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My opinion: Good points - Guitars are more of a classic earthy hard rock sound than recent releases. There are a few attempts at new things for Kiss - acoustic solo, gospel style backing vocals, brass section. Bad points: Production is poor as it's basically and album of demos. Gene's songs are especially unfocussed lyrically, just random catch phrases. The cover is crap. Rise to it -
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Yesterday
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To my ears The Elder, Killers / Creatures and Lick it up are very strong but after that Kiss' identity was diluted as they attempted to keep pace with bands that had been partly inspired by them and had surpassed them in sales. Gene wasn't committed to the band and was submitting songs that were sub par, whilst Paul was trying to steady the ship by writing songs that copied Bon Jovi, Def Leppa
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5 days ago
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Five people at the Bradford show last year ...... and it was free.
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6 days ago
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I'd have prefered Kiss to decline the award but at least Paul did use his speech to explain the problem he has with the Hall of Fame and to call for them to change their nomination and induction policy so that genuine music fans are involved in the decision rather than exclusively the current elitist panel.
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8 days ago
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That's actually cheaper than I was expecting ..... but I'm still not buying. As for the 40th anniversary, LA Kiss and Rock n Brews seem to have been a bit of a distraction for Gene and Paul. We're in April and Gene has just begun soliciting ideas from fans for ways to celebrate.
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17 days ago
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I'm not familiar with DDY's band but I thought exactly the same when I saw the pictures. It seems like an extreme case of brand preservation, like when both Smashing Pumpkins and Coal Chamber replaced bass players they had to be female. I see it as just as blatant as newer members of Kiss wearing previous members make up.
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23 days ago
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I'd heard he was having trouble with his voice in York but the performance in Wakefield on Friday was solid despite early monitor issues. Band was surprisingly good but I think they only played about 10 songs.
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23 days ago
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I can understand those from Newcastle and Scotland complaining but Bingley is as far north as Manchester Paul.
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24 days ago
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That's good. I didn't bother with the Foreigner tour. However, Romeo's Daughter are touring at the same time - seems foolish to split the audience.
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26 days ago
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Songs: 1 Love her all i Can 2 Nowhere to Run 3 Goin' Blind 4 Two Sides of the Coin 5 Wouldn't You Like to Know Me 6 Under the Rose 7 Danger 8 Sure Know Something 9 Watchin' You 10 Black Diamond Albums: 1 Paul Stanley 2 Hotter than Hell 3 Dressed to Kill 4 The Elder 5 Creatures of the Night 6 Unmasked 7 Ace Frehley 8 Rock and Roll Over 9 Lick it Up 10 Sonic Boom
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27 days ago
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My band of the weekend at Firefest last year and Todd is still with them.
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4 weeks ago
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..... on Monday.It has been suggested that it will be streamed live too. Tour announcement
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6 weeks ago
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Thanks Paul. My original plan was Secret Lie at the Railway on Wednesday and Royal Hunt on Thursday but there are so many bands to see in the next couple of months that I decided to concentrate on bands I've never seen before. I reckon the Corporation will have a decent turn out for RH. I hope you enjoy it.
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6 weeks ago
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Anybody seen this Portuguese band ? They've been playing a few shows over here for the last few days - are they worth a punt ? The videos fall short but there's a hint of promise. Secret Lie
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6 weeks ago
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Download crowds like a variety of bands. That's why these bands make it onto the bill. Bands like Skin, FM and Tesla have had mainstage slots in the last few years and got good crowds. It's almost as if there's a core number that don't move from the mainstage. I can't remember ever seeing a band of any genre getting a poor crowd at Download. I'm sure it happens when somebody in a tent is up agai
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7 weeks ago
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(You Only Love Me) When You Hate Me
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7 weeks ago
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August 22nd Dublin Voodoo 23rd Belfast Limelight 2 25th Islington Academy 26th Birmingham Academy 27th Glasgow Academy 28th Newcastle Academy 29th Sheffield Academy 30th Liverpool Academy 31st Bristol Academy September 1st Brighton Concorde 2
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7 weeks ago
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Saw these guys at a festival last summer and boy did the singer take some abuse from the crowd. Apparently it's not acceptable to write good songs, sing well and play great at such a young age.
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7 weeks ago
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For all of those that complain about the cliched Frontiers promo videos. Throne promo video
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7 weeks ago
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Even the most unlikely of bands feel the urge to get back together and relive the thrill of their youth. What struck me though is the sentence about playing Academy venues ..... I presume, like Heaven and Earth, we're talking Academy 2 venues. Morded Summer Tour 2014 is officially on! First stop: JULY 25, ISLINGTON O2 ACADEMY!!! We've signed with Extreme Music Agency booking. We will
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7 weeks ago
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No. Only Gene, Paul, Peter and Ace are inductees. I'm glad they're not playing. If it was the original 4 it would have been embarrassing.
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8 weeks ago
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I didn't see the thread as petty squabbling Stuart - more a realistic discussion, based on the tour advertising stating Academy not Academy 2, by people who know the market in the UK based on the fact that they attend a lot of shows. I'll be buying tickets, I'll promote the show among my friends and I wish you well, but this kind of show would usually attract 100/150 at best in the current cli
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8 weeks ago
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Liverpool 1,200 and Islington 800 but all of the other 4 are between 2 and 3,000. If H&E sell 1,000 tickets in total from all 6 shows I would be surprised.
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8 weeks ago
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HOL / Robin Beck were booked to play venues with a capacity of 2-300. The venues for the H&E tour are mostly 2000+. Expect these shows to be downgraded to the smaller rooms at each venue and still be only 20% full. I'm buying a ticket but expect to lose my booking fee when the shows are cancelled.
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2 months ago
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Bradford Gasworks moved location and was not told by the landlord that there was a fire brigade prohibition order preventing most of the venue being used for entertainment. York Fibbers has cancelled a few shows in recent months (Enuff Z'Nuff in December, Love Hate in the last few days). A small venue that has to sell well to meet guarantees I've been told.
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2 months ago
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Gary Valentine appeared on the first Blondie album and co-wrote 2 songs and he gets in but the panel say no to Eric Carr and Bruce Kulick. I'm glad Kiss got the offer of induction but I wish they'd tell the HoF - No Thanks
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2 months ago
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Yeah but Sid doesn't keep much stock anymore and the melodic stuff seems to sit in the racks for ever ..... the cake and the chat are great though. I'd go with X records as being the one that I can still visit and find something of interest.
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2 months ago
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I would presume it must be slow ticket sales and the promoter got cold feet. A sizeable chunk of the Robin Beck / House of Lords audience will see them at HRH AOR that weekend and then there's the Tyketto / Bonfire show in Sheffield the same night too. It's frustrating because the Bradford show on the Saturday night was cancelled because of fire regs at the new Gasworks.
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2 months ago
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I was just about to bitch about Coldspell playing Selby the same night as Robin Beck and House of Lords play 14 miles away in York ...... but apparently the York promoter has pulled the show.
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2 months ago
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It's been discussed many times. The RIAA figures are accepted as being largely untrustworthy and Kiss saw no value in paying for audits from 1977 to the early 90s Alive is supposedly the best selling album in the catalogue and was estimated at 4 million US sales in the mid 80s. It has also been accepted that the US accounts for approximately 50% of Kiss' total worldwide sales. I think So
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