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Peter Criss was awoken by his wife Gigi at their New Jersey home Monday night after we called with the news that KISS is headed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He tells us, "It goes to show that KISS has the greatest fans. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart and I want to thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the induction. It's a dream come true. I also want to congratulate my bandmates and the late great KISS manager Bill Aucoin. And last but not least, I want to thank the Lord."
Criss was the band's original drummer from their formation in 1973 through early 1980. He rejoined in 1996 for their reunion tour and stayed until 2000 and then came back in 2002 before leaving again in 2004.
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons also issued statements on the honor.
Stanley said, "The spirit of rock and roll for me has always meant following the paths I choose regardless of what my critics or my peers think. For 40 years KISS has built an army that apologizes to no one and I'm honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame knowing we have remained true to ourselves and our fans."
Simmons said, "To the KISS Army, Ace, Peter, Eric Carr, Vinny, Mark, Bruce, Tommy and Eric Singer, Bill Aucoin, Doc McGhee and to my partner of 40 years, the ever youthful Paul Stanley... and all the members of the KISS Family. This honor is for you. 40 years of Rockin' and still going strong."
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38 Special has become the latest act to join the boycott of SeaWorld.
The "Hold on Loosely" rockers posted Monday on their Facebook page, "Due to concerns raised by the CNN documentary Blackfish, 38 Special will be canceling its scheduled March 9th concert at Seaworld. We appreciate the outpouring of support and especially apologize to our Orlando fans. We will try and schedule another performance in your area in the near future."
38 Special has followed Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, REO Speedwagon, Trisha Yearwood, Barenaked Ladies, Cheap Trick and Heart in canceling their upcoming performance at SeaWorld in the face of public pressure fueled by the popular documentary film.
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Ozzy Osbourne's bandmates in Black Sabbath had no idea he'd fallen off the wagon while making 13.
Osbourne revealed his sobriety issues earlier this year when the Sabbath reunion album was released. Now Tony Iommi tells Classic Rock magazine, "I couldn't believe it. He was working at my house and I didn't pick up on it at all. None of us did. He really hid that well! It was a shock, actually, when Sharon [Osbourne] told me. I just couldn't believe he'd been drinking again. I didn't see any signs of it."
Geezer Butler adds, "[Ozzy] was really good at keeping it secret. I thought he was talking a lot -- he used to drive us nuts because he wouldn't stop talking -- but we put that down to the excitement of doing the album. Anytime I'd had a drink, he'd be saying, 'Oh, have you got a hangover?' And meanwhile he was doing all kinds of stuff. But it certainly didn't affect his performance in the studio -- to us, he'd worked better than ever."
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Def Leppard's new DVD, Viva Hysteria, will have its broadcast premiere on AXS TV on December 29th. Captured this past April at their residency in Las Vegas, it will be the finale of the "Day of Hysteria" marathon that will also include the broadcast premiere of Cheap Trick at Budokan: The 35th Anniversary Performance – Live From the El Rey Theatre, as well as concert films featuring the New York Dolls, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar and KISS. It all gets underway at 1:30 p.m. with Viva Hysteria coming on at 8 p.m.
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With Keith Richards turning 70 on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal decided to ask him about The Rolling Stones writing and recording "Street Fighting Man." Not sure why, as Keith has told the story hundreds of times, including to us, but nonetheless one little nugget from the interview was that he felt it was a shining moment for Stones' drummer Charlie Watts.
"I think 'Street Fighting Man' is Charlie's most important record. Listen to him on there — he has this Wall of Sound thing going the way he's hitting that snap kit and the bigger drum. When you experiment the way we did as a band, the smallest little things can happen that turn out to be a big deal. You just need the determination to go there. It's amazing what can happen when you have the right instruments—and the right amount of echo [laughs]. To his credit, our producer, [the late] Jimmy Miller, brought incredible enthusiasm to what we were doing on 'Street Fighting Man.' He was one of the warmest guys and an incredible friend. We made our best records with him..."
"Street Fighting Man" was included on the Stones' 1968 album, Beggars Banquet.
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Get ready, this Sunday is when Journey guitarist Neal Schon and his reality actress fiancé, Michaele Salahi, will exchange their wedding vows, and don't forget, you are invited. Dubbed the Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event, it will be televised live on pay-per-view from the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the first time a wedding has been held at this historic location. This is also the first time that a wedding event will be carried live and unedited on pay-per-view.
Schon says the event will not be "cheesy" and can't understand why people are ripping him for having it broadcast. He says, "I've got a full on symphony, I've got gospel choirs -- it will be spiritual... Journey will play as well... And then we got Tower of Power. It doesn't get funkier than that. It's turned into a bigger wedding event and it's going to be a great evening for us." Carlos Santana will also be on hand to serve as Schon's best man.
More than 400 people will be in attendance. This will be Schon's fifth marriage and Michaele's second. It gets underway Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on pay-per-view and part of the proceeds will go to the victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines, home of Journey singer Arnel Pineda.
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For a moment there it looked like Bob Dylan was the latest artist to jump on the Twitter bandwagon as @BobDylanTweets started posting messages.
The first one said, "My First Tweet. Hi! Bob," followed by "Joining Twitter today. First time." More than 5,000 people soon followed, but lo and behold it is a hoax. Dylan does have a Twitter account for promotional messages -- @BobDylan
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Add Cheap Trick to the list of artists who are refusing to take part in SeaWorld's annual Bands, Brew and BBQ concert series. They have scrapped their February 8th appearance at the theme park's Orlando location after nearly 2,000 people signed a petition at Change.org in the wake of Blackfish, a documentary released earlier this year that focused on the captivity of killer whale Tilikum and its role in the deaths of three people, and SeaWorld's treatment of its other marine animals.
The other acts to pull out are Heart, Willie Nelson, Barenaked Ladies and Joan Jett. REO Speedwagon, 38 Special and others are still scheduled to perform.
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Heart tapes their Christmas special, Heart & Friends: Home For the Holidays, today in Seattle.
Joining them will be Sammy Hagar, Shawn Colvin, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train and they'll be doing holiday songs by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Hagar, as well as some of Wilson sister's favorites. It is being staged at the Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle and shown on AXS TV on Christmas at 8PM.