KISS Kulture

Sep 25 2009
OBAMA / EDITORIAL CARTOON
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
By Jeff Darcy, The Plain Dealer
Sep 25 2009
MR. POTATO HEADS AT WALMART
ACTON NEWS 7 ABC
Just in time for the band's momentous return to Cobo Arena, KISS collectibles are making their way to area stores. We were pretty impressed by the Mr. Potato Head dolls immortalizing band members.

There are 4 dolls, one of which has a large tongue and is - of course - instantly recognizable as Gene Simmons.

Metro Detroit Walmart stores are selling the new KISS Mr. Potato Heads in addition to makeup kits, wigs, CDs, and special M&M candies.

According to Walmart, stores here will have the items arranged in special displays within their electronics and Halloween sections.
Sep 22 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISSONLINE
Austrian Telecom YESSS features a classic KISS hit in a television commercial... with kazoos!



Argentinian comedian Peter Capusotto interprets 19th-century composer Jaime de las Mercedes Cardenas in a recent television special.

Sep 19 2009
IN CHAINS!
KISSONLINE
Alice In Chains' Myspace has posted a short film - 'Black Gives Way To Blue', that features the band members being interviewed while applying KISS Makeup.

KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Alice In Chains "Black Gives Way to Blue" Short Film
Sep 19 2009
CADILLAC NEWS
By Jeff Broddle

Cadillac High School Football Coach Dave Brines new they had to do something. The year before, the Vikings had gone 9-0 and finished third in the state, part of a 16-game winning streak. Although they had lost a few players since that undefeated 1973 season, Brines and his assistant coach, Jim Neff, knew their 1974 team was solid. Still, they had lost their first two games, although by close margins.

"They weren't used to losing. They were pretty down mentally," Brines said.

His conclusion was, "The kids weren't having any fun."

A coaching meeting to address the problem launched a series of events that, with Neff's help, would bring outrageously costumed, fire-breathing rock band KISS to Cadillac, Michigan for a visit that would be talked about and revisited for decades.

During the coaching meeting, Neff suggested playing rock and roll music in the locker room as a way to loosen up the team and get them ready to play.

The suggestion was a 180 degree turn from Brines' approach.

"I wanted the locker room quiet. I wanted them to be serious and think about the game," Brines said.

But Brines trusted Neff, and knew he had a good football mind, and he went along with the suggestion.
Sep 19 2009
CANADA'S PRIME MINISTER IS KOOL!
KISSONLINE
KISS Tribute Destroyer was invited to play during the opening ceremonies for WORLDSKILLS 2009 which was being held in Calgary, Alberta this year. Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper also spoke at the week long event. After the ceremonies, the guys were honored to be introduced to the leader of our country. This was definitely a memorable moment for Destroyer as well as proving that Canada's leader is definitely KISS KOOL!!

PMO Photos by Jason Ransom

The first photo from left to right is Tony Verna, Moe Rotondi, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Steve Lynch and Mike Chichkan. The second photo is of Destroyer founder, Moe Rotondi shaking hands with Prime Minister Harper.

Thanks to Kim Rolfe for sending the story to KOL!
Sep 18 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Check out the picture of Barbara Schoeneberger (a German TV Star, Actress and Singer), posing as a mix of Gene and Paul together!

KISS really is everywhere!

Best,
Hans Peter

LETTERS
Sep 17 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hi KISS!!!

Check out what I found in the Chilean newspaper 'Las Ultimas Noticias'. I knew Mona Lisa was a huge KISS Fan!

Can't wait for Sonic Boom and seeing you again in Chile on tour next year!

All the Best!!
Victor Villaseca Arica, Chile

LETTERS
Sep 15 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Good Day Guys,

I am a Grade 4/5 teacher at Heritage School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Every year I lead the school in a KISS day where all staff members and kids get in KISS makeup and we have Rock 'n' Roll events throughout the school. Here's a picture of last year's KISS Day.

Thanks,
Bryan Dean Benjaminson

LETTERS
Sep 10 2009
BRAZILIAN POSTER MAGAZINE
KISSONLINE.com
Here's the cover of a new KISS poster-magazine that was just released in Brazil.

Thanks to Marcio Siqueira for sending KOL the image.
Sep 10 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hi Kiss!

Thought you'd like to see this picture!

I was cruising on my bike through the Amsterdam (Holland), and at Museumplein there was an exhibition with all kinds of elephant statues painted in different ways.

One of the elephants featured KISS ..KISS really is EVERYWHERE!

Take Care

Arno

LETTERS
Sep 05 2009
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Rock group's CD blitz includes Mr. Potato Heads

By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How many Kiss Mr. Potato Head kollectibles are you going to need? For many fans, the answer will be two of each -- one set for you and one for the kids to play with, and lose all the pieces.

The Kiss Mr. Potato Head -- sure to be the most entertaining piece of merchandise the band has ever issued -- will take its place in the Kiss Korner at Walmart on Oct. 6 as part of a merchandise blitz that accompanies "Sonic Boom," the band's first album in 11 years.

The pitch for merch has intensified, but Kiss is taking it to the next level. The Kiss Korner will include T-shirts ($5), a fleece blanket ($10), limited edition Kiss M&M candies, catalog CDs ($5-$9) and makeup kits, masks and wigs (at select Walmart stores, $5).
Sep 05 2009
BNET
Wal-Mart Isn't Kutting Korners to Kapitalize on KISS

By Mike Duff

In its battle of the bands with Target, Wal-Mart is getting serious.

Or perhaps delirious, but, no matter what, its latest entertainment initiative looks to be fun and productive.

Wal-Mart revealed yesterday that it would be mounting what it refers to as KISS Korners in its electronics and Halloween aisles to support its exclusive distribution of the band's new album Sonic Boom.

Among the featured items involved are Mr. Potato Head versions of all four band members in full makeup.

That's not all, of course, even if the Mr. Potato Heads are likely to be a couldn't-top-them-with-sour-cream marketing and sales success, particularly among hard-core KISS fans. The multifaceted KISS Korner merchandise initiative will be in place when Sonic Boom releases on Oct. 6 exclusively at Walmart stores, Sam's Clubs and Walmart.com. The release certainly counts as a value proposition, given that the eleven-track CD is part of a three-disc set that also features a new generation KISS greatest hits CD and a live DVD shot in Argentina during the band's South American tour, all for $12 bucks. Clearly, Wal-Mart is making a pricing statement with its recent entertainment products, one that may pressure other retailers.
Sep 03 2009
WALMART'S KORNERS
KISSONLINE.com
KISS Shirts, Makeup, Wigs, KISS Spuds and Other Kollectibles Coming to Entertainment and Halloween Aisles

KISS fans ready for the new SONIC BOOM CD/DVD release Oct. 6 can own a piece of KISStory when Walmart stores unveil "KISS Korners" in Electronics departments and Halloween aisles in October. Stores will offer in special areas KISS T-shirts, wigs, makeup, limited edition KISS M&M candies, and even KISS Mr. Potato Head spuds of all four band members through Halloween.

For Detroit City Rockers and beyond, the exclusive KISS CD/DVD package, SONIC BOOM, and KISS kollectibles will be available in all Walmart stores nationwide. Select items, including the MP3 digital album, will be available at Walmart.com. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER KISS' SONIC BOOM for $12.

"To complement this highly-anticipated music release, we are excited to bring a unique store experience with KISS merchandise at an unbeatable value for fans of all ages," said Greg Hall, vice president of Media Services, Walmart U.S. "It has been both fun and an honor to work with the band and celebrate with fans the new music release and album tour."

Items will arrive upon the Oct. 6 release and include:

-- KISS SONIC BOOM CD/DVD package
-- KISS T-shirts-- Four select KISS Mr. Potato Head kollectibles (The Demon, The Spaceman, The Catman and The Starchild)
-- KISS fleece blanket
-- KISS M&M candies (7 oz. bags - Limited Edition) -- KISS catalog CDs such as Dress to Kill, Destroyer, Love Gun and Very Best of KISS
-- KISS makeup kits, masks and wigs (2200 select Walmart stores)
Aug 31 2009
WEIRD THINGS PEOPLE DO WITH MONEY
MSN
Money talks -- and sometimes it carries an extra message. Americans regularly deface currency to tout an interest group, register a protest or just laud a rock band. Kiss is one of the world's most successful rock bands, with at least 3,000 licensed products. It has pitched such things as Kiss Kondoms, Kiss Kaskets (really) and the Kiss Visa card. The band's front man and co-founder, Gene Simmons, claims that Kiss can make $1 million or more a show. Its fans are rabid and have been since the group formed in 1972 in New York.
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