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Monday December 29

Paul Stanley Recalls 'Cancer' Of KISS Reunion

(Classic Rock) KISS frontman Paul Stanley says the band's reunion with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss for 1998's Psycho Circus was such a nightmare that it almost put him off the idea of making another album. The project followed the successful 1996/97 reunion tour that delivered the first shows with the guitarist and drummer since 1979's Dynasty trek. The 13-month run saw the original Kiss lineup perform 192 dates in 25 countries on its way to grossing US$143.7 million and their most successful tour to date. Stanley has referenced the poor attitudes and work ethic of his former bandmates over the years while co-founder Gene Simmons says there's no chance of any future reunions with the pair despite their induction into the 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. But Stanley reveals things were not well within the Kiss camp as they began work on their first album together since Dynasty (Criss did not perform but is credited on 1980's Unmasked). The frontman tells Chris Jericho's "Talk Is Jericho" podcast: "Everything was wrong. Psycho Circus was kind of like the result of a cancer that was building. We had gotten back together - we brought those guys back - and they were just completely apologetic and remorseful and thankful to be back." "And we never said they were gonna be equal partners. Why would they be equal partners? The band had existed without them. So, that being said, nobody should start a collection, although they might need it now." Stanley declares: "Those guys won the lottery twice. And when they came back, they were pretty broke. And we could take 'pretty' out of that. And yet it wasn't too long after things started to happen again that they started doing the same stuff. And it just became ugly and no fun." Stanley reveals some of the behind the scenes antics that he and Simmons were faced with from Criss and Frehley.

Read more: Monday December 29

Friday December 26th

Queen To Stream New Year's Eve Concert Online

The BBC has announced plans to stream Queen and Adam Lambert's New Year's Eve "Rock Big Ben Live" concert event online for fans around the globe via BBC Music.

The event at Central Hall Westminster in London - close to the iconic landmark of Big Ben - will see just 2000 fans on hand to watch the legendary band ring in 2015.

"Queen + Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben Live" will take place in the build up to the clock striking midnight to see in 2015 and continue after the spectacular, world famous fireworks display along the river Thames, which will also be shown live on BBC One.

Read more: Friday December 26th

Wednesday December 24th

Queen's May and Taylor Not Happy With New Album

Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor reveal in a new interview that they are not happy with the recently released 'Queen Forever' album, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

The new double-disc compilation featured a few previously unreleased Freddie Mercury tracks, including a duet with Michael Jackson, as well as an assortment of Queen classics.

Taylor tells Classic Rock Magazine, "Apart from that it is a rather odd mixture of our slower stuff, I didn't want the double-album version they've put out.

"It's an awful lot for people to take in, and it's bloody miserable. I wouldn't call it an album either. It's a compilation with three new tracks. It's more of a record company confection. It's not a full-blooded Queen album."

May adds, "I can understand Roger's reticence. He's not really a ballad writer, so this album's not really representative of Roger Taylor. It actually wasn't our idea. If it had been down to me it would have been an EP of these new songs, but we'd already promised the record company some kind of compilation."

Read more: Wednesday December 24th

Tuesday December 23rd

Joe Cocker Dead At 70

Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70 after a battle against lung cancer. The vocalist is best known for his 1969 version of the Beatles' track With A Little Help From My Friends, featuring Jimmy Page on guitar, from his debut album of the same name.

He notched up another 21 records, the last of which was 2012's Fire It Up. In 1999 he was named as one of the top 100 singers of all time by Mojo, then in 2008 was given a similar accolade by Rolling Stone.

Cocker won a Grammy for Up Where We Belong, a duet with Jennifer Warnes used in the 1982 movie An Office And A Gentleman. He was given an OBE in 2007.

Read more: Tuesday December 23rd

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