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Eric Carr's Birthday


Today would have been the 65th birthday of one of the worlds greatest drummers. RIP Eric.

Eric Carr

Radio 2 DJs in KISS makeup

Want to see Sara Cox, Ken Bruce, Jeremy Vine & Tony Blackburn rocking out in KISS Makeup to Crazy Nights? Of course you do!

http://bbc.in/1GOreLT  (expires shortly!)

Radio 2 KISS Sara Cox

 

Download photos

Check out these awesome Download photos from Martin Wombwell! Full size version can be found on our Facebook page.

KISS Download 2015

Download Highlights

Just a heads-up that highlights from Download will be shown on Sky Arts on 27th/28th at 9PM.

Download videos

A few nice videos from Download are starting to surface, here's a short clip of DRC from the official Download channel, a fan based video and also an official clip of Ace.

KISS Destroy Download (again!)

Last night KISS proved that they are still masters of Donington by closing the Download festival with yet another amazing show. Gene didn't make it to the rig due to technical difficulties, but aside from that it all went to plan, in front of 85,000 (muddy) people! The set list was very similar to Vegas with Parasite swapped for Cold Gin and no Tears Are Falling.

A superb show with hints of a full UK tour from KISS Online this morning...

Detroit Rock City 
Deuce 
Psycho Circus 
Creatures of the Night 
I Love It Loud 
War Machine (with KISS 'army' & dragon) - Gene breathes fire
Do You Love Me? (with the brilliant compilation of clips)
Hell or Hallelujah 
Calling Dr. Love 
Lick It Up 
God of Thunder (blood spitting, no flying)
Cold Gin 
Love Gun (Paul flies)
Black Diamond 

Shout It Out Loud 
I Was Made for Lovin' You 
Rock And Roll All Nite

If you have any good close up photos please feel free to send them in!

I Love It Loud - The Gene Simmons Rock Show

Gene Simmons Radio 2Gene will be hosting a 4 part series on Rock starting this Wednesday (10th) at 10PM on Radio 2. It will be available to listen to live online or via On Demand afterwards over at the BBC Radio2 page.

"Gene Simmons, founding member of Kiss and all-round rock music expert, kicks off a new four-part series on his specialist subject where he’ll spin his favourite tunes by the likes of AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper.

Since emerging from New York’s glam rock scene in 1974, Kiss went on to sell millions of albums and pack stadium tours worldwide. The rock quartet became famous for their flamboyant stage costumes, make-up, show pyrotechnics and a hard rock sound. In this series, Gene shares with listeners his passion for classic rock – a sound he credits the UK with creating.

Gene explains: ‘When I was a kid and I turned on the radio, sure we had American r ‘n’ b and we had the American versions of rock ‘n’ roll, but it wasn’t until I heard The Beatles and then The Stones and then Led Zeppelin, and on and on and on, that I fell in love deeply with this thing we call rock. America created rock ‘n’ roll, but it was the UK that gave the world rock – classic rock. Guitars, amplifiers turned up to 11 – yes glorious 11. Louder is better. Bigger is better. Your girlfriend has been lying to you all these years – size does matter!’

Some of the music he’s selected is by bands that inspired Kiss, but most is by groups he discovered or invited to tour with his band such as Rush, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and Van Halen. He also plays tracks by artists he’s produced over the years such as Wendy O. Williams, as well as covers of Kiss songs performed by Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder and, surprisingly, country superstar Garth Brooks.

Later in the series, he tells stories of unlikely collaborations with iconic music figures such as Bob Dylan (whom he wrote a song with) and Lou Reed who worked with Kiss on a concept album, Music From The Elder.

Gene adds: ‘I’m flattered that BBC Radio 2 has given me the chance to play the music that I love dearly, that I continue to play over and over again, that I introduce young people to…music [that] continues to attract new ears generation after generation which is why it’s classic – classic rock.’

Presenter/Gene Simmons, Producer/Mike Hanson for the BBC"

Teenage Cancer Trust

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of legendary rock band KISS have donated 2 guitars to be auctioned off on Teenage Cancer Trust’s eBay site to mark their headline slot at this year’s Download Festival on 14 June.

The iconic instruments, Simmons’ Axe™ Bass by Cort – signed by the man himself – and Stanley’s signature series Ibanez PS 120 – signed by the entire band – are now available to bid on, along with a pair of VIP tickets to see the band close this year’s Download Festival at the historic Donington Park. All proceeds will go towards helping young people with cancer.

 More details & the link to bid here

Only 1 week to Download!

With the European tour in full swing it's nearly time for Download! KISS will be hitting the stage at 9.05PM on the Sunday, but don't forget the Dead Daisies are also looking for support from KISS fans and they can be seen at 11AM.

Ace is scheduled for 2:25 on Saturday at the Encore Stage.

I won't put any set list spoilers in here, but if you went to Vegas last year then you pretty much know what to expect. Have fun!

Support The Dead Daisies at Download!

The Dead Daisies, who toured with KISS in the States last year, make their Download debut on Sunday the 14th June the same day as KISS. They will also be supporting the band throughout their European and Australian legs of their 40th Anniversary tour as well as boarding the KISS Kruise for a second year in a row in October. The band who now feature John Corabi (formerly Motley Crue and Bruce Kulick's bandmate from Union), Guns N' Roses pair Dizzy Reed and Richard Fortus, guitarist David Lowy, Marco Mendoza of Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy fame and current Black Sabbath drummer Tommy Klufetos will take the stage at 11am on the Zippo stage.

The guys will be promoting their brand new album Revolución and will be happy to catch up with fans while they are at the festival.

The new album features the songs 'Midnight Moses' available in the current Classic Rock magazine and 'Mexico'.

Why not start your Sunday in the perfect way by rocking out to The Dead Daisies before finishing it with KISS.The Dead Daisies

Gene on Newsnight

Here's Gene Simmons on Newsnight last night talking about BB King.

5 years since Wembley!

Can you believe it's already 5 years since KISS last blew up Wembley, here's a few pics from that night!

Scooby-Doo meets KISS!

A new KISS & Scooby-Doo film will be released by Warner Bros. on July 10th (digital) and July 21st (Blu-ray & DVD). A trailer for the film can be seen below, rumour has it that a new song may have been recorded too! Gene, Paul, Eric & Tommy have all recorded voiceovers for the film.

There have been other KISS/Scooby partnerships over the years - a Halloween special in 2003 as well as a Gene lookalike villain back in the 70's.

 

 

Mini KISS Pinball table

Fancy a brand new KISS pinball machine for only £35? Check out these awesome tables from PinballArcade, okay so they're not playable and they're only 6 inches high but they're still incredibly cool! There is 1 more pinball design and a KISS arcade cabinet available.

Available from Pinball Arcade.

Mary Anne Hobbs KISS makeup

Check out the Paul Stanley makeup as worn by Mary Anne Hobbs on Radio 6 for Comic Relief. She even played Rock & Roll All Nite!

Samurai Son

The new KISS collaboration with Japanese group Momoiro Clover Z, Samurai Son, is out now to buy on iTunes for 99p. It hasn't been to everyone's taste, but it is a grower and is also being added to the set list for the imminent Japanese tour. The song is also available on the KISS 40 compilation as well as the KISS version of the CD single, which also includes a version of Rock & Roll All Nite by Momoiro Clover Z.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/yume-no-ukiyo-ni-saitemina-ep/id956485231

Dressed to Kill 25th Anniversary

Dressed to Kill, the worlds longest running KISS tribute are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year!! Massive congratulations to the guys, including all members past & present. If you want to catch them this year the current tour dates are as follows:-

FRI 13 MAR - HERTFORD, THE CORN EXCHANGE
Ticket details: http://www.seetickets.com/event/dressed-to-kill/hertford-corn-exchange/841140

SAT 14 MAR - NEW MILTON, MEMORIAL CENTRE (with support from Saints of Sin)
Ticket details: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/search/searchPerformance.asp?performance_id=141193&sid

SAT 25 JUL - TBA

FRI 21 AUG - WREXHAM, CENTRAL STATION
Ticket details: TBA

SAT 22 AUG - CARDIFF, THE GLOBE (with support from Saints Of Sin & Kid Crimson)
Ticket details: http://www.globecardiffmusic.com

FRI 25 SEPT - GRIMSBY, YARDBIRDS
Ticket details: http://www.yardbirdsrocks.co.uk/

SAT 26 SEPT - SUTTON IN ASHFIELD, THE DIAMOND
Ticket details: http://www.thediamonduk.com/

FRI 23 OCT - GLASGOW, THE CLASSIC GRAND (support to be announced)
Ticket details: TBA

SAT 24 OCT - CREWE, THE BOX
Ticket details: TBA

FRI 13 NOV - BILSTON, THE ROBIN
Ticket details: http://www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/?m=201511

SAT 14 NOV - TBA

Ace announced for Download!

 It was announced earlier today that Ace Frehley will appear at Download 2015! Not sure what day yet, would be awesome if it was the Sunday ;-)

Happy Birthday Paul Stanley

Happy Birthday Paul Stanley! (Photo from Vegas '14)

Me Inc. Winners Announced!

The winners of the Me Inc. Competition are now available, congratulations to all 5 of you! We will be in touch shortly.

Click here to see the winners

Paul Stanley & Foo Fighters

Check out this awesome footage of unmasked Paul with the Foo Fighters at Dave Grohl's Birthday Bash from the weekend. First song starts 3 minutes in.

Competition Winners

Sorry for the delay with the Gene competition, winners will be announced tomorrow!!

Me Inc. Competition - Part 3

For another chance to win a copy of Gene Simmons Me Inc., simply follow these simple steps:-

  • Follow us on Twitter
  • AND Tweet us the name of your favourite Gene Simmons song AND include the hash tag #MeIncComp and @kissinuk
    eg: "@kissinuk Deuce #MeIncComp

Don't forget you can also enter via this site, and also Facebook.

Me Inc. Competition - Part 2

For another chance to win a copy of Gene Simmons Me Inc., simply follow these simple steps:-

  • Like our Facebook page
  • AND post the name of your favourite Gene Simmons 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).

Me Inc. Competition - Part 1

Thanks to Harper Collins (UK)  we have 5 copies of the excellent new Gene Simmons book - Me Inc. - 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!

Gene Simmons Me Inc. Competition!

Look out for a new competition that will launch over the weekend - this time to win the great new book from Gene - "Gene Simmons Me Inc.". As per the last competition there will be several copies to give away on this site, Facebook & Twitter, please make sure you follow/like us on those channels for another chance to win.

 

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