News - 2012 : January

Jan 07 2012
Thanks to Mike Hayes for sending KOL this story!

By Jo-Ann Jennings Bixby Bixby Bulletin

Dressed To Kill (DTK), a South Tulsa-based KISS tribute band, will perform a benefit concert Saturday January 28 at the legendary Cain’s ballroom in Tulsa. An official 2012 kickoff event for Turn Tulsa Pink, the entertainers will donate their time and talents to raise money for cancer research and to benefit the treatment and travel expenses of a local woman, Amy Willey. Amy is a 35-year old mother of four who just happens to be a KISS fan and a great friend of Dressed To Kill. She is fighting a rare and aggressive soft tissue/bone cancer called Ewing Sarcoma. It is the same disease which Tulsa musician and former OU and NBA basketball star Waymon Tisdale suffered from.

“Growing up in the 80’s, I was a big fan of rock and my sister and I got to see KISS in 1990,” said Willey. “I loved that DTK had the same energy I experienced watching KISS in concert and became an instant fan.” Amy has seen Dressed To Kill perform on five different occasions, each time recruiting more friends to come enjoy the incredibly accurate and high energy KISS experience the band provides. “They all became fans too,” she said.

The relationship between band and fan is very personal in this case though.

DTK bassist and Gene Simmons impersonator, Gregg Shipman, Bixby, said Willey’s sister is one of his best friends. As a result, Shipman has gotten to know Amy over the years and appreciate her as a friend as well a KISS fan who’s enjoyed DTK music and show. Shipman has followed her journey on Facebook and offered his love and prayers.
Jan 07 2012
LIL WAYNE ROCKS HAT AT HEAT GAME
From Fashion Bomb Daily:

Rapper Lil Wayne is definitely unafraid of risk-taking in the fashion department. He was seen court side at Monday's Miami Heat game rocking a KISS Fitted hat and a Earl Hoodie with giraffe print shorts and high-top sneakers.

His fitted hat is the definition of rock and roll, paying homage to the legendary rock band KISS!

Thanks to Cassius Morris for sending KISSOnline the photo!
Jan 07 2012
9-YEAR-OLD DYLAN ROCKS WITH !
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Check out 9-year-old Dylan drumming to KISS' "Deuce!" The clip is from a recent show in NJ, where Dylan played 12 KISS songs.

Keep rockin' Dylan!

Jan 06 2012
Classic Rock Magazine's February issue features Paul's thoughts on 6 tracks from KISS's upcoming album! Here's an excerpt:
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When it came to recording KISS's new, 20th album, Monster, Paul Stanley was wearing a big hat with the word 'Boss' on it. Metaphorically, anyway.

"I wasn't interested in making an album unless I was in charge and no one agreed to it half-heartedly," says the singer and guitarist, taking a break from co-producing the record at Conway Studios in Hollywood. "The band's all there, all the time, and we cut the tracks all facing each other in the same room. Chemistry and camaraderie, that's essential. That's what made Sonic Boom so great, and this album is thunderously better."

Firm but fair, we say. And if Stanley is to be believed, then their late-career hot streak shows no sign of fizzling out anytime soon. Which is why we've asked him to take us through Monster's key tracks. Take it away, Mr. Starchild...

"IT'S A LONG WAY DOWN"
"It says that those who reach heights and don't appreciate them fall mightily -- it's a long way down from the top. It's a defining track in the sense that it's very up-tempo and very much a signature song. Eric's [Singer] drumming is incredible on this."

"BACK TO THE STONE AGE"
"One that Gene sings. It's exactly what you'd expect it to be from the title. I come from a school where you write a verse, a bridge, a chorus, and then you go back. That's in my blood. It's in Motown, it's in The Beatles, it's in Led Zeppelin, it's in The Who, it's in all my favourite bands."
Jan 06 2012
ARE YOU THE ULTIMATE ROCK LADY DEMON?
ATTENTION Lady Rockers!!! Open Casting Call, Las Vegas!!

How would you like to be seen strutting a media blitzed Red Carpet wearing the first ever custom designed $10,000 Gene Simmons “Lady Demon” black leather wedding dress at the Grand Opening of KISS by Monster Mini Golf Las Vegas, with KISS?

KISS by Monster Mini Golf will hold an open casting call for its special lady on Friday, Jan. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m. in the Peacock Lounge at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino located at 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV, 89169.

To receive priority casting, due to outside responsibilities you may have, please reserve your time slot at monsterminigolf.com/kiss/index.html but Walk-ins are more than welcomed.

The top 10 finalists will be featured on KISSOnline and KISS by Monster Mini Golf social media giving fans the opportunity to cast your votes from Jan. 15 – Jan. 23 for your favorite Lady Demon.

The top 6 will then attend the Lady Demon finale that will take place in Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Jan. 29. Lady Demon will debut in front of KISS®, the media and hundreds of fans at the KISS by Monster Mini Golf Grand Opening on March 15, 2012.

Once a winner is announced, Lady Demon will be paired with one of Las Vegas’ most glamorous designers, Angel Gonzalez, from the Attic Vintage Shop in Vegas. The creative Gonzalez has been commissioned by KISS® by Monster Mini Golf to create a one of a kind Lady Demon wedding dress that was custom designed by the grand Demon himself, Gene Simmons for the first ever “Hotter Than Hell” Wedding Chapel at KISS by Monster Mini Golf.

There are a plethora of prizes the newly named “2012 KISS by Monster Mini Golf Lady Demon” will acquire.

monsterminigolf.com/kiss/
Jan 06 2012
GUITAR AUCTION FOR FALLEN FIREFIGHTER BENEFIT
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You may remember back in December, KISSonline shared the story of fallen Worcester, Massachusetts Firefighter Jon Davies, who died in the line of duty on December 8th. Davies was 43 years old and was scheduled to be married on New Year's Eve. He was the father of three sons, including two sons who are in the military. One son is deployed to Afghanistan. KISS Tribute band 'KISS Forever' held a benefit concert in his memory on December 16th.

KISS has the utmost respect for firefighters and all people who put their lives on the line for us every day. When they learned of Jon's benefit, all four members of KISS signed a Paul Stanley Washburn guitar to be raffled off and raise additional funds at the concert. Unfortunately, due to the shipping company's error, the guitar was lost in transit and did not make it to the event in time. Even without the guitar, 'KISS Forever' raised over $1300 for the Jon Davies Children Fund at the show.

Once the guitar finally arrived in Massachusetts, it was decide that an Ebay auction would be the best way to raise additional funds for this great cause. The auction is live now through January 15th.

This new Washburn guitar has been signed by Paul, Tommy, Eric and Gene in silver ink. There is a silver KISS logo medallion affixed to the body of the guitar. The guitar comes with a padded gig bag. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this guitar will be donated to the Jon Davies Children Fund.

CLICK HERE TO BID ON THE KISS-AUTOGRAPHED WASHBURN GUITAR!
Jan 06 2012
FEATURED IN JUST DANCE 3
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KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

My daughter came home from school so excited today. Her gym class is studying dances, and they had to choose choreography from the game "Just Dance 3" for the Nintendo Wii. This is the song her group is dancing to and the routine they decided to perform! KISS really is everywhere!

Mary

Jan 05 2012
WINE AND BEER ROCK!
KISSONLINE.com
Rewine and KISS Partner to Create Zin Fire Zinfandel and Destroyer Beer

The KISS-themed Zin Fire Wine and Destroyer Beer are now available in Sweden. The private-label liquors, which feature customized KISS packaging, will be available in many additional countries in 2012.

KISS Zin Fire is a bold and fruity 2010 California Zinfandel --- the result of a cool, long growing season that promoted fantastic flavor, acidity, and color. A brazen blend of blackberry and pepper gives the vintage a hard-rocking kick and spicy smooth finish.

KISS Destroyer Beer is an easy-to-drink beer in the best German tradition. A careful brewing process creates its great head of foam and a balanced flavor, like an original “Pils.” The brew will come in both a 33 cl (11.2 oz) bottle and 50 cl (16.9 oz) can.

“This isn’t just something we put a label on. We wanted wine and beer unique to KISS and we got it, said Paul Stanley of KISS. “This stuff will set your taste buds on fire.”

“If you love beer and wine, this one is for you!” said Gene Simmons of KISS.

“Working with KISS was a fantastic experience,” said Joakim Perani, managing director/partner of Rewine. “The band members were incredible partners in creating something that fans of fiery rock music, as well as great wine and beer, will enjoy.”

Additional details are online at www.kissrockdrinks.com.
Jan 05 2012
FAMILY AT MONSTER MINI GOLF
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We all had a GREAT time "playing" in the KISS boots @ Monster Mini Golf in Windsor, CT! We can't wait for the new tour and album, and we all hope to meet the band when they come to our area!

Bob (Demon), Maria (Spaceman), Alexis 12 yrs (Cat Man) and Sophia 9 yrs (Starchild).

Thank you!
The Corcoran Family

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Jan 05 2012
GENE ON CAM AT KINGS GAME
The Los Angeles Kings turned their “Kiss Cam” into the “KISS Cam” on Monday night, as KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons made an appearance on the screen during the popular jumbotron segment. He would go on to respect the rules of the game, sticking his unusually long tongue down the throat of his wife, Shannon Tweed.

That seemed like an awfully tough act to follow for the remaining Kiss Cam couples. Check it out.



Jan 04 2012
KISS Army, are you ready to become the KISS Navy?

After our valiant inaugural adventure at sea, KISS & Sixthman are again joining forces to unite the KISS Navy. It was victoriously the wettest, wildest, & most rockin’ time, but there are more tropical islands for us to conquer! We want YOU!

The KISS Kruise II
Sailing on the Norwegian Pearl, October 31 – November 4, 2012
From Miami, FL, to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

The official website is live today! Be sure to check out www.thekisskruise.com for the full event details!

KRUISE DETAILS

Included in the price of your cabin, you get:
-4 Night Halloween Cruise
- Indoor KISS Rock Show
- KISS Acoustic Unmasked Outdoor Show
- Cabin Photo with KISS
- Pre-signed Exclusive KISS Kruise II Print
- KISS Q&A
- KISS Hosted Activities (yes, all them! Paul, Gene, Tommy, & Eric will each lead an event onboard)
- Costume Contests
- KISS Navy Activities
- Wild Theme Nights and MUCH MORE!!!

Jan 04 2012
PAUL STANLEY CHECKS IN FROM THE STUDIO
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's Paul Stanley with Tommy Thayer and Greg Collins with an album report from the studio.


Jan 04 2012
BABY ES FOR THE CHILDREN'S ROOM
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HI KISS,

I've been a giant fan of yours pretty much my whole life....Not to long ago a friend of mine asked me to do a KISS themed painting for his children's room. Loved the opportunity!!! Here is what I did..... "Baby Kisses", 36" x 36" acrylic on canvas.

Cheers,
Joe Helms

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Jan 03 2012
ERIC SINGER TALKS WITH CASSIUS!
http://cotnpodcast.podomatic.com/entry/2012-01-03T14_29_01-08_00
This is an exclusive interview with KISS drummer, Eric Singer! Eric called into Creatures of the Net host, 13-year-old Cassius Morris' live Q&A session to talk KISS!

Eric reveals many specific details about KISS' next album, "Monster" set for release sometime this year. He talks about the sound on the record and says that the drums are "much heavier than on Sonic Boom!"
Jan 03 2012
By Dan Caffrey

has had many incarnations. Their faces have graced everything from T-shirts to coffins, even Hello Kitty dolls. One thing they’ve been no stranger to is comics. Besides having their own Marvel series in the ’70s, the band appeared in the ’90s reboot (and accompanying album book) Psycho Circus, published by Todd McFarlane Productions, and, most recently, the wholesome panels of Riverdale in Archie, written by Alex Segura and drawn by Dan Parent. Over the holidays, we caught up with KISS mainstay Gene Simmons for an in-depth conversation on the comic book industry, marriage, and why the band Chicago has a leg up on The Ramones.

You’ve always been a pretty huge comics fan, right?

I actually lived it and breathed it. You know, when I first came to America, I was eight and a half years old, and I remember one of the first books was The Brave And The Bold, and that was introducing the new Flash, the Silver Age Flash. You have to remember names like Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino. I just devoured it. And, of course, the Atlas Group, the Kirby era monsters, and the Ditko off-world things. I bought the Harvey books…there are lines of comic books that I collected all the way from A to Z, from Charlton publications all the way to Dell and Gold Key. I mean, I had thousands and thousands.

And when I was… oh I don’t know, about 12 or 13 years old, I actually printed up one-page handouts, leaflets…”Buying comic books, a dollar a pound.” And everybody had attics full of comic books. And I used to go there, because I knew what the Golden Age comics were worth. At the beginning of the model, comics weren’t worth anything. I was looking for the original Human Torch and Sub-Mariner things, and actually found some. So, a buck here, a buck there, and every once in a while, I’d get an Action Comics #38 or #40. I made a small fortune.

So, you were a pretty business-minded gentleman from the very beginning?

Yes, I’m Jewish. Above and beyond all the other guys that talk, I have actually been and continue to be a superhero myself. From the late ’70s, in the KISS books that Marvel put out, Gene Simmons actually fought Doctor Doom with The Fantastic Four and Spider-Man.
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