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Apr 052014

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I’m a pretty big fan of hip hop. Clever lyrics, killer samples, and bowel-shaking bass rattling my car and/or house make me feel warm and fuzzy. Hip hop live shows, on the other hand, are hit or miss – mostly miss. Del tha Funkee Homosapien‘s unique vocals and tight beats make him a pretty sure bet for live performances as far as rap goes. Add the wizardry of Dan the Automator and the ninja-like turntable prowess of Kid Koala and you might have one of the best live hip hop acts – ever.

Kid Koala came out for a warm-up DJ set. He began with a story of how the tour managers fucked up, got the wrong equipment for him and explained he has been borrowing turntables at every stop along the way. Kid assured us this was a disclaimer and not an excuse. I’m not sure if he was fucking around. He said something about them bringing in guitar equipment instead of his turntables, but he may have been obfuscating, trying to add mystery as to why guitar, bass, and drums were on stage. I’m not sure. The Social was packed and loud. Anyway, he set them motherfuckers on fire during his DJ set.

Deltron came out with the assistance of the aforementioned instruments; guitar bass and drums bolstered the already powerful 3030 trio. Simply put, they fucking rocked it. They came out swinging with a fast-paced, high energy set that felt more like a rock concert than a hip hop show. Hands down one of the best rap/hip hop concerts I’ve seen.

Apr 022014

7-year-old Dylan Miles performs at Cervantes in DenverDylan Miles Frechette continues his World Domination Tour. Not only has he moved on from Orlando, FL to Denver, CO, but he pushed past the drums and added guitar to his repertoire. He is only seven years old! Dylan Miles still plays the drums everyday, but has been taking weekly guitar lessons for several months. He took to the stage recently to add a little rhythm gee-tar to the Trevor Jones Band.

Dylan got on stage at Cervantes in Denver to sit in with New Orleans good time vibe-ist Trevor Jones and The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars. In a super-cool move, Trevor brought Dylan on stage to share the musical experience and jam. “This is something we do in New Orleans a lot, we bring the shorter people up,” explained Trevor before they slid into “Bayou Breeze.”

Apr 012014

Zombie Eric Carr, the late drummer of KISSGene Simmons and Paul Stanley will be bringing the body of late KISS drummer Eric Carr to Brooklyn for the band’s April 10 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Simmons confirmed to RollingOnion via email.

“Just because the Hall of Fame has refused to honor any of the players who soldiered on with us after we fired Ace [Frehley] and Peter [Criss] doesn’t mean that we have to sweep an entire era of the band under the rug,” Simmons says. “So if that means hauling out the carcass of one of the sweetest guys who ever lived and propping him up next to Bruce Kulick for a couple of hours, then so be it.”

“It’s real funny,” Stanley noted via text message. “People sometimes assume that somebody has to be alive to be part of the KISS family. But we love Eric’s cadaver like a brother, and we can’t wait to see it again. We’re looking forward to having a warm one-way conversation about the experiences we’ve shared and all things KISS, just like we used to in the old days.

Privately, Hall of Fame officials are confused by the apparent inconsistency in the band’s stance: Simmons and Stanley made no effort to track down ex-guitarist Vinnie Vincent, still technically alive, and never lobbied for his induction into the Hall. Yet in an act some see as defiant, they are reserving a spot for Carr’s corpse at their table while founding members Criss and Frehley share a folding card table situated near one of the serving carts.

“Let’s just say that, with all due respect to Peter, we expect Eric’s contribution to the evening to be more vital and animated,” Stanley responded. In an official statement posted on the website of East Coast DJ and second-tier-cable celebrity Eddie Trunk, Frehley said, “Gene and Paul’s decision is an insult to the memory of Eric Carr. It’s bad enough how they’ve treated me and Peter, but now they’re using a dead man as a prop – literally. I don’t exploit the memories of the deceased, which is why I was so careful to barely mention Eric in my book.”

RollingOnion reached out to Criss for comment, but could not get him to read his email, pick up his phone, answer the doorbell, or comply with the March 31 deadline to sign up for Obamacare.

UPDATE: Since this story was posted, an alleged representative of Carr’s estate has filed suit in a Manhattan lower court, claiming sole ownership of the late drummer’s body. The suit claims that Simmons and Stanley ignored repeated warnings that Carr’s remains could not be unearthed and moved without the complainant’s consent. The law firm of Dewey, Cheatem and Hilsen also alleges ownership of the rights to several songs Carr was thinking of writing in the late 1980s, as well as Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar,” just in case.

 - Hot off the wire from our Senior KISS correspondent, Steve Schneider


We Love You Eric!!! – RIP