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The inspiration for Kiss‘ 1985 hit single “Tears Are Falling” came to Paul Stanley from far outside the hard-rock genre where he earned his fame. “One fond memory of that time, was Paul playing me ‘Tears Are Falling,’” guitarist Bruce Kulick tells UCR in an exclusive interview. “It’s hard for fans that love the song […]

In many ways, the lineup for Nick Mason‘s Saucerful of Secrets makes perfect sense. The band’s rhythm section, for instance, also includes longtime Pink Floyd collaborator Guy Pratt on bass. Keyboardist Dom Beken previously worked with late Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright. And guitarist Lee Harris’ father was cinematographer on the music video for Pink Floyd’s […]

Kiss‘ longtime stage manager is getting ready to share his best backstage stories for a good cause. Steve Roman – who has overseen the band’s flame-, blood- and stunt-filled concerts for more than a decade – will take part in the Six String Salute online benefit Thursday at 8PM ET on Live Nation’s “Live From […]

Nearly 10 months after his first concert with Kiss, Bruce Kulick finally had a chance to reflect on the reality of his recent job. “I remember working 21 days in a row at Electric Lady,” Kulick tells UCR about the summer 1985 sessions that yielded Asylum, his first album with the band. “I remember being there on the Fourth […]

With hit singles, platinum sales and worldwide fame, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has experienced the rock star success most artists can only dream of. Still, there were plenty of naysayers early on who predicted the band would fail. “There was that trepidation. It was instilled in us through other people, that what we did […]

Ace Frehley holds a lot of respect for Prince, even if their lone encounter was “awkward.” In the opinion of the former Kiss guitarist, the best thing about the Purple One was his distinctive style. Whenever he would hear a Prince song, Frehley tells Ultimate Prince, “you knew it was Prince right away – the way he […]

Pink Floyd‘s first attempt at recording a follow-up to “See Emily Play” in October 1967 ended with a shower of laughter. Maybe they never really got serious about “Vegetable Man,” though at one point it was apparently scheduled as a B-side. The Syd Barrett song ended up sitting unfinished and unreleased for decades. Then drummer Nick […]

After a decades-long music-writing career that included an early stint as the managing editor of Creem magazine, Robert Duncan has crafted his first novel, Loudmouth. In an exclusive excerpt from the book, Duncan recalls a real-life career low point: getting spotted and pitied by the Clash while peddling an unauthorized Kiss biography at a collector’s convention in […]