News - 2013 : August

Aug 16 2013
CHANNEL 6 INTERVIEW WITH PAUL STANLEY
Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore hosts a segment of "Ping Pong" with Paul Stanley.

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Aug 16 2013
LA : A MESSAGE FROM PAUL & GENE
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Paul and Gene have a special message for the KISS ARMY about LA KISS!

Aug 16 2013
ESPN'S LA REPORT
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ESPN: KISS Bringing Arena Football To L.A.

Aug 16 2013
AT AMWAY CENTER IN ORLANDO TONIGHT!
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KISS TO HEADLINE ARENABOWL XXVI WEEKEND IN ORLANDO

KISS will perform in concert tonight, Friday, August 16th at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

ArenaBowl XXVI is set to be played at the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, August 17. The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 1 p.m. as part of the 3 day weekend celebration.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to KISS' Orlando show.

Aug 16 2013
PHOTO: PERFORMING AT AFL AWARDS
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Here's KISS performing last night at the AFL Awards Dinner in Orlando.


Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSONLINE.
Aug 16 2013
PHOTO: AT AFL AWARDS DINNER
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Here's KISS announcing LA KISS at last night's AFL Awards Dinner.

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSONLINE.
Aug 16 2013
A TOP 10
When a band has been around for 40 years, there are plenty of hits for Top 10 lists. Here's the Arena Football League's list of its favorite Kiss anthems, along with a few of the league's comments:

•10. "Love Gun," off "Love Gun" (1977): Played on every tour since its 1977 release.

•9. "Forever," off "Hot in the Shade" (1989): This ballad is one of Kiss' two Top 10 singles.

•8. "Calling Dr. Love," off "Rock and Roll Over" (1976): The band's fourth Top 20 single peaked at No. 16.

•7. "Right Here, Right Now," off "Monster" (2012). Theme song for weekly Arena Football League games on CBS Sports Network.

•6. "Shout It Out Loud," off "Destroyer" (1976). The band's first single to top an international chart, in Canada.

•5. "Heaven's On Fire," off "Animalize" (1984): One of the few songs from the band's non-makeup era to be played when the face paint returned.

•4. "I Was Made for Lovin' You," off "Dynasty" (1979). It reached No. 11 on the charts and sold more than 1 million copies.

•3. "Detroit Rock City," off Destroyer (1976). Based on the true story of a Kiss fan killed on the way to one of the band's shows.

•2. "Beth," off "Destroyer (1976). The uncharacteristically mellow love song was the band's first Top 10 single, one of two Kiss ballads to reach that milestone.

•1. "Rock and Roll All Nite," off "Alive!" (1975): The live version of this signature song is arguably the band's most famous work. It has been the band's go-to closing number at shows since 1976.
Aug 15 2013
PHOTO: LA ANNOUNCEMENT
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Great photo from today's LA KISS AFL announcement.

Photo by Doug Montague
Aug 15 2013
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KISS and the Arena Football League Bring Professional Football Back to Los Angeles with Expansion Team, the LA KISS

Unique partnership comes together at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, to fuse music and sports with exciting and affordable entertainment

Los Angeles, CA – August 15, 2013 – After a five year hiatus, professional football will be returning to one of the largest and most exciting media markets in the country, Los Angeles. Announced today at ArenaBowl XXVI Media Day, rock legends KISS, Arena Football League (AFL) veteran Brett Bouchy, Doc McGhee (McGhee Entertainment) and AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz are bringing the high-octane entertainment of Arena Football back to Los Angeles with a new expansion team, The LA KISS (www.lakissfootball.com).

"Season tickets are now on sale for what we know will be some of the most action-packed games ever played at the Honda Center," said Paul Stanley of KISS. "Arena Football is played at a fast and furious pace and making season tickets available now for the budget-friendly price of $99 gives a whole new meaning to bang for the buck." Additionally, all inaugural LA KISS season seat holders will be invited to a free KISS concert to take place at Honda Center in 2014! www.hondacenter.com/lakiss
Aug 15 2013
The Arena Football League announced that the LA KISS will be an expansion team that will play in Honda Center and be owned in part by band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

By JEFF MILLER

Professional football returns to Orange County next spring in a story so intriguing that the return of the sport isn't even the story.

No, the story is who will own the team, a pair of men likely to wear more makeup than the cheerleaders do. Higher heels, too.

Twenty years after Georgia Frontiere moved her Rams out of Anaheim and became the villain, we're going to have an owner known literally as "The Demon," an owner famous for breathing actual fire.

Are you ready for some football? Probably. But are you ready for some KISS?

The LA KISS – owned in part by painted-up rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley – is one of the new expansion franchises in the Arena Football League.

As much as this story sounds make-believe – and, over the past 40 years, the band KISS has been the subject of comic books, cartoons and action figures – it is all very true.

League officials made the announcement Thursday afternoon. The KISS is scheduled to begin play at Honda Center starting in March.
Aug 15 2013
BRINGS FOOTBALL TO LA
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

The guys dressed in black and silver are bringing football back to the Los Angeles area.

The Raiders? Not quite.

It's KISS, the heavy metal band known for performing in black, white and silver that has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide during a 40-year career.

On Thursday, the Arena Football League announced it was awarding an expansion team to a group of individuals that includes KISS band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The team, called the LA KISS, will begin playing in March at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

"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."

Season tickets, which went on sale Thursday starting at $99, will include a free KISS concert.

While the team will use the band's logo, it is not known whether the team's uniforms will be silver and black.

Next season will mark the 27th season for the Arena Football League, which begins its games in March and culminates with the ArenaBowl in August.

The league and the music world have joined forces before. The Philadelphia Soul, who will be playing in the championship game Saturday, were partly owned by Jon Bon Jovi until 2010.

Aug 15 2013
By Ted Berg

KISS, nearing its 40th anniversary, prides itself on appealing to rock-and-roll fans from every strata of society – provided they enjoy anthemic arena rock and elaborate live shows performed by men in heavy makeup and shoulder pads.

Founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley hope to establish a similarly broad fanbase with their newest project, a partnership with the Arena Football League as owners of an Anaheim-based expansion team known as LA KISS.

“The whole idea of an alternative to what has perhaps become a corporate sport is very intriguing, and resonates with us,” Stanley told USA TODAY Sports by phone on Wednesday. “We’ve always tried to be a band that relates to everybody, and the AFL is built on that whole premise.”

Though the band’s logo will be incorporated into the team’s uniforms, and though Stanley and Simmons hope to bring their understanding of live performance to the team’s home games at the Honda Civic Center, the pair emphasized that they aim to create a true football experience.

“There’s been a lot of attention to detail, to nuances, so that people don’t think this is a rock band in football helmets,” Simmons said. “This is real football, and this is good for the game.”
Aug 15 2013
ROCK BAND BRINGS FOOTBALL TO SOUTHLAND
The LA KISS is a new Arena Football League team that will begin play in 2014. Co-owner Gene Simmons says attending a game "will be similar to a live KISS show, with thrilling, heart-pounding action." (LA KISS / August 15, 2013)

By Houston Mitchel

Arena Football is headed back to Los Angeles, and you can thank the rock band KISS for it.

The LA KISS will begin play in the Arena Football League next season, it was announced on Thursday. They will play at the Honda Center.

"Season tickets are now on sale for what we know will be some of the most action-packed games ever played at the Honda Center," said team co-owner and KISS frontman Paul Stanley. "Arena Football is played at a fast and furious pace and making season tickets available now for the budget-friendly price of $99 gives a whole new meaning to bang for the buck."

All LA KISS season-ticket buyers will be invited to a free KISS concert to take place at Honda Center next year.
“As a fast-paced, high-action band this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us,” said co-owner Gene Simmons of KISS. “With Arena Football, you are much closer to the action -- sitting in the front row is like putting a folding chair on the hash mark of an NFL game -- and it’s one of the only sports where you can experience this level of intensity. Attending an LA KISS game in 2014 will be similar to a live KISS show, with thrilling, heart-pounding action.”

The AFL will mark its 27th season in 2014. There hasn't been a team in Southern California since the Los Angeles Avengers folded in 2009.

“We could not be more thrilled to bring the league back to Los Angeles," AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said. "And partnering with such incredible rock legends as KISS is certain to give fans a sports experience unlike anything they have ever seen.”
Aug 15 2013
By Jim Abbott

For starters, Gene Simmons and Klaw look like they both go to the same tailor. Yet the same taste in wardrobe by the Kiss bassist and the Orlando Predators mascot isn't the only reason that the veteran arena-rock band and the Arena Football League are meant to be together.

When Kiss play their role as the league's de facto rock ambassadors with a Friday concert at Amway Center, the band will consummate a marriage made in pop-culture heaven. The show will unfold on the eve of Saturday's ArenaBowl XXVI.

Not since John Fogerty ensured a sound bite in every respectable seventh-inning stretch in baseball with his 1985 song "Centerfield" has a musical act been such a perfect match to a sport.

Consider:

The Arena League likes to blow things up. So does Kiss.

•The Arena League is willing to bypass the boring stuff for touchdowns, touchdowns, touchdowns on its shortened 50-yard indoor field with the walls ideal for player collisions. With the exception of the maudlin ballad "Beth," Kiss won't make fans wait to rock out.

•The Arena League has faced its occasional battles for respect, with its rosters of not-yet-NFL-caliber athletes and fading NFL stars such as former Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Shaun King. Likewise, Kiss has endured its share of arrows from the critics:

"Kiss still lacks that flash of creative madness that could have made their music interesting, or at least listenable," stated a 1976 Rolling Stone review of "Destroyer," the band's first platinum album.

•Both the band and the league are survivors. The guys in Kiss — original members Simmons and Paul Stanley, and additions Eric Singer (drums) and Tommy Thayer (guitar) — are celebrating the band's 40th anniversary. Meanwhile, the Arena Football league marked its 25th anniversary in 2012, a milestone unapproachable by other alternative football leagues, including the one-season failure of the WWE honcho Vince McMahon's XFL in 2001.

For the Arena League, Kiss offers the potential of new fans that might be culled from the worldwide Kiss Army. When the band was recruited to be part of this season's marketing campaign, members did more than incorporate a new song, "Right Here, Right Now," as theme of weekly televised games on cable's CBS Sports Network.
Aug 15 2013
HEADLINES ARENABOWL WEEKEND IN ORLANDO
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KISS will perform in concert tomorrow, Friday, August 16th at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

ArenaBowl XXVI is set to be played at the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, August 17. The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 1 p.m. as part of the 3 day weekend celebration.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to KISS' Orlando show.

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