Win a KISS signed guitar and a personal message from Gene Simmons

Ever wondered what Gene Simmons would say to you? Or what the signed Paul Stanley Washburn guitar in this photo would look like in your home? Well now is your chance to find out! Head on over ebay to bid on an amazing Kiss prize all in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. One lucky bidder will walk away with the guitar plus a personalised video message from Gene Simmons and a goody bag including a Monster tour programme, t-shirt, commemorative ticket, Eric Singer drumsticks and plectrum holder.

Gene Simmons said: "You must always give back, always be aware that not everybody is as lucky as we are. Whenever you have a chance please log on to www.teenagecancertrust.org. Do what you can, help save a life."

The auction will run from 22nd August until 1 September 2013 and you can bid by visiting: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/130972311581

eBay’s charity programme is celebrating reaching its £50million landmark by hosting its biggest celebrity auction yet - 50 celebrities, 50 items, 50 charities*. The eBay for Charity programme, established in 2006, has helped support more than 7,800 UK based charities raise funds through the eBay platform. The auction goes live on 22nd August until 1st September.

After falling sales and visitors looks like the KISS Coffee House in Myrtle Beach is to close after 7 years of trading. Shame, never got chance to go there myself and the original franchise that was supposed to be worldwide never expanded past Myrtle Beach. If you're in the area apparently all the merchandise is on sale...

This appeared in the MyrtleBeachOnline:-

MYRTLE BEACH — A multi-year downward trend in business has led the owners of KISS Coffeehouse at Broadway at the Beach to decide to close the store around the end of September.

An exact date for the closing has not been set yet, said Matthew Goldschmidt, the store’s general manager.

KISS Coffeehouse has been a staple at Broadway’s Celebrity Square for seven years. KISS co-founder Gene Simmons came to Myrtle Beach for the opening of the Coffeehouse.

“It’s not that we didn’t do well,” Goldschmidt explained the reason for leaving, “it was just a steady decline.”

Goldschmidt said that everything in the store, which includes KISS memorabilia, is marked down to sell.

Read more here: MyrtleBeachOnline

Thierry from My Little Guitars has decided to sell his amazing collection of miniature replica KISS guitars. This includes Gene's Axe bass, Paul's Flying V's and Vinnie's Charvel - Bruce's Charvel and ESP will also be available soon.

In Thierry's own words "All the miniatures are handmade and One of A kind, I'll never do them anymore. The 1/4 scale  is the same as the Premium Statues made by Sideshow toys many years ago."

For more details please contact Thierry via his website http://mylittleguitar.com, prices are around 150 euros per guitar.

Thierry from My Little Guitars has decided to sell his amazing collection of miniature replica KISS guitars. This includes Gene's Axe bass, Paul's Flying V's and Vinnie's Charvel - Bruce's Charvel and ESP will also be available soon.

In Thierry's own words "All the miniatures are handmade and One of A kind, I'll never do them anymore. The 1/4 scale  is the same as the Premium Statues made by Sideshow toys many years ago."

For more details please contact Thierry via his website http://mylittleguitar.com, prices are around 150 euros per guitar.

The following was reported on Metal Hammer and Classic Rock today, looks like there's a new documentary in the works by Alan G Parker who produced the recent Status Quo documentary:-

"How had this not already happened yet? KISS have announced that acclaimed director Alan G Parker has signed on to helm the official KISS movie!

“We are thrilled to have Alan onboard to help tell the definitive KISS story, a story of insanity… dedication… and a take no prisoners attitude combining to create the most spectacular beast in rock ‘n’ roll history; KISS,” says Paul Stanley. “Alan’s knowledge of the band amazed even us! We wanted the best….we got the best!”

You Wanted The Best…You Got The Best – The Official KISS Movie will be the most in-depth documentary ever produced on the rock ‘n’ roll icons and will chart their incredible career right from the start. Expect to see it land some time next year."

http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/theres-a-kiss-movie-on-the-way/

This friday see's the anniversary games take place at the Olympic Park to celebrate one year since Britain hosted such a memorable Olympics, but they weren't the only games that took place a year ago…let's revisit the exciting Rock Games!

Featuring the likes of the mighty KISS ruling the sports as 'Games Masters', Alice Cooper, Jessie J, Slash, Alexandra Burke, Sir Christopher Lee, Andrew Marr and Hulk Hogan.



Why, you ask? Well...

Jamie Stangroom didn't get a single ticket for London 2012. So he cried a little and then he sulked a lot, before finally manning up and deciding to create his own version of the Olympics...he called it the 'Rock Games'.



So Jamie set out to persuade some of the biggest names in music to compete in what Sir Christopher Lee described as "silly little games"; it seemed like the only sensible thing to do at the time.



Don't believe us? Well, as evidence new youtube channel Stinky Mike Comedy have put the best bits together for your perusal...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvmEdlU01Zs

There was an article in the Daily Mail a few days ago where they basically stalked Paul and took photos of him out with his family carrying a KISS Hello Kitty bag. Clearly they've done their homework talking about Paul's bandmate "Gene Simmonds" (sic) and mentioning that a tour of Europe was coming next (er, it's over). So yes, there's some nice photos but maybe Paul should be left to be a dad by himself on his days off?

Click here to read the article.

Here's a great review of the Milan show from forum member Adam:

"Ok, lets get this said from the start.

This show was stunning! Honestly, I was amazed at how good this show was. Even songs if I never heard live again (ILIL/Deuce/Love Gun...yes LG! Yawn) were outstanding.

Now, I have to admit my expectations for this show were not high. All the usual shit, the set list, what state will Paul's voice be in, TT copying Ace's solo's, ES playing well with himself just the normal stuff. Perhaps I've just grown to accept that KISS is what KISS is and it aint gonna change, or maybe this band, that I have loved for the past 38 years, has just proved that they really can still rock!

Either way, I honestly don't care, because I came away from this show as happy as I could be. The one issue is still Paul's voice, and while it was the best I have heard him from 2008 onward, he no longer sings many of the high stuff (Eric mostly takes that over) and that's a pretty good move by the band. He's still ropey, but what with the volume and the excitement you could overlook any shortcomings.

Wierd bits of the show, Paul walked over to Gene, said something in his ear and walked off. Gene stood there, shook his head and forgot to start singing again! TT was singing his back up and looking at Gene kinda confused! Would LOVE to know what PS said to throw Gene off like that!

All the guitars dropped for a few seconds. Thought they'd lost power, but the sound guy prob pressed the wrong button!!

But best was Paul doing his flying thing in Love Gun. He got to his small stage and the ring slid backwards, back over the crowd! Some body jumped up and grabbed it and started swinging from it! The crew eventually got it back and then when he was on the way back to the stage he stopped short!!!! Had to do a Tarzan swing to get back on the main stage! PMSL!!!

Charlotte, the spider, which again I was really expecting to be naff beyond words was a sight to see. It's huge! And when it lowers and starts to move its legs and all that, it's pretty cool to see! This sounds really dumb, but during the middle Who bit of LIU the abdomen bit lowers right down over PS & TT and they walk over it. Really impressed me for some reason!

I wasn't going to bother with this tour and the bit that got me to change my mind was the announcement of a new show. And while it was more GS bullshit 'a mechanical walking spider', I think not!, if I'd missed this I'd be gutted. And as for the rumoured HR Calling gig that KISS were supposed to be doing, the promoters of that really dropped the ball not getting KISS in to play. This would have been a huge draw cos everyone seems to be talking about it and for good reason too.

Is this KISS of old? Of course not. Will todays KISS ever create anything musically to compete with old KISS. NO. But that's no longer what KISS are about. KISS are happy to churn out the same set list with a few new tunes thrown in (well pleased to see Say Yeah back!!!) and as long as they can put on shows like this, then they might have some life left in them!"

David Jones has just come back to the UK from Helsinki after seeing the concert at Hartwall Arena on June 3rd. As part of his trip he caught Gene's appearance at the Hard Rock Café and his dad managed to film the whole thing - you can watch it below. Thanks to David for the link.