News - 2012 : July

Jul 18 2012
LIVE: A THANK YOU TO OUR TROOPS & VETERANS
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KISS PAYS TRIBUTE TO U.S. MILITARY WITH A PRIVATE CONCERT FOR TROOPS AND VETERANS AT JIFFY LUBE LIVE IN BRISTOW, VIRGINIA ON JULY 19

On the eve of KISS’ massive national tour with Mötley Crüe, the legendary iconic rock band honors the U.S. military with an intimate concert at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. On July 19, KISS, longtime supporters of the military, will put on their infamous rock show for over 2,000 service men and women. Presenting sponsor Boomer Magazine, Virginia's source of entertainment for baby boomers, coordinated the free ticket distribution through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and various military agencies. Troops and Veterans attending will receive a special commemorative KISS t-shirt.

KISS also teamed up with Hiring Our Heroes, a campaign by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and supported by NBC News that aims to get veterans back into the workforce. KISS has hired a military veteran to be a roadie for their upcoming national tour. KISS co-founder Gene Simmons said that hiring veterans "is the most important thing that we can do.” The band held an open call and after receiving over 1,900 applications for the job, Paul Jordan, an army serviceman from Buford, Georgia was chosen. Jordan, who has devoted over 20 years to the military serving three voluntary tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, is a life-long KISS fan and member of the KISS army who sports a tattoo of Gene Simmons on his chest. Jordan reports for his new job as roadie, with his first full show on July 19.

Following KISS's lead, Boomer Magazine held an online contest to support Hiring Our Heroes and hired a veteran to conduct an interview with KISS. Robert Crespo, an Army serviceman, was chosen. Crespo served in Iraq's combat zone and listened to KISS ALIVE Symphony often while in the desert. "KISS was the motivation to keep going," Crespo explains. Crespo's interview with his idols, KISS, will be featured in the August issue of Boomer Magazine and video footage will be available at www.FaceBook.com/BoomerMag.

On October 16, KISS will release their 20th studio album, Monster, through the Universal Music Enterprises. The 12-track, CD is a celebration of the band’s signature sound featuring collaborations among all four members—including co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and longtime members, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. On Monster, the group goes back to their own beginnings. Their first single, the full-throttle, autobiographical rocker “Hell or Hallelujah,” was recently made available digitally and debuted #1 on the iTunes Rock Song chart.

During KISS’ illustrious, 40-plus year history the band has earned 28 U.S. gold albums, the most gold records for any American rock band, 40 million sales in the U.S., and a total exceeding 100 million worldwide.
Jul 17 2012
KISS KICKS OFF "THE TOUR" FRIDAY

By Iain Blair

Get out your makeup and dust off those platform boots, KISS is hitting the road again with one of the summer's biggest concert tours, teaming up with fellow rock band Motley Crue and kicking off "The Tour" on July 20 in Virginia.

The band, with its painted faces and pyrotechnics, was among the biggest acts of the 1970s, coming out of the glam rock era with hits like "Rock and Roll All Nite" as a predecessor of 1980s the heavy metal groups that included Motley Crue. KISS guitarist and singer Paul Stanley recently spoke to Reuters about the tour, the band's new album "Monster," and the secret to the group's longevity.

Q: After all these years, do you still feel pressure when you hit the road?

A: "I do. I'm very excited about it but I also know there's a lot to live up to. We're really up against our own reputation and the legend of what KISS is supposed to be, and that grows bigger and bigger. How much of it's true I don't know, but we have to live up to that."

Q: So what can fans expect?

A: "The apocalypse! It's a lot more than people usually get in one night. It's being bombarded with rock ‘n' roll. Motley's co-headlining, and one thing we didn't want to do was the kind of sabotage between bands that happens. We always figured, let a band go out and do the greatest show they can, and that'll only amp us up to do what we do that much better. There's no ego clashes, and this is another way to give fans more than just a concert - it's an event."
Jul 17 2012
'MONSTER' - A GREAT ALBUM OF IT'S GENRE
KISS’ Paul Stanley Says ‘Monster’ Album Fits With Classic Bands That Inspired Him

by: Chad Childers

KISS are hoping for another classic on their hands with the upcoming album, ‘Monster,’ and singer/producer Paul Stanley feels that because of his inspirations for the album, it will fit right in.

Stanley told Reuters, “‘Monster’ is done. It’s heart is beating, and it’s chained down until we release it in October. I was asked if it’s a great KISS album and I said, ‘Forget about KISS – I truly believe it’s far beyond being a KISS album. It’s a great album of its genre with all the elements of all the classic bands that I listened to.”

Stanley listed the Who, the Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin as inspirations he felt while making the record. He adds, “That’s what I grew up with, and it inspired me to create passion, chaos, something sexually aggressive that’d celebrate life. That’s a description of rock ‘n’ roll.”

While Stanley may still be about rock ‘n’ roll, he has his concerns about the industry that promotes it. When asked his view of the “music business,” the vocalist stated, “It’s in shambles. I don’t even know if it’s a business now. It lost its footing when the Internet arrived and ways to clamp down on piracy weren’t put into effect. Suddenly you had people file sharing, which is a nice way of saying stealing. You can’t share what you don’t own.”
Jul 17 2012
With a new album, book and DVD, KISS are still on fire

By James McNair

Famed for their distinctive stage make-up and pyrotechnics-fuelled concerts, the cartoonish hard rock band KISS formed in New York City in 1973. The founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are currently promoting Monster, a ridiculously outsized book of glossy KISS concert photos.

You seem busier than ever

GS: It's a very exciting time for KISS, but then it always is. The 10-hour DVD Kissology Volume 4 is on the way. Not five hours. Not seven. Ten. Then there's Monster the album and Monster the book, which weighs four stone [6.3 kilograms]. People say of great books: "I couldn't put it down" but this one's more "I couldn't pick it up".

You're consummate entertainers, but would you concede there's something inherently silly about KISS?

PS: I don't negate having a sense of humour about what we do, but KISS is far from a joke. We work very hard and if you come to our show it will put a smile on your face. KISS shows are more tribal gathering than rock concert. At most rock concerts, you sure as hell don't want to see your little brother or your mum there, but at KISS shows, it's thumbs up to everybody. We're a different animal and proudly so.
Jul 16 2012
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KISS’S LANDMARK RELEASE DESTROYER: RESURRECTED

NEWLY REMIXED BY ORIGINAL PRODUCER BOB EZRIN

“Destroyer boasts plenty of sound effects, orchestras, and choirs that paved the way for other bands to rip them off for many years to come… easily one of the best albums in the Kiss canon.” - Pitchfork

KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time and holds the honor as one of America’s top gold-record champions. On August 21, 2012, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release KISS’s 1976 multi-platinum, landmark album Destroyer: Resurrected, newly remixed from the original master tapes by the album’s original producer, Bob Ezrin. Ezrin pulled the tapes from the vaults and painstakingly remixed the entire album, enhancing the sound and bringing out its rich texture and vibrancy, while keeping the integrity of the original recording intact. Destroyer: Resurrected will also include rare and unreleased recordings rediscovered during the remixing process, plus the originally intended cover artwork.
Jul 15 2012
"HELL OR HALLELUJAH" SINGLE OUT NOW!
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“Haven’t got your copy of Hell or Hallelujah yet?? What are you waiting for?! OUT NOW WORLDWIDE! Click here to download… http://smarturl.it/KISS_HOH

More fan reviews of "Hell or Hallelujah!"

- Regarding Hell or Hallelujah: The sound is just what a true KISS fan wants. It keeps KISS current and effective in staying on top in their worldwide fan base. As a true KISS fan I’m really looking forward to the MONSTER CD coming out. I have this feeling it could be as good as, dare I say it? Rock & Roll Over

- Thank you, KISS for being one of the great bands in keeping rock and roll alive in 2012 and beyond.

- This songs is awesome!
It takes you back to the catchy riffs of I Stole Your Love meets the heavy drive of albums such as Lick It Up, Animalize, and Revenge.

- At last a new single by the Hottest Band in the World!!!! I gave this tune 4 stars because of the pure excitement it demands of the listener. The rest of the album is yet to be released, but judging by this song... I'll definately purchase it! Keep em comin' guys!

- I Stole Your Love II....with a little Detroit Rock City, Makin Love, and Under the Gun.....and a touch of Zeppelin Levee Breaks in the bridge......Fantastic!!!

- Cool track sung by Mr. Speed... he sounds great- excellent to hear and feel the drive.
Jul 15 2012
'THE TOUR' OF 2012 LAUNCHES NEXT FRIDAY!
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Less than a week from tonight, KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE will launch 'THE TOUR' of 2012 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia! The summer's biggest, baddest rock tour will level over 40 cities nationwide! KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE... On the same stage... On the same night. This spectacle of spectacles!

For tickets, VIP / Meet & Greet packages, and a complete list of tour dates visit www.KISSonline.com/tour.
Jul 15 2012
MONSTER COMING THIS OCTOBER!
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BIGGEST BAND IN AMERICA – KISS - ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM MONSTER IN STORES OCTOBER 15, INTERNATIONALLY, OCTOBER 16 IN NORTH AMERICA

“We’re a real, flesh-and-blood rock and roll band with people who’ve spent 40 years doing what we believe in.” – Paul Stanley, 2012

Rock legends KISS return with Monster, the 20th studio album in their historic career, set for release in October 15 (October 16 in North America) through Universal Music Enterprises. The band’s first single, the full-throttle, autobiographical rocker “Hell or Hallelujah,” is now available digitally, and as a lyric video across VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, which includes VEVO.com, mobile, connected devices and syndication partners like YouTube.

Monster, the 12-track, straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll album features collaborations among all four members—including co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer—in an album that shows the band at the top of its game. And that’s saying something, considering their illustrious, 40-plus year history—28 U.S. gold albums, the most gold records for any American rock band, 40 million sales in the U.S., and a total exceeding 100 million worldwide.

Monster represents KISS’ nod to the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions. The group goes back to their own beginnings. “There are no symphony orchestras, boy choirs, keyboards, outside producers or songwriters on this album,” promises Gene Simmons. “The best thing we did was to turn inwards to ourselves. Tommy and Eric have revitalized this band, with a work ethic and the talent to back it up. This is a real band effort. KISS has become a behemoth. We’re going where no bands have gone before.”
Jul 15 2012
By Paul Lester

ROCK BAND Kiss, of the heavily made-up faces and extravagant costumes, have unveiled their latest release, a book entitled Monster. It weighs a suitably monstrous 4st and, when opened, measures 5ft wide.

“A band that is bigger than life deserves a book that is bigger than life,” says singer and guitarist Paul Stanley to cheers from the assembled media. “Size does count,” adds Gene Simmons, the bassist with the legendary long tongue and Lothario reputation. “It is the Rolls-Royce of books,” he says, explaining how each tome is hand-bound, and goes on to describe the fanatical devotion of the sort of fan likely to cough up the necessary £2,700 to acquire a copy of Monster as “Kisstianity”.

“It sounds cultish but some people have dedicated their lives to Kiss,” says drummer Eric Singer.

So do they worry that fans may take their ardour for the band, who have sold more than 100 million records worldwide since forming in 1972, too far? “Well,” says Simmons, “Eric has someone stalking him right now.”

Kisstinianity, he says, “is a religion of sorts, only without anybody having to die for anybody else’s sins.”

Kiss’s supreme confidence has helped them survive while so many rock bands have fallen. There are not many groups who, after four decades, can still reach number two in the American charts, as Kiss did in 2009 with their last album Sonic Boom.

“We are arrogantly self-confident about who we are and what we mean and we subscribe fully to the idea that we are legends,” says Simmons.
Jul 15 2012
ALEXEY ROCKS "HELL OR HALLELUJAH"
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Here's our little friend Alexey rocking with the new KISS single "Hell or Hallelujah!"

Jul 14 2012
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PLEASE NOTE: Meet & Greet & VIP Packages are only available up to 10 days prior to each show date. So, if you are thinking of ordering a package, please do so before the cutoff time. Don't miss out!

KISS Meet & Greet and VIP packages for 'THE TOUR' are selling quickly! Only a limited number of packages remain for most shows. Act now if you plan on having the ultimate KISS experience!

Here's your chance to have the ultimate KISS experience on "THE TOUR" 2012 tour! Enjoy a KISS VIP Tour package, or a KISS Meet & Greet package that includes exclusive access to KISS' preshow soundcheck!
Jul 14 2012
ARMY, YOU LOOK GREAT!
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Check out these great photos of the KISS Army celebrating KISS! Thanks for sharing with KISSOnline. Please keep the photos and letter coming...We LOVE to see our KISS friends from around the world!
Jul 14 2012
MONSTER MAG RELEASE PARTY IN TORONTO
Toronto! Celebrate the release of the KISS: MONSTER mag; party and “DETROIT ROCK CITY” screening

To celebrate the success of FANGORIA’s KISS: MONSTER magazine and the kick off the big KISS/Mötley Crüe summer tour, Fango editor and KISS mag contributing writer Kelly Stewart are hosting a go-for-broke KISS: MONSTER party in Toronto.

Slap on your greasepaint, spit stage blood and pull on big boots, and come out on Friday, July 27 at east end movie house The Projection Booth (1035 Gerrard East at Jones). KISS klassics will be live DJ’d all night, the bar will be open, KISS concert footage will be projected all over the room, Toronto KISS tribute band Destroyer will be on hand in full gear to freak out the ladies and there will be a special screening of Adam Rifkin’s 1999 KISS/coming-of-age comedy DETROIT ROCK CITY (shot in Toronto and featuring the band themselves as well as Mrs. Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed).

Win prizes from KISSONLINE and FANGORIA, get your own copy of the first KISS: MONSTER magazine and celebrate almost four decades of “the hottest band in the world.” Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 if you're wearing KISS makeup.

Check us out on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/330141703735368/
Jul 13 2012
MAJOR FEATURE IN UK'S GUARDIAN
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jul/12/kiss-monsters-rock
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

KISS is featured on the cover of the UK's Guardian newspaper today. The paper also features a major story on the band in their Film and Music section.

Click here to read the Guardian's KISS feature - 'KISS: MONSTERS OF ROCK' by Michael Hann..
Jul 13 2012
MOVING UP IN THE NAVY!
KISSONLINE LETTERS
We sailed on the KISS Kruise last year and today our whole family got notices from the KISS KRUISE II that we have move up to the rank of Petty Officers for this year's Kruise. We each received a dog tag with the KISS NAVY logo and the date and destinations of the first KISS Kruise. The only way to get this commemorative dog tag was to go on the first Kruise.

The note also says after this year's Kruise we will move up to the ranks of Lieutenants. We are so excited about the Kruise this year!

William and family

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