News - 2010 : July

Jul 27 2010
-THEMED BILLBOARD IN INDY
KISSONLINE LETTER
A few weeks ago we went to the Indianapolis Children's museum to check out the 'Rock Stars, Cars & Guitars theme going on there... very cool! They have the reunion costumes and mannequins, KISS Prowler and a few KISS guitars.

Anyway, we saw a great HUGE billboard advertising the exhibit... I was able to get a good shot of it!

Rick Reese

LETTERS
Jul 26 2010
SHOWS BREAK ATTENDANCE, MERCH RECORDS
KISSONLINE
ROCK ICONS KISS START THEIR 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, THE HOTTEST SHOW ON EARTH, WITH RECORD-BREAKING TICKET AND MERCHANDISE SALES

(LOS ANGELES) July 26, 2010 - Planning to see rock icons KISS (www.KISSonline.com) this summer during their 2010 North American tour, The Hottest Show on Earth? Plan on buying tickets in advance. This weekend, the legendary rockers started their 32-city tour with record-breaking crowds in Cheyenne, WY, and Minot (Bismarck area), ND. KISS is also the first rock act to completely sell out the grandstands in Minot (more than 15,000 people) - they broke Taylor Swift's 2009 gross merchandise sales record in both cities, and KISS gave back by donating more than $30,000 from their ticket sales to Wounded Warrior Care Project, a non-profit veterans organization.

"We know that times are tough for The KISS Army of fans and that's why we're giving back," said KISS bassist and co-founder Gene Simmons. "We're committed to giving our fans the biggest, baddest, most over-the-top show for their hard-earned money."

"While we give our fans the greatest show ever, we also want to help guarantee that our country's brave men and women who return from fighting overseas receive the medical care that they have sacrificed for and is owed to them. While our government is tied up in bureaucracy, the KISS Army has taken up the cause. We're donating $1 from every ticket sold to the Wounded Warrior Care Project," added KISS rhythm guitarist and co-founder Paul Stanley.

Throughout their 37-year career, KISS has sold 80 million albums, played for millions of people and become an integral part of American "Rock and Roll All Nite" as well as hits that they haven't played in the US in years.

The Hottest Show on Earth tour, produced by Live Nation, will trek through a mix of arenas and amphitheaters throughout North America. Tickets for shows produced by Live Nation are now on sale and, in order to help fans in a tough economy, the band is offering a special ticket promotion. For Live Nation amphitheaters that have a lawn, up to four kids aged fourteen or under can get in free with the purchase of one adult ticket. **

There is no other band in the vast history of rock music that has mesmerized generations of music fans in the same way as this revolutionary and iconic quartet that continues to acquire generations of new fans year after year.

For complete ticket and tour information visit www.KISSonline.com and www.LiveNation.com.




**Kids under 14 get in free on the lawn with the purchase of an adult lawn ticket. Up to four children per valid adult (21 and over) lawn ticket. Valid for Live Nation amphitheatres with lawns only. Subject to availability and capacity restrictions.
Jul 26 2010
WOUNDED WARRIORS COMMERCIAL
WOUNDED WARRIOR CARE PROJECT
Here's a commercial featuring the Wounded Warrior Care Project and KISS.

Jul 25 2010
MINOT WOUNDED WARRIORS DONATION
KISSONLINE
Here's KISS with North Dakota State Fair manager Renae Korslien holding a check for $14,482 for the CSRA Wounded Warriors project last night in Minot! The packed crowd joined KISS in the Pledge of Allegiance to honor our US Troops. KISS is donating one dollar from every admission sold throughout the Hottest Show On Earth Tour to CSRA Wounded Warriors.

Photo by Spiro Papadatos for KISSOnline.
Jul 25 2010
LIVE IN MINOT
MINOT DAILY NEWS
Here's a photo of KISS taken at last night's show in Minot, North Dakota!
Jul 25 2010
NORTH DAKOTA ARMY
KISSONLINE
Here's the North Dakota KISS Army at last night's Minot show.

Photos by Spiro Papadatos for KISSOnline.
Jul 24 2010
BILLBOARD
KISS Tour Is for the Children, Says Gene Simmons

by Gary Graff

Photo: Stephen Holman/Tulsa World

KISS For Kids could well be the theme of the iconic rock group's just-started North American tour.

In a novel move for its amphitheater dates, the costumed quartet is giving free lawn tickets to up to four children with each paying adult.

"It's time to give back," bassist Gene Simmons explains to Billboard.com, adding that KISS -- which is also donating $1 per ticket to the Wounded Warrior foundation -- hopes to show the youths "that there's another world out there besides Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers. It's important for them to see how the big boys do it. There's no tapes. There's no background singers backstage. There's no click tracks. It's important for the kids to see that whatever you see on stage is real. We want to spread this. I'm insulted by any act that goes up there with dancers and tapes. It's insulting."

KISS hopes to snare the kids more in the near future via an animated program that's being produced in partnership with E1 Entertainment and will feature the four KISS members as characters. Simmons says he hopes to have the program on air "in the next six months."

Meanwhile, he and his bandmates are planning to give fans old and young alike a freshened KISS show after focusing on the group's "Alive!" album -- which turns 35 this year -- during last year's road trek. "Technology has enabled us to do all kinds of wacky stuff," Simmons explains, while the repertoire includes three songs from last year's "Sonic Boom" album -- "Modern Day Delilah," "Say Yeah" and "Animal" -- as well as the seldom-performed "Crazy Nights." And drummer Eric Singer will be taking over the Peter Criss-sung smash "Beth" each night.
Jul 24 2010
CHEYENNE WOUNDED WARRIORS DONATION
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's KISS with the Chairmen of Cheyenne Frontier Days holding a check for $15,189 for the CSRA Wounded Warriors project! KISS is donating one dollar from every admission sold throughout the Hottest Show On Earth Tour to CSRA Wounded Warriors.

The band was also presented with Cheyenne Frontier Days commemorative belt buckles and an American flag!
Jul 24 2010
BEST CONCERT EVER!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS!

I am a retired USAF MSgt and my best friend and wife (Eileen) wanted to express our sincere thanks for your coming to Cheyenne, WY tonight. My wife put it best by saying, This was the BEST concert, rock or country, she has ever been to".

Thanks for gracing our small city with your performance.

Bob Rowe

P.S. Gene, we love your show also.

LETTERS

Pictured: KISS at the opening of last night's show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Thanks to Cheyenne Frontier Days for the photo!
Jul 24 2010
CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS CHAIRMEN GET ED!
KISSONLINE
Here's a photo of the CFD Chairmen getting into the KISS spirit last night in Wyoming!

Thanks to Cheyenne Frontier Days for the photo!

Check out the clip of the Chairmen getting ready to rock!

Jul 24 2010
FAN TRAVELS 8,000 MILES TO CHEYENNE
KGWN CBS 5
Would you travel 700 miles to compete at the rodeo? How about over 8,000 miles to attend a KISS concert? For fans of Cheyenne Frontier Days, the sky is the limit.

We went to Cheyenne Regional Airport to check out the activity of the people coming to the cowboy state.

"Wherever KISS goes...I'll be there!" said Steve Mcnair. He spent 17 hours on an airplane and says it's a small price to pay to see his favorite band perform live in concert.

Jul 24 2010
GETTING THE STAGE READY
KISSONLINE
Here's the crew setting up the massive KISS stage in Cheyenne, Wyoming yesterday.

Thanks to Cheyenne Frontier Days for the photos!

Jul 24 2010
ANOTHER GREAT DR. PEPPER DISPLAY
KISSONLINE
Here's another photo of a great Dr. Pepper / Dr. Love KISS in-store display at the Los Angeles Air Force Base Commissary!

Thanks to Enrique Ayala for sending KISSonline the photo.
Jul 24 2010
REUTERS
By Phil Wahba

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the concert business struggles with top-name cancellations this summer, KISS hits the road in North America, betting that its spectacle of classic rock, pyrotechnics and fire-breathing will lure cash-strapped concert-goers looking for dependable entertainment.

The group is set to embark on its 32-date "Hottest Show on Earth" tour of the United States and Canada that starts on Friday in Cheyenne, Wyoming and ends in Fontana, California in September to promote its "Sonic Boom" album.

The fact that KISS still plays 15,000-seat venues 37 years into its career comes from providing fans with what they want and touring with regularity, even when the band's popularity ebbed and flowed, its lead singer said.

"It's about the marathon," KISS co-founder Paul Stanley told Reuters. "It's more about who lasts the longest -- if you're depressed or lose your drive because of one tour or one show, then you're in the wrong business."

Stanley says fans are now "more discerning" and artists have to give them high-quality, high production entertainment if they hope to fill arenas and amphitheaters during this economic downturn. "They want bang for their buck," he said.
Jul 23 2010
SPIN
By David Marchese

Photo by Joe Gall

For millions of Americans, KISS concerts are a tradition. You go, you watch Gene Simmons breathe fire and spit blood, things explode, you listen to Paul Stanley's amazingly brash between-song banter, more things explode, you sing along to "Rock and Roll All Nite," have about as much fun as is legally possible at an arena, and then experience the spectacle again the next time the band is in town.

That time is now. Starting July 23 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, KISS (with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer having long ago replaced original bandmembers Peter Criss and Ace Frehley on drums and guitar, respectively) brings its tour in support of 2009's stellar Sonic Boom back home after a lengthy run of European dates.

"Right now, we're doing the biggest tours we've ever done," says ever-voluble singer-guitarist Paul Stanley, 58. "The KISS legacy is amazing. Whether you're looking at the stage or on the stage, everyone involved is having a great time. 37 years into our career, it's a good be a KISS fan -- and I'm as big a fan as anyone."

On the eve of the tour's first date, Stanley spoke with SPIN about the shows, the plans for a new album, and the future of the band -- a future he may not be a part of.
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