Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mini Dresses Up Cars To Look Like KISS

 
Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY

If you're a really big fan of the glam band Kiss, this is your car. Mini is dressing up four of its iconic Countryman crossovers to look like the 1970s rockers.

The four are being sold on eBay with the proceeds going to the children's' charity UNICEF. Each car will be given the face-paint look of one band member but will be signed by the whole band. That's the Gene Simmons-inspired car in the photo, above.

You may recall that Kiss made a splashy impression in April at the New York auto show as part of a Mini presentation. Three out of four Kiss musicians showed up, and Mini USA's chief was painted as if he were a member of the band.

In addition to the auction, Mini USA is selling vehicle wraps featuring the Kiss-inspired designs, initially revealed at the New York auto show. Proceeds from the sales of the vehicle wraps will also be donated to UNICEF.

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KISS & Mini Cooper's In Sacramento

Photo: Gene Simmons

KISS posing with the Mini Coopers in Sacramento on May 29, 2011. The Mini Coopers are being auctioned on Ebay for Unicef & Japan's Nuclear Disaster relief funds.


"Shout It Out Loud" & "Rock And Roll All Nite" In Sacramento


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Here's KISS performing "Shout It Out Loud" & "Rock And Roll All Nite" in Sacramento. Hope Productions hosts legendary rock band KISS for charity concert at Raley Field on May 29, 2011.

KISS Performs At Raley Field

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News report from KISS' concert in Sacramento on May 29, 2011. 


"100,000 Years" In Sacramento

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KISS performing "100, 000 Years" in Sacramento, Ca on May 29, 2011 for the 'Walk N' Rock For Kids'.

KISS Playing "Detroit Rock City" & "Beth" At Soundcheck


KISS performing "Detroit Rock City" & "Beth" at their soundcheck in Sacramento on May 29, 2011.

Eric Singer Interview

 
Marc McLaughlin (Sacramento Press)

Marc McLaughlin: How does it feel to be doing a charity event for children (Walk ‘N Rock for Kids)?

Eric Singer: It's cool. I mean, everyone has to make a living, but when you can do what you love to do, make a living at it and also help people, it feels wonderful. I can do things that help people and I think that is really important. Then, when you add that it is for kids, it makes it even better. As you know, KISS does a lot of work with wounded soldiers and it is amazing being able to help them whenever we can.

MM: How does it feel to be a part of such an iconic band?

ES: Although I am not an original member, it really is an amazing feeling. This is a band that people recognize whether they know the music or not. The band is known world-wide; when we travel to Europe, it is just amazing how many people come out to see us. Being with people like Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, two original members, [makes you] realize that this band transcends generations and really touches people. Well, ultimately, your audience is what helps put you in a positive position. Without a fan base, you have nothing; however, you have to keep yourself there by delivering the music, the shows and the performances.

I always tell people, "You vote through participation in life."

If someone decides they don't like the product, service or the way they are treated, they will stop buying the product. Eventually, the company would have to redesign it or come up with a new product to keep their audience. This is true of anything, so your actions and your work need to be on target to keep you in business.

MM: Speaking of that, how does it feel now that the band is experiencing another reemergence in the music industry?

ES: Every band goes through their up and downs and their support comes in waves, so it is normal for us. It is nice though, seeing people still want to be around us and coming out to see this iconic band. Whenever you have people who support what you do, it feels good and we are just so supportive of that. Without our fans we would not be here, and knowing they support us is the ultimate compliment.

MM: KISS is known for their makeup most of all. How is it sitting there and actually having it applied - does it become a role you slip into or is it just one more thing that must be done?

ES: Yes, the makeup is something we are known more for than anything else. Some know the “monster†while others know the “star.†It is all a part of who we are. Because of that, the process is something that can not be explained. It takes a couple of hours to get ready and the makeup is a closely guarded secret. When I first started doing it, it felt strange to take on a role like that; becoming something so known, so iconic. Even after all this time, it is still the same. You become part of the character and you use that to entertain the fans.

Even with these interviews it is part of what we do. For this we flew in early so we could spend some time with the press. You know, Gene and Paul have been doing this since the beginning and they still go the extra mile and speak to people when asked. It is a part of what makes the band who they are. The work ethic is very high and an important part of what we do. Everyone does their part to keep things moving forward. Many bands of lesser levels do not put the time in and that is part of the reason why our fan base is as deep and supportive as it is.

MM: If there was one thing you would like to say to your fan base today, what would that be?

ES: I guess just keep doing what you are doing. It is a give and take, a mutual participation thing. One thing I learned in life is that you can't make everyone happy. You appeal to the majority by trying to find the ground that works for most. We thank the fans who come out and support us and continue to believe in this iconic band. Whether they have followed us for a day or 35 years, they are the reason we do what we do.

MM: Thank you for your time today and for supporting Walk ‘N Rock.

ES: Thank you and hopefully this will help the children of the community. We appreciate your time, and enjoy the concert.

Regretfully, the time came for Paul Stanley to attempt to say goodnight to the fans, who were simply not ready to let go. They chanted for an encore, and suddenly, KISS was back on stage to thrill the audience with “Black Diamond,†“Shout It Out Loud†and “Detroit Rock City.†Finally, an unbelievable night of charity for Hope Foundation finished with "Rock and Roll All Night."

Walk 'N Rock With KISS

 
By Deidre Octave/Images by: Marc McLaughlin

Legendary rock band KISS walked onto stage and rocked the crowd Sunday night at Raley Field at a benefit concert for children sponsored by Hope Foundation. As if emerging from Mount Olympus, each of these rock icons entered the stage: Eric Singer, Catman; Tommy Thayer, Spaceman; Gene Simmons, The Demon and Paul Stanley, Starchild.

Opening bands Miles Schon and Big Boss Graffiti set the stage for the magnificent musical journey that was to come. Almost immediately following BBG’s last song, the crowd began chanting, "WE WANT KISS! WE WANT KISS! WE WANT KISS!"

Almost instantaneously after taking the stage, Paul Stanley sang out, "You said you wanted the best band, you got it- KISS!"

They masterfully took their diehard army of rock fans on a musical journey spanning 38 years. From the very first album, starting with “Modern Day Delilah†and culminating with “Let Me Go Rock N Roll,†they performed with the sort of music mastery, pyrotechnics, flames and fireworks that only they could deliver.

The only thing more astounding than their humility, compassion and generosity during meet and greets with fans is their philanthropy. KISS had four MINI Coopers customized to reflect each of their characters and put them up for auction on eBay, all proceeds going to Japan's relief effort.

Monday, May 30, 2011

"Modern Day Delilah" At Raley Field - Sacramento

 
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KISS Live at Raley Field,West Sacramento on May 29, 2011 performing "Modern Day Delilah" off their latest album 'Sonic Boom'.
 
 

Paul Stanley's Interview On 'Lopez Tonight'

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Paul Stanley's sit-down interview on "Lopez Tonight" on May 26, 2011.

KISS The Band And Brand Rocks Raley Field

 
The Sacramento Bee / by Tony Bizjak

KISS - the thunder rock band with the black-and-white Kabuki faces, 8-inch heels and a style once described as German Panzer - came to town for a benefit concert Sunday night and offered a tongue-in-cheek mea culpa.

They may be to blame for the need to replace the dilapidated Power Balance Pavilion concert venue and Sacramento Kings home court.

"We've played there many times," Paul Stanley said of the arena once called Arco. He grinned. "We're probably one of the reasons that it needs renovating."

KISS, known for end-of-the-world pyrotechnics, toned it down a bit for its Sunday concert at Raley Field in West Sacramento, a special rock-and-dinner affair.

"We have families and tables and glass," bassist Gene Simmons said, sitting with bandmates backstage beyond left field. "We don't want people to have heart attacks and fall on their dinner."

The band lent its efforts to an event called "Walk 'N Rock for Kids." Sponsored by Hope Productions Foundation, a local nonprofit, the morning fundraiser walk and evening concert raised money for service groups helping children.

That amounts to a heavy-duty score for local nonprofits. Thirty-eight years after its launch, the group has become as much rock brand as it is rock band.

KISS still records albums and does tours for rabid fans. But Sunday offered evidence of a broad business approach that keeps the KISS name in lights.

At the entrance to Raley Field, roped off like rock stars, sat four Mini Cooper Countryman cars painted black and white, matching the band members' faces. The cars are up for auction on eBay as part of a UNICEF benefit for children in post-earthquake Japan.

Simultaneously, the group is selling tickets for a KISS Kruise to the Bahamas, which includes two concerts. KISS plush dolls are due out soon, adding to an estimated 3,000 KISS items on the market over the years.

In what may be the ultimate attempt to keep the KISS brand alive in perpetuity, marketers are rereleasing the KISS Kasket, a black coffin made of 20-gauge steel. That's right, it's heavy metal.

It's part of the promotional machine Simmons calls Planet KISS. "That's trademarked," Simmons noted.

It's also why Stanley and Simmons, the group's tenured old-timers, say the band may not disappear even after they are too old to safely negotiate the stage in high heels and 30-plus pounds of costume.

"KISS is an idea that should rightfully be bigger than any one of us," Simmons said. He calls it Kisstianity. "To think that something can't exist without you, that you are indispensable, is delusional to the extreme."

But Stanley has no plans to go off quietly in a KISS Kasket. There's more work to be done, he said. That in mind, he leaned forward in his chair.

"I was just thinking," he said. "I am willing to go to Arco Arena with a bucket of plaster and try to fix all the cracks that we put in."

KISS' Set List In Sacramento

 
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Here's KISS' set list from their show in Sacramento on May 29, 2011.

SETLIST:

Modern Day Delilah
Cold Gin
Let Me Go Rock N Roll
Firehouse
Say Yeah
Deuce
Calling Dr. Love
Shock Me
Tommy/ Eric Jam
Animal
100,000 Years
I Love It Loud
Love Gun
Black Diamond
Detroit Rock City
-----------------------------
Shout It Out Loud
Rock and Roll All Night

Sacramento Rock City

 
By Bret M. for KISSONLINE/Photo by Tom Hopkins - Hope Productions

The KISS ARMY was well represented in Sacramento, California on Sunday, as KISS brought the music, the stage show, and the makeup to the Capitol of California- for the Walk 'N Rock for Kids fundraiser benefit concert. KISS fans poured past the KISS Minis into Raley Field, and rocked the warm summer like evening, enjoying a bombastic spectacle, and supporting a great cause. Kids seemed to be a huge part of the audience, with many of them made up in makeup as their favorite rock heroes.

From Modern Day Delilah to Rock and Roll All Night, KISS filled the baseball stadium with guitars, drums, fire, and smoke. The Walk 'N Rock VIP fund raisers enjoyed up front tables, but everyone in the minor league venue had a great view.

The KISS Minis were parked at the venue's main gate, and later backstage. The stars of Family Jewels- Sophie, Nick, and Shannon- were also present, filming scenes and greeting fans down on the floor.

The show ended with a series of explosions ringing the Sacramento air. The KISS ARMY, especially the young ones present (and who the show was really about), will not forget the show anytime soon.

SETLIST:
Modern Day Delilah
Cold Gin
Let Me Go Rock N Roll
Firehouse
Say Yeah
Deuce
Calling Dr. Love
Shock Me
Tommy/ Eric Jam
Animal
100,000 Years
I Love It Loud
Love Gun
Black Diamond
Detroit Rock City
-----------------------------
Shout It Out Loud
Rock and Roll All Night

KISS Rocks Raley Field

By Tony Bizjak / The Sacramento Bee

KISS – the thunder rock band with the black-and-white Kabuki faces, 8-inch heels and a style once described as German Panzer – came to town for a benefit concert Sunday night and offered a tongue-in-cheek mea culpa.

They may be to blame for the need to replace the dilapidated Power Balance Pavilion concert venue and Sacramento Kings home court.

"We've played there many times," Paul Stanley said of the arena once called Arco. He grinned. "We're probably one of the reasons that it needs renovating."

KISS, known for end-of-the-world pyrotechnics, toned it down a bit for its Sunday concert at Raley Field in West Sacramento, a special rock-and-dinner affair.

"We have families and tables and glass," bassist Gene Simmons said, sitting with bandmates backstage beyond left field. "We don't want people to have heart attacks and fall on their dinner."

The band lent its efforts to an event called "Walk 'N Rock for Kids." Sponsored by Hope Productions Foundation, a local nonprofit, the morning fundraiser walk and evening concert raised money for service groups helping children.

That amounts to a heavy-duty score for local nonprofits. Thirty-eight years after its launch, the group has become as much rock brand as it is rock band.

KISS still records albums and does tours for rabid fans. But Sunday offered evidence of a broad business approach that keeps the KISS name in lights.

At the entrance to Raley Field, roped off like rock stars, sat four Mini Cooper Countryman cars painted black and white, matching the band members' faces. The cars are up for auction on eBay as part of a UNICEF benefit for children in post-earthquake Japan.

Simultaneously, the group is selling tickets for a KISS Kruise to the Bahamas, which includes two concerts. KISS plush dolls are due out soon, adding to an estimated 3,000 KISS items on the market over the years.

In what may be the ultimate attempt to keep the KISS brand alive in perpetuity, marketers are rereleasing the KISS Kasket, a black coffin made of 20-gauge steel. That's right, it's heavy metal.

It's part of the promotional machine Simmons calls Planet KISS. "That's trademarked," Simmons noted.

It's also why Stanley and Simmons, the group's tenured old-timers, say the band may not disappear even after they are too old to safely negotiate the stage in high heels and 30-plus pounds of costume.

"KISS is an idea that should rightfully be bigger than any one of us," Simmons said. He calls it Kisstianity. "To think that something can't exist without you, that you are indispensable, is delusional to the extreme."

But Stanley has no plans to go off quietly in a KISS Kasket. There's more work to be done, he said. That in mind, he leaned forward in his chair.

"I was just thinking," he said. "I am willing to go to Arco Arena with a bucket of plaster and try to fix all the cracks that we put in."

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/30/3663388/kisxy-x-yx-yx-yxx-yxy-xy-xy-yx.html

Gene Backstage In Sacramento With Some Troops

 Photo: Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons backstage in Sacramento with some Troops. KISS is playing Sacramento tonight as part of the 2011 Annual 'Walk N' Rock for Kids' at Raley Field.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gene Backstage In Sacramento

 

 Photos: Shannon Tweed

Here are a few photos of Gene Simmons backstage in Sacramento on May 29, 2011. KISS are in Sacramento to play the 2011 Walk N' Rock for kids.

Gene Putting On Make-Up In Sacramento

 
Photo: Sophie Tweed-Simmons

Gene putting on make-up in Sacramento on May 29, 2011. Gene's daughter Sophie tweeted the following comments with this photo: "Watching Old Men Putting on Makeup ;)"

KISS At Soundcheck In Sacramento

Photo: Shannon Tweed

KISS at Soundcheck in Sacramento.

Promo: Walk 'N Rock For Kids 2011 Featuring KISS

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Iconic American rock band KISS is coming to Sacramento to rock Raley Field at the 3rd annual Walk 'N Rock for Kids event!

For more information visit: www.hopeproductions.org

To purchase tickets go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/KISS-ticets/artist/735455

The Hottest Charity Auction On Earth Opens Today

 
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MINI & KISS: THE HOTTEST CHARITY AUCTION

Take a break from rocking and rolling all nite and partying every day this holiday weekend, just long enough to bid on one of the four KISS-inspired, custom-painted and autographed MINI Countryman. The proceeds will go to UNICEF to help children in Japan and emergency efforts around the world.

What you'll be bidding on:

Any of the four officially authorized, KISS-inspired, custom=painted, autographed MINI Countryman vehicles.

Who you'll be helping:

MINI and KISS have joined forces in support of UNICEF to help children in Japan and emergency efforts around the world. Proceeds from this auction will be donated to these causes.

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You can also motor like a rockstar with the KISS-inspired vehicle wraps, shown here on MINI Coopers S Countryman with matching side designs and KISS autographed boot wrap. Available for every MINI model, color and year. MINI and KISS have joined forces in support of UNICEF to raise money for children in Japan and emergency efforts around the world. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to this cause.

MINI Motoring Graphics are made out of the most durable and tear-resistant vinyl available. All graphics can be easily removed at any time, leaving no residue or damage to your vehicle. MINI Motoring Graphics highly recommends you have our top-quality vinyl graphics professionally installed.

To order the MINI KISS wraps, please call 1-877-236-4431

Interview With Eric Singer


Drum roll....

1: It's been a little over 18 months since the release of Sonic Boom, an album which had the band much sounding much closer to it's trademark 70s sound. How do you see that album now? From your perspective was there anything you though "maybe I should have done that differently" or "I didn't quite nail that"?

SONIC BOOM was really good and was the first step in the right direction for KISS. The newest record we are now working on at this time will show a natural progression from SONIC BOOM to KISS 2011 as you will all hear soon enough.

2: From the outside looking in it seems as though the band is quite early in the stages of preparing the follow up album.  In going about the preparation of the album is there a focus on creating an album that follows in the vein of Sonic Boom or is it more of a case of seeing where the band ends up once tracks are 'in the can'?

We are already knee deep into the new record as I write this... All's I can say is you will all be very pleased. The material is stronger and more riff oriented and very hard/heavier style.
Everyone that has heard material so far is raving about the stuff and we are too :-)

3: Has your involvement on the new album been any different to Sonic Boom, or earlier KISS albums?

As a band we are more comfortable and have more time together under our belts now that really shows in our writing, performances etc...
We work out all the material together in rehearsals as a band before we go into the studio. It really makes for better vibes and performance overall.

4: If you could pick any three people in the world to have dinner with, who would you choose?

Jesus, Jimi Hendrix and...Freddie Mercury
(I just said what came to mind off the cuff...)

5: The KISS Army seemed to really enjoy the early sneak peaks of the band in the studio that were posted on KISS Online, however they seem to have stopped.  Will there be a return of these clips as the process continues? Are there any intentions to release a BLU RAY  / DVD  around the creation of the album at this early stage?

We did post another clip from Tommy just the other day. There will be more as we progress along. I have no idea what DVD or other stuff may come of it all.  There will be KISSOLGY IV sometime sooner than later but not sure what all will be included in that.

But it will be good :-)

6: What was the favorite moment of your career as a drummer for KISS so far ?

The overall experience has been pretty damn good I must say. I am proud to be in such a kool band that I always dreamed of being in. There really is no other band like KISS. "Special" is not even a just enough word to describe it... :-)

7: Since putting on the make-up it would seem that you have been quite conscious of taming down your drumming to be more in the style of the 70s material.  Is that something you expect to see continue into the new album? Particularly amongst the Australian KISS Army it seems that there are a number of fans who loved your work on Revenge and the KISS My Ass Downunder tour and would like to see more of your flair on studio releases.

I have always played for the "song" or band first. KISS in some ways has come full circle more back to it's roots in style musically and that is reflected in the live playing and recordings. I never had a problem adapting to whatever is required of me. That is the sign of a seasoned musician. Leave your personal stuff and ego at the door. Play for the music!

8: Any plans of hooking up with your buddies for any ESP shows again in Australia when you have some time off ?

ESP is a fun band that we try to do schedules permitting. We did a few shows in march in Europe this year. maybe more later in the year somewhere ?  Would you have us again ?

9: What is your message to your fans in Australia ?

I really look forward to coming back down there again sooner than later. I have a special connection to Australia and feel like it is my second home in some ways. Beautiful country full of beautiful people.
Really an amazing place.

10: Lastly, of course we have to ask this one, are you aware of any plans for a return trip to Australia?

I know KISS will come there again. and Me too !

I love and miss the place dearly
Eric

Thanks very much for your time Eric and we all hope to see you soon in Australia !

Kind regards &  “Peace Out”

KISS Collector Helps His Father-In-Law

 
By Sarah Acosta/Photo - Todd Yates/Caller-Times

Fanatic KISS memorabilia collector to auction items for a good cause

Local Fred Medina fell in love with the band KISS at a young age, and it took him 20 years to collect $30,000 of band memorabilia.

But he is willing to give it all up because of his love for his father-in-law, Ricardo Cruz, and what he did for his daughter.

A member of the KISS Army, the official band fan club, Medina has decided to auction and raffle off his several hundred KISS collectibles Sunday at Brewster Street Ice House to raise money for the Ricardo Cruz Foundation. The organization is helping pay for Cruz's cancer treatments.

Medina said he has had time to cherish these items, and it's now time for others to enjoy them.

"All of these things are replaceable, but my family isn't," Medina said.

In 2008, during Hurricane Ike, Medina and his wife, Kathy, took their three children to the doctor to get checked up before they evacuated. The doctor discovered that his youngest daughter, 3 at the time, had aplastic anemia. She was rushed to Driscoll Children's Hospital and immediately underwent blood transfusions.

A doctor later told the family that a bone marrow exam was inevitable because the transfusions were not working.

Medina said the family was in deep prayer during that week.

"At one point during prayer he (Cruz) embraced me and kept asking God not to take his baby girl, to take him instead," Medina said.

Three days later, the doctor told them the transfusions were working, and that she would get better. Three years later, she is healthy.

However, three months later Cruz, who according to Medina had never shown any signs of illness, was stricken with stage four throat cancer and has spent the past three years battling the disease.

Medina said his mother-in-law had to leave her job for six months to be by her husband's side and lost her full-time job.

"Starting the Ricardo Cruz Foundation and offering up my collection is the least thing we can do for a man that has paid the ultimate sacrifice," Medina said. "I don't even want a key chain left."

Not only does he have every record, but he has the original album inserts. Medina's collection also includes items like KISS 3-D head busts signed by all four original band members, special-edition posters, mint condition comics and signed guitars held by Gene Simmons.

Medina had his collection appraised and insured eight years ago when he also had his house appraised. The collection was worth $30,000 and he has added items since.

Medina has had a passion for KISS since he heard the song "Rock and Roll All Nite" when he was about 6 years old, and views co-founder Gene Simmons as a hero. He grew up as a Jehovah's Witness, and said his mother would forbid him to listen to the band.

Medina said if anything, the band's rebellious appeal drew him in more. He said when he was at Wynn Seale Middle School he and his friends saved up $15 for tickets to a KISS concert at the Memorial Coliseum. They didn't go home after school that day and walked to the show.

"When I finally saw Gene on stage, I froze like a zombie for an hour," Medina said. "I couldn't believe I was seeing them on stage, but man, my parents put a whooping on me when I showed up at home at 11:30 at night."

The foundation sent KISS an email through the KISS Army, and Simmons was so touched by the family's story he sent them a $1,000 check and two guitars he designed and autographed, along with backstage passes to any KISS concert in Texas to be auctioned. Simmons also will broadcast a message during the event.

"Whether we have a great turnout or not, nothing can get better than having Gene Simmons, my idol growing up, get involved," Medina said. "I was speechless."

The authorized KISS band Destroyer will play at the event and C-101's Rex Gabriel will emcee.

Today In KISStory - 2008

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Today In KISStory - 2008: Former 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.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Gene Simmons Family Jewels" Returns To A&E For An All-New Season

 A&E.com

SEASON SIX PREMIERES TUESDAY, JUNE 14 AT 10 PM ET/PT WITH

A SPECIAL ONE-HOUR EPISODE

Legendary rock god and multi-hyphenate Gene Simmons returns with his unconventional family for an all-new season of A&E’s hit series “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” premiering with a special one-hour episode on Tuesday, June 14 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. Season six, which continues the longest running celebrity family-based series on television, begins with a shocking moment for America’s most traditional, non-traditional family. With both kids away at college and Gene’s rock star ego at an all time high, Shannon decides she needs to re-evaluate their relationship and leaves her longtime boyfriend.

With Nick and Sophie out of the house, Gene and Shannon must decide if they want to move on with the next phase of their lives together. In the new season, viewers will get a fly-on-the-wall look at the state of Gene and Shannon’s relationship as well as personal corners of their life that have never been explored. From Gene’s emotional visit to Israel where he meets his father’s side of the family that he’s never met (including a visit to his estranged father’s grave), to tracing Shannon’s humble roots in Saskatoon, Canada as well as visits to the troops and a very special, relationship telling, trip to Belize.

Walk 'N Rock Featuring KISS Sunday

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A fundraising WALK and benefit CONCERT to support local children's CHARITIES

Help bring hope to our community's children's charities

Raley Field will host Walk 'N Rock For Kids featuring Kiss on May 29, 2011. Tickets are now on sale. Gates for the concert open at 7 p.m.

KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time. Their career milestones are staggering. KISS holds honors as one of America's top gold record champions, selling over 100 million albums worldwide.

The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation, transcending age, race and creed. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the "Hottest Band in the World" is a striking testament to the band's unbreakable bond with its fans.

The event will kick off with a morning 5K walk involving families, local businesses, walk teams and supporters. Participants will walk and raise funds on behalf of our 2011 Nonprofit Partners and Nonprofit Affiliates. The morning will be filled with music at Raley Field and along the route. After the walk, enjoy entertainment, interactive booths, kids activities, more music, food and fun!

Once you have registered, all funds raised will go directly to the children's charity you register to walk in support of.

Later that evening, Hope Productions and our corporate partners will host an exclusive VIP reception and a benefit concert featuring legendary rock band KISS which is open to the general public. Concert tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.com and the Raley Field Box Office.

For more information visit www.walknrock.org.

Good Day Sacramento Gets KISSed


 
GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO

Here are members of the Good Day Sacramento cast as KISS to clebrate the band's involvement in WALK 'N ROCK on Sunday! Not only did the cast wear the makeup for the show, they also went out on location and took photos with fans around the town. And yes, that is Montel Williams as Paul Stanley.

View the Good Day / KISS photo Gallery at http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/2011/05/24/good-day-goes-kiss/#photo-1

KISS Auction For Joplin Tornado Victims

 
KSDK.com/Andrew Scherer

The front man for the band KISS is auctioning off some of his artwork for tornado victims in Joplin.

All proceeds from the auction will go to the American Red Cross in its relief efforts from Sunday's deadly tornado.

Stanley and talk show host George Lopez worked together to create one of the master pieces up for auction.

To bid on the Paul Stanley/George Lopez original, go to lopeztonight.com

Friday, May 27, 2011

Paul Stanley Says Lady Gaga Is 'The Real Deal'

www.lopeztonight.com

Paul gives his philosophy of rock 'n roll, and talks about Lady Gaga coming to see KISS wearing nothing but panties and 'tape.' And Paul's boots.
  
Plus, Paul and George are auctioning a painting they made together! Proceeds go to the American Red Cross to benefit tornado victims in the South and the Midwest. Click here to bid! For more info, visit www.redcross.org.


The 'KISS Forecast'

 Photo: Ron Buckley

The 'KISS Forecast' from TBS's "Lopez Tonight" on May 26, 2011.

Looks like a %100 chance of Paul Stanley on Thursday!

KISS Guitarist Auctions Off Art For Tornado Victims

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Singer turned artist Paul Stanley is showing a little love to tornado victims across the U.S. by auctioning off some of his artwork.

All proceeds from the auction will go to the American Red Cross in its effort to service tornado victims.

Stanley and talk show host George Lopez worked together to create one of the masterpieces up for auction.

"Even if you don't love the painting, you've got to give money back, you know, for all the stuff that we've been fortunate enough to get, you've got to give back to the people who need it, so whether it's this painting or just reaching in your pocket, give to the people who need! We're all blessed," Stanley said.

To bid on the Stanley-Lopez original, go to www.lopeztonight.com

Russell Peters & Paul Stanley At "Lopez Tonight"

 Photo: Russell Peters

Russell Peters & Paul Stanley at "Lopez Tonight" on Thursday, May 26, 2011.

Paul Stanley's Appearance On "Lopez Tonight"

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Here are two clips from Paul's appearance on Lopez Tonight last night! The first is a clip of Paul performing "Detroit Rock City" with the Ese Vatos.

http://i.cdn.turner.com/tegwebapps/tbs/tbs-www/cvp/tbs_432x243_embed.swf?context=lopez_embed_offsite&videoId=253391

The second clip is a performance of "Rock and Roll All Nite," featuring Paul, the Ese Vatos, George Lopez, Randy Jackson on bass, and Russell Peters DJing!

http://i.cdn.turner.com/tegwebapps/tbs/tbs-www/cvp/tbs_432x243_embed.swf?context=lopez_embed_offsite&videoId=253425

Paul Stanley & George Lopez: "Help Those In Need"

 
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 PAUL STANLEY & GEORGE LOPEZ AUCTION PAINTING TO BENEFIT TORNADO VICTIMS & “HELP THOSE IN NEED”

KISS founder Paul Stanley has teamed with television host and comedy great George Lopez to bring relief to the victims of the recent tornadoes.

Paul and George created this painting to “Help Those in Need” on the Lopez Tonight show that aired on May 26, 2011.

This 4'x3' acrylic on canvas is signed by both artists.

All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to benefit victims of the recent tornadoes in the Southern United States.

 To view the painting or bid on the auction, go to www.LopezTonight.com .

Give back and “Help Those in Need.”

And if you want to donate to the cause, You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Paul Stanley On Breaking The Global Chat World Record With Ortsbo


David Spark interviews KISS co-Founder and front man Paul Stanley on breaking the Guinness World Record for the most global online chat with the online chat translator, Ortsbo.

Ace Frehley At The Erie County Fair

 
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Ace Frehley will perform as part of the eighth annual Biker Day concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Buffalo.com Grandstand at the Erie County Fair (5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg).

The concert is free with gate admission. For more information, call 649-3900 or visit www.the-fairgrounds.

Tommy Thayer To Be Interviewed On KPAM Radio


Tommy Thayer to be interviewed by Ron Callan of KPAM Radio (860 AM) tonight. Northwest Sports Tonight at 8:15 P.M.

Tommy Thayer and his friends return for the fifth annual Pacific University Legends Golf Classic, July 31 and Aug. 1, to raise funds for Pacific University Athletics

FOREST GROVE – The stars will be out again in force to support of Pacific University Athletics this summer as the University's Legends Golf Classic returns for a fifth year of music, dinner and exciting golf with some of the biggest names in the business.

The 2011 Pacific University Legends Golf Classic, hosted by Tommy Thayer, takes place on Sun., July 31 and Mon., Aug. 1. Sunday's dinner, auction and celebrity concert will take place at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., with Monday's golf tournament teeing off at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club in Aloha.

Thayer, a member of the Pacific University Board of Trustees and the lead guitarist for the legendary rock group KISS, headlines the star-studded field of legends from the worlds of golf, sports, music and entertainment. Over the first four years of the tournament, Thayer and his friends have raised nearly $500,000 to support Pacific University's 21-sport intercollegiate athletics program.

Among those celebrities scheduled to join Thayer for the 2011 Pacific University Legends Golf Classic include:

• Robby Krieger, guitarist and songwriter from the legendary rock group, The Doors. Krieger penned some of the band's best known songs, including “Light My Fire,” “Touch Me” and “Love Her Madly.”

• Don Felder, lead guitarist of the legendary rock group, the Eagles. He wrote the group's best known hit, “Hotel California,” toured during the band's heyday and recorded on the group's biggest albums.

• Nick Simmons is the son of 2010 Legends Golf Classic participants Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed. Known for his work on the reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels, he has also done voiceover work for the Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken and provided vocals for Bruce Kulick's single, “Hand Of The King.” Simmons is currently a student at another Division III institution, Pitzer College, in Claremont, Calif.

• Notah Begay III is the only full-blooded Native American on the PGA Tour and is one of just three players in the history of professional golf to shoot a 59. A four-time winner of PGA Tour tournaments, Begay was named one of Golf Magazine's Innovators of the Year in 2009 and was named one of the Top 100 Sports Educators in the world by the Institute for International Sport.

• Shaun Micheel returns for his fourth Legends Golf Classic. The 2003 PGA Championship champion, Micheel placed second at the 2006 PGA Championship and second at the 2006 HSBC World Match Play Tournament, where he beat Tiger Woods in the first round to end Tiger's five-victory win streak.

• Arron Olberholser is a major presence on the PGA Tour. Olberholser finished second on the 2002 Nationwide Tour money list and won the 2007 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and was second at the 2005 Wachovia Championship.

• Mike Bellotti is the winningest coach in the history of the University of Oregon football program. He led the Ducks to 13 winning seasons in his 14 years at the helm. In 2001, he led Oregon to an 11-1 record and a No. 2 final national ranking. Belotti was director of athletics at Oregon from 2009 to 2010 and now serves as a college football television analyst for ESPN.

The event opens on Sun., July 31, at Nike's Tiger Wood Center, with a dinner and silent and live auctions featuring memorabilia from the music and sports world, trips and special concert opportunities. The evening concludes with a concert by Tommy Thayer and friends, featuring many of the musicians playing in the tournament.

The double-shotgun tournament takes place on Mon, Aug. 1 at The Reserve, one of the premier courses in the Northwest, preceded by a professional golf clinic featuring PGA and LPGA tour professionals.

To reserve your place at the Pacific University Legends Golf Classic and for more information, including celebrity biographies and sponsorship details, please visit www.pacificlegendsgolf.com

Gene Simmons Family Jewels Promo

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Are you excited for the new season of Gene Simmons Family Jewels?? Watch a preview for the upcoming season below and tune in for the premiere on June 14th at 10/9c!

PodKISSt #45: We Love It Loud!


Nothing says “KISS” quite like loud guitars, and on this installment of the PodKISSt we bring you plenty of those! Join us for an in-depth, behind-the-scenes interview with Eric McKenna, the man who makes Paul’s guitars. Plus, we take a trip back in time to 1979 for a rare KISS radio appearance… where the laughs belie the changes soon to come. And if that ain’t enough, we bring you a new segment called “Mainline,” where producer/musician Matt Walters provides us with an insightful editorial on all things KISS. All that… and an ear-shattering intro from Eddie (“Alive II”) Balandas… on PodKISSt… the KISS fanzine for your ears!!!

http://podkisst.com/

Today In KISStory 1977



The  blood KISS had "donated" is mixed with the ink at Borden Ink Plant,  Depew, NY, for the first KISS Marvel Comic.

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

A subsequent rumor maintained that, due to a mix-up at the  printers', the batch of red ink containing the blood of KISS members was  actually used for a print run of Sports Illustrated magazine and did  not end up in the Marvel Comic as intended.




Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Paul Stanley To Appear On 'Lopez Tonight'

 
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Paul Stanley, the iconic front man and founder of KISS, will appear on the hit late night show, Lopez Tonight, Thursday, May 26.

Paul is a huge fan of George and the show and might even join the band for a song. Don’t miss this appearance!

Lopez Tonight airs weeknights at 12/11c on TBS. Check your local listings and tune-in.

And…if you live in the Los Angeles area and wish to attend, a very limited number of tickets may still be available at www.lopeztonight.com/tickets/.

PodKISSt #44: Sweet Pain!

 

If you’re a KISS family, take note: This installment of the PodKISSt is NOT for the innocent!

Before the action figures and the comics and the movies and the lunch boxes, KISS were trying out a very different aesthetic; they were dark, dirty, and dangerous! Not yet a full-fledged pop culture phenomenon, KISS had the flexibility to play with constructs such as gender, sexuality, and power in ways that would have been incongruous with their superhero image a few years later. No greater example exists than the photographs they took with tonight’s guest. If the back cover of “Hotter Than Hell” was a question mark, these pictures were an exclamation point! Whips, chains, blood, and bondage… Gene, Paul, Ace, and Peter… and Megan McCracken!
We’re pleased to bring you this exclusive PodKISSt interview with a woman who witnessed KISS in their infancy, was behind-the-scenes during their early development, became a nubile subject for their lurid delights… and lived to tell the tale!

And if that’s not enough excitement, PodKISSt correspondent Mikeman gets the inside scoop from Keith (KISSonline) Leroux on what the KISS Army can expect when they set sail on the KISS cruise with the Hottest Band in the Land!

http://podkisst.com/?p=773

Today In KISStory 2006

 

KISS is honored and performs at the first 'VH1 Rock Honors' concert in Las Vegas. Ace Frehley was the secret 'Special Guest' of the all-star KISS tribute band. The first annual event honored KISS, Def Leppard, Queen, and Judas Priest.

No Punishment For Dog Corpses For Ex-KISS Guitarist

TMZ

Former KISS guitarist Vincent Cusano will NOT face animal cruelty charges after officials found 4 dead dogs at the rocker's home in Tennessee this weekend ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for the Pet Adoption Welfare Services (PAWS) tells TMZ ... Vinnie had kept all 4 animals in above-ground plastic storage bins, clearly marked as graves ... with little memorials written on them -- and even though it's really creepy ... it ain't illegal.

TMZ broke the story ... Vinnie was arrested for allegedly beating the crap out of his wife ... and while cops were at the home, they noticed the dead animals and called PAWS to investigate.

Vinnie's wife explained the dogs had been killed by ANOTHER one of the family's 9 still-living dogs. PAWS tells us they will test all of the living pets for rabies.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Vinnie Vincent TV News Report

WKRN
Here is a TV news video clip in regards to former 80's KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent's arrest over the weekend.


Tommy Thayer Gives A Tour Of The Recording Studio

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Here's a clip of Tommy showing fans around the studio, where KISS's new album is being recorded.

KISS Sets Guinness World Record!

 
By Chris Epting/Photo by Chris Epting for AOL Music

Leave it to KISS legend Gene Simmons to spearhead a cutting-edge venture that breaks down walls and brings people together. Last week in Los Angeles, Simmons and Paul Stanley took part in an event that set a Guinness world record while helping to create unity and communication between people in over 100 countries.

The event, called Kiss Live and Global, was presented and hosted by Ortsbo, the real-time social media language translation platform. Simmons also serves as an Ortsbo business partner and spokesperson.

Fans from all over the world who pre-registered at Ortsbo.com had the opportunity to interact with Simmons and Stanley in their native languages via a chat room. Questions and answers were instantly translated to and from up to 53 languages, allowing participants from all over the world to understand the entire event in their native tongues.

A ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel was transformed into a nightclub as Simmons and Stanley sat on stage by a computer, surrounded by KISS artifacts including guitars, a motorcycle, even the famed KISS Kasket.

Simmons manned the computer keyboard, demonstrating some truly impressive typing skills. The pair answered questions from around the world, dutifully talking up the Ortsbo technology and marveling at the power of being able to create a "one world" language on line.

Questions came in from over 100 countries and were translated into English for Simmons and Stanley, whose responses were then translated back into the native language of each chat participant.

The chat set an official Guinness World Record for Most Nationalities In An Online Chat Room, and a post-show ceremony was held in front of the small stage.

Gene Simmons told Noisecreep that Ortsbo is playing an important part in social history right now. "The Ortsbo technology is helping the world to come together. It's unifying planet Earth as we speak. Think about it. It's like a miracle. With what is happening in the Arab world today, now citizens can use Ortsbo to directly communicate with the world in their own language. It's the ultimate tool. Dictators can't stop it -- nothing can stop it."

Simmons added that technology plays a big part in his life, but it has to make sense.
"Technology can help, but you have to prioritize," he said. "When people call or text each other and say, 'What are you doing, nothing? Me either. I'm doing nothing," then that's a total waste of time and technology. You have to make it make sense."

Simmons also told Noisecreep that his daughter is doing fine after her recent car accident. "She was smart. She got the other person on video admitting it was their fault. Again, technology in action. Insurance companies have to love it."

Ortsbo CEO David Lucatch loves having Simmons aboard. "KISS is one of the largest global brands on the planet, and so who better to help break down language barriers around the world?" he told Noisecreep. "Gene in particular is so brilliant when it comes to communicating the heart and soul of a brand, so we have no doubt he'll be a big part in taking Ortsbo to the next level." Lucatch added that he has other celebrity events planned throughout the year to generate awareness, including one in June with NBA superstar Steve Nash.

As a partner in Ortsbo, Simmons says the company reminds him a bit of his band. "The core of KISS has always been to connect with fans on many levels. What Ortsbo does is the ultimate in connections: it makes it possible for all of us, instantly, to relate to each other in our own languages. It goes beyond just connecting fans. It's good for the world. Think of what it does for the military, even for the U.N. -- there's no more need for transporters. It's astonishing."

Video: KISS Chat World Record

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On Friday May 20th, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley hosted the world's largest conversation via Ortsbo.com—the online instant translator.

Gene Simmons Chalks Up Schwarzenegger's Infidelity To His DNA

 
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In the aftermath of the news of Arnold Schwarzenegger's infidelity to his wife, Maria Shriver, the former governor of California still has one prominent supporter -- Gene Simmons. Indeed, the KISS bassist tells ABC News Radio that Schwarzenegger did nothing wrong, declaring "If he raised wonderful children who are law abiding and charming then he did everything right."

Schwarzenegger and Shriver announced last week that they were separating after it was revealed that Schwarzenegger had slept with a member of his in-house staff over a decade ago and secretly fathered a child with her.

Simmons flatly declares that what Schwarzenegger did isn't cheating -- it's genetics. Says Simmons of unfaithful men in general, "Respectfully, they're not cheating. They're doing what the DNA in their genes tell them to do. They're doing what they're designed to do. The male of the species manufactures hundreds of millions of sperm every day. They have no choice in the matter. They can't take Thursdays off."

Rather than focusing on Schwarzenegger's infidelity, Simmons says everyone should look at his accomplishments: "He kept his family together and still does. He's an immigrant, a legal one...and rose to power in many different forms."

Monday, May 23, 2011

Guitarist Charged In Wife's Beating

 
Daily News Journal/Mark Bell

A former KISS guitarist is accused of beating his wife so badly she had to be hospitalized this past weekend, and when officers went to the guitarist's home to make an arrest they found four sealed containers with dead dogs inside, according to a sheriff's incident report.

A booking officer at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center confirmed Vinnie Vincent, whose real name is Vincent John Cusano, was charged with one count of aggravated assault on Saturday. Cusano was lead guitarist for the rock band KISS between 1982 and 1984 and replaced original band member Ace Frehley.
An incident report on file at the Rutherford County Sheriff�s Office details the incident that led to that arrest.

Diane Cusano, Vincent Cusano's wife, showed up at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Saturday covered in blood and reportedly intoxicated, according to the RCSO incident report. Authorities immediately called an ambulance to transport Cusano to Middle Tennessee Medical Center here in Murfreesboro.
Cusano explained she had been in an argument with her husband over a woman he had been talking to, the report reads.

During the argument Cusano said her husband told her to "get the (expletive) out of the house" and then got physically violent, smacking her in the face, grabbing her by the hair and throwing her on the ground, according to the report. She claims her husband then dragged her through a pile of glass from a broken plate that was on the floor before the argument started.

When deputies went to Vincent Cusano's 101 Woodland Trail home in Smyrna to speak with him about the incident they were unable to make contact immediately, which resulted in the Rutherford County Felony Arrest Search Tactical (FAST) team being called to the home.

FAST team members found Cusano and arrested him without incident.

Deputies who went to the house reported finding four sealed containers that had deceased dogs inside them. Rutherford County animal welfare officers were called to the house in response to that finding, according to police. An investigation is pending in that matter.

"PAWS spoke with Diane about the deceased animals and was advised that the animals were killed by one of their aggressive dogs," the report reads.

A Woodland Trail neighbor of Cusano told investigators that he heard the Cusano's arguing Saturday, according to the report. Paul Sachtjen told police he heard "a male voice" saying "get the (expletive) out of my house."
When police later tried to interview Vincent Cusano about the incident, he would not make any statements, according to the report.

Booking records from the detention center show Cusano was booked into the jail at 11:33 p.m. Saturday. He was released at 11:27 a.m. Sunday after posting $10,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court June 23.

The incident report detailed Diane Cusano's injuries, which included small cuts on her forehead, a hematoma on her forehead, a swollen and bruised nose, bruised and swollen right eye, a bruise on her left clavicle, lacerations on her forearm, bruises on her right elbow, bruised and swollen right thumb, laceration to right foot, bruised inner right knee, bruises and what appeared to be puncture wounds to her right calf and left buttocks.

She has since been released from the hospital, according to an MTMC spokeswoman.

Ex-KISS Guitarist -- Blood, Cuts, and 4 Dead Dogs

 
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Former KISS guitarist Vincent Cusano -- aka Vinnie Vincent -- allegedly smacked his wife in the face and dragged her through a pile of broken glass on the night he was arrested ... and when cops arrived to the house, they found 4 dead dogs at the scene ... this according to law enforcement.

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office tells TMZ ... on May 22, Vincent's wife, Diane, arrived to the Sheriff's Office "covered in blood" and reeking of alcohol.

Cops say 44-year-old Diane told the officers how she had just escaped from the couple's Tennessee home ... after Vincent "smacked her in the face" following an argument about a "female subject [Vincent] was talking to." She says Vincent then "grabbed her by the hair and threw her down to the ground."

Diane says Vincent then "dragged her through a pile of glass from a broken plate that had been on the floor since before the argument had started."

Diane told police she tried to get away -- but 58-year-old Vincent threw her to the ground 4 more times. She eventually escaped and drove herself to the station.

Cops dispatched officers to the home -- where they found Vincent and "four sealed containers containing deceased dogs."

Diane told the cops .... the dogs had been "killed by one of their aggressive dogs."

Vincent was eventually arrested and booked for aggravated domestic assault -- and his bond was set at $10,000.  TMZ obtained his mug shot, pictured above.

An animal service team was contacted to look into the dead dog situation.

Gene Simmons Interview With The Don Geronimo Show



Don talks with the great Gene Simmons from KISS! KISS will perform next Sunday, May 29 at Raley Field, West Sacramento, CA.

 Listen to the interview HERE.

Today in KISStory - May 23, 1979

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Today in KISStory - May 23, 1979: KISS release 'Dynasty". The album, and its subsequent tour, were billed as the "Return of Kiss." The band as a full unit had not released a studio album since 1977 and had not toured since the Spring of 1978. The album would restore the band to commercial prominence, reaching # 9 on the US Billboard  album chart.

Kiss enlisted Vini Poncia, who produced Peter Criss's solo album, to produce Dynasty. After pre-production and rehearsals were completed, Poncia decided to exclude Criss from most of the recording, judging him unable to drum well enough. Criss, by this time, had fallen deep into substance abuse and was also recovering from an automobile accident. He performed on only one song, "Dirty Livin'." The rest of the drums were recorded by Anton Fig, who played drums on Ace Frehley's 1978 solo album.

The first single from the album, "I Was Made For Lovin' You," marked a rather drastic stylistic departure for Kiss. It had a pronounced disco beat, and was a success at a time when disco was at its peak popularity.

After waiting nearly two years to record lead vocals for a Kiss song (1977's "Shock Me"and "Rocket Ride"), Ace Frehley contributed three to Dynasty - "2000 Man," "Hard Times" and "Save Your Love." "2000 Man," a cover of the 1967 Rolling Stones song, would become a concert staple for Kiss and one of Frehley's signature songs. "Hard Times" and "Save Your Love" were recorded in the same hard rock style as Frehley's solo album.

Track listing

1.     "I Was Made for Lovin' You"
2.     "2000 Man"    
3.     "Sure Know Something"    
4.     "Dirty Livin'"    
5.     "Charisma"
6.     "Magic Touch"    
7.     "Hard Times"    
8.     "X-Ray Eyes"    
9.     "Save Your Love"

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Israeli Born KISS Star Gene Simmons On '67 Borders: 'Obama Has No F--king Idea What World is Like'

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JANE WELLS, CNBC: What do you think of President Obama’s suggestion that the borders be redrawn pre-67?

GENE SIMMONS, KISS: President Obama, I voted for an idea. What I didn’t realize what I was getting was an idealist. If you’ve never been to the moon, you can’t issue policy about the moon. You have no f—king idea what it’s like on the moon. For a president to be sitting in Washington, D.C., and saying, “Go back to your 67 borders in Israel,” how about you live there and try to defend an indefensible border nine miles wide? On one side you’ve got hundreds of millions of people who hate your guts, on the other side you’ve got the Mediterranean. Unless you control, in Israel, unless you control those Golan Heights, it’s an indefensible position.

Former KISS Guitarist Arrested On Assault Charges

 
TMZ.com

(TMZ.com) Vinnie Vincent -- the guitarist who famously took Ace Frehley's place in the band KISS -- was arrested today on charges of aggravated assault ... TMZ has learned.

Vincent (real name Vinnie Cusano) was busted by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department in Tennessee and held on $10,000 bond. He posted and was released at 11:27 AM.

Vincent was known as the Ankh Warrior during his time with the band.

Story developing ...

Sophie Simmons Teaching Dad Gene Simmons How To Text & Tweet

 
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Gene Simmons' 18-year-old daughter is teaching her dad how to text and tweet, RumorFix has learned exclusively.
Sophie Simmons, who stars on Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, says her rocker dad "texts now," and "he's slowly progressing to [tweet] himself."

But for now, the computer engineering major says the KISS frontman, "tells us what to Twitter and we Twitter it for him."

Dad doesn't really understand her major but she says, "he's proud." In fact, he just bought her a new cellphone for making it through her freshman year in college.

"Gene Simmons Family Jewels" Returns

 
AETV.com

“Gene Simmons Family Jewels” RETURNS TO A&E FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON

SEASON SIX PREMIERES TUESDAY, JUNE 14 AT 10 PM ET/PT WITH

A SPECIAL ONE-HOUR EPISODE

Gene Simmons returns with his unconventional family for an all-new season of A&E’s hit series “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” premiering with a special one-hour episode on Tuesday, June 14 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. Season six, which continues the longest running celebrity family-based series on television, begins with a shocking moment for America’s most traditional, non-traditional family. With both kids away at college and Gene’s rock star ego at an all time high, Shannon decides she needs to re-evaluate their relationship and leaves her longtime boyfriend.

www.aetv.com/gene-simmons-family-jewels/

KISS Kruise Pre-Sale Reminder

 
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KISS ARMY MEMBERS MUST REGISTER BY TONIGHT

KISS ARMY Fan Club members will receive booking priority during the KISS Kruise Pre-sale. KISS ARMY members must sign-up for the Pre-Sale by 11:59PM EST tonight by visiting http://www.thekisskruise.com/. You will be emailed your pre-booking information on or around May 23rd, 2011 and will be able to book your cabin as early as May 26th, 2011.

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

All non-KISS ARMY members, who would like to participate in the regular KISS Kruise Pre-Sale must sign-up by 11:59PM EST on May 30th, 2011. You will be emailed your pre-booking information on or around May 31st, 2011 and will be able to book your cabin as early as June 2nd, 2011.

The public on-sale date is June 7th, 2011, at which time anyone who didn't join the pre-sale may book.

With just over 1000 cabins to sell, we know they will go quick!

www.theKISSKruise.com

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