News - 2012 : October

Oct 17 2012
: HELPING PARENTS TO ROCK
HELPINGPARENTS2ROCK.ORG / JIMMY KIMMEL
Did you know that 3 in 5 kids in the US suffer from a parent that does NOT rock? KISS, along with Jimmy Kimmel Live, have joined with other rock stars to fight this silent epidemic that can strike anywhere, anytime.

KISS help parents to rock, one suburb at a time, in this new comedy sketch streaming on helpingparents2rock.org!

Oct 17 2012
DOWNLOAD THE 3D "AUGMENTED REALITY" APP
KISSONLINE.com
KISS launch a MONSTER new dimension with 3D Augmented Reality

KISS, Universal Music and Aurasma proudly launch an epic bonus to the band’s brand-new album Monster using 3D Augmented Reality technology.

Celebrating the release of KISS’ landmark 20th studio album, fans are invited todownload the free uView app now for Apple or Android to bring the Monster artwork to life with a one-of-a-kind performance in awe-inspiring 3D animation.

In a truly unique and immersive digital experience, this exclusive album extra unlocks a new dimension to KISS as fully-3D digital Bobble Heads rocking out to radio hit “Hell or Hallelujah”, defying the laws of physics by performing in your hands, on your wall, or anywhere you need a Monster-good time, simply by using the Monster album artwork and the free uView app.

Monster, the 12-song, full-throttle rock ’n’ roll album features collaborations from all four members in an effort that shows KISS at the top of its game. The album finds a band with its legacy firmly in sight, a chip on their shoulder and a desire to prove there’s more to the KISS spectacle than meets the eye.

The uView app and augmented content have been developed in partnership with Aurasma, the leaders in image recognition and augmented reality technology.

The uView Application is available to download now for Apple or Android devices!

(Looking for a place to try out the app? Scan the cover of your "MONSTER" CD!)
Oct 17 2012
Aerosmith and Kiss '70s Feud Persists as Singers Trade Barbs in New Interviews

Steven Tyler calls out the "comic book rock band," and Paul Stanley enjoys the memory of watching people walk out on Aerosmith during the bands' co-headlining tour in 2003.

by Erik Pedersen

You could start a lot of arguments in rock circles by inviting a debate on ’70s East Coast contemporaries Kiss and Aerosmith. There certainly would be no shortage of smeared makeup or ruffled scarves. But it seems that the bands themselves have created a little tempest of late.

The dust-up flared when Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler dismissed Kiss during a radio interview in Florida as a “comic book rock band [with] spackled faces [and] a couple of hits.” And Paul Stanley fired back, telling a syndicated radio show that he enjoyed watching people walk out on Aerosmith during their 2003 co-headlining tour.

Let’s start with Tyler’s initial salvo.

“I remember when we went out with Kiss in ’76 or something,” he told The Cowhead Show on WHPT Tampa. “One of our roadies got into a knife fight with their guys, so I hated them ever since.”

Tyler went on to say that he has grown to like Stanley and Kiss bassist Gene Simmons as individuals -- “beautiful people,” he called them -- but his feelings about their music remains the same.
Oct 17 2012
CAN STILL SHOUT IT OUT LOUD!
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KISS MONSTER

Early on KISS' 20th studio album, Gene Simmons declares he's "going back to the Stone Age / back where I come from." If that's what the early to mid-70s were, then the dozen tracks on Monster validate that claim -- in a good way. It's a lean, taut and occasionally tawdry reminder that KISS was once a big-riffing hard-rock concern. Everything on the set has a big beat, raw-edged guitars, meaty choruses and plenty of gang vocals.

"Back to the Stone Age" tilts toward the MC5 brand of garage rock, while the lusty "Eat Your Heart Out" has an a capella start and plenty of cowbell. Elsewhere, "All for the Love of Rock and Roll," sung by drummer Eric Singer, is a slice of Southern rock boogie, and guitarist Tommy Thayer's "Outta This World" brings in psychedelic flavors.

Many of Monster's tracks would fit comfortably on any of KISS' pre-Destroyer (1976) releases. KISS may be at the point in its career where new albums are merely adjuncts to the legend, but Monster proves the group can still convincingly shout it out loud.
Oct 16 2012
PAUL STANLEY RESPONDS TO STEVEN TYLER
KISSONLINE.com
Paul Stanley/KISS Responds To Steven Tyler/Aerosmith Rant About KISS

Paul Stanley was on Bob Coburn’s ROCKLINE radio show yesterday (10/15/2012) and was asked about Steven Tyler/Aerosmith’s insulting comments about KISS.

BOB COBURN/ROCKLINE:

You got a shot across your bow from Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, did you hear that? He called you a comic book band. Any response to that?

PAUL STANLEY/KISS:

Well, you know, look, I love Steven… and Joe… and Aerosmith is a great band. Maybe Steven’s feeling a bit full of himself because he’s got an album coming out. The reality is, in 2003, we did a co-headlining tour and everything was 50/50, but Steven wanted very much and insisted that they close the show. I really don’t care, because as far as I am concerned, one way or another you’re going to have to come up on the stage, so you can go on before us or after us. And that being said, he certainly had a chip on his shoulder back then, there is some sort of, ambivalence or looking down his nose a bit towards KISS. So I have to say that seeing him go on after us, to play to an underwhelmed audience and see people walking out didn’t feel too bad to me. Well, no matter who you think you are – don’t wish for something that may come true.

Make no mistake, I have been doing this as long as he has – and I take myself every bit as seriously as he does. At the end of the day, I think that the tale got told. So when their album comes out, I wish it the best and let’s put them both on and let the music do the talking.
Oct 16 2012
PAUL STANLEY TALKS MONSTER ON FOX NEWS
FOX NEWS
KISS on a 'Monstrous' scale!

Here's a clip of Paul Stanley discussing KISS' new album MONSTER with FOX News.



Oct 16 2012
: THE BAND, THE FANS, THE MARKETING
YAHOO
Australia's Yahoo! video recently aired a segment on the hottest band in the world and their amazing fans. Here's the description of their report:

"For four decades KISS have Rock n Rolled All Night, and adoring fans have lapped it up. But the blokes behind the makeup are more than rock gods – they are marketing masters."

Oct 15 2012
PAUL AND TOMMY ON ROCKLINE TONIGHT!
Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer will appear on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE tonight, October 15 at 11:30 PM ET. Fans can speak with the guys by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625) during the show. For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com. The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.

Monster" is the perfect title for the new KISS album and not because it's almost Halloween. We aren't talking about the scary kind of monsters, we mean it like the following, "This is a monster of an album", because it is. Let's begin with the ballad on the album....oops, there isn't one. OK, let's talk about the power ballad on the album, you know, beginning slowly and building to fury. Well, there isn't one of those either. This is a ROCK album, period. The first single "Hell or Hallelujah" is very indicative of the tempo and energy of the album and the second choice, "Long Way Down", with its Yardbirds-like "Shapes of Things" intro sustains the intensity with a quick nod to the past and a reassuring feel for the present. In R&R vernacular, Monster kicks some serious ass and serves to officially anoint Tommy Thayer as a major league guitarist who is perfect for this band at this time. Oh hell, for any rockin' band at any time; Thayer shreds. In fact, the whole band sounds good, Gene Simmons with his rock acumen, spoken word moments and driving bass are in sync with Eric Singer's controlled yet furious drums. Each member takes lead vocals on at least one song, they harmonize beautifully and Paul Stanley has outdone himself serving not only as lead vocalist, but as co-writer of all but two songs and producer of the album too.

We were recently graced with an appearance from Simmons and Singer for the re-release of their Classic 1976 release "Destroyer", so it follows suit that for this visit Paul and Tommy will be representing the band as we discuss this, their twenty-third career studio album. Lest we forget, a couple of all-time KISS favorites were on live albums and while the foursome is still doing what they're famous for, quite literally breathing fire and blowing the world up one item and one show at a time, their musicianship has increased exponentially. KISS has transformed from a really good band with a world famous stage show to a great band with an even better stage show. "Monster" is exhibit one and the recently concluded tour exhibit two.

The KISS army continues to sail, with the Kruises departing Miami on five consecutive nights beginning on Halloween and a chance for you to help interview Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer exclusively on the next ROCKLINE!
Oct 15 2012
TO ROCK FINLAND, NORWAY & DENMARK
KISSONLINE.com
KISS will bring their 'MONSTER' Tour to Finland, Norway and Denmark for shows next June! The band will also perform two previously announced shows in Sweden.

2013 KISS SCANDINAVIAN DATES:

JUNE 1 - FRIENDS ARENA STADIUM - STOCKHOLM - ON SALE NOW

JUNE 3 - HARTWELL ARENA - HELSINKI, FINLAND - ON SALE OCT 22

JUNE 6 - SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL - SOLVESBORG - ON SALE NOW

JUNE 8 - VIKING FEST - VIKING STADION - STAVANGER, NORWAY ON SALE OCT 22

JUNE 11 - FORUM - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - ON SALE OCT 22
Oct 14 2012
LATEST MAGAZINE COVER: SWEDEN ROCK
KISSONLINE.com
Here's Gene on the cover of the latest issue of SWEDEN ROCK magazine.

Thanks to Niklas Olsson for sending the image to KISSOnline!
Oct 14 2012
Interview: Gene Simmons talks Destroyer, Alive, Monster and more

“I’m deliriously happy,” retorts an unnervingly deadpan Gene Simmons around five seconds into our transatlantic chat.

Whether he really is in the midst of a good mood to end all good moods or not, the KISS founder has every right to be pretty darn pleased with life right about now. Fast approaching 40 years since they formed, the veteran classic rockers are enjoying a rich resurgence, with this week seeing the release of new album Monster, their second in three years, following the critically-acclaimed Sonic Boom.

As he geared up for the record’s release, Gene shared a few memories from some of the band’s career-defining efforts from down the years. “For us it was Alice in Wonderland. Four knuckleheads off the streets of New York who didn’t have a clue what was going on or that they were about to scale the heights of Mount Olympus. Or that one would become the actual God of Thunder, you’re damn right I am.
Oct 13 2012
PAUL AND GENE ON "MONSTER," STAGE SHOW
FUSE
Here's a great new interview with Paul and Gene in which they talk about many of the tracks on "MONSTER," the longevity of their careers, and today's artists.

Oct 13 2012
ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY
YOUTUBE.com
Here's KISS leaving Good Morning America and arriving at SiriusXM Radio for a full day of publicity.

Oct 12 2012
By Linda Leseman

Talking to Paul Stanley of Kiss on the phone is one thing. Talking to him in person in full Starchild regalia -- as we did the other day in New York -- is something else entirely. For one thing, he's huuuuge. It's not just the eight-inch boots; his hair is giant, too. Perched on a stool with his arms folded and muscles bulging, he looks youthful. (The makeup helps.) But he talks with the sageness you'd expect from a 60-year-old who's been a rock star for almost four decades.

This week Kiss released their 20th studio album, Monster. Though the band is based in L.A., they were in NY promoting the record on SiriusXM. We spoke with him about the importance of not showing up to work drunk, and other topics.

Did you always see yourself not only as someone who would be doing music but also as someone who would be wearing this?

Well, I've worn this for more of my life than I haven't.

You think you've spent more hours in it than out of it?

Oh, yeah. Well, I've certainly spent more years in it than out of it. I'm a lucky guy. I get a chance to live my dream every day. And certainly I would hope that other people pursue the same thing. If you have a dream, you go after it. It's very easy to find people who tell you what's impossible. Invariably, the ones who tell you what's impossible are the ones who failed. So, I'm here because I didn't listen. And if somebody finds talk of self-empowerment corny, well, they should look where they are and look where I am.

Do you still hold fast to that "rock and roll all night and party every day" credo, at this point in your life?

I think that's a state of mind. It's an attitude more than the tangible of partying every day or rock-and-rolling all night. It's more a mindset of enjoying your life. It's not literal.

It's not?

I don't think it ever was literal--

Oh, come on!

Well, you can rock and roll all night and party every day. But it's more the sense that life is for enjoying...We sing about very basic instincts and things that are truly timeless, and that's about self. Self-reliance and self-celebration. Pride in self. That's what it all comes down to. It all starts with you.
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