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January 30, 2004
The website Metal Sludge has put a list of US record sales according to Soundscan on their website. These include all US sales since May 25, 1991:

01. METALLICA: 44,339,994
02. AEROSMITH: 25,302,355
03. AC/DC: 20,095,641
04. GUNS N' ROSES: 18,692,707
05. OZZY OSBOURNE: 13,810,371
06. KISS: 7,716,667
07. MÍTLEY CR▄E: 6,894,092
08. MEGADETH: 6,873,227
09. POISON: 4,541,197
10. SKID ROW: 3,098,218
11. FIREHOUSE: 2,881,561
12. ALICE COOPER: 2,745,300
13. ANTHRAX: 2,476,577
14. WARRANT: 2,196,518
15. SLAUGHTER: 2,020,418
16. CINDERELLA: 2,004,877
17. GREAT WHITE: 1,941,122
18. WHITESNAKE: 1,784,470
19. RATT: 1,403,858
20. DOKKEN: 1,176,762
21. QUIET RIOT: 1,056,702
22. MOTÍRHEAD: 768,014
23. L.A. GUNS: 713,838
24. WHITE LION: 691,417
25. TRIXTER: 609,264
26. WINGER: 601,898
27. W.A.S.P.: 570,419
28. TWISTED SISTER: 503,068
29. FASTER PUSSYCAT: 336,195
30. BULLETBOYS: 262,354
31. DANGER DANGER: 217,407
32. ENUFF Z'NUFF: 176,087
33. BANG TANGO: 151,322
34. LOVE/HATE: 100,655
35. TUFF: 85,565
36. XYZ: 79,971
37. PRETTY BOY FLOYD: 27,628

January 28, 2004

(from Nicole Ciccarone)


Only one week to go before Bruce Kulick, Kiss guitarist from 1984 - 1996 hits town for his third solo tour of Australia to pay homage to his 12 Kiss years.
Being Kulick's third tour downunder, Bruce has given the set list a huge
shake up, performing some of the rarest of Kiss' songs including several
that the band has never before performed live.  Many of the songs have
been selected through fans emailing Bruce direct, even the Kiss hit 'God Gave Rock and Roll To You' which hasn't been performed by Kiss since Bruce departed will be dusted off for the traditional fists in the air
and sea of cigarette lighters.

Best of all, the tickets are reasonably priced at a low $35.20
(Melbourne, $40 on the night at the door) and $38 (Sydney) Tickets to
the shows are selling fast and as the shows in 2002 and 2003 sold out,
all fans are encouraged to get their tickets in advance.
These shows are a Kiss fan's dream come true, getting up close and
personal with one of their heroes and getting to hear tunes that they
haven't heard even Kiss perform in many years. 

Kulick can't wait to get back on stage to let his fans know he is OK
after being shot twice in LA after attending Motley Crue's singer Vince
Neil's performance - he survived the shooting AND the concert!
Bruce will hang around after each performance and sign autographs and
meet the fans.
Bruce will be performing with an all-Australian band including members
of Stand and popular Kiss cover band, Dinissty.

Kulick has performed with some of the rock greats including Meat Loaf,
Grand Funk Railroad, Michael Bolton and Billy Squire.  He is endorsed by Marshall Amplifiers and ESP Guitars.
Concert and Ticketing Details:
Melbourne The Corner Hotel Thursday 5 February
On Sale at The Corner Hotel or Ph 03 9427 9198 or

Sydney Bar Broadway Saturday 7 February
On Sale at the venue
For further information, please visit and

January 23, 2004
(from Marcelo Miki)
Hey people. I would like to send some news from Brazil. Gene Simmons is on the cover of a Brazilian magazine ( It is a magazine about bass guitar under license of the American magazine Bass Player.

January 20, 2004

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The February issue of KISS Kollector is being printed right now, and will be out at the end of January. Issue 47 includes indepth reports on the successful 2003 leg of the KISS World Domination Tour, with lots of exclusive photos including the shows at Madison Square Garden and LA Forum. Of course there's also news on the upcoming leg of the tour, which kicks off in Australia with Limp Bizkit in April.

Furthermore the issue includes reviews on all the latest KISS (related) releases such as the wonderful photobook by German photographer Didi Zill, the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy book by Susan Masino and the intriguing Starman - The Right Hand Man Of Rock 'N' Roll biography by former KISS bodyguard Michael Francis. CD reviews include the brandnew Italian tribute album Italians KISS Better, Jesse Damon solo album including a song co-written by Gene Simmons, and the debut album by jazz singer Judith Nijland who covered Sure Know Something.

And of course there's the usual, such as all the latest news plus awesome photos, on stage as well as off stage and behind the scenes. For more info, please check out:

January 20, 2004

(from Kjell Solberg)
Black Diamond Brigade is a band put together by Knut Schreiner (Turbonegro), Billy Gould (Faith No More), Sigurd Wongraven (Satyricon), Torgny Amdam (Amulet), Tarjei Str°m (Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band. They have recorded KISS' Black Diamond for a forthcoming Norwegian compilation album of rock/metal classics. Only Black Diamond has been recorded for this occasion, the rest of the album is original material.

Black Diamond is released as a single and is at no. 6 in the official charts in Norway this week. The band have also recorded a video for this exellent version of the KISS-classic.

January 15, 2004

The Australian KISS Tour with Limp Bizkit as Opener is said to be a done dael. Tour-dates should be announced very soon. We will see, if Peter Criss will still be part of the band on the next tour. 

Gene Simmons' new Solo Album will be called "Firestarter".

January 6, 2004

(from via Thomas Schopf)

BW&BK sources have revealed that there is a massive festival being organised for Berlin this May/June which is rumored to feature RUSH, AEROSMITH, KISS, YES and a reformed GENESIS. The festival is scheduled to hold 150,000 in an outdoor venue to be announced.

January 5, 2004

(from Eric Ressel)
I just surfed on the Internet and saw on the Machine Head website, that the Drummer was wearing a Peter Criss mask on the photos from Dublin:

January 2, 2004

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Meanwhile the third trade paperback edition of the Dark Horse comics has been released. It contains the Dark Horse comics # 7 - 10.

January 2, 2004

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Gene Simmons is on the cover of the latest issue of "Vampirella magazine". It is quite expensive ($ 5,95) and has only about 50 pages, but it includes exclusive photos.

January 1, 2004

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McFarlane will be releasing a new Gene Simmons 12" Figure in Destroyer look in April. It is now available for pre-order in the German Fan Shop. Click here for more infos and photo.