by Rob Sperry-Fromm


"As far as I can tell, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are fucked-up alcoholic junkie guys. So I don't think Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley should let those two fuck-ups ruin them. Why should they? Okay, they chose to be alcoholics and fuck-ups, now in doing that they have to face the consequences. Gene Simmons didn't do it, why should he face the consequences? That's what I think!"
- King Buzzo, to the Missoula Independent

Keeping up with the zeitgeist as always, KISS have been in the news a lot lately. We already told you that they're currently touring with Def Leppard in support of our military, but so much else is happening in the world of KISS that it warrants further discussion.

"Fucked-up alcoholic junkie guy" Ace Frehley is releasing a new solo album called Space Invader in August on eOne. He's already released a song called "Gimme a Feelin", which is streaming here.

Second of all, we'd like to remind you of the existence of 4th annual KISS Kruise which sets sail on Halloween and runs through November 4th and also involves Cheap Trick and, oddly enough, Purson, among some other acts. This places them in the rarefied air of artists like Weezer and Flogging Molly who have their own sea-bound carnivals. Full lineup below.

Immediately upon returning to land, the band will set up shop in the desert for the most appropriate Vegas Residency in the history of Vegas Residencies. KISS Rocks Vegas will run from November 5-23 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. "What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it," says Gene Simmons, with some trenchant commentary on the digital age. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/18) at 10 AM.


Meanwhile, avowed KISS fan King Buzzo of the Melvins, who has been touring in support of his recent solo release, has, as you can see above, gotten involved in the discussion about KISS's new, Frehley and Criss-less lineup, which is apparently controversial in some circles. After receiving some hatred from Kiss fans who were upset about his "junkie" comments, Buzz was none too pleased, and retorted via his Vice-published tour diary. "So, for the record, you Kiss fan fuckheads who are giving ME shit for saying as it turns out, the exact same thing as Gene can KISS my ass!" There are a number of similarly wonderful quotes in both Buzzo articles, so I'd recommend reading them in full.

And in a final bit of musicians-talking-about-KISS-in-Vice-news, White Lung's Mish Way has apparently turned into Chuck Klosterman and is now writing about how great it is to get stoned at a KISS concert and the relative differences between rock decades. The 21st century, man.

Buzz was just in NYC for two shows. We caught the 2nd one which was at The Wick.

Below check out the Melvins classic cover of "Goin' Blind," so you can understand where King Buzzo is coming from. Kiss dates and Kruise lineup are down there too.


KISS at Jones Beach in 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)

KISS / Def Leppard - 2014 Heroes Tour dates
Friday, July 18 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Saturday, July 19 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
Sunday, July 20 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Tuesday, July 22 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
Wednesday, July 23 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Friday, July 25 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Saturday, July 26 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Friday, August 1 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
Saturday, August 2 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
Sunday, August 3 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Tuesday, August 5 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, August 6 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre
Friday, August 8 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Saturday, August 9 - Scranton, PA - Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sunday, August 10 - Hartford, CT - Xfinity Theatre
Tuesday, August 12 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Wednesday, August 13 - Darien, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Friday, August 15 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Saturday, August 16 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sunday, August 17 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Wednesday, August 20 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
Friday, August 22 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Saturday, August 23 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sunday, August 24 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
Tuesday, August 26 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
Thursday, August 28 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Friday, August 29 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Sunday, August 31 - Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

KISS KRUISE current lineup (Oct 31-Nov 4)
Cheap Trick
Big Rock Show

KISS Rocks Vegas dates:
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Friday, Nov. 7
Saturday, Nov. 8
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Friday, Nov. 14
Saturday, Nov. 15
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Saturday, Nov. 22
Sunday, Nov. 23
*show time is 8 p.m.

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