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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 02 December 2016 at 4:52am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I hope so, Bill. I hope so!
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 02 December 2016 at 12:08pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Booked it!!!!!!

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 02 December 2016 at 3:57pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Good on ya, Robbie!
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 02 December 2016 at 6:24pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I'll never understand the concept of a booking fee, though. Nearly seven quid. For what?! I've created no extra work for them so why booking fees?!

Ah, what the hell, Brian, I'm looking forward to it!


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Brian Miller
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Posted: 02 December 2016 at 6:30pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

We have processing fees here. For tickets that are never printed but show up on my phone. 
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 02 December 2016 at 6:33pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

At one of the last shows we went to, and I can't remember what it was or if I even went, we bought two $35 tickets. After the myriad of fees were added, those two tickets cost us over $120. That's over $50 in fees for the pair. It's bullshit. 
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 02 December 2016 at 6:35pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

It is bullshit. I mean, my ticket is digital. I've created no extra work. No envelopes or postage stamps. One day, someone should challenge the premise/concept in court. ;-) 
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 02 December 2016 at 7:14pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Pearl Jam did 22 years ago. That was when fees were only a couple of bucks. 
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 03 December 2016 at 2:04am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

That,and the Ticketmaster scam of reselling tickets at hugely inflated prices via Resale sites that THEY own,that were never on sale to the general public in the first place,why has the Monopolies Commission not gone after them,or the fraud squad?
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 03 December 2016 at 7:01am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Don't worry, Bill. I am convinced there is a special level in Hell for such people!
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 03 December 2016 at 8:04pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I like this:



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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 04 December 2016 at 10:41am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Thinking about how much I love this cover:


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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 17 January 2017 at 2:30pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

I'm not sure this rates a posting in Movies, but it's probably good here:

NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE is due out on Blu-Ray in April.

John Stamos is a secret agent. Vanity is his partner. Gene Simmons is a hermaphrodite megalomaniac (and he plays one in the movie, too!).

I'm not making this up.

Previously only (officially) released in the U.S. on VHS, long out of print. Shout Factory is releasing a Blu-Ray/DVD combo.

And yes. I'll be getting a copy.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 17 January 2017 at 6:31pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply


That is some '80s cheese of which I just cannot bring myself to sample...

(Love the Gene comment, Brian!)


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Brian Miller
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Posted: 17 January 2017 at 9:17pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Just finished Paul's book this weekend past. Probably my favorite of the four. 
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 18 January 2017 at 11:57am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Just be grateful Gene wasn`t born in the U.S. he has
many of the qualities to be your next president!
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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 18 January 2017 at 12:55pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

True enough. Trump is like Gene Simmons without the modicum of talent. And immigrant perspective (clearly).
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 18 January 2017 at 9:03pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

They're pretty good buds from what I understand. 
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 19 January 2017 at 1:38am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

I assume they share hairstyling tips too.
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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 07 June 2017 at 6:26am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Review:

Gene Simmons and His Band at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, June 2nd, 2017.

The Trocadero is a small theater/club, holds about 1200 people. It seemed at near capacity with this show. There is a large standing room area with some seating in the second floor balcony. It’s just a big, old, divey venue with lots of room and charm.

The two opening acts were hard rock bands that you could see at any similar club. Influences were clear as one front man went for a Freddie Mercury vibe, the other, Steven Tyler-esque. Fair game in an evening featuring a headliner who’s never hid his influences (and indeed, embraced some of them this very night).

I've been a fan of Gene Simmons almost longer than I can remember, but I wasn't at all familiar with any of the four guys that comprise "His Band." They were a tight unit, a drummer and three guitarists who also handled various vocals. Gene played bass and sang lead.

They opened with Deuce, fittingly. It’s a great starter, a quintessential “Gene” song, and one with which KISS has kicked off many, many shows over their nearly 45-year history. Then, Shout It Out Loud, with band members handling the “Paul Stanley” parts of the vocals and Gene doing his usual parts. Other classic Gene-intensive KISS songs would be played throughout the night: Nothing to Lose, Calling Dr. Love, Christine Sixteen, Let Me Go Rock and Roll, and a “newer” classic, by comparison, Domino, from the just-turned-25-year-old “Revenge” album. Also, a couple of songs known for Gene’s vocals but written by Ace Frehley (with Gene acknowledging the contribution), Cold Gin and Parasite. The latter was chosen by a lanky, bespectacled fella of maybe 15 that had come onstage when Gene asked if there were any young musicians in the crowd. He was told to pick any KISS song to play along with the band, so he went for one of the most challenging in the catalog…and killed it on lead guitar. It may have been the highlight of the night.

Other crowd participation included getting a group of “big, burly guys” onstage for the testosterone-fueled answer-chants of I Love It Loud, some ladies for the chorus of the more dainty Paul Stanley tune, Do You Love Me, and the newest generation of KISS fans (and one stage mom) to sing along to the evening’s finale, Rock and Roll All Nite (of course).

Among the live rarities were Charisma and Got Love For Sale (from “Dynasty” and “Love Gun”, respectively), Radioactive, the single from Gene's first solo effort, and the first-time live performance of Sweet And Dirty Love from his second solo album, “Asshole.”

All musicians start off as fans of music, and Gene showed his admiration of the Jeff Beck Group with his band’s rendition of their instrumental, Rice Pudding.

And that, perhaps, was the keynote of the night: music is king.

If you've seen the lighting at a KISS show, it's dazzling. At this show, they barely had the front of the stage lit. There was no spitting blood, no breathing fire, no flying into the rafters, no Godzilla-faced thigh-high boots, bat-wings, or kabuki-style make-up. No explosions or confetti. Heck, I don't think Gene even flicked that abnormally long tongue once. And for all of about two seconds, he broke into the "demon walk" during one song. All of these things are usually great, and part and parcel of what makes KISS an incredible live act.

But, sometimes...all you need is some solid rock and roll played good and loud. And we got that.



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John Popa
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Posted: 07 June 2017 at 6:35am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

It's a shame he's dropped "Almost Human" from the set. That's come off well whenever he's played it live (and he played it in some of the earlier shows.)
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 07 June 2017 at 12:09pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Almost Human is my favorite track off LOVE GUN. Got Love For Sale is a close second. 
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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 07 June 2017 at 2:54pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

I like them both, but lean toward Almost Human. It's such a dark, plodding, song...along the lines of Watching You and God of Thunder.

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John Popa
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Posted: 07 June 2017 at 9:05pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

I much prefer "Almost Human."  I never cared much for "Got Love For Sale."  

Hmmm ... maybe I'll take a crack at an all-Gene dream set :) 
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 08 June 2017 at 7:23am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

The bass line in the chorus is what makes the song (GLFS) for me. 
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