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    KISS Cancels Manchester Concert Following Terrorist Attack

    KISS has canceled its previously announced concert in Manchester, England.

    The legendary U.S. rockers had been scheduled to play at the Manchester Arena on May 30, just one week after a suicide bomb killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande gig at the same venue.

    As a result, the Manchester Arena remains closed, which has forced the band to cancel their performance.

    KISS said in a statement: "We are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester.

    "We sadly will not be able to play Manchester Arena on the 30th May.

    "We have always looked forward to these shows and our local fans, but in light of recent events, a canceled rock show seems of such little consequence.

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected and all the people of Manchester at this difficult time. We are with you and you are in our prayers."

    Refunds for the the show will be granted to all ticketholders at the point of purchase.

    KISS's other performances in the U.K. will go ahead as planned.

    Several other artists — including BLONDIE and TAKE THAT — also canceled concerts in the wake of the attack.

    BRUCE KULICK Says He Had To Play Politics In KISS

    Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has revealed he had to take band politics into account when pitching a song to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley during his twelve years in the band.

    Speaking to Hot Metal, the 63-year-old said he could never play a song idea for both Simmons and Stanley — he had to chose which one would give him the best chance of success.

    "During my years with KISS, it was always a challenge to make Gene or Paul really zone in and say, 'I wanna work on that,'" Kulick said. "Then the issue with them was, if you played something for Gene, you can't play it for Paul. You know what I mean? It was like you had to pick and choose your battles and everything.

    "Anyway, that was always like an interesting dynamic but understandable. Groups are very much like that. Just like within a family you know, you can tell one brother one thing but you wouldn't mention that to the other ... your sister or whatever."

    During the extensive chat, Kulick also discussed going out socially with Paul Stanley years before joining the band — because brother Bob Kulick was a friend of the Starchild.

    "Paul was a huge rock star living like a king in New York City," Bruce recalled. "Bob would go, 'Come on along, let's go', we were in Queens we’d hang out, 'We're going to the movies with Paul Stanley,' and everyone was like, 'Wow, that's kind of cool.'

    "That was kind of weird. I'm not saying I really got to know him well. You know when you have that level of fame, you're very carefully with your circle of people you hang with. But that helped when Paul realized, 'You know, I'm hearing good things about Bruce, not only from Bob, from other musicians in L.A.' That's how I really got my start, so I'm grateful to my brother obviously for the introduction but the rest was all my own."

    In 1984, Bruce joined KISS, where he remained as their lead guitarist for more than a decade, accompanying the band on the "Animalize" tour and continuing with the band until the 1996 reunion tour. Bruce is heavily featured on "Kissology – Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", the band's DVDs spanning their historic 40-year career.

    Live Nation Offers Refunds for England Concerts After Terror Attack

    Live Nation is sympathetic to people who bought tickets for concerts in England, offering them refunds if they're too scared to attend ... TMZ has learned.

    Sources at Live Nation tell us refunds will be available for UK concerts featuring Katy Perry, Iron Maiden, KISS, Robbie Williams, Phil Collins, Depeche Mode, and James Arthur. BTW, Senator Bernie Sanders also has a show scheduled at 02 Academy Brixton, and it's sold out.

    Our sources say Live Nation has not made a decision on refunds for other countries, but they are having discussions at offices worldwide ... and they expect to come up with a policy soon.

    The decision to refund tickets in England is partly because of the attack at the Ariana Grande concert and partly because the Prime Minister has made it clear ... another attack seems imminent.

    One Live Nation source tells TMZ, "We've gotten about a thousand media calls but very few consumer calls asking for refunds."

    TOMMY THAYER Says 'It's Crickets' When KISS Plays Lesser-Known Songs Live

    Maggie Wright of Full Metal Rock conducted an interview with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer prior to the band's May 7 show at Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway. You can listen to the full chat here.

    KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY Recalls Ditching Makeup, Talks Frankly About GENE SIMMONS

    According to The Pulse Of Radio, Paul Stanley has admitted that KISS shedding its makeup in the early 1980s was liberating for him. Stanley, who's prepping his second memoir, is currently out on the road with KISS and performs on Saturday (May 20) in the Czech Republic. He chatted with Classic Rock magazine and revealed that KISS wiping off the grease paint helped him grow as a performer, recalling: "The years that we were without the makeup [1983 to 1996] were fine for me. I found them very satisfying because I got a chance to be out there without makeup, which I craved at that point. I think it was easier for me because my persona wasn't really defined by the makeup — it was embellished. To me, the makeup was just reinforcing what you were seeing and who I was. But the day we put the makeup back on before the reunion tour was magical. To look in the mirror and see that face again was empowering."

    On his long-lasting — and sometimes rocky — relationship with KISS co-founder Gene Simmons, Stanley explained: "Gene's my brother. He lives right down the street. And we like each other so much that we stay out of each other's way. As sickening as it might sound, we're not beyond sending each other texts of appreciation. We both have the lives that perhaps we didn't intend to in the beginning, but we both made it possible for us to reach the lives that made us happy. If you would have told him thirty, forty years ago where he'd wind up, he couldn't comprehend it. But you have to keep moving forward. And you may find your destination is not where you intended."

    Although Paul Stanley has been vocal about his issues with co-founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, in his recent memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", he talks frankly about the problems in keeping a partnership going with Gene Simmons over the decades. He admitted to The Pulse Of Radio that it's taken a lot of work to keep the pair moving forward and on the same page. "Oh, sure," he said. "That over the years that's been an ongoing theme in our relationship. But time is the ultimate judge, and the fact that we've been together, at this point for, forty — my gosh — almost forty-four years says volumes. There have been times where I've been very angry and resentful — and I'm not saying momentarily, I'm saying for long periods of time. But, in time, everything falls in place and you get a better perspective — hopefully. If you don't expect from someone what's not possible, then you won't be disappointed."

    What happened when Kiss went to Moscow

    What happened when Kiss went to Moscow: bullet-proof tents, rivalries and mating rituals: read the article here.

    PodcastOne: KISS - 25th Anniversary of Revenge with Bruce Kulick & The Story Of Thin Lizzy with Scott Gorham

    (Listen) In this episode, Mitch sits down with former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick to discuss the band's landmark album REVENGE on its 25th anniversary. The two discuss its historic importance in the band's catalog, the involvement of Vinnie Vincent, Dick Wagner, Kevin Valentine & Tommy Thayer as well as unreleased tracks and the different drummers that auditioned for the band at that time. Scott Gorham of THIN LIZZY & Black Star Riders is the show's second interview. Scott discusses their new album HEAVY FIRE, working with Phil Lynott & John Sykes, the Thunder & Lightning album, the twin guitar attack, 21 Guns and much more.

    Princess Estelle Just Proved She’s the Most Hardcore Royal of All (and She’s 5!)

    (People.com) (Pic) Royal rocker!

    When KISS blew into Sweden last weekend, (more than 2o years after the band’s first date there!), the country’s 5-year-old future queen, Princess Estelle, once again showed off her high-spirited personality.

    And befitting her VIP status, Princess Estelle not only attended last weekend’s Stockholm concert, but she also she went backstage to meet the band.

    Rockers Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer happily posed with Estelle and her parents, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Meanwhile, Estelle’s baby brother, 1-year-old Prince Oscar, stayed home.

    But Princess Estelle, pictured in her father’s arms for the photo op, really got into the groove, complete with Stanley’s signature star makeup on her right eye.

    Earlier this year, Estelle’s grandmother, Queen Silvia, spoke about the little princess.

    “She is overprotective and very sweet to [her brother Oscar],” Silvia said of her granddaughter, who is second in line to the Swedish throne. “It feels good when you see the two of them together. Estelle’s so alert, interested, happy and curious. She’s adorable and funny — just like her mother when she was little.”

    PETER CRISS Plays 'Final' Australian Show In Melbourne

    (Video) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss played the first of three final solo shows earlier tonight (Friday, May 12) at the Sofitel Grand Ballroom in Melbourne, Australia. The eleven-song setlist included "Can't Stop The Rain", from his 1978 debut solo album; "Words", from Criss's 1980 solo album "Out Of Control"; as well as a number of KISS numbers, like "Beth" from 1976's "Destroyer", "Hooligan" from 1977's "Love Gun", "Strutter", from 1974's "Kiss" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" from 1975's "Dressed To Kill".

    Setlist:
    01. I Can't Stop The Rain (solo - 1978)
    02. Hooked On Rock And Roll (solo - 1978)
    03. Strange Ways ("Hotter Than Hell" - 1974)
    04. Strutter ("Kiss" - 1974)
    05. Don't You Let Me Down (solo - 1978)
    06. Hooligan ("Love Gun" - 1977)
    07. Nothing To Lose ("Kiss" - 1974)
    08. Words (solo, "Out Of Control" - 1980)
    09. Beth ("Destroyer" - 1976)
    10. Rock And Roll All Nite ("Dressed To Kill" - 1975)
    11. Sing, Sing, Sing (a tribute to Gene Krupa - 1937)

    Criss is scheduled to play two U.S. shows in June. His appearance at the New York KISS Expo on June 9-11 will include a meet-and-greet, expo and a New York landmark tour. Five days later, on June 16, Peter will take part in a VIP dinner performance, which is being billed as his last live performance in the USA.

    Asked by Australia's The Rockpit in a brand new interview if he is "moving on to do other things," Criss responded: "You know what?! I'm 71. That scares me when I say that [laughs], but if you're around me, I'm like a 15-year-old kid — I really am. But I've had an amazing career in music. I was around in the '60s and '70s, which was about the best time to be a musician. I actually saw Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison and THE BEATLES when I was young. I've seen the greatest of the greats perform. I grew up at a time when music was so cool. There was Bob Dylan, and things were changing — things were becoming amazing for musicians in the world. So I played clubs for 15 years, then I started the band with the guys.'

    He continued: "I'm a big BEE GEES fan, I was watching the salute to Barry [Gibb, the last surviving member of the BEE GEES], I've been a big fan since they started, and I love that he got up there and performed. And I see now all these guys, from THE ROLLING STONES, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, and we're all in our 70s now, and I hate to say it, but we're dying out, and that's so real. There's less rock and roll in the world, less music in the world, and it's kinda sad.

    "So I'm 71 I'm in the best health I've been in for a while, and I thought if I'm gonna do it, I've gotta do it now. I had male breast cancer and I beat it, and that's really changed my life, and my wife also beat cancer too, so I went out I signed autographs, I wrote a book. When I connected [with the fans] again, I got to hear their stories and they'd ask me if I'd play again or sing again; there was so much love. And when I looked around, everyone was slowing down or retiring, like Eric Clapton, and I wondered what I have left."

    Criss added that he is planning on finally completing the solo album that he started work on nine years ago.

    "Before my cancer, I really put down some really heavy rock and roll. I put down some ballads too, but it was heavier than the stuff I normally do. And then I got sick and I put it aside and I've been sat on it these last eight years. And when I moved to California, I took it with me. There aren't any vocals on there yet, but I played it to a good friend and he told me that it was the best stuff he'd heard in years and I had to finish it, so when I'm over in June to play my last show in New York City, I'll finish it."

    In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman".

    Criss first left KISS in 1980. Since then he's worked with other bands and released solo albums. He teamed up with KISS again for a reunion tour in the 1990s and most recently in 2004. He was replaced by Eric Singer.

    Criss, who was known as "Catman," released his last solo CD, titled "One for All", in 2007. Peter produced the album himself for the first time, and was joined by guest musicians that included keyboardist Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee of "Late Night with David Letterman". The album featured a range of styles, from rock and jazz to blues and Broadway, and included covers of "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Send in the Clowns".

    The four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2014 by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello.

    KISS did not perform — the Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley insisted on the current lineup — which also includes guitarist Tommy Thayer — performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.

    Did BRUCE KULICK Know 'Unplugged' Reunion Would Lead To His Exit From KISS?

    In a brand new interview with Rock N Roll Damnation, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick was asked if "it was evident" that the band's reunion with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley for an episode of MTV's "Unplugged" in 1995 would pave the way for a KISS tour that would exclude him and drummer Eric Singer. "The truth was not really ever kind of revealed for a few reasons," Kulick said. "I was aware that MTV thought that it was really important that if we did KISS 'Unplugged' that they get the scoop of a reunion, that they get that icing on the cake. But that was only a quarter of the evening, but it was the one that got all of the attention press-wise, and that matters because it means money, it means sales and all of that stuff. Behind the scenes, unknown to MTV, unknown to me and Eric Singer was the fact that they were negotiating with promoters that had gotten wind of a reunion on TV, so why wouldn't there be a reunion tour?"

    He continued: "I didn't know that the writing was on the wall even though I was a little uncomfortable, but Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] obviously had a plan that should the original band have some difficulty working together or animosity towards each other or if someone wasn't willing to do it, KISS would have continued with Eric Singer and myself. But apparently, and I think what I understood was, shortly after or while they were trying to put together the 'Unplugged' thing, even though that was not the reunion tour, it was a reunion on stage in front of the world so they were feeling offers."

    Kulick added: "Life is political, and so is business. There was a lot going on behind the scenes, just like in our political world and everyday business. It was really interesting."

    During the same chat, Bruce confirmed that he continued to be paid by KISS for a full year after the "Alive/Worldwide Tour" launched in 1996, even though he was not part of the band's touring lineup. Asked if he was ever offered an extended role within the KISS camp as a behind-the-scenes guy, Kulick said: "No, although they did look to me to do some work for 'Psycho Circus'. That was very strange, but also made me feel really important [laughs] — you know what I mean — because when they got into the studio, I demoed some things with Paul and I was even able to co-write a song with him for that album. Just the fact that they asked me to play some bass and help out on the song I wrote with Paul in the studio was nice. Even the song 'I Finally Found My Way' from the 'Detroit Rock City' soundtrack, I played the bass on that track too, which was cool. I also did some work on both Paul and Gene's solo records, 'Live To Win' and 'Asshole', which was nice."

    In 1984, Bruce joined KISS, where he remained as their lead guitarist for twelve years, accompanying the band on the "Animalize" tour and continuing with the band until the 1996 reunion tour. Bruce is heavily featured on "Kissology – Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3", the band's DVDs spanning their historic 40-year career.

    GENE SIMMONS Says 'Some Writing' Has Been Going On For Possible New KISS Album

    Gene Simmons has confirmed that "some writing" has been going on for a possible new KISS studio album but has once again said that he is "not incentivized" to release another KISS disc unless there are some major changes in the way music is consumed.

    KISS's last studio effort, 2012's "Monster", sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.

    The band's previous LP, "Sonic Boom", opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the KISS's highest-charting LP ever.

    Asked by Michael Cavacini if KISS is going to record another studio album or not, Simmons said: "There's some writing going on. Not too long ago I wrote a song called 'Your Wish Is My Command'. It sounds anthemic, like something that might have come off 'Love Gun', maybe. But I'm not incentivized. The idea that you work your ass off and then someone with freckles on their face decides they want to download your music and file share — that's not what I work for. How'd you like to be a plumber, come over somebody's house and work all day to fix their plumbing and then when it's time to get paid they say, 'No, I just wanted to say thank you.' No."

    He continued: "I've heard people say, 'Oh, you have enough money.' That's what I need: an eighteen-year-old kid telling me when enough is enough. It doesn't affect me at all. And it doesn't affect THE [ROLLING] STONES or U2 — a lot of the bands that do well. There's only a handful, actually. The saddest thing of all is that the next great bands, with the talent and the charisma and all that stuff, will never have the chance that we did — because there's no music industry. There's no way for them to pay the rent. They're going to have to give away their music, practically, for free."

    Simmons added: "It almost makes you say, 'You know what, I'll get a day job.' The saddest part of all is that it's not aliens from another planet, it's not another country that invaded us and did that. No, no, no. Your next-door neighbor, the fans, are killing new music. They're killing the bands that want to create music for them. That's who's killing it. You're killing it, by not paying for it. Imagine how long a supermarket would stay in business if everybody went in, took the food and went away and didn't pay for it. [It] wouldn't last very long at all."

    Gene's comments were echoed by KISS frontman Paul Stanley, who last year said about the prospect of the band making a new album: "Well, it's a very conflicted subject. In one sense, there's no reason to put out any new music. Because the delivery systems that are available don't pay. We're in a situation now where artists have to take what they can get, as opposed to what they deserve. For me, it's more of a moral issue than anything else, because I don't have to worry about paying the rent, but what about new bands?"

    Stanley previously that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album… When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another.”

    GENE SIMMONS To Release 'On Power' Book In November

    (Listen) KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will release his next book, "On Power", on November 14 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Simmons told "The Ride With JMV" on 107.5/1070 The Fan that the book is about how "everybody can make more money and actually become relatively rich." He explained: "There are certainly enough economists in the world who have broken through the glass ceiling and taken the message out there that we've always assumed that the top should only be the people that are the smartest and the richest and all that stuff, and that the masses — the great unwashed masses — can never attain the heights, and that is patently untrue."

    Simmons's last book, "Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life And Business", came out in 2014.

    Although Gene has long portrayed himself as the brains behind KISS, his bandmate Paul Stanley's memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", paints a different picture, with Stanley claiming that Simmons was always more concerned with the Gene Simmons business. According to Keith Spera's review of "Face The Music" in The Times-Picayune, Paul wrote in the book that he, along with his therapist at the time, realized in the 1980s that KISS's financial managers were acting in bad faith. Other managers — not Simmons — encouraged diversification into a wide and lucrative range of merchandising opportunities.

    "I saw the term 'marketing genius' used in reference to Gene quite frequently .?.?. [and] it turned my stomach," Stanley wrote of Simmons. "Neither Gene nor I has had an active hand in any significant deals.

    "He was no marketing genius. He just took credit for things. It was unwarranted, selfish, and hurtful, and there was no way to excuse it. Calculated strategist? Sure. Genius? No."

    Despite the barbs directed at Simmons, Stanley said in an interview that his longtime bandmate and business partner "had no arguments with" the comments Paul made in "Face The Music". "We've always been very honest with each other," insisted Stanley.

    The Amazing Story of KISS Guitarist Paul Stanley’s Missing Ear, and the Doctor Who Reconstructed It

    (variety.com) KISS frontman Paul Stanley is mourning the death of a man who played a pivotal part in shaping the sound of his band and ensuring a long career for the guitarist. New Hampshire’s Dr. Frederic Rueckert, who died on May 4, treated the rocker for a congenital ear deformity called Grade 3 Microtia back in 1982. Stanley was born with the condition, which left the external ear underdeveloped and essentially deaf.

    “My dear friend Dr. Frederic Rueckert has died at 95,” Stanley tweeted. “He truly changed my life when he constructed my right ear from my rib. God Bless You.”

    In a series of five surgical procedures, Rueckert removed pieces of cartilage from the rock star’s rib cage and carved them into the framework of an ear, which was then “implanted with a series of skin grafts.”

    Stanley chronicled his ear struggles in his 2014 book, “Face The Music: A Life Exposed.”

    “I had nothing more than a stump on the right side of my head, and my ear canal was also closed, so I was deaf,” the 65-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer wrote. “That left me unable to tell the direction of sound, and more importantly, made it incredibly difficult for me to understand people when there was any kind of background noise or conversation. These problems would lead me to instinctively avoid social situations.”

    Stanley hid the deformity by growing his hair long, and worked through insecurities with a therapist, Dr. Jesse Hilsen, as KISS rose to rock prominence. It was Hilsen who suggested Rueckert after reading an article on the New Hampshire surgeon. At the time, the surgery was relatively new and mainly used on kids.

    “I always tried to express to Dr. Reuckert the life-changing role he was playing for me,” wrote Stanley, who was 30 when he underwent the procedure. “He was a humble man who helped countless children avoid the experience and turmoil and endlessly compounded problems I faced as a kid. He helped give me a new lease on life; I gave him a Rolex watch when he retired. I could never figure out a way to truly show him how much he meant to me.”

    'Hired Gun' Documentary Feat. KISS, ALICE COOPER, METALLICA Members Gets One-Night Screening Event

    (Trailer) According to Variety, the rock documentary "Hired Gun: Out Of The Shadows, Into The Spotlight" will receive a one-night showing on June 29 at several hundred North American locations through Fathom Events.

    The film goes behind the scenes and explores the personalities and creativity of the best session players and backup musicians in the world, ranging from Liberty DeVitto, who has played with Billy Joel, to rock guitarist John 5 who has played with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson.

    A synopsis of the film — directed by Fran Strine — described these musicians as "a group that possesses uncommon musical ability and an uncanny knack for being able to deliver a great performance time and again."

    "We have been overwhelmed by the support and feedback received throughout our festival run," Strine said. "'Hired Gun' is about musicians whose DNA are all over the music and tours we love, without us knowing their faces or names. It’s a music documentary with passion and talent at its core, digging deep and ripping the curtain back to expose what it’s really like to tour and record with the legends."

    "Hired Gun" features Jason Hook (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH), Liberty DeVitto (BILLY JOEL), Kenny Aronoff (JOHN MELLENCAMP), Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE), Phil X (BON JOVI), Justin Derrico (P!NK), Jason Newsted (METALLICA), Eric Singer (KISS), John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE), Glen Sobel, Nita Strauss (ALICE COOPER), Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson, TOTO), Steve Vai (DAVID LEE ROTH), Paul Bushnell (Katy Perry), Jay Graydon (STEELY DAN) and Chris Johnson (RIHANNA).

    Tickets go on sale on May 24.

    Hook, who did stints with Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil and Alice Cooper, before joining FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, told The Pulse Of Radio he understands what it takes to catch a break with a big artist. "I went through years of trying to get gigs myself, and so I really understand what it's like to be the guy reaching out," he said. "And I always admired people that gave me a shot, recognizing that it's an unknown, you don't know if it's… The referrals are easy, when somebody says, 'I've got the perfect guy,' that door has been opened. But for you to open your own doors is very difficult.”

    KISS drummer Criss headlines Beauty Ball on April 29

    The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care is an organization that brings members of the community together to support men, women and children being treated for cancer.

    The foundation, which is located in Tinton Falls, will sponsor its largest fundraising event of the year on April 29 when the Beauty Ball 2017 is held at the Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park.

    The affair, which is in its 11th year, will run from from 6:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

    Peter Criss, founding member and original drummer for the rock n’ roll supergroup, KISS, will highlight an evening of entertainment.

    As a cancer survivor and recipient of the foundation’s Man of Courage Award, Criss will be performing his hit song “Beth,” live at the event.

    The affair, which will help support families dealing with the impact of cancer, will feature an evening filled with live and silent auctions, basket raffles, dinner, cocktails and entertainment provided by a DJ and the jazz group,”The Wright Trio.”

    This year, the foundation will honor both the Holt Construction Corporation and Frank Rizzo for significant contributions.

    The Holt Construction Corporation, which services New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, will receive the 2017 Diamond Award for Philanthropy.

    According to the foundation, Holt Construction Corporation has been a loyal supporter of the foundation for the past 11 years, sponsoring and attending many of their events including the Beauty Ball, while also contributing to many other charitable organizations.

    The Unsung Hero Award will be presented to Rizzo, co-owner of Amazing Decoration, a holiday decorating company that is available throughout New Jersey. According to the foundation, Rizzo has surprised many foundation families by donating outdoor decorating during the holiday season.

    Since its inception in 2007, the Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care has supported over 1,500 families by providing over $1,500,000 million in grants and services to cover such costs as transportation, household bills, groceries, housecleaning services and childcare.

    With affairs such as the Beauty Ball, the foundation can maintain special programs, which include the holiday Adopt-a-Family Program and Thanksgiving meal delivery initiative.

    For information, go to www.beautyfoundationnj.com or call them at 732-719-9909.

    Gene Simmons of Kiss gives emotional Chuck Berry eulogy

    Gene Simmons of Kiss delivered a tearful eulogy for Chuck Berry yesterday.

    Berry died on March 18 at the age of 90. The musician was long recognized as a founder of rock and roll music, influencing rock popularizers such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones.

    Chuck Berry's memorial took place on Sunday in his hometown of St. Louis. The funeral service occured at the Pageant, a hall located just blocks away from Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room, a venue where Berry played a monthly show for many years.

    Simmons apparently gave a surprise spech at Berry's memorial. In the touching tribute, the Kiss bassist reportedly became choked up when talking about the rock and roll originator. Simmons told the gathering he was wearing dark sunglasses to try and hide his tears.

    "These shades are going to help me a lot, because in the back of them are real tears."

    Watch Simmons' speech here.

    Sophie Simmons slams Katey Sagal for revealing dad’s affair

    Sophie Simmons isn’t a big fan of Katey Sagal’s memoir, “Grace Notes,” which reveals an affair Sagal had with Sophie’s father, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, 43 years ago.

    “To write about someone and then have it affect their family, I feel like is a really kind of low place to sell a book,” Simmons said on “Allegedly With Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss” on Tuesday, adding, “I mean, congrats to the one groupie who thought they got ahead, but apparently didn’t.”

    Simmons also says of the former “Married With Children” star — who’s landed a new CBS series, “Superior Donuts” — “You tried to get ahead in music, it didn’t work; ... You played the game and you lost. I’m really sorry. You’re a really talented actress so it worked out.”

    PETER CRISS Announces 'Last' Live Performances In USA, Australia

    Original KISS drummer Peter Criss has announced a couple of convention appearances this spring that are being being on his web site as his final live performances.

    On May 12-14, Criss is scheduled to appear at the KISS Konvention Australia in Victoria, with his May 12 set said to be Peter's last live performance in Australia. Criss's appearance at the New York KISS Expo on June 9-11 will include a meet-and-greet, expo and a New York landmark tour. Five days later, on June 16, Peter will take part in a VIP dinner performance, which is being billed as his last live performance in the USA.

    In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman". Peter's "Catman" persona is an instantly recognizable icon in pop culture.

    Criss first left KISS in 1980. Since then he's worked with other bands and released solo albums. He teamed up with KISS again for a few gigs in the 1990s and most recently in 2004. He was replaced by Eric Singer.

    Criss, who was known as "Catman," released his last solo CD, titled "One for All", in 2007. Peter produced the album himself for the first time, and was joined by guest musicians that included keyboardist Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee of "Late Night with David Letterman". The album featured a range of styles, from rock and jazz to blues and Broadway, and included covers of "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Send in the Clowns".

    The four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2014 by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello.

    PAUL STANLEY To Play Intimate SOUL STATION L.A. Gig On Saturday

    According to The Pulse Of Radio, Paul Stanley has just announced an intimate one-off Los Angeles club date with his R&B revue, SOUL STATION. The KISS frontman and his band are set to play on Saturday, March 11 at Hollywood's Sayers Club. The show marks Stanley's first since canceling four Southern California gigs last month after suffering a concussion while skiing.

    Stanley said in the announcement for the club date: "We're living in a time of being fed canned pre-programmed backing tracks and lip syncing in place of the electricity and passion of real live R&B.

    "When I was a boy, before I ever saw THE WHO or LED ZEPPELIN, I saw Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. I saw THE TEMPTATIONS and all that music is part of the foundation of the music I've made. SOUL STATION is my chance to celebrate it for a night that's real, live and faithfully recreates the sound with the respect it deserves."

    He went on to say: "Whether it's THE STYLISTICS, THE DRAMATICS, THE TEMPTATIONS, Smokey (Robinson) and THE MIRACLES, BLUE MAGIC and on, these songs, arrangements and sound just blow you away.

    "I don't play guitar in the band and we don't do a single KISS song. That's not what this is about.

    "It's magical to hear those songs played right and we're making magic."

    Stanley told The Pulse Of Radio that he always wanted KISS's greatest work to contain everything that he loved and admired about his favorite records growing up. "I'd like to think that the bands that you are influenced and inspired by doesn't necessarily mean that you mimic them," he said. "It means that their passion, or their approach is inspirational. So, whether its gospel, or Motown — it all is music of passion. And that's what I think we wanted to and I wanted to see us channel was the passion and the fervor that all the music I loved had. Y'know, its not about perfection — it's about passion."

    KISS next performs on April 21 in Reno, Nevada at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino.

    Watch GENE SIMMONS Perform With His Solo Band

    (Video) KISS bassist Gene Simmons will kick off his first-ever solo tour on March 18 at the Agora in Cleveland, Ohio as part of Wizard World Comic Con.

    Backing Simmons at the shows will reportedly be guitarist Phil Shouse (Rodney Atkins, John Corabi, LIPSTICK, THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY), drummer Jarred Pope (THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY), guitarist/bassist Jeremy Asbrock (THE SHAZAM, John Corabi, THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY) and guitarist Ryan (HAIR OF THE DOG, THEE ROCK N' ROLL RESIDENCY).

    On March 2, Simmons and his solo band played a corporate event, and video footage of the gig has been uploaded to Facebook. Check it out above.

    "This is gonna be a first for me," Simmons told CantonRep.com about playing his own shows. "Outside of KISS, I've never done a solo tour. I never did anything like that. Every once in a while I'll jump up on stage and do a song with somebody. Johnny Depp and I did a few songs together, a few other knuckleheads, but that's about it. When Wizard World and I agreed to do five events together, the idea of jumping up onstage and gulping it on for an hour or so came up. And I got a great bunch of guys, real rocking guys who are gonna get up with me, and we'll play all the hits and have ourselves a good old time."

    Simmons will perform "An Evening With Gene Simmons And His Band" and attend five Wizard World Comic Con events as an iconic star attraction in 2017. The club venue concerts are in conjunction with appearances at conventions in Cleveland (March 18-19), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).

    Evening concerts are planned on Friday in each of the respective cities, with Simmons on hand each Saturday to greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct live interactive question-and-answer sessions at each Wizard World Comic Con.

    Simmons said in an interview last week that he was still working on his box set that will include "150 songs that have never been released. That news is gonna be released soon.

    ACE FREHLEY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, GOJIRA, Others Added To PSYCHO LAS VEGAS

    ACE FREHLEY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (featuring Pepper Keenan), DIAMOND HEAD, GOJIRA, PENTAGRAM and SLEEP are among the latest confirmed acts for Psycho Las Vegas 2017, set to take place from August 18 through August 20, with a pre-party August 17, at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    The event includes exclusive 2017 U.S. appearances by KING DIAMOND performing the landmark "Abigail" release in its entirety, French progressive rock unit MAGMA, black metallers ABBATH led by former IMMORTAL guitarist/vocalist Abbath, and cult stoner/desert rock unit SLO BURN fronted by KYUSS's John Garcia. Additionally, Mulatu Astatke, the father of Ethio-jazz, will be making his west of Chicago exclusive appearance while MANILLA ROAD, who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary, will perform their classic "Crystal Logic" in its entirety as a worldwide exclusive for Psycho Las Vegas 2017 .

    KISS Guitarist Tommy Thayer Teams With Zenith Watches for Military Museum Fundraiser

    (forbes.com) Last night in Portland, OR, guitarist Tommy Thayer, a.k.a., the Spaceman, along with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Eric Singer, all of the rock band KISS, gave a surprise performance at the close of a gala fundraiser event, where legendary rockers such as Alice Cooper, Robby Krieger of the Doors, Danny Seraphine from the band, Chicago, and Will Lee from The Late Show with David Letterman, among others, also performed. The exclusive “All-Star Salute to the Oregon Military” event raised $1.4 million toward completing the construction of the $20 million Oregon Military Museum named after Tommy’s father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer. To help raise funds, Tommy Thayer joined forces with Zenith Swiss watch brand to create a special commemorative watch and a small, limited edition collection.

    “Obviously, this is important to me on a personal level because my father is involved,” said Tommy Thayer in a private interview yesterday, “but it is important, too, for people to remember and commemorate the amazing people and their stories of heroism. The things they did for our country are inspirational and help us understand where we came from, what helped make us, as a country.”

    Thayer’s father, the 94-year-old retired Brigadier General James B. Thayer, is a decorated hero who served in World War II. In 1945, Thayer led his platoon forward in Europe, engaging in hand-to-hand combat with SS soldiers, and eventually entered Austria. “My dad’s platoon discovered and liberated an Austrian death camp for Hungarian Jews,” explains Tommy Thayer. “It was a horrific experience, but they saved the lives of 15,000 refugees in that camp.”

    In fact, James B. Thayer received both a Bronze and Silver Star for his acts of heroism and was also honored decades later by the Austrian government. For his bravery, the Oregon Military Museum has been named after the Brigadier General, and rock star Tommy Thayer jumped in to help support the cause.

    Similarly, Kiss rocker Gene Simmons also has a personal connection, in that his mother and her family were held in a concentration camp believed to have been a part of the network of camps that Thayer infiltrated. You can read more about that story here.

    “Gene’s mother’s life was spared at the age of 14, but what she went through makes this effort even more personal for all of us in the band,” says Tommy Thayer. “The band as it is today, all of us are very close and very supportive of each other’s charitable and philanthropic efforts, and especially this one. We have supported the military and the veterans throughout our tours in various ways.”

    In fact, Thayer says that fellow band member, Eric Singer was instrumental in putting Thayer in touch with Zenith and in helping to design the watch that honors his father. Singer is a known watch collector and enthusiast who frequently visits Swiss watch factories.

    “Eric is the one who initially suggested we reach out to Jean-Claude Biver, who was very excited about the cause,” says Thayer. “Eric also helped steer me in the right direction about which watch style to choose and worked with me and Zenith throughout the project.”

    Once Singer and Thayer talked with Biver, CEO of the watch division of LVMH (which includes brands Zenith, TAG Heuer and Hublot, among others), it was decided the World War II story most closely aligned with Zenith, and steps were quickly underway to create a commemorative watch for Tommy’s father, and a second one to be auctioned at last night’s event.

    That watch, the Zenith Pilot Extra Special Thayer Edition, is created in 18-karat rose gold and titanium, and features an engraving on the case back of James B. Thayer in uniform during World War II, with the Oregon Military Museum name on it. The commemorative pieces feature an alligator strap and are offered in a special presentation box with a 48-star flag and a signed letter from ret. BG James B. Thayer about his experiences.

    Additionally, a limited edition of 25 pieces of the watch is being created in bronze. This piece features a very special strap that, according to Tommy Thayer, was Eric Singer’s idea: a strap made of leather from actual World War II ammunition bags.

    At last night’s event, one of the commemorative watches was presented to GB Thayer, while the other watch was auctioned. The watch, which holds a retail value of approximately $14,000, sold for $40,000. All proceeds go to the museum efforts.

    “We have been working on raising funds for the museum for some time now,” says Tommy Thayer. “It is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. The private fundraising, which I am focusing on, takes a lot of time and effort. It is a matter of building the story and having people commit to it.”

    Last night’s event emulated one that was held several years ago, wherein the Kiss members also performed. That event raised $1.2 million. The museum is approximately 70 percent complete and the fundraising in more than half way fulfilled. The Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum, hopefully to be opened by the end of this year, is a 32,000-square-foot museum that will house not only the story of Oregon military men, but also planes, tanks and other educational war materials that trace centuries of military (from Native Americans to today’s Global War on Terrorism) in its state-of-the-art facilities.

    Katey Sagal counts herself among Gene Simmons' conquests in new tell-all

    Count Katey Sagal among the nearly 5,000 women bedded by Gene Simmons. "Peg Bundy" became the Kiss frontman's lover after she waited on him in an L.A. restaurant, and credits him with giving her an early career boost.

    Sagal, best known for playing a sex-starved housewife on “Married… with Children” and biker mama Gemma Teller Morrow on “Sons of Anarchy,” recounts the tale in a new memoir, “Grace Notes,” out next month.

    Before she was an actress, Sagal was an aspiring singer, and at 20 she took a job as a singing waitress in a restaurant in Santa Monica, where she worked alongside Ricki Lee Jones, Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis, and Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo.

    One night the then-little-known band Kiss came in — sans makeup — after opening a bill at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Simmons flirted, she sang for him, and she took him home — “because he was quite persuasive, and I like men,” she writes.

    At first, she says, “I thought Gene was really weird," But she also thought “he was cute and had a lot of confidence.” When he paid attention to Sagal, something inside of her “bloomed” she recalls.

    The next day he tagged along to her band rehearsal, and liked what he heard. So he took them to meet Neil Bogart, the president of Kiss' label, Casablanca — and Bogart signed them on the spot.

    Sagal’s big break fizzled, after the band's record bombed, and they got dropped. But she maintained an off-and-on affair with Simmons, whom she fell for despite knowing what a womanizer he was — even after finding hundreds of Polaroids of his conquests in his New York apartment.

    “I fantasized that I would be the exception,” she writes in the book, which details her years in the music business and her shift to acting, her drug use and subsequent sobriety, an early bout with cancer and her three marriages.

    When she started dating another musician who proposed to her, she accepted — but only after telling Simmons she'd decline if he wanted to marry her: he laughed.

    Simmons left her with enduring advice, she says: don't give up her career ambitions for a man. “And I never did,” Sagal writes, saying that was a lesson she needed to learn.

    Paul Stanley Talks Kiss Merch Milestone: From Waffle Irons to Moisturizing Face Masks

    Read the interview here.

    PEARL JAM's MIKE MCCREADY Joins ACE FREHLEY On Stage In Seattle

    PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready joined original KISS axeman Ace Frehley on stage last night (Saturday, February 11) at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, Washington to perform the KISS classic "Cold Gin". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen here: Video1, Video2.

    The success of Kiss Kruise VI

    Goldmine Magazine article: Read it here.

    Gene Simmons keeps Kiss classic

    Gene Simmons interview with Goldmine Magazine: Read it here.

    KISS to headline 2017 Endymion Extravaganza

    (theadvocate.com) KISS will finally consummate its relationship with the superkrewe Endymion during the 2017 Mardi Gras season.

    The band will headline the post-parade Endymion Extravaganza in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Feb. 25, sharing the bill with rapper FloRida and disco-era favorites KC and the Sunshine Band.

    Additionally, members of KISS are slated to ride in Endymion for the final few blocks of the parade route. The plan is for them to board a float near the Joy Theater on Canal Street, then wave and toss throws the rest of the way to the Superdome.

    Endymion founder Ed Muniz, the krewe's captain for its entire 51-year history, announced the entertainment roster Wednesday at Mardi Gras World.

    The members of KISS were supposed to serve as the 1979 Endymion parade's grand marshals. But a police strike that year canceled most Carnival parades in Orleans Parish. Endymion rolled in Kenner, but bassist Gene Simmons and his bandmates opted not to ride.

    Muniz took Simmons out to dinner in Metairie anyway. At one point, the rock star put his girlfriend at the time, Cher, on the phone with Muniz.

    The four members of KISS were depicted on a float in the 2016 Endymion parade, which commemorated the krewe’s 50th anniversary.

    KISS joins a long list of celebrity entertainers associated with Endymion. In 1976, rocker Alice Cooper, then at the height of his popularity, rode as the parade’s grand marshal.

    “That was a big deal,” Muniz recalled earlier this year. “That was the first time Endymion went super.”

    In 2015, country superstar Luke Bryan rode aboard Endymion's grand marshal float for the entire route, a span of more than six hours. He then rallied for a midnight performance at the Extravaganza, which, with its ice chests and tables piled high with food and drink, is akin to a mass tailgate party in formal attire.

    The 2016 Extravaganza headliners, Pitbull and Steven Tyler, did not participate in the parade itself, although Tyler did make a brief appearance at Endymion’s pre-parade Samedi Gras celebration on the Orleans Avenue neutral ground near City Park Avenue.

    The 2017 Samedi Gras event will kick off at noon Feb. 25 and feature local cover bands the Topcats, Groovy 7 and the Bucktown Allstars.

    With more than 3,000 members, Endymion stages the largest parade in Carnival. It will roll at 4:15 p.m. Feb. 25 on its traditional Mid-City route. The 2017 theme is "The Constellations." Individual floats will depict celestial bodies.

    Muniz, who made a fortune in the radio business before getting into Jefferson Parish politics, still keeps abreast of popular music. For the Extravaganza, he books acts to appeal to the krewe's diverse membership.

    "That's what I learned when I was operating radio stations — you don't go for just one demographic," Muniz said Wednesday. "I would think FloRida is a different demographic than KISS. FloRida is younger."

    Overall, "the membership seems happy" with this year's selections, he said. Most of the 20,000 tickets for the Extravaganza already have been sold. The only way to buy one now, Muniz said, is from a member of the krewe.

    Headlining acts at the Extravaganza are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars. They are invited to ride in the parade but are not contractually required to do so.

    "We book them to perform," Muniz said. "We invite them to ride. If they don't ride, we don't get upset about it."

    Some performers opt to skip the parade because they don't want to wear themselves out by spending hours on a float leading up to show time. Others would rather spend the early evening rehearsing or doing sound checks at the Superdome.

    But the members of KISS have tentatively agreed to climb aboard a float when the parade reaches the Joy.

    "In a perfect world, that's what is going to happen," Muniz said. "It all seems to work out. I think God loves Mardi Gras."

    GENE SIMMONS Attends ACE FREHLEY's Concert In Beverly Hills

    (Pic) Gene Simmons attended Ace Frehley's concert Friday night (February 3) at The Saban in Beverly Hills, California, marking the first time the KISS legends were photographed together since their 2014 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

    A picture of Simmons and Frehley was posted on the former KISS guitarist's Facebook page, along with the following caption: "MEANWHILE ~ some guy name 'Eugene' crashed Ace's VIP meet-n-greet last nite in Beverly Hills without rendering payment. If any of you Rock Soldiers can identify this man of mystery, let us know!"

    Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength last year after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water" in what was their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".

    Frehley's version of "Fire And Water" appears on his covers collection "Origins, Vol 1", which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart.

    Asked if there is a chance that he will re-team with KISS, Frehley told "Talking Metal" at the Revolver Music Awards in December: "I haven't heard anything from Paul and Gene — although I did get a text from Gene the other day. He wanted to come see me perform this January. So, you know, maybe he'll pop the big question. Who knows? [Laughs]

    He added: "Whatever happens, we're all good. It's all good."

    Ace's "Talking Metal" comments echoed those he made in November when he told Eddie Trunk of the "Trunk Nation" radio show: "I haven't been contacted [about a reunion]. I'm not ruling it out. It's a possibility, I guess. But the ball's in Paul and Gene's court. If that's something that they would like to do to end off the career of KISS, I think it could be… if it was handled correctly, it could be great. But those guys pretty much run the show these days. And I'm doing my thing, and they're doing their thing. And if it happens, it'd be great, and if it doesn't, I'll be fine and they'll be fine."

    Ace told "Trunk Nation" that his relationship with his former bandmates was never bad as it was portrayed by the media. "However the press colors the fact that we don't get along, in reality we do," he said. "You know, we have disagreements and things are said sometimes, taken out of context. But I've always been friends with those guys and they've been friends with me. We may not have agreed about certain things over the years and maybe there were times we didn't talk. I mean, we created something amazing that withstood the test of time."

    Asked why Simmons ended up not appearing on "Origins Vol. 1", Ace told the WPDH 101.5 FM radio station: "Well, I tried calling Gene a couple of times and I got his answering machine. So I shot him a few different texts. I even went as far as to get ahold of Doc McGhee [KISS's manager] and tell Doc to let Gene know I wanted to get ahold of him. And I guess either he didn't get the message or he was just too busy. So I said, 'Well, let me reach to Paul.' I had Paul's cell phone [number] in my phone. I gave him a buzz, and he picked up immediately. And from the outset, he thought it was a great idea and would be a lot of fun. It took a while to choose which song we wanted to do. We were originally thinking about DEREK AND THE DOMINOS' [version of Jimi Hendrix's] 'Little Wing', then we were kicking around maybe 'My Generation' [by THE WHO]. But towards the end of the elimination process, I came up with the idea for [FREE's] 'Fire And Water', and he loved it."

    Tommy Thayer talks Oregon Military Museum Project with KPAM News Talk Radio

    (Listen) Tickets are still available for the Allstar Salute to the Oregon Military on February 18th, http://eventsavvyllc.tofinoauctions.com/ommp2017/homepages/show.

    If you would like more information on this great project, or would like to donate, visit http://oregonmilitarymuseumproject.org/.

    PAUL STANLEY Suffers Concussion While Skiing, Cancels SOUL STATION Shows

    KISS frontman Paul Stanley has canceled all four previously announced shows from his R&B side project SOUL STATION after sustaining a concussion while skiing on January 15. He wrote on Twitter on that day: "I went skiing today and got something I never expected…A concussion! OW!!!!! Lucky though…"

    Earlier today (Wednesday, January 25), Stanley revealed that he was still going through the recovery process, forcing him to rescheduled the SOUL STATION dates. He wrote: "MY APOLOGIES. Recovery from concussion will take a bit longer. I am postponing ALL FOUR California Soul Station shows Feb. 1-4. So sorry."

    This is not the first physical setback that Stanley had experienced in recent years. Back in April 2016, he underwent surgery to repair a torn bicep tendon.

    In a 2013 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Stanley talked about how his stage performances have damaged his body. He said: "My boots weigh 30 pounds. I'm running around and kicking with 15 pounds on each leg. We do at least four shows a week, and the days off are recuperation time."

    He continued: "What I do has taken its toll. I've had both my rotator cuffs surgically repaired. They're all similar to sport injuries. I've torn my meniscus in both knees and had a hip replacement. This is all from onstage performances. It's like doing a triathlon with a guitar around my neck. You have to jump, sing, swing your arm and play the right chord. With that combination, anything can go wrong. I used to jump up in the air and land on my knees. It didn't hurt then, but it does now."

    Stanley reiterated those sentiments in a 2014 interview with The New York Times. He said: "Things that didn't hurt me 40 years ago hurt me today. From 40 years ago. I've had both my rotator cups repaired, my knees. I've had a hip replacement. But I'm doing splits and everything on stage. I'm blessed. Every time I go out on stage, it is exhilarating."

    Stanley, who had his first hip replacement at age 52, told U.K.'s Independent that he had no regrets about the nightly strutting in his eight-inch heels. "Every scar on my body was proudly earned," he said. "There's nothing worse than looking back and wishing you had done things, but I did 'em all. That's how life is supposed to be lived."

    Stanley, who grew up half-deaf and scarred with a deformed right ear, eventually had reconstructive surgery in 1982 to create an ear using a piece of his rib cage.

    KISS Reaches 125 New Worldwide Licensing Partnerships In 2016

    KISS, America's #1 gold-record-award-winning group of all time in all categories (RIAA), gears up in 2017 for a new European tour.

    KISS celebrates another milestone, reaching 125 new licensing partners worldwide, adding to the juggernaut of all music licensing/merchandising entities' thousands of products over a 43-year history!

    Among its 125 new licensing partners, KISS holds the distinction of introducing unique products into the market, including the band's first-time-ever mobile game (for IOS, Android and Kindle), KISS digital emojis and KISS sticker packs for mobile messaging, KISS photo booths and KISS crane games in malls, parks and entertainment centers around the globe and even a KISS high-performance racing bike!

    Epic Rights, KISS's exclusive worldwide licensing and merchandising partner, announces the following roster of licensees with unique and on-trend products.

    New licensees with worldwide rights include:

    * Dynamite Entertainment (comic books and graphic novels)
    * Sproing Publishing (digital mobile video game)
    * Swyft Media (virtual goods — emojis, stickers, frames, overlays, themes, wallpapers, avatars)
    * Apple Industries (photo booths and branded prints)
    * Sciacallo Bikes (carbon racing bikes)
    * Staramba (3D printed figurines)
    * New Ray Toys (long hauler model trucks)

    New licensees with North American rights include:

    * Pangea Brands LLC (waffle makers, toasters, popcorn makers)
    * S&B Entertainment (branded vending and crane machines)
    * Wish Factory (pet products and automotive)
    * Rhode Island Novelty (amusement products) — North America plus Mexico
    * AJJ Enterprises (cornhole/bean bag toss)
    * Card Corporation (debit cards and credit cards)

    KISS co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons jointly said: "We have always believed that to be successful, in life and in music, you've got to keep moving forward. No one wins standing still and we have always refused to live within the limitations of others. Our decades of record-breaking merchandising success is rooted in our motivation to give our fans what they want. Dell and his team at Epic Rights are always on the lookout for what's new, what's trending, and how KISS can be a part of it."

    Other licensees adding to this momentous milestone of 125 partners include Dead Tentacles (worldwide), Fun.com (worldwide), PSD Underwear (worldwide), KISS4Sale (North America), Breygent Marketing (North America), CMD a.k.a. FigPin (North America), Eurographics (North America), iCup (North America), Imaginarium Goods (North America), OT Sports (North America), Robert Kaufman Fabrics (North America), Get Down Art (North America), Odd Sox (North America) and Philcos (Canada).

    "The past 18 months have been among the band's most prolific of the past 40 years, and a key factor in building the KISS brand globally is the their continuous engagement with fans through touring and social media," explained Epic Rights executive VP of global licensing Lisa Streff. "KISS has more gold album awards than any other American band, and they continue to sell out tour dates and events around the world. They have encouraged Epic to explore and develop every opportunity when it comes to reaching out to their millions of ardent fans in every corner of the globe." Streff adds: "KISS have always been innovators and risk takers, and it continues to pay off in terms of developing unique and interesting licensing partnerships."

    Wizard World And Legendary Rock Icon Gene Simmons Join To Produce Local Shows In Five Comic Con Cities

    Wizard World, Inc., (WIZD) the preeminent producer of Wizard World Comic Cons across North America, has formed a new Touring Unit in partnership with veteran music and technology executive Nick Turner. The new unit will bring vibrant live entertainment to Wizard World shows, building on the Wizard’s initiative to create an atmosphere of a weekend festival at every Wizard World show.

    Wizard World is proud to announce that the first venture of Wizard World Touring a joint venture production with Gene Simmons by which the legendary KISS front-man, bassist and rock icon will perform “An Evening with Gene Simmons and his Band” and attend five Wizard World Comic Con events as an iconic star attraction in 2017. The club venue concerts are in conjunction with appearances at conventions in Cleveland (March 18-19), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).

    Evening concerts are planned on Friday in each of the respective cities, with Simmons on hand each Saturday to greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct live interactive Q&A sessions at each Wizard world Comic Con.

    “I’m excited to bring Rock & Roll back to Wizard World Comic Con in 2017,” said Simmons. “It will be great to meet fans and perform for them in every city.”

    GENE SIMMONS Is Not Interested In Making Another KISS Album 'Unless And If There's A Financial Model That Works'

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    KISS members, Kaw Nation to build casino resort in Oklahoma

    Two rock legends will team up with the Kaw Nation to build a new rock ’n’ roll-themed casino and resort complex in Oklahoma.

    Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, members of rock band KISS, are set to bring their Rock & Brews restaurant concept to the Kaw Nation casino in Braman, northwest of Ponca City about 15 miles south of the Kansas state line on Interstate 35.

    A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Jan. 12, where more details about the project will be announced.

    There are just more than a dozen Rock & Brews restaurants across the country, including in the Dallas metro area and in Oklahoma City. The partnership with the Kaw Nation will be the first to take the restaurant to the casino and resort project. It also includes partners Michael Zislis, and Dave and Dell Furano. They will be on hand for the announcement, as well as local partner Kirk Williams and Kaw Nation Chairwoman Jacque Secondline Hensley.

    “This partnership with Rock & Brews will provide the Kaw Nation with the opportunity to again be the prime gaming and entertainment destination in our market,” Hensley said in a statement announcing the partnership.

    Pearl Honors Eric Singer with One-of-a-Kind 30th Anniversary Snare and Charity Auction

    From his early days with Lita Ford, to touring and recording with icons the likes of Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, and KISS (for over 20 years,) Eric Singer is drumming royalty.

    To commemorate Singer’s 30 year tenure as a devoted drum set artist, Pearl recently collaborated with famed engraver John Aldridge to craft a pair of one-of-a-kind SensiTone 14”x5” black nickel-over-brass snare drums.

    The first, a gift from Pearl to Singer, was presented to Eric by Artist Relations Manager John Farquharson at a KISS concert in Uncasville, CT, while the band was meeting fans in their famous stage make-up. “Eric has an impressive collection of Pearl drums from every era,” states Farquharson. “We wanted to make sure this was a timeless piece that could never be duplicated.”

    Each drum features beautifully-figured ornamental fillagree, the KISS logo and Catman icon, a special commemorative 30th Anniversary scroll, and a Kanji graphic representing the Japanese symbol for “Power”; all hand-etched in the outer shell by Aldridge. In tribute to Eric’s passion for watches and drums, his personal drum features an ornate clock face with the word “CHRONOMETRIS” (Latin for “Time Keeper”,) engraved in one panel.

    The “Auction” drum, features hand-signatures from each member of KISS, will be sold in a special online charity auction with all proceeds from the sale going to benefit the Lifeline Education Charter School. Benefiting their music and arts programs. For more info on the school, visit their website - www.lifelinecharterschool.com.

    Eric says: “It has been an honor and pleasure to play PEARL DRUMS for over 30 years and counting! They have truly given me The Best Reason to Play Drums…”

    The special online Ebay auction will begin on December 17th at midnight and extend to December 19, 2016.

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    BRUCE KULICK To Play 10 KISS Classics At Tonight's 'Ultimate Jam Night'

    Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running weekly free music show held at the famed Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California turns its upcoming Tuesday-night show on December 6 into a night honoring famed band KISS with guest musical director and former KISS member Bruce Kulick performing a 10-song set. The event will be broadcast worldwide via Zinna.TV.

    Kulick, also known for his membership in GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, was a member of KISS from 1984 to 1996 during its so-called "no-makeup" era. His performance of 10 KISS songs at Ultimate Jam Night will be the most played in one show since his inclusion in the band.

    Over 50 artists, including ACE FREHLEY bassist Chris Wyse, L.A. GUNS guitarist Michael Grant, GOV'T MULE bassist Jorgen Carlsson, AUTOGRAPH vocalist Simon Daniels, drummer Jason Sutter of MARILYN MANSON, and guitarist Nikki Stringfield of THE IRON MAIDENS will perform tunes from KISS's entire career.

    Ultimate Jam Night is a long-running free weekly show currently in residence at L.A.'s famed Whisky A Go Go. Founded in 2015 by QUIET RIOT's Chuck Wright, the show features a rotating cast of the world's finest musicians assembled in an entirely unrehearsed setting. Since its inception, the night has provided a combination of live music, performance art, comedy bits, walk around characters, and community and charitable giving. More information can be found by visiting www.ultimatejamnight.com.

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    KISS: Fourth Volume Of 'Kissology' Series Is 'About 85 Percent Done'

    (michaelcavacini.com) The long-awaited fourth edition of KISS's popular "Kissology" DVD box set is "about 85 percent done," according to Tommy Thayer.

    The KISS guitarist, who put together many of the band's previous home video collections before joining the group himself in 2002, has been compiling material for the project, which — like its predecessors — will combine never-before-seen footage, full-length concerts and rare TV appearances from the KISS archives.

    Asked by Michael Cavacini why the fourth volume of "Kissology" still hasn't arrived even though it was originally due in November 2011, Thayer said: "I don't know if it was officially slated to be released then. I know we were talking about it and maybe that was the intention. It's still on hold. It's about 85 percent done. I put it together and produced what we've done so far."

    He continued: "'Kissology 4', like the other Kissologies, will chronicle a certain era of the band. It will chronicle the band from early 2001-2002 up until the current date. It will also include vintage footage from the KISS archives that people haven't seen, so there'll be a cool bonus element to it too.

    "Getting back to your question, I don't know if I have a good reason why it hasn't come out yet. There have just been so many other things going on, and something as important as that has to have its own window of time where it's focused on and committed to, in terms of talking about it, putting it out and doing it the right way, so the right attention is given to it. Sometimes that kind of stuff happens.

    "A project like this is a little bit timeless so you have more flexibility where it doesn't have to come out at a certain time, so I guess that's why it hasn't yet. So, we're waiting to find the right time to put it out so it gets the attention that it deserves."

    KISS frontman Paul Stanley said in a 2008 interview that he was taken aback by one particular aspect of the success of the "Kissology" series. "I think my biggest surprise is that 'Kissology Vol. 3' is the biggest and I thought that 'Kissology Vol. 1' would be the biggest because 'Kissology Vol. 1' is the beginning. And if you believed the loudest voices, the loudest opinions, you would think that the majority of people wanted the earliest stuff. But as it turns out, the biggest seller by far is 'Kissology Vol. 3', so once again the people who speak the loudest are not necessarily the majority."

    Although KISS hasn't released a studio album since 2012's "Monster", Stanley told the audience at the band's October 29 concert at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut that a follow-up effort is on the way. Asked by Michael Cavacini when KISS will start writing material for the new disc and begin recording it, Thayer said: "I think right now it's still in the idea phase. I don't believe anything definitive has been determined or decided on yet for that. Within the band, we've talked and thrown some ideas around. So I think there's a good likelihood of that happening, especially since Paul announced it from the stage the other night. We'll see, but it would be nice to do another record.’

    PETER CRISS To Guest At L.A. KISS EXPO

    Original KISS drummer Peter Criss will be the featured guest at the L.A. KISS Expo taking place January 27-29, 2017 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California. This special three-day event will feature a private meet-and-greet experience, an all-day Kiss Expo with signing and photo session, and a special L.A. tour with The Catman himself, Peter Criss!

    For more information, visit www.lakissexpo.com.

    In addition to playing drums in the band, Peter also provided lead vocals for a number KISS's most popular and memorable songs, including "Beth", "Black Diamond" and "Hard Luck Woman". Peter's "Catman" persona is an instantly recognizable icon in pop culture.

    Criss first left KISS in 1980. Since then he's worked with other bands and released solo albums. He teamed up with KISS again for a few gigs in the 1990s and most recently in 2004. He was replaced by Eric Singer.

    Criss, who was known as "Catman," released his last solo CD, titled "One for All", in 2007. Peter produced the album himself for the first time, and was joined by guest musicians that included keyboardist Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee of "Late Night with David Letterman". The album featured a range of styles, from rock and jazz to blues and Broadway, and included covers of "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Send in the Clowns".

    The four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2014 by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello.

    KISS did not perform — the Hall Of Fame wanted the original quartet only to play, while Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley insisted on the current lineup — which also includes guitarist Tommy Thayer — performing as well. In the end nobody won that battle.

    Ernest Hummingbird featuring Tommy Thayer & Darius Rucker

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    KISS frontman donates $100,000 to Langley-based children's foundation

    Gene Simmons of KISS gave a $100,000 boost to the Gala of Hope fundraiser for The Centre for Child Development and Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre held at the Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley on Saturday night.

    In addition to the donation, Simmons also auctioned off a ‘blade’ guitar.

    A total of $280,000 was raised by the gala, the centre said.

    Simmons was there with his wife, Canadian model and actress Shannon Tweed, to show support for their daughter, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, who lent her name to the Surrey facility.

    Since 2012, Sophie's Place has assisted abused children up to the age of 18 by providing a safe space where they can talk about their experience of physical, mental or sexual abuse with trained staff and law enforcement professionals.

    In a statement issued by the centre, Tweed-Simmons said the team at Sophie’s Place conducted more than 200 interviews with abused children over the past year.

    “It’s really important that kids have a place to go where they can be taken seriously, and where they can express what’s happened to them in a safe environment," Tweed-Simmons said.

    The Centre also operates satellite offices in Langley that provides a number of professional services for children with special needs including: physiotherapy, communication therapy, occupational therapy, and services for children and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.

    The Langley location is also home to the centre's fundraising arm, the Child Development Foundation of British Columbia.

    For more information, visit www.the-centre.org or phone 604-584-1361.

    PAUL STANLEY, SAMMY HAGAR, PERRY FARRELL Perform At FOO FIGHTERS' Secret Charity Concert

    According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS headlined and hosted a private concert on Saturday night (October 15) in Los Angeles that featured guest appearances from Sammy Hagar, Paul Stanley of KISS, JANE'S ADDICTION singer Perry Farrell, Steve Jones of the SEX PISTOLS, THE POLICE drummer Stewart Copeland and others. The concert took place in front of just a couple of hundred donors who gave money to the FOO FIGHTERS' annual fundraising drive for improvements at local schools.

    Among the highlights of the show were Hagar teaming with FOO FIGHTERS leader Dave Grohl for a duet on VAN HALEN's "Finish What You Started" before they were joined by Jason Bonham for a take on LED ZEPPELIN's "Rock 'N' Roll".

    Stanley tackled ZEPPELIN's "Whole Lotta Love" and THE ROLLING STONES' "It's Only Rock ‘n' Roll (But I Like It)" in addition to several KISS favorites.

    Check out photos of the event at RedRocker.com.

    Grohl told The Pulse Of Radio a while back how he got to know Stanley outside of the music business. "I see Paul Stanley every morning at drop-off 'cause our kids go to school with each other," he said. "Paul is not only a great dude, but a great dad. He's there at 7:30 every morning with his kid and it's the greatest — I mean, it's inspiring. Like, of course, I love KISS and I'm inspired by him as a musician, but when I see him being, like, a dude — being a dad — it's like, that's the coolest thing in the world to me."

    The FOO FIGHTERS played a selection of their own hits, including "Learn To Fly", "My Hero", "Times Like These", "All My Life", "Everlong" and "Best Of You".

    FOO FIGHTERS have been on hiatus since the end of their European trek last November, but various anecdotal reports suggest that Grohl has been working on new music, potentially for the group's ninth studio effort.

    Although Grohl has hinted that HBO was interested in a second season of the documentary series "Sonic Highways", which followed the FOO FIGHTERS around the country as they recorded the 2014 album of the same name, there has been no official announcement that the series is returning.

    KISS Co-Owned LA KISS Football Team Reportedly Ceases Operations

    According to The Orange County Register, LA KISS, the Arena Football League team co-owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, has ceased operations.

    "As I understand, [LA KISS] won't be involved in any football moving forward," AFL Players Union executive director Ivan Soto wrote in an e-mail on Monday.

    LA KISS became the third AFL team to fold and the fifth to leave the league over the past week. First, one of the league's longest serving teams, the Orlando Predators, folded earlier this week. Then, one of the league's newer teams, the Jacksonville Sharks, announced they were leaving the AFL for a rival league. Another long-standing team, the Arizona Rattlers, are looking to join the Indoor Football League. That leaves just four teams in the AFL, half the number that started the 2015 season.

    No official announcement about LA KISS's status has been made by the team or the league.

    When LA KISS was launched in August 2013, Simmons and Stanley had high hopes for the Anaheim-based expansion team.

    "The whole idea of an alternative to what has perhaps become a corporate sport is very intriguing, and resonates with us," Stanley told USA Today at the time. "We've always tried to be a band that relates to everybody, and the AFL is built on that whole premise."

    Regarding their involvement in the team, Stanley said: "We don't want to wear too many hats. When it's appropriate, we will defer to the people who have experience with this. We're bringing something new to the party."

    "We're not going to be passive players in this," Simmons added. "We're really going to be a part of this thing."

    According to The Orange County Register, attendance for LA KISS games dropped sharply in the second season, to an average of 7,913 fans at Honda Center in 2015. That was down from the 10,945 LA KISS averaged in 2014, when they were second in the AFL in attendance.

    The team drew an average of 7,056 this past season, next to last in the league.

    Kiss's Eric Singer talks 30 years as a hard rockin' drum hero

    (musicradar.com) Eric Singer has been up late watching basketball but there’s no sign of fatigue when we sit down to talk to Kiss’s Catman about his life in music.

    Over a 30-plus-year career, the fast-talking, heavy-hitting singer has played with guitar legends Gary Moore, Brian May and Lita Ford, joined Black Sabbath for three years and worked extensively with Alice Cooper. But there are few bigger gigs in rock than Kiss.

    “Life works in funny ways and I don’t regret the choices I’ve made or didn’t make,” says Singer. “I have a lot of stories when I was asked to be in bands and said no and those bands were successful, but sometimes by staying the course, some connection I made manifested later down the line. Things happen for a reason.”

    Singer’s drum heroes include Buddy Rich and Vinnie Colaiuta, but the Kiss gig is all about power, energy and showmanship.

    “Gary Moore said to me years ago, ‘If I’m doing rock, I want a rock drummer. There is nothing I hate worse than a rock drummer trying to be a fusion drummer.’ And that stuck with me,” says Singer, who showed he can lay down the groove when backing Kiss’s Paul Stanley on his Soul Station project.“

    Everybody doesn’t have to be Vinnie Colaiuta or Gregg Bissonette where you’re a chameleon. If you go, ‘I’m a rock drummer, that’s what I do,’ that’s cool too, because you can make a living and be successful. So what works for you.”

    Was your first big break when you landed the gig with Lita Ford?

    “That was in ’84. I entered a Carmine Appice drum contest in LA in September ’84. I remember it was a radio station, I think it was KLOS, you sent in a tape and from that they picked 50 people – 15 girls and 35 guys.

    “They had you play at a Guitar Center in the parking lot, they set up two drum kits, one double bass kit, one single bass kit. Out of that they picked the finalists. Steven Adler was in the contest. He didn’t get picked for the finals, I remember he was upset. His mother went up to Carmine Appice, ‘How come my son Steven didn’t get picked?’ I was standing right on the sidewalk next to him while his mother was asking Carmine. It had to be an awkward moment.

    “The funny thing was, three years later he’s in the biggest band in the world, so you never know how things are going to turn out. After that, fast forward, I made the finals, I didn’t win, I took third place. Some girl asked Carmine for my number, so the next day I got a call, ‘Hey, I got your number from Carmine Appice and I’m doing this video for Playboy magazine, they’re doing all these videos called women of rock.’

    “I did it with a girl called Brenda Lee Holliday. Being in that drum contest, that’s how I got discovered. The guy that played bass in the video, Ray Marzano, had played with Lita. His girlfriend was Lita’s best friend. Randy Castillo was her drummer. Ray goes, ‘Randy quit, Lita doesn’t even know it yet, she’s in England with Tony Iommi,’

    “He said, ‘She’s going to need a drummer, I’m going to recommend you.’ So Ray and a few other people all told Lita about me, I auditioned and got the gig. She was going out with Tony Iommi so that’s how I started playing on some of his demos and ended up in Black Sabbath. I know it’s a cliche´ but life is a chain-link fence, everything connects to something else.”

    What was the path that led to you joining KISS?

    “I was in a band called Badlands with Ozzy’s old guitar player Jake E Lee. We started that band after the Gary Moore tour and we got a record deal around the Fall of ’88. I actually quit the band halfway through the recording process, then they convinced me to stay and we decided to regroup and write new songs. ‘Let’s go to New York and get a change of scenery.’

    “While we were there, this bassist Dennis St James was managed by the same people and he was going to be playing with [guitarist] Bob Kulick on Paul’s solo tour. He asked the management, ‘Hey, what’s Eric doing? Paul Stanley needs a drummer.’

    “I met with Paul, I brought him some Black Sabbath CDs. He told me he was trying to get either me or Gregg Bissonette but Gregg wasn’t available. That night Jason Flom, who was our A&R guy, happened to be at the China Club which was a popular hangout where people jammed in New York City. He goes, ‘Hey, I just ran into Paul Stanley, he told me you’re playing drums on his solo tour.’ That’s how I found out.

    “The minute I got home that next day to LA I got a call saying, ‘Paul decided he wants to start rehearsals earlier.’ I had to turn around and fly back to New York and really start cramming on learning the songs.”

    How did the band work in the studio on the most recent albums Sonic Boom and Monster?

    “The way we did the last two records, the band played live in the studio. We didn’t play with a click track. One song on the newest record I played with a click track only because it was a song we literally wrote on the spot.

    “If you’re playing and everybody is making mistakes you’re not going to get the track. I thought, let’s play to a click, let’s at least get the drums. I did it mainly for expediting the process, but other than that every other thing was played live as a band. You get it warts and all but that’s the thing, it’s live.

    “At this point I’m pretty experienced from working in recording. All the other songs we did, we would go into a rehearsal room, jam the ideas out, get a basic arrangement so that everybody was familiar with the ideas and the riffs and had a chance to live with it, so when we got to the studio we would do two, three, or four songs at a time and we had that rehearsal tape as a point of reference for the tempo and the arrangement.

    “The new record, on some of the songs you can hear me clicking the sticks or counting things off, you hear some of those noises in the background. I like that, to me that gives it that raw, really live element, which is important. That’s why we did it this way because we wanted it to be less slick and less produced in the sense of it being so perfect.”

    It’s important to give the music room to breathe?

    “Music breathes. Music moves. If you listen to a symphony orchestra, you have a conductor, they’re reading sheet music, but the band has to learn how to play as an ensemble together. There’s almost this unspoken free-form time in a lot of classical music, it’s not dead set where you can tap your foot to it like a rock’n’roll song.

    “Humble Pie was a great example, that band really played well together and the music moved around. You’ll feel certain sections of the song slow down and then speed up and they all do it together. They’re really feeling the music as an ensemble and to me that’s more of an orchestral, symphonic vibe where the music has that real human element.

    “Sometimes that happens automatically. Many times you’ll play with another guitar player or bass player and go, ‘Wow, I played really well with this guy, we hear things the same.’ It’s true. The way you interpret things and the way you feel the beat, whether it is ahead or behind or on the mark, those little subtleties are where people say, ‘we’re really clicking together.’ It just has to do with how you hear music.”

    What drums did you use for recording Monster?

    “I used my old Pearl GLX kit. It’s one with those old super-Gripper lugs. There is something unique about those drums, they only made them from around ’86 to 1990, they never really caught on in America.

    “That was my first endorsement kit that I got from Pearl in 1986. I kept those drums all these years and I’ve used them on many tours with Gary Moore, Sabbath, Badlands, even Kiss, Alice Cooper.

    “Last year I decided to dig them out of the warehouse. I hadn’t used them in about 10 years and I had the kit refurbished, had the shells cut down to more standard sizes, because it was an old power toms kit. I used them on tour for a while last year and it reminded me how great these drums sounded – 12", 13", with 16", 18" floor toms, and a 24".

    “I set it up as a double-bass kit but I never even put a pedal on the left drum, I only set it up because that’s what I was physically used to playing and I thought it would make it more comfortable for me.

    “In the studio I don’t care about having a giant kit. Honestly I’m fine with one bass drum, one rack, and one floor tom if I really had to. But with Kiss I wanted to have the option of having more tom sounds, so I used four toms. That kit sounds really great. I used a Pearl Free Floating 14"x61/2" clear acrylic snare.

    That drum ends up being my secret weapon whenever I’m in the studio.

    “I brought in a whole arsenal of snare drums, Black Beauties, old ones from the ’30s, a Tama Bell Brass, all the different Pearl signature drums, I even had one of Cozy Powell’s drums that I got years ago, one of the Yamaha ones. It’s a really weird drum because it has this unique stringer set up on it and has these thick die-cast hoops, the strainer looks like something off a marching snare, Cozy must have had these made special for him because I’ve never seen these before or since.

    “I even tried that when we were first working on rough ideas, but nothing sounded like that Pearl acrylic Free Floater. It’s weird how it would sound better than all the other drums. Usually you never go wrong using a Black Beauty in the studio, that’s always a failsafe mechanism, but that Free Floater is the one.”

    Is it tough to juggle drumming and singing live?

    “As long as I’m feeling healthy and I have my voice then I love singing. It’s tough sometimes when it’s 115° in Phoenix and you’re playing outside with all the flames. There are some times when playing feels like work.

    “Generally, it doesn’t feel like work, I’ve got one of the greatest jobs in the world, getting to play every night for all these people, playing a giant drum kit on a huge stage, putting on a big show, it doesn’t suck. I’ve got one of the greatest drumming gigs that anybody could ever want. Every day is a new adventure.”

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    ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Has A Message For KISS Fans: Stop Questioning GENE SIMMONS And PAUL STANLEY

    Scott Ian has defended Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons's decision not to resurrect KISS's original lineup, explaining that "those guys know what's right for their band."

    During a brand new interview with Florida's 99 Rock radio station, the ANTHRAX guitarist was asked if he thinks Stanley and Simmons should reunite with former KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. He responded: "Look, I'm a lifelong fan of that band. But the bottom line is, and what people need to understand is, look, it's Gene and Paul's band. They are the guys that have worked their asses off since 1973 to keep that band, that business moving forward all the way into 2016 and still on the level that they're doing it."

    He continued: "I know a lot of fans get pissed off — 'Oh, those guys are being dicks' or whatever — and it's, like, you have no idea. You have no idea what it takes to make a band last that long at the level that KISS is. So it's their band and it's their decision.

    "As a fan, I would love to see Ace Frehley play one more time in KISS. And I'm gonna be completely honest, and this is no knock on Peter, but the last time I saw them with Peter, on the KISS/AEROSMITH run, like thirteen years ago or something, whenever that was, the tempos were terrible; everything was just way too slow. So if that's the case, no, I don't wanna see that; I wanna see stuff played at the right tempo. If [Peter] could play it at the right tempo, then more power to him, and I would love to see that; of course I would. But, you know, it's not my band. It's Gene and Paul's band, and those guys know what's right for their band; they've proven it. Stop questioning Gene and Paul."

    Rumors of a KISS reunion with Frehley gained strength earlier this year when Stanley reconnected with his former bandmate for a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water" for Ace's solo covers set, "Origins Vol. 1". Stanley subsequently dismissed the speculation, saying that "It doesn't need to, and won't, lead anywhere in terms of… Why would we change the [current KISS] band? The band is great. KISS is great the way it is. And it's great to be in contact and texting and speaking with Ace. He's in great shape. Psychologically, you know, he's clean and sober, and he's one of a kind. He can be a strange apple, but that's what makes him so cool. And I'm glad I took up the opportunity to be on his album and also shoot a video with him."

    ANTHRAX is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "For All Kings", which sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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    Gene Simmons ushers in documentary of famous Japanese band

    On Monday night, KISS rocker Gene Simmons introduced the LA premiere of a new documentary, “We Are X” — about X Japan, a band he loves that’s massive in its homeland but little-known here.

    Guests at the screening included Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello and X Japan fan Marilyn Manson.

    Also on hand was X Japan’s leader Yoshiki, who performed a version of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at an after-party on a see-through grand piano. (His band specializes in a “colorful collision of thrash metal and classical piano,” according to Rolling Stone. Their slogan’s “Psychedelic Violence Crime of Visual Shock.”)

    A mesmerized fan told us of Yoshiki’s national anthem, “Everyone’s hearts and ears were in awe.”

    Yoshiki said Monday he’ll play Carnegie Hall with the Tokyo Philharmonic next year. Balthazar Getty DJ’d the LA bash at Teddy’s. The film’s scheduled to make a New York screening Thursday with a performance by Yoshiki.

    GENE SIMMONS On DONALD TRUMP

    GENE SIMMONS On DONALD TRUMP: 'What You See Is What You Get': Video.

    KISS's GENE SIMMONS Starring In His Own Comic Book Title

    (newsarama.com) Just before the highly anticipated debut of KISS #1 from writer Amy Chu and artist Kewber Baal, Dynamite Entertainment announces the first spinoff series, KISS: The Demon!

    Co-written by series writer and comics superstar Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and Erik Burnham (Back to the Future, Ghostbusters), with art by Eman Cassallos (Jennifer Blood, Vampirella), KISS: The Demon will feature the band's iconic bassplayer and co-founder himself, Gene Simmons, in his own miniseries!

    Before Blackwell, before Morpheus, there was the MUSIC. In a small town in Iowa, three young KISS fans meet at a concert and form their own band, unaware they are about to embark on a journey that will not only change their lives, but also the fate of the world. A prequel to the ongoing series!"I am so excited to collaborate on The Demon with friend and fellow writer Erik Burnham. He's written a ton of great stuff: X-Files, Scarlet Spider, and Ghostbusters for Marvel, IDW, Image among others." states co-writer Amy Chu "I figured this was a great opportunity to tell a really different kind of story, and it's awesome that Dynamite is letting us do it! Our aim is to build an incredible backstory for the current KISS series, answer a lot of the origin questions like who is Mr. Blackwell? and push the envelope of the KISS comics franchise."

    "KISS has never just been a band. Our comic book history has been long and proud and has spanned decades, and now with Dynamite Entertainment, we intend to go even further," says Gene Simmons. "When we get a great writer and artist team, we know better than to micromanage. We stay out of the way. Everyone involved wanted to take our personas and do classic KISS comic books, and with Amy Chu writing, this will be an adventure the fans will absolutely love."

    "I will reiterate, Gene is a rock star in every sense, and an incredible storyteller and showman. I couldn't think of a better way to expand our line of KISS comics than to tackle stories of the individual characters," said CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. "The Demon is one of the most iconic characters in music and comics, and a great candidate for the first spinoff series. The fact that we could keep Amy on-board, co-writing with Erik Burnham and joined by our very own Eman Cassallos, helps continue the quality that we're establishing with the main KISS series."

    KISS: The Demon #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' November 2016 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in January 2017. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of KISS with their local comic book retailers. KISS: The Demon will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital. Look for updates in the coming months, and make sure to keep up with Dynamite on social media.

    Gene Simmons on The KISS Freedom To Rock Tour

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    ACE FREHLEY Shreds At New York City's ELECTRIC LADY STUDIOS

    Video: ACE FREHLEY Shreds At New York City's ELECTRIC LADY STUDIOS: Video.

    Stern Pinball: Making of KISS Pinball

    Stern Pinball: Making of KISS Pinball: Video.

    HOT TOURS - SEPTEMBER 13, 2016

    Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported Sept. 6-12

    Rank ACT
    Total Gross
    Show Date Range
    Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
    Total Attendance (Capacity)

    9 KISS
    $1,532,287
    Sept. 3-9
    DCU Center, Worcester, Mass. (1/0)
    Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, Maine (1/0)
    Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn. (1/0)
    Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Va. (1/0)
    22,212 (29,261)

    Paul Stanley Interview

    Paul Stanley interviewed by Tony Tone and Wes Jordan of Vintage Sound 93.1 FM: Listen.

    Sighting

    KISS rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley dining with their families at separate tables at Serendipity 3

    Mardi Gras 2017: Endymion to feature KISS, Flo Rida, KC and the Sunshine Band

    The Krewe of Endymion, the 51-year-old Mardi Gras super krewe, will celebrate 2017 with hard rock, hip hop and disco, as KISS, Flo Rida, and KC and the Sunshine Band entertain at the annual Extravaganza after the Mid-City parade on Feb. 25, the Saturday before Fat Tuesday (Feb. 28).

    Krewe founder Ed Muniz said that the Extravaganza entertainers are always invited to ride in the enormous parade, where they serve as celebrity grand marshals. Some accept the invitation. Some decline, fearful of ruining their voices in advance of their post-parade performances, or because riding in the parade doesn't allow time for sound checks, Muniz said.

    Endymion treasurer Joe Travato said KISS frontman Gene Simmons was the parade's grand marshal in 2005. KISS had been scheduled to ride in the Endymion 1979 parade, before the police strike in New Orleans forced the krewe leadership to move the parade to Kenner. In the end, the band did not appear that year.

    Muniz announced that 2017 will be KC and the Sunshine Band's fourth Endymion appearance.

    At Endymion Extravaganza 2016, Pitbull and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler performed at the annual party at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

    With 81 floats, 3,200 riders, and a budget of $7 million, Endymion is the largest Mardi Gras parade. It is also the only parade to roll on a route from Mid-City to downtown New Orleans.

    Illuminated with high-tech lighting effects and even rolling video screens, Endymion is also the most avant-garde parade. This year lighting designer Ray Ziegler promised a lavish lighting update of the signature Captain Eddy's S.S. Endymion float.

    In addition, for the first time, the parade will be led by a rolling spotlight truck that will project the krewe's logo, a cartoon shepherd, onto the clouds a la the Batman signal. That's if there are clouds. Ziegler said that if not, the spotlight handlers may have to project the image on buildings as the parade passes.

    The theme of Endymion 2017 will be "The Constellations," with floats decorated with celestial symbols, such as a blue bear for the constellation Ursa Minor, twin cherubs for Gemini, and a huge fly for Musca.

    TNT, Ex-KISS, QUIET RIOT, EUROPE Members Guest On ROBERT HAGLUND's 'I Wanna Be Somebody'

    Melodic hard rock classics meet big band jazz on Robert Haglund's new album, "I Wanna Be Somebody".

    In addition to Robert's reliable vocals and the exquisite band arrangements, the album features prominent guests from bands like KISS, WHITESNAKE, EUROPE and TNT. Swedish singers Svante Thuresson and Jan Johansen also contribute duet vocals.

    Robert Haglund has been a professional musician for 20 years now.

    "At the age of 15, I already knew that I wanted to become a musician," he said. However, as a teenager a lot revolved around the rock star myth.

    Robert was realistic and talented enough to actually become a trained musical artist, going on the become hired for both shows and musicals.

    When he saw the DRIFTERS live, got the idea to form av vocal group. Thus, the FANTASTIC FOUR were born, combining Motown soul with crooner aesthetics.

    All along, Robert kept enjoying his old favorite rock bands, like KISS and VAN HALEN. Rockers with a strong image and great songs with a groove.

    Soon, the idea was born to revisit the world of rock, but from a jazz angle.

    It wasn't as far-fetched as it may seem. VAN HALEN always had influences from swing jazz — the father of the Van Halen brothers was a jazz clarinetist, and even played on some of the band's albums. "It was also through their lead singer, David Lee Roth, that I discovered Frank Sinatra," said Robert, who once was a contestant in the Swedish version of "Stars In Their Eyes", sucessfully taking on the role of Roth.

    The idea of an album took shape. Having guest artist seemed obvious, but Robert wanted to whip the material into shape first, in order to be able to present the concept clearly.

    He took his ideas to multi-instrumentalist Erik Mjörnell, together with whom he created most of the arrangements.

    A lot of songs were tried out, since not all had the natural swing it took for them to work in this setting.

    "Arrangements of this type aren't put together in 15 minutes, Robert explained. It had to sound alive, natural and not like the new instrumentations were forced upon the songs.

    When the track listing was decided on, and arrangements finalized, he started contacting a number of musicians and vocalists. To make sure their hearts were in it, he let them decide which songs to contribute to.

    The first one to show interest was Bruce Kulick, solo guitarist of KISS between 1984 and 1996. "He got back to me the very day after I had contacted him," he said. "Bruce only works with projects that he genuinely likes, and he found this projct to be cool, and well put together."

    The fact that Kulick ended up appearing on three different tracks was the seal of approval needed to get others on board. Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE) joins Kulick on the KISS classic "Love Gun".

    "Sarzo turned out to be another humble star, with a big heart," Robert said. "He spends a lot of his time taking care of homeless dogs.

    The album also features a few Scandinavian musicians and vocalists of note.

    Guitarist Kee Marcello of the bands EASY ACTION and EUROPE gets to showcase his jazz rock and fusion chops in "The Price" by TWISTED SISTER.

    "Kee is a super musician whose versitality not eveyone is aware of," Robert enthused. "He really made the song shine. If you listen carefully, you can even find a litte tribute to THE BEATLES' 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' in there."

    Robert was also very pleased with THIN LIZZY's "Don't Believe A Word", a duet with Tony Harnell of TNT.

    "Tony loves LIZZY, and his voice has a bluesy tone that suits the song perfectly," Robert said.

    The Swedish stars singing duets with Robert on the album aren't half bad, either. Jan Johansen has his roots in melodic rock, while Svante Thuresson is the only one guesting the album who originally comes from the jazz and swing world.

    "Svante turns 80 next year, but is still curious about new things," said Robert.

    The legendary singer chose to lend his smooth voice to "Ain't No Love In the Heart Of The City", a Bobby Bland classic that WHITESNAKE took to another level.

    The title track, "I Wanna be Somebody", was originally written and recorded by W.A.S.P. Another visual, highly image-driven band that Robert grew up listening to.

    "Some may think that the title refers to me, but it's mainly about the fact that a lot of people today want to become celebrities at any cost," Robert said. "Our whole society seems to be consumed by this dream of becoming famous."

    All in all, there are ten brilliantly re-arranged rock classics on the album.

    Needless to say, Robert is pleased that it finally sees the light of day.

    "It's easy to lose heart at times, when the jigsaw is spread out, you have kids and everything seems to take more time than it should," he said. "But, just like my childhood heroes, I refused to let others decide on my destiny. If one door closes, another one usually opens, and now the album is finished!"

    It is Robert's hope, and belief, that listeners will find these versions worthwhile.

    "A lot of rockers probably feels that they have heard a song like 'Enter Sandman' enough times. Here they may find new sides to the song, and others on the album."

    "I Wanna Be Somebody" was released August 19 on MMS Records, and distributed by Universal Music. The release will be followed by live gigs in a slightly smaller format.

    Video: Marvel Comics' Stan Lee talks Publicity stunts: KISS and the red ink

    Video: Marvel Comics' Stan Lee talks Publicity stunts: KISS and the red ink.

    Showbiz Analysis: Rock Legend Paul Stanley on KISS and Creative Success

    (parade.com) KISS co-founder Paul Stanley has been especially busy this summer. With the band’s Freedom to Rock Tour rocking cities across the U.S., and the launch of their new multimedia project KISS Rocks Vegas, Stanley’s schedule has been packed, but he’s not complaining. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon has always believed in working hard to make creative dreams happen—and he’s been doing it for over four decades now. I was thrilled to catch up with Stanley for my podcast Whine At 9, where we discussed the power of KISS and creative fulfillment.

    Listen to the interviews with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons on iTunes.

    Not many bands have had the staying power of KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer). And Paul Stanley recognizes and appreciates that. “I’m blessed, but I work hard to maintain a standard. The bar that we set for ourselves is pretty, pretty ruthless and unrelenting. We expect a lot from our road crew, but they do it because they see we’re just as hard on ourselves. We played our first show of this tour—it was 103 degrees outside and that’s where we were playing. It doesn’t matter. We’re KISS. We have an incredible legacy to uphold, and many people come to see us for the first time and all they’ve heard is a legend, and it’s up to us to live up to that and go beyond it. So we wear that with great pride. Every time I get on stage, for me it’s a victory lap.”

    KISS has always been about immersing audiences in an experience. And the band has been going on that journey with their fans each time they play. Whether it’s live or via DVD or CD, the KISS mission is the same. “I want people to come to our show and be there—be present. I’m there…We want to have an experience of celebrating rock and roll, and celebrating life, success, the pursuits of the individual—things that are really important, that are timeless,” says Stanley.

    Did the singer/songwriter ever think that KISS would have the staying power and impact he has witnessed 42 years into the game? “To be honest with you, I have always believed that if you do what you love and love what you do you’ll find others who have the same point of view…if you address your needs and if you address the things that matter to you, it’ll resonate with somebody else.

    “So did I necessarily think that we would play a stadium in South America and everybody would be singing a song I wrote on my sofa? No. But it makes sense… I think what we do, and what I try to do, is something that’s universal. It’s personal, but in the same way that I’m not really that different than the people who come to the show… if I love something, more than likely they will. Did I think it would be this big? Yes and no. I hoped for five great years with the band and here we are four decades in with many, many people saying that on this tour the band’s never been better, and that the show’s never been better. And I tend to agree with them,” Stanley says.

    What advice would the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer give others who hope to find creative success? “I think the key to success is doing what you love and what we owe ourselves in life is to find something we’re passionate about. It doesn’t have to be music. It has to be something that you are fulfilled by. And if you’re fulfilled by something, the success will probably come. And if it doesn’t, you’ll still be fulfilled. There’s nothing worse than pursuing something that you don’t believe in. Then if it fails, what have you got to show for it? If you do something you love doing and you pursue what you in your heart feel is worthwhile, then that doesn’t change. The success is a bonus.” I love it when rockstars are cool and wise.

    Read more about Kiss Rocks Vegas on Parade.

    Video: KISS Performs On Penn State's University Park Campus

    (Do You Love Me, Deuce and Shout It Out Loud, Flaming Youth, Lick It Up, Love Gun, Rock and Roll All Nite, Beth)

    Gene Simmons on the Epic Return of Kiss to Comic Books

    (billboard.com) For almost as long as Kiss has been making music, they've been appearing in comic books. From their debut in Marvel's Howard the Duck No. 12 in 1977 through series from Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing and even Archie Comics, the band has remained a surprising mainstay of the comic book medium for almost four decades.

    With a new series — simply titled KISS — launching from Dynamite Entertainment this October, Heat Vision talked to Gene Simmons about what to expect from the new series and what makes his band so successful in the comic medium. According to him, the appeal is very simple: "Kiss has never been just a band."

    Instead, he suggested, it's the fantasy element of the band that allows them to move from music to comics and back again with such ease. "I fly through the air at 8 feet per second. Yes, I spit fire. And yes, I wear bat wings and dragon boots," Simmons says, adding with mock scolding, "Don't be jealous."

    That crossover between reality and the fantastic has been fueled by what Simmons calls his "fascination with literature that has a sense of wonder." As he put it, "When you think about it, superheroes are really modern day versions of the great Greek gods of mythology: Mercury had wings and could fly. Vulcan was the god of fire." Kiss, then, fits neatly into that spectrum with their Catman, Starchild, Spaceman and Demon personas.

    The iconic, mythological approach is one reason why Simmons calls Amy Chu and Kewber Baal, the writer/artist team behind the new Dynamite series "a dream team" for chronicling the band's comic book adventures. "It's not just because they're both talented, but because they understand and respect the mythology of Kiss," he explains. "From the outset, we started the band with four separate and distinct personas, each with his own tone, each with their own cross to bear — not always getting along together, but connected in a way none of them realizes."

    That idea — of a group dealing with ideas and forces they don't fully understand — is one that echoes the band's beginnings in the real world. "We were completely delusional and inexperienced and really had no idea what we were doing, except for one magical thought: Let's put together the band we never saw on stage," Simmons remembers.

    "And then we were carried away by our own self-imposed mandate, which then led us to completely ignore all the other bands, fans, fashion and especially what critics for Rolling Stone thought. We have always marched to the beat of our own drummer, and here we are, over 42 years later, America's number one gold record award winning group of all time. In all categories, I might add."

    The new comic book series, Simmons promises, will be a love letter to the fans who've stayed with the band for that time — as well as newcomers who've never read a Kiss comic before.

    "The wonderful thing about the Dynamite team is that we are all of like minds," he says. Everyone involved wanted to take our personas and do a classic Kiss comic book, and to include deep fanboy references to [Music from] the Elder, our one and only concept album. With Amy Chu writing the books, this will be an adventure the fans will absolutely love. I've already seen the covers and artwork, and in the patois of the street, it rocks."

    Asked about the continued success of the band's comic book alter egos, Simmons puts it down to simply recognizing when to let the professionals do their thing. "When we get a great writer and artist team, we know better than to micromanage," he says. "We stay out of the way. Our comic book history has been long and proud and has spanned decades, and now with Dynamite Entertainment, we intend to go even further. We can't wait."

    KISS launches digitally and in comic book stores this October and is available for pre-order now.

    Video: ACE FREHLEY Performs In Dallas, Texas

    JAM Magazine has uploaded video footage of former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley performing the song "Rip It Out", "Toys" and "Rocket Ride" at Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, Texas on August 18. Check it out here.

    Gene Simmons Interview

    Gene Simmons interview with FM99 Rock Girl Misa: Listen.

    PAUL STANLEY Is 'Toying With The Idea' Of Making Another KISS Studio Album

    KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke to the Cleveland Scene about whether there are any plans for the band to record a follow-up to 2012's "Monster" album. He said: "Records at this point are really something that if we do, we do it for us more than anybody else. The market, the sales aren't there… the delivery system isn't there. There really is no music industry. It's a guy who ran Tropicana last year that may run a record company this year. It's not a bunch of people who love music. It's a commodity at this point. So if we do an album, it's because we feel there's a reason. 'Sonic Boom', there was definitely a reason to do. 'Monster', there was a reason to do. We're toying, certainly I'm toying, with the idea of doing another album. I think it will happen. The only thing I'm adamant about is that it's not 'Son Of Sonic Boom' or 'Son Of Monster' or son of any other album. I'm not interested in making a concept album, but I'm also not interested in just rehashing the last two albums, so it has to be something fresh. Because initially, the people we're doing it for are us."

    Stanley said last month that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album… When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another."

    Tommy Thayer Interview

    Radio Interview: 96.7 The Eagle's Captain Jack Interviews Tommy Thayer of KISS: Listen.

    HOT TOURS - AUGUST 16, 2016

    Rank ACT
    Total Gross
    Show Date Range
    Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
    #4 KISS
    $1,402,759
    Aug. 10-13
    Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis. (1/0)
    Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1/0)
    Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/0)
    20,513 (24,985)

    Gene Simmons Announces Special Appearance at Wizard World Comic Con Richmond, VA, September 10th

    Wizard World, Inc., (WIZD) the preeminent producer of Wizard World Comic Cons across North America, is proud to announce that legendary KISS frontman, bassist and rock icon, Gene Simmons will appear at Wizard World Richmond on September 10. Simmons will meet fans, sign autographs, take photographs and participate in a Q&A discussion from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, held September 9 – 11.

    During the Q&A discussion, Simmons will show the never before seen, short film titled GENE SIMMONS: ROCK ICON & MEDIA MOGUL.

    “I’m excited to bring Rock & Roll to Wizard World Comic Con in Richmond,” says Simmons. “It’s gonna be a killer time, so I hope to see you there!”

    Gene Simmons is a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur and one of the world’s most recognized personalities. He co-founded KISS 42 years ago. KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, is celebrating its 42nd year, and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking box-office records set by Elvis and the Beatles. KISS was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the 2014 induction ceremony, and the band is recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for its pioneering work.

    “We’re incredibly excited to have Gene Simmons join us at Wizard World Richmond,” says John Maatta, Wizard World President and CEO. “This is the kind of exclusive and exciting programming that Wizard World is all about.”

    Located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Gene Simmons will join previously announced guests including Jewel Staite (Firefly; Serenity), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Lindsey Morgan (The 100; General Hospital), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, The Legendary Journeys), Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy), Joey Fatone (*NSYNC), and more.

    For more information on Gene Simmons’ appearance, and to purchase general and VIP admissions for the event, view the schedule, location, show hours, hotel and travel information, please visit: http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/richmond.

    HOT TOURS - AUGUST 9, 2016

    Rank ACT
    Total Gross
    Show Date Range
    Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
    Total Attendance (Capacity)

    6 KISS
    $1,438,799
    Aug. 1-5
    Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato, Minn. (1/0)
    AMSOIL Arena, Duluth, Minn. (1/0)
    La Crosse Center, La Crosse, Wis. (1/0)
    i wireless center, Moline, Ill. (1/0)
    21,760 (27,944)

    Paul Stanley Interview

    Paul Stanley Talks About Worcester and Ipswich Fried Clams with Chuck Nowlin: Listen.

    KISS SIGHTING: NEW HONDA COMMERCIAL

    NEW HONDA COMMERCIAL: Video.

    PAUL STANLEY On Possibility Of New KISS Music: 'It's A Very Conflicted Subject'

    KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke to Radio.com about whether there are any plans for the band to record a follow-up to 2012's "Monster" album. He said: "Well, it's a very conflicted subject. In one sense, there's no reason to put out any new music. Because the delivery systems that are available don't pay. We're in a situation now where artists have to take what they can get, as opposed to what they deserve. For me, it's more of a moral issue than anything else, because I don't have to worry about paying the rent, but what about new bands?"

    Stanley also addresseed the issue that fans of classic rock bands don't always like to listen to new music and prefer to hear old favorites.

    "A classic song can only become classic as it gains patina, so to speak, as it gains age," he noted. "Not to get too highbrow, but fine wine has to age, and what makes a song classic is that it endures and that you have a time period or an event that's associated with it, and that doesn't just happen overnight. 'Psycho Circus' has become a classic, 'Lick It Up' has become a classic. Do I think 'Hell Or Hallelujah' [from 'Monster'] will? Absolutely."

    Stanley said earlier in the month that "it's only worth [making a new studio album] if, artistically, you wanna do it. Every time we finish an album, I kind of go, 'Well, that's it.' Whenever we've done an album… When we did 'Sonic Boom', it was because the band was so good that I just thought to not capture the band and do new material would be a shame. But once we did 'Sonic Boom', I said, 'Well, we've made the point.' And then, a few years later, it was, like, 'Wow, why don't we dig deeper and get a little closer to the roots and the people that we loved and kind of do something else,' so we did that, and then I said, 'We're done.' But lately I've been thinking, yeah, we should do another."

    "Monster" sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.

    KISS' previous CD, "Sonic Boom", opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the band's highest-charting LP ever.

    KISS RETURN TO COMICS!

    (www.newsarama.com) The origins of KISS comic books date almost as far back as the inception as the band itself, having been an integral part of comics culture since their 1977 appearance in Howard the Duck #12 and 1978's Marvel Comics Super Special: Kiss. Today, nearly 40 years later, Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the next chapter in the band's legacy, with all-new stories coming to one of the world's leading publishers of licensed comics!

    "KISS has had a four decade-long, proud history in comic books, starting with Marvel Comics in the 1970s, and now with Dynamite's KISS comics," says KISS co-founder Gene Simmons. "KISS is America's number one gold record award-winning group of all-time, and we are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as having our own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Having our own comic book, I have to say, rekindles the thrill I first had as a young teenager, as I followed the adventures of my favorite superheroes. This is going to be fun."

    "In our rich and lengthy tradition of championing KISS in the comic/panel graphic realm, we are proud to announce this partnership and look forward to breaking new ground," says KISS co-founder, Paul Stanley.

    "Gene and Paul are rock stars in every sense and are incredible storytellers and showmen. They are living icons. Their genuine love and knowledge of comics is incredible. I couldn't be more pleased to be working with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and KISS on a new line of comics," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "Over the years, the band has produced so many stories which stand on their own, with characters that belong right alongside even the most well known in the medium. Publishing KISS comics is a dream come true, and we couldn't be more excited to have someone of Amy Chu's caliber to tell the new tales."

    "I am beyond thrilled to be working so closely with the icon that is KISS," says Executive Editor Joseph Rybrandt. "Rock solid storytelling and art are going to rock and roll you all night long. You wanted the best? You're going to get the best!"

    KISS returns to comics with KISS #1 in October, a futuristic, dark sci-fi adventure written by Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and illustrated by Kewber Baal (Army of Darkness: Furious Road). In a world without sun and a world without heroes, four young friends embark on a dangerous mission - to uncover the truth about the mysterious Council of Elders and their underground home, the city of Blackwell. But first they need some help from the past…

    "What is the power of KISS? I was having breakfast recently with the fabulous writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. When she found out I was writing this series, it was like firecrackers had been set off in the restaurant, she was so excited. So I'm doing this not just for the hardcore fans (like Kelly Sue) but also the new ones, like her children," says Amy Chu. "It's a huge challenge. KISS is iconic. Legendary. It's global and cross-generational. So much has been done before with KISS in comics, a LOT of fun and crazy stuff, so for this series, I thought, why not go more serious? For research, I hunkered down and listened to the 1981 album Music from The Elder several times. Like the movie Blade Runner which came out around the same time, people didn't know what to make of it. If that album came out now, I think it would be entirely different reception. So this storyline is more focused on mythology, heroism, and legend, and inspired by themes, lyrics, and song titles from that album."

    Artist Kewber Baal says, "When I received Dynamite's proposal to draw the new KISS series, I immediately got to work with researching each persona: their clothing details, stage performances, their music... and it was only then that it suddenly dawned on me: My actual job is getting paid to listen and draw KISS! How incredible is that? How many hardcore fans, how many KISS Army members will read the series? Oh my, can you see this is a huge responsibility, and what an amazing opportunity? I hope that all the fans will love the story, will love each page, and feel assured that I will do my best. That's a promise from one KISS fan to all other fans in world!"

    "For KISS, it's not just the music, but the visual imagery," says Chu. "It's Kabuki theater. I've been working hard with the artist, Kewber Baal, to craft a fantastic new world that pays homage to the band and the Elder album."

    The debut issue features a whopping ten covers! Four covers, each highlighting a different member of the band, are illustrated by acclaimed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cover artist, Goni Montes. Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie) and series artist Kewber Baal contribute additional covers, while other cover editions include a photo variant, a "Demon" Emoji variant (the first in a series of four, spread across issues #1-4), a special Coloring Book cover by Fernando Ruiz, and a Blank Authentix Edition that aspiring and professional artists can illustrate. Finally, a special cardstock variant edition, autographed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will be available as an incentive to qualifying retailers for their strong support of the series launch.

    KISS #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' August 2016 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of KISS with their local comic book retailers. KISS will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.The classic line up returns to sequential storytelling for the first time in over two years with multiple series planned, and creative details forthcoming! Look for updates in the coming months, and make sure to keep up with Dynamite on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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    Eric Singer on Talk Is Jericho

    (Listen) Drummer Eric Singer is the latest KISS member to join TIJ! He's the longest running drummer in the band's history, and tells the story of how he landed the gig. He talks about his relationship with late KISS drummer Eric Carr, the first time he performed in make-up, what really went down with the original lineup reunion in '96, and whether he thinks KISS will ever hang it up. Plus, he's talking about his days playing with Black Sabbath and Tony Iommi, his favorite all-time drummers, and how The Beatles changed his life.

    Should Musicians Be Able To Remotely Disable Phone Cameras At Concerts? GENE SIMMONS Weighs In

    On July 1, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was interviewed by Jack Antonio for the "Do You Know Jack?" radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below.

    Asked what he thinks about the recent news reports that Apple is working on a technology that could potentially allow music venues to disable a smartphone's camera, making it impossible for fans to tape concerts on mobile phones, Gene said: "When we first started out, this was before cellphones or technology and even voice mail. There was no cable, there was no nothing, so at the concerts, they took away your cameras — they didn't allow you to do that. So, in a lot of ways, the concert experience, especially with KISS, was real — it was emotional, it was deep. You know, people would pass out and cry; it was very emotional. And it's become… Technology, of course, has made everything less emotional. You know, when you get back home and look at your cellphone and the video there, and you go, 'Oh, I don't remember that from the concert!' Well, of course you don't, 'cause you were too busy texting or looking at your cellphone. But do I think they should have the technology to shut off your stuff? Well, maybe with your 'okay.' You know, at least beforehand, they say, 'Okay, you're about to enter a no-cellphone area' and stuff, that's fine. As long as you know, going in."

    According to reports, Apple's technology would use infrared signals to send encoded data to cell phones to disable the camera function. The phone would detect the signal and either alter what's shown on the screen or shut down its video features completely.

    A number of hard rock and heavy metal musicians have been asking fans to shut off their phones at live shows for years.

    NILE mainman Karl Sanders in 2014 slammed fans who insist on shooting photos and video at the band's concerts, saying that they are not "involved in the show" and are cheating other people out of a place where they could be enjoying the music.

    Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach said in 2015 that live performers should be given the same respect as films in movie theaters, which have a long-standing policy requiring audiences to silence their phones and putting away any recording devices during showings. The singer explained: "You can't go to a movie and have your cellphone on, but when you have actual live human beings, it's fucking okay? That's fucking bullshit! It's not appropriate in our society to stand up in a theater and film the fucking movie, but it's totally acceptable to do that at a concert? I've done four fucking Broadway shows and you can't pull out your fucking cellphone or you'll get kicked out! Do you know why? Because it's distracting. It's just not the way to watch and enjoy a show."

    Bach went on to say: "I've toured with the best of the best. I've filmed shit on my cellphone from the side of the stage watching Axl [Rose] and everybody. Guess how many times I've watched that shit? Zero. I look at it and go, 'That sucks! Delete.' It sounds like shit and it looks like shit. I think it takes the mystery out of rock and roll."

    ACE FREHLEY Says Lousy Treatment At ROCK HALL Led To Better Album

    According to The Pulse Of Radio, Ace Frehley says that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's mistreatment of him at KISS's 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction actually inspired him musically. Frehley, who released the covers collection "Origins, Vol. 1" back in April, received great reviews and scored a Top 25 hit with the set. To the surprises of many, Paul Stanley has joined forces with Frehley on the album, taking the lead on a cover of FREE's classic 1970 track "Fire And Water". The recording marked the first time the KISS co-founders appeared on an original album together since the band's 1998 set, "Psycho Circus".

    Ace Frehley revealed to The Pulse Of Radio that the impetus for "Origins, Vol. 1" reaching its potential actually came from his treatment by his former bandmates at the Rock Hall induction. "As you probably know, we were asked to perform at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony, by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and me and Peter [Criss] were up for doing that and Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] shot it down, y'know?" he said. "They made some innuendos that maybe me and Peter weren't up for the task, and that just made me do a better record. [Laughs]"

    The Pulse Of Radio asked Frehley how his sobriety improved the recording process this time around. "I'm a lot more focused and I think when people listen to this album, they're probably going to say that — in fact, a lot of reviewers have already said that," he said. "I'm a lot healthier than I was ten years ago. Not everybody can say that in their 60s, y'know, that they're healthier than they were in their 50s. So, I mean, it's a big plus. Y'know, I got a beautiful lady that I'm engaged to, who co-wrote two songs on the record with me and, y'know, life's good today."

    During an interview with KNPR News, Stanley was asked why he declined to perform with Criss and Frehley at KISS's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. "It's a tough question to answer, but there's so much involved in it," he replied. "Firstly, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame wanted nothing to do with us; they begrudgingly let us in. And my sense was that we were going to be a dog-and-pony show. They wanted to have the original guys play in the band, and all of us in makeup, and, quite honestly, I think it would have done the band a disservice. That lineup has not been together for 14 years, and physically, perhaps, wouldn't have looked that great, and musically, undoubtedly, probably, would have sounded a bit suspect. So, to have people watch it on television and identify that as KISS because there's four guys in makeup would not send a great signal to the people who are not following the band in its current permutation, or what it is today."

    He continued: "Look, we just did 42 shows and played to 600,000 people in America, and I would hate for those people to turn on a TV show where we were an unwanted guest in the first place and see us strong-armed into doing something that really does a disservice to something that I worked at for 40 years.

    "I never quit the band twice, once, and to dilute what I've worked on all these years just to make a committee happy that really was not all that thrilled that we were there in the first place, it sent the wrong message and it endangered something that I hold very dear to me.”

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    KISS ROCKS VEGAS PROMOTIONAL CLIP

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    KISS ROCKS VEGAS ON MULTIPLE FORMATS IN STORES AUGUST 26, 2016

    On August 26, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will unleash KISS Rocks Vegas on DVD+CD ($21.98), Blu-ray+CD ($26.98), and Deluxe Edition DVD+Blu-ray+2CD ($79.98).

    Captured in the midst of their 40th Anniversary World Tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers sonically shook Vegas during their residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in November 2014. This Sin City set sizzles with KISS classics from across their 44 album legacy: “Rock And Roll All Night,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Love Gun,” and more. Punctuated with pyrotechnics galore, the film presents the fire, electricity, and one-of-a-kind rock experience that earned KISS over 100 million sales globally.

    The Deluxe Edition of KISS Rocks Vegas is presented as a hardcover package with a 12X12 book, boasting photos from the show and more, also included is an exclusive CD featuring a seven-song acoustic set.

    “We Rocked and Vegas Rolled ! This was Epic In Your Face KISS ! We got Up close and personal, I think Rock and Roll fans will really enjoy this spectacle that only KISS can deliver.”- Paul Stanley

    “KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well.” -Gene Simmons

    "Kiss Rocks Vegas" track listing:

    01. Detroit Rock City
    02. Creatures Of The Night
    03. Psycho Circus
    04. Parasite
    05. War Machine
    06. Tears Are Falling
    07. Deuce
    08. Lick It Up
    09. I Love It Loud
    10. Hell Or Halleluja & Tommy Solo
    11. God Of Thunder
    12. Do You Love Me
    13. Love Gun
    14. Black Diamond
    15. Shout It Out Loud
    16. Rock And Roll All Night

    Acoustic set:

    01. Coming Home
    02. Plaster Caster
    03. Hard Luck Woman
    04. Christine Sixteen
    05. Goin' Blind
    06. Love Her All I Can
    07. Beth

    KISStory Tour comes to Cadillac

    (cadillacnews.com) Since 1975, the legendary rock band KISS has held a spot in the hearts of Cadillac residents. The group was booked to play at homecoming by Jim Neff, who was the assistant football coach at Cadillac High School at the time.

    On Saturday, June 18, Neff will guide the first ever KISStory Tour, where five permanent "KISStorical markers" will be placed at major sites around the city where fans and residents can get a better impression of where KISS interacted with Cadillac.

    The five sites include the old city hall building, the Sweet Shop, Veteran's Memorial Stadium, the CHS north gym, and the Cadillac News. On the tour, participants will see the only KISS monument in the world. The monument is a laser-etched granite touchstone more than 8 feet tall, 5 feet wide and roughly 5,000 pounds.

    A fan luncheon will follow the tour at Hermann's European Cafe downtown, where fans can meet and mingle. A KISS Tour lunch special for $17 includes a KISSCadillac T-shirt. Seats for the luncheon can be reserved by calling Hermann's at (231) 775-9563. A menu and details are available at kisscadillac.com.

    The Cadillac KISStory Tour will begin at 10 a.m. at Cadillac High School on Saturday, June 18. Fans will receive a tour brochure, have opportunities to take photos and be able to talk to Jim Neff.

    Other surprise plans are also in the works. For details, follow the KISSCadillac Facebook page.

    KISS PARTNER WITH HIRING OUR HEROES AND VET TIX TO SUPPORT MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE FORCES

    America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time in all categories KISS have partnered with Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) and Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) to salute members of the National Guard and military Reserve forces in over 30 U.S. cities during their 2016 ‘KISS: Freedom to Rock’ tour.

    KISS will hire a currently serving member of the National Guard or Reserve force to be a “Roadie for the Day” for each of the 32 U.S. concerts. In addition, KISS will donate a limited number of tickets to veterans in each community and distribute those tickets through VetTix.org. Veterans and their family members will also have the chance to purchase discounted tickets through Vet Tix. Military discounts will also be available at venue box offices with proof of a valid military ID in select markets around the country. Please note this offer is not available in all cities.

    The U.S “KISS: Freedom to Rock” tour stops are all home to a large number of Army and Air National Guard or Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Reserve members. Since September 2001, hundreds of thousands of Guards and Reserve members have been recalled to active duty, and many have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 900 of these brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice.

    KISS’ founder Paul Stanley said “KISS is celebrating our “Freedom To Rock” tour this summer; the same freedom that’s been upheld by our veterans and active duty service members”

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    Paul Stanley: His KISS is on Boise's list

    (boiseweekly.com) He's a bestselling author, painter, philanthropist and a bit soft-spoken. He's also one of the world's premier badasses. Paul Stanley, aka Starchild, co-lead singer of KISS and co-writer of many of the band's best-selling hits, is preparing for the band's current 35-city tour—dubbed "Freedom to Rock"—which begins in Boise on Thursday, July 7.

    "Any band with money can put on a KISS show, but they can't be KISS," said Stanley, who spoke to Boise Weekly about his life and legend.

    Is there any part of touring that you still love?

    Honestly, it's a lot like winning the lottery but complaining about having to pay taxes. Everybody should have my life. It's everything anyone could ever dream of. All presidents want to be rock stars; but rock stars don't ever want to be president.

    To that end, do you feel some responsibility to your fans?

    We have a legend to live up to and a standard that we've kept from the very beginning. I don't take it lightly. This kind of stature doesn't come without hard work. But that doesn't mean it can't be fun.

    I'm certain I'm not the first to tell you that I could be at a KISS concert and see my kids and my parents there.

    It would be pretty uncomfortable if I looked out on an audience that looked like an outing for a retirement community. That said, it's amazing that we've become much like a tribe that crosses all generations. It's still a thrill to see a neighbor, little brother or grandfather at our show. It's the world's largest cult and everybody celebrates their membership.

    I must tell you that it was a bit of a surprise to learn in your 2014 autobiography, Face the Music, that you were born with a misshapen left ear resulting in a hearing deficiency.

    Perhaps part of my quest for fame was really about my own insecurities. Those were magnified by having a birth defect and feeling very insecure, being a little kid who was stared at or being made fun of. Face the Music ended up being a New York Times bestseller and translated into languages all over the world. I really wrote that book for my children, for them to know what it takes to succeed and for them to understand we have a choice to see ourselves as victims or to lead the life that we deserve. For me, it's very rewarding to share with kids to know that life can be difficult but the outcome can be terrific.

    Have you ever considered that KISS arrived at the exact right time in our history of popular culture?

    So it seems. I guess we were needed as much as we thought. KISS started as being the band we wanted to see but never saw. As a rock fan, I felt certain things were missing from the bands I was seeing. I think there was a lack of respect, a lack of appreciation for audiences. You had bands on the stage thinking they were doing audiences a favor. I think KISS was a wake-up call, the right band at the right time to mount the attack.

    And as far as your endurance—and we're talking about more than 40 years—my sense is that KISS is an essential rock band but the makeup and pyrotechnics only amplify that.

    A crappy band with a big show is still a crappy band. We've seen enough of those. You've got to have the content. You can't last 40 years on a gimmick. You're only the new band on the scene just once and once that buzz dies, it's deafening. You may end up on the cover of Rolling Stone by putting a teapot on your head; next year you'll be serving fries.

    How do you design one tour to be different from another while not being too different for diehard members of the tribe?

    What are we going to do? Come out wearing red leather and hats? We're KISS. But we try to do a better, more powerful version of what we've done before. It doesn't get bigger, but it sure can get better.

    Paul Stanley of Kiss talks writing 'Detroit Rock City' and the song's history

    (mlive.com) It's a rock anthem for Detroit. We talked to Kiss singer/songwriter and guitarist Paul Stanley about how he came to write "Detroit Rock City."

    Stanley and Gene Simmons are the two remaining original members of the Rock and Roll Hall of fame band.

    About "Detroit Rock City:"

    Stanley co-wrote the song which was featured on the band's 1976 album "Destroyer." The song did not chart in the U.S., but was popular in Detroit. The b-side, "Beth," ended up becoming a hit instead. The band reissued the single with "Beth" as the a-side.

    Stanley told me the song is not only about Detroit, but about a Kiss fan who died in a car crash on his way to a Kiss concert.

    "There had been an accident outside of an arena in Charlotte. Someone was killed coming to the concert. I thought, how odd and how striking and the juxtaposition of someone coming to a Kiss concert, which celebrates being alive, to lose your life. That was the twist of "Detroit Rock City." To change it from a song about your amazing city to something much more epic."

    Stanley says Detroit embraced Kiss before anyone else did.

    "While we were still an opening back on a three act bill, we were headlining in Detroit. The city embraced us. We were met with open arms and legs. Detroit always understood what we were about. There was a point of view and embracing of rock and roll that saw us taken in with a hospitality that we hadn't seen yet anywhere else."

    Stanley then decided to write a song about Detroit.

    "I had heard a few songs about cities, and I thought, well, Detroit is as good as it gets. So, I thought of "Detroit Rock City." The first thing that came was the chorus: 'Get up! Get down! You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City.'"

    "Then when the lyrics started, we were trying to push ourselves on 'Destroyer,' and step out of the box on the kind of songs we'd been singing before."

    Stanley says he enjoys playing "Detroit Rock City" at each show on tour.

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    Paul Stanley Talks About Nikki Sixx's 'Ludicrous' Slams on Gene Simmons and Why Prince Was a 'Genius'

    It's one thing for Paul Stanley to take Kissmate Gene Simmons to task. But woe be to anyone else who wants to do it -- and that means you, Nikki Sixx.

    With Kiss preparing for the worldwide May 25 screening of its Kiss Rocks Vegas concert film and the early July launch of its summer Freedom To Rock tour, Stanley has been the fulcrum of some pointed social media exchanges during the past week. He took Simmons to task on Twitter for some derogatory interview comments the bassist made about Prince's death, calling them "cold, clueless statements." Simmons subsequently apologized via Twitter. But when Sixx later slammed Simmons as a "bully" and claiming that "nobody in rock" respects him, Stanley posted a sharply worded Facebook retort calling Sixx's comments an "unimportant but annoying squeak" and directing him to "please shut up, find another way to be in the news and get off your self inflated pedestal."

    "It's just silly stuff, honestly," Stanley tells Billboard. "It's one thing to call somebody out and to have a point of view on somebody's quotes, but then to just harp on it...You have to be suspect of the motives. Whatever questions I have about things that Gene has said is one thing, but to beat him into the ground becomes self-serving. It just gets annoying. For other people to harp on it and beat it into the ground is not something I want to sit by and listen to. When somebody starts to denigrate or take potshots at your contributions or your band or anything else, when you consider the source it gets to be ludicrous."

    Stanley and Simmons have no need to, er, Kiss and make up ("We've been together for 40 years -- that says it all," Stanley notes) while Sixx responded to Stanley's Facebook post, writing, "I will give him a standing ovation for calling out Gene himself publicly, then trying to hold my feet to the same fire. But you can't save him (Simmons)."

    And Prince, as it turns out, has been near and dear to Stanley's heart since the Starchild saw Prince play at the Bottom Line in New York in support of his second album, 1979's eponymously titled Prince.

    "I grabbed a bunch of people and brought them down to see him, and he was amazing," Stanley recalls. "He was electrifying and (backstage) he was very, very nice although incredibly shy, very polite. You couldn't help but follow his trajectory over the years. I think that as great as we saw him we didn't realize the true scope of his genius until he was gone. That's always a tragedy."

    With their own Prince-gate behind them, Kiss is read to rev up the machine for 2016, starting with Kiss Rocks Vegas, a Fathom Events one-night-only showing filmed during the group's nine-show November 2014 residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. (Theater and ticket details can be found at FathomEvents.com and kissmycinema.com.) "This is one show," Stanley says, "so if it seems cohesive and there's nothing jarring in terms of continuity, it's because it was one night. You can't help but be aware that in essence it's now or never; It's like stepping into the ring and you're hoping that you're in top form, and if not you draw on your well of determination to pull out all the stops. I think it was a great show. There's a great connection and intensity between us and the audience that's palpable. To do a show in a venue that small and yet do a show that's that large only made us that much more colossal as figures.”

    It likely won't be the last residency for Kiss, either. "We'd love to come back. Perhaps we would do it in a different venue, and that's something that we're looking into," he says. "But the concept of doing a residency is appealing. It's easily one of my favorite stage shows that we've had. I totally enjoyed it and the reviews were ecstatic and raves, and I would love to do it again."

    Kiss is incorporating some of the visual technology of the Vegas show into the Freedom To Rock Tour, which kicks off July 7 in Boise, Idaho, and will play mostly the smaller markets where the band built its Kiss Army during the first years of its career. "We built our following by going to the heartland and going to middle America, so for us (the tour) is basically a return to that," says Stanley, who's featured on a rendition of Free's "Fire and Water" from former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley's new covers album, Origins, Vol. 1.

    "When we first broke through, when Kiss Alive! was just simmering, we were playing the Toledos and the Daytons and the Des Moines. It was at the arena in Dayton when I peeked through the curtain and I really got the full scope of what was happening. The place was packed and this had been going on for a few nights with no end in sight. So those places mean a lot to us, and it'll be great to go back to them."

    GENE SIMMONS: Celebrities Should Keep Their Presidential Choices Private

    In a brand new interview with U.K.'s The Guardian, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was asked if it's correct to say that he will vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. He responded: "That's totally inaccurate. I've known the man over the years, but that doesn't mean I'm going to vote for him."

    He continued: "To be quite honest, I wish celebrities would shut up: I don't like the idea of celebrities announcing who they're for and not for, because a number of their fans will be voting just because their favourite band said to do so. That takes away the honesty of the democratic process. I'm totally against advertising who I want to vote for, and I haven't made up my mind, quite honestly. Celebrities should shut up and keep it private."

    Asked if he thinks there's a place for artists to speak up over issues such as North Carolina's discrimination law, Gene said: "I do — but that's not a political issue, that's a human rights issue. Discrimination of any kind ... Well, I don't agree with Donald Trump on his views on, say, Mexico – I would certainly speak up over the border."

    Simmons, a former contestant on Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" show, recently told People magazine that he likes how the real estate mogul is shaking up the current presidential race.

    "The important thing about Trump, and I'm not saying whether I'm voting for him, or Hilary [Clinton], or anybody else, is that he has changed the game," he said. "He doesn't want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it's 'incorrect.'"

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    NIKKI SIXX: GENE SIMMONS Is An 'Overrated, Lucky Guy That Dresses Like A Clown'

    Nikki Sixx has called Gene Simmons an "overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown" after the KISS co-founder made callous statements about the death of Prince.

    This past week, Simmons received backlash from friends, family and fans after insinuating that Prince died from a drug overdose. The MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist also ripped Simmons on Twitter, saying his "recent heartless and uneducated remarks about Prince's death shows why he's not my hero anymore or anybody's."

    Sixx took to the airwaves and said on his nationally syndicated radio show "Sixx Sense" to elaborate on his criticism of Simmons. He said (hear audio below): "Nothing that Gene Simmons says resonates with me. When you're in Gene's position, you should have a little bit more than a narrow-minded, bullying sense of what's happening on the earth. And he said that if you're depressed, kill yourself. He is pro Trump, he is pro a lot of things that I think are negative."

    He continued: "I think that [Gene] is [an] overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown. [He] wrote some good songs, [but] hasn't in a long time, and loves to brag about himself.

    "I like my heroes to be humble. I like my heroes to have compassion. And I like my heroes to be open to change. I don't like my heroes to be egotistical assholes.

    "Gene Simmons, you're no longer my hero."

    Simmons on Wednesday took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about Prince. He explained: "I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene."

    Prince died on April 21 at his home in Minnesota, but no cause of death has been identified just yet. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that his death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose.

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    NIKKI SIXX Has 'No Respect For GENE SIMMONS,' Says KISS Co-Founder 'Should Call It A Day'

    MÖTLEY CRÜE and SIXX:A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx says that he has "no respect for Gene Simmons" after the KISS co-founder's statement that the death of Prince was "pathetic."

    Earlier this week, Simmons received backlash from friends, family and fans after insinuating that Prince died from a drug overdose. Sixx also ripped Simmons on Twitter, saying his "recent heartless and uneducated remarks about Prince's death shows why he's not my hero anymore or anybody's."

    During an interview with the WNOR FM99 radio station this past Wednesday (May 11), Sixx was asked about Gene's comments and the impact that Prince had on the world of music. He said: "Gene Simmons taking swipes at Prince without actually having the information is what I said #FromHeroToZero. We have no respect for Gene Simmons anymore; nobody in rock does. And I'm not gonna sit back quietly as a person [and] allow a bully to go out there and put down people he doesn't know anything about. The last thing that me and Gene got into is he said that if people are depressed, they should kill themselves."

    He continued: "I think that Gene should call it a day, and that we should look at this beautiful catalogue of music that Prince has given us. And if you wanna compare Prince to KISS, I mean… okay, c'mon. There's no comparison. Prince has been an amazing artist. He's kept his standard high over the years and was never just about money and ego; it was about music."

    Simmons on Wednesday took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about Prince. He explained: "I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene."

    Prince died on April 21 at his home in Minnesota, but no cause of death has been identified just yet. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that his death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose.

    Over the years, Simmons has never hidden his feelings about drug use, even when his bandmates were involved. He told The Pulse Of Radio that drugs are the number one reason for bands failing to live up to their potential. "I have no sympathy at all for anybody that doesn't have enough self-respect for themselves and for their bandmates, because when one guy decides that his dalliances with crazy things is more important that the welfare of his band, that guy doesn't deserve any success," he said. "Because a team is a team, and every guy's gotta carry the weight. You're only as good as your teammates."

    KISS kicks off its 37-date summer tour on July 7 at Boise, Idaho's Taco Bell Arena.

    MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS co-headlined a North American tour in the summer of 2012.

    TWISTED SISTER To Be Joined By OVERKILL, ACE FREHLEY, MONSTER MAGNET At ROCK CARNIVAL Festival

    The second annual Rock Carnival will take place on September 30, October 1 and October 2 in Lakewood, New Jersey at First Energy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws. As with its inaugural year, which drew a staggering 50,000+ attendees, the second annual Rock Carnival will feature classic carnival rides and entertainment, the most delicious food truck offerings, high-action professional wrestling, beer gardens pouring the tastiest of brews, and of course... the best in local, national and international rock and heavy metal music performances! This year will introduce a "Classic Rewind" Friday Night concert, featuring some special performances from 2015 performers, returning to the event they loved.

    Three-day general admission and reserved seat weekend packages for this year's Rock Carnival go on sale Friday, May 13 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time. Three-day "Early Bird" general admission passes start at $95.90 and weekend reserved seat tickets start at $119.99. Get your tickets via TicketFly.

    Skyboxes, reserved seats, daily general admission and VIP experiences (presented by SoundRink) will be available on June 7.

    The first wave of Rock Carnival live music entertainment to be announced is topped by single-day headliners TWISTED SISTER, whose performance will mark their official farewell show for the U.S. northeast.

    TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French states: "As 2016 marks the end of our live performing career, TWISTED SISTER is looking forward to returning to the Tri-State NYC area for the final time to the Rock Carnival at First Energy Park in Lakewood, New Jersey on October 1, 2016. In celebrating our 40th anniversary and our farewell to live performing, we are bringing our '40 & F*ck It' worldwide farewell tour one last time to the area that created us!"

    Also scheduled to appear:

    OVERKILL
    ACE FREHLEY
    MONSTER MAGNET
    FUEL
    TOM KEIFER
    DOKKEN
    TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION
    DORO
    FOUR BY FATE
    KILLCODE
    JESTER
    AMERICAN ANGEL

    taking place on multiple stages including two main festival stages, side by side, on the field. Fans will have general admission access to the stadium field. The event will feature the Birch Hill stage, a very popular performance area and craft beer section.

    Rock Carnival producer John D'Esposito says: "This year's lineup far exceeds our expectations." He adds, "The incredible new layout, amenities and resources are sure to enhance the Carnival experience for our fans and their families."

    For more information, visit therockcarnival.com.

    GENE SIMMONS's Wife Slams PAUL STANLEY Over PRINCE Apology

    Gene Simmons's wife has slammed Paul Stanley after the KISS frontman apologized for his bandmate's comments about Prince.

    Earlier this week, Simmons received backlash from friends, family and fans after calling Prince's death "pathetic" and insinuating that the iconic artist died from a drug overdose. Stanley denounced his bandmate's "cold, clueless" statement on Twitter, saying that he was "embarrassed" by Simmons's comments and offering his apologies.

    But Gene's wife Shannon Tweed last night told Stanley via Twitter: "We all have our failings, but true friends don't point at them and throw you under the bus. Especially partners of 40 years!"

    Stanley replied: "‘Partners of 40 years says it all. Don't confuse walking under the bus with being thrown under. My apology was right."

    Tweed then fired back: "You can't apologize for someone else. It's not up to you. He feels the way he feels. He would never do that to you — never."

    She also posted a picture of her with Simmons on her Facebook page, commenting: "Because, no matter others' opinions, I love my huzby!"

    Simmons yesterday took to Twitter to clarify his remarks about Prince. He explained: "I apologize — I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts. I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene."

    NIKKI SIXX Denounces GENE SIMMONS's 'Heartless And Uneducated Remarks' About PRINCE

    MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has slammed Gene Simmons for the KISS co-founder's comments on the death of Prince.

    Simmons came under fire Tuesday when he called Prince's death "pathetic" in an interview with Newsweek. Late that night, he apologized in a note posted to Twitter.

    In response to Simmons's remarks, Sixx shared his own disheartened opinion on Twitter. He wrote: "[Gene Simmons's] recent heartless and uneducated remarks about Prince's death shows why he's not my hero anymore or anybody's." He added the hashtag "#FromHeroToZero".

    Prince died on April 21 at his home in Minnesota, but no cause of death has been identified just yet. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that his death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose.

    Over the years, Simmons has never hidden his feelings about drug use, even when his bandmates were involved. He told The Pulse Of Radio that drugs are the number one reason for bands failing to live up to their potential. "I have no sympathy at all for anybody that doesn't have enough self-respect for themselves and for their bandmates, because when one guy decides that his dalliances with crazy things is more important that the welfare of his band, that guy doesn't deserve any success," he said. "Because a team is a team, and every guy's gotta carry the weight. You're only as good as your teammates."

    KISS kicks off its 37-date summer tour on July 7 at Boise, Idaho's Taco Bell Arena.

    MÖTLEY CRÜE and KISS co-headlined a North American tour in the summer of 2012.

    Gene Simmons On His Prince Comments

    Read Gene's statement here.

    Gene Simmons calls Prince's death 'pathetic'

    Gene Simmons has weighed in on the recent deaths of musicians Prince and David Bowie in a new interview with Newsweek. According to the 66-year-old Kiss frontman, Prince’s death was “pathetic.”

    “Bowie was the most tragic of all because it was real sickness,” Simmons said. “All the other ones were a choice.”

    Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57 in his Chanhassen, Minnesota estate. The cause of his death has yet to be determined, and is being investigated as a possible drug overdose, a law enforcment official told The Associated Press.

    “I think Prince was heads, hands and feet above all the rest of them,” Simmons continued. “I thought he left [Michael] Jackson in the dust. Prince was way beyond that. But how pathetic that he killed himself. Don’t kid yourself, that’s what he did. Slowly, I’ll grant you… but that’s what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death.”

    Simmons also said he has “never been high or drunk” in his life and questioned the “insane gene” in people that makes them succumb to “the cliché of the clichés: drugs and alcohol.”

    Paul Stanley, Kiss’s co-lead singer, apologized Tuesday for Simmons’s comments, calling them “embarrassing,” “cold,” and “clueless.”

    Simmons is not one to shy away from controversial statements. Earlier this year, Simmons sparked ire by telling Rolling Stone, “I am looking forward to the death of rap,” and subsequently feuding on Twitter with Ice Cube over the matter.

    Ace Frehley Interview

    Space Ace Frehley in a Groove Exploring Musical Origins: Read the interview here.

    PAUL STANLEY, GLENN HUGHES, STEVE VAI, RUDY SARZO, VINNY APPICE To Be Honored At 'Heavy Rock Icon Awards'

    Paul Stanley (KISS), Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), Carmine Appice (ROD STEWART, OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE), Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, DIO), Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and Steve Vai (FRANK ZAPPA, DAVID LEE ROTH) will be honored at the Heavy Rock Icon Awards, set to take place May 22 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. The solid bronze award statues will be presented by the icons to their peers.They will also perform their iconic songs that have propelled the listeners' emotions, creativity and imagination, and that have stood the test of time.

    All ticket funds will go to Rocking4peace, a 100% volunteer nonprofit whose ultimate mission is to provide peace tolerance equality nonviolence education for children in their schools, challenging their bigoted thinking, as to question their own bigoted thinking, and changing some minds for the better for all mankind.

    Ace & Slash Interview

    Ace Frehley and Slash Talk New Covers Album, Tone and Guitars Galore: Read the interview here.

    A Love Letter to Ace Frehley

    A Love Letter to Ace Frehley: Artists Share the Blazing KISS Solos That Inspired Them: Read the article here.

    SDC 2016 Session: Ask Me Anything Session with Tommy Thayer from KISS

    Ask Me Anything Session with Tommy Thayer from KISS: Video.

    Watch ACE FREHLEY And PAUL STANLEY In 'Fire And Water' Video

    Watch ACE FREHLEY And PAUL STANLEY In 'Fire And Water': Video

    GENE SIMMONS Admits Struggling To Prevent Scalpers From Buying, Reselling Tickets To KISS Concerts

    KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has admitted that his band is struggling to prevent scalpers from getting their hands on KISS concert tickets and reselling them at exorbitant prices. He tells the BBC: "I don't like it, but capitalism is capitalism. If you buy a piece of furniture, you're allowed if you sell it for a profit. But we do try to limit that sort of shenanigans. You try to do the best you can but it is a free market system."

    He continues: "The nature of money is that people tend to abuse it and when there the chance to make hideous sums on somebody who really wants something, people will take advantage of people."

    In 2008, Simmons appeared to support the resale of the band's tickets, telling Ticketnews: "There is no secondary market — there's only the market. That's the reality, and everything else is political jumbling. If somebody wants a ticket, they'll buy it or they won't."

    The office of the attorney general of New York released a report in January that that found abuses preventing consumers from buying tickets at affordable prices or sometimes not at all. The report was harshly critical of the practices of ticket brokers, which, it claimed, drive up the cost of live entertainment by controlling most of the tickets released to the public. These brokers have come under increasing scrutiny for snapping up many of the tickets through a variety of means, including the use of "bots," which are computer programs used to purchase concert and sporting event tickets online at rapid speed. Ticketmaster reportedly estimated 60% of the most desirable tickets for some shows on the secondary market are bought by bots.

    Ace Frehley Recalls Crazy Weekend of Debauchery at Dimebag’s House

    Ace Frehley Recalls Crazy Weekend of Debauchery at Dimebag’s House: Video.

    ACE FREHLEY's 'Origins Vol. 1' Cracks U.S. Top 25; 'Fire And Water' Video Feat. PAUL STANLEY Due This Week

    Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's solo covers set, "Origins Vol. 1", debuted at No. 23 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 16,109 equivalent album units in the week ending April 21.

    The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

    In terms of pure album sales, "Origins Vol. 1" opened with just under 15,824 copies.

    Ace has also confirmed that his music video for the FREE cover "Fire And Water" will feature his former bandmate and KISS's co-founding frontman Paul Stanley. The clip will be released Wednesday, April 27, coincidentally Frehley's 65th birthday. A teaser for the video can be seen here. http://www.justinreich.com/9742/teaserOUTNOW.mp4

    The "Fire And Water" video holds its place in rock and roll history as the first time in 14 years that Frehley and Stanley have shared a stage since KISS's appearance at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. It's also the first time Frehley has released a music video since 1989, which was Frehley's cover of "Do Ya" by ELO and THE MOVE.

    Tommy Thayer confirmed as headlining special guest at 2016 INDY KISS Fan Expo!

    The 2016 INDIANAPOLIS KISS Fan Expo will take place on Sunday, May 22nd from 9am-8pm at the Caribbean Cove Hotel & Conference Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Fan Expo favorite Tommy Thayer is returning to the INDY event in a big way! He will spend all day Sunday with fans at the Expo and also make an appearance at the INDY premiere KISS ROCKS VEGAS movie screenings the night before. In addition to being a guitarist extraordinaire, Tommy is the film's producer!

    Tribute band KISS Resurrection will perform at Expo!

    Each of the first 300 tickets purchased for the 2016 INDY KISS Fan Expo will include one free admission to one of the exclusive May 21st Indianapolis premiere screenings of the KISS ROCKS VEGAS movie! Tickets will not be sold for these movie showings.

    CLICK HERE for full 2016 Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo.

    The Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo is run by the fans, for the fans.

    KISS ROCKS VEGAS EXTENDED MOVIE TRAILER

    KISS ROCKS VEGAS EXTENDED MOVIE TRAILER: Video.

    KISS Legend Ace Frehley Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

    KISS Legend Ace Frehley Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ (Part 3): Video.

    TOMMY THAYER To Speak at Samsung Developers Conference About New Children’s Storybook App

    KISS lead guitarist TOMMY THAYER has been invited to speakat the upcoming Samsung developers conference in San Francisco and will introduce Ernest Hummingbird, a newchildren’s storybook app for which Thayer is a partner. The conference will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on April 27th and 28th. Thayer will speak about his involvement in the app, and embracing app technology as a new means to tell andcommunicate stories and music to children.

    “I'm really delighted that Samsung has asked me to speak at the event, says Thayer, Ernest Hummingbird is a beautiful story that comes to life in the storybook app. I really enjoyed creating and producing the music for this project as well. It will start off as a children’s storybook app, but will eventually be an animated TV series and much more."

    Thayer asked his friend and country music star Darius Rucker to narrate the story. "Having Darius's deep and familiar voice telling Ernest's story is wonderful, Thayer says. “We're proud to have Darius involved.”

    Ernest Hummingbird is a partnership between Thayer and Mechem Media, led by the former CEO of the company that owned Hanna Barbera for 25 years, Charles Mechem. Ernest Hummingbird was conceived initially by Hanna Barbera alum and current Sony director David Feiss, who is best known for his hit Cartoon Network series “Cow and Chicken”. Feiss is also a partner on the project.

    The Samsung Developer Conference (SDC 2016 is designed for developers, for creators and for builders. Together with their tech partners, Samsung will share the latest technologies and future innovations in IoT, Smart Home, VR and more.

    TOMMY THAYER is the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band KISS. Regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, KISS's career milestones are staggering including sales of over 100 million albums worldwide. In 2014, Tommy partnered with Mechem Media creating new intellectual properties for TV, film, new media and mobile. Ernest Hummingbird, a beautiful new children's storybook app will be released in summer 2016.

    RUSH's ALEX LIFESON, KISS's TOMMY THAYER To Take Part In ALICE COOPER's 'Rock & Roll Vampire Bash'

    Alice Cooper's Rock & Roll Golf Classic and Rock & Roll Vampire Bash directly benefit Solid Rock and The Rock Teen Center, and bring together some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports, and many PGA veterans and community leaders.

    Join Alice and his wife Sheryl as they raise the dead at Alice Cooper's Rock & Roll Vampire Bash on Sunday, April 24 from 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 pm. The nocturnal fun includes a cocktail reception where you can chill in the Pro Em VIP Lounge, silent auction, dinner, live auction and live entertainment on the PCS Stage with Alice Cooper and friends, including Alex Lifeson (RUSH), Danny Seraphine (CHICAGO), Tommy Thayer (KISS), Frank Sidoris (SLASH), and Neal Smith (ALICE COOPER), and the comic genius of John O'Hurley and Jeff Allen.

    Tickets are $250 per person and are on sale now by calling Joy Covell at the Solid Rock office at 602-522-9200.

    For more information, go to this location: http://alicecoopersolidrock.com/events/7

    Ace Frehley Is Too Old for This Crap ... Doctors Warn

    Ace Frehley can no longer rock and roll all night -- doctors orders.

    TMZ has learned Frehley is back home resting after being rushed to the hospital Friday night for exhaustion and dehydration. He was released Sunday night with one warning: slow down.

    Docs told the 64-year-old he's in great shape for his age, but needs to stop running around like he's still 18. He was advised to arrange a less exhausting tour schedule.

    We're told Frehley already clocked in a dozen shows this month -- and was shooting a music video in L.A. at the same time ... flying back and forth to play his East Coast dates. Fortunately, the Saturday gig he had to cancel was his last tour date.

    He plans to follow doctor's orders and stay off the road for a while.

    Gene Simmons: Donald Trump Has 'Changed the Game' in Politics and 'Doesn't Care' What People Say

    Outspoken, bombastic, and with an infamous hairdo. It's of little wonder that KISS frontman Gene Simmons likes how Donald Trump is shaking up the current Presidential race.

    "The important thing about Trump, and I'm not saying whether I'm voting for him, or Hilary [Clinton], or anybody else, is that he has changed the game," the rocker tells PEOPLE while attending the John Varvatos 13th Annual Stuart House Benefit Presented by Chrysler in West Hollywood, California, on Sunday. "He doesn't want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it's 'incorrect.' "

    Simmons is no stranger to making headlines when he speaks his mind. He recently kicked up controversy when he criticized the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for inducting N.W.A. earlier this month, arguing that rappers and hip hop artists should not be included. (Which N.W.A. member Ice Cube said was "just wrong.")

    The two have a history as Simmons competed in The Celebrity Apprentice in 2007 (he was fired in week 3 after he bungled a deal with Kodak). But the 66-year-old rocker clearly holds no hard feelings about being fired by Trump.

    "I think people are sick and tired of politicians who have words that are written by other people," he says. "And they are trying to cater and make everybody happy."

    "He doesn't care."

    And, if Trump manages to land the Republican nomination, is there a chance that he could tap Simmons for a post as Vice President?

    "Honestly, it doesn't pay enough," the singer says with a laugh. "Even God passes the hat around."

    Paul Stanley talks KISS & The Freedom To Rock Tour with 102.9 The HOG

    Paul Stanley talks KISS & The Freedom To Rock Tour with 102.9 The HOG: Listen.

    ACE FREHLEY / EYEWITNESS NEWS INTERVIEW

    ACE FREHLEY / EYEWITNESS NEWS INTERVIEW: Video.

    Shoulder surgery keeps Paul Stanley from KISS benefit show

    Shoulder surgery has prevented Paul Stanley from performing an intimate show with KISS.

    Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss donned their classic stage makeup and costumes to play a four-song set Friday to benefit multiple sclerosis research. KISS was the headlining act at the 23rd annual Race to Erase MS fundraising gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    Former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson introduced the band and explained Stanley's absence. Jackson said the lead singer would be recovered in time to tour with KISS this summer.

    Other performers at the fundraising dinner included Eric Benet, David Foster and "The Voice" winner Jordan Smith. The event raised more than $250,000 toward finding a cure for the nervous system disorder.

    Ace Frehley hospitalized with exhaustion after show

    Former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley has been hospitalized for exhaustion and forced to cancel a show in New York.

    A post on his website and Facebook page says he was admitted to a hospital after Friday's show at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree), Pennsylvania. The post says his symptoms are due to "exhaustion and dehydration."

    Frehley's website says he "reluctantly" agreed to cancel Saturday night's sold-out show at The Chance in Poughkeepsie (poh-KIHP'-see).

    The site says he had to cancel a show April 9 in New Hope, Pennsylvania, after a band member was sick.

    The 64-year-old Frehley has been touring all month.

    KISS Performs Without PAUL STANLEY At 'Race To Erase MS' Fundraising Gala

    KISS performed as a trio at the Race To Erase MS fundraising gala last night (Friday, April 15) at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Absent from the event was KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley, who was forced to sit out the show due to a shoulder injury.

    KISS was introduced at the event by former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, who explained Stanley's absence and added that the KISS frontman would be well enough to tour with the band this summer. Special hosts for the evening included Ozzy Osbourne's wife and son, Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne, the latter of whom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012.

    KISS played four songs at the at the fundraiser that supports Nancy Davis's Center Without Walls program. The event, which also featured appearances by Eric Benet, David Foster and Jordan Smith, the winner of "The Voice", included a one-of-a-kind live auction featuring fabulous vacation getaways and experiential packages.

    Stanley broke the news of his injury yesterday on Twitter. "Tore my bicep tendon," he wrote. "Surgery reattached it with a screw and stitches to anchor in place. Not much I can do now!" Several hours later, he added in a separate tweet: "Thanks to my AMAZING doctor I WILL be great & ready to rock WAAAAYYYY before the tour! CAN’T WAIT! #?FreedomToRock?"

    Video of KISS performing the songs "Cold Gin" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" at Race To Erase MS can be seen below.

    Race To Erase MS has been instrumental in funding many pilot studies that have contributed to drugs now on the market and other very important therapies that are improving the lives of people suffering from MS.

    The Center Without Walls program is a unique collaboration of the world's leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins.

    KISS previously performed as a three-piece in 2007, when a heart issue forced Stanley to sit out the band's concert at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California.

    KISS's "Freedom To Rock Tour" is scheduled to begin July 7 at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. The two-month run will see the band playing cities that they haven't visited in more than ten years. (Video)

    ACE FREHLEY Admitted To Hospital For Exhaustion And Dehydration; Tonight's Show Canceled

    Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was admitted to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania following his show last night (Friday, April 15) at the F.M. Kirby Center in the city. After extensive testing, it was determined that Ace's symptoms were due to exhaustion and dehydration.

    In consultation with his doctors, Ace, who aside from the exhaustion and dehydration has been given a clean bill of health, has reluctantly agreed to cancel tonight's sold-out show at the Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York. The venue is working to reschedule the date in late September and expects to announce an exact date later this week.

    In the meantime, ticket buyers for tonight's show can use their tickets for the rescheduled date in September or return them at the point of purchase for a full refund. AceFrehley.com VIP Experience and Guitar Signature packages purchasers will be contacted by AceFrehley.com and can either obtain a full refund or use their packages on the rescheduled date.

    Once released from the hospital, Ace will be heading home to Southern California to recuperate.

    Fan-filmed video footage of the Wilkes-Barre concert can be seen below.

    Ace has just released "Origins Vol. 1", a collection of twelve newly recorded classics from his formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll. Most notably, KISS frontman Paul Stanley joins Ace on FREE's hit "Fire And Water". This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS's 1998 reunion album "Psycho Circus". (Video1, Video2)

    KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY Undergoes Surgery For Torn Bicep Tendon

    KISS frontman Paul Stanley has undergone surgery to repair a torn bicep tendon. He will be healed in time for the band's "Freedom To Rock Tour", which is scheduled to kick off in early July.

    Stanley revealed his injury via Twitter earlier today. He wrote: "Tore my bicep tendon. Surgery reattached it with a screw and stitches to anchor in place. Not much I can do now!"

    In a 2013 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Stanley talked about how his stage performances have damaged his body. He said: "My boots weigh 30 pounds. I'm running around and kicking with 15 pounds on each leg. We do at least four shows a week, and the days off are recuperation time."

    He continued: "What I do has taken its toll. I've had both my rotator cuffs surgically repaired. They're all similar to sport injuries. I've torn my meniscus in both knees and had a hip replacement. This is all from onstage performances. It's like doing a triathlon with a guitar around my neck. You have to jump, sing, swing your arm and play the right chord. With that combination, anything can go wrong. I used to jump up in the air and land on my knees. It didn't hurt then, but it does now."

    Stanley reiterated those sentiments in a 2014 interview with The New York Times. He said: "Things that didn't hurt me 40 years ago hurt me today. From 40 years ago. I've had both my rotator cups repaired, my knees. I've had a hip replacement. But I'm doing splits and everything on stage. I'm blessed. Every time I go out on stage, it is exhilarating."

    Stanley, who had his first hip replacement at age 52, told U.K.'s Independent that he had no regrets about the nightly strutting in his eight-inch heels. "Every scar on my body was proudly earned," he said. "There's nothing worse than looking back and wishing you had done things, but I did 'em all. That's how life is supposed to be lived."

    Stanley, who grew up half-deaf and scarred with a deformed right ear, eventually had reconstructive surgery in 1982 to create an ear using a piece of his rib cage.

    Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley's First Song Together in 18 Years

    Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley's First Song Together in 18 Years: Read the Rolling Stone article & hear the song here

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    Ace Frehley Talks Paul Stanley, Slash, Lita Ford, John 5 + More on ‘Origins Vol. 1?

    Ace Frehley Talks Paul Stanley, Slash, Lita Ford, John 5 + More on ‘Origins Vol. 1?: Video.

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