News - 2014 : April

Apr 16 2014
Thank You KISS Army!

The number of fans following KISS' Facebook page surpassed the 12 MILLION mark yesterday! Thank you KISS Army!

If you're not a fan of KISS on Facebook yet, head over to KISS' official Facebook page to "Like" us.
Apr 16 2014
KISS Tribute band MR.SPEED will be performing "live" on national television at the world famous Whisky a Go Go on The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8 PM(PT) / 11PM(ET). Tune-in to Directv 340, Dish 167, UVerse 1106, Verizon 569…check local listings and for other provider channels.

AXS TV's hit series "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands" Season 3 finale will feature MR.SPEED in full 1977 KISS regalia. Hit after bombastic hit will explode from your TV like never before as MR.SPEED straps you in on a roller coaster ride through Kisstory.

Over their 20 year career MR.SPEED have performed with various members of KISS past and present such as Ace Frehley, Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick. Collectively the members of MR.SPEED have seen KISS in concert no less than 125 times.
Apr 15 2014
Paul Stanley talked about his book "Face the Music" with Dennis Miller.

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview.

Apr 15 2014
By Mark Lore

KISS has outlived most things its age (and probably more than a few cockroaches), as the rock and roll entity rolls into its 40th year. That means I’ve just entered my 36th year as a member of the KISS Army (does this make me a five-star general yet?). Of course, I’m not alone. KISS fans are as devoted (or gullible, depending on who you ask) as they come.

2014 is shaping up to be a big year for the most divisive band in the world. After 15 long years of eligibility, the four original members—Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley—are finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band is reissuing its entire catalog (complete with cardboard Love Guns and posters) on vinyl. And Stanley—the Starchild and the glue who has held things together all these years—finally penned an autobiography, making him the final of the four originals to do so.

While there are plenty of nuggets about KISS’s early daze, Stanley doesn’t belabor the sex, drugs and minutiae that most KISS fans probably know anyway (although there are points early in the book, where it feels like Stanley whizzes through rock and roll’s impact on him). Instead the Starchild digs deep into the human condition, starting with his upbringing, where his parents were going through the motions themselves and found little time for young Stanley Eisen, who was dealing with his own insecurities (he was born with only one ear, and to this day is deaf on one side).

Things get particularly interesting at the low points in KISS’s career, which force Stanley to explore his relationships—personal and intra-band—and discover what he’s truly lacking in his life. And the later years, once Stanley starts a family, deal with divorce and the beginning of a new chapter with his current wife, Erin Sutton, all while keeping the KISS machine afloat.

For Stanley and the devoted members of the KISS Army, the band’s longevity perhaps offers some validation for decades of being the underdogs. At this point KISS has been part of my life so long, it’s hard for me to even explain what it all means. All I know is, I finally got to talk to Paul-goddamn-Stanley who, ever the rock-and-roll politician, was forthcoming, articulate and funny.
Apr 15 2014
Apr 15 2014
Apr 14 2014
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with LA KISS on set today for AMC TV shoot.
Apr 14 2014
Story by Lindsay Lowe

Attention music-loving veterans! Two of the world’s most legendary rock bands, KISS and Def Leppard, are looking for two veterans to be roadies on their 2014 summer tour.

“Symbolizing their commitment to veterans, both bands will each hire a warrior to join them on tour,” the bands said in the official job posting on “As a roadie, and a member of the production team, the candidate will be working, traveling and living with the crew on the buses. This includes sleeping in a bunk on a tour bus, showering at venues, traveling the country, and being a part of the team that originated the biggest and best rock show out there!”
Apr 14 2014
Win a KISS Signature Series t-shirt autographed by Paul Stanley from Hard Rock now!

We are excited to team up with KISS to giveaway a couple Paul Stanley (KISS) signed Signature Series t-shirts. Send us a photo of you rocking your KISS Signature Series t-shirt before 4/15 and we award our favorite winners with the signed t-shirt.

CLICK HERE to post your photo to our Facebook wall to be entered.

Don’t have your KISS Signature Series t-shirt yet?

You can still get yours online in time to receive it and post your photo before 4/15 -
Apr 14 2014
Add some Rock ‘n Roll to your wardrobe when you take home this pair of Starchild boots that were signed KISS!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's newest inductees, KISS, are one of the most influential rock-and-roll bands of all-time, they are one of America's top gold-record champions, and have sold over 100-million albums worldwide. With anthems such as "Rock and Roll All Nite" and "Detroit Rock City", they have inspired more kids to pick up the guitar than virtually any other band.

CLICK HERE to bid on the Starchild boots now

This auction will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need. We all have received so much out of music, it's time to give a little back!

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Apr 13 2014
Two of rock’s biggest bands are seeking two veterans to hit the road with them for a massive 42-city North American tour, joining forces to honor the U.S. military community. It'll be a summer of hard rock and hard work they'll never forget.

On Thursday, legendary rockers KISS and Def Leppard announced that they’re seeking to hire two veterans as roadies to work their 2014 Heroes Tour as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.'

KISS carried out a similar nationwide search for a veteran roadie last year, selecting Army vet and devout Kiss fan Paul Jordan out of 1,900 applications live on TODAY. Jordan went on to accompany the band to 44 cities, helping set up and break down their stage at each stop. Jordan later said that while it was hard work, he “loved every minute of it.” At the close of the tour, he said, “I know now that life exists after military service. You just have to find something you’re passionate about and go get it. There is a world of opportunity out there.”

"It is our privilege to draw attention to the obligation we all have to the brave men and women who volunteer to risk their own lives to protect the liberties and freedom that we all take for granted. We should all jump at any opportunity to provide any assistance needed by our warriors. Heroes deserve jobs!" said Paul Stanley, lead vocalist/guitarist of KISS.

“Having our own wounded warrior in Rick Allen, we’ve always had a close tie with the military,” said Joe Elliott, lead vocalist of Def Leppard. “To carry on and further our contribution by giving a little back, and hopefully helping fulfill a dream or two, we’re more than happy to show our support.”

Veterans who wish to apply for the positions can apply here. The deadline for all applications is Friday May 9th at 11:59 p.m.

Find out more about Hiring our Heroes, an initiative from NBC News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that aims to get veterans back into the workforce, here.

Learn more about Next Steps for Vets, dedicated to empowering veterans and military spouses with employment and education opportunities, here.
Apr 13 2014
Paul Stanley, has a memoir out called ‘Face the Music: A Life Exposed,’ and in it the flamboyant leader singer of KISS discusses a surprising disability.

He was born with a condition called microtia which prevents the ear from forming properly. Stanley was born with a stump and deaf on his right side. (He later had surgery to fashion an ear). This disability led to a childhood marked by severe bullying resulting in a general mistrust of people.

The 62-year-old rocker told Rob Shuter of VH-1's "The Gossip Table" that his parents made matters worse by practiced a form of tough love on him. They refused to acknowledge his disability, going so far as not to tell their son he was half-deaf.

“Perhaps it was not that unusual for that generation but you make someone stronger by giving them more love,” he explained to the site. “You make them stronger by being a channel for them to talk and to validate their feelings.”

The celestial daubed guitarist quickly realized that fame didn’t soothe his inner demons.

“What I found over the years was that what you deny and cover up doesn't cease to exist and even if you can hide something from the public, you can't hide it from yourself. Whether it's pain or a sense of inferiority, that will remain and that doesn't change until you come to grips with it, you get to the bottom of it and you resolve it.”

He’s hoping that his story of pain and ultimately finding serenity and happiness with his second wife will inspire readers and fans.

“Perhaps that was one of the paramount reasons for me to finally write the book,” he muses. “The idea that I can perhaps make someone else's life a little easier or put a little bit more light on things by telling people my journey. It's not a KISS book, it's a book about a person coming of age and coming to grips with their own inadequacies.”
Apr 13 2014
Matt Murray

Yesterday's attempt at setting the record for "longest selfie chain" fell just short (ugh, rules), but on Friday morning Carson enlisted the help of some special friends to get it done right.

Newest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees KISS joined Carson in the Orange Room for another try at the selfie chain, and they nailed it. Check out KISS and Carson's chain below.

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Apr 12 2014
"This night proves that the bullies and critics were mistaken," guitarist says

By Jason Newman

Tom Morello may be currently touring with new Hall of Fame inductees the E Street Band, but on Thursday night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the former Rage Against the Machine guitarist saluted the Kiss Army while inducting Kiss into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Given the dichotomy between Morello's left-leaning worldview and Gene Simmons' take-no-prisoners brand of capitalism, it was ostensibly an unlikely pairing. But Morello cast aside his political views to praise his "first guitar hero," Ace Frehley, though, perhaps because he couldn't help himself, he did manage to work in one "power to the people" plug.

"Tonight, we honor the fifth member of the band: the Kiss Army," he said of the band's loyal fanbase. "This night proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the bullies and critics were mistaken. Tonight this is the 'Rock and Roll all night, and Party Every Day' Hall of Fame."

As the guitarist told Rolling Stone before the ceremony, he first saw Kiss play when he was 12 and attended their shows religiously during his formative years. "I've known Gene and Paul for some time and I'm a huge fan of the band and have been an advocate — a noisy, fist-pounding advocate for years for Kiss to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," said Morello. "One of the all-time great bands is being rightly enshrined.

"When those records were released, focus was shifted because it was a band in makeup or because it was band with explosions," added Morello. "But those are great anthemic songs with badass riffs. There's a reason why Kiss sold 100 million records around the world. There was no one spitting blood in your living room when you were listening to them. I was rocking out hard to them."
Apr 12 2014
By Scott Stump TODAY contributor

Still fresh off their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday night, the members of KISS took time from rock and rolling all night and partying every day to speak to TODAY Friday about an honor 40 years in the making.

"It was really vindication because the fans have wanted this for so long,'' lead singer Paul Stanley told Matt Lauer, as the band joined TODAY on the plaza decked out in their costumes and iconic facepaint. "It may not have meant as much to us, but it meant a lot to them. We were very happy to be there. We have 40 years of legacy, and it's a proud time for us."

Stanley was joined by guitarists Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. The lead-up to the Hall of Fame induction was not without controversy, as original drummer Peter Criss and original guitarist Ace Frehley, who both split from the band in the early 1980s, traded shots at Simmons and Stanley in the media. While there was no reunion performance on Thursday, the members were courteous to one another in their acceptance speeches.

"Yesterday is yesterday,'' Simmons said. "We've never won a race looking over our shoulders in the past. Winners always look straightforward. There are no solutions, there's only we get to decide who and what KISS is. We love Ace and Peter, and they were very gracious yesterday in accepting the award to be part of the beginning, but we move on. This is a 40-year proud history, and Eric and Tommy make every day on that stage a wonderful, wonderful experience, not just for us. We like being together and bonding onstage, but it's an experience for the fans."

KISS announced their 42-city North American tour in honor of their 40th anniversary, where they will be joined by Def Leppard. They also are looking to hire two military veterans as roadies to work their 2014 Heroes Tour as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.
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