Oct 07 2009
By Martin Howell

It's been a long time since KISS last released an album, the somewhat patchy "Psycho Circus," but they're finally ready to unleash the formidable "Sonic Boom" on the world. Martin Howell had a chat with the Starchild himself, Paul Stanley, to get the lowdown on the album.

I have to admit that I was a little unsure whether or not KISS would be able to return to their former glories. Their last album was a decade ago and whilst it had its moments, it certainly didn't recall their glory years. Then after a "farewell" tour that saw the end of the original line-up, two new guys were drafted in to wear the costumes and make-up. But a few years on the road and the new line-up was settled enough to hit the studio. The resulting "Sonic Boom" will hit an unsuspecting public shortly, and truth be told, it's a bit of a monster, a real return to the glory days of the late 70s.
Oct 07 2009
Oshawa hasn't just been KISSed. The city has been seized in a lip-lock that's set it on fire.

Chilly winds couldn't cool the passion of KISS fans eagerly awaiting Wednesday night's concert by the rock group at the General Motors Centre.

"I am going to be the favourite mom in Oshawa tonight!" shrieked Debbie Craig as she scored three last-minute tickets at the box office.

All 5,600 tickets sold out within 10 minutes weeks ago but a block of 20 seats suddenly opened up this afternoon as the stage was being set up.

"They're huge fans," Craig said of her sons, aged 13 and 15. "Woo hoo!"

The band had initially left Oshawa off their list of stops on this fall's tour, despite the city winning an online contest to host the band. The apparent snub of the recession-hammered city hit the airwaves, TV screens and headlines.
Oct 07 2009
CRAIG FERGUSON TALKS
Craig Ferguson discusses KISS during his monologue during last night's Late Late Show!

Oct 07 2009
IS ROCKING OUT AND LOVING IT
The self-proclaimed hottest band in the world, the painted, stacked boot-sporting heroes who got your reviewer into the world of rock n' roll aged 12, are back.

No, seriously, they're REALLY back. 35 years young, the band have miraculously recaptured the spirit, heart, and sound of classic KISS. Guitarist Tommy Thayer sounds more like predecessor Ace Frehley in his heyday than, well, Ace Frehley does.

Demon Gene Simmons, as well as trademark sleazy vocals, produces his best bass work in years while Starchild Paul Stanley still has the voice and the pen for a massive chorus.

Sonic Boom is the classic sound of a legendary band rocking out and loving it. Who expected that from KISS 2009?
Oct 07 2009
RE-HARNESSES APPEAL
By James McNair

KISS "Sonic Boom" - their first studio album in 11 years.

Astonishingly, Sonic Boom finds our preposterous, yet ever-entertaining rockers remembering they were a band before they were a brand. Dispensing with outside songwriters, linchpins Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have knuckled down alongside Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer to make a rock n' roll record with mid-70s KISS albums as their vindicated yardstick.

Danger Us, an unlikely tale of TNT-like sexual chemistry betwixt rocker and unnamed rock chick, is about as subtle as things get, but on the early-Zep-like I'm An Animal and short, poppy Never Enough, KISS re-harnesses the appealing swagger that originally lay beneath the greasepaint.

All that said, in the U.S., Sonic Boom is going to maximum impact retailer Walmart alongside "other KISS products."
Oct 07 2009
: LOUD & PROUD!
By Martin Howell

It's been a few years since "Psycho Circus," and just when you thought KISS were going to just carry on doing greatest hits tours, along comes a new album. This time around it's the Gene and Paul show, plus Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.

One of the problems with "Psycho Circus" was that the band were trying hard to recreate the past glories of the original line-up, and it kind of fell a little flat. On this album they're under no such pressure, so of course they've nailed it.

Opener "Modern Day Delilah" is a good indicator of the sound of the album. It's a great KISS track with a cool vocal from Paul, but it's far from being the best track on the album.

Offerings like "Never Enough" and "Yes I Know (Nobody's Perfect)" really evoke the sound of KISS' early years. Gene has described the sound as being "Rock 'N Roll Over" meets "Love Gun," and I have to say he's pretty close on songs like these.

"Stand" has a big sing-along chorus that should go down well live, kind of like "God Gave Rock 'N Roll To You" but with more muscle. This one also gives Gene and Paul a chance to sing together.

I have to admit that I had some doubts as to whether or not KISS could pull this off. With no new material since 1998, things weren't looking good. But this album is a tremendous return to form. Vocally, Paul gives one hell of a performance, as does everyone else. An unexpected but very welcome triumph.
Oct 07 2009
FAN-PLEASING RETURN FROM THE ULTIMATE MONSTERS OF ROCK
By Steve Beebee

In 1996, KISS decided to reform their original line-up - make-up, stack heels, costumes, the lot - for one final pyrotechnic hurrah. It was a KISS many fans weren't old enough to have seen first time round, and burying the memory of their sometimes dodgy hair metal era, it was utterly spectacular. What most people (including original guitarist Ace Frehley) didn't realise was that KISS figureheads Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons didn't plan to stop there. Thirteen years on, and despite Frehley and original drummer Peter Criss being replaced by younger and fitter alternatives (Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, respectively), the KISS nostalgia machine continues to crush all in its path.

Nostalgia that is, until now. Few believed KISS would ever follow-up 1998's Psycho Circus. What would be the point, given that they could tour on the fruits of their legacy into their dotage? The only way it could be anything other than a disaster would be to forget the excesses of the 80s, forget modern production paraphernalia and simply get back to the beating heart of what made KISS one of the greatest bands in the history of rock. Enter Sonic Boom.

Produced entirely "in house" by Paul Stanley himself, Sonic Boom is almost phenomenal, an achievement few would expect from a band so long withdrawn from studio activity and one that is, without question a piece of work that can be stacked alongside their best. It's not just the uncluttered production that brings everything into your face and eliminates any trace of flab, but also the style and tone and execution. It might sound trite to praise a KISS album for sounding like KISS, but having deviated from their intended path for so long in the 80s and 90s, this might make a few fans weep with joy.
Oct 07 2009
M&M'S DISPLAY BOX
Thanks to Andy Moyen for sending these photos of the KISS M&M's display box!

Oct 07 2009
KING OF THE NIGHT TIME WORLD CLIP FROM BOSTON
Here's another great fan-filmed clip - "King Of The Night Time World" from KISS' Boston show on Monday.



Oct 07 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
Here's Gene on the cover of the latest issue of the French edition of "Rock Hard" Magazine.
Oct 06 2009
By Jonathan Perry Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Nothing says family like fathers and sons (and a few daughters, too) in Kiss face paint. Kiss, which first spit flame to fame in the '70s as the fire-breathing, pyro-shooting, action-figure fantasy of teenagers everywhere, has stuck around for so many generations that Monday night at the Garden it was the parents who called their kids to tell them they'd be home late. These days, Kiss is as much a brand as a band, and still a lucrative one at that. This particular jaunt around the world is billed as the "Alive 35 Tour," in honor of the foursome's landmark 1975 live album, "Alive!" But to its credit, the band has a new product to sell. "Sonic Boom," which dropped yesterday, is Kiss's first album in over a decade. It's a return to the rock-and-roll-all-night-and-party-every-day formula of its heyday. "Modern Day Delilah," a surprisingly limber rocker from the new album, came early in the band's two-hour set. It held up well, alongside the band's "classics" that flanked it - "Got to Choose" and "Hotter Than Hell."
Oct 06 2009
By Tim Louie Everyone has a childhood hero or at least someone that they idolized growing up. For some, it's a sports figure; some might even say a movie star or a relative. For me, I had my sports figure idols but mainly worshipped rock stars. As a child, I wanted to be Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue, Duff McKagan from Guns 'N Roses, or Gene Simmons from KISS, which would only make sense for me to become a bass player. Now, it's not every day that you get to meet or speak to your childhood idols, but I've been lucky enough to have that day happen a few times, already meeting Nikki and Duff. Today, I would get the chance to speak to the idol of all idols, the hero of all heroes - I wanted the best and I got it! Today, I was getting a chance to speak to Gene Simmons, the marketing genius, bass-playing reality show TV star Demon of KISS! Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer, collectively known to the rest of us as the legendary KISS, recently released their first studio recording since Psycho Circus 11 years ago. Sonic Boom, a three-disc set performed by the current line-up contains studio recordings on the first, featuring the new single "Modern Day Delilah," while the other two discs include recordings from earlier this year. Sonic Boom is actually a Wal-Mart exclusive, which is something that AC/DC successfully accomplished back in June.
Oct 06 2009
ON 'THE LATE SHOW' TONIGHT
KISS performs live on CBS-TV's 'Late Show With David Letterman' tonight to coincide with the release of the SONIC BOOM CD! The show begins at 11:35 pm ET/PT.
Oct 06 2009
THE WAIT IS OVER - SONIC BOOM IS HERE!!!!
To All,

Sonic Boom hits the stores today. This IS the album you've been waiting for and hoping for. We are all very proud of it and blown away by the incredible reviews it is getting worldwide. Many people have asked us how we managed to capture the fire and spirit that's in all the songs, in all the playing and in all the singing.

It's what happens when a band loves its fans, loves being together and loves making great rock and roll...

And we do.

Turn it up!

Paul Stanley
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