News - 2013 : October

Oct 03 2013
GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS ON AXS TV TONIGHT!
AXS TV
Gene Simmons Family Jewels moves to AXS TV tonight at 8p ET/5p PT.

Oct 03 2013
PHOTOS: MAKING MONSTERS " ROCKS THE BEAST"
Making Monsters: KISS Rocks the Beast Pictures

Distortions replaces the old animatronic band at KISS Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas for the company’s 1-year anniversary.

KISS by Monster Mini Golf episode with Eric Singer shot at our first anniversary for the Travel Channel's "Making Monsters" Episode airs Sunday 8pm Eastern/ 7pm Central titled ...."KISS Rocks the Beast"

"Making Monsters" KISS Photo Gallery
Oct 03 2013
The KISS by Monster Mini Golf episode with Eric Singer, shot at our first anniversary for the Travel Channel's "Making Monsters," airs Sunday 8pm Eastern/ 7pm Central titled ...."KISS Rocks the Beast"

The Band is Ready to Rock

Ed's team installs the new KISS armatures at Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas.



Out With the Old

Ed and the Distortions team replace the old KISS robots from Monster Mini Golf.



A Real Heavy Metal Band

Ed checks in on Mike to see how the KISS armatures are coming along.



Oct 03 2013
JAPAN BILLBOARD ART PROOF
KISSONLINE.com
Here's the actual printing art proof that was used to make this KISS Japan Tour Billboard.
Oct 03 2013
PHOTO: PAUL AND GENE APPROVING MERCHANDISE
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Here's Paul and Gene checking out the latest KISS ARMY Japan Fan Club merchandise.
Oct 02 2013
LA IN LA TIMES TODAY
KISSONLINE
Here's the LA KISS feature story in today's Los Angeles Times.


Oct 02 2013
KISS's aim were to be the Attila the Hun of music.

They were unified, they had a battle plan and they were going to conquer the world.

A new book about the legendary rock band outlines their attack.

Through more than 200 hundred interviews, the book, Nothin' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975), by music journalist Ken Sharp with band members Gene Simmons and lead singer Paul Stanley, chronicles KISS's formative years.

It details how Simmons and Stanley originally didn't get along when they first met in New York, has images of those early black and white greasepaint designs and culminates with the success of their 1975 album Alive! and single Rock and Roll All Nite.

For the KISS Army - the official fan club - Stanley says Nothin' to Lose is a rich account of the dedication and commitment he, bassist Simmons, lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss had toward succeeding at all costs.

"It was music's answer to Attila the Hun," he says.

"We were going to conquer and we were going to do it by being unified.

"Although we may have been very different people, everybody was focused on the battleplan."
Oct 02 2013
PHOTO: NEXT GENERATION FAN!
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Here's an awesome photo of a young KISS fan at Saturday's NJ KISS Fan Expo.
Oct 02 2013
THE CONVERSATION: GENE SIMMONS
Rock legend Gene Simmons is fed up with what he calls "the biggest crime in Los Angeles: the fact that LA doesn't have professional football." He's out to change that with the LA Kiss of the Arena Football League. Simmons sat down with Fred Roggin for an entertaining interview about his new football team and his legendary rock band, KISS. Originally aired on Going Roggin, September 29, 2013.


Oct 01 2013
TOMMY THAYER TOKYO MEET & GREET
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Tommy Thayer will be at J-Pop cafe in TOKYO Shibuya on Tues. Oct 22 at 5:30pm for Ishibashi Music & Epiphone sponsored meet/greet.
Oct 01 2013
With LA KISS, football doesn't have to end with the Super Bowl

Arena Football League team starts its inaugural season in March at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

By Chris Erskine

October 1, 2013, 4:29 p.m.

Say hello to Gene Simmons' new baby. It's a healthy and screaming baby oy. That's right, as in "Oy, what will they dream up next?"

The rock legend's new pride and joy is an arena football team called LA KISS, which starts its inaugural season in March.

Yep, just when you typically sink into PFD (Post-Football Depression), there will be yet more football. But is it good football? Does it have the resonance, the passion, the bada-bing-bada-boom of the conventional game?

Visionaries like you and me scoff at such thinking. Of course, visionaries always seem a little nuts.

Appreciate for a moment that a sport born and nurtured in America's steel towns now has a team called the KISS, sponsored by rock legends famous as much for their makeup as their music.

Dull, backward-thinking traditionalists see the Arena Football League as a tacky offshoot of real football. I see real football as a brutal, bloated, family-hostile sport in need of some healthy competition. Every business needs that, even raging successes like the NFL.

And if you prefer monopolies, look what an outstanding job the NCAA does. Can't wait till someone proposes an alternative to that, with a real playoff system and trust funds for players.

Till then, I say bring on the Arena Football League. Season seats sell for $99 for a package of 10 games, in the lower bowl of the Honda Center. Which, of course, technically means they are the Los Angeles KISS of Anaheim — sound familiar?

"Our best seats are like putting folding chairs on the hash marks," brags co-owner Brett Bouchy.
Oct 01 2013
ROCK & BREWS CONCERT BAR & GRILL OPEN AT LAX
Rock & Brews Concert Bar and Grill is the latest restaurant to open in Terminal 5 (Delta) featuring American cuisine for your dining pleasure. Enjoy a burger, sandwich, salad or cocktails while watching and listening to rock videos before your flight and take home a souvenir at this new entertainment concept co-owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS!
Oct 01 2013
SLOT MACHINES AND BEER & WINE IN VEGAS
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Thanks to Joe Steinbach for sharing these photos from Las Vegas. Joe enjoyed playing the KISS Slots! He also spotted the KISS Beer & Wine at the The National Beer Wholesalers Association's 76th Annual Convention and Trade Show.
Oct 01 2013
ACE & PETER REFUSED TO TAKE PART IN NEW MOVIE
KISS documentary latest: “Ace and Peter refused to take part…”

Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have snubbed Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons by refusing to appear in the official KISS movie, You Wanted The Best You Got The Best, which has just entered production.

The erstwhile guitarist and drummer, co-founders of the veteran US band but ex-members since 2002 and 2004 respectively, have declined to be interviewed for the project, which is being directed by Alan G Parker, who among other movies was responsible for last year’s acclaimed Hello Quo!

“Gene and Paul were shocked at first, but now they don’t seem to be,” comments Parker. “There’s been so much bitchiness down the years, and so much said about and done to Ace and Peter that they interpreted the request to be in the movie as a favour to Gene and Paul. Because of that they won’t go anywhere near it. The negotiations were interesting to say the least.”

It was Tommy Thayer who saved the day. As the producer and editor of several past KISS projects before officially joining the band, having recalled that a KISS documentary was filmed and shelved a dozen years ago, the ex-Black N’ Blue guitarist presented Parker with several hours of chat with the Spaceman and The Catman. In addition to the current line-up of KISS (completed by drummer Eric Singer), former guitarists Bruce and Bob Kulick have both participated and there were positive meetings with the family of Eric Carr, the group’s drummer who died of heart cancer in 1991. With five more interviews to be shot, Parker hopes to show the finished film to the band in February or March, followed by a spot at the Cannes Film Festival in May and a worldwide opening in the autumn of 2014.

Gene Simmons, who visited the Classic Rock office this morning (Monday 30th September), having sung the American National Anthem at Wembley Stadium before last night’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers, says that KISS are allowing Parker complete artistic freedom.

“The results won’t be sugar-coated,” insists the bassist, who expects to tour the UK with KISS in the early part of 2014. “Alan has one hundred per cent freedom to present us the way he sees fit, and if that makes us look like capitalist pigs then so be it. It’s exactly what I am – I will charge you for everything I do.”
Oct 01 2013
PHOTOS: TOMMY AND HIS FANS AT NJ EXPO
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Here are a few more photos of Tommy Thayer greeting fans at the NJ KISS Expo last weekend. Tommy spent over eight hours signing autographs and taking photos for over 1500 fans!


Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
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