News - 2012 : June

Jun 18 2012
FANGORIA PRESENTS : MONSTER! PRE-ORDER NOW!
From FANGORIA, the planet's number one cult film, horror and fantasy culture entertainment magazine, KISS: Monster—The Official Album And Tour Magazine will hit newsstands everywhere on June 26th and be sold direct via FANGORIA.com and KISSONLINE.com… just in time for the first week of the new KISS/Motley Crue nationwide tour!

A KISS magazine made by KISS fans for KISS fans, this glossy, 72 page collector’s magazine features dozens of rare, new and never before published photographs as well as brand new interviews with KISS members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, wherein they muse on the past, reflect on the present and look to what lies in store for “the hottest band in the world” on the cusp of the release of MONSTER, the band’s 20th studio album.

Filled with blood, spectacle, fire, passion, insight and affection, KISS: MONSTER – THE OFFICIAL ALBUM AND TOUR MAGAZINE is a souvenir no KISS fan will want to be without.

Pre-order your copy now here.

Jun 18 2012
by: Matthew Wilkening

‘Love Gun, ‘ the sixth studio album from KISS, and the clear pinnacle of the band’s first golden era, was released 35 years ago this week.
The album’s release marked a pair of turning points for the band. It was the last record to feature their original lineup — Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley — performing together on every song.

(In 1998, the foursome released a reunion album entitled ‘Psycho Circus,’ but it is widely reported that outside musicians joined Stanley and Simmons for much of that project.)

‘Love Gun’ was also released at the high-point of the band’s commercial success. KISS were without question the hottest band in the land at the time, with arena shows selling out across the country and mountains of records and merchandise flying off store shelves.

Seeing as how ‘Love Gun’ was their fifth studio LP in just three years — not to mention the near-constant touring the group had been doing since forming in 1973 — it’s hard to say they didn’t work hard to earn that position.
Jun 18 2012
LICENSE PLATES AT MONSTER MINI GOLF
KISS BY MONSTER MINI GOLF
Love our KISS license plates from KISS fans on display at KISS by Monster Mini Golf, Vegas! Goal...acquire one from each of the 50 states. Then let's go international!
Jun 18 2012
THIS DAY IN TORY 1983
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS ROCKED MASSIVE CROWD IN RIO!

On June 18th, 1983, KISS performed before 137,000 fans at Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janerio, Brazil. This was the largest crowd of the band's career and the second show of three KISS shows on this mini Brazil tour. Portions of this show were recorded and broadcast on TV and radio by Globo TV. The three dates were the first South American shows for KISS ever and were also the last that KISS performed in makeup until 1996!

Set List:

Creatures Of The Night / Detroit Rock City / Cold Gin / Calling Dr. Love / Firehouse / I Want You / I Love It Loud / War Machine / Love Gun / God Of Thunder / I Still Love You / Black Diamond / Strutter / Rock And Roll All Nite

Jun 17 2012
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
KISSONLINE.com
Happy Father's Day to all the great Fathers out there...including Chip White!

A Happy Fathers Day from Afghanistan

Good Afternoon KISS,

My name is Kyle, I am 21, and I am currently in Afghanistan doing some awesome missions with special forces and navy SEALs. I wanted to do something special for my dad this year for Father's Day. He has always been a KISS fan and was the one who introduced me to the KISS Army as a kid. With only about a week left and me being in Afghanistan, there is not a whole lot I can do. That is why I am writing you. I would like to see if you could help me out in wishing him a Happy Father's Day.

His name is Chip White. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

KISS ARMY and US ARMY soldier,
Kyle White
Jun 17 2012
LATEST MERCHANDISE SUBMISSIONS
KISSONLINE.com
Here are some of the latest proposed KISS merchandise items from various licensees. They were presented to the band for approval, and may be released into the market place. Stay tuned to KOL for release updates.

Items Pictured:

KISS Faces / Logo Flask
KISS Army / Lick It Up Shot Glass
KISS Album Art Motorcycle Helmet (For Japanese Market)
KISS Faces / Logo Board Shorts
KISS Group Photo / German Logo Lighter (For German Market)
Archie Meets KISS Lunch Box
KISS Classic Photo Cup
KISS Rock And Roll Over Cup
KISS Group Photo Christmas Ornament

Jun 17 2012
THIS DAY IN TORY 1995
KISSONLINE.com
FIRST OFFICIAL US KISS CONVENTION

KISS began the North American leg of the first Official Worldwide KISS Convention Tour on June 17th, 1995 in Burbank, California. Peter Criss makes a surprise appearance at the Convention and joins Gene, Paul, Bruce and Eric on stage, singing two KISS classics -"Hard Luck Woman" and "Nothin' To Lose".

The unique and revolutionary KISS Convention tour featured a traveling KISS Museum displaying vintage KISS stage outfits, instruments, and memorabilia. Performances by KISS tribute bands, KISS collectors/dealers buying, selling and trading KISS merchandise, precedes an evening appearance by KISS themselves, appearing live and in person, conducting a question and answer session, autograph signing, and a two-hour plus unplugged set comprised mostly of spontaneous fan requests. Both Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick also performed clinics at the events.

Official KISS Conventions were held in Australia, Canada and the United Sates.

Songs performed at the KISS Conventions:

Comin' Home / Plaster Caster / Goin' Blind / Domino / Nothin' To Lose / Sure Know Something / Calling Dr. Love / C'mon and Love Me / Spit / I Still Love You / God Of Thunder (Country version) / See You Tonite / Do You Love Me / A World Without Heroes / Every time I Look At You / Rock Bottom / Shandi / Strutter / Hide Your Heart / Black Diamond / Heaven's On Fire / Rock And Roll All Nite

KISS also played (at least portions of) Strange Ways / Love Her All I Can / Love Gun / Take Me / Love Theme From KISS / Just A Boy and many more!

Jun 17 2012
ON ANIMAL PLANET'S "TANKED"
ANIMAL PLANET
The mini-golf course is finally open and the band KISS wants to see their tank! Will it live up to their expectations?

Jun 16 2012
COFFEEHOUSE: NEW MENU & MERCHANDISE!
KISSONLINE.com
The KISS Coffeehouse has added Beer, Wine, Firehouse Chili and New York Groove Cheesecake to it's menu! There's also new KISS Coffeehouse merchandise for 2012.

Merchandise Pictured:

KISS Coffeehouse "The Tour" shirt. Available from youth sizes to adult 3X.

KISS Coffeehouse "The Tour" Cup Sleeve.

KISS Coffeehouse Love Gun Guitar Sipper. Plays music, lights up and holds up to a 100 oz. cold drink.

Visit www.KISSCOFFEEHOUSE.com for all kinds of great KISS Coffeehouse items.

Jun 16 2012
CNN
KISS and 'Family Guy' announce licensing deal

(Rolling Stone) -- Rock stars and merchandising extraordinaires KISS have joined forces with Fox's animated hit "Family Guy" for a co-branded product line that will hit stores in fall, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Fox will develop the products with KISS' licensing agent, Live Nation Merchandise, and will look for partners to make everything from bobblehead dolls to apparel to fine art.

For a band that has licensed their image to everything from lunch boxes to pinball machines, KISS' new partnership makes total sense.

According to singer-guitarist Paul Stanley, the deal comes as KISS "are focusing more and more on the upper-tier, blue-chip opportunities for prestige partnerships. "Family Guy's" track record and consistent success with its demographic makes this match-up ideal."
Jun 16 2012
SIGHTING: POLAND VS RUSSIA SOCCER GAME
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

While watching a match between Poland and Russia at the European football championship at home in Holland, this frame came by. A polish KISS and football fan was shown, full screen. Love to share it with all of you.

Greetings,

Christian from Holland

LETTERS
Jun 16 2012
CELEBRATE FATHER'S DAY AT MINI GOLF!
KISS BY MONSTER MINI GOLF
Dads Rock this Sunday! Golf with Dad at KISS by Monster Mini Golf on Fathers Days and Dad gets a Rockin' Gift !
Jun 16 2012
By Sarah Thompson The Other Paper

After Russell asked his fiancée to marry him, he had another request: He wanted his friend Bryan Alexander, a Columbus-based Gene Simmons impersonator, to officiate at their wedding.

Alexander, who’s ordained and certified to perform weddings, agreed to the big Kiss fan’s request, and in October 2010, he wedded the two while wearing a replica of Simmons’s gray suit from the cover of the band’s 1975 album Dressed to Kill. He also donned Simmons’s noted mug paint and even sang “Every Time I Look at You” with the reception band.

The 115 wedding guests ate it up.

“There were more pictures of him being taken with guests at the wedding than I had done for the entire wedding itself,” said Russell, who declined to use his full name.

“The marriage didn’t last, but the ceremony was awesome.”

Since then, Alexander has officiated at two additional weddings as the rock legend, and he aims to do more. If he has his druthers, he’ll be doing at least some of them in Las Vegas.
Jun 15 2012
'HELP FOR THE HEROES' UK SHOW SOLD OUT
HMV FORUM
KISS' July 4th show at London’s HMV Forum is sold out.

Gene, Paul, Tommy and Eric will be performing to their KISS Army of fans at the celebrated London venue for one night only as a fundraiser for the Help for Heroes charity. The rock legends have always supported the US troops at their gigs over the years but this year, on Independence Day, the US rockers will be backing our wounded, sick and injured servicemen and women by raising money with this unique concert.

All proceeds from the concert will go to the charity.
Jun 15 2012
The move marks the first in a series of co-branded merchandise with prominent guest stars on the animated TV show.

Fox's animated TV show Family Guy, as part of a expansion of its licensing, has entered a venture with the rock band KISS for a co-branded product line expected to hit store shelves in the fall.

This is the first in a series of co-branded merchandise that 20th Century Fox Consumer Products plans to license around Family Guy inspired by other prominent guests on the show.

KISS has appeared on the show three times and has become part of a running storyline. The character Peter Griffin talks about his love for the band KISS and his wife, Lois, says she once dated KISS bass player Gene Simmons before he became famous.

Simmons, in turn, says with tongue in cheek: “Lois, our night together is a memory I will cherish.”

KISS, which has been around since 1972, performs in face paint and costumes. It has been touring and doing licensing and merchandising to its fan base for years. Lead singer Paul Stanley says they have already racked up more than a billion dollars in sales, and this latest deal comes as “we are focusing more and more on the upper-tier, blue-chip opportunities for prestige partnerships. Family Guy’s track record and consistent success with its demographic makes this match-up ideal."

“KISS and Family Guy coming together for a line of products is a great mash-up of two iconic brands that speaks directly to fans who will be able to enjoy something a little different and special with what we have in store,” said Jeffrey Godsick, president of Fox Consumer Products.
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