Apr 18 2009
CARTOON
KOL FAN LETTER

Hi KISS,

I'm a bass player who just wants to say hi and let you know that I've been a huge Kiss fan since 1979. I attended the Bogotá concert and I must say that it's been one of the happiest days in my life. What I couldn't do when I was a teenager became true at 42.

I also want to share a cartoon published in the most important Colombian newspaper. It was titled 'Rockin' with Kiss'. I thought you'd find it very amusing.

Cheers and thank you so much for being the hottest band in the world!

Alvaro

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Apr 18 2009
IN COLOMBIA
COLOMBIAN KISS FANS

Here's some members of the Colombian KISS ARMY waiting for the show to begin!
Apr 18 2009
IKON CARDS
KOL FAN LETTER

Hey KISS ARMY!

I just bought some KISS IKON Trading cards and I received this instant winner card of Gene. What a great card!! So I'm going to be calling on Monday to claim by prize.

Thank You,

Dave Berg

Wauwatosa, WI

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Apr 18 2009
IN VENEZUELA
KISS ROCKED CARACAS!!

Check out these great photos from Metal Magazine 'MATTEY'. Click the link to visit their KISS concert photo gallery.

Gene Simmons made a statement at the KISS press conference that Caracas was going to witness the best show in the world...it was not a lie! There was an atmosphere of pure rock and roll, smoke, flames and explosions. Two and a half hours of the greatest entertainment ever seen in Venezuela.

The photos are worth a thousand words - http://www.mattey.com.ve/intothepit.htm .
Apr 18 2009
ERIC GREETS PERUVIAN FANS
KOL FAN LETTER

Hi KISS,

Eric Singer caused a huge surprise and joy to his fans when he decided to leave the hotel to sign autographs. My sister (who appears in this photo from Perú.21 journal) was able to get a lots of autographs from the Catman. Eric also was great for that disabled child who came from Ecuador to see KISS in Peru.

Greetings from Lima Rock City

Annatar

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Apr 17 2009
IN VENEZUELA
KISS CLIPS FROM CARACAS

Here are a few clips of KISS from Venezuela yesterday.

KISS PRESS CONFERENCE AT HOTEL



KISS ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT



KISS CONCERT PROMO CLIP

Apr 17 2009
IN VENEZUELA
CLIP FROM KISS PRESS CONFERENCE

Here's a short clip of Paul singing 'Heaven's On Fire' at the KISS Press conference in Caracas:

Apr 16 2009
KOL EXCLUSIVE PHOTO
KISS JET GROUP PHOTO

The band readies for departure from Lima, Peru. L-R Doc, Eric, Tommy, Paul, Danny Francis (Head of Security), Gene, Mike Amato (Road Manager) and Hab Haddad

Photo - Craig Jordan
Apr 16 2009
LIMA CONCERT REVIEW
KISS ROCKED LIMA!

By El Comercio El Fantasma Translated by Jill Cataldo

I could say many things about the historic KISS concert on April 14 at the Estadio Nacional:

To see in person, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, on stage was the crystallization of a dream that seemed impossible.

That the band gave everything they had on stage that night. That the parallel pyrotechnics with the music was impressive. That it affected me so much to see thousands of people like me with their faces painted like our idols. That I was touched until the tears started flowing when listening to songs that have become hymns to me, like 'Hotter Than Hell', 'C'Mon and Love Me', 'Rock& Roll all Nite', 'Lick it Up', 'I Was Made for Lovin' You', 'Love Gun' and 'Detroit Rock City.'

That it shook me to the core to hear all the voices of the KISS Army singing as a congregation in unison, accompanying each one of the songs. That I was oblivious to everything else when I shouted and sang too.

That it's unlikely that Lima will ever see a spectacle of the magnitude that more than 30 thousand lucky people were fortunate to experience… in short, I could say many things, but I prefer to tell you what I lived and felt in the concert. I only want to leave you with the words that Paul Stanley said when kicking off the show: 'This night IS the night'.

Yes, Paul, that night was the night. My eternal thanks for that!



Visit the Photo Gallery at http://www.flickr.com/photos/elcomercioperu/sets/72157616811586794/ .
Apr 16 2009
LATEST MAGAZINE COVER
'HEAVY ROCK' MAGAZINE SPECIAL

KISS is featured on the cover of the April issue of the Spansish magazine, 'HEAVY ROCK'!

Thanks to Santy Pradas for sending in the image!
Apr 16 2009
FAN FILMED CONCERT CLIP
'DEUCE' FROM RIVER PLATE STADIUM

Here's a fan filmed clip of KISS' performing 'Deuce' at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires:

Apr 15 2009
LIMA CONCERT REVIEW
A KISS FOR PERU!!

by Ben Jonjak Photos by Isabel Guerra

My wife had never been to a rock concert. Sure, she'd seen a variety of shows and performances here in Peru, but she'd never seen a good old-fashioned rock and roll meltdown. So, when I found out that KISS was coming to Lima, I immediately rushed out to buy some tickets. I figured that my wife might as well be baptized by fire, and what better band to introduce you to rock than KISS! She was really excited about the idea right up until she saw the episode of 'Family Guy' where the husband takes his wife to KISS only to have Paul Stanley stick a microphone in her face during the show and...gasp...she doesn't know the words! Seeing this show traumatized my wife (she was sure the same thing was going to happen to her, thus bringing the show to an embarrassing halt), so she immediately started downloading KISS songs and practicing them with her students in class!

By the time the concert date arrived, we were ready! However, the absolute craziness of the swarming masses arriving at the Estadio Nacional took us a little by surprise. Making our way up Arequipa was a series of stops and starts, but that's what you have to expect when you have a gathering of 30,000 plus people. Such things don't happen everyday, you have to feed off the energy!

The thronging masses waited in the Estadio listening to blasting music from the towering speakers and waiting for the massive 'KISS' blazoned curtain to fall. Suddenly a voice bellowed from the darkness, 'Lima, you wanted it, you've got it!' and the curtain fell, the music swelled, and a massive fireball exploded into the night.

Standing on stage in their fairly intimidating (in the case of Gene Simmons anyway) spandex, leather, metal, high-heel, face-painted ensembles, was the legendary quartet of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Stanley started the show at the top of his voice, but by the end he was spent (although that didn't stop him from heroically continuing with all the old KISS favorites long into the night).

KISS's show is more than a concert, it's a performance, and you get the sense that every second of the proceedings has been meticulously planned. From the pyrotechnics to the stunts, everything went off without a hitch. A highlight was Eric Singer's drum solo (during which I assume the other members went off to get some therapy for their strained vocal chords...those songs aren't easy to sing). In the middle of the solo, the whole drum kit was lifted up into the air with spraying gas issuing from beneath. Later came a tremendous guitar solo from Thayer, and a psychotic bass solo from Gene in which he filled his mouth up with some kind of red liquid and then spat it all over himself as he waggled his legendary tongue (we all knew that Gene would finish the performance drenched in something that looked more or less like blood). As a matter of fact, Gene Simmons all by himself would be a fairly interesting stage show. His spike-covered armor and feral battle paint combined with his penchant for prowling around the stage like a wild animal makes him a constant focal point. At the end of Simmons's solo, he was lifted up on a cable to the top of the stage where he intimidated the audience into giving him a roaring ovation (we truly believed he was going to fly down and beat the hell out of us if we didn't worship him, a true rock moment!).

Throughout the show, Paul managed the ceremonies with tremendous wit and charisma. KISS has been around since before time, and by now the band knows how to make an audience react. There were various shouting matches between halves of the stadium, a moment when Stanley had us screaming 'YEAH!' every time he thrust his fist into the air, and, of course, whenever things started slowing down, the band exploded back to life on the force of another thunderous fireball (you felt the heat flashes even in the crowd).

For a grand finale, Stanley flew out over the crowd on a cable and performed his final song on a platform in the center of the stadium. It was a pristine moment, and on the massive screens there was a spectacular image composed of Stanley in the forefront, the screaming crowd behind him, and the lit-up, pyrotechnic stage in the background. Martin Scorsese couldn't have composed a better image.

'Lima, you are numero uno!' Stanley screamed, and then the band withdrew into the darkness as a series of fireworks lit up the night. As the crowd spilled out into the streets, there was a collective sense of awe and euphoria (plus relief, I think, on my wife's part for not, in the end, having a microphone shoved in her face), and I know myself and more than 30,000 others are all looking forward to KISS's return to Lima, Peru!
Apr 15 2009
ROCKS LIMA STADIUM
THE KISS ARMY ROARS

Here's the Peruvian KISS ARMY at KISS' packed Stadium show last night.

Photo for KISSONLINE by Dean Snowden.
Apr 15 2009
IN VENEZUELA
KISS IN VENEZUELAN NEWSPAPER

KISS was featured in yesterday's 'Ultimas Noticias' newspaper!

Thanks to Federico for the newspaper image!
Apr 14 2009
IKONS TRADING CARDS
KISS IKONS AD

Here's a full-page ad for the KISS IKONS trading cards that will run in the June/July issue of Non-Sport Update (an entertainment trading card publication).
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