News - 2011 : July

Jul 26 2011

Here's my latest KISS poster!

Please feel free to let the KISS Army know how happy " we Canadian's " are that the band is back our Great Country !!


Jul 26 2011
The 2011 Montreal Heavy MTL fest was sweaty, raw and LOUD. The 2 day event showcased 40 bands and was attended by thousands of head-banging music fans. This feast of a rock and roll smorgasbord that was capped off by a scorching spectacle provided by none other than the rock gods of KISS!!!

From the time the massive silver “KISS” banner was dropped with a humongous, deafening explosion of pyro, KISS grabbed the festival crowd by the throat and did not let go until the last notes of Rock and Roll All Nite echoed into the distance.

The boys were on fire… Gene stalked the stage making his demonic presence known… Tommy dazzled all with his blazing solos… Eric brought the crowd to its feet with his feverish drum work… And what about Paul? HE WAS EVERYWHERE!!! He never stopped moving. He was singing ALL the songs, even the ones that others sang while he danced around the stage. He looked like he was having a blast up there!!!

From the first album through Sonic Boom, the hits were flying. The fans pumped their fists in time with the beat as classic after classic boomed through the amplifiers. Deuce… Detroit Rock City… Lick It Up… Say Yeah… The killer tunes just kept coming!!! They even threw in the Guess Who’s AMERICAN WOMAN!!!!

This was my 20th show, but each one always feels like the first all over again. Each is special and magical in its own way. I know this tour is just about to end but there is a new album on the horizon… WOW!!! Is this 2011 or 1977?

Thanks, KISS for another incredible evening of explosions, music and memories!!! I can’t wait for the next one!!!

Oh… AND a note for Lemmy (Motorhead) who said earlier this year: “Rock and Roll does NOT sound like KISS. We are Motorhead and WE play rock and roll.”

…I have now seen you both at Heavy MTL. With all due respect: You rock… However: KISS ROCKS!!!

Mike Mariacher

Check out the great Montreal audience in this KISS fan-filmed clip from Sunday:

Jul 26 2011
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Jul 26 2011
Gene Simmons Family Jewels on A&E

The season finale of GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS is tonight at 10/9c. Can't wait? Get your day started with an ALL DAY marathon running up to the season finale.

Jul 25 2011
The 5th Pacific Legends Golf Classic Brings Together Another Star-Studded Field Of Celebrities

Photo by John Wiley Howington

There is just one week to go before Tommy Thayer and his celebrity friends get ready to tee off in support of Pacific University's 21-sport NCAA Division III athletics program.

The 2011 Pacific University Legends Golf Classic, hosted by the KISS lead guitarist and Pacific University trustee, takes place on Sun., July 31 and Mon., Aug. 1. Over the first four years of the event, the Legends Golf Classic has raised over $400,000 for Pacific's athletic program and the over 400 student-athletes who participate annually.

“Legends has been successful year after year thanks to the outpouring of support from celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment and music,” Thayer said. “I am so happy that so many of my friends are coming back out for another first-class golf event to support Pacific athletics.”
Jul 25 2011
New guitarist says there's no end in sight to the KISS phenomena


For nearly 40 years, Kiss has been one of the planet's most recognizable, popular and successful rock bands.

And it seems like that isn't going to be ending any time soon.

For the past three years, the band has performed more than 250 shows, in three dozen nations around the world, to an audience that is arguably getting younger and younger.

As part of a short mid-summer tour, Kiss, comprising original members Gene Simmons, 61, and Paul Stanley, 59, along with longtime drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer, will be shaking the foundations of Casino Rama outside Orillia, on Tuesday and then take to the stage at Caesar's Windsor the following evening.
Jul 25 2011
To All Our Friends In Norway:


We offer you our prayers in this time of unimaginable horror, devastation and loss.

Words cannot express our grief so we stand with you in silence.

Jul 25 2011
Here's KISS with the massive crowd in Montreal last night.

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Jul 25 2011
Note from Gene about this great photo:

Montreal - yesterday afternoon...backstage...right before we hit the stage in front of 50,000 fans.

A young boy came up and held my hand.

Photos by Tim Lougee for KISSOnline.

Jul 25 2011
By Dalson Chen, The Windsor Star

Photograph by: PAULA TROTTER, The Windsor Star

Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist of legendary arena rockers Kiss, has a thing or two to say about the state of modern journalism.

"We don't really have that much responsible media. It's all just kind of entertainment-based," says Thayer in a telephone interview from Los Angeles.

"I don't think it helps our culture, our society, our country.

"It's disappointing.

"I'm in the entertainment business, but I think it goes way too far. I'd like to see more journalism give people the straight scoop, because I think a lot of people need the information and they're not getting it."

The normally affable musician catches himself.

"This is getting serious," he says, laughing.

Rock fans needn't worry about Kiss being so serious when the famously over-the-top band plays The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor on Wednesday night.
Jul 25 2011

Eric Carr makes his debut as KISS' new drummer during the "Unmasked" tour at the Palladium in Manhattan.
Jul 24 2011
By Mark Lepage, The Gazette

Photograph by: Bryanna Bradley / THE GAZETTE

Moshed potatoes for 35,000, anyone?

Two days and nights, 39 bands, enough volume and weight to shift a tectonic plate. Knobs at 11? 12. Heavy MTL.

And when KISS followed Motorhead’s customarily essential set, setting off their own Fireworks Competition display last night, one had to admit, this is the ideal one-stop-shopping outing to stock up on a year’s worth of metal.

Sunday night, Heavy MTL got the headliner it deserved and needed – not the purest of the death metalloids, but the showbizzers who prove more than any that the “bastard child of rock’n’roll” is multigenerational. When Paul Stanley screeched “Hold up your little ones!” between Firehouse and Deuce, and many parents hoisted kids in KISS make-up, you realized KISS reminds you of the pointlessness of Broadway. This is Broadway, the hard/real way: the demon/loverman/space-case/cat costumed finery, the spectacle, and a vilified songbook that still kills anything in Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. A huge crowd, who’d shifted over after Motorhead’s irreducible Ace of Spades and Overkill to cram the left side of the park, roared at the fire-pillars, and throughout a comprehensive set that reminds even the least devoted in the audience that KISS has now been an entry point to rock’n’roll for 40 (!) years of wasted youth.

In the photo: KISS lead vocals and rhythm guitarist, Paul Stanley, hangs off the stage during the KISS performance at the Heavy Metal festival at Jean-Drapeau in Montreal on Sunday, July 24, 2011.
Jul 24 2011
KISS perform at the Heavy Metal festival at Jean-Drapeau in Montreal on Sunday, July 24, 2011.

Photographs by: Bryanna Bradley / THE GAZETTE

CLICK here to view more photos from the Heavy MTL festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal
Jul 24 2011

In preparation for this year's upcoming Anniversary Party, NEON lights will be installed to the KISS Coffeehouse storefront, around each individual band members' image. To commemorate this historic event, we've designed our most intricate and detailed KISS Coffeehouse collector's pins ever! The new KISS Coffeehouse store front pin will ONLY be available the day of the Anniversary party (no online sales)! Only 300 KISS Coffeehouse store front pins will be produced!
Jul 24 2011
KISS Drummer Eric Singer Featured In Exclusive BW&BK Interview

BW&BK scribe Mitch Lafon recently caught up with KISS drummer Eric Singer, discussing a variety of subjects in anticipation of the band's July 24th appearance at Heavy MTL.

Singer: "KISS has always been somewhat of a unifying and polarizing band. Just like buying a car buying a car or eating at a restaurant – you go by participation. If I don’t like something I don’t buy it. I don’t support it. You vote with your wallet, but KISS is about the show and about having a good time. Being in KISS is a lot of hard work. It’s not easy like everybody thinks. I’ve been in a lot of bands and nothing takes the amount of energy, effort and work as it does to play in KISS. I’ve seen Paul almost yawning before he goes on stage, but when the lights go down – BAM. He’s running around, jumping…What’s important is when you are on that stage. That’s when you have to give 100%..”

-- On the KISS audience: "We’ve seen how the audience has changed over the past few years. It’s now more of an all-ages show. I liken KISS to Disneyworld or Universal Studios – it’s one of these spectacle things that you’ve got to go see."

-- On Heavy MTL: "We love Montreal. It’s a beautiful city. I’m glad that we’re going back there to play the Heavy MTL festival. And we have a day off there, which is very cool."
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