If KISS was going to pull off the improbable, they needed a formidable force at the helm, and while a few were considered for the job, after a fateful conversation with super-manager, Doc McGhee, for lynchpin members, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, the choice was clear, KISS was going to shock the world in ways fans could never imagine.
Recently, I caught up with hard-hitting drummer, Johnny Kelly of Quiet Riot, Danzig, and more. Among other things, we touch on Johnny’s origins, early influences, his work with Danzig, joining Quiet Riot, and a whole lot more.
A winding musical path has allowed Duncan to share the stage with some of the most prolific musicians in rock and heavy metal, including Rudy Sarzo, Jimmy Bain, Joey Vera, John Bush, Frank Hannon, C.C. DeVille, and most, recently, L.A. Guns, with Tracii Guns, Phil Lewis, Ace Von Johnson, and Johnny Martin.
From assuming East Coast origins, Monroe cut his teeth on the Jersey club scene before making his way to the West Coast to take his shot at grandeur through rock ‘n’ roll. After an unexpected call from bassist Pat Fontaine and a successful audition, Monroe found himself the new drummer for up-and-coming act, XYZ.
Recently, I caught up with veteran multi-instrumentalist, Sebastian Robertson. Among other things, we touch on Sebastian’s origins, early influences, his father’s influence, and a whole lot more.
The 80s would be an interesting time for KISS, a decade defined by lineup instability, the near-death of the band, the removal of their trademark makeup, and a return to gold and platinum level success. Yes, in rock’s glitziest decade, once gain, KISS found themselves in a familiar, yet frustrating position as a band who needed to prove their worth to both critics and fans alike.
Aptly known as one of the heaviest, hardest-hitting, and menacingly furious drummers in heavy metal history, Vinny Appice’s speed-laden, molten lava stickwork has served as the bedrock for some of the most transcendent albums in rock history.
Recently, I caught up with veteran drummer Greg Langston. Among other things, we touch on Greg’s origins as a drummer, his early years with Tuxedomoon, the formation of Sea Hags, and his many stops in between.
Peter Criss’ 2017 show at New York Cities Cutting Room was supposed to be his final show, and for five years, that promise rang true.
Recently, I caught up with Bryce ‘Lipz’ Mileto of burgeoning throwback rock outfit, Sisters Doll. Among other things, we touch on Bryce’s origins on the drums, the formation, and evolution of Sisters Doll, touring with Bruce Kulick, the band’s KISS fandom, their upcoming run of US dates, sharing the stage with Peter Criss, and a whole lot more.