KISS Kulture

Aug 18 2011
THE ETERNAL SPIRIT OF ROCK
TIME
By: Kai Ma

"I'll fight hell to hold you" ... in this urn.

Can you imagine your grieving relatives carrying this thing?

The band KISS is rocking the funeral industry with a new release that has nothing to do with music, but everything to do with remaining a “fan for life.” This cremation urn is now available for die-hard fans to store their ashes in, which means your surviving family members, most likely younger relatives who have no idea who these guys are, will be forced to place it on their fireplace mantel for decades to come.

Manufactured by Eternal Image, the officially licensed KISS urn is the latest piece of branded merchandise by the band known largely for its face-painted antics and vocalist Gene Simmons's perpetually wagging tongue. Almost 40 years ago, Simmons (“The Demon”) and Paul Stanley (“The Starchild”) co-founded KISS, the blood-spitting, fire-breathing band that has sold more than 100 million albums since its 1970s hell-raising heyday.

Eternal Image's Donna Shatter calls the “Monument model” urn a product that offers fans “a unique expression of their passion” for the legendary rock stars. The eight inch tall urn, which features a black metallic finish and an image of the band standing over the group's iconic logo and a row of flames, will sell for $650.

Three different KISS-themed urns will launch later this year. And if cremation isn't your thing, don't fret. KISS-themed coffins are also available.

Aug 18 2011
GERMAN TV REPORT ON WEDDING
BILD.DE
Earlier this month, KISSonline shared a German news story about fans Tina and Günter getting married. Here's a German television report about their KISS wedding!

Aug 17 2011
PAUL PORTRAIT TATTOO
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Just wanted to share with the KISS Army this recent portrait tattoo I did of Paul. Hope you like it!

Jamie Sapp

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Aug 16 2011
HEROIC DYNASTY MAGAZINE GETS ED!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Thanks to Martin Comoglio from Argentina for sending KISSOnline this magazine cover that he designed! "

I’m the conceptualizer, digital artist and designer of the magazine called “Estudiantes – Dinastía Heroica” (“Estudiantes – Heroic Dynasty”), the official magazine of the current football-soccer champion of my country, Argentina. Here's the cover featuring Gastón “La Gata” Fernández, Estudiantes’ goal-scorer, painted by me with real KISS spirit!

Martin
Aug 15 2011
SNEAK PEEK: BABY COSTUME
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK
Here are the initial art mock-ups of the KISS Gene Simmons baby costume that is being released by Rubies in 2012. Now that the band has approved the art concepts, the company will move forward with production samples.
Aug 14 2011
NEW NEON COFFEEHOUSE STOREFRONT
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As we reported back in July, neon lights were installed on the KISS Coffeehouse storefront around each individual band member's image... and here are a few pictures of the new neon.

Photos by Eric Singer for KISSonline.com.
Aug 14 2011
COFFEEHOUSE 5TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Fans from over 30 states and Canada (and some from as far away as Switzerland!) came to Myrtle Beach to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the KISS Coffehouse with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer!

Tommy and Eric signed for over 7 1/2 hours straight, greeting fans and taking photos. After the long autograph session ended, Eric and Tommy went on stage and held a question-and-answer session with the audience. During the Q&A, it was revealed that the KISS Coffeehouse will be opening a new restaurant / coffeehouse location in Las Vegas next year! More details about this exciting development will be posted on KISSonline in the months ahead.

KISSonline wishes to thank Johnny Rock and the entire KISS Coffeehouse crew for putting together this fantastic event. Tommy and Eric extend a special thank-you to the many KISS Army members in attendance as well!

Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSonline.com.
Aug 13 2011
CADILLAC NEWS
BY KRIS VERHAGE

Today, Cadillac High School is going to get a gift commemorating the long-ago visit by some very memorable guests.

As part of the reunion festivities planned by the Class of 1976, reunion organizers will present to the school a plaque marking KISS' visit to Cadillac during homecoming weekend in October 1975. The public is invited to a presentation set for 1 p.m. in the high school's “Hall of Fame” hallway, said Class of '76 member Harold Falan, who spearheaded the group's effort.

Although the American Bicentennial occurred weeks after graduation, the Class of '76 is best known as the “KISS Class,” and its gift reflects that famous visit. It's a 24-inch by 30-inch plaque featuring photos and other memorabilia from the visit.

Falan, a retired Michigan State Police trooper, said whenever he mentioned his hometown during his law enforcement career, someone always brought up the KISS visit. He brought the plaque idea to the reunion committee and Cadillac Area Public Schools Superintendent Paul Liabenow. Both the committee and Liabenow enthusiastically gave their approval.

Falan then had Spike Lawrence Inc. in Berkley craft the plaque.

“I think this gift is going to be a nice addition to this high school,” Liabenow said, adding the plaque will celebrate a moment in local history. “(The visit) put Cadillac High School on the map, if you will.”

Not only is the plaque meant to inform students and the community about KISS' visit, the reunion committee wanted to replace a plaque the band had given the school. It had been placed on a wall outside the principal's office and had disappeared within six months.

Over the years, there were rumors of who might have stolen the plaque, said Jim Neff, the assistant football coach and teacher who was instrumental in bringing KISS to town.

“It never surfaced,” he said. “That was kind of the odd thing.”

It's hard to speculate what might have happened to the original plaque. It would be difficult to sell today because KISS memorabilia collectors well-versed in Cadillac “KISSstory” are well aware the plaque is stolen, Neff said.
Aug 13 2011
LOPEZ TONIGHT GOES OUT WITH A
LOPEZ TONIGHT
George Lopez has long been a friend of KISS. His television show, "Lopez Tonight," concluded its two-year late-night run with one of the greatest anthems in all of rock and roll! Michael Bearden & the Ese Vatos performed "Rock and Roll All Nite" with an all-star band that included Slash, Sheila E and Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon:

Aug 13 2011
THIS DAY IN TORY 1999
KISSONLINE.com
On this day in KISSTORY - August 13, 1999, 'Detroit Rock City' hits movie theater across America. The film is a coming of age story about four teenager members of a KISS cover band, who are desperately trying to see their idols live in concert in Detroit in 1978. The movie is filled with 70's music and US culture. 'Detroit Rock City' has become a cult classic with rock fans worldwide.

















Aug 12 2011
ARDUFFLE COMIC GETS ED!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

I am the creator of the web comic ArDuffle and Gene makes an appearance in today's strip (sort of). Thought you guys might enjoy it.

Joshua Swanagon

http://www.arduffle.com
Aug 12 2011
AT OUR WEDDING
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hi KISS!

At our wedding, 3 years ago, we wanted to innovate and show our guests our great passion for KISS. After long hours of makeup, we had this great mural for guests to leave their wishes.

Thank You for all the Years of Great Rock and Roll

Lorena & Carlos Lucarno

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Aug 11 2011
HOMECOMING
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Just came across this shot from back in 1981 when the Custer High School senior class in Custer, South Dakota rocked homecoming with a KISS parade float. Left to right are Chad Coppess, Jim Hansen, Steele Cameron and Jim Thomas. Fun memories!

Chad Coppess

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Aug 09 2011
MY NEW TATTOO
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hi KISS Soldiers!

Check out my new tattoo made by Ralph, Kalafuria Tattoo Studio - SP - Brazil!

KISS Rocks !

Cassiano Froes

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Aug 09 2011
ITALIAN SWIMMING CHAMPION ROCKS!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
This is our beautiful swimming champion Italian Federica Pellegrini. I think she must be a KISS fan?!?! ... Thanks for the strong emotions that you give me every time I see you in concert, or listen to you ... you are number one! I have known you musically since Alive, thanks to my best friend ... and continue to listen to you with great enthusiasm!

Thanks,
Alberto74 / Italy

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