Dec 14 2009
MUSIC STUDENT INFLUENCED BY
Hello all!

I just wanted to share with you all a video I recently recorded. It's an all-percussion version of the latest KISS Klassic, "Modern Day Delilah." (I'm a 19-year old college student majoring in music business/communications.) It's got everything from marimbas, xylophones, vibraphones, snare drums, and even timpani piled on there. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed recording it (and listening to Sonic Boom!)

I think it only goes to show that contrary to popular belief, KISS can hold their own in musical bearing with the best of them, so thanks for being such a great influence (KISS has always been my favorite group; rather than growing up on Disney or Nickelodeon, I wore out two copies of KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park [maybe that explains the way I am!], and I saw you all when I was six on the reunion tour)!

Keep up the great work and hopefully I'll get to see you all on tour when you come back around to the US (Indiana please!)!

Who needs Chopin & Schubert when you've got Stanley & Simmons?!

Thanks & Happy Holidays!

Travis Humbert

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Dec 14 2009
GERMAN SONIC BOOM TELEVISION SPOT
Check out this German television commercial for Sonic Boom!

Dec 14 2009
By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Paul Stanley, the best in-between-song screamer in the history of rock 'n' roll, screeched last night, "We've been playing this place for so long -- it feels like church to us!"

OK, synagogue may have made more sense but that's not the point. The point is that when you think of bands that were able to transform the Igloo into some seedy house of hard rock Kiss is somewhere near the top. And the last time they came through this area it was all wrong. They were sent out to the pasture in Burgettstown and forced to open for Aerosmith in the daylight, which is like making Dracula walk on the beach. Last night, on the Kiss Alive 35 Tour, they made it right one last time under the silver dome.
Dec 13 2009
SOLD-OUT ONTARIO SHOW REGRETFULLY POSTPONED
KISS and AEG Live Regretfully Postpone Sold-Out
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Show Due to Inclement Weather

Show to be rescheduled for summer 2010

Los Angeles, CA. December 13, 2009 - KISS and AEG Live regretfully announce that the Tuesday, December 15th sold-out KISS performance at the Essar Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario will have to be postponed due to severe weather conditions between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the band is performing tonight, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

"While our attitude is always 'the show must go on,' the safety of our crew and drivers has to be our first priority," said KISS' manager Doc McGhee. "Concerns about unsafe driving conditions between the two cities cannot be ignored."

The Sault Ste. Marie KISS show will be rescheduled as part of the band's summer 2010 tour. Tickets for the December 15th show may be used for the rescheduled summer show or refunded at the point of purchase.
Dec 13 2009
ERIC & TOMMY WITH MARIO LEMIEUX
Here's a shot of Tommy and Eric with hockey legend/Pittsburgh Penguins owner, Mario Lemieux at tonight's Penguins game in Pittsburgh.

Photo by Spiro Papadatos for KISSonline.
Dec 13 2009
MY DAUGHTER'S FIRST SHOW!
KISS!

Thanks for a rocking show. The Dallas show was awesome. I saw KISS twice on the Rock the Nation Tour. I told my daughter when KISS tours again I would take her. It was my sixth concert and her first. We had great fifth row seats. She loved the show and even cried when it was over. We drove over four hours and it was worth it. Thanks again for the fun, rock, and memories.

Jeremy Cathey

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Dec 13 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
An image of KISS in concert was recently featured on a phone pictured in a Los Angeles Times article on Ustream Broadcaster, an app that allows streaming video.
Dec 13 2009
GOES TO SCHOOL


Thanks to Ace Doggett for sending KISSonline the clip.
Dec 13 2009
By April Jones - Omaha Rock Music Examiner
Photo: Susana Capra/AEG Events Examiner

Ringing ears? Laryngitis? Those aren't symptoms of the latest flu virus, just the aftermath of seeing KISS perform Friday night at the Mid America Center.

Council Bluffs (and Omaha, as Paul Stanley noted throughout the show) was the latest stop on the rock band's "Alive 35" tour which coincides with the release of their latest album, Sonic Boom. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, with an average age of 50-something, are living proof of the old saying you're never too old to rock n roll.

Age certainly didn't stop the Starchild from flying above the audience and landing on a platform in the center of the arena. And it definitely didn't stop the Demon from climbing into the rafters and reminding fans just what a musical master and talented showman he is.
Dec 12 2009
Kiss tickets come and go with the blink of an eye

Posted By BRIAN KELLY, THE SAULT STAR

This Kiss you could miss in the blink of an eye.

About 150 seats to the classic rock act's concert at Essar Centre have gone on sale over two or three days since Dec 1. Some are prime front-row ducats.

Diehard fans determined to see the band's first-ever show in Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday are quickly snatching up small releases of seats from the arena's website. They're gone just minutes after they become available.

"It's amazing to see people on the site regularly and see the tickets go right from our box office co-ordinator Nicole (Mosley's) monitor," said marketing and events manager Trevor Zachary.
Dec 12 2009
KISS still knows how to stage a rock spectacle

By Kevin Coffey - WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

On Friday night, KISS was all platform boots, greasepaint, sequins and swagger.

The Starchild, Demon, Spaceman and Catman brought all of the above and a ton of pyrotechnics to the stage at the Mid-America Center.

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer strutted around and played every classic in their arsenal, with the notable exception of "Shout It Out Loud."

And this is KISS, so don't forget about all of the flames and flash.

They basically pulled off every arena rock trick in the book. The stage was enormous, in three sections with several moving pieces. Fireworks and spouts of flame shot out of the stage, while vast video screens displayed the tricks and licks - both guitar and otherwise. Confetti filled the arena while lights flickered and swirled.
Dec 12 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRUCE!
Happy Birthday to our good friend, Bruce Kulick.

Bruce - we hope you have an awesome day!
Dec 12 2009
Tommy Thayer interview with The Sault Star

Posted By JEFFREY OUGLER, THE SAULT STAR

To some, Ron Wood is still the spankin' new Stone -- and he officially joined ranks with Mick, Keith and boys in 1976.

Tommy Thayer hasn't strutted his stuff as a member of Kiss for nearly as long, but he concedes to feeling some kinship with the famed British musician when it comes to being dubbed new kid on the block.

"If Ronnie Wood is the new Stone after 35 years, I'm definitely the new guy in Kiss," says Thayer, who officially took over lead guitar duties when original axeman Ace Frehley finally departed for good in 2002.

"But my place in the band has become more and more fortified as time goes on, and that's great. Good things take time and this continues to build and grow for Kiss and for me personally, too."
Dec 12 2009
ALL THE WORLD'S THEIR STAGE
KISS has been rocking since 1973, so it makes sense that references to the band (and their makeup) have popped up just about everywhere in pop culture. Here are a few:

"Family Guy"

In the Season 3 episode "Road to Europe," Peter and Lois go to KISS-stock, a five-night concert featuring the band. He and Lois dress in KISS makeup and stand near the stage, but when Gene Simmons points the microphone at Lois during "Rock and Roll All Night," she doesn't know the words, and Peter is humiliated. They head to a Denny's restaurant, where KISS is eating and Lois recognizes Simmons by his birth name, Chaim Witz, and they talk about how they dated before Simmons was in the band.

"Role Models"

Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott star in this 2008 comedy about two friends, Danny and Wheeler, who get in trouble and are sentenced to 150 hours of mentoring kids. Wheeler's love of KISS helps him seem cool to the wild child he's placed with. For the final act of the film, the four main characters don KISS makeup.

"Detroit Rock City"

This 1999 movie takes place in 1978, where Lex, Trip, Hawk and Jam's favorite band is KISS. They're pumped up to head to a concert in Detroit, until Hawk's ultrareligious mom (who thinks "KISS" stands for "Knights In Satan's Service") lights their tickets on fire. The four friends have to find a way to get out of school, get to Detroit and get into the concert. Without getting caught.

"What's New, Scooby-Doo?"

During the '90s-era incarnation of the cartoon series, the episode "A Scooby-Doo Halloween" shows the mystery-solving gang in a town where KISS is playing at a Halloween concert. The song "Shout It Out Loud" plays during the episode's chase sequence.

- Kevin Coffey
Dec 12 2009
IS SLOVAKIA
Hi KISS & the KISS ARMY!

KISS for the first time live in Bratislava, Slovakia on May 29, 2010...I will celebrate my birthday with KISS!

Thanks,
Robert Ivanko from Kiss Army Slovakia

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