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)

I've got really mixed feelings about this, whist it's something that should've happened years ago, most KISS fans have already turned their back on the shambles that is the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Are they just included to shut us up for a while? Maybe I'm just being cynical, but there is a bitter taste in my mouth (although I will still vote anyway ;-) ...

From Rolling Stone:
"The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 are in, and the list includes Nirvana, Kiss, the Replacements and Hall and Oates. The rest of this year's hopefuls are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, LL Cool J, N.W.A, Link Wray, the Meters, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Yes and the Zombies. The top vote-getters will be inducted in April at a ceremony in New York City.
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You can vote for KISS over at the Rolling Stone website.

Here's what we have all been waiting to hear, Gene has mentioned in a recent interview with Classic Rock that KISS will be touring the UK in spring 2014. Whist we heard similar rumours about a year ago, this is still very promising:

"..there are rumours of a Kiss doing a spring tour of the UK in 2014.
'That’s true. And as an avowed Anglophile I can’t wait. But the UK is a very strange place; it really is like the Hobbit world, a magical kingdom. The Europeans call you European but the English don’t. You’re a very small island surrounded by water. You didn’t invent rock’n’roll or blues or jazz, but you strange little people with your strange foods and odd colloquialisms created the music that rules the world – The Beatles, the Stones, The Who, Zeppelin ad infinitum – and you continue to do so.' "

Full interview

For those who watched SoccerAM at the weekend you may have seen Gene put his gum on Helen Chamberlain's notes and tell her to ebay it! Well guess what, it's now available on ebay and all the money will go to The Charity Street League!

You can bid here: KISS Gene Simmons Gum

 

Here's a couple of stills taken by us during the NFL footage, one of Gene singing and another of Gene with Colin Murray. YouTube footage of the performance can also be found below.

 

 

Here's a collection of pictures from Gene's appearances on SoccerAM and Sunday Brunch this weekend - after both shows 'Gene Simmons' was #1 trend on Twitter in the UK! Gene singing the US national anthem will be on later today on Channel 4.

 

Gene will be a guest on Sunday Brunch this Sunday on C4 (starts 9:30AM). He will also be on Rock & Roll Football on Absolute Radio on Saturday, the full schedule is as follows:-

Friday:
Talk Sport 3.00pm

Saturday:
Soccer AM 10.00am
Absolute Radio

Sunday:
Sunday Brunch (C4) 9:30AM
NFL at Wembley Stadium (C4)