News - 2013 : July

Jul 29 2013
FAN-FILMED CLIP: "LICK IT UP" FROM LONDON
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Here's a fan-filmed clip of KISS performing "Lick It Up" in London, Ontario Saturday.



Filmed by Russ Dannecker for KISSONLINE.
Jul 29 2013
By Al Kratina, Special to The Gazette

MONTREAL — KISS will never die.

Perhaps that’s because Starchild — a.k.a. singer/guitarist Paul Stanley — has his atoms continually renewed by decaying suns. Or maybe singer/bassist Gene Simmons’s Demon persona really did sell his soul in exchange for immortality and the ability to wear the makeup of a dead circus clown.

Whatever the case, the mammoth hard-rock band has been big business for decades, with a seemingly unstoppable momentum to its music, its merchandise, its branding — like a snowball rolling down a hill until it crushes and absorbs a Walmart.

To Stanley — who, along with Simmons, has been in the band since its formation 40 years ago in New York — that commercial success comes from relating to fans through spectacle and positivity.

“We’re timeless in a way a lot of other bands aren’t,” says Stanley. “(There’s a) simplicity to just celebrating life and preaching self-empowerment.”
Jul 29 2013
UNLEASH THE 'MONSTER' IN TORONTO
Review and photo by: Tom Pandi

The kings of the night time world rose to the occasion last night as they made their grand entrance in Toronto riding the back of a giant metallic spider. Playing to an army of fans at the Molson Amphitheatre, Kiss delivered their most explosive performance yet with this year's 'Monster' Tour. Named for their 20th studio album that reached number three on the Billboard 200 chart, Kiss, after forty years, continue to enjoy their success while pushing rock and roll theatrics to a new level of spectacular.

With his signature over the top style, Paul Stanley kept the night electric as he strutted the stage in his seven inch leather heels, pointing out to huge applause that although Toronto is known for its politeness, it by no means meant they didn't know how to party. Upon hearing an ear piercing invitation from the crowd, Stanley zip-lined overhead to a secondary platform, where the more intimate Star Child showed off his "Love Gun". Back on stage, the pure power of Gene Simmons and his Demon persona was undeniable as the bigger than life character spewed blood and breathed fire over his worshiping army. Not to be outdone, Spaceman Tommy Thayer shredded the frets with a fiery guitar solo accompanied by the hard driving drummer and "Catman" Eric Singer who simply pulled out a bazooka to top the Spaceman's pyro guitar.

Kiss hosted their party with a nineteen song marathon that had fans calling for "Dr. Love" while the almighty "God of Thunder" rained down blood and the "War Machine" drummed up its artillery of fire balls. The curtain of flames had the "Heaven's on Fire" and fans had no choice but to "Lick it Up" while giving a "Say Yeah" to the red hot extravaganza. The "Outta of this World" experience ended with a flurry of confetti and as Kiss left the stage, their legacy to "Rock and Roll all Nite" remained firmly intact.
Jul 29 2013
TORONTO CONCERT PHOTOS
Photos of KISS performing at Molson Amphitheatre on July 26 2013 by Tom Pandi.

CLICK HERE to view the Tom's full KISS Toronto photo gallery.
Jul 29 2013
FAN-FILMED CLIP: PAUL STANLEY TAKES FLIGHT
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Paul Stanley takes flight! London, Ontario July 26, 2013

Here's a cool fan-flimed clip of the Starchild flying from his platform back to the stage.

Thanks to Andrew Sgambati for sharing the clip!



Jul 29 2013
MEETING IN SOUTH DAKOTA
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hello KISS!

My daughter and I were lucky enough to be at the KISS dedication event in Sioux Falls, SD a few days ago. The pics are of myself with Eric and my daughter with Gene. Btw, her name is Christine (sixteen), and my other daughter is named Shandi!

Love your Facebook page, keep up the great work!

Thanks,
Eric Wells
Sioux Falls, SD

LETTERS
Jul 28 2013
GENE SIMMONS AND STAN LEE
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Here's Gene Simmons and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee at FandomFest in Louisville today.
Jul 28 2013
MONSTER TOUR POSTERS
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Check out the KISS Monster Tour posters spotted in Montreal today.

KISS plays the Bell Centre in Montreal tomorrow night.

Photo By Matt Varley for KISSONLINE.
Jul 28 2013
ARMY LONDON, YOU LOOK GREAT!
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Here's the London KISS Army at last night's show at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

Photos by Eric Martin for KISSONLINE.

Jul 28 2013
PHOTO: PAUL STANLEY & TOMMY THAYER IN LONDON
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Here are Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer rocking out on the massive KISS Spider during "Lick It Up" at the the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.


Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Jul 28 2013
MONSTER MINI GOLF'S VW BUG
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KISS MONSTER Mini Golf now owns the KISS VW bug and is cruisin' around Las Vegas in it now. Needless to say, it's a big hit around town!

But...we want to add a bunch of cool stuff to it like fog lights etc. It's officially in KISS world now,but wait till it gets all decked out!

Thanks!
Christina
Jul 28 2013
"LOVE HER ALL I CAN" ACOUSTIC SHOW CLIP
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Here's a clip of "Love Her All I Can" from the Toronto Meet & Greet acoustic show.



Filmed by Russ Dannecker for KISSONLINE.
Jul 27 2013
By James Reaney, The London Free Press

Here’s the thing – KISS still makes an entrance like nobody else in rock and roll.

The U.S. rock superstars returned to a jammed Budweiser Gardens on Saturday night descending from a huge contraption. The KISS carrier looked like a giant spider or space walker made out of construction beams – and as it went down down down up up up went blasts of pyro hot enough to melt makeup on a fan or two

The crowd was volcanic from the start as Starchild Paul Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons and guitar hero Tommy Thayer stepped off the contraption.

In the back, Eric Singer, the drummer with the cat’s whiskers makeup and the big hands, pounded away as KISS crunched through Psycho Circus, the 1970s’ hit Shout It Out Loud and Simmons at the mic for Let Me Go, Rock ’N’ Roll.

Thayer shredded and posed in the early going. Stanley had his sweet pout working.
Jul 27 2013
BRUCE KULICK AT TONIGHT'S SHOW!
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Here's our friend, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick with a happy fan at tonight's KISS show in London, Ontario.


Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Jul 27 2013
THINGS YOU LEARN WHEN WEARING FACE PAINT
By Carla Gillis

Things you learn while wearing KISS face paint to one of their concerts: you will not be served beer, no matter how far over the legal drinking age you are; you might have trouble picking up your media accreditation; you will pose for pictures with strangers and be high-fived by randoms who would not normally give you the time of day.

So, you’ll have the best time. The show is a two-hour spectacle of pyrotechnics, moving stage sets, silver-and-black makeup and costumes, fire and loud, workmanlike rock and roll. In support of their 2012 Monster album, which they already brought to Toronto last year, the four raven-haired rock icons showed no signs of age, apathy or wear and tear.
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