Saturday, June 30, 2012

Photo Gallery: KISS At Kollenfest 2012

Photos: Yukho Wong / June 30, 2012 - Oslo, Norway
Check out these awesome photos of KISS performing at Kollenfest 2012 on June 30th. 
Thanks to Yukho Wong for the use of these great photos. Click on the photo to view a larger image.

Review: KISS At Kollen Sommerfestival 2012 / Photo: Jørn Gjersøe, NRK P3.

Kiss did a good brand of tissues and set a solid impact at the end of the first Ski Summer Festival.

Through many years enjoyed Kiss stuck in a mud lack of creativity and originality. The band of 90 - and 2000s a few albums without impressing noteworthy. But in 2010 came a turning point yet. After a long farewell tour was a better album than ever - Sonic Boom was a breath of fresh air.

One can criticize Kiss sucks to be cynical and and just think about money, but it can not be money that drives them anymore. They have enough to buy their own tropical island and sit there for the rest of your life. But one thing they have, they always deliver on stage, and this Saturday was no exception. The band seemed more inspired than yours truly has seen them before, and it is clear that they are experiencing a revival as a group.

The concert in Oslo is not part of a larger tour, but can be regarded as a warm summer's planned tour of the United States with Mötley Crüe. Probably used the opportunity to warm up to this summer's kompistur and opened with the classic "Detroit Rock City," "Shout It Out Loud" and "Deuce" and with the audience wooings both within and between songs glide elegantly over in "Making Love".

Kiss has never acted on just the show or just music - it is a synthesis one must take both parts of. And when they also have songs from three different decades, "Crazy Nights" is a good example, it is undeniably impressive impressive.

The voice of Paul is not what it once was, but then do not try Kiss to cover it up with the playback of any form or pre-recorded vocal tracks. The band also does the iron without embarrassment and fired more pyro than the average Norwegian municipality on New Year's Eve.

Tommy Thayer has vocals on "Shock Me" and together with Eric Singer has been a good addition to the musical community.

We get all the usual ingredients with blood spewing Gene, rocket shooting Tommy and even basooka-shooting Eric. Paul can still throw with the microphone, but misses on the first try and it looks undeniably a bit geriatric when he is down and pick up in the plateau shoes.

There are a few slightly dull solo parts that pull down and a bit slow introduction to "Black Diamond", so that Gene has time to get hung up on the bat wing that had fallen off. Additional numbers are a kind of potpourri of "Lick It Up", with a tendency towards improvisation that just makes the song any worse, "I Was Made For Lovin 'You", where Paul shows that he has realized his limitations as a vocalist and "Rock N' Roll All Night (And Party Every Day) ".

We end in a sea of white confetti that makes the area to look like any other jump-Saturday, before the destruction of the piggy-backing Paul guitar. Worth noting is that neither the band hit single "Modern Day Delilah" from the last album or the hymn "God Gift Rock n 'Roll To You", which they let seep out of the speakers at the concert ends.

All in all it was a solid strike that put the last sentence of the first Ski Festival.

Photos: KISS At Kollenfest In Oslo, Norway

Here's photos of KISS at Kollenfest in Oslo, Norway on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

Thanks to Irene Olsen, Robin Kristiansen, Steinar Heimlund, Raymond Hildonen, and Dag Lasse Sarassen for these photos.

KISS' Setlist In Oslo, Norway

Here's KISS' set list from their performance at Kollenfest in Oslo, Norway on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

Set list:

Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
Makin' Love
I Love It Loud
Crazy, Crazy Nights
Shock Me
Calling Dr. Love
100.000 Years
Love Gun
Black Diamond
Lick It Up
I Was Made For Lovin' You
Rock And Roll All Nite

KISS Performs "Detroit Rock City" In Oslo, Norway

Here's fan filmed video footage of KISS performing at Kollenfest in Oslo, Norway on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

KISS Performs "I Was Made For Lovin' You" & "Rock And Roll All Nite" In Oslo, Norway

Here's fan filmed video footage of KISS performing "I Was Made For Lovin' You" & "Rock And Roll All Nite" at Kollenfest in Oslo, Norway on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

KISS Performs "Crazy, Crazy Nights" In Oslo, Norway

Here's new fan filmed video of KISS performing "Crazy, Crazy Nights" at Kollenfest In Oslo, Norway on Saturday, June 30,. 2012.

Happy 35th Anniversary To KISS' "Love Gun" Album

Today In KISStory - June 30, 1977: KISS release the album "Love Gun".

Love Gun is the sixth studio album by KISS. Love Gun is notable for being the first KISS album to feature a lead vocal performance from guitarist Ace Frehley. This marks the first album for the group to feature lead vocal performances from all four band members. It was also the last studio album to feature the entire original lineup of KISS on every track, as drummer Peter Criss was replaced by session drummer Anton Fig for most of 1979's 'Dynasty' and 1980's 'Unmasked' albums.

"Love Gun" was the first KISS album to ship "Platinum".

Today In KISStory - 1977

Today In KISStory - June 30, 1977: KISS releases their first comic book.

Marvel Comics published the magazine-format full-color comic book presenting KISS 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.

Rumor has it that the comic ink that contained KISS' blood was mistakenly put into a copy of Sports Illustrated magazine and did not end up in the Marvel Comic as was intended by the band.

PodKISSt #60: All Hell’s About to Break Loose!

On this, the 60th PodKISSt (!), we take a look at what’s on the horizon for the KISS Army in 2012 and beyond. Of course, by the time you’re hearing this, some of our speculation will no longer sound relevant as more and more details are revealed by KISS themselves… but we wanna make sure to share that “calm before the storm” excitement with you, our loyal listeners!

Listen to the PodKISSt HERE.

Gene Simmons Comes To Mexico by Google

It's a fact: Gene Simmons will visit on July 14 in Aguascalientes, as it is the special guest at the "Tribute to Kiss Symphony" will offer the Mexican group AX'S and the Symphony Orchestra of Aguascalientes under the baton of Román Revueltas Isla San Marcos in this town. Also during this great party will be an exhibition and sale of memorabilia from the New York quartet.

Adriana Chavez Show Business Company representative, event organizer, said the details of the presence of Gene Simmons in this great show:

"It all started when the AX'S tribute band called us to offer a symphony concert and promote it. Then as a company we said, 'Can you imagine if one of the members of Kiss came to the show?' but it was only a comment on the air without itself would imagine that one of them, but never thought Gene Simmons himself. "

As a businessman, Gene Simmons is an extremely busy, especially his tour with Kiss and the upcoming release of his new album "Monster" and its "Family Jewels".

Adriana Chavez explained that the negotiations to work out the details was almost three months: "The first contact was delivering the material of the tribute band AX'S. It is important to note that the world may have many bands tribute to Kiss, but do not touch the concert symphonic. We believed in the project because we felt very new. Rodrigo Acuña, founder of Kiss Army Mexico was a fundamental part of the negotiation, since he is the person authorized to market the image of Gene Simmons in Mexico. "

The history of Kiss symphony came in 2003 when it planned to release a live album, but its leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley decided to travel to Australia and give a bonus to fans, what better than doing a concert together a symphony orchestra, which in this case was that of Melbourne.

Our informant, Adriana Chavez, Gene Simmons says the band falls squarely AX'S Mexican. "Yes, he knows he has a musical quality. First Gene had to give recognition, and before he was given a lot of material on video, information, pictures ... The negotiation lasted three months in what he was studying the project and authorized it. "

For Adriana Chavez this "Symphonic Tribute to Kiss" is quite an achievement, because not every day presents an original show of this magnitude: "Especially since every time Gene Simmons is worth much money. Arrive the same day, will serve the fans, take photos and give autographs. be presented at the concert and leave the same day. Not that I have in a hurry, just that was the agreement by the importance of character. "

The truth is that demand has been excellent, although there are still places available. Adriana Chavez invites us to go to the show: "La Isla San Marcos is a beautiful place with 10.000 points for the concert. People from throughout the Republic and we have sold access to fans of San Cristobal, Veracruz, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, State of Mexico, Zacatecas, and of course Mexico City, to name a few. I invite you to come, will be an event to see Gene Simmons singing and playing with the band and orchestra. There will also be VIP passes to meet Gene Simmons in person. "

It is noteworthy that for the "Tribute to Kiss Symphony" will open doors at six in the afternoon. In this way the public will enjoy the exhibition and sale items Kiss memorabilia and last but not least also raffled among those attending low ax autographed by Gene Simmons himself, which has a market value of five thousand flycatchers, and collectors know that after the concert worth much more.

On the idea of making "Symphonic Tribute to Kiss" in Aguascalientes, the organizer of the event ended: "I think it takes international events held in our state, and we are very well placed geographically for everyone to move, because we are in the center the country. addition is another air, an excellent opportunity to take vacations. It will be a party and know that Kiss fans across the country that only known on Facebook here they will find. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticketportal . ".

KISS Set To Rock Oslo, Norway Saturday Night

KISS is set to headline the 2nd night of the Kollen Summer Festival tonight (Saturday, June 30th) in Oslo, Norway. The concert will take place at the Holmenkollen National Arena.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Replacement KISS Anyone?

A few years ago, there were heavy rumors circulating around the internet that KISS would eventually produce a "KISS Idol" T.V. show to seek out replacement members to continue on with KISS after the current members of the band retire. We'll it seems that maybe that time is coming sooner rather than later.

In a recent interview with KISS bassist Gene Simmons, Gene mentions that KISS may indeed be retiring and finding new members to carry on the legacy of the band/brand after their worldwide tour in support of the new KISS album "Monster".

Says Simmons of a 'replacement KISS':

"The big question is the what to do when the tour is over. It may be necessary to put down the band and find four new young men who can go up on stage and wear our crowns.They will probably not be able to do it just like us, but the idea of Kiss is greater than the band. Kiss is iconic and just as much a brand as a band."

Do you think Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are replaceable as members of KISS? Will KISS be 'KISS' without them in the band?

Gene Simmons Predicts The End Of KISS...At Least As Fans Know Them / Photo: AP

Kiss Gene Simmons-veteran (62) considering to find four young men who can take over for the band after the next tour.

The big question is the what to do when the tour is over. It may be necessary to put down the band and find four new young men who can go up on stage and wear crowns our Simmons said by phone to VG.

The band puts Norway in question soon on a two-year tour and launching new studio album, "Monster," this fall. Then it may be necessary to find the heirs, and arrange a "Kiss Idol".

So you think that someone can fill their shoes?

They will probably not be able to do it just like us, but the idea of Kiss is greater than the band. Kiss is iconic and just as much a brand as a band, says Simmons.

When Kiss is on stage at the Ski Fest, there are 11 time they visit Norway. Norway has a special place in your heart.

Norway Friends

Everyone thinks they know what passion is. The truth is that those who have not experienced to see the Norwegian audiences jumping in their chairs, do not know what real passion is. Norway is unique, and we will make lightning and thunder. It will be a special show for Oslo, since it is always daylight there. The sun goes never down, Simmons laughs and explains that they will be using colored smoke for the occasion.

No fly should move low over the city that night. Our fireworks will go 3-400 meters up. Those who do not want loud, you should stay away. But those who want their life experience, to take the trip, 62-year-old locks on the phone from the United States.

Kiss has since its inception nearly 40 years ago, sold over 100 million records. Simmons boasts that the band's painted face is the most famous in the world, and is proud of having a big ego.

Live large

My philosophy is quite simple. Let's say that God gave us only one day to live. Would you then sit and watch TV while waiting to die, or would you live big - big love? I live each day as it is the only one, and I never regret anything. On my tombstone it should say: "Thank you and good night."

KISS launches new studio album, "Monster," this fall. The first single is the song "Hell Or Hallelujah."

KISS' "Monster" Due Out In October, New Single Out Next Week

KISS has announced that they will release their long anticipated 20th studio album "Monster" later this year in October.

The first single from the album "Hell or Hallelujah" will be available digitally this Monday, July 2nd, internationally, and on Tuesday, July 3rd, in North America.

Will you be downloading the song "Hell or Hallelujah" next week?

Paul Stanley On 'EXTRA!' Tonight

Iconic KISS frontman and founder gives EXTRA! exclusive ‘ALL ACCESS’ inside the Stanley residence and talks The Tour & MONSTER!

Paul Stanley, the legendary driving force behind the greatest band ever born on American soil, KISS, will take EXTRA! viewers on an exclusive “ALL ACCESS” tour of his home this evening. Paul also sits down with EXTRA! Correspondent Michael Corbett to talk about the much-anticipated concert event of the summer, The Tour with Motley Crue, and the equally-anticipated Paul Stanley-produced album, MONSTER.

Check your local listings or go to for show times in your area.

Gene Simmons Recalls Tearful Trip To Africa

Chronicled in his A&E reality series, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Kiss front man Gene Simmons recently traveled to Zambia, Africa to meet some of the more than 140 children he sponsors through ChildFund, and the trip was admittedly, a life-changer.

The Simmons family embarked on the first-time journey nearly 20 years after Gene first begun sponsoring the kids after wife Shannon Tweed devised the impromptu expedition as an extension of their honeymoon. While there, cameras rolled on his emotional reaction to the sub-human conditions he encountered.

"It's a good slap in the face," Simmons recalls of the abject poverty his sponsored children are forced to live in, telling that the trip had the usually stoic rocker fighting tears. "Every time we went someplace, I'd find myself turning away from our crew… and start crying 'cause I felt ashamed; I felt that I wasn't doing more."

The affecting visit also brought up vivid memories of his childhood in Israel, where he and his mother lived in similar poverty until he journeyed to America at age eight.

While there, Gene and Shannon passed out school supplies, soccer balls, backpacks and clothing. Shannon even gave one young woman the shoes off her feet.

And although the visit amped up his desire to improve the lives of impoverished children in Africa, adoption from the region is not on his agenda.

"A child is not a toy," explains Gene. "We have six dogs, two cats…You need to put in the time and the effort and be there... It's just not the right time for us to physically adopt, but that doesn't mean we can't save children."
Watch Gene's fill interview in the player above.

To learn more about ChildFund International, or to find out how you can also contribute, visit their website here.
Gene Simmons Family Jewels airs Mondays on A&E.

KISS To Unleash A Monster In October!


Legendary Band’s 20th Studio Album, first single "Hell or Hallelujah" available July 2 Internationally and July 3 in North America

"The music is all hard-edged — they call it "thunderock" — and throughout their electrical storm solid craftsmanship prevails." – Rolling Stone, 1978

"Nice to hear some things never change." Spin, 2009

"We’re a real, flesh-and-blood rock and roll band with people who’ve spent 40 years doing what we believe in." – Paul Stanley, 2012

Rock legends KISS return with Monster, the 20th studio album in their historic career, set for release in October through Universal Music Enterprises. The 12-track, straight-ahead rock 'n' roll album features collaborations among all four members—including co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer—in an album that shows the band at the top of its game. And that’s saying something, considering their illustrious, 40-plus year history—28 U.S. gold albums, the most gold records for any American rock band, 40 million sales in the U.S., and a total exceeding 100 million worldwide.

Monster is the group’s first studio album since the band’s 2009 smash success, Sonic Boom, and was also produced by Paul Stanley with Greg Collins at Conway Studios in Hollywood, CA, and The Nook in Studio City, CA.

The band's first single, the full-throttle, autobiographical rocker "Hell or Hallelujah," will be available digitally on Monday, July 2, internationally, and on Tuesday, July 3, in North America. Stanley calls the album’s lead track, "a battle cry that encapsulates the entire way or another, we’re going to do it our way."

Monster represents KISS’ nod to the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions. The group goes back to their own beginnings with the Who-like “Freak,” while Gene lives up to the title track’s declaration on the raucous rock of “Back to the Stone Age” and the bludgeoning “The Devil is Me.” Even guitarist Thayer takes a turn on his own with “Outta This World,” a tribute to his KISS “spaceman” character, while drummer Singer provides the vocals (and the back story) for the arena anthem “All for the Love of Rock & Roll.”

“There are no symphony orchestras, boy choirs, keyboards, outside producers or songwriters on this album,” promises Gene Simmons. “The best thing we did was to turn inwards to ourselves. Tommy and Eric have revitalized this band, with a work ethic and the talent to back it up. This is a real band effort. KISS has become a behemoth. We’re going where no bands have gone before.”

On July 4, the day after "Hell or Hallelujah" hits digital retail in North America, KISS crosses the ocean for its very own Tea Party, performing an Independence Day show at The Forum in London, a holiday most certainly not celebrated in the U.K., though this show might just offer some reparation for that bitter defeat in 1776. The concert will serve as a benefit for the British "Help for Heroes" organization, which raises money for its wounded, sick and injured troops. The band owes its own debt of gratitude to the English, admitting that Monster is influenced by the country’s great, legendary rock groups who influenced and inspired them to pick up their instruments in the first place.

“We’re all Anglophiles in this band,” says Simmons. “America may have invented rock and roll, but England knew what to do with it. They gave us the Beatles, the Stones, Led Zeppelin and the Who.”

Timed to coincide with the release of the Monster album is the deluxe coffee table, limited edition KISS MONSTER, a collection of artworks, 126 photos from the band’s 40-year career, including never-before-seen images from the world’s greatest rock photographers. The three-foot high, two and a half feet wide and two-inch thick Monster will be available in copies signed by all four band members and limited to only 1,000 copies worldwide. More info at

Thursday, June 28, 2012

KISS by Monster Mini Golf Featured In 'Funworld Magazine'



Yes, opening a miniature-golf course with the rock band KISS may seem like an unconventional move. But then again, owner Christina Vitagliano has never preferred going the traditional route. Take for example when she opened her first Monster Mini-Golf in Connecticut in 2004. The black-light course was indoors, which in and of itself made the facility stand out from the competition. In addition, she picked Memorial Day weekend for the grand opening.

“In most people’s heads, that’s a day you want to be outside,” she says. “My landlord said, ‘You’ll probably get eight people.’”

Vitagliano surpassed the landlord’s expectations many times over. In fact, that first insanely busy summer nearly 10 years ago culminated in regular conversations with the multiplatinum music act KISS, creation of a 14-foot-tall head of the group’s iconic singer/bassist Gene Simmons as a course obstacle, and the eventual completion of KISS by Monster Mini-Golf. Featuring the largest KISS gift shop in the world, a wedding chapel, and a VIP room, the Las Vegas facility debuted in March with a glitzy party (see sidebar). Just one month after opening, 10,000 guests had entered the front door, above which hangs a sign that reads, “We’ve put a whole lot of rock in our roll.” “It has not been a dull ride,” Vitagliano laughs.

Today In KISStory - 1996

Today In KISStory - June 28, 1996: KISS kicked off their 'Alive Worldwide Reunion Tour' at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, MI, before a sellout crowd. It was the first tour with original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley since their 1979 Dynasty Tour. The tour grossed $143.7 million, making it the most successful KISS tour to date.

Set List:

King Of The Night Time World
Do You Love Me?
Calling Dr. Love
Cold Gin
Christine Sixteen
Love Gun
Shout It Out Loud
Watchin' You
2,000 Man
Shock Me
Ace Frehley Guitar Solo
Rock Bottom
Gene Simmons Bass Fart
God Of Thunder
Peter Criss Drum Solo
New York Groove
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
100,000 Years
Rock And Roll All Nite
Detroit Rock City
Black Diamond

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed At "Savages" Movie Premiere

 Photo: Reuters Pictures

Gene Simmons and his wife, actress Shannon Tweed, arrive at the premiere of the film "Savages" in Los Angeles June 25, 2012.

80's KISS Photos For Sale By Photographer Wolfgang Heilemann

KISS photos from the 80's are now available for purchase from photographer Wolfgang Bubi Heilemann. Wolfgang took photos for BRAVAO magazine in the '60s and '70s.

See the photo gallery HERE.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gene Simmons & Nick Simmons At The "Rock of Ages" Premiere

Rock legend and KISS bassist Gene Simmons along with his son Nick stopped by the 'Rock Of Ages' black carpet.

Bruce Kulick Limited Edition Audiodog CD Now Available

A special Limited Edition pressing of Bruce's debut full-length solo CD. In addition to the 11 tracks included on the original release, this Limited Edition also features two new songs not included on the original release: the instrumental "495" and a very special track called "Bruce Sings to Joe."

Complete Track Listing: • Pair of Dice • Strange To Me • Change is Coming • Need Me • I Don't Mind • Monster Island • Please Don't Wait • Liar • I Can't Take • Dogs of Morrison • Skydome • 495 • Bruce Sings to Joe.

The external packaging on this Limited Edition the same as the original pressing, but the disc itself reflects "Limited Edition" and includes a signed, two-sided color postcard. A part of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Pet Adoption Fund, the place Bruce adopted Joe from in California.

Get your copy HERE.

Gene Simmons Meets His ‘Other Children

This episode of ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’ kicks off with Gene and Shannon in Zambia continuing their honeymoon. Gene seems clueless as to the fact that the two of them are heading out to meet some of his sponsored children. Shannon has been making the plans behind his back.

In Los Angeles, Tracy decides to go forth with having another child via her frozen embryo.

Shannon brings Gene to a child fund, where it finally clicks with him. “You planned this?” he asks. Once they arrive she drops the bomb; they’re meeting his ”other” children. It appears he was never expecting it.

Gene is introduced to the children and witnesses how they live. They give gifts, one item being a soccer ball, with which Gene plays a little. When visiting a school, the car is instantly swarmed by happy children. They meet Mr. Ngoma, the headmaster. Gene inquires about the living and eating situations of the children that attend. When he finds out they walk miles to school on empty stomachs, he offers to pay for the food. Back at the hotel room, they discuss taking care of the children in Zambia.

In Beverly Hills, Sophie is surprised when Nick, her boyfriend, shows up with Nick, her brother. She wasn’t expecting him for weeks.

Gene and Shannon head out to another school and meet more children. Naturally, they shower the students with much needed gifts: various school supplies. Needless to say, they are elated. Shannon’s hopes are that Gene’s feeling towards the children in Zambia will continue long term.

Sophie and the Nicks go out for lunch, where her boyfriend expresses that he’s “gotten Sophie a surprise,” but he cannot tell her brother what it is just yet, saying “it’s like a 12-year to 15-year commitment.” The two of them seem to get along immensely well.

Gene and Shannon head to a village where they meet one of the actual children Gene sponsors, Ester. The little girl lost her father and just recently her mother. She wants to be a nurse but there is no money for school.

The Nicks go to an interactive, indoor snowboarding arena. Nick, Sophie’s brother, has never been on a snowboard before and proves to have difficulties. Afterwards, the two of them leave to pick up Sophie’s surprise, which turns out to be a puppy. Sophie is touched.

At night in Zambia, Gene and Shannon are looking over the gifts they were given. Shannon asks if the experience has changed his mind about adoption. The two have a little fight regarding Gene’s initial distaste for an idea until it occurs: marriage, kids, Israel, Africa, etc. As history shows, he usually turns out enjoying it.

The next day, Gene receives an email from Sophie, saying, “Of all the things you do, this makes me the most proud of you.” He appears deeply moved. The two then visit another school, where the children sing a song as a welcoming. Gene loves that music is such a giant part of each and every school/village they have visited. When leaving, he asks to go back to one more village and to speak to the child fund counselors about scholarship programs.

The village they visit again is the one in which Ester lives. Gene says that if Ester passes her upcoming test, he will pay every single school expense.

Gene is now sponsoring over 1,200 African children.

Next week’s special one-hour episode focuses more on adoption as well as Tracy’s attempt to tell her daughter of her decision.

Sneak Peek: New KISS Monster Magazine

Here's a sneak peek of the first two pages of Paul Stanley's interview from KISS: Monster—The Official Album And Tour Magazine. which hits newsstands everywhere today!

If Gene Simmons is KISS’ fire-breathing, Cro-Magnon wraith, Paul Stanley is its gallant dragonslayer. With his iconic, romantic makeup design, flamboyant costumes and seductive stage swagger, Stanley not only defined hard-rock glamour fantasy in the 1970s, he coupled that otherworldly visage with one of the greatest howls in music history, a primal scream of such depth, range and power that he is rightly regarded as a master.

But like the band whose thunderbolt block-lettered logo he has stood in front of KISS for almost four decades, Stanley has evolved—as a songwriter, an artist, a businessman and a human being. When KISS hit hard times at the dawn of the 1980s, when the band removed their makeup and tried to become something else, when Simmons’ attentions wandered to Hollywood and sold-out arenas became half-filled stadiums, it was Stanley’s passion for the baby he helped raise that kept its pulse racing.

And even in those darker times, he was still learning how to better use the brush, writing songs that were structurally even better than KISS’ output in their early years. Stanley eventually parlayed his persona into a successful stage career, playing the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera, and constantly pushed his own creative and personal boundaries. He even found himself the late-in-life father of four children, perhaps one of his
most challenging and rewarding roles yet.

So when KISS reclaimed the world with their 1996 reunion tour and then, after that classic lineup dissolved due to an unfortunate repetition of history, built a new empire with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, Stanley was ready to again evolve the KISS legacy. Stanley and Simmons—the Lennon and McCartney of shock rock—once more went into the studio, but this time with Stanley in charge as producer. And under his rule, the new KISS lineup—arguably the absolute strongest to date—created the tough-as-nails rock epic Sonic Boom, a record that hit number 2 on the Billboard charts and, for the first time in KISStory, was positively reviewed and embraced by mainstream rock critics.

Now older, wiser and stronger than ever before, Paul Stanley, the Starchild, steers KISS into a new adventure with Monster, their 20th—and maybe best ever— record.

KISS MAGAZINE: Were you surprised by just how well Sonic Boom was received?

PAUL STANLEY: I think that on the heels of the numerous tours of this lineup, we built a solid reputation for pretty explosive shows and a consistency that hadn’t been there for a very long time, so the fans were ready and trusting that what they were getting on record was representative of what they had seen in concert. It was gratifying, but really, I wasn’t that surprised, because we had showed what we were made of. I just thought we could deliver what was evident in our live shows, and the early buzz from friends and people in the studio was very positive.

KISS MAGAZINE: What was the creative climate like going into the production of Monster?

STANLEY: The whole recording recording sequence of events was interesting in that…Listen, one of the main reasons I had to do Sonic Boom was to make sure that our last album was not Psycho Circus, which was a disaster on so many levels. You know, you can’t make a band album without a band. We had two members who were somewhere between delusional and just AWOL, and you can’t make an album in a studio while you’re on the phone with attorneys.

Gene Simmons In A Promo For Cool Springs Life Equity Strategy

Nathan DiGesare and Big Talk Media shot framed KISS rocker Gene Simmons in this 60 second opener to Cool Springs Life Equity Strategy.

Monday, June 25, 2012

COTN Episode #43- Top 5 Gene Simmons Bass Lines

Host Cassius Morris from "Creatures Of The Net" podcast discusses his top 5 favorite Gene Simmons Bass lines on episode #43.