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Mar 03 2014
SIGHTING: CARNIVAL PARADE IN HOLLAND
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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
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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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Mar 02 2014
SIGHTING: DEMON COSTUME IN OSAKA
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Check out the Gene Simmons costume in the window of the Osaka Hard Rock Cafe.

Thanks to Mao Funaki for the photo!

Mar 01 2014
KISS is happy with its lineup and OK with the Rock Hall

A new inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, KISS won't be playing at that ceremony. But the members are still very much in the rock 'n' roll business.

By Steve Appleford

The sideshow at Dodger Stadium is about to begin as Paul Stanley emerges from his backstage trailer, shirtless and in full kabuki drag: bright red lips, his face painted harlequin white, a black star over his right eye. The singer-guitarist is here to perform with his band KISS but hears his name and walks over to a crowd gathered at the fence.

"Arriba!" yells one fan, and Stanley reaches over to shake hands, as dozens of cellphones take snapshots. "Let me see your shoes!" shouts another, and Stanley half-climbs the fence to swing a tasseled silver-and-black platform boot over the top. "Thanks, Paul!"

In less than an hour, Stanley and his musical partner of four decades, Gene Simmons, will lead KISS through two short sets of hooks and hard rock riffs as halftime entertainment for an ice hockey game between the Kings and the Ducks. It's another strange gig in the ongoing saga of KISS, which long ago evolved from band to lucrative brand, ready for high-profile special events, reality TV and cradle-to-grave business ventures in the form of KISS Hello Kitty Dolls, KISS comics, books, T-shirts, action figures and restaurants as well as KISS caskets and KISS urns.
Mar 01 2014
SIGHTING: RESTAURANT IN VENEZUELA
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In this restaurant the kids can choose from their own KISS menu.

Greetings from Venezuela!

José Alejandro U
Feb 27 2014
SIGHTING: AD FOR BURLESQUE SHOW
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Thanks to Ron Buckley for sharing this ad for the Gods of Rock Burlesque show!


Feb 27 2014
MY NEW TATTOOS!
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Hey Guys!

Just wanted to share my KISS tattoos with everyone. Hope to see you soon, live in concert!

Lisa in York, Pa.
Feb 26 2014
SIGHTING: -INSPIRED JERSEY
MARIE CLAIRE MARCH 2014
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The March 2014 issue of Marie Claire magazine features a rock-styled Louis Vuitton jersey. Could Paul Stanley's stagewear and LA KISS be inspiring Spring fashion? We think so!

Photo by Jill Cataldo for KISSonline.
Feb 25 2014
SIGHTING: BRAZILIAN TV SHOW
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

KISS Fans rock Brazilian TV show - "Machine of Fame!"

Feb 24 2014
MY DAUGHTER'S QUILT
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For my daughter's 18th birthday, I made her a T-shirt quilt. I've been saving her favorite shirts from childhood - everything from school, sports, scouts -- and of course, many KISS t-shirts she's worn over the years. I bordered the quilt blocks with (what else?) Hello Kitty KISS fabric!

Jill Cataldo
Feb 22 2014
CLOTHING AT FOREVER 21
Check out some of the great KISS clothing currently on sale at Forever 21!
Feb 21 2014
By Miles Raymer

On Feb. 18, 1974, Casablanca Records released Kiss's first album, Kiss. It didn't do very well. Critics and listeners who had followed rock music in its post-Beatles era turn into serious, high-minded stuff dismissed the band as a novelty act. Upon seeing them perform for the first time, executives from Warner Bros. dissolved their partnership with Casablanca. Despite a considerable amount of tinkering and several attempts at releasing a single that would catch on with pop listeners it initially sold only 75,000 copies, a flop at the time.

Forty years later Kiss's debut is ensconced firmly in the rock canon, and after years of being passed over for acts with more critical respect the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April. Some of the credit goes to the music itself, which blended bits of glam and heavy metal with unexpected pop hooks. But mostly the album, and the group that made it, were a success because of some of the most brilliant and successful marketing the music industry's ever seen. From makeup to caskets, here's a look back at Kiss's marketing strategy.

Makeup:
Alice Cooper had been wearing outlandish makeup for years by the time Kiss came around, and David Bowie had already popularized glittery spaceman costumes, but there was something about the way Kiss pulled them together that transcended their influences. Never allowing themselves to be seen by the public outside of their sci-fi kabuki getups, the members seemed somehow more than human, and helped add a bit of mythical heft to their unpretentious musical arrangements and frequently juvenile lyrics. Without the makeup Kiss could have been successful, but they never would have been as big as Kiss.


Feb 21 2014
CHICAGO HARD ROCK HOTEL DISPLAY
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Here are some photos from Chicago's Hard Rock Hotel KISS display! The window faces the famous "Magnificent Mile," and the staff inside the hotel gift shop say that people are constantly stopping to take pictures of the window.

(If you ever stay at this hotel, ask to stay on the KISS floor, which is decorated with KISS photos, art and guitars from the band!)

Photos by Jill Cataldo for KISSonline.
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