News - 2012 : August

Aug 11 2012
At the tour announcement for Kiss and Motley Crue, Artisan News was granted an exclusive sit-down interview with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Nikki Sixx, and Vince Neil and they talked about what they remember about each other from 1982, their last tour, why this is the ultimate show for the fans, Motley learning the ropes from Kiss, and if Kiss's new songs will be in their set, and more!

Aug 11 2012
Posted by PS Hayes

KISS #3 is another AMAZING issue from the folks at IDW!!! The great thing about this book is that it’s a different title almost every month. You’re not sure where you’re going to end up when you pick up an issue. This issue is fantastic for a number of reasons, but most of all, because it’s a total 180 from the first two issues.

Tom Waltz get handed the reins for this arc, and first off let me say, if you’re not reading his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title, you’re really missing out. That aside, his inaugural issue of KISS brings a totally different vibe than the first two issues, and that’s one of the great things. The other great things — KISS BARBARIANS!!!

I gotta tell you, the more I read this title, the more I love it. This issue, in particular, reminds me, in a VERY good way, of a classic KISS Marvel comic. The premise is so simple and natural that it’s brilliant, and that’s what makes it so entertaining. Waltz creates a natural flow to this book, nothing is forced or shoved into place for the sake of storytelling. He, in one issue, creates a valid purpose for the forming of the members of KISS to team up and fight the Destroyer. VERY well written comic!

CLICK here to read the rest of the review.
Aug 10 2012
The lead singer in Kiss thinks band can live on without current members, him included, and that suits him fine

Written by George Varga

The Rolling Stones without Mick Jagger and Keith Richards? Unthinkable.

Metallica without James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich? Ditto.

But Kiss without Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, who co-founded the larger-than-life band in 1973 and have co-led a dozen different lineups since then? Not a problem.

“The band is bigger than its members,” said Stanley, who performs Sunday with Kiss at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre. “And it only takes, in this case, four like-minded people with a similar outlook and talent to further the cause and continue Kiss. It makes perfect sense to me. It may not make sense to other bands, but we’re not other bands. We don’t live by those rules. We never have.”
Aug 10 2012
KISS at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 8/8/12

By Billy Thieme

Photo by Karson Brown

After four decades as a band, the things about a KISS concert that stick are those you might imagine. KISS has released some of the most significant collections of live material (non-bootlegs) in rock — which means just about everyone on the planet has experienced KISS “live” in one way or another. The real deal, though, is incomparable.

I finally caught that real thing Wednesday night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, and I can tell you that the iconic foursome, indisputably, still brings it.

From the laser-bottlerockets and bazooka fire that spaceman Tommy Thayer and feline percussionist Eric Singer exchanged, to the demonic blood-vomiting and fire-spewing of Gene Simmons, the show offered everything a fan could want. Of course, Paul Stanley played the consummate frontman in the style he damn-near originated, constantly throwing out call and response challenges in that familiar New York accent.

KISS stuck with a comforting selection of classics, starting with “Detroit Rock City” and “Shout It Out Loud” in quick succession. Stanley mentioned old McNichols Arena shows – showing the band’s age – before jumping into “Love Gun,” with a zipline transport to a raised platform in the middle of the crowd. They filled out the set with “Shock Me,” “God of Thunder,” “Lick It Up” and a brilliant version of “Black Diamond” before an encore featuring the mega hit “Rock ‘N Roll All Nite.”
Aug 10 2012
Here's KISS rocking Comfort Dental Amphitheatre on Aug. 8, 2012.

Photos by Karson Brown,

CLICK here to view more photos from the KISS / Motley Crue Denver show.
Aug 10 2012
Motley Crue and Kiss are donating money to support those affected by the Colorado movie theater shootings.

The bands said at their concert in suburban Denver on Wednesday night that they would donate $100,000 to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.

The fund was set up to help victims and families who were hurt when a man opened fire July 20 at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in Aurora. Twelve people were killed, and 58 were injured.

Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Paul Stanley of Kiss said in a written statement that they hope their gesture will encourage others to give.
Aug 09 2012
Here's KISS with the Colorado KISS Army at last night's jam-packed show in Englewood (Denver)!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Aug 09 2012
KISS will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn Monday August 13, 2012 at 8:30pm PDT / 11:30pm EDT. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with KISS toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.

Aug 08 2012
Text and photo by John Davisson

Kiss and Motley Crue are both known for their love of pyro, and both bands had plenty of flames and sparks for their full-length sets.

Both bands are now classic acts; the songs are a bit nostalgic, memories of the days when rock music was a mix of showmanship and musicianship. No surprise then that both acts stick to the classics, although Kiss did play "Hell or Hallelujah" from the upcoming Monster album (and now on iTunes according to Paul Stanley who said he bought a copy).

Motley Crue was the original line-up while Kiss now includes guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer replacing Ace Frehley and Peter Criss respectively (with the originals' make-up). Kiss also has new costumes for this tour.

Tommy Lee always has to do something outrageous. He has his drum on a rollercoaster that goes upside down. He even took a fan on the ride with him. Gene Simmons still spits blood and fire during the Kiss set, and he "flies" up to the top of the lighting rig to sing "God of Thunder."

Other than the Kiss costumes and new song, it was pretty much old-school. Critics may not like that, but the thousands of fans at the amphitheater enjoyed it. The fans were there to "Rock and Roll All Night," and they knew what they were getting and enjoyed it. Me too. The show was more fun than a lot of the shoe-gazing indie bands.
Aug 08 2012
Here's KISS with the New Mexico KISS Army at last night's show in Albuquerque!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Aug 08 2012
KISS and Motley Crue played the Gexa Energy Pavilion on Saturday, August 4. Photographer Mike Mezeul was on hand to capture fiery show, and the fans.

CLICK here to view more fan photos from the Dallas show.
Aug 08 2012
Tommy's been working with Epiphone, tweaking the silver-sparkle top and a few other things. The Tubemeister 36 is Hughes & Kettner's latest in their successful Tubemeister series. It's a great sounding and affordable amp that Tommy's going to integrate into his live and studio set-ups along with the TT signature Duotone amps.

The Tommy Thayer signature model Les Paul will be available in about two months.

Recently, while in London, Tommy was interviewed for Guitarist Magazine and filmed the following short video demo:

Aug 08 2012
Excerpted from Alfred Howard's Sound Diego story.

On Aug. 12, Motley Crue and Kiss will ride into town to score a soundtrack to the excesses of adolescence and the fireworks of rock & roll’s fevered past.

Kiss opened the door for Motley Crue’s existence with their explosive live show, their flamboyant costumes and over-the-top performances.

The Aug. 12 show should have plenty of pyrotechnics. It’ll be like this year's downtown Independence Day celebration, but the driving flare and guitar heroics will last for hours.

The bands' true achievement is their longevity. Kiss has been together just shy of 40 years and Motley Crue just over 30. (Think for a second of the countless groups who have come and gone in that span.)

In that time, neither band has strayed far from its formula because it's one that works. There will always be a need for rock & roll irreverence. There will always be youthful abandon, and escape and celebration will always have a soundtrack. And at Cricket Wireless on Aug. 12, two titans of fire-breathing hard rock will belabor the audience with their anthems.
Aug 07 2012
Excerpts from Gavin Cleaver's KISS Review
Photo by Mike Mezeul

"Detroit Rock City" and "Love Gun" still sound fresh, even this many years down the line, and Paul Stanley has lost none of his talent for entertaining and captivating an audience. The encore, "Rock And Roll All Night," was played to a backdrop of fire, confetti, fireworks and a devoted, screaming KISS Army. It was physically impossible not to sing along, even after nigh-on four hours of being outside and near enough flames to melt an iceberg. I fared a lot better than Gene Simmons, though. In his full armor and standing next to all the flames, he was dripping sweat from the moment he came on stage. This did not stop him mugging for the camera and putting his tongue out, surely only a nuclear apocalypse will stop that. It's unbelievable to think Simmons and Stanley are in their '60s.
Aug 07 2012
By: Eric Shirey

You would think that a band of rock veterans with nothing to prove would give themselves a break and coast through their live show in 100+ degree weather. Any other band might, but not KISS. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Tommy Thayer descended on a platform from the rafters of the Gexa Energy Pavilion blazing on their guitars and never let up for almost two hours. Drummer Eric Singer feverishly pounded away behind them as they opened the show with audience favorite "Detroit Rock City."

The members of KISS are still determined to prove themselves and give the fans their money's worth over three decades after they formed. The group continually shows younger bands up year after year. Their live performance is what the new rockers should use as a bar to gauge excellence.
View slideshow: KISS in Dallas, TX

Insanely hot weather didn't stop fans from dressing up or painting their faces to celebrate the triumphant return to the Dallas, TX area. The estimated crowd of some 15,000 people stayed on their feet the entire show. All of them were smiling and singing along. Many shook their fists in the air to the beat of the drums or returned the hand-gestures of bassist Gene Simmons.
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