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!")

Oct 05 2009
Chris Alexander MUSICK NEWS

Last night, Toronto had their eyeballs bitch slapped and their ears blissfully abused by the living breathing rock spectacle circus known as KISS. It was a classic stadium rock spectacle to be sure but, man alive, did it get off to a surreal, almost cataclysmic start...

The sold out stands at the Air Canada Centre where jammed full of the faithful, many in traditional KISS character costume, three generations of cultists who have long held the band as more than just a band, but mythic superheroes. And like any superhero with his wings clipped, the opening of the show veered into tragedy that was almost Greek in its magnitude.
Oct 04 2009
OFFICIAL M&M'S - THIS WEEK AT WALMART
Here are the official KISS M&M's that are being sold exclusively at over 2800 Walmarts beginning this week. There are four different bags - Paul, Gene, Eric and Tommy! Each bag contains black, white, silver and red candies with band members faces imprinted on the M&M's! The KISS M&M's are part of Walmart's KISS Korners, which will feature CDs, blankets, trading cards, and other cool KISS items!
Oct 04 2009
By Jeff Broddle

The story that has been told and retold, of the rock band KISS visiting Cadillac in 1975 at the invitation of the Cadillac High School football team, will be retold again, this time by the cable sports network ESPN.

Vikings football coach Jim Webb confirmed Friday that an ESPN crew asked permission to film the homecoming game Friday night. The crew also filmed part of the homecoming parade.

Webb said the players were "pumped" to hear the news that ESPN would be on the sidelines for the game.

"I told the players, in case they needed a little more motivation than homecoming, that some of them might be on national TV," Webb said.
Oct 04 2009
KING OF THE NIGHT TIME WORLD CLIP
Fan-filmed clip of "King Of The Night Time World" from Mohegan Sun last night.

Oct 04 2009
Interview with William Vaughan of Splashlight about his involvement with the KISS M&Ms advertisements.

Who was this image created for?

The illustration was created for BBDO Worldwide's Inner M&M campaign, which runs in magazines worldwide. In the past, Splashlight created M&M characters of sportscasters Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson for a Super Bowl-themed advertisement. They also created M&M characters of country music stars Brooks and Dunn.

How long did it take to create the artwork?

It took about a week to model the characters and their props, and another week for lighting and surfacing. The details in the boots and guitars took the longest to model, as it was important to capture every detail. As usual, we used subdivision modeling to keep the polygon count as low as possible, both for rendering speed and maximum flexibility. We used another month for revisions involving both LightWave and Photoshop.

Oct 04 2009
KISS Live instant USB Wristband and 2-CD-Sets are available now!

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer und Eric Singer are celebrate the 35 year history of one of the biggest rock bands of all times on a tour across North America.

Most shows of the KISS Alive/35 US Tour 2009 are being exclusively recorded by Concert Online.

The audio recording are be available as a USB leather wristband with a KISS metal buckle. An absolute must-have item for every KISS fan!

In addition an instant live CD set, consisting of 2 CDs in Collector's Box.

USB wristbands and CDs can be purchased right at the venue of each concert!

YOUR VERY OWN KISS LIVE EXPERIENCE

Concert Online exclusively records each show of the KISS ALIVE 35 Tour in North America. To ensure maximum quality, all tracks are recorded live and are mixed with state-of-the-art recording technology by Concert Online.
Oct 04 2009
SONIC BOOM RELEASE PARTY IN HOLLAND
Yesterday evening, Roadrunner records organized the first Sonic Boom release party in Europe. The album was received with a Boom! Dutch tribute band Kiss on the Rocks (www.kissontherocks.com) performed a blistering live set, including the new single Modern Day Delilah. Give-aways provided by Kiss and Roadrunner included Paul Stanley guitars, proof prints of the album, cd's and huge canvas prints of the album cover.

Here is a picture of the Roadrunner Europe crew with Kiss on the Rocks. Europe loves the new album!
Oct 04 2009
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By Clark Collins

KISS haven't gotten any subtler in the 11 years since their last studio album ("Baby, feel my tower of power!" declares Gene Simmons on "Hot And Cold.") And why should they? There's no denying the pleasingly hook-laden nature of such anthemic rockers as Boom's "Stand" and "Modern Day Delilah." This Walmart-only three-disc set -- which includes a CD of rerecorded hits and a live DVD -- should remind Hall of Fame voters that the recent nominees deserve consideration for far more than just Simmons' fire-breathing abilities.

Oct 04 2009
SHOUT IT OUT LOUD CLIP FROM MOHEGAN SUN
Fan-filmed clip of "Shout It Out Loud" from Mohegan Sun last night.

Oct 04 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
I was watching NCAA football yesterday on one of the ESPN networks and Kiss was featured as part of a "prep for commercial" programming package. "All For the Glory" was noted onscreen along with the album title "Sonic Boom" and "Kiss." The music went well with the visual package of amazing football heroics shown.

I thought it would be good to mention this - you may already know about it.

I visit your site several times a week and enjoy the presentation and content you offer to Kiss fans like me.

John Hall
Murfreesboro, TN

LETTERS
Oct 04 2009
1976 CLIP OF FLAMING YOUTH
WOW...KISS performing "Flaming Youth" in London Ontario April 1976.

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