Google Joins Forces with KISS!

Google has joined forces with KISS, one of the world’s most influential rock bands, in a deal brought in by Sophie Simmons, for a new line of Artwork Live Cases that bring the KISS Experience to the palm of your hand. The cases feature 12 exclusive designs, each drawing upon the band’s iconic visual history and reimagined for the digital age.  Each case also comes with a suite of live wallpapers, which allow the exclusive designs to be animated on your phone screen.

Artworks Live Case blends Google innovation with beautiful case design, creating a unique phone case that does more than just protect your phone. The series features works by today’s leading artists and designers that can be customized to fit your personal style. Each Live Case has three key features: a designed case, Live Wallpaper, and programmable shortcut button.

Availability:     Online at the Google Store, in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, and Germany

Devices:         Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5x, and Nexus 6p 

Cost:         $40 per case

CLICK HERE to order now!

What makes a Live Case  more than just a phone case? 

- Exclusive designs by top artists and designers at accessible prices that can be personalized 

- A programmable shortcut button means a smart case for your smartphone. Program it to launch your Live Wallpaper, camera, a website, or favorite app instantly. 

- Companion Live Wallpapers turn your screen into a gallery, with designs by your Live Case artist rotating throughout the day

How does a Live Case sync with my phone? 

Your Live Case is powered by Near Field Communication (NFC), the same technology that lets you to pay for things with your phone. When you snap on your Live Case, it syncs with your Pixel through NFC. You can program it to launch your camera, flashlight, or favorite app. 




Can't wait for the Gene Simmons band to play in Southern California.  I got the van ready to go! -  Mad Dog Tattoo




On this day in KISSTORY - June 10, 2004, KISS opened the US leg of the Rock The Nation Tour in San Antonio, TX. This was the first full US tour of the Paul, Gene, Tommy and Eric lineup, and included forty-two shows. The Washington, DC and Virginia Beach, VA shows were recorded for KISS' Rock The Nation DVD.

Instant Live CDs are also available at many of the US shows. Fans could purchase a live CD recording of the actual show they just attended!!

During the West Palm Beach show, Paul becomes ill and dehydrated, forcing KISS to cancel the next two shows in Florida.

Set list most nights includes:

Love Gun / Deuce / Makin' Love / Lick It Up / Got To Choose / War Machine / Christine Sixteen / I Want You / I Love It Loud / 100,000 Years / Unholy / Shout It Out Loud /I Was Made For Lovin' You / Detroit Rock City / God Gave Rock And Roll To You II / Rock And Roll All Nite

KISS also performed the following songs at some US shows on the tour:

Tears Are Falling / Creatures of the Night / Dr. Love / She / Strutter / C'mon and Love Me / Parasite / Love Her All I Can / All the Way / Hotter Than Hell / Cold Gin / I Stole Your Love / Psycho Circus / King of the Night time World

Here's "She"  from the Tour.



Writer’s Commentary – Chris Sebela Talks KISS / Vampirella #1

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Dynamite has sent over a new writer’s commentary featuring Chris Sebela talking about KISS/Vampirella #1 with a cover by Juan Doe and interiors by Annapaola Martello.

When my editor at Dynamite sent me an email to ask what my thoughts were about a KISS/Vampirella book, I have to admit I drew a blank at first. They’re both things that I’m familiar with but both of them have decades of continuity that I haven’t memorized, so for those first few moments I was lost in a sea of possibility.

But after we talked for a bit, he suggested we could set it in the 1970s and suddenly everything made complete sense. I went off, did some research and by that night had the rough beats of this story all sketched out. Taking everything back to when both KISS and Vampirella were unknown quantities to some degree, that made pretty much everything possible.

Which leads us here, issue 1 of KISS/Vampirella — A story I took to calling “Devil Music.” Let’s see what we see.

Page 1

– I don’t usually do cold opens, but this felt like a good way to start the story, a big off-kilter moment to get everyone nice and disoriented. Plus this is the first time I got to write song lyrics for a comic. Apologies to John Denver, but it seemed like the best template for soft rock stylings I could come up with. Making the lyrics fit our doomed couple driving off the cliff, that’s the fun stuff you get to do sometimes.

Side note, if you’ve ever driven the coast highway between LA and SF, this scenario should look familiar. It’s what I pictured happening every time my car rounded a curve.

Page 2

– And here’s Vampi. I figured everyone knows who KISS is, so the heavy lifting was going to be making Vampi track for anyone who had no idea who she is. Plus everyone loves a fight, so having her kick the crap out of some creep in a back alley felt like a nice note about who she is and why she’s here. I figured we’d throw in a KISS poster in case anyone was worried they weren’t going to be in this.

Sunset Boulevard is the setting, btw, because if you’re gonna do a rock ’n’ roll story set in L.A., go right to the heart of things. For research, I just watched DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART 2: THE METAL YEARS. I mean, I was going to watch it anyway, but it’s a good glimpse into how much of a scene that scene really was.

Page 3

– More than anything I wanted Vampi to seem normal. She’s not wearing her usual costume, she’s not using any powers per se, minus some added strength and speed. Other than sporting the name Vampirella, she’s totally normal at first glance. Then we offset it by having our damsel no longer in distress freak out because she recognizes Vampi. Not for being a badass alien monsterkiller but for being in Witchkraft.

What’s Witchkraft? Calm down, we’re getting to that.

CLICK HERE to read the rest now!



Note from Paul Stanley:

SO FIRED UP about KISS Kruise VII! This will be best one ever! MORE to do. MORE going on. MORE great music.

Visit www.TheKISSKruise.com for full details.


I Love It Loud: The Gene Simmons Rock Show returns to BBC2 Tonight

Gene Simmons is back with a new episode of his I Love It Loud show on BBC Radio 2 tonight at 10:00 PM (local UK Time). The episode will be available  online or On Demand at the BBC Radio 2 page after the broadcast.

The KISS founding member and all-round rock expert spins his favourite tunes, from the likes of AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper.



KISS & Google Collab to Make Live Phone Cases

KISS bassist Gene Simmons talks about the new Live Case designs and why he loves his Pixel in a blog post from Google.

“If you’re a KISS fan, you’ve probably spent some crazy, crazy nights rocking out in face paint. But what about when you want to bring a little KISS with you to work or Grandma’s house? You might want to leave the face paint at home, so we’ve got you (and your phone) covered.”

KISS has joined forces with Google to create 12 limited edition Live Case designs for Pixel and Nexus phones available on the Google Store. Bette Ann Schlossberg from Google had the chance to ask Gene Simmons, the Demon himself, about the collaboration:

Bette Ann: We heard you’re on #teampixel. What do you love most about your Pixel?

Gene Simmons: I love the sleek, edgy look of the Pixel. It’s technologically advanced, but still intuitive and easy to use. And I love the camera! The photos I’ve taken of my family on my Pixel are so clear, I’ll never forget those moments. This picture of my daughter and me is one of my favorites—we’re hanging out as I get ready for a show.

What made you want to create these Live Cases?

 I was pumped that Google and KISS could work together … what a power couple. I love that Live Cases are another way for fans to express themselves. Our fans have evolved a lot over the last 44 years, and merch has always been really important to them. I think of Live Cases as the new concert T-shirt.

Do you have a favorite Live Case?

The one with the close-up of my face and make-up—of course!

How do you use Google products while you’re on tour?

I’m always starving after I wrap up a show, so I use my Google Assistant to find late night food. And I tell my Google Home to play music all day long—it never gets sick of me!

How has technology changed your work as a musician/performer (in studio and on the road)?

Technology has changed everything for us, especially in the recording studio and with record sales. We used to record reel-to-reel, a-trak, and CDs. Now we record digitally and everything is streamed and bought on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. It’s a whole new world and Google helps us navigate it.

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