News - 2014 : March

Mar 12 2014
THIS DAY IN TORY 1996
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KISS UNPLUGGED RELEASED

On this day in KISSTORY - March 12, 1996, the KISS MTV Unplugged CD and VHS Video were released in the US. KISS MTV Unplugged was recorded August 9, 1995 at Sony Music Studios in New York City. The majority of the CD/VHS features Paul, Gene, Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick. Ace Frehley and Peter Criss join Paul and Gene for '2000 Man' and 'Beth'. All six members close out the CD/VHS with 'Nothin' To Lose' and 'Rock and Roll All Nite'. MTV originally broadcast KISS Unplugged on October 31, 1995.

Comment from Paul on Unplugged:

'Unplugged was a chance for us to celebrate the musical history of the band by stripping, some great songs from different points in our history, down to the bare essence of what makes them great.'

TRACK LISTING:

Comin' Home / Plaster Caster / Goin' Blind / Do You Love Me / Domino / Got To Choose / Sure Know Something / A World Without Heroes / Rock Bottom / See You Tonight / I Still Love It / Every Time I Look At You / 2000 Man / Beth / Nothin' To Lose / Rock and Roll All Nite

'Got To Choose' appeared on the VHS and the Vinyl versions of KISS Unplugged but not the US CD.

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Mar 12 2014
By JOYCE SMITH / The Kansas City Star

KISS co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have signed their first Rock & Brews restaurant franchisee, a Kansas native who plans to open five locations in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Kirk Williams, president of Legacy Restaurant Group LLC in Topeka, currently owns 21 Wendy’s restaurants in Kansas and Missouri, including 11 of the 55 Wendy’s restaurants in the Kansas City area.

Williams has formed Kanbrews LLC to develop, open and operate five Rock & Brews in Kansas and Oklahoma over the next five years. He also has an option to open an additional five units in Missouri and Nebraska. A corporate owned restaurant was planned for Overland Park but it will now be owned by Kanbrews and at least one more Rock & Brews could open in the Kansas City area.

Williams said the concept is “very family and neighborhood friendly.”
Mar 11 2014
KISS Frontman On 'Destructive' Childhood, New Book and Why the Rock Hall Is Like a 'Distorted Bar Mitzvah'

By Gary Graff, Detroit

In April, Stanley embarks on a book tour for his memoir "Face the Music: A Life Exposed"… The rocker talks why he finally put his life on paper, the inaccuracies of Gene Simmons' own book, and what actually went down with the Rock Hall of Fame

Few bands know how to celebrate better than Kiss; it coined the concept "rock and roll all night and party every day," after all. And this is a time of celebration for the group, with this year marking the 40th anniversary of its first two albums, the launch of the Arena Football League's L.A. Kiss and its upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (though not without drama; read on) on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Best of all for frontman Paul Stanley is the April 8 publication of his autobiography "Face the Music: A Life Exposed," a revealing memoir in which he writes frankly about the travails of his youth and the triumphs and tribulations of both Kiss and his personal life.

Stanley lights out on a six-city book tour that begins April 7 at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble in New York with subsequent stops at the Barnes & Noble in Staten Island (April 8); Bookends in Ridgewood, N.J. (April 9); Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles (April 16); Warwick's in La Jolla, Calif. (April 17); and the San Francisco Jewish Community Center on April 25.

With all that going on, it's not surprising our conversation with the Starman was wide-ranging and characteristically forthright.

You're the last of the original Kiss members with a book of your own. Just a slacker?
It really had nothing to do with the band as far as being first, last, middle. It wasn't with any of that in mind. The truth of the matter is I had sworn for, literally, decades not to write an autobiography. I always go back to George Orwell, who said the autobiography is the most outrageous form of fiction. And I would say 90-plus, 95 percent of the autobiographies by any of my contemporaries would be better suited on a roll of soft paper, so at least you could use it for something, 'cause they're nothing more than self-serving fantasies or delusions or love letters to themselves. They serve no purpose. What I finally came to grips with was the idea that my life could be inspiring to other people... and almost more importantly I wanted something that my children could read when they got older to understand what it took for me to succeed and a better understanding of who I am and perhaps what they need in their lives to move forward. So there was a real purpose to this as opposed to just some sort of bragging rights.
Mar 11 2014
Rick Gomez / Fox Sports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Leave it to one of the most flamboyant, creative and iconic performers to enter the sports world and bring something unconventional.

Southern California has a new team on the gridiron and it's not your average football team.

From its scorching, liquid metal helmets to the first-ever silver football field that they'll be playing on at the Honda Center, co-owners Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from the rock band Kiss, vow to provide an experience none have ever seen.

Meet the AFL's new expansion team: the Los Angeles KISS.

"Much like KISS (the band) has been pioneers in their 40-year career, doing things that have never been done, not playing by the rules, taking risks -- We're going to do the same things" said team president Schuyler Hoversten.

Simmons added: "It's the 21st century. Welcome. Your dad's and your mom's regular football is a thing of the past."

That was instantly apparent when the KISS uniform and helmet were unveiled. The helmet is comprised of lustrous chrome hue, most notably worn by Oregon, in the back, while the front is filled with flames, including the facemask and the visor. The uniform also sports the flames on the shoulder pads and in the number.

"Nothing subtle here. These guys are superheroes and they're dressed for battle. The battle in the 21st century," Stanley said.
Mar 11 2014
CELEBRATING AT BOSTON HARD ROCK CAFE
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Hello KISS & the KISS ARMY!

KISS tribute band 'KISS Forever' (www.kissforeveronline.com.) played Hard Rock Cafe Boston on Feb. 20 to celebrate KISS and the special KISS merchandise selling at Hard Rock in support of the City of Hope charity. We wanted to share our photos of the event with you. We had a successful show and were able to raise additional funds for City of Hope. Here is a link to our Facebook page with the photos from that show. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.813023055381615.1073741847.116563288360932&type=3.

Thanks!
Mar 11 2014
SNEAK PEEK: GENE SIMMONS ON NEXT CSI
BROADWAYWORLD.com
On the next episode of CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation titled 'Long Road Home,' the CSIs investigate the murder of a rock and roll groupie and the disappearance of a prostitute that both have ties to a mysterious band.

The episode airs Wednesday, March 12 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. KISS lead singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Simmons guest stars as himself. Get a sneak peek below!


Mar 11 2014
THIS DAY IN TORY 2000
KISSONLINE.com
On this day in KISStory - March 11, 2000, KISS opened the "Farewell Tour" in Phoenix, Arizona. The first three songs of the show were televised live on VH1. KISS performed 142 shows in the US, Canada, Japan and Australia on the tour.

Statement from KISS Farewell Tour press release:

The "Farewell Tour" will be the final opportunity to see the four original KISS members, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, together on stage.

Paul Stanley recently commented on the Farewell Tour during an appearance on CNN - "When we did the farewell tour I realized I didn't want to say farewell to KISS, I wanted to say farewell to two of the members."

Mar 10 2014
INTRODUCING THE LA TEAM HELMET
Here it is, LA KISS fans!! We present to you the 2014 #LAKISS Team Helmet designed by Paul Stanley and the great folks at HGI ( Hydro Graphics, Inc. )!
Mar 10 2014
LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS RELEASED FOR ACOUSTIC SHOW
UNDER 50 TICKETS REMAIN FOR SHOW

To celebrate the launch of the LA KISS, the newest expansion team in the Arena Football League and co-owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, KISS will be performing an acoustic set April 3rd, 2014 at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.

This once-in-a-lifetime fan experience will feature limited seating for a truly intimate experience with one of the greatest acts in rock & roll history.

Must be 21 to enter Casino.

CLICK HERE for more information on the show.
Mar 10 2014
SIGHTING: FLOAT AT MISSISSIPPI MARDI GRAS
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KISS is TRULY everywhere! Here is a float in the D'Iberville, Mississippi Mardi Gras parade yesterday deep on the MS Gulf Coast!

Jim Mitzel
Mar 09 2014
SIGHTING: NEW JOHN VARVATOS STORE IN NYC
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Thanks to Donald Chen for sharing his photo of KISS in the window of the new Varvatos store on Madison Ave in New York City.
Mar 09 2014
CELEBRATING AT THE HARD ROCK IN FLORIDA
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KISS Alive...The Tribute Rocked the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, FL on Feb 21st to kick off the KISS/Hard Rock's Launch of the new Signature Series: Edition 32 Merchandise to benefit the City Of Hope!

Photos by Don O'hina

CLICK HERE to view more photos from the event.

Mar 08 2014
CELEBRATING AT CARNIVAL IN GERMANY
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KISSonline and KISS Army,

Here is a pic of myself and some good friends for Carnival in 2011 in Cologne, Germany. You will see the girls did a great job of dressing up as you four, but can you guess who I am?? Yep, you got it, your ex-manager (r.i.p.), Bill Aucoin. The girls told me they were doing KISS for Carnival, and hey, I thought it would be a great addition :)

The other one is from this year, just the girls!

Cheers from Germany! Cant wait to see you guys here again!

Rudiger


LETTERS
Mar 08 2014
WIN A TRIP TO GENE SIMMONS FANTASY CAMP
Mar 08 2014
MY PERSONAL PHOTO COLLECTION
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Here are some photos I have gotten scanned from my personal KISS photo collection. These photos are from the Scandinavium, Gothenburg - October 10 1980.

Other photos on my Facebook page are from Stockholm 1980 and Gothenburg/ Stockholm 1983 Photo by:Micke Löfgren. Gothenburg 1980 by Jocke Hallberg. London 1980 by Leffe Leffe Lundgren/CT. 1977 and 1979 photos by unknown. I bought lots of photos from various collectors during the 80's.

WE WANT KISS!

Micke Lofgren

CLICK HERE to view photos
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