News - 2013 : March

Mar 31 2013
Happy Easter to everyone! We hope you have a wonderful day with your family and friends. Enjoy!

Thanks to the KISS Army for sharing these great KISS Easter eggs and artwork with us and the fans!
Mar 31 2013
KISS frontman Gene Simmons says music can save a child’s life, get them off the streets

By Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Kiss frontman Gene Simmons made a surprise appearance at a Sioux Falls benefit concert Saturday, where he spoke of music’s power to positively shape children’s lives.

Simmons’s appearance came on the final day of a week of concerts to benefit the music academy for Sioux Falls Boys & Girls Clubs members.

“This is about kids. We’ve had our chance. We’ve got to give them a chance. Anything that gets them off the street is a good thing,” Simmons said.

Music, Simmons said, is self-empowering.

“It doesn’t matter if you become a star. If you don’t believe in yourself and get up on stage, everybody is watching. You can feel the power ... and it helps you get through life, especially when you’re impressionable.”

He said getting involved in music — whether it’s learning to play an instrument or sing karaoke — improves social skills, too.
Mar 30 2013
On this day in KISSTORY - March 30, 2012, KISS rocked over 35,000 fans at Woldenberg Park during the AT&T NCAA Final Four Block Party!

Here's KISS performing "Rock and Roll All Nite" like you've never seen it before... from a rooftop! And, in true KISS fashion, the band blew up the city's skyline at the end of the show.

Mar 30 2013
Check out this KISS billboard for their upcoming appearance at the ArenaBowl in Orlando, Florida. The band will perform in concert on Friday, August 16th as part of the ArenaBowl festivities. A KISS ARMY members-only pre sale will take place next week for this show.

Thanks to George Navarro for sending KOL the image!


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BIG NEWS with BIG PARTNERS. AFL, CBS and KISS Unite for major Entertainment Weekend

Legendary rock band KISS will perform during ArenaBowl XXVI weekend this August 16th in Orlando, Florida, as this unprecedented partnership with The Arena Football League and CBS Sports was proudly announced on Tuesday.

KISS, known for their elaborate and explosive stage shows, iconic black and white face paint, and never ending love of helping their KISS Army Fans to remember to “Rock and Roll All Night and Party Every Day” are returning to Orlando for the first time since 2006. KISS, lead by the original founding partners of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide over the last four decades and notched eight Top 10 albums, highlighted by hit songs such as “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “Calling Dr. Love”. The recently released Number 1 MONSTER Album from KISS has been hailed by critics as the bands greatest studio album in years. Go to for more.

ArenaBowl XXVI is set to be played at the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, August 17. The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 1 p.m. as part of the 3 day weekend celebration.
Mar 30 2013
Here's Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer getting ready to rock the Brennan Academy with Joey Allen, Chuck Garric, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Alice Cooper and Sebastian Bach last night in South Dakota.

Excerpts from a story by By DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press

The $1,000-a-ticket concert is a fundraiser for the center, which is the brainchild of Sioux Falls native Chuck Brennan. Brennan, the founder of short-term lender Dollar Loan Center, based his idea on Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation in Phoenix.

Cooper said about 100 kids a night are flocking to his Solid Rock center, which opened about two years ago.

"If you take one kid out of a gang and get him involved in rock 'n' roll or get him involved in a guitar or bass or drums, you don't just change that kid, you change the neighborhood," he said.

The Sioux Falls academy has had the feel of an exclusive, intimate venue this week, but starting in April it will become the afternoon home for young people looking to learn or improve their skills in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards or vocals.

Lessons will be given in nine soundproof rehearsal rooms, five of which are wired to a professional mixing and recording studio. The four upstairs rehearsal rooms will honor KISS, with each decorated as an homage to the band members' characters: The Demon, Starchild, Catman and Spaceman.

KISS' Thayer, who grew up playing saxophone in a school music program before he ever touched a guitar, said the facility will spark kids' creative side.

"I'm blown away with this whole facility," Thayer said. "I think it's a great thing."
Mar 29 2013

Editor's note: In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle -- injury, illness or other hardship -- they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn't know they possessed. KISS singer Paul Stanley explains how he became the frontman for one of the most successful rock bands in America, despite being born deaf in his right ear. This article initially ran in 2011; we're republishing as KISS gears up for the second leg of its world tour, which kicks off June 1.

By Paul Stanley, Special to CNN

(CNN) -- I was born with a Level 3 Microtia, which is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear, and occurs in approximately 1 out of every 8,000 to 10,000 births.

There is no ear canal and no direct path to the inner workings of the ear. Except for bone conduction, I'm virtually deaf on my right side, as there is no access for sound to enter.

I've had an implanted hearing aid for years now. This is a device that is usually given to children at an early age or to adults who have lost their hearing due to a medical condition. This has been an ongoing adjustment for me as my brain has never processed sound coming in from my right side.

In the beginning, it was incredibly taxing and extremely confusing. It would be like you are suddenly developing an eye in the back of your head. That said, it has settled in quite a bit and I have to say, it has enhanced my day-to-day activities.
Mar 29 2013
Here are a few cool KISS clips from 2010.

KISS live on the German TV show "Wetten dass..." in Erfurt on February 27th, 2010; performing "Say Yeah" and "I Was Made For Lovin' You."

"Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll" - Nurburgring, Eifel, Germany on June 3, 2010.

"Cold Gin" from Indianapolis, Indiana - summer 2010

Mar 29 2013
I'm from Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is my tattoo, took about ten sessions of two hours each, each face is about 20 cm, a lot of pain in the ribs, but it's all for the love of KISS.

Tattoo artist: Alex Marins from Perimetro Urbano Tattoo.

Lucas Penteado Bisco

Mar 29 2013
KISS ARMY Ticket Pre-sales are taking place soon. Be ready!

2013 KISS Army Fan Club Membership Kit includes:

- KISS Army 40th Anniversary T-shirt
- Membership Card
- KISS Army Bandana
- Set of four (4) KISS Army Postcards
- Exclusive access to presale tickets and VIP packages before public on-sales (four ticket limit per membership)
- 10% ongoing member discount in the Official KISS Online Shop

2013 Premium KISS Army Fan Club Membership Kit includes all of the above items plus a Premium KISS Army 40th Anniversary denim jacket, with embroidered logos on chest and back!

PLEASE NOTE: After purchasing your membership, you will receive two separate emails. One of them will provide instructions on how to redeem your fan club items.

Items will ship in June (2013)

CLICK HERE to join the KISS Army.
Mar 28 2013
Legendary KISS Founders Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley Are Going To Rock ‘n’ Roll The Hub Network With “KISS Hello Kitty,” A New Animated TV Series In Development

The Hub Network, the fastest growing children’s cable network, has optioned the rights to a new series, “KISS Hello Kitty” (working title), based on the highly successful KISS x Hello Kitty line of products from Sanrio, maker of Hello Kitty, a pop icon since 1974.

KISS, an iconic rock band known for its creative merchandising, and Hello Kitty, one of the most unique and popular lifestyle brands, came together in 2010 for an unexpected collaboration — KISS x Hello Kitty. This global collection of hugely desirable co-branded products connects KISS and Hello Kitty followers all over the world with hundreds of licensed items across all categories, including apparel, toys, electronics, stationery, and back to school merchandise, among others.

The Hub’s new series, “KISS Hello Kitty” (working title), will feature the four KISS x Hello Kitty characters living their rock ‘n’ roll dreams and bringing pink anarchy to every situation they are in. The all-new animated series is in the initial stages of development with Mr. Simmons slated to be one of the executive producers. The series will be produced by KISS Catalogue Ltd. and Sanrio.

“We are thrilled to have these two seminal brands, KISS and Hello Kitty, on The Hub,” said Margaret Loesch, President & CEO of The Hub. “Fans of The Hub know we are a distinct brand dedicated to providing clever, imaginative, and cool shows that families can watch together. The tone and style of the ‘KISS Hello Kitty’ TV show is a perfect fit for our network.”

“The Hub Network is the perfect home for the TV show, ‘KISS Hello Kitty,’” said Mr. Simmons. “We are incredibly excited about this opportunity and want to make all our millions of fans worldwide proud of a show they can watch with the whole family.”

“Knowing and viewing The Hub as I do daily with my three children, it is the perfect home for us to bring the ‘KISS Hello Kitty’ juggernaut to yet another generation,” said Mr. Stanley. “I’m excited to develop this project with The Hub as it ensures it will have family appeal while keeping its brash and nurturing individuation.”

“This is not the first Hello Kitty crossover for Sanrio, but for sure the most unexpected,” said Roberto Lanzi, Operating Officer, Sanrio Co., Ltd. “The idea sounded crazy in the beginning, but Gene and Paul are not only rock icons, they are incredible creative minds who were soon able to see a future success. Actually they are huge fans of Hello Kitty and now great friends of Sanrio.”
Mar 28 2013
Here's a great photo of Tommy, Eric, George Lopez, and Louie Anderson with friend Stephanie arriving in Sioux Falls yesterday! They shared a plane ride to South Dakota to perform at a benefit for Chuck Brennan's Rock and Roll Academy.

Of George and Louie's performances, Eric says "Louie Anderson and George Lopez KILLED IT last night!"

Tonight Tommy and Eric will perform, along with Robby Krieger from the Doors, Sebastian Bach and Alice Cooper.
Mar 28 2013
Here's the actual KISS feature that ran in the New York Daily News last Sunday.


Back before they could afford to party all day, they were already rock ’n’ rolling all night.

Forty years ago this month, KISS bassist Gene Simmons, guitarists Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss dabbed on some black and white facepaint bought in a Manhattan hobby store and forever left their mark on music history.

“We were just four kids off the streets of New York that dreamed big," Simmons, who was born Chaim Witz, told the Daily News this week.

There’s no historical plaque in front of the six-story, cast-iron building at 10 E. 23rd St., where KISS first formed and practiced their three-chord riffs in a dingy fourth floor loft with yolk-encrusted egg crates nailed to the walls to muffle the noise.

But maybe there should be one: KISS has gone on to sell more than 100 million records and perform live in front of an estimated 22 million fans.
Mar 28 2013
Story by Whitney Matheson
Photo by Lisa Rose, The Hub

I've been a Hello Kitty fan ever since I was a wee Whit, and I still am to this day. (In fact, last week I mentioned a new HK children's book I got for my daughter!)

Today I'm psyched to tell you that the adorable feline is poised to star in an animated series for The Hub. The unexpected twist is that it'll be a mashup ... with KISS.

Yes, I'm serious: KISS Hello Kitty (working title) is now in development, and it's based on this line of KISS x Hello Kitty products, which debuted in 2010. The show will feature "four KISS x Hello Kitty characters living their rock 'n' roll dreams and bringing pink anarchy to every situation they are in."

KISS' Gene Simmons is slated to be one of the executive producers, and the band sounds pretty pumped about the project. Says Paul Stanley: "Knowing and viewing The Hub as I do daily with my three children, it is the perfect home for us to bring the KISS Hello Kitty juggernaut to yet another generation."

You heard it here first, folks. I'll keep you posted on when the series will make its debut.
Mar 28 2013
The Cabovisión team interviewed Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, members of legendary rock & roll group Kiss, during their recent visit to Los Cabos.

Mar 27 2013
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RidicuList: Snow rocks!

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One man’s snow-shoveling problems are another man’s snowy Gene Simmons treasure ... on the RidicuList!

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