For almost as long as Kiss has been making music, they've been appearing in comic books. From their debut in Marvel's Howard the Duck No. 12 in 1977 through series from Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing and even Archie Comics, the band has remained a surprising mainstay of the comic book medium for almost four decades.
With a new series — simply titled KISS — launching from Dynamite Entertainment this October, Heat Vision talked to Gene Simmons about what to expect from the new series and what makes his band so successful in the comic medium. According to him, the appeal is very simple: "Kiss has never been just a band."
Instead, he suggested, it's the fantasy element of the band that allows them to move from music to comics and back again with such ease. "I fly through the air at 8 feet per second. Yes, I spit fire. And yes, I wear bat wings and dragon boots," Simmons says, adding with mock scolding, "Don't be jealous."
By Robbie Edwards / www.register-news.com
Most people have great memories to go along with their first concert experiences.
Ten-year-old Harrison Shields of Mt.Vernon has a story of a lifetime to tell; she was given the VIP treatment by the world famous rock band KISS.
Harrison, her mother Ashli Banks and step father Sam Banks attended the KISS concert at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.
Sam Banks, a long-time KISS fan, said he was the one who converted his step daughter and wife to the KISS army.
The couple asked her daughter if she could go to any concert, which one would she choose.
Her answer was quick.
“KISS, because those guys are old and who knows how long they will tour," Harrison said.
On August 26, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will unleash KISS Rocks Vegas on DVD+CD ($21.98), Blu-ray+CD ($26.98), DVD+2LP ($39.98), and Deluxe Edition DVD+Blu-ray+2CD ($79.98).
Captured in the midst of their 40th Anniversary World Tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers sonically shook Vegas during their residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in November 2014. This Sin City set sizzles with KISS classics from across their 44 album legacy: “Rock And Roll All Night,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Love Gun,” and more. As a bonus feature, Kiss Rocks Vegas includes a seven-song acoustic set. Punctuated with pyrotechnics galore, the film presents the fire, electricity, and one-of-a-kind rock experience that earned KISS over 100 million sales globally.
The Deluxe Edition of KISS Rocks Vegas is presented as a hardcover package with a 12X12 book, boasting photos from the show and an exclusive CD.
“We Rocked and Vegas Rolled ! This was Epic In Your Face KISS ! We got Up close and personal, I think Rock and Roll fans will really enjoy this spectacle that only KISS can deliver.” - Paul Stanley
“KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well.” -Gene Simmons
Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSonline.
After more than 40 years of being a band, hard as it is to believe, there are still cities that KISS hasn’t played. With its current Freedom To Rock tour, it’s marking some of those places off the list, playing dates in four cities that, prior to this year, had never had a single KISS tour date on the schedule.
The rest of the tour, including stops this week in Youngstown and Toledo, brings the band back to markets it hasn’t played in a decade or longer.
Talking via phone from a Des Moines tour stop, singer-guitarist Paul Stanley explains that they’re retracing some of their earliest steps on this current run of dates, traveling the highways and byways that took the band from town to town and city to city when they were first working to make things happen and find success as a group in the early ‘70s.
“The majority of [these cities] are places that we played closer to the beginning of the band, that really helped us become who we are,” he says. “A lot of the cities that we played, most bands flew over on their way from L.A. to New York. We came about in a time where people really ignored a lot of the more blue collar and Middle America cities and we made a name for ourselves by going in there and playing. Nobody decides where they’re born, nobody chooses where they’re born and everybody deserves the same treatment and music. So that’s really where we cut our teeth. To be able to go back is something very special for us. The reviews, the response of the audience, everything has been stellar. I mean, I don’t know the last time we got such glowing acceptance and reviews from both fans and press. So we’re doing something right and we’re doing it full tilt.”
Fans who are coming out to see their very first KISS show can expect a setlist that will cover a good cross-section of the many different eras. There’s a heavy dosage of ‘70s favorites like “Shout It Out Loud,” “God of Thunder” “Cold Gin” and “Deuce.” They dip into the ‘80s for “I Love It Loud” and “Lick It Up,” and there are a few cuts that veer off the traditional beaten path of well-known hits, particularly the rarely played Destroyer-era nugget “Flaming Youth.”