Exclusive Gene Simmons Interview: Why KISS Has Its Own Navy

By Wallace Immen / http://www.cruisington.com

It’s becoming an armada: the KISS Navy will be forming again for KISS Kruise V. This year, the  Norwegian Pearl is set to host what’s becoming an annual Halloween celebration, this one nicknamed Five Alive, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3.

It’s part of a growing industry in music-based theme cruises. There are more than a dozen jazz, country, soul, rock and nostalgia cruises scheduled at sea this year. Carnival has an ongoing concert series that has featured Journey, Styx, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Rascal Flatts. Kid Rock filled the Norwegian Pearl in March.

But Kiss is the monster cruise  success. More than three months before departure, the cruise is said to be completely sold out and there’s a waiting list. And the organizers are already talking of opening bookings for the 2016 edition.

In an exclusive interview with The Cruisington Times,  Gene Simmons says that the cruise has become a  phenomenon  because the fans and the bands can unwind and just have fun at sea.

We’ve all got Great Expectations, Gene, what made you decide to take KISS to sea?

The KISS Kruise is a chance for all of us– the band and the fans– to have a ball. Just let your hair down and not worry about it at all. Kiss has always been about breaking the rules. We’ve never liked that moat–the stage– separating the band from the fans. So whenever we do a show, we try to take the action right to your face. A cruise will let the fans get up close. We try to take it inside you, we want you to smell it and taste it and feel it.


Enter to Win an Epiphone Tommy Thayer White Lightning Les Paul

Epiphone celebrates the new Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer “White Lightning” Les Paul Outfit by giving our fans in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and EU a chance to win their own Epiphone “White Lightning” Les Paul with custom case designed by Tommy Thayer! Fans can enter the form below to register to win. Winners from each region will be chosen on September 1.

The new Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer “White Lightning” Les Paul Outfit is Tommy’s second signature Les Paul with Epiphone and features a beautiful custom metallic white finish and Seymour Duncan® JB™ Humbuckers, specially chosen by Thayer. The guitar also features a custom “White Lightning” hard case and a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

"My new White Lightning signature model is the pinnacle of looks, style and flash,” said Tommy Thayer. “I'm proud to put my name on a serious guitar that can be enjoyed at home or rock the biggest stages in the world."

There has never been an American band like KISS, recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the greatest trailblazing rock groups of all time. “Spaceman” Tommy Thayer’s life story is the classic tale of a musician who knew from childhood that he’d one day perform all over the world playing a Les Paul.

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Inside the head of Gene Simmons

By York Membery for The Mail on Sunday

Since he changed his name and slapped on the face paint after a war-torn Israeli childhood the Kiss frontman hasn’t had a bad day in his life. Bad hair days? That’s a different matter…

What is your earliest memory?

Growing up in Israel, where I lived until I was eight. I remember the constant fighting – the country was founded in 1948, the year before I was born. Every now and then there would be a rocket attack, and every weekend my father would put on his army uniform, pick up his Kalashnikov and hitchhike to the frontline.

What sort of child were you?

I was an only child and left alone a lot as a kid in Israel. I’d go up Mount Carmel, pick the cactus fruit and get stung by the needles. I had one friend, a Moroccan Jew, and we’d hang out together. We had no TV, no radio, but I did have a rock and a stick and my imagination – and that was enough.

When did you last feel happy?



Australia - are you ready?

Ready for one of THE greatest bands in rock’n’roll history with one of THE most spectacular shows Australia will see this year?

Ready for a stage production called ‘The Spider’, moved by 38 computer controlled winches, featuring 220 automated lights, weighing in at 43,000 kgs, incorporating 900 pieces of pyrotechnics and powered by 400,000 watts of sound?   

Add in showmanship that continues to thrill audiences around the world, some of the best damn rock anthems in music history and there’s only ONE band we can be talking about.......  KISS!

Get your face paint ready Australia because Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer are on their way Down Under in October as part of their 40th Anniversary world tour.   Kicking off at the Perth Arena on Saturday October 3, then to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and for the first time ever Newcastle, it’s the news the rabid KISS army fans have been waiting for!  


Saturday October 3    PERTH Arena

Tuesday October 6     ADELAIDE Entertainment Centre

Thursday October 8 & 9    MELBOURNE Rod Laver Arena

Saturday October 10  SYDNEY AllPhones Arena

Monday October 12    NEWCASTLE Entertainment Centre

Tuesday October 13   BRISBANE Entertainment Centre


Tickets on sale at www.ticketek.com.au



KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley to Open Restaurant in Dallas Suburb

By Christian McPhate / Dallas Observer

The members of KISS have done just about all there is to do in rock 'n' roll. After selling millions of records thanks to hit songs like "Detroit Rock City," Rock 'N' Roll All Nite" and "I Was Made for Lovin' You" over the past 40 years, the band was finally inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. So it's no surprise that they're looking for a new challenge at this stage in their careers.

Now KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are doing just that as they plan to open a Rock & Brews restaurant in North Texas early next year. It's just one of nearly a dozen Rock & Brews located across the U.S.

“This is not a KISS restaurant,” Stanley says in a phone interview. “It doesn't need a KISS. It's a great eating and drinking establishment.”

Rock & Brews is a family friendly, rock-inspired restaurant that celebrates classic rock, good food and a family environment. It's dog friendly and offers a patio and a play area for children. It's a place where parents can spend quality time with each other or friends but not compromise their personal tastes by eating crappy mac-and-cheese, Stanley says.

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