Sep 26 2009
Here's Paul with Kid Rock backstage at COBO Arena.
Sep 26 2009
KISS story on Fox News regarding their Cobo Arena shows.

Sep 26 2009
ABC News interviews KISS at Detroit's Cobo Arena.

Sep 26 2009
Young fans, from left, Aaron Saunders, 13; Colton Walls, 12; Nicholas Wood, 13; and Andrew Wood, 11; drove nearly eight hours from West Virginia with Christie Wood for Kiss' return to Cobo.

Brian Payne, left, and his brother Jeff Payne, both of Columbus, Ohio, pay tribute Gene Simmons' Demon persona and Paul Stanley' Star Child.
Sep 25 2009
Here are a few of the new KISS ALIVE 35 Tour items, including the special edition collectible KISS COBO Arena event program. This is a limited edition collectors item that will not be reprinted.

Click here to order the KISS ALIVE 35 Tour merchandise

Sep 25 2009
Walmart Detroit area stores now have their KISS KORNERS open and stocked with KISS masks, M&M candies, music, make up, wigs and Mr. Potato Head collector toys to celebrate the band's national tour and first concert tonight in Detroit! Walmarts nationwide will launch KISS Korners on Oct. 6, the day the band's SONIC BOOM album is released exclusively at the chain.
Sep 25 2009
By Jeff Darcy, The Plain Dealer
Sep 25 2009
By Dan Kane
GateHouse News Service

The son of a popular Cleveland bandleader, Kiss drummer Eric Singer grew up in the '70s listening to WMMS and jamming on drums with his neighborhood rocker pals.

He found his career path early.

In 1984, Singer went on tour with hard-rock goddess Lita Ford, and a year later joined Black Sabbath. In 1989, he played drums on Kiss frontman Paul Stanley's solo tour, which led to an ongoing gig with Kiss. Singer simultaneously has been Alice Cooper's drummer since 2000, and has played on three Cooper albums to date.

Singer has played with Kiss steadily since 2004, appears on the bandís forthcoming album, "Sonic Boom," and is on tour with the band.

Singer, 51, was on his way to Detroit for tour rehearsals when he phoned to chat Tuesday afternoon.

Q. Tell me about the preshow ritual of putting on your Kiss makeup.

A. It's like the calm before the storm, if you will. The four of us get together and it's like a war room where we're preparing for battle. We're sitting there for a couple of hours and there's always great music. Gene will play deejay a lot of time. He likes to pull out old crazy blues stuff and doo-wop. It's very eclectic.
Sep 25 2009
By Gary Graff, Journal Reigster News Service

Kiss' Paul Stanley likes to note that "I've only written one song about a city."

And that would be "Detroit Rock City."

The song, which kicks off Kiss' triple-platinum 1976 album "Destroyer," is an acknowledgment of a mutual love affair between the theatrical hard rockers and Detroit. It goes back to the early days of the group's career and was cemented on May 16, 1975, when the group recorded most of its breakthrough "Kiss Alive!" album at Cobo Arena. Released four months later, it became Kiss' first gold album, launched the hit "Rock and Roll All Nite" and turned Kiss into a worldwide phenomenon.

That will be very much on the band members' minds this weekend, when Kiss returns to Cobo to open the latest leg of its "Kiss Alive 35" tour, celebrating the 35th anniversary of its first album.

"Something happened in Detroit," said bassist Gene Simmons, 60, who was born Chaim Witz in Israel and formed Kiss with Stanley in 1972 after the two played together in the New York group Wicked Lester.

The group has gone on to sell 80 million albums worldwide and have 24 gold or better in the United States. It's become "the juggernaut of all licensing and merchandising," according to Simmons, with more than 3,000 products bearing the group's distinctive logo and band members' likenesses, including, condoms and, yes, a Kiss Koffin. It's also been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But before that, the bassist said, "There was a connection there between the people (of Detroit) and what it was that Kiss did. We played the Michigan Palace (in 1974) and sold it out ... when most people were like, 'Who's this Kiss?' And then, in the days we were doing an average of about 2,000 to 3,000 tickets, we played Cobo Hall.

"And in response, Paul went off and wrote 'Detroit Rock City.' So, yes, something about Cobo, and Detroit, tugs at our hearts."

"It's a meat-and-potatoes town," Simmons explained, "and Kiss is a meat-and-potatoes band. We don't look like it; we like to dress up and we make a spectacle of ourselves ... but at the heart of it Kiss is meat and potatoes, and in that way, we have a lot more to do with Detroit than New York, even though we're from there, or Paris."

So there will be plenty of nostalgia when Kiss rolls into Cobo this weekend before the arena's date with a wrecking ball as part of the convention center expansion. But the group is looking ahead, too. "Sonic Boom," Kiss' first new album in 11 years, comes out Oct. 6; it was produced by Stanley and is the first to feature the current lineup with drummer Eric Singer, on his third tour of duty in the band, and guitarist Tommy Thayer, who joined in 2002. Kiss plans to shoot a video for the first single, "Modern Day Delilah," in Detroit, as well as footage that will be used for exclusives and, according to Simmons, an eventual DVD.

The film crew from A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" is in town filming for future episodes, and a network TV program also is planning to break into tonight's show live.
Sep 25 2009


More than 30 years after their seminal live album "Alive!" was recorded in part during a show at Cobo Arena in Detroit, the facepainting rockers are back with a new CD and North American tour, which kicks off Friday -- in Detroit Rock City, of course.

"I expect the reception of homecoming heroes, but the truth is, it's really us sharing ... an intimate moment with a city and the people who were pivotal in helping to make Kiss what it is," lead singer Paul Stanley said of the show and another on Saturday -- both at Cobo.

Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss put out a few studio albums in the early 1970s without a great deal of success.

It wasn't until 1975's "Alive!" hit record-store shelves that Kiss blew up.

Stalwarts Stanley and Simmons are joined these days by Tommy Thayer on guitar and Eric Singer on drums.

Stanley said the band will play the songs from "Alive!" as well as a few choice favorites during the Detroit gigs.

"At a rock show, fans always come to hear what they know," he said. "Had I ever gone to see Led Zeppelin and they played 'Whole Lotta Love' as a reggae tune, I would have been outraged."

Stanley said he also expects Kiss to perform "Modern Day Delilah," off of "Sonic Boom," the band's first studio album in 11 years.

The record, which Stanley produced and says is "better than a lot that we've done and right up there with the best," will be released only at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores on Oct. 6. It's part of a three-disc package that also includes re-recorded versions of Kiss hits as well as a concert DVD that was recorded in Argentina during a show earlier this year.

The North American tour takes the band to Cleveland and London, Ontario, early next week and eventually to cities such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, New Orleans and Los Angeles and runs through Dec. 6 in Dallas.

Around that same time, Kiss will find out if it's earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It was announced Wednesday that Kiss is one of 12 acts nominated for the 2010 class. Five will make it in.

Before any of that is decided, though, Kiss is returning to its home away from home -- to a city known for years as Detroit, Motown or the Motor City.

Kiss gave it a fourth name.

"I've written a lot of songs, but I've only written one `Detroit Rock City,"' Stanley said.
Sep 25 2009
Lucky fans attended a private KISS warm up show at COBO Arena on Thursday. The band previewed their awesome new stage while filming footage for their "Modern Day Delilah" video. KISS performed "Rock And Roll All Nite", "Modern Day Delilah", "Detroit Rock City", "Got To Choose" and "Shout It Loud."
Sep 25 2009
Here's Paul being filmed for the "Modern Day Delilah" video Thursday evening at COBO Arena.
Sep 25 2009
Just in time for the band's momentous return to Cobo Arena, KISS collectibles are making their way to area stores. We were pretty impressed by the Mr. Potato Head dolls immortalizing band members.

There are 4 dolls, one of which has a large tongue and is - of course - instantly recognizable as Gene Simmons.

Metro Detroit Walmart stores are selling the new KISS Mr. Potato Heads in addition to makeup kits, wigs, CDs, and special M&M candies.

According to Walmart, stores here will have the items arranged in special displays within their electronics and Halloween sections.
Sep 25 2009
Cobo Arena a scene of rock history


It's going to get sentimental in Cobo Arena this weekend.

Really loud and sentimental.

With its Friday-Saturday stand at the old Detroit arena, the rock band Kiss will return to the scene of its most famous concerts: the 1975 shows recorded and photographed for the multiplatinum album "Alive!"

Kiss booked the new dates as a farewell to the vaunted venue, which will be converted into exhibit space as part of Cobo Center's nearly $300-million expansion authorized by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in July.

"We figured, before they take the rock 'n' roll soul out of the building, how about we go in there one more time and shake it up?" says guitarist Paul Stanley.

For more than 20,000 fans this weekend, it will be a chance to revisit a spot that has spawned countless rock 'n' roll memories and boxes full of cherished ticket stubs.

Still, for local music fans -- many of whom grew up with wild Cobo nights in the '70s and '80s -- this weekend is a heck of a way to start saying good-bye.
Sep 24 2009
The hottest band in the world returns with a vengeance!

Let's cut straight to the chase; KISS have shoehorned everything you love about them into SONIC BOOM. Gene Simmons lets out a massive "Woah Yeah!" on the intro to "Hot and Cold", Paul Stanley whoops like a maniac throughout and, sad as it is to say, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are not missed one bit. Tommy Thayer nails the lazy style that Ace brought to the fold perfectly and Eric Singer can actually drum.

There's not a ballad in sight, no song has a one-word title that's a girl's name and every song sounds like it should have more explosions than a bad day in the middle east. "Never Enough" sees Paul Stanley at his flamboyant best. A stonewall KISS classic from the off, it's a neaon bomb of a track that's more uplifting than a truck full of happy pills. "Danger Us" nails the KISS strut and swagger perfectly and, unlike most of the band's albums in the last 30 years, SONIC BOOM weighs heavier on the killer than it does the filler.

SONIC BOOM is an album that was made to be blasted right after the work bell on a Friday afternoon. It's the aural equivalent of celebrating a last-minute screamer for your football team. If you weren't a fan before, SONIC BOOM won't change your mind. But if you're one of the disciples of KISStianity, it's time for you to get moist right now.

You wanted the best? You got the best. KISS have delivered.
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