Thursday, February 28, 2013

Paul Stanley Stage-Used Microphone's Available | Photo: Carol Port

You can now purchase your very own Paul Stanley stage-used microphone from select shows on the 'Monster World Tour 2013'.

* The Stage-Used Microphone that Paul Stanley sings in from the stage throughout this show! BONUS: You will also receive a setlist from tonight's show!

* MEET AND GREET: You and a guest will meet Paul Stanley before the show. Bring your camera for photos of you and Paul! After the show, you will pick up your stage-used microphone and take it home with you.

* SIGNING: Paul will sign the microphone and your setlist. Paul will also sign two collectibles of your choice (NO GUITARS.)

All sales are final. No returns. This package does NOT include tickets to the KISS concert. You will need to purchase tickets to the show separately.

Note that for your meet and greet, Paul will be happy to pose with a microphone in hand identical to the mic you will receive. Due to stage setup logistics, the mic you will receive after the show will already be on stage at the time of the meet-and-greet. The microphone you receive after the concert has ended is be Paul's stage-used microphone. You will NOT receive the microphone stand or any accessories.

If you wish to purchase a guitar or microphone from a show you will not attend, please email for ordering instructions.

Price: $3,000.00  (Not microphone shown in photo)

Get yours HERE:

KISS Rocks Perth With Monster Show | Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper 

FOUR decades after their original formation, KISS certainly still knows how to put on a Monster of a show.

In the first performance of their milestone 40th anniversary year, the rock ‘n’ roll superstars kicked off their Australian tour with metal band Motley Crue at Perth Arena last night.

It was a larger-than-life spectacle featuring all the KISS concert staples fans have come to know and love over the years including make-up, high heels, pyrotechnics, blood spitting, fire-breathing, guitar licking, sparking guitars and a levitating drum kit for the band’s first live show on Perth soil since 2004.

And age proved to be nothing but a number to co-frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who strutted around on stage oozing every ounce of the confident rock star persona they’ve always embodied.

The loyal KISS Army battalions were out in force, packing Perth Arena to the roof, rocking face-paint or official merchandise and screaming the words to every song.

It was a hit-packed two-hour set featuring the likes of Detroit Rock City, Shout It Out Loud, I Love It Loud, Psycho Circus, War Machine, an acoustic version of Shandi and Black Diamond.

There were a handful of newer hits from their latest album Monster, which was released last year, including Hell or Hallelujah, Wall of Sound and Outta This World, which saw guitarist Tommy Thayer take on lead vocals.

The crowd pleasing three song encore exploded with Lick It Up, I Was Made for Lovin’ You and Rock and Roll All Night.

Not a band to stand in the shadows, Motley Crue took to the stage with their own brand of showmanship earlier in the evening, kicking things off with a grand entrance featuring the band waltzing through the crowd, flanked by girls and spraying smoke.

Girls, Girls, Girls, Kick Start My Heart, Home Sweet Home, Dr Feelgood and Shout At The Devil all featured and drummer Tommy Lee wowed the crowd by taking his drum kit on a 360-degree rollercoaster ride.

Irish rock band Thin Lizzy performed a set including Killer on the Loose, Don’t Believe a Word, Suicide, Jailbreak and The Boys Are Back in Town on the night.

See photos HERE:

Eric Singer Photo From New KISS Monster Tour Book | Photo Credit: KISS Catalog, 

Ltd Here's a photo of Eric Singer that you'll find in the pages of the new KISS Monster Tour / 40th Anniversary Program. The new tour book celebrates 40 years of KISS.

Review: KISS, Motley Crue & Thin Lizzy At Perth Arena

Live review: KISS, MOTLEY CRUE at THIN LIZZY at Perth Arena, February 28 2013

SOME of KISS’ staging staff may be lined up outside the unemployment office in Perth this morning – but the first-night gaffes did absolutely nothing to detract from a dazzling performance from the veteran glam rockers.

Bassist Gene Simmons, in full battle regalia and dangling from cables, was forced to crawl onto his platform 15 metres above the Perth Arena stage before performing “God Of Thunder” on the first night of the Monster Tour, which also included a disappointing Motley Crue and feisty Thin Lizzy.

The microphone cut out during Simmons’ 35-year-old pre-amble to the song, forcing him to say “well alright” twice.

When guitarist Tommy Thayer “shot” balls of fire from his instrument during his solo turn, the explosions in the overhead rig were nowhere near where he was aiming. The flashpots during the “clap” breakdown of “I Was Made For Loving You” were so out-of-synch that singer Paul Stanley was left with a bemused expression.

Read more HERE:

KISS On Stage At Perth Arena

  Photo: Perth Arena

KISS performing live on stage at Perth Arena during the first show of the 'Monster World Tour 2013' on February 28, 2013 in Perth, Australia.

Australian "Monster World Tour 2013" Tour Dates:

Feb 28 – Perth, Australia
March 3 – Adelaide, Australia
March 5 – Melbourne, Australia
March 6 - Melbourne, Australia
March 9 – Sydney, Australia
March 10 – Sydney, Australia
March 12 – Brisbane, Australia
March 16 – Mackay, Australia

Three Sides Of The Coin Podcast: Paul Stanley's Stage Raps

Three Sides Of The Coin Podcast

In episode #12 we discuss Paul Stanley's stage raps. Have they change over the years? Are they still good? Are they a important part of a KISS show?

Gene Simmons Interviewed In Australia

Touring the country with Motley Crue, Gene Simmons of KISS talks to Richard Stubbs about the business behind the rock.

Listen HERE:

Photo Gallery: KISS Tour Is A Monster

KISS performs live on stage as part of their Monster Tour with Motley Crue and Thin Lizzy at Perth Arena on February 28, 2013 in Perth, Australia.

See more photos HERE:

Rock Legend Gene Simmons Live In Person At Hard Rock Cafes In Sydney And Surfers Paradise 

Hard Rock Cafe Australia are thrilled to announce two exclusive, live in person appearances with Gene Simmons, KISS bassist/vocalist and reality TV star, at Hard Rock Cafe Sydney on March 9th and Hard Rock Cafe Surfers Paradise on March 13th.

As part of Hard Rock’s commitment to delivering authentic experiences that rock, VIPs and fans will have the rare opportunity to witness rock history as Gene donates one of his AXE bass guitars to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection. Gene will appear live in person at each venue – a once-in-a-lifetime experience for KISS fans to meet their ‘Rock God’ up close and personal.

Hard Rock Café Sydney’s event on Saturday 9th March will be in support of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF), a charity that changes young lives through the power of music and believe that music is a right, not a privilege. Monies raised during Gene’s appearance will be donated directly to the Matraville Soldiers’ Settlement Public School. Don Spencer OAM, Founder of the ACMF will introduce the ACMF’s children’s band who will open the show with a brief performance.

On Wednesday 13th March, fans can rock up to Hard Rock Cafe Surfers Paradise and see Gene Simmons and enjoy some live party atmosphere entertainment. Mike Goldman will emcee the event and along with VIPs and fans, a bevy of local ‘Meter Maids’ beauties will be there to spice things up!

"Detroit Rock City" In Perth, Australia | Steve Mascord 

Here's first video of KISS opening their first show of the 'Monster World Tour 2013' with "Detroit Rock City" in Perth, Australia on Thursday, February 28th.

Set List For KISS Show In Perth, Australia

KISS kicked off of their 'Monster World Tour 2013' in Perth, Australia on Thursday, February 28th. Here is the unconfirmed set list:

Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
Hell or Hallelujah
I Love It Loud
Psycho Circus
Calling Dr. Love
Firehouse (Gene spits fire)
Wall of Sound
Outta This World (Tommy and Eric Jam)
Bass Solo (Gene spits blood and flies, … more)
God of Thunder
War Machine
Shandi (Acoustic, performed only by Paul)
Love Gun
(Paul flies)
Black Diamond (with short Paul guitar solo)

Lick It Up (excerpt from Won't Get Fooled Again)
I Was Made for Lovin' You
Rock and Roll All Nite
God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II

Photo Gallery: KISS Live In Perth

Source: Paul Kane/Getty Images AsiaPac 

Paul Stanley of KISS performs live on stage as part of their Monster Tour with Motley Crue and Thin Lizzy at Perth Arena on February 28, 2013 in Perth, Australia.

See more photos HERE:

KISS Rugby Australian Tour Shirts

Check out these awesome KISS Rugby Tour shirts. They are available only at the shows on the current Australian Monster Tour.

KISS Monster Tour / 40th Anniversary Program

Here's a sneak peek of the cover and a few pages from the new KISS MONSTER Tour book. The book celebrates 40 years of KISS. The book debuts tonight at the Perth show, and it is a beautiful piece of KISStory.

KISS Kick Off 'Monster World Tour 2013' Tonight In Perth, Australia

KISS start the beginning of their 'Monster World Tour 2013' in Perth, Australia tonight (Thursday, February 28th). KISS will play 8 shows while in Australia.

Australian "Monster World Tour 2013" Tour Dates:

Feb 28 – Perth, Australia
March 3 – Adelaide, Australia
March 5 – Melbourne, Australia
March 6 - Melbourne, Australia
March 9 – Sydney, Australia
March 10 – Sydney, Australia
March 12 – Brisbane, Australia
March 16 – Mackay, Australia

More confirmed dates for "Monster World Tour 2013":

June 1, 2013 Friends Arena - Stockholm
June 3, 2013 Hartwall Arena - Helsinki
June 6, 2013 Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg
June 8, 2013 Viking Fest - Viking Stadion Stavanger
June 11, 2013 Forum - Copenhagen
June 12, 2013 Waldbuhne - Berlin
June 14, 2013 O2 Arena - Prague
June 15, 2013 Novarock Festival - Vienna
June 17, 2013 Villa Manin - Udine
June 18, 2013 Mediolanum Forum - Milan
June 20, 2013 Hallenstadion - Zurich
June 22, 2013 Hellfest - Clisson
July 20, 2013 Rock Fest - Cadott

The official KISS website will be releasing more KISS concert dates for "Monster World Tour 2013" soon.

New Paul Stanley PS2012 'Starfire' Guitars


"Friends, it's Eric McKenna with Major Guitars & Boogie Street Customs. I'm happy to report that we have commissioned, through Washburn's Custom Shop, a small run of Paul Stanley's PS2012 'Starfire' guitar finished in SILVER SPARKLE! That's right - the same finish as Paul's personal Starfire guitar he opened the 2012 KISS shows with!

The first guitars in this short run of Silver Sparkle Starfires has arrived at our offices and they are Drop Dead AMAZING! Stay tuned for more Custom Finished Starfire projects we have in the works throughout 2013 and into 2014.

For more information, get with us at & . As always, Many Thanks to the KISS Army for all the years of support! See you on the upcoming Monster Tour!"

Today In KISStory - 2005 | Photo: AP Photo/Chris Polk 

Today In KISStory - February 28, 2005: KISS appears in Burbank, California on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to help celebrate the birthday of 10 year old David Dingman-Grover who had recently undergone cancer treatment. David was told he wouldn't live to see age 10, but he proved doctors wrong, and his favorite band KISS showed up and surprised David on this special occasion.

KISS presented David with an autographed Silvertone Paul Stanley signature guitar. Paul Stanley said:

"This is so important for us to be a part of a miracle. People talk about we're past the age of miracles but here's proof David is a living miracle and we can all be a part of it."

Today In KISStory - 2003 

KISS Symphony: Alive IV

Today In KISStory - February 28, 2003: KISS performs with the 60 piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne, Australia.

The performance featured three of the original members of KISS (Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, and Gene Simmons). Ace Frehley once again left the band and the concert featured for the first time musician Tommy Thayer dressed as the "Spaceman" character.

This would be the last KISS album to feature original KISS drummer Peter Criss. The performance was released as a LIVE CD and DVD titled "KISS Symphony: Alive IV".

Today In KISStory - 1996

Today In KISStory - February 28, 1996: For the first time in 17 years the original founding members of KISS make a surprise appearance in full makeup and regalia at the 38th annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley co-presented the "Best Pop Performance" award with late rapper Tupac Shakur.

Tupac: "You know how the Grammy's used to be, all straight-looking folks with suits. Everybody looking tired. No surprises. We tired of that. We need something different...something new. We need to shock the people. So let's shock the people."

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

KISS Australian Monster Tour Picks Available

Pictured are some of the KISS Monster Tour Picks the band will use on stage in Australia. Photo by Fran Stewart.

These picks are now available at

The band will also be using KISS Monster Tour Australia 2013 Picks during the Tour, too.

There will be a special version used during the KISS Meet and Greets acoustic shows as well.

These others picks will be available later this week at

KISS And Make-Up For V8 Driver James Courtney | Photo Source: The Advertiser

HOLDEN V8 Supercar driver James Courtney is feeling like a rock'n'roll superstar as the Clipsal 500 roars into town.

In the lead-up to the four-day motorsport carnival, which begins today, the 33-year-old and his pit crew - Grant Milnes, Glen Fisher and Justin Burns - transformed into KISS look-alikes.

Joking that he may have dislocated his tongue, Courtney said he loved playing "the demon", Gene Simmons.

"I felt like a rocker when I had the make-up on," he said.

Courtney was also living out a boyhood fantasy by "becoming" a member of KISS, who will perform at Sunday's after-race concert.

"They are an iconic rock band," he said.

"Dad would have them on in the car when he was driving me to go-kart meetings."

Make-up artist Sam Gehlken from Make Up to Shake Up was responsible for transformation of Courtney and his pit crew, Grant Milnes, Glen Fisher and Justin Burns.

Ms Gehlken, who at 28 is too young to remember the Kissmania of the late 1970s and early 80s, studied the Dynasty album cover.

Featuring the four original band members' faces in close-up it was the perfect guide to their make-up.

Each face took about half an hour to complete.

"I used face paint," she said.

"I have done KISS make-up for people before who are going to fancy dress parties but never this full-on."

Courtney and his pit crew were initially "scared" at the thought of wearing KISS make-up, but loved the end result, she said.

" One of the guys said `I don't want to look at myself in the mirror', took a selfie (photograph) and said `That looks amazing'," she said.

"They all thought it was hilarious."

See more photos HERE:

KISS Fan Follows The Band Round Australia

Ian Spear remembers a time when he'd never heard of Kiss. Then he caught the band on Simon Townsend's Wonder World and his life changed forever.

Today, Ian's "running out of walls" to hang his memorabilia. A Bunbury restaurant owner and chef in real life, he's about to follow Kiss around the country as they embark on their latest Australian tour.

The attraction is partly the image and partly the music, he says, and a Kiss concert is like no other.

"They put on a show that you'll never see again."

Ian's wife is very understanding of his obsession, he says, though she has put a ban on body art.

Listen to the interview as Ian talks to Barry Nicholls on WA Regional Drive about the mystique of it all.

Listen to the interview HERE:

Eric Carr's Production Company Business Card | Source: John Erigo

Here's a photo of Eric Carr's production company business card given personally to KISS fan John Erigo. John writes:

"He gave this to me one night at L'amour East in Queens around 1985/86. Lita Ford was playing that night, and Eric and I spoke for about 20-30 minutes. It was something I will never forget!"

KISS Australian Tour Merchandise

Here's some of the KISS MONSTER Australian Tour 2013 merchandise line. These items are now available on our KISSONLINE Australian store -

(Note: All orders from this link will be shipped from Australia. Some of these items will be carried on the KISSONLINE US store soon.)

Additional items will be available at the concert venues only.

Items pictured:

KISS MONSTER Australian Tour 40th Anniversary Program / KISS Rocks Australia Can Coozie / KISS Silicone Wristband / KISS MONSTER Tour 2013 Lucite Keychain / KISS Logo Hat / KISS Metal Spinner Keychain / KISS MONSTER Australian Poster / KISS MONSTER 2013 Tour Tee / KISS Australian Flag Logo Tour Tee / KISS Skull 'N' Guitars 2013 Tour Tee / KISS Loud and Proud 2013 Tour Tee / KISS Down Under Raglan tee / KISS 'If It's Too Loud' Zip-up Hoodie / KISS Rhinestone Babydoll / KISS Lion Crest Tattoo Ladies Tee


Eric Singer's KISS Bass Drum Head In Perth, Australia

Photo: Captain Frantastic III

Photo: Captain Frantastic III Here's a great photo of KISS drummer Eric Singer's bass drum head at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia. KISS kick off their first show of the Australian leg of 'Monster World Tour 2013' in Perth on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Fans Share Their "TT Guitar" Experiences

Here are a few shared experiences from fans regarding their Tommy Thayer Epiphone Limited Edition Spaceman Les Paul:

Tommy took his time with us, we took some cool pictures with the guitar and he was very nice. I was in seventh heaven when I saw Tommy playing on the guitar he just signed about one hour earlier - that is a feeling I`ll never forget.

Now Tommys guitar - mine :-) is hanging on my wall with the other guitars I have. When I look at the guitar today, I think back at the good experience I had when I bought this guitar from Tommy.

Me and my wife are looking forward to see you in Norway this summer. I`ll bring the guitar so we can take the picture all three.

Best regards,

We wanted to write you and thank you for the experience that came with the the Autographed Tommy Thayer Signature Series Spaceman Les Paul Guitar and The Backstage Meet and Greet on the KKII (KISS Kruise II)!

We truly enjoyed meeting you and talking with your before the show while you signed the guitar! Posing for photos with us and the guitar backstage was awesome! The appreciation you have for your fans is genuine and incredible! Your staff was great and made the experience a memorable event!

During the concert, it was fantastic when you came out on stage with the guitar during the encore and played "Rock & Roll All Nite!!" We took many pictures of you playing the signed guitar up on stage while it was being played! Having the guitar handed to us after the concert was priceless!!

It was an amazing experience we will never forget! It was "Outta This World!" Thank you!

— Jeff and Lauren

KISS Ready To Rock Perth, Australia

 Photos: Captain Frantastic III

Here's a few photos of KISS' backline technician's getting ready for the first show of the Australian 'Monster World Tour 2013' in Perth on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

In these photos you can see Paul Stanley's signature "Monster Tour" guitar picks, and Gene Simmons' new chromed Punisher Bass.

Photos: Captain Frantastic III

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gene Simmons Speaking Engagement March 5th In Australia

Gene Simmons will be doing a speaking engagement while KISS tours Australia on Tuesday, March 5th at Etihad Stadium, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC.

Tickets & info HERE:

Perth Set To Rock & Roll All Night With KISS

Perth rock fans should get their face paint ready because KISS are headed to Perth.

The band will play in Perth along with 80s metal group Motley Crue on February 28.

The two bands will perform at the Perth Arena.

The 2013 tour will mark KISS's 40th anniversary.

KISS will perform fan favorites from their treasure-trove of hits along with tracks from their recently released 20th studio album Monster, which debuted at number seven on the ARIA charts.

Motley Crue may have toured just last year but fans are still expected to be excited about the tour, with the band known for their entertaining live shows with elements such as Tommy Lee's 360 drum roller coaster.

Irish rockers Thin Lizzy and Brisbane up-and-comers Diva will open the shows on the tour

Interview With Bob Kulick

Bob Kulick may forever be a man connected to the legacy of KISS, but his own legacy is far more intriguing and impressive. As a young boy Kulick found that he had a natural gift for the guitar and it paved the way for a lifetime of making incredible music and memorable performances starting at 17 with his first notable band, The Observation Balloon. This week the quiet and humble rock hero shared some of his career experiences with The Examiner, talking about the infamous KISS audition, the first Meat Loaf tour, playing with Alice Cooper, along with his various bands and tribute projects.

Read more HERE:

KISS Arrive In Perth, Australia | Photo : Tommy Thayer

The KISS jet has landed in Perth, Australia as Gene, Tommy, Paul, and Eric get set for the Australian leg of "Monster World Tour 2013" which kicks-off this Thursday, February 28th. Tommy Thayer tweets:

"Just arrived in Perth.. Long ass 24 hr journey! "

Australian "Monster World Tour 2013" Tour Dates:

Feb 28 – Perth, Australia
March 3 – Adelaide, Australia
March 5 – Melbourne, Australia
March 6 - Melbourne, Australia
March 9 – Sydney, Australia
March 10 – Sydney, Australia
March 12 – Brisbane, Australia
March 16 – Mackay, Australia

Rock Stars Record KISS 40th Anniversary Tribute Album To Benefit Montreal Cancer Hospice

Montreal rock journalist and KISS fanatic Mitch Lafon wanted to help raise some cash to benefit The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence after his father-in-law James Stanley Droulis passed away from cancer last month. Within days of dreaming up his KISS 40th Anniversary Tribute Album for charity – the album will be called A World With Heroes – a who’s who of the hard-rock world have come on board, including members of such bands as Cinderella, Guns N’ Roses, Whitesnake and Montreal’s very own Slaves on Dope.

“I was very impressed with the staff and care given at the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence and I wanted to give back, but didn’t know how,” says Lafon, a West-Island native. “A couple of weeks after my father-in-law passed away, KISS – one of my favorite bands – celebrated their 40th anniversary, and that’s when the light in my head went off. Having been a rock journalist for over 20 years, I thought why not combine my love for KISS, the friends I’ve made in the rock world and do something spectacular for the palliative care unit? I could certainly raise greater awareness and funds this way than anything I could do on my own.”

The list of rock stars who have agreed to record tracks for the KISS tribute album is impressive: Eric Brittingham (bass – Cinderella) , Jeff LaBar (guitars – Cinderella) and Troy Lucketta (drums – Tesla); Terry Ilous (Great White), Bumblefoot (GNR), Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), Russ Dwarf (The Killer Dwarfs), Ron Young (Little Caesar), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Rex Brown (Pantera, Kill Devil Hill), Dery Grehan (Honeymoon Suite), Bill Leverty (Firehouse), Phil Lewis (LA GUNS), Doro, Tommy Denander, Slaves on Dopes, Phil Naro (ex-Talas and Peter Criss), Ron Keel and Sean Kelly (Nelly Furtado’s band and Helix). Lafon expects to announce more musicians shortly.

“I did my first interview when I was 11 years old, back in 1980 with non other than Gene Simmons of KISS,” says Lafon.

“It’s been years of doing interviews and cultivating friendships,” Lafon continues. “I simply called up ‘my rock star buddies’ or emailed them, told them my plan and one-by-one they hopped on board, many saying, ‘Anything for you Mitch.’ Everybody participating on this album is donating their time and talents. Nobody made any demands. Everybody just said, ‘What song do you want and when do you want it by and it shall be done.’ It really was that easy. Egos have been put aside and truly human spirit has prevailed.”

Montreal rockers Slaves on Dope – who themselves are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year – will record two songs, Anything For My Baby and New York Groove.

“Mitch mentioned his project to me and who was involved, and honestly, we did it because of Mitch – I like him a lot, he’s really nice, sincere and a huge KISS fan, and when he told us why he was doing this, it was a slam-dunk,” says Slaves on Dope frontman and CHOM deejay Jason Rockman. “We love early KISS and to be attached to this project is really nice.”

KISS fans can be a part of the creation of this album by donating money or pre-ordering the album via Pledgemusic. There’s a ton of really cool memorabilia being offered to donors.

Says Lafon, “The initial goal is to raise $15, 000 and it’s intended for the charity. We will have to pay the ‘mechanical licenses’ for the permission to use the songs – which has nothing to do with KISS, it’s simply the law – and we’ll have to pay for the manufacturing of the CDs which runs about $1.50 to 2$ per disc.

“I want to be very clear: The mastering house is taking NO money. They have donated their services. The graphic artist doing the album artwork has donated his services. The ‘rock stars’ have donated their talents. The artists are assuming their own recording costs. I’m not taking a single cent from this, not even as much as paying for a cup of coffee for myself. Hopefully, the project will not only reach the goal but double, triple, etc. it. Would be nice to raise $100,000$ or $200,000 and more.”

The deadline to make a pledge for the A World With Heroes KISS 40th Anniversary Tribute album for cancer care is April 17. Click here for more info and to make a pledge, click here for Mitch Lafon’s all-star rock’n’roll Dropping The Needle podcasts; and here for POP TART’s interview with Gene Simmons of KISS


He might have to KISS his Westchester home goodbye.

Ace Frehley, a founding member of rock band KISS, is in jeopardy of losing his Yorktown home to the bank.

The US National Bank Association, which started foreclosure proceedings on Feb. 15, said the makeup-faced ’70s star stopped paying his mortgage in 2011.

The former KISS guitarist, who rock and rolled all night, seems to have hit rock bottom financially. The Yorktown receiver’s office recorded thousands of dollars of tax liens on the property.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

'KISS Coffeehouse' Gets Top Honors In Myrtle Beach

For the fourth consecutive year, Kiss Coffeehouse was honored in the "Best Of The Grand Strand" competition (in the Specialty Food & Drink - Best Coffee Shop category) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Over 56,000-plus total votes were cast by both locals and tourists alike, and 1,000-plus businesses competed for best-of honors in 68 unique, and special categories.

"Best Of The Grand Strand" is an annual competition sponsored by Myrtle Beach's local NBC affiliate, WMBF-TV.

Paul Stanley Interviewed By Alice Cooper - Part Two | Nights With Alice Cooper 

 Paul Stanley was interviewed by legendary rocker Alice Cooper on his radio show "Nights with Alice Cooper" on Wednesday, February 13th.

Listen to Part Two HERE (Cue to 2:10:40):

Today In KISStory - 2002 | Photo: Salt Lake Tribune | James Vincent

Today In KISStory - February 24, 2002: KISS performed their classic song "Rock and Roll All Nite" during the closing ceremonies of the XIX Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This was guitarist Ace Frehley's last appearance with KISS since reuniting with the band for the "Reunion Tour" in 1996.

New KISS Album Is Possible, Says Tommy Thayer | Photo:

Tommy Thayer told Anthony Morgan of Metal Forces in a recent interview that KISS may make another new album - possibly in the next year or two. Interviewer Anthony Morgan commented to Tommy "A successor to Monster would be hugely welcomed by KISS fanatics". Tommy states:

“We take one day at a time here,” the axe-slinger cautions. “I could see that happening again possibly in the next year or two, but nothing has definitely been decided on. It’s a lot of fun and a great experience to record with these guys, which is actually unique in a lot of ways because most bands don’t enjoy spending time and working together like we do. I know people say ‘Oh, he’s just saying that,’ but it’s true. We really enjoy working together, and recording and writing. With that in mind I can see it happening more, but again, there’s nothing planned yet. I hope we do some more recording and writing, and put out another record. I think it would be just another step in the Kiss story, and something I’d look forward to.”

Saturday, February 23, 2013

KISS 1978 Solo Album Poster In TED Movie

KISS really is everywhere! We spotted a KISS 1978 solo album poster in Seth MacFarlane's 2012 movie TED. You can clearly see the KISS poster during the scene in which TED tells Flash Gordon (actor Sam Jones) "If you can punch through this wall, you really are Flash Gordon".

This is the best screenshot we could find.

A History Of Black Sabbath’s Drummers - Eric Singer |Photo: Alejandro Pagni/Getty Images

Over the weekend, Black Sabbath announced their new record 13 will be released in June, and revealed that former Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk played on the album. So it’s the perfect time to review some of the many musicians who bashed the skins for the metal legends over the decades.

We could give our takes on them… but we thought we’d leave that to the band’s guitarist, leader and the only guy to play on every Sabbath album, Tony Iommi (via his autobiography, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath).

WHO: Eric Singer, who today is most well-known as the man who wears Peter Criss’s makeup in KISS.

ERA: Mid-’80s, on 1986′s Seventh Star and 1987′s The Eternal Idol.

B.S.: Played in Lita Ford’s touring band

A.S.: He left Sabbath with singer Ray Gillen to join Badlands. In 1989, he was hired to play on a solo tour by Paul Stanley of KISS, which led to joining KISS after the untimely passing of drummer Eric Carr. After KISS reunited with their original lineup, Singer went on to play with Alice Cooper and Queen’s Brian May. He has since rejoined KISS.

WHERE IS HE NOW: Still with KISS, he’s played on their last two albums, Sonic Boom and Monster.

TONY SAYS: “Eric had this eighties hairstyle which made him look a little bit like a woman, and so we started calling him Shirley. He is a good drummer and he has done well for himself, playing with Alice Cooper and KISS and the like. When we had Eric and (bass player) Dave (Spitz) in the band, they were a great little team. They loved to play, and would try stuff all through the night. They were always energetic and that was good for me as well.”

Read more HERE:

KISS – Outta This World: Tommy Thayer Interview

A member of American hard rock outfit Kiss since March 2002, lead guitarist ‘Spaceman’ Tommy Thayer has favoured the use of Les Paul Standards for the most part, the majority of which have been reissues crafted by the Gibson Custom Shop.

Read more HERE.

KISS, Mötley Crüe And Thin Lizzy On The 'Baddest Tour Ever'

It's the news Australian rock fans have been waiting for.

KISS and Mötley Crüe. On the same stage. On the same night.

After 45 shows in the United States, it's now Australia's turn to experience the rock and roll heavyweights – and Thin Lizzy is also along for the ride.

Not only has it been five years since KISS last toured Australia, but 2013 marks their 40th anniversary and what better way to celebrate than to don the makeup and the flamethrowers at Perth Arena.

Not only will KISS perform their favourite tracks from their treasure-trove of hits, they will also rock audiences with material from their just-released 20th studio album Monster, which debuted at No. 7 on the ARIA chart.

With combined album sales of almost 200 million, KISS and Mötley Crüe have remained true icons of rock and continue their success with attracting a whole new generation of fans.

Tickets to this explosive night of chart-topping rock hits are available from

Rocker Ace Frehley May KISS Yorktown Home Goodbye

A rock ’n’ roll legend may be KISS-ing his Yorktown house goodbye.

A bank is accusing Ace Frehley, a former member of the rock group KISS, of not paying the mortgage on his Yorktown home for almost two years. U.S. Bank National Association claims that the rock star, whose real name is Paul Frehley, stopped paying his $735,000 mortgage on March 1, 2011.

In its Feb. 15 foreclosure filing, the bank asked the court to order a sale of the home to pay for the outstanding principal of $703,581.48 plus interest, late charges and other expenses.

Frehley, 61, borrowed the money in 2006 for the one-family home at 1347 Spring Valley Road that sits on 3.01 acres. The 2,441-square-foot house has two floors, three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Frehley could not be reached for comment, and his personal assistant John Ostrosky did not respond to an email sent to an address posted on Frehley’s website. One of Frehley’s companies, Max Cake Productions, uses the home as its business address.

The bank’s attorney, Elizabeth A. Clarke at Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak in Rochester, declined to comment on the foreclosure filing.

According to Yorktown records, Jendell Productions bought the home on Nov. 17, 2000, for $650,000. The company then transferred ownership to Frehley in 2004 for no money.

Jendell is the name of the fictional home planet for Frehley’s extraterrestrial “Spaceman” stage character, who wore silver face paint and black lipstick.

Frehley’s house also has almost two years of unpaid taxes, according to the Yorktown tax receiver’s office, which hasn’t received a payment since Dec. 30, 2011. Back taxes include a 2011 lien of $5,131.61 for town and county taxes, as well as $13,425.94 for unpaid 2012 county, school and town taxes.

Frehley, now a solo musician, became famous in the 1970s as the lead guitarist for KISS, a band beloved for its outlandish costumes, stage shows and heavy metal music. Frehley left the group in 1982 and rejoined it from 1996 to 2002.

KISS charted its biggest hits while Frehley was a member in the 1970s. The group’s highest-charting song was the ballad “Beth,” which hit No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1976.

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Gene Simmons Charges Up To $1500 To Speak To Fans

Source: | Photo: AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

KISS rocker Gene Simmons is charging fans up to $1500 to hear him talk about himself.

The 63-year Simmons has added a speaking engagement in Melbourne during Kiss' tour next month.

Tickets to hear Gene Simmons range from $1500 for platinum seats to $285 for gold seats and $108 for the cheap seats.
The speaking tickets are more expensive than those to see Kiss perform live with support acts Motley Crue and Thin Lizzy.

Only one hundred of the $1500 tickets will be sold, which include a lunch package with Simmons in attendance for two hours, a photograph with Simmons and one item signed as long as it is not a guitar.

Cashed up Kiss fans also get a t-shirt which reads "I had lunch with Gene Simmons" for their $1500.

The speaking engagement takes place at Etihad Stadium on March 5 from 10.45am, requiring many fans to take the day off work.

Fans have already been stung for Kiss Australian concert tickets which include a $600 VIP dinner package, $250 for the "Monster zone" and $125 for the cheapest seats.

The band sold a $1500 VIP ticket which includes a personal meet and greet with Simmons and bandmate Paul Stanley, as well as priority seating at the concerts.

Simmons will only speak in Melbourne, Kiss' most lucrative market in Australia, with diehard fans expected to fly in from interstate for the one-off event.

The band, who pioneered making millions from merchandise, have relaunched their brand of Kiss icypoles to coincide with their Australian tour.

Kiss beer is also available in Australian supermarkets and bottle shops.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

KISS Tour Rehearsals Finished, Now Off To Australia

  Photos: Frantastic III & Paul Bassett

KISS has just wrapped up their tour rehearsals in Hollywood, California today. Now they head to Australia for a handful of dates starting with Perth on February 28th.

These photos were taken by KISS' backline technician's Captain Frantastic III (Paul Stanley's guitar tech) & Paul Bassett (Eric Singer's drum tech).

Decibel Geek Podcast: KISS Landmarks With Chris Epting

For their latest episode, "Decibel Geek Podcast" are joined by author Chris Epting ('All I Need to Know I Learned from KISS: Life Lessons from the Hottest Band in the Land') for a discussion of KISS geography.

Over 25 different locations important to KISS' (and our) life are discussed in this episode including rehearsal spaces, ampitheatres, baseball stadiums, high schools, recording studios, television studios, amusement parks and more.

Also, in the show post on the official Decibel Geek website are the actual addresses of these locations as well as many then-and-now photos.

Chris Epting is the author of 20 travel/history books, including James Dean Died Here (Santa Monica Press), Roadside Baseball (McGraw Hill) and most recently Hello It's Me, Dispatches From a Pop Culture Junkie (Santa Monica Press). He has contributed articles for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Westways and Travel + Lesiure magazine, and writes a weekly newspaper column for the Huntington Beach Independent. In addition, Chris writes for AOL Music and is a frequent talk show guest, appearing on shows including National Public Radio, the E! Channel and Access Hollywood.

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Win A Trip For Two On The KISS Kruise III

 KISS by Monster Mini Golf

Come celebrate our 1st Anniversary at KISS by Monster Mini Golf with us and you can WIN a cabin on the KISS Kruise III for 2 including Airfare! No purchase necessary, all you need to do is show up and party with us! How easy is that?!

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Tommy Thayer At KISS Rehearsal In Hollywood

 Photo: Tommy Thayer

Here's Tommy Thayer rehearsing with KISS before they tour Australia at the end of February.

KISS Fans Paul Stanley Tattoo

Thanks to Annita Ortiz for sending us a photo of her Paul Stanley tattoo.

KISS Comics: Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

KISS: Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 - In stores February 27th

Pull out the cream makeup, ready the powder and lay the eyeliner on thick… because “Psycho Circus” continues in Volume 3 of KISS: The Greatest Hits! Rediscover classics like "Bottle Full Of Wishes," "Forever," "Four Sides To Every Story," and the four-part "Destroyer."

Collects issues #7–13

Thursday, February 21, 2013

KISS Coming Back To Halifax In August | Photo: TED PRITCHARD

Metro will once again be Halifax Rock City when greasepainted rock legends Kiss return to the region this summer.

Bassist Gene Simmons jumped the love gun and posted Canadian tour dates on his personal website on Thursday.

The coast-to-coast trek features three Atlantic shows: Saint John, N.B., on July 31, Halifax on Aug. 1 and St. John’s, N.L., on Aug. 3, for what will likely be a series of indoor concerts, their first here since performing on the Halifax Commons in 2009, one week after an appearance by Paul McCartney.

At press time, the shows had not been posted on the band’s official tour schedule. only includes dates for the band’s March tour of Australia and a June trip through Europe.

Much like Rush’s recent announcement of its July 12 show at the Halifax Metro Centre in an email to its fans, Simmons posted the dates before the show has been officially made public by a promoter or venue.

A spokesperson for the Metro Centre says they can’t confirm that Kiss is coming, but a sellout night with the Gods of Thunder would be a notable event in the calendar for its 35th anniversary year.

Before the Commons concert, Kiss previously appeared twice at the Halifax Forum, on its Alive! tour in 1976 with Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, and kicking off its Love Gun tour in 1977 with Cheap Trick.

The band was scheduled to play Sydney’s Centre 200, the Halifax Metro Centre and Moncton Coliseum on its 1990 Hot in the Shade tour, but the shows were cancelled, reportedly due to an injury suffered onstage by singer-guitarist Paul Stanley in Pennsylvania.

Three Sides Of The Coin Podcast - Episode #11 - Did Gene Simmons Lose The Demon Character?

Three Sides Of The Coin Podcast

In episode #11 we discuss Did Gene Simmons Lose the Demon Character. Has the demon character softened over the years? Does Gene do things on stage that are not characteristic of the demon?

KISS Fans New Eric Singer Tattoo | Photo: Brett Bartlett

Check out KISS fan Brett Bartlett's new Eric Singer tattoo done by artist "Nailz" from "True Love Tattoo" in Brisbane, Australia.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Strange Ways KISS Podcast - Episode #6 - 'Sweet 16 Of the Solo Albums'

Episode #6 finds your KISS army brothers discussing our own personal picks for what we're calling our 'Sweet 16 of the Solo Albums'...see if your faves match up to ours.

Eric Singer Praises Alex Van Halen

 KISS’s Eric Singer contributed to the hardcover photo book, Van Halen: A Visual History, by Neil Zlozower. The Van Halen News Desk has the exclusive on what he had to say about the first time he saw Van Halen in concert:

“Alex the Animal. The first time I heard Van Halen was “Runnin’ with the Devil” on the radio on WMMS in Cleveland.

I remember thinking (along with everyone else), “Who the hell is this, and who is this guitarist?” Well, we all know they went on to open for Black Sabbath and really give them a run for their money.

“By the time the second Van Halen record hit, I finally got to see the new kids on the block live. And ALIVE they were! I had never seen a band come on stage with such energy and fire. Not to mention the sheer power that they each presented on their instruments. Eddie had opened the door for the band with his groundbreaking style, but the rest of the band were no sideshow either. Especially Alex.

“This guy was all over the kit from the opening to the end of the night and, if I remember correctly, did three different drum solos throughout the show. Even the first song ended with a solo flurry, just to set the tone for the evening.

“Alex has always had his own voice on the drums, which is the hardest instrument to achieve that on. From his trademark popping snare sound and high-pitched tom tom tuning to his electronic Simmons phase, on up to the Bonham-esque thunder of “Poundcake,” he has retained something unique and special on the instrument that has inspired many a drummer for the past thirty years.”

— Eric Singer