News - 2011 : April

Apr 24 2011
HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE!
KISSONLINE
Thanks to the KISS Army for sharing these great KISS Easter eggs with us!

We hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Apr 24 2011
GOT MY TICKETS!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hi there ..... Got my Tickets Thursday at 7am for KISS in Grandfalls , Newfoundland for July 9th ..... can't wait !!!! Now, if only I had backstage passes ....lol....it would be perfect !!!!

Wanda Locke

LETTERS
Apr 23 2011
TO ROCK THE POCONOS!
THE MORNING CALL
Mountain Laurel arts center gets KISS for reopening

By Andrew McGill, OF THE MORNING CALL

Four years after it closed, Mountain Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center is making another go at success, scheduling performers it hopes will lure concertgoers to its outdoor amphitheater.

On July 13, the Pike County venue will host glam rockers KISS in its first show since 2007.

It's an all-star start for the troubled venue, which first opened in 2003 amid applause and a torrent of public money but could never stay afloat after several tries.

Now under the guidance of concert veteran David Rodriguez, it has a new tagline: "The music is back in the Pocono Mountains."

There will be a KISS ARMY members-only pre-sale. Stay tuned to KISSOnline for details.
Apr 23 2011
TOKYO UNHOLY ROCKS WTH !
YOUTUBE
Check out this clip of the Japanese band, TOKYO UNHOLY performing KISS songs at their Studio Rehearsal on 03-19-2011. The band performs "Love Gun", "Say Yeah", "See You In Your Dreams Tonight", "Rocket Ride", "Deuce", and "Unholy." Great job!

Thanks to Russ Dannecker for sending KISSOnline the clip.

Apr 22 2011
ON FOX BUSINESS NEWS
FOX BUSINESS NEWS
FBN's Jeff Flock with Kiss members unveiling the new Mini Cooper model, which will be auctioned off on eBay for UNICEF.



Apr 22 2011
MINI USA AND at NY AUTO SHOW
MINIUSANEWS / YOUTUBE
Here's a video of MINI USA and KISS at the New York Auto Show on Thursday.

Apr 21 2011
& MINI PHOTOS FROM NY AUTO SHOW
KISSONLINE
Check out these photos from the NY Auto show, where KISS and MINI teamed up to raise money for UNICEF!

Photos by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline.
Apr 21 2011
MORE & MINI PHOTOS FROM NY AUTO SHOW
KISSONLINE
Here are a few more photos of KISS and MINI at the New York auto show.

Photos by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline.
Apr 21 2011
NEW YORK TIMES
By TAMARA WARREN
Photo by Andrew Gombert/European Pressphoto Agency

Smoke spurted, the curtain lifted and in rock star fashion Kiss took the stage Thursday morning at the New York auto show. The band wore full makeup, stilted heels and shiny spandex and posed next to four Mini Cooper Countrymans, customized according to each member’s face makeup pattern and persona — the Demon, the Spaceman, the Catman and the Starchild. The signed cars and other Kiss memorabilia will be auctioned for Unicef.

Gene Simmons, the bassist and vocalist, stuck out his infamous tongue and raised his arms, while the guitarist Tommy Thayer and the drummer Eric Singer lunged for the photo opportunity. The fourth Kiss member, Paul Stanley, was unable to attend because of a family emergency, Mr. Simmons said. Mini USA President Jim McDowell wore Kiss-inspired makeup and introduced the band. In their tall heels, they towered over Mr. McDowell. “I seem a little short,” he said.

“You don’t seem short,” Mr. Simmons said in response.” You are short.”

The band gathered in the basement of the Javits for interviews with Mr. McDowell after the conference. Mr. McDowell used a makeup artist for the event, but the band said they always apply the makeup themselves.

The auction begins online May 29 and runs to June 19. “We don’t make it a habit of doing press conferences and trying to convince people that we care about the planet we live and we live on the planet,” Mr. Simmons said. They also work with the charity Wounded Warriors. “We’re very blessed to lead this life.”
Apr 21 2011
PR NEWSWIRE
MINI and legendary rock band KISS partner to raise money for UNICEF

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MINI USA launches the "MINI Rocks the Rivals" competitive test-drive tour in the USA, and as part of the kickoff, MINI has partnered with legendary rock band KISS to raise money for UNICEF to help children in Japan and emergencies around the globe.

KISS band members made the announcement live as four MINI Countryman vehicles with KISS-inspired designs made their debut at the New York Auto Show, each representing one of the KISS band member's iconic faces. All four vehicles will be auctioned after being custom painted with the revealed design and signed by all four KISS members. Fans will be able to bid on the vehicles during a special Father's Day eBay charity auction opening May 29th and proceeds will be donated to UNICEF.

"Our hearts go out to the people of Japan in this time of great tragedy. We wanted to help and also to provide a real way for the KISS Army to get involved," said Gene Simmons of KISS. "UNICEF raises money to help children who are still coping with the effects of these disasters, and also supports other very important emergency relief efforts around the world. Join the KISS Army in giving."
Apr 21 2011
EDMUNDS INSIDE LINE
By Mike Magrath

Do you like the Mini Countryman? Old men dressed like monsters in bondage? Helping children affected by the earthquake in Japan and other disasters? Being yelled at by said monsters about said children while standing on Mini Countrymen?

If you answered yes to all of the above, this story is for you!

The Twitterverse has been abuzz for the last day with rumors that Kiss, or at least Gene Simmons, was attending some BMW functions. For example, Martha Stewart tweeted, "me and kisses [sic] gene simmons who is sitting next to me at per se dinner for bmw http://twitpic.com/4ndwbq" and the even less coherent, "Gene simmons of kiss mini coopers part bmw. He does have funny eating habits and he is not in makeup tonight."

Right. Whatever that was intended to mean, Mini rolled out Kiss (and not Mini Kiss like so many expected) for the 2011 New York Auto Show to kick off "Mini Rocks the Rivals" test-drive program. The idea is to go "on the road" with the hot-selling Countryman to provide consumer ride-and-drives side-by-side with the competition.

The other part of this is an auction. The four vehicles -- one styled after each member of the band and signed by all four -- will be auctioned off and all proceeds donated to UNICEF. The auction starts on May 29 and runs for 10 days.
Apr 21 2011
PAUL'S GUITAR AT VIETNAM HARD ROCK
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hello KISS!!!

I went to the Hard Rock Cafe in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam (back to the fatherland) earlier this month and I saw Paul Stanley's guitar on the wall!!! KISS rocks!!

Thy Pham

LETTERS
Apr 20 2011
FANS TAKE 1ST PLACE IN NORWAY!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Hello from Norway!

We dressed up like KISS at carnival this year. We had a hard job making the outfits, all handmade by me and my sister. Even the guitars ;) We had a little concert, singing "I was made for loving you," a great success!

We even won the first price! This will be hard to beat next year...

Veronika Lund

LETTERS
Apr 20 2011
DRESSED TO KILL BED LINENS
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's the concept art for proposed "Dressed to Kill" KISS bed linens submitted to KISS for approval.

This product was approved and is slated for release later this year.
Apr 19 2011
TO ROCK NEWFOUNDLAND!
KISSONLINE.com
"We're doing these shows to honor our promise to play these cities. We said we'd do it, and we are!"

KISS will headline the Salmon Festival Mega Concert 2011 at Centennial Park in Grand Falls - Windsor, Newfoundland, Canada on Saturday, July 9th!

Tickets for KISS at the Festival go on sale to the general public on Thursday, April 28th.

A KISS ARMY Members-only ticket presale will begin on April 21st at 8AM (EDT) on KOL.


(Photo by Kate Lougee for KISSOnline)
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