Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley Have Discussed Replacing Themselves in KISS

KISS shakaGene Simmons and Paul Stanley have discussed replacing themselves with new members in Kiss “and having Kiss continue to the end of time,” according to the cover story of the new Rolling Stone.

“Physically, I won’t be able to do this into my seventies,” the 64-year-old Simmons told the magazine. “I’m 64 now. Three more tours. Two, if I have a life change of some kind.”

(Note to Gene: My brother-in-law and I, who posed with you guys for this photo, are available to fill in.)

Simmons and Stanley are the only original members of the band formed in 1973 still with Kiss, which will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday but won’t perform at the event at Barclays Center.

Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer have replaced Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, yet continue to wear the original makeup of those two. To read more of this story, click here

Allman Brothers Band Postpone Final 4 Shows Because of Gregg’s Illness

UPDATE 3:36 p.m. 3/24/14: After this was first reported on Monday afternoon, the band released the following official statement:

New York, NY (March 24, 2014) – The Allman Brothers Band announced the postponement of the remaining four Beacon Theatre performances on March 25, March 26, March 28 and March 29 as Gregg Allman recovers from bronchitis. As a result of Mr. Allman’s illness, the Allman Brothers Band is unable to perform at the level to which they aspire.

All ticketholders should retain their tickets, which will be honored for the soon-to-be-announced rescheduled engagements. Those ticket holders desiring refunds may obtain them from the original point of purchase.


The Allman Brothers Band have postponed their final four shows at the Beacon Theatre this week because Gregg Allman has bronchitis, a source with direct knowledge told

A call to the Big House Museum, the band’s official museum, was not immediately returned.

Allman missed the group’s shows on Friday and Saturday, marking just the second and third times that the band has played without an Allman Brother.

He also missed the final night of the band’s 2012 Beacon run due to back problems, a show I attended. In 2008, the Allmans ended up canceling their Beacon run while Gregg got treatement for Hepatitis C.

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Billy Joel Opens Garden Residency to Sellout Crowd

Billy Joel opened his 13-month, 13-show residency at Madison Square Garden on Monday night before a sold-out crowd and I was in the ninth row.

At one point the 64-year-old Joel looked up at the big screen and said, “‘I didn’t think I was going to end up looking like that. I thought I was going to look like Cary Grant.”

Joel holds the record for the most number of Garden sellouts in a single year (12 in 2006) — and has a banner in the Garden rafters for that accomplishment. His 46 sellouts dating back to 1978 is also a Garden record. To read more of this story, click here

Springsteen & Fallon: ‘Gov. Chris Christie Traffic Jam'; Drake Plays A-Rod, Weed Advocate on ‘SNL’

Must-see TV from Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen on ‘Bridgegate.’

“And the press conference went on and on….

“It was longer than one of my own damn shows.”


If you missed ‘SNL’ last night, Drake played A-Rod, saying he was suing steroids “for being inside of me.” He also said he was suing Jackie Robinson, his phone and the dictionary. To read more of this story, click here

SNL: ‘What does my girl say?’

This SNL parody of ‘What does the fox say?’ is pretty awesome.

Springsteen Fan Offers Right Testicle to Hear ‘Drift Away’


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are currently in the middle of a European Tour that brought them to AWD Arena in Hannover, Germany last night for The Boss’s first-ever show in that city. As he’s done at most shows this tour, Springsteen entered the crowd to collect song requests written on signs held by fans. Thanks to the signs, The Boss and his longtime band have been busting out deep cut originals and covers at an impressive rate on The Wrecking Ball Tour.

At yesterday’s show, Bruce came back to the stage with a sign containing quite an unusual request/offer. Springsteen showed off a sign that said, “I’d give my right testicle to hear Drift Away.” Springsteen responded that he would play the Dobie Gray cover as long as he didn’t have to see the man’s left OR right testicle. He then warned that the band had only played the song a few times (four performances in total since 1984), and didn’t really know Drift Away but that he did want the man to go home with both testicles, so he’d give it a shot.

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Tom Petty Goes Deep at the Beacon

Tom Petty is playing a string of shows this week at New York’s Beacon Theater in which he’s digging deep not only into his own archives, but into other artists’ as well.

Above he does The Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” and below he gives his interpretation of Little Feat’s “Willin.'”