Jun 24 2009
LATEST IN COLLECTIBLES
KISS MR. POTATO HEADS

As we previously reported, the KISS Mr. Potato Heads are scheduled for an early August release.

Spuds all dressed up with somewhere to go – KISS fans rejoice! Promotional Partners company will release a series of KISS Mr. Potato Head toys, complete with interchangeable parts. This collectors set includes all 4 members of KISS; The Demon, The Spaceman, The Catman and Paul Stanley The Starchild. A variety of KISS costumes, instruments, hairstyles, footwear and faces are included to mix and match.

Jun 23 2009
MICHAEL DORET INTERVIEW
'ROCK AND ROLL OVER' ARTIST WORKS WITH KISS AGAIN

In a recent interview with LetterCult, artist Michael Doret discusses his iconic KISS 'Rock And Roll Over' album cover and mentions he's working with KISS on their new album cover!

Here's the KISS part of the interview:

(Question) You said you drew your inspiration (for the KISS cover) from a job for a (Japanese) magazine cover, IDEA. Where did you get your inspiration for that cover?

(Answer) The magazine was doing a feature on my work and they asked me to come up with a cover for that issue. I did the cover image to look like a shooting gallery. So the inspiration probably goes all the way back to Coney Island—but the direct inspiration was also vintage tin toys and tin litho target games. Anyway I did the IDEA cover first and the whole KISS / Rock and Roll Over thing came afterward. I loved the way the IDEA cover came out, the way I had them print it in Pantone colors—it almost felt like a silkscreen. I really wanted to go that route again. As the members of KISS were wearing Kabuki-style makeup, the Japanese-y approach I did on the IDEA cover seemed a perfect match. So I came up with that graphic and used a similar color scheme and look. We even did it in five flat colors—not in 4 color process.

(Question) (The KISS cover) was like a shooting gallery then?

(Answer) Not at all. It turned out to be more like a mandala, more Asian-influenced. I was just going for the look I had come up with on that other cover. The visual theme I chose came out of the album s name, the 'Rollover' thing. There was no 'right side up' to that cover…An interesting side-note is that after all these years since I did that work for KISS, they ve come back to me and asked me to design their next CD cover. It s a big project, and at the moment, I m totally immersed in it.

http://www.lettercult.com/archives/529
Jun 23 2009
KOL SNEAK PEEK
NEW KISS T-SHIRTS

Here are the latest approved KISS T-shirts - KISS Phantom of the Park and KISS First Album (Youth Size). Both shirts will be available this summer.
Jun 22 2009
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISS AT CONFEDERATION CUP

Hi KISS,

Check out this fan from yesterday's Confederation Cup Soccer Match between Italy and Brazil!!

KISS IS EVERYWHERE!!!

Best, Pierangelo
Jun 22 2009
THIS DAY IN TORY 1977
KISS TOP 1977 GALLUP POLL

On June 22, 1977, Gallup Poll named KISS the number ONE band in America!
Jun 21 2009
WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED!
PAUL NOTE ON NEW KISS ALBUM

Hey All,

We're about four days from finishing the new KISS album. Eleven tracks, and it IS everything I've told you. It IS classic. It IS all written within the band. And IT ROCKS BIG TIME! Tommy and Eric both handle lead vocals. The songs, sound and playing will knock your socks off. You will all be as proud and excited as we all are. Oh...and WAIT till you see the cover!

We ARE just getting started!

Paul

(Photo of KISS in the Recording Studio - by Dean Snowden for KISSONLINE.)
Jun 21 2009
THIS DAY IN TORY 1994
KISS MY ASS TRIBUTE ALBUM RELEASED

Kiss My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved was released on June 21, 1994. The tribute album, features a variety of artists covering KISS classics. The album spent 13 weeks on the Billboard chart, and was certified gold by the RIAA.

ARTIST & TRACK LISTING:

1. Lenny Kravitz/Stevie Wonder - Deuce 2. Garth Brooks/KISS - Hard Luck Woman 3. Anthrax - She 4. Gin Blossoms - Christine Sixteen 5. Toad The Wet Sprocket - Rock And Roll All Nite 6. Shandi's Addiction - Calling Dr. Love 7. Dinosaur Jr. - Goin' Blind 8. Extreme - Strutter 9. The Lemonheads - Plaster Caster 10. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Detroit Rock City 11. Yoshiki - Black Diamond 12. Die Artze - Unholy (Track included on US Vinyl / International Release only)

'Hard Luck Woman' was performed by KISS themselves with award-winning country singer Garth Brooks on lead vocals.

'Calling Dr. Love' was performed by one-off band Shandi's Addiction, featuring members of Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and Faith No More.

Canadian, Japanese and Australian copies of the album have their respective flags in place of the American Flag of the U.S. version.
Jun 20 2009
ROCK AND ROLL OVER VANS
NEW KISS VANS INSTORES NOW

The latest KISS Vans release features the artwork from the band s 'Rock and Roll Over' 1976 album, implemented onto the classic SK8-Hi and Slip-On sneaker models alongside a selection of apparel including T-shirts and denim.

KISS Vans products are available at better footwear stores and boutiques worldwide as well as on www.vans.com.
Jun 19 2009
' DESIGN BY HUMANS CONTEST
VOTE FOR KISS ARTWORK DESIGNS NOW

Thanks to everyone who participated in KISS' Design By Hümans Contest. Over 500 original KISS artwork designs were submitted!!

Now help select the Contest Winners....Voting ends June 21, 2009 by Midnight (PDT).

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW.
Jun 19 2009
ERIC COFFEEHOUSE SATURDAY
KISS COFFEEHOUSE'S 3RD ANNIVERSARY

The KISS Coffeehouse's 3rd Anniversary Party will be held on Saturday, August 1st, 2009 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

KISS Drummer Eric Singer will be the Special Guest!

KISSONLINE will attend the event and a KISS Tribute band will perform.

PACKAGE OPTIONS:

Gold Package (FREE):

• Meet & Greet w/Eric Singer! • Last In line For Meet & Greet (4 PM – 6 PM)

Platinum Package ($25):

• Meet & Greet w/Eric Singer! • Picture w/Eric! • Basic Laminate Pass! • 2nd In line For Meet & Greet (2 PM – 4 PM)

Double Platinum Package ($75):

• Meet & Greet w/Eric Singer! • KISS Coffeehouse Recordable Key Chain & Personalized Greeting From Eric To You! • Picture w/Eric! • VIP Laminate Pass! • 1st In line For Meet & Greet! (11 AM – 1 PM)

Packages go on sale July 1 at www.kisscoffeehouse.com.

Jun 19 2009
IN CANADA 2009
KISS TO ROCK SARNIA

KISSONLINE has received numerous emails regarding a rumor circulating on Facebook about KISS in Sarnia.. Contrary to the rumor, KISS WILL rock the stage at this year s eleventh annual Rogers Bayfest in Sarnia, Canada on Friday, July 10!

For more info on the FEST visit www.sarniabayfest.com .

KISS 2009 Canadian tour dates:

July 10 - Sarnia, ON - Rogers Sarnia Bayfest http://www.sarniabayfest.com/.

July 11 - Windsor, ON - Caesars Windsor http://www.CaesarsWindsor.com.

July 13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre http://www.geg.ca/en/show/event/2883.

July 15 - Ottawa, ON - Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest http://www.ottawabluesfest.ca.

July 16 - Quebec, QC - Summer Festival (Festival d'été) http://www.infofestival.com/Html/en-ca/index.html

July 18 - Halifax, NS - Halifax Commons Park http://www.halifaxrocks.ca/.

July 20/21 - Orillia, ON - Casino Rama https://www.casinorama.com/.

Jun 18 2009
TOMMY IN GUITARRA TOTAL
TOMMY QUOTES FROM SPANISH INTERVIEW

The band is working on a song called 'Rotten to the Core,' but it is not the old one. We're writing all new songs and there are no outside writers. All is new. All four of us are involved. We are all really motivated and it will be the best KISS album in a long time.

Psycho Circus was an album without a clear direction and vision. There s songs on it…you start listening to and you go 'what the hell is this??' It will be not the case this time.

We are currently writing songs on off days at the hotel [during the South American Alive/35 leg], Gene, Paul and myself sit down with the guitars in the hotel room and work out new ideas for the album. Yes, I m going to sing on a new tune on the album and it is not titled 'Shock Me'!!

It's a great tune. It's something that people haven't seen or heard, is that I'm actually a good singer and have a lot of experience vocally; but I've never been a solo singer. My voice works well on that and I think people will be surprised. We've talked about the possibility of new costumes for the fall tour. I personally like the current Destroyer/Rock and Roll Over era look. We'll see..

(Thanks to Deuce News for the translation!)
Jun 18 2009
GENE & CAPTAIN KIRK
GENE FILMS WILLIAM SHATNER'S SHOW

Yesterday, Gene headed off to WILLIAM SHATNER'S to be interviewed by him for his RAW NERVE show on BIO.

'It's a bit disarming to sit with Capt Kirk himself and not be aware of the remarkable iconic brand imagery that is STAR TREK. It was a part of my childhood I will never forget. In some ways, the originals, though not as lavishly produced as later re-incarnations, still had what later versions did not = Shatner and Nimoy. Quality actors and quality scripts. So much so, that to this day, I watch reruns and love them still.'
Jun 18 2009
360 TRADING CARDS
AD FOR NEW KISS TRADING CARDS

KISSONLINE SNEAK PEEK

Pictured is a new advertising brochure for the upcoming KISS 360 Trading Cards. KISS 360 is scheduled for an August release.

Each box will include 24 packs of five cards with a suggested retail price of $1.99 a pack with autographed and memorabilia cards from the band s four original members — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss – included. (Odds still to be determined.)

The 360 set follows on the heels of the popular KISS Ikons set that Press Pass released earlier this year. See more on it here and here.

There will be a 90-card base set, made up of several subsets — nine Unmasked cards, nine The Demon Speaks cards where Simmons 'reveals the secrets to his success,' nine 2009 cards with highlights from this year, 18 Behind the Curtain cards, 12 Road Stories cards, nine Behind Starry Eyes cards, six Welcome to the Show cards and 18 Albums cards focusing on, well, their albums.

The insert card lineup will include Snapshots, a 12-card plastic insert (1:6 packs), and Transformation a six-card lenticular insert featuring mask on/mask off transformations that will be found one per hobby box. Also returning will be the Blood-spitting parallel cards as well as a few other surprises.
Jun 18 2009
THIS DAY IN TORY 1983
KISS ROCKED RIO!

On June 18th, 1983, KISS performed before 137,000 fans at Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janerio, Brazil. This was the largest crowd of the band's career and the second show of three KISS shows on this mini Brazil tour. Portions of this show were recorded and broadcast on TV and radio by Globo TV. The three dates were the first South American shows for KISS ever and were also the last that KISS performed in makeup until 1996!

Set List:

Creatures Of The Night / Detroit Rock City / Cold Gin / Calling Dr. Love / Firehouse / I Want You / I Love It Loud / War Machine / Love Gun / God Of Thunder / I Still Love You / Black Diamond / Strutter / Rock And Roll All Nite

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