19 Famous and Forgotten Eddie Van Halen Concert Collaborations

Over his long career, Eddie Van Halen never hesitated jumping onstage with friends and strangers. In the below list of 19 Famous and Forgotten Eddie Van Halen Concert Collaborations, we’ve rounded up some of the best.

While he’s best known for his studio team-ups – work with Queen‘s Brian May, Roger Waters, Toto‘s Steve Lukather, and the hot fire he gifted Michael Jackson on “Beat It” – there were plenty of times he sat in with others onstage.

From joining the Jacksons for a live take on “Beat It” to lending a hand at Sammy Hagar shows to a truly bizarre solo on Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound of Silence,” Van Halen’s best and most curious live collaborations are a thing of wonder.

The Pretenders, “Wild Thing” (Feb. 14, 1982)

By 1982, Van Halen had become one of the world’s biggest bands. Chasing them, with a totally different sound and in a completely different scene, the Pretenders were pretty big at the time, too. How Chrissie Hynde and Eddie Van Halen ever connected is a mystery, but she brought him onstage to close her band’s show at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion for a performance that included “Wild Thing.” It wouldn’t be the last time the guitarist teamed up with rock royalty on the Troggs classic.


Allan Holdsworth Jam (April 29, 1982)

Eddie Van Halen loved Allan Holdsworth’s innovative approach to the guitar. But the rocker and jazz fusion giant never worked together on a major project. The pair wanted to come together on Holdsworth’s 1983 release, Road Games, but the scheduling never worked out. Fans will have to settle for this live team-up at the Roxy in Los Angeles. “He came down to our first gig at the Roxy, and I was trembling in my shoes at the thought of all the people being out there,” Holdsworth said. “I was talking to him afterwards, and I said, ‘We’re coming down in the afternoon to do another soundcheck. Why don’t you bring your guitar?’ … We thought it would be a good idea to do a jam together at the end of the night, so we worked out one of Edward’s tunes. We finished our set, came back on and played this tune together. It was great. It was fun – kind of a nice contrast to the rest of the gig.”


The Jacksons, “Beat It” (July 14, 1984)

The story of Van Halen’s work on Michael Jackson’s Thriller is legendary: “I listened to the song, and I immediately go, ‘Can I change some parts?’” he said. “I turned to the engineer and I go, ‘Okay, from the breakdown, chop in this part, go to this piece, pre-chorus, to the chorus, out.’” But the music gods truly smiled down on Dallas when Van Halen and Jackson – on the Victory tour with his brothers – crossed paths at their peaks. In front of a massive crowd, Jackson called out, “You got it, Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!” before Eddie goes nuts.


John Waite, “Wild Life” and “Head First” (Nov. 7. 1984)

Van Halen really showed his Top 40 leanings in the ’80s. While he connected with jazzier artists like Allan Holdsworth, he also lent his style to a wide range of pop, modern rock and New Wave acts. Late in 1984, John Waite was riding high on the smash single “Missing You” and its hit album No Brakes. Despite Waite’s newfound A-list status, it must have shocked his fans to have the world’s leading six-string wizard walk onstage at the Hollywood Palladium for Waite’s tune and a cover of his Babys classic “Head First.”


Scandal, “Maybe We Went Too Far” and “River Deep Mountain High” (1984)

During Patty Smyth and Scandal’s 1984 tour stop in L.A., the guitarist joined his pal, whom he actually tried to recruit for Van Halen after their break with David Lee Roth. Eddie Van Halen did some shredding on his favorite tune on Scandal’s Warrior LP and a rather New Wave-meets-punk take on Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep Mountain High.”


Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band (May 16, 1985)

Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth or the whole band showed up on Late Night With David Letterman or The Late Show With David Letterman half a dozen times. But the best bits appeared on the guitarist’s Late Night debut, where he sat in with Paul Shaffer’s house band to stomp through “(Oh) Pretty Woman,” “Jump,” “You Really Got Me” and “Sunshine of Your Love.” The appearance was also awesome because Letterman asked Van Halen point blank, “Does David get on your nerves?” All Eddie can do is laugh, blush and cover his face with his guitar. Could Letterman, king of the deadpan, have known the band was splitting with Roth at that exact time?


Sammy Hagar, “Rock and Roll,” Farm Aid (Sept. 22, 1985)

Van Halen had already hired Sammy Hagar to replace Diamond Dave, but most of the world had no idea by the time Hagar was set to play Farm Aid in late September 1985. As the singer told the crowd, he read in a newspaper that Eddie Van Halen was supposed to join him for his performance. That was news to both guys, but they went for it anyway. “We didn’t have time to work nothin’ up,” Hagar added, so they decided on a cover, with the guitarist and the Red Rocker’s band ripping through Led Zeppelin‘s “Rock and Roll” to close the set.


Michael Winslow Jam, National Association of Music Merchants Convention (Jan. 30, 1987)

What do you do after you’ve worked with David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar, Michael Jackson and Brian May? You hit the stage with actor Michael Winslow, who gained fame as Larvell Jones, the human sound machine from the Police Academy movies. The collaboration took place at the 1987 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show. “There was a big buzz going around that Eddie would be appearing,” recalled Vintage Music Images photographer David Plastik. “They were dueling with Eddie playing a lick and Michael voicing it back.” Somehow the jam landed on MTV. “If you find it kind of hard to tell who is doing what there, apparently that’s the point,” joked VJ Mark Goodman.


G.E. Smith and the ‘Saturday Night Live’ Band (Feb. 28, 1987)

G.E. Smith convinced Eddie Van Halen to sit in with the Saturday Night Live house band when the guitarist’s wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, hosted the show in 1987 (Season 12, Episode 13). “He doesn’t want to follow his wife around like a puppy dog,” Smith recalled. “So he finds out about the music office, and he comes in and hangs out – because you can do whatever you want in the music office. Drinking, smoking, whatever. He was comfortable there. It was his people, band guys.” The musicians hit it off and wrote “Stompin’ 8H,” in reference to Studio 8H at 30 New York’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza where SNL is staged. “At dress it was fantastic – it was ridiculous how good it was. … He’s a master, he really is,” Smith enthused. “At air, it was great, I mean it was super high quality. But he made a tiny little mistake. He forgot where this one very intricate little thing [was]. Nobody would even know about it; maybe three people in the United States. He was so upset that he had made a mistake, but it was great.”


Jan Hammer, Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta Jam at the Les Paul & Friends Concert (Aug. 18, 1988)

Eddie Van Halen has stood onstage with plenty of master musicians, but session kings Jan Hammer, Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta were some of the best. Among the three aces, they’ve backed up Peter Gabriel, Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and hundreds more. At the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the trio helped Van Halen pay tribute to guitar legend Les Paul. After some solo fireworks, including a rendition of “Cathedral,” the group explodes into a jam based on “Hot for Teacher.”


Everybody Else at the Les Paul Concert Mega Jam (Aug. 18, 1988)

With the Stray Cats closing down the Les Paul tribute show with “Blue Suede Shoes,” Brian Setzer called out, “Hey, Eddie Van Halen, get your butt up here, man.” The guitarist came out before Setzer started shouting for more musicians to jump into the fray. Before the blues romp was over, Van Halen was joined by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, B.B. King, Stanley Jordan, Steve Miller, Jan Hammer, Waylon Jennings and the guest of honor himself.


Steve Lukather and Brad Delp, “Wild Thing,” at Cabo Wabo Opening (April 1990)

Sammy Hagar fell in love with the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas in the ’80s and eventually convinced his bandmates to open a club south of the border, with a whole bunch of friends helping out at the launch party. In addition to Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and former Boston singer Brad Delp, who sat in on “Wild Thing, the band’s other special guests included Lita Ford, Dweezil Zappa, Kip Winger, Cheap Trick‘s Robin Zander and Ratt‘s Robbin Crosby.


Albert Lee and Steve Morse at NAMM (January 1991)

Three distinct talents and styles came together at the 1991 NAMM conference: Van Halen, rockabilly king Albert Lee and Deep Purple and Dixie Dregs guitarist Steve Morse, plus a backing band, became the Biff Baby’s All-Stars for two nights. The show became infamous after a writer for Musician magazine went after Van Halen for not being able to keep up with Lee and Morse. Most of the footage from the show is hard to find, so we may never know if the writer was correct.


Toto at Jeff Porcaro Tribute (Dec. 14, 1992)

The Toto drummer, who died in 1992, got a send-off from his old bandmates and a string of stars including Michael McDonald, Don Henley, Donald Fagen and George Harrison. For fans of epic guitar duels, the night featured pals Steve Lukather and Van Halen ripping through a version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire.” Van Halen also powered a stinging version of “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” and sat in with Toto on the group’s first hit, “Hold the Line.”


Sammy Hagar, Simon & Garfunkel at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit (Nov. 6, 1993)

Those lucky enough to see Neil Young’s seventh-annual Bridge School Benefit concert witnessed a different side of Eddie Van Halen. He joined Hagar on acoustic guitar and piano for a few Van Halen classics in what has been called the band’s first unplugged performance. It was all cheers and smiles for that appearance, but some fans scratched their heads when the guitar god joined Simon & Garfunkel for an acoustic “The Sound of Silence.” Some say the guitarist butchered the song with an off-key solo; others think he played with the melody in new and innovative ways.


Leslie West, “Mississippi Queen,” (August 1995)

Eddie Van Halen and Leslie West had been pals for years and jammed together in the ’80s (West once fondly recalled a nonstop 90-minute session in a hotel in 1987). But a hotel jam can’t compare with the time the Mountain guitarist made a mid-’90s guest appearance with Van Halen. They dug into Mountain’s signature track “Mississippi Queen” – a mutual appreciation between two guitar heroes.


John Mellencamp, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow,  Richie Sambora and More at City of Hope (Oct. 16, 1996)

A lineup of superstars came together in 1996 for a gala to raise millions for the City of Hope charity. But the musicians outshone the money. The “All-Star Garage Band” featured Steve Winwood, Don Henley, Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, John Mellencamp, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bobby Keys, Tony Rich, Richie Sambora, Jim Price, Narada Michael Walden, Paul Shaffer, Max Weinberg and Eddie Van Halen. VH1 captured much of the night, including Van Halen dropping into “I Fought the Law” for a face-melting solo, utterly crushing Sambora on “Gloria” and backing up Crow on a screaming take of the Rolling Stones’ “Bitch.”

Steve Lukather and Billy Sheehan Jam at Jason Becker Benefit (Nov. 17, 1996)

Calling themselves the Lou Brutus Experience, Van Halen, Lukather, ex-David Lee Roth bassist Billy Sheehan and Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey took the stage together in matching black berets. They were loose, silly and mind-blowing, jumping into everything from the Surfaris’ “Wipe Out” to Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times” to Beatles covers. The joy was real, but the jam was for a somber occasion: It helped raise money for guitar ace (and another Roth alum) Jason Becker carry on his battle with ALS.


Kenny Chesney, “Jump” and “You Really Got Me” (June 2006) 

Eddie and Alex Van Halen joined one of country music’s biggest names when they took the stage during a tour stop in Carson, Calif. Unfortunately, the collaboration came during the guitarist’s darker years, and he doesn’t seem himself. Despite the rather slapdash performance, Kenny Chesney had kind words for the guitar legend after he died. “He was a friend and a hero to anyone who has ever picked up a guitar and had a dream,” he wrote on Instagram. “Eddie and his brother Alex joined us onstage at one of our stadium shows in Los Angeles, and it was one of the highlights of my touring life in all my summers on the road. I will never forget that night and how happy we both were that our musical paths crossed that night onstage.”


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There’s Actually a ‘Now That’s What I Call Dad Rock’ Compilation

A Now That’s What I Call Dad Rock compilation exists, presumably much to the delight of rockin’ fathers familiar with the long-running Now That’s What I Call Music! series of hits collections.

The 59-song, 3-disc Dad Rock release emerged in 2018 as part of a succession of special editions taking after the multi-annual flagship Now compilations, the popular joint venture between Sony and Universal that reached its 77th U.S. edition in 2021. Unlike those compendiums of up-to-the-minute chart-toppers, however, the Dad Rock compilation runs the gamut from mainstay classic rock to more modern-day material.

See the Now That’s What I Call Dad Rock tracklist down toward the bottom of this post.

The compilation kicks off with Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and includes additional 1970s fare such as the Stooges’ “Search and Destroy.” But the collection hits its stride in the ’80s with gems including ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man,” Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up” and more.

There are also alt-rock smashes from the late ’90s and 2000s, such as Blink-182’s “All the Small Things” and Nickelback’s “Rockstar.” Plus, the Dad Rock set has plenty of rock radio’s one-hit wonders, including Wheatus and Deep Blue Something. Selections from the past 10 years or so are limited — but there is one song by Imagine Dragons (“Radioactive”).

Now, is that what you call dad rock?

Get more information on Now‘s Dad Rock compilation on the Now Music website, and order it at Amazon if you’re so inclined. There are also two volumes of Now That’s What I Call Yacht Rock.

Now That’s What I Call Dad Rock Tracklist:

1. Queen – “We Will Rock You”
2. The Rolling Stones – “Start Me Up”
3. U2 – “With or Without You”
4. Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer”
5. Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
6. The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”
7. Stereophonics – “Dakota”
8. Hozier – “Take Me to Church”
9. Nickelback – “Rockstar”
10. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama”
11. Boston – “More Than a Feeling”
12. Blue Oyster Cult – “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”
13. Meat Loaf – “Bat Out of Hell”
14. Motorhead – “Ace of Spades”
15. The Clash – “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
16. The Jam – “Town Called Malice”
17. Spin Doctors – “Two Princes”
18. Scouting for Girls – “She’s So Lovely”
19. The Fratellis – “Chelsea Dagger”
20. Primal Scream – “Rocks”
21. Toto – “Africa”
22. Simple Minds – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
23. The La’s – “There She Goes”
24. The Stone Roses – “I Wanna Be Adored”
25. Keane – “Everybody’s Changing”
26. The Fray – “How to Save a Life”
27. James Bay – “Hold Back the River”
28. The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
29. Free – “All Right Now”
30. Deep Purple – “Smoke on the Water”
31. Iggy and the Stooges – “Search and Destroy”
32. Lenny Kravitz – “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
33. RUN-DMC feat. Aerosmith – “Walk This Way”
34. Beastie Boys – “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)”
35. Fountains of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom”
36. Feeder – “Buck Rogers”
37. Blink-182 – “All the Small Things”
38. Kiss – “Crazy Crazy Nights”
39. Robert Palmer – “Addicted to Love”
40. Europe – “The Final Countdown”
41. Wheatus – “Teenage Dirtbag”
42. MGMT – “Kids”
43. Sum 41 – “In Too Deep
44. Razorlight – “America”
45. Avril Lavigne – “Complicated”
46. Natalie Imbruglia – “Torn”
47. The 1975 – “The Sound”
48. Bastille – “Pompeii”
49. The Kooks – “Naive”
50. Deep Blue Somethings – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
51. Bachman-Turner Overdrive – “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”
52. Eric Clapton – “I Shot the Sheriff”
53. REO Speedwagon – “Can’t Fight This Feeling”
54. Rod Stewart – “Maggie May”
55. ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man”
56. Steppenwolf – “Born to Be Wild”
57. Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again ’87”
58. Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger”
59. Roxy Music – “Love Is the Drug”

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Camilo, CNCO & More to Perform at Premios Lo Nuestro 2021

Celebrating music, resilience and hope, the 33rd edition of Premio Lo Nuestro has confirmed performances by Camilo, Natti Natasha, CNCO, Grupo Firme, Ozuna and Anuel AA.

Also confirmed to take the stage are Los Ángeles Azules and Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi, who will each receive special awards that night. The iconic cumbia band is the recipient of this year’s musical legacy award and Trevi will receive the Premio La Trayectoria for the 30th anniversary of her album Tu Ángel de la Guarda and her song “Pelo Suelto.”

The 2021 Premio Lo Nuestro will air live starting at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 18, from Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena via Univision. Chiquinquirá Delgado, José Ron and Yuri will host the three-hour show.

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Watch Bartees Strange Play “Boomer” on Seth Meyers

Bartees Strange was the musical guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers yesterday (January 25). The Oklahoma-raised, Washington, D.C.-based artist performed “Boomer” from his latest album Live Forever (which, at the start of the episode, Meyers called one of his favorites of 2020). The performance took place in a room filled with anatomical curiosities. Check it out below.

Live Forever arrived in October, marking the producer and songwriter’s studio debut. Before Live Forever, Strange released the EP Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy in 2020.

Read more about Live Forever in “The 35 Best Rock Albums of 2020” and “The 50 Best Albums of 2020.”

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Foo Fighters land new radio channel – Music News

The Foo Fighters are to launch a limited-engagement radio channel on SiriusXM in February.

The network, which will run for two months, will begin with an all-new live performance from the band at the SiriusXM Garage in Los Angeles on 5 February.

Foo Fighters Radio will coincide with the release of the band’s upcoming 10th studio album, Medicine at Midnight.

The channel will also feature the band, led by frontman Dave Grohl, “sharing insight into their new album and the stories behind some of their biggest songs, demos, B-sides and rarities throughout their more than two-decade career”.

It’s been a busy start to the year for the rockers; they performed at Joe Biden’s Inauguration last week and Grohl guest edited the latest issue of Classic Rock.

In the magazine, the 52-year-old recalled a visit to late Motorhead star Lemmy’s Los Angeles home.

“I was shocked at how f**king disgusting it was,” he said. “These aisles of magazines and VHS tapes, stacked three to four feet high, Lemmy sitting on the couch, in his black bikini underwear with a spiderweb on them, after just dyeing his hair black, doing a phone interview, with a video game on pause on the television.”

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Chris Jericho Says He Is Not Affected By Sebastian Bach’s Attempts To ‘Bury’ Him: ‘Be My Guest’

CHRIS JERICHO Says He Is Not Affected By SEBASTIAN BACH's Attempts To 'Bury' Him: 'Be My Guest'

Chris Jericho has responded to Sebastian Bach over allegations that the FOZZY frontman uses pre-recorded vocal tracks during live performances.

The former SKID ROW vocalist initially accused Jericho of “miming to a tape” at FOZZY concerts in a social media post last July. In response, the wrestler-turned-rocker insisted that he had “never mimed anything ever” and challenged Bach to a “singoff” with “no effects, no tuning, no bullshit”, saying “Bas is a great singer…but I’m better”.

In the months that ensued, Bach brought up Jericho‘s alleged lip syncing on several occasions, most recently earlier this month in an interview with The Aquarian Weekly. Asked specifically about his feud with Chris, Sebastian said: “I have an open mind about everyone. If I read on Blabbermouth.com [sic] that some band says, ‘We’re the future of rock ‘n’ roll and we are the next thing after THE ROLLING STONES,’ I think, this must be incredible! What have I been missing out on? So, I checked out one video during which the singer was 100% miming to a tape on stage at The Rockpile in Toronto. I thought to myself, ‘That’s weird, that’s not the next ROLLING STONES.’ So, I watch another video where he was opening up for NICKELBACK in an arena and, again, he’s miming to a tape. You can go watch it for yourself. Then someone said, ‘Here’s a clip of him singing live. Legit, bro.’ And it’s him miming to a tape again. It’s crazy obvious. It is not my opinion, it’s fact. It is not me starting a fight. But don’t tell me what singing live is, ’cause I have never used tape. I don’t even know how to do that.”

Bach also addressed the fact that Jericho accused him of having a less-than-original stage name after Sebastian slammed Jericho for copying the name of a SKID ROW tour for FOZZY.

“I switched a couple of letters of my legal last name [Bierk]. Who’s Mongoose McQueen?” Bach asked, referring to Jericho‘s original FOZZY stage name. “What kind of a stage name is that?

“How about this: professional wrestling sucks,” he added. “Everyone wishes they were a rock star. It hilarious. Evidently, all you have to do is [record] a tape, go on stage, and jump around. You can jump off the drum riser and do jumping jacks. It doesn’t matter if you are miming to tape.”

Earlier today (Monday, January 25), Chris took to his Twitter to write: “I’ve been told that @sebastianbach continues to go out of his way to bury me. My response is this…be my guest! You are entitled to ur opinion & it doesn’t affect me either way. I still dig ur work on the first 3 @OfficialSkidRow albums & look forward to ur new record.”

When Bach first went public with his Jericho accusation, FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward called Sebastian “universally disliked” and said that seeing Bach “publicly go after the only guy that I have ever witness utter a nice word about him is sad.”

Sebastian, who has been outspoken about rock bands using pre-recorded backing tracks during live shows, later tried to explain his outburst, writing: “I’m not trying to beat anybody at anything. I’m actually trying to say hey Chris maybe you’re right maybe I’ll stop singing live and prance around while the tape is playing just like you do Chris. I’m tired of trying so hard it’s like beating my head against the wall.”

After a self-proclaimed Bach fan called Sebastian “an asshat” on Twitter for firing “the first shots” in his war of words with Jericho, Bach came back with: “Hey man f*** you. I have spent my life learning how to sing live on stage. When someone comes along and mimes to a tape it sucks for all of the rest of us that don’t. You want to go see a wrestling match good. Don’t call it rock and roll”.


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Primal Scream and Hot Chip megamix to headline Bigfoot, the UK’s first craft beer music festival

The likes of Primal Scream, Hot Chip‘s Megamix and Fat White Family are set to play the inaugural Bigfoot – the UK’s first ever craft beer music festival.

Taking place from June 18-20 at Warwickshire’s Ragley Hall, the event will see fans enjoying a wide array of bands and a equally impressive selection of brewers from across the UK.

While Primal Scream and Hot Chip’s Megamix will headline, fans can also expect sets from the likes of Maribou State (DJ set), Baxter Dury, A Certain Ratio, Erol Alkan, Franc Moody, Trojan Soundsystem and the London African Gospel Choir.

Elsewhere, east London’s Signature Brew will bring their music-inspired craft beers to Bigfoot by hosting a punk stage with sets from the likes of Dinosaur Pile-Up, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, cult favourites The Wytches and Chubby & The Gang, Big Joanie and more all expected.

Standard adult weekend tickets include camping and are priced at £120, while groups can buy four tickets for the price of three at £360. You can find out more information about Bigfoot Festival here.

Co-founder Greg Wells said: “I can’t think of a better way to recover from COVID, Brexit and Trump, than for us all to get together in the great outdoors at the height of English summer time, drink locally-made world-class beer, and watch one of the all time great bands.”

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How a Comic Book Idea Led to Kiss’ ‘Dressed to Kill’ Cover Photo

The cover of Kiss‘ third record,1975’s Dressed to Kill, features the band wearing suits instead of their customary costumes. It all started with an idea for Creem magazine where the members were superheroes.

As Creem‘s Jaan Uhleszki noted in Nothin’ to Lose: The Making of Kiss (1972-1975), she approached Gene Simmons after a Kiss concert at the Michigan Palace with the concept, and he was in favor of it. Photographer Bob Gruen, who was also at Creem, filled in the details, saying it was to be like a comic book but told in photos rather than drawn.

“In the story, Kiss starts off as mild-mannered reporters in their secret identity wearing suits and ties,” Gruen explained. “They’re in the subway station reading the newspaper getting ready to go to work, and they read that there’s going to be a concert by John Cleveland [a thinly disguised take on John Denver]. … Kiss was outraged that mediocrity was so widespread, and they decide that they had to save the world with rock ‘n’ roll. They went into a phone booth, pulled off their clothes and emerged as Kiss.”

Their plan of attack was to promote a fake show by “John Cleveland,” only to have Kiss come out and perform. It concluded with Kiss receiving medals, followed by an orgy.

“We liked the idea,” Simmons said in Kiss and Makeup. “But there was only one problem – none of us had normal business clothes. So we borrowed suits from people, and they weren’t exactly perfect fits. If you look at the cover photo closely, you can see that my pant legs and jacket are a little too short and a little too tight.”

Gruen added that he contributed one of the suits and some of the ties, including the yellow one worn by Simmons; his wife lent Simmons her clogs. The photographer then took the band down to the southwest corner of 8th Avenue and 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and Electric Lady Studios, where they were recording the album.

The members of Kiss liked the shot of them on the street so much that they decided to use it for the cover and call the album Dressed to Kill. Gruen was also a fan of the photograph. “I think it’s a great image,” he said. “It strikes people as very unusual and funny. It’s very rare to see Kiss wearing anything but their costumes, so this humanized them in a way.”

In January 2021, Simmons discussed the shoot with Keith Roth on SiriusXM. He said his suit came from manager Bill Aucoin and the clogs maybe belonged to Ace Frehley. But he’s sure Paul Stanley had a suit at the time and believes Peter Criss did, too, because “he was a sharp dresser. He had suits and ties and all those fluffy things and scarves. So Bob may have been innocently remiss in his memory.”

In early 2014, Kiss partnered with fashion designer John Varvatos, wearing his suits in a photo shoot that mirrored the Dressed to Kill concept and performing at a pair of private shows to promote the designer’s upcoming collection. Later that year, they sported suits during two shows performed while aboard their annual Kiss Kruise.


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Band Covers Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC With Bowls + Water Bottles

TikTok has become increasingly popular ever since the pandemic started last year. Its flexibility allows people to come up with some really creative videos, and one band in particular has decided to showcase their talent with a comical twist — they wear bowls on their heads and drum with water bottles.

Meet Adam And the Metal Hawks. They’ve performed covers of Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Crazy Train,” AC/DC‘s “Thunderstruck” and “Back in Black,” the White Stripes‘ “Seven Nation Army” and more. They also create songs about topics they get requests for, such as hair cuts, pretty best friends and… Jack Black.

During the covers, specifically, the guitarists wear blue bowls on their heads. The two other band members stand behind them and perform the percussion atop the bowls using empty plastic water bottles.

Check out some of the clips below.

Aside from their humorous TikTok clips, you can also listen to the band’s original music on Spotify here.

The 40 Best Cover Songs by Rock Bands

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Fher Olvera, Alejandro Fernandez Join Immigration Reform Campaign

Although Olvera has never endorsed U.S. political candidates, he and his band, Maná, have been longstanding advocates of voters’ rights, immigrant rights and human rights.

Also joining the “We Are Home” campaign is Alejandro Fernández, who has been a vocal supporter of Biden and sang from Mexico at one of the inauguration events. “There are more than 11 million stories like these,” says Fernandez in his video, which shows multiple immigrant faced (the 11 million alludes to the estimated number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States). “Because of you, your fight, I join this campaign. We demand citizenship, dignity and a halt to deportations.”

Olvera and Fernández’s call to action are the first acts of what organizers are calling a “multimillion-dollar campaign” that will include digital advertising and lobbying aimed at changing immigration laws.

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