GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS

Poffy The Cucumber

Gene Simmons: Family Jew. How the mighty have fallen. There are two ways to look at GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS – in one respect, this series shows us (in painful candor) Gene Simmons removed from the feathered hair and the fashionably-street jeans and leather jackets and the too-cool-for-school shades and everything that the sham wankerism of rock stands for. On … Read More

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KISS | Carnival Of Souls

Jon Dunmore

Carnival of Soul-Searching. omething happened to KISS before they re-donned the makeup in 1996 – they grew up. Their 17th studio album, Carnival Of Souls, displays a ferocious maturity, unmatched by any KISS album to date. A sweeping statement to be sure, especially pertaining to a band whose career has lasted longer than fully half their fan-base’s lifetimes. But I … Read More

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KISS SYMPHONY

Poffy The Cucumber

Elevator Muzak pumped with testicular dynamite. It’s KISS Meets The Phantom Of The… Opera. Like the great Godzilla matchups of old, it’s KISS versus the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. And all Strauss breaks loose. The machine started rolling on the band’s fourth live album in 2000, but politics (and Ace Frehley’s launch off KISS planet) shelved that endeavor. Three years later, … Read More

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KISS | GREAT WESTERN FORUM, Aug 1996

Jon Dunmore

Kiss Alive! Again! ust it all be said again for the next generation? This time round, leaving out all the goofy, irrelevant stuff like Paul’s favorite color and Ace’s favorite dessert… From being called devil-worshippers to transvestites; from being nondescript street kids to unbridled lodestars for two generations; from being dubbed aliens to mongoloids, the worst band on earth to … Read More

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