From The Journal: "GENE SIMMONS — BASSIST and vocalist in Kiss and one of the world’s most shameless self-promoters — was in Dublin yesterday.

Photocall Ireland photographer Sam Boal captured these images of the star, as TDs went about their business inside.

Today Simmons told Ray D’Arcy he was in the Dáil as a guest of Fine Gael TD Pat Breen. The two have a mutual friend in US-based Irish businessman Billy Lawless.


Every now and then I drop into places that I find fascinating, and there’s nothing more fascinating than Ireland*, is there? I guess because of my silly hair and all the rest of the accoutrement people tend to take me to big buildings to meet important people, I have no idea why."

Full story can be read on their website:
http://www.thejournal.ie/gene-simmons-kiss-1811984-Dec2014/

As was leaked by Mr Simmons a week ago and then confirmed by Paul in Vegas to me last weekend, KISS are headling the 3rd day of Download next year. They'll be there on Sunday 14th June and day tickets are available now for £82.50, more details at  http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/

So far no arena shows have been announced in the UK.

All photos by Paul Finn
Las Vegas has long been one of my favourite cities, big, OTT, bright and loud - the perfect place to see KISS. I was lucky enough to have the chance to go over for a long weekend to catch the shows on the 14th & 15th November, and I'm so glad I did, it was awesome!

 
KISS Vegas 

The Hard Rock Casino is about a mile or so from the Vegas strip, conveniently right across from KISS Mini Golf. First thing you notice on entering is that KISS is EVERYWHERE. All the staff are dressed in KISS T's, there's KISS tables, slots, menus, elevators, shop, cookies, massive posters and even Sonic Boom costumes on display. This really was the perfect place to stay with the room being a 5 minute walk to a KISS concert.

KISS Vegas

The Joint itself is a fairly small venue with a capacity of around 5,000 - on both nights it was packed out. The crowd weren't just your usual fans though, it was a mix of both fans and Vegas tourists (not sure I'd ever wear a collard shirt & trousers to a KISS gig but there go). Either way, everyone was loving the shows, woman next to me on the first night said she'd got tickets as it has always been on her bucket list (she was probably around 60), on night 2 I was standing next to 2 21 year olds who were singing away to every song. Great atmosphere.

Read more: KISS Rocks Vegas

We're getting very close now, here's some of the fun planned in Vegas for the KISS residency:-

  • 5th Nov - See KISS arrive in the KISS copter
  • 8th Nov, 15th & 22nd Nov - Paul Stanley book signings in the Hard Rock
  • 9th Nov - Gene Simmons book signing at KISS Mini Golf
  • 9th Nov - Three Sides of the Coin live talk show at KISS Mini Golf!
  • 8th, 9th, 15th & 21st Nov - Live KISS-e-oake at KISS Mini Golf
  • All days - KISS menus & shop in Hard Rock - includes KISS Kocktails for $6

We'll be Tweeting & updating Facebook from Vegas on both the 14th & 15th November.

Here's the setlist from the first indoor concert on this year's Kruise. I expect this will be similar to the upcoming Vegas setlist (hopefully keeping in The Oath, but not holding my breath!)

Creatures Of The Night
Psycho Circus
War Machine
Plaster Caster
Tears Are Falling
Let Me Go Rock and Roll
Lick It Up
Calling Dr Love
Hell or Hallelujah
I Love It Loud
Detroit Rock City
Love Gun
Black Diamond
Shout It Out Loud
The Oath
Rock and Roll All Nite

Massive congratulations to Dressed to Kill drummer Matt Blakout who played with Tigertailz
in full Eric Carr makeup!

You can check out some great pics from the Kruise over at The Dead Daisies website.

Paul Stanley ResonatorsScarlet Page’s Resonators book, featuring Paul Stanley, now available

We are pleased to announce that Scarlet Page’s book, RESONATORS, featuring exclusive photographs of Paul Stanley, is now available to pre-order exclusively at www.redgiantpublishing.com

This beautiful large format book is strictly limited to 1,480 copies worldwide and is available in both Deluxe and Collector editions.

Including over 120 exclusive and never before seen photographs taken over the past two years, Scarlet’s personal approach and style has produced beautiful and intimate portraits of The Resonators, capturing sides of guitar legends rarely seen by their fans.

Guitarists included within RESONATORS are; Wilko Johnson, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Paul Stanley, Sir Paul McCartney, Peter Green, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nile Rodgers, Mick Jones, Jeff Beck, Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Noel Gallagher, Serge Pizzorno, Wayne Kramer, Albert Lee, Billy Corgan, Johnny Marr, Graham Coxon, Justin Hawkins, Robert Fripp, Steve Jones, John Squire, John Frusciante, Hank Marvin, Kelly Jones, Dick Taylor, John Squire, Phil Manzanera, Hank Marvin, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell and Jack White

Read more: Resonators book featuring Paul Stanley

Gene Simmons was on Through The Keyhole last night - yes he actually allowed Keith Lemon to raid his house! Keith ventured round Gene's house (aided with a map) and visited his gym, KISS room, pool & kitchen. He then gave various clues such as "demon slide", sticking out his longue and finally putting on white make-up however the celebs (Kian Egan, Christine Bleakley and Warwick Davis) then guessed it was Alice Cooper's house...

It can be seen in ITV Player and will also be shown again on Wed 24th September @ 11:10PM (ITV).

Gene Simmons Through The Keyhole
Gene Simmons Through The Keyhole
Gene Simmons Through The Keyhole
Gene Simmons Through The Keyhole

Good luck to all our Scottish friends across the border, whatever happens on Thursday I hope it's in your best interests. And to keep this on topic here's a pic of the greatest kind of Glasgow KISS - the KISS Sonic Boom jet touching down in Glasgow! (Pic by Mark Harkin via BBC)