KISS Kulture

Mar 05 2014
STUDENTS SENT HOME FOR WEARING MAKEUP
By Matthew Wilkening

Four Kiss fans in Montgomery, New York say they were sent home from their high school’s ‘Senior Celebrity Day’ yesterday for donning makeup and dressing up as the Demon, Space Ace, Starchild and Catman.

Dylan Schoonmaker, one of the young men in question, says the foursome — decked out in wigs, leather jackets and the famous Kiss greasepaint — were told their costumes were “not appropriate.” To which we say, “We’re not gonna take it!” Oh wait… wrong band!

Apparently school officials decided the outfits presented a security risk since they rendered the students unrecognizable. Schoonmaker says they offered to wear name tags or their school IDs but were rebuffed. “Girls wear makeup everyday, how is that any different from what we did?,” he asks with tongue firmly planted in cheek. “Just because we had kick ass designs?” Luckily, the boys made the best of their unexpected free time, hitting up a local International House of Pancakes, where they mistaken for a real rock band and asked to sign autographs.

Based on a Twitter post re-tweeted by none other than Gene Simmons last night, it would seem the parents of at least one of the youngsters stands firmly behind their son in this matter.
Mar 05 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!
Mar 05 2014
DRESSED TO DOES DRESSED TO KILL!
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Hi KISSonline,

What's up....?! Hope all is cool.... we just wanted to let you know something we did recently which is really cool...Dressed to KISS tribute band from Rome, Italy celebrated 20 years by flying to New York and recreating the infamous Dressed to Kill cover on the same street 23rd and 8th avenue! We were invited to the Beatles 50th anniversary to play at the Bitter End Club on Bleecker. Check out the video below too..we would really appreciate it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3Lu0t4-ftM&list=UUhH-dX4mcJtIbwyqA5oSTcA&feature=c4-overview

Thanks,
Dressed to KISS
Mar 04 2014
SIGHTING: SLOT MACHINES IN FLORIDA
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Thanks to Glenn Westendorf ‏for sharing these photo of the KISS Slot machines at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida!
Mar 03 2014
KISS Guitarist Paul Stanley Talks Ace Frehley, Peter Criss and Being Ignored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

by Richard Bienstock

This is an excerpt from the April 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus an interview with Gene Simmons and much more Kiss (not to mention the Scorpions, three kings of acoustic shred, the hottest gear from the 2014 NAMM Show and more), check out the April 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.

Rock and Roll Hall Nite: In celebration of their upcoming Hall of Fame induction, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons take off the makeup for a pair of revealing interviews about their 40 years in Kiss.

Maybe it’s the makeup. Maybe it’s the merchandising. Maybe, at the end of the day, it’s just the music itself. Whatever the source, it is safe to say that few bands have inspired as much fervent devotion—and also rabid derision—as the self-proclaimed “Hottest Band in the World,” Kiss.

But love them or hate them (and really, is there any area in between?), Kiss—and in particular its stalwart co-founders, visionaries and greatest proponents and protectors, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons—continue to not only exist but also scale greater heights.

Here we are in 2014, and the band, now roughly 10 lineups in with current guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are experiencing yet another renaissance. Their most recent (and 20th) studio album, Monster, was an unusually strong effort, more energetic and enjoyable than should reasonably be expected from any band at this stage of its career.

Meanwhile, on the live front, Kiss continue to push the limits of just how much of an over-the-top spectacle a rock and roll show can truly be (for evidence, check out videos of recent performances that feature their newly designed Spider stage).
Mar 03 2014
SIGHTING: JAPANESE DOLLS GET ED!
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

March 3rd is Japanese traditional day for girls. We display dolls called HINA-NINGYO.

Tetsuya
Mar 03 2014
SIGHTING: CARNIVAL PARADE IN HOLLAND
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Here is KISS in Raalte at the Carnival Parade in The Netherlands. KISS is everywhere!

Erwin Koggel
Mar 03 2014
IN THE PRESS: LA TIMES FEATURE
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Here's yesterday's KISS feature in the LA Times Sunday Arts section.
Mar 02 2014
PHOTO: AT CARNIVAL IN BRAZIL
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

KISS played big part in the Carnival parade - 35 foot high KISS statues and a huge Army of participants in KISS makeup & costume!
Mar 02 2014
PHOTO #2: AT CARNIVAL IN BRAZIL
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Mar 02 2014
SIGHTING: DEMON COSTUME IN OSAKA
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Check out the Gene Simmons costume in the window of the Osaka Hard Rock Cafe.

Thanks to Mao Funaki for the photo!

Mar 01 2014
KISS is happy with its lineup and OK with the Rock Hall

A new inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, KISS won't be playing at that ceremony. But the members are still very much in the rock 'n' roll business.

By Steve Appleford

The sideshow at Dodger Stadium is about to begin as Paul Stanley emerges from his backstage trailer, shirtless and in full kabuki drag: bright red lips, his face painted harlequin white, a black star over his right eye. The singer-guitarist is here to perform with his band KISS but hears his name and walks over to a crowd gathered at the fence.

"Arriba!" yells one fan, and Stanley reaches over to shake hands, as dozens of cellphones take snapshots. "Let me see your shoes!" shouts another, and Stanley half-climbs the fence to swing a tasseled silver-and-black platform boot over the top. "Thanks, Paul!"

In less than an hour, Stanley and his musical partner of four decades, Gene Simmons, will lead KISS through two short sets of hooks and hard rock riffs as halftime entertainment for an ice hockey game between the Kings and the Ducks. It's another strange gig in the ongoing saga of KISS, which long ago evolved from band to lucrative brand, ready for high-profile special events, reality TV and cradle-to-grave business ventures in the form of KISS Hello Kitty Dolls, KISS comics, books, T-shirts, action figures and restaurants as well as KISS caskets and KISS urns.
Mar 01 2014
SIGHTING: RESTAURANT IN VENEZUELA
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

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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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

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.
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