Oct 20 2009
HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Visit KISSCOSTUMES.com for the only officially licensed KISS costumes and accessories.

KISSCostumes.com is the exclusive retailer of officially licensed KISS costumes and they are ready to bring the world of KISS to your living room. Their collection of authentic KISS costumes, including all of the band members, The Demon, Starchild, Spaceman, and Catman, is sure exceed the expectations of even the biggest KISS fans.

The online retailer features all four band member's, the Demon, Starchild, Catman and Spaceman, costumes in a variety of sizes for toddlers, children and adults. These costumes and the matching accessories have also been approved by the band.

KISS Costumes offers shoppers and fans a complete package. Matching boots, wigs, masks and makeup kits complete each individual look. Both half and full masks with hair are available and the makeup kits include step-by-step application instructions. The kits also feature cover art of the designated member in a letter of the band's name. Fans can collect all four to spell out KISS.

Other exclusive accessories such as belts, armbands and a buckle can also be purchased from KISS Costumes. The online store also sells fire hats that feature a replica of Paul Stanley's signature and the KISS logo. They resemble the hats Stanley gave away after the band's performance of 'Firehouse'.
Oct 19 2009
KOMPENDIUM
In '77, blood from each member of the rock band KISS was drawn by a registered nurse and poured into vats of red ink used for printing the band's first comic book. It was created by Marvel legend Stan Lee and was the beginning of a hugely successful KISS comic book franchise. All are now out of print.

Now, for the first time, the KISS Kompendium combines the most breathtaking KISS comic books into a lush oversized collector's compilation. Brought to life by graphic illustrations as riveting and hardcore as the band's real-life fire-breathing line-up, the Demon (Gene Simmons), Starchild (Paul Stanley), and the other band members' superhero alter egos defeat evil in over 1200 pages of stunning KISS comics!

This is a book authorized by KISS. KISS founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have contributed the forewords to this. The book also includes exclusive never-before-seen backstage photos from KISS' newest tour along with commentary by the band-members.

This is a must-have for every KISS fan eagerly awaiting the band's new album, their first in over 10 years, and a perfect holiday gift for comic-book lover to pour over time and time again.

This title will be released on November 24, 2009.

PRE-ORDER HERE
Oct 19 2009
OFFICIAL " DAY" IN FLORIDA!
By Lawrence F. Specker

Today is officially "Kiss Day" in Pensacola, according to a proclamation issued by the Escambia County, Fla., Board of County Commissioners.

The proclamation is prompted by the fact that the classic rock group Kiss will bring its "Kiss Alive 35" tour to the Pensacola Civic Center this evening. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show range from $19.50 to $129 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Kiss' 35th year isn't the only anniversary being celebrated at the show. According to information provided by the Pensacola Civic Center, Kiss played the very first concert at the arena after its opening in 1985; this will be its fifth appearance there.

For more information, visit www.pensacolaciviccenter.com.
Oct 19 2009
By Julio Diaz

Tommy Thayer, a long-time KISS fan who worked behind the scenes with the band for more than a decade before taking on the lead guitarist role, spoke to the News Journal by phone ahead of Monday's concert at the Pensacola Civic Center.

Q: KISS was an inspiration to you growing up. What did you think when your old band, Black N' Blue got the call to open for KISS back in 1985?

A: Well, that was one of those life-changing experiences. I know that sounds kind of dramatic, but there are a few things that have happened in my life that are dreamlike experiences. When I found out we were going to tour with KISS, that was one of them. When we got to the first stop in Little Rock in November 1985, that's when I met the guys, and we were a little intimidated by Gene because he puts on such an aura.

Q: That was the start of a long relationship with the band and with Gene in particular. Has he been something of a mentor to you?

A: He has, and Paul has too, actually, but initially I got to know Gene more because he produced two of our records. Later, he asked me to write with him for KISS. When Black N' Blue ran its course, they hired me to come and work for them, and that was kind of a dream job. I worked on the "KISStory" book and the KISS conventions, and that led into the whole reunion with the original members. Everything came full circle and I was thrust into the band officially. It's interesting how life takes you sometimes.
Oct 19 2009
By Troy Moon

Jan DeStafney's son has been breathing fire in the backyard.

And on Monday, she's going to see the men who influenced her son to pour lighter fluid in his mouth and spit flames.

DeStafney, 57, is going to see Kiss today at the Pensacola Civic Center. She only knows of one song - the one about "rock and roll all night" - but she just has to see what the fuss is all about.

"I have to see what's so exciting about these people," she said. "Because they have mesmerized my son for all these years."

Kiss - a troupe of fire-breathing, blood-spewing, costumed comic book rock legends - has mesmerized millions since forming in December 1972 and has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide. Though perceived early on by some critics and parents as dark and sinister, most of the world has come to see Kiss as a sort of harmless escapist fantasy - a live-action cartoon with a hard rock soundtrack.

Yet their fans, even the grown-ups with mortgages and children of their own, still are devoted to the Kiss Army - the band's long-running, fan-organized fan club - who have no intention of leaving the band's service.
Oct 19 2009
JACK BECOMES GENE
My 2 year old son Jack getting his Halloween test make-up run for our little KISS costume...

Chris Alexander



LETTERS
Oct 19 2009
MY SON ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA
Just wanted to share this "freeze frame" of my son Corrado who appeared on "Good Morning America"...."Rocking All Night Long With KISS" segment yesterday on ABC!!!

It was a blast to see my little guy dressed up like Paul Stanley and on the same show with his idols!...definately a "momento" to be cherished!!!!

Rock On,

Corrado Mazzuca

LETTERS
Oct 18 2009
TOMMY SINGS 'SHOCK ME' IN GREENVILLE
Check out this great fan-filmed clip of Tommy singing "Shock Me" at last night's show in Greenville!

Oct 18 2009
ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA
Good Morning America went behind-the-scenes with KISS at their Nassau Coliseum show! ABC's Kate Snow takes viewers backstage to discuss the band's lengthy career and loyal fan following... and she even tries on Paul's platform boots. Take a look!

Oct 18 2009
By KATE SNOW and DESIREE ADIB
Photo by Keysha McGrady

Fans of All Ages Still Flock to Band's High-Energy Concerts

Those grease-painted glam lords of campy metal are at back at it. Thirty-five years after their first album, Kiss has just put out "Sonic Boom," a new studio disc that's being sold exclusively next to the Cheerios and Windex at Walmart stores nationwide.

It has been 11 years since their last album, and despite their age -- singer and bassist Gene Simmons is 60 years old, while singer/guitarist Paul Stanley is 57 -- they are strapping on platform heels, smearing on the makeup and hitting big arenas nationwide for a 47-city tour.

"If the audience really wants you, they keep calling you back," says band co-founder Simmons. "I mean, look at us. I couldn't be in any other band, I'm a misfit. I'm an outsider. I can't be in the [Rolling] Stones or U2. Those little people would get in my way."

Outspoken singer Simmons may capture the spotlight as the fire-breathing face of Kiss, but "Sonic Boom" was the brainchild of Stanley. The two original members are joined by guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, replacing Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.

"I could never imagine that we would be doing this this long, 35 to 40 years later and to be selling out," says Stanley. "I mean I could certainly see some of the guys in the band being in a padded cell thinking they were playing for a big crowd still. But here we are doing this, and it's amazing!"
Oct 18 2009
By Sean Daly

Did Gene Simmons just make a lewd comment about my mom? And did the Demon just call me a woman? And what was that hand gesture by Paul Stanley?

All these neuroses fired in my head as I interviewed - on television, no less -the glam-rock kings in Kiss, who appeared in full makeup for a recent televised press junket. The glam-rockers play the St. Pete Times Forum on Wednesday. They are also promoting a new album, Sonic Boom, their first full-length in 11 years.

In a just-for-fun twist, I pulled on my fancy pants, hopped in an anchor's chair and chatted up bassist Simmons, singer Stanley, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer via satellite...
Oct 18 2009
YOU GUYS ROCKED!!!
Gene, Paul, Tommy, and Eric,

We just wanted to say thanks for performing at the Hampton Coliseum last night. It was classic KISS and the entire concert was awesome! We know you typically play large arenas, but we really appreciate you rockin' Hampton Roads.

All the best,
Sales Family
Chesapeake, Virginia

LETTERS
Oct 18 2009
TOMMY ROCKS!!!
Hi KISS!

I'm a French fan, and I would like to congratulate you on SONIC BOOM! This album kicks serious A.S.S and I think it's going to be one of my favorite! Each one of you put your heart in this record and I really can feel it when I listen to this album. Tommy's solo are amazing! Check out the video I made of "When Lightning Strikes!" I put the make-up and picked up my guitar (on my knees and pray...) and recorded it as a tribute to Tommy. I never learned playing the guitar, I'm a left-handed but I always play on a right-handed, so sometimes it sounds a little bit strange (especially during the solos...) But I made that with all my heart. Hope you enjoyed the video, and I hope you'll come back soon touring in Europe. Last year in Paris was amazing!

Rémi from France

My video :


Oct 18 2009
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE MSG VIDEO
Here's a KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE video clip of KISS performing "Strutter" live at Madison Square Garden last weekend!

Oct 17 2009
TOMMY INTERVIEW FROM SCOTLAND
Check out this interview with Tommy from Scotland's Classic Rock station 96.3!

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