Friday, August 31, 2012

The KISS Kruise II Promo

Paul Stanley Interview

Legendary rock icons KISS are back with their new album MONSTER. The album, the 20th studio release in their long lasting career, is set for release in the middle of October through Universal Music. The follow up f
or the 2009 release SONIC BOOM includes 12 straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll tracks and it features collaborations of all four band members: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. The band landed in Europe in early July for a brief promotional tour which included live shows in Oslo and London. We met a very cheerful Stanley in London prior to the bands sold out performance at the HMV Forum and discussed about MONSTER, Kiss Kruise, future plans, as well as many other interesting topics… Read on!


First of all, the MONSTER is finished and it’s ready to roll, it’s ready to go. How do you like the results at this point?

PAUL STANLEY: I think it’s terrific. I mean I have said it so many time already, you know, the idea wasn’t to make an album that sounded like we once sounded. It was to make an album that sound like we have never sounded. The idea of making of an album that is a retro album… I wasn’t interested of that. I wanted to make an album that has vitality and passion and that’s a great rock album. I don’t want to make a great KISS album. I don’t want to be judged by other KISS albums. It’s ok to judge KISS by KISS but it’s also nice to open up the gates and say not how good is this compared to KISS albums but how good is this comparing to the albums that I love.

Actually, I got an advance copy of the album a while ago and now after several listens I would say that it really is all fresh, it’s all new, it rocks, it’s energetic and kicks major ass.

PAUL STANLEY: I think it’s all we wanted it to be. It’s not a great KISS album, its great rock album. I think this is a great album. I didn’t want us to make an album, some bands remember saying, “Oh, they are making an album that sounds like they did”. I wanted to do an album that sounds like we never did. Something that’s new.

I totally agree with you but I disagree with Gene who said that MONSTER is like “meat and potatoes” type of album because I think that this is the most versatile album you have ever done…

PAUL STANLEY: I don’t know. Everybody has an opinion about it. I just know it’s a very, I would say a cohesive album. It feels like an album, it feels like every song that’s on there, belongs on there. It got a focus and a point of view. That’s what I wanted the album… I didn’t want it to be a scattered... I wanted something that felt like a work, a body of work

Gene also said (again) that the album does sound like a mix of CREATURES OF THE NIGHT and REVENGE but I do honestly think that the album does sound different to anything you’ve done so far.

PAUL STANLEY: Yeah, I think that’s such a trap when we start going on “Oh, it’s this one mixed with... it’s not…” that’s crazy. How could it be this mixed with that or whatever album it is? It’s MONSTER and it is its own thing. It’s the next step and it’s a result of everything else we have done but I’m lost when, you know, someone starts saying it’s REVENGE cross with this or LOVE GUN cross… that’s crazy.

I would say I 100 % agree with that and I’m really happy about how the new album sounds.

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Latest KISS Magazine Cover: Metal Hammer

KISS appears on the cover of the new issue of Metal Hammer Norway. The issue features an interview with Gene Simmons and Eric Singer from the Norwegian Kollen Festival.

The photo of Gene originally proposed for the cover is now a poster that is included in the issue.

KISS Plays The Fair To Generations Of Rock Fans

If you think all Minnesota Kiss fans are 40- or 50-somthings, you'd be wrong, Frank Vascellaro reports

Crue, KISS Team Up For One Wild Ride

Imagine eating a Pronto Pup, a tray of cheese curds and a bag of mini-donuts. Then going on that new Stratosphere ride, the double-Ferris wheel and the roller coaster.

Well, the State Fair grandstand presented the musical equivalent of that Wednesday night -- a doubleheader of Kiss and Motley Crue. If ever two bands were built for the fair, these holdovers from the 1970s and '80s, respectively, are. They had makeup, pyro, loud guitars, leather-throated vocals and more gimmicky gizmos than you could find inside the grandstand. Talk about your thrill ride and freak show rolled into one.

Despite the gymnastics of Crue drummer Tommy Lee and the blood-spitting antics of Kiss' Gene Simmons, the music of both bands was really just meat-and-potatoes rock -- served with an overdose of condiments. Just three chords and sex, drugs and volume.

The Crue brought lasers, flamethrowers, fireworks, a flame-shooting bass guitar, water sprayers, fire and scantily clad women who sang, danced and did tumbling tricks in the air suspended only by thick chains.

But the tour de force is always Lee's drum kit, which this time was on a round track so he could play upside down. If that wasn't enough, he brought a fan -- Jessica, who said she was sober (to Lee's chagrin) but sporting a new Crue T-shirt -- for a ride as she strapped on behind him for a trip on the wild side.

Truth be told, despite all the bravado, f-bombs and feigned Hollywood decadence, the Crue didn't exactly rock the house the way they used to. Frontman Vince Neil still has a high-pitched yelp but didn't ooze the energy of old.

The real hero during the sluggishly paced 85-minute set was guitarist Mick Mars, who has been suffering from a spinal disease for years but seemed more active than in the recent past and cut loose on some whammy bar-spiked solos.

Like the Crue, Kiss offered a set that was mostly an assembly of greatest-hits plus one new song. And, of course, the kingpins of rock theatrics had plenty of the same old tricks -- a fireworks-shooting guitar, giant flames, Simmons' flying to the top of the stage and Paul Stanley's riding a cable over the crowd to a platform among the 13,138 fans. The new wrinkles were a giant video screen backdrop (the biggest the State Fair has ever seen), Kiss spelled out on video instead of actual lights at the back of the stage and Simmons' wearing a wedding band. Now that's really new.

Relatively new guitarist Tommy Thayer played it fast and clean and sang credibly on "Shock Me." At 60-something, the ever-energetic Stanley and Simmons didn't seem to miss a platform-shoed step.

Both Kiss and Crue have headlined the fair before, in 2010 and 2005, respectively. As co-headliners, which of these golden oldies was better?

The sing-alongs were a tossup. Lee's drum kit roller coaster couldn't be beat. But Kiss had more creative visuals, no ballads (bravo!) and charged pacing. Heck, even Stanley's arms were better toned than Neil's, even though the Motley Crue singer is a decade younger.

If these two monsters of rock were rides on the Midway, Dr. Love (Kiss) was more exciting than Dr. Feelgood (Motley Crue).

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Guitarist John 5 In A KISS Ski Mask

Photo: John 5

Guitarist and KISS fan John 5 posted this photo of himself wearing a 'Catman' ski mask.

'KISS Monster Book' Purchase Letter

Source: Thomas Michael Anderson

Here is the actual letter you receive from the 'KISS camp' when you purchase a 'KISS Monster Book'. The letter reads:

"Your MONSTER is Coming...


You are one of only 1,000 dedicated KISS fans to own the KISS MONSTER BOOK - the largest and most awesome rock book ever published.

We will be in touch again soon with delivery information, so you'd better start working out now cos this book is gonna to take some lifting!"

Review: KISS And Mötley Crüe At Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

When you open for Kiss you have to put on a hell of a show, and Mötley Crüe delivered. From the displays camaraderie to the set list full of hair metal hits, Crüe brings brotherhood onstage and encourages it amongst the audience. With four-way fist bumps and sly "we got this" smiles, Crüe really does seem to be in it together and working as a unit to get you pumped

If you've been hurting for some '80s glam rock, "Shout at the Devil," "Dr. Feelgood," "Kickstart My Heart" and "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" bring you the party that you've been missing for the last twenty years. "Girls, Girls, Girls" was a particularly misogynistic good time, with the huge screen behind the band flashing photographs of scantily-clad ladies that looked like they were ganked straight from the Nude Photo Hunt bar video game. (Spliced in that sequence was a photo of Justin Bieber--nice one!) "Home Sweet Home" brought a little feeling back in the game, with low lights, a lovely full-audience sing-along and dudes holding their ladies tight.

The band members are exactly as you might remember them. Tommy Lee is still skinny and surfer-dumb goofy. His solo strapped-in upside down rollercoaster drum performance is impressive, but the medley of terrible strip club music in the background is distracting. (And I hate Rush, but Neil Peart totally did it better.) Nikki Sixx still has Joan Jett hair and wears the makeup under his eyes. Vince Neil is still smarmy in his shiny cargo camouflage bell-bottoms. (For some reason he reminded me of the "young girls in white cotton panties" scene in Wayne's World.) And, yes, Mick Mars still looks like a goth catfish.

Is it weird that I hope for a Guns 'n' Roses-style riot every time that I'm at Riverport? (And I'm from St. Louis so I'll be calling it Riverport forever, thankyouverymuch.) I had high hopes that Kiss would incite the crowd to such a degree that the barely bolted down rows of chairs would go flying in a colossal mess of a fight that would leave me terrified and with a great story to tell my grandchildren.

I was not blessed (or cursed, really) with this scenario, but I did see something else of note: my very first Kiss show. The band members have been cultural icons for nearly 40 years, so I really have no excuse. And their face-painting styles are so iconic that it doesn't even really matter who is behind the makeup anymore, if you wear the star or the kitty whiskers, you're a proper member. More than a few people in the crowd rocked the Kiss gear, including some possibly coerced children.

Read more HERE.

KISS And Mötley Crüe Rocked St Louis Monday

The much anticipated combo tour of heavy metal icons Mötley Crüe and KISS made a stop Monday in St. Louis at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, playing to a packed house.

“The Tour”, as it is being called, is a co-headlining tour that is filled to excess from two bands that have nearly 70 years between them to show off. “The Tour” has anything and everything a solid rock show should have, and more.
View slideshow: KISS and Motley Crue in St Louis

After a nice brief opening set by the British band called The Treatment (a band heavily influenced by Def Leppard, AC/DC and Aerosmith, to name a few) Mötley Crüe came out unannounced by parading through the seating area with members of their crew carrying flags and banners with the MC logo. After setting up the flags onstage, the band kicked it off with “Saints of Los Angeles” and “Wild Side”.

True to Crüe form, they were accompanied by lots of pyro, scantily clad dancing women, smoke, more scantily clad women doing trapeze-style stunts and artistic acrobatics on chains high above the stage and lasers cutting through the smoke. There were even a couple of water cannons on either side of the stage drenching the crowd.
Gene Simmons of KISS performing in St Louis Monday
Gene Simmons of KISS performing in St Louis Monday
Photo credit:
Sean Derrick

But the Crüe wasn’t all about the visual. They sounded better than they did last year when they rolled through town on their 30th anniversary tour. Lead singer Vince Neal actually got through most of the show before he started skipping words (whichwere picked up, by the way, by a very eager audience that didn’t care and kept rocking).

Drummer Tommy Lee performed his solo as his drum kit flew around a ginormous wheel that resembled a roller coaster spin. In fact, after his initial solo (which was heavily laden with techno beats) Lee was accompanied by a contest winner who was allowed to ride on his contraption for a few minutes in a special 2nd seat right behind his seat, while the song “Roller Coaster” played.
Bassist Nikki Sixx performed his solo with a bass that was equipped to shoot fire out of the stock head before they plowed into “Primal Scream”.

With guitarist Mick Mars shredding the axe and leading the way with killer solos the band sounded as tight as ever, making it difficult to pick just one highlight.
With such a tough act to follow KISS was up to the challenge.

It’s hard to imagine why KISS has been passed up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their career has spanned nearly 40 years, with 28 Gold Albums (more than any other American rock band), and they have influenced so many current artists including Metallica, Bon Jovi, Megadeth, Poison, Garth Brooks, and Mötley Crüe, among many, many others. It seems the RRHoF voters don’t take KISS seriously. But if they would actually see an entire KISS show they may think otherwise.

Making a grand entrance that started with a solid black curtain emblazoned with the KISS logo dropping with the iconic phrase “You wanted the best, you got the best…The hottest band in the world: KISS!” the band emerged on a platform lowered to the stage from the rafters as they stormed into “Detroit Rock City”.

Striking rock star poses and hamming it up for the photographers the band certainly knows how to perform. And while they may have tons of flames, explosions, lasers, rising platforms, fireworks, and other assorted pyro the band knows how to keep a party going with just their music too.

They are masters at combining the visual with the audio, like with bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons getting into his Demon character with such gusto that the blood spewing never gets old. He was then hoisted up to a small platform high in the rafters to sing the intense and broody “God of Thunder”.

Not to be outdone, guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley rode a rigging setup just above the fans’ outstretched arms to a spinning satellite stage that rose above the soundboard where he sang “Love Gun” to the adulating fans below.

With lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer each getting a chance to shine in the spotlight with “Shock Me” and “Black Diamond”, respectively, Simmons and Stanley aren’t afraid to share the spotlight.

They are truly a collective unit with a knack for playing a very tight set with a ton of eye pleasing visual effects. And after nearly 40 years they could probably play a show in their sleep, but the showmen inside them would never allow a phoned in performance.

KISS is set to release their 20th studio album in October called “Monster” and they performed the first single “Hell or Hallelujah” with Stanley commenting that he bought the single on iTunes “because I support the band”. Stanley also got a rise out of the audience as he harkened back to the bands early days playing in St. Louis for the first time in 1974 at the KSHE Kite Fly, as well as the Kiel Auditorium and the Checkerdome.

With such longevity from two top bands with reputations for spectacular live shows, other acts are bound to check them out. On Monday Lajon Witherspoon, lead singer of Sevendust, was spotted taking in the sights. Monday night proved the old guard can teach the new dogs some wise old tricks.

Mötley Crüe Setlist
1) Saints of Los Angeles
2) Wild Side
3) Shout at the Devil
4) Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
5) Sex
6) Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
7) Home Sweet Home
8) Drum solo
9) Guitar solo
10) Live Wire
11) Bass solo
12) Primal Scream
13) Dr. Feelgood
14) Girls, Girls, Girls
15) Kickstart My Heart

KISS Setlist:
1) Detroit Rock City
2) Shout it Out Loud
3) I Love it Loud
4) Firehouse
5) Hell or Hallelujah
6) War Machine
7) Shock Me
8) Bass solo
9) God of Thunder
10) Love Gun
11) Lick It Up
12) Black Diamond
13) Deuce
14) Rock and Roll All Nite

See more photos HERE.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

German Cover For KISS' "Monster" Album

Here's the German cover of KISS' new album "Monster" using the 'alternate logo'.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review: KISS And Mötley Crüe - Kings Of Rock

Monumental excess. I think those 2 words best describe "The Tour" featuring legendary rock acts KISS and Mötley Crüe which rolled into Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Monday night for a co-headlining bill. The kings of rock pageantry combined forces for an unlikely tour this Summer and delivered all of the thrills, hits and pyro you would expect from bands with more than 60 combined years on the road. The crowd was a sea of painted KISS faces and Crüe t-shirts from the past 3 decades and from the opening notes, they were certainly ready for a rock show. And a big, loud rock show is what they most definitely received.

As a large clock behind the stage counted down the arrival of Mötley Crüe, the anticipation in the venue was palpable. When the clock struck zero, large robed stilt walkers took the stage with an ominous intro. Shortly after, the band made their way to the stage with a mini-parade through the crowd flanked by scantily clad women on shoulders carrying flags emblazoned with the bold MC. Vince, Nikki, Tommy and Mick entered to a kings welcome and they came exploding out of the gate with big energy of "Saints of Los Angeles", "Wild Side" and "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" without taking their foot off the gas pedal. From spandex wearing backup singers to pyro to water cannons and explosions, the set was just what you would hope to get from Crüe, a night filled with sex and hair metal we all remember and can sing along with.

Read more HERE.

KISS Fans Meet & Greet Video From Virginia Beach

Here's a video montage of a KISS fans Meet and Greet experience at KISS' show in Virginia Beach on July 21, 2012.

KISS And The Missouri KISS Army


Here's KISS with the Missouri KISS Army at the packed Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in St. Louis last night!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline

KISS Performing "Rock And Roll All Nite" & "Strutter" In Tulsa

Here's video KISS performing "Rock And Roll All Nite" & "Strutter" in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sunday, August 26th.

Photo: KISS In Tulsa, Oklahoma

 Photo: ghostrider1064

Fan photo of KISS performing at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sunday, August 26, 2012.

Click to enlarge photo.

Bruce Kulick At KISS by Monster Mini Golf Today

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick will be making an appearance at KISS by Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas today. Bruce writes on hos Facebook page:

"KISS MINI GOLF: Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 28th, is the big day! I will be making a special appearance at the KISS Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas, Nevada. Starting at 5pm there will be a Meet & Greet session, followed by mini golf and a trivia contest."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Review: KISS And Motley Crue At The BOK Center

Sunday was a time warp filled with concert tees, Kiss character greasepaint, rock hands, air guitars and pleather pants. Everyone was a teenager again, if just for a night. Longtime glam and metal rockers Kiss and Mötley Crüe performed a double headline bill Sunday to a crowded house at the BOK Center.

"It's all about sex, Tulsa!" yelled Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil.

Indeed, the night was about that and guitar solos. And Tommy Lee's roller-coaster, mindbending, techno-laced, tricked out, super-extended drum solo. And then Kiss frontman Gene Simmons spitting blood. And fire. And those monster rocker boots. And pomp. And booze.

Did I mention sex? Because there was that, too. ... And the half dozen drunken men behind me who screamed at the go-go dancers, "Take it off!" and the riotous hoots that followed.

Mötley Crüe marched through the arena, across the floor as a giant clock hung frozen in time until they took the stage. Wordlessly, they throttled into "Saints of Los Angeles," then into classic "Wild Side," as pyrotechnics, white spotlights and lasers lit up the arena. Flames flaired behind the band as women danced in front of it.

Frontman Vince Neil was sometimes a little breathless, and didn't always sing every lyric on time. However, the rest of the band was as taut as ever, if not moreso. Crüe was the first major concert I saw as a kid, and I lost my voice during "Shout at the Devil." To be completely honest, I almost lost it this time, too.

Set songs included "Same Ol' Situation (SOS)," "Sex," "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)," "Home Sweet Home," "Live Wire," "Primal Scream," "Dr. Feelgood," "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Kickstart My Heart."

Youth and adults alike wore Dr. Feelgood-era shirts, 1980s Kiss tour tee replicas, animal prints and lots and lots of black. There were dreadlocks, mohawks, shaved heads (for those who don't have the same hairline they might have had 25 years ago), spray-wall bangs ... and bald spots.

To understand the mass appeal of Kiss and Mötley Crüe is to suspend reality, to accept their sexist airs as a sort of charm, to know that these are good ole boys if not also massively self-centered ones, too, and that, in essence, above all else, these are both anthem bands for the working class.

The greeting's so well-known that the arena chant along with the band, "Alright, Tulsa! You wanted the best and you've got the best, the hottest band in the world, Kiss!"

Just like their greeting, the band's show hasn't changed a whole lot over the decades. Scratch that, it's gotten even more bombastic and ridiculous and overblown.

As is expected.

Kiss is a time capsule, brimming with what makes American rock 'n' roll so influential. It's huge. It's an arena band.

A two-story-tall screen projected the band in high definition, rock idols in platform boots.

The set included a roster of classics: "Detroit Rock City," "Shout It Out Loud," "I Love It Loud," "Love Gun," "War Machine," "Strutter," "Rock and Roll All Nite" and more. Mixed in was the new tune "Hell or Hallelujah," from their upcoming studio album "Monster."

One other thing is fairly new, too. Simmons' wedding band.

Guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer jammed for an electrifying solo before Thayer shot of his "Love Gun" electric guitar, sparks shooting from the headstock. Simmons upped the ante by flying by wire to a ledge far above the audience after a thundering bass solo before "God of Thunder." Then Paul Stanley grabbed a swing and raced over the audience to another mid-arena stage and shimmied and sang.

"Lick it Up" held the crowd at its apex, screaming and chanting in time. Teenage boys even hopped up and down with excitement as the superscreen projected each band member to super size before switching gears to classic heavy-hitter "Back Diamond," with Singer at lead vocals.

The Treatment opened, a U.K. rocker that borrows heavily from the night's opening acts, and clad in skinny denim, L.A. swagger and darkened haystack haircuts. It was straight-ahead, double-bass drum pedal, engine-revving, guitar-squealing riff rock.

If they weren't so solid musically, they'd be a blatant cliche.  

See photos of the show HERE.

COTN Podcast Episode 46 - 'Destroyer Resurrected' Review

COTN Podcast 

Cassius gives his review of the latest KISS remix, Destroyer Resurrected with guest hosts.

KISS And The Oklahoma KISS Army


Here's KISS with the Oklahoma KISS Army at the SOLD OUT BOK Center in Tulsa last night!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Gene Simmons AXE Bass Bus Stops By KISS by Monster Mini Golf In Vegas

 KISS by Monster Mini Golf

Look what stopped by to visit KISS by Monster Mini Golf in Vegas on the way to next KISS tour stop in Tulsa Oklahoma!

Gene Simmons And Family At Los Angeles Movie Premiere

 Photo: Reuters Pictures

Gene Simmons (R) poses with his son Nick Simmons (L) and daughter Sophie Simmons (C) at the premiere of the film "Lawless" in Los Angeles August 22, 2012.

Photo: Reuters Pictures

Ace Frehley Wishes Gene Simmons Happy Birthday

Former original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has taken to his official Twitter account to wish Gene Simmons a Happy Birthday. Ace tweets:

"I wanna wish a "Happy Birthday" today, August 25th, to my buddy #genesimmons. May you spend it with those you love and have a Rockin' Day! "

It's KISS. It's Motley Crue. For These Brothers, It's Destiny

Tim Meyer was "blindsided" by the news.

"I was completely shocked," he said. "I had goosebumps. Within seconds, I called my brother."

What was the fuss? Two of rock music's most flamboyant bands -- Kiss and Motley Crue -- had just announced a joint summer tour, with a show booked at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

"It felt like nothing else mattered now," said the 36-year-old welder from Plymouth. "There's nothing that can top this concert."

For Tim Meyer and his older brother Brian, it won't be just another night of music under the stars. Instead, it's a rare convergence of the men's near-lifelong passions. Brian, 41, fell for Kiss as a second-grader growing up in Faribault. A few years later, Tim discovered Motley Crue.
"We shared a bedroom and I put up my Kiss posters on one side, and he put his Motley Crue pictures on the other side," Brian said. "We wanted to cover all the walls, and when we did, our mom said, 'OK, pick one and the rest go down.' "

Read more HERE.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

KISS And The Colorado KISS Army

Here's KISS with the Colorado KISS Army in Grand Junction last night!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline

Paul Stanley At Launch Of KISS "Monster" Book In California

 Photo: Getty Images

Paul Stanley of KISS appears at a press conference for their new book 'KISS Monster Book' at the Viper Room on August 21, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.

Photo: Getty Images

Gene Simmons At Launch Of KISS "Monster" Book In California

 Photo: Getty Images

Gene Simmons appears at a press conference for their new book 'KISS Monster Book' at the Viper Room on August 21, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.

Photo: Getty Images

Happy Birthday Gene Simmons

KISSopolis would like to wish "The Demon" a very Happy Birthday!

Enjoy your day, Gene!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Win A Copy Of KISS ‘Destroyer: Resurrected’

Universal Rock legends

Universal Rock legends are giving away 20 copies of ‘Destroyer: Resurrected’ on vinyl!

Check it out:

"The Tour" Of 2012 Continues This Weekend

KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'THE TOUR' will rock the Rock Jam in Grand Junction, Colorado tonight! The summer's biggest, baddest rock tour will also level Tulsa this weekend! 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

Aug 24 Rock Jam - Grand Junction, Colorado
Aug 25 BOK Center - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Thursday, August 23, 2012

KISS And Mötley Crüe Team Up For An 'Intensely Sweltering' Tour | AP Photo/Joel Ryan

Maybe Kiss should have christened this tour “Hotter Than Hell Revisited.”

The band’s current set of shows, a co-headlining bill with Mötley Crüe, has been playing outdoor venues in blistering heat. Given the legendary group’s penchant for pyro, pancake makeup and leather outfits, the concept of rocking and rolling all night long seems physically challenging, to say the least.

“Every night has been intensely sweltering,” says Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer. “I think the hottest was in Phoenix a week or two ago. It was a 105, 110 degrees when we were onstage. ... It was just the hottest, most intense show I’ve ever played, and everybody else in the band thought the same thing.”

And yet, Kiss has persisted, prodded on somewhat by a friendly rivalry with the Crüe.

“It’s a healthy competition,” Thayer says. “And it’s not even a competition. It’s just a healthy vibe. We’ve all known each other for a long time. So the spirit is high, and everybody’s lovin’ it.”

Funny: “Healthy” is not a word often associated with Mötley Crüe.

“I know,” Thayer says with a laugh. “But surprisingly, these guys are great, and they’re all on top of their game right now. Their show is incredible.”

As for Kiss, the challenge is in trying to top the larger-than-life spectacles the band has put on in the past.

“That is a challenge,” Thayer admits. “Everybody knows that the Kiss show has its classic elements and songs. And if you don’t do those things, people are upset. So the challenge is to bring out a whole new stage show that’s exciting and more over-the-top than last time, but keep those classic elements in there, too.”

One new element to the show is the song “Hell or Hallelujah,” the lead single from Kiss’ forthcoming album, “Monster,” which will be released in October.

“We’ve been tempted to play more, but we don’t want to give it away,” Thayer says. “This is the YouTube age.”

The album is a “100 percent band album," Thayer adds.

"We wrote all the songs — no outside writers," he says. "It’s like ‘Sonic Boom’ (2009), but this one takes it to another level.”

Thayer is still technically the new guy in Kiss, though he’s been playing with the band since 2002 and was with the organization even before that. Drummer Eric Singer first signed on with Kiss in 1991.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have fronted the band since its beginnings in the early '70s. Thayer admits he still can’t believe his good fortune in being asked to play with his heroes.

“When I’m going over to Paul’s house to write songs, I kind of pinch myself,” he says. “It’s like, ‘I’m writing songs with Paul Stanley!’ ‘Cause I grew up as a fan.”

As for Kiss’s blustery bassist, Thayer makes a case for the Simmons most people don’t know.

“Well, he’s a very, very interesting guy, to say the least,” Thayer says. “He’s been a great person in my life and has given me a lot of opportunities. ... At the core of it, he’s a good guy, and he’s got a good heart. But he puts up a barrier and a wall with his shtick. He’s actually a very kind person, but most people don’t see that.”

Cancer Support Community Announces Sixth Annual Celebration Of Life With Peter Criss

The Cancer Support Community, Eatontown, is hosting its sixth annual Celebration of Life on Oct. 18 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale.

The event will feature food, wine and fashions modeled by cancer survivors. This year the Cancer Support Community welcomes its first Celebration of Life ambassador, Peter Criss of KISS, rock star and male breast cancer survivor.

“You will find our Celebration of Life filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, and love as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage,” said Ilene Winters, founder and executive director. “We will also recognize our special honorees, including community leader and philanthropist Tim McLoone, Cancer Support Community board member Gary Weiner, and Cancer Support Community volunteer Ellen Levine.”

Beginning at 6 p.m., a special VIP reception will take place on the terrace of the country club, where guests will mingle with Peter Criss while enjoying champagne and hors d’oeuvres. VIP guests will also receive a signed copy of Criss’ new book, “Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of KISS,” their picture with Criss in a commemorative frame, and a $2,000 gift certificate from Kramer Portraits. VIP tickets are $250 and are limited. Michelle Charlesworth, WABC news anchor, will emcee the main event beginning at 7 p.m. There will be a sampling of dishes from Monmouth County’s best restaurants, a variety of libations, desserts and an auction. The evening will culminate with a runway show featuring fashions by Stacy Gemma Everywhere and Macy’s. Main event tickets are $125.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

KISS Unveil $4,250 Book, Talk Old 'Girlfriends' In the Band | Photo: Nicole Pajer, Billboard

Kiss is celebrating their upcoming 40th anniversary in a big way, with the launch of a massive new photo book. Standing at 3 feet high and 2.5 feet wide, "Monster" follows the j
ourney of the band through 127 rare and never before seen photographs taken from the Kiss archives. The book, which was printed by the same binder used by The Vatican, is limited to 1,000 copies and is hand signed, dated, and numbered by the band. Price tag: $4,250.

The rockers showed up, sans face paint, at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on Tuesday to debut their latest endeavor. After they climbed on stage, Paul Stanley told the media-centric crowd that the band really hasn't been in contact with former band members, implying that Ace Frehley and Peter Criss had little to do with the book.

Added Gene Simmons, "You've had girlfriends before, right? You're happy that you had the girlfriends and now you're happy that you don't have those girlfriends. That's our life too. They were fantastic for the formative years but not everybody is designed in their DNA to run marathons."

Stanley later told Billboard that the band's forthcoming album, also dubbed "Monster," out Oct. 16, is all original.

"I'm a big believer that when people recycle old stuff, they should leave it where it was," said Stanley, who produced the album. "When you hear bands that are lifting riffs that they had 15, 20, 30 years ago, I think, 'My God. Can't they come up with anything new?'"

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

Guitarist Tommy Thayer explained that Simmons tried to bring old riffs to the table, but Stanley was having none of it. "It was like, how about this one? How about no?" said Stanley, adding that, "you can't polish a turd."

As far as advice for aspiring musicians, Stanley said he'd recommend that they quit unless it's something that they have no choice but to pursue. "The industry is in such shambles that if you're doing it for any other reason than it being your quest, give it up because the chances are slimmer than ever."

Stanley touched on his relationship with Simmons after 40-plus years, referring to it as, "a marriage where thankfully I don't have to see him naked."

As Kiss approaches their 40th anniversary as a band, the members reflected on whether or not they have another ten years in them. Will they reach a 50th?

"All bets are off at this point. We're in uncharted waters. I never thought we'd be here today. Forty years ago, if you told me I'd be doing this now and loving it and doing it with pride, I'd tell you that you were crazy. What will I be doing in ten years? I have no idea," stated Stanley.

Added Simmons, "All I know is we're having the time of our lives getting up on stage and living up to our motto - 'You wanted the best. You got the best.' This is the hottest band in the world."

KISS Has A New Book That's Three Feet Tall And Costs Over $4000

Yesterday afternoon, before a crowd of media types and clean-cut Sunset Strip'd hard rockers at the Viper Room, Kiss debuted their new book, Kiss Monster. It is huge -- 3 feet x 2.5 feet, and nearly 50 pounds.

The thing costs $4250.

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer fielded questions about the tome. They weren't wearing makeup, but they did have salty quips at the ready.

"It's not for everyone." said Simmons about the pricetag.

"Look, it's priced according to the cost of goods," Paul Stanley added later. "It's not entirely a profitable enterprise."

So what's so special about this book? Well, apparently there are only 1,000 copies of it, each signed by the current band members.

Also, we weren't allowed to touch it, so we can only speculate why. Does it shoot flames or rockets or groupies or something? Probably not. Mostly it's just kinda unwieldy-looking, even next to the anvil cases that it will be shipped in.

Read more HERE.

KISS Hails Gaga, Others Like 'Garbage Collectors' | Photo: Getty Images

LOS ANGELES: Musicians in today's rock bands look like "garbage collectors" and the only true new star is Lady Gaga, members of the legendary heavy metal group KISS said in a chat with AFP.

"There are a lot of bands that have something. What's missing is stardom. The ability to get up on stage and rule, bigger than life," said KISS bassist and singer-songwriter Gene Simmons.

In a conversation during a promotional appearance Tuesday for the "KISS Monster Book", the band explained their decision to record their next disc, "Monster," with analog equipment.

They also defended the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, whose members were sentenced to prison last week in Moscow.

"There are no stars. There's no Elvis, there's no... even Prince," said Simmons. "Stage presence -- none of the bands have it, they look like garbage collectors. They look worse than the audience that comes to see them."

"There's no pride," said the 62-year-old, who is known for his own on-stage persona as "The Demon" in a band that flaunts over-the-top costumes and black-and-white makeup.

KISS's four band members spoke to reporters in The Viper Room, a renowned Hollywood bar where the actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993.

Dressed in black, without makeup, in silver neck chains and long hair, the creators of rock hymns like "I Wanna Rock N Roll All Night" and "I Was Made for Lovin' You" agreed the extravagant Lady Gaga stands alone among new performers.

"The only new rock star is Lady Gaga. That's it. She's a star," said Simmons, in white crocodile skin cowboy boots and a silk scarf. "There are some very, very good bands, I'm a big fan of Foo Fighters, but give me the stars."

It's not just about the show, he said. "Elvis could walk up on stage with nothing. But charisma. Image. Mystique."

Paul Stanley, the group's star and lead vocalist, went further.

"Musicians who look like the delivery boy... don't realize that there's more. When big bands go on stage, they deliver their goods," he said.

"That's why we've been around 40 years, because people know when they come to see us, they're going to get their money's worth and they're going to be entertained. We are proud to be entertainers and a hell of a rock band."

Stanley, who was wearing a black jacket and checker-board shoes with silver studs, and Simmons are the last members of the original KISS, which they formed in the early 1970s.

Lead guitarist Tommy Taylor and drummer Eric Singer were brought in later as replacements after a break up in the original line-up.

Asked about the Pussy Riot furor in Russia, Simmons said they're "not a good band, but they have the right to do whatever they want to do. And it's too bad that politics gets in the way of rock bands."

Stanley said: "A strong country should never be afraid of freedom. And with freedom comes independence, a sense of independence, and many countries still want to squash that."

The band is promoting its megabook as a collector's item. A limited edition of 1,000 copies, it is individually signed by the band's members and spans KISS's 40 year history. It includes 127 photographs, some never published before.

The affable rockers, who showed little trace of the fearsome personas they project on stage, told AFP they are recording their next album using analog equipment, seeking beauty in imperfection.

"Monster," their 20th studio album, is scheduled to be released in October.

"All the greatest music that was ever made, was made on tape, was analog. The problem with computers and technology is, when it's not used for enhancement, it becomes a noose around your neck," Stanley said.

"You wind up looking for perfection instead of passion. And all the music that we grew up loving -- Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Stones, James Brown, Motown, you name it -- none of them were perfect, and that's what made them great."

KISS Unveil $4,000 Photo Book, New Songs In California | Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Retrospective is 'a celebration and a victory lap,' says singer Paul Stanley

Kiss is a band that appreciates dramatics – but even for them, things can get out of hand. Minutes befor
e unveiling their massive new 45-pound photography book, Monster, onstage yesterday at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California, the band gave Rolling Stone a preview backstage. As bassist Gene Simmons and drummer Eric Singer cracked open a copy and slowly began turning the pages, the easel holding it up started to creak. Singer shouted "Whoa!" as the duo struggled to keep the book from falling to the floor. Watching nearby with a grin, singer Paul Stanley joked, "And for comedy relief, ladies and gentlemen: Singer and Simmons!"

As Monster was rested safely on a nearby couch, Simmons composed himself and straightened his shades. He explained proudly, "It's five feet wide, weighs close to 50 pounds. It's spectacular." At well over $4,000, the book is also a pricey, limited edition item, much closer in luxury to the infamous Kiss Kasket than the band's other book retrospective from the Nineties, the two-volume KISStory. It is a prority for the band; their press appearance at the Viper Room came midway into their 40-date North American tour with Mötley Crüe.

Stanley told Rolling Stone that a more affordable "Mini-Monster" may become available at some later date but, for now, he maintained that the deluxe version was necessary. "[Not releasing it] wouldn’t be fair to the people who can afford it and will appreciate it... If we didn’t make it high-end, it would be compromised," he said. "Part of what makes it special is the quality and the size. There was no way to do that without excluding some people. We’re putting something out that celebrates 40 years of victories. This is a celebration and a victory lap. It means a lot to us.”

A project spearheaded by guitarist Tommy Thayer, the book collects live photographs of Kiss performing in makeup and body armor amid their onstage pyrotechnics, going back through their four-decade career. Each volume of Monster is autographed by all the band's current members and is limited to 1,000 copies in each of 10 countires. It was partially inspired by the original 1999 edition of SUMO, the massive career retrospective of photographer Helmut Newton that came with its own metal display table. (Simmons owns a copy.)

The book shares its title with Kiss' upcoming album, which is set for release on October 18th and is their first since 2009's Sonic Boom. While the last album was released in an exclusive deal with Walmart, Kiss is now back with Universal Records, which owns the band's catalog back to its first round of stardom on Casablanca Records in the Seventies. "They made it very clear they wanted us to be back in the fold and made their intentions known," said Stanley, "not only with goodwill but good money, and the two go hand-in-hand. We're very happy to be back there. We will be shooting from all cylinders."

Read more HERE.

KISS On Their Meager Beginnings, New 'Monster' Book And Future | Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Just one band could pull this off – the biggest book in the land, KISS! The KISS Monster Book, that is.

This new large-size (three feet long by two-and-a-half-feet wide) limited edition collection features 40-years of KISS with an intimate collection of 127 photographs by world-renowned rock photographers, including rare and never-before-seen images sourced from the band's own archives.

The massive book is a collector's goldmine, with just 1,000 copies available and individually signed, dated and numbered by the four members of the current lineup. Printed in high-definition links by one of the world's finest limited-edition and large format printers, each copy has been hand stitched-and-bound in Italy, by the same binder used by The Vatican.

As vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley joked recently, "This book is way beyond my expectations. The photos are incredible at this size. It's not a coffee table book, it's a coffee table!"

So big that all four band members appeared at the Viper Room in Los Angeles this week (Aug. 21) while on break from their wildly popular trek across America to unveil the massive tome. KISS took some questions from the stage, discussed the making of the book, and their commitment to the Wounded Warriors organization among other things.

After the press conference, Noisecreep had the rare opportunity of sitting down exclusively in a room with all four members – Stanley, bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer - to talk at length about the book, the band and the legend that remains one of the most successful, inventive and hard-working bands in history. Together in a small dark room, as they are onstage, this is a band of brothers.

Read more HERE.

Bruce Kulick To Appear At KISS by Monster Mini Golf In Las Vegas

Bruce Kulick is happy to announce that on Tuesday, August 28th he will be making a special appearance at the KISS Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Bruce for several events. Starting at 5pm there will be a Meet & Greet session with Bruce, followed by mini golf and a trivia contest: Are You Smarter Than a Rock Star? The Meet & Greet and trivia contest are free.

As Bruce's appearance at KISS Monster Mini Golf is in conjunction with an effort to raise donations for two animal charities, The Pet Adoption Fund and Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, a donation of $100 (or more) is required in order to play a round of mini golf with Bruce on the unique KISS themed course. All money raised goes directly to the two charities.

To make a donation and reserve your tee time with Bruce, go to the official KISS Monster Mini Golf website.

KISS Monster Mini Golf is located at 4503 Paradise Road in Las Vegas, directly across from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

KISS Band Members Back Pussy Riot

Members of veteran rock band KISS say they back Russia's punk rockers Pussy Riot even if they don't think much of their music.

"They're very pretty girls. It is not a good band, but they have the right
to do whatever they want to do," KISS bassist and singer-songwriter, Gene Simmons, said at the release of the group's new book KISS Monster Book.

"It's too bad that politics gets in the way of rock bands," added the 62-year-old famous for his demonic black and white makeup.

Three members of Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for a political protest in an Orthodox cathedral that infuriated the Kremlin. The decision sparked a storm of international criticism.

"A strong country should never be afraid of freedom. And with freedom comes independence ... and many countries still want to squash that," said singer and guitarist Paul Stanley (60).

The four members of KISS, founded in 1973, released their colossal book – measuring 92cm in length and 76cm in width – at the Viper Room in Hollywood, where actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993.

About 200 fans gathered at the club to catch a glimpse of the band behind rock anthems like I Wanna Rock N Roll All Night and I Was Made For Lovin' You.

The book documents the band's nearly four-decade career and includes 127 photographs, some previously unpublished. Only 1 000 copies will be published, all individually signed by the four current members.

Simmons and Stanley, who belonged to the original band, are now joined by bassist Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer.

KISS is expected to launch its twentieth studio album entitled Monster in October. – AFP

KISS "Monster" Book US Launching Photos

Here are a few photos from yesterday's KISS MONSTER Book US launch at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California.

Photos by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline

KISS Says The Music Business 'In Shambles' When Debuting Their New Book | Photo: Phyllis Pollack

Kiss debuted their new Monster Book in Los Angeles today at the Viper Room for members of the media. The band arrived without their make-up on.

Over three feet high, it is the largest rock and roll book ever printed, and the priciest, at $2495.00 per book. “It’s not for everyone,” said Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, noting the price.
View slideshow: Kiss shows off the Kiss Monster Book at a press conference on August 21, 2012

The band contended that it weighs about 40 pounds.

Simmons explained that it wouldn’t be fair to the people who paid so much money for the book to do a less expensive, smaller version of it later.

Quipped Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley, “Someone should have gotten my joke about Kiss midgets.”

“We understand it’s not for everybody,” noted Stanley. “But it wouldn’t be fair to the people that can afford it, and who will appreciate it, to not put it out. It’s something that is for a select few.”

The band said that quality was the reason why they went for a high-end book.

“If we didn’t make it so high end, we would be compromising it,” said Stanley. “Part of what makes this book special is the quality of it, and the size.”

Simmons said he had momentarily considered shipping the book in an anvil case with the Kiss logo.

Each copy was hand stitched-and-bound in Italy, by the same binder used by The Vatican.

Read more HERE.

KISS Launch "Monster" Book In California

Photos Getty Images

Here are photos of KISS during the release of "KISS MONSTER BOOK", the largest Rock book ever to be published, on August 21, 2012 at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California. 

The book is 3 feet high by 2.5 feet wide and 2 inches thick and offers a larger-than-life journey through 40-years of KISS with an intimate collection of 127 photographs by world-renowned rock photographers, including rare and never-before-seen images sourced from the band's own archives.

Photos: Getty Images

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

KISS Kids At KISS by Monster Mini Golf In Las Vegas

 Photo: KISS by Monster Mini Golf

6 yr old Lola & friends got a nice surprise visit from "Las Vegas Gene Simmons" during her Birthday party at KISS by Monster Mini Golf yesterday! KISS kids ROCK!!

KISS, Mötley Crüe To Play DTE Energy Music Theatre On Sept. 5

KISS has never worried about being upstaged by an opening act.

“We’ve always believed in letting the best bands available go out there and do what they do because it only fires us up that much more,” singer/guitarist Paul Stanley said in a mid-July phone interview. “Our track record is pretty stellar, whether it’s, my gosh, Bob Seger, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, early (Mötley) Crüe, John Cougar Mellencamp, AC/DC. The list just goes on and on.”

On one of this summer’s biggest tours, KISS will close out an evening that also includes a 90-minute set from co-headliner Mötley Crüe, a band known for making its own show a visual spectacle and nonstop party. The party rolls into the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich., on Sept. 5.

Stanley knows his band will deliver as well, if for no other reason than the enthusiasm he sees in the band 40 years into its career.

“KISS today is KISS as I’ve always wanted it — four guys who get along great, who play fiercely and are proud of who we are, proud of our fans and celebrate what we do from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed,” Stanley said.

Of course, KISS also knows a thing or two about putting together a spectacular live show. And the band has reloaded for the tour with Mötley Crüe.

Read more HERE.

Did KISS Crumble When They Made It?

The original lineup of Kiss disintegrated when confronted with success – because they’d always claimed they already had it.

That’s the view of long-term fan, journalist and social commentator Chuck Klosterman, who authored Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota.

And he’s all in favour of the glam rock giants continuing in the future without any original members.

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons parted company with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in the early 80s before reuniting in 1996. The guitarist and drummer were fired again at the turn of the century, with the mainmen having regularly insisted there will be no second reunion.

Klosterman tells The Nervous Breakdown: “I think the downfall of Kiss was the realisation of their goals. Most bands want to be the Beatles, but Kiss wanted to be Coca-Cola.

“Early in their career the records aren’t selling but they portray themselves as super-successful. Then it actually happens. They become obsessed with holding onto the market share, and too conscious of what else was happening in music. They start over-compensating in order to be as successful as they’d always claimed.”

The band’s next mistake, Klosterman believes, was in trying to pursue more thoughtful music than the lighter entertainment they’d become known for. Citing the album Music From The Elder, he says: “The critical acclaim they said they didn’t care about was actually very important. They wouldn’t be satisfied until they were loved by the intellectual elite, so they consciously tried to accomplish that goal.”

Interviewer JM Blaine suggests Stanley and Simmons suffered ego problems when all four original members released solo albums on the same day in 1978 – and those by Frehley and Criss fared better than their own.

Klosterman reflects that, despite having followed the band for years, he still knows nothing about the relationship between the surviving founders: “When I listen to Paul’s last solo record I feel like many of the songs are about Gene. To work with someone you might not be that close to, for 30 years? That’s crazy.”

Stanley recently explained that he’d view Kiss continuing without he and Simmons as a personal victory. Klosterman’s all in favour, and thinks he knows how it might come about.

“I think Paul would leave the band and then Gene would have to make the decision to carry on: three replacement members and Gene. Gene’s certainly the hardest member to replace if you actually want him to be the character that he is. I’ve seen a lot of Kiss tribute bands and that’s always the key to success.

“If they can find a guy who looks like Gene and a drummer who sings like Peter – and also if whoever plays Paul has enough chest hair – Kiss will stop being about members and will exist as a single idea. When people talk about Kiss they’ll talk about them in a way unlike any other band that has ever existed.

“No members – just full-on roles.”

German Playboy Playmate Mia Gray In Vinnie Vincent Make-Up

Photos: Mia Gray

German Playboy Playmate Mia Gray posted some photos of herself dressed as former KISS lead guitarist Vinnie Vincent on her Facebook page. She writes:

"for all the kiss fans out there. original vinnie vincent guitar and belt."

KISS Birthday Cake

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KISS Destroyer: Resurrected In Stores Today





“Destroyer boasts plenty of sound effects, orchestras, and choirs that paved the way for other bands to rip them off for many years to come… easily one of the best albums in the Kiss canon.” - Pitchfork

KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time and holds the honor as one of America’s top gold-record champions. On August 21, 2012, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release KISS’ 1976 multi-platinum, landmark album Destroyer: Resurrected, newly remixed from the original master tapes by the album’s original producer, Bob Ezrin. Ezrin pulled the tapes from the vaults and painstakingly remixed the entire album, enhancing the sound and bringing out its rich texture and vibrancy, while keeping the integrity of the original recording intact. Destroyer: Resurrected will also include rare and unreleased recordings rediscovered during the remixing process, plus the originally intended cover artwork.

Hot on the heels of their breakthrough hit album Alive!, KISS released their fourth studio album Destroyer which is considered the most ambitious studio recording of KISS's '70s catalog. Bob Ezrin, who had previously worked with Alice Cooper, was brought in to produce the album and among the production flourishes Ezrin introduced to KISS were sound effects, strings, a children’s choir, reversed drumming and the eerie, echoing sounds of screaming children over Gene Simmons’ vocals on “God of Thunder.” Upon its release, Destroyer reached the No. 11 position on the Billboard Top 200 and, with the help of the surprise top-10 hit “Beth,” was their first album to go platinum.

Originally released as the B-side to the single “Detroit Rock City,” “Beth,”–the heart-yearning ballad co-written and performed by drummer Peter Criss–was quickly picked up by radio nationwide and became the first top 10 for KISS, climbing all the way to the No. 7 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. While going through the original tapes, a forgotten vocal piece that was originally edited out in the final mix of “Beth” was discovered and now, for the first time, the complete original vocal recording has been restored and is included in the final mix. Other rediscovered gems include a complete, alternate guitar solo for the track “Sweet Pain,” now heard for the first time since it was originally recorded. The newly remixed “Sweet Pain” with the original guitar solo will be included as a bonus track. In addition to the treasures found buried in the hours of recordings, KISS classics such as “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Do You Love Me?” and “God of Thunder” were painstakingly remixed by Ezrin as he fleshed out the drums and guitars, bringing out the bottom end to the bass, making his mixes tight and tough.

In addition, Destroyer: Resurrected will now be issued with the originally intended cover art thought too controversial for the time. Created by artist Ken Kelly, the “brown” cover depicts KISS dressed in their ALIVE! costumes and standing on rubble in front of a burning city in ruins. At the time, the record company thought it was too violent and settled for the tamer “blue” version known today. This release also marked the first time that a comic-book illustration of the band appeared on the cover, confirming that the band was transforming from hard rockers to superheroes.

To this day, Destroyer remains one of the group’s most ambitious recordings and greatest accomplishments. In both Kerrang! and Guitar World magazine it is listed as one of the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time" and in 2003, it was included on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Now, with today’s state-of-the-art technology, this landmark release can be heard the way that KISS intended.

The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation, transcending age, race and creed. KISS releases their 20th studio album, Monster, in October 15 internationally and October 16 in North America.

The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” is a striking testament to the band’s unbreakable bond with its fans.

1. Detroit Rock City
2. King Of The Night Time World
3. God Of Thunder
4. Great Expectations
5. Flaming Youth
6. Sweet Pain
7. Shout It Out Loud
8. Beth
9. Do You Love Me?

Bonus Track:
Sweet Pain (Original Guitar Solo)

Monday, August 20, 2012

KISS "Monster" Track Listing on Amazon

Rock legends KISS return with Monster, the 20th studio album in their historic career. 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.

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. 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.

Track Listing:

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