News - 2010 : May

May 12 2010
REFERENCE IN USA TODAY CROSSWORD
KISSONLINE
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Today's USA Today crossword puzzle features a KISS reference. 33 Down - KISS rocker Simmons.
May 12 2010
OVER HALF A MILLION FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK!
KISSONLINE
Join over 570,000 members of the KISS Army on the only official KISS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/KISS. Last week alone, over 50,000 fans worldwide became friends of KISS!

May 12 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC!
KISSONLINE
Happy Birthday To Eric...A Very Cool Cat!

All of us wish you a very happy birthday!

Have a purrfect day!
May 12 2010
ON COVER OF LONDON TOUR DATES
KISSONLINE
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Here's Paul on the front cover and Gene on the back cover of the current issue of London Tour Dates magazine.
May 12 2010
REVIEWS CONTINUE TO POUR IN...
STATE MAGAZINE, SCOTSMAN
KISS is burning up the European press! Check out these show review excerpts:

Dublin
By Dave Donnelly
State Magazine

"You wanted the best... you got the best! The hottest band in the world... KISS!"

It's hard to believe it's been 22 years since those immortal words were screamed in earnest on an Irish stage. That iconic rallying call has been ripped off dozens of times since, most notably by Guns N' Roses ("You wanted the best... well they couldn't make it tonight!") and their wrinkly offshoot Velvet Revolver ("The Hulk couldn't make it tonight, but we've got some comic book characters for ya..."), but nothing compares to the adrenaline rush of hearing those exact words in that exact order. There may only be a handful of bands that can legitimately claim to have had such a lasting impact on rock music as the bemakeupped New York foursome, and fewer still could claim to put on a show this electric. After 35 years, Kiss probably sound as good as they ever have.

...Kiss put on a fantastic show that few in the audience will forget in a hurry, and it's a reasonable bet that it won't be another 22 years before they grace our shores again.




Glasgow
By Fiona Shepherd
Scotsman

"WE CAN change the world but we're not gonna do it tonight," proclaimed Kiss frontman Paul Stanley in the closing stages of this thoroughly ridiculous, hugely entertaining rock folly. Well, that's a relief. Were Kiss to change the record, they might rip a hole in the space-time continuum. Their entire existence is a bubbling cauldron of never-changing ingredients - the hairstyles, the platform boots, the signature make-up (also sported by many in the audience), Gene Simmons' freaky tongue - steadfastly calibrated to retain bums on seats and hands in the air.

Their current Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour purports to trace their canon "from the beginning to the Boom", but the Kiss virgin would be hard pushed to tell one end of their career from the other.
May 11 2010
ANNOUNCES INDIANAPOLIS SHOW
KISSONLINE
KISS will make its Indiana State Fair debut Aug. 9 at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.

Tickets for the concert go on sale 10 a.m. Friday. Admission prices are $70, $59 and $45 plus applicable fees. Fair admission is included with tickets.

Through midnight Sunday or while supplies last, a buy-one-get-one-free ticket offer applies to $45 seats in the upper grandstand.

Tickets will be available at the fairgrounds box office, 1202 E. 38th St., by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

KISS Army, stay tuned... details of a KISSonline presale will be coming soon!

May 11 2010
JET LEAVES MANCHESTER
UNKAFIL STUDIOS
Here's a great video of the KISS jet leaving Manchester Airport!

Thanks to Unkafil Studios of Bredbury for posting the video.

May 11 2010
' RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA
GENESIMMONS.COM
Via Twitter, Gene posted the following note to fans...

"KISS is coming to North America again... starting in August... See you all then."

Stay tuned to KISSonline for a full announcement within the next few weeks!

(Photo by Patrick O'Leary)
May 11 2010
BBC
By Emma Jones

It's difficult finding a chink in the armour of US hard rock band Kiss.

It's not just the physical armour, which along with platform boots makes bassist Gene Simmons around seven feet tall. Their self-confidence hubris is almost impossible to dent.

"You can be three or 73 and a Kiss fan," declares guitarist Paul Stanley, who along with guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer make up the rest of the band.

"Our fans are celebrating our jubilant approach to life and the fact we don't take rubbish from anybody and you can come out a winner.

"So they're an army, they're a team, they're a tribe, and as time goes on we become more iconic.

"Even with a change of member the band become stronger and it shows that nothing can stop Kiss. "

Since the band have been going for 36 years, maybe they've earned their right to their hubris.

Since their formation in New York during the glam rock era, they've sold a hundred million albums.

The original line up of Simmons, Stanley, Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss put on face paint to create four characters - Demon, Starchild, Spaceman and Catman. It's endured and become a trademark.

This year they released their first studio album for 11 years, Sonic Boom. It's been acclaimed for its "original and youthful" 70s sound - possibly something to do with the band using analogue tapes for the recording.

"We did such a successful tour two years ago and the band never felt better," explains Stanley.

"And there came a time when we looked at each other and thought it shouldn't just be about celebrating our past, and it was time to write another chapter.
May 11 2010
LIVE VIDEO FROM MANCHESTER
KISSONLINE
Check out these fan-filmed videos of KISS in Manchester last night! Here's "Let Me Go, Rock and Roll," "Crazy, Crazy Nights," and "Black Diamond!"

May 11 2010
ARMY, YOU LOOK GREAT!
Check out these great photos of the KISS Army in Glasgow!

Pictures by Stig Karlsen and Hab Haddad for KISSonline.
May 11 2010
NYC ARTIST LOVES
KOL FAN LETTER
Dear KISS,

Here in New York City, there's an artist who has created some amazing KISS art. The first piece is the Creatures lineup made out of crushed albums.

The second piece is a poster of the Fab Four wearing war paint! Awesome!

DJ Chausky

LETTERS
May 11 2010
O'REGAN PHOTO EXHIBIT UPDATE
KISSONLINE
KISS FROM DENIS O'REGAN

As previously reported here, KISS fans in London will want to check out famous rock photographer Denis O'Regan's KISS photography exhibit at London's Apple Store and exhibiting 35 KISS Alive prints in the store. The event takes place tomorrow, May 11th at the Regent Street Store at 19.00.

View the prints online
May 11 2010
SIGHTING IN SPANISH MUSIC VIDEO
MALA RODRIGUEZ
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Spanish singer Mala Rodriguez wears an amazing KISS-themed dress in her new music video, "No Pidas Perdon." The dress was also recently featured in Madrid's "Fashion Week" publication.

May 10 2010
"SHOUT IT OUT LOUD" LIVE IN MANCHESTER
KISSONLINE
Here's KISS performing "Shout it out Loud" at tonight's Manchester show!

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