News - 2013 : April

Apr 21 2013
Here's the KISSONLINE exclusive line of KISS 40th Anniversary merchandise. Pictured are the KISS 40th Anniversary logo t-shirt, baby doll, jersey t-shirt, Zippo lighter, shot glass, and coffee mug.

CLICK HERE to order these KISS 40th Anniversary items, and other KISSONLINE exclusive KISS merchandise.

Apr 21 2013

On this day in KISSTORY - April 22, 2011, KISS appeared at the New York Auto Show to debut their four KISS MINI Countryman vehicles with KISS-inspired designs , and announced the vehicles would be auctioned off with all proceeds being donated to UNICEF. KISS and MINI USA raised $129,000 for UNICEF with the auction.

Smoke spurted, the curtain lifted and in rock star fashion KISS took the stage Thursday morning at the New York auto show. The band wore full makeup, stilted heels and shiny spandex and posed next to four Mini Cooper Countrymans, customized according to each member’s face makeup pattern and persona — the Demon, the Spaceman, the Catman and the Starchild. The signed cars and other KISS memorabilia will be auctioned for UNICEF. - NEW YORK TIMES
Apr 20 2013

June 1 - Stockholm, Sweden
June 3 - Helsinki, Finland
June 6 - Solvesborg, Sweden
June 8 - Stavanger, Norway
June 11 - Copenhagen, Denmark
June 12 - Berlin, Germany
June 14 - Prague, Czech Republic
June 15 - Vienna, Austria
June 17 - Udine, Italy
June 18 - Milan, Italy
June 20 - Zurich, Switzerland
June 22 - Clisson, France


July 5 - Victoria, BC
July 6 - Vancouver, BC
July 8 - Kelowna, BC
July 10 - Lethbridge, AB
July 12 - Edmonton, AB
July 13 - Calgary, AB
July 14 - Saskatoon, SK
July 16 - Regina, SK
July 17 - Brandon, MB
July 18 - Winnipeg, MB
July 23 - Sudbury, ON
July 25 - Ottawa, ON
July 26 - Toronto, ON
July 27 - London, ON
July 29 - Montreal, QC
July 31 - Saint John, NB
Aug 1 - Halifax, NS
Aug 3 - St. John's, NFLD
Aug 4 - St. John's, NFLD
Aug 16 - Orlando, FL

CLICK HERE to visit the KISS Tour page for venue information with links to tickets and Meet & Greet packages.
Apr 20 2013

KISS goes all-ages in this fun, accessible new series for fans old and new!

Each issue features a famous KISS album cover recreation with the KISS Kids in the starring role!

Presenting the adventures of Li'l Demon, Starchild, Catkid, and Spacey...the KISS Kids gang! This rockin' new comic offers adventures for all ages (and many in-jokes and familiar characters for the KISS faithful, too). No blood or fire here, just laughs and fun tales of the little costumed maniacs and the crazy town in which they live.
Apr 20 2013
Here's Paul Stanley on the cover of the latest issue of the fine art magazine, Lid. The issue features previously unpublished KISS photos by Ross Halfin.

The Paul Stanley cover is limited to only 350 copies.

Thanks to Fabio / Deuce News for sending us this image!
Apr 19 2013
By James S. Fell

April 20, 2013

The "Starchild" outfit Paul Stanley wears as frontman for KISS is a revealing one. That's why I chose it for Halloween a couple of years back. I wanted to showcase the efforts of my diet and exercise regimen. I got the hair wrong.

And at 61 years of age, Stanley can't let himself go and still rock out to arenas full of screaming fans. As one of the hardest working bands in rock 'n' roll, he has a reputation to maintain — one he won't let age tarnish. I've seen how lively KISS performances are up close and understand his dedication to fitness to keep the fans on their feet for the band's Monster world tour.

Were you always such a fit guy?

The only exercise I got as a kid was fork to mouth. Food was equated with love in my household. I thought you left the table when the zipper was down and you'd explode if you took another bite. I'd eat my plate and then everyone else's leftovers.

I was a chubby boy. My pants used to wear out in the middle, and it was because my legs used to rub together. I wasn't obese, just chunky.
Apr 19 2013
By Ben Radding

The 61-year-old Starchild tells MF about how his routine has changed since the 70s—and how he’s avoided a life of drugs and alcohol in the face of rock and roll.

If you take away the black and white face paint, flashy stage outfits, and smoking guitars, KISS frontman Paul Stanley is an average guy—or at least he’s got average-guy priorities: staying fit, having fun, and enjoying his family. We recently caught up with the 61-year-old rocker, who told us why he stopped eating like a kid, how he balances his family with his tour dates, and his secret to avoiding drugs and alcohol when a rock-and-roll lifestyle practically spoon feeds you opportunities to indulge.

How would you say your diet and fitness routine today differs from your lifestyle in the 70s and 80s?

My routine then was: Eat whatever’s in front of you. Youth is incredible because you really do feel invincible. I had no real routine as far as diet; I ate what I wanted to. Back then I tended to eat a lot of sugars. I ate a lot of cookies, a lot of ice cream; I didn’t eat a lot of proper food. I started working out, doing a formal workout right around 1980. That’s when I really decided I needed to get in shape and it may have been because you just start to see a decrease—a change in your body. The workout I was doing then would kill me today.

What is your routine? Do you do it with a trainer?

It really depends. There’s certainly a time before a tour where you start to count days until you’re leaving and that’s crunch time—no pun intended. My workout is always with a trainer because, quite honestly, I don’t think most people are motivated enough to do what they need to on their own. You either need a spotter or you need a trainer. You need somebody there to push you to get that extra five.

Your performances often seem like workouts in themselves.

You can’t do that unless you train for it. You can’t enter the Olympics unless you do your routine to get in shape for it. The idea of going out on stage on a tour without having prepped for it would be suicide, literally.

How did you avoid alcohol and drugs in a culture that is surrounded by it—and it’s almost expected of you?

Common sense. You just have to look around you, and you have two choices. You either go “Gee, I want to be just like him!” or not. In the music business, I always go back to, if all those vices and excesses were so great, you’d probably be doing this interview with Jim Morrison or Jimi Hendrix or John Belushi—but you’re not. If someone were to come over to me and say, “Hey, I’ve got something really cool for you to ingest. It’s going to make your teeth rot. It’s going to make you impotent. It’s going to make you lazy. It’s going to wreak havoc with your body and there’s a good chance that you’ll come down with hepatitis.” Well, gee, sign me up!

Between KISS’ debut and now, a lot has changed. How have you managed to balance a rock lifestyle and integrating to family life, more traditional life?
Apr 19 2013

Check out the Demon making an appearance in the USA Today's Life section logo! You really never know where KISS will show up!
Apr 19 2013
KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer to raise money for Oregon Military Museum

By Ryan White, The Oregonian

guitarist Tommy Thayer will be part of a sold-out benefit on Saturday night at the Governor Hotel to raise money for the Oregon Military Museum.

That the museum, which is two years into a capital campaign to raise $6.5 million for a renovation, will be named after Thayer's father, the 91-year-old retired Gen. James B. Thayer, is an added bonus.

"I'm honored to be part of this outstanding event to recognize not only my father but all veterans who have sacrificed for our country," Tommy Thayer said in a release.

Others scheduled to attend the 2013 All Star Salute to the Oregon Military are saxophonist Patrick Lamb, gospel and soul singer Linda Hornbuckle, KGW's Brenda Braxton, and former Trail Blazer Jerone Kersey.

To date, the museum campaign has raised $2.5 million.

Prior to last year's event, the Oregonian's Mike Francis profiled Gen. Thayer, digging into the possible connection between the general and KISS bassist Gene Simmons.
Apr 18 2013



By Fabian Forero Baron
Translated from Spanish for KISSonline by Jill Cataldo

Carlos Buitrago, a Bogota resident for 51 years, is one of the most popular personalities in Suba.

Debauchery is taking place at 4 in the afternoon in his hair salon. Érika Ramírez is having her hair done. The salon is an overdose of KISS. Certainly a rarity among hair salons, entering this establishment looks and feels more like a rock and metal record store or perhaps a downtown bar -- not a neighborhood barbershop.

None of it matters to this tender grandmother. She knows the good hand of Carlos Buitrago, owner of the salon. And everyone in the Riviera district knows he's managed Bogota's most mind-blowing KISS beauty salon since 1997.

The place is decorated with a collection of 1,500 objects featuring the American band. In a showcase under lock and key, you'll find memorabilia from band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley - a pair of drumsticks, or a small billiard ball with the logo of the exotic group. The walls exude rock and are upholstered with the spirit of KISS, and it's a scene that was born from an idea Carlos had from somewhere out of the ordinary.

Carlos, who is also known in the neighborhood as 'Kiss', 'Scissors' or simply as 'Charly', was the first to display a lush mane in the village of Suba.

In those years, at the end of the 70s, he was already forming a collection influenced by the rhythm of rock powerhouse KISS. "The objects in the collection were the Love Gun and Alive II records. I then began to buy everything that I could find in the music departments of 19 stores. Friends also brought me KISS things from the United States." For him, none of his KISS items are more valuable than another piece of the collection. Everything from t-shirts, caps, CDs, posters, flags, photos, pictures, stickers and trading cards all have the same value and importance. "Clients come here come and bring me things from trips. Once a granny came and gave me a very expensive flag," he added.

April 11, 2009: 'Scissors' lived his moment of glory. That day, his beloved KISS appeared in Simón Bolívar Park.

"Oh... I think that it was the best party I've ever been to in my life. I thought that I would die without seeing them, but no; I was able to enjoy them, thanks to God and that my daughter gave me a ticket", remembers 'KISS', the barber.


Apr 18 2013
Recently, I was asked to make a KISS Destroyer boots birthday cake for a party that was held at the Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas. Needless to say, it was a challenge! But I am very happy with the outcome and am proud to share it with you! Everything is edible (except for the eye gems) and each demon face was sculpted, by hand, out of modeling chocolate.

NicoleMarie Patisserie

Apr 17 2013
Posted by cGt2099 / GEEKS OF DOOM

KISS Solo #1: The DemonKISS Solo #1: The Demon
Written by Chris Ryall
Art by Angel Medina
Colors by Romulo Fajardo
Covers by Romulo Fajardo, Keith Leroux, Angel Medina, Tone Rodriguez
IDW Publishing
Release Date: April 10, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

If there was ever a band that was destined to live beyond their years of rockin’ and rollin’ all night into a comic book legacy, then it has to be KISS. From almost the beginning of their career they were seen as larger-than-life superheroes, and it was inevitable that Stan Lee from Marvel would open the gates to them entering comic book history – complete with vials of their own blood added to the red ink.

Now, in the 21st century, as the band continues with their new album release Monster and consequent world tour, IDW continues comic book KISStory – and this time claiming new ground. Just like 35 years ago when the individual members released their own solo albums, IDW is releasing “solo comics,” each chapter focusing on one of the individual four-who-are-one.

The first installment of KISS Solo focuses on Gene Simmons, or rather The Demon, in KISS Solo #1: The Demon. Continuing on from previous issues of the IDW KISS line, The Demon finds himself in a city terrorized by potential war. He is intrigued by humanity, a species capable of such wide ranging emotional states that he has never experienced in his existence as one of the four warriors of the Elder.

But while meandering among humanity, he stumbles across a group of enemies – the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; or rather the Four Horsemen of the Destroyer. What follows is a battle among the warriors that tests the power of the Demon, as he wrangles with the Four Horsemen alone and away from his three companions.
Apr 16 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with all in Boston. The perpetrators of this heinous crime must and will be found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This country is proudly the land of the free and the home of the brave and no actions by covert cowards will intimidate us or change that. They will be caught and they will pay.

Photo: Luciof, Wikimedia Commons
Apr 16 2013
Last week Paul Stanley was checking out the new Rock & Brews PCH construction site. The progress is going strong and he was pleased with everything he saw. This place will be rock’n in no time at all. He even had a little bit of time to sign some of the crews’ hardhats.

Rock & Brews' Pacific Coast Highway is the second location in Southern California and is set to open later this spring!
Apr 16 2013
KISS design T-shirts from UNIQLO (UT Grand Prix ’13) will be available for purchase beginning April 22nd!

The winning design selected by the band was created by Ryohei Murai (from Japan). We felt the design expressing the connection between the 4 members was COOL!

Also, check out the 3 other KISS designs in UNIQLO stores from April 22nd!

“UT Grand Prix” is a yearly t-shirt design competition sponsored by Uniqlo.

The products will be available worldwide from April 22nd.

UUTGP2013 – Official Site:

UNIQLO – Homepage:

Shirts will be sold in Japan, U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. *Availability in Russia beginning May 6th.
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