Nov 15 2009
By Ray Paul

Having to wait 12 years is a test of any fan's patience, and the criticisms aimed at the band living on past glories certainly seemed justified. So here we have the first new release from KISS since "Psycho Circus." Gone are Frehley and Criss, replaced by Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. As a longtime KISS fan, I had all but given up on anything new, especially as Gene Simmons had been very verbal regarding his views on internet piracy and new material, so it was a surprise to hear the band were in the studio not so long ago.

Kicking off with "Modern Day Delilah," the familiar "yeah, yeah" from Paul Stanley takes us into familiar KISS territory. There is a hard edge to the guitar work, and instantly I noticed Tommy Thayer's guitar solo is right out of the Ace Frehley guitar solo book. It's nice to hear Gene and Paul's vocals up front singing together on the chorus as they used to in the early days.

A thundering start to "Russian Roulette" has Gene's gut-bucket bass high in the mix, and a very AC/DC type of riff introduces the song. Again, the song is at a mid-pace, and it's more of a lazy early '90s feel to Gene's voice with a big vocal gathering round the mic for the chorus. It's a good song. Taking us back to the kind of stuff the band were releasing in the late '80s and early '90s, "Never Enough" is a traditional Paul Stanley fanfare and reminded me of "I Just Wanna" from Revenge. There's some nice work from Gene in the bass department for anyone missing some of his more traditional work from the early days.
Nov 15 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISS is featured on the cover of the December issue of the Dutch magazine Aardschock.
Nov 14 2009
"DETROIT ROCK CITY" CALGARY CLIP
Here's a fan-filmed clip of KISS performimg "Detroit Rock City" in Calgary.

Nov 14 2009
THE DEMON IN CALGARY
Check out this fan-filmed video of Gene spitting blood and flying in Calgary.

Nov 14 2009
BUILD A GENE SIMMONS DESTROYER COSTUME
In early September 2009, my then 7-year-old son Kian came up to me and announced that he wanted to be Gene Simmons for Halloween. As a longtime KISS fan, I was very proud of him for his excellent taste, and I immediately knew that of all the costumes that Gene has worn over the years, the 1976 Destroyer Tour costume is the most iconic look, and therefore the only choice for an awesome Halloween costume. Unfortunately, with its spiked armor, leather bat wings, studded codpiece and thigh-high scaly dragon-headed platform boots, it is also the most complicated to replicate on the shoestring budget I had at my disposal. Resolving to make as much of it as possible out of materials I had on hand or could find cheap or free, I set out to gather my materials.

CLICK HERE for step by step instructions to build a Gene Simmons Destroyer Costume
Nov 14 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
Here's KISS on the cover of the French magazine Metal Obs!
Nov 14 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
LATEST RED HOT ROCK MAGAZINE HAS FOUR DIFFERENT KISS COVERS!

The new issue of the Swedish magazine Red Hot Rock features four seperate KISS Cover and contains a huge special on KISS!

Thanks to Niklas Olsson for sending KOL the image.
Nov 14 2009
DRESSED TO KILL
Hey KISS!

Just wanted to show a picture of us four just before we left for the Winnipeg show. Thought we would go and support you guys "Dressed to Kill", not knowing however it would be a big hit for other fans as it seem we couldn't walk around the concourse for five seconds without someone wanting our pictures, we felt like rock stars.

Just goes to show what legacy you have left over the years, is still as big as ever. Thank you guys for such a great show it was awesome, me and my dad, his friend Denis and his son Joel had the time of our lives, shouting it out loud with thousands. Thank you once again for coming to Winnipeg, hope you guys can come back soon. Remember "WINNIPEG LOVES KISS"

Braden Radley

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Nov 13 2009
LITTLE FAN OF THE CATMAN
Hi Guys!

Just wanted to show you a pic of my daughter. She wanted to be a cat for Halloween but a special kind of cat. All she talks about is Eric!! Can't wait to see you guys in Pittsburgh. We already got our tickets. We're driving 7hrs for our once in a lifetime experience and it's ALL worth it!

xoxoxoxoxo,
Chrissy

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Nov 13 2009
VIDEO CLIP OF PAUL IN CALGARY
Check out this fan-filmed clip of Paul breaking his guitar in Calgary last night!

Nov 13 2009
VIDEO OF HOTTER THAN HELL IN CALGARY
Here's a fan-filmed clip of "Hotter Than Hell" from last night's show in Calgary!

Nov 13 2009
AND THE WINNERS ARE....
Congratulations to John Wicker, Tiany Baclagan and Jessica Harper... you are the three winners of the KISS SONIC BOOM Contest!

John, Tiany and Jessica will each receive a Paul Stanley Washburn guitar autographed by KISS! And get this -- the guitars were signed backstage in Detroit after the band's historic shows at Cobo Arena!

Thanks to the 10,000 members of the KISS Army who entered our SONIC BOOM Contest!
Nov 13 2009
KOMPENDIUM
In '77, blood from each member of the rock band KISS was drawn by a registered nurse and poured into vats of red ink used for printing the band's first comic book. It was created by Marvel legend Stan Lee and was the beginning of a hugely successful KISS comic book franchise. All are now out of print.

Now, for the first time, the KISS Kompendium combines the most breathtaking KISS comic books into a lush oversized collector's compilation. Brought to life by graphic illustrations as riveting and hardcore as the band's real-life fire-breathing line-up, the Demon (Gene Simmons), Starchild (Paul Stanley), and the other band members' superhero alter egos defeat evil in over 1200 pages of stunning KISS comics!

This is a book authorized by KISS. KISS founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have contributed the forewords to this. The book also includes exclusive never-before-seen backstage photos from KISS' newest tour along with commentary by the band-members.

This is a must-have for every KISS fan eagerly awaiting the band's new album, their first in over 10 years, and a perfect holiday gift for comic-book lover to pour over time and time again.

The KISS Kompendium, over 1,200 pages of KISS comics - on sale December 8, 2009 - is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, WalMart and wherever books are sold.

Nov 13 2009
THIS DUNE BUGGY
Hi KISS!

These are a few pictures of our dune buggy named Kiss This!! As you can see, you are the highlight of the paint scheme. We take it out to Glamis, CA and it is a big hit with everyone. It has a Ford Mustang Cobra motor with 500 horsepower!! We have yet to see another one like this. It took two years to be built and worth every penny we paid for it.

Thank you for your time:
Tammy & Mike Huard

LETTERS
Nov 13 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISS-themed German Magazine Cover

The German music, lifestyle and model, magazine, "KinKats," features a KISS Story and a sexy girl in Gene Simmons' make up on the cover.

Thanks to Harald Streibl for sending KOL the image!
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