far.  If you can’t suck it up and play three songs with the people you have always claimed to be family, then I cannot suck it up and give you one more dimes worth of my hard earned money.

I will never renounce my memories.  I will never forget the music.  I will never regret the ink on my arm (now I am really happy it is Ace).  I will move forward with my life.  Yes, I will continue to watch the old videos and listen to the records because that music changed my life, but I can no longer move forward supporting a band that cares less about their fans than the fans care about them.

Sorry Gene and Paul, I’m and Ace and Peter guy.

ACEPETER

 

*Ace Frehley Quotes – www.eddietrunk.com

*Peter Criss Quote – www.petercriss.net

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18 Dec 2013

REFLECTION ON THE ELECTION: KISS WILL BE IN THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME

By Izzy Presleykiss classico

Well, I have had time to simmer down from my fbomb filled tirade on the latest episode of “Another FN Podcast W/Izzy Presley” after getting the news of KISS’ acceptance into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. After hearing today’s (12/17/13) responses from various members of the band, my nerves have been calmed and I am ready to rationally reflect on what I am quoted as saying would be “another Van Halen/GNR drama”.

The way it is sounding is that the Hall is inducting the original line up of the band, which is the way it should be. All the respect in the world to Eric Carr, Bruce Kulick, and Eric Singer…hell, even Vinnie Vincent on their contributions to the band that changed my life when I was five years old, but the originals is where it is at. The current state of the band is about the characters and the visual as compared to the way it started which was about a kick ass rock and roll show with a bad ass soundtrack to boot.

It was about the four guys playing the characters, not the characters themselves. It was about the guys that created those characters that shaped our childhoods. It was about Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, and Paul Stanley.

My non-kid friendly rant brought up a lot of “what ifs” concerning the induction ceremony and a lot of hate toward the two founding members who have been with the band since the inception (Gene & Paul); from the good to the bad and the highs to the lows, and they have every right to do what they will with the brand they created. It is their product and it is theirs to make the descisions be it right or wrong in the eyes of us fans, the KISS Army.

I got worked up because I was and still am afraid of the possibility of the other two original members (Ace & Peter) not being on stage performing the songs that us fans fell in love with as one unit, as the four founding members, one last time.

Gene told Rolling Stone Magazine that of course he would be open to Ace and Peter playing with them and Ace told that same corporate schill of a magazine that he would also love to do that.

Paul posted on his Facebook page that “We just spoke to Peter. Whatever ongoing issues, no way not to share in celebrating what we started 40 years ago.” I can only assume the same conversation was had with Ace Frehley.

The band, the original four, have always said they were like brothers, and they were family, and that families fight, but in the end they are still family. In so many words I challenged Gene and Paul to put their money where their mouths are in the time where it means the most; the biggest honor of their career.

It looks as if that is what is going to happen and as a fan I feel more at ease with this than I ever have. I am not alone in wanting them to play with the original band one last time on that stage in Brooklyn, then announce that it’s the end. Say they have done everything they have ever wanted cover_KISS_demoto do as a band. Then gracefully hang up the cod pieces, put the 7 inch platforms in the closet, wash off the grease paint, and move on to do whatever they want to do. It is time for them all to say goodbye to KISS. Unfortunately that will not happen.

Too much money is at stake and as much as us old school fans cry for it to be over and try to make our voices heard about how we feel, ultimately it is up to the two guys in charge; Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. All of that aside, I, at this time, feel content. I feel at ease. I feel a calmness surrounding what will happen in the spring of 2014.

As a fan, I am flying my flag high and wearing my colors loudly and proudly as a member of the KISS Army, but I won’t be completely cathartic until that spring day in 2014 is over and I see the 4 men on stage together; Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, and Gene Simmons, together as a band, together as one, blowing the fucking roof off of that stuffy hall that ignored them until they could not be ignored no more. That ignored them until we, the KISS Army, gave them the “FUCK YOU” that they were avoiding for 15 long years.

On April 10th, in Brooklyn, NY, WE, the KISS Army, the ones who have stood by our favorite band through the good times and the bad, did what Rolling Stone Magazine and the board members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame never wanted to see happen. WE got our heroes in. It is because of US that KISS is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

I do not own, NOR claim to own or have any rights to the two photos used in this article.

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