News - 2014 : April

Apr 21 2014

Thanks to Robert JB Wahlberg for the photo!
Apr 20 2014
Have a wonderful Easter today!

Thanks to the KISS Army for sharing these great KISS Easter eggs and artwork with KISS!
Apr 20 2014
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Apr 19 2014
Today, Saturday, April 19th, your LA KISS will take on the Iowa Barnstormers! Watch live on the CBS Sports Network. Kickoff 5PM PST. Check your local listings.
Apr 19 2014
KISS lead singer opens up about connection to 'Phantom of the Opera'

From Associated Press

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley feels a strong connection to the title character of "The Phantom of the Opera," and not just because he's spent nearly 40 years onstage with his face covered in paint.

"Here's somebody who has a disfigurement that they're covering and they're trying to reach out to a woman and, as much as they want to do it, they don't know how. Well, that pretty much summed up my life, you know. Only I wasn't living in a dungeon under an opera house," Stanley said.

That's because the 62-year old musician was born with a congenital deformity that left him deaf in one ear, making it hard for him to communicate or do well in school.

The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer describes his long, and sometime painful, journey from his "less than optimal childhood" in New York City to the mega-success of rocking all night and partying every day with Kiss in his autobiography, "Face the Music: A Life Exposed" (Harper One).

"This isn't a Kiss book. This is really a book about my life. I was steadfastly against the idea of doing it for decades, because the great George Orwell once said that the autobiography is the most outrageous form of fiction," Stanley said. "But I realized it could be inspiring to people."
Apr 19 2014
Stoy by Pat Sherman / La Jolla Light

More than 600 fans of Kiss vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley descended on La Jolla April 17 for a chance to have the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee sign copies of his new memoir, “Face the Music: A Life Exposed” at Warwick’s Bookstore.

Though people of all ages traveled from as far away as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Germany for a chance to meet the Kiss star, Anne Marie Flores merely had to walk over from her job at Best Western Inn by the Sea on Fay Avenue.

Born Stanley Bert Eisen, the 62-year-old rocker was about an hour late, giving Flores a chance to dive into the book’s prologue while waiting in line.

“I wish he’d go back on stage,” Flores said, noting Stanley’s 1999 lead in a Canadian production of ‘The Phantom of the Opera.” “I don’t care what it would cost — I’d pay.”

Warwick’s employee and Kiss fan Emily Vermillion of La Jolla said she was excited to learn Stanley was coming to place where she works.

“I was teaching art in Iowa City, Iowa (in the late ’70s) and all of my fifth and sixth graders showed up for Halloween in Kiss costumes,” she recalled. “I said, ‘I’ve got to find out about these guys,’ and I did — and I’ve loved them ever since.”
Apr 18 2014
Congratulations to Paul Stanley on the enormous success of his new book, Face The Music, which debuted at #2 today on The New York Times Best Sellers list!

New York Times Best Sellers List
Apr 18 2014
Check out this cool LA KISS sighting in yesterday's Sports Business Journal!
Apr 18 2014
KISS guitarist, vocalist and frontman Paul Stanley discusses his tough childhood, being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and his role in "Phantom of the Opera." He speaks with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

Apr 18 2014
Former KISS Guitarist Bruce Kulick Reflects on Band's Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Written by Eric Shirey / cinelinx

KISS was recently inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame after forty years of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears. Unlike other bands, not all of their current and former associates were asked to share the honor. The Hall of Fame only awarded original members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss in the ceremony which took place on April 10, 2014.

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were enraged by the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame's decision and refused to perform at the event. How could thirty years of hit records and songs still being played in their concert sets just be ignored? Not only were the two founding members of KISS irritated by this, but many fans of the band's music past their early makeup days were as well.

We've heard from the original four founders of KISS in regards to how they feel about their induction into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame through countless publications and online blogs. However, what do the former members of the band think about being ignored by the institution?

Two of the group's previous warriors from the 1980s and 1990s are no longer with us. "Animalize" lead guitarist Mark St. John passed away in 2007. Drummer Eric Carr lost his battle with heart cancer in 1991. He wrote and performed with KISS from 1981 to 1991. Carr replaced Peter Criss and donned fox makeup for his stage persona.
Apr 17 2014
Paul Stanley on His Childhood: ‘I Was Simply Determined to Find My Way Out’

by Chris Epting

Kiss star Paul Stanley’s new memoir, ‘Face the Music: A Life Exposed’ is garnering many rave reviews for its raw and open honesty, along with the many life lessons that the Starchild has amassed over the years. Revealing in great detail a wildly dysfunctional childhood made harder by an ear deformation, Stanley’s straightforward storytelling is electrifying.

We had a chance to sit down with Stanley and talk about the book just before he warmly and generously greeted and posed for photos with a crowd of over 500 at a Los Angeles bookstore.

Paul, there are a lot of surprising moments in your new book. One that really jumps out is the scene just after Kiss played Madison Square Garden in late 1977. You describe how the other guys in the band were off with friends and family while you found yourself alone in a deli on Third Avenue eating matzo ball soup. What an unexpected picture.

Right? I think it’s healthy for people to get a reality check on what it’s like sometimes. I think moments like that can help us stop deifying people and putting them on pedestals. A lot of times in this book I think people will relate to the fact that they’re not much different than I am. This idea of helping to inspire people by letting me know what my life was like is a gift to me. You get the most out of life when you give the most. I didn’t realize that as a kid but I certainly learned it as I got older.

Many of us are familiar with how hard Kiss has always worked, especially back in the beginning. But what you experienced during your childhood may be startling to readers. There was a lot of dysfunction in your household growing up.

I don’t know what I’m made out of. But it’s pretty strong. I’m not somebody who folds and I’m not somebody who surrenders I’m not somebody who gives in. I was simply determined to find my way out. I just didn’t know what was going to take. You can paraphrase Bob Dylan. Dylan said in one of his songs, “You know what you want but I know what you need.” And in life, we chase what we want. We don’t always chase what we need. And to reach a point where you understand what life is really about is freeing and liberating. You only get to that point by opening up. That’s what I did in this book. If you shut down all the time you get nothing.
Apr 17 2014

There’s a perception that a “biography” can be more revealing than an “autobiography.” A biography, some say, will offer more insight because the subject of the book will be more highly scrutinized, while with an autobiography, the reader will only get what the subject wants you to know. With an autobiography, the author - writing in the first person about their own life - will naturally try to paint themselves in the most positive light. And really, if you were going to write a book about your time on this earth, who wouldn’t want to do that?

But as a reader, I’ll still take an autobiography over a biography any day. The best source to tell your story is you, and with “Face The Music: A Life Exposed,” KISS frontman Paul Stanley truly unmasks for the very first time. It’s a remarkable and inspiring story, and offers much more than simply further projecting the bold mage of “The Starchild,” who can still have 20,000 people in a sold-out arena responding to the snap of his fingers. Sure, we’ve all known what Paul Stanley looks like since 1983, when KISS officially unmasked from its trademark makeup. But the perceived image of Paul Stanley as the gallivant rock star and the true life of the man himself were, for most of his life, about as different as KISS “Alive!” and “Music From The Elder.”

Perception was not reality.

Stanley, his text reveals, was born with a condition known as microtia, which left him with only one ear and deaf on one side. And though, by the late ‘60s, as he grew older and it was fashionably acceptable, he was able to hide the deformity by growing his hair, that was not the case when he was a child. And that made life very difficult. There was relentless teasing from other children, which shockingly, was met with little support from his parents, who were bogged down in a cold marriage and also had a mentally ill daughter to deal with. This left him feeling isolated - a feeling that would stay with him until much later in life.
Apr 17 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out last night to Barnes and Nobles at the Grove in Los Angeles.
Apr 16 2014

KISS, the iconic rockers, are celebrating their 40th anniversary and impending Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction - they want YOU to come up with the big idea for how they should do it in style.

KISS! The name itself summons images of painted faces and sounds of iconic rock anthems. You might think that a band as legendary and successful as KISS has been over the last 40 years has already seen and done it all. Sure, they’ve sold over 100 million albums worldwide, own an arena football team, and pop up in countless other places like Dr. Pepper or John Varvatos ads. But KISS is confident that YOU can come up with a big idea for how they should ring in their 40th anniversary in a truly original way.

This one is wide open. We’re giving you 500 characters to set your imagination and creativity loose coming up with the biggest, most epic celebration possible. Whether it’s a live event, mobile app or game, narrative content - or something else totally out of left field - surprise us. It would be extra epic if your big idea featured a compelling brand partnership.

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Apr 16 2014
Musician and author Paul Stanley stopped by KCAL9 Tuesday to tell viewers about his new book “Face the Music”. In the book, Stanley reveals for the first time what it was like to rock and roll every night and party every day. He will be at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a book signing.
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