Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Today in KISSTORY - 1977


Today in KISSTORY - 1977
KISS LOVE GUN ALBUM RELEASED

Love Gun is an album by the American hard rock band KISS. It was certified Platinum on June 30, 1977 when it sold 1,000,000 copies. Love Gun was the second Kiss album to ship platinum, and would eventually achieve triple platinum status.

Love Gun is notable for being the first Kiss album to feature a lead vocal performance from lead guitarist Ace Frehley. This makes Love Gun the first Kiss album to feature lead vocal performances from all four band members. It was also the last album to feature the entire original lineup of Kiss on every track, as drummer Peter Criss was replaced by session drummer Anton Fig for much of 1979's Dynasty.

A cardboard "Love Gun" (assembly required) was included inside the album, along with a Kiss merchandise order form.

Songs

"Christine Sixteen"

"Christine Sixteen" has also been a permanent staple on the band's shows. Then unknown guitarist Eddie and drummer Alex Van Halen played on the demo of this song.

"Shock Me"

The song was inspired by an event that took place during Kiss's Rock and Roll Over tour, when Frehley was nearly electrocuted. On December 12, 1976, Kiss performed a concert at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida. During the opening number, Frehley touched a metal staircase railing, which was ungrounded. Frehley was knocked to the ground, and the concert was delayed for 30 minutes. The show was eventually completed, and Frehley claimed to have lost feeling in his hand for the remainder of the concert. On March 16, 2008, current guitarist Tommy Thayer made his vocal debut with the song during the band's performance at the Melbourne F1 Circuit.

"Tomorrow And Tonight"

This song was written to try and recapture the feeling of "Rock And Roll All Night," but never quite reached the success of the original.

"Love Gun"

The title song, "Love Gun", has been played on every Kiss tour since its release. Singer, songwriter (and for this one song only bassist) Paul Stanley has cited it as one of his favorite Kiss songs.

"Plaster Caster"

Even though none of the band members attended a cast session, the song "Plaster Caster" was inspired by Cynthia Plaster Caster, a former groupie who is infamous for casting penises of famous rock musicians like Jimi Hendrix, as well as breasts of female music artists.

"Then She Kissed Me"

The album includes "Then She Kissed Me", a gender-reversed cover of The Crystals' 1960's pop classic "Then He Kissed Me".

Cover art

The album cover was painted by fantasy artist Ken Kelly who previously did the cover for 1976's Destroyer.

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Today in KISStory - 1977


Today in KISStory - 1977


In 1977 Marvel Comics published a magazine-format full-color comic book presenting the band as superheroes. Blood from each band member was drawn by a registered nurse, witnessed by a notary public, and poured into the vats of red ink used for printing the comic at Marvel's Borden Ink plant in Depew, New York.

Marvel also published a second Kiss comic magazine in 1979 with much less fanfare.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bruces Kulick "BK3" Studio Blog


Bruces Kulick "BK3" Studio Blog
- Day 50: FINAL DAY! -
Source: BruceKulick.net

I am proud to say that this day 50 is actually my final blog for the recording of BK3. Of course there are times when tracks are being cleaned and consolidated for mixing, then the days of listening carefully to the mixes, but I really only covered the recording process for my long journey for my CD. I am sure you all know lots of other effort is put into the writing and arranging for the songs before I even get to the studio.

Song number 11 had a different title. I did most of the tracks a long time ago and it was called "What Did I Say". That version of the song was an uplifting track, even though I thought it was not really right. The melody and lyrics not great yet. The best thing this song always had for me was the thematic guitar lines that are such a part of what I like for my music. Jeremy was always hoping we could finish the song, and because of me already offering 3 of the songs from BK3 with my Australian Limited Edition EP, it was only fair for me to agree to get an 11th song done. What made it hard, was we were very used to what we had before. And that meant let's bring in some help.

A good friend of Jeremy's Dan Lavery who is a great songwriter and bass player (The Fray, Tonic) liked the track and took a stab at getting a fresh approach to the tracks we so carefully laid out. Once I heard the results of his labor it was clear I would have song 11 completed. We did have to edit some of the arrangement as Dan suggested a chord change in the verse, but with the magic of the studio not a hard thing to do. Some new acoustic guitar overdubs plus a redo of the bass guitar was all we needed. We also made the bridge of the song, a pre solo to my big solo.

So we came up with some cool harmony guitar lines, that was done at one in the morning that late night, with my PRS McCarty in silver through my Orange Tiny Terror and Marshall cabinet. The bass was my Fender P Bass from 1966 and I let Jeremy do the honors as he has been practicing quite a bit of bass playing lately. We also plugged in his new Line 6 bass amp that sounded very cool with that vintage Precision. I used my Gibson Elvis Dove and a Martin D-18 from 1970 for the acoustic parts, and all the other performances on the track were left intact. Just some arrangement edits and we had a fresh extremely catchy new version of the song. I am not sure about the title yet, but it has to do with what my life is like, always leaving on the road... "getting on the carousel again" to say it poetically.

Singing ANY song is a challenge for me, but a brand new one is harder! Jeremy helped along as always, but then Cliff Calabro came over for the backgrounds, and he jumped in guiding me with the phrasing as well. That team effort made me shine and a big thank you for their help. So the only thing left to do for the CD is approving the mix for this song, as two other titles for the disc have been mixed this week already.

As crazy as my schedule is for getting the music work done, I wouldn't trade my life... no way. You can all figure that I come home from a road trip and the next day, or even the day I arrive back, I am in the studio to record my music. Getting it all coordinated with schedules is a job in itself. What else is left? Well mastering the other 8 songs, (the 3 on the EP are mastered) and sequencing them all is one project. Of course the final artwork is another project to make happen. First a photo shoot with Neil Zlozower and then the artwork, in that order please! And then it will be time to manufacture and promote this CD.

BK3 is something I am extremely proud of. I know you all will have your own favorite tracks, but for me I love them all and of course it was a pleasure to have so many "special guests" appear like Gene Simmons and his son Nick, Steve Lukather, Doug Fieger, John Corabi, Eric Singer, Tobias Sammet, Jimmy Haslip and Kenny Aronoff. All seasoned pros... that made this CD very special. The list would go on and on, and of course I will have my credits for this CD for everyone to see, but I know it never would have been done if not for the very strong belief from my producer Jeremy in what I could accomplish if I worked hard enough for it. His diligence got the best out of me, and for that I am grateful.

More news once I get the other "projects" regarding the CD completed. Thank you all for your support!

FAN-MADE KISS HATS


FAN-MADE KISS HATS
KISSONLINE.com
By Dean Snowden

Milwaukee Summerfest: KISS meet n greet.

Checking in the Platinum Fans under threat of severe thunderstorms illustrated the KISS fans diligence to their band, everyone was on time and very excited.

We made our way with the help of security up 3 flights of stairs to the room where finally they would get to meet: KISS.

About 7:55 the band arrived to a hail of applause combined with flashes and cheers.

With temperatures rising the photos were done and it was time to for the band to meet their

It is so cool to see the reactions of these fans each and every night when meeting KISS in person.

Fans often make tributes to their Idols and tonight's gesture was from Jeffrey Kahlow, who made these amazing big head

Gene Simmons Talks 'Family Jewels' and 'American Idol


Gene Simmons Talks 'Family Jewels' and 'American Idol'
Source: Television.aol.com

While Gene Simmons may be best known as the long-tongued bassist from Kiss, he's slowly but surely proving he also has a knack for reality TV, as 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' sails into its fourth season Sundays at 9 p.m. on A&E.

The show gives fans and voyeurs a peek behind the makeup into the rock icon's family life with longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed, son Nick, daughter Sophie and dog Snippy.

Gene talked to AOL TV about his disdain for marriage, why he could take anyone's girl and how Adam Lambert may have already killed his post-'American Idol' career. -- By Katy Kroll

Now that Nick's off at college, might he get his own reality show?
I don't think he's interested, actually. He was just offered a motion picture, but it doesn't really appeal to him. He's got his graphic novel, called 'Incarnate,' so he's more about drawing and writing, and he's got music too. If the right movie comes along he'll do that. Likewise for Sophie. But the only job Sophie and Nick have is to do well in school and be charming young adults. That's it. That's their job.

How has your notorious experience with women influenced the way you've raised Sophie?
I hope the only lesson she ever learned from Dad, or the main one, is that women are trapped and you'll never get out of that unless you stop defining yourself by men. Women get married, they take the guy's last name. If you read all of those really stupid, idiotic women's magazines, all of them talk about how to stay eternally youthful. But the worst part of it is, "10 Ways to Keep Him Interested" or "10 Things He Likes to Eat." "What Is He Thinking?" "Where Is This Going?" All that stuff is the ruin of women, and Sophie understands that. Sophie has boyfriends, but she's nobody's girlfriend. Women are free. You are no longer indentured slaves. You can get married if you want to, and if you don't want to, that's OK too.

Speaking of marriage, you're really never going to marry Shannon, are you?
I'm never going to marry anybody. It's an archaic institution; it doesn't work. If you take a look at it strictly as a business, forget the emotions and the love, it's a failure. The statistics are horrifying. It's a financial model that doesn't work. You need a cohabitation agreement with individual counsel, so you two decide what the relationship should be, not the government. And if you don't do that, then when you get divorced, because statistics tell us you will, then somebody other than the mother who gave you life is going to take 50% of your gross pre-tax dollars plus the car, the jewelry, the clothing and the houses. Anybody I've lived with I've had a cohabitation agreement with, and I've lived with Cher and Diana Ross. And I would urge everybody to do that, especially since women find men with money to be appealing. Whereas we don't care if you have a dime.

Do you mind if women are interested in you just because of your wealth and status?
Well, you just have to understand where the minefield is. I'm aware that if I didn't earn a lot of money and have a certain stature then I'm less appealing to women. Period. Shannon included. Tell me if this is true: Two guys are talking, two girls are talking. The guy says to his friend, "I've got a blind date for you." The friend replies, "What does she look like?" Two girls are talking: "I've got a blind date for you." "Really? What does he do?" A guy pulls up in a Volkswagen from the 1960s and says, "Let's go on a date and eat beans and franks." Next day, same guy pulls up in a Rolls Royce and says, "I'm taking you to Paris" -- which one do you want? But men don't care if you have a job, a dime or a car. We just don't care as long as you look good.

So would you find it intimidating if a woman was more successful than you?
No. But a lot of men do. I'm delusional though. I think I'm God's gift. I'm the man all women dream of. I know I'm not the best looking guy in the world, or the worst looking guy. I have average looks. But I know I can walk into a party and take anybody's girl.

Adam Lambert's performance with Kiss on 'American Idol' was amazing. But I'm a little bummed you've been talking smack about him ...
I don't think I've been talking smack at all. In fact, if anything, I've been soft-peddling. He's enormously talented, best talent 'American Idol' has had, but I think he killed his career because now the conversation is not about his talent but about his sexual preference. He's done. You're forcing people to deal with issues they may not be interested in. Life is unfair, and the masses don't all live in L.A. They live in Wisconsin and Nebraska, and you're on crack if you think the same rules apply there. My advice is still the same, shut the f*** up, just sing and let people say whatever they want. But I do wish him the best because he's got all the talent in the world. If only the world was not homophobic, but it is. I would be the first one to vote for equal rights for gay women and men, and get the church and the state to stop telling everybody how to lead their lives, but do I think he's killed his career? Oh, in an instant. I hope I'm completely wrong. I hope he becomes the next Beatles and proves me wrong.

KISS ALIVE 35 CANADIAN TOUR


ALIVE 35 CANADIAN TOUR
KISSONLINE.com

KISS will bring their ALIVE 35 Tour to Canada this July! There are limited amounts of tickets left for these shows. Montreal is completely SOLD OUT.

July 10 - Sarnia, ON - Rogers Sarnia Bayfest
http://www.sarniabayfest.com/.

July 11 - Windsor, ON - Caesars Windsor
http://www.CaesarsWindsor.com .

July 13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
http://www.geg.ca/en/show/event/2883 .

July 15 - Ottawa, ON - Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
http://www.ottawabluesfest.ca .

July 16 - Quebec, QC - Summer Festival (Festival d'été)
http://www.infofestival.com/Html/en-ca/index.html .

July 18 - Halifax, NS - Halifax Commons Park
http://www.halifaxrocks.ca/ .

July 20/21 - Orillia, ON - Casino Rama
https://www.casinorama.com/

ONE LIVE KISS WINS TELLY AWARD

ONE LIVE KISS WINS TELLY AWARD!
Source: KISSonline.com

The 30th Annual TELLY AWARDS have been announced and ONE LIVE KISS received the highest honor!

ONE LIVE KISS : Producers Paul Stanley & Louis Antonelli have received the Special CLASSIC GOLD TELLY AWARD, presented to Film & Video productions that are among the finest in the 30 year history of THE TELLY AWARDS.

Founded in 1978, The Telly is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. The 30th Annual TELLY AWARDS received over 14,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.

Among past winners of The TELLY AWARDS are industry leaders such as:
Harpo Studios - Oprah Winfrey, Dreamworks, Pixar, Disney, Lightstorm Entertainment, TCM, Clear Channel Entertainment, CNN, A&E, Comcast, VH1, Time Warner, MTV, and Universal Studios.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

"C'mon and Love Me & Nothin' to Lose"- Milwaukee, June 27, 2009




"C'mon and Love Me"- Milwaukee, June 27, 2009

KISS STILL SHOUTS IT OUT LOUD!

KISS STILL SHOUTS IT OUT LOUD!
JOURNAL SENTINEL
By Bob Purvis of the Journal Sentinel
Photos by Rick Wood

When it comes to covering up your age, makeup goes a long way.

Celebrating more than 35 years of painting their faces and blowing stuff up, Kiss, the undisputed monsters of arena rock, proved Saturday night at the Marcus Amphitheater that they've got plenty more rock left in their lycra-and-leather tanks.

With a new album on the horizon, the rockers opted instead to dig deep into their catalog, tearing through a blistering set of tunes mostly plucked from their first three albums.

Descending to the stage amid a series of fiery blasts on a metal platform spewing smoke - and with an image of bassist-turned-reality-TV-star Gene Simmons' serpentine tongue flicker splashed across towering video screens behind them - the band ripped right into the thunderous hit "Deuce" off their eponymous 1974 debut.

With founding members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley absent from the tour, Simmons and guitarist-singer Paul Stanley soaked up most of the spotlight, strutting across the stage and interacting with fans throughout the set.

A brief downpour and a few lightning strikes did little to dampen the spirits of the fans in the lawn seats who seemed more awed by the pyrotechnic mayhem onstage than Mother Nature's humble display.

Dressed in a sparkling, rhinestone-encrusted spandex jumpsuit and wearing his trademark star-over-the-eye makeup, Stanley promised the crowd "something you will not forget" shortly before the band kicked into "Hotter Than Hell"- another early hit - as fiery explosions sent blasts of hot air over the crowd and Gene Simmons paced demonically across the stage.

"Hey, Milwaukee - do you mind if we blow (expletive) up tonight?" Stanley asked, to the deafening applause of the crowd, many of whom themselves donned face paint.

Simmons, who has experienced renewed celebrity thanks to his life-at-home reality show "Family Jewels," was never too far from the spotlight, whether he was blowing fire, stabbing a burning sword into the stage or wagging his oversized tongue like a demonic dog.

The band stacked its set with songs from that 1974 debut album, including "Strutter," "Cold Gin," "100,000 Years" and "Nothin' to Lose," with Stanley telling the crowd the tour was about "celebrating how it all started."

The rest of the show proved a dizzying spectacle, with countless fireworks, a drum riser nearly 50 feet above the stage and epic solos nearly as long as Simmons' tongue.

GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS" SNEAK PEAK


GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS" SNEAK PEAK

There are two new episodes of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” airing this Sunday starting at 9pm on A&E.

At 9pm, A&E will air “Economic Stimulus”, where Gene will ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and spread the word about investing in America. Shannon does some spending of her own when she gets addicted to late night infomercials. Uh oh.

The second new episode this Sunday is titled “Slumber Party”. Shannon falls ill and it is up to Gene to keep an eye on Sophie and her 5 hyper friends, fend off horny boys trying to crash the party, and track down one bad girl who sneaks out for a little rendezvous.

KISS Rocks Milwaukee


KISS Rocks Milwaukee
Source: KISSfaq.com

KISS performed in Milwaukee this evening at the Milwaukee Summerfest, an 11-day concert festival running until July 5. No surprises in tonight's set list, and apparently Paul made a mention of the new album to the crowd.

Set list:

Deuce
Strutter
Got To Choose
Hotter Than Hell
Nothin' To Lose
C'mon And Love Me
Parasite
She
Tommy Guitar Solo
Watchin' You
100,000 Years
Eric Drum Solo
Cold Gin
Let Me Go, Rock And Roll
Black Diamond
Rock And Roll All Nite

Shout It Out Loud
Lick It Up
Gene Bass Solo
I Love It Loud
I Was Made For Lovin' You
Love Gun
Detroit Rock City


Saturday, June 27, 2009

KISS SHOW TONIGHT


KISS SHOW TONIGHT

Source: KISSONLINE.com

KISS will rock the Milwaukee Summerfest tonight! The show will take place at the Marcus Amphitheater.

Pavilion seats are SOLD OUT....only uncovered bleacher and lawn seats remain.

Ticket for the general public are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com .

Meet & Greet Packages are now SOLD OUT.

For more info on the 2009 Summerfest visit http://www.summerfest.com/ .
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Paul Stanley's 'Mirrored Iceman' Inspires Country Music Star


Paul Stanley's 'Mirrored Iceman' Inspires Country Music Star
Source: CMT.com

Country star Keith Urban has taken a page out of Paul Stanley's guitar book with the creation of his new Fender Telecaster.

Apparently, Urban was a fan of the Starchild growing up in Australia and Paul's broken-mirrored Ibanez Iceman -- as seen during the Dynasty and Unmasked era -- was the genesis for the idea for his own reflective guitar. “I was always mesmerized by his guitar," said Urban. "So we reached out to the guy who’d made one for Paul, so we could do a Telecaster with that same look. Like broken pieces of mirror all over it.”

Asked about the weight and tone of his guitar, Urban said, “I’ve had a ‘56 Les Paul and a Strat that were real back breakers, so I should be fine. You’ll be blinded into thinking it sounds good.”

While Urban didn’t get to see KISS in concert until about five years ago, he had seen the band on TV in his youth. “I saw that guitar, and it just stayed with me. I always want to add something to the show. Although I may only play it on one or two songs, because it’s

Friday, June 26, 2009

KISS ARMY MEMBERS-ONLY SPECIAL TICKET PRICE

KISS ARMY MEMBERS-ONLY SPECIAL TICKET PRICE
Source: KISSonline.com

KISS ARMY fan club members receive a special discount price on the 3 day pass for VOODOO EXPERIENCE!

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KISS AND MAKEUP

KISS
MAYOR VOTES FOR KISS CONCERT
By ANDREA HOUSTON/Examiner Staff Writer

Mayor Paul Ayotte is shouting out loud that he supports Peterborough’s bid for the KISS concert.

“I think this concert will bring a lot of people to the city,” Ayotte said outside city hall yesterday. “I’m sure there are KISS fans from all over the region who will travel to Peterborough for the concert.”

Superfan Darryl Andrews, 38, who has been a loyal KISS fan since he was seven, printed off “bring KISS to Peterborough” cards to collect people’s email addresses.

“If they don’t want to vote online I’ll do it for them,” said

Andrews, who was dressed in a full Paul Stanley costume, complete with a black star painted over his right eye.

“You don’t have to be a KISS fan to bring them to Peterborough.”

The online petition can be found on KISS's website. The deadline for the contest is Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Peterborough currently sits in sixth position, right behind Calgary.

Oshawa, Winnipeg and Sault Ste Marie hold the top three spots.

There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition with Oshawa, Ayotte said.

“I think we always compete with Oshawa,” he said. “So it would be nice to beat them to the KISS concert.”

If Peterborough is selected as one of the winning cities, KISS will bring their make-up and arena rock show spectacular for a one-night-only concert at some point in the fall.

KISS TO ROCK NEW ORLEANS


KISS AT VOODOO EXPERIENCE 2009

Source KISSonline.com

KISS, one of the most influential and successful rock and roll bands of all-time, will anchor this year's VOODOO EXPERIENCE!

More than 150 artists are confirmed for this year’s VOODOO EXPERIENCE, Friday, October 30, Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1. The 11th annual VOODOO EXPERIENCE--and the third to coincide exactly with Halloween--will once again celebrate music, as well as New Orleans’ bohemian culture, arts and cuisine.

KISS will rock New Orleans with the one-of-a-kind stage show for which they're known. Along with the screaming guitars, lights and pyrotechnics that have made KISS "The Greatest Rock n Roll Show On Earth," the band will play songs from their vast repertoire of classic hits. Having sold 90 million records worldwide, KISS has become the soundtrack of a generation.

For a limited time, three-day weekend tickets are $169, ALL IN with no additional fees; LOA Lounge VIP pass are $475, ALL IN with no additional fees and are available via Ticketmaster.com (www.ticketmaster.com) and the www.thevoodooexperience.com.

More information about this year’s VOODOO EXPERIENCE can also be found at www.thevoodooexperience.com.
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Today in KISStory - 1983


Today in KISStory - 1983

Sao Paulo, Brazil marks both the last show of the 'Creatures of the Night' tour and the final KISS concert in make-up, until 1996.

Today in KISStory - 1982


Today in KISStory - 1982
The album 'KISS Killers' is released in Japan.

Kiss Killers is the 2nd greatest hits album by American hard rock group Kiss. The album was released only outside the United States, but quickly became available as an import. Of the twelve songs on Killers, four were new compositions recorded specifically for the album. These new songs were recorded at the behest of Phonogram Records in response to the commercial failure of 1981's Music from "The Elder".

-Album history-

By 1982, Kiss's commercial popularity was at its nadir. 1980's Unmasked barely achieved gold certification, and the band toured exclusively outside the United States for the first time in their career that year. 1981's Music from "The Elder" fared even worse—it failed to gain any certification and the band did not tour behind it at all.[2] The album, released in November 1981, was off the charts by February 1982.[1]

That month, Phonogram Records (the parent company of Kiss's label, Casablanca Records) requested that Kiss record four new songs, to be included in an upcoming greatest hits album. Phonogram requested hard rock songs specifically, in contrast to the progressive rock style of Music from "The Elder". The album cover, however, featured the same streamlined look the band had adopted during the "Elder" period.[1]

Numerous outside songwriters and session musicians were employed for the writing and recording of the four new songs on Killers. Songwriter and musician Mikel Japp, who co-wrote three songs on Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album, co-wrote "Down on Your Knees" with Stanley and Bryan Adams. Adam Mitchell, another outside songwriter, was brought in by producer Michael James Jackson.[3]

Despite being pictured on the album's cover art (from the photo-session for "Music From The Elder"), lead guitarist and co-founder Ace Frehley did not participate at all in the production of Killers. He had essentially ended his active involvement with Kiss in late 1981, although he would not officially leave the group until the end of 1982, after the release of this compilation.[1][2] His replacement for the Killers sessions was Bob Kulick, who had previously subbed for Frehley on a handful of studio tracks on 1977's Alive II. However, whereas Kulick had been asked to mimic Frehley's playing style when recording for Alive II, he was permitted to employ his own techniques for Killers.[3]

Due to the amount of Kiss live albums and greatest hits albums already available domestically, Phonogram decided to issue the album outside the United States.[1] The album sold in moderate numbers, reaching its highest chart position of #6 in Norway. Elsewhere, Killers peaked at #21 and #27 in Australia and Japan, respectively. In Sweden and the United Kingdom, it reached #41 and #42, respectively. None of the singles released from the album, however, charted in any country.[3]

[edit] Track listing

[edit] Side one

1. "I'm a Legend Tonight" (Paul Stanley, Adam Mitchell) – 3:59
2. "Down on Your Knees" (Stanley, Mikel Japp, Bryan Adams) – 3:31
3. "Cold Gin" (Ace Frehley) – 4:20
4. "Love Gun" (Stanley) – 3:17
5. "Shout It Out Loud (Remix)" (Stanley, Gene Simmons, Bob Ezrin) – 2:40
6. "Sure Know Something" (Stanley, Vini Poncia) – 3:59

[edit] Side two

1. "Nowhere to Run" (Stanley) – 4:32
2. "Partners in Crime" (Stanley, Mitchell) – 3:45
3. "Detroit Rock City" (Stanley, Ezrin) – 3:53
4. "God of Thunder" (Stanley) – 4:11
5. "I Was Made for Lovin' You" (Stanley, Poncia, Desmond Child) – 4:18
6. "Rock and Roll All Nite (Live)" (Stanley, Simmons) – 3:58


The release in Japan featured two additional tracks not found on the album as released in all other countries: "Escape from the Island" (Frehley, Eric Carr, Ezrin) and "Shandi" (Stanley, Poncia). Additionally, the version released in Australia consisted of the 12 tracks listed above and also included "Talk to Me" (Frehley) and "Shandi" (Stanley, Poncia).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Today in KISStory - 1996


Today in KISStory - 1996
The album 'You Wanted The Best' is released.

You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! is a Live hits album released by the American hard rock band Kiss. The album was issued to coincide with the group's 1996–97 Alive/Worldwide Tour. All of the songs on the album are live versions. Most were taken from Alive! or Alive II but, of most interest to the fans, were four live songs recorded but not used for those albums. The mix/ production of these tracks are presumed to be out-takes, in some cases with overdubs of new lead vocal tracks recorded by Simmons and Stanley. The sound and performances of these tracks differ greatly from the Alive! era songs, and it is debatable whether they are left over at all, or simply re-recorded by some version of Kiss at the time of the reunion.

Additionally, the Japanese CD/ US vinyl release had another live track ("New York Groove"). This, however, featured Eric Carr and not Peter Criss on drums.

The final track is a group interview conducted by Jay Leno.

The album was certified gold on May 21, 1997, having sold 500,000 copies.

-Track listing-

US version

1. "Room Service" (Paul Stanley) – 3:38 Previously unreleased, recorded in Davenport in 1975.
2. "Two Timer" (Gene Simmons) – 3:15 Previously unreleased, recorded in Davenport in 1975.
3. "Let Me Know" (Stanley) – 3:38 Previously unreleased, recorded in Detroit in 1975.
4. "Rock Bottom" (Ace Frehley, Stanley) – 3:33
5. "Parasite" (Frehley) – 3:37
6. "Firehouse" (Stanley) – 4:00
7. "I Stole Your Love" (Stanley) – 3:32
8. "Calling Dr. Love" (Simmons) – 3:35
9. "Take Me" (Delaney, Stanley) – 3:06 Previously unreleased, recorded in Los Angeles in 1977.
10. "Shout It Out Loud" (Bob Ezrin, Simmons, Stanley) – 3:14
11. "Beth" (Peter Criss, Ezrin, Stan Penridge) – 2:33
12. "Rock and Roll All Nite" (Simmons, Stanley) – 4:01
13. "Kiss Tells All" (Kiss, Jay Leno) – 17:34

US vinyl and Japanese version

1. "Room Service" (Stanley) – 3:38 Previously unreleased, recorded in Davenport in 1975.
2. "Two Timer" (Simmons) – 3:15 Previously unreleased, recorded in Davenport in 1975.
3. "Let Me Know" (Stanley) – 3:38 Previously unreleased, recorded in Detroit in 1975.
4. "Rock Bottom" (Frehley, Stanley) – 3:33
5. "Parasite" (Frehley) – 3:37
6. "Firehouse" (Stanley) – 4:00
7. "I Stole Your Love" (Stanley) – 3:32
8. "Calling Dr. Love" (Simmons) – 3:35
9. "Take Me" (Delaney, Stanley) – 3:06 Previously unreleased, recorded in Los Angeles in 1977.
10. "Shout It Out Loud" (Ezrin, Simmons, Stanley) – 3:14
11. "Beth" (Criss, Ezrin, Stan Penridge) – 2:33
12. "Rock and Roll All Nite" (Simmons, Stanley) – 4:01
13. "New York Groove" (Russ Ballard) – 4:10 Previously unreleased, recorded in Australia 1980.
14. "Kiss Tells All" (Kiss, Leno) – 17:34

KISS AT MILWAUKEE SUMMERFEST

KISS
KISS SHOW THIS SATURDAY
KISSONLINE.com

KISS will rock the Milwaukee Summerfest on Saturday, June 27! The show will take place at the Marcus Amphitheater.

Pavilion seats are SOLD OUT....only uncovered bleacher and lawn seats remain.

Ticket for the general public are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com .

Only 3 Meet & Greet Packages remain for this show.

CLICK HERE to purchase Meet & Greet Packages .

For more info on the 2009 Summerfest visit http://www.summerfest.com/ .

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The New KISS Album


The New KISS Album

What we know about the New KISS album so far:

- is almost finished being recorded
- is produced by Paul Stanley
- is a classic '70s style record
- all songs were written by members of the band
- includes 11 songs
- one song is called "Rotten to the core", which is a new song and not the old demo of the same name
- both Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer sing lead vocals on one track
- the cover will be done by the designer who already did the "Rock and Roll Over" cover
- has already a title, but is kept secret so far
- will be released in September
- will be available in the USA exclusively through Wal Mart stores

Questions still to be answered:

- will Kiss make a new video?
- will there be a new single available?
- will Kiss come to Europe for a promotional tour?
- will there be a Bonus Track of any kind for any special release?
- will there be new costumes for the new tour?
- what will the new album be called?

It's a great time to be a fan of the hottest band in the world...KISS.

KISS COFFEEHOUSE SHOT GLASSES



KISS COFFEEHOUSE SHOT GLASSES
Source: KISSonline.com


Here's an artist rendering of the just approved KISS Coffeehouse Boot Shot Glasses. They should be available at the Coffeehouse this summer.

http://www.KISSCOFFEEHOUSE.com .

GALPALS ENTER BAYFEST SUPER FAN CONTEST

GALPALS ENTER BAYFEST SUPER FAN CONTEST
BY TARA HAGAN

Click HERE to visit The Observer's site and view Jan Moran and her friends' two-minute video.

Prospective Bayfest Super Fans could take some tips from Jan Moran and her galpals.

The foursome have submitted what’s expected to be one of hundreds of entries to The Observer for the 2009 Bayfest Super Fan Contest.

And they pulled out all the stops.

“I love Gene Simmons, I love KISS, and I wanted to get a group of girls together to form KISS,” said Moran.

The group, which included Candy Arsenault, Kim Ness and Lisa Fisher, donned full glamrock make-up and costumes and traveled around Sarnia-Lambton making a music video to impress their heroes.

Traveling by limousine, the women made stops at the Blue Water Bridge and Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School to record the soundtrack.

They even sent the finished video to Gene Simmons himself.

“I would love to see Gene Simmons face-to-face just to see that tongue,” said Moran.

The Observer is looking to pick one Bayfest Rock Super fan and one Bayfest Country Super Fan. Each winner will receive two passes to either all of this year’s Bayfest rock shows, or all Bayfest country shows, depending on their entry.

Winners will also receive dinner for two at Stokes By the Bay, and will be eligible to participate in designated “Meet & Greets” by certain artists if available.

Tell us in 200 words or less why you deserve to be crowned Rock Super Fan or Country Super Fan. Video submissions — under two minutes — are also encouraged.

We want to see your imagination at work — show us what makes you a true super fan that sets you apart from the rest.

E-mail your entries to editorial@theobserver.ca by Thursday, July 2, 2009. Please e-mail your videos in .mov Quicktime files or burn the video to a DVD and mail it, or drop it off at The Observer addressed as follows:

Bayfest Super Fan Contest
c/o The Observer
140 S. Front Street
Sarnia, ON
N7T-7M8

Entries must be post marked by Thursday, July 2, 2009 to be eligible. Observer employees or their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Unofficial Film Archive Project Uncovers Goldmine For Fans!


Unofficial Film Archive Project Uncovers Goldmine For Fans!
Source: KISSfaq

Fan filmed footage of KISS performing in New Orleans, LA on December 4, 1976 during the Rock and Roll Over tour was recently shared on YouTube by a small group of die hard KISS fans who are working to preserve the 8mm film legacy of the band. This footage has been in collectors circles for nearly 3 decades, but now the actual audio of the same concert has been added, giving it new life.

"It all started years ago when we discovered KISS were indeed performing Acrobat on the Long Beach 1974 footage." says Nick Vivid, CEO of MegaPlatinum Entertainment LLC and frontman for NYC rock band FRAULEIN. "We synced audio to it and in turn helped contribute to Kissology. We're really proud of that. These silent films of KISS in the 1970's may not seem like much on the surface, but when sound is added, we sometimes uncover findings of major historical significance. Who knows how long it would have taken for someone to discover the band was performing Acrobat on that film had we not lead the charge?"

That historical significance is being uncovered in real time. Along with a small collective of die hard fans, Nick recently created the unofficial KISS 8mm Film Project in an effort to properly archive all existing 8mm films of the band, sync audio to them, and find any possible rarities in the process. So far, nearly 40 films have been uncovered, but the work doesn't end there. "There is so much misinformation about these films and we've had to hunt in strange places to find upgrades and masters - which we're still in the process of doing. We have to really do our homework to figure out what's what at times."

Thanks to people like Curt Gooch and Jeff Suhs, co-authors of the book Kiss Alive Forever, the workload has been a little easier. "Curt and Jeff did such an amazing job with that book and it's helped tremendously in our efforts to make this project as historically accurate as possible. Hopefully our research helps them, as well."

Along with the aforementioned "Acrobat" film, the collective has discovered a snippet of KISS performing "Mainline" in 1975. "We have
found some interesting things while doing this project and are in the process of discovering more. Some of the rarities are on tapes that have
been in fans' collections for decades. There may be a film out there of KISS performing Hard Luck Woman on the Rock n Roll Over Tour or Kissin' Time from 1974. You never know."

The collective is hoping that KISS will be interested in the project when it's done and that other groups and organizations, such as Bill Sagan and Wolfgang's Vault, will be interested in having the team work on other bands' silent films. "We've been able to really make these seem as real as possible, even if the audio isn't from the same show. We've got a very talented group here and have a proven track record of adding value to silent archival films that already exist."

The collective is also hoping other fans can help upgrade films, provide missing details, or come forth with canisters of films that may be in attics or otherwise collecting dust. Fans are encouraged to contribute to the project by contacting kiss8mm@megaplatinum.net

You can also visit the Youtube page for the unofficial KISS 8mm Film Project at http://www.youtube.com/kiss8mmfilms


NEW KISS T-SHIRTS


NEW KISS T-SHIRTS

Here are the latest approved KISS T-shirts - KISS Phantom of the Park and KISS First Album (Youth Size). Both shirts will be available this summer.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Michael Doret working with KISS again


Michael Doret working with again
Source:KISSfaq.com

In an interview on LetterCult, graphic designer/artist Michael Doret, who was responsible for the iconic 1976 "Rock And Roll Over" album cover mentions that he's been working with Kiss for their new album cover, and recounts the history of the aforementioned cover.

He says, "An interesting side-note is that after all these years since I did that work for KISS, they’ve come back to me and asked me to design their next CD cover. It’s a big project, and at the moment, I’m totally immersed in it."

http://www.lettercult.com/archives/529

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1977


THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1977
KISS TOP 1977 GALLUP POLL

On June 22, 1977, Gallup Poll named KISS the number ONE band in America!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Kiss In The Studio Pix


KISS In The Studio Pix
Source: KISSfaq

Kiss Online have posted an "in the studio" picture. The band, along with someone who looks like Producer/Engineer Greg Collins, appear to be at Conway Recording Studios in LA, possibly studio A.

Check out the studio here.

Today in KISStory - 1994


Today in KISStory - 1994

The tribute album 'KISS My A**' is released worldwide.

Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved is a 1994 tribute album, featuring a variety of artists covering songs by the American rock band Kiss. Released to coincide with Kiss' 20th anniversary, the album was certified gold by the RIAA[1], and spent thirteen weeks on the charts.

"Hard Luck Woman" was performed by Kiss themselves with award-winning country singer Garth Brooks (who had admitted to being a fan of the band during some interviews) on lead vocals.

"Calling Dr. Love" was performed by one-off band Shandi's Addiction, made up of vocalist Maynard James Keenan (Tool), guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), bassist Billy Gould (Faith No More), and drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave). The band's name is taken from "Shandi," a song from the 1980 Kiss album Unmasked. It is also a wordplay on Jane's Addiction.

"Strutter", sung by Extreme, is an unusual recording, as it also incoprorates the main riff to "God of Thunder" in the middle section prior to and during Nuno Bettencourt's guitar solo, the vocal opening to "Heaven's on Fire" into the reprisal of the lyric "But when she wants/She'll pass you by", and the chorus of "Shout It Out Loud" sung by the backing vocalist. Also, after the song has ended, one of the band members sings the introductory guitar lick to "Love Gun".

Canadian, Japanese and Australian copies of the album have their respective flags in place of the American Flag of the U.S. version.

The rights to Ace Frehley's makeup were not cleared in time for release of the CD, hence the inclusion of Paul Stanley's "Bandit" design that was briefly used in some early shows and promotional photos.

The album title provided inspiration for another Kiss tribute album, Kiss My Ankh. This album contains only songs written by former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent whose make-up design consisted of a golden ankh across on his face.[2]

Track listing

1. "Deuce" (Gene Simmons) – 4:10
* Performed by Lenny Kravitz featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica
2. "Hard Luck Woman" (Paul Stanley) – 3:14
* Performed by Garth Brooks featuring KISS
3. "She" (Simmons, Stephen Coronel) – 4:53
* Performed by Anthrax
4. "Christine Sixteen" (Simmons) – 3:09
* Performed by Gin Blossoms
5. "Rock and Roll All Nite" (Stanley, Simmons) – 2:54
* Performed by Toad the Wet Sprocket
6. "Calling Dr. Love" (Simmons) – 4:51
* Performed by Shandi's Addiction
7. "Goin' Blind" (Simmons, Coronel) – 3:24
* Performed by Dinosaur Jr
8. "Strutter" (Stanley, Simmons) – 4:39
* Performed by Extreme
9. "Plaster Caster" (Simmons) – 3:02
* Performed by The Lemonheads
10. "Detroit Rock City" (Stanley, Bob Ezrin) – 4:21
* Performed by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
11. "Black Diamond" (Stanley) – 7:07
* Performed by Yoshiki
12. "Unholy" (Simmons, Vinnie Vincent) – 3:30
* Performed by Die Ärzte, international and U.S. vinyl version only

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Paul's Album Update

Paul's Album Update

From KOL:

We're about four days from finishing the new KISS album.
Eleven tracks, and it IS everything I've told you. It IS classic. It IS all written within the band. And IT ROCKS BIG TIME! Tommy and Eric both handle lead vocals. The songs, sound and playing will knock your socks off. You will all be as proud and excited as we all are. Oh...and WAIT till you see the cover!
We ARE just getting started!

Paul

ROCK AND ROLL OVER KISS VANS


NEW KISS VANS INSTORES NOW
Source: Kissonline.com

The latest KISS Vans release features the artwork from the band’s “Rock and Roll Over” 1976 album, implemented onto the classic SK8-Hi and Slip-On sneaker models alongside a selection of apparel including T-shirts and denim.

KISS Vans products are available at better footwear stores and boutiques worldwide as well as on www.vans.com .

KISS' DESIGN BY HUMANS CONTEST



KISS' DESIGN BY HUMANS CONTEST
Source: Kissonline.com

VOTE FOR KISS ARTWORK DESIGNS NOW

Thanks to everyone who participated in KISS' Design By Hümans Contest. Over 500 original KISS artwork designs were submitted!!

Now help select the Contest Winners....Voting ends June 21, 2009 by Midnight (PDT).

Gene to be Grand Marshall of the Toronto Indy

Gene to be Grand Marshall of the Toronto Indy

Gene Simmons issued the following update on Twitter this week:

"And, just found out I'm going to be Grand Marshall of the Toronto Indy car race, July 12th. Both Rich Abramson and I will be there (Rich and I have the marketing company Simmons/Abramson, which works for a number of high-end companies)".

"At the event, our Simmons Records - Universal Music Canada team plan to announce something very special. But we don't want to let the entire cat out of the bag just yet. And that night there will be some goings on, which we'll tell you about soon".

Friday, June 19, 2009

Gene Confirms Deal With WAL-MART

Gene Confirms KISS/Walmart Deal

Has Gene Simmons spilt the KISS beans?

Gene has confirmed that a deal is in the works with Wal-Mart. This will result in an "entire section" of the giant retailer's stores across the country, called "Kiss Korner", being dedicated to KISS.

Check out the video below to hear Gene talking about KISS' arrangement with Wal-Mart at the Sirius Satelite Radio studios in New York City in early June.






Interview with "The Elder" Photographer


Interview with "The Elder" Photographer
- David Spindel
www.rockpages.gr

Rockpages.gr: How did you get the job for doing the artwork for "The Elder? Was it someone from the KISS management that conducted you?

David Spindel: I worked for an advertising agency named Howard Marks. Dennis Woloch was the art director. He asked me to create numerous items for Kiss. I wish I had saved the notes from Kiss from the album Alive. I gave them to a kid in my neighborhood after I finished the photos.

Rockpages.gr: Have you worked with any other band before your job with KISS? How different it was the “Elder” cover in comparison with your previous or (why not) future artworks?

David Spindel: I did do a few photos for a group called STARZ. Other than those I didn’t do any other bands. I did photograph The Village People when they were attempting to make a comeback. I still have the photos. In the early 60’s I worked as an assistant in a studio that did many record albums. It was a time consuming event to find the table for the cover. Other than that fact, creating the photographs were a piece of cake. The door was built by a model maker.

Rockpages.gr: The cover captures perfectly the whole concept and the mystique behind the music from The Elder. Whose idea it was to have the medieval door with Paul Stanley’s hand and the big table with the candles?

David Spindel: I assume it was a combination of Dennis (Woloch) the art director and the members of Kiss. I had no input as for the concept.

Rockpages.gr: You had told me that you’ve met Paul Stanley. Tell us something about that meeting of yours…

David Spindel: I really don’t remember anything from my meeting Paul. Too many years have passed. He was only in the studio a short time.

Rockpages.gr: Do you still have the original artwork of “The Elder”? If yes, when it was the last time that you took a look at it?

David Spindel: I still have the transparencies of the photographs I took. I last check them out a few months ago. A friend wanted to see them He was a Kiss fan back in the old days.

Rockpages.gr: Have you listened to the album (“The Elder”)? What do you think about it?

David Spindel: I never listened to the album. However, my son Jeff is a drummer for over 35 years and loved Kiss. He even took me to a concert many years ago. I recently sold the ticket stubs on EBAY.

Rockpages.gr: When was the last time that you spoke about “The Elder”?

David Spindel: I only talk about “The Elder” if someone like you asks about the album when I am being interviewed. Just last week I was asked about the album.

Rockpages.gr: Last words…

David Spindel: I’m semi retired and living in Arizona. I now create photographs of cowboys and other celebrities that are in Arizona. I recently met Hugh O’Brian, Ty Hardin, Robert Fuller and Peter Brown to mention just a few. Check out my website to see more of my art. www.spindelvisions.com

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