Mar 05 2014
SIGHTING: POSTER MAGAZINE IN AUSTRALIA
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Saw this in the newsagents his morning, another front cover!

Rui Regodeiro
Melbourne, Australia
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!
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
Article by Lena Katz / Sr. Travel Correspondent | JustLuxe

Guess which rock stars co-founded Rock & Brews, a family-friendly brewpub chain? Here's a hint for you: It’s their first foray into the restaurant industry, but they’ve been business moguls for quite a while.

It’s Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS! If you didn’t guess, don’t feel bad. Although KISS-branded merchandise has been wildly successful for decades, the two finally decided to “celebrate the concept of rock” in this new venture, with their own identity being just one part of the whole.

Besides being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and debuting a brand-new reality show, they’re rolling out Rock & Brews in fan-friendly cities around the country in 2014. And clearly, they're having some fun with the promotion.

“Fan-friendly” might not mean the markets you’d guess. Instead of choosing tourist hot-spots, the Rock & Brews team looked for locations that had, over the years, been the best on the concert circuit — rock-loving cities full of faithful fans. After putting down roots in the Los Angeles beach cities of El Segundo and Redondo Beach, they are now opening in Albuquerque and Kansas City this year.

And of course, Hawaii, because owning your own bar in Hawaii is living the dream. But you won't find a Rock & Brews in Honolulu or any ritzy resort. Instead, visitors to Maui’s up-country hippie village Paia will have a new place to get pizza, burgers and 52 different beers (one for every week of the year).

“It’s a community within a community. It has a charm and artistic personality that resonates with us,” explains Paul Stanley.

The interiors are full of exciting music posters and art prints, all thanks to brand partners Dell and Dave Furano (who have been rock ‘n roll merchandising moguls since the 1960s). With access to an incredible archive of iconic art and photography, the interiors “look back at a fertile era of music history." Iconic posters of Pink Floyd, John Lennon and the Police are mixed with many different KISS pieces. A laid-back, multi-generational vibe is achieved with the help of fifth partner Michael Zislis, a Southern Californian restaurant/bar owner.
Mar 05 2014
Everyone knows KISS. What most people do not know, however, is that the band’s drummer, Eric Singer, is a dyed-in-the-wool watch collector. Indeed, he is particularly fond of the Fifty Fathoms, the legendary timepiece by Blancpain.

In 1991, Eric Singer replaced Eric Carr – who had been diagnosed with cancer – as KISS drummer. However, Singer only became a permanent member of the band in 2001. Meanwhile, in the 1990s, he took part in the adventures of various legendary bands. Eric Singer specialises in hard rock and collaborated with artists such as Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Brian May, Queen, Lita Ford, Gary Moore and Avantasia. Other than having a passion for music, he is an informed watch aficionado to the point of being found in the halls at Baselworld learning about new timepieces.
Mar 05 2014
DRESSED TO DOES DRESSED TO KILL!
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
by Brad Tolinski

It’s no insult to the band to say that Kiss have always been about window dressing.

For years the members hid their true identities behind cartoon personas and hard rock anthems that were powerful and exciting, but did little to reveal the men behind the music. Kiss is undeniably good fun, but if you’re looking for deep insight into the human condition or deep emotional catharsis, there are other musical avenues to investigate.

That’s why guitarist Paul Stanley’s new autobiography, Face The Music: A Life Exposed (HarperOne), comes as such a surprise. After years of carefully maintaining his Starchild superhero identity, Stanley lets down his guard and unleashes a torrent of pent-up feelings that erupt and flow over 400 pages like molten lava.

Starting with his genuinely disturbing childhood, and continuing with the difficulties he’s had with various band mates over the last 40 years, the guitarist spares no one—including himself.
Mar 04 2014
VIDEO: CELEBRATING AT CARNIVL IN BRAZIL
Mar 04 2014
PHOTOS: GENE SIMMONS' MASSIVE COLLECTION
Mar 04 2014
PHOTO: TOMMY THAYER AT ST. JUDE FUNDRAISER
Tommy and Amber Thayer with Robby Krieger, Pamela & Danny Seraphine at Patrick Warburton's St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser.
Mar 04 2014
SIGHTING: SLOT MACHINES IN FLORIDA
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!
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
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
Here's yesterday's KISS feature in the LA Times Sunday Arts section.
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