05/04/2015

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1990

On this day in KISSTORY - May 4, 1990, KISS opened their Hot In The Shade Tour in Lubbock, Texas. KISS performed over 130 shows on the Tour, their last with Eric Carr.

Here's a clip of "Shout It Out Loud" from the Detroit stop on the Hot In The Show Tour.

05/03/2015

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 2002

On this day in KISSTORY - May 3, 2002, KISS joined Dick Clark on ABC TV to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of American Bandstand.

05/02/2015

Tommy Thayer: The Epiphone Interview

Rock and Roll Dreams and the New White Lightning Les Paul

Tommy Thayer grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and like most kids, he quickly fell in love with rock and roll ("I went and saw literally every rock band that came to town"). But unlike most of us, Tommy grew up to join KISS and travel the world playing guitar. Tommy has been part of the Epiphone family since 2013 when he released his first signature instrument, the Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer "Spaceman" Les Paul. As we expected, the "Spaceman" quickly sold out. So, the arrival of Tommy's second signature Les Paul, the Ltd. Ed. "White Lightning," is certainly cause for celebration here at the House of Stathopoulo. "After many months of planning, I've come up with the ultimate Les Paul that is the true signature guitar for me," said Thayer on his website, "I've been blessed to have the opportunity to play this guitar on the biggest stages and largest venues in the world."

Epiphone caught up with Tommy on the eve of his new guitar and new tour with KISS who this year celebrated the 40th anniversary of their debut album.

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Since we last spoke with you, KISS was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Congratulations!

Thanks. I think it's something that everyone in the KISS family is proud of. I know I am.

05/02/2015

How I get ready: Gene Simmons

‘Getting ready to be on stage with KISS takes two hours. There’s a knack to doing my face’

I have always been delusional about my looks. I look in the mirror and think: OK, you’re 6ft 2in and 235lb, and you’re not the worst or the best-looking guy in the world, but you can walk into any room and steal anybody’s wife or girlfriend. Confidence is enormously appealing and very disarming. “Hello,” I say, looking into a woman’s eyes, “I find you devastatingly attractive.”

My closet has lots of leather pants, snakeskin boots, the usual sort of thing. I have more conservative outfits for when I am doing business on Wall Street, when I have to push down my bouffy hair a little. I use lots of hairspray, making my hair rock hard. I started to go grey in my 20s and have coloured it ever since. I have destroyed the follicles, I’m sure, but at least it’s still all there.

Getting ready to be on stage with Kiss takes two hours. There’s a knack to doing the face – first I paint it white using Stein’s Clown White, then I take a pencil and draw the bat outline, freehand. After erasing the white within the bat design, I fill it with Stein’s Clown Black.

It takes me about 30 minutes to get it all off afterwards: you have to steam the face with really hot water, so the pores open up. I use Pond's cream cleanser.

When it comes to confidence on a night out, if it doesn’t come naturally, bluff. Say there are two women at a party. One is much more attractive, but the so-so looking one has a twinkle in her eye. That’s the one he’s going to go for. But ladies, make it a little easier for the guy if you’re interested. That first hello is enormously welcoming.

KISS headline the Download Festival on 14 June.

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