Thirty years ago today—on Sept. 13, 1984—KISS released its 12th studio album, Animalize. Although it wasn't exactly classic KISS, I do seem to recall thinking that the single "Heaven's On Fire" was alright.
The album was unique in "KISStory", as Gene Simmons might say, because it was the only one to feature guitarist Mark St. John, who replaced Vinnie Vincent in April of '84 but would be forced to leave KISS by November after being diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome, a severe form or arthritis. St. John died in April of 2007 at age 51 from a brain hemorrhage bought on by an accidental overdose of methamphetamines.
At Rogers Arena on Tuesday (September 9)
With his increasingly rare live appearances in Vancouver, an air of expectation hung over Straight music chief Mike Usinger’s performance at Katy Perry's concert at Rogers Arena last night (September 9). And this most unpredictable of critics wasted no time in toying with fans.
Twenty-five years ago tomorrow—on September 11, 1989—Mr. Big played Club Soda.
"Who the hell is Mr. Big?", you might be thinking.
Well, at the time it was an American rock quartet that was being billed as the next supergroup. And it lived up to the hype. Two years after Mr. Big played here it had the number one song in 15 countries with the pretty ballad "To Be With You".
Maybe you remember Mr. Big now?
Anyway, I was psyched back then to interview Mr. Big's bassist, Billy Sheehan, cause that dude could play. For all you nostalgia hounds out there, here's the story that ran in the Straight's Sept. 8-15 issue.
Groundworks Marketing announced today that a new Paul McCartney tribute album will be released on November 17, and that it will feature some of my fave artists from the seventies, including Alice Cooper, Steve Miller, Heart, Bad Company's Paul Rodgers, Montrose's Sammy Hagar, the Who's Roger Daltrey, and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen.
It will also have KISS.