Friday, December 30, 2011

Archie Meets Kiss Part Two Available Now


Kissonline.com
 The second issue of 'Archie Meets KISS' is now available at retail and online stores.

'Archie Meets KISS Part 2: Creatures of the Night.' A crew of uninvited monsters have invaded Riverdale, and they're close to taking over the town! Can the mysterious members of KISS stop them with some help from the Archie gang? What will they order at the Chok'lit Shoppe? Featuring guest star Sabrina, the Teenage Witch! Features a regular cover by Dan Parent (on left) and a variant cover by Francesco Francavilla (on right).

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bill Aucoin Born on this Date, December 29, 1943

In 1943, band manager Bill Aucoin was born. He discovered the rock group "KISS" in New York City in 1973 and helped launch the makeup-wearing, fire-breathing quartet into a musical and merchandising juggernaut. He financed the band's first tour on his personal American Express credit card when money was tight, but he was well rewarded when the band's popularity exploded in 1975 with the hit "Rock And Roll All Nite." After parting with "KISS" in the early 1980's, he managed Billy Squier and Billy Idol. He died June 28, 2010 of surgical complications from prostate cancer.

Gene Simmons' Pooch in Kiss Pajamas

Gene Simmons tweeted this photo of the family dog, Angus, in Kiss pajamas.
Gene Simmons Dog

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

On The Wings Of Pretension Case File #5: Kiss’ Music From “The Elder”



by Nathan Rabin December 21, 2011 
                           
Yes, Kiss had everything. But Kiss was an American rock ’n’ roll band, so everything was not enough. The group flirted with the idea of touring with a traveling amusement park called Kiss World before ultimately nixing the idea as prohibitively expensive. In a mark of hubris remarkable even for the era, Casablanca shipped 5 million total copies of the four solo albums the members of Kiss released on the same day. The idea was to launch four solo superstars simultaneously; instead the records were returned to Casablanca en masse. The world, it seems, had not been hankering to find out what Ace Frehley was capable of without the three other dudes holding him back.

The band embarked on a movie project that had been pitched to them as a cross between A Hard Day’s Night and Star Wars. The resulting made-for-television movie, Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park, did not quite live up to such grandiose billing, in the sense that it was an intense humiliation for everyone involved. Kiss may have started as a swaggering, ballsy hard-rock outfit, but by the late ’70s they had devolved into cuddly, family-friendly cartoons. Phantom Of The Park was even produced by Hanna-Barbera, the animation powerhouse that gave the world Hong Kong Phooey, Yogi Bear, and Tom and Jerry. Kiss made a mint in merchandising, but no one took the group seriously.

Read the rest here at A.V.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wear the KISS Destroyer Boots at Monster Golf Locations




The KISS Monster Mini Golf

These Boots are Made for Rockin’
and...
YOU can be the Rocker in them!

Wear the boots at the following Monster Mini Golf Locations!

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Jan. 1 from 12pm - 6pm
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Jan 28 from 12pm - 9pm
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March 17 from TBA
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Eric Singer Interview with Kiss Army Mexico

KISS Army México: Eric, this is the first time that a KISS Army project in Mexico reunite all fans, with membership, we hope we will reach 500 members in the next few months and after that go nation wide, what can you say to all this KISS fans in KISS Army Mexico?
Eric Singer: This is Fantastic !! This is what makes ALL KISS fans so special and unique. You take it upon yourselves to support the band and for this we thank you...

KISS Army México: KISS it's a Monster, what can you tell us about the sound of this new record, its already finished? do you know the release date?

Eric Singer: There is no set release date yet. We are still working on it as of this writing and it should be done soon. It really has great riffs and songs and I think will be a pleasant surprise to so many KISS fans. It will be worth the wait ~!

KISS Army México: You are going to sing one song in the new Monster Album? if so, what can you tell us about that song or songs?

Eric Singer: I will be singing a song again and you have to wait for the record :-)

KISS Army México: Do you know when the Monster tour will begin, new set list? it will include Mexico?

Eric Singer: We have to finish the record/CD first before we plot out our tour schedule. But I am sure we will do everything in our power to try and make it to Mexico again. I think there will be a few new surprises in store for the next tour...

KISS Army México: KISS costumes will be the same or they will be a Monster too?

Eric Singer: Surprise, surprise,surprise...

KISS Army México: We have heared that KISS stage will be a new stage with more pyromania, what can you tell us about that?

Eric Singer: I cannot tell what the future holds as it would not be "new" if we tell everyone about it ahead of time.... Patience pays :-)

KISS Army México: Over the years with Kiss, can you tell us wich 10 items you consider your favorite KISS collectibles?

Eric Singer: I never really thought about a top ten list. But I can tell you that I like many of the old & new items such as the Sleeping Bag, Remote Control Van, KISS Radio, Lava Lamps, Mr.Potato Head. and my Favorite the KISS Pinball Machine ! I think the "Hello Kitty" stuff coming soon will take it to another level in 2012...

KISS Army México: Why Kiss didn't play Sonic Boom songs at the Kiss Kruise? Don't you consider those songs Kiss classics yet?

Eric Singer: We tried to go deep into the catalogue and play songs that fans never or rarely get to hear. We tried to do our best but we know you can never make everyone happy

KISS Army México: In Mexico we are very excited about KISSology 4, what can you tell us about it?

Eric Singer: I do not know the final content yet. That would be a question for Tommy Thayer as he is heading up that project... 



KISS Army México: What can you tell us about your other projects? We will love to see you play with Avantasia in Mexico, but also see you with ESP Unplugged and also Alice Cooper, what can you tell us?
Eric Singer: I have stayed focused on KISS the past few years except for a few ESP shows now and again. KISS has kept me busy enough. I enjoy working with other projects and musicians when time permits or something interesting comes up.

KISS Army México: How do you feel with all you have done in your career, are you happy? or there is something more that you want to do that you haven't done yet.

Eric Singer: I have been very blessed to make a living doing something I always dreamed of doing and have passion & love for. For this I thank the universe ! and the Fans too... 

KISS ARMY MEXICO

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Paul Stanley Interviewed for the Wall Street Journal



PAUL INTERVIEWED FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL  
PaulStanley.com

Almost 40 years later, what’s the secret sauce behind KISS?

The Wall Street Journal set out to answer this and many other questions when they sent a reporter from New York City to visit Paul’s home and art studio in Beverly Hills, CA. Among other things, Paul talked about the band’s secrets of success, his vastly-successful art career and his role as a producer on the upcoming KISS album scheduled for release in 2012.

Paul’s interview is tentatively scheduled to run at the end of December. 

KISS Kruise 2012 Details Announced


Ready to hit the high seas with KISS in 2012?

THE KISS KRUISE II

After our valiant inaugural adventure at sea, KISS & Sixthman are again joining forces to unite the KISS Navy. It was victoriously the wettest, wildest, & most rockin' time, but there are more tropical islands for us to conquer! This time the assignment is on HALLOWEEN, so clear your calendar because you have plans with KISS.

Shout it out loud, creatures of the night! The second KISS Kruise is setting sail October 31 - November 4, 2012 from Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas onboard the Norwegian Pearl. No other Hallows' Eve celebrations can compare!

The assignment is a bold Halloween mission. Grab your facepaint, Navy uniform, krazy costumes , and sunscreen.....Are you ready to rock & roll all night and party every day? We want YOU!

Prices start at $750 per person for a double occupancy cabin, $600 per person for a triple occupancy cabin and $525 per person for a quadruple occupancy cabin! Taxes and fees are an additional $200 per person. Only $149 per person is required to book your cabin! (*$298 per person for balconies & suites)

Interior cabins range from $750 per person to $1000 per person plus $200 taxes and fees per person. Ocean View cabins range from $1100 per person to $1250 per person plus $200 taxes and fees per person. Balcony cabins range from $1400 per person to $1600 per person plus $200 taxes and fees per person. Mini Suites are $1700 per person with Suites starting at $2500 per person plus $200 taxes and fees per person. *All rates based on double occupancy. Third, Fourth, and Fifth guests are $300 per person plus taxes and fees.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Passing of a Friend, Karen Hatch-Taylor

Our Deepest Sympathy: Karen Hatch-Taylor

KISS MASK is sad to report the passing of one of our friends, Karen Hatch-Taylor. Karen passed away Monday of complications from cancer in Athol, MA. Karen was co-creator of the 1990's New England Kiss Collector's Network, which produced  fanzines and promoted Kiss fan run expos and conventions. She also co-wrote  "KISS Collectibles Identification And Price Guide" (1993, Avon Books- by Lesniewski, John & Karen). She also presided over Desmond Child's official fanclub in the early 1990's. She can also be seen in Kiss' video for "Turn On The Night" which was shot in Worcester, MA. Karen is survived by her husband Ian and three children.

She is also the author of  "Mosaic Life: A Memoir in Verse."

Funeral arrangements will be announced by her husband Ian.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

KISS by Monster Golf Grand Opening this Spring


KISS' Monster Golf Grand Opening Announced!

It has been announced that the Grand Opening to KISS by Monster Golf in Las Vegas will be on March 15, 2012.

Left you'll see the KISS Monster Golf Christmas Card.

Visit the KISS by MONSTER GOLF Website

Happy Birthday, Peter Criss!


Happy Birthday to the Catman, Peter Criss! Peter turns 66 today.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Paul Stanley at Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp- Full Episode

VH1 Classic
Watch the full episode of Paul Stanley's appearence at Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp here.

Paul Stanley performs "Strutter" at Roxy in West Hollywood

December 9, 2011: Paul Stanley plays "Strutter" with Camp Freddy at the Roxy in West Hollywood, CA.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

KISS TO TRACK DOWN "MONSTER" VOCALS IN THE COMING DAYS

Deucenews.com
While chatting with the KISS fans at the Italian KISS EXPO beginning of December, Eric Singer revealed that KISS will enter the studio in these days to track down the vocals for Monster! He confirmed that both he and Tommy will sing lead on two tracks and that Paul & Gene will share vocals in some tunes like the old days. Talking about the recording process Eric explained that KISS are recording playing together as a band live in the studio, with the drum set in a window room as he can see the others while drumming and Gene being separate from Paul and Tommy in another room due to the high volume is used to play bass!! Monster will kick some asses, be sure!! Release date is set for late spring.

Bruce Kulick is heading back to Australia

Bruce Kulick is going back Downunder
Heading back to Australia in February for two guitar clinics and two shows.

GUITAR CLINICS

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick returns to Australia after two years to celebrate his recording career with KISS. See, hear and experience Kulick perform killer cuts from this magnum opus, including “Unholy”, “God Gave Rock N’ Roll to You”, “Heart of Chrome” and “Domino” live.
Click HERE for more information

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Birthday, Bruce Kulick

Happy Birthday to Bruce Kulick!
From your friends at KISS MASK WEBZINE
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

PAUL AND TOMMY PERFORM WITH CAMP FREDDY

Text:KISSONLINE.com
Paul Stanley, his son Evan, and Tommy Thayer were among guest musicians who performed with CAMP FREDDY last night at the band's fifth annual Christmas Celebration at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California.

CAMP FREDDY is the LA-based "jam" group featuring Dave Navarro , Billy Morrison, Matt Sorum , Donovan Leitch, and Chris Chaney.

Other guest musicians included Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Warren DeMartini (RATT), and George Lynch (Dokken).

Check out these fan-filmed clips.




Wednesday, December 7, 2011

R&R Hall Of Fame: KISS vs Rush

Vote For KISS at POLLSTAR

 Posted on Wednesday December 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM                           

If you had to choose either KISS or Rush to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, which band would you pick?
The Rock Hall released its list of inductees for 2012 today, naming Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, The Faces / Small Faces and Laura Nyro among the honored, while ignoring folks such as Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Heart, WAR, and The Cure for the career-spanning honor.
But perhaps the two bands most overlooked by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame are KISS and Rush. At least, that’s what their fans will tell you.
Every year the Hall announces its new inductees and every year fans of both bands take to online message boards to voice their displeasure. In fact, of the first five comments posted on Pollstar.com this morning in reaction to the Rock Hall’s announcement, four noted the absence of the Canadian power trio, with one reader calling today’s announcement “the yearly Rush diss.”

If it was up to you, would you side with KISS or would you rather see Rush inducted into the R&R Hall Of Fame?
Click KISS Vs RUSH to take the  Pollstar.com  poll. At the time of this post, Rush was ahead in the poll with
63.79% of the vote to KISS' 36.21% of the vote.

Evolution of KISS: Destoyer 1976

In celebrating the recent news of Kiss releasing the Destroyer Deluxe Edition next year, here is a video look back at this very crucial point in the band's career and monumental album.

Peter Criss' Rock Album Coming Out 2012?

Original Post: Sunday, August 9, 2009

We thought we'd repost this item since we were the first to report about the album after seeing Peter Criss in New York  in 2007 and in an interview we did with Richie Scarlet in 2008. It has been mentioned for release at the time Peter's "Makeup or Breakup" Autbiography comes out Fall 2012.

PETER CRISS RECORDING NEW ALBUM

PETER CRISS RECORDING NEW
ROCK ALBUM:
Peter is making good on a promise he told me in 2007 that his next album will indeed be a rock album.

A departure from his 2007 release, ONE FOR ALL, this new album will be an all out rock and roll record from
the CATMAN.

Peter is now the process of recording, laying down 10 tracks, for the disc which is slated for release April 2010.

Peter is pictured here in front of Colony Records in Times Square, 1976.

Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed Back on Joy Behar

Joy Behar Show/CNN
Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed appeared on the Joy Behar Show on HLN. via satellite, from Los Angeles, discussing Shannon's previous "walk off" and their October wedding.

Gene Simmons BLASTS Madonna --'Not Appropriate' for Super Bowl

The ever so vocal Gene Simmons was caught by TMZ camera's leaving BOA in West Hollywood  talking about Madonna's Super Bowl Half Time appearance in January 2012. Here's the story:

TMZ.com
Madonna has no business performing at the Super Bowl ... this according to legendary KISS frontman Gene Simmons, who thinks the game would be better off with a "real band."

Simmons was leaving Boa in Hollywood last night when we asked how he felt about Madge headlining the Super Bowl halftime show -- to which Gene sarcastically replied, "I love all karaoke singers, I love all the girl singers who get up and sing with tapes ... shame on you!"

Gene added, "By the way, Madonna's terrific ... I hate the tapes."
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Guns N Roses in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Before KISS? WHHHHAT??

Yes, you heard correctly. Guns N Roses, the most dysfunctional band in the history of rock and roll, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before Kiss. Others "in" are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Small Faces, Donovan and the Beastie Boys.

The ceremony will take place in Cleveland on April 14, 2012.

Steven Adler, original GNR drummer told Rolling Stone.com, "It blows my mind that KISS isn't in there. If it wasn't for KISS, there would be no Guns N' Roses. Bands like that made Guns N' Roses. We were five guys with five personalities and five different influences. The stars were aligned for us."

KISS to be featured on VH1 Classic's Metal Evolution Series

KISS featured in VH1 Classic's Series, METAL EVOUTION

Show Description:
Metal Evolution presents 11 episodes based on the much-debated Metal History "family tree" originally shown in Headbanger's Journey. This 24 sub-genre genealogical chart reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal--from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the chart as his road map, our host, metalhead turned anthropologist Sam Dunn, will crisscross the globe in search of the very essence of Metal, from bars and back alleys to the biggest open air festivals.
Metal Evolution Website:METAL EVOLUTION
KISS will be prominent in episode 9 which will air January 21, 2012 in the episode titled "Shock Rock." The show promises to include new interviews with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Please check the link above for show airings in this 11 part series.

KISS Destroyer Deluxe Edition News- Ken Kelly Interview

Legendary Artist Ken Kelly "I am working on Destroyer Deluxe Edition" Interview with KISS Army Argentina

Kiss Army Argentina

KISS Army Argentina: Ken, thanks a lot for granting us this interview. It is an honor for KISS ArmyArgentina. As you can imagine our interest is focused on the works you did with KISS, but it isimpossible to leave aside your vast and long career as illustrator of fantastic scenes. You havebeen a student of none other than Frank Frazetta. Please tell us how this interest in illustration came about in you, and how was your experience like in Frazetta's school?

Ken Kelly: I’ve always been interested in art as long as I can remember. It became more serious as I became an adult. Frank Frazetta was part of my extended family and a working professional at that time so it was very normal for me to ask questions.
Read the rest at Kiss Army Argentina

Eddie Trunk's Merry KISSmas Special on tap for December 23

It has been confirmed that Eddie Trunk's Annual Merry KISSmas Special, in it's 20th year, will air Friday, December 23 on Q 104.3 (NY, NJ & CT) at 11PM.

You can listen live by visiting Q 104.3 New York's Classic Rock website.

Legendary Rock Interview with Bruce Kulick (KISS, Union, Grand Funk Railroad)

Interview by John Parks/ Legendary Rock Interviews
Okay, sue me…. KISS is my favorite band. If I hear that a past or current member of KISS is doing interviews I will cancel a doctor’s appointment, miss a dinner, and so on. I put the band on a level that noone could touch (even Cheap Trick!) and I grew up in the 80s so you understand my devotion to the Gene, Eric, Paul and Bruce era. I was very, very pleased to field a phone call from Bruce recently about the new Eric Carr collection and I threw as many questions at him as we had time for. We covered a lot more ground than our previous interview and he was very gracious to this particular rabid KISSfreak, read on….
LRI: We’ve talked with Eric Carr’s sister and webmaster about the new Eric Carr collection that recently came out but we were wondering how you got to be involved?
BK: Well, you know, a lot of people think I was one of the creators of this project but really I wasn’t. I was one of the people behind Eric’s last album ROCKOLOGY which was obviously a lot of the material that was left behind that he and I were working on. I did as much as I could to improve those tracks for release but I didn’t do TOO much, I didn’t add other artists or get too adventurous. I was happy with the results of ROCKOLOGY and there were a few little things left over that I chose not to use but I think Eric’s sister Loretta was always thinking “There’s more here, we should really find something else” and she contacted a lot of Eric’ friends and basically she kept digging and putting things together. She would tell me about it and I would always be like “Well, I’m really happy you’re doing it” and obviously I played guitar on some of it but I kind of felt like I didn’t have that much to do with it. Then as it started taking shape and I started hearing MP3s it started to become a lot clearer to me how she put together “Unfinished Business“ which is actually a great title. Now that it’s out I am actually really pleased with it and obviously I am always happy to be talking about Eric. It’s been twenty years since his death and it’s just unbelievable to think it’s been that long.
LRI: As an artist with tons of studio experience you have to be amazed at how these posthumous Eric projects have turned out, especially given the quality of some of the original source tapes.
BK: Yeah, absolutely and I do feel the same way about ROCKOLOGY. Things were all mastered really well and preserved in the best way possible for the final listening product. I’m also really impressed with the packaging, I think that KISS fans will really enjoy that, it’s very good.
LRI: You worked with both Eric Singer and Eric Carr. What are some of the biggest differences musically and personally between the two “Erics”?
BK: Well, certainly Eric Singer came into KISS at a real turning point for the band with getting ready to record with Bob Ezrin again for REVENGE was a really exciting, big step for the group especially considering the success that Bob has had with the band before. Ironically, Eric Singer realized that that was kind of an awkward thing. At the time Eric Carr was sadly lost and gone and that was Eric Singer’s role to take over and be the drummer in the band, that was his job and Eric Singer did his job. Playing wise they are a little different but they are both really strong rock drummers. Eric Singer has not always wanted the biggest drum kit in the world but he always still had a really big sound. Eric Carr had a much different approach and would say “the more drums the better, I don’t care if they can’t see me” (laughs). I still think there were some REALLY funny things about Eric Carr’s approach, especially his approach to stage gear, he really liked a big, big, big, BIG drumset. As far as personal differences there are many but the most important thing for me was that I really enjoyed playing with them both and I think that both of them absolutely did exactly the right thing for whatever record or tour they were asked to be a part of.
LRI: It was nice for us diehards that KISS recently dug a little bit deeper into the songbook for the set they played on the KISS KRUISE but for the most part are still not playing much of your material from the 80s or 90s. I understand that the today’s “makeup” KISS really has to focus on that original era material but one of the most awesome things about YOUR live shows are that you actually do all of that material we grew up on in the MTV era. Do you have plans to keep doing those kind of KISS focused solo shows that we’ve seen on you tube?
BK: I have to do it around the Grand Funk Railroad schedule but I’m going to Brazil in a couple weeks for some shows like you’re describing. Those gigs I really do concentrate for the most part on my era of KISS. I do “Tears are Falling”, Crazy Nights“, “God Gave Rock and Roll To You” and some stuff that I realize that occasionally the “modern” KISS will do but I also get into material that KISS has RARELY played live like “You Make Me Rock Hard” or “Turn On The Night”. These kind of shows I will of course do some stuff from my solo records but I really tend to focus on that era of KISS material I was a part of. Gene, Paul, Tommy and Eric obviously focus on that vintage era of the band which is great but yeah recently they did dip into the well for some of the less obvious songs and that is great. They should really CONTINUE to do that because KISS has such a great catalog when you think about all those great years and decades worth of music.

Click over to Legendary Rock Interviews to read the rest.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tomalo's "Reason to Live"

"Reason to Live" is our modest tribute to our favourite band "Kiss" who influenced us and keep on teaching us day by day.
This video is dedicated to Gene, Paul, Ace, Peter, E. Carr, E. Singer, Tommy, Bruce, Vinnie, Mark and to the whole Kissarmy around the world!.

Many thanks to: Ernesto, Mariano, José, Ricardo, Maxy, Souto y Pao; without you this video wouldn't be a reality!.

To download new TOMALO's acoustic album for free click here http://www.dontpaymusic.com/tomalo/


Bruce Kulick to perform at Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding

SUPPORT ALICE COOPER’S 11TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PUDDING - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17TH!

Bruce will guest at Alice Cooper's 11th Annual Christmas Pudding show December 17 at the Comercia Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
Bruce will join the SUPERBAND, Rob Halford, The Tubes, Orianthi, John Corabi and Kip Winger.
For more information, click Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding

The show benefits Children and Teens in need.

"Room Service" from October's Kiss Kruise



Video by Spiro Papadatos

Sunday, December 4, 2011

'Archie Meets Kiss' Promo Video

KISSONLINE.com
Here's the promotional video for the ARCHIE MEETS KISS comic book series. We first premiered this clip in early October...here it is again to celebrate this week's debut of the first issue in the four issue series.
 

2012 Kiss Kruise Planned for Halloween


The KISS Kruise - Halloween 2012

Clear your calendars, because you have plans with KISS!

More information coming in the next few weeks.

www.thekisskruise.com

Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons on "Archie Meets Kiss"

Comicbookresources.com
Though they may be known for their blood-spewing theatrics and hard rock riffs, the leaders of chart-topping band KISS also have a long legacy in comic books -- one that continues today with "Archie Meets KISS," the four-part story that launched this week in "Archie" #627. In celebration, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley showed up in the CBR TV Studios in LA earlier this week (sans makeup) to discuss the project and their long-standing connection to the comics medium.

"This whole comic book thing was invented in America. It's really an art form," Simmons said in a wide-ranging conversation where he name checks legendary creators from Bob Montana to Vince Colletta to Jim Steranko (much to his partner's consternation).

"This KISS thing of ours has grown by leaps and bounds, and we like teaming up and co-branding with iconic brands that have existed throughout the ages," he continued. "Archie has been around for over 50 years. And if you're going to point at something iconic that goes at a slightly different audience, you've got to respect something that stands the test of time. And it's a wacky idea -- KISS and Archie?"

Stanley added, "Since we did the Marvel comics, there have been many permutations of KISS through the comics -- starting with Marvel and starting with Howard The Duck. That's where we made our initial introduction into comic book world."

And the rockers don't plan on letting their four color legacy end with the gang in Riverdale. The pair teased plans for a project with IDW Publishing involving superhero comic books and Simmons noted, "At the same time I was talking with Jim Lee and the DC folks about doing something with 'KISS DC' -- Superman meets KISS and all that kind of stuff, which would be exciting." When reached for comment, a DC Entertainment spokesperson confirmed there are no plans for a project with Gene Simmons or KISS.

For the full scoop, check out the video and find "Archie Meets KISS" part one in comic shops now!

Italian Kiss Expo Photos



Kissonline.com
Here are some photos from Friday's KISS Fan Expo in Modena, Italy. Fans of all ages from across Italy attended this great event that featured special guest Eric Singer. Eric spent the evening signing autographs, posing for photos, and visiting with the Italian KISS Army before holding a lively question and answer session. Fans shopped for KISS merchandise and rocked with Paul Stanley tribute band LIVE 4 WIN and KISS Tribute band JULIET KISS.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the KISSOnline booth... we had a wonderful time talking KISS with you! Special thanks to our friend Fabio "Deuce" Mainardi & his crew for putting on another great KISS fan event!

Friday, December 2, 2011

These Boots Were Made For Rockin'

By Kristie Griffith
Photo: Erik Kabik

Celebrities ranging from Big Bird to Robin Leach took part in the “These Boots are Made for Rockin’” photo campaign to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, a favorite charity of the band KISS.

The photo campaign features celebrities wearing KISS boots, and the photos will be auctioned off at the grand opening of KISS by Monster Mini Golf, a rock n' roll amusement destination opening in Las Vegas in January 2012 that’s centered around KISS.

The 15,000-square foot facility will have an 18-hole black-light, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course, a private party room, a VIP room, the biggest KISS gift shop ever, arcade games, a KISS all night rock 'n' roll cafe, and the Hotter Than Hell Wedding Chapel.

"Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] have been very involved," says Christina Vitagliano, owner of KISS by Monster Mini Golf. "We've worked hand-in-hand with them from the ground up. Everything...has to be approved by them."

The "These Boots are Made for Rockin'" photo fundraiser features boots from the KISS Destroyer Tour, and a myriad of celebrities enjoyed their moments of rockin' out in true kiss fashion.

Paul Stanley Interviewed for ABC's 'Nightline'

Paul Stanley, the founder and driving force behind the greatest band ever born on American soil, KISS, was interviewed by ABC News’ Nightline yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles regarding his stellar career as one of rock’s most preeminent and iconic frontmen.

Esteemed journalist (MTV, Rolling Stone Magazine) and Nightline correspondent Chris Connelly interviewed Paul regarding his recent throat procedure, his highly-acclaimed artwork and the exciting year ahead for KISS with the release of a Paul Stanley-produced album and subsequent world tour.

Paul’s segment is slated to air in the next two weeks on ABC’s national news program Nightline. Be sure to check back for updates regarding airdates and times.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons 'Archie Meets Kiss' Signing Session

Paul and Gene signed copies of "Archie Meets Kiss" last night in Los Angeles.