Monday, October 29, 2012

KISS Singles Set Coming in December


KISS RELEASE THE CASABLANCA SINGLES 1974-1982 MAGNIFICENT LIMITED EDITION BOX SETS OF BAND’S 29 SINGLES ON LEGENDARY CASABLANCA LABEL

Rock legends KISS were the first signing to the late Neil Bogart’s newly formed Casablanca label after he saw and recognized their talent and showmanship at their spectacular performance at a showcase concert at New York City’s Le Tang’s Ballet Studio in 1973, offering them a contract on the spot. Now, KISS celebrates their 40th anniversary in 2013 having broken box office records set by The Beatles and Elvis, more than 28 U.S. gold albums, the most gold records for any American rock band, 40 million sales in the U.S. and a total exceeding 100 million worldwide.

In their early years, KISS released a total of 29 singles on seven-inch 45 RPM records for the Casablanca label. These were available for sale to the public, used for commercial radio airplay and to promote album sales. Many of these singles had entirely different mixes, edits and material that didn’t appear on their vinyl albums. Now for the first time, these musical snapshots of KISS’ formative years, which have never been available in a commemorative singles edition, entitled The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982, on Mercury/Casablanca/UMe, will be available in December in two box set configurations:

29 Seven-Inch Vinyl (Limited Edition available direct to consumer via http://www.universalmusicenterprises.com/select/product)

29 CDs (available through all retail)

In typical KISS fashion, these are no ordinary boxes. The sets are housed in a beautiful die cut shadow box with a limited edition etched silver metal plate and ribbon pull magnetic closure custom KISS 45s box with 26 collectible picture sleeves from original single releases around the world, including Japan, Germany, Holland, Spain and Britain. The vinyl collection also features singles from all four solo albums in purple, blue, red and green vinyl with a mask picture sleeve representing each individual member as originally released in the U.K. Both sets include a booklet which tracks the genesis and chart history of each single represented in the package.

The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982 covers KISS’ remarkable eight-year stay on Bogart’s label, from their very first, “Nothin’ to Lose” b/w “Love Theme from KISS,” from their self-titled debut to their very first charted 45, “Kissin’ Time.” The band’s subsequent string of hits included Dressed to Kill’s live version of “Rock and Roll All Nite” (#12 on Billboard’s Hot 100), Destroyer’s “Shout It Out Loud” (#31) and the Top 10 ballad “Beth,” Rock and Roll Over’s “Hard Luck Woman” (#15) and “Calling Dr. Love” (#16), Love Gun’s “Christeen Sixteen” (#25), Ace Frehley’s solo hit, “New York Groove” (#13) and Dynasty’s “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” (#11).

“Even I haven’t heard some of this stuff, but this is all part of our master plan to celebrate KISS at this milestone in our careers,” says Gene Simmons. “This box set represents us at the very beginning of our career, and documents the band’s early success and subsequent growth.”

Adds Paul Stanley: “This collection is meant for the true KISS aficionado. The packaging really captures the development of both our music and image at a very crucial period in the band’s history.”

The special set comes out a month after the release of Monster, their 20th studio album. Showing the band at the top of its game, Monster embodies all that is KISS and the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, return stronger than ever with their new album to continue the legacy of the spectacular larger-than-life extravaganza, known as, KISS.

More info at http://www.universalmusicenterprises.com/select/product

TOMMY THAYER'S Signture Guitar Has Arrived

IT'S ARRIVED! The Tommy Thayer signature Spaceman Les Paul by Epiphone is finally here.

I'm psyched to be playing my new guitar onstage as we embark on the 2012 KISS Kruise and South American stadium tour in the weeks ahead. My signature axe will soon be available in guitar shops everywhere.

In the meantime, the first guitars off the line are ready for you through some very special offers on my new site: www.tommythayerguitar.com.

Keep it rockin' & remember to turn it up loud!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

PETER CRISS to appear on Rockline


Peter Criss will guest on Rockline with Host Bob Coburn on December 19, 2012. Peter celebrates his 66th birthday the following day.

http://www.rocklineradio.com/


Legendary photographer Bob Gruen and Peter at his New York City book signing.
Photo. www.PeterCriss.net

Saturday, October 27, 2012

PETER CRISS' Ridgewood, NJ Book Signing - Video

Peter Criss did a book signing at BookEnds in Ridgewood, NJ on October 24. Here is some fan filmed footage of the event.
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Santa Anita wants KISS' Gene Simmons




Photo of KISS' guitarist Gene Simmons. (Photo courtesy of KISS Catalog Ltd. received Oct. 2012.)

ARCADIA - If Santa Anita Park's owners have their way, KISS' Gene Simmons might soon play a starring role at the racetrack.

Frank Stronach, whose Stronach Group owns the historic Arcadia racetrack, met with Simmons earlier this month in Florida. Stronach described the meeting as an effort to recruit Simmons to help market the company's racetracks. "Gene Simmons is, on the one side, a great entertainer," Stronach said. "On the other side, he's a very smart businessman and a very nice man. We're trying to see (if) maybe he could do some marketing for us. We're just trying to do concepts."
Through his agent Friday, Simmons, who also recently met with Stronach's daughter Belinda at Santa Anita, offered a "no comment".

Stronach's admission that he needs marketing help comes as the track plans to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships on Nov. 2 and 3 and again next year. The last time Santa Anita Park hosted the prestigious thoroughbred racing event was in 2009.
 
A rock icon who plays bass and sings, Simmons has some experience in marketing. He and his band members are behind the KISS miniature golf course in Las Vegas, a KISS coffeehouse in Myrtle Beach and a team-up with the Hello Kitty brand to market stuffed animals with a rock and roll theme.

Despite several changes in recent months, Stronach, 80, said Santa Anita continues to fall short of his financial expectations for the park. He declined to say by how much.
"There is always room to improve," Stronach said. "I would like to see that Santa Anita will always be racing."
Recruiting Simmons to the cause might just help, racetrack and city officials said.

"He's a real recognizable celebrity in mainstream; it's something that could help the brand, help us become a little bit more mainstream," Santa Anita Park CEO Mark Verge said Friday. "He's had a ton of success with other things besides KISS. I think he would be a great addition."
Arcadia Councilman Mickey Segal said he would encourage Stronach to use "all possible sources" to help sell the historic racetrack in a tough economy.
Simmons "would be one of those new and different sources that might interest and excite others who are currently not involved in racing and activities at Santa Anita," Segal said.
It could "bring in a younger group, it could bring in a different group that didn't even know that Santa Anita existed but follows Gene Simmons." By Brenda Gazzar, SGVN

Friday, October 26, 2012

BRUCE KULICK Talks KISS & Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp

Bruce Kulick Interview http://musiclegends.ca Interviewed by Jason Saulnier October 5, 2012

"I Was Made For Lovin' You" Covered by the Satin Jackets

Jeff Giles/Ultimate Classic Rock

Along with a note saying “We did this cover just for you,” New Jersey rockers the Static Jacks have posted their version of the Kiss classic ‘I Was Made for Loving You.’

While they aren’t a household name yet, the band members have been steadily building an audience since 2007, and they released their debut LP, ‘If You’re Young,’ was released last year; since then, they’ve appeared on Fuse TV and ‘Last Call with Carson Daly.’

Earlier this year, the Jacks released a new EP, titled ‘Spray Tan,’ and they’re currently at work on their next album, due to arrive in stores sometime next year. Perhaps their take on ‘I Was Made for Loving You’ is an indication of where they’re headed, or maybe it’s just a fun, fond tip of the hat to a group of East Coast rock legends — either way, you can check it out simply by hitting ‘play’ on the audio embed below.

Kiss, meanwhile, are promoting some new music of their own — the just-released album ‘Monster,’ which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts while earning some of the strongest reviews of the band’s career. The record’s second single, ‘Long Way Down,’ hit radio this past Tuesday (Oct. 23).
Static Jacks

The Satin Jackets

KISStory: "Creatures of the Night" Released 30 Years Ago


CREATURES OF THE NIGHT - 30 YEARS LATER


It's hard to beleive that it's been 30 years since the release of this great album. Released October 25, 1983, 'Creatures' was the last album to be released on the Casablanca label, final "makeup" album until 1998's "Psycho-Circus," brought back Kiss to go back and record a heavy album that featured Eric Carr's thunderous drums. Although Ace Frehley appears on the original cover, he did not play on the album and solos were left to ghost guitarists. The album was dedicated to Casablanca founder Neil Bogart who passed away during the recording sessions. The tour to support the album was dubbed "The Tenth Anniversary Tour."  The album peaked on the Billboard 200 at #45 with the single "I Love It Loud" at peaking at #36.


We Put On Our KISS Geek Hats and Talk "Monster" on Dropping The Needle Episode #23

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Visit http://www.Facebook.com/DroppingTheNeedle "If Beavis & Butt-Head had a music podcast, this would be it." Welcome to episode 23 of the podcast Dropping The Needle, October 22, 2012. In this episode we put on our KISS geek hats and we talk "Monster". In this episode Michael Brandvold and Mitch Lafon geek out on KISS and talk about the new KISS album "Monster". Not so much a song by song review of the album, but a discussion of our feelings. Do we like that album? Yes, but listen for some great discussion.

 

PETER CRISS Signing at Bookends in NJ

Photos: www.petercriss.net

Peter signed copies of his book at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ on October 24, 2012. Here are some photos of the event courtesy of Peter  Criss




All KISS, All the Time- SiriusXM "ScareNation" Starts Today

SiriusXM KISS Radio "Scare Nation All Weekend- ALL KISS!


Airing Friday, October 26 at 6 pm ET through Monday, October 29 at 3 am ET on Ch. 39.
http://www.siriusxm.com/hairnation
Taking over Hair Nation for the weekend, Scare Nation is a 24/7 all-KISS, limited-run channel that will showcase music from the band’s entire career. Playing everything from their 1974 self-titled debut through their 20th studio album, "Monster," listeners will also hear the band members talking about their new album, touring, their fans and much more.

Scare Nation will feature an encore broadcast of “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with KISS” on Saturday, October 27 at 12 pm ET.

Trisha Yearwood rocks (KISS) Halloween costume in 'Kitchen'



USA Today


Halloween is a big thing in the Trisha Yearwood/Garth Brooks house.
And so it's big on Yearwood's Food Network series, Trisha's Southern Kitchen.

Taping a special episode, Garth's daughters Allie and August Brooks surprised Trisha in the kitchen by arriving in full KISS rock band costume with her costume waiting and ready for her. Nice tongue, Trisha! Hubby, dad and country singer Brooks makes a cameo to share Halloween stories from years past.

Trisha, the girls and their friend Kim LeFlore make Trisha's traditional Halloween meal — Trisha's Chicken Tortilla Soup — to warm up the trick-or-treaters, and Candied Apples. The Halloween episode of Trisha's Southern Kitchen airs Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Food Network.

KISS Would Have Been Called What? Alternate Band Names Revealed on SiriusXM Town Hall


SiriusXM
In celebration of KISS's 20th studio album, MONSTER, KISS sat down with 20 lucky SiriusXM subscribers and host Jose Mangin for a fan Q&A. Here, they describe the origins of their anthem "Rock and Roll All Night" and even some never-before-revealed alternate names for the band. For more information and a free trial, go to http://www.siriusxm.com


KISS: Why the Current Lineup Rules from SiriusXM Town Hall

Thursday, October 25, 2012

PETER CRISS on "FOX & Friends" -Video

Fox Network

Peter Criss visited the Fox Studios on October 24 for this interview on "Fox and Freinds" promoting his new autobiography.
Click HERE  to see the interview.



PETER CRISS Gets Visits from Old Friends at NYC Signing

Peter Criss  signed copies of his autobiography, Makeup to Breakup:My Life In And Out of Kiss, at the Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue store saw some old friends stop by with the Catman.
Photos: www.petercriss.net   October 23, 2012


Legendary Photographer, Bob Gruen and Peter.


Peter with Chris Lendt, former Kiss accountant and author of Kiss and Sell.


Peter signing his book for a fan.

'MONSTER' Current Billboard Chartings Week #2

MONSTER

Second Week Sales Report

Billboard.com

#14- Top 200 Albums / last week #3 debut
#4  - Top Rock Albums / last week #2
#2  - Top Hard Rock Albums / last week #1
#14- Top Canadian Albums / last week #3
#21- Tastemaker Albums / last week #4

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

PETER CRISS on 'Opie & Anthony'

Peter Criss Interviewed by 'Opie and Anthony' Show


Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

'MONSTER' Current Billboard Chartings





Billboard.com

#3- Top 200 Albums
#2 - Top Rock Albums
#1- Hard Rock Albums
#6- Germany Albums
#3 - Canadian Albums
#17- Digital Albums
#4 - Tastemaker Albums

New charts come out tomorrow.

ACE FREHLEY Cancels Hard Rock Hell Festival for a Second Time

Ace Frehley has pulled out of a headlining spot at the Hard Rock Hell Festival scheduled for November 29-December 2, 2012. This is the second year in a row that Ace has cancelled this gig. The festival is to be held at the Hay-Y-Mor Holiday Camp in North Wales, UK. Ugly Kid Joe have now been announced as the headliner for the Saturday show. No word from the Frehley camp as to why the cancellation.

KISS Guitarist Tommy Thayer on His Unique Career Path, War Hero Father

TOMMY THAYER Interviewed

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Chiaki Nozu, Getty Images
KISS recently returned with Monster, their 20th studio album and a rocking return to the thunderous hooks and classic chordal mayhem that makes them, well, KISS. Over their 40-plus year history, the band can boast 28 U.S. gold albums, the most gold records for any American rock band, along with over 100 million albums sold worldwide.

Noisecreep recently had the pleasure of talking with longtime lead guitarist Tommy Thayer about the new album, and his life in the band.

It must feel good to finally have Monster in stores.

We're all super happy and super proud of Monster and we put a lot of time and effort into making it great. We approached it from a very organic and simple place, like a band just starting out. We were just hanging out at each other's houses, we arranged the songs at rehearsal then we'd go in and just knock them out. We didn't even do demos. We didn't have a label involved when we did it so there was no manager or A&R person telling us what to do, it was just the four of us making the calls, so whatever was in our hearts made it onto the record.

How has your role in KISS evolved over the years?

It has evolved a lot. My first dealing with KISS was an opening act on the Asylum tour in 1985 while I was in my band Black 'N Blue. We did about 24-25 shows with KISS and I got to know Paul and Gene and then the relationship with Gene evolved after that. He produced some of our records, and then I worked on some KISS albums after that. Black 'N Blue then ran its course and I was hired to work behind the scenes with KISS, managing different sorts of things. Then ten years ago things evolved again and I came on board as lead guitarist.
 
It's a unique path you took.
Certainly is. I did a lot of video and photo work back then and really got up to speed on the band, archiving stuff, editing producing and directing videos, pay per views; more stuff than I ever imagined. It was never my aspiration to be in KISS. I was interested in them, but never aspired directly to be what I am today. Very ironic how it worked out. Since I've been in the band my role has evolved more – my playing, my approach in the studio – I'm more confident today than I've ever been. But today the feedback from KISS fans has been phenomenal, just so positive, which means a lot to me. This is a band built for the fans. I also love how much they seem to like Monster.

Were you a big KISS fan as a kid?

Huge. I was a KISS fan when the first record came out – my KISS roots go back to the beginning. The first three records I was a huge fan of in junior high school - so everything has come full circle in my life. I saw them play twice in Portland, Ore. during that time growing up and it was phenomenal. Those shows made a big impact on me –– the attitude, the presentation and most of all, the music.

This band has grown into something of an American and patriotic phenomenon with all the support of the troops you guys provide.

No doubt. KISS started out as a mere rock and roll band and the phenomenon has evolved into something quite extraordinary. This band touches so many people in so many generations in so many ways – it's truly incredible. And to your point, the troops mean the world to us. We will always stand by them.
 
You dad himself is a true American hero.
Thank you. He's a hero to me as a dad and also as a soldier in the military He just turned 90. In Europe in 1945, as a member of the U.S. Army in World War II he was in head to head combat with SS troops and he earned both the Bronze and Silver Star. His platoon helped liberate one of the Nazi concentration camps in Austria – he was one of the first guys in there and he helped save a lot of people's lives. He's done so many amazing things that the new Oregon Military Museum up in Portland is going to be named in my dad's honor: The Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum. I'm helping to raise the money for it now.

How can people learn more about it and even contribute?

Thank you. The website is www.allstarsalute.com.

Does he like KISS?

Loves KISS. He came to the recent KISS show in Portland. My parents have always been great supporters of everything I've done. Very encouraging and wonderful.

It still blows us away that KISS does their own makeup every night.

KISS is the hardest working band in show business Рit may sound like a clich̩ but it's true. We get to the gig hours before, do an acoustic set, a meet and greet, soundcheck, eat dinner Рthen 2-3 hours before the show we do our the make up - and we have all done our own make up since day one. It's a personal transition every night and a great part of the ritual. Then we do photos, press, then we perform, which of course is the most important part of it all. Then after the show is over, we get out of the makeup and transition back to normal life. It's a long day but we are very dedicated Рwe don't just show up before the gig, tune up and get onstage. There is a huge level of dedication that goes into it KISS every single day and every single show.
 
 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

PETER CRISS at Barnes & Noble Signing Today in New York

Peter Criss at today's book signing, "Makeup to Breakup:My Life In and Out of Kiss" at the Fifth Avenue, Barnes & Noble, New York, NY. October 23, 2012. Photos:WireImage
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PETER CRISS Responds to Steven Tyler's "Comic rock band" Comment

Peter Criss responds to Steven Tyler's claim that Kiss is no more than a "comic rock band."
Peter appeared on New York's Classic Rock Q104 with Jim Kerr.

PETER CRISS Book Signing in NYC Today

Peter Criss will sign copies of his book, Makeup to Breakup:My Life In and Out of KISS, today at 12:30pm at the Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue store located at 555 Fifth Avenue at 46th St., New York, NY.
The book is out and available now at retailers. You can also purchase the book at AMAZON along with an autographed version from Premire Collectibles as well as Barnes & Noble and ITunes.

MONSTER at #28 on Hits Daily Double


Monster, the 20th studio album from KISS, has slipped to #28 according to Hits Daily Double sales charts with 4,051 power index.

Billboard's Top 200 will come out tomorrow. On the UK Album Charts, Monster, has slipped down to #92 in it's second week from a debut at #21.

PAUL STANLEY, GENE SIMMONS and TOMMY THAYER Attend Carousel of Hope



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KISS 2012 Carousel of Hope BallMusicians (L-R) Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer of the rock band 'KISS' arrive at the 26th Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, California October 20, 2012. The event benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer attended the 2012 Carousel of Hope Ball, which took place Saturday night in the VIP room of the Beverly Hilton. Carousel of Hope benefits the children's hospital in Denver and the research to help eradicate juvenile diabetes.
In attendance were George Clooney and Stacey Keibler, Clive Davis, Sidney Poitier, Shirley MacLaine, Berry Gordy, Jane Fonda, Jerry Weintraub, George Schlatter and Quincy Jones all made that top table, as did Jay Leno, who hosted the show.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

GENE SIMMONS' All Star Band at LA's Rocktoberfest- Video



Gene Simmons All Star Band performs War Machine at “Kiss Night” during ROCKTOBERFEST 2012 ,includes Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick and Eric Singer on Drums. Hosted by Gene Simmons and Wolfgang Puck, If you live in Los Angeles, be sure to stop by ROCKTOBERFEST.
Video courtesy of Daily Motion.


War Machine: Gene Simmons All Band-“KISS DAY”... by emmreport

Click the above link after viewing to see all of Gene's All Star Band performences of Detroit Rock City, I Love It Loud, Deuce and Nothin' To Lose. Enjoy!!

GENE SIMMONS with BRUCE KULICK at Las Vegas Rock Camp

Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick rocking out to "WAR MACHINE" with the campers at Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp. The event was held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, October 10-14. YouTube/



KISS’s Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on “Monster”


Neil Chrisley/ www.gibson.com

  Strange to think that KISS went a full decade – 11 years, in fact – without releasing an album of new material. Even more remarkable is the fact that when KISS did hit the studio again – to make 2009’s Sonic Boom – their return to form was spectacular. Monster, the band’s just-released follow-up, provides conclusion proof that KISS’s comeback was no fluke. Packed with full-throttle rock and roll, the album distills the spirit of KISS to its no-frills essence.
“There are no symphony orchestras, no boys choirs, no keyboards, no outside producers and no outside songwriters,” says Gene Simmons, who, along with KISS co-founder Paul Stanley, credits lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer with reinvigorating the band. “The best thing we did was to turn inwards to ourselves.” In the following interview, Simmons and Stanley talk about making Monster, creating distinctive guitar riffs and holding onto their inner child.
How did making Monster differ from making Sonic Boom?
STANLEY: Sonic Boom was us discovering who we are today, as a recording band. We had proven ourselves as a live entity, and we had our history down pat, but the question to answer was: who are we in the studio, today? Monster, on the other hand, is a band that’s totally sure of what we can do. We were all confident about how great this album could be. My role as producer, as I saw it, was to be a director and a coach, to make sure we kept our eye on the goal.
What was the writing and recording process like?
STANLEY: We wrote the songs primarily at my house. After that we went into rehearsal. We didn’t spend a lot of time on that, but that’s why it’s called “rehearsal.” You don’t want to go into the studio and do anything except record. If you’re spending time in the studio learning to tie your shoelaces, you’re just wasting money. We were prepared, and we went in and did things just like we did in rehearsal. We recorded facing one another – just an arm’s length apart.
Did keeping things simple – just two guitars, bass and drums – steer you down a certain creative path?
SIMMONS: The first few albums we put out were band-made, band-played and band-designed. And then we veered off and started doing lots of other stuff -- concept records, symphony orchestra albums, all sorts of things, all over the map. Those things are like going to a fancy French restaurant, where things taste good but afterwards you have an upset stomach. There’s too much butter, it’s too creamy, there’s too much of this and that. Ultimately, the best food is Mom’s home cooking. Pride comes into play as well. It all starts in your heart and soul. You know in your heart what’s good, before anyone else hears it. You sort of go, “Gee, that’s damn good. Let’s play that again.” The best measure of that is that we’re actually playing the new album in the dressing room, when we’re getting ready to do a show. Invariably, someone walks in and says, “Who is that? Turn that up!”
How old were you when you first picked up a guitar?
SIMMONS: I was 14. My mother bought me a Gibson SG Standard, a beautiful guitar. I held it for a long time before I knew anything about how to play it. The first chord I learned was a “C” chord. I played it the way folk players play it [begins singing “Michael Row the Boat Ashore”]. I wrote my first song with that chord. It was called “I Wanna Be a Sailor.” Melodies started coming into my head as I learned new chords. I wrote “Deuce” when I was 19.
Why did you switch to bass?
SIMMONS: I’ve always been a pragmatist. Everybody else was playing guitar. I could see clearly that if I wanted to be in a band, maybe I should play bass, since there were fewer bass players. Of course, some of the bass players for the biggest bands in the world started out as guitar players. Being able to play guitar gives you a different perspective as a bass player.
Who were your main influences?
SIMMONS: Paul McCartney, above everybody else. His approach wasn’t based on how Motown bassists played. The Motown guys were stupendous, but when you listened to those records – everything from The Temptations to The Supremes to Stevie Wonder – the bass line was never something you hummed. It wasn’t a hook. When you heard Beatles songs, sometimes you actually hummed the melody of the bass. “Taxman” is a good example. A lot of those Beatles songs served as the basis for metal – or certainly hard rock. Think of those bass riffs [hums the riff for “Day Tripper”]. Whatever the bass is playing, the guitar is playing. That’s true of “Lady Madonna” and on and on.
Most KISS riffs have a signature, something that tells you right away it’s KISS. Are great riffs a dying art?
STANLEY: I agree, there is something distinctive about KISS riffs. But I also think most great riffs have already been written, and Jimmy Page probably wrote most of them. “Black Dog,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” “Dazed and Confused,” on and on. Granted, much of what Led Zeppelin did was based on Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, you name it -- but they took those things and skewed them in a way that created a signature. Most of what’s come afterward has been based on that. Has anyone else come up with riffs that great? There have been other good riffs by other players, but most of them tip their hats to those same sources. I doubt they’ll stand the test of time as well as the originals.
Do you see irony in the fact that KISS’s style, today, is closer than ever to what it was in the‘70s?
SIMMONS: That’s a compliment of the highest order. Painters often talk about the innocence of children. Children put their hands in buckets of paints – all colors – and start to smear on a canvas. It’s all impressionistic. As a musician, it’s extremely hard to recapture that innocence you had when you were a kid, when you were in a garage, by yourself, plugging into an amp for the first time. If someone tells us we’ve recaptured something we had on those first few records, that’s the highest compliment. That’s the hardest thing to do – to get back to the purity and essence of who you actually are. Free unencumbered emotional expression exists in innocence. We’re fighting against knowing too much.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

KISS on the Mountain Radio Special Replay





















KISS ON THE MOUNTAIN THREE-HOUR RADIO SPECIAL
This program was originally broadcast on September 15, 2012
This commercial-free podcast features the entire show and includes:
  • An all-new 2012 exclusive interview with Gene Simmons
  • More than 30 songs from all eras of the band’s career
  • Segments of archived interviews with Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and former members of the group dating back to 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2011.
  • Commentary from rock music journalist Alan K. Stout, who has interviewed KISS more than a dozen times and has seen them in concert more than 30 times.


Listen to King of the Mountian KISS Special

PETER CRISS Making Strides for Breast Cancer Today in New Jersey

Walk Against Breast Cancer with Peter Criss
October 21st @ 10am

We invite you to join us in Point Pleasant, NJ to walk against breast cancer and raise awareness to help conquer this awful disease. The walk will begin at 10am on October 21, 2012. We look forward to seeing everyone there! Please visit the link below to join our team or make a donation and learn more about the event:
 
 

Gene Simmons and Wolfgang Puck Host Rocktoberfest Pictures

Sophie Tweed-Simmons, Gene Simmons, Wolfgang Puck and Shannon Tweed arriving at Gene Simmons and Wolfgang Puck Host Rocktoberfest opening night red carpet gala.Picture copyright by Billy Bennight / PR Photos.

Sophie Tweed-Simmons, Gene Simmons, Wolfgang Puck and Shannon Tweed arriving at Gene Simmons and Wolfgang Puck Host Rocktoberfest opening night red carpet gala.Picture copyright by Billy Bennight / PR Photos.
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Kiss' Gene Simmons given $200million to reform Led Zeppelin

Bassist claims he was handed the money to reunite the rock legends

NME
Kiss' Gene Simmons has claimed that he was once given $200million to reform Led Zeppelin.

The bassist was allegedly handed the money by a promoter to use to tempt surviving members, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, to reunite and tour.

Simmons told The Sun: "In 2009/10 I was given a few hundred million dollars in an account by a large concert promoter and given the task of reaching out to Jimmy and Robert and trying to convince them to get back together."

The tongue-wangling bassist was told to use his connections with the band to get them back together following their 2007's London O2 gig, but he failed in his task to reunite the legendary group as "Robert just doesn't want to do it".

Led Zeppelin released Celebration Day, a concert film shot at the band's 2007 reunion gig at London's 02 Arena, in cinemas last week. The film will get a general DVD release on November 19. A deluxe edition will also include footage of the Shepperton rehearsals, as well as BBC news footage.

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ERIC SINGER Attends 'Rocktobefest' - Video

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Friday, October 19, 2012

PETER CRISS' Book Reviewed:"Peter always fought to make as much money as Ace"





By John Jeffrey
Rock Music Star

Attention KISS fans!! Brace yourselves, because original drummer Peter Criss has been issued the launch codes, and on October 23, 2012, Criss will be dropping the bomb, which will cause an upheaval in the ranks of the KISS Army for sure! Peter's projectile will come in the form of his autography, "Makeup To Breakup - My Life in and out of KISS" (co-authored by Larry "Ratso" Sloman), which is by far the most scathing and dirt dishing book put out in reference to any member of KISS, past or present. "Makeup To Breakup" makes the dirt rags ("KISS & Tell" by Gordon Gebert and "Into the Void" by Wendy Moore) written about former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley come off looking tame by comparison. Being so volatile, it makes Gene Simmons' "KISS and Makeup" read like a school text book and it's so raw and racy, it makes Ace Frehley's "No Regrets" seem like an after-school special.

"Makeup to Breakup" does start out rather slow, as the first couple of chapters deal with Peter's childhood, which is the oh so typical, 'poor kid, growing up in a poor neighborhood, gets picked on by the neighborhood bad boys, fights back, eventually becomes one himself, until finding an outlet to escape his surroundings and begins the path on the road to his journey of fame and stardom.'

The beginning of Peter's musical life also coincides with beginning of his relationship with his childhood sweetheart and first wife Lydia Criss. Interestingly enough, the chapters surrounding their relationship and the early days of KISS, closely parallels Lydia's own story she published in her book, "Sealed with a KISS." Getting further into the book, I began recognizing stories that I had read in other KISS related books, like Sean Delaney's "Hellbox" and certain factual data which I recalled reading in "KISS Alive Forever" (Jeff Suhs & Curt Gooch). It's good to know that Criss and Sloman did their homework when compiling the stories and the dates of when things occurred, but unfortunately, I can only give them a B or a C for their efforts, as there are quite a few factual and grammatical errors in the book. While I won't nitpick every mistake, big ones in there are the dates of the last show he claims he performed with KISS (in the picture section of the book it states it was December 20, 2004, when it was actually 2003) and the year that his father passed away (the book states 1995, when it was in December of 1994).

When Peter begins recounting details from the early days of KISS, the readers jaw will undoubtedly drop. While some fans would suspect that Peter would touch on Paul Stanley's long rumored bi-sexual tendencies (which Peter does touch on briefly), it was shocking to read Criss' claims of Ace Frehley's sexual duality. Not only does Peter allude to receiving oral sex from Frehley during a threesome, but stated that he questioned the true nature of Ace's "friendship" with one of his (Ace's) longtime friends.

Peter Criss provides a descriptive and detailed account of his first, second and third run with KISS, in addition to his personal relationships with various girlfriends and his first, second and third wives (Lydia, Debra and currently Gigi). He also provides his account of the beginning and end of his various solo projects, his run in with the mafia, his stint in rehab, his (almost) attempted suicide, and most recently, his diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

When describing his various 'reunions' with KISS from 1996 on, you get a clear picture that instead of time healing wounds between Criss and his former bandmates, instead, it created a brand new hatred for Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and manager Doc McGhee. His distain of the KISS Co. trio became so extreme that he needed to seek professional counseling in order to prevent himself from following through with his ever increasing fantasy of "packing a gun and taking a plane to L.A. and shooting the three cocksuckers." Keeping with co-author Larry Sloman's self-deprecating writing style, Peter did not hesitate to throw himself under the bus throughout the tales in his memoir, however it seems no one else in Peter's circle was safe from that fate as well. While constantly citing his history of repeated drug use, he claims he and Ace were not the only ones to partake in the festivities. He claims that Gene and Paul were "contact high" throughout the recording sessions of "Dressed To Kill," due to all of the marijuana being smoked by producer Neil Bogart. Peter proclaimed, "Gene would order four dozen donuts and chow on them constantly." Later on, Criss alluded to Paul Stanley being a doctor shopping, prescription drug addict, stating that he carried a Louis Vuitton bag filled with everything from pain killers, tranquilizers to sexual stimulants, along with a "phone book of over 50 doctors' names."

The thing I found most surprising in the book is Criss' apparent bitterness towards Ace Frehley. Most KISS fans always viewed the band as a divided group, with Gene and Paul on one side and Peter and Ace on the other. However, in "Makeup to Breakup" Peter makes it clear that he certainly doesn't reside with team Frehley. While it seems that he feels a kinship to Ace, from the very early days of the band, Peter comments on how lazy Ace was, and states that while he felt that he (Peter) was the best singer in the band (even a better vocalist than Paul), that Ace should have never been allowed to sing in KISS. It seems that because Peter was the third member to join the band, he disagreed with the idea that Ace was more valuable to KISS than he was. Peter always fought to make as much money as Ace did during the 'Reunion' era, and was devastated when he found out that Ace was making more money than he was on the Farewell tour. Between that and Ace going along with Criss' termination in 1979, it seems that Peter still holds a grudge somewhat, as he even noted that the song he wrote called "Space Ace" (from his 2007 "One for All" CD), was not a tribute to Ace like most people thought (including Ace), but actually a slam for "Ace's betrayal."

As scandalous and sensationalized "Makeup to Breakup" is, the storytelling and attention to detail (although at times flawed) is really top notch. It's an entertaining read for any music or KISS fan and it will be up to the reader to determine what may be fact or fiction. Like part of the old William Cooper quote goes, "Listen to everyone, read everything, (and) believe nothing."

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Flaming Youth: The KISS Army at the Cow Palace 1977


SFGate
PETER HARTLAUB


From what I’ve seen, 1977 was a fantastic year to be a rebellious teenager in the Bay Area with a little bit of disposable income.
There was no greater night than Aug. 16, when KISS played the Cow Palace with Cheap Trick opening. It was just two months after the release of “Love Gun,” 10 days before the band recorded the bulk of “Alive II” in Los Angeles and one of the last tours with all of the founding members (before the original KISS reunited as a nostalgia in 1996). It was also the day that Elvis Presley died.
This week’s Let’s Go to the Morgue! is a tribute to the KISS Army, and their phenomenal showing at the Cow Palace in 1977. I hope you all got home safe. And even in middle age, may you continue to rock and roll all night, and party every day.
A few more notes below …

* If you’re one of the face-painted kids featured in this photo gallery, please contact me at phartlaub@sfchronicle.com. I’m hoping to interview at least one fan for my Let’s Go to the Q&A project.
* Chronicle music critic Joel Selvin, a noted KISS detractor, reviewed this show. He wrote his most scathing review during their first trip to the Bay Area in 1975. An excerpt from that piece: “KISS takes the cake. The ludicrous hard rock quartet that appeared Friday at Winterland may be the most crass, worthless rock band to run through town in years. … The entire performance was silly (but not funny) and barely worth dignifying by comment.” His 1977 review was much more subdued, in a resigned/defeated kind of way. (UPDATED: I just scanned in Selvin’s entire 1975 review below.)
* Here’s my own review from the 2009 “35/Alive” tour at the Oracle Arena. As you’ll see I wasn’t very impressed, and missed Ace Frehley …
* As we do in every photo that includes a concession stand menu, I’ve enlarged the negative so you can see the prices. Seventy cents for a hot dog! I’m sure in 1977 this was considered highway robbery. A feature on the concert also made fun of the $6 T-shirts and $5 belt buckles. (The joke’s on you, Chronicle! KISS vintage belt buckles sell on eBay for upwards of $100.)

Check the rest of the must read article along with photo gallery from 1977 HERE

PETER CRISS to appear at Mad Monster Party in 2013


According to Blabbermouth Peter Criss will make an autograph appearence at the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 22 - 24, 2013.

For more information click TheMadMonsterParty.com.
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KISS: Reunion With ACE FREHLEY And PETER CRISS 'Would Be The Death Of The Band'

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Lisa Berigan of Big 100.3, Washington D.C.'s home for bigger and better classic rock, recently conducted an interview with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons and drummer Eric Singer. You can now listen to the chat below.

Asked of KISS would ever consider performing with guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss again, Simmons said, "No. Ace and Peter were great for the beginning of the band, but it would be the death of the band with Ace and Peter today. They were both equally as important as Paul [Stanley, guitar/vocals] and I for the beginnings of the band, but not everybody is designed in their DNA to be a marathon runner. They were short-distance runners and that was great for the beginning of the band. But we have to take it to the next level. We've been doing this for 40 years. Physically, neither of them could do what we do. It's very physically demanding, and also, the musicality. You've gotta be there with no dark clouds over your head, no drugs or alcohol in your system. They were fantastic for the beginning of the band, and that's the chapter they should be in." "Monster", the 20th studio album from legendary rockers KISS, sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. KISS' previous CD, "Sonic Boom", opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the band's highest-charting LP ever.

Listen to the interview with Eric and Gene here: http://www.thebigdc.com/pages/lisa.html?page=2

KISS® By Monster Mini Golf® Hosting Crazy, Crazy Nights Pajama Party on Halloween


KISS® By Monster Mini Golf®, the unique rock ‘n’ roll-themed amusement attraction based around the legendary band KISS®, celebrates Halloween with activities for Saints and Sinners on Oct. 31. Kids in costume can play unlimited golf for $5 from 4 – 6 p.m. and are able to trick-or-treat while on the course. A Crazy, Crazy Nights Pajama Party begins at 7 p.m. for adults 21 and over. The party features live entertainment from Sin City Sinners, rock ‘n’ roll trivia contest, cash bar, and a pajama contest judged by a special guest. Anyone in pajamas or a costume gets FREE admission while that not in costume will be charged a $5 entry, or “wimp-out,” fee.
The day’s lineup includes:
  • 4 – 6 p.m. – Kids’ special – kids in costume golf for $5 and can trick-or-treat on the course
  • 7 p.m. – Mini Golf Course opens for adults-only unlimited play during the evening
  • 7 p.m. – Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Contest – winner earns a spot at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp
  • 8 p.m. – Zombie-themed rock/punk cover band, The Bones, perform live on stage
  • 9 p.m. – Halloween Costume Contest Judging with a special guest and Sin City Sinners
  • 10 p.m. – Sin City Sinners perform live on stage
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pre-Order The Casablanca Single Box Set

Collection

  • Street Date: 12/4/12
  • Limited Edition: 2,500
Includes:
  • 29 Singles on 45 RPM Records
  • 26 Collectable Picture Sleeves of Original Releases
  • 4 Color Vinyl Pieces of their '78 Solo Singles
  • Housed in Custom KISS 45s Box
  • 36-page Booklet with Unreleased Photos and Track Annotations
  • A mask for each member!

Got to http://www.universalmusicenterprises.com/select/product to pre-order the box set and get more information on this collection.

KISS Discuss 'Monster,' Kiss Cruise & Rock Hall at SiriusXM Town Hall Conference


by Liz Ramanand/Ultimate Classic Rock
photo by: Rahav Segev, Sirius XM

The legends of Kiss graced the Sirius XM studios in New York City last week for a two-hour intimate question and answer session with a few lucky Sirius subscribers. Kiss spoke candidly about their 20th studio record, ‘Monster,’ their Halloween-themed Kiss Cruise and they gave a piece of their mind about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check out some of the highlights of the Q&A below:

’Monster’ seems to be one of the most personal collection of songs on any Kiss album. Was that a conscious decision or was it just material that was brought into the sessions?
Tommy Thayer: That’s a great question. ‘Monster’ is a great band album – it’s something that just the four of us created without any outside input or influence from management, record labels, nobody. We wrote the songs, we rehearsed them, then recorded them. It was very organic, very in your face. Paul [Stanley] produced it; he did a phenomenal job and was great about choosing the right songs — not only the very best songs that should be on a record by Kiss but also the songs that were cohesive, that fit together and made a statement as a group of songs. That’s a very important thing that people don’t think about because often you get records where it isn’t cohesive and it’s confusing to listen to records like that sometimes you think, “That song doesn’t seem to fit.” All these songs are of the same nature, they fit together like a puzzle, Paul did a great job as a producer in making that happen. That’s what ‘Monster’ is about. It’s a very cohesive, strong, bold statement.

Paul Stanley: I think when you talk about it being personal, where that comes from is a passion that the band has. This lineup has been together for ten years and once we found our footing as a live band, it was only a matter of time before we said, “Let’s go into the studio.” We know what we’ve been, we know what we’re celebrating in terms of the past but let’s put our boots down and say, “This is who we are today and in the future.”

‘Monster’ is a whole different thing. ‘Monster’ is four guys coming together with a real passion and passion is the key to it. We didn’t want perfection. Too much music nowadays or what gets passed off as music is made on computers. People are in the studio looking at computer screens to see whether the music is good. If music is good, by God, you’ll tap your foot and you’ll sweat. All the stuff we listen to that made an impression on us, whether it was Motown, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Beatles on and on it was about passion, it was about doing something that was true to the heart and that’s what we wanted to get back to. So personal, yeah it’s the four of us and we couldn’t be more proud of it. We stand by this one and make no apologies and want to bask in it’s success.

TT: We’ve all been involved in bands and having an experience with everybody and really enjoying it and interacting and collaborating and people throwing ideas – it’s a comfortable situation, a very productive situation. It’s rare and we’ve got something here that we really enjoy a lot.

Gene Simmons: Maybe the standout vocal, by some people’s standards, is the powerful track of Eric Singer singing ‘All For the Love of Rock & Roll.’ You should hear this song. It’s the single in Europe and people fall in love with this guy when he sings. He sings to me in the bathtub.
Question:Frank Hagan/Kiss Mask

How many songs were brought to ‘Monster’ and what is the process you take of sifting through material and decide what’s on the final recording?
PS: Interesting, one of the ground rules and I think everybody operates better when you have certain expectations and certain limitations. One of them that we setup was no old songs because if a song wasn’t good enough for the last album it’s not like wine, it doesn’t get better with time, it doesn’t age well. The idea with the album was to come up with new songs and the criteria was to make a cohesive album that really from start to finish reflected who this band is at its best. There weren’t that many songs.

TT: We didn’t really bring songs in. It was a thing where let’s meet over at your house and start writing songs.

PS: If the song’s not good, why finish it? It’s much better to self-edit, I think than to just keep writing and writing. So on this album there are 13 songs counting the bonus song – I don’t think there were more than 15 or 16 that were even thrown around.

GS: Half-finished, we didn’t even finish them.

PS: We’re pretty good at listening and going, “This isn’t the one, next,” and we move on. It wasn’t a matter of we have all of these extra songs sitting in the can. We’ve never been like that and now more than ever we’re really focused and tuned into who we are.

TT: We didn’t do demos either which is important because people write songs and then they demo it and you make these great demos and you go to record the record trying to beat the demo – people in bands know what I’m talking about – so we didn’t have any of that kind of thing going on. We wrote a song, we knew it was good, we rehearsed it to get the arrangement and then we go right into the studio and record it so it was very fresh and that was it. We didn’t have any demos or things happening before that which kind of can screw things up sometimes so we kept it spontaneous and for real.

GS: This is important to say because you guys are here, media and all this stuff and the record comes out and the accolades and the attention usually falls on us two knuckleheads but with Eric and Tommy in the band Kiss is revitalized and reborn and re-energized. You can’t know what it’s like to be onstage and have a solid band where you can just lean back and the power of Eric’s drumming – you can never get lost. First of all he’s a triple threat, he’s not only cute and young but the guy can sing any one of us under the rug. He plays drums with his hands tied behind his bag, shackled upside down, all kinds of things. Tommy, likewise, can write songs, sing lead, this band is unstoppable. Any band out there that wants to dare step onstage with us, come get it. Now get out.

PS: When Tommy first came on the scene, we’ve known him a long time, I really considered him a good guitar player and that’s honest. Tommy’s become just a ferociously spectacular guitar player and what makes the band so great at this point is when you have four people in the band who are all saying, “How can I make the band better?” instead of “How can the band make me more famous?” You accomplish everything. If everybody is working toward bettering the band everybody will get in the spotlight. We make get a lot of attention over here but we couldn’t make an album like ‘Sonic Boom’ or an album like ‘Monster’ with any other lineup, I want to know what you’re smokin’ ‘cause it’s just not true.

Honestly especially with the original lineup which people always love to talk about, those guys and us laid the foundation for what is Kiss today — we couldn’t be here today without them and we couldn’t be here today with them. The band carries on and we’re better than ever, we couldn’t be happier. We’re blessed. We get onstage every night and it’s a treat to be up here with those guys.

What was the name behind Wicked Lester and how did you come up with the name Kiss?
Jose Mangin: Wicked Lester was name of Paul and Gene’s group before Kiss was formed as some background.

PS: I think we were just looking for something cool. I think we could have been the Crimson Harpoon. I don’t know, it [Wicked Lester] didn’t have a meaning although we kind of envisioned a cartoon type character and once the band did an album – we actually did an album for Epic Records over a year’s time. We would sit around all day and when a band would leave, we would run in sometimes 24 hours at a time and we did this awful album. We were kids, we were lucky to be in a studio. We did this album and by the time we finished the album Gene and I both looked at each other and said, “This isn’t something we’re comfortable with, it’s not something that represents us.” As though out of our minds – here’s a bunch of guys without a pot to piss in and we said, “We don’t want to be in this band” and we basically let the other guys go and the other guys said, “We’re going to hold out contract” and we said “Fine” and we quit.

So Epic had this album and Gene and I decided to write songs that are much more cohesive, that sound like they’re the same band and we quickly started writing. It couldn’t have been two months and every week we just had three or four songs and we knew Wicked Lester was not the name of this band anymore. We thought about it a while and one night we were driving on the Long Island Expressway right near the Woodhaven Boulevard exit and I said, “What about Kiss” and I was thinking “Dear God I hope nobody says no.” It just felt so right and everybody went “Yeah” and it really embodies so much of what we are – it’s heavy, it’s passionate and it’s a name, no matter where you go in the world, people know that word. In the beginning when we were nobody, nobody knew who we were, people would go “Oh Kiss, I’ve heard of you” because it’s just a word you hear all the time. Long answer to a short question.

GS: I want to tell you something that I don’t think we’ve ever told anybody. We were looking for a name Wicked Lester at the time, we settled on. Right before that for a short time we were thinking of The Norman Watch Company.

PS: What about Sid Cup Kent?

GS: Sid Cup Kent, I was reading an English music magazine and there was a place called Sid Cup in Kent England and to me it just sounded like Sid Cup Kent, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin – of course I was out of my mind. There was a sign on the street and I thought, “Yeah that’s a cool name Norman Watch Company.”

Can you guys talk about the Kiss Cruise that’s coming up for some people listening who may not know about it?

PS: The Kiss Cruise is something uniquely Kiss. It brings 3,000 fans around the world on a cruise with us that lasts four days. It’s sold out and last year was phenomenal. It has the sense, at least when we go down the halls, it’s kind of like a dorm. People are putting stuff on their doors and we’ll go around and sign it. It’s Kiss fans from around the world getting together. We get a chance to play acoustically – then we do two shows in full gear in and we pull out a lot of those obscure classics and just have a lot of fun with the die-hards, this really is for them. It’s unique and then we have a lot of extra activities. Last year we were all kind of trepidatious – wondering what’s this going to be like for us, we had a ball. Probably the second or third day in we were all looking at each other saying, “We got to do this again next year.” It comes up at the end of October.

Kiss doesn’t need any validation from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but another year goes by and there’s other guys that are being nominated and it probably doesn’t matter too much to you but how does it make you feel when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame comes and goes another year and Kiss is not mentioned?
PS: I think it bothers you and that’s why it bothers us, it’s not about us. We don’t need the validation – I think most people realize that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a scam. It’s a bunch of faceless people that none of us know who get together in this club and pick singers and a lot of the people who they nominate and put through aren’t even people who sell a lot. The fact of the matter is, there are people in there that it’s ridiculous to have in there. There are plenty of bands who belong in there – I think this year they’re reaching a point where they realize that they’ve realized that they’re running out of their hip and happening artist of choice or people who we all know don’t belong in there.

Now they seem to be opening up the doors somewhat and letting in the bands who belong in their but they’re not doing it by choice – they’re doing it because they have no choice. When you put in someone like Patti Smith, God bless Patti Smith or Laura Nyro who most of you don’t even know who I’m a big fan of but those people have nothing to do with rock and roll. The people who run the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have nothing to do with rock and roll either.

GS: How about Madonna, how about Grandmaster Flash, those artists belong in the hip-hop hall of fame and the disco hall of fame – there ain’t no rock in there, nobody play guitar, get out of here. In one of my angrier moments somebody asked me about it and I said, “I’m thinking of buying it and firing everybody.” We are so lucky to be in this position we have nothing to complain about. A long time ago people asked us about this stuff and we get plenty of awards just stepping up onstage. It’s a sham and they should be ashamed of themselves.

PS: If we ever did get inducted or indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we would accept on your behalf. I think it means a lot to you people, the validation that you think is missing and by all means if it were to happen – we would go as your champions because you make us.

Calling All Kiss Army Members!

POLLSTAR

Pack your KISS gear and plan on heading to Los Angeles later this month because Gene Simmons is hosting the KISS Army Night at the first annual Rocktoberfest at L.A. Live. You should also bring your appetite because Wolfgang Puck is serving up Oktoberfest cuisine with a California twist.
The festival is presented by Rock & Brews, the restaurant concept founded by Simmons with restaurateur Michael Zislis and concert promoter Dave Furano. Described as “a rockin’ California tribute to the two-centuries old Bavarian tradition,” the seven-day event includes local, national and international beers along with Oktoberfest cuisine, live entertainment and special celebrity guests.

Held at Nokia Plaza – L.A. Live, Rockterfest begins with an opening charity gala Oct. 15 and wraps up with the Craft Brew Festival Oct. 21, featuring more than 50 different craft beers and breweries. A portion of the proceeds from the Craft Brew Festival will benefit The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live.

The charity gala benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that honors and empowers injured service members through aid and unique, direct programs and services. Hosted by Simmons and Puck, the gala is limited to 1,000 attendees. Along with Simmons, organizers promise that “some big names in rock ’n’ roll are expected to take the stage in a jam band format.”

General admission tickets begin at $107 and include $60 worth of food and beverage vouchers, as well as a commemorative drink stein.VIP tickets are available ranging from single VIP tickets for $261.50 to seating at the “Hall of Fame” VIP table for eight. You’ll need to call for “Hall of Fame” VIP pricing but we can tell you this special package comes with tons of perks such as red carpet access, eight tickets to see the Lakers vs. Kings game Oct. 21, two nights in a penthouse and the chance to jam onstage with Simmons!

Now that that’s covered, let’s talk about the KISS Army Night, which takes place Oct. 18. You can count on live entertainment, German beers on tap and a selection of Puck’s Oktoberfest dishes. Simmons will perform at an all star jam session at 8:30 p.m. You can expect other KISS band members to be in attendance.
General admission tickets, including a commemorative drink stein, are $24.75.

Tickets are on sale now.

For more information visit Rocktoberfest.com.

KISS PSA Helping Parents 2 Rock - Video




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Jimmy Kimmel Live - KISS - Helping Parents to Rock PSA
HELPINGPARENTS2ROCK.ORG / JIMMY KIMMEL
Did you know that 3 in 5 kids in the US suffer from a parent that does NOT rock? KISS, along with Jimmy Kimmel Live, have joined with other rock stars to fight this silent epidemic that can strike anywhere, anytime.

KISS help parents to rock, one suburb at a time, in this new comedy sketch streaming on helpingparents2rock.org!

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BRUCE KULICK Performs "Highway To Hell" at Rocktoberfest in LA


Bruce Kulick Performs "Highway to Hell" with the... by emmreport

The Daily Motion
Former Kiss Guitarist Bruce Kulick performs AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" with the Gene Simmons All Star Band at the opening Night of ROCKTOBERFEST 2012, hosted by Gene Simmons and Wolfgang Puck, If you live in Los Angeles, be sure to stop by ROCKTOBERFEST this week, for more info, go to their website: www.rocktoberfest.com/

PAUL STANLEY Discusses 'Monster' and Future KISS Plans




Wednesday, October 17, 2012

MONSTER US Chart Action

KISS' MONSTER will enter the Billboard Top 200 US Charts today at #3.
MONSTER sold a total of 59,718 units in it's first week.
www.billboard.com

LW TW artist / album label power index % change
1 1 MUMFORD & SONS GLASSNOTE 100,060 -36%
BABEL
-- 2 MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS MACKLEMORE 74,530 --
HEIST
-- 3 KISS UME 59,718 --
MONSTER
-- 4 MGK BAD BOY/INTERSCOPE 50,004 --
LACE UP
-- 5 BARBRA STREISAND COLUMBIA 43,663 --
 

PAUL STANLEY & TOMMY THAYER 'Rockline' Replay

Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer's appearence on 'ROCKLINE' is now available for replay. Hosted by Bruce Coburn. Click the link below to listen.

http://rocklineradio.com/replay/replay.php

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Our Photo with KISS at SiriusXM Town Hall


KISS TOWN HALL at SiriusXM Studios in New York, October 11, 2012. Frank Hagan (L) and Matt Porter (R) and you know the rest of the guys! Thank SiriusXM Radio!! What a great day!! I can now die a happy KISS fan...LOL! SiriusXM's Jose Mangin hosted the event.AHALL" with KISS! The event was hosted by Jose ManginLL" with KISS! The event was hosted by Jose Mangin

PAUL STANLEY Bites Back at Steven Tyler

/Classic Rock Magazine

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley has bitten back at Steven Tyler, saying the Aerosmith singer needs a “reality check” after calling the glam icons a comic-book band.
Last week Tyler told a radio interviewer that he’d “hated” Kiss since the time the bands toured together and one of Aerosmith’s roadies wound up in a knife fight with the other outfit’s crew.
“Sometimes I get offended,” said Tyler. “They’ve got a couple of hits but they’re more comic book. I hear that and I go, ‘Yeah, that’s alright – do they really mean it? What’s this all about?”
But he added that after the violent altercation he’d “gotten to know Gene and Paul, and they’re beautiful people.”
Now Stanley, talking to the Rockline radio show, has responded to the comments.
“Maybe Steven’s feeling a bit full of himself because he has an album coming out,” the Kiss frontman says. “When their album comes out, let’s put it with ours and let the music do the talking.”
Discussing the bands’ 2003 double-header tour he reports: “Steven insisted they close the show. I didn’t care because one way or the other you have to come up onstage. He had a chip on his shoulder back then.”
Stanley says he remembers “looking down his nose a bit at Kiss. Seeing him come onstage to an underwhelmed audience and people walking out.”
He adds: “Steven may have been over enthused and needs a reality check.”
Aerosmith’s long-awaited album Music From Another Dimension, their first to feature new music in 11 years, is due for release on November 6. Kiss’ latest record, Monster, came out this week.

Monday, October 15, 2012

PAUL STANLEY & TOMMY THAYER on Rockline Tonight!

KISS will be on the nationally syndicated program, ROCKLINE, hosted by Bruce Coburn on tonight, October 15. The show will air 8:30PM (PT)/ 11:30 (ET). You can call in and speak with KISS calling 1-800-344-ROCK. The show will also stream on Rockline's website for two weeks. Check Rockline's website RocklineRadio.com to see what station carries the show and how to get all the information you need to know about the show.

MONSTER UK Chart Action

MONSTER entered the UK Album Charts at #7 and charting at #21 in it's second week.
To keep your eye on MONSTER in the UK, got to http://www.officialcharts.com/albums-chart/

The Treatment Talk About thier Tour with KISS & Motley Crue - Video

Classic Rock
http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/music_and_videos/video-the-treatment-talk-about-their-us-tour-with-kiss-and-motley-crue/
The Treatment band members Tagore Grey and Ben Brookland talk about their experience on "The TOUR" with KISS and Motley Crue.

KISS Announce Scandinavian Tour Dates


2013 KISS Scandinavian Tour Dates


June 1: Friends Arena Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden (on sale now)
June 3: Hartwell Arena, Helsinki, Finland (on sale 10/22)
June 6: Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesberg, Sweden (on sale now)
June 8: Viking Fest, Viking Stadion, Stavanger, Norway (on sale 10/22)
June 11: Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark (on sale 10/22)

Please check KISSONLINE for all KISS ARMY Pre-Sales at http://www.kissonline.com/tour



Sunday, October 14, 2012

KISS 'MONSTER' Nielsen SoundScan Chart Debut

KISS is set to debut "Monster" at  #4 next week, on Wednesday, October 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The Building Chart reflects the first four days (Monday through Thursday) of SoundScan's tracking week (which ends Sunday) as reported by six major merchants: iTunes, Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target and Anderson Merchandisers. Billboard estimates that they make up about 85% of all U.S. album sales.


Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart
RankLW
BB 200
ArtistTitle
1NEWMacklemore & Ryan Lewis"The Heist"
21Mumford & Sons"Babel"
3NEWMGK"Lace Up"
4NEWKISS"Monster"
5NEWAll Time Low"Don't Panic"
6NEWEllie Goulding"Halcyon"
7NEWThe Script"#3"
8NEWCoheed and Cambria"Afterman: Ascension"
94P!nk"The Truth About Love"
10NEWBarbra Streisand"Release Me"

A Fundraiser with a little KISS



By Molly Walker
Of the News-Register
Submitted photo

With one of the beneficiaries of the Yamhill County Association of Realtors Annual Charity Auction being the Janet Dumdi Comfort Fund, founded in memory of her mother, Beth Jacobson thought it was time to enlist the help of a cousin.
And not just any cousin, mind you. The cousin she had in mind was Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist in the rock band KISS.

Known for his philanthropy, Thayer came through with several pieces of memorabilia. The cache includes a drum head, guitar strap and various photos, many signed either by him alone or by the entire band.

Despite their image — the bandsmen feature white and black face paint and flamboyant stage outfits — Jacobson describes them as “family guys” who are very “down to earth” in their everyday lives. So the gesture is not unusual for them.

The event is set to get under way at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, with a silent auction. To be held at the Golden Valley Brewery, 980 N.E. Fourth St., it will continue with an oral auction at 6:30 p.m.

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