By Mark Hughes / Forbes
This week brings KISS Rocks Vegas to theaters for a one-night only event, delivering a stadium-style concert experience to audiences at the cineplex. And the sound mix in Dolby Atmos creates something no other concert films have achieved in their attempts to bring live music to theater audiences. I had the pleasure of seeing KISS Rocks Vegas at a special screening with the band themselves, and beforehand I spoke with singer-guitarist Paul Stanley and singer-bassist Gene Simmons. Before I get to the interviews, let me explain my history with KISS, my interest in audio for cinema, and why this movie was so special to me personally.
You wanted the best? You got the best!
The hottest band in the world is hitting the big screen for one night only, this Wednesday, with Kiss Rocks Vegas. Members of the Kiss Army will be flocking to the theaters, but even backseat fans and those millennials who may not be as familiar with the astonishment that is a live Kiss concert will have a chance to see the legendary show from the comfort of a local cinema.
We had a chance to see an advanced screening of this blistering treat for the eyes and ears, but unbeknownst to us, the band itself was there to mingle, watch, and critique its own film, being the ultimate perfectionists one might expect. Not one to miss an opportunity to get a Five Favorite Films interview with rock royalty, we whipped out the portable recorder (which Mr. Paul Stanley himself nostalgically referred to as a vintage “Norelco”), and sat down to chat with the lead singer/guitarist/starman. Amidst exchanging inappropriate jokes with bassist/singer/demon Gene Simmons, lead guitarist/spaceman Tommy Thayer expressing the thrills of producing the film, and drummer catman Eric Singer interjecting comical banter about watches, cars and genitalia (Stanley joked that he was an interview “hijacker”), we were indeed able to get the sought after info: the movies that move Paul Stanley of Kiss.
On this day in KISSTORY - May 23rd, 1979 - KISS released their DYNASTY album.The album featured KISS' first international top 5 smash hit, "I Was Made For Lovin' You". This song was the first collaboration between Paul Stanley and Desmond Child for KISS. Though known for that great disco song, other more rockin' DYNASTY tracks included "X-Ray Eyes", "Save Your Love", "Magic Touch" and "Hard Times". The album is filled with some of KISS' most melodic and catchy hooks. Led by the success of "I Was Made For Lovin' You", DYNASTY spent 25 weeks on the charts peaking at #9 and was certified Platinum by July!
Except for Peter Criss' sole appearance on "Dirty Livin", which featured his lead vocals and drumming, it was Anton Fig who handled the drums on all other songs on DYNASTY.
KISS released two promotional videos for DYNASTY, "I Was Made For Lovin' You" and the great Paul Stanley pop rocker "Sure Know Something".
DYNASTY Track Listing:
I Was Made For Lovin' You / 2,000 Man / Sure Know Something / Dirty Livin' / Charisma / Magic Touch / Hard Times / X-Ray Eyes / Save Your Love
Tickets for US Showings on sale now!
KISS fans around the world - prepare yourself for one crazy, crazy night as KISS Rocks Vegas hits up a cinema screen near you on May 25th FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! Expect sky high flames, ear-bursting volume and a few drops of blood! Includes exclusive interviews with the band and footage you will only see in the cinema.
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Here's Tommy Thayer with the Indianapolis KISS ARMY at the World Fan Premiere of #KISSROCKSVEGAS in Fishers, Indiana yesterday.
Catch it at theaters everywhere on May 25th!
Photo by Steve Christensen
The Los Angeles Police Celebrity Golf Tournament will take place this Saturday at Rancho Park Golf Course on Pico Blvd. Tickets can be purchased at the event. For info call (213)847-4239 or go to lapmf.org. This segment aired on the KTLA Morning News Friday, May 20,2016.
Note from Gene Simmons:
The Los Angeles police memorial fund raises money to help the families of fallen police officers. Pay off their mortgages...send their kids to college.
A noble cause.
On this day in KISSTORY - May 20, 1980, KISS released Unmasked, their eighth studio album. The artwork featured Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, although Criss actually had no involvement with the recording of the album. Anton Fig (uncredited) played all drums on the album.
The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 30, 1980.
UNMASKED Track Listing:
Is That You? / Shandi / Talk To Me / Naked City / What Makes The World Go Round / Tomorrow / Two Sides Of The Coin / She's So European/ Easy As It Seems /Torpedo Girl / You're All That I Want