News - 2014 : March

Mar 31 2014
Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY

When Kiss roared onto the public stage in greasepaint and comic-book costumes, critics predicted the loud New York rock quartet would soon kiss the dust. Those detractors have been eating the band's dust for 40 years.

Since releasing its self-titled debut and Hotter Than Hell in 1974, Kiss has sold an estimated 100 million albums worldwide and built a formidable Kiss Army that continues to fill arenas and stadiums around the globe. Declared America's most popular band by a 1977 Gallup poll, Kiss refuses to relinquish the title, opening every concert with the declaration, "You wanted the best! You got the best! The hottest band in the world!"

Pundits remain hostile (music author Dave Marsh, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee member, recently posted on his blog that Kiss "added not the slightest musical value to rock" and does not deserve its upcoming induction). Kiss Army vets loyally defend and exalt their heroes, as does the band itself.

"I look across the stage and see the best funk band in rock 'n' roll," says bassist Gene Simmons, 64. "We put on a two-hour show that knocks your socks off. There is that sense of electric church. And there's no corner on Earth where we're not gods to people who name their kids after our songs and tattoo our faces on their bodies."
Mar 31 2014
Mar 31 2014
Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY

Artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame usually react with joy and grace.

Kiss feels dissed.

"Yes, it's going to be a great night, because we will pay respect to how the band started," says guitarist Paul Stanley. "But our issues with the Rock Hall have not subsided."

He and bassist Gene Simmons, the band's founders, will be inducted April 10 alongside original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Four guitarists, including Tommy Thayer (on board since 2002), and two drummers, the late Eric Carr and current player Eric Singer (on his third stint since 1991), will not be anointed.

Simmons and Stanley wanted that fuller Kisstory acknowledged.

"When we broached the subject, they told us it was a non-starter," Stanley says. "That's arrogance coming from pencil-pushers. We're the people wearing the guitars. The arrogance went further when they tried to strong-arm us into having the original lineup play in makeup."

Also a non-starter. Simmons and Stanley refused.

"Not surprisingly, that ruffled their feathers because the Rock Hall seems to think the tail wags the dog," Stanley says. "This dog doesn't roll over for anybody."
Mar 31 2014
Radio show In The Studio with Redbeard recently interviewed Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons to discuss everything from 40 years of KISS to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.

Mar 31 2014
I had a successful leather & clothing design studio in New York City called CONTESSA STUDIOS. It was 1973 when Gene Simmons walked in the door looking for someone to help create the costumes for a new rock band called KISS. The result was the
very first leather costumes for Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss.

Gene Simmons told me that they would be millionaires, but I never imagined that these 4 guys, (wearing my costumes,) would become the world's most famous rock band.

From 1973 until 1983, I made many of their costumes for stage, tours, photo-shoots, television appearances, and film, including the 1978 motion picture, KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK.

My first set of costumes is seen on the cover of HOTTER THAN HELL, and the last work I did for KISS was during the LICK IT UP days (with VINNIE VINCENT and ERIC CARR.)

Shortly after, I traveled to India for a few years, and then relocated to Miami Beach, where I opened a very successful design studio called ZOO14. I kept in contact with the guys from KISS for a few years, but eventually lost touch.

In August of 2013, after much prodding from my friend Douglas Hudson, I reconnected with Ace Frehley at the Contamination Defcon Convention in St Louis. I spent some time with ACE, hung out and signed a few autographs, and was overwhelmed by the reaction from Ace and the hardcore KISS fans.
Mar 31 2014
Hello KISS!

We are a burlesque group that just happens to be doing a group KISS number next Saturday. April 5th in Evansville, Indiana. I thought maybe you'd find this interesting.

DiDi Cups
Mar 30 2014

Just saw this in a camp ground in Adelaide, South Australia. Love it!

Mar 30 2014
By Eric Shirey, Yahoo Contributor Network

2014 certainly is shaping up to be the year of KISS. The 41 year old rock band has more going on in the first few months of this year than most groups half their age do. To say KISS are overachievers would be a gross understatement.

After many years of the band's loyal fans petitioning the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame to have the band inducted, the time has finally come. The group's original line-up including Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss will be awarded the prestigious honor on April 10th. While it's a great show of adoration, KISS is making a stand by not performing at the event as the Hall of Fame won't recognize present members of the band Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.

"...We won't be playing there. We'll just accept the award. 'Thank you very much.' We've been around forty years. Tommy and Eric have been in the band 20 years - two and a half times longer than Ace and Peter. You're going to slap them in the face and we're supposed to... get up on stage and do it? No, that's not going to happen," Bassist Gene Simmons stated to Entertainment Weekly.

2014 also marks the 40th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album. Recorded in 1973, the album was the first release for Casablanca Records. The album was produced by Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise at Bell Sound Studios in New York City. It contains legendary tracks like "Strutter," "Nothin' to Lose," "Firehouse," "Cold Gin," "Let Me Know," "Kissin' Time," "Deuce," "Love Theme from Kiss," "100,000 Years," and "Black Diamond." Many of them became regular staples of their live performances over the past four decades.
Mar 30 2014
As of this week we now have the first rough assembly of the movie... it runs 2 hours 37 minutes (ironically the exact same length as my last movie!) and is still full of time coded archive, or footage from my vast bootleg collection... We will fix a date for Paul & Gene to view it in LA... Thus far the film as only been viewed by a small handful of friends from within the industry, other Producers/Directors etc... But they all love it... And are saying it's my best work to date... We have un-earthed some great archive, and found a few masters, where masters were thought to no longer exist! One of my favourites being the 1976 first UK trip, Granada TV had the original broadcast master, which looks incredible... I'm very proud of the movie....

If Paul & Gene both like it, we will replace archive with masters, get some of pictures from the KISS office and put the film up for picture grading and final Dolby sound mix... Under my guidance....

We would look to release to cinema in September/October 2014...

Mar 30 2014
Open to the public! Opportunity to view your seats and available upgrade options. Meet LA KISS Players, Coaches, Dancers and Staff. Special presentation today at 5pm from LA KISS ownership on what to expect this season.
Mar 30 2014
Check out these just approved KISS 40th Anniversary shirts. They will be available at KISSONLINE soon.
Mar 29 2014
Check out these great KISS birthday cakes! Thanks for sharing your birthdays with KISS!
Mar 29 2014
Students and teachers from the Columbia Arts Academy will perform a benefit concert for local animal shelter Pets Inc, Sunday, March 30, 3 p.m. at Jillian's in the Vista.

The performers will pay tribute to the music of KISS in full make up. They will also play hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and more.

Local dance rock band Chick Flix closes out the show.

The show is all ages, admission is free, and there will be a silent auction and raffle with all proceeds to benefit Pets Inc.

The last Columbia Arts Academy benefit at Jillian's raised almost $3,000.

Local face painting celebrity Sarah Dippity will be offering free face painting, come bring the whole family, enjoy a great concert, and help our local animals as Dogs Rock (and cats are pretty cool too.) Many homeless animals need your help. For more information visit or call 803-787-0931

Mar 29 2014
What's good KISS?

We could not help but take notice of the amazing display of KISS Army love in Boston right now, via the John Varvatos spring 2014 campaign. These in-store KISS-inspired mannequins - found in the Copley Place Mall - are super dope, and the Demon & Starchild makeover on the city's taxi cabs are amazing to see driving past you while out & about in the late night hours. Expect much KISS support on our new show SterlingSinn Radio, Fridays 8/7c starting April 4 on!

We'll see you guys @ Xfinity Center on August 1!

SterlingSinn Radio team
Mar 29 2014
Our 2nd Anniversary Bash is this Sunday March 30, 2014 -FREE EVENT!

Starts at 11am Till....Outside and Inside At KISS by Monster Mini Golf Featuring:

Our 4th Rock And Roll Swap Meet, the Finals of "Rock or Dare"The Ultimate Music Trivia challenge and live music by: LUST OF KISS And....Count's 77 Rockin' Band featuring Danny Count Koker of History’s Hit Show Counting Cars with Special Guest Bruce Kulick of KISS and Grand Funk Railroad!
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