Jul 16 2009
ROCKS ALL NIGHT LONG
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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.



Jul 15 2009
DYNASTY IS ALIVE, NEW ALBUM COMING
Love them or hate them; 70's theatrical rock band KISS is alive and well. The band recently announced on their official website www.kissonline.com that a new album is in the works and will be released in October 2009.

The new KISS album is the bands first studio album since "Psycho Circus" back in 1998.

Lead singer Paul Stanley is producing the new album and reports that "it is all written within the band and it rocks." Paul also says, "guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer will both handle lead vocals at some points on the album."

Bass guitarist Gene Simmons was quoted as saying, "The idea is to make the record quickly, like we did at the time of Destroyer, Rock And Roll Over and Love Gun. The idea is to work well, little by little, we can not spend too much time in the studio, and it has to be fast."

Gene described the new record in an interview with Rock Daily as having a "classic '70s rock & roll vibe. Meat and Potatoes." "There's nothing to prove to anybody, "Simmons said. "We're not interested in musical trends or anything else. We're too long in the tooth for that." Gene says, "This is the best record we've done in 30 years."

Whether you like KISS or not, they're a time tested true classic rock band that definitely gives everyone something to talk about. With the bands phenomenal stage antics you can't help but love the good show that these guys put on the stage and off.
Jul 14 2009
ROCKS MONTREAL, CANADA!
Here's KISS with 15,000 KISS ARMY members at last night's SOLD OUT show!
Jul 14 2009
Halloween came early this year. The Bell Centre was filled to the rafters Monday night, with a sellout crowd of 15,000 Kiss devotees on hand to celebrate the band's Kiss Alive/35 tour.

And these weren't fly-by-night fans, either. This was the diehard contingent. Kiss T-shirts everywhere, old and new; face paint galore (let's play count the Gene Simmons look-alikes). Many proud parents brought their kids, who were all too happy to get in on the action - a 10-year-old boy in the row in front of me eagerly asked to peek at my set list.

Cheers erupted when a giant KISS banner was unfurled shortly before showtime, as songs by the Who blasted over the PA. The lights dimmed, and the arena went wild.

"All right Montreal! You want the best? You got the best, the hottest band around: Kiss!"
Jul 13 2009
SHOUT IT OUT LOUD FROM BAYFEST

Here's another great fan filmed clip from KISS' record breaking appearance in Sarnia!


Jul 12 2009
By Dalson Chen

"All right, Caesars Windsor! You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the world: KISS!"

So began a night of big riffs, big explosions and total commitment when rock superheroes ruled the Colosseum stage on Saturday night.

I'll say that last bit again because it bears repeating: Total commitment.

Behind the KISS spectacle (and it is indeed a spectacle beyond spectacles) is a mentality to put on the best damn show possible.

It's expensive, uninhibited, loud and entertaining. No irony involved. No shoe-gazing cynicism. They come to rock your butt, so your butt will be rocked.
Jul 12 2009
ERIC CARR'S BIRTHDAY
REMEMBER A GREAT FRIEND

Today would have been Eric Carr's 59th Birthday. Please take a moment and remember a great friend and an incredible drummer, who loved his fans as much as they loved him!
Jul 12 2009
THE ONSLAUGHT HITS NORTH AMERICA!

On the eight inch heels of their sold out stadium tour of South America, KISS opened their Canadian shows to a sell out capacity crowd of more than 20,000 fans. Another huge turnout to see the hottest band in the world as the sold out tour hits home turf! Fans went crazy last night as their band hit the stage with a full throttle, hard rockin, bomb exploding show and the frenzy continued long after the last note was played. KISS left nothing to chance, dazzling and pummeling the Bayfest throng with a show and setlist that left even the most long term members of the KISS Army stunned. All in all, a night that will see new fans clamoring for the next album and show, while the long devoted stand proud once again.
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