SOURCE: Blabbermouth

During a brand new interview with The Weekender, KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley once again spoke about the possibility of the band one day carrying on without any original members.

“I know KISS won’t end,” Stanley said. “The question is, ‘How long will I be a part of it, or Gene [Simmons, KISS bassist/vocalist] be a part if it?’ I really don’t know. As long as we can.

“It’s hard work, but it’s incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.

“In 2000, I thought it was over. It’s 14 years later, and I’m much wiser now and smart enough to know that it will continue.

“Though the band has never been better, I’m also aware that I’m not the only person that can do what I do.

“I didn’t invent what I do. I was influenced by a lot of great singers and performers, and there are people out there that are just chomping at the bit to get up on stage, and I believe there is more than one person that can go up there and blow people away. At some point, I won’t be there.”

It was back in 2005 that KISS manager manager Doc McGhee first told the New York Times that the group had “been toying with the idea of recruiting an entire band to… don the band’s famous makeup.” McGhee said, “KISS is more like Doritos or Pepsi, as far as a brand name is concerned. They’re more characters than the individual person. I think (new members) have a legitimate chance to carry the franchise.”

Simmons didn’t necessarily disagree with that idea. He told Launch that the concept of original members isn’t widely held by fans, and it isn’t really accurate anyway. “There’s no question that there’s a core of fans — five-10 percent, my sense is — who believe in original members,” he said. “And yet, when you look at original members, THE BEATLES are not original members — Ringo is not an original member; THE [ROLLING] STONES — barely. You know, they’ve had so many members come and go, but it’s the STONES; and AC/DC’s aren’t original members; and VAN HALEN; and JOURNEY…you go down the list of every — almost every band you can think of.”

In a 2012 interview with The San Diego Union-Tribute, Stanley reaffirmed KISS’ intention to continue after he and Gene Simmons depart.

“The band is bigger than its members,” said Stanley. “And it only takes, in this case, four like-minded people with a similar outlook and talent to further the cause and continue KISS. It makes perfect sense to me. It may not make sense to other bands, but we’re not other bands. We don’t live by those rules. We never have.”

Simmons told Rolling Stone magazine in March that there will come a time when he will no longer be able to tour with KISS due to the band’s rigorous schedule. “I’m 64 now,” he said. “Three more tours. Two, if I have a life change of some kind.”

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American Authors, Mowglis Metro, 10/29, 6:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/1, noon.

Roy Ayers The Promontory, 9/20, 7 and 10 PM, all-ages, late show is 17+.

Diane Birch SPACE, Evanston, 9/7, 7:30 PM, all-ages.

David Bisbal House of Blues, 10/18, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/1, 10 AM.

Black Cobra Reggie’s Rock Club, 9/23, 7:30 PM.

Brother Ali Reggie’s Rock Club, 11/14, 9 PM.

Junior Brown SPACE, Evanston, 10/11, 8 PM, all-ages.

Stanley Clarke The Promontory, 10/16, 7 and 9:30 PM, all-ages, late show is 17+.

Paula Cole City Winery, 10/26, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 7/31, noon.

Dope Body Township, 10/20, 8 PM.

Drowners, Bully Beat Kitchen, 9/27, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 8/1, 10 AM.

Bryan Ferry Museum of Contemporary Art, 9/20, 6:30 PM, all-ages.

Flying Lotus Concord Music Hall, 10/24, 8:30 PM.

Marc Ford & Elijah Ford Double Door, 10/15, 8 PM, on sale Sat 8/2, noon.

Kinky Friedman The Promontory, 10/19, 8 PM.

Ben Frost Constellation, 10/31, 8:30 PM.

Generationals Thalia Hall, 10/30, 8:30 PM.

Trevor Hall SPACE, Evanston, 10/19, 7:30 PM, all-ages.

Fred Hersch Constellation, 9/30, 7 and 9:30 PM, early show is all ages.

Horse Feathers Lincoln Hall, 11/20, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/1, noon.

Iceage, Helm Empty Bottle, 10/22, 9 PM.

Chaka Khan Chicago Theatre, 8/9, 8 PM, all-ages.

B.B. King House of Blues, 10/3, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/1, 10 AM.

Klingande Subterranean, 9/4, 9 PM.

Stu Larsen Schubas, 9/29, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/1, noon.
Legendary Shack Shakers Double Door, 11/12, 8:30 PM, on sale Sat 8/2, noon.

Ramsey Lewis Electric Band with Philip Bailey The Promontory, 10/25, 7 and 10 PM, all-ages, late show is 17+.

Lily & Madeleine Lincoln Hall, 11/15, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/1, noon.

Cass McCombs & Meat Puppets Empty Bottle, 10/23, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/1, 10

Minus the Bear, Young Widows Bottom Lounge, 10/23, 8 PM, on sale Fri 8/1, noon.

Maria Muldaur SPACE, Evanston, 10/14, 7:30 PM, all-ages.

Shawn Mullins City Winery, 9/10, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 7/31, noon.

NRBQ The Promontory, 10/21, 8 PM.

Ought Empty Bottle, 9/20, 9 PM.

Maceo Parker The Promontory, 9/13, 7 and 10 PM, all-ages, late show is 17+.

Quintron & Miss Pussycat Hideout, 11/14, 10 PM.

Relient K House of Blues, 11/1, 5:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/1, 10 AM.

Shabazz Palaces Lincoln Hall, 9/13, 10 PM, on sale Fri 8/1, noon.

Shakey Graves Lincoln Hall, 12/3, 9 PM, on sale Fri 8/1, noon.

T-Pain Double Door, 8/27, 8 PM.

Twin Peaks Lincoln Hall, 10/30, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/1, noon.

Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Chicago Theatre, 4/11, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 8/1, 10 AM.

Nick Waterhouse Lincoln Hall, 9/19, 10 PM, on sale Fri 8/1, noon.


King Crimson the Vic, 9/25-27, 8 PM, third show added, on sale Fri 8/1, 10 AM.
Holly Near SPACE, Evanston, 9/20, 7 PM, all-ages, canceled.
James “Blood” Ulmer SPACE, Evanston, 8/16, 8 PM, all-ages, canceled.


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Comic-Con: Box Art and Bonus Features for Batman: The Complete Television Series Revealed!

Following their Hall H panel last night, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially revealed the box art and contents for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Batman: The Complete Television Series. Set to be released November 11, Batman: The Complete Television Series features all three classic seasons of the fan-favorite show spanning all 120 original broadcast episodes – completely remastered – as well as more than three hours of never-before-seen enhanced content including interviews with both Adam West (as Batman) and Burt Ward (as Robin).

Each of the Blu-ray Limited Edition sets will be individually numbered, making the set a true must-have for both fans and collectors alike. The set will include sought-after premiums including:

An exclusive Hot Wheels® Replica Batmobile

Adam West Scrapbook – featuring never-before-seen photos from Adam’s own archives

44 Vintage Trading Cards

Ultraviolet Digital Copy of all 120 episodes

Episode guide – includes synopsis of all episodes, photos from the series and a personal letter from Adam West to the fans

The special features for the release include:

Hanging with Batman – A true slice of life in the words of Adam West.

Holy Memorabilia Batman! – A journey into the most sought-after collectibles through the eyes of three extraordinary collectors.

Batmania Born! – Building the World of Batman – Explore the art and design behind the fiction.

Bats of the Round Table – A candid conversation with Adam West and his celebrity friends, chatting all things Bat ’66.

Inventing Batman in the words of Adam West (episode 1 &2) – A rare treat for the fans as Adam discusses his script notes on bringing Batman to life in the first and second episodes.

Na Na Na Batman! — Hollywood favorite’s stars and producers recount their favorite Batman memories.

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Rob Zombie Taking ‘Great American Nightmare’ Halloween Horror Attraction to Chicago Area

Rob Zombie previously announced that his ‘Great American Nightmare’ Halloween horror attraction will take place in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2014, but that’s not the only location. The rocker/director has just revealed that he’ll also bring his ‘Nightmare’ to the Midwest, setting up shop at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park, Illinois, near Chicago.

“I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to TWO new cities this year,” says Zombie. “My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year.”

As with the Arizona location, the primary attractions at the Illinois fest will be the three haunted houses that are based on Rob Zombie’s films.

‘The Lords of Salem in Total Black Out’ is a mind-twister that’s sure to play upon those with a fear of the dark and claustrophobia as the visitor attempts to traverse the sixty-degree maze.

‘The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 3D’ allows the visitor to use Chromadepth glasses that will enhance the visual experience with brilliant colors, sudden chills and startling thrills along with the salacious humor that made the film such a riot.

And there’s also the ‘Haunt of 1,000 Corpses,’ which is an extreme yet traditional haunted house that takes the visitor through a recreation of the film’s ‘Museum of Monsters & Madmen’ along with an expanded ‘Murder Ride.’

‘Great American Nightmare’ producer Steve Kopelman adds, “Chicago is a haunted house hotbed with the Odeum Expo Center being the go-to haunted house venue for the past two decades. We really feel the Midwest will welcome this event with open arms and this will be the ultimate Chicagoland Halloween event.”

‘Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare’ will run from Sept. 26-Nov. 1 at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park, Ill. and Zombie himself will open this year’s festivities with a concert. There will also be an assortment of other attractions besides the haunted houses, including the ‘Bloody Boulevard’ thoroughfare.

Tickets for the Chicago-area event will go on sale July 30 at 10AM CT at this location. Tickets start at only $25 for all dates from Sept. 27-Nov. 1. The Sept. 26 opening, which features the Zombie concert, has tickets starting at only $45. For all ticketing, including VIP packages, check the ‘Great American Nightmare’ website.

For those planning to make the trip, Zombie will stage the ‘Great American Nightmare’ at the Villa Park location on the following dates: Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4, 10-12, 16-19, 23-26 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1. For details on the Scottsdale, Ariz., festival, click here: :

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ACE FREHLEY Says He Has ‘A Couple Of Chapters Written’ For His Next Book

Ace Frehley spoke to The Rock Pit about the planned sequel to his autobiography “No Regrets: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir”, which came out in 2011.

“I have a couple of chapters written,” he said. “It’ll be along the same lines as the first one.”

He continued: “I don’t believe in bashing people. I don’t believe in a lot of negativity, so most of the stories in the book are going to be about me: funny stories and funny situations on the road, all stories about me in the Bronx growing up, and so on and so forth.

“There wasn’t much in the first book about the FREHLEY’S COMET years, and there’s plenty of stories along those lines, there’s still plenty of KISS stories, and plenty of stories of me growing up. I probably have enough stories for five books.”

Asked if he puts aside time to write or if something just comes to mind and he jots it down as he goes, Frehley said: “Every day I wake up and I remember something else that I completely forgot about.

“You know, I just turned 63; I’ve lived a lot in my life.

“The latest thing was I was just talking to my fiancée, Rachel, about the time I went over to John McEnroe’s house, the famous tennis player, and I remembered something. I’ll have to give John a call and document it for my next book… It’s going to be as good [as], if not better than, the first book.”

“No Regrets: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir” landed at position No. 10 on the New York Times “Hardcover Nonfiction” best sellers list. The book, which was described as a look back at Ace’s “life of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll,” arrived on November 1, 2011 via Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

“No Regrets” was co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden who also authored “The Last Great Fight” about what is considered by many to be the biggest upset in the history of boxing: James “Buster” Douglas’ tenth-round knockout win over Mike Tyson in 1990.



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Chicago’s Riot Fest and Carnival Announces Single Day Tickets On Sale Now, Daily Band Schedules


(Chicago, IL) –The much anticipated single day tickets to Chicago’s Riot Fest and Carnival are now on sale, and organizers have released the daily band schedules. The Cure, The National, Jane’s Addiction, Weezer, Flaming Lips, Slayer, Social Distortion, Descendents, Tegan and Sara, The Offspring, Wu-Tang Clan, Metric, Samhain and Cheap Trick (among a slew of other incredible bands) on 7 stages at Humboldt Park September 12-14.

Riot Fest celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with an expanded footprint in Humboldt Park and more bands than ever before. The Carnival will also be expanded and food options will range from funnel cakes to gourmet food trucks. The circus will be staged daily and there are more features to be announced soon. Green space, killer food and drink and a wonderfully diverse line-up combine for maximum fun! Watching bands from the top of the Ferris Wheel while looking out on the gorgeous Chicago skyline makes Riot Fest a truly unforgettable experience.


Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Slayer, The Offspring, P*ssy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), NOFX, Gogol Bordello, Of Mice & Men, Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Circa Survive, Clutch, GWAR, Stiff Little Fingers, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, We Came as Romans, Senses Fail, All, Title Fight, Emarosa, Pity S*x, From Indian Lakes, The Hotelier, Radkey, Pianos Become The Teeth, Red City Radio, Baby Baby, Wounds, Plague Vendor, Somos, Ughh, My Parents Are Here

The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Samhain, Descendents, Metric, Taking Back Sunday, Die Antwoord, City and Colour, Paul Weller, The Used, The Afghan Whigs, C*ck Sparrer, Dashboard Confessional, Saosin w/ Anthony Green, Say Anything, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Tokyo Police Club, The Dandy Warhols, The Get Up Kids, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Streetlight Manifesto, Buzzc*cks, Face To Face, Marky Ramone w/ Guests, Wavves, The Orwells, RX Bandits, Samiam, 7 Seconds, Anti-Flag, Frnkiero And The Cellabration, Citizen, The World Is A Beautiful Place…, Lemuria, The Pizza Underground, Nostalghia, Skaters, The Unlikely Candidates, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, The Bots, Broncho, The American Scene, Restorations, The Picturebooks, Rose’s Pawn Shop, The Crombies, Ex Friends

The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Tegan and Sara, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, Bring Me The Horizon, Dropkick Murphys, Naked Raygun, Superchunk, Billy Bragg, The Hold Steady, Blue Meanies, Lucero, New Found Glory, Mudhoney, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Motion City Soundtrack, Andrew W.K., Bouncing Souls, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Mineral, La Dispute, Only Crime, The Menzingers, The Front Bottoms, Silverstein, The Whigs, In The Valley Below, Modern Baseball, I Am the Avalanche, Laura Stevenson, Cerebral Ballzy, PUP, Dads, Show You Suck, Lucki Eck$, My Gold Mask, Tiny Moving Parts, Team Spirit, Survay Says!, Chumped, Archie Powell & The Exports, Ur Lineup Sux, Bro

On top of the flagship festival in Chicago, Riot Fest will also take over Toronto (September 6-7), and Denver (September 19-21). Tickets for all 3 fests are on sale now at and lineups can be viewed at As previously promised, more news and announcements are coming soon, so stay tuned!

Toronto’s Riot Fest & Expo(9/6-9/7) at Downsview Park
Chicago’s Riot Fest & Carnival(9/12-9/14) in Humboldt Park
Denver’s Riot Fest & Sideshow(9/19-9/21) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

City and Colour * Metric * The National * Billy Talent * Rise Against * The Flaming Lips * Social Distortion * Death Cab for Cutie * Death from Above 1979 * Brand New * Paul Weller * AWOLNATION * Stars * The Head and the Heart * Dropkick Murphys * Die Antwoord * Tokyo Police Club * The New Pornographers * Taking Back Sunday * Bring Me the Horizon * The Afghan Whigs * Alkaline Trio * Glassjaw * Bob Mould * Thurston Moore * Buzzc*cks * Clutch * New Found Glory * Circa Survive * Manchester Orchestra * Lucero * Title Fight * Bad Suns * Citizen * Lemuria * Mounties * PUP * Nostalghia * Radkey * Rubblebucket * Pentimento * Broncho * The Hotelier * Laura Stevenson * The Beaches * Somos * Restorations * Say Yes * Seaway * Wounds * Little Big League

The Cure * The National * Rise Against * Weezer * Social Distortion * The Flaming Lips * Primus * Slayer * Sublime with Rome * Wu-Tang Clan * TV on the Radio * Descendents * A Day To Remember * NOFX * Die Antwoord * Dropkick Murphys * Bring Me the Horizon * Gogol Bordello * Violent Femmes * City and Colour * The Used * Taking Back Sunday * Manchester Orchestra * New Found Glory * Lucero * Failure * Hot Snakes * Me First and the Gimme Gimmes * Clutch * Bouncing Souls * Face to Face * Glassjaw * Buzzc*cks * Dum Dum Girls * Bob Mould * Stiff Little Fingers * All * La Dispute * Mineral * We Came As Romans * The Expendables * 3OH!3 * The Menzingers * Big Freedia * The Orwells * Passafire * Larry and his Flask * Nostalgia * Skaters * In the Valley Below * Dads * Pianos Become the Teeth * I Am The Avalanche * Radkey * Cerebral Ballzy * Red City Radio * Wounds * The Unlikely Candidates * Sole and DJ Pain 1 * The Bots * Tiny Moving Parts * Plague Vendor * My Body Sings Electric



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