News - 2010 : September

Sep 10 2010
Kiss' drummer, a Northeast Ohio native, says band's latest stage extravaganza is truly something to behold

By John Benson

Having spent the last quarter of a century rocking and rolling all night and partying every day, Cleveland native and veteran rock drummer Eric Singer (born Eric Mensinger) can't wait to get back home when Kiss plays Sunday at Blossom Music Center.

"That's where I have a lot of roots and that's where all of my dreams started, playing drums, jamming with friends and playing in local bands," said Singer, calling from Raleigh, N.C. "It all started there, and for me it will always have a special place. I started going to concerts in 1974, and the first time I saw Kiss they opened up for the New York Dolls at the Allen Theatre. And then I saw them at the Akron Civic Theater when Rush opened for them. That was on the ‘Dressed to Kill Tour,' later in 1974 or early '75. And then they came to the Allen Theatre again in '75. I still have the poster that I got from Record Revolution. I have it framed at home and it says, "Kiss, with special guest Journey."

Singer has been on quite a journey himself since he left Northeast Ohio in the '80s and started touring as Lita Ford's drummer. Soon thereafter, he found himself in Black Sabbath — a band he remembers seeing in concert exactly a decade before at the old Richfield Coliseum — and working with artists such as Olivia Newton John and a solo Paul Stanley from Kiss. Naturally, it was the latter connection that led to him joining the band from 1991 to 1996, 2001 to 2002 and then 2003 to present.

Even though Singer has been in and out of the band for a decade, the 52-year-old remembers when it first hit him he was a part of the legendary group he saw way back at the Allen Theatre.
Sep 10 2010


Is veteran hard rock act KISS recession-proof?

Singer-rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley certainly seems to think so.

"For all the talk about bands doing horrific business, we're doing terrific business," says Stanley, 58, down the line from Raleigh, N.C., recently, leading up to the band's only remaining Canadian summer date on Sept. 10 in Toronto.

"We had 14,000-15,000 people last night, and the night before pretty much the same. I think the only thing that's changed is that people don't want to pay a lot of money. You know if you pay for a Rolls Royce and you get a Chevy, then you kind of feel cheated. So if you're paying to see something, you damn well better see something.

"I have nothing against a guy who sits on a stool with an acoustic guitar, but to pay the same amount for that as you pay for a spectacle is insanity. When you come to a KISS concert, you know where you're money just went 'cause it's blinding you, deafening you and pummeling you."

When it comes to spectacle, few acts can measure up to the face-painting, costume and platforms-wearing KISS, who have been major road warriors of late. They staged their Alive/35 tour last year which morphed into their Sonic Boom tour (named for their 2009 studio album), which is being called The Hottest Show on Earth tour in 2010.
Sep 10 2010
Young or old, KISS is ready for DTE crowd

Christina Fuoco-Karasinski / Flint Journal

KISS drummer Eric Singer has seen a distinct change in his band's fan base since 2008. What was once a party crowd has slowly given way to families.

"It's pretty much become an all-ages show," said Singer, via telephone from an Atlanta hotel. 'There are so many younger kids and teenagers who come to the shows more and more. You really see a difference. We saw it starting in '08 but really started to notice a big difference over the last year or so."

Singer is unsure about the reasons behind the change. Even KISS' manager, "Doc" McGhee, has investigated the matter by walking around shows and asking people what they like about the act, which also includes guitarist Tommy Thayer, lead vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons and lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley.
Sep 10 2010

KISS released their legendary ALIVE album on September 10, 1975. This double live album, recorded largely in Detroit's Cobo Arena (with some material from Iowa, New Jersey and Ohio), marked the pivotal giant step towards achieving domination in the 70's.

The multi-platinum album peaked at #9, and spent 110 weeks on the album charts.

"We wanted to put out a souvenir, almost like when you go to the circus," said Paul Stanley. "I really enjoy myself onstage, prancing around, shaking my ass, shaking my head, playing the guitar between my legs. I enjoy it as much as the audience. Basically, I am entertaining myself up there."
Sep 09 2010
Check out these great fan-filmed clips of "Detroit Rock City" and "Deuce" from the Minnesota State Fair!

Sep 09 2010
KISS and its rock 'n' roll army head for Blossom Music Center on Sunday

John Soeder, The Plain Dealer

Get ready to rock 'n ' roll all night. KISS -- with mainstays Paul Stanley (vocals, guitar) and Gene Simmons (vocals, bass) joined by Tommy Thayer on guitar and Cleveland native Eric Singer on drums -- is booked at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls. The Academy Is . . . and the Envy open. Tickets are $36.50-$149.50 at the box office and through Ticketmaster, or call 1-800-745-3000.

Sep 09 2010
Kiss' Paul Stanley talks about the music behind the flames, fake blood and greasepaint

By Lynne Thompson

Paul Stanley is an old-fashioned guy when it comes to recording.

Sure, people associate Kiss with over-the-top spectacle. In fact, the guitarist and co-frontman boasts that the band's current outing is "the most technologically advanced show" Kiss has ever taken on the road. But when it came to handling producer duties for Kiss' new release, Sonic Boom, Stanley was nothing short of autocratic.

"Democracy is overrated in the studio," the 58-year-old New York City native says. The 11 new songs, he adds, were recorded on analog tape with all of the band members in the same room looking at one another.
Sep 09 2010

"Forget the white picks! These are the Collectors' Collectibles!" -- Paul Stanley

You rocked with KISS on the Hottest Show on Earth tour. Now own the ultimate tour collectible - KISS commemorative city tour guitar picks!

Limited-edition KISS city picks were made for each tour stop. These special KISS picks feature the American, Canadian or Mexican flag with KISS logo, city, state and date of show on the front side and band member's signature on the back.

Only a very small quantity of these KISS city tour picks are left from each show and are now available exclusively at

"The custom tour city guitar picks are a special addition to our usual arsenal of KISS picks. We have just a few to throw out onstage each night of the tour. I told my guitar tech to save a couple for me!" - Tommy Thayer

Each pick is limited to a maximum of only 200 made, and they will never be made again! The only remaining picks are the ones that were not thrown out to the crowd by KISS or kept by the band members for their own collections. To put how limited these picks are in perspective, note that a normal KISS tour pick is produced by the thousands, and in some cases, tens of thousands during the course of a tour.

"I love the way these picks look! What a great souvenir from each show. I thow these out every night when we come out to bow before the encore." - Eric Singer

Paul Stanley's guitar tech, Fran Stewart, told us that once people realized how rare these picks were, local crew and stage hands were taking them from the mic stands before KISS hit the stage. The techs then resorted to handing the picks directly to the band members while they were on stage to keep them from being stolen.

Because these picks are in such demand, bootleg versions have been circulating. Be sure to order directly from to guarantee you'll receive an authentic KISS city pick, Only the genuine KISS city tour picks include a bonus KISS Tour Guitar Picks collectible card, featuring a statement of authenticity. These beautiful cards are collectibles in their own rights.

Fans may remember the stunning guitar picks used during KISS' Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour earlier this year. A limited number of picks from the band's European dates remain in inventory, and you can order picks from many of the European tour stops as well. These picks are simply stunning, with both the pick and collector's card featuring the country's flag. The new KISS Sonic Boom Over Europe Guitar Pick Binder, also offered at KISS Pick World, is the perfect item to hold your entire European pick collection too!

In addition to the commemorative city tour picks, KISS Pick World also has the "common" guitar picks used by the band in stock and ready to ship! was launched to give fans and pick collectors a central place to purchase genuine collectible KISS tour picks without fear of buying fake or bootleg picks.

"Straight from the KISS stage to you...the ultimate KISS Tour guitar picks!" - Gene Simmons

Sep 09 2010
New Mexico Lottery Players Win KISS Concert Packages

Drum roll, please.

William Wilkinson and Shanon Alexander are bound for Phoenix to meet KISS and attend the band's Sept. 24 performance, thanks to a New Mexico Lottery second-chance drawing for players holding non-winning "KISS" Scratchers.

The two lottery players were drawn from 10,300 entries and they both won KISS concert packages valued at approximately $5,000 each.

Wilkinson, a 23-year-old student from Albuquerque, said he "flipped out" when his parents called to tell him the lottery had a prize waiting for him.

"My parents were yelling in my ear, 'You won. You won,' " he recalled for lottery officials.

Wilkinson said his mother bought the "KISS" Scratcher for him as a gift and when it wasn't an instant cash winner, she insisted that he enter it into the special second-chance drawing.

"She's a good mom," he said.

Wilkinson, who counts "Psycho Circus" and "Love Gun" as his KISS favorites, is taking his best friend and serious KISS fan Jeremy Martinez with him to Phoenix.
Sep 09 2010
KISS Ticket Holders Only: Full Color Souvenir Tickets

You "Rocked and Rolled All Nite," with KISS, now rock a one-of-a-kind concert souvenir! Introducing the limited edition KISS Souvenir Ticket--a glossy, full-color, holographic souvenir available only to KISS concert-goers like you. Each souvenir ticket is just $12 (plus a small processing fee) and displays your actual seat location -- making every souvenir unique.

It's the perfect show-off piece for the ultimate KISS fan. But hurry -- if you wait too long you'll kiss this amazing offer goodbye. Order your one-of-a-kind souvenir tickets by Monday, September 13th with the following instructions:
Sep 09 2010
The KISS Symphony DVD was released on September 9, 2003. The DVD debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart and was certified double platinum.

The DVD features KISS performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Etihad Stadium (formerly known as Telstra Dome) in Melbourne, Australia, on February 28, 2003.

Track Listing:

Act One

Deuce / Strutter / Let Me Go Rock and Roll / Lick It Up / Calling Dr. Love / Psycho Circus

Act Two

Beth / Forever / Goin' Blind / Sure Know Something / Shandi

Act Three

Detroit Rock City / King of the Night Time World / Do You Love Me / Great Expectations / Shout It Out Loud
God of Thunder / Love Gun / I Was Made For Loving You / Black Diamond / Rock and Roll All Nite

Here's "I Was Made For Lovin' You" from the DVD:

Sep 08 2010

For a limited time, we are offering a 55", 240HZ, connected KISS HDTV. Also included is a 32" KISS HDTV FREE!


Introducing the new line of RTC officially licensed KISS HDTV LED televisions. Featuring the legendary logos of KISS, the KISS LED TV is one of the finest LED televisions on the market.

These televisions will make the ultimate statement in your home, bar, restaurant or wherever the KISS HD LED televisions find their homes.

This collector's edition KISS LED TV features a diamond plated look to the casing with the KISS logos embossed on each side. The live image of KISS appears on the screen for eight seconds when the TV is powered on and includes a collector's edition packaging.

The KISS LED Televisions offer razor sharp clarity with 1080Pfull high definition resolution and a 120HZ refresh rate delivering sharp, blur free images. The dynamic 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio presents deeper blacks and brighter whites with colors that stand out brilliantly adding to the rich detail and deep contrast on this HDTV.
Sep 08 2010
By Danny Sigelman

Photos by Erik Hess

It's hard to to criticize KISS. They truly have a love for their audience and essentially know how to put together the best show they know how, giving everyone exactly what they came for. They created such a legacy of hits that they've played ad infinitum for so long now. As technology has evolved, the band spares no expense in updating their stage set to pulverize those who flock to each big show with an experience, right between their eyes. At times, sitting high up in the bleachers of the State Fair Grandstand, it was hard to tell where there was more electrical energy, in the Midway or on stage in front of the sold out crowd of KISS Army faithfuls.
Sep 08 2010
KISS will bring their "Hottest Show On Earth" Tour to Mexico with four shows in late September - early October.

Sept 28 - Monterey Mexico - Teatro Banamex
Sept 30 - Mexico City - Sports Palace
Oct 1 - Mexico City - Sports Palace
Oct 2 - Guadalajara - Arena VFG

Sep 07 2010
Here's KISS with the audience at Saturday night's SOLD OUT Minnesota State Fair Show!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSonline.
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