News - 2010 : May

May 19 2010
TOMMY & ERIC'S SOLOS FROM GENEVA SHOW
KISSONLINE
Here's a fan-filmed clip of Tommy and Eric's solos from Geneva.



May 19 2010
ON THIS DAY IN TORY 1978
KISSONLINE
KISS PERFORMED AT MAGIC MOUNTAIN

KISS performed a free concert at Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia, California on May 19th, 1978. The concert, which took place in the parking lot of Magic Mountain, was filmed and used for the concert scenes in the movie, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. Tickets were distributed through a California radio station and approximately 10,000 fans attended the show. KISS performed a full regular set list and then lip-synched "Love Gun" and "Shock Me" for the movie. Between the concert and filming the extra scenes, the shoot lasted several hours and the band members interacted with the crowd through out the event.

Paul on the concert and film shoot:

"I remember it all like it was yesterday. Doing a film and a concert in a band where some were barely speaking to each other and others not speaking at all was even wierder than the script! I still can't figure out the end of the film."
May 19 2010
LATEST MAGAZINE COVER
KISSONLINE
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Here's KISS on the cover of the Slovakian music magazine, Srotowisko.

Thanks to Robert Ivanko for sending KISSonline the image.
May 18 2010
PAUL & ERIC WITH JIMMY PAGE
KISSONLINE
Here's Paul and Eric with Jimmy Page backstage at Wembley Arena.
May 18 2010
FAN-FILMED CLIPS FROM SOLD OUT MILAN SHOW
YOUTUBE
Here are a few fan-filmed clips from tonight's show in Milan, Italy. Check out that great SOLD OUT crowd!





May 18 2010
DIO REMEMBERED AT CONCERT
MTV.COM
Kiss' Paul Stanley cupped the microphone in his hand and stood in the middle of the stage, pointing toward the sky. "Let's make sure he can hear us up there," the guitarist said, leading thousands of fans in a chant during a Kiss concert in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday night.

"Ronnie! Ronnie! Ronnie! Ronnie! We love you and we miss you!"

It was one of many tributes paid to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, who died on Sunday of stomach cancer. He was 67.

Here's a fan-filmed clip of KISS remembering Ronnie James Dio.

May 18 2010
JET TAKES OFF FROM SWITZERLAND
BLICK.CH
It was more than a "Ballroom Blitz:" Since 1973, the hard rock band KISS has thrilled its fans. On Sunday night they rocked the very-full Zurich Hallenstadion. On Monday evening, the rockers played in Geneva. Both were sold-out shows!

KISS, which has sold over 80 million albums, continues to enjoy their career 37 years after its formation. And, as befits stars of this caliber, they travel by private jet.

After their concert in Zurich, the shock-rockers KISS took off for their next concert in their own KISS jet. Of course, the KISS Jet is adorned with the band's famous logo. Blick.ch captured the jet on video as it left Zurich-Kloten.

Thanks to KISSnews.de for sending us this story!

Translated from German for KISSonline

May 18 2010
ARMY LINES UP IN MILAN
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Check out these great photos of KISS fans in Milan lining up for tonight's KISS concert!

Special thanks to Barbara Caserta for snapping these with her phone! She writes that the line is already "so long that it couldn't fit in just one picture!"
May 18 2010
IN HALLENSTADION
TAGES ANZEIGER
By Dominik Dusek
Photo by Christian Herzig

A concert by the American hard rock band Kiss always draws a parade of fans. In front of the Hallenstadion on Sunday, some had painted the letters K, I, S and S on their bare chests. Others - the youngest of which appeared to be five years old - wore the same makeup faces as their idols.

Dozens of Paul Stanleys (star and kissing lips) and Eric Singers (cat's face) abounded, and an amorous couple was spotted, one person made up to look like Tommy Thayer (spaceman) and the other made up like Gene Simmons (the one with the tongue) dearly kissing each other.

A short hour later the makeup scene repeated itself onstage at the Hallenstadion: During the melodic guitar solo of "Cold Gin," the second song of the evening, Gene Simmons let his tongue slip over the neck of Thayer. Monsters they may be, even in this strictly heterosexual hard rock. And if nothing else, the comic-book monster that Kiss is provides a very impressive presentation.

The show's intro movie showed the musicians as giants over a sea of buildings, and the band entered on a raised platform that swung to the stage front. Stanley appeared with an untamed mane of hair and chest hair showing. Simmons, in turn, wore his characteristic hairstyle and prowled around the stage like a lizard. Soon, a bra dangled from Stanley's guitar, and Simmons spit fire.

Countless detailed, visual elements shape this production, right down to the appropriate lead guitar shapes that visually define KISS, and they have remained almost unchanged for decades (except for a short period when they unmasked.) It wouldn't be professional to forget to mention their signature costumes too. But this show was indeed also about the music.

Kiss songs are really pop songs, they are - more pointedly - a little closer to Abba than Led Zeppelin. Sure, they rock harder in crunchy riff songs like "Deuce" or "Detroit Rock City", but the crafty calculated effect on the audience is quite similar. Kiss is, and always have been, completely in control of what they do. In any case, the nearly sold-out stadium hall was very satisfied.

And yes, Paul Stanley also flew.

Translated from German for KISSonline by Jill Cataldo
May 18 2010
CONCERT PHOTOS FROM ZURICH
KONZERTBILDER
Check out these fantastic photos from KISS' Sunday concert in Zurich!

Photos by Christian Herzig for Konzertbilder.

View more photos from the show
May 18 2010
GERMAN TV GOES BACKSTAGE WITH
RTL.DE
Germany's RTL TV network sends a makeup-clad reporter backstage with KISS in Europe! Here's the segment.

May 18 2010
DRUMMER VISITS OMEGA MUSEUM
JOURNAL DU JURA
On Saturday, on the eve of KISS' concert at the Zurich Hallenstadion, Eric Singer, drummer and avid fan of Swiss watches, made a stop in Biel to visit the Omega Museum, where he was personally and privately welcomed by the president of Omega.

It was eleven o'clock when the drummer of the legendary rock band KISS chose to detour from his touring schedule to visit the watch city. Eric was treated to a private tour of the Omega Museum, which had been opened just for him. Enjoying a day off from KISS' European tour (which passes through the Hallenstadion in Zurich and the Geneva Arena,) he was welcomed by Stephen Urquhart, President of Omega.

The guardian of time (and beat) in KISS, Eric is also a big fan of Swiss watches, which he has acquired with passion for many years. His collection, which includes hundreds of beautiful pieces, is expanding throughout the band's world tours, and he has managed to establish contacts with representatives of luxury brands. His rock star status helps greatly. Above all, Eric is an ambassador for TAG Heuer, though he is also fond of Jaeger-LeCoultre, Patek Philippe and, of course, Omega, which featured its "Speedmaster" wrist model for the occasion.

"I must have been five years old when my father gave me my first watch, a cheap plastic model. But I was immediately fascinated by the object and it was like a click occurred," Eric confided.

Translated from French for KISSonline by Jill Cataldo
May 18 2010
CHILEAN DANCE SHOW FEATURES
CHILEVISION
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

A contestant on Chile's "Fiebre de Baile" (Dance Fever) television program did a KISS-inspired pole dance to "Rock And Roll All Nite" dressed as Gene!

May 17 2010
REMEMBERING RONNIE JAMES DIO
KISS
We mourn the tragic passing of the great Ronnie James Dio. In addition to his powerhouse vocal ability, Ronnie was a true gentleman who always emanated great warmth and friendship to us and everyone around him. We will miss him.

Paul, Gene, Tommy and Eric
May 17 2010
ANNOUNCES MINNESOTA SHOW
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
KISS is proud to announce a performance at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday, September 4th at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand.

Tickets for "An Evening With KISS" go on sale Saturday, May 22 at noon. Admission prices are $68.00, $58.00, and $38.00 plus applicable fees. Fair admission ($11) is not included with tickets and must also be purchased to attend the concert.

Tickets will be available at the Minnesota State Fair box office and via Ticketmaster.

KISS Army, stay tuned... details of a KISSonline presale will be coming soon!
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