Aug 21 2014
PHOTOS: CREW AT WORK
Here's band stylist Dave Mathews helping Gene put in his ear monitors before a recent show on the KISS 40th Anniversary Tour.



Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Aug 21 2014
By Alan Sculley

Earlier this year, Kiss received a big dose of vindication when the original edition of the band — singer-guitarist Paul Stanley, bassist-singer Gene Simmons, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss — were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Today's edition of Kiss — with guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer having replaced Frehley and Criss — is following up that event with a tour that marks the 40th anniversary of the group. The group will play Aug. 24 at First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown.

Obviously, Kiss has had a major impact on rock 'n' roll — in terms of albums sold (more than 100 million worldwide), stage shows (groundbreaking pyro-filled productions) and appearance (their iconic makeup gave a blueprint for any number of acts from Slipknot to Daft Punk to the Residents).

The makeup ­— with Stanley as the starchild, Simmons the demon, Frehley the space ace and Criss the catman — remains perhaps Kiss' greatest signature, and it helped create a mystique that was a big part of the band's appeal in the 1970s and early '80s — the group's peak years as hitmakers.

Looking at today's pervasive social media, Stanley doubts Kiss could have kept the secrecy that created a larger-than-life image for the band.

“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 says. “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.”
Aug 21 2014
ALS CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
We ACCEPT Motley Crue's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Friday Night in Indy. $10,000 and a whole lotta ice water!

http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html

Take the challenge, donate and help create a world without ALS!
Aug 20 2014
PHOTO: ANOTHER PACKED HOUSE IN DES MOINES!
Thank you, Des Moines - You rocked tonight!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSONLINE.
Aug 20 2014
PHOTO: PAUL STANLEY IN DES MOINES
Photo from LAZER 103.3.
Aug 20 2014
PHOTO: TOMMY THAYER IN DES MOINES
Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSONLINE.
Aug 20 2014
PHOTOS: LAZER 103.3 GIRLS GET ED IN DES MOINES!
Here are the Lazer 103.3 radio girls hanging out before tonight's show at the Wells Fargo Arena.
Aug 20 2014
FASHION ROCKS LIVE TICKET DISCOUNT FOR ARMY!
Thanks to Fashion Rocks for giving our fans a 20% discount off all remaining tickets to the September 9th show in Brooklyn!

Use offer code FRFANS exclusively at link below: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004CEF9E654430?did=frfans&brand=barclays

The discount is available now through Friday, August 22nd at 10pm EST.
Aug 20 2014
4TH AND LOUD AFTER SHOW VIDEO
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons talk about the long journey that many of the players have undertaken and the key role that passion plays in achieving success.

Aug 20 2014
/ DEF LEPPARD TOUR IN DES MOINES TONIGHT
KISS' 40th Anniversary Tour with Def Leppard destroys the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa tonight!

The Dead Daisies open the show at 7 pm.


Photo by Terry Wilson for KISSONLINE.
Aug 20 2014
ONLY 40 KABINS LEFT ON KRUISE IV!
There are only 40 Kabins left on The KISS Kruise IV!

http://www.theKISSKruise.com

Attention, KISS Navy! For three years, you have come together with the loudest bands on Earth, upon the lonely expanse of the sea, and you have ROCKED!

Now it’s time to look to the future. KISS Navy, it is our honor to once again request your time, your talent, and your amazing rock and roll energy for The KISS Kruise IV!

Save the date, KISS maniacs! In 2014, we set sail from Miami on October 31st through November 4th, aboard the mighty Norwegian Pearl. In addition, this year we'll be throwing one krazy pre-party October 30th, on the boat! Halloween once again belongs to the KISS Navy, and your The KISS Kruise IV theme, if you choose to accept it, is: DRESSED TO KILL!
Aug 20 2014
INDY & DETROIT EVENT SHIRTS
These cool KISS Indy and Detroit event shirts will only be available at the venues on the day of the shows. Limited quantities are available.
Aug 19 2014
PHOTOS: & DOC MCGHEE BACKSTAGE
Here's the band and Doc McGhee backstage before a recent KISS 40th Anniversary show.


Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.
Aug 19 2014
MESSAGE FROM ON LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY


KISS ROCKS VEGAS NOVEMBER 5 - 23 HARD ROCK HOTEL

Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS celebrate 40 years as music icons with their first-ever residency, KISS Rocks Vegas, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas starting Wednesday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 23. Show time is 8 p.m.

Ticket for KISS Rocks Vegas are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Hard Rock Hotel box office, www.axs.comor charge-by-phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. VIP ticket and room and show packages are available at www.hardrockhotel.com.

Aug 19 2014
ROCK ICONS INVADE TARGET CENTER
Excerpted from a review by By Caleb Baumgartner
Photos By: Patrick Dunn

The entire band was on point for most of the show, blasting out absolutely rocking renditions of tracks like “War Machine,” “Dr Love,” and “Shout It Out Loud” amongst a slew of their other hits, while Paul Stanley played the near perfect, if maybe a bit cliched, frontman between songs. If a Rock and Roll Roboticist (which absolutely should be real thing someday, MIT get on that right now) was ever to create an android to be the perfect rock frontman, they wouldn’t need to do anything but replicate Stanley, whose smoothness and energy is something which really needs to be seen to be believed.

Love him or hate him, Gene Simmons is the perfect compliment to Stanley’s friendly, positive, energetic antics. Simmons still perfectly plays out his role as “The Demon,” still hitting the classic blood-and-fire spots in a way that feels oddly fresh and menacing even now after all these years. On stage and in makeup, Simmons is all id, a primal beast with an element of danger, a truly larger than life character which you cannot look away from. Without getting into Simmons the man, it is clear that Simmons the performer is still outstanding and very good at what he does.

Experiencing KISS live makes it very easy to see why they were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are truly larger than life, more brand than band, with an appeal that transcends generational lines due to the fact that they are more characters than humans. They are rock and roll turned up to 11 in a world where yes, 11 is louder, and no, you can’t just make 10 louder and have it stop at 10 like a normal volume knob, why would you even say that?

KISS definitely put on a memorable and enjoyable show that will likely stick with those in attendance for quite awhile.
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