News - 2013 : May

May 05 2013
'Rock & Brews 2.0' opening in Torrance -- deal sealed with KISS

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By Nick Green

Solidly middle-class Torrance isn't exactly a rock star sort of town.

And that's just fine with KISS icon Gene Simmons, who along with band co-founder Paul Stanley owns the rock 'n' roll-themed restaurant Rock & Brews opening on Thursday.

"It's less about the celebrity and more about the experience," Simmons said of the burgeoning chain of craft beer-centric restaurants that got its start in El Segundo.

"It's not about us," he added. "It's about you. We just work here. We want you to be a rock star. You may not be a rock star, but we'll make you feel like one. "

Torrance becomes the third location for Rock & Brews, which first opened in 2010 in downtown El Segundo as a modest outdoor beer garden to test the concept before a revamped, refined version reopened in early 2012. The 5,400-square-foot Torrance restaurant sits in a sliver of the city adjacent to Redondo Beach's Riviera Village at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Palos Verdes Boulevard. The building once housed a Tony Roma's and, most recently, Oliver's Cafe.

A second Rock & Brews was unveiled in March in Los Cabos, Mexico. Another opens this summer in the renovated Delta Air Lines terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, while one in Agoura Hills is slated for a fall opening. The ambitious goal is to open as many as 100 Rock & Brews in the next five years.
May 04 2013
KISS Meet & Greet packages are now on sale for the following KISS European Tour dates:

June 1, 2013 Friends Arena - Stockholm, Sweden
June 3, 2013 Hartwall Arena - Helsinki, Finland
June 11, 2013 Forum - Copenhagen, Denmark
June 12, 2013 Waldbuhne - Berlin, Germany
June 14, 2013 O2 Arena - Prague. Czech Republic
June 17, 2013 Villa Manin - Udine, Italy
June 18, 2013 Mediolanum Forum - Milan, Italy
June 20, 2013 Hallenstadion - Zurich, Switzerland

Meet & Greet Packages include:

- Exclusive Meet & Greet with KISS
- Exclusive access to KISS's intimate acoustic set
- Autograph session with KISS
- Personal photograph with KISS in full makeup and costume
- Specially designed KISS t-shirt
- Specially designed KISS tote bag
- Set of official KISS guitar picks
- Official Ultimate Meet & Greet laminate
- Commemorative VIP ticket

CLICK HERE to vist the KISSONLINE Tour Page for Ticket and Meet & Greet links.
May 04 2013
On this day in KISSTORY - May 4, 1990, KISS opened their Hot In The Shade Tour in Lubbock, Texas. KISS performed over 130 shows on the Tour, their last with Eric Carr.

Here's a clip of "Shout It Out Loud" from the Detroit stop on the Hot In The Show Tour.

May 03 2013
On this day in KISSTORY - May 3, 2002, KISS joined Dick Clark on ABC TV to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of American Bandstand.

May 03 2013
With the launch of the Texas Lottery’s new KISS® scratch-off game, lottery players can scratch all night for the chance to party with the band in L.A.! The game features more than $10 million in prizes, including eight top prizes of $35,000 each. Players that don’t win instantly can enter non-winning tickets into promotional second-chance drawings for the opportunity to win a trip to Los Angeles to meet the band and other exciting prizes.

Players can go online to the Texas Lottery Luck Zone to enter each non-winning ticket in one of four second-chance drawings to be held throughout the run of the game. Each second-chance drawing will award 100 autographed KISS® Monster Album Wall Plaques, 10 KISS® Signed Guitars and one KISS® Fly-Away Trip for two, including transportation, accommodations, a private dinner with the band, a VIP tour of the Grammy museum and LA Live and a KISS® merchandise gift package.

May 03 2013
Rock Gods KISS have teamed up with the quality-at-all-costs design community,, for a no-holds-barred Design Brawl to create the next iconic KISS t-shirts. The THREE designers left standing at the end of this Brawl will each receive $1,000 cash, two tickets to see KISS live in concert, a chance to meet the band, and a print of their winning design signed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley!

Professionals and amateurs alike are welcomed to submit their best work. Head over to to find out more and submit your design!

Don't design? You can still have a hand in choosing your next favorite KISS shirt. Sign up for an account at and vote for the entries you want to wear!

Band Job is an online community created by and for professional designers working in the music industry. It's a place to showcase your work, talk shop, and learn from the best in the business.

Not a designer? Band Job is a great place for all enthusiasts and supporters of visual arts in music. Learn more about the art behind your favorite bands. Check out great merch designs, awesome album covers, and other amazing art from the best designers in the music industry.
May 02 2013
Rock & Brews gets ready for grand opening celebration in Torrance

KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are gearing up for the grand opening of Rock & Brews’ newest location at 6300 Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance on Wednesday, May 8.

Grand opening activities will include a ribbon cutting ceremony; a private luncheon for more than 100 returning military veterans and Wounded Warriors with Stanley and Simmons waiting tables, and an evening gala with a special appearance by Stanley and Simmons.

VIP tickets to the evening gala are $250 per person, which includes food and beverages, a private reception with Stanley and Simmons, and a Rock & Brews gift bag. Proceeds from VIP ticket sales to the gala will benefit the Torrance Education Foundation.

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May 02 2013
KISS: Greatest Hits continues collecting Psycho Circus issues #14-19. Rediscover classics like "Year Of The Fox," "World Without Heroes," "Sunburst Finish," and "Fragments." The book will be released on September 17, 2013.

CLICK HERE to pre-order now at

May 02 2013
Here's KISS on the cover of a new KISS photo special Brazilian magazine 'Fotografia."

Thanks to Mike Hayes for sending KOL the image!
May 02 2013
Register To Win an Epiphone Tommy Thayer Spaceman Les Paul Standard

There has never been an American rock and roll band like KISS and Epiphone's Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer "Spaceman" Les Paul Standard Outfit is a one-of-a-kind tribute worthy of KISS's 21st century "Spaceman." Now you can win a "Spaceman" Les Paul! It's easy! Click the link under your region below for details and to enter today!

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May 01 2013
Legendary rock band KISS brings its 2013 Monster Tour to the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center [Verona, NY] Friday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of KISS. The band’s August 9 performance is part of Turning Stone’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, along with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer are touring in support of KISS’ new album, Monster, released in October 2012. Monster, the 20th studio album in the historic career of KISS, is described as a straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll album featuring collaborations from all four band members in an effort that shows KISS at the top of its game.

Simmons said, “We’re about authenticity. The KISS Army is ruthless. They’d skewer us if we put out records that weren’t great. We pushed ourselves on this album, to make not just ourselves but our fans proud. We try to hit a home run every swing we take. If we’re going to win, win big.”

Stanley added, “We’re a band at this point in our career where we can live up to our own legend. I’ve always maintained that obstacles are what you see when you lose sight of your goals. If you know where you’re going, you don’t see what’s in your way.”

Forty years into an iconic career, KISS has racked up 28 U.S. gold albums along with album sales of 40 million in the U.S. and 100 million worldwide. Live performances by KISS continue to set the rock standard for excitement, energy, and elaborate stage production.

$91, $121, and $146 tickets for the 8 p.m. August 9 show by KISS, with opening act Leogun, at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center go on sale Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. Call the Turning Stone box office at (315) 361-7469 or visit
May 01 2013
Here's KISS on the cover of the latest issue of the Austrian magazine 'VOLUME!"

Thanks to KISS News for the image!
May 01 2013
On this day in KISSTORY - May 1, 2010, KISS opened their Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour in Sheffield, England.

Here's a fan-filmed clip of most of "Let Me Go, Rock And Roll" from Sheffield.

May 01 2013

Rock n' Roll Sushi in Mobile, AL upped its KISS ante with this set of paintings done by a local artist.


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