News - 2010 : March

Mar 26 2010
PREVIEW OF NEW GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS
KISSONLINE
Here's a sneak preview of Sunday's Gene Simmons Family Jewels episode.

Episode "The Demon Turns 60" - airs 3/28 at 9:30pm ET/PT

Shannon is convinced Gene's pleas to not celebrate his 60th birthday are just cries for attention so she and Paul Stanley plan a huge bash - which Gene almost misses when he decides to travel for business on his big day. The episode marks the first time all of KISS appear on the show...and even bowl! (30min)

Mar 26 2010
KISSONLINE
KISS ARE SET TO BRING THEIR NEW "SONIC BOOM OVER EUROPE:FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE BOOM TOUR TO EUROPE IN SUMMER 2010.



With 35 dates across Europe, the "Sonic Boom Over Europe: From The Beginning To The Boom" is set to be THE rock event of 2010, building on the incredible success of the 2009 "Sonic Boom" album.

"Sonic Boom Over Europe: From The Beginning To The Boom" will see dates in Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, France, Spain, Belgium, Hungary and, not only will the tour feature KISS's first UK arena shows in 11 years, but it will see the band breaking new ground completely with their first-ever shows in Slovakia.

Acclaim for KISS on their recent spectacular, sell-out, "KISS Alive 35" North American tour has been universal. METAL HAMMER hailed the "Return Of The Kings!" MOJO declared: "A KISS show is as thrilling and bombastic now as it was in 1975."

Whilst utilizing elements of "KISS Alive 35", "Sonic Boom Over Europe: From The Beginning To The Boom" will be a fresh, new show tailored to the bands European fans and showcasing the brand new "Sonic Boom" album.
Mar 26 2010
GENE FIRE BREATHING CLIP FROM MINNEAPOLIS
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's a crew's eye view of Gene breathing fire in Minneapolis on the Alive 35 tour, 11/7/09.
Mar 26 2010
LATEST IN COLLECTIBLES
KISSONLINE
Check out the new KISS logo disposable lighters from KISS licensee BIC. The lighters should be avaiable at retail outlets everywhere this month.
Mar 25 2010
TOMMY THAYER INTERVIEW
HUGES-AND-KETTNER.com
Here's an interview with Tommy Thayer before the O2 Academy show in London. Courtesy of www.hughes-and-kettner.com.

Mar 25 2010
"SHOCK ME" CLIP FROM ANAHEIM
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's another KISSonline Exclusive crew's eye view of KISS performing "Shock Me" in Anaheim during the Alive 35 tour .

Mar 25 2010
IS EVERYWHERE - COW IN PARADE
BUNBURY MAIL
GLAM ROCK COW JOINS THE PARADE

By Jay Margo

Ferguson Valley artist Joyce Hatchett has given her latest creation a real rock n roll flavor.

As one of the 80 artists commissioned to be part of the Cow parade in Margaret River, Mrs. Hatchett unleashed her inner rock star to create an eye catching KISS cow, complete with make-up and body armor, that bass player Gene $immons would be proud of.

Titled 'Moose Mania-KISS Cow', Mrs. Hatchett said she had an absolute ball designing and creating the heavy metal bovine with some help from her husband to put on the finishing touches.

"My husband was enlisted to do the labor of love stuff like cutting the metal (donated by Grenville Hall of Allfab Engineering) and bolting all the bits onto the cow," Mrs. Hatchett said.

"He (Douglas) used to say one artist in the family was enough however, he appears to have changed his mind of late."

Mrs. Hatchett said it was great working with nuts, bolts, metal and many other bits and pieces which sparked an inspiring new type of art for her to work on.

"I am grateful to Radio West for commissioning me to complete this rather unusual piece of art," she said.

"The huge bonus is that this bovine amongst others will be auctioned off for charity which I think is just fabulous."

Joyce Hatchett's KISS cow will be on display at the Art GEO complex in Busselton's main street for the duration of the Cow Parade Festival.

More than 300,000 visitors are expected to see the cows during the three-month duration event.
Mar 24 2010
CREW'S EYE VIEW OF
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's a KISSonline Exclusive crew's eye view of KISS opening their Atlanta show with "Deuce" on the Alive 35 tour, 10/26/09.

You hear it at the beginning of every KISS show...YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST, THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD..KISS!!! Now you can SEE Mike "Spike" Rush introducing the band!

Mar 24 2010
SWEDISH IDOL WINNER'S KONNECTION
KISSONLINE
22 year old Swedish Idol winner Erik Gronwall's new album is coming out in Sweden on June 2 and features a song written by Paul Stanley! You may remember Erik performed "Shout It Out Loud" during the last year's Idol season. Joey Tempest (Europe) and Andreas Carlsson (who co-wrote songs with Paul on his LIVE TO WIN album) also wrote songs for the album. Titled Somewhere Between A Rock And A Hard Place, the album will be proceeded by the single "Crash And Burn" in April.



Below is a message from KISS to Erik during last year's "Idol" finals.



Erik performs KISS's "Shout it Out Loud" on Swedish Idol before a sold-out Malmoe Arena of 12,000!


Mar 23 2010
GENE SIMMONS ON LOPEZ TONIGHT
LOPEZ TONIGHT
Here's a clip of Gene's Monday night appearance on Lopez Tonight. George wants KISS in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Mar 23 2010
ARMY ROCKS INDY FAN EXPO!
KISSONLINE

Drummer extraordinaire Eric Singer packed the house at the 2010 Indianapolis KISS Expo on Sunday, March 21. Over 700 energetic KISS fans swarmed the Ramada Inn East to come out and see the KISS drummer who is on a short break before the rock icons return overseas for the Sonic Boom Over Europe tour. Eric signed autographs nonstop for eight hours. It was so busy that he could not even leave the KISSonline booth for a Q&A session, instead answering questions directly from the booth as expo staff roamed the crowd with a mic!


An all-kids KISS tribute band, "KIDS," warmed up the enthusiastic crowd with a short setlist. The band members are all between the ages of 11 and 14 and they definitely kicked off the day with a bang! KIDS closed with a fast-paced "Modern Day Delilah" and then handed out DVDs of some of their previous concerts.


During our KISSonline video presentation, we surprised guest of honor Christopher "Critter" Smith by showing the crowd a clip of Critter meeting KISS last year in Milwaukee!


Later in the day, fan-favorite KISS tribute band MR. SPEED rocked the ballroom with a great set, which included "All For The Glory", "When Lightning Strikes" and "Say Yeah!".


It was a special day for everyone involved. Numerous fans commented that this was their first convention, and that the expo was everything they hoped it would be and more.


Another great day celebrating the greatest band in the world with the greatest fans ever!


Thanks to Rich Kosak, Bill Starkey and Karen Menyhart for taking these photos for KISSonline!

Mar 23 2010
FANS SHOW LOVE FOR CRITTER!
KISSONLINE
The generosity of KISS fans and the bond that fans share with each other is well documented, and at the INDY KISS Fan Expo, not only the fans, but the band too, along with Cort Guitars and artist Michael Doret showed love towards Chris "Critter" Smith -- a young KISS fan suffering from cancer. The band donated a 2-ticket Meet & Greet package to an upcoming KISS show, Cort donated a Gene Simmons Axe Bass, and Michael Doret donated a limited edition autographed Sonic Boom lithograph for a special raffle to benefit Critter.

The raffle winners were chosen at 5:30 on the expo stage by Eric and Critter. Eric pulled his own ticket and won the SONIC BOOM signed litho, promptly giving it to Critter as the crowd clapped and cheered. Eric then selected the next winner and the Gene Simmons bass went to Lonnie Weishaar . Critter selected the final winning ticket and Rich Kozak from Mr. Speed won. But Rich graciously asked that we choose another winner since he had met the band previously and wanted someone else to have the experience. Critter then drew another ticket and the Meet & Greet package went to Rick Starosto.

With the help of the KISS Army, we were able to present over $2000 to Critter's family!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the KISSonline booth to support this great cause and make Critter feel so special.

KISS Fans are the greatest!


Thanks to Bill Starkey for taking these photos for KISSonline!
Mar 23 2010
GENE SIMMONS AXE BASS
KISSONLINE
Thanks to Cort Guitars for donating a Gene Simmons Axe Bass to our raffle for Critter at the INDY FAN Expo.

CLICK HERE to visit the Cort Website, and also check out the new commercial below.

Mar 23 2010
LIMITED EDITION SIGNED PRINTS
KISSONLINE
Thanks to Michael Doret for donating a Hand Signed KISS Limited Edition Print to our raffle for Critter at the INDY FAN Expo.

Numerous expo attendees asked how they could purchase these prints...so here's the link -
KISS SIGNED PRINTS
Mar 22 2010
ERIC SINGER & GENE SIMMONS INTERVIEW CLIP
ROCKDIRT.com
Eric Singer and Gene Simmons of KISS talked with ITN about their new album 'Sonic Boom'. "The great thing about it is that it's a classic KISS record in the sense that it's more stripped down rather than trying to be too slick, too overly produced, too thought out. We got in a room, worked up ideas as a band and went in and just cut the stuff very fresh." Gene added, "No synth, no keyboard, no voice choirs, no nothin. No sample shmanzel, shut up, pick up your guitar and rock it out." The pair also offered their praise for Lady Gaga.

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