News - 2009 : October

Oct 15 2009
Oct 15 2009
KISS returned to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, bringing their KISS Alive 35 tour to the World's Most Famous Arena, and boy did the show put the rock in Rocktober. Check out killer shots from the big night right here:

Photos: KISS Live at Madison Square Garden

Oct 15 2009
Alex Iglesias brought the FanCam out to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night to meet New York's KISS Army and find out who among them could pull off f the longest kiss - and which fan has a tongue that rivals Gene Simmons'. Did you make the cut? See the results right here:

Oct 15 2009
Last night D.C. wanted the best and they got the best, as the local faction of KISS Army invaded the Verizon Center to see Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, slap on the makeup and rock 'n' roll all night.

Dubbed the "Kiss Alive/35 Tour" the band are in fine form, and still professional to a fault. KISS know exactly what to give their fans - plenty of old hits played VERY LOUD, a big light show, confetti cannons, pyro displays, choreographed tandem guitar moves and every other rock concert cliche in the book, brought to life. The crowd ate it up, as well they should. No band works harder when they play live.

Oct 14 2009
A Sonic Boom is coming, and we don't just mean the new album from KISS... It's The Great KISS Guitar Giveaway - to help you rattle some walls on your own, is giving you a chance to win one of three WASHBURN GUITARS SIGNED BY ALL OF KISS!

How do you enter to win? It's simple:

1) Take a photo of just you, with your friends, family, whatever... but it must be with the new KISS album, Sonic Boom to qualify.

2) Once you have taken your photo, host it on a public album website - flickr, shutterfly, wherever - as long as we can view it, it doesn't matter where!

3) Finally, copy and paste the URL in the field to the right, along with the rest of your info. But make sure to double check the URL, because you can only enter once.

Three winners will be selected at random to receive a Washburn guitar autographed by KISS, but make it a good shot because we'll feature some of the best photos on Pick up the new KISS album, grab your camera, and enter The Great KISS Guitar Giveaway today!

Enter by October 23, 2009 - Good luck!

CLICK HERE to enter after midnight October 6.
Oct 14 2009
'Sonic Boom' album from KISS soars while Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's friendship endures

Paul Stanley, 57, and fellow bandleader Gene Simmons, 60, are both sons of Jewish refugees who instilled them with vigorous work ethics, have formed one of the more enduring - and lucrative - bonds in rock 'n' roll. They even live about two minutes' drive from each other, although Stanley says he's been to Simmons' house perhaps four times in the past decade.

"We're very close as family," he said. "You can love your brother and not want to see him all the time."

As the rock-star manse speeds toward completion, KISS also seems to be on a roll. A new studio album, "Sonic Boom," debuted at No. 2 on the U.S. pop chart last Wednesday, the band's highest ranking ever.

Stanley produced the new album himself for the first time, and wrote or co-wrote nine of the tracks.

Many of the songs - celebrations of what Stanley calls "freedom, love of life, the value of friendship" - are fist-pumping anthems that would seem natural contenders for big stadium or arena shows. He tantalizingly acknowledges as much.

"We played those songs during sound checks. They sound every bit as good as anything else. They have the soul," he said.

The new song "Stand," which Simmons and Stanley wrote together, is a tribute to their friendship, sure to bring tears to the eyes of emotional fans.

"The idea that we shouldn't revel in the idea of camaraderie or teamwork or what people can accomplish together is silly," Stanley said. "What we hope for in life is companionship, people we care about. It's timeless."

Another of their odes to teamwork, "All For The Glory," is sung by 51-year-old drummer Eric Singer.

"It's so great to have a band of guys who all love the band, and all want to do what's best for the band, as opposed to further themselves at the band's expense," Stanley said.

"Anybody who would kid themselves into believing that 'Sonic Boom' could have been made by any four other members is out of their mind."
Oct 14 2009

KISS, "Sonic Boom" (Kiss Records)

"Sonic Boom," the first Kiss studio album in 11 years, is one of the best hard rock albums of 2009.

Paul Stanley, who produced the album, shines on "Modern Day Delilah," the epic "Stand" and the anthem-in-waiting "Say Yeah," with its shout-it-outloud chorus. Gene Simmons has his moment of modesty on "Nobody's Perfect," with the follow-up line, "but baby I come awfully close."

Drummer Eric Singer wears predecessor Peter Criss' catman costume and makeup. But Singer earned his whiskers through his 1992-96 tenure in Kiss during the unmasked era. More important, he brings his own style to classic Kiss songs, and his album vocal debut on "All for the Glory" is a decent one.

"Sonic Boom" also includes a second disc of Kiss classics re-recorded with the current lineup, and tracks like "Calling Dr. Love" and "Heaven's on Fire" have never sounded as fresh and raw. There's even a bonus DVD of an April 2009 concert in Argentina.
Oct 14 2009
By Dave McKenna
Photo by Richard Lipski

The crowd at the Verizon Center on Tuesday proved that there's still demand for what Kiss supplies. There were old guard Kiss Army types like Jerry Frey, 47, who drove down from York, Pa., wearing a shirt that said "Kiss Farewell Tour." Frey said he bought the shirt in 2000, at one of the many Kiss shows he's seen since adolescence. "They won't quit, and I don't want them to quit," Frey said.

And new recruits, too. On the concourse before the set began, Tuomas Talvitie, 16, of Springfield, Va., posed for pictures with three buddies, all properly facepainted for their first Kiss show. Talvitie, colored up like Simmons, said he discovered Kiss a few years ago from an advertisement stuck to a drum kit his big sister bought, and got hooked. Asked to explain the appeal of a band that's been around so long -- Simmons has codpieces twice as old as Talvitie -- the teen said, "The songs aren't complicated. It's just great rock and roll."
Oct 14 2009
Take a look at these fan-filmed video clips from last night's KISS show in Washington!

Oct 14 2009
By Emma Jones

Rock band Kiss are celebrating their 35th year in the music charts with the release of their first studio album in nearly a decade, Sonic Boom.

The band, who formed in New York in 1973, have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide.

"Kiss started as a dream of ours," explains Gene Simmons, the band's bassist.

"All the bands we ever saw on stage played the hits we wanted to hear, but were devastatingly poor in their visual live performance."

That is definitely an indictment from a man wearing full armour and the trademark black- and-white warpaint, which has given Kiss their unique identity.
Oct 14 2009
By Steve Spears

The year was 1979, and a wide-eyed 12-year-old boy had but one dream: seeing Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss live in concert at the Lakeland Civic Center.

Kiss. The self-proclaimed "hottest band in the world" and uncontested rulers over concert halls and my bedroom wall. Yep, my dream.

Imagine the pure torment to hear my desperate plea denied. "I'm sorry, but someone your age has no business at a concert," my mom lectured. The same woman who dutifully bought me that coveted Destroyer album. Who patiently stood quiet while I sang along loudly to Love Gun (in my prepubescent incomprehension of the meaning of the song). Who lovingly hand-painted me a Kiss pillow cover featuring all four of my makeup-strutting rock god heroes.

How could she fail to allow me to complete my journey to manhood?!?
Oct 13 2009
Legendary rock band KISS brought its hard rock spectacle and "Alive/35 Tour" to the Wachovia Center on Monday, and though some things certainly must have seemed familiar to the KISS faithful, some things have also clearly changed.

And perhaps that's exactly as it should be.

Great songs? Check.

Dazzling stage show? Check.

Packed house? Check.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley flying around the arena? Check.

A good time? Most definitely a check.
Oct 13 2009
Check out this fan-filmed video clip of "Detroit Rock City" from last night's show in Philadelphia!

Oct 13 2009
By: Nancy Dunham

Kiss Alive Tour stops in D.C. to promote release of 'Sonic Boom'

Even before Gene Simmons had a televised reality show, there was Kiss.

The band that Simmons co-founded with Paul Stanley 35 years ago has now recorded more than 36 albums, which have sold more than 100 million copies. That would be a dream come true for almost any musician, but seems especially so for Simmons.

Almost from the start, the band members all but obliterated their faces with outlandish theatrical makeup and wore space age-style costumes. Hard to imagine now that Simmons' face and those of his band mates are regularly beamed into people's homes via television and the Web, but the mystery of how the rockers looked was a well-kept secret until 1983, when they finally removed the theatrical grease paint.
Oct 13 2009
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