VH1 Classic Taken Over by KISS

VH1 Classic Taken Over by KISS Legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for Exclusive Pay-Per-View Concert 'Pre-Game' Show, Saturday, October 7, At 6:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Simmons and Stanley to Host Two-Hour VH1 Classic Special and Program Their Favorite Videos by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Cheap Trick, Led Zeppelin and Others

NEW YORK, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- KISS legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will be taking over the new cable music channel VH1 Classic for an exclusive ``pre-game'' show immediately preceding their pay-per-view special ``The Last KISS,'' on Saturday, October 7 at 6:00-8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

Simmons and Stanley (in KISS character) will host the two-hour VH1 Classic special as well as program the videos, including ``My Generation'' by The Who, Jimi Hendrix' ``Voodoo Child,'' ``Surrender'' by Cheap Trick, Led Zeppelin's ``The Song Remains the Same,'' plus a few surprises including songs by N'Sync, Sheryl Crow and Sarah MacLaughlin.

``When a couple of seven-foot-tall rock 'n' roll giants tell us they want to take over our channel, they usually get what they want,'' said Eric Sherman, Vice President, MTV/VH1 Digital Television.

``What you see is what you get -- two grown men wearing makeup, platform heels and codpieces, talking about their favorite videos,'' said Simmons.

``When we want to get into America's homes, we don't use the door!'' said Stanley.

The band's PPV special ``The Last KISS'' airs Saturday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

VH1 Classic, a 24-hour network, is the latest addition to The Digital Suite programming package from MTV Networks. Aimed at adult viewers, VH1 Classic presents music videos and live concert footage all day long, featuring classic rock, soul and dance artists, including The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police and many, many more.

VH1 Classic is supported online by classic.VH1.com, an exclusive showcase for broadband content, featuring streaming video clips and webcasts designed for high-speed Internet access.

VH1 produces and programs a wide variety of music-based series, specials, live events and acquisition-based programming that keeps viewers in touch with the music they love. VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, M2: Music Television, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land and VH1 as well as The Suite from MTV Networks, a package of 10 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.