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Gene Simmons

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    November 17, 2014

    The Black Keys at Toyota Center, 11/15/2014

    The Black Keys, Jake Bugg Toyota Center November 15, 2014 For the past few years, there has been a lot of chatter about the viability of "rock and roll." Are any artists truly making rock anymore, or has the genre itself been so heavily diluted that its roots have totally disintegrated? Or, more i ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    Local Musicians Unimpressed By Stars' Outcry Over Streaming

    In the September issue of Esquire, Gene Simmons declared that rock and roll was dead, slayed by file sharing and an entitled public ear. Then, in October, Iggy Pop criticized U2 for setting a standard that music should be free, not to mention forcing its latest release onto unsuspecting iPhone owner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Anthrax's Scott Ian Spins Tales From the Thrash Side

    Like many men currently in their mid-to-late forties, Anthrax co-founder/rhythm guitarist Scott Ian was a huge, practically obsessive KISS fan growing up. "My KISS window was about '75-'78, when I was 11 to 14 years old," Ian says. "The older kids all hated KISS because they thought it was only ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Paul Stanley's New Book Looks Like the Most Reliable KISStory to Date

    Face the Music: A Life Exposed By Paul Stanley HarperOne, 480 pp., $28.99 With the publication of this glitter-, greasepaint- and leather-slathered tome, all four original members of KISS have now penned their autobiographies. Not surprisingly, as one astute Web site pointed out recently by compar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Early KISStory Not All Flash Pots and Groupie Polaroids

    Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) By Ken Sharp with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons It Books, 560 pp., $29.99 If a 500-plus page oral history about a band which only covers the period before their first hit sounds like it's over the top, it doesn't when you realize that the band is KISS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    The Disco Experiment: Why It Worked For Pink Floyd, But Not KISS

    In 1979, disco was all the rage. For all the kids who had never bothered to pay attention when their parents would talk about it, it was sort of like dubstep. It was ubiquitous on the radio and even rock bands were vying to get in on the action so they didn't get left behind in the new revolution. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Happy Birthday, Lon Chaney! A Playlist For a Monster

    As resident Houston Press astrolabe polisher, chirurgeon and goth expert, the world of old horror-movie actors falls under my purview. My heart is given most to Boris Karloff, because any man who can rock horror and narrate the Grinch is more badass than any of us will either be. That said I want to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    The NFL Experience Lands In New Orleans

    On Wednesday, the The Super Bowl 47 NFL Experience opened to fans at the Morial Convention Center. Featuring a mind-boggling amount of merchandise, GMC automobiles, and chances to exercise your crazed fandom, the 850,000-square-foot fan fest is a feast for the eyes and a strain on the muscles. Seri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    5 Movies That Used the Power of Rock to Slay Demons

    I have it on very good and not at all fruitcaked authority that rock and roll is the devil's music. It corrupts the minds of young people, turning them all into savages that breed and destroy in an orgy of murder-boinking that caused the end of the America we all remember so well. Or, you know, not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Welcome Back: 5 "Retired" Artists Who Have Returned

    Retirements in everyday life are often final, rewarding caps to distinguished careers so that the retirees can pursue lifelong hobbies and ambitions. Alternatively, they move to Florida and join a country club. In music, however, retirements are often little more than an excuse to sell concert tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Death Be Not, Uh... True: The 8 Most Asinine Musician Death Hoaxes

    Why do people perpetrate death hoaxes? Why would someone deliberately set out to spread rumors of a famous person's demise that they know simply aren't true? Is it some kind of Munchausen-By-Proxy thing, where they hope to absorb some of the residual sympathy and outpouring of goodwill? Is it a mad ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012
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    June 8, 2012

    Top 10 Weirdest Kiss Memorabilia Items Up For Sale

    In rock n roll and pop music, merchandising has always been a somewhat lucrative ordeal. This especially rings true whenever an artist becomes extremely popular. It is a great marketing ploy, whether for teens, diehards, collectors or regular fans. Let's face it, when it comes to music merchandisi ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012
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    January 18, 2012

    10 Rock Stars the GOP Should Nominate for President

    As the 2012 presidential race begins to heat up in earnest, Rocks Off can't help but feel that the front-runners for the Republican nomination are lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Call it star power. Call it sex appeal. Whatever it is, these guys ain't got it. If the GOP is serious about wresti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Ace Frehley's Wild Rocket Ride

    No Regrets by Ace Frehley with Joe Layden and John Ostrosky 320 pp., $26, Gallery Books ​Even by standards of '70s hard rock excess, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was out of this world. In this breezy, buzzy, and debauched memoir, The Spaceman takes readers on a rocket ride through his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Awesomeness and Hearing Loss at the 2011 Texas BigBeat

    How do a crapload of drums sound when playing in unison in an airplane hangar? Pretty freaking awesome. ​In the Cameron Crowe-directed documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, lead singer Eddie Vedder discusses the detrimental impact of the band's Spinal Tap-like replacement of drummers, equating each ch ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Texas Big Beat Drums for Charity This Sunday

    Photo by groovehouseDrummers young and old.​Five years ago, drummer Donna Fisher noticed that Seattle had been doing a charity drum gathering each year called Woodstick, and it sparked an idea. "They got over 400 drummers and I thought, 'Oh my gosh, we have to do that in Houston,'" she told Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    All Eyez On Me: Rating The Best/Worst Rock & Rap Sex Tapes (NSFW)

    This week, we found out that a sex tape featuring Tupac Shakur exists, made in 1991 just five years before his fatal shooting in Las Vegas. Shakur's estate is the only entity that can release an item with the late rapper's likeness involved, and his mother Afeni Shakur is unlikely to allow a video o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Gene Simmons Is A Lucky Man -- Our Six Favorite Shannon Tweed VHS Covers (NSFW)

    On behalf of all of us here at Art Attack, I'd like to congratulate Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed on the joyous occasion of their marriage. The pair lived together, "happily unmarried," for 28 years before finally deciding to take the plunge. I have no idea what prompted them to tie the knot (I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Top Five Most Overpaid Musicians In The World

    ​Last month Forbes released their list of the 25 highest-earning musicians of 2010, and the list contains several talents Rocks Off is happy to see keeping the lights on. No. 1 on the list, U2, is still a favorite of ours after all these years, and it's always good to see Tom Petty, Jay-Z, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Solo Albums: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    ​Tomorrow night, former Audioslave lead singer and (thankfully) current Soundgarden member Chris Cornell will be at House of Blues for a long-sold-out acoustic show. Recent set lists have included a number of Temple of the Dog songs, some solo work, the usual 'Garden and 'Slave tracks, plus a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Last Night: KISS At RodeoHouston

    Photos by Groovehouse​KISS Reliant Stadium March 15, 2011 We'll drive you wild with our photos from last night's show. In Tom Snyder's 1979 interview with the original members of KISS, only two of which remain, he asked bassist Gene Simmons, "What would happen if you went out on stage for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    The Ten Most Spectacular Cyber Attacks of 2010

    According to 4chan, Tea Party folks think cocaine is a helluva drug.​As the internet becomes a primary source for everything from news and entertainment to commerce and business, it makes sense that groups and hackers would be busier than ever. Websites are far more vulnerable to attack than, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    FAIL: Gene Simmons, Steve Albini, INXS, Danzig (Not)

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Gene Simmons Is Donald Trump In Makeup: Fails has never been a big KISS fan, but we can't imagine watching Gene Simmons' behavior makes being one any easier. If you're a die-hard KISS fan, watching his douchey whoring and cutthroat CEO tactics must be d ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Friday Night: KISS At The Woodlands

    Photos by Groovehouse​KISS Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 17, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. There are those who say that KISS is dying. Fans have heard this before. ​Even before WWII, fathers sternly told their children that comic-book superher ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Cage Match: KISS Vs. Fiskadoro

    ​Ladies and gentlemen, tomorrow night a battle for your musical soul will be waged in our fair city. In this corner, wearing make-up, black leather, and underpants made of your money, the knights in Satan's service, KISS! And in this corner, weighing in at 600 lbs, the masters of the jungle c ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    KISS Merchandise The Band Hasn't Thought Of... Yet

    owensworld.com​KISS pulls back into Houston Friday night for a show over at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, less than a year after their last Bayou City stop at the Toyota Center. We aren't really sure if this show will be much different than the one we saw in December, save for this time yo ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Lady Gaga's Imaginary Penis: Music's Best Sex Urban Legend Ever?

    Marco Torres​Well, milady has come and gone, leaving in her wake a trail of Christ's blood and broken hearts. And a lot of people who couldn't get into the show having to make do with Kesha. Rocks Off was not among the anointed allowed to cover the concert, and we couldn't buy our way in becau ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    "Metal, Dude!": Ten Juicy Quotes From The Ultimate Metal Movie

    ​With hair-metal legends(?) Ratt playing Warehouse Live this evening, Rocks Off decided we'd take a look back at the definitive document of that era of metal in Los Angeles: Penelope Spheeris' rockumentary The Decline Of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years. Ratt isn't featured in the fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Glee: Sir, You're No Vinnie Vincent

    ​Apparently you've forgotten our deal, Glee: I won't goof on the fact that you keep hitching yourself to trendy musical topics and awkwardly using old Top 40 sings to teach that week's life lesson, and you won't mess with any of my favorite bands. This time, it's personal. More on that later. ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Glee: You're No Vinnie Vincent

    ​Apparently you've forgotten our deal, Glee: I won't goof on the fact that you keep hitching yourself to trendy musical topics and awkwardly using old Top 40 sings to teach that week's life lesson, and you won't mess with any of my favorite bands. This time, it's personal. More on that later. ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    The Great Unmasking and Other Embarrassing Moments in KISS History

    ​ The Knights In Satan's Service are back, and they'll be rocking the Toyota Center Saturday night as ably as a couple of 50-somethings lumbering around on platform boots can reasonably be expected to. There will be blood, as Paul Thomas Anderson might say, and flames, and a couple of guys in "Spa ... More >>

  • Music

    December 3, 2009

    KISS Off

    The makeup-clad rockers may be hilarious, but they're hardly metal.

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    April 30, 2009

    Touring with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

    Get on the bus, it's a family affair.

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    March 20, 2009

    For The Rodeo: Five Not-So-Great Movie Horses

    Horses are a big part of any rodeo, and in the waning days of HLS&R 2009 it would be easy to whip up a list of movie horses that everyone knows, to wit: Seabiscuit, the Black Stallion (plus sequel), Black Beauty, and Trigger. Booooring. And while I realize this is a nation that has the energy to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Classic Rock Corner: The Greatest Band Logos of All Time, Part 2

    An early example of rock art... We're back to reveal the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the cappo di tutti cappi of classic-rock band logos evah! And when we say "greatest," we look for a combination of things including memorability, longevity, graphic design, influence and appearances. ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008

    Tonight: The Melvins and Big Business at Warehouse Live

    True underground-rock royalty, the Melvins have been soundtracking lung-busting bong marathons for more than two decades. All Music Guide calls the trio's music "one massive, oozing pile of dark slime," but it's some pretty resilient, influential slime. Kurt Cobain's failed audition for the band led ... More >>

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    April 30, 2008

    The Blog of Lists: 20 Teetotaling Musicians other than Ian Mackaye

    Last week we gave you the vegans. This week, the designated drivers: David Bowie Eric Dolphy Davey Havok (also a vegan) Elton John Chris Martin Ted Nugent Donny Osmond Jade Puget Henry Rollins Gene Simmons

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    September 20, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Kisslature

    Man, if life isn’t already FUBAR these days. You got a never-ending war going on, people kidnapping four-year olds, O.J Simpson going to jail and NOT staying, smoking bans… Leave it to Kiss’ Gene Simmons to lead us further down the evolutionary ladder. See, instead of sticking with reuniting ... More >>

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    July 23, 2007

    America’s “Glamour Girl”

    Gene Simmons sure is an ass. He talks up a storm about being his band being the most successful ever, sells KISS brand caskets and KISS brand pregnancy tests. But for all his posturing, he always had one major flaw. You see, he took off his make-up after each show. Tammy Faye Messner, the former Mrs ... More >>

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    August 24, 2006

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    June 22, 2006
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    May 4, 2006

    The Abattoir

    Goring another of music's sacred cows

  • Music

    August 24, 2000

    King Diamond

    Early recruiter of headbangers

  • Music

    April 6, 2000

    Listen In

    KISS - The Suspects - Gestapo Pussy Ranch

  • Music

    March 30, 2000

    Everyband

    Though KISS is calling it quits, its legacy is only just beginning

  • Film

    August 12, 1999

    KISS Off

    Detroit Rock City wallows through teens and concert tickets

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    December 18, 1997
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    July 4, 1996

    Notes from the Front

    Vamping down memory lane with members of the Kiss Army

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