Today’s the day we “officially” announce the release of “Buffalo Rock City – Western New York’s Tribute To KISS.” Coming December 15, 2020
I’m honored to be on this recording. All the proceeds will go to The Compass House Shelter & Resource Center for Runaway and Homeless Youth in my hometown of Buffalo NY. I’m playing two songs on the recording: I’ve Had Enough (Into the Fire) and I’ll announce the other song I play on December 15th.
Feel free to check out the official press releases below.
We would like to first announce all of the local Western New York talent, appearing on the album. Starting with KISS This WNY, the album features John Jeffrey, Kevin Blakita, Taylor Stursa & Julius Giambelluca. The only other “band” to appear on a track on the record is the one and only DoDriver, featuring Jody Velletta, Michael Trabucco, Chris Elardo & Mark Conlon. Appearing on the record under the “Various Artists” tracks are: Shawn Przybylak (drums), Brad Peace (bass), Nat Peace (vocals), Gene Schmidt (guitars), Jane Evile (vocals), Casey Moyer (vocals), George Tommy Barnes (acoustic guitar), Rock Rollain (bass), Bradley Heath (drums), Stephen Mattucci (guitar), Joseph Teresi (guitar), Jay Palermo (keys) & Tony Chimera (percussion).
Again, contributions to the collaboration album were also made by National/World-wide recording artists, Robby Takac (vocals), Tommy Henriksen (vocals/bass), Tommy Denander (guitar), Deen Castronovo(vocals), Bumblefoot(guitar), Philip Shouse (bass/guitar), Jeremy Asbrock(guitar), Ryan Spencer Cook (vocals) & Mitch Weissman (vocals). These “celebrity guests” have toured and recorded with Asia, Ace Frehley, Alice Cooper, DORO, ACCEPT, Gene Simmons, Guns N’ Roses, Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, The Hollywood Vampires, Goo Goo Dolls, Michael Jackson, Toto, The Dead Daisies, Paul Stanley, and Beatlemania.“Buffalo Rock City” tracks:”Black Diamond” (Bumblefoot & Deen Castronovo)”Detroit Rock City” (KISS THIS!)”Hard Luck Woman” (Robby Takac)”New York Groove 78/80″ (Tommy Henriksen & Tommy Denander)”Dirty Livin'” (Ryan Spencer Cook & Philip Shouse)”Hard Times” (Philip Shouse)”I’ve Had Enough (Into the Fire)” (Various artists)”Back on the Streets” (Various artists)”Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away” (Various artists)”Jungle” (DoDriver)”It’s My Life” (Jeremy Asbrock)”Freak” (Various artists)*bonus collector’s track* “While the City City Sleeps” (Mitch Weissman)
It would be remiss not mention that album was mastered by KISS studio legend Jay Messina. Messina has been working with KISS since 1976, engineering and mixing the band’s breakout album “Destroyer.” He also engineered and mixed 1979’s “Dynasty” and co-mixed the next album, “Unmasked” (1980).
Keeping with the tradition of great KISS album covers, comic artist Kevin Conrad did the pencils and inks for the front cover of “Buffalo Rock City.” A life-long KISS fan, Kevin’s known for his work with Todd McFarlane, who hired him to ink all 31 issues of his “KISS – Psycho Circus” comic book series. The cover art depicts KISS THIS! wearing their favorite era costumes for the KISS member they personify. The band is poised in the iconic KISS “Destroyer” poses in front of Buffalo’s City Hall.
Please don’t forget that the record’s proceeds are geared to help the Compass House foundation, a charitable organization which helps the homeless youth in Buffalo, New York. Located directly in Buffalo, NY, its mission is to provide runaway, homeless and street youth with safe shelter and services, in an environment that supports dignity, respect and self-reliance.
The album will be available for physical CD release and digital downloads, which is available for pre-order at: https://buffalorockcity.bandcamp.com/releases
“Buffalo Rock City” drops on December 15, 2020