Wales Online have posted an article about the forthcoming 'Dan Bach a KISS' show (this Thursday @ 9:30PM GMT Channel S4C):

"A Kiss fan has spent £25,000 on the band’s merchandise and following his favourite band all over the world – and admits his obsession has cost him a few girlfriends.

But devotee Dan Griffiths, who is a dwarf, said the band “who look like freaks” helped him come to terms with who he is.

Having battled with negative feelings about his height, Dan from Aberystwyth credits the American rock band  with giving him confidence during his teens.

Now aged 45, Dan, who has been to 48 of the band’s gigs, and met his heroes on numerous occasions, has a tattoo which covers his entire back with the faces of each band member, and the Kiss logo complete with lightning bolt in the middle.

“I have tried to get their autographs tattooed as well but, even signed with permanent marker, they have never lasted long enough for me to have a tattoo session,” he said."

Read the full article here

You can also see the trailer on YouTube (main show will have English subtitles)
http://youtu.be/1Qa8qo_61b8

 

Congrats to @BruceKulick who married Lisa Lane yesterday in LA, both Paul, Gene and their partners were present at the ceremony. Bruce & Lisa were engaged over here in the UK last Christmas.

Dan Griffiths recently returned from an amazing trip to Japan where he attended 2 of the KISS shows and was invited backstage to meet the band. A film crew from S4C Dan Bach S4Cfollowed him on the trip and the resulting programme - Dan Bach a KISS - is to be shown on S4C on Thursday 9th January at 9:30PM. S4C can be viewed on Sky Channel 134 and Freesat 120 (both 104 in Wales).

From S4C: Aberystwyth music fan Dan Griffiths recalls the first time he saw American rock band KISS perform.

"It was on Top of The Pops in May 1979. I thought to myself 'Wow! Who are these guys with the make-up?' I remember mam exclaiming, 'What an earth is this on the TV now!'" says Dan about the buzz of seeing his favourite band first when he was 12 years old. This was the start of a lifetime obsession.

In the S4C programme Dan Bach a KISS on Thursday 9 January, Dan will show us what it's like to be a faithful member of the 'KISS Army' as the band release a new album and embark on a new world tour.

"There is a very fine line between being a fan and a fanatic. A fan enjoys the music, follows the band and goes to their gigs. But a fanatic takes it a little more seriously. I would put myself in the 'Major Fanatic' category," says Dan, revealing a tattoo which covers his entire back with the faces of each band member, and the KISS logo like a lightning bolt in the middle.

"I just love the whole thing - the antics, outfits, make-up, and guitars. The morning after seeing them on Top of The Pops I went out and bought the 12 inch record. I've been faithful to KISS ever since," explains Dan, who has an entire room dedicated to storing his priceless collection of band memorabilia.

In total, Dan estimates he has spent at least £25,000 on merchandise and gigs all over the world - and admits his obsession has caused him to lose a few girlfriends over the years.

But there is a serious note to his relationship with the band. Dan, who is a dwarf, explains. "The first feeling when I saw them on TV was 'Wow! These guys look like freaks. And maybe at the time I thought of myself as a freak. How many dwarves are there in the world - around 1 in 50,000 people? I'm a freak and I'm unique," says Dan who strongly believes that the band has helped him come to terms with who he is.

"When I was a teenager and the kids around me were growing taller, from four foot up to six foot, the same thing wasn't happening to me," says Dan who works at the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales. "But through KISS, and with the support of friends and family, I'm still here and I'm loving every minute."

There is one dream he has yet to fulfil: to see KISS play in Tokyo, and re-live one of their most famous gigs when they rocked the Budokan Hall in 1977. With the announcement of a new world tour, the dream moves a step closer, and the S4C programme will follow Dan to Japan, past the security guards, to the backstage area where he comes face to face with his heroes.

Click to read original article at S4C

Congratulations to KISS who were today announced as 2014 inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. After a successful campaign whereby they won the online vote (which counted as 1 out of 600 ballots) they were announced today as being amongst the successful inductees. The ceremony will take place on April 10th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

It is currently unknown who will take part at the ceremony, but Bruce Kulick released the following statement today:-

"I woke up today with the amazing news that KISS has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame! Well it's about time! I know the fans spoke, and they listened. When you think of how influential this band has been, and how KISS is so strongly loved by fans all around the world, those who run the R n R Hall of Fame finally got it right! Fans of KISS, this award is about you as much as the band. You could no longer be ignored! Now go crank up your favorite KISS album right now!"

There is a great interview with Gene over at Rolling Stone where he hints he is open to playing with not only Eric & Tommy at the ceremony but also Ace & Peter.

People are very curious about what lineup of the band is going to play that night.
Well, Kiss is Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. It's like, if you introduced me to your wife and I go, "Wait, where are all the other wives?" It's like, "Yeah, I was married to them and now I'm here."  You can argue that point and we'll figure everything out as time goes on. This one is for the fans. If the fans didn't care, we wouldn't be here. If it meant nothing to them, we wouldn't be here.

Bands often play with old members at the Hall of Fame. Are you open to the idea of playing with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley that night?
Sure, why not?

Last night KISS played a short set for the Brennan rock & Roll Academy at The Orleans arena, Las Vegas without make-up. They played Shout It Out Loud, Deuce, Lick It Up, Calling Dr. Love and Detroit Rock City, as well as an encore of Rock & Roll All Night with Alice Cooper, Vince Neil & others!

Unbelievably it is 22 years since Eric Carr died, time has gone so fast. We all still miss you Eric.
 
This was the quote given to me by Bruce Kulick for a tribute a few years back:

"Eric was my friend, my bandmate and like a brother to me. He made me laugh, he made me angry,and when he passed on he made me cry. I remember his great drumming and his great sense of humor. I miss him but I know he will never be forgotten. I hope he is having some great jam sessions in heaven!! Bruce."
 

It has arrived! KISS in Sweden 1976-2013 – The Book about all the times KISS visited Sweden. A book for anyone who loves KISS, filled with exciting stories, interesting facts and over 600 pictures!

The authors have one thing in common – our passionate interest in the rock group KISS, and we hope and trust that you will feel this passion and feel your heart rate increase when you have the book in your hands and open it for the first time…

Our story begins when KISS lands at Torslanda Airport just outside of Gothenburg around 4PM on the 25th of May 1976. They arrive by plane unmasked and a Swedish photographer takes a few shots as KISS are about to embark on their first tour in Sweden, a tour which has generated scandalous headlines in the media long before the plane even landed. KISS will come back to visit Sweden again in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2008, 2010 and 2013 and the band or parts thereof have made promotional visits here in 1982, 1985, 1987, 1992 and 1994. The story of KISS in Sweden ends as Gene and Paul board an aircraft taking off from Kristianstad Airport in Everöd at 4PM on the 8th of June 2013. bound for Norway.

The goal with the book has from the very start been to document all of KISS’ visits to our country as thoroughly as possible. We searched far and wide for all the cool pictures that were forgotten or ended up gathering dust in an attic somewhere. We talked to those who met the band, privately or professionally, and we spared no dime uncovering the facts and unknown stories which has until now remained undocumented. We set out to do a book that we ourselves would like to read and we think we have succeeded. We are sure that all KISS fans will enjoy our book!

Johan Falk & Roney Lundell
www.kissisverige.com

 

 

 

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Despite today’s bogus claim from an anonymous Facebook member that the KISS KRUISE PreParty to benefit Sophie’s Place Child Advocacy Center was cancelled, the event is not only on, but Sophie Tweed Simmons has confirmed her appearance.

The event has so far raised over $18,000 to Sophie's cause. Now, Will Call Miami wants to get everyone in on the party.

Beyond the 24-foot outdoor stage, all the special guests, all the raffles, all the games, all the food and drink, all the live music, and Sophie Tweed Simmons herself, Will Call Miami and the KISS KRUISE MANIACS want to get you in on the party, wherever in the world you may be.

Will Call Miami will be broadcasting a live feed on four of our large screen TV’s, indoors and out, with all KISS related comments and photos hash-tagged #WillCallRocks or #KKIII_PreParty

On October 27th, between 3pm and 3am, US Eastern Standard Time (or GMT –4), whether you’re in Boston or Bangkok, post your KISS related comments and photos with the hashtag #WillCallRocks or #KKIII_PreParty and get in on the biggest, craziest, and loudest world-wide KISS party ever held in any one city that’s mostly known for latin, electronica, hip-hop, or anything else but Rock’n Roll.

*All Proceeds from ticket sales to KISS KRUISE III: The PreParty benefit Sophie Tweed Simmons’ foundation, Sophie’s Place, Child Advocacy Centre.

( By Roman Fernandez / Leftfield Promotion)