KISS Kulture

Feb 11 2014
' FOOTBAL TEAM: AMC'S NEXT REALITY TV SERIES
Paul Stanley says the show is an 'opportunity to see the making of our team of rebels'

Story By Kory Grow
Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images

When Kiss first announced that they had invested in an arena football team, which of course they had named the L.A. Kiss, vocalist-bassist Gene Simmons said, "There's been a lot of attention to detail . . . so that people don't think this is a rock band in football helmets." And he underscored that statement saying, "This is real football."

Now Kiss have found a way to show just how real the team is: reality TV. AMC has ordered 10 episodes of an unscripted series chronicling the first season of the arena football team the Los Angeles Kiss, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to the players, the show will feature Doc McGhee – the longtime manager of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees – as well as its owners, Simmons and Paul Stanley.

"We are thrilled to partner with AMC in bringing our show to the viewing public," Stanley said. "Anyone who knows Gene and I knows we have never played by the rules. This opportunity to see the making of our team of rebels, the L.A. Kiss, from behind the scenes will once again show everyone that we play to win."

Last year, Simmons told Rolling Stone that the L.A. Kiss was just one more part of what he called "Kiss Kulture." The perennial salesman pitched a chance to buy season tickets to see "the only football team in Los Angeles of any kind" and get a free Kiss concert ticket included in the price. "What's wrong with that?" Simmons asked. "Your choices are mortgaging your home to get a ticket for the NFL, or you can come to our air-conditioned arena facilities and you'll have the time of your life."

An AMC exec said the as-yet-untitled one-hour series would capture the "trials and tribulations" of establishing a sports franchise. The show will premiere this summer.
Feb 10 2014
PHOTO: JOHN VARVATOS BILLOARD
LA KISS FOOTBALL
We ran into a few familiar faces "Dressed To Kill" this morning in Los Angeles!
Feb 10 2014
SIGHTING: MARDI GRAS FLOAT
KISS TWITTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

KISS and Mardi Gras..let the good times roll!

Bryan Austin
Feb 09 2014
SOUP CAN
GENE SIMMONS TWITTER
PROGRESSO folks sent this to Gene, after he tweeted he liked their light soups.
Feb 09 2014
SIGHTING: STREET AD IN FRANCE
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Hi KISS,

I just found this ad in my hometown, Strasbourg. They made several ads to promote the media library in the city. They put opposite characters together... It's funny to see the top of Gene Simmons' solo cover and the bottom of the philosopher Karl Marx.

Thierry Raynaud
Feb 09 2014
THIS DAY IN TORY 1999
KISSONLINE.com
On this day in KISSTORY - February 9, 1999, the Playboy issue featuring the 'Girls of KISS' was released. Gene Simmons graces the cover of the magazine, and the entire band appears in the photos with the 'Girls of KISS,' who are all wearing KISS Makeup...and not much else!
Feb 08 2014
CELEBRATING AT THE HARD ROCK IN ROME
HARD ROCK CAFE ROME
Support City of Hope and party everyday!

On January 30th, the Hard Rock Cafe Rome held a KISS celebration benefit with Italian KISS tribute band Dressed To Kill.

City of Hope is recognized worldwide as a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

CLICK HERE to purchase yours today online.
Feb 08 2014
MORE PHOTOS FROM HARD ROCK ROME, ITALY
HARD ROCK ROME
Feb 08 2014
SIGHTING: BIZARRO COMIC STRIP
KISSONLINE.com
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Bizarro comic strip. Today.

Thanks to Chris Ryall for sending to us!
Feb 08 2014
SIGHTING: STREET ART IN FRANCE
KISSONLINE TWITTER FAN LETTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Found this in Rouen, France.

Max Kersh ‏
Feb 07 2014
AMC ORDERS LA ARENA FOOTBALL SHOW
AMC Orders Arena Football Reality Show With Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley

The cable network's latest unscripted plans will focus on the inaugural season of the Los Angeles KISS.

AMC is hoping TV's love affair with football will extend to its latest unscripted order -- and bringing a bankable reality star along for the ride.

The cable network, which continues to make inroads into reality, has ordered 10 episodes of a new unscripted series following the inaugural season of arena football team the Los Angeles KISS. The show will include team owners and namesakes, KISS frontmen Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.

Simmons, of course, is no stranger to a camera crew. The bass guitarist starred on his own reality show, A&E's ‪Gene Simmons Family Jewels‬, for seven seasons.

“We are thrilled to partner with AMC in bringing our show to the viewing public,” said bandmate and business partner Stanley. “Anyone who knows Gene and I knows we have never played by the rules. This opportunity to see the making of our team of rebels, the LA KISS, from behind the scenes will once again show everyone that we play to win.”

In addition to the duo and other members of the team, the show will also feature longtime KISS manager Doc McGhee.

“We look forward to capturing all the trials and tribulations of launching a sports franchise in a great sports city like Los Angeles,” AMC senior vp unscripted programming Eliot Goldberg. “These are incredibly dedicated athletes, coaches and management who want to win, and the fact that the team has rock and roll royalty in the owners box just adds another great dimension to the series.”

Still untitled, the one-hour series is produced by Thinkfactory Media (Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Hatfields & McCoys) and will launch summer 2014. Executive producers include Adam Freeman, Adam Reed and Leslie Greif. Goldberg, Marco Bresaz and Andrea Beckerman will oversee for AMC.

February sees the launch of AMC's latest reality foray, Game of Arms. Small Town Security, Comic Book Men, Freakshow and The Pitch are among its other unscripted offerings -- though the network remains best known for its dramas.
Feb 07 2014
NHL COMMISSIONER GARY BETTMAN MEETS
By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

The NHL's Stadium Series has been a rousing success to this point. Everything from the party-like atmosphere of LA to the large television audience for Sunday's game. So Commissioner Gary Bettman has to be happy about how things are going for his league.

He also has to be especially happy to have been granted the once-in-a-lifetime experience of having Gene Simmons, lead singer of KISS, nearly lick the top of his head.

Shared by the Denver Post's Adrian Dater on Twitter, Sports Illustrated photographer Robert Beck was the man to snap this photo and thank goodness for that. KISS was the headlining musical group that played the first Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. Apparently Bettman just wanted to stop by and say thanks or something.

I'm sure the commissioner is really happy Beck was there to capture this great moment in sports history. This is the iconic photograph for which Bettman will be remembered (I hope).
Feb 07 2014
GET YOUR UNDER ARMOUR ALTER EGO NOW!
KISSONLINE.com
KISS Under Armour is now available at www.underarmour.com/shop!
Feb 06 2014
INVADES HARD ROCK CAFES
KISS TWITTER
Thanks to the KISS Army for sharing your pictures of the KISS displays at Hard Rock Cafes around the world!

In the photos:

Top left - Orlando, Florida
Right - Las Vegas, Nevada
Bottom left - Times Square New York City
Feb 06 2014
LATEST BIRTHDAY CAKES
KISS TWITTER
Thanks for sharing your great KISS Birthday cakes with us!
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