Wayde King and Brett Raymer have worked on their fair share of impressive fish tanks, but a recent addition to their resume introduced them to some very special collaborators.
"It was pretty painless," Raymer says of working with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, who came out to admire their handiwork at the grand opening of a KISS-themed miniature golf course in Las Vegas, where the duo built a tank bearing the band's logo.
The structure is just one of many the pair, who are also brothers-in-law, construct in the newest season of Tanked, which airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet. Later this week, King and Raymer will head to the home of 30 Rock star – and noted animal lover – Tracy Morgan to install a shark tank.
Rolling Stone's 1977 feature on the fearless foursome
Here is a reprint of the first and only KISS feature in Rolling Stone, April 1977.
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Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Paul
Stanley and Peter Criss of KISS.
By Charles M.
April 27, 2012 3:10 PM ET
This story is from the April 7th, 1977 issue of Rolling Stone.
"We broke Lawrence Welk's attendance record in Abilene, Texas. I'm very proud
of that," says Gene Simmons, the Kiss bassist,
notorious for his grotesquely long tongue and for dressing like a pterodactyl.
We sit at a backstage dinner table on the first of three nights they are playing
Detroit's 12,000-seat Cobo Hall – exceptional dates because they are doing
mostly secondary markets this tour. "We're hitting places they've never seen a
big band, and they'll remember us forever. The reaction has been amazing. I was
watching the local news in Duluth and the announcer said there had been a
robbery at the auditorium. I thought, 'That's it for the gate receipts,' but it
turned out some kid had gone up to the window and stolen three tickets at
gunpoint. I don't understand it. Tickets are so ethereal. One concert and
they're gone. Now money, that's real power."
Money, I object, is as much an illusion as a ticket.
"Not if everyone believes it," says Simmons, holding up a fork. "If I say
this is a royal scepter and everyone recognizes it as such, then it's a royal
scepter and I'm king. That's power, not an illusion."
Before I can insist it's still a fork, guitarist Paul Stanley – known for the
black star over his right eye and for his bright red lips – sits down and stuffs
a piece of cake into his mouth. "I'm really sick to my stomach," he says,
licking the fingers of one hand, holding his taut belly with the other, and
searching for another slice with the calm eyes of an addict who has enough money
to feed his habit. "I got chills and everything. I thought I was going to pass
out onstage last night."
Maybe he would feel better if he stopped eating gunk?
"The best diet for the road," he says, "is soup for lunch and candy for
supper. It keeps the weight off and you're speeding on all that sugar by show
A roadie announces that it is time for a sound check, and the three of us walk
to the $300,000 stage set in the cavernous auditorium. Drummer Peter Criss – who
paints his face to resemble a cat – is already at his kit and nearly falling off
his seat, laughing at his own ludicrous version of the bang-the-drum-slowly
ending of the Chambers Brothers' hit, "Time Has Come Today." Guitarist Ace
Frehley, who plays the role of a spaceman with two silver stars splashed over
his eyes, ignores the folderol and sends occasional blasts of power chords
echoing through the hall. None of the members of Kiss is wearing the makeup he
invariably puts on for public appearances, and, stripped of paint, Stanley comes
the closest to handsome, with patrician features that one could imagine, in
another age, riding a two-stallion chariot too fast down a crowded Roman street
and lashing the backs of slow peasants. Frehley looks like the original 1967
acid casualty, his face as pock-marked as the moon backdrop on his side of the
stage. Criss appears several years past his official age of 30, but his eyes are
a child's in their lack of calculation. With his swarthy central-European
complexion and flaking black fingernails, Simmons could look filthy stepping out
of a shower. Though we are all about 6'2" in our stocking feet, Frehley, Stanley
and Simmons tower over me in their eight-inch platform shoes and I begin to
realize the luxury of height. All these years, I've been talking down at people.
Standing here under Simmons' unflinching gaze, I am somehow the wimpy one whose
opinions don't matter.
"Come here. I want to show you something," he says, ascending a staircase to
the parapet of the ruined castle that is his side of the stage. It is spattered
with red from the nightly ritual of puking blood during his bass solo. "We're 40
feet over the audience. You know what this is?" The 40 feet are straight down
and the only answer I can think of is acrophobia. Simmons steps to the edge and
gestures over a sea of empty seats. "This," he says, "is power."
to Scientific American, every time a buffalo farts in Africa, thousands
of dung beetles are alerted to the possibility of manna from heaven. The
relationship between the farts and the beetles is a peculiarly honest one. Each
species of beetle is genetically programmed to eat a particular kind of dung, so
the buffalo need not sponsor marketing surveys to discover where they have to
fart for maximum return on their investment. Competing herds do not advertise
themselves or offer promo samples. As for the product: buffalo farts do not
promise to reveal the meaning of life. Buffaloes do not promise to craft farts
that make the whole world sing. They do not promise intellectual respectability
if a beetle can interpret their fart sounds with sufficient pedagogy. Buffalo
farts promise shit, which is what they deliver.
Tommy Thayer joined Alice Cooper at his Golf Classic to help raise money for the Rock Teen Center, a place that will allow teens to build confidence and discover their passion through music, dance, self-expression, and creativity. The Rock will provide programs lacking in today’s schools.
Visit www.alicecoopersolidrock.com/ for more information on The Rock Teen Center.
"As a little boy I sat transfixed to our television every afternoon and Saturday night watching American Bandstand. Dick Clark was the face of rock and roll and its best ambassador. His decades of successes both in and outside of the music industry are unparalleled. He championed KISS when others turned away and was instrumental in breaking us through his show "In Concert". Through the years Dick was always available when I had a question or wanted guidance. Dick Clark was the rare exception who was a bigger person in real life than the public image or legend that was also to be his legacy. I will remember him with great respect and gratitude."
- Paul Stanley
CBS News Clip- Paul Stanley (from 2006) talks about Dick Clark
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Dick Clark, a television legend who brought rock and roll into the nation's living rooms for decades and decades has passed away from a massive heart attack in Los Angeles this morning. He was in St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica last night for a routine procedure and suffered a heart attack and could not be resuscitated.
Responsible for the sock hop movement in TV, Clark landed in Philadelphia in 1952, spun records before producing and hosting American Bandstand from WFIL ( now WPVIL 6-ABC) studios in West Philadelphia, PA., in 1956. In a matter of weeks, ABC-TV took Bandstand national. Clark took the show to Los Angeles, CA., in 1964. Clark was also a successful television game show host with many variation of Pyramid game show series. American Bandstand and Dick Clark were responsible for many artist's first big break.
Dick Clark reinvented how people wrung in the new year with Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve in 1972. Ryan Seacrest in recent year's with hosting chores, after Clark suffered a stroke in 2004 limiting his on camera time. Dick's final appearance this past year with a special message for 2012. Dick Clark Productions also produced the American Music Awards, Country Music Awards, the Golden Globes are among many productions.
. Dick Clark was generous with KISS and "got" the band very early on, booking their first television appearance in front of a National audience with Dick Clark's In Concert in1974,. Through out the years Kiss made numerous appearances on Clark's shows through out the 70's, 1994 and 1996 New Years' Rockin' Eve.
Kiss has publicly cited Dick Clark a huge supporter of the band from early on and a friendship formed that has lasted almost 40 years. In the 60's, 70's and 80's an appearance from Dick Clark could catapult a career as did with Madonna in 1983.
Clark is survived by his wife Kari Wigton and his three children from his two previous marriages.
Here's Kiss on many Dick Clark shows including from their very first National TV appearance.
Tico Times is reporting that Brunca Productions has cancelled the May 3 show of the Rock -N- Roll All Stars scheduled for the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium.
Karlos Alvarado, a spokesman for Brunca Productions, said that ticket refunds would be made through Publitickets, the company in charge of ticket sales.
For more information, write to email@example.com.
Gene Simmons:Rock -N- Roll All Stars Tour; MONSTER; The Tour & Kissology IV
Simmons says MONSTER will be out in July
Gene Simmons was interviewed by Vorterix,com from Argentina recently. Gene was promoting his Rock -N- Roll All Stars Tour that will hit South America , Kiss'"Monster," the four foot Kiss book and Kissology IV.
With 1,250 auction lots of which 80 of them are Kiss with many items rare and from the 1970's this maybe the auction you will not want to miss out on. Bidding opens Saturday April 21 @ 2PM EST and will end April 29.
You preview the auctions, presented by BackStage Auctions by going to their website by clicking Kiss Takes Center Stage .
One of the items of for auction: A Christmas card from Paul Stanley, 1977 (signed)
EXTRA TV/ At the Grove, LA.
The KISS frontman joined Mario at the Grove to discuss his new restaurant Rock & Brews, the upcoming summer tour with Motley Crue, and finally marrying Shannon Tweed after 28 years together.
LiveNation has added another stop on THE TOUR. Sunday, August 5, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas at the AT&T Center. KISS VIP/Pre-Sale is now through April 12. Public on sale is at 10AM (local time) on Friday, April 13.
Click KISS 2012 for tickets via Live Nation.
Click KISS TOUR for VIP Packages.
Click KISS & MOTLEY CRUE for full tourdate schedule.
This cool photo, a Kissonline exclusive, we couldn't resist putting up. Two legendary rocker's, Little Richard and Kiss, from two different eras of rock and roll. Great photo! Taken at Monday's 'Dancing With The Stars" live show. Photo:Kissonline
Tristan MacManus blogs Week 4- Dancing With the Stars
by Tristan MacManus
Ballroom dancing pro and amateur leprechaun Tristan MacManus will be checking in with EW.com each week as he and partner Gladys Knight go for the coveted mirrorball trophy.
On comparing tongue lengths with Gene Simmons: I don’t think I stuck it out any more tonight than I usually do, but yeah. They came up with the idea of me stickin’ it out, I guess, and then Gene came and stuck his out, so. That was a bit weird. To be honest I’m a big fan of KISS. I love KISS. And I didn’t think the first time I met Gene Simmons, Gladys Knight would be puttin’ a measurin’ tape over our tongues, know what I mean? It was fun. He’s a pretty cool guy. I actually wanted to dance to KISS this week. I was puttin’ together the costumes, the makeup and all that stuff on, but then we found out they were singing on the show, so we weren’t allowed. But I think that would have been fun, throwin’ Gladys over Gene Simmons’ ankle.
Kiss performed their second song for Rock Week on DWTS last night. "Lick It Up" showed the band in great form, which was actually taped from Monday night's show, displaying Kiss is ready to rock it out this summer. In case you missed it, here is "Lick It Up."
The words “Gene Simmons” and “timid” don’t typically belong in the same sentence together, so it came as little surprise when, last month, the KISS frontman yet again bemoaned his band’s exclusion from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “It’s become a joke,” Simmons told Rolling Stone last month in regards to the Rock Hall. “We’ve been thinking about it and the answer is simply, ‘We’ll just buy it and fire everybody.’”
Simmons, as well as members of the KISS Army, have long lamented the induction of pop-leaning acts like Madonna and Blondie. It goes beyond comments in the press, though: In 2006, 500-some KISS diehards descended upon the Cleveland-based museum to protest the absence of Simmons, Stanley and co.
In 2009, finally, the costumed rockers got a nod. Thirty-six years after the release of their self-titled debut, the members of KISS were nominated for induction in 2010 – the first time since becoming eligible in 1999 (note: eligibility becomes possible 25 years following the act’s first album). Election by the Rock Hall’s committee of 500+ so-called “rock experts” – music industry figures, musicians, journalists, historians — escaped the act, and they’ve yet to be nominated since.
Despite a 13-year snub, there is some hope for KISS, says Jim Henke, the Rock Hall’s VP of Exhibits and Curatorial Affairs.
“My view on it is: I think you can make a good case that KISS probably should be in here [the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame],” Henke tells CBS Radio. “It’s interesting that they [KISS] keep talking about it, but I think there are a number of artists that should be inducted. Over time, artists that are overlooked when they hit eligibility are inducted. This year, for example, you see someone like the Faces/the Small Faces, or Donovan – who has been eligible for many, many years – get into the Rock Hall. And I think we’ll continue to see more of that. We’ll see what happens with the KISS’es of the world.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has its proverbial hands full preparing for this year’s induction of Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys and more, with the ceremony to take place this Saturday (April 14) in Cleveland. But soon enough – this fall, says Henke – nominations will roll out once more – possibly with KISS’s name on it. –Jillian Mapes, CBS Local
Kiss Mask Webzine
KISS slayed the dance floor last night opening Rock Week of the ABC-TV hit, "Dancing With The Stars." Kiss opened the night with an explosive performance of "Rock And Roll All Nite" while a team of dancers hit the floor in glittered costumes and Kiss makeup.
Kiss received major exposure during the two hour show popping up in several segments. Tonight, Kiss will perform "Lick It Up" to finish up Rock Week and elimination round. The show begins at 8PM(EST) on ABC-TV.
Kiss Mask Webzine Greatest Kiss, released on April 9, 1997, is a collection of (and umpteenth) greatest hits from Mercury Records to capitalize on the success of Kiss' Alive/Worldwide Tour. There are four different versions of this collection- The American version includes 16 tracks including 'Shout It Out Loud '96" from Tiger Stadium. The European/Australian version includes 20 tracks along with "God Gave Rock And Roll To You II," along with different track titles than the US version. The Japanese version includes, again 20 tracks and "God Gave Rock And Roll To You II" and "Black Diamond." The fourth and final release, the Mexican version, includes "2,000 Man."
The album peaked on the US Billboard Top 200 at #77, while peaking at #11 on the Australian charts.
Thrills in the Irish Hills Bike Festival premieres July 12-14 in scenic Southern Michigan. The Thrills Festival combines welcoming communities, scenic routes, local recreations and a concert series featuring legendary entertainers. It pairs a motorcycle enthusiast’s passion for the open road with a bold commitment to provide riders with exceptional value on products, services and entertainment. The Thrills Festival is held in collaboration with the The Wheels of Thunder, a bike rally to honor the Armed Forces and Veterans of all ages.
A couple of things crossed desk over the past month or so (and promptly got eaten by the leaning tower of papeerwork) that I thought were interesting. Even more interesting, they both involve the band Kiss.
You remember Kiss, don't you? The 70's....and 80's.....and 90' costumed rockers that were THE THING for the longest time. Well, NPR has a music blog called "All Songs Considered", and every so often, they "...ask our unimaginably young interns to review classic albums they've never heard before." It's an interesting concept, and they fed one of their interns Kiss Alive, the late '75 lp that really put the band on the map.
She didn't like it. Really didn't like it. How much didn't she like it? Read for yourself. http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/
In retrospect, she's probably right, although the lp proved (at least to me) that Kiss suffered from J. Giles Band syndrome. They don't do knockout studio albums. At the time of "Alive"'s release, they were a major concert draw, but really didn't sell a lot of records. "Alive", and their previous lp, "Dressed To Kill" helped cement their reputation, such as it may have been.
I'll grant you, Kiss was one of those bands that you either love or hate, like Grand Funk and Boys 2 Men, but I also wonder if part of the problem was the poor intern had never actually seen Kiss. I bring this part up because there is a Kiss movie in the planning stages. No, it's not a concert film, or a documentary about the band. It's about their visit to a small town. Like Wenatchee.
Could you imagine what would have happened if Kiss had shown up to play the homecoming dance at Wenatchee High in 1975? Scary thought, isn't it? Well, they did about the same thing in Cadillac, Michigan that year. It's a city in Northwest Michigan, about Wenatchee's size, and in 1975 was considered a backwater town (except in winter, when it became a ski destination resort, My wife's responce when she saw the slope was "That's a ski hill?" Reminded me of Badger Mountain), but the high school football coach liked the band, and used them to motivate his players. It's something that would take too long to explain, so watch this. You won't believe the city's response.
from CBS News
Paul Stanley is joined here with his wife Erin, Colin (4), Sarah (2) and big brother Evan (17). Emily Grace, the little sister was born in August 2011. The picture was taken at their home high above the hills of Beverly Hills Post Office.
Mark St. John, Kiss' third lead guitarist, passed away five years ago on April 5, 2007. We were on Easter break, so we wanted to honor him today. Mark passed away from a cerebral brain hemorrhage in his native California. Mark's incredible guitar work can be heard on Kiss' ANIMALIZE album, 1984.
UPI.com LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) -- Jim Marshall, who created rock 'n' roll amplifiers used by Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Motley Crue, has died in a British hospice, his family said.
The London native was 88 when he died Thursday, following a battle with cancer and several strokes,
the Los Angeles Times reported.
Marshall was a drummer and self-taught engineer famous for developing ways to increase volume and control distortion during live performances. Other acts who used his amplification gear were KISS, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Van Halen, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses and Nirvana, the Times said.
Marshall was even name-checked in the rock mockumentary "This is Spinal Tap" when the titular band used the world's loudest amp, which had "Marshall" written on the front.
"Hendrix used three 100-watt amps and three stacks," Marshall once said. "KISS go a lot further, but most of the cabinets and amps you see on stage are dummies. We once built 80 dummy cabinets for Bon Jovi. They all do it -- it's just backdrop. It would be stupid to use more than three 100-watt amps, wherever and whoever you are."
Marshall is survived by his son, Terry; his daughter, Victoria; two stepchildren; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the Times said.
TV BY NUMBERS Rock Week returns to "Dancing with the Stars", with KISS opening the show with a spectacular performance of “Rock and Roll All Nite,” accompanied by the Troupe. Bringing lots of leather and lots of fire, the remaining ten couples will perform to some of the greatest Rock songs of all time, MONDAY, APRIL 9 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
On Tuesday, KISS hits the stage for another rockin’ performance of “Lick it Up,” with Mark Ballas, Chelsie Hightower, Henry Byalikov and Oksana Dmytrenko accompanying their performance. “DWTS” alums Sabrina Bryan and Kyle
KISS and Fan Mosaics Invite Fans to Celebrate 35 Years of KISS Alive II
Commemorative Photo Mosaic to be Composed Entirely of Fan-Submitted Images
For 35 years KISS fans have reveled in the sounds and images of KISS Alive II. To celebrate the anniversary of this masterful live album, KISS and Fan Mosaics are inviting fans to be part of some of the most recognizable rock images of all time.
“Every KISS fan knows and loves these images of the Demon, the Starchild, the Spaceman, and the Catman,” says KISS co-founder and front man Paul Stanley. “In honor of this big anniversary, we’re giving fans the chance to see these photos in a new way—featuring them in a supporting role.”
Fan Mosaics has combined the larger-than-life images from the KISS Alive II cover into a single picture that will be reproduced as an official collector’s item print.
“It’s more than just an amazing print, though” says Rob Hixenbaugh, Fan Mosaics’ director of fan & brand development. “It’s a mosaic that uses fan-submitted photos as its building blocks. The fans’ images will actually make up the big picture, letting them get inside a major part of KISStory.”
The 24-inch by 30-inch prints make great gifts or unique collectibles for everyone who’s ever dreamed of getting up close and personal with the band. Fans can unleash their inner rock star and upload their photo for inclusion in the officially licensed KISS Alive II Fan Mosaic at www.fanmosaics.com/kiss.
Candy Corn, Feathers and Crue!…Oh My!
In this episode , we look at the instant fan reaction to the announcement of KISS touring with Motley Crue.
From the press conference to the band’s appearance on the Kimmel show to the message boards, we talk about the KISS Army’s reaction to it all.
So sit back and enjoy episode 57 of PodKISSt, the KISS fanzine for your ears.