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  1. Was wondering that myself, Kirk. There's a whole lot of options to help him sound great, but I guess Paul's from a different generation. Plus he actually *had* talent, which might make him less interested in augmenting his performance artificially. Just read an article that once again suggests that nearly ALL of Paul Stanley's vocals for KISS live shows are pre-recorded. He just shouts the obligatory, "How ya doin', Cleveland?" Once the songs starts he's just mouthing the words. Here's a video from a recent show where the drummer plays an extra couple of beats, which puts Paul's vocal track off sync. If happens around the :15 second mark. You can hear Paul Stanley's vocals and he's not singing at the microphone. Haha.
  2. It will certainly be cool to see him duet with John on "I've Got A Feeling." But it's just not enough for me to spring for (high-priced) tickets.
  3. I don't know if that's true and never heard that before. I'll try and find out.
  4. Saw him plenty of times when he was great, including once in second row center. I was so close, the “Live and Let Die” flame throwers singed my eyebrows.
  5. 90% of the song is bass, snare and high-hat.
  6. How else would you do it? There are nine pages of posts and comments.
  7. I'm sure you and your kids will have a blast, LC. I mean, it's Paul, right? But with that said, the show does have several integrated "grab a cold one"/bathroom breaks: Come on to Me My Valentine Dance Tonight Fuh You
  8. Eyyy! Bring pasta to the powwow.
  9. This one is terrific! Support Jesse. Drop a buck on his new single: https://bigstirrecords.bandcamp.com/album/come-back jesse bryson- guitar/lead vocal frankie vinci- keys/vocals lex marchesi- guitar/vocals gary frenay- bass tommy allen- drums/bg vocals henry stadler- bg vocals New single out Friday! Big Stir Records is proud to announce the June 10 release of a new single from JESSE BRYSON: a cover of the 1978 power pop classic “Come Back” by FOTOMAKER. The single is up for pre-order today at www.bigstirrecords.bandcamp.com and will be streaming everywhere on the street date. The new track is a family affair in more ways than one: “Come Back” was written by Jesse's father WALLY BRYSON, and the backing band on the track represents the close-knit family of guitar pop royalty that's currently orbiting THE FLASHCUBES in their series of collaborative covers with fellow titans and Power Pop Hall Of Fame inductees. 'Cubes drummer Tommy Allen and bassist Gary Frenay anchor the band, which also includes FOTOMAKER alumni FRANKIE VINCI (keys, vocals) and LEX MARCHESI (guitar, vocals). It's a loving tribute to the legendary Wally, and an essential companion piece to the ongoing Flashcubes singles series. JESSE BRYSON's own musical credentials stand apart from family connections: he's the lead singer and guitarist for THE ROBIN ELECTRIC, and brilliantly performs the same duties on “Come Back”. He's even appeared on Big Stir singles from NYC's STILLSOULS, and a little further back was part of THE BRYSON GROUP alongside his dad... which brings us to Wally himself and FOTOMAKER. In the heyday of New Wave-adjacent power pop resurgence, FOTOMAKER delivered delivered the amazing 1978 one-two punch of their self-titled debut album and its followup Vis-à-Vis, which featured the original version of “Come Back”. Wally Bryson had by then already cemented his stature as power pop royalty at least twice over in THE CHOIR and of course THE RASPBERRIES, and although FOTOMAKER's career was all too brief and the albums underappreciated at the time, they're regarded as shining examples of the genre – and a testament to Wally's mastery of the forum – by fans and critics today. Flash forward with fellow pop veterans THE FLASHCUBES to the present day, and this inspired pairing of JESSE and one of his father's best tunes. 'Cubes drummer/producer TOMMY ALLEN explains how it all came about: “When The Flashcubes began our covers project, band members and inner circle comrades were submitting songs for consideration. 'Come back' by Fotomaker showed up on a list, and it was always one of my favorite Wally Bryson tunes. It didn't seem quite right for The Flashcubes but we really wanted to shine a light on the song! I've known the Bryson family for a long time and I'd worked with Jesse, so I reached out to see if he'd be interested in recording one of his dad's songs. He immediately said yes, and we began putting the track together.” “I asked Fotomaker's Frankie Vinci if he'd wanna play and sing on our remake... he said yes and put me in touch with Lex Marchesi of the band who also agreed to sing and play on it! Having Jesse sing his father's tune with two of the guys who were on the original record was just fantastic, and I'm very pleased with the results!” We at Big Stir Records are too, and we're sure you will agree, whether “Come Back” is new to you or a longtime favorite: Jesse's version is a terrific performance of a lost gem, a great tribute to Wally, and deserves to reach the ears of power pop fans of every generation all over the world.
  10. Crazy that he was 70, while the rest of the band was much younger.
  11. Haha. Awesome. Loved the Hudson Brothers.
  12. I have fond memories of family trips with my mom, dad and brother to various Howard Johnsons as a kid. Hard to beat 28 flavors of ice cream in the 1960s.
  13. This guy is pretty much a musical genius. Check out his other videos. He's John. He's Paul. He's everybody. One helluva GREAT talent! https://www.youtube.com/user/posturex1
  14. Look him up on YouTube, he is a monster on the guitar. Some people say there has never been another player so precise and fast on the fretboard.
  15. Co-founder of the band Mr. Big, Paul Gilbert is a guitar wizard. Apparently he's also a big Raspberries/Eric Carmen fan. Check out his take on Eric's "My Girl."
  16. The lead singer couldn't quite handle Eric's vocals in the bridge. A bit out of his range. Still, always like seeing bands covering Raspberries and keeping their music alive.
  17. Kirk, I fixed it for you. Not sure what you did wrong, but all I did was copy the link and paste it into the Reply box.
  18. Eric’s Japan tour was terrific. Great band. High energy. Awesome performance.
  19. How could they miss that?!? I mean, the song plays non-stop literally everywhere!
  20. Amoeba was big, and cool, but there was nothing cooler than Tower Records on Sunset back in the day. It was always one of my first stops whenever I visited (which was often). In NYC, Bleecker Bob's was THE PLACE of find rarities, imports and bootlegs. The bootlegs was why Bleecker Bob's was regularly raided by the NYPD. Then there was Cheap Thrills in New Brunswick, NJ, near Rutgers—a New Jersey vinyl institution! Vintage Vinyl near Edison, NJ kept its doors open until last year. Back in the day, before the internet, you had to hunt down music. I remember doing quite a mad search for Raspberries albums once they were released on CD in Japan. Very hard to find here in the States, but I managed to get 'em all! Music lovers have no idea how good they have it today!
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