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Jan 03 2014
Aberystwyth music fan Dan Griffiths recalls the first time he saw American rock band KISS perform.

"It was on Top of The Pops in May 1979. I thought to myself 'Wow! Who are these guys with the make-up?' I remember mam exclaiming, 'What an earth is this on the TV now!'" says Dan about the buzz of seeing his favourite band first when he was 12 years old. This was the start of a lifetime obsession.

In the S4C programme Dan Bach a KISS on Thursday 9 January, Dan will show us what it's like to be a faithful member of the 'KISS Army' as the band release a new album and embark on a new world tour.

"There is a very fine line between being a fan and a fanatic. A fan enjoys the music, follows the band and goes to their gigs. But a fanatic takes it a little more seriously. I would put myself in the 'Major Fanatic' category," says Dan, revealing a tattoo which covers his entire back with the faces of each band member, and the KISS logo like a lightning bolt in the middle.

"I just love the whole thing - the antics, outfits, make-up, and guitars. The morning after seeing them on Top of The Pops I went out and bought the 12 inch record. I've been faithful to KISS ever since," explains Dan, who has an entire room dedicated to storing his priceless collection of band memorabilia.
Jan 03 2014
ONTARIO'S POLAR BEAR DIP GETS ED!
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Hey guys -

I run my operations from Oakville, ONTARIO outside of Toronto downtown core. Every year the company COURAGE does their annual Courage Polar Bear Dip in Oakville in which hundreds of idiots jump into the frigid Ontario waters to raise money for World Vision. They raised almost $140K yesterday!

We have a local celeb in Tom Linhares, a diehard KISS freak who walks around the town in full Demon garb at every event. Yesterday - in the HELLISH cold, Tom did the dip in costume...

My photographer David Goodfellow nabbed this shot of Tom with myself and my son Jack by the ER truck.

Chris Alexander
Dec 31 2013
WEDDING CELEBRATION SEALED WITH A !
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Thanks to Diego Garcia for sharing his wedding cake with KISS!
Dec 30 2013
AWESOME BIRTHDAY CAKE!
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Marco Antonio Salazar Moreno celebrated his birthday with this great KISS cake!!
Dec 29 2013
SIGHTING: PINBALL IN CHARLOTTE
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Look what I discovered in Pinky's restaurant in downtown Charlotte while on vacation.

Bob Margolis

Dec 28 2013
ARMY, YOU LOOK GREAT!
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Check out these great photos of the KISS Army! Thanks to everyone for sharing them with us!
Dec 27 2013
OUR TRIBUTE TO
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2013 is nearly over. Wow! What a year! KISS in Berlin and Prague and of course KISS KRUISE III. We made a lot of new friends and also met old friends, too! We had a blast! We are really looking forward to KISS KRUISE IV and perhaps some gigs in Europe again!

After the Kruise this year, we went to NY. Really big city! Of course we visited there some KISS related places. And as you can see in the pictures… we did it in half make-up! We started there where it all began: The Loft! Some other places followed like the Paley Park. We also visited the “Dressed To Kill” corner and the Cedar Hill Mausoleum (Eric Carr´s resting place), etc. This was our tribute to KISS!

Thank you for 40 years of Rock´n´Roll!
Patricia & Peter Dammeyer and Daniela Grapp & Robert Jeske


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Dec 25 2013
FAN MAS ART
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Thanks to everyone who shared their Christmas with KISS! We appreciate you sending in these great KISSmas designs!
Dec 24 2013
IT'S A MERRY MAS AT THIS HOUSE!
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Thanks to Deborah Panagopoulos ‏for sharing this photo with KISS!

Dec 24 2013
SIGHTING: PUB IN ITALY
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

First of all Happy KISSmas to you all!

Here is the entrance of WOODSTOCK Live Pub in Grandate (Como) - Italy. Do you see some familiar giants there?

Cheers & Kisses
Barbara Caserta

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Dec 23 2013
LATEST MAGAZINE COVER: RIPPER
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Here's Gene Simmons on the cover of the latest issue of the Japanese magazine, Ripper.


Thanks to Kumiko for sharing the image with KISS!
Dec 22 2013
SIGHTING: WISCONSIN - PENN ST GAME
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Univ of Wisconsin vs Penn State Game. Several Badger fans were in full KISS makeup (but in Badger Red). This pic was captured while the crowd was rocking out to "Rock And Roll All Nite!"

Merry Christmas to you and KOL!
Richard “Woody” Lewis

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Dec 22 2013
MAS AT THE OTERO'S!
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Thanks to Vera Otero for sharing the KISSmas tree she created for her husband!


KISS Army - we love seeing all of your great holiday art and photos. Keep them coming!


Dec 21 2013
Written by Mike Knuth / Press-Gazette Media

I was watching my Twitter feed the other day when I saw something I didn’t think I would ever see. The words seemed to be staring back at me from the glow of my iPhone screen.

“Kiss to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

I closed my eyes and sighed. Finally, one of the great injustices of the century had been rectified.

OK, so maybe that is a bit dramatic, but the fact that Kiss was passed over for 15 years before finally making the grade did not sit well with me. The music critics and high and mighty at The Rolling Stone seemed to be dead set against allowing Kiss to join the ultimate club.

The Kiss Army has been at war on music blogs for more than a decade, and the legion of fans that has followed the “hottest band in the world” for 40 years will finally see the kings of face paint and flash pots formerly enshrined in ... wait for it ... Cleveland.

All joking aside, Cleveland is the place to be for those who want to be considered the best in the music business. Like Canton, Ohio, where the NFL’s legends are enshrined, Cleveland is home to the kings and queens of rock and roll. After selling more than 100 million albums worldwide, Kiss definitely belongs in Cleveland.
Dec 21 2013
FAN GRADUATES WITH !
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Cory Mayes received his Bachelor's Degree during Western Kentucky University's Commencement Ceremonies on December 14, 2013, all while rockin' the emblazoned art work of "Rock and Roll Over" atop his mortarboard cap. Cory you've made your Family and the entire KISS Army very proud.

Sincerely,
Paul H. Ray Hopkinsville, KY

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