A.L.I.V.E.!, the new band put together strictly out of a passion for 70′s era KISS was formed by good timing and happenstance. Rex Brown (bass; Pantera, Kill Devil Hill), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar; Guns ‘N Roses), Brian Thomas Tichy (drums; Whitesnake, Queensryche, Ozzy Osbourne, S.U.N.) and Mark Zavon (guitar; Kill Devil Hill), all ended up working together on rock journalist Mitch Lafon’s KISS 40th Anniversary Tribute record for cancer care: “A World With Heroes.”
This serendipitous occurrence came to be when Rex and Tichy laid down bass and drums on Bumblefoot’s version of “Detroit Rock City” in which not only does Thal play all guitars, he sings all vocals. Tichy also tracked drums, backgrounds, rhythm and leads (along with Zavon) to Rex and Zavon’s version of “Larger Than Life.” Rex makes his debut lead vocal on this track.
When the emails started circling, it became apparent that they all shared the same love for KISS in the 70′s. At the same time, they all were all somewhat shocked by how much Thal sounded like Paul Stanley and Rex like Gene Simmons on their tracks. Therein lay the set up leading to the formation of A.L.I.V.E.!
A.L.I.V.E.! is a as much of of a “thank you” to KISS as it is a tribute. Brown, Thal, Tichy and Zavon won’t be in costume and greasepaint, making this even more of a true tribute to the music that changed them when they first heard it.A.L.I.V.E.! will perform material off of KISS’s hugely influential “Alive!” and “Alive II” records as well as some of their personal favorites.
Rex Brown is celebrating his birthday on July 27th and the band have decided that would be a perfect time to launch A.L.I.V.E! The Rex Brown Birthday Bash featuring A.L.I.V.E.! will take place on the following dates:
Wednesday, July 24th – The Whiskey – Hollywood, CA
Thursday, July 25th – LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
Punch up Please visit http://tinyurl.com/kyylxqb to listen to snippets of the songs that brought this all together!