Quick Takes: Kiss, ‘Power Trip’ Concerts, Metallica, Geezer Butler, Slash & Lynyrd Skynyrd
FREHLEY vs. STANLEY
Ace Frehley is demanding a public apology from Paul Stanley or he’s threatening to publicly expose secrets about Stanley and Gene Simmons. While appearing on Sirius XM’s Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, Frehley took umbrage at Paul Stanley’s jab at him during a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show where he claimed he rejected the original members performing at their 2014 Rock Hall induction, stating it would look like Kiss but sound like ‘Piss.'”
- Frehley gave an ultimatum to Stanley to apologize for his comments: “And if I don’t get that within seven days I’m coming back on Ed Trunk‘s show — if you’ll have me, Ed — and I’m going to tell some dirt that nobody knows about Paul and Gene, that I’ve always kept to myself because I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t talk about this. I like to talk about positive stuff.” (Blabbermouth)
NEW KISS DATES
Kiss has just tagged four new North American stops to their “End Of The Road Tour”:
October 20 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
October 23 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
October 25 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
October 27 – Ft. Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
‘POWER TRIP’ IS ON!
As expected, the announcement came down that the first Power Trip festival will indeed take place over three days this fall in Indio, California. Metallica, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Tool, Iron Maiden, and Ozzy Osbourne will all take the stage at Empire Polo Club on October 6th, 7th, and 8th, The breakdown works out as Guns N’ Roses and Iron Maiden will headline on Friday (October 6th), AC/DC and Ozzy Osbourne on Saturday (October 7th), with Metallica and Tool wrapping things up on Sunday (October 8th).
- Power Trip ticket onsales begin Thursday, April 6th at 10 a.m. PDT.
- Three-Day General Admission tickets start at $599 plus fees, with “The Pit,” “Reserved Floor,” and “Grandstand Seating” options and various VIP Packages also available.
METALLICA DROPS ’72 SEASONS’ VIDEO
Metallica has just dropped the video for the title track to their new album, 72 Seasons, which will be released on April 14th. Rolling Stone reported, “The song is a nearly eight-minute, epic journey reckoning with ’72 seasons gone’ — referring to the first 18 years of life — and all the hardships that accompany coming of age.” (Rolling Stone)
BLACK SABBATH’S GEZZER BUTLER PUBLISHING MEMOIR
On June 6th, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler will publish his long-awaited memoir, titled Into The Void: From Birth To Black Sabbath — And Beyond. Butler posted about the tome on social media, writing, “After spending my entire life creating memories, to eventually set aside how reserved I am, I have put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). The recollection of my life (thus far) is coming out 6/6/23. Yes I know that 2×3=6. Although unintentional, having that as a release date suits me fine.”
- The book’s official announcement stated: “Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and the Who are expected to make appearances throughout the book as the band rubbed elbows with some of rock’s greatest musicians on their way to joining them.” (American Songwriter)
SLASH & BILLY GIBBONS SET FOR LYNYRD SKYNYRD TV TRIBUTE
Slash, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Paul Rodgers, Warren Haynes, and Chuck Leavell are all on board to pay tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd as part of Sunday’s (April 2nd) CMT Music Awards. The salute marks the band’s 50th anniversary and will honor the passing of the group’s last original member, Gary Rossington who died this past March 5th at age 71.
- Joining the rockers will be such country notables as Wynonna Judd, LeAnn Rimes, and Cody Johnson. (Billboard)