Jul 03 2014
KISS' 40th Anniversary Tour with Def Leppard rocks the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Wheatland, CA tonight!

Kobra and The Lotus opens the show.
Jul 02 2014
by SHAWN SKAGER, Auburn Reporter Sports Reporter

AS double-bills go, it doesn't get more heavyweight than last Sunday's KISS and Def Leppard show at the White River Amphitheatre.

Although Auburn was just the fourth stop on the multi-platinum selling tandem's 42-date Heroes Summer 2014 tour, both bands appeared to be in mid-tour form, firing on all cylinders.

Although most of the band's set featured hits such as "Foolin'", "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Rocket" and "Photograph" from 1983's "Pyromania" and 1987's "Hysteria" – which have both sold more than 10 million copies – the band placated old-school fans with three tunes off "High 'n' Dry."

In addition to the opening number, Def Leppard trundled out an acoustic version of the ballad "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" and the guitar showcase "Switch 625", late guitarist Steve Clark's – he died of an overdose in 1991 – signature tune.

Def Leppard finished up the set with an encore of "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph", the audience providing a vocal assist.

Following Def Leppard's set, KISS took to the stage, highlighting 40 years of tunes and stagecraft with enough pyro and explosions to make your average Fourth of July display seem tame.

The band ripped through classics such as "Deuce", "Shout It Out Loud", "Love Gun" and "Black Diamond", with their usual flair, puncuated by bassist Gene Simmons' fire-breathing and blood spitting and frontman Paul Stanley's flight above the audience.

The band wrapped up the show with a one-two punch of "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Nite", relieving the KISS Army of duty until next time.

Jul 02 2014
Got my KISS, Def Leppard & Kobra and The Lotus tix!

Be jealous!

Carol Tarantino
Jul 01 2014
, Def Leppard Enlist 2 Veterans as Roadies
Jul 01 2014
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Jul 01 2014
By Aidin Vaziri

Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year - only 14 years after the tongue-wagging, flame-breathing band became eligible. Oh, well. According to front man Paul Stanley, 62, who with Gene Simmons co-founded the group and kept it alive through various lineup changes, the honor means little compared with the loyalty of its fans. We spoke to Stanley at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco when he was in town to promote his autobiography, "Face the Music: A Life Exposed." Here is a very brief excerpt from our conversation. Kiss, on tour with Def Leppard, performs Wednesday at the Concord Pavilion.

Q: When was your favorite time to be a member of Kiss?

A: There's never been a better time than now. Because Kiss shouldn't be my life. Kiss should only be part of my life. And that's what I have now. If we're lucky we realize that life is really about family - your children, your family and your friends. Without that, the rest is hollow.

Q: How many times did you legitimately think that Kiss was over and done and when you walked off that tour bus that was the last time you were doing it?
Jun 30 2014
Excerpted from an article by Glen Casebeer

Photos by Bill Bungard

KISS call themselves the loudest band in the world. They call themselves the greatest band in the world. Well, they are pretty loud, and they are pretty great.

The faithful legions who have been drafted into the Kiss Army invaded Auburn on June 29, donning battle gear(facepaint and platform shoes) and no amount of rain could dampen their spirits. The pre-show squalls eventually gave way, and the White River Amphitheater crowd was bathed in a sea of golden sunshine. Def Leppard, of course, has their own legions of adoring fans, and they were there in substantial numbers, as well, to represent their band on one of the biggest tours of the year.
Jun 30 2014
Seattle Starchild Selfie! Pre show - Getting close to finished.
Jun 30 2014
Here's the KISS jet getting ready to take off last night after the band's Auburn, Washington show.
Jun 30 2014
Auburn KISS Army at last night's show at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA.
Jun 30 2014
Here are a more fan-shot photos from KISS' show last night at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA.

Thanks KISS ARMY for sharing your photos with KISS!
Jun 30 2014
Check out these photos and video from a KISS Symphony Tribute last night in México. Over 3000 people attended!

Thanks to KISS ARMY MEXICO for the photos and clip!

Jun 29 2014
Here are several fan-shot photos from KISS' show tonight at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA.

Thanks KISS ARMY for sharing your photos with KISS!
Jun 29 2014
The KISS 40th Anniversary Tour with Def Leppard rocks the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington tonight.

Kobra and The Lotus opens the show.
Jun 29 2014
Here's KISS fan Travis Nielsen and his family backstage with Paul Stanley in Salt Lake City. Travis purchased Paul's smashed guitar at the first show of KISS' 40th Anniversary Tour!

In the photos:

Top left - Travis & his family with Paul Stanley.

Top right - Travis and Paul with the guitar Paul smashed for him later that night.

Bottom left - Paul signing Travis' Paul Stanley tattoo.

Bottom right - Travis' new Paul Stanley smashed guitar, smashed in his honor at the show!

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