Aug 25 2009
FOREVER YOUNG!
Happy 60th Gene!!! We all wish you the best birthday ever and many more! You and I have lived a lifetime as partners and it only gets better and better. Here's to the future!

Paul

Happy Birthday Gene! It has been a pleasure watching you be the unique individual that you are...You're one in a million.
Look forward to making music and KISSTORY for many more years.
Never lose that drive !

Peace/Love

Eric

My very best birthday wishes go out to Gene. You're a true original. Keep on going strong!

Tommy
Aug 24 2009

KISS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN DATES FOR KISS ALIVE 35 TOUR BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 2009
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CONTINENT TO BE ROCKED BY NEW STAGING, COSTUMES & A SET OF HITS PLUS SONGS FROM NEW ALBUM SONIC BOOM

As they celebrate 35 years of rockin', KISS today announced the dates of the KISS ALIVE 35 North American tour. The tour kicks off with a rapidly-selling, special multiple-show engagement in Detroit Rock City beginning September 25th, where KISS will be playing the classic album that started it all: KISS ALIVE! The tour leg will then hit more than 40 additional cities before concluding in December.

This incredible show will feature a new stage set, pyro effects that only the "hottest band in the world" could deliver, and all new costumes. Fans will be treated to a 2 1/2 hour set of rock’s greatest hits, including "Rock and Roll All Nite," "I Was Made for Lovin' You," "Detroit Rock City," "God Gave Rock & Roll to You" and "Shout It Out Loud," as well as songs from the band's new album SONIC BOOM. Buckcherry will be main support on all of the KISS ALIVE 35 North American dates.

Said Gene Simmons, "For 35 years, KISS raised the bar for what a rock concert should really be. This year is no different - all new, all killer... all KISS! The master's class in rock is in session! KISS rules. Oh yeah!"

"Bigger IS better!" said Paul Stanley. "SONIC BOOM is our future and KISS Alive is our proud past. On this tour you get KISS Alive plus a slew of other classics and soon to be classics. New stage, new battle gear and a pyro arsenal that will again show everyone that there is only one KISS!"

KISS ALIVE 35 NORTH AMERICAN 2009 Tour:
Aug 24 2009
ROADRUNNER TO RELEASE SONIC BOOM IN EUROPE
KISS announced today that SONIC BOOM-the band's highly anticipated CD, and its first new material in 11 years-will be released in the UK and Europe through Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records on 5th October 2009 . SONIC BOOM, produced by the band's Paul Stanley in Los Angeles, features 11 brand-new KISS anthems from the band that has sold over 80 million albums worldwide in a 35-year recording career.

KISS' Gene Simmons says, "SONIC BOOM may be the best new record we've done since Destroyer! It is Rock And Roll Over meets Love Gun!" Paul Stanley confirms: "SONIC BOOM is the perfect title for what we're creating - it's earthshaking and deafening!"

SONIC BOOM is the first new KISS studio album to feature guitarist Tommy Thayer alongside Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and drummer Eric Singer. It will be available as a single disc and also in a special three-disc set featuring a completely re-recorded greatest hits CD as well as a live DVD shot in Argentina during the band's recent, record-breaking KISS ALIVE 35 South American tour.

Paul Stanley, "Through all of the albums that are considered our classics, we tried to always find ways to give our fans extras that went beyond just the music. Besides our making the best KISS album in decades, including a bonus CD with 15 of our most famous songs and an additional live DVD, shot during our recent concert in Buenos Aires. So in every sense, SONIC BOOM is the ultimate return to classic KISS form. You wanted the best, you got the best!"

SONIC BOOM is released through Roadrunner Records imprint Loud & Proud, whose President Tom Lipsky comments: "Great artists make great music and KISS has certainly accomplished that with SONIC BOOM." Adds Wally van Middendorp, Sr VP International of Roadrunner Records: "We are excited to have the world's premier rock band join forces with the world's premier rock label. SONIC BOOM is a brilliant album that will surely be recognized as one of best musical works in the history of KISS." As Paul Stanley concludes: "Success comes from a winning team, and Roadrunner is the perfect partner for KISS in terms of understanding what this album is and also having a great track record of success."
Aug 24 2009
ON EXTRA TONIGHT
KISS will appear on EXTRA TV tonight accross the US.

CLICK HERE to view a list of TV stations that carry the show.
Aug 23 2009
ADDS SECOND COBO SHOW
KISS ADDS SECOND PERFORMANCE BY OVERWHELMING DEMAND AT DETROIT ROCK CITY'S COBO ARENA ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2009
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SPECIAL KISS ALIVE 35 CONCERTS TO CELEBRATE BAND’S LANDMARK ALBUM KISS ALIVE! & NEW CD/DVD PACKAGE SONIC BOOM
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September 25th - SOLD OUT! Tickets for September 26th on Sale Now!

The KISS Army has spoken! By overwhelming fan demand, KISS has just added a second special KISS ALIVE 35 concert at Detroit Rock City's legendary concert venue, Cobo Arena. Following the incredible response to the previously announced show on Friday, September 25th, in which tickets sold out at a feverish rate, a second KISS date has been added on Saturday, September 26th

The legendary venue, a Motor City institution that is slated for closure, has hosted KISS concerts on numerous occasions, not the least of which was the series of shows that were recorded to become the KISS ALIVE! album. The band will come full circle to reprise that classic recording at these September shows, this time returning with brand new staging, costumes, pyro and more.

Meet & Greet packages as well as VIP Ticket Packages will also be available. CLICK HERE for Meet & Greet details.
Aug 23 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
Check out this great Gene inpired cover of the lastest issue of '3D Artist'!

Thanks to the webmaster of draconic-pride.co.uk for sending us the image!
Aug 23 2009
ARMY FANCLUB ROCKS!!
Hello KISS,

So here it is: your free PR letter for KISS Army ticket presales. I have to admit I was leery about paying to join the fan club just to have first access to tickets to the Cobo Hall show. However, I knew this would be a once in a lifetime experience for me, so I forged ahead.

In hindsight, I'm so glad I did. What I realize is that I had exclusive access to some of the best seats in the house (I got fifth row after the show had already been on sale for thirty minutes!), there were NO Ticketmaster surcharges, and I paid FAR LESS to guarantee an upfront seat than I would had I dealt with a ticket broker. As well, by commissioning "Will Call only" pickup, I'm comforted that scalpers aren't snatching up the hottest tickets just to resell, since I and only I can pick up the tickets the day of the show.

Great tickets plus a Killer membership kit is coming too!

Having attended the historic Tiger Stadium show, I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS SHOW!!

Thanks,

Steve Reeder

LETTERS click here
Aug 22 2009
PAUL INTERVIEW ON WRIF
Aug 21 2009
POSTER FOR SECOND COBO SHOW
By overwhelming demand, a 2nd KISS Show has been added at COBO Arena. The new show date is Saturday, September 26.

Tickets are now on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets or at Ticketmaster.com.
Aug 21 2009
GENE INTERVIEW ON WCSX
Aug 21 2009
COBO ARENA TICKETS ON SALE TODAY
Tickets for the September 25th KISS Cobo Arena Concert go on sale to the general public today at 5PM (EDT) at all Ticketmaster outlets or at Ticketmaster.com.

One last time, before the walls come down, Cobo Arena will hear a SONIC BOOM!!!


Aug 21 2009
PAUL & GENE ON DETROIT RADIO TODAY
Gene will be on Detroit's WCSX Radio Station this morning at 9 AM (EDT). LISTEN to the interview live.

Paul will appear on Detroit's WRIF Radio Station some time today, we believe in the 5 PM (EDT) hour. VISIT the station's site for more info.
Aug 20 2009
It's always great to get nice reviews but so much more important when they come from the fans!! Here are some of the thousands of wonderful comments that were sent to KOL or posted on our Facebook and Myspace pages after we posted "Modern Day Delilah".


Peter R Nowfel:

I've just spent the last hour playing Modern Day Delilah and am already in love with it. Paul's vocals are outstanding and Tommy's solo is absolutely magnificent. I've tasted boom and I like it. I crave boom, I need boom, give me more boom Delilah!! Boom baby boom!!!


Raymond Carr:

"Modern Day Delilah" KICKS ASS!! This is a straight blast! if this song is any indication of how Sonic Boom is going to sound...this will be an instant classic!!


Rob Hodge:

This track ROCKS! I like it a lot, Paul's vocals are powerful, Tommy's solo is excellent, and the rhythm section sounds tighter than ever! KISS rocks, this lineup is awesome and this album is going to prove that once and for all!


Iain Hutchison:

Just listened to the new single...Rock and Roll is alive and well & it's name is KISS!
Aug 19 2009
By Mark Eglinton

Modern Day Delilah

Given the eleven years since their last barely passable studio album – 1998's Psycho Circus it seemed unlikely that Kiss would ever release another album of new material. Seemingly invigorated by a huge recent upsurge in interest in their hefty back catalogue by the younger generation of rock listeners into the studio they went, and six weeks later emerged armed with Sonic Boom. However, we didn't expect them to knock one out of the park this early with this heaving, sweating lump of fabulous groove straight from 1975. "Yeah yeah" are the first words to exit Stanley's mouth and immediately our ears are pricked to what is not stylistically a typical Kiss track, a circular, bass heavy riff driving everything along. The net result is your immediate desire to renew that direct debit to the' Kiss army' while arranging to graft eight or more inches of surplus off your backside on to your tongue—it really is that good.

Russian Roulette

The first of Gene Simmons's vocal contributions and this isn't at all bad. In fact the years have been pretty kind to the 'god of thunder', and his voice has actually developed more than a semblance of melody. It's raw, punchy and lyrically the usual innuendo ridden stuff "this is Russian roulette—one pull of the trigger is all you're gonna get" etc, which we've heard often before but here's it's done with a freshness of attitude that's been absent for a long, long time.

Never Enough

Classic Kiss and this could easily fit into their live set without being noticed as a brand new track. Paul Stanley seems to have done some kind of 'Benjamin Button' reverse ageing thing with his vocals because he sounds every bit as energetic as he did back in their 70's heyday.
Aug 19 2009
By Michael Doret

In developing and refining my pencil sketch for Sonic Boom I wasn't completely happy with how the background was working with the diamond shape and the positioning and scale of the lightning border (a small nod to RaRO). I also wanted to play up the idea of something shattering (i.e. from a sonic boom). So I came up with the semi-abstract idea of concentric circles rippling outward like water, only breaking up incrementally into smaller and smaller segments as they expanded, changing the background color from violet to black. It seemed like a fairly simplistic idea, so I tried it and it worked. It also seemed to serve well to both ground and amplify the light beams emanating from the center, which break through the faces. I went through several color iterations, ending with one that had a dark red bleed border. I showed that version to Paul. He looked at it for a minute and then suggested we just change the border to black. We both agreed that this worked better, finishing the design process on this piece.

I did have to redo all the art for the CD/DVD package, which has a slightly more horizontal proportion. That meant shifting and manipulating the proportions of many of the elements. Because the angle of the beams had changed in the new configuration, the most complicated part of this was redoing all the faces. It's a little difficult to tell what went into the face art, transforming them from normal color photographs, so check out the enlarged detail to the left.
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