US rockers KISS donate guitar to children's hospital after Manchester Arena attack

They had to cancel their gig and were so shocked they decided to help the city

By / Manchestereveningnews.co.uk

US rockers Kiss have donated a guitar to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for those injured in the Arena bomb.

The bombing forced the band to cancel its own Manchester Arena gig scheduled the week after the outrage as the venue remained a devastated crime scene.

The attack left 22 dead and dozens of others, many of them children, seriously injured.

Singer and guitarist Paul Stanley was determined to do something for the city so donated his unused Ibanez PS120 guitar, which he had planned to play at the concert, to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where many of the injured were treated.



On this day in KISSTORY - July 22, 2003 - KISS released their KISS Symphony: Alive IV album, a live album featuring the band performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. All tracks were recorded at Etihad Stadium (formerly known as Telstra Dome) in Melbourne, Australia, on February 28, 2003. 10,000 limited numbered copies were released on vinyl in the US.

Seneca Casino lays down bet on KISS show with line of poker chips

by Richard Hutton / Niagara This Week - Niagara Falls

Discs will feature individual members, group shot

When Paul Stanley sang, “I’ll be your gambler baby, lay down your bet” in 1977’s Love Gun, maybe this is what he had in mind.

Known for attaching their name to many products including action figures, lunch boxes and even condoms and caskets, the band’s likeness can even be found on poker chips, thanks to the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.

The casino has launched a line of specially designed chip is anticipation of the iconic band’s outdoor show there later this summer. There are five chips in total, one for each individual member of the band plus one featuring the entire group.

The first in the series, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer (The Spaceman) goes on sale today at 3 p.m.


Pre Order KISS: 1977-1980 Hardcover Photo Book

KISS: 1977-1980 Hardcover – October 10, 2017
by Lynn Goldsmith (Author), Gene Simmons (Contributor), Paul Stanley (Contributor)

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Chances are you've seen numerous iconic pictures by award-winning photographer Lynn Goldsmith, who has photographed every important rock musician and band of the late twentieth century: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Police, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, Bob Dylan, and Patti Smith, among many others. Published in conjunction with the band, KISS: 1977 - 1980 is the definitive photographic chronicle of KISS at the height of their popularity, showcasing the band on and off stage, in the photo studio, and in unguarded candid moments. From her archive, Goldsmith has compiled fan favorites as well as many never-before-seen photographs, all which perfectly capture the enduring phenomenon that is KISS.



On this day in KISSTORY - July 20, 2012 - KISS kicked off 'The Tour' with Motley Crue in front of over 20,000 fans at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia.

Set List:

Detroit Rock City / Shout It Out Loud / I Love It Loud / Love Gun / Firehouse / War Machine / Shock Me / Hell or Hallelujah / God Of Thunder / Lick It Up / Black Diamond / Rock And Roll All Nite

Here's "Detroit Rock City" from the show:



On this day in KISSTORY - July 20, 2007, Mayor Bosbous proclaimed KISS Appreciation Day in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan! The band was given the keys to the city for their contribution to the music industry, commitment to their craft and undying devotion to their fans.

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley to open rock 'n' roll-themed restaurants in Chicagoland

In the Photo: KISS bassist Gene Simmons, right and Michael “Sully” Sullivan, president and CEO of Rock & Brews, pose for a photo at the Ritz-Carlton on July 13, 2017. Simmons and bandmate Paul Stanley are bringing their Rock & Brews restaurant concept to the Chicago area. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune)

By  / Chicago Tribune

Who likes to breathe fire, wear makeup and platform shoes, and open restaurants in the Chicago area?

These guys, of course: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, also known as Demon and Starchild.

Simmons and Stanley, bassist and guitarist, respectively, for 1970s rock band Kiss, plan on bringing their Rock & Brews casual dining chain to Chicagoland in a big way by opening 10 to 15 locations, as well as a corporate office, over the next five to seven years. The first Chicago area restaurant is scheduled to open next year, though the exact location is still being negotiated, the company said.

Such a large expansion in the Chicago market for a chain with no existing presence here is a bold gambit considering the hypercompetitive restaurant industry and recent declines in casual dining. But then again, Simmons is known for spitting blood onstage while shredding bass solos.

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