Jul 30 2014
by CSQ Magazine

Forty years is a long time for any partnership to survive, but in the music industry, when you think about artists from four decades ago, it’s nearly always in the past tense. Not so with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The founders and remaining original members of KISS are forging full-steam ahead on the heels of the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with this summer’s 40-year anniversary, 42-city U.S. tour, with a stop at The Forum in Los Angeles on July 8. Although the output of new material has ebbed, the pair have been plenty busy – together and separately – with multiple projects, including reality television, memoirs, musical theatre, films, a music label, a new line of restaurants, and bringing football back to Los Angeles.

CSQ What was the impetus for not only putting your energy behind an Arena Football League team in Los Angeles but branding it LA KISS?

Gene Simmons It happened quite naturally. We were asked to play the AFL Arena Bowl. And then we became enamored with the AFL and found that there was no football team of any kind in Los Angeles. Opportunity knocked. We answered.

CSQ What will people see at an LA KISS game that they can’t see at any other sporting event?

Paul Stanley We try to fill the evening with a variety of entertainment so that you’re not waiting for half time that consists of somebody running around the field dressed like a hamster. We’ve got great dancers and I don’t mean cheer ones. We’ve got BMX stunt bike riders. We’ve got a live band. We’ve got dancers suspended from the ceiling. And we’ve got a football team that looks like Marvel superheroes. And all at a price that won’t make you mortgage your house.

CSQ How involved are you in decisions related to the team (i.e., uniforms, personnel, in-game entertainment)?

Gene We are involved in all the facets, without crossing the lines into certain managerial and coaching areas, which is best left to the professionals. Having said that, Paul designed the helmets and LA KISS Girls outfits.

CSQ How would you compare the lifestyle of professional athletes and professional musicians? Did either of you ever have aspirations to pursue sports?

Paul Most musicians are wimps. To do what I do takes discipline, hard work, and constant training. My injuries, including torn rotator cuffs, torn knees, and a hip that had to be replaced with titanium, says it all. I am a warrior, not a wimp.
Jul 30 2014
PARTY EVERYDAY WITH CAKE DECORATIONS
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Jul 30 2014
PHOTO: ERIC SINGER IN BRISTOW
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Jul 29 2014
PHOTO: PAUL STANLEY SHOOTING 4TH AND LOUD
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Here's Paul from this morning's shoot for 4th and Loud.

Don’t forget to tune in to the series premiere of 4th and Loud, Tues, Aug. 12th at 9/8c.

4TH and LOUD
Jul 29 2014
MINI GOLF ROCKS!
KISS TWITTER FAN LETTER
I wanted the best, I got the best at Monster Mini Golf Presents KISS in Las Vegas!

Kimber Maroney
Jul 29 2014
by Joe Szczechowski

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, American rock legends KISS are in the midst of a summer tour that lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley calls “a victory lap.”

“To be able to have the privilege of going out on stage and performing 40 years on is incredible,” Stanley said in a recent press teleconference. “This is a vindication and a huge celebration for us and our fans.”

On the tour, which stops Sunday, August 3 at Camden, New Jersey’s Susquehanna Bank Center, Stanley and his bandmates – Gene Simmons (lead vocals and bass), Eric Singer (drums and vocals), and Tommy Thayer (lead guitar and vocals) – are being joined by special guests Def Leppard. The Dead Daisies open the 7 p.m. Susquehanna Bank Center show. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.

It's been a good year for Stanley and KISS. On April 8, Stanley's autobiography, “Face the Music: A Life Exposed,” was released to positive reviews. It landed at No. 2 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. Later that week, KISS finally received its long overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In May the band released “KISS 40,” a two-disc retrospective album. On Aug. 12, “4th and Loud,” a new television series documenting Stanley and Simmons’ foray into Arena League Football as co-owners of the LA KISS premieres on AMC. A few weeks ago KISS confirmed its first Las Vegas residency. “KISS Rocks Vegas” will see the band perform nine shows at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino between November 5th and 23rd.
Jul 29 2014
MY HOMAGE TO !
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Looking forward to seeing you guys ROCK, Friday in Mansfield, MA! 2nd row!

Nicole Ferreira
Jul 28 2014
Review by Alex Messick

The KISS army is arguably one of rock’s most devoted fan bases, thanks to a combination of careful marketing, and an intense live show. The KISS army came out in full force on Friday night to Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA. Decked out in face paint, band t-shirts, and even replica costumes of KISS members themselves, the audience was in for a show that was truly a spectacle to behold. Newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, KISS set out on a summer tour for the books with support from none other than the legendary Def Leppard.

The amphitheater at Jiffy Lube Live was packed, and a deafening roar arose when the black curtain shielding the stage from view finally dropped at 9:45 PM, to the opening riff of “Psycho Circus.” KISS plays to the audience like no other, just as one would expect from a band that has come to define rock and roll bravado. Posing for photographers and pointing and waving to fans, the band made the show feel almost intimate, which is rarely a word used to describe a show at one of the largest venues in the area.
Jul 28 2014
ROCKS VEGAS TICKETS ON SALE NOW
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KISS ROCKS VEGAS NOVEMBER 5 - 23 HARD ROCK HOTEL

Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS celebrate 40 years as music icons with their first-ever residency, KISS Rocks Vegas, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas starting Wednesday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 23. Show time is 8 p.m.

Ticket for KISS Rocks Vegas are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Hard Rock Hotel box office, www.axs.comor charge-by-phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. VIP ticket and room and show packages are available at www.hardrockhotel.com.

“What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it. We intend to blow the roof off the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,” said Gene Simmons, founding member of KISS.

Four decades after beginning its exemplary journey as one of the leading rock ‘n’ roll bands in the world, KISS continues to make waves with one of the loudest, most over-the-top, non-stop parties at The Joint. Designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership with AEG Live, the chart-topping band will unleash its signature elaborate set designs, jam-packed set list, intense pyrotechnics and much more for nine of the biggest shows in KISS performance history.

“KISS Army, get ready! America’s most iconic band is coming to America’s most exciting city. Rock and Rock Hall of Famers KISS are bringing their show to Las Vegas for their first-ever residency. For 40 years, KISS has been putting on some of the most exciting shows in music and we finally got them where they should be – Las Vegas – at The Joint. We couldn’t be more excited to see what they’re gearing up for!” exclaimed Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking for AEG Live Las Vegas.

KISS Rocks Vegas dates:

Wednesday, Nov. 5
Friday, Nov. 7
Saturday, Nov. 8
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Friday, Nov. 14
Saturday, Nov. 15
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Saturday, Nov. 22
Sunday, Nov. 23
*show time is 8 p.m.
Jul 28 2014
PHOTO: ROCKING HOLMDEL
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Here's KISS rocking the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.

Photo by Allan Zilkowsky
Jul 28 2014
PHOTO: PAUL STANLEY IN HOLMDEL
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Here's Paul Stanley on stage at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.


Photo by Allan Zilkowsky
Jul 28 2014
PHOTO: GENE SIMMONS IN HOLMDEL
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Here's Gene Simmons at the PNC Bank Art Center in Holmdel, NJ.

Photo by Allan Zilkowsky.
Jul 27 2014
VIDEO: DEF LEPPARD'S JOE ELLIOTT INTROS !
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Here's Def Leppard's Joe Elliott introducing KISS at the PNC Bank Center in Holmdel, NJ last night.

Jul 27 2014
NEW 4TH AND LOUD TRAILER
AMC


Don’t forget to tune in to the series premiere of 4th and Loud, Tues, Aug. 12th at 9/8c.

4TH and LOUD
Jul 27 2014
PHOTO: GENE SIMMONS BREATHING FIRE IN HOLMDEL
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Here's Gene Simmons breathing fire last night in Holmdel, NJ.

Thanks to Robert Cavuoto for the photo!

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