Sep 03 2009
JONAH ROCKS TO "DELILAH"
Check out 4 Year Old Drummer Jonah rockin' with "Modern Day Delilah!". Click the picture to view the clip.

Sep 03 2009
New CD from the painted rockers the best in decades

By DARRYL STERDAN

What didn't go into KISS's new album Sonic Boom seems almost as important to Gene Simmons as what did.

"There are no ballads," the demon bassist growls down the phone from L.A. when asked about the band's first studio disc since 1998's Psycho Circus. "There are no keyboards. There are no synths. There are no girl background singers."

Of course, there's also no Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. But a lack of original members didn't stop Gene and longtime partner Paul Stanley from taking an old-school, back-to-basics approach to their 19th album.

The disc is due for release Oct. 6. It's definitely their strongest work in decades. Here's a song-by-song preview:

Modern Day Delilah 3:37

A funky guitar lick straight from the 1970s hooks up with an 1980s arrangement and a big chorus for a killer opener voiced by Paul. "Yeah, yeah!" are his first words. No argument here.

Russian Roulette 4:32

Gene steps up to the mic on a gear-shifting stomper anchored by his grinding bass, dripping with his usual lascivious lyrics, and graced with a smoking Tommy Thayer solo. Two aces in a row.
Sep 02 2009
TO ROCK OSHAWA
KISS ALIVE 35 2009 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

AN EVENING WITH KISS SET TO ROCK GENERAL MOTORS CENTRE, OSHAWA, ON. ON OCTOBER 7TH, 2009

Tickets on Sale Saturday, September 12th at 10:00 AM

Sure to be the band's most amazing tour ever, KISS has announced that their "KISS Alive 35" 2009 North American tour, will arrive at Oshawa, Ontario's General Motors Centre on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009. Celebrating 35 years of rocking the world like no other, An Evening with KISS will treat their legions of fans to a set of some of rock's greatest hits, including "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Shout it Out Loud" and "Detroit Rock City," as well as songs from the band's new album SONIC BOOM.



Tickets will go on sale Saturday, September 12th at 10:00 AM, and can be purchased at General Motors Centre Box Office, by phone at 1-877-436-8811, or online at www.generalmotorscentre.com. Event time and date are subject to change.

A KISS Army members-only presale will take place Wednesday, September 9th. Stay tuned to KISSONLINE for details.
Sep 02 2009
SONIC BOOM
KISS - Sonic Boom (Loud &Proud/Roadrunner)

Kiss and hyperbole go hand in hand. Always have done, always will. Gene Simmons is talking about this album like it's his second coming -which will doubtless please the insatiable ladies in the, er, Ladies Room. Paul Stanley has got in the act too, calling Sonic Boom the best record Kiss have made in 30 years - putting it on a par with 1979's illustrious Dynasty.

Of course, you can trust us at Classic Rock to boldly cut through the bluster and reveal the brutal, honest truth. And our verdict is... we agree. Sonic Boom is bloody brilliant.

Kiss's first new studio album in 11 years delivers the goods in spectacular fashion. It's like waiting for a Tesco van to turn up outside your home and instead a Chieftain tank arrives, packed full of fillet steaks. If you read our preview on the Classic Rock website, you'll doubtless remember the comment: 'Kiss seem to have combined the best of all their eras into a single winning package.'

So you get echoes of Rock And Roll Over - where the Flash Four added a neat commercial sheen to their hard rockin' sensibilities - in the music as well as the album cover. Hints of the sprawling grandeur of Creatures Of The Night. Tinges of the chest-thumping teaze of Crazy Nights. So it goes on.

Yet Sonic Boom is no determinedly retro package. It's purely the sound of Kiss playing to their strengths.

Kicking off in scintillating style with "Modern Day Delilah," what's evident immediately is the level of commitment from rhythm guitarist/vocalist Stanley. Sonic Boom probably wouldn't have happened if the Starchild hadn't pulled the strings (leaving Gene dangling underneath the lighting rig) and on...Delilah Stanley sings his platform soles off. Simmons sounds refreshed too, carving out his personaility on "Russian Roulette" and "I'm An Animal" with the sensitivity of a tattooist wielding a rusty steak-knife. Put simply, the Demon is back to his lascivious best.

There's no Ace or Peter, of course. We never thought we'd write the following, but... we don't miss 'em. Guitarist Tommy Thayer puts in a remarkable performance - akin to Eddie Van Halen replicating Frehley licks - and Thayer's showcase song, "When Lightning Strikes," isn't half bad either. Ditto drummer Eric Singer, whose playing is impeccable, and whose singing on the chundering "All For The Glory" is every bit as good as Criss's on "Black Diamond."

Standouts? Well, Stand is a 21st century "God Gave Rock And Roll To You," no doubt about it; "Danger Us" is the sort of throwaway classic you thought Kiss had forgotten how to write; and "Say Yeah" is perhaps the most triumphal album closer of all time.

In a world without heroes, thank God Kiss are alive and licking once again.

9/10
Geoff Barton
Sep 02 2009
'SONIC BOOM,' THE FIRST ALBUM IN 11 YEARS
By Whitney Pastorek

Face-painted rockers KISS have joined the growing list of bands partnering with Walmart for an exclusive release: The upcoming SONIC BOOM -- the band's first album in 11 years -- is a three-disc set featuring the new album, a remastered greatest-hits CD, and a DVD shot in Argentina on the band's most recent tour. To sweeten the deal (and potentially frighten more Walmart shoppers), the album will be sold from "KISS Korners" set up in stores, featuring band gear and collectibles at recessionary prices. A Gene Simmons-flavored Mr. Potato Head? Yes please!

I can hear you saying, "Yes, but what does SONIC BOOM sound like? Will it allow me to rock and roll all nite?" Assuming people are still into this crazy circus of a band - last season's American Idol finale indicated they might be -- will KISS find as much success as Sugarland and AC/DC, both of whom rode a Walmart deal to No. 1? Only time will tell. For now, you can preorder SONIC BOOM at Walmart.com. Or you can go on a total rant about how much you hate big box stores. But please, do it with your tongue hanging out, at least.
Sep 01 2009
PRE-ORDER SONIC BOOM NOW!
CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER KISS' SONIC BOOM

SONIC BOOM CD Track Listing:

1. MODERN DAY DELILAH
2. RUSSIAN ROULETTE
3. NEVER ENOUGH
4. YES I KNOW (NOBODY'S PERFECT)
5. STAND
6. HOT AND COLD
7. ALL FOR THE GLORY
8. DANGER US
9. I'M AN ANIMAL
10. WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES
11. SAY YEAH

Produced by PAUL STANLEY
Co-produced by Greg Collins

The US & Canadian release of SONIC BOOM is a three-disc set that also features KISS KLASSICS, a 15-track completely re-recorded greatest hits CD, as well as a live DVD shot in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the band's 2009 South American tour. The discs are packaged in a DigiPak along with a 20-page booklet.

SONIC BOOM will be available exclusively at Walmart, Walmart.com and Sam's Club retail locations beginning October 6.


KISS KLASSICS CD Track Listing:

1. DEUCE 2. DETROIT ROCK CITY 3. SHOUT IT OUT LOUD 4. HOTTER THAN HELL 5. CALLING DR. LOVE 6. LOVE GUN 7. I WAS MADE FOR LOVIN' YOU 8. HEAVEN'S ON FIRE 9. LICK IT UP 10. I LOVE IT LOUD 11. FOREVER 12. CHRISTINE SIXTEEN 13. DO YOU LOVE ME 14. BLACK DIAMOND 15. ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE

KISS Bonus Live DVD Track Listing:

1. DEUCE 2. HOTTER THAN HELL 3. C'MON AND LOVE ME 4. WATCHIN' YOU 5. 100,000 YEARS 6. ROCK & ROLL ALL NITE
Sep 01 2009
GENE'S WDHA RADIO INTERVIEW


Sep 01 2009
LATEST IN COLLECTIBLES
KISSONLINE SNEAK PEEK

Here are the comps for the latest designs of KISS Jewelry from European licensee Schumann. These items will be available in late September in Austria, Germany and Switzerland on Amazon and Ebay.
Sep 01 2009
HARD HAT
KISS!

I've been a KISS fan since 1980 and of course I am a big collector as well. Recently a friend of mine asked me if he could borrow one of my hard hats and surprised me with this. Hope all the KISS fans like it, I SURE DO!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks,

Kevin Ware

LETTERS
Aug 31 2009
WEIRD THINGS PEOPLE DO WITH MONEY
Money talks -- and sometimes it carries an extra message. Americans regularly deface currency to tout an interest group, register a protest or just laud a rock band. Kiss is one of the world's most successful rock bands, with at least 3,000 licensed products. It has pitched such things as Kiss Kondoms, Kiss Kaskets (really) and the Kiss Visa card. The band's front man and co-founder, Gene Simmons, claims that Kiss can make $1 million or more a show. Its fans are rabid and have been since the group formed in 1972 in New York.
Aug 31 2009
YOUR FACE iPHONE APP
KISSONLINE SNEAK PEEK

KISS Your Face is a photo customizing application that would be sold into the same market as the KISS Lighter and the planned KISS Pinball application.

KISS Your Face allows you to take photos from your iPhone and apply KISS-themed stickers to make you look like the ultimate fan...or even one of the band!

Features would include:

- KISS-ify your face - or your friend's face - using your own photos

- Resulting KISS-ified photo is great for use as your IM avatar or your profile picture in Facebook or other
social networking sites

- Over 24 official KISS stickers to show your pride

- Includes makeup, hairstyles, guitars and more!!!

- merchandise store
Aug 31 2009
ALIVE 35 TOUR COMMERCIAL
The total KISS spectacle returns!

Aug 30 2009
MODERN DAY DELILAH #1 MOST REQUESTED
KISS' "Modern Day Delilah" is the #1 most requested song at New Jersey rock radio station WDHA!

Other US radio stations currently playing "Modern Day Delilah" include:

WDVE - Pittsburgh, KISW - Seattle, WCCC - Hartford, WRAT - Belmar, WONE - Akron, KSHE - St. Louis, KBER - Salt Lake City, KBOB, WRIF - Detroit, WTUE - Dayton , WJJO - Madison, WJXQ - Holt, WIIL - Pleasant Prairie and WLUP - Chicago.

Request "Modern Day Delilah" at your favorite rock station today!
Aug 30 2009
/ M&M's AD IN USA WEEKEND
The KISS / M&M's ad appears in today's USA WEEKEND! USA WEEKEND is included in more than 600 newspapers with a circulation of 24 million papers, reaching over 50 million readers each weekend.

The KISS / M&M's ad will continue to run in issues of TV Guide, USA Weekend, Sports Illustrated, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Garden, and other major magazines and publications through October.

Limited edition KISS M&M's will be released in October!
Aug 30 2009
by Melanie Falina / Chicago Metal Music Examiner

It's been more than a decade since KISS' last studio album. Eleven years is a decent chunk of time on most scales - but for KISS fans this has seemed an eternity.

Recent solo albums by both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley helped to ease the pain somewhat, but then also had some KISS fans wondering, 'Well, why not a new KISS album?'

When KISS announced they were to begin working on a new album excitement spread like wildfire through the KISS Army, but there were those who skeptically held the stance that they'd believe it when they saw it - or, in this case, heard it.

Well the wait, the wondering, and the disbelieving is about to come to an end on October 6. Produced by KISS' own Paul Stanley, Sonic Boom is on its way.

The most recent musical products we've had from these guys were Paul Stanley's solo release Live To Win and Gene Simmons' solo album A**h*le. Stanley's was emotion, Simmons' was fun - and now with Sonic Boom those influences bond and yet include so much more.

Sonic Boom is a sexy album packed with good quality songs that insight repeat listening. It's a great blend of old KISS, modern KISS, and even - - - dare it be said? - Some brand spanking new KISS sounds as well.

KISS, in their 35 years, has gone on an amazing journey and has a rich, full history. And some KISS fans are devoted, almost cult-like followers, but then there are some who will vehemently dislike any new release simply because it's not a repeat of Destroyer or KISS (the 1974 self-titled debut release). No one can make everyone happy, but Sonic Boom delivers the goods that most KISS fans will receive quite warmly.
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