The winners of the Me Inc. Competition are now available, congratulations to all 5 of you! We will be in touch shortly.
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.
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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.
From The Journal: "GENE SIMMONS — BASSIST and vocalist in Kiss and one of the world’s most shameless self-promoters — was in Dublin yesterday.
Photocall Ireland photographer Sam Boal captured these images of the star, as TDs went about their business inside.
Today Simmons told Ray D’Arcy he was in the Dáil as a guest of Fine Gael TD Pat Breen. The two have a mutual friend in US-based Irish businessman Billy Lawless.
Every now and then I drop into places that I find fascinating, and there’s nothing more fascinating than Ireland*, is there? I guess because of my silly hair and all the rest of the accoutrement people tend to take me to big buildings to meet important people, I have no idea why."
Full story can be read on their website:
As was leaked by Mr Simmons a week ago and then confirmed by Paul in Vegas to me last weekend, KISS are headling the 3rd day of Download next year. They'll be there on Sunday 14th June and day tickets are available now for £82.50, more details at http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/
So far no arena shows have been announced in the UK.
All photos by Paul Finn
Las Vegas has long been one of my favourite cities, big, OTT, bright and loud - the perfect place to see KISS. I was lucky enough to have the chance to go over for a long weekend to catch the shows on the 14th & 15th November, and I'm so glad I did, it was awesome!
The Hard Rock Casino is about a mile or so from the Vegas strip, conveniently right across from KISS Mini Golf. First thing you notice on entering is that KISS is EVERYWHERE. All the staff are dressed in KISS T's, there's KISS tables, slots, menus, elevators, shop, cookies, massive posters and even Sonic Boom costumes on display. This really was the perfect place to stay with the room being a 5 minute walk to a KISS concert.
The Joint itself is a fairly small venue with a capacity of around 5,000 - on both nights it was packed out. The crowd weren't just your usual fans though, it was a mix of both fans and Vegas tourists (not sure I'd ever wear a collard shirt & trousers to a KISS gig but there go). Either way, everyone was loving the shows, woman next to me on the first night said she'd got tickets as it has always been on her bucket list (she was probably around 60), on night 2 I was standing next to 2 21 year olds who were singing away to every song. Great atmosphere.
We're getting very close now, here's some of the fun planned in Vegas for the KISS residency:-
- 5th Nov - See KISS arrive in the KISS copter
- 8th Nov, 15th & 22nd Nov - Paul Stanley book signings in the Hard Rock
- 9th Nov - Gene Simmons book signing at KISS Mini Golf
- 9th Nov - Three Sides of the Coin live talk show at KISS Mini Golf!
- 8th, 9th, 15th & 21st Nov - Live KISS-e-oake at KISS Mini Golf
- All days - KISS menus & shop in Hard Rock - includes KISS Kocktails for $6
We'll be Tweeting & updating Facebook from Vegas on both the 14th & 15th November.
Here's the setlist from the first indoor concert on this year's Kruise. I expect this will be similar to the upcoming Vegas setlist (hopefully keeping in The Oath, but not holding my breath!)
Creatures Of The Night
Tears Are Falling
Let Me Go Rock and Roll
Lick It Up
Calling Dr Love
Hell or Hallelujah
I Love It Loud
Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
Rock and Roll All Nite
Massive congratulations to Dressed to Kill drummer Matt Blakout who played with Tigertailz in full Eric Carr makeup!
You can check out some great pics from the Kruise over at The Dead Daisies website.
Scarlet Page’s Resonators book, featuring Paul Stanley, now available
We are pleased to announce that Scarlet Page’s book, RESONATORS, featuring exclusive photographs of Paul Stanley, is now available to pre-order exclusively at www.redgiantpublishing.com
This beautiful large format book is strictly limited to 1,480 copies worldwide and is available in both Deluxe and Collector editions.
Including over 120 exclusive and never before seen photographs taken over the past two years, Scarlet’s personal approach and style has produced beautiful and intimate portraits of The Resonators, capturing sides of guitar legends rarely seen by their fans.
Guitarists included within RESONATORS are; Wilko Johnson, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Paul Stanley, Sir Paul McCartney, Peter Green, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nile Rodgers, Mick Jones, Jeff Beck, Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Noel Gallagher, Serge Pizzorno, Wayne Kramer, Albert Lee, Billy Corgan, Johnny Marr, Graham Coxon, Justin Hawkins, Robert Fripp, Steve Jones, John Squire, John Frusciante, Hank Marvin, Kelly Jones, Dick Taylor, John Squire, Phil Manzanera, Hank Marvin, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell and Jack White
Gene Simmons was on Through The Keyhole last night - yes he actually allowed Keith Lemon to raid his house! Keith ventured round Gene's house (aided with a map) and visited his gym, KISS room, pool & kitchen. He then gave various clues such as "demon slide", sticking out his longue and finally putting on white make-up however the celebs (Kian Egan, Christine Bleakley and Warwick Davis) then guessed it was Alice Cooper's house...
It can be seen in ITV Player and will also be shown again on Wed 24th September @ 11:10PM (ITV).
Good luck to all our Scottish friends across the border, whatever happens on Thursday I hope it's in your best interests. And to keep this on topic here's a pic of the greatest kind of Glasgow KISS - the KISS Sonic Boom jet touching down in Glasgow! (Pic by Mark Harkin via BBC)
Check out this great interview with Ace Frehley at Guitar Center Hollywood.
For those of you interested Iain Lee has decided to sell his Ace Frehley Signature Epiphone guitar on ebay. It's currently listed at £850 but Iain is open to your offers, you can view the listing here:
So the news over the weekend hasn't exactly been positive with radio stations making a big deal of banning KISS for some remarks from Gene (not that they ever played them of course). Not only were the Daily Mail lynch mob out in force but it was also reported on the BBC News site - as the top story.
"Rocker sorry for depression remarks" - from BBC News:
Fed up of negativity today? Check out the latest episode of Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy on 4OD. In it you'll find 4 blow up KISS dolls sitting in the window of his coffee shop "If I walked past a coffee shop and seen KISS in there drinking coffee I'd be straight in".
Here's a great video from Cosmopolitan of Gene putting his make-up on Sophie!
Ace Frehley's appearance on The Tonight Show will be broadcast in the UK tonight at 11PM on CNBC (Sky 505). There will also be regular repeats over the next week. His performance of New York Groove with The Roots (the house band) is also on YouTube:-
Vote for KISS’ 'God Gave Rock & Roll To You II' as Song Of The 90s over at Absolute Radio. The top 100 chosen songs will be played on bank holiday Monday. http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/music/the-greatest-song-of-the-90s/index.html
Check out this great review of the Denver show from 1st time KISS fan - 16 year old Kieran Moulton:-
Kiss and Def. Leopard 40th anniversary tour 2014
The trailer for the tour shows fire, flying, a giant robotic spider and I have to say as awesome as that looks it’s only a peep of the explosion on stage that is kiss!
My name is Kieran Moulton, I’m 16 and I flew out to Denver to see the tour on the 25th of June 2014 at the Pepsi centre, it was my first kiss concert and it didn’t disappoint at all! They haven’t lost a single spark of energy or enthusiasm towards the crowd, with every attempt to get the crowd pumped a success it made for one of the most memorable nights I’ll ever have. I would suggest VIP tickets to anyone who gets the chance to catch this tour live because the experience you get being so close to the action is unreal! You can literally feel the heat from the explosions and feel the base through the floor.
Before the show every restaurant and bar surrounding the Pepsi centre was packed with Kiss and Def. Leopard fans who were all out to get that last minute bite to eat before the big event. With all these venues playing famous songs from both bands it was buzzing all round, even the streets were filled with people dressed in full Kiss make-up and costumes. There were security guards at the entrance to the centre doing full bag searches and not allowing any cameras in the venue ( but of course everyone pulled a camera out of somewhere as soon as the lights went down.) inside there were merchandise stands and all sorts of snack stands. Kiss fans were getting pictures of each other’s costumes and taking photos with each other, for me it was awesome to be around so many people who share the same love for such a great band. It didn’t matter if you were a Kiss or Def. Leopard fan you all got treated the same which made for such a great atmosphere.
The warm up band Kobra and the lotus were outstanding and are so lucky to have gotten to open for two of the most legendary bands around today, I know if I was in a band id jump at the chance to open for Kiss and Def. Leopard! After intermission the stadium filled with people, the lights went down and the big Def. Leopard curtain dropped! The band played some of their most famous songs such as; let’s get rocked, hysteria, Armageddon it and of course the one that really got the crowd singing was my personal favourite pour some sugar on me. The band sounded just a good as they always have done and with some seriously cool special effects they put on an excellent show.
After a short break Kiss then exploded onto the scene with fireworks, bombs, explosions and that amazing spider came down onto the stage armed with flashing lights and effects throwing smoke and steam everywhere, Kiss started there concert off with the famous king of the night time and every crowd member was either singing along or catching the magic on camera, unfortunately due to the fact that it was a seated venue there was no room for anyone to have a proper jam to the band’s music which was a shame because no-one even used the seats anyway! Like who sits down at a Kiss concert!!! Anyway the set list for Kiss was as follows; king of the night time, deuce, psycho circus, war machine, shout it out loud, Christine sixteen, lick it up, I love it loud, hide your heart, let me go rock and roll, love gun, black diamond, Detroit rock city and closed the show with the anthem that is rock and roll all night and part every day!! Throughout the concert the crowd screamed and begged for more and Kiss absolutely delivered with Genes famous fire breathing at the end of the song war machine which was then followed by the spider moving its giant legs during lick it up. It was one extreme to the next from beginning to end with this band as the iconic song ‘I love it loud’ was started by Genes awesome blood spitting and his flight up above the stage and onto the spider! The last of the extreme hair rising acts was Paul Stanley’s epic flight out into the crowd and onto a centre platform during the song love gun, this was then made even better by some seriously enthusiastic crowd participation that came in the next line up song hide your heart. When the show came to an end it was closed by frenzy of fireworks, explosions, confetti and of course Pauls legendary guitar smashing! Over all I think it’s safe to say everyone left that show with a smile of their face thanks to the performance of all these great bands! In my personal opinion Def. Leopard was great but nothing matches up to the spectacle that is Kiss and I can comfortably say that being a fan of both bands. I just love Kiss.
Mark Allison from Scottish band All The Colors is also the fan club president for The Dead Daisies and a long standing KISS fan. Mark has been lucky enough to hang out with The Dead Daisies backstage on the current leg of the KISS/Def Leppard tour, he is blogging about his experience daily, please check it out here:-