25th April 2005
new compilation album has been released in the UK called Rock
Godz, the very first track of which is God Gave Rock & Roll
To You! There is also a TV advert doing the rounds with a small
clip of the video on it. It's available from Amazon
24th April 2005
Eric Singer interview
few UK fans, including Dan Bach are off to Copenhagen this week
to see ESP. Dan has worked hard to get an interview lined up
with Eric for the site, so look out for it coming very soon.
Huge thanks to Dan.
Hotter Than Hell dates
latest tour dates from Hotter Than Hell have now been updated on
their page. If you were planning on going to one of their shows
please double-check the list as some shows have been
Click here to
see the dates
17th April 2005
French Coke advert
|Ever wondered just why
KISS decided to slap on the greasepaint? Well, here's the
answer, courtesy of a new French Coca-Cola advert! It starts
with all 4 of them as buskers, after getting chased they
hide in 'the loft'. It's here they discover the make-up after
seeing the mark left by a bottle of coke after wiping it near an
eye... Actually, it's not bad, especially considering that KISS
have never been that big in France.
Click here to view the advert
click here to see more info
12th April 2005
EOnline - Rock School to air on VH1 (US)
[From: EOnline.com via Martin Wombwell]
What better way to learn about Rock 'n' Roll than from one of its legends, Gene Simmons?
The KISS demon has signed on to star in six episodes of VH1's Rock School, a reality series inspired by the hit movie, School of Rock, according to Daily Variety.
Only, instead of Jack Black instructing classically trained kiddies, the music net has tapped the fire-spewing, tongue-wagging bass player of the world's most outrageous glam band to offer up lessons in everything from how to don the monster makeup to presumably playing such KISS gems as "Lick It Up," "Calling Dr. Love" and "Rock and Roll All Night."
VH1 is teaming with Britain's RDF Media, the creators of ABC's Wife Swap and Spike TV's I Hate My Job, to produce Rock School for U.S. viewers. The company just finished shooting a British version of the series starring Simmons for the U.K.'s Channel 4 and has already ordered two additional installments.
For the American version, RDF and VH1 will tweak those episodes and include additional music and footage of KISS performing from past MTV specials.
Joe Houlihan, RDF's president of U.S. operations, said Simmons immediately sparked to the idea, especially since before forming KISS in 1972 and becoming a '70s rock icon and darling of groupies, he taught sixth graders in Spanish Harlem.
"Gene was genuinely interested in transforming the troupe of pre-teens into a rough-round-the-edges rock band," Joe
Houlihan, RDF's president of U.S. operations, told Variety.
Added Houlihan: "We've been kicking this idea around for a few years. With the Jack Black film becoming a big hit, we feel like the timing couldn't be better."
For Simmons, the show is yet another opportunity to soften his own image from the brash rock 'n' roll playboy he's been tagged in the tabloids to a sort of professor of rock--something along the lines of Ozzy Osbourne rebranding himself America's favorite dysfunctional dad in MTV's The
Osbournes. The musician has already appeared as a guest judge on American Idol and turned up recently on The Apprentice.
Rock School's opening session will reportedly find Simmons teaching his pupils the art of the grand entrance as he pulls up to an English boarding school in a limousine, drawing indifferent reactions from the kids who found him to be "arrogant" and "middle-aged."
"The cultural byplay between this American rock star and these plum English kids is really quite funny," added VH1 executive vice president Michael
Talk about an education.
No word whether Simmons' fellow KISS mates Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, or Peter Criss might be making any cameos.
VH1 is expected to debut Rock School in late spring or early summer.
This isn't the first time Simmons and company have tried to appeal to the kiddies. Aside from producing their own comic book series in the '70s and starring in a 1978 made-for-TV movie where they battle an evil scientist, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, the arena rockers also appeared in a cartoon short that was screened ahead of Nickelodeon's 1997 feature, Good Burger. Two years later, Kiss played themselves in Detroit Rock City, a feature-length teen comedy inspired by their classic hit of the same name.
Full story can be seen at http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,16304,00.html
Disturbing Paul Stanley tribute
Check out this IWMFLY tribute..... http://www.bobaloorox.com/KissMov.html
10th April 2005
The KISS Podcast show number 2 was just released. This show has a
‘Money’ theme to it. We play a sound seeing tour of the first
championchips held in Amsterdam. Gene makes an appearance on the Donald
Trump tv show The Apprentice and we play a new KISS Test. Please visit
the site to download the show or listen to the show directly from your
browser. Or subscribe to our show by way of our xml subscription feed.
What is a KISS Podcast you might wonder? Well, podcasting is the latest
audio-based blogging phenomenon that’s sweeping the Web. Podcasting is
some sort of fancy name for personal broadcasting: a Podcast is whatever
anyone with a microphone, a computer, and an Internet connection has to
say. Podcasts are audio files created to be distributed over the
Internet. And you can listen in at whatever time suits you best!
The KISS Podcast obviously focusses on KISS and KISS only. In other
words, the KISS Podcast is an audio show all about KISS. It will feature
KISS tunes from every era of the band’s long and impressive career,
performed live or recorded in the studio by KISS or other bands playing
KISS tunes and you can hear rare audio recordings such as interviews or
demos from or with KISS.
Since the KISS Podcast will be in MP3 format, you can take it with you
on your iPod or any other MP3 player. Hopefully you will check out the KISS Podcast starting tomorrow.
The KISS Podcast
We feature just one band ... and just one band only ... KISS
Bruce comments on ESP shows
Coming up this month (and remember to always visit www.grandfunkrailroad.com
for the info on my shows with them), is a trip for ESP. In this case I don't mean the guitar company, I mean ESP the band. Eric Singer, John
Corabi, Chuck Garric on bass (Alice Cooper and Dio) and my self. We have booked 6 shows for Europe that begin April 27th, in Stockholm. We will be in Denmark, Holland, Germany and Spain. The night before the first show in Sweden, Eric and I will be at the Hard Rock Cafe, Stockholm for a meet and greet and some interviews. We will play songs from KISS, UNION, MOTLEY
CRUE, and various covers of bands we love. So check out all the dates:
Sweden - April 27, 2005 in Stockholm at Mondo.
Denmark - April 28, 2005 in Copenhagen at The Rock.
Holland - April 29, 2005 in Helmond at Plato.
Germany - On April 30, 2005 in Babenhausen (near Frankfurt) at the
Spain - May 1, 2005 in Pamplona at Artsaia.
Spain - May 2, 2005 in Barcelona at Bikini.
Regarding meet and greets, the band will do our best to sign and meet the crowd, usually AFTER the show. As our schedule with travel has not been completely worked out, I can't commit to how long etc, but we will attempt to get to meet our fans.
More info over at www.kulick.net