Monday, May 31, 2010

"Cold Gin" And "Detroit Rock City" In Hamburg, Germany



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Here's fan filmed footage of "Cold Gin" and "Detroit Rock City" in Hamburg, Germany on May 31, 2010.


"Beth" In Hamburg


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KISS performed "Beth" in Hamburg on May 31, 2010. Eric Singer on lead vocals, Paul and Tommy on acoustic guitars and Gene on bass. This is the first time KISS has performed "Beth" in concert since December 20, 2003.

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Gene Simmons Military Tribute



Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer honor our troops, honor our veterans. A handshake and a "thank you for serving" makes a world of difference.


KISS Performs "Beth" In Hamburg

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KISS' Facebook page reports KISS just performed "Beth" in Hamburg! Eric Singer on lead vocals, Paul and Tommy on acoustic guitars and Gene on bass. Crowd went crazy and sang along entire song! This is the first time KISS has performed "Beth" in concert since December 20, 2003.

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"I'm An Animal" In Bratislava


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"I'm An Animal" in Bratislava on May 29, 2010.


KISS Army Members Only Presale Tuesday

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KISS ARMY Members-Only ticket presales for nine upcoming KISS Hottest Show On Earth dates will take place beginning this Tuesday. Premium KISS ARMY Members will have access to Members-Only tickets...these are among the best available tickets at the show.

The following shows will be part of Tuesday KISS ARMY Members-only ticket presale.

Thu Jul 29 Pittsburgh First Niagra Pavilion
Fri Jul 30 Cleveland Blossom Music Center
Fri Aug 13 Darien Lake Darien Lake PAC
Sat Aug 14 Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach
Fri Aug 20 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri Aug 27 Virginia Beach Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat Sep 11 Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sun Sep 12 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
Fri Sep 24 Phoenix Cricket Wireless Pavilion

If you are a Premium KISS ARMY Member: LOGIN Tuesday and visit the tour page to get your unique code to access the presale: http://kissonline.com/service/login/

If you are not a current Premium Member of the KISS ARMY and would like to participate in the Members-only Pre-sale: JOIN NOW: http://kissonline.com/service/subscribe/

KISS Report On Hungarian TV


Here's a report on KISS on Hungarian TV.

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KISS in Bratislava

Julian Bieliková/Translated by Planet-KISS.com

Perfect show full of fireworks! American band Kiss concert in Bratislava on Saturday brought thousands of fans to the boil. Gene Simmons pľul engorged blood and fire, and Paul Stanley flew over the audience. These impressive performance masked legends follow the style of their idols.

Four famous rockers arrived at his first concert in our capital city Kiss private plane on Saturday afternoon. At the airport, they waited a few fans. This star, with a smile on signed CDs and T-shirts. Before the stadium on pasture but they have two and a half hours before the concert waiting for huge crowds. Many fans had their faces painted black and white masks as rockers. "We painted Gabika friend, it took two hours, but it's cool. People photographed us in the car on the highway, "Patrick smiled from the Hlohovec.

Heavy pros

When Kiss came on stage, the crowd literally raging. Large hitovky as God Gave Rock'n'Roll To You Crazy Crazy Nights whether the new songs from the album Sonic Boom kissákmi sang with all full. On the stage while the show played out crazy. Bonfires were not missing even fireworks. Gene Simmons in the crowd yell spits out blood. "You are amazing, I am glad that I am with you," cried again singer Paul Stanley. Najefektnejšie pieces, however, came at the end.

Flying Stanley

Almost two hours of action packed, people were waiting for the best-known hitu I was made for lovin 'you. Paul Stanley even hung on the rope and flew over thousands of spectators and the tower illuminating sing your favorite song. Masked rockers then completed a perfect big fireworks show. "It was excellent, stood under a" fascination krútili from head fans when leaving pastures. The band then spent the night at the Hotel Carlton. Another concert is already playing in Hamburg, Germany.

Been running for 37 years!

The band was formed in 1973, were founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Their beginnings were quite difficult and not very successful. Changes have been made up in 1975 after the album Alive! Even then, however, was Kiss known for their great live performances. In particular, an unusually famous painted faces, which distinguish them from other rock bands. Their hit I was made for lovin 'you become one of the most prespievaných songs in the world.

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KISS' Latest Magazine Cover

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KISS on the new cover of national magazine in June of "Popular 1" in Spain.

Eric And Gene on Slovakian TV


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Check out this interview with Eric And Gene on Slovakian TV.

Tommy: Better Than The Real Thing

Guitar and Bass Magazine

Sure, some KISS fans will always think that Ace Frehley is the band's real lead guitarist. But, Matt Lamy asks, could current Spaceman Tommy Thayer be better than the real thing?

Becoming the new lead guitarist in a band that has been together for 35 years is never the easiest job. Much less so when that band is KISS, with its larger-than-life characters and hordes of obsessive fans. But Tommy Thayer doesn't look like a bundle of worries when we catch up with him, relaxing over a coffee at Gibson's UK headquarters.

Thayer isn't the typical hired gun. His relationship with KISS spans back to 1985, when his previous band Black 'N Blue supported KISS on tour. Since then Thayer has gradually become an increasingly important part of the KISS company. In fact, pick up any of KISS' albums, DVDs or box sets from the last 15 years and you will find his name among the credits, whether it's for being Gene Simmons' assistant or executive producer. So when Simmons and Stanley asked Thayer to take over the "Space Man" lead guitar role when Ace Frehley left Planet KISS in 2002, it was like the final stage of a 20-year apprenticeship.

"If Gene and Paul bring a new person into this band, not only do they have to fit in terms of being able to play with the right style and feel, but the most important thing is probably personality," says Thayer. "Finding somebody that you can live with, travel with, be with all the time can be tough.

"I first met these guys 25 years ago, so there was a comfortable rapport already established before I started playing in the band. It wasn't like Gene and Paul had to audition somebody and see what he was like and if he would change -- would he turn out to be a drug addict, etcetera. None of that was in question."

With everybody in KISS having their own unique identity, we asked Thayer about his bandmates. "Eric Singer, in my mind, is one of the greatest drummers in rock and roll," he emphasizes. "If I had to play in any band I would want him to be the drummer because he is amazing, and he hits hard. He's a great guy, too. He's the fire and energy of the band, both off-stage and on-stage. The off-stage part can drive us all a little crazy sometimes, but he is a fabulous guy.

And Gene Simmons? "Gene is a go-getter and one of the hardest-working people I've ever met. He's always got ideas about a million different things, some of which work, some of which don't. His mind is always busy. People don't realize how solid he is as a musician, though. If you really watch him, he's a great bass player. There are lots of great parts and moving lines, and he moves up and down the neck spectacularly.

What of Thayer's guitar foil, Paul Stanley? "Paul is a great guy, he's got a real sensitivity about music and being creative. He's the driving force in that aspect of KISS. He's the leader, and he knows music better than anybody in this band. He knows everything, every song, every band going back years and years. At the end of the day the buck stops with Paul when it comes to the creative side of KISS. He has the final word on anything we do."

Contrary to presumptions, Thayer says life in KISS is not all work and no play. "The idea that Gene and Paul are really serious is a misunderstanding. We all have a great time; it's got to be that way, but we're serious about what we do, deadly serious. At the same time we enjoy the spirit and the vibe with the four of us. When I get on stage I'm always smiling, and that's because I'm having a great time."

With his all-American chin and thick black hair (it's his own -- we checked his roots,) Thayer looks much more like the KISS comic book Spaceman than the booze-ravaged face of Ace Frehley ever did. His ability to pull off KISS licks seems effortless, but he's quick to dismiss the idea that he's doing an Ace impersonation. "This is the way I play. When I play KISS songs it just sounds right. It's not me trying to mimic anything.

"The reason it works is that I grew up in the mid-70s with what I call second-generation British hard rock bands, the ones that inspired US groups like KISS and Aerosmith: Led Zeppelin and Bad Company and Mick Ralphs and Jimmy Page. There was a great band called Foghat who were huge in the States.

"Ace Frehley was certainly part of the group of guitar players that I paid attention to. So today when I'm playing this stuff, people say to me, oh, you're just mimicking. But I have to say no, I'm just playing KISS songs... and probably doing it as well as anybody ever has."

Thayer was able to put his own mark on a chapter of KISStory during the making of the band's recent Sonic Boom album, contributing some vintage KISS solos and also writing and singing a lead vocal. And the guitar sound? If you didn't know better, you'd swear Sonic Boom was recorded in the late 1970s.

"There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle," Thayer explains. "We don't use active pickups. I played Gibson Les Pauls with Gibson pickups. Amp-wise I used my signature amp by Hughes & Kettner, which is a great amp -- not modern-sounding, more like a souped-up Marshall. I also used a late-'70s Marshall JMP, an old 50W 1973 Marshall and an older-style Hughes & Kettner combo called the Statesman. So it was all classic-type equipment to begin with.

"We recorded to tape, and that makes a difference. We weren't turning the gain up to 10 -- we went in the other direction and kept things distinct so that when we strummed the guitar you could hear every string. All this means that this stuff translates to the live stage perfectly."

That live stage might be a gargantuan KISS spectacular nowadays, but Thayer learnt his live chops in small venues around Portland, Oregon. "Playing clubs really enhanced my musical palette, but performing on a big stage like a KISS stage is a whole different monster. You really have to project to a big crowd and everything has to be more expansive."

The day we met Thayer, KISS were about to play an intimate show for 500 KISS fans at the Islington Academy. Considering the British music press haven't always been kind to KISS, why pick London for this special treat?

"Well, for us, this is the holy ground," Thayer says. "I don't know if you guys understand that. Britain is where all the great bands came from, the ones that influenced everyone in KISS the most. Starting with the Beatles on through Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath. Even into the 1980s with Def Leppard and Iron Maiden. I'm a big Def Leppard fan -- when they first came out I thought they were a great ballsy rock band. High 'n' Dry was a great album and it's still on my top-10 list."

With a tour schedule that proves they are as popular as ever as a live draw, and now an album that even the critics like, the KISS juggernaut looks set to rock and roll onwards.

"There is such a good vibe about Sonic Boom, and such good reaction from the public and fans that it can only make us feel that perhaps we should make another album before too much time goes by. We've talked about it a bit already, although nothing has been set yet, but it's definitely not out of the question. Never say never.

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Did You Know?

Royalties from Thayer's H&K amp go to the Children's Hospital in L.A.

His fave KISS tracks: "Things I don't hear often, like Anything For My Baby"

His KISS debut was KISS Symphony with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Thayer is on the board of trustees at Pacific University in Oregon

Sunday, May 30, 2010

New KISS Packages For US Tour

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The following ALL NEW packages will be available for the 2010 Hottest Show On Earth Tour!

KISS - Meet & Greet Package

Package includes:

* One premium, reserved ticket located within the first 5 rows of the stage
* Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of KISS
* Personal photograph with KISS
* Autographed 8X10 photo
* Exclusive, Limited Edition KISS Flip Video Camera
* Specially Designed KISS Concert Shirt
* Collectible KISS Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered)
* Official Meet and Greet Laminate
* Set of KISS guitar picks
* $25 voucher to the KISS on-line merchandise store

KISS - Exclusive Flip Video Package

Package includes:

* One premium, reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
* Exclusive, Limited Edition KISS Flip Video Camera
* Specially Designed KISS Concert Shirt
* Collectible KISS Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered)
* Commemorative Tour Laminate
* Set of official KISS guitar picks
* $25 voucher to the KISS on-line merchandise store

Two guests per show will be upgraded to the KISS M&G

KISS - Premium Ticket Package

Package includes:

* One premium, reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
* Specially Designed KISS Concert Shirt
* Collectible KISS Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered)
* Commemorative Tour Laminate
* Set of official KISS guitar picks
* $25 voucher to the KISS on-line merchandise store
* Two guests per show will be upgraded to the KISS M&G


All packages will be available on KISSonline's Tour page soon!
http://www.kissonline.com/tour/

Anton Fig & Ace Frehley's 'Anomaly' Win 'Modern Drummer' Awards

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Anton Fig and Ace Frehley's Anomaly have won several Modern Drummer magazine readers poll awards! Congratulations Anton!

Following are the awards:

#1 Rock Drummer -– Anton Fig
#2 Recorded Performance -– Anton Fig/Anomaly by Ace Frehley
#5 Best Educational Package for his DVD re-release of In the Groove, which includes a performance of "Breakout" by Ace.

Tommy And Eric In Bratislava


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Here's KISS fan Thomas Barta meeting Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer in Bratislava on May 29, 2010.

KISS' Set List In Bratislava

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Here's KISS set list in Bratislava, Slovakia on May 29, 2010.

1.Modern Day Delilah

2.Cold Gin

3.Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll

4.Firehouse

5.Say Yeah

6.Deuce

7.Crazy Crazy Nights

8.Calling Dr. Love

9.Shock Me

10.I'm An Animal

11.100,000 Years

12.I Love It Loud

13.Love Gun

14.Black Diamond

15.Detroit Rock City

16.Lick It Up

17.Shout it Out Loud

18.I Was Made For Lovin' You

19.God Gave Rock And Roll To You

20.Rock And Roll All Nite

Legendary Band Hits The Road In U.S.

By Jay Smith
Photo by Jason Squires
POLLSTAR


KISS Announces North America Tour.

The headline says it all as the legendary rock band hits the road for an amphitheatre / arena run beginning July 23 in Wyoming.

Of course, you could talk about the band's record sales -- 80 million albums and counting. Or you could talk about how KISS has proven time and time again that it is one of the premier bands to ever appear on stage. But in these cases, merely mentioning "KISS tour" is enough to get fans salivating.

Called "The Hottest Show On Earth" tour and with most dates presented by Live Nation, it all begins at Wyoming's Cheyenne Frontier Days July 23, followed by the North Dakota State Fair July 24. Other stops include Burgettstown, Pa. (Pittsburgh), at First Niagara Pavilion July 29; Philadelphia at Susquehanna Bank Center Aug. 6; Mansfield, Mass., at Comcast Center Aug. 7; Uncasville, Conn., at Mohegan Sun Arena Aug. 19; Milwaukee at Marcus Amphitheatre Sept. 2 and Dallas at Pizza Hut Park Sept. 18 before wrapping in Phoenix at Cricket Wireless Pavilion Sept. 24.

A Citi Card presale begins June 2 and a general onsale for select markets begins June 4. For more information, click here: http://www.kissonline.com/tour/

KISS has hooked up with Guitar Center to offer "Guitar Center Onstage," an unsigned band competition which gives emerging groups a chance to open for the band at 22 tour stops. Click here for details; http://www.gconstage.com/ (registration begins June 1.)

KISS will also host a live chat on Facebook via Ustream June 1. Click here for the band's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/kiss

A Crazy, Crazy Night

By George Garner
Photos by Alyson Blanchard
KERRANG!

Gene Simmons and Company have a Crazy, Crazy Night in Sheffield

There can be few moments in rock 'n' roll quite as exciting as the one that occurs at 8:45pm this evening when Sheffield Arena is plunged into darkness and the towering curtain bearing the legendary KISS logo drops to the floor. Enormous flames erupt onstage, barbecuing the front row as KISS -- in all of their eight-inch heeled, face-painted glory -- appear on a superbly OTT, steaming platform. As they burst into Modern Day Delilah, the announcement introducing KISS as "The hottest band in the world!" is clearly not an exaggeration.

Then the aforementioned curtain drops and KISS start a classic show that lets each band member shine. Guitarist Paul Stanley's moment of glory comes when he flies over everyone's heads to a revolving stage, where, with his sparkling guitar, he looks like a human disco ball. Equally impressive is legendary man-demon Gene Simmons (tongue constantly out) who stuns everyone as he breathes fire, spits blood, and, with his cape spread behind him, flies up to a special stage above the lighting rig to play I Love it Loud. On top of that, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer have a spectacular firework-enhanced guitar/drum solo competition that climaxes with Eric shooting a firework into the rafters from a bazooka.

As jaw-dropping as all of this is, the theatrics never overshadow the music. Tonight, as Paul says, they "dig deep," playing the classics alongside killer new material from last year's 4 K-rated Sonic Boom. With Crazy, Crazy Nights, Love Gun, Lick it Up and indisputable highlight God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You, they send the all-singing, all-air-guitaring KISS Army to rock 'n' roll heaven.

Everything about the show is executed so brilliantly that there's simply no room for cynicism tonight, especially not with the three trillion tonnes of confetti exploding everywhere during the finale of Rock And Roll All Nite. This really, truly is the greatest show on earth.

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How Was It For You?

Gene Simmons: "KISS have always had a love affair with England, so to hear the Sheffield crowd sing God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You tonight was truly insiprational.

Martin (fan) - Sheffield: "That was the sixth time I've seen them now and it seems the older they get, the better they are. KISS are the greatest band ever!"

Sadie (fan) - Sheffield: "I've never seen a bazooka fired during a gig before! That was my first KISS gig and I loved it! I'm going to see them again at Wembley.

Slovakian Radio Station Ad

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Check out this great ad for Slovakian station Aligator Rock Radio 97.2

World Record Holder's KISS Tattoos


The new 2011 Guinness World Record holder for having the most tattoos in the world is Julia Gnuse, who has 95% of her body inked. And, of course, among her many tattoos? The faces of KISS!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Condolences To Bruce Kulick

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Our deepest sympathy is with you, Bruce. Peace, Prayers and Blessings.

Video: KISS In Bratislava































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Here's video (almost the entire show) of KISS in Bratislava on May 29, 2010.

KISS' Set List In Budapest

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KISS' set list in Budapest on May 28, 2010.

Set List:

1.Modern Day Delilah

2.Cold Gin

3.Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll

4.Firehouse

5.Say Yeah

6.Deuce

7.Crazy Crazy Nights

8.Calling Dr. Love

9.Shock Me

10. I'm An Animal

11.100,000 Years

12.I Love It Loud

13.Love Gun

14.Black Diamond

15.Detroit Rock City

16.Lick It Up

17.Shout it Out Loud

18.I Was Made For Lovin' You

19.God Gave Rock And Roll To You

20.Rock And Roll All Nite

To see video of KISS in Budapest click HERE.


Today In KISStory - 2008


Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets KISS in Stockholm, Sweden.

Rice commented on the meeting: "I was thrilled. It was really fun to meet Kiss and Gene Simmons."


She has never seen the band in concert.

V.I.P. KISS Event In Madrid

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It is a pleasure to inform our private event with Tommy & Eric on June 23 at the Hard Rock Cafe Madrid after the concert. Javier Rueda and I are the organizers. This event will be unique in Europe during this tour.

Entrance: 120 Euros incl. free bar and meet & greet with Tommy & Eric

"Deuce And "Say Yeah" In Budapest




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KISS In Bratislava Promo


KISSonline.com

Here's a promo for KISS in Bratislava, Slovakia. KISS play Bratislava for the first time ever tonight.


KISS Featured In Spanish Magazine

KISS Army Spain

Here's KISS in the latest issue of the Spanish magazine 'THIS IS ROCK'.

Ace To Celebrate Les Paul with Jeff Beck

AceFrehley.com

Ace to Celebrate Les Paul with Jeff Beck -- Jeff Beck will stage two intimate performances at New York's Iridium Jazz Club to honor the late, great Les Paul presented by Gibson Guitar and the Iridium. Titled "A Celebration of Les Paul," the shows will take place on June 8 and June 9 and will mix memorable Les Paul classics with rockabilly favorites. Guests scheduled to attend the invitation-only June 9th event include Ace Frehley, Billy Gibbons, Zakk Wylde, Paul Shaffer, Steve Miller, Meat Loaf, Warren Haynes, and Gibson Guitar Chariman/CEO Heny Juszkiewicz. Fans can win tickets at http://apps.facebook.com/iridiumjazzclub

Friday, May 28, 2010

"Love Gun" And "Crazy Crazy Nights" In Budapest




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"Love Gun" And "Crazy Crazy Nights" in Budapest on May 28, 2010.

"Modern Day Delilah" In Budapest






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Here are three fan filmed versions of KISS performing "Modern Day Delilah" In Budapest on May 28. 2010.


KISS Meet & Greet In Berlin


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KISS Meet & Greet in Berlin in May 26, 2010.

Gene Simmons Talks "The Envy" On ET Canada


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Gene Simmons discusses his newly signed band to $immons Records "The Envy".



KISS Fans Meet & Play




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The film and the pictures you're about to see are the result of a magical meeting taking his birth in the KISS passion ...
2 fans... 2 friends ... A gift ...

TITI FROM TOULOUSE, SOUTH OF FRANCE, 20 KISS CONCERT SINCE 1983 IN 7 COUNTRIES AND MEMBER OF T KISS ARMY FRANCE.
JEROME FROM PARIS, NORTH OF FRANCE, 127 KISS CONCERT SINCE 1983 ON 3 CONTINENTS, French record !

They both train children's soccer team of 11/12 years old.
Theirs sons Jimmy and Jean-Christophe play in these teams and are KISS fans too.
Jerome and Titi: had their first contact 1 year ago and their first meeting took place 4 days earlier at the fantastic KISS show in Geneva.

THEY WILL MEET AGAIN AT THE HELL FESTIVAL ON THE 20TH OF JUNE AND IN BARCELONA SPAIN FOR THE KISS CONCERT.
Friday, May 21st, 2010... Jerome and his team arrive by train... About 800 km to compete for a tournament organized by the club of Titi: Portet...
Then 1 hour after their arrival, the Parisians are going to have a major KISS surprise organized by Titi, his players and their moms...
ENJOY AND WELCOME TO THE SHOW

KISS @ The O2: May 7th

Review : Robert O' Connor
Photograph: Aidan Cuffe

Lights, Pyro's, moving stage sets, explosions, blood spitting, fire breathing, flying rock stars, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and thirty seven years of classics from Americas greatest rock n roll band. KISS have finally arrived in Dublin to play their very first Irish show and give the emerald Isle branch of the KISS army a night they'll never forget.

Describing the excitement and anticipation before a KISS show is almost as difficult as describing the magic of the performance itself. Most Irish KISS fans have only ever seen the band in pictures and on film, but those mediums only catch a glimpse of the power, the energy and show stopping, jaw dropping charisma and mesmerizing presence the band hold on stage. In reality, KISS holds a power over their fans almost unlike any other. Fictionally, they present themselves as larger than life superheroes, capable of catapulting you into another dimension of pleasure and rock n roll and in reality, they do just that.

Hearing the now legendary 'You Wanted the Best' intro directed towards Dublin sends shivers up the crowds spines moments before the giant KISS logo donned curtain drops and the stage explodes in flashes of lights and Pyrotechnics as Paul, Gene and Tommy appear high in the air above the drum kit. Opening with Modern Day Delilah from last years, Sonic Boom album, the band instantly personify and embody everything their fans had been waiting for.

Over the next two hours, the band thrill the O2 with a selection of new material including Say Yeah and Stand, alongside a dizzying array of classics, such as Cold Gin, Let Me Go, Rock N Roll, Deuce, Calling Dr. Love, Crazy Nights and 100,000 Years among many others. Musically KISS are as strong as any of their legendary seventies competitors like Aerosmith and AC/DC, but live, they deliver a performance other bands can only dream of being able to stage. From Gene's fire breathing after Firehouse, his blood spitting, stage flying bass solo, Tommy and Eric completing Shock Me with rocket firing guitars and a rig exploding bazooka to Paul's trip over the crowds heads to a revolving mini stage at the back of the arena for a performance of I Was Made for Loving You. All this is set against a backdrop of the most elaborate stage set the O2 is likely to see for many a year with risers on both sides, a massive screen that stretches the full length of the stage and at least a hundred smaller ones towering behind the band, the KISS army flags draped at both sides of the stage, the full KISS logo in lights and a rising drum kit.

Off course the theatrics have their place and they leave you in a state of awe but the true highlights at a KISS show come when they hammer the gig home with monumental classics like Love Gun, Shout it Out Loud, Black Diamond, Detroit Rock City, I Love it Loud and off course, the show closing extravaganza duo of God Gave Rock N Roll To You II and Rock And Roll All Night.

With confetti being propelled into the air all around the arena, the stage blitzed with lights, fire and three of music's most legendary characters on different risers and the iconic Paul Stanley, smashing his guitar to the cheers of 10,000+ fans, KISS have finally played their very first Irish show and it was everything and more than we could ever have dreamed it would be. Knowing Gene and Paul's absolute refusal to surrender the make-up, it won't be long before the Creatures of Night return and Ireland will warmly welcome back when they do.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

KISS And Lotsa Makeup

Written by Dan Nolan

American glam metal legends KISS (looking the same as ever after all these years; how do they do it?) will smear on the slap and squeeze into the latex once more to perform at the Papp Laszlo Sportarena on Friday night.

Perform is the operative word too, as the group came to prominence in the mid-1970s on the back of their extravagantly theatrical live shows that feature silver stack-heeled boots, smoking Flying-Vs and the occasional assisted flight over the audience. These days only the flamboyant co-frontmen, bassist Gene Simmons and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, remain from the quartet who formed Kiss in New York in 1973 and have gone on to sell over 100 million albums.

Touring Europe with their latest, 19th lp Sonic Boom to promote, The Demon (Simmons) and Starchild (Stanley), and relative newbies Spaceman (guitarist Tommy Thayer) and Catman (drummer Eric Singer), have reportedly been performing "Crazy Crazy Nights", "I Was Made for Lovin' You", and "God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You II" - which they adopted from Brit band Argent and made their own for Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey in 1991 - alongside "Modern Day Delilah", "Say Yeah" and "I'm An Animal" from the new album.

Concert goers can also expect a little more than the standard "hello Bucharest", "koszonom" and "sziastok" on Friday night, as Simmons was born to Hungarian parents and speaks the language fluently.

Now in their 50s and 60s, KISS will clearly never stop rocking now and underlined that point by becoming the first band to add an official coffin to the usual merchandising fare of T-shirts and tour programmes a few years ago. The KISS Kasket features the band's logo and pictures of its members, and is waterproof, so can also act as giant drinks cooler, for those who just can't wait to use it.

The ticket

The KISS - Sonic Boom Over Europe: From The Beginning To The Boom Tour 2010 comes to the Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena,Stefania ut 2, District XIV. (061) 422-2600 on Friday 28 May from 8pm. Tickets HUF 12,500 to HUF 19,900 More information at www.budapestarena.hu.

"Cold Gin" And "Calling Dr. Love" In Berlin




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"Cold Gin" And Calling Dr. Love" In Berlin On May 26, 2010.


"Let Me Go Rock N' Roll" And Eric Singer's Drum Solo In Berlin




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"Let Me Go Rock N' Roll" And Eric Singer's Drum Solo In Berlin on May 26, 2010.




"Love Gun" And "I'm An Animal" In Berlin




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"Black Diamond" In Berlin


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Gene's Solo and "I Love It Loud" In Berlin


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Gene's Solo and "I Love It Loud" In Berlin on May 26, 2010.


KISS: Monsters Or Rock...And Mini Golf



Legendary Rock Band KISS and Monster Mini Golf, a leader in cutting-edge indoor glow-in-the-dark themed entertainment centers, have joined forces to bring you the first ever KISS-themed Monster Mini Golf entertainment center on the sinfully-fun Las Vegas strip.

A mere six years ago, Christina and Patrick Vitagliano, a seemingly normal couple, sat at their kitchen table and came up with one of the most "frightening" entertainment ideas ever perpetrated on the American people - Monster Mini Golf. Christina wanted the concept to have three important factors: fun for all ages, inexpensive yet profitable and, above all, it had to be cool. So they took the 50-year-old proven concept of miniature golf, moved it indoors and added black lights, sound, special effects, a live DJ, and monsters - from frightfully animated to humorously absurd. Then they did what mini-golf needed - brought it to the 21st century and gave it a good dose of cool.

Now after 6 years and over 25 locations nationwide (and growing), the founders of Monster Mini Golf have decided it is time to kick up their edgy cool concept yet another notch. Along with monsters, black lights, special effects and mini-golf -- it's time to ROCK! When it's time to rock - it's time to call KISS!

The Monster team is currently seeking an on-strip Las Vegas location and is looking to open the first-ever "Monster Mini Golf presents KISS" mini-golf facility in the next 12-18 months. That's right, mini-golf, monsters and KISS. It's going to ROCK so hard it's SCARY.

Live Nation Merchandise is the licensing agent for KISS and was instrumental in brokering this deal.

KISS Photos From Prague


Check out KISS Fan Jaromir "Zajda" Zajicek's gallery of fan and live photos from the Prague show at http://www.fotozajda.cz/koncerty/kiss/ga
lerie.html.

Gene Simmons - KISS The Criminal Charges Goodbye

TMZ

Gene Simmons is no terrorist -- at least according to the L.A. County District Attorney, who just decided not to prosecute the rocker over an alleged violent altercation with two people.

The D.A. issued a report -- obtained by TMZ -- which explains there was not enough evidence to prove Gene choked and then threatened both Nathan Marlowe and his significant other Cynthia Manzo at The Grove shopping center last year.

However, Gene isn't out of the woods yet -- according to the docs, Marlowe has also filed a civil lawsuit against Simmons claiming "the stress of the incident has impaired his ability to work in a tattoo parlor and to have sex with Cynthia Manzo."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Calling Dr. Love" In Berlin


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"Calling Dr. Love" In Berlin - May 26, 2010.


"Modern Day Delilah" In Berlin


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"Modern Day Delilah" in Berlin on May 26, 2010.


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