News - 2014 : May

May 19 2014
KISS is featured on the cover of the latest Goldmine Magazine.

Thanks to Ken Sharp for the image.
May 19 2014

Here's my daughter Monique outside the entrance to a John Varvatos store which is set to open soon at Bangkok's new Central Embassy luxury mall which opened last week.

Chris P
May 18 2014
Over 1000 fans attended yesterday's Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo to celebrate all things KISS! Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Bruce Kulick, and former KISS costume designer Maria Contessa held Q&A's and visit with fans throughout the day.

Photos by Steve Christensen for KISSONLINE.
May 18 2014
By Sarah Rodman

It should’ve felt like a triumph: Kiss finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Instead, says Paul Stanley, founding Kiss singer-guitarist, it felt, at times, like an insult.

“If it takes somebody 14 years to invite you to a party, they obviously don’t want you at it,” says Stanley, on the phone from his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., not long after the induction ceremony in Brooklyn last month. “We were treated absolutely horribly, as unwanted guests.”

Stanley had nothing but praise, however, for former Rage Against the Machine guitarist and current E Street Band touring member Tom Morello, who inducted Kiss with a fiery speech defending the band’s legacy. (The ceremony will air in edited form on HBO on May 31.)

“Tom was great and really championed this whole movement” of getting the madcap, makeup adorned, multiplatinum original quartet inducted, says Stanley.

Backstage at the Barclays Center that night Morello said of Kiss, “They were our generation’s Beatles, our generation’s Elvis, our generation’s Rolling Stones. They made everyone who loved that band want to pick up an instrument. Also, it was a conscious act of rebellion to be a fan of Kiss. You immediately put yourself not only in opposition to authority figures, to parents, but to other kids in your school who wanted to beat your ass when you wore a Kiss T-shirt to school. So you had to stand up for yourself and what you believed in at a very young age and that made an impression on me later in my career.”
May 18 2014

On this day in KISSTORY - May 18, 1993, KISS' Gold ALIVE III album was released. Their third live album featured a tougher sounding KISS, as Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer tore through sixteen KISS Classics, that focused mainly on material from the 80's and 90's . ALIVE III opens with a bang (literally) to the crunching "Creatures Of The Night" and slows down only briefly along the way for a beautiful version of "Forever". Performances on songs like "Duece", "Unholy", "Detroit Rock City" and "God Gave Rock And Roll To You", show just how tight and flexible this lineup was both vocally and musically! The album ends with a stellar version of the "Star Spangled Banner", featuring some tasty guitar work by Mr. Kulick, which should make any American KISS Fan proud!

Alive III was produced by Eddie Kramer and KISS and was recorded in November 1992 during KISS' REVENGE tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan, Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio and Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Track List:

Creatures Of The Night / Deuce / I Just Wanna / Unholy / Heaven's On Fire / Watchin' You / Domino / I Was Made For Lovin' You / I Still Love You / Rock 'n' Roll All Nite / Lick It Up / Forever / Take It Off / I Love It Loud / Detroit Rock City / God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You / Star Spangled Banner

Note: "Take It Off" only appeared on the Japanese and European versions as well as the US Vinyl release of ALIVE III
May 18 2014
On this day in KISSTORY - May 18th, 1993, KISS featuring Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick were inducted into Hollywood's famed RockWalk. At the ceremony in front of fans, friends and family, Paul, Gene and Bruce spoke to the crowd and then left impressions of their hand prints in a block of cement. After adding plates of the KISS logo and their signatures, the stone plaque was later added to RockWalk located at the site of the famed Oriental Theatre now Guitar Center Hollywood. Eric Carr was posthumously inducted into the Rock Walk in 1995 and added to the KISS plaque.

Visit RockWalk's website at and look up KISS under inductees for some more photos of the induction as well as photos of some of RockWalk's KISS memorabilia including an Ace Frehley Les Paul guitar, Peter Criss' boots and Paul Stanley's Iceman guitar and boots.

Dedicated to honoring those individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the music industry, Hollywood's RockWalk became a reality on November 13, 1985. At last, the Rock 'n Roll world could claim for itself an institution every bit as compelling as Mann's Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hollywood's RockWalk has honored such creatively diverse and equally as accomplished individuals and groups such as KISS, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Johnny Cash, Dick Clark, Willie Dixon, The Doobie Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul, John Lee Hooker, The Moody Blues, Phil Ramone and Smokey Robinson.
May 16 2014
May 16 2014
On this day in KISSTORY - May 16th, 1975, KISS headlined Detroit's Cobo Hall for the first time. The show before a sellout crowd of 12,000 plus, was part of the seventy-two date Dressed To Kill tour. It was also the first of five shows that KISS recorded for their classic album, KISS ALIVE! The famous photo on the back cover of ALIVE!, featuring KISS fans Bruce Redoute and Lee Neaves holding their hand drawn KISS sign, was taken at this concert.

Paul Stanley comments on the Cobo show and Detroit:

"This concert and the release of "Alive!" marked a pivotal giant step towards achieving domination in the 70's. "Detroit Rock City" was written as a salute to the people who championed us as a headliner when others still saw us as an opening act. We can never forget them. We decided, that was the only place we would start the Reunion Tour."

Check out the frame-flip video of KISS at their historic Cobo Hall concert on May 16, 1975, which was recorded for KISS Alive! The audio in the video is from Parasite from this exact show.

May 16 2014
By Omid Torn

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, legendary KISS co-frontman Paul Stanley will appear tomorrow, May 16, at the West End Barnes and Noble, where he'll sign copies of his book, Face the Music: A Life Exposed. In advance of Stanley's appearance, friend of the Scene, longtime local metalhead and KISS fan Omid Torn spoke with Stanley about success, failure, his band's legacy, The Runaways, Brussels sprouts and more. Have a look below.

I have not had a chance to read your book yet. If you had to describe it in three words to somebody who hadn’t read it, what would those be?

I’ll have to use other people’s word’s: Inspirational [long pause]. ... How about four more words?

Four more?

How about “not a KISS book”?

That actually makes a lot of sense, that’s great. I think there’s definitely a lot of information out there already, and my next question is, as a longtime fan of the band, I remember how controlled the press and information about KISS was for the first 25 or 30 years. We really had to dig, and there were only a couple books out there. With the magazines, it seemed the management gave what information they wanted. But at some point the doors blew open, and now it’s all out there. How do you feel about that?

I think it’s terrific, but the creating of an image and keeping it consistent was I think imperative to creating the KISS legacy, certainly for the first few decades if not more. KISS can continue because the foundation was so clearly defined. At this point, it’s much more important to, just in this present day, to identify more the individuals and who they are. There was a time where it would only muddy the four personas, whereas now I think it enhances them.
May 16 2014
I have copies of "Face The Music" as a book and an e-book and an audio-CD! The book is awesome!

Masayuki "Vinnie" Yamakawa
May 15 2014
Paul Stanley is excited to announce that he will be signing copies of his new book at the following locations:

Thursday, May 15 – Bowling Green, Kentucky – 7:00 PM

Warren County Public Library
Bob Kirby Branch
175 Iron Skillet Court
Bowling Green, KY 42104

Friday, May 16 – Nashville and Chicago

Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt University - 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
2501 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Anderson’s Bookstore - 7:00 PM
123 W. Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Saturday, May 17 – Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo

Paul Q&A – 4:00 PM
Book Signing for general public tickets begins at 6:00 PM

Wyndham Indianapolis West
2544 Executive Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46241

Sunday, May 18 – Boston – 4:00 pm

Barnes & Noble
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02119

CLICK HERE for more info on Face the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley
May 15 2014
Dear Gene Simmons Axe, Ltd. Fans and Customers:

Gene Simmons Axe, Ltd. is currently undergoing business restructuring/reorganization and I will no longer be accepting orders or otherwise associated with Gene Simmons Axe, Ltd. In the interim, should you have any questions regarding new or existing orders, please contact Linda Kerr at 973-808-1445, who will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for your patience at this time.

Paul Hayeland
May 15 2014
Kisses from Thai and Ralf

Hello to everyone!

We are from Brazil, we live in a city called Jundiaí. Here is a great picture from our KISS Wedding on 01/04/2014. After the wedding we've gone to Las Vegas to celebrate our honeymoon. We fell in love by the U.S. I hope we can back again someday.

May 14 2014

On this day in KISSTORY - May 14, 1992, KISS released their critically acclaimed REVENGE album. With producer Bob Ezrin at the helm, a ferocious KISS delivered one of their heaviest and best albums ever! All the band members shined on this release! Ever reliable Paul Stanley was on top of his game here, delivering impassioned vocals through out the album. Even the Demon returned and proved what a committed and focused Gene Simmons is capable of! New drummer Eric Singer' power and intensity added to the KISS assault and Bruce Kulick recorded what many consider his finest KISS guitar work. REVENGE debuted at #6 on Billboard and remained on the charts for twenty three weeks. The album was certified Gold on 07/20/92.

REVENGE, which was dedicated to Eric Carr, also featured 'Carr Jam 1981,' an instrumental track written by Carr that Ezrin discovered from The Elder recordings. The song featured a thunderous Carr drum solo as the centerpiece and was a fitting tribute to the beloved drummer.

KISS released four music videos for REVENGE, 'Unholy', 'I Just Wanna', 'Domino' and 'Everytime I Look At You'. A video for 'God Gave Rock And Roll to You' was released in November 1991 to support the Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey movie soundtrack.

REVENGE Track Listing:

Unholy / Take It Off / Tough Love / Spit / God Gave Rock & Roll to You II / Domino / Heart of Chrome / Thou Shalt Not / Every Time I Look At You / Paralyzed / I Just Wanna / Carr Jam 1981

May 14 2014
CLICK below to watch yesterday's Paul Stanley Spreecast.

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