As we reported several weeks ago, KOL is now confirming that KISS will present an award at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 1. The even takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised on CBS affiliates around the country.
KISSonline headed to a nearby rooftop to photograph and film the end of the New Orleans Block Party show from 29 floors up... and the crowd was so loud they could be heard singing high in the air. (The confetti even blew onto the roof from the stage!) Even a steady rainfall was not enough to deter the KISS Army! Take a look at these amazing photos of the enormous crowd rocking with KISS!
Here's KISS performing "Rock and Roll All Nite" like you've never seen it before! KISSonline headed up to a nearby rooftop to film the end of the New Orleans Block Party show from 29 floors up... and the crowd was so loud they could be heard singing high in the air. (The confetti even blew onto the roof from the stage!)
Here is KISS' set list from their show in New Orleans on Friday, March 30, 2012:
Modern Day Delilah
Shout It Out Loud
Hotter Than Hell
Let Me Go, Rock N' Roll
Calling Dr. Love
I Love It Loud
(Gene's Blood Act)
Black Diamond ('Stairway To Heaven' intro - short)
Detroit Rock City
Lick it Up ('Won't Get Fooled Again' - The Who)
Rock And Roll All Nite
Here's a photo of Eric Singer's new Pearl reference series drum kit that he'll be using for tonight's KISS concert in New Orleans. Eric mentioned on his Facebook page that this is not "The Tour" kit he will be using when KISS and Motley Crue tour this summer.
Gene Simmons’ slew of female groupies were no doubt taken aback when he professed his undying love to Shannon Tweed-Simmons at their televised wedding ceremony, and now Tweed-Simmons is fighting them off superhero-style in a video game inspired by her life with the KISS star.
“Shannon Tweed’s Attack of the Groupies” game for iPhone and iPad was released in Canada on iTunes Tuesday.
The idea for the game came about early last year, when the couple was attending the Atlantic Brand Confabulation — a networking and informational event about personal and business branding, produced by momentum Group and hosted by Shelley Chase of St. John’s — and met Gogii Games president George Donovan.
Based in Moncton, Gogii has development teams around the world, and is responsible for games such as “Princess Isabella: A Witch’s Curse,” “Escape the Museum” and “The Hidden Object Show.”
“George asked me if I had ever thought about doing a game, and I hadn’t. I mean, I’d played some of those games on my phone as a way to waste time, but that’s it,” Tweed-Simmons told The Telegram. “He said, ‘You should do one,’ and I said, ‘Like what — ‘Attack of the Groupies’ or something? He said, ‘That’s a great idea.’”
The game features an animated Tweed-Simmons fighting off hordes of crazed female groupies intent on getting their hands on her man.
Players help her by planting money trees, which can be used to buy weapons like the All-in-One remover gun (wiping the make-up and the smiles off the groupies’ faces); the Skunkinator, a bomb said to smell like skunks, rotten eggs and the soul of a gremlin; or Frank, a former secret service agent turned bodyguard.
If the ladies make it as far as Tweed-Simmons herself, she knocks them away with a karate chop and a “Bam!”
As levels are unlocked, so are photos and other never-before-seen material.
Tweed-Simmons and her daughter, Sophie, did voiceovers for the game.
Sophie, who helped design the weapons, introduces them as they are unlocked by the player; Tweed-Simmons’ catchphrases include “Maybe I can reason with them. … OK, maybe not,” and, “I’d challenge her to a battle of wits, but I don’t think it’d be a fair fight.”
KISS' "Crazy Crazy Nights" covered by Norwegian pop/country singer Kurt Nilsen.
Kurt Erik Kleppe Nilsen won the first season of the Norwegian version of the reality television show Pop Idol, which aired on TV 2 in May 2003. He then won a one-off international version of Pop Idol, called World Idol on January 1, 2004, featuring winners of the various national Idol shows.
Here's the view from our hotel room last night as the KISS stage was being set up for Friday's big AT & T Block Party show in New Orleans’ Woldenberg Park. The photos were taken as the lights were being tested. You can also see the KISS trailer trucks and the trailers that will be used for KISS production offices and band dressing rooms.
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has entertained rowdy crowds around the world. Now, he wants to do it again. The legendary rocker and reality TV star has plans to open a chain of rock-themed brew pubs starting in April.
Step one is relaunching Rock & Brews in El Segundo, Calif. Simmons, rock promoter David Furano and hotel and restaurant entrepreneur Michael Zislis opened the spot last March, in a location that was, "held together with duct tape and bungee chords," Zislis told Nation's Restaurant News. After the family-friendly restaurant developed a larger following than the trio expected, they decided to make a more serious investment. The brew pub idea, which was originally conceived at a Kiss concert, is not a far departure for Zislis, who has also developed the Manhattan Beach Brew Company, Rock 'n Fish and Shade, a boutique hotel.
Beer will be the main focus of the revamped location, which will have an expanded outdoor beer garden and a bar with nearly 50 taps serving up craft beers. The El Segundo location will soon have plenty of company -- the team has plans to open locations in Denver, Tokyo and at Los Angeles International Airport later this year, with six more locations on the way in 2013 and hopes of ultimately reaching 50.
"I have a lot of other businesses, but I’ve always wanted to do something outside the band that had to do with food and family," Simmons told CNBC. "This is a cool way to do it."
While Simmons already has a number of other business ventures -- including a language-translation company, a record company and a reality show, "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels" -- he is taking an active role in the restaurant's development and design, including a "Wall of Rock" collage. He and his partners are approaching the restaurant business with similar flair and bravado that made Simmons and his Kiss bandmates legends on stage.
"They say nine out of 10 restaurants fail," Zislis told CNBC. "But I say, maybe nine out of 10 people shouldn't be in the restaurant business."
Jeremy Meyer from examiner.com interviews Eric Singer,Tommy Lee,Mick mars and Tommy Thayer from Kiss and Motley Crue at "The Tour" Press conference in Hollywood. The quartet discusses everything from Tommy Lee first meeting Kiss 30 years ago,bad opening acts, iconic songs and more, don't miss it!!!
With the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2012 induction ceremony coming up in April, one of the stars of the rock band Kiss says he continues to be perplexed by the fact that his band has yet to be voted in.
Kiss lead singer and guitarist Paul Stanley said he considers the fact that Kiss hasn’t made it, despite the fact that the band has been eligible since 1999, a slight to the band’s fans. “I know that it’s important to a lot of the fans. Certainly if we were to get inducted, I would accept it on behalf of the fans, because it matters to them,” Stanley said. “But I don’t need validation from an organization where I don’t even know who is doing the voting.”
Stanley’s comments follow an on-camera interview he gave the WSJ earlier this year in which he spoke candidly about the group’s entrepreneurial success. Kiss and Motley Crue members recently announced a joint summer tour at a press conference. Kiss bassist Gene Simmons told Rolling Stone at the conference that Kiss’ absence from the Hall of Fame has “become a joke.”
Stanley told the WSJ that he believes the Hall of Fame judges have intentionally excluded Kiss.
“I know people who know that for fact. There are board members who have said, ‘Kiss won’t get in as long as I’m alive,’” Stanley said. “The funny thing about that is really that to have such vehement feeling about it is something that perhaps they should work out on a psychiatrists couch.”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame media representatives did not respond to e-mail requests for comment.
Stanley believes the organization, like some of the band’s critics, has unfairly stigmatized Kiss for its marketing-savvy. Kiss has built a multimillion-dollar business that has led to nearly 100 million album sales and the Kiss brand has been licensed more than 3,000 times.
“Somehow in some of these people’s warped perspective, being commercially successful or being adept at marketing yourself somehow is contradictory to art and music,” Stanley said. “They would much more want to welcome the starving artist who winds up on a VH1 program having spent all their money, with everyone wondering, ‘What ever happened to so and so?’”
Stanley told the WSJ that he’s not just bothered by the fact that Kiss hasn’t been included. Other deserving acts have also been overlooked, he said, naming rock bands Rush and Deep Purple. He said he doesn’t consider some of the performers that have been voted in to be rock artists. Lauren Nyro, for example, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously at the induction ceremony on April 14. “I happen to be a huge fan of Lauren Nyro, who has as much to do with rock and roll as Peter, Paul and Mary do. She was a very brilliant writer, but her music is not Rock and Roll,” Stanley said.
Stanley said he is excited to hit the road for Kiss’ 40-date show tour with Motley Crue that starts in July. The two bands haven’t toured together since 1982, when a young Motley Crue opened for Kiss.
Stanley says that despite his complaints, he’s not going to “lose sleep” over the Hall of Fame exclusion.
“We are businessmen and musicians,” Stanley said. “And the music speaks for itself.”