KISS Kulture

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
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Mar 06 2014
ROCK & BREWS PAIA IS NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN!
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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!
Mar 03 2014
KISS Guitarist Paul Stanley Talks Ace Frehley, Peter Criss and Being Ignored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

by Richard Bienstock

This is an excerpt from the April 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus an interview with Gene Simmons and much more Kiss (not to mention the Scorpions, three kings of acoustic shred, the hottest gear from the 2014 NAMM Show and more), check out the April 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.

Rock and Roll Hall Nite: In celebration of their upcoming Hall of Fame induction, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons take off the makeup for a pair of revealing interviews about their 40 years in Kiss.

Maybe it’s the makeup. Maybe it’s the merchandising. Maybe, at the end of the day, it’s just the music itself. Whatever the source, it is safe to say that few bands have inspired as much fervent devotion—and also rabid derision—as the self-proclaimed “Hottest Band in the World,” Kiss.

But love them or hate them (and really, is there any area in between?), Kiss—and in particular its stalwart co-founders, visionaries and greatest proponents and protectors, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons—continue to not only exist but also scale greater heights.

Here we are in 2014, and the band, now roughly 10 lineups in with current guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are experiencing yet another renaissance. Their most recent (and 20th) studio album, Monster, was an unusually strong effort, more energetic and enjoyable than should reasonably be expected from any band at this stage of its career.

Meanwhile, on the live front, Kiss continue to push the limits of just how much of an over-the-top spectacle a rock and roll show can truly be (for evidence, check out videos of recent performances that feature their newly designed Spider stage).
Mar 03 2014
SIGHTING: JAPANESE DOLLS GET ED!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

March 3rd is Japanese traditional day for girls. We display dolls called HINA-NINGYO.

Tetsuya
Mar 03 2014
SIGHTING: CARNIVAL PARADE IN HOLLAND
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Here is KISS in Raalte at the Carnival Parade in The Netherlands. KISS is everywhere!

Erwin Koggel
Mar 03 2014
IN THE PRESS: LA TIMES FEATURE
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Here's yesterday's KISS feature in the LA Times Sunday Arts section.
Mar 02 2014
PHOTO: AT CARNIVAL IN BRAZIL
TWITTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

KISS played big part in the Carnival parade - 35 foot high KISS statues and a huge Army of participants in KISS makeup & costume!
Mar 02 2014
PHOTO #2: AT CARNIVAL IN BRAZIL
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