07/20/2017

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 2012

On this day in KISSTORY - July 20, 2012 - KISS kicked off 'The Tour' with Motley Crue in front of over 20,000 fans at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia.

Set List:

Detroit Rock City / Shout It Out Loud / I Love It Loud / Love Gun / Firehouse / War Machine / Shock Me / Hell or Hallelujah / God Of Thunder / Lick It Up / Black Diamond / Rock And Roll All Nite

Here's "Detroit Rock City" from the show:

07/20/2017

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 2007

On this day in KISSTORY - July 20, 2007, Mayor Bosbous proclaimed KISS Appreciation Day in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan! The band was given the keys to the city for their contribution to the music industry, commitment to their craft and undying devotion to their fans.
07/19/2017

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley to open rock 'n' roll-themed restaurants in Chicagoland

In the Photo: KISS bassist Gene Simmons, right and Michael “Sully” Sullivan, president and CEO of Rock & Brews, pose for a photo at the Ritz-Carlton on July 13, 2017. Simmons and bandmate Paul Stanley are bringing their Rock & Brews restaurant concept to the Chicago area. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune)

By  / Chicago Tribune

Who likes to breathe fire, wear makeup and platform shoes, and open restaurants in the Chicago area?

These guys, of course: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, also known as Demon and Starchild.

Simmons and Stanley, bassist and guitarist, respectively, for 1970s rock band Kiss, plan on bringing their Rock & Brews casual dining chain to Chicagoland in a big way by opening 10 to 15 locations, as well as a corporate office, over the next five to seven years. The first Chicago area restaurant is scheduled to open next year, though the exact location is still being negotiated, the company said.

Such a large expansion in the Chicago market for a chain with no existing presence here is a bold gambit considering the hypercompetitive restaurant industry and recent declines in casual dining. But then again, Simmons is known for spitting blood onstage while shredding bass solos.

07/18/2017

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 2006

On this day in KISSTORY - July 18, 2006, KISS rocked Rainbow Hall in Nagoya, Japan. This was the first of four shows on the band's Rising Sun Japan Tour.

Here's an audio clip of "Love 'Em, Leave 'Em" from Nagoya that night.

Here's the audio of "Kissin' Time" from the Fukuoka show of the Rising Sun Tour.

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