That time I told Gene Simmons that I saw Kiss in a club on the Hotter Than Hell tour

By Steve Newton Some concerts experiences are just seared into memory--if you're lucky--and one of the most unforgettable for me was seeing Kiss at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom in January of 1975. They were on the Hotter than Hell tour, and they were still hungry. They hadn't earned untold riches yet, hadn't become masters of marketing, … Continue reading That time I told Gene Simmons that I saw Kiss in a club on the Hotter Than Hell tour

Gene Simmons says Kiss putting makeup on for money is akin to wearing diapers

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 10, 1992 By Steve Newton The job of interviewing Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons is not an easy one, seeing as there are so many things a ’70s rock fan wants to ask the millionaire God of Thunder. You want to glean his views on the price of riches and … Continue reading Gene Simmons says Kiss putting makeup on for money is akin to wearing diapers

Spike Lee screws up big-time by nixing Oldboy’s octopus-eating scene

Spike Lee's remake of the horrific 2003 Korean revenge flick Oldboy opened yesterday, and--mainly due to comparisons to Chan-wood Park's masterful original--the reviews have not been great. On Rotten Tomatoes right now it's got a rating of 44%, with 50 "rotten" (negative) reviews and 40 "fresh" (positive) ones. I was one of the critics who … Continue reading Spike Lee screws up big-time by nixing Oldboy’s octopus-eating scene