What do KISS and FnA Records have in common???
Actually, Kiss and FnA Records (www.fnarecords.net) have three things in common.
FnA Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of Gypsy Rose.
We are not referring to the Gypsy Rose that featured an early Jerry Cantrell and Mike Starr from Alice In Chains, and we are not referring to the Swedish band that ex-Accept vocalist David Reece recently joined; we are referring to the one and only Gypsy Rose that was signed to a major label contract via KISS’ Gene Simmons. In 1988, Gene Simmons (KISS), approached Canadian Rockers by the name of Gypsy Rose and made them one of his early signings to his imprint label, Simmons Records/RCA (House Of Lords, Giuffria, Silent Rage). Gypsy Rose released two singles, “Poisoned By Love” and “Don’t Turn Your Back On Me Now” which were fan favorites. Nearly a quarter of a century later, lead singer Michael Ross has resurfaced, not only with a solid solo career that once again shows off his high caliber songwriting, but with old demos and never-before-released Gypsy Rose material in hand. For those fans who have always been bummed out that there was one and only one Gypsy Rose album, the wait is now over. FnA Records has attained the rights to these early recordings which will most likely see a mid to late spring release. In addition, FnA Records sent Michael Ross into the studio to record exclusive 2012 acoustic versions of “Poisoned By Love” and “Don’t Turn Your Back On Me Now”. Keep your eyes and ears open as Gypsy Rose is looking to reform.
First there was KISS, then there was Creature!
It may be said that now days, Gene Simmons is the brains behind KISS, but that wasn’t necessarily the case in the early days. Famed manager, Bill Aucoin successfully guided a fledgling KISS to superstar status. However within a decade, KISS and Aucoin would part ways due to creative differences when KISS decided to take off the make-up. But Aucoin wasn’t done exploring the make-up and crazy costumes. Enter the band Creature in 1986, and Aucoin found himself using the same blueprint that led to KISS obtaining success and fame beyond anyone’s dreams. He guided Creatures career carefully, just as he had previously with KISS. He planned their every stage move and their wild stage show. Honestly, Creature was every bit the theatrical stage performance that KISS was. From the band literally blowing a whole in the roof of Gazzarri’s night club with a confetti cannon to have the oversized Sleaze-O-Matic machine on stage in which a pure, virginal school girl stepped into the machine where the dial was cranked to ten, and a rock-n-roll slutty metal chick stepped out, every show was a spectacle. FnA Records is set to release, To Boldly Sleaze, a 15 track party in a package with a band that was clearly being groomed to be the next big thing in theatrical rock. All the tracks have been fully remastered and many of the tracks have never even seen the light of day until now. This is definitely one of those uncovered gems that you have to hear to believe. Watch your local west coast rags, as Creature may just don the make-up and costumes one more time for a specialupcoming surprise show.
KISS Konnection #3 is a special treat for those hard-rockers that were there in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
FnA Records proudly signs one-time KISS labelmates and all-around bad-asses, The Godz. The Godz were signed to Casablanca Records in 1977 and would later that year open up for KISS on the Love Gun tour. The Godz were sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll…and definitely worthy of the cult status they now have been given. Major tours were nothing new for The Godz, as they warmed the stages for bands like Angel, Blue Oyster Cult, Kansas, Iggy Pop, and others. The stories revolving around The Godz are legendary as they quickly became well-known as rebel-rousers. Whether it was starting a bar brawl, shooting up the stage monitors, or doing tons of Jack Daniels, drugs, and women…the band became favorites to the biker crowd. While many cult bands are just that – cult bands whose stories have been written in stone, The Godz have yet to call it quits. Band leader Eric Moore is entering his fourth decade in the music business by releasing three albums and a first ever dvd via FnA Records. The label will release three albums by the Godz in May of 2012. The first album will be the legendary 1978 Laredo Texas show. The full show has been remastered and the sound has been enhanced and will surely be a treat for old-school Godz fans. The second release will be the first ever American release of the classic Godz album MONGOLIANS. Mongolians is a highly sought after gem that Godz fans have been clamoring for over the years. Probably the bands heaviest album, Mongolians initially sold well (if you could find it) with very little label support. This album usually commands a high dollar price tag and trying to find a copy in this day and age is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Mongolians, which will be sonically enhanced and remastered, will now be available to fans new and old for a decent price via FnA Records. The last album being released will titilate and stimulate true Godz fans. Chock full of never before released tracks, b-sides, import only tracks, live tracks, and more The Godz – From The Vault Volume 1 is sure to become a collectors piece amongst the die-hard Godz fans. All CD’s will be available at a fan friendly price, and a limited number of each CD will come autographed and numbered with an official hologram sticker. Special package deals will be available for those that want to purchase all 3 albums at once. The first ever Godz DVD will be completed sometime this summer as fan material is still being compiled.
I am closing in on two, separate offers to relaunch my SIMMONS RECORDS label. When I’ve decided which offer I’ll accept, you’ll read it here first.
For those of you in bands who have demos (demonstration tapes), please don’t send em. I’ve received literally thousands upon thousands of demos over the years. There simply isn’t enough time in the world to wade through it all.
The history of SIMMONS RECORDS dates back to Bob Buziak former head of RCA RECORDS. I signed HOUSE OF LORDS ( a name I trademarked and let Greg Giuffria use for his band), SILENT RAGE, a California rock band and GYPSY ROSE a Canadian rock band RCA wanted to release through my label.
Music was going through a revolution and Grunge and Seattle snuffed out most of the rock bands of the day. I went on record then and stand by what I said: Though the bands coming out of Seattle were certainly valid, the tone and self destructive nature of it was not. Seattle would be the death of most rock bands. And, it was. What followed was the saddest period in Rock I can remember.
Gone were rock shows. Gone were groupies. Gone was the Culture of Rock. The bands that ignored Seattle and simply went on doing what they did best: Rock!!!….survived. And got bigger. Seattle bands? Almost all are gone.
Back in the early 90’s, I was also managing LIZA MINNELLI’s recording career and got her a deal at Epic Records. Her record was produced by the Pet Shop Boys.
For the most part, I lost interest in fighting an uphill battle with my label. Then by early 2000, I met and liked the nice folks at Sanctuary and over there, I re-launched the SIMMONS RECORDS label for two releases: my solo album, ASSHOLE and a Canadian one-man-band named BAG. Eventually, Sanctuary went under and that forced us to shut our doors yet again.
This time, we have two majors who want to do this the right way.
And, we will. As soon as more news comes, you’ll see it here first.
I started compiling the following list of New releases for 2008. This may not be a complete list, but so much great new music has arrived in 2008, so far, I though it would be a good idea to keep a running tab of what has come out, and what is on the way. The releases through August have been confirmed. Releases with a question mark have not been confirmed yet. This list will be updated as more news arrives.
Updated July 9, 2008
Drive By Truckers – Brigher Than Creation’s Dark
Airbourne – Running Wild (U.S. Release)
Bullet For My Valentine – Scream Aim Fire
Gamma Ray – Land of the Free, Part 2
Ayreon – 01011001
American Speedway – Ship of Fools
Lillian Axe – Love and War (Reissue)
Lillian Axe – S/T (Reissue)
Sleeze Beez – Screwed Blued & Tattooed (Reissue)
Sleeze Beez – Powertool (Reissue)
Stonerider – Three Legs of Trouble
Thieves & Liars – When Dreams Become Reality
Tiles – Fly Paper
Saint Daemon – In Shadows Lost From the Brave
Pagan’s Mind – God’s Equation
DVD – Iron Maiden – Live After Death
DVD – Scorpions – Live at Wacken Open Air 2006
DVD – Overkill – Live at Wacken Open Air 2007
DVD – Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous
Three – End is Begun
Pillar – For the Love of the Game
Avantasia – The Scarecrow
UFO – Phenomenon (Reissue)
UFO – No Heavy Pettin (Reissue)
UFO – Force It (Reissue)
Type O Negative – Dead Again (Red Version)
Hurricane – Over the Edge (Reissue)
Hurricane – Take What You Want (Reissue)
Hurricane – Slave To the Thrill (Reissue)
Hericane Alice – Tear the House Down (Reissue)
Baton Rouge – Shake Your Soul (Reissue)
Baton Rouge – Lights Out on The Playground (Reissue)
Wrathchild America – Climbing the Walls (Reissue)
Tangier – Four Winds (Reissue)
Tangier – Stranded (Reissue)
Danko Jones – Never Too Loud
King’s Call – No Alibi
Benedictum – Seasons of Tragedy
Inflikted – Cavalera Conspiracy
Saving Abel – S/T
Steve Stevens – Memory Crash
Firewind – The Premonition
DVD – Zebra
King Kobra – Ready to Strike (Reissue)
King Kobra – Thrill of a Lifetime (Reissue)
Icon – Right Between the Eyes (Reissue)
Black Tide – Light From Above
House of Lords – Come To My Kingdom
Warrior – Fighting For The Earth (Reissue)
Shannon – Angel in Disguise
Whitecross – 1987
Black Crowes – Warpaint
Diamond Head – Borrowed Time (Reissue)
Diamond Head – Canterbury (Reissue)
Fatal Smile – World Domination
Saints of the Underground – Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner
Theory of a Deadman – Scars & Souvenirs
Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
Dominici – 03 A Trilogy Part 3
Asia – Phoenix
Testament – The Formation of Damnation
The Sword – Gods of The Earth
Dream Theater – Greatest Hit (And 21 other pretty cool songs)
P.O.D. – When Angels and Serpents Dance
Sevendust – Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow
In Flames – Sense of Purpose
Kamelot – Ghost Opera: The Second Coming
Ministry – Cover Up
DVD – Axel Rudi Pell – Live Over Europe
Keel – Lay Down the Law (Reissue)
White Lion – Return of the Pride
Circle II Circle – Delusions of Grandeur
Crimson Glory – S/T (Reissue)
Crimson Glory – Transcendence (Reissue)
Tantric – The End Begins
Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I – IV
Iron Maiden – Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 1980-1989
MSG – In the Midst of Beauty
3 Doors Down – S/T
Bombay Black – Psycho Magnet
Def Leppard – Songs From The Sparkle Lounge
Kip Winger – From the Moon To the Sun
Eden – Oblivion
King’s X – XV
M.ILL.ION – Thrill Of The Chase
Dokken – Lightning Strikes Again
10 Years – Division
Jon Oliva’s Pain – Global Warning
Flotsam and Jetsam – Cuatro (Reissue)
Gun Barrel – Outlaw invasion
Brother Firetribe – Heart Full of Fire
Circle II Circle – Delusions of Grandeur
Southern Gentleman – Valley of Fire
10 Years – Division
Glenn Hughes – First Underground Nuclear Kitchen
Souls of We – Let The Truth Be Known (Featuring George Lynch and London LeGrand)
Disturbed – Indestructible
Bret Michaels – Rock My World
Man Raze – Surreal
Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
Judas Priest – Nostradamus (2 CD Set)
JORN – Lonely Are the Brave
Flotsam & Jetsam – When The Storm Comes Down (Reissue)
Clusterhead – Times of No Trust
Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
Harem Scarem – Hope
Valient Thorr – Immortalizer
The Dogs Divine – Way of Life
Stephen Pearcy – Under My Skin
Tesla – Comin Atcha Live – DVD
Hydrogyn – Deadly Passions
Gypsy Rose – S/T (Featuring David Reece)
Harem Scarem – Hope
Ritchie Kotzen – Live in San Paolo
Silent Rage – Four Letter World
Night Ranger – Hole in the Sun
Jet Black Stare - In This Life
Jesse James Dupree and Dixie Inc – Rev It Up and Go Go
Alice Cooper – Along Came a Spider
Black Sabbath – The Rules of Hell CD Boxset
Black Stone Cherry – Folklore & Superstition
Slipknot – All Hope is Gone
Trapt – Only Through The Pain (Aug 5th)
The Showdown – Back Breaker
Dragonforce – Ultra Beatdown
Extreme – Saudades De Rock (Aug 15th)
Papa Roach – Metamorphisis
Evergrey – Torn
Bullet – Bite the Bullet
Buckcherry – Black Butterfly
Metallica – Death Magnetic
Iced Earth – The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked Part II)
Starbreaker – Love’s Dying Wish
I have been a fan of David Reece since the first time I heard him sing with Accept back in 1989. I liked his stuff in Bangalore Choir, and I recently picked up newly reissued Sircle of Silence releases. I had no doubt that I would check out the new Gypsy Rose CD, Another World, which features David Reece on vocals.
I did not hear the first CD by Gypsy Rose, so I didn’t really know what to expect aside Reece’s excellent vocals. What I found is a very solid band that has delivered a very good melodic rock CD.
Martin Kronlund’s guitar work is nicely complemented by the keyboards of Rikard Quist. Unlike a lot of AOR/Melodic Rock bands where the keyboards over power the music, Quist’s keyboard playing is mixed so that it enhances the songs. Although the music of Gypsy Rose is pretty tight, the weakness of the band lies with the song compositions. The songs on Another World are not the strongest I have ever heard. Once again, Reece gives a solid vocal performance, but I don’t think this is his best work by any means. I kept looking for a few stand out tracks, but the songs all kind of ran together for me.
The closing song Hellhammer is pretty good, but it is a reworked version of the Accept tune that was featured on the CD, Eat the Heat, on which Reece sang.
Gypsy Rose isn’t breaking any new ground musically with this Another Word, but it might please some fans of the genre. While Another World isn’t the best disc I have listened to in 2008, it is far from the worst. David Reece fans will certainly want to give this one a look.
To preview some of the songs on Another World, check out the Gypsy Rose myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Final Call
2. Nothing Really Matters
4. When I Call Your Name
5. Don’t Look Back
7. A Little Aint Enough
8. All The Way To The Sun
9. A Million Miles
11. Another World
Gypsy Rose is:
David Reece – vocals
Martin Kronlund – guitar, backing vocals
Rikard Quist – keyboards
Mats Bostedt – bass
Imre Daun – drums