08/19/2017

Canadian soldier joins KISS ARMY in Orillia!

By , Toronto Sun

Cpl. Kayla Harris got to “Rock and Roll all Nite” with Kiss at Casino Rama Friday.

The Canadian Armed Forces soldier, currently posted to CFB Borden, was nominated by her boss and ultimately chosen as Roadie for a Day while the iconic rock band performed in Orillia on their Freedom to Rock tour.

Kiss, whose fans are known as the Kiss Army, has been giving military personnel the chance to play roadie during the U.S. leg of their tour and decided to continue in Canada as a way to acknowledge those in uniform for their service.

08/17/2017

Q and A: Gene Simmons does what he wants

Dalson Chen / Windsor Star

KISS fans, remain calm: KISS is not retiring.

You have the assurance of KISS bassist and co-founder Gene Simmons, who will be playing Caesars Windsor on Aug. 25 — but not with his usual Detroit Rock City compadres.

Instead, Simmons will be performing under the billing of his solo project: Gene Simmons and His Band. A whole night of rock with Simmons front and centre.

We chatted with the 67-year-old God of Thunder about what’s going on with himself and the KISS empire.

Why a solo tour? Why now?

“I never did solo tours or performances in 44 years. KISS satisfied everything … But when we’re not playing, I like to keep busy.”

08/16/2017

Concert preview and Interview - KISS, Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls

By John Jeffrey / http://rockmusicstar.com

KISS' performance this Saturday, August 19th, at the Seneca Niagara Casino will mark the first time since April 14th, 1976 (during the "Alive!" tour) that KISS has played a concert in Niagara Falls, NY.  While KISS has played the Western New York area (Buffalo, NY Darien, NY etc.) dozens of times since 1976, for the native residents of Niagara Falls, this is a big deal, as there has been a huge buzz about this show, since it was announced earlier this year.
 
Rock Music Star had the extreme honor to speak with KISS drummer Eric Singer this past week regarding this monumental show, which is part of their 2017 "KISS World" tour.  Eric was amazed by how many years it's been since KISS has played the city and responded by saying, "People say it's a 'KISS World' and we just live in it.  With the KISS Army and KISS fans, it's very true because it's an integral part of their life.  I always tell people that there are no fans quite like KISS fans, and that's for damn sure.  It's more than just the music or more than just the band.  It's an all encompassing thing, different than anything I've ever seen.  I understand how much the band means to our fans."
 
Even though Eric wasn't a member of KISS the last time they performed in Niagara Falls, NY, the longtime KISS drummer does remember the last time he played Niagara Falls, but at the time, Eric was playing drums for Alice Cooper.  On Halloween in 2003, the Alice Cooper band played an unforgettable show at the Bear's Den (also located inside of the Seneca Niagara Casino) where the seating arrangement was very unique, where the front row of each side balcony was actually located right on the stage with the band.  While Singer recalls the odd stage setup, considering the countless shows he  has performed throughout his career, the "in your face" arrangement really didn't phase him, as he put it, "I've pretty much seen about everything there is to see and every kind of situation.  Nothing seems that unique or surprising to me anymore because I've been doing it for so long, it's gonna take a lot for me to get surprised - to be honest with you."
 

08/16/2017

West Fargo 5th grader sings with Gene Simmons

A West Fargo 5th grader is going to have an unbelievable summer break story to share with his friends when school starts.

Fortunately, he'll have video evidence to back it up.

Steele Bryant attends Freedom Elementary School.

He was pulled up on stage by Gene Simmons at his concert at the Shooting Star Casino last weekend.

Simmons, who co-founded the band KISS, asked Steele to help him sing the chorus of the band's biggest hit "Rock and Roll All Nite."

Steele and his dad, Anthony, are both big KISS fans, so he didn't miss a beat.

Steele even got to wear Simmons' sunglasses.

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