06/30/2016

PAUL STANLEY TALKS FREEDOM TO TALK WITH Phoenix New Times

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If you want the best rock 'n' roll concert in Arizona this summer, you'll have to travel south. Rock legends Kiss kick off their 'Freedom To Rock" tour at AVA Amphitheater in Tucson on the same day we celebrate America's independence. Nothing says Fourth of July like a Kiss, right? Lame puns aside, the band has been very supportive of Wounded Warrior Project over the years, and has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the charity, which is surely in the spirit of the holiday. We recently caught up with guitarist Paul Stanley and discussed tour preparation, giving the photographers what they want, reconnecting with original lead guitarist Ace Frehley, and one of the best YouTube videos to ever exist.

New Times: You're starting your summer tour in Tucson on the Fourth of July; how do you prepare for a tour these days?
Paul Stanley: The same way I prepare for every week. You go and make sure you're in the best shape you can be. Once you suit up, you've got a lot more on the line. I not only have to be great, but I have to exceed people's memories of what Kiss is and what they remember. For me, it's not about competing against other bands; it's about competing with the legacy and the history of this band. To do that is something that is a part of my DNA. I'm not a fanatic, but I'm certainly working out every week regardless of a tour. But maybe I put the pedal down a little harder before a tour starts.

06/30/2016

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1977

On this day in KISSTORY - June 30, 1977, ‪‎KISS‬ released their sixth studio album "Love Gun." The album shipped platinum!

Track listing

1. "I Stole Your Love" 2. "Christine Sixteen" 3. "Got Love for Sale" 4. "Shock Me" 5. "Tomorrow and Tonight" 6. "Love Gun" 7. "Hooligan" 8. "Almost Human" 9. "Plaster Caster" 10. "Then She Kissed Me"

06/30/2016

KISS PARTNER WITH HIRING OUR HEROES AND VET TIX TO SUPPORT MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE FORCES

KISS To Honor Hometown Military Heroes During 2016 “Freedom to Rock” Tour

Tour Will Kick Off With An Explosive Bang on July 4 at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ

America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time in all categories KISS have partnered with Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) and Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) to salute members of the National Guard and military Reserve forces in over 30 U.S. cities during their 2016 ‘KISS: Freedom to Rock’ tour.

KISS will hire a currently serving member of the National Guard or Reserve force to be a “Roadie for the Day” for each of the 32 U.S. concerts. In addition, KISS will donate a limited number of tickets to veterans in each community and distribute those tickets through VetTix.org. Veterans and their family members will also have the chance to purchase discounted tickets through Vet Tix. Military discounts will also be available at venue box offices with proof of a valid military ID in select markets around the country. Please note this offer is not available in all cities.

The U.S “KISS: Freedom to Rock” tour stops are all home to a large number of Army and Air National Guard or Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Reserve members. Since September 2001, hundreds of thousands of Guards and Reserve members have been recalled to active duty, and many have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 900 of these brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice.

KISS’ founder Paul Stanley said “KISS is celebrating our “Freedom To Rock” tour this summer; the same freedom that’s been upheld by our veterans and active duty service members”

06/29/2016

KISS Meet & Greets - the Ultimate KISS experience!

Here's your chance to have the ultimate KISS experience on the Freedom To Rock Tour! Enjoy a KISS Meet & Greet package that includes exclusive access to KISS' preshow acoustic show! Don't miss out!

    - One premium reserved seat ticket located in rows 1-5
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    - Autograph session with KISS -2 items per person, no instruments
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06/28/2016

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1996

KISS LAUNCHED REUNION TOUR AT DETROIT'S TIGER STADIUM

On this day in KISStory - June 28, 1996, the KISS Alive Worldwide Reunion tour kicked off at Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI, before a sellout crowd of over 43,000! The mammoth 13-month tour included 200 shows in 26 countries, playing to over two million people and set a record for the top-grossing tour of the year.

The Tour was the first tour of all four original members - Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, since the Dynasty Tour in 1979.

Set List for the Tour:

Deuce / King Of The Night Time World / Do You Love Me / Calling Dr Love / Cold Gin / Christine Sixteen / Love Gun / Shout It Out Loud / Watchin' You / Firehouse / 2,000 Man / Strutter / Shock Me / Rock Bottom / God Of Thunder / New York Groove / Let Me Go, Rock And Roll / Rock And Roll All Nite / Beth / Detroit Rock City / Black Diamond

KISS also performed the following songs at various shows on the Tour:

100,000 Years/ C'mon And Love Me / I Stole Your Love / Take Me / I Was Made For Lovin' You / Shandi / Watchin' You

 

06/28/2016

REMEMBERING OUR FRIEND BILL AUCOIN

LEGENDARY KISS MANAGER BILL AUCOIN 1943-2010

Please take a moment today to remember our dear friend Bill Aucoin, who passed away six years ago after losing his battle with prostate cancer.

06/26/2016

CLASSIC ROCK REVISITED'S ERIC SINGER INTERVIEW

By Jeb Wright / www.classicrockrevisited.com

Eric Singer is the long-time current drummer for the band Kiss.  He got the gig after being chosen to play drums for Paul Stanley’s solo band in 1991. 

When then Kiss drummer Eric Carr came down with a terminal illness, Singer was brought in as his replacement.  Singer later exited Kiss on 1996 when the band brought back original Kiss drummer Peter Criss for the Alive / Worldwide tour. 

Singer moved on and played several years with Alice Cooper’s band.  When Criss was asked to leave Kiss, Singer came back… but he was asked to wear the famous Cat makeup in 2001.

In the interview that follows Singer discusses making the choice to wear that makeup, as well as the upcoming Kiss tour and their new movie Kiss Rocks Las Vegas. 

Singer likes to talk.  He has a lot to say.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Singer tells it like it is.  He shares early memories of being a Kiss fan, discusses rock ‘n’ roll and even says why neither Nikki Sixx, Gene Simmons nor Paul Stanley’s opinions on Twitter matter much to him. (If you’ve seen him play, his drums do most of the talking.)

This is a real chat with a real rock star… who just happens to have remained a regular guy. 

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