Sep 05 2009
Rock group's CD blitz includes Mr. Potato Heads

By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How many Kiss Mr. Potato Head kollectibles are you going to need? For many fans, the answer will be two of each -- one set for you and one for the kids to play with, and lose all the pieces.

The Kiss Mr. Potato Head -- sure to be the most entertaining piece of merchandise the band has ever issued -- will take its place in the Kiss Korner at Walmart on Oct. 6 as part of a merchandise blitz that accompanies "Sonic Boom," the band's first album in 11 years.

The pitch for merch has intensified, but Kiss is taking it to the next level. The Kiss Korner will include T-shirts ($5), a fleece blanket ($10), limited edition Kiss M&M candies, catalog CDs ($5-$9) and makeup kits, masks and wigs (at select Walmart stores, $5).
Sep 05 2009
Wal-Mart Isn't Kutting Korners to Kapitalize on KISS

By Mike Duff

In its battle of the bands with Target, Wal-Mart is getting serious.

Or perhaps delirious, but, no matter what, its latest entertainment initiative looks to be fun and productive.

Wal-Mart revealed yesterday that it would be mounting what it refers to as KISS Korners in its electronics and Halloween aisles to support its exclusive distribution of the band's new album Sonic Boom.

Among the featured items involved are Mr. Potato Head versions of all four band members in full makeup.

That's not all, of course, even if the Mr. Potato Heads are likely to be a couldn't-top-them-with-sour-cream marketing and sales success, particularly among hard-core KISS fans. The multifaceted KISS Korner merchandise initiative will be in place when Sonic Boom releases on Oct. 6 exclusively at Walmart stores, Sam's Clubs and Walmart.com. The release certainly counts as a value proposition, given that the eleven-track CD is part of a three-disc set that also features a new generation KISS greatest hits CD and a live DVD shot in Argentina during the band's South American tour, all for $12 bucks. Clearly, Wal-Mart is making a pricing statement with its recent entertainment products, one that may pressure other retailers.
Sep 04 2009
GENE'S Q104 RADIO INTERVIEW
Sep 04 2009
KISS adds dates, Walmart exclusives behind 'Sonic Boom'

By Tara Hall / LiveDaily Contributor

With a North American trek behind the band's forthcoming new album just three weeks away, KISS has announced a couple of new dates and an array of promotional merchandise that will hit shelves at Walmart stores in time for Halloween.

The iconic rockers, who kick off the North American leg of the trek with a two-night stand Sept. 25-26 in Detroit, have added two concerts to the "KISS Alive 35" tour: an Oct. 7 performance in Oshawa, Ontario, and a Nov. 21 show in Fresno, CA. The outing, currently set to visit 41 cities, canvases the continent before wrapping Dec. 6 in Dallas. Details are below.

"Sonic Boom," the band's first new studio set in 11 years, will be available Oct. 6 exclusively via Walmart. The $12 album comes as a three-disc set, including a re-recorded greatest hits CD and a live DVD filmed in Argentina during the group's recent South American tour.
The established rockers will also unveil their own "KISS Korner" in Walmart locations nationwide. The special section will feature merchandise including T-shirts, make-up kits, masks, wigs, candies and collectible KISS Mr. Potato Head figures, along with "Sonic Boom" and the band's past discography, according to a press release.
Sep 04 2009
LATEST IN COLLECTIBLES
KISSONLINE SNEAK PEEK

Check out the new KISS Destroyer boots from KISSCostumes.com. The boots pictured are the prototypes and are still being perfected for release.

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'.
Sep 04 2009
ON THIS DAY IN TORY 1996
On September 4, 1996, KISS closed the MTV Music Awards with a performance of "Rock and Roll All Nite" live from under the Brooklyn bridge.

Sep 03 2009
WALMART'S KORNERS
KISS Shirts, Makeup, Wigs, KISS Spuds and Other Kollectibles Coming to Entertainment and Halloween Aisles

KISS fans ready for the new SONIC BOOM CD/DVD release Oct. 6 can own a piece of KISStory when Walmart stores unveil "KISS Korners" in Electronics departments and Halloween aisles in October. Stores will offer in special areas KISS T-shirts, wigs, makeup, limited edition KISS M&M candies, and even KISS Mr. Potato Head spuds of all four band members through Halloween.

For Detroit City Rockers and beyond, the exclusive KISS CD/DVD package, SONIC BOOM, and KISS kollectibles will be available in all Walmart stores nationwide. Select items, including the MP3 digital album, will be available at Walmart.com. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER KISS' SONIC BOOM for $12.

"To complement this highly-anticipated music release, we are excited to bring a unique store experience with KISS merchandise at an unbeatable value for fans of all ages," said Greg Hall, vice president of Media Services, Walmart U.S. "It has been both fun and an honor to work with the band and celebrate with fans the new music release and album tour."

Items will arrive upon the Oct. 6 release and include:

-- KISS SONIC BOOM CD/DVD package
-- KISS T-shirts-- Four select KISS Mr. Potato Head kollectibles (The Demon, The Spaceman, The Catman and The Starchild)
-- KISS fleece blanket
-- KISS M&M candies (7 oz. bags - Limited Edition) -- KISS catalog CDs such as Dress to Kill, Destroyer, Love Gun and Very Best of KISS
-- KISS makeup kits, masks and wigs (2200 select Walmart stores)
Sep 03 2009
GENE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Miss Tweed and Paul Stanley threw me a birthday party...and a grand time was had by all.

Video wishes from MARK BURNETT, JOE PERRY, and lots of well wishers....including a hilarious BOB EZRIN video (as a very old man....thanks for that)...

People flew in from all over North America. Bill Randolph from NY. Doc McGhee from Nashville. And Miss Belinda Stronach (with whom I have the SIMMONS RECORDS/UNIVERSAL MUSIC joint venture) flew in all the way from Toronto.

So, I thought I'd share a few fotos from the festivities.

More Photos
Sep 03 2009
JONAH ROCKS TO "DELILAH"
Check out 4 Year Old Drummer Jonah rockin' with "Modern Day Delilah!". Click the picture to view the clip.

Sep 03 2009
New CD from the painted rockers the best in decades

By DARRYL STERDAN

What didn't go into KISS's new album Sonic Boom seems almost as important to Gene Simmons as what did.

"There are no ballads," the demon bassist growls down the phone from L.A. when asked about the band's first studio disc since 1998's Psycho Circus. "There are no keyboards. There are no synths. There are no girl background singers."

Of course, there's also no Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. But a lack of original members didn't stop Gene and longtime partner Paul Stanley from taking an old-school, back-to-basics approach to their 19th album.

The disc is due for release Oct. 6. It's definitely their strongest work in decades. Here's a song-by-song preview:

Modern Day Delilah 3:37

A funky guitar lick straight from the 1970s hooks up with an 1980s arrangement and a big chorus for a killer opener voiced by Paul. "Yeah, yeah!" are his first words. No argument here.

Russian Roulette 4:32

Gene steps up to the mic on a gear-shifting stomper anchored by his grinding bass, dripping with his usual lascivious lyrics, and graced with a smoking Tommy Thayer solo. Two aces in a row.
Sep 02 2009
TO ROCK OSHAWA
KISS ALIVE 35 2009 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

AN EVENING WITH KISS SET TO ROCK GENERAL MOTORS CENTRE, OSHAWA, ON. ON OCTOBER 7TH, 2009

Tickets on Sale Saturday, September 12th at 10:00 AM

Sure to be the band's most amazing tour ever, KISS has announced that their "KISS Alive 35" 2009 North American tour, will arrive at Oshawa, Ontario's General Motors Centre on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009. Celebrating 35 years of rocking the world like no other, An Evening with KISS will treat their legions of fans to a set of some of rock's greatest hits, including "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Shout it Out Loud" and "Detroit Rock City," as well as songs from the band's new album SONIC BOOM.



Tickets will go on sale Saturday, September 12th at 10:00 AM, and can be purchased at General Motors Centre Box Office, by phone at 1-877-436-8811, or online at www.generalmotorscentre.com. Event time and date are subject to change.

A KISS Army members-only presale will take place Wednesday, September 9th. Stay tuned to KISSONLINE for details.
Sep 02 2009
SONIC BOOM
KISS - Sonic Boom (Loud &Proud/Roadrunner)

Kiss and hyperbole go hand in hand. Always have done, always will. Gene Simmons is talking about this album like it's his second coming -which will doubtless please the insatiable ladies in the, er, Ladies Room. Paul Stanley has got in the act too, calling Sonic Boom the best record Kiss have made in 30 years - putting it on a par with 1979's illustrious Dynasty.

Of course, you can trust us at Classic Rock to boldly cut through the bluster and reveal the brutal, honest truth. And our verdict is... we agree. Sonic Boom is bloody brilliant.

Kiss's first new studio album in 11 years delivers the goods in spectacular fashion. It's like waiting for a Tesco van to turn up outside your home and instead a Chieftain tank arrives, packed full of fillet steaks. If you read our preview on the Classic Rock website, you'll doubtless remember the comment: 'Kiss seem to have combined the best of all their eras into a single winning package.'

So you get echoes of Rock And Roll Over - where the Flash Four added a neat commercial sheen to their hard rockin' sensibilities - in the music as well as the album cover. Hints of the sprawling grandeur of Creatures Of The Night. Tinges of the chest-thumping teaze of Crazy Nights. So it goes on.

Yet Sonic Boom is no determinedly retro package. It's purely the sound of Kiss playing to their strengths.

Kicking off in scintillating style with "Modern Day Delilah," what's evident immediately is the level of commitment from rhythm guitarist/vocalist Stanley. Sonic Boom probably wouldn't have happened if the Starchild hadn't pulled the strings (leaving Gene dangling underneath the lighting rig) and on...Delilah Stanley sings his platform soles off. Simmons sounds refreshed too, carving out his personaility on "Russian Roulette" and "I'm An Animal" with the sensitivity of a tattooist wielding a rusty steak-knife. Put simply, the Demon is back to his lascivious best.

There's no Ace or Peter, of course. We never thought we'd write the following, but... we don't miss 'em. Guitarist Tommy Thayer puts in a remarkable performance - akin to Eddie Van Halen replicating Frehley licks - and Thayer's showcase song, "When Lightning Strikes," isn't half bad either. Ditto drummer Eric Singer, whose playing is impeccable, and whose singing on the chundering "All For The Glory" is every bit as good as Criss's on "Black Diamond."

Standouts? Well, Stand is a 21st century "God Gave Rock And Roll To You," no doubt about it; "Danger Us" is the sort of throwaway classic you thought Kiss had forgotten how to write; and "Say Yeah" is perhaps the most triumphal album closer of all time.

In a world without heroes, thank God Kiss are alive and licking once again.

9/10
Geoff Barton
Sep 02 2009
'SONIC BOOM,' THE FIRST ALBUM IN 11 YEARS
By Whitney Pastorek

Face-painted rockers KISS have joined the growing list of bands partnering with Walmart for an exclusive release: The upcoming SONIC BOOM -- the band's first album in 11 years -- is a three-disc set featuring the new album, a remastered greatest-hits CD, and a DVD shot in Argentina on the band's most recent tour. To sweeten the deal (and potentially frighten more Walmart shoppers), the album will be sold from "KISS Korners" set up in stores, featuring band gear and collectibles at recessionary prices. A Gene Simmons-flavored Mr. Potato Head? Yes please!

I can hear you saying, "Yes, but what does SONIC BOOM sound like? Will it allow me to rock and roll all nite?" Assuming people are still into this crazy circus of a band - last season's American Idol finale indicated they might be -- will KISS find as much success as Sugarland and AC/DC, both of whom rode a Walmart deal to No. 1? Only time will tell. For now, you can preorder SONIC BOOM at Walmart.com. Or you can go on a total rant about how much you hate big box stores. But please, do it with your tongue hanging out, at least.
Sep 01 2009
PRE-ORDER SONIC BOOM NOW!
CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER KISS' SONIC BOOM

SONIC BOOM CD Track Listing:

1. MODERN DAY DELILAH
2. RUSSIAN ROULETTE
3. NEVER ENOUGH
4. YES I KNOW (NOBODY'S PERFECT)
5. STAND
6. HOT AND COLD
7. ALL FOR THE GLORY
8. DANGER US
9. I'M AN ANIMAL
10. WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES
11. SAY YEAH

Produced by PAUL STANLEY
Co-produced by Greg Collins

The US & Canadian release of SONIC BOOM is a three-disc set that also features KISS KLASSICS, a 15-track completely re-recorded greatest hits CD, as well as a live DVD shot in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the band's 2009 South American tour. The discs are packaged in a DigiPak along with a 20-page booklet.

SONIC BOOM will be available exclusively at Walmart, Walmart.com and Sam's Club retail locations beginning October 6.


KISS KLASSICS CD Track Listing:

1. DEUCE 2. DETROIT ROCK CITY 3. SHOUT IT OUT LOUD 4. HOTTER THAN HELL 5. CALLING DR. LOVE 6. LOVE GUN 7. I WAS MADE FOR LOVIN' YOU 8. HEAVEN'S ON FIRE 9. LICK IT UP 10. I LOVE IT LOUD 11. FOREVER 12. CHRISTINE SIXTEEN 13. DO YOU LOVE ME 14. BLACK DIAMOND 15. ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE

KISS Bonus Live DVD Track Listing:

1. DEUCE 2. HOTTER THAN HELL 3. C'MON AND LOVE ME 4. WATCHIN' YOU 5. 100,000 YEARS 6. ROCK & ROLL ALL NITE
Sep 01 2009
GENE'S WDHA RADIO INTERVIEW


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