Jul 19 2009
Pancake makeup? Check. Four-inch heels? Check.

By CHRIS LAMBIE

WEARING thigh-high platform boots, Starchild face make-up, a kilt and a Gene Simmons T-shirt over massive arms covered in flame tattoos, Brett Kummer was a one-man Kiss army last night. The Halifax mechanic fashioned his concert footwear by gluing some wood to the bottom of old motorcycle boots.

"They're four-inch heels and I'm normally six-foot-two," said the gentle giant who sported a skull and crossbones necklace to the Kiss concert. "It's so I can see the band. A lot of people want to have their picture taken with me, but I just want to see Kiss, man."

Kummer, 39, wore the MacThomas clan tartan kilt because he's a proud Scot who plays bagpipes. "It's Kiss in Halifax, right? I would have brought the pipes but it's raining," he said. "It probably would have wrecked them."
Jul 19 2009
ARMY MONTREAL AFTER SHOW PARTY


HI KISS ARMY!

Here are a few pictures from our KISS Montreal After Show Party at the Hard Rock Cafe, immediately following the amazing KISS concert last Monday. The Hard Rock was filled to near capacity and guests were treated to KISS door prizes, Kostume Kontests and KISS Trivia. This occasion was an excellent opportunity for the Montreal KISS Army to come together as one to share there love and passion for the greatest band in the land.

Best,
Pasquale Vari (Montreal, Quebec)
Jul 18 2009
& THE ARMY IN QUEBEC

Here's KISS with 90,000 members of the KISS ARMY in Quebec on Thursday!
Jul 18 2009
POTATOES ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT
Beth may be calling, but these boys won't answer. What is it? The coolest collection of Rock God Spuds this side of Cleveland. What the heck am I talking about? How about Mr. Potato Head ... KISS EDITION.

That's right. The Demon, Spaceman, Catman and Starchild spudded out with full make-up, hairstyles, and musical instruments of all four members of KISS including Gene Simmons infamous Axe Guitar. A total of 30 accessories to mix and match.

And while kids love to play with Mr. Potato Head (I got to play with the real McCoy ... a REAL potato!) I can see the KISS Army lining up to pick these badboys of rock up, no matter their age!

Look for it to make it's debut at the San Diego ComiCon. Available at retail in August.
Jul 17 2009
PROMISED A SPECTACLE, KEPT PROMISE!
By Marc Andre Joanisse
Translated for KISSonline by Jill Cataldo

The Catman, Spaceman, Demon and Starchild arrived last night at Bluesfest and they quickly turned it into an event. An event on stage. An event in the crowd. A very active, participatory crowd. A massive crowd!! (UPDATE - today, we learned the crowd was over 90,000!)

The show lasted over two hours. KISS was, as always, KISS. KISS basically, will always be KISS. It is a winning and profitable group and will be until the day when Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons decide that it is finished. And the question is this: why would anyone abandon this group yet, because it appeared to be at its best in the heart of this 35th anniversary tour? I cannot skimp on words; KISS gave more than the customer asked.

The public wants to hear the KISS of yesterday and they want it as at as loud of potential decibels as possible. In short, the crowd wants a night to rock to the sound of a band that is hard to resist. KISS is rock hard and served up at the highest level. The show is still effective and delivered by musicians who have an innate sense of showmanship.

"You want to hear our old songs? Then you will not be disappointed," said Paul Stanley.

The singer-guitarist, his longtime colleague Gene Simmons and guitarist Tommy Thayer were brought on stage via a hydraulic platform. Major KISS! Then, the first of several "gun shots" was heard booming. Again, KISS quite impressively convinced the crowd that they would spend a great evening here. The crowd was heard singing the lyrics of their songs, and they clapped hands at Stanley's request. Even the rain did not decrease the energy that emanated from the stage and the crowd.

At one point, Stanley asked them if he could raise the volume a notch or two ... or three. And the audience was delighted. This is the only way to experience the group's hits such Cold Gin, Black Diamond, Deuce, Rock & Roll All Nite and 100,000 Years, all songs written during the 1970s. The show was strong with no complaints.

KISS did not invent rock, but they reinvented the way to present it on stage. They are rare musicians interested in putting on a great stage show with Kabuki make-up, spandex clothes and stilt-like boots. Add to this guitar-shaped bazooka, pyrotechnic effects, Simmons seven-inch tongue, confetti, pyrotechnics and a little fire, and that's it.

Critics have often been bitter against the group. Many have said and written that they disguise their musical talents with its massive stage show. This was not the case, a few hours ago!

KISS' show is a fun spectacle and one I pray we'll see again.
Jul 17 2009
ROCKS 90,000 IN QUEBEC!!!
UPDATE: We were just informed that the attendance for last night's show was 90,000!!!!!

By Kathleen Lavoie Le Soleil
Photo by Laetitia Deconinck
Translated for KISSonline by Jill Cataldo

After waiting for nine years, Quebec was clearly overdue for a visit from the infernal quartet, KISS. Tens of thousands of KISS Army soldiers descended to see their idols on Thursday. Large and small, men and women painted their faces and have donned their homemade costumes of the devil, the starchild, the spaceman and the cat-man, these comic characters were embodied by Gene Simmons (bass, vocals), Paul Stanley (vocals, guitar), Tommy Thayer (guitar) and Eric Singer (drums, vocals).

With KISS, as is always true, the show was never limited to the stage. At the beginning of the show, a platform descended from the ceiling on which the three guitarists arrived . The stage featured the classic KISS logo in white bulbs. And then there were the explosions, flames, smoke, fireworks, confetti ...

And oh yes! How can we forget the music! "From old-school rock to KISS," says Paul Stanley, who offered a few words in French before apologizing that he could not do more and to continue in English.

The guitarist did a great job in the role of master of ceremonies as well as rock star, shimmying in his black spandex, moving constantly, singing at full volume and jumping unrestrained in his platform boots!

For his part, Gene Simmons was difficult to ignore in a costume more like an armored winged bat than lycra...

Beyond the effects of some futuristic super heroes - a wriggling tongue, a guitar-bazooka, overpowering fire and blood - the band spent the first hour playing a majority of songs dating their first three albums and classics such as Rock and Roll All Nite, Shout It Out Loud, I Was Made For Lovin 'You and Detroit Rock City.

The show was strewn with solos from each musician and delirious fun on stage and elsewhere. "Quebec, your city is our second home," agreed Paul Stanley.
Jul 17 2009
MANIA IN QUEBEC

KISS is featured on the cover of this week's Le Soleil Newspaper Special in Quebec.
Jul 16 2009
ROCKS ALL NIGHT LONG
CLICK HERE to view a gallery of additional photos of KISS in Ottawa.

KISS rocked some of their most classic tunes all night long for a record-setting crowd Wednesday night at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest.

KISS gave rockers an extended show, adding 45 minutes to the beginning of their concert where they rocked out to Rock and Roll All Night, I Was Made for Lovin' You and Shout it Out Loud.

"My parents used to listen to KISS, and the music just goes from generation to generation," said concert goer Andrew Bunda.

"It's a great environment to be in one of these concerts. My parents absolutely love it, so I hope to experience the same stuff my parents experienced," added another concert goer.

KISS look-a-likes also made an appearance with painted faces and long tongues spotted at every corner of the Lebreton Flats grounds.

For others, the concert was part of a family experience with children joining their parents to take in the festivities.

"John just wanted to come out and see them," said one parent.

Although the music was heard from as far away as the city's south end, the rockers -- who are known for their loud tunes -- avoided a single noise complaint.

With a report from CTV Ottawa's Stefan Keyes
Jul 16 2009
ARMY AT BLUESFEST
Jul 16 2009
SETS ATTENDANCE RECORD AT BLUESFEST

KISS rocked over 40,000 fans last night in setting the attendance record for the most fans to ever attend the Ottawa Bluesfest!! KISS' show was also the only show of this year's Festival to sell out!
Jul 16 2009
DESTROYS OTTAWA!!
Great fan-filmed clip of "Detroit Rock City" from last night's record setting KISS show at Bluesfest in Ottawa!

Jul 16 2009
JUGGERNAUT BLOWS 'EM AWAY!
KISS cranks up the spectacle for record Bluesfest crowd

Nothing could stop KISS in front of a record-setting crowd of 40,000 at Bluesfest last night. Not the rain, the decibel limit or even the snub to Shannon Tweed, who watched her man, bassist Gene Simmons, perform from a hastily installed VIP section on a raised platform near the sound tent.

Up on the massive stage, the band steamrolled over any obstacle, be it weather-related or bureaucratic, and delivered a concert that lived up to all expectations in terms of lights, volume and special effects. The lights were blinding, the sound was blasting and the effects included pyro, aerial wires and their trademark monster-glam costumes.

But what about the music? Well, you have to hand it to lead singer Paul Stanley for taking over the reins to the legendary í70s hard-rockers. When he wasnít shredding his voice at the microphone, he acted as host of the rock extravaganza, and did most of the talking. Word is heís also the producer responsible for getting the band back to basics on its forthcoming album, the first in a decade, due for release in October.

The back-to-basics approach is exactly what fans want, and last night, it meant making the most of the old hits. The band kicked things off with Deuce, hammering the song with multiple blasts of green pyro, and then moved into Stutter, Hotter Than Hell, Got To Choose, and Nothiní To Lose, which featured vocals by drummer Eric Singer.

At press time, guitarist Tommy Thayer proved himself worthy of replacing Ace Frehley with his deft soloing in She. Gene Simmons, meanwhile, spent his time pounding his instrument and stalking the stage, flicking his tongue to the cameras.
Jul 16 2009
By Zev Singer

Six-year-old Mackenzie Durocher, her face painted perfectly like KISS's Paul Stanley, sits on her father's lap before the show. Well-drilled for years by now, she can name several KISS songs. At home, she likes to pretend to smash a guitar to the band's music. Her other favourite act is SpongeBob SquarePants.
This is life in the KISS Army, where kids are drafted into service barely out of the womb.

Mackenzie's father, Patrick Durocher, 36, beams at his daughter as she sticks her tongue out ferociously like Gene Simmons.

This is his seventh KISS concert, but her first.

"Once you go, you're hooked for life," he says, explaining, as most of the KISS soldiers do, that the show is simply like no other.

Jul 15 2009
by Dave Cohen - Insite Magazine

With KISS having recently come off of a huge stadium tour across South America, Paul Stanley continues to keep busy. About ten years ago, as the result of a divorce, a friend suggested he try painting as a cathartic way of helping to express his emotions. He went and purchased brushes and canvasses and he's been at it ever since. Stanley has never been one to stand on the sideline. In the past he's played the lead in the Phantom of the Opera in Toronto and toured on his own in support of his solo release "Live to Win." He's currently producing the forthcoming KISS album, the band's first release of new material in eleven years, and continues to show his art work at Wentworth Galleries across the country. He recently took time out of his hectic schedule to speak with us.

Between touring with KISS, producing the new album, your growing family, your artwork, you've got a lot going on.

Itís been busy. Four months ago I had a little baby girl. Other than that we just finished a stadium tour of South America playing to anywhere from forty to sixty thousand people a night. Before that we did our biggest, most successful tour of Europe playing seven weeks, thirty shows to over four hundred thousand people. Then, I've got my art shows, which are normally once a month in different cities and Iím about a week from completing the first KISS album in eleven years which should be out in early October. Other than that, Iím taking it easy!
Jul 15 2009
MONTREAL CONCERT CLIPS
Check out these 2 fan-filmed clips from KISS' SOLD OUT Montreal Concert. The clips feature highlights from the entire show.



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