News - 2011 : July

Jul 30 2011
Dear Kissonline,

We are sending you this collage that we have made with some of the pictures from the event that we had on Saturday, July 16th, “ALACANT ROCK CITY”. It was a big success! Around 200 people came to our party.

We started off the day having lunch with the fans. More than 30 members of KISS ARMY SPAIN were present at the lunch where everybody had a great time. Many of them took advantage to rest and others did some tourism in Alicante.

The venue opened its doors at 10 p.m. with KISS videos on the big screen while the fans were coming in. Then the local band AZÖTE opened the night with Psycho Circus, and apart from their own songs, they also played Parasite, Heaven’s On Fire and Rock And Roll Hell (crowd went nuts). Headliners and real stars were KISS FEVER BAND, a great cover band from Madrid. They performed a long setlist full of KISS classics and hits. Audience was crazy, singing, shouting and clapping all the time.

The end of the show with Rock And Roll All Nite was mind blowing. Mauricio, Javier Rueda, Laia, AZÖTE singer and I went onstage to give away the A1 poster signed by all the 2 band members. We all ended up singing the song along with the band. We really look forward to having another party like this next year.

Yours sincerely, Xarly & Mauricio

Jul 30 2011
Jim’s (pictured center) wedding party wanted to unwind a bit before the big day. So, knowing that we are all KISS fans, we decided to take a little piece of the band along with us as Jim and Nikki tied the knot on July 16th, 2011. We all put on our favorite KISS t-shirts under our tuxedoes and made sure we had the photographic evidence to show our devotion! I don’t think the tux company had this in mind when they designed the suits!

I, Bob “Gene”, served as Master of Ceremonies at the reception wearing my Gene shirt. It was a great day and Jim and Nikki couldn’t have been happier. The entire wedding party, Bob “The Demon”, Derek “Destroyer”, Owen “Hot in the Shade, and Brad “Kiss Army” wish them nothing but happiness for many, many years to come!

Bob Perreault

Jul 29 2011
Here is a teaser ad both IDW Pub and Archie Comics Group used at
this year's COMICON -- the huge comic book convention held in San
Diego, Calif on July 22-25.

The response, needless to say, was over the top...lines formed at
their booths immediately, to hear the news....that BOTH IDW Pub and
Archie Comics would be doing KISS Comics.

At the same time.
Never before done.
Another KISS first.
Jul 29 2011

Here' Paul Stanley on the cover of Polish 'Photo Kurier' magazine.

Thanks to Skibek for sending KISSOnline the image!

Jul 29 2011
by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson

Former hair-band front man and reality TV star Bret "Poison" Michaels' cruise may have been canceled earlier this week, but there's no need to fret. Rock-music theme cruises are some of the hottest parties at sea, and during the upcoming fall/winter cruise season, there's no shortage of opportunities to sail with your favorite performers.

Whether you prefer old-school pop-rock tunes from the Beatles and Elvis or can't get enough of hard-rocking acts like Hinder and Buckcherry, there's likely a sailing suited to your musical inclinations. And, with so many cruises to choose from, we thought we'd do a bit of the legwork for you.

The best part? While many music-themed voyages sell out quickly, these are still available -- at least as of press time. Just remember that these sorts of cruises tend to sell out quickly, so if you're really determined to sail with or celebrate your favorite performers, you'll want to book ASAP.

The Kiss Kruise. Join everyone's favorite larger-than-life glam-rock band on a four-night Bahamas cruise aboard Carnival Destiny. This cruise sails in October, so in honor of Halloween (and the band's penchant for playing dress-up), the exclusive Kiss-themed onboard activities will include a holiday bash and several costume contests. Of course there will be a number of live performances, as well.

Learn more at
Jul 28 2011
By Ted Shaw, The Windsor Star

CLICK here to view The Star's KISS Photo Gallery.

From the shrill opening chords of Modern Day Delilah to the confetti storm that accompanied the closing number, Rock and Roll All Nite, Kiss proved again Wednesday at Caesars Windsor's Colosseum its rock circus is one smoking show.

The band that claims to be the hottest band in the world had the burners cranked up for Windsor.

Even lead singer Paul Stanley remarked at one point, "Never have two countries been closer in the spirit of rock 'n' roll than right here in Windsor and in Detroit Rock City."

Detroit Rock City, of course, is one of Kiss' enduring favourites and the crowd reacted with roars of approval.

The show is a spectacle from start to finish and the band doesn't leave you enough time to take a breath as it gears it up for 16 of its best-loved songs.

Gene Simmons, 61, the star of reality TV and the trademark of the Kiss phenomenon in his Demon makeup, continues to amaze with the energy of a 20-year-old.

Stanley, at 59, is no less amazing, as he takes charge from the time he hits the stage.
Jul 28 2011
Here's KISS in the packed Colosseum in Windsor last night.

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSonline.
Jul 28 2011
Here's Paul and Eric rockin' out at the Orillia show on Tuesday.

Photos by Terry Wilson for KISSOnline.
Jul 28 2011
Here's Tommy and Gene performing in Orillia on Tuesday night.

Photos by Terry Wilson for KISSOnline.
Jul 28 2011
CLICK here to listen to Tommy's interview on the ‘Morning Drive’ show.

‘Kiss’ Lead Guitarist Tommy Thayer joins ‘Morning Drive’ to talk about the upcoming 2011 Pacific University Legends of Golf Classic and also breaks down the golf games of some of his fellow musicians.

Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America
Jul 27 2011
Here's KISS with the SOLD OUT crowd in Orillia last night.

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline.

Jul 27 2011
Posted by Chris Alexander

As many Fango readers know already, your editor is indeed a card-carrying member of the Kiss army (literally; the card is in my wallet, in front of my driver’s license). I have been a serious fan since I was a little boy, borrowing Kiss records from the library, eventually saving up my allowance to get my first slab of vinyl—which was, oddly, THE ELDER (because of this, I still have warm ties to that controversial, commercially DOA 1981 rock opera…in fact, it might be my favorite in the catalog).

I bought as much Kiss krap as I could find—I had posters, flags, hats, shirts. I would draw pictures of Gene Simmons (as I’ve said before, especially in the cover feature in FANGORIA #298, Simmons’ Demon persona was my first monster) and wished I was Paul Stanley. I loved the mythical otherworldliness of the band—the visual aesthetics which were part garish, full-color, sexed-up Hammer horror movie and part Barnum & Bailey circus. I loved the music, which was screechy, fast, dirty, sometimes epic (THE ELDER, again), anthemic and full of a kind of lunatic energy. Coupled with a love of monsters, comic books and science fiction, this love for Kiss would put me on the path—for better or worse—that I’m on today, and—especially considering I’ve since passed all this passion on to my kids—I cannot see this enthusiasm ever ebbing.

So perhaps I’m biased when reporting on a Kiss concert. Blinded a bit by love. But who cares? Here I sit in a hotel room in Ontario’s Casino Rama, a monolithic entertainment center two hours outside of Toronto in the semi-rural community of Orillia, the day after watching Gene and Paul and succeeding Catman Eric Singer and Spaceman Tommy Thayer blow shit up. The Rama stop is part of Kiss’ relatively brief “Lost Cities” tour, which sees the band hitting off-the-beaten-path arenas across Canada and the U.S. for what is, in essence, likely a warmup for a bigger tour that will launch later in support of their impending new studio album, a follow-up to 2009’s ultrasuccessful SONIC BOOM.

Jul 27 2011

During the soundcheck for KISS' Soboba show in San Jacinto, Paul Stanley experienced a cardiac event that required medical intervention. Paramedics treated Paul and advised that he would be putting his life at risk if he performed during the show. Paul insisted that Gene, Tommy and Eric carry on and perform the show without him. "Don't let the fans down!"

KISS Manager Doc McGhee took the stage to announce to the crowd that Paul was unable to perform but that Gene wanted to speak with the fans. Gene then took the stage, asking the audience if they wanted the rest of the band to perform. The crowd cheered, and the show went on.

Gene announced that the concert was a tribute to "the greatest voice in Rock and Roll - Rock God Paul Stanley!" With Paul en route to the hospital - Gene, Tommy and Eric played a 14-song set, even inviting fans onstage to help sing "Christine Sixteen." It was the last stop on KISS' "Hit and Run" tour that became an extraordinary chapter in KISStory.

Paul's message to fans, posted the next day:

During sound check yesterday, my heart spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute where it stayed for over an hour necessitating paramedics to start an IV and give me a shot to momentarily stop my heart and get it into a normal pattern. Not knowing if this episode was life threatening made it even more exhausting. After consulting with both the paramedics and a cardiologist at Cedar Sinai, they confirmed my worst fear. They said that I would put myself at risk if I tried to do the show.

I'm very proud of Gene, Tommy and Eric for carrying on without me. I apologize to anyone I disappointed and I'll make it up to you when I see you again.

- Paul

Soboba set list:

01. Deuce / 02. Cold Gin / 03. Calling Dr. Love / 04. Christine Sixteen / 05. Nothin' to Lose / 06. I Love it Loud / 07. Goin' Blind / 08. Watchin' You / 09. She / 10. Parasite / 11. God of Thunder / 12. Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll / 13. Black Diamond / 14. Rock and Roll All Night

Jul 27 2011
Dear KISS,

I’m so proud to share a video we just did in tribute to you, the hottest band in the world!

Once a month, 4 friends in Holland get together to try and recreate what you guys do on tour every night: the perfect rock show. Supported by a crew of loyal Kiss army members, we pay a lot of attention to detail: recently building the Kiss stairs, pyrotechnics, making sure we have the best looking outfits, and of course the music, which is the soundtrack to our lives.

It’s an honor to step into your boots once a month…

See you on the cruise!

Kiss on the Rocks

Jul 27 2011

Check out this KISS sighting at Ralph's Famous Italian Ices in Long Island, NY.

Thanks to Vince from NY for sending KOL the images!

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