|26th November 2002 Gene Simmons Tongue|
seem 2 minutes since the last one but already issue 3 of Gene
Simmons Tongue magazine is out. Some of the features in this
The magazine can be purchased from www.genesimmonstongue.com.
|23rd November 2002 Eric Singer Interview|
|Many thanks to Philippe Saintes, a TV reporter in Belgium, who has sent in an interview with Eric Singer from the Dutch KISS Expo.|
|Mark & Lard|
|Thanks to everyone who
pushed for the KISS week on Mark & Lards radio show. Someone
got a mention on Thursday lunch time - they talked about the
Melbourne show with the orchestra (they took the piss about having
the make-up AND an orchestra, but it is Mark & Lardy
You can mail them at email@example.com.
|20th November 2002 Bruce Kulick in Norway|
Bruce Kulick is coming to Norway next week to join the metal festival 1001WATT in Skien from 28-30th of November. He will be joining a KISS-cover band for a live performance, do a signing session and do his first ever guitar clinic in Scandinavia. He will also meet the Norwegian press, and on Monday Bruce will be live on National radio at Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK P3. Fans around the world can listen to him live on the net as well. The program is called "Musikkmisjonen" and air local time 10.00pm. Los Angeles time 1.00pm and New York time at 4.00pm.
You can listen live here http://www6.nrk.no/nettradio/ban_chk.htm?bred=true&skin=nrk&chan=3
You can also read more about the festival in English at www.1001watt.as
|20th November 2002 Aussie Gene article|
|You may be interested in
this interview with Gene from the Sunday Herald Sun. Look out
for some more Aussie stories and photos soon...
"It could be in his genes, but meeting Gene Simmons proves he is, indeed, unabashed and unapologetic about anything and everything "FACING your demons" is a phrase we use to describe our confrontation with those things that haunt us.
Last week I faced my own demon -- Gene Simmons (pictured with yours truly), the ``demon'' from rock group Kiss.
Debating Simmons can be a roller-coaster ride. He is outspoken on many issues, including business, marriage and the way men and women tick. So outspoken that he is difficult to argue with. Simmons returns to Melbourne this week for a speaking tour, called Speaking in Tongues, organised by Madison.
But last week, during a promotional whistlestop, I had a chance to get into the mind of this man who has sold 80 million records, helped create a merchandising empire that has turned over $1 billion and whose autobiography is a bestseller.
Simmons, interesting and charismatic, has spoken to 11,000 at the University of Miami and to the gentlemen of the New York Stock Exchange.
This from a man we have seen in demon make-up, spewing fire and pounding his bass on stage.
Today, Simmons has his own magazine, book imprint and audio and fashion companies.
He is ``happily unmarried'' to actor Shannon Tweed, with two children, Sophie, 10, and Nicholas, 13. He is the only child of Florence, a Nazi concentration camp survivor.
ANN PEACOCK: Why do people want to listen to you talk about you?
|16th November 2002 Eric Singer|
|Eric Singer was on BBC's
Children In Need on Friday night, he was playing School's Out
with Alice Cooper. He was in great shape and at the end he got
up to pass Alice a custard pie to throw on to 'Britney' (which
didn't quite work but never mind).
Also about Eric from Terry Adams:
Went to see Alice Cooper at Wembley last night. Brilliant show.
Eric was drumming for Alice again. He was on top form and played an excellent solo (why has stopped using the flaming drumsticks???).
Alice introduced him as coming straight from a KISS convention, the greatest drummer in the world Eric Singer!!!!
|13th November 2002 KISS Forever Band - Update|
KISS Forever Band]
Here is an update on the KISS Forever Band :
|The Torpedo Girls - Update|
Germany's KISS tribute THE TORPEDO GIRLS published their UK tour diary on their homepage www.torpedogirls.de! If you want to read what really happened behind the scenes in the United Kingdom and see some nice snapshots, take a look at the news- chapter! The UK trip in september 2002 was all in all a good success for the band, and there are first discussions with promoters to come back to England, Ireland and Scotland in 2003!
Actually, THE TORPEDO GIRLS will be the musical part of the KISS expos in Zaandam, Netherlands, on 11.11.2002, and Nuremberg, Germany, on 06.12.2002. There will also be a "come together" session with former KISS drummer Eric Singer during these expo's!
See also the Torpedo Girls page at this site
|7th November 2002 Gene in Melbourne|
In Melbourne tonight, I think he played 3 songs. One was new, one from 78 and one that was done for COS but didn't get included. Don't remember the titles unfortunately, but he only played snippets from each song. The newest one he played really kicked ass though.
At one time during the Q&A, one of the organisers said "OK Gene, time for one last question" and he said "Oh no it's not the last question", in a nice way, and he just kept answering questions. Very cool. He was going around to everyone who had a question and talking to them face to face. At one point, he stopped right next to my seat as I was on the aisle, the thing I noticed about him is he has this presence, it's like he's a different kind of human or something.
The thing that amazed me, was how fucking stupid and awkward some of these questions were.
Shit like "Will you be the manager of my band", or, "I'll be in the front row in February", or, "You should release Melbourne, 1980 on video". Even one chick who tried for almost 10 minutes to convince Gene that he was wrong about love not being the most important thing in life. The rest of the audience was growing restless with her big time, but he handled it very well.
The Q&A started out really good, but then went pretty much downhill from there....not because of Gene at all.....but because of these people.
There were about 4 cameras there videoing the event. 3 on tripods and one which a guy was using by going
around thru the crowd. He also mentioned that it would be released on video,
but no details about it. He didn't say anything about a 30th anniversary tour or studio album, but he
did say that Alive 4 would be next year. He also mentioned something about
the band breaking away from Universal.
I got him to sign a picture which was the back page of a magazine that came out about 1 or 2 years ago. It's an advertisement for his Axe Bass and shows him in his creatures costume playing it.
Glad I went, got his autograph, had a bit of a chit chat with him, it
started at 8:30 and I got out of there about 1:20 am. He promised that he
would sign something for every single person there. I was closer to the
front of the line, he must have been there at least another 2 hours signing.
He was very nice all throughout and happier I could not be.
|5th November 2002 Paul's amp up for auction at the NEC tomorrow!|
Jason Hunt, NEC]
Kiss - Paul Stanley Kindly donated by Headstock, distributors of Laney Amps. This is Paul Stanley's Amp used on the 1995 Kiss Convention Tour, culminating with their reformation performance for MTV's Unplugged series. This is an acoustic amp set up for American power supplies ( a transformer will be required for UK use.) On the top of the amp it has written "Paul" and the settings have remained unchanged since it's final performance.
|Mark & Lard|
On radio 1 today, DJ's Mark & Lard said that they were sick of the eminem day and should instead have a Kiss Day. obviously I thought this was a brilliant idea and feel that all the UK's Kiss fans should get onto Mark & Lard and make sure they go through with it. why not e-mail them on their radio 1 mini-site
KUK Note: KISS often get mentions on Mark & Lard (well Crazy Crazy Nights does anyway). Mark even mentioned a concert they went to in '96 in his book (read it here), if anyone at Radio 1 is worth pestering about KISS it's them! E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Paul Stanley Masquerade Ball interview|
Check out the interview Paul Stanley did on the International Masquerade Ball in Vegas 2003.
Go to http://www.undercover.com.au/kiss_paulstanley2.html
|3rd November 2002 Possible USA tour early 2003|
Joop van Pelt, KISS Kollector]
Recently a rumor went all over Europe about a possible European KISS Tour in April of next year, but this appears to be very, very unlikely as the band seems to be planning a USA Tour for April/May 2003. According to one of our sources, the band wants the tour to kick off in the first week of April, so it's impossible to play in Europe then. The European rumor was caused by a vague report in Belgian media about a motor race festival in some bad area of Belgium where supposedly the real KISS would be playing at a 4.000 seat venue (which obviously is very unlikely, as we can all imagine KISS will play a much bigger venue on their last Belgian date) with tickets reportedly only going on sale on the day of the concert.
Sneak preview of Sean Delaney's autobiography at November 11 KISS Expo
Sean Delaney, who was one of the creative forces behind KISS from 1973-1982, will make his one
and only European appearance at the November 11 KISS Expo in Holland (at De Kade in
Zaandam). Not only will he sign autographs and pose for photos with the KISS fans, he will also tell
his side of the story on what has been going on behind the scenes during the wild seventies. All the
good shit, and all the bad shit - from the groundbreaking Alive! album to the inner band troubles,
and from the incredible promotional campaigns to the maffia influence. Sean Delaney has been
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