News - 2013 : July

Jul 14 2013
STORE POPS-UP IN WEST EDMONTON MALL
Story by Caley Ramsay / Global News

EDMONTON- One day after KISS rocked Rexall Place, a pop-up shop dedicated to the iconic rock band has opened its doors at West Edmonton Mall.

The KISS Army Depot Pop-Up Store offers fans an array of merchandise and music, some of which can only be found in the pop-up store.

“We have a lot of items that aren’t available at the concert and we have items that fans would be looking for,” explained Claudette Pitre, the operations manager of KISS Army Depot.

“We have a lot of plaques with gold records, we have coins, collectible coins, Zippo lighters, lamps,” she said. “We have all their costume wear, the boots in a few different style levels, the crème de la crème boots.”

The band has very unique and loyal fans, some of whom were at the shop Saturday morning, even after attending Friday night’s concert.

“The concert was amazing. It was really, really good,” Frank said with a hoarse voice.

Frank went to the concert for his birthday and even had a chance to meet the band. He says he had to get up early to check out the pop-up shop.

“There’s stuff here that they didn’t have at the concert last night, like this light. I think it’s pretty awesome, pretty cool.”

“It’s incredible to see how many people actually have a KISS shrine in their home. So they’re looking for that one item they don’t have,” Pitre added.

The West Edmonton Mall store is one of four popping up across the country during the band’s Monster Tour. It is open until next Sunday, July 21. The KISS Army Depot pop-up store is located in Phase II, on the first level of the mall, across from Galaxy Land’s main entrance.


Jul 14 2013
TOMMY THAYER SASKATOON MEET & GREET TODAY
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Tommy Thayer will be at Long & McQuade Musical Instruments in Saskatoon today, July 14th, from 2 to 3pm. Tommy will signing autographs and taking photos with the fans.
Jul 14 2013
DAVE GROHL GETS ED!
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Jul 14 2013
MY PAUL STANLEY PORTRAIT
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
I'm a painter and a KISS follower for 35 years now. I did a rock icon portraits exhibition at Hellfest this year. Paul Stanley is one of the paintings! I had the pleasure to see KISS for the very 1st time of my life! It was unforgettable! We wanted the best, we had the best! My work is at www.ddeveney.com.

Rock N' Roll Over!

Didier D. Deveney

LETTERS

Jul 13 2013
By G. Barton

KISS began 1976 with Destroyer, the most ambitious album of their career, with a lavish production from Bob Ezrin. How could they possibly follow it? Answer: they couldn’t.

Rock And Roll Over – released eight months later – was a no-frills hard rock album. This back-to-basics approach was born not only out of necessity, but also out of fear – as frontman Paul Stanley recalls in an interview in the next week’s new edition of Classic Rock.

The Starchild says: “Quite honestly, we were chickenshit. We were scared of where we had gone with Destroyer. We’d traded off the rawness of Kiss for something more cinematic. Bob Ezrin was a visionary. Without him, we were back to creating within our own boundaries. Rock And Roll Over was our 180-degree turn to get back to what the band sounded like live. It wasn’t rocket science.”
Jul 13 2013
TOMMY THAYER WINNIPEG MEET & GREET
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Tommy Thayer will be at Long & McQuade Musical Instruments in Winnipeg on Thursday, July 18th, from 2 to 3pm. Tommy will signing autographs and taking photos with the fans.
Jul 13 2013
EDMONTON ARMY DEPOT STORE OPEN TODAY
KISSONLINE.com
The Edmonton KISS ARMY DEPOT Pop-up Store at the West Edmonton Mall opens today, Saturday, July 13th. This location will remain open until July 21st.

KISS ARMY DEPOT Pop-Up Store offers an array of KISS merchandise and music, including exclusive product only available in the Pop-Up Store. A portion of the proceeds from each of the Pop-Up stores will be donated to local charities.
Jul 13 2013
By Mike Ross, Edmonton Sun

Photo by Amber Bracken / Edmonton Sun / QMI Agency

Just a little too early for K-Days, where all fun things begin with the letter K, KISS killed at the Koliseum.

They call it Rexall Place now, but the self-proclaimed hottest and possibly silliest rock ‘n’ roll band in history sounded exactly like they did “back in the day.” KISS, which played its first Canadian dates in the ‘70s in school cafeterias in Edmonton and Calgary, was a formative experience for many an Albertan too young to be a hippie, too old to be a punk rocker, and too cool to be into disco. KISS was all there was.

They haven’t changed a bit. They’re just more excessive. Who needs evolution? To hell with creative development. KISS is KISS and that’s that. You might as well, I don’t know, transplant the Gretzky statue than mess with this particular corporate rock institution — whose twin goals remain rocking and making lots of money doing it. Nice to see someone stick to their guns.

Fans got everything they expected: Gene Simmons’ tongue-wagging, blood-spitting, fire-breathing schtick never fails to enthrall observers — even at 63 years old.

Nor does Paul Stanley’s carnival barker spiel. He is still, at 61, one of the finest practitioners of Rock ‘n’ Rollese ever seen. Amongst the proclamations of partying on in “Ed! Mon! Ton!” he collects bonus points for getting real in a shout-out to the people in Calgary “who aren’t as lucky as you are.” Later on he said in all sincerity, “Edmonton, you are family!”

That was nice.
Jul 13 2013
KISS fans gather outside Rexall Place prior to the concert in Edmonton, Alta. on Friday, July 12, 2013. Amber Bracken/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

By Dave Lazzarino / Edmonton Sun

When KISS played the Jubilee Auditorium to kick off their first ever North American tour in 1974, Jakob Losier, was decades away from being born. In fact, it’s doubtful that his mom Roxanne was alive either.

But that didn’t keep them from getting out the face-paint and costumes and heading to Rexall Place to see them play Friday.

“When I was his age I saw the KISS movie and I’ve wanted to see them ever since. He’s been waiting since he was four to come here,” said Roxanne through full Spaceman makeup as she and Jakob — a.k.a. seven-year-old KISS frontman Gene Simmons — waited for the doors to open. “They’re theatrical, they’re awesome.”
Jul 13 2013
PHOTO: PAUL STANLEY IN EDMONTON
Paul Stanley of KISS performs at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta. on Friday, July 12, 2013.

Photo by Amber Bracken / Edmonton Sun / QMI Agency

CLICK HERE to view more of the Edmonton Sun's KISS concert photos
Jul 13 2013
PHOTO: GENE SIMMONS IN EDMONTON
Gene Simmons of KISS performs at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta. on Friday, July 12, 2013.

Photo by Amber Bracken / Edmonton Sun / QMI Agency

CLICK HERE to view more of the Edmonton Sun's KISS concert photos
Jul 13 2013
PHOTO: TOMMY THAYER IN EDMONTON
Tommy Thayer of KISS performs at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta. on Friday, July 12, 2013.

Photo by Amber Bracken / Edmonton Sun / QMI Agency

CLICK HERE to view more of the Edmonton Sun's KISS concert photos
Jul 12 2013
FAN-SHOT LIVE EDMONTON PHOTOS
TWITTER
Here are some of the many fan-shot photos from tonight's KISS show in Edmonton that were shared with us on Twitter.

Follow us on the official KISS Twitter @KISSONLINE.
Jul 12 2013
ROCKING EDMONTON
KISSONLINE.com
Here's KISS on stage tonight in Edmonton, Canada.

Photo by Matt Varley for KISSONLINE.
Jul 12 2013
ARMY EDMONTON, YOU LOOK GREAT!
KISSONLINE.com
Here are some member of the KISS Army at tonight's show at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Canada.
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