INTERVIEW: Tommy Thayer of KISS


KISS are about to hit Australia on their 40th anniversary tour, and if there’s one thing you can rely on in music, it’s that KISS are going to put on a big, big show. But this time they’re bringing their biggest: their ‘Spider’ lighting rig is coming with them to tower over the band and be even more menacing than Gene Simmons’ famous blood-spewing bass solo. And on stage left you’ll find Tommy Thayer inhabiting the role of the Spaceman as he has done since 2002. In the 13 years since Tommy started donning the iconic makeup and costume he’s gradually added hints of his own character to the icon. You can hear it in a certain confidence to his own solos, and see it in his choice of guitars, which diverge from the three-pickup Les Pauls Ace Frehley used when he was the Spaceman. Read More …

Epiphone Sells Out Of Tommy Thayer Sigs

gbenttsfnh3-xl-02Earlier this year Epiphone launched the Limited Edition Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul Standard Outfit, a very cool silver flake Les Paul kitted out to Tommy’s specs and sporting a pair of Gibson USA Gibson 498T humbuckers and sporting some cool bonus stuff as well. These guitars have now sold out (Allans Music have one listed as in stock if you’d like to try your luck) and now were left with the question “What next?” At the end of the press release below, Epiphone states “Visit for more news on Epiphone, Tommy Thayer, and possible future runs of the Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer “Spaceman” Les Paul Standard Outfit.” If there are future runs, I think it’d be great to see new designs based on some of the other guitars Tommy uses live with KISS. What do you think? Leave a comment! Here’s the press release: Read More …

Tommy Thayer shows off his Epiphone signature axe

‘Copyright: Joby Sessions/Guitarist Magazine 2012. Full Feature available in Guitarist Magazine, September 2012 Issue’.

KISS’s Tommy Thayer has a new Epiphone Les Paul signature model coming out soon, and you can see him putting it through its paces in this video from Guitarist:

Only one “I thought it’d just be an Ace Frehley model but taller” joke per reader, please.