Wednesday, October 31, 2012

KISS Kruise II Unplugged Set List

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Here's the set list for KISS' sail-away unplugged show aboard the KISS Kruise II on October 31, 2012.


Set List: 
 
Hard Luck Woman
Christine Sixteen
Got To Choose
Goin' Blind
Love Her All I Can
Nothin' To Lose
Take Me
Anyway You Want It
A Million To One (Partial)
A World Without Heroes
Only You
Comin' Home
Everytime I Look At You
Strutter
Sure Know Something
C'Mon And Love Me
Rock Bottom
Beth
Shandi
She
Do You Love Me
Mr Speed
Shout It Out Loud

BackstageAxxess Interviews Peter Criss

 

A great memoir was recently released on the life of former KISS drummer Peter Criss. In the midst of his current book tour, we at BackstageAxxess were grateful that we were able to sit down and talk to this legendary drummer.

We talked about his unique relationship with his mom. We also chatted away about his love of his idol Gene Krupa. In addition, we talked about what took place when he signed his first record deal with KISS. Plus much more was discussed as well.

What a true gentleman and nice guy. Our discussion was a delight and we hope you enjoy this as much we had bringing it to you. BackstageAxxess presents Peter Criss!!!


KISS Arriving For Their Acoustic Set On The KISS Kruise II

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KISS arriving for their unplugged set aboard the KISS Kruise II.

Photo: KISS Unplugged Aboard The KISS Kruise II

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Here's a first photo of KISS unplugged aboard the KISS Kruise II.

Eric Singer Waves To KISS Fans Aboard The KISS Kruise II

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KISS drummer Eric Singer waves to KISS Fans aboard the KISS Kruise II today.

KISS Almost Ready To Take The Stage Aboard KISS Kruise II

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Here's a photo of KISS' backline crew tuning guitars for the unplugged KISS show aboard the KISS Kruise II

More Than 15,000 Tickets Sold For KISS Concert In Paraguay

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The local producer Garzia Group reported that they already sold 15,000 tickets for the KISS concert which will be held on November 12 at the Jockey Club.

The movement of sales i
n all points of Ticketshow has intensified in the last days of the month of October, mainly in the Tigo building where the firm's clients can access a 20% discount on tickets for all sectors. This promotion will be extended up to 20 thousand tickets sold.

The legendary American rock band Kiss, reaches Paraguay for the first time within the framework of a new world tour to the delight of thousands of Paraguayan fans.

With more than 90 million records sold, the legendary band whose success goes beyond generations and a line in the history of music - which has marked a before and an after KISS - bring to Paraguay their new world tour promoting its new album, "Monster". November 12 will be in the "Jockey club of the Paraguay" in AsunciĆ³n.

Since its explosion in the music scene in the 1970s, KISS has created a new experience in the stage, mixing rock of first class with pyrotechnics, lighting and scenic fantastic environment along with makeup and costumes that have become a unique style. This gave them a reputation for having created one of the best shows live in the history of the music around the world. "Monster" tour is not the exception, in this tour fans can listen to the songs on the new album along with the more greatest hits of the band.

The devotion that fans have is unique. "KISS ARMY" is one of the greatest fan club on the planet. -Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer are KISS and are ready to "Rock" Paraguay!

"Making A Monster" - "Monster" Song Comments From KISS

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Paul, Gene, Tommy and Eric discuss "Monster" songs in the KISS Monster Deluxe Edition CD + exclusive 64 page magazine.

"HELL OR HALLELUJAH"

The first song on your album should be a battle cry, encapsulating all that people will get the disk. I have always maintained that the obstacles are what you see when lose sight of your goals. If you know where you're going, don't you see what is in your path. That sums it up well. One way or another, I'm going to get what I want. -Paul

"WALL OF SOUND"

Tommy came the music, and to me the lyrics and melody. You have Gene singing a song that fits you like a glove, but that had a lot to do with people to its around. It has a lot to do with a fusion of those good environments or musical riffs that are the foundation of everything that the bands you see when Miss look back, angular pieces. There are certain bands and discs without which none of us would be here. -Paul

I always had the title, but I started to talk about the genius of "Helter Skelter", the way in which enters the voice and the bass and drums fit. That was the template, forming tension in different ways instead of using the battery. It happened very fast. The original lyrics were sobrela Torrede Babel or when the walls of Jericho came down... did you know that it was the sound of the trumpets what caused it? -Gene

"FREAK"

It has to do with keeping your integrity, your self-identity. It is a sentiment that is timeless, to be proud of who you are. I swear loyalty to the State of independence. -Paul

"BACK TO THE STONE AGE"

This song was composed in the Studio while we were playing and trying to create another song. It's what we breathe, it is what we eat... that is what we are. We are a rock band with two guitars, a bass and a drum. -Paul

Eric made allusion to a kind of relentless energy. I started to flirt on the primitive that sounded with the letter and I am a type outdated in what refers to the technology. 'I'm going to go back to where you come from, to where you belong.' Just stop making beeps and type text for a minute to climb to the top of the mountain. -Gene

I got to think differently about an idea they had, I helped them see it from another point of view. Originally, they wanted to make it more quickly, but I suggested making it heavy, more Neanderthal, and slow down the. -Eric

"SHOUT MERCY"

"When I was young he spent every Friday and Saturday night at the Fillmore and 'Shout Mercy' has that kind of passion and urgency that made so many bands I saw so relentless and powerful." That music and how it made me feel is in my blood and I do what I do. Now we are in a position better to enjoy everything from which we proceed. -Paul

"LONG WAY DOWN"

What I say in the letter is that you're always in danger of falling. When you do not listen to people looking for you, it is really a long way down. -Paul

"EAT YOUR HEART OUT"

The Tommy wah was one of those ingredients that added the icing to the cake. And we've always loved the cowbell, since our early days. I like the idea of starting with an impronptu of the vocal chorus warming. -Paul


"THE DEVIL IS ME"

That's my job. The song became quite finished, then I wrote the letter after all. Paul was saying, ' do you do a song type God Of Thunder? It is big and dark '. He suggested a song about the devil and wine with this, that personalized for me and resonated with me. It has to do with blaming people for your defects, when in fact it is fault of yours. For better or for worse, these are my decisions. -Gene

This song was great for Gene. In the letter, wanted something that personified the character that everyone can identify with him, but everyone has the devil inside. I am the master of my destiny... - Paul

"OUTTA THIS WORLD"

I always thought that the band is at its best when the world gets its merit. Individual efforts are not merit anything; only make the Group stronger. Part of the great tradition of KISS is displayed to each Member. We have four very strong musical personalities that can keep themselves vocally. It was a great song for it him. -Paul

I am the Spaceman. This song is going to get out and find a girl that you can exit Festival. I need not explain more! There is a really strong song chorus. It has to do with living life to the fullest. "'If you are ready to rock / I'm ready to roll". -Tommy


"ALL FOR THE LOVE OF ROCK & ROLL"

I was trying to return to the atmosphere of a song we did, 'Mr. Speed'. It is a style of a certain type of guitar riff. Eric has a voice so cool. I wanted to sing a song that would be somewhat autobiographical. I wrote it with him in mind although, at one point, I wanted to keep it. But honestly, I do not could sing it better than him. I want to honor him with a song that says who he is. -Paul

Not necessarily each phrase of the song regarding me me, but Paul knows how much I love playing the drums in a rock band. For me, the priority is music. I've gotten into it since I can remember. I'm a working person in that regard. I focus as playing the drums as a profession, there is no difference with a fireman, a teacher, or someone who works in an Office, but it is the case that I do for KISS, one of the world's greatest bands. -Eric

"TAKE ME DOWN BELOW"

We started fools with these black notes, and then the chorus happened very, very quickly after that. Paul came with sexi variation. -Gene

Very honestly, (the double sexual sense) is something that has always been part of who we are in one or another degree, depending on what period of the band was. It has nothing to do with saving the whales. -Paul

"LAST CHANCE"

I didn't know that the disc was just deflating. I wanted to go out with the same impact, vitality, danger and excitement of living with that began. It has to do with going for it. KISS has always had to do with reaching it is to think that it is possible. It has to do with celebrating life and go against setbacks for what you think. As corny as it may sound, that led me to where I am, and the detractors will have to live where are. -Paul

We offer authenticity. We are the real thing. We are not karaoke singers. Every show, every song, every day, must be treated as the only chance you will ever have. We have always tried to shake the heavens and do something big. Always try to brand goal at discount time. If you're going to win, win big. If you're going to lose, lose gloriously. Pride is an important word to us. We aspire to during those few hours, bring to our fans to the Church of rock and roll, the electric Church. -Gene

Tommy Thayer Tattoo

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Check out the "Tommy Tattoo" from our friend, Thorsten Hergesell from Germany!

Artist Zsolt Varga (owner of Johnny Tattoo in Vilseck, Germany) took almost 50 hours to get all the details on Thorsten's skin. It took 13 sessions to finish...just in time for the upcoming KISS KRUISE!

Photo: The Unplugged Stage Aboard KISS Kruise II

Photo: Michael Berger

Here's a picture of the stage being set-up for KISS' unplugged set on the KISS Kruise II.

KISS Kruise II Sails Today: Off To Cozumel

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Thank you for your patience while we finalize our options. We hope that everyone is making their way to Miami safely and with as little delay as possible. We realize that our guests along the East Coast face the biggest challenge and have arranged the following changes to allow those impacted the best opportunity to join us in Miami or along our itinerary.

Our new departure time from Miami will be Wednesday at 5:00pm EST and we will sail to Cozumel, Mexico. We'll arrive in Cozumel on Friday at 11:00am EST and depart Cozumel at 5:00pm EST. (If you are Kruising with us, please note that you must be on the ship no later than 4pm EST on 10/31.)

If your travel plans have been impacted, please contact Sixthman with your flight info so we can monitor your travel tomorrow. If for some reason, your best opportunity is to join us in Cozumel, then your airline should work with you to get you there. Only guests with passports will be able to fly to Cozumel. We will work with any guests who join us in Cozumel to reschedule any potential KISS concert or photo with KISS conflicts.

Hopefully, we'll see the whole KISS Navy in Miami and if not, in Cozumel!

Today In KISStory - 1998

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Today In KISStory - October 31, 1998: KISS kicks off their "Psycho Circus" tour on Halloween night at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA. The KISS Halloween concert special was aired live on Fox TV.

Set List:

1. Psycho Circus
2. Shout It
Out Loud
3. Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
4. Shock Me
5. Do You Love Me
6. Calling Dr. Love
7. Firehouse
8. Cold Gin
9. Nothin' To Lose
10. She
11. I Was Made For Lovin' You
12. Into The Void
13. Love Gun
14. Within
15. 100,000 Years
16. King Of The Night Time World
17. God of Thunder
18. Deuce
19. Detroit Rock City

Encore:

20. Beth
21. Black Diamond
22. Rock And Roll All Nite

Today In KISStory - 1979



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Today In KISStory - October 31, 1979: The broadcast of the KISS appeareance on NBC-TVs 'The Tomorrow Show' with Tom Snyder.

Perhaps the most outrageous interview seen on Snyder's show occurred on Halloween 1979, when the rock band KISS appeared to promote their album "Dynasty". During the interview the conversation degenerated into a somewhat chaotic exchange between Snyder and a very drunk Ace Frehley, who picked up Snyder's teddy bear, put the wristlets from his costume on the bear, and laughed, "the only Spacebear in captivity! I've got him — he's captured!" When Snyder asked Ace if his costume was that of some sort of spaceman, Frehley quipped, "No, actually I'm a plumber." Snyder shot back, "Well, I've got a piece of pipe backstage I'd like to have you work on." The inebriated Frehley replied "Tell me about it!" and clapped his hands and cackled hysterically at the exchange.


Today In KISStory - 2006

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Today In KISStory - October 31, 2006: KISSology Volume One DVD is released by VH1 Classic Records.

Kissology Volume One: 1974–1977 is a DVD/Home Video released by KISS on October 31, 2006. It contains two discs, plus three separate bonus discs sold only within initial first pressings.

Also included with the DVD set is a 20-page color booklet, with commentary on each portion of the DVD. Some versions of this dvd have a replica of Kiss's "Spring Tour '75" backstage pass as an iron on.

As a promotional effort for Kissology Volume One, National CineMedia promoted a one-night screening of selected portions of the DVD at a limited number of theaters, on October 26, 2006. The screening began with an introductory interview with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, and included the documentary of Kiss's 1975 trip to Cadillac, Michigan, as well as a 1976 Cobo Arena concert (both from Disc 1).




Today In KISStory - 2006


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Today In KISStory - October 31, 2006: Gene and Paul appear on MTV's TRL program in New York's Time Square.

Later they are the Grand Marshalls for New York's Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. Gene and Paul end the night with a signing event at the Virgin Megastore in NYC.

Here's video of Gene and Paul at a press conference at New York's Greenwich Village 2006 Halloween Parade.

Today In KISStory - 1998

 










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Today In KISStory - Oct. 31, 1998: The Premier Broadcast Of KISS On FOX's MADtv.


Happy Halloween, KISS Army!

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 Happy Halloween, KISS Army!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

KISS Sing 'Monday Night Football' Promo


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Here's KISS singing for a promo for 'Monday Night Football'.

KISS Kruise II Departure Update

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We hope that everyone is making their way to Miami safely and with as little delay as possible. If you're already in Miami, we hope to see you at the PRE- PARTY in a little bit!

PLEASE NOTE: We'll be delaying our departure out of Miami tomorrow by 1 hour, be on the ship no later than 4pm EST & we'll be sailing to Cozumel, Mexico.

If your travel plans have been impacted, call us at 877-379-9183 and leave a message tonight. Read more about the changes online. http://ow.ly/eTDUu

KISS Kruise II Promo By Owen & Willow


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The Camden Family is ready to go on the KISS Kruise II. This will be their second time cruising with KISS and Owen & Willow are officially ready to rock!


Clip: "King Of The Night Time World" From 'KISSIN' TIME' CD


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Check out this teaser clip of the KISS song "King Of The Night Time World" by Gord Prior featuring Spiro Papadatos and Steve Georgakopoulos.

KISSIN' TIME: CANADA'S TRIBUTE TO KISS comes out tomorrow, October 31st. Support SickKids Foundation by ordering your CD right now:

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A Note From Eric Singer To The KISS Kruisers

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KISS drummer Eric Singer has posted the following message to his Facebook page in regards to the KISS Kruise II which departs this Wednesday. Eric writes:

"I wish all the people going on the KISS Kruise II a safe journey to Miami. See you all on the boat !"

The second KISS Kruise II is setting sail on Wednesday, October 31 to November 4th from Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas onboard the Norwegian Pearl.



Alexey Covers KISS' "Back To The Stone Age"


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Young drummer Alexey performing "Back To The Stone Age" from KISS' "Monster" album.

Psycho Circus Tour Dress Rehearsals - Dodger Stadium - 1998


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Today In KISStory - Oct. 30, 1998: KISS rehearse for the Psycho Circus tour.

Here's a look at the dress rehearsals for the 1998 KISS Psycho Circus tour which were held on October 30th at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.

KISS Kruisers - We Want You!

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Are you going on the KISS Kruise II? 

We want you to send us your photos, videos and stories from the Kruise so we can share your experience with the rest of the KISS Army!

Send us your photos and more via our "Message" button on our Facebook page.

Or you can email us: kissopolis@gmail.com


KISSIN' TIME For The KIDS

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2012 has certainly a great year to be a Kiss fan. We got to see them on THE TOUR this past summer, we got the new MONSTER album on October 13th and now we can add one more cool project to the mix. KISSIN' TIME - Canada's Tribute to KISS is a new tribute CD about to be released on October 31st, 2012. As the official website states, it's 13 of Canada's best indie acts, 13 classic KISS songs, 1 CD with all proceeds (minus expenses) going to the SICKKIDS Foundation (Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital). From the tracks I have heard this is going to be a really cool CD and with proceeds going to such a great cause I think it would make a great gift for the Kiss fan in your life.

Read more HERE.



Monday, October 29, 2012

KISS Kruise II & Hurricane Sandy

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KISS Kruise II Weather Update:

We are aware that Hurricane Sandy is affecting many of your travel plans getting to Miami this week. We're working with Norwegian Cruise Line to delay our departure time from Miami on Wednesday as well as an alternate destination port to allow guests to meet the Kruise on Friday should they miss their Miami embarkation.

We hope to have more information to you by tomorrow afternoon, but please know we're putting all efforts into making sure this long-awaited vacation is everything it should be. Please note, there are no plans for a change of departure from Miami on Wednesday, only a potential delay of a few hours to accommodate guests arriving late. Thanks for your patience while we explore our best options. If you need to contact Sixthman while you're traveling, please call us at 877-379-9183.

The weather forecast for the Bahamas and Caribbean looks beautiful for our vacation so do your best to get here safely and know we'll be looking forward to seeing you.

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Photo: Ace Frehley At Chiller Theatre 2012

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Here's a photo of original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and a fan at the Chiller Theatre Expo 2012 in Parsippany, NJ on October 26, 2012.

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Review: KISS: "Monster"

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KISS’ Monster is the second release by the current lineup featuring Tommy Thayer (guitar) and Eric Singer (drums). Advancing on the musical path that 2009’s Sonic Boom took, Monster is an album to be judged by 201
2 standards and as such is a great rock record! Whether songs like the debut single "Hell Or Hallelujah" finds its place in the heart and minds of longtime KISS fans is anyone’s guess. Are the songs on the same level as 1970’s KISS? Probably not, but it shouldn't matter!

Much like the band itself, Monster is a guilty pleasure of tried and true lyrical themes, over-the-top guitar solos, tasteful drumming and Paul Stanley’s macho man vocals. Sure the song "Show Mercy" shares a choral pattern with Alice Cooper’s "What Baby Wants" and the album could benefit from the ears of an outside producer (Andy Sneap, for example), but none of this should distract from the fun that Monster is. So please, buy the album, enjoy the record and for 47 minutes, forget about "Rock N’ Roll All Nite" and let 2012 KISS take you "Outta This World"

- 8.3 out of 10

Aerosmith's Bassist Talks About KISS

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In a recent interview with Pure Grain Audio, Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton was asked about his take on the war of words between Aerosmith and KISS. Tom was asked:

Q: Recently, Steven called KISS a "comic book" band and that’s made its way around the Internet with fans on both sides arguing yes and no. What’s your take on that comment and on KISS in general?

Tom: It’s funny. I don’t know where that came from. I guess he just happened to say something in the course of an interview and it got blown up.

Q: Like most things do thanks to the Internet.

Tom: Well, there’s some entertainment value there... Rivalry. Any story with good conflict in it is interesting. We used to tour with them in the '70s. Actually, we didn't really do that many tours together. We did some shows together and then we parted ways because we had made it and then they made it. So, they were out on their own. There was a rivalry and I remember the dressing room talk about the opening act and what they wear, what they look like and what they do, but over the years I've come to have more respect for KISS through fans that I know.

They have very very loyal fans and as far as Steven’s comment in a way their origins are... If you talk to Gene Simmons, he might even agree with it. He was a huge comic book fan like most of us were in our early days... Some of us made a separation between that and what we did musically, but he wanted to live that out with his band and it’s pretty cool. When I want to listen to music, I go back to my Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin and Dire Straits. I don’t think I necessarily listen to KISS that often, but I love that song of theirs "I Want To Rock And Roll All Nite And Party Every Day." It’s just really accurate in describing what teenage males want.

Read 'Steven Tyler Calls KISS ‘A Comic Book Rock Band'

Tommy Thayer's Signature Spaceman Les Paul Now Available

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The Tommy Thayer signature Spaceman Les Paul by Epiphone is finally here. Tommy Thayer writes on his website:

"I'm psyched to be playing my new guitar onstage as we embark on the 2012 KISS Kruise and South American stadium tour in the weeks ahead. My signature axe will soon be available in guitar shops everywhere.

In the meantime, the first guitars off the line are ready for you through some very special offers on my new site: www.tommythayerguitar.com.

Keep it rockin' & remember to turn it up loud!"

FEATURES: 

Silver sparkle top • Creme binding on body and neck • Black sides, back and neck • 1959 neck profile • Rosewood fingerboard w/crown inlays • Black pick guard, pickup rings and toggle ring • Gibson 498 pickups • Neck position pickup w/nickel plated cover • Bridge position pickup no cover, black bobbins • Nickel plated bridge and tailpiece • Grover Deluxe ivory tuners • Black top-hat knobs • Custom silver hard shell guitar case • Custom leather studded guitar strap • Tommy Thayer signed certificate of authenticity booklet


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Latest KISS Magazine Cover: 'Break Out'

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Here's KISS on the cover of issue #5 of the German magazine 'Break Out' coming this November. The magazine includes a four page interview with Paul, Gene, Tommy and Eric on the the release of new album 'Monster'.

KISS Argentine Jumbo Concert Poster

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 Here's the latest promotional poster for KISS' November 7th show at River plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.This poster art is also featured in several newspapers from Buenos Aires.

Video: Peter Criss Book Signing In N.J.


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Here's video of original KISS drummer Peter Criss signing his new book 'Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of KISS' at Bookends in Ridgewood, N.J. on October 24, 2012.


Meet Legendary Founding KISS Drummer Peter Criss

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Legendary founding KISS drummer Peter "Catman" Criss signs his memoir Makeup to Breakup:My Life In and Out of KISS on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 at 'Changing Hands' bookstore in Tempe, Arizona at 6PM & 7PM.

Criss has lived an incredible life in music, from the streets of Brooklyn to the ultimate heights of rock 'n' roll success and excess. He conquer
ed the rock world—composing and singing his band's all-time biggest hit, "Beth" (1976)—but he also faced the perils of stardom and his own mortality, including drug abuse, treatment in 1982, near-suicides, two broken marriages, and a hard-won battle with male breast cancer. Makeup to Breakup is the definitive account of one of rock's most iconic figures.

Location:

6428 S McClintock Dr.
Tempe,
Arizona
85283
United States

More info HERE: www.changinghands.com/petercriss

Saturday, October 27, 2012

"A Tribute To KISS" With 'Dressed To Thrill' & Malmo Symphony


'Dressed To Thrill'


"A Tribute to KISS" with KISS tribute band 'Dressed To Thrill' and the Malmo Symphony Orchestra was a huge success on October 24th in Malmo Sweden. Check out these videos fro

Santa Anita Wants KISS' Gene Simmons

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If Santa Anita Park's owners have their way, KISS' Gene Simmons might soon play a starring role at the racetrack.

Frank Stronach, whose Stronach Group owns the historic Arcadia racetrack, met with Simmons earlier this month in Florida. Stronach described the meeting as an effort to recruit Simmons to help market the company's racetracks.

"Gene Simmons is, on the one side, a great entertainer," Stronach said. "On the other side, he's a very smart businessman and a very nice man. We're trying to see (if) maybe he could do some marketing for us. We're just trying to do concepts." 

Read more HERE. 

KISS Singles Box Set Coming In December

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KISS RELEASE THE CASABLANCA SINGLES 1974-1982 MAGNIFICENT LIMITED EDITION BOX SETS OF BAND’S 29 SINGLES ON LEGENDARY CASABLANCA LABEL

Rock legends KISS were the first signing to the late Neil Bogart’s newly formed Casablanca label after he saw and recognized their talent and showmanship at their spectacular performance at a showcase concert at New York City’s Le Tang’s Ballet Studio in 1973, offering them a contract on the spot. Now, KISS celebrates their 40th anniversary in 2013 having broken box office records set by The Beatles and Elvis, more than 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.

In their early years, KISS released a total of 29 singles on seven-inch 45 RPM records for the Casablanca label. These were available for sale to the public, used for commercial radio airplay and to promote album sales. Many of these singles had entirely different mixes, edits and material that didn’t appear on their vinyl albums. Now for the first time, these musical snapshots of KISS’ formative years, which have never been available in a commemorative singles edition, entitled The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982, on Mercury/Casablanca/UMe, will be available in December in two box set configurations:

29 Seven-Inch Vinyl (Limited Edition available direct to consumer via http://www.universalmusicenterprises.com/select/product)

29 CDs (available through all retail)

In typical KISS fashion, these are no ordinary boxes. The sets are housed in a beautiful die cut shadow box with a limited edition etched silver metal plate and ribbon pull magnetic closure custom KISS 45s box with 26 collectible picture sleeves from original single releases around the world, including Japan, Germany, Holland, Spain and Britain. The vinyl collection also features singles from all four solo albums in purple, blue, red and green vinyl with a mask picture sleeve representing each individual member as originally released in the U.K. Both sets include a booklet which tracks the genesis and chart history of each single represented in the package.

The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982 covers KISS’ remarkable eight-year stay on Bogart’s label, from their very first, “Nothin’ to Lose” b/w “Love Theme from KISS,” from their self-titled debut to their very first charted 45, “Kissin’ Time.” The band’s subsequent string of hits included Dressed to Kill’s live version of “Rock and Roll All Nite” (#12 on Billboard’s Hot 100), Destroyer’s “Shout It Out Loud” (#31) and the Top 10 ballad “Beth,” Rock and Roll Over’s “Hard Luck Woman” (#15) and “Calling Dr. Love” (#16), Love Gun’s “Christeen Sixteen” (#25), Ace Frehley’s solo hit, “New York Groove” (#13) and Dynasty’s “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” (#11).

“Even I haven’t heard some of this stuff, but this is all part of our master plan to celebrate KISS at this milestone in our careers,” says Gene Simmons. “This box set represents us at the very beginning of our career, and documents the band’s early success and subsequent growth.”

Adds Paul Stanley: “This collection is meant for the true KISS aficionado. The packaging really captures the development of both our music and image at a very crucial period in the band’s history.”

The special set comes out a month after the release of Monster, their 20th studio album. Showing the band at the top of its game, Monster embodies all that is KISS and the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, return stronger than ever with their new album to continue the legacy of the spectacular larger-than-life extravaganza, known as, KISS.

More info at http://www.universalmusicenterprises.com/select/product

Friday, October 26, 2012

KISS' "Love Gun" Covered By The Torpedian Harmonists

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Vocal puppet group 'The Torpedian Harmonists' cover the 1977 KISS classic "Love Gun". Puppet members Spice Ice, Starvey, Gemon and Picoula also wear KISS make-up as pictured below.



KISS' "I Was Made For Loving You" Covered By The Static Jacks


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New Jersey group The Static Jacks cover the KISS 1979 classic "I Was Made For Loving You."

Bruce Kulick Interview


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Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick interviewed by Jason Saulnier of 'Music Legends' on October 5, 2012.

All KISS, All The Time

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Airing Friday, October 26 at 6 pm ET through Monday, October 29 at 3 am ET on Ch. 39.


Taking over Hair Nation for the weekend, Scare Nation is a 24/7 all-KISS, limited-run channel that will showcase music from the band’s entire career. Playing everything from their 1974 self-titled debut through their 20th studio album, "Monster," listeners will also hear the band members talking about their new album, touring, their fans and much more.

Scare Nation will feature an encore broadcast of “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with KISS” on Saturday, October 27 at 12 pm ET.

Dropping The Needle Podcast Talks KISS' "Monster"


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In this episode Michael Brandvold and Mitch Lafon geek out on KISS and talk about the new KISS album "Monster". Not so much a song by song review of the album, but a discussion of our feelings. Do we like that album? Yes, but listen for some great discussion.

Happy 30th Anniversary To KISS' "Creatures Of The Night"

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Creatures of the Night is the tenth studio album by KISS. It is the band's last album for Casablanca Records, the only label the group had ever recorded for at that point. The album was dedicated to the memory of Casablanca founder and early Kiss supporter Neil Bogart, who had died of cancer during the recording sessions. It is also the band's last album recorded with Ace Frehley credited as an official member (until 1998's Psycho Circus), and its first album with Vinnie Vincent as the initially uncredited lead guitarist (Vincent would later be credited, but not featured pictorially on the cover, of 1985's reissue of the album).

Review: KISS - "Monster"

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As ghosts, ghouls and goblins prepare to roam the grounds for Halloween, it seems only fitting that an album called “Monster” is on my mind.

My favorite costumed rock legends return with their 20th album and the follow-up to 2009’s comeback release “Sonic Boom.” “Monster” possesses the quintessential Kiss sound and is perhaps the band’s best release since 1977’s “Love Gun.”

While the core of Kiss has changed, the seasoned rockers offer an explosive collection of anthems filled with fist-pumping choruses, fiery guitar riffs and thunderous bass lines that are delivered with swagger and attitude.

Gone are original drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, replaced by Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer respectively.

Led by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, “Monster” is only the second release featuring the new lineup that has played together over the last eight years.

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Photos: Peter Criss 'Makeup to Breakup' Book Signing - Ridgewood, NJ




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"I had a great time with the fans in New Jersey. A big thank you to everyone who came out to say hello, and I hope you enjoy the book! Walter and Pat at Bookends, along with all of their great staff, put on a really great event for me. Thank you to everyone at Bookends and all the fans and friends who came out. It's always wonderful to see you". - God Bless, Peter Criss 

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Photos: Peter Criss 'Makeup to Breakup' Book Signing - Barnes & Noble, NY



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"Thank you very much to everyone who came out to see me today for the release of my book. The staff at Barnes and Noble was absolutely fantastic! I would also like to thank the GREAT Bob Gruen for stopping by with his beautiful daughter, as well as Chris Lendt, who wrote KISS and Sell. It's always good to see an old friend!" - God Bless, Peter Criss

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KISS Would Have Been Called What? Alternate Band Names Revealed - SiriusXM Town Hall Q&A

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In celebration of KISS's 20th studio album, MONSTER, KISS sat down with 20 lucky SiriusXM subscribers and host Jose Mangin for a fan Q&A. Here, they describe the origins of their anthem "Rock and Roll All Night" and even some never-before-revealed alternate names for the band.


Video: KISS On Why The Current Lineup Rules


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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley describe how Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer make the current lineup of KISS the most powerful of their career. The band sat down with 20 lucky SiriusXM listeners for a special fan Q&A in celebration of their album, MONSTER.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

KISS Rehearsing For KISS Kruise II

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KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer has posted a tweet on his official Twitter account stating that KISS are in rehearsal today for the upcoming KISS Kruise II which sets sail on October 31st to November 4th. Tommy tweets:

"Heading to rehearsal.. Gonna decide on some cool songs to do on the Kruise. How about 'Only You'?"




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