Friday, August 30, 2013

Win A Signed KISS Guitar & Personal Message From Gene Simmons

Ever wondered what Gene Simmons would say to you? Or what the signed Paul Stanley Washburn guitar in this photo would look like in your home? Well now is your chance to find out! Head on over ebay to bid on an amazing Kiss prize all in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. One lucky bidder will walk away with the guitar plus a personalised video message from Gene Simmons and a goody bag including a Monster tour programme, t-shirt, commemorative ticket, Eric Singer drumsticks and plectrum holder.

Gene Simmons said: "You must always give back, always be aware that not everybody is as lucky as we are. Whenever you have a chance please log on to Do what you can, help save a life."

The auction will run from 22nd August until 1 September 2013 and you can bid by visiting:

eBay’s charity programme is celebrating reaching its £50 million landmark by hosting its biggest celebrity auction yet - 50 celebrities, 50 items, 50 charities*. The eBay for Charity programme, established in 2006, has helped support more than 7,800 UK based charities raise funds through the eBay platform. The auction goes live on 22nd August until 1st September.

KISS Solo Paperback In Stores Now


Four tales featuring the individual fantasy personae of KISS on solo adventures are collected in this trade paperback.

The Four-Who-Are-One go it alone! The Demon, Starchild, Celestial, and Catman each get the spotlight shined on them in four individual tales by writers Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz, who are joined by artists Angel Medina, Tone Rodriguez, and Alan Robinson.

The KISS SOLO paperback is in stores everywhere now!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gene Simmons Writing New Book Titled "ME, Inc."


Gene Simmons is in the midst of writing a new book titled "ME, Inc." which he says will be out in a few months time.

Gene tweets: "Writing my next book: ME, Inc. Out in a few months."

Engelbert Humperdinck Lays Down Duet With Gene Simmons | by Paul Cashmere

The legendary Engelbert Humperdinck spent the day in the studio with Kiss founder Gene Simmons laying down a track for his Duets albums.

Engelbert is nearing completion of the album which features songs with Willie Nelson, Elton John and Smokey Robinson and now Simmons.

Engelbert exclusively announced the Simmons duet in his interview with Noise11. “There’s Elton, there’s Smokey Robinson, there’s Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Neil Sedaka and it goes on and on and on. It is very exciting names on this particular album. I’m so thrilled that everyone has responded and wanted to work on the album with me and I think it has been a very exciting project,” he said.

Last week he also announced 60s British pop star Lulu would also join him on the album.

Today Engelbert told fans via Facebook, “What an absolute pleasure to meet and record with this giant of a Rock God! A fantastic day with Gene Simmons and his gorgeous wife Shannon.”

Watch footage of Gene and Engelbert meeting up in the studio in LA:

Latest KISS Magazine Cover: Classic Rock Italy


Here's KISS on the cover of the Italian edition of the latest Classic Rock magazine.

KISS "Nothin' To Lose" Book Signings

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will be signing copies of their new KISS book "Nothin' To Lose" at the following locations:

BOOKENDS (Ridgewood, NJ) - 9/10/13 @ 1pm

BARNES & NOBLE (Staten Island, NY) - 9/10/13 @ 7pm

BARNES & NOBLE The Grove (Los Angeles, CA) - 9/12/13 7pm

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

KISS "Monster" Japan Tour Edition Double-CD


A KISS "Monster" Japan Tour Edition SHM-Double-CD will be released on October 16, 2013.

Track Listing:

CD One:

1. Hell Or Hallelujah
2. Wall Of Sound
3. Freak
4. Back To The Stone Age
5. Shout Mercy
6. Long Way Down
7. Eat Your Heart Out
8. The Devil Is Me
9. Outta This World
10. All For The Love Of Rock & Roll
11. Take Me Down Below
12. Last Chance
13. King Of The Night Time World [Live - Rock The Nation Lost Tracks]

CD Two:

1. Psycho Circus
2. Shout It Out Loud
3. Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll
4. I Love It Loud
5. Heaven's On Fire
6. Calling Dr. Love
7. Say Yeah
8. God Of Thunder
9. Lick It Up
10. Love Gun
11. Black Diamond
12. Detroit Rock City
13. I Was Made For Lovin' You
14. Rock And Roll All Nite
15. Right Here Right Now

Paul Stanley & Earvin "Magic" Johnson At Dodger Stadium


Here's a photo of KISS' Paul Stanley and NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

LA KISS: The AFL’s Newest Rock Stars | (Joel Ryan/AP)

Last weekend the Arizona Rattlers topped the Philadelphia Soul to win ArenaBowl XXVI. But that’s not the biggest news coming out of the Arena Football League. As we mentioned last week, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS are bringing an expansion team to Los Angeles, aptly named the LA KISS.

Paul Stanley provided Karen Given with the scoop.

KG: Why did you want to own an AFL franchise?

PS: Why not? That would be the simple answer. But truly, I reflect on my career and what I’ve done over the last 40 years and who would have thought that something that I dreamed and we all dreamed as kids would turn into something so much more than a rock band? It really has turned into a lifestyle and a way of life. But on top of it, people should get their money’s worth. You know, bang for your buck, I’ve always believed. And having come from audiences where I was certainly one of the dissatisfied people who would see a band on stage and go, “You know, they think they’re doing me a favor, and I paid for a ticket.”

Here we are in Los Angeles without a football team. Anaheim is the second largest media market outlet, and the Honda Center is a place that we’ve played. We know it well, so why not? AFL is something that’s unique even within football. It’s interesting that some people seem to think of it as the second-stringers, but let’s be very clear: a diamond is a diamond. When you’re talking about the upper one percent of, you know, available players, that’s not too shabby. It’s just very intriguing. These guys are incredible athletes, and I don’t think of it as Arena Football, I think of it as “Adrenaline Football.”

KG: Well, Southern California fans are generally only interested in rooting for the very best. Will the LA KISS deliver?

PS: Absolutely. You know, I don’t speak as loudly as perhaps my partner, but I make sure everything I speak about comes to pass. The team is going to be fabulous. We’re also going to involve entertainment. There’s so many periods during the game, there’s so many times where there could be something going on — other than someone dressed as a hamster running around.

KG: Will the team itself be different from others in the Arena Football League? I mean you’re not going to require the players to wear makeup or anything like that, right?

PS: I’m also not going to require them to carry a guitar. This is football. This is not Cirque Du Soleil or a rock ‘n’ roll band. But it certainly is incorporating some of the mentality that has made KISS a juggernaut. We will make sure that on all fronts, whether it’s the players, the cheerleaders, or the entertainment that it’s really something that you want to go to again and again.

KG: In 2004 Jon Bon Jovi founded the Philadelphia Soul, which went on to win the 2008 AFL championship. But the Soul and the rest of the league temporarily suspended operations in 2009, and Jon Bon Jovi didn’t come back for an encore. Is KISS planning to make a longer run of it?

PS: Well, we usually play a very long set. There were problems within the AFL in terms of the financial structure of it, and all that has been straightened out, so we’ll be stronger than ever, and we will be the proof.

KG: Season ticket holders will be invited to a free KISS concert at the Honda Center. What other promotions have you got cooked up?

PS: They will be revealed.

KG: You and Gene Simmons look like you’re still in pretty good shape. Any chance the two of you will make it onto the field?

PS: It’s a fool who doesn’t know his limitation. You know, as a kid, I remember thinking I was very strong, and I loved fooling around and wrestling with my friends ’till I got beaten and somebody busted my arm, and then it wasn’t so much fun. And I remember playing football as a kid and really enjoying it until I went sailing through the air and landed on my stomach and knocked the wind out of me, and I went, “You know, this isn’t for me.”

You know, so I will stay where I belong. But that being said, I will be accessible. Going to a game, it’s great to have a great corporate suite to go to, but I prefer being down with everybody. I mean who doesn’t want to be up close and see things up close? So if you see me there come say hi.

Bruce Kulick Interview - Dreams In The Witch House

Rock journalist Daniel Siwek and Bruce Kulick discuss the fusion of epic rock and cosmic horror on August 20th, 2013 during this interview in Burbank, California.

KISS Bringing Football Back To Los Angeles

KISS frontman Gene Simmons joins "NFL AM" to talk about his new arena football team, the L.A. KISS.

See video HERE:

Monday, August 26, 2013

Gene Simmons On “Lovitz or Leavitz” Vodcast

Here's video of Gene Simmons making a guest appearance on the Jon Lovitz vodcast “Lovitz or Leavitz” at Universal City Walk in L.A. on Friday, on August 23rd.

Video: Paul Stanley Sings National Anthem At Dodgers Game

Here's video of Paul Stanley singing the national anthem before the MLB inter-league baseball game between the Red Sox and Dodgers in L.A. on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

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Here's Paul Stanley of KISS singing the national anthem before the MLB inter-league baseball game between the Red Sox and Dodgers in Los Angeles

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Paul Stanley Getting Ready At Dodgers Stadium

Here's Paul Stanley at Dodger Stadium, where he will sing the National Anthem before the Dodgers-Red Sox game today.

Video Interview: Gene Simmons

NEW YORK: Gene Simmons, the co-founder and lead singer of the rock band KISS, talks to World Screen's group editorial director, Anna Carugati, about his new TV projects and more.

If you thought Gene Simmons was “only” the co-founder and lead singer of the rock band KISS, think again. Indeed, he continues to perform with KISS, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world.

But the guy decked out in makeup and costume as The Demon, who told the world he wanted to rock and roll all night, and party every day, has done so much more than sing and play the guitar. KISS has some 3,000 licensed and merchandised items. There is a KISS golf course in Las Vegas, a KISS coffee shop in Myrtle Beach, KISS VISA cards, and more products that Simmons mentions in this video. He has also written books and published a magazine. He a partner in North America’s largest horse racing entity and also part of a group of investors that is brining a pro football team back to Los Angeles, naturally called L.A. Kiss.

Simmons has also created My Dad the Rock Star for Nickelodeon, Gene Simmons Rock School for VH1 and Mr. Romance for Oxygen besides starring with his family in the reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels on A&E Network for seven seasons. He is working with Entertainment One on Busted, a hidden-camera prank reality series, and has a raft of other TV projects in the works, including KISS Hello Kitty for kids’ network The Hub.

The rock star-turned-entrepreneur sits down with Carugati, who had a very hard time not laughing at Simmons’ antics.

See video interview HERE:

Happy Birthday Gene Simmons

We would like to wish a very happy birthday to the legendary, blood-spitting, fire-breathing, tongue-wagging "Demon" of KISS, Gene Simmons.

We love you, man. Have a great day!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Steve Coronel & Gene Simmons Backstage At Mohegan Sun

Here's a great photo of Steve Coronel of "Wicked Lester" fame and KISS' Gene Simmons meeting backstage at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, on Saturday, August 10th during KISS' "Monster World Tour 2013".

Steve Coronel is a guitarist and former member of the rock band "Wicked Lester" and has been friends with Gene since the early 60's. Steve created the riffs and chord structures of "She" and "Goin' Blind", co-authoring the songs with Gene. 

See video of Steve and Gene's "secret handshake" HERE.

Gene Simmons Birthday Cake From Jon Lovitz


Here's a photo of the birthday cake presented to Gene Simmons while he was making a guest appearance on Jon's vodcast “Lovitz or Leavitz” at Universal City Walk in L.A. on Friday, on August 23rd.

The cake was made by Danny Gonzales from French's pastry bakery.

Gene Simmons & Jon Lovitz In L.A.

Here's Gene Simmons and comedian Jon Lovitz at Universal City Walk in L.A. on Friday, on August 23rd. Gene was a guest on Jon's vodcast “Lovitz or Leavitz”.

Gene tweets: "Thanks @realJonLovitz for having me on the show. My sides hurt from laughing so hard."

“Nothin’ To Lose" Book Signing

Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley will do a book signing at Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood, NJ to promote their new book “Nothin’ To Lose – The Making Of KISS (1972-1975)” on September 10th.

More info HERE:

Friday, August 23, 2013

Honda Center First Look: LA KISS

Kent French takes a look at the newest Arena Football League franchise, the LA KISS, coming to Honda Center in 2014.

See video HERE:

Review: KISS Kids #1

The larger-than-life personas of rock-n-roll icons KISS have always naturally lent themselves to treatments as comic book characters, and in the all-ages "KISS Kids" #1, it turns out they lend themselves pretty well to reinterpretation as pint-sized partyers who can rock-n-roll all night -- or at least until bedtime. As reimagined by writers Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz, and humorously drawn by Jose Holder, KISS can now be described in a manner that few if any have described them before: cute and funny.

Publishers have made KISS comics for decades, to varying levels of success. The more successful incarnations were those that were aptly handled by capable creators who "got" what the band is about, while others suffered by writers who didn't and took the concept way too seriously. Ryall and Waltz find that middle ground; they understand and use the basic essence of each of the four characters as a springboard to a comedic set of kid-like adventures, and, well, that's about it. They're still KISS, but they still have to go to school and endure evil babysitters just like all the other kids. It's a much lighter and looser interpretation that doesn't feel compelled to make all kinds of contrived, obligatory references to the band's songs and character traits that past efforts have.

In fact, this take on the franchise allows for clever play on some of the band's song and album titles, like a shoe store called "Carnival of Soles." It's a lighthearted, almost self-parodying kind of humor that's been completely absent in any past comic that's been blessed by the group, and this lighter approach makes it a lot more welcoming to readers who might have been less than thrilled by past KISS comics. One of the quartet in particular, "Spacey", in a take-off of Ace Frehley's "Spaceman" persona, seems especially victimized by this self-parody when the writers take the intended meaning of his moniker, that of a literal man from space, and changing it to the more self-deprecating meaning of being forgetful and loopy. It's all in good-natured fun, although the ex-communicated Frehley might not think so, if he were to ever see this. It would only seem odd to fans already familiar with the other band members' caricatures, as kiddie versions of the remaining three; Starchild, Catkid, and Li'l Demon; are straightforward conversions from their adult counterparts.

The laughs are all simple, so younger kids will get them, but funny enough for anyone older. Even those not all that familiar with the band will get the humor, although there are some fun touches that will squeeze out additional laughs from those who have actually seen the band, whether in a performance or the loved-and-loathed quasi-classic TV movie "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park." Supporting the uncluttered and simple comedy, the issue is broken into several undemanding short stories ranging from one to five pages each, so it's ideal for children or anyone who prefers KISS in small doses.

Jose Holder takes a deliberate and pleasing cartoonish route; the KISS kids all have big heads, big feet and four fingers on each hand; the latter of which would make how well they manage their guitars the interesting subject a future story. The KISS tykes all have annoying parents that make them partake in hated activities, like shopping for back-to-school clothes, but are only seen from behind and their faces are never shown; they exist in this comic only as complications in the lives of these kids, which as all kids believe at one point or another, is all that parents really seem to do.

KISS has always been a franchise that's been seen as larger than life by their fans, and past comics have always tried to reflect that.

But "KISS Kids" is a refreshing, pleasant, and unassuming comic that proves smaller can be better, and readers of all kinds, whether young or old, fans or not, can readily lick it up.

Lisa Chats With KISS

ArenaBowl XXVI has begun and Lisa was lucky enough to hit the red carpet with a number of entertainment celebrities like rock legends KISS.

KISS Rebooked: Rockers To Invade Dome On Nov. 8 | Photo: Wayne Cuddington

Grab the facepaint, KISS is coming to the Saddledome on Nov. 8.

The rockers had been booked to play Calgary on July 13, but the flood damage to the Dome cancelled that event.

Tickets purchased for the original date are valid for the November show for the same seats indicated on the ticket.

For ticket holderswho cannot attend, refunds will only be available through Ticketmaster until Sept. 5, 2013.

At this time, approximately 4,000 tickets for the concert have been re-released and are on-sale via Ticketmaster starting at $59 (plus applicable fees and taxes.) Tickets will become available as they are refunded.

Other cancelled Stampede shows that have now been rescheduled include the Dixie Chicks (Oct. 31) and Tim McGraw (Nov. 2), with the only one remaining being a concert by Carly Rae Jepsen.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Vince Neil Talks Crue's Retirement: "It's Not Gonna Be Like KISS"

In a brand new interview with The Oakland Press, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil was asked about bassist Nikki Sixx's recent statement that the final chapter for the band could come as early as 2016, after the film version of MÖTLEY CRÜE's biography, "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band", gets completed, an accompanying album is released and yet one more tour around the globe.

"It's definitely for real," confirmed Neil. "We want to go out on top. We don't want to be one of those bands that people are like, 'Oh, they're playing a ... little club now. We still sell out arenas and do stadium shows and stuff like that, and that's how we want to be remembered.

"It's just time. Mick's [Mars, guitar] health is not that good, and touring is tough on him. I'm sure in five, 10 years' time we'll probably do something together again, but it's not gonna be like a KISS farewell to the farewell to the farewell tour. We're not gonna be like that."

Neil also said that he plans to have his next solo album out by the time the CRÜE calls it quits.

"I'm planning to release something maybe before the end of the MÖTLEY run," he said. "That way it would come out right toward the end of that, and I can just go straight from MÖTLEY and continue touring on that (solo album). That's the idea now, at least. It's a ways away, still."

Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons To Appear On 'The Today Show' | Photo Credit:

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will appear on the Today Show on September 10th during the 10 am hour. They will be promoting the new KISS book "Nothing' To Lose"

Book Review: “Nothin’ To Lose – The Making Of KISS (1972-1975)” | By Chris Alexander

Last year, FANGORIA published the official KISS Monster Magazine (issue #1 is still available in our store here, while the 3D issue #2 is sold out) and it’s no secret that this writer/editor is obsessed with but two things: horror movies and yes, KISS. It was a fixation that locked in preschool, and it was seeing Gene Simmons with fangs, leather, metal and bat wings on the cover of 1977’s LOVE GUN that drew me to Dracula. After the swoon of discovering garish and bloody perversions of gothic horror ebbed, I later fell in love with KISS’ patented brand of trashy 70’s rock n’roll and it’s that adoration of Paul Stanley’s scream and Simmons’s stomping, spitting persona that I’ve carried with me and will keep close to my heart until I die, whenever that may be.

And though I swear I know everything about the band—I’ve written about them extensively, and have met them all on multiple occasions—I’m really just an amateur compared to some. Compared to Ken Sharp, I’m positively Cro-Magnon. Sharp has been interviewing KISS (and many other noted classic rock figures) and putting pen to page about their ever-morphing legacy for three decades-plus and along with writer David Leaf, wrote the official authorized KISS biography BEHIND THE MASK a decade ago—a tome widely recognized as the most thorough collection of KISSstory facts yet published. This September, Harper Collins is publishing Sharp’s latest investigation into the band’s legacy with NOTHIN’ TO LOSE: THE MAKING OF KISS (1972-1975), created in collusion with Simmons and Stanley. And man, is it an epic.

The book indeed charts the salad days of Simmons, Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. From the first meetings of a hirsute, heavy and arrogant Simmons (then Gene Klein) and the scrappy teenage Stanley (then Stanley Eisen), to their session time at NYC’s Electric Lady Studios while sculpting the KISS prototype band Wicked Lester, to their first ill-attended gig at the Coventry nightclub, this is in essence a sex and fantasy soaked story of the American Dream trying desperately to turn its motor over and eventually succeeding beyond all expectation.

Sharp’s task with this book is not an easy one. Serious fans of the band have heard the narrative arc of KISS’ rise before. Of Gene’s love for horror movies and comic books defining his physical presence and worship of Paul McCartney informing his evolving “walking bass” style. We know of Paul’s unfettered addiction to Led Zeppelin. Ace’s mis-matched sneaker demeanor and sci-fi tinted outlook. Peter’s “dirty livin” and love of Gene Krupa. It’s all here; their Alice Cooper influenced experiments with make-up design and shocking, cinema-stained stage antics, the flop of their first three albums even while concert arenas were selling out, the climactic release of their game changing 1975 monolith ALIVE! and all the feast, famine and post-60s excess in between.

What the author has done here, miraculously and creatively, is tell that tale and tell it well, serving as an ideal entry point for new KISS fans looking for a peek into the past, while going deep into the vaults and offering insight from those who circled in the KISS orbit. Here we have not only living KISS family members like Sean Delaney and Neil Bogart’s widow, Joyce, supplying anecdotes, but the book is saturated with recollections by a stack of bands that KISS played with and opened for (and admittedly, almost always assassinated) like Black Sabbath, Bob Seger, Iggy and the Stooges, Ted Nugent, Blue Öyster Cult, Cooper and many, many others. He also includes comments from tech guys, FX people and fans that were there to witness the slow, steady rise of one of history’s most recognized pop culture entities. It’s all thrilling, funny, revealing and compulsively readable stuff.

But there’s another thing at play here which, for the ardent KISS fan that’s stayed with them for 40 years of triumph and tragedy, is a rare treat: a respect for the way things were. It’s no secret that Ace and Peter’s sour attitudes and endless battles with addiction, coupled with Gene and Paul’s focused and sometimes perhaps overbearing control and protection of the band/brand have lead to ample wars of words and ugly ink spilled. But here, more often than not, we simply get warm, wistful recollections from four very different men who for a brief time came together to form a brotherhood, making something incredibly special and unprecedented. Four broke kids who tempered their passions with practicality and changed history and had a blast while doing so.

And whether intentional or not, with NOTHIN’ TO LOSE, Sharp has also clearly laid out the blueprint for what could be, if any savvy Hollywood schmoe is paying attention to this, the best goddamn rock and roll movie ever made. So someone make it already…

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KISS Re-Schedules Calgary Show

Calgary – The Calgary Stampede and Stampede Concerts Inc. are pleased to announce a rescheduled date for the Stampede Concert Series. On Friday, November 8, KISS will take the stage at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Following the flood, Stampede Concerts Inc. worked hard with KISS to reschedule the show and ensure fans had an opportunity to enjoy the concert.

Tickets purchased for the original date Saturday, July 13 are valid for the November 8 show for the same seats indicated on the ticket. For ticket holders that cannot attend the November 8 date, refunds will only be available through Ticketmaster until Saturday, August 31.

At this time, approximately 2,800 tickets for the concert have been re-released and are on-sale via Ticketmaster starting at $60.00 (plus applicable fees and taxes.)

Stampede Concerts Inc. continues to work to reschedule the other concerts that were part of the Stampede Concert Series.

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Tommy Thayer: Local Guitar Hero

Tommy Thayer never tires of putting on the makeup, donning “The Spaceman” ensemble, playing the classics nightly and touring seemingly every year with an American institution, rock band KISS.

The lead guitarist Thayer, 52, gets excited for any performance, whether it be in Winnepeg, Manitoba, or Tokyo’s Budokan arena.

“You can never forget how fortunate you are to walk up on stage before 14,000 people,” the Beaverton native and Sunset High graduate says. “With this band and its amazing history, great persona and characters and show, how can you lose sight of how great that is? We’re flying on private jets and staying at Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton. ...”

KISS celebrates its 40th year together next year, and Thayer has played alongside juggernauts Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for the past 11. We’re talking epic longevity for one of the hardest-working groups in music.

“It’s a lethal, viable, legit rock ‘n’ roll band, and we’re playing just as big of shows as ever,” he says. “It’s extremely rare for a group like KISS to continue for 40 years. I can count the number of bands on one hand who’ve done that. We’re playing arenas and stadiums and selling out, with an onslaught of new kids following us. It’s multigenerational. It’s like a tribe.”

But, Thayer, who lives in suburban Los Angeles with wife Amber and maintains another residence in Cannon Beach, has never forgotten his roots. The son of a successful businessman and a musician mother, Thayer serves on the board of directors of Pacific University in Forest Grove.

by: COURTESY OF TOMMY THAYER/ASH NEWELL - Tommy Thayer has played with epic rock band KISS for 11 years, and he and the boys celebrate the band's 40th anniversary next year. 'We basically take it one day, one month, one year at a time,' he says.

by: COURTESY OF TOMMY THAYER/ASH NEWELL - Tommy Thayer has played with epic rock band KISS for 11 years, and he and the boys celebrate the band's 40th anniversary next year. 'We basically take it one day, one month, one year at a time,' he says.
A rural private college and a hard-rockin’ guitarist? Yeah, it’s an odd match, as Thayer has dutifully helped the Washington County school raise funds for athletics through his Legends event and golf tournament. The golfing part has been shelved for the year, as Legends leans on the musical aspect with another star-studded lineup for the dinner-auction-concert fundraiser, Sunday, Aug. 25, at Waverley Country Club in Portland.

Scheduled to appear with Thayer in a concert are: Bill Champlin, formerly of Chicago, a two-time Grammy Award winner; Danny Seraphine, Chicago’s original drummer; Billy Kimball, former lead singer of six-time Grammy winner Toto; Ed Roth, producer and keyboardist with California Transit Authority; and Patrick Lamb, Oregon’s Grammy-nominated jazz saxophone player.

Also making appearances will be rock manager Doc McGhee, who helped launch the careers of KISS, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, The Scorpions, Hootie & The Blowfish, Diana Ross and James Brown, and several prominent athletes.

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The Tribune caught up with Thayer, co-founder of Oregon Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Black ‘n Blue:

by: CHASE ALLGOOD - Tommy Thayer grew up in a successful family in Beaverton, and inherited musical talents from his mother, Patricia, before excelling in music at Sunset High School and embarking on a notable rock 'n' roll career.

by: CHASE ALLGOOD - Tommy Thayer grew up in a successful family in Beaverton, and inherited musical talents from his mother, Patricia, before excelling in music at Sunset High School and embarking on a notable rock 'n' roll career.
Tribune: Few bands rival KISS in longevity and appeal. Key to success?

Thayer: A lot of people are critical about over-promoting, going in many different directions with sponsorships and licensing. But, with a band like KISS, you can do that. Some groups can’t do that kind of stuff, because they’d be accused of selling out. We’re always able to get outside the box.

That’s the cool thing about it, the spirit of what made KISS unique from the very beginning, the early ‘70s. A lot of people thought it was a joke, but KISS always trumped the norm. You always have detractors, but KISS is about entertaining and exploring new things. It continues to baffle people, even us. You see these teenagers — how do they get turned on to KISS?

Tribune: How’d you get involved with Pacific University?

Thayer: I didn’t go to school there, even though it’s a university literally in our backyard. They approached me, and I thought about it, it set me back for a second. “What?” It’s cool that they’re thinking outside the box. I liked the idea of coming back to the area I grew up, getting involved, helping out. It’s been a real gratifying experience. What I can bring to the table is fundraising and profile.

Tribune: The university wanted your father, James, to serve on the board, and he recommended you?

Thayer: He was a community leader and military hero (former U.S. Army brigadier general). He’s 91 now, has done great service for our community. They were interested in getting somebody from the Thayer family, and he said, “How about Tommy?”

Tribune: Your family has been quite successful?

Thayer: Dad and mom (Patricia) started the J. Thayer Co. in 1955 and it became the largest office products company on the West Coast. My brothers Mike and John were involved. A large conglomerate bought it in the 1990s and, when John’s noncompete (clause) finished, he started another J. Thayer Co., a Web-based company in Lake Oswego that’s expanded into California, Washington and Denver.

Tribune: Your mother served as your inspiration?

Thayer: She was a classical musician, violinist, playing through her time in college at Washington State. She brought music and creative arts to the family. She was a great music aficionado, played all the classics at home, the great show tunes. She’s now 89, just a ball of energy.

Mom and dad live in Lake Oswego. Growing up hearing great music in the air, so to speak, makes a difference. My older brother, Jim, too — he’d play Beatles records, pop music. Then I got involved in music programs in school.

Tribune: It’s probably not a stereotypical story, a rocker coming from a great family?

Thayer: A lot of guys come from lousy families. Not that we haven’t had our problems, every family has their issues. There’s a good foundation there. Especially with my parents, they’ve always been supportive of what I or we wanted to do. Never heard, “Can’t do that; shouldn’t do that.” It was great (support), especially when it started popping for me.

They wanted me to get a college education. But I got involved with groups, and then I was on my way to California with Black ‘n Blue. ... I just read a book, “Talent Is Overrated.” It’s more about how much persistence you have. How hard you want to work.

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF TOMMY THAYER - Tommy Thayer never tires of putting on the makeup, donning 'The Spaceman' ensemble, playing the classics nightly and touring seemingly every year with an American institution, rock band KISS.

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF TOMMY THAYER - Tommy Thayer never tires of putting on the makeup, donning 'The Spaceman' ensemble, playing the classics nightly and touring seemingly every year with an American institution, rock band KISS.
Tribune: You’ve avoided the trappings of a rock star?

Thayer: With Black 'n Blue, we’d go on the road and have a good time. But, I never got into drugs; never felt compelled to do that. My tenure now with KISS — I’m not in my 20s, and you look at things differently and more responsibly. It’s a big business we’re in; you have to be a professional to make it, to get through it. It’s not like it was in the ‘60s — sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, where drugs are part of the culture of rock ‘n’ roll bands. That’s long since past.

Tribune: Golf had to be dropped from the Legends event because of your schedule?

Thayer: We toured Australia, had a full European tour and North America for about six weeks (ending Aug. 18 in Hollywood). We’ll go to Japan in October. Thankfully, we carved out a weekend we could do this. We’re still doing a golf tournament, but it’s more exclusive.

Tribune: Musicians like to swing the sticks?

Thayer: They do. A lot of artists and musicians like to play golf; a lot of pro golfers like to play music. ... (The best) would probably be somebody like Alice Cooper or Justin Timberlake. I’m decent, not quite as good as the best.

Tribune: What’s Gene Simmons like?

Thayer: Like what you see on (reality show) “Family Jewels.” He’s got a persona and exterior that can be a little abrupt and abrasive. He’s a good guy with a kind heart, believe it or not. The most ambitious and tenacious person I’ve ever met. Definitely a workaholic. He goes all the way back to producing Black ‘n Blue records, and we toured with KISS in 1985. He’s like an older brother.

Tribune: And, Paul?

Thayer: More private, very creative, very smart. He and Gene are like yin and yang. That’s what makes it a great combination. Not to say they haven’t had disagreements, but they look beyond that.

Tribune: How about the


Thayer: Eric Singer is one of my great friends, amazing guy. Best rock ‘n’ roll drummer out there in my book. Perfect for KISS.

Tribune: Will KISS be playing music and touring forever?

Thayer: We basically take it one day, one month, one year at a time. People always speculate what KISS will be up to in five years. KISS will be up to something. We have a new Arena Football team (announced last week), and people are scratching their head, “What?”

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Evan Stanley & Bruce Kulick Guitar Shopping In California


Here's a new photo of Paul Stanley's son Evan and Bruce Kulick guitar shopping in Los Angeles today.

Bruce tweets: "Did a little guitar shopping today in Van Nuys with Evan Stanley, who is a fantastic player."

KISS Destroyer Beer Truck At 'Rock And Brews' In L.A.

Gene Simmons: "Just pulled up to our ROCK AND BREWS Site in LA. Parked next to me, is this. Flown in from Australia."

KISS Podcasts

Podcast Rock City - Episode #4

This week we break down the book "KISS ALIVE FOREVER" the stats section, and find out who opened for KISS, where they played, and how many people came out.

Three Sides Of The Coin Podcast - Episode #37

In episode 37, August 20, 2013, Mitch drops a bomb of a topic on us.... Gene Simmons Was Right to Leave KISS in the 80's for a Movie Career. Find out his reason for saying that and how Tommy and Michael respond. Plus KISS Shockers from Mitch's Locker takes a look a colorful and bubbly KISS item.

New Message From Bruce Kulick

Bruce Kulick has posted a new message up on his website. Bruce writes: 

Message up at my site recapping my Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp "Wine, Wisdom and Rock Experience" held at the prestigious Louis M. Martini Winery in California's famous Napa Valley. New photos too, like this one of me and Joe Satriani.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

KISS Coffeehouse Closing In Myrtle Beach | Becky Billingsley

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, Myrtle Beach – KISS Coffeehouse, which opened in June 2006 at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, is closing at the end of September.

The shop was the first and only licensed coffeehouse by the band, who backed the business owned by KISS fan Brian Galvin, through a brokered deal with the KISS exclusive merchandising company called Signatures Network, Inc. Today the coffeehouse website lists Johnny Rock as its owner.

KISS Coffeehouse is having a going out of business sale.

Legendary KISS band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons attended the opening seven years ago, and guitarist Ace Frehley came to Myrtle Beach for the one-year anniversary.

But in the end, there weren’t enough sales to keep it open.

“We just found out this week we’re closing,” general manager John Goldschmidt said today. “The sales just aren’t growing. It’s too seasonal, too small of a market.”

Joe Bennett of Madison, Ohio, has been a KISS fan since 1976. He was sorry to learn the coffeehouse is closing, but he took advantage of the going out of business half-price sale and spent more than $100 on magnets, T-shirts and more.

KISS Coffeehouse is at Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach, and the number is (843) 626-5477.

LA KISS Rocks Arena Football

It's in your face football, says Gene Simmons, KISS co-founder and lead singer, discussing the return of the sport to the Los Angeles area after a five year hiatus.

See video HERE:

KISS Performing "Love Gun" In Hollywood, Florida

Here's fan filmed video of KISS performing "Love Gun" at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Sunday, August, 18, 2013.

Gene Simmons To Appear At Jon Lovitz Comedy Club

Gene Simmons will be joining comedian Jon Lovitz for an upcoming installment of his weekly vodcast series, “Lovitz or Leavitz” on Friday, August 23, 2013.

You can buy tickets to see the live taping at Universal City Walk in L.A. HERE:

New Arena Football League Named L.A. KISS After Famous Rock Band

Founding band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are fans of the league that features 50-yard fields and high-scoring offenses.

LOS ANGELES — Arena League football fans get ready to rock ‘n roll all night. The league is returning to the Los Angeles area with a new expansion team named after the rock band Kiss.

The expansion L.A. Kiss will begin play in 2014 with home games at Honda Center in Anaheim. The league made the announcement on Thursday. Season tickets will be available for $99 and inaugural season seat holders will be invited to a free Kiss concert at Honda Center next year. Founding band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are fans of the league that features 50-yard fields and high-scoring offenses.

Simmons says the AFL’s fast-paced action is an obvious fit for the band known for its high-energy shows and flamboyant costumes and makeup. He says attending an L.A.Kiss game will be similar to seeing the band play live.

“There’s nothing like AFL and that’s what we’re going to promote,” Simmons told a news conference. “This is about taking AFL to heights it’s never been before.”

Southern California hasn’t had an AFL team since the Los Angeles Avengers folded in April 2009. They played eight seasons at Staples Center.

“L.A. is dying for a football team,” Stanley said. “What we want to see happen is to take the excitement that is AFL football and bring entertainment to it. We don’t put our name on something unless we believe in it. This is something that really resonates with us.”

The band’s manager, Doc McGhee, helped bring the rockers and the league together. The league’s Arena Bowl will be played Saturday in Orlando, Fla., featuring the defending champion Arizona Rattlers against the Philadelphia Soul. Rockers Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were original owners of the Soul.

The CBS telecast of the game will include a halftime show with Kiss. The band is playing Friday night as part of the league’s festivities.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The KISS Army Invades Amway Center | Jim Carchidi

As a kid, KISS kinda scared me. At an age when I was just learning about the world through the harsh realities of the grade school playground, seeing the Destroyer album cover was enough to steer me away from heavy metal for a couple of years. It wasn’t until I was able to listen to Detroit Rock City all the way through that I was able to understand – these guys weren’t just a bunch of nightmare clowns in ridiculous boots, they were a band.

As I got older, the nightmare clown thing became more appealing. How could it not? But what really blew my mind was the way these guys infiltrated every aspect of pop culture. Not only did they have their likenesses on everything from T-shirts and toys to coloring books, they actually printed a comic where the red ink was mixed with the band members' blood. And it kept growing. From Gene Simmons’ TV show to a cruise with the band to a coffin. Yes, a coffin.

It figures KISS would be a part of ArenaBowl weekend. The indoor football league's party atmosphere combined with the "rock ’n’ roll all night and party every day" band would make for a big weekend. Church Street venues like Harry Buffalo and Paradise Island Cafe had their share of KISS fans in face paint and T-shirts making their way through the door. Oddly enough, it didn't seem like there were many ArenaBowl fans at the show. In fact, none of the people I met were planning on going to the game. Granted, I didn't talk to everyone there. I even met one guy who wasn't a KISS fan. He just figured a KISS concert was something everyone had to see at least once in their life.

Hey, if a band can inspire loyalty from people who don't even like them, I'm shocked KISS isn't invited to be a part of every major event.

Their lineup has changed over the years, but KISS continues to inspire fan loyalty. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who has never heard of them. And honestly, if you can take KISS with you to the grave, there’s never going to be a generation that’s never heard of them.

See photos HERE:

Gene Simmons Back Home In Beverly Hills

Gene Simmons has touched down back at his home in Beverly Hills today after KISS wrapped up the North American leg of their "Monster Word Tour 2013" last night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Here's a photo Gene took at his home office today, unpacking new KISS & KISS HELLO KITTY merchandise.

A Note From Tommy Thayer

Tommy: "Just landed back home in LA. It was a great 7 weeks. THANKS to all the amazing fans that came out & rocked the shows throughout Canada & US."

KISS Performing "Lick It Up" & "War Machine" In Hollywood, Florida

Fan video of KISS performing "Lick It Up" and "War Machine" at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Sunday, August, 18, 2013.

KISS Performing "Say Yeah" & "Heaven's On Fire" In Hollywood, Florida

Here's front row fan video of KISS performing "Heaven's On Fire"
and "Say Yeah"at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Sunday, August, 18, 2013.

Gene Simmons & Tommy Thayer In Hollywood, Florida

  Photo Credits: Dean Snowden for

Here's Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer live on stage at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Sunday, August, 18, 2013. This was the last show on the North American leg of "Monster Word Tour 2013."

KISS & The KISS Backline Crew In Hollywood, Florida

Photo Source: Frantastic III

Here's a photo of KISS and the incredible KISS backline crew backstage at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Sunday, August 18, 2013.

This was the last tour date on the North American leg of KISS' "Monster Word Tour 2013."

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Eric Singer's Drum Kit In Hollywood, Florida

  Source: @EvuL_Rabbit

Here's a photo of Eric Singer's drum kit being set-up for the KISS show tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

The KISS Stage At The Hard Rock Casino In Hollywood, Florida

 Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE.

Getting ready for tonight's show at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Bass Dogs: When Bassists' Instruments Get Swapped For Adorable Dogs

Who says rock stars can't rock out with dogs?! Thanks to the hilarious new blog Bass Dogs, the world can now imagine big time bassists tickling dogs rather than their instruments. Check out the best of the Bass Dogs meme ... Gene Simmons and this pup have identical facial markings, making them a much better combo than the KISS rocker and his bass.

See more HERE:

Photo: Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons With LA KISS Helmets

  Photo Credit: Adrian Beecher/ /

Rock Legends and Original Founding members of KISS Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons hold up LA KISS helmets during a press conference held at the Rosen Centre in Orlando Florida, in which they announced a new expansion Arena Football League team the LA KISS.

Photo Credit: Adrian Beecher/ The SkyBoat

KISS At The Amway Center … Reviewed By An 11-Year-Old

Note: As a longtime, mostly professional music critic, I’ve been fortunate to take my kids to concerts for a while now, but my 11-year-old was especially stoked to see KISS in concert, so we hit the Amway Center on Aug. 16 (the band’s opening show for the Arena Bowl). Originally, I thought it would be fun to have us both review it – old music snob vs. enthusiastic young fan – but after he wrote his review, I didn’t see any need to add anything to it since it’s kinda perfect (OK, I’ll add something: the opening band really was pretty good, but would have been better at Will’s Pub.) Anyway, here’s a review of KISS at the Amway Arena, written by Nolan Ferguson:

From the beginning of this rock concert, I had made the assumption of “This is going to be just like other concerts I have previously been to.” But it wasn’t. There was fire and lights and and even a gargantuan metal spider which most of the KISS members rode onto the stage.

The first band was a bunch of guys from London, England which had been touring with KISS. Their band seemed like some guys who just rocked until they told the audience where they were from. The band’s name was Leogun.

KISS had recently let out a new album – Monster. It would have probably been a stampede on KISS if the security guards hadn’t been there. They had been advertising multiple things such as KISS Mini Golf, The KISS Kruise, and even a wedding chapel with their motto – “Weddings that-ROCK!!”

When KISS came out it was like a dream seeing them all, KISS being my favorite band. They played multiple songs sweating their hearts out as they played their rock.

As I watched them rock, popcorn butter drizzled down my chin. Spaceman (Tommy Thayer) took out his guitar and blew fireworks. Catman (Eric Singer) joined in. As we left, the song “Dr.Love” was stuck in my head.

- By Nolan Ferguson

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Gene & Paul Interviewed At AFL Celebrity Gala In Orlando

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley interviewed in Orlando during the red carpet event for the Arena Football League Celebrity Gala at the Rosen Centre Hotel.

KISS Performing "Detroit Rock City", "I Was Made For Lovin' You" & "Rock And Roll All Nite" In Orlando

Video of KISS performing "Detroit Rock City", "I Was Made For Lovin' You" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Friday, August 16, 2013.

KISS Performing "I Love It Loud" & "Hell or Hallelujah" In Orlando

Fan video footage of KISS performing "I Love It Loud" and "Hell or Hallelujah" at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Friday, August 16th as part of the North American leg of "Monster World Tour 2013."