04/28/2016

KISS Guitarist Tommy Thayer is doing a kids’ storybook app

By Ina Fried / recode.net

Tommy Thayer isn’t the first guitarist for the band KISS, but he is the first KISS guitarist to also create a mobile app for kids.

Thayer is one of the main forces behind Ernest Hummingbird, a children’s storybook app debuting this summer on iOS and Android. The mobile app tells the story of a hummingbird who wants to sing rather than just hum.

Like many aspiring musicians, the avian protagonist gets pushback from his parents. But, with the help of some friends, he makes his dream come true.

“They learn to sing together and it’s all they want to do,” Thayer said, during a talk at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco.

Thayer admitted he felt a bit out of place at a software development conference.

04/27/2016

1975 KISS and makeup

A delicate routine, before rocking all night

by Alex Q. Arbuckle / MASHABLE

In the early 1970s, two members of New York rock band Wicked Lester, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, struck out to start a new group. They recruited drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley, and by early 1973 had settled on a name — KISS.

Their first gig as KISS was at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York, on Jan. 30, 1973. The band members outnumbered the audience of three.

It wasn’t until a couple months later that the group began to develop their signature look. During performances at The Daisy in Amityville, New York, on March 9 and 10, the band took to the stage with striking black and white makeup.

Each man’s makeup reflected a character and personality: Stanley’s heady romantic “Starchild,” Simmons’ twisted and cynical “Demon,” Criss’ nine-lived “Catman,” and Frehley’s extraterrestrial “Space Ace.”

Here, the glam-metal quartet go through their well-practiced makeup routines backstage before shows in 1975. 

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04/27/2016

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04/26/2016

KISS Kruise VI - This ship is almost full!

There are under 50 cabins left for KISS Kruise VI. The time to book is now!

The time has come KISS Navy! You are being called into action for another head-banging, fist-pumping mission at sea on The KISS Kruise VI. What exactly is lurking in the shadows during this adventure of the deep? All manner of creatures from the depths of the sea - that’s what. This year will be a seaworthy exploration of KISS’ iconic 1982 Creatures Tour! So save the date, KISS Kruisers! Join us on a rockin’ vacation of a lifetime with your leaders, KISS and all of your favorite sea creatures. We’ll be setting sail from Miami on November 4-9, 2016 aboard Norwegian Pearl headed to Cozumel and Grand Cayman!

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04/25/2016

KISS FREEDOM TO ROCK TICKETS AND MEET & GREETS ON SALE NOW!

KISS Freedom To Rock Tour will visit 39 cities starting July 7th in Boise, Idaho and will travel the country throughout July and August and will close September 10th in Huntington, West Virginia.

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Opening for KISS will be Recording Artist Caleb Johnson (American Idol Season 13 winner) for shows July 7 – August 10 while the All-Star rock band THE DEAD DAISIES will open for KISS for shows August 10 – September 10. The “Freedom To Rock” Tour is produced by: National Shows 2 (nationalshows2.com), Frank Productions (frankproductions.com), and CMoore Live (cmoorelive.com).

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