News - 2014 : July

Jul 04 2014
FAN'S 4th OF JULY ARTWORK
KISSONLINE FAN LETTER
Thanks to Chris Medek for sharing his KISS 4th of July artwork with KISSONLINE!
Jul 03 2014
PHOTO: READY FOR THE STARCHILD
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Jul 03 2014
KISS takes its 40th anniversary tour to Irvine on July 5 and the Forum on July 8

BY ALAN SCULLEY

Kiss could have kept the secrecy that came with the makeup and helped create a larger-than-life image for Kiss.

“I think that certainly in all walks of life in terms of public figures, there is a certain mystique that is gone because everything is known,” Stanley said during a mid-June teleconference interview with a group of reporters. “I think mystique is healthy. And I think to glamorize and fantasize is a good thing. I’m not sure that Kiss could have accomplished what we did initially in this time because (in the ’70s and ’80s) we could make sure that photos weren’t available and the paparazzi didn’t have photos of us out of makeup. We could create this mystique.”

The commercial breakthrough came with the 1975 concert release, the double LP, “Alive.” Featuring the hit “Rock and Roll All Nite,” it opened the door to a string of hit studio albums that continued through 1979’s “Dynasty.” Simmons, in a separate late-June phone interview, said the group could sense that something was happening by the time of “Alive.”
Jul 03 2014
Paul Stanley Says Face the Music is the Most Honest KISS Autobiography Ever Written

By Daniel Kohn

For KISS founding member Paul Stanley, living the past four decades in the spotlight has been the easy part. In his autobiography, Face The Music, is different than many of the rock bios that populate the marketplace. Born Stanley Eisen, the singer/rhythm guitarist reveals his difficult upbringings in New York City and the traumatizing affects of being born with one ear, along with a dysfunctional, unsupportive family. Add to that being called "Stanley the one-eared monster" by the neighborhood children, the rocker was engulfed by insecurities even as his band was selling out stadiums across the globe.

Stanley's book completes the cycle of every original member of KISS penning his own take of what happened during the iconic outfit's formative years, which at this point, is Rashomon-esque. But Stanley's book traces his personal ups-and-downs even as the chaos that encompassed KISS swirled around him and the band hit peaks and valleys along the way. We caught up with the Arena Football team owning rock star shortly before his induction in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame to hear about his book, his insight on the band's history and what it feels like to finally be accepted by the rock elite.

You didn't waste any time jumping right into things and setting to the tone with a dark, revealing intro. Why did you decide to start the book off that way?

Because there was no other way to write it. Autobiographies, especially in the entertainment field, notoriously have a tendency to go towards self-congratulatory filler, imaginary accomplishment and stories of dubious factual basis. I had no time to waste to do that. So for years, I had no intention of writing a book. But then I started thinking that my life could possibly inspire somebody else, and could give someone else some hope or reinforcement and I'd like to write a book that my kids could read as they get older to understand what it took for me to become successful. That was the redeeming goal that made me want to write a book. It was the idea of being able to reach out and do something for other people including giving my children a better sense of who I am.
Jul 03 2014
PHOTOS: FANS ENJOYING BACKSTAGE TOUR
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Here are a few photos of fans during their KISS VIP Backstage Tour. Check out those cool KISS hard hats. Everyone gets to them, too!

CLICK HERE for more info on the KISS VIP Backstage Tour..
Jul 03 2014
/ DEF LEPPARD TOUR IN WHEATLAND TONIGHT
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KISS' 40th Anniversary Tour with Def Leppard rocks the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Wheatland, CA tonight!

Kobra and The Lotus opens the show.
Jul 02 2014
, DEF LEPPARD LIGHT UP AUBURN
by SHAWN SKAGER, Auburn Reporter Sports Reporter

AS double-bills go, it doesn't get more heavyweight than last Sunday's KISS and Def Leppard show at the White River Amphitheatre.

Although Auburn was just the fourth stop on the multi-platinum selling tandem's 42-date Heroes Summer 2014 tour, both bands appeared to be in mid-tour form, firing on all cylinders.

Although most of the band's set featured hits such as "Foolin'", "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Rocket" and "Photograph" from 1983's "Pyromania" and 1987's "Hysteria" – which have both sold more than 10 million copies – the band placated old-school fans with three tunes off "High 'n' Dry."

In addition to the opening number, Def Leppard trundled out an acoustic version of the ballad "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" and the guitar showcase "Switch 625", late guitarist Steve Clark's – he died of an overdose in 1991 – signature tune.

Def Leppard finished up the set with an encore of "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph", the audience providing a vocal assist.

Following Def Leppard's set, KISS took to the stage, highlighting 40 years of tunes and stagecraft with enough pyro and explosions to make your average Fourth of July display seem tame.

The band ripped through classics such as "Deuce", "Shout It Out Loud", "Love Gun" and "Black Diamond", with their usual flair, puncuated by bassist Gene Simmons' fire-breathing and blood spitting and frontman Paul Stanley's flight above the audience.

The band wrapped up the show with a one-two punch of "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Nite", relieving the KISS Army of duty until next time.

Jul 02 2014
READY TO ROCK TONIGHT!
KISS TWITTER FAN LETTER
Got my KISS, Def Leppard & Kobra and The Lotus tix!

Be jealous!

Carol Tarantino
Jul 01 2014
, Def Leppard Enlist 2 Veterans as Roadies
Jul 01 2014
VIP SWEEPSTAKES
KISS 40th Anniversary Tour VIP Sweepstakes benefiting: Augusta Warrior Project

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Donate to receive one or more entries, and/or submit free mail entries (see Official Rules for more details). Each entry is an additional chance to win. Donations support the Augusta Warrior Project, which uses a holistic approach to veteran care, including housing, employment, education, benefits and health care.

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Jul 01 2014
By Aidin Vaziri

Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year - only 14 years after the tongue-wagging, flame-breathing band became eligible. Oh, well. According to front man Paul Stanley, 62, who with Gene Simmons co-founded the group and kept it alive through various lineup changes, the honor means little compared with the loyalty of its fans. We spoke to Stanley at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco when he was in town to promote his autobiography, "Face the Music: A Life Exposed." Here is a very brief excerpt from our conversation. Kiss, on tour with Def Leppard, performs Wednesday at the Concord Pavilion.

Q: When was your favorite time to be a member of Kiss?

A: There's never been a better time than now. Because Kiss shouldn't be my life. Kiss should only be part of my life. And that's what I have now. If we're lucky we realize that life is really about family - your children, your family and your friends. Without that, the rest is hollow.

Q: How many times did you legitimately think that Kiss was over and done and when you walked off that tour bus that was the last time you were doing it?
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