Friday, January 31, 2014

KISS Autographed, Custom Masks Can Be Yours For More Than $1,200 | By Brian Stubits

KISS does one performance at an outdoor NHL game in Los Angeles and suddenly they are everywhere in the hockey world. The power of makeup and rock is strong.

Gene Simmons got to live most hockey fans' dreams by putting NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman into a headlock. That made for one heck of a photo that should hang in the NHL offices forever more.

Now the NHL is auctioning off custom made KISS goalie masks, each of which was autographed by the band members; Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.

From the NHL's auction site, here's a little more information.

To commemorate the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium, four goalie masks were designed and painted by renowned sports artist David Arrigo. Each mask features the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings logos alongside KISS Imagery and/or the likeness of the four members of the legendary rock band and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees KISS.

Masks will be auctioned one at a time:

Mask 1 – Tuesday, January 28 2014 – Friday, February 7, 2014
Mask 2 – Friday, February 7 – Monday, February 17, 2014
Mask 3 – Monday, February 17, 2014 – Thursday, February 27, 2014
Mask 4 – Thursday, February 27, 2014 – Sunday, March 2 2014

Procees of the auction will benefit the Kings Care Foundation and the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, fair considering the were the teams playing the game that the KISS rockers were performing at.

These masks aren't going to come cheap. With more than a week left, bidding is already more than $1,200. That's the cost for awesome masks with rock legends on them.

To see all of the masks up close, you can check them out on artits David Arrigo's website.

Photo: KISS Rocks NHL's Stadium Series

 Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images

2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series - Anaheim Ducks v Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: KISS perform before the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Today in KISStory - 1999 | Photo:

Today in KISStory - January 31, 1999: The original KISS line-up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss perform "Rock And Roll All Nite" during the pre-game show at Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

KISS - Live At The Daisy - 1973 (Upgrade)

Necramonium: This is one of the most earliest possible audio recording of a KISS concert! This is KISS as raw as you could get! Until now only Acrobat was available from the show, but the full show, 2 sets, appeared in the bootleg scene in the end of the 2013! The show is a bit different from what a KISS show eventually would become a year later.

What is most prominent is Gene completely overdoing it in some songs, he probably was just too exited to play. Peter introduces 1/2 songs, doing what i think better than Paul did over the years, especially Peter screaming "Let's take this place down!" when they go into "Firehouse". Gene also introduces a song but uses that mostly to promote so people can get on their mailing list. But what has to be the most special about this gig is that they played a song from their Wicked Days, Simple Type, even though Gene was a bit too exited in his vocal parts. Also interesting is the band doing a very early KISS song that pretty much got dropped/forgotten completely (KISS played it by request on KISS Kruise II in 2012!) called "Life In The Woods", even fans were allowed to sing along on the stage as you can hear! Set two only holds a few songs and is in poorer quality.

All the songs have been upgraded, a more clearer crisp sound, the most of the prominent hizzing noise has been removed as well and a small amount of bass has been added.

*The pictures used in the video are not from the Daisy June gig but from the Daisy gig in April of 1973! At that show, pretty much nobody showed up.*

Location: Amityville, NY
Venue: The Daisy
No Opening Act
Promoter: In-house
Attendance: Unknown


1.Nothin' To Lose
3.Life In The Woods
4.Simple Type
7.100,000 Years
8.Black Diamond

Set 2:
2.Watchin' You
3.Let Me Know
(rest is not available)

Photos: KISS Rocks NHL's Stadium Series

Photos by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images

2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series - Anaheim Ducks v Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:KISS perform before the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Paul Stanley Book Signing Locations
Paul Stanley will be signing copies of “Face the Music: A Life Exposed” at the following location:

Monday, April 7 – New York - 6:00 pm

Barnes & Noble Tribeca
97 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007

Tuesday, April 8 – New York - 7:00 pm

Barnes & Noble
2245 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY

Wednesday, April 9 – New York/New Jersey - 6:00 pm

211 E. Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ

Wednesday, April 16 – Los Angeles - 7:00 pm

Barnes & Noble
The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Friday, April 25 – San Francisco - 7:00 pm

Q & A and Signing

Jewish Community Center
3200 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

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Today In KISStory - 1973


On this day in KISStory - January 30, 1973, KISS performed their very first concert at Popcorn (The Coventry) in Queens, NY. The band performed 2 sets at the club that night for a crowd of under 10 people.

Gene recalls how that show came about:

1973 was the beginning.

Wicked Lester had just finished its album for EPIC RECORDS. There were five members in the band, including Paul and myself. Though we had a real recording contract with a major label, and though we had finished an entire album, we were depressed. It just wasn't what we had envisioned.

So, we started again. We tried firing the other three guys in Wicked Lester, but some wouldn't leave. So, we quit.

We started again with a vision. 'Let's put together the band we never saw on stage.'

We got a manager named LOU LINET, who managed JF MURPHY AND FREE FLOWING SALT and DIANA MARCOVITZ (or something like that)...and when he heard the newborn baby -- KISS. He thought it was the worst crap he had ever heard. Needless to say, he was gone immediately. So, we were managerless.

I put together a bio kit, while I worked at the Puerto Rican Interagency Council, as assistant to the Director. Peter's friend owned a printing press and printed up our invites.

But, where to play? We didn't have a manager. We didn't have an agent. We never had.

I made a phone call cold to a place called Popcorn in Queens, NY and on the phone convinced the guy to hire a band, who would soon be changing their name from WICKED LESTER to KISS.

We got the gig -- three nights -- Wed, Thurs and Fri for the sum total of $150.

That was the beginning.

Paul Stanley To Sign Copies Of His Memoir In Los Angeles

KISS frontman Paul Stanley will sign copies of his memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", on April 16 at Barnes & Noble at The Grove at Farmers Market in Los Angeles, California beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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"Face The Music: A Life Exposed" will be released on April 8 via HarperOne The 432-page hardcover will feature rare photographs of the legendary rocker and detail his hard-partying lifestyle as one of the co-founders of the heavy rock band who has sold over eighty million albums and performed more than two thousand shows around the world.

Stanley explained to The Pulse Of Radio that if his book was going to follow the pattern of some of the other books he's read, he would've passed on writing it all together. "I think I took a tact different than a lot of these books," he said. "Y'know, rock n' roll autobiographies tend to be a love letter — to the author. And they tend to be about how smart and creative and how this person was responsible for the creation of the world. And if that were the tact for the book, I never would've written the book."

In "Face The Music", Stanley talks frankly about his early struggles with hearing — he was born with Level 3 Microtia and is deaf in his right ear. Microtia is a congenital deformity of the cartilage of the outer ear that can affect normal hearing.

Stanley, who grew up half-deaf and scarred with a deformed right ear, explained to The Pulse Of Radio that by touching upon the more difficult episodes in his life, he's not seeking sympathy from the reader, but simply highlighting the path into who he became. "Y'know, my book is about my life starting from the very beginning and certainly a certain amount of adversity and having a birth defect and being deaf on one side and the family that I came from," he said. "Certainly people have had more adversity in their lives — and some less — but I, I would think some people would get a certain amount of inspiration and a sense that positivity and belief in yourself will ultimately lead you to a great place."

During an appearance on the "Sixx Sense" radio show hosted by MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx in November 2012, Stanley, was asked how his book will be different from the other rock and roll autobiographies and whether his book will be "a history lesson in music," Stanley said, "Well, everybody will tell you the same thing: 'Well, my book is brutally honest.' It's a history lesson in music, but it's also a history lesson in somebody taking themselves and making themselves into something they weren't — taking a not-so-great deck of cards and winning at poker. So it's good. I think it's terrific. Especially, it's funny, at this point, with the three other guys from the original lineup having written books. It’s kind of like, 'OK, have you all said your piece? OK? Now let me tell you what happened.'"

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss' memoir, "Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss", landed at position No. 7 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best-sellers list. The book arrived in October 2012 via the Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner.

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's book, "No Regrets: A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir", debuted on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list at No. 10. The book, which was described as a look back at Ace's "life of sex, drugs, and rock and roll," arrived on November 1, 2011 via Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss' memoir, "Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss", landed at position No. 7 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best-sellers list. The book arrived in October 2012 via the Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

KISStory Science Theatre: Animalize 30th Anniversary Special

KISStory Science Theatre

Adam, Des & Lee Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Animalize with a Roundtable and Commentary on the classic Home Video "Live Uncensored"!

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Review - KISS Kids Comic | Reviewed by: Conan Tigard

KISS Kids is a wonderful read that I just couldn't put down. I joined the KISS Army way back in the mid-1970's and have been a fan ever since. I never saw them play live, but has always enjoyed listening to their music. In fact, since I have twenty of their album ripped onto my computer, while I read this graphic novel, had their music playing. It really enhanced my reading of this fun-filled book.

The concept of a book for early chapter readers about a hard rock band may seem a little strange to most people, but it really works. The children that read this book don't have to know who the band KISS is to enjoy it, but will certainly know more about them after they finish then when they started. The four main characters are just that, a bunch of cleverly created characters that practically jump off the page. I loved the way that Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz used their creative juices to turn Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Freeley, and Peter Criss into smaller versions of their adult selves. Their imagination enabled them to wonder how the band members would have acted as children while already having formed the band KISS and have them already wearing their stage makeup.

The artwork by Jose Holder is what really sold me on this book. It is fantastic! Every page was perfectly imagined and drawn to perfection. I soaked in each page and wondered how it could get any better. Then I would turn the page and discover another wonderfully drawn page. Wow! that is all I can say. Wow!

This book isn't just for children. It can be enjoyed by adults too. As you might have guessed from my comment that I joined the KISS Army back in the mid-1970's, I am no spring chicken myself. What I thoroughly enjoyed was all of the references back to the adult band; from the titles of the chapters being either titles of songs, or altered titles of a song, to hidden jewels in the story. This includes thing like the seeing makeup like a Fox in the park, referring to the makeup of Eric Carr, the drummer that replaced Peter Criss. My favorite hidden jewel was the name of the park, Phantom Park, referring to the made for TV movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, which I watched on television when it came out in 1978. The movie wasn't very good and the band members weren't the best actors, but I do remember enjoying the film as a 13-year-old boy.

Overall, KISS Kids is an excellent collection of short stories that I absolutely ate up. Early Chapter Readers will really enjoy all of the antics of these crazy KISS Kids and the trouble they find themselves in. Adults will enjoy seeing their favorite hard rock band members as children and finding all of the references back to the band. I highly recommend this book for everyone, whether they are fans of the band or not. I hope that this creative team decides to do more KISS Kids books. If so, count me as a fan and know that I will be reading those also.

You wanted the best! You got the best! The greatest graphic novel in the world! KISS Kids!

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I rated this book a 9½ out of 10

KISS Co-founders Simmons And Stanley Remember Gordon Hessler | by Chris Alexander

Legendary genre journeyman director Gordon Hessler (pictured above with Ray Harryhausen) has passed at the age of 83. Hessler, a German born, British-blooded and educated, Hollywood-based filmmaker, is most notable to FANGORIA readers for his interesting post-Roger Corman work for American International Pictures, with the failed new “Poe Cycle” kick-starters THE OBLONG BOX (with Christopher Lee and Vincent Price), MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (with Jason Robards and Herbert Lom) and the Poe flavored Vincent Price classic CRY OF THE BANSHEE, not to mention the utterly mad horror all-star opus SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN starring Price, Lee and Peter Cushing.

Outside of that late 1960s, early 1970s golden period of Gothic horror, Hessler’s most famous contribution to pop culture was his work helming the blazingly awful KISS feature, produced by cartoon kingpins Hanna-Barbera, KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK. Originally lensed as a TV movie of the week, the bizarre amalgam of live KISS performances, hammy overacting (by both the band and villain Anthony Zerbe) and the unusual Magic Mountain setting was also released in Europe as an extended theatrical feature called ATTACK OF THE PHANTOMS (the version that appears on the KISSOLOGY VOL.2 DVD set). Part pop-art fantasy, part horror movie and part accidental comedy, the film practically defines the term “cult movie” and has an international legion of followers, both KISS fans and non alike.

As a devout fan of horror movies, KISS co-founder and PHANTOM co-star Gene Simmons was thrilled that Hessler was the one directing the film. Indeed his first stint in front of the camera and their professional relationship was a positive one. “Gordon Hessler was ever the gentleman,” Simmons told FANGORIA today, a sentiment echoed recently in FANGORIA #324 by actress Meg Tilly, who bared all in Hessler’s arty 1989 thriller THE GIRL IN THE SWING.

“He was kind, he was considerate and caring. He would actually take the time to talk to us on set, not just about the filming we had to do that day, but also how we were feeling about everything, which is rare. He will be missed.”

KISS frontman and co-founder Paul Stanley also spoke to FANGORIA, whimsically recalling that period so long ago when the biggest band in the world made their first movie. “Gordon Hessler had the misfortune of being thrown into the impossible situation of trying to create a film with a cast led by four idiots who had no concept of acting and a script that had little pop and too much corn,” Stanley said.

“But he was a lovely, soft spoken gentleman and I truly felt for him, in what was clearly going to be a futile effort making KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK.”

Hessler retired from directing in 1990s to pursue other pastures but his lively, colorful filmography—that, as with the aforementioned THE GIRL IN THE SWING was often very personal— will endure as long as people still care about strange, often beautiful, and sometimes, like with the KISS film, ludicrous movies that matter.

Rest in peace, Gordon Hessler.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gene Simmons: KISS And NHL Taking No Prisoners

Gene Simmons talked about the upcoming Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium, and the link between Kiss and the NHL.

Paul Stanley & Tommy Thayer Heading To Dodger Stadium Stage

 Photo Credits: Keith Leroux for

Here's KISS' Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer heading to the stage at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Stadium Series Red Carpet - Paul Stanley

Kings Vision caught up with KISS Paul Stanley on the red carpet before the Stadium Series game on 1/25/1

Stadium Series Red Carpet - Gene Simmons

Kings Vision caught up with KISS Gene Simmons on the red carpet before the Stadium Series game on 1/25/14.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Pre-Order Paul Stanley's "Face The Music: A Life Exposed"

Face the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley, is set to be released April 8, 2014. Pre-order your advanced copy today from Amazon - or Barnes and Noble -

“Both honest and inspirational. Amazing tales from one of rock’s great frontmen.” - Sir Elton John

“Paul Stanley proves himself as an artist in music and on canvas and now with a great book.” - Jimmy Page

“Paul is a great man who has achieved great things. From the Popcorn Club all the way to the Hall of Fame, his story is inspiring and motivating for anyone who dreams big.” - Dave Grohl

Visit more info on Face the Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley.

Stadium Series - KISS Interview, Dodger Stadium, 25/01/2014

Kings Vision's Carrlyn Bathe spoke with KISS after their performance at Dodger Stadium for the Stadium Series game on 1/25/14.

Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley Say Aloha To Hawaii

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS were on Maui yesterday to offer a sneak preview of their newest Rock & Brews restaurant in Pa’ia.

PA’IA, Hawaii--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS were on Maui yesterday to offer a sneak preview of their newest Rock & Brews restaurant in Pa’ia.

The private event, hosted by the rock icons and their co-founding partners restaurateur-hotelier Michael Zislis and concert and merchandising veterans Dave and Dell Furano, welcomed 200 guests and included a ribbon cutting with Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa; a traditional blessing officiated by Maui spiritual leader A.C. Kahekiliui'la Lagunero; a check presentation to the Pa’ia Youth & Cultural Center; a nod to Wounded Warriors, veterans and active military; and a sampling of local fare and rock’n hospitality.

The restaurant, located at 120 Hana Highway in Pa’ia, will officially open to the public on February 15.

Rock & Brews Pa’ia pays tribute to the familial warmth and character that is synonymous with Pa’ia, while respecting the vibrant Rock & Brews brand look and feel. It will feature Rock & Brews’ popular casual American comfort food, as well as local favorites, and a full bar, including Pa’ia’s largest selection of craft beers.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

KISS Performs "Detroit Rock City" At Dodger Stadium

Here's KISS performing "Detroit Rock City" at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 25th as part of the 2014 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game between the LA Kings & Anaheim Ducks.

KISS Performs "Rock And Roll All Nite" At Dodger Stadium

Here's video footage of KISS performing "Rock And Roll All Nite" tonight at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles as part of the 2014 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game between the LA Kings & Anaheim Ducks.

Thanks to Kevin Ganley for sending us this video.

KISS Ready To Rock Dodger Stadium

Jeremy Roenick talks with legendary rock band KISS at Dodger Stadium

Saturday, January 25, 2014

KISS Live At Dodger Stadium


Here are a few fan photos of KISS live at Dodger Stadium tonight at the 2014 NHL Stadium Series tonight at Dodger Stadium in L.A.

Gene Simmons Backstage At Dodger Stadium


Here's "The Demon" Gene Simmons backstage before KISS hits the stage at the 2014 NHL Stadium Series tonight at Dodger Stadium in L.A.

Paul Stanley Stretching Before KISS Gig At Dodger Stadium

Here's KISS frontman Paul Stanley stretching before taking the stage at the 2014 NHL Stadium Series tonight at Dodger Stadium in L.A.

KISS Hockey Masks Up For Auction To Benefit Charity


Four KISS Stadium Series goalie masks by artist David Arrigo will be auctioned off for charity at

Paul Stanley & Tommy Thayer At Dodger Stadium


Paul Stanley: "Me, Tommy and The Duchess at Dodger's Stadium sound check. Rockin' tomorrow night!"

Paul Stanley Rehearsing At Dodger Stadium

Paul Stanley: "Rehearsing at Dodger's Stadium for @LAKings @AnaheimDucks game KISS show. SHOULD I BREAK IT???"

Friday, January 24, 2014

Metal Masters 5 Perform "God Of Thunder"

Metal Masters 5 featuring Chuck Billy with Scott Ian and friends performing "God Of Thunder" by KISS at The House Of Blues, Anaheim, California on January 22nd, 2014

Gene Simmons Confronts Arsenio After A Joke About Him

The show was going well. Arsenio had a good joke, the audience laughed, and then Gene Simmons walked on set. Awkward.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tommy Thayer Jams With Robby Krieger

Here's KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer sitting in on a song at the Robby Krieger show at The Canyon Club & Special Events Center on Friday, January 17, 2014.

See more video HERE.

Watchin' You - Episode #15 - Album Covers II

In this episode Jeff and Jeff continue their discussion of the KISS album covers. In our first episode we ripped and destroyed the early KISS album covers - what worked? What didn't? Which album cover best caught the rock fans' eyes? Jeff and Jeff are back to unmask the artwork that defined the 80s era, the 90s comeback and into the new millennium.

Chaotic Five Covers "Rock And Roll All Nite"

Here's the young band "Chaotic Five" celebrating Paul Stanley's birthday by covering the KISS classic "Rock And Roll All Nite" at the Hard Rock Honolulu on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

Chaotic Five was formed in mid 2011 in Hawaii by lead guitarist Kalliyan.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Decibel Geek - Episode #120 - Gary Corbett Part 2


To say that last week's part 1 of our conversation with keyboardist Gary Corbett was popular would be an understatement. In just 7 days, part 1 exceeded download totals for any episode in show history. The audience feedback was overwhelming with many, especially KISS fans, expressing gratitude for a peak behind the curtain of a working band that has had its share of controversy. This week's second half is no exception.

Gary shares his happy recollections of his time spent on the road with Paul Stanley during his 1989 solo tour. The solo band, comprised of Stanley, Corbett, guitarist Bob Kulick, bassist Dennis St. James, and drummer Eric Singer formed a tight bond and showed a side of Stanley that was much easier to work with according to our interview subject. While this tour seemed a happy time for Paul Stanley, Gary explains that there was definite pushback from the rest of the KISS camp and not just Eric Carr. He also shares an eerily prophetic moment from Carr after he took in a Stanley solo performance.

We then segue into discussion of Eric Carr's decline in health. Gary describes the physical symptoms that cropped up during the end of the Hot in the Shade tour and the subsequent surgeries and chemotherapy.

Many rumors have swirled around for years about Eric Carr's status in the band after his cancer diagnosis. Gary shares his memories of what took place between Carr and his KISS bandmates and what led to Carr's family cutting off all contact to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley during the end of Eric's life.

Gary also shares his objections to certain things portrayed in The Eric Carr Story by Greg Prato; a book in which Corbett is quoted alongside Bruce Kulick, Carrie Stevens, and others that were close to the late drummer. He also states how his side of things are backed up by, what many would consider, a surprising source.

Hot in the Shade was released as, basically, a collection of demos that were polished up for cost-cutting measures. Gary explains how one of the biggest tracks on Hot in the Shade featured a future lineup of KISS.

Gary then takes us a bit by surprise by stating that Eric Carr was, indeed, fired by KISS and explains the different ways in which they were pushing to attain his exit from the band during a very difficult time as well as their motivation.

During this part of the conversation, Gary recounts more of Eric's displeasure with his drum solo being taken away during the beginning of the Hot in the Shade tour. He also claims that Paul Stanley, in particular, had a certain way of, in his words, "torturing" Carr.

Gary then shares details of the funeral and the tension that hung in the air as Eric's KISS bandmates showed up for the services. He also talks about the infamous feud between Gene Simmons and Howard Stern due to Stern's comments on the air about Eric's death. Gary reveals his role in this drama that wound up being played out on Stern's television show later. He also shares details of the icy reception for Simmons and Stanley at the post-funeral dinner.

One positive note from the funeral is shared by Gary as he describes the miles-long turnout of thousands of fans along the road for the procession. Despite the fan support though, Carr's parents were uncomfortable with the attention.

Chris tells Gary about seeing footage of he and Carr goofing off on camera during the Hot in the Shade rehearsals in bootleg footage that circulates among fans as Exposed II. Gary goes on to discuss some footage that he took himself of the band during the band's Smashes Thrashes and Hits tour and, in particular, a certain story of Carr experiencing hash in Amsterdam for the first time.

Gary describes some of the conversations that took place among the band during the Hot in the Shade era including the Paul and Gene's stories of Ace and Peter, talks of a possible reunion, and the tension that resulted from a makeup-era flashback scene that was filmed for the 'Rise to It' video.

Gary also shares how Eric Carr's naivety and innocence worked against him in the confines of the music industry. He talks about Gene and Paul's business savvy and what he thinks it will lead to in the future.

We then ask Gary about the Revenge era and he describes his memories of the club shows that led up to the tour to break in new drummer Eric Singer. He explains how the emotional toll of Eric's death kept him from being able to continue to work with the band and how he made his exit from the band. He also talks about how the tension, with Paul Stanley, in particular still exists after the two saw each other backstage in Nashville during the 2012 co-headlining tour with Motley Crue.

Gary Corbett remains friends with current KISS drummer Eric Singer. We get Gary's take on Eric's role in the band portraying the Catman character and how he feels about Singer's extended employment with KISS.

Finishing up the conversation Gary explains how Eric Carr's memory and friendship are absolutely the highlight of his time working for the band as well as his current projects, plans for the future, and success that he's had with other artists such as the Marley Brothers and Cyndi Lauper.

Listen to Part Two of the interview HERE:

Listen to Part One HERE:

Happy Birthday Paul Stanley

Happy birthday to one of the greatest frontmen in rock and roll.

Have a great day, Paul!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

KISS Show Poster For 'Hell & Heaven Metal Festival' In Mexico

Source: Yo Soy Kisstiano

Here's a show poster for the upcoming KISS show at the huge 'Hell & Heaven Metal Festival' in Feria De Texcoco, Mexico on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed Raise $450,000 At Barrett-Jackson Auto Show For Canadian Children's Hospital | Photo:

Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed helped raise $450,000 tonight to help build a Children's hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada by auctioning off a 1956 Ford F-100 pickup truck called 'Snakebit' at the Barrett-Jackson auto show in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Gene himself put in a bid of $300,000 which escalated the final bid to $450,000.

Shannon Tweed spoke before the auction started, stating:
"I was born in the province called Newfoundland," she said. "My mom had to move with her seven children back to a province called Saskatchewan. She started working at a hospital; she became head of the hospital. So I was keenly aware there was no children's hospital in our town and it's a shame. We're one of two provinces in Canada that doesn't have one, and we're going to try and make it happen tonight with your help."
To sweeten the auction deal -- Gene Simmons invited the winner of the auction backstage to a KISS concert in the winner's town as his guest, and a personally signed guitar. And also..."lap dance".

Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed At Barrett-Jackson Auto Show

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Here' s Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed in Scottsdale, Arizona tonight for the Barrett-Jackson auto show. Gene and Shannon are attending the event to help auction off 'Snakebit' -- a 1956 Ford F-100 pickup truck. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Children's hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Gene and Shannon unveiled 'Snakebit' last November at SEMA.

Paul Stanley & Friends At Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Boulevard

Here's KISS' Paul Stanley and friends at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday, January 14th for the launching the Hard Rock’s limited edition KISS Signature Series: Edition 32 T-Shirt and Pin, benefiting City of Hope in Hollywood.

Creatures Of The Net - Episode 66 - Alan G. Parker Interview

Cassius Morris interviews director of the upcoming KISS Documentary, “You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best”, Alan G Parker.

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KISS And Tell: Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley Talk Shop

Even if you like the rock band Kiss, and the bratty superhero antics of its founders, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, their appearance at the end of John Varvatos’s show in Milan qualified as a cringe moment. With models standing around them, the rock legends fist-pumped the air — Mr. Simmons stuck his tongue out, of course — and Mr. Varvatos looked pleased to be with his new mates. His clothes this season have a sleek toughness, with scaly metallic finishes and feathered fabrics that made you think of animals. Maybe that’s a link to Kiss. Still, the group’s presence seemed out of context, like someone photo-bombing your wedding pictures. Well, someone with clown makeup and a cherry-red tongue.

Mr. Varvatos usually has a musical artist hook-up. He recently featured Willie Nelson in his advertising; next it will be Kiss. But what was even stranger than seeing the rock stars at the show was encountering them beforehand, during an interview at the Westin hotel. They were dressed, Cash-style, in black; Mr. Simmons had on a vintage pair of cowboy boots. Their hair was relatively normal. Before Mr. Simmons joined the conversation, Mr. Stanley proudly showed off snaps of his outdoor pizza oven in California, where both men live, and some examples of his pie baking.

They just came across as two polite, charming and forthright middle-aged businessmen. And, no, they insisted, they were not selling out.

Mr. Simmons: This started as a mutual admiration society, and nobody had a master marketing plan. If John wasn’t designing clothing, he’d be in a rock band. I mean, he’s here in Milan, but I don’t think he cares what any other designer is doing. He’s being John Varvatos. And we have our own fashion sense, and I think that goes hand in hand with John’s philosophy about fashion.

Mr. Stanley: We have always been considered, by a certain element, as sellouts. Because we don’t play the game. I’ve always believed that rock and roll means not only ignoring your critics but also your peers. The only rule with Kiss is that there are no rules. If we felt comfortable endorsing toothpaste — well, that’s what makes Kiss different than other bands.

[Mr. Simmons pulled up a pant leg and fished out a worn black book buried in his boot. He produced a Kiss Visa card.]

Mr. Stanley: When we first started doing merchandise, we were just scorned by everybody. We did T-shirts and belt buckles. Other bands just looked down their noses at us when we started the Kiss Army Fan Club. Fan clubs weren’t cool — until people saw that they started to bring in sizable revenue. All of sudden other bands began having fan clubs and putting out T shirts.

How much revenue does the band get from merchandise and endorsements?

Mr. Simmons: People are always interested in the figures, and that is sort of beside the point. Let’s just all assume we do well. And we’ve been around for 40 years. We literally have thousands of licensed products, everything from condoms to caskets. I won’t do the joke about that. I’m sure you can figure it out.

Mr. Stanley: If you see the Varvatos campaign, there’s nothing “sellout” about it. I think we’re being very true to who we are. We look like us.

After 40 years of putting on the makeup and wigs, and wearing platforms and heavy stage garments, there must be a physical toll. And performing is hard on the body, besides.

Mr. Stanley: Absolutely. Things that didn’t hurt me 40 years ago hurt me today. From 40 years ago. I’ve had both my rotator cups repaired, my knees. I’ve had a hip replacement. But I’m doing splits and everything on stage. I’m blessed. Every time I go out on stage it is exhilarating.

People ask if it’s a drag to put on the makeup, and I say, “Do you complain about taxes if you win the lottery?” It’s a small price to pay. It’s really our uniform and war paint. It’s part of the ritual more than the routine. I probably train harder and longer now to stay in shape. Your cardio becomes so important.

And your hair, Gene? What do you do —

Mr. Simmons: Well, this is perfect hair. You can’t duplicate this. In hindsight, I bet you the makeup may have been good for us. I don’t use any regimen or anything, and I’m 64. Look how good I look! The makeup must have some kind greasy quality. Stein’s makeup is what we use.

Mr. Stanley: I didn’t think we used Stein’s anymore …

Mr. Simmons: The bucket that I use says Stein’s. It seems to have an oily base, and afterward you’ve got to wash it off with lots of soap and water. So you wind up scrubbing that sort of derma blah blah more than you normally would.

Do you guys smoke?

Mr. Simmons: No. I’ve never been high or drunk except in a dentist’s chair.

You didn’t do drugs?

Mr. Simmons: No. It’s fair to say we’re the hardest-working band in show business. Period. I’ll put you in a pair of seven-inch platform heals and weigh you down with 30 to 50 pounds of armor. The guitar will weigh another 10 to 15 pounds. And you’re surrounded on stage with things that blow up occasionally. You have to fly through the air. You’re on stage for two hours plus. And you will walk off that stage exhausted, whatever your age, and barely be able to catch your breath. And we do it well.

Mr. Stanley: This whole idea of drugs and rock and roll — that’s the whole cartoon idea of rock that’s deadly. What we used to do was have sex with a lot of women.

Yes, I read somewhere, Gene, that you claimed to have slept with 4,600 women.

[Mr. Simmons pointed to his wedding ring and then imitated a key turning at his lips. A couple of years ago he and Shannon Tweed were married after being together more than 30 years ago. They have two children.]

Mr. Simmons: And I was bad, until we got married. I continued with the lifestyle — forever. Here’s what being in a band is like. If you’ve scaled the heights, and you’re blessed to be at the right place at the right time, then you can easily become seduced and delusional about what you’re entitled to. If you have the DNA for the self-abuse thing, you will swim in a pool of heroin and cocaine. It takes all kinds of restraint to survive it, one way or the other.

I was a 14-year-old horny kid all my life. Looked like a man, acted like an irresponsible little kid — forever. And it takes a better person — Shannon, my wife. She stuck with me for 30 years, raised two great kids. And it seems to me that the closer you get to the last breath you’re going to take, the easier it is to grow up.

Where do you get your platform boots made?

Mr. Stanley: A place called Andre #1. He’s been around forever in Hollywood. We have them made with steel reinforcements. They weigh a good 30 pounds.

And where do your regular clothes come from?

Mr. Stanley: I love Brioni. Once you put on Brioni, nothing else quite looks as good.

Mr. Simmons: I have no idea. I’m a fashion retard. I literally walk into my closet and there will be a shirt …

Mr. Stanley: But you have clothes made?

Mr. Simmons: When and what?

Mr. Stanley: I know for a fact that most of your clothes are made for you …

Mr. Simmons: They are?

Mr. Stanley: Shannon just goes shopping?

Mr. Simmons: Yes, pretty much as long as we’ve lived together. I hate shopping. I don’t even like going into a Starbucks. As soon as someone says, “Can I help you?” I start to sweat and I want to leave. I just don’t have the temperament.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Gene Simmons On Music Piracy: “Fans Are Killing The Very Thing They Love”

KISS bassist and general rock legend Gene Simmons reckons that music piracy is destroying the music industry – and fans will ultimately suffer for it.
“I still think [downloading] is a crime,” he states flatly in our new issue. “The sad part is that the fans are the ones who are killing the thing they love: great music. For fuck’s sake, you’re not giving the next great band a chance. How much have we lost through illegal downloading? It’s certainly millions. I don’t think it’s tens of millions, but it’s certainly millions. But so much of what we do with the licensing and the merchandising and all that…we do alright!”
Do you agree with Gene? Is downloading still ultimately a crime and should be treated as such? Tell us!

Oh, and read more from the typically no-nonsense and, dare we say, rather ostentatious mouth of Gene Simmons in our new issue, out now!

Rock Star Gene Simmons To Auction Truck For Saskatchewan Children's Hospital

REGINA - Kiss rock star Gene Simmons is helping to boost the health of children in Saskatchewan by auctioning off a custom 1956 Ford F-100 truck.

The truck, named Snakebit, will be up for sale this week at auctioneers Barrett-Jackson in Arizona, with proceeds going to the new Saskatchewan Children's Hospital.

The hospital is in Saskatoon, where Simmons' wife, Shannon Tweed, grew up.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the highest a '56 Ford has sold for at Barrett-Jackson is $180,000, and the hope is that this auction will raise even more money for hospital equipment.

Snakebit was built in Saskatoon and the front end of the revamped truck is a Shelby Mustang.

Wall — a self-confessed car nerd who owns a 1967 Dodge Coronet — says even though he's not a Ford guy, the truck is beautiful.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Signature KISS

Paul Stanley of KISS made a special appearance at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Boulevard to unveil Hard Rock’s limited-edition KISS Signature Series: Edition 32 T-Shirt and Pin, benefitting City of Hope, in Hollywood California on January 14th, 2014.

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Photo Credit: Casey Rodgers/Courtesy of Hard Rock International

Hard Rock KISS Signature Series T-Shirt In Florence, Italy

Check out the limited edition Hard Rock KISS Signature Series t-shirt available now in support of City of Hope.

Hard Rock Florence: "The @KISSOnline Sig.Series #Tshirt is now in our #Rock #Shop. C'mon is a limited edition! @cityofhope @KISSopolis"

Your purchase of this shirt supports City of Hope's efforts to conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/Aids, and other life threatening diseases. 15% of the retail price will help City of Hope shorten the time it takes to get from bold innovative ideas to powerful medical treatments.

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Hard Rock Signature Series - KISS

Celebrate the New Year with a KISS – t-shirt! Hard Rock International today announced the launch of the brand's KISS Signature Series: Edition 32 T-shirt and collectable pin, in support of City of Hope. The limited-edition merchandise, a collaboration between Hard Rock, City of Hope and the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, includes a collectable pin and a T-shirt featuring an original design by KISS. These special-edition products will be available for a limited time in stores and online beginning in January 2014.

"Charity and giving back is everyone's obligation. Here's a great way to give and get something great in the process. Everybody wins!" said Paul Stanley, KISS co-founder.

"KISS has always been committed to giving back, and these T-shirts are a fun way to do that," said Gene Simmons, KISS co-founder.

True to Hard Rock's "Love All-Serve All" mantra, a portion of the retail price from sales of the KISS Signature Series: Edition 32 products will benefit City of Hope in their worldwide effort to conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. City of Hope touches lives around the globe, providing patients with the best medical care possible in an atmosphere of kindness and compassion. With Hard Rock's Signature Series: Edition 32 limited-edition merchandise, KISS fans can support City of Hope's mission to shorten the time from bold influential research ideas to powerful medical treatments.

"We are proud to support City of Hope by raising awareness and bringing encouragement to individuals and their families struggling with cancer through the Signature Series program," said John Galloway, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Hard Rock International. "Hard Rock is honored to have KISS, legendary musicians and dedicated activists, join with us to raise funds and awareness for such an important organization."

The new Signature Series T-shirt ($26) features an image of the current members of KISS with signatures of each KISS member on the front. The KISS Signature Series Pin ($12) features a cutout of the KISS members with the Hard Rock logo. The limited-edition KISS Signature Series T-shirt and collectable pin will be available online at, at Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos worldwide beginning in January 2014.

"City of Hope is delighted to have KISS and Hard Rock Cafe support our groundbreaking research with the sale of these exclusive items," said Steven Martin, vice president of marketing for City of Hope. "Through the generosity of KISS and Hard Rock Café, our scientists are better able to accelerate the discovery of new treatments and cures and, in doing so, improve the lives of patients and families everywhere."

As part of Hard Rock's partnership with KISS and the launch of Hard Rock's KISS Signature Series: Edition 32 T-shirt and pin, KISS is taking over all Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos. Guests can enjoy special live music events, KISS makeovers, KISSing booths and more, as Hard Rock gets KISS-ed at participating cafes throughout the month of January.

In addition, Hard Rock is encouraging guests and fans to share their KISS experience on social media. Whether posting photos of Hard Rock's KISS Signature Series: Edition 32 products, or showing off their KISS makeover, Hard Rock wants everyone to use the hashtag #HardRockgetsKISSed and share how they got KISS-ed this January.

Hard Rock's Signature Series Lineup Hard Rock developed the concept of partnering with world-renowned musicians and bands to create and donate imaginative designs more than 20 years ago. These unique designs are reproduced onto T-shirts and sold at Hard Rock properties worldwide, with a portion of the retail price benefitting the artist's preferred charity. KISS joins a legendary roster of music icons – from U2, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton, to Jon Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Shakira, Ringo Starr and John Lennon – who have become part of Hard Rock's Signature Series program, which has helped to raise millions of dollars for charitable causes worldwide.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Gene Simmons: Government Should Stay Out Of My Way


Musician Gene Simmons on the U.S. government and the L.A. KISS arena football team.

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Three Sides Of The Coin - What Would We Like to See KISS Do In 2014

Episode 57, January 14, 2014. We discuss what we would like to see KISS do in 2014.

Hawaii: Party With KISS' Gene Simmons And Paul Stanley At Maui Hotel | Mary Forgione Daily Deal and Travel Blogger

The Fairmont Kea Lani wants you to rock out — and then kick back. The luxe Hawaiian resort at Wailea, Maui, offers KISS fans a chance to grab a room and meet Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley at two VIP events in January with a room-and-party package starting at $349 a night.

Guests who want to travel like a rock star from Jan. 24 to 26 (three-night stay required) will receive a one-bedroom suite or villa plus a chance to take pictures and mingle with the rockers. They won't be in makeup or singing, but they will be signing autographs, available for photo opps and walking the red carpet during the opening of a Rock & Brews restaurant (the chain created by Simmons and Stanley) in Paia at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 26.

The package includes two tickets to the luncheon, which will feature Hawaiian food, tropical cocktails and a big selection of craft beers, the signature draw for this restaurant brand.

Then it's on to the kickoff of the hotel's new Willow Stream Spa, where there's more face time with Simmons and Stanley. They'll appear at the opening at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 where guests receive free KISS-inspired black-and-white manicures, neck massages and other treatments. Sushi from the hotel's Ko restaurant will be served too.

Info: KISS Rock & Roll VIP Package at the Fairmont Kea Lani, (866) 540-4456

KST Saturday Night's Minisode: X-treme Close-Up

Kisstory Science Theatre 

 Des and Adam stumble down the rabbit hole while discussing KISS' 1992 video release.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

KISS Makes 2013 Pollstar Top 200 North American Tours

KISS came in at #79 on the Pollstar Top 200 North American Tours of 2013. Here are a few details:

The average ticket price was 85.86
The average attendance was 5,680
The total tickets: 142,009
The average gross: 487,731
Cities/Shows: 25/26

Sunday, January 12, 2014

KISS Author Ken Sharp: “I Know There Are Some Fans Who Thought This Would Somehow Be An Ace And Peter Bash-Fest; It Isn’t That”

Ken Sharp is one of my favorite authors, having written numerous great rock books including “Behind The Mask”, considered by many to be one of the most definitive books written about KISS. Sharp recently returned to the subject, with the cooperation of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, to release “Nothin To Lose, The Making of KISS” which delves even deeper into the real beginnings of the soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame icons. I recently caught up with Ken to talk about the creation of the book and more; read on….

Legendary Rock Interviews: Hi Ken, thanks for taking the time to talk to me. Your earlier KISS book, “Behind The Mask” was very well received by the fanbase and I think considered even more of a KISS “Bible” than KISSTORY. I really doubted you could equal or top it with your latest book here but they are both truly great books. Did the reaction to “Behind The Mask” influence you or drive you while working on “Nothin To Lose”?

Ken Sharp: Thank you John, first of all. To answer your question, not particularly. I’m even happier with “Nothin To Lose” to tell the truth. I’m really proud of “Behind The Mask” but this is a whole different entity because “Behind The Mask” covered more of a wide gamut of time where “Nothin To Lose” basically covers a three year period from 1972 to 1975. To be honest, I might be a little more proud of this one than I am “Behind The Mask”. I think because of its focus and its wide swath of various voices that tell the story, it’s something I’m really proud of . I do think it succeeds at bringing you into that world to the point where you really feel like a fly on the wall as you see the band deal with the trials and tribulations they face while reaching the top of the mountain.

LRI: Obviously you did a ton of work on this book but Gene and Paul’s names are on the book as well. How much and in what ways did they contribute to the making of “Nothin To Lose”?

Ken: They were certainly involved and were looking at the progress of what I was doing, in addition to making themselves available for interviews and things of that nature but I certainly led the way because they obviously have a lot of other things going on in their lives (laughs). As you can understand. But they were very, very supportive. The other thing is, when the book was done and they read it from start to finish again, they really had nothing that they asked to be changed. I know there are some fans who thought this would somehow be an Ace and Peter “bash-fest” but I’m really glad that, since the book has been out, they’ve seen that it isn’t that. There was certainly an all for one spirit at that point in the band’s history and a sense of community in the band and I think that’s reflected in the book but I also think that’s a big part of the reason I was attracted to that period of the band’s history to begin with because later periods in their career are really mired by a lot of acrimony between the band members, certainly in the divisions between Paul and Gene and Ace and Peter. I felt that those early years were a much more interesting arc, story wise because you are right there with them when they go through all these battles together as a unit. Getting back to Paul and Gene’s involvement, I was very pleasantly surprised and quite happy that they allowed things in the book that certainly weren’t all pro-KISS or even pro them! I think that was very honorable of them and I was really proud that I was able to work with them in such a fashion. Like I said, they have so many other projects surrounding KISS so I was really the driver of the whole thing but it was great to have them be so supportive during the process

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KISS Walking The Carpet At Varvatos Show In Milan

KISS walk the finale at the John Varvatos fall 2014 show.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Today In KISStory - 2005

Today In KISStory - January 11, 2005: KISS' greatest hits compilation "KISS GOLD: 1974-1982" was released.

Today In KISStory - 1999

Today In KISStory - January 11, 1999: Original KISS members Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter present the award for favorite 'Pop Album' at the 1999 American Music Awards.

Friday, January 10, 2014

KISS Drop The Puck At Staples Center

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley drop the puck at Staples Center on 1/7/2014 for the LA Kings vs. Minnesota Wild game.

The LA KISS Hair Guitar Contest At Staples Center

The LA KISS Hair Guitar Contest at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA with Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley on 1/7/2014 during intermission of the LA Kings vs. Minnesota Wild NHL game.

The Album by Album Challenge: KISS (Part I)

Welcome to another “Album by Album Challenge.” For those that are new here, the “Album by Album Challenge” is where I take a band’s entire discography and listen to every album in order of release from front to back. With my unforgiving and well-aged ear, I call it how I hear it. In some cases, I find that what I once thought was good is actually pretty crappy and sometimes crap manages to age into something pretty kick ass. And in some cases, face melting is still just good ol’ face melting.

This time around I decided to tackle the KISS studio discography. I decided with KISS to only do the 20 studio albums and none of the 20,000 live albums that KISS has put out! Ok, I know, they only put like what, six or seven live albums? Even if they were mostly done in the studio I still didn’t do them. This challenge at times was downright painful but nonetheless it was great fun. I found some great gems that I didn’t know existed and I found some songs that I wish I had never discovered at all. Again, it’s KISS and even through the falters and failures, I will always be a fan and have a huge place in my heart for the hottest band in the world… KISS!

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Movie Poster For Upcoming Official KISS Documentary

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Here's a look at the new movie poster for the forthcoming official KISS movie "You Wanted the Best... You Got the Best: The Official KISS Movie" directed by Alan G. Parker.

"I'm incredibly proud to be on board for this film," says Parker, "telling the story of a band I love so much and that has such a rich history."

"You Wanted the Best... You Got the Best: The Official KISS Movie" is set for release in the US this September.