KISS concert review - Susquehanna Bank Center

The Aquarian

CAMDEN, NJ—KISS, newly inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this past April, played the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Aug. 3. This was the third of three dates in New Jersey over two weeks and the second of a South Jersey back-to-back double-shot, having played a rare appearance in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall the previous night. As part of a joint summer tour with Def Leppard, this is also the 40th anniversary tour for KISS celebrating the history of the band. From the makeup days of the ’70s, to the unmasked days of the ’80s and early ’90s, to when they put the makeup back on in 1996 on their reunion with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, few in the music industry can match the kind of ride co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have had over the last 40 years. Going on with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer in Ace’s and Peter’s respective make-ups may be controversial to some, but Tommy and Eric prove they put their all into a true KISS show.

The show actually starts in the parking lot, however. As I parked my car, I saw the people tailgating as if they were at the Super Bowl, and children were painting their faces in the guises of the Demon, the Starchild, the Spaceman, and the Cat. Adult, so-called, cosplayers were already in makeup and costumes. One of the most creative was a Gene Simmons in a medical lab coat with Dr. Love on the nametag.

The Dead Daisies from Sydney, Australia, opened up the night, walking out fittingly to AC/DC’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation.” This was only their second night on the tour with KISS and Def Leppard, the first being the previous night in Atlantic City. Their sound was a polished hard rock with songs like “Lock ‘N’ Load” and their new single “The Face I Love.” They ended their set with a cover, a truly heavy version of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.”



Gene Simmons ME, INC. is in stores everywhere now!


 Me, Inc. features a black simulated-leather cover with gold foil stamping and a black ribbon bookmark.

The fact that KISS is one of the most successful rock bands in the world is no accident. From the beginning Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had a clear-cut vision of what they wanted to do and how they wanted to operate KISS as a business well before they ever first took the stage. Since deciding with Paul to manage the band themselves, Simmons has proved himself to be a formidable businessman, having sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, overseen over 3,000 licensed merchandise items, and starred in the longest running celebrity reality show to date. More impressive is that he handles all of his business ventures on his own—no personal assistant, few handlers, and as little red tape as possible.

In Me, Inc., Simmons shares a lifetime of field-tested and hard-won business advice that will provide readers with the tools needed to build a solid business strategy, harness the countless tools available in the digital age, network like hell, and be the architect for the business entity that is you. Inspired by The Art of War, the book dispenses Simmons’ in-depth insights via thirteen specific principles for success based on his own experience, triumphs, and instructional failures in business—from finding the confidence within yourself that’s necessary to get started, to surrounding yourself with the right people to partner with and learn from, to knowing when to pull the plug and when to double-down. These thirteen principles are a skeleton key into a world of success, freedom, peace of mind and, most importantly, financial success.


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Editor's note: Below is an extract from Gene Simmons' book "Me Inc: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business". Gene Simmons co-founded the rock supergroup KISS in the early 1970s. Since then, KISS has sold more than 80 million albums and performed more than 2,000 shows around the world.

(CNN) -- On February 21, 1974, the first KISS album was released. That's forty years from this writing! What a crazy trip it's been.

By the summer of 1972, it looked like Wicked Lester wasn't going to work, even though we had a recording contract with Epic Records.

So Paul Stanley and I regrouped and started again. This time, we would put together the band we never saw onstage, the band that we wanted to be. This time, we would make sure we had the right lineup. This time, we would make sure we had the right songs.

We did it the right way.

We self-funded the band. We had no other partners. There were no investors. There was only us. Mostly, there was only Paul and myself.


40 Years Ago: KISS Release Hotter than Hell

by Eduardo Rivadavia / http://ultimateclassicrock.com/kiss-hotter-than-hell/

Halloween came early for Kiss fans in 1974  on October 22nd, to be precise, in the form of Hotter than Hell, the sophomore album from New Yorks outrageously costumed and face-painted hard rockers.

Still a relatively unknown proposition at the time, Kiss had unveiled their eponymous first album only six months earlier, and though it turned some heads and arched some brows, its modest sales in no way suggested the decades of successes that lay ahead.

Instead, Kiss members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss still had to convince both consumers, and the rock and roll establishment in general, that their striking image and powerful heavy rock sound was more than a passing novelty  and Hotter than Hell would be their vehicle.

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