KISS Kulture

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
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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

Dec 09 2009
A Merry KISSmas to Oakville

By Angela Blackburn, Oakville Beaver Staff
Photo by Riziero Vertolli / OAKVILLE BEAVER

They were expecting Santa, but got 'Gene Simmons' first - and they liked it.

Oakville residents voted Tom Linhares' Gene Simmons' Family KISSmas float, runner-up in the new Oakville's Choice Award for the Santa Parade.

"Tom said the looks on the faces of not only the kids, but the adults, as he went by, were something he'll never forget," said Pam Damoff, chair of the 2009 Santa Claus Parade.
Dec 09 2009
KISS Presents Wilson Middle School With Gift Of Music

By Craig Day, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Legendary rock band KISS visited Tulsa's Wilson Middle School on Wednesday to shoot a segment of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

"I can't believe what all they have planned," said Caleb Starr, principal at Wilson. "This is going to be an amazing experience for the kids and the adults."

Starr said producers from Extreme Makeover approached him with an offer of free musical instruments from Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation as part of an upcoming edition of the show.

Dec 09 2009
Rock act KISS to visit Tulsa school for 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

By Staff Reporter

Legendary rock band, KISS, will spend Wednesday at Tulsa's Wilson Middle School to shoot a segment of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

"I can't believe what all they have planned," said Wilson principal Caleb Starr in a release. "This is going to be an amazing experience for the kids and the adults."

Starr said producers from Extreme Makeover approached him with an offer of free musical instruments from Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation as part of an upcoming edition of the show.
Dec 09 2009

By Rege Behe

Ginger Dickison is a special-effects artist with Spotlight Costumes, LLC, in the South Side. A native of Fresno, Calif., she came to Pittsburgh four years ago to study at the Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects School at the Douglas Education Center in Monessen.

Dickison has worked on stage productions of "Beauty and the Beast," "Sweeney Todd" and "A Christmas Carol," and on some independent film productions.

One of her specialties is replicating the makeup worn by KISS members during performances. Here are her tips for putting on one's best KISS face.

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