We are following up our recent feature book review of Peter Criss, drummer of KISS’ book MAKEUP to BREAKUP, with an exclusive interview and book review from his first wife, Lydia Criss. She gives a first-hand, behind-the-scenes account of what it was really like to be the first fan of the KISS Army.SEALED WITH A KISS: AN INTERVIEW AND BOOK REVIEW by Bob WilsonLydia Criss spoke with me on January 4th, 2013 about the second printing of her KISS related tome, and some of her other musings and memories, as well. Much the same as as the band, Lydia was never boring, and came across as naturally sweet and gracious. Her book offers over 1,500 insider photos of the band, sundry memorabilia the KISS ARMY will drool over, and her autobiography covering the pre, during, and post Kiss years.Lydia was in the “KISS fold” from before their inception, being the wife of their original drummer Peter Criss. When the band was forming their appearance in costumes and makeup, she helped to work as a seamstress on the now classic outfits.Lydia asked if I knew that her “maden name was DiLeonardo”, before she recounted how she then earned the nickname “Annie Oakley” while working as a bookkeeper for Abercrombie & Fitch in Manhattan, as her duties included cleaning and pricing guns in the sporting goods department. Through these efforts, Peter Criss was able to concentrate his focus on the band, as they ascended to the heights of fame. The two had met in Brooklyn while he was playing at a local club, as she had “gone to the club with a girlfriend.” Chemistry sparked between her and Criss and they would go on to marry. Her close-knit Italian family eventually warmed to accept the long haired drummer, though, at first, she said her brothers were “skeptical” of him.Photographs cover moments both public and private through an insider’s camera lens. KISS ARMY members will be left drooling over saved backstage passes, and all variety of memorabilia documented here for posterity. Lydia also recounts her life in three phases, that begin with her early life in Brooklyn, and leave us updated to her current relationship with rock drummer Richie Fontana.Gene and Paul are portrayed by Lydia as solid businessmen, and keeping the band “alive” throughout it’s many incarnations over decades. The two also are said to have “their own spin on KISS lore”, but none can deny their common sense and determination in treating KISS as a business. Although Ace is described as having the biggest heart of the original four members, in a sense he and Peter were lucky to be brought along for the ride in that aspect.KISS has sold over 100 million records worldwide, 28 of which have gone “gold”. Simply put, love or hate Kiss, these are numbers that rank them with Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and almost anyone else we can name from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee list. Add in Kiss Halloween costumes, dolls, makeup sets, a tv movie (KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM, 1978), a KISS coffin, skateboards, tee-shirts, programs, and concert tickets, and you have quite a gold nugget in your miner’s pan. The group might be viewed more as a “Barnum & Bailey Psycho Circus” than ever being confused with Motzart, but it is hard to argue with their success.Lydia’s book is an accumulation of items that she saved, to be remembrances when she looked back on these wild days later in life. KISS fans will feel fortunate that she decided to share these memories in this voluminous coffee-table book edition.The book can be ordered at lydiacriss.com, or from amazon.com.
moe. has announced some fall tour dates, and have several different openers confirmed over the course of the run, including Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico’s project Floodwood, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, as well as Marco Benevento. Here is an official statement from their website:We are pleased to announce that Floodwood will open for moe. in Buffalo on Friday, 9/27 at the Town Ballroom, and that Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will open both the Stroudsburg and the Philadelphia shows for us. In addition, Marco Benevento will be our special guest musician at both Higher Ground shows in Burlington VT: Marco will be playing with moe. and not as an opener for these shows. General on-sale for most of the Fall shows begin 7/26 – see you there!For a complete listing of current dates, as well as the recently added fall shows, click here.
Ras XiX is a brilliant and passionate artist from Los Angeles and Singapore who has just recently relocated to Austin, Texas to gain more listeners and fans of his progressive rock and acoustic music. Ras XiX will be releasing his self-titled feull length album come early May, with plans to hit the ears of many different music genres listeners, ranging from those who enjoy rock, acoustic, world and even electronic music.Ras XiX’s music is different and eclectic – rock music with a mix of worldly sounds and electronic beats. It is certainly something that is unique and out of this world, and definitely worth a listen. Ras XiX has travelled around the world in search to put more diversity into his music, which he has done extremely well.After listening to some of the work Ras XiX has produced, some recommended songs for listeners are “New Religion”, “Nora 5” and “Weightless You”, which can all be heard on Ras XiX’s Soundcloud below!On May 1st, Ras XiX’s self-titled album release will be available for all to hear. For those who are fans of the soothing sounds of Jeff Buckley and Jack Johnson, look no further, for Ras XiX has something similar to deliver to your ears. Even those who are fans of Taking Back Sunday, Incubus and Red Hot Chili Peppers are sure to take a liking to his musical work.For more information, news and upcoming tour date announcements from Ras XiX, be sure to visit www.rasxix.com – the artist plans on promoting his debut album release with some upcoming performances, so stay tuned for more to come from this wordly talented musician and songwriter.– Amanda Cowan
Once again, South Park took on the music industry. In their latest episode, #REHASH, Randy Marsh reprises his role as Lorde for a “West African Gluten Crisis” Concert, alongside Nicky Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus, and a Michael Jackson hologram. When Marsh threatens to reveal himself as Lorde, he ultimately gets replaced by a Lorde hologram.The full episode is available for streaming, below:[Via Jambase]
In conjunction with the upcoming Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead reunion concerts in Chicago over July 4th weekend, promoters Silver Wrapper and Madison House Presents have announced “The Music Never Stopped.” The pre-party and after-party series will take place between July 2nd and 5th, showcasing a number of talented musicians in the Chicago area.Scheduled performers include Thievery Corporation, Gene Ween with Mariachi El Bronx, Greensky Bluegrass, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass and the Infamous Stringdusters, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Railroad Earth, and a Fiyawrapper All-Star Jam, led by Jennifer Hartswick featuring Oteil Burbridge, Eric Krasno, David Shaw, Natalie Cressman, Jeremy Salken, Sput Searight and Borham Lee. Check out the full schedule, with venue listings, below. Get tickets here.7/2 – Thievery Corporation with special guests – Aragon Ballroom7/2 – Gene Ween with Mariachi El Bronx – Concord Music Hall7/2 – Rex Foundation Benefit: Greensky Bluegrass, Grateful Grass & Infamous Stringdusters – Chicago Theatre7/3 – Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – Concord Music Hall7/3 – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Thalia Hall7/4 – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Thalia Hall7/4 – Railroad Earth – Concord Music Hall7/5 – Fiyawrapper All-Star Jam – Concord Music HallOf course, you could always come down to Reggie’s for Pink Talking Fish are Dead… tickets for the Sunday July 5th pre-party are still available!Win Two Tickets To The Music Never Stopped Show Of Your Choosing:
Grace Potter, frontwoman extraordinaire, has announced the release of her first-ever solo album. Titled Midnight, the album will be released during the summer, but Potter has shared audio for a leading single, “Alive Tonight.” This will be Potter’s first studio work since Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ released The Lion The Beast The Beat in 2012.Speaking about the album, Potter said, “Everything about this record has been a wild, wonderful odyssey… I explore new sounds with each album I write and this time around I learned to be patient and really allow each song boil down to it’s most universal form. Eric Valentine’s studio has a creative atmosphere that allows an artist to chase down every crazy idea while producing some of the most exciting, high quality sounds I’ve ever heard. It’s been a life-changing experience and I can’t wait to take my live show even deeper and dive into old and new songs!”Listen to “Alive Tonight” below:
Governor’s Ball Music Festival returns to NYC’s Randall’s Island June 5-7, featuring headliners such as My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine, Ryan Adams, Bjork, The Black Keys, and Lana Del Rey plus a ton of other performers.This year’s Gov Ball After Dark series is on another level, tapping massive artists like Big Gigantic, Chromeo, Deadmau5, Flying Lotus, Odesza and more to play in intimate clubs and venues throughout NYC and Brooklyn. Check out the official late-night schedule below.Thursday, June 4:Chromeo :: Apollo TheaterBenjamin Booker :: Irving PlazaOdesza :: Rough TradeGorgon City (DJ Set) :: OutputFriday, June 5:Little Dragon :: Brooklyn BowlAtmosphere / Bishop Nehru :: Irving PlazaMarina & The Diamonds :: Webster HallPeople Under the Stairs :: Music Hall of WilliamsburgChromeo (DJ Set) :: OutputWhite Lung :: Knitting FactorySBTRKT (DJ Set) :: VerbotenSaturday, June 6:J Roddy Walston & the Business :: Brooklyn BowlChronixx and the Zincfence Redemption :: Irving PlazaClean Bandit :: Webster HallConor Oberst :: Music Hall of WilliamsburgHot Chip (DJ Set) :: OutputDeadmau5 :: VerbotenDMA’s :: Knitting FactorySunday, June 7:Big Gigantic and Friends :: Brooklyn BowlFlying Lotus (DJ Set) :: Le Poisson RougeGet more info and tickets here.
Dave Matthews Band has revealed plans for an extended winter tour! The beloved jam group has some major plans for summer 2016, with a four-month-long tour that kicks off May 11th and ends with a three-night run at The Gorge in George, WA over Labor Day weekend.While this tour is certainly extensive, the band has some unfortunate news to share with fans as well. In the announcement, DMB reveals that they “will take a break from touring in 2017.” The full message from DMB can be read below, which includes pre-sale and full on sale information. The full schedule of 2016 dates follows:We are excited to hit the road this summer and celebrate our 25th anniversary. The 2016 North American tour will launch on May 11th in Wichita, KS and conclude at The Gorge Amphitheatre for the traditional Labor Day weekend run on September 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Visit http://davematthewsband.com/tour for the full list of summer tour dates.We will take a break from touring in 2017. We are so appreciative of our amazing fans and want to thank you all for your continued support. See you this summer!The Warehouse presale will begin on Tuesday, January 26th at 10 am ET and will offer general tickets, exclusive Premium Packages, Premier Parking and Camping. The Warehouse offers early entry privileges (subject to venue restrictions) in addition to opportunities for General Admission Pit upgrades and meet & greets. Click here to join The Warehouse.Tickets for the Dave Matthews Band via Public Sale opens Friday, February 19th at noon Local Venue Time.Dave Matthews Band Tour ScheduleMay 11 INTRUST Bank Arena – Wichita, Kansas, USMay 13 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, Texas, USMay 14 Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, Texas, USMay 17 Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USMay 18 Verizon Arena – North Little Rock, Arkansas, USMay 20 Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, Ohio, USMay 21 Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USMay 24 Oak Mountain Amphitheatre – Pelham, Alabama, USMay 27 PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte – Charlotte, North Carolina, USMay 28 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, Georgia, USMay 29 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Maryland Heights, Missouri, USJun 07 PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, New Jersey, USJun 08 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, Maine, USJun 10 Xfinity Center – Mansfield, Massachusetts, USJun 11 Xfinity Theatre – Hartford, Connecticut, USJun 17 Veterans United Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, Virginia, USJun 18 Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, Virginia, USJun 21 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, New York, USJun 22 Lakeview Amphitheatre – Syracuse, New York, USJun 24 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, New Jersey, USJun 25 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, New Jersey, USJun 28 iWireless Center – Moline, Illinois, USJun 29 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, Kansas, USJul 01 Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, Wisconsin, USJul 02 Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, Wisconsin, USJul 08 Nationwide Arena – Columbus, Ohio, USJul 09 First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, USJul 12 Bank of NH Pavilion – Gilford, New Hampshire, USJul 13 Bank of NH Pavilion – Gilford, New Hampshire, USJul 15 Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, New York, USJul 16 Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, New York, USJul 19 Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, Ontario, CAJul 20 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, Michigan, USJul 22 Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, Indiana, USJul 23 Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, Indiana, USJul 26 North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, South Carolina, USJul 27 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, Florida, USJul 29 Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds – West Palm Beach, Florida, USJul 30 Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds – West Palm Beach, Florida, USAug 26 Sleep Train Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, California, USAug 27 Irvine Meadows Amphitheater – Irvine, California, USAug 29 University of California, Berkeley – Greek Theatre Berkeley, California, US Aug 30 University of California, Berkeley – Greek Theatre Berkeley, California, USSep 02 Gorge Amphitheatre – George, Washington, USSep 03 Gorge Amphitheatre – George, Washington, USSep 04 Gorge Amphitheatre – George, Washington, US
Attention, iPod users: Your music might be breaking Grandpa’s heart – and not just because he doesn’t care for the lyrics. “We set the headphones on their shoulders so we didn’t blow out their eardrums,” he said, and then turned up the Frank Sinatra tunes. The results of the study, conducted by Michigan high school student Jay Thayer and Dr. Krit Jongnarangsin, a University of Michigan cardiologist, were presented Thursday at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting in Denver. The society is a professional group focusing on irregular heart rhythm. In most cases, the iPod interference caused pacemakers to misread the heart’s pacing. In one, the pacemaker stopped altogether. Jongnarangsin said he treats many elderly patients with pacemakers but that none have ever inquired about the compatibility of the music devices. Thayer said he and his father searched for an answer but couldn’t find any research on the topic. Thayer said the University of Michigan engineering department is looking into the electromagnetic effects of the iPod. Thayer, 17, said the average age of volunteers in his study was 77. In the study, Thayer and Jongnarangsin placed iPods 2 inches from the chests of 83 volunteers with pacemakers and then turned on the music. “That seems to be the root,” he said. A study of 83 volunteers with pacemakers found the music devices interfered with the pacemakers nearly 30 percent of the time. Apple reports that it has sold 100 million iPods since launching them in 2000. It’s not clear how many iPod users have pacemakers. The iPod – like microwave ovens, cellphones and other electronic devices – appears to cause a problem by creating an electromagnetic field that interferes with the electric function of the pacemakers, Thayer said. Most participants didn’t use iPods, but “a lot of them had grandkids that use iPods,” he said. The question the two researchers will now address is just how close is too close when it comes to iPods and pacemakers. Thayer, who said he hopes to become a physician, like his mother and father, got interested in the iPod/pacemaker issue when one of his father’s pacemaker-using patients raised the question. Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple declined to comment. First, Thayer has to graduate from high school.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is offering a special discounted ticket price for its Nov. 23 premiere of “No Child … ” — the Obie Award-winning one-woman show by Nilaja Sun. Tickets for the “Family Friday” performance are $25 for each member of a family with a young adult under 21 years of age. (“No Child …” contains strong language and is suitable for children 15 and up.)Created and performed by Sun, “No Child …” is based on her experiences as a teaching artist at some of New York City’s toughest schools. The performance chronicles her trials and triumphs teaching drama to a class of academically and emotionally challenged students in the Bronx. Sun takes on the roles of more than a dozen characters in the play, including herself, students, parents, teachers, and an all-knowing janitor. “No Child …” is directed by Hal Brooks and will run through Dec. 23 at the A.R.T.’s Loeb Stage.The play received the 2007 Obie Award for Distinguished Performances, the 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Production, and the 2007 Outer Critics Circle Winner for Best New American Play and Outstanding Solo Performance, among other accolades.After “Family Friday,” single ticket prices will range from $39 to $79 ($25 for students). Senior and group discounts are also available.