By Dave Richards / www.goerie.com/
Eagle Rock Entertainment unleashes KISS Rocks Vegas on DVD+CD ($21.98), Blu-ray+CD ($26.98), DVD+2LP ($39.98), and Deluxe Edition DVD+Blu-ray+2CD ($79.98) everywhere today!
Captured in the midst of their 40th Anniversary World Tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers sonically shook Vegas during their residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in November 2014. This Sin City set sizzles with KISS classics from across their 44 album legacy: “Rock And Roll All Night,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Love Gun,” and more. As a bonus feature, Kiss Rocks Vegas includes a seven-song acoustic set. Punctuated with pyrotechnics galore, the film presents the fire, electricity, and one-of-a-kind rock experience that earned KISS over 100 million sales globally.
The Deluxe Edition of KISS Rocks Vegas is presented as a hardcover package with a 12X12 book, boasting photos from the show and an exclusive CD.
“We Rocked and Vegas Rolled ! This was Epic In Your Face KISS ! We got Up close and personal, I think Rock and Roll fans will really enjoy this spectacle that only KISS can deliver.” - Paul Stanley
“KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well.” -Gene Simmons
1. DETROIT ROCK CITY
2. CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
3. PSYCHO CIRCUS
5. WAR MACHINE
6. TEARS ARE FALLING
8. LICK IT UP
9. I LOVE IT LOUD
10. HELL OR HALLELUJA & TOMMY SOLO
11. GOD OF THUNDER
12. DO YOU LOVE ME
13. LOVE GUN
14. BLACK DIAMOND
15. SHOUT IT OUT LOUD
16. ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT
1. Coming Home
2. Plaster Caster
3. Hard Luck Woman
4. Christine Sixteen
5. Goin' Blind
6. Love Her All I Can
By Chris Steffen / www.allmusic.com
Since 1973, Paul Stanley and Kiss have been a constant on the rock and roll landscape. After countless recitations of the band's classic stage bits, from fire-breathing to flying on wires to guitar-smashing to blood-spitting and even playing a few songs in between, Kiss made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, after much harrumphing from the rock establishment. After the induction, the band took to the road for a celebratory run of shows, playing a set that leaned primarily on albums like Destroyer and Creatures of the Night, which was recorded for the new live collection, Kiss Rocks Vegas, due out on August 26.
We caught up with the Starchild while on the road in Springfield, Illinois, to talk about guitar-smashing, avoiding swearing, if seeing items from rock history in a museum has any impact for him, and the joy of sharing music with his children.
AllMusic: The new DVD opens with the band making a grand entrance while playing "Detroit Rock City," and when the camera pans to the crowd, it's a sea of people holding up phones. Does that bother you during a show?
Paul Stanley: I’m not one to tell people what they should be doing, but I think that part of an experience is actually being present, and hopefully you get the picture you want or the moment that you want, and then immerse yourself in the moment. I think that it’s strange to be living in a time when six people can be at a table at a restaurant, and none of them are talking to each other, but they’re all talking to somebody else. That’s certainly evident, although I must say that once that moment passes, I believe that 98 percent of those phones go down. If people truly want to be a part of this big tribal powwow, then they certainly put their cell phones away. I’m not distracted by them, and at the beginning of the show, sure, people are waiting for something explosive, and once they capture that, they’re there with us, and that’s fine.
In November 2014, KISS played a nine-show residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Being KISS, they pulled out all the goddamn stops: Eye-singeing lights, catwalks, Gene Simmons flying through the air in a crotch harness—and pyro everywhere, all the fucking time. Still being KISS, they hired a film crew to capture all the action for KISS Rocks Vegas, a DVD/Blu-Ray/double CD/hardcover photo book now available for your conspicuous consumption. It’s a dazzling and occasionally bloated affirmation of the fact that, after 43 years, KISS still put on a better show than most rockers a third their age.
“The beauty of doing a residency is that we could create a show that didn’t have to be built with mobility in mind,” KISS vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley tells us over the horn from Springfield, Illinois, where the band is currently on their “Freedom To Rock” tour. “In essence, we could create very close to a stadium show in a very small venue—not unlike when you see one of those bottles with a ship in it. How did it get in there? Piece by piece. You can’t take it out, but it’s really something to behold.”
In the interest of science, we asked Stanley about his experiences in Sin City over the years.
Noisey: Did you guys live in Vegas during the residency, or were you flying home after every show?
Paul Stanley: Both. For quite a bit, we were there. When there were double days down or whatever, I’d go home. I try to spend as much time home as possible. My family doesn’t really get to vote, so I have to vote for them. But their vote is always, “Dad should be home.” So I do my best to live up to that.
By Stacy Vaughn, 445th Airlift Wing www.dobbins.afrc.af.mil
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --
Military members past and present were among a crowd of more than 10,000 die-hard KISS fans as they rocked out during a KISS concert honoring military veterans August 22, 2016 at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio.
According to their website, KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide in their 40 year career. The group is currently on a 40-city "Freedom To Rock" tour, honoring U.S. veterans across the nation and providing generous donations to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program, which helps veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. The program partnered with KISS and the Veteran Tickets Foundation to salute military heroes across the county.
“It means a great deal (to us) to support our troops,” said Paul Stanley, KISS singer and guitarist.
As a part of the band’s “Freedom To Rock” tour, KISS is hiring veterans or those currently serving in the National Guard or Reserve to be roadies for a day at their concert stops. The individual is selected by HOH. Master Sgt. Erica Vanderventer, Army National Guard, was the representative for the Dayton area. She helped with the set up and tear down of the stage.
For almost as long as Kiss has been making music, they've been appearing in comic books. From their debut in Marvel's Howard the Duck No. 12 in 1977 through series from Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing and even Archie Comics, the band has remained a surprising mainstay of the comic book medium for almost four decades.
With a new series — simply titled KISS — launching from Dynamite Entertainment this October, Heat Vision talked to Gene Simmons about what to expect from the new series and what makes his band so successful in the comic medium. According to him, the appeal is very simple: "Kiss has never been just a band."
Instead, he suggested, it's the fantasy element of the band that allows them to move from music to comics and back again with such ease. "I fly through the air at 8 feet per second. Yes, I spit fire. And yes, I wear bat wings and dragon boots," Simmons says, adding with mock scolding, "Don't be jealous."
By Robbie Edwards / www.register-news.com
Most people have great memories to go along with their first concert experiences.
Ten-year-old Harrison Shields of Mt.Vernon has a story of a lifetime to tell; she was given the VIP treatment by the world famous rock band KISS.
Harrison, her mother Ashli Banks and step father Sam Banks attended the KISS concert at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.
Sam Banks, a long-time KISS fan, said he was the one who converted his step daughter and wife to the KISS army.
The couple asked her daughter if she could go to any concert, which one would she choose.
Her answer was quick.
“KISS, because those guys are old and who knows how long they will tour," Harrison said.