|28th February 2003 KISS Symphony Review|
ON paper, the Kiss Symphony looked potentially disastrous.
How would Kiss's bombastic party rock work with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as their very large backing band?
Would the 60-piece orchestra get lost in the mix or would Kiss mellow and turn out slightly feral chamber music?
The answer: neither.
While Kiss have always strived for bigger and better with their stage show, it's hard to imagine them topping the sheer jaw-dropping, ear-bleeding, eye-burning spectacle of last night's Kiss Symphony.
It started simply enough: the four members banging out back-to-basics Kiss classics: Deuce, Strutter and Calling Dr Love among them.
An acoustic set followed with a handful of orchestra members helping to breathe life into 20-year-old favourites including Shandi and Sure Know Something.
Drummer Peter Criss even got to perform his signature ballad Beth with strings attached.
Then came the thunder: Kiss with the full orchestra (all wearing Kiss make-up) between them and two speaker stacks taller than the average house. Musical arranger David Campbell was the real hero of the day, orchestrating Kiss hits with the mandatory aggression, testosterone and drama making the MSO rock, quite literally.
The symphonic punch sent Kiss standards Detroit Rock City, Shout it Out Loud, I Was Made for Lovin' You, God of Thunder, Love Gun, Black Diamond and Rock and Roll all Nite into a new league; one that somehow suited them at this point in their 30-year career.
"This is our kind of classical music," singer Paul Stanley remarked at rehearsals the night before. At one point the band were so engrossed in the MSO they seemed reluctant to join in.
Naturally, being Kiss, there were enough pyrotechnics for a million New Year's Eves, and for rabid fans reliving their youth.
Guitarist Tommy Thayer may not have been Ace Frehley, but the general consensus was he's a much better player, while his bandmates wrote the book on rock god poses.
And how can you argue with any concert where the frontman
|26th February 2003 Download Sure Know Something|
|Greg Davies from over at
KISS: The Revenge Within now has an MP3 of KISS performing SURE KNOW SOMETHING on Rove Live available for download.
Visit his site at http://www.thetrukstop.com/kiss/
to download it!
|25th February 2003 KISS on Rove|
|KISS have just appeared
on Aussie TV show Rove, from the sounds of it they are going to
be playing a lot of stuff that most of us have wanted for years!
Here's an except of the transcript taken from Koolicks Kisses.
Tommy: Songs like Shandi, Sure Know Something, uh, theres a few others Forever You know,
|Eddie Trunk KISSmas interview|
Eddie Trunk's website now somel of the Merry KISSmas special available to download in MP3 format. The interviews with Paul, Peter, Ace, Eric and Bruce can be download from http://www.eddietrunk.com. Thanks to Russell Peake for the info.
|24th February 2003 TV clips|
week KISS were featured as a question on Never Mind The
Buzzcocks. They got the usual piss taking from pretty much
everyone ('twats with make-up, twats without') apart from Jaret
von Erich who was the only one who knew all their names. As
usual Peter was the butt of most of the jokes, they showed a
clip of I Was Made For Lovin' You... and commented that he was allowed to wear
the 'golden nose' in the video as he won the best make-up competition.
Repeated on BBC2, Sunday @ 23:25 if you want to see it.
Also on the BBC was the Appleton documentary which was
repeated at the weekend. As well as playing Cold Gin (as
mentioned below), they also showed Nat wearing a cool KISS
t-shirt and the top of her KISS boxers!!! Thanks also to Ian
Lewis for spotting this too.
|18th February 2003 The Early Years UK release 28th Feb|
|Press release from
Plexus Publishing for UK release of KISS:The Early Years
KISS: THE EARLY YEARS
|14th February 2003 KISS song on BBC3|
Just happened to be watching a "fly on the wall" doc about the Appleton's (them that were in Allsaints) on Thursday night on BBC 3. It showed the two of them on their hen night at Eurodisney. Song played whilst showing montage of clips, Cold Gin by KISS, about a minutes worth. Nearly fell off the sofa.
KUK Note: Cold Gin is one of Natalie Appletons favourite songs!
|12th February 2003 New song played.... on Radio 2!|
Just to let you know radio two played the Kiss ramones tribute tonight at about 5.45 ish (not to sure whos show s on at that time but I almost crashed the car - Kiss on National Radio Aghhh).What a great version!
[From: Frank Flannigan]
Kiss' new song played on Johnnie Walker Show Radio 2 tonight. Kiss on Radio 2
does this mean the will be performing in Cardigans and slippers.
|Paul & Gene in Sunday Express|
|Paul and Gene were featured in last sunday's Sunday Express magazine, with a couple of photos from the shoot for the Hard Rock advert in Orlando. Thanks to Phil Jocelyn for sending in the pictures.|
|10th February 2003 Gene on MTV|
|Look out for Gene
Simmons on MTV's Celebrity Cribs, the show has been on a few
times over the past couple of weeks and should be repeated again
soon. It gave a candid look into Gene's house complete
with Shannon and the rooms of both his son and daughter.
Also, the following song was played on BBC over the past week:-
[From: Ian Lewis]
[From: Chris Purviss]
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