News - 2012 : April

Apr 03 2012
THE NEW YORK TIMES: ROCKERS AT SEA
THE NEW YORK TIMES


KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

The New York Times has a story about celebrity cruises which includes some great graphics showing various music-themed cruises that are setting sail this season. Guess which ship is going to rock the most?
Apr 03 2012
ARMY JAPAN - OFFICIAL FAN CLUB LAUNCHED!
KISSONLINE.com
The first and only KISS Official Fan Club- "KISS ARMY JAPAN" launched in Japan yesterday! The members of KISS are excited to have their very own fan club in the Japanese market for all their loyal fans. By joining, members get access to Pre Sale tickets to KISS concerts in Japan, to Fan Club only events and Fan Club only merchandise, and to special Fan Club only content. You Wanted The Best!? You Got the Best! The Hottest Fan Club In The World, KISS ARMY JAPAN!!

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Apr 03 2012
ON SHOWBIZ TONIGHT
SHOWBIZ TONIGHT
Here's KISS' appearance on Showbiz Tonight from Monday. The band discusses their recent show in New Orleans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Apr 03 2012
WHY THE " KULTURE" IS SO EFFECTIVE
By Ezra Morrison

KISS, joined by Motley Crue, has announced their raucous summer run, boldly named "The Tour." Poised to begin igniting audiences on July 20, 2012 in Bristow, Virginia, they are looking to incite mayhem in 40 U.S. venues before their finale in Hartford, Connecticut, on September 23, 2012. The first and last time the legendary bands shared the stage was in 1982, when the newcomers Motley Crue opened five shows for KISS.

At their March 20, 2012 press conference, KISS guitarist/singer Paul "Starchild" Stanley — as ornamented as ever — brazenly declared that the tour "is not a rock concert. When you put [KISS and Motley Crue] together, it's an event."

Stanley continued to boast that the tour will be "bombastic" and that "people are going to come and [say], 'I know why these bands have lasted.' [It's] because we know how to do it."

And they sure do.

Both KISS and Motley Crue assure that there is nothing "baby-booming" about either band — brandishing their signature pyrotechnics, performance stunts, flamboyant swaggers, and raw attitudes, they show no signs of slowing down.

As the legendary and curiously quotable Gene Simmons of KISS explained during the press conference, "What you are going to hear on-stage is live music. All the music is real, all the bombs are real, the guys you see playing instruments onstage are playing their instruments."

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee concurred with Simmons during an interview with MSNBC, promising that audiences will be "totally flipped."

The camaraderie and irrefutable chemistry among the band mates is enrapturing, and guaranteed to satisfy their long-time disciples while drafting young blood into both the KISS Army and hard-rock fan base.

Stanley told Rolling Stone, "What we're hoping for, and certainly I am, is whatever people's expectations are, we blow them out of the water. I want people to hope for the legend that they've heard about and find out it's greater than that."

Perhaps Stanley's statement indicates why exactly the "KISS Kulture" is so effective: It's deliberate. Not only does KISS substantiate the folklore every time they command a stage; the band has successfully managed to bridge the generations by remaining accessible to their fans.
Apr 02 2012
TO APPEAR ON HLN'S SHOWBIZ TONIGHT
In an exclusive interview with Showbiz Tonight, members of the band KISS slam the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. KISS, who performed at the NCAA Big Dance Concert Series this weekend, has been eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1999, but has never received the honor. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley critique the organization, saying that the voting process is an insult to artists.

Tune into Showbiz Tonight at 11p.m. ET/PT to hear the complete interview with KISS.

Apr 02 2012
WITH A LITTLE , ACMs SHOW LOVE TO ROCK
By John Katsilometes
Photo: Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau

KISS made a none-too-understated arrival at the Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight pouring out of a stretch limo/monster mini-truck and wearing full stage attire.

That would be heavily studded codpieces, one-piece costumes made of Spandex and full stage makeup.

Yee-haw?

“We love a lot of country artists,” Gene Simmons said, rattling off Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley.

The band was on hand to introduce one of the night’s awards (read further for how they handled that task), but first they conducted a nifty bit of self-promotion. In an appearance on the red carpet before the show, Paul Stanley talked of the upcoming KISS/Motley Crue summer tour.

“It’s called ‘The Tour,’ and it’s called that for a reason,” Stanley said as an "Inside Edition" mic was pushed into his face. “It’s because you have two of arguably the greatest live bands ever. I know that breaks the hearts of critics, but you have two great bands going out there, doing their full shows -- brand-new shows -- putting together great shows and blowing everybody away.”

The public has responded, says the man for decades dubbed “The Starchild.”

“So far, ticket sales say, ‘We need you,’ ” Stanley said.

The tour stops at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Aug. 11.

More notes from the show:

• In one of the great mismatches of sensibility in entertainment history, KISS announced Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum. Just before making the announcement, Simmons shouted, “This is country music! Lemme hear ya!” When pausing for a couple of beats too long for some fans, Simmons said, “Keep your britches on!” before calling out Lady Antebellum, which was bemused at the site of the fully attired band members. “Wow! It’s KISS!” said Charles Kelley after grabbing his (Kelley’s) trophy.
Apr 02 2012
FAN-FILMED CLIP OF ARRIVING AT ACM AWARDS
YOUTUBE.com
Check out this great fan-filmed clip of KISS' arrival at the Country Music Awards last night in Las Vegas. How about the country music fans chanting KISS, KISS, KISS!

Apr 02 2012
ACM AWARDS RED CARPET INTERVIEW
BLIP TV
Nan Kelley interviews KISS who arrived on the carpet in a custom RAM. They presented at last night's show and said they are honored to be there. They also talk about how they love country music and were to support all the talented artists.

Apr 02 2012
SENATOR BROWN TALKS ON CNN!
PIERS MORGAN / CNN
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Here's a clip of Senator Scott Brown talking about Gene Simmons and KISS during a recent appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan show.

Apr 01 2012
STEALS THE ACM AWARDS ARRIVAL SPOTLIGHT!
In the photo - Wayne Newton and Gene Simmons of KISS arrive at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 1, 2012.

By Don Chareunsy

Rock and roll all night legends KISS arrived at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena this afternoon in a monster truck and full makeup, stealing the spotlight from the nominees, presenters and performers walking the arrivals carpet.

And if it couldn’t get any better, it did, with entertainment legend and Las Vegas resident Wayne Newton posing for a photograph with Gene Simmons of KISS. Thanks to Erik Kabik for his photographs from MGM Grand. He reports that fans chanted, “KISS! KISS! KISS!”.
Apr 01 2012
PHOTOS OF AT COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
Here are some photos of KISS from their appearance at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards tonight.

In the photos:

KISS with Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire. Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images

KISS present Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum the Vocal Group of the Year Award. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Paul Stanley and LL Cool J. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for ACM

KISS arriving at awards in monster truck. Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for ACM

Gene Simmons donning a cowboy hat. Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for ACM

CLICK HERE to visit Getty Images photo galley of KISS at 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Apr 01 2012
ARRIVES AT ACM AWARDS IN 'RAMINATOR'
BY Jodi Jill / National Celebrity Headlines Examiner

When KISS arrived at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards the band couldn’t be missed on Sunday. In grand entry style, the members of the band arrived in back of the “Raminator” which was bigger than an average truck and far more unique.

Waving from the back of the vehicle, it was a moment for fans to remember. Musicians Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS were high above the street level looking like they were ready to have some fun at the show. The truck, the tires so big that an average person wouldn’t be tall enough to look at the tread of the tire on top, was one of the biggest surprises on the red carpet portion of the show.

The guys from the band were dressed in KISS style with makeup and costume on, ready to rock out at the ACM Awards. Expected to hit the stage, the band’s grand entrance was perfect for the afternoon in Las Vegas. The fans were cheering and the media noticing as the guys pulled up to share the night with the fans.
Apr 01 2012
ARRIVES AT COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's KISS arriving to the Country Music Awards in MONSTER-style! The guys will present an award at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards tonight at 8 PM ET.

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline.
Apr 01 2012
ON COUNTRY MUSIC RED CARPET
KISSONLINE.com
Here's KISS doing an interview on the Red Carpet of the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Apr 01 2012
AT COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS TONIGHT!
KISSONLINE
On Sunday, April 1, KISS will present an award at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards! The event takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised on CBS affiliates around the country.
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