03/06/2018

The Day Tommy Thayer Played His First KISS Show

By Martin Kielty / ultimateclassicrock.com

Photo by Martin Philbey, Getty Images

On March 6, 2002, Kiss hit the stage for a private show in Jamaica with a new Spaceman behind the mask. Tommy Thayer made his first official appearance as the band's guitarist, and, despite the controversy, he’d already been involved with Kiss for six years.

The departure of original guitarist Ace Frehley had been looming for some time. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had become tired of the Space Ace’s alcoholic antics. Thayer had actually been lined up in the background, ready to take over if Frehley dropped the ball. He’d stood ready during Kiss’ performance at the February 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, although he wasn't called up at that time.

Born in 1960, Thayer had achieved some notoriety with his band Black ’n Blue, who released four studio albums in the '80s. They’d hired Simmons to produce the last two, and that’s how the Kiss connection was made.

In 1989, Simmons invited Thayer to co-write material for Kiss, resulting in the songs “Betrayed” and “The Street Giveth, the Street Taketh Away” from Hot in the Shade. Five years later, the guitarist was given a supervisory role in the Kisstory book project, leading to further work with the band.

03/06/2018

KISS ARMY ROCKS!

Thanks to Andrew Cannon for sharing this cool KISS art that he & his fellow firemen made for his son's 12th birthday. Happy birthday to your son!
03/05/2018

RIP Michael Duncan

We were saddened to learn of the passing of KISS Army member Michael Duncan.

Michael was a huge fan who loved talking all things KISS with other fans.

R.I.P Mike. You will be missed!

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Duncan family in this difficult time.

03/03/2018

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 2015

On this day in KISSTORY - March 3, 2015 - KISS rocked over 40,000 at the Tokyo Dome and performed with Momoiro Clover Z!

03/03/2018

KISS ARMY ROCKS!

Looks like you are in fine health, Napoleon! Thanks for sharing with us!

 

KISS - I went to get an X-ray, and so it came out... there you see my heart  - Napoleón Name

03/02/2018

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 2010

On this day in KISSTORY - March 2, 2010 - KISS performed at a special intimate promotional gig for 800 fans at the packed O2 Academy Islington in London, England. The show was a rare chance for fans to see one of the world's biggest bands in an intimate venue.

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