November 2002
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26th November 2002 Gene Simmons Tongue
Doesn't seem 2 minutes since the last one but already issue 3 of Gene Simmons Tongue magazine is out. Some of the features in this issue include:
  • Richard Branson interview
  • Interviews with Leila Ali (Muhammad's daughter), Jenna Jameson, Todd McFarlane (Spawn creator) and Rosanne
  • Lots of pictures of Gene at parties (including one with Bruce Kulick's ex wife Christina).
  • Finally an unmasked Gene interviews... The Demon! Haven't yet decided if this is genius or just plain barking mad.

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.


Click here to read the full interview

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 afterall!).

You can mail them at mark.radcliffe@bbc.co.uk.
 
20th November 2002 Bruce Kulick in Norway
[From: KISS Army 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.

Before finding fame as a rock 'n' roller, he was a schoolteacher and studied to become a rabbi. We went head to head, while not much lunch was eaten.

ANN PEACOCK: Why do people want to listen to you talk about you?
GENE SIMMONS: People lead a paint-by-numbers lifestyle. They wind up doing things that they then have to pay the price for (at the expense of) their happiness . . . because their decisions for themselves are based upon what others want, whether it's marriage or political. I am unabashed and unapologetic about anything and everything.
AP: Who taught you to be like that?
GS: Nobody. Being of Jewish loins and being an only child helps. You don't spend too much time with anybody else and when you make a decision it is for yourself. My happiness shouldn't be a decision by committee, and I urge everyone to take note that ``selfish'' is not a bad word. Take a cue from the airlines. If, God forbid, something happens 30, 000 feet up in the air, they tell you to place the oxygen mask on your face first. In other words: Be selfish.
AP: As a father, how can you be so selfish, especially regarding a child's safety?
GS: It's the only way. I have to make decisions about travelling the world and working. If I don't take care of myself, I won't be able to help my child. Trying to stay alive is a selfish notion, but I do it for my children. First you have to do it for you. Take money: ``Make lots of money'' -- we are taught that this is bad, but it is good. ``More'' is a good word. England and America are remnants of the puritan ethic where you are taught that love is the most powerful instrument in the world. That's a lie. It's a fantasy.
AP: Selfishness is more important than love?
GS: Initially, yes. Money is the currency of love. You're standing on a street corner and the bus arrives, the doors open and you say to the bus driver: ``I have no money but I love you. Can I get on the bus?'' You are not going to get on the bus. One thing will get you on the bus -- cash. Cash is the currency that makes all things possible. Love buys you nothing unless you are a woman. You can parlay love into cash. Men, by and large, can't. That' s a woman's most powerful weapon -- that we crave you and are willing to do anything, such as build cities around you, just to have your love. It doesn't work the other way.
AP: What are your views on marriage?
GS: I'm not familiar with the term. It doesn't work if you get married. The statistics tell you that in a few years, you get divorced. For men, that will be the worst thing that ever happened. Apart from no longer having happiness, he is going to pay someone he has just met as a grown up 50 per cent of his gross pre-tax dollars, more than the government takes in taxes in your system here. In return, by the way, the government will give you police, military and infrastructure for your taxes. She (your wife) will share your bed if she feels like it. Who invented this system? The devil? The mother who gave me birth is getting nothing and this person I just met is supposed to take half.
AP: What are your principles regarding a work ethic?
GS: Always work. You have enough time to rest when you are six feet under. I am writing a new book called Buy This Vol. 1, and people may find many notions in there bizarre. But what I find bizarre is that someone 20 years old wants to have a vacation. Or not work seven days a week. It's the people who work hard who are identified as the players you want on your team.
AP: You have two children. What advice do you give them?
GS: They get different advice, but they both get the truth. I tell my daughter to stop playing Barbie dolls. That cuddling, nurturing instinct happens naturally. Instead, learn languages; learn computers because you are not -- as my daughter -- going to define yourself by a man.
AP: What do you think of successful women?
GS: I prefer it. I want the world to be predominantly run by women."
 

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
[From: KISS Forever Band]
Here is an update on the KISS Forever Band :
  • We played a couple of unplugged show on the last weeks here in Hungary, we recorded the concerts and next spring our second CD will come 
    out by the "Tom-Tom Records"! More info (song-list,etc)later.
  • We will play 6 shows between 29th of Nov and 14th of Dec in Germany,for example in Munich with the Torpedo Girls, and on the opening party of 
    the biggest european Harley Davidson Store in Frankfurt!
    The dates:
  • 29.11.2002 Frankfurt - Harley Davidson Store/VIP Party (unplugged)
  • 30.11.2002 Frankfurt - Harley Davidson Store
  • 04.12.2002 Munich - Garage Deluxe (with TG)
  • 12.12.2002 Mainz - Kulturzentrum
  • 13.12.2002 Ingolstadt - Eiskeller
  • 14.12.2002 Pforzheim - Irelands own Irish Pub
  • We will recording "Talk to me" for the next-coming tribute album by Shameless(he was on tour in the UK in October),it will by a whole album 
    with songs just from the "Unmasked" album.Slash's snakepit,Warrant,Pretty Boy Floyd will be on the album for example...

All the best,keep kissin'

Starchild/KFB

http://www.kissforeverband.hu
See also the KFB page at this site
 

The Torpedo Girls - Update
[From: Roland Guethoff]
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
[From: Incubus]
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.

Another thing he mentioned was, when he was asked whether Ace and Peter are confirmed for Melbourne, he said Peter is confirmed because he signed for it, but that he can't speak for Ace at this point. He calls Ace every week and says that he really wants him to do it, and actually begs him, tells him the fans really want him there also, but so far he just doesn't know what's going to happen. Also, he brought up a time when Ace was being like this about some previous event, but I can't remember which one, that in the end, Ace agreed to do it but only once they agreed to buy Ace's guitar a seat on the plane as well as Ace himself. He was basically pushing to see what he could get. For the Jamaica gig, they were literally offered millions to play for just one hour, and for whatever reason, Ace simply refused to do it. It was put on by some bankers (I think Russian...not 100% on that) who's fave band was Kiss. There were all these girls there and only a few guys. Offered millions and Ace wouldn't do it. There's only so much the band can do. I hope he does it.

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!
[From: 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.

www.musiclive.co.uk
 

Mark & Lard
[From: Daniel Williams]
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  mark.radcliffe@bbc.co.uk
  
Paul Stanley Masquerade Ball interview
[From: Brianna Pratt]
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 
B.
 
3rd November 2002 Possible USA tour early 2003
[From: 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 
working on his autobiography for years and is looking at an early 2003 release. Tentatively titled Sean Delaney's Hellbox, the cover (see scan) features great artwork by Roy Young, an old friend of Sean's who has worked for McFarlane (Spawn) and Lady Death, Evil Ernie comic books as a colorist and illustrator.

Click here to visit KISS Kollector

 


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