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Good Luck Scotland

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)

 

Ace at Guitar Center

Check out this great interview with Ace Frehley at Guitar Center Hollywood.

Village Voice interview with Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley Gives Us a Ride Around His Old Bronx Stomping Grounds - Ace Frehley Village Voice Interview

Iain Lee's Ace Guitar for sale

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:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ace-Frehley-KISS-Signature-Guitar-/141385198708

 

 

Happy 65th Gene!

Happy 65th birthday to Gene Simmons! Photo is from one of the greatest UK shows - Islington 2010.

Gene on BBC News

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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28826072

"KISS" on Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy!

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".


Gene's make-up tips

Here's a great video from Cosmopolitan of Gene putting his make-up on Sophie!

Ace on Tonight Show

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 GGRARTY at Absolute Radio!

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

Denver review from 16 year old UK fan

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.

Dead Daisies Blog

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:-

http://marksdaisiesdays.blogspot.co.uk/

Ace Frehley interview in The Express

There's an Ace Frehley interview in The Express - 'Simmons and Stanley pulled Hall of Fame show over reunion demand fears'

Read the interview here

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

 

 

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