News - 2014 : April

Apr 05 2014
Co-founder says that although he and Gene Simmons were named, along with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, newer members deserved admission too

BY MARIANNE GARVEY, BRIAN NIEMIETZ AND LACHLAN CARTWRIGHT

After 41 years of rock ’n’ rolling all night and partying every day, pioneering New Yorkers Kiss are riding high — and telling the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation to Kiss their ass.

The face-painting metal pioneers are enjoying a recent wave of popularity. They’re poster boys for designer John Varvatos’ new campaign, and singer Paul Stanley has cooked up a new book of recipes. And oh yeah, the four original members are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Thursday.

But in true Kiss fashion, the band won’t be playing at the hall’s Thursday Barclays Center induction ceremony because it’s not happening on their own terms.

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doesn’t like us,” Kiss co-founder Stanley told The News. “It’s not a coincidence that it took us 14 years to get in while some rap artists have been there quite a while.”
Apr 04 2014
FIREWORKS, FRIVOLITY & FOOTBALL: LA
BY DAVID MONTERO

If this story were to be brought to you by the LA Kiss, IT WOULD BE IN ALL CAPS. WITH EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!! PROBABLY IN BOLD!!!! And the paper would burst into flames as you read it.

The LA Kiss will stage its home opener against the Portland Thunder Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The team, co-owned by Kiss founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, plans a melding of a theatrical rock concert with football, all while doing what guitarist Nigel Tufnel suggested in “This is Spinal Tap” – cranking it up to 11.

LA Kiss President Schuyler Hoversten said the spectacle will be such that fans won’t have a chance to breathe. And some of the concepts are edgy enough that the team is still planning dry runs before attempting them at game time.

One such idea: During introductions, have four of the LA Kiss players descend in a pod from the ceiling to the field.

But with narrow catwalks in the upper rafters of Honda Center, the players might have to put themselves in position to descend from the roof, an idea Hoversten said has been met with some resistance. Among those who don’t want to descend is defense star Beau Bell, who noted not long after it was proposed that he is afraid of heights. The roof is more than 100 feet from the floor.

“We’re hoping for the best,” Hoversten said. “But it may seem crazy – as if you’re walking the plank on a pirate ship.”

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!!

The LA Kiss’ blitzkrieg of sight and sound will include shooting flames, fireworks, steel cages filled with dancing go-go girls and BMX riders performing stunts during time-outs and any other nanosecond of down time.

But Harlan Hendrickson, the team’s executive producer of entertainment, is hoping there won’t be any downtime for spectators at the game. (Did we mention there will be an Arena League Football game played between the LA Kiss (1-1) and the Thunder (0-2) at 6:30 p.m.?)

“We don’t want people to blink,” Hendrickson said. “If you have to go to the bathroom, you’re pretty much screwed.”

The LA Kiss also plans to roll out signs from past shows of Kiss, the band, to set the stage for a halftime concert by Steel Panther – a heavy metal band whose latest album, “All You Can Eat,” features 12 tracks, all of which are labeled as “explicit.”

Hendrickson said a rap group will perform, too, and “if there’s a dude who can flip on a unicycle, let’s throw him out there, too.”

Now, hurry up and pour some water on this before you burn your hand.
Apr 04 2014
VIDEO: "TAKE ME" FROM SAN MANUEL SHOW
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Apr 04 2014
by Vanessa Franko

Before Kiss took the stage for tonight’s acoustic show at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley took a minute to answer a couple of questions in front of a Kiss video slot machine.

The band is going to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week and will then kick off its 40th anniversary tour.

“It’s only important to us because it’s important to the fans,” Simmons said, talking about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors.
Apr 04 2014
Excerpted from a story by Vanessa Franko

For a band too often dismissed as a novelty act, the Kiss: An Acoustic Evening concert at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland on Thursday night was a rarity appreciated by die-hard fans.

Even from the stage, singer and guitarist Paul Stanley mused repeatedly that he didn’t know if the band would ever do a show like it again.

The first time the band went acoustic was for MTV Unplugged nearly 20 years ago. In the time since, the band has brought out the acoustic instruments for the rare special events such as the annual Kiss Kruise.

Making the night even more of a novelty were the cameras following the band around for a reality show about the LA Kiss arena football team, which is owned in part by Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons. The band’s first home game at the Honda Center in Anaheim is Saturday, April 5.
Apr 04 2014
CASINO TABLE FELT
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Check out the great KISS table felt spotted at San Manuel Casino last night.

Thanks to Ron Buckley for the photo!
Apr 04 2014
PAUL STANLEY TALKS LA TO GOOD DAY LA
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Apr 04 2014
PHOTO: ERIC SINGER'S DRUM KIT AT SAN MANUEL
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Apr 04 2014
CAPPUCINO!
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Apr 04 2014
LA OPENING NIGHT COLLECTORS' ITEMS
LA KISS is pleased to announce two limited edition collectors’ items on Opening Night this Saturday! The first 10,000 fans will receive a commemorative guitar pick and rally towel. Tickets available here - http://www.ticketmaster.com/LA-Kiss-tickets/artist/1938763
Apr 03 2014
NEW PHOTO BOMB APP
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Apr 03 2014
VOTED #1 LIVE ACT OF 2013 IN BURRN! READERS' POLL
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
JAPAN LOVES KISS!

In the April Edition of the 2013 Readers' Poll of the Japanese Burrn Magazine, KISS scored Number One in the live performance section beating out Metallica at Number 2!

Best,
Keith Terrrier
Apr 03 2014
AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH TONIGHT!
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Celebrating the Kickoff of LA KISS Football

To celebrate the launch of the LA KISS, the newest expansion team in the Arena Football League and co-owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, KISS will be performing an acoustic set tonight, April 3rd, 2014 at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.

This once-in-a-lifetime fan experience will feature limited seating for a truly intimate experience with one of the greatest acts in rock & roll history.
Apr 03 2014
SIGHTING: JEEP IN TEXAS
KISS FAN FACEBOOK LETTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Spotted in a parking lot in Tyler, Texas!

John Montgomery
Apr 03 2014
CELEBRATES 40TH WITH CROWDSOURCING CAMPAIGN
Gene Simmons is looking for help celebrating the 40th anniversary of Kiss.

The rocker announced Wednesday night that Kiss is launching a campaign on Tongal -- a company that pairs creatives and brands to crowdsource the pitch-and-development process -- asking content creators and fans to submit their best ideas for "how Kiss should celebrate their 40th anniversary in the most epic way possible."

Typically, Tongal's brand campaigns involve ideation and pitch processes before moving on to an execution stage where a commercial or campaign is produced. Past projects have included a Star Wars-inspired commercial for Pringles and a Speed Stick ad that aired during the 2013 Super Bowl.

But the Kiss project is part of a new service called Left Field, which allows brands to reach out to creators and fans through a 140-character social media call-to-action to help brainstorm ideas.

"We've always been about the fans," Simmons tells THR. "Tongal allows our fans to throw out ideas, and you know you're going to make something authentic."

He adds that the crowdsourcing process at Tongal is not that different from the collaboration within a band. "One person doesn't play every instrument. You contribute where you're skilled."

Simmons announced the campaign as part of his appearance at Tongal's inaugural award show the Tongies, which was held April 2 at the El Rey Theatre. He handed out the award for best Best Original Song used in a campaign. Other awards included Best Broadcast Spot, Best Comedy, Best Idea and Video of the Year.

Creatives who participate in Tongal's projects get paid if they submit winning ideas. This year, Tongal expects to pay more than $15 million to its community.

Tongal co-founder and president James DeJulio says the Kiss campaign represents an opportunity for brands to use the platform to engage fans.

"Like any great brand, Kiss' fans have supported them and been a part of their lives forever," he adds. "This campaign creates another deep connection with the band."
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