TTL: Where did you guys get your costumes? Did you guys make your own costumes? Does James Seda use the same costume(s) for the Original KISS Army band? CP: The majority of our costumes are made by David McBrayer, who coincidentally also calls Dallas/Ft. Worth home. He has proven to be one of the premier costumers for KISS tribute bands in the U.S. I also perform with Jim Seda in Original KISS ARMY and he seems to prefer the KISS ALIVE! era costume
TTL: Tell me about the group’s history. Who started Rock and Roll Over and how did each of you get involved with the project?
CP: I was in another local KISS tribute that I started and when that band was usurped from me, I started Rock and Roll Over. Allen (Ace) Shelley was the 1st member to join. I then reached out to Paul (Peter) Brown and asked if he would be willing to do a few shows, and to his credit he emphatically stated that he wanted in with both feet! We have had a series of "Gene's" come and go (most departed on good terms, with one exception), it's been quite a coup for us to secure the services of Mr. Seda. He's something of a KISS tribute Legend having performed in KISS tributes since 1985.
TTL: James Seda has to divide his time between the Original KISS Army band and Rock and Roll Over. Do any other members of Rock and Roll Over currently have other bands as well?
CP: The other 3 members of Rock and Roll Over have a top notch Def Leppard tribute band called Hysteria that's been performing around the nation for 5 years. Paul Brown also performs with the JC all Stars and Red Leather. Allen Shelley also has his original band Woundtight. I perform with Original KISS ARMY, KISS LIVE! and KISSmania (Paul and Allen have also performed with KISSmania).
TTL: Rock and Roll Over has been named one of the top 4 KISS tribute bands in the world. How did you guys first hear the news, and what was your initial reaction?
CP: Being named in the top 4 KISS tribute bands in the World was quite an honor and it was something that we monitored closely as the voting and judging was being held on KISSonline. Over 225 bands from all around the globe entered, then voting opened to the public, as a result of the votes, Rock and Roll Over made the top 20, which we were thrilled about. At this point the members of KISS themselves selected a top 4 and announced it on their website. I vividly recollect hitting the refresh button on my computer time and again until the top 4 was announced and was ecstatic to see we had won! On an aside, yesterday Rock and Roll Over were named to the Top 5 Tribute Bands in Dallas by D Magazine. With all of the exceptional talent in the tributes around here, as well as the cutthroat competition it was quite an honor. It's one thing for a band to call themselves "The Best this, the Premier that!", but it's rewarding to hear it from an esteemed publication like D Magazine.
TTL: What’s your favorite song to perform live and why?
CP: My personal favorites are I Was Made For Loving You and Love Gun. I enjoy I Was Made because it's a different style KISS song. It has a dance or "Disco" feel which makes people want to dance and express themselves. I enjoy Love Gun because it brings out an aggression in me that I can't really pinpoint the reason for. I also enjoy those two because they're a few of the more difficult songs to sing properly, it gives me a chance to show off my vocal chops.
TTL: Is there any KISS songs that you don’t know how to play?
CP: There are plenty of KISS songs that I don't personally know how to play. With a career like KISS' that spans over 40 years and some 30 albums that's alot of material!
TTL: Is there a KISS song that you guys love and know how to play, but are hesitant to perform live b/c you’re unsure of how the audience will react? Like a deep cut or b-side that most people wouldn’t recognize?
CP: There are plenty of deep cuts that we know front to back that we don't perform on a regular basis. With that said when we are performing a 90 minute plus set, I will be sure to throw in at least one or two deep cuts for the hardcore fan that wants to hear something off of the beaten path. Goin' Blind, Comin Home, Ladies Room, Take Me and Rock Bottom are a few that come to mind.
TTL: For someone that has not yet had the privilege of seeing you guys live, what can one expect at a live show and why should someone attend?
CP: When someone attends a Rock and Roll Over show they can be sure that they're going to see a band that isn't coasting. Every performance is taken as if it could be our last. Expect high energy, powerful vocals with spot on harmonies, choreography that matches KISS' and the theatrics that the venue (see Fire Marshall) will let us get away with. In essence we cater to the hardcore KISS fan, but even if you only know Rock and Roll All Nite, I guarantee that you will have a great time! We feed off of our audience and give it back in spades, there's never a dull moment.
TTL: Have you heard of the Sunburst Convention and if so, would it be something that, as Rock and Roll Over, you guys would consider doing?
CP: I can't say that I've heard of the Sunburst Convention, but Rock and Roll Over would certainly be interested in performing.
TTL: Does Rock and Roll Over have t-shirts? If so, where can someone purchase merch?
CP: Rock and Roll Over does indeed have t shirts. We are on our 1st pressing and they're selling better than we could've expected. Shirts can be purchased at shows and in the near future will be available on our website.
TTL: What’s the best place to keep up-to-date on Rock and Roll Over and get info on upcoming dates?
CP: Our calendar is [on our website] and we are also on Facebook at Rock and Roll Over Tx. Please come and like our [Facebook] page.
TTL: and finally… are there any charities or causes that you guys would like to plug?
CP: We have recently worked with the Breast Cancer Can Stick It organization run by April Samuels. She is a breast cancer survivor and one heck of a go getter whose organization is really trying to make a difference. -- Christopher Paul, Rock and Roll Over
Rock and Roll Over is an absolute must-see experience for any KISS fan, and any classic rock fan for that matter. Stay up-to-date date on these destroyers and their future shows by visiting the band online. Rock and Roll Over's next show will be in Houston, TX at the House of Blues. You can get your tickets here.