Tuesday, July 31, 2012

KISSIN' TIME Canada's Tribute To KISS Tribute CD

Artwork: Spiro Papadatos / Spiro Graphics

KISSIN' TIME is a KISS tribute cd featuring the best Canadian Indie bands covering classic KISS songs. The CD also features album cover design and a new version of Rock And Roll All Nite both by Spiro Papadatos (who works for KISS). The CD drops in October. Spread the word, all proceeds got to charity!


Ace Frehley Performs 'Shock Me' & 'Shout It Out Loud' In Detroit

Video: Ronald Mark

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley performing 'Shock Me' & 'Shout It Out Loud' on Friday, July 27th in Detroit Rock City at the 'Rockin' the Riverfront Festival'.

KISS: 'Monster' Has More Feeling, Less 'Cocksmanship'


Gene Simmons Talks 'Monster,' Vows Band Will Tour 'Everywhere'

Gene Simmons says fans will hear a slightly different tact from Kiss when its new album, "Monster," is released Oct. 16.

"A lot of the lyrics and points of view have less to do with sort of the cocksmanship, craftsmanship -- 'Hey babe, I'm gonna rock you all night long,' and are more about sort of primal notions about who we are and how we feel," Simmons tells Billboard.com. "So something like 'The Devil is Me,' for instance, is more confessional; you can keep pointing your fingers at all the evil in the world, but you've got some of it and here's the Lord's decree -- the devil is me. Maybe there's a little devil in all of us."

Simmons considers "Monster" to be "one of the best or the top three albums we've ever done." Like 2009's "Sonic Boom," Kiss kept the 12-track "Monster" raw -- "Just guitar and drums, nothing else," Simmons says -- and singer-guitarist Paul Stanley again sat in the producer's chair. "In both instances he put aside everything else in his life and was there," Simmons says of Stanley, who co-founded Kiss with him in 1972 and stood up in his 2011 wedding to Shannon Tweed. "I no longer have that patience or the temperament to be strapped in the studio for three months. There's too much going on outside, and who better to trust than (Stanley)? He's a very good team player and isn't afraid to say, 'Yeah, maybe I'm not right? Let's try this' or 'Let's try that.' We'd go in and just try anything. It's really a band effort, like four guys in a car but somebody's got to be driving and everybody else is going, 'No, turn right here, turn right there!' Ultimately we're all going to the same place, and Paul got us there."

Read more HERE.

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of KISS Available August 28th


You can now listen to previews of Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of KISS on Amazon. The album will be available for purchase on August 28th.

Listen to samples HERE: http://amzn.to/QueLJo

KISS Destroyer Resurrected Now Available On iTunes


KISS Destroyer Resurrected is Now available on iTunes. We know some fans have been waiting for this day for a while.

Get your copy HERE.

KISS "Monster" Track Listing Revealed


The track listing for KISS' forthcoming album "Monster" has been revealed via iTunes.

"Monster" Track Listing (iTunes version):

1 Hell or Hallelujah
2 Wall of Sound
3 Freak
4 Back to the Stone Age
5 Shout Mercy
6 Long Way Down
7 Eat Your Heart Out
8 The Devil Is Me
9 Outta This World
10 All for the Love of Rock & Roll
11 Take Me Down Below
12 Last Chance
13 Right Here Right Now

Pre-order is now available HERE: http://bit.ly/QamqKB

"Monster" is set for release on October 15 (October 16 in North America) through Universal Music Enterprises.

Peter Criss Book Signing In New York


Original KISS drummer Peter Criss will be appearing at the fifth avenue Barnes & Noble in New York, NY on October 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM to sign his new book "Peter Criss: Makeup to Breakup My Life In and Out of KISS".

Fifth Ave
555 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Time: 12:30 PM 

Behind The Scenes: The KISS Crew In Action


KISS' show is a massive production that requires many people's hard work, night after night. Here are some photos of the hardest-working crew in rock!

Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSonline.

KISS: Monster Party In Toronto, Canada


On Friday, July 27th in Toronto at east end “grindhouse” theater The Projection Booth, FANGORIA hosted a swanky soiree to celebrate the release of their new pop culture periodical KISS: MONSTER – The Official Album and Tour Magazine.

Read more HERE.

KISS Concert In Tampa - The Real Story


KISS fans attend the KISS concert in Tampa.Here's there story.

Monday, July 30, 2012

'The Tour' Of 2012 Continues This Week



KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'THE TOUR' will rock Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, Alabama Tuesday! The summer's biggest, baddest rock tour will level four additional cities this week! KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE... On the same stage... On the same night. This spectacle of spectacles!

For tickets, VIP / Meet & Greet packages, and a complete list of tour dates visit www.KISSonline.com/tour.

July 31 Oak Mountain Amphitheatre - Pelham, Alabama
Aug 01 KFC Yum! Center - Louisville, Kentucky
Aug 03 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Woodlands (Houston), Texas
Aug 04 Gexa Energy Paviliion - Dallas, Texas
Aug 05 AT&T Center - San Antonio, Texas

The New KISS "Monster" Album Cover


Here it is! The new KISS "Monster" album cover. What do you think?

The Final Piece Of The KISS Monster Hunt!


KISS Army, Thanks for joining our Monster Hunt! This is the final piece of the MONSTER album art!

Visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/KISS/64075031411?sk=app_448513141849945&app_data=84d0235db4c8c48d3d986c7853966cd1a to add the KISSONLINE piece to your puzzle.

All previously revealed pieces can be found at Mashable - http://mashable.com/2012/07/24/kiss-monster-hunt/ , AOL Music - http://www.noisecreep.com/2012/07/25/kiss-monster-album-cover/, blog.omusicawards.com - http://blog.omusicawards.com/2012/07/kiss-reveals-album-art-via-online-scavenger-hunt/, VH1.com - http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2012-07-26/kiss-monster-lp-art-piece4/, Rolling Stone - http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kiss-roar-back-this-fall-with-monster-20120727, Yahoo.com - http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/jam/want-see-kiss-monster-album-cover-look-omg-070009227.html and Classic Rock Magazine - http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/kiss-album-art-final-piece-revealed/

Use the Monster Hunt Facebook app to collect all the pieces - http://www.facebook.com/KISS/app_448513141849945

You’ll be the first to see new album cover!

Original 1976-78 KISS Costume Worn By Paul Stanley On Ebay


An ebay seller has listed an original 1976-1978 KISS Starchild Costume worn by Paul Stanley on stage and also used in the Original TV Movie "KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park" that came out in 1977. Worn during both of the Love Gun and KISS Alive Tours.

See the listing on Ebay HERE.

Original 1976-78 KISS Boots/Shoes Worn By Peter Criss On Ebay


A seller on eBay has listed a pair of original 1976-1978 KISS Boots worn by Peter Criss on stage and also in the movie KISS Meets the Phantom of The Park that came out in 1977...The Love Gun Tour and KISS Alive tours.

See the shoes HERE.

Ace Frehley On Stage In Detroit

Photo: Rockin on the Riverfront Concert Series

Here's a photo of original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley in Detroit on Friday, July 27th at the 'Rockin' the Riverfront Festival' at the GM Renaissance Center.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ace Frehley Is Writing Another Book


Former KISS man Ace Frehley is writing the second part of his life story. Frehley is not only recording a brand new studio album, but he’s writing a follow-up to 2011’s No Regrets: A Rock and Roll Memoir.

“Writing that book opened the floodgates and put me in contact with a lot of people I haven’t spoken to in a while,” Frehley tells The Oakland Press. “A lot of stories came up I had forgotten about, and there were a lot of stories I came across too late.

“I’ve spoken with a couple of my old bodyguards, roadies and stuff; they helped me with the first book and they’re helping with stories for the second book, too.

“I’m having more fun now than I was way back then because now, in a sober state, I remember what I do,” he added. “That’s a nice feeling, to wake up the following day and remember what you did the day before. It wasn’t like that for a long time.”

Frehley plays at Hard Rock Hell in Gwynedd, in Wales, U.K. on the weekend of November 29 through December 3.

KISS Perform "Shout It Out Loud" In Tampa, Florida


Fan video of KISS playing "Shout It Out Loud" on "The Tour" in Tampa, Florida on July 28, 2012.

Photos: KISS At Cruzan Amphitheatre In West Palm Beach


Here's a great photo gallery of KISS at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida on 27 July 2012.

See the photo gallery HERE.

Guitarist John 5 Drops By KISS by Monster Mini Golf

 Photo: KISS by Monster Mini Golf

Here's a photo of guitarist and uber KISS fan John 5 signing the VIP Elder Door at KISS by Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas.

Paul Stanley To Take EXTRA TV Viewers On Tour Of His Home

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley will appear on Extra TV's "Mansions and Millionaires: Celebrity Real Estate" this weekend.

The driving force behind the greatest band ever born on American soil will take viewers on an all-access tour of his Los Angeles Italian Villa as well as give a sneak peek of what fans can expect from this summer's concert event of the season, The Tour, and the equally anticipated forthcoming KISS album, the Paul Stanley-produced "Monster".

Check your local listings for airtimes.

KISS Perform "Detroit Rock City" In West Palm Beach


Fan filmed video footage of KISS playing "Detroit Rock City" in in West Palm Beach on July 27, 2012.

New KISS Album Cover Closer To Being Fully Revealed


One more piece to be added to complete the new KISS album cover for "Monster". KISSOnline.com will reveal the final piece.

KISS Perform "I Love It Loud" In West Palm Beach


Fan video of KISS playing "I Love It Loud" in in West Palm Beach on July 27, 2012.

KISS' Private Set For Meet & Greet Fans In West Palm Beach


Here's fan video of KISS performing a private set for Meet & Greet fans in West Palm Beach on July 27, 2012.

Photo: KISS With The Florida Army




Here's KISS with the massive crowd at last night's concert in Tampa, Florida.

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline

KISS And Mötley Crüe Will Rock The Tour

www.ticketnews.com By Alysha Heers

Two of the baddest rock and roll bands have come together again after 29 years for The Tour. Kiss and Mötley Crüe are touring across the nation on a 43 stop tour this summer. The Tour started on July 20 in Bristow, VA and will run until September 23 in Hartford, CT. The Treatment a U.K. rock band will also join the bands this summer for one of the most hard core rock spectaculars of the summer.

Kiss and Mötley Crüe are "not a co-headline but a double headline," Sixx, bass player of Mötley Crüe said, according to USA Today. Each band will entertain the audience in their own elaborate ways with Tommy Lee's drum roller coaster and Kiss's rising platforms. Fire breathing, blood spitting, and pyrotechnics will always be had at the rock and roll shows.

However, they don't want to out shine each other so Mötley Crüe will take it easy on the blood this tour. Sixx said, "Gene has been doing the blood thing since I saw them when I was 14 years old, so we're obviously going to be respectful of that." The two bands will be blowing things up though: "We both perceive pyrotechnics in an entirely different way," according to USA Today.

Kiss has had a long 40 year old rocking career and they are not done. They performed a Farewell Tour in the Spring of 2000, but the band kept touring the world. In 2008, Kiss returned to the studio and made a greatest hits album, called "Jigoku-Retsuden," which was only released in Japan.

In 2009 Kiss released their 19th studio album, "Sonic Boom." This Fall, Kiss will released their 20th album, "Monster."

Kiss formed in 1972 and fans became infatuated with their wild shows, makeup, costumes, and heavy metal rock music. The band has sold over 100 albums, including 28 gold albums, which is more than any other American rock band in history. Kiss became eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1999, however, the band has yet not be inducted.

Mötley Crüe say that Kiss is their biggest influence. They turned 30 years old last year and released their latest single, "Sex" on July 17, just in time for The Tour.

Mötley Crüe formed in 1981 and became heavy metal superstars. "Dr. Feelgood" sold four million copies and hit number one in 1989, "Theatre of Pain" made it up to number six in 1985, and "Girls, Girls Girls" sold two million copies and took number two in 1987.

Their greatest hits album, "Decade of Decadence" climbed to number two in 1991. Their latest album, "Saints of Los Angeles" was released in 2008. Many fans know Mötley Crüe by their rock and roll lifestyle and celebrity girlfriends. Tommy Lee married both Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson.

The Treatment released their debut album, "This Might Hurt" in 2011 and they also released a five song cover EP in America the week of July 20, 2012. The band formed in 2008 and is influenced by AC/DC, Sex Pistols, and Aerosmith. Dhani Mansworth, the drummer, founded the band when he was only 15 years old and still in school at Cambridge, according to Examiner.com.

Mötley Crüe and Kiss had a tough time deciding who should open for them, but they announced The Treatment would be joining them on March 29. According to Gibson.co, Sixx, said "I am very happy for them. We played them nine months ago on 'Sixx Sense,' and fans really loved what they are about."

Kiss and Mötley Crüe also announced another show on September 29 in Mexico City, presales start July 30, general public onsales start August 1, according to Motley.com. To find out more information about The Tour and tickets visit: Kissonline.com or Motley.com.

KISS Play "Christine Sixteen" For Meet & Greet Fans In Tampa


KISS perform "Christine Sixteen" backstage during a private set for Meet & Greet fans in Atlanta on July 28, 2012.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Nights With Alice Cooper Plays KISS' "Hell or Hallelujah"


Rock radio show 'Nights With Alice Cooper' featuring legendary host Alice Cooper just played KISS' new single 'Hell or Hallelujah' on the weekend edition of his program.

Great to hear Alice support the new KISS single on his radio show.

Bruce Kulick Talks About Ace Frehley In New Interview


Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick was interviewed recently by Matt Porter's 'The KISS Room' on Montco Radio on Friday, July 27th.

During the interview Bruce talks about several topics, including original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley.
Bruce Kulick: "I can tell you...I don't know this as a fact, but I am sure that he (Ace) has tried to get back in the band again recently. And they've just reached that point where it's just like "No, not worth it." I think for Gene and Paul to show the success that they've created without Ace and Peter is, you know, kind or not, a sweet revenge for them."

Ace Frehley Unveils New Lighted Guitar In Detroit

www.KISSopolis.com / www.youtube.com

Former original KISS axeman Ace Frehley put on a FREE concert on Friday, July 27th in Detroit Rock City at the 'Rockin' the Riverfront Festival'.

During his performance of "New York Groove", Ace unveiled his new lighted guitar. Check it out!

KISS "Monster" Album Cover Almost Revealed


This past week, the KISS 'Monster Hunt' has been revealing pieces of the new KISS "Monster" album cover on various websites on the internet. Here's where we are at so far.

Only a few pieces left!

The Monster Hunt Continues Today!


Hey KISS Army. The Monster Hunt continues today with a new image being revealed at http://omg.yahoo.com/.

You can add the image to your Monster Hunt app by clicking the link below. http://www.facebook.com/pages/KISS/64075031411?sk=app_448513141849945&app_data=62455e4a20c7d9cd94141ef03c801d0e0

Gene Simmons: "The Band Is More Focused Than Ever."

www.rollingstone.com / Photo: Scott Sharpe

Gene Simmons recently spoke with RollingStone magazine about KISS and their new album "Monster" that is due out in October.

Gene: "The band is more focused than ever. The weather looks great for the band - reinvigorated, redefined, refocused and reborn." "If this was a first record by a new band, I'd be floored," he says. "If you like guitars and drums, this is right up your alley," Simmons explains. "Which is better than right up your ass. It's relentless til the end. We're not doing thrash. We're not doing any of that stuff. It's straight meat and potatoes. No messing around. And no ballads, no string choirs, no little boys doing a cappella, no eunuchs singing background."

Friday, July 27, 2012

Eric Singer Stage Played Snare Drums Now Available


What you get:

* An Eric Singer snare drum and stage-played drumsticks from THIS show, played during the encore

* Meet & Greet for you and one other person (friend or family member) with Eric before the KISS show, where you can take a photo with Eric

* Eric will sign the drum any way you'd like

* You will be given your drum after the show

Note: Purchase of drum includes meet and greet with Eric before the concert but does NOT include tickets to the concert itself. You will still need to purchase ticket(s) to attend the concert.

Visit www.ericsingerdrums.com for more details.

Eddie Trunk: "The Ship Has Sailed For Me For KISS."

 www.KISSopolis.com / Photo: Eddie Trunk / www.eddietrunk.com

Eddie Trunk has posted the following letter on his website www.eddietrunk.com in regards to a KISS by Monster Mini Golf appearance has was suppose to make, that was allegedly blocked from happening by the band. It seems Eddie has finally thrown in the 'KISS towel'. Eddie writes:

7/27/12: "It is inevitable whenever Kiss is active I am HAMMERED by Kiss fans asking me for my opinions, will I see the show, will I play the music, etc. eMail, Twitter, Radio, it is endless really. No matter how I answer (always honestly) to any given question, most fans interpret it, spin it, or distort it. I'm used to this. It comes with being in several ends of media and the fanatical fan. Most bands are also aware of how fans can spin things, take them out of context to appear in their good graces. Over the last 10 years it's shocking to me that Kiss hasn't figured this out. The most hardcore fan base in the world, and apparently they believe everything their fans say and post, much like those same fans buy everything the band says and sells. This is the best album, biggest show, etc. Same hype line every single cycle. This is the same segment of the fan base that will buy a $4000 book or $8000 guitar or $5000 meet & greet. If that's your trip more power to you. For me it was always about Kiss' MUSIC, what a concept! To that end I have played Kiss on the radio for 30 years. EVERY lineup, EVERY era since 1982. Even starting a yearly all Kiss special. I fought for Kiss for decades when there was NOTHING more uncool! ALL ERAS AND LINEUPS, NOT JUST THE ORIGINALS, the facts are there, pull the history and playlists. The premise I am friends with Ace and that drives any issues I have with Kiss is utter bullshit! Why would I play the band and albums all the time he had nothing to do with? Why would I dedicate my book to ERIC CARR? Just dumb, but it serves the purpose of the fans that want to stir the pot and look good to the band. I am the ONLY one in the bands home market of NYC that ever plays them besides R&R All Night. I even played the new single just a couple weeks ago. How is that someone that only cares about the original band? Laughable if you really look at the FACTS. Here is another FACT, the ONLY thing I have ever said about the current Kiss is I have no interest in seeing them because I don't like seeing Tommy & Eric as personas others created. Kiss can spin it any way they want, to me it is simply impersonation and looks wrong, feels wrong, and robs those guys of a chance to create and express themselves. That's how I feel as a fan, it's my opinion, and I stand by it. And guess what? TONS of others, both fans, and MAJOR bands feel the same exact way! I have endless proof of this, but few will say it on the record. Last I knew, a guy like Gene has NO PROBLEM telling anyone how he feels about ANYTHING. I would think he could respect an OPINION! I never once said Tommy & Eric should not be in the band or anything negative about them as people or players. But you see that doesn't make for exciting tweets or posts. Of the 99% positive I have said and done in support of Kiss, only the 1% I don't like is blown up and discussed by band and certain fans it seems. Kiss wants blind worship, all or nothing I guess. I have made my name being objective, honest and respecting those that agree and disagree. Having a dialogue is what my radio and TV shows have been built on. Debate and discussion is encouraged and most bands are not so hyper sensitive that they won't have that conversation. I never know where I stand with Kiss because I never know who got in their ear, what they heard or read. Last time I spoke to Paul Stanley was around 4 years ago when he recorded a radio ID just a couple nights before that was complimentary and I didn't ask for. I went to see his art thinking all was cool and he gave me major attitude. What changed in 48 hours? To this day I'll never know. The last thing I said to him was to please sit down for 5 minutes and explain to me what the issues are. Let's cut the he said/she said BS and communicate! He said we would, walked out the back door, and that was it. In the years since I have watched Paul and Kiss do countless interviews on outlets that NEVER play their music and really just know bombs, fire, makeup (maybe that's how they like it). I've seen them do countless radio shows that do nothing but mock them, question their talent, call them a joke when they are not standing in front of them. Kiss fans have asked repeatedly for the band to be on That Metal Show. The door was always open, but the awful Eddie Trunk was on the other side, so no go. The guy that defends the band constantly on so many levels, that has the R&R Hall director in studio screaming at him about the exclusion of Kiss, the guy that actually plays the bands music, but I am the problem because I have an OPINION about the current image of the band. NOT the people in it, but the IMAGE of who they portray! The decades of positive support never acknowledged, but one think I don't like makes me an enemy? Pretty sad.

The last straw for me took place just about a week ago. I was approached by the people that run the Kiss golf course in Vegas. THEY APPROACHED ME, to do an appearance there. I explained I would be open to it, we could do some Kiss trivia, have a good time and celebrate the band we all love and grew up with. And that's important to note by the way! I NEVER stopped being a Kiss fan and supporter through all of this! No matter what band you love everyone has something at some point in their history they weren't a big fan of, so what's the big deal right?? Before a deal could be reached for the appearance I told the Golf people to please check with Kiss if it was okay with them. Didn't want to book flights, rooms, make a deal, then find out there would be an issue. A few days later she came back to my rep and said all was good and we moved forward on all arrangements. After everything was set Kiss Golf called my rep and said the band heard about it and went crazy and told them I was not to do this event. AFTER all plans were final and I was told it was okay, Kiss themselves decide to block it from happening, costing me money in the process ('m sure that can at least touch a nerve with Gene!). Again, couldn't make it up, have the proof. For so long I have taken the high road on so many things. Experiences I could share would blow your mind, but you get the idea. I need this shit? I need to keep fighting for this band and their music? Lars from Metallica stood on stage at his festival and thanked me to the crowd for my support over the years just last month. Joe Perry just welcomed me to an Aerosmith show and tweeted his appreciation. Two bands by the way I have said many critical things about over the years! Now all that is super nice, but not what I seek. But I sure as hell don't need this petty shit from a band I have maybe more consistently supported than any other! If I wanted to be a "troublemaker" as Paul once called me I would tweet and post the countless emails I get from fans bitching about the prices of meet & greets, books or why the band has such little energy on stage and Paul's voice is shot. I don't know, maybe read the press from 10 years ago when he was worried about staying at the party too long with Kiss? Maybe it's time he replaces himself? But if you are bitching and keep buying you only have yourself to blame. The ship has sailed for me for Kiss. Support is a two way street and I'm tired of STILL fighting for the band and being treated like a problem. I was content to just opt to not go to the shows and let people make their own minds up. If you love it great, if you don't then do not go. Its really pretty simple and I respect both positions, always have, but I have zero interest in continuing to help a band that sees me as such a problem. Kiss was and always will be a huge part of my life. They were my first favorite band in hard rock. Some of the members past, present, deceased are/were friends. But the whole thing is just way too stupid now being treated like a disobedient child. To those that drink the Kool Aid and question nothing they will all make something up and spin this a certain way. Screaming about Ace & Peter on drugs (both have been sober more than 5 years, I know that hurts the master plan, but enough) and making it about me and the original lineup, which it is not and never was about. This is the last time I'll address this issue for now, but the truth needed to be told. Please direct your Kiss questions, comments, and requests for new music elsewhere. I've prided myself on being honest with my audience so there you have it. I truly respect and appreciate each and every one of you regardless if you agree or disagree on my feelings on current Kiss. After all I always thought it was okay to have an opinion and dialogue.So for the record that's mine. Enjoy the band and the shows if you are going, but please keep me out of it as you now know exactly what's what on my end, something to this day I could never figure out from Kiss themselves." - ET

Eddie has had his voice heard on the current line-up of KISS a few times on the internet in the past few years.

HERE: http://bit.ly/lCG5N6 

HERE: http://bit.ly/GIauvK
HERE: www.youtu.be/eUINXOgckyE

Photo: Gene Simmons On Stage In West Palm Beach, Florida

Photo: Michael Samuels

Check out this fan photo of Gene Simmons on stage tonight (July 27th) at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Rock With KISS 'All Nite' Aboard The KISS Kruise


Every cruise is a theater of moving parts.

It is a full deck of anticipation, laughter, stress and escape. By the end of a good cruise a sense of community exists.

Everything is in its place.

Of course, this is not lost on a transplant surgeon.

Dr. Alan Koffron of Birmingham, Michigan, was aboard the first Kiss Kruise, a four-day affair held last October. Also featuring hard rock mavens Skid Row and Chicago-based Bad City, the cruise tooled from Miami to the Bahamas and back.

Yes, it is that Kiss: "Rock ’n’ Roll All Nite," party every day, greasepaint makeup and the fire-spewing tongue of bassist and Family Jewels star Gene Simmons. Kiss has been around since 1973, when they were considered really scary.

"I'm a huge fan," Koffron says as the band plays an unplugged set on the Lido Deck of the 15-year-old Carnival Destiny as it pulled out of Miami. "But everywhere I go, everywhere I've been, I say, ‘I'm a Kiss fan'—they're like, ‘Really?' It invalidates you."

This isn't Dr. Love, as in the 1976 Kiss hit of the same name.

Koffron, 45, is a surgeon who is director of Multi-Organ Transplantation at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oaks. Prior to coming to Michigan in 2007 he spent 10 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where he was medical director of the Living Donor Program. "I love the music," says Koffron, a native of Iowa City, Iowa. "People go, ‘You are going on a Kiss cruise?' Absolutely. Why not?"

The Kiss Kruise was produced by Sixthman, the Atlanta, Georgia-based company that has been creating musical themed cruises since 2001. The Kiss Kruise was a near sellout with more than two thousand people representing twenty-six countries.

Sixthman had assembled thirty-seven musical cruises prior to the Kiss Kruise. Headline artists have ranged from Lyle Lovett to Lynyrd Skynyrd.

No cruise has attracted more international visitors. "Every one is unique," Sixthman CEO Andy Levine said in a Q & A with fans on the final day of the cruise. "But the one thing we see is that if someone is 20 years old or 90 years old, there's this attitude, belonging and family that forms from year one to year two to three. It's powerful, the relationships that come out of it."

Another Kiss Kruise will embark this fall, October 31 to November 4.

Kiss had never performed on the ocean. The band's roots are the landlocked boroughs of the Bronx and Queens, N.Y. "It was far beyond what I anticipated," Kiss cofounder, guitarist Paul Stanley says from his home in Beverly Hills, California. "Halloween would only increase the intensity. The feeling is much more of a tribe than a rock concert. Rock bands are age-specific. If you're there, you don't want your younger brother at a rock show—and God forbid, your parents. But this is the world's largest secret society. There is a sense everyone is in it together."

Just like Kiss, Koffron had never been on a cruise. He was with his fiancée Julie Stein, who is a liver surgeon in Michigan. (Enter your rock ’n’ roll joke here.) They met when Koffron was presenting a paper at a medical conference. They were married in December.

The Kiss getaway was the idea of David Colling, who owns and operates the popular Vivio's restaurant in the Eastern Market in Detroit. He had seen Kiss thirty times prior to the cruise, dating back to the Cobo Hall days in downtown Detroit. Christine, his wife of 20 years, grew up with Stein in Detroit. They remain best friends.

Colling, 44, says, "I was looking for something for a long weekend because she is a teacher. This fell in our lap. Then we asked Julie and Alan, which made it even better. My big theme has always been around something I love.

"And this is something."

In his comments to the Kiss Navy, Levine says, "One thing we talk about when we're discussing whether to do a cruise or not is how deep the roots are between the band and the fans: how many years, how many albums, how many tours. Without question Kiss is the deepest roots we have seen. We challenged the band to bring it to life. If anyone can be creative, it is Kiss. We're not going to try to out-create Kiss. And we felt four days is a good time for everyone in the band."

Between catching three live Kiss sets in four days, Kiss fans amuse themselves with a Kiss look-alike contest that included hundreds of folks mimicking Simmons' long tongue, Kiss Karaoke and Kiss Trivia.

On the first day of the cruise, Koffron says his favorite Kiss song is the rather sedate symphonic version of "God Made Rock ’n’ Roll," recorded in 2003 with the seventy-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and filmed for Kiss Symphony Alive IV. "It's a powerful thing," he says. "It builds and builds. It's a shifting crowd song. Their music absolutely resonates in Michigan." At the end of their second of two plugged-in, full makeup shows on the cruise, Kiss dug back to their chestnut "Detroit Rock City."

Koffron reflects, "One of the reasons I left Chicago is there wasn't the buy-in of loyalty like there is in Detroit. In Detroit, people live and love their place as good as bad as it can be. There's more transplants in Chicago. Since I moved to Michigan, it's been imparted on me to give a hug and let's go forth."

The healing power of music and medicine go together like Kiss cofounders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. "Music is like your fuel," Koffron explains as the band plays their hit ballad "Beth" in the background. "You wake up, music makes your day go. If you're having a bad day, you don't want a song to make you cry. It can charge you up.

"I don't listen to music during an operation. But before, we have it on ‘Let's go, let's go.' Its always a similar genre to Kiss, a powerful, driving music."

Kiss negates the aging process when they perform with their black and white face painting. It's not like watching Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones or Paul Simon add mileage over the years. Simmons' persona has always been "The Demon," while Stanley is "The Starchild." Stanley explains, "The longer we go on, the bigger we become. There's a sense of timelessness. There are times I see photos and I have to check out some of the details to know when it's from. And we have so much respect for our music and our fans that when we play a song we play it the way it was recorded. There's nothing more disrespectful to everybody than to turn your biggest hit song into a reggae number because you're bored. There's something invincible about Kiss, and it's more apparent when you see us live." The Kiss Kruisers appreciate the fact that the band plays the hits note-by-note the way they were recorded.

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Photos: KISS In Raleigh, N.C.

 Photos: Scott Sharpe - www.newsobserver.com

Here's are a few select photos of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Tommy Thayer at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C. on Sunday, July 22, 2012.

See all the photos HERE.

The Monster Hunt Continues Today!


Hey KISS Army, the Monster Hunt continues! Start hunting for the MONSTER album art now!

A different piece is located at a different site every day. Check out the MONSTER HUNT app on the KISS Facebook page to find out where pieces are located each day. http://www.facebook.com/KISS/app_448513141849945

Today's hint can be found at Rolling Stone - http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kiss-roar-back-this-fall-with-monster-20120727

Previously revealed pieces can be found at AOL Music - http://www.noisecreep.com/2012/07/25/kiss-monster-album-cover/ , Mashable - http://mashable.com/2012/07/24/kiss-monster-hunt/ , O Music Awards - http://blog.omusicawards.com/2012/07/kiss-reveals-album-art-via-online-scavenger-hunt/ and VH1 - http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2012-07-26/kiss-monster-lp-art-piece4/ .

We're in the homestretch with only a few more pieces to go until the album art is revealed! Use the Monster Hunt Facebook app to collect all the pieces.
Collect all the pieces between today and Monday July 30th and you’ll be the first to see new album cover!

KISS Roar Back This Fall With 'Monster'

 www.rollingstone.com / Photo: Neil Lupin/Redferns Getty Images

'If this was a first record by a new band, I'd be floored,' says Gene Simmons.

It's been just shy of four decades since KISS released their eponymous debut album. But as Gene Simmons says, the hard rock titans – who are set to drop their 20th studio album, Monster, on October 16th – are still firing on all cylinders.

"The band is more focused than ever," Simmons tells Rolling Stone. "The weather looks great for the band – reinvigorated, redefined, refocused and reborn."

While Simmons and lead singer Paul Stanley remain the band's only original members, Monster marks the second consecutive KISS record, following 2009's Sonic Boom, created with a lineup that includes drummer Eric Singer and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer. Simmons insists the new album ranks up there with some of the notoriously outlandish crew's finest work. "If this was a first record by a new band, I'd be floored," he says.

Monster was recorded at studios in and around Los Angeles and, like Sonic Boom, was co-produced by Stanley and Greg Collins. Though it has been finished for a few months, the bassist and perennial self-promoter says there was no point in rushing out something this epic. "Just because you have a lot of ammunition doesn't mean you have to shoot your wad right away," he says. "You have to pace yourself."

Monster itself does not pace itself: it's a full-on aural assault, from the first note of the opening track and lead single "Hell or Hallelujah" ("I rode the highway to heartache/ I rode the ship of fools" ) to the appropriately titled "Wall of Sound," a barn burner anchored by a snaking guitar lick. The album doesn't let up until Stanley lets out a final jarring wail on "Last Chance."

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KISS And Mötley Crüe Help Veterans Find Jobs


CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Kiss rocked Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Wednesday night in northeast Charlotte.

The band has been working on a new mission. They are helping people who put their lives on the line to serve our country.

Kiss, along with Mötley Crüe, donated $250,000 to the Hiring Our Heroes campaign.

Front man Paul Stanly says they want to bring awareness to the plight of America's veterans.

The program is helping more than 10,000 veterans and military spouses find jobs.

KISS Play "Nothin' To Lose" For Meet & Greet Fans In Atlanta


KISS perform "Nothin' To Lose" backstage during a private set for Meet & Greet fans in Atlanta on July 24, 2012.

KISS Perform "Rock And Roll All Nite" In Charlotte, NC


Check out this fan filmed video from the third row of KISS playing "Rock And Roll All Nite" at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

KISS Perform "Detroit Rock City" In Charlotte, NC


Fan filmed video of KISS opening their show with "Detroit Rock City" at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

KISS Play "Deuce" For Meet & Greet Fans In Charlotte, NC


KISS perform "Deuce" backstage during a private set for Meet & Greet fans in Charlotte, NC on July 25, 2012.

This week www.KISSonline.com reported that due to tight scheduling on "The Tour", KISS will now perform a "private" set each evening for Meet & Greet fans instead of a soundcheck.

Here's a clip below of "Calling Dr. Love".