Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Eric Singer & Tommy Thayer at Hard Rock Cafe in Spain

(Kiss Army Spain)
Filmed by Starchilx
Our good friends at Kiss Army Spain sent this video of Eric and Tommy's (with manager Doc McGhee) appearence at the Hard Rock Cafe at the Kiss Army Spain VIP Party in Madrid.
Thank you Fernanado Martinez

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vinnie Vincent Loses Bankruptcy Appeal

Ex-KISS Guitarist Loses Bankruptcy Appeal

(CN) - Former KISS guitarist Vincent John Cusano, a.k.a. "Vinnie Vincent," lost his 6th Circuit appeal of an order barring him from seeking bankruptcy protection from paying more than $81,000 to his former band mates, whom he unsuccessfully sued for royalties in 1997. Cusano replaced lead guitarist Ace Frehley in 1982 and played with the band for two years. He departed on bad terms, and later claimed KISS members Gene (Simmons) Klein and Paul Stanley owed him royalties for his work on Kiss' 1983 album "Lick It Up." However, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled against him and awarded the KISS defendants about $66,400 in attorney's fees and $15,400 in costs. Simmons and Stanley asked the court for permission to sell Cusano's copyrights to satisfy the judgment.

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Peter Criss Issues Statement on Bill Aucoin's Passing

Our sympathy and love go out to Bill Aucoin's family and friends. If not for Bill Aucoin there would not be a Rock group called Kiss today. He was the fifth Kiss, and always will be. I loved the man and will miss him deeply. See you in heaven Gui .
Love always,Peter Criss
Peter told the Associated Press, "He was the fifth KISS," said Criss, who had Aucoin serve as the best man at his second wedding.
"If it wasn't for Bill, there would be no KISS." "He was a genius," Criss added. "Anything you could do, he could do bigger."
(Pictured:Peter Criss, Lydia Criss and Bill Aucoin in the Kiss early days)

Ace Frehley Issues Statement on Bill Aucoin's Passing

Ace Frehley issued the following statement in regards to Bill Aucoin's passing:

Bill was a very gifted guy with a great eye for talent! Through all the ups and downs, he never lost his big smile and sense of humor...We remained friends till the end.
- Ace Frehley

Monday, June 28, 2010

Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons Issue Statement on Bill Aucoin's Passing

Bill Aucoin, our irreplaceable original manager, mentor and dear friend has died of complications arising from his ongoing battle with prostate cancer. He was instrumental in guiding us from the beginning and without his vision, leadership and unending dedication, we could never have scaled the heights we have reached.

Bill loved life and lived it to the fullest. Words can never convey his impact on us or those close to him.

Over all the years, he never missed an opportunity to be with us at our shows near his home or fly in for special concerts, including our most recent Madison Square Garden show. He had hoped to attend our London show earlier this month but his illness prevented it. He still planned to visit us upon the start of our upcoming US tour.

We loved him, told him and have peace that he knew it.We will grieve and celebrate all he was and did.We have lost a part of us.

Paul Stanley Gene Simmons

Bill Aucoin Passes Away 1943-2010

Bill Aucoin, 1943-2010

Kiss Mask is sad to learn the passing of the legendary Bill Aucoin.
Kiss Mask will present tributes to Bill in the days ahead.

An official press release states:

William Aucoin, beloved record industry executive, manager, entrepreneur, and creative visionary, passed away this morning, Monday, June 28th at 9:11 AM (EST) at the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, FL. Born December 29th, 1943, Bill was battling prostate cancer, and passed away from surgical complications.

The man known for masterminding the career of the world-renowned group KISS, Bill Aucoin also managed STARZ, TOBY BEAU, BILLY SQUIER, BILLY IDOL, and numerous other artists. His most recent venture is Aucoin Globe Entertainment, which he founded in 2007 (

In its three years, Bill and his company developed bands in the US and around the world. He leaves behind his boyfriend of fifteen years, Roman Fernandez, and two sisters Betty Britton and Janet Bankowski.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Bill was 66 years old.

Lydia Criss has issued the following statement:
Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It is my sad duty to inform you that Bill Aucoin passed away in Florida this morning (Monday, June 28th) due to complications from Cancer & Diverticulitis.

We heard that there will be a service in NYC, but we don't know the details.

Lydia Criss

Bill Aucoin & KISS from Edwin Newman's 1978 NBC documentary, Land of Hype And Glory
Part One:

Part Two:

Bill is interviewed (outake) for a documentary Kiss Loves You from 8th Grade Films. Bill is asked about the Detroit Convention raid where Gene and Paul came in, to the surprise of the fans as well as the promoters, to reclaim original costumes, artwork, and many items that legally belong to "Kiss."

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Kiss End 35-Date European Tour Tonight - USA is Next!!

KISS will wrap up their 35-date Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour tonight at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium.

Kiss will headline with opening acts Hatebreed, As I Lay Dying and Exodus among 22 other acts. Aeromsith and SoulFly headlined the two previous shows on Friday and Saturday.

Here's fan filmed video of "Cold Gin" from the Azkena Rock Festival in Spain June 25.

Kiss Presented With Watches from New Line

Eric Singer must have been thrilled with this! Eric is a collector of watches. While Kiss was performing in Switzerland, Hublot - a Swiss luxury watch maker presented the band with watches from the company's new line. Click here to view this brilliant video of Kiss on and off stage with the members trying on various watches.

A Day In The Life Of Kiss - Video

As previously reported, excerpts from A Day In The Life Of KISS - an unreleased documentary about touring with the band during their 1970s heyday have surfaced online to promote the vintage KISS memorabilia auctions of eBay seller EliteWorks. The documentary was produced by the late Bill McMannus (whose company supplied services to KISS from 1976-81) as part of an instructional film on the touring industry. Up for auction this week are KISS's very first publicity shot from January 1973, a blood drenched KISS set list from Memphis, 1970s KISS cover stories from Performance Magazine, signed items by KISS founders Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Peter Criss, rare KISS vinyl singles and promotional LPs as well as vintage KISS guitar picks and much more.
View the auction here here.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Kiss in Barcelona, Spain 6/24/10 - Video

Here is fan filmed video of Kiss in front of a sold-out show in Madrid at Palacio de los Deportes.

Kiss has one more date at Graspop and that will conclude their Sonic Boom Over Europe tour. Kiss will kick off their Hottest Show On Earth US Summer Tour on July 23, 2010 Frontier Park/Cheyenne Frontier Days. Kiss' summer dates will be played on the weekends only- Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No dates will be played during the week.



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kiss Will Play Speedway Show in California

KISS will rock EPICENTER TWENTY TEN! The second annual musical festival will take place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Other confirmed acts include Eminem, Blink 182, Rise Against, Bush, Papa Roach and more. The KROQ event takes place September 25 & 26. Go to or .

Monday, June 21, 2010

Eric & Tommy to Host Kiss CoffeeHouse Event

The Kiss CoffeeHouse has announced via their Facebook page that this year's Anniversary event will be hosted by none other than Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. The event will take place on August 30. Check out the KISS Coffeehouse Facebook page.

Kiss: The Hottest Show On Earth

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bruce Kulick on Hair Metal Mansion Radio Saturday

This Saturday's edition of the Hair Metal Mansion Radio Show is going to be a show that you DO NOT wanna miss!

The show starts Saturday night at 7pm ET/6pm CT...
Head over to and tune in!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Kiss Monster Mini Golf Coming To Vegas

April Corbin/Las Vega Weekly
In a city full of themed attractions, two niches remain unfilled: monsters and Kiss.
Oh, but they’re coming, at least if Christina Vitagliano has her way. The founder of Monster Mini Golf — that’s monster as in “boo,” with no relation to the energy drink — is looking to bring her nationwide mini-golf empire to Las Vegas. She currently is negotiating a price on a Strip location, where she plans to build a 10,000-square-foot indoor, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf park centered on monsters and iconic rock band Kiss, what else?
“We are big on family entertainment. We’re freaky but fun. We’re all ages,” says Vitagliano. “Kiss is kind of like that, too.”
To find proof this one-of-a-kind venture can work, Vitagliano says you need look no further than a Kiss concert arena. “Adults are there with their kids. It’s the only time I’ve ever been to a concert where there are two or three generations with the shared music taste.”
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bruce Kulick Interview with Iron City Rocks

Iron City Rocks, a Pittsburgh based site for rock, blues and heavy metal, has psoted a new interview with Bruce in their podcast section. You listen to the interview by clicking

"Shandi" in Oslo/Finnish Interview

Paul played a little bit of "Forever" and acoustic "Shandi" before launching into "Lick It Up" in front of a sold-out Oslo, Norway (6/14/10) audience- Here's the fan filmed video:

Forever/Shandi/Lick It Up

Finnish Interview from Sauna Rock, Tampere:

Sunday, June 13, 2010

My Mom Was A Kiss Fan!

Today, June 13, is the tenth anniversary of my mom's passing. She was not only a fantastic woman and an amazing mom, she was also a Kiss fan.

She put up with my endless Kiss posters from ceiling to walls in my room and my blaring stereo of Kiss records in the 1970's. She supported me in my crazy obsession with Kiss and allowed me to see my favorite band of heroes in concert (with the exception of Kiss playing Wildwood, NJ in 1975, where after seeing the band on the Mike Douglas Show, forbid me to see them- which I snuck out to anyway) whenever they came to town, sometimes letting me travel from city to city with my friends and his oldest brother.

She would later go to a signing during the Lick It Up tour where I was completely and pleasantly surprised to arrive and see her with my dad there in line to meet the band. When Paul passed by her on their way into the record store, she grabbed him on the ass, where Paul greeted her with a 'hi,' a smile and a chuckle. I later asked her why she did that she said, "I couldn't help myself. He's so damn good looking." I realized not only was she a Kiss fan but a HUGE Paul fan to boot.

Later, she asked if I would take her to see Kiss. I did. And several times. She loved them and understood what I saw in them not only in a live setting but musically as well. She proclaimed, "They are not a bunch of screamers but very good singers and put on one helluva show." Often I would turn to look and see her dancing to the music. My friends would say what a cool mom I had. I did.

In closing. Mom, I miss you very much. I'm a so glad I had the opportunity to share something so important to my adolescences and in my life with you. Thanks for letting me be who I am. Never complaining about the Kiss music that blared from my bedroom and all those tack holes in the walls from every Kiss poster that covered my room in the 70's.

More importantly, aside from Kiss, you were the mom a son could only have wished for. I am very fortunate to have known you. You raised me well. You gave me love, confidence and support. I hope I was a good son to you and have made you proud. After all, you made me the loving, caring, respectful and successful man that I am today. I love you.
Forever your son, Frank

Will Kiss Play "Beth" for American Audiences on their US Summer Tour?

That's a big question looming. Since Kiss' set list seems to vary between European and American audiences, I wonder if they will include Beth in their American set this summer with the HOTTEST SHOW ON EARTH Tour when the band returns home?

I hope so. Look, I'm an old school Kiss fan from 1975 and have seen over 120 Kiss shows and personally it does not bother me at all. I've enjoyed all variations of the band throughout it's Kisstory. It is part of the amazing Kiss catalog and why not? There is no disrespect to Peter Criss here from the band itself. Kiss is performing the song acoustically with Eric Singer and not with a tape as Peter once did. Kiss did re-record the song in 1988 with Eric Carr on vocals for the Smashes, Thrashes & Hits best of and was included in the 'Beautiful Girls' movie soundtrack. Eric received some negative feedback from fans, but in an 1989 interview he did with me, he was surprised it wasn't more. However, it's their catalog, their show, and after performing into their 37Th year, they can do what they want. Right? But can they win over the American Kiss crowd this summer by performing it?

Kiss seem to be getting plenty of Roberta (Flack- a term Paul once used in an interview) in the Kiss message board world over the sheer fact that they are now doing "Beth" live. Will it work in America? No one knows if they will even do the song here. We'll see. What will be interesting is to see how much the set list changes from continent to continent.
-J. Frank Hagan

Beth from last night's show in Stockholm, Sweden:

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Kiss Alive in Stockholm, Sweden Tonight!

Kiss played before a sold-out crowd tonight (6/12/10)at Olympic Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden. Below are fan filmed clips from the show.
100,000 Years

Shout It Out Loud

Gene's Solo/I Love It Loud

Crazy, Crazy Nights

Kiss Play Olympic Stadium, Stockholm Tonight

Kiss play the historical Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden tonight. The stadium, opened in 1912 to the Olympic Games, has hosted past Kiss concerts and other "big" shows including Michael Jackson, Metallica, U2, Iron Maiden and recently AC/DC on June 3.

Kiss sold out all 32,500 tickets in less than 20 minutes on their last visit on May 30, 2008 with the Alive 35/Worldwide Tour. A sell out is expected tonight.

Swedish 80's rockers, Europe, who had a hit in the US in 1986 with 'The Final Countdown' are opening the show.

Kiss (Clips) Stockholm/Olympic Stadium May 30, 2008:

Tommy Thayer Video Workshops from Bonedo

Click here to view Tommy's Video Workshops courtesy of Bonedo Play- ALike #30.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Kiss Live in Tampere, Finland - Video

Kiss plays Sauna Open Air, Tampere, Finland in front of 13,000, June 6, 2010.
Modern Day Delilah

Whole Lotta' Love

Gene's bass solo

"Never Enough" Released to Radio

"Never Enough" is the new radio single from Sonic Boom. The track was released to radio stations earlier this week.
On the first day at radio - KEYJ/Abilene, WDHA/Jersey, WONE/Akron-Cleveland, WWHG/Madison, WZLX/Boston, WXZZ/Lexington and 93.1 The Bear/Iron Mt Michigan all reported playing the song.
Call you favorite rock radio station and request KISS' "Never Enough."

Gene Simmons' Last Day on Earth conducted an interview with Gene on what he would do on his last day on earth.

How would you spend your last day on Earth? GENE SIMMONS from KISS would gorge on Jaffa Cakes.
Where would you like to wake up?This is not an answer that makes people in other countries happy and it always sounds a little self-serving…quite honestly? The United States Of America. People are always proud of where they’re from. I’m not from America, I’m telling you as an immigrant, that’s where I wanna be.
Who would you like to wake up next to?Myself.
What would there be left to achieve on your last day?Fascinating question. I’ve achieved everything I’ve wanted to. Let me see… I guess in all seriousness, make at least one person’s life happier than it was before.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Kiss in Nurenburg, Germany - Interview - Video

Franken-TV has posted an interview with the band just before they head off to the stage:

Kiss in Trondheim, Norway - Video

*Note:The Trondheim, Norway show was played completely in the daylight.
Kiss arriving at their hotel after the show:

Kiss backstage after the show:

Kiss Meet & Greet:

Kiss' arrival inside the airport:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tommy Thayer & Eric Singer Interview

KISS are currently bounding around Europe on their SONIC BOOM world tour and we caught up with the band when they played not one but TWO nights at London's Wembley Arena.

CLICK HERE to see our interview with Tommy and Eric about how things have been going with the band since we last saw them in the UK when they played a tiiiiny club show for some hard core fans and what you missed out on if you missed the shows.

Kiss Live in Trondheim, Norway

Crazy, Crazy Nights

Rocck And Roll All Nite

Kiss Arrive in Trondheim

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ace Frehley's Memoirs "No Regrets" Coming Next Summer

NEW YORK — A Kiss and tell memoir is coming from Ace Frehley, former lead guitarist of the heavy metal band.
Gallery Books announced Tuesday that the 59-year-old Frehley is working on "No Regrets," a look back at a "life of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll." Gallery, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, plans to release in the summer of 2011.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Where's Gene? Rock Im Ring - Video

Kiss kicked of the 25th Anniversary of Rock Im Ring in Germany on June 5. The hydraulic lift malfunctioned causing the band to walk onstage and play an extended intro of Modern Day Delilah. The band finally went into full song after Gene made his way to the stage. Eric's microphone in the beginning of Beth didn't work properly.

Detroit Rock City

Lydia Criss Interview

Revolution Magazine
By Stacy Arrington
Brooklyn-born Lydia DiLeonardo became Mrs. Peter Criscuola (aka Peter Criss) in January of 1970. Lydia was there for the beginning stages of KISS. Most of us can only imagine what it would be like to be there at the beginning, the middle and in some regards even the present day.
Peter Criss is without a doubt the most famous drummer to ever grace the stage with KISS. In 1976 Peter co-wrote a song for the band called “Beth” said to have been written for Lydia. The song became a Top 10 hit and in interviews Peter has said the lyrics “reflect Lydia’s lamenting that she missed him while on tour”. In 1977, KISS won the People’s Choice Award for “Beth” and Lydia accepted it on behalf of the band.
In 1979 Lydia and Peter divorced. Lydia wrote an autobiography of sorts entitled “Sealed With A Kiss” which documents her time with Peter.
Revolution recently had the chance to speak with Lydia Criss about the past and the present and where she finds herself today.
It took close to 10 years to finish and publish the book “Sealed With A Kiss”. I am sure it was like reliving both the good times and the bad times, a roller coaster of emotions. Was this a hard process and is that why it took so long? Or were you just finally ready?
This was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. The attention to detail is one of my strong points so I made sure that everything in the book was accurate and true. There were times when I would have to proofread the text and relive the incidents. I would usually do this late at night when the phones stop ringing. I was all by myself and it was so fresh in my mind that at times I would start crying, and then read the next paragraph and go hysterical laughing. It took so long because I started in 1997 and my publisher went bankrupt. It took me years to get my stuff back. Then I had to find the funds and the people to work with me. Even though it seems like it took me 9 years, the actual working time was only 3 years.
Did you find closure in the process?
Yes, closure that I didn’t have to keep all of this in my memory anymore. After I was finished I felt I could take the whiteout and erase everything and was relieved that it is now on paper.
Let’s go back in time… How did you meet Peter?
It was in the mid 1960s when the British invasion had just hit America. I was just starting to go to dance clubs like the Cheetah in Manhattan with my girlfriends. We would go every weekend and one weekend one of my friends asked me if I wanted to go to see her boyfriend’s band play in a local club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I said sure. I was introduced to everyone and the drummer in the band was Peter Criscuola. After talking in-between breaks, Peter asked me if I wanted to go to the beach with him and his friends the following day. I said yes and from then on we started dating. Three and one half years later we got married.

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You can order “Sealed With A Kiss” at

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Kiss Attendance Figures

Kiss Sonic Boom Over Europe

Kiss de News has published attendance figures for Sonic Boom Over Europe:

Sheffield: ca. 7000
Newscastle: ca. 7.500
Liverpool: ca. 4.000
Birmingham: ca. 11.000 (almost sold out)
Dublin: ca. 8.000
Glasgow: ca. 12.500 (sold out)
Manchester: ca. 12.500 (almost sold out)
London first night: ca. 4.500
London second night: ca. 11.000 (sold out)
Zürich: ca. 14.000 (almost sold out)
Geneva: ca. 8.000 (almost sold out)
Milano: 15.000 (sold out)
Vienna: ca. 14.000 (almost sold out)
Ostrava: ca. 11.000 (almost sold out)
Prague: ca. 18.000 (almost sold out)
Budapest: ca. 6.500
Bratislava: ca. 17.000
Leipzig: ca. 7.300
Berlin: ca. 6.000
Hamburg: ca. 10.000
Oberhausen: 12.500 (sold out)
Rock am Ring: 85.000 (sold out)
Rock im Park: 60.000

Average attendance: about 10.300 (without festivals), 15.700 (incl. festivals)

Gene Simmons Denies Makeup Artist's Claims

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- Rock star and TV personality Gene Simmons is denying claims by a makeup artist who said he assaulted her while visiting ESPN studios in Los Angeles.
Victoria Jackson filed a lawsuit against Simmons in Los Angeles Superior Court May 27, demanding the KISS frontman pay her $500,000 in damages for an assault Simmons said never took place.
Jackson said Simmons sexually assaulted her by grinding against her when he was in the ESPN studio to appear on "ESPN SportsCenter" before a KISS concert last November.
Simmons denies this could have happened since he was wearing full KISS makeup and costume, including a codpiece, at the time of the alleged incident.
"I have no idea who this woman is and I deny her allegations," Simmons said in a statement Friday. "I was only at the ESPN studios for a very short time, perhaps a half-hour, and was accompanied by KISS' drummer Eric Singer the entire time. I will not stand by and allow this baseless allegation to go unchallenged."
"Gene denies that any assault took place or that Ms. Jackson suffered any injuries attributable to any action on his part," Simmons' attorney, Barry E. Mallen, said. "Mr. Simmons intends to defend himself aggressively and he looks forward to refuting Ms. Jackson's charges in the courtroom."

Kiss Interview & Highlights from Rock Am Ring

Kiss is seen here interviewed before their Rock Am Ring performance along wth highlights from the show on June 3, 2010 in Nuremburg, Germany.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Kiss Live At Rock Am Ring

Pro-shoot video of Kiss headline performance, June 3, at Rock Am Ring in Nurburgring, Germany. The show was simulcast on Televison.
God Gave Rock And Roll To You II

I Was Made For Lovin' You

Vote for Clashing Plaid to Open for Kiss

Philadelphia rockers and friends of Kiss Mask, Clashing Plaid, are in the running to open for Kiss at their Philadelphia stop August 6. Clashing Plaid are in the Philadelphia-metro are division.
Vote for the Plaid's here at .

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Kiss in Australia 1980: The Movie They Never Made

You can file this under “Movies I’m Glad They Never Made”.
tcarsc blog

When the 1980 Kiss Australian tour was announced I stated my intentions on going. However as I was twelve at the time I didn’t fancy my chances and it got worse when my older brother went out to buy tickets but came back empty handed claiming the show had sold out. Bastards! Come my 13th birthday and what did I find in my birthday card? A Kiss ticket! Yes! Life was complete. My oldest brother took me to see it and we had a blast. I’ve always said that it’s the fondest memory that I have of my oldest brother as he was on his best behaviour all night and had me on his shoulders so I could see over the crowd. I suspect that he was kind of happy, in his own way, at my own excitement. The day was a dreary, cold, windy and wet one, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. I recall my brother talking to a guy in the line who had three thongs, one on each foot and another in his hand. When asked what the third thong was for the answer was simple, “Darryl Cotton's head mate.” At the time we believed that Cotton, formerly of Zoot, was the support act, a horrid thought indeed. Imagine out surprise when the support band came out and we discovered it was none other than…The Eyes, a band you’ve never heard of before and never heard of since. Four songs in it happened. POW! Right on the forehead, a thong went bouncing. “Fuck yas all ya pack of cunts!” came the cry from the stage and off went The Eyes. Brilliant! I remember seeing dozens of programmes on the floor, all being trampled after being discarded. I should have gathered them up, considering what they sell for today. Kiss in 1980, at Adelaide Oval, remains my first ever concert. I could have done worse. A-Ha popped by a few years later.

Pictured above: Kiss 1980 Australia/New Zealand tour poster.

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Kiss Facebook Chat Live From Germany

Kissonline posted the entire Kiss chat on line. Check it out!

*Kiss are trying to keep their ticket prices down. Offering free lawn tickets (with adult ticket purchase) for fans 14 years and younger. Lawn seats may be as low as $20.00 and for the month of June, Ticketmaster will nix their service fee.

*$1.00 from every ticket purchased will go to Wounded Warriors.

*Gene revealed Kissology 4 will be available in the fall.

*Kiss revealed they are taking out The Academy and The Envy to open the US summer tour along with teaming up with the Guitar Center in a contest for unsigned bands to open the shows.

Kiss & Guitar Center Promo Ad

Guitar Center On-Stage: Offers 22 Unsigned Bands The Once-In-A-Lifetime Chance to Open For The Legendary Band during US Tour

Continuing its ongoing support of aspiring artists, Guitar Center (, the world's largest musical instrument retailer, today announced that it has teamed up with rock and roll icons KISS (, and leading digital media company for entertainment, Eventful, for a revolutionary music program: Guitar Center On-Stage, a competition that provides unsigned bands and artists the career-altering opportunity to open for KISS on their upcoming North American tour, The Hottest Show on Earth.

One band from each of twenty-two markets across the United States will be chosen to play at a KISS show. At the conclusion of the tour, KISS will choose the best of the twenty-two bands to receive the grand prize that includes a $10,000 Guitar Center shopping spree. Now through September 1, 2010, bands across the country are invited to register at

"With Guitar Center On-Stage, we are giving bands across the country the mind-blowing chance to open for one of the greatest rock groups on the planet when KISS comes to their town," said KISS. "A lot of rock's greatest bands got their start opening for KISS including AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Rush, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motley Crue among many others. Thirty-seven years ago someone gave KISS the opportunity to become the Hottest Band on Earth. Now, KISS and Guitar Center are returning the favor by offering unsigned bands the opportunity to open for KISS on The Hottest Show on Earth."

'Beth' in Oberhausen, Germany - Video

Kiss live at König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen,Germany June 1st 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tommy Thayer & Eric Singer Madrid Event

One Night With Tommy Thayer & Eric Singer
presented by Fernando Martínez & Javier Rueda
Madrid: Kiss Army Spain is pleased to announce One Night With Eric Singer & Tommy Thayer.
The event will take place June 23, 2010 Madrid, Spain at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Kiss will play Palacio De Los Deportes in
Madrid on June 22.
For more information, please log onto Kiss Army Spain's website.

Kiss Facebook Chat Today

For the first time, KISS will host a live internet chat on Facebook via Ustream on June 1 to give fans an opportunity to speak directly with the band about the tour. Users can watch and interact by visiting the official KISS Facebook page at

Eric Singer & Gene Simmons on Slovakia's TV Noviny