Oct 06 2009
By GORDON DICKSON KISS is back with a new record, a concert tour and a promotional blitz coming to a Walmart near you. Yes, the guys are older now, but they're still wearing spandex, painting their faces and putting on quite a show. "The thing about KISS is, there's a real timeless appeal to it," lead guitarist Tommy Thayer said in a recent phone interview, before donning his "Spaceman" garb and playing a concert in Montreal. "The same thing that caught people's hearts and passions in the early 1970s is the same thing I see happening with kids today. Obviously, you have to bring kids into the fold for bands like KISS to keep reinventing themselves." The four-man rock band will unveil its first new music in 11 years as part of a three-disc set titled Sonic Boom that drops at Walmarts nationwide Tuesday. The $12 set, which includes a CD of new songs, a CD of classic hits and a DVD of live performances this year in Argentina, won't be the only value-priced memorabilia on display. Each Walmart will sport a KISS Korner in its electronics department, with KISS T-shirts, fleece blankets, M&Ms and even Mr. Potato Head figures.
Oct 06 2009
GENE AND TOMMY RADIO INTERVIEW
Check out this great interview with Gene and Tommy on New Jersey's WDHA 105.5!

Oct 06 2009
SO MUCH CATCHY ROCK
By Jed Gottlieb

KISS have always hid their danceable hooks in heavy-metal fire and face paint. Thankfully, the band's first album in 11 years is no different. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, drummer Eric Singer and new guitarist Tommy Thayer induce more rump shakin' than head bangin' on pop anthems "Stand," "Never Enough" and the tambourine-and-cowbell-flavored "Yes I Know (Nobody's Perfect)." "I'm an Animal" manages one sludgy, heavy riff, but it's tucked between so much catchy rock, it barely distracts from the fun.
Oct 06 2009
BY ERIC ANDERSEN

Gene Simmons doesn't give a damn whether people buy the new KISS album.

Sure, it would be great for the Wal-Mart exclusive Sonic Boom to sell a couple hundred thousand copies and go No. 1 on the Billboard charts, but at this point in the band's career, touring is all KISS needs to fuel the Gene machine's quest for money.

The last album KISS put out was 1998's Psycho Circus, which was mostly ghostwritten by former members and other musicians and only had about two or three memorable tracks. This time around, the music is all KISS-written and -produced, which gives it more of an old-school feel.

Sonic Boom isn't exactly a direct throwback to the '70s heyday of the band, but rather a combination of sounds ranging from 1976's Rock 'n' Roll Over to 1992's Revenge. The album has enough solid moments to make die-hard fans happy, while showing the rest of the world that the band can still rock 'n' roll all night long.
Oct 06 2009
MAKE UP WITH OLD FANS
KISS' 19th studio album "Sonic Boom" is the first collection of new material since "Psycho Circus" 11 years ago. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are free to include as much ham-handed sexual innuendo as possible, elevated with power chords. This is KISS as they were in 1975, without studio trickery to mar the 11 new anthems. It's a back-to-basics effort that recalls the best of "Alive!" at moments, and might inspire you to dream about being "Starchild."

Oct 06 2009
STILL ROCKS 'N' ROLLS ALL NIGHT
By Jed Gottlieb
Photo by Christopher Evans
Boston Herald

You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the land, one half of KISS! Before the Boston TD Garden show, Gene Simmons boasted to the Herald that this was the largest tour they'd ever done.

The hits were the backbone of the show. "Deuce," "Hotter Than Hell" and "Black Diamond" - with its hook that could snag Moby Dick - were wicked nice. "Cmon and Love Me" and a sleazy, slutty "She" were brilliant. Even spotlight solos by Thayer and Singer were pretty damn cool (sorry Ace and Peter).

But KISS is still a band of 70's shtick, and the old gimmicks were in full effect. Gene breathed fire and barfed blood. Paul fired the right and left sides of the stage up into shout-offs. There was plenty of strutting and swaying in unison to go with guitars that bazooka-ed sparks and a drum riser on a rotating, fog-spewing hydraulic lift.

As the epic encore - "Shout It Out Loud" into "Lick It Up" into "Let Me Go" into "Love Gun" (where Paul Stanley flew through the audience on a wire) into "Detroit Rock City" - blasted on and the canon booms and flame bursts continued, it seemed clear Gene was right. Not only that this was the largest KISS tour ever, but that - as he also told the Herald - KISS will live on long past Ace and Peter.

They've done it before and did it again last night with a legendary show.
Oct 05 2009
ARMY WE WANT YOUR PICTURES & CLIPS
We've heard from many members of the KISS Army saying they're going to the store to buy SONIC BOOM in KISS Makeup, costumes and T-shirts...and we LOVE it!

Please send KOL any photos and video clips of your SONIC BOOM buying adventure.

You can upload photos, links and messages on our LETTERS PAGE or email them to
kleroux67@gmail.com

Don't forget you can also submit the photo in our KISS Guitar Giveaway.
Oct 05 2009
BLACK DIAMOND CLIP FROM MOHEGAN SUN
Here's an awesome fan-filmed clip of "Black Diamond" from KISS' Mohegan Sun show Saturday night.

Oct 05 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
Here's KISS on the cover of the latest issue of the Italian magazine "Rock Hard".
Oct 05 2009
Roadrunner / Loud & Proud caught up with Paul and Tommy in Detroit as they shot their upcoming video and sat them down for a chat. In the interview below, Paul and Tommy talk us through the second half of the new album, track by track!

Oct 05 2009
By Joe Szczechowski When word started circulating last year that Kiss was working on its first new album in 11 years, even long-time fans were a bit skeptical. The band's last studio album, 1998's much touted reunion effort, Psycho Circus, recorded (at least on paper) with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, had been a disappointment. More recent solo albums by founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had also failed to live up to expectations. Simmons had Family Jewels, his hit A&E reality television series, and Stanley had his artwork, which had become more profitable than his latest musical endeavors. Stanley and Simmons seemed content to take Kiss on the road less frequently. The crowds still came, and classics like "Detroit Rock City," "Shout It Out Loud," and "Rock and Roll All Nite" still brought them to their feet. Ironically, with drummer Eric Singer and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer back and the group, Kiss was playing better, tighter, and with more energy than it had in years. Still the question remained. Why would Kiss bother making a new album? To hear Kiss tell it, it was a combination of two things - the fans clamoring for new music, and the band members themselves realizing that they were musically in top form and how much they enjoyed playing together. When the quartet went into the studio to re-record 15 Kiss classics for a Japan-only CD, (Jigoku Retsuden) the band found that the process was not only painless, it was fun.
Oct 05 2009
BY STEPHEN PETERSON SUN CHRONICLE STAFF

Forget U2 or The Rolling Stones. If you want to see the spectacle of a rock show, take in a Kiss concert. Of pretty much any group in rock history, Kiss is one whose performances display the essence of the band.

Kiss, which took the stage Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena for the Kiss Alive/35 North American Tour named after the 35th anniversary of their big-selling Top 10 live album, has pretty much always been more than a rock band, with their makeup and costumes and concert extravagance.

As bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, whose family is in the A&E TV reality show "Family Jewels," says, Kiss is a brand, with countless merchandise and an image that has transcended decades and generations. Many of the group's fans, in fact, brought their kids to the show, and of course, a few were decked out in the Kiss look.

"Sonic Boom," the band's first album of new material in 11 years, is scheduled to go on the shelves exclusively at Wal-Mart/Sam's Club stores Tuesday along with a new greatest hits CD and DVD.

The new album returns the solos Kiss has been known for, and some of the songs such as the anthem "Say Yeah" and "Modern Day Delilah" - the album's first song on the radio, retain the vintage Kiss sound.
Oct 05 2009
By Kristina Dorsey

Some rock bands grow old gracefully - and then some rock bands are KISS.

Star child Paul Stanley may be 57, and Gene Simmons may be an AARP-ready 60, but they are not making any concessions to age. They have again slapped on the signature face paint, the glam-goth outfits and the towering platform shoes for a tour that hit Mohegan Sun Arena Saturday.

The band has always threatened to turn from KISS to kitsch, and they still fully embrace their camp elements. They busted out of every rock cliche Saturday - the eyebrow-singeing flashpots, the thundering fireworks, the smoke machine that almost made guitarist Tommy Thayer disappear at one point. Simmons, Stanley and Thayer stood together in guitar-god formation and did their synchronized guitar sway.

And the confetti machines created possibly the biggest Arctic blizzard ever in a concert. It kept pumping out white confetti through almost all of "Rock and Roll All Nite."
Oct 05 2009
PAUL & GENE CANADIAN TV INTERVIEW
Check out this great interview with Paul and Gene on Quebec television show "Tout le Monde en Parle" ("The World Is Talking About It!")

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