Jul 17 2014
By Dave Paulson

If you go see a major music artist in concert at an arena these days, there's a good chance you'll also see some fireworks. Plenty of acts have at least a few of them shoot off at the end of their show, to give their fans one last spectacle before they head home.

And then there's KISS.

KISS opens their show with fireworks. Tons of them. Flames and fog, too – they spew out from all sides of the stage as the band descends from the ceiling, riding a massive, spider-shaped lighting rig.

The antics only got more over-the-top from there during KISS' concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, and that's exactly what their longtime fans in Music City expected.

"We've been coming to Nashville longer than some of you have been alive," guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley told them, after recalling past gigs at Municipal Auditorium and the long-gone Muther's Music Emporium.

It's a momentous year in the costumed rock band's history. Their current co-headlining tour with Def Leppard is marking their 40th anniversary, and in April, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — after fans spent more than a decade campaigning on their behalf.
Jul 17 2014
ARMY NASHVILLE, YOU LOOK GREAT! #2
Here are a few more photos of the KISS Army at last night's KISS show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville!

Thanks for sharing your photos with KISS!
Jul 16 2014
K’NEX Brands leads raft of companies signed for new KISS toys and collectables

Following Licensing Expo 2014, merchandising and rights management company, Epic Rights, representing the merchandising interests of legendary rock band KISS, has secured its first raft of licensing agreements with Bif Bang Pow!, Figures Toy Company and K’NEX Brands for the development of new toy lines for the iconic brand.

“There continues to be an incredible demand for anything KISS, as evidenced by the quality and quantity of licensing partners that the band and the brand attract, and we look forward to working with Bif Bang Pow!, Figures Toy and K’NEX to bring all new product to consumers,” said Boylan-Riddles in announcing the latest round of licensing partners for the timeless and eternally popular band. “KISS’ loyal, passionate fans are a marketing fantasy come true, introducing younger generations to the indelible music and celebrated antics of one of the most popular bands of all time, continuing to grow the KISS consumer base and fuel demand for all things KISS.”
Jul 16 2014
FAN-SHOT PHOTOS FROM ' NASHVILLE SHOW
Here are several fan-shot photos from KISS' show tonight at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville!

Thanks KISS ARMY for sharing your photos with KISS!
Jul 16 2014
ARMY NASHVILLE, YOU LOOK GREAT!
Here's the KISS Army at tonight's KISS show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville!

Thanks for sharing your photos with KISS!
Jul 16 2014
PHOTO: PACKED RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER
Thank you, Cincinnati -- another huge crowd...A great night on a great tour!
Jul 16 2014
Review & photo by Eric Shirey.

If it’s at all possible to perform an intimate set for 20,000 fans, KISS did it on July 13, 2014 at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas. As a longtime fan of the “Hottest Band in the World,” there was something unique about their set that night. Not that the band has ever shown anything different to their legion of fans, but there was an even higher level of sincerity in the voice of Paul Stanley as he addressed the audience.

The band kicked off the night with an energetic performance of the title track off of their reunion album “Psycho Circus.” The opening riffs of the song rang out as the band was lowered to the stage. They stood on a platform in the center of the now-famous metal-framed spider they’ve used on the past couple of tours. To say KISS was amped up and ready to fulfill the dreams of fans looking for a high-octane concert would be an understatement.

As a lone gun reporter, I had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing and taking photos of KISS for my article as well. Being the professional showmen they’re known to be, the guys immediately made their way to the front of the stage and put on a spectacle that would make any other rock act on tour right now embarrassed of themselves.
Jul 16 2014
By Melissa Ruggieri

Break out the Aqua Net, dig out a real lighter and prepare to get rocked.

Kiss and Def Leppard will blow the (partial) roof off Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood on Friday with a night of fist pumpers, chest hair (well, on Paul Stanley, at least) and an arsenal of pyro.

At recent shows, Kiss has sandwiched beloved singalongs such as “Shout It Out Loud” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” with fan favorites “Christine Sixteen” and “War Machine.”

Def Leppard takes the stage before the costumed gods of thunder with a 75-minute set (keep an ear out for The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and you’ll know when the curtain is about to drop) that packs in 14 of its high-gloss anthems.

In a recent conference call with reporters, Kiss frontman Stanley noted that, “It’s a source of pride for us that we can have a 6-year-old, a 16-year-old and a 60-year-old” at the same concert.

Stanley also chatted about Kiss’ recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his new memoir and why he thinks this is Kiss’ best tour ever.
Jul 16 2014
ARMY CINCINNATI, YOU LOOK GREAT!
Here's the KISS Army at last night's KISS show at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Thanks to Eric Martin for taking these photos for KISSONLINE.
Jul 16 2014
PHOTO: TOMMY THAYER IN CINCINNATI
Here's Tommy Thayer during "Rock And Roll All Nite" at KISS' show last night at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jul 16 2014
SIGHTING: AD FOR UNIVERSITY
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

University of Colorado Continuing Education billboard on commuter bus.

Thanks to Kris for sharing this picture!
Jul 16 2014
PHOTO: ERIC SINGER IN CINCINNATI
Here's Eric Singer during KISS' show last night at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jul 15 2014
By Christian McPhate

Paul Stanley can fly. He soared over the audience, a star shooting across a starlit sky Sunday night at the Gexas Energy Pavilion. He landed on a spinning platform, while a demon, a cat and his Space Ace protector waited in the shadows. Standing above the crowd, Stanley played his guitar and worked the crowd like the superstar he is.

It's been 40 years. I've waited nearly half of my life to see the "greatest show on earth." Thousands of people were in attendance and one dollar of every ticket was donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. I'd never seen this many people at the pavilion in the two years I've been reporting for the Dallas Observer. KISS and Def Leppard didn't disappoint.

KISS took the heat to the next level. Riding atop a giant mechanical spider, Starchild (Paul Stanely), the Demon (Gene Simmons) and Space Ace (Tommy Thayer) descended toward the stage while Catman (Eric Singer) beat away on his drums. Bombs exploded, flames flashed and sparks shot from guitars, with the remnants of the supermoon lingering above. It was the perfect way to celebrate 40 years of a band that finally earned their rightful place in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Jul 15 2014
SIGHTING: SUBWAY AD IN TORONTO
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Thanks to Chris Alexander for sharing this subway ad he spotted in Toronto!
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