02/19/2017

Paul Stanley Talks KISS Merch Milestone with Billboard Magazine

 A half billion dollars in sales and 125 global licensing deals can't be wrong.

By / Billboard.com

An interview with Paul Stanley, KISS' hirsute party-starting frontman, doesn't go in any way, shape or form as a longtime fan might expect. This is, after all, Starchild, who back in the day in his rocktastic onstage falsetto-tinged banter would ask such trenchant questions as, "How many of you girls like to get licked?" or more famously on 1975's Alive! "How many people here like to take a taste of alcohol!?"

But with age (he's now 65), road miles (43 years) and family life (four kids between the ages of 5-22) comes wisdom. The KISS frontman touches upon such philosophical topics as human fallibility, finding your path and the value of altruism and self-empowerment and not so much partying every day. Stanley, these days, seems more Star Wars' Yoda than Starchild.

The irony is as uninterested in the material world as he now seems, we're discussing the band's latest merchandising milestone: Over the last year, with the help of longtime merch partner Epic Rights, KISS hit 125 global licensing deals. The band, throughout it's career, has sold some half a billion dollars retail value at stores and in concerts which helps back KISS' claim to being the most merchandised band of all time. In fact, in 2015 the group made the Top 150 Licensors List published in License Global which based on 2014 revenues reported their merch at $100 million. 

"Sometimes people who will watch the band from the periphery and talk to me about the band's 'golden years,'" Stanley says. "And I go, 'These are the golden years, these here now.' This has been a steam roller that has only picked up steam in terms of monetary compensation -- nothing compares to today."

02/19/2017

Tommy Thayer Teams With Zenith Watches for Military Museum Fundraiser

By Roberta Naas / Forbes

Last night in Portland, OR, guitarist Tommy Thayer, a.k.a., the Spaceman, along with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Eric Singer, all of the rock band KISS, gave a surprise performance at the close of a gala fundraiser event, where legendary rockers such as Alice Cooper, Robby Krieger of the Doors, Danny Seraphine from the band, Chicago, and Will Lee from The Late Show with David Letterman, among others, also performed. The exclusive “All-Star Salute to the Oregon Military” event raised $1.4 million toward completing the construction of the $20 million Oregon Military Museum named after Tommy’s father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer. To help raise funds, Tommy Thayer joined forces with Zenith Swiss watch brand to create a special commemorative watch and a small, limited edition collection.

“Obviously, this is important to me on a personal level because my father is involved,” said Tommy Thayer in a private interview yesterday, “but it is important, too, for people to remember and commemorate the amazing people and their stories of heroism. The things they did for our country are inspirational and help us understand where we came from, what helped make us, as a country.”

02/18/2017

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1974

On this day in KISSTORY - February 18, 1974, KISS released their self-titled debut album.

Track listing:

1. "Strutter"
2. "Nothin' to Lose"
3. "Firehouse"
4. "Cold Gin"
5. "Let Me Know"
6. "Kissin' Time"
7. "Deuce"
8. "Love Theme from KISS"
9. "100,000 Years"
10. "Black Diamond"

"Kissin' Time" did not appear on the original release of the album. The track was added to a re-pressing in July 1974.

02/17/2017

Bid Now on Items Donated by GENE SIMMONS To Benefit MENDING KIDS

From: CaliforniaRockNews.com

GENE SIMMONS of KISS has donated several items to benefit Mending Kids through the Startuch Auction Site, an online platform where celebrities are raising funds for their preferred charities by donating pre-owned items to be auctioned online announced a new online celebrity auction that went live on Wednesday, February 15th at 7.00am PT/ 10am ET.

The auction will showcase exclusive memorabilia from influential pop culture artists like Gene Simmons, J Sutta of The Pussycat Dolls and Paris Hilton.  Startuch accepts a wide-range of items from celebrities including clothing, electronics, children’s items, music instruments, jewelry, art, signed or unsigned personal memorabilia, and much more for online auction, with proceeds going back to the celebrity’s charity of choice.

CLICK HERE to bid now!

 

02/16/2017

Toy Fair – Is that You? KISS Unmasked Action Figures Are Now Blister Carded!

By Daniel Pickett / www.actionfigureinsider.com

You don’t need to choose a side of this coin! With the Bif Bang Pow! KISS Unmasked 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Series 3 Set all four members of the legendary KISS band can be yours – now available for pre-order at entertainmentearth.com.

Following on the heels of the highly popular Love Gun and Dynasty action figure sets, this Series 3 set features The Demon, The Starchild, The Spaceman, and The Catman figures with 11 points of articulation (neck, shoulders, biceps, elbows, hips, and knees) and come with corresponding instrument accessories, including The Demon’s Axe bass guitar, The Starchild’s cracked mirror guitar, and The Catman’s black drumsticks. The set also includes miniature paper mask cutouts – as depicted on the inspirational Unmasked comic-book-like album cover.

If you’re a fan of KISS you’re going to want to collect them all! Ages 14 and up.This set contains 4 individually packaged action figures (subject to change):
1x The Demon
1x The Starchild
1x The Spaceman
1x The Catman

Check out this set along with other coveted KISS collectibles at Toy Fair 2017 inside the Entertainment Earth and Bif Bang Pow! booth (#5452). Not attending the show? No worries! Check out the complete selection only at entertainmentearth.com.

02/15/2017

JUST ANNOUNCED! KISS at Grand Casino Hinckley, Minnesota

KISS will rock the Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater in Hinkley, MN on July 15, 2017!

KISS ARMY Fan Club presale: 2/24 @ 10 AM CT

If you are not a current member, join the KISS ARMY now at www.kissonline.com/kiss-army to get access to this pre-sale.

If you are an active KISS ARMY Member, login in now to get ready for the pre-sale.

Casino Presale: 2/24 @ 10 AM CT

Public On sale: 2/25 at 10 AM CT

www.grandcasinomn.com/entertainment

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