Aug 30 2009
by Melanie Falina / Chicago Metal Music Examiner

It's been more than a decade since KISS' last studio album. Eleven years is a decent chunk of time on most scales - but for KISS fans this has seemed an eternity.

Recent solo albums by both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley helped to ease the pain somewhat, but then also had some KISS fans wondering, 'Well, why not a new KISS album?'

When KISS announced they were to begin working on a new album excitement spread like wildfire through the KISS Army, but there were those who skeptically held the stance that they'd believe it when they saw it - or, in this case, heard it.

Well the wait, the wondering, and the disbelieving is about to come to an end on October 6. Produced by KISS' own Paul Stanley, Sonic Boom is on its way.

The most recent musical products we've had from these guys were Paul Stanley's solo release Live To Win and Gene Simmons' solo album A**h*le. Stanley's was emotion, Simmons' was fun - and now with Sonic Boom those influences bond and yet include so much more.

Sonic Boom is a sexy album packed with good quality songs that insight repeat listening. It's a great blend of old KISS, modern KISS, and even - - - dare it be said? - Some brand spanking new KISS sounds as well.

KISS, in their 35 years, has gone on an amazing journey and has a rich, full history. And some KISS fans are devoted, almost cult-like followers, but then there are some who will vehemently dislike any new release simply because it's not a repeat of Destroyer or KISS (the 1974 self-titled debut release). No one can make everyone happy, but Sonic Boom delivers the goods that most KISS fans will receive quite warmly.
Aug 29 2009
13 SHOWS ON SALE TODAY

Tickets for 13 KISS Alive 35 concerts (listed below) go on sale today at 10AM (Local Venue Time) at all Ticketmaster outlets or visit the KISS Ticketmaster page.
DATE CITY VENUE
MON, SEP 28, 2009 CLEVELAND, OH QUICKEN LOANS ARENA
TUE, SEP 29, 2009 LONDON, ONT JOHN LABATT CENTRE
THU, OCT 1, 2009 MONTREAL, QC BELL CENTRE
FRI, OCT 2, 2009 TORONTO, ON AIR CANADA CENTRE
SAT, OCT 3, 2009 UNCASVILLE, CT MOHEGAN SUN ARENA
MON, OCT 5, 2009 BOSTON, MA TD GARDEN
FRI, OCT 9, 2009 UNIONDALE, NY NASSAU COLISEUM
SAT, OCT 10, 2009 NEW YORK, NY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
MON, OCT 12, 2009 PHILADELPHIA, PA WACHOVIA CENTER
TUE, OCT 13, 2009 WASHINGTON, DC VERIZON CENTER
FRI, OCT 16, 2009 HAMPTON, VA HAMPTON COLISEUM
SAT, OCT 17, 2009 GREENVILLE, SC BI-LO CENTER
SAT, DEC 05, 2009 HOUSTON, TX TOYOTA CENTER
Aug 29 2009
By PATRICK MALONEY, SUN MEDIA

The KISS Army mobilized an especially dedicated battalion to downtown London Saturday morning.

Hundreds of fans lined up outside the John Labatt Centre - including some who stood in line for nearly 12 hours - to get tickets to the legendary rock group's long-awaited return to London next month.

Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. - and first in line was 44-year-old stock broker Cristina Parker, who arrived outside the JLC at 11:30 p.m. Friday.

"Well, it's KISS," she said, when asked what motivates that kind of commitment. "I've seen them 20 or 30 times.

"I've been part of the KISS army since I was 12 years old. (Singer/guitarist) Paul Stanley was my first crush - Starchild, I love him."
Aug 28 2009
Casablanca Records, the label whose roster included Kiss, Angel, Parliament, Donna Summer and The Village People, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Come inside to hear what Paul Stanley has to say about the legendary company...

Casablanca was formed in 1973 by Neil Bogart, but didn't release its first full-length album until Kiss's debut on February 18, 1974.

Speaking exclusively to Classic Rock, rhythm guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley reflected on the years Kiss spent as probably the most important band on Casablanca's roster.

Classic Rock: It's Casablanca's 35th birthday this year. Do you mourn the demise of the iconic record company?

Paul Stanley: "I mourn the demise of iconic record companies because they nurtured bands and nurtured artists. When record companies were run by people who loved music they stood behind the acts. It wasn't unusual for a record company to expect two or three albums to come out before artist would break. That was the dedication they had, because they loved the music. The days of that are over and long gone.
Aug 28 2009
PAUL STANLEY ON OSHAWA
BY Dan Robson

KISS fans in Oshawa were outraged earlier this week when they heard the city was not one of the band's dates on its current tour.

Oshawa had won an online voting competition to determine whose hometown would be included in the band's "Kiss Alive 35" tour.

Paul Stanley was understanding...

"The media was carrying the dissent and upset feeling of the fans. They weren't creating anything, they were reporting it. Don't blame the messenger."

Stanley said a "comedy of errors" led to Oshawa being left off the tour when an incomplete schedule was announced.

Stanley said Oshawa was actually going to be on next leg of the tour, which hadn't been announced yet. The outcry from Oshawa's KISS fans compelled the band to make a change and play there sooner.

"Oct. 7 was not originally deemed the day we were playing Oshawa," Stanley said. But "to sooth everybody's hurt feelings and concerns" KISS decided to launch their new album in the KISS-loving city.

"The fans were understandably upset, but no harm meant, and certainly no slight," Stanley said. "It was clearly announced that Oshawa was the number one city, so it would be insanity to not play it."
Aug 28 2009
CONCERT ON VH1 CLASSIC TONIGHT
The KISS/HALLOWEEN 1998 DODGER STADIUM Show airs tonight on VH1 CLASSIC's CLASSIC CONCERT at 9pm (est). This historic concert originally aired on FOX's Halloween Special and was the opening night for the band's "PYSCHO-CIRCUS" 3-D Tour. The LA show sold-out in 45 minutes.
Aug 28 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
Hi KISS!

I thought you would want to see this fabulous painting "KISS Cows", by artist Lionel Talaro. He is a fan, of course, and this is his homage to the band. The painting is an oil on canvas diptych, 18" x 48". It is the icon image for Lionel's show "Divine Bovine", which opened here last night.

My Best,

Shannon O'Dunn
www.odunnfineart.com

LETTERS click here
Aug 28 2009
ROCKS!
WMGK, Philly Radiothon Guitar

On June 12th WMGK, Philadelphia held our 3rd Annual Radiothon to benefit The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center. This year we helped raise over $73,000 to assist our returning service personel with housing, shelter, job training, and education. Philadelphia showed up in force once again - bringing our 3-year total to over $260,000. Here is a picture of Michael Hoplamazian of Glen Mills, PA - a regular supporter of The Radiothon. Michael was the proud winner of a Paul Stanley Signature Washburn Guitar that was signed by Paul and Gene. He won the guitar by making an extremely generous donation to the cause.

I want to personally thank Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for donating this guitar, and their support of an extremely worthy cause. I would also like to urge every member of The KISS Army to take a moment to thank and assist all of our Vets. There are plenty of organizations in every community that you can donate your time and/or money to that would help give back to those who have given so much. No amount is too small, it all means a great deal, and you will feel great about it as well.

Thank you Paul and Gene for all you do!

Rob Calvert
The John DeBella Show
WMGK, Philadelphia
Aug 27 2009
MODERN DAY DELILAH RADIO SINGLE
Here's the cover of the "Modern Day Delilah" promo radio CD single. The CD was sent to Rock radio stations all over the US!
Aug 27 2009
EXTRA CONTEST
On August 24, Extra announced the "Be a Roadie with KISS Kontest" for KISS' upcoming tour!

Good luck!

Aug 27 2009
WDHA'S MAS IN AUGUST
HOLD THE MISLETOE!

IT'S WDHA'S KISSMAS IN AUGUST!

NOW THROUGH SUNDAY IT'S A CRAZY KISSMAS BLOW OUT! WE'VE GOT TICKETS, TICKETS, AND MORE TICKETS TO:

KISS
SATURDAY OCTOBER 10TH
AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN...IN NEW YORK CITY!

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DHA'S KISSMAS IN AUGUST FROM 105.5 WDHA, THE ROCK OF NEW JERSEY

CLCIK HERE to visit WDHA's web site
Aug 26 2009
MEDIA SPOILED OSHAWA SURPRISE
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons says the media is to blame for spoiling a surprise the band had in store for Oshawa, Ont.
Earlier this year, Kiss asked fans around the world to go to their website and vote for their hometown to be included in the band's next big tour.

Oshawa finished first among all cities, but when the dates for the tour were announced this week, the Ontario city was left off the list.

Fans and politicians in Oshawa were outraged and Kiss eventually announced that it will play the city on Oct. 7.

But Simmons says the media stoked the flames of the angry fan backlash and ruined what was supposed to be a surprise.

Simmons says the band had planned all along to launch its new album, "Sonic Boom," in the city, but was forced by the media to make the announcement early.

"I'm really pissed off at the media for creating this nonsense," Simmons told The Canadian Press in an interview.

"You know, here's the history of the way we do things: you treat everything and everybody special, and because of who and what Oshawa is, which is near and dear to our hearts, because (they) won the No. 1 spot above and beyond New York, L.A., Toronto, Vancouver, we wanted to do a huge campaign."

"(The media) never gave us a chance to treat Oshawa special."

Toronto, London, Ont., Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary and Vancouver have also been scheduled for tour dates.
Aug 26 2009
OSHAWA GETS A BIG !
"We are happy to announce that KISS is coming to Oshawa's GM Centre on October 7th. After the outpouring of emotion we saw today, there was no way we could follow our original plan and make you wait until a later tour leg. You'll now be getting a special record release show. Oshawa, we promise a good time. Stay tuned for details including ticket information. And, for the other cities, we have plans in the works for you, too."
Aug 26 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!

Here's Gene on the cover of the latest issue of the German magazine "Rocks".
Aug 26 2009
ARMY TICKET PRE-SALE TODAY

There will be a KISS ARMY Members-Only ticket pre-sale for 13 of the upcoming KISS Alive 35 shows. The pre-sale takes place today. Premium KISS ARMY Members will have access to Members-Only tickets...these are among the best available seats in the arenas.

Presale starts: Wednesday, August 26 @ 10AM (local venue time) Presale ends: Wednesday, August 26 @ 10PM (local venue time)

Meet & Greet and Premium Upgrade Ticket packages will also be available starting Wednesday, only to KISS Army Fanclub members.

If you are a Premium KISS ARMY Member: LOGIN NOW and visit the tour page to get your unique code to access the presale.

If you are not a current Premium Member of the KISS ARMY and would like to participate in the Pre-sale: JOIN NOW
DATE CITY VENUE
MON, SEP 28, 2009 CLEVELAND, OH QUICKEN LOANS ARENA
TUE, SEP 29, 2009 LONDON, ONT JOHN LABATT CENTRE
THU, OCT 1, 2009 MONTREAL, QC BELL CENTRE
FRI, OCT 2, 2009 TORONTO, ON AIR CANADA CENTRE
SAT, OCT 3, 2009 UNCASVILLE, CT MOHEGAN SUN ARENA
MON, OCT 5, 2009 BOSTON, MA TD GARDEN
FRI, OCT 9, 2009 UNIONDALE, NY NASSAU COLISEUM
SAT, OCT 10, 2009 NEW YORK, NY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
MON, OCT 12, 2009 PHILADELPHIA, PA WACHOVIA CENTER
TUE, OCT 13, 2009 WASHINGTON, DC VERIZON CENTER
FRI, OCT 16, 2009 HAMPTON, VA HAMPTON COLISEUM
SAT, OCT 17, 2009 GREENVILLE, SC BI-LO CENTER
SAT, DEC 05, 2009 HOUSTON, TX TOYOTA CENTER
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