Super Sonic Guitars (SSG)
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Sep
05
Super Sonic Guitars (SSG) @ Holiday Inn Denver International Airport

Denver, Colorado, None, USA

Denver, Colorado, None, USA

Jun
07
Super Sonic Guitars (SSG) @ Evansville Airport Marriott

Evansville, Indiana, None, USA

Evansville, Indiana, None, USA

May
03
Super Sonic Guitars (SSG) @ Meadowlands Sheraton

East Rutherford, New Jersey, None, USA

East Rutherford, New Jersey, None, USA

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The best kept secret in music

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SSG
By Ronnie
Intro:
SSG is a band with a plan. They have an unconventional way to get their music to the people. Instead of playing bars to crowds of 20 or so, they play as a KISS tribute band at the various KISS expos and conventions. While they are considered a KISS tribute band, they don’t wear KISS make-up and they play only the obscure KISS songs that all the other tribute bands don’t play. But…the big difference is that they also play their originals at these KISS shows.

I talked to the band prior to their taking the stage at the Atlanta KISS EXPO. I was interested in what made SSG different from the various KISS tribute bands. However, I wasn’t prepared for a band that had such a definite marketing plan in regards to getting their own music heard!

While all the members of SSG were present at the interview, I have credited all their answers to “SSG”…




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E.C.: First, what inspired you to start a KISS tribute band?

SSG: As far as inspired we started the KAOL – a series of tribute albums that was done over the internet and its all based on charity and there were 3 or 4 different volumes and the last one was a tribute to the solo albums. We recorded 2 songs for that, and that’s what got us into the conventions and got us into the KISS thing.

E.C.: I know that one of the differences that that your group does not do the make-up, right?

SSG: Right, and we also do the obscure KISS tunes, that really none of the other bands have been covering. We actually do some of the songs that KISS never played live. Another thing that differs us from the other tribute bands is we also push our originals along with the KISS covers at the conventions. We’ve been getting really good response and are getting quite a few requests for the originals along with the KISS tunes.

E.C.: That’s a good marketing tool, when you have an original band to get your foot in the door…

SSG: Excellent marketing tool!

E.C.: You have a ready-made audience?

SSG: We’ve got a captive audience. They’re [KISS fans] probably the hardest core rock fans that are out there.

E.C.: Instead of playing in a club to like 20 people…

SSG: Absolutely, you took the words right out of my mouth…

E.C.: Do you do any Wicked Lester songs?

SSG: We do the KISS versions…

E.C.: Like “She” ? [She” originally being a Wicked Lester song]

SSG: Yeah…

E.C.: What is the competition like between KISS tribute bands? Is it friendly? Do you study the other KISS tribute bands for ideas?

SSG: From the start we kinda did our own thing and said, “this is what we wanna do and these are the songs that we wanted to hear that we never heard from anybody else”. To get out of the mainstream KISS songs – it’s wide open. Plus, us and other tribute bands are like apples and oranges…two different things. They do the make-up and stuff and usually they stick to the show and the characters. As far as us, we do different parts…one person doesn’t sing only the ‘Paul’ songs, ‘Ace’ songs or ‘Gene’ songs, whatever…

E.C.: So you concentrate mainly on recreating the music accurately? Do you take any liberties with the songs?

SSG: We try to get the ‘vibe’…we definitely give it our own sound. And it depends on the song, too. Some songs need to be done really, really close to the original to have it come across. And especially the obscure stuff, it’s wide open, you don’t have to play exactly what KISS did.

We just go out there as ourselves. Back in the ‘70s, the music kinda got clouded with all the ‘bells and whistles’ that went along with the bands. The music was great! So we try to base the tribute that we do on the music and then the visual presence you get is us.

E.C.: What was the feedback been so far? Have people asked why you don’t wear the make-up?

SSG: Yeah, we get that…we’ll get like, “which one are you?” And we also get, “well, I was kinda bummed out when we saw that you were not a make-up band.” But, after they saw the show it didn’t matter.

E.C.: My next question you already kind of answered…how do you pick the songs? Do you pick the obscure songs because you are NOT in make-up and want to put a different twist on it?

SSG: That, too…and (all laugh) we like em! [obscure KISS songs] There’s a lot of stuff that just never got out there. And there’s a lot of stuff that was done maybe because of the vocals…and we’ve got 4-part harmony that we can pull off on stage.

And a lot of people on that last KISS tour – they were begging KISS to play other songs. We didn’t want to be an addition to the EXPO shows and just repeat songs, just another band playing the same old songs. So, we thought we would leave the “Duece”, “Detroit Rock City” and the “Rock and Roll All Nite” to the regular bands.

E.C.: The tribute band field is very lucrative, whether it be Elvis, Beatles, Kiss or Led Zep. Do you guys do this - Ronnie


Discography

EP - SSG LIMITED EDITION EXPO SPECIAL (DISK CONTAINS 6 ORIGINAL AND 2 KISS COVERS)
1)SUPER SONIC GUITARS
2)SATALITE TONIGHT
3)THE STORY OF JACK
4)BEAUTIFUL DUST
5)GRAVITY GIRL
6)WAIT YOUR TURN
7)LOVE IN CHAINS - COVER
8) THE OATH - COVER

*SEE THE PRESS REVIEWS SECTION FOR A REVIEW OF THE CD FROM EAR CANDY MAGAZINE.

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