Jun 17 2008
ROSS HALFIN'S BIO
TOP MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHER

Ross William Halfin is one of the world's top music photographers. Having shot bands such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, The Police, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, The Who, Rob Zombie, Pantera, ZZ Top and KISS, Halfin's images are widely published in magazines, newspapers and books.

Halfin began his career as a freelance photographer for Sounds Magazine in the 1970s, where he befriended upcoming Heavy Metal acts like Def Leppard and Iron Maiden, who he would go on to photograph extensively. Halfin continued his career shooting for many years for UK rock magazine Kerrang! and other high-profile UK magazines such as Q, Mojo, Classic Rock and many others around the world. His former assistant on Kerrang!, Scarlet Page, is now one of their top photographers. Scarlet Page's father, Jimmy Page, was frequently photographed by Halfin in the 1970s as a member of Led Zeppelin.

From Ross's site:

The first time I shot them was in Chicago 1979 on the 'Dynasty' tour. I took quite a famous picture of the drum kit high up with Paul Stanley underneath. The tour manager wanted to give us wanker passes for the show which obviously didn't work.

I shot the show from the audience. I shot them again the next year at Stafford Bingley Hall. Kiss' big comeback tour to England. Also in Europe where Iron Maiden supported them...shot them quite a lot after that in the 80s: Texas, on the 'Creatures of the Night' tour with Vinnie Vincent and on probably every tour after that. Paul and Gene are always very nice, apart from Gene's predilection for talking to me in a really bad Dick Van Dyke cockney accent.
Jun 17 2008
ROSS HALFIN'S DIARY CONTINUES
ANOTHER DAY WITH KISS

Paul, Eric and I spend the day at the Imperial War Museum, which I haven't been to in years. See all the tanks, guns, uniforms, and including a Chinese executioners sword (good for chopping off PRs heads), Mein Kampf (Hitler's take on what's wrong with people like me) and a big Holocaust exhibition covering two whole floors. It is sobering. I've been to Auschwitz three times but this is still upsetting. Paul summed it up best, in that you owe it to the people who were there to stay and read and see what happened. People soon forget what the Nazis were about.

Went out to dinner with all of Kiss to Hakkasan (which was my idea). I had forgotten Gene Simmons is a philistine when it comes to food - he wants a hamburger well done - so I got 'What is this, cat's eyes' etc. He wouldn't eat anything. Gene did manage to hold court all night - all about Gene. Eric Singer, who claimed to be a vegetarian, tried ostrich and venison while Gene looked horrified and turned up his nose.

Brian Johnson, singer of ACDC, was there. He came over to the table and told us ACDC had just finished a new record. His accent was so strong I could barely understand him. 'Where's he from, Scotland?' asked Eric. 'Nearly - Newcastle...

'Drove back to the hotel with Paul, Jimmy Page rang me and they had a chat about things guitarists chat about.

Off for a bit more Kiss in Paris next week.

Jun 17 2008
GENE ON COVER OF FRENCH MAGAZINE


BASSISTE MAGAZINE

Gene is featured on the cover of the latest issue of the French magazine - BASSISTE!
Jun 17 2008
THE DUTCH ARMY
SCENES FROM HOLLAND

Check out these great photos of the DUTCH KISS ARMY at KISS' Holland show Sunday!

Photos by Luc Verdickt for KISSONLINE.com
Jun 16 2008
LIVE PHOTOS FROM HOLLAND
PHOTOS FROM HOLLAND

Here are some live shots from KISS' Nijmegen, Holland show last night!

Photos by Luc Verdickt for KISSONLINE.com
Jun 16 2008
PHOTO GALLERY
Jun 16 2008
ROSS HALFIN'S DIARY
ROSS ON KISS!

Check out these awesome Ross Halfin photos of KISS from Download!!

Kiss were amazing (and I'm not just saying this because I'm with them). They give the crowd everything you want - pyro, bombs, great light show (a photographers dream). Eric Singer gives Kiss a solid sound - I wonder what Def Leppard would sound with someone like him. You get riffs, singalong anthems, guitar solos, posing. The end of the show is spectacular with Gene, Paul and Tommy Thayer right at the front of the stage with what looks like World War III going on around them. Get good photos of Paul smashing his guitar. During, I think, Lick It Up they played Won't Get Fooled Again, Eric doing Keith Moon's drum fill perfectly. I could watch this every day.

I fly back to London with them straight after. As we land Doc says 'Nice landing' before we notice the jet isn't stopping and every time the pilot puts on the brakes the jet is turning sideways. The plane then keeps going on and on for about ten minutes around the runway until it finally stops very hard. By this point I am considering if I'd survive if I jumped. 'The hydraulics failed,' says the pilot, 'it is Friday the 13th.'

Jun 16 2008
TO ROCK VEGAS!!
ICONIC BAND TO ROCK THE PEARL

The Palms Casino Resort is pleased to announce legendary rock band KISS will bring their Alive/35 Tour to Las Vegas for one night only at The Pearl Concert Theater on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

KISS is currently celebrating 35 years of rock
Jun 16 2008
ANOTHER FAN FILMED HOLLAND CLIP
'SHOUT IT OUT LOUD' CLIP

Here's another great fan filmed clip of 'SHOUT IT OUT LOUD' from KISS' Nijmegen, Holland show last night!

Jun 16 2008
FAN FILMED CLIP FROM HOLLAND
'C'MON AND LOVE ME' CLIP

Check out this up close fan filmed clip of 'C'MON AND LOVE ME' from KISS' packed stadium show in Nijmegen, Holland last night!



Jun 16 2008
FACE OFF UK
FACE PAINT RECORD AT DOWNLOAD?

In an attempt to set a world record for the most people made up as KISS congregated in one place, fans at Download Festival came en masse to Donington, and submitted themselves to the expert artists from FACE, the UK's official face painting organisation.

During a 2 hour period, FACE successfully made up 444 willing volunteers, a spectacular feat! We'll be keeping you posted on the official world record application which is being submitted next week.

Thanks Nienke for the photo.
Jun 16 2008
FAN FILMED CLIP FROM DOWNLOAD
'DETROIT ROCK CITY' CLIP

Check out this fan filmed clip of 'DETROIT ROCK CITY' from KISS' Download show in England Friday night!

Jun 15 2008
HEADLINE DOWNLOAD
KISS RATING 5 out of 5

Photo Wireingae Shirlaine Forrest

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Jun 15 2008
FAMILY JEWELS REMINDER
NEW EPISODES TONIGHT

Gene Simmons Family Jewels moves to Sundays beginning tonight, as the new season launches at 9PM (EST) with 3 new episodes.

Jun 15 2008
ROCK DOWNLOAD
KISS STOLE THE SHOW!

Rock veterans KISS stole the show on the first night of the U.K.'s Download Festival, storming the stage in full costume and their trademark make-up. The stars hit the stage in Donnington, England on Friday night (13Jun08), after being introduced as 'The hottest band in the world'.

The four members were lowered to the stage on platforms to kick off their pyrotechnic-filled show with the song Deuce. Singer/guitarist Paul Stanley paid an early tribute to the crowd, telling festival goers: 'Man, it seems like tradition every 10 years we come to Donnington. We couldn't have made it this far without you - we salute you Kiss army!'

They then launched into Strutter before playing their classic album Alive track by track, complete with synchronised dancing and plenty of fireworks, as frontman Gene Simmons pulled his trademark face, sticking his tongue out at every opportunity.

Stanley ensured the audience was fully involved and called on them to join in and sing along with the band. When they weren't quite loud enough for his liking, he teased them by playing the opening riff of Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven - prompting the crowd to squeal with delight.

But Stanley wasn't prepared to go all the way, and joked, 'Nah. Not tonight - but it'd be great if 50,000 people could sing with us.' Their energetic performance also saw Stanley smash his guitar on stage in the finale, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

But the band weren't quite finished and returned for an encore, which saw Stanley lifted above the crowds on a wire and fly above fans, before concluding their set with Detroit Rock City.

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