News - 2014 : July

Jul 31 2014

Thanks to Tara (Reilly) Adams for sharing this image of KISS on the cover of the latest issue of The Weekender (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA)!
Jul 31 2014
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Jul 31 2014
By Don Wilcock

Paul Stanley struts like a man who’s having the last laugh.

To those who would dismiss his band Kiss as a bad joke in makeup and high heels, he points to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. To those critics who have refused to take their music seriously, he talks with pride about the group’s 40th anniversary tour that includes a stop Tuesday night at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

“Going out on this 40th-anniversary tour is a way to restate who we are and put our eight-inch heels firmly back on the ground and let people know that the legend lives, that everything they’ve heard remains true,” Stanley said during a phoned press conference with rock writers around the country. “When we started, there were no shows like us. It reached the point where many bands had Kiss shows. Any band with money can do a Kiss show, but no band can be Kiss.”
Jul 30 2014
RIP Dick Wagner. He burned on Alice, Lou Reed & uncredited on Destroyer & some of our contemporaries. Sad day.
Jul 30 2014
KISS co-founder Paul Stanley talks about his new book, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a KISS without him, and the band's current 40th anniversary tour

By Alan K. Stout Weekender Correspondent

For Paul Stanley, 2014 has been a very good year. So far, in just the past seven months, he has seen:

•His band, KISS, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

•His band, KISS, hit the road with fellow hard-rock legends Def Leppard, where they've been packing them in every night.

•His band, KISS, note its 40th anniversary.

•His autobiography, “Face The Music: A Life Exposed,” become a New York Times best-seller.

“It's all terrific,” said Stanley in an interview with the Weekender, adding that he was surprised by the success of the book, which debuted at No. 2 on the prestigious book list.

“It would be crazy for me to say that I expected that,” he said. “That would be nuts. It's something that I'm very, very proud of and pleased with, because no matter how much you may hope for a certain response and think that it's warranted, it doesn't mean it will happen. Thankfully, the book has connected with people.”
Jul 30 2014
KISS Guitarist Tommy Thayer Discusses 'Montrose' — The Record That Changed My Life

by Tommy Thayer

Montrose (1973)

“I came of age in the early to mid Seventies, and in that era, the most influential album to me was the first Montrose record.

"I still remember the first time I heard it. It was actually at a party at my house. I had these older brothers and sisters, and we would have these huge parties when my parents were out of town.

"We’d have kegs and hundreds of people there. So this guy brought the first Montrose record out and put it on. When I heard 'Rock the Nation' into 'Bad Motor Scooter,' I was like, ‘Oh, my god. I love this!’ It was so powerful. People that grew up in the Sixties might scoff at that and say it’s derivative or second generation…and it is. But I was 13 years old when I heard it, and it blew me away.

"There’s no doubt that Ronnie Montrose was one of the quintessential hard rock–blues guitarists of all time.”
Jul 30 2014
by CSQ Magazine

Forty years is a long time for any partnership to survive, but in the music industry, when you think about artists from four decades ago, it’s nearly always in the past tense. Not so with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The founders and remaining original members of KISS are forging full-steam ahead on the heels of the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with this summer’s 40-year anniversary, 42-city U.S. tour, with a stop at The Forum in Los Angeles on July 8. Although the output of new material has ebbed, the pair have been plenty busy – together and separately – with multiple projects, including reality television, memoirs, musical theatre, films, a music label, a new line of restaurants, and bringing football back to Los Angeles.

CSQ What was the impetus for not only putting your energy behind an Arena Football League team in Los Angeles but branding it LA KISS?

Gene Simmons It happened quite naturally. We were asked to play the AFL Arena Bowl. And then we became enamored with the AFL and found that there was no football team of any kind in Los Angeles. Opportunity knocked. We answered.

CSQ What will people see at an LA KISS game that they can’t see at any other sporting event?

Paul Stanley We try to fill the evening with a variety of entertainment so that you’re not waiting for half time that consists of somebody running around the field dressed like a hamster. We’ve got great dancers and I don’t mean cheer ones. We’ve got BMX stunt bike riders. We’ve got a live band. We’ve got dancers suspended from the ceiling. And we’ve got a football team that looks like Marvel superheroes. And all at a price that won’t make you mortgage your house.

CSQ How involved are you in decisions related to the team (i.e., uniforms, personnel, in-game entertainment)?

Gene We are involved in all the facets, without crossing the lines into certain managerial and coaching areas, which is best left to the professionals. Having said that, Paul designed the helmets and LA KISS Girls outfits.

CSQ How would you compare the lifestyle of professional athletes and professional musicians? Did either of you ever have aspirations to pursue sports?

Paul Most musicians are wimps. To do what I do takes discipline, hard work, and constant training. My injuries, including torn rotator cuffs, torn knees, and a hip that had to be replaced with titanium, says it all. I am a warrior, not a wimp.
Jul 30 2014
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Jul 30 2014
Jul 29 2014
Here's Paul from this morning's shoot for 4th and Loud.

Don’t forget to tune in to the series premiere of 4th and Loud, Tues, Aug. 12th at 9/8c.

4TH and LOUD
Jul 29 2014
I wanted the best, I got the best at Monster Mini Golf Presents KISS in Las Vegas!

Kimber Maroney
Jul 29 2014
by Joe Szczechowski

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, American rock legends KISS are in the midst of a summer tour that lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley calls “a victory lap.”

“To be able to have the privilege of going out on stage and performing 40 years on is incredible,” Stanley said in a recent press teleconference. “This is a vindication and a huge celebration for us and our fans.”

On the tour, which stops Sunday, August 3 at Camden, New Jersey’s Susquehanna Bank Center, Stanley and his bandmates – Gene Simmons (lead vocals and bass), Eric Singer (drums and vocals), and Tommy Thayer (lead guitar and vocals) – are being joined by special guests Def Leppard. The Dead Daisies open the 7 p.m. Susquehanna Bank Center show. Tickets are available at

It's been a good year for Stanley and KISS. On April 8, Stanley's autobiography, “Face the Music: A Life Exposed,” was released to positive reviews. It landed at No. 2 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. Later that week, KISS finally received its long overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In May the band released “KISS 40,” a two-disc retrospective album. On Aug. 12, “4th and Loud,” a new television series documenting Stanley and Simmons’ foray into Arena League Football as co-owners of the LA KISS premieres on AMC. A few weeks ago KISS confirmed its first Las Vegas residency. “KISS Rocks Vegas” will see the band perform nine shows at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino between November 5th and 23rd.
Jul 29 2014
Looking forward to seeing you guys ROCK, Friday in Mansfield, MA! 2nd row!

Nicole Ferreira
Jul 28 2014
Review by Alex Messick

The KISS army is arguably one of rock’s most devoted fan bases, thanks to a combination of careful marketing, and an intense live show. The KISS army came out in full force on Friday night to Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA. Decked out in face paint, band t-shirts, and even replica costumes of KISS members themselves, the audience was in for a show that was truly a spectacle to behold. Newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, KISS set out on a summer tour for the books with support from none other than the legendary Def Leppard.

The amphitheater at Jiffy Lube Live was packed, and a deafening roar arose when the black curtain shielding the stage from view finally dropped at 9:45 PM, to the opening riff of “Psycho Circus.” KISS plays to the audience like no other, just as one would expect from a band that has come to define rock and roll bravado. Posing for photographers and pointing and waving to fans, the band made the show feel almost intimate, which is rarely a word used to describe a show at one of the largest venues in the area.
Jul 28 2014
Here's KISS rocking the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.

Photo by Allan Zilkowsky
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