Apr 14 2014
OWN A PAIR OF STARCHILD BOOTS SIGNED BY !
Add some Rock ‘n Roll to your wardrobe when you take home this pair of Starchild boots that were signed KISS!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's newest inductees, KISS, are one of the most influential rock-and-roll bands of all-time, they are one of America's top gold-record champions, and have sold over 100-million albums worldwide. With anthems such as "Rock and Roll All Nite" and "Detroit Rock City", they have inspired more kids to pick up the guitar than virtually any other band.

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This auction will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need. We all have received so much out of music, it's time to give a little back!

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Apr 13 2014
& DEF LEPPARD TO HIRE VETS FOR SUMMER TOUR
Two of rock’s biggest bands are seeking two veterans to hit the road with them for a massive 42-city North American tour, joining forces to honor the U.S. military community. It'll be a summer of hard rock and hard work they'll never forget.

On Thursday, legendary rockers KISS and Def Leppard announced that they’re seeking to hire two veterans as roadies to work their 2014 Heroes Tour as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.'

KISS carried out a similar nationwide search for a veteran roadie last year, selecting Army vet and devout Kiss fan Paul Jordan out of 1,900 applications live on TODAY. Jordan went on to accompany the band to 44 cities, helping set up and break down their stage at each stop. Jordan later said that while it was hard work, he “loved every minute of it.” At the close of the tour, he said, “I know now that life exists after military service. You just have to find something you’re passionate about and go get it. There is a world of opportunity out there.”

"It is our privilege to draw attention to the obligation we all have to the brave men and women who volunteer to risk their own lives to protect the liberties and freedom that we all take for granted. We should all jump at any opportunity to provide any assistance needed by our warriors. Heroes deserve jobs!" said Paul Stanley, lead vocalist/guitarist of KISS.

“Having our own wounded warrior in Rick Allen, we’ve always had a close tie with the military,” said Joe Elliott, lead vocalist of Def Leppard. “To carry on and further our contribution by giving a little back, and hopefully helping fulfill a dream or two, we’re more than happy to show our support.”

Veterans who wish to apply for the positions can apply here. The deadline for all applications is Friday May 9th at 11:59 p.m.


Find out more about Hiring our Heroes, an initiative from NBC News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that aims to get veterans back into the workforce, here.



Learn more about Next Steps for Vets, dedicated to empowering veterans and military spouses with employment and education opportunities, here.
Apr 13 2014
LEAD SINGER WAS BORN WITH ONE EAR
Paul Stanley, has a memoir out called ‘Face the Music: A Life Exposed,’ and in it the flamboyant leader singer of KISS discusses a surprising disability.

He was born with a condition called microtia which prevents the ear from forming properly. Stanley was born with a stump and deaf on his right side. (He later had surgery to fashion an ear). This disability led to a childhood marked by severe bullying resulting in a general mistrust of people.

The 62-year-old rocker told Rob Shuter of VH-1's "The Gossip Table" that his parents made matters worse by practiced a form of tough love on him. They refused to acknowledge his disability, going so far as not to tell their son he was half-deaf.

“Perhaps it was not that unusual for that generation but you make someone stronger by giving them more love,” he explained to the site. “You make them stronger by being a channel for them to talk and to validate their feelings.”

The celestial daubed guitarist quickly realized that fame didn’t soothe his inner demons.

“What I found over the years was that what you deny and cover up doesn't cease to exist and even if you can hide something from the public, you can't hide it from yourself. Whether it's pain or a sense of inferiority, that will remain and that doesn't change until you come to grips with it, you get to the bottom of it and you resolve it.”

He’s hoping that his story of pain and ultimately finding serenity and happiness with his second wife will inspire readers and fans.

“Perhaps that was one of the paramount reasons for me to finally write the book,” he muses. “The idea that I can perhaps make someone else's life a little easier or put a little bit more light on things by telling people my journey. It's not a KISS book, it's a book about a person coming of age and coming to grips with their own inadequacies.”
Apr 13 2014
JOINS CARSON DALY FOR SELFIE CHAIN
Matt Murray

Yesterday's attempt at setting the record for "longest selfie chain" fell just short (ugh, rules), but on Friday morning Carson enlisted the help of some special friends to get it done right.

Newest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees KISS joined Carson in the Orange Room for another try at the selfie chain, and they nailed it. Check out KISS and Carson's chain below.

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Apr 12 2014
"This night proves that the bullies and critics were mistaken," guitarist says



By Jason Newman

Tom Morello may be currently touring with new Hall of Fame inductees the E Street Band, but on Thursday night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the former Rage Against the Machine guitarist saluted the Kiss Army while inducting Kiss into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Given the dichotomy between Morello's left-leaning worldview and Gene Simmons' take-no-prisoners brand of capitalism, it was ostensibly an unlikely pairing. But Morello cast aside his political views to praise his "first guitar hero," Ace Frehley, though, perhaps because he couldn't help himself, he did manage to work in one "power to the people" plug.

"Tonight, we honor the fifth member of the band: the Kiss Army," he said of the band's loyal fanbase. "This night proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the bullies and critics were mistaken. Tonight this is the 'Rock and Roll all night, and Party Every Day' Hall of Fame."

As the guitarist told Rolling Stone before the ceremony, he first saw Kiss play when he was 12 and attended their shows religiously during his formative years. "I've known Gene and Paul for some time and I'm a huge fan of the band and have been an advocate — a noisy, fist-pounding advocate for years for Kiss to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," said Morello. "One of the all-time great bands is being rightly enshrined.

"When those records were released, focus was shifted because it was a band in makeup or because it was band with explosions," added Morello. "But those are great anthemic songs with badass riffs. There's a reason why Kiss sold 100 million records around the world. There was no one spitting blood in your living room when you were listening to them. I was rocking out hard to them."
Apr 12 2014
By Scott Stump TODAY contributor

Still fresh off their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday night, the members of KISS took time from rock and rolling all night and partying every day to speak to TODAY Friday about an honor 40 years in the making.

"It was really vindication because the fans have wanted this for so long,'' lead singer Paul Stanley told Matt Lauer, as the band joined TODAY on the plaza decked out in their costumes and iconic facepaint. "It may not have meant as much to us, but it meant a lot to them. We were very happy to be there. We have 40 years of legacy, and it's a proud time for us."

Stanley was joined by guitarists Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. The lead-up to the Hall of Fame induction was not without controversy, as original drummer Peter Criss and original guitarist Ace Frehley, who both split from the band in the early 1980s, traded shots at Simmons and Stanley in the media. While there was no reunion performance on Thursday, the members were courteous to one another in their acceptance speeches.

"Yesterday is yesterday,'' Simmons said. "We've never won a race looking over our shoulders in the past. Winners always look straightforward. There are no solutions, there's only we get to decide who and what KISS is. We love Ace and Peter, and they were very gracious yesterday in accepting the award to be part of the beginning, but we move on. This is a 40-year proud history, and Eric and Tommy make every day on that stage a wonderful, wonderful experience, not just for us. We like being together and bonding onstage, but it's an experience for the fans."

KISS announced their 42-city North American tour in honor of their 40th anniversary, where they will be joined by Def Leppard. They also are looking to hire two military veterans as roadies to work their 2014 Heroes Tour as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.
Apr 12 2014
KING OF THE NIGHT TIME WORLD ON THE TONIGHT SHOW
Apr 12 2014
BLACK DIAMOND FROM THE TONIGHT SHOW
Apr 12 2014
DEUCE FROM THE TONIGHT SHOW
Apr 11 2014
HOTTER THAN HELL & FIREHOUSE FROM THE TONIGHT SHOW
Apr 11 2014
LEGENDARY ROCKERS ON TODAY SHOW

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Legendary rockers KISS made a big announcement on the plaza: They're looking to hire two veterans as roadies to work their 2014 Heroes Tour.

"People have to realize that the freedoms and the liberties that we enjoy here, we take for granted,'' lead singer Paul Stanley told Matt. “We owe them everything, so if we can hire a few of them, just to bring attention to the fact that we owe them everything.”
Apr 11 2014
PHOTOS: PAUL & GENE WITH JIMMY FALLON
Apr 11 2014
PHOTO: GREETING FANS AT TODAY SHOW
Apr 11 2014
Rock Bands KISS and Def Leppard Commit to Hire Two Veterans as Roadies as Part of U.S. Chamber’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes Program

Following Nationwide Search, Two Veterans will Join Bands for 2014 Summer Tour

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Rock bands KISS and Def Leppard today announced their commitment to hire two veterans as roadies for their 2014 summer tour as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. The bands made their hiring announcement live on the NBC Today Show in New York after deciding jointly to dedicate their upcoming summer tour to the military community. Following a nationwide search, two veterans will be chosen to support the bands’ production team on the 42-city North American tour.

This will be the second time KISS has carried out a nationwide search for a veteran roadie. Two years ago, Army veteran and longtime KISS fan Paul Jordan was chosen to join a summer tour after a review of 1,900 applications sent in from coast to coast. He went on to tour 44 cities with the band, helping with the set up and breakdown at each stop. Looking back after the tour closed, Jordan said, “I know now that life exists after military service. You just have to find something you’re passionate about and go get it. There is a world of opportunity out there.”

"It is our privilege to draw attention to the obligation we all have to the brave men and women who volunteer to risk their own lives to protect the liberties and freedom that we all take for granted. We should all jump at any opportunity to provide any assistance needed by our warriors. Heroes deserve jobs!" said Paul Stanley, lead vocalist/guitarist of KISS.
Apr 11 2014
PHOTO: ON THE TODAY SHOW
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