Buena Park gets rock star treatment from members of KISS



BUENA PARK – With Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons from the band KISS wielding shovels resembling guitars, ground was broken Monday for a rock ‘n’ roll-themed restaurant.

In six months, Rock & Brews, a national chain serving American comfort food and craft beers, is expected to open, featuring rock ‘n’ roll art, a concert-quality sound system and television monitors playing historical concerts. The Beach Boulevard site is about a quarter-mile north of Knott’s Berry Farm, in the heart of Buena Park’s entertainment district.

The restaurant will be the chain’s ninth in the United State and fourth in California, and will welcome children and dogs, feature an outdoor patio and have the chain’s first beach volleyball court.

“Rock & Brews is a rock-inspired, family friendly rock and roll atmosphere,” said Stanley, who serves a consultant and spokesman for

the chain along with Simmons. “This is going to be Rock & Brews’ biggest and best restaurant yet.”


Gene Simmons on why KISS loves St. Louis

Love them or hate them, for more than 40 years it's been impossible to ignore the rock band KISS. And, like it or not, you should know that Gene Simmons and the rest of KISS truly love St. Louis.

"Oh absolutely," Simmons told KSDK's Pat McGonigle this week.

Simmons is promoting a new satirical biography titled, "Gene Simmons is a Powerful and Attractive Man & Other Irrefutable Facts".

"Listen, in 1974 nobody knew who we were," Simmons explained. "And the first time we played St. Louis it was in a big open field (Forest Park) and nobody had any clue who we were. But we had this message to take to people that boring rock and roll didn't belong on the stage. Love us or hate us, we will not bore you.

The 1974 "Kite Fly" concert in Forest Park, featuring KISS, is a chapter in St. Louis rock and roll lore that Mark Klose from The Dave Glover Show on 97.1 will never forget.

At that time Klose worked for KSHE-95, the organizer of the "Kite Fly" concert.



On this day in KISStory - April 1, 2005, KISS closed the Rockin' The Corps concert held at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in San Diego. The free concert was organized as a thank you for the Marines who have served in Iraq and their families stationed at the base.The event was attended by approximately 55,000 active duty military personnel and their families and broadcast by the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network to servicemen, servicewomen and civilians at bases world-wide.


KISS To Receive ASCAP Founders Award

March 31, 2015: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will present rock heavyweights KISS with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at its 32nd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 29 in Hollywood. The exclusive, invitation-only gala takes place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.The ASCAP Founders Award goes to ASCAP’s pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients include  Sir Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Patti Smith, Steely Dan, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Steven Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

KISS is one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, selling over 100 million albums worldwide in their 40-year career. Formed in the early 1970s, KISS has achieved staggering career milestones, boasting decades of record-breaking tours around the globe.  Today, the KISS “brand” has infiltrated pop culture with its unforgettable personas Starchild, Demon, Spaceman and Cat.  With hits like “Strutter,” “Shout it Out Loud,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Christine Sixteen,” “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and “Beth,” KISS has 28 gold albums, the most of any American rock band, and in 2014 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As the band continues their 40th Anniversary World Tour with 2015 tours in Japan, South America and Australia — founding band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons also celebrate 40 years as members of ASCAP.

The 32nd ASCAP Pop Music Awards precede the 10th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, the only national conference dedicated to the craft and business of songwriting and composing. The EXPO takes place April 30th – May 2nd, 2015 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Many of the biggest names in music have shared their wisdom and music at the EXPO, including Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora, Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham interviewed by Sara Bareilles, Dr. Luke, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, Katy Perry, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, Justin Timberlake in conversation with Bill Withers and Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart). For more details, visit www.ascap.com/expo.



On this day in KISSTORY - March 30, 2012, KISS rocked over 35,000 fans at Woldenberg Park in New Orleans during the AT&T NCAA Final Four Block Party!

Here's KISS performing "Rock and Roll All Nite" like you've never seen it before... from a rooftop! And, in true KISS fashion, the band blew up the city's skyline at the end of the show.


The KISS Kruise V “1975’s Alive!” To Set Sail Halloween 2015

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees set to perform groundbreaking album “Alive!” in its entirety on fifth annual sailing of The KISS Kruise.

Rock and roll juggernauts KISS are joining forces once again with Sixthman, the industry leader of festivals at sea,  to bring you The KISS Kruise V: 1975’s Alive! The sold out Kruise will set sail on October 30th and return November 3th with kruisers traveling from Miami, FL to Ochos Rios, Jamaica aboard Norwegian Pearl.
1975 was such a pivotal and trailblazing year in “KISStory”, it’s only fitting that guests sailing on The KISS Kruise V can expect to find themselves immersed in the golden age of the rock legends’ rise to prominence. The band is set to play their first gold wining record, “Alive!”, released in 1975, to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the highly successful live album. Another treat for the mega KISS fans on board will be watching their rock heroes play the Alive set in vintage costumes from this revolutionary era.  
For decades, fans have come to expect KISS to start things off with a bang, and the fifth voyage of this long running event will be no different. For the first time in The KISS Kruise history, KISS will play their unmasked opening sail away show electric, and riddled with rarely preformed deep cuts. Guests were each asked to submit the top three songs they’d love KISS to play during the Kruise, making the event just as guest interactive at its always been. Kruisers can also look forward to not only live performances, but also engaging activities with each of the KISS members, entertaining theme nights, and various keepsakes to remember the event, including a photo taken with the band on board.
Norwegian Pearl will travel to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, which offers a plethora of activities for travelers of all walks. Guests can stroll along the beach, take a hike through one of the many nature trails, enjoy a variety of local cuisine, shopping, and several other eclectic experiences. A destination of her own, Norwegian Pearl offers guests access to 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, and spa treatments that will soothe the most hardened minds and bodies. Guests aren’t limited to just live music as more activities can be found throughout the ship. Play a game of soccer or basketball on the sport court, bowl a few frames at the onboard lanes, or try your luck with a few hands at The Pearl Club Casino.
Forthcoming announcements are scheduled to follow with more shows, contest additions, activity details, and special guest artists to round out this rockin’ event!




KISS brings their massive 40th Anniversary Tour to S. America in less than two weeks! The band opens the S. American leg of the tour on April 10th in Bogota, Colombia.
KISS S. American Tour dates:
April 10 - Estatio El Campin - Bogota, Colombia
April 12 - Bicentenario Park - Quito, Ecuador
April 14 - Moviestar Arena - Santiago, Chile
April 16 - Velez Stadium - Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 18 - Parque Central De Montevideo - Montevideo, Uruguay
April 20 - Devassa on Stage - Florianapolis, Brazil
April 21 - Pedreira - Curitiba, Brazil
April 23 - Mineirinho - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
April 24 - Estacionamento Do Estadio Nacional - Brasilia, Brazil
April 26 - Monsters of Rock - Sao Paulo, Brazil
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