News - 2011 : October

Oct 28 2011
THIS DAY IN TORY 1978
KISSONLINE.com
On this day in KISStory - October 28, 1978, KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK aired on NBC TV. The movie was one of the highest-rated TV movies of 1978!

Here's the NBC bumper clip for the movie.

Oct 28 2011
"TWO TIMER" SOUNDCHECK FROM KRUISE
KISSONLINE
Check out this clip of KISS playing "Two Timer" at soundcheck on the KISS Kruise!



Video by Spiro Papadatos for KISSonline.
Oct 28 2011
NEW PAUL STANLEY PURPLE FLAKE V GUITAR
BOOGIE STREET
Friends -

Here's the Pilot Run of 6 Washburn Boogie Street PAUL STANLEY PSV2200 Signature V guitars done in up CUSTOM 'Purple Flake' Finish.

They just came out amazing!

Boogie Street continues to bring new and different custom versions of Paul's Signature guitars to market and this run of 6 Purple Flake V's marks another significant step in our journey.

Find out more about these special guitars at www.BoogieStreet.com

As always - thanks for all the support!

Eric McKenna

Oct 27 2011
HALLOWEEN PARTY IN CHILE
KISSARMY CHILE
KISS Army Chile will celebrate Halloween KISS-style as they assemble the Chilean fans for an unplugged show with the band KILLERS. There will also be KISS videos, gifts, and t-shirts to celebrate their passion for KISS.

The event takes place October 31st at Big Bang Club in Santiago, Chile.
Oct 27 2011
MY HOUSE
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Yo KISS ARMY,

We are getting to the final stages of our rock and roll dream house and I wanted to share it w/you all.First a p.s.a. I am an alcoholic 6 yrs. sober. None of this could have happened if I was drinking.

Two years ago we decided to add a 2000 sq ft.addition to our home. After the shell was up.I chose to do the rest myself. Sheetrock, plumbing, flooring, you name it. I am an auto re-finisher by trade, never having done anything like this. I think it looks phenomenal. Now at 4000 sq ft. we feature the Paul Stanley "serenity"chapel with 24 ft high ceilings and a laser show, a black leather bathroom w/bass drum medicine cabinet, gold record cafe', cd wall, piano stairs, Demon stairs and the KISScave. If the Hard Rock had a bed and breakfast, this is it!

Also in the last few years I have had the pleasure of spending time w/the guys and have given them all, Ace and Pete too, keys to the place as well as photo albums of the construction. Hope they use them someday. Bring yard-crashers w/you. That project is next.

Thank you KISS so much for a lifetime of inspiration and teaching me that you can live what you dream if you work for it. God Bless you guys and fellow soldiers. KISS Loves You!

Steve, Joan, and Danica Burdick

LETTERS
Oct 26 2011
CNN / PAULSTANLEY.com
Legendary lead singer gearing up for a “Monster” of a year in 2012

Rock legend Paul Stanley, the iconic voice and driving force behind KISS, one of the most successful and influential bands ever born on American soil, yesterday underwent surgery to address some recurring vocal cord issues. According to doctors, the procedure was a success, Paul’s recovery will be swift and complete, and one of rock’s greatest showmen of all time will yet again preach his rock ‘n’ roll gospel to millions in 2012.

“I hold myself to a higher standard than others do,” Stanley said. “With that in mind, I wanted to remedy a few minor issues that come with forty years of preaching rock ‘n’ roll.”

Stanley’s activities show no sign of slowing down as sales of his highly-acclaimed artwork continue to climb into the multiple seven-figure range, his being named Ambassador Spokesperson for the world-renowned House Research Institute, and Stanley’s overseeing of the ever-expanding KISS empire and worldwide brand with more than 3,000 highly-successful licensees.

2012 is shaping up to be quite a year for the legendary KISS frontman with Stanley once again at the helm producing Monster, KISS’ forthcoming, highly-anticipated follow-up album to the critically acclaimed Paul Stanley-produced Sonic Boom that debuted at number one on the Billboard Hard Rock Chart. Monster will be the band’s twentieth studio album. In 2012, KISS will also embark on its biggest and most ambitious worldwide tour ever, spanning multiple countries and continents, in support of Monster.
Oct 26 2011
ON COVER OF GERMAN ROCKS MAGAZINE
KISSONLINE.com
Here's KISS on the cover of the latest issue of the German magazine ROCKS. The issue was released on October 25th and features nine pages full of KISS!

Thanks to Peter Dammeyer for sending the cover image to KISSonline.
Oct 26 2011
5 YEAR OLD TAKES 1ST PLACE WITH !
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Drumming Black Diamond at Talent Show

Dear KISS,

We want to share with you our 5 year old son, Avery, drumming to Black Diamond at his first Talent Show, winning 1st place. We are so proud of him. He learns songs by ear and on his own and always loves to practice. And YES, its ALL KISS, ALL the TIME. Avery has been a fan since age 1 and a KISS Army memeber since age 3. Avery is more a KISS fan then we will ever be. We can honestly say, he only started playing because you are. THANK YOU for being a GREAT Inspiration for Avery and his music!!!!

Mom and Dad.

Oct 26 2011
KRUISIN' WITH YOU
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Last May, I decided to dip into my savings and book the KISS Kruise for two (my 12 year old daughter and myself...) I really didn't know what to expect, but I was getting the opportunity to see two awesome concerts and be in a photo with my favorite band, the band I've loved since first rockin' out to Strutter back in 1975! That was a great deal as far as I was concerned!!

Well, the Kruise ended up being the vacation of a lifetime!!! I painted my daughter and I as different band members each night. We took advantage of all the cruise had to offer, and enjoyed two of the most amazing concerts the band has ever performed. The sail away concert blew my mind. I'd always wished that I'd seen MTV's Unplugged back in '95, but this concert made up for it!!! The indoor concert that Saturday night totally rocked too. My daughter and I weren't very close to the stage, but we managed to catch one of Paul's picks, and the venue was perfect, more intimate than other concerts I'd been to...

Sorry to be so long winded, but I wanted to say thank you to the band and to Sixthman who steered us through a slice of KISStory!!!

We won't ever forget it.

\m/,,\m/ Amy Bigerna

LETTERS
Oct 26 2011
FLIP FLOPS AT KOHL'S
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hello KISS FANS,

Visit your nearest Kohl's Department Store and purchase a pair or two of the KISS Flip Flops.

Take Care,
Michael L. Aldana (San Antonio, Texas)

LETTERS
Oct 25 2011
ROCK HARD SPECIAL ISSUE
KISSONLINE.com
Here's the cover of Rock Hard Magazine's KISS Special issue being released in Germany on November 30. The KISS Special includes interviews, discography, photos, and eight big posters!

Thanks to Harald Streibl for sending the image to KOL.




Oct 25 2011
BY MONSTER MINI GOLF IS SWINGING INTO VEGAS!
KISSONLINE.com
Featuring the "Rock & Roll All Nite" Cafe and "Hotter Than Hell" Wedding Chapel

New Amusement Attraction Gives Fans a Chance to Become a Permanent Part of KISStory

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 25, 2011 -- KISS® By Monster Mini Golf®, a unique rock 'n roll themed amusement attraction based around the world renowned band KISS®, is swinging into Las Vegas. Scheduled to open in January 2012, KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® is the first of its kind and will include an indoor glow-in-the-dark custom-designed, rockin' 18-hole miniature golf course, a state-of-the-art arcade, the largest KISS® gift shop in the world, a KISS® Gallery, "Hotter Than Hell" Wedding Chapel, a private VIP Room, FANtastic KISS® themed event rooms and the "Rock 'n Roll All Nite" Cafe. A live DJ will rock the house, throughout the days and many "Crazy, Crazy Nights" with continuous KISS® music, trivia, contests and prizes, creating a place embraced by locals, tourists, and rockers of all ages.

To commemorate the launching of the first KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® fans of this legendary band have an opportunity to become immortalized as part of the decor. The KISS® Fan Paper will be created with photos sent in by KISS® fans doing what they do best, showing off their "KISS®." The walls of the venue will be adorned with KISS® admirers and will take on a new meaning for the "place to be seen." Pricing starting at only $20 will determine placement and size. To learn how to become immortalized "Forever" log on to monsterminigolf.com/kiss.

"When the idea of a KISS® mini golf course was presented to us, we immediately knew that everyone would want to go to a KISS® themed amusement attraction. There is nothing like KISS® mini golf anywhere... It has everything you could ask for: great KISS® music, fun games, affordable entertainment in one of the greatest cities in the world and of course, KISS®. A hole in one? One can only dream. Try your luck at the KISS® By Monster Mini Golf," said Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons in a joint statement.

Monster Mini Golf® was founded in 2004 by visionary, Christina Vitagliano who had "Great Expectations" to create an enjoyable and affordable amusement facility. Her inspiration expanded to over 30 themed miniature golf courses across the country, where "Unmasked" monsters with lively personalities are par for the course. Her imagination caught the attention of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® was born. Live Nation Merchandise, the exclusive worldwide merchandise and licensing agent for KISS®, brokered this KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® deal.

"Introducing the first-ever KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® to Las Vegas is an amazing opportunity for us as we expand our Monster Mini Golf® creation. It is also a great honor to work with KISS®, who are personal favorites of mine," says Monster Mini Golf founder, Christina Vitagliano. "I am confident we are creating a venue that will become a must see attraction in Las Vegas."

KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® is located across from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at the Shoppes at Harmon Square.
Oct 25 2011
IMMORTALIZE YOURSELF AS PART OF TORY
Immortalize Your Rockin’ Self By Being A Part Of KISStory as we build YOUR FACE into the new KISS by Monster Mini Golf

To commemorate the launching of the first KISS® By Monster Mini Golf®, you the fans, of this legendary band have an opportunity, for a limited time only, to become immortalized as part of the décor. The KISS Fan Paper will be created with photos sent in by KISS fans doing what they do best, showing us their “KISS®”.

The walls of the venue will be adorned with admirers and will take on a new meaning for the “place to be seen.”

To learn how to become immortalized "Forever" Click Here!
Oct 24 2011
KRUISE VIDEO SCRAPBOOK
BROWARD NEW TIMES
By Reed Fischer

Life has finally settled back into a world without 24-hour buffet lines, a pocketful of poker chips, and a daily dose of Kiss. For those who attended the Kiss Kruise on October 13 to 17, the withdrawal symptoms are getting heavy. To cap off County Grind's extensive coverage -- for the time being, anyhow -- here's a video scrapbook of the experiences that includes the sights and sounds of a weekend that Gene Simmons will never forget.

There's a wealth of intimate, full-makeup performance footage from Kiss' shows at the Palladium Lounge, a sampling of the Kiss fanatics who populated the Carnival Destiny, and several things that will never, ever happen again -- at least until Kiss Kruise 2012.

Kiss Kruise 2011 from Village Voice Media on Vimeo.



Read more KISS Kruise coverage from the Broward New Times at this link.
Oct 24 2011
MTV.com
By Jon Waterhouse

For nearly 40 years fans of warpaint-wearing rock band Kiss have arguably remained the most geektastic in the world. Many eagerly snatch up the endless array of Kiss merchandise, from comics to toys, and chalk up as many concerts as humanly possible.

On October 13 the Kiss Army --the name for its dedicated legion of fans-- became the Kiss Navy as almost 2,000 fans set sail on The Kiss Kruise. This floating Kiss fan fest traveled from Miami, Fla. to a private island and Nassau, Bahamas. It all wrapped on October 17 as the Carnival cruise ship Destiny returned to Miami, with a boatload of cruisers and their head-banging hangovers.

Kiss itself joined the throngs of followers on board. The band kicked off the excursion with a rare acoustic sail-away show sans make-up. A sea of pumping fists filled the ship’s Lido deck as Kiss rambled through a roster of stripped-down versions of both popular cuts and rarely-heard nuggets. “Christine Sixteen,” “Do You Love Me?” and “Black Diamond” helped pack the one-hour performance.

Later in the show founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, and newer recruits Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, became a virtual human jukebox as fans shouted requests. Kiss dug deep into its catalog treating the audience to snippets of obscure songs while fans sang along. Simmons’ biggest fan, his long-time mate and newlywed bride Shannon Tweed, kept a watchful eye from the side of the stage.

Other live performances throughout the cruise included costumed Kiss concerts featuring deep cuts; sets by Skid Row and other hard rockers; and stand-up comedy by Craig Gass. That latter is perhaps best known among Kiss fans for his spot-on impersonations of Simmons and Stanley.

On-board activities ranged from mini golf with Kiss axman Thayer to a casino tourney with drummer Singer. Fans donned their best Kiss costumes at a special Halloween bash. Yet perhaps the most treasured amenity was the fact each guest got his or her photo taken with the band in full regalia.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet other fans from all around the world,” said Johan Carlen, who traveled nearly 30 hours from Sweden to attend the cruise.

Carlen and a band of fellow Swedes created their own custom Kiss Kruise T-shirts to wear on the voyage. According to Sixthman, the producer of the cruise, more than 26 countries were represented, proving the common language of Kiss loudly shatters geographical borders.
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