Monday, June 30, 2014

Today In KISStory - 1977

Source: KISS OFFICIAL Magazine Issue #5 by Spiro Papadatos

The First KISS Marvel Comic Is Released

Today In KISStory - June 30, 1977: The members of KISS were immortalized in the pantheon of legendary comic book superheroes alongside the likes of Superman, Batman and Wolverine. KISS were already real life superheroes to millions of fans around the world but now they were the stars of their own comic book.

From this moment on, Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter would be forever known as The Demon, The Starchild, The Spaceman, and The Catman. These iconic characters have become a part of American folklore and have endured for over three decades in the form of movies, toys, action figures and comic books (not to mention, over 80 million records sold!).

The perfect combination of rock and roll and science fiction, KISS were a natural to feature in their very own comic.

After all, the bands outfits were inspired by those of Marvels superheroes.

So, befittingly, in 1977, the legendary Stan Lee and Marvel Comics published the first KISS comic book.

The monumental first issue was called KISS Marvel Comics Super Special! #1 and it quickly became Marvels best-selling comic book ever!

Realizing this was a major event in the comic book industry, Marvel opted not to print the KISS comic in standard comic

book size and decided instead to release it in the much larger magazine size format.

The forty page book featured the origin of KISS and an epic battle between KISS and Dr. Doom plus never before published KISS photos and features.

Also, in keeping with the bands outrageous image, the comic was printed in real KISS blood!

The band was flown to Marvels printing plant where they added their own blood to the ink used in the KISS comic book.

Never one to pass up a good marketing opportunity, KISS came up with the promotional gimmick to spur sales of the first edition.

The four members of KISS, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley, allowed their blood to be drawn during a concert stop in New York at Nassau Coliseum on February 21st, 1977.

They later flew up to the Borden Ink plant in Depew, New York, to be photographed adding their vials of donated blood to a barrel of red ink on May 26th, 1977.

A notary of the public duly certified the authenticity of the process, and the notarized document was made available as the KISS comic book contract.

Gene Simmons recalls: As the KISS comic book project moved along, someone came up with the idea of putting real blood in the ink.

It wasn't me maybe it was Bill Aucoin or Sean Delaney. We got into a DC3, one of those big prop planes, and flew up to Buffalo to Marvels printing plant, where they pour the ink and make comic books.

A notary actually witnessed the blood being drawn.

The promotional stunt paid off. The first KISS comic broke every comic book sales record imaginable and soon became the biggest selling comic book of all time.

KISS Marvel Comics Super Special! #1 would hold that distinction for fifteen years until it was dethroned by Todd McFarlanes, Spiderman #1.

It was the beginning of 30 years of KISS comics and the transformation of four kids from the streets of New York to international superstars.

This major milestone in KISStory also touched off an explosion in new KISS merchandise and a starring appearance in the bands own 1978 NBC movie of the week, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.

Source: KISS OFFICIAL Magazine Issue #5 by Spiro Papadatos

Today In KISStory - 1977

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 Today in KISStory: June 30, 1977: KISS released their sixth studio album "Love Gun."

"Love Gun" is notable for being their first album to feature a lead vocal performance from Ace Frehley; this marks the first Kiss album to feature lead vocal performances from all four band members. It was also the last studio album to feature the entire original Kiss lineup on every track, as Peter Criss was replaced by session drummer Anton Fig for most of 1979's Dynasty.



Video: KISS Perform "Shout It Out Loud" In Auburn, Washington



Video of KISS performing "Shout It Out Loud" at the White River Amphitheatre In Auburn, Washington on Sunday, June 29, 2014. #KISS40TOUR


Video: Gene Simmons Bass Solo In Auburn, Washington



Here's fan video of Gene Simmons doing his bass solo at the White River Amphitheatre In Auburn, Washington on Sunday, June 29, 2014. #KISS40TOUR


Set List For KISS Concert In Auburn, Washington



Here's the set list from KISS' show at the White River Amphitheatre In Auburn, Washington on Sunday, June 29, 2014. #KISS40TOUR

Set List:

King of the Night Time World
Deuce
Psycho Circus
War Machine
(Gene spits fire)
Shout It Out Loud
Christine Sixteen
Lick It Up
(with "Won't Get Fooled Again" … more)
Bass Solo
(Gene spits blood and flies)
I Love It Loud
Hide Your Heart
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Love Gun
(Paul flies out to the audience)
Black Diamond
Detroit Rock City
Rock and Roll All Nite

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Video: Gene Simmons Breathes Fire In Portland


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Here's fan video of Gene Simmons breathing fire (in slow motion) at the Sleep Country Amphitheater Ridgefield, Washington on June 27, 2014. #KISS40TOUR



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Set List For KISS Concert In Ridgefield, Washington

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Here's the set list from KISS' show at The Sleep Country Amphitheater In Ridgefield, Washington on Friday, June 27, 2014. #KISS40TOUR

Set List:

King of the Night Time World
Deuce
Psycho Circus
War Machine (Gene spits fire)
Shout It Out Loud
Christine Sixteen
Lick It Up (with "Won't Get Fooled Again" … more)
Bass Solo (Gene spits blood and flies)
I Love It Loud
Hide Your Heart
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Love Gun (Paul flies out to the audience)
Black Diamond
Encore:
Detroit Rock City
Rock and Roll All Nite

Friday, June 27, 2014

KISS Perform "Shout It Out Loud" In Denver


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Here's fan video of KISS performing "Shout It Out Loud" at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. #KISS40TOUR


KISS Perform "Hide Your Heart" In Denver


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Here's video of KISS performing "Hide Your Heart" at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. #KISS40TOUR


KISS Perform "Psycho Circus" In Denver


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Here's fan video of KISS perfomring "Psycho Circus" at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. #KISS40TOUR


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Photos:: KISS In Denver




Here's KISS at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. #KISS40TOUR

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Set List For KISS Concert In Denver

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Here's the set list from KISS' show at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. #KISS40TOUR

Set List: 

King of the Night Time World
Deuce
Psycho Circus
War Machine (Gene spits fire)
Shout It Out Loud
Christine Sixteen
Lick It Up (with "Won't Get Fooled Again")
Bass Solo (Gene spits blood and flies)
I Love It Loud
Hide Your Heart
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Love Gun (Paul flies out to the audience)
Black Diamond

Encore:
Detroit Rock City
Rock and Roll All Nite 


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Set List For KISS Meet & Greet In Denver

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Here is the set list for KISS' meet and greet in Denver, Colorado tonight.

Set List:

Do You Love Me
Calling Dr. Love
Shandi
Beth
Got to Choose

Spider-Men: KISS Opener Offers Web Of Intrigue



Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit 13th row, dead center for the opening of a tour-opening Kiss concert? Well, you can experience the shock and awe vicariously with our video from the incredible opening sequence of the band’s concert Monday at USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City.

Kiss has a standard opening introduction: “You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the world ... Kiss!” Hot indeed, as a cacophony of explosions, pillars of fire and smoke typically accompany the band onstage.

Monday’s opening was especially incendiary and over-the-top as all the band members were elevated high above the stage -- drummer Eric Singer on his own riser while bassist Gene Simmons, and guitarists Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer riding atop the lighting rig which was in the shape of a giant spider. The spider rig’s “legs” buckled down, bringing the three to the stage as the band launched into “Kings of the Night Time World” and invited a soldout audience into their parlor for the evening.

Whether you like the Kiss’ music or not, one has to give it up for the band’s outrageous concert openings, and sparing no expense to give fans a thrilling stage show.

Read original story HERE: http://bit.ly/TtTlyV

KISS Opened Tour With A Bang!

Photo by Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune

KISS lived up to its billing as one of the best live acts in rock ’n’ roll, lighting up the Utah night sky with pyrotechnics, confetti and anthemic songs. - Salt Lake Tribune

Of course, bells and whistles to the nth degree have been part of the deal with KISS since the ’70s, and they still put plenty of thought into the visual production of their shows. This tour marks the band’s 40th anniversary, and first since their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they blasted through 75 minutes of bombastic tunes abetted by firebombs, flashing lights, smoke effects, Simmons spewing blood, and Stanley howling at the crowd in that raspy New York accent of his. - Salt Lake Magazine

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer were backed by an elaborate stage show filled with more explosives, fireworks and flame throwers than many local 4th of July celebrations. The elaborate lighting system was even in the shape of a giant spider. - Deseret News

KISS and Def Leppard opened their forty city co-headlining tour on Monday night at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City with pyrotechnics, special effects and good old rock and roll. - Vintage Vinyl News

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Video: Gene Simmons Bass Solo & "I Love It Loud" In Utah


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Here's our guy Gene Simmons spitting blood and singing "I Love it Loud" at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday, June 23, 2014.


Photos: KISS In In Salt Lake City, Utah



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Here's KISS live on stage at the USANA Amphitheatre on Monday, June 23rd as they kick off their 40th Anniversary Tour.

Video: KISS Performing "King of the Night Time World" In Utah


Here's KISS performing "King of the Night Time World" at the opening show of their 40th Anniversary Tour in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Filmed by Keith Leroux for KISSONLINE

Photo: KISS Spider Stage Before Concert In Utah

 Photo Credit: Michael Berger

Here's a photo of the KISS spider stage before Monday night's tour opener at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Photo: Eric Singer Watching Def Leppard In Utah

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Here's KISS drummer Eric Singer backstage watching Def Leppard at the USANA Amphitheatre on Monday, June 23, 2014.

Set List For KISS Concert In Salt Lake City, Utah

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Here's the set list from KISS' first show of their 40th anniversary tour at the USANA Amphitheatre on Monday, June 23, 2014.

Set List:

King of the Night Time World
Cold Gin
War Machine
Hide Your Heart
Christine Sixteen
Shout It Out Loud
I Love It Loud
Makin' Love
Psycho Circus
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Black Diamond
Detroit Rock City
Rock and Roll All Nite


Monday, June 23, 2014

KISS Start Their 40th Anniversary Summer Tour Tonight In Utah

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KISS will kick off their 40th Anniversary summer tour with Def Leppard tonight at The USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Utah.

Tour Dates:

June:

Mon Jun 23 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheater
Wed Jun 25 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Fri Jun 27 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater
Sun Jun 29 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater

July:

Wed Jul 02 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
Thu Jul 03 Wheatland, CA Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
Sat Jul 05 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sun Jul 06 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Tue Jul 08 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Wed Jul 09 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sat Jul 12 Austin, TX austin360 Amphitheater
Sun Jul 13 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Tue Jul 15 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Wed Jul 16 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Fri Jul 18 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
Sat Jul 19 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Sun Jul 20 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Tue Jul 22 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
Wed Jul 23 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
Fri Jul 25 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Sat Jul 26 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

August:

Fri Aug 01 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
Sat Aug 02 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
Sun Aug 03 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Tue Aug 05 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Wed Aug 06 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
Fri Aug 08 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Sat Aug 09 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sun Aug 10 Hartford, CT The Xfinity Theatre
Tue Aug 12 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 13 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Fri Aug 15 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theater
Sat Aug 16 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun Aug 17 Minneapolis, MN Target Center**
Wed Aug 20 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena**
Fri Aug 22 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sat Aug 23 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sun Aug 24 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Tue Aug 26 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Thu Aug 28 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Fri Aug 29 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Sun Aug 31 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Sunday, June 22, 2014

KISS Is Everywhere!

Source: KISS Army Mexico

Check out baby Gene Simmons in this bus stop ad for "Rock n’ Stroll" -- a fundraising walk supporting high-risk births at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

Rock n’ Stroll is the only walk in Toronto focused on the critically important care of high-risk births – an area where Mount Sinai is one of North America’s renowned leaders. It is also the only walk that will boast an army of baby strollers along with live entertainment and activities that will attract the entire family.

More info about "Rock N’ Stroll?" HERE: http://bit.ly/TjrLEq

Thanks to KISS Army Mexico for this photo.


Today In KISStory 1977

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Today In KISStory - June 22, 1977: Gallup Poll named KISS the #1 most popular band in America.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Today In KISStory - 1994

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Today In KISStory - June 21, 1994: The tribute album "KISS My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved " is released worldwide.

"KISS My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved" is a 1994 tribute album, featuring a variety of artists covering songs by KISS. Released to coincide with KISS' 20th anniversary, the album was certified gold by the RIAA, and spent thirteen weeks on the charts.

Cover art and title: The rights to Ace Frehley's makeup were not cleared in time for release of the CD, hence the inclusion of a hybrid form of Paul Stanley's "Bandit" design that was briefly used in some early shows and promotional photos. Album cover Art Director/Designer: Mitchell Kanner

Canadian, Japanese and Australian copies of the album have their respective flags in place of the American flag of the U.S. version.
  

Friday, June 20, 2014

KISS - Anything For My Baby (Demo)


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Here's an unreleased KISS demo from the "Dressed To Kill" sessions.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Behind-The-Scenes: KISS Summer Tour Rehearsals

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KISS has been rehearsing all this week in preparation for their upcoming summer tour with Def Leppard. Eric Singer's drum tech Paul Bassett has been keeping us KISS fans updated with photos from the rehearsals.

The tour kicks off on June 23rd at the USANA Amphitheater in West Valley City, UT.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

KISS Wrap Up Day Three Of Rehearsals For Upcoming Summer Tour


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Eric Singer's drum tech Paul Bassett: "One more rehearsal done, One day closer to the 40th anniversary tour."

Paul Stanley's 1988 Porsche 928 For Sale


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Description: As seen in the KISS music video "Reason To Live" and mentioned in Paul Stanley's book "Face The Music". This is the car that Gene Simmons bought for Paul.

Serious inquiries can contact the Youtube user that uploaded this video.

KISS Finished Day Two Of Rehearsals For Summer Tour


KISS has finished their second consecutive day of rehearsals for their upcoming summer tour with Def Leppard. Here's a photo of former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick joining in on the rehearsals tonight.

Today in KISStory - 1983

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Today In KISStory - June 18, 1983: Before an estimated crowd of 137,000 at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, KISS perform to the largest crowd of their career. This was one of three shows. These shows were the first South American shows for the band and also the last they would perform in makeup until the 1996 Reunion Tour. The show was recorded and broadcast on TV and radio by Globo TV.

Set List:

Creatures Of The Night / Detroit Rock City / Cold Gin / Calling Dr. Love / Firehouse / I Want You / I Love It Loud / War Machine / Love Gun / God Of Thunder / I Still Love You / Black Diamond / Strutter / Rock And Roll All Nite

Monday, June 16, 2014

KISS Start Rehearsals For 40th Anniversary Summer Tour


KISS held their first day of rehearsals today for their upcoming summer tour dates with Def Leppard. The tour kicks off on June 23rd at the USANA Amphitheater in West Valley City, UT.

Thanks to Eric Singer's drum tech Paul Bassett for this photo.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Today In KISStory - 1996


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Today In KISStory - June 15, 1996: The original members of KISS play for the first time together in full make-up in front of an audience since December of 1979 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Laguna Hills, Ca. for the KROQ Weenie Roast.

Today In KISStory - 1979


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Today In KISStory - June 15, 1979: KISS kick off the Dynasty Tour at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.

The Dynasty Tour, also known as "The Return of KISS", was the first tour to feature the famous flying stunt by Gene Simmons. This was also the first tour to feature Ace's "lighted-guitar" and his rocket-shooting guitar, where after his "smoke" spewing guitar solo, the still smoking guitar would float up. As it was floating upward, he would appear with another guitar, aim the neck at the floating guitar, shoot the rockets and blow it up. A trick was designed for Paul that involved him putting on a headset and shooting a laser out of his left eye (to mock the effect seen in Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park the year before . After several run-throughs both Paul and Bill Aucoin said no to the idea, citing the danger involved.

The tour, dubbed "The Return Of KISS", also saw a decline in audience. Additional dates at the Pontiac Silverdome were cancelled. This was the last tour with Peter Criss on drums until 1996.

This tour is also famous for being the only tour to feature songs from all four members solo albums. Gene performed "Radioactive", Peter performed "Tossin and Turnin", Ace performed "New York Groove", and Paul performed "Move On". Gene and Peter's songs were replaced with more familiar songs early in the tour. Peter's song "Dirty Livin" was reportedly rehearsed, but never performed.

Ace Frehley stated in various interviews that Kiss was becoming a youth-oriented band. It was because kids were showing up dressed in costume and makeup for their shows along with their parents. As a result many teenage fans felt alienated and were turned off by the band.

Above is a short video of fan photos taken during that KISS show.

Friday, June 13, 2014

The FISH Army

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Mike MacDonald: "Here's a photo from a fishing supply store in Steveston B.C."

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Images: Woodfield's ‘Great KISS Off'


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Schaumburg's Woodfield Mall became the national epicenter of 1970s pop culture with a combined celebration of KISS and PDA (public display of affection). The "Great Kiss Off" of June 1974 was both a promotion for fans to come and meet the world's most theatrical rock and roll band, as well as an actual kissing contest that took an epic 114 hours and 1 minute.

See photo gallery HERE: http://bit.ly/1nvEjDm


Sunday, June 8, 2014

New 2015 KISS Calendar

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Celebrate the year like a rock star with this 2015 calendar featuring tour images of the band, including Starchild, The Demon, Spaceman and Catman. Calendar features a full-sized planning grid and is printed on a glossy paper stock suitable for pen and pencil note taking. 12" wide x 11" tall when closed and 12" wide x 22" tall when open.

Order HERE: http://amzn.to/1hxnGYy



KISS Face Tattoo

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Dany Sixx: "Hi! I am French and KISS fan since 1975 .. Here are my new tattoos on my face .... I am 51 years and saw KISS live for the first time May 22, 1976 in Paris ... Greetings and good luck! ! KI$$"

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Ace Frehley Talks About Recording 'Hotter Than Hell' And 'Dynasty' With KISS


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Ace Frehley talks about his work on two classic KISS  albums that are celebrating birthdays this year.

Friday, June 6, 2014

KISS Release "C'mon And Love Me" Lyric Video In Support Of 40th Anniversary Collection; Features LA KISS Cheerleaders


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In support of their 40th anniversary collection, KISS 40, the band have released a new lyric video for the classic "C'mon And Love Me", featuring the LA KISS cheerleaders. Watch below:

KISS 40 is a two-CD set featuring forty tracks spanning KISS' incredible forty-year recording career. This set includes one track from every major album release (studio, Alive & hits collections) plus three live selections from the 2000-era and features the band's biggest songs including rock and roll anthems such as "Detroit Rock City," "Love Gun," "Beth," "Rock And Roll All Nite," "Beth," "Psycho Circus," "Forever," "I Was Made For Lovin' You." "Lick It Up," "Heaven's On Fire" and "Hell or Hallelujah." First time commercial CD release live recordings of "Deuce" (from 2004 tour), "Cold Gin" (from 2009 Alive 35 tour), "Crazy Crazy Nights" (from 2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe tour) and the previously unreleased 1977 demo of "Reputation" round out the set for the KISS Army.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ace Frehley Talks About 'Space Invader' Album (Video)



 Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently spoke to Ultimate Classic Rock about his upcoming "Space Invader" album. "I think it's gonna be maybe a little heaver than [2009's] 'Anomaly'," he said. "I listened to my '78 solo album with 'New York Groove', my first solo record, and ['Space Invader'] has elements of everything from the past. I was trying to write songs with the fans in mind. Hopefully they're going to be pleasantly surprised."

"Space Invader", Ace's first new solo album in five years, will be released on June 24 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). The CD, which will be made available in Europe on July 7 through SPV/Steamhammer, will include at least nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker". This album is the first release under Frehley's new universal deal on eOne Music.

Regarding whether he had a problem singing "The Joker" — with its famous line about a "midnight toker" — Frehley, who has been sober seven years, tells Ultimate Classic Rock: "I'm not anti-drug. I can't do drugs or drink because I did too many. I blew it. But I'm not anti-drug, or anti-alcohol. Everybody should be able to do what they want to do. It's just that, if you have a problem with it, it's time to quit."

Asked what the songwriting process was like for "Space Invader", Frehley told Guitar World magazine: "You know, all my life I've never had a formula for writing songs. Sometimes it starts with a guitar riff, sometimes it's a lyrical idea or just a melody. Sometimes I wake up with an idea. There's no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I write on an acoustic, sometimes on a bass. There's a song on the new album called 'Into The Vortex'. It's a riff song, but I wrote it on a bass guitar. Why? Because I write differently with a bass guitar in my hand than an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. When I feel creative, I just sit down and start playing."

Regarding whether he was writing differently in the early days of KISS, Ace said: "Yes, I wasn't as structured as I am now. Even though I am not really structured — I'm at least cognizant of what's going on. [laughs] Back then it was more hit or miss — and when I hit, I hit big. You know, I go back and listen to my 1978 solo record, and it still holds up. My whole body of work that I've created over the years has withstood the test of time. I know that I still have the goods. And when this record gets released, everybody's gonna say, 'Well, Ace did it again.'"

Ace also spoke about the recording process for "Space Invader", telling Guitar World: "I did most of the recording at my friend's studio in Turlock, California, called the Creation Lab. Turlock is in the middle of nowhere — it's like a farming community — and that's why I loved it. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and there are absolutely no distractions when working at this place. You record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There's nothing else to do there, which means it's the perfect place for me to record. Plus, I like working with the least amount of people, and this studio is great because it's quiet and there aren't all kinds of people walking through. I did most of this record with just me and a drummer, Matt Starr. For a couple of songs I brought in Chris Wyse from THE CULT to play bass."

On the topic of whether there were things about 2009's "Anomaly" that he wanted to change with "Space Invader", Ace said: "I know that everyone is hoping that this album is heavier than the last one, and it is. I'm also doing an instrumental this time, called 'Starship', that isn't slow. It's a departure from the 'Fractured Mirror' style. It's more fast paced and has a lot of transitions in it."

The "Space Invader" cover artwork was created by Frehley's longtime friend, artist Ken Kelly, who designed the iconic cover art for two of KISS' best-selling LPs "Destroyer" (1976) and "Love Gun" (1977). Ken said: "It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace."

Kelly, who is also widely known for his paintings in the sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy subgenres, most notably for the Conan The Barbarian novels, continued: "I had spoken to Ace on a few occasions about the possibility, so I was delighted when it actually happened.

"I am very pleased with the results and proud to play a part of Ace's continuing successful career!"

Frehley added: "I've been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD cover for me and it has finally happened! I couldn't be more excited about the new 'Space Invader' cover, and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!"

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Ace Frehley Says He Has No Problem With Drug References in Steve Miller Cover


Some might find Ace Frehley‘s decision to cover the Steve Miller Band‘s ‘The Joker’ — with its famous line about a “midnight toker” — somewhat odd, considering his history with addiction.

But the former Kiss guitarist says he had no problem delivering the lyric. “I’m not anti-drug,” he tells Ultimate Classic Rock in the above video. “I can’t do drugs or drink because I did too many. I blew it. But I’m not anti-drug, or anti-alcohol. Everybody should be able to do what they want to do. It’s just that, if you have a problem with it, it’s time to quit.”

‘The Joker’ is part of Frehley’s upcoming album ‘Space Invader,’ the sixth solo effort in a career that goes back to his self-titled late-’70s debut while still with Kiss. Frehley’s most recent project was 2009′s well-received ‘Anomaly.’

“I think it’s going to be maybe a little heavier than ‘Anomaly,’” Frehley says of his new record. “I listened to my ’78 solo album with ‘New York Groove,’ my first solo record, and ['Space Invader'] has elements of everything from the past. I was trying to write songs with the fans in mind. Hopefully, they’re going to be pleasantly surprised.”

‘Space Invader,’ due on July 8, also features cover art from Ken Kelly, the artist who created the iconic imagery for Kiss’ ‘Destroyer‘ and ‘Love Gun‘ albums. Frehley has already issued an advance song from the project, ‘Gimme A Feelin.”

Read original story HERE.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

KISS Competition From Universal Music Japan


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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Today In KISStory - 2010


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Today In KISStory - June 3, 2010: KISS headline the Rock am Ring Festival at Nürburgring in Germany as part of their "Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour".

Set List:

Modern Day Delilah
Cold Gin
Let Me Go Rock N Roll
Say Yeah
Deuce
Crazy Nights
Calling Dr. Love
Shock Me
Tommy And Eric Jam
Im An Animal
100,000 Years
Gene Solo
I Love It Loud
Love Gun
Paul Solo
Black Diamond
Detroit Rock City
Beth
Lick It Up
Shout It Out Loud
God Gave Rock N Roll To You II
Rock N Roll All Nite

Here is video of KISS at Rock am Ring Festival in Nürburgring.



Monday, June 2, 2014

"The Original KISS Crew" Website Launches

www.theoriginalkisskrew.com

We proudly announce the launch of ‘theoriginalkisskrew.com”™ website.

On this site we will publish chapters from our upcoming hard cover book “The Original Kiss Krew – Out On The Streets”(c), a book that YOU the REAL Kiss fans have been waiting for. You’ll read stories of OUR experiences during the early days of working for, and helping to make Kiss The Hottest Band In The Land, told BY US in OUR OWN WORDS.

Periodically we will publish a number of chapters online, totaling a MINIMUM of 20 pages in each "edition". We will continue releasing these editions until we have released the COMPLETE book, totaling at least 200 pages, which we will then publish in HARD COVER printed format. Each of the online editions will be available for download for $3.50 PER EDITION, with the final HARD COVER book containing ALL online chapters/editions offered for purchase at $25 each. A select number of HARD COVER copies individually signed by Peter Oreckinto (Moose), J.R. Smalling & Rick Munroe will be offered for purchase at $40 each. Fans that have purchased 5 or more editions online will be able to purchase the Hard Cover book at a deeply discounted price. In addition to the previously released online editions, the Hard cover book will also contain never before seen photos and additional Bonus material.

Thanks for the love that you’ve shown us over the years. We look forward to sharing our stories with you.

Visit site HERE: www.theoriginalkisskrew.com

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