News - 2013 : July

Jul 04 2013
CBC NEWS
Classic rock band KISS celebrates the kickoff of its Canadian tour promoting new album Monster with an appearance at its KISS Army Depot pop-up store at Vancouver’s Tom Lee Music



By Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun

“You wanted it, you got it.”

That is classic Gene Simmons: Make the fans believe that it’s all for them, and they will keep coming. More importantly, they will shell out the big bucks to get the latest from their favourite rock gods.

The fans came in droves to Tom Lee Music in downtown Vancouver to meet their idols — appearing in full makeup and leather gear — and scoop up some of the merch the band had to offer at its KISS Army Depot pop-up store, one of many that have appeared across the country ahead of the band’s Canadian tour promoting 20th studio album Monster and kicking off in Victoria Friday night.

The tour hits Rogers Arena in Vancouver Saturday.
Jul 04 2013
PHOTOS: PUCKERS UP ON VANCOUVER
Photos: KISS puckers up in Vancouver

KISS rockers Eric Singer, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Gene Simmons were in Vancouver on Thursday to promote their KISS Army Depot location and to celebrate the start of their Canadian tour which starts in Victoria on July 5. Take a look.

Photographs by: Ric Ernst, PNG

CLICK HERE to view more of the Vancouver Sun's KISS photos.
Jul 04 2013
MAYOR WATTS MEETS !
Members of the band KISS pose for a photo with Surrey, B.C. Mayor Dianne Watts during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C. Thursday, July 4, 2013. The band was in town to promote their KISS Army Depot location and to celebrate the start of their Canadian tour which starts in Victoria on July 5.

Photograph by: Jonathan Hayward, THE CANADIAN PRESS


Jul 04 2013
PRESENTS $10K CHECK TO CHILD CENTRE
Members of KISS appeared in full makeup in Vancouver today as they prepare for the start of their Monster Canadian Tour.

At an event in the Tom Lee Music store on Granville Street, the band presented Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts with a $10,000 check for Sophie's Place, a child advocacy centre named after patron Sophie Tweed-Simmons, daughter of KISS bass guitarist and co-lead singer Gene Simmons.

Read more about Sophie's Place
Jul 04 2013
Photos by Meera Bains/CBC.

Here's the KISS Army at the Vancouver KISS Army Depot earlier today.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/07/04/bc-kiss-vancouver.html
Jul 04 2013
ARMY AT ARMY DEPOT VANCOUVER
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Here's the KISS Army waiting to enter the KISS Army Depot store in Vancouver earlier today.

Thanks to Mike Chernoff for sending the photo to KOL.
Jul 04 2013
ARMY DEPOT PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY
KISSONLINE
The event will feature all 4 members of KISS in full make-up to mark the start of their Canadian Tour. The press conference is open to all approved media & the first 200 KISS fans. Each of the 200 fans will have the opportunity to get their KISS ARMY DEPOT merchandise signed by the band following the press conference.

Press Conference Start Time: 12:00 PM PT

Date: Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Location: KISS ARMY DEPOT Pop-Up Store (@ Tom Lee Music - 929 Granville Street)

Fan Check In: 10:00 AM (First 200 fans will receive a wristband.)
Jul 04 2013
FAN'S ZURICH PHOTOS
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Check out KISS fan Pat ElDiablo's Zurich photos.

CLICK HERE to view Pat's KISS Zurich photo album.
Jul 04 2013
GIBSON BACKSTAGE WITH TOMMY THAYER
We met up with Tommy when KISS played in Copenhagen some weeks ago to talk to him about his new epiphone signature guitar.

We also talked about what it is like to play a KISS show and which other Gibson/Epiphone guitars Tommy brings with him on the road.

We wish you a lot of fun watching this. Tommy has some really cool and interesting things to say!



Jul 03 2013
I ROCKED GENE SIMMONS' DEMON LOOK
By Glen Schaefer

My editor posed an interesting question, more of an order, actually – what would happen if you took an aging reporter (me) and put him in the full make-up of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons?

Then I realized that the fire-breathing, blood-spewing Kiss co-founder is a good 10 years older than me. Simmons has been at it for almost 40 years now, putting on the Kabuki face and the mile-high boots, while dodging the nightly onstage pyro explosions.

It seems to have kept him and his longtime collaborator, Kiss singer and co-founder Paul Stanley, in a state of perpetual youth.

As they head to Vancouver this week to launch Kiss’s Monster Canadian tour, the two partners are both into their 60s. They must be doing something right.

And did I mention that I’ve dabbled as a bass player myself? Forget dignity and bring it on.

I got together with make-up instructor Leanne Rae Podavin at the Blanche Macdonald Centre. She’s a specialist in movie make-up effects – she did some of the mutant effects in the X-Men sequel X2 – so doing me as the onstage Simmons was a piece of cake.

“For Kiss it was the mystery, the big boots, the make-up,” Podavin says of the band’s enduring appeal.

“For guys, make-up is usually frowned upon, but in my job I found that once men see themselves after I’m done, they become that.

“As for the band, they can change in the green room after the show and not be KISS.”

For me, it was the reverse. I got done up at the Robson Street Blanche Macdonald Centre, and headed out for a stroll to the nearby KISS pop-up store at Tom Lee Music on Granville. Thought I’d try on those big boots ($750 a pair) while I was at it.

What’s it like to take an afternoon stroll downtown as Gene Simmons? Check our video.

Jul 03 2013
BRAWL WINNERS!
KISSONLINE.com
Congratulations to the victors!

The time has come to announce with winners of the KISS Design Brawl! It's been a exciting contest with a ton of impressive and creative entries. Choosing only three winners was more difficult than we imagined.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this Brawl. It was a lot of fun seeing this talented community take a stab at designing for The Greatest Rock Band of All-Time.

Without further ado, the winners are:

SATURDAY MORNING 70's FLASHBACK by BRADWAY

GOD OF THUNDER - GOD OF ROCK 'N ROLL by dbdesign

THAT AIN'T NO PISTOL by Led Stereo
Jul 03 2013
ARMY, YOU LOOK GREAT!
KISSONLINE.com
Thanks to the KISS Army for sending us these great photos! Keep them coming!!
Jul 03 2013
VANCOUVER ARMY DEPOT STORE IS NOW OPEN!
KISSONLINE.com
Location: KISS ARMY DEPOT Pop-up Store (@Tome Lee Music – 929 Granville Street, Vancouver)

The first KISS Army Depot store is now open in Vancouver @ Tom Lee Music - 929 Granville Street. This location will remain open until July 7th.

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. In Vancouver, the participating local charity is “Sophie’s Place.”

Store Hours

June 28 Friday - 4pm to 8pm
Mon to Fri - noon to 8pm
Sat - 10am to 6pm
Sun - 10am to 6pm
July 1st - noon to 4pm
Jul 03 2013
ROCK & BREWS KEEPS ON GROWING!
Simmons & Stanley Launched Rock Star Worthy Brunch

By Karen Ostlund

Rock & Brews PCH in Redondo Beach launched last Friday a brunch menu and announced that they are now open at 11:30 a.m. daily, with plenty of open air dining.

Rock & Brews was co-founded by restaurateur Michael Zislis and concert industry veterans Dave and Dell Furano along with rock icons Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock group KISS.

The first Rock & Brews opened with great success and has become a popular hangout near LAX in the beach community of El Segundo, California in April of 2012.

Restaurateur Michael Zislis told guests he was ready to go to Hawaii on vacation with family after last Friday’s brunch launch. He continued;

“There will be a total of seven restaurants opened by the end of the year including Rock & Brews Los Cabos, which opened in March 2013; Rock & Brews PCH (on Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach) opened in May 2013; Rock & Brews LAX (in the Delta Airlines Terminal) and Rock & Brews Maui, which is to open this September. Rock & Brews Agoura Hills, CA and Rock & Brews Prairiefire, in Kansas City, MO are also planned to open later this year”.

Signature items on the the menu include the Fireball Burger, Rockin Hot Chicken Wings and rock & roll-inspired dishes such as the “Strawberry Fields” Salad, “Slowhand” Pulled Pork Sandwich, and “Margheritaville & Bill Graham BBQ Chicken Pizza along with 61 craft beers on tap with full bar.

“Since our opening in May for dinner, Rock & Brews PCH has been embraced by the community, welcoming capacity crowds including families, parties, couples, individuals and groups of all kinds.” said Rock & Brews PCH local partner Jon Mesko.

Rock & Brews PCH is located at 6300 Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

www.rockandbrews.com/pch
Jul 03 2013
MY NEW TATTOO
KISSONLINE.com
Hi KISS!

This is my new KISS tattoo. It is my 8th KISS tattoo! I would like to know, do you love it and does anybody else has more KISS tattoos?

Boban Lukic from Serbia

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