Feb 26 2014
SIGHTING: -INSPIRED JERSEY
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

The March 2014 issue of Marie Claire magazine features a rock-styled Louis Vuitton jersey. Could Paul Stanley's stagewear and LA KISS be inspiring Spring fashion? We think so!

Photo by Jill Cataldo for KISSonline.
Feb 25 2014
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME STATEMENT FROM

   To All Our Fans In Regards To The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

   Out of respect, Ace and Peter's recent statements demand a quick response to you, our fans.

   Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including long time present members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, and additionally Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr all who have made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's point of view.

   Although KISS has moved forward far longer without them, Ace and Peter are at the very foundation of what we have built and this would all be impossible had they not been a part of it in the beginning.

   It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in make-up and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced. Contrary to claims made through the media we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter.

   We have spent 40 years dedicated to building KISS without quitting or wavering as the band has moved forward with huge tours and platinum albums through different important lineups for forty years, to this day.

   KISS has always been a band unlike any other. That is why we started KISS. That is why we continue KISS. Being unlike other bands also means making choices and decisions unlike other bands.

   This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.

   To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

   We are excited and are looking forward to seeing you all on the KISS 40th Anniversary worldwide tour.
Feb 25 2014
SIGHTING: BRAZILIAN TV SHOW
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

KISS Fans rock Brazilian TV show - "Machine of Fame!"

Feb 25 2014
GETTING READY FOR CARNAVAL 2014 IN BRAZIL!
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Here are a few photos of workers completing the KISS float for Friday's celebration & parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil!

Photos - Zanone Fraissat/Folha Press


CLICK HERE to view more KISS float photos.
Feb 25 2014
READY FOR IN MEXICO!
Thanks to Roberto Avalos for sharing his Hell & Heaven Metal fest 2014 ticket with us!

Feb 24 2014
MY DAUGHTER'S QUILT

For my daughter's 18th birthday, I made her a T-shirt quilt. I've been saving her favorite shirts from childhood - everything from school, sports, scouts -- and of course, many KISS t-shirts she's worn over the years. I bordered the quilt blocks with (what else?) Hello Kitty KISS fabric!

Jill Cataldo
Feb 24 2014
THIS DAY IN TORY 2002
On this day in KISStory -- February 24, 2002, KISS performs at the XIX Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Salt Lake City to a worldwide audience of over three billion TV viewers.

Feb 22 2014
BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS: LA GEAR
Here are a few behind the scenes photos of LA KISS T-shirts being printed at the plant.

Visit http://store.lakissfootball.com for official LA KISS gear!
Feb 22 2014
PHOTOGRAPHER REFLECTS ON WORKING WITH
The Georgia Daily News has an article about rock photographer Lynn Goldsmith. In the story, she reflects on her career and shares memories of working with KISS. Here's an excerpt:

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Few photographers have had as much access to as many of rock and roll's biggest stars as Lynn Goldsmith, whose pictures tell a visual tale of the genre spanning nearly half a century.

[In] a 1979 shoot with KISS frontman Gene Simmons during which she convinced him to take a New York City bus in full stage regalia. 'We were both surprised that the bus driver, as well as the few people on the bus, had no reaction to him. That's what I love about New York City!'
Feb 22 2014
CLOTHING AT FOREVER 21
Check out some of the great KISS clothing currently on sale at Forever 21!
Feb 21 2014
By Miles Raymer

On Feb. 18, 1974, Casablanca Records released Kiss's first album, Kiss. It didn't do very well. Critics and listeners who had followed rock music in its post-Beatles era turn into serious, high-minded stuff dismissed the band as a novelty act. Upon seeing them perform for the first time, executives from Warner Bros. dissolved their partnership with Casablanca. Despite a considerable amount of tinkering and several attempts at releasing a single that would catch on with pop listeners it initially sold only 75,000 copies, a flop at the time.

Forty years later Kiss's debut is ensconced firmly in the rock canon, and after years of being passed over for acts with more critical respect the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April. Some of the credit goes to the music itself, which blended bits of glam and heavy metal with unexpected pop hooks. But mostly the album, and the group that made it, were a success because of some of the most brilliant and successful marketing the music industry's ever seen. From makeup to caskets, here's a look back at Kiss's marketing strategy.

Makeup:
Alice Cooper had been wearing outlandish makeup for years by the time Kiss came around, and David Bowie had already popularized glittery spaceman costumes, but there was something about the way Kiss pulled them together that transcended their influences. Never allowing themselves to be seen by the public outside of their sci-fi kabuki getups, the members seemed somehow more than human, and helped add a bit of mythical heft to their unpretentious musical arrangements and frequently juvenile lyrics. Without the makeup Kiss could have been successful, but they never would have been as big as Kiss.


Feb 21 2014
CHICAGO HARD ROCK HOTEL DISPLAY
Here are some photos from Chicago's Hard Rock Hotel KISS display! The window faces the famous "Magnificent Mile," and the staff inside the hotel gift shop say that people are constantly stopping to take pictures of the window.

(If you ever stay at this hotel, ask to stay on the KISS floor, which is decorated with KISS photos, art and guitars from the band!)

Photos by Jill Cataldo for KISSonline.
Feb 21 2014
PAUL STANLEY & GENE SIMMONS VISIT MAUI
BY CHRISTIE WILSON

WAILEA, MAUI » Paul Stanley is sipping chicken soup and chatting about high cholesterol and hip replacement surgery.

It’s not exactly the kind of conversation you’d expect to have with a founding member of KISS, which after 40 years is still one of the most successful rock bands in the world.

At 62, Stanley — whose KISS persona is “Starchild” — still exudes a youthful aura, dressing in jeans, a gauzy western-style shirt, heavy silver neck chains and shoulder-length, black hair. As he dipped his spoon into a large bowl of soup while sitting inside Ko restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Stanley explained that he brings his own food with him when he travels.

It’s one of the ways he stays trim and healthy in order to keep up with his incredibly crazy schedule that in recent weeks had him strutting the catwalk at the John Varvatos fashion show in Milan, Italy, performing at an NHL game in Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and hosting a reception in tiny Paia town on Maui for the soon-to-open Rock & Brews restaurant.

Stanley and fellow KISS band member Gene Simmons are partners in the chain, along with Michael Zislis of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and rock industry veterans Dell and Dave Furano. (The family-friendly Maui restaurant is expected to open Thursday, Feb. 6, serving American classics — wings, burgers, sandwiches, pizza and salads — and an impressive collection of craft beer.)

Despite their rock-god status, both Stanley and Simmons were down-to-earth, friendly and funny during our brief chat on Jan. 27. The interviews took place the day after the Grammy Awards.

We asked Stanley if he had been keeping tabs on the music industry love fest and whether he listens to any new music.

CLICK HERE to view the interview clips.
Feb 20 2014
ROCKSMITH 2014'S DLC


Rocksmith 2014's KISS DLC was made for lovin' you, baby

by S. Prell Writer

If Valentine's Day left you short on love, fret not: Ubisoft has got a big KISS waiting for you. A new DLC pack for Rocksmith 2014 has come bearing three songs from the '70s rock group of big hair, outlandish makeup and one very long tongue.

"Detroit Rock City," "Heaven's On Fire" and "I Was Made For Loving You" are all available to purchase for $2.99 apiece, or together for $7.99. We won't say it's required that you put on the group's iconic makeup and costumes if you should decide to play these songs, but it's totally required that you put on the makeup and costumes.
Feb 20 2014
MY NEW SUITCASE!
KISSONLINE,

I love my new KISS suitcase! An early birthday gift from my daughter and my partner!

Johan Carlen
Sweden

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