GnR, Whitesnake, Pantera men form Kiss tribute band

Kiss of live: Bumblefoot
Guns n’Roses guitarist Bumblefoot, former Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy and ex-Pantera bassist Rex Brown have formed Kiss tribute act ALIVE after they discovered their shared passion for the band via a charity record.
They’ve all contributed to cancer care fundraising album A World With Heroes, the brainchild of rock journalist Mitch Lafon, which will soon be released via a PledgeMusic campaign.
As the musicians emailed each other to discuss arrangements, they realised their belief in Kiss music – and particularly the band’s early 70s material – was so strong that they’d have to take it further. Their determination was only strengthened when they discovered Bumblefoot sounds like Paul Stanley and Brown sounds like Gene Simmons on the recordings.
The result is ALIVE, also featuring Kill Devil Hill guitarist Mark Zevon, who play The Whiskey in Hollywood on July 24 and LVCS in Las Vegas on July 25.
Brown says: “We got asked to play on the album to benefit cancer research. It was a great cause and we wanted to be part of it – but I think it also came from a place of real passion too.
“I remember I was in seventh grade and this chick had a copy of Alive! I swiped it, and it changed the future of rock’n'roll as I know it. They are one of the reasons I jam to this day. It’s the attitude and the songs, not the schtick, that I go back to every time.
“After we’d heard what we’d recorded, we thought it would be a lot of fun to do it live. As it turned out, Mark and I had just finished recording the upcoming Kill Devil Hill album, and had a small window of time this summer before we head out on the road again. The timing perfectly coincided with breaks in Ron and Brian’s schedules as well, so we decided to put this thing together.”
Bumblefoot says: “Hearing the Kiss Alive! album at the age of five is what made me want to play guitar and join a band. I’m looking forward to playing the songs that launched my life.”
Tichy adds: “Kiss was the first band I got into. Peter Criss was my first drum idol. When the idea of going for this together was brought up we all reacted with unbridled excitement.”
A World With Heroes tracklist
Disc One
1. Psycho Circus – DDrive
2. Spit – Ken Dubman, Jimmy Callahan, Scott Metaxas, Mark Tornillo
3. Deuce – Bill Leverty, Kevin Valentine, John Regan, Russ Dwarf
4. Sure Know Something – Chris Buck, Anthony Cardenas Montana
5. Detroit Rock City – Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Rex Brown, Brian Tichy
6. Eyes Of Love – Eric Carr, Benny Doro, John Humphrey
7. Shout Mercy – Jeff Paris, Troy Lucketta, Eric Brittingham, Jeff LaBar
8. Creatures Of The Night – Brighton Rock
9. Larger Than Life – Rex Brown, Brian Tichy, Mark Zavon
10. Cold Gin – Don Dokken, Tommy Denander
11. Love Gun – Tony Harnell, Mark Kendall, Scott Snyder, Sean Michael Clegg, Kevin Valentine, Tommy Denander
12. Little Caesar – Ron Young, John Regan, Tommy Denander
13. Hard Luck Woman – Chris vanDahl, Stacey Blades, Adam Hamilton
14. Outerspace – Shredmill
15. Goodbye – Impera, Bob Kulick, Lars Chriss
16. See You Tonight – Todd Farhood and Mystery
17. Beth – Michael Lardie
18. Tomorrow – Dressed To Chill
19. Anything For My Baby – Slaves On Dope
20. Unholy – Fred Duvall, Glenn Belcher, Mark Slaughter, Rob Zakojc, Russ Dwarf
Disc Two
1. Breakout – Tod Howarth, John Regan, Kevin Valentine
2. Rock’n'Roll Hell – Ron Keel, Troy Lucketta, Eric Brittingham, Jeff LaBar
3. Nowhere To Run – Druckfarben
4. The Oath – Rick Hughes, Chris Buck, Bob Richard
5. Master And Slave – Adam Hamilton, Scott Griffin, Stacey Blades, Phil Lewis
6. Calling Dr Love – Burning Rain
7. I Stole Your Love – SUN and Derek Sharp
8. Reason To Live – Johnnie Dee, Derry Grehan, Michael Foster, Bill Leverty
9. Hard Luck Woman – Fred Duvall, Glenn Belcher, Rob Zakojc, Russ Dwarf
10. Forever – Terry Ilous, Sean Kelly, Jeff Paris
11. Sword And Stone – Bonfire
12. God Of Thunder – Americna Dog
13. She – Razer
14. New York Groove – Kevin Jardine, Jason Rockman, Marty O’Brien, Elizabeth Lopez, Peter Tzaferis
15. Magic Touch – Jim Crean, Phil Naro, Vinny Appice, Steve Major, Stan Miczek
16. Tears Are Falling – Willie Base, Bruce Bouillet, Scott Warren, Mike Hansen
17. Rock’n'Roll All Nite – Harley Fine, John Regan, Atom Fellows
18. Shandi – Dani Luv, Scott Griffin, Matt Starr
19. Beth – Chris vanDahl, Scott Griffin
20. Beth – Phil Naro, William Hare, Ed Bernard