May 20 2014

On this day in KISSTORY - May 20, 2009, KISS rocked over 25 million Americans with Detroit Rock City and Rock and Roll All Night as the band was front-and-center on the American Idol finale show performing with runner-up Adam Lambert.

- KISS was just about the best thing on Idol ALL SEASON LONG. - Rolling Stone

- a jaw-dropping, fist-pumping, pyro-enhanced performance with legendary rockers KISS. - MTV

- KISS Blow Up American Idol. Now that's the way to rock the house! - Associated Content

- It was a night to remember for all those members (including me) of the KISS Army. - WBAL Radio

- Carlos Santana had the unenviable task of following the act. He strummed out some of his famous licks, which felt very slow-paced after the unbelievable energy KISS brought to the theatre. I was actually screaming to see more KISS by this point. - TV Envy

May 20 2014
On this day in KISSTORY - May 20, 1980, KISS released Unmasked, their eighth studio album. The artwork featured Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, although Criss actually had no involvement with the recording of the album. Anton Fig (uncredited) played all drums on the album.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 30, 1980.

UNMASKED Track Listing:

Is That You? / Shandi / Talk To Me / Naked City / What Makes The World Go Round / Tomorrow / Two Sides Of The Coin / She's So European/ Easy As It Seems /Torpedo Girl / You're All That I Want

Here's the music video for "Shandi."

May 20 2014
After the book signing Brenda Finnegan and I went to The Cheese Cake Factory for supper. I told myself, imagine if I went back and saw Paul. Well, Brenda and I did just that. I noticed that Paul had not yet left the signing area but the doors were locked with fans waiting outside to get stuff signed. I went into the Barnes and Noble and asked a rep, with whom I was working with throughout the day for my KISS Army Nation video and asked her if it would be possible to have Paul sign below my KISS tattoo. She said she couldn't ask him directly but will make an indirect comment to that effect. She asked me to wait outside the doors. As I came around the corner she ushered me into the room. My God, Brenda and I were ALONE with freakin' Paul Stanley. I said when I walked in, "Paul, are you serious, are you really going to do this for me?" He said "sure" and carefully signed my arm!!!

After thanking him about a million times I asked a staff member for the nearest tattoo parlour. She had no idea. Brenda and I walked aimlessly around the mall not knowing what to do. We then came across a random woman wearing a tattoo and I ran to her asking her if she knew of a parlour close by. She happened to work at the mall, and she was kind enough to go back to her office and print out addresses to several tattoo parlours in the Boston area. Brenda and I jumped into the car and raced towards the first address. It was OPEN. The guy inside was cleaning up and locking up and I begged him to do my tattoo, explaining how I got it and that it was my only chance being that I'm from Canada and the signature may fade by the next day.

His girlfriend was waiting outside for him and I begged her to wait a little while longer so her boyfriend could do my tattoo. They both agreed. I really don't believe that things happen for a reason but the circumstances that lead to Paul signing my arm, to meeting a random woman with a tattoo who happened to be working at the mall to finding a tattoo shop which was late closing because the previous client went long cannot be a coincidence. A higher power was at work here. I don't know who or what I have to thank but THANK YOU for making a dream come true!!!

Pasquale Vari
May 20 2014
Here's KISS backstage at American Idol rehearsal with finalist Caleb Johnson. KISS will perform with Caleb on Wednesday's season finale on Fox.

May 20 2014
May 19 2014
My oldest daughter Kayleigh Andrews has loved Gene Simmons for over half of her life, so for me to be able to arrange that for her last year was the ultimate highlight of my life. To watch her cry meeting her hero melted my heart! She turned the tables on me this year. She knows how much Paul Stanley means to me, how much of an inspiration he has been. So...during the Q and A she told him. Then for him to call me up on stage with him to hug me was a dream come true. I have to admit I've admired him many times from a far and had no intention of meeting him. I was content to just I know this meant a lot to her to have been able to do this. I have to admit, it meant so much more hearing afterwards that both my daughters cried during this moment. That to me is priceless. Not only that, but both moments were shared with our KISS family.

Lisa Burgoon
May 19 2014
Schuyler Hoversten, President of LA KISS announced that the organization will expand its partnership with Veteran Tickets Foundation (VetTix) through online auctions of exclusive memorabilia as part of an ongoing effort to support our deserving veterans.

“Getting the opportunity to partner with newest and loudest team in Pro Sports is outrageous,” said Mike Focareto, CEO of VetTix “We know LA KISS fans get much more than a football game, they get live music, a pyrotechnics show, lasers, bmx bikers, dancers, and more. We’re excited to make this experience possible to our Veterans.”

Rock 'n' roll legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band KISS formed L.A. KISS in partnership with media mogul Doc McGee and AFL Veteran Brett Bouchy after they saw a need to fuse sports and entertainment in an environment that was enjoyable for the entire family.

LA KISS Co-owner Gene Simmons stated, “My mother was liberated from a concentration camp by American Troops, I will always be grateful of our brave men and women who serve. We are proud to support Vet Tix, this partnership gives our military and their families with edge-of-your-seat entertainment.”

The auction features unique one-of-a-kind items and signed memorabilia such as: team worn jerseys and helmets signed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in addition to the limited edition all chrome helmets designed by Paul Stanley. -

Proceeds from the winning bids will be donated to Veteran Tickets Foundation. All winners will be provided a tax deductible receipt from VetTix.
May 19 2014

On this day in KISSTORY - May 19th, 1978, KISS performed a free concert at Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia, California to film the concert scenes for the "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park." The concert took place in the parking lot of Magic Mountain. Tickets were distributed through a California radio station and approximately 10,000 fans attended the show. KISS performed a full regular set list and then lip-synched "Love Gun" and "Shock Me" for the movie. Between the concert and filming the extra scenes, the shoot lasted several hours and the band members interacted with the crowd through out the event.

Paul on the concert and film shoot:

"I remember it all like it was yesterday. Doing a film and a concert in a band where some were barely speaking to each other and others not speaking at all was even weirder than the script! I still can't figure out the end of the film."
May 19 2014
KISS is featured on the cover of the latest Goldmine Magazine.

Thanks to Ken Sharp for the image.
May 19 2014

Here's my daughter Monique outside the entrance to a John Varvatos store which is set to open soon at Bangkok's new Central Embassy luxury mall which opened last week.

Chris P
May 18 2014
Over 1000 fans attended yesterday's Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo to celebrate all things KISS! Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Bruce Kulick, and former KISS costume designer Maria Contessa held Q&A's and visit with fans throughout the day.

Photos by Steve Christensen for KISSONLINE.
May 18 2014
By Sarah Rodman

It should’ve felt like a triumph: Kiss finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Instead, says Paul Stanley, founding Kiss singer-guitarist, it felt, at times, like an insult.

“If it takes somebody 14 years to invite you to a party, they obviously don’t want you at it,” says Stanley, on the phone from his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., not long after the induction ceremony in Brooklyn last month. “We were treated absolutely horribly, as unwanted guests.”

Stanley had nothing but praise, however, for former Rage Against the Machine guitarist and current E Street Band touring member Tom Morello, who inducted Kiss with a fiery speech defending the band’s legacy. (The ceremony will air in edited form on HBO on May 31.)

“Tom was great and really championed this whole movement” of getting the madcap, makeup adorned, multiplatinum original quartet inducted, says Stanley.

Backstage at the Barclays Center that night Morello said of Kiss, “They were our generation’s Beatles, our generation’s Elvis, our generation’s Rolling Stones. They made everyone who loved that band want to pick up an instrument. Also, it was a conscious act of rebellion to be a fan of Kiss. You immediately put yourself not only in opposition to authority figures, to parents, but to other kids in your school who wanted to beat your ass when you wore a Kiss T-shirt to school. So you had to stand up for yourself and what you believed in at a very young age and that made an impression on me later in my career.”
May 18 2014

On this day in KISSTORY - May 18, 1993, KISS' Gold ALIVE III album was released. Their third live album featured a tougher sounding KISS, as Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer tore through sixteen KISS Classics, that focused mainly on material from the 80's and 90's . ALIVE III opens with a bang (literally) to the crunching "Creatures Of The Night" and slows down only briefly along the way for a beautiful version of "Forever". Performances on songs like "Duece", "Unholy", "Detroit Rock City" and "God Gave Rock And Roll To You", show just how tight and flexible this lineup was both vocally and musically! The album ends with a stellar version of the "Star Spangled Banner", featuring some tasty guitar work by Mr. Kulick, which should make any American KISS Fan proud!

Alive III was produced by Eddie Kramer and KISS and was recorded in November 1992 during KISS' REVENGE tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan, Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio and Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Track List:

Creatures Of The Night / Deuce / I Just Wanna / Unholy / Heaven's On Fire / Watchin' You / Domino / I Was Made For Lovin' You / I Still Love You / Rock 'n' Roll All Nite / Lick It Up / Forever / Take It Off / I Love It Loud / Detroit Rock City / God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You / Star Spangled Banner

Note: "Take It Off" only appeared on the Japanese and European versions as well as the US Vinyl release of ALIVE III
May 18 2014
On this day in KISSTORY - May 18th, 1993, KISS featuring Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick were inducted into Hollywood's famed RockWalk. At the ceremony in front of fans, friends and family, Paul, Gene and Bruce spoke to the crowd and then left impressions of their hand prints in a block of cement. After adding plates of the KISS logo and their signatures, the stone plaque was later added to RockWalk located at the site of the famed Oriental Theatre now Guitar Center Hollywood. Eric Carr was posthumously inducted into the Rock Walk in 1995 and added to the KISS plaque.

Visit RockWalk's website at and look up KISS under inductees for some more photos of the induction as well as photos of some of RockWalk's KISS memorabilia including an Ace Frehley Les Paul guitar, Peter Criss' boots and Paul Stanley's Iceman guitar and boots.

Dedicated to honoring those individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the music industry, Hollywood's RockWalk became a reality on November 13, 1985. At last, the Rock 'n Roll world could claim for itself an institution every bit as compelling as Mann's Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hollywood's RockWalk has honored such creatively diverse and equally as accomplished individuals and groups such as KISS, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Johnny Cash, Dick Clark, Willie Dixon, The Doobie Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul, John Lee Hooker, The Moody Blues, Phil Ramone and Smokey Robinson.
May 16 2014
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