Dec 06 2009
VIDEO CLIP OF "DETROIT ROCK CITY" IN HOUSTON
Check out this fan-filmed clip of "Detroit Rock City" at last night's Houston show!

Dec 06 2009
ENCOUNTER WITH GENE SIMMONS
I am BARELY breathing. Even though my heart is POUNDING. I had the BEST experience of my life! I just sat directly next to Gene SIMMONS on the flight home to AUSTIN from El Paso, Texas. My husband Doug & I flew into El Paso on Wednesday afternoon to go to see KISS the "Hottest Band in the World!!!" that night, and were headed home on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009.

I could not get up the nerve to go over to Gene when I first saw him, as we went through the security checkpoint, or even at the gate as we waited.

How did I first see him? I had just walked away from the ticket counter from checking in our bags; Doug was returning the rental car. A lady said, "M'am, can I ask you a question? Is that man over there at the counter, Gene Simmons? I figured you would know or not." (I happened to be wearing a KISS sweatshirt, carrying my KISS jean jacket, and wearing my KISS Rock N' Roll Over Vans). I looked over and said, "YES, it is, that is Gene Simmons!" I began shaking pretty hard, trying to get out my phone to call Doug, my camera to take a picture, and trying to stay calm and standing up at the same time...

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY!
Dec 06 2009
By Jennifer Chancellor

KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer admits that he's no Ace Frehley.

But, he says, he doesn't doubt that he is the celestial, starry-eyed "Spaceman."

Thayer's journey to replace the KISS co-founder and greasepaint-wearing guitar virtuoso was a long one.

"Being compared to Ace is only natural," said Thayer, who's been the official KISS lead guitarist since 2002, after Frehley left the band for good. "I've lived up to those expectations pretty well. The band just continues to grow."

In fact, its popularity keeps expanding.

With nearly four decades of touring under its belt, KISS isn't just a band. It's a mega-brand that markets bombast and rock and attitude to more than three generations of fans, in things including video games, comic books, soda and its newest studio album release, "Sonic Boom."

"We've never had many fantastic live reviews - ever," said Thayer in a recent telephone interview with the Tulsa World. "We've always been the band that critics love to hate."
Dec 06 2009
AZKENA FESTIVAL PROMO VIDEO
Check out this clip of KISS greeting fans (in perfect Spanish!) in a promotional video for their June, 2010 show at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria!

Dec 06 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
Here's KISS on the cover of the December 2009 issue of the Czech Republic magazine Musikus!
Dec 06 2009
YOUNG FAN
Here's 2-year-old Aylencita getting made up as her favorite member of KISS!

- Emiliano Martin Lopez

LETTERS
Dec 06 2009
MY BIRTHDAY CAKE
Hi KISS!

My nephew AJ made this Birthday cake for me from scratch. It had Strawberry filling to represent Gene drooling blood. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my day than with a KISS cake.

Best,

Carl Clark

LETTERS
Dec 05 2009
SAY YEAH 2ND SINGLE OFF SONIC BOOM
"Say Yeah" is the second single from Sonic Boom, and it's being released to radio on December 8th! We're calling on the KISS Army to help out by demanding "Say Yeah" be played on your local rock radio station! More details to follow...
Dec 05 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
An interview with Gene is featured in the latest issue of Humo, the largest weekly magazine in Belgium. The headline reads It Comes Off The Tongue of: Gene Simmons!
Dec 05 2009
By JENNIFER CHANCELLOR

KISS touts itself as the "greatest rock band in the world." Its army of fans agrees.

For more than 35 years, the New York-formed pyrotechnics kings have ruled the roost of combustible rock.

The Demon, Spaceman, Catman and Starchild stomped out their niche in music history with their larger-than-life live act, which included mile-high platform shoes, greasepaint, elaborate costumes, explosions - and loud, loud, loud rock 'n' roll.

The current KISS tour lineup includes Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Paul Stanley.

"Fans can expect some iconic KISS 'Alive' classics as well as some hits off our new release, 'Sonic Boom,'" said Stanley in a recent press statement.

RIGHT NOW: Read full KISS fan stories from our readers online. Here's a sample:

"Gene Simmons had written some songs while on tour that he wanted to get recorded and booked some studio time at the studio. Long story short, I ended up in an all night session with Gene." -- Paul Hanewinkel, Broken Arrow

"The first word I learned to spell as a child was 'KISS' complete with lightning bolt S's. The second thing I learned to spell was my own name, complete with lightning bolt S. KISS took priority even over my own name!" -- Steven P. Conrad, Tulsa

Dec 05 2009
TD BankNorth Garden in Boston, MA
October 5, 2009
KISS Live show review By DJ Sterling Golden
KISS Live Photos by Lena Lamoray
Excerpted from Lena Lamoray Magazine

KISS never does anything in moderation. That's not what one expects from the group nicknamed "The Hottest Band In the World". When the KISS ALIVE 35 World Tour recently reached North America after a year and a half of performing to sold-out arenas and stadiums the world over, one had to know it would be one of their biggest, most impressive setups to date. The end result included a massive screen stretching across the wall of the stage like a movie screen that just got outed for steroid use. Said screen was anchored by an endless amount of smaller screens, all neatly wrapped in enough towers of flame and fiery explosions to level a small town.
Dec 05 2009
GUITAR TAB FEATURED IN GUITAR EDGE
Guitar tab of "Rock and Roll All Nite" is featured in the January 2010 issue of Guitar Edge magazine! The tab is also viewable online at this link.
Dec 04 2009
by Elianne Halbersberg
From the December 2009 issue of Premier Guitar

What do you remember about 1975, if you were around? Inane sitcoms on network television. Gasoline shortage. Recession. The resignation of a corrupt U.S. president. But if music was, and still is, your heart and soul, perhaps what stands out most in your memory is the way your life was changed by a KISS album - their first, self-titled: loud, heavy on the guitars and melodic rock, recorded on tape.

Thirty-five years later, some things haven't changed. Inane network television. Gasoline shortage. Recession. A KISS album - their 19th original studio project and first new album in 11 years, Sonic Boom: loud, heavy on the guitars and melodic rock, recorded on tape.

Thirty-five years is an impressive stretch for any relationship, particularly one that began this way: "He was wearing overalls and he had a beard," Paul Stanley recalls of his first meeting with Gene Simmons. "I didn't like him. Steve [Coronel, friend and co-writer] said, 'Gene, Paul writes songs also.' Gene said, 'Oh yeah? Play one.' I did. He looked at me and went 'Eh.' ... I wasn't crazy about ever seeing him again..."

So much for first impressions. On their second meeting, Stanley and Simmons locked into a groove that has outlasted most marriages. Together, they have survived the best and worst of times: venom from the media, personnel changes, a fragmented and imploding music industry. Through it all, the recording and relentless touring continued, and KISS fans, the loyal millions, never wavered.
Dec 04 2009
Interview: Greg Collins - KISS' Sonic Boom Co-Producer
by Elianne Halbersberg
From the December 2009 issue of Premier Guitar

"If you had asked me when I was a kid if I thought I'd ever work with KISS, I would have told you that you were completely crazy," says Greg Collins, co-producer and engineer of Sonic Boom. "I wouldn't have dared to dream that would happen."

Collins played an integral part in the making of the new album. When Paul Stanley expressed his desire to cut a "classic" KISS record, it was Collins who suggested they do it the "classic" way: on tape. From first rehearsals until final mix, he worked closely with KISS at Conway Recording Studios and his own studio, The Nook. His technical expertise, coupled with an understanding of KISS that can only come from a longtime fan, helped create the album that diehard KISS supporters had clearly been waiting for: Sonic Boom entered the Billboard Rock Albums chart at No. 1 and the Top 200 chart at No. 2.

In an interview with Premier Guitar, Collins described his working relationship with KISS and how he captured that "classic" sound.
Dec 04 2009
Excerpted from Planet Radiocity

With the face paint and costumes, KISS is always recognisable. The band which formed way back in 1972 and has won numerous accolades is back with its eleventh studio album, Sonic Boom. The band's first in over a decade, and their first with drummer Eric Singer.

Gene Simmons, in this interview, talks about their Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame nomination, the KISS army and playing Madison Square Garden for the first time.

KISS was nominated for induction into the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame this year. Gene says, "It's appreciated, but we don't take it too seriously. Our fans are everything to us. The KISS Army is legendary and has become iconic. It's become its own thing. Every other band in the world knows about the KISS Army, and they'd give their left nut to have it. So, nice to be nominated, but it'd be nice to win. It's not the end all or be all. We do our talking onstage!"
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