Feb 03 2010
BARCELONA STREET POSTER
Check out the KISS Sonic Boom Over Europe street poster for the Barcelona, Spain show.

Thanks to Antonio Alcaraz & Javier Rueda of KISS Army Spain for sending KISSonline the images!
Feb 02 2010
CALLING DR. LOVE: INVADES THE SUPER BOWL


Only ET is behind the scenes with legendary rockers Kiss on their first-ever Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial -- featuring Mini Kiss!

"The basic premise of this is I'm Dr. Love -- you're not," Gene Simmons tells ET. "Dr. Love is here to make you all feel better, girls."

Airing during the second quarter of the big game this Sunday, the ad features the return of Gene as Dr. Love along with lead singer Paul Stanley and the rest of the Kiss line-up rocking onstage with Mini Kiss, extolling the virtues of Dr. Pepper Cherry's uniquely smooth taste.

"It's a little hint of Kiss with a little hint of cherry," says Paul in pitchman mode.

"It's always the sincerest form of flattery," says Gene of the band's pint-sized counterparts. "Mini Kiss has everything that we have -- perhaps not the same size, but then size isn't important... Yes, it is important, isn't it?"

"That's right, and they work for half price," adds Paul. "Their songs are shorter."

Native New Yorker and major Kiss fan Joey Fatale, who plays mini Gene, came up with the idea for his tribute band one day while looking at one of the Kiss albums.

"It just popped in my head, the name Mini Kiss," he explains. "I said this'll be cool - four little people dressed up as Kiss." After their first gig at Studio 54 in Manhattan, they were an overnight success, and the rest is history.

"If it wasn't for Kiss, we wouldn't be here," he says reverently.

Watch ET for more with Kiss!
Feb 02 2010
IS EVERYWHERE!
Here's Paul Stanley on the latest cover of Night Wire Magazine. The Pittsburgh magazine is out now.

Thanks to Michael L. Aldana for sending KISSonline the image.
Feb 01 2010
PAUL & ERIN RED CARPET PHOTO
Paul Stanley and wife Erin Sutton arrive at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 30, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.

Photo - Wire Image
Feb 01 2010
MY DAUGHTER'S SCHOOL PROJECT
Hey Guys!

On February 3rd, my 5 year old daughter, Bryanna, will be celebrating her 100th day of kindergarten. As a family project, we were instructed to decorate something using 100 objects of our choice. What better than to use 100 KISS M&M's decorating her (not to mention my) favorite band of all time! She can't wait to get this to school tomorrow! Thanks for everything, guys!

KEEP ROCKING!
Manuel & Bryanna, San Antonio, Tx

LETTERS
Feb 01 2010
IS EVERYWHERE!
Here's an ad for the Greek radio station Galaxy FM 92 featuring former Chinese leader Mao Zedong in KISS makeup with the tagline, "Hard Rock is the Real Cultural Revolution!"

Thanks to Lee Berry for sending KISSonline the image.



Feb 01 2010
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISS collection featured on Extreme Workplaces

Here's the KISS collection an employee of Ebay keeps in his office! Watch the clip:

Jan 30 2010
IS EVERYWHERE!
Check out this KISS related clip from the Belgian TV show, Generation Quiz. The show's host and guests dressed up and performed as KISS!




Thanks to Marnik Bellecoste & Luc Verdickt for sending us the news.

Jan 30 2010
AWESOME TRUCK!
Hi KISS,

I'm writing this for a friend (Donnie Coleman), who has absolutely devoted his entire life to KISS, and all that KISS stands for. In his house, he has a complete room (20'x20') that is a 'decorated shrine' to KISS. There are numerous trophies, posters, wallpaper, border, photos, memorabilia, and multiple pieces of 'one-of-a-kind' KISS items. It is truly a sight to behold. His collection of KISS items numbers in the hundreds. He has been to a number of your concerts, but has never had the pleasure of meeting any of you. It would be his biggest-life-thrill to do so.

Donnie has a 'highly modified' Ford F-150 pickup truck that he has maintained in Showroom Condition since he purchased it brand new in 1997. To date, he has spent over $75,000 in modifications to this truck, and has won countless automobile shows with it. I'm sending you a few photos of the truck to show you what I mean.

The photos do not do the truck justice. It is a flawless vehicle, and it's never been driven. It rolls on and off an enclosed trailer for the purpose of viewing at auto shows. He has taken the 'Best of Show' honors (and trophies) a number of times, and the truck continues to blow people away whenever they view it. The interior of the truck (as well as the exterior) is magnificent. Truly, a one-of-a-kind vehicle.

Kindest regards,

Ed Adams

LETTERS
Jan 30 2010
THIS DAY IN TORY 1973
On this day in KISStory - January 30, 1973, KISS performed their very first concert at Popcorn (The Coventry) in Queens, NY. The band performed 2 sets at the club that night for a crowd of under 10 people.

Gene recalls how that show came about:

1973 was the beginning.

Wicked Lester had just finished its album for EPIC RECORDS. There were five members in the band, including Paul and myself. Though we had a real recording contract with a major label, and though we had finished an entire album, we were depressed. It just wasn't what we had envisioned.

So, we started again. We tried firing the other three guys in Wicked Lester, but some wouldn't leave. So, we quit.

We started again with a vision. 'Let's put together the band we never saw on stage.'

We got a manager named LOU LINET, who managed JF MURPHY AND FREE FLOWING SALT and DIANA MARCOVITZ (or something like that)...and when he heard the newborn baby -- KISS. He thought it was the worst crap he had ever heard. Needless to say, he was gone immediately. So, we were managerless.

I put together a bio kit, while I worked at the Puerto Rican Interagency Council, as assistant to the Director. Peter's friend owned a printing press and printed up our invites.

But, where to play? We didn't have a manager. We didn't have an agent. We never had.

I made a phone call cold to a place called Popcorn in Queens, NY and on the phone convinced the guy to hire a band, who would soon be changing their name from WICKED LESTER to KISS.

We got the gig -- three nights -- Wed, Thurs and Fri for the sum total of $150.

That was the beginning.
Jan 30 2010
BRUCE KULICK RECORD RELEASE PARTY
Bruce Kulick will be hosting a record release party at the Cat Club in West Hollywood on February 1st at 7pm. Nick Simmons will be performing "Hand Of The King" with Bruce, and the Gene Simmons' Family Jewels show will also be there to capture the evening's activities.

Visit Kulick.net for more info on Bruce's new BK3 CD.
Jan 30 2010
LATEST IN COLLECTIBLES
Here's the new KISS Icon pen being released by Headline Entertainment.

The KISS pens should be available in stores in February.
Jan 29 2010
FILES SUIT OVER UNAUTHORIZED BOOK
KISS, the world famous rock group, though its licensing agent brought suit in the Federal Court in Detroit, where the "KISS" legend began, against Marc Scallatino and a photographer named in an unauthorized book about the rock group KISS containing KISS photographs taken in 1974 to 1981.

We had no choice but to bring this suit against Mr. Scallatino, a spokesman for KISS said, because Mr. Scallatino was repeatedly warned that an unauthorized publication of "KISS" photographs in a book about "KISS" would violate the exclusive rights of the KISS licensing agent, including the federally registered trademarks covering the distinctive "KISS" logo and the distinctive face paint designed by the members of "KISS." Mr. Scallatino ignored the warnings.

A spokesman for KISS also said we have made a considerable effort in time and money to protect the public from counterfeit "KISS" merchandise, including registering the "KISS" trademarks around the world. We cannot simply ignore Mr. Scallatino's willful violation of the rights of "KISS" after he was repeatedly warned.

The suit also names Janet Macoska, a famous photographer of rock bands, as a defendant. After the lawsuit was filed, Ms. Macoska contacted attorneys for KISS and indicated that, although her name appears in the book as one of the photographers, she had no knowledge of the book and never consented to publication of Mr. Scallatino's book, and, she warned Mr. Scallatino that if he publishes her photographs of "KISS" in any book without consent of "KISS," it would violate the rights of KISS. Based on Ms. Macoska's cooperation and the evidence she has provided showing she was not involved in the unauthorized publication of "KISS" photographs in the book about "KISS", we are dismissing the claims against Ms. Macoska, but proceeding against Scallatino.

Kiss is represented by attorneys Patrick M. McCarthy, Raymond E. Scott, and Gregory D. DeGrazia of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC.
Jan 29 2010
IS EVERYWHERE!
Hi KISS,

Here's a fun one!

During the annual South Dakota Governor's Conference on Tourism awards banquet last Thursday night, Governor Mike Rounds (who is entering the last year of his administration) presented the "Top 10 Things I'll miss as a Former Governor." Number 2 was "My backstage access to the legends of rock and roll will probably be severely limited" and this picture of the Governor with KISS was shown on several big screens.

Chad Coppess
Senior Photographer
South Dakota Tourism & State Development
Jan 29 2010
THIS DAY IN TORY 2007
On January 29, 2007, KISS' Rock The Nation Live! DVD was officially certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Pictured is Tommy Thayer's Rock The Nation DVD award plaque. His plaque reads: Presented to Tommy Thayer, To commemorate RIAA certified multi-platinum sales of more than 200,000 copies of the Image Entertainment DVD, KISS Rock The Nation Live!
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