Rock Legend And Media Mogul Gene Simmons Sits Down With Dan Rather For A Candid And Heartfelt Edition Of ‘THE BIG INTERVIEW’ Tomorrow Night, Tuesday, Sept. 30 At 8pE

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The ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMER Openly Discusses an Eclectic Array of Topics Such As His Views on Life, Love, America, the State of Music, the Magic of KISS, and More

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Two legends go head-to-head on AXS TV, as celebrated musician, author, entrepreneur and Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gene Simmons sits down for an in-depth discussion with award-winning newsman Dan Rather for a special edition of THE BIG INTERVIEW tomorrow night – Tuesday, September 30, at 8pE/5pP.

Rather pulls no punches during the hour-long episode as he takes viewers on a journey into the unprecedented life and career of the outspoken musician and business man, from his life and loves, to his views on the music industry and his passion for America. In an emotional account of his childhood, Simmons reflects on his youth in Israel, surrounded by war and poverty, with no electricity and lacking amenities like toothpaste. Opening up about his mother’s time in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, Simmons reveals the profound impact that she had on his life, and the powerful experience of watching her be sworn in as an American citizen when he was eight-and-a-half years old.

Simmons is in rare form throughout, allowing Rather to get surprisingly personal, and eliciting a side of the superstar that isn’t often seen on stage or television. From his father abandoning the family when Simmons was just seven years old, inspiring his decades-long fear of commitment and reluctance to have children; to his high-profile liaisons with Cher and Diana Ross; as well as his marriage to Shannon Tweed, the issues they’ve overcome, and the decision to open up his life, home, and children to the world on the hit reality show GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS which airs on AXS TV. No stone is left unturned.

While Simmons may have finally settled down as a family man, his career, both as an entrepreneur and a founding member of KISS, has, arguably, never been hotter. With the band’s blockbuster 40th anniversary tour well underway, Simmons delves into the origins of KISS, their refusal to play the pop music game, and their commitment to being completely authentic and original as they smashed through the ’70s folk scene and changed the face of the industry forever. For him, the rock is his religion, the stage is his church, and the show is two hours of pure magic fueled by sweat, fire, and fake blood.

It’s this same drive, what Simmons describes as “the working man’s ethic,” that has helped him build a multi-million dollar empire that includes a record company, restaurant chain, race horse operations and an Arena Football team, and earned him a lifetime achievement award from Forbes Magazine in 2012. The best-selling author’s newest book, ME, INC., designed to help people unleash their inner rock god in both life and business, is due out later this fall. A promo clip is available at http://bit.ly/1pwUcas.

Gene Simmons has never been shy about delivering the straight truth as he sees it, and this episode of THE BIG INTERVIEW is no exception,” said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV’s senior vice president, programming and development. “But what sets this particular segment apart is Dan Rather’s unique ability to dive head-first into his subject, setting the rock star bravado aside and cutting to the core of the man underneath the makeup and the carefully cultivated ‘Demon’ persona.”

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“Save Studio A” Group Fights To Save Music Landmark, Stop Condos

Dolly Parton was a regular at RCA Victor Studio A. (PRNewsFoto/Save Studio A)

Dolly Parton was a regular at RCA Victor Studio A. (PRNewsFoto/Save Studio A)

Only Days Left For Endangered Nashville Site

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As a local developer threatens to erase one of Music City’s most important landmarks, a growing group of preservationists and concerned citizens are organizing to save it from demolition. Considered to be the most important music history site on Music Row, legendary RCA Victor Studio A is slated for demolition as early as December, to be replaced with retail space and condominiums. The Save Studio A grassroots petition campaign (www.savestudioa.com), calling for a collaborative solution allowing the developer to make a fair return on his investment while preserving the physical structure of Studio A, is working to compromise with the man behind the wrecking ball before the landmark is gone for good.

The first purpose-built studio in Nashville, Studio A was one of a handful of studios behind the “Music City USA” legacy that remains a vital part of the city’s tourism brand and local economy. The complex was the center of the city’s creative music scene in the 1960s and 70s, home to a “producer’s row” where Chet Atkins, Cowboy Jack Clement and others headquartered. An engineering marvel of its time, the complex provided a recording environment that today exists in only a handful of recording studios in the world.

The list of artists who have recorded at the RCA Victor complex over the last 50 years reads like a veritable “who’s who” of American music history. The studio churned out country staples like Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Eddy Arnold’s “Make the World Go Away” as well as hits by Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and countless others.

The organizer of Save Studio A, award-winning songwriter and producer Trey Bruce, remembers visiting the studio when his father, Ed Bruce, recorded there in the 1960s. “We can’t stand by and let this international treasure be torn down and converted to condos without doing everything we possibly can to save it,” said Bruce. “We’re calling on music lovers around the world to sign our petition and keep this discussion – and precious landmark – alive.”

In August, multi-platinum country artist Keith Urban urged Nashville residents to support Music Row preservation efforts, stating “I sincerely hope that those who have made Nashville their home over the years, and those who have recently discovered our fair city, will come together as a united front and continue to be vocal about preserving and fortifying our beloved Music Row.”

As Nashville’s development fever spreads, Music Row has become a prime spot for high-rise construction. Tim Reynolds of Bravo Development purchased the property in July 2014 and promised to incorporate the legendary building into his development. In September, Reynolds backpedaled on that promise, evicting all tenants effective November 30, 2014 and shared plans to demolish the landmark, building condominiums in its place. Citing structural and engineering challenges, Reynolds claims the building is beyond saving. The Save Studio A group believes that the structure’s disrepair has been exaggerated and plans to release an independent assessment of the building’s condition over the weekend.

“We want Reynolds to know we’re not smelling what he’s stepping in,” said Nashville resident Mike Wolfe of television’s American Pickers fame during a press conference at Studio A. “We all have somebody to answer to in the end, and we all have things in life that test our character. We’re here because we’re good examples of that, and we wish everybody else in our community was too.”

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Singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is proud to release her new album "Blue Smoke." The album reflects the character of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee where Dolly grew up and has a tone that harkens back to her rootsy, back-to-basics albums. "Blue Smoke" is an all new studio album with most tracks written by Dolly that also features duets with Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers and covers of Bon Jovi's "Lay Your Hands On Me," and Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice." According to All Music, The remarkable thing is how satisfying an album this is: it sounds good and the songs are sturdy, proof that Parton is far from resting on her laurels.
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Marvel Music And Hollywood Records’ Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Soundtrack Is Certified Gold

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 is the collection of songs featured in the film.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 is the collection of songs featured in the film.

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Eight weeks after its release, Marvel Music and Hollywood Records’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack has certified Gold, selling over 500,000 copies.  The album was the second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014 and was No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in its second and third weeks of release, for the weeks ending Aug. 10 and Aug. 17.  The album also peaked at No. 1 on iTunes in 60 territories.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film has earned over $630 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domesticallyAugust 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever; it’s also the highest grossing film of the year and the first to surpass $300 million in 2014. After becoming the 10th straight Marvel Studios film to open at #1, Guardians of the Galaxy occupied the top spot domestically for four of its first six weekends in release.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket,Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.   James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman.

On September 16, Marvel Music and Hollywood Records released a vinyl edition of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe soundtrack.  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe, and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy digital score soundtrack are available wherever music is sold.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 is the collection of songs featured in the film. Music plays a major role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, 'One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape (Awesome Mix #1) that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that's the only thing he has left of his mother and that's the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. He uses that as a connection to his past and to the sadness that he feels of having left all that and lost all that.'

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector. James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman.
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