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Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley Team Up on New Songs

Let the KISS reunion rumors begin!

KISS bassist Gene Simmons recently revealed that he worked with Ace Frehley on his new studio album, co-writing two tracks.

Simmons was interviewed last week on Facebook Live on 92KQRS in Minnesota and revealed the news. “Literally two days ago I was with Ace”. “He asked me to write for his next solo record. So I went over to his place, way out in the desert someplace and we wrote two things.”

This collaboration marks the first time since 1998 that the duo has worked together in the studio, their last venture being the KISS album Psycho Circus.

Currently, there is no release date for Frehley’s untitled project.

 

 

Gene Simmons Abandons Application to Trademark Devil Horns

After backlash from critics, fans, and his peers, it appears Gene Simmons has withdrawn his application to trademark the “devil horns” hand gesture.

The co-founder of KISS filed the paperwork, claiming that he first made the sign in 1974. The sign has a variety of meanings in different cultures and is used by many musicians over a variety of genres. Simmons’ efforts were immediately met with backlash.

The “devil horns” usually are linked to Ronnie James Dio, who’s widow was one of the first to speak up about this situation. Wendy, Dio’s widow, called the idea of the trademark “disgusting,” arguing Simmons had “made a complete fool of himself,” and insisting, “It belongs to everyone; it doesn’t belong to anyone. … It’s a public domain; it shouldn’t be trademarked.”

According to Forbes, the application has been “expressly abandoned”, and while no public comment or reason was provided, the report notes “Hand gestures in and of themselves cannot function as trademarks. And, even if they could, there would be no practical way to enforce the trademark against others.”

KISS Releases A Line of Phone Covers and Wallpapers

KISS always seems to have their logo on any product that will allow it, and now you can add cell phones to the list.

The group has launched a line of covers and wallpapers for Google’s Pixel and Nexus phones. Collaborating with Sophie Simmons, daughter of KISS icon Gene Simmons, the band created a total of 12 designs that “re-imagine the band’s unparalleled visual history for the digital age and bring the Kiss Experience to the palm of your hand.”

Each cover comes with live wallpapers that were captured by Sophie and Nick Simmons on the recent European tour.

Sophie says: “Growing up, we saw Kiss as pop culture figures. It wasn’t so much the music for my generation, but the visual impact is unparalleled in music.”

Gene Simmons adds: “I love the idea that the Live Cases are going to enhance the experience of being a fan. Especially, making it more personalized. And that part is the most important thing for me.”

The Live Case Artworks are now available via Google,

Katey Sagal Says Gene Simmons Laughed at the Idea of Marrying Her

Though Katey Sagal is known for her roles in Married…With Children and Sons of Anarchy, she actually started her career as a singer-songwriter. During that time, Sagal recorded backing vocals for Gene Simmon’s debut solo album, in 1978.

In her newly released memoir, Grace Notes: My Recollections, she revealed that she had an on-and-off relationship with Kiss icon in the ‘70s, that ended when she discussed marriage and he laughed at her.

In the book, Sagal writes about meeting Simmons in a bar in Santa Monica, where she worked as a singing waitress. “At first, I thought Gene was really weird,” she said. “I took him home with me that night because he was quite persuasive, and I like men.”

The two’s affair continued through a number of years, coming to an end when Sagal gave Simmons an ultimatum. She told Simmons that she was going to marry Freddie Beckmeier of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band unless Simmons proposed.  Simmons, apparently, laughed at her suggestion, so she married Beckmeier. They divorced three years later.

 

This isn’t the first time Simmons has scoffed at the idea of marriage, mocking it publicly for years. He seemed to be so against it that in 2005, Paul Stanley refused to invite him to his wedding.

Simmons eventually tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed in 2011.

Sagal’s memoir is described by publisher Gallery Books as a journey “from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 28 to getting her big break as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on Married … With Children.” It’s on sale now.

 

Gene Simmons Says KISS Box Set With 150 Unreleased Songs is Coming

Gene Simmons has opened his personal vault and has decided to gift KISS fans all over the world with a new project. While it may not be another studio album, the box set containing 150 unreleased songs should appease the KISS Army.

Simmons dropped the news in a recent interview with the Canton Repositorywhen asked about new material.

“I can tell you I’m working on a box set that is gonna put together 150 songs that have never been released,” he continued. “That news is gonna be released soon.”

“We’re so busy touring around the world,” said Simmons. “It’s just tough to find the time to sit down for six months and do nothing but a record. I’m not inclined to go out there and work your ass off making something you’re proud of and then to have everybody steal it and download it and file share it. That’s not for me.”

 

Paul Stanley Rules Out Ace Frehley KISS Return

Paul Stanley has ruled out an Ace Frehley return to KISS.

After Stanley appeared on Frehley’s latest solo album, rumors and speculation increased that Frehley was set to return to the band. Frehley added fuel to the fire in December when asked about a KISS Farewell Tour: “I haven’t heard anything from Paul and Gene – although I did get a text from Gene the other day, wanting to come see me perform this January. Maybe he’ll pop the big question. Who knows? Whatever happens, we’re all good. It’s all good.”

Stanley cleared this up in an interview with Billboard stating “No. And that’s not coming from any place of animosity. I sang on Ace’s most recent album and did a video with him. I have the connection and the reconnection and to celebrate the good things we’ve done together is terrific.”

Stanley enjoys the current incarnation of KISS, which includes Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, and Frehley’s replacement as the Spaceman Tommy Thayer‘s.

“The band as it is – I’ve played with Eric Singer for I think 25 years and Tommy Thayer’s been in the band probably 15 years at this point. I have no thoughts of re-visiting the past.With that said I am happy to enhance or do whatever I can for anyone who has helped put me where I am, but that doesn’t include getting hitched again to somebody I unhitched from.”

When Frehley was aked if he thought he’d still be with KISS 43 years after they formed, he added: “No, because there was no precedent. I hoped for five years because that was the norm. Bands didn’t last decades.The era before us was an era, for the most part, of teen idols and they lasted until the audience got tired and then they were served a new teen idol.”

 

 

Ace Frehley Teases KISS Reunion

Original KISS member Ace Frehley has been asked throughout the years about a reunion with the band and the speculation has revved up through 2016 and on into 2017. The guitarist was quoted as saying “2017 seems like a ripe year. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Frehley has recently said he was open to reuniting with fellow original members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for a potential farewell tour. “If it was handled correctly, it could be great,” he said.

In a new interview with Louder Noise, Space Ace offered a brief, positive and non-committal update. “I haven’t heard anything from Paul and Gene, but if it’s going to happen it should happen next year, I’d assume,” he said.

Frehley played his last show with KISS in April 2001. Stanley said last June that he was delighted with the “joy and satisfaction in reconnecting” with his former colleague, Paul Stanley,  on Frehley’s album Origins, but when asked about a reunion he said, “I don’t see it.”

Simmons has added more fuel to the fire, posting a picture on Instagram showing the band’s original lineup.

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