KISS Kulture

Mar 11 2014
Rick Gomez / Fox Sports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Leave it to one of the most flamboyant, creative and iconic performers to enter the sports world and bring something unconventional.

Southern California has a new team on the gridiron and it's not your average football team.

From its scorching, liquid metal helmets to the first-ever silver football field that they'll be playing on at the Honda Center, co-owners Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from the rock band Kiss, vow to provide an experience none have ever seen.

Meet the AFL's new expansion team: the Los Angeles KISS.

"Much like KISS (the band) has been pioneers in their 40-year career, doing things that have never been done, not playing by the rules, taking risks -- We're going to do the same things" said team president Schuyler Hoversten.

Simmons added: "It's the 21st century. Welcome. Your dad's and your mom's regular football is a thing of the past."

That was instantly apparent when the KISS uniform and helmet were unveiled. The helmet is comprised of lustrous chrome hue, most notably worn by Oregon, in the back, while the front is filled with flames, including the facemask and the visor. The uniform also sports the flames on the shoulder pads and in the number.

"Nothing subtle here. These guys are superheroes and they're dressed for battle. The battle in the 21st century," Stanley said.
Mar 11 2014
CELEBRATING AT BOSTON HARD ROCK CAFE
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hello KISS & the KISS ARMY!

KISS tribute band 'KISS Forever' (www.kissforeveronline.com.) played Hard Rock Cafe Boston on Feb. 20 to celebrate KISS and the special KISS merchandise selling at Hard Rock in support of the City of Hope charity. We wanted to share our photos of the event with you. We had a successful show and were able to raise additional funds for City of Hope. Here is a link to our Facebook page with the photos from that show. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.813023055381615.1073741847.116563288360932&type=3.

Thanks!
Mar 10 2014
SIGHTING: FLOAT AT MISSISSIPPI MARDI GRAS
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS is TRULY everywhere! Here is a float in the D'Iberville, Mississippi Mardi Gras parade yesterday deep on the MS Gulf Coast!

Jim Mitzel
Mar 09 2014
SIGHTING: NEW JOHN VARVATOS STORE IN NYC
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Thanks to Donald Chen for sharing his photo of KISS in the window of the new Varvatos store on Madison Ave in New York City.
Mar 09 2014
CELEBRATING AT THE HARD ROCK IN FLORIDA
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS Alive...The Tribute Rocked the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, FL on Feb 21st to kick off the KISS/Hard Rock's Launch of the new Signature Series: Edition 32 Merchandise to benefit the City Of Hope!

Photos by Don O'hina

CLICK HERE to view more photos from the event.

Mar 08 2014
CELEBRATING AT CARNIVAL IN GERMANY
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISSonline and KISS Army,

Here is a pic of myself and some good friends for Carnival in 2011 in Cologne, Germany. You will see the girls did a great job of dressing up as you four, but can you guess who I am?? Yep, you got it, your ex-manager (r.i.p.), Bill Aucoin. The girls told me they were doing KISS for Carnival, and hey, I thought it would be a great addition :)

The other one is from this year, just the girls!

Cheers from Germany! Cant wait to see you guys here again!

Rudiger


LETTERS
Mar 07 2014
By BJ PICKARD / ARENAFOOTBALL.com

There’s not much that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley do quietly.

Ever since the KISS rockers introduced themselves as the new owners of an AFL expansion franchise at ArenaBowl XXVI Media Day last August, the LA KISS have dominated Arena Football headlines.

The rock star owners have toured the talk show circuit, promoting the return of pro football to the Los Angeles market. The team made very public overtures towards a certain southpaw quarterback whose name evokes what can only be described as a 21st century Beatlemania furor from all forms of media. The KISS franchise will even star in an upcoming docu-series on AMC.

Before even hitting the field, it’s already clear that the LA KISS is bringing Arena Football into a world of spectacle and entertainment the likes of which it has never seen before. But with all the hoopla and fanfare about reality shows and celebrity sightings, one thing seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.
Mar 07 2014
LATEST BIRTHDAY CAKES
TWITTER & KISSONLINE FAN LETTERS
Check out these great KISS birthday cakes! Thanks for sharing your birthdays with KISS!
Mar 06 2014
ROCK & BREWS PAIA IS NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN!
Mosey over to Maui and go rockin' down the Hana Highway! Like Rock & Brews Paia on Facebook and be the first to know about the specials, promotions and events we have planned to celebrate the newest addition to the Rock & Brews family!

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Mar 05 2014
Rock Legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley Bring an Arena Football Team, LA KISS, to Anaheim—and They're Already Winning

By DANIEL KOHN

Photographer: Rickett & Sones | Photo Retouching: Gigantic Squid | Design: Dustin Ames

The first week of January is supposed to be slow on the Santa Ana College campus: no students, no classes, just maintenance workers, administrators and the stray professor. That meant it was the perfect time for the LA KISS, the newest franchise of the Arena Football League (AFL), to unveil its quixotic campaign toward pigskin relevancy—or at least a great payday for everyone involved.

Around 9 a.m. on a clear, chilly morning, hulking figures methodically make their way onto a soccer pitch transformed into a 200-foot-by-85-foot, arena-football-regulation field—about half the size of a standard gridiron. As players wearing team-issued orange shirts and black shorts head onto the field, multiple camera operators stand by the entrance, capturing their every move. They graciously smile and acknowledge the non-team personnel while stretching and preparing for morning practice.

What they don't know is that on this day, the men who sign their checks—and will draw more attention to them than the average AFL player can ever hope to experience—plan to address them.

Suddenly, the players' attention shifts to a gentleman sauntering onto the field. He has long, flowing black hair and is wearing a leather jacket and jeans. After exchanging handshakes with several execs, he looks at his watch.

"Where's Gene?" KISS founding guitarist/singer Paul Stanley asks his manager/co-owner Doc McGhee.

"Soon," McGhee responds.

"That's right—he drives like an old lady," Stanley adds before the two share a laugh.

Finally, Gene Simmons, the legendary KISS bassist/singer, arrives. He parks his black Lincoln Navigator at the adjacent lot and hustles—clad entirely in black—onto the field so that practice and filming can finally commence. There's chatter, but some of the players don't recognize the rock icon without his trademark Kabuki makeup and rock-god stage attire.
Mar 05 2014
SIGHTING: POSTER MAGAZINE IN AUSTRALIA
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Saw this in the newsagents his morning, another front cover!

Rui Regodeiro
Melbourne, Australia
Mar 05 2014
STUDENTS SENT HOME FOR WEARING MAKEUP
By Matthew Wilkening

Four Kiss fans in Montgomery, New York say they were sent home from their high school’s ‘Senior Celebrity Day’ yesterday for donning makeup and dressing up as the Demon, Space Ace, Starchild and Catman.

Dylan Schoonmaker, one of the young men in question, says the foursome — decked out in wigs, leather jackets and the famous Kiss greasepaint — were told their costumes were “not appropriate.” To which we say, “We’re not gonna take it!” Oh wait… wrong band!

Apparently school officials decided the outfits presented a security risk since they rendered the students unrecognizable. Schoonmaker says they offered to wear name tags or their school IDs but were rebuffed. “Girls wear makeup everyday, how is that any different from what we did?,” he asks with tongue firmly planted in cheek. “Just because we had kick ass designs?” Luckily, the boys made the best of their unexpected free time, hitting up a local International House of Pancakes, where they mistaken for a real rock band and asked to sign autographs.

Based on a Twitter post re-tweeted by none other than Gene Simmons last night, it would seem the parents of at least one of the youngsters stands firmly behind their son in this matter.
Mar 05 2014
ARMY, YOU LOOK GREAT!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Here are some of the many great fan photos sent to KISSOnline recently!

Keep them coming, KISS Army...we love seeing them!
Mar 05 2014
DRESSED TO DOES DRESSED TO KILL!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hi KISSonline,

What's up....?! Hope all is cool.... we just wanted to let you know something we did recently which is really cool...Dressed to KISS tribute band from Rome, Italy celebrated 20 years by flying to New York and recreating the infamous Dressed to Kill cover on the same street 23rd and 8th avenue! We were invited to the Beatles 50th anniversary to play at the Bitter End Club on Bleecker. Check out the video below too..we would really appreciate it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3Lu0t4-ftM&list=UUhH-dX4mcJtIbwyqA5oSTcA&feature=c4-overview

Thanks,
Dressed to KISS
Mar 04 2014
SIGHTING: SLOT MACHINES IN FLORIDA
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Thanks to Glenn Westendorf ‏for sharing these photo of the KISS Slot machines at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida!
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