News - 2012 : October

Oct 26 2012
SiriusXM TOWN HALL WITH
SiriusXM
In celebration of KISS's 20th studio album, MONSTER, KISS sat down with 20 lucky SiriusXM subscribers and host Jose Mangin for a fan Q&A. Here, they describe the origins of their anthem "Rock and Roll All Night" and even some never-before-revealed alternate names for the band.



Oct 26 2012
BRAZILIAN CONCERT POSTER
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Here's the promotional poster for KISS' November 17th show at Arena Anhembi in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Thanks, KOL !!!

www.braziliankissarmy.com.br- Brazilian KISS Army

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Oct 25 2012
30 Years Ago – Kiss Release ‘Creatures of the Night’



by: Matthew Wilkening

On October 25, 1982, KISS finally and powerfully broke out of a career-threatening creative tailspin with their 10th studio album, ‘Creatures of the Night.’

It was barely five years before that the makeup-wearing group were on top of the world, selling out stadiums and releasing hit album after hit album.

However, internal tensions between the group’s two camps — basically, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons vs. Peter Criss and Ace Frehley — and a desire to reach an even larger, mainstream and family-friendly audience combined to almost completely torpedo the group.

Kiss’ previous three albums — 1979′s overly thin, disco and pop-influenced ‘Dynasty,’ 1980′s even more pop-heavy ‘Unmasked‘ (which bombed, but holds up better than you’d think) and 1981′s infamous medieval concept album ‘Music from the Elder‘ — failed to connect the band with that desired “next level” success, and in fact instead very quickly turned off the loyal fans they’d worked so hard to win over in the ’70s.

By all accounts, Criss checked out during the making of ‘Dynasty,’ although he remained on the credits and cover art of that and ‘Unmasked.’ Similarly, Frehley was mostly M.I.A. from the ‘Elder’ project and completely absent for the recording of ‘Creatures of the Night,’ but the group kept him on the cover so that replacement drummer Eric Carr was the only was the only new face fans saw.
Oct 25 2012
: MONSTER MAGAZINE #2 NOW ON SALE!
FANGORIA
KISS: MONSTER - The Official Magazine #2 in 3D NOW ON SALE!

Following up on FANGORIA’s well received first installment, we present the second issue of KISS: MONSTER- THE OFFICIAL ALBUM AND TOUR MAGAZINE, a LIMITED EDITION collector’s mag featuring new interviews about the making of the new KISS album, MONSTER, as well as incredible, insightful features on the smash summer tour and other great moments in KISStory, past and present.

And…it’s in 3D!

That’s right, inside you’ll find 14 pages of exclusive, new concert photos presented in dynamic 3D: SEE Gene’s axe thrust toward you, his blood dribbling right onto your lap! SEE Tommy’s rockets aiming straight at your face! SEE Eric’s drums rising right into your living room! SEE Paul swinging right from the crowd into your arms!

Other features include a new interview with MONSTER co-producer Greg Collins; the band reflecting on their recent pre-tour trip to London; artist Ken Kelly remembering the making of classic KISS covers DESTROYER and LOVE GUN; Gene talking about his memorable villainous movie roles; Paul flashing back to his role in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA; Top Thirty Alternative KISS Klassics; GIANT fold out KISS poster…and so much more!

This incredible LIMITED EDITION collector’s item will be sold EXCLUSIVELY through FANGORIA.com, not in stores.

KISS: MONSTER – THE OFFICIAL ALBUM AND TOUR MAGAZINE is available for purchase NOW from FANGORIA.

Be sure to stay tuned for more details…

CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE KISS: MONSTER – THE OFFICIAL ALBUM AND TOUR MAGAZINE NOW!
Oct 25 2012
COMIC REVIEW: #5 IS A GAME CHANGER!
Posted by PS Hayes

KISS #5
Written by Chris Ryall
Art by Wagner Reis
Colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Letters by Shawn Lee
Edited by Tom Waltz
Covers by Sam Shearon, Jamal Igle & Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 24, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

KISS #5 is a game changer. Seriously, folks. It takes the whole concept of KISS and turns it on its ear. Two words, kids: KISS GIRLS. That’s right, you wanted hot girls, you GOT hot girls! Not to mention The Phantom of the Park!

Writer Chris Ryall takes everyone’s “favorite” movie, KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park, and puts a WHOLE new spin on it. The basics are still there, like the evil Abner Devereaux and, of course, the amusement park. I can’t tell you what a refreshing change of pace this is, and Ryall proves with this issue that the sky truly IS the limit when it comes to this comic. So far, it’s been very enjoyable, going from different eras in time watching the group take on the henchmen of the evil Destroyer, but this issue he makes everything fresh and totally different. Don’t get me wrong, we all love the group, but it’s nice to get a total 180 once in awhile. This book is something that you’re going to want to read at least a couple of times – it’s that good – and you’re going to make sure that you don’t miss anything. Maybe it’s my love of KISS or my love of KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park movie (c’mon, it was fun), but I honestly can’t remember enjoying a comic this much in a long time.

The art by Wagner Reis is outstanding! He’s the perfect choice for this issue. He excels at drawing great-looking girls, monsters, and amusement parks. From first page to last, this art is a total home run. He’s got a great style, the page layouts are fantastic, and his storytelling ability is superb. You can totally follow the story without even reading the word balloons, and THAT is a mark of a great artist. His backgrounds are highly detailed and fun to look at as well. All around great art here in this issue!

I can’t recommend a comic as highly as I recommend this one. For real. Ryall and Reis are the perfect team for this story and I’d love to see them collaborate more on this series, or on a different series all together. But, back to this book: it’s a great jumping on point for new readers (as is every other issue, which is a fantastic maneuver by IDW), it’s highly entertaining, and not only will you be really excited for the next issue, you’ll want to dig out your copy of KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park and give it another watch.

http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2012/10/24/comic-review-kiss-5/
Oct 24 2012
COMICS ISSUE #5 IN STORES TODAY
KISSONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Pictured are six of the various covers available for KISS Comics Issue #5 - KISS GIRLS: KISS Meets The Phantom. There is also an "unmasked" version of the top right cover: It's the same design, except the girls are not wearing makeup.

CLICK HERE to view a KISS #5 "KISS Girls" part 1. 5-page preview.
Oct 24 2012
SWEDISH CONCERT POSTERS
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Thanks to Johan Jakobsson for sending KOL both the KISS Stockholm and Sweden Rock Festival concert posters!

KISS will rock Sweden, along with Norway, Denmark and Finland next June.

JUNE 1 - FRIENDS ARENA STADIUM - STOCKHOLM

JUNE 3 - HARTWELL ARENA - HELSINKI, FINLAND

JUNE 6 - SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL - SOLVESBORG

JUNE 8 - VIKING FEST - VIKING STADION - STAVANGER, NORWAY

JUNE 11 - FORUM - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Oct 23 2012
KISS Guitarist Tommy Thayer on His Unique Career Path, War Hero Father

By Chris Epting
Photo by Chiaki Nozu, Getty Images

KISS recently returned with Monster, their 20th studio album and a rocking return to the thunderous hooks and classic chordal mayhem that makes them, well, KISS. Over their 40-plus year history, the band can boast 28 U.S. gold albums, the most gold records for any American rock band, along with over 100 million albums sold worldwide.

Noisecreep recently had the pleasure of talking with longtime lead guitarist Tommy Thayer about the new album, and his life in the band.

It must feel good to finally have Monster in stores.

We're all super happy and super proud of Monster and we put a lot of time and effort into making it great. We approached it from a very organic and simple place, like a band just starting out. We were just hanging out at each other's houses, we arranged the songs at rehearsal then we'd go in and just knock them out. We didn't even do demos. We didn't have a label involved when we did it so there was no manager or A&R person telling us what to do, it was just the four of us making the calls, so whatever was in our hearts made it onto the record.
Oct 23 2012
FAN'S KRUISE TATTOOS!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Check out Darran Crother's KISS Kruise tattoos! Darran was one of the first to get a KISS Kruise tattoo last year and now has the KISS Kruise II logo on his other leg!!

KISS Kruise II departs Miami next Wednesday, October 31st.
Oct 23 2012
LIMITED EDITION PEZ
KISSONLINE.com
PEZ Candy, Inc. announced that the highly anticipated PEZ KISS Gift Set has begun to ship to national retailers and will soon be available on retailer shelves.

The KISS gift set includes four dispensers, depicting the four members of the Hottest Band in The World and one six pack of candy. The Starchild, The Demon, The Catman, and The Spaceman are displayed in a reusable metal gift tin. The set will retail for approximately $12.99.

“Interest in the KISS gift tin has exceeded our expectations and we doubled our original production”, stated Joe Vittoria – CEO of PEZ Candy, Inc. “There have been several imitation KISS PEZ dispensers in the market over the years and we are pleased to launch this authentic set in time for the holiday season.”

"The Kiss merchandise juggernaught continues with the PeZ Kiss gift set and the Kiss Army will love them," says Janet Dwoskin, Vice President of Live Nation Merchandise
Oct 23 2012
AT CAROUSEL OF HOPE
KISSONLINE.com
Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer attended the 2012 Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills Saturday night.

The annual event serves as a benefit for the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes and the Children’s Diabetes Foundation.

Oct 22 2012
THREE NIGHTS OF MONSTER - VH1 CLASSIC'S ON TAP
KISSONLINE.com
VH1 Classic’s On Tap hosted by Nik Carter gets ready to rock Three MONSTER Nights of KISS!

In celebration of their legacy and new album Monster, VH1 Classic’s nationally syndicated radio show, On Tap hosted by Nik Carter is getting set to feature a ton of KISS music and interviews! Nik kicks it off Monday, October 22nd with exclusive tracks and interviews from the ultimate KISS collection,Kissology! On Tuesday, October 23rd, On Tap will feature a Classic Current, which will include the new Kiss single, Long Way Down and a classic track voted on by fans on Facebook! Facebook.com/ontaprocks. Wednesday Nik will feature clips from his exclusive interview with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and play a KISS track each hour!

To find out where to hear On Tap presented by VH1 Classic, go to vh1classicontap.com
Oct 22 2012
PAUL AND GENE ATTEND CAROUSEL OF HOPE
VARIETY (EXCERPT)
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons attended the 2012 Carousel of Hope Ball, which took place Saturday night in the VIP room of the Beverly Hilton. Carousel of Hope benefits the children's hospital in Denver and the research to help eradicate juvenile diabetes.

In attendance were George Clooney and Stacey Keibler, Clive Davis, Sidney Poitier, Shirley MacLaine, Berry Gordy, Jane Fonda, Jerry Weintraub, George Schlatter and Quincy Jones all made that top table, as did Jay Leno, who hosted the show.

But it was Gene Simmons of Kiss who coughed up the big bucks, bidding thousands for a wedding trip to the St. Regis Bora Bora, complete with a couture dress included, despite the fact that wife Shannon Tweed was sitting beside him. Needless to say, Clooney kept his hands firmly in his lap during that auction.
Oct 22 2012
SEND US YOUR HALLOWEEN PHOTOS!
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Pictured here are a few of the hundreds of KISS Halloween photos KISSOnline received in 2011. Please don't forget to send us your KISS Halloween photos this year! The band and the fans love seeing them!

CLICK HERE to send us your photos, letters and stories.
Oct 22 2012
SIGHTING: QUILMES BEER ADS IN ARGENTINA
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

KISS is featured in advertisements (both print and TV) for the largest beer company in Argentina, Quilmes Beer!

Check out the very funny TV ad below.

Monster rocks!

ALF from Buenos Aires

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