Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on Their New Arena Football Team

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Rickett & Sones
Top row: L.A. Kiss co-owners Schuyler Hoversten, Doc Mcghee, Brett Bouchy; bottom row: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons

This week, our cover story profiled Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS before they officially launch their new arena football team, the LA KISS inside the Honda Center this month. It's been a big year for KISS. Outside of owning their own AFL team, they've been inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame, an honor they do not take lightly. This interview took place before the controversy surrounding the band's decision not to play in at the ceremony, so any of those questions weren't addressed. Not every tidbit from the interview made the main piece, so here are some of our favorite moments from the story that were left on the cutting room floor (including an episode of road rage Paul Stanley experienced while driving home from Anaheim).

See also: Our cover story on L.A. KISS


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Andrew Youssef, OC Weekly Music Writer-Photographer, Passes Away from Cancer

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We'll miss you, Amateur Chemist...
Andrew Youssef, longtime OC Weekly music writer-photographer whose valiant battle against colon cancer he documented for us in his "Last Shot" column, passed away peacefully this weekend surrounded by family and friends. He was 38.

We at the Weekly are devastated, and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones. But we are also happy to know Andrew was able to experience the love and respect of the music world in his last months, a community that would not let their colleague face the damned disease alone.

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Surprise! Punk Rock Picnic Promoter Steve Smith is a No-Show in Small Claims Court

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John Gilhooley
So here's a great snapshot of our less-than-perfect legal system...

Yesterday afternoon marked what should've been the first step in a small claims lawsuit filed against failed local promoter Steve Smith, the guy behind the doomed Punk Rock Picnic Music Festival, which we detailed in last week's cover story. We mentioned last week that Gregg White, an indie label owner and would-be vendor at the festival, was the first person to take legal action against Smith, filing a suit for the nearly $1,000 fee he'd paid for a booth at the festival, which was to be held at the Queen Mary last April before it was abruptly cancelled.

See Also:
*Promoter of Cancelled Punk Rock Picnic Finally Sued By Fed-Up Vendor Who Wants His Money Back
*What the Hell Happened to the Punk Rock Picnic?
*Cover Story: Who Stole the Punk Rock Picnic?

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Promoter of Cancelled Punk Rock Picnic Finally Sued By Fed-Up Vendor Who Wants His Money Back

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Javier Cabral
Punk Rock Picnic 2012 at Oak Canyon Ranch
So remember that whole Punk Rock Picnic Music Festival thing that a lot of people paid money for but never happened? Finally, after three months of ticket holders and vendors waiting for refunds from the cancelled fest, someone has finally launched a lawsuit in small claims court against the show's promoter in an effort to recoup losses. The whole debacle--including an explanation of how the identity of Smith's festival was stolen from the original Punk Rock Picnic--is the subject of this week's cover story, on newsstands tomorrow.

Recently, Gregg White, owner of L.A.-based  mom-and-pop punk label Vacant Lot Entertainment served Picnic promoter Steve Smith with a lawsuit filed in Laguna Hills Justice Center for failing to pay back his vendor investment of almost $1,000 paid last October.

See Also: What the Hell Happened to the Punk Rock Picnic?

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Kadillak Kaz Is Out of Jail. What's He Doing Now?

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Ruben Martinez
Kadillak Kaz

After serving 128 days in jail on charges of carjacking and second-degree robbery, the cell bars slid open unexpectedly for Santa Ana rapper Kadillak Kaz at 12:45 a.m. on Feb. 20. Released into the cold, early-morning air and hitching a ride from his father, who took him to stay with a nearby relative, he was confronted with the decision of what his next move would be.

The day before, the MC with two felony strikes on his record was summoned from the jail to stand trial in Central Justice Center, facing a maximum of 23 years in prison for allegedly taking a female friend's car after an argument inside a business-office complex in Tustin, driving it to the other side of the building without her knowledge, leaving the keys in the car and taking off shortly after the incident between them occurred (read more about it in our recent cover story). As a man with a checkered legal history that includes drug dealing and former gang ties, the prospect of him going to jail for at least part of the maximum sentence seemed like more than a possibility, even though he claimed innocence.
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Local Rapper Kadillak Kaz Faces Three Strikes After Nearly Signing a Deal With Snoop Dogg

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It's not often that tales from OC's hip-hop scene grace the cover of the Weekly. But when it involves a local gangster rapper, a third strike prison sentence and Snoop Dogg (er, Lion...whatever) you better believe we're on the case.

This week's cover story highlights the jailhouse saga of Kadillak Kaz, a Santa Ana emcee who landed behind bars on a flimsy car jacking and robbery charge just months before meeting the Dogg Father to begin talks to negotiate a record deal with his label, Doggystyle Records.

In a handful of interviews with Kadillak during his current incarceration at Central Jail in Santa Ana, we spoke with the rhymeslinger born Deron Hollins about how his decision to park his former girlfriend's car down the street without telling her turned into a warrant for his arrest.While there's plenty of twists and turns to this story that prove Kadillak spent most of his life as a bad seed, it's also apparent that he's facing a 23-year sentence at a time when his career and life were finally starting to get on track. The question is: Is he guilty? Read the rapper's head scratching story here and check out a sample of his music after the jump.

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*Sons of Dr. Dre and Eazy-E Want to Make the Next Big West Coast Rap Album...In OC?


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