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9 Rock Bands That Still Have Their Original Members

10/11/2014 1:00pm EDT
It is a true musical rarity when a band can withstand the pressures of touring, internal struggles and outside pressures and stay an entity for an extended period of time. Only a handful of bands can say that they are still as tight of a unit many years after their humble beginnings until today. Many have replaced members but find that their sound just can't be replicated with anyone else, and so back to their original lineup they go.

1. ZZ Top

It was way back in 1969 when the bearded front men of Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill burst onto the music scene as ZZ Top, along with beardless dr...

Gene Simmons Apologizes For Insensitive Depression Comments

8/16/2014 6:58pm EDT
Gene Simmons Apologizes For Insensitive Depression Comments
KISS star Gene Simmons has apologized for the comments he made about depression last month after they an interview he did began recirculating in the wake of actor Robin Williams' death earlier this week.

The bassist went off on former bandmates and original KISS members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, saying he doesn't get along with them because they see themselves as victims," Simmons told website

"I don't get along with anybody who's a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim.

"Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: 'The world is a ...

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Round Up: Star-Studded Nirvana Tribute, Hall & Oates, KISS & More

4/11/2014 10:00am EDT
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Round Up: Star-Studded Nirvana Tribut
The surviving members of Nirvana paid tribute to late singer Kurt Cobain at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday by inviting several women of rock on stage to perform the band's classic songs.

Joan Jett sang "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon belted out "Aneurysm," St. Vincent sang "Lithium," and Lorde closed out the set with "All Apologies."

Cobain's mother, sister and his widow, Hole singer Courtney Love, joined drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic on the podium at the Barclays Center to honor the grunge singer.

Paul Stanley Stands By Comments About Peter Criss And Ace Frehley Being Anti-Semites

4/8/2014 10:06pm EDT
Paul Stanley Stands By Comments About Peter Criss And Ace Frehle
KISS frontman Paul Stanley made his thoughts clear about the band's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, calling it all "fluff" and "a farce."

"It's like an Addams Family bar mitzvah," he told CBS This Morning on Tuesday. "I'm gonna go, but let's not kid ourselves, you know. That's not the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is walking the streets...

"I see it as dubious. We are the bitter pill that they ultimately had to swallow. Because they don't like us. And the only reason they're inducting us is because they begin to look foolish at some poi...

12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!

3/27/2014 2:00pm EDT
12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!
Even if you are not a big fan of rock and roll music, there are some opening lines to songs that grab your attention and keep it. Some of the greatest rock bands in the world have crafted masterpieces, but their opening lines leave a little something to be desired. The following list is purely subjective, but it bears the question, what do you think is the best opening line in rock and roll?

1. "It was 1989 my thoughts were short my hair was long, caught somewhere between a boy and man. She was seventeen but she was far from in-between, it was summertime iin Northern Michigan."

Kid Rock...

10 Bands That Have Stood The Test Of Time

3/1/2014 10:00am EST
10 Bands That Have Stood The Test Of Time
Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought "Well, these guys won't be around for long?" We've all been there (most of us thought that when we heard Justin Bieber's "Baby"), but this list is for those of us who heard a song or saw a music video and said, "Wow, now these guys/girls have something special."

To kick off our list, we will start with one of the best bands of the eighties. Def Leppard headed up the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and steamrolled the United States with their first hit song here, "Bringin' On The Heartbreak". To followup their albums "On Through The Nig...

Paul Stanley And Gene Simmons Announce That KISS Won't Perform During Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

2/23/2014 10:40pm EST
KISS stars Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have decided that since they can't please all the former members of the band and come up with a performance lineup for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in April, they won't perform at all.

"Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including long time present members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, and additionally Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr all who have made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's point of view," Stanley and Simmons wrote in a letter on the ban...

Nirvana Nominated For 2014 Induction Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

10/16/2013 11:03pm EDT
Nirvana has made it onto the official ballot for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the band's first year of eligibility.

The Seattle grunge rock trio heads up this year's list of 16 nominees, which also includes first-time nominees Linda Ronstadt, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel and Yes.

KISS, Deep Purple, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Replacements, Cat Stevens, LL Cool J, N.W.A., The Meters, Chic, Link Wray and The Zombies round out this year's field of nominees.

For just the second year, fans can vote for their five favorites on the official Rock Hall website, and current...

KISS Make Public Appeal For Tim Tebow To Join Their Football Squad

9/10/2013 10:01am EDT
KISS have launched a public appeal to encourage aspiring quarterback Tim Tebow to join their new Arena league football team.

The veteran rockers has created a football team called the LA KISS, which will play at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, and they are looking to sign a big name to kick off the new season.

The musicians have made it clear they are going after former New England Patriots player and want to make sure he lands a contract with LA KISS.

Gene Simmons says in a statement "Acquiring Tebow would not only be a great investment for the team, but his exciting style o...

KISS Launch Arena Football Team

8/16/2013 2:22pm EDT
Legendary rockers KISS have launched a new Arena Football team in California.

The LA KISS will play their games at the Honda Center in Anaheim and next year's season kick-off will include a concert by Gene Simmons' rock band.

Simmons and KISS frontman Paul Stanley are part-owners of the team, which will use the band's iconic logo.

Simmons says, "As a fast-paced, high-action band, this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us. Attending an LA KISS game in 2014 will be similar to a live Kiss show, with thrilling, heart-pounding action."

The KISS will be the first AFL team to...

Ace Frehley Facing Home Foreclosure

2/27/2013 11:45am EST
Ace Frehley
KISS guitarist Ace Frehley could be losing his New York residence to foreclosure - after failing to pay his mortgage for two years.

According to the New York Daily News, the rock star owes around $700,000 on his Yorktown home, which itself is worth $750,000. Chase bank has filed for foreclosure on the home, which was purchased back in 2006 after Frehley and the rest of KISS wrapped up a successful comeback in 2002. 

Frehley has been creating solo work over the last decade, but it hasn't created enough revenue to save the rocker's home. Meanwhile, bandmate Gene Simmons has managed his fina...

Kiss And Mötley Crüe Donate $50,000 To Operation Homefront Charity

9/6/2012 8:40am EDT
Kiss Motley Cure
Rockers Kiss and Mötley Crüe have shown off their generous side by donating $50,000 to a service members' charity championed by Tim McGraw.

During their joint show in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this week, the bands announced they are handing the cash over to Operation Homefront, which offers emergency financial aid to families of soldiers and wounded troops.

McGraw launched a nationwide program with the organization earlier this year, pledging to donate a mortgage-free home in each city on his summer tour, and the country star accepted the check on the charity's behalf from the rocker...

Kiss And Motley Crue To Donate $100,000 To Aurora Theatre Shooting Victims

8/10/2012 1:44pm EDT
Kiss And Motley Crue
Rockers Motley Crue and Kiss have pledged $100,000 to the victims of the Colorado cinema massacre.

During their joint concert in Denver on Wednesday, the bands announced they will hand the generous donation over to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.

Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx and Kiss frontman Paul Stanley have told how they hope the gesture will inspire others to give.

Sixx says in a statement, "Following the heartbreaking news of the senseless shootings in Colorado we wanted to do something to help the families and victims. We bonded together with our tour partners and friends Kiss to don...

Gene Simmons' Daughter Sophie Tries Out For 'X Factor'

6/18/2012 9:54am EDT
Sophie Simmons & Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons daughter Sophie auditioned for a spot on TV talent show "The X Factor" yesterday. The Kiss rocker's kid performed for Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid in San Francisco, Calif., and her dad offered moral support.

Simmons had no idea his daughter was trying out for the show until she called him on Saturday night to reveal why she wouldn't be at home in Los Angeles for Father's Day, according to

Sophie isn't the only famous offspring to try out for a spot on a TV talent show. Jim Carrey's daughter Jane was a contestant on American Idol. She was kic...

Kiss To Perform Fourth Of July Charity Concert For British Troops

6/14/2012 11:55am EDT
Rockers Kiss are to show their support for Britain's armed forces by staging a special charity gig in London.

The Love Gun hit-makers were due to head to the U.K. next month to headline the Sonisphere Festival along with Queen, but the event was cancelled.

However, fans can still catch KISS in Britain this summer - the band has announced a one-off fundraising gig in the capital in aid of Help The Heroes.

All proceeds from the July 4th concert will be donated to the foundation, which helps wounded servicemen and women.

Singer Paul Stanley says, "The greatest national treasure of any ...

Gene Simmons Offers Army Veteran A Job On Kiss' Summer Tour

5/23/2012 6:15pm EDT
Gene Simmons
Kind-hearted rocker Gene Simmons has offered one lucky war veteran his dream job of joining Kiss as a road crew member on their upcoming tour.

The legendary hit-maker and his band are set to kick off their summer tour with Motley Crue in July, and, in a bid to give back to retired members of the armed forces, he launched a contest to find one die-hard fan in need of work.

And on Wednesday Simmons unveiled his new employee on Today - in a bid encourage other Americans to lend a hand to struggling veterans.

Introducing Paul Jordan as the winner, Simmons said, "Here's a gentleman who's h...

Johnny Depp & Marilyn Manson Rock Out Together At Golden Gods Awards (Video)

4/12/2012 11:53am EDT
Johnny Depp & Marilyn Manson
Johnny Depp was a surprise performer at the Golden Gods Awards show on Wednesday night as he took to the stage with Marilyn Manson.

The Revolver magazine prize giving took place at the Club Nokia venue in Los Angeles and featured a closing set by Manson, who performed with Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen before introducing Depp to the stage.

The actor, who began his career in music before turning to Hollywood, thrilled the crowd by playing guitar with Manson on his cover of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" and hit track "The Beautiful People."

During the show, Motley Crue star N...

'Dancing With The Stars' Week 4 Results: Ready For A Shocker

4/11/2012 9:18am EDT
Are you ready for a shocker? That seemed to be the overall theme for last night’s results show. “This really is one of the nights where you look at the quality of the cast and have no choice but to be shocked,” said Tom Bergeron. And yes we were, and unfortunately another wonderful dancer was sent home. The judges scores going into elimination were the following in ranking order.

1. Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas- 105
2. Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower- 100
3. Maria Menounos & Derek Hough- 99
3. William Levy & Cheryl Burke- 99
5. Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd- 98
6. Jaleel White & Kym...

KISS Invades And Shirtless Donald Driver Wows During 'Dancing With The Stars' Rock Week

4/10/2012 10:30am EDT
KISS invaded the ballroom, and kicked things off with a rocking start for week four! This week the stars were asked to channel their inner rock star, and they did just that, by dancing to classic rock tunes, sporting black leather outfits and hairdos that were just big and wild. The dances of choice for the night were the tango, paso doble, Viennese waltz and jive, which seemed to be a challenge for even some of the best dancers.

However, there were several highlights including Donald’s amazing shirtless performance of the paso doble, which Carrie Ann said was by far “One of the most memor...

Join The 'Dancing With the Stars' Pre-Party With Anna Trebunskaya, Rib Hillis And Stuart Brazell

4/9/2012 2:00pm EDT
Stuart Brazell, Anna Trebunskaya, Rib Hillis
Happy 'Dancing With the Stars' Monday!!! It's rock week, so you know we are in for some fun tonight! KISS will be opening the show and then coming back for more performances on Tuesday. I just met them on the red carpet at the Academy of Country Music Awards and boy .... they are really something :)

Sadly, we've had to say goodbye to two of our stars, tennis champion Martina Navratilova and actor/singer Jack Wagner. Musician Gavin DeGraw has been in the bottom two for both eliminations, so you know he is really feeling the pressure tonight. So far our celebrities have been consistently ...

Gene Simmons: 'I Have Not Endorsed Mitt Romney For President'

4/8/2012 3:30pm EDT
Gene Simmons
KISS rocker Gene Simmons has fired back at reports suggesting he is endorsing Republican Mitt Romney to replace Barack Obama as America's leader, insisting remarks he made during a TV chat have been taken out of context.

The bassist hinted that he was a fan of Romney's during a Fox News interview earlier this week and he followed that up at press chat at the opening of his new Rock & Brews restaurant in El Segundo, California on Wednesday, but he has since taken to his website to let fans know exactly what his politics are.

On Wednesday, he stated, "America is a business and should be run...

Kiss' Gene Simmons Blasts Hall Of Fame Omission

3/23/2012 1:36pm EDT
Gene Simmons
Outspoken Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is angry the band has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, branding the snub a "joke".

This year's induction ceremony includes Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers - and the decision to omit the legendary '70s rockers yet again rankles with the band.

Simmons tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It's become a joke. We've been thinking about it and the answer is simply, 'We'll just buy it and fire everybody.' In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such an insult to Mado...

Kiss And Motley Crue Team Up For Summer Tour

3/21/2012 8:30am EDT
Kiss and Motley Crue are uniting to thrill rock fans with a joint tour this summer.

The music legends will hit the road for a 40-date trek across America starting July 20th and the bands will play 90-minute sets each.

The tour comes 30 years after the groups last teamed up on the road, and the rockers can't wait to work together once again.

Motley Crue's Vince Neil says, "These guys are the baddest band in the f**king world. Our very first tour was with (KISS in) 1982. To be able to do it now is amazing."

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley adds, "Seeing them on stage, it was obvious back th...

Kiss To Open Miniature Golf Course In Vegas

3/9/2012 2:10pm EST
Rockers Kiss are launching their own mini golf course in Las Vegas.

The hit-makers will open the rock 'n' roll themed Kiss By Monster Mini Golf at Harmon Square later this month.

The attraction contains an 18-hole indoor glow-in-the-dark course, a state-of-the-art arcade, Kiss-themed party rooms and even a wedding chapel, where married fans can renew their vows during a night out.

Frontman Paul Stanley says, "This is miniature golf Kiss style and another part of our Kiss world. We've big plans for this."

And bassist Gene Simmons adds, "This venue is perfect for Las Vegas. Where else...

Legendary Talent Lines Up To Record Paul McCartney Tribute Album

2/10/2012 5:10pm EST
Brian Wilson, Billy Joel and B.B. King are hitting the studio to record Paul McCartney's greatest hits for a new tribute album.

Willie Nelson, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Jeff Lynne and The Cure will also cover tracks from McCartney's back catalogue, extending from his time in The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.

The as-yet-untitled collection will be released to coincide with the pop legend's 70th birthday in June, and a behind-the-scenes documentary is also being filmed during studio sessions.

Producer Ralph Sall, who is curating the album, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Beatles icon...

Gene Simmons: 'We're Talking With Angry Birds'

2/4/2012 7:30am EST
Gene Simmons
Kiss are in talks with bosses behind hit video game Angry Birds to develop a rock spin-off.

Angry Birds has taken off as one of the best-selling apps on the gaming market, and now the face-painting rockers want to join in the fun by releasing their own special edition version.

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons tells Industry Gamers, "We're talking with Sony Games now. We are really trying to take it in areas that haven't been done before and have stayed out of the marketplace because the ideas simply weren't exciting enough."

"So while the gaming world is waiting for the KISS games that are ...

KISS Stars Salute Paul Stanley On 60th Birthday

1/22/2012 1:00pm EST
Paul Stanley
KISS rocker Paul Stanley was given an extra special treat to mark his 60th birthday on Friday - his bandmates went online to celebrate the star's age milestone.

The musician's pals took to the official KISS website to share their own touching tributes with fans on Stanley's big day.

Gene Simmons writes, "Paul, my very best wishes on your birthday. You're the brother I never had. You've always been there. For me. For the band. For the fans."

Eric Singer also marked the landmark, writing, "Paul Stanley, Happy Birthday to the Grand Master of Ceremonies! Your (sic) still the best and I wish ...

Newlyweds Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed Share Their Spicy Marriage Tips

1/8/2012 8:25pm EST
Simmons & Shannon
Newlywed KISS rocker Gene Simmons has found the secret to a lasting Hollywood marriage - the wife has to be dirty in the bedroom and the husband has to stay healthy.

The once-womanizing star exchanged vows with his longtime partner, former model Shannon Tweed, in October and he insists he has quickly become an expert on marriage etiquette.

He tells, "Romance is interesting, but somebody much more prolific than I am put it better - 'she should be a Madonna in the kitchen and a w**re in the bedroom.' That's pretty accurate. And guys have to be in good health."

Tweed agrees, ...

Gene Simmons' Computer Hacker Charged With Conspiracy

12/14/2011 9:07am EST
Gene Simmons
A computer hacker who attempted to shut down Kiss star Gene Simmons' website has been charged with conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.

Kevin George Poe, 24, was taken into custody without incident by FBI agents at the federal courthouse in Hartford, Connecticut and indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles last week.

Poe faces a maximum of 15 years in federal prison if found guilty.

He is accused of being affiliated with the Anonymous hacking group.

FBI officials claim Poe and others linked to Anonymous conducted a distributed denial of service attack a...

Ace Frehley Axes U.K. Tour After Fall

11/29/2011 7:55am EST
Ace Frehley
Former Kiss star Ace Frehley has cancelled his U.K. tour after fracturing his wrist in a fall at his home.

The veteran rocker was admitted to a hospital after the accident on Sunday and he has been fitted with a cast and advised not to play guitar for at least 10 days.

He has now scrapped his three upcoming shows in Britain on doctors' orders.

A statement posted on the star's website reads, "Ace Frehley has been forced to cancel his three upcoming U.K. tour dates due to a fractured left wrist resulting from a fall in his home... Doctors applied a Fiberglass cast to Frehley's hand and a...