Novemember 2006 NewsPage updated on Novemember 30, 2006
All news should be considered an unconfirmed report unless verified, and all information published at KISS Asylum is attributed to the source from which it was received so that readers may judge the validity of the statements for themselves. All information is confirmed where possible, and all publication is governed by common sense.
From: Brave Words/Bloody Knuckles
The KISS Alive! 1975 - 2000 box set has entered the US Billboard charts at #167. The collection contains the following four CDs:
CD2: Alive II (bonus track: 'Rock And Roll All Nite' - single version)
CD3: Alive III (including 'Take It Off')
CD4: Alive IV: The Millennium Concert (2000)
A&E has greenlit a supersized second season of "GENE SIMMONS Family Jewels."
Cabler has begun production on 20 half-hour episodes for a premiere sometime in 2007.
A&E had ordered a 13-episode first season.
From: KISS Online
Listed below are more December "KISSMAS" events for the KISS FRAGRANCES. These are in the Northeast at BosCovs Stores:
If you attend any of these events, please take a photos for KISSONLINE!
The following is a list of "KISSMAS" Northeast BOSCOVS Store promotions:
Autographed ERIC SINGER All Access To Drumming DVD
For the past two decades, ERIC SINGER has remained at the top of the list for "First Call" Rock drummers. In All Access To Drumming, Eric shares his experience, techniques and many other aspects that are essential to survive as a professional drummer in today's world. From his dad's society band to LITA FORD, GARY MOORE, BLACK SABBATH, BADLANDS, ALICE COOPER, BRIAN MAY and KISS, Eric has mastered the playing techniques and tricks to persevere in the real world of rock drumming. Originally recorded in 1996, now available with bonus footage and features, All Access to Drumming features easy-to-follow instructions helpful tips on warming up, utilizing triplets, gaining independence, playing double bass and enhancing your performance skills. In addition, Eric gives his own heartfelt advice on the business side of the music business.
Features include: Multiple camera angles, rare KISS footage; additional solos; Drum Lesson Chart and photo gallery.
All copies sold by KISSmuseum.com are autographed very neatly by Eric in a silver paint marker.
$19.95 at KISSmuseum.com
From: Anna Knowlden
Here's a 5 photos from PAUL STANLEY's recent concert in Seattle, WA that I thought you'd enjoy!!!
From: Brave Words/Bloody Knuckles
BRUCE KULICK recently sat down with BW&BK to talk about his latest collaboration, The ERIC SINGER Project or ESP (for short) with his onetime bandmate in KISS, ERIC SINGER. The band is rounded out by UNION bandmate, John Corabi and Chuck Garric (ALICE COOPER). Together they've just released the Live In Japan CD featuring many classic cuts from KISS, MOTLEY CRUE and Alice Cooper.
Mitch Lafon: You've got both you and John (Corabi) on the CD, so why is this not Union?
BRUCE KULICK: "ESP did a record of all covers back in '99. At the time all of Eric's friends were telling him he should have a project and he was not sure who to use. He had started working with Karl Cochran and Eric realized it wouldn't be bad to do this thing. We had done so much good stuff in that era of KISS that he realized he'd love to work with me, and John would be kind of cool because he 'compliments Bruce well' and so that became the ERIC SINGER Project. In the last couple of years, we've had the opportunity to do some things and it just clicked as a good cover jam band. We're all comfortable with each other and we can do the material that we're known for by the fans. I'll agree that the lines sometimes get blurred between Union and ESP, but the key to Union was covering the first two albums we did if we ever gigged and with ESP - we all want to have fun with the music we represent. There's less pressure with the ERIC SINGER Project because we can do whatever we want, but Union represents something much different and right now I prefer working with Eric and hope to continue to."
A cartoonist's search for the scarce Target-exclusive PAUL STANLEY autographed guitar inspires this week's Toon It Up comic.
Check out the result at www.toon-it-up.com.
My name is Angelica Marie and I am 10 years old.
I have been a big KISS fan my whole life! Yesterday I saw in the newspaper that there was a new autographed PAUL STANLEY guitar at Target. I asked my dad if we could get it, and he said YES. I was so excited because it would be such a great guitar to have and I want to learn to play the guitar. Plus it is signed by PAUL STANLEY!
My mom called a bunch of Target stores and they all kept telling her the same thing, they had all the other guitars in the flyer except for Paul's because he was selling out fast. Finally we called one that had the guitar and my dad and I went to get it.
A rare autographed KISS banner is being auctioned off as part of MusiCares online Grammy Charity auction through December 7th. The banner is 46" X 60" and there were only 25 of these banners created by ProStars. This is number two of that very limited edition.
To bid on the banner, visit http://members.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=grammyauctions.
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
Bob Brunson, The Ultimate KISS Fan as seen on A&E/GENE SIMMONS Family Jewels, is launching a fan-based song-writing project and promotion called... "Friends With Painted Faces."
The idea is to have KISS fans everywhere write down and email, in a few lines, what KISS has meant to them over the years. Brunson will use this input to compose and record a tribute song for the band. "This was one of several ideas I'd mentioned to Gene during the taping of Family Jewels, and something I feel is extremely appropriate for a band that has meant so much to its fans for such a long time now, including me!" said Brunson.
In addition, Brunson is actively seeking/soliciting several well-known Hollywood producers to help with the arrangement and production of the song. "Given where KISS is in its career, as well as Gene's promotional savvy, I want to really maximize the visibility and credibility of the project, positioning it for inclusion in Family Jewels Season 2, and/or Gene's forthcoming Box Set/Greatest Hits!" said Brunson.
Some enthusiastic fans take you on a video tour of famous KISS sites in the town where the band was formed.
See the clip on Youtube.com
I thought that I would bring this to everyone's attention, it is an action figure being sold by Dollar General stores across the USA. The "Wrestling Figure" - as it is called - looks way too much like the Starchild PAUL STANLEY. It has the same long hair, white face, and the star on the same side of his face, just like Paul's KISS make-up! Also the outfit makes it look like PAUL STANLEY even more.
The figure is one of the "Wrestling Figures" set sold by Dollar General and distributed by DOLGENCORP, INC. 100 Mission Ridge Goodlettsville, TN 37072-2170. They sell for $1 and were made in China. About 1 in 12 of the figures collection are in the likeness of Mr. PAUL STANLEY in full KISS make-up.
We all know there was The Demon wrestler, but when was there a Starchild one?
KISS Plush Dolls
Christmas wouldn't be complete without a new set of KISS dolls to give to the kiddies...or to keep for yourself. This new Plush Doll set is much more detailed than it's predecessor of 3 years ago. Each comes complete with it's own box with incredible graphics. Buy the set at a great discounted price.
$75.00 for the set of 4
Available at KISSmuseum.com
KISS Meets The Phantom of The Park (XII A.S. Directed by Gordon Hessler. Written by Jan Michael Sherman and Don Buday. Starring Gene 'The Demon' Simmons, Paul 'Star Child' Stanley, Ace 'Space Ace' Frehley, Peter 'Cat Man' Criss, Anthony Zerbe, and Deborah Ryan)
To the strains of "Rock 'n' Roll All Night", the film begins with the members of KISS in various poses and locations, in gigantic proportions playing in the sky, towering over roller coasters, walking on laser pulses, and riding the track. Switch to concert footage featuring the massive stage show using torches, smoking guitars, sparks, explosions, props, stroboscopic lighting, fog, a rising drum platform, and fireworks!
The Four-Crown Princes of Rock 'n' Roll Hell are being set up by evil super-genius Abner Devereaux, who desires to frame the band by using impersonating robot clones to take over the world using diabolical mind control, to brainwash fans into causing a riot.
From: PAUL STANLEY.com
There are millions of people that can say they have seen KISS live. It truly is an unforgettable experience. The bombs, the fire, the blood, the pyro, and of course the makeup all deliver a show that no other band can truly provide. Seeing KISS with 25,000 other people is always a blast. You can count on running into people you haven't seen in years and revisiting old memories while creating new ones. I've seen KISS live a lot of times myself. Dating back to the Dynasty era, I've attended shows in different states all across the United States. In 1989 I watched PAUL STANLEY play some gigs at small clubs and it was unlike any KISS show I ever saw. It was stripped down, and all that was left was the music -- the reason I started loving KISS in the first place. There was an energy in these club gigs that showed Paul had something to prove. He performed KISS classics but mixed in solo tunes from his 1978 effort as well as a Led Zeppelin cover tune (Communication Breakdown) and a then-unreleased gem that would wind up on the 1990 KISS release, Hot in the Shade (Hide Your Heart). After that small tour ended there was speculation that Paul was planning a second solo effort, but it was just a rumor. Some 18 years, a slew of KISS records and a reunion tour or three later, Paul finally put out a second solo effort – Live to Win.
After 18 years, I've changed a lot too, I have two kids and a second wife, and we're one happy KISS-loving family. I remember the thrill of seeing KISS live for the first time and wanted to pass that onto my kids. It was also an important evening for my wife who has seen KISS on numerous occasions, and is among the most avid of fans, but missed Paul's fist solo tour because she was a mere 14-years young. We took in the Chicago show of the Rock the Nation tour and it was awesome -- but no offense to anyone, it wasn't the same as seeing the original band. I knew that if Paul was going to tour for his solo CD, that would be the show to take my kids to. It simply doesn't get any better than seeing Paul in a small venue playing to 600-3000 people. Besides the energy level that Paul always brings to the show, he almost personalizes it for you. He talks directly to the crowd -- instead of trying to address 20,000 screaming fans, he caters to each one in attendance. You can get as close as you like to the stage, and you don't have to fight off 20,000 other people to get a guitar pick or a good seat. Of course the fact that he brings out a couple of tunes like "A Million to One" or "Magic Touch" that he's never played live certainly doesn't hurt either.
I took in two shows on the tour, Chicago and Portland. On both dates, Paul was simply the man. He was a bundle of energy and just nailed each and every song, both old and new. The Chicago House of Blues show was sensational and it was filmed for a potential DVD release. It was a flawless performance and would be the perfect way to show fans that Paul is without a doubt the driving force behind the music of KISS.
From: Chicago Sun Times
With the new ''Kissology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 1 1974-1977'' riding high on Billboard's Top Music Video chart, KISS' GENE SIMMONS promises there's more where that came from.
''We hope it's going to be a 10-volume set,'' Simmons says. ''Volume 2 is being worked on right now. I'm not allowed to talk too much about it, but [it will be released] in the next six months to eight months. We don't want to wait. This is a lot of fun. People are enjoying this. We're actually proud of it.''
The first ''Kissology'' features vintage concerts from San Francisco, Detroit, Tokyo, Houston and New York along with TV appearances, promotional videos and a documentary about KISS Day in 1975 in Cadillac, Mich.
Here are the approved color comp images of the designs being used on the table top KISS Pinball machine that we previously posted in sketch stage. KISS Licensee ICUP will now make pre-production samples of the machine, and when approved will begin manufacturing for sale in 2007.
We will post pictures of the actual machine as soon as we receive them.
From: The Press-Enterprise
Sammy Bubley is a sophomore at Hemet High School. He likes rock and roll music and has a group of friends that share his love of rock band KISS.
Five of the teens met band member GENE SIMMONS last month in Riverside. About 3,000 people swarmed the Gottschalks fragrance counter at Riverside Plaza when Simmons made an in-store appearance promoting his new men's cologne.
Rosie Bubley, Sammy's mother, drove five of the teens to Riverside and said she was impressed with the attention that Simmons paid them.
From: National Ledger
KISS's ever-colorful front man, GENE SIMMONS, shows his serious and, yes, sentimental side while recalling his first meeting with Dick Clark. "When KISS first started we came out to Hollywood for our very first time. We appeared on 'In Concert,' Dick Clark's concert show on ABC. We were green, we knew no one, all we had was ourselves -- all for one, one for all, us against the world," states Simmons, who is among the many rockers sharing memories of Clark in preparation for his big memorabilia auction to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation. Gene appears on tomorrow's (11/25) "Dick Clark Auction Preview" on VOOM's Treasure HD, the new high-definition network dedicated to collectors, which will also show much of the two-day auction next month.
"Right before we were to go on, Clark came into our dressing room," continues Simmons. "He put his arm around our shoulders and said, 'Anything you want, just ask me.' He was kind enough to us in the beginning when no one else gave a squat. Dick Clark was, is, and continues to be a gentleman of the highest order."
Just heard from Universal Music regarding the Best Buy bonus tracks for the KISS ALIVE!!! 1975-2000 CD Set. They apologized for the situation and also for the delay in announcing the solution because of Thanksgiving. We will be able to announce the information on how to receive the bonus tracks early next week.
Stay with us - you will get what you expected!
From: C And G News
Ask any KISS fanatic, and they'll give it to you straight. KISS isn't just a rock band, it's a phenomenon.
About 1,200 diehard fans stood in line for hours Nov. 4 to meet the super group's front man, PAUL STANLEY, who made an appearance at the Parisian department store in Rochester Hills.
Cameras clicked and fans howled as the Starchild casually rode down the escalator to greet the enthusiastic crowd. The rocker was in town to promote the latest in KISS merchandise, a cologne packaged in "his" and "hers" scents.
Sadly, today is the 15th anniversary of the death of our beloved friend ERIC CARR.
We all miss and remember Eric for his devotion to his fans and his dedication and belief in KISS. He was a ferocious drummer with a gentle spirit. We all lost him way too soon.
Pictured here is a great new ad appearing today in USA Today. We had to reduce the ad and cut it in half in order to post. The actual ad runs down a single column. The ad includes the web address - www.ilovethatsong.com/kiss - where you can get KISS & PAUL STANLEY IM Icons.
Got lots to tell you all so let me start with of course KISS news. I was at Best Buy last night to pick up the new ALIVE four CD set. Great packaging quotes, and I have been told the new mastering really brings out ALIVE III like never before. So check that one out. Of course KISSOLOGY is burning up the DVD shelves in the stores, and I am looking forward to the next two that are going to be released next year.
With great anticipation I finally got to see the PAUL STANLEY show. He was amazing at the House of Blues here in LA. What a great night I had, and I sat with GENE SIMMONS and the lovely Shannon Tweed. He grabbed me at said, "SIT DOWN"! Not one to argue with the God of Thunder as he had the best table in the house. We chatted about how good Paul sounded and looked and other than a fan who had too much to drink breathing too close to Gene, we ate cookies (warm ones at that!) and shared hellos with all the other KISS guests floating around the rail at the HOB.
PAUL STANLEY blew the roof off of the Hollywood House of Blues Tuesday night!! He rocked, he looked and sounded great!!! But what amazed me more was his compassion for Tony, the fan who I gave my extra ticket to. Tony has CP (cerebral palsy) or as he says "I have it, it doesn't have me." I met Tony at the HOB in Hollywood as he took the bus there. We talked about KISS and Tony gave me a CD his friend Dave did using Tony as the theme for the CD. We talked and then headed over to the line outside the HOB. All of a sudden, we hear "Got to Choose" coming out the doors. Like the shop owner who gives the kids the key to the candy store, the security guards opened the doors and let about 30 of us in to watch Paul's soundcheck. When we got in everyone rushed the stage, but I had to patiently wait for Tony to catch up. When he did, Paul immediately acknowledged him and came over and threw a pick motioning to me to make sure Tony got it... we heard "Live to Win" and finally "Love Gun." Paul was in great spirits joking with us about the "Elder" album and was in a great mood. I also got a guitar pick and Tony also got a signed "Live to Win" CD (promotional copy).
After the soundcheck, we then were able to do the meet and greet. Again, it took Tony some time to get in line and when he did, he met Paul again. Paul shook his hand and mine. Paul took a pic with Tony but it didn't come out because it was too dark. So, Paul then moved us over to where the light was moving a table out of the way and then took this picture with Tony.
After Tony's pic I thought I would get mine, but Paul apologized and said that the meet and greet was over. So, I realized that it didn't matter because after he just took care of Tony, what more did he have to do... he showed such compassion with Tony. He then asked Tony if he had proper seating for the show and if HOB had taken care of his special needs. I was just amazed at how Paul took the time to make Tony feel so special....
The following was printed in the Letters section of a local Pennsylvania news paper:
Life lessons and GENE SIMMONS - who'd have thought?
On Oct. 12, GENE SIMMONS from the band KISS was promoting the new KISS cologne at Oxford Valley Mall. My 16-year-old son is a huge fan and was very excited at the chance to see him close up.
Paul will appear on Uncle Joe Benson's - OFF THE RECORD - December 2nd and 3rd. The hour long nationally syndicated, radio program airs every week on over 114 stations nationwide.
Click here to visit Uncle Joe's site for a list of radio stations airing the show around the country.
KISS Fans are the greatest! Not 15 minutes after the KISS ALIVE!!! 1975-2000 CD Set went on sale this morning, we started receiving fan emails informing us that the Best Buy store version did not contain the advertised bonus tracks "2000 Man" and "God of Thunder." Thank you for bringing this to our attention so quickly.
Though not directly involved with Universal's Best Buy store promotion, Paul and Gene were made aware of the bonus track problem and have chosen to help rectify the situation for the fans. Several solutions are currently being discussed by Universal Music and we expect to post more information in the next day or two.
Bottom line - Paul and Gene appreciate your support and any fan who bought the CD at Best Buy expecting these two tracks will receive them.
Paul and Gene taped an interview for the Dick Clark Auction that will premiere this Saturday, November 25th. The interview was done in New York on Halloween and the guys appear in makeup. A portion of the proceeds from the auction go to The Neil Bogart Foundation.
Here is the info....
Program title: The Dick Clark Auction
Premiere date: Saturday, November 25th
Premiere time: 1pm Eastern
Will appear on Dish Network Channel 9473 - Treasure HD/Voom
(program will repeat throughout the week - check listings for times)
The Dick Clark Auction will air live on the same channel on Wednesday, December 6th starting at 12:30pm Eastern. A live online auction will be available on TreasureHD.com.
From: KISS Asylum
KISS Asylum has received dozens of emails from KISS fans all over the country stating their confusion, anger and sadness over the missing two bonus tracks that were suppose to be on the Best Buy store's version of the Alive! Box Set, released today.
"I have just purchased the new ALIVE Box Set on my lunch break and the 2 Best Buy exclusive songs are NOWHERE to be found! The sticker says they should be there", says Eddie from Boardman Ohio.
Having even worse luck, James from Cincinnati writes, "Just got the new Alive! Box Set at Best Buy in Cincy and it's missing the Alive II disc!! What's more, it's advertised to contain 2 extra tracks - 2000 Man, and God of Thunder and they're not there either!"
The exact same problems have been reported in New Hampshire, Austin Texas, Youngstown Ohio and Portland Maine, to name a few. Although this is a big disappointment for many, remember the mistake is unintentional and you should simply return your merchandise where you bought it. KISS Asylum will research this problem and do a follow-up post with what we find. Hopefully there will be a way to exchange for the proper discs.
Has anyone purchased a copy of the Alive! Box set that DOES include the bonus tracks? If so, please let us know the city and state it was purchased.
From: KISS Asylum
Uglymoney.com, a website devoted to recording and displaying defaced money, has a few KISS entries in their online gallery. We of course do not endorse defacing money, but some of this artwork is impressive. You can see more at www.uglymoney.com
KISS Miniature Drumstick Pen And Keychain
Just released and available immediately are the KISS drumstick pen and KISS drumstick keychain, 7" and 4" long, respectively. These miniature recreations are styled after the official KISS drumsticks issued last year.
Both available at KISSmuseum.com
KISS Drumstick Pen $4.95
KISS Drumstick Keychain $4.95
KISS ALIVE!!! 1975-2000 - For the first time, KLASSIC KISS FEATURES ALIVE I, ALIVE II AND ALIVE III. And, the NEVER BEFORE ISSUED MILLENIUM CONCERT 1999-2000. The set hits stores this Tuesday. Best Buy will sell the KISS ALIVE SET with two extra bonus tracks.
Track Listings :
The Chicagoland KISS expo will take place Sunday, December 10th 2006 at the Holiday Inn 411 South Larkin Ave. Joliet, IL. 60436. Special KISS room rates are available, please call in advance to (815) 729-2000. Special guest Bill Aucoin will do a Q&A and autograph session. KISS tribute band - Double Platinum will perform and KISS merchandise will be on sale all day. Doors open at 10:00am.
Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at the door the day of the event or for more expo info contact the promoter: Jim Frangella at 815-729-3113 or email KISSarmylll@sbcglobal.net.
KISS Glassware Sets
Three new glassware sets have recently become available. One being a beautiful boxed-set of six 4" tall shooters adorned with classic album artwork. The other two are, coincidentally, similar 6.5" tall pint-sized glassware box-sets released by two separate companies. Different pricing, artwork and packaging make them unique, but if you can't make up your mind which one to buy you can have both for a discounted price.
KISS Shooter Set of Six - $23.95
KISS Pint Glass Set #1 - $29.95
KISS Pint Glass Set #2 - $23.95
KISS Pint Glass Sets #1 and #2 - $49.50
Available at KISSmuseum.com.
From: Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp
After some time off, the Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp Podcast is back in a big way! This week, we get up-close and personal with KISS frontman PAUL STANLEY to talk about his solo album called Live To Win, the band's new Kissology DVD, and a bunch of other stuff that you won't hear anywhere else!
The excitement is building for our five-day camp in Los Angeles in February, and we're also plotting out an unbelievable five-day trip to London in May!!!
You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes by clicking this link or download the PAUL STANLEY interview directly by clicking this link.
Having just finished my first shows since 1989, I have to say I was blown away! We sounded even better than I had hoped and your reactions seemed to say you all felt the same. Thank you.
Sasha, Jimmy, Paul, Haffa and Nate were really incredible both off and onstage. The road crew's pride in being a part of this was written all over them and I was proud and lucky to have them with me. They too were an inspiration.
These shows reconnected for me the incredible intensity that can be created by loving what you do and giving it your all. I remember as a kid, I would go to concerts in NY and see Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Humble Pie, Led Zeppelin and countless other bands play small theaters and blow the place apart. Not with pyro or special effects, but with sheer energy, belief in their music and a determination to reach the audience and take them to a place that only they could. THAT's why I loved concerts and that's why I wanted to follow in their footsteps. This short tour and you in the audience confirmed my belief that we could also go there. We did and we will again.
As far as live shows, we are lining up shows outside of the US. and I hope to do many more here also.
Goodbye is only for now
'Cause I'm coming back
I swear it somehow.
Thanks to Matt for sending in this note and link to a clip on the Halloween Parade in NY.
Feel all of the excitement of the 33rd annual VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE, featuring this year's grand marshals, GENE SIMMONS and PAUL STANLEY from KISS! The video was shot by Karl Gober and edited by Matt Porter to the KISS classic, "Creatures of the Night".
Now playing on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmpK2Oo62Y.
PAUL STANLEY, The Fillmore
San Francisco, CA
November 13, 2006
I started to write this review by running down the set list and talking about each song, but then started to think about what was really important to me as fan. With the internet we all know what the set list was going to be before arriving. So what is important? How much fun it was and how Paul made me feel. The rock and roll experience. Music and rock and roll is about the feelings in your gut, your soul, and your heart. It's not about technical perfection; it's not about looking for mistakes. It's about raising your fist when you are 42 and going YEAHHHHH!
I was lucky to be able to see Paul on his first solo tour back in 1989. I was living in Chicago at the time. When I heard he was touring I had to go. The nearest show was in Detroit, so it was a road trip. I was in awe at that show, basically third row in a club watching PAUL STANLEY perform a show he wanted to perform, they way he wanted to perform it. Fast forward to 2006. When I got word that Paul was definitely touring to support his second solo album 'Live To Win' I knew I had to go. This time I didn't have to travel very far, maybe 20 minutes from my home to the legendary Fillmore.
KISS Destroyer Bubble Clock
Brand new item! 12" wide wall clock encased in a large, curved bubble lucite face. Packaged as shown.
$29.95 at KISSmuseum.com
This past Monday night at the House of Blues if you'd momentarily forgotten where you were, you might guess - based on the patrons - that you were at a KISS concert. You'd see an array of KISS t-shirts spanning three decades, the occasional fan in full face-makeup dressed as one of the band's trademarked personas, and here and there someone carrying around the remnants of a black shiny guitar, once whole, and what would be instantly recognized by any KISS fan as one of the guitars PAUL STANLEY, KISS co-founder, had demolished at the end of one of hundreds of KISS concerts.
But for this show we weren't in a venue that could accommodate a small country. There wouldn't be any fireworks, confetti, or flames. Tonight we belong to ...PAUL STANLEY, and each member of his sardine-packed audience wouldn't have it any other way.
New York rockers, Slunt, opened for Stanley. A four-piece group with 50% being of the attractive, female persuasion, and tough show-men/women to boot, how could Slunt's performance not be a sexy display of rock and roll glitz?
A&E just released a new Paul McCartney DVD, titled The Space Within Us, which features PAUL STANLEY as one of the celebrities that are part of the footage (which also includes Bill Clinton, Eddie Vedder and Cameron Crowe). The feature-length concert film shows Paul and his wife Erin rockin’ out in the audience at one of the former Beatle’s 2005 concerts, and Paul is also part of a few short comments in between songs (the KISS frontman is also mentioned in the credits). Says Paul on the importance of Paul McCartney: "Most people who get admired these days - what's there to admire about an athlete? You don't have a clue what this person is about. McCartney, by contrast, is the voice of more than one generation. I'm a big fan. Who isn't? In my mind, there's Paul McCartney and there's everybody else. For me to be able to sing his praises? I'm there in a heartbeat…"
From: Jewish Telegraph
As a member of KISS, PAUL STANLEY has become one of the richest and most famous rock stars in the world.
Born Stanley Eisen in Manhattan, the 54-year-old formed KISS with Israeli GENE SIMMONS (Chaim Witz) in 1972.
In 1978, all four members of KISS released solo albums. It has taken Stanley another 28 years to get around to his second solo release, Live To Win (Universal).
Here, he talks about the album:
Click here for Windows Media version
Click here for Real Player version
With the new "Kissology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 1 1974-1977" lodged atop Billboard's Top Music Video chart, KISS' GENE SIMMONS promises there's more where that came from.
"We hope it's going to be a 10-volume set," Simmons tells Billboard.com. "Volume 2 is being worked on right now. I'm not allowed to talk too much about it, but [it will be released] in the next six months to eight months. We don't want to wait. This is a lot of fun. People are enjoying this. We're actually proud of it."
The first "Kissology" features vintage concerts from San Francisco, Detroit, Tokyo, Houston and New York along with TV appearances, promotional videos and a documentary about KISS Day in 1975 in Cadillac, Mich.
The following is KISS guitarist TOMMY THAYER's latest Q&A session:
Q: Gene stated in his book KISS & Makeup that there was no real place in the current market for a new KISS album and that it would take an "earth shattering event" to get back into the studio. That was in 2001, do you feel that this is still the case, and/or has there ever been discussions about the possibility of a new KISS album in recent years?
A: "As far as I know, there has not been any discussion of making a new KISS studio record. It's a very good question and I've personally got tons of e-mails like yours asking the same question. I hope it happens sometime!"
The KISSOLOGY DVD debuted in Canada this week at #1 with 4,700 units sold! In the US KISSOLOGY had other GREAT week... selling 15,912 copies. In just two weeks, KISSOLOGY Volume 1 has scanned over 68,000 units!
All day yesterday, our GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS show was filming us everywhere around town.
Ended the day going with Miss Tweed to see the powerful and attractive PAUL STANLEY at the House of Blues. No one has better pipes. Period. He killed last night.
Upstairs, we hung with BRUCE KULICK, his brother Bob, TOMMY THAYER and his Amber, former KISS producer MICHAEL JAMES JACKSON, who worked on CREATURES, KILLERS and LICK IT UP, JOHNNY 5 (Manson's guitarist) and lots of well wishers.
Mrs. Erin Stanley and good lookin' Evan (Paul's son) were right there rockin' to the action.
Paul ended his LIVE TO WIN Tour in Las Vegas last night with a blistering set at the Palms Casino. As with previous shows, Paul laughed and joked with the crowd, thoroughly enjoying himself. He is obviously proud of the way he and his backing band sound and on several occasions told the crowd just that. The audience did their part to let Paul know they agreed, singing along from the opening of "LIVE TO WIN" to the end of "Goodbye".
PAUL STANLEY.com has posted soundcheck photos from Paul's Vegas show last night. Paul is playing a new Washburn guitar in this photo.
1. Starts the show at 8:01PM with 2 PAUL STANLEY songs: "Live To Win" & "Lift".
2.Y2J says that should be the motto for every single Rock Of Jericholic listening tonight, says welcome to The Rock Of Jericho on XM 41 Da Boneyard. He says he's Chris Jericho & says "Live To Win" is a perfect motto to use in our lives courtesy of 1 of the greatest rock & roll singers of all time PAUL STANLEY. He says "Live To Win" is the title track & the 2nd track which's the 1-2 punch from the new record "Live To Win", says it's Paul's 1st solo record since '78 & asks as to why Paul decided to release another record after all that time.
Y2J feels that Paul made a perfect point for the fact that KISS can probably never release another record again, says the lineup's not there anymore & it's half KISS with Gene [Simmons], Paul, TOMMY THAYER & ERIC SINGER... He says not to mention that what KISS does people don't want to hear new material from them, says they're 1 of those bands that can write the greatest record ever, but people might not wanna hear it. He says then again Iron Maiden's done it & Paul McCartney's done it with his last record, says there's some great tunes left in lots of these bands & feels that if Paul & Gene can put their egos aside, write a kickass record & get back with Bob Ezrin & maybe have another classic.
Thanks to all of you with "Ideas" -- and it seems, almost all of you have em. Let me stress AGAIN (and again)...the 'ideas' are worth next to nothing. Simply because EVERYONE has ideas. And, you can't trademark or copyright an 'idea'...
Most important is: Do you have the funding to make an idea a reality. If not, your idea MAY be worthless. If you have an INVENTION, you may have something you can sell. Otherwise, "Hey Gene, how about a GENE SIMMONS Hot Air Balloon?" means nothing. You may have the idea (and you're not the only one, remember that), but who pays for it? How much air does it take? How safe is it? Who gets it in the air? "I dunno, Gene. I just have the idea." means nothing.
So, please ...all of you out there: If I don't post your ideas, it's not because I don't appreciate your emails, or don't think you are worth posting, it's simply because what you want me to post, is almost worthless. Sad, but true.
From: PAUL STANLEY.com
Paul rocked the LA House Of Blues yesterday with another strong performance! The show, which was attended by many of Paul's family and friends, was SOLD OUT. KISS band mates GENE SIMMONS and TOMMY THAYER as well as former KISS guitarist BRUCE KULICK were spotted in the crowd.
What can I say; I was looking forward to PAUL STANLEY’s San Francisco "Live To Win" visit tremendously. The last time Paul toured solo I was finishing High School in Singapore – way too far away to catch any of the action! 8,000 miles is a valid excuse as far as I’m concerned (though I know some of the diehard fans from Japan disagree and prove it repeatedly)! With the lack of music magazines there I didn’t even know he’d toured until I was in England that summer and picked up some Kerrang magazines. This time it was different. I was in the right place, at the right time… And my wife allowed me out to play.
San Francisco on Monday was miserable. Drizzle continuously fell, reminding me more of Scotland than California. Even though I’d been up for work at 4:30am, I was amped and headed out to the show much earlier that I normally would. Walking down to the Fillmore I hoped there would be something worthwhile to take photos of for the website. There wasn’t, but I arrived just in time to hear the tail end of the sound-check, including the full performances of "Live To Win" and "Love Gun." Those songs provided a cool taste of things to come, something which the unofficial video and audio recordings really can never fully capture. Hanging out on the Geary side of the Fillmore the line had already formed by the time I arrived. There were some familiar faces in the crowd of probably 40 fans. With the rain coming and going it was soon a rather bedraggled lot! No pain, no gain, as they say.
I was interested to see what the Fillmore really was. After nine years living in San Francisco I’d never been to the venue. I’d, much to my shame, missed the Cult earlier this year. With my work schedule, if I’m not working I’d rather be with my family or sleeping. The Fillmore has such a history, but I wasn’t impressed. It stunk. It was filthy. It was run-down. Many of the staff were brutish. It reminded me of many of the dives in Liverpool or Glasgow where I misspent my youth (ah, pub crawls on Smithdown Rd., my liver screams in agony). The only difference being that you could at least drink the liquids sold in those cities. I was struck by how small the venue was. It was clear that it was going to be an intimate audience with Paul, and that made it even cooler.
One of the big disappointments last year for collectors was the absence of an official yearly calendar. Thankfully the message was heard from the fans and KISS has released a spectacular new calendar for 2007! All new, never before seen pictures; one for every month of the year. 12" x 12" $12.95 at KISSmuseum.com
The KISS Album Focus Volume 3
Seldom do bands come along that leave such an indelible mark on popular culture. During the 1970s KISS redefined what it meant to "entertain" people with their bombastic live performances and larger than life personalities. And the merchandising.... During the 1980s the band fought for survival as internal strife and external competition forced an attempt to reinvent themselves. The early 1990s had seen KISS make one final gesture to be a relevant musical force, but this did not translate into the demanded success. Instead the band started looking to the past. The "Reunion" allowed the band to play their final "Ace" card. The "KISS Album Focus" is an objective look at the history of "the hottest band in the world" that destroys some KISS urban legends and confirms others. Volume 3, "Roar of Greasepaint" picks up the history as they attempt to record a Reunion studio album, and the disjointed soap-opera that followed and continues. Regardless of what will come in the future, they'll write their own ending as they have written every chapter during their history... $22.95 at KISSmuseum.com
Their faces are unforgettable. The Demon. The Starchild. The Spaceman. The Catman. Since 1973 these four figures, guised as screaming mimes from hell, have become synonymous with some of the greatest rock 'n' roll music of our time. They are GENE SIMMONS, PAUL STANLEY, ACE FREHLEY and PETER CRISS, better know as, of course, KISS. However, what often goes unrecognized is that in the thirty plus years of KISStory, these four figures were not the only ones responsible for the music that has created an entire army of fans that keeps growing every year. In fact, since PETER CRISS left the band in 1979 there have been six additional members of this legendary band. Recently we had the opportunity to talk to one of those members - guitarist BRUCE KULICK who played lead guitar for KISS from 1984 until 1996.
Bruce first gained the attention of GENE SIMMONS and PAUL STANLEY when his brother, record producer and long time friend of the band, Bob Kulick suggested to Paul and Gene to try Bruce out when they were seeking to replace guitarist MARK ST. JOHN. Now at this time in KISStory, KISS had turned their backs on the elaborate costumes, identifiable make up and super heroic stage antics. However, despite the fact that KISS resembled just another of the 1980s' hair bands that were popular at the time, KISS still managed to keep their fan base and their status on the rock 'n' roll landscape. Now Bruce was no stranger to the world of rock. Having toured as a guitarist on Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell tour in 1977, as well as starting the band Blackjack with future adult contemporary mega-star Michael Bolton, BRUCE KULICK was a seasoned musician that had what it took to play alongside GENE SIMMONS, PAUL STANLEY and ERIC CARR. Thus, for the next twelve years BRUCE KULICK paid his dues by touring, playing and living as one of the KISS family, only to finally leave KISS when original guitarist ACE FREHLEY rejoined the band for the Reunion Tour in 1996. However Bruce's musical journey didn't end there. Forming Union with former Motley Crue vocalist John Corabi and currently playing lead guitar for another classic music group, Grand Funk Railroad, Bruce also has found time to record and release three solo projects of his own. Yet despite these post-KISS successes, BRUCE KULICK is still very much a member of the KISS family. Once KISS grabs on to you it never really lets you go. A regularly featured guest at KISS expos all over the United States, Bruce was also recently called upon by PAUL STANLEY to play bass on his new solo album, "Live to Win".
We were fortunate enough to make contact with Bruce through Wendy Moore, author of the tell-all book "Into the Void... with ACE FREHLEY" and a former girlfriend of the Spaceman himself. Now, Verne has been a KISS fan for about two decades longer than I have, and knows more about KISStory than I ever will. After a series of e-mails between Verne and Bruce, we finally set up a late night phone interview with Bruce in September, 2006. Now for this one I kind of sat back and let Verne take this one. It was truly his night. What followed was a forty five minute conversation with one of the most down to earth celebrities I've ever had the pleasure to talk with. I mean, Bruce may not have had to wear the makeup and he may not have an action figure (not yet anyway) but get ready to learn what it's really like to be a part of the KISS family as
From: Keith Tarrier
Live To Win, the Japanese made version was released in early November. The CD packaging is very much the same as the US version. The CD has tag written in Japanese and a 16 page booklet. The booklet contains a page forward written by Yu Masuda, the long time KISS fan and expert. Yu was also the MC at the ESP Live in Tokyo shows in February of this year. Also in the booklet are the lyrics to the songs translated Yutako Nagai.
From: Keith Tarrier
PAUL STANLEY and his new solo album, Live To Win, were featured quite heavily in the December edition of Burrn Magazine in Japan.
There was a 2 page interview with Paul. A full page advertisement for Live To Win. His album was in the review section with three respectable reviews.
As well 3 of Burrns' editors have Paul on their playlists for this month.
From: The Oregonian
PAUL STANLEY, the Star Child from super-glam group KISS landed at the Aladdin Theater on Saturday night, without the signature heavy-makeup (OK, maybe a bit of "guyliner"), 7-inch platform boots, pyrotechnic effects, or stage-acrobatics that forged the band's legendary live performances.
But fans -- veterans of the so-called "KISS Army" and brand new recruits -- showed up for the rare chance to pay homage to the main singer and songwriter behind the supergroup, which has sold around 100 million albums. The all-age show was sold-out.
"I skipped high school in my senior year back in 1976 to see them live in Seattle," said 49-year-old Portlander David Rojo. "And now, 30 years later, I'm here with my son for his first show."
Seventeen years after his last solo outing, and 28 years after his last solo album, PAUL STANLEY has once again hit the road, sans makeup and KISS cohorts, for a club tour showcasing KISS classics and solo material from 1974 to the present.
Upon my arrival at the venue at 7pm, the KISS Army was already out in full force. There was KISS paraphernalia everywhere; hats, t-shirts, halter-tops, and quite a few tattoos. However, I was somewhat surprised at the absence of painted faces. Clearly, the fans were here to see PAUL STANLEY the solo artist, and to hear him dust off some lost KISS classics as well as a few choice cuts from his two solo albums.
At approximately 8:30pm, the opening band took the stage. Hailing from New York, the chick-fronted Slunt delivered a half hour’s worth of fast-paced punk jams. The act was not really my thing, but they put on a high-energy show and clearly were having fun. The crowd was appreciative of their effort, and the band exited to warm applause.
From: Brave Words/Bloody Knuckles
ESP (ERIC SINGER PROJECT) featuring KISS drummer ERIC SINGER, former KISS guitarist BRUCE KULICK (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD), singer John Corabi (ex-MOTLEY CRUE) and bassist Chuck Garrick (ALICE COOPER) have completed work on their Live At The Marquee DVD. Filmed in Sydney, Australia, the DVD will be release in time for Christmas. The tracklisting is as follows: 'Do You Own Thing', 'Watchin' You', 'Unholy', 'Love (I Don't Need It Anymore)', 'Four Day Creep', 'Jungle', 'Nothin' To Lose', 'War Machine', 'Jump The Shark', 'Born To Raise Hell', 'Free Ride', 'Power To The Music', 'Black Diamond' (ERIC SINGER on vocals), 'We're An American Band', 'I Love It Loud', 'Domino', 'Smokin' In The Boys Room'.
For more information visit: www.ericsingerproject.com.
A nine-minute audio interview with KISS guitarist/vocalist PAUL STANLEY, conducted earlier this month by Steve Black of Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM, has been posted online at www.wrif.com/media/2006_11paulstanley.asx (Windows Media).
From: KISS Asylum
Several reports have come into KISS Asylum that various USA Walmart locations have begun selling KISSology Volume I DVD Sets WITH THE MSG '77 BONUS DISC, or with NO BONUS DISC AT ALL. As you will recall, Walmart was originally stocking the set with the '77 Largo Bonus Disc (an exclusive, that was only available at Walmart's in the USA). It now appears that as those discs are selling out, the stores are being restocked with the MSG '77 bonus disc sets, or sets without a bonus disc. So please read the packaging carefully to ensure that you know what version you are getting in KISSology Volume I from Walmart - and be aware that as the Bonus Discs at Best Buy ('76 Detroit) and other retailers ('77 MSG) sell out, KISSology Volume I will revert to the Two DVD (no Bonus) version.
From: The Sun Online
KISS star GENE SIMMONS’ Osbournes-style reality show is to be screened by the Biography Channel.
GENE SIMMONS' Family Jewels features the rocker, 57, at home with his partner ex-Playboy centrefold Shannon Tweed, 49, and their kids Nick, 17, and Sophie, 14.
The family show will be in sharp contrast to his image as a hell raising rock star who claims to have slept with more than 4,600 women.
As we previously reported, Paul's Chicago show at the House of Blues was recorded for a possible DVD, and he certainly picked a great show to tape!
Paul was in fine form Monday and delivered another powerful performance. The audience responded in a big way, singing along with Paul throughout the night!
Behind the scenes photos from the taping will be posted Friday on the site.
From: NWI Times
The Big Apple's famous rock 'n' roll export -- KISS -- has a long history with Calumet region rock fans, dating back to 1974, when the band first introduced itself at the long-gone Parthenon Theater in downtown Hammond.
Unknown rockers wearing makeup and signed to a disco label (Casablanca Records), KISS had little going for them except a collective dream of rock stardom.
That proved enough in the long run.
In addition to the killer set list Paul has consistently performed throughout his current tour, the fans in St. Paul got an added bonus Tuesday night.
There was a young woman in the front row holding a sign that read, "My Name is Shandi". Paul broke from the set list and sang the first verse of Shandi (from the Unmasked album). Just him and his guitar, without the rest of the band.
It was great to see Paul ad-lib a bit. The crowd really enjoyed the entire show and Paul looked and sounded better than ever.
From: Joey Anderson
I'm a NY musician who recorded for this years BENT PUSSYCAT RECORDS Christmas disc 'ALL I WANT 4 CHRISTMAS IS PAUL STANLEY.'
It's about being a kid in 1978 and wishing for the KISS Dolls.
Check it out on myspace at www.myspace.com/joeystinks.
KISS Love Gun Shadow Box
A totally new type of KISS collectible - The KISS Love Gun Shadow Box is a 2 inch-deep picture frame that holds a perfect reproduction of the Love Gun album cover, (actually a better print than the art of the '77 release). On top of the image are placed real drumsticks, a reproduction backstage pass and a reproduction ticket from the August 20, 1976 concert in Anaheim California, one of the most famous KISS concerts of all time! It's all topped off with a white matting, black resin frame and glass face. The whole creation is a striking 3-dimensional wall display. Unbelievable high-quality for such a low price.
14" x 14" x 2"
This is the PERFECT Christmas gift as no KISS fan has ever had the opportunity to own an item quite like this until now!
Only $39.95 at KISSmuseum.com.
ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"'Kissology' — Holy shit!! What a package! This is a true KISS fan's dream. I've been waiting for this for a long, long time. I popped disc one in and was 12 again, happy, happy, joy, joy... I do wanna know why they only included one song from the Paul Lynde show?? Where are all the TV ads for the albums and toys? Where is the '20/20' interview? Where is the land of hype and glory? Hey Gene, where's my copy of 'Kisstory 2'???
Just like a KISS fan, complaining about something. All kidding aside, this box rocks! Going to see PAUL STANLEY tomorrow at the HOB, he'll answer my questions.
KISS' "Kissology: Volume One 1974-1977" DVD box set sold a whopping 52,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at position No. 1 on Billboard's Music Video chart.
"Kissology: Volume One 1974-1977" is a monumental six-hour, two-DVD box set featuring vintage material going all the way back to the deep early roots of the band's classic lineup — GENE SIMMONS, PAUL STANLEY, ACE FREHLEY and PETER CRISS — captured and re-mastered on two state-of-the-art DVDs featuring more than 70 live performances and four full concerts bundled along with unreleased tracks and never-before-seen footage. The mind-boggling first volume of a definitive three part collection (volumes two and three are being readied for release in 2007) presented by VH1 Classic, "Kissology: Volume One 1974-1977" is a showcase of pristine digitally-restored video coupled with a 5.1 audio mix to provide both stunning visual quality and powerhouse finely-detailed sound designed to meet the approval of the most demanding KISSmaniac.
"Kissology: Volume One 1974-1977" goes all the way back one of the band's earliest live performances in the New York pre-punk glam rock bar scene of the early 1970s before tracing the rocket-paced transformation of KISS into international rock gods who filled the world's largest arenas as the undisputed hottest band in the land by 1977.
The Bellarmine-Jefferson High School Homecoming Parade, on October 7th featured a KISS themed Float! The Parade took place in Burbank, Ca (San Fernando Valley).
All of the floats paraded down Olive Ave., in Burbank during the day, and in the evening paraded around the football field at half-time. The Students performed to "Rock and Roll All Night". Student performers were: Joelle Haji as "Gene", Ashleigh Diller as "Paul", Vincent Huff as "drummer", and Jessica Alvarez as "Ace".
The school-wide theme was "music genres". Margaret Aston is the junior class (11th grade) advisor and told us the students picked "KISS" for their theme. The chemistry teacher designed the float but the students did all the work, buying the materials, drilling, painting, attaching, lights, make-up, and costumes, and performing. The students worked after school for a week putting the whole thing together!
From: Mick's Headbangers Ball
Launch Radio Networks reports: KISS singer-guitarist PAUL STANLEY's got a hot band with him on his solo tour behind his album "Live To Win", and it's one that a lot of people know. Stanley is on the road with the house band from the "Rock Star" reality TV show, who worked with INXS on the program's first season in 2005, and then earlier this year with MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, and one-time GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke.
Stanley told Launch that he wasn't a huge fan of "Rock Star", but that the backing group won him over instantly. "You know, the show was mildly entertaining, but the band was incredible!" he said. "From the first time I saw it, I was just blown away by how good they were, and said, 'When I go out on tour, those'll definitely be the guys who I want to go with.'They're a great bunch, and we sound pretty damn good."
Stanley and the "Rock Star" house band shot their performance at the House Of Blues in Chicago November 6th for a DVD.
From: Getty Images
Some recent photos of Ace at the VH1 Classic Rock 'N Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament, held recently in Las Vegas. The event was taped for a future airing on VH1 Classic.
A vintage 1979 promotional film of Blackjack - the band featuring Michael Bolton and BRUCE KULICK, is viewable online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIxL0k-IstM.
From: Brave Words / Bloody Knuckles
The following is part of a longer interview with Alice Cooper's early Musical Director/guitarist Dick Wagner, which can be found at www.bravewords.com/features/1000431. Dick also played on KISS' Destroyer and Revenge albums, and discusses his involvement on those albums below:
ML: Before we get into your whole career with Alice – let me touch upon your involvement with KISS. Again, you replace a rock icon in ACE FREHLEY. We know you're on 'Sweet Pain' from the Destroyer album. Are you on any other songs on that album?
DW: "I played acoustic guitar on 'Beth' and I think there was a couple of other songs that I played on, but I'm not really positive. I don't keep track of all this stuff and I don't really remember."
From: Flint Journal
Why so long? Stanley, regarded by many KISS aficionados as the guy who kept the band going during a rocky stretch in the 1980s, said he had neither the time nor inclination before.
"Honestly over the years, there was so much going on in the band that was, I guess, threatening to the existence of the band. If I was ever off doing other things, there might not be a band to look after," he says.
It could be that recent events in Stanley's life gave him plenty to write about. He underwent hip replacement surgery, got divorced, remarried and welcomed son Colin Michael Stanley to the world on Sept. 6.
From: NWI Times
PAUL STANLEY, KISS guitarist, vocalist and cofounder, has put to rest any notions that current solo ventures by him and musical partner GENE SIMMONS mean his globally famous group have called it a day.
"The beast is just resting and getting its strength up to once again stalk the land," Stanley said.
A random e-mail survey of local music fans and music makers shows many in the region believe KISS was an important chapter in rock 'n' roll history. Some think band members are still relevant today, at least for their staying power.
For four hours Saturday, Paul greeted over 1200 fans of all ages at the Parisian Store in the Rochester Hills Mall. Appearing at the Michigan store to promote the KISS Fragrance line, Paul was genuinely happy to meet his fans! He hugged, shook hands, held babies, posed for photos and signed bottles of the fragrance throughout the event.
One of many touching moments occurred when a US Soldier and his family met Paul and the crowd erupted in cheers and applause. Watching Paul interact with the fans, especially the kids, was also a wonderful treat. So was the sight of fans leaving the stage after meeting Paul, as many were simply flustered and needed to catch their breath!
The following story was in Saturday's Detroit Free Press:
Two South American KISS Fan Expos have been confirmed for December! Here are the details we have so far.
The Lima-Peru KISS Expo 2006 with special guest BRUCE KULICK and unmasked tribute show with the band "TRAFICO", takes place Saturday December 16th from 1:00 PM at BARZA Marina Park. Also appearing is "Tributo a KISS Peru" (www.vaderetro.4mg.com/kiss.htm).
Bruce will also appear at FIESTA KISS - 'CRAZY NIGHT' in Santiago, Chile on December 19th at La Batuta (Plaza Ñuñoa). Performing that night will be tribute bands Kisserblood and Revenge and Bruce will appear on stage for a short set and will meet the fans. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster in Chile.
Visit Bruce's site - www.kulick.net for more updates.
Universal Music has organized a PAUL STANLEY LIVE TO WIN Ebay Auction. You can bid on the auction through November 9th. Below are the auction details.
To celebrate the new release, and his current club tour, we are offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Bid now for your chance to win two tickets to see PAUL STANLEY perform on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Included in this package is dinner for two, two signed copies of Live to Win, and you and your guest will have the ultimate experience -- meeting PAUL STANLEY himself!!
Winner will receive the following:
Twenty-eight years after his first solo album -- released alongside the three other KISS solo records at the height of the band's first marketing blitzkrieg -- PAUL STANLEY has released his second CD, "Live to Win." Tellingly, the album cover features Stanley, 54, front and center sans makeup. Stanley, who appears Tuesday at Myth nightclub, called two weeks ago from a tour stop in Orlando, Fla.
Q How does it feel playing without makeup once again?
A It's awesome. I love being a member of KISS. But I have to say that going out and doing these shows, it points out to people where the power of this music really is, and where the heart and soul is. It's not in makeup or pyrotechnics.
Paul will appear at the Parisian store located in the Village of Rochester Hills - 400 North Adams Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309 - this Saturday, November 4 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Stop by and have Paul personalize your purchase of the new KISS fragrance.
Barton College Collegiate
It was Friday the 13th of October, around 4:30 p.m. I had been waiting in line for two hours. The pit of my stomach was about to collapse, and my palms were sweaty. Words were running through my brain at one hundred mph. Finally, the security guard nodded his head, and signaled for me to walk up the steps. I was about to meet GENE SIMMONS.
The fire-breathing, tongue waggling, blood spewing KISS band member was at the Southpoint Mall in Durham promoting the new KISS fragrance line. The legendary rock band is widely known for crazy makeup wearing stage antics, as well as marketing.
KISS is the only band in the world that can market everything from action figures and comic books to tampons, and of course, cologne. Dedicated fans paid $100 for the KISS "Him" and KISS "Her" fragrance sets in exchange for an autograph and a picture with Simmons.
From: Eddie Trunk
Saturday night I attended PAUL STANLEY's solo show at Irving Plaza in NYC. Paul has always been my favorite member of the band, one of my favorite singers, and his '78 solo album is still one of the great under the radar gems in rock music. Needless to say the crowd was pumped and the place was packed. Everyone got to the venue early and didn't move until the show ended so they didn't lose their standing space. Really great buzz in the crowd.
Paul was performing his third show in a row but still sang his ass off. When I interviewed him in LA prior to this tour starting he expressed some concern about singing a full set on his own and how he would hold up, no worries, he pretty much nailed everything.
His backing band was made up of the TV show Rock Star's house band. They all did a solid job, the drummer probably being the highlight of the group. The set included 4 songs from the new solo LP and 4 from the '78 solo album. There was also a mix of KISS tunes from all eras. I personally could have done without hearing the signature KISS classics like Detroit, Lick It Up and Love Gun in this show. In a small setting with the most hard core fans in attendence he could have easily added a few more rare tunes, but I understand why he did play this stuff and it went down great.
Infant And Children's Shirts
From KISS licensee ANGOTTI DESIGNS. KISS Children's Raglan Rock and Roll Shirts as part of their new Rowdy Sprout line. High quality fabrics make this the perfect gift for your little rocker.
Available at KISSmuseum.com
This halloween my friends and I were KISS. We looked really good and I figured that you might enjoy this picture. It took forever to get ready for this night. But it was fun.
On the release of 'KISSology: Volume 1' the band has also hidden two real gems in the rough for fans to salivate over.
Bring up the Main Menu of the first disc and then press the 'Up' arrow key on your remote control to highlight the 'KISS' logo. Now press 'Enter' and you will see the earliest known KISS performance footage from the concert at the Conventry on December 21 1973 as the band performs 'Deuce.'
Now insert the second disc of the set in your DVD player and bring up the Main Menu. There, press the 'Up' arrow key on your remote control to highlight the 'KISS' logo. Press the 'enter' key now and you will be treated to an extraordinary six-and-a-half minute clip of the band performing at ACE FREHLEY’s wedding in 1976 – without make-up!
As a result of a grueling tour schedule with very few breaks and a very long day promoting KISSOLOGY in NY on Halloween, Paul has beenordered by his throat doctor to take several days off from performing to rest his voice.
Paul regrettably has to cancel his appearance on the Bob & Tom show as well as his Milwaukee concert Friday. His KISS Fragrance promotional appearance Saturday in Detroit and the rest of the LIVE TO WIN Tour will proceed as scheduled.
From: Contact Music
ZZ TOP star DUSTY HILL, GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA and KISS guitarist ACE FREHLEY are among the celebrities who literally played the world's poker kings at their own game in Las Vegas on Thursday. The rockers dealt with poker professionals PHIL 'THE UNABOMBER' LAAK and ANTONIO 'THE MAGICIAN' ESFANDIARI at the VH1 Classic Rock 'n' Roll Poker Tournament. VINNIE PAUL from PANTERA and ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN also faced off with the experts at the Flamingo Casino's Second City Theater. The tournament was taped for broadcast and will be aired early next year.
From: KISS Asylum
For any diehard KISS fan that was in NYC on Halloween, it was truly rewarding and exhausting. I wanted to share the experience:
I arrived actually later than I wished (about 8am as I was at Paul's show in Philly the night before) to get the Bracelet for the KISS DVD Promotion at Virgin Megastore in Times Square where about 500 bracelets were up for grabs for the IN STORE appearance of Gene and Paul in makeup at 11pm!
At about 2pm, I got to the entrance where GENE and Paul entered the MTV TRL event and I was very fortunate to be right next to the 2 Vans when they arrived and got nice shots of Paul and Gene entering MTV.
Paul and Gene capped off a very busy KISS day in New York City with a meet and greet at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square. They signed autographs for the 500 plus that showed up for the 11PM in store to promote the new KISSOLOGY DVD. Artist Ken Kelly, responsible for the Destroyer and Love Gun album covers, stopped by to get Paul and Gene to sign a few items. All attendees received a promotional PAUL STANLEY LIVE TO WIN magnet.
Tens of thousands of New Yorkers lined the streets of 6th avenue for over 30 blocks to await the main attraction of the night - KISS!!! It was wonderful to see the band receive such a warm welcome from their home town. For over an hour, Paul and Gene stirred up the crowd as their float glided past the other Halloween revelers blasting KISS music all the way, mostly from the '75 Alive era. But the night was not over as now they headed for Time Square's Virgin Megastore for an autograph session to promote the release of the new DVD...
Check out this KISS parade photo gallery!
After their appearance at MTV studios, Paul and Gene headed down to a press conference to pose for photos and answer questions about their recent projects. Check out the photos in this amazing gallery.
Paul and Gene invaded the MTV studios yesterday to get New York City warmed up for the release of the new KISS DVD box set KISSOLOGY as well as the unveiling of their Halloween parade float for later that evening. The two came out onto the streets of the City after the show to meet the fans waiting outside! This incredible photo gallery tells the whole story!
Fall is here! Busy of course and I have so much to tell you all. Just came back from the big Arlington Texas Guitar show the largest vintage guitar show in the world. I was a kid in a candy shop of course! Vintage Guitar magazine asked me come and play and I was thrilled to be there as their guest. I was able to jam with some famous players that I admire. Some you might not know them, but in the guitar community they are highly respected. My angle for performing would be to jam and showcase a terrific singer guitarist from Ft Worth, TX who I met many months ago through the Grand Funk band.
Missi St Thomas is like the two woman in HEART all rolled into one powerful package. So when it came to jamming at the show, I brought her up to sing whatever she wanted and the guitar masters would follow. Made quite a splash at the event. Red Volkaert is famous for his incredible Telecaster picking skills, and has worked the country scene for years. I was in awe of his ability. Wolf Marshall is well known for his many styles and his instructional products for many years. It was an honor to jam with them all.
Missi St Thomas, asked me to produce some songs for her, so me and my new music partner, Jeremy Rubolino, who has been working hard co-writing and will co-produce my next solo disc got busy with Missi here in LA. We all collaborated on three killer tunes, and recorded them at various studios in LA. We will be mixing this week, and I know that the music will make Missi and everyone involved shine. More news all about her songs and how you can hear them coming soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out her web page. Others at the Texas show that I should mention are Dave Amato from REO, a good friend, and Andy Timmons from Danger Danger.
From: Contact Music
KISS rockers PAUL STANLEY and GENE SIMMONS stunned MTV viewers yesterday (Halloween) when they served up a Hallowe'en treat to surprise TOTAL REQUEST LIVE fans who had come dressed as them. The heavily made-up duo made their TRL debut to promote six-hour KISS collection KISSOLOGY and were thrilled to see two Hallowe'en revellers wearing the band's trademark make-up. Stanley said, "It's Hallowe'en so we figured we'd come down and spend a little time with some other people who know how to dress up." Stanley and Simmons were in New York for the annual Village Hallowe'en Day Parade, where they were invited to take on Grand Marshall roles.
TalkingMetal.com has posted their KISS New York City Halloween Parade photo gallery. KISS founders, PAUL STANLEY and GENE SIMMONS, were this year’s Grand Marshalls of the 33rd Annual New York Village Halloween Parade. The images can be viewed at www.striglsmusicnews.com/kiss/kiss.htm
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