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Quick Takes On Bon Jovi, Sly & The Family Stone, And KISS

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Jon Bon Jovi continues to put his money — and his heart — where his mouth is, with his JBJ Soul Foundation once again helping Ocean County, New Jersey’s victims of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. Bon Jovi’s foundation has partnered with two local charities — The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and The People’s Pantry — to launch The B.E.A.T. Center, a new community outlet helping to provide good solid meals to people still recovering from the devastating storm.

Bon Jovi was on hand at the launch yesterday (April 14th) in Toms River, New Jersey, explaining to the crowd: “I know people who have been hungry. You’d be shocked to know these hardworking, middle-class people from the tri-state area who after the economic downturn couldn’t afford to keep a consistent, nutritious meal on the table.”

APP.com posted: “The nearly 12,000-square-foot building will also house the second permanent location of the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community restaurant where diners can pay for meals by making either a cash donation or by volunteering, and the new home of The People’s Pantry, the Fischer Boulevard relief center that was born after Sandy and now assists 3,000 people a month.”

Coming on July 17th via the Epic/Legacy imprint will be the Sly & The Family Stone collection, Live At The Fillmore East – October 4th & 5th, 1968. The shows were originally recorded by the label back in the day with an eye on a live LP release, but in the wake of the group’s 1969 four week chart-topper “Everyday People,” the project was held back. A special edit of the discs will be released on vinyl as part of April 18th’s Record Store Day.

Highlights on the set, which collects both early and late shows from the famed New York City shows, include such Family Stone staples as “Dance To The Music,” “M’Lady,” “Life,” and a cover of Otis Redding’s “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” among others. (Rolling Stone)

Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick may have been edged out of a gig when the original members reunited, donning their legendary makeup and costumes — but he remains a fan of the band and proud of the “unmasked” era he was a part of. Kulick, who joined in 1984 and left in 1996, played on such classics as “Tears Are Falling,” “Uh! All Night,” “Crazy, Crazy Nights,” “Rise To It,” “Forever,” “Unholy,” “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll to You II,” “Every Time I Look At You,” and “I Just Wanna,” among many, many others.

Kulick, who now performs with Grand Funk Railroad, spoke about the non-makeup era, saying, “People that aren’t fans will only think of makeup Kiss, because that’s what made them famous, and they’ve been back in that for so many years. But a real fan knows there’s a whole wealth of material that’s non-makeup. I kind of wave the flag for all of that. There wouldn’t have been a version for me to join if it wasn’t for the makeup. But when I was in the band, we kept it going, we had hits, we had platinum records, toured the world — the whole thing.”

He went on to say that the band’s success still spills over onto his career: “They turn on new generations of fans. They were in Japan not that long ago, and now they’re going to South America. I’m seeing a lot of people following me on Twitter and Facebook from South America.” (Classic Rock)

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