Gene Simmons

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    October 24, 2014

    The Fifteen Best Shows in Colorado This Week

    The outdoor concerts may be over, in spite of the summer weather going on in Denver right now, but there are plenty of shows to keep you busy. We can strongly, strongly advise seeing Flatbush Zombies, either in Fort Collins or Denver. Polica is wonderful. There are plenty more, observe:

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Do drugs make musicians more creative?

    Do drugs fuel creativity? Is an addled mind essential to making great music? Does sobriety cause creative impotence? What if Jimi Hendrix had suddenly decided to enter a twelve-step program? Would Are You Experienced? have sucked? To answer this nagging question, you have to take a look at rock's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    The ten things rockstars do to try to remain relevant when their stars start to fade

    We all have to make a buck, and musicians are absolutely no different. When their music careers start to fade, they still have to pay the bills. And with the endless parade of also-rans appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, we are continually reminded just how low some will go to keep their name in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Colorado Dems celebrate Obama victory Gangnam style at downtown watch party

    It was after 10 p.m. that a woman wearing a blue dress and a donkey mask came up to us and put her snout, through which her eyes were visible, up against our face -- so we were peering at each other through a tunnel of plastic hot with her breath. "Our ovaries are safe for four more fuckin' years!" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Why do musicians endorse candidates?

    There's probably a certain amount of sincerity involved when a famous musician endorses a political candidate. But even the most un-cynical, democracy-loving patriot will have to admit that there's a hell of a lot more to the rock star/candidate public union than just fiscal policy. Endorsing a poli ... More >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2012
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    October 3, 2012

    The music fan's guide to voting

    The defining narrative of American politics since the turn of the millennium seems to be that 'We the people' are screwed no matter who gets elected. Elect a Republican: We engage in pre-emptive war, the national deficit skyrockets, and we sacrifice education and infrastructure investment. Elect a D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    A dozen of the best looking members of the KISS Army last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

    See Also: - Ten most clichéd rock moments from the KISS show last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre - Ten best KISS quotes - This KISS fan's dream car can be yours for $10K - The five most shameless examples of KISS's merchandising efforts - Hair today, gone tomorrow Speaking as a card-carrying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Ten most clichéd rock moments from the KISS show last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

    See Also: - Ten Best KISS quotes from Comfort Dental - Best looking members of the KISS Army - This KISS fan's dream car can be yours for $10K - The five most shameless examples of KISS's merchandising efforts - Hair today, gone tomorrow KISS was doing clichéd rockstar antics before Spinal Tap mad ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Kiss: The five most shameless examples of the band's merchandising efforts over the years

    Legendary bass player and merchandising tycoon Gene Simmons has announced a new restaurant chain creatively titled Rock & Brews that will satisfy hungry classic rock fans craving to eat in a place that looks like a glorified backstage area. The franchise will debut this year in El Segundo, CA, and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Tom Mink on $425K settlement in Howling Pig/"Junius Puke" case

    "Junius Puke."​Update: Yesterday marked exactly eight years since officers in Greeley arrived at the home then-UNC student Tom Mink shared with his mom, confiscating his computer and more because of complaints about the way he'd portrayed a professor in his fledgling Internet publication, The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    What's the first music you bought with your own money?

    Can you guess which member of Team Backbeat bought this record?​Do you remember the first album you bought with your own money? Of course you do! It's like the first person you kissed or the first one who broke your heart -- it's a monumental, life-changing moment in your life that's unforgett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Scott Ian of Anthrax on Worship Music, comic books, Doctor Who, VH1 and interviewing Ozzy

    Scott Ian of Anthrax​Anthrax (due Wednesday, October 19, at Summit Music Hall) is one of the Big Four thrash bands from the '80s and the only one originally based on the East Coast. More than most metal bands, Anthrax seemed willing to smile and display a wicked yet playful sense of humor -- e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Twitter Tuesday: Neil Hamburger is a real, awesome jerk

    He's so gross, it's endearing. ​Neil Hamburger is an asshole. He's the kind of comedian that was born unlikable; even though he's funny sometimes, most of the time he's just alienating. Plus, he's gross to look at, and that says a lot about a person. But for the love-haters of Hamburger, ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    The 20 bands that inspire tattoos like no other

    An average Misfits fan.​Personally, it's been the "One Bad Album" rule. That's all it takes for a band's musical reputation to be asterisked forever, which makes getting a tattoo of that band, well, risky. You have to wonder how often thirty-somethings across the land hear "Nice Chi' Pep's tat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Giga Pudding! Giga Pudding! GIGA PUDDING! Is moot on a troll roll?

    ​The internets are alive with the sound of music today. Specifically, they are alive with the music of Giga Pudding, some sort of obscure Japanese gelatin product that sports one of the most bizarre, irritating ad jingles of all time; the two-minute ad appeared embedded at the top of every boa ... More >>

  • Film

    August 19, 2010
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    February 19, 2010

    The ten most cringe-worthy/awkward interviews

    Celebrities get lucky with interviews most of the time. Networks cut down strange content, or if the interview is too weird, they never make it into print. Regardless of studio and agent watchdogs, countless interviews have made us uncomfortable enough to cringe, even if we couldn't pull our eyes an ... More >>

  • Film

    September 3, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Lori Midson​Contrary to popular belief, the perfectly contoured, come-hither tongue in the above photo does not belong to Gene Simmons. Or to his long-lost cousin, brother, son, groundskeeper, guitar tuner, leather cleaner, ass-kisser, make-up artist or chauffeur. It is, in fact, the tongue of an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    The Boss was made for loving you

    Bruce Springsteen is on the brain this morning, mainly because everybody's talking about his halftime performance during the Super Bowl last night, and tickets just went on sale for his upcoming show at the Pepsi Center. I got a copy of the new disc on Friday and have only had a chance to really giv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    Phillip Bailey to be inducted to East High School Heritage Hall

    It's been a hellacious day over here at Backbeat HQ. I've been busier than a one-eyed cat keeping watch over two mouse holes. In addition to digging out from a litany of e-mails leftover from last week's DNC onslaught and from the long weekend, I've spent the day putting the finishing touches on an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2008

    Scratch and Dent Sale: Kiss Army

    When I was a little kid, my two older brothers were both privates in the KISS ARMY. (Did that mean they kissed privates?)

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    July 11, 2008
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    September 12, 2007

    Q&A With Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

    The Wayne Coyne profile that appears in the September 13 edition of Westword represents the SparkNotes version of a recent interview. Below, find the original text of our conversation with the Flaming Lips frontman, appearing unabridged and in its entirety. Coyne talks amusingly and at length about ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2007

    Nashville Pussy

    Saturday, May 12, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    November 23, 2006

    Various Artists

    Plant Music
    Plant Music Records

  • Home Entertainment

    November 2, 2006
  • Home Entertainment

    June 22, 2006
  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Dandy Man

    The Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor wanders through celebreality.

  • Music

    July 21, 2005

    The Beatdown

    After more than two decades, Blackie is still lawless.

  • Music

    April 21, 2005


    Lost and Found (Epic)

  • Music

    July 1, 2004


    Tuesday, July 6, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-0959.

  • Music

    June 10, 2004


    Tuesday, June 15, Coors Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Calendar

    April 15, 2004

    Fresh Ear

    Terry Gross brings a breath of Fresh Air to Denver.

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2004

    Pinball Wizards

    Become part of the machine at Lyons Classic Pinball.

  • Music

    October 30, 2003

    The Beatdown

    Kiss me, Im a rock star -- at least for one night.

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2003
  • News

    March 13, 2003

    The Message

    Boulder Weekly editor Pam White creates a world in which romance novels and feminism co-exist.

  • Music

    October 18, 2001

    The House That Bubblegum Built

    Buddha Records introduces a new generation to an old formula.

  • Culture

    April 26, 2001

    Shearer Delight

    The voice of Flanders is the voice of reason, absatively posilutely.

  • News

    September 14, 2000

    Dialing for Dollars

    It's out with Howard Stern and in with more Britney as radio conglomerates chase the almighty buck.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best jukebox

    Goosetown Tavern

  • Film

    August 12, 1999

    KISS-ed Off

    This rock-and-roll road trip runs out of gas before reaching Detroit Rock City.

  • News

    May 22, 1997
  • Music

    January 30, 1997

    Tricky vs. Metallica

    It was the tag-team grudge match of early '97. Guess who won.

  • Music

    September 12, 1996
  • Music

    September 5, 1996

    KISS and Sell

    Gene Simmons is offering the deal of the century on a slightly used rock band.

  • Music

    August 3, 1994
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