Friday, April 29, 2011

Rock And Roll All Nite & Mini Every Day!

Mini USA
"MINI Rocks the Rivals" competitive test drive tour is an epic, face-melting competitive test-drive event! Come rock out in the bigger, four-door Countryman or take one of our competitors out for a spin.

And to make it a truly epic event, MINI and the legendary rock band KISS have joined forces in suport of UNICEF to help children in Japan and emergency efforts around the world.

Four custom-pained, KISS-inspired MINI Countryman were designed as part of this epic collaboration. They will be auctioned off to benefit UNICEF on May 29th. Also, check out one of the KISS-inspired Countryman that will be on display at every tour stop.

The tour runs through June 7th with stops in 96 cities nationwide.


Kiss Las Vegas Monster Golf- Press Release

Legendary Rock Band, KISS and the leader in Indoor Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf announces, Monster Mini Golf presents KISS in Las Vegas, NV. The first of its kind in the world! Located across from the Hard Rock Hotel and set to open Fall 2011

MMG KISS Coming soon small


PRLog (Press Release) – Apr 28, 2011 – KISS MINI GOLF TO ROCK LAS VEGAS THIS FALL

Monster Mini Golf Signs Lease for World's First

KISS-Themed Golf Course

LAS VEGAS, NV --- April 28, 2011 --- Legendary rock band KISS is about to add KISS Monster Mojo to the fun and games of Las Vegas!

KISS and Monster Mini Golf announced today the signing of a lease for the first KISS-themed Monster Mini Golf Course in the world: Monster Mini Golf presents KISS. Construction is underway at the indoor glow-in-the-dark course, located across from the Hard Rock Hotel, at the Shoppes at Harmon Square.

A KISS-raising rock and roll opening is set for early Fall 2011.

The custom-designed, frightfully fun course will feature animated KISS and monster props lurking in all 18 fairways. A live DJ will rock the raucous house with continuous KISS music, trivia, contests, and prizes. A gift shop will offer unique KISS and Monster souvenirs. And for party monsters, one-of-a-kind KISS themed event rooms will host KISS and monster-themed parties, events and wedding celebrations.

"At Monster Mini Golf presents KISS, rockers and golfers of all ages can enjoy a screamingly good time at affordable family-friendly prices," explains Christina Vitagliano, Monster Mini Golf Founder. "There's nothing like this venue anywhere else in Las Vegas or the world. So, it's beyond cool. It's KISS!"

Dell Furano, CEO of Live Nation Merchandise adds, "KISS and Monster Mini Golf will create a powerful and full entertainment mini golf experience, complete with amazing music, special effects, and monster-sized swagger. KISS continues to be the leader in great and unique entertainment products."

Live Nation Merchandise, the exclusive worldwide merchandise and licensing agent for KISS, brokered this KISS Monster Mini Golf deal.

About Monster Mini Golf
Monster Mini Golf is the leader in cutting-edge indoor glow-in-the-dark themed entertainment centers. Founded in 2004, the company boasts 25 (and counting) 18-hole miniature golf courses across the country. Each custom-designed course also features an arcade game area, private event rooms, an in-house DJ, and fantastic entertainment for the whole family. For additional information visit

About KISS
KISS, the legendary American rock band formed in New York City in 1972, is one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. Their career milestones are staggering. KISS is one of America's top gold-record champions who recorded 37 albums over 36 years and has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. Over thirty years of record-breaking tours around the globe include high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the 2005 Rockin' The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, most recently, the 2009 finale of American Idol that boasted 30 million viewers.

The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the "Hottest Band in the World" is a striking testament to the band's unbreakable bond with its fans. In 2009, KISS was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For all things KISS, visit

For updates on the Monster Mini Golf Presents KISS project
see our Facebook page at:

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18 holes of indoor Glow-in-the-Dark monster themed mini golf & more! It's not your average putt putt golf! We add a crazy on-course DJ, arcade games and two posh private party rooms! Visiting for the first time, or the hundredth, it’s just plain fun.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Happy Birthday, Ace!

Kiss Mask Webzine would like to wish Ace Frehley a Spacetastic 60th Birthday!

Kiss performing "SHOCK ME" with Ace's solo at the Summit, Houston Texas 09/01/77

Kiss Adding More Summer Shows

Two New Kiss Shows Added:

The latest two shows added to Kiss' 20 date summer trek:

July 27 - Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, ON
July 28 - Turning Stone in Verona, NY

General public tickets for both shows go on sale May 7 via Ticketmaster. Stayed tuned for details on KISS Army pre-sale.

A KISS ARMY Members-Only ticket pre-sale for five KISS summer shows begins today at 10AM local time. Premium KISS ARMY Members will have access to Members-Only tickets.


Newly Added Kiss Tour Dates:
June 24 - Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA
June 26 - Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops, BC
June 27 - Entertainment and Sports Center in Abbotsford, BC
June 29 - CN Centre in Prince George, BC
June 30 - Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, BC
June 23 - Comcast Arena in Everett, WA
July 2 - MacDonald Island Park "Canada Rock" Festival in Fort McMurray, AB
**Pre-Sale Start:Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 10AM local time

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

PodKISSt #43- Compilation Conundrum Parts 1 & 2

“Don’t you already HAVE these songs?”

If you’ve ever given a compelling answer to that mocking inquiry… or struggled to justify yet another redundant purchase… this one’s for you! On this installment of the PodKISSt, we’ve gathered a great panel of discussants to bring you an exhaustive (and exhausting!) review of the seemingly-endless array of KISS compilations. From “Originals” to “Ikons,” from “Killers” to “Smashes,” the PodKISSt panelists tell you what’s worth owning and why. Join Gary, Ken, and a host of great guests as we tackle that age-old riddle: “Do you REALLY need another version of ‘Rock and Roll All Nite?’” This is a 2-parter, so don’t forget to click ‘em both! Big thanks to Redfalcon (KISSfansite), Joe Casey (author/co-creator of “Ben 10″), and Julian Gill (KISSfaq) for making it a great discussion! Have fun, KISS Army!


Kiss At NY Auto Show- Raw HD Footage

Kiss Featured in Cobo Hall Film- Trailer

The Legendary Cobo from Douglas Akers on Vimeo.

Gene Simmons Legal Marriage-Like Relationship While In Canada

Gene Simmons Has Legal Marriage-Like Relationship While In Canada
Gene Simmons might consider himself happily unmarried and protected under the non-existence of California laws for common law marriage, but when the KISS superstar heads to his Whistler, British Columbia home with his dual-citizenship partner Shannon Tweed, he might be in a situation that’s closer to marriage than he might want to admit to.

Under the British Columbia Estate Administration Act, while Simmons is in a Canadian province where he owns a home (ie. Whistler, BC), he is considered a common law spouse. While not considered officially married, under the terminology of the Administration Act, Simmons and Tweed have met the requirements to be considered to be in a marriage-like relationship, as seen on the hit television series Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

In the legal Canadian case of Moldowich v Penttinen, seven factors were used to declare them legal partners, all of which have been witnessed on the Gene Simmons Family Jewels television program.

1. Shelter - Simmons/Tweed share accommodation at the same house. (As seen in GSFJ).

2. Sexual and Personal Behavior - Simmons/Tweed maintain an intimate interdependent relationship and were so perceived by others. (GSFJ Episode 5, Food or Sex, Simmons is refused “nookie” until he loses 5 lbs).

3. Services - Simmons/Tweed share the traditional functions of a family. (GSFJ episode 29, the “family” goes camping).

4. Social - Simmons/Tweed portray themselves as a couple to the outside world. (GSFJ episode 88, Sex & Rock N’ Roll, they mistakenly attend a sex party together and leave – not wanting to participate).

5. Societal - Simmons/Tweed are treated by their community as a couple. (GSFJ episode 88, Sex & Rock N’ Roll, invited to the party as a couple).

6. Economic Support - Simmons/Tweed show that they can be economically interdependent. (GSFJ episode 30, Sucker Bet, Shannon bets Gene’s money on a horse).

7. Children - Children are part of the Simmons/Tweed home. (Nick and Sophie)

In the State of California there are no laws or governings for common law relationships, so Simmons can remain happily unmarried, but in the province of British Columbia, with his Canadian/American partner, Gene must follow the Canadian laws making him one step closer to marriage than he might not otherwise want or preach of.

Read more: Gene Simmons Has Legal Marriage-Like Relationship While In Canada (exclusive)
Canada's Music Magazine - RockStar Weekly

Ace Frehley To Play Entire First Solo Album Live

(RTTNews) - Ace Frehley will be playing his entire 1978 self-titled solo album at the Hard Rock Hell V concert this December.

The former Kiss guitarist released a solo album in 1978 that reached number 26 on the album charts and was later certified platinum. He is expected to perform hits such as "New York Groove," which reached number 13 on the album charts and "Snow Blind" from the solo album. He'll also play a series of songs from his tenure with Kiss during his 90-minute set.

Frehley will be headlining the festival, which will be held in Prestatyn, Wales from December 2 to 4. He will play on December 3 and will be joined by his solo band's current members Scot Coogan (drums), Anthony Esposito (bass) and Todd Youth (guitar).

His latest album, Anomaly, was released in September 2009 and debuted at number 27 on the Billboard charts.

The festival will also include performances by Black Spider, Little Caesar, Magnum, Quireboys, Tygers of Pan Tang and Wolfsbane.

Kiss Add Two More Summer Shows

Kiss have added two shows to their summer tour trek. Kiss will be playing up to 20 shows  this summer summer while they record their follow up to 2009's Sonic Boom.

July 12 - Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH

July 18 - Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, IL
Springfield Ticket Price Info:
Tickets: $91 first 15 rows, $71 main floor and risers, $61 mezzanine, $51 balcony. They go on sale at 10 a.m. May 7 at the PCCC box office or through Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000.

General public tickets go on sale May 7. Kiss Army Pre-Sale has yet to be announced.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Kiss Recreates ‘Detroit Rock City’ at Mini Stand


Smoke spurted, the curtain lifted and in rock star fashion Kiss took the stage Thursday morning at the New York auto show. The band wore full makeup, stilted heels and shiny spandex and posed next to four Mini Cooper Countrymans, customized according to each member’s face makeup pattern and persona — the Demon, the Spaceman, the Catman and the Starchild. The signed cars and other Kiss memorabilia will be auctioned for Unicef.

Gene Simmons, the bassist and vocalist, stuck out his infamous tongue and raised his arms, while the guitarist Tommy Thayer and the drummer Eric Singer lunged for the photo opportunity. The fourth Kiss member, Paul Stanley, was unable to attend because of a family emergency, Mr. Simmons said. Mini USA President Jim McDowell wore Kiss-inspired makeup and introduced the band. In their tall heels, they towered over Mr. McDowell. “I seem a little short,” he said.

Richard Drew/Associated Press

Jim McDowell, Mini USA chief, with Gene Simmons of Kiss.“You don’t seem short,” Mr. Simmons said in response.” You are short.”

The band gathered in the basement of the Javits for interviews with Mr. McDowell after the conference. Mr. McDowell used a makeup artist for the event, but the band said they always apply the makeup themselves.

The auction begins online May 29 and runs to June 19. “We don’t make it a habit of doing press conferences and trying to convince people that we care about the planet we live and we live on the planet,” Mr. Simmons said. They also work with the charity Wounded Warriors. “We’re very blessed to lead this life.”

They have 20 concerts scheduled for this summer. “Detroit’s got its wonderful qualities and New York does too. What a great way to see America in the Mini Cooper. Wouldn’t that be cool?” Mr. Simmons said. “I’m going to get me one. I want the Demon. Jim is going to get me the Demon Mini Cooper.”

Several of the band members collect cars. “We are car aficionados,” Mr. Singer said. “I have a couple vintage cars. I go to car shows on the weekend. Southern California is the car culture of America when it comes down to it.”

When it’s time to tour, they take to the skies “We have a Kiss jet,” Mr. Thayer said. “But we’re all into cars we can appreciate great cars. Mini Coopers have a rock and roll history. Back in the ’60s the Beatles used to drive Mini Coopers, Paul McCartney, John Lennon.”

None of the Kiss members drive Minis, but they each expressed an interest in driving Minis around Los Angeles. “Not as many cars would look good with your face wrapped on them,” Mr. McDowell said.

Rock Band 3 Features Two Live Kiss Tracks

Beginning next week, fans can play live versions of two of KISS’s greatest hits – “Rock and Roll All Nite (Live)” and “Strutter (Live)”. “Strutter”, from the band’s 1974 debut album, was featured on the Guitar Hero II soundtrack. “Rock and Roll All Nite” was originally released on KISS’s 1975 album, Dressed to Kill. A live version of the song reached No. 12 on the Billboard singles chart and became the first of six of KISS’s Top 20 songs in the 1970s. The band has closed every live concert since 1976 with the song. To find out when you can see KISS perform live, please click HERE.

Kiss & Mini USA at the New York Auto Show April 21, 2011

Kiss & Mini USA Team Up For UNICEF


What you'll be bidding on:

Any of the four officially authorized, KISS-inspired, custom=painted, autographed MINI Countryman vehicles.

Who you'll be helping:

MINI and KISS have joined forces in support of UNICEF to help children in Japan and emergency efforts around the world. Proceeds from this auction will be donated to these causes.

You can also motor like a rockstar with the KISS-inspired vehicle wraps, shown here on MINI Coopers S Countryman with matching side designs and KISS autographed boot wrap. Available for every MINI model, color and year. MINI and KISS have joined forces in support of UNICEF to raise money for children in Japan and emergency efforts around the world. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to this cause.

MINI Motoring Graphics are made out of the most durable and tear-resistant vinyl available. All graphics can be easily removed at any time, leaving no residue or damage to your vehicle. MINI Motoring Graphics highly recommends you have our top-quality vinyl graphics professionally installed.

To order the MINI KISS wraps, please call 1-877-236-4431

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Paul Stanley Will Appear on CNN Next Week

Paul Stanley to be Interviewed by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta
KISS front man to sit down with CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent to discuss hearing loss

Paul Stanley, the front man and driving force for KISS, will be interviewed in-studio by CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Tuesday, April 19 in Los Angeles.

Paul will discuss his own hearing loss and efforts to bring awareness to noise-induced hearing loss amongst teens through his work with the world-renowned House Research Institute.

Paul will be headlining the House Research Institute’s upcoming ITS HOW YOU LISTEN THAT COUNTS campaign in New York (May 4) and Los Angeles (May 12).

For more information regarding attending Paul Stanley’s New York and Los Angeles appearances in May, go to

Ace Frehley Will Play Entire 1978 Solo Album

Ace Frehley is making good on a promise he told me during an interview in 2009 that he was interested in playing his entire 1978 solo album live. Ace will as he headline's the Hard Rock Hell V Festival at Pontins in Prestatyn in North Wales, UK., on December 3, 2011.

Check the festival's WEBSITE.

Kiss Releases Statement on McCartney Tribute Album


KISS recorded a version of "Venus And Mars/Rock Show" for the set, with the backing tracks all having been recorded by Paul McCartney's touring band. KISS said in a statement, "We consider it an honor to be asked to participate on a tribute to one of the most influential and greatest singer/songwriters of all time. Not to mention, a major force in the most important band of all time, THE BEATLES. Wow!"

We can't wait to hear this!!


On the new album: KISS have tracked five songs at Conway Studios in Los Angeles since entering the studio April 13. Tommy Thayer has added his lead guitar parts to five of those tracks. Meanwhile, Last month, Gene Simmons said in an interview that “the new record, which we already started working on, is gonna be the next step to Sonic Boom. Very similar — straight rock songs, no ballads, no keyboards, no nothing, just rock…A lot of the songs [have been] written by the whole band together, so no outside writers, just the band doing what it did on the first three records — writing the songs ourselves. We have almost all the songs written. In fact, we have too many songs; we have about 20 to 25 things that look and sound good.”
On April 14, Gene Simmons reported , "Went into the studio today for day 1 of the new studio album. We've got some rockin' stuff." He followed that with a few other updates that read, "In studio. Lead guitars under way on new stuff. Killer," as well as "KISS 18 hole mini golf course in Las Vegas. It's coming."

Kiss Newfoundland Show Ticket Info Available

As previously reported here, Kiss will headline the Salmon Festival Mega Concert 2011 at Centennial Park in Newfoundland, Canada on Saturday, July 9th.

Pre-Sale & all Ticket info can be found here at Kissonline.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Kiss To Hit Pocono Mountian Arts Center in July

Kiss Mask Webzine
Kiss will kick of the summer season at the Pocono Mountain Arts Center Wednesday, July 13. The outdoor venue nestled, in the Pocono Mountains of  Tamiment, PA., is approximately 1 hour, 20  minutes from the
Lincoln Tunnel and 2 hours, 40 minutes from Philadelphia and so far Kiss' only east coast show. Tickets are
$115.00 / $89.00 / $59.00 and on sale date is yet to be determined.
The venue seats 2,500 under the roof and 7,500 on the lawn.
Check out VENUE WEBSITE for details.

Poconos Performing Arts Center

1 Tamiment Rd
Tamiment, PA 18371

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kiss In the Studio

via kissonline
"Here's a photo of Paul in the recording studio yesterday. The band has already laid down the basic tracks for five new songs! Tommy is adding his lead guitar parts right now.

Sounds great! You will love it!"

From Tommy Thayer:

"It's been a great week in the recording studio working on the brand new KISS album. It truly sounds amazing and the new songs are kicking my ass. We cut basic tracks for a bunch of songs together as a unit in the studio for two or three days. We all agreed that we've never got tracks that sound this good before.

"Yesterday, I took a shot at a few guitar solos. Paul's producing and doing a superb job steering the ship. Stay tuned for more updates soon..."

Sound Rules Events with Paul Stanley
Attention TEENS in L.A. and NYC – After-school is when the Sound Rules! On May 4 in NYC and May 12 in L.A., come for a FREE SoundRules! teen music and hearing event. Make your reservation NOW at
The SoundRules! Event features KISS’ own rock superstar PAUL STANLEY, along with the hot NYC Indie-band “I Love Monsters!” and popular L.A. Indie tribute band “Black Crystal Wolf Kids.” Live music, amazing prizes – including concert tickets to Rihanna and Taylor Swift and an autographed Paul Stanley guitar, a competitive audience game-show, limited-edition event t-shirts and lots of freebies for everyone attending. Space is limited, so make your reservation TODAY at .

Eric Carr Promo for NJ/NY Kiss Expo

Here is a promo video by former Kiss Mask Art Director Matt Porter for Eric Carr's ROCKHEADS and who will have tables at this year's NJ/NY Kiss Expo May 14, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Somerset, NJ.

Produced by Matt Porter Video

Friday, April 15, 2011

Paul Stanley: "the Doctors" Web Exclusive On Your Hearing

Kiss Day 2 in the Studio


Tom Arnold Tells Jimmy Kimmel He Tried to Save Kiss Drummer (1991)

In a recent interview, Tom Arnold Tells Jimmy Kimmel he tried to save Kiss Drummer Peter Criss after hearing the drummer was on drugs and living under a pier in Santa Monica., CA., in 1991.
(Click link above to watch the clip)

Fresh out of rehab, Tom Arnold was on top of the world. More importantly, he was ready to pay it forward. As he told 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), he took a tip from 'The National Enquirer' and tracked down Peter Criss. The tabloid said the KISS drummer was homeless in Santa Monica.

As his story progressed, we started to anticipate the inevitable punchline, but the way it came about was still deliciously twisted. Arnold put Criss up in a motel room and checked in on him periodically, trying to help the guy get cleaned up and maybe get into rehab.

But then his old girlfriend from Boston wanted to take care of him. The two battled it out until one day Criss was gone from the motel. The girlfriend had had him brought to her.

"I get a call back from her four hours later," Arnold said. "She goes, 'Oh my gosh. He's in my living room. He's throwing up. And he's not Peter Criss.'"

"I assumed it was him 'cause he didn't have the cat makeup on," he explained to Jimmy Kimmel. At least he can be pleased that he did help someone, even if it wasn't someone famous that he was going to take the credit for.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Paul Stanley: "the Doctors" Clip

Paul Stanley will appear on today's episode of "the Doctors" which airs in syndication- Check your local listings:

Paul Stanley: From the Studio

Paul talks about new KISS album from the recording studio:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kiss Returning to Rogers Bayfest July 6

Kiss Returning to Bayfest
Kiss have added yet another date to their summer tour and will make a triumphant return to Bayfest in Sarnia, Ontario on Wednesday, July 6, 2011.

Tickets for KISS at Bayfest go on sale to the general public on Saturday, April 16.

Show Info: July 6 - Rogers Bayfest at Centennial Park in Sarnia, Ontario

Pre-Sale Start: Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 10AM local time
Pre-Sale END: Friday, March 15, 2011 from 10AM local time
Kiss' Official Site for Kiss Army Pre-Sale and information
A KISS ARMY Members-only ticket presale will run from April 14 at 10AM to April 15 at midnight (EDT) on KOL.
For more info on the FEST visit  .

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mini USA & Kiss to make Special Announcement at NY Auto Show

Kiss/Mini USA Announcement at New York Auto Show 

MINI USA /Kissonline

Please join MINI USA and KISS for a special announcement at the MINI stand at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 21 at 10:05 AM.


The 2011 New York Auto Show is held at Jacob Javits Convention Center, 11th Ave., New York, NY

(between 34 & 40 Streets)

Paul Stanley on "The Doctors" April 14- TV Promo

Paul Stanley will guest on Thursday's episode (April 14) on "The Doctors."
The television show is sybdicated, so check your local listings.

Kiss Skateboards Now At Big Lots

Big Lots stores in the US released the new KISS 31” skateboard today. They are selling for $15 each. Each store will get a selection of Motley Crue, Kiss, The Who and other various Live Nation licensed artists. Get there early if you want to grab one.

Keep up on Collecting your Kiss at on Facebook

Kiss, Billy Joel and The Cure on Paul McCartney/Wings Covers Record

Kiss Recording "Venus & Mars" for McCartnery & Wings Covers Album
Legendary rock stars including Kiss, Billy Joel, and The Cure are reportedly set to contribute versions of songs by Sir Paul Mccartney for a new covers album.

The Beatles star is planning to put together a compilation of his best-known tracks as performed by some of his favourite musicians, according to British newspaper The Sun.

He has hand-picked the acts he wants to take part in the project, and even reportedly arranged for his son James to duet on The Cure's contribution to the record.

A source tells the newspaper, "James was over the moon at playing with The Cure. He's always been a big fan. They all went into a studio in Sussex (south England) and hung out together."

**Kiss Mask Note: As previously reported here, Kiss will record "Venus & Mars" for the album. No release date has been confirmed.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ace Frehley Adds Iowa Show for June 25

Ace Frehley has been added to the KGGO SummerJam 2011 in Des Moines, IO on June 25, 2011.
It is expected Ace will add more dates on what could be a nice summer Ace Frehley tour.

June 18, 2011: Slinger, WI, Slinger Rocks
June 25, 2011: Des Moines, IO, Water Works Park, KGGO SummerJam
August 13, 2011: Three Forks, MT, Rockin' the Rivers Festival
August 27, 2011: Auburn, MI, DET Energy Center (with Alice Cooper)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Gene Simmons on ABC's "Castle"

We’ve been hearing about Castle‘s Los Angeles excursion, but now comes the first look at the episode airing May 2. In the episode, called “To Love and Die in L.A.,” Beckett (Stana Katic) goes rogue and follows a suspect in the shooting death of her former partner to Los Angeles against orders. Castle (Nathan Fillion) tags along, and they end up visiting the set of the Heat Wave movie and enlist the cast to help break the case. Sadly, Laura Prepon won’t recur as the actress playing Nikki Heat, the heroine of Castle‘s crime novels inspired by Beckett. But we will get to meet the two actors playing the fictionalized versions of Esposito and Ryan. (That’s some solid casting with Justice Gamble and Ryan Deal, respectively).

Rock star Gene Simmons pops up as himself and the owner of the Beverly Hills mansion where the victim was living — we’ve got your first look at his guest spot above. Other guest stars include Prison Break‘s Dominic Purcell as a local businessman who may have a connection to the murder, The Cutting Edge‘s D.B. Sweeney as a detective in Robbery Homicide who questions Castle and Beckett about their rogue investigation, and Off the Map‘s Jason George as an entrepreneur with a connection to the murder case. I’m guessing we’re supposed to be most intrigued by this line in ABC’s episode description, “As they get closer to apprehending their killer, Castle begins to wonder whether Beckett is out for justice…or revenge,” but really, I’m most excited to see faux Esposito and Ryan. You?

Photo: Adam Larkey/ABC/Entertianment Weekly
Kiss Mask Note: The episode airs May 2, 2011.

Kiss:The Rock Band, the Music, the Makeup

By Erika Bjork/Sacremento Press

Attention all KISS Army. Yes, that means you. Dust off those platform shoes, dig in the closet for your skin-tight pleather and cover your face in your kid’s Halloween make up because your favorite rock band is coming to town – KISS.

One of America’s most influential rock and roll bands is coming to Sacramento during Memorial Day Weekend. The legendary rock stars that have performed at the Super Bowl, Olympics and “American Idol” – Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer - will be at Raley Field on Sunday, May 29 as the headliner for Hope Production Foundation’s Walk ‘N Rock for Kids 2011. All proceeds benefit Sacramento region charities.

Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and range from $40 - $125 each. “The Hottest Show on Earth” will be up close and personal during the performance at the intimate venue, Raley Field; all for the benefit of their fans or the KISS Army. Expect to see the smoking guitars, shooting rockets and other pyrotechnics the band is known for during its 37-year-career.

Lace Up Your Shoes and Get Ready to Rock: Five Ways to Prepare for KISS

Worldwide sales for the rock band’s albums now exceed 100 million albums and don’t include its wide range of other products or reality shows such as “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.” Due to a schedule of high-profile international tours and stadium performances, Sacramento KISS fans have only rarely had a chance to see their favorite rock stars on home turf with the most recent performance at ARCO Arena in 2009.

“KISS raised the bar for what a rock concert should really be,” said KISS bassist and singer Gene Simmons.

The morning of the concert will feature the “walk” portion of Walk ‘N Rock for Kids 2011 as more than 6,000 walkers will lace up their sneakers (before lacing up their platform boots) to raise money for Sacramento charities including but not limited to: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cristo Rey High School, Keaton Raphael Memorial, Okizu, People Reaching Out, River Cats Foundation, Wind Youth Services.

Team Warrior Princess Sends 23 Kids with Cancer to Camp Thanks to Walk N Rock

This is the third year for Walk ‘N Rock for Kids. Previous performances include Journey, Sammy Hagar and Heart. Hope Productions Foundation is a Sacramento-based nonprofit that provides support and training at no cost for local charities serving children and youth. Their services include training and guidance for nonprofits to improve their marketing, fundraising, partnerships and board cultivation so they may become more efficient and increase their potential for long-term sustainability. Through events such as Walk N' Rock for Kids, Walt Gray Ride, Hope in Harmony and generous business sponsorships, they have raised and provided over $1.5 million in contributions, resources, marketing and in-kind business training for local children's charities.

To learn more, visit

Paul Stanley to Guest on "The Doctors"

Paul Stanley will appear on the (Thursday) April 14 episode of the nationally syndicated show, "the Doctors."
Did you know Paul Stanley was born deaf in his right ear? Maybe that's why Paul is so passionate to discuss his work  with the non-profit House Research Institute about his own hearing loss and his efforts to prevent noise -induced hearing loss amongst teens.

Check your local listings for air times or go to for further programming information.

Paul will be drawing the attention of teens in New York City and Los Angeles to hearing health issues through an after-school event called Sound Rules!

The event, free for teens, will take place at the Director's Guilds in New York City on May 4 and Los Angeles on May 12.

On Wednesday, May 4 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., the House Research Institute (HRI) will present "Sound Rules! A Sound & Hearing Celebration" at the Director's Guild of America (DGA) Theatre located at 110 West 57th Street in Manhattan in New York City.

On Thursday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m., the House Research Institute will present "Sound Rules! A Sound & Hearing Celebration" at the Director's Guild of America Theatre in Los Angeles, located at 7920 Sunset Boulevard.
Sound Rules! is a FREE hearing loss prevention education and entertainment event for teens that will feature Paul Stanley, lead singer/guitarist of KISS and hearing health experts from the House Research Institute, along with valuable contest prizes and giveaways. Space is limited; reservations are required.

For more information and registration, visit

Friday, April 8, 2011

NJ Kiss Expo Guest List Keeps Growing

The May 14th NJ Kiss Expo Guest List keeps growing by the day. It has now been announced that Mick Campise, who was Kiss' roadie from 1974-76, has joined the line-up as well as Lisa Jane Persky who played "Dirty Dee" (one of the gang members) from the Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park movie. Already on the guest list is JR Smalling (1970's Kiss road manager), Victor Stabin (Kiss "Unmasked" album artist), Lydia Criss (Author of Sealed With A Kiss), Eddie Banandas (1970's Kiss security), Ron Johnsen (Producer of the Wicked Lester album) and Bill Baker (Author of The Ultimate Fan Scrapbook and Ace's guitar tech.).

You can purchase tickets Here At Kiss Museum .

Mark St. John: Anniversary of his Passing

We apologize for not mentioning the anniversary of Mark St. John's passing on April 5. It would have marked the 4 year anniversary of Mark's passing from a cerebral  hemorrhage on April 5, 2007. He was 51 years old when he passed.
Below is a video tribute to Mark St. John-

Eddie Trunk Talks Kiss

Eddie Trunk, host of "That Metal Show," Q104.3 Radio Host and author of ‘Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal’ Talks Kiss

By Justin Tedaldi/

Here is an excerpt:

What do you think KISS should do next?

Do what they said they were going to do over 10 years ago: retire. I don’t think they need a full set, but maybe one show where you get all the surviving members of the band; get them out there to play; do a song with the original band. Somebody find Vinnie Vincent, somebody get Bruce Kulick. Sadly, Mark St. John and Eric Carr are no longer with us. Do a big celebration of the band’s history, one big show in New York or something, and end it. And then, I certainly think they could all go on and do things. Gene [Simmons] could do reality shows; Paul [Stanley] could do his art and still do solo shows, still make solo music. But to me, as a fan—and God knows I’m a huge KISS fan—it’s just been beaten up now.

It’s funny, you pull any press clipping from 2000 when they said they were doing their farewell tour, and they’re asked why. And the answer was always the same: “We don’t want to drag the band through the mud; we don’t want to stay at the party too long; we don’t want to have anybody blasting us with, ‘Why are you guys still doing this?’” And here we are, 11 years later, and I’m asking some of those questions because, to me, the band has become, in some regards, a tribute band—half the band are a tribute band. And I’ve been honest about what I’ve said about that many times; it’s how I feel as a fan. If they dressed those guys [Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer] as their own characters and let them be their own people, fine. It’s just hard for me to swallow. But for most people who are not nearly as passionate about it as I am, who just want to go see fireworks and hear “Rock and Roll All Nite,” they don’t really care, and that’s why they can still get away with it.

But above and beyond all of that, I’ve seen footage of the band; I’ve seen them in various versions of this lineup in the last few years. And this is the bigger issue: these guys, although they’re still in good shape, Gene and Paul, physically, they’re 60 now. You know, KISS isn’t the Eagles; they’re not Crosby, Stills & Nash—you can’t sit on barstools and strum acoustic guitars. No one in their right mind can tell me that the same energy is coming off of that stage at this age in these costumes and what they can do. The last time I saw them, man—it was a little boring, to be honest with you. There wasn’t a lot of that same energy and drive that I’m used to seeing on the stage.

And I can’t tell you how many e-mails I’ve gotten from people saying, “What’s wrong with Paul’s voice? What’s wrong with Paul’s voice?” I don’t know. I mean, I don’t go to [their] shows anymore; I don’t know. But when those sort of things happen—you’ve got new guys dressed up as other guys out there, people wondering, “Is the guy’s voice okay?,” ailments and hip replacements and you’re slowing down and you can’t move like you used to, that, to me, is when it’s time to figure something else out here.

Why do you think they’re still doing it? At least two of them are well-off financially.

Yeah, but it’s still profitable. They’re still playing casino gigs, they’re still playing festival gigs. Listen, one thing I’ve learned, and I don’t really blame anybody for this: most people who have a lot of money are the people that want to make money more than anyone. I’ve seen it with athletes, I’ve seen it with musicians, you know? It’s the old saying, “the rich get richer.” And I’m not knocking anybody for making a living and doing what they’ve go to do. I can’t [say] that I’d be any different if I was in those situations. But those two things, it’s the constant drive to make money, and really, it’s all they know—it’s all they do, you know? There’s the ego gratification, there’s the attention, and there’s the money. And as long as those things are still going on, some of these guys can’t let it go.

And I just think that, again, KISS fans get so upset with me; they’re super hardcore when I talk like this, but taking out all of the personal stuff, as a fan, that’s just how I see it. You know, I’m not a blind worshipper. I look at it as a fan and I’ve accepted it, embraced everything KISS has done in their entire history, and this is just the one thing, though—when it gets into this deceptive world, and who’s behind the make-up, and who’s doing this—this is the one thing that I’ve had a hard time with. And again, I think, physically, it’s very hard for them to uphold the level of the KISS standard, regardless of how well you take care of yourself….At that age, they’re not guys that can get away with that when they put on a physical show, like with other bands. That’s what makes them unique.

Did you catch their very first show with Eric Carr in New York?


What was that like?

Well, there’s actually a book out now that I just read called The Eric Carr Story that’s really good that I’m interviewed in extensively, talking about Eric and that show. What I remember at that time was that KISS were dying in the U.S. I mean, they didn’t play in 1980 in America outside of that show because they had no audience. Their career had fallen so hard. I mean, they were down and out. People have a hard time understanding that, but in the early ’80s, they were dead in the water. So I just remember Eric being a great sign of life and a big kick in the pants to the band. And I remember a lot of excitement from the diehards at the time.

That’s a perfect example of what I’ve talked about with my history supporting that band. I was there at that show; I embraced Eric Carr, you know? He was the Fox, he was a new character, he was new blood. If they had another guy at that time dressed up as [Carr’s predecessor] Peter Criss, I don’t think I would have been there. So that’s my point about what I was saying earlier. My book is dedicated to Eric, as well as Dio, and he was a great friend of mine over the years. And I miss him.
Read the entire interview here

Go to Eddie Trunk's Website to purchase his book, news and dates for book signings.

Gene Simmons Tweets About New Kiss Album

Gene Simmons seems to be pleased with the new Kiss album,  “KISS pre-production for new studio album going great. New songs. New energy. Paul doing a great job,” Simmons Tweeted on Thursday.

"Greatest Kiss" Released on this day 1997

"Greatest Kiss" was released on this day, April 8, 1997. The album peaked at #77 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Charts and was timed released to coincide with The Kiss Alive/Worldwide Tour of 1996-97. There are four different versions, the U.S., European & Australian, Japanese and Mexican releases each with different song selections.
US version:
"Detroit Rock City (Remix)" (Stanley, Ezrin) – 3:38
Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley
"Hard Luck Woman" (Stanley) – 3:35
Lead Vocals - Peter Criss
"Sure Know Something" (Stanley, Poncia) – 4:02
Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley
"Deuce" (Simmons) – 3:04
Lead Vocals - Gene Simmons
"Do You Love Me?" (Stanley, Ezrin, Fowley) – 3:34
Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley
"Black Diamond" (Stanley) - 5:13
Lead Vocals - Peter Criss & Paul Stanley
"I Was Made for Lovin' You" (Stanley, Poncia, Child) – 4:30
Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley
"Calling Dr. Love" (Simmons) – 3:46
Lead Vocals - Gene Simmons
"She" (Simmons, Coronel) – 3:12
Lead Vocals - Gene Simmons
"Beth" (Penridge, Ezrin, Criss) – 2:46
Lead Vocals - Peter Criss
"Strutter" (Stanley, Simmons) – 3:12
Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley
"Cold Gin" (Frehley) – 4:22
Lead Vocals - Gene Simmons
"Plaster Caster" (Simmons) – 3:27
Lead Vocals - Gene Simmons
"Rock and Roll All Nite" (Stanley, Simmons) – 2:53
Lead Vocals - Gene Simmons
"Love Gun" (Stanley) –  3:18
Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley
"God Of Thunder" (Stanley) - 4:13
Lead Vocals - Gene Simmons
"God Gave Rock And Roll To You II" (Ballard, Stanley, Simmons, Ezrin) - 5:18
Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons
"Shout It Out Loud" (Live '96) (Stanley, Simmons, Ezrin) – 3:39
Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons
Produced by Kiss and Eddie Kramer
Recorded live from Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MI, on June 28, 1996

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Eric Singer's Drum Set-Up/ Kiss Album Rehearsals Have Began

Eric's drumkit set up for Kiss rehearsals. Courtesy of Eric Singer.
Kiss will record at Conway Studios ("Sonic Boom") in Los Angeles with Paul Stanley producing and Greg Collins co-producing. You can check out  Conway Studios Here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Eric Carr's "ROCKHEADS" -Comic Book Available

ERIC CARR"S ROCKHEADS Are now avialable.
 There are special packages, check websites below for pricing & ordering.
The  Package limited/ 400autographed in gold by Bruce Kulick.
Produecd by Matt Porter & Eric Toddorocks Carr/
You can order your copy of the new comic book, "THE ROCKHEADS", based on characters created by ERIC CARR, today!
You can go to &  to order.

Kiss Begin Recording Follow-up to "Sonic Boom"

Kiss Mask News
Kiss is to have entered the studio on Monday, April 4, according to Eric Singer during the ESP tour in Europe, to begin work on the follow-up to SONIC BOOM. The album is to
be produced again by Paul Stanley. Some of our friends wonder if the band has decided to record at Conway Studios in Los Angeles as they did with the SONIC BOOM.

The album is scheduled for a fall release along with a US tour... And beyond.

After years of Paul and Gene saying no new Kiss albums, in the last few years, they seem to be hungry again to make new music. This will be Kiss 20th studio album.

Bruce Kulick & John Corabi Play Acoustic in Italy Tonight

Kulick & Corabi Go Acoustic in Italy
Deuce News
Bruce and John will play an acoustic performance tonight (April 6) Padova, Italy at the GrindHouse

April 5 Busto Arsizio, Code Club
April 6 Padova, GrindHouse info
April 7 Brunico, UFO
April 8 Pisa, Borderline Club
April 9 Parma, Bandit
April 10 Palermo, I Candelai

Ace Frehley Adds A Third Summer Show

Could We Be Seeing a Summer Ace Frehley Tour in the Works?

As reported here last week, Ace has announced  two shows this summer, one in Three Forks, MT., and a second opening for Alice Cooper in Clarkston, MI. A third has been added to Slinger, WI. More summer dates should be added shortly.
**Kiss Mask Note: We're working on getting you guys more information.

06/18/11- Slinger Rocks, Slinger, WI.
08/13/11- Rockin' The Rivers, Three Forks, MT.
08/28/11- Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Center) w/ Alice Cooper

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

J.R. Smalling To Guest At NJ Kiss Expo May 14!

JR Smalling,  Kiss' First Tour Manager &Voice of "Kiss Alive!" to Guest At NJ Kiss Expo- May 14, 2011
NJ Kiss Expo
No one can argue the quintessential KISS album of all time is the 1975 release KISS ALIVE. Any KISS fan will remember in their youth putting the album on the turn table, dropping the needle and waiting in excited anticipation to hear one of the most famous lines in all of Rock and Roll history - "You wanted the best, you got the best...The hottest band in the land - KISS!"

J.R. Smalling is the voice behind that intro and is engrained into each and every KISS fan's head! And we are proud to announce his appearance at the NJ/NY KISS Expo 2011! J.R. Was the very FIRST KISS tour manager and traveled the world with them from the very beginning from early 1974 to 1976. He was very instrumental in the evolution from a club band to astronomical stardom! J.R. will be on hand to speak about his amazing life as well as answer questions and sign autographs.

We could not be more honored to have such a distinguished guest from the early days of KISStory.

Buy your tivkets here at  NJ Kiss Expo .

Photo: Bill Aucoin, Lydia Criss and J.R. Smalling/Photo courtesy of Lydia Criss

Paul Stanley's Mercedes SL 500 Back On Ebay

After Ace Frehley's 1978 Chevorlet Corvette sold for $40,000 in February,oPaul Stanley's 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 500 is back for sale on ebay.
It has a US $1,000,000.00
Buy-It-Now price and a Best-Offer tab. See more photos of the car and to make an offer/bid:
Paul Stanley's Mercedes

Monday, April 4, 2011

Tommy Thayer's Kraft Classic- Wrap Up With George Lopez & Alice Cooper

Tommy Thayer's Kraft/Nabisco Championship
 Via 2, 2011
 Just got back from Palm Desert and a wild week playing in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Had a great time playing the first day of the tournament with Chinese pro, Shanshan Feng. Shanshan made a sensational hole-in-one during our round on the 170 yard 17th hole. Now that's impressive! The second day I had the pleasure of playing with the beautiful Norwegian Suzann Pettersen, one of the top 5 players in the world. Alice Cooper was kind enough to get me into the event which included a Monday night party where we turned up the volume and jammed with the local band. Went to dinner at one of my favorite nightspots, 'The Nest' and ended up running into my buddy George Lopez who was holding court with the locals. Of course my lovely wife Amber was there enjoying the good times by my side. Not a bad week at all...
Alice Cooper and Tommy Thayer

NJ/NY KISS Expo Guests Revealed - May 14, 2011

*JR Smalling-  First Kiss Tour Manager
*Eddie Balandas- Voice of KISS ALIVE II
*Victor Stabin- Artist for KISS UNMASKED
*Ron Johnsen- Producer of WICKED LESTER
*Lydia Criss- Author of  "Sealed With A Kiss"
For more information go to NJ KISS EXPO SITE 
Tickets are on sale now HERE.
Saturday May 14, 2011 at Crowne Plaza Hotel 110 Davidson Ave., Somerset NJ 08873   
Dealer Info Dealer tables are still available:
Please contact ROSS KOONDEL 1-800-370-3315 or 267-566-2046 or email directly at for details and pricing..

Eddie Balandes"....The Hottest Band in the World....KISS!!!!" are the famous words spoken by Eddie Balandas as the band is introduced on the KISS Alive II album.

As a band security guard for at the time, Eddie was drafted to take over as announcer following J.R. Smalling's departure at the end of the '75-'76 European tour.
Eddie worked for the band for the Destroyer through Alive II album era and apparently is also known infamously as the person most fired by KISS - 19 times to be exact! A true character, he was there for some of the most exciting, funny, dangerous and interesting episodes of KISS's career. Eddie is also well known for staying up until 4 am in the hotel lobby of the recent Indianapolis KISS Expo talking to enthralled fans about his endless KISS stories and experiences. We look forward to this appearance at the upcoming NJ/NY KISS Expo where you will get to hear this and more!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Gene Simmons to Guest on ABC's "Castle"

Castle Scoop: Gene Simmons Ready to Rock

By Megan Masters
Castle is about to get rocked by legendary KISS frontman Gene Simmons.

TVLine has exclusively learned that Simmons will appear as his badass self in Castle‘s Los Angeles-set murder-mystery episode, set to air in early May.

Per an ABC insider, Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) follow a lead straight to their victim’s Beverly Hills home, which just so happens to be owned by the rock superstar. Turns out, said victim had been living in the pad’s guest house prior to the incident. After a quick chat with Simmons in his fictional Beverly Hills backyard, the crimefighting pair sets off to continue their trek through La-La Land.

(Kiss Mask Note: Gene will be filming his part this Monday, April, 4)

Kiss' "Rock And Roll All Nite" Released as a Single this day 1975

Kiss released the anthem "Rock And Roll All Nite" with "Getaway" as the B-side on this day April 2, 1975.
From the album "Dressed To Kill," produced by Casablanca Records President Neil Bogart, peaked at #68 on Billboard's Top Pop Singles Charts 1975. The album peaked at #32 on Billboard's Top 200 Pop Album Charts 1975. "Rock And Roll All Nite" has been a show closer ever since it was added to Kiss 1975 Tour.

Kiss"Double Platinum" Released on this Day - 1978

Kiss' first compilation album of greatest hits, Double Platinum, was released on this day, April 2,1978.

The album featured a double album set of 20 Kiss songs, some remixed and one re-recorded, "Strutter '78."  The album featured an embossed,
gatefold -sleeve in silver. The inside sleeve saw each band members face  embossed which would later be seen as the template for the album covers by each member tha was released later that September. As Kiss always saw to putting goodies in albums back then, a cardboard like Platinum "award" thanking the fans for making "Double Platinum" a success, was included.

The album was certified Platinum on May 16, 1978 but the RIAA. The album peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200 Pop Album Charts in 1978.
The single "Hard Luck Woman" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Pop Singles Charts 1978.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fitness Guru Richard Simmons' Kiss Workout - Video

Shot on March 26, 2011, fitness guru Richard Simmons applies some Demon warpaint for a workout at his studio in West Hollywood, CA.

Ace Frehley Visits Gibson Showroom NYC

Ace Frehley recently visited the Gibson Guitars showroom in New York City.

Check out this rare shot of Ace with a Gibson custom shop SG Custom. This model was called the new Les Paul Custom from 1961 until late 1963 when it was renamed the SG Custom

Editor's Note: When I went to the Gibson Showroom in NYC to interview Ace Frehley for Anomaly in 2009, my niece Jessica and I got a rare glimpse into the Gibson showroom. Hallowed ground where the great guitars are housed,  played by the greatest of  players, while recording their albums.  We were allowed to take pictures in the same room where this photo of Ace was taken. By the way, that is a Les Paul Guitar table in front of Ace. Cool huh?
The Gibson Showroom in New York, is a place you feel and smell the history, as well as see it!
Top Photo: Ace Frehley in the Gibson Showroom with SG Custom.
Second Photo: Kiss Masker Frank Hagan checking out the guitars. Pete Townshend's guitar is the Union Jack to my right.
Third Photo: My niece Jessica A. chillin' on a stool in the Showroom.

Gene Simmons Holds Press Conference in Israel

Gene Simmons Press Conference in his hometown of Haifa, Israel, March 29, 2011. Shannon Tweed and son Nick were in attendance.