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After years of painting his face, Gene Simmons has moved on to a more durable medium: canvas.
The KISS singer-bassist has reached an agreement with the Animazing Gallery — located inside Las Vegas’ Venetian Resort — that will see his original artwork displayed in a two-day exhibit that’s set to open October 14th, Simmons reveals.
Gene Simmons art to go on show in Las Vegas | Louder https://t.co/i8AXoqmwK7
— John Applegate (@JohnApp63499667) August 5, 2021
“Moving to the United States from Israel as a young boy, I didn’t speak English,” Simmons says. “I fell in love with comics and American television, and they not only helped me learn the language, but inspired creativity and a passion for drawing and painting. With the KISS “End Of The Road’ tour taking a pause during the pandemic, I had a chance to pull decades of my art out of storage and it reignited my passion for drawing and painting again.”
Do you think Simmons’ artwork might appeal to people who aren’t KISS fans? Will KISS fans even be interested?
John Mellencamp is releasing the live album to go along with his upcoming documentary “The Good Samaritan Tour 2000.”
The trailer is available now but the film won’t be out until August 27th.
The documentary, which is narrated by Matthew McConaughey, chronicles Mellencamp’s 2020 trek when he performed for free in public parks across the country.
“The Good Samaritan Tour 2000” will also be streamed on Turner Classic Movie’s YouTube channel and Mellencamp will be a guest programmer on the network in September.
Check out the trailer at Mellencamp.com.
What band would you most like to see perform in your local community park?
Although Styx has been eligible for induction since 1997, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has yet to recognize the ’70s and ’80s supergroup. But a coalition of fans hopes to change that.
The fans, headed by Styx enthusiast Ken Shafer, has started a petition on Change.org that calls for the band’s induction. “For 20-plus years Styx has been eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Shafer says. “Their influence and accomplishments warrant their induction alongside their peers. We created our online petition to demonstrate to the Hall that fans of Styx want to see them receive this recognition.”
Styx Fans Petition Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame To Induct Superstarshttps://t.co/VthuxHB2eW
— BroadwayWorld Music (@BWWMusicWorld) August 3, 2021
Styx manager Charlie Brusco says the band’s induction into the Rock Hall is long overdue. “We all feel the band deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — and would like to see the band inducted while many of the band members are healthy enough to attend a ceremony if there indeed will still be ceremonies,” he says. “We welcome fan support.”
What other bands deserve to be inducted, but haven’t as yet? Can you come up with a reason why Styx shouldn’t be inducted?
A guitar collection belonging to Journey’s Neal Schon has auctioned off for more than $4.2 million.
More than 90 guitars were included in the auction, some of which fetched more than $300,000.
Sale included his “Don’t Stop Believin'” Les Paul: https://t.co/pllKm7RCib
— UltimateClassicRock (@UltClassicRock) August 3, 2021
One guitar – a Les Paul played on “Don’t Stop Believin'” – was sold to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, a famous collector of rock’n’roll memorabilia.
If you could own any guitar from rock history, what would you choose?
Fans are worried about Vince Neil. The Mötley Crüe frontman’s girlfriend Rain Hannah recently shared a post revealing her Sunday yoga flow and fans took the opportunity to express their concern about Neil’s physique and health.
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Neil disappointed fans at the Boone Iowa River Valley Festival two months ago, sounding tired and out of breath and eventually leaving the stage after losing his voice.
One person begged Hannah to help, writing, “Can you please get Vince to train like that? We are concerned fans.”
Do you think Vince will get it together before the Crüe tour?
Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica will get her Olympic moment this week.
Yes, if you haven’t heard, Jessica Springsteen is an accomplished equestrian rider and is competing in Tokyo in the individual and team Jumping events – where the rider guides their horse over an obstacle course.
— Forbes (@Forbes) August 2, 2021
However, you’ll have to wake up early to catch Springsteen in action – Individual Jumping begins at 6am on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Team Jumping beginning at 6am Friday and Saturday.
The events will broadcast on the livestream at NBCOlympics.com.
What was your favorite sport to play growing up? What are the best ‘obscure’ Olympic events to watch?
ZZ Top used their Friday show to pay tribute to their bassist Dusty Hill.
Bringing out Elwood Francis on bass, guitarist Billy Gibbons said, “Got a new guy up here, as you know. Dusty gave me the directive. My friend, your pal, Elwood Francis is gonna hold it down behind me.”
Gibbons later acknowledged Francis during the show, saying, “How about that Elwood, tearing up that bottom there for Dusty.”
According to Gibbons, Hill had wanted the band to continue on-even without him.
Do you think ZZ Top will be different without Dusty Hill? What is your favorite ZZ Top moment?
Motley Crue is releasing a digital remaster of “Dr. Feelgood.”
The release is part of the celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary in music.
— Mötley Crüe (@MotleyCrue) July 16, 2021
The reissue will be available September 3rd but can be preordered now.
The album is the band’s best-selling album, with over six million copies sold worldwide.
What is your favorite Crue record?
Slash will be releasing a new album with his solo band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
The album will be the first-ever release by Gibson records – a new record label launched by Gibson Guitars.
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash will release a new album with his solo backing band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators on Gibson Records, a new label launched by the guitar manufacturer: https://t.co/mHuUYJiLUq
— UltimateClassicRock (@UltClassicRock) July 29, 2021
Slash – who’s famous for playing Gibson Les Paul guitars – said “I know they will be a label that genuinely supports their artists creatively.”
The album will be Slash’s third with the Conspirators. No title or release date has been announced yet.
What’s the best non-GN’R Slash project?
Metallica are sharing more rarities with fans in anticipation of the upcoming ‘Black Album’ reissue.
On their Youtube channel, Metallica released a short video of unreleased footage from their classic “Enter Sandman” video.
Watch previously unreleased footage from Metallica’s Enter Sandman video https://t.co/CqtBnq5Wdc
— metalhammer (@MetalHammer) July 27, 2021
The band also shared pre-production rehearsal audio for the song “Don’t Tread on Me.”
The ‘Black Album’ reissue and covers album ‘The Metallica Blacklist’ will be out September 10.
What do you think of this early footage and audio from Metallica? Will you be getting the ‘Black Album’ reissue?