KISS Kulture

Dec 16 2009
Check out these great KISS tattoos spotted backstage on the final leg of the KISS Alive 35 Tour.

Photos by Dean Snowden for KISSonline.
Dec 16 2009
Here's KISS backstage at the Mellon center with head coach Dan Bylsma, assistant coach Tony Granato and the Pittsburg Penguins family.

Photos by Dean Snowden for KISSonline.
Dec 16 2009

I wanted to send you a picture of me getting your signatures inked in after the show in Kansas City. I called ahead of time to Mercy Seat Tattoo when I got my meet & greet. Chris, the tattooist, gladly reopened the shop to do your signatures. He's a huge fan too. I just wanted to say thanks again for signing my back. I'll wear KISS proudly for ever. I can't wait for you to come to St.Louis so I can do another meet & greet. I also gave you all pictures of my KISS tribute bike, I really hope you enjoyed them.

Thanks again for 35 years of Rock n Roll!

Dave Bement

Dec 16 2009
Check out this great KISS quilt that Ginny Winderman made for a terminally ill 5 years old Kiss fan.

Way to go, Ginny!
Dec 15 2009
Penguins Coaches Enjoy Kiss Concert

By Rob Rossi

Inclement weather prevented the Penguins from gathering Sunday morning at a Waterfront restaurant for their annual holiday party, but head coach Dan Bylsma and his staff still found time to bond. Penguins coaches attended the KISS concert that night at Mellon Arena, though assistant coach Tony Granato joked that they opted against face paint in honor of their favorite band members - front man Paul Stanley for Granato.
Dec 13 2009
FOX 23

Thanks to Ace Doggett for sending KISSonline the clip.
Dec 12 2009
KISS has been rocking since 1973, so it makes sense that references to the band (and their makeup) have popped up just about everywhere in pop culture. Here are a few:

"Family Guy"

In the Season 3 episode "Road to Europe," Peter and Lois go to KISS-stock, a five-night concert featuring the band. He and Lois dress in KISS makeup and stand near the stage, but when Gene Simmons points the microphone at Lois during "Rock and Roll All Night," she doesn't know the words, and Peter is humiliated. They head to a Denny's restaurant, where KISS is eating and Lois recognizes Simmons by his birth name, Chaim Witz, and they talk about how they dated before Simmons was in the band.

"Role Models"

Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott star in this 2008 comedy about two friends, Danny and Wheeler, who get in trouble and are sentenced to 150 hours of mentoring kids. Wheeler's love of KISS helps him seem cool to the wild child he's placed with. For the final act of the film, the four main characters don KISS makeup.

"Detroit Rock City"

This 1999 movie takes place in 1978, where Lex, Trip, Hawk and Jam's favorite band is KISS. They're pumped up to head to a concert in Detroit, until Hawk's ultrareligious mom (who thinks "KISS" stands for "Knights In Satan's Service") lights their tickets on fire. The four friends have to find a way to get out of school, get to Detroit and get into the concert. Without getting caught.

"What's New, Scooby-Doo?"

During the '90s-era incarnation of the cartoon series, the episode "A Scooby-Doo Halloween" shows the mystery-solving gang in a town where KISS is playing at a Halloween concert. The song "Shout It Out Loud" plays during the episode's chase sequence.

- Kevin Coffey
Dec 12 2009
Check out this fan's tattoo before, during and after being signed by KISS!

Photos by Dean Snowden and Spiro Papadatos for KISSonline.
Dec 11 2009
Merry KISSmas: Legendary Rockers KISS Launch an Offensive with ABC's Hit "Show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to Help a Family of Needy KISS Fans

In the spirit of the KISS Army, when the ABC hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" told legendary rockers KISS about a family of needy KISS fans in Gainesville, Florida, who started a home-based, non-profit music school while their own home is falling down around them, the band heeded the call and launched the offense during their Tulsa stop on their North American KISS/Alive 35 tour.

Tobin and Jill Wagstaff, a couple with four children, operate Studio Percussion, Inc., a school that currently serves about 200 people, half of which receive financial aid or a full scholarship. The non-profit school can only afford to pay Tobin, 29, a salary, so Jill, 32, must also work as a pre-school teacher to help pay the bills. Their utter devotion to their family, school, and community leaves little time and resources to tend to their home that is in dire need of repair. The floors and rooftops are completely rotting away and the electrical system throughout the house is faulty.
Dec 11 2009
Check out this impressive collection of KISS magazine covers! All of these magazines were released in 2009. KISS truly is everywhere!!
Dec 11 2009
A-B, Activision Benefit From Unexpected Stickiness of Live Ustream Show by Iconic Rock Band

by Jeremy Mullman

So it turns out giving a concert away online is a pretty good way to sell beer and video games.

On Nov. 25, Kiss partnered with live streaming video platform Ustream for an online broadcast of the bombastic and pyrotechnic closing concert for its "35 Alive" tour at Los Angeles' Staples Center.

The broadcast drew more than 2 million views -- Ustream's feed was viewed on its own site as well through social-media hubs such as Facebook -- and it generated enough buzz to rate as a trending topic on Twitter during the Thanksgiving eve performance. The 1.1 million unique visitors, while not rocking all night, stuck around a while: The average viewing time during the broadcast was 43 minutes.
Dec 10 2009
Check out the great KISS billboard outside the Spint Center in Kansas City.

Photos by Dean Snowden for KISSonline.
Dec 10 2009

Music Makeover

by Andrea Eger

Tulsa's Wilson Middle School was transformed into a TV set on Wednesday for a segment of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," featuring legendary rock band KISS.

The band helped surprise the entire school with a presentation of about $100,000 in new musical instruments from Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation at an afternoon assembly.

"In public education, there is no crisis greater than the lack of money going into musical enrichment," KISS guitarist Paul Stanley said at the assembly. "The government needs to understand musical programs in schools is not a luxury. It's a necessity."

Dec 10 2009
This is one of those orders I couldn't wait to get started on. I received an e-mail from a woman who was throwing a 50th birthday party for her boyfriend. Apparently he used to be lead singer and guitarist in a rock band. As a surprise she invited all of is old rock band buddies so they could all play live music outdoors together. Since her boyfriend was a huge KISS fan she requested KISS themed cupcakes and a KISS themed cake for the party.

The cake was decorated with silver dragees lined up to make the KISS logo. The cupcakes were decorated with handcrafted fondant KISS themed decorations including make-up, the KISS logo, the devil's horn hand gesture, and a zippo lighter complete with flame.

I so wish I could have been a fly on the wall at that party!

Dec 10 2009
Gene in Greek the next top model


Here is a Gene girl from the Greek version on the "Next Top Model". The show airs on Greek TV channel ANT1. This episode aired last night and the critics liked her posing like Gene. Gene and KISS are everywhere.... even in Greece!!!

John Rigas

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