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Gibson and Gene Simmons Announce G² Line, Including New Thunderbird Bass

Gene Simmons has collaborated with Gibson on a joint venture called G², which will introduce a line of instruments across the guitar company’s Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer brands.


Gene Simmons Announces Bass Art Gallery Exhibit and Sale

KISS may be busy on their sprawling farewell tour for the foreseeable future, but Gene Simmons will be making time this year for an art exhibit. On October 12th, Simmons will unveil a collection of 20 of his own basses at the Animazing Gallery.

Concerts & Tours

KISS Unveils Initial Farewell World Tour Dates

KISS has just revealed the first 44 dates of their upcoming “End of the Road” farewell tour. The outing, which was revealed in September, is ultimately scheduled to run for three years. The first leg will cover North America starting in Vancouver, British Columbia on January 31st before heading down the West Coast to circle the entire U.S. with a...


KISS Announce Farewell Tour

Love them or hate them, KISS has been rocking and inspiring people for over four decades. Now it looks as though they’ll be throwing in the towel after announcing a farewell tour called “One Last Kiss: End Of The Road World Tour.” The band made the announcement on the finale of America’s Got Talent after performing their iconic hit “Detroit...

New Albums

Lita Ford Plucks Previously Unheard Music From the Past for “Time Capsule”

Guitarist/vocalist Lita Ford, best-known for her time The Runaways (which also produced Joan Jett) and her solo career peak in the late 1980s, has released Time Capsule, an assortment of songs recorded with a host of famous friends back in the ’80s. Ford says she rediscovered the 24-track analog recordings in her Caribbean home. “This is some of the best...

Bass Videos

Carol Kaye Gives Gene Simmons a Bass Lesson

Here’s something I never thought I’d see. Studio legend Carol Kaye gave KISS bassist Gene Simmons an impromptu bass lesson at Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, and luckily cameras were rolling to catch it.

New Albums

KISS Celebrates 40 Years with Vinyl Reissues

It’s a huge year for KISS fans. The band is not only celebrating the 40th anniversary of its first album release, it’s also being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To mark this year, the band is releasing remastered versions of 28 albums on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl in a move that’s a nod to the band’s first...


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees Announced

Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced the 2014 inductees. The artists that will be joining the Hall next year include Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, and Linda Ronstadt. The E Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence. Among the artists are bassists Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Gene Simmons (KISS), and...


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the list of nominees for the 2014 induction, and the bass world is well represented. Half of the artists have been nominated before, with several returning from last year’s picks, while the other half are all first-time nominees. This includes Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, the Replacements, Yes, Link...

New Albums

KISS Releases 20th Studio Album, Monster

Get out your axe and face paint: KISS is back with their 20th studio album, entitled Monster. Anchored by the outspoken Gene Simmons, the effort is their second with the lineup of singer Paul Stanley, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. The band kept things old school by recording to tape and keeping things simple. Likening the new...

New Albums

KISS Releases “Destroyer Remix” and Oversized Collector’s Book

KISS is kicking things up a notch for 2012 with set of new releases, starting with Destroyer: Resurrected. The album is a remixed version of the band’s multi-platinum 1976 record, featuring the songs “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” and “God of Thunder.” Remixed by original producer Bob Ezrin, the new release adds goodies for uber-fans, including a new...

Concerts & Tours

KISS and Mötley Crüe Announce North American Tour

KISS and Mötley Crüe will be hitting the road this summer for a trek so epic it’s simply dubbed “The Tour.” Starting at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia on July 20th, the extensive tour covers the entire Continental U.S., eventually wrapping up on September 23rd in Hartford, Connecticut. Both iconic rock bands will be debuting new music on the...