Wishing MR.SPEED fans everywhere a Safe and Rocking Christmas! Enjoy!
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Cadillac Visitors Guide Features MR.SPEED
12.15.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Hot off the press and straight to you! The brand new Cadillac Visitors Guide has just become available and we want you to grab yours now. Not only is the historic KISS visit of 1975 prominently featured but the recent 40th Anniversary celebration gets great press too. Of course there are classic and current photos from both weekends and stories that tie them both together.
This new visitors guide is "really cool" according to Jim Neff. You can order a print edition by clicking the link below or view it online.
Thanks to Jim Neff for sending us the link and including us in another chapter of KISStory.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Catching Up With Janet Macoska
11.22.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
I caught up with Cleveland rock photographer Janet Macoska late Friday afternoon. Janet's work is featured in her brand new book "All Access Cleveland - The Rock And Roll Photography Of Janet Macoska".
Being a fan of rock 'n roll and the moments that are captured for us to relive over and over I had to have her new book. So a few weeks back I picked up a copy and found it to be exactly what I had hoped for. Full of great images and interesting back stories on many of the classic rock icons that we all grew up with.
So I shared a short time with Janet at a local event that she was a part of along with her working partner Peter Chakerian. Peter has seen MR.SPEED and was very complimentary of our efforts. They signed my book and we even discussed the possibility of working together in the future.
Here are the pages in her book that show some very well known images of KISS. You can even read how they personalized those pages to me.
I encourage you to pick up a copy. If you love music as much as I do it will very much be worth the money. Log on to www.janetmacoska.com to pick up yours today.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Cadillac 40th Anniversary Video
11.17.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here is an amazing recap video of the historic 40th Anniversary celebration of KISS' visit to Cadillac in 1975. We couldn't be more proud to have been a small part of the weekend's festivities and would like to thank everyone that helped us to share our tribute to KISS with fans worldwide.
Thanks to Jim Neff for sending this video to us.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Thanks To Our Veterans
11.11.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
We want to extend a rockin' "thank you" to all of the veterans on their special day. Their bravery enabled us to log 14,178 miles this year taking our show on the road across this great country.
Here's to all of the brave men and women that have dedicated their lives to our safety...from our tribute to KISS...thank you!
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Paula & Devan Meet Up With Ace Frehley
10.25.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
This weekend Paula and Devan went to the 25th Annual Chiller Theater Toy and Film Expo in Parsippany, NJ. Among the vast array of celebrities from both the worlds of film and music was none other than Ace Frehley.
On Saturday they met up with Ace for the first time and wasted no time talking about MR.SPEED and some of our recent performances including our trip and celebration in Cadillac.
Devan presented Ace with one of the reminder bands that we contributed to the event and he promptly placed it on his wrist. Here is a great image of Ace sporting the band and showing some love for our tribute to KISS.
Ace was very interested in hearing about the 40th anniversary celebration in Cadillac and mentioned that he recalls the weekend being "crazy and a lot of fun".
MR.SPEED Exclusive! MR.SPEED & Rover In The Cadillac News
10.17.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's another article with a unique photo taken at the start of the parade last week in Cadillac. Before Rover answered any questions for you he jumped up on the fire truck we were riding on and we grabbed this shot.
Thanks to Jim Neff for once again sending us the article. Follow the link below:
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Souvenir Collage From Cadillac
10.16.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Check out this amazing collection of memories from last weekends festivities in Cadillac, MI.
What an amazing time this was for us and these shots will keep it fresh in our minds.
Thanks to Sister Studio for sending us this collection.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Killer Shots From Cadillac
10.15.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Check out these 2 great images from our show at Cadillac High School last weekend.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! More Concert Footage From Cadillac
10.15.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's an unmatched bit of footage accompanied by the live snippet of "I Was Made For Lovin You" from our show in Cadillac. Thanks to the KISS/Cadillac FB page for sending this to us.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! NationalRockReviews.com Review Of The Weekend In Cadillac
10.14.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here is another amazing and comprehensive review of last weekend's festivities in Cadillac for the 40th Anniversary of KISS' visit there in 1975 and 2015's answer to it.
Thanks to Paula Bare for sending this to us. Click on the link below:
Here are a few outtakes from our visit to Cadillac last weekend. From the press conference to the pep rally, from the parade to the monument unveiling and even with the original instruments from the '75 visit by KISS...we had a blast!
MR.SPEED Exclusive! More Great Coverage/Concert Footage From Cadillac
10.14.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Check out this great clip covering our past weekend in Cadillac,
Monument unveiling and our historic show at Cadillac high school.
Thanks to Jim Neff for sending this to us.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Cadillac Loves MR.SPEED!
10.14.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here is a link to a video that was put together by KISS/Cadillac Facebook page in our honor...we are humbled and proud to have been a part of this amazing celebration.
Here's a great shot of Joe at our recent show in Cincinnati at Bogart's during "Shock Me". Thanks to Steve Brownfield for sending us the image.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Unveiling Of Historic KISS Monument In Cadillac
10.11.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
We were part of the historic unveiling of the 8' tall monument to KISS' visit in 1975 yesterday morning in Cadillac, MI.
As fate would have it we were the first fans to be photographed in front of the monument once it was ceremoniously unveiled.
Here is a great shot commemorating that moment for us. Thanks to Paula Bare for capturing it.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! 9&10 News Coverage Of The KISS Monument Unveiling
10.11.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here is a news clip from yesterday's historic monument unveiling to KISS in Cadillac. We are very grateful to have been the first fans photographed in front of the monument once it was unveiled.
This past Saturday I completed a 36 year circle that has been on my bucket list for that long. I traveled to Boston to catch a solo show by New England singer/guitarist John Fannon. New England was the opening act at my very first KISS show in '79 and I've been a fan ever since. I not only met John and spent some quality time with him but NE's drummer Hirsh Gardner was there as well.
It was a magical night for me and I'd like to thank them for being so kind and generous towards me that evening.
Here are images of those moments that I'll always cherish...
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Cadillac Update In The Cadillac News
10.03.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's a great update from Jim Neff that appears in today's issue of the Cadillac News. This article answers all of the burning questions concerning our performance next Saturday for the 40th Anniversary of KISS' visit to Cadillac in 1975. Thanks to Jim Neff for sending us the article.
Want a limited edition Mr. Speed Cadillac High drumstick? The ONLY way to get one is from Andrew at the show on October 10th at the Cadillac High 40th Anniversary celebration!
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Fan Shot Interview/Performance Clip from Woodland Hills, CA
09.29.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Take a look at this amazing interview and performance video put together while we were in Los Angeles recently. The interview was conducted just prior to us taking the stage at the Valley Cultural Center in Woodland Hills, CA and "Firehouse" is a souvenir of that performance.
Special thanks to Mark DiNatale for putting this all together and helping to share our story with all of you.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley Remember Cadillac
09.28.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Thanks to Jim Neff for sharing this with us...
Listen to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley share their memories about Cadillac. Join the WKLT morning show crew and Cadillac's Jim Neff as they reminisce about the KISS visit to Cadillac in 1975 and look forward to the 40th anniversary in 2015. The Gene Simmons interview will air at 8:15 am on Tuesday, September 29. The Paul Stanley interview will air at 8:15 am on Wednesday, September 30. Listen to WKLT in Northern Michigan on 97.5 and 98.9, online at WKLT.com, on TuneIn Radio, and on the WKLT app. Both interviews will be available on podcast later in the week.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Great Coverage In Rebel Iron Magazine
09.26.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here is a great article that now appears in the latest issue of Rebel Iron Magazine.
The images and text are from our recent performance at the Celina Lake Festival in Celina, Ohio this past July.
Thanks to Nate Spence for his time and efforts in helping to tell our story.
Here are 3 images from our show last Saturday night at Bogart's in Cincinnati.
Thanks to Steve Brownfield for sending us these great shots.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! KISS/Cadillac 40th Anniversary Event Tee Shirt Now Available
09.20.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Click the image below for more details!
MR.SPEED Exclusive! One Night In The Queen City
09.20.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here are 2 images from last night's performance at Bogart's in Cincinnati, Ohio. The crowd was off the hook and we were honored to be there with them.
Thanks to Corey Nowlin for sending us these great images.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! A Rock & Roll Party In Cleveland
09.17.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's a cool shot of our confetti storm closing the show this past Saturday at the House Of Blues/Cleveland.
Thanks to Kevin Conaway for sending us this photo.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! The Examiner Review Hits Home
09.14.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's a humbling and encapsulating review of our show this past Saturday at the House Of Blues/Cleveland.
Thanks to Pete Roche for his contribution. Click Here to read the review.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rocking The House Of Blues/Cleveland
09.13.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here are some great moments captured last night at our adrenalized show at the House Of Blues in Cleveland. Thanks to Pete Roche for sending us the shots.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Cadillac & MR.SPEED Celebrating KISS In The Northern Express
09.13.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here is a great article previewing the upcoming 40th Anniversary of KISS' historic visit to Cadillac.
Thanks to Jim Neff for sending us the article to share. Click the image below.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rockin' Fox 8/Cleveland
09.07.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's a cool and candid shot of Joe backstage this morning at the Fox 8 studios here in Cleveland.
Thanks to Paula Bare for sending us the image.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rally In The Alley Coverage In The Post
09.02.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's a short preview of our upcoming performance this Friday night in Medina at Rally In The Alley.
Thanks to Nancy Settoni for providing the article to us.
Over-the-top KISS tribute band Mr. Speed will kick it off Friday, Sept. 4 in full makeup, spandex and platform boots, standing in front of a wall of Marshall full-stacks and their iconic Vegas-like backdrop.
Right down to the very gear and set lists that made KISS shoot to stardom in the '70s, Mr. Speed - voted in 2012 "World's Best KISS Tribute" by members of the actual band - draws one of the biggest Rally crowds all season long.
"That's why we give them that slot," Quesada said. "They extend generations. There's probably more younger people out here for Mr. Speed than any other Rally. The nature of what they do, the spectacle that it is, parents who grew up loving KISS want to show their kids and grandkids."
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Thank You Los Angeles!
09.01.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here is a great shot that was taken on Sunday night at our show in Woodland Hills, CA.
Thanks to Michael Eivaz for sending us the photo.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Our Lighted KISS Sign Heads To LA
08.25.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
A custom crate carried our 10' wide lighted KISS sign to Los Angeles yesterday from a suburb of Cleveland, OH. It's due to arrive on Friday just prior to us touching down at LAX. We're beyond excited to be bringing our Sticks & Stones Tour to Woodland Hills and the Warner Park Amphitheater on Sunday night at 6:00 PM.
Stay tuned for up to the minute reports all weekend long as we take in the sights
and prepare to give LA a big, wet KISS...MR.SPEED style!
MR.SPEED Exclusive! New Look To The Back Line
08.16.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here is the first look at our revamped back line, all wiped clean and proudly displaying our classic logo. These durable and road tested cabinets will soon be backing us up on the rest of our Sticks & Stones Tour as it hits a city near you.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rockin North Tonawanda!
08.09.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's a great shot that Andrew captured from his drum kit last night.
The whole show was a rock and roll party from start to finish...thank you Buffalo!
MR.SPEED Exclusive! A Back Line Upgrade
08.05.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Check out these amazing new logos that will soon be rocking our stages with us. These will replace the classic Marshall logos that you've seen on our prop cabinets. The idea was inspired by the use of the KISS logo on the amplifiers during the Dynasty Tour in 1979.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rocking The Shelby County Fair
08.02.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Check out these great images from our Friday night performance at the Shelby County Fair in Sidney, OH.
Thanks to Mike Douglas for catching us in action and getting creative with the images.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! My First KISS...36 Years Ago Today
07.21.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
It was 36 years ago today that I saw my very first KISS concert. It was July 21, 1979, and my friend Chris and I took two buses from our street in a suburb of Pittsburgh to the Civic Arena. It was there that my life was changed forever. We had 5th row seats on Gene's side of the stage. This was my third concert overall (The Commodores and YES respectively) yet the entire night was amazing. The opening act was NEW ENGLAND and to this day I love their first record. If you haven't heard it I highly recommend that you give it a listen. It was produced by Paul Stanley and Mike Stone. To this day they have been the best opening act I have ever seen before KISS...in my opinion.
Then KISS hit the stage! The way they hit it was fantastic as they rose up from beneath the depths illuminated in their new signature colors. Opening with "King Of The Nighttime World" the entire show was magical for me. The heat from the flames, the texture of the confetti as it fell around me, the scent of marijuana all around me set the bar for everything to come after that. The songs were all there. I even remember Gene being upset with the pyro in "Rock And Roll All Nite" not going off on cue. Paul commented on how Pittsburgh was the "City Of Champions" with the Pirates and Steelers both winning world championships that year. Ace even donned a Pirate batting helmet during one song then tossed it into the crowd.
After the show was over Chris and I were so excited because we had backstage passes. However, we were not allowed access due to a stabbing at a recent show (or at least that's what they told us). So we took our tour books which were full of confetti and our concert shirts and headed home. All those years ago I never dreamed that I would still be such a KISS fanatic and fronting a great KISS Tribute band.
Thanks KISS for that night...you saved my life.
Below: The actual show ads from the Pittsburgh Press for the 6 weeks leading up to the concert. Back then you didn't plan for a show 6 months in advance like today but literally weeks which in my opinion made it much more exciting.
Shown also is my backstage pass and both my used and unused ticket stubs along with the article that previewed the upcoming Dynasty tour stop in Pittsburgh from Thursday, July 19th.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! HOB/Cleveland Tickets on sale today
07.09.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
We're excited to announce our headlining show at the Cleveland House Of Blues on Saturday, September 12th. Tickets are $12 in advance so grab yours now and help us to rock the house. Just last night we received word that the Cleveland based Bon Jovi band "Wanted" will be opening the show. This is going to be a great night of classic rock and roll. Many of you may be aware that KISS took Bon Jovi on the road with them in Europe in 1984 so don't be left out. Get your tickets now for an extremely hot night of rock 'n roll and we'll hope to see you there!
MR.SPEED Exclusive! The Starchild Is Rockin!
07.09.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's an image of Rich during "Let Me Go, Rock And Roll" from our recent show last month at the OUC in Chillicothe, Ohio.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! New Logo Crest T-Shirt Available
06.27.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Available today online and at all of our upcoming shows is the brand new Logo Crest design tee. Available only in Men's sizes at this time the artwork shows a classic MR.SPEED guitar pick emblazoned with a banner showing our hometown pride of Cleveland, Ohio.
Thanks to Barb and Jerry Jividen of www.jividenphotography.com for this hot image of Joe rocking with his Tommy Thayer White Lightning model Epiphone guitar.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Alex Rockin' Chillicothe
06.25.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's a great shot of Alex rockin the OUC in Chillicothe, Ohio recently. Thanks to www.jividenphotography.com for sending us the image
MR.SPEED Exclusive! On This Date In 1994
06.23.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Today marks the 21st anniversary of our very first show. It's hard to believe how far we've come and yet still how far we'd like to go. I have some amazing memories of the past 21 years and some that I wish never took place. All of them have brought us here and for that I'm grateful.
This past weekend I went back to where it all began and met up with my "original" partner in crime Mike Gavigan. We visited the site of "The Decade" as it was called all those years ago. We recanted what we both remembered from that hot June night when 250 crazy KISS fans stood practically on top of each other to be a part of something that is still touching lives today.
As I've stated in the past it's taken the hearts of a few to reach the hearts of many. Some ex-members have passed, some are gone and will be forgotten, some are in the shadows and know they were a part of something cool...once.
To all of us that remain...let's do it all over again, even better. In the words of one of the greatest songs ever written it would be a shame "to be a rock and not to roll."
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rockin' The OUC @ Chillicothe
06.21.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's a great shot of Alex and Joe rocking out at the Shoemaker Center last Friday night during our performance in Chillicothe, Ohio. Thanks to Beth Litter for sending us the image.
MR. SPEED Exclusive! Rockin The Airwaves in Chillicothe
06.12.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
As part of our trip to Chillicothe, OH and our performance tonight at the Ohio University Shoemaker Center we stomped into WBEX this morning for an on-air chat with Dan Ramey to discuss MR .SPEED and KISS. We loved every minute of the experience and want to thank Dan and the great people at the station for giving us the opportunity.
Here is the video from the interview...we hope you enjoy it as much as we did doing it.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Alright Cadillac!
06.06.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
This coming October is the 40th Anniversary of KISS' historic and now legendary visit to Cadillac, MI. Here is a link, Click Here, to the most up to date details surrounding the event and our involvement in it from our good friend Jim Neff. Make plans now to attend the historic weekend in the beautiful town of Cadillac and become a part of our history there while celebrating all things KISS.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rockin' Indy Expo 2015
05.22.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here are four images taken during our recent performance at the 2015 Indianapolis KISS Expo last weekend. Thanks to Jessica at www.livingdedgrrl.com for sending them to us.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Indy Rock City 2015
05.17.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
We want to thank everyone that came out and supported our performance at the 2015 Indianapolis KISS Expo this past weekend. We ran into many faces that we've been seeing for many years now and even made some new fans like Paul Smith.
Thanks to everyone that came out and shared their love of all things KISS with us during the event.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Another Show...Another Billboard
05.17.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Heading back home from our rocking set at the 2015 Indianapolis KISS Expo we spotted this amazing billboard on I-70 East towards Columbus. What a thrill!
The billboard advertises our upcoming performance at the Springfield Summer Arts Festival. Go to our "Tour" page for all the details.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Billboard Sighting near Columbus, OH
05.09.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
On our way back from last night's performance in MacArthur, OH we passed this amazing billboard on SR 23N. It advertises our upcoming performance on June 12th at the Ohio University Shoemaker Center in Chillicothe, OH. Click on our Tour page for all of the details surrounding this and many more upcoming performances.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! The Spaceman Comes To Earth
04.29.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's an electrifying shot of Joe from our recent performance in Clarksville, TN at the Rivers & Spires Festival.
One year ago to the day we stepped on stage at the world famous Whisky-A Go Go in W.Hollywood, CA on AXS TV. Simply put this was one of the best events in our 21 year history and we think back on it fondly. The packed room, the cameras, the history, the memories are still resonating with us as we look back. None of this would have been possible without Katie Daryl and the great people at AXS TV. She believed in our band and the history that those of us who are still a part of it believe in as well.
Here are some never before seen images from our visit to that rock 'n roll altar...enjoy
MR.SPEED Exclusive! MR. SPEED To Help Celebrate KISS' 40th Anniversary in Cadillac
04.14.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
We are extremely proud to announce that we will be part of the 40th Anniversary of KISS' historic and legendary visit to Cadillac, MI this coming October. Working very closely with our good friend Jim Neff for the better part of the past two years has us poised to once again be a part of KISStory in Cadillac.
This is going to be an amazing weekend of celebrating the true spirit of rock 'n roll. Our performance will take place in the very gymnasium where KISS stood 40 years ago and lit the spark that ignited the flame to a story that continues to write itself to this day.
Below is the official press release announcing the event. Make plans now to be a part of this amazing event and we'll look forward to seeing you in Cadillac this coming October.
KISS Cadillac Homecoming 40th Anniversary Celebration
Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau
201 N. Mitchell St. Suite 102, Cadillac, MI 49601
(231) 775-0657 • (800) 22-LAKES email@example.com
(April 10, 2015 - Cadillac, MI) - On October 9-10, 2015, Cadillac will celebrate the 40th
Anniversary of the KISS Homecoming at Cadillac High School. The legendary rock
band KISS visited the small town of Cadillac in 1975 to connect with their football
team and perform a concert in the gym, a story that has become iconic in Rock and
This year's homecoming coincides with the 120th Anniversary of Cadillac Viking
football, so special festivities are being planned. The weekend will include: The
homecoming football game, KISS-themed additions to the homecoming parade, a
re-creation of the concert in the gym (featuring the World's Best KISS Tribute Band -
Mr. Speed), the unveiling of a permanent KISS monument, walking tours of KISStorical
markers at significant spots around town, promotions by local businesses, and much
Joy Vandrie, Director of the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau, expects the
weekend will have great appeal to KISS fans. "This event will garner world wide
attention and not only attract many visitors to Cadillac for this unique weekend, but
also establish Cadillac as a permanent KISS tourism destination."
The KISS Cadillac Homecoming is a collaborative event with Cadillac Area
Festival & Events, Cadillac Area Public Schools, the Cadillac Sports Boosters, and the
Cadillac Band Boosters. All NET proceeds from the event will benefit the two booster
A committee of local citizens and many volunteers are working hard to make
this event a success. Committee member Jim Neff, the person responsible for bringing
KISS to Cadillac in 1975, adds: "We have the total backing of KISS and their
management at McGhee Entertainment. The goal for everyone involved is to do
something positive for the City of Cadillac and the students at Cadillac High School."
A schedule of events, ticket information for the KISS tribute concert featuring
Mr. Speed, sponsorship opportunities, and ways for KISS fans to donate to the
monument fund will be announced soon.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! The Demon Unleashes Hell on Strongsville
04.12.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Check out this massive ball of fire that Jim thrilled the crowd with at Sim & Chubby's. The crowd erupted after the flames were extinguished. Truly the spirit of classic KISS rock 'n roll was resurrected and ignited that night.
Here are the early sketch and sample designs for our brand new t-shirts. These have actually been in the works since the start of the year and we're just days away from having them printed. Every idea begins with just that...an idea. Then a sketch is completed to develop the idea a bit more. I then work with our webmaster to create samples of the ideas on paper in hopes that they will translate onto fabric like I hope that they will. We then meet with our screen printer to discuss our printing options, fabric styles and costs. All of these stages help to develop the entire process from our office to your back.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Andrew Rockin' Slim & Chubby's
04.05.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's a great shot of Andrew from our recent show at Slim & Chubby's in Strongsville, Ohio last Saturday.
Thanks to Jessica from www.livingdedgrrl.com for this great image.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! More Great Shots From Auburn, WA
03.26.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here are 2 more great live shots from our opening weekend in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, WA. Thanks to LDG Rocktography for sending us the images.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Andrew In Auburn, WA
03.20.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here's a great shot of Andrew in concert from last Saturday night's performance at the Auburn Theater in Auburn, WA.
Thanks to Rich Rau for sending us the photo.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Live Shots from Auburn Theater
03.16.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Here are a few live shots from our recent weekend at the Auburn Theater in Auburn, WA.
Thanks to Rich Rau for these photos.
Andrew talks about Mr.Speed & KISS
03.11.2015 | www.auburn-reporter.com
by SHAWN SKAGER, Auburn Reporter Sports Reporter
Mar 4, 2015 at 2:00PM updated Mar 11, 2015 at 10:51AM
The appeal of Kiss for Andrew Sgambati has always been the superhero aspect of the legendary rock-and-roll band.
"I discovered Kiss when I was three," Sgambati said. "I discovered them through the TV movie (Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park) I didn't even know they were a band. I just thought they were superheroes like in Marvel Comics."
Now, nearly 30 years later, Sgambati, 30, has a chance every weekend to get his superhero fix when he dons his Peter Criss costume and gets behind the drum kit for Kiss tribute band Mr. Speed, which plays the Auburn Avenue Theater at 7:30 p.m. March 13 and 14.
Formed in 1994 in Pittsburgh by Rich Kosak, who performs as guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley, Mr. Speed was selected as the best Kiss tribute band in the world, beating out more than 200 other Kiss tribute bands in Las Vegas in 2012.
Sgambati's ride began in 2008.
The image and the colorful costumes adopted by the band may have been the initial draw for Sgambati, it is Kiss' music that continues to inspire him to pay tribute to the band.
"The thing people lose sight of sometimes is they are a band first," he said.
Sgambati, a banker by day, said he enjoys the chance to take the spotlight every show when Mr. Speed performs Kiss' most popular single, "Beth",which was originally sung by Criss.
After that, it's a toss up as to which Kiss tune he favors.
"I always like songs like 'Detroit Rock City' and 'I Stole Your Love,'" he said. "But they have so many songs and so many styles, from rock to disco. It's always what is your favorite at the moment. Then next week it will be something different."
Performance-wise Sgambati said, every Mr. Speed performance is a spectacle, aimed at getting as close as possible to the high level of showmanship displayed by Kiss itself.
"It's always such a huge performance," he said. "I always compare it to theater because you really inhabit those characters. No one wants to see Rich or Andrew or Joe Hess (as Ace Frehley, the Spaceman). They want to see the characters. The guys in Mr. Speed are putting out the very best Kiss product we can, we're all fans and try to do the best we can."
Although the members of Mr. Speed painstakingly don the makeup and wardrobe made famous by Kiss, Sgambati said they don't skip over the handful of hits that came during Kiss' unmasked period.
"We're different," he said. "We do the whole history of Kiss, two hours and twenty songs that encompass the band from the beginning to now."
Sgambati said Mr. Speed, which is based in Cleveland, Ohio, was anxious to win over new Kiss fans on the West Coast.
"Kiss fans are just really rabid for some reason," he said. "They just want to take that message from the band and ram it into other people's faces."
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m., March 13 and 14 show at the Auburn Avenue Theater are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. Cost is $19.62 for students and seniors, $21.63 regular admission.
MR.SPEED Exclusive! Sticks & Stones Tour Kicks Off Next Week in Seattle
03.06.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
We're back...and ready to rock! After a few months of down time we're pulling everything out of storage and tuning things up for the first two shows of 2015. On Thursday morning we leave for Auburn, WA for shows next Friday and Saturday night at the Auburn Theater. Joe, Andrew, Jim and myself are looking forward to taking MR.SPEED's polished and experienced style of classic KISS to the suburbs of the Emerald City for the this kick-off weekend to our Stick & Stones Tour of 2015.
So if you can't make it to these shows check out our Tour page as we're booking new and exciting dates on a weekly basis. Some of these dates are familiar and some are brand new to our schedule.
We've got new t-shirts in the works with and exciting new design and even the possibility of an exclusive shirt only available online coming very soon.
Thanks to everyone that has waited out the long, cold winter and is ready to help us melt the stages across the US.
We'll see you soon!
MR.SPEED Exclusive! 2015 Is Gonna Rock!
01.01.2015 | MrSpeedOnline.com
Hey Rockers! To everyone that supported our Platinum Tour in 2014 we wanted to thank you for coming out and rocking with us at each and every show. Being a part of "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands" from the world famous Whisky-A Go Go on AXS TV in April was an amazing experience for us and has us headed back to LA this coming August. From the club shows to the fairs and festivals each opportunity was a chance for us to bring our tribute to KISS to your town and we're grateful for your support.
Just a quick message to let you all know that we're gearing up for an amazing year in 2015. We're working on brand new MR.SPEED t-shirts that are going to be our best yet. Our Tour page is filling up with confirmed dates and there are many more in negotiations right now that we hope to add to our schedule very soon. Some of these dates have us taking our show on the road to places that we've never been before and we're excited about meeting and making new fans along the way. We've cleaned out our road cases and gotten rid of some junk that we've been carrying around to make room for new memories and souvenirs that we'll acquire. Keep an eye on our site for some exciting new changes and we'll look forward to seeing you as often as possible on our "Sticks & Stones" Tour of 2015!