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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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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
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

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 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.
Feb 20 2014
MY NEW SUITCASE!
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KISSONLINE,

I love my new KISS suitcase! An early birthday gift from my daughter and my partner!

Johan Carlen
Sweden

Feb 20 2014
SIGHTING: NEWSPAPER IN VENEZUELA
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Thanks to José Alejandro U. ‏for sharing this 40 years of KISS feature from a Venezuelan newspaper!
Feb 19 2014
LATEST MAGAZINE COVER: GUITAR WORLD
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Here's Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons on the cover of the upcoming Guitar World magazine.
Feb 19 2014
And launches New York City's first "worldwide musical phenomenon."

By Brian Ives

In Not Fade Away, we take a look at the legacy of some of the greatest albums of the past few decades – some iconic, some lesser known – as they celebrate significant anniversaries. Here, we look back at KISS‘ 1974 debut album which turns 40 this week.

About two years ago, Bruce Springsteen started his epic keynote speech at South By Southwest by discussing some of the most divisive artists in rock music. He mentioned Phish, he mentioned himself, and he mentioned KISS. He said there are two ways you can look at the self-proclaimed “hottest band in the world.” He said, “You can say, ‘Early theater rock proponents, expressing the true raging hormones of youth,’ or ‘They suck!’” And that’s pretty much how it is with KISS: you can love them, or hate them, but they’re very hard to ignore. However, that wasn’t always the case.

Although the band’s principles, Gene Simmons (bass/vocals) and Paul Stanley (guitar/vocals) are from New York City, there’s a reason that one of their biggest hits is written not about any of the five boroughs, but about Motor City, U.S.A. “We didn’t make it in New York,” Simmons told Radio.com in a recent interview. “We made it in Detroit. New York is a little too high-falutin, too full of itself.”

“It bears noting,” he says, “That New York City, perhaps the most important city on the face of the planet, never gave the world a worldwide musical phenomenon that could play stadiums and arenas around the world, other than KISS. Not one,” perhaps forgetting about Jay Z and Alicia Keys, to name two. “There’s the (New York) Dolls, the Ramones and other club bands. Blue Oyster Cult was from Long Island, and even they never played stadiums. New York City gave the world nothing. Detroit – not a major city – gave the world Grand Funk Railroad, which played Shea Stadium. Not a New York band ever played there,” although, Long Island’s Billy Joel had, in fact, headlined the former home of the New York Mets.
Feb 18 2014
SIGHTING: SNOW SCULPTURE
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Thanks to Beth Hickman for sharing this photo of a Gene Simmons snow sculpture in Nisswa, Minnesota!
Feb 17 2014
ARMY, YOU LOOK GREAT!
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Here are some of the many great fan photos sent to KISSOnline recently!

Keep them coming, KISS Army...we love seeing them!

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