May 25 2014
2006 ROCK HONORS MOMENTOS
Pictured are a few mementos from the ROCK HONORS show. A ticket stub, the room keycard that hotel guests received at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, ticket to the after party, back stage laminate and the front of the postcard that KISS gave out to KISSONLINE fans who attended the event.

Scanning these items, I'm reminded just how special those few days really were. KOL witnessed some great moments including Eric Singer lounging at "the Beach" with Brian May, Tommy Thayer chatting with fans at Starbucks, Gene Simmons signing autographs in the hotel lobby, Paul Stanley hugging Brian May, actress Natasha Henstridge rocking out at KISS sound check, Godsmack's drummer Shannon telling Eric how much he loves him, Paul talking with one of his all time favorites - Paul Rodgers..... Could go on and on and not even talk about the live performances. Truly a great chapter in KISStory!
May 24 2014
PHOTOS: AT AMERICAN IDOL SEASON FINALE
KISS rocked the American Idol Season Finale with 2014 Idol winner Caleb Johnson last Wednesday night. Here are a few behind the scenes photos from the event.

In the photos:

Top left: Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer being interviewed outside Idol.

Top right: Gene Simmons visiting with Lady Antebellum backstage.

Bottom left: Eric Singer heading over from the Idol compound to Nokia Theater for American Idol rehearsal.

Bottom middle: Harry Connick Jr rocking out to KISS and Caleb!

Bottom right: Paul Stanley and Darius Rucker hanging out backstage.
May 24 2014
IN THE PRESS: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Here's KISS in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. The story focuses on this summer's big KISS Tour with Def Leppard.

Kobra and The Lotus will support KISS/Def Leppard from 6/23-8/1 & 8/12 (Toronto, the band's hometown) and The Dead Daisies will be opening from 8/2-8/31 (excluding Toronto).

www.KISSONLINE.com/tour



May 24 2014
FANS HELP WOUNDED WARRIORS!
This past weekend at the KISS Indy Expo, Boogie Street Guitars conducted a charity raffle of a Paul Stanley Starfire by Washburn Guitars, with all money raised going to the Wounded Warrior Project. KISS fans really stepped up and we raised $1310. Bruce Kulick was kind enough to assist and pull the winning ticket. Our winner was a great guy named Shad Haines. Shad, Bruce and I are photographed below along with the check that has been mailed to the Wounded Warrior Project. I'm proud Boogie Street could help by donating the instrument but I'm more humbled and amazed at the generosity of those in attendance Saturday. KISS fans are like no other.

God Bless all of you and God Bless our brave men and women in uniform.

Eric McKenna
Boogie Street Guitars
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!
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