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Fund for Liam Sweeney

A fund has been set up for KISS/Newcastle fan Liam Sweeney and John Adler who both lost thier lives on MH17. if you wanted to donate you can do so here: http://www.gofundme.com/brx6wk

Funds will be split between the Bobby Robson Foundation and a Marie Curie hospice.

 

 

RIP Liam Sweeney

Please spare a thought for Liam Sweeney who lost his life on flight MH17 yesterday. He has been in several papers today sporting a KISS t-shirt, Liam was on his way to New Zealand to watch Newcastle United play.

RIP to Liam and the 297 others.

Thanks to Julian Davies for letting me know.

Vegas Residency

At last, the long rumoured KISS residency in Vegas has been announced! They will be playing 9 dates at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in November where they will use a scaled down version of the spider stage from the current tour. In Pauls words from USA Today "We will pack 10 pounds of gunpowder into a 5-pound bag"!

The dates are as follows:
Nov 5
Nov 7
Nov 8
Nov 12
Nov 14
Nov 15
Nov 19
Nov 22
Nov 23

KISS concert live on Yahoo!

Yahoo! Screen will begin broadcasting concerts for free shortly as part of a 365 day line-up of shows. As part of this they will be showing a KISS concert live from Charlotte on the 19th July (00:00 on the 20th here in the UK).

You can watch the show over on Yahoo Screen Live

Set list from Utah

The first of the KISS/Def Leppard shows took place in Utah last night,  Hide Your Heart is a very welcome addition to the 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  

Check out KOTNTW opening the show (from Keith Leroux)

Live Your Life In Shame - Tribute video

Press Release: Swedish old school rockers The Gloria Story holds Kiss as one of their main influences. This year marks Kiss 40:th anniversary. It is also the year that Kiss finally got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Gloria Story's song "Live your Life in Shame" is all about "life as a Kiss-fan". It's packed with Kiss-references and is nothing short of an homage to one of the greatest rock-groups of all time. The video - filled with flames, girls, action and a lot of KISSING - is released on the same day as Kiss kicks off their 40:th anniversary tour together with Def Leppard - June 23. The "Live your Life in Shame-video" is The Gloria Story's way of saying: "Thank you Kiss for the music during 40 years of Rock and Roll, and congratulations on the RARHOF induction".

"Live your life in Shame" is the third single from THE GLORIA STORY's album BORN TO LOSE (2013) - available from Sound Pollution Distribution on CD, Digital and Vinyl-LP. The video is produced by Snowbox Studios, Petter Björnlund

The video on YOUTUBE: http://youtu.be/-FNx480ZV_I

KISS 40 / LA KISS C'mon & Love me Promo

Check out this promo video of C'mon & Love Me video for KISS 40 / LA KISS.

KISS Kruise with Cruise Kings (UK)

Press release from UK cruise company Cruise Kings:-

28 October 2014, 8 nights
Onboard Norwegian Pearl
Balcony Stateroom from £2199 per person

Join KISS on their third KISS Kruise on board Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl.
Rock with the loudest bands on Earth, with exclusive performances on land and sea, onboard themed parties and activities with each of the band members!

KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time with more than thirty years of record-breaking worldwide tours, recording 37 albums selling over 100 million albums across the globe. Their career milestones to date are staggering and the KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation, across all ages, races and faiths.

The devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the "Hottest Band in the World" is a testament to the band's unbreakable bond with its fans.
Now you can be part of this fantastic experience with this amazing Cruise and Stay package from CruiseKings!
You’ll stay in Miami for 2 nights before joining the Halloween pre-party on the 30th and setting sail on the 31st of October through to the 4th of November, aboard the mighty Norwegian Pearl. 

The KISS Kruise Pre-Party*
The pre-party is THE place for you to connect with other KISS Kruisers the night before the cruise and is open ONLY to guests sailing on KISS Kruise IV in 2014.*
This allows you to check in a day early for your cruise and enjoy a pre-party that rocks…and floats!

Check in will be open until 5:00pm on Thursday October 30th before the ship sets sail in the evening for the pre-party, out on the ocean with live music by supporting bands, onboard casino and bars.
CHEAP TRICK will be one of the bands set to ROCK the Pre-Party night!!!
The ship will then come back in to port to pick up any additional guests the next morning.
You will have the added bonus of already being unpacked and settled AND you’ll get to sleep in while the others are boarding!

Current line-up
KISS + around a dozen more acts still to be announced – see www.thekisskruise.com for further updates!

Holiday Price includes:

  • Return flights from the UK
  • 2 night stay in Miami
  • Admission to the KISS Kruise Pre-Party
  • Admission to the Epic indoor KISS rock show (for double occupancy only)
  • KISS island concert, acoustic and unmasked
  • KISS Q&A
  • KISS pre-autographed commemorative item (per guest)
  • A "Dressed to Kill" photo with KISS, for you and your cabin mates
  • Round trip cruise from the Port of Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas
  • All meals and non-carbonated beverages (i.e. tea, juices, coffee).
  • Use of the ship's facilities including the disco, casino, health and fitness centre and swimming pools** all with plenty of deck space to enjoy a cocktail and great music.
  • Norwegian Splash Academy and Entourage facilities and activities for children.***
  • Taxes, fees and port charges


Show Admission
All guests will have tickets to one of two main stage KISS shows indoor.
All other shows will be general admission for all guests, inclusive of one no-make-up show with KISS at Great Stirrup Cay.

Full details on the Cruise Kings website

KISS 40

KISS 40 was released last week and is available now from Amazon: "2CD 2014 anthology spanning 1973-2013 featuring one track off every album including live LP's & their 1978 solo releases! Also includes previously unreleased 1977 demo 'Reputation' + 20-page booklet.".

Whist many of you will already have all the studio tracks, there are some nice live tracks that are worth downloading separately for 99p each.

Disc 1:
1. Nothin' To Lose (Album Version) Kiss 3:22    
2. Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll (Album Version) Kiss 2:13
3. C'mon And Love Me (Album Version) Kiss 2:54
4. Rock And Roll All Nite (Live From Detroit, MI/1975) Kiss 3:59
5. God Of Thunder (Demo Version) Kiss 2:54
6. Beth (Album Version) Kiss 2:44
7. Hard Luck Woman (Album Version) Kiss 3:31
8. Reputation (Demo) Kiss 5:38
9. Christine Sixteen (Album Version) Kiss 3:09
10. Shout It Out Loud (Live At The L.A. Forum/1977/Edited) Kiss 3:25
11. Strutter '78 Kiss 3:40
12. You Matter To Me Peter Criss 3:13
13. Radioactive Gene Simmons 3:50
14. New York Groove (Album Version) Ace Frehley 2:59
15. Hold Me, Touch Me (Think Of Me When We're Apart) Paul Stanley 3:37
16. I Was Made For Lovin' You (Single Mix) Kiss 3:59
17. Shandi (Album Version) Kiss 3:34
18. A World Without Heroes (Album Version) Kiss 2:36
19. I Love It Loud (Album Version) Kiss 4:12
20. Down On Your Knees (Album Version) Kiss 3:26
21. Lick It Up (Album Version) Kiss 3:52
22. Heaven's On Fire Kiss 3:16
 
Disc 2:
1. Tears Are Falling Kiss 3:52
2. Reason To Live Kiss 3:58
3. Let's Put The X In Sex (Album Version) Kiss 3:47
4. Forever (Album Version) Kiss 3:50
5. God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II (Album Version) Kiss 5:19
6. Unholy (Live/1992) Kiss 3:31
7. Do You Love Me (Live From MTV Unplugged/1995) Kiss 3:14
8. Room Service (Live In Davenport, Iowa/1975) Kiss 3:36
9. Jungle (Radio Edit) Kiss 4:52
10. Psycho Circus (Album Version Without Intro) Kiss 4:49
11. Nothing Can Keep Me From You Kiss 4:03
12. Detroit Rock City (Live/2003) The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 4:42
13. Deuce (Live From Burgettstown, PA /2004) Kiss 3:49
14. Firehouse (Live At B.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver/1999) Kiss 3:51
15. Modern Day Delilah Kiss 3:35
16. Cold Gin (Live From Detroit, MI/2009) Kiss 5:30
17. Crazy Crazy Nights (Live/2010) Kiss 4:07
18. Hell Or Hallelujah

 

 

Through The Keyhole - Gene Simmons

Yep, you read that right, Gene has let Keith Lemon run riot through his mansion!  Not yet sure when it will be aired, but Gene confirmed it via Twitter last week. You can be sure that Gene's KISS room will be featured.

Thanks to Nige for the info.

The Dead Daisies join KISS tour

Australian/US band 'The Dead Daisies' have been added to the August leg of the KISS/Def Leppard tour of the USA.
 
The Dead Daisies are a classic rock band for the modern age with some big hitters in their line-up. Current Guns N Roses members Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reid, one of Australias greatest rock singers Jon Stevens, Marco Mendoza and Brian Tichy of Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake and the guy who started them off, Australian guitarist David Lowy make up this stellar line-up.
 
So far the band have toured the UK, Australia and the USA as part of the Rockstar Uproar festival as well as opening for Aerosmith and ZZ Top.
 
Their debut single 'Lock N Load' which featured Slash on guitar made Classic Rock magazines top 20 songs of 2013 and was also featured by Rolling Stone magazine as their 'track of the Day' in October last year.

Vote Gene Simmons as Tweeter of the year!

Gene Simmons is up for 'Tweeter of the year' in the Kerrang awards! You can vote online here: http://www.kerrang.com/awards/

Competition Winners

The Face The Music competition has now closed and winners have been drawn, they can now be viewed here.

Well done to those that won, your prize will be sent direct from the UK publishers, Harper Collins, massive thanks to them for providing the prizes.

A fair few of you got the question about Paul's early band wrong and selected "Wicked Jester" as your answer (it wasn't a typo!), if you'd read the review you would have spotted the answer was Post War Baby Boom.

Face The Music Competition - Part 3!

For your final chance to win a copy of Face the Music, simply follow these simple steps on Twitter:-

  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Tweet us the name of your favourite Paul Stanley song AND include the hash tag #FaceMusicComp and @kissinuk
  • eg: "@kissinuk Love Her All I Can #FaceMusicComp"

Full details of how to enter can be found here.

KISS Concert - Sky Arts

KISS Monster World Tour: Live from Europe is on Sky Arts 1 and HD on Saturday 26th April 2014 at 9pm. It was also be repeated twice on Sunday 27th at 3:50am and 9:30am. It's the show from Zurich which was recorded last year.

Thanks to both Darren & Dean for the info.

Face The Music Competition - Part 2!

For another chance to win a copy of the superb Face the Music, simply follow these simple steps:-

  • Like our Facebook page
  • AND post the name of your favourite Paul Stanley song on our wall (or message it to us in private if you prefer)

Don't forget you can also enter via this site, tomorrow there will be a third chance to win a copy via Twitter. Please help spread the word by sharing the competition link on Facebook (not required to enter though).

Face The Music Competition - Part 1!

Thanks to Harper Collins (UK)  we have 5 copies of the excellent new Paul Stanley biography - Face The Music - to give away.

There will be 3 chances to win, the first of which is on this site, the 2nd & 3rd will be released over the next few days and will use our Facebook & Twitter feeds. You can enter all 3!

For your first chance to win, simply answer the question on the following page.
Click here to enter Part 1!

KISS on Tonight Show

KISS will be on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night (14th) on CNBC at 11PM (Sky 505). This will be repeated over the next couple of weeks.

[Edit] sorry for the late notice on this, it was supposed to be published on Monday.

 

BBC World Service

We were called earlier by the producer of the Ros Atkins show on BBC World Service asking us to comment on the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Lasted all of a few minutes but it's online if you wanted to catch it. As promised they did tweet a link to Love Gun afterwards!

Click here to hear it on SoundCloud

Pre-HOF interview with Ace

Check out this great pre-HOF interview with Ace with @artiequitter (Artie Lange):-

Part 2:-

InTheStudio interview

Just been sent this press release regarding a Paul & Gene interview with @RedBeardRocks :

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley Share Best Of KISS InTheStudio
On Eve Of Rock Hall Induction

Dallas, TX - April 1, 2014.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the ‘Best of’ KISS on the eve of their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

There are a flurry of new developments in the now forty year saga of KISS,including new catalog albums being released, a 40th anniversary tour starting this Summer, and finally the long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Regardless of whether you think the frottage foursome are rock gods or demons doesn’t change the fact that KISS have been, and continue to be, enormously successful. Selling over 100 million albums, KISS together with their music, make-up, and elaborate stage show pioneered a generation of outsized arena rock.

Unfortunately, KISS is not the first Hall of Fame inductee to weather controversy regarding personnel changes over a four decade career.  Bassist/singer Gene Simmons speaks frankly to InTheStudio host Redbeard about the work ethos of KISS.

”We never bought into the ‘I want to get high and stoned and just get up on stage and do whatever the hell.’.. We’re closer to an Olympic team. We take it deadly seriously. Being in KISS in not a birthright. It’s a privilege.”

Singer/guitarist Paul Stanley states:
“God knows we make mistakes, but that’s the beauty of KISS. We do things the way we see fit, and we live and die by the sword.”
Gene and Paul discuss their earliest musical influences, the state of music today, and chronicle some important KISS career highlights in this hour long radio special.
KISS ‘Best of/ Rock Hall Induction’ /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: InTheStudio

Paul Stanley - Face The Music - Review

May the 5th will see the UK release of the latest in a line of autobiographies from the founding members of KISS (April 8th in US). This time round it's the one I've been looking forward to most - Paul Stanley "Face The Music A Life Exposed". I was lucky enough to get a review copy over the weekend, here are my thoughts.

Starting with his early childhood, the initial sections of the book deal with Paul's realisation that microtia made him different to other kids, ultimately leading to name calling and insecurity. We get to see into his troubled family life as a child, where he had to deal with both his sister's drug use and psychological problems as well as parents who were not fully supportive of him or his ambitions.

Dealing with microtia & deafness is a theme that runs through the entire book, from growing his hair long to hide the fact that his right ear was deformed, through to his reconstruction operation in the early 80's. Paul also explains how he took on the lead role in Phantom Of The Opera after realising he had strong connections with the lead character - both hid their true identify and deformities behind a mask.

Paul's early introduction into music is well detailed, from skipping school and hiding in a cathedral waiting for music stores to open through to getting, and rejecting, his first guitar. His years with ‘Post War Baby Boom’ are also mentioned, ultimately leading him to be replaced by the band without his knowledge. This leads onto a meeting with a certain Gene Klein, a bass player who seemed to like talking a lot.. about himself. This was of course the meeting that was to about to change the course of both their lives.

The KISS years are, of course, fully documented - warts and all. Starting with the Red & Orange sneaker story we all know & love, getting a manager, defining the look & direction of the band and also the difficult early shows. Yes, there are insights into exactly how difficult it was to deal with both Ace & Peter, which became worst as alcohol & drug abuse took over. But more surprising is how Paul details the relationship with Gene. Throughout the book there is resentment over how Gene's involvement with KISS disappeared over the years, mainly during the 80's where Paul was left to run the band with virtually no support. At one point a Hollywood producer & his kids were brought into a KISS recording session just to help Gene to get an acting job. Paul really was running the show throughout the 80's but resented having to split the rewards of his work equally with Gene.

All members of KISS past & present are covered, as well as managers (lots about Bill Aucoin), tour managers, accountants & more. There is a deep & heart-breaking insight into the time around Eric Carr's death, in particular around Paul questioning whether he had made the right decisions with regards to Eric, ultimately regretting the way things turned out. This is the first time I have read an honest account of what actually happened, I really admire Paul for this.

What is clear throughout the book is Paul's insecurity with himself, often hidden by his alter ego The Starchild. Outside of the band Paul talks about his loneliness, depression, seeing a psychiatrist (who later joined the KISS team) and even having panic attacks. The only outlet from this was the time he enjoyed with women - and lots of them, from friend's mums to Penthouse models. He talks about the time he decided to turn his life around and look for marriage, this leads to his time with Pam and later Erin and ultimately his 4 children, to who his dedication & love is clear - he hasn't replicated the failings of his own parents approach to parenthood.

The reunion years are also mentioned in detail, from Tommy Thayer having to teach both Peter & Ace the basics again, through to the amazing first show at Tiger Stadium, Detroit. However it wasn’t long before history repeated itself - Paul was intent on not letting the band self destruct after some bad Farewell shows fuelled by crazy demands from Ace, Peter and... Gigi.

Personally I loved this book, it's as damn close to a complete warts & all insight into KISS as you're going to get, right from the Starchild himself. He is incredibly honest  throughout, not just about the people around him but also about himself. Yes, I can often be guilty of wearing Rose-Tattoo tinted spectacles, but I admire Paul for giving an honest, heartfelt, motivating & yet (at times) upsetting insight into his life, his family & KISS.
 

Face The Music - Competition

Interested in winning a copy of the UK edition of Paul Stanley - Face The Music? Then look out for a competition coming very soon where we will be giving away several copies. This time round there will be several ways of winning, through this site, through our Facebook page and via Twitter. At least one prize will be allocated to each option and you can enter all 3 if you want.

Note that the UK release date is May 8th, not April as currently stated by Amazon.

In the mean time, please like our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter so you can find out how to enter nearer the time!

Dressed To Kill

So we have no UK tour... for now, so why not go see the great Dressed To Kill (@kisstributeuk) instead? DTK are the nearest you are going to get to a full KISS show in the UK for at least the first half of this year, please show your support by catching them on their 2014 tour, dates are as follows:-

FRI 25 APR - THE AGINCOURT, CAMBERLEY      
SAT 26 APR - CORN EXCHANGE - HERTFORD   
FRI 30 MAY - ROBIN 2, BILSTON
SAT 31 MAY - THE WATERFRONT, NORWICH   
SAT 29 AUG - CENTRAL STATION, WREXHAM   
FRI 12 SEPT - THE GLOBE, CARDIFF    
SAT 13 SEPT - STAFFORD RANGERS FC SOCIAL CLUB   
FRI 10 OCT - YARDBIRDS, GRIMSBY    
SAT 11 OCT - THE DIAMOND, SUTTON IN ASHFIELD
FRI 7 NOV - THE WHARF, TAVISTOCK    
SAT 8 NOV - MR KYPS, POOLE

KISS/Def Leppard tour

The KISS/Def Leppard live press release is complete with a 40 date US tour announced. Currently it runs from June through to the end of August, but sadly no UK dates, not yet anyway.

Update: Gene Simmons has tweeted: "RELAX. WE WILL COME" when asked about a UK tour.

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