Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gene Simmons Predicts "Major Change" In Midterm Elections

Fox News

LOS ANGELES – Gene Simmons has never been one to shy away from voicing his political opinions and the KISS frontman tells Pop Tarts he is anticipating some serious power shifts to take place as a result of the midterm elections in November.

"There is going to be major change. The American public is very, very angry. I believed in this administration, and I voted for President Obama, I also voted for President Clinton, and I also voted for President Bush,” Simmons said this week at the launch of Activision’s “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” in Los Angeles. “I will vote my conscience, and I'll be damned if anybody is going to point a finger at me and say ‘vote along party lines.’ America is like me – sometimes they vote this way, sometimes they vote that way."

Gene Simmons Behind the Scenes - Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

Gen Simmons shows us behind the scenes at Guitar Hero®: Warriors of Rock.

Gene Simmons and the all-new Guitar Hero®: Warriors of Rock are bringing rock back! Play awesome new music and go on an epic quest.

Today In KISStory - 1984

Today In KISStory - 1984: The 'Animalize' tour kicks-off in Brighton, England with Bruce Kulick filling in for Mark St. John who was suffering from an arthritic sickness called 'Reiters Syndrome.'

European setlist

    * "Detroit Rock City"    * "Cold Gin"    * "Strutter"    * "Fits Like a Glove"    * "Heaven's on Fire"    * "Under the Gun"    * "War Machine"    * "Young and Wasted"    * "Creatures of the Night"    * "I Love It Loud"    * "I Still Love You"    * "I've Had Enough (Into the Fire)"    * "Love Gun"    * "Rock and Roll All Nite"    * "Lick It Up"    * "Black Diamond"

North American setlist

    * "Detroit Rock City"    * "Cold Gin"    * "Creatures of the Night"    * "Fits Like a Glove"    * "Heaven's on Fire"    * "Under the Gun"    * "War Machine"    * "Young and Wasted"    * "I Love It Loud"    * "I Still Love You"    * "Love Gun"    * "Black Diamond"    * "Lick It Up"    * "Rock and Roll All Nite"

    * "I've Had Enough (Into the Fire)" opened the Brighton, England show on 9/30/84.  
* A few bars of "Strutter" were performed at the 3/28/85 show in Springfield, Massachusetts.

European leg
  • 30/09/84 Brighton Centre - Brighton, England
  • 01/10/84 Gaumont Theater - Southampton, England
  • 02/10/84 Cornwall Coliseum - St Austell, England
  • 04/10/84 Manchester Apollo - Manchester, England
  • 05/10/84 Glasgow Apollo - Glasgow, Scotland
  • 06/10/84 Playhouse Theatre - Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 07/10/84 Newcastle City Hall - Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 08/10/84 Newcastle City Hall - Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 10/10/84 De Montfort Hall - Leicester, England
  • 11/10/84 Gaumont Theatre - Ipswich, England
  • 12/10/84 Bingley Hall - Stafford, England
  • 13/10/84 Queen's Hall - Leeds, England
  • 14/10/84 Wembley Arena - London, England
  • 15/10/84 Wembley Arena - London, England
  • 16/10/84 Circus Krone - Munich, Germany
  • 17/10/84 Stadthalle - Offenbach am Main, Germany
  • 19/10/84 Hammerleinhalle - Nuremberg, Germany
  • 21/10/84 K.B. Hallen - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 22/10/84 Drammenshallen - Oslo, Norway
  • 24/10/84 Olympen - Lund, Sweden
  • 25/10/84 K.B. Hallen - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 26/10/84 Johanneshovs Isstadion - Stockholm, Sweden
  • 27/10/84 Scandinavium - Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 29/10/84 Stadionsporthalle - Hanover, Germany
  • 30/10/84 Philipshalle - Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 31/10/84 Eberthalle - Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • 01/11/84 Hallenstadion - Zurich, Switzerland
  • 03/11/84 Forest National - Brussels, Belgium
  • 04/11/84 Ijsehal - Zwolle, Holland
  • 05/11/84 Le Zenith - Paris, France
North American leg
  • 15/11/84 Stabler Arena - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 16/11/84 Glens Falls Civic Center - Glens Falls, New York
  • 17/11/84 War Memorial Arena - Rochester, New York
  • 18/11/84 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium - Buffalo, New York
  • 20/11/84 War Memorial Arena - Syracuse, New York
  • 23/11/84 Worcester Centrum - Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 24/11/84 New Haven Coliseum - New Haven, Connecticut
  • 25/11/84 The Spectrum - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 26/11/84 Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, New York
  • 27/11/84 Baltimore Arena - Baltimore, Maryland
  • 28/11/84 Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, New York
  • 29/11/84 Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena - Binghamton, New York
  • 02/12/84 Market Square Arena - Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 04/12/84 Kiel Auditorium - St. Louis, Missouri
  • 05/12/84 Roberts Municipal Stadium - Evansville, Indiana
  • 06/12/84 Hulman Center - Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 07/12/84 War Memorial Coliseum - Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 08/12/84 Cobo Hall - Detroit, Michigan (first show with Bruce Kulick as an official member, recorded for Animalize Live Uncensored)
  • 11/12/84 Saginaw Civic Center - Saginaw, Michigan
  • 12/12/84 Battelle Hall - Columbus, Ohio
  • 13/12/84 Hara Arena - Dayton, Ohio
  • 14/12/84 Richfield Coliseum - Richfield, Ohio
  • 15/12/84 Freedom Hall - Louisville, Kentucky
  • 17/12/84 Peoria Civic Center - Peoria, Illinois
  • 18/12/84 Five Seasons Center - Des Moines, Iowa
  • 26/12/84 Kemper Arena - Kansas City, Missouri
  • 27/12/84 Pershing Auditorium - Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 29/12/84 St. Paul Civic Center - St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 30/12/84 M.E.C.C.A. Arena - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 31/12/84 UIC Pavilion - Chicago, Illinois CANCELLED
  • 03/01/85 Greenville Memorial Auditorium - Greenville, South Carolina
  • 04/01/85 Freedom Hall Civic Center - Johnson City, Tennessee
  • 05/01/85 Cumberland County Crown Coliseum - Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 06/01/85 Charlotte Coliseum - Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 08/01/85 Knoxville Civic Coliseum - Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 09/01/85 The Omni - Atlanta, Georgia
  • 10/01/85 Orlando Sports Stadium - Orlando, Florida
  • 11/01/85 Sunrise Music Theater - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 12/01/85 Sunrise Music Theater - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 13/01/85 Bayfront Center - St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 15/01/85 Lakefront Arena - New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 16/01/85 Mississippi Coast Coliseum - Biloxi, Mississippi
  • 17/01/85 Von Braun Civic Center - Huntsville, Alabama
  • 18/01/85 Boutwell Auditorium - Birmingham, Alabama
  • 19/01/85 Nashville Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, Tennessee
  • 21/01/85 Pensacola Civic Center - Pensacola, Florida
  • 22/01/85 Mid-South Coliseum - Memphis, Tennessee
  • 24/01/85 Lubbock Municipal Coliseum - Lubbock, Texas
  • 25/01/85 Taylor County Expo Center - Abilene, Texas
  • 26/01/85 Frank Erwin Center - Austin, Texas
  • 27/01/85 Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum - Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 29/01/85 Reunion Arena - Dallas, Texas
  • 30/01/85 San Antonio Convention Center - San Antonio, Texas
  • 31/01/85 Sam Houston Coliseum - Houston, Texas
  • 01/02/85 Waco Convention Center - Waco, Texas
  • 03/02/85 Ector County Coliseum - Odessa, Texas
  • 04/02/85 Amarillo Civic Center - Amarillo, Texas
  • 05/02/85 El Paso County Coliseum - El Paso, Texas
  • 06/02/85 Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Phoenix, Arizona
  • 07/02/85 Aladdin Theater - Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 09/02/85 Kaiser Convention Center - Oakland, California
  • 11/02/85 Salt Palace - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 13/02/85 Seattle Center Coliseum - Seattle, Washington
  • 14/02/85 Portland Memorial Coliseum - Portland, Oregon
  • 17/02/85 Long Beach Arena - Long Beach, California
  • 18/02/85 Long Beach Arena - Long Beach, California
  • 20/02/85 Orange Pavilion - San Bernardino, California
  • 21/02/85 Bakersfield Convention Center - Bakersfield, California
  • 22/02/85 San Diego Sports Arena - San Diego, California
  • 24/02/85 Memorial Auditorium - Sacramento, California
  • 26/02/85 Spokane Coliseum - Spokane, Washington
  • 27/02/85 Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 01/03/85 Kinsmen Field House - Edmonton, Alberta
  • 02/03/85 Lethbridge Sportsplex - Lethbridge, Alberta
  • 03/03/85 Stampede Corral - Calgary, Alberta
  • 07/03/85 Agridome - Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 09/03/85 Winnipeg Arena - Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 10/03/85 Ralph Engelstad Arena - Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • 11/03/85 Bismarck Civic Center - Bismarck, North Dakota
  • 13/03/85 Duluth Arena - Duluth, Minnesota
  • 15/03/85 La Crosse Center - La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • 17/03/85 Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium - Des Moines, Iowa
  • 19/03/85 Dane County Expo Coliseum - Madison, Wisconsin
  • 20/03/85 Lakeview Arena - Marquette, Michigan
  • 22/03/85 Breslin Center - East Lansing, Michigan
  • 23/03/85 Joyce Center - South Bend, Indiana
  • 24/03/85 Cincinnati Gardens - Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 25/03/85 Toledo Sports Arena - Toledo, Ohio
  • 26/03/85 Civic Arena - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 28/03/85 Springfield Civic Center - Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 29/03/85 Meadowlands Arena - East Rutherford, New Jersey

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010

    Photos: KISS In Monterrey, Mexico


    Here are a few photos from KISS' show in Monterrey, Mexico on September 28. 2010.

    Mexican News Report On KISS In Monterrey

     KISS live in Monterrey. September 28th, 2010 Auditorio Banamex. The Hottest Show on the Earth Tour

    KISS In Monterrey: Still "Fire"

    By Juan Alvarado González/ Translated by KISSopolis

    The members of Kiss can afford to prove they are still "fire" on stage and able to infuriate their followers to leave them in shock.

    After almost four decades has been formed, the members of Kiss can afford to prove they are still "fire" on stage and able to infuriate their fans to leave them in shock.

    Last night the legendary American band returned to the royal lands, and this time took the stage at a Banamex Auditorium 8 500 fans, who did not resist their charms to offer a hot show with fireworks, flaming torches, hydraulic cranes and harnesses that rose at times to the four musicians.

    The most significant repertoire that is left to posterity among his faithful accomplice, an audience that packed the place and this time the area of beyond the seats were removed making way for the whole entourage jumped and shouted at the rate of powerful hard rock. After the pink noise bands and The Envy were in charge of opening the show, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer appeared on stage at 21:43 hours.

    KISS' appearance was spectacular when their silhouettes glimpsed in the middle behind the stage, just where the battery was located, but suddenly the three musicians in a hydraulic ramp up and went over the battery and were taken to the front of the stage, time when all was uproar among the attendees.

    With its "Hottest Show on Earth Tour" Kiss began their repertoire with the theme "Modern Day Delilah", getting immediately dump the minds of fans, many with their faces painted as Stanley or Simmons.

    "How are you Monterrey? Tonight is the night, gladly. I do not speak Spanish very well, but I understand your feelings.

    "Viva Mexico," said Paul receiving the cheers of all gathered there.

    The dish was already served and should enjoy it and if it was when then heard "Cold Gin" and "Let me go rock and roll", where Gene began his ritual to remove the language.

    At that time Paul also dropped a Mexican flag, which he took, put it on his shoulders and then waved.

    Stanley was responsible for at all times have verbal contact with the Monterrey, sometimes asking them to continue screaming or just to talk a bit about the next song they played.

    "Firehouse", "Say yeah", "Deuce", "Crazy, crazy night," "Calling Dr. Love" and "Shock Me", were the following rolas, where the guitarist himself contortions to perform their art on the ropes of his instrument.

    But the surprises did not cease to appear when Eric Singer had a drum solo and the set where he began to rise sprouting from the base a lot of smoke, and that was not all because Paul also rose quickly through a hydraulic ramp, closing the Singer time to take a kind of canon and giving a loud bang.

    "I'm an animal," "100 000 years" were also present before Gene walked to center stage as if it were a scary monster opened his mouth and spewing blood, and then through flight harnesses to upper stage from where he sang "I love it loud."

    Meanwhile, his followers left to follow the lyrics of their songs, they scream so loudly and thank you for the visit, especially when they continued with "Love Gun", "Black Diamond" and "Detroit Rock City", with which said goodbye to 23:15 pm.

    But obviously the royal had not yet been made happy because they returned and they continued with "Beth", "Lick it up", "Shout it out loud," I was made for lovin 'you "," God Gave Rock' n roll "and" Rock and roll all nite ", subjects who expected and those left by others served.

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    "Say Yeah" & "I Was Made For Lovin' You" In Monterrey, Mexico

    "Say Yeah" & "I Was Made For Lovin' You" in Monterrey, Mexico - Sept. 28, 2010. 

    "Firehouse" In Monterrey, Mexico

    "Firehouse" in Monterrey, Mexico - Sept. 28, 201.

    "Modern Day Delilah" In Monterrey, Mexico

    KISS performing "Modern Day Delilah" in Monterrey, Mexico on Sept. 28, 2010.

    KISS' Set List In Monterrey

    KISS' set list for their show at Teatro Banamex - Monterrey, 2010/09/28.

    1.Modern Day Delilah

    2.Cold Gin

    3.Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll


    5.Say Yeah


    7.Crazy Crazy Nights

    8.Calling Dr. Love

    9.Shock Me

    10.Tommy And Eric Solo

    11.I'm An Animal

    12.100.000 Years

    13.I Love It Loud

    14.Love Gun

    15.Black Diamond

    16.Detroit Rock City


    18.Lick It Up

    19.Shout It Out Loud

    20.I Was Made For Lovin' You

    21.God Gave Rock And Roll To You

    22.Rock And Roll All Nite

    KISS Rocks Epicenter

    THE LIVE OV / Written by Melissa Garcia

    As for KISS, they put any other rock band to shame with their ridiculously entertaining set. The set was packed tight with their hits "Detroit Rock City," and of course "Rock n' Roll All Night," and the more melodic "Crazy Nights," to take the hard rock down to a more bubblegum rock sound. Pyrotechnics and confetti had the audience's eyes glued to the stage. While the flaming sword and fire balls and had them running for their lives.

    With Stanley strumming high in the air while hooked on to a cable KISS played "I Was Made for Loving You." I would personally like to thank the camera man who put Gene Simmons tongue on the jumbo tron for all our viewing pleasure. I've seen these guys live almost 7 years ago, and they are just as vigil and energetic as they were then, they are true rock stars to the core and their age will not age any aspect of their performance, not one bit.

    Cheers to you KISS and keep rocking out, because fans young and old still seek your spontaneous performances, it's a nice break from the norm. And as Stanley put it, "The music you hear is made by the four people up here, there are no phony tapes. This is rock n' roll, and we are a rock n' roll band!" Well done KISS and well said Stanley. 

    Gene Talks New Guitar Hero Game


    Gene Simmons of KISS discusses new Guitar Hero game.

    Rally For Kids A Big Success!

    The Rally for Kids with Cancer was held in Toronto on September 25th, 2010. The event, sponsored by Rosseau Asset Management Ltd., raised $2.5 million for the SickKids Foundation. Celebrity co-chairs were Eva Longoria Parker and Hayden Christensen.

    The "KISS" Lamborghini, driven by Warren Irwin of Rosseau came in first place out of the 28 car field. The celebrity navigator was Playboy cover model Elle Patille.

    The "KISS" Lamborghini Gallardo raised $377,026 for the event and was made possible through the generous cooperation and support of Gene Simmons. In recognition of his support, $50,000 was donated to the event on his behalf.

    Gene Simmons Unlikely Campaigner For Women's Health

    By Darren Devlyn - From: The Daily Telegraph

    HE'S a fire-spitting, cod-piece wearing demon in platform boots. He gloats about his eight-inch tongue and says his passion for pashin' has resulted in his bedding an estimated 4600 women.

    All things considered, it seems a little odd that Kiss axeman Gene Simmons, whose family life is laid bare in the dubiously titled reality series Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, has suddenly positioned himself as a campaigner on women's health.

    Simmons has been derided for saying he's been "happily unmarried" to actor Shannon Tweed for 24 years.

    Tweed, he maintains, is the best friend he's ever had. And when she found a lump in her breast - since given the allclear - it threw the family, including Gene, son Nick and daughter Sophie, into a spin.

    Simmons, who was in full Kiss make-up backstage at a gig when Shannon called to say she was having a biopsy, cancelled touring commitments and flew home to be by her side during the trauma.

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    "Men are stupid, you know," Simmons says.

    "We are oblivious to what goes on outside of us. We never ask women how they are, what's going on. The fact is one in every four women gets cancer. That means your daughter, your sister, your mother, girlfriend, your loved ones. And we men can't sit on the sidelines.

    "This all sounds like cornball, politically correct language, but it's not. Hundreds of millions of women will get cancer and all you have to do is get them to go see a doctor.

    It's not hard. Catch it early and survive. Catch it late, you will die a miserable death.

    "Part of being alive is understanding that death is a real possibility. And without getting too cryptic about it, it's better to be alive than not.

    "Life should be the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain and if you avoid pain and suffering it's your responsibility to do that for your family. If you can do something just by making sure people visit the doctor, then force them to go now, not tomorrow." Asked if he's good at looking after his own health, Simmons begins talking about the fitness base he builds while on the road with the band.

    A two-hour set, performed in demon attire, can be physically punishing.

    Imagine as a guy, he says, even taking a brisk walk in platform heels.

    "Stick 40lb of suit, like an armour, on top of that," Simmons adds.

    "Do that on stage and you'll sweat like never before."

    He cloaks in humour his response to a question about men being intimidated by tests for prostate cancer.

    "You know what's going to happen when the doctor goes through the gateway to hell, so let him at least kiss you and take you out to dinner first," Simmons says.

    "Seriously, the only thing that is your enemy is time. If you prefer to watch a sports game and let the days go by while your body rots, it's your fault, because cancer is curable if you catch it early."

    Gene Simmons' Kiss and Tell

    Craving moments of solitude or anonymity:

    "Never. Solitude is over-rated. You'd be miserable."

    When it's OK to tell a lie:

    "When it hurts somebody. Your mother comes down the stairs looking like Bozo the Clown and says, 'What do you think of my dress and my bling and my red shoes?' I say, 'Well, it's a new kind of look mum'. You don't say, 'Mum, you look like Bozo the Clown, take off those f--ing things'."

    How to disarm a lady most effectively:

    "Beg. For God's sake, if a guy ever wants to marry a woman, what's the thing he's got to do? Go down on a knee? That's right, grovel. A guy has to be able to talk female talk. Women, incidentally, don't have to talk guy talk. We have to be in touch with our feminine side. They do not have to be in touch with their masculine side. These are the rules. I didn't write them."

    Keeping Polaroid pictures of his sexual conquests:

    "Well, they don't make those cameras any more. I hate digital technology. It's cold."


    Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    Gene Simmons Q&A

    By Mike Snider

    Kiss' Gene Simmons on 'Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock'

    Ask Gene Simmons of Kiss about voicing the character of the Demi-God of Rock in the new Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and he is quick to set you straight.

    "Character is not the right word. That feels like a Ziegfeld Follies show," he says. "This is a persona."

    That persona, the Demi-God, is at the heart of the story in the new Guitar Hero game. The game's developers at Neversoft took as a concept the "Monsters of Rock" and made transforming the game's characters -- Axel Steel, Judy Nails and the gang -- into part of the story line. The player must shred through the game's songs to unlock those character's superhero modes needed to help the Demi-God defeat The Beast that's threatening rock. "And then of course the next logical conclusion was to have the iconic Gene Simmons voice the Demi-God of Rock," says Neversoft project director Brian Bright, "who better to push it way over the top!"

    Q: How did you get involved with Guitar Hero?

    Gene Simmons: I've always been aware of Guitar Hero, obviously, because it's an iconic brand. I got a phone call from management saying that the people at Activision are interested and so on and so forth. ... Initially when I got the call, I wanted to know a little bit more. Is it going to be the same old, same old? What do you want me to do? Do you want to use a Kiss song? Is it just the general stuff and they said, 'No, no, no. We want to put Guitar Hero on steriods. We want to do the monster of monsters. We want to have the largest collection of rock songs, 90, we want you to be voice of Guitar Hero including becoming the Demi-God. You know, my ego, which is completely insatiable, started to salivate. If egos can. Mine can. I can tell you whatever I imagined the experience to be like, I was completely overwhelmed when I went to the Activision offices. ... I actually got to play a much earlier version, so I tried sitting down figuring this is going to be a demonstration of it. You immediately wind up getting up. It becomes a full body experience. From the visuals to the music, this rocks.

    The story seems to be straight out of a concept rock album.

    There is a story, but the story is a multi-headed beast with so many different permutations, which is a big word like 'gymnasium'. You are part of the story. It can go in almost any direction. The most important part of this is it has an empowerment kind of thing. You become part of it. It is you. You are it. You may not be able to be the Demi-God but you'll know what it feels like. ... You get to bring out the inner rock star in you. And usually when you say, 'rock star' that means guys. This is for gals, too. Girls can get in there and rock out right along with the guys. In the cave man days, people used to play air guitar because everybody wants that feeling. This takes you in places you never imagined you would be.

    Kiss has had some history with video games. What does having the band's songs in a music game mean for the band?

    It's always about spreading the brand, on a purely business platform. You get new fans, while they are playing the game kinda go, 'Gee that's good stuff.' And while it does that for Kiss, and while I am very proud to be the voice of (the game), this also shows the players and the fans the wide range of rock. Everything from Black Sabbath to Queen and Kiss, but also to the Muse and some of the newer bands. This is all rock, though.

    How do you think your character in Kiss compares to the Demi-God?

    Persona. Well, clearly the Demi-God is my child and has my DNA and the designers, who else would you take it from? The Jonas Brothers? I am the original God of Thunder, after all.

    Have you played Guitar Hero?

    I have. The older versions. I think number 4. What's striking about Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock is how more 360 it is, just the angles and perspective. Like I said, full body experience. The challenge will be for you to play this sitting down. It's not going to happen. And I like the idea that it's a social experience. You won't want to play this alone. You know, there's a party going on. There's music, flirting, whatever. Whip out (the game) and watch this become the center of attention. It will take over. Everybody's going to want their turn.

    There's been other Guitar Hero games devoted to bands such as Aerosmith and Van Halen and other music games based on the Beatles and Green Day. What about Kiss?

    Well, every company knows that -- because Kiss has been at the forefront of pushing the limits in terms of live shows and technology and licensing and merchandising -- we wouldn't just do another Kiss game. The Activision people already heard my take on what it would take to do a Kiss game -- Mount Rockmore: Guitar Hero. You see Mount Rushmore with our Kiss faces on it. And it would obviously be a different experience. It would be a Planet Kiss. Oh, I'm sorry, I already trademarked that. Kiss is, by some marketing estimates, the four most-recognized faces on the Planet Earth. Do you know what the King of Sweden looks like? That's funny, everyone in Sweden knows what Kiss looks like.

    So are you and Activision in discussion about this? Or is it just an idea floating around?

    They are going to have to come to us on bended knees. The difference between Kiss and every other band, that includes Elvis and Beatles, who we outsell in merchandising and licensing together, Kiss has been and continues to be the juggernaut of all licensing and merchandising, certainly in the music world. We are like Disney without the overhead. We have 3,000 licenses. Everything from Kiss condoms to Kiss caskets. We'll get you coming and we'll get you going. But in order for our friends at Guitar Hero to consider doing a Kiss game, they are going to have to do it on our terms, which is in your face, over the top... even taking it to a higher level than Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

    Gene At Guitar Hero Launch

    Photo Coverage: Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Launch - Red Carpet

    Gene Simmons arrives at the 'Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock' launch at Paramount Studios on September 27, 2010 in Hollywood, California. Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Activision

    Gene Simmons Declares Lindsay Lohan “Needs To BE B*tch Slapped!”

    Bonnie Fuller/

    Gene Simmons Declares Lindsay Lohan “Needs To BE B*tch Slapped!” Do You Agree?

    Wow! The Kiss legend doesn’t mince words about Hollywood bad girl Lindsay Lohan!

    “I think she needs to be b*itch slapped for her own good,” he told exclusively at the Guitar Hero event, Sept. 27, at LA’s Paramount Studio. “You know, snap out of it. It’s like that Cher scene (in the 1987 film, Moonstruck), when she slaps Nick Cage!”

    Simmons, 61, star of his own realty show, Family Jewels, also thinks Cher could be a good choice to deliver the b*tch slapping. “Oh, she could do it,” he told us, “You know every once in a while some of us need that, some of us need to come back to reality.”

    It’s not surprising that Simmons feels strongly about Lindsay’s drug issues. He’s famously outspoken against the use of drugs, “Even the phrase ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll,’ what a losers phrase that is! Why isn’t it just sex and rock ‘n’ roll? How did drugs become cool,” he has said. “You can’t win a marathon high, you can’t. Don’t get me started.”

    As for Lindsay’s short trips to jail, Simmons told that he’s not supportive of their brevity. “I don’t care if people get high or not, that’s their business, but I want equal treatment under the law. If you are going to put somebody in prison when someone has drugs on them once, and somebody is an actor or actress and they get high again and again and don’t go to prison — that is NOT equal treatment of the law!”

    Thanks Gene!

    KISS Earns Half A Million Per Show

    The Smoking

    The Smoking Gun has revealed that KISS earns a guaranteed minimum fee of $500,000 per concert. That places KISS second on the summertime tour earnings list.

    The graph above shows the per-concert earnings of KISS and other artists over the summer of 2010. 

    KISS Denied Rock Hall Again

      The New York Times Ben Sisario

    KISS Not Nominated For Rock Hall Induction

    Bon Jovi, the Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Donovan, Tom Waits and LL Cool J are among the 15 artists nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Also on the list: Chic, Dr. John, J. Geils Band, Darlene Love, Lauro Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex and, Chuck Willis.

    These are the first nominations for Bon Jovi, Donovan, Alice Cooper, Dr. John and Mr. Diamond; some of the others, including Chic, Donna Summer and Darlene Love, have been nominated numerous times but never made the final cut. (There’s hope for them, though: this year the Stooges finally made it in after having been nominated seven times.)

    The inductees will be announced in December, and the 26th annual induction ceremony will be held on March 14 at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan. Artists become eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first single or album, and the awards are voted on by more than 500 music professionals.

    A notable omission among this year’s nominations: KISS. Last year its fans got their hopes up when, after years of being snubbed, their heroes finally got a nod. (Those hopes were dashed when Kiss lost out to Abba.) For the Rock Hall, that might be a risk: four years ago hundreds of members of the Kiss Army – a k a fans – protested at the Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, with slogans like “Thou Shalt Not Delay the Induction of Kiss” and, perhaps most frighteningly, Kiss costumes.


    Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Will Elude KISS For 11th Straight Year

    Kiss loyalists, long the butt of rock-critic jokes, have a new reason to be rankled: the artists listed on the Hall of Fame's 2011 ballot, which was announced this morning, include the Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Donovan, Tom Waits, LL Cool J, Dr. John, the J. Geils Band, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, and Chuck Willis. The Beastie Boys got a nod in 2008. Nyro, LL Cool J, and Summer were all nominated last year. Kiss is conspicuously absent, yet again.

    Hard-rock icon Kiss released its self-titled debut in 1974, which means in 1999 the band became eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But Kiss wasn't listed among the nominated bands in 1999 -- or 2000, or even 2001, for that matter. In 2009, the theatrical band finally made the ballot, but it didn't rack up enough votes for induction, and fans fumed while ABBA and the Stooges received the honor instead. Adding insult to injury, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame mentions Kiss in the press release issued today announcing the new nominees -- in its write-up touting the originality of Alice Cooper: "Before there was Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson or KISS, there was Alice Cooper, the original self-proclaimed 'rock villain.'"

    Die-hard Kiss fans -- known as the Kiss Army -- immediately flooded the Internet with complaints about the perceived snub, but not all of the band's devotees believe the band's legacy depends on a Rock Hall stamp of approval.

    "Kiss not getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is kind of like Pete Rose not getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame: It's the best possible scenario for everyone involved," Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota author and longtime Kiss fan Chuck Klosterman tells Yahoo!. "Every year they get shut out, they're back in the news for not making it -- people will actually notice far less if they ever get inducted. Plus, being denied entry into the Hall of Fame advances the idea that Kiss exists outside the canon of critically sanctioned rock, and it perpetuates the idea that Kiss fans are unjustly persecuted for loving Kiss, which is central to the Kiss-fan identity. I hope they never get in. I'm sure they'll eventually build their own Hall of Fame, anyway, just so they can not induct Vinnie Vincent."

    Kiss members themselves seem to have mixed feelings about being excluded from one of rock's most elite clubs. "There are disco bands, rap bands, Yiddish folk song bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but not Kiss," the band's bassist and most recognizable figure Gene Simmons said in 2008, adding sarcastically, "I believe we have more gold records in America than any other group, but it's OK."

    In a recent interview, Simmons said, "There's nobody in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- in fact, if you took all of them and put them together -- they couldn't match all the licensing and merchandising we've done and the legacy we've left." He echoed many outsiders' critiques of the Hall by identifying a few famous inductees that aren't as "rock"-oriented as his own band. "I mean, yes, Madonna's important. I have no [darned] idea what she's doing in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Or Grandmaster Flash or any other disco or rap artist."

    This March, late-night host George Lopez took up the Kiss cause, calling them "the greatest rock & roll band of all time" when Simmons appeared on his show and posting a petition on his website (it currently has 5,265 "signature" comments). A similar effort has been posted to Facebook, where 1,044 people have "Liked" a page titled "Get Kiss Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!" Kiss fans have also taken to the streets in support of their face-painted heroes. In 2006, approximately 200 members of the Kiss Army staged a protest outside the Rock Hall's Ohio home.

    Should Kiss ever gain entry to the Hall, the band would be faced with a dilemma, though: Who would perform at the induction ceremony? While Simmons and Paul Stanley are still actively playing in the band, original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley have split from the group several times. Original lineups traditionally reunite for the Rock Hall ceremony, but not always happily. In 2006, former members of Blondie stormed the stage and asked to perform, only to be shot down by a ticked-off Debbie Harry ("Can't you see my real band is up there?"). The following year, Van Halen joined the Hall, but only former frontman Sammy Hagar and ex-bassist Michael Anthony showed up at the ceremony.

    Artists become eligible for the Rock Hall ballot 25 years after the release of their first single or album. The final list of 2011 inductees will be announced in December, and the induction ceremony -- the Hall's 26th annual event - will be held March 14 at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria. (The museum itself is in Cleveland; it began honoring musical legends in 1986.)

    'The Envy' Drop By Gene and Shannon's House

    Here's video showing the Canadian rock band 'The Envy' visiting Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed.

    KISS Raises Over $500, 000 For Wounded Warriors


    Here's a photo of the Wounded Warriors check from KISS' Fontana, CA show Saturday night. KISS raised $501,018.00 for the CSRA Wounded Warriors Care Project on the Hottest Show On Earth tour!

    KISS' Set List In Fontana, CA

    KISS' Set List In Fontana, CA on September 25, 2010.

    1.Modern Day Delilah

    2.Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll


    4.Say Yeah

    5.Crazy Crazy Nights

    6.Calling Dr. Love

    7.Shock Me

    8.Tommy And Eric Solo

    9.Love Gun

    10.I Love It Loud

    11.Detroit Rock City

    12.Lick It Up

    13.I Was Made For Lovin' You

    14.Rock And Roll All Nite 

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    KISS Ticket For Monterrey Mexico

 / Photo: Jazmine Cruz Estrada 

    Here's a KISS ticket for Tuesday night's show in Monterrey Mexico at Teatro Banamex. Thanks to Jazmine Cruz Estrada for sending KISSopolis this photo.

    Photo: Gene And Shannon In Phoenix AZ

    Photo: Shannon Tweed Twitter
    Here's a photo of Gene And Shannon at the Best Buy In Phoenix AZ.

    Tommy Thayer Almost Gets 'Torched' In Fontana, CA

    Tommy Thayer was almost burned on Saturday, Sept. 25th in Fontana, Ca when KISS headlined the Epicenter 2010 festival. Check out the video above. At the :42 mark you can see Tommy dodge a huge flame while getting a drink in between songs.

    "Calling Dr. Love", "Crazy Crazy Nights" & "Shock Me" In Fontana, CA

    Tommy Thayer & Eric Singer's Solo In Fontana, CA

    "Lick It Up" In Fontana, CA

    Tommy Thayer Checks Into "The Vault"


    Tommy will be calling in at 11:30am (PDT) on Oct 3rd

    On a short break from touring Kiss Guitarist Tommy Thayer will re-unite with vocalist Jamie St. James, drummer Pete Holmes, bassist Patrick Young and guitarist Jeff Warner for the induction concert and ceremony of Black N Blue to the 4th annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame on Oct 9th, 2010 to be held at the Roseland Theater.

    Tune in to KNAC.COM this Sunday (Oct. 3) at 11:30a.m. PDT when Tommy joins me live to discuss the early days of Black N Blue and what it means to be recognized as one of this year’s inductees.

    Again that's this Sunday Oct 3rd at 11:30 a.m. PDT. More info about the induction:

    Tommy Thayer Fan Art / Art: Jessica Goldfisher

    Check out this amazing illustration of Tommy Thayer titled "When Lightning Strikes" by KISS fan and illustrator Jessica Goldfisher.

    Thanks to Jessica for sending this to KISSopolis.

    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    "Say Yeah" In Fontana, CA

    KISS performing "Say Yeah" from 'Sonic Boom' at the Epicenter 2010 festival on September 25, 2010.

    "Firehouse" In Fontana, CA

    KISS performing "Firehouse" at the Epicenter 2010 festival in Fontana, CA on September 25, 2010.

    Drummer Richie Fontana Talks Paul Stanley's 1978 Solo Album


    Jason Saulnier interviews Richie Fontana, drummer for Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album.

    The story on how Richie Fontana went to play on Paul Stanley's solo album. Also discussing how the album was made. The band "Piper" with Billy Squier & working with Billy Squier's solo career. How Richie Fontana met Lydia Criss his future girlfriend. The big coincidences with Billy Squier & MeatLoaf members being so close to Kiss. The story of how Richie Fontana almost became the next KISS drummer.

    "Detroit Rock City" And "Black Diamond" In Phoenix

    KISS performing "Detroit Rock City" and "Black Diamond" in Phoenix, AZ on September 24, 2010.

    Epicenter: KISS Lights Up Fontana

    By Vanessa Franko

    Despite the strong support for Eminem, it doesn't look like many people left before KISS.

    After the drop of a giant black curtain emblazoned with the band's silver logo, Kiss took the stage to close out the first day of Epicenter at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana Saturday night.

    The iconic '70s rockers performed in full costume and makeup, flanked by shooting flames as they floated to the stage on an elevator-like platform.

    Things we noticed in the set from KISS:

    Pyro makes everything better.

    Dramatic entrances make everything better.

    Seeing Gene Simmons' tongue on the Jumbotron is something.

    Paul Stanley still has his guitar strut down.

    Gene Simmons might have his own wind machine, the way those locks were flowing in the Fontana night.

    KISS broadcasted the show on the Armed Forces Radio Network. That is pretty rad.

    I really love the KISS pinball machine of my youth.

    Going back to the pyro, I am slightly concerned since it is fire season, but we are seemingly far away from flammable mountains.

    "Detroit Rock City" never gets old. 

    KISS Photos From Epicenter

    THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE - Photos by Rodrigo Pena/Special to The Press-Enterprise 

    KISS performs during the Epicenter Twenty Ten music festival at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday.

    Marathon KISS Show Cut Short By Curfew

    KISS found headlining festivals a tough gig in Fontana, California on Saturday night when they realized their plans to rock on past midnight would not be possible.

    Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons' veterans had hoped to turn their set at the Epicenter Twenty Ten festival into a marathon treat for fans and U.S. troops listening to a global live broadcast of the show.

    But a strict 11 p.m. curfew made them rethink their setlist - and limited them to an 80-minute performance.

    Disappointed Stanley told fans, "We were gonna rock you for two-and-a-half-hours but we were told we can't; they told us we've got a curfew."

    The rockers closed the first night of the weekend festival. Prior to their performance, Eminem, reunited acts House of Pain, Bush and Papa Roach thrilled fans in the scorching heat.

    Sunday's line-up at Epicenter Twenty Ten includes headlining sets from Blink-182 and Suicidal Tendencies.

    Video: KISS In Fontana, CA

    KISS' concert on Ustream in Fontana, CA on September 25, 2010.

    Photos: KISS In Fontana, CA / Photos: -

    Here are some screen shots of KISS' concert on Ustream in Fontana, CA on September 25, 2010.