On this day in KISSTORY - October 13, 2011, KISS and the KISS Navy set sail on the first ever KISS Kruise! Over 2500 fans hailing from 26 countries around the world boarded the 'Destiny,' for a KISS event like none other!

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Cadillac's 'KISS' weekend includes monument unveiling

CADILLAC, Mich. (WZZM) – A 4,300 pound granite monument commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Kiss concert at Cadillac High School was unveiled Saturday, capping a journey that began eight months earlier from the other side of the world.

The slab of black granite was shipped from India to Long Beach, Calif. before making the 1,860 mile journey to Patten Monument Co. in Comstock Park, Mich.

"It arrived in excellent condition, not a scratch,'' said Andrew Bolt, president of the 98-year-old business specializing in bronze and granite monuments quarried in the United States and across the world.

A laser engraver worked non-stop for four days etching the black slab, which measures 6 ½ feet tall by 5 feet wide and is bolted to a poured concrete slab. Etching took place Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 and the monument arrived in Cadillac last Thursday.


Review: KISS 40th anniversary tour a powerhouse show Newcastle won't soon forget

By JADE LAZAREVIC / Newcastle Herald

ICONIC rock band KISS unleashed a shot of pure rock’n’roll entertainment in Newcastle on Monday night.

The concert at Newcastle Entertainment Centre marked the band’s first performance in the Steel City as they tour across Australia this month as part of their 40th anniversary.

Opening with Detroit Rock City, the band delivered a sensory assault during the  theatrical two-hour performance which featured a huge mechanical spider prop, pyrotechnics and bassist Gene Simmons spitting fire into the air.

Confetti cannons showered the audience during the closing track Rock and Roll All Nite.


The lunchtime read: Gene Simmons KISSes and tells

By GRANT SMITHIES / Stuff.co.nz

On the eve of his band's first New Zealand gig in seven years, Gene Simmons doesn't want to talk about music. Not really. He'd rather focus on his two favourite subjects: himself and money. Really, rock'n'roll was merely a way to make a star of the former and a mountain of the latter.

Not that I'm complaining. What better way to spend a fine spring afternoon than getting an economics lesson from this self-styled "God Of Thunder", best known as the blood-spitting, tongue-waggling bass player from Kiss.

"Hey, what can I say?" drawls Simmons, his accent as New York as a lox bagel, the voice deep as the Mariana Trench.

"I'm rich, and it's great! People say I'm a ruthless businessman, but in reality, capitalism is very good for the world. Even the most selfish rich asshole still creates jobs when he buys the private jet or builds a million square foot house. Capitalism benefits everybody, because that money gets spread around.

" My motto is work hard, play hard and love hard. The best way to sleep well and for food to taste good and for your woman to seem hot to you is to work your butt off. Really, anyone who wants to know how to make a serious success of their lives should read my new book."

The book in question has the excellent title ME, INC: Build an Army of One. Unleash your Inner Rock God. Win in Life and Business.

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