News - 2014 : March

Mar 04 2014
SIGHTING: SLOT MACHINES IN FLORIDA
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Thanks to Glenn Westendorf ‏for sharing these photo of the KISS Slot machines at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida!
Mar 03 2014
KISS Guitarist Paul Stanley Talks Ace Frehley, Peter Criss and Being Ignored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

by Richard Bienstock

This is an excerpt from the April 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus an interview with Gene Simmons and much more Kiss (not to mention the Scorpions, three kings of acoustic shred, the hottest gear from the 2014 NAMM Show and more), check out the April 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.

Rock and Roll Hall Nite: In celebration of their upcoming Hall of Fame induction, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons take off the makeup for a pair of revealing interviews about their 40 years in Kiss.

Maybe it’s the makeup. Maybe it’s the merchandising. Maybe, at the end of the day, it’s just the music itself. Whatever the source, it is safe to say that few bands have inspired as much fervent devotion—and also rabid derision—as the self-proclaimed “Hottest Band in the World,” Kiss.

But love them or hate them (and really, is there any area in between?), Kiss—and in particular its stalwart co-founders, visionaries and greatest proponents and protectors, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons—continue to not only exist but also scale greater heights.

Here we are in 2014, and the band, now roughly 10 lineups in with current guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are experiencing yet another renaissance. Their most recent (and 20th) studio album, Monster, was an unusually strong effort, more energetic and enjoyable than should reasonably be expected from any band at this stage of its career.

Meanwhile, on the live front, Kiss continue to push the limits of just how much of an over-the-top spectacle a rock and roll show can truly be (for evidence, check out videos of recent performances that feature their newly designed Spider stage).
Mar 03 2014
SIGHTING: JAPANESE DOLLS GET ED!
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March 3rd is Japanese traditional day for girls. We display dolls called HINA-NINGYO.

Tetsuya
Mar 03 2014
SIGHTING: CARNIVAL PARADE IN HOLLAND
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Here is KISS in Raalte at the Carnival Parade in The Netherlands. KISS is everywhere!

Erwin Koggel
Mar 03 2014
IN THE PRESS: LA TIMES FEATURE
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Here's yesterday's KISS feature in the LA Times Sunday Arts section.
Mar 02 2014
PHOTO: AT CARNIVAL IN BRAZIL
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KISS played big part in the Carnival parade - 35 foot high KISS statues and a huge Army of participants in KISS makeup & costume!
Mar 02 2014
PHOTO #2: AT CARNIVAL IN BRAZIL
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Mar 02 2014
FACE THE MUSIC ON MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS LIST
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Paul Stanley's Face the Music: A Life Exposed book made the Publishers Weekly top 10 most anticipated music books list!

CLICK HERE for more info on Face the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley
Mar 02 2014
THIS DAY IN TORY 2010
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KISS ROCKED THE O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON

On this day in KISSTORY - March 2, 2010, KISS performed at a special intimate promotional gig for 800 fans at the packed O2 Academy Islington in London, England. The show was a rare chance for fans to see one of the world's biggest bands in an intimate venue.

From KOL that night:

KISS blew the roof off the O2 academy tonight! The band was on fire, ripping through a ferocious set for the 800 lucky fans in attendance!

It was wall-to-wall KISS fans, singing and screaming at the tops of their lungs. The guys clearly enjoyed themselves on stage tonight, and it was a rare treat to see KISS in such an intimate setting!

Photos by WireImage & Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Mar 02 2014
SIGHTING: DEMON COSTUME IN OSAKA
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Check out the Gene Simmons costume in the window of the Osaka Hard Rock Cafe.

Thanks to Mao Funaki for the photo!

Mar 02 2014
As I sit and write this, I am listening to KISS’ “Double Platinum” album. It’s a compilation record, released in 1978, that features some of the best tracks from KISS’ first six studio albums. It’s one of the best hard-rock records of the ‘70s, and really, one of the best hard-rock records of all-time. And its songs, more than anything, are why KISS will be taking its rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month.

KISS, whose members were schooled on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, have written great songs. They have groove. They have energy. They have swagger. And quite a few of them, such as the ferocious “Deuce” and the grand “Shout It Out Loud,” kick some major ass.

Looking for something a little more sentimental? KISS also gave you “Beth” and “Hard Luck Woman.” Though they were hard-rock pioneers that came along only a few short years after Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, KISS has always had a fine sense of melody.

Those songs captured a generation, and when you combined it with the band’s explosive, innovative stage shows and larger-than-life image, it made KISS the most popular band in the world and clearly, as the years passed, one of the most influential. They were Alice Cooper on steroids. They were capable musicians, good songwriters and grand showmen, and again, they had the tunes. I remember watching an interview with Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue many years ago and he was asked about KISS’ influence of Motley’s stageshows, and while he certainly acknowledged that, he made it clear that it was the band’s music he loved the most.

“KISS,” he said, “have great songs.”
Mar 01 2014
KISS is happy with its lineup and OK with the Rock Hall

A new inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, KISS won't be playing at that ceremony. But the members are still very much in the rock 'n' roll business.

By Steve Appleford

The sideshow at Dodger Stadium is about to begin as Paul Stanley emerges from his backstage trailer, shirtless and in full kabuki drag: bright red lips, his face painted harlequin white, a black star over his right eye. The singer-guitarist is here to perform with his band KISS but hears his name and walks over to a crowd gathered at the fence.

"Arriba!" yells one fan, and Stanley reaches over to shake hands, as dozens of cellphones take snapshots. "Let me see your shoes!" shouts another, and Stanley half-climbs the fence to swing a tasseled silver-and-black platform boot over the top. "Thanks, Paul!"

In less than an hour, Stanley and his musical partner of four decades, Gene Simmons, will lead KISS through two short sets of hooks and hard rock riffs as halftime entertainment for an ice hockey game between the Kings and the Ducks. It's another strange gig in the ongoing saga of KISS, which long ago evolved from band to lucrative brand, ready for high-profile special events, reality TV and cradle-to-grave business ventures in the form of KISS Hello Kitty Dolls, KISS comics, books, T-shirts, action figures and restaurants as well as KISS caskets and KISS urns.
Mar 01 2014
PHOTO: PAUL STANLEY SIGNING LA MERCHANDISE
Paul Stanley stopped in to sign some LA KISS merchandise that will soon be in the hands of LA KISS fans! Get your official LA KISS merchandise at www.LAKISSFOOTBALL.com
Mar 01 2014
SIGHTING: RESTAURANT IN VENEZUELA
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In this restaurant the kids can choose from their own KISS menu.

Greetings from Venezuela!

José Alejandro U
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