News - 2012 : October

Oct 12 2012
Here are the Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley special limited edition Classic Rock magazine covers.
Oct 12 2012
Here are the Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer special limited edition Classic Rock magazine covers.
Oct 12 2012
By Melissa Ruggieri

Ask Gene Simmons how he’s doing and the response is, “deliriously happy.”


“Because I get to be Gene Simmons for another day,” he replies.

What better opening from one of the proud lions of rock ‘n’ roll?

He’s a showman, a shrewd businessman, a wily TV star. Of course he’s delirious.

Simmons and the rest of KISS –singer Paul Stanley, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer – just wrapped a 40-plus-date summer tour with Motley Crue (it played Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in July), but don’t even hint at KISS taking a break.

The band released “Monster” on Tuesday, its 24th studio album. And it’s a firecracker. KISS hasn’t sounded this pumped or tight since “Rock and Roll Over,” and songs such as “Freak,” “All for the Love of Rock and Roll” and the Simmons-sung “The Devil is Me” should rattle the roofs of the arenas on the 60 shows they’re planning for South America and Europe (expect a U.S. return in about a year) to promote the release.

The always-entertaining Simmons, 63, checked in recently from Boston to talk “Monster,” life beyond the now-ended A&E reality show, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” and what items in the world can still be KISS-ified.

Q. You’ve said in the past that it drove you crazy that bands weren’t interested in putting on a show, and how they’d stand up there and stare at their shoes. Do you still think that’s the case?

A. It baffles me. I just don’t understand it. You’re a woman and if you’re going out, why wouldn’t you put on your makeup and do your hair? Same thing. Why would you go on stage looking like a bum? There is only one personality [currently] who totally has the goods and that’s Lady Gaga. She’s not classically a rock act, but she’s the real deal. She cares about the shows and the appearance. That’s what you want a star to be. Maroon 5 has great songs, but I don’t want to look at them.
Oct 12 2012
Here are some more review excerpts...

After an 11-year gap between albums last time out, KISS stomped on the heads of the naysayers and showed the world they were once again (or always were) a relevant band in rock and roll with love guns at the ready. Realizing they were on to something good, they wasted little time in releasing the appropriately titled Monster.

KISS teased us with “Hell Or Hallelujah” way before the release and it gets Monster off to a flier with its infectious guitar riff and superb Paul Stanley lead vocal. We all know the life story of Gene Simmons’ monster, but he has thankfully put it away long enough to put his mind to better use. “The Devil Is Me” and “Eat Your Heart Out” bounce along on that trademark groin-rumbling bass sound and he is up to his usual tricks on the gloriously filthy “Take Me Down Below.”

It could be argued there are a couple of side-steps in “Freak” and “Back To The Stone Age”; teenage lust sung through old man loins. But it could also be argued that if you were looking for music that didn’t come with a hard two-fingered poke in the eye of the face of subtlety, well, you’ve come to the wrong party, Mister/Missus. It’s KISS! And this could be the best album of their career.

Take any track and it could easily stand up against just about any of their previous lead tracks; the guitar licks are loud and proud, plenty of rock with the roll. It might not be much to boast about, but it gives a handful of albums (I’m looking at you, unmasked-‘80s) a good long-tongued licking.

Thanks to 2009′s Sonic Boom album it became apparent for those who had not seen KISS in a live capacity in recent years that those known as ‘hired guns’ were pretty good. But maybe there was still a suspicion that Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer were let out of their cages a little, but were told to go straight back before people started to realize. This time Thayer and Singer prove their worth to KISS. Thayer co-wrote most of the album, much of it with Stanley, and the double-tap of “Outta This World” and “All for the Love of Rock & Roll” with Thayer and Singer’s lead vocals stand proud on the record.

- O. Dan, Geeks of Doom


For one glorious sixty-second span near the end of their new album ‘Monster,’ Kiss once again (and finally) earn the title of “the hottest band in the land.”

The magic moment happens during the album’s penultimate track, ‘Take Me Down Below,’ which features a primal, rhythmic riff that sounds more like early AC/DC than anything in the Kiss catalog.

Smack dab in the middle of a typically outlandish Gene Simmons-sung tale of sexual conquest on the high seas (set during last year’s Kiss Kruise, perhaps?), his longtime bandmate Paul Stanley suddenly jumps in to take the lead for a spell.

Now the two have shared vocals on a few tracks in the past, most notably on ‘Shout it Out Loud.’ But for some reason this appearance comes as a particularly exciting surprise, and shows that time hasn’t left the band behind. In fact, the “Starchild” comes off a bit like a hip-hop star who’s just chomping at the bit to spit a verse on a hot beat one of his peers cooked up.

Stanley makes the most of his time, strutting like a peacock over Eric Singer’s thunderous drum rolls while gleefully dropping elevator-and cruise-related double-entendres that would make even a young David Lee Roth blush.

It’s outlandishly fun... the second single, ‘Long Way Down,’ which finds Stanley confidently treading into swirling, almost psychedelic territory. The song may be more of a kick for existing fans than something that will create new ones. But its clever use of T-Rex and Led Zeppelin riffs shows the often-forgotten depth of the band’s influences and suggests that more sophisticated music may yet be coming from our facepainted heroes in the future.

Other highlights on ‘Monster’ — which could most simply be described as a heavier, slightly more complex sequel to their 2009 retro-leaning studio comeback ‘Sonic Boom’ — include the a capella opening segment of the cowbell-heavy ‘Eat Your Heart Out’ and the Stones-ish “whoo whoo”s in the chorus of the soulful ‘Shout Mercy.’

All four members are in fine form throughout; with Simmons in particularly nasty spirits on ‘The Devil is Me,’ lead guitarist Tommy Thayer perfectly in “Spaceman” character on ‘Outta This World,’ and Singer channeling his inner cat on ‘All For the Love of Rock and Roll,’ which, if you’re feeling generous, could be imagined as the 11th track on 1976′s ‘Rock and Roll Over.’

- Matthew Wilkening, Ultimate Classic Rock
Oct 12 2012
Here's KISS performing "Hell Or Hallelujah" on David Letterman 10-10-12....As Seen On ©CBS Weeknights 11:35/10:35pm.

Oct 11 2012
Here's "rough-cut" video footage from Reuters (meaning, no reporter is narrating) showing KISS celebrating the release of "MONSTER" with fans!

Oct 11 2012
KISS launch a MONSTER new dimension with 3D Augmented Reality

London, Thursday 11 October – KISS, Universal Music and Aurasma proudly launch an epic bonus to the band’s brand-new album Monster using 3D Augmented Reality technology.

Celebrating the release of KISS’ landmark 20th studio album, fans are invited to download the free uView app now to bring the Monster artwork to life with a one-of-a-kind performance in awe-inspiring 3D animation.

In a truly unique and immersive digital experience, this exclusive album extra unlocks a new dimension to KISS as fully-3D digital Bobble Heads rocking out to radio hit “Hell or Hallelujah”, defying the laws of physics by performing in your hands, on your wall, or anywhere you need a Monster-good time, simply by using the Monster album artwork and the free uView app.

Four decades ago Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley joined up with drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley to form KISS. Forty years later, having racked up 28 U.S. gold albums along with 40 million U.S. and 100 million in worldwide sales, Simmons and Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, return stronger than ever. With Monster, and the trailblazing use of advanced augmented reality mobile technology, KISS continues their career-long trend of being at the forefront of showmanship and innovation.

Monster, the 12-song, full-throttle rock ’n’ roll album features collaborations from all four members in an effort that shows KISS at the top of its game. The album finds a band with its legacy firmly in sight, a chip on their shoulder and a desire to prove there’s more to the KISS spectacle than meets the eye.

The uView app and augmented content have been developed in partnership with Aurasma, the leaders in image recognition and augmented reality technology.

Matt Mills, Head of Sales at Aurasma, said: “We are thrilled to be working with our partner Universal Music and absolute legends of rock, KISS. Through the Aurasma-enabled uView app, the new Monster album has been augmented with a 3D animation of the band, complete with Gene Simmons’ 3D tongue. KISS fans will love unlocking this new dimension to the band – still pushing boundaries after twenty studio albums and an incredible four decades in the music business.”

The uView Application is available to download now for iOS and Android devices at

(Looking for a place to try out the app? Scan the cover of your "MONSTER" CD!)

Oct 11 2012
Here's KISS at the SiriusXM Town Hall today answering questions from fans!

Photo by Hab Haddad for KISSOnline.
Oct 11 2012
Here's KISS performing "Hell or Hallelujah" and "Rock and Roll All Nite" on Good Morning America today!

Oct 11 2012
Here's the staff of Good Morning America (in makeup!) interviewing KISS this morning!

Oct 11 2012
KISS will perform "Hell or Hallelujah" this morning on Good Morning America!

Oct 11 2012
Halloween Comes Early: KISS Celebrates the Release of Monster Live from the SiriusXM Studios During “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with KISS”

KISS channel, “Scare Nation,” to launch on October 26

The legendary, multi-platinum selling band to do private sit down Q&A with SiriusXM listeners for a “Town Hall” special

NEW YORK–October 10, 2012– Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that it will celebrate the release of Monster, the 20th studio album by rock legends KISS, as the band members sit down for an intimate Q&A session with a select group of SiriusXM listeners at the SiriusXM studios in New York City.

“SiriusXM’s Town Hall with KISS,” the two-hour broadcast event, will air live on Hair Nation, channel 39, today, October 11 at 12:00 pm ET.

The KISS special is part of SiriusXM's "Town Hall" series, intimate gatherings with iconic musicians and a studio audience of SiriusXM listeners. Previous "SiriusXM Town Hall" specials have featured Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Coldplay, Ringo Starr, Roger Waters, Ziggy Marley and the surviving members of Nirvana.

Hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin, the “SiriusXM Town Hall with KISS” will feature all four members of the globally-known band answering questions from the studio audience about their career, including their new album Monster, released on October 9.

“No band has more embodied the spectacle side of rock and roll than KISS. Whether in makeup or not, KISS has represented the party attitude of rock and roll for generations of fans,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “They have some stories to tell from their years on the road, and fans will have the chance to get the uncensored truth when they step into our latest Town Hall at SiriusXM.”

Additionally, SiriusXM will launch “Scare Nation,” an all-KISS limited-run channel scheduled to air Friday, October 26 starting at 6:00 pm ET through Monday, October 29 at 3:00 am ET on channel 39. From their 1974 self-titled debut through their 20th studio album, “Scare Nation” will showcase the music from the band’s entire career. Listeners will also hear the band members talking about their new album, touring, their fans and more. “Scare Nation” will also feature an encore broadcast of “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with KISS” on Saturday, October 27 at 12:00 pm ET.
Oct 11 2012
KISS rocked "Live on Letterman" last night at the legendary Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City! (The image to the left is the promotional poster made for the event.)

The band tore through a scorching 10 song set including an unscheduled performance of "Deuce." KISS' performance in the intimate theater, packed with an adoring audience of KISS fanatics, easily ranks as one of the coolest live KISS events ever!

Watch the full show now!

Oct 11 2012
Paul Stanley And Tommy Thayer Of KISS Talk About The NEW Album, MONSTER And The NEW Zeppelin Movie, "Celebration Day."

Oct 11 2012
Gene Simmons and Eric Singer talk with DC101's Mike Jones.

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