Jan 28 2010
By Alan Di Perna, Photo by Travis Shinn

Originally published in Guitar World, Holiday 2009

Paul Stanley talks about Kiss' success as a live act and how he and Gene Simmons once again found their old chemistry and made Sonic Boom pure dynamite.

On a recent autumn afternoon, Paul Stanley was relaxing at his L.A. home prior to hitting the road for another leg of Kiss' Alive 35 tour. He took the occasion to talk with Guitar World about the long and winding road that has brought him and the band from Alive! to Sonic Boom, Kiss' latest album.

GUITAR WORLD Is it significant that Kiss were propelled to the top of the charts in 1975 by a live album?

PAUL STANLEY Definitely. I think we've always been a live animal. What we found back then was that our first three studio albums weren't selling particularly well, yet we were quickly becoming a band that was selling out live venues everywhere. There was no correlation between our ticket sales and our album sales. It became clear that what was needed was an audio souvenir of the Kiss experience. But I don't think we could ever have predicted that Alive! would become as big or as important as it did. As soon as it came out, they couldn't keep it in the stores, because it was the album that everybody who loved the band had been waiting for.
Jan 27 2010
The KISS Cofeehouse has been chosen as the best coffeehouse on the Grand Strand. The "Grand Strand" is over a 60 mile stretch of coast line, from the North Carolina border, all the way down to Georgetown, SC. This was the inaugural "Best of the Grand Strand" contest featuring more than 500 of the Grand Strand's best local businesses, in over 65 categories, and was voted on by the local viewing area's viewers! In all, over 11,000 votes were cast by viewers!

Coffee with attitude didn't exist in the marketplace until the KISS Coffeehouse exploded onto the scene in Myrtle Beach, SC. KISS Coffeehouse is a stimulating environment to drink a stimulating beverage.
Jan 27 2010
You gotta file a lawsuit in Detroit Rock City.

A company that controls photos and posters of the rock group Kiss is suing to stop the sale of a book with pictures of the performers.

Kiss Catalog Ltd. says trademarks are being violated by "Vintage Kiss Photos: 1974-1981." The lawsuit names Marc Scallatino of Blackwood, N.J., and photographer Janet Macoska of Cleveland.

Kiss Catalog, based in New York, is asking a judge to shut down vintagekissphotos.com.

Macoska says she sold some Kiss images to Scallatino but warned that he couldn't use them for a book. E-mail messages seeking comment were left Tuesday with Scallatino.

The lawsuit was filed last week in federal court in Detroit, where part of the 1975 Kiss album "Alive!" was recorded at Cobo Arena.

(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Jan 27 2010
Hi KISS & the KISS Army!!

Check out this awesome KISS St. Gene stained glass window I found on Break.com.

Seems like everywhere I look there is a KISS reference....KISS really is everywhere!!

Jeff McManus

Jan 27 2010
Here's the promotional sales flyer for KISS licensee Dizzy Heights featuring their new KISS dog tags & stickers. These KISS items should be available in mid February .
Jan 27 2010
This KISS image is featured in a TV commercial for a European Political Party, CIU. The ad features a diverse group of images and basically says "This is the new face of the CIU (Federation Nationalist Convergence and Union.)"

View the ad.
Jan 26 2010
Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, and Gene Simmons of KISS ring the NYSE closing bell at New York Stock Exchange on January 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

CLICK here to view a gallery of KISS photos from their visit to the NYSE.

Jan 26 2010
KISS will appear live on the German TV Show, 'Wetten, Dass...?' ('Wanna Bet?') on February 27.

'Wetten, dass..?' is the most successful television show in Europe! The entertainment show regularly draws over 50% of all German-speaking viewers.

KISS will perform on the show to promote the Sonic Boom album and their upcoming Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour.
Jan 25 2010
Check out this clip of KISS at the New York Stock Exchange today with the CEO of Dr. Pepper!

Jan 25 2010
Here's KISS ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange today!

Jan 25 2010
KISS will do interviews on the following radio and TV stations today:

Sirius Satellite radio:

11:05 - 11:30 Playboy Channel
11:35 - 12:00 Road Dog Trucking

3:40 - 3:50 Fox Business TV Channel
Jan 25 2010
Today, January 25, legendary rock band KISS and "I'm a Pepper" ad icon David Naughton are teaming up with Dr Pepper Snapple Group CEO Larry Young to ring The Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Dr Pepper - America's oldest major soft drink.

Gene Simmons, a.k.a. "Dr Love" and star of the current "Trust Me, I'm a Doctor" ad campaign, will also be featured with all of his KISS band mates in an upcoming Super Bowl ad for Dr Pepper Cherry. Naughton, star of the classic Dr Pepper commercials and the 1981 film An American Werewolf in London, is ranked by AOL.com as one of the "Top 25 Ad Icons of All Time."

In addition to ringing the NYSE Closing Bell, Dr Pepper also has a special anniversary surprise planned that no one will want to miss.

A live webcast of The Opening Bell (beginning at 9:29 a.m.) and of The Closing Bell (beginning at 3:59 p.m.) will be available on the homepage of nyse.com.
Jan 25 2010
The French star band "Les Enfoires" will release a cover of KISS' "I Was Made For Lovin' You" entitled "Si L'On S'Aimait, Si." The song will benefit the charity "Les Restos Du Coeur" ("Restaurants of the Heart"), which distributes food packages and hot meals to the needy.

"Les Enfoires" features almost 40 top French music stars, and their CD sales and TV audience is always one of the biggest in France each year.

Here's a commercial featuring a clip of the song.

Jan 24 2010
Check out these great photos of the KISS Army. Please keep the photos and letters coming to KOL...the band really loves seeing them!
Jan 24 2010
WOW...awesome KISS caricatures by Keith and Kevin Bolick. Some of their earlier artwork currently hangs on the walls of the KISS Coffehouse in Myrtle Beach, SC!
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