News - 2012 : September

Sep 13 2012

KISS is thrilled to announce its return to Buenos Aires! On November 7th, the band will rock River Plate Stadium, fresh on the heels of the release of "MONSTER!" The band will bring classic hits with all of the bombastic theatrics KISS fans expect!

Stay tuned to KISSonline for additional details about this show!
Sep 13 2012
Here's KISS with the Ohio KISS Army at the packed Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls last night!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Sep 13 2012
Excerpted from a review by By: Brigette Sullivan
Photo by Brigette Sullivan / Outer Focus Photos

Iconic Shock Rock quarter KISS once again swept through Chicagoland's First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, on their "The Tour" co-headlining tour with fellow rockers Motley Crue and supporting band The Treatment. For those familiar with the KISS show, it was what one would expect from the band: loud, explosive (literally), simple Rock and Roll, and plenty of signature KISS makeup—on stage and in the crowd.

Then the band most seemed to be waiting for hit the stage, and the audience energy changed. Cool rock dudes became giddy ten year-old versions of themselves, complete with fist-pumping screams and air guitars.

70’s Rock icons KISS opened the night with “Detroit Rock City”, followed by “Shout It Out Loud”. Every person in the near-capacity venue was on his feet, singing along and spilling their over-prices beers as they jumped to the drum beats. As founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley strategically struck poses for the cameras and enthusiastic audience, newer band mates Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer carried the sonic energy with their drum and guitar skills respectively.
Sep 13 2012

Saturday, September 15 @ 8 p.m.

You wanted the best, you'll get the best ....

In celebration and anticipation of KISS' performance at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on September 18, 102.3-FM The Mountain will be presenting a definitive three-hour KISS radio special. The show, hosted by Mountainguide and Weekender music correspondent Alan K. Stout. Stout has seen KISS in concert 31 times and has interviewed the members of the band on 12 occasions. The show will feature:

• An all-new exclusive interview with Gene Simmons
• More than 30 songs from all eras of the band's career
• Segments of archived Times Leader and Weekender interviews with Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and former members of the group
• Ticket giveaways, CD giveaways and backstage meet-and-greet giveaways

Showtime is Saturday, September 15 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on 102.3-FM, The Mountain


Sep 13 2012
Here's Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons performing at Saturday's show in East Troy, Wisconsin.

Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSOnline.
Sep 12 2012
By Michael Heaton, The Plain Dealer

With Kiss playing Blossom Music Center this week, we thought it would be a good time to catch up by phone with Euclid hometown hero and heavy-metal drummer Eric Singer. Singer, 54, has lived in Los Angeles for 30 years and has been a drummer for Kiss, on and off, for the last 21 years. He has also played with Alice Cooper, Lita Ford and on solo tours by Kiss' Paul Stanley.

Where are you now in the tour?

We played a sold-out show at the Minnesota State Fair last night. It's a 44-city tour. We just added Mexico City and Monterrey.

Where did you grow up in Cleveland?

Euclid. I graduated from Euclid High School in 1976.

When did you start playing music?

My dad was Johnny Singer. He had a society club band. They went from being a trio to a 15-piece band, depending on the gig. I started playing drums with him when I was 14. We played a lot of country clubs on the East Side. I was later in a band with Mike McGill that would become Beau Coup with the Amato brothers [Frank and Tommy] and Dennis Lewin.
Sep 12 2012
Excerpted from a review by: Daniel DeSlover
Photo by: Daniel DeSlover -


The much anticipated show featuring KISS and Mötley Crüe, simply dubbed "The Tour," rolled into Alpine Valley Music Theatre on Sept. 8, 2012. Heavy rains dampened the spirits of some on the general admission lawn, prompting an earlier than expected departure. Those that were fortunate to be under the large awning, or crazy enough to brave the chilled air, witnessed an amazing theatrical performance.

KISS and Mötley Crüe are known for their over-the-top live performances--fire, explosions, hydraulic lifts and mechanical drum platforms. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are the final remnants in a cog that made KISS the self-proclaimed "hottest band in the world." It's hard to believe that it has been nearly four decades since "KISS," their first album, was released. Tommy Thayer, lead guitar, and Eric Singer, on drums, have been around the KISS machine for long enough that, with face paint, it's difficult to discern the group from its original lineup.
Sep 11 2012
Here's KISS rockin' out during "Black Diamond" at their Alpine Valley show last Saturday night.

Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSOnline
Sep 11 2012
Let us all remember the innocent victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. Eleven years ago, that carnage unified this country more than ever behind the principles of individual freedoms this country was founded on. We should stand united and pledge that those whose political or religious doctrine is based on the destruction of those who do not believe as they do, must fail and fall.
Sep 11 2012
KISS is featured on the cover of the latest issue of the Dutch magazine, Aardschok.

Thanks to Marco Hartmann for sending the image to KISSOnline!
Sep 11 2012
KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'THE TOUR' will rock the Allegan County Fair in in Allegan, Michigan tonight! The summer's biggest, baddest rock tour will also level four other cities this week! KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE... On the same stage... On the same night. This spectacle of spectacles!

For tickets, VIP / Meet & Greet packages, and a complete list of tour dates visit

Sept 11 Allegan County Fair - Allegan, Michigan
Sept 12 Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Sept 13 Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, Canada
Sept 15 Darien Lake PAC - Darien Lake, NY
Sept 16 Comcast Center - Mansfield. Massachusetts
Sep 10 2012
By Neil Chrisley

Following a full decade without a studio album, KISS made a spectacular return to form three years ago with Sonic Boom, a no-frills album that recalled the band’s mid to late ‘70s glory years. Incredibly, the group’s forthcoming new album, Monster, is an even greater triumph. Packed with explosive energy and the sort of guitar riffs other bands dream about, Monster seems destined for a prime spot among other KISS classics.

Even more so than on Sonic Boom, guitarist Tommy Thayer played an integral role on Monster, writing or co-writing ten songs and, alongside Paul Stanley, delivering half the band’s two-guitar punch. Clearly, he’s established himself as an indispensable cog in the current KISS lineup of Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and himself. In the following interview, Thayer talks about the new album, his main guitar influences and why Gibsons are his choice guitars both on-stage and in the studio.

How did the band approach making the new album?

Generally, it was the same approach as Sonic Boom. We didn’t have an agenda. We just wanted to write great rock and roll songs and make a cohesive album. With Sonic Boom, it was more like testing the waters, seeing how things would go with this lineup and with the band as it is today. We came up with a great record, obviously, and we found that we could be effective and lethal in the studio. Monster takes those things to a new level, and ups the ante in terms of the songs and the production. It was similar, but it was new and improved as well.
Sep 10 2012
KISS has long, interesting history with Michigan, including epic Cadillac visit in 1975

By John Liberty

With a history approaching 40 years, the rock band Kiss has fans all over the globe.

But there seems to be something special about its connections with the state of Michigan.

The band penned the song "Detroit Rock City," still thinks fondly of Cobo Hall and made an unforgettable visit to Cadillac on Oct. 9, 1975, after hearing the Cadillac High School football team used the band's music as motivation the year earlier.

Kiss and Motley Crue performed Thursday night at the DTE Energy Music Theater after a truck carrying pyrotechnics equipment rolled over on a highway in northeast Ohio, causing the show, originally slated for Wednesday, to be delayed. It's another interesting chapter in the band's history with Michigan.
Sep 09 2012
Q: What does Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, a former sixth-grade teacher, think is the tougher industry: music or education?

A: “It depends how high you want to reach,” Simmons, 63, says. “The rewards are much greater in the music business, but the pitfalls are very deep.” Something both professions offer, the rocker notes, is the chance to be in the spotlight. “In one, you’re in front of an audience who may not want to be there,” he says. “In the other, you’re in front of an audience who worships at your feet!”

Kiss’s 20th studio album, Monster, will be released Oct. 16.

Sep 09 2012
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