Having worked with John Fannon, Vinnie Vincent, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and Bob Kulick through numerous classic acts, keyboardist Jimmy Waldo knows a thing or two about rock ‘n’ roll.
In hindsight, Creatures of the Night has proved to be one of KISS’ most iconic records, but the silence was deafening upon its release.
Under My Skin: Drama, Trauma & Rock ‘n’ Roll chronicles her troubled upbringing, her travels around Europe, her beginnings in the male-dominated field of rock music journalism, and traveling as a 19-year-old journalist on KISS’ Japanese tour in 1977, which led to her securing a job at Shinko Music in Japan.
Stood alongside chiptoothed, yet effervescent frontman Michael Lee Smith, Ranno provided a maestro-level foil to Smith’s up-front machismo, and non-stop musical necromancy. The synergism was palatable, and in 1976 Starz recorded its self-titled debut record, a watershed album that would influence droves of hard rock and heavy metal bands for decades to come thereafter.
If any single grouping of musicians in the history of rock has systematically polarized both fans and critics alike, it’s the favorite sons of NYC, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Gene Simmons.