May 29 2014
KISS co-founders Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley visit their Overland Park restaurant

By JOYCE SMITH / The Kansas City Star

KISS co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are in town for a benefit at their new Rock & Brews restaurant on Thursday, an event that quickly sold out.

But they also are scheduled to have a bite at the restaurant at 6:30 p.m. tonight, May 28. It will be a casual way for fans to stop by to say hello and take photos.

Simmons and Stanley are co-founders of the Rock & Brews restaurants, which offer craft beers, premium wines and a full bar. The menu includes “opening acts” like chipotle chili cheese fries, Mexican street corn and Bavarian pretzels; “VIP” salads including Tuscan Kale and Tequila Sunrise steak; hand-crafted burgers and “Headliner” sandwiches like pulled pork or sesame-seed crusted seared Ahi; “frontrow“ specialty pizzas; and other items like fish and chips, Memphis-style baby back ribs, chocolate-filled French doughnuts with raspberry sauce, and “real” beer floats.

The Overland Park restaurant is in the new Prairiefire center at 5701 W. 135th St.

The first Rock & Brews opened in the Los Angeles area in 2009. Now there are three Rock & Brews there, one in Los Cabos, Mexico, and another in Maui. Restaurants also are in development in Arizona, Florida, New Mexico and Texas.
May 29 2014
Here's Paul Stanley at the new Rock and Brews in Overland Park, Kansas today.
May 29 2014
LA KISS Limited Edition Bobblehead Nights Are Coming! Find out more at and get your tickets now!
May 29 2014

Check out this KISS-ified poster for an event organized by the Academy of Music Franz Liszt in Ecuador.

Thanks to Paul Tapia S. for sharing with KISS!
May 28 2014
Rock and Brews Kansas City is OPEN and ROCKIN'! Amazing vibe, great food and beer and AWESOME people!
May 28 2014
by: Mikey Baird

For 40 years they have been known as The Greatest Show On Earth’. 40 years!!!! That is what you call staying power and the thing about KISS is, that like bands such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, etc, it doesn’t matter if you weren’t born when the band started. This band are legendary. KISS are timeless. That is something you can only say about a chosen few.

KISS revolutionised how you market a band, especially on the merchandise front. You know when you go to a gig and you can buy all sorts of ridiculous bits of merch? Yep, that is all the fault of KISS. Toys, comics, pack lunch boxes, hell even coffins and condoms. It is without exaggeration that I can say, if you can buy it then KISS have their own version of it. They became more than just another rock band from NYC, they became a global brand. To be quite honest, nobody does it better. The image of the band is just as iconic as the music. The Demon, Star Child, Space Ace and the … *cough*…. Catman. Their make up is probably as recognisable as the McDonalds logo.
May 28 2014
Jr High concert - KISS make-up!

Thought you would get a kick out of this pic of my 13 year old's concert last night. We're big KISS fans in our family! :)

Kimberly Mungle
May 28 2014

KISS is truly everywhere. Now also in the ski slopes of Levi, Finland! After learning to appreciate Finland's tradition of dressing up for their 1st of May-celebration, I decided to join this year. Choice of costume was not difficult!

Greetings for Norway!

Gunnar Ottesen
May 27 2014
We are shocked to hear of Kenny Kerner's passing. He was an early supporter of the band and co-produced our first two albums. He additionally did some terrific work that produced numerous hits including "Midnight Train To Georgia" for Gladys Knight and the Pips and "Brother Louie" for Stories. He remained a friend till the end and we will never forget his contributions to our early years.
May 27 2014
This review about KISS came out May 27,1974, 40 years ago today. I wonder what the critic who wrote this is doing today, lol!

Kyle Giglio
May 27 2014

KISS 40 is in stores today!

A new compilation KISS 40, a 2 CD set featuring forty tracks spanning KISS's incredible forty-year recording career. This set includes one track from every major album release (studio, Alive & hits collections) plus three live selections from the 2000-era and features the band's biggest songs including rock and roll anthems such as "Detroit Rock City," "Love Gun," "Beth," "Rock And Roll All Nite," "Beth," "Psycho Circus," "Forever," "I Was Made For Lovin' You." "Lick It Up," "Heaven's On Fire" and "Hell or Hallelujah." First time commercial CD release live recordings of "Deuce" (from 2004 tour), "Cold Gin" (from 2009 Alive 35 tour), "Crazy Crazy Nights" (from 2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe tour) and the previously unreleased 1977 demo of "Reputation" round out the set for the KISS Army.

Buy KISS 40 now at the following sites:


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May 27 2014
'I wanted [my children] to have a document of what I had done and I also realized that my life could be inspirational to other people,' Stanley said of his decision to write the book.

By Erik Spanberg

A couple of young Jewish guys in New York, armed only with ambition and chutzpah, overcome the odds to become pop-culture heroes. Along the way, fueled by insecurities, they imagine personas that turn their weaknesses and fears into instantly identifiable characters.

Those statements sum up Michael Chabon’s novel “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” but they also provide a thumbnail sketch of freshly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Kiss. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons co-founded the band in 1972 and, two years later, the classic version of the group — with drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley — released its debut album.

Since then, critics have found Kiss as cartoonish as anything Kavalier and Clay conjured in their comic-book universe, while the band has sold more than 100 million albums and endless piles of merchandise. From condoms to coffins, and with plenty of T-shirts, posters and, yes, Halloween costumes thrown in for good measure, there is almost nothing Kiss hasn’t (or won’t) sell its legions of fans, known as the Kiss Army.
May 27 2014

4th and Loud is docu-series focused on the inaugural season of the LA KISS arena football team. The show, which will follow players and coaches as they try to turn LA’s first professional football team in years into a winning franchise, will also feature owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS fame, as well as long-time manager, Doc McGhee. The series will premiere on AMC this summer.
May 27 2014

Contestant Daria Biancardi recently sang KISS' "I Was Made For Lovin' You" on 'The Voice Of Italy 2014' TV show.

Thanks to Davide Poggi for the clip!

May 26 2014

As Americans we need to remember that the day we see as a holiday is actually a time to pay tribute and remember all the brave members of the Armed Forces fighting on our behalf, facing the ultimate sacrifice daily.

KISS remembers and honors all of our brave soldiers lost in all wars and prays for the safe return of all those fighting now.

About the photo:

For the past several years, KISSONLINE has posted this photo with the band's Memorial Day message. A few year's ago we received this wonderful letter from T.L. Carter-Valrie, Sgt., USMC '98-'06, who took the photo in 2003.

A fellow former Marine emailed me this morning and told me to check out your facebook page, he said he thought you had used my photo on your page. And yes, you did. I want to say thank you for doing that. It is even more special than you can imagine. I took that photo when I was deployed to the Iraq invasion in 2003. I was a Combat Correspondent for the USMC. The Marine you see saluting the flag in that photo is actually my husband, MSgt. James Valrie. I flew into a forward operating base where his unit was in Jalibah, Iraq, and they were doing evening colors and I snapped that photo of him. James and I were married two days before our deployment to Iraq, so in a sense, our tour in Iraq was our honeymoon. James always used to say, he gave me plenty of sun and sand for a honeymoon! James retired after 21 years of service to the USMC in 2004. I lost James to cancer June 12, 2009. So you can see, there is great meaning behind this photo. Thank you so much for your continued support of the service members and veterans. Thank you so much for your honor today, it has made my Memorial Day remembrance of James even that more special. And my kids as well, the first concert I ever took my kids to was your concert at the Irvine CA amphitheater in 2000, when I first got stationed at MCAS Miramar (where James and I met).
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