GNR, Pantera and Queensryche Members to Form Kiss Tribute Band

Legendary musicians united to pay tribute to Kiss' '70s era with creating A.L.I.V.E.!

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Member of Pantera, Guns N' Roses, Queensryche, Whitesnake and Kill Devil Hill have joined forces to pay tribute to 70's era Kiss in their new tribute group A.L.I.V.E.!, Classic Rock reports.

The band features Rex Brown, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Brian Thomas Tichy and Mark Zavon, and have announced a couple of live appearances this month to celebrate Brown's birthday.

The project came together when the members were asked to take part in the charity album, Kiss 40th Anniversary tribute album for cancer care.

"We each got asked to play on this tribute album to benefit cancer research," Rex Brown said. "Obviously, it was for a great cause and we wanted to be a part of it, but I think it also came from a place of real passion too. Each of us were hugely influenced by KISS early in our lives, so the chance to play on those tracks was a real honor. After we'd heard what we'd recorded, we thought it would be a lot of fun to do it live.

"As it turned out, Mark and I had just finished recording the upcoming Kill Devil Hill album, and had a small window of time this summer before we head out on the road again. The timing perfectly coincided with breaks in Ron and Brian's schedules as well, so we decided to put this thing together!"

He continued: "I remember I was in 7th grade & this chick had a copy of "Alive!" I swiped it & it changed the future of rock and roll as I know it!! They were like 'gods' to this scrawny kid from Texas learning to play guitar!! They are one of the reasons I jam to this day!! I got to open up for them numerous times in stadiums & it's the attitude and the songs, not the schtick, that I go back to every time!!"

Tichy adds, "I thought Kiss' 'Alive!' was the loudest record ever when I first heard it! Kiss was the first band I got into. Peter Criss was my first drum idol and he is where I started as a drummer! When the idea of all of us going for this together was brought up, we all reacted with unbridled excitement to how much fun and how powerful this could be! I can't wait to play with these badass musicians I am proud to call friends!"

When asked about Kiss's influence on him, Thal said, "Hearing the KISS 'Alive!' album at the age of 5 is what made me want to play guitar and join a band. I'm looking forward to playing the songs that launched my life!"

Zavon said, "When I was 14 I borrowed 'Destroyer' from the public library and have never been the same since."

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.

Check out the supergroup's Facebook page.

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    Brian Tichy is one of the best drummers I've ever seen perform! Edit: @Mods The facebook page url is the same as this article!
    I saw him shredding on the drums with one hand while punching a speed bag with the other on That Metal Show. It was honestly one of the coolest things I've ever seen
    When it said GNR member, I thought it would be someone from the classic lineup.
    Me too, I thought it was gonna be Steven Adler, in Slash's book it said his favorite band was KIss.
    There are no Queensrche members in this group? What are you talking about UG?
    Actually there is.. Brian Tichy is currently a touring member
    A drummer that is "temping" on tour is NOT a member of a band, and he is drumming for Geoff Tate, who does not want to be in a band, so he never has been a member of Queensrche. Why not give the guy credit for bands he has REALLY been part of. S.U.N. actually isn't terrible, and he has played for more widely played acts than Queensrche. The real Queensrche will now be getting their dues, but Brian Tichy never played for/with those guys.
    KISS got me into music in the first place as well. I'd like to see how this sounds
    Yes, I am so excited about this. 70's era is simply amazing. I hope Bumblefoot picks Shock Me or Strange Ways (yeah, one could dream), I would love to hear him playing that solo.
    Tichy is temping for Simon Wright in Geoff Tates Version of Queensryche, Fakeryche, or Scabryche take your pick .... So Mr Writter how sad to toss the Ryche name up there just for google hits, ... Sad Sad Sad.
    itll certainly be interesting to see how well bumblefoot does with this. pretty sure he can pull of ace frehley better than anyone.
    This is great! I will definitely buy this album. It's for a great cause and honors one of the greatest American rock bands.
    Its very honorable that its for good cause but i wouldnt be intrested as Kiss doesnt intrest me but well done guys.
    Why is this happening... Why Kiss..
    Because in the 70's, KISS was the hottest band in the world, and sometimes still can be.
    Absolutely! I was 13 when Love Gun came out. It was the first album I bought in my life! Because of KISS I got a bass. Because of Geddy Lee I PLAY bass. Kiss was THE BAND for young teen boys at the time of Alive II. I was shocked at the "Why KISS" question, but I guess you had to be there
    I don't think it's even a "you had to be there" kind of thing. I was 4 years old when Revenge came out, which is one of the first CDs I ever saw, but the original lineup's first run of KISS has always been my favorite era in their catalog. Along with Guns 'N Roses, they were my favorite band as a kid. My mom had their first six or so albums on vinyl, and I loved all of them, but Destroyer just struck me for some reason (and I was about 15 years late hearing it). That little cardboard love gun insert that came inside Love Gun was really cool, though. I love it when bands/artists do stuff like that.
    WOW, You just reminded me of that gun inside of the album haha. I am reminiscing. Thank you...good times!