The Chicago Sun-Times recently talked with Gene Simmons on his appearance on the Celebrity Apprentice (starts this Thursday night at 9 PM EST). He told them that he ran into Donald Trump in a restaurant and Trump invited him to be on the show. Simmons said to himself, "Well, I got a lot of stuff, KISS is going back out on tour, I got to tie my shoe and — wait a minute. That's an interesting idea."
He admits that he is at a disadvantage coming from the rock world where everyone is supposed to be "big and bad, and you're supposed to be surrounded by beautiful women all the time." He also said it's a disadvantage in the business world because he doesn't drink.
According to Liz Smith, Paul McCartney will be co-producing some of the tracks on the new Lulu album. They will be recording at Abbey Road Studios.
Emmylou Harris will be hitting the road in January with Shawn Colvin, Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin on the Three Girls and Their Buddy tour. All four will perform together on stage for the entire show.
Ken Stringfellow has confirmed that he won't be keyboardist for R.E.M. at any time in the near future.
On his website, he wrote, "I won't be a part of REM's upcoming tour. I spoke with Mike Mills, it was his birthday last week and I gave him a call. During the call we spoke about the tour, and confirmed what I had already pretty much figured out—the band was moving in a purely guitar-based direction, same as the new record, and they didn't really need my bleeps and blops for this new direction".
Japan's Burrn! magazine has named the fifty best albums for guitar riffs. Topping the list is Master of Reality by Black Sabbath followed by Reign in Blood by Slayer. The full list can be seen here.