News - 2013 : July

Jul 06 2013
Here's a cool photo of Pantera donning KISS makeup.
Jul 06 2013
When you want the best, waiting 40 years to see it doesn’t seem like such a big deal.


When you want the best, waiting 40 years to see it doesn’t seem like such a big deal.

That’s how long it took rock legends Kiss to make it to Victoria for a concert. And fans seemed overjoyed at their arrival.

A soldout crowd of 6,597 had what appeared to be a hell of a good time. The band? Well, they had some rough spots. But in the end, Friday night’s event at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre had everything that is worth waiting decades for, multiplied by a factor of 666.

Pyro, LED lights, giant video screens, and an eight-legged spider stage — reportedly the biggest of Kiss’s career — topped out the visual portion of the concert. Add to that a collection of hits — not to mention flying band members — and there’s no stopping a juggernaut like this when it gets on a roll.

It even had fire, blood, concussion bombs, confetti cannons, and a smashed guitar for good measure.

Fans came to the table prepared. Plenty in the audience were dressed in full Kiss garb, the remainder standing for the entire set. They did their half, and Kiss did theirs.
Jul 06 2013
KISS continues their Canadian Tour tonight at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Jul 06 2013
Check out these great photos from 100.3 The Q of KISS rocking the Save On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria last night.

CLICK HERE to view their full KISS photo gallery.
Jul 06 2013
Here are some photos from KISS' appearance at the KISS Army Depot store in Vancouver last Thursday.
Jul 06 2013
These fans were Dressed to Kill last night at the SOLD OUT Victoria, British Columbia KISS show!

Photo by Hab Haddad for KISSONLINE.
Jul 06 2013
Here's Gene two hours before the first show On the Canadian tour. Victoria, BC.
Jul 06 2013
Tommy Thayer will be at Long & McQuade Musical Instruments in Vancouver, BC today from 2 to 3pm. Tommy will signing and taking photos with the fans.
Jul 05 2013

Shock rock band doing it ‘for the fans’ 20 albums in

By Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun

Canadians have always embraced KISS.

In the shock rock band’s early days, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were playing rooms a far cry from the arenas and stadiums they are now known to fill with pyro and solid rock thunder.

“Canada has always been great to us,” Stanley said in a recent interview with The Vancouver Sun. “Our first tour included lunch rooms and cafeterias of schools in Edmonton and Calgary when nobody knew who we were. So we’ve always had a great time, whether it’s in Moncton, Sudbury, Lethbridge — places where people go, ‘What are you doing here?’ and we say, ‘You don’t decide where you’re born but we decide where we play.’”

Forty years later and with a 20th studio album in tow — the old school, Detroit-style rocker Monster — little has changed about KISS’s philosophy: Rock and roll all night, party every day.

Doing so, KISS continues to offer a fan-oriented experience like no other band can, a recipe that has generated millions of KISS Army members, and licensing and merchandising revenue like few acts on the planet boast.

Celebrating the kickoff of its latest Canadian tour with a press conference at its KISS Army Depot pop-up store at Vancouver’s Tom Lee Music, KISS was staking its claim that fans have always craved the merch.

“The whole idea with the KISS Army Depot was to let the fans run their own store,” Stanley said. “It’s a guerrilla store, so-to-speak. It circumvents the big business and it allows the fans to have the say of where it goes.”

A number of the pop-up stores have appeared across the country in some of the cities where the band will be stopping: Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary — even though the recent flooding has forced the band to cancel its performance — and Toronto.
Jul 05 2013
KISS will rock the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia tonight! The show opens the bands 2013 North American Tour.

Visit www.KISSonline/com/tour for ticket information.

Photo by Mats Vassfjord
Jul 05 2013
After cancelling 36 years ago, Kiss finally plays for Victoria tonight

Mike Devlin / Times Colonist

For a contingent of long-suffering fans, tonight’s Kiss concert at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre will be the realization of a dream 36 years in the making.

A crowd of more than 6,000 is expected to watch the legendary rock group play its first-ever concert in Victoria tonight at the Blanshard Street venue. In the audience will be longtime fan Steve Barrie, who has waited decades to see the band perform in his hometown.

In fact, Barrie has been waiting to see the group behind the hits Rock and Roll All Nite, Beth, and I Was Made For Lovin’ You since July 25, 1977.

That was the infamous date of a Kiss concert scheduled for the former Memorial Arena, which was cancelled three days before showtime.

“I wasn’t originally allowed to go, because I was nine years old,” Barrie said.

The mother of one of Barrie’s childhood friends eventually bought him a ticket for what would have been the last stop on the band’s 15-date tour of Canada.

“It was a big deal,” he said. “Everybody at school was showing off their tickets.”
Jul 05 2013
After 40 years and enough greasepaint to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, founding KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley still understand one very important thing: the fan.

The ancient rockers in the tight spandex (oh yes it is), eight-inch high boots and studs for days were in Vancouver Thursday with the other members of the the band Eric Singer (drums) Tommy Thayer (lead guitar) to launch their Monster Canadian Tour, promote a pop-up store and toss some cash towards Simmons’ daughter Sophie’s namesake charity Sophie’s Place (a Surrey facility for kids who have suffered emotional and physical abuse).

Onstage at Tom Lee looking like a stand of silver and black trees the garish (you can see Simmons’ fleshy upper thighs through the cutouts in his tights for God’s sake) gang sang the praises of their devoted KISS Army of which about 200 plus were outside waiting to meet and greet their rock Gods once they had finished talking to the press and passing a cheque for $10,000 along to Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and Sophie Tweed-Simmons for Sophie’s Place.
Jul 05 2013
Mike Devlin / Times Colonist

There’s no excuse for not succeeding in life. So says the Demon himself.

“God, in his infinite wisdom, has created night and sleep,” says Kiss singer-bassist Gene Simmons. “By design, somebody — nature, God — created this idea where you get to rest and recharge. You don’t need more than that. So I work hard, play hard, and live hard.”

He also rocks hard.

Simmons, 63, continues to tour mightily with the group he co-founded in 1973. He has dabbled in acting and found success with his highly rated reality show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, but through it all, there has been one constant for the man born Chaim Witz: rock ’n’ roll.

The band begins the Canadian leg of its Monster tour Friday night in Victoria, its first-ever local date and the kickoff for 19 stops in Canada (it was formerly 20, but the July 13 date at Calgary’s Saddledome was cancelled this week due to flood damage).

That the group is staging one of its most in-depth tours of Canada 40 years after it was formed by Simmons and singer-guitarist Paul Stanley says something about their on-stage abilities.

More than that, Simmons said, it speaks directly to their survival instincts.
Jul 05 2013
In the photo: We asked you to show your colours to win a pair of tickets to Monday's KISS concert at Prospera Place, and we got some great entries. Tara Godwin of Kelowna sent us the winning photo of her son, Jaxon, dressed up as ghoulish band member Gene Simmons. Godwin said the first concert she ever went to was a KISS show back in 1981 and his father's as well in 1976, so Jaxon will carry on the family tradition and even wear his costume to the show.

By Stan Ashbee

Facepaint, leather and pyrotechnics will explode on stage as rock legends KISS bring their summer tour to Kelowna on Monday.

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer are the men behind the masks of the "hottest band in the world."

For 40 years, the iconic gods of thunder have reigned in the guise of the face-painted demon, starchild, catman and spaceman. They've been a marketer's dream, from Simmons' popular TV show to to Kiss caskets, cruises, condoms and comics, the band's fire-breathing antics are unstoppable. They roll into town in support of their latest CD, "Monster."

"The new studio record . . . is a big source of pride for us," said lead guitarist Thayer. "The four of us, we wrote the stuff ourselves, no outside writers. We went in and recorded everything. It was a very organic approach and a very simple approach. We just went in and knocked it out and spent three or four weeks in the studio and recorded this great rock and roll album."
Jul 05 2013
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