Small Articles From Recent Press - New Articles Always Welcome!
15/5/99 Guitar World Acoustic
Issue 30 of Guitar World Acoustic has an article on the MTV Unplugged sessions. There
is a small section about KISS which pretty much praises KISS' performance saying it was
'slick, tight and professional'. It then goes on to explain how Paul & Bruce managed
to modify the beginning of Do You Love me to overcome the problems that would have
occurred had they tried to play the electric version note for note. The whole article is
pretty cool and covers a lot of the other MTV Unplugged performances too.
24/4/99 Rock Sound
The May 1999 issue of Rock Sound has the following pic of Gene wishing them luck with the new magazine (there's no article or anything though). It also had a coverdisk with the song 'Dead Again' taken off the new Buckcherry album along with an article about the band.
This issue of Flipside featured a whole page review of the Wembley show, and once again it's very positive. Jason P has kindly typed up the article to save me the bother, thanks Jason!
6/4/99 Wembley review in Heat magazine
This issue of entertainment magazine Heat (10-16 April) contained a one page review of the Wembley show. Overall the review is favourable with KISS getting 4/5 stars (although as usual with the UK press there is an element of sarcasm in there too), it's well worth getting hold of this for the live shots alone.
Heat also has the following news about the Russian shows:-
31/3/99 KISS in NME
This issue of NME magazine featured a one page interview with Gene Simmons. The interview was taken backstage at one of the Swedish shows and for once NME don't have anything bad to say about the band, although strangely they don't have a Wembley review. They do however have the following picture taken from the after show party at Wembley, it's of two of the playboy models with somebody from the Stereophonics.
Flipside March 1999
Jason P. has sent in this about a new UK music mag:-
KISS are in the latest FLIPSIDE music mag, never seen it before, which is hardly
surprising as it's only on Issue 2! It's in the same style as 'Melody Maker' and
'NME', only a little bit smaller. Anyway, it has one full page on KISS. The layout is
basic - black background with large KISS logo and the four 'solo' faces below it. The
article doesn't reveal anything new, but it's a good introduction to those who know
nothing of the band.
Select April 1999
April's issue of Select magazine contains the following small article about KISS, and more! It was nice to see a favourable KISS issue for a change - there's also a second bigger article in mag where Gene is asked questions about fame (see link below to read that one).
"Can Kiss get any bigger? oh yes. The Kiss movie is coming out. There are girls in Kiss make-up on the cover of Playboy. We just made a deal with the World Wrestling Federation, and there's going to be the Warriors of Kiss: four wrestlers in make-up, the demon and the starchild and so on, and they're gonna wrestle. The demon guy's gonna have a codpiece with spikes on. The cartoon series is coming in the Fall. Then there's Kisstory: Toys Games And Girls volume II. It's going to be the same size as volume I, almost ten pounds in weight, with a five-foot-plus pull-out poster of over 20 girls, pretty much nude, in Kiss make-up. Oh, and we just gave away the Kiss car: you press the brake cable, it says 'Kiss'. The idea is, you're alive, have fun, What does it all mean? I don't care." Kiss's epochal 3-D tour arrives at Wembley Arena on 25 March and if you don't go, you're a knob. - Select April 99
KISS were featured in Tuesday's edition of The Express. The article was called 'Five ways to dump your girlfriend', one of the ways mentioned was to take her to a KISS concert. Obviously the Express know what they're talking about as they say (apart from calling KISS 'old rockers') "Strangely, they're still immensely popular. But not with the ladies.", hmm then how come about a big chunk of the visitors to this site are female?.... Click on the image to read the article.
Anyway it's good to see them getting a fair bit of coverage in the UK papers though. Thanks to Martin Wombwell for the scan (Martin has his own KISS page in case you didn't know).
Thanks to Martin Wombwell for this. The following picture appears in this weeks 'Heat' magazine (a new entertainment/TV mag). It's part of their Superbowl article, although the band aren't mentioned anywhere else on the page.
Another article in the mag has the following quote from Gene:-
"We're like cockroaches. We're going to survive you all. When everyone is laid
to rest in coffins, KISS will still be here."
The Independent (11/2/1999)
The edition of The Independent on Thursday 11th February contained the following KISS article in the 'First Call, Last Call' section:-
"HEAVY METAL band Kiss (right) will once again don their fright make-up and
skin-tight costumes when they bring their music circus show to England in March. Nostalgic
madness or a welcome come-back, the die-hard fans of this band, which first formed back in
the mid-1970's, really don't care. With a string of hits to their name, Kiss are from the
old school of heavy metal, now reconstructed with 1990s irony, of course. Wembley Arena,
London (0181-902 0902) 25 Mar"
Classic Rock Issue 3 (6/2/1999)
The latest issue of Classic Rock (excellent UK rock mag) has a small news clip about KISS. It briefly mentions the Wembley tour in March and also has some news about the much talked about Roswell gig which is once again rumoured to be taking place on July 4th:- "Kiss not only intend to invite our alien neighbours to the party by broadcasting the gig into outer space, but also plan to christen the new kiss constellation on the solar map! And the best part is, it's all free!"
KISS also popped up in the 1998 Readers' Poll:-
National Enquirer (4/2/1999)
Thanks to Martin Wombwell for telling me about this one, there's a small Gene article in this weeks National Enquirer (an American trashy paper, but widely available over here).
"It seemed like old times when Cher and Kiss frontman Gene Simmons ran into each other backstage at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
The romantic flames still seemed to burn as the former lovers, who in 1979 (right)
were a hot, hot item, embraced (left) and exchanged a big, sloppy kiss, to everyone's
delight. Insiders however that Simmons' famous tongue remained inside his mouth the whole
time. 'Cher looks beautiful, she's classy, she's always been a lady' Simmons said as he
took a long look at the 52-year-old actress and singer."
Now magazine (4/2/1999)
The following article appeared in this weeks Now magazine in a feature about Sam Fox (that's two weeks in a row KISS have been in here!).
"At last Sam found someone who wore more make-up then she did - on stage at least - when she dated Paul Stanley of the outrageous band Kiss. The American band's collision of heavy metal and glam rock appealed to Sam, who was at the start of her campaign to launch her career as a singer in the US. 'Sam and I are good friends, but I have no thoughts of settling down', said Paul at the time. He said of the many groupies he'd slept with: 'I haven't kept count of them all, but I have a photographic memory - and it's filthy.'"
Now magazine (26/1/1999)
The latest issue of Now magazine (the UK equivalent of People magazine) has the
following picture of KISS taken from the AMA's. No article or anything though, just the
piccy - thanks to my sister for passing it on.
This weeks edition of Kerrang! features a small article on KISS' appearance at theAmerican Music Awards - along with a picture of the guys hugging Cher.
"Say what you like about KISS, but at least they'll always enliven a crap awards ceremony. Yes, here are the boys, breaking the ice with pop queen Cher at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on January 11. Despite singer Paul 'Starchild' Stanley's valiant attempts to massage her arm, Cher seemed to be more taken by her old flame Gene 'God Of Thunder' Simmons - who has thoughtfully rolled her a red carpet... from his cakehole. No wonder KISS received a standing ovation from a crowd previously bored into catatonia..."
PC Zone (16/1/1999)
February's edition of PC Zone (a UK computer games mag) has a nice one page article about the forthcoming Psycho Circus game. Nothing is said that isn't already in the press release, but there's a great pic of the band there too and a small quote from Gene:-
"Our shows are a sensory ambush of hard-core rock 'n' roll, cutting edge technology and in-your-face action. We're working with Bloodshot to convey that same raw, electric excitement in this game. We aren't all gamers ourselves, but we got the word that the Gathering was the place to call if we wanted a guarantee of quality and artist recognition."
Classic Rock (5/12/1998)
The January/February edition of Classic Rock magazine features a 4 page KISS article that contains an interview with Gene along with other KISS goodies such as some info on the latest merchandising.
The interview isn't huge, but it well worth getting hold of. There's an interesting bit about Psycho Circus that says that the song 'Carnival Of Souls' was recorded for the album! :-
"We recorded 19 songs [for Psycho Circus] and used 10. Many that didn't make it were quite a bit heavier. One of them was called 'Carnival Of Souls' which would have been the title song from the last album, but it was too heavy and a little too punky. Another one I wrote for Ace called 'I wanna rule the world' was very Mott The Hoople, crossed with a bombastic John Bonham beat. You British like the heavier stuff, but we purposely left out a lot of the heavier ones because the record as it stands makes a much stronger musical statement."
FHM (December 1998 - £2.70)
On page 62 of this issue of FHM magazine, Gene Simmons takes part in the 'Bloke Test' alongside none other than.... Lionel Blair!!! Funnily enough Lionel comes out tops with 5/10 compared to Gene's 4/10!
Amongst other things Gene talks about farting in the gym, having sex with a friends mum
and making small children cry!
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