News - 2013 : August

Aug 17 2013
PHOTO: PAUL AND GENE AT ARENABOWL
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Here's Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons filming an appearance on CBS' broadcast of today's ArenaBowl in Orlando.


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Aug 17 2013
GENE SIMMONS AND ROCK HARD ROCK
Gene Simmons of Kiss has been at the forefront of the rock world since the mid 1970s, and he’s still going strong in 2013.

A true visionary, he and his original bandmates transformed rock and roll into something no one had seen before: a dynamic stage show full of fire, explosions, lights and straight up rock. Critics were stunned. Radio didn’t know what to do with them. But the fans loved it — and probably will again when the band plays Seminole Hard Rock Live on Saturday.

Been a long time since the New York City days. What was that like back then?

We were four bums off the streets of New York who dreamed like everybody else and were lucky to be in the right place at the right time with the right thing. And you say privately, when you have dreams, “Dear God, just give me a chance, just one chance. I promise I won’t screw it up.”

Still get excited about selling out every night?

Sure. The first time we played at the Garden, the first of three nights, back when nobody was doing that stuff, Kiss was three years in a row the no. 1 Gallup Poll band. Two and three went between Zeppelin, Beatles and Bee Gees. And in 1978, 20th Century Fox had the rights to do licensing and merchandising, and the no. 1 and no. 2 biggest licensed products were Star Wars and Kiss.

Impressive.

It is. We started in 1974, New Year’s Eve . . . . And within a year and a half we’re playing Anaheim Stadium. Before cell phones, cassettes, 8-tracks, before anything. Before Rock Concert, before Midnight Special, before MTV, before any of that.

Was there one particular moment when you knew you were going to succeed?

We immediately had the sense that we were in a very special place and time but especially in a special band. We kept being thrown off tours. Nugent, Foghat . . . I remember all the bands we’d open for, and they wouldn’t let us have encores. . . . [Black] Sabbath is a little bit older than Kiss, and they were playing Boston, and we were lucky enough to get on the bill for two shows. And Ozzy tells the story that Geezer ran over to him and was visibly shaken because he said this monster was talking to him backstage and was sticking his tongue out at him. Ozzy’s response was, “I knew right then and there that I had to get out of this band because if the opening band puts the fear of God in you, you don’t have the goods.”

KISS has always been very good to new bands.

You got to go out there and respect everybody. You know we took out Rush on their first tour; we took out AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi and Judas Priest. Every band you can imagine. We always made sure to take out the best bands.
Aug 17 2013
"DR. LOVE" FROM AMWAY ARENA
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Here's KISS performing "Dr. Love" at Amway Arena in Orlando last night.


Filmed by Russ Dannecker for KISSONLINE.

Aug 17 2013
ON COVER OF ORLANDO SENTINEL
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

KISS is featured on the cover of the Orlando Sentinel's weekend edition.

Aug 17 2013
BUYS FOOTBALL TEAM, NAMES TEAM
The LA KISS of the Arena Football League have their first game in 2014

By Tim Newcomb

There’s no mistaking the new owners of the Arena Football League’s newest expansion team: rock legends KISS.

The flamboyant and (once) hard-partying band purchased the new Los Angeles-based football team, and have put their entire identity behind it: the LA KISS will even make use of the band’s logo.

There’s no word, however, if makeup will be part of the team’s uniform.

“As a fast-paced, high-action band this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us,” Simmons said in a statement. “Attending an LA KISS game in 2014 will be similar to a live KISS show, with thrilling, heart-pounding action.”

(MORE: Hello Kitty and KISS to Team Up for New Animated Series)

The team will play next season in Anaheim’s Honda Center. Those willing to pony up for $99 season tickets—says KISS guitarist Stanley: “budget-friendly price gives a whole new meaning to bang for the buck”—will receive a ticket to attend a 2014 KISS concert in the venue. Jon Bon Jovi didn’t offer a deal like that when he was a part owner in the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul until 2010.

Those interested in a little KISS/AFL combination before next season can watch the band play the halftime show of the 2013 ArenaBowl championship this Saturday.

“This is a great business venture for KISS. It’s fantastic to have a team named after the band and it is a privilege to be able to support LA and bring the experience home,” says Don McGhee, KISS manager, who facilitated the new partnership.
Aug 17 2013
USA TODAY LOGO GETS ED!
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Check out Gene Simmons in the USA Today logo on the front page of the sports section yesterday.
Aug 17 2013
ORLANDO SENTINEL'S CONCERT PHOTO GALLERY
Pictures: KISS concert at Amway Center

KISS kicks off ArenaBowl weekend at the Amway Center in Orlando

KISS performs in concert at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. on Friday, August 16, 2013. (Joshua C. Cruey/Orlando Sentinel)

CLICK HERE to view the Sentinel's full KISS photo gallery.
Aug 17 2013
PHOTO: ROCKING ORLANDO
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Here's KISS rocking Amway Arena in Orlando last night.


Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Aug 17 2013
PHOTO: GENE SIMMONS AT AMWAY ARENA
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Here's Gene Simmons breathing fire at Amway Arena in Orlando last night.


Photo by Hab Haddad for KISSONLINE.
Aug 17 2013
PHOTO: ON FIRE IN ORLANDO
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Aug 16 2013
PHOTO: ERIC SINGER AT AMWAY ARENA
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Here's Eric Singer at Amway Arena in Orlando tonight.


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Aug 16 2013
PHOTO: TOMMY THAYER AT AMWAY ARENA
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Here's Tommy Thayer rocking out at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.


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Aug 16 2013
PHOTO: BACKSTAGE WITH
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Here's Eric Singer with KISS Production Manager, Robert Long, backstage in Orlando tonight.


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Aug 16 2013
PHOTO: BACKSTAGE WITH
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Here's Gene Simmons and KISS Tour Manager, Paco Zimmer, backstage at tonight's show in Orlando.



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Aug 16 2013
ARMY ORLANDO, YOU LOOK GREAT!
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Here's the KISS Army Orlando outside the Amway Center earlier today.


Photos by Soni Giles and Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
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