Attention Big time KISS fans!
SMUG Magazine in New York is looking to do an article on the country's biggest fans. If you feel you qualify as KISS's, email a detailed desciption of yourself and any KISS collectibles that you may have acquired over time. Include your name and phone number and you could end up reading a KISS story about yourself!
Subject: KISS Fan
Deadline: October 31st
KISS Action Figures! -- Get them at the Spiders Web!
From: The KISS Asylum
Quick Note on Spiders Web KISS Action Figures
I talked to Spider's Web today. They said that since the info was posted on The KISS Asylum, they sold 400 (I think that is what he said) sets of KISS figures over the weekend. They will not have anymore until Thursday of Friday. If they get them direct, they will be the same price...if they have to go the market to get them, they will cost more. I figured they wouldn't be open on the weekend, so I didn't call. (I'm an Idiot) If anyone has the figures on the stands they would like to sell, please e-mail me. Thought you might like to know the scoop!!
KISS Action Figure Contest
KISSablanca proudly presents: MARATHON ACTION CONTEST
Win full set of KISS Action Figures
Enjoy forthcoming 10 round contest Beginning October 6, 1997
London Rock Circus
From: E. Wip
If any of you Kiss fans go to London in the near future,then you must visit the Rock Circus on Picadilly Circus. Altough Kiss do not apear in wax,you can see there hands on the wall with a picture next to it. It was done while they were on the last tour. It was nice to see.
"Jungle" heard on the radio
From: The KISS Asylum
I have heard some reports now that people are hearing "Jungle", the first single off of the "Carnival of Souls" KISS album, on the radio. So if you are a fan of the "Carnival of Souls" album, now is a good time to call up your local rock radio stations and request this song!
Mike Berk reports:KISS Remasters Series 4 -- Linear Notes
Hello. I live in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, home of 95.9 the WRAT FM radio station. I haven't visited your site in a while, and I've been down & out regarding KISS news recently, so I might seem "behind-the-times." It's 6:53 right now, and at 6:20 I was in my car listening to the WRAT, and I heard them announce "brand-new KISS." There was a series of commercials, and then their famous "series of 9" songs without interruption. At the end of the list was announced and played "The 'new' KISS's long-unreleased Carnival of Souls song THE JUNGLE, of which we are the first radio station nationwide to play." And they played THE JUNGLE, and I blasted it, and I got a major rush. I mean, everyone's heard the bootlegs. This was the same exact recording, but it sounded so good with no bad copying or distortion! I just wanted to be the first to comment that I'd heard COS on the radio, and that it's on its way out!
Quick Look at the KISS Action Figures (V.2) new packaging
From: The KISS Asylum
Here is what the KISS Action Figures (version 2) look like via KISS Asylum Scrapbook
Gene Simmons | Paul Stanley | Ace Frehley | Peter Criss
KISSIN' Time Radio on Real Audio
From: Drew Harris
Broadcast Day : Friday September 26/1997
"Forgotten KISS Classics": Show # 111, recorded 8/2/97
As KISS fans, we all have our favorite tunes. Some are well known, while others are not. While the recently completed reunion tour showcased a number of the bands best known tunes, with the KISS catalogue being remastered we thought it was time to take a look at some great songs from the past that for one reason or another have never been given the respect or attention they deserve. Join Joe and Drew as they each select favorite "Forgotten Classics" and see how they compare with your own. It's also an opportunity for new KISS fans to dig deep and see some of the great songs they might have missed. Forgotten KISS Classics coming soon, only on KISSIN' TIME!
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An Unlikely KISStory
From: Variety / Yahoo
After reforming, reapplying makeup and re-establishing themselves as rock's top pyrotechnic touring act, Kiss leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are ready to kiss and tell.
Some 25 years after they started out, they're gearing up for a new album and another massive tour in 1998, but they'd like to take an A-list filmmaker along for the ride.
They hatched a project about their formative years with "Rocky" producer Gene Kirkwood and manager Doc McGhee.
Double Platinum. This is just like a normal CD in a single jewel case. The cover is grey with black outlined KISS logos. The award is reproduced on the inner sleeve. The CD looks great, it's just silver with black text. Quite different than the triple-gatefold I heard so much about on the net!
Dynasty is great. The original center ring from the LP is printed in the booklet, as is the original inner sleeve design. The poster looks Great. The CD has a beign background and a red logo and text. The inner notes state that Peter only appeared on "Dirty livin'" and that the albums direction was a misguided. There's also a print of the KISS Army logo in the front sleeve.
Unmasked also has a reproduction of the original album's center ring in the booklet. The repro-poster also looks very cool! The CD has a black background, with red logo outlined in yellow. The linear notes state that Peter was "dismissed" from the group during the recording sessions....
The Elder. Awsome! This features the revised track listing starting with fanfare. A new listening experience. The CD has a black background with yellow print - I think it looks really neat! The inner reproduces the table picture of the original issue. The linear notes mention a lack of support for the album by PolyGram and the fact that Ace was outvoted on issues 2:1.
Creatures - The one remaster everyone's gonna buy. Restored to it's original form IT LOOKS TOTALLY AND UNBELIEVABLE.. . AMAZING. THe cover is vibrant and the track listing is restored to the original order. The song lyrics are provided on the inner sleeve. One thing the front covers logo lacks the yellow outline that the original issue had - it's black, but it still looks very cool. The CD is black with the pink and yellow KISS logo. The linear notes state that Bob Kulick, Vinnie Cusano (Vincent) and Steve Farris worked with KISS in the studi while Ace left the group. They also mention the lack of success of the tour...
I guess that these are the ones I was waiting for. They look great and seem to be the best of the lot in terms of packaging (with Alive and Alive II), but it's all down to one CD Remaster.... Creatures! Double Platinum is a let down - I was expecting something that looked like the original, not like the "Grey" reissue, but it does sound good. This group of remasters are released in the UK on October 6. COS coming soon.
3 new Kiss Midi files have been created and uploaded at the Kiss Midi Emporium. Comin' Home, Thrills in the Night & C'mon and Love me. The site has also undergone a total new look with More info and Hot graphics.
[KA Note: Check out this cool Midi page, it was the originator in KISS Midi!]
Free KISS Trading Cards
From: Peter Arquette
FREE '97 KISS TRADING CARDS PROMOTION. To promote the release of the first set of KISS trading cards in almost 20 years, Cornerstone Communications is giving away two free trading cards to anyone who asks, (Sorry, United States addresses only). These are not promo cards, nor are they from the recently released set of preview cards, but are actually two from the new set of 90 that will be released next month. This is not a gimmick and there are no hidden charges, the company is so sure you'll be floored by the high quality of these cards, they're giving them away just as an advertisement. You will not be obligated to buy anything, ever! Promotions like this are great, you only need take advantage of them. This offer won't last long, so send your e-mail address today for instructions!
KISS merchandise newsbit
From: Jason Klecko
Just wanted to inform everyone of a strange item available at Spencer gifts. I work there and we recieved a shipment of the Kiss c.d. wallet, with the solo album images on them, the strange part is they are packaged with "ASYLUM"! It's a special value pack for 29.99 you get the wallet and the c.d. I just thought it was odd they would package an item with the make-up era Kiss and non make-up ere Kiss together.
Pittsburgh's Kiss Tribute Masters
From: Deuce's Pyrotech Chaz Keracher
For anyone in the Pittsburgh area upcoming Deuce shows are October 31st at Gators in Jennette, its about 45 minutes east of Pittsburgh off of Route 130, and on Nov 1st at Brothers Grim, which is about 20 minutes south of Pittsburgh off of Route 60. If you have never seen Deuce you are missing the Burgh's own Kings of the Nighttime World. The band does all of the 70's classics, plus some later tunes like I Love It Loud, Lick It Up, and Domino. Deuce has a stage show that has to be seen; 8 flashpots, 4 flame towers, a New York Groove light guitar, a light up Deuce sign that has more sequnces than any sign that Kiss ever had, NO LIE! Of course there are becons, fire spitting, blood drooling, and sound effects like the car crash at the end of Detriot Rock City.
KISS Freaks Special Delivery #2
From: Steve Stierwalt of KISS Freaks
Second issue of Special Delivery is done!
Some highlights of the issue:
*Australia Press Conference report & Private party report (fantastic reading!)
*Otaku Offline makes its debut in Special Delivery
*Views On Boots contains a review of the first reunion show video
*Interview with Doug Cataldo of KWWN
*Our first contest! (go to website for details! http://www.kissfreaks.com/special.htm you don't have to be a subscriber to win!
*You have to subscribe to know the rest!
1998 KISS Calendar
Went to Sam Goody today and got the U.S. 1998 calender. It's wwwaaayyy better than the UK one I had mentioned before. This has two pictures on each page, calender marked with holidays, birthdays, moments in KISStory, plus even more notes on the side. The pics are the coolest and even the background it great! A MUST GET!!!
KISS Remasters -- Comments on the Solos
From: Julian Gill
Got the solos - here's the details:
*Cover prints are not as sharp as on the 1980's CD Issues. But I think that they still look good.
*They've fixed the screw-ups on Gene's and Paul's...
*Here's the misprint on the UK release (it might be the same on the US, someone check?) It's the posters - all of the posters are correct, but the labelling is wrong. Gene -Part 2/4, Peter - Part 3/4, and then both Ace and Pauls are listed as Part 1/4. Repeat, the posters included are correct, just the poster number is wrong.
*There is a print fault on the inner sleeve of Pauls (the reprint of the original albums inner sleeve has a print fault over Gene's picture.
*Ace's linear notes: "Exhumed", gee and I thought that meant to unbury someone..
I think they sound great (yeah, especially Peter's which I've been enjoying all morning!) and they look good.
KISS "Carnival of Souls" Australia news
From: Greg Davies
PolyGram Perth (Western Australia) are still believe that COS will be released in Australia later than most places. The album now has a possible release date for the 4th November 1997.
KISS Cover band in Houston
Just a reminder that "the band not formerly known as kiss" will be performing all the klassics on friday night, sep 26th in houston, tx at AREA 51 713-972-1353 for more info. This is a non-make-up musical tribute
KISS Internet Charts!
From: Florian Hedwig / KISS Deutschland
Here are the results of the KISS Album /Single Chart poll:
Carnival of Souls Tribute CD
From: Villeret Florent
From the french association of kiss fans "kiss army france":
the right price for the tribute cd "carnival of souls - a tribute to kiss" is: 10 $ u.s.
shipping in europe is 2$ u.s.
for others country 4$ u.s.
send your international money order to:
KISS Spoof on Casper Animated Series
From: Lynn Armstrong
This morning, my daughter had Casper on, and as I went by I heard the 3 ghosts talking about a treasure hunt. They had to get a personal item from a member of the rock group "HISS" without scaring them. Well, it showed them in concert (re-union tour, no Paul) and Peter was playing guitar. Their lyrics had something about "buying t-shirts on the way out". Backstage after the concert they were in the dressing room. Peter starts to take off his outfit and his big belly flops out. Then Ace takes off his wig and he has no hair, well maybe a couple. He then puts some goop in his hand, rubs it on his bald head and says "How much longer am I going to have to take this Rogaine before it starts to work?". Gene spits his false teeth out into a glass. The fat ghost shows up as a security gaurd and says something about the bus leaving for an all you can eat prune buffet. They all rush out the door and he grabs Gene's teeth for the treasure hunt. Amusing.
KISSIN' Time Radio show on Real Audio 9/19/97
From: Drew Harris
"Album Spotlight: "ALIVE!" -- Show # 110, recorded 7/27/97
Some have called it the greatest live album of all time. Others cite it as the reason they became KISS fans. This week, Joe and Drew examine the album that really started KISS on their journey to becoming "the hottest band in the world". Of course, we're talking about the now-classic double album, ALIVE!
Arguably the most important album in the band's history, ALIVE! looked back at the beginning of the band and set the standard for the albums to come. With wild packaging, special inserts and a retrospective of the band's early work performed in the live setting that best suits KISS, ALIVE! was the first time the world really stood up and took notice of these four boys from New York.
Relive all the memories and the great music. This week, only on KISSIN' TIME!
NEXT WEEK: "FORGOTTEN KISS CLASSICS!"
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Planet Jendel: Shout It Out Loud
From: Drew Harris
Announcing: The PLANET JENDEL comic book, from SHOCK COMICS!
It's not the KISS ARMY, it's not the KISSNATION, it's a comic book series for an entire planet, drawing inspiration from the music and legend of the rock group: KISS!
With its kabuki masks, costumes, and secret identities, KISS has always been the ideal rock band for comics. PLANET JENDEL takes that one step further, creating an entirely original setting from ideas inspired by KISS, for an all-new, all-different kind of comic.
KISS MTV Unplugged on MTV next week
From: Andy Samford
MTV is showing KISS unplugged next week as part of their Reunion week. I'm not sure what day...they are also rebroadcasting Page/Plant, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and something else I don't remember what...the commercial for the reunion week is pretty funny with the heads of Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Plant, Page, etc. are placed on people's bodies who are having a "family reunion" type of picnic....
Other News (kindof!)
I was also asked to Mercury to do a Carnival Of Souls promotion in the same vein as the Remasters competition. We are looking into what merchandise is going to be available for this - apart from UK issued CDs - we talked about T-Shirts, and posters - BUT, any promotional items released here will be governed by the policies of PolyGram in New York, so we'll have to wait until early October to finalize things. The response to this first competition has been very good (well I'm pleased, and so is my contact at Mercury), so hopefully this bodes well for the future.
From: Linus and Gerri Miller
Q:Gerri- Have you had a chance to read the interview with Gene Simmons that was posted a few days back in the KISS folder? I think the Subject was "Gene Speaks" er somethin' to that effect. Anyway, given that you're pretty active on AOL, I was just curious to know what you thought of his most recent bad-mouthing of internet people. Also thought it would be interesting to know what you thought cause your friends with the man.
A:Linus--Gene maintains that people on the Net have a warped perspective. He thinks that there's too much gossip going on and that Net /online fans spend too much time in front of computers, and that they're not representative of KISS fans as a whole. Yet, interestingly, he recently asked me "What do the warped ones think?" when I asked him about future KISS costumes. Of course I replied, "I thought you didn't care what they think?"
Metal Edge KISS News
From: Gerri Miller of Metal Edge Magazine
Bruce Kulick called today when he returned from the KISS expo he went to (and Paul covered) this weekend in Massachusetts. I asked him about the question posted here about Paul Stanley not playing any guitar on Carnival of Souls and Bruce playing some of the bass. "I played a lot of the guitars but not all of them," he said, adding that Paul played some guitar on "Master & Slave" and "I Will Be There," but not on any of the Gene-written songs. Bruce pointed out that he has played some bass all along on KISS albums, and did so on "Rain," "I Will Be There," and "Never Goes Away." I also talked to Tommy Thayer, who has been writing with Peter Criss on music for the next KISS record.
KISS mention on Adam Sandler CD
From: Steve Vaughan
I was listen to the new Adam Sandler CD and there is a KISS reference on it! On the song "Listenin' to the Radio" there is a line that says "Why can't I hear Beth callin' me?". The song mentions a bunch of songs and this Kiss reference caught me off guard! Just thoght all the KISS fans would like to know!
Here's a couple things I've found that I'd like to share with the ARMY:
*In the Oct. issue of Guitar for the practicing musician, there's a small part called Ex-files and it's a little report of the lawsuits with KISS and than Motley Crue.
*In the latest issue of Maxium Guitar there's about a 3 or 4 page story on KISS about the Elder and a small box on the 'KISS Years' book. All the writing is from 'KISS & Sell' and the photos are from Barry's book.
*I got my 1998 calender and have to say it's pretty damn cool. There's a lot of recent photos and a couple older ones (not much of Peter though). It's the same format as the 1996 calender and is imported from the UK. I'm not sure if it's the only one or if there's also a U.S. one also.
*And one final thing to add: I got my make-up kit the other day at the Spencers Halloween shop and they are really well done- but did anyone notice it says "Ace Frehley- The Space AGE" on the back?
Formed in New York in 1972, the bandıs first four albums were released in two years: 'Kiss' and 'Hotter Than Hell' in 1974 and 'Dressed to Kill' in 1975; but it was when 'Alive!' (1975), their double live album, hit the streets that they finally made the big time. With the release of 'Alive!', America bowed down to the new gods of Rock. Like all great bands, Kiss attracted moral outrage and critical hostility, but the success story continued, with their voracious fans (the majority of whom were women) lapping up all that Gene Simmons and co. could provide. The band's popularity lasted until 1977, when the arrival of Punk and Kiss's bizarre decision to release four solo albums seemed to bring about a decline. The ensuing years saw a cast re-shuffle with Frehley and Criss replaced by a variety of newcomers. The new music seemed to lack the Kiss spark - until that golden moment of re-union in 1995, when the original four recreated the electric, quintessential Kiss energy, proving that the best never can be bettered.
Sylvie Simmons has been obsessed with both rock and writing since well before the age of consent. One morning in 1975 she woke up to discover that you could put them together, and got a job as pop writer on a teen magazine. Since then she has spent seven years in the States working on Sounds, Kerrang and Creem, among others, as well as co-hosting a radio show. Sylvie now writes for Mojo, Kerrang, Top and the European edition of Rolling Stone.
KISS Modern Icons is packed to the hilt with facts and essential quotations from the idols and those who knew them, loved them, worked with them, envied them and hated them, Virgin Modern Icons are a major celebration of the heroes of twentieth century culture - the good, the great and the idolized. Titles include: Bob Marley, The Clash, Iggy Pop. The Jam, The Kinks, Kiss, Led Zeppelin and Marc Bolan.
This UK import is 93 pages and is generously filled with over 50 color photos. The book has a cool cover of Gene lovingly licking the strings of his bass axe and is hardcover bound 7.5" x 5.125" with a slick sleeve.
The Table of Contents is as follows:This little book is like a handy Kiss bible and packs a wallop for its size!
Introduction (by Sylvie Simmons) Kiss and Make Up Larger Than Life No Business Like Show Business Behind The Mask The Kiss Army Musical Moments Rock and Rolling All Nite The Music The History The Cast The Books
Eric Singer not in new band "Talk Show"
From: Steve Corral
I was reading the latest issue of "Guitar World" with an interview of Stone Temple Pilots new off-shoot Talk Show. They stated several times throughout the piece that the band is comprised of the DeLeo bros. and Eric Singer on drums. In actuality, it is STP drummer Eric Kretz. Before any rumors begin, I thought I would let everyone know.
From: Frank Mezler
This article was on the front page of our local section newspaper in Erie, PA. It was written by Julie Garder of the Morning News Staff.
COUPLE CHARGED WITH HAVING COUNTERFEIT KISS TAPES,CDS
Two Michigan residents can "kiss" goodbye revenue from alleged bootlegged tapes following an investigation Monday by Pennsylvania State Police. Police allegedly found 1,342 counterfeit videos, CDs and audio tapes featuring the rock band "KISS" in a car driven by 22-year-old Vicki Lee Smith of Livonia, Mich. She and a passenger in the car, 27-year-old Joseph Groesbeck of Sterling Heights, Mich., were charged with possession of counterfeit merchandise after troopers pulled them over on Interstate-90 at Exit 10, Harborcreek Township, for allegedly changing lanes without signaling. The CDs and tapes are worth more than $37,000, state police said. District Justice James Dwyer, who arraigned Smith and Groesbeck, posted bail at $5,000 each. Groesbeck remained in Erie County Prison Monday night. Dwyer said Groesbeck and Smith told officers they were on their way to Michigan and had planned to sell the tapes at Kiss expositions. John Langley, a regional director of the Recording Industry Association of America, inspected the tapes and identified them as counterfeit, police said. Possession of counterfeit merchandise is a felony and subject to a maximum of 10 years in prison, Dwyer said.
Update from the KISS New England Expo
I went to the kiss expo on sunday, it was awesome as usual. I didn't get to meet anyone from the list [KISS Army Mailing list] but I did happen to find an old friend I haven't seen in about 2 years. I bought a few videos and demo tapes, did anyone ever hear Paul Stanleys lost tune called " Don't Let Go " I think that tune would have given " Forever " a run for the money. Anyway during the Bruce and Eric Q+A I was standing about 10 feet from Bruce near the speaker system. And when he was talking about how he felt about leaveing the band you could see it in his eyes that he was still hurt from it. Eric was talking about getting money from his old group Badlands and why he was fired. And then Eric said to the crowd " if you all send me just one dollar i would be a rich guy," and then Bruce said jokingly " yea, but you'd have to give gene half " the whole place went wild.
When I left that night, I got a better understanding of how the business side of rock and roll is. It's almost like being in the mafia, you never know when your best friend could kill you.
Oh, Bruce also said that the "Carnival of Souls" CD will be a group photo on the cover instead of the face graphic. He said that he has a beard and didn't know that picture was going to be put on the cd. And also he said that the CD may be 1 to 2 weeks late or delayed. so don't expect it oct. 14th.
[KA Note: it is scheduled for release on October 28th.]
Another Update from KISS New England Expo
From: John Ferrara
For someone like myself who did not have the opportunity to attend the 1995 KISS Conventions this was a great event. First of all, Eric and Bruce were completely engaging and true professionals. They began a Question & Answer Session at 2:30 p.m. and were still signing autographs at 9:00 p.m.. The Q&A ended with Eric responding to a question that someone had once said that "Gene was mad at a nickel, because it wasn't a dime." That got big laughs from the audience. In between there was lots of activity. Eric played along to taped guitars with reprise of his 1995 KISS-medley and an awesome Joe Satrini-influence version of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby". Bruce played and sang as well, doing "Rain" and "I Walk Alone" from Carnival of Souls and taking requests for solos (Heart of Chrome, God Gave..., Tears are Falling, No, No, No.). Eric and Bruce returned with Karl Cochran (ex-Frehley's Comet) for a semi-rehearsed jam session. Songs included "Strange Ways" (which will be included on the upcoming Return of the Comet), "Dominio" (with Karl nailing all the words, which Eric commented that Gene didn't accomplish the entire tour), "Nothin' To Lose" as well as some Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, and a killer version of "Purple Haze" with Eric on vocals.
Destroyer, a tribute band from Maine was scheduled to play, as of 9:00 they hadn't hit the stage, although they did play "Parasite" during their sound check. I, like many others, had a long drive home and had to depart before they played. There were numerous dealers in attendance. For the those that are interested, the dolls were selling for far above suggested retail ($100+ for the set). You could pick up a "Creatures of the Night" tourbook for a mere $225 or a copy of the first KISS Psycho Circus for $7. All in all a day well worth it.
Recently, as the KISS war machine wound down it's mega-million dollar world tour conquest, Gene Simmons sat down to breath some fiery words. Never one to worry about sticking his dragon-booted foot in his mouth, KISS' resident Lord of the Wasteland spoke of all things pertaining to "The Hottest Band in the World."
Gene Simmons birthday party photos!
KISS Otaku has secured some great photos from Gene's B-day party.
Click here to see these very cool photos!
"Music from The Elder" CD Remaster news
I got a press release for The Elder remaster.....Everyone has been talking about this big surprise for it..Well, here it is......They put the album in the original order as to the way it was suppose to be released back in 81...Here is the track by track listing.....
2. Just A Boy
4. Only You
5. Under The Rose
6. Dark Light
7. A World Without Heros
8. The Oath
9. Mr. Blackwell
10. Escape From The Island
KISS Psycho Circus #2 newsbit
From: Eric Taylor
Hey just wanted to drop you a line and say that the new Kiss Psycho Circus Comic #2 is out on bookstands now. Oh, and by the way the first issue of Kiss Psycho Circus rated very high for a comic of it's sort. It came out as the 27th best selling comic for the month of August. It was the strongest rock comic ever to hit newstands and comic shops. I know the comic shop I buy my comics at had gotten 20 copies of it and they were sold out before it came in. They had to order another 30 issues to keep up.
KISS Australia remasters newsbit
From: Greg Davies
The KISS remasters are starting to filter into Western Australian stores now. It is still rumoured that we won't get COS until November and that the second set of remasters (The solo albums up to Creatures) will be coming around December/January.
KAOL2: Creatures of the Net -- KISS Tribute News
From: Kathy LaBonte
There is a new press release concerning this album in the "What's Hot" column on the right hand side of the page. Click the KAOL News link to check it out.
From: Gary G via KISS Otaku
Here's some news for the hardcore KISS Kollector. I went to a comic/card shop here in Chicago and they were selling what are called "Colossal Cards". These cards are just like regular trading cards, except for one thing - they're HUGE! Each one is 6 3/4" X 10". There are different series available, but the coolest series features the artwork of Ken Kelly. And YES - there are cards for the LOVE GUN and DESTROYER cover art!! Each package comes with 5 cards and the Kelly series has 50 in the set. LOVE GUN and DESTROYER are cards #49 and #50 respectively. These cards are excellent quality - on heavy glossy cardboard. Also, there may contain a card that is autographed by Ken Kelly (randomly inserted). I did get an autographed card in one of my packages, although it wasn't the KISS artwork unfortunately. (Can you imagine getting an autographed KISS card? Mo' Money! Mo' Money! : ) Collectors should check with their local comic shops to see if they have them. The name of the company that makes Colossal Cards is called FPG. There isn't a phone number, but the address is 2539 Washington Road, Building 1000, Pittsburgh, PA 15241.
No 12" KISS Action Figures
From: KISS Otaku
The following arrived from McFarlane Toys...
"No there is no plans at this time to do 12" KISS figures."
Aussie Tribute CD
From: Paul Smith
My page is a first attempt and is to promote the Australian Kiss Tribute c.d. "How to Rock Fans and Influence People" also to advertise the Brisbane Kiss Expo.
.wav samples available at the Australian Tribute Album page at:
KISS Toys #4 / KISS Cartoon Newsbit
From: Philip Baldy / KISS sound page
In Toy Fair (november issue), the KISS toys are the Top 4 in the hottest action figures list. They beat out "Grand Moff Tarkin" Which is the most popular of the "New" Stars Wars Figures.
Also, In a Spawn Comic, There was a toy catalog saying that there would be a Kiss Cartoon in 1998.
New KISS Remasters -- Series III
I got my advance set of the next remasters today. here's a quick rundown:
Double Platinum is REALLY cool looking. It folds open like 3 times-first to reveal a repro of the platinum award that came with the original, and the essay, then again to reveal the repro of the gatefold on the lp. all in shiny silver and embossed with raised lettering like the original LP. really NICE!
The solo's ALL sound phenominal!! Ace's is just brutal, start to finish. Paul's always will be my fave, Peter's has some great moments as well (the Lennon-esque Easy Thing) and is underrated IMO. Gene's is VERY underrated and is a fantastic album. The beatlesque Mr. Make Believe and See You Tonight are awesome, as well as Man of 1000 faces. All great stuff (although i don't care for the See You In Your dreams remake). The one thing that's funny is that the sticker on the outside says "folds out to a 12 page poster", but when you open it, it's only 6 pages. Are they counting BOTH sides??? and the essays are hard to read underneath the cd trays. all in all, a fantasic job, especially in the sound dept. You'll hear things you never noticed before.
KISS Albums - Gold / Platinum
I got the scoop directly from the RIAA.
For Gold albums:
1. The Beatles have 38.
2. The Rolling Stones have 36.
3. KISS has 22.
For Platinum albums:
1. The Beatles have 33.
2. Elvis Presley has 29.
3. Barbra Streisand has 23.
KISS is VERY distant in the Platinum department. Despite what you may have heard, the RIAA says that only 10 KISS albums have sold more than 1 million copies each. I was pretty skeptical and asked again just to be sure, but it's true. Makes me think that the 70 million albums sold must mean that a HECK of a lot of them were sold outside of the U.S., or that the 10 that DID go platinum went platinum many times over.
Info on KISS Gold / Platinum albums
From: Bob Rodrick
A little bit concerning that note you posted about the gold and platinum albums of Kiss. I talked with someone at Billboard Publications a few months back about this very topic. The apparent lesser number of Kiss gold and platinum records can be attributed to Polygram Records, who have not asked for R.I.A.A. recertification of the Kiss catalog for a number of years, well over ten, from what I've been told. It's ridiculous. The R.I.A.A. and Billboard only consider "Alive" to be a gold record, when it is common knowledge that it is indeed quadruple platinum. Another thing to remember is that both the R.I.A.A. and Billboard do not consider the solo albums as Kiss albums, all of which have been certified both gold and platinum. So in essence, Kiss has, according to the R.I.A.A, 26 gold albums and 14 platinum ("Kiss My Ass" is not included in that, as that is also not considered a Kiss album).
German KISS Remasters
From: Florian Hedwig / KISS Deutschland
I have just talked with Mercury Germany, and they told me, that now the official release of the Remasters will be September 22nd. But they said that it looks like one week later. I hope that this is now the real release date!
KISS Asylum KISS News in Portugues!
The next affiliate to carry KISS Asylum News in another language is the KISS Cover web site. You can read KISS Asylum news in Portugues here at KISS Asylum em Portugues
KISS Albums / Songs Chart poll
From: Florian Hedwig / KISS Deutschland
Hello KISS Fans, I want to create the ultimate KISS charts in the Internet. So every one knows what songs/albums are the most liked songs by fans and not by single/album sales. After I have enough answers I will create a list with the most liked songs and albums and every webmaster can use this list on his Kisspage. Please send an e-mail with your 5 favourite albums and 5 singles, allowed are all official albums, inclusive the solo albums ´78.
I hope there are a lot entries so it will be the real KISS charts.
KAOL2: Creatures of the Net -- Tribute News
From: Kathy LaBonte
There's actually a lot of news surrounding KAOL. Unfortunately, not much that I can confirm publicly at the moment. But I can tell you this: The second installment of the KAOL Tribute project will be one of the best you have ever heard. The bands that would like to appear are from all over the country and internationally as well. I will have audition tapes from Canada, Italy, and Australia. In fact, if I were to accept every tape that is here or on it's way, we would be well over the limit of what we can press on the CD timewise, especially since I have to leave room for the multimedia aspect of the CD (screensaver and/or exclusive quicktime video footage). Choosing the best material won't be easy for me, but on the bright side it ensures the listener that the product they purchase will be the finest. In addition to the quality of the music on KAOL 2-Creatures Of The Net, we also will have 2 special guests writing the liner notes.
[This is just a portion of the press release. To read the FULL press release and see more information regarding the KAOL2 CD, click on the KAOL II -- KISS Tribute CD news page link in the WHAT'S HOT rightside column.]
Gerri Miller reviews "Carnival of Souls"
Yesterday I had the Gerri Miller "Carnival of Souls" review up but today it was decided to take it down. I hope to repost it in a month when the album gets released. You can read the FULL review in the new Decemeber issue of Metal Edge though. It should be out in the stands in a few weeks. I appologize for "teasing" eveyone on the net, but it was thought that by putting this review up it could hurt the sales of Metal Edge magazine and none of us want that to happen. So go out in a few weeks and pick up a copy and check out that review!
For those that can't get a copy of Metal Edge I will post up the review in mid October!
Gene and Shannon at movie premiere
From: Chris Flynn
Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed were interviewed by E! TV at the premier of Michael Douglas' movie "The Game." Gene was asked why he was attending and he replied he's a huge Douglas fan with the exception of Streets of San Fransico. He also said the picture is a Polygram release, so he "has to support the troops." Asked about current Kiss news, he said an album will be released before Christmas (I assume COS) and they would be back on the road in the spring, with a show that has effects no one has ever seen before. He was asked if he enjoyed going out on the road, and he replied that its great being Clark Kent, but even better being Superman.
He also mentioned Kiss has the largest catalog on Polygram. He looked pretty much the same as he has since Revenge, he grew back the goatee. He was wearing an embroidered Warner Brothers shirt and a USS Intrepid baseball hat and sunglasses.
Band Sugar Ray to open for KISS on next tour?
From: Jeff Garland
The band Sugar Ray (who was supposed to be the opening act in SF during the Lost Cities tour before the show was canceled) is going to be one of the opening acts for KISS's next tour....according to: WWW.ROCKNEWS.COM/WPLA
KISS Remasters contest from -- KISS Audio Tradeing UK website
It's here! Here's you chance to win all of the UK KISS Remaster CDs which will be released here on September 22nd and October 5th.... Four, yep 4, complete sets are up for grabs....All you have to do is answer 4 easy questions!
How to enter?
Go to my website, KISS Audio Trading UK, at:
There is a prominent link to the contest page at the top of the front-page. Go there and read the details, decide if you want to risk nothing to win the 17 CDs.... and enter. The give-away winners will be announced the day before the release of the final set of Remasters, here.
I encourage other countries that want to do this to email me!
Carrie Stevens news
Carrie Stevens (Eric Carr's old girlfriend) will appear on Beverly Hills 90120 tomorrow at 8pm EST. She will play Marsey. Also she is in Playboy September issue.
KISS at #30 for gross income for 1996-97
Forbes magazine's ranking of the 40 highest-paid entertainers and their estimated gross income for 1996-97:
1. Steven Spielberg, $313 million.
2. George Lucas, $241 million.
3. Oprah Winfrey, $201 million.
4. Michael Crichton, $102 million.
5. The Beatles, $98 million.
6. Jerry Seinfeld, $94 million.
7. David Copperfield, $85 million.
8. Stephen King, $84 million.
9. Tom Cruise, $82 million.
10. Arnold Schwarzenegger, $74 million.
30. Kiss, $48 million.
KISS in Simpson Comics
From: Chris Gruber
I don't know if this has already been reported, but in Simpsons Comic No. 26 (where they do their interpretation of "Speed") Otto, the bus driver listens to his walkman and sings "Get up, and get yer Grandma out of here". I hope this info is not too old, but here in Austria the comics do not hit the stands very fast.
KISS Cover band (Houston, TX.)
From: Michael Champion
Friday night Sep 26th in houston, tx.....
"The Band Not Formerly Known As Kiss" will be playing at AREA 51 in Houston..713-972-1353....they wil be going on promptly at 10pm and then national recording artist (mr sinister) hits the stage.....(mr sinister sometimes does a metalicca tribute)
The band not formerly known as kiss, will be doing all th songs from 73-78 and they do it without the make-up...however, the bassist is spitting blood now!!! there are good chances that they will add creatures of the night to their set and possibly a "revenge"song along with a possible "carnival song"
you can email the band at KISSNOT@WEBTV.NET
Plans for ROCKTOBER
A tribute festival in humble ,tx with this kiss cover band and an alice cooper tribute, metalicca, van halen, ac/dc and dio tributes....more details to come. also, halloween night, this kiss cover band pulls out the stops and goes full kiss make-up for one show only
KISS Fest '97
From: KNN newswire
This is a convention unlike any other ! We will feature our attention on a days celebration of KISS and there music without all the frills ! Kiss Fest 97 is a fan appreciation convention and is in no way conected or affiliated with Kiss, Kiss Inc. or Polygram Records or any other company affiliated with the Kiss Empire. This convention is put on by Kiss fans for Kiss fans ! Here is our intinerary of events for the convention............
The convention will get underway at 11am on Sunday November 2nd at the Ramada Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Toledo, Ohio located at 2429 S. Reynolds Rd. (1 block north of exit 4 off the Ohio Turnpike I - 80) The convention will run until 5pm EST. The hotel is currently taking room reservations for $59 a night. For room reservations call (419) 381-8765 and tell them you need to make a reservation for Kiss Fest 97 to recieve the special room rate.
Schedule of event...............
Doors open to the public at 11am to 5pm (dealer set up 8am to 11am)
Videos and Live Concerts videos shown on the Big Screen in the Ballroom all day !
Kiss & Hard Rock Memorabilia Show & Sale all day in the Grand Ballroom - (75 Dealer Tables)
Kiss Art Show - (If you are artistic and would like to display your drawings, paintings or other art work bring it with you to enter the Art Show. Trophies will be awarded for the top 3 entrys)
Kiss Look A Like Contest at 1pm - (Dress up up like your favorite Kiss band member and be prepared to win $100 Shopping Spree for 1st place, $50 for 2nd & $25 for 3rd)
Kiss Trivia Contest at 2pm - (So brush up on your Kiss knowledge)
Kiss Tribute Band - "VINNIES ADDICTION" Will preform for you at 3pm
****** Ticket Prices ******
Tickets availabe in advance by mail only until Oct.25th - $6 per person (make checks payable & send to)
Tickets after Oct. 25th available at the door only for - $8 per person Dealer Tables $50 for each 6' table and for more info call................................(616) 375-2776
TNT Records vs KISS news tidbit
From: Michael Banen -- KISS Chikara fanzine
I might have an interesting point for you to mention on your website; TNT Records is suing the band for having breaching their contract with Peter. But what everybody seems to forget is that TNT is guilty of fraud! Remember the CAT CLUB they started without Peter knowing this? Thousands of fans paid TNT Records $ 15 for membership, only to receive several letters that the CAT CLUB was coming soon and 1 removable CRISS logo tattoo. So they ripped of many fans and no action was ever taken against this fraud. Peter should be aware of this so he could counter-sue TNT!
Also the label advertised the 3 pack CRISS mini CD as being "PERSONALLY SIGNED BY PETER CRISS". That's why I ordered the CD, Tape and Poster to find out the autograph was PRINTED and not PERSONALLY SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY PETER CRISS as advertised!!!
Also many fans never received their order and both Joop van Pelt (Kiss Kollektor fanclub) and I (Kiss Chikara Magazine) finally received our order immediately after sending TNT an angry letter suspecting them of fraud and threatening with negative publicity in our fanzines. This last aspect obviously made them rush our order to us...
So if TNT think they can sue Kiss, why shouldn't Peter do something against the fraud TNT did IN PETER'S NAME!!! It would be great if you would mention this on your website as I'm very curious to know what other fans think of this.
[Drew Harris of KISSIN' TIME Radio is an entertainment law attorney and he responded with his comments on this issue to help clear it up. Click here to see what he said.]
Eric Singer News
Hey People- Eric wanted me to let everyone know he will be playing some shows with Gilby Clarke(Guns n Roses). They will be appearing tonight 9-8-97 at a small club in Hollywood called Goldfingers. Then on 9-11-97 they will be appearing at BillBoard Live which is also in Hollywood. Eric may do a small tour of the States with Gilby in a few weeks. I will keep you posted. Eric will also be doing Drum Clinics around the States soon. One confirmed clinic in on 9-15-97 in Rhode Island at Ricks Music. If you are in the area go by and say hello.
New KISS Demoes
From: TWStewart@aol.com (from the AOL bbs)
Well, i can't reveal my sources because they may get in trouble, but i know someone who got a tape of demos that KISS recorded just about 2 weeks ago (pre-production for the album). I believe he said it was 5 songs, and get this, the songs are in the vein of ROCK & ROLL OVER and PAUL'S SOLO LP!!!!! This is how it was described to me-no lie!!!! And they said that Gene was singing more with his voice (like his solo lp material, Seduction Of The Innocent, etc.) and less gruff! They also said that Peter's drumming was ROCK SOLID. All I can say is that I will have a copy of this tape shortly (if all goes as planned) and I will post a complete description and review when I get it! (no, I WILL NOT trade or sell it, so don't ask. it's too risky) just thought you'd all like to hear this GREAT news......
[KA Note: I saw this note on the KISS AOL bbs and thought it was interesting so I posted it here. But remember, since the KISS members are still recording on their OWN, according to Gerri Miller, I question weather that tape is ALL KISS. It could be one member of KISS and other artisits. Who knows? Just thought I would mention that.]
Kiss Unfazed By Lawsuits
MTV Online - September 5 [19:00 EDT] -- The litigation sprouting up around Kiss these days hasn't appeared to have dampened the spirits of Gene Simmons. The Kiss leader threw a birthday party at his favorite bowling alley last week complete with a cake featuring his image in full make-up with a gigantic tongue encircling an image of his long time lover, Playboy star-turned-actress Shannon Tweed. The party was also celebrating their 13th quasi-anniversary. Oddly enough, the only current bandmate to attend the party was Paul Stanley although former mate Bruce Kulick showed up along with ex-Motely Crue singer John Corabi.
Just days before the celebration, TNT Records had launched a lawsuit against Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for interference claiming the label had drummer Peter Criss under contract when the current KISS reunion got under way. Company head Tony Nicole claims the two bandleaders knew the label had Criss under contract but still induced him to breach that contract and rejoin the band. Nicole indicates he last renewed his option on Criss in June of 1995. The group finalized reunion arrangements in January of 1996.
Also on the suit scene, as previously reported by MTV News, former guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who played with Kiss from 1982 to 1984, is suing Kiss for millions in (allegedly) owed royalties and other payments. He alleges that Kiss unsuccessfully tried to make him sign an "unconscionable contract," that cut his $2,000-a-week salary in half, and making him live in a hotel frequented by addicts and prostitutes." Vincent also wants assorted insults retracted.
MTV was interviewing the lead singer and the guitarist from the WALLFLOWERS. I can't recall there names right now. Well, the guitarist says his biggest influence was KISS. Then, it showed the album cover of ALIVE!, and they played the ALIVE! version of Rock-n-Roll All Night for a while. He just talked about all kinds of great things abou KISS!!
From: Dodd Caudill
Sunny from the WWF was on Oddities last night on MTV....she stated that she was a huge Kiss fan and made a face just like Gene Simmons with the stuck out tongue and all...she also said she saw them four times in concert on the reunion tour....
Pictures of Gene Simmons house
Hello Kiss Friends
Wanna see what the Gene Simmons house look like?? Go this address:
In the man behind the mask section i have 4 cool pictures of Gene in his house.
Vinnie Vincent Update
Received this fax Aug 28, so, this is the official word. http://www.vinnievincent.com/ ...is scheduled for update during September '97.
GUITARMAGEDDON - THE LIGHT AT THE END OF **THIS** TUNNEL IS LIKELY TO BE A FREAKIN' TRAIN!!!
Vinnie is currently in the studio finishing up Guitarmageddon, which is 75% complete. Guitarmageddon is scheduled for a March '98 release, possibly sooner! "Shocker" will be the opening track for Guitarmageddon. [Keep in mind this is not the Stanley/Child/? song--Para] The songs from Guitarmageddon that will be included on the 'VV Archives' are "Ride the Serpent," "Heavy Metal Poontang," and "Cockteazer." BTW, the recording sessions have been documented on video, which will be available for release along with the full length CD.
NEW EUPHORIA! [aka NEWPHORIA or NEUPHORIA--PARA]
Vinnie wanted to take full advantage of the recording sessions for Guitarmageddon and decided to rerecord the Euphoria tracks, too. The new Euphoria recordings, along with Guitarmageddon, will be the ultimate VV recordings to date--over the top! The new arrangements and recordings will definately be different from those on the current EP/CD. Speaking of the current Euphoria CD, it is officially discontinued. The newly recorded Euphoria will be available late this fall and will feature new artwork for the cover, back, and side panels. Price will be $20 (US) and $25 (outside the US).
VINNIE VINCENT vs. ALL DEFENDANTS
The lawsuit recently filed against KISS and it's record labels is for $5.8 million, excluding trebled damages which could exceed $15 million and *not* the AP newswire misprint of $1.3 million. VV and his lawyers are in the process of arranging television interviews.
Vinnie's new book, entitled "INVINCIBLE," is underway. Vinnie said, "Everything you wanted to know...this is truly a tell all book..."
A 900 number, where all fans can speak to Vinnie personally, will be disclosed shortly.
VINNIE VINCENT ARCHIVES
"Yes, everyone, it is almost ready to land at your doorstep October 1997," Vinnie said. Vinnie has taken the time to personally phone some of his fans who preordered this masterpiece and who have been patiently awaiting its arrival, just to let them know who much he cares about them and his muisc--and the status of the boxed set! "Hey, that's pretty cool," you might be thinking. You ain't seen nothin', yet! Keep reading. Vinnie wanted to do something different, something extreme, something no other artist has done before! What is it? Vinnie decided to include some fans' names in the "Special Thank You" section of the Archives. These fans will be immortalized on the Vinnie Vincent Archives through time! As many names as space provided have been included! Is your name one of them?
VINNIE IN JAPAN?
Japan is currently negotiating with Metaluna Records, LLC, to license all three VV releases for Japan only. All orders and inquiries should be directed through the following numbers:
Revised UK CD release schedule
After further talks with Mercury's Press Office in London, here is a revised release schedule. No info about any single off Carnival Of Souls yet, but it's early days...
Release - 9/22: KISS, Hotter Than Hell, Dressed To Kill, Alive, Destroyer, Rock And Roll Over, Love Gun, Alive II, Gene, Paul, Ace, Peter
Release - 10/6: Double Platinum, Dynasty, Unmasked, The Elder, Creatures Of The Night
Release - 10/27: Carnival Of Souls!
Can't wait! I am trying to find out if the packaging and inserts are going to be the same as on the US releases, I should know more soon.
Germany CD release schedule
From: Florian of KISS Deutschland News:
Hello! I have just phoned with the Kiss production manager from Mercury Germany. He told me that the Remasteres will be released one week before the release of COS (13th October).They are working on the artwork and it will be the same like in the U.S.A.. Only the special German logo will be there.
There are no extras planned for the CD's, only the lyrics will be in. He was not sure if he will release all Remastered at once. He told me thet he will release 10 and the rest later, but he was not sure.
Bruce's new band name
Bruce just informed me to tell everyone the band name WILL NOT BE "THE X-MEN"!!! There have been several posts on other sites suggesting they may use this one but they won't! They haven't decided on anything yet but I will let you all know when I hear something.
Official Eric Carr Signature Drumsticks
A few days ago I ran a news piece about some Eric Carr drumsitcks. I just wanted to mention to KISS fans out there that I have heard good things about the Erci Carr drumsticks from the fans. From what I am told, every order placed, the fans get the drumsticks within 2 days. So if you are interested in getting these limited edition drumsticks now is the time. Check the August 29th date for more info.
Here is a letter from a fan that got the drumsticks:
Just to let everyone know, the Eric Carr sticks are really cool!!!! I E-mailed them my address, and I got the sticks before I even sent payment!!!!.........They trust and love all of the kids, especially Eric's fans, and felt that no one would rip them off. So if you are questioning it, just do it!!! You definitely won't be sorry!!!!!! -- Butch Rhodes
KISS on the Gossip Show
From: Callie Richardso
KISS was mentioned on this weekends edition of the Gossip Show on the E channel. The piece was about the law suit against Gene Simmons and Paul Stanly involving Peter Criss not recording for some guy [TNT Recrods].
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