07/02/2015

Runners rock as KISS & raise money for Alzheimer’s Society on Isle of Man!

From: IOM Today

Team Gramparts (pictured above), comprising siblings Matt, Jo and Juan Callister and Erin Bonett, won the fancy dress award after completing the 10km course along Douglas seafront dressed as rockers Kiss.

The event was open to both serious athletes and fun runners alike.

Sponsorship money is still being collected but organisers anticipate an ‘impressive’ total to donate to the island branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.

07/01/2015

Talking Watches Veteran And KISS Drummer Eric Singer Joins Jury For The 2015 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve

It's that time of the year again. The jury of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve – the world's most important horological awards – has been announced. Not only do we retain the illustrious Mr. Clymer, Goldberger, Dufour, Bacs, and more, but we also pick up a few new additions. The most notable of the new jury members is actually a HODINKEE alum – KISS drummer Eric Singer.

In case you missed it, Mr. Singer sat for an episode of Talking Watches back in 2014 and it's clear the industry took note. You can see the entire video above and read about his collection here. We look forward to seeing the pre-selected timepieces for the 2015 GPHG later this year.

06/30/2015

KISS & Momoiro Clover Z at Anime Expo 2015

KISS, one of the most visually recognizable bands in the history of music, could easily be thought of as rock's most popular band of cosplayers, which would make its relationship with the Anime Expo and Japanese pop band Momoiro Clover Z not a surprising thing at all.

The all-girl, anime-inspired teen group best known in the U.S. for singing the theme songs to anime programs such as "Dragon Ball," "Sailor Moon" and "Pokemon" and the hard rockers who "want to party every day" are seemingly at opposite ends of the musical spectrum.

KISS, formed in 1973 by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, brings to mind black-and-white makeup, fire onstage, and tongue-wagging guitar riffs. MCZ — comprised of Reni Takagi, Kanako Momota, Akari Hayami, Shiori Tamai and Ayaka Sasaki — formed in 2008 and fills arenas in Japan with screaming tweens, there to watch the colorfully costumed singers and their intricate choreography.

Between Feb. 23 and March 3, KISS performed to over 1.3 million fans during the band's tour of Japan (in Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima and Sendai), including performing a duet with MCZ at the Tokyo Dome to over 30,000 fans.

Yet, despite the differences, there is a connection.

"We liked MCZ's music — great pop hooks, great song structures. When the groups perform live onstage, the fans in the audience do the same movements as the girls do. We love that. That's what KISS is all about. Connection," Simmons said. 

Simmons and Stanley of KISS will be introducing Momoiro Clover Z at a special concert in association with the Anime Expo on Thursday. AX, as the convention is also called, is in its 24th year and is presented by The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. This year, the show will play host to over 100,000 lovers of manga, anime and Japanese pop culture July 2-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

06/30/2015

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1977

On this day in KISSTORY - June 30, 1977, ‪‎KISS‬ released their sixth studio album "Love Gun." The album shipped platinum!

Track listing

1. "I Stole Your Love" 2. "Christine Sixteen" 3. "Got Love for Sale" 4. "Shock Me" 5. "Tomorrow and Tonight" 6. "Love Gun" 7. "Hooligan" 8. "Almost Human" 9. "Plaster Caster" 10. "Then She Kissed Me"

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