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‘There wouldn’t have been a band without me’: Kiss’ Paul Stanley is now taking shots at Gene Simmons, too

‘There wouldn’t have been a band without me’: Kiss’ Paul Stanley is now taking shots at Gene Simmons, too

Paul Stanley isn’t reserving his broadsides for former Kiss bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss these days, leveling new charges that stalwart partner Gene Simmons deserted the group in the 1980s for “questionable side projects.”

Van Canto – Dawn of the Brave (2014)

Van Canto – Dawn of the Brave (2014)

As bizarre as it is, I wasn’t sure that I was going to review this latest record from a cappella metallers Van Canto. Then I got to the final song on the record, a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” and I just couldn’t resist.

‘I’m good for another 50,000 miles’: It’s taken multiple surgeries to keep Kiss’ Paul Stanley going

‘I’m good for another 50,000 miles’: It’s taken multiple surgeries to keep Kiss’ Paul Stanley going

Sticking with the Kiss lifestyle for four decades, as Paul Stanley has done, has its rewards. The group, after all, is going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring. But it all hasn’t been easy.

‘It wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle’: Michael Anthony on his favorite Van Halen moments

‘It wasn’t always the Jack Daniels bottle’: Michael Anthony on his favorite Van Halen moments

Though he was in Chickenfoot by the time his old band reunited for 2012′s A Different Kind of Truth, Michael Anthony has seen almost all of Van Halen’s dizzying highs — and the awful lows.

‘Honestly, I have no plans to do anything’: Kiss’ Paul Stanley won’t perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

‘Honestly, I have no plans to do anything’: Kiss’ Paul Stanley won’t perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

At first, it looked as if there would be a reunion of the original quartet when Kiss is belatedly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year. Then, maybe not. Now, it seems more like: Definitely not. In fact, Paul Stanley is saying he has no plans to perform at all.

‘Sounds great, man; sounds great’: New Van Halen album is moving forward

‘Sounds great, man; sounds great’: New Van Halen album is moving forward

David Lee Roth, of course, already let slip that Van Halen is at work on a new album. Now comes confirmation from Wolfgang Van Halen, by way of Mark Tremonti.

‘A positive outcome has prevailed’: Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward is recovering from shoulder surgery

‘A positive outcome has prevailed’: Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward is recovering from shoulder surgery

Maybe physical issues were part of Black Sabbath’s failure to reunite without Bill Ward. The band’s original drummer has undergone right-shoulder repair surgery, a procedure that was complicated by a perforated diverticulitis issue.

Grand Magus – Triumph and Power (2014)

Grand Magus – Triumph and Power (2014)

After several friends highly recommended Grand Magus’ latest record, I decided to give it a quick listen.

Iced Earth – Plagues of Babylon (2014)

Iced Earth – Plagues of Babylon (2014)

These days, I approach a new Iced Earth record with both high hopes and a little trepidation.

Beasto Blanco – Live Fast, Die Loud (2013)

Beasto Blanco – Live Fast, Die Loud (2013)

It doesn’t matter how many records I listen to in a year, I always seem to miss a few good ones. Live Fast, Die Loud is one of those that I didn’t get to in 2013.