Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tommy Thayer: "Looking Forward To The Release Of Monster This Fall"

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KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer posted on his website:

"Hi, looking forward to a big tour this summer of North America and then the release of Monster this fall. Also, stay tuned for details on my new Epiphone TT Signature guitar, coming soon!

Keep it rockin' - Tommy"

Profile: KISS' Attorney, Raymond E. Scott

 
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Up in Tellico Village lives an attorney, but not just any attorney. This one has an interesting resume that rivals many hot shot Hollywood lawyers.

Ace Frehley Announces Summer Tour Dates and Appearances

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Ace Frehley has announced four Summer tour dates as well as a three-day appearance at the Days of the Dead event in Indianapolis, IN. The dates are as follows:

July 6: Indianapolis, IN, Days of the Dead Signing
July 7: Indianapolis, IN, Days of the Dead Signing
July 8: Indianapolis, IN, Days of the Dead Signing

July 11: New York, NY, Best Buy Theater (Tix on sale Saturday!)
July 13: Jackson, MI, Jackson County Fairgrounds, Thrills in the Irish Hills, (w/Ted Nugent)
July 27: Detroit, MI, GM Renaissance Center, Rockin' on the Riverfront
August 4: Greenville, WI, Greenville Lions Park (w/Sammy Hagar)

Ace VIP meet and greet packages will soon be offered. Stay tuned to AceFrehley.com for details.

Gene Simmons On The Facebook IPO

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Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons on the problems with Facebook’s IPO, his company’s hiring of veterans and how Obama has done as President.

KISS New Orleans Concert Available On AT&T U-Verse On Demand


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KISS New Orleans Concert Available On AT&T U-Verse On DemandKISS CONCERT ON AT&T U-VERSE VIDEO ON DEMAND NOW!

Catch the KISS performance from the AT&T Block Party in New Orleans at the Men’s Final Four Big Dance Concert Series, now on AT&T U-verse On Demand! See below for tune-in information:

Available on U-verse:

· Chl 1800/Showcase (on weekends)
· U-verse On Demand under “Featured” category
· uverse.com/KISS
· U-verse App for smartphone: U-verse Specials

The concert will be available through 8/30/12.

Joliet Superfan Organizes KISS Expo

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There probably won’t be any fire-breathing or spitting of blood at the Holiday Inn on Larkin Avenue next month — then again, there could be.

The Kiss Chicago Superfan Expo will be held at the hotel, 411 S. Larkin Ave., from noon to 8 p.m. June 9, with everything a Kiss fan could want to see and hear, except for the actual band members.

The expo is organized by Joliet native Jim Frangella, a member of the band’s fan club, the Kiss Army.

“I’ve seen Kiss on almost every tour that they’ve been on through the Chicagoland area. I have met all of the (band) members, with and without makeup,” he said. “There’s no other band in the world like this because they have all the pyrotechnics, the makeup and the stage show and it’s just the most exciting band I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Frangella aims to bring that excitement to the expos he coordinates, including vendors selling Kiss memorabilia, tribute bands, raffles and contests.
The Joliet expo this year is set to include appearances by the Gene Simmons Axe Bass tour bus and its driver, Paul Heyland; Ace Frehley’s stunt double from 1978 television movie “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park”; Joliet Kiss tribute band, “Psycho Circus”; Kissonline.com webmaster Keith Leroux; and 105.5 “The Kat” radio personality, “Freak.”
There will also be a raffle for a new Punisher 2 bass guitar signed by Gene Simmons.
Admission will cost $15 at the door, while children age 12 and younger get in free.
Tickets are available in advance. To buy tickets or for more information, contact Jim Frangella, chicagokissexpo@live.com, or visit http://web.me.com/kissexpo/Site_5/Chicago_Kiss_Expo.html.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gene Simmons Family Jewels 2012: Why A New Baby Now?

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"Gene Simmons Family Jewels" has the newlyweds Gene and Shannon working out how marriage is going to look for them. After being together for two decades, the two decided to tie the knot and now they need to work out the few bumps that weren’t fixed in their relationship just because they said "I do."

Shannon, who is usually the voice of reason in the Simmons household, is pushing to adopt a child now that their two kids are grown and gone. While bringing a new baby into the house might signify a new beginning for Gene and Shannon, she seems to be the only one thinking this way. Huliq suggests that Shannon and Gene might have too much to deal with already in their marriage without adding a baby to the mix.

Nick and Sophie think that adopting a baby is Shannon’s attempt at "doing over" her life with kids now that hers are grown. They want nothing to do with a new baby brother or sister. Gene is not feeling the adoption either; they’ve been there and done that already with two of their own, but he is open to listening to Shannon's thoughts.

Besides everyone up against Shannon’s idea of adoption, there’s too much work to be done on her relationship with Gene to throw a new baby into the mix. With Shannon finding out that Gene is still keeping porn pictures of himself and groupies in a safety deposit box, her trust level goes down even further than before. This is especially the case after Gene tries to tell her she knew about it years ago and she said he didn’t tell her this.

Bringing a new baby aboard won’t fix the things that need work in her relationship, but if you look back at how Shannon lived her life with Gene for the first twenty years, this might give you a hint at her possible train of thought on this. While Shannon was bringing up Sophie and NicK, she was distracted and what was going on with Gene was something she overlooked because of this.

Is Shannon subconsciously trying to put this back in place once again as a safeguard towards making her marriage work? She could be thinking this will give her and Gene one more reason for trying to make this work with a new baby in the house.

Read original story HERE.

Gene Simmons To Appear In Elvis Presley Tribute Book

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Here's a photo of Gene Simmons wearing a pair of Elvis Presley's famous glasses. Gene tweets: "Just did a photo session for a forthcoming Elvis Tribute book. I was proud to wear Elvis' glasses. Coming soon."

Bruce Kulick Remembers KISS Revenge On Its 20th Anniversary


To celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the release of REVENGE, all next week former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick will be doing a look back at the album, including thoughts about each track. Bruce writes: 

"Revenge marked the return of KISS in what I considered to be top form. Not that previous albums I was involved in didn't have highlights and memorable songs and performances, but Revenge was truly meant to be just that... a way to say to all who thought that KISS may have lost its way that we got the goods and we take no prisoners.

It started with bringing back Bob Ezrin. Naturally he had some great success with KISS on Destroyer, but some say The Elder was not a good step for the band. No matter, here was a producer/songwriter who I felt had the ability, respect and a proven track record to make this new album a classic. That meant no compromise. The songs were carefully picked over. The performances had to be perfect. The lyrics had be pure KISS. Ezrin's vision with Gene and Paul was that this new album would be a shining star in the band's career."

Read more HERE.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Eric Singer: “I Love The Fans."

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Eric Singer:

“I love the fans. Their is NO band that has fans like KISS. This zealous. This dedicated. This cool. Some of my really close personal friends, I’ve met because they were KISS fans. I think that’s cool. There are some great people and we have a common language; everybody speaks KISS.”

Alec Baldwin Wearing A KISS Shirt In "Rock Of Ages" Movie Poster

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Check out actor Alec Baldwin wearing a KISS t-shirt in the official poster for the musical film "Rock of Ages", which opens June 15.

Full Episode: "The Honeymoon Is Over" - Gene Simmons Family Jewels

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After a 28 year courtship, Gene and Shannon are finally man and wife. But just because a ring is on her finger doesn't mean all of their troubles are behind them. When Shannon wants to adopt a child some of Gene's past indiscretions rear their head.


Total KISS Madness In Norway

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The Norwegian KISS Army is definitely ready for KISS to rock "Kollenfest" in Oslo, Norway on Saturday, June 30th, 2012.


KISS - 20 Years Of Revenge With Eric Singer; "I Was Getting The Opportunity To Play In KISS Now, But Under Really Bad Circumstances Because Eric Carr Passed Away”

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May 19th 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the brilliant KISS  Revenge album. BraveWords.com has marked the passing of this landmark  record with a series of interviews conducted over the last few weeks.  Our first four parts focused on the lesser known heroes of the Revenge  album as well as former KISS guitarist, Bruce Kulick. In this, our fifth  and final installment, we focus our attention to current KISS drummer,  Eric Singer. He first came to prominence with KISS as ‘the new guy’ on  the Revenge album. BraveWords.com caught up with the veteran drummer  (who is gearing up to hit the road with the band on their The Tour with  MÖTLEY CRÜE) for his comments on the album that started his career with  the band.

BraveWords.com: Tommy Thayer recently mentioned that he did background vocals on Revenge.

Eric Singer: “Yup. I was there when he did it. I did it with him and (I think) Jaime St. James and somebody else was there. I think Tommy has a co-write on one of the songs on the record. If I remember, when I did the record... I did the drum tracks in two sessions and then I went on tour with ALICE COOPER right away the next day - after I did the second batch of songs. When I came back months later (after the tour) they were doing overdubs and mixing... I wasn’t there when Bruce was doing lead solos and the vocals, but I was there when we did some background vocals and I remember us doing it. I remember me going in a recording a gong for the very end of ‘Unholy’. I recorded two different size gongs to try and get this ‘wall of sound’. The idea of me wanting to do the gong came from me being such a huge QUEEN fan and Queen geek... ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ - the last line ‘any way the winds blows’ and the big gong at the end. That’s where I got the idea. I always thought that was such a great effect. We actually did that on one of the songs on the new record, Monster, as well. The thing ends with a big gong. We love the production stuff and Queen is my favorite band, so I’m biased.” 

Read more HERE.

Shannon Tweed Burns Gene Simmons’ Nudie Pictures On ‘Family Jewels’ Season Premiere

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The eighth season of ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’ kicked off with flames tonight (May 28) on the A&E Network, as the Demon’s new wife, Shannon Tweed, set his prized photo collection of previous sexual conquests on fire.

The episode centered on Simmons and Tweed adjusting to their new life as a married couple. In the opening scene, the couple are in one-on-one sessions with their therapist, Dr. Ann Wexler. Simmons tells her that married life is “wonderful.” Tweed says that Simmons is acting differently, but still has a lot to learn. She still doesn’t trust her new husband, even though he is making strides, which Gene admits is a struggle. “There are cloudy days and there are sunshine days, but every day is a good day,” he says.

Following the session, the Simmons family, including their children, Nick and Sophie, discuss the changes in their relationship, with Nick and Sophie describing their parents’ sex life in awkward detail. Still, their public displays of affection surprises Nick, who makes several smart-aleck remarks about how they’re behaving in the reverse of other couples, who begin hating each other after the marriage.

Simmons brings in a giant blow-up of the photo of the family at their wedding, much to the surprise of the other three. Although they are happy that Gene is showing a commitment to the family like never before, the size of the photo is embarrassing to them and Shannon says that it will not be displayed in the house.

Over lunch with a friend, Shannon talks about the possibility of adoption, which is the main plot of this episode and an arc for the season. Shannon then tells Wexler that she has always wanted to adopt, even after the births of Nick and Sophie. She’s worried about the changes that it will bring to the family dynamic, but she feels that, with Nick and Sophie grown, she still needs an outlet for her maternal instincts.

After having difficulty finding the right time to bring up the subject, Shannon finally confronts Gene about her desire. “Two is not enough?” Gene asks. As it turns out, a woman from an adoption agency, Robyn Harrod, is waiting downstairs to speak with the couple about it. Harrod also brings up the idea of being a foster parent, and tells them about the differences between adoption and raising children of your own. Without explicitly saying he’s against it, Gene’s lack of enthusiasm for the idea tips Shannon off.

The third act found Gene in Wexler’s office discussing Shannon’s wishes, admits that it’s all happened so fast that he hasn’t had time to think about it. But you can still sense that he doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Later, the couple discuss it in their bedroom, where Shannon says that Gene’s life as a rock star is still moving forward, but hers, as a mother, has stagnated. Gene, clad in Kiss pajamas, says he’s willing to financially support 100 children, but isn’t sure if he wants the emotional commitment at this stage in his life.

Later, while moving boxes of keepsakes in their garage, Shannon finds a mysterious set of keys. Unable to find the proper lock, she asks a friend how she should confront Gene. After a session with Wexler, she confronts him in his office about the keys. He admits that it’s the key to a safe-deposit box containing his famous collection of photos of the many women that he has been with. Although the photos are no secret, Shannon basically tells him that they have no place in their marriage, and that if she will destroy the photos if he won’t.

Gene tells Wexler the origin of the photos, that they started as a result of his newfound fame since he didn’t drink or do drugs. “They then became trophies,” he says, saying that they were no different than new pieces of Kiss merchandise.

Late in the show, a third plot develops over Sophie’s new boyfriend, with Shannon trying to give her daughter the benefit of her experience. Talking to Wexler, Shannon says how proud she is of her daughter. She also expresses dismay that Gene’s past keeps coming into their marriage, and they is worried that these revelations are affecting her desire to adopt. This is reinforced when Harrod calls the house to tell Shannon that an orientation for adoption is coming soon, but Shannon says she’ll have to miss this one.

Gene feels “embarrassed and ashamed” for getting caught. She wonders why he kept them, through all the years of the relationship and the births of their children. He knows he’s in the wrong and tells her that, whenever she gives the word, they will go to the safe-deposit box and dispose of the photos forever.

In a couples session with Wexler, Gene and Shannon discuss the photos. He admits that there was never any emotional connection to the women, and that he would feel emasculated if Shannon brought pictures of her ex-boyfriends into the home. As the session goes on, we see them going to the bank to pick up the portfolios. The show ends with Shannon lighting them on fire as Gene watches.

Next week’s episode will center on Shannon asking Nick and Sophie for their thoughts about the adoption

Gene Simmons Bucks The Trend Of Rock Stars Supporting The GOP

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Gene Simmons bucks the trend of rock stars supporting the GOP

KISS Rocker Gene Simmons comes OutFront to discuss his show, his politics and his support for troops. Simmons hires a veteran as a KISS roadie.


Monday, May 28, 2012

On The Road With The Dean And KISS

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Did you ever wonder what it would be like to go on the road with a big-name rock band? Lots of parties, screaming fans, babes, VIP everything? Well, not exactly. Dean Snowden has been a very good friend of mine for a long time. If that fact doesn’t entice you to read an interview with him, then perhaps the fact that he is the official photographer for KISS, plus their VIP Meet and Greet specialist, will.

Read more HERE.

Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed Tweeting Live Tonight

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Gene Simmons and Shannon Shannon Tweed will be tweeting live tonight during the season premiere of 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' at 9/8C on A&E.

Follow Gene: http://twitter.com/#!/genesimmons
Follow: Shannon: http://twitter.com/#!/shannonleetweed

Darth Vader & His Gene Simmons Axe Bass

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Darth Vader and his new personalized Gene Simmons Axe Bass.

Got Yours? Get one HERE.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Smashing Pumpkins Perform 'Black Diamond' At Rock in Rio 2012

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Smashing Pumpkin perform KISS" classic "Black Diamond" at at the Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal over the weekend.

KISS Ad Norwegian Summer Festival

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Here is an advertisement for KISS' appearance at the Kollen Summer Festival in Oslo, Norway.

KISS will headline the 2nd night of the Kollen Summer Festival in Oslo, Norway on Saturday, June 30th, 2012. The concert will take place at the Holmenkollen National Arena - the roof of Oslo - made world famous by its iconic ski jump that can be seen from all over the capital. This new two day festival will feature 26 artists on three stages!

”KISS Saturday on the big stage at Kollen is a dream come true. To really experience a band like KISS you need a stage that justifies the greatness of the band, and Kollen is the only festival in Norway that can provide just that. It’s flat out extremely cool to be able to give Oslo an exclusive concert with the worlds largest rock ’n’ roll circus as the grand finale on the first edition of Kollen ever.” – Pål Jakobsen, head of booking Kollen.

Visit www.kollenfest.no/ for more information on the show, or www.billettservice.no/ to purchase tickets.

Rare 1974 KISS Promo Poster Sells For $1500 On EBay

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When Kiss shipped their 1974 debut album out to radio stations, it included a little something extra in the form of a full color poster of the band. Nearly 40 years later, that one-time freebie courtesy of Casablanca Records & Tapes has a collector’s value of at least $1500, based on the one that recently sold on eBay.


This poster goes to prove that branding has always been important to Kiss. Though Gene Simmons and company have since taken that idea to extremes, Kiss has always been exceptionally clever in marketing themselves. Can you imagine a disc jockey or record store owner in a remote town opening up a promo package, finding a white label promo album that included this poster with it? This poster could have very well been the first image they saw of the band, and chances are they wanted to hear what these four boys in make-up sounded like. Mission accomplished.

Due to the way it was originally shipped, the seller notes that every copy of this poster has crease marks in it — in fact, if it doesn’t, it’s likely a reproduction. This particular poster was purchased at a Kiss convention in the early ‘90s and though it does have the fold lines, it’s been in a frame since that purchase date. The listing notes a few minor flaws but overall this rarity appears in very good condition. Good enough to pay $1500 for? Apparently!

Read original story HERE.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Gene Simmons & Slash In New York

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Here's a photo of Gene Simmons and Slash at the Sirius XM Studios in New York on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.

Chicago KISS Fan Expo


The 2012 Chicago KISS Fan Expo will take place at the Holiday Inn at 411 So. Larkin Ave. Joliet, IL 60436 on Saturday, June 9th.

Come out and join KISS fans & friends from all over the Midwest and share your love for all things KISS.

KISSOnline will be attending the event with the latest Official KISS merchandise! We look forward to seeing everyone!

WHAT TO EXPECT:

- KISS Tribute Band “ Psycho Circus” live performance
- New and vintage KISS merchandise for sale all day
- Drawings, contests, and prizes
- The Gene Simmons Axe Bass tour bus will be on site
- Eric McKenna of Boogie Street Guitars

For tickets and more information visit http://web.me.com/kissexpo/Site_5/Chicago_Kiss_Expo.html.

The 2012 Chicago KISS Fan Expo is a fan produced event. By the fans, for the fans!

Today In KISStory - 2006

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Today In KISStory - May 25, 2006: KISS is honored and performed at the first 'VH1 Rock Honors' concert in Las Vegas.

KISS performed "Detroit Rock City," "Deuce," "Love Gun" and "Makin' Love."

The final performance of the night featured an All Star band tribute to KISS with surprise guest Ace Frehley, Tommy Lee, Slash, Scott Ian, Gilby Clarke and Rob Zombie performing KISS' 'God Of Thunder.'






Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed With Slash & Myles Kennedy

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Here's a photo of Gene & Shannon with Slash and Myles Kennedy at Sirius Satellite Radio.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

7 Year Old Dustin Covers Ace Frehley's "Rip It Out"

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Check out the talent on seven year old Dustin covering former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's "Rip It Out".

KISS' 20 Years Of Revenge; Bruce Kulick - "I Think I Finally Impressed Them On Revenge"

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May 19th 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the brilliant KISS Revenge album. BraveWords.com has marked the passing of this landmark record with a series of interviews conducted in the last couple of weeks. Our first three parts focused on the lesser known heroes of KISS’ greatest non-makeup album. In this, our fourth installment, we switch our attention to guitarist, Bruce Kulick, who had a long tenure with KISS and is still revered by the fans. BraveWords.com caught up with the veteran guitarist (and current member of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD) to discuss his work on KISS’ classic, Revenge. 

Read more HERE.

New Roadie Paul Jordan's Letter To KISS

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Here's the letter that Paul Jordan submitted along with his resume when applying for the KISS Roadie gig.

"I retired on November 1, 2010. My last job was a Squad Trainer at the Basic Officer Leader Course. I was an Infantry Squad Leader on the two deployments to Iraq and was a marksmanship instructor on my short stint in Afghanistan. This job would mean the world to me. To be able to stand off stage and point to the greatest, legendary rock show of all time and say that I helped create it, is more than I can put into words. I have been a fan since I was four years old(1975). A neighbor kid came over and snuck the KISS Alive! album under his jacket and into my room. He pulled it out and we played it on my little plastic record player. Back then, parents considered KISS dangerous for kids to like. But I was hooked and that is all I ever asked for at Christmas and birthdays. I have seen them six times, including their 1997 Reunion Tour in Budapest, Hungary. I also have Gene Simmons tattooed on my chest(see enclosed pic). This would be a dream job for me."

Gene Simmons Crashes 'RapFix Live'

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The best thing about a live show (and sometimes the worst things about a live show--though not in this case) is that you never know what, or who, will happen. This time it was Kiss frontman Gene Simmons who walked right onto the "RapFix Live" set during Wednesday's episode, after his concluding his own interview in another studio nearby. Let's just say Simmons made an impression during his brief appearance, but we wouldn't expect anything less.


First off, Rocky's reaction to Gene Simmons was priceless. Only one word necessary: "wow." The Harlem rapper was pleasantly surprised by the appearance, offering Simmons to shake his hand and he must've gotten more than he bargained for in the response. "A$AP you're a powerful and attractive man," Simmons told him, asking for a full handshake--"I'm not that pale, come on, give me the whole thing"--before adding, "You sir, are gonna be very popular in jail."

Oh, to be Sway in this moment.

After making his presence felt, Simmons, who is heading out on tour soon with Kiss and Motley Crue, said his gracious goodbyes. "I wish you luck--make a lot of money and gimme all of it."Rocky took it all in stride, still shocked that the Kiss singer had just breezed through. Plus, he was feeling the style. "You've gotta love that guy. I dont like the jail comment though, but other than that I'm honored."


Ace Frehley To Appear At Spooky Empire's 'May-Hem' In Orlando

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Former original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will appear at Spooky Empire's May-Hem at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida on May 25, 26, and 27.

More info HERE: www.spookyempire.com

Ingrid Michaelson Dresses As Gene Simmons

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Here's a video from musician Ingrid Michaelson for her new song "Blood Brothers". In the video, Ingrid pays homage to some of her favorite music stars including Gene Simmons, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, and David Bowie.

Ingrid Ellen Egbert Michaelson is a New York-based indie-pop singer-songwriter.


KISS Hires Army Vet To Be A Roadie For 2012 Tour


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There’s the U.S. Army and there’s the KISS Army.

One is a branch of the United States military while the other is the fan club of the legendary rock band that first rose to prominence in the 1970s.

A veteran of both armies, Paul Jordan can look forward to spending time with the band as a roadie on its 44-city tour with Mötley Crüe.

A lifelong fan, Jordan beat out more than 1,900 other hopefuls who applied for the job as part of the Hiring Our Heroes program. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and NBC News kicked off the initiative in March to help veterans and military spouses find employment.

KISS was one of the organizations that signed up for the program. Bassist and singer Gene Simmons broke the news to Jordan during an appearance on the Today Show on May 23. Jordan served more than 27 years in the Army, deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan three times.

Jordan, who will be a carpenter on the tour, shared his experience of looking for work during the Today Show appearance:

“Since I retired, I’ve had a really hard time trying to find a job,” Paul told the Today anchors. “It’s tough for veterans out there sometimes.” He called the KISS roadie job a “dream come true. I’ve always wanted to be involved with KISS somehow … This is incredible!”

The goal of Hiring Our Heroes is to have the business community commit to hiring 500,000 veterans by the end of 2014. To date, the campaign has received more than 181,000 commitments.

Gene Simmons & New KISS Roadie Paul Jordan

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Here's Gene Simmons on 'The Today Show' on Wednesday, May 23rd with the winner of KISS' "Hiring Our Heroes" contest Paul Jordan. KISS hired Paul to work as a roadie this summer on "The Tour".

"Hiring Our Heroes" has a goal to have the business community commit to hiring 500,000 veterans by the end of 2014.

Gene Simmons Offers U.S. Veteran A Job

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Kind-hearted rocker Gene Simmons has offered one lucky U.S. war veteran his dream job of joining KISS as a road crew member on their upcoming tour.

The hitmaker and his band are set to kick off their summer tour with Motley Crue in July, and, in a bid to give back to retired members of the armed forces, he launched a contest to find one die-hard fan in need of work. And on Wednesday Simmons unveiled his new employee on U.S. breakfast show Today – in a bid encourage other Americans to lend a hand to struggling veterans.

Introducing Paul Jordan as the winner, Simmons said, “Here’s a gentleman who’s had three tours of duty voluntarily. Paul has been in Iraq and Afghanistan three times. He’s volunteered to risk his life for you and I. He’s been wounded twice. He’s been in the U.S. Army (for) 22 years – voluntarily. If you don’t give him a round of applause now I’m gonna find out where you live.”

And Jordan was elated: “(It’s a) dream come true! I’ve always wanted to be involved with KISS somehow. I mean I’ve been a fan since I was four-years-old.”

Simmons signed off, adding, “Our heroes go and represent us on the field of the battle, voluntarily, and then they come back and we throw them back out: ‘Here, good luck, go get a job.’ They should have guaranteed jobs… Give them a job, it’s the least you can do.”

–WENN

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Gene Simmons & His New Four Legged Friend In N.Y.

Photo: Shannon Tweed

Here's a photo of Gene Simmons and the 'new family dog' in New York City today. Both Gene and Shannon were in New York promoting the new season of 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' that starts on May 28th at 9/8 C on A&E.

Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed On 'The Today Show'

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KISS front man Gene Simmons and his reality-TV star wife, Shannon Tweed, talk candidly about their marital struggles as documented on the new season of “Family Jewels.”

 

KISS B.C. Lottery Tickets Promo Clip

Scratch and Win B.C.

NEW KISS TICKET COMING TO BC LOTTERY RETAILERS ON MAY 7, 2012! Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have a quick chat about our new Scratch & Win ticket. Rock on!

Gene Simmons: Hiring Vets Is The Least We Can Do



 

Gene Simmons Is In Trouble On 'Family Jewels'

 
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The KISS rocker finds himself in trouble with his wife after she discovers a mysterious key on the season premiere of A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels."

Tune in to A&E on May 28th at 9/8 C to see the season premiere of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels".


Today in KISStory - 1979

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Today in KISStory - May 23, 1979: KISS release "Dynasty".

"Dynasty" is the seventh studio album by KISS. It was produced by Vini Poncia and released on Casablanca Records on May 23, 1979. "Dynasty" marked the first time that the original four members of KISS did not all appear together for the entire album.

With the exception of his song "Dirty Livin'", Peter Criss does not appear on the album, and he would not perform on another KISS album until 1998's Psycho Circus. Drummer Anton Fig played on all the other tracks on "Dynasty".

"Dynasty" restored KISS to commercial prominence, reaching #9 on the US Billboard album chart. It was certified platinum by July by the RIAA.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Latest Wedding At KISS by Monster Mini Golf

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Here's video of the latest wedding at KISS by Monster Mini Golf's 'Hotter Than Hell' KISS wedding chapel in Las Vegas.

Eric Singer & Tommy Thayer Q&A At The Indianapolis Expo

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For those of you who couldn't make it to the Expo, here are a lot of answers to some of the questions that are on everyone's minds, even though they are not what some would like to hear but remember "good things come to those who wait".

Tommy Thayer On New KISS Album "Monster" And "The Tour" With Motley Crue

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Tommy Thayer of KISS talks with StarCam's Jennifer Tapiero at The Heart Foundation Gala about the band's new record, the big tour with Motley Crue, and how KISS shows are a huge workout.

Monday, May 21, 2012

KISS - 20 Years Of Revenge Part III; Bob Ezrin's "Go-To Guy" Dick Wagner

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May 19th will mark the 20th anniversary of the brilliant KISS Revenge album. BraveWords.com will mark the passing of this landmark record with a five part series of interviews conducted in the last couple of weeks with the major players on the disc as well as a few musicians that you may not know took part in the album’s recording sessions. Our third such surprise is guitarist, Dick Wagner. Like Tommy Thayer and Kevin Valentine before him, Revenge marked Dick’s second appearance on a KISS album (having played on the band’s seminal album, Destroyer). Wagner has always been a go-to-guy for producer Bob Ezrin and made a name for himself as part of Alice Cooper’s original Welcome To My Nightmare album and tour. BraveWords.com caught up with the veteran guitarist to talk about his chance involvement on KISS’ classic Revenge album. He’s also recently released an autobiography, Not Only Women Bleed.

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Gene Simmons In Africa

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Here's Gene Simmons in Zambia, Africa last week at the Child Fund headquarters. Gene is holding up a box of 'Tom's Shoes" that are being given out to poor kids.

Tommy Thayer's All Star Salute To The Oregon Military

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The "All Star Salute to the Oregon Military" gala raised over $400K, kicking off the two-year, $6.5 million Oregon Military Museum Capital Campaign last Friday evening May 18, at the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn, Ore. The museum will be named in honor of Retired Brigadier General James B. Thayer Sr., one of Oregon's finest military and civic leaders and father of KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. In attendance were Honorary Co-Chairs, Oregon Governors Vic Atiyeh (1979-1987) and Ted Kulongoski (2003-2011), as well as special guests Robert Waxwell (Congressional Medal of Honor recipient), Master of Ceremonies Peter Jacobsen (PGA star), Bill Schonely (Basketball Hall of Fame), Doc McGhee (KISS manager) and Patrick Lamb (Grammy-nominated Jazz musician). The evening featured film documentaries on BG James B. Thayer Sr.'s career, and the History of the Oregon Military. A live auction that included a KISS-autographed guitar and KISS Concert package raised over $185K. The night culminated with a live performance by the Patrick Lamb Band that featured KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer joining in on several songs.

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Paul Stanley '1974' Action Figure

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Here's a KOL sneak peek of the new Paul Stanley '1974' action figure. The figure pictured is a prototype that was submitted for approval. The KISS '1974' Figures will be released later this year by Figures Toys.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Today In KISStory - 1980

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Today In KISStory - May 20, 1980: KISS releases "Unmasked".

At the time it was the last studio album from the original lineup of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, although Criss actually had no involvement with the recording of the album. Anton Fig (uncredited) played all drums on the album. This album marked another departure for Kiss: this was the first album since 1977's Love Gun  not to feature all members on vocals, excluding the four solo releases in 1978.

Although Unmasked marked a major departure musically for the band, the album reached #35 on the U.S. Billboard chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 30, 1980.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gene Simmons Signs On For Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp

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Gene Simmons will teach boot camp-style sessions to rock gods in the making.

The affable Gene Simmons has just signed-on for Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp 2012. In its 15th year, the Camp will take place in fabulous Las Vegas, from October 10th to the 14th.

"I can't think of a better way to kick off our next installment of Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas, with none other than rock god Gene Simmons," stated David Fishof, founder of the camp.

Welcoming musicians of all skill levels, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp 2012 campers will have the opportunity to write and record one original song, jam nightly with the likes of Mr. Simmons, and perform during a live concert at the MGM Grand on the final night.

“I can’t wait to reveal the secrets of becoming a rock star. Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp is a grueling, military-style musical training process. And I’m just the guy to be your sergeant. Now drop and give me twenty,” stated Simmons.

Other rock stars that are participating in this year’s camp include Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), and Sebastian Bach. If you feel the need to rock with the best of them, get thee to Sin City in October. For more info regarding the camp, visit www.rockcamp.com.

Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed In Cannes

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Here's a photo Gene Simmons posted on his Twitter account of him and Shannon in Cannes, France this week. Gene writes:

"Here we are on a nice, sunny day in Cannes, France. Yes, I'm holding a nice, fashionable handbag. What of it."

Gene Simmons Remembers Donna Summer


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Gene Simmons has taken to his Twitter account to remember the late Donna Summer. Gene writes:

"A sad goodbye to Donna Summer. Gracious. Caring. She sang on Burnin' Up With Fever on my solo album. She will be missed."


Friday, May 18, 2012

Today In KISStory - 1993

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On this day in KISSTORY - May 18th, 1993, KISS featuring Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick were inducted into Hollywood's famed RockWalk. At the ceremony in front of fans, friends and family, Paul, Gene and Bruce spoke to the crowd and then left impressions of their hand prints in a block of cement. After adding plates of the KISS logo and their signatures, the stone plaque was later added to RockWalk located at the site of the famed Oriental Theatre now Guitar Center Hollywood. Eric Carr was posthumously inducted into the Rock Walk in 1995 and added to the KISS plaque.

Visit RockWalk's website at http://www.rockwalk.com/ and look up KISS under inductees for some more photos of the induction as well as photos of some of RockWalk's KISS memorabilia including an Ace Frehley Les Paul guitar, Peter Criss' boots and Paul Stanley's Iceman guitar and boots.

Dedicated to honoring those individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the music industry, Hollywood's RockWalk became a reality on November 13, 1985. At last, the Rock 'n Roll world could claim for itself an institution every bit as compelling as Mann's Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hollywood's RockWalk has honored such creatively diverse and equally as accomplished individuals and groups such as KISS, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Johnny Cash, Dick Clark, Willie Dixon, The Doobie Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul, John Lee Hooker, The Moody Blues, Phil Ramone and Smokey Robinson.

Today In KISStory - 1993

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Today In KISStory - May 18, 1993: The KISS album 'Alive III' is released. The recording of Alive III took place over multiple dates (in Cleveland, Detroit and Indianapolis) during the band's 1992 tour in support of Revenge.

Chicago KISS Fan Expo In June

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Mark your calendars for the Chicago KISS fan expo that will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2012.

2012 Atlanta KISS Fan Expo This Sunday

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The Atlanta KISS Fan Expo returns this Sunday, May 20, 2012 at the Atlanta Hilton Northeast in Norcross, Georgia.

The Fan Expo will feature KISS dealers from around the world with pure KISS Collectables with some various Rock 'N Roll thrown in! KISSOnline will also be attending the event with the latest Official KISS merchandise! We look forward to seeing everyone!

Tommy Thayer To Perform At Military Museum Fundraiser

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Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for the rock band KISS and son of an Oregon war hero, is scheduled to perform at a fundraiser for the Oregon Military Museum on Friday, May 18 at the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn.

His father, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) James B. Thayer, will be honored by the museum during the event. James Thayer helped save the lives of thousands of Hungarian Jewish refugees during World War II when his platoon liberated a concentration camp, and is the recipient of the Silver Star and Bronze Star.

The dinner, auction and music event, which begins at 5:00 p.m., kicks off a two-year, $6.5 million capital campaign to renovate the Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Gene Simmons To Headline Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp In Las Vegas

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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas or so they say! Celebrating our 15th anniversary, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp is proud to announce the next installment of our highly successful music-magic experience taking place in sin city this coming Fall. Headlining the October camp at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be co-founder and bassist for KISS and the face of A&E’s “Gene Simmons Family Jewels”– iconic rock god and media mogul Gene Simmons.

“I can’t think of a better way to kick off our next installment of Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas with none other than rock god Gene Simmons,” says Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp founder David Fishof.

“I can’t wait to reveal the secrets of becoming a rock star,” says Gene Simmons. “Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp is a grueling, military style musical training process. And I’m just the guy to be your Sergeant. Now, drop and give me twenty.”

Ace Frehley Plays With UFO Cover Band

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"Flight To Mars" featuring Ace Frehley doing 'Black Diamond' at the Casbah in San Diego, CA. "Flight To Mars" is a UFO cover band featuring Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.

KISS' "Monster" Album Has No Release Date Yet

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During the 2012 Indy KISS expo Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer answered questions about KISS' forthcoming 20th studio album "Monster". Apparently, no release date has been established yet for the release of "Monster".

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

COTN Podcast #41 - Asylum Album Review Show

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Cassius is joined by John Beckett and Matt Porter for a review of the KISS album, Asylum.


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