Thursday, December 31, 2009
KISS Live at Continental Airlines Arena, December 31, 1996/1997. Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve cut to live shots from the show and nationally televised. The show featured the band's performance of "Rock And Roll All Nite" which was actually filmed month's earlier from the Omni in Atlanta, GA. Here is "100,000 Years-"
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
2. KISS Sonic Boom – Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are the only original members of KISS left in the band, with Tommy Thayer taking on lead guitar duties and Eric Singer returning behind the drumkit, this time with the Catman’s facepaint. Many had doubts about the ability of the band to bring the rock, but those doubts quickly evaporated on the first listen of this disc. Sonic Boom is a return to the early 1980s sound for KISS – part hard rock, part pop – and it works just as well now as it did back then. Best song: “Never Enough.”
BLACK DIAMOND/Wachovia Center/Philadelphia/10-12-09:
SHOUT IT OUT LOUD/Madison Square Garden/New York City/10-11-09:
SAY YEAH/Atlanta/Phillips Arena/10-26-09:
11. Modern Day Delilah – KissFrom the 2009 album Sonic Boom. So, can Kiss still rack out the lines (music, that is)? Hell, yeah. A deceptively simple platform-booted anthem – but only Kiss could pull it off.
Check out the chart here:
Modern Day Delilah live from the Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA., 10/12/09:
1. Deuce - Live in Greenville (10-17-09) 2. Strutter - Live in Philadelphia (10-12-09) 3. Got to Chose - Live in Hampton (10-16-09) 4. Hotter Than Hell - Live in Little Rock (10-29-09) 5. Firehouse - Live in Winnipeg (11-09-09) 6. Nothin' To Loose - Live in Cleveland (09-28-09) 7. C'mon And Love Me - Live in Oshawa (10-07-09) 8. Parasite - Live in Boston (10-05-09) 9. She incl. Guitar Solo- Live in Cleveland (09-28-09) 10. Watchin' You - Live in Uncasville (10-03-09) 11. 100,000 Years incl. Drum Solo - Live in Minneapolis (11-07-09) 12. Black Diamond - Live in Oakland (11-22-09) 13. Cold Gin - Live in Detroit (09-25-09) 14. Rock And Roll All Nite - Live in Greenville (10-17-09) 15. Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll - Live in Anaheim (11-24-09) 16. Detroit Rock City - Live in Detroit (09-25-09) 17. King Of The Night Time World - Live in Uncasville (10-03-09) 18. Love Gun - Live in Atlanta (10-26-09) 19. Calling Dr. Love - Live in Birmingham (10-24-09) 20. Shock Me - Live in Fresno (11-21-09) 21. I Stole Your Love - Live in Montreal (10-01-09) 22. Shout It Out Loud - Live in Portland (11-17-09) 23. Modern Day Delilah - Live in Los Angeles (11-25-09) 24. I Love It Loud - Live in Hampton (10-16-09) 25. Lick It Up - Live in Pensacola (10-19-09) 26. Do You Love Me - Live in Seattle (11-15-09) 27. Say Yeah - Live in Atlanta (10-26-09)
Monday, December 28, 2009
He has played for MEAT LOAF during the Bat Out Of Hell tour, he has been responsible for the lead guitars on KISS classics such as 'Crazy, Crazy Nights' and 'God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You'. And now he will upgrade the value of Tobias Sammet's new AVANTASIA epic with his remarkable lead guitar sound: legendary KISS axeman Bruce Kulick.
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Thursday, December 24, 2009
During this episode Bruce discusses the making of his upcoming solo album BK3, the special guests that appear on the album which includes Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and John Corabi among others.
He also touches upon some of his favorite Kiss moments, the recording of several albums including Revenge and Carnival of Souls, dispels some rumors pertain to the recording of both albums, talks about his memories of Eric Carr, and his involvement in various Rock And Roll Fantasy Camps.
He also goes on to discuss his relationship with Paul Stanley and former members of the band Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, and Vinnie Vincent.
Throughout the episode you'll hear songs Bruce played on from Kiss, Union, and some of his solo work.
Mars Attacks! is a weekly radio show that airs exclusively on Bionic Strigl Radio Thursdays at 8PM EST / 5PM PST /2AM Friday CET (Replays Friday 4PM EST / 1PM PST / 10PM CET).
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Hard to say but it's a question. Why? TMZ reported Paul Stanley, his wife Erin and their kids out at Beverly Glen in Los Angeles yesterday. The video, shot yesterday 12/21, saw a short-haired, clean cut, Stanley, just as he looked when he did "Phantom of the Opera" in Toronto in 1999. Now why would Paul Stanley cut his hair when he has a KISS European tour in May? It's very possible he could play the "Phantom" in Vegas while KISS is on hiatus until May. There was much talk about this in the press a few months ago and again heated up in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun this past November. Stanley has a mulit-million dollar condo at the Palms.
“Yeah, I had been in Las Vegas, having meetings, and we’d discussed that. I’d played the role before (in the Toronto production), but for a lot of reason it wasn’t to be. I think it’s a great show. Terrific. I still intend on doing it on Broadway, but there are only so many hours in the day, you know?” Paul said in an interview with John Katsilometes November 22 when KISS played the Pearl Theatre at the Palms in Las Vegas in November.
The "PHANTOM - LAS VEGAS SPECTACULAR" is currently playing at the fantastic- The Venetian.http://www.phantomlasvegas.com/
PASADENA STAR NEWS
MONROVIA,CA. - Children at the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills discovered Monday that the Demon and the Catman aren't nearly as imposing without their makeup.
Gene Simmons and Eric Singer, also known respectively as the Demon and the Catman of the legendary rock band KISS, visited the club and signed autographs while imploring the kids to stay away from drugs and alcohol.
Though the lead singer and drummer of KISS didn't wear their patented white and black make-up, Simmons did oblige repeated requests to show his infamously long, slithering tongue.
"I would stick my tongue out, but look how dirty the floor is," Simmons told one child before relenting.
Simmons, who says he's never done drugs or
Eric Singer and Gene Simmons of rock band KISS visit Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills to sign autographs for the kids Monday December 21, 2009 .(SGVN/Staff Photo by Walt Mancini/SXCity) taken a sip of alcohol, told the children that original band members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were kicked out of the band three times for substance-abuse problems.
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The DVD features the iconic Spaceman talking about his life as a guitar player, including rare photos and video footage. Ace also gives in depth lessons for his KISS classics “Shock Me” and “Cold Gin.” The DVD includes an all-star jam session of Ace playing with George Lynch, John 5, Matt Sorum, Chris Wyse and Tommy Clufetos. Frehley says, “I haven’t done anything like this before, but liked what they were doing with the Behind The Player series. Jamming the tracks with the guys was a lot of fun.”
Ace Frehley Behind The Player will be available January 19th at music retailers and for digital download everywhere. In September, Frehley released his first solo album in nearly 20 years, Anomaly, which debuted top 30 on Billboard 200. Ace is currently on tour in Europe, and will be heading off to Australia in early 2010.
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By Jan Uhelszki (Photo by Justin Borucki)
Originally published in Guitar World, December 2009
He was the odd man out in Kiss, but Ace Frehley came into his own on his solo records. Twenty years since his last release, the original Space Ace returns to earth with Anomaly.
Ace Frehley strides purposefully into a sushi bar in North Hollywood, his bearing every inch the rock star. Dark glasses hide the strange downward cast of his eyes—an inheritance from his Dutch mother—and he sports a black beard that gives him the look of an inscrutable warlord, conferring a gravity and a self-assurance that he never had before, not even in 1977, when Kiss were named the most popular band in America by no less an authority than the Gallup Poll. “That gave me a sense of false confidence,” Frehley says of the honor. “For a while I believed that we were better than we were.”
At the time of our meeting, Frehley is just weeks from releasing Anomaly, his first solo album in more than 20 years, which will be issued in September on his own Bronx Born Records label. The new songs ripple with authority and radiate a sense of danger that recalls the wanton spirit and fire-breathing heat of his early years with Kiss. The track “Genghis Khan” is a Kashmiri nightmare wrought in guitar exotica, while the instrumental “Fractured Quantum” picks up the frenetic thread Frehley began on his self-titled 1978 solo debut and continued with on his subsequent records. Then there’s his indulgent cover of Sweet’s “Fox on the Run,” which recalls some of a rock band’s racier exploits. “Oh, I got my share,” Frehley says, when queried about Kiss’ body count.
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“We are very happy to present this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as they represent a great cross-section of artists that define the broad spectrum and history of rock and roll and people that have contributed immeasurably to our business” says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President & CEO Joel Peresman.
The performer inductees are: ABBA, GENESIS, JIMMY CLIFF, THE HOLLIES, THE STOOGES
The fans say it all. Thirty fives years later, Kiss is still selling records and selling out arenas and stadiums around the world. Kiss gives the fan their money's worth. Am I dissapointed? Sure. But Kiss still puts out for their fans, have changed the face of rock and roll (literally) and have changed it's members and it's look more than a few occassions. They still pump it out. The still give 200%. Kiss is Kiss and that's all that matters.
KISS GETS NO LOVE FROM ROCK HALL OF FAME
By Sean Daly, Times Pop Music Critic St. Petersburg Times
It's the tongue, isn't it?
For the 11th year in a row, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that barely respected barometer of musical achievement, has blatantly snubbed Gene Simmons and Kiss for induction into its sort-of-hallowed establishment.
What gives?! Has the Hall's small, totally biased nominating board — including Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, who's more of a Dylan/Springsteen guy anyway — never driven down a highway in a rusted Camaro cranking Detroit Rock City while eating a six-pack of chalupas?
It's called life, gang. You should try it some time. Heck, in a recent interview, Simmons intimated that he bedded my mother — and I still think he and his glam progenitors deserve to be in!
Instead, the Hall will welcome Swedish disconauts ABBA, prog-pop's Genesis, reggae star Jimmy Cliff, Brit harmonizers the Hollies and Midwestern punks the Stooges as 2010 inductees. That's a swell list, but it's not very dramatic —unless you're wagering whether the Stooges' Iggy Pop will wear a shirt to the festivities or Peter Gabriel will return to Genesis to give Phil Collins a noogie.
If Kiss is feeling blue, the guys should call Iggy, who knows all about HOF malaise: "We've been rejected seven times," he told Rolling Stone. "It started to feel like Charlie Brown and the football. I had about two hours of a strong emotional reaction after hearing the news. It felt like vindication. Then I kind of scratched my head and thought, 'Am I still cool? Or is that over now?' "
The glitzy, ritzy HOF ceremony will take place March 15 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Nonperformer inductees include record exec David Geffen and songwriting partners Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
With the Hollies getting in, that means Graham Nash is now a double-inductee — while the men who gave us Christine Sixteen are sitting on the sidelines. Somewhere Paul Stanley is crying on his exposed nipples. And I don't blame him at all.
After ignoring the fire-spewin', blood-spittin' Kiss for 10 years, the Hall nominated the hard-luck men for 2010 inclusion. But alas, it was just a tease. Suddenly, Lick It Up sounds a lot like taps.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Check out preview clips from Ace Frehley's "Behind the Player" DVD at this location.Get your copy at Guitar Center or http://www.imvdvd.com/.
Due to Inclement Weather Show to be rescheduled for summer 2010Los Angeles, CA. December 13, 2009 - KISS and AEG Live regretfully announce that the Tuesday, December 15th sold-out KISS performance at the Essar Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario will have to be postponed due to severe weather conditions between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the band is performing tonight, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario."While our attitude is always 'the show must go on,' the safety of our crew and drivers has to be our first priority," said KISS' manager Doc McGhee. "Concerns about unsafe driving conditions between the two cities cannot be ignored.
"The Sault Ste. Marie KISS show will be rescheduled as part of the band's summer 2010 tour. Tickets for the December 15th show may be used for the rescheduled summer show or refunded at the point of purchase.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Here are the the signed prints
that are available for pre-prder:
Michael Doret and KISS are now accepting Pre-Orders for the much anticipated Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of cover art for “Rock and Roll Over” and “Sonic Boom.” These fine art editions of giclées are limited to only 250 prints per edition. By clicking on the album titles,
the link will take you directly to the art prints ordering page in the Kiss store.They are the most faithful incarnations you will ever see of this art—and you will never again see the color reproduced with more clarity and intensity.The printed images are oversized at 20″ square and printed on 25″ square archival “Museo Textured Rag” Digital Watercolor paper. Each Limited Edition print is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by artist Michael Doret.
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Friday, December 11, 2009
Los Angeles, CA (Billboard Publicity Wire), December 9, 2009 -- In the spirit of the KISS Army, when the ABC hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" told legendary rockers KISS (http://www.kissonline.com/) about a family of needy KISS fans in Gainesville, Florida, who started a home-based, non-profit music school while their own home is falling down around them, the band heeded the call and launched the offense during their Tulsa stop on their North American KISS/Alive 35 tour.
Tobin and Jill Wagstaff, a couple with four children, operate Studio Percussion, Inc., a school that currently serves about 200 people, half of which receive financial aid or a full scholarship. The non-profit school can only afford to pay Tobin, 29, a salary, so Jill, 32, must also work as a pre-school teacher to help pay the bills. Their utter devotion to their family, school, and community leaves little time and resources to tend to their home that is in dire need of repair. The floors and rooftops are completely rotting away and the electrical system throughout the house is faulty.
In just seven days, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team leader Ty Pennington, the design team, and the Gainesville community are rebuilding their home while the show sent the family on a surprise rock and roll vacation.
The Wagstaff Family, who are huge KISS fans, flew to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to meet the band who played at the BOK Center in Tulsa on December 8 as part of their North American KISS/Alive 35 tour in support of Sonic Boom, their first album in 11 years.
The next morning KISS and The Wagstaff Family, on behalf of Gibson and Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a non-profit music group, met at the Wilson Middle School in Tulsa to present $100,000 in instruments from Gibson to the school as well as their own school back home in Florida. Some of the students at the school in Tulsa even donned the famous KISS make up to show their support.
The KISS episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is scheduled to air in March/April, 2010.
Michael Doret and KISS are now accepting Pre-Orders for the much anticipated Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of cover art for “Rock and Roll Over” and “Sonic Boom.” These fine art editions of giclées are limited to only 250 prints per edition. By clicking on the album titles,
They are the most faithful incarnations you will ever see of this art—and you will never again see the color reproduced with more clarity and intensity.
The printed images are oversized at 20″ square and printed on 25″ square archival “Museo Textured Rag” Digital Watercolor paper. Each Limited Edition print is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by artist Michael Doret. The prints are available for purchase exclusively through www.KissOnline.com.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Caleb Starr, principal at Wilson, said producers from "Extreme Makeover" approached him with an offer of free musical instruments from Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation as part of an upcoming edition of the show.
"They're rebuilding the home of a music teacher and his wife," said Starr, "and the teacher wanted to give musical instruments to a school in need. They asked if we would be interested and we jumped on the opportunity."
A bus carrying the music teacher's family, KISS members and show producers arrived at Wilson, 1127 S. Columbia Ave., at 10 a.m. The group took a tour of the band room and surveyed the dilapidated musical instruments with Wilson music teacher Doug Scott. KISS frontman Paul Stanley, a passionate supporter of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, went from classroom to classroom gathering students to become face-painted members of a KISS mini army. The event-filled day culminated with a KISS/"Extreme Makeover"/Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation rally where KISS formally presented the instruments.
If you ever play Six Degrees of Bruce Kulick, the former KISS/current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist's résumé will keep you happily busy for hours. Having been tapped by artists as diverse as Meat Loaf and Kanye West, the veteran axeman's boundless creative energy permeates his third solo LP, BK3. In the works for nearly six years and produced by Jeremy Rubolino, BK3 delivers explosive hard rock arrangements and addictive pop melodies that honor both Kulick's singular past and bright future. And then there's the jaw-dropping guest list, boasting members of KISS, the Knack, Toto, Mötley Crüe and more.
"Bruce was to KISS what Ronnie Wood is to the Stones," says Rocket Science GM & Fanboy Enterprises A&R executive Ken Gullic. "The new guy to one generation, and the long standing stable horse to another.
"After getting his solo feet wet with 2001's Audio Dog and 2003's Transformer, Kulick - the often unheralded driving force on 12 years of classic KISS records, from 1984's Animalize to 1992's Revenge - assembled his own rock 'n' roll dream team. The roster: KISS icon Gene Simmons and up-and-coming son Nick (each vocally appearing separately), longtime friend John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Kulick's own Union), Knack mainman Doug Fieger, Toto axe authoritarian Steve Lukather, Edguy power metal stalwart Tobias Sammet and even current KISS drummer Eric Singer.
"Many albums lack cohesion with different vocalists, but I know that my guitar playing is the glue on BK3," Kulick says. "There was the clear goal of making absolutely the best record that I could put together. I feel like this is my Revenge."
BK3 will be released February 2nd on Fanboy /Rocket Science Ventures.
Bruce's official site: http://www.kulick.net/
Bruce's new album "BK3" will be available for the first time at these shows!
The printed images are oversized at 20″ square and printed on 25″ square archival “Museo Textured Rag” Digital Watercolor paper. Each Limited Edition print is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by artist Michael Doret. The prints are available for purchase exclusively through KissOnline.com.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TULSA
By JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene
We know where KISS is staying while in town.
And now you do, too.
Band members Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Paul Stanley are staying at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa through Wednesday, sources confirm.
The band also performs tonight at the BOK Center in Tulsa as part of its world tour.
On Wednesday, the band will address fans and sign items for display in the casino during a press conference at 4 p.m. at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel.
It is free and open to the public, and fans are welcome to bring cameras for pictures and more, said Kelli Brewer, public relations manager for Cherokee Nations Entertainment, which handles
PR for the casino.
The rock act will be in full costume and makeup, too, she said.
The event will be at the grand lobby entrance of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, at the junction of I-44 South 193rd East Avenue. For more information, call 384-7800.
TULSA, OK -- Legendary rock band KISS is visiting Tulsa's Wilson Middle School on Wednesday to shoot a segment of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
"I can't believe what all they have planned," said Caleb Starr, principal at Wilson. "This is going to be an amazing experience for the kids and the adults."
Starr said producers from Extreme Makeover approached him with an offer of free musical instruments from Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation as part of an upcoming edition of the show.
"They're rebuilding the home of a music teacher and his wife," said Starr, "and the teacher wanted to give musical instruments to a school in need. They asked if we would be interested, and we jumped on the opportunity."
Starr said he was thrilled to learn KISS would be at the school to formally present the 40 new musical instruments to Wilson students, including violins, trumpets, saxophones and flutes.
Students are also getting their faces painted just like the members of KISS.
According to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation web site, the organization donates both new and refurbished instruments to school and after-school music programs that lack the resources to keep up with equipment loss due to attrition, depreciation and wear over time.
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Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer are back together for the KISS Alive 35 tour which rocked the Frank Erwin Center Friday night December 4, 2009 in Austin, Texas. After selling more than a 100 million albums worldwide, the makeup has come back on and they're touring their new album Sonic Boom. The Frank Erin Center was almost sold out and there was a mixed crowd of young and middle aged fans. Oddly enough I did not see many KISS face-paintings on the audience members this time.
Come 9 p.m., the giant curtain with the KISS logo came down to a screaming audience, large clouds of white smoke rolled off the stage making way for Paul, Gene and Tommy! Eric Singer, the drummer was safely perched high on top of the 12 feet tall KISS logo, making him nearly invisible to my camera. It was great to hear some good old fashion rock-n-roll, no drum machines, backup singers or endless stage dancers to distract the crowd from the actual music. There were of course the 30 feet tall flames of fire shooting up from the stage, fire works explosions and Paul's fire spewing guitar, layers of white make-up, black leather galore, and the iconic platform boots.
In addition to playing their mega hits such as Calling Dr. Love and Detroit Rock City they played songs such as Modern Day Delilah and Say Yeah form their new album Sonic Boom. Which, according to Paul Stanley, we should "run out and get from our nearest Walmart." This was one of the strangest on stage endorsements I have heard lately. The new songs have the classic rock-n-roll sound that will be loved by both the KISS aficionados and new fans alike. Judging from the enthusiastic, alcohol filled, yelling and screaming audience, classic rock-n-roll is ALIVE AND WELL, at least in Austin.
GENE SIMMONS AUTOGRAPH SIGNING
IN NEW YORK CITY
KISSOnline reports: One Grand Prize winner will win an autographed copy of the KISS Kompendum and a copy of the new KISS album, Sonic Boom. Four runners-up will receive a free copy of the KISS Kompendum.
Click here to see complete rules and enter the contest.
KISS singer bassist GENE SIMMONS has scheduled a signing session for the new official 1,280-page comic book KISS Kompendium, on December 17th at 12:30 PM at Borders (Manhattan, Columbus Circle) in New York City. Further details at this location.
You can view the video via the links below:
by Michaelangelo Matos/A.V. Club
Pictured: Larry Harris and Gene
Larry Harris broke into the record business in 1971 when his cousin, Buddah Records bigwig Neil Bogart, gave him a shot at local radio promotion—Harris became Bogart’s right-hand man. He moved with Bogart from New York to Los Angeles in 1973 to co-found the legendary Casablanca Records, which later expanded to include a movie company that produced The Deep, Midnight Express, and Thank God It’s Friday, the lattermost essentially a 90-minute ad for the record label. Casablanca at its height hardly needed the exposure: Its signings included Kiss, Parliament, Donna Summer, Cher, and The Village People, as well as the early comedy records of Robin Williams. Casablanca was also notoriously profligate, spending lavishly and doing whatever it took to appear luxuriantly successful—something that was seldom the case on paper. The company typified late-’70s excess: drugs, especially cocaine and Quaaludes, proliferated. Employees were having sex on desktops (sometimes with help from the musicians), when Bogart wasn’t setting fire to them. And until co-owner and distributor PolyGram stepped in to put the overspending to a halt, free-flowing finances were the order of the day.
All this is detailed in no-holds-barred fashion in Harris’ new memoir, And Party Every Day: The Inside Story Of Casablanca Records, co-written with Curt Gooch and Jeff Suhs. The most dirt-filled music book since Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt, And Party Every Day is always entertaining and frequently jaw-dropping, from Harris’ description of acting as runner for an enormous amount of cocaine for Curtis Mayfield and several female hotel guests during the Buddah days to tales of calling his own positions on the Billboard charts. The A.V. Club spoke with Harris over lunch at a deli in midtown Manhattan about Gene Simmons’ business acumen, George Clinton’s drug habits, wet T-shirt contests, and much, much more.
The A.V. Club: Leaving aside the obvious question of your age, if we were conducting this interview in 1978, how would it be different?
Larry Harris: Well, Casablanca would be riding the wave, especially in 1978. Disco was king. Kiss was still huge—they’re pretty big now, but not huge like they were. And I’d probably be slurring on Quaaludes.
I sent it to some publishers, and they said “No.” Then I got a call from Lydia Criss, [Kiss drummer] Peter Criss’ wife, who’d written a book three years ago called Sealed With A Kiss. It’s this six-pound, 1,500 pictures, unbelievable book. There were a couple pictures they didn’t know the people in. So her co-writers [Gooch and Suhs] got in contact with me. I said, “By the way, I’ve got a book I wrote.” Doesn’t everybody? I sent them my draft, and asked if they wanted to work on it with me. Even after they touched it up a little, still—nobody. We talked to people who were 22—never heard of Casablanca, never heard of Donna Summer. Then this guy at Backbeat Books, Mike Edison. Of all the artists we had, he was a Parliament fan. That’s how we got the deal.
Nearly a decade after its farewell tour, the larger-than-life, greasepaint, leather and platform-wearing quartet still stomps out hits. Big time.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
KISS ALIVE/35 box set recordings from on the 2009 US tour.
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BROKEN ARROW, OK -- A famous rock-n-roll band has turned a Broken Arrow computer designer into a behind-the-scenes star.
KISS will play the BOK Center on December 8 as part of their 35th anniversary tour. One of the stars of the show has called Oklahoma home his entire life.
When KISS performs in Tulsa on Tuesday, fans won't just be staring at the legendary tongue of Gene Simmons, but they'll also be enjoying the animation of a Broken Arrow computer designer. Kyle Stauffer designed all of the video that goes along with the music.
"Kind of like mini music videos that play, you know, behind all the songs, the eye candy and flashy colors and pretty images," said Kyle Stauffer, KISS designer.
All the flashy images were designed by Stauffer in his living room.
Read the rest here http://www.newson6.com/Global/story.asp?S=11634618
Monday, December 7, 2009
KISS MASK is seeking contributors to cover the KISS-SONIC BOOM OVER EUROPE TOUR coming in May 2010.
If you are interested and can write, please contact me J. Frank Hagan @ Kissmask8895@aol.com . Please put "Contribute" in the subject matter. If you are Kiss Website/Fanzine, please drop us a line. We are also seeking photographers who are shooting KISS in Euope. If you have worked previously for another Kiss fanzine or website, please indicate the in your email. Also, if you have written reviews in the past, please feel free to forward them to us. Submissions used will recieve full content and photo credit.
We will have reporters throughout Europe so if you're going to be there, get involved with The KISS MASK Webzine.
Since KISS MASK was denied a photo-pass to shoot KISS on this year's KISS ALIVE/35 US tour, a first in years scine we've photographed shows since 1988, we need photographers. It amazes me how some Kiss fan sites lay dormat for a very long time,yet when a Kiss album/tour comes around, they spring back up. It shows who's the REAL fans are!Give us a SHOUT IT OUT LOUD if you're interested in contributing to one the most accurate, dedicated and entertianing Kiss Fan Webzine on the net!
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December 17, 2009 12:30 PM
Manhattan - Columbus Circle - Borders 10 Columbus CircleNew York, NY 10019
KISS Kompendium is an eye-popping compilation of the previously out-of-print Stan Lee Marvel comic book adventures of the legendary heavy metal band, as well as the famed Psycho Circus and Dark Horse editions and KISS's own KISStory. Only copies of KISS Kompendium purchased at Borders will be signed. Contact Borders for complete event details and guidelines.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Since KISS MASK was denied a photo-pass to shoot KISS on this year's KISS ALIVE/35 US tour, a first in years scine we've photographed shows since 1988, we need photographers.
It amazes me how some Kiss fan sites lay dormat for a very long time,yet when a Kiss album/tour comes around, they spring back up. It shows who's the REAL fans are!
Give us a SHOUT IT OUT LOUD if you're interested in contribution to on the most accurate, dedicated and entertianing Kiss Fan Webzine on the net!
Rocket Science not only handles Ace, but will also handle Bruce Kulick's new CD, "BK3" as it apporaches it's release in February.
KISS "SAY YEAH" from Saskatoon, Canada, 10/11/2009-
Vancouver, BC., 11/14/09.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
GENE TO APPEAR ON "I GET THAT A LOT!"/the Live Feed
CBS is bringing back its celebrity-filled prank special "I Get That a Lot," where famous faces work menial jobs and confuse unsuspecting customers.
This next edition features, according to the press release, "Julie Chen, Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg, Rachael Ray, Gene Simmons and Tony Hawk." (Yup, Les Moonves' wife was listed first. Somebody in the PR department knows on which side their bread is buttered.)
The first installment aired on April Fools of last year and drew a stunning 3.4 rating with no lead-in. What's surprising is how long its taken for CBS to air another installment (heck, if this aired on NBC, it would have taken over the network's whole 8 p.m. hour). "Get That a Lot" returns Wednesday, Jan. 6.
KISS feature on "Leute Heute" ("People Today") for German TV filmed from the Honda Center, Anaheim, CA., 11/24/09-
KISS feature on the KISS ALIVE! banner that was the backcover from KISS ALIVE! from Cobo Hall, night two-
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Speedin' Back To My Baby
Love Her All I Can
Fox On The Run
New York Groove
Foxy & Free
Shout It Out Loud
Ross Haflin recently photographed Kiss' Los Angeles gig and wrote about his experience on his blog. You can check out Ross' photos, his site and his blog at http://www.rosshaflin.com/ .
Here is an excerpt from Ross' blog-
November 19 -In Los Angeles to shoot, if I have my way, some Kiss.
November 20 -Spoke to Paul Stanley and thinking about it after, I realized he REALLY is a fine man. He returns phone calls, emails and if he says he's going to do something he does it. I like him a great deal. He invited Peter and I to Fresno tomorrow.
November 21 -FRESNO, YOU WANTED THE BEST YOU GOT THE BEST - THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD - KISS! They were EXCITING. If I could pick one show I enjoyed the most this year it's KISS. It has everything you pay to go to see. You come away HAPPY and I think that is why you go out - to have a good time.I took Peter and met up with Paul and Gene and flew up late afternoon. Paul described Gene as Christopher Columbus - very funny...Shot the soundcheck with the band playing Funk 49, with Evan Stanley on lead guitar. Shot reportage and the show with the help of new assistant, Evan Stanley, now trading guitar for camera bag. New stage set, no monitors in the way, clean and wide with a split video screen, modern and fresh. The stage had no clutter, the Kiss logo is on the stage floor. In Detroit Rock City the band freeze for about thirty seconds before Armageddon erupts. It is a great ending.
November 22 -In the early hours as I get back to my hotel I see Joe Perry with John Bionelli, who looked preoccupied and bored. I am just falling asleep at 3.30am when my phone rings with a voice singing 'SAY YEAH! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.' it is John. 'They've all gone to bed, WHAT WAS THE SHOW LIKE?' John then tells me what the show's like. 'You haven't seen it!' 'I have, I watch them every night on YOUTUBE! Let's meet for breakfast and you can show me Kiss photos...'Had Sunday lunch with a starstruck John Bionelli, watching Paul Stanley and family have brunch on the next table. Paul gave me one of his paintings for my girlfriend (she loves his art).
November 23 -Drove to Anaheim where Joe Perry was playing the House Of Blues. John Bionelli was sweating doing the set list. He moaned 'If only they played like Kiss, they could blow up the House Of Blues.' John is distraught as Joe Perry is playing the same nights as Kiss are in LA and Las Vegas. 'This is torture!' John even came to my room to watch Detroit Rock City on Youtube.
November 24 -Back to Anaheim for Kiss - just like in the old days Kiss destroy Anaheim. I was invited to shoot Wolfmother at the Wiltern which I was tempted to do but John Bionelli would have never looked me in the face again. 'YOU DID WOLFMOTHER OVER KISS?' he would hate me...The drive from hell on the freeway. Got there at 6pm. Did a set up with lighting backstage. I haven't done this for ages, at least since, ermmm, Sunday. It was good. Kiss know why they are doing this and give you a hundred per cent of what you need and want. Shooting the show was hard, the pit was only a couple of feet wide so it was like shooting up between their legs getting pictures of armour- plated testicles. I did okay towards the end of the show - shot half from the mixing desk. But I preferred it up close next to the mayhem.
November 25 -Get back to the hotel at 2am, see John - he asks me for my Kiss set list to frame. I give him it. He looks disappointed, 'You could have got them to sign it!' I bid him farewell - he calls after me 'They need to play God Of Thunder!'I sleep for three hours then get up, turn on the tv and watch the news with the queues and chaos at LAX airport. For those of you not American, this is the worst day to travel this year - everyone does. I think I can't face it, I'm flying to Chicago then on to London plus tomorrow the flights will be empty - decide to stay in LA.As I'm still here it was off to the Staples Center for Kiss, it was good to shoot again. I got a couple of perfect jumping shots of Paul Stanley, plus Gene breathing fire and dripping blood. This was the best Kiss show of the three - not that Kiss have bad shows. I even had a bit of Thanksgiving turkey after the show.