Today is the birthday of WWE and TNA World Champion, Charismatic Enigma Jeff Hardy, who turns 37 today. We look forward to a few more years in TNA, Jeff!!
Today is the birthday of KISS co-founder and bassist, Gene Simmons, who turns 65 today. We look forward to a few more tours from you, Gene, and thanks for giving us 40 years of rock n roll!!
Ace Frehley has released his latest album called Space Invader since 2009’s Anomaly. This is said to be heavier than Anomaly. Upon hearing the whole album online, it is more than that. It’s a lot more catchier and more vibrant than Anomaly. Many of the tunes have grown on me pretty quick.
Ace is also known for doing great covers. On Anomaly, he covered Sweet’s Fox On The Run. In Space Invader, he covers Steve Miller’s song The Joker and it caused me to like it unexpectedly. It’s playing in my head.
Ace’s lead guitar work shines more in Space Invader than Anomaly as it’s reminiscent of KISS, but still his own solo signature. Like Anomaly, I’ve listened to Space Invader from top to bottom and there is not one track I didn’t like. That’s a sign of a great album.
The album comes out in regular CD, the Deluxe CD that has a poster and a couple of additional versions of Space Invader and Gimme A Feeling, and the Vinyl packaging. The artwork is done by Ken Kelly, who did both KISS’ Destroyer and Love Gun.
This album is a high recommender for KISS and Ace Frehley fans that is well-reviewed positively and is sold out in several Best Buys such as the one in San Diego. I expect Space Invader to chart a little bit higher than Anomaly. Great album from Ace overall. Did he outKissed KISS? You bet!!
The world was shocked when actor Robin Williams passed away at the age of 63 after committing suicide. He had been battling depression for over 30 years despite the success he had as a film and TV star. Williams went to the same acting school as Superman Christopher Reeve and they both had a lifelong friendship since then until Reeve’s passing in 2004.
Robin Williams appeared in Happy Days that would lead to his own TV series called Mork and Mindy, where he played an alien superhero. He would go on into films such as Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet Society, Good Will Hunting, Birdcage, Mrs. Doubtfire, Happy Feet, Bicentennial Man, and Aladdin. He even appeared in the music video from reggae artist Bobby McFaren on a song called Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Williams score an Oscar for Good Will Hunting with Best Supporting Actor.
Many of Robin Williams works are filled with comedic pathos and his contributions to the film and TV industry. He will be missed by the entire show business community. Robin, thank you for the great memories you brought us. You were one of a kind.
Today is the birthday of pro wrestling legend and champion, Hulk Hogan, who turns 61 this year. We look forward to many more years in wrestling, Hulk!!
Legendary film and TV actor James Garner passed away in his LA home at the age of 86 due to natural causes. He has starred in several TV shows such as Maverick and the Rockford Files and films such as Marlowe, which featured Bruce Lee. Garner was being hailed as the next Clarke Gable or Cary Grant. He received an Oscar nomination and earned the highest honor with the Screen Actors Guild award back in 2004. James Garner will be missed by his family, friends, and the show business community worldwide as his contributions to the film and TV are cemented.
I wanted to get this book last year in 2013 when it was released in hardcover, but I didn’t get a chance to have one. This year back in April, I had the fortune to buy the softcover copy of this book from a local Barnes and Noble store. It’s about the early years of KISS from 1972-75 and it’s authored by Ken Sharp with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Sharp also authored another of my favorite KISS books, Behind the Mask, which covered from the beginning up to the Farewell Tour. If you have that book, please do not discard it as it’s meant to supplement this book.
While it’s about how Paul and Gene have made their rock and roll dreams come true with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, it’s also an insider’s view on what it’s like to witness the formation of KISS from the ground up to the groundbreaking live album Alive that launched their superstardom. Upon reading the book, I could not put the book down and I still can’t. As far as I’m concerned, this is the true KISStory book along with Behind the Mask.
The book is packed with rare photos from 1972-75 throughout the book and not exclusive to the colored inserts. With this being softcover, it’s more affordable than the hardcover one. No wonder Paul and Gene have talked about how they liked the early years with Ace and Peter because it’s one that they’re happiest in, especially Paul, whose favorite era is this and current lineup.
Unfortunately, the only negative I have is that there wasn’t much quotes from Ace and Peter and likely because of Paul and Gene having input. However, as long as Ace and Peter are quoted in the book it prevents the book from being one-sided like KISStory. Is this a high recommender for KISS fans? You bet. My suggestion is to sit down, listen to KISS Alive, and read this very book. You will not regret it.