May 23 2014
LATEST MAGAZINE COVER: CLASSIC ROCK RUSSIA
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Hi KISS!

KISS is featured on the cover of the latest Classic Rock Magazine - May 2014 / Russia.

Alex Fedotov
May 23 2014
KISS’s Paul Stanley Opens Up About Overcoming Partial Deafness, Prepares for 40-Year Celebration

By Jon Wiederhorn

Dealing with the TV and film dalliances of Gene Simmons, the multiple fragmentation of the original KISS lineup, and conflicts with everyone from former managers to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is nothing compared to the traumas and trials Paul Stanley faced in childhood — the most daunting of which was growing up with a rare condition, Level 3 Microtia, that caused most of the cartilage on his right ear to be missing.

Largely because of his physical appearance he was bullied and ostracized, and survived by withdrawing and living much of his life inside his head, all of which he documents in vivid detail in his new memoir, Face the Music: A Life Exposed.

"Many people in the same position will end up with either a shotgun in their mouth or a needle in their arm," Stanley told Yahoo Music. "Really, it comes down a simple choice. Do you live as a victim, or roll up your sleeves and make a life for yourself?"

Even those who can't name the original members of KISS know the answer to the rhetorical question. Paul Stanley is one of the biggest success stories in rock music. As the band's main songwriter and vocalist for more than 40 years — not counting the time he, Simmons, ex-guitarist Ace Frehley, and former drummer Peter Criss spent in KISS predecessors Wicked Lester — Stanley helped pioneer the evolution of arena rock and, along with his bandmates, became icons of pop culture.

KISS has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and along the way Stanley has indulged in every whim and rock 'n' roll fantasy — which for him, has not included drugs and alcohol, something he has spoken a great deal about in the past.

Incredibly, Stanley rose to the top and crafted some of the greatest rock anthems and ballads while half-deaf. In 1982 he underwent reconstructive surgery and had a piece of his rib cage molded into a makeshift ear. Even so, he still can’t hear normally. "As far as the music went, I never missed anything because you don’t miss what you've never had," he insisted. "I hear music the way I hear it. It's normal to me, but it's not the way you hear music. And one of the key issues is if there’s a lot of noise I can’t hear people talking in front of me because only one ear is taking all the sound in. And I also can’t tell direction of sound. So if I’m driving and a fire engine is coming I could just as easily drive into the path of it as away from it because I don’t know where it is. But that hasn't hurt me at all when it's come to writing songs for KISS."
May 23 2014
CNN'S SPOTLIGHT EPISODE RE-AIRS TONIGHT
Back by popular demand the CNN KISS show will re-air tonight at 10:30p est. on CNN!



May 23 2014
THIS DAY IN TORY 1979
KISS DYNASTY ALBUM RELEASED

On this day in KISSTORY - May 23rd, 1979, KISS released their DYNASTY album.The album features 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's 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

Here's the Dynasty TV commercial:

May 23 2014
VIDEO: IN AMERICAN IDOL PRESS ROOM
May 23 2014
LATEST MAGAZINE COVER: U.S. VETERANS
Here's Gene Simmons on the cover of the latest issue of U.S. Veterans magazine.

Thanks to Gabe Reed for the image!
May 23 2014
SIGHTING ON THE TONIGHT SHOW
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

On last night's Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith challenged each other to a drum-off... wearing matching KISS Destroyer T-shirts!

May 23 2014
LATEST MAGAZINE COVER: INGRAM'S
Gene Simmons is featured on the cover of the Ingram's magazine. The story covers the new Rock And Brews in Overland Park, Kansas.
May 22 2014
TWEET FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A 40 CD
Tweet to Win a chance to get a signed copy of KISS 40!

Details at https://pages.umusic-mail.com/kiss40/.
May 22 2014
& CALEB JOHNSON ROCK AMERICAN IDOL!
Idol Finale - KISS & Caleb Johnson "Love Gun" and "Shout It Out Loud"

In a collaboration that seemed to be inevitable, Caleb Johnson teamed up with iconic rock band, KISS! Watch as they perform a double bill of the songs "Love Gun" and Shout It Out Loud."

May 22 2014
AND CALEB JOHNSON
Here's the band with 2014 American Idol Winner Caleb Johnson just before they rocked American Idol together last night!
May 22 2014
PAUL AND GENE WITH CALEB JOHNSON
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons with American Idol winner Caleb Johnson. Congratulations Caleb!
May 22 2014
PHOTOS: TOMMY THAYER AT INDY FAN EXPO
Here's Tommy Thayer posing with fans at last Saturday's Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo. Tommy spent over eight hours signing autographs and taking photos with the 1000 plus who attended the event!

All photos by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
May 21 2014
BACKSTAGE AT AMERICAN IDOL
Paul and Gene with Randy Jackson and Fox's David Hill backstage at American Idol tonight.

May 21 2014
PERFORMS ON AMERICAN IDOL
KISS performed "Love Gun" and "Shout it out Loud" live on tonight's American Idol finale with Caleb Johnson!

Watch the video below:

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