News - 2014 : May

May 28 2014
SKIING IN FINLAND WITH
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

KISS is truly everywhere. Now also in the ski slopes of Levi, Finland! After learning to appreciate Finland's tradition of dressing up for their 1st of May-celebration, I decided to join this year. Choice of costume was not difficult!

Greetings for Norway!

Gunnar Ottesen
May 27 2014
REMEMBERING OUR FRIEND KENNY KERNER
KISS
We are shocked to hear of Kenny Kerner's passing. He was an early supporter of the band and co-produced our first two albums. He additionally did some terrific work that produced numerous hits including "Midnight Train To Georgia" for Gladys Knight and the Pips and "Brother Louie" for Stories. He remained a friend till the end and we will never forget his contributions to our early years.
May 27 2014
1974 CONCERT REVIEW - WON'T BE AROUND LONG!
KISS FAN FACEBOOK LETTER
This review about KISS came out May 27,1974, 40 years ago today. I wonder what the critic who wrote this is doing today, lol!

Kyle Giglio
May 27 2014
40 CD IN STORES TODAY!
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KISS 40 is in stores today!

A new compilation KISS 40, a 2 CD set featuring forty tracks spanning KISS's incredible forty-year recording career. This set includes one track from every major album release (studio, Alive & hits collections) plus three live selections from the 2000-era and features the band's biggest songs including rock and roll anthems such as "Detroit Rock City," "Love Gun," "Beth," "Rock And Roll All Nite," "Beth," "Psycho Circus," "Forever," "I Was Made For Lovin' You." "Lick It Up," "Heaven's On Fire" and "Hell or Hallelujah." First time commercial CD release live recordings of "Deuce" (from 2004 tour), "Cold Gin" (from 2009 Alive 35 tour), "Crazy Crazy Nights" (from 2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe tour) and the previously unreleased 1977 demo of "Reputation" round out the set for the KISS Army.

Buy KISS 40 now at the following sites:


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May 27 2014
'I wanted [my children] to have a document of what I had done and I also realized that my life could be inspirational to other people,' Stanley said of his decision to write the book.

By Erik Spanberg

A couple of young Jewish guys in New York, armed only with ambition and chutzpah, overcome the odds to become pop-culture heroes. Along the way, fueled by insecurities, they imagine personas that turn their weaknesses and fears into instantly identifiable characters.

Those statements sum up Michael Chabon’s novel “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” but they also provide a thumbnail sketch of freshly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Kiss. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons co-founded the band in 1972 and, two years later, the classic version of the group — with drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley — released its debut album.

Since then, critics have found Kiss as cartoonish as anything Kavalier and Clay conjured in their comic-book universe, while the band has sold more than 100 million albums and endless piles of merchandise. From condoms to coffins, and with plenty of T-shirts, posters and, yes, Halloween costumes thrown in for good measure, there is almost nothing Kiss hasn’t (or won’t) sell its legions of fans, known as the Kiss Army.
May 27 2014
AMC'S LA SHOW PROMO CLIP
AMC


4th and Loud is docu-series focused on the inaugural season of the LA KISS arena football team. The show, which will follow players and coaches as they try to turn LA’s first professional football team in years into a winning franchise, will also feature owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS fame, as well as long-time manager, Doc McGhee. The series will premiere on AMC this summer.
May 27 2014
SIGHTING: TV SHOW IN ITALY
KISSONLINE.com
KISS IS EVERYWHERE!

Contestant Daria Biancardi recently sang KISS' "I Was Made For Lovin' You" on 'The Voice Of Italy 2014' TV show.



Thanks to Davide Poggi for the clip!


May 26 2014
MEMORIAL DAY MESSAGE FROM
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TIME TO PAY TRIBUTE

As Americans we need to remember that the day we see as a holiday is actually a time to pay tribute and remember all the brave members of the Armed Forces fighting on our behalf, facing the ultimate sacrifice daily.

KISS remembers and honors all of our brave soldiers lost in all wars and prays for the safe return of all those fighting now.



About the photo:

For the past several years, KISSONLINE has posted this photo with the band's Memorial Day message. A few year's ago we received this wonderful letter from T.L. Carter-Valrie, Sgt., USMC '98-'06, who took the photo in 2003.

A fellow former Marine emailed me this morning and told me to check out your facebook page, he said he thought you had used my photo on your page. And yes, you did. I want to say thank you for doing that. It is even more special than you can imagine. I took that photo when I was deployed to the Iraq invasion in 2003. I was a Combat Correspondent for the USMC. The Marine you see saluting the flag in that photo is actually my husband, MSgt. James Valrie. I flew into a forward operating base where his unit was in Jalibah, Iraq, and they were doing evening colors and I snapped that photo of him. James and I were married two days before our deployment to Iraq, so in a sense, our tour in Iraq was our honeymoon. James always used to say, he gave me plenty of sun and sand for a honeymoon! James retired after 21 years of service to the USMC in 2004. I lost James to cancer June 12, 2009. So you can see, there is great meaning behind this photo. Thank you so much for your continued support of the service members and veterans. Thank you so much for your honor today, it has made my Memorial Day remembrance of James even that more special. And my kids as well, the first concert I ever took my kids to was your concert at the Irvine CA amphitheater in 2000, when I first got stationed at MCAS Miramar (where James and I met).
May 26 2014
LAST DAY TO BID ON LA ITEMS TO HELP OUR VET!
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Proceeds from the winning bids will be donated to Veteran Tickets Foundation. All winners will be provided a tax deductible receipt from VetTix.

Signed LA KISS Chrome Helmet Plus Opportunity for Meet & Greet with Paul and Gene

Own a piece of LA KISS-tory and be a part of a great cause! The proceeds from the winning bid of this Authentic LA KISS Chrome Helmet signed by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS with the opportunity for a Meet and Greet will be donated to Veteran Tickets Foundation. Veteran Tickets Foundation (VetTix) provides FREE event tickets to family members of troops Killed In Action, our Military and Veterans. The Winner will be provided a tax deductible receipt from VetTix.


CLICK HERE to bid on the LA KISS Helmet & Meet and Greet now.

CLICK HERE to check out all of the great LA KISS items in the auction.
May 26 2014
THIS DAY IN TORY 1977
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KISS BLOOD ADDED TO MARVEL COMIC BOOK

On this day in KISSTORY - May 26, 1977, KISS announce their debut KISS Marvel Comic book and deposit their own blood in the comic book ink at the Marvel printing plant.

Gene recalled the event:

As the KISS comic book project moved along, someone came up with the idea of putting real blood in the ink. It wasn't me - maybe it was Bill Aucoin. We got in the DC3, one of those big prop planes, and flew up to Buffalo to Marvel's printing plant, where they pour the ink and make comic books. A notary public actually witnessed the blood being drawn.
May 25 2014
THIS DAY IN TORY 2006
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KISS AT ROCK HONORS

On this day in KISStory - May 25, 2006, KISS closed ROCK HONORS, which also featured Queen, Def Leppard and Judas Priest as inaugural honorees of "VH1 Rock Honors." "VH1 Rock Honors" was launched by the network to pay homage to the gods of hard rock! The event took place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and included live performances by each of the bands.

KISS performed "Detroit Rock City," "Deuce," "Love Gun" and an unscheduled "Makin' Love." Right before the KISS set, an ALL STAR band featuring Ace Frehley, Rob Zombie, Tommy Lee, Scott Ian, Gilby Clarke and Slash ripped through a brutal version of "God of Thunder" honoring KISS.

Here's "Love Gun" from Rock Honors.


May 25 2014
CELEBRATING THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL WITH
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Vanessa Trottier celebrated her last day of 8th grade in true KISS fashion!

May 25 2014
2006 ROCK HONORS MOMENTOS
KISSONLINE.com
Pictured are a few mementos from the ROCK HONORS show. A ticket stub, the room keycard that hotel guests received at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, ticket to the after party, back stage laminate and the front of the postcard that KISS gave out to KISSONLINE fans who attended the event.

Scanning these items, I'm reminded just how special those few days really were. KOL witnessed some great moments including Eric Singer lounging at "the Beach" with Brian May, Tommy Thayer chatting with fans at Starbucks, Gene Simmons signing autographs in the hotel lobby, Paul Stanley hugging Brian May, actress Natasha Henstridge rocking out at KISS sound check, Godsmack's drummer Shannon telling Eric how much he loves him, Paul talking with one of his all time favorites - Paul Rodgers..... Could go on and on and not even talk about the live performances. Truly a great chapter in KISStory!
May 24 2014
PHOTOS: AT AMERICAN IDOL SEASON FINALE
KISSONLINE.com
KISS rocked the American Idol Season Finale with 2014 Idol winner Caleb Johnson last Wednesday night. Here are a few behind the scenes photos from the event.

In the photos:

Top left: Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer being interviewed outside Idol.

Top right: Gene Simmons visiting with Lady Antebellum backstage.

Bottom left: Eric Singer heading over from the Idol compound to Nokia Theater for American Idol rehearsal.

Bottom middle: Harry Connick Jr rocking out to KISS and Caleb!

Bottom right: Paul Stanley and Darius Rucker hanging out backstage.
May 24 2014
IN THE PRESS: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
KISSONLINE.com
Here's KISS in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. The story focuses on this summer's big KISS Tour with Def Leppard.

Kobra and The Lotus will support KISS/Def Leppard from 6/23-8/1 & 8/12 (Toronto, the band's hometown) and The Dead Daisies will be opening from 8/2-8/31 (excluding Toronto).

www.KISSONLINE.com/tour



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