News - 2012 : August

Aug 22 2012
: 'GAMES MASTERS' OF BBC'S OLYMPICS
BBC
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

KISS are appointed 'Games Masters' for the BBC's alternative Olympics! The 'Rock Games' is a musical version of the Olympics where rock & pop stars go head to head at 'silly' versions of Olympic sports.

Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley of KISS as 'Games Masters' will be delivering the rules of the games to stars such as Slash!

See the rock legends introduction here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00wrq7m

The full series can be viewed here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00wrqrk

Thanks to Paul from KISSin' UK for sending KISSOnline the link!
Aug 22 2012
AT MONSTER BOOK US LAUNCH
KISSONLINE.com
Here's KISS at yesterday's KISS MONSTER Book US launch at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California.
Aug 21 2012
CLICK HERE for more info on the KISS MONSTER Book

By Phyllis Pollack / Examiner.com

Kiss debuted their new Monster Book in Los Angeles today at the Viper Room for members of the media. The band arrived without their make-up on.

Over three feet high, it is the largest rock and roll book ever printed, and the priciest, at $4250.00 per book. “It’s not for everyone,” said Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, noting the price.

The band contended that it weighs about 40 pounds.

Simmons explained that it wouldn’t be fair to the people who paid so much money for the book to do a less expensive, smaller version of it later.

Quipped Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley, “Someone should have gotten my joke about Kiss midgets.”

“We understand it’s not for everybody,” noted Stanley. “But it wouldn’t be fair to the people that can afford it, and who will appreciate it, to not put it out. It’s something that is for a select few.”
Aug 21 2012
KISSONLINE.com
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

Order KISS DESTROYER: RESURRECTED at iTunes.

Order KISS DESTROYER: RESURRECTED at Amazon.

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.
Aug 21 2012
CONCERT ON AT&T U-VERSE VIDEO ON DEMAND
KISSONLINE.com
Catch the KISS performance from the AT&T Block Party in New Orleans at the Men’s Final Four Big Dance Concert Series, now on AT&T U-verse On Demand! See below for tune-in information:

Available on U-verse:

· Chl 1800/Showcase (on weekends)
· U-verse On Demand under “Featured” category
· uverse.com/KISS
· U-verse App for smartphone: U-verse Specials

The concert will be available through 8/30/12.
Aug 20 2012
LIVE PHOTOS FROM 'THE TOUR!'
KISSONLINE.com
Check out these great live photos from KISS' White River Amphitheatre show in Auburn. Washington last Saturday night.

All photos by Jay Gilbert.

CLICK HERE to view Jay's full KISS Auburn show gallery.

Aug 20 2012
AND THE OREGON / WASHINGTON ARMY!
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's KISS with the Oregon / Washington KISS Army at the Sleep Country Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington (just outside Portland, Oregon) last night!



Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Aug 20 2012
ARMY WASHINGTON, YOU LOOK GREAT!
KISSONLINE.com
Here's the KISS Army Washington getting ready to rock with the Hottest Band in the World!



Photos by Jay Gilbert for KISSOnline
Aug 19 2012
The venerable band teams up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and BOOMER for a cause that’s deep in the rockers’ roots

— BY DAVID L. ROBBINS —

“This,” says Gene Simmons, “is how the big boys do it.” Simmons, a big boy, is talking about his band, KISS

Nearing 63, he exudes disdain for the modern brand of rocker, the sloppy kids he claims look no different from their own roadies. Metaphorically, he sticks his famous elongated tongue out at them.

“When I’m up there, I’m wearing 40 pounds of armor and studs, in 10-inch heels. I’m like a Marine on a 26-mile trek in a loaded backpack.” Guitarist Tommy Thayer, only a 10-year veteran of the 39-yearold rock band, concurs with the military analogy. “When we’re getting into our outfits and makeup before a performance, we say we’re climbing into our battle gear. Putting on war paint.” Worldwide, the band has legions of fans, called The KISS Army. The likenesses to fighting men go on and on for the members of this ageless group. The similarities go even deeper, and they are not haphazard.

AMERICA – A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
Gene’s mother, Flora, was a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp. The girl, then only 14, watched her mother accompany her grandmother into a gas chamber so the older woman would not die alone. That camp was eventually liberated by the U.S. Army, and Flora was rescued. Gene is adamant – and probably right – that without America’s troops, he wouldn’t be here. Tommy’s father, James Thayer, was a young Army officer fighting in the European theater. He was a captain in May 1945, when his unit liberated a Nazi concentration camp, Gunskirchen Lager, in northern Austria. The other two members of the band, founding guitarist Paul Stanley and 20-year drummer Eric Singer, also have personal motivations for this affinity with soldiering. Both of Paul’s parents fled Nazi Germany in the months before the war, narrowly escaping the horrors of the Holocaust. Eric hails from a long family history of military service, including cousins and his veteran father, the bandleader for whom Eric first played the drums professionally. Anyone who’s ever toiled in a band, from garage to coliseum, knows that the sweet spot is when the band plays “tight,” when you throb, croon and soar on a single united groove, so fused in the music it’s like mind reading. The members of KISS have years of experience together, married with extreme musical talent and a proven bombastic look and formula. When they rock, they really do roll.
Aug 19 2012
AND THE WASHINGTON ARMY!
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's KISS with the Washington KISS Army at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn last night!



Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Aug 18 2012
LIVE PHOTOS FROM CONCORD SHOW
Check out these great live shots of KISS at Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, California.

All photos by Matthew Reamer.
Aug 18 2012
Singer Paul Stanley promises spectacular stage show at amphitheater

By Alan Sculley for The Columbian

KISS has never worried about being upstaged by an opening act.

"We've always believed in letting the best bands available go out there and do what they do, because it only fires us up that much more," singer/guitarist Paul Stanley said in a mid-July phone interview. "Our track record is pretty stellar, whether it's, my gosh, Bob Seger, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, early (Mötley) Crüe, John Cougar Mellencamp, AC/DC. The list just goes on and on."

On one of this summer's biggest tours, KISS will close out an evening that also includes a 90-minute set from co-headliner Mötley Crüe, a band known for making its own show a visual spectacle and nonstop party.

But Stanley knows his band will deliver as well, if for no other reason than the enthusiasm he sees in the band 40 years into its career.

"KISS today is KISS as I've always wanted it — four guys who get along great, who play fiercely and are proud of who we are, proud of our fans and celebrate what we do from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed," Stanley said.
Aug 17 2012
THE TOUR 2012: PROMO VIDEO
KISSONLINE.com
THE Tour 2012: KISS and Mötley Crüe

Don't miss THE Tour with KISS and Mötley Crüe -- on tour now!
Two iconic bands together for an epic night of rock -- coming to a city near you!

Aug 17 2012
WITH THE CALIFORNIA ARMY #3
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Here's KISS with the California KISS Army at the SOLD OUT Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord last night!



Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Aug 17 2012
KISS - Motley Crue - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - 8/14/12

Excerpts of review by Andrew Youssef for OC WEEKLY

Photo by Christopher Victorio

Two of the earliest albums that sculpted my music tastes were that of Kiss's Destroyer and Motley Crue's Shout At The Devil. As a child, my head would have exploded if you ever told me I would see both KISS and Motley Crue together in concert. Rightfully dubbed "The Tour", both behemoth bands unpacked their over-the-top concert antics to destroy the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater last night.

A giant black Kiss scrim obscured the whole stage eventually fell to the ground as the dueling guitars of "Detroit Rock City" rattled your eardrums as the members of KISS descended from a platform from the top of the stage. Most of the crowd who hadn't lost their voice still screamed the lyrics to "Shout It Out Loud" as lead vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley strutted across the stage only like he can.

Gene Simmons still looks menacing in his demon persona stomping his huge platform boots while plucking away at his puny bass during "I Love It Loud." While I've always been partial to Ace Frehley, guitarist Tommy Thayer still holds it down on his Gibson Les Paul blazing through the riff from "Firehouse."
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