Sunday, July 14, 2013

Episode 93 - Rock for a Cause w/Mitch Lafon


A new KISS tribute album is coming out in August. Many KISS fans will let out a collective yawn when they hear this news. But, this time it's different; for many reasons.
Good friend of the Decibel Geek Podcast and a podcast personality in his own right (Dropping the Needle and Three Sidesof the Coin), Mitch Lafon joins us to discuss project he's put together that is nearing completion that helps celebrate 40 years of the Hottest Band in the Land. The kicker? It's all done for a good cause; and the KISS Army has supported it in droves. 

A World With Heroes features professionally recorded performances from many artists that warm the hearts of Decibel Geek listeners everywhere. The artists involve donated their time and efforts for free and all of the proceeds go towards helping The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care, a cancer care hospice that took care of Mitch's father-in-law in his final days.The project has been funded through Pledge Music
We hear the whole story of how this project was launched, its personal meaning to Mitch, and why KISS fans truly have the biggest hearts of any rock fans with how they've embraced this project and helped it come to fruition.
Also in this long-form discussion are takes on specific tracks on the album and personal stories from Mitch about how this project served as an open door for many musicians to meet one another and, in one case, actually form a band that plans to play live. 
Mitch Lafon can be found on his own podcasts at the following links:
Three Sides of the Coin (KISS-themed podcast)

Dropping the Needle (All music discussion)
Both are fantastic shows. Mitch's co-host on both shows is former KISS webmaster Michael Brandvold and Three sides of the Coin features Tommy Sommers as well. All KISS fans would be well-advised to check out both podcasts as they offer a great discussion-based show that can be very thought provoking.
A World With Heroes Track List

DISC 1 – Track Listing

1) PSYCHO CIRCUS (Paul Stanley/Curt Cuomo)
Performed by: DDrive (Phil Naro, Don Mancuso, Dave Sessions, JT Taylor & Bobby Bond)
2) SPIT (Gene Simmons/Paul Stanley/Van Zen)
Performed by: Ken Dubman, Jimmy Callahan, Scott Metaxas, and Mark Tornillo
3) DEUCE (Gene Simmons)
Performed by: Bill Leverty, Kevin Valentine, John Regan, & Russ Dwarf
4) SURE KNOW SOMETHING (Paul Stanley/Vincent Poncia)
Performed by: Chris Buck & ANTHONY CARDENAS MONTANA
5) DETROIT ROCK CITY (Paul Stanley/Bob Ezrin)
Performed by: Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Rex Brown & Brian Tichy
6) EYES OF LOVE (Eric Carr/Bruce Kulick/Adam Mitchell)
Performed by: Eric Carr, Benny Doro & John Humphrey
7) SHOUT MERCY (Paul Stanley/Tommy Thayer)
Performed by: Jeff Paris, Troy Lucketta, Eric Brittingham & Jeff LaBar
8) CREATURES OF THE NIGHT (Paul Stanley/Adam Mitchell)
Performed by: Brighton Rock (Gerald McGhee, Greg Fraser, Stevie Skreebs, Johnny Rogers & Mark Cavarzan)
9) LARGER THAN LIFE (Gene Simmons)
Performed by: Rex Brown, Brian Tichy & Mark Zavon
10) COLD GIN (Ace Frehley)
11) LOVE GUN (Paul Stanley)
Performed by: Tony Harnell, Mark Kendall, Scott Snyder, Sean Michael Clegg, Kevin Valentine & Tommy Denander
12) LITTLE CAESAR (Eric Carr/Gene Simmons/Adam Mitchel
Performed by: Ron Young, John Regan & Tommy Denander
13) HARD LUCK WOMAN (Paul Stanley)
Performed by: Chris VanDahl, Stacey Blades & Adam Hamilton
14) OUTERSPACE (David Askew/Jesus Mendez Jr.)
Original demo later covered by Ace Frehley on his Anomaly album
Performed by: Shredmill (David Askew, Jesus Mendez Jr, Jaime Moreno)
15) GOODBYE (Paul Stanley)
Performed by: IMPERA & Bob Kulick (J.K.Impera, Matti Alfonzetti, Tommy Denander & Mats Vassfjord)
Additional guitars by Lars Chriss
16) SEE YOU TONIGHT (Gene Simmons)
Performed by: Todd Farhood and Mystery (Todd Farhood, Michel St-Pere, Sylvain Moineau, Jean-Sébastien Goyette, Francois Fournier & Benoit Dupuis)
17) BETH – The Grand Piano version (Peter Criss/Bob Ezrin/Stan Pendridge)
Performed by: MICHAEL LARDIE
18) TOMORROW (Paul Stanley/Vincent Poncia)
Performed by: Dressed To Chill (Matt Bradshaw, Rav Thomas & Rhys Lett)
19) ANYTHING FOR MY BABY (Paul Stanley)
Performed by: Slaves On Dope (Kevin Jardine, Jason Rockman, Seb Ducap & Peter Tzaferis)
20) UNHOLY (Gene Simmons/Vinnie Vincent)
Performed by: Fred Duvall, Glenn Belcher, Mark Slaughter (Guitar Solo), Rob Zakojc & Russ Dwarf

1) BREAKOUT (Ace Frehley/Eric Carr/Richie Scarlett)
Performed by: Tod Howarth, John Regan & Kevin Valentine
2) ROCK N ROLL HELL (Gene Simmons/Bryan Adams/Jim Vallance)
Performed by: Ron Keel, Troy Lucketta, Eric Brittingham & Jeff LaBar
3) NOWHERE TO RUN (Paul Stanley)
Performed by: Druckfarben (Phil Naro, Ed Bernard, William Hare, Troy Feener & Peter Murray)
4) THE OATH (Paul Stanley/Bob Ezrin/Tony Powers)
Performed by: Rick Hughes, Chris Buck & Bob Richards
5) MASTER & SLAVE (Paul Stanley/Bruce Kulick/Curt Cuomo)
Performed by: Adam Hamilton, Scott Griffin, Stacey Blades & Phil Lewis
6) CALLING DR.LOVE (Gene Simmons)
Performed by: Burning Rain (Keith St John, Doug Aldrich, Sean Mcnabb & Matt Starr)
7) I STOLE YOUR LOVE (Paul Stanley)
Performed by: S.U.N. (Brian Thomas Tichy, Sass Jordan & Tommy Stewart) with Derek Sharp (of The Guess Who)
8) REASON TO LIVE (Paul Stanley/Desmond Child)
Performed by: Johnnie Dee & Derry Grehan of Honeymoon Suite with Michael Foster & Bill Leverty of Firehouse
9) HARD LUCK WOMAN – Canadian mix (Paul Stanley)
Performed by: Fred Duvall, Glenn Belcher, Rob Zakojc & Russ Dwarf
10) FOREVER (Paul Stanley/Michael Bolton)
Performed by: Terry Ilous, Sean Kelly with Jeff Paris.
11) SWORD AND STONE – Live In Wacken (Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick, Desmond Child) – Taken from Bonfire Live in Wacken
Performed by: BONFIRE (Claus Lessmann, Hans Ziller, Chris Limburg, Uwe Köhler, Harry Reischmann)
12) GOD OF THUNDER (Paul Stanley)
Performed by: American Dog (Michael Hannon, Steve Theado & Keith Pickens)
13) SHE (Gene Simmons/Steve Coronel)
Performed by: RAZER (Chris Powers, Chris Catero, Jordan Ziff, Paul Sullivan, Eric Bongiorno & Chuck Alkazian)
14) NEW YORK GROOVE (Russ Ballard)
Performed by: Slaves on Dope (Kevin Jardine, Jason Rockman, , Elizabeth Lopez & Peter Tzaferis with Marty O’Brien of Methods Of Mayhem, Kelly Clarkson, Lita Ford)
15) MAGIC TOUCH (Paul Stanley)
Performed by: Jim Crean, Phil Naro, Vinny Appice, Steve Major & Stan Miczek
16) TEARS ARE FALLING (Paul Stanley)
Performed by: WILLIE BASSE, Bruce Bouillet, Scott Warren & Mike Hansen.
17) ROCK N ROLL ALL NITE (Gene Simmons/Paul Stanley)
Performed by: Harley Fine, John Regan & Atom Fellows
18) SHANDI (Paul Stanley/Vincent Poncia)
Performed by: Dani Luv, Scott Griffin & Matt Starr
19) BETH – BONUS TRACK (Peter Criss/Bob Ezrin/Stan Pendridge)
Performed by: Chris VanDahl & Scott Griffin.
20) BETH – BONUS TRACK (Peter Criss/Bob Ezrin/Stan Pendridge)
Performed by: Phil Naro, William Hare & Ed Bernard

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