Jan 27 2009
LATEST SELF EXPRESSION
GENE IMAGE IN AOL STORY

Defacing Currency as Self-Expression

By Cary McNeal

There are more means of personal expression these days than at any other time in history, but whether you choose blogs, message boards, graffiti, tattoos or even traditional artistic mediums, it's always more fun if there's an element of danger. One of the most cost-effective forms of dangerous personal expression -- that's just as illegal as graffiti -- is currency defacing.

In a world where a $10,000,000 bill exists, it's clear money is worth less than the paper it's printed on. This makes the canvas ripe for use as a personal billboard. And if you get things wrong, you can always just spend it (as long as your artistic project hasn't destroyed it).

Pictured is one person's 'personal expression' featuring Gene Simmons of KISS.
Jan 26 2009
DRESSED TO KILL VANS
ORDER YOUR KISS VANS NOW

The KISS Dressed To Kill Sk8-Hi Vans are now available at better footwear stores and boutiques worldwide as well as on vans.com.

Look for additional collaborations created by Vans and KISS in 2009.

CLICK HERE to order your KISS VANS now!
Jan 25 2009
CONGRATULATIONS PAUL!
PAUL WINS SHOWMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD!

Paul couldn't make it to the Classic Rock Awards, but he sent a video message on how it felt to win the Showman award. Below is the text of the video.

Stanley: I'm very pleased because all my rock 'n' roll heroes have been great showmen. Everyone from Steve Marriott of Humble Pie to Slade's Noddy Holder. Showmanship is key to all my favourite bands. Although I must admit I was surprised to receive the award, given that I'm not quite as commanding on stage as I used to be! ( Stanley is quoting Classic Rock's review of KISS' appearance at Download 2008 -Ed.) In fairness, it has taken me some time to recover from a torn shoulder - I had to have my left rotator cuff replaced. Plus I've had hip replacement surgery. I'm 57 years old now and being a member of KISS is very demanding physically. But at this point it feels like I've just had my 50,000-mile check-up. I'm good for another 50,000 at least.

What does the future hold for KISS?

It looks like we'll be touring Europe as well as the states. You'll be getting more of what you saw at Download - the KISS Alive! vibe amped up to the max. There might even be a new KISS album at some point. I have been ambivalent to the idea in the past but I'm much more open to it now. I thought I'd be content for KISS to remain a heritage act, just playing our greatest hits - Detroit Rock City and all that. But the new KISS line-up with Tommy Thayer (guitar) and Eric Singer (drums) is proving to be so good, so strong in spirit, it would be interesting to see how we perform in the studio. The intention would be to make a KISS album in the style of our 1970's recordings. A classic KISS album, unmistakably.

These days, do as many people clamour for the return of original members, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss?

The fact that Ace and Peter are not seen on stage with us doesn't seem to bother people as much as it used to. That's a testament to the ability of the new guys, obviously. But in all honesty, many people's image of 'classic KISS' is based on fantasy. A myth. It's like they're looking through rose-tinted glasses, most nights, it was all we could do to struggle through the set that we'd rehearsed.

You couldn't attend the Classic Rock Awards because your wife, Erin, is due to give birth soon.

Our daughter is due in January. It will be my second child with Erin. We already have a son, Colin, who is two years old. I also have a 14-year-old son, from a previous marriage. I'm looking forward to having a daughter, you bet. I feel like it's payback for my wanton life. I can see myself being very protective... protecting her from people like the man I used to be, back when KISS used to run riot all over the world. She'll be daddy's little girl and no one else's.

(Thanks Linda for sending to KOL!)
Jan 23 2009
LATEST T-SHIRTS
PAUL & GENE DESIGNS

Check out these great new Paul and Gene T-shirts! They'll be available in late February in KOL's KISS SHOP.
Jan 22 2009
AT BERLIN HARD ROCK
KOL FAN LETTER

Hello KISS & the KISS ARMY!

I wish you a Happy New Year!!!!

During a recent visit to Berlin, I visited the local Hard Rock Cafe and I am sending you pictures from the KISS' corner inside the Cafe. There were many more KISS items displayed throughout the Hard Rock.

All the best.

Gerasimos Kavvadas Athens, Greece

LETTERS click here
Jan 21 2009
MORE PHOTOS FROM NAMM
GENE AND TOMMY AT NAMM

Thanks to our friend, Bret Moiseff, for sending KOL these photos of Gene and Tommy from the NAMM Show!
Jan 21 2009
THEMED DODGE ADS
KOL FAN LETTER

Hi KISS & the KISS ARMY!

Thought you'd get a kick out of this ad! I don't know if these are official or not, but we see these Dodge advertisements and publicity standees all over our cities in Italy.

A tribute to Paul?

http://www.dodgejourney.it/index.php?id_ad_media=1901 .

Thanks, Renato

LETTERS click here
Jan 20 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL!

Happy Birthday to the #1 Front Man in Rock! We hope you have an awesome day!
Jan 20 2009
SONG IN 'MALL COP'
KOL FAN LETTER

Dear KISS,

Today, I saw 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop,' and I totally flipped, Blart was in the arcade and played a song on Rock Band. I told myself that it would be funny if it was a KISS songm and it was - 'Detroit Rock City'! He played the guitar and sang with as much passion as Paul does, but not as good.

Thanks, Gino

LETTERS click here
Jan 19 2009
TOMMY PHOTO FROM SATURDAY
TOMMY AT NAMM SHOW

Tommy made an appearance at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA yesterday Saturday, January 17th to promote the new 'Tommy Thayer Signature Series' Duotone amplifier by Hughes & Kettner. Tommy spent two hours greeting, signing posters and taking photos with hundreds of KISS fans.
Jan 19 2009
SONG ON SWEDISH TV SHOW
SWEDISH 'CLASH OF CHOIRS'

Click the link below to see Swedish Star Robert Wells & his Choir perform 'Heaven's On Fire' on the Swedish version of 'Clash Of The Choirs'. The performance took place this last weekend on Swedish television.

CLICK HERE to see the 'Heaven's On Fire' Clip.
Jan 18 2009
RETURNING TO ARGENTINA
KISS TO ROCK 70,000 SEAT STADIUM!

ALL RIGHT BUENOS AIRES...YOU WANTED THE BEST AND YOU GOT THE BEST!!!

Argentina! Are you ready? Cause the wait is finally over. Today iconic rock band KISS announces they will close the Quilmes Rock Festival at River Plate Stadium on April 5, 2009 and perform for the first time in Argentina in over a decade.

This stop in Argentina will continue the KISS Alive/35 tour which launched in Australia with a performance at the opening season Formula One race where 60,000 race fans rushed the stage to watch KISS perform their classic hits. The tour continued on to Europe where they played shows in nineteen countries. KISS Stadium shows in Stockholm, Sweden sold 32,000 tickets in twenty minutes and shows in Helsinki, Finland and Oslo, Norway also sold out in minutes.

STAY TUNED TO KOL FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS....
Jan 17 2009
GET READY FOR YOUR FOOTBALL PARTY!


KISS GAMEDAY MERCHANDISE

With the NFL Playoffs in full swing, it's time to stock up on these great KISS items for your KISS Superbowl Party! Make sure to send KOL your KISS themed Party pictures!!

Pictured are the following KISS items:

KISS ARMY FOOTBALL JERSERY

KISS SOLO FACES FOOTBALL

KISS DART BOARD

KISS ROCK 'N ROLL OVER TABLE

KISS DESTROYER POOL CUE

KISS LOGO CUE BALL

KISS DVD TRIVIA GAME

KISS CHECKERS

CLICK HERE for these and other great KISS Gameday merchandise!
Jan 16 2009
SIMMONS AT CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: GENE SIMMMONS

Rock Icon and Entrepreneur Gene Simmons Keynote Speaker: March 12th Canadian Music Week 2009

Gene Simmons, the media multi-hyphenate and co-founder of the hottest band in the world, KISS, will be a featured artist keynote speaker at this year's Canadian Music Week. On Thursday, March 12,2009 11:00 a.m., Simmons will speak about his various business endeavours and experiences as the co-founder of the rock super-group KISS. A limited number of tickets for the artist keynote will be available to the public for purchase on the Canadian Music Week website - www.cmw.net - Rotate This, and Soundscapes as of Monday, January 19.

Jan 15 2009
TOMMY'S SPECIAL APPEARANCE
TOMMY AT NAMM SATURDAY

Tommy will make a special appearance for Hughes & Kettner at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA this Saturday, January 17th, from 2 to 3:00 pm.

Tommy Thayer, rocking with all-time legends KISS, will put his autograph willingly on whatever fans consider suitable at the Hughes & Kettner, booth 6555 in Hall A. Just make sure to arrive right on time, because it will definitely be crowded. And once you're already there, please don't forget to check out the Tommy Thayer Signature Edition Duotone Amplifier. More info www.hughes-and-kettner.com .
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