News - 2009 : December

Dec 06 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
MUSIKUS
Here's KISS on the cover of the December 2009 issue of the Czech Republic magazine Musikus!
Dec 06 2009
YOUNG FAN
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Here's 2-year-old Aylencita getting made up as her favorite member of KISS!

- Emiliano Martin Lopez

LETTERS
Dec 06 2009
MY BIRTHDAY CAKE
KISSONLNE FAN LETTER
Hi KISS!

My nephew AJ made this Birthday cake for me from scratch. It had Strawberry filling to represent Gene drooling blood. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my day than with a KISS cake.

Best,

Carl Clark

LETTERS
Dec 05 2009
SAY YEAH 2ND SINGLE OFF SONIC BOOM
KISSONLINE
"Say Yeah" is the second single from Sonic Boom, and it's being released to radio on December 8th! We're calling on the KISS Army to help out by demanding "Say Yeah" be played on your local rock radio station! More details to follow...
Dec 05 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISSONLINE
An interview with Gene is featured in the latest issue of Humo, the largest weekly magazine in Belgium. The headline reads It Comes Off The Tongue of: Gene Simmons!
Dec 05 2009
TULSA WORLD
By JENNIFER CHANCELLOR

KISS touts itself as the "greatest rock band in the world." Its army of fans agrees.

For more than 35 years, the New York-formed pyrotechnics kings have ruled the roost of combustible rock.

The Demon, Spaceman, Catman and Starchild stomped out their niche in music history with their larger-than-life live act, which included mile-high platform shoes, greasepaint, elaborate costumes, explosions - and loud, loud, loud rock 'n' roll.

The current KISS tour lineup includes Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Paul Stanley.

"Fans can expect some iconic KISS 'Alive' classics as well as some hits off our new release, 'Sonic Boom,'" said Stanley in a recent press statement.

RIGHT NOW: Read full KISS fan stories from our readers online. Here's a sample:

"Gene Simmons had written some songs while on tour that he wanted to get recorded and booked some studio time at the studio. Long story short, I ended up in an all night session with Gene." -- Paul Hanewinkel, Broken Arrow

"The first word I learned to spell as a child was 'KISS' complete with lightning bolt S's. The second thing I learned to spell was my own name, complete with lightning bolt S. KISS took priority even over my own name!" -- Steven P. Conrad, Tulsa

Dec 05 2009
LENA LAMORAY MAGAZINE
TD BankNorth Garden in Boston, MA
October 5, 2009
KISS Live show review By DJ Sterling Golden
KISS Live Photos by Lena Lamoray
Excerpted from Lena Lamoray Magazine

KISS never does anything in moderation. That's not what one expects from the group nicknamed "The Hottest Band In the World". When the KISS ALIVE 35 World Tour recently reached North America after a year and a half of performing to sold-out arenas and stadiums the world over, one had to know it would be one of their biggest, most impressive setups to date. The end result included a massive screen stretching across the wall of the stage like a movie screen that just got outed for steroid use. Said screen was anchored by an endless amount of smaller screens, all neatly wrapped in enough towers of flame and fiery explosions to level a small town.
Dec 05 2009
GUITAR TAB FEATURED IN GUITAR EDGE
GUITAR EDGE
Guitar tab of "Rock and Roll All Nite" is featured in the January 2010 issue of Guitar Edge magazine! The tab is also viewable online at this link.
Dec 04 2009
PREMIER GUITAR
by Elianne Halbersberg
From the December 2009 issue of Premier Guitar

What do you remember about 1975, if you were around? Inane sitcoms on network television. Gasoline shortage. Recession. The resignation of a corrupt U.S. president. But if music was, and still is, your heart and soul, perhaps what stands out most in your memory is the way your life was changed by a KISS album - their first, self-titled: loud, heavy on the guitars and melodic rock, recorded on tape.

Thirty-five years later, some things haven't changed. Inane network television. Gasoline shortage. Recession. A KISS album - their 19th original studio project and first new album in 11 years, Sonic Boom: loud, heavy on the guitars and melodic rock, recorded on tape.

Thirty-five years is an impressive stretch for any relationship, particularly one that began this way: "He was wearing overalls and he had a beard," Paul Stanley recalls of his first meeting with Gene Simmons. "I didn't like him. Steve [Coronel, friend and co-writer] said, 'Gene, Paul writes songs also.' Gene said, 'Oh yeah? Play one.' I did. He looked at me and went 'Eh.' ... I wasn't crazy about ever seeing him again..."

So much for first impressions. On their second meeting, Stanley and Simmons locked into a groove that has outlasted most marriages. Together, they have survived the best and worst of times: venom from the media, personnel changes, a fragmented and imploding music industry. Through it all, the recording and relentless touring continued, and KISS fans, the loyal millions, never wavered.
Dec 04 2009
PREMIER GUITAR
Interview: Greg Collins - KISS' Sonic Boom Co-Producer
by Elianne Halbersberg
From the December 2009 issue of Premier Guitar

"If you had asked me when I was a kid if I thought I'd ever work with KISS, I would have told you that you were completely crazy," says Greg Collins, co-producer and engineer of Sonic Boom. "I wouldn't have dared to dream that would happen."

Collins played an integral part in the making of the new album. When Paul Stanley expressed his desire to cut a "classic" KISS record, it was Collins who suggested they do it the "classic" way: on tape. From first rehearsals until final mix, he worked closely with KISS at Conway Recording Studios and his own studio, The Nook. His technical expertise, coupled with an understanding of KISS that can only come from a longtime fan, helped create the album that diehard KISS supporters had clearly been waiting for: Sonic Boom entered the Billboard Rock Albums chart at No. 1 and the Top 200 chart at No. 2.

In an interview with Premier Guitar, Collins described his working relationship with KISS and how he captured that "classic" sound.
Dec 04 2009
PLANET RADIOCITY
Excerpted from Planet Radiocity

With the face paint and costumes, KISS is always recognisable. The band which formed way back in 1972 and has won numerous accolades is back with its eleventh studio album, Sonic Boom. The band's first in over a decade, and their first with drummer Eric Singer.

Gene Simmons, in this interview, talks about their Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame nomination, the KISS army and playing Madison Square Garden for the first time.

KISS was nominated for induction into the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame this year. Gene says, "It's appreciated, but we don't take it too seriously. Our fans are everything to us. The KISS Army is legendary and has become iconic. It's become its own thing. Every other band in the world knows about the KISS Army, and they'd give their left nut to have it. So, nice to be nominated, but it'd be nice to win. It's not the end all or be all. We do our talking onstage!"
Dec 04 2009
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hi KISS!

I'm from Russian Federation and I love you and your music!. Thank you for concerts in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg last year!

Check out my photos taken before the concerts for a contest for the best make-up of KISS.

Love,
Marina

LETTERS
Dec 04 2009
SUBMIT YOUR BEST LIVE PICTURE AND WIN BIG!!!
KISSONLINE
Concert Online is looking for your best pic all about KISS live. Whether it's you and your friends partying hard before or at the concert, the best KISS kostumes, the koolest outfit, or the kraziest fan. The main thing is that your picture deals with your very own KISS live show experience!

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Dec 04 2009
NORWEIGIAN KIDS ORCHESTRA
KISSONLINE
Here are a few photos of the KISS Kids orchestra in Glassheim, Norway. They performed "Rock And Roll All Nite" at a recent Bruce Kulick event.

Thanks to Bruce Kulick for sending KISSONLINE these images!
Dec 04 2009
FIRST TO BUY TICKETS IN STOCKHOLM!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hi KISS!!

Me and my girlfriend waited in line for 18 hours outside the ticket office in order to be the first ones to grab our tickets for the upcoming Stockholm show. I was first in line for the 2008 gig and I plan on keeping that tradition alive. The picture is a short article about your upcoming tour. See you soon!

Rock on,
Alex Muller

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