PRONG: Lyric Video For ‘However It May End’

American power trio PRONG has released a lyric video for the song “However It May End”, created by TheCutCartel in Toronto, Canada. The track is taken from the band’s latest album, “Zero Days”, which was released in July 2017 via Steamhammer/SPV. The disc was once again produced by PRONG mainman Tommy Victor, with trusted collaborator Chris Collier as co-producer and engineer.


Victor said about the song and the video: “Hey, PRONG has a new lyric video for the song ‘However It May End’ from our ‘Zero Days’ album. I threw some Eastern philosophical ideas in with a Western doomsday outlook for the concept of the song. The video depicts the transcendence with violence. It came out great; check it out!”


PRONG is continuing to tour in support of “Zero Days”. After a solid year of shows with the likes of TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, SEPULTURA and EXODUS, as well as having key slots on the European summer festival circuit in 2017, the band recently completed a headline run with POWERFLO and a highly coveted, co-headline run with HELMET.


Last month, Victor told the “Thunder Underground” podcast that he has already begun working on material for the follow-up to “Zero Days”.


Photo by Cassie Balazic for MK ULTRA Magazine

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ACE FREHLEY: ‘Spaceman’ Album Details Revealed; ‘Rockin’ With The Boys’ Single Available

Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has released a new song today called “Rockin’ With The Boys”. This is the second song Frehley has made available from his forthcoming all-new “Spaceman” album, due October 19 via Entertainment One (eOne). Frehley previously released the track “Bronx Boy” in April.


“Spaceman”, Frehley’s eighth solo LP, features nine new original tracks, including a cover of Eddie Money’s “I Wanna Go Back”, a ripping power pop makeover of the original.


“No need to worry, I’ll be home soon, ’cause I’m rockin’ with the boys,” Frehley sings on “Rockin’ With the Boys”, which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS’s heyday in the ’70s. Both “Rockin With The Boys” and “Bronx Boys” are available on all streaming platforms today, and are iTunes instant-grat tracks for fans who preorder the album.


In addition to Ace’s distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace played bass on all of the songs on “Spaceman” except for two. The listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, “Without You I’m Nothing”, which Gene also co-wrote, and “Your Wish Is My Command”. Both songs were recorded at Frehley’s home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.


Ace’s reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of FREE’s “Fire And Water” for 2016’s covers LP “Origins, Vol. 1”) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace’s clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 “Anomaly” album in 2009.


“Spaceman” (a title suggested by Simmons himself) serves as the first collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014’s “Space Invader”, which debuted at No. 9 on the Top 200 chart. The LP scored the highest=charting position of any former or current KISS bandmember ever and marked Frehley’s first return to the Top 10 since KISS’s 1998 “Psycho Circus” reunion album.


Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over two tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is arguably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self-titled “Ace Frehley”, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove”, from any of the legendary KISS solo albums (peaking at #13).


“Spaceman” track listing:

01. Without You I’m Nothing
02. Rockin’ With the Boys
03. Your Wish Is My Command
04. Bronx Boy
05. Pursuit Of Rock and Roll
06. I Wanna Go Back
07. Mission To Mars
08. Off My Back
09. Quantum Flux


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Former KISS Guitarist VINNIE VINCENT Files Trademark Application For ‘Vinnie Vincent’s Kiss’

On July 23, former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent filed two applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the word mark “Vinnie Vincent’s Kiss”. If granted, the registrations will protect the use of the standard character mark of “Vinnie Vincent’s Kiss” for entertainment services, specifically “live performances by internationally known musical artist and guitarist Vinnie Vincent,” as well as for goods and services, including “compact discs featuring music.”


As previously reported, Vinnie, whose real name is Vincent Cusano, will perform live for the first time in 30 years on December 7 at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. The event will consist of an acoustic set featuring KISS and VINNIE VINCENT INVASION songs, with a special guest appearance by former VINNIE VINCENT INVASION singer Robert Fleischman.


Vincent has made several public appearances this year after spending the past two decades out of the public eye. He recently addressed rumors about his gender identity but declined to answer the question directly, explaining that he wanted to keep a mystique about the subject. He also said that he hopes to complete his autobiography “within a year.”


Vinnie joined KISS in 1982, replacing Ace Frehley. As the “Ankh Warrior,” he toured with the group in support of “Creatures Of The Night”, on which he played lead guitar on six songs prior to becoming an official member of the band. He was also a member of KISS when the band publicly “unmasked” in 1983.

After Vincent sued Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for “Lick It Up” royalties, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against the guitarist and awarded the KISS defendants about $66,400 in attorney’s fees and $15,400 in costs.


In June 2010, Vincent lost his 6th Circuit appeal of an order barring him from seeking bankruptcy protection from paying more than $81,000 to his former bandmates.


Vinnie joined Gene in April at the KISS bassist/vocalist’s “Vault Experience” event in Nashville, Tennessee. The reunion took place just a couple of months after Vincent said that reconnecting with Simmons was “probably the nicest thing that’s happened” to him in recent years. “I love Gene,” he said. “In the early days, he treated me so supportive.”


(Thanks: Johnthan Roberts)

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BRIAN JOHNSON And PHIL RUDD Appear To Be Back In Studio With AC/DC: Photographic Proof


A few days after a Canadian journalist claimed that Stevie Young and Phil Rudd were spotted in downtown Vancouver, we now have the first photographic proof that something is brewing in the AC/DC camp.


According to Steve Newton of, Vancouver resident — and hardcore AC/DC fan — Crystal Lambert has an apartment located near Warehouse Studios, where the band’s last three albums were recorded, and she and longtime friend Glenn Slavens have been keeping an eye on the studio’s outside deck, where various bandmembers seemingly retreat to get some air and get a drink.


As you can see from the photo above, taken by Glenn two days ago, Rudd appears to be sharing a laugh with none other than singer Brian Johnson.


The assumption is that AC/DC is in the midst of making — or at least planning — another album, with Rudd and Johnson both back in the lineup.

Ever since AC/DC completed the tour cycle for its 2014 album “Rock Or Bust” nearly two years ago — a turbulent trek that weathered the forced retirement and eventual death of co-founder Malcolm Young, plus the departures of Johnson, Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams — fans have wondered whether sole remaining founding member Angus Young would keep the band going or decide it was time for AC/DC to pack it in.


Johnson was forced to leave AC/DC mid-tour due to a dangerous level of hearing loss, and was eventually replaced on the road by GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose, while Williams decided to retire at the end of the cycle.


Rudd’s spot behind the kit for AC/DC’s “Rock Or Bust” world tour was taken by Chris Slade in 2015 after Rudd was arrested for drug possession and threatening to kill an employee.


Angus has not said publicly what he has planned for the future of AC/DC.


Rudd told Kaaos TV in a 2017 interview that he “would like to be involved with Angus again, maybe on the next [AC/DC] album or something. But I still have some traveling restrictions, and I’m not sure if I can go to America or not,” he said. “I’ve got some lawyers doing some work so I can go back to America, but I’m not too sure. So I have some limitations on what I can do, and I’m just making the best of my situation at the moment.”


Asked if was is in contact with his former bandmates in AC/DC, Phil said: “I am. Yes, I am. I talk to Brian, and we just talk about cars, and I talk to Cliff, and we just talk [about] anything. It’s just old friends talk. But I’m sure Angus has got a few ideas. He did a great job on the ‘Rock Or Bust’ album. I think it’s a great album — one of the best ones we’ve done, for sure. [It was] very well produced by Brendan O’Brien, who understands guitarists. And he did a really good job. And I was pleased with my work on that as well.”


Johnson joined AC/DC in 1980 following the death of vocalist Bon Scott. He made his debut with the band on that year’s “Back In Black” album, one of the most successful LPs of all time.


The rock legend spoke to The Sunday Times about the hearing problems that almost ended his 36-year career with AC/DC. “On stage, it was getting harder and harder to hear the guitars, even hear the keys, and I was basically going on muscle memory,” he said. “And I’m not the kind of guy who likes to cheat. The way I look at it, I had a great run.”


Two years ago, Johnson said in an open letter to fans that he intended to solve his hearing problem and continue recording and touring, although he pointedly did not say whether he would be rejoining AC/DC.


The vocalist wrote: “My entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances. While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic.”

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L.A. Guns Joined On Stage By 14-Year-Old During Recent Show

A 14 year-old aspiring musician got the dream of a lifetime during a recent L.A. Guns concert The Rockpile in Toronto, Ontario, Canada last month, when he got to join the band on stage.


Tim Bentley took his son “T-Bone” to the concert and during the show the young musician held up a sign that said ‘please let me play with you guys’, according to the elder Bentley.


The sing caught the band’s attention and they invited him up on stage for sit in Shane Fitzgibbon during the band’s performance of the song “I Wanna Be Your Man”.


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Ex-L.A. Guns guitarist Johnny Monaco forms ’70s “current experimental pop” group The Socialites



After having one of the shortest stints in L.A. Guns‘ history, guitarist Johnny Monaco has taken a real left field musically with the ’70s “current experimental pop” group The Socialites.


The following message was posted in part on Monaco‘s Facebook page back on July 26, 2018:


“My NEW band THE SOCIALITES is glam AF & we’re making a spectacle of ourselves! CHARLOTTE wants to ride to the gigs on the back of the motorcycle & she never misses a note.


In an interview with Metal Sludge earlier this month, Monaco explained why he left L.A. Guns last month when he stated in part:


“I played in L.A. Guns for a little over two months (12 shows). I believe I did everything that was asked of me & more.


The “leaving because of the travel” comment was taken out of context and related to specific issues and frustration with a particularly bad travel week.


I tour all the time and will continue to do so. Traveling is actually one of the benefits to being in a band like this, you get to see the world & play your guitar. Phil possibly misunderstood.


My reason for leaving was simply that I didn’t feel it was a good fit for L.A. Guns & I would’ve been forcing myself to continue.

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