News - 2012 : July

Jul 28 2012
CONCERT WITH MY DAUGHTER
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
THE TOUR concert is awesome. We saw KISS together in 2004 when they we here. They were great then (no surprise!) but since then, my daughter developed RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), my husband became critically ill, lost his job, we lost our house, and in February we lost him. But thru all of it, KISS was always a little way to be happy. Our MP3 players had tons of KISS songs. They provided some fun, escapism, hope and memories of great times.

Within a few weeks of his passing, she found out that KISS would be returning to Atlanta. She managed to get the money together, got 2 tickets and gave them to me for Mother's Day. It was an incredibly long and hard wait, but to no surprise, well worth it! Because of her condition, costuming was tough - so we decked out her wheel chair the best we could. The concert topped all I have ever seen.

My thanks to an incredible group of Artists, that made her forget all of the pain for a night!

Cathy Donald

LETTERS
Jul 28 2012
ARMY MEXICO TICKET PRESALE TODAY
KISSONLINE.com
A KISS ARMY Members-Only ticket pre-sale takes place today, 7/28/2012 at 11 AM local venue time for KISS' Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico shows. Premium KISS ARMY Members will have access to Members-Only KISS tickets for shows.

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!
Jul 28 2012
By Dave Hoekstra

Every cruise is a theater of moving parts.

It is a full deck of anticipation, laughter, stress and escape. By the end of a good cruise a sense of community exists.

Everything is in its place.

Of course, this is not lost on a transplant surgeon.

Dr. Alan Koffron of Birmingham, Michigan, was aboard the first Kiss Kruise, a four-day affair held last October. Also featuring hard rock mavens Skid Row and Chicago-based Bad City, the cruise tooled from Miami to the Bahamas and back.

Yes, it is that Kiss: "Rock ’n’ Roll All Nite," party every day, greasepaint makeup and the fire-spewing tongue of bassist and Family Jewels star Gene Simmons. Kiss has been around since 1973, when they were considered really scary.

"I'm a huge fan," Koffron says as the band plays an unplugged set on the Lido Deck of the 15-year-old Carnival Destiny as it pulled out of Miami. "But everywhere I go, everywhere I've been, I say, ‘I'm a Kiss fan'—they're like, ‘Really?' It invalidates you."
Jul 27 2012
'If this was a first record by a new band, I'd be floored,' says Gene Simmons

By Dan Hyman

It's been just shy of four decades since KISS released their eponymous debut album. But as Gene Simmons says, the hard rock titans – who are set to drop their 20th studio album, Monster, on October 16th – are still firing on all cylinders.

"The band is more focused than ever," Simmons tells Rolling Stone. "The weather looks great for the band – reinvigorated, redefined, refocused and reborn."

While Simmons and lead singer Paul Stanley remain the band's only original members, Monster marks the second consecutive KISS record, following 2009's Sonic Boom, created with a lineup that includes drummer Eric Singer and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer. Simmons insists the new album ranks up there with some of the notoriously outlandish crew's finest work. "If this was a first record by a new band, I'd be floored," he says.
Jul 27 2012
ARMY CHARLOTTE, YOU LOOK GREAT!
KISSONLINE.com
Here's the KISS Army celebrating at KISS' show in Charlotte!

Photos by Michael Edwards for KISSOnline
Jul 27 2012
CHARLOTTE CONCERT REVIEW
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Review and Photos by Michael Edwards

Wednesday night in Charlotte was the true definition of "Hotter Than Hell," both in terms of the temperature outside and with regard to the bands on the stage.

After blistering sets by The Treatment and Motley Crue, KISS took the stage at 9:40, packing in more than most bands do in a week's worth of shows in just 85 minutes of total sensory overload.

The set list is nicely balanced, with a mix of hits everyone knows, fan favorites, and of course the rocking new track "Hell or Hallelujah" from the forthcoming "Monster" album, while the new stage show features a screen so clear you can count the specks of glitter on Paul's guitar from the back row of the venue! After seeing the show in Raleigh on Sunday night and again in Charlotte, it was clear that the band's day off on Monday was anything but, with several new effects worked into the show, including some spectacular pyro during "War Machine" and the aforementioned "Hell Or Hallelujah." Everything has been turned up a notch since the opening shows of the tour, and the band is playing better than I've heard them since the makeup went back on in 1996.

The other thing that is great for me to see, as a fan almost 35 years now, is how much fun the guys are having on stage. It is clear that this tour, and the band itself these days, is a pure celebration of everything that has come before it in the last nearly 40 years, and of everything that is to come. This is not a band content to rest on their laurels, and they work harder than any band I've ever seen to make sure everyone leaves with a smile on their face. Every time I leave a KISS show, the clock starts counting down until I can see them again, and after last night, that moment can't come soon enough.

Set List:

Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
I Love It Loud
Firehouse
War Machine
Shock Me
Tommy Thayer/Eric Singer Solo
Hell Or Hallelujah
God Of Thunder
Lick It Up
Black Diamond
Rock And Roll All Nite

Jul 27 2012
& CRUE HLEPS VETERANS FIND JOBS



Kiss rocked Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Wednesday night in northeast Charlotte.

The band has been working on a new mission. They are helping people who put their lives on the line to serve our country.

Kiss, along with Mötley Crüe, donated $250,000 to the Hiring Our Heroes campaign.

Front man Paul Stanly says they want to bring awareness to the plight of America's veterans.

The program is helping more than 10,000 veterans and military spouses find jobs.
Jul 26 2012


By Paul Jordan

My name is Paul Jordan and I work for KISS. It is my dream job. But how did it all happen? Why KISS, and why hire me?

It all started in 1975, when I was 4 years old. A kid who lived near me came over to my house and asked if I could play. My mom sent him to my room. He was a few years older than me and not nearly as sheltered. He walked into my room wearing a down vest and acting very sneaky.

He pulled a record out of the vest and we played it on my little plastic record player. He said to keep it quiet; it had a curse word in it. In 1975, that was a big deal and fairly unheard of.

As the song “Black Diamond” started, we heard the word “bitch” and covered our mouths in amusement and disbelief. I grabbed the album cover to get a closer look at these crazy guys in costumes and face paint. The album was “Alive!” by KISS. I was hooked for life and have been a fan ever since.


In 1989, I saw a video on Army Rangers in a recruiting office and joined the Army as an infantryman. During my almost 21 years of service, I have been all over the world, including two peacekeeping missions in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Kosovo) and combat tours in the Middle East (twice in Iraq and once in Afghanistan).

I retired in November 2010. Since then, the only jobs I could find were through temp agencies working in manufacturing and production. I have sent my resume out to countless companies, only to receive e-mails stating that they have filled the position but would keep my resume on file (when I heard back from them at all). It was very frustrating.

One day in March, a Facebook friend posted me an article that said the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Hiring Our Heroes, NBC News’ initiative to put military veterans back in the workforce, had joined forces with KISS to hire a veteran as a roadie for the band’s 45-city tour across the U.S. this summer with Motley Crue. I said to myself: “That’s me!!!”
Jul 26 2012
NIKKI SIXX TALKS TO PAUL STANLEY
Jul 26 2012
ON WHY HELPING VETERANS IS IMPORTANT TO THEM


KISS has made supporting the troops a priority. Here, they talk briefly about why that's important to them. Stay tuned for their full interview with US Veteran and KISS fanatic Robert Crespo!

Jul 26 2012
By Eric Shirey, Yahoo! Contributor Network

The rock band KISS is no stranger to the comic book world. Ever since their debut appearance in 1977's issue #12 of Marvel's Howard the Duck monthly series, the Starchild, the Demon, the Spaceman, and the Catman have become not only rock stars but superheroes. The foursome has appeared in two magazine-format comics bookending their television movie exploits in "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park." Since then, they've appeared in three different series published through Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Platinum Studios. Let's not forget their latest appearance in Archie Comics.

IDW Publishing partnered with KISS to continue their adventures and expand on the mythology behind the band in their comic book form. They are no longer just four individuals given powers by talismans. They are supernatural forces who work for the Elder while embodying different individuals as they jump through time battling the Destroyer and his evil minions. The woman She serves as their "guardian angel" of sorts, mystically whispering suggestions in the ears of the Celestial (Spaceman).

In the first story arc of the new ongoing KISS title entitled "Dressed to Kill," the "four-who-become-one" come up against "Wicked" Lester McGhee, his thugs, and demon dogs in the gangster-occupied world of 1929 Chicago, Illinois. Our superheroes must find a way to stop the Destroyer's plans while simultaneously discovering how to use their mystical powers. The quest also takes them to a different dimension that holds unexpected dangers.
Jul 25 2012
TOMMY THAYER TALKS WITH DON GERONIMO
Tommy Thayer tells us about replacing Ace Frehley in the band, his best and worst experiences onstage, the new KISS album, “Monsters,” which comes out in October, and their current tour co-headlining with Motley Crue. Tommy even does an intro for Phantom News!

Jul 25 2012
Excerpts from Melissa Ruggieri's review for Access Atlanta / AJC.com

It’s another blandly named tour that is the antithesis of dull.

“The Tour” is Motley Crue and KISS, sharing a bill and seeing who can light up the stage with the most pyro and rattle your chest the hardest.

It’s a draw, really, between these two titans of tinnitus-causing rawk and if you’re a fan of both bands’ fist-thrusting, innuendo-filled pop-metal, then you couldn’t have left Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood disappointed Tuesday night.

Tuesday’s crowd was stocked with members of the KISS Army, and for nearly 90 minutes, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer gave their best because the crowd wanted the best. Right?

KISS’ setup was the opposite of Motley Crue’s, all open spaces with stacks of amplifiers, some lighted stairs and the HD screen behind Singer’s raised drum kit offering frequent close-ups of the band.
Jul 25 2012
ROCKS PRIVATE SET AT MEET & GREET!
KISSONLINE.com
On Sunday in Raleigh, the schedule was tight, and KISS' crew needed all available time to set up the massive stage for the evening's show. This left KISS without enough time to do a sound check. So, rather than cancel the sound check part of the KISS Meet & Greet, Paul Stanley came up with the idea of performing an impromptu "private" set in the KISSONLINE Meet & Greet tent!

First, the band did a Q&A, answering questions from the fans who attended the Meet & Greet. Then, they proceeded to play "Dr. Love", "C'mon and Love Me", "Beth" and "Hard Luck Woman!" The band was seated for the performance with Eric using a plastic bucket for a drum! The reaction from the fans, crew and the band themselves was so positive that this experience has been made a permanent part of the Meet & Greet! KISS will now perform a "private" set each evening for these lucky fans instead of a sound check. We think you will love this as much as we do!

Here are clips of "Dr. Love" and " C'mon and Love Me" from Raleigh:



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