News - 2013 : September

Sep 17 2013
KISS licensee, UD Replicas, the leader in high-end movie replicas, has moved into the world of Rock and Roll with their new line of high-end KISS motorcycle jackets and clothing. The unveiling will take place at the 2013 New Jersey KISS Expo at the Raritan Center in Edison NJ next Saturday, September 28.

Samples will be available for viewing and inspection. You will also be able to pre-order the items directly at the KISS Expo. We are unbelievably lucky to have UD Replicas as part of our solid day of non-stop KISS mayhem this year. They promise to have an incredible display booth not to be missed!

The New Jersey KISS Fan Expo is proud to have KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer as our featured guest for 2013!

KISSONLINE will be at the Expo with exclusive KISS merchandise!

NJ Convention and Exposition Center, at the Raritan Center
97 Sunfield Ave, Edison NJ 08837

For tickets and all other info, visit

This event is run by the fans, for the fans.
Sep 16 2013
I have been on Kissonline before. I teach English using KISS as the positive influence in my students' lives. My students have been through a lot of tough times in school...but they finally see how it all comes together when there is a positive influence in their lives. For me, it has been KISS since 1975...Now, my students have developed the same love for KISS and the message of positivity I use when I teach has the students eager and excited about their future. It is all because of KISS....Diana Sosa (the student holding the fantastic new book, NOTHIN' TO LOSE) is a major KISS fan now. She has read the book from cover to cover. She is waiting to attend her first KISS concert. I, on the other hand, have been to over 170 KISS shows in my life. We all have a message for Gene, Paul, Tommy, and Eric..."We love you and the consistent message of positivity...We can't wait to Rock and Roll All Nite with you when you come back to NYC...Thank you for changing my life, the lives of my students, and the lives of everyone living in the world of KISS."

A truly devoted KISS fan and teacher...Anthony M.

Sep 16 2013
Rock legend Gene Simmons to perform US national anthem at Wembely for Steelers/Vikings game

Rock legend and media mogul Gene Simmons co-founder and lead singer of KISS, will perform the US national anthem at the NFL International Series game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday September 29.

Simmons will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to kickoff of the seventh NFL regular-season game to be played in the United Kingdom. He previously performed it at the Oakland Raiders’ home game against the San Diego Chargers in 2012.

Simmons, who co-founded Kiss four decades ago, said: “I’m excited to be touching down in London to sing our US National Anthem at the Vikings-Steelers game. I always love playing a role in these types of high-action, fast-paced games, not to mention returning to the UK and performing in front of some the best fans in the world!’’

Kiss have sold more than 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and continue to sell out stadia around the globe. In 2012, they released their 20th studio album, “Monster”, which made the top three of the Billboard charts within its first week. Simmons is well-known to UK television viewers for his eight series of “Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels”, as well as the two series-long “Gene Simmons’ Rock School”, which aired on Channel 4.

Simmons was also recently announced as the co-owner of the LA Kiss, which will begin play in the Arena Football League in 2014.

“We are very excited to have Gene playing such an important role in our game,” said Alistair Kirkwood, managing director of NFLUK. “He is one of the most recognisable personalities in the world and has an incredible track record in the music business. We are proud to have him involved and I know the fans will get a real kick out of it.”

The Steelers-Vikings game will kick off at 6:00 p.m. UK time (1:00 p.m. ET) and will be aired live in the UK on Channel 4, Sky Sports and Absolute Radio 90s and in the US on CBS.

The NFL will stage its second International Series game of 2013 on Sunday, October 27, when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the San Francisco 49ers.
Sep 16 2013
Thought you'd like to see the birthday cake we had made for my mother. Complete with 3D tongue!

Adam Rosen

Sep 15 2013
Nothin' To Lose - The Making of KISS - 1972 - 1975: The Story of How My Two High School Buddies, Starchild and Monster, Made It Big!

By Binky Philips

School year, 1969/1970...

There were three guys at the High School of Music & Art in New York City who owned a Gibson guitar, the true no-argument Rolls Royce of guitar companies.

There was me. I had a 1962 SG - style Les Paul.

There was Murray Dabby, the best player of this trio, who owned a 1965 SG Standard, almost the same guitar as mine, just a few years newer.

The third guy had a 1960 Les Paul Special, the model just below mine.

This Gibson connection was a bond.

I grew up to be... what? I don't even know. A guitarist? A writer? A music biz sleaze ball? All of the above?

Murray grew up to be a full-fledged shrink, doing the good work, in Atlanta.

The third guy was Stan Eisen. He grew up to be Paul Stanley, Starchild, Global Icon.

All three of us still play guitar.
Sep 15 2013
The KISS phenomenon spread rapidly and is still going strong after more than 40 years.

By: Richard Ouzounian

Back when Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were forming the glam rock entity known as KISS, they had to improvise for their theatrical look. For instance, their studded collars came from a pet store.

“They had made them for Great Danes to wear,” says Stanley, on the phone from a Staten Island bookstore, where he’s preparing to sign copies of Nothin’ to Lose: The Making of KISS.

Stanley says he wanted the band to be “intensely performance-oriented, without turning it into musical theatre. So we needed a flamboyant visual look, but what?

“We were too big to do the androgynous thing. It’s one thing when you have a guy who’s as skinny as my wrist wearing his sister’s clothes. It’s something else when you’re a linebacker trying to squeeze into it.”

The book, newly published by HarperCollins, is by Stanley and Simmons with music historian Ken Sharp.
Sep 15 2013
Here's more of Gene's collection in his home office.
Sep 15 2013
Here's part of Gene Simmons massive personal KISS collection.
Sep 14 2013
4LM Exclusive Interview: Alan G. Parker – Director of Upcoming KISS Documentary

Live for Live Music was fortunate enough to get an exclusive interview with filmmaker Alan G. Parker, who is currently working on the official KISS documentary, which is set for release in theaters in 2014. We discuss everything from the film, working with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Lydia Criss, and the entire KISS crew, and the difficulties of pleasing everyone involved, to his obvious admiration and fan status for the band and what it is like to be a member of the Kiss Army directing the official documentary on them.

-Bob Wilson

KISS has an official documentary being filmed now, to be released in theaters in 2014 from Universal Studios. Lydia Criss, Richie Fontana, and director Alan G. Parker talked to Live For Live Music music with some insider info for the faithful in the Kiss Army. Lydia is the former wife of Kiss drummer Peter Criss, and is a Kiss historian and archivist, as seen in her book SEALED WITH A KISS. Richie Fontana is her longtime flame, and drummed on the first four tracks of Paul Stanley‘s 1978 solo album.

Parker is the chosen director for the new Kiss project entitled YOU WANTED THE BEST…YOU GOT THE BEST (coming in 2014). His past films include HELLO QUO! (2013), NEVER MIND THE SEX PISTOLS, WHO KILLED NANCY (2010), MONTY PYTHON: ALMOST THE TRUTH (2009) and REBEL TRUCE: THE STORY OF THE CLASH (2007). Lydia Criss said that she was on “Gene’s wish list” (no, not that wish list!), of subjects to be interviewed for the film. She was first “approached via email”, but she was not immediately certain that the project was for her. At first she “hemmed and hawed”, but then she came around, deciding to participate.
Sep 14 2013
KISS will return to Japan for four shows this October!

October 19 - Makuhari Messe Arena, Tokyo
October 21 - Osaka Castle Hall, Osaka
October 23 - Budokan, Tokyo
October 24 - Budokan, Tokyo

KISS MONSTER JAPAN TOUR 2013 special site


VIP Packages for public are on sale at Music Nation now.

General public tickets for public are on sale now.
Sep 13 2013
Pacific University's "Legends Hosted by Tommy Thayer" brought 325 guests to Waverley Country Club on Aug. 25. Thayer is a Beaverton native, the lead guitarist of KISS and a Pacific University trustee. The event, a fundraiser for the university's 24-sport intercollegiate athletics program, raised more than $335,000 from the auction and more than $100,000 from a special appeal for enhancements to the university's outdoor playing stadium. Pacific University president Lesley M. Hallick was event chairwoman.
Sep 13 2013
BY Eric Spitznagel

There've been more than enough KISS biographies to satiate even the most die-hard fan. Gene Simmons wrote his memoir, KISS and Make-Up, back in 2002. KISS: Behind the Mask, the band's official biography, came out not long after. Former members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss put out their respective memoirs last year. There's also been KISStory (1995), Kisstory II: Toys, Games and Girls (2000), Kiss: The Early Years (2002), Kiss Kompendium (2009), and Monster (2012), which cost just $4200. The latest tell-all, Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS, co-written by Simmons and Paul Stanley, is a not-so-slim 560 pages chronicling the band's genesis between 1972 and 1975.

It's been a busy few years for the KISS franchise. But then again, it's always a busy year for the KISS franchise. Simmons and his KISS bandmates still churn out original music, like last year's Monster, and go on pyrotechnic-heavy tours - they have five upcoming live shows planned in Japan. But Simmons is most newsworthy these days for his increasingly weird side projects. Like recording a song with Engelbert Humperdinck for the crooner's upcoming Duets album. Or executive-producing an animated TV show about Hello Kitty characters based on KISS. Or that Arena Football League team he co-owns, the Los Angeles KISS, which offered quarterback Tim Tebow a three-year contract which nobody, even Simmons, seemed to take seriously. "It doesn't matter," he said about the Tebow offer. "As long as the media takes notice."

Rolling Stone spoke with Simmons earlier this week about his new book, Miley Cyrus' tongue, working with Lou Reed, and more.

Why write another book? Are there any KISS stories we haven't heard yet?
Imagine yourself on a boat and we're always on top. We're on stage, so we can see it all. I can see the iceberg miles away. But I only see 10% of it, cause I can only see the top. Everyone else sees 90% of it because they're on the bottom. You really don't want to just talk about 10% of the iceberg. You want to see how big it actually is.
Sep 13 2013
The Los Angeles KISS have acquired their quarterback in a trade with the Iowa Barnstormers, the Arena Football League office announced today. Four-year AFL veteran J.J. Raterink will join the KISS following a trade that sent future considerations to the Barnstormers.

Raterink (6-0, 210, Wyoming) spent the last two AFL season in Des Moines after beginning his AFL career with the Chicago Rush in 2010. Raterink set new single-season franchise records with the Barnstormers in 2012, passing for 4,870 yards and 93 touchdowns.

The KISS were also assigned second-year receiver Chase Deadder and veteran Jack linebacker Antwan Marsh, both of whom spent last season with the Utah Blaze.

Deadder (6-5, 225, Sacramento State) played in 17 games as a rookie in 2013, hauling in 85 receptions for 793 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a senior at Sacramento State in 2010, Deadder was named Second Team All-Big Sky and voted the team's MVP after recording 37 receptions for 788 yards and six touchdowns.

Marsh (6-3, 210, Pikeville) is a four-year AFL veteran who began his career with the Spokane Shock in 2010. Marsh has spent the last two seasons with the Utah Blaze, recording 33 tackles and a pair of interceptions in 2013.
Sep 13 2013
Here's Paul Stanley signing extra copies of KISS' "Nothin' To Lose" book at the Grove in Los Angeles last night.
Sep 13 2013

Here's jewellery designer, Genevieve Jones and her friends dressed as KISS in the latest Glamour magazine!
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