Godsmack is an American rock band from Lawrence, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, drummer Shannon Larkin. Since its formation, Godsmack has released seven studio albums, one EP, four DVDs, one compilation album, one live album; the band has had three consecutive number-one albums on the Billboard 200. The band has 23 top ten rock radio hits, including 17 songs in the top five; the band's seventh album, When Legends Rise was released on April 27, 2018. Since its inception, Godsmack has toured on Ozzfest on more than one occasion, has toured with many other large tours and festivals, including supporting its albums with its own arena tours. Godsmack has sold over 20 million records in just over a decade. In honor of the band's success and the release of their sixth studio album, 1000hp, Mayor Marty Walsh declared August 6 as "Godsmack Day" in the city of Boston. In February 1995, Sully Erna decided to start a new band as the lead singer after playing the drums for more than 23 years, including more than two years in the now-defunct band Strip Mind.
His new band, The Scam, formed with Erna on vocals, Robbie Merrill on bass, local guitarist and friend Lee Richards on guitar, Tommy Stewart on drums. The Scam changed its name to Godsmack, after recording one demo; the newly formed band started playing small bars in their hometown of Boston. Locally popular songs such as "Keep Away" and "Whatever" soon brought them to the top of the hit charts in the Boston/New England area. Many people think the band's name stemmed from another band's song, but according to Erna, the band's name came from a small and personal incident. "I was making fun of somebody who had a cold sore on his lip and the next day I had one myself and somebody said,'It's a godsmack.' The name stuck. We were aware of the Alice In Chains song but didn't think much about it." In 1996, Tony Rombola and Joe D'Arco joined Godsmack as the guitarist and drummer, after Richards left upon learning he had a six-year-old child and Stewart left due to personal differences. In the same year, the band entered the studio for the first time, recording its first CD titled All Wound Up.
The CD was recorded in just three days for $2,600. For the next two years, the band played throughout the Boston area. Godsmack's CD landed in the hands of Rocko, the night-time DJ for Boston radio station WAAF; the radio station put "Keep Away" into heavy rotation and the song rose to the number one spot at the station quickly. Newbury Comics, a New England record store chain, agreed to sell the CD on consignment. Shortly after the success of "Keep Away," Godsmack went back into the studio and recorded a single titled "Whatever," which became the new local favorite on WAAF. In an interview Sully Erna stated, "We had been selling maybe 50 copies a month at the time WAAF picked up the album. All of a sudden we started moving over a thousand records a week. I was doing all this from my bedroom. After years of grinding away, things started taking off." In mid-1998, Universal/Republic Records signed the band to their label. Joe D'Arco was dismissed from the band, he was replaced by former drummer Tommy Stewart, who returned after expressing a desire to be in the band again.
The band's first studio recording All Wound Up was re-mastered, the finished self-titled debut CD album Godsmack was released to the public six weeks later. This led to the band's first headlining tour, "The Godsmack Tour" with Jim Rose Circus as the opening act. After the album's release the band went on the street playing club shows as well as playing at Ozzfest and Woodstock'99; this was followed by a tour in Europe supporting Black Sabbath. Roxanne Blanford from Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars, stating, "Godsmack confidently brought metal into the technological age"; the album entered the Billboard 200 at number twenty-two, was certified 4x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2001 after being certified gold in 1999. The album sold well despite being pulled from the shelves in some stores due to concerns over some of its lyrical content; the band and its record label added a Parental Advisory sticker to the album, some stores ordered amended copies of the album.
Erna commented in Rolling Stone magazine stating, "Our record has been in the marketplace for more than a year now without a parental advisory sticker and this is the one and only complaint... Stickers and lyrics are by nature subjective... We have decided to put a sticker on the record." This controversy did not appear to adversely affect album sales but, according to Erna, helped. The album had four successful singles which were "Whatever," "Keep Away," "Voodoo" and "Bad Religion." In 2000, Godsmack returned to the studio after the multi-platinum success of Godsmack to start recording Awake. The album was released on October 31, 2000; the album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, has been certified 2x platinum by the RIAA. "Vampires", a song on the album earned the band a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 2002. With the release of Awake, Godsmack toured Europe supporting Limp Bizkit. Erna said at the time, "We've been touring nonstop since August 1998, So most of Awake was written on tour while we were ping-ponging between America and Europe, building up the band.
"Ozzfest" was the only big tour where we rode under someone else's wings. The band played Ozzfest in 2000 again as
Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith is an American actress, singer-songwriter, businesswoman. She began her acting career in 1990, with a guest appearance on the short-lived sitcom True Colors, subsequently starred in the television series A Different World, she made her feature film debut in Menace II Society. Her breakthrough came opposite Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor, she has since starred in more than 20 feature films, including Set It Off, Scream 2, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, the Madagascar films, Bad Moms, Girls Trip. On television, she has starred in Gotham. Pinkett Smith launched her music career in 2002, when she helped create the metal band Wicked Wisdom, for which she is a singer and songwriter. Along with her husband Will Smith, she has a production company, has had producing credits in films and television series, she wrote a children's book, Girls Hold Up This World, published in 2004. With Smith, to whom Jada has been married since 1997, she has two children, son Jaden and daughter Willow.
Through their marriage she is stepmother to Smith's son from his first marriage, Trey Smith. Born in Baltimore, Jada Pinkett was named after her mother's favorite soap-opera actress, Jada Rowland. Pinkett Smith is of Jamaican and Barbadian descent on her mother's side and African American descent on her father's side, her parents are Adrienne Banfield-Norris, the head nurse of an inner-city clinic in Baltimore, Robsol Pinkett, Jr. who ran a construction company. Banfield-Norris became pregnant in high school. Banfield-Jones raised Pinkett with the help of her own mother, Marion Martin Banfield, a Jamaican-born social worker. Banfield noticed her granddaughter's passion for the performing arts and enrolled her in piano, tap dance, ballet lessons, she has actor/writer Caleeb Pinkett. Pinkett Smith has remained close to her mother and said, "A mother and daughter's relationship is the most honest, we are so close." She added: " understood what I wanted and never stood in my way." She participated as the maid of honor in Banfield-Norris' 1998 wedding to Paul Jones, a telecommunications executive.
Pinkett Smith has shown great admiration for her grandmother, saying, "My grandmother was a doer who wanted to create a better community and add beauty to the world."Pinkett Smith attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, where she met and became close friends with her classmate, rapper Tupac Shakur. When she met Shakur, she was a drug dealer, she majored in dance and theatre and graduated in 1989. She continued her education at the North Carolina School of the Arts, became invested in pursuing her acting career, she moved to Los Angeles and stayed with LaVern Whitt, former stuntwoman, now producer and long time family/friend, who got her started in the industry. In Los Angeles, Pinkett Smith inquired about the choreographer position for the television series In Living Color, created by actor Keenen Ivory Wayans, whom she met through Whitt, but the job was taken by Rosie Perez. Whitt helped Pinkett Smith find an acting agent and got her started in the industry by introducing her to many of her celebrity friends, including Wayans.
Pinkett began her acting career in 1990. She appeared in a television pilot for a supernatural drama titled Moe's World but it was never aired, she received guest roles in television shows such as Doogie Howser, M. D. and 21 Jump Street, earned a role on comedian Bill Cosby's NBC television sitcom A Different World in 1991, as college freshman Lena James. In 1994, Pinkett Smith acted with Keenen Ivory Wayans in the action and comedy film A Low Down Dirty Shame, she described her character, Peaches, as "raw" with "major attitude", her acting garnered positive reviews. The New York Times noted, "Ms. Pinkett, whose performance is as sassy and sizzling as a Salt-n-Pepa recording, walks away with the movie." In 1994, she starred as a title character in Doug McHenry's romantic drama Jason's Lyric, opposite Allen Payne, in 1995, played a convict on work release in the horror film Demon Knight. Roger Ebert, in his review for the former film, praised the chemistry between Payne and Pinkett Smith, writing: " has powerful chemistry with the enigmatic, tender character played by Pinkett.
Pinkett Smith starred with actor and comedian Eddie Murphy in the 1996 remake of The Nutty Professor, portraying the love interest of a kind-hearted University professor, morbidly obese. The film was a commercial success, she had a role in Set It Off, a crime drama about four women who rob banks to escape from poverty, opposite Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise, her acting in the film was noted in the San Francisco Chronicle, where they said she was "the one to watch". Budgeted at US$9 million, Set It Off made US$41 million globally. In 1997, Pinkett Smith had a cameo role in Scream 2 as a college student, brutally murdered in front of hundreds of cinemagoers; the film made more than US$100 million at the North American box office. In 1998, she played a news reporter in the thriller Return to Paradise, with Joaquin Phoenix and Vince Vaughn, took on the title role of an extroverted woman, alongside Tommy Davidson, in the comedy Woo. While giving positive reviews to her performance in Woo, Derek Armstro
Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician and songwriter best known as the original lead guitarist, occasional lead vocalist and co-founding member of the rock band Kiss. He invented the persona of The Spaceman and played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982. After leaving Kiss, Frehley embarked on a solo career, put on hold when he rejoined Kiss in 1996 for a successful reunion tour. Frehley's second tenure with Kiss lasted until 2002, when he left at the conclusion of what was purported to be the band's Farewell Tour, his most recent solo album, was released on October 19, 2018. Guitar World magazine ranked him as the 14th Greatest Metal Guitarist of All Time. Outside Kiss, Frehley had commercial success, with his first solo album going platinum, his first album with his "Frehley's Comet" band was a big seller. Frehley is known for the use of many "special effects" guitars, including a Gibson Les Paul guitar that emits smoke from the neck humbucker pickup and produces spinning pyrotechnics, a custom Les Paul that emits light based on song tempo.
Paul Daniel Frehley was born and raised in The Bronx of New York City, the youngest of three children of Esther Anna and Carl Daniel Frehley. His father, from Pennsylvania, was the son of Dutch immigrants, his mother is from North Carolina, he has a brother Charles, a classical guitarist. The Frehleys were a musical family, when Frehley received an electric guitar as a Christmas present in 1964, he immersed himself in learning the instrument. "I never went to music school. My mother and father both played piano, his father was the church organist, my brother and sister both played piano and acoustic guitar." Frehley was always surrounded by music. Frehley started playing guitar at age 13, he lists Jimi Hendrix, Albert Lee, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, B. B. King, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who as his main influences. Growing up on the corner of Marion Avenue and 201st Street, off Bedford Park Boulevard and Webster Avenue in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx, Frehley graduated from Grace Lutheran School at age 13.
Two of the high schools he attended were DeWitt Clinton High School on Mosholu Parkway and Theodore Roosevelt High School on Fordham Road. He got the nickname "Ace" in high school from friends who said he was "a real ace" for his ability to get dates. In his high school years, a guidance counselor encouraged him to get into graphic arts, he credited guitar playing for "saving his life" as a member of Kiss. Frehley's earliest bands included The Outrage, The Four Roses, King Kong and The Magic People; when Frehley's band, began getting paying gigs, he dropped out of high school. At the insistence of his family and girlfriend, Frehley returned and earned a diploma. After graduation, Frehley held a string of short-term jobs—mail carrier, furniture deliverer and liquor store delivery person. Frehley spent the early 1970s in a series of local bands including one called Molimo who recorded half an album for RCA Records in 1971. In late 1972, his friend, Chris Cassone, spotted an advertisement for a lead guitarist in The Village Voice and showed the ad to Frehley.
Frehley went to 10 East 23rd Street above the Live Bait Bar. Frehley auditioned for Gene Simmons and Peter Criss for the band. Frehley, who showed up with best friend Chris Cassone, wearing one red and one orange sneaker, was less than impressive visually, but the band liked what they heard from his playing. About three weeks the band named Frehley as their lead guitarist. By January 1973, the band came up with the name Kiss. Frehley designed the band's double-lightning-bolt logo, polished up by Paul Stanley; the band decided to paint their faces for live performances, Frehley decided to start painting silver stars on his eyes. When the group decided to adopt stage personas to match their makeup and costumes, Frehley became Space Ace, his stage persona was known as The Spaceman. While Kiss spent their early days rehearsing and playing in empty clubs, Frehley worked as a part-time cab driver to pay bills. In September 1973, Kiss members began to receive a $50 a week salary from new manager Bill Aucoin, Frehley quit his cabbie job.
Kiss released their debut album, Kiss, in February 1974 – Frehley was credited for writing two songs, "Love Theme from KISS" and a fan classic, "Cold Gin". Due to Frehley's lack of confidence in his own singing voice, Simmons performed the vocals. Frehley wrote or co-wrote several of the band's songs over the next few years but did not record vocals on a song until "Shock Me", which appeared on 1977's Love Gun; as lead guitarist, Frehley was known for his frenetic, atmospheric playing, becoming one of the most popular guitarists in the 1970s and spawning a generation of new players. Frehley stated in the book Kiss: Behind the Mask that many guitarists have told him his playing on 1975's hit Alive! prompted them to pick up the instrument. Frehley is well-recognized for using Gibson Les Paul guitars, including his trademarked model conversion Les Paul Custom, which filled the stage full of smoke during his live guitar solo. Along with the three other Kiss members, Frehley released an eponymous solo album in 1978.
His was the best-selling of the four, the album's lone single—the Russ Ballard-written "New York Groove" recor
Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, drummer Daniel Adair; the band went through several drummer changes between 1995 and 2005, achieving its current lineup when Adair replaced drummer Ryan Vikedal. Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian rock bands, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. In 2009, Billboard ranked them the most successful rock group of that decade, they were listed number seven on the Billboard top artist of the decade, with four albums listed on the Billboard top albums of the decade. The band signed with Roadrunner Records in 1999 and re-released their once-independent album The State; the band achieved significant commercial success with this album, as well as with its follow-up, Silver Side Up, in 2001. Following the release of Silver Side Up the band released their biggest and most well-known hit today, "How You Remind Me", which peaked number 1 on both the Billboard and Canadian Singles Charts.
The band's fourth album The Long Road, was released in 2003 and spawned five singles including Canadian number one "Someday", which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Afterwards, the band put out their biggest-selling album to date, All The Right Reasons which produced three top 10 singles and five top 20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including "Photograph", "Far Away", "Rockstar"; the band's album Dark Horse was another commercial success, producing eight singles, one of which peaked on the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and two of which peaked on the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2011, the band released their seventh album Now which again topped the charts, their eighth studio album No Fixed Address was released on 17 November 2014, their ninth studio album, Feed the Machine, was released on June 16, 2017. The band is based in Vancouver, British Columbia; the band's original domestic signing was with EMI Canada, but they subsequently obtained an American deal with global distribution via Roadrunner Records.
For the release of their seventh album, the band parted from EMI Canada and signed to Universal Music Canada. The band was formed in the early 1990s as a cover band called "Village Idiot" by brothers Mike and Chad Kroeger with their cousin Brandon Kroeger and Ryan Peake; the band changed its name to Nickelback, which originated from the nickel in change that band member Mike Kroeger gave customers at his job at Starbucks. The band performed covers of songs from Led Metallica. Chad Kroeger asked his step-father to give him $4,000 so that the band could record their first demo, a seven-track EP of original material, called Hesher; the band spent half the money to record the EP, spent the other half on magic mushrooms. In 1996, the band released their first full-length album, Curb. "Fly" was the first single produced by Nickelback. In 1997, Brandon Kroeger left the band searched for a new drummer; that year Mitch Guindon joined the band, but he decided to leave in 1998 because he started working in a car company.
In Summer 1998, Ryan Vikedal joined the band. Roadrunner A&R Ron Burman told HitQuarters that one of his West Coast scouts sent him the self-released album and, suitably impressed, he travelled to Vancouver to see them perform live. Although an unknown property in the industry at the time, the venue was packed out. In Burman's words: "I got the chills! I thought their song'Leader of Men' was a smash hit." Off the stage he was impressed by their initiative in managing their career. Despite this, it still took Burman three months for him to convince his label bosses to approve the signing, a decision that would mark Roadrunner's first move into mainstream rock. Nickelback signed a record deal with EMI and Roadrunner Records in 1999; the State was released by Nickelback in 2000 by Roadrunner Records and EMI Canada, followed by its release in Europe in 2001. It spawned 4 singles: "Old Enough", "Worthy to Say", "Leader of Men" and "Breathe", the last two being Top 10 rock hits; the album was the band's first album to be certified gold status and it went into platinum status in 2008, after the success of their albums.
The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 130 and peaked at number 3 in the Billboard Top Heatseekers albums chart and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Top Independent albums chart. Around 2001, Chad Kroeger started "studying every piece, everything sonically, everything lyrically, everything musically, chord structure. I would dissect every single song that I would hear on the radio or every song that had done well on a chart and I would say,'Why did this do well?'" Kroeger said that Nickelback's single "How You Remind Me" sold so well because it was about romantic relationships, a universal subject, contained memorable hooks. To record their third album Silver Side Up, Nickelback collaborated with producer Rick Parashar; the album was recorded at the same studio. The album was released on Tuesday, September 11, 2001; the album peaked number 2 on the Billboard 200 with over 177,000 copies sold in its first week and peaked number 1 at the Canadian albums chart making the band's first album to do so.
The single "How You Remind Me" was a number one single on the Mainstream and Modern rock charts, as well as the pop chart. It peaked at number two on Adult Top 40 and became the Billboard Hot 100 numb
Thomas Lee Bass is an American musician and founding member of Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, has pursued solo musical projects. Lee was born Thomas Lee Bass on October 3, 1962, in Athens, Greece, to father David Lee Thomas Bass, an American U. S. Army sergeant, mother Vassilikki "Voula" Papadimitriou, a Miss Greece contestant for the 1960 Miss World event, his family moved to California a year. He received his first drum when he was four years old, his first drum kit when he was a teenager. Lee dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music, starting with the band Suite 19, he has a younger sister, Athena Lee, the drummer in his solo band KrunK and was married to James Kottak, the drummer for the rock band Scorpions. As a teenager, Lee listened to Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Kiss, AC/DC and Sweet, his main drumming influences were Tommy Aldridge, Alex Van Halen and Terry Bozzio. His first successful band Suite 19 played the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles during the late-1970s.
Around this time, he met Nikki Sixx. Casually, Sixx was forming a theatrical band that would specialise in anthemic heavy metal, was impressed by Lee's drumming. At this time, he changed his name to Tommy Lee and earned the nickname "T-bone" due to his 6′ 2½″ height and his lean physique. Shortly afterwards, guitarist Mick Mars joined the band. Tommy recommended a singer he had met during high school, Vince Neil, who soon joined the group, Mötley Crüe was formed. Mötley Crüe built a strong fanbase and they released their debut album Too Fast for Love in 1981, on their own independent label. Elektra Records decided to sign the band shortly thereafter, reissuing their debut in 1982; the band began a string of hit releases throughout the decade—1983's Shout at the Devil, 1985's Theatre of Pain, 1987's Girls, Girls, 1989's Dr. Feelgood—establishing the quartet as one of the biggest hard rock/metal bands of the 1980s. Lee used several memorable gimmicks during his drum solos at concerts, such as having his entire kit revolving and spinning, or having the entire kit float above the crowd while he continued to play.
He was legendary for mooning the crowd at nearly every show. The band was known for their decadent behavior both on and offstage consuming excessive amounts of drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and alcohol. In 2004, Lee reunited with the original Mötley Crüe line-up to release the double-disc anthology album entitled Red, White & Crüe, which went quadruple-platinum and launched a monumental reunion tour to support it, The Red, White & Crüe Tour 2005: Better Live Than Dead, the band's first tour in six years, they finished the year at #8 on the Top Concert Money Earners list. They grossed US$33 million according to Billboard Boxscore. Lee came back once with Motley Crüe to go on the Crüe's Greatest Hits tour in 1999. With the popularity of rap metal, Lee formed; the band toured in support of it. Although Lee distanced himself from Mötley Crüe after splitting, he agreed to take part in their 2001 autobiography, The Dirt. In addition to Mötley Crüe and Methods of Mayhem, Lee has made guest appearances on albums by other artists, such as Stuart Hamm, Nine Inch Nails and Rob Zombie.
He contributed a song, "Planet Boom" to the soundtrack of then-wife Pamela Anderson's 1996 movie, Barb Wire, produced an album for the pre-Goldfinger project from John Feldmann and Simon Williams, the Electric Love Hogs. Lee began recording with members of Incubus, he released his first solo album. The album, 2002's Never a Dull Moment, has tones of rap electronica; the song "Blue" features guest vocalist Rodleen Getsic. In August 2002, Tommy Lee and his solo band joined mainstage. In 2006, he formed a new band called Rock Star Supernova with Gilby Clarke; the 2006 season of Rock Star selected Lukas Rossi as the lead singer for Supernova. Dilana, Magni Ásgeirsson, Toby Rand with his own band Juke Kartel were the three runners up and accepted an offer to go on tour with Supernova; the self-titled debut album Rock Star Supernova was released on November 21, 2006. Lee released his autobiography and his second solo album, Tommyland: The Ride in 2005; the CD featured as a soundtrack to the book and includes the singles, "Tryin to be Me", "Good Times", the theme song to his reality TV series Tommy Lee Goes to College and "Hello, Again" which features Andrew McMahon from Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin.
Tommy Lee was a guest DJ at WXRK "K-Rock" in New York during the Fourth of July Monster Metal Meltdown in 2005. Lee recorded drum tracks for the alternative rock band Jack's Mannequin, which has released the album Everything in Transit. In November 2007, it was announced by Nikki Sixx that Tommy Lee was no longer a member of Mötley Crüe. Lee quit after the rest of the band sued his manager, Carl Stubner, for forcing Tommy to take part in reality TV shows, thus forcing the cancellation of a lengthy leg of Crüe tour dates in 2006. Lee quit once in September 2007 before returning to the band. Vince Neil refuted the claims that Tommy Lee resigned from the band and that the band would be going into the studio in January to start recording their new studio album. In the end, Tommy Lee did end up recording the new album, Saints of Los Angeles, toured with Crüe in 2008 in their tour, Crüe Fes
Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, pyrotechnics; the band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley, Simmons and Criss. With their make-up and costumes, they took on the personae of comic book-style characters: The Starchild, The Demon, The Spaceman or Space Ace, The Catman. Due to creative differences, both Criss and Frehley had departed the group by 1982. In 1983, Kiss began performing without makeup and costumes, thinking that it was time to leave the makeup behind; the band accordingly experienced a minor commercial resurgence, their music videos received regular airplay on MTV.
Eric Carr, who had replaced Criss in 1980, died in 1991 of heart cancer and was replaced by Eric Singer. In response to a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the mid-1990s, the original lineup re-united in 1996, which saw the return of their makeup and stage costumes; the resulting Alive/Worldwide Tour was commercially successful. Criss and Frehley have both since left the band again and have been replaced by Singer and Tommy Thayer, respectively; the band has continued with their original stage makeup, with Singer and Thayer using the original Catman and Space Ace makeup, respectively. In September 2018, Kiss announced that, after 45 years of recording and performing, they will embark on their final tour, The End of the Road World Tour, in 2019. Kiss is one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 25 million RIAA-certified albums. On April 10, 2014, the four original members of Kiss were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kiss traces their roots to Wicked Lester, a New York City-based rock band led by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
They recorded one album, shelved by Epic Records, played a handful of live shows. Simmons and Stanley, feeling a new musical direction was needed, abandoned Wicked Lester in 1972 and began forming a new group. After abandoning the name Wicked Lester late in 1972, Simmons and Stanley came across an ad in the East Coast version of Rolling Stone placed by Peter Criss, a veteran drummer from the New York City scene who had played in the bands Lips and Chelsea. Simmons and Stanley met him in a nightclub. After hearing Criss sing, they thought of him being in the new band. Criss auditioned for and joined their new band; the trio focused on a much harder style of rock than. They began experimenting with their image by wearing makeup and various outfits. In November 1972, the trio played a showcase for Epic Records A&R director Don Ellis, in an effort to secure a record deal. Although the performance went well, Ellis disliked the group's music. In early January 1973, the group added lead guitarist Ace Frehley.
Frehley impressed the group with his first audition, although he showed up wearing two different colored sneakers, one red and one orange. A few weeks after Frehley joined, the classic lineup was solidified as the band to be named Kiss. Stanley came up with the name while Simmons and Criss were driving around New York City. Criss mentioned that he had been in a band called Lips, so Stanley said something to the effect of "What about Kiss?" Frehley created the now-iconic logo, making the "SS" look like lightning bolts, when he went to write the new band name over "Wicked Lester" on a poster outside the club where they were going to play. Stanley designed the logo with a Sharpie and a ruler and accidentally drew the two S's nonparallel because he did it "by eye." The art department asked him if he wanted it to be redrafted to be perfect and he said, "It got us this far, let's leave well enough alone. Our number one rule has always been no rules." The letters happened to look similar to the insignia of the Nazi SS, a symbol, outlawed in Germany by Section 86a of the German criminal code.
Since 1979, most of the band's album covers and merchandise in Germany have used an alternate logo, in which the letters "SS" look like the letters "ZZ" backwards. This logo is used in Austria, Poland, Lithuania and Israel to avoid controversy; the band's name has been the subject of rumors pertaining to alleged hidden meanings. Among these rumors are claims that the name is an acronym for "Knights in Satan's Service", "Kinder SS", or "Kids in Satan's Service". Simmons has denied all of these claims; the first Kiss performance was on January 30, 1973, for an audience of three at the Popcorn Club in Queens. For the first three gigs, January 30 to February 1, they wore little to no makeup. On March 13 of that year, the band recorded a five-song demo tape with producer Eddie Kramer. Former TV director Bill Aucoin, who had seen the group at a handful of showcase concerts in the summer of 1973, offered to become the band's manager in mid-October. Kiss agreed, with the condition. On November 1, 1973, Kiss became the first act signed to
Genesis were an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Surrey, in 1967. The most successful and longest-lasting line-up consisted of keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins. Significant former members were guitarist Steve Hackett; the band moved from folk music to progressive rock in the 1970s, before moving towards pop at the end of the decade. They have sold 21.5 million copies of their albums in the United States, with worldwide sales of between 100 million and 150 million. Formed by five Charterhouse pupils including Banks, Rutherford and Anthony Phillips, Genesis were named by former pupil Jonathan King, who arranged for them to record several unsuccessful singles and their debut album From Genesis to Revelation in 1968. After splitting with King, the group began to tour professionally, signed with Charisma Records and recorded Trespass in the progressive rock style. Following the departure of Phillips, Genesis recruited Collins and Hackett and recorded Nursery Cryme.
Their live shows began to be centred on Gabriel's theatrical costumes and performances. They were first successful in mainland Europe, before entering the UK charts with Foxtrot. In 1973, they released Selling England by the Pound, which featured their first UK top 30 single "I Know What I Like"; the concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway followed in 1974, was promoted with a transatlantic tour featuring an elaborate stage show. Following the Lamb tour, Gabriel left Genesis in August 1975 to begin a solo career. After an unsuccessful search for a replacement, Collins took over as lead singer, while Genesis gained popularity in the UK and the US. Following A Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering, Hackett left, reducing the band to Banks and Collins. Genesis' next album... And Then There Were Three... produced their first UK top ten and US top 30 single in 1978 with "Follow You Follow Me", they continued to gain success with Duke and Genesis, reaching a peak with Invisible Touch, which featured five US top five singles.
Its title track reached number one in the US. After the tour for We Can't Dance, Collins left Genesis in 1996 to focus on his solo career. Banks and Rutherford recruited Ray Wilson for Calling All Stations, but a lack of success in the US led to a group hiatus. Banks and Collins reunited for the Turn It On Again Tour in 2007, with Gabriel and Hackett were interviewed for the 2014 BBC documentary Genesis: Together and Apart, their discography includes six live albums, six of which topped the UK chart. They have won numerous awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award for Best Concept Music Video with "Land of Confusion", inspired a number of tribute bands recreating Genesis shows from various stages of the band's career. In 2010, Genesis were inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame; the founding members of Genesis, singer Peter Gabriel, keyboardist Tony Banks, guitarist Anthony Phillips and guitarist Mike Rutherford, drummer Chris Stewart, met at Charterhouse School, a private school in Godalming, Surrey.
Banks and Gabriel arrived at the school in September 1963, Rutherford in September 1964, Phillips in April 1965. The five were members in one of the school's two bands. In January 1967, after both groups had split and Rutherford continued to write together and proceeded to make a demo tape at a friend's home-made studio, inviting Banks and Stewart to record with them in the process; the five recorded six songs: "Don't Want You Back", "Try a Little Sadness", "She's Beautiful", "That's Me", "Listen on Five", "Patricia", an instrumental. When they wished to have them professionally recorded they sought Charterhouse alumnus Jonathan King, who seemed a natural choice as their publisher and producer following the success of his 1965 UK top five single, "Everyone's Gone to the Moon". A group friend gave the tape to King, enthusiastic. Under King's direction, the group, aged between 15 and 17, signed a one-year recording contract with Decca Records. From August to December 1967, the five recorded a selection of potential singles at Regent Sound Studios on Denmark Street, where they attempted longer and more complex compositions, but King advised them to stick to more straightforward pop.
In response Banks and Gabriel wrote "The Silent Sun", a pastiche of the Bee Gees, one of King's favourite bands, recorded with orchestral arrangements added by Arthur Greenslade. The group exchanged various names for the band, including King's suggestion of Gabriel's Angels and Champagne Meadow from Phillips, before taking King's suggestion of Genesis, indicating the start of his production career. King chose "The Silent Sun" as their first single, with "That's Me" on the B-side, released in February 1968, it achieved some airplay on BBC Radio One and Radio Caroline but it failed to sell. A second single, "A Winter's Tale" / "One-Eyed Hound", followed in May 1968 which sold little. Three months Stewart left the group to continue with his studies, he was replaced by fellow Charterhouse pupil John Silver. King felt; the result, From Genesis to Revelation, was produced at Regent Sound in ten days during their school's summer break in August 1968. King assembled the tracks as a concept album which he produced, while Greenslade added further orchestral arrangements to the songs, something the band were not informed of until