Ross Berg (author of Gene Simmons: A Rock ‘N Roll Journey in the Shadow of the Holocaust) interview

How old were you when you first heard about KISS and what were the circumstances by which you eventually became a KISS fan? I was 7 years old in 1976 when I first saw and heard KISS on the Destroyer album. The look of the band and the song “Detroit Rock City” just completely blew my mind! I realized that I had stumbled upon a life-altering event. There was something really scary yet very intriguing…

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Rebecca Davis (author of Blind Owl Blues, the only existing biography of Canned Heat founder Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson) interview

Aside from the fact that rock music originated from it, blues music is one genre of music that I must confess to neither having listened to very much nor having very much knowledge of. Please provide a very brief history of blues music. Definitions of the blues vary. Some have attempted to define it on emotional terms insofar as it’s often been represented as an art form that is about suffering. However, there are also…

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Martin Johannessen (Heavy Rock – the playlist! website/blog) interview

How old were you when you got into music? I was about 10 years old when I bought my first KISS record, Dynasty. I am 42 now. What were the first bands/artists that you really liked and why? The very first band I became a fan of, was KISS. But I quickly expanded to almost any heavy metal band that was around. Although I focused on KISS and buying all their records, I also dug…

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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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