News - 2010 : May

May 25 2010
CZECH ARMY IN PRAGUE
KISSONLINE
Here's the Czech KISS Army at the Prague show on Sunday.

Photos by Spiro Papadatos for KISSonline.
May 25 2010
GLADIATORS OF ROCK
KISSONLINE
Check out these amazing swords that a fan presented to KISS backstage in Prague. Paul, Gene, Tommy and Eric were each given their own sword engraved with their name, likeness and KISS logo, and the words -"Gladiator Of Rock And Roll."

Photos by Dean Snowden for KISSonline.
May 25 2010
SAUDI ARMY MEMBER MEETS
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hey Gene,

Just wanted to say that it was a pleasure meeting you in London on 13.05.2010 and it was an honor to be the first KISS Army member from Saudi Arabia to ever meet you guys :D

Being a hardcore KISS fan for almost 23 years, I would like to thank you as well for the music, the influence and for all the efforts you guys make to please your fans.. oh yeah, thanx for the new Cort Bass cause it ROCKS!

I just missing two things which are: A) a KISS show in the Middle East and B) Gene Simmons Family Jewels Season IV DVD.

All my sincere wishes to you, your family and KISS,

Anan Al-Sabban
Leader of the Saudi KISS Army

LETTERS
May 25 2010
ON CZECH TV NEWS
UDALOSTI
Here's KISS on the Czech news program "Udalosti!"

May 25 2010
IN BRATISLAVA
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hey KISS,

I can't wait to see you live in Bratislava on this Saturday! In the picture is my ticket to your show, my huge poster in my room and me - as Starchild.

See you on 29th May!

:) Laura

LETTERS
May 24 2010
SPIN
By William Goodman

Some things never get old... like wearing spandex and makeup, spouting blood and fire, and rock'n'rolling all night and partying every day. Not even when they're done by 60something Gene Simmons.

KISS will hit the road this summer on their "Hottest Show on Earth" tour, kicking off July 23 in Cheyenne, WY, and you can bet your platform boots there will plenty of the aforementioned goodies. The 28-date tour, their second since the release of 2009's comeback effort Sonic Boom, will lead the rock vets from Boston to Dallas, before closing out on September 24 in Phoenix. The band is promising to perform all their biggest hits, plus classics they haven't played live in years.
May 24 2010
REUTERS
By Dean Goodman

Cyclical Consumer Goods

LOS ANGELES, May 24 (Reuters) - A decade after KISS embarked on a farewell tour, the rock band on Monday unveiled a three-month series of U.S. concerts starting in July and modestly titled the "Hottest Show on Earth."

The band is currently playing Europe, and will take a month off before beginning their U.S. trek in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on July 23. Dates are on tap through Sept. 24 in Phoenix, Ariz.

KISS, a relentless rock 'n' roll merchandising machine, is out promoting its first album in 11 years, "Sonic Boom," which debuted at No. 2 on the U.S. pop chart last October. But the flamboyant foursome is in the enviable position of not having to worry about either album or ticket sales in the recessionary environment.
May 24 2010
KISSONLINE
LEGENDARY ROCK ICONS KISS RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA WITH THE HOTTEST SHOW ON EARTH TOUR

Throughout their 37-year career, KISS has sold 80 million albums, played in front of millions of people and become an integral part of American culture. Now, rock's most iconic band is unleashing another assault on North America with The Hottest Show on Earth tour starting on July 23. KISS will perform such classics as "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Nite" as well as hits that they haven't played in the US in many years.

The Hottest Show on Earth tour, produced by Live Nation, will trek through a mix of arenas and amphitheaters throughout North America. Tickets for shows produced by Live Nation go on sale to the general public in select markets beginning June 4 at LiveNation.com. Citi cardmembers can access presale tickets beginning Wednesday, June 2 at 10 a.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit http://www.citiprivatepass.com/. KISS is also giving back to the United States Armed Forces by donating one dollar from each ticket sold to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

Dr Pepper is a proud sponsor of the KISS tour and will be offering exciting contests and prizes in tour markets. Watch and listen for the Dr Pepper Cherry and KISS TV and radio spots that will be back on the air in late June.

May 24 2010
PHOTOS FROM PRAGUE
KISSONLINE
Check out these great photos from KISS' Prague show last night.

Thanks to Petr Klapper for sending us his photos!

More KISS Prague photos

May 24 2010
FAMILY AT WEMBLEY
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hi KISS,

Thanks for an amazing UK tour. I caught five shows and took my family to the last night at Wembley. As you can see from the photo, we had a ball and the show was awesome. It was great to watch a KISS show with my girls as it was their first KISS show, and their wide eyed amazement throughout was a joy to behold.

Once again, thank you to Paul, Gene, Tommy and Eric for a brilliant few weeks.

Davey D

LETTERS
May 24 2010
ERIC SINGER ITALIAN RADIO INTERVIEW
ROCK N' ROLL RADIO
Here's an interview with Eric from Italy's Rock N' Roll Radio!

May 24 2010
ON THIS DAY IN TORY 2008
KISSONLINE
On the day in KISStory - May 24, 2008, KISS rocked Russia for the very first time ever! The band performed at Moscow's Olympiysky stadium for over 15,000 members of the Russian KISS Army.

Here's a fan-filmed video of "Rock And Roll All Nite" from Moscow.



May 23 2010
CARVED WATERMELONS
KISSONLINE
Check out these great KISS carved watermelons backstage tonight in Prague.

Photo by Spiro Papadatos for KISSonline.
May 23 2010
THIS DAY IN TORY 1979
KISSONLINE
KISS DYNASTY ALBUM RELEASED

KISS released their DYNASTY album on May 23rd, 1979. The album features KISS' first international top 5 smash hit, "I Was Made For Lovin' You". This song was the first collaboration between Paul Stanley and Desmond Child for KISS. Though known for that great disco song, other more rockin' DYNASTY tracks included "X-Ray Eyes", "Save Your Love", "Magic Touch" and "Hard Times". The album is filled with some of KISS' most melodic and catchy hooks. Led by the success of "I Was Made For Lovin' You", DYNASTY spent 25 weeks on the charts peaking at #9 and was certified Platinum by July!

Except for Peter Criss's sole appearance on "Dirty Livin", which featured his lead vocals and drumming, it was Anton Fig who handled the drums on all other songs on DYNASTY.

KISS released two promotional videos for DYNASTY, "I Was Made For Lovin' You" and the great Paul Stanley pop rocker "Sure Know Something".

DYNASTY Track Listing:

I Was Made For Lovin' You / 2,000 Man / Sure Know Something / Dirty Livin' / Charisma / Magic Touch / Hard Times / X-Ray Eyes / Save Your Love

May 23 2010
KISSONLINE
The Fans Speak! Check out these great comments from the KISS Army... the fans tell it like it is...And like it was!

Photos and letters by the KISS ARMY EUROPE.

Subject: Kiss Rocks Austria
From: Niko on 05/21/2010

Hey KISS! Thank you for rocking Austria it was the best concert I have ever been and now my bff is also a true fan of yours! You can see on the piq that I put on make up and I was screaming so loud that my voice is gone! Thank you guy for rocking my life for over 10 years now! thank you so much! Yours, Nick

Subject: KISS at Wembley
From: Ross Sampson on 05/19/2010

KISS - best ever! Wembley Arena Thursday nights KISS concert at Wembley wasn't just the best performance by you guys that I have seen ( and this was my second of this tour let alone before) but the best concert EVER! The choice of songs, the commitment, energy and show were simply incredible. Superb sound, knock-out effects and a truly jaw dropping screen set up behind and in front of the drum riser made sure the audience never missed a thing and was entertained through every single song with specially created graphics and videos.Nobody puts more into a show than you guys for the fans and you played 2 and a quarter hours - and your playing is better than it has ever been. KISS, more than any other band, know you are there for us and because of us and deliver what we want in spades. Great to see full families there along with us ( ahem!) older fans. None better. Never will be.
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