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June 28, 2004

INSTANT LIVE CD'S

Kiss live in concert CD's are recorded on every show from the soundboard and they are being sold right after the concert (for around US $ 25,- for a Double CD). The quality is said to be fantastic. Those Instant Live CD's seem not to be available from Europe. If you are interested in those Instant Live CD's, you may contact me in advance by e-mail.

June 28, 2004

KISS IN THE PRESS

A lot of magazines have reports about Gene Simmons in their latest issues. Some of them are: "Stalker" (Germany, 6 pages) und "Heavy, oder was!?" (Germany, 1 page), Classic Rock (England, 6 pages) and Sweden Rock (Sweden).

June 25, 2004

KISS EXPO HOLLAND THIS SUNDAY

(from Joop van Pelt)
Sunday, June 27 the annual KISS Expo Holland takes place at club Hedon in Zwolle. Doors open at 13.00 hours, while tribute band KISS This will take the stage at 15.00 hours. International KISS dealers will offer the best in old and new KISS merchandise, and legendary American rockers Angel will perform a special set starting at 17.00 hours. For more info check out www.kisskollector.com.


June 23, 2004

BACKSTAGE AUCTIONS

(from Backstage Auctions)
Backstage Auctions is proud to present “The 2004 Classic Rock Auction,” featuring the private collection of Eddie Kramer. The auction begins on July 18th, 2004 and runs for two weeks.

Eddie Kramer is one of the most renowned and respected record producers in music, spanning a career of more than four decades, working with a stellar array of artists. Over the years, Kramer has engineered or produced albums for such artists as The Rolling Stones, Santana, NRBQ, Johnny Winter, Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Dionne Warwick, David Bowie, Carly Simon, Lena Horne, Tommy Bolin, Jobriath and countless others. His work with Jimi Hendrix, however, engineering and co-producing all of Jimi’s albums and subsequent re-issues, compilations and live recordings, gained Eddie his reputation as one of the greatest producers in rock history. His production on several KISS and KISS solo albums, as well as “Frampton Comes Alive,” to date the biggest selling live album, plus his recording of the original Woodstock festival, laid the groundwork for multi-million selling live albums of the ‘70s and beyond. The auction features personal items and recordings from Eddie’s rich history as an engineer and producer.

Among those items being auctioned are:

Jimi Hendrix acetates of “Dolly Dagger,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “Live In The West” and many others from the ‘70s

Jimi Hendrix test pressings and sealed recordings of “Electric Ladyland,” “Axis Bold As Love,” “Are You Experienced” and others from re-issues by Experience Hendrix/ MCA Records

KISS’s very 1st demo tapes from 1973 recorded at Electric Lady Studios, which are among an impressive collection of ╝” tapes, acetates and test pressings of numerous KISS recordings from the ‘70s

Hand drawn sketches of Eddie by Gene Simmons

Hand written track listings of KISS Alive by Gene Simmons (including a cartoon of Paul Stanley by Gene)

Numerous ╝” tapes with rough mixes from:

Carly Simon’s 1st album, Peter Frampton (“Frampton Comes Alive”), The Rolling Stones (“Love Ya Live”) and Led Zeppelin (“Houses of the Holy”, “Song Remains The Same”)

Large collection of vintage promotional T-shirts and studio session documents

Extensive items from the lengthy list of artists Kramer has worked with since the ‘60s

These and other items are available for a preview on the Backstage Auctions’ website, www.backstageauctions.com. The auction will commence on July 18, 2004 and run for 2 weeks, ending August 1, 2004.

The rich musical historic value and diversity of this unique collection will thrill and excite both music aficionados and collectors around the world. This auction truly presents a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to obtain collectibles that otherwise would not be accessible to the public.

Backstage Auctions, the brainchild of longtime rock memorabilia collector, Jacques van Gool and his wife Kelli, is a new and innovative online auction house specializing in classic rock memorabilia that has never before been bought/sold/traded in the marketplace. Every item comes directly from the legitimate owner and is accompanied by a signed “certificate of authenticity.”

MEDIA CONTACT ONLY:
Laura Kaufman
818-501-8880
LKPR1@AOL.COM

June 23, 2004
KISS ON UNRATED MAGAZINE

(from Rene Jongsma)
Lot's of KISS on the "UNRATED Magazine.com" (http://www.unratedmagazine.com)! You can find there a review of the GENE SIMMONS "ASSHOLE" CD and some great KISS photo's and some old concert review with pictures and another interview.
This site is from a friend of mine Adam Bielawski, who also is a photographer and has made some great KISS photo's that you can find at: http://www.adambielawski.com!

June 21, 2004

PETER CRISS INTERVIEW

The final two parts of original KISS drummer Peter Criss' revealing May 21interview with the "Friday Night Rocks" show on New York's Q104.3 have been posted online in MP3 format at Eddie Trunk's web site.


June 19, 2004

3rd ANNUAL CHARLOTTE KISS EXPO

(from Phil Elliott)

For all our European Fellow KISS Fans!
Here’s the perfect opportunity to see the U.S. "Rock The Nation" Tour, and get to attend "The Largest KISS Expo In The World" all in one trip! Since KISS has decided NOT to Tour Europe this year, here’s your chance to see the last shows on this current tour. Here are the dates/cities/& driving distance from Atlanta, Georgia: Raleigh, NC. (Tues. 7-28) 420 miles, Charlotte, NC. (Wed. 7-29) 210 miles, Birmingham, AL. (Tues. 8-3) 140 miles, Atlanta, GA. (Wed. 8-4) 0 miles, and Charlotte KISS Expo (Sat. 8-7 & Sun. 8-8) 210 miles!

3rd Annual Charlotte KISS Expo:

Sunday, August 8th, 2004
Location: University Place Hilton (I-85, Exit 45-A)
Hours: 11am - 9pm (VIP's enter early at 10:15)

Special Guests:
- Bob Kulick (a.k.a. "the 5th member of KISS!")
- Jason McMaster (Lead singer of Dangerous Toys & Texas KISS Tribute Band SSIK)
- Ron Keel (lead singer of KEEL & Ironhorse)
- Gordon "GG" Gebert (author: KISS n' Tell, KISS n' Tell More, Rock N' Roll War Stories)
- Bob McAdams (guitarist for infamous NYC band "THE BRATS," KISS's first roadie & soundman, grew up with Ace, & co-author of "KISS n' Tell") 
- KISS tribute band from New York City "The NY KISS ARMY: The Second Coming"  
- From Norfolk, VA "The Renegades of Sluts"
- All-girl KISS Tribute Band "BLACK DIAMOND" (making an appearance)
- "Girls of KISS" Julie Robbins
- "THE KISS MUSEUM" featuring KISS costumes, instruments, and much more!
- Makeup/Costume Contest!

For more infos click here.

June 19, 2004
GENE SIMMONS INTERVIEW ON VIDEO

(from www.Blabbermouth.net)

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was recently interviewed by the Australian weekly TV program "So Fresh" airing on Network Nine. Watch the interview online at this location (Real Media).

As previously reported, Simmons' long-awaited sophomore solo album, "Asshole", sold 12,913 copies in its first week of release to land at position No. 86 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart.


June 18, 2004

NEW PHOTOS

Here you can find some photos from the new Tour.


June 18, 2004

FIRST K
ISS? NO, BUT THEY'RE STILL LIP-SMACKIN' GOOD
(from www.rockymountainnews.com)

By Jay Dedrick, Rocky Mountain News
June 16, 2004

Kiss has been a brand almost as long as it's been a band. For nearly 30 years, the unmistakable logo has screamed from merchandise that is age-appropriate for the core fans - comic books and lunchboxes in the '70s, condoms and caskets now. Hey, band mastermind Gene Simmons is known for business acumen, not tasteful marketing. What do you expect from a guy in bat makeup and leather wings who breathes fire and spits blood?

At Coors Amphitheatre on Tuesday night, loyal fans gathered for a performance by the Kiss brand band - which just isn't the same as Kiss. The Kiss Army had real cause for celebration when Simmons and group co-founder Paul Stanley reteamed with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss eight years ago. Now, the makeup remains but the faces underneath have changed, with Tommy Thayer subbing for Freh-ley and Eric Singer for Criss. The attrition brings with it a huge drop in nostalgia and a slight drop in the senses of fun and camaraderie that helped make Kiss so exciting for rock kids who came of age in the '70s. [read the rest]

June 15, 2004

K
ISS: STILL ROCK'N' ROLLIN ALL NIGHT
(from www.CNN.com)

Band, once close to breakup, made some changes

TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- He still has all the old gimmicks -- the bat wings, the leather everything, the fire breathing, the blood spitting. And, yes, his tongue is still usually found dangling somewhere down around the end of his chin.

Gene Simmons and the boys of Kiss -- the poster band of 1970s glam rock -- are back.

OK. Stop. That's not completely true.

Simmons is back. So is frontman Paul Stanley. But if you look closely, very closely, it's possible to notice that the cat guy playing the drums and the silvery spaceman guitarist aren't Kiss originals Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.

So, technically, Kiss is only kind of back. But never mind, says Stanley. Kiss is greater than the sum of its individual parts.[read the rest]

June 15, 2004
K
ISS IN THE PRESS
Gene Simmons was on the cover of the May-issue of Canadian Music Network, a Canadian industry magazine.


June 12, 2004

KISS TOURSTART
Kiss kicked off their US-Tour in San Antonio,TX. The set-list is basically the same as the one in Australia and Japan (20 songs). They still play in their "Alive!" costumes, and there are Video screens placed between the speakers on each side of the drums in two rows, 7 on each side.You can buy a CD of the show right after the concert for US $ 25,- (2 CD's).


June 12, 2004

ACE FREHLEY RUMOURS
There have been some weird rumours about Ace Frehley on the internet lately saying that Ace has quit the music business, shut down his official website, cut his hair and moved to Florida. They are false.


June 11, 2004

PAUL STANLEY INTERVIEW
(from www.Blabbermouth.net via Bret6262@aol.com)

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley did a phone interview several days ago with Doug Podell of Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM. Listen to the audio of the eight-and-a-half-minute conversation in Windows Media format at this location. A couple of excerpts follow:

On how POISON was selected to open the summer tour: "We wanted a fun band for the summer. And honestly there's not that many bands around who are entertaining and can deliver something other than getting up on stage and signing about how unhappy they are. I just have no patience for guys who are making millions of bucks by making albums where they sing about how miserable they are. If you're so damn miserable, give me your number, I'll give you a call, give me your money."

On his upcoming solo album: "My album's about half done and it should be out around January. I'll work it around KISS and when the time is right, it'll be out. It's pretty awesome.

"The difference [between doing a solo album and writing a KISS record] is… I mean, it's very easy for me to do a one-man KISS album, 'cause in the past, there's been a lot of times where I've come in with finished demos and we would just wind up copying them. But in doing a solo album, instead of writing songs with a band in mind, you put together a band with your songs in mind — you do it backwards. So it's a lot more fun, because you just take people in the studio that you want for a particular song as opposed to writing a song because you have certain people."


June 11, 2004

magRockCity2004-06No50Germanysmall.jpg (1960 Byte)KISS IN THE PRESS
Kiss are on the cover of the new issue of "Rock City" (Germany, Nr. 50). It features some Kiss articles and a Paul Stanley Poster.


June 11, 2004

NEW KISS BEST OF CD
Universal will be releasing another Best-of CD "KISS Gold (1974 - 1982) on August 10th, 2004:


DISC ONE

1. STRUTTER 3.10
2. NOTHIN’ TO LOSE 3.27
3. FIREHOUSE 3.18
4. DEUCE 3.06
5. BLACK DIAMOND 5.11
6. GOT TO CHOOSE 3.54
7. PARASITE 3.01
8. HOTTER THAN HELL 3.31
9. C’MON AND LOVE ME 2.57
10. SHE 4.09
11. ANYTHING FOR MY BABY 2.35
12. ROCK BOTTOM live 3.40
13. COLD GIN live 6.55
14. ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE live 4.23
15. LET ME GO, ROCK ‘N ROLL live 5.20
16. DETROIT ROCK CITY 5.17
17. KING OF THE NIGHT TIME WORLD 3.21
18. SHOUT IT OUT LOUD 2.49
19. BETH 2.45
20. DO YOU LOVE ME? 4.57

DISC TWO

1. I WANT YOU 3.04
2. CALLING DR. LOVE 3.44
3. HARD LUCK WOMAN 3.34
4. I STOLE YOUR LOVE 3.04
5. LOVE GUN 3.18
6. CHRISTINE SIXTEEN 3.14
7. SHOCK ME 3.48
8. MAKIN’ LOVE live 3.13
9. GOD OF THUNDER live 5.16
10. TONIGHT YOU BELONG TO ME 4.40
11. NEW YORK GROOVE 3.03
12. RADIOACTIVE 2.46
13. DON’T YOU LET ME DOWN 3.43
14. I WAS MADE FOR LOVING YOU 4.30
15. SURE KNOW SOMETHING 4.01
16. SHANDI 3.36
17. TALK TO ME 4.02
18. A WORLD WITHOUT HEROES 2.40
19. NOWHERE TO RUN 4.33
20. I’M A LEGEND TONIGHT 4.00


June 7, 2004

KISS ON INTERNETRADIO
Kiss will be interviewed on an internet radio-station on June 9th to promote the US-Tour. Click here for more infos. 


June 6, 2004

GENE SIMMONS: "I DON'T LIKE HUNDLERS"
(from
www.billboard.com)
NEW YORK (Billboard) - There is not much to write about Gene Simmons that has not been written before. But the man himself can find plenty to say about his extraordinary life.

As co-founder, bassist and co-vocalist of rock group Kiss, Simmons belongs to one of the most commercially successful acts in history. Kiss' 24 gold-certified albums place it at the top among American bands, according to the Recording Industry Assn. of America.

Amid his Kiss career, Simmons has kept busy as an entrepreneur. Last year he reactivated Simmons Records, which, along with the Kiss Records imprint, has teamed with Sanctuary Records Group for new releases.

Simmons says he is developing a premium-cable entertainment channel, although he could not reveal details. He also has an A&E TV documentary in the works.

On the literary front, he has formed Simmons Books in a joint venture with New Millennium. One title due under the deal is "Kiss & Tell," an autobiography from Simmons' longtime romantic partner, Shannon Tweed. (The publication date is yet to be determined.)

Simmons also is reviving his long-dormant career as a solo artist. On June 8, Simmons/Sanctuary releases "Asshole," Simmons' first solo album since his 1978 self-titled solo debut. "Asshole" features collaborations with Bob Dylan and Dave Navarro. Simmons says he also wants to release a 100-song boxed set of solo material he has recorded through the years.

Q: Why did you wait all these years to do a new solo album? And why do you want to put out a 100-song boxed set of your solo material?

A: It's finally time. Over the years, when we'd do a Kiss record, I would write 15 to 30 songs per album to get the four or five that might be used. Most of those songs were sitting around, and a lot of them didn't make sense in the context of Kiss. I want to put out a boxed set because I owe it to the songs. It's not fair that they're just sitting around.

Q: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? [read the rest]

June 6, 2004
EDDIE TRUNK INTERVIEWS PETER CRISS
(from
www.eddietrunk.com)
The interview that Kiss fans across the world have been talking about is now online! Eddie talked to Peter Criss live on the air on May 4, 2004 about everything going on with him and the band. Here are the first 2 of 4 parts.


June 5, 2004

KISS ON BELGIAN TV
(from
Maarten Bijnens)
On the Belgian channel 'Vitaya' there's a show called 'Een plek down under' (A place down under). It's a show about people moving to Australia. On this weeks show, one of the people they follow goes to see KISS on one of the rehearsals for the Symphony show last year. You see him talking to Paul, Gene, Peter and Tommy. Show can be seen on:

Sunday, 06 June, 03:00
Monday, 07 June, 08:00
Monday, 07 June, 15:00
Tuesday, 08 June, 12:00
Tuesday, 08 June, 19:00
Wednesday, 09 June, 00:00
Wednesday, 09 June, 07:00
Wednesday, 09 June, 13:00
Thursday, 10 June, 05:00
Friday, 11 June, 08:00

On the episode that'll follow the week after, he will go to the Symphony concert. I don't know if there is any footage of that.


June 4, 2004

PAUL STANLEY ON PETER CRISS
(from www.blabbermouth.net via Charlie)

KISS frontman Paul Stanley has spoken to the San Antonio Express-News about the group's upcoming "Rock The Nation" North American tour with POISON, which kicks off June 10 in Selma, Texas.

"People know when they pay to see KISS they're going to get something to see," said Stanley. "When KISS first came on the scene, I think we were a wake-up call to audiences that they were getting cheated. The idea of us coming out and sitting on stools on a Persian carpet or something isn't gonna happen. KISS remains KISS. It's walls of amplifiers, video screens built into the amps. New KISS is about as necessary as new Coke. It's still KISS, but the blade's been sharpened."


According to Stanley, KISS are digging deep into their vast catalog to unearth long-hidden gems to perform on the upcoming trek.

"Not only did we shake up the set list, but we also did two small shows (in Australia recently) in theaters where we virtually played a slew of songs that either never have been played or haven't been played in 25 years," Stanley said. "We did a two-hour set without the benefit of special effects or pyro that consisted of 'C'mon and Love Me', 'Goin' Blind', 'Makin' Love', 'All the Way', 'Got to Choose', 'Hotter than Hell', you name it. We're really fired up, because at this point on any given night we can throw in whatever we feel like playing."

With regards to the absence of drummer Peter Criss from the current tour, Paul said, "We created some great things together and I'd rather think about the positive things we did than start airing dirty laundry. The fact is, it's easy for somebody to portray themselves as a victim when they don't want to take responsibility for their position. For all the good we accomplished, I will always wish Peter well. It wasn't working anymore for a lot of reasons and it was best for the band and the audience to bring Eric [Singer] back."


As for Frehley, Stanley said, "Ace, for years, had an ambivalence, to put it mildly, about being in the band because he felt it was keeping him from his solo project. Ultimately, Ace opted out. The door doesn't swing both ways. At some point, you can only walk through that door so many times and then the lock gets changed. This is hallowed ground and you're expected to give a hundred percent. If you don't, I have a problem with that."