KISS Kulture

Dec 31 2009
STILL EPIC ON STAGE
ISHOOTSHOWS.COM
By Todd Owyoung

As a music photographer, every gig presents a new challenge and an opportunity to make great images, but as 2009 comes to a close, it's time to look back at some of the best tours, festivals, and events of the year.

In 2009, I photographed 73 concerts and events, and the year was packed with a ton of great tours. These are my picks for the top ten best gigs to photograph in 2009.

KISS:

When photogenic bands come to mind, I think music shooters have to think of KISS, and this fact was only cemented by the Alive/35 tour this year. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, though they may be pushing 60, were still epic on stage and it was a pure adrenaline rush photographing this show. Non-stop posing and mugging by the band along with arena-blinding white lights made this a sure bet of an assignment - like shooting fish in a barrel.
Dec 31 2009
TURKEY IN DISGUISE
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hi KISS!

Thought I would share this picture with you. My six year old niece, Hunter Hurowitz, made this for me. It was a school project where they started with a picture of a holiday turkey and each kid in the class had to come up with a disguise to hide the turkey. Suffice it to say there were no others like it in her class!

Thanks,
Dave Cohen

LETTERS
Dec 30 2009
WAS SPECTACLE OF THE YEAR!
KISSONLINE
"El Comercio" Newspaper featured KISS' 2009 Lima show in a year end wrap up of major events in Peru.

Pictured is the cover of the newspaper and below is the translated text of the story:

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PARTY. KISS was the Spectacle of the Year

By Rafael Valdizan

The sky lit up with bursts of fireworks, sealing a night of partying. It was April 14th, but it smelled like a New Year's Eve celebration.

In a way, the spectacular presentation of KISS symbolized the year - a climax, a brooch of gold. It was an unprecendented year for Peru. 2009 was a hinge, a breaking point, a before and after: for the first time, Lima climbed to the heights of being an additional capital of music in South America. No more did we look with envy to Buenos Aires, Santiago or the various cities in Brazil where A-1 bands often land.

Kiss at the Estadio Nacional still nests in the collective memory of the lucky ones who witnessed the unique visual display of pyrotechnics accompanying the ever-rocking quartet's rock-and-roll, a soundtrack that has delighted generations of listeners.

Simple songs of verse-chorus have penetrated the masses -- the brains of millions of fans around the world. And these songs have remained fixtures for parties and nights of revelry.

KISS symbolizes the great celebration of the year.

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Thanks to Nick Diaz for sending KISSonline this news!
Dec 29 2009
'DELILAH' MAKES TOP SONGS OF DECADE LIST
CLASSSIC ROCK MAGAZINE
"Modern Day Delilah" is the #11 song in Classic Rock Magazine's Top 100 songs of the decade!

"Modern Day Delilah" - KISS

From the 2009 album "Sonic Boom." So, can KISS still rack out the lines (music, that is)? Hell, yeah. A deceptively simple platform-booted anthem - but only KISS could pull it off.

Dec 29 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
BATTLE OF TRIBUTE BANDS RINGS IN NEW YEAR IN UTAH

By David Burger

When it comes to celebrating New Year's Eve, three days are better than one.

Tuesday through Thursday, Salt Lake City will be enveloped in EVE, a new three-day festival to help Utahns ring in 2010.

A highlight of this new event will be the Battle of the Local Tribute Bands. KISS Thiss will be one of the bands performing.

KISS Thiss - Even though he lacks the lengthy tongue, Salt Lake City resident Kevin Sweat enjoys playing the "Demon" role of Gene Simmons in this tribute band.

"They're the most fun to play, because of the makeup," said Sweat, who has played the Simmons part for four years. He said before each concert each band member spends about an hour applying the signature face makeup.

The band tries to faithfully replicate the musicianship of "Detroit Rock City" and "Lick It Up. " But the members, who range in age from mid-30s to late 40s, have fun for another reason.

"It's all about remembering the good ol' days," Sweat said.
Dec 29 2009
POLISH YOUR NAILS WITH
DAILY-NAIL.BLOGSPOT.com
I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll All Niiiiight! (and Party Every Day)

KISS inspired nails today!! I love KISS, and totally hope to meet Gene Simmons one day. PLUS, their makeup is totally fun and interesting looking... so I thought I'd try it on my nails!! :)

I used China Glaze White on White as a base, with Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Black for the line work filled in with Zoya Raven, Zoya Trixie for the silver parts, China Glaze Salsa for all the red, and OPI Green-wich Village for the green around the eyes on the pinky.
Dec 29 2009
FAN-COMPOSED MEDLEY
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISSonline,

This is a medley made and recorded by a friend of mine called Satin.

It first came out on a Norwegian release called "Gods Of Thunder - A Norwegian Tribute To Kiss". It contains parts from 29 different Kiss classics, and it's a very well arranged compilation of songs. All instruments are played by Satin, and he also arranged and produced it himself. Thought it might be cool if the medley could be shown on the world's leading Kiss site.

Enjoy, and try to find all the 29 parts!

Best regards from Steinar Lindberg, Oslo - Norway.

LETTERS

Dec 24 2009
SNEAK PEEK OF NEW SCOOTER
KISSONLINE
Check out the cool new KISS Scooter from licensee Crossrunner.

Stay tuned to KISSonline for more details soon!
Dec 23 2009
MY JACKET
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Dear KISS,

Thought you would like to see this picture of my leather jacket. I have just finished painting it with the KISS Army logo on the sleeve and a full size picture on the back. Hope you like it!

Looking forward to seeing you in London on May 13th.. I've been a fan since 1978 and must say that Sonic Boom ROCKS!!!

Thanks,
John Joyner

LETTERS
Dec 22 2009
NAVY SEALS FAN VIDEO
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Thank you for the chance to meet you guys backstage in San Diego. You guys haven't lost a step. It might have been the best concert I've been to since my last KISS concert in Philly (where I'm from.) It was a BLAST!

I hope you get a chance to see this video I gave you of Navy SEALS doing their best KISS impersonation in Basrah, Iraq!

- Keith Jones

LETTERS

Dec 22 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hi KISS!!

Who would have thought it....a Gene Simmons waiter in front of the Legends Bar, north of the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

KISS truly is everywhere!!

Bill Moore

LETTERS
Dec 22 2009
MY BIRTHDAY CAKE
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hey KISS,

I wanted to share with you and all the KISS fans all over the world this amazing cake my best friend made for my birthday on December 21st. I'm now 25 and I'm a huge KISS fan (and especially Paul Stanley as you can see) since I'm 2 years old. I caught it from my dad who's himself a very big fan since the beginning. I just can't wait to see you in Europe!

Oh and by the way, Sonic Boom is just unbelievable! One of the best KISS album ever, for sure!! I was dreaming of a new album since a long time now and you did it... How awesome is that!

Thanks a lot for all the things you're doing for us, YOU are the best! I love you all. Greetings from France!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE

William Wambst

LETTERS
Dec 21 2009
PASADENA STAR-NEWS
KISS band members visit Boys and Girls Club in Monrovia

By Nathan McIntire

Children at the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills discovered Monday that the Demon and the Catman aren't nearly as imposing without their makeup.

Gene Simmons and Eric Singer, also known respectively as the Demon and the Catman of the legendary rock band KISS, visited the club and signed autographs while imploring the kids to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Though the lead singer and drummer of KISS didn't wear their patented white and black make-up, Simmons did oblige repeated requests to show his infamously long, slithering tongue.

"I would stick my tongue out, but look how dirty the floor is," Simmons told one child before relenting.
Dec 21 2009
MY BIRTHDAY CAKE
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS,

Thanks for another incredible show on December 6th in Dallas. For me it marks my 30th anniversary for seeing the most spectacular show from the greatest band on earth (October 21st 1979 was my first KISS concert). I also wanted to send a picture of the incredible cake my girl had made for me for my birthday on Dec 17th. The bakery usually only does wedding cakes but as you can see they did a fantastic job! Thanks for memories past and future...

You're the best!
Robert Choate

LETTERS
Dec 21 2009
GENE MEETS SANTA
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Merry Christmas, KISS!

Best,
Jennifer Gregory

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