Monday, February 28, 2011

Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp All-Star Finale Featuring Ace Frehley

Check out the finale video of the final performance at Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp in The Bahamas on Feb 20, 2011. "Rock n Roll All Nite" featuring Ace Frehely, Kip Winger, Gary Hoey, Richie Kotzen, Lita Ford, Rudy Sarzo, Billy Sheehan, George Lynch, Alan White, Sandy Gennaro and Mark Hudson.

Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp™ is the ultimate music making experience, allowing you the once in a lifetime opportunity to jam with legendary rock stars, write and record an original song and play live on stage at a major concert venue in front of your family and friends!

For more information on Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp CLICK HERE.

Today In KISStory - 1996


Today In KISStory - 1996: For the first time in 17 years, a reunited KISS, in full makeup, appear at the Grammy's to present an award with Tupac.

Tupac: "You know how the Grammy's used to be, all straight-looking folks with suits. Everybody looking tired. No surprises. We tired of that. We need something different...something new. We need to shock the people. So let's shock the people."


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bruce Kulick Celebrates Seymour Duncan's 35th Anniversary At NAMM Show

KISS and Grand Funk guitarist Bruce Kulick talks about Seymour Duncan pickups At NAMM 2011.

Bruce writes: "Cool video interview I did at the NAMM show for Seymour Duncan's 35th Anniversary celebration."

Ace Frehley's Book Not Out Until 2013? shows that Ace Frehley's biography, titled 'No Regrets', will be released in 2013.

The book was suppose to be published on April 26, 2011 as we last reported HERE.

You can order your copy HERE.

Gene Simmons Speaking Engagement

Gene's next speaking engagement will be at The Peninsula Beverly Hotel on March 8, 2011. For more details call: 310-551-2888. Or you can visit

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tampa Bay Lightning Spaceman Mix Up

Photo: KISSAsylum

Ace Frehley is scheduled to play the Lightning Concert Series presented by Volkswagen at the St. Pete Times Forum on Friday, March 11th at 7:30 PM. But it seems the Tampa Bay Lightning are mixed up as to who is in the Spaceman make-up these days.

Check out the photo above that is outside of the St. Pete's Forum and see that Tommy Thayer is being shown in the Spaceman make-up, and not Ace Frehley.


Tickets to see Ace Frehley are available at or call 800.745.3000. You can also visit the St. Pete Times Forum box office. For more information visit

PodKISSt #41: Carrie, the Envy, and KISS!

Insightful KISScussions? Rare and classic KISS cuts? Of course. You’d expect nothing less from us. But how about an exclusive interview with Carrie Stevens (superstar Playboy model, actress, and erstwhile paramour of the late great Eric Carr)? Or maybe a backstage chat with rock group The Envy (openers for KISS on the 2010 Hottest Show on Earth tour)? Or a toddler’s take on Paul’s past proliferation of profanity? Yup… we’ve got all this and more in this installment. Big thanks to Heather for the great Envy interview! We’re just a few months into 2011 and there’s lots more in store. We’d tell you more, but we’ve taken an OATH. So get up, KISS Army, and get down with PodKISSt… the KISS fanzine for your ears!

Listen HERE.

KISS Confirm Japan Dates


As we reported yesterday, KISS has now confirmed their dates for Japan. KISS is proud to bring the Hottest Show on Earth to Japan for seven shows this April.

4/13 - Nagoya at Aichi Prefecture Gymnasium
4/14 - Yokohama at Pacifico Yokohama
4/17 - Saitama at Saitama Super Arena
4/18 - Kobe at World Hall
4/20 - Tokyo at Nippon Budokan
4/21 - Tokyo at Budokan
4/23 - Sapporo at Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena

Public ticket on-sale will take place on March 12.

Eric Carr's Rockheads Comic Available For Pre-Order

Pre-order you limited edition copy of THE ROCKHEADS today! Each limited edition comic will be autographed by Bruce Kulick and you'll get much more! Reserve yours today before they're GONE!

THIS RARE Limited Edition package will include a piece of rock and roll history - a souvenir 1" x 1" piece of the original bass drum skin from the "Crazy Nights" tour cradled in a high-quality collectible card and numbered in a series from 1 to 400. Authenticated by The Carr Family. Comic ships May 1, 2011.

Order your copies HERE.

Friday, February 25, 2011

KISS To Tour Japan In April

KISS are planning to tour Japan in mid April. Here are the unconfirmed dates:

13 - Aichi Prefecture Gymnasium - Nagoya, Japan
14 - Pacifico Yokohama - Yokohama, Japan
17 - Saitama Super Arena - Saitama, Japan
18 - World Hall - Kobe, Japan
20 - Nippon Budokan - Tokyo, Japan
21 - Nippon Budokan - Tokyo, Japan
23 - Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena - Sapporo, Japan

Paul Stanley Announces Newest KISS Army Member


Paul Stanley, founder and front man of the legendary rock band KISS and highly-successful fine artist, and his wife Erin, a Los Angeles attorney, announced today that they are expecting a baby girl in August.

This will be the third child for the legendary Star Child and his wife who married in 2005 and live in Beverly Hills, California with their daughter Sarah Brianna (2), son Colin Michael (4) and son Evan Shane (16) from Stanley’s previous marriage.

“There is nothing greater in life than family, and my accomplishments as a father rank at the top of my successes,” Stanley said. “Erin and I are blessed with our expectation of the addition of another princess to our family and a new member of The KISS Army. I may be 59, but the only rocking chair this rocker is getting ready for is the one for my new baby.”

KISS recently wrapped up their most successful world tour ever, The Hottest Show on Earth, in support of the Stanley-produced album Sonic Boom. In the midst of preparation for their next album, KISS will perform three shows next month including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX, with ticket sales expected to see 75,000 in attendance.

In addition to his role as KISS’s chief songwriter, Stanley has also overseen the band’s development and expansion into a worldwide brand with over 3,000 licensees. Stanley’s signature model guitars continue to be marketed by numerous musical instrument companies. Sales now stand at over $13 million.

Having taken up painting ten years ago, Stanley is also a highly-acclaimed fine artist, whose work has garnered more than $3 million in sales in 2010. He is exhibited nationwide through Wentworth Galleries (

Today In KISStory - 2003

Today In KISStory - 2003: KISS appear on the Australian talk show 'Rove Live' to promote the KISS Symphony Concert in Melbourne. KISS also performs 'Sure Know Something' live with a 10 piece orchestra.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Today In KISStory: 2002

Today In KISStory: 2002 - KISS performs 'Rock and Roll All Nite' to the skating of previous Olympians Katerina Witt and Kristi Yamaguchi, during the closing ceremonies of the XIX Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New KISS Metal Hammer Poster

KISS Army Spain

Here are the front and back covers of the new Metal Hammer Poster Express. The special issue contains eight huge KISS posters featuring images from the Hottest Show on Earth Tour.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Miss Emily Could Get Gene Simmons KISS Jerome Lessard

Emily Fennell has a demon chasing her.

Not just any demon — The Demon.

Fennell, a Prince Edward County native, is currently in negotiations with Simmons Records, the record label operated by legendary KISS bassist Gene Simmons who, when wearing the KISS makeup, is known as The Demon.

Singing professionally for the past eight years, Fennell hit a milestone accomplishment earlier this year when she was invited to perform for Simmons in Toronto as he searches for new talent to sign to his label.

"I'm loving 2011 and we're only a couple of months in," Fennell, who now calls Kingston home, told The Intelligencer. "Things are going very well. I have not signed anything (with Simmons Records) yet but there are offers on the table. The first offer we turned down and they've returned to the table with another offer."

Just exactly how Simmons came to know about Fennell remains a mystery as the 30-year-old singer said she has no idea how her music made its way into his hands.

"He called me on Jan. 3, that's when this all began. We're not sure how he found out about me, but he heard my stuff somehow and then contacted Universal Canada — Simmons Records' Canadian affiliate — and asked if they knew about me. They said they did because I did a showcase for them back in December and we'd been in talks with them," she said. "Anyway, they e-mailed me and said he wanted to meet me, see me play and hear a set."

During the last week of January, Fennell travelled to Toronto and met with Simmons and then, a day later, performed some of her original material for him. Despite Simmons' legacy in the history of rock and roll, she said, she was not intimidated to perform for him.

"Everybody's human. Everybody farts and has weird tastes ... Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate the fact that Gene Simmons is Gene Simmons and he's a world-wide household name and that's cool and the fact he likes me is great, but I wasn't nervous or anything," she said.

Simmons loved Fennell's material and a few days later commented on the Simmons Record website that she "has the best pipes we have ever heard in an unsigned artist. We are moving ahead and want to sign Miss Emily to our label. Hopefully, the lawyers and well-wishers will get out of the way and let her have her career."

Fennell said negotiations are continuing and she's hoping things will result in a positive outcome. She said the record label executives have indicated they want to put her on an "express elevator" and, should she sign a deal, make things happen quickly.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gene Simmons Talks About Attending The 2011 NBA All Star Game

This past Sunday, February 20th, Gene Simmons attended the 2011 NBA All Star game in L.A. Gene writes about the event on his website:

"Thank you to Peter Guber for inviting me to the NBA All Star Game at Staples Center. Peter is now owner of the Warriors and is head of Mandalay, which produces motion pictures. He is also involved in large sports ventures.

Peter Guber goes back a long way with KISS. We were the first band signed to Casablanca Records in 1973. And Peter became head of Casablanca Filmworks, which produced and released the Academy Award winning "Midnight Express" and "The Deep", as well as many others including "Thank God It's Friday".

Since then, Peter has become successful in many ventures.

Today started off with Rich Abramson (my co-founding partner in our COOL SPRINGS venture) attending Bill Duffy's BDA Event at Staples. Bill and his firm manage over 40 Sports Figures. This is a solid guy.

Right after that event, we stayed at Staples and though initially I thought Peter Guber invited only myself (he mentioned he only had one ticket)... it turned out he got me two. So, both Abramson and I attended.

We went to the Hospitality Room and ran into Tim Leieweke, head of AEG and a good guy.
Inside, we said hello to Jeannie Buss. Google her. You'll understand. Charm. Grace. Style. She has it all.
We then ran out to see the game.

On the way in, said hello to the seated CNN's Piers Morgan (who said he was happy to see me fired from Celeb Apprentice). Gov Schwartzenegger and I spent a few minutes conversing (in German, as a matter of fact). Ten we got to our seats, next to Peter Guber, with former Warner Bros Pictures head Terry Semel on one side and Warren Beatty on the other.

Warren said hello and then the game began.

On my right, in front was Steven Tyler, looking cuter than ever. We flirted a bit, and threw kisses to each other. Steven's the best thing on Idol. Said so before.

Lenny Kravitz opened the festivities, playing three toons. He rocked. On the way to his seat, Lenny came by to say hello and show me a photo of himself in full Gene SImmons makeup and outfit , when he was about 13 years old (!!!). I'll ask him if it's ok to show you guys.

Lots of people there -- Beyonce, JZ, Justin Bieber, and Rihanna, who also sang a few toons during half time, along with rapper Drake.

After the game, a security person was doing his job and prevented us from getting on the court, and George Lopez intervened and got us on.

Watch his show.
We do.
More next time."

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Eric Singer Project European Tour Dates

The Eric Singer Project featuring Bruce Kulick, Eric Singer, John Corabi and Chuck Garric are playing a handful of dates in Europe. Here is the schedule:

26.03.2011 Honefoss - Oslo - Norway Venue: Alfred

27.03.2011 Helsinki - Finland Venue: Nosturi

30.03.2011 Pratteln - Switzerland Venue : Z7

31.03.2011 Prague - Czech Republic Venue: Exit Chmelnice

01.04.2011 Zlin - Czech Republic Venue: Master of Rock Café

02.04.2011 Tefls - Austria Venue: Rathaussaal Tefls

New Addition To The Criss Family

Peter Criss/KISSAsylum

Former KISS drummer Peter Criss is proud to announce the newest member to the Criss household. Fanny Lee Criss definitely seems to resemble Peter's side of the family. Says Peter,

"I haven't had a cat in years - saw her at a shelter and fell in love with her, we speak the same language . She loves playing peek-a-boo, she has stolen my heart !!! God Bless."

- Peter Criss

Monday, February 21, 2011

Gene, Shannon & Nick At Lexus Event In L.A.

 Photo: Gene Simmons Twitter

 Here's a photo of the "Family Jewels" out on the town in L.A. this past week.

Gene Simmons: "Miss Tweed, Nick and I went to a Charity event hosted by Lexus. Here we are with John Salley, who interviewed us".

Sunday, February 20, 2011

2011 Indianapolis KISS Expo

KISS Army Warehouse/

The 2011 Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo will take place on Saturday, March 19 from 11 am - 8 pm (11am for Platinum and VIP ticket holders) at the Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana.

KISS drummer Eric Singer will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans throughout the day at the KISSOnline booth.

Former Motley Crue / Union lead singer John Corabi will perform an acoustic set. John will also be available for autographs and photos.

7 year-old drumming sensation Logan Robot Gladden (seen on KISSOnline) will make his first Expo appearance.

Boogie Street Guitars will be showing some of their custom Paul Stanley Washburn guitars.

KISS Pick World will be unveiling some new products for 2011.

KISSOnline will have specially priced merchandise.

KISS merchandise & collectibles dealers will be selling everything KISS.

Come celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Destroyer! Trivia contest will be based on Destroyer! There will also be a grand prize raffle.

Children 12 and under get in free!

Indianapolis Marriott East
7202 East 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

For rooms reservactions call 1-800-627-7468 and ask for the KISS Expo Rate of $74 a night.

For more info on the Fan Expo visit

Connected Wisdom with Gene Simmons

Mark Kelley sits down with Gene Simmons from KISS, for his reflections on life.

View the interview HERE.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Norwegian KISS Fan Expo

KISS ARMY NORWAY & Live Wire Booking are proud to present the 2011 Norwegian KISS Fan Expo!

Event: 2011 KISS FAN EXPO
Date: Saturday, March 26 / Doors open at 1 PM
Where: Ringerike Kultursenter - Honefoss, Norway (1 Hour from Oslo by bus,train or car)

The Expo will feature Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick, a live performance by the Eric Singer Project, and classic rock music & videos all day long! KISS dealers from the USA, Sweden and Norway, including KISSOnline and KISS Army Sweden will attend.

The Expo will be a two part event.

Daytime Expo will be open to ALL AGES. Everyone will be able to meet Eric Singer and/or Bruce Kulick during the day.

The ESP concert in the evening will be 18 years+.

For more information

Friday, February 18, 2011

Gene And Shannon At The Lexus CT 200h Challenge

 Photo: Shannon Tweed

Gene and Shannon at the Lexus CT 200h Challenge event In L.A. on Thursday, February, 17, 2011.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Paul Stanley: New KISS Album Much Like 'Sonic Boom'


While being interviewed by CNN's "Connect The World", Paul Stanley remarked on KISS' next album. Paul was asked "is the new album going to be more of the KISS we know and love, or something completely different"? Paul replied:

"If it's not broken, you don't fix it. We've been doing the same thing for about 35 years now. At one point we may have gotten off at the wrong exit, but were firmly rooted on the right highway right now and the next album will be much like 'Sonic Boom' which came out two years ago and we toured the world on. Millions of people saw that tour, loved the music, and we'll be doing quite the same again."

Paul Stanley also mentioned that KISS will tour later this year in the fall, after the release of the new album.

No KISS Reunion In Sight


Paul Stanley was recently interviewed on CNN's "Connect the World". Paul was asked if there was ever going to be another reunion with the original founding members of KISS? Here's what he had to say:

"I think one was enough. When we did it, we did it for the right reasons. The word that comes up is closure. You get a chance to go back and revisit old relationships and see if they changed at all. And for the most part, sadly, you find that they remained as they were. We had a good time that kind of deteriorated over time, and when we did the farewell tour I realized that I didn't want to say farewell to KISS, I wanted to say farewell to two of the members. It's been quite a while and a huge success without them. KISS is iconic at this point and those characters are much bigger than the people behind them. Thankfully."

Paul also touched on the next KISS album saying "If it's not broken, don't fix it". "The next album will be more like 'Sonic Boom'".

Look for KISS to tour later this year in September or October, after the release of their forthcoming album.

See the interview HERE.

Video: Paul Stanley On CNN


Paul Stanley is best known around the world for his high-energy performances as the frontman of hard rock super group KISS. His on stage persona of white face paint with a black star over his right eye and red lips are as iconic as the band itself. KISS will be releasing a new album later this year. It is their 20th studio album, and is a follow-up to 2009's "Sonic Boom".

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Paul Stanley On CNN Today

Paul Stanley recently taped a segment with CNN’s ‘Connect The World with Becky Anderson.' It is scheduled to air today, February 16th, at 4:00pm EST on CNN. Paul discusses his personal and professional accomplishments as a highly successful artist and as the front man and founder of the phenomena that is KISS.

This segment was originally scheduled to air last week but was postponed due to breaking news in Egypt.

‘Connect the World’ airs internationally and addresses the stories and newsmakers that are changing the world. Becky Anderson is one of CNN's highest profile anchors and correspondents, based in London.

Ace Frehley Autographed ALIVE II Posters For Sale


Original 1977 printing of the KISS Alive II poster signed with embellished artwork in silver paint marker by Ace Frehley on November 7, 2010. Low number 03 of 25.

As many collectors know, recently there was a small stash of the famous KISS Alive II posters uncovered. We set up an autograph session with Ace and got spectacular results! Ace was in a great, comfortable mood and with no distractions as when he is in public, he took his time to do very nice, neat signatures. Ace is an artist and he took great pride in making them look good.

On top of that, we paid Ace quite a bit extra to embellish the autographs with his well-known planets and stars artwork. This is a real piece of celebrity art and the art is worth more than the autograph. This is not something Ace normally does, we had to make special arrangements to have him create these extra-ordinary art pieces.

Each is signed and numbered in a series of only 25. This one is numbered 02 of 25.

Plus, each poster comes with a FREE 6" x 4" photo of Ace at the autograph session. This photo is also your PROOF OF AUTHENTICITY.

Original stock from a 1977 printing that was stored away in a warehouse; beautifully preserved and untouched since then. The condition is 9.5 or NEAR MINT. Absolutely extraordinary quality for an item this age.

Poster measures 24" x 36"

Image of poster and close-up are the actual item being sold. The photos of Ace signing a poster is not the actual poster being sold here, we have sold that one already.

Get your Ace Frehley signed ALIVE II poster HERE.

Ace Frehley's 1978 Corvette On Ebay

This 1978 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Indy Pace Car has been given a whole lot of family love!  The original owner is my brother-in-law Ace Frehley, former lead guitarist of KISS. Ace purchased this car new in 1978 in the likeness of his spaceman makeup. Two years later, Ace gave me the car as a gift for my high school graduation. So this car is not only gorgeous, it has a really cool history for any Ace fan or collector. The car is in excellent condition and has always been garaged and gently driven. Also included is one of Ace Frehley’s personalized autographed Epiphone guitars.  A photo of Ace with the car will be given to the winning bidder.  Ace executed the attached Proof of Ownership/Authenticity document before a Notary Public.  That is the available documentation on the car.   Serious inquiries only please….LET’S GO!! ROCK ANR ROLL FOREVER!!

View the auction HERE.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Today In KISStory - 1989

Today In KISStory - 1989: Paul Stanley begins a solo tour playing classic material from his solo album, and some new material. In his touring band are Bob Kulick and Eric Singer.

Lost Peter Criss Interview - 1984

A long-lost 27-year local TV interview of Peter Criss and his longtime band mate Stan Penridge in Nashville, Tennessee has surfaced to promote a series of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal themed auctions from eBay seller EliteWorks.

Peter and Stan had joined a local Tennessee band called Desperate Men and performed a one-off gig in Nashville on June 9, 1984.

Several one-of-a-kind KISS collectibles are featured in the auctions, including an early vinyl pressing of Destroyer with the 36-year old "Hype Sticker," a KISS roadie's Summer 76 personal photo collection, vintage ticket stubs and handbills as well as Peter Criss's personal business card.

Vintage memorabilia from Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Van Halen, Scorpions, Dio, The Cult, Guns N’ Roses, Tesla, Quiet Riot, Ratt, W.A.S.P., Mr. Big, Faster Pussycat, King Diamond and even lesser known cult acts such as Warlock, Fate’s Warning, Pretty Boy Floyd, Dirty Looks, Tora Tora, Sacred Reich and Oliver Magnum are also featured among this week’s 84 auctions which may be viewed here:

Monday, February 14, 2011

Richie Scarlet Talks Peter Criss' New Album recently interviewed Richie Scarlet. During the interview, Richie touched on original KISS drummer Peter Criss' forthcoming rock album. One project you worked on in 2010 was the [upcoming] Peter Criss [KISS] "rock" album. Could you tell us about that project and when we may be able to expect to see it released?

Richie: I did that record quite awhile back. I had a blast doing it with Peter. I love Peter Criss. We've been friends for a long, long time. I really wanted to play guitar on it, but all of the guitars were already done by his guitar player, Angel, who's been with him forever. So I ended up playing bass. I did 8 or 9 tracks on the record. This record is a rock and roll record, and it's not like his previously released one ("One For All"), which was a ballad/crooner kinda thing. This is back to bitchin' rock and roll. There's some really good tracks on this record, though I haven't heard it since I cut the tracks. It's due out sometime this year on Sony Records. I don't know when the (exact) release date is, as I'm actually surprised it hasn't been released yet. Many music fans/KISS fans remember you from all of the years you worked with Ace Frehley, so to hear you working with another member of KISS will undoubtedly make many people happy.

Richie: I went from one rebel of KISS, to another rebel of KISS. It was always "in the cards" with Peter Criss and I, because we've jammed many times before. When you play with someone and the vibe is right, you usually end up recording with them. And that's exactly what happened. I was very happy to do it, though I would have loved to play some guitar on it. I think it's going to be a really good record and I'm not just saying that because I played on it, and trying to make Peter look good. There's some actually well-written songs on it. And most people know, you're very straightforward with your opinions. You don't just blow smoke up people's asses.

Richie: If I didn't dig it, I would tell ya, "Yeah, it's OK," ya know? I even told Peter that I didn't think that, as far as KISS fans go, that most fans weren't really knocked out by his last album ("One For All"). But it was something that Peter just wanted to get out of his system.

Read more HERE:

KISS Caskets Now Available

The New KISS caskets are now available for ordering. Makers 'Eternal Image' remark on the two KISS caskets:

"Our KISS caskets offer fans a unique expression of their love for this iconic rock band," said Nick Popravsky, VP of Sales & Marketing, Eternal Image. "KISS fans worldwide have been awaiting these products' and we've even received product inquiries from as far away as The Netherlands recently."

These burial caskets are made of 20-gauge steel and feature iconic KISS images with a striking black interior fabric. Both head panels display classic KISS logos.

The Premium Design model was revealed in a previous announcement. Its exterior is entirely encased in deluxe KISS graphics.

Funeral industry professionals can call Eternal Image directly at 248-932-3333 for additional product information.

These caskets are available to ship within 3-4 weeks of your order.

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Paul Stanley's 2005 Mercedes-Benz On Ebay

Paul Stanley's 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 500 is being auctioned on eBay!

You can check out the details HERE.

‎Tommy Thayer Jams With Steel Panther


Tommy Thayer jammed with Steel Panther at the Green Valley Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday night.The band and Tommy played "Lick It up " and "You Really Got Me".

Happy Valentine's Day KISS Army!


Happy Valentine's Day KISS Army!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Eric Singer Project All Access Pass

Former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick has posted a picture of an ESP all access pass on his twitter account. Bruce tweets: "Working on something fun coming soon!"

Here's how the tour is shaping up so far:

26/3/2011: Ringerike Kultursenter/Alfreds, Hønefoss, Norway
27/3/2011: Helsinki (Notsuri), Finland
31/3/2011: Prag (Exit Chmelnice), CZ

01/4/2011: Zlin, Master of Rock Cafe, CZ
02/4/2011: Telfs (Rathaussaal), Austria

Stay tuned for more information as more dates get released.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Dresses As Gene - Students Get To 'Rock Out And Read' All Week Long

NEWARK -- Elvis Presley and Gene Simmons walked the Excel Academy halls this week for the annual Right to Read week, themed "Rock Out and Read."

"They're all quite frightened," high school English teacher Sarah Boulard said, laughing, about her students in reference to her Friday costume -- a black wig, spiked foam shoulder pads and silver leggings, reminiscent of an outfit worn by Simmons, a member of the band Kiss.

The school has had a music theme all week, with different classrooms highlighting different decades in music. For every 10 pages a student read during the week, he or she received a guitar pick to put on a lanyard.

Boulard's class focused on the 1980s all week -- prompting Friday's Kiss outfit and other '80s-themed outfits throughout the week.

"We looked at music as poetry through the '80s," she said, mentioning AC/DC's "Back in Black" as one example. "I got to introduce the kids to poetry in a way that they could relate to."
Students also did band reports throughout the week, concentrating on musicians such as Presley and The Beatles, elementary teacher Cathi Compton said.

"I think it got them excited about reading," she said.

High school students, who usually wear uniforms, also were able to dress down each day, based on whatever decade was the theme -- from the 1950s through the 1990s.

Thursday afternoon, when most teachers participated by wearing '80s-inspired clothes, also was parent-teacher conference day. Boulard said she decided not to wear her Kiss outfit for the conferences.

"There are probably some parents who would look at me and think, 'Oh dear God, what is teaching my children?'" she said.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Gene Simmons: Fire-Breathing, Bass-Playing Life Insurance Salesman / Justin Rohrlich

Scanning over a few items while researching an article on estate taxes, I happened upon a Franklin, Tennessee company called Cool Springs Life.

The outfit's flagship product is something called the Cool Springs Life Equity Strategy. It utilizes a proprietary financing program which "enables you to finance an amount sufficient to fund all your life insurance premiums and all interest payments and other costs associated with this transaction at extremely low interest rates not generally available to individuals. This low-cost financing means you can achieve the security you desire without the need to liquidate any of your assets."

Reading further, I came across the Cool Springs executive bios:

There's Samuel Watson, chairman, president, and CEO; David Carpenter, co-founder; William Randolph, co-founder; Simon Baitler, co-founder, Gene Simmons, co-found--OKAY, HOLD THE PHONE...

Gene Simmons? As in, Gene Simmons of KISS?

Yep. It's him--the man/myth/legend behind "Christine Sixteen," "Detroit Rock City," and "Lick it Up" is part of the team hoping to-- according to the Wall Street Journal--"tap into a lucrative demographic: entertainers, sports stars and other people with a net worth of $20 million or more who need a life-insurance policy of $10 million or greater."

Simmons evidently came on board to act as a rainmaker who could open doors to the entertainers and celebrities Cool Springs is going after.

"I've been in the business my whole career, and life-insurance executives do not have audiences," co-founder David Carpenter told the Journal. "Gene has audiences. Gene has the reputation [as] a genius merchandiser and marketer. He has great ways of conceptualizing products."

Guy's got a point. Who else but a marketing and merchandising genius would be able to pull off something like this:

ESP In Prague

ESP has added another gig to their small tour. Here are the details:

European Tour 2011
Prague Gig
Thursday, 2011/03/31, 20.00 CET
Venue: Exit Chmelnice, Konevova 219, Prague 3, CZ
Tickets in advance: 550 CZK / 25 Euros per person
More info about the venue:
Advance sale:

Today In KISStory - 2003

Today In KISStory - 2003: 'Were A Happy Family', a Tribute to The Ramones is released. KISS records the track 'Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio.'

1977: Star Wars, KISS And Comic Books

 by: Chris Chiarella

Let's get something straight right off the top: I'm not really a KISS fan. Nothing against 'em certainly, and we'll get to what I admire about them soon enough, but for me, my deepest fondness lay in the confluence, in the unusual ways in which KISS will forever be intertwined with my two real adolescent passions: Star Wars and comic books.

My Cousin Jerry was the biggest KISS fan I knew growing up and we're still close. (It's true what they say about Italians and their cousins.)

We're both grown men with families now, and nostalgia now seems to flavor at least a few minutes of every day. But I'm guessing I'm not alone among those born at the tail end of the Baby Boom for whom Star Wars, KISS and comic books are curiously linked within that wistful sea of reminiscence.
The world was different place for music and film in 1977. A major motion picture could stay in theaters for an entire year or more. A band might be popular, but instead of being overexposed and burning out early, they could ride that wave album after album, show after show.

And we were different, too. These days, we have the proper age and wisdom to reflect upon the ways KISS has forever changed entertainment, while they miraculously remain relevant even to new fans. I appreciate a timeless anthem like "Rock and Roll All Night," the infectious rockability of "Detroit Rock City," and I can't deny their success, Gene and Paul in particular.

But back then, anyone dialed into pop culture could not help but be somewhat aware of KISS, out there on the periphery, not yet mainstream but a growing force to be acknowledged. And I knew enough to admit that a guy who spat blood and breathed fire on stage was pretty damned cool.

For his part, Jerry has developed a healthy... less-making-fun-of Star Wars, if not full-on respect.

In 1977, when we were teenagers, I had yet to meet anyone who embraced both The Hottest Band in the World and that galaxy far, far away, although a life of fandom would eventually fix that. One thing Jerry and I could always agree on, however, was the wonder of comic books. Perhaps it helped being born and raised in the outskirts of New York City as we were, the cradle of KISS, as well as both DC and Marvel Comics.

When Things Were Rotten
For those who aren't aware, in 1977, comic books, well, kinda sucked. This was nearly a decade before Frank Miller and Alan Moore would shake everything up with The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen (the comic is better than the movie, trust me), and we were all just too dumb to notice. As proof, consider that the ludicrous Howard the Duck #1 debuted just a year before--one storyline even had him running for president against Ford and Carter--and had grown into the most hotly coveted back issue in years. (Nine years later, Jedi Master George Lucas would also put his name on a legendarily atrocious Howard the Duck feature film.)

Then again, perhaps I shouldn't condemn The Duck too harshly: It was in a '77 issue of Howard that KISS made their comic book debut, a cameo which predated their headlining appearance in the first issue of Marvel Comics Super Special. That later magazine-sized one-shot was famously printed with real KISS blood, so you didn't have to be a KISS fan to think it was totally sweet. I was a proud owner of MCSS #1, even though creatively it was just a notch above TV's abysmal KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. But now Gene and Paul had crossed over into the printed medium, no doubt a dream of theirs, where they have stayed ever since. Cross-media "events" like the graphical debut of KISS were among the ways musically timid folks like me like me first became aware of the group during its original ascendancy.

They might have also driven new customers into comic book stores, too. Keep in mind that, in 1977, a lot of comic shops were hanging on by a thread. To hear some tell it, Star Wars is credited for saving the entire industry, for the hordes of cash-bearing fans that this almost religiously life-changing movie drove through the doors like some pimply-faced stampede. Because if you were one of the faithful, this Mecca of geekdom was the best place to get your fix on.

"Merchandising" didn't really see Luke Skywalker & Co. coming, so most of the toys didn't arrive for another year. The limited offerings such as Topps trading cards and 8x10" glossies and that ubiquitous Hildebrandt poster and of course the horribly drawn, cheesily rewritten Marvel Comics adaptation soon shared shelf- and bin-space alongside the usual men in tights and scantily-clad women. By 1977, DC Comics had slipped into a mediocre funk in both art and writing, leaving their central Trinity--Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman--forgettable for the most part. Rival Marvel was doing it better, particularly in their team books. The all-star lineups of The Defenders and more so The Avengers weren't just imaginative and exciting: At a mere 30 cents for all that heroism, they were a great value! And the monumental evolution of The X-Men; from also-rans so un-compelling that they actually ceased original publication for five years, to an unstoppable force of comicdom; could be traced back to this era as well.

Secret Stash
Outside of the comic shops, there was always the neighborhood newsstand. The movie monthlies and one-shots--with their frequent cover stories on Star Wars--would typically be displayed in the vicinity of the music magazines, which were increasingly unafraid to put the unprecedented painted lads front and center. I happily parted with all my lawn-cutting money, and Jerry... well, no law-abiding citizen really knew the source of his funds, but he wouldn't hesitate to fork it over.

There was something about the devotees of both Star Wars and KISS, a true fanaticism that drove us to buy everything that reminded us of our obsession. No coincidence then that George Lucas and KISS were considered pioneers in product licensing. Around this time, Marvel had also been branching out into tie-in products like Mead school supplies emblazoned with classic covers. Mead would also give us a Star Wars line, although I suppose KISS was still a little too subversive for the classroom.

And then, for the brave, there were stores like World Imports, which indulged trends from music to movies to whatever was the latest comedy routine. It was one-stop shopping to cover our walls, dress ourselves in t-shirts, jewelry, maybe pick up a little incense... ah, who am I kidding? Places like this also dealt in rolling papers and water pipes and roach clips. Like I said, a different world.

No internet. No cell phones. A lot less responsibility and a lot more fun. Looking back now at that all-important year of 1977, movies, music and comics all sort of blur together into what might have been the best time of my life.

Except for maybe 1978....

Chris Chiarella is a freelance entertainment and technology writer based in New Jersey.
[Copyright 2010 by Chris Chiarella. All rights reserved.]

Lost Wallet Brings Back KISS Memories

By GARY DEMUTH / Salina Journal

Kyle Jones was pleased his missing wal- let was found. He just didn’t expect it would turn up 25 years later.

In 1986, Jones was a high school junior at Salina South High School and played offensive and defensive tackle on the football team.

One day, while walk- ing out of the school gym, the 16-year-old accidentally dropped his wallet through an air- conditioning vent.

“I tried to reach it, but I wasn’t having any luck and knocked it further down the grate,” said Jones, now 42 and a sys- tems operations engineer for the U.S. Post Office in San Mateo, Calif.

Losing his wallet didn’t seem like a big deal to Jones at the time.
“There wasn’t any money or anything else important in it, so I wasn’t concerned,” he said.

Fast forward 25 years. While looking for a lost item in the boys’ locker room Thursday night, swim coach Keith Smith made an unusual discovery.
“I was using a lifesaving hook pole to reach on top of an air conditioning duct,” he said. “Found a wallet instead. (It was) pure chance.”

The brown nylon wal- let that fell to the floor of the locker room, which sits beneath the gym, was stiff, marked up and frayed in places but otherwise in remarkably good condition.

A 1980s time capsule

Inside the wallet was a time capsule of a 1980s high school junior’s life and times: a Salina South photo ID of one Kyle Jones, grinning into the camera; several pay stubs from a part-time job at Big Cheese Pizza; a 1986 Salina YMCA membership card; a pass to basketball games at Kansas Wesleyan University; a Marine recruitment card; a State Farm insurance card; a Dickinson Theatre movie student discount card (all movies just 50 cents!); a school cafeteria meal ticket (with several unpunched meals); and a ticket stub for a concert by the legendary rock band KISS, which took place March 9, 1986, at the Bicentennial Center.

The KISS ticket price? Just $14.

The wallet also contained a faded hall pass signed by assistant principal George Troutfetter. Still assistant principal 25 years later, Trout-
fetter strained to remember Jones.

“I’ve signed millions of hall passes during the years,” he said.

Area was remodeled

Troutfetter said it was unusual to find an old wal- let in the boys’ locker room, especially since the locker room was remodeled several years ago.
“That must have been the one area they didn’t touch,” he said.

Smith turned in the gen- eration-old wallet to South High athletic director Ken Stonebraker, who discovered the names of Jones’ parents, Donley and Janet, on Kyle Jones’ State Farm insurance card.

The Joneses, who still live in Salina, were given the wal- let and immediately called their son to tell him the news.

“I was shocked that a wallet from 25 years ago was found,” Donley Jones said. “I don’t remember him even losing it.”

Moved to Salina in 1984

The Jones family first moved to Salina in 1984, and Kyle Jones attended Salina South during his sophomore and junior years, from 1984 to 1986. While a student at South, Kyle said, he loved playing football and eagerly looked forward to South-Central rivalry games.

“I also liked to skateboard with a couple of other fel- lows,” he said.
The Joneses moved to New- ton after Kyle’s junior year, and he graduated from New- ton High School in 1987. Kyle’s football prowess won him a scholarship at Garden City Community College, where he played offensive guard for two years.

After college, Kyle joined the Marine Corps Reserve, where he received electronics training.

This led to electronics jobs at Philips Lighting and Great Plains Manufacturing in Salina, and then to an elec- tronics maintenance position with the Salina Post Office.

Two years ago, after Kyle had earned a degree in engi- neering physics from Kansas Wesleyan University, he was offered a job in San Mateo.

Hate to see my ID picture

After 25 years, Kyle is certain that when he looks through his old wallet again, he’ll feel nostalgic — up to a point.

“I think I’ll really hate to see my ID picture from back then,” he said.
Kyle knows a few particular items will spark vivid memo- ries, like the 1986 KISS ticket stub.

“We camped for three days to get front row seats at the concert,” he recalled. “There was no bigger deal than see- ing KISS in concert.”
So wasn’t he upset to lose his KISS ticket stub after his wallet fell into the vent for what seemed like forever?

“I got a guitar pick and drumsticks, so the ticket stub wasn’t that important,” he said.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Paul Stanley On CNN’s 'Connect the World' Friday

Paul Stanley to Connect the World this Friday on CNN

Paul Stanley will appear on CNN’s Connect the World on CNN International this Friday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific (4:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. London).

Tune-in and hear Paul discuss the continued, phenomenal success of KISS, his highly-acclaimed art, and the exciting developments fans can expect from the band in 2011.

CNN also received an overwhelming response to their request for questions for the KISS frontman that Paul will address on-air.

For more information, or to become a fan of the CNN show, go to Connect the World’s facebook page at where there will be a video of Paul’s interview.

Business Tips From “The Demon” Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons – rocker, reality TV star and self-styled marketing genius – may be the shrewdest businessman to have donned face makeup and six-inch heels.

In the business world, as in music, Simmons boasts an impressive record. A classic immigrant rags-to-riches tale, he’s worked tirelessly over the last 36 years to turn the KISS brand into an empire. His former blood-spitting “Demon” alter ego now graces more than 2,500 different products such as ketchup, condoms, coffins and credit cards.

In addition to KISS album sales (over 100 million units sold), Simmons earns $100,000 per speaking engagement, and has more than half a dozen booked for 2011 already. Among his other non-musical ventures are estate planning (he is a co-founder of Cool Springs Life Equity Strategy), books, magazines and a handful of television projects.

Reuters sat down with him recently in Toronto just before his keynote speech at Canada’s Advertising Week 2011. Here are some tips from Simmons on how to excel in business.

Q: Beside yourself, who else has it right in business today?
A: If you take a look at Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim — they don’t use computers and they don’t text. They don’t even talk on the cell. Impersonal social networking is fine for information. But you’re not judged like that. You’re not going to get a job that way.

Q: When it comes to pitching business ventures or new ideas, what’s the best way of making your case?
A: When you sit there to talk to somebody (in a pitch), you better learn the two most important things: learn how to speak English correctly – it’s the language of money – and learn good people skills. Learn to communicate as well as you can so people give you more money. It’s actually a profoundly simple idea.

Q: What are some rookie mistakes you’ve seen?
A: A lack of due diligence. In plain speak, you don’t find out who the people are. It’s your responsibility to look both ways before you cross the street. It’s your responsibility to make sure the light’s green. It’s your responsibility to learn, to educate and find out if you’re dealing with crooks.
(He mentions the idea again during his speech, noting that the victims of Bernard Madoff failed in due diligence to ensure their investments were legit.)

Q: And what about failure? How do successful entrepreneurs bounce back?
A: There is no failure. Take a cue from the best athletes in the word. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is actually a really good phrase. If you’re alive, you’re in the game. Every time you fail you learn something and next time you won’t make that mistake again.

Before rushing off to his next engagement, he offers one last piece of advice he said has proven the test of time.

“Never listen to any one particular piece of business advice. What that really means is you have to take successful peoples’ lives and experiences into consideration, but then you have to apply your own situation to that. Because there are no ‘10 rules’ for success.”

Photo credit: KISS bass player Gene Simmons performs during their concert at the Parque Simon Bolivar in Bogota, April 11, 2009. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

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