News - 2012 : June

Jun 15 2012
BOXING LEGEND MIKE TYSON AT MNI GOLF!
Mike Tyson joined Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed as they visited KISS by Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas on June 13, 2012.

(Pictured above: Mike Tyson & KISS Impersonator Luis Reyes - Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com).

CLICK HERE to view more photos from Tyson's KISS Mini Golf visit
Jun 15 2012
FOX 5 LAS VEGAS COVERS MINI GOLF EVENT
Jun 15 2012
THIS DAY IN TORY 1996
KISSONLINE.com
REUNITED KISS ROCKED CALIFORNIA

The recently reunited original KISS performed a one off show at the KROQ Annual Weenie Roast on June 15th, 1996. This was the first concert where Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter performed together in makeup since late 1979 and also the first time that any KISS lineup had performed a show in makeup since June 25th, 1983!

Paul remembers the show...

"This was the very first time I stood on stage, guitar in hand, full paint, 8 inch leather heels and saw Ace, Peter and Gene with me for this test run of our second global takeover. Once again, we were ready and unstoppable. The rest is KISStory!"

Other acts at the show included: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, KORN, Everclear, Garbage and the Fugees. All of the acts, except KISS, were broadcast on the radio.

The set list for the show:

Deuce / Love Gun / Cold Gin / Calling Dr. Love / Firehouse / Shock Me / 100,000 Years / Detroit Rock City / Black Diamond / Rock and Roll All Nite

Jun 15 2012
AND 'FAMILY GUY' ANNOUNCE LICENSING DEAL
Line of toys, apparel and fine art to hit stores in fall

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."

KISS are no strangers to Family Guy, having already made three cameos on the program. They have even become part of a running storyline that involves a previous relationship between Lois Griffin and KISS bassist/ladies' man Gene Simmons.

"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. The joint licensing venture is the first in the company's new series, which will encompass other notable Family Guy guests in the future.

KISS are in for a busy summer, cartoon merch aside; they will hit the road alongside fellow metal dieties Mötley Crue for a 40-date North American trek, simply dubbed "The Tour."
Jun 15 2012
THIS DAY IN TORY 1979
KISSONLINE
KISS OPENED DYNASTY TOUR

KISS began their DYNASTY Tour on June 15th, 1979 at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida. KISS performed over 75 shows in the US and Canada, with opening acts including Cheap Trick, John Cougar, Loverboy and Judas Priest. The tour, which ended December 16th in Toledo, Ohio, was also Peter Criss' final tour with KISS until the REUNION Tour in 1996.

The DYNASTY Tour featured some of KISS' most flamboyant costumes to date and several new special effects including Gene flying up to the lighting truss during "God of Thunder" and Ace's chaser light guitar, which had knobs that made the lights on the guitar chase in different ways. Another Ace guitar also flew up to the lighting truss during his "2000 Man" solo.

The set list included songs from each of the first 7 KISS studio albums as well Paul's "Move On" and Ace's "New Your Groove". Both Gene's "Radioactive" and Peter's "Tossin' And Turnin'" were also performed earlier in the tour.

Set list on the DYNASTY Tour: King Of the Night Time World / Let Me Go, Rock And Roll / Move On / Calling Dr. Love / Firehouse / Love Gun / New York Groove / I Was Made For Lovin' You / Christine Sixteen / 2.000 Man / God Of Thunder / Shout It Out Loud / Black Diamond / Detroit Rock City / Beth / Rock And Roll All Nite


Here's a clip of "King Of The Night Time World" from the Largo, Maryland stop on the Dynasty Tour.

Jun 14 2012
PAUL STANLEY'S INTERVIEW WITH CNN
CNN.com


PAUL STANLEY CAUTIONS OF “NO FLY ZONE” OVER KISS CONCERTS THIS SUMMER

Rock icon promises “The Tour” will be “THE BIGGEST THING KISS HAS EVER DONE” in interview with CNN

Paul Stanley, the iconic lead singer and founder of KISS, cautioned about the need for a “No Fly Zone” over KISS concerts this summer. In an interview on CNN’s Newsroom with Carol Costello this morning, Stanley said the forthcoming “The Tour” will be “spectacular and the biggest thing KISS has ever done” with “incredible pyro, incredible lights” necessitating the need for a ‘No Fly Zone’ over the arenas and amphitheaters where KISS and Motley Crue will be performing.

“When fans come to see us (on ‘The Tour’) they will leave pummeled.”

Paul Stanley on CNN’s Newsroom with Carol Costello:

The heavily-anticipated “The Tour” with Motley Crue kicks-off July 20 in Bristow, Virginia.

For more information or tickets, go to www.KISSonline.com/tour.
Jun 14 2012
KISSONLINE.com
FAMILY GUY AND KISS COMBINE FORCES FOR A NEW, ROCKIN’ CONSUMER PRODUCTS LINE

Collaboration Kicks Off Co-branding Strategy That Will Pair Animated Franchise With Other Iconic Names

On their own, FAMILY GUY and KISS are two of the most recognizable names in entertainment. Today, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and KISS are proud to announce an upcoming co-branded FAMILY GUY/KISS product line that will hit shelves this coming fall. Moving forward, Fox Consumer Products and Kiss will look to create a line of co-branded merchandise inspired by other prominent guests from the show.

The FAMILY GUY/KISS line is an organic collaboration that taps into the band’s references within the show. So far, KISS has appeared three times on the series, providing viewers with insightful and hilarious nuggets that include Peter Griffin’s love for the band and the fact that Lois Griffin once dated KISS' bass playing Demon, Gene Simmons before he became famous.

To support the program, Fox Consumer Products and Live Nation Merchandise, Kisses' licensing agent, will be looking for partners in the following categories: vinyl figures, bobble heads, apparel, plush, novelty,barware, social expressions and fine art.

According to KISS' lead singer/guitarist and co-founder Paul Stanley; "With KISS merchandise, endorsements and co-branding heading to the billion dollar mark 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 it's demographic makes this match up ideal."
Jun 14 2012
KISSONLINE.com
** The hottest band in the world… are back in the UK! **
** With their new album Monster out in October **
** New single to be released July 2nd **
** Monster Book to be launched July 2nd **
** Special show at The Forum in London for Help for Heroes on Independence Day, Wednesday 4th July **

Rock Legends KISS are rolling out into London in July and taking over the UK with not just a single release, but also a book release and an intimate show at London’s Forum on July 4th.

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 band has always supported the US troops at their gigs over the years but this year, on Independence Day, the US rockers will be backing British wounded, sick and injured servicemen and women by raising money with this unique concert. All proceeds from the concert will go to the charity.

Ahead of the new KISS album ‘Monster’ (due out in the Autumn), the band will also be releasing a single on 2nd July. Also, KISS are happy to announce that they will further be raising funds for our wounded, sick and injured troops as all proceeds from the single will be donated to Help for Heroes.

Paul Stanley states "The greatest national treasure of any free country is the army that defends it at all cost. Bringing attention to the obligation we all share to those returning heroes has been our mission in the US and now the UK. We pay tribute to those brave men and women and urge everyone to show their thanks with donations".
Jun 14 2012
LONDON ARMY PRE-SALE LIVE NOW
KISSONLINE.com
KISS will rock the London Forum on Wednesday, July 4th! A KISS ARMY Members' only ticket pre-sale is live now. There is a limit of two tickets per customer.

Age Restrictions: 14+ (Under 16 with adult)

A KISS ARMY Members-Only ticket pre-sale takes place today, 6/12, at 9:00AM local venue time for KISS' July 4th London Forum show. Premium KISS ARMY Members have access to Members-Only KISS tickets for this show.

If you are a Premium KISS ARMY Member: LOGIN at http://www.kissonline.com/service/login and visit the tour page to get information to access the presale.

If you are not a current Premium Member of the KISS ARMY and would like to participate in the Members-only Pre-sale: JOIN NOW!

Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 15 at 9 AM local venue time.
Jun 13 2012
COMIC REVIEW: #1
Here are a few excerpts from PS Hayes's Geeks of Doom review of the new KISS Comic.

Writer Chris Ryall has done what no other writer before him has done: turned out one hell of an entertaining KISS book with a story that is fresh and a completely original concept. He’s really captured the personas of what the members of KISS are on stage. There’s a fantastic narrative that runs through out the book, that’s really amazing. More importantly, this is a story that MAKES SENSE. It’s not just “KISS trying to get to the concert venue before it’s too late” (which would be a GREAT idea for a KISS kid’s comic), it’s a story of good vs evil. Well, kinda-good vs evil. OK, it’s a story of KISS vs. evil.

Whether or not you’re KISS fan, you’re going to enjoy this book. IF you are a KISS fan, you will spend at LEAST a good hour looking for all the inside KISS jokes. I’ve found many, but I’m sure that they are more. A great story, well written, fantastic art, this book has everything. As far as this comic goes, YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST!!!!! (Sorry, couldn’t help it. – Editor’s Note: KISS rules.)

CLICK HERE to read Geeks of Doom's full review
Jun 13 2012
NEW COMIC IN STORES TODAY!
KISSONLINE.com
The first issue of our new KISS comic with IDW Publishing hits stores TODAY!

Pictured are the 6 different covers that will be available for the #1 Issue. KISS #1 will officially be in stores on June 13. Order the KISSOnline exclusive first issue in our KISS Shop now.

Check out a 5-page preview of the issue at by clicking here



Jun 13 2012
THE TOUR GIVEAWAY: ENTER NOW!
KISSONLINE.com
WIN A TRIP TO SEE KISS & MOTLEY CRUE LIVE IN SAN DIEGO!

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•Roundtrip air for two to San Diego, CA
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Prize Eligibility Only persons residing in United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter. Sweepstakes Starts May 07, 2012 @ 12:00 pm (PDT) Sweepstakes and Ends July 06, 2012 @ 12:00 pm (PDT).

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Jun 13 2012
ASSIGNMENT: YOUR QUESTIONS FOR GENE SIMMONS
CNN iREPORT
Are you a member of the KISS Army? KISS frontman Gene Simmons is sitting down soon with CNN.com and he wants your questions!

The star of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” is one of the most recognized names in rock and roll, and one of the most intriguing, outspoken celebrities in the world.

Here is your chance to interview Simmons. Post your video question here (please keep it under 15 seconds), and you could see his response on CNN.com.

Upload your video by Monday, June 18 at noon ET at ireport.cnn.com
Jun 12 2012
PAUL STANLEY TO APPEAR ON CNN THIS THURSDAY
KISSONLINE.com
Rock icon to discuss “The Tour” and the summer concert season with anchor Carol Costello

Paul Stanley, the founder and driving force behind the greatest band ever born on American soil, KISS, will appear live on CNN this Thursday, June 14 at 7:40 a.m. PST (10:40 a.m. EST).

Stanley, one of rock’s most preeminent and iconic frontmen, will be interviewed by award-winning CNN anchor Carol Costello regarding the summer concert season and the much-anticipated “The Tour” with Motley Crue which kicks-off July 20 in Bristow, Virginia.

Check your local listings for station and air times in your area

Jun 12 2012
THIS DAY IN TORY 1973
KISSONLINE.com
KISS RECORDED FIRST DEMO

On this day in KISSTORY - June 12th, 1973, KISS entered Electric Ladyland Studios in New York to record a demo with legendary producer Eddie Kramer, who worked with Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. The demo included "Watchin' You", "Deuce", "Black Diamond", and "Strutter" and was funded with studio time from Ron Johnsen, as payment for the $1000 owed Paul and Gene for singing backups on two of his projects, Mr. Gee Wiz and Lyn Christopher.

"Eddie Kramer, to us, epitomized the whole British sound, which was what we were looking for. He was the production king of the world" says Gene. The session was quick but the tape radiated with enough energy to light a city and pulsated like a heart about to explode. "It was full of attitude," says Paul. "Nothing compares to being vehement and vicious in what you do, and when we were recording that demo, we knew nothing could stand in our way. When the four of us were together, it was like a tank - you could fall in behind us and follow, but you couldn't get in front of us. If you did you got flattened. That "take no prisoners" attitude was right there from the beginning and no one was going to change us".
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