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January 31, 2009
DID YOU KNOW...

... that there was a 11 LP Box Set released in Japan named "The Originals 1974 - 1979"? It included all the Kiss albums until 1979, each one in a different coloured vinyl, together with some extras.The first pressing had a black box. But there was also a very limited second printing in a red box. The red box is a lot harder to find than the already rare black box. At the moment the second printing red box set is on eBay and 4 days before the end of the auction the highest bid is already at 860 US Dollars!

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January 29, 2009
KISS IN ARGENTINA

Tickets for the Kiss concert in Buenos Aires in Argentina (which will be part of a festival) will be available from February 2nd at www.ticketek.com.ar. More dates are expected to be announced for South America, Canada and Europe shortly. The concert in Argentina will be part of the "Alive/35" tour.
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January 29, 2009
KISS IN BRAZIL

There has been no official word or confirmation about a Brazilian Kiss show as of yet, but Kiss Army Brazil has put a newspaper article from yesterday online where they talk about the Kiss concert in Sao Paulo on April 7th. Click here to see the article.
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January 29, 2009
NEW KISS BOOK "I WANNA ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT"

In February/March a new book about Kiss will be released. It is available in two different versions.

Description: "I wanna rock and roll all night" are the words that fans shout at KISS concerts. Self-proclaimed "hottest band in the land," KISS rocks stadiums and albums. Their upbeat anthem "Rock and Roll All Nite" rocketed them to stardom. Fans can’t get enough of their loud, showy, and flashy concerts. Read about the band members and how they formed KISS, the ups and downs of some of the members, how they became a marketing machine, and where they are today.



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January 29, 2009
THE "TOMMY THAYER WALK"

Some private footage from the rehearsals in August 1995 surfaced on Youtube. You can see Gene, Paul and others making fun of Tommy Thayers way of walking... click here to see the video.
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January 28, 2009
THAT METAL SHOW

Eddie Trunk has a new show on VH-1 Classic USA called "The Metal Show". Ace Frehley was recently a guest on the show. Click here to see this episode online.
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January 28, 2009
PRESS KITS

When a band has released a new album, the record company promoted the album by sending out press-kits to people at the press and in the music industry. The press kit usually included promotional photos (sometimes slides), promotional infos about the album and the band and copies of articles from important magazines. It all came usually in a nice colour folder with the image of the promoted album on it.
A very nice press-kit for the "Rock and Roll over" album is on eBay at the moment.

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January 27, 2009
MITCH WEISMANN

(from rockpages.gr)
We continue our year-long KISS special feature with the 21st interview of a KISS-related figure. This week, Mitch Weismann, composer and KISS’ collaborator throughout the years remembers his KISS years! Here’s an excerpt:

Rockpages.gr:

After a 6-year “interval” you once again collaborated with Gene in 1984 for two records: The Wendy O’ Williams one and KISS’ “Animalize”. Did Gene approach you in order to work together again?

Mitch Weismann:

It didn’t really happen that way specifically. We had a mutual friend, Peppy Castro, who was friends with Bob Kulick, Bruce’s brother. They both had appeared on “Unmasked” in some capacity that I’ve now forgotten. Well, Peppy used to throw these rooftop parties at his apartment on the 4th of July. Paul and I reintroduced ourselves, talked all day and at the end, we exchanged phone numbers and he said “Call me sometime.” The next day I woke up and said to my wife, “I can’t call him!” So, at the next year’s party, Paul comes up to me and says, “Hey, nice to see you again. Why didn’t you call me?” And I said “I couldn’t call you. You’re Paul Stanley!” We both laughed about it, had a great time and started getting together socially. Gene was reintroduced into the mix and I was now friends with both of them. Almost every day for a couple of years.

Check the rest of the interview on: http://www.rockpages.gr/standard.aspx?type=13&sub=K&lang=EN

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January 27, 2009
ACE FREHLEY LIVE 1992

Ace has put another video on Youtube: a medley from the "Just for fun" Tour 1992, shot at the Limelight club in New York. Click here to see the video.
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January 27, 2009
GENE SIMMONS IS KISSING DR. PEPPER

Gene Simmons is doing a commercial for "Dr. Pepper" in full make-up and costume. Click here to see some photos from the shoot.
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January 27, 2009
NEW KISS VANS

Now there are also "Dressed to kill" vans available...

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January 27, 2009
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN COPIES "I WAS MADE FOR LOVIN' YOU"!?

Bruce Sprinsteens new album "Working on a dream" includes a track called "Outlaw Pete". If features references from Kiss' "I was made for lovin' you" as you can hear on Youtube. This gets mentioned also in a lot of reviews of Sprinsteens new album...
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January 25, 2009
SIMMONS RECORDS SEEKING CANADIAN BANDS

Simmons Records will be signing 3 Canadian bands this year. More infos for Canadian bands only at www.simmonsrecords.com.
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January 24, 2009
KISS AUCTIONS

Just above the news you can find as always at least once/week the most interesting ended Kiss auctions. Here are a few more examples:
The Kiss make up kit was three times recently on eBay, from 152 to 350 Dollars:



Psycho Circus slippers set fpr255 Dollars:



Dynasty teddy set for 230 Dollars:



Not bad either: 227 Dollars was the highest bid, but not for the complete guitar pick set - no, just for the one guitar pick from Eric Singer (!?):

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A rare Bootleg LP "10th Anniversary Tour" sold for 178 Dollars:



A signed Japanese promo sheet with printed autographs sold for 150 Dollars:


Sometimes prices are a little bit off reality: Super Rock magazine (October 1978) for 110 Dollars (!?):



The Creatures promo cube was sold twice: for 330 and 368 Dollars:


Sometimes identical items sell for different prices, like the very first tourbook:
one for 306 Dollars and one for 122 Dollars:

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January 24, 2009
KISS IN SOUTH AMERICA

It seems that Kiss are doing a South American tour the first time since 1999. The following dates seem to be scheduled:
Santiago, Chile - April 3rd, 2009 (rumour)
Buenos Aires - April 5th, 2009 (confirmed)
Arena Anhembi, Sao Paulo, Brazil - April 7th, 2009 (rumour)
Praša da Apoteose, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - April 8th, 2009
(rumour)
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January 23, 2009
KISS VISA DEAL HAS ENDED

The deal for the Kiss Visa cards are about to expire. There will be no more Kiss Visa cards for renewal.
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January 23, 2009
NEW ACE FREHLEY VIDEO

Click here to see Ace Frehley jamming "Fractured Mirror" in his studio.
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January 23, 2009
KISS IN BRAZIL?

Accoring to this page Kiss will play in Rio de Janeiro on April 8th, 2009. A concert in Sao Paulo is rumoured to take place on April 7th, 2009 as well.
Arena Anhembi, Sao Paulo, Brazil - April 7th, 2009
Praša da Apoteose, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - April 8th, 2009

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January 22, 2009
SPECIAL OFFER FOR KISS MERCHANDISE

Some special offers are available right now here in the official Kiss Store. The World Domination tourbook is available for just $ 9,95, the Rock the Nation tourbook for just $ 14,95 amongst some other special offers.
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January 22, 2009
KISS BLOODY WATER FOUNTAIN

Spencer Gifts have a new "bloody water fountain" available. The old one looked like this:

The new one shows Gene dripping blood and Paul has his eyes closed:


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January 21, 2009
NAMM SHOW 2009

Some Kiss members were present at this years NAMM show. On Youtube you can see some clips from Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Bruce Kulick at the NAMM show 2009.
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January 21, 2009
ORIGINAL KISS INSTRUMENTS

Some original instruments previously owned by Kiss members are on eBay at the moment:

old guitar from Ace

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old bass from Gene



old guitar & amp from Paul

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January 18, 2009
PETER CRISS
Peter Criss played a role in the movie "Frame of mind". The movie will be released on DVD on FEbruary 24th, 2009 and can be pre-ordered already.

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January 18, 2009
KISS TO ROCK 70.000 SEAT STADIUM

(from Kissonline)
ALL RIGHT BUENOS AIRES...YOU WANTED THE BEST AND YOU GOT THE BEST!!!

Argentina! Are you ready? Cause the wait is finally over. Today iconic rock band KISS announces they will close the Quilmes Rock Festival at River Plate Stadium on April 5, 2009 and perform for the first time in Argentina in over a decade.

This stop in Argentina will continue the KISS Alive/35 tour which launched in Australia with a performance at the opening season Formula One race where 60,000 race fans rushed the stage to watch KISS perform their classic hits. The tour continued on to Europe where they played shows in nineteen countries. KISS’ Stadium shows in Stockholm, Sweden sold 32,000 tickets in twenty minutes and shows in Helsinki, Finland and Oslo, Norway also sold out in minutes.

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January 17, 2009
BRUCE KULICK AT NAMM SHOW

Click here to see KISS' Bruce Kulick and R.E.O. Speedwagon's Dave Amato in an incredible jam in the Gibson Guitar room at NAMM 2009.
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January 17, 2009
NEW KISS ITEMS AVAILABLE AT AMAZON

The new limited Japanese Kissology 18 DVD-set is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com. What makes it so special is, that the postage is just a few Dollars!:


Also on Amazon.com:



Available at Amazon.de:


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January 17, 2009
KISS COLLECTION FOR $ 15.000,-

A Kiss collection recently sold for US $ 15.000,-! It included some costume pieces and guitars..

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January 17, 2009
A NIGHT OUT WITH PAUL STANLEY OF KISS

(from thenewsroom.com)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - **EXCLUSIVE** "Stealing" a shopping cart from Ralph's is as crazy as the nights get for Kiss member Paul Stanley these days! The 56-year-old rock god was spotted comically trying to drag the squealing cart out of the supermarket's security zone to get his groceries to his car. (January 12, 2009). Click here to see the clip.

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January 17, 2009
NEWS FROM BRUCE

Bruce Kulick is working on his new CD. Recently he had another famous guest in the studio: Steve Lukather. Bruce also met Eddie van Halen at the NAMM show and posed for a picture with him. Check out Bruces website for the latest news and pics of him with Steve Lukather and Eddie van Halen.
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January 17, 2009
NEW MULTIDIMENSIONAL STAGE

According to the DeuceNews website there is an interview with Gene Simmons in the January-edition of the Brazilian "Rolling Stone" magazine. Gene mentioned, that the new Kiss stage will be a multidimensional one following the concept started with the "Psycho Circus" 3-D tour. Supposedly Kiss will also tour South America by the end of 2009.
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January 16, 2009
TOMMY THAYER AT NAMM SHOW

(from Kissonline)
Tommy will make a special appearance for Hughes & Kettner at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA this Saturday, January 17th, from 2 to 3:00 pm.

Tommy Thayer, rocking with all-time legends KISS, will put his autograph willingly on whatever fans consider suitable at the Hughes & Kettner, booth 6555 in Hall A. Just make sure to arrive right on time, because it will definitely be crowded. And once you're already there, please don't forget to check out the Tommy Thayer Signature Edition Duotone Amplifier. More info www.hughes-and-kettner.com.

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January 15, 2009
GENE SIMMONS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK

Gene Simmons will be the keynote speaker at this years Canadian Music Week on March 12, 2009. More infos can be found here.
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January 15, 2009
NEW KISS FIGURES

The Kiss Kubricks Box set will be released shortly.
You can pre-order them already now from this seller or from this seller on eBay.
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January 14, 2009
KISS PACHINKO RELEASED IN JAPAN

(from Kissonline)
Japanese Pachinko game board titled "KISS World Tour", designed based on the KISS character and concept has been released by Takeya, one of the leading Japanese Pachinko manufacturer.

The large LED displays shining KISS logo and the game board is equipped with dynamic sound system which enables the players to listened to well known KISS songs such as Love Gun, Rock and Roll All Nite, I Love It Loud, Black Diamond and Deuce along with various videos from the live concerts as well as computer graphics animation characters of Star Child, Demon, Cat Man and Space Man.

This exciting Pachinko Game Board, "KISS World Tour" is now at pachinko parlors throughout Japan.

Visit the KISS Pachinko site - http://www.p-takeya.co.jp/kiss/index.html .


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January 14, 2009
WILL HALIFAX GET KISSED?

(from Times & Transcript)
Rumours that legendary rock group KISS will perform an outdoor show in Halifax got much louder yesterday as a Halifax promoter began circulating teaser advertisements for the show.

Advertisements scheduled to appear in today's Times & Transcript were telling readers to check a website for more information, but that website was not up and running yesterday afternoon.

The ads simply say "get ready" and include the well-known makeup faces of Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Harold MacKay, a Halifax promoter associated with Power Promotional Concepts in Dartmouth, was not available for comment yesterday.

The ads seem to lend more credence to the rumour that KISS will appear in Halifax.

KISS co-founder and bassist Gene Simmons was quoted recently by news media saying a short summer tour was planned for the rock icons next summer, including a date in Halifax.

"I know Halifax is one," Simmons said.

So far, officials in Halifax have been quiet about the possibility. A check of the official KISS website shows no concert dates for 2009.

Officials with the City of Moncton and Donald K. Donald have said an announcement for a summer concert at the Magnetic Hill site would be coming soon. Although there have been no announcements, the most widely-believed rumour is that this year's headliners could be AC/DC or U2. Both groups have new albums and are expected to do full-blown world tours this year. One might say KISS owes the East Coast some dates.

The band played here in 1976 on April 18 (Moncton) and April 19 (Halifax), and in 1977 on July 8 (Halifax) and July 9 (Moncton).

The band was due to return for shows Oct. 21-23 in 1990 in Sydney, Halifax and Moncton, but cancelled when guitarist Paul Stanley injured himself on tour.
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January 14, 2009
ACE TO TOUR THE UNIVERSE

The Ace to Space Team is pleased to announce that after 10 months of research and development, we have been given the “green light” to pursue our mission to put legendary KISS founding member Ace Frehley, known as “The Spaceman”, into outer space where he will become the first musician to go into, perform in, record in, and broadcast a live performance from outer space.

We have chosen VH1 to document this mission from the ground up and yesterday, Jeff Olde, VH1 Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, was given the latest top secret details regarding this mission.

Ace has always wanted to travel in space. The countdown has begun.

More infos at http://www.acetospace.com
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January 13, 2009
KISS IN THE PRESS

(from Alex Fedotov)
This time about KISS in the russian press
1. 1 full page in russian magazine BAZAAR (12/2008) - Gene with Brooke (1978) in the section Flash!
2. 1 full page in russian magazine Rovesnik (01/2009) - One page article about solo career each original member of KISS

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January 12, 2009
PAUL AND ERIN

Here on tmz.com you can see a video-clip of Paul with his wife Erin.
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January 10, 2009
DID YOU KNOW...

... that there were several sets of trading card sets released in the '70s, which were sold with chewing gums? There were two different sets from Donruss in the uSA and one in Australia in 1980.
A set of all 3 sets is now available on eBay:
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A
nd this is the complete gum box of the first series:
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January 8, 2009
DID YOU KNOW....

... that in Mexico the "Rock and Roll over" album got re-released with a completely different cover?

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January 7, 2009
KISS AUCTION GONE CRAZY

Here's another perfect sample of a Kiss auction gone completely out of hand, supposedly a promo album from "Rock and Roll over":
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January 7, 2009
KISSOLOGY JAPAN

The Japanese releases are very collectible, especially the limited editions. The Japanese limited editions are usually sold out right after the release. This just recently happened also to the lastest Japanese Best of CD with the Bonus DVD.
CD Japan has now all 5 different Kissology sets available for pre-order. The site is available in English and the customer can choose the shipping method as well.

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January 6, 2009
ESP TOUR & EXPOS

ESP (Eric Singer project featuring Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick) will tour Europe in February.
Here are the tourdates again:

6.02 Fritz Walter Stadion Nordtribuehne/Kaiserslautern / Germany
7.02 Brauerei Ganter /Freiburg / Germany
8.02 Chill Da Halle/ Oberhausen /Germany
9.02 De Nieuwe Pul / Uden / Holland
10.02 Retro Hall / Prague / Czech Rep.
13.02 New Age Club / Treviso / Italy
14.02 Rock Planet Club / Ravenna / Italy
16.02 RSpirit of 66 / Verviers / Belgium
17.02 Kaminwerk / Memmingen / Germany
18.02 Z7 / Pratteln / Switzerland
20.02 Garage / Bergen / Norway
21.02 Glassheim /Jevnaker Oslo / Norway
22.02 Nosturi Club / Helsinki / Finland


Tickets for some shows are available  here.

In Oslo (starting 13:00) and in Kaiserslautern (starting 15:00) there will be also an Expo held before the concert.

Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick will do a question/answer session, sign autographs and pose for pictures.
Merchandise will also be available. The soundcheck is also a part of the Expo.
Tickets for the Expo in Kaiserlautern are 10 Euros on the day of the show or 7 Euros in advance. Advance tickets can be ordered through the mail from Harald Streibl (include name and address when ordering tickets).

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January 6, 2009
NEW ACE FREHLEY ALBUM "ANOMALY"

Ace has revealed the title and the cover artwork of his new album on his website. It will be called "Anomaly" and will look like this.

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January 4, 2009
AUCTIONS GONE CRAZY

A simple pin just sold for $ 281,- on eBay !?


The Austrian Rennbahn Express magazine from 1981 sold for Euros.



The Love Gun belt buckle sold on eBay USA for US $ 304,- (!)

Now it was listed on eBay Germany. It sold for just US $ 90,- (66 Euros)...

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January 3, 2009
DID YOU KNOW...

... that there are inofficial reprints around of the Japanese Solo LP Picture Discs? The Japanese Solo LP Picture Discs feature a comic on the backside. The official prints are very rare and expensive. Most of the "Japanese" Solo LP Picture Discs listed on eBay are inofficial reprints like there:


The original pressings are more expensive. Those are also listed on eBay at the moment. The difference between the official pressings and the reprints are explained in the auction.
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January 1, 2009
KISS OVER LAS VEGAS

Last night an 8-minute film "Kiss over Las Vegas" was shown on Las Vegas Fremton street. Click here to see the film.

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