02/11/2016

KISS Donates Guitars To Brennan Rock N Roll Academy

Don Jorgensen / http://www.keloland.com reports:

Get ready to Rock n Roll all night! The legendary band KISS will be performing at Badlands Pawn Thursday night, unmasked and unplugged.

KISS is already in town and KELOLAND News caught up with them this afternoon to talk about a softer side to these hard rockers. 
We all see the band members of KISS on stage.  But what most of don't see is the generosity hidden behind the makeup and costumes.

The band members, who've been to Sioux Falls many times, talk highly about the Brennan Rock and Roll Academy where they interact with some of the kids from the Boys and Girls Club, who come here after school to learn to play music from volunteers.

02/11/2016

Ace Frehley Announces New LP, 'White Room' Cover, Paul Stanley Reunion

'Origins Vol. 1' also features appearances by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Slash, Lita Ford and more

By Kory Grow / Rolling Stone

Ace Frehley is beginning the new year by looking back. The former Kiss guitarist's new LP, Origins Vol. 1 – due out April 15th – finds him covering songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy and other artists that have inspired him over the years. His heavy-hitting take on Cream's "White Room" is premiering here. The LP also features his first recording with Paul Stanley, an impassioned interpretation of Free's "Fire and Water," in nearly two decades. Other guests on the record include Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Lita Ford and Rob Zombie guitarist John 5.

"I'm really thrilled with the whole thing," Frehley tells Rolling Stone. "I'm excited about it, and probably somewhere down the road there'll be a second volume."

02/10/2016

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1977

On this day in KISStory - February 10, 1977, KISS won the People's Choice Award for the single "Beth" in the Best Song category.
02/10/2016

Buena Park Rock & Brews teams to send special needs kids and adults to summer camp

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The new Rock & Brews at 7777 Beach Blvd. in Buena Park (just north of Knott’s Berry Farm is teaming) with other Los Angeles-area Rock & Brew locations and The Friendship Foundation to give their customers an opportunity to send special needs kids and adults to summer camp.

Rock & Brews locations in the Los Angeles area have partnered with The Friendship Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in the South Bay, to raise funds to help send special needs children and young adults to summer camp. The rock-inspired, family friendly restaurant co-founded by Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will be collecting donations through April for Camp Got Friends, a camp run by The Friendship Foundation that offers social, educational and recreational activities for special needs children and young adults.

Camp Got Friends attendees experience new and fun activities throughout the week, including music class, arts and crafts, cooking, sports, science experiments and field trips all over Los Angeles. Each camper is paired with a student volunteer, and together they share the experience and learn from each other.

Guests interested in making a donation can ask their server to add a dollar to their bill in support of Camp Got Friends.

02/10/2016

Gene Simmons: 'Intimate' KISS show will be 'something special'

By Kelley Simms / Gannett Media

Sioux Falls, you wanted the best, you got the best. KISS!

The iconic rock band, KISS, will be playing Badlands Pawn on Thursday for a rare unmasked and unplugged concert. It’s the first time the band has played in Sioux Falls since 1997 at the Sioux Falls Arena.

“Obviously, we play in arenas and stadiums, this (Badlands Pawn) is a totally different thing,” Simmons said. “But if we brought all our equipment, there wouldn’t be any room for people. We obviously can’t bring bombs and big pyro because it’d literally blow the roof off. It’s certainly not the biggest place we’ve played. In fact it’s close to the smallest, but (owner Chuck Brennan) wanted something intimate. The idea was to do something special.”

That something special includes the band unearthing selected gems that they haven’t played in a while or have never played live before.

02/09/2016

Morrison Hotel Gallery Will Celebrate The Grammys and the Legacy of KISS with Career-Spanning Exhibit

Career-Spanning Exhibit and Special Appearances by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley

In celebration of Grammy Week, on Saturday, February 13th from 6 to 8 PM, Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel will honor KISS with a career-spanning photographic exhibit, and debut the first edition pieces from the KISS + UKIYO-E Project. From 6:00 to 6:30 PM, KISS founders and rock n’ roll icons Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will make a very special appearance.

Morrison Hotel Gallery salutes the Grammys and the legacy of the seminal rock band with an exhibition that will feature iconic and revealing images of the group along its journey from fiery upstarts to megastars. The exhibit will also include the debut of the KISS + UKIYO-E Project which showcases a unique selection of stunning multi-colored wood block prints, representative of one of Japan’s most revered traditional genre of art. The KISS Ukiyo-e are first edition prints, limited to only 200, and are signed by the band. The ‘KISS Ukiyo-e’ project started in fall of 2014 as the first of its kind collaboration with a team of Japanese master artisans, and has culminated in these wonderful pieces of fine art being displayed here in their first comprehensive international feature exhibit. Widely popularized during the 1600s in Edo era Japan, Ukiyo-e famously depicted current events and often illustrious entertainment industry figures and scenes, and thus this contemporary collaboration with KISS is the perfect modern day continuation of the Ukiyo-e tradition.

02/09/2016

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1999

On this day in KISSTORY - February 9, 1999 - the Playboy issue featuring the 'Girls of KISS' was released. Gene Simmons graces the cover of the magazine, and the entire band appears in the photos with the 'Girls of KISS,' who are all wearing KISS Makeup...and not much else!
02/09/2016

Rock Cellar Magazine Cover Story: Soul Star Man

Written by: Ken Sharp / Rock Cellar Magazine

Hard rock to country, pop to jazz, electronica to hip-hop, folk to blues, the real measure and value of music is whether it succeeds in connecting with the listener. In that way, all music that taps into that emotional vein is soul music.

In the past 40 + years, as lead singer/front man of KISS, Paul Stanley has delivered on that promise, infusing the group’s brand of anthemic, atomic powered hard rock with passion, swagger, and yes, soul.

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