KISS Kulture

Jul 20 2014
Brings Blood and Guitar Guts to Yahoo Live BroBy Chris Willman Yahoo Music

They just want to rock & roll all night and party every decade. KISS is now into its fifth decade of licking it up live, albeit the first in which fans can enjoy a wide-screen HD simulcast like the one seen Saturday night on Yahoo Screen Live.

As one KISS Army member on a fan board wrote mid-show, “Imagine if they had this capability in the ’70s.” You’ve come a long way from Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, baby!

Some of the video highlights you’re about to see date back to the 1970s, in practice. But their entrance is definitely not one of them, since you definitely didn’t see the kind of high-tech production design back in the day that brought the band onto the stage of the PNC Pavilion in Charlotte, NC. Their current rigging is known by fans as “the spider,” although to our eyes it really looks like a combination of a Transformer and one of those multi-legged aliens from Edge of Tomorrow. Here’s one way to plant a KISS:

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Jul 20 2014
ARMY CHARLOTTE, YOU LOOK GREAT!
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Here's the KISS Army at last night's KISS show at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC.

Photos by Steve Christensen for KISSONLINE
Jul 20 2014
PHOTO: SOLD OUT CROWD IN CHARLOTTE
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Here's last night's massive crowd in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSOnline.
Jul 19 2014
PHOTOS:TATTOOS AT CHARLOTTE MEET & GREET
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Check out these great tattoos at today's KISS Meet & Greet in Charlotte.
Jul 19 2014
PHOTO: MASSIVE CROWD IN ATLANTA
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Over 18,000 crazy fans rocked with us last night! Thank you, Atlanta!
Jul 17 2014
ARMY NASHVILLE, YOU LOOK GREAT! #2
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Here are a few more photos of the KISS Army at last night's KISS show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville!

Thanks for sharing your photos with KISS!
Jul 16 2014
K’NEX Brands leads raft of companies signed for new KISS toys and collectables

Following Licensing Expo 2014, merchandising and rights management company, Epic Rights, representing the merchandising interests of legendary rock band KISS, has secured its first raft of licensing agreements with Bif Bang Pow!, Figures Toy Company and K’NEX Brands for the development of new toy lines for the iconic brand.

“There continues to be an incredible demand for anything KISS, as evidenced by the quality and quantity of licensing partners that the band and the brand attract, and we look forward to working with Bif Bang Pow!, Figures Toy and K’NEX to bring all new product to consumers,” said Boylan-Riddles in announcing the latest round of licensing partners for the timeless and eternally popular band. “KISS’ loyal, passionate fans are a marketing fantasy come true, introducing younger generations to the indelible music and celebrated antics of one of the most popular bands of all time, continuing to grow the KISS consumer base and fuel demand for all things KISS.”
Jul 16 2014
ARMY NASHVILLE, YOU LOOK GREAT!
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Here's the KISS Army at tonight's KISS show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville!

Thanks for sharing your photos with KISS!
Jul 16 2014
PHOTO: PACKED RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER
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Thank you, Cincinnati -- another huge crowd...A great night on a great tour!
Jul 16 2014
Review & photo by Eric Shirey.

If it’s at all possible to perform an intimate set for 20,000 fans, KISS did it on July 13, 2014 at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas. As a longtime fan of the “Hottest Band in the World,” there was something unique about their set that night. Not that the band has ever shown anything different to their legion of fans, but there was an even higher level of sincerity in the voice of Paul Stanley as he addressed the audience.

The band kicked off the night with an energetic performance of the title track off of their reunion album “Psycho Circus.” The opening riffs of the song rang out as the band was lowered to the stage. They stood on a platform in the center of the now-famous metal-framed spider they’ve used on the past couple of tours. To say KISS was amped up and ready to fulfill the dreams of fans looking for a high-octane concert would be an understatement.

As a lone gun reporter, I had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing and taking photos of KISS for my article as well. Being the professional showmen they’re known to be, the guys immediately made their way to the front of the stage and put on a spectacle that would make any other rock act on tour right now embarrassed of themselves.
Jul 16 2014
ARMY CINCINNATI, YOU LOOK GREAT!
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Here's the KISS Army at last night's KISS show at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Thanks to Eric Martin for taking these photos for KISSONLINE.
Jul 16 2014
SIGHTING: AD FOR UNIVERSITY
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

University of Colorado Continuing Education billboard on commuter bus.

Thanks to Kris for sharing this picture!
Jul 15 2014
By Christian McPhate

Paul Stanley can fly. He soared over the audience, a star shooting across a starlit sky Sunday night at the Gexas Energy Pavilion. He landed on a spinning platform, while a demon, a cat and his Space Ace protector waited in the shadows. Standing above the crowd, Stanley played his guitar and worked the crowd like the superstar he is.

It's been 40 years. I've waited nearly half of my life to see the "greatest show on earth." Thousands of people were in attendance and one dollar of every ticket was donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. I'd never seen this many people at the pavilion in the two years I've been reporting for the Dallas Observer. KISS and Def Leppard didn't disappoint.

KISS took the heat to the next level. Riding atop a giant mechanical spider, Starchild (Paul Stanely), the Demon (Gene Simmons) and Space Ace (Tommy Thayer) descended toward the stage while Catman (Eric Singer) beat away on his drums. Bombs exploded, flames flashed and sparks shot from guitars, with the remnants of the supermoon lingering above. It was the perfect way to celebrate 40 years of a band that finally earned their rightful place in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Jul 15 2014
SIGHTING: SUBWAY AD IN TORONTO
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Thanks to Chris Alexander for sharing this subway ad he spotted in Toronto!
Jul 14 2014
By Brian Mansfield, Special for USA TODAY

Las Vegas wanted the best, it's getting the best.

Kiss, which has used a variant of that line in its introductions for more than 35 years, will play a nine-show Sin City residency this fall. Kiss Rocks Vegas brings the self-proclaimed "hottest band in the land" to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino beginning Nov. 5.

"Whatever you're used to with Kiss, this will pump it up that much more," says guitarist Paul Stanley. "If Kiss is on steroids, this is a double dose."

Tickets for Kiss Rocks Vegas will start at $49.50 and go on sale Friday at AXS.com.

Vegas Hard Rock spent more than a year trying to book a Kiss residency, says Chas Smith, vice president of entertainment. The Joint previously has hosted extended stays by Santana, Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard and Tiësto.

He's preparing the Hard Rock for a full-scale Kiss Army invasion. "The activation will encompass the entire property for the month they're out here — from the performances onstage to wrapping the hotel with Kiss stuff to having team members wearing Kiss shirts," Smith says.

Under the Kiss Rocks Vegas configuration, The Joint will seat about 3,200.
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