May 13 2014
THIS DAY IN TORY 1976
On this day in KISSTORY - May 13th, 1976 KISS played their first ever UK show at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. The show before a sellout crowd of over 2500 was the beginning of KISS' first European tour. In addition to shows in England, KISS performed in France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Germany where the Scorpions were the opening act. KISS wrapped up the tour with a final show on June 6th at Ontmoetingscentrum in Harelbeke, Belgium.

Gene recalls KISS' first visit to England:

"On the way over to our first English tour, I was struck by the notion that this was the Land Of The Beatles. To me, the English Kings and Queens never meant anything. I have always looked at it as an archaic and rather silly posturing about past glories. But as cultural oddities, I suppose it had its own innocence.

Still, I was nervous to set foot on Holy Ground. We got off the jet in full makeup and the fotogs were waiting for us. We came through customs and jumped on street cars at the airport for foto ops.

I was aware it was drizzly and grey. I was hoping that would change in the next few days to sunshine. It didn't.

We had a female chaperone/record company person with us. And, she showed us the sites. I thought the least I could do was return the favor. I did.

We visited the Palace and posed with street Bobbies (the English police) and were soon to hit the stage in front of an English audience. Would they like us? Truth was, we never thought much about it. We had a job to do and that was to punish the audience. They had, for too long, stood still for sub par live bands.

It was our job to show them that there was at least one band who had the balls to introduce themselves with: YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST...THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE LAND, KISS."

Set List for the Manchester show:

Deuce / Strutter / Flaming Youth / Hotter Than Hell / Firehouse / She / Nothin' To Lose / Shout It Out Loud / 100,000 Years / Black Diamond / Detroit Rock City / Rock And Roll All Nite / Let Me Go, Rock And Roll

Check out this great footage from the British TV show "So It Goes" covering KISS while they were touring Europe for the first time in 1976!

May 13 2014
FAN'S NEW TOMMY THAYER ART
It is a work in progress, still have some tweaks to do. Hope you like it.

Jamie Sapp
May 13 2014
PHOTO: LIVE IN CONCERT!
Check out this great photo of #KISS rocking last year!

What KISS shows are you coming out to this year?


www.KISSONLINE.com/tour
May 12 2014
LATEST MAGAZINE COVERS: ROLLING STONE BRAZIL
Rolling Stone Brazil is releasing four different covers of their new issue featuring the Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss Solo albums artwork.
May 12 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC SINGER!
Happy Birthday to our favorite drummer, Eric Singer! Eric, we hope you have an awesome day today!

Here's Eric performing "Black Diamond" with KISS from 2010 in Germany.

May 12 2014
SIGHTING: IN NEW GOOGLE PLAY COMMERICAL
See any familiar faces in the new Google Play TV commercial?

May 12 2014
SIGHTING: JAPANESE ANIME LOVE LIVE!
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Episode 6 of the Love Live! School idol project anime was KISSed over the weekend!

As Love Live! director Takahiko Kyōgoku noted, even the official website of Gene Simmons featured Love Live! on its front page, thanks to its Twitter feed. Kyōgoku mused, "It's an strange feeling."
May 12 2014
SNEAK PEEK: NEW DEMON MONSTER JACKET
Here's a sneak peek of the new Demon Monster Leather Street Jacket from UD Replicas!

The Jacket will be debuted at the INDY KISS Fan Expo next Saturday, May 17.




May 11 2014
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
Happy Mother's Day. We hope all of our KISS Army Moms have a wonderful day!



Thanks to Jeff Gilbert for sending us these great KISS Mother's Day posters!
May 11 2014
GENE SIMMONS OFFICIATES WEDDING AT ROCK & BREWS!
May 11 2014
THE HOTTEST BUS IN THE WORLD!
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Hi Everybody!  

I found the greatest bus in Bangkok, Thailand!! You Wanted The Best!! You Got The Best!! The Hottest “BUS” In The World!! KISS!! KISS really Is Everywhere!!

Hiroyuki "UNO" Kohno from Japan

LETTERS
May 10 2014
SIGHTING: VEHICLES IN TEMPE
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Check out these great KISS vehicles spotted in the parking lot outside Paul Stanley's Tempe, Arizona book signing last week!

Thanks to our friend Dale Torborg for the photos!
May 10 2014
TOMMY THAYER AT ALICE COOPER'S SOLD ROCK BENEFIT
Here's Tommy Thayer jamming with Don Felder at Alice Cooper's Solid Rock benefit bash last weekend.

http://www.alicecoopersolidrock.com/
May 10 2014
SIGHTING: IN MIAMI!
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Hi KISS!

Spotted both the John Varvatos KISS Taxi ad and Paul's Face The Music book in the Varvatos store in Miami!

Alex Fedotov
May 09 2014
Paul Stanley takes us beneath the greasepaint with glam rock icons KISS

By James McNair

By October 31, 1998, Paul Stanley’s band Kiss had already spent a quarter of a century in make-up. “Clown White” greasepaint was the foundation upon which they painted their comic-book alter-egos. Stanley was The Starchild, his fire-eating, blood-capsule chomping co-­frontman Gene Simmons was The Demon, and lead guitarist Ace Frehley was The Spaceman. Drummer Peter Criss – clearly trading his sticks for the short straw – had the risible whiskers and dinky little nose of The Catman.

After their show at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles that night, Kiss planned to decamp to the Sunset Marquis in Hollywood. They wanted to remove the make-up and outlandish stage outfits that had taken each of them the best part of two hours to put on. When their vehicle encountered the crowds forming the Hollywood Halloween parade, however, gridlock ensued.

“We were about seven blocks away when it dawned on me we could get out and walk,” recalls Stanley of the night the simple backdrop of Halloween enabled Kiss to stroll with the masses incognito. “Wow, man, great costumes!” commented one reveller at the time. “You really look like them!”

Stanley’s 462-page memoir is an eminently readable book. Jimmy Page and Dave Grohl big him up in the accompanying blurb, while, inside, a photograph of Lady Gaga wearing Stanley’s 7-inch, silver star-encrusted heels reminds us that the daft majesty of Kiss still has resonance for younger A-­listers.
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