News - 2012 : September

Sep 25 2012
The KISS KRUISE II is only 36 days away! KISS Navy members who are attending this year's Kruise are receiving welcome packages this week, which include custom KISS Kruise II luggage tags. Kruise alumni who kruised last year will also receive Alumni laminates.

Thanks to Benjamin for sending the photo of his welcome package to KISSonline!

There are only a few cabins remaining on the KISS KRUISE II, and there's still time to become a part of the KISS Navy! Visit to book.
Sep 25 2012
Gene Simmons is featured on the cover of the October issue of the German Rock Hard magazine.
Sep 25 2012
Classic glam-metal act enjoys a trans-generational following

Written by Ed Condran For the Asbury Park Press

During its ’70s heyday, Kiss was introduced as “The Hottest Band in the World.’’

Decades later, the band believes it still lives up to that title.

“We’re a hot act,” drummer Eric Singer said. “You can come out and see that we’re still very hot. No band brings it like Kiss.”

The veteran band, led by vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley and vocalist-bassist Gene Simmons, keeps filling big arenas and sheds around the country. The legendary “Kiss Army’’ of fans continues to support it and the contingent is expanding.

“We’re seeing a lot of younger fans come out to our shows,” Singer said. “So we have the older and definitely the younger, who are so enthusiastic.”

Longtime Kiss fans have introduced their kids to such anthemic staples as “Detroit Rock City’’ and “Deuce.’’ The group has little choice but to play the array of old chestnuts.

“We have played those songs countless times but they never get old to us,” Singer said. “We love to play ‘Black Diamond,’ ‘I Was Made For Loving You’ and ‘Love Gun.’ How can you not play the songs that made this band legendary? It’s a privilege to play Kiss classics. We love it.”
Sep 24 2012
By Donnie Moorhouse, The Republican

HARTFORD - There are not a lot of true rock shows out on the road these days, that unabashed rock’ n’ roll that’s as much about the mayhem, posturing and adult-themed innuendo as it is the music. That the perceived void should be filled by bands now 30-years past relevancy should come as no surprise. The genre itself has the feel of a bygone era.

What may surprise some is that two of those bands, Kiss and Motley Crue, teamed up for a summer tour that ended with a show at the Comcast Theatre on Sunday night and both sounded like bands, not of a bygone era, but in their prime.

The double-bill (with Kiss as the headliner) brought thousands to the Hartford venue, selling out the pavilion and earning a respectable presence on the vast lawn as well proving there is indeed at least somewhat of a void that deserves to be filled.

Kiss has always been about three chords and an absolute spectacle and the band delivered on both fronts. Descending to the stage on a platform surrounded by pinwheel-like pyrotechnics and their now standard introduction (“you wanted the best, you got the best….”), the band opened with “Detroit Rock City.”

Collectively and individually the group has not sounded this good in a decade. Both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley seemed to have cheated the ravages of time to some extent and are energized by drummer Eric Singer and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer.
Sep 24 2012
Here's KISS rocking the final USA date of of "THE TOUR" last night in Hartford!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSonline.
Sep 24 2012
Check out these fantastic fan-filmed videos of "Detroit Rock City," "Firehouse," "Shock Me," and "Lick it Up" from last night's show in Hartford!

Thanks to Russell Dannecker for sending the videos to KISSonline.
Sep 24 2012
Here's a feature on KISS from Argentina's "El Dia" newspaper. Thank you to Alejandro for sending the article to KISSonline! Here's the text of the article in English:


Shortly after KISS announced a new tour date in Argentina on November 7th at the River Plate Stadium, fans of the larger-than-life band began counting down the days until KISS' return.

Three years since their last visit, the band will again come to this country to rock the monumental songs from "Monster," their new record being released around the world on October 9th.

It's likely the show's set list won't be missing any of the classic hits that span throughout the band's career, such as "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Lick It Up," "Detroit Rock City," "Shock Me," and "Shout it Out Loud."

The American group will bring its current formation to Argentina again, consisting of original band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, together with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.

KISS has been rocking for almost 40 years and has sold more than 90 million albums since the band's debut in the 1970s. Their stage shows formed a milestone in the history of rock, with grand audiovisual performances, outlandish costumes, visual video projections and pyrotechnic effects.

This, coupled with the enormous talent of the band's members to compose catchy, irresistible songs, endeared them to the public around the world and brings out an army of fans in full force, both for those who became fans in the band's early days and for the generations that have followed.

Translated from Spanish for KISSonline by Jill Cataldo.
Sep 23 2012
Here's KISS with the Jones Beach crowd in New York last night!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSonline.
Sep 23 2012
Here's the KISS MONSTER ZinePak. The limited edition KISS ZinePak will include the new 12-track CD and a commemorative 64 page magazine. The magazine includes exclusive interviews with Paul, Gene, Tommy, and Eric; never-before-seen photos; and lyrics to all songs with a track-by-track commentary from the band.
The KISS MONSTER ZinePak will be released on October 9, 2012.

Stay tuned to KOL for more details soon.

Sep 22 2012
Here's a unique angle of Gene breathing fire last night in Holmdel, New Jersey!

Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSOnline.
Sep 22 2012
Here's KISS with the Holmdel crowd at the packed PNC Bank Arts Center last night!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSonline.
Sep 22 2012
Posted by PS Hayes

Written by Tom Waltz
Art by Casey Maloney
Inks by Marc Rueda
Colors by Joan I. Guardiet & Ester Sans
Letters by Shawn Lee
Edited by Chris Ryall
Covers by Casey Maloney, Michael Gaydos & Xermanico
IDW Publishing
Release Date: September 19, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

KISS #4 features the epic conclusion to the World Without Heroes story arc, and when IDW says epic they mean EPIC!!! It’s everything you want it to be and just a little bit more.

To sum up, in this story arc, we basically have KISS barbarians, which in and of itself, is pretty freakin’ cool. What makes it even MORE awesome is that writer Tom Waltz does a fantastic job telling the story! In just a few issues, he’s given the four “civilian identities” a LOT of character for the reader to absorb. Not too much, though, that it draws awesome from the KISS warriors. We get a little more of the Destroyer and Elder, and more of She, but the meat of the story is KISS’ battle with an out of control dragon and trying to save their village and their world.
Sep 21 2012
Here are a few photos of KISS' personal techs in action. Jason, Paul, Fran and Michael are the guys' right-hand men throughout each night's concerts, ready to react to anything that may arise.

In the pictures:

Top left - Bass tech Jason gets the Demon blood ready for Gene's approval.

Top right - Drum tech Paul hands Eric his KISS Bazooka.

Bottom - Guitar tech Fran keeps a watchful eye on Paul, as Guitar tech Michael gets a guitar ready for Tommy.

Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSOnline
Sep 21 2012
By David Kinchen

Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSOnline

When the vintage hard rock n' roll machine KISS visits the Delaware Valley there's one word that comes to mind: Monster. That's how big the experience is. The band, the make-up, the guitars, the boots, the hair and the crowd; all stand out in monstrous proportions.

You can expect that in every show. Wednesday night's blast of classic rock at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden delivered all of that on cue. KISS brought a peak performance after 80s glam metal heavy weights Motley Crue left the stage with an already dazzled and energized crowd.

KISS opened their show in familiar form blasting that infamous intro to my hometown's anthem "Detroit Rock City", while being lowered from the rafters on a platform like the gods of classic rock they've come to be after nearly 40 years.

You had the traditional elements of a KISS show with fireworks, stunning stage lights and rockets being fired from lead axe man Tommy Thayer's guitar, in the same spirit is original guitarist Ace Frehley.

The set list, however, had many not-so-traditional live numbers that haven't been heard by fans in years.

FOX29 photographer Shane McEachern and I looked at each other in awe when we heard the beginning of "War Machine" from the landmark 1982 record Creatures of the Night.
Sep 20 2012
Check out these great fan-filmed clips of "Black Diamond" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" from last night's concert in Camden!

Thanks to Russell Dannecker for sending the clips to KISSonline.
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