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Yes, It Exists: Official Kiss Writing Instruments

Kiss Pen Collection
This Image Source. Story and All Other Photos By Gail

Here’s a fun item that I spotted at the recent National Stationery Show / New York Now Gift Show: Officially Licensed Kiss Rollerball Pens! Kiss‘ bassist and mouthpiece Gene Simmons may be an arrogant blowhard, but he also really knows audience. The Kiss Army of fans are nothing if not a fiercely loyal legion who will purchase virtually anything that has the Kiss name it. And now at last the time of the Official Kiss Pen has come!

Rock Poster

This design is called the Rock Poster!

1978 Model

This one is called 1978!

Kiss Pen Holder

Each pen comes with its own colorful case, to keep it safe and in pristine condition between uses! Please take note that the Spaceman character is fully represented by both guitarists Ace Frehley and Tommy Thayer!

And since these pens and accessories are all officially licensed, you can enjoy them with no fear of litigation!
Find a retailer in your area at This Link!

Kiss Pens Display
Kiss Writing Instrument Designs Are (Left to Right): Rock Poster, Heavy Metal and 1978

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Fathom Events Presents: Kiss Rocks Vegas, One Night Only, May 25th!

Kiss Rocks Vegas

Hey what’s up. Do you happen to be a fan of the legendary rock band Kiss? It’s OK to admit it. Even though Gene Simmons is the Donald Trump of Rock, there are no judgments here. But if that is the case, then you may want to know that for one night only, Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 PM, Fathom Events will bring KISS to the big screen for an explosive event in KISS Rocks Vegas, a live concert film that no fan will want to miss.

KISS Rocks Vegas, was filmed in November 2014, when KISS invaded The Joint, the infamous music venue at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, for a historic nine-show run. Woo! Now, for only one night, fans will be able to experience this spectacular show on the big screen as KISS Rocks Vegas hits select cinemas nationwide!

I attended a press screening for the film and I can’t deny that it is not only very entertaining, but also quite impressive! KISS have been rocking it since I was in grade school and, four decades and nearly innumerable rotating guitarists later, they don’t appear to be any worse for wear. Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer have been onboard for twenty or so years at this point, and they know how all the parts fit together. You can see why Gene and Paul trust them not to fuck anything up.

In addition to the live show, which flaunts a good mix of must-hear hits and catalog favortites, plus stuff blowing up real good, there is short section at the front of the film, the making of KISS Rocks Vegas, featuring individual interviews with the band members and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage! it’s very interesting to hear how the logistic of placing an arena-sized show into a  smller venue all came together.

So join the KISS Army, and sing along to some of your favorite songs as we “Rock & Roll All Nite!”

Purchase Tickets for a showing near you by visiting This Link and clicking on the orange Buy Tickets button. If online ticketing is not available for your location, you can purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at your local participating movie theater. Run Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Watch The Trailer Below!

Ron English Hulk Baby Mural at Bowery and Houston

Hulk Baby Mural Full
All Photos By Gail

Legendary street artist and social satirist Ron English’s Hulk Baby Mural has been on display at the corner of Houston and Bowery since late April, but you know sometimes we arrive a little late to the party, because so much else is going on. Because, NYC!

The selfie-friendly mural shows English’s Hulk Baby character (AKA Temper Tot) set against a patchwork American flag, featuring reproductions of the many scathing corporate/brand parodies, memes and unique characters he has introduced over the past two decades as “guerilla” billboards, paintings and collectible art toys. Here are a few of our favorites.

Missing
The Missing Link

But it wasn’t Big Foot, it was Gay Foot.

You Are Not Here
You Are Not Here

Kiss Kids
Kiss Kidz on Coke

The child model in many of Ron’s paintings is actually his son, Mars English who is perhaps a teenager by now, and an artist in his own right.

King of Beers
King of Jews, King of Beers

You Are Not a Clone
You Are Not a Clone

Grinning Skull

The Grinning Skull is one of English’s most famous images.

Morrison Cigarettes
Light My Fire

I could be wrong, but I think Ron might like to smoke pot.

Evolution Not For Everybody

Clearly not.

Beatles on iTunes

This is one of my favorites.

You could spend hours discovering new images on the Hulk Baby billboard and it’s certainly worth paying a leisurely visit.

Hulk Baby Close Up

Top Ten Memorable Moments of the 2014 R & R Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

R&R HOF P Gabriel Induction
Chris Martin Inducts Peter Gabriel. (Crappy Photos By Gail’s iPad!)

The Class of 2014 entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night and it was an evening full of magical moments, even for jaded, old-school, Rock Curmudgeon like me. The show went on for over 5 hours – and 90 minutes of that was just the E Street Band members giving their individual ‘Thank You’ speeches! A televised version of the ceremony will air on HBO on May 31st and I’m guessing that, to get it edited down to two hours, they’ll cut out all of the juiciest parts (Courtney Love being booed in front of her dead husband’s family, that was painful to experience). But I got see it all from a comfy seat in the Barclay’s Center. Here are a few moments that stand out.

Listed in the order they occurred:

That Peter Gabriel introductory montage was something else. He’s always been a musical genius (Six Words: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway), but the reminder of how much he’s done in his career was almost jarring. Because, wow. Peter Gabriel is awesome.

Chris Martin’s Induction speech for Gabriel was absolutely hilarious and man, does Martin look happy to be getting divorced.

After talking non-stop shit about each other in press for the past few months (it seems) all four original members of Kiss managed to not be total dicks to each other while accepting their awards (they were the only band to not have any kind of associated performance). I know that Gene thinks that Peter and Ace have no business being inducted along with him and Paul, but if he doesn’t understand that without those two that band would be residing in Nowheresville, he needs to pull his huge, ego-swollen head out of his ass.

I am pretty sure I had seen printed reports that Yusef Islam (FKA Cat Stevens) would not be appearing at the event, so no one was more blown away than me when he not only showed up, looking and sounding great, but also performed three of his classic songs including – wait for it – “Wild World” and “Peace Train”! Holy Effing Ess, “Peace Train.” I can’t even think about that song without losing my shit, so imagine what it was like to hear CAT FUCKING STEVENS perform it flawlessly, live in front of thousands of people. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment that you’ll never see again. I still can’t believe it happened, and I was there!

This out of chronological order, but it was so great to see Art Garfunkel induct Stevens. I love that guy.

Linda Ronstadt is an artist whose music I grew up loving back when AM Radio was a thing you listened to. Ronstadt is now retired and no longer travels due to symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, but many talented ladies of rock were there to pay her tribute including Bonnie Raitt, Emmy Lou Harris, Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow. Carrie Underwood also performed a stunning version of “Different Drum” (written by Mike Nesmith of The Monkees. Way.) that knocked my socks off. She may have the stage presence of a shoe, but her voice has gotten completely insane since she won American Idol.

I was charmed by Bruce Springsteen’s Induction speech for his longtime musical companions, The E Street Band. They seem like a great family of musicians. Also, Max Weinberg is hot. Also, thank you E Street Band acceptance speeches for providing an excellent opportunity for me to make a much-needed trip to the Ladies Room.

My fondness for the music of Hall and Oates is pretty much restricted to “War Baby Son of Zorro” and, if forced to cite a more recent title, “Method of Modern Love,” on which I enjoy the part where Daryl Hall spells the song’s title. The thing is, despite the fact that songs like “Maneater” and “Sara Smile” serve as very, very effective emetic, their band is one of the tightest live bands I’ve ever seen, and Daryl Hall still ranks among the best voices in rock. I really enjoyed their performance.

I can’t even remember who said in their speech that the “Greatest pop song ever written was Beethoven’s 9th,” but that person was 100% correct.

Joan Jett Performs with Nirvana
Joan Jett Performs with Nirvana

Nirvana’s Induction started at 11:45 PM, but it was so worth waiting for, not only to see Joan Jett front the band for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the surprise performance of “All Apologies” as sung by teen singing sensation, Lorde, but also to hear David Grohl drop the F-Bomb at least four times. He is my new Hero.

Erwin Wurm’s Synthesa at Lehmann Maupin

Erwin Wurm Gallery View
Synthesa Gallery View, All Photos By Gail

Mere seconds after entering Lehmann Maupin gallery for Erwin Wurm’s latest sculpture exhibit, Synthesa, we were already smiling from ear to ear. We first became acquainted with Wurm’s delightful sense of humor when his sculpture Big Kastenmann had its residency at the Standard Hotel in October of 2012, so it was lots of fun to experience an entire gallery full of works that express the Austrian artist’s unique world view.

Erwin Wurm Synthesa Sculpture
White Bucket (Synthesa), 2013

Synthesa is comprised of three new sculptural bodies of work. Those within the title series of the exhibition, Synthesa, continue Wurm’s investigations of volume and abstraction of the human form. For these works, the artist works with the classical figure in the manner of a traditional sculptor yet drastically deconstructs and contorts each shape, inserting unexpected readymade objects to further the abstraction.

For Wurm, these works explore psychological conditions, manifested in the physiology of the human form. Here, Synthesa represents the synthesis of opposing forces, both physical and emotional, traditional and unexpected.

Kiss By Erwin Wurm
Kiss (Abstract Sculptures), 2013

Similarly, Wurm’s series of Abstract Sculptures challenge our accepted impressions of the world around us. For this series, the artist contorts sausage-like forms into bronze sculptures that evoke anthropomorphic physical qualities and movement. Pulling the reference from his daily life and childhood, Wurm re-envisions the classic frankfurter in unexpected contexts to challenge our perceptions of the objects in reality. True to Wurm’s practice, these works are both familiar yet strange and evoke pause and contemplation from the viewer.

Black Weenie By Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm Skull Banana
One Minute Forever (Skull / Banana), 2013

The third series of sculptures is called One Minute Forever, inspired by his popular his One Minute Sculptures public performance art piece. Wurm evolves those works from instructive and performance-based ephemeral sculptures into One Minute Forever’s physically enduring series, in which Wurm re-imagines the original One Minute Sculptures using skeletal forms to convey the eternity of each pose.

Erwin Wurm Skeleton
One Minute Forever (Joghurt Cup), 2013

Through these works Wurm embraces the persistent yet fleeting nature of time and examines this force as a unifying factor of human existence.

Erwin Wurm Skeleton Legs Buckets

One Minute Forever (Bucket), 2013

Synthesa by Erwin Wurm will be on Exhibit Through April 19th, 2014 at Lehmann Maupin, Located at 540 West 26th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District. Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Mondays by appointment.

Video Clip of the Week: Milk Music, “No, Nothing, My Shelter”


Ten Things I thought about while watching the Video for Milk Music’s video for “No, Nothing, My Shelter”:

    1. My Favorite Pair of Black Ankle Boots
    2. Burning Man
    3. The Joshua Tree (Album)
    4. Joshua Trees
    5. Those Hilariously Awful Student Films We Made Back in College
    6. College in General
    7. The Stage Make Up of Various Members of Kiss
    8. The Desert
    9. All Desert Scenes From Breaking Bad
    10. Drugs

Like The Beatles before them, Milk Music has decided to stop doing live performances. Here is their statement to that effect:

“We, Milk Music, have decided to not plan anymore live performances for the foreseeable future. This is an artistic decision and should not reflect on our existence as a musical group. We’re currently exploring the wonders of video, as well as recording our next record, Mystic 100’s, a possible double album of intense beauty. A series of videos shall follow it’s release”

So, it’s not like you have nothing to look forward to. Enjoy!