Let’s have a little fun. If you had $2,000, which would you buy…the Gene Simmons Vault Experience or the Kiss Kissteria Road Cast Box Set? Yes, I know there is better things you can do with your money, but this is for fun. I am not planning to get either of these…at least not right now. Now before you answer the question, what is included with each?
The Gene Simmons Vault Experience
What is the Gene Simmons Vault Experience? It is just that…an experience. For your $2,000 you get to attend an all day Vault Experience which includes the following:
- Gene Meet & Greet: You and a guest will spend one-on-one time with Gene in your area (maybe 5 minutes based on what I have read, but he will sign anything you want including the top of the Vault and anything inside)
- “Songs & Stories” Playback Session and Q&A: You and a guest will attend an intimate Vault preview
- Gene photo/video/autograph session
- Gene hand delivers your limited-edition personalized Vault (which has a special section with bonus items individually selected by Gene that are included that are unique to your vault – some guy got Kiss Kondoms)
- Vault Pre-Pack: Signed Golden Ticket, T-Shirt, Download Card (with “Are You Ready”), And laminate
Let’s just let Gene explain:
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I was out and about at one of my favorite local record stores and came across this old 45 Single from Kiss. It was for the song “Tears Are Falling” off their 1985 album ‘Asylum. By 1985, Kiss was fully ensconced into the 80’s Hair Metal scene. Starting with their previous album, ‘Animalize’, the band’s sound shifted from the heavier albums like ‘Creatures of the Night’ and ‘Lick It Up’, to more of the Glam Rock sound to keep up with the music of the time. That meant power ballads. “Tears Are Falling” fit that mold quite nicely.
“Tears Are Falling” was released as a single in 1985 and made it to #20 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks, just not technically not a Top 40 hit since it only reached #51 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song did have better success on MTV where it was in frequent rotation on the station.
The song was written by Paul Stanley and one of the few times we ever get a true Stanley Only song. The next we got was not until his solo album in 2006. That bit of tidbit surprised me, but the internet can’t be wrong…can it?? The song was recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios which is Jimi Hendrix’s old studio and produced by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Interesting enough, Gene didn’t play bass on the song, it was played by Paul.
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For My Sunday Song #76, I bring you the Kiss classic, “Detroit Rock City”. The song was the opening track to the album ‘Destoyer’ and it was also the third single in support of the album. However, the song never charted due to the little B-Side on the back called “Beth” (which is a story for another time).
A fan favorite and still played at shows today, “Detroit Rock City has become one of the band’s most recognizable songs behind “Rock & Roll All Nite”. The song was so popular, there was even a movie made called “Detroit Rock City” that Kiss actually appeared in.
The song does mention Detroit, but is really about a young fan that is killed why he was on his way to a Kiss concert. The story is based of an actual event that occurred outside a Kiss concert in Charlotte where a fan was hit by a car and killed outside the arena. Knowing it is based a real life event adds a little extra to the impact of the song.
The song opens with a radio broadcast (the broadcaster is played by Gene Simmons) of the death of a driver killed in a car crash then seques in to the young man getting into his car and heading to the concert playing Kiss’s “Rock & Roll All Nite” on the radio. During the song, you go back and forth between the song and hearing the car drive down the road getting closer to the show. The song ends with the car crashing and immediately goes into the next song on the album “King of the Night Time World”.
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If you remember back a few months for Turntables & Vinyl #8 – The CD Edition, I talked about all these CDs I received from someone in the neighborhood that was giving them away. They were in really bad shape and there were 100’s I had to throw out due to broken or badly scratched CDs.
I managed to keep the CD covers in hopes of doing something artsy with them. It turns out, I am not very artsy, so I decided to put them on a canvas and make them into a picture for my office wall. Now, I decided, but I didn’t actually do the work. My wife is the one that put this together as she is the creative one.
Below is a picture of the canvas with some of my favorite album covers from the lot I had to throw away. I am very pleased with how it turned out and I have to thank my beautiful and talented wife for putting this together. I couldn’t have done it without her. The only thing I did was cut out the covers and decide the order to place them in even though she helped with that arrangement a little as well. Okay, so she really did all of it. She’s the best!
Now, I didn’t have any Kiss or Def Leppard albums to include which bothered me, so I printed out their logos and had them incorporated into the picture by only showing partial album covers for AC/DC Back in Black and the Beach Boys Greatest Hits album. See which ones you recognize. I think most of them are very classic albums and I was even able to use the Emerson, Lake and Palmer cover to Brain Salad Surgery which is one of my favorite album covers.
There you have it!
Until next time…have a great day.
I have been wanting to see Hired Gun since it was announced as a documentary in the Summer of 2017. Thanks to Netflix, I finally got that chance. If you don’t know what it is, I will tell you.
‘Hired Gun’ is a documentary about those musicians singers and bands hire to be in the band whether to help make an album or to do a tour. They are the “hired guns” and they aren’t actual members of the band. For me, that sounded like a very interesting story to be told. What do these musicians/artists go through to get the gig and to actually keep that gig.
The people they interview are incredible musicians. You might not know them all by name, but you would probably recognize a lot their work. They are as follows:
- Liberty Devito (Billy Joel)
- Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch)
- Phil X (Bon Jovi)
- Eric Singer (Kiss)
- Ray Parker, Jr. (Ghostbusters)
- Justin Derrico (P!nk)
- Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne)
- Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson)
- Kenny Arnoff (John Mellencamp)
- Jason Newsted (Metallica)
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Welcome to the first of the 2018 Tuesday’s Memes. Let’s get started with poking fun at someone who really deserves to be poked fun of a little for running his mouth so much lately. This week we honor (or roast, take your pick) Gene Simmons from the band Kiss. Since Kiss isn’t doing anything new lately, Gene is trying desperately to stay relevant and it isn’t working very well.
I hope you enjoy and get a laugh or two…
Alright, might as well jump right in…
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We are now to the end of the “My First Time” series. I ended up skipping it in November as their were too many new albums to review, plus I just wasn’t in the mood, That got me thinking. I don’t like being tied down to a specific album or theme. I want to review albums whenever I am in the mood to do it. Doing this series, limited me a little so I figured I would do one more and then just start reviewing any album, any time…no theme.
I figured if it was going to be my last, it needed to be something special. For me, that means Kiss!! The “My First Time” series is about the FIRST album I bought from a band. Believe it or not, that album is ‘Lick It Up’ by Kiss. A couple of my brothers were huge fans and had all their albums, but I had never bought one. That changed with the excitement of this release.
What was all the excitement about this album? Well, I am glad you asked. Kiss sales had been in the decline. Even with the stellar album ‘Creatures of the Night’ (one of their best), Kiss needed to do something to shake things up. So they did just that. They removed the make-up. It was such a big deal, MTV held a special for the band to reveal themselves without make-up. They also introduced the video for their first single, “Lick It Up”. Here is the MTV special reveal…
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Welcome back to T-Shirts, T-Shirts, T-Shirts. I didn’t expect to do another post so soon, but the Rock T-Shirt collection has taken a little twist. It has become a family affair. Not only have I been buying, but now my kids have to have band T-Shirts as well.
My oldest daughter is the worst. Almost as bad as I am. She has some concert T’s and now she has quite a few band shirts as well. Here are her concert shirts for Ed Sheeran, James Bay and Tori Kelly…
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It has been a few months since I have done a post in my Turntable & Vinyl series and a lot has gone on since the last one. Mainly, the growing obsession with getting my favorite albums in vinyl. Everywhere I go, I am looking for a record store or thinking of an excuse to go to a store and just “look” around. It has become a growing obsession that isn’t getting any better, in fact, it is getting worse.
And thanks to a fellow blogger, I now have my collection in Discogs. I can’t remember who it was as it has been several months and I have a terrible memory…now what was I talking about…oh yeah…Discogs. I spent quite some time cataloging my newly started collection. The good news, now when I am out at a record store and I can’t remember if I have that album or not, I only need to pull it up on the phone and BOOM!!, I will know if it is in my collection or not. No more buying duplicates (I told you my memory is bad). I actually had to use it a few weeks back so I know it was well worth the time adding everything in. Plus, it tells me what my collection is worth (ain’t much which is sad!), but it is a great tool if the collection should get stolen or burned down, I have a record of my albums for insurance purposes. Nice!
One thing I have been wanting to do for quite a while is upgrade my shitty little stereo system I have been using. It was an old system with some shitty little speakers. Did I mention it was shitty? Well, I finally replaced it and gave the older system to my oldest daughter for her room. She loves it because that shitty system replaced her even shittier system. One man’s junk is another man’s (or teenager girl’s) treasure. I didn’t get anything real fancy, I did keep it very reasonable. I only bought a Yamaha Receiver and a couple of Polk floor speakers plus a sub-woofer (I like that bass a little). I could have gone with a surround sound system, but I really love this set up. it was the way I listened to the albums back in the day, plus the vinyl isn’t mastered in Surround Sound!!
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For some reason, my youngest daughter has been fascinated by the band KISS. I am sure it stems from all the KISS albums and videos I have. When she was younger, we would joke that her tongue was like Gene Simmons, so the Demon became the character she liked best.
My youngest also loves Scooby-Doo. So when KISS and Scooby-Doo joined forces for a video, naturally she had to have it. And being the great father and Kisss fan that I am, I made sure she had it.
Instead of me trying to be creative and explain this hard to explain movie, I will let the editors of Amazon.com do it for me…
Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang’s cunning and Kiss’s power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!
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