News - 2012 : April

Apr 11 2012
Tristan MacManus blogs Week 4

by Tristan MacManus

Ballroom dancing pro and amateur leprechaun Tristan MacManus will be checking in with each week as he and partner Gladys Knight go for the coveted mirrorball trophy.

On comparing tongue lengths with Gene Simmons: I don’t think I stuck it out any more tonight than I usually do, but yeah. They came up with the idea of me stickin’ it out, I guess, and then Gene came and stuck his out, so. That was a bit weird. To be honest I’m a big fan of KISS. I love KISS. And I didn’t think the first time I met Gene Simmons, Gladys Knight would be puttin’ a measurin’ tape over our tongues, know what I mean? It was fun. He’s a pretty cool guy. I actually wanted to dance to KISS this week. I was puttin’ together the costumes, the makeup and all that stuff on, but then we found out they were singing on the show, so we weren’t allowed. But I think that would have been fun, throwin’ Gladys over Gene Simmons’ ankle.
Apr 11 2012
Aug. 5 at AT&T Center - San Antonio

By Jay Nanda / San Antonio Metal Music Examiner

Giving new meaning to "better late than never," KISS and Motley Crue announced today an addition to their monstrous tour: the AT&T Center.

The rock icons will bring their pyro, levitating drums and girls, girls, girls back to San Antonio on Sunday, Aug. 5. Presale tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday through 10 p.m. Thursday here. General public tickets will be available at 10 a.m. Friday at The tour was announced March 20 when KISS and Motley Crue held a joint news conference in Hollywood, Calif.

KISS last played the AT&T Center on Sept. 19, 2010, and Austin's Erwin Center on Dec. 4, 2009. They took Motley Crue on the road as a support act as part of the Crue's first tour in 1982.
Apr 10 2012
KISS will perform "Lick It Up" on 'Dancing With The Stars' tonight!

The episode airs at 9 EST.
Apr 10 2012


Katherine Jenkins got a big Kiss backstage at Dancing With The Stars last night.

Opera singer Katherine and her partner Mark Ballas met bandmembers Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley and posted a picture to prove it on Twitter.

It was rock week on the popular US show, featuring a crowd-pleasing opening performance by the face-painted group... And she warned fans: "Well, I can safely tell you that you have never EVER seen me in anything like tonight's 'dress'..."

She was supported backstage by David Hasselhoff and his girlfriend Hayley Roberts, who is also from Wales.
Apr 10 2012

They came, they danced, they rocked! With KISS setting the party mood with a live performance, Dancing with the Stars thundered through rock-and-roll night Monday.

- People Magazine

Rock Week returns, with KISS opening the show with a spectacular performance of "Rock and Roll All Nite," accompanied by the Troupe.

- The Futon Critic

KISS showed us everything they've got (and baby, baby, that's still quite a lot) on Monday's "Dancing With the Stars," performing "Rock and Roll All Nite" in full kabuki makeup, platform boots and all.

- AZ

KISS opened for Dancing with the Stars Week 4 and set the ballroom ablaze. Belting out "Rock and Roll All Night" complete with their usual electrifying stage show and smashed guitars, did anyone even notice the accompanying dance by The Troupe? Not me. The judges even waved score paddles of "11" for their performance. With a show opener like that, of course you would expect a fabulous evening to follow, right?


Rock Week returns, with KISS opening the show with a spectacular performance of “Rock and Roll All Nite.”

- Celebrity Dirty Laundry

The performances on “Dancing With the Stars” tonight were inspired by rock hits, and fittingly, the show opened with a high wattage performance by the band KISS.

Apr 10 2012
During some downtime between dress rehearsal and KISS' live performance on Dancing With the Stars yesterday, KISS had a photo shoot at another studio on the lot. The photo shoot was for the new album, as well as the 2012 "THE TOUR" tourbook and merchandise. Paul Stanley oversaw the shoot, giving creative input and direction. Here are a few shots of the band discussing shoot ideas with photographer Brian Lowe. You'll have to wait a little longer to see the photos from this shoot..!

Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSonline.
Apr 10 2012
Gene Simmons' Rock For Vets Benefit Concert will take place at the Roxy in Los Angeles on tonight. Gene will be backed up by members of our Proud Military.

Visit for tickets.
Apr 10 2012
By Jodi Jill

KISS isn’t the typical ballroom dancing performance, but on Monday night Dancing With the Stars was anything but typical. The band remains one of the most influential bands in the history of Rock & Roll so it seemed only fitting they kick off Rock Week themed Dancing With the Stars. The band will be in the house for two episodes, so expect the band to return on Tuesday night.

Dressed in full costume and looking to get the fans off their seats, the entertainers were quite the charmers for the segment. Performing Rock and Roll All Nite, the band was accompanied on the ballroom floor by the DWTS troupe who were out in full force dancing to the performance. In leather and moving quickly, the troupe was fun to watch with the different music in the background.

As one of America’s top gold-record champions, KISS has released 44 albums and sold more than 90 million albums worldwide. Fans young and old enjoyed the unique performance and didn’t seem to mind the fire and leather found on live television. While unlikely to be asked for a score, it’s safe to bet the judges would have given the band all 10’s as the fans loved the performance!
Apr 10 2012
KISS drops by to lick the headbangers' ballroom floor clean on Rock Week. Double your pleather, double your fun!

By Annie Barrett

hey kept on dancing and the ballroom got hot. This week, very special guests Kiss -- lovable metal-studded caricatures of hard rock -- visited Dancing With the Stars, a lovable, Swarovski crystal-studded caricature of a televised dance competition. Both drive us wild and crazy, especially when there's tongue involved. What's not to love?

I mean, get this: In honor of Rock Week, Tom Bergeron was wearing a black sport shirt and NO TIE, while Brooke Burke made up for Tom's partial nudity by wearing all the weaves from the hair trailer. Every last one. She was the ultimate fire hazard, so considering the heightened use of pyrotechnics (just because), this may have been the ballroom's most dangerous and rebellious night yet. I like to think that had Brooke caught on fire, Kiss would have immediately launched into "God of Thunder" in conjunction with the Planet Mirrorballus sprinkler system.

This was no normal night. Gene Simmons compared tongue lengths with heavy metal legend Tristan MacManus. The members of the DWTS troupe and DWTS band director Harold Wheeler all sported full-on kabuki makeup (decoys, all of them, except Harold Wheeler). There was SO MUCH FIRE! All of that plus John Stamos in the audience?

The judges rate this spectacle an 11. ("Ele-vehhhhhn!") Have mercy.

Who needs Queen when you have ¿Que?
Apr 10 2012
Wearing their iconic face paints and leather attires, Gene Simmons and his rocker bandmates open 'DWTS' by providing an electrifying soundtrack for the dancing troupe.

KISS visited "Dancing with the Stars" on the night dedicated by the reality TV show to pay tribute to rock music. Donning their trademark costumes, Gene Simmons and his bandmates kicked off the Monday night, April 9 episode with their classic hit "Rock and Roll All Nite".

While KISS were playing loud and proud on the stage, "DWTS" troupe were taking the dance floor for an equally rocking choreographed number. Three female and male dancers, clad in KISS-esque attire, kicked off their set with a chair number before trading the props with ropes.

During the performance night, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd collected the highest score from the judges. They got a total of 27 points with their paso doble, which Carrie Ann Inaba called "the most bizarre, sexy, hot paso" she's ever seen.

Apr 09 2012
By Ann Oldenburg

Rock music and ballroom dancing do mix, we found out, as Dancing With the Stars theme this week was "rock week," kicked off by KISS.

Costumes were mostly black, studded and leathery. Hair was big and strange. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet were in black, and judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli carried on the theme. The only exception was Len Goodman, who stayed with his usual suit uniform.

Apr 09 2012
KISS will perform both tonight and Tuesday on the smash hit TV show "Dancing With The Stars!"

The episodes air tonight at 8 EST and TUESDAY at 9 EST.

From TV By The Numbers:

Rock Week returns to "Dancing with the Stars", with KISS opening the show with a spectacular performance of “Rock and Roll All Nite,” accompanied by the Troupe. Bringing lots of leather and lots of fire, the remaining ten couples will perform to some of the greatest Rock songs of all time, MONDAY, APRIL 9 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

On Tuesday, KISS hits the stage for another rockin’ performance of “Lick it Up,” with Mark Ballas, Chelsie Hightower, Henry Byalikov and Oksana Dmytrenko accompanying their performance. “DWTS” alums Sabrina Bryan and Kyle
Apr 09 2012
Here are a few more photos of the guys on the red carpet at the ACM Awards last Sunday in Las Vegas.

Photos by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline.
Apr 09 2012

KISS and Fan Mosaics Invite Fans to Celebrate 35 Years of KISS Alive II

Commemorative Photo Mosaic to be Composed Entirely of Fan-Submitted Images

For 35 years KISS fans have reveled in the sounds and images of KISS Alive II. To celebrate the anniversary of this masterful live album, KISS and Fan Mosaics are inviting fans to be part of some of the most recognizable rock images of all time.

“Every KISS fan knows and loves these images of the Demon, the Starchild, the Spaceman, and the Catman,” says KISS co-founder and front man Paul Stanley. “In honor of this big anniversary, we’re giving fans the chance to see these photos in a new way—featuring them in a supporting role.”

Fan Mosaics has combined the larger-than-life images from the KISS Alive II cover into a single picture that will be reproduced as an official collector’s item print.

“It’s more than just an amazing print, though” says Rob Hixenbaugh, Fan Mosaics’ director of fan & brand development. “It’s a mosaic that uses fan-submitted photos as its building blocks. The fans’ images will actually make up the big picture, letting them get inside a major part of KISStory.”

The 24-inch by 30-inch prints make great gifts or unique collectibles for everyone who’s ever dreamed of getting up close and personal with the band. Fans can unleash their inner rock star and upload their photo for inclusion in the officially licensed KISS Alive II Fan Mosaic at

Apr 08 2012
Have a wonderful Easter today!

Thanks to the KISS Army for sharing these great KISS Easter eggs and artwork with KISSOnline!

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