KISS Monster World Tour: Live from Europe is on Sky Arts 1 and HD on Saturday 26th April 2014 at 9pm. It was also be repeated twice on Sunday 27th at 3:50am and 9:30am. It's the show from Zurich which was recorded last year.

Thanks to both Darren & Dean for the info.

For another chance to win a copy of the superb Face the Music, simply follow these simple steps:-

  • Like our Facebook page
  • AND post the name of your favourite Paul Stanley song on our wall (or message it to us in private if you prefer)

Don't forget you can also enter via this site, tomorrow there will be a third chance to win a copy via Twitter. Please help spread the word by sharing the competition link on Facebook (not required to enter though).

Thanks to Harper Collins (UK)  we have 5 copies of the excellent new Paul Stanley biography - Face The Music - to give away.

There will be 3 chances to win, the first of which is on this site, the 2nd & 3rd will be released over the next few days and will use our Facebook & Twitter feeds. You can enter all 3!

For your first chance to win, simply answer the question on the following page.
Click here to enter Part 1!

KISS will be on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night (14th) on CNBC at 11PM (Sky 505). This will be repeated over the next couple of weeks.

[Edit] sorry for the late notice on this, it was supposed to be published on Monday.

 

We were called earlier by the producer of the Ros Atkins show on BBC World Service asking us to comment on the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Lasted all of a few minutes but it's online if you wanted to catch it. As promised they did tweet a link to Love Gun afterwards!

Click here to hear it on SoundCloud

Just been sent this press release regarding a Paul & Gene interview with @RedBeardRocks :

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley Share Best Of KISS InTheStudio
On Eve Of Rock Hall Induction

Dallas, TX - April 1, 2014.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the ‘Best of’ KISS on the eve of their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

There are a flurry of new developments in the now forty year saga of KISS,including new catalog albums being released, a 40th anniversary tour starting this Summer, and finally the long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Regardless of whether you think the frottage foursome are rock gods or demons doesn’t change the fact that KISS have been, and continue to be, enormously successful. Selling over 100 million albums, KISS together with their music, make-up, and elaborate stage show pioneered a generation of outsized arena rock.

Unfortunately, KISS is not the first Hall of Fame inductee to weather controversy regarding personnel changes over a four decade career.  Bassist/singer Gene Simmons speaks frankly to InTheStudio host Redbeard about the work ethos of KISS.

”We never bought into the ‘I want to get high and stoned and just get up on stage and do whatever the hell.’.. We’re closer to an Olympic team. We take it deadly seriously. Being in KISS in not a birthright. It’s a privilege.”

Singer/guitarist Paul Stanley states:
“God knows we make mistakes, but that’s the beauty of KISS. We do things the way we see fit, and we live and die by the sword.”
Gene and Paul discuss their earliest musical influences, the state of music today, and chronicle some important KISS career highlights in this hour long radio special.
KISS ‘Best of/ Rock Hall Induction’ /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: InTheStudio

May the 5th will see the UK release of the latest in a line of autobiographies from the founding members of KISS (April 8th in US). This time round it's the one I've been looking forward to most - Paul Stanley "Face The Music A Life Exposed". I was lucky enough to get a review copy over the weekend, here are my thoughts.

Starting with his early childhood, the initial sections of the book deal with Paul's realisation that microtia made him different to other kids, ultimately leading to name calling and insecurity. We get to see into his troubled family life as a child, where he had to deal with both his sister's drug use and psychological problems as well as parents who were not fully supportive of him or his ambitions.

Dealing with microtia & deafness is a theme that runs through the entire book, from growing his hair long to hide the fact that his right ear was deformed, through to his reconstruction operation in the early 80's. Paul also explains how he took on the lead role in Phantom Of The Opera after realising he had strong connections with the lead character - both hid their true identify and deformities behind a mask.

Paul's early introduction into music is well detailed, from skipping school and hiding in a cathedral waiting for music stores to open through to getting, and rejecting, his first guitar. His years with ‘Post War Baby Boom’ are also mentioned, ultimately leading him to be replaced by the band without his knowledge. This leads onto a meeting with a certain Gene Klein, a bass player who seemed to like talking a lot.. about himself. This was of course the meeting that was to about to change the course of both their lives.

The KISS years are, of course, fully documented - warts and all. Starting with the Red & Orange sneaker story we all know & love, getting a manager, defining the look & direction of the band and also the difficult early shows. Yes, there are insights into exactly how difficult it was to deal with both Ace & Peter, which became worst as alcohol & drug abuse took over. But more surprising is how Paul details the relationship with Gene. Throughout the book there is resentment over how Gene's involvement with KISS disappeared over the years, mainly during the 80's where Paul was left to run the band with virtually no support. At one point a Hollywood producer & his kids were brought into a KISS recording session just to help Gene to get an acting job. Paul really was running the show throughout the 80's but resented having to split the rewards of his work equally with Gene.

All members of KISS past & present are covered, as well as managers (lots about Bill Aucoin), tour managers, accountants & more. There is a deep & heart-breaking insight into the time around Eric Carr's death, in particular around Paul questioning whether he had made the right decisions with regards to Eric, ultimately regretting the way things turned out. This is the first time I have read an honest account of what actually happened, I really admire Paul for this.

What is clear throughout the book is Paul's insecurity with himself, often hidden by his alter ego The Starchild. Outside of the band Paul talks about his loneliness, depression, seeing a psychiatrist (who later joined the KISS team) and even having panic attacks. The only outlet from this was the time he enjoyed with women - and lots of them, from friend's mums to Penthouse models. He talks about the time he decided to turn his life around and look for marriage, this leads to his time with Pam and later Erin and ultimately his 4 children, to who his dedication & love is clear - he hasn't replicated the failings of his own parents approach to parenthood.

The reunion years are also mentioned in detail, from Tommy Thayer having to teach both Peter & Ace the basics again, through to the amazing first show at Tiger Stadium, Detroit. However it wasn’t long before history repeated itself - Paul was intent on not letting the band self destruct after some bad Farewell shows fuelled by crazy demands from Ace, Peter and... Gigi.

Personally I loved this book, it's as damn close to a complete warts & all insight into KISS as you're going to get, right from the Starchild himself. He is incredibly honest  throughout, not just about the people around him but also about himself. Yes, I can often be guilty of wearing Rose-Tattoo tinted spectacles, but I admire Paul for giving an honest, heartfelt, motivating & yet (at times) upsetting insight into his life, his family & KISS.
 

Interested in winning a copy of the UK edition of Paul Stanley - Face The Music? Then look out for a competition coming very soon where we will be giving away several copies. This time round there will be several ways of winning, through this site, through our Facebook page and via Twitter. At least one prize will be allocated to each option and you can enter all 3 if you want.

Note that the UK release date is May 8th, not April as currently stated by Amazon.

In the mean time, please like our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter so you can find out how to enter nearer the time!

So we have no UK tour... for now, so why not go see the great Dressed To Kill (@kisstributeuk) instead? DTK are the nearest you are going to get to a full KISS show in the UK for at least the first half of this year, please show your support by catching them on their 2014 tour, dates are as follows:-

FRI 25 APR - THE AGINCOURT, CAMBERLEY      
SAT 26 APR - CORN EXCHANGE - HERTFORD   
FRI 30 MAY - ROBIN 2, BILSTON
SAT 31 MAY - THE WATERFRONT, NORWICH   
SAT 29 AUG - CENTRAL STATION, WREXHAM   
FRI 12 SEPT - THE GLOBE, CARDIFF    
SAT 13 SEPT - STAFFORD RANGERS FC SOCIAL CLUB   
FRI 10 OCT - YARDBIRDS, GRIMSBY    
SAT 11 OCT - THE DIAMOND, SUTTON IN ASHFIELD
FRI 7 NOV - THE WHARF, TAVISTOCK    
SAT 8 NOV - MR KYPS, POOLE