News - 2014 : April

Apr 07 2014

Here's a clip of Gene Simmons' cameo in Greg Poehler's Welcome to Sweden.
Apr 07 2014
Paul took part in an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session on this morning. Here are his answers to the many questions that fans asked:

* Paul_Stanley: I am Paul Stanley – author of the the book Face The Music, musician, author, cook, painter. Oh and I almost forgot…KISS. AMA

toborknip: Unlike many other bands, KISS seems to be passed on from parents their children, what would you tell the little ones that freak out and get excited watching your performances, and the ones that you inspire to follow the path of music / rock ? How do you feel about being able to reach out to new generations with your art?

* Paul_Stanley: KISS at this point is almost more a tribe. We're much more than a band. The idea that there is a right of passage from one generation to the other is humbling & rewarding. That parents want their children to share something that is and was important to them is profound. I'm humbled.

finnlizzy: I want to rock and roll all night, but have other commitments during the day.
How do you do it?

* Paul_Stanley: Don't do it every night.

kenp2: I have read that you have gotten a cochlear implant in your right ear and can hear sounds on that side thru bone conduction. does this mean that you experience music in a stereo sense? or is it still different? BTW huge fan! I met you at the KISS/Aerosmith meet and greet and was too nervous to say anything other than to shake your hand twice! You signed an ID sheet I bought at the KISS auction.

* Paul_Stanley: Great question! I did have a bone conduction implant done. But honestly at this point in my life, it's very difficult for your brain to adjust and rewire in a sense - in other words, I've spent my life hearing the way I think of as "normal" and to hear any other way is very confusing. I took the implant out.

jerry1013: Hey Paul, What's a good "hidden gem" in the KISS catalog for you? As someone who loves all of your albums, it'd be interesting to find out what song(s) you feel deserve some praise they don't usually get. (Nowhere To Run would be my pick)

* Paul_Stanley: I'm with you.
Apr 07 2014

Paul Stanley and the heavy metal band KISS made it big more than four decades ago and he just put out a memoir called "Face the Music: A Life Exposed."

Stanley recently sat down with CBS News' Anthony Mason. They talked about his ongoing feuds, and finally getting into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame. He told Mason that after 15 years of eligibility, the invitation still feels like a slap in the face.

Mason: You're being inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Stanley: Or indicted.

Mason: Indicted?

Stanley: The Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame is fluff. It's a farce. It's like an Addams Family bar mitzvah. I'm gonna go, but let's not kid ourselves, you know. That's not the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame is walking the streets.

Mason: You don't see it as an honor?

Stanley: I see it as dubious. We are the bitter pill that they ultimately had to swallow. Because they don't like us. And the only reason they're inducting us is because they begin to look foolish at some point for not having us in.
Apr 07 2014
In the photos:

Paul talks with the press after the teams big win.

Paul with Team president Schuyler Hoversten.

Paul waves to the crowd during the game.

Photos by Keith Leroux for KOL.
Apr 07 2014
Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick and Sophie Simmons visited with KISS fans at Saturday's LA KISS home opener.

Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Apr 06 2014
Apr 06 2014
By Larry Getlen

When Paul Stanley, frontman and rhythm guitarist for the band KISS, married in November 2005, he shared his joy with friends and family, including bandmates Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.

Notably absent from the ceremony: Stanley’s longtime musical partner, KISS bassist Gene Simmons. He wasn’t invited.

“Your views on marriage are your own,” Stanley told Simmons, who publicly denounced the concept of marriage until his own nups in 2011. “But when you insult and demean people who get married and ridicule or dismiss the idea of marriage, you have no place at a wedding.”

The incident is replayed in Stanley’s memoir, “Face the Music: A Life Exposed,” written with journalist Tim Mohr and out Tuesday. Given the band’s history of party-every-day ethos, Stanley’s willingness to reveal his deepest insecurities and resentments is stunning.

The greatest revelations come from Stanley’s candor about his decades of disappointment with original KISS members Ace Frehley (lead guitar) and Peter Criss (drums) — and, yes, Simmons.

Stanley, born Stanley Eisen in Manhattan, met Simmons — né Chaim Witz from Israel — in 1970. Back then, Stanley writes, the bassist was “very overweight . . . wearing overalls and sandals and looked like something from ‘Hee Haw.’ ” Still, their goals were compatible, and the two quickly evolved into a solid creative team, forming the band that would, in 1973, become KISS.
Apr 06 2014
The L.A. KISS wins its inaugural game at Honda Center as fans of arena football and the namesake rock band embrace both the spectacle and the sport.

By James Barragan
Photo:Robert Gauthier

By the time two of the L.A. KISS' star players were lowered from the Honda Center ceiling during introductions for the team's home opener, the team's fans were ready to rock and roll all night and party every down.

Behind four touchdowns from wide receiver Donovan Morgan and a league-record six sacks in one game for Beau Bell, the KISS won its first game at its home venue in Anaheim, 44-34, in front of 12,045 fans. The victory improved the KISS' record to 2-1 while setting a league record of 11 team sacks in one game. The night was a complete rock and roll event. From the national anthem played on an electric guitar, to the bikini-clad dancers suspended in midair throughout the game to fans walking around in KISS makeup and flame orange Mohawk wigs.

Before the first down was played fans had already seen indoor fireworks, a laser show and a performance by heavy metal band Steel Panther.

"We wanted a football team, but this is a different type of football," said John Richards, 47, of Menifee, who for more than 30 years has been a fan of the rock band that inspired the arena football team's name. "This is KISS football."

There was even a special appearance by Motorhead lead singer, Lemmy, who performed the pregame coin toss.

"We're expecting craziness. Total craziness," said George Warner, 48, of Brea, who along with his wife, Yolanda, was one of the first people in line outside of Honda Center before the doors opened. "That's the KISS way."

With tickets to a KISS concert included in the season-ticket deal, the rock band name was a big draw for many of the fans in attendance.

"I think 95% are KISS fans and 5% know something about arena football," said Richards, who received season tickets from his wife as an early birthday gift. "If it would have been L.A. anything else, I wouldn't have been here. I wouldn't have known anything was going on."
Apr 06 2014
-By Michael Martinez

Do not adjust your eyes.

The field is really silver. And yes, it's really football. In Southern California.

The NFL isn't coming any time soon, but maybe the LA KISS can be a reasonable facsimile until it does. Indoor football is far short of what fans crave, but it'll have to do.

The KISS, a first-year entry in the Arena Football League, played its first home game Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 12,045 at Honda Center. But to say it was football wouldn't be wholly accurate. It was football plus a whole lot more.

And maybe that was part of the problem. It's a good bet that patrons weren't just talking about the KISS' 44-34 victory over the Portland Thunder. They were probably talking about the show that came before, during and after the game.

For one admission, fans got a rock concert, a pyrotechnics show, laser lights, BMX stunt performers and girls in bikinis dancing in metal pods above the four corners of the arena. They played on a field that was, well, gray -- although the team calls it silver.

Was this a football game within a concert, or a concert within a football game?

It was hard to tell. Even the players had to wonder.
Apr 05 2014
LA KISS is getting ready for its inaugural home opener tonight!

Apr 05 2014
Official LA KISS merchandise is re-stocked and available at Honda Center Team Store!

You can also buy LA KISS merchandise online now at
Apr 05 2014
A Revealing Excerpt from Paul Stanley’s Memoir, Face the Music

BY Vi-An Nguyen

As Kiss is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week, Paul “Starchild” Stanley, one of the glam metal band’s founding members, opens up about the group’s shifting lineup, infighting, and his personal struggles in his confessional-style memoir, Face the Music. Read an excerpt below.

I sit down and look in the mirror, staring for a moment into the eyes peering out at me. The mirror is surrounded by high-watt theater-style bulbs, and on the table in front of the brightly lit mirror is a small black makeup case. We hit the stage in about three hours, which means it’s time for the ritual that has defined my professional life for forty years.

First, I wipe my face with an astringent, to close the pores. Then I grab a container of “clown white,” a thick, cream-based makeup. I dip my fingers into the tub of white goo and start applying it all over my face, leaving some space open around my right eye, where the rough outline of the star will be.

There was a time when this makeup was a mask—hiding the face of a kid whose life up to then had been lonely and miserable. I was born with no right ear—I’m deaf on that side, too—and the most searing early memories I have are of other kids calling me “Stanley the one-eared monster.” It was often kids I didn’t even know. But they knew me: the kid with a stump for an ear.

When I was out among people I felt naked. I was painfully aware of being constantly scrutinized. And when I came home, my family was too dysfunctional to provide any kind of support.
Apr 05 2014
LA KISS' home opener kicks off at 6:30PM PST at Honda Center! Don't miss it!

CLICK HERE to get tickets now.
Apr 05 2014
Sadly, today is the 7th anniversary of the death of former KISS guitarist Mark St. John. Let's remember our friend, who was always kind to the fans.

Here's Mark performing with KISS in the "Heaven's On Fire" video:

Apr 05 2014
Check out the KISS Elephant being used in a promotional campaign for the Rotterdam Zoo.

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