Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Mar 10, 2019 The operating principle for Kiss right now is that it's better to burn out — or at least burn up all the pyro — than to fade away. In a farewell outing that guitarist-vocalist Paul Stanley calls "a victory lap" — with the most over-the-top Kiss stage production to date — the band has embarked on its End of the Road World Tour, a year-long run that kicked off in January and is currently scheduled through December in New Zealand. We've kind of been here before, of course. In 2000, the band embarked on a lengthy jaunt called the Kiss Farewell Tour, but by 2003 was performing in earnest again. Stanley and Gene Simmons went on to explain the reversal by saying it merely had been a final outing for the band's full original lineup, including Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. But unlike the tour 19 years ago, there's a genuine air of finality this time: Simmons is 69, … [Read more...] about Kiss guitarist reflects why Detroit is still special to him
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PUBLISHED: 20:00 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke Freddie Mercury, lead singer with the rock group Queen pictured at Live Aid. Photo: PA Wire This month it’s 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash aged just 22. Our arts editor takes a look back at other stars we lost before their time, from Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain to Whitney Houston. Buddy Holly (aircrash)February 3, 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that rock ‘n’ roll superstar Buddy Holly died in an air-crash alongside fellow singers Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.Bespectacled Buddy Holly had swiftly developed a love for rock ‘n’ roll after opening for Elvis Presley on tour dates in Texas during 1955. His style swiftly changed from country to rock and he became a prolific songwriter, penning such all-time classics as That’ll Be The Day, Peggy-Sue, … [Read more...] about How old were these stars when they died?
Video PUBLISHED: 19:14 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke David Bowie - one of the many great musicians we lost too soon Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire Archant This month marks 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. He is one of many brilliant musicians who have gone too soon. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday all died too young, along with George Michael, Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. You can only wonder at what music they still had to make.John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix were both making new albums at the time of their deaths and nearly all of them were haunted by demons and by the pressures of fame which pushed them towards addiction. It frightening to see so many lives cut tragically short. Here are 15 great music stars who died before their time. Buddy Holly (aircrash) – February 3 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that … [Read more...] about How old were stars like David Bowie when they died?