445th Airlift Wing commander helps KISS honor veterans

By Stacy Vaughn, 445th Airlift Wing www.dobbins.afrc.af.mil


Military members past and present were among a crowd of more than 10,000 die-hard KISS fans as they rocked out during a KISS concert honoring military veterans August 22, 2016 at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio.

According to their website, KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide in their 40 year career. The group is currently on a 40-city "Freedom To Rock" tour, honoring U.S. veterans across the nation and providing generous donations to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program, which helps veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. The program partnered with KISS and the Veteran Tickets Foundation to salute military heroes across the county.

“It means a great deal (to us) to support our troops,” said Paul Stanley, KISS singer and guitarist.

As a part of the band’s “Freedom To Rock” tour, KISS is hiring veterans or those currently serving in the National Guard or Reserve to be roadies for a day at their concert stops. The individual is selected by HOH. Master Sgt. Erica Vanderventer, Army National Guard, was the representative for the Dayton area. She helped with the set up and tear down of the stage.


Gene Simmons on the Epic Return of KISS to Comic Books

A new series from Dynamite Entertainment brings the classic rockers back to comics once again this October.
by Graeme McMillan  / Hollywood Reporter

For almost as long as Kiss has been making music, they've been appearing in comic books. From their debut in Marvel's Howard the Duck No. 12 in 1977 through series from Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing and even Archie Comics, the band has remained a surprising mainstay of the comic book medium for almost four decades.

With a new series — simply titled KISS — launching from Dynamite Entertainment this October, Heat Vision talked to Gene Simmons about what to expect from the new series and what makes his band so successful in the comic medium. According to him, the appeal is very simple: "Kiss has never been just a band."

Instead, he suggested, it's the fantasy element of the band that allows them to move from music to comics and back again with such ease. "I fly through the air at 8 feet per second. Yes, I spit fire. And yes, I wear bat wings and dragon boots," Simmons says, adding with mock scolding, "Don't be jealous."


KISS rocks youth's first concert

By Robbie Edwards / www.register-news.com

Most people have great memories to go along with their first concert experiences.

Ten-year-old Harrison Shields of Mt.Vernon has a story of a lifetime to tell; she was given the VIP treatment by the world famous rock band KISS.

Harrison, her mother Ashli Banks and step father Sam Banks attended the KISS concert at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.

Sam Banks, a long-time KISS fan, said he was the one who converted his step daughter and wife to the KISS army.

The couple asked her daughter if she could go to any concert, which one would she choose.

Her answer was quick.

“KISS, because those guys are old and who knows how long they will tour," Harrison said.


Interview with Gene Simmons- KISS Returns to Toledo tonight!

Rock Legend Gene Simmons to Play with KISS at Huntington Center tonight!

by Jeff McGinnis / www.toledocitypaper.com

There is little that Gene Simmons hasn’t seen or done. He has spent over 40 years as the bass player, co-lead singer and face (painted or not) of one of music’s most legendary bands: KISS. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. 30 gold records earned, recognized by the RIAA as the most ever by an American band. A loyal army of fans who would follow KISS to the ends of the earth— literally, if they choose to buy the official KISS Kasket from their website.

Despite it all, though, one gets the sense that there is something special to Simmons and his bandmates as they travel the country this summer with the “Freedom to Rock” tour— 40 shows aimed at smaller markets that KISS has never played, or hasn’t played in a long time. The group will take to the stage at the Huntington Center on August 24, returning to Toledo for the first time in 15 years.

“We decided, this tour, to team up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and to make sure that we hire vets locally, at every one of the stops, of these 40 dates that we’re doing. And the vets get paid, and they help our road crew put on the greatest show on earth.

But the other thing is that we decided not to tour the major cities. When we first started, we played in places most people had never heard of. Bowling Green, Mankato, cities with real people. The buildings may not be as tall as New York or Chicago, but cool people live there, too. It’s not the buildings that define a cool city, it’s the people.”

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