KISS Kulture

Aug 03 2010
GUITAR CENTER
Here's the exclusive interview as appears in our August Anniversary Buyer's Guide

KISS

Most lists of 100 things to do before you die involve travel to exotic locations and participating in some sort of extreme sport, but if you are a musician your bucket list should also include attending a KISS concert.

For the last 35 years KISS has staged a spectacle unlike any other in the rock and roll business—one that keeps getting bigger and better every time they go out on the road on tour. This year's tour, called "The Hottest Show on Earth," is a two-hour extravaganza filled with enough fireworks and pyrotechnics "to bring down low-flying aircraft," promises KISS rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley.

"When we go on stage, we want people in the audience to go, 'This is what a rock concert is supposed to be!" says Stanley. "Our show started out by us wanting to get up on stage and show people how it was supposed to be done. We wanted to be the band that we always wanted to see but never saw. We still go out there every night and try to be the ideal band."

Fans can always count on seeing bassist Gene Simmons spewing mushroom clouds of fire, Les Pauls that shoot fireworks, and more confetti than a Wall Street ticker tape parade celebrating a World Series victory by the New York Yankees. This year's tour includes massive video screens that give fans close up views of all four band members in performance, multi-colored flame explosions, and hydraulic platforms that lift band members high into the air while spraying out more fireworks and pyro.
Aug 03 2010
KISSONLINE
'KISS' Scratcher Brings $50,000 in Good Fortune to Alamogordo Fan

ALBUQUERQUE - You could say Judith "Judy" Aguirre got a KISS for luck.

Aguirre, who lives in Alamogordo, New Mexico, won $50,000 playing the New Mexico Lottery's "KISS" Scratcher. "I love KISS and I love Gene Simmons," Aguirre told lottery officials in Albuquerque. "When I heard the game had come out, I just had to play."

Aguirre, a KISS fan since the 1980s and a loyal viewer of reality show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," bought the ticket Tuesday morning. After winning $10 and $15 on "KISS" tickets played earlier in the month, Aguirre said she never expected her next ticket to reveal a five-figure sum.
Aug 03 2010
"THE DEMON" GOES BOWLING FOR CHARITY
KISSONLINE
Dale "The Demon" Torborg made a rare appearance at a charity event in Orlando this past weekend benefitting breast cancer research. Real Radio 104.1 Monsters in the Morning asked The Demon to take part in order to raise money for "Rock Pink" (www.rockpink.com). The Demon was one of the highest bid on celebrities at the event helping to raise over $36,000 for breast cancer research. The Monsters main DJ, Russ Rollins a huge KISS fan, joined Dale Torborg at the last KISS show at Cobo Hall last year.
Aug 02 2010
ON COVER OF GUITAR CENTER CATALOG
KISSONLINE
KISS is featured on the cover of the latest Guitar Center catalogs. The catalogs also feature a four page interview with the band, and an ad for Guitar Center sweepstakes that includes KISS.

Aug 02 2010
AWESOME TATTOO
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Check out this fan's awesome KISS tattoo!

Thanks to Joe Penn for sending KISSonline this clip of his tattoo.

Aug 01 2010
ARMY, YOU LOOK GREAT!
KISSONLINE
Check out these cool KISS Army photos taken by the KISS Army at this weekend's KISS shows in Cincinnati, OH and Hershey, PA. KISS fans used LiveShare to get their photos on the big screens and KISSOnline!

CLICK HERE for more info on KISS LiveShare

Aug 01 2010
ARMY, YOU LOOK GREAT PART 2
KISSONLINE
More photos of the KISS Army taken by the KISS Army at this weekend's KISS shows in Cincinnati, OH and Hershey, PA.

KISS LiveShare
Aug 01 2010
WINCHESTER STAR
Winchester man has assembled an 896-piece collection of rock band

By Monty Tayloe / The Winchester Star
Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star

His grandparents say that when 4-year-old Benji Knee came to live with them in 1976, the obsession had already begun.

Born with Down syndrome, he brought his favorite toys to make the move easier: Four long-haired dolls - one each for Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley, and Gene Simmons - the original lineup of the face-painted hard-rock band KISS.

"They're the hottest band in the world," Benji said 34 years later, standing in front of a dresser stuffed with KISS T-shirts.

His dolls are now just a small part of a 896-piece KISS collection that has taken over his grandparents' basement, his bedroom, and now even the family living room.

"This is his whole life," said Benji's grandfather (and retired city treasurer) Walter "Skeeter" Knee, 75, standing in the basement Benji calls his office.
Jul 31 2010
OVER 1 MILLION FANS ON FACEBOOK!
KISSONLINE
We've now passed the 1 million fans mark on Facebook! The Army, the tribe, the family continues to grow at a pace that staggers even us. Anyone who has seen us on one of the last two tours knows we've taken KISS to a whole new level. You deserve it. We deserve it. It's only getting better. We're only getting stronger. We're only getting started.

Thanks a million!

You Wanted The Best, You GOT the Best!

Paul, Tommy, Eric and Gene

OFFICIAL KISS FACEBOOK PAGE
Jul 31 2010
SCENES FROM CINCINNATI MEET & GREET
Check out these these KISS tattoos from KISS' Cincinnati fan meet and greet!
Jul 31 2010
CINCINNATI LOVES !
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's KISS in front of a packed Riverbend Music Center last night in Cincinnati!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSonline.
Jul 31 2010
MINOTDAILYNEWS
KISS kicks off tour to help wounded warriors

By ELOISE OGDEN

When fair-goers packed the new grandstand for the KISS concert last Saturday night at the North Dakota State Fair, they also were helping military members returning from war who have been wounded.

Minot was the second stop for the rock group's 32-city North American "The Hottest Show on Earth" tour.

Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyo., was the first stop, the night before Minot, where KISS kicked off donating $1 from every concert ticket sold to go to Central Savannah River Area Wounded Warrior Care Project in Augusta, Ga. The tour ends in Fontana, Calif., Sept. 25.

The KISS concert in Cheyenne had a total attendance of 16,715 people and $15,884 will go to the Wounded Warrior Care Project, Cheyenne Frontier Days officials said.

Laurie Ott, of Augusta, executive director of the CRSA Wounded Warrior Care Project, hearing the number of tickets sold at the State Fair's KISS show, said, "That's just incredible." KISS also reportedly played to record-breaking crowds in Cheyenne.
Jul 30 2010
VISITS ACCESS HOLLYWOOD
ACCESS HOLLYWOOD
Maria Menounos' Rockin' KISS Makeover

It's all smiles when KISS rock stars Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley make their way onto the set of Access Hollywood for an interview with Maria Menounos in Burbank, Calif., on July 19, 2010
Jul 30 2010
ARMY, YOU LOOK GREAT!
KISSONLINE
Check out the KISS Army at KISS' Pittsbugh-area show last night!
Jul 30 2010
ARMY, YOU LOOK GREAT #2!
KISSONLINE
Here are some more great shots of fans from last night's show in the Pittsburgh area!
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