Billy Idol plans Las Vegas residency; KISS solo 40th anniversary box set; and Killswitch Engage recording new album.
Billy Idol will stage a 10-date Las Vegas residency in 2019 at the city’s Pearl Concert Theater in the Palms Casino Resort. Idol is joined by his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens along with his touring band for the residency, which will features songs from throughout Idol’s catalog, dating from his Generation X days to his solo singles.
“Steve Stevens, my band and I have played Vegas many times and its always been a blast,” Idol said in a statement. “We can’t stay away! Las Vegas keeps us coming back for more. Let’s make these shows at the Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort the best yet!” Read more at RollingStone.com
Forty years ago today, the four founding members of KISS — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss — released their respective solo albums all on the same day to much fanfare, chart success, and platinum sales. And now, four decades later, all four of these pioneering albums are celebrated in “The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collection”, a limited-edition 180-gram 4LP box set by Casablanca/UMe that’s earmarked for release on October 19. Preorders commence today, September 18, for the limited run of 2,500 vinyl box sets, available exclusively through KISS’s artist webstore and The Sound Of Vinyl. Each heavyweight 180-gram LP features a unique color to match its associated cover art; “Gene Simmons” appears in red vinyl, “Paul Stanley” sports purple vinyl, “Ace Frehley” contains blue vinyl, and “Peter Criss” is in green vinyl. All four albums are housed together in a deluxe black-matte slipcase that features glossy black images of the four artists’ faces surrounding a silver-foil print of the infamous KISS logo. Read more at Blabbermouth.net
Jesse Leach has revealed that he is “about halfway through” laying down vocals on 21 new KILLSWITCH ENGAGE songs. The band will then “figure out” which tracks to include on its upcoming album, which is expected to arrive in early 2019. KILLSWITCH ENGAGE’s new disc will feature a guest appearance on one song by the band’s former lead singer Howard Jones. The follow-up to 2016’s “Incarnate” will mark KILLSWITCH ENGAGE’s third full-length effort since the return of Leach, who rejoined the group in 2012. Leach appeared on KILLSWITCH’s self-titled debut and sophomore album, “Alive Or Just Breathing”, before exiting the band. Jones took over on vocals for “The End of Heartache”, “As Daylight Dies” and the 2009 self-titled set before being dismissed from the group six years ago. Read more at Blabbermouth.net