KISS Kulture

Jan 11 2014
JOHN VARVATOS TAPS FOR SPRING CAMPAIGN
By Jean E. Palmieri

John Varvatos is giving new meaning to the expression: dressed to kill.

The designer has turned to the legendary rock band KISS — who will be inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame in April — to be the face of his spring advertising campaign. The ads, which were shot in black-and-white by rock photographer Danny Clinch in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, were inspired by the group’s Dressed to Kill album. The performers were photographed in full makeup wearing Varvatos suits.

Although it’s no surprise that Varvatos would use rock stars in his advertising — for 19 seasons he has turned to entertainers ranging from Jimmy Page and The Roots to Green Day, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick and Alice Cooper. But Varvatos took it one step further this time, bringing the band onstage for a surprise performance at an after-party following his fall fashion show in Milan on Saturday to reveal the collaboration.

Stephen Niedzwiecki, founder and chief creative officer of Yard, Varvatos’ agency, said: “Throughout the years, John and I have always tried to work with musicians who are iconic, but not necessarily on the tip of your tongue or someone you would expect in a men’s fashion campaign. KISS was known for a specific style as a band. Not only were they innovative and break through with their music at the time, they were also style icons. KISS’s sense of style not only inspired future musicians, but John and creative people of all types. And its been important that every person we’ve shot over the years represents both a breakthrough figure in the music industry and, style-wise, has created a point of view for themselves. KISS’s look wasn’t something you could wear to a Bar Mitzvah, but if you asked people what the band looked like, they would certainly be able to tell you. They created this spectacle in music and had an overpowering sound and sense of showmanship, but at the same time were really well-educated, smart men with successes outside of music.”

A documentary-style short film that was conceived by Yard and directed by Clinch is also premiering on JohnVarvatos.com Saturday. The three-minute film highlights another surprise KISS concert at the John Varvatos Bowery Store, once the home of the famed CBGB’s nightclub, last fall.
Jan 11 2014
CLOSED OUT JOHN VARVATOS SHOW IN MILAN
By John Jannuzzi

Here's a dispatch we didn't expect to see from our team in Milan. KISS just walked the finale at the John Varvatos fall 2014 show. It's a little jarring to see them in traditional menswear, but we're not mad at it.


Jan 11 2014
INVADES MILAN FASHION SHOW
Photo by Regis Colin Berthelier for Now Fashion

Check out the models in full KISS makeup walking the runway for John Varvatos at the Milan Fashion show.


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Jan 11 2014
SIGHTING: VAN IN AUSTRALIA
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Thanks to Nik Commons ‏for sharing this photo of a KISS van spotted in North Queensland, Australia.
Jan 10 2014
VIDEO: LA HAIR GUITAR CONTEST
The LA KISS Hair Guitar Contest at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA with Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley on 1/7/2014 during intermission of the LA Kings vs. Minnesota Wild NHL game.

Jan 07 2014
LA KINGS' CREW GETS ED!
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Here's the LA Kings crew at the Staples Center tonight in LA.

Photo by Shannon Tweed.
Jan 07 2014
PAUL AND GENE OPEN LA KINGS GAME
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Here's Paul and Gene dropping the puck at tonight's LA KINGS game at the Staple Center.
Jan 07 2014
LA KINGS' CREW READY TO R&R ALL NITE!
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The LA Kings crew is ready to "Rock & Roll All Nite" at their KISS-themed game tonight at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Jan 07 2014
LA KINGS' MASCOT GETS ED
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Here's Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons with LA Kings' mascot Bailey at the Staple Center tonight. The guys are promoting their appearance at the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series outdoor game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium.
Jan 06 2014
By Greg Little/Standard Journal

I was sitting up fairly late on New Year’s Day channel surfing and came across a concert on Axis TV.

It was a very recent Kiss concert from Stockholm, Sweden.

That’s right, Kiss.

I have had a long-standing admiration for Kiss. There are many reasons, not the least of which is the fact I had the opportunity many moons ago to interview Gene Simmons. Even though it was a telephone interview, I was blown away by Simmons — especially his intelligence.

You see, he was once a school teacher in New York City, making no money and going nowhere. So he gathered together a few of his buddies and they decided they were going to do something different. They weren’t just going to play rock and roll music, they were going to paint their faces, do shows filled with pyrotechnics, blood and all kinds of crazy stuff, all the while playing music.

They changed the world of rock and roll.

It has always fascinated me how this one band turned the run-of-the-mill stage show into what is now the norm — even in country music.
Jan 06 2014
DEMON SNOWMAN
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Thanks to Kenny Begley for sharing his Demon snowman with us!
Jan 05 2014
SIGHTING: CADILLAC NEWS
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Thanks to Jim Neff for sharing this photo of KISS from the front page of Thursday's Cadillac News.
Jan 04 2014
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2014 Rock and Rock Hall of Fame Inductees to Share NHL Stage with Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings

Limited Number of Tickets Available to Ducks-Kings Outdoor Game at Dodger Stadium

Legendary American rock band KISS will rock the house at Dodger Stadium as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, Jan. 25, the National Hockey League announced today. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer will perform during the pre-game festivities and first intermission of the game, which will be broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC and RDS2 in Canada.

“Los Angeles is the premier hub for sports and entertainment in this country and we are honored to be part of an event that fuses both by rocking the first-ever outdoor NHL game in LA,” said Gene Simmons. “Fans can expect a spectacle at Dodgers Stadium, similar to the one we will be creating at the Honda Center this season with our new Arena Football team, LA KISS.”

"Our goal with the NHL Stadium Series games is to give our fans an unforgettable experience," said NHL Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer Brian Jennings. "Having KISS headline our entertainment lineup is the perfect way to make our celebration of hockey in Southern California even bigger and more memorable."
Jan 04 2014
KRUISE III FEATURE IN POPULAR 1
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January 2014 issue of "Popular 1" Spanish Rock magazine features a four page KISS Kruise III review that was done by us at KISS Army Spain.

This is the third consecutive year that KISS Army Spain covered the KISS Kruise for the Popular 1!

Hope you like it!

Javier Rueda & Fernando Martinez
KISS ARMY SPAIN
Jan 03 2014
THE SUCCESS OF ' MERCHANDISING FORMULA
WSJ Celebrity Business Reporter Lee Hawkins on the success of the band KISS’ merchandising.

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