Mar 13 2010

Love you guys and wanted to share an image of my nail artwork with the KISS Army. Hope you enjoy it!

Lena Truong
Santa Barbara, CA

Mar 12 2010

Rumors that the rock band KISS would be included in the entertainment lineup of the North Dakota State Fair were proven true Friday when two new tour dates were announced on the band's Web site.

The State Fair office confirmed the booking of the ageless rockers in a news release Friday.

"We worked hard to get KISS here and we're very excited to have them as the first rock group on the new grandstand," said Renae Korslien, general manager.

KISS will perform at the State Fair on Saturday, July 24. Tickets for the concert are priced at $55 for standing room in front of the stage and $65 for reserved seating in the new grandstand, which is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2010 fair.

Ticket sales for KISS will begin April 7 at 8 a.m.
Mar 12 2010
KISS will perform concerts in Wyoming and North Dakota this July. The The Hottest and in the World will rock Cheyenne on July 23 and Minot on July 24.

KISSonline will hold a KISS Army members-only ticket pre-sale for both events. Stay tuned to KOL for more details soon.

July 23 Cheyenne, Wyoming 2010 Frontier Days
July 24 Minot, North Dakota 2010 State Fair

Photo by Ross Halfin
Mar 12 2010
By Paul Brannigan
Photo by Nick Stevens

The self-proclaimed "Hottest Band in the World" sizzle at tiny London show

This is all rather surreal. In two months' time, KISS will play to 20,000 people in London as part of an eight day UK arena tour. Tonight, their audience numbers just 800. Officially, according to Gene Simmons, the smallest KISS gig in decades is being played on "an impulse," -- the band are in London for promo duties following an appearance alongside world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko and actress Sophia Loren on Europe's biggest TV show, Wetten Dass..? in Germany -- but in truth, it's difficult to imagine a band who've mapped out their career with a forensic eye for detail doing anything spontaneously.

A more cynical soul might note that the buzz generated by flying rock hacks from all over Europe into London for this one-off date won't harm ticket sales for those arena shows at all. Whatever, given that a half-decent KISS tribute band could sell out the Islington Academy, seeing the genuine article up-close-and-personal is a true 'pinch me' moment: cynicism is for another day.
Mar 12 2010
Review excerpt by Michael Hann
Photograph: Neil Lupin/Redferns

There's a sense that creatures from another world are walking among us when Kiss take to the stage at the drab Islington Academy. In their familiar kabuki-style makeup, the four men - "Starchild" Paul Stanley and "Demon" Gene Simmons are these days accompanied by guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer - look as out of place in this tiny room as Wayne Rooney would playing Sunday league football up the road at Hackney Marshes.

Musically, too, they seem alien: no new band makes this kind of bludgeoning, basic heavy rock with any expectation of replicating the success Kiss have had over nearly 40 years; no modern band would sing lyrics like Stanley and Simmons's - "You pulled the trigger on my love gun!" - without an eyebrow raised to signify the joke.

Nevertheless, it's an overwhelming, almost physical sensation to see the giant Kiss logo in flashing lights, and to hear songs that are part of the fabric of American rock - the likes of Calling Dr Love and Rock and Roll All Nite - in these confines. Every word to every song is bellowed back at the stage, and Simmons and Stanley fill the venue with their charisma, projecting to a back row that's a good couple of hundred yards behind where the last member of the audience is actually standing.

After little more than an hour, Kiss finish with their best song, Detroit Rock City, 500 people throwing their hands into devil's horns. And then they are gone, leaving the crowd to wonder if they've imagined the whole extraordinary evening.

Five out of five stars.

At Dublin Arena (0818 719 300), 7 May. Then touring.
Mar 12 2010

On this day in KISStory, March 12, 1996, the KISS MTV Unplugged CD and VHS Video were released in the US. KISS MTV Unplugged was recorded August 9, 1995 at Sony Music Studios in New York City. The majority of the CD/VHS features Paul, Gene, Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick. Ace Frehley and Peter Criss join Paul and Gene for '2000 Man' and 'Beth'. All six members close out the CD/VHS with 'Nothin' To Lose' and 'Rock and Roll All Nite'. MTV originally broadcast KISS Unplugged on October 31, 1995.

Comment from Paul on Unplugged:

'Unplugged was a chance for us to celebrate the musical history of the band by stripping, some great songs from different points in our history, down to the bare essence of what makes them great.'


Comin' Home / Plaster Caster / Goin' Blind / Do You Love Me / Domino / Got To Choose / Sure Know Something / A World Without Heroes / Rock Bottom / See You Tonight / I Still Love It / Every Time I Look At You / 2000 Man / Beth / Nothin' To Lose / Rock and Roll All Nite

'Got To Choose' appeared on the VHS and the Vinyl versions of KISS Unplugged but not the US CD.
Mar 11 2010
Belgium's EEN news featured a segment on KISS' upcoming June 27 appearance at the Graspop festival on the Sonic Boom Over Europe tour. Check it out! Thanks to Luc Verdickt for sending the clip to KISSonline

Mar 11 2010

I entered a Rock N Roll Challenge with Quilting Arts Magazine back in 2008 with a mini quilt. The one I made was Gene Simmons' face. I even incorporated a "pull string" on the back that makes his tounge wiggle. It was displayed in the magazine in the April/May 2009 issue, and it went on tour with the magazine for a year!

Thanks, Sue Perkins

Mar 11 2010
On this day in KISStory - March 11, 2000, KISS opened the "Farewell Tour" in Phoenix, Arizona. The first three songs of the show were televised live on VH1. KISS performed 142 shows in the US, Canada, Japan and Australia on the tour.

Statement from KISS Farewell Tour press release:

The "Farewell Tour" will be the final opportunity to see the four original KISS members, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, together on stage.
Mar 10 2010
Last weekend I attended a showing of "One Live KISS" in Chicago at the CIMM Festival. Paul Stanley is still one of the strongest vocalists and greatest Rock & Roll performers of any era, and according to what I witnessed while watching this brilliant concert film, he shows no sign of age, or slowing down! Director Louis Antonelli did a 'rock star' of a job at capturing an incredible live performance that should be remembered throughout the ages. This film is not just for Paul Stanley and KISS fans, but should be seen by everyone who appreciates timeless music, or doubts the unique talent Paul has as a true artist and groundbreaker! "One Live Kiss" should be a model for other filmmakers to witness, in order to experience a truly visionary way to transfer an artist's live performance onto celluloid. It was also enlightening to hear Louis Antonelli's Q&A after the show as he explained that the movie is more than a piece of professional work by a filmmaker in collaboration with a musician to create a new product, but also at it's heart is a fan's tribute to a beloved member of KISS who had a lasting influence on Antonelli as a kid, circa 1974 while growing up on tough urban streets quite the same as Stanley had some years before in NYC. There is real passion and conviction on display in every moment of "One Live Kiss" and it should not be missed!

I have never had the chance to see Paul in a live performance myself, but I feel that now because of seeing this film that I had a first row seat at a Rock and Roll extravaganza! My neck hurts from moving it to the rocking' rhythm and sheer musical prowess of Mr. Stanley and his terrific band all through my experience of seeing "One Live Kiss" - but its the kind of ache that HURTS SO GOOD!

Freddy Atkins, life long Kiss fan! Chicago, IL.

Mar 10 2010

KISS is featured on the cover of the new issue of the Chilean comic book "CONDORITO!"

Thanks to all of the Chilean fans who sent KISSonline the image.

Mar 10 2010
Get your hands on KISSONLINE exclusive bundle for your collection and save when you buy the official 2009 KISS Tour tee & program for only $30! There are seveal different KISS Tour Shirts available with this special.

Also, get a free KISS World Domination Tour Poster when you spend spend $17.95 in the official KISS store. Enter the coupon code KISMMEC10 at checkout to redeem yours!

Buy a KISS T-shirt / Tourbook bundle pack now

Mar 10 2010
Wentworth Gallery is pleased to present two art exhibitions by artist, rock icon and legendary KISS frontman Paul Stanley. Paul will make two special appearances at Wentworth Gallery in March.

Friday - March 19, 2010 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wentworth Gallery - Town Center Mall
6000 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL

For additional details or to RSVP - please call 561-338-0804 or 800-732-6140

Saturday - March 20, 2010 - Noon - 2:00 PM

Wentworth Gallery - Las Olas
819 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

For additional details or to RSVP - please call 954-468-0685 or 800-732-6140

Mar 09 2010
Gene is scheduled to appear on A&E's Private Sessions this Sunday, March 14th. Enjoy these preview clips from his interview with host Lynn Hoffman!

Mar 09 2010
Leading independent studio E1 Entertainment has finalized a production and development deal with legendary rock band KISS. E1 will tap the worldwide enthusiasm for the KISS brand, collaborating with founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley to create a comedic half-hour kids television series that galvanizes the band's iconic personas for its young fans.

"We're honored to be involved in carrying on the KISS legacy," comments Frank Saperstein, Senior VP of Kids and Animation for E1. "It's wonderful to collaborate with the creative forces behind one of the greatest rock bands of all time and unquestionably one of the most recognized worldwide."

E1 has snagged the KISS brand as it eclipses its roots, building energy in new family and youth media outlets. KISS's role as the face of Dr. Pepper, their significant presence during Super Bowl XLIV, and their appearance on the 2009 "American Idol" finale, which reached over thirty million viewers, has made the make-up and leather-clad giants a household name for kids and families today. The KISS tradition continues to grow generation after generation transcending age, race and creed.

"KISS continues to be the juggernaut of licensing and merchandising, from KISS M&M's to KISS Dr Pepper," remarks KISS co-founder Gene Simmons, "KISS is a band, but also the only music BRAND. Continuing in our 35-year history of going where no band has gone before, we are proud to partner with E1. Like all things KISS, we intend to make this a very special show for our fans."

"We couldn't be more excited. Coupling E1's successes and ingenuity with the global force of KISS guarantees an express pass into the homes of our youngest KISS Army members with a show of superior quality," adds KISS co-founder Paul Stanley.

The as-yet-untitled series will be produced and distributed worldwide by E1. Executive Producers are John Morayniss and Frank Saperstein for E1 Entertainment; Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS. E1 and KISS will handle all licensing and merchandise for the series.
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