News - 2012 : September

Sep 05 2012
& CRUE DONATE $50,000 TO OPERATION HOMEFRONT
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SUMMER’S HOTTEST TOUR GIVES BACK KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE DONATE $50,000 TO
OPERATION HOMEFRONT

Country Superstar Tim McGraw accepts check on behalf of organization that provides emergency assistance to service members and their families.

Nashville, TN (September 5, 2012)—Rock legends KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE announced at their concert in Nashville, TN last night that they will donate $50,000 to Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors coping with deployment and injury recovery by providing funds for immediate needs such as food, housing, childcare, moving costs and vehicle expenses.

Country superstar Tim McGraw, who partnered with Operation Homefront, Chase Bank and ACM Lifting Lives- the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music- to donate a mortgage-free home in each city during his summer tour accepted the check on behalf of the organization.

KISS’ Paul Stanley states “The freedom we all enjoy and may take for granted is only made possible by the brave servicemen and women who chose to put themselves in harm's way to protect this great country. Tim's work for Operation Homefront with ACM Lifting Lives is a great example of how those in our position can show our appreciation while also urging all Americans to contribute on whatever level they can and KISS is proud to support this worthy cause.

Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx affirms ““We wanted to give back to the servicemen in need. They are the ones who bravely go out to defend our freedom so the least we can do is support them & their families when they return. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with our friends KISS to donate money. Hopefully it will help create awareness and inspire many others to follow suit"

Operation Homefront was formed in February 2002 to support the families of deployed service members immediately following 9/11. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence, and has met more than 590,000 needs of military families since its inception. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members. The majority of military families served by Operation Homefront are the lowest-paid service members, the E-1 through E-6 enlisted ranks. To donate, please visit: http://www.operationhomefront.net/donate.aspx

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline.

Sep 05 2012
AND THE TENNESSEE ARMY!
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's the Tennessee KISS Army at the jam packed Bridgestone Arena in Nashville last night!



Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Sep 05 2012
LATEST MAGAZINE COVER: RYTMI
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Paul Stanley is featured on the cover of the latest issue of the Finnish magazine, RYTMI!

Thanks to Micke Löfgre for sending KISSOnline the image.
Sep 05 2012
TRIBUTE TO CD TO BENEFIT KIDS HOSPITAL
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Check out this amazing version of "Rock And Roll All Nite" by Spiro Papadatos. The track appears on the upcoming KISS tribute album, KISSIN' TIME: CANADA'S TRIBUTE TO KISS. The cd will be released in October and features 12 Klassic KISS songs recorded by some of the best Indie artists from Canada. All proceeds after expenses will be donated to SICK KIDS FOUNDATION (Toronto Sick Kids Hospital).

More info at https://www.facebook.com/KissinTimeCanadasTributeToKiss
Sep 05 2012
By GARY GRAFF For Journal Register Newspapers
Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSonline

Gene Simmons, he of the long tongue and lascivious persona, is generally not one to wax nostalgic or sentimental.

But with Kiss eyeballing its 40th anniversary in 2013 — and a new album coming later this year — the self-styled, fire-breathing, blood-spewing rock ’n’ roll demon allows himself a moment of unapologetic mistiness.

“We really come with love and admiration and appreciation for this thing called rock ’n’ roll, because it’s not just music,” explains Simmons, 63, who co-founded Kiss as Wicked Lester during 1971 in New York, adopting the Kiss moniker in 1973 and selling more than 100 million albums globally since then, as well as enjoying a stature as one of the world’s most popular live bands as well as a merchandising juggernaut.

“Rock ’n’ roll is self-empowerment,” he says. “It’s the ability to get up on stage. You can be as fat as Meat Loaf for from another country (Israel) like Gene Simmons, speaking a language where the most popular sound is like a cat throwing up a hairball. We were all made fun of when we were kids — ‘You look stupid! You don’t walk right or talk right! or look right!’

“But then you get in a band and you get up on stage and you’re on Mount Olympus. You’re one of the gods. There’s no other job that gives you that, so we never take for granted that it’s the job we’re fortunate enough to do.”
Sep 04 2012
Paul Jordan, an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, won a job with KISS as part of TODAY's Hiring our Heroes series. He's writing dispatches about his experience for TODAY.com.

By Paul Jordan, KISS roadie

It's a dream job, but traveling as a KISS roadie is not all fun and games. It requires a lot of hard work, long bus rides and little sleep.

I was put into the carpentry team knowing next to nothing about that field. My education started immediately. On show days, my mentor and I set up and place various pieces of equipment on the stage. During performances, my workplace is between the barricade and the singers.

I also assist with some of Gene Simmons’ theatrical effects. And if anything goes wrong during the show, I'm one of the guys scrambling to fix the issue.

Backstage is a professional environment where the band prepares to give fans the greatest show they've ever seen. The band members are friendly guys who stop and say hello.
Sep 04 2012
'THE TOUR' OF 2012 CONTINUES TONIGHT!
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KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'THE TOUR' will rock the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville tonight! The summer's biggest, baddest rock tour will also level three 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 www.KISSonline.com/tour.

Sept 4 Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, Tennessee
Sept 5 DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston (Detroit), Michigan
Sept 7 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, Illinois
Sept 8 Alpine Valley Music Theater - East Troy, Wisconsin
Sep 04 2012
RIVERBEND CONCERT PHOTOS
Here are some photos of KISS rockin' the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati on Friday night.

All photos by Brian Douglas.

CLICK HERE to view Brian's gallery of KISS concert photos
Sep 04 2012
SIGHTING: BUS STOP IN ILLINOIS
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Thanks to Steve Chanilo for sending this photo of a KISS bus stop bench he spotted in Tinley park, Illinois.

Sep 03 2012
AND THE PENNSYLVANIA ARMY!
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's the Pennsylvania KISS Army at the packed First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown (Pittsburgh) last night!



Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Sep 03 2012
ARMY PENNSYLVANIA, YOU LOOK GREAT!
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Here's the Pennsylvania KISS Army celebrating KISS at last night's show in Burgettstown (Pittsburgh)!

Thanks to Eric R. Martin for taking these photos for KISSOnline!
Sep 03 2012
Concert Review: Kiss, Motley Crue bring impressive performance to First Niagara Pavilion

Excerpts from a review By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Paul Stanley actually came out and said it in a recent interview. Kiss will go on without him and co-founder Gene Simmons. Mr. Stanley explained that Kiss was not just a band, but an "ideal" that was bigger than any one of them.

It's a little ridiculous to think of them blowing fire and running around in giant heels at, what, 65? 70?

But for now, the Kiss frontmen are a sprightly 60 and 62, and tonight at the First Niagara Pavilion, they pulled off the same tricks they did in 1976, and more, with a truck full of pyro and some well-placed wires.

On this "Tour," Kiss has a band of relative youngsters barking at its heels. Motley Crue was the kickstart, and it's still a tough act to follow.

Kiss came down from a riser with all guns blazing on "Detroit Rock City" and "Shout it Out Loud." A few songs in, the band lit into "Firehouse," wherein Mr. Simmons gave the kids (of all ages) a cheap thrill with the fire-spitting trick.
Sep 02 2012
ARMY INDIANA, YOU LOOK GREAT!
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Here's the Indiana KISS Army after last night's show in Noblesville (Indianapolis), Indiana!



Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSOnline
Sep 02 2012
AND THE INDIANA ARMY!
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK
Here's the Indiana KISS Army at the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville (Indianapolis) last night!



Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Sep 02 2012
"DETROIT ROCK CITY" FROM INDIANAPOLIS
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's KISS performing "Detroit Rock City" at the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville (Indianapolis).

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