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Ace Frehley Says He Was “Really Honored” to Be Inducted into Rock Hall; Knocks Paul Stanley’s Acceptance Speech

Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesAfter all the drama leading up to the induction of KISS‘ four original members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Thursday, the feuding band mates behaved civil and friendly to each other while accepting the honor. Founding lead guitarist Ace Frehley tells ABC News Radio that he was “really honored” to be part of the ceremony, although he did direct some mild criticism toward frontman Paul Stanley, who took some shots at the Rock Hall and the way it goes about choosing inductees.

“I really didn’t like some of the things Paul Stanley said in his speech, because obviously he’s a little aggravated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” explains Frehley. “I know he wanted to get other members in the group inducted.”

Ace adds that “there was some political stuff going on,” which led to disagreements about whether KISS would perform at the event. “Unfortunately we did not perform, even though I was up for it,” he notes, adding, “I try to stay away from politics. I don’t think politics and music work. I never did.”

One of the big highlights of KISS’ induction was the passionate introduction speech Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello gave for the band.

“Best introduction KISS has ever gotten from anyone, bar none, over the 40-year career,” declared Ace. “I know Tom, and we spoke a few times before, but I didn’t expect something that elaborate and that insane…It was wonderful and I thanked him wholeheartedly after, back behind the stage.”

Frehley also praised Morello for lobbying hard to have KISS inducted into the Rock Hall in 2014. “Tom almost single-handedly is responsible for getting us in this year,” he notes.

Meanwhile, Ace had announced shortly before the ceremony that he planned to participate in the traditional all-star jam that usually takes place at the end of the annual event, but that performance was canceled because the bash ran long. Frehley revealed to ABC News Radio that the song he would have played was AC/DC‘s “Highway to Heck.” He explained that the tune was chosen because Bruce Springsteen — who was on hand to induct his E Street Band — had been playing it at some of his recent tour dates.

“It was nice because Tom Morello called me up and…gave me the link to YouTube and he goes, ‘This is the arrangement. This is the key,’” he recalls. “So I learned it. It took me about 10 minutes, and I said, ‘OK, I’m ready to go.’ And then, right before Nirvana came on, I get the word that [the song was cut].”

Ace also reports that he didn’t even get the chance to tell his old band mates goodbye at the end of the ceremony, because was he “was whisked away by my press people and did a ton of interviews.”

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Rolling Stones Announce Itinerary for Down Under Tour

Eagle Rock EntertainmentNew dates and venues for The Rolling Stones‘ recently postponed concerts in Australia and New Zealand have been announced.

Earlier this month, the band announced its rescheduled Down Under tour would run from October 25 to November 22.

The promoter Frontiertouring now confirms the October 25 show will be at the Adelaide Oval and the November 22 concert will take place at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. The tour also now includes two additional shows: a November 1 concert in Perth and a November 15 performance at the Hope Estate Winery in Australia’s Hunter Valley. Ticket info at Frontiertouring.com.

The Stones had arrived in Australia last month in preparation for the tour kickoff when news of the suicide of Irish Jagger‘s longtime girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, on March 17 led the rockers to shelve the trek.

Next up for The Rolling Stones will be a series of recently announced European shows, running from a May 26 visit to Oslo, Norway, through a July 3 appearance at Denmark’s Roskilde Festival.

Here are the 2014 Australian and New Zealand tour dates:

10/25 — Adelaide, Adelaide Oval
10/29 — Perth, Perth Arena
11/1 — Perth, Perth Arena
11/5 — Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
11/8 — Macedon, Hanging Rock
11/12 — Sydney, Allphones Arena
11/15 — Hunter Valley, Hope Estate
11/18 — Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
11/22 — Auckland, Mt Smart Stadium

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Olivia Newton-John, Other Singers Record The Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself” for Breast-Cancer Awareness

Courtesy of Olivia Newton-JohnOlivia Newton-John is one of 10 female Australian singers who have lent their talents to a new version of The Divinyls‘ 1990 hit “I Touch Myself” as part of a new breast-cancer awareness campaign. The I Touch Myself Project was organized in honor of Divinyls frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett, who died in 2013 at age 53 after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.

The goal of the initiative is to refocus the original, more sexual meaning of the song on encouraging women to examine themselves for signs of cancer. Newton-John and the other participating singers have shot a video to accompany the new version of “I Touch Myself.” The black-and-white clip shows the vocalists from the shoulders up, each apparently naked, as they sing a portion of the tune one at a time.

Olivia, who is a breast-cancer survivor, also shot a separate video in which she discusses her participation in the I Touch Myself Project.

“I was very moved to sing Chrissy Amphlett’s song because I always loved the song when I heard it on the radio, and I thought she was really bold to sing the song,” she says in the clip. “And now, of course, it’s taken on a totally different meaning, and I love the whole reasoning behind doing this song. I’m really sad that she isn’t here to sing it with us, and being a breast-cancer thriver myself, it has an extra meaning for me to do this for her.”

Other singers also featured on the new rendition of “I Touch Myself” include Baby Animals frontwoman Suze DeMarchi and “Little Pattie” Amphlett, who’s Chrissy’s cousin.

The recording was put together in conjunction with Australia’s Cancer Council NSW (New South Wales), and the track can be purchased as a digital download at various online music sellers. People who want to support the campaign are being asked to use the hashtag #ITouchMyselfProject and share messages and photos via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google+.

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Johnny & Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge to Perform on Third Annual Rock’n'Blues Fest Tour

Rock Star PRInitial dates have been announced for the third annual Rock’n'Blues Fest tour, which features an impressive lineup of veteran artists, including The Johnny Winter Band, The Edgar Winter Band and Vanilla Fudge. Fifteen shows have been confirmed for the trek so far, which is scheduled to get under way August 1 in Westbury, New York, and currently is mapped out through an August 24 performance in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Among the other acts on the tour’s bill are founding Rare Earth singer/drummer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown frontman Kim Simmonds. Edgar Winter and his group have been part of the Rock’n'Blues Fest trek for all three years of its existence, while his brother Johnny’s band and Simmonds both previously took part in the inaugural outing.

“I love getting together with the great players on this fantastic concert series,” says Johnny Winter in a statement.

Adds Edgar, “My brother, the legendary Johnny Winter, is closing the show again this year. We really missed him last time and it’s always a special occasion getting to jam with Johnny.”

Vanilla Fudge singer/keyboardist Mark Stein, meanwhile, points out, “The last time Vanilla Fudge played with Johnny Winter was when he jumped up on stage with Janis Joplin and jammed with us at [1969's] West Palm Beach Pop Festival in Florida. I’m looking forward to playing with him and brother, Edgar…two rockin’ bands!”

Here are the confirmed dates for the 2014 Rock’n'Blues Fest tour; additional concerts will be announced soon:

8/1 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/2 — Rockland, ME, Rockland’s Harbor Park
8/3 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/5 — Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
8/6 — Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/7 — New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
8/8 — Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/13 — Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
8/14 — Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
8/15 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/21 — San Jose, CA, City National Civic
8/22 — Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
8/23 — Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery
8/24 — Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino

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New Book Gives Candid Look at Rolling Stones’ 1971 UK Tour

Da Capo PressA new book offering an insider’s look at The Rolling Stones‘ 1971 “farewell” tour of the U.K. before the band went into tax exile is set to be published on May 13. Ain’t It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile is author Robert Greenfield‘s firsthand account of what he witnessed as the only journalist who accompanied the legendary rockers during the trek.

Greenfield, who’s a former associate editor of Rolling Stone magazine’s London branch, got to witness the band at a volatile time in its history, a period where the once-close relationship between Irish Jagger and Keith Richards had begun to fray. The U.K. tour found The Stones traveling throughout the country by train and bus, while the group performed at relatively small venues. These shows featured some of the first performances of classic tunes that would appear on the soon-to-be-released Sticky Fingers album, including “Bitch,” “Wild Horses” and “Brown Sugar.”

Ain’t It Time We Said Goodbye also features Greenfield’s recollections of his interactions with the band after the British trek ended. This includes on the band’s subsequent 1971 European tour, at recording sessions for the Exile in Main St. album in France, on the group’s 1972 North American trek and during the recording of the Goats Head Soup LP in Jamaica.

The book also includes new interviews with a variety of Stones associates involved in the 1971 U.K. tour, and features eight pages of rare archival photographs.

Greenfield has written several other rock-music-themed books, including Exile on Main Street: A Season in Heck with The Rolling Stones, S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with The Rolling Stones and Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out.

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