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Vinnie Vincent To Appear At 2018 Atlanta KISS Expo

The former KISS guitarist says he is “happy and excited” to be the special guest at the Atlanta Kiss Expo.

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Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent says that he is “happy and excited” to have been announced as a special guest at the the Atlanta Kiss Expo next year.

According to the official web site for the Atlanta Kiss Expo, Vincent will be signing autographs and taking photos during the special VIP Meet & Greet on Friday, January 19, 2018, as well as all day long at the Atlanta Kiss Expo on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

The organizers say about what is being billed as Vincent’s first public appearance in almost twenty years: “We have worked long and hard to secure the legendary Ankh Warrior for the show, and he’s been absolutely awesome and is looking forward to meeting all of his fans.”

In a newly released handwritten note posted on the L.A. KISS Expo Facebook page, Vinnie said: “Dear fans, I’m happy and excited to be seeing all of you at the Atlanta KISS Expo on January 20, 2018. It’s been a long time coming, and I know we’re going to have an amazing and memorable time. I look forward to meeting you, signing autographs, taking photos, answering your questions and generally having a fun weekend. It will be a celebration for one and all! Thank you for your love and faith.”

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Frank Zappa ‘Back On The Road: The Hologram Tour’ Announced

Production for the Zappa shows will kick off in late 2017, with performances announced later in 2018.

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Eyellusion, live music’s premier hologram production company, today announced that it will work closely with the Zappa Family Trust to produce hologram performances of Frank Zappa, giving fans an opportunity to experience the prolific, eclectic and critically acclaimed music legend live in concert again. Production for the Zappa shows will kick off in late 2017, with performances announced later in 2018.

“I’m thrilled that Frank Zappa will finally be going back out on tour playing his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material,” said Ahmet Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “We can’t wait to bring his creative work back to the stage with the musicians he loved to play with, such as Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Adrian Belew, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Scott Thunes, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Warren Cuccurullo and Napoleon Murphy Brock among others who are committed to being part of this epic endeavor. When I spoke with them, they were excited at the prospect of performing alongside Frank once again and can’t wait to give fans an unforgettable experience.”

He continued, “Also, how radical would it be to have Moon singing ‘Valley Girl’ onstage with Frank? Or to see Dweezil side by side with our father playing dueling guitar solos? That would be my greatest wish and I look forward to bringing this special celebration of Frank’s legacy to a town near you. But if that wasn’t enough Zappa coolness, we’re also planning on staging Joe’s Garage The Musical with none other than Frank Zappa himself starring as the Central Scrutinizer.”

“Frank was an innovator and his art transcended so many different mediums,” said Diva Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “He left behind such an extensive body of work and we want to celebrate his music with really creative and unique live hologram productions that will introduce his music to a new generation of fans and let so many that enjoyed his music when he was alive experience it again. We have had this idea for many years and after meeting with the team at Eyellusion, we knew that they were the right partner to make it a reality.”

“We work closely with the Zappa family on their various projects, and look forward to sharing new Frank Zappa performances with his longtime fans, as well as expanding his audience to give new fans the opportunity to share in that experience” adds Bruce Resnikoff, President and CEO, Universal Music Enterprises.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a monumental and important artist to our lineup of planned live music hologram productions,” said Jeff Pezzuti, CEO, Eyellusion. “Frank Zappa was an incredible musician, unmatched in his output, tackled so many different genres and influenced a generation of artists that would go on to help further shape rock and pop for decades to come. We are music lovers first and can’t wait to get to work on yet another show that lets fans experience such timeless and important music in a live concert setting.”

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Mike Tramp ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Spend Any Time’ With Vito Bratta

Although Tramp continues to be asked about a possible White Lion reunion, he says that he would not want to resurrect the band that made him famous.

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Ex-White Lion singer Mike Tramp says that he has no interest in reuniting with guitarist Vito Bratta.

The Danish-born singer hasn’t played with his former songwriting partner and bandmate since White Lion performed its last concert in Boston in September 1991.

Although Tramp continues to be asked about a possible White Lion reunion in almost every interview, he says that he would not want to resurrect the band that made him famous.

“The thing is that I would not wanna play with Vito Bratta for anything in the world, I wouldn’t wanna spend any time with him,” Mike told “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon.” “We have not talked for many, many years. There’s nothing to talk about. He has nothing to add to the table, and I will let him rest in peace. Because I don’t need him and I will not go back and do that.”

He continued: “I’m performing a major amount of White Lion songs with the Band Of Brothers in a modern version, and the fans are embracing it because they feel it’s real and they understand that this is Mike Tramp up on stage — fifty percent of the White Lion songwriting [team] — performing the songs in 2017 his way. And that makes sense. It’s not Mike Tramp up there being White Lion and stuff like that.

“I have finally gotten to that moment where I really cherish and enjoy playing those songs — it just feels like it’s real and it’s natural in where we are today,” he added. “This is not a rehashed version of a band featuring the bass player and the logo.”

Tramp, who is currently promoting a solo box set, This & That (But A Whole Lot More), believes that the reason so many people felt a personal connection with White Lion’s music had to do with the quality of group’s songwriting.

“I don’t know what was so special [about the musical chemistry between Vito and me], except for when you listen to the songs, of all the bands we were competing against in the ’80s, if you can call it that, when you now go back to the catalog and you listen… And the fans will do this, and they will say, ‘White Lion has its own place,'” he said. “I don’t think you can compare White Lion to Warrant or Ratt. They have their own place, except for maybe the look and the hair and how we all got boxed together.

“Vito Bratta and Mike Tramp had no friendship together except for [the fact that] we played in the same band,” he continued. “We had nothing that we shared except for the songwriting we accomplished when we sat down and looked at each other, like almost two chess players or something like that. But when that song was written, Vito went home and I went out into the real world and shared my life with people — [whether] it was riding my Harley, playing baseball… whatever it was. So we had nothing, absolutely nothing in common except for we knew when we had written a great song.”

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Powerman 5000 Announces Fall U.S. Tour Dates

The band will first hit the West Coast, including a record-release party October 26 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood.

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Powerman 5000 has announced the first leg of a worldwide tour in support of its new album, New Wave, that will last through the end of 2018. The band will first hit the West Coast, including a record-release party on October 26 at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood.

Powerman 5000 tour dates:

Oct. 20 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 22 – Seattle, WA – El Corozon
Oct. 24 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
Oct. 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
Oct. 28 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Oct. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock Live
Oct. 31 – Lubbock, TX – Jakes
Nov. 02 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
Nov. 04 – Austin, TX – Scout Bar
Nov. 05 – Houston, TX – Dirty Dog
Nov. 08 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
Nov. 10 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
Nov. 11 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater
Nov. 12 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Nov. 14 – Dundee, IL – Rochaus
Nov. 15 – Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge

New Wave will be released on October 27 via Pavement Entertainment. The effort is Powerman 5000’s eleventh official release since forming in 1992 and continues the strides and success, from their platinum-selling album Tonight The Stars Revolt! to their most recent chart-topping single in 2014, “How To Be A Human.”

Powerman 5000 vocalist Spider One stated about the new single, “Sid Vicious In A Dress”: “I suppose at its simplest it’s a twisted love song, but really it’s about loving what hurts you, what is bad for you. Staying when you should run. Over the years, Sid Vicious has become the poster child for chaos and self-destruction. I just took that and put it in the form of a beautiful girl. The title of the song kind of says it all.”

Regarding the overall sound of the follow-up to 2014’s Builders Of The Future, Spider One said: “We went a bit dirtier on this one. Ripped it up more than the last couple of records. One of the goals was to recreate the noise of the live show. Keep in the chaos.”

On the topic of the new album title, Spider said: “New Wave? Are we a new wave band? Well, I would say that we have always had more in common with Devo than Dio.”

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Sebastian Bach Says ‘A Plane Did Not Crash Into The Pentagon’ On 9/11

Bach spoke about the recent sixteenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the new slew of conspiracy theories that tend to surface every year.

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During an interview with Autralia’s Loud, Sebastian Bach spoke about the recent sixteenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the new slew of conspiracy theories that tend to surface every year. Asked what his take is on “that type of thinking,” Bach responded: “Well, I would say that if you watch all those programs [about 9/11], it’s pretty obvious that a plane did not crash into the Pentagon, because there’s no plane.

“I wrote in my book what I did on that day,” he continued. “I was driving my car as far away from New York as possible, because I live in New Jersey, so I was trying to get as far away as possible and I was listening to the radio in the car the whole time, and I heard them say, ‘We have just heard that the U.S. government has just shot down a plane that was headed for the White House.’ The newscaster said that, but I only heard that once.

“I don’t know if there’s a conspiracy, but I heard them say that, while I was driving, myself. There’s all sorts conspiracy theories, but that was weird, that the newscaster said that.”

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Gene Simmons Would ‘Trademark The Air You Breathe’

Simmons adds: ‘Instead of worrying what people think, I just go my merry way and do whatever I want to do.’

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Gene Simmons has once again defended his attempt to trademark the so-called “devil’s horns” hand gesture.

The KISS bassist/vocalist withdrew his application to trademark the symbol in late June — less than two weeks after filing with the federal copyright office.

Most music fans slammed Simmons for the trademark request, saying the symbol has become ubiquitous and means different things to different people.

Asked by Canada’s Metro if he is bothered by the negative feedback he got for trying to trademark the “metal horns” or “rock on” hand sign, Simmons replied: “You can’t please everybody. Not everybody likes Jesus, either.

“Instead of worrying what people think, I just go my merry way and do whatever I want to do.

“If I could, I would trademark the air you breathe. Every breath. Yes, I would.”

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