News 2017
MR.SPEED Exclusive! From Us to You!
12.29.2017 |


To all of you in the MR.SPEED Battalion I want to thank you for 2017. From the shows and the live posts, to the meet 'n greets and the deafening applause. You've seen the bad and the good. You've defended our honor and worn our badge with pride. I couldn't ask for anything more. There's strength in numbers and we've never been stronger. Change is good and it's coming...
~ Rich

As another year closes I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has made the "Rock Out Loud" tour possible. To all the Promoters, Stagehands, Sound/lighting guys, merchandising consultants and venues who we have had the pleasure of working with this year, I tip my hat to you. I would like to thank all those in the Mr.Speed camp who hang out behind the scenes helping to put this show on... we cannot do it without you. Finally and most importantly, To you the fans, without which we would have no reason to keep putting the show out there year after year. Your support and passion for all things KISS Is what always keeps us going! Looking forward to a rocking 2018!
~ Joe

Dear Victims...
As the year comes to an end I would like to thank each and every one of you for coming out to our 2017 Rock Out Loud tour_... Seeing you all from the corners of my eyes gives me pleasure knowing that your need for Speed is being fulfilled_... Come 2018 there will be no stopping me for the God of Thunder will rise again_...
Blood, Sweat and Fire
~ Jim Seda - the Demon

Hey Hooligans,
Thank you for making my first year with the band a pur-fect one! Your support and loyalty to our tribute is unmatched; and makes my tail stand straight up, to try and be the best Catman I can be, in and out of the litter box. Without you I'm just a stray. Some new surprises are in the works for the year ahead that I'm jazzed about, and I think they'll be things you can dig your claws into as well! Wishing all you Alley Cats and Tom Cats in the Mr. Speed Army a rockin' and rollin' 2018! Give 'Em Hell, Be The Best,
~ Quinton

MR.SPEED Exclusive! Year in Review 2017
11.20.2017 |

With over 8,000 miles logged traveling to and from shows, minimal hours of sleep in hotel room beds and countless meals that we probably shouldn't have eaten we have put the wraps on another calendar year of performing. The number of shows were down just a bit but the quality of the shows has never been better. We shelved a few songs and tried out some new ones. We unveiled a new stage look to rave reviews and even hope to improve upon it as we go forward. We battled inclement weather and crappy sound systems. We jammed with a few cool opening bands and showed a few how it's really done when you care. We met thousands of new fans and played in places that we never thought we'd end up.

In the end we are a better band, better people and stronger than ever before. To each and every one of you that has made the choice to spend the evening with us...THANK YOU. We are looking forward to another year of paying tribute to KISS the only way we know how...from our hearts. We have plans in place, big things to announce and with your support there's no end in sight.

Thanks to KISS for allowing us to continue and thanks to the MR.SPEED Army for believing in the way we do things...

Rich, Joe, Jim and Quinton


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rock Out Loud Tour Hits The Sly Fox
11.17.2017 |

Make plans now to catch our last stop on our Rock Out Loud Tour on Saturday night. We're bringing our show to the Sly Fox in N.Olmsted, Ohio for an up close and personal performance. We'll have The Permanents there as support. They'll hit the stage at 9:30 PM and we'll take over at 11:00 PM.

The joint will be rocking so grab some friends, throw on your favorite KISS tee and we'll see you at the Fox!


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Fan Submitted Photos From El Paso
11.07.2017 |

Thanks to David Flores for sending us these images from our show at the Speaking Rock Entertainment Center. One of our favorite shows of 2017.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! More Great Photos From the House Of Blues/CLE
11.02.2017 |

Check out these amazing moments captured during our recent show at the House Of Blues here in Cleveland. Such a great venue and the atmosphere and attitude in the room was off the chart. Thanks to Frank Cramer at for being there to seize these moments in time.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Jim Rocks The House Of Blues/Cleveland
10.30.2017 |

In celebration of Halloween we wanted to share this incredible shot of Jim that was taken at our recent show here at the House Of Blues. Nothing says "Trick or Treat" more than Jim as "The Demon".

Photo credit to Frank Cramer at


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rockin' The House Of Blues/Cleveland
10.25.2017 |

Check out these great shots from our show this past Saturday at the House Of Blues here in Cleveland. We had a great night with our tremendous fans and these photos are a souvenir from the experience.

Photo credit to Frank Cramer at


MR.SPEED Exclusive! KISS & Cheap Trick Will Raise The Dead
09.20.2017 |

Make plans now to join us at the Cleveland House Of Blues on Saturday, October 21st @ 8:00 PM!

MR. SPEED and Cheap Tricks will relive the 1977 Love Gun tour all over again. This will be a great night of classic American rock 'n roll on one stage for one night!

Baby if you're feelin' good...We're all alright, we're all alright! Tickets will be available soon...make sure you get yours! image

MR.SPEED Exclusive! Live Action From Penn's Peak
09.05.2017 |

Here are four moments from our recent show at Penn's Peak back on July 30th.That was an amazing show to say the least.

Photo credit to J.J. Horvath


MR.SPEED Exclusive! MR.SPEED Army In Medina Helps Houston
09.03.2017 |

We were able to have an amazing party on Friday night in Medina, Ohio at our Rally in the Alley show. Our band and our amazing fan base have come together in support of all those in Houston, Texas that have been effected by Hurricane Harvey. Many people there are struggling and we couldn't have a party here without thinking about them there.

So based on our incredible fans and the support they showed us at our merchandise tent we have made a donation to the Houston Red Cross on behalf of MR.SPEED and its fans to help those in need. Thank you to everyone that purchased a photo, a t-shirt, a bandana or drum sticks and know that your souvenir is now helping someone that truly needs your help.

The MR.SPEED/KISS Army Rocks!

Rich, Joe, Jim and Q


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rally Preview In The Post
08.29.2017 |

Here is a copy of the interview from The Post in Medina, Ohio this week. We'll be headlining on Friday evening when we hit the stage at 9:00 PM.

Click here to read the interview...

MR.SPEED Exclusive! New Band 8 x 10 At Remaining Shows
08.28.2017 |

Check out our tip of the hat to KISS' motorcycle photo shoot from the '70's. At our recent photo shoot there were a few Harleys on site so we were asked to each personalize a pose or two and these were what we came up with. This image will be available at our merchandise booth at all of our remaining shows on our Rock Out Loud Tour this year.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rich Rocks 3 Sides Of The Coin
08.22.2017 |

Rich was recently asked to take part in an upcoming episode of the long running, all things KISS related podcast "3 Sides Of The Coin". Last week he sat down with hosts Mike, Mark and Tommy to discuss topics related to MR.SPEED, the KISS tribute world and of course KISS.

Here is the interview...enjoy.

MR.SPEED Exclusive! Late Summer Update
08.15.2017 |

We've had an amazing run of shows and events so far this year and what remains is sure to get you on your feet. Check out our "Tour" page for the remaining confirmed dates and be sure to check back as additional dates become available.

In addition, Rich will be a special guest on an upcoming episode of "3 Sides Of The Coin" that will air on 8/22. We're working on a few new songs to add to our set based on feedback from you, the fans.

We're thrilled that you are one of our fans. We hope that we'll see you and some friends at one of our shows soon. The MR.SPEED Army rocks and thanks for giving us the energy to keep rocking!

Rich, Joe, Jim & Q


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Logo Button Now Available
08.01.2017 |

Here's another way for you to tell the world that you're a MR.SPEED/KISS fan! Our new logo buttons just arrived and will be available at all of the remaining shows throughout our Rock Out Loud Tour.

Grab one and wear it with pride!


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rockin' The Rocksino @ Club Velvet
07.26.2017 |

We just announced another show to our 2017 Tour. Friday, September 8th we'll blow the roof off of Club Velvet in the Northfield Rocksino at 8:00 PM.
Check out our Tour page for details and ticket information.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rocking La Porte, Indiana
07.24.2017 |

Saturday night we blew the roof off of the Fox Park Amphitheater in La Porte, Indiana and here are four moments captured by Paula Bare from the show.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Photo Shoot Band Image
07.20.2017 |

Here's a cool image turned in from our photo shoot event this past Sunday. All the credit goes to Gary Whipple for the photo!


MR.SPEED Exclusive! All I've Got Is A Photograph
07.17.2017 |

Yesterday we took part in a Cleveland/Akron area based photographers event sponsored by NEO Pro Imaging in downtown Cleveland. There were 30 professional and amateur photographers there using us as the focal point for the afternoon.

World re known Cleveland rock photographer Janet Macoska was the key speaker at the event sharing memories and insight with those in attendance.

Here are a few of the behind-the -scenes moments captured by Paula Bare during the event.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Action From Mentor, Ohio
07.15.2017 |

Here are a few samples of some of the action caught this past Tuesday by from our early show in Mentor, Ohio.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rockin' Mentor, Ohio
07.12.2017 |

Last night was our third show in five days. We rolled into the brand new Mentor Civic Center Park Amphitheater for a 7:00 PM show. An estimated 3000 fans showed up as we did our best to blow the roof off of that place. Here is just a small sampling of the action captured by Paula Bare.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! New Merch On Tour
07.02.2017 |

Look out Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio...MR.SPEED wear is ready to go! New baseball tees, tank tops and bandannas will be available at all of our summer stops on our Rock Out Loud Tour.
We'll see you at a show near you!


MR.SPEED Exclusive! The Lamp Gets Its Wish With Classic KISS
06.11.2017 |

Last night we unpacked our Rock Out Loud Tour into The Lamp Theater in Irwin, PA for the start of our summer run of shows. Here are four shots captured by Paula Bare from the action on stage. Thanks to all of the fans that came out to welcome us back and help us secure our return in June of 2018 before our load out was complete.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! MR.SPEED Gets Ink In New Fan-Written KISS Book
05.20.2017 |

Now available thru ►Amazon is a brand new book titled "The Fans Have Their Say KISS #1" by Ian Carroll. A few months ago I was asked to contribute an overview of our band for the possibility to be included in the book. A copy arrived today and every word was printed starting on page 456.

So if you are a completist like me or simply that big of a MR.SPEED fan please consider this new book. It's a fan's opinion of everything KISS.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! 2 New Show Announcements
05.12.2017 |

Our Rock Out Loud Tour just got bigger with the addition of two incredible shows. Mark your calendars for our first appearance at Penns Peak on July 28th in Jim Thorpe, PA outside of Philly and the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, NY on August 11th just outside of Buffalo, NY.

We will be headlining each performance and it's sure to be a rock 'n roll party! So grab some friends and make plans now to catch our new stage set up and show this won't want to miss it!


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Alternate Photos Of Jim & Quinton
04.21.2017 |

As promised all of our photos are finally in. Here is one of Jim and Quinton that show them in character from our shoot. Very soon we will have brand new images here on our site of the entire band together.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Sneak Peek Of New Band Member Photos
04.11.2017 |

Slowly but surely we're getting the results of our recent photo shoot. Here are two examples of what we will be adding to our site very soon. These are "alternate" images that we have approved for your viewing. Very soon we will have images for both Jim and Quinton.



MR.SPEED Exclusive! Mentor Prepares For MR.SPEED
04.04.2017 |

Here are 2 photos from the Mentor Rocks FB page showing construction of their brand new outdoor amphitheater.

MR.SPEED will take its Rock Out Loud Tour there and be the very first rock band to christen the stage on Tuesday, July 11 @ 8:00 PM. So mark your calendars and make plans to come out and see us as we tear the roof off of this amazing new venue.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Additional Outtake Photos
04.02.2017 |

Here are a few more outtake photos from our recent photo shoot. These capture each of us in the moment of becoming our alter egos.

We hope to share the completed images from the shoot as soon as they become available...


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rockin' The House Of Blues/Cleveland
03.28.2017 |

On Saturday night we opened our Rock Out Loud Tour at the House of Blues in Cleveland. Here is some of the energy captured by Jon Lichtenberg from the Cleveland Scene magazine.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Photo Shoot Outtakes
03.26.2017 |

This morning we set ourselves up at a private location on the west side of Cleveland and spent 3 1/2 hours capturing new images of MR.SPEED 2017. Here are a few outtake images taken by members of our crew to give you an idea of what it looked like on the set.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rich Partners With Carlino Guitars And Straps
03.20.2017 |

MR.SPEED is proud to announce its new partnership with Carlino Guitars & Straps. Always wanting to present our band as authentically as possible Carlino Guitar Straps are now setting the standard by which all other guitar straps are being compared. In production right now is a piece that is modeled after the guitar strap used on Paul's 2006 "Live To Win" tour and it will be supporting Rich's role as "The Starchild" on MR.SPEED's upcoming Rock Out Loud tour.

Go to our "Links" page and connect with Carlino Guitars...the only guitar strap that can support the legend that is KISS.


MR.SPEED Exclusive! Sneak Peak At Our New KISS Sign
03.19.2017 |

At last the finishing touches have been added to our brand new lighted KISS logo. In late 2016 we held a meeting where Joe presented a concept and desire to create our new lighted KISS logo sign. Over the years we have kicked around the idea of using a design that was more "old school" and easier to transport and to set up. We've even incorporated a brand new truss system that will raise and support the new sign at every show.

Here are a series of photos that show the many stages that the sign went through on its way to completion. This sign will make its debut this coming Saturday at our first show at the Cleveland House of Blues. Thanks to Joe for his determination and hard might even say his work is "outta this world".


MR.SPEED EXCLUSIVE! Stage Prop Sneak Peek
03.13.2017 |

Here's a sneak peek of one of the new stage props that we'll be unveiling very soon. The first show will be at the House of Blues in Cleveland on Saturday, March 25th. Get your tickets now! We'll be conducting one more ticket give-away via our Facebook page this coming weekend.

It's gonna be a rock 'n roll party!

MR.SPEED Exclusive! Cleveland House Of Blues Show Confirmed!
02.28.2017 |

Hey Rockers! As promised we are keeping all of you up to date with everything that's happening within the MR.SPEED camp. Today we confirmed our return visit to the Cleveland House Of Blues on Saturday, March 25th. We will be conducting some ticket give-aways on FB so message your friends now and make plans.

It's gonna be a rock 'n roll party...DON'T MISS IT!

MR.SPEED Exclusive! Rich, Joe, Jim and Quinton Sound Off
02.14.2017 |

We got together recently and got caught up with one another. We thought it might be cool to share some of the more common questions that we were asking each other with all of you. So here are 5 questions that we asked each other and what we all pretty much had to say...

1) What have you been up to?
Rich: I've been pretty busy working on a number of projects associated with the band. Those have included negotiating shows, creating new stage props, creating our new set list and marketing materials along with FB Live chats over the past 4 months. I've also been working very hard at recovering and rehabbing from total knee replacement on my right knee.
Joe: I have been preparing for the up coming tour with the construction of the new KISS logo, making improvements to my costume and having a new wig cut and shaped for a better overall appearance and working on an "Ace" 1979 light guitar.
Jim: I've been just relaxing doing the everyday thing.
Quinton: I've been gearing up for our soon to come shows and getting psyched to debut my passion and drive for not only KISS, but playing drums and performing in front of new crowds, venues and states! My prep work ensues setting up my drum kit to make sure everything is in working order and fine tuned, as well as playing my KISS kit and building my muscle memory, as it is set up how Peter played back in the 70's, and that is very different from how I personally prefer my own kit to be set up.
I also plan to buy some fresh make up and brushes and try on my costume to make sure there's nothing I need to fix on it, and then repack it in a more travel accommodating suitcase. Minor house keeping tasks, but crucial to making sure I'm good to go for this year!
2) Have you purchased a piece of KISS memorabilia recently?
Rich: I recently acquired an original 1978 Paul Stanley solo album tee shirt (that I may actually wear). I also recently completed my set of the four solo album songbooks.
Joe: A KISS superpack from 1978.
Jim: I haven't purchased any KISS memorabilia lately but been finding some in my storage.
Quinton: With my DAYS OF KISS APPAREL, I'm constantly hunting for KISS swag and I did recently purchase a new shirt. I also found a compilation of some of the 80's music videos KISS made. And lastly, my girlfriend bought me a copy of the original first KISS Marvel comic, which was cool to see the old ads and photos featured at a time where looking up photos was not at the public's fingertips!
3) Who are some of your favorite bands?
Rich: Other than KISS there are a few bands that I really draw inspiration from. Those include New England, Stryper, Journey, Rush, Lenny Kravitz, Peter Frampton and Heart. I also recently got turned on to a rock-funk band from the '70's called Mothers Finest.
Joe: (other than KISS)The Darkness, Marilyn Manson, NIN, Smashing Pumpkins and My Chemical Romance.
Jim: Fav bands are Judas Priest, Dokken, Ratt, Ted Nugent, Twisted Sister just to name a few...Many others but the list will be a bit longer.
Quinton: Other favorite bands include Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Black Veil Brides, Dream Theater, Rush, and Avenged Sevenfold who are to be touring with Metallica this summer, which I'm excited to hopefully see as I have yet to see A7X live! I've also been getting into Ghost recently, so overall I'm a fan of theatrical rock bands, as well as melodically entertaining, and technically inclined shred bands. I like bands that are flashy in their music and their show.
4) Do you have a favorite memory from a recent MR.SPEED tour?
Rich: It's really tough for me to pick just one so I've got two. Rocking the Palace of Auburn Hills for the NBA Playoffs last April is the first. I also was very proud of our nearly sold-out performance at the House of Blues here in Cleveland in September.
Joe: Performing at the Palace of Auburn Hills when the Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Detroit Pistons during the NBA Playoffs. We performed in front of over 18,000 fans at that event
Jim: Fav Speed moment was playing at an NBA event.
Quinton: My favorite Mr. Speed memory or moment so far has been all of the positive reviews and support I've been receiving from the Mr. Speed Army!
5) What would you like to say to our fans?
Rich: I want to thank all of the vintage fans along with all of the brand new fans too. You have no idea what we go through to keep this band going but the fact that you keep coming out to see us, cheer us on and celebrate KISS with us is testimony to the power of music in our lives. Without you...we would be nothing, with you we can be anything.
Joe: Thanks for sticking with us all these years, It really means the world to me. Your support is what inspires me to learn new songs, make new stage props, and drive countless miles to bring the magic of Mr. Speed to you.
Jim: To all the fans... see you on the road and ohhhhh yeahhhhh!
Quinton: I'm ecstatic to be apart of this band and excited to play for the Mr. Speeders this year! I'm hoping to learn a lot from the business side and performance side of Mr. Speed, as well as make a lot of connections and friendships and fans that will help propel this entity to the next level as well as myself to the next level of success I'm looking to achieve.

MR.SPEED Exclusive! 5 Years Ago We Stood Alone
01.29.2017 |

It was 5 years ago today that MR.SPEED went up against KISS tributes from around the world. At the end of the day we stood at the top, due in large part to performing as a team. Time has proven that the more things change, the more they do not stay the same. As proud as we have been of that day and what we accomplished we have moved on. When we started we were fans and friends. Today we're still fans...that's what makes a great band. We've gone back to what we have always believed, we're KEEPING CLASSIC KISS ALIVE!

Rich, Joe, Jim & Quinton image

MR.SPEED Exclusive! Debut Of Our New Drummer In Columbus, Ohio At The OFMA
01.08.2017 |

While donning robes paying tribute to the 1978 KISS movie "KISS Meets The Phantom" we introduced Quinton Kufahl as our new drummer. We're excited to have Quinton in the band with his passion and excitement for MR.SPEED and everything that goes along with it.

We conducted a short FB Live intro with him and have seen a warm response to him from many of you that love what we do.

There are many more surprises coming your way and having a renewed energy in the band is just the beginning... image

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