News - 2012 : August

Aug 27 2012
Here's KISS with the Oklahoma KISS Army at the SOLD OUT BOK Center in Tulsa last night!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Aug 27 2012
KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'THE TOUR' will rock the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights (St. Louis), Missouri tonight! The summer's biggest, baddest rock tour will also level four other cities this week! KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE... On the same stage... On the same night. This spectacle of spectacles!

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Aug 27 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Maryland Heights (St. Louis), Missouri
Aug 29 Minnesota State Fair - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Aug 31 Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, Ohio
Sept 1 Klipsch Music Center - Noblesville (Indianapolis) , Indiana
Sept 2 First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania
Aug 26 2012
State Fair: It's KISS. It's Motley Crue. For these brothers, it's destiny.

By Ross Raihala

Tim Meyer was "blindsided" by the news.

"I was completely shocked," he said. "I had goosebumps. Within seconds, I called my brother."

What was the fuss? Two of rock music's most flamboyant bands -- Kiss and Motley Crue -- had just announced a joint summer tour, with a show booked at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

"It felt like nothing else mattered now," said the 36-year-old welder from Plymouth. "There's nothing that can top this concert."

For Tim Meyer and his older brother Brian, it won't be just another night of music under the stars. Instead, it's a rare convergence of the men's near-lifelong passions. Brian, 41, fell for Kiss as a second-grader growing up in Faribault. A few years later, Tim discovered Motley Crue.

"We shared a bedroom and I put up my Kiss posters on one side, and he put his Motley Crue pictures on the other side," Brian said. "We wanted to cover all the walls, and when we did, our mom said, 'OK, pick one and the rest go down.' "

But that wasn't the end of the Meyer brothers' obsessions. If anything, it was just the beginning.

Brian now lives in Owatonna with his wife and 18-year-old son. Not only did he hold on to all the Kiss memorabilia from his youth, he continued to add to the collection. He bought his current house in 2001, specifically because it had room for him to create a Kiss museum in the basement.
Aug 25 2012
Check out this great collage made by members of the Official KISS Army Japanese fan club to celebrate Gene's birthday!
Aug 25 2012
A very happy birthday to our favorite Demon, Gene Simmons!

Gene, we hope you have a wonderful day!

Check out this clip of Gene rockin' Germany with KISS in 2010.

Aug 25 2012
Here's KISS with the Colorado KISS Army in Grand Junction last night!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Aug 24 2012
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Aug 24 2012
By SHAWN SKAGER / Auburn Reporter Sports Reporter

The White River Amphitheatre was the rallying point for the KISS Army last Saturday as the rock supergroup KISS invaded the Auburn venue along with openers Mötley Crüe and The Treatment.

The masked foursome, led by founding members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and featuring Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, thrilled the hard rock faithful with an explosive set of the band’s classics, including “Detroit Rock City,” “God of Thunder,” “Lovegun” and “Black Diamond.”

1980s hair band legends Mötley Crüe supported KISS with British upstarts The Treatment opening the show with a high voltage set of stripped-down, melodic hard rock.
Aug 24 2012
KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'THE TOUR' will rock the Rock Jam in Grand Junction, Colorado tonight! The summer's biggest, baddest rock tour will also level Tulsa this weekend! 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

Aug 24 Rock Jam - Grand Junction, Colorado
Aug 26 BOK Center - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Aug 24 2012
By Steve Jones

Subtlety has never been a Kiss trademark, so it's not surprising that the KISS Monster Book is literally humongous. The celebration of the band's 40-year history is 3 feet high, 2.5 feet wide, 2 inches thick and crammed with 127 rare and exclusive images from some of rock's greatest photographers. The book is arranged to re-create the Kiss live experience. Only 1,000 copies will be available at $4,250 and they will be individually signed, dated and numbered by the band's current lineup. The book is hand-stitched and bound in Italy with a choice of 11 cover designs. Details:
Aug 24 2012
KISS and Mötley Crüe team up for an 'intensely sweltering' tour

BY DANIEL DURCHHOLZ • Special to the Post-Dispatch

Maybe Kiss should have christened this tour “Hotter Than Hell Revisited.”

The band’s current set of shows, a co-headlining bill with Mötley Crüe, has been playing outdoor venues in blistering heat. Given the legendary group’s penchant for pyro, pancake makeup and leather outfits, the concept of rocking and rolling all night long seems physically challenging, to say the least.

“Every night has been intensely sweltering,” says Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer. “I think the hottest was in Phoenix a week or two ago. It was a 105, 110 degrees when we were onstage. ... It was just the hottest, most intense show I’ve ever played, and everybody else in the band thought the same thing.”

And yet, Kiss has persisted, prodded on somewhat by a friendly rivalry with the Crüe.

“It’s a healthy competition,” Thayer says. “And it’s not even a competition. It’s just a healthy vibe. We’ve all known each other for a long time. So the spirit is high, and everybody’s lovin’ it.”
Aug 23 2012
by Chris Epting

Just one band could pull this off – the biggest book in the land, KISS! The KISS Monster Book, that is.

This new large-size (three feet long by two-and-a-half-feet wide) limited edition collection features 40-years of KISS with an intimate collection of 127 photographs by world-renowned rock photographers, including rare and never-before-seen images sourced from the band's own archives.

The massive book is a collector's goldmine, with just 1,000 copies available and individually signed, dated and numbered by the four members of the current lineup. Printed in high-definition links by one of the world's finest limited-edition and large format printers, each copy has been hand stitched-and-bound in Italy, by the same binder used by The Vatican.

As vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley joked recently, "This book is way beyond my expectations. The photos are incredible at this size. It's not a coffee table book, it's a coffee table!"by Chris Epting
Aug 22 2012
by Nicole Pajer, L.A.

KISS is celebrating their upcoming 40th anniversary in a big way, with the launch of a massive new photo book. Standing at 3 feet high and 2.5 feet wide, "Monster" follows the journey of the band through 127 rare and never before seen photographs taken from the Kiss archives. The book, which was printed by the same binder used by The Vatican, is limited to 1,000 copies and is hand signed, dated, and numbered by the band. Price tag: $4,250.

The rockers showed up, sans face paint, at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on Tuesday to debut their latest endeavor. After they climbed on stage, Paul Stanley told the media-centric crowd that the band really hasn't been in contact with former band members, implying that Ace Frehley and Peter Criss had little to do with the book.

Added Gene Simmons, "You've had girlfriends before, right? You're happy that you had the girlfriends and now you're happy that you don't have those girlfriends. That's our life too. They were fantastic for the formative years but not everybody is designed in their DNA to run marathons."
Aug 22 2012
Retrospective is 'a celebration and a victory lap,' says singer Paul Stanley

By Steve Appleford

Kiss is a band that appreciates dramatics – but even for them, things can get out of hand. Minutes before unveiling their massive new 45-pound photography book, Monster, onstage yesterday at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California, the band gave Rolling Stone a preview backstage. As bassist Gene Simmons and drummer Eric Singer cracked open a copy and slowly began turning the pages, the easel holding it up started to creak. Singer shouted "Whoa!" as the duo struggled to keep the book from falling to the floor. Watching nearby with a grin, singer Paul Stanley joked, "And for comedy relief, ladies and gentlemen: Singer and Simmons!"

As Monster was rested safely on a nearby couch, Simmons composed himself and straightened his shades. He explained proudly, "It's five feet wide, weighs close to 50 pounds. It's spectacular." At well over $4,000, the book is also a pricey, limited edition item, much closer in luxury to the infamous Kiss Kasket than the band's other book retrospective from the Nineties, the two-volume KISStory. It is a prority for the band; their press appearance at the Viper Room came midway into their 40-date North American tour with Mötley Crüe.
Aug 22 2012
Here's the actual KISS MONSTER Book evite that was sent out to the press for yesterday's event in West Hollywood.

CLICK HERE for more info on the KISS MONSTER Book
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