Queen Simmonz (former bassist for PRISS) interview

What were the circumstances that led to you becoming Queen Simmonz (Gene Simmons) in the all female KISS tribute band PRISS? My friends Judy Cocuzza and Sharon Needles wanted to started a female tribute to KISS and they asked me to be the “Gene”. I thought that it would be fun to work with the girls and a good way to make some extra dough. What are some of your favorite KISS/Gene songs to play…

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Daniel Hill (contributor to the KISSin’ UK website) interview

How old were you when you first started listening to music and what were the first bands/artists that you listened to? Rock music has always been a part of my life. From as far back as I can remember, my dad has always been a bass player in several rock bands and played music non-stop around the house, so I pretty much grew up listening to Judas Priest, KISS, Dokken, Deep Purple, Scorpions, Ozzy, etc….

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Lee Hutchings (director of the upcoming film Dance with the Devil: The Cozy Powell Story) interview

What is the current status of Dance with the Devil: The Cozy Powell Story, your upcoming film about legendary drummer Cozy Powell? Dance With The Devil: The Cozy Powell Story is currently in development and will be moving into the early stages of production very soon. When and how exactly did you first discover Cozy Powell? Before taking up a career as a director, I was a hard hitting rock drummer and I used to…

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James Hager (PodKISSt, E.P.E., ZombieFAQ.com) interview

PodKISSt, your KISS podcast (natch), ranks a close second on my favorite podcasts list. Really good stuff. What were the circumstances that led you and your PodKISSt co-hosts Gary Shaller and Ken Mills to create it back in 2007? I’m really glad that you dig the show! In late 2006 or early 2007, Gary hit me up. He said that since the previous KISS podcast has ceased updating with new episodes, we should get together…

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Evie Evil (Evil Beaver) Interview

How did you get into music? No one in my family was a musician. I was just naturally attracted to music. What were some of the first bands/artists that you listened to on a regular basis? L7, Black Flag, The Beatles, The Sugarcubes, The Ramones, Descendents, Motorhead, Prince, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, The Pretenders, Big Black, Jesus Lizard, Slayer, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Joy Division, The Cure, The Clash, Nina Hagen, Shellac, Bad Brains, Betty Blowtorch,…

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Sharon Needles (Betty Blowtorch, PRISS, Hell’s Belles) Interview

How did you get into music? My older sister introduced me to Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, The Stones, Queen and David Bowie when I was a kid. Friends from school introduced me to KISS, AC/DC, Ted Nugent and Aerosmith in the late ’70s. By the early ’80s, punk rock wormed its way into my brain and I was hooked and felt right at home. What were some of the first bands/artists that you listened to…

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Lilia Rezai (singer/guitarist for Manix) Interview

What were some of the first bands/artists that you started listening to and how old were you when you started listening to them? Well, I got into music at the age of 12 when I bought my first cassette. Damn, that makes me feel so old just saying that word, cassette! It was Nirvana’s Nevermind and I was really big into them. Kind of a gateway music “drug” for me that opened the door to…

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Pauline Butcher (author of Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa) Interview

Pauline Butcher (author of Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa) Interview

Prior to becoming Frank Zappa’s secretary in 1968, were you a fan of his work? Why or why not? No, I was not a fan of his work because I had never heard of him and did not know who he was. Discuss your involvement with The GTOs (Girls Together Outrageously), one of Frank’s discoveries and the very first all female rock band. When Frank formed The GTOs in June 1968, my role was to…

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Larry Harris (Casablanca Records co-founder) Interview

Larry Harris (Casablanca Records co-founder) Interview

You co-founded Casablanca Records with Neil Bogart in 1973. How did you two meet? As I explain in the book, Neil was a distant cousin who I had met once in the early ’60s. Then, in 1970, my parents were at a wedding and saw his mom and she mentioned that I should contact him about a job. And so it began. Discuss your involvement in the first Casablanca Records deal with KISS and their…

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Laurie Es (Lynette Skynyrd, Black Sabbitch, Hallowed Engine) interview

Your music resume is quite impressive to say the very least. I guess my first question to you would be what got you into music in the first place? Growing up, I would always make mix tapes for my friends. In High School, I never hung around the other kids. The group I found was much older and were already driving into NYC and going to CBGB, Max’s Kansas City and The Mudd Club. The…

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