Oct 16 2009
KISS is alive and 35 at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville

BY DAN ARMONAITIS, Spartanburg Herald-Journal

A strange thing has happened with the release of "Sonic Boom," the new album by rock legends KISS.
In the week-and-a-half since it hit the shelves as a Wal-Mart exclusive, "Sonic Boom" has earned KISS something it has lacked throughout much of its 35-year career --critical respect.

While dedicated fans have always shown absolute adoration for the band, music industry insiders have not been so kind, often ridiculing KISS as little more than a novelty act. Despite its huge influence on the contemporary music scene, KISS still remains a non-Rock and Hall of Fame member even though it has been eligible for an entire decade.

But even the harshest KISS critics have toned down the negativity in their reviews of "Sonic Boom," with many hailing it as the best album the band has produced in more than 30 years.
Oct 16 2009
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Oct 16 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
Los Premios MTV to honor Latin pop and rock in LA

MTV will roll its raucous red carpet across continents with its eighth annual Los Premios MTV honoring the best of the year's pop, rock and reggaeton from across Latin America.
The multi-city awards show culminates Thursday evening in Los Angeles after kicking off in September with six of 27 awards presented at regional events in Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Bogota.

Winners will receive a "lenguas," the pink tongue-shaped statue inspired by Kiss' Gene Simmons.

NOTE FROM GENE:

The MTV LATIN AWARD (is actually) my tongue.

When I went down to Mexico with our tv show, I actually saw a 5 1/2 foot tall Tongue Statue that people posed next to ...on the red carpet....and when an artist received an MTV Latin Award, they got...my tongue!!!

Oct 15 2009
7 YRS OLD & AT A CONCERT - PRICELESS!!!!
DEFENDING my 7 Year Old Son going to a KISS CONCERT....(Here's my Reply to a Facebook post that questioned exposing my kids to KISS):

"I'm a good dad.....please don't judge my parenting skills and judgement unless you know me Really well. I grew up as a KISS fan and I think I turned out pretty well. I've seen them 14 times in 20+ years so I know what to expect from them. I wouldn't expose my kids to anything dangerous...KISS does not preach about Drugs...In fact Gene Simmons has never been Drunk nor has he ever done drugs (True!!)....the same can be said for me.....Also, the worst word of the night that was only mentioned once was "A$$"..... Rock and Roll is just Rock and Roll...You either like it or you don't....if you take it any more serious than the toe-tapping/fist pumping musical enjoyment that it is, than you are over thinking the simplicity of it....God gave music to the world to enjoy...so enjoy it."

Don McGee - Haymarket, Virginia

LETTERS
Oct 15 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
Check out the cover of the upcoming RockHard magazine Germany!

The magazines features the Interview you did with one of the writers called Jan Jaedicke.

The magazine will be available on newsstands Wednesday, Oct 21st.

kind regards,

your loyal fan & friend,

Marcel Mueller
Oct 15 2009
THANK YOU ARMY!
To All,

We want to thank all of you for giving us our highest US charting album ever! WOW!

We also got all the messages about problems finding Sonic Boom or stores not having stock. All fixed and worth the trip back to Walmart!

You Wanted The Best, You GOT The Best!

Paul, Tommy, Eric and Gene
Oct 15 2009
ROCKED DC
Gene,

My husband and I took our boys to your concert in DC and they just loved it. They are six years old twins and this was their first concert. I want to Thank You, Paul, Tommy and Eric for putting on such a fantastic show and making it a memorable one for my family. I'm sending you some pictures to share because you and KISS - RULE!!! Just a note: My son Michael is going as the one and only you "Gene Simmons" for Halloween and I have the Demon outfit for him and platforms also.

Could you please share this with Doc also since he agreed for the picture. The boys were so excited. It was truly an honor to meet him.

Our Best to you and your Beautiful Family. We enjoy the Family Jewels show also and Thank You for sharing.

God Bless!

Charles and Pamela Pfeifer

LETTERS
Oct 15 2009
LENNY KRAVITZ TALKS
Oct 15 2009
LIVE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
KISS returned to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, bringing their KISS Alive 35 tour to the World's Most Famous Arena, and boy did the show put the rock in Rocktober. Check out killer shots from the big night right here:

Photos: KISS Live at Madison Square Garden


Oct 15 2009
FAN CAM
Alex Iglesias brought the FanCam out to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night to meet New York's KISS Army and find out who among them could pull off f the longest kiss - and which fan has a tongue that rivals Gene Simmons'. Did you make the cut? See the results right here:








Oct 15 2009
AT THE VERIZON CENTER
Last night D.C. wanted the best and they got the best, as the local faction of KISS Army invaded the Verizon Center to see Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, slap on the makeup and rock 'n' roll all night.

Dubbed the "Kiss Alive/35 Tour" the band are in fine form, and still professional to a fault. KISS know exactly what to give their fans - plenty of old hits played VERY LOUD, a big light show, confetti cannons, pyro displays, choreographed tandem guitar moves and every other rock concert cliche in the book, brought to life. The crowd ate it up, as well they should. No band works harder when they play live.

Oct 14 2009
AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR GIVEAWAY
A Sonic Boom is coming, and we don't just mean the new album from KISS... It's The Great KISS Guitar Giveaway - to help you rattle some walls on your own, KISSOnline.com is giving you a chance to win one of three WASHBURN GUITARS SIGNED BY ALL OF KISS!

How do you enter to win? It's simple:

1) Take a photo of just you, with your friends, family, whatever... but it must be with the new KISS album, Sonic Boom to qualify.

2) Once you have taken your photo, host it on a public album website - flickr, shutterfly, wherever - as long as we can view it, it doesn't matter where!

3) Finally, copy and paste the URL in the field to the right, along with the rest of your info. But make sure to double check the URL, because you can only enter once.

http://guitargiveaway.kissonline.com/

Three winners will be selected at random to receive a Washburn guitar autographed by KISS, but make it a good shot because we'll feature some of the best photos on KISSOnline.com. Pick up the new KISS album, grab your camera, and enter The Great KISS Guitar Giveaway today!

Enter by October 23, 2009 - Good luck!

CLICK HERE to enter after midnight October 6.
Oct 14 2009
SONIC BOOM ROARS!
'Sonic Boom' album from KISS soars while Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's friendship endures

Paul Stanley, 57, and fellow bandleader Gene Simmons, 60, are both sons of Jewish refugees who instilled them with vigorous work ethics, have formed one of the more enduring - and lucrative - bonds in rock 'n' roll. They even live about two minutes' drive from each other, although Stanley says he's been to Simmons' house perhaps four times in the past decade.

"We're very close as family," he said. "You can love your brother and not want to see him all the time."

As the rock-star manse speeds toward completion, KISS also seems to be on a roll. A new studio album, "Sonic Boom," debuted at No. 2 on the U.S. pop chart last Wednesday, the band's highest ranking ever.

Stanley produced the new album himself for the first time, and wrote or co-wrote nine of the tracks.

Many of the songs - celebrations of what Stanley calls "freedom, love of life, the value of friendship" - are fist-pumping anthems that would seem natural contenders for big stadium or arena shows. He tantalizingly acknowledges as much.

"We played those songs during sound checks. They sound every bit as good as anything else. They have the soul," he said.

The new song "Stand," which Simmons and Stanley wrote together, is a tribute to their friendship, sure to bring tears to the eyes of emotional fans.

"The idea that we shouldn't revel in the idea of camaraderie or teamwork or what people can accomplish together is silly," Stanley said. "What we hope for in life is companionship, people we care about. It's timeless."

Another of their odes to teamwork, "All For The Glory," is sung by 51-year-old drummer Eric Singer.

"It's so great to have a band of guys who all love the band, and all want to do what's best for the band, as opposed to further themselves at the band's expense," Stanley said.

"Anybody who would kid themselves into believing that 'Sonic Boom' could have been made by any four other members is out of their mind."
Oct 14 2009
DELIVERS MORE BOOM FOR THE BUCK
BY WAYNE PARRY

KISS, "Sonic Boom" (Kiss Records)

"Sonic Boom," the first Kiss studio album in 11 years, is one of the best hard rock albums of 2009.

Paul Stanley, who produced the album, shines on "Modern Day Delilah," the epic "Stand" and the anthem-in-waiting "Say Yeah," with its shout-it-outloud chorus. Gene Simmons has his moment of modesty on "Nobody's Perfect," with the follow-up line, "but baby I come awfully close."

Drummer Eric Singer wears predecessor Peter Criss' catman costume and makeup. But Singer earned his whiskers through his 1992-96 tenure in Kiss during the unmasked era. More important, he brings his own style to classic Kiss songs, and his album vocal debut on "All for the Glory" is a decent one.

"Sonic Boom" also includes a second disc of Kiss classics re-recorded with the current lineup, and tracks like "Calling Dr. Love" and "Heaven's on Fire" have never sounded as fresh and raw. There's even a bonus DVD of an April 2009 concert in Argentina.
Oct 14 2009
By Dave McKenna
Photo by Richard Lipski

The crowd at the Verizon Center on Tuesday proved that there's still demand for what Kiss supplies. There were old guard Kiss Army types like Jerry Frey, 47, who drove down from York, Pa., wearing a shirt that said "Kiss Farewell Tour." Frey said he bought the shirt in 2000, at one of the many Kiss shows he's seen since adolescence. "They won't quit, and I don't want them to quit," Frey said.

And new recruits, too. On the concourse before the set began, Tuomas Talvitie, 16, of Springfield, Va., posed for pictures with three buddies, all properly facepainted for their first Kiss show. Talvitie, colored up like Simmons, said he discovered Kiss a few years ago from an advertisement stuck to a drum kit his big sister bought, and got hooked. Asked to explain the appeal of a band that's been around so long -- Simmons has codpieces twice as old as Talvitie -- the teen said, "The songs aren't complicated. It's just great rock and roll."
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