News - 2012 : August

Aug 01 2012
Don't expect legendary wild bunch of rock to have mellowed with age

By Hector Saldaña

Saturday night may be alright for fighting but Sunday night is guaranteed to rock excessively with Kiss and Mötley Crüe arriving at the AT&T Center.

The legendary, if aging, wild bunch hasn't toured together since the early '80s “Creatures of the Night” tour. But they're certain to pull out all stops when the rowdy fun begins at 7 p.m.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Kiss leader Gene Simmons has mellowed not at all and warned fans to get ready for a spectacle.

“We are the masters of bells and whistles, and we are going to leave the audience exhausted at the end of every show,” said Simmons at a news conference announcing the 40-date tour.

“When you see fireworks going off at a McCartney show, where do you think he got that from? Gerry and the Pacemakers?”

All which means that Simmons will be spewing flames and drooling blood and drummer Tommy Lee's drum kit will once again be attached to a roller coaster-style rig.
Aug 01 2012
By: Eric Shirey

When it comes to rock 'n roll, nobody does it better than KISS. The band is still going strong 39 years after founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons released their first self-titled album. They are presently touring with Motley Crue playing classic songs from their 19 album discography. A new track entitled "Hell or Hallelujah" is also among the tunes on the set list. It's a teaser of what's to come when their upcoming release, "Monster," comes out on October 16, 2012.

Eric Singer sits behind his drum throne pounding away through KISS tunes night after night. Just like his cat persona, he never shows any signs of fatigue as he constantly pounces on the drums set in front of him. Singer gives his all to the audience and has been since he started playing for the band in 1991.

KISS is heading down South to Dallas, TX on August 4 and Singer was quick to let fans know what to expect while remaining secretive about the details of the show. KISS likes to change things up with every tour. However, he doesn't want to spoil any surprises.

"That is the part that you need to see and hear with your own eyes and ears. This is a tour not to be missed, I can assure you," Singer responded when asked what fans can look forward to seeing and hearing this time around.

Every regional area and city has their own local flavor. Texas and Dallas, more precisely, are no different. What does KISS look forward to when coming back to the most prominent city in the American South?

"We love the Southern/Texas hospitality! We know that you do everything bigger in Texas and we have the show to match the saying," Singer stated.

One thing Dallas is known for is its grueling Summer heat. There've already been several 100+ degree days and it doesn't look like it will be letting up anytime soon. That won't slow down the Hottest Band in the World. Singer shares the mission of the make-up wearing and leather-clad rock warriors known as KISS.

"'Hotter than Hell' isn't just a KISS album or song title. The show must go on rain, shine, or heat! We will bring it no matter the weather."

KISS plays the Gexa Energy Pavilion on Saturday, August 4. The show starts at 7:00PM.
Aug 01 2012
Here's KISS with the Alabama KISS Army at last night's concert in Pelham.

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Aug 01 2012
by Gary Graff, Detroit

Gene Simmons Talks 'Monster,' Vows Band Will Tour 'Everywhere'

Gene Simmons says fans will hear a slightly different tact from Kiss when its new album, "Monster," is released Oct. 16.

"A lot of the lyrics and points of view have less to do with sort of the cocksmanship, craftsmanship -- 'Hey babe, I'm gonna rock you all night long,' and are more about sort of primal notions about who we are and how we feel," Simmons tells "So something like 'The Devil is Me,' for instance, is more confessional; you can keep pointing your fingers at all the evil in the world, but you've got some of it and here's the Lord's decree -- the devil is me. Maybe there's a little devil in all of us."

Simmons considers "Monster" to be "one of the best or the top three albums we've ever done." Like 2009's "Sonic Boom," Kiss kept the 12-track "Monster" raw -- "Just guitar and drums, nothing else," Simmons says -- and singer-guitarist Paul Stanley again sat in the producer's chair. "In both instances he put aside everything else in his life and was there," Simmons says of Stanley, who co-founded Kiss with him in 1972 and stood up in his 2011 wedding to Shannon Tweed. "I no longer have that patience or the temperament to be strapped in the studio for three months. There's too much going on outside, and who better to trust than (Stanley)? He's a very good team player and isn't afraid to say, 'Yeah, maybe I'm not right? Let's try this' or 'Let's try that.' We'd go in and just try anything. It's really a band effort, like four guys in a car but somebody's got to be driving and everybody else is going, 'No, turn right here, turn right there!' Ultimately we're all going to the same place, and Paul got us there."

Kiss has released a first single from "Monster," "Hell or Hallelujah," which the group is already playing during its current tour with Motley Crue. "Paul came in with a guitar chordal pattern, and it was originally called something else," Simmons recalls. "Then a few days later he came back in and said, 'What do you think of 'Hell or Hallelujah?' and we all just sparked to it and went, 'Yeah, that's right.' " Some of "Monster's" other songs, meanwhile, have a bit of history. For instance, Simmons says he wrote "Eat Your Heart Out" during the 70s but made some significant changes for the version that appears on the album.
Aug 01 2012
By: Ryan Keller

The track list for Monster, the highly anticipated 20th studio album from legendary rock band Kiss, was revealed on Tuesday. The album will be released on Oct. 16 and is promised to be one of the band's best. The full track list is

1.Hell or Hallelujah
2.Wall of Sound
4.Back to the Stone Age
5.Shout Mercy
6.Long Way Down
7.Eat Your Heart Out
8.The Devil Is Me
9.Outta this World
10.All for the Love of Rock & Roll
11.Take Me Down Below
12.Last Chance
13.Right Here Right Now

Monster will be a throwback to Kiss's past sound, described by the band as a “straight-ahead rock 'n' roll album,” representing their “nod to the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions.”

The first single, “Hell or Hallelujah,” was released in July. The track, which vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley described as “a battle cry that encapsulates the entire record,” has been received positively by both critics and fans, peaking at number 1 on the iTunes Top Rock Song chart.

Simmons – who has likened the upcoming album to three of the band's previous releases: Destroyer, Revenge and Kiss's latest album Sonic Boom – commented, “There are no symphony orchestras, boy choirs, keyboards, outside producers or songwriters on this album. The best thing we did was to turn inwards to ourselves. Tommy (Thayer, guitar) and Eric (Singer, drums) 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.”

Kiss is currently taking part in a co-headlining U.S. tour with Motley Crue, simply titled “The Tour.” Ticket information and tour dates can be found at the bands' official Web sites: and
Aug 01 2012
ESPN Monday Night Football's / Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden stopped by to rock with KISS on 'THE TOUR' in Tampa, Florida last Saturday!
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