Nov 01 2009
SONIC BOOM: A MASTERPIECE!
By Nako Martinez
Translated for KISSonline by Jill Cataldo

Rating: KKKKK out of KKKKK

KISS has built a masterpiece: Simmons and Stanley demonstrate a return to form

KISS have always been grand masters of entertainment in the world of rock. Everyone was saddened the year Gene Simmons told the media in a press conference that there was not going to be another new new KISS album. Luckily, the good state of Paul Stanley, producer of Sonic Boom (whose recent solo disc was also brilliant) influenced the band to return to the studio, and in three months' time created an LP filled with vitality, happiness, cacophony and glamour.

Beginning with the almighty "Modern Day Delilah," segueing into the guitar riffs of "Russian Roulette" and the staples "Never Enough" and "Yes I Know (Nobody's Perfect)" the album certainly proves that this quartet's intention was to recapture the sound that they had in their earliest beginnings. Then, by the time we're almost halfway through the LP, we're flying. It's such an unloading of energy that literally pulls you in. The disc is filled with memorable melodies, big backing vocals (Eric also takes the lead vocals,) great guitar riffs in the style of "Deuce," and Tommy Thayer's solos are spectacular.

Entering the second half of the album, we're rocked and rolled again by "Hot and Cold," (pure American sound,) the upbeat guitars and memorable refrain of "All for the Glory" (certainly you'll like what you hear here; it's highly memorable) or the personality of the rocker "Say Yeah," which closes this body of work.

Without a doubt, this is one of the very best albums in KISS's entire career. It's as hot as an inferno, yet the disc is fresh with attitude and power, without a single filler song present. This is a moment to savor. We consider this disc to be immortal.
Nov 01 2009
BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO: FLY LIKE GENE!
Ever wonder what it's like to fly like Gene Simmons? KISS crew member Dean Snowden tries on Gene's flying harness before the show and takes a ride... camera in hand!

Nov 01 2009
KIDS CANCER GOOD-BYE
Dear KISS: Just wanted to let you know about a great group of students who decided to paint their faces like your great group in order to raise funds and awareness for cancer.

In Canada, the schools take one day a year to have a walk in memory of Terry Fox - a great Canadian who tried to walk across Canada to raise funds and awareness about cancer. The Grade Four students from Eric G. Lambert School in Churchill Falls, Labrador created their own banner and decided to paint their faces to really get into the spirit. Hope you like the shot.

Mark Bonnell
Grade Four Homeroom Teacher
Eric G. Lambert School, Churchill Falls
Newfoundland and Labrador

LETTERS

Nov 01 2009
By Paul Elliot

The KISS Alive 35 tour has played to huge audiences all over the world - at Download 2008, and in stadiums throughout North and South America in 2009. But there is one place above all others that has a special significance in KISStory. It's a place that the New York band think of as their spiritual home. A place they call Detroit Rock City.

It was here at the iconic, 11,000 capacity Cobo Hall (officially now known as Cobo Arena) that KISS recorded the show in March 1975 immortalised on their iconic double-live album Alive! This was the album that turned KISS into superstars, and, 34 years on, the band's return to the Motor City has an added emotional resonance. The venue that gave birth to the KISS legend is closing for redevelopment, so who better than the Hottest Band In The World to give the Cobo Hall its last hurrah?

As frontman Paul Stanley says to the crowd: "Let me tell ya, for us, this is the holy land. This is where it all started. Detroit, you opened your arms and you opened your legs. God bless ya!"

Every KISS show is an event, this one especially so. Fans have travelled vast distances to be here, including Dan from Wales and his mates, proudly displaying a KISS Army UK branch banner. Local hero Kid Rock is here too, with a couple of hot chicks, of course, and so is original KISS manager Bill Aucoin.
Nov 01 2009
MENTIONED ON DEAL OR NO DEAL
I was watching Deal or No Deal late last night.

Howie Mandel asked the man who was the contestant, "What will do you with the million dollars if you win it?" He said, "Well, I'm turning 50 this year, and as a gift to myself, I want to throw a big party and hire KISS to play for my birthday!"

His wife and daughters all stood there shaking their heads to say yes, that's exactly what he wants.

The contestant went home with about $9,000. Howie told him for that, he could probably find some neighbors to put makeup on and sing for him..!

Totally caught me by surprise because I didn't this guy would be into KISS. Pretty funny!

- Toni Anne

LETTERS
Nov 01 2009
Editor by day... "Paul Stanley" by night

By Daile Pepper

By day he cracks the whip as a team of journalists produce the city's biggest free entertainment newspaper, Xpress.

By night - on occasion - he throws on a wig, five inch heels, masses of make-up and a body-hugging suit and hits the stage.

Bob Gordon, the editor of Xpress Magazine, fronts KISS tribute band KISStake.

Hidden under the outfit made famous by Paul Stanley, Gordon has played in this fun band with various West Australian musicians from bands including End of Fashion for years.

They let loose and put on a big show, all under the cover of costume. It allows Gordon to take on the persona of a mega rock star and let loose.

"It's hard to be shy when you put all that on," he says.
Oct 31 2009
ALL MADE UP FOR HALLOWEEN!
Check out these photos of Tommy Thayer applying makeup to his wife Amber before tonight's concert in New Orleans!

Photos by Shannon Tweed.

Oct 31 2009
ON THE COVER OF SWEDEN ROCK
Here's KISS featured on the cover of the current issue of Sweden Rock magazine!
Oct 31 2009
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, ARMY!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

We hope you have a great Halloween! Be safe and have fun!

Here are some of the great photos of Halloween costumes and pumpkins we've been receiving from the KISS Army today!
Oct 31 2009
VIDEO CLIP OF "SAY YEAH" LIVE IN ARKANSAS
Check out this KISSonline exclusive clip of KISS playing "Say Yeah" Thursday night in Little Rock!

Oct 31 2009
ON COVER OF GUITAR PLAYER
Take a look at the cover of the Holiday 2009 issue of Guitar Player magazine!

Here's a great note from the magazine's editor:

"The cover looks amazing - so much so that we deleted ALL cover lines from the facing, except the band's name. This is one of the few times in the magazine's 42-year history that we've let an image alone do the talking for newsstand sales."
Oct 31 2009
VIDEO CLIP OF "DEUCE" LIVE AT MSG
Check out this video of KISS opening the Madison Square Garden show on October 10, 2009 with "Deuce" - shot from ON the stage!

Oct 31 2009
GETS KEYS TO THE CITY OF TAMPA
Hi KISS!!

My name is Santiago Corrada and I am the Neighborhood Services Administrator and work for the Mayor of Tampa, the Honorable Pam Iorio. I have been a loyal member of the KISS Army for over thirty years, have met you in the past and have one of those famous KISS rooms.

This past Wednesday before the concert at the St. Pete Times Forum, I had the pleasure of presenting you and the other members of KISS with the keys to the City of Tampa on behalf of our Mayor. Please see the picture from the presentation.

Again, thank you for coming to Tampa and putting on the greatest show on earth. Tampa loves KISS!!!

Sincerely,

Santiago C. Corrada

LETTERS
Oct 31 2009
HONORED TO VISIT WARRIORS
I work for a local TV station in Augusta, Georgia, and have been a Kiss fan pretty much my entire life. Yesterday was an amazing day for me, as I got to meet Paul, Tommy, and Eric. It's been a dream of mine since I first bought "Lick It Up" at age 11. They stopped by the Norwood VA Center here in town and spent a good amount of time with people who are part of the Wounded Warriors Care Project of the CSRA.

It was a great pleasure to get to meet members of my favorite band and chat with them for a few minutes. But, what was even more awesome was to see how they interacted with people who put their lives on the line for our freedom. You could tell, KISS were the ones who were honored to be there and spend time with those special veterans.

I have been to many KISS shows, and have seen first-hand how the band salutes the military in their shows. But what I saw yesterday was a much deeper, more heartfelt salute. Taking time out of their busy touring schedule to stop in a town where they weren't scheduled to play, before jetting off to Nashville for last night's show, says a lot about the people behind the make-up, fireworks, and great music. I feel very lucky that my job allowed me a glimpse of that.

The Wounded Warrior Care Project is a great project here in Augusta, and it's nice to see it get some recognition from some huge celebrities. It was wonderful to see how excited the veterans were when Paul, Tommy, and Eric came into the room yesterday. But it was even more impressive to see how excited Paul, Tommy, and Eric were to be there. It was a wonderful moment that will certainly stay with those veterans the rest of their lives, and it is something I'll never forget either.

I'm glad I was lucky enough to be a "fly on the wall." I've always been a proud member of the KISS Army, but I've never been more proud than I am today. Thank you, KISS, for recognizing how important these wounded warriors are to our freedom and ability to do whatever we want. And thank you for spending some time with them. I have enclosed a photo of myself with Tommy Thayer.

Sincerely, Damon Putzier

LETTERS
Oct 31 2009
IS EVERYWHERE... ON HALLOWEEN!
By Penny Parker

If you're flying on Southwest Airlines today, don't be spooked if you see Ben Franklin, the Statue of Liberty, Larry Bird or Julia Child along for the ride.

Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly is known to surprise passengers and employees with a costume every Halloween, and he practically makes the occasion a company holiday.

In past years, Kelly has masqueraded as Gene Simmons of the rock band Kiss.

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