News - 2010 : February

Feb 16 2010
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISSONLINE
Check out this picture from the German newspaper NRZ of Andreas Kneer as the Starchild during carnival season in Rheinberg, Germany!
Feb 15 2010
KISSONLINE
The KISS episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is scheduled to air this Sunday, February 21 at 8 pm (EST) .

In the spirit of the KISS Army, when the ABC hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" told legendary rockers KISS about a family of needy KISS fans in Gainesville, Florida, who started a home-based, non-profit music school while their own home is falling down around them, the band heeded the call and launched the offense during their Tulsa stop on their North American KISS/Alive 35 tour.

Tobin and Jill Wagstaff, a couple with four children, operate Studio Percussion, Inc., a school that currently serves about 200 people, half of which receive financial aid or a full scholarship. The non-profit school can only afford to pay Tobin, 29, a salary, so Jill, 32, must also work as a pre-school teacher to help pay the bills. Their utter devotion to their family, school, and community leaves little time and resources to tend to their home that is in dire need of repair. The floors and rooftops are completely rotting away and the electrical system throughout the house is faulty.

In just seven days, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team leader Ty Pennington, the design team, and the Gainesville community are rebuilding their home while the show sent the family on a surprise rock and roll vacation.
Feb 15 2010
IS EVERYWHERE!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS in Carnival of Torres Vedras, Portugal

Hi KISS!

KISS is everywhere and for one night they rocked in the Carnival of Torres Vedras, Portugal! As you can see, my group were the Bee's. Here is the concept of our costumes: every Bee was named Bee + Name and I was Bee...ne Simmons! For me it was a dream come true to have on KISS make-up.

Now my next dream is to see the band playing live in London and Barcelona in May and June! Counting the days!

Cheers!
Marco Castro


LETTERS
Feb 15 2010
MY DAD'S TATTOO
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hello Gene, Paul, Eric and Tommy!

I would like to share my dad's KISS tattoo with you. I think it looks awesome. Hope you like it. KISS rules forever. Rock and Roll All Nite!

See you in Germany and Holland.

Greetings,
Akira

LETTERS
Feb 14 2010
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
KISSONLINE
Happy Valentine's Day, KISS Army!
Feb 14 2010
IS EVERYWHERE!
KAB YAHOO
Here's a photo that appeared in a Brazilian newspaper of a giant Gene Simmons being constructed for a float in the 2010 Carnaval Sao Clemente parade!

Photo by Francisco J. O. Victorio/KAB Yahoo. Thanks to KISS Army Brasil for sending the image!
Feb 13 2010
LEGEND OF TRADING CARD AD
KISSONLINE SNEAK PEEK
Here's the artwork proof for an advertisement of the next set of KISS trading cards - LEGEND OF KISS. The new set will be released in April.
Feb 13 2010
SONIC BOOM VINYL
KISSONINE FAN LETTER
Hi KISS,

I woke up this morning and went right to KISSONLINE and was VERY, VERY suprised to find the pre-order for KISS SONIC BOOM! All I can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I ordered the BUNDLE of all 5 colors. I can't wait to finish off my VINYL collection.

KISS ARMY..GRAB EM' WHILE YOU CAN!!

Thanks guys!! A fan since 1978!!

Chuck Conway

LETTERS

PRE-ORDER LIMITED EDITION KISS SONIC BOOM ON VINYL NOW
Feb 12 2010
SEARCH WITH SWAGSTAKES WINNER!
KISSONLINE
Congratulations to Armando D. of Azusa, CA, who was the lucky winner of the autographed Limited Edition KISS ALIVE 35 Kollector's Box Set! The KISS Box Set contains 40 CDs from KISS' 2009 Alive 35 North American Tour!

Armando...Enjoy your rare piece of rock memorabilia!

Search with KISS now and you can win great KISS prizes too!

CLICK HERE for more info on the KISS ALIVE 35 Kollector's Box Set and other KISS live concert recordings

Feb 12 2010
MY AUTOGRAPHED VIP POSTER
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hi KISS & the KISS Army!

Check out my great autographed KISS VIP poster from the Winnipeg Meet and Greet. As you can see, I had it framed to keep it in perfect condition so I can always remember this awesome experience!

Thanks!!

Greg Bates

LETTERS

Feb 11 2010
Q&A WITH TOMMY THAYER
TOMMY THAYER.com
QUESTION 1: Hello, I am trying to get advice for my little brother. He is 18 and very talented when it comes to music and playing. He taught himself how to play guitar, drums, and piano. He can listen to a song on the radio and usually within a couple hours he can play the entire song on his guitar. My question is what would you suggest he do to actually have some sort of chance at making it with his music? He lives in Astoria, Oregon, and I am sure you know how small that place is. I would hate to see his talent be lost due to not being able to find away to show anyone what he can do. By the way, I have read what you and KISS has done for kids and music programs and the support for the military, and I for one am very greatfull for what you do. Thank you, CHRIS JONES, Hammond, OR

ANSWER: I always tell people that want to make it in music be prepared to work hard for a long time to make things happen. There are no short-cuts. There's no rules. Effort = Success. Good luck!

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QUESTION 2: Hi Tommy, My name is Travis from Australia. I am 14 years old and I was added to your Facebook page, but when I sent you messages and stuff like that you don't reply, so I was wondering if you could write back to me on Facebook. I am a big fan and I love playing guitar and I know some of your songs. I have been playing for two years and I'm pretty good at it. Please write back TRAVIS STRACHAN, San Remo, NSW Australia

ANSWER: Travis, I'm glad you wrote. I don't have an official Facebook page. There are some pages that fans have set up which is cool, but remember it's not me, so I won't be writing you back from that! Good luck playing guitar, I'll see you on the big stage in a couple years!

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QUESTION 3: When are you going to start singing "When Lightning Strikes" in concert. LOVE IT! See you soon, KEVIN COOMBS, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

ANSWER: I probably will sometime. The hard part is for us to decide what songs to play because there are so many great ones. On the Alive 35 tour we couldn't play too many new songs from Sonic Boom because we'd have to take out a "classic" to do it. We wanted to take that slowly so we played "Modern Day Delilah" and "Say Yeah" which both rocked. Gene's got some killer stuff to do too. You'll hear more SB tunes in concert this year. See you on the road!
Feb 11 2010
SONIC BOOM OVER EUROPE TOUR AD
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE - "DUBLIN" ROCK CITY!

Hi KISS!

Check out the KISS Sonic Boom Over Europe promo ad for The 02 in Dublin on May 7th 2010. The ad was taken from this month's edition of the Irish magazine 'Hot Press'. I just came across it & thought you would like to display it on your KISS news section!!!

Thanks!
Denver McCord - KISS Army Forever!

LETTERS
Feb 11 2010
NEW KIDS HALLOWEEN ACCESSORIES
KISSONLINE
Here are the KISS kids wigs being released by KISScostumes.com.

KISScostumes.com is the exclusive retailer of officially licensed KISS costumes and they are ready to bring the world of KISS to your living room. Their collection of authentic KISS costumes, including all of the band members, The Demon, Starchild, Spaceman and Catman, is sure exceed the expectations of even the biggest KISS fans.

The online retailer features all four band member's, the Demon, Starchild, Catman and Spaceman, costumes in a variety of sizes for toddlers, children and adults. These costumes and the matching accessories have also been approved by the band.

KISS Costumes offers shoppers and fans a complete package. Matching boots, wigs, masks and makeup kits complete each individual look. Both half and full masks with hair are available and the makeup kits include step-by-step application instructions. The kits also feature cover art of the designated member in a letter of the band's name. Fans can collect all four to spell out KISS.

Other exclusive accessories such as belts, armbands and a buckle can also be purchased from KISS Costumes. The online store also sells fire hats that feature a replica of Paul Stanley's signature and the KISS logo. They resemble the hats Stanley gave away after the band's performance of 'Firehouse'.

KISScostumes.com
Feb 11 2010
MONSTERS OF THE FLYING V: THE SEQUEL!
GIBSON.com
Two years ago, the Gibson Flying V model turned 50, and we celebrated with our list of the "Monsters of the Flying V,", a tribute to the axe's original generation of innovators.

Now there's something new to celebrate in V-ville: the Tribal V, a ferocious rock 'n' roll animal that premiered in an exclusive limited run last year and continues to embody the spirit of today's most snarling, intense sounds. This savage beast of a guitar has Gibson's own uncovered ceramic magnet humbuckers -- a 496R in the neck and a 500T in the bridge -- and sports a tribal tattoo-inspired design on top of its solid mahogany body. Top that off with an unbound ebony fingerboard, a distinctive white custom finish, matching white pickup mountings and black chrome hardware with a factory mounted Kahler tremolo bar system, and this gorgeous growler really comes to life.

And there's no better way to celebrate the Tribal V's Godzilla-sized tones than with a sequel to "Monsters of the Flying V." So in the spirit of Godzilla Raids Again! and other great cinematic follow-ups (Shaft in Africa, anyone?), we present more victorious V players -- a look at another generation of classic musicians with great taste in guitars from all corners of the rock and blues worlds. And the cast members are:

Paul Stanley: Some people have stars in their eyes. As KISS' rhythm guitarist, Stanley had a star on his eye. But he also had a serious array of Flying Vs and other Gibsons in his hands over the decades. For Stanley, the Flying V made a perfect blackboard for teaching a generation of '70s kids how to "Rock 'n' Roll All Nite."

Feb 10 2010
A&E
GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS RETURNS TO A&E FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON

SEASON FIVE WILL MARK THE 100TH EPISODE OF THE HIT REAL-LIFE SERIES

NEW SEASON PREMIERES SUNDAY, MARCH 21 AT 9 PM ET/PT WITH A SPECIAL ONE-HOUR EPISODE

Legendary rock god and multi-hyphenate Gene Simmons returns with his unconventional family for an all-new season of A&E's hit unscripted series "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," premiering with a special one-hour episode on Sunday, March 21 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Season five, which will cross the 100th episode threshold, begins with a terrifying moment for America's most traditional, non-traditional family. Shannon has a health scare that makes the family rally and Gene is caught between two worlds - being there for the mother of his two children and being on tour with KISS.

Recent docu-series featuring a family dynamic have proven to tear families apart, but the Simmons-Tweed clan just keeps growing closer together. The new season will give viewers a behind the scenes look at the family's many adventures and milestone moments that make them so cohesive. From Sophie's high school graduation, to Gene's 60th and Nick's 21st birthdays, this is going to be a very emotional year for Gene and Shannon as both their children are fast becoming adults.
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