Friday, February 28, 2014

Today In KISStory - 2005

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

KISS also presented David with an autographed Silvertone Paul Stanley signature guitar. The show was filmed at NBC Studios in Burbank, California on Monday, February 28, 2005.

Paul Stanley:

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

Today In KISStory - 2003

KISS Symphony: Alive IV

Today In KISStory - February 28, 2003: KISS performs with the 60 piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne, Australia. The performance featured three of the original members of KISS -- Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, and Gene Simmons. Ace Frehley once again left the band and the concert featured for the first time musician Tommy Thayer dressed as the "Spaceman" character.

This would be the last KISS album to feature original KISS drummer Peter Criss. The performance was released as a LIVE CD and DVD titled "KISS Symphony: Alive IV" on July 22, 2003.

KISS Float At Sao Paulo Carnaval Celebrations

Source: | Photos: Zanone Fraissat

Sambadrome SP already receives floats for the parades; see preparations

The Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo already receives floats for the parades of the samba schools, which take place this Friday (28th) and Saturday (1). One of the floats of the samba school of the panel of Dragons brings Real dolls that mimic the members of the rock band KISS. The college will take the avenue theme "Great Museum News," which recalls icons of the late 70s and 80s.

Today In KISStory - 1996

Today In KISStory - February 28, 1996: The original members of KISS -- Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss reunite and appear in full makeup and regalia at the 38th annual Grammy Awards to present the 'Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal' award with Tupac Shakur at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Vote For The 40 Greatest KISS Songs Ever


Paul Stanley: "To celebrate the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame finally recognizing KISS, as well as the 40th anniversary of the band’s first album, Classic Rock is compiling a list of the 40 greatest KISS songs – as voted for by YOU. Email your Top five KISS songs, in order of greatness, to:, with the top 40 being published in an issue of Classic Rock very soon. What's your Top Five?"

Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley Filming LA KISS TV Series Today


Here's LA KISS Team owners Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Brett Bouchy, Doc McGhee & team President Schuyler Hoversten filming today at Honda Center for the upcoming LA KISS series on AMC.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

KISS Pull Out Of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Performance


Kiss star Gene Simmons Gene Simmons has been with Kiss since it was formed in 1973

Rock band Kiss have pulled out of their performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in a disagreement over their line-up.

The veteran act failed to decide which members would be on stage for the concert on 10 April.

They said on their website the "memory of those times" would not be served by a reunion of the original line-up.

Other inductees who will be honoured in New York include Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and Linda Ronstadt.

Musical acts are eligible to be elevated to the Hall of Fame 25 years after their first release.

Kiss, famous for their elaborate stage make-up and costumes, first formed in 1973, including current band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

Originals Ace Frehley and Peter Criss subsequently quit the group, which continued with different musicians.

Their statement continued: "To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up, and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

"This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone."

Speaking to US rock DJ Eddie Trunk, Frehley claimed Simmons and Stanley had rejected a reunion with their original bandmates.

"It's very frustrating. It's what the fans wanted, it's what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted, and it's not gonna happen," he said.

The band's statement denied that they had ever scotched a reunion with Frehley and Cross,

This would have marked the original quartet's first performance together in more than 13 years, at the end of a reunion which lasted from 1996-2000.

Frehley and Cross have not confirmed if they will attend the ceremony.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

San Manuel: KISS Takes Acoustic Show To The Casino

Kiss will perform a special acoustic show at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland.

A week before Kiss will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the band will stop by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland for a rare acoustic show.

The glam rock band, famous for its bombastic stage shows of fire, blood and catchy rock songs played by makeup-wearing men in platform boots will roll into the casino on Thursday, April 3.

Billed as “Kiss: An Acoustic Evening and Stories with Kiss,” the show will feature the band sans makeup and telling stories along with the stripped-down, full band tunes, not unlike the “MTV Unplugged” episode the band filmed nearly 20 years ago.

The show will happen two days before the home opener of the LA Kiss, a new arena football team partially owned by band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

The team will be the subject of an upcoming reality show on AMC and cameras will be at the April 3 concert.

Tickets are $65-$75 and go on sale Friday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. via Ticketmaster or at the box office at San Manuel. You must be 21 or older to attend the show. Visit for more information on the show.

Kiss will be inducted into the Rock Hall with a presentation in New York on April 10, but will not perform after there was a dispute over which members would perform at the induction ceremony.

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Today In KISStory - 2003

Today In KISStory - February 25, 2003: KISS appear on the Australian talk show 'Rove Live' to promote the KISS Symphony Concert in Melbourne. KISS also performs 'Sure Know Something' live with a 10 piece orchestra.

Monday, February 24, 2014

PodKISSt #81 - Is The KISS Army Dead?


On this edition of PodKISSt we are joined by Bill Starkey for an in-depth discussion about the state of the KISS Army. Are we in danger? People are threatening to burn their KISS Army cards! What should we do???

Listen HERE:

Paul Stanley & Erin Stanley At Chef Fabio Viviani's Cooking Class


Paul Stanley: "Today me and my beautiful wife Erin at @fabioviviani cooking class with a bunch of friends. Mangia! Great time cooking with @fabioviviani proponent of the three fingered pinch."

Eddie Trunk's Take On KISS And No Performance At Hall

Eddie Trunk: "Wanted to post earlier today but we had to actually upgrade our server because of all the activity on the site this weekend (thanks webmaster David for your help!). Now that Gene and Paul have weighed in on the HOF drama of the weekend we have a pretty clear picture on the eve of tickets going on sale that Kiss is not playing at all now in any form. Clearly they had to make some statement here after all the fallout from Ace on my radio show Friday night and Peter’s statement yesterday. So now that all sides have weighed in here is MY analysis of all of this for those interested as far as what has gone on."

"Gene and Paul were never going to play with Ace and Peter at this event. Just wasn’t ever going to happen. Look no further than Paul’s official Twitter a few weeks ago when he essentially said as much. Ace, Peter, and MANY members of the HOF I spoke to over the last few weeks confirmed they wanted to play with the current band and had no intention of an originals reunion. The Kiss statement saying “we don’t believe the memory will be enhanced” in playing with Ace and Peter really translates to Gene and Paul not wanting to open a can of worms, and honestly likely not thinking they can cut it with them anymore. They know this can’t be a jump up and jam thing. They need to rehearse and prepare to do it right. That would require them reconnecting for a few days. That opens cans of worms so to speak. So they were never going to go down those roads with the original band. In their view too complicated and just like at MTV unplugged, it would make it very hard to continue to sell what they are now doing afterwards. Ace, Peter and the HOF didn’t just make it up that they didn’t want to play with them. Perhaps they would have allowed Ace and Peter to come up at the group jam at the end, but Gene, Paul, Peter and Ace alone on stage playing a song was something Gene and Paul were never going to allow or have happen. To them it’s complicated on way too many levels. So once Ace and Peter released their statements Gene & Paul’s only way out of the backlash was to check out of playing all together which they did today. And you know what? No matter how this was arrived at it is the best available scenario given they won’t play with the original band. Since the original four are being inducted out of respect no performance is better than Ace and Peter having to watch the current band. I think this also makes it likely (but far from 100%) that everyone at least shows up and speaks. So what we hopefully end up with is a photo op of the original guys, a few words from each, then some sort of all star Kiss tribute band or video package. The HOF will now have to figure that out. But I can tell you this is a victory of sorts for Ace and Peter who now may attend and will not feel dissed having to see personas they created playing at their induction. But it is clear, and I have confirmed with many over the last month involved with the HOF, that Gene and Paul would not play with only the original band at this event. The HOF wanted that, Ace and Peter were up for it (as Ace said on my show when first announced as going in) but Gene and Paul would not have it and wanted to play with the current band. Again, Paul said “very unlikely” over a month ago on Twitter when asked about a reunion and “no way” to them wearing makeup. So where this is all coming from should not be a surprise. It’s pretty clear and honestly it is Gene & Paul’s right at this point, even if you disagree strongly with it. They own Kiss like it or not. To me anything else is spin and damage control at this point. But again, to me, this is the second best scenario given only the originals are being inducted. At least it gets them all there hopefully!"

"A few other things; do Gene and Paul attend? They say in their statement they will “celebrate” the induction but that doesn’t always mean show up. I would assume they would, but none of the original four have clear cut said yet “we will be there”."

"Clearly Gene and Paul are annoyed (and you can make the case rightfully so) that only the original four are being inducted. However their statement left out Vinnie Vincent (a HUGE contributor to Kiss comeback of the 80′s) and the late Mark St John. We all know Kiss and Vinnie had their issues, but if they truly wanted to celebrate KISStory completely Vinnie would certainly at least deserve an invite and mention? I have said all along I think it had to be only the original guys or EVERYONE who was in Kiss to do this right. Kind of hard to pick and choose. The HOF decided only originals. So when they said in their statement “the entire history”, they are still leaving out some gaps."

"And that’s another issue. Kiss in their statement continue to allude to all the success they have had without Ace and Peter. Relatively speaking that is true. But you can not discount the fact that the bands biggest periods by far were with the original band. The 70′s were most iconic, then the 90′s reunion was equally huge. Who knows if Ace and Peter didn’t do the reunion tour in ’96 if there would even still be a Kiss today? Reunions happen because bands need them and they are much bigger than whatever that band is doing at the time. Nobody does a reunion tour because it means less people or interest. Current Kiss does very well in festivals and some parts of the world. But to say in America the band is as big as ever (as I have heard stated) is just false. The last full US tour was a CO HEADLINE. You don’t go 50/50 with another band unless you need the help. On the flipside it is without question true that Gene and Paul have kept this alive for 40 years and steered the ship (with good and bad decisions in my view), so without that commitment who knows what would have happened? There were several versions of Kiss. I was a fan of many. But the simple truth is nothing was or will be bigger than the original four guys. That is just fact if you really take in the history."

"If the HOF had decided to induct all the members then for sure the case could be made that everyone plays. But they decided to induct the four that started it all only. It sucks for us fans that the powers that be here wouldn’t make that work for at least a song or two, but I think where we arrived at today with no performance is the second best scenario. Now let’s see if they all show, who does the induction (I know but can’t say!) and what the HOF does as a tribute. It’s been a wild weekend since Ace started this with his announcement on my radio show late this past Friday night (audio on the home page) and where we go from here should be interesting as well. I’ll be live on SiriusXM channel 39 6-10P ET tomorrow and will take your calls. That’s MY take, look forward to yours here on the site or on the radio."

"Oh, one last thing. Much has been made about the impact all of this will have on sales to the event tomorrow. The timing here was key since MANY were going to come from around the world assuming a performance by the original band one last time. So clearly it’s great those people now know the deal. I think it will for sure change the dynamic of the crowd makeup in the building that night. But as long as the original four show up I’d say a good showing from Kiss fans will be there. But nothing like if it was a reunion performance. Also remember there are many other bands being honored that night. Nirvana and Springsteen also have pretty big bases. So I suspect ticket sales will be just fine when that is all factored in. I’m sure there will be much more to discuss. Never dull being a Kiss fan!"

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Roman Fernandez, Bill Aucoin's Former Partner, Releases A Statement About KISS Being Inducted Into The Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame


Bill Aucoin’s former partner, Roman Fernandez, has released the following statement regarding KISS and the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony:

“I’m going on record.

I normally stand by the sidelines quietly watching the scrimmage in silence, but now, I feel I have to speak up.

My late partner, Bill Aucoin, bothered enough in 1973 to wager his entire career as a successful television producer and bet all the money he had, as well as money he didn’t have, on 4 kids from the streets of New York. He unfortunately can no longer speak for himself on the subject of KISS and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bill Aucoin gave KISS their start, as well as some of the best years of his life. KISS would, in fact, despite all his other successes, come to define Bill in the eyes of millions of fans and in the eyes of the industry. An industry that to a great degree didn’t give KISS the time of day when it mattered the most. No one did except for Bill, Sean Delaney and Neil (and Joyce) Bogart. All no longer with us except for Joyce. But, Bill and I spoke about this subject on several occasions before he passed. Bill Aucoin was not the type to reflect in regret, and he harbored no animosity. But he was convinced that due to politics within the board of the Hall of Fame, the day would never come that saw KISS inducted. I’m pretty certain he was OK with that.

But had Bill been alive to see the day it was announced that the group would indeed, despite every notion to the contrary, be inducted, might have been a nice parting gift for him. But it’s done. He’s gone. It could have just as easily been Paul, Gene, Peter or Ace. But they’re still here. And I’m pretty sure this is what Bill might have said in light of all this nonsense: ‘(….unintelligible noises) Look it, find a compromise, put everything aside for one night, be the larger than life rock stars you know you are, and then…. Onward and upward!’

I don’t believe Bill would begrudge any reasoning for the band members feeling however they may about one another. But, I also believe he would have recognized this as one singular night to put unresolved issues aside. Bill is no longer with us. If Paul, Gene, Peter or Ace were not here, this conversation would not even be possible. Life is too short to waste such a precious opportunity. If for no other reason, do it for Bill Aucoin. And for Sean. And for Neil. Love to all members of Kiss past and present. Onward and Upward guys.”

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Today In KISStory - 2002

Today In KISStory - February 24, 2002 - KISS performs "Rock And Roll All Nite" to the skating of previous Olympians Katerina Witt and Kristi Yamaguchi during the closing ceremonies of the XIX Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This was original lead guitarist Ace Frehley's last performance with KISS.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Peter Criss Addresses Rock Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss took to his official website to address KISS' Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony coming up this April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Peter writes:

To KISS fans,

"It's disappointing to have to say to you, the fans, that as of today, Ace and I have been denied a performance with Gene and Paul for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Tickets go on sale on Monday, Feb. 24th, and I wanted to make sure that fans understood that no original performance, in or out of makeup, has been offered to us before they purchased their tickets. This is disgraceful and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together."

God Bless,

Peter Criss - The Catman

KISS Address Rock Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony



To All Our Fans In Regards To The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Out of respect, Ace and Peter's recent statements demand a quick response to you, our fans.

Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including present long time present members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, and additionally Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr all who have made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's point of view.

Although KISS has moved forward far longer without them, Ace and Peter are at the very foundation of what we have built and this would all be impossible had they not been a part of it in the beginning.

It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in make-up and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced. Contrary to claims made through the media we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter.

We have spent 40 years dedicated to building KISS without quitting or wavering as the band has moved forward with huge tours and platinum albums through different important lineups for forty years, to this day.

KISS has always been a band unlike any other. That is why we started KISS. That is why we continue KISS. Being unlike other bands also means making choices and decisions unlike other bands.

This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.

To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

We are excited and are looking forward to seeing you all on the KISS 40th Anniversary worldwide tour.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ace Frehley & Peter Criss Will Not Perform With KISS At Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

KISS will not perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss this April. Ace Frehley called in to Eddie Trunk's radio show on New York's Q104.3 on Friday night and stated the following:

"I don't think KISS fans are gonna be too excited and happy about the news, 'cause at this juncture, Paul and Gene have decided to perform with Tommy and Eric, and it looks like the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is going along with it and I won't be performing at this juncture, at this point right now. The last time I was on, it was a very exciting and happy call and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was very excited about having the four original members who are being inducted to perform at the ceremony and that was shot down by Paul and Gene. And now it's kind of, like, if I'm not gonna put on the makeup and do a three-song reunion for the fans, then what am I gonna do? And right now I'm not even sure if I'm gonna show up or not, you know?! I'm at the tail end of [making my new solo] record… and this has just been a thorn in my side, because every day there's a different story: 'Yeah, maybe you can come and get up and do 'New York Groove'. And if you don't do it with KISS, you can do it with a celebrity lineup.' And that was shot down. It's very frustrating. It's also distracting my attention from the most important thing right now that I'm doing, is working on music and creating. So it's very frustrating and a little disheartening. It was very important that I let the fans know that because the tickets are going on sale on Monday, and I didn't want people buying tickets thinking that they were gonna see a KISS reunion, and then be disappointed. It's a shame. I know its what the fans wanted. I know it's what the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame wanted. It's not gonna happen and you know, I'm a little disappointed. The gloves are off, Ed. I'm working on my second book. I've got my new record. What will be in the future will be. No matter what happens, I'm fine. And I'm having fun. And I'm creating great music. My life's great. And I can't let any negativity… I've gotta just let it roll off my back and continue doing what I've been doing...making great music. You don't want to do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you, its something the fans wanted, its something the RHOF asked of all four of us, they shut it down. It is what it is. I don't completely understand it but those guys do a lot of things that don't make sense to me. I asked the RHOF if I could get up and perform New York Groove with Peter or a celebrity band, and they shut that down. I don't make these decisions and the RHOF is a bunch of guys sitting in a room trying to make sense of whatever. If I show up, it'll be for the fans. It is what it is. I can't let it run too much space in my head, I'm finishing up a record, I'm going through the mixing process, it's going to be a great record its just unfortunate that I'm up and excited about all this and I have to be distracted by the RHOF and these idiots that don't want to do this for the fans. It doesn't make any sense to me. Like they say in the bible: "What you sow, you reap." I don't even want to talk about it anymore. I'm in a situation where I feel helpless now, because the RHOF is kinda shutting me out, Paul and Gene are shutting me out, and I'm the one getting inducted. I have no idea and it doesn't make total sense to me, but ya know. I'm just one guy, ya know. And it's unfortunate for the fans, we're being inducted because of the fans, and I feel like the fans are being let down, and I'm upset about it, I've gotta be honest with you. But I'm trying not to let it get to me because, like I said, I've gotta finish my record, and I've gotta think positive. And I wanna move forward. But it's upsetting."
Peter Criss' wife also called in to the radio show and told Eddie that Peter is also not allowed to perform with KISS either at the Rock Hall induction ceremony.

Photographer Reflects On Working With KISS

 Source: Georgia Daily News

The Georgia Daily News has an article about rock photographer Lynn Goldsmith. In the story, she reflects on her career and shares memories of working with KISS.

Few photographers have had as much access to as many of rock and roll's biggest stars as Lynn Goldsmith, whose pictures tell a visual tale of the genre spanning nearly half a century.

[In] a 1979 shoot with KISS frontman Gene Simmons during which she convinced him to take a New York City bus in full stage regalia. 'We were both surprised that the bus driver, as well as the few people on the bus, had no reaction to him. That's what I love about New York City!'

Eddie Trunk: "Ace Frehley & Peter Criss Not Being Allowed To Play With KISS At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame"

Radio and T.V. personality Eddie Trunk just spoke with original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley on his Friday night radio show. Eddie Trunk just tweeted:
"Exclusive news now breaking on my radio show! @ace_frehley @PeterCriss not being allowed to play with @KISSOnline at R&R HOF!"

Story developing...

Read the KISS Army's reaction to this story and leave a comment HERE.

*Update @ 2:17 A.M. EST Feb. 22, 2014

Eddie Trunk: "As I have said consistently, when there was news on what will happen w/ @KISSOnline & the HOF I would let it come from them, and it just did. The HOF made it clear they want the original band being inducted playing. Gene & Paul have declined to allow that as per Ace & Peter tonight.
About to start the drive home to NJ. Shitty news indeed for fans hoping for a song at least one last time. But at least we know. Thanks to for using my show to break that exclusive. Wish it was better news but it is what it is & as Ace said time to move on. Ace also explained he needed to get this out now w/tix for HOF ceremony about to go on sale. Didn't want people misled they will see reunion."

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ace Frehley To Make Rock Hall Of Fame Announcement On Eddie Trunk's Radio Show Tonight

Eddie Trunk: JUST IN: Ace Frehley will be calling my radio show live tonight to make a statement on the R&R Hall Of Fame! Ace told me he needs 5 minutes to update everyone on what is going on with the induction. Ace is expected to call in during the last hour of the show. Don’t miss this exclusive news tonight live on my Q104.3 NYC show. You can listen in the NYC tri-state area on 104.3 FM, outside of NYC listen to the free stream at or use the free iHeartradio app. Just dial up Q104.3/NY/Classic Rock. The show is live from 11P-2A ET tonight!

Gene Simmons Of KISS: ‘Nothing Ever Came Out Of New York Except KISS’

Gene Simmons, the firebreathing bass player of the legendary rock and roll band KISS, not only breathes flame on stage during the notoriously theatrical KISS live shows, but he can do it in interviews, too.

Never afraid to make controversial, even obnoxious comments in public, Gene Simmons’ previous verbal targets have included Muslims, women, and music fans. His latest target, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the debut KISS album, is the band’s home city, New York.

We didn’t make it in New York,” Simmons declared in a recent interview. “We made it in Detroit. New York is a little too high-falutin, too full of itself.”

With their, basic, driving rock and roll sound KISS broke little new ground musically, but in their elaborate stage shows featuring the band in their comic-book-inspired makeup and costumes surrounded by a plethora of pyrotechnics and horror movie special effects, they developed an ardent following mostly among teenagers. But they were generally loathed by critics and considered too tacky for hip New York tastes.

Now, 40 years after the eponymous KISS album was released on February 18, 1974, Gene Simmons still remains bitter about his band’s reception, or lack of it, by the self-appointed New York tastemakers.

“It bears noting that New York City, perhaps the most important city on the face of the planet, never gave the world a worldwide musical phenomenon that could play stadiums and arenas around the world, other than KISS. Not one,” said Gene Simmons, who was born in Israel six months more than 64 years ago as Chaim Witz.

“Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, there were a ton of bands out of Detroit,” Gene Simmons continued. “England gave the world thousands of bands: the Beatles and the Stones. Even Jimi Hendrix, an American, came out of England. New York City gave the world nothing. New York City gave the world KISS: one band and we didn’t make it in NY, we made it in Detroit.”

Simmons also noted that while Motown came out of Detroit, “there’s not a musical scene that came out of New York, not disco, not rock, nothing!”

Apparently, Gene Simmons does not consider the hip hop scene, which originated in New York’s South Bronx around the same time KISS was getting started, to be “musical.” Or maybe he just forgot about it.

For that matter, the New York punk rock scene of the mid-1970s — at a time when KISS were scoring hits with their KISS Alive and KISS Alive II albums and their concept album Destroyer — proved one of the most important movements in American music, producing such bands as The Ramones, Blondie and The Talking Heads.

Nonetheless, Gene Simmons has never been one to bite the tongue that he made a living lasciviously sticking out on stage, and a band that maintains success over 40 years and 30 albums should make him rightly proud.

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10 Great Moments In KISS Marketing

On the 40th anniversary of the release of the band's debut album, here's a look back at its marketing influence.

On Feb. 18, 1974, Casablanca Records released Kiss's first album, Kiss. It didn't do very well. Critics and listeners who had followed rock music in its post-Beatles era turn into serious, high-minded stuff dismissed the band as a novelty act. Upon seeing them perform for the first time, executives from Warner Bros. dissolved their partnership with Casablanca. Despite a considerable amount of tinkering and several attempts at releasing a single that would catch on with pop listeners it initially sold only 75,000 copies, a flop at the time.

Forty years later Kiss's debut is ensconced firmly in the rock canon, and after years of being passed over for acts with more critical respect the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April. Some of the credit goes to the music itself, which blended bits of glam and heavy metal with unexpected pop hooks. But mostly the album, and the group that made it, were a success because of some of the most brilliant and successful marketing the music industry's ever seen. From makeup to caskets, here's a look back at Kiss's marketing strategy.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Today In KISStory - 1976

Getty Images

Today In KISStory - February 20, 1976: All four members of the original KISS line-up had their footprints implanted on the pavement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre In Hollywood, CA.

See more photos HERE.

KST: NBLP 7001: 40 Years Of KISS

KISStory Science Theatre

Happy anniversary, everyone! Lee, Des and Adam discuss the album that started it all, and KISS' first forays into the world of a touring entity. Also, Adam attempts to keep Des and Lee from coming to blows over some surprising opinions.

Listen HERE:

Video: KISS Makes Maui Visit


WAILEA, MAUI » Paul Stanley is sipping chicken soup and chatting about high cholesterol and hip replacement surgery.

It’s not exactly the kind of conversation you’d expect to have with a founding member of KISS, which after 40 years is still one of the most successful rock bands in the world.

At 62, Stanley — whose KISS persona is “Starchild” — still exudes a youthful aura, dressing in jeans, a gauzy western-style shirt, heavy silver neck chains and shoulder-length, black hair. As he dipped his spoon into a large bowl of soup while sitting inside Ko restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Stanley explained that he brings his own food with him when he travels.

It’s one of the ways he stays trim and healthy in order to keep up with his incredibly crazy schedule that in recent weeks had him strutting the catwalk at the John Varvatos fashion show in Milan, Italy, performing at an NHL game in Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and hosting a reception in tiny Paia town on Maui for the soon-to-open Rock & Brews restaurant.

Stanley and fellow KISS band member Gene Simmons are partners in the chain, along with Michael Zislis of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and rock industry veterans Dell and Dave Furano. (The family-friendly Maui restaurant is expected to open Thursday, Feb. 6, serving American classics — wings, burgers, sandwiches, pizza and salads — and an impressive collection of craft beer.)

Despite their rock-god status, both Stanley and Simmons were down-to-earth, friendly and funny during our brief chat on Jan. 27. The interviews took place the day after the Grammy Awards.

Read more and see video interviews HERE:

Ticket Info For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Here's the link for tickets to see KISS at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 29th Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 10, 2014.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 1st at 10:00 AM EST.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Three Sides Of The Coin - Episode #63 - Where's Drago? Allan Tucker Talks With Us About Recording The Debut KISS Album

Episode 63, February 18, 2014. 40 years ago today KISS released their landmark debut album. On the back of the album one of the credits said "Where's Drago?" Who is Drago? What did he do? Who named him Drago and what does Drago mean? Well Mitch Lafon found him, Allan Tucker. Allan worked at Bell Sound Studios and he talks about the band recording their debut album

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

KISS Live On Stage At The House Of Blues In L.A.


Here's KISS at the Mending Kids All-Star Benefit Concert at The House Of Blues in Los Angeles on Friday, February 14, 2014.

Today In KISStory - 1974

Today In KISStory - February 18, 1974: KISS release their self-titled debut album.

When it was released, KISS had been a band for a little over a year. Much of the material on the album was written by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley as members of their pre-KISS band Wicked Lester. Simmons estimated that the entire process of recording and mixing took three weeks, while co-producer Richie Wise has stated it took just 13 days.

KISS sold approximately 75,000 copies after its initial release, without the presence of a hit single. It was certified Gold on June 8, 1977, having shipped 500,000 copies. The album was re-released in 1997 (along with most of KISS' earlier albums) in a remastered version

Monday, February 17, 2014

KISS Live At The House Of Blues In L.A.

Here's video of KISS live on stage at the Mending Kids All-Star Benefit Concert at The House Of Blues in Los Angeles on Friday, February 14, 2014.

Watchin' You - Episode #16 - Christine's Sixteen

In this episode, Jeff and Jeff enlist the help of WFDU-FM Radio personality Christine Vitale to explore 16 thought provoking KISS topics. Join Christine from her station in New Jersey as she challenges the hosts of Watchin' You to her address her top 16 queries about the Hottest Band in the Land.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

KISS At Mending Kids International Charity Night In L.A.

Here are a few photos of KISS on stage at the Mending Kids International Charity Night at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2014.

Photo Credits: Keith Leroux & Matthew Varley for | Gina Granados for

Gene Simmons Backstage At Mending Kids Event In L.A.

Here's Gene Simmons backstage at a Mending Kids event at The House Of Blues in Los Angeles on Friday, February 14, 2014.

Tommy Thayer tweets: "@genesimmons gettin' ready to rock."

Today In KISStory - 1989

Today In KISStory - February 15, 1989: Paul Stanley embarked on a solo tour with the first show at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. In Paul's touring band are Bob Kulick, Eric Singer, Gary Corbett, and Dennis St. James.

Set List:

I Stole Your Love
I Want You
Tears Are Falling
Tonight You Belong to Me
C'mon and Love Me
Wouldn't You Like to Know Me
Heaven's on Fire
Hide Your Heart
I Still Love You
New York Groove
Crazy Crazy Nights
Reason to Live
Lick It Up
Let's Put the X in Sex
Love Gun

Communication Breakdown (Led Zeppelin cover)
Detroit Rock City

Tour Dates:

15 - The Stone Pony, Newark, NJ
16 - The Channel, Boston, MA
17 - L'Amours, Brooklyn, NY w/ Warrant
18 - L'Amours, Brooklyn, NY w/ Warrant
19 - The Showcase, Long Island, NY
21 - Hammerjacks, Baltimore, MD
22 - Trocaderro, Philadelphia, PA
23 - West Hartford, CT
24 - Asbury Park, NJ
25 - Norfolk, VA
27 - The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY

1 - Columbus, OH
2 - The Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
3 - The Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
4 - Detroit, MI
6 - Rock And Roll Heaven, Toronto, ON, Canada
8 - The Bebop, Wilkes Barre, PA
9 - Pittsburgh, PA
10 - City Gardens, Trenton, NJ
11 - The Ritz, New York City, NY
12 - Toad's Place, New Haven, CT
30 - Celebrity Theatre, Anaheim, CA
31 - San Diego, CA

1 - Long Beach, CA
2 - Oakland, CA
3 - Los Angeles, CA

Here's video (above) of Paul Stanley and his band performing "Wouldn't You Like To Know Me" on this tour at 'Toad's Place' in New Haven, CT on March 12, 1989.

Friday, February 14, 2014

KISS Slam The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

KISS slam the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. “It’s not an honour to be nominated,” says Paul Stanley.

Kiss singer Paul Stanley has called the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame “tainted, corrupted and distorted” on the eve of the band’s induction. The New York band have been eligible for the last 15 years, but were only accepted after a huge push from their fans. Speaking exclusively to Classic Rock, Stanley explains just why he’s unimpressed by the accolade – and whether Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are invited.

Did you feel honoured at being inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?
No, it was done begrudgingly and because it had become absolutely ludicrous that they were choosing to ignore us. At the end of the day most people don’t realise that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was a privately created establishment and that it has a self-appointed board. It’s a perfect case of perception becoming reality. People heard ‘Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’ and gave it credibility. So whether it deserves the title has to be weighed against who it inducts. So was it an honour to be nominated? No. It means a lot to the fans and I understand it because it’s validation for them. So for that reason I accept graciously and accept on their behalf.

My feelings and my ambivalence about the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame hasn’t changed any. Their attitude is elitist and it doesn’t reflect the public. It reflects a small group who dictate who meets the criteria that they set up as ‘rock and roll’. I’ve always felt the spirit of rock and roll meant not only ignoring your critics, but ignoring your peers and going your own way. I think we’ve done that pretty much with few exceptions for forty years. So that same criteria that kept us out has not gotten us in. I scratch my head a little and I also take issue with a certain arrogance within that group.

Nonetheless I look at some of the inductees and any club that has Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and The Who and the Beatles and the Stones is company I don’t mind being in and my feelings have nothing to do with any of them, it purely has to do with a system which I think is tainted, corrupted and distorted.

Are you looking forward to playing it?
Honestly, I have no plans at the moment to do anything, and that includes playing with Ace and Peter or anyone else. My plan at the moment is to go and accept the award. Anything else, we’ll see how it unfolds or unravels. It was interesting to me, or offensive to me, that when the question was broached with the hierarchy about inducting additional members it was shut down immediately as ‘a non starter,’ which to me is arrogant. People who sit behind desks need to respect the people who are actually either inductees or possible inductees into this so-called hallowed organization. So the fact that there are 30 or 40 or 50 or some absurd number of Grateful Dead members all inducted, the fact that all of the Chili Peppers, including people who played on early albums that never amounted to very much are not inducted, the fact that John Rutsey, the drummer on the first Rush album is not inducted, the fact that Rob Trujillo, who’s a great guy but didn’t play on any of the classic Metallica albums, was inducted after being in the band six years makes me wonder exactly what are the rules? If the rules don’t apply to everybody then they’re not rules.

Do you plan to bring Ace and Peter up on stage with you?
Of course it goes without saying that Ace and Peter deserve this moment in the spotlight.We wouldn’t be here without them. We couldn’t have built what we did without them at the foundation. That being said, we couldn’t have built what we built without a lot of people who followed them. We couldn’t have been here without them and we couldn’t be here today with them. So absolutely, of course they deserve and belong up there.

Ace and Peter jammed together at recent party for That Metal Show presenter Eddie Trunk. How did you feel about that?
I didn’t feel one way or the other. I don’t own those songs, I only wrote ‘em. There’s nothing to guard or lock away. Those songs are public domain and they played on those songs so why wouldn’t they play them? For that matter, why wouldn’t anybody play them?

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bruce Kulick Shares His Wedding Photos With The KISS Army

Bruce Kulick: "In honor of Valentine's Day tomorrow, I wanted to share this video with you. As you know, I married my sweetheart, Lisa Lane, on January 4, 2014. The wedding was perfect, and I have finally compiled the best photos to share with you all. The song you will hear, "I Dreamed of You," I am proud to say features Lisa singing. She really has a terrific voice, and with my jazzy guitar and our good friend Andrew London on piano, this song that Barbra Streisand originally sang for her own wedding made quite the impression on our guests. Let me know what you think of the video and the song, as I plan on recording more songs with Lisa this year. Love has many bonuses, and hearing her sing melts my heart. Don't you all agree?"

Latest KISS Magazine Cover: Tokyo Journal


Here's Gene Simmons gracing the cover of the latest issue of Tokyo Journal.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

KISS & John Varvatos Billboard In New York


Here's a photo of a new John Varvatos store opening in New York this year with a huge KISS billboard gracing the front of the store.

Latest KISS Magazine Cover

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Here's a new KISS poster magazine released in Brazil.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Three Sides Of The Coin - Episode #62 - Don Jamieson From VH1 Classic That Metal Show Joins To Talk Growing Up A KISS Fan

Comedian and VH1 Classic That Metal Show co-host Don Jamieson joins us to talk about his growing up a KISS fan. His feelings about the current KISS with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer wearing the makeup of Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. His thoughts about KISS not coming on That Metal Show, the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and that pivotal question, did Vinnie Vincent save KISS? You might be surprised by his answer.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Gene Simmons On A Can Of Progresso Soup


Gene Simmons has his face on a can of Progresso Light soup. Last month Gene tweeted on his official Twitter account that he enjoys Progresso Light soups. As a surprise, the people at Progresso sent Gene his very own can featuring his face in signature KISS make-up and his autograph on the front of the can, as well as his famous Axe Bass on the back. Gene tweets:
"PROGRESSO folks sent me this, after I tweeted I liked their light soups. They're tasty."

Progresso also swapped their "SS's" in their name for the classic KISS lightning "SS's". On the back of the can is the phrase: " Rock And Roll With Progresso Light All Night, And Again Every Day."

Today In KISStory - 1977

Today In KISStory - February 10, 1977: The KISS song 'Beth' wins "Best Song" at the People's Choice Awards.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

KISStory Science Theatre: Let's Do Lunch!

KISStory Science Theatre

Adam and Des get together for a meal and a few drinks, and reflect on KISS' 40th year.

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Krazy Knights Podcast - Ken Kelly Interview

Krazy Knights

On this episode of Krazy Knights we are talking to none other than Ken Kelly the man behind the art work for the albums Destroyer and Love Gun. He also now does art work for Gene Simmons bass guitars as well has worked for numerous years doing the album art work for Manowar.

PodKISSt #80 H.I.T.S. Part 2!

Join us for a Round table discussion on “Hot In The Shade” Part 2

“H.I.T.S.” celebrates 25 years! Join Gary & Ken along with Matt Porter, BJ Kramp, Chris Karem and Joey Hayne as we go round on H.I.T.S.

Gene Simmons Attends Professional Bull Rider Event

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Here's World Champion professional bull rider JB Mauney hanging out with Gene Simmons at The Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Today In KISStory - 1999

Today In KISStory - February 9, 1999: Playboy magazine's "Sex & Music Issue, the Girls of KISS" featuring KISS with Gene Simmons on the cover is released.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

KISS Visits Wounded Warriors In Bethesda, Maryland


Tommy Thayer: "Let's not forget our wounded warriors. We met these brave vets at @WRBethesda last tour. They deserve our support."

Gene Simmons Featured In Bizarro Comic Strip

Here's Gene Simmons featured in the comic strip "Bizarro".

Three Sides Of The Coin - Episode #61 - The Story Behind The Vinnie Vincent T-Shirts & Official Facebook Page

Episode 61, February 7, 2014. SPECIAL EDITION!! We sit down and talk with James Steingart Admin of the Official Vinnie Vincent Facebook Fan Page. James talks about being a KISS and Vinnie Vincent fan. Why he started the Facebook Page. His contact and communication with Vinnie. The history behind the t-shirts being offered by Vinnie. Why he shut down the Facebook Page and so much more!

Author & Musician Gordon Gebert Discusses Ace Frehley

Author and musician, Gordon Gebert, sat down (on Feb. 6th 2014) with rock reporter, Mitch Lafon, to discuss his tell all books on original KISS Space Man, Ace Frehley. Having been a source of great debate and controversy, Gebert addresses many of the fans' concerns over his KISS & TELL and KISS & TELL MORE books. Gordon also discusses the KISS & TELL (Special Deluxe Edition) and ends the conversation with a special message for Ace.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Today In KISStory - 2002 | Source:

Today In KISStory - February 7, 2002: KISS make their second appearance on Season 3 of the FOX animated show 'Family Guy' in the 20th episode titled "Road to Europe".

Plot Summary:

Peter Griffin is overjoyed to hear about KISS-stock, a five-night set of concerts in New England by his favorite band, KISS. He and his wife, Lois, dress in face paint and leather to look like KISS band members, as does the rest of the crowd, and they manage to stand only a few feet from the stage. When Gene Simmons points the microphone at Lois, encouraging her to sing the next line of one of their songs, Peter is ashamed to discover that she does not know the lyrics. Deeply saddened by this, Gene and Paul Stanley leave the stage (allowing Ace Frehley and Peter Criss to perform "Chattanooga Choo Choo"). After the concert, Peter accuses Lois of only pretending to be a KISS enthusiast, and they leave the concert venue in disgrace. Later that night Peter and Lois stop at a restaurant on the way home from the concert. At one of the tables of the restaurant are the band members of KISS, Lois recognizes Gene without his makeup as Chaim Witz, an old classmate. Peter is amazed to discover that Lois had dated Gene when they were in school. Peter's faith in Lois is then restored, and he proudly shares the news on public-access television that his wife "did" KISS.

Today In KISStory - 1956

Today In KISStory - February 7, 1956: Former KISS guitarist Mark Norton a.k.a. Mark St. John is born.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

KISS Members On Maui

 Source: | Maui Weekly

KISS band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, pictured here with The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui General Manager Charles Head, helped celebrate the grand opening of the resort's Willow Stream Spa on Sunday, Jan. 26. Simmons and Stanley were visiting Maui for the ribbon cutting and blessing of their new Rock & Brews Restaurant in Pa'ia.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bruce Kulick (Grand Funk Railroad) Interview

Long time KISS, and now Grand Funk Railroad guitarist, Bruce Kulick stopped by NAMM this year to promote a new guitar. The guitar is a replica of an earlier 6-string Bruce played in the early to mid 1990’s with KISS. Rock n Roll Relics are the makers of this well crafted guitar and a there is a limited run of 25. Bruce talked about how this guitar was chosen to be made a replica of and the specifics of it (Details listed below of where to purchase the remaining few before they sell out).

In addition to the guitar, we talk about Bruce’s recent nuptials, the current status of Grand Funk Railroad and of course, KISS’ recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We ask many specifics of what Bruce knows about the plans for the induction itself and whether or not he will be in attendance.

It’s all here as we interview a longtime friend of the site, Bruce Kulick!

Today In KISStory - 1974

February 5, 1974 - KISS begins their first North American tour in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Today In KISStory - 2002

Today In KISStory - February 5, 2002: KISS kicked off New York Fashion Week performing 'Shout it Out Loud', 'Lick it Up', 'Love Gun', 'God of Thunder' and 'Rock and Roll All Nite' at the Lane Bryant Fashion Show.  

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Three Sides Of The Coin - The Show About Nothing & Everything And A Pillow

Three Sides Of The Coin - The Show About Nothing & Everything And A Pillow

Episode 60, February 4, 2014. This could be the most shocking Shocker Mitch has ever presented. We discuss KISS playing at the NHL game in Los Angeles. The cover to Paul Stanley's book Face the Music: A Life Exposed. Who we would like to see KISS jam with at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and more.

Photo: Paul Stanley Live On Stage

Photographer Ross Halfin: "Paul Stanley - this was shot on colour slide film 400 ASA, the photo has everything I like to capture in a live photo. Excitement plus the light show."

Monday, February 3, 2014

KISS' Gene Simmons Talks His "Smart Rock 'N' Roll Lifestyle"

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Gene Simmons is tired of wannabe rockers being drawn to the "stupid rock 'n' roll lifestyle".

The KISS rocker doesn't understand why so many up-and-coming musicians experiment with drugs or drink excessively. Gene, 64, insists there is more to being a rock god that pushing your health to the limits.

"There is a smart rock 'n' roll lifestyle and a stupid rock 'n' roll lifestyle. No one ever talks about the intelligent one, while the stupid one has always appealed to many," he told

"But in the end the coolest rock stars are all dead. Perhaps they were the coolest, but they are dead now. Jimi Hendrix is dead, Jim Morrison is dead, Kurt Cobain is dead... I am clever and I'll survive because I live a smart rock 'n' roll life. I've never done drugs and it's a personal choice, I am not interested in harming myself. If you want to run your personal marathon you gotta go at your own pace, it doesn't matter if someone else overtakes you, the turtle will win, and turtles know rock 'n' roll."

The bassist's bandmate Paul Stanley echoed his friend's remarks. He worries many youngsters have totally the wrong idea about being a rock star, insisting it is about your state of mind and following your passion rather than living a life of debauchery.

"Being rock 'n' roll doesn't mean having tattoos on your arms, earrings, or a bandana on your head. It means being free. You can live the rock 'n' roll life even if you are a doctor, or a cleaner. I never give too much importance to criticism; I just follow my heart and my passions. And this is something anyone can do, really," he explained.

"People think that the rock 'n' roll lifestyle is stupid, or destructive. Mutilating your body and poisoning your mind in the name of rock 'n' roll is, in fact, stupid. You should get the best from your life, without giving up any part of it."

Paul would like people to understand it is hard work and being responsible that are the most important things, not pumping drugs into your body to try and get heightened experiences. He puts more value on being open, honest and proud of his achievements.

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