News - 2012 : May

May 09 2012
TOMMY THAYER AT LOPEZ CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC
TOMMYTHAYER.com
KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer (right) along with Sugar Ray Leonard (left) and Bruce Jenner (center) all participated in the George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic yesterday (Monday, May 7th) at Lakeside Country Club in Toluca Lake, Calif. in support of the George Lopez Foundation. Other celebrities that attended the tournament included George Lopez, Eva Longoria, Anthony Anderson, Kenny G, Andy Garcia, Cheryl Ladd, Don Cheadle, Joe Pesci and others. KISS donated a Paul Stanley Washburn guitar autographed by the band that was auctioned off that evening at the post-tournament dinner.
May 09 2012
THIS DAY IN TORY 2008
KISSONLINE.com
On this day in KISStory - May 9, 2008, KISS kicked off their most successful European tour ever with a SOLD OUT show at König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The KISS Alive 35 European Tour stopped in 30 cities, drawing over 500,000 fans!

OBERHAUSEN SET LIST IN ORDER:

Deuce, Strutter, Got To Choose, Hotter Than Hell, Firehouse, Nothin' To Lose (Eric lead vocals), C'Mon And Love Me, Parasite, She, Watchin' You, Rock Bottom, 100,000 Years, Cold Gin, Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll, Black Diamond (Eric lead vocals), and Rock And Roll All Nite

Encore:

Shout It Out Loud, Lick It Up, I Love It Loud (Gene split blood and flew to rafters), I Was Made For Lovin' You, Love Gun (Paul flew to back of arena), and Detroit Rock City

Here's an interview with the band from Oberhausen 2008:


Check out this great fan-filmed compilation clip from the Vienna, Austria stop on the KISS Alive 35 European Tour:
May 09 2012
BILL AUCOIN AUCTION TO BENEFIT RELAY FOR LIFE
Roman Fernandez
For the Very First Time: Bill Aucoin Auction to benefit Relay for Life / The American Cancer Society

On Friday, May 11 at 12:30 pm, Acreage / Loxahatchee Relay for Life team, “Alive n Kickin,” will be holding their annual auction to benefit The American Cancer Society. This year, they are auctioning off the first ever item from original KISS manager, Bill Aucoin’s, personal collection: a yellow “Dolce and Gabbana” leather jacket. Along with the jacket comes one of Bill’s personal KISS Alive 35 All Access Badges, a Certificate of Authenticity, (Bill’s signature is a digital copy), and an 8×10 of Bill and Gene that Bill used to sign at KISS conventions. This certificate will be personalized by Collection Administrator and longtime partner, Roman Fernandez. Also included is a personal bonus gift from the Aucoin family to be disclosed at time of auction.

Auction to be held via eBay beginning May 11 and closing on May 21. Full details to be released on Friday, May 11. For any preliminary questions, please email: AlivenKickin2012@gmail.com
May 08 2012
: MONSTER - The Official Album and Tour Magazine
KISSONLINE.com
Brought to you by FANGORIA, the planet's number one cult film, horror and fantasy culture entertainment magazine, KISS: MONSTER - The Official Album and Tour Magazine is a KISS magazine made by KISS fans for KISS fans. Celebrating the upcoming release of MONSTER, the band’s 20th album and their upcoming summer tour with Motley Crue, this glossy, 72 page collector’s magazine features dozens of rare, new and never before published photographs as well as new interviews with KISS members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, wherein they muse on the past, reflect on the present and look to what lies in store for “the hottest band in the world…KISS!”

You’ll also get a thorough, critical look at the full KISS discography; a preview of MONSTER written by the band; secrets behind THE TOUR; a look at the design of the new KISS costumes as well as their costumes worn through the ages; Gene and Paul remembering classic KISS albums like CREATURES OF THE NIGHT and ALIVE; in-depth retrospective of the delirious KISS TV movie KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK and so much more!

Edited by FANGORIA editor-in-chief (and lifelong, card-carrying KISS ARMY member) Chris Alexander, this towering salute to the ever-evolving KISS mythology is one that every self respecting KISS fan MUST have.

KISS: MONSTER – The Official Album and Tour Magazine will be on newsstands EVERYWHERE late June and will be available to order through KISSONLINE.COM and FANGORIA.COM.

Stay tuned....
May 08 2012
TOMMY & ERIC ROCK IN TRIBUTE TO RONNIE MONTROSE
YOUTUBE.com
Here's a fan-filmed clip of Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer performing with the Ronnie Montrose All-Star Band at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom on April 27th. The concert was a celebration of Ronnie Montrose, who died a few weeks ago.

May 08 2012
ARMY PRIVATE ROCKS FIELD TEST WITH !
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
I recently went out for the Expert Field Medical Badge. On one of the last tests in the exercise I decided I wanted to use war paint to rep KISS since the following platoons decided to do the traditional boring camo. After I painted my face, 3 other buddies decided to aid me in making the band. What was our motto when our platoon was called to attention? "I WANNA ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE....and party everyday." It was a big hit. Your band rocked out before my generation and you're still rocking through my generation!

PFC Harriel

ps- yes I did get the badge!

LETTERS
May 07 2012
LATEST TATTOOS
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Check out these great KISS tattoos! Thanks to the KISS Army for sharing them with the band. Please keep sending KISSonline your KISS tattoos, artwork, letters and photos!
May 07 2012
NEW PAUL STANLEY WASHBURN GUITAR
BOOGIE STREET GUITARS
"Spent another amazing day with the good folks at Washburn Guitars in Chicago. I've been here many times prior during Boogie Street's 8 years of working with Washburn however I've never had a better trip. Most of our time this round was spent planning out a new round of Washburn/BSG Paul Stanley guitar projects. These projects include prototypes and limited runs of Paul's Preacher, PS'V' and certainly the new PS2012.

And speaking of the much anticipated PS2012 guitar - here's a photo of the Very 1st USA Custom Shop PS2012 guitar commercially available. I truly feel Paul and Washburn have done an amazing job with this guitar's design.

It's appropriate to say the new PS2012 is a 'MONSTER'! And...I'll be bringing this PS2012 to the KISS Indy Fan Expo next week! If you are going, make sure to come to the BSG booth and check it out!
It's just one of many new Paul Stanley Customs available this year and well into next year. Stay tune my friends - and thanks for all the continued support of BSG from the Worldwide KISS Army!"

- Eric McKenna, Boogie Street Guitars
May 06 2012
ARMY NORWAY GETS READY FOR OSLO SHOW!
KISS ARMY NORWAY
Check out this great photo spotted on the KISS ARMY Norway fan site. Looks like the Norwegian KISS Army is getting ready for KISS' Kollen Festival show in Oslo, Norway on Saturday, June 30th, 2012!
May 06 2012
SUPPORTS "ADOPT THE ARTS"
KISSONLINE.com
Check out KISS in this new "Adopt the Arts" video along with Steven Tyler, Jane Lynch, Matt Sorum, Macaroni, Johnathon Schaech,Tony Okungbowa, Shay Carl, Epic Lloyd, Hiimrawn, Davin Dell'osa, Wayne Hoffman, and the awesome artwork of Mary Doodles!

It is the mission of Adopt the Arts Foundation to bring together well-known artists, public figures, and the general public to save the arts in America’s public schools. Adopt the Arts Foundation is dedicated to improving the academic performance of every child through the gift of making art and music to our public school students.

Go to www.adoptthearts.org if you want to help get it back.

May 06 2012
LAST DAY TO ORDER ALIVE II FAN MOSAICS
KISSONLINE.com


Today is the last day to submit your photo to be included in the KISS ALIVE II 35th Anniversary Fan Mosaic.

The mosaic will then enter the design phase, and once completed, the high quality 24” X 30” prints will begin shipping.

Email notifications will be sent out once the mosaic has been built. You will then be able to enter your email address online to see what role your photo plays in the big picture.

Thanks to all of the amazing KISS Fans who have participated! It’s going to be incredible!

Don’t Miss Out! Upload your photo today at www.FanMosaics.com/KISS.
May 05 2012
SIGHTING: MALTA TV SHOW
KISSONLINE.com
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Hello KISS!

Here are a few pics from an extremely popular TV show here in Malta.

Each week a theme is chosen and last week the theme was KISS!

The producers contacted me (obviously knowing that I’m a super KISS freak) and I provided guitars and boots from my collection.

The programme was fantastic and the girls looked great – and at one point I had to but in and get my pic in there !!!! :)

A true fashion tribute to the rock gods KISS !

Njoi

Gianni / Malta

May 05 2012
/ CRUE MICHIGAN SHOW ON SALE TODAY
ALLEGAN COUNTY FAIR
Big news for the 2012 Allegan County Fair! Rock and roll legends, KISS and Motley Crue will perform live at the Allegan County Fairgrounds on Sept. 11, 2012! With more gold albums than any other American rock band, KISS will take the stage with one of the top heavy metal bands of all-time for an unforgettable experience! In addition to great performances, one dollar from each event ticket will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Tickets go on sale today, May 5th at 10am EST and will be available online at Etix.com and by phone at 888-673-6501.

May 04 2012
WE WON'T FORGET DICK CLARK
KISSONLINE.com
"Yesterday, the private memorial for Dick Clark took place, and I was there by invitation along with Erin, Gene and Shannon. Dick was a true icon who changed the world of rock and roll while making a career of using his love of music to make icons of others. To see rock's greats spanning 5 decades humbled and giving thanks to this giant only underlined once again the impact this wonderful man had on so many. Any of the current Idol/Voice type shows wouldn't exist without the trail that Dick Clark blazed to make them possible. He left an indelible mark on me for the irreplaceable generosity he showed KISS over the years. Always there with a word of guidance, we won't forget him. He will live on through his impact on countless aspects of American pop culture."

Paul Stanley



Photo Credit: ABC/CRAIG SJODIN
May 04 2012
by Gary Graff, Detroit

'I'm Gonna Be the Drill Sergeant,' Rocker Says

Kiss' Gene Simmons is prepping the whip for his role mentoring the next batch of Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp attendees.

"I intend to be a hard taskmaster," Simmons, who joins the camp Oct. 10-14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, tells Billboard.com. "The guy you hate the most when you go off into war is your drill sergeant, and he's the guy you love the most when you get on the battlefield and all that hard work he put you through saves your life, or at least made you a better soldier. So I'm gonna be the drill sergeant and take these guys through it. They may not be able to perform in an arena, play in the band of their dreams or become big rock stars, but they'll certainly be able to step up on their local stages everywhere and be 10 times the performer they were before."
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