THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1992
On this day in KISSTORY - May 19, 1992, KISS released their critically acclaimed REVENGE album. With producer Bob Ezrin at the helm, a ferocious KISS delivered one of their heaviest and best albums ever! All the band members shined on this release! Ever reliable Paul Stanley was on top of his game here, delivering impassioned vocals through out the album. Even the Demon returned and proved what a committed and focused Gene Simmons is capable of! New drummer Eric Singer' power and intensity added to the KISS assault and Bruce Kulick recorded what many consider his finest KISS guitar work. REVENGE debuted at #6 on Billboard and remained on the charts for twenty three weeks. The album was certified Gold on 07/20/92.
REVENGE, which was dedicated to Eric Carr, also featured 'Carr Jam 1981,' an instrumental track written by Carr that Ezrin discovered from The Elder recordings. The song featured a thunderous Carr drum solo as the centerpiece and was a fitting tribute to the beloved drummer.
KISS released four music videos for REVENGE, 'Unholy', 'I Just Wanna', 'Domino' and 'Everytime I Look At You'. A video for 'God Gave Rock And Roll to You' was released in November 1991 to support the Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey movie soundtrack.
REVENGE Track Listing:
Unholy / Take It Off / Tough Love / Spit / God Gave Rock & Roll to You II / Domino / Heart of Chrome / Thou Shalt Not / Every Time I Look At You / Paralyzed / I Just Wanna / Carr Jam 1981
VIDEOS: KISS REVENGE MUSIC VIDEOS
THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1993
On this day in KISSTORY - May 18th, 1993 - KISS featuring Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick were inducted into Hollywood's famed RockWalk. At the ceremony in front of fans, friends and family, Paul, Gene and Bruce spoke to the crowd and then left impressions of their hand prints in a block of cement. After adding plates of the KISS logo and their signatures, the stone plaque was later added to RockWalk located at the site of the famed Oriental Theatre now Guitar Center Hollywood. Eric Carr was posthumously inducted into the Rock Walk in 1995 and added to the KISS plaque.
Visit RockWalk's website at http://www.rockwalk.com/ and look up KISS under inductees for some more photos of the induction as well as photos of some of RockWalk's KISS memorabilia including an Ace Frehley Les Paul guitar, Peter Criss' boots and Paul Stanley's Iceman guitar and boots.
Dedicated to honoring those individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the music industry, Hollywood's RockWalk became a reality on November 13, 1985. At last, the Rock 'n Roll world could claim for itself an institution every bit as compelling as Mann's Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Hollywood's RockWalk has honored such creatively diverse and equally as accomplished individuals and groups such as KISS, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Johnny Cash, Dick Clark, Willie Dixon, The Doobie Brothers, Jimi Hendrix and Les Paul.
THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1993
KISS ALIVE III ALBUM RELEASED
On this day in KISSTORY - May 18, 1993 - KISS' gold ALIVE III album was released.
Alive III was produced by Eddie Kramer and KISS and was recorded in November 1992 during KISS' REVENGE tour at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan, Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio and Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Creatures Of The Night / Deuce / I Just Wanna / Unholy / Heaven's On Fire / Watchin' You / Domino / I Was Made For Lovin' You / I Still Love You / Rock 'n' Roll All Nite / Lick It Up / Forever / Take It Off / I Love It Loud / Detroit Rock City / God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You / Star Spangled Banner
Celebrating ALIVE III
We are celebrating ALIVE III's 30th anniversary with two special vinyl editions of the album! The Deluxe anniversary edition is limited to just 500 units worldwide and is pressed as two picture discs with a die-cut cover. The Premium anniversary edition is limited to 2500 units worldwide and is pressed on yellow and orange pyro vinyl. Both versions feature newly designed picture sleeves with unreleased photos from the Revenge Tour!
UK TOUR UPDATE
Sadly, KISS and Robomagic, the show’s promoter, have today announced that they are having to cancel the opening night of the upcoming KISS UK tour. The show at Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park Stadium on Saturday 3rd June now will not happen due to travel, equipment and logistical complications. Tickets can be refunded or exchanged for other UK shows.
Home Park are disappointed but understand the logistical constraints and wish the band all the best for the rest of the tour.
Ticket holders can exchange their Plymouth tickets for other UK dates on the End Of The Road Tour or request a refund. Please contact the point of purchase for more information. The UK tour will now start on Monday 5th June at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham and carry on through Newcastle, London and Manchester before KISS takes to the stage for the final time in the UK at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro on 8th July.
TICKET INFORMATION HERE: www.robomagiclive.com/kiss
UK 2023 TOUR DATES:
5TH JUNE BIRMINGHAM, RESORTS WORLD ARENA
6TH JUNE NEWCASTLE, UTILITA ARENA
5TH JULY LONDON, THE O2
7TH JULY MANCHESTER, AO ARENA
8TH JULY GLASGOW, OVO HYDRO
KISS Sighting: Birmingham & Newcastle, UK
THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1975
On this day in KISSTORY - May 16th, 1975 - We headlined Detroit's Cobo Hall for the first time. The show before a sellout crowd of 12,000 plus, was part of the seventy-two date Dressed To Kill tour. It was also the first of five shows we recorded for KISS ALIVE!
Paul Stanley comments on the Cobo show and Detroit:
"This concert and the release of "Alive!" marked a pivotal giant step towards achieving domination in the 70's. "Detroit Rock City" was written as a salute to the people who championed us as a headliner when others still saw us as an opening act. We can never forget them. We decided, that was the only place we would start the Reunion Tour."
Check out the frame-flip video of KISS at their historic Cobo Hall concert on May 16, 1975, which was recorded for KISS Alive! The audio in the video is from "Parasite" from this exact show.
Gene Simmons Launches Production Company With Arclight Films Chairman Gary Hamilton, Renny Harlin Shark Thriller Set as First Project
By Manori Ravindran
KISS frontman Gene Simmons and Gary Hamilton, chairman of Arclight Films, have launched Simmons/Hamilton Prods. to develop, finance and produce feature films.
The standalone banner will produce 25 movies over an initial five-year period, with a focus on action, thriller and genre titles with global franchise potential.
The company is backed by a multi-billion dollar fund manager that is providing slate financing through a revolving finance facility. Arclight Films’ CFO Brian Beckmann was responsible for closing the slate funding deal. All films created under the new company — which was first discussed five years ago, and recently firmed up — will be produced by Simmons and Hamilton, both of whom are in Cannes for the festival. The focus is to build a feature film production company, targeting original theatrical product that can be developed into franchise properties.
The collaboration will merge Arclight Films’ expertise in the independent production, finance and sales space while leveraging Simmons’ relationships in the entertainment industry as the co-founder of Kiss. The band has released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
Arclight Films will handle worldwide sales for films produced by the new outfit.