Sin City Presents Magazine January 2019 Volume 6 Issue 1 - Page 31

Rejects is a band that me and Jason started because we couldn’t find any bands that were playing enough stuff by bands we loved like the Ramones, Johnny Thunders, the Stooges, and Sex Pistols. It ended up being so cool we decided to start writing our own songs. Now we have a debut record out (Death Of A Nation) and are getting ready to start writing for our second.

To round out the band we have Johnny Roxx on guitar and Max Mazursky on drums.

You play a variety of different roles in different projects, how many instruments do you play?

Mostly guitar and bass. And I sing too.

What is your favorite?

Hmmm, probably singing. Although I’m not as good at singing as I am on guitar or bass. I’m always working on improving, but great singing really seems like something you’re born with. But that doesn’t stop me from constantly trying to improve. I’m a lot better than when I started. I couldn’t even find “middle C” when I first started singing.

Las Vegas is the land of plenty when it comes to tributes… tell us a little bit about KISS Thi$.. who’s in the band and what inspired the tribute?

KISS Thi$ is a KISS tribute band I started out here a little over a year ago.

I was asked to fill in as Paul Stanley for a KISS cover band called Sin City KISS at the Stratosphere. They’re the biggest KISS tribute out here by far. They do the whole thing. It’s almost like being at a real KISS concert. After playing a few shows, people started telling me I was doing a great job as Paul. So, I decided to start my own band because it was a lot of fun.

In KISS Thi$ though, we just put the make-up on and play the tunes. It’s a lot easier that way, and a lot of fun!

As of our last gig, the band is me as Paul, Johnny Roxx as Ace, Patrick Vitagliano as Gene, and Shon McKee as Peter. But since everyone has other commitments with other bands, it could be someone else at any given time. The only constant is really me. There is an order in who I ask of course. But I don’t want anybody to feel like they have to make some huge commitment to this. It’s supposed to be fun. That’s it.