In a previously unreleased clip from Daniel Sarkissian‘s film “What Is Classic Rock?”, TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French was asked to offer some advice to up-and-coming artists. He responded: “When I was 20 years old and TWISTED began, I don’t think I would have ever asked someone who was 60 where the music industry was going. Because I don’t think I really gave a damn. I think that I would look around at my peers and see where… I call it observing your playing field and seeing where the scene is at, rather than go to, let’s say, Elvis Presley‘s producers and go, ‘Hey, man, give me some advice as to how I can move forward,’ ’cause I don’t think that they’re seeing things the way I’m seeing things. When they were 20, they were seeing things in their way. So when I talk to 20-year-olds, I say to them, number one, I didn’t have a mentor — I never had a mentor. And number two, I was smart and I just looked around me. I think it was impossible to think… Before THE BEATLES came, nobody thought THE BEATLES were gonna come; and before Elvis came, nobody thought Elvis was gonna come; and when disco came, nobody thought disco was gonna come; and when Michael Jackson exploded, nobody thought that that was gonna happen; and when rap happened, no one thought that would last for 40 years; and when metal blew up… Nobody knows. And it should never be predictable. When it becomes predictable, it becomes old.”

This past summer, Jay Jay revealed that had his prostate removed after being diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier in the year.

TWISTED SISTER retired from the road two years ago after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour. The band’s last-ever concert took place in November 2016 — 20 months after the passing of TWISTED‘s longtime drummer A.J. Pero.

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider recently said that he had no regrets about putting the group to rest, explaining that he wanted to “step away gracefully” before it was too late.

KISS frontman Paul Stanley says that he knows he “will sound great” on the band’s upcoming farewell tour.

When KISS kicked off its European tour in July in Barcelona, Spain, a number of YouTube videos surfaced online of Stanley clearly struggling to hit the high notes in many of the band’s classic songs. This prompted renewed calls for the group to finally call it quits, with some KISS detractors insisting that Paul hasn’t been able to deliver the band’s material with conviction for many years.

Stanley spoke about his vocal issues during a brand new interview with Australia’s Herald Sun, saying: “If anyone wants to hear me sound like I did on (1975’s) ‘Kiss Alive!’, then put on ‘Kiss Alive!’ It would be absurd. Of course your voice changes. Any athlete’s body changes. Any singer’s voice changes. The naysayers and the scrooges will find the video of you falling on your ass, that’s the one they’ll post. But when you’re playing to between 20,000 to 60,000 fans a night and beginning and ending a show with an audience going crazy, I’m not really that concerned with the sceptics.

“I’m in the same boat a lot of people are,” he added. “I see singers around my age and we talk about it. The difference could be many bands have a singer where you go, ‘Well, he sounds really good,’ but so does the keyboard player singing along with him. Or the person singing off stage. KISS have never done that.

“I understand there’s people who tend to spout negativity, but they’re in the vast, vast, vast minority. I will do everything in my power and I know that I will sound great on this tour. That is not delusional. I don’t look the same as I did at the beginning of the band, nobody looks the same today as they did decades ago, but it’s all about degree. But there are realities, of course.”

Stanley also confirmed there are no plans for KISS to make new music to go along with the “End Of The Road” tour. “I don’t think there’s any reason to record at this point. You’re up against your past. Your past is much larger and more potent than the quality of your songs. It’s about songs that had a moment in somebody’s life, that’s where the power comes. It’s a photograph of a certain moment for somebody. Whether [it’s] us or THE [ROLLING] STONES or any classic band, when people say, ‘Why don’t you do a new album?’ they have no intention of wanting to hear it. They may tolerate a new song or two. But don’t kid yourself, when THE STONES put out a new album, someone will say, ‘That’s terrific, now play ‘Brown Sugar’.’ It’s the nature of the beast. I’d rather go out and celebrate our glories and not hunker down in the studio to do an album which, understandably, will never receive the embracing that earlier ones do.”

He added: “If you put on a live concert of any of the classic bands and turn off the sound, I could tell you every time they’re playing a new song because the audience sits down. People really don’t want to hear those new songs live.”

In September, KISS announced its “End Of The Road” farewell tour on NBC‘s “America’s Got Talent”, and two weeks ago, the band revealed the first set of dates and cities in North America, produced by Live Nation. International markets were announced simultaneously.

The North American leg of “End Of The Road” will launch January 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Rogers Arena and will hit an additional 43 cities.

SOUNDGARDEN guitarist Kim Thayil says that it’s highly improbable that the band will ever resume without Chris Cornell. “It’s not likely that we could ever do SOUNDGARDEN without a missing piece,” he told Billboard. “I’d like to do more with Matt [Cameron, drums] in the future. I’d like to do something with Ben [Shepherd, bass] in the future. It’s likely Matt and Ben and I will do something in the future — it just probably won’t be SOUNDGARDEN. I don’t see the dignity in pursuing that course.”

Thayil went on to say that he is “completely satisfied” with the status of SOUNDGARDEN‘s legacy, but added that “it needs to be maintained. That’s why I’m overseeing the catalog and the merchandise, and I’ve been doing that all along because it’s important that the legacy is understood,” he explained. “There’s an ever-expanding demographic of potential SOUNDGARDEN fans amidst a shrinking demographic of consumers, so it’s important that they there are good ways for them to hear what we did.”

Asked what is on the horizon, Thayil said: “Really, the ‘Screaming Life’ and Sub Pop sessions. We recorded enough material for an album-plus, but we only released an EP initially (in 1987), and the moved on to doing the ‘Fopp’ thing (in 1988) and had some new songs for that. So there were things that were recorded for (a full) album that weren’t released because we had to compact it into a nice little EP, which is what Sub Pop was interested in doing ’cause in the early and mid-80s, EPs were punk rock albums and a great way to introduce new artists. So we have other material and Sub Pop is interested in putting it out, so we’re gonna do that, with Jack Endino mixing. There’s interest in putting out the ‘Live At The Paramount’ that was part of the ‘Badmotorfinger’ 25th anniversary, in the super deluxe version, as a standalone. We’re coming up on the 30th anniversary of ‘Louder Than Love’, and the ‘Louder Than Live’ album was never released commercially, just as a promotional thing. I’m sure there’ll be another greatest-hits recording. And there are so many lives shows we recorded over the years that have interesting takes and covers.”

Kim went on to say that it is possible the material SOUNDGARDEN was working on at the time of Chris‘s death will also see the light of day. “We were working on an album and there’s material there that we demoed that we can flesh out when we can access some of the basic, multi(-track) recordings, sure,” he said. “That’s being discussed.”

Cornell died by suicide after the band’s May 17, 2017 concert in Detroit.

Thayil was involved in assembling “Chris Cornell: An Artist’s Legacy”, the upcoming comprehensive compilation of the late singer’s work in SOUNDGARDEN, TEMPLE OF THE DOG and AUDIOSLAVE, and as a solo artist.

Cameron, Thayil and Shepherd attended last month’s unveiling of a commemorative Chris Cornell statue at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle.