June 2002
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25th June 2002  KISS T's in the UK
[From: Gary Blain]
Just thought id let you know about the KISS items we have at our website called ROCK
located at  www.rockoff.co.uk 
The site is undergoing major surgery at the moment and 1500 new items are being added from various bands including KISS although we have a reasonable selection now on sale. All the shirts are 100% officially licensed by KISS.

Our shop is located in cavern walks Mathew st, LIVERPOOL  and we carry an extensive range of KISS shirts in stock.

22nd June 2002 KISS to appear on Ramones tribute!
[From: KNAC Via Jerr O'Carroll & Paul Harrison]
Kiss will contribute their talent to the forthcoming Ramones tribute album,
We're a Happy Family. Kiss will reportedly cover either "Rock & Roll High
School" or "Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio?" according to album
co-producer Rob Zombie
19th June 2002 New studio album/Ace Out?
[From: KNAC Via Jerr O'Carroll]
Having recently parted ways with the Universal Records Group (i.e. Mercury/PolyGram), Kiss' Gene Simmons has reportedly been talking to several large independent record labels -- including Spitfire -- about inking a new deal for the band. However, while recent speculation has centered around the release of the group's long-completed Alive IV project, it now appears that Simmons and partner Paul Stanley have in fact been working with producer Bob Ezrin on the act's next studio album, which is unlikely to surface before 2003 at the earliest.

Another subject of much speculation, Kiss' current line-up appears to no longer include guitarist Ace Frehley, who has been replaced by Tommy Thayer during the band's most recent live performances. Drummer Peter Criss, meanwhile, is said to be welcome to return to the fold provided that he accepts the original contract offered to him for the band's most recent tour (which he had previously rejected). However, in the event that he decides to not be part of the group, Eric Singer is said to be the frontrunner to play the drums on the upcoming record and during the subsequent live activities.

18th June 2002 Gene spotted at World Cup
[From: Mr Speed]
It seems as though this guy is homed in on by the cameras at every game Brazil play !!!!


Jedi Outcast skins
[From: Kelvis]
Hi, a while back I sent you some info regarding my Gene and Ace skins for Jedi Outcast. Well, after a lot of work, the 1st KISS skinpack is finally complete. Having submitted the pack to www.jediknightii.net, I was very pleased this morning to see this review...

"We received one of the coolest skin packs I've had the privilege of seeing today. Author Kelvis brings us his Kiss Army Skin Pack, which consist of five unique skins, team colors, matching KISS Army icons, custom KISS taunts and bot support featuring various KISS related scripting. All I can say is wow... The screenshot speaks for itself, which you can check out here To get this awesome package, go here http://www.jediknightii.net/files/index.php?link=file&id=528 -Many thanks to Kelvis for bringing us this original idea."
I hope KISS fans enjoy these skins as much as I enjoyed creating them, and if you do like them, please rate them :)

16th June 2002 1st Annual Charlotte KISS Expo
[From: Phil Elliott]
Two years in the planning... From the Promoter of the successful Atlanta and Nashville KISS Expos comes the birth of a long awaited event! Calling all KISS Fans to another Mother of all KISS Expos! The KISS Army will unite again at Kreatures of the South's 1st Annual Charlotte KISS Expo Sunday, August 25, 2002 (Gene Simmons Birthday!) 11am-9pm at The Charlotte Hilton University Place (8629 JM Keynes Drive.) in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Very Special Guests to include: Former KISS Lead Guitarist Bruce Kulick, KEEL Lead Singer Ron Keel, Ace's cousin: John Hecht, Kentucky's own "SSG" Band, and "The Best KISS Show in the World" KISS Tribute Band: KISS ARMY performing with a completely new stage show! More Guests to be announced soon! Bruce/Ron/John will be doing Q & A sessions, Photo/Autograph sessions. Live Performances by: Bruce/Ron/SSG/KISS Army, and (of course) some surprises!

Featuring well over 100+ KISS Dealer Tables from KISS Dealers all over the world in (2) Giant Ballrooms! Makeup/Costume Contest hosted by Phil Elliott & "The Goddess of Thunder" featuring some of the top KISS lookalikes from around the world with (3) winners by category: (male-female-kid). Come dressed up for a chance to win $$$ and Prizes! Photo and Video Cameras are welcome! ***Update: Saturday night (prior to the show) "Gene's Girls" will be having a Birthday Party for Gene in the Hiltons restaurant/bar-and everyone's invited for cake & fun! Like in Atlanta, we're offering (2) levels of admission. The Souvenir VIP Laminate: This allows the holder to enter The Expo :45 minutes early @ 10:15, and also 
makes for an instant collectable! The Souvenir VIP Laminate is limited to 125, and the cost is $20. (in advance only). ***Update: The VIP Laminates are now SOLD-OUT! The Souvenir Ticket: This allows the holder to enter the expo @ 11:00, and is numbered. The Souvenir Ticket is $10. (in advance), and $12. (at th

NOTE: Like in Atlanta we will SELL OUT the Hilton's rooms. So far we've sold over 130 rooms! So get your rooms reserved early:>) ***This Hilton sits next to a man made lake with a boardwalk, paddle boats, shops, bars, and restaurants all around in a high-end part of town! So why not enjoy a long weekend with us at probably the nicest venue on the Expo circuit! You're gonna love it! Stay tuned to KissinUK.com & KISSOnline.com for all the latest additions to "The Biggest 100% KISS Expo!" Fans claim our Atlanta KISS Expo is The Best, so maybe it's time you come to a show that'll give you The Biggest Band for your KISS Dollar and where we all come together as family and friends! The Charlotte KISS Expo is RUN BY THE FANS.....FOR THE FANS!!! 

Dealer info: Write/Fax/Email/Call us your complete mailing address, and we'll send you a "Dealer packet" with all the necessary info. ***Update: Hurry-Half the Tables are already Sold! This packet will include a table map where you can pick your table location. Our Phone: 678-455-7891.  The address: Charlotte KISS Expo Dealer Info, PO Box 3456, Cumming, Georgia 30028. 

Ticket info: Send check, or money orders Payable to: "Kreatures of the South" The address: Charlotte KISS Expo Tickets, PO Box 3456, Cumming, Georgia 30028. You can also "Charge by phone" your tickets using any major credit card. Simply call Phil Elliott @ 678-455-7891, leave a message (if no one answers) and we'll call you back. Callbacks are only for Ticket purchasers and Dealers. 

You can Email us with any questions or request: KREATURESS@aol.com See you the weekend of August 25th! I-A! 

37th Top Rock Band!
KISS have come 37th in Guitarist magazines Top 50 Rock Band chart, Alive was listed as the essential KISS album.
10th June 2002 TV Newsbits
Here's a few of KISS mentions on UK TV over the past week:

Is there a KISS fan in the Big Brother house? Yesterday someone was clearly heard singing God Gave Rock & Roll To You!

[From: Paul Harrison]
I don't know if anybody else has mentioned this but there was a scene in
"ER" last Wednesday 5th June where the Croatian doctor, Luka, was in his car
outside the hospital chatting up one of the nurses. As he was driving away,
"CALLING DR. LOVE" was blasting away on his car stereo! 

[From: Richard Jones]
Anybody watching Brazil's match against China may have seen Gene Simmons in the Brazil 
section of the fans. After Roberto Carlos' free-kick goal, the camera went to focus on the 
celebrating fans. Low and behold there was a Brazilian sporting a Gene Simmons mask complete with outstretched tongue.

6th June 2002 Masked Kids support Torpedo Girls
[From: Mike Stone]
Did you ever see the MASKED KIDS? Four kids in the age between 7 and 14 are doing a full make up show incl. blood and smoking guitar, with all KISS hits that you're thinkin' of! During the tour of germany's THE TORPEDO GIRLS in september they will be a very special support at the SAKS Underground in Southend- on- sea! Satisfaction guaranteed...

with special guest
SAKS Underground
Clifftown Road
Southend on Sea, UK

further information: Hotline ++44/1702332179
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4th June 2002 Pop Years
Sky One's Pop Years program last Sunday was all about 1987. It had a small KISS feature in it due to Crazy Crazy Nights getting to number 4 in the UK charts. Parts of the CCN video was shown along with a few B rate celebs talking crap and slagging KISS down as usual (such as the T4 presenter saying she didn't have a clue who KISS were). You didn't miss much if you didn't see it.

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