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July 30, 2007
I AM ABSOLUTELY IS FINE!

(from paulstanley.com)

To All My Friends And Fans,

I wanted to let all of you know that I AM ABSOLUTELY FINE!

I'm going to the gym as usual, painting as usual and will be going into the recording studio this week.
Like many, I have had a rapid heart beat condition most of my life and I never have had any type of restrictions. When I've had an episode, although momentarily disrupting and taxing, it has no residual effect. This is nothing new and my doctors have known about it.

In short, It doesn't change, hasn't changed and won't change my life.

To make it clear...
I WILL BE AT ROCK & ROLL FANTASY CAMP IN NY..
I WILL BE AT THE WENTWORTH ART GALLERY SHOW in Des Peres, MO. and anything else that's on schedule. I'm stoked and looking forward to it all.

Thanks for the literally thousands of calls and e-mails from all of you. You all mean the world to me.

Now ONWARD!

Paul

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July 30, 2007

TOM SNYDER DIES AT 71

Tom Snyder, who interviewed Kiss in 1979 on the "Tomorrow" show (excerpts from this interview to be seen on Kissology Vol. 2) has died from complications associated with leukemia at age 71.

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July 29, 2007

REVIEW FROM SAN JACINTO SHOW

(from kissontherocks.com)

Kiss at Soboba Casino - San Jacinto - July 27th

Wow, what an experience. I traveled to San Jacinto yesterday to see the last of the 3 hit'n'run Kiss shows. As you can imagine I had been looking forward to that for months. And what a special night it was, a show without front man Paul Stanley. Unbelievable...

Here's how it all went...

Shortly after 9pm Kiss Manager Doc McGee stepped on stage with the news that 'there was a little problem'. He told the crowd (as most of us know right now) that Paul Stanley had to be treated at the hospital due to serious heart problems. His heart was pumpin at 200 beats a minute and he had to have injections. Paul had been escorted to the hospital lying on a hospital stretcher. Doc said Gene wanted to talk to his fans. At that point Gene, Eric and Tommy came out. Gene was the spokesman for the rest of the evening and asked the crowd if they wanted them to play or not. 'Play!' was the answer and the band started off doing a set of almost only Gene songs. Very special to see Gene suddenly being the spokesperson, as he hardly talks when on stage with Kiss.

Gene was really doing his best in trying to make it a great evening for all. He lost his voice a bit, but kept on going. And what a band... Eric and Tommy rocked! Ever since Tommy replaced Ace I (as a huge Ace fan) had 2nd thoughts about Tommy. But he impressed big time at this show. He covered for 90% of all the guitar parts and made the sound full and pretty complete. And of course Eric, well, who's a better drummer on that seat than him...

Gene tried to make it a special show. For Christine Sixteen he invited 10 people on stage to sing along. Of course I jumped over the fence immediately, and was on stage within seconds. Only to find out that they were letting people on stage only from the other side... But security was not that tight, so they let me stand on the side of the stage when Gene and Tommy were instructing the people what to sing. Amazing to be on that stage, I hope there is video of that somewhere. At one moment a security officer came running at me and pushed me to the ground. I found out 5 seconds later he saved me from severe ear damage as I had been standing way to close to the pyro, which went of almost immediately after. Thank you sir...

During the drum solo Tommy left the stage and started shaking hands with some people on the front row. I was back in my seat at that point and he was kind enough to pose for a picture (see below). Now who's the real Ace on the Rocks? ;-)

They performed all Gene songs and included some things they hardly ever did / did on previous tours only: Goin' Blind, Parasite, Christine Sixteen, She. Eric Singer sang Black Diamond including the intro.

I was amazed how the band put up without Paul. Real pro's, that's all I can say. Of course I would have loved to see them with Paul, and I hope all is well with Paul now, but it was an experience. A Kiss show with only 3 of the guys, wow...

Another funny thing happened before the show. Nick Simmons was being spotted hanging out at the entrance of the gig, obviously waiting for someone. The Family Jewels film crew was there with him. After 15 minutes we found out he was waiting for a crew member who brought Skippy along, Gene's dog. A security officer refused to let the dog in, and the crew member started an argument with the officer which got pretty nasty. In that conversation the dog suddenly got loose and ran into the arena. A scene from a Marx Brother's movie was the result: Skippy being chased by Nick and the crew, who were chased by security people, who were chased by fans. Not sure if this was staged or not (why would the dog not be delivered to the backstage area?), but it was funny. Before the start of the show I saw Shannon walking the dog behind the stage.

Anyhow, a fantastic evening with mixed emotions. I hope to see the band with Paul sometime soon. Get well Paul!

Ace on the Rocks


Go to http://www.kissontherocks.com/newsAceatKISSshow.html to see some photos of the show.
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July 29, 2007

CHRISTINE 16 PERFORMED WITHOUT PAUL

A true Kisstorical event: Christine 16 performed live on stage as a trio with some fans on stage: watch the clip here on Youtube.

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July 29, 2007

GENE SPEACH ON YOUTUBE

Gene explains the situation to the crowd about Pauls heart problems before they perform as a trio. Watch it here.

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July 29, 2007

EDDIE TRUNK TALKS WITH PETER CRISS

As previously reported, Eddie Trunk recently interviewed Peter Criss for MSG. Now it is available online. Click here to see the interview.

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July 29, 2007

MESSAGE FROM PAUL

(from paulstanley.com)
During sound check yesterday, my heart spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute where it stayed for over an hour necessitating paramedics to start an IV and give me a shot to momentarily stop my heart and get it into a normal pattern. Not knowing if this episode was life threatening made it even more exhausting. After consulting with both the paramedics and a cardiologist at Cedar Sinai, they confirmed my worst fear. They said that I would put myself at risk if I tried to do the show.

I’m very proud of Gene, Tommy and Eric for carrying on without me. I apologize to anyone I disappointed and I’ll make it up to you when I see you again.

Paul.

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July 28, 2007

PETER CRISS REPORT

Click here to see a report from Peter Criss at the Virgin Megastore including an interview with Peter.

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July 28, 2007

KISSOLOGY VOL. 2 INFOS

Click here to see some screenshots from Kissology Vol. 2.

According to fan review the quality of the footage on Kissology 2 is in brilliant quality and it also has some additional hidden extras including footage from the Asylum tour and footage with Eric Carr and Mark St. John.

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July 28, 2007

KISS ROCKS FOR PAUL

(from Kissonline)
Last night an extraordinary page was written in KISSTORY. At the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California, last stop of the band’s 2007 ‘Hit & Run’ mini Tour, KISS performed as a TRIO for the first time ever. Immediately following the band’s sound check, Paul Stanley suddenly fell ill, with what was later determined to be a “cardiac event”.

Once it was determined by emergency medical staff that Paul could not perform, there was talk that the show would need to be canceled. It was Paul himself, who insisted that the band play the show without him. Paul was concerned that fans had traveled long distances and because of the band's individual schedules the show could not be rescheduled.

KISS Manager Doc McGhee then took the stage to announce to the crowd that Paul was sick and unable to perform but that Gene wanted to speak with the fans. Gene asked the audience if they wanted him, Tommy & Eric to perform. The crowd responded with a defeaning chant of yes, yes, yes. With that, Gene announced that the concert (If they could pull it off), was a tribute to “The Greatest Voice in Rock and Roll - Rock God Paul Stanley”.

With Paul en route to the hospital - Gene,Tommy and Eric played their hearts out in honor of their stricken leader! The set list evolved as the night progressed and KISS blasted their way into the hot night air - valiantly trying to hold it together minus the band’s heart & soul. In an emotionally charged moment, Gene told the crowd that he was an only child, but nevertheless had a brother – Paul Stanley! ‘Christine Sixteen' brought 11 invited fans onto the stage to help perform the song, and added a bit of lighthearted fun to the pensive night.

The trio went on to perform a full set including classics and rarities - ‘Watchin’ You’, ‘Goin’ Blind’, ‘Nothing to Lose’, ‘Black Diamond’, ‘Cold Gin’, ‘She’, and ‘Parasite’. The sold out arena was filled with dedicated fans who appreciated what a unique night this really was, despite its bittersweet nature, and rocked hard & loud. As the final chords of ‘Rock & Roll All Night’ were struck, and the last jets of flames and confetti shot into the night sky, everyone realized what they had just witnessed was simply great music performed by dedicated, extraordinary musicians who really gave it their all, and then some.

Another thing every KISS fan at the show last night realized - is just how lucky we are that our favorite band, led by the greatest front man in Rock N Roll PAUL STANLEY, cares so much for us fans!

Get well soon Paul - we all love you!

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July 28, 2007

PAUL STANLEY AT HOME AGAIN

After Paul Stanley being hospitalized last night, latest reports say he is now home again and he is fine.

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July 28, 2007

KISSOLOGY VOL. 2 PROMOTIONAL PAGE

Click here to see all infos about Kissology Vol.2 including a promotional trailer.

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July 28, 2007

GENE & PAUL EXPOUND ON TECHNOLOGY DURING NETWORKERS AT CISCO LIVE

(from networkworld.com)

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS, who entertained the Networkers at Cisco Live! crowd Wednesday night July 25th, expound on technology and the current state of The Connected Life. See it here.
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July 28, 2007

PAUL STANLEY HOSPITALIZED, KISS PERFORM AS THREE-PIECE

(from Blabbermouth)
Paul Stanley has fallen ill and is unable to perform at KISS's show tonight (Friday, July 27) in San Jacinto, CA. He's been sent to a local hospital with throat problems (not officially confirmed; there is also a **unsubstantiated** report on a KISS fan site that Paul's heart was approaching 200 beats per minute and that medical personnel tried medicines to bring it down but that it didn't work). Stanley did perform at the soundcheck this afternoon around 6:00 p.m. PST. Gene Simmons carried the show and KISS played as a three-piece with fans joining them onstage early in the set to fill in for Paul. The final setlist was as follows:

01. Deuce
02. Cold Gin
03. Calling Dr. Love
04. (Long Pause) Christeen Sixteen
05. Nothin' to Lose (w/ Eric Singer on vocals)
06. I Love it Loud
07. Goin' Blind
08. Watchin' You
09. She
10. Parasite
11. God of Thunder
12. Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll
13. Black Diamond (w/ Eric Singer on vocals)
14. Rock and Roll All Night

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July 28, 2007

KISSOLOGY 2 BONUS DISCS

Walmart has listed The Ritz 1988 as their Bonus Disc for Kissology 2. See here.
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July 26, 2007

PETER CRISS ON ROCKLINE

Peter has been on the Rockline radio show yesterday. You can listen to it here.
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July 26, 2007

KISS EXPERIENCE SHOW TO BECOME REALITY

(von Blabbermouth)
A production company with over 20 years of experience putting shows on the road for some of the country's top artists is putting together a Kiss Experience show for a 2007-2008 debut. The company is currently seeking the Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley personalities for the project. All potential candidates must be able to travel, have no criminal record and have a flexible schedule for shows. Most importantly candidates must look and sound like the respected characters and also be KISS fans.

Stated the company in a press release: "We are looking for fresh new members that will complete the supergroup. This is a professional venture so there will be guarantees and contracts. The production company will be constructing new costumes and gear for the successful candidates." All submission should include photos, video clips/audio clips and a brief background on yourself.

E-mail your submission to: kissaudition@bigvegasproductions.com .

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July 26, 2007

TOMMY THAYER BELIEVES KISS ARE BIGGER THAN EVER

In this report Tommy Thayer claims, that Kiss are bigger than ever, and that Kiss will launch another worldwide tour next spring.
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July 26, 2007

PAUL STANLEY INTERVIEW

(from Blabbermouth)
Paul spoke to WZPL in Indianapolis yesterday (Wednesday, July 25) to promote his appearance at the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in New York Labor Day weekend. Listen to the interview here.

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July 26, 2007

SET-LIST FROM LAST NIGHTS PRIVATE GIG

Kiss played a private gig last night in San Juan Capistrano, CA:
01. "Detroit Rock City"
02. "Deuce"
03. "Makin' Love"
04. "Calling Dr. Love"
05. "Lick It Up"
06. "I Love It Loud"
07. "Firehouse"
08. "Do You Love Me"
09. "Got To Choose"
10. "Watchin' You"
11. "Shout It Out Loud"
12. Gene Simmons Bass Solo
13. "God Of Thunder"
14. "Love Gun"
15. "Black Diamond"
16. "Let Me Go, Rock 'n Roll"
17. "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II"
18. "Rock And Roll All Nite"

They did not play "All American man", but Gene did spit blood.

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July 25, 2007

PETER AT VIRGIN MEGASTORE
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Peter Criss, founding member of rock group KISS, holds his solo album entitled 'ONE FOR ALL' during an autograph signing for its release, Tuesday, July 24, 2007 in New York. (AP Photos/Shiho Fukada)

See a short interview with Peter here.

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July 24, 2007

GENE SIMMONS DID NOT SIGN UP FOR "CELEB"
Gene Simmons has denied rumours about him going to the Australian jungle for the TV show "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!".
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July 24, 2007

NOT THE "70s ANYMORE KISS" CATMAN
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By MARIO TARRADELL / Music Critic
Peter Criss calls from his Jersey City home while sitting in his pajamas. It's an intriguing mental picture, to say the least. The infamous Catman from influential rock group Kiss, the guy who pounded the skins and took a breather to sing the hit ballad "Beth," lounging at his hacienda decked out in PJs.

It's not the '70s anymore, folks. Mr. Criss is 61 and no longer in the iconic makeup. In fact, his new CD, One for All, (in stores today), sounds pretty mature. It's an autobiographical, blues-rock-R&B album that includes originals such as "Doesn't Get Better Than This" and "Faces in the Crowd," two songs that reflect on his glam-glittery past. He also put his raspy pipes on standards "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Send in the Clowns."

Yes, Mr. Criss is a different guy now. His notorious days of drugs and alcohol abuse, crashing cars, missing Kiss recording sessions — particularly for 1979's Dynasty and 1980's Unmasked — are part of the past now. The new man behind the cat mask wants to continue making music, even if the legendary moniker no longer applies.

One for All is his fourth solo album since the Kiss heyday. A fifth solo effort, 1978's Peter Criss, was issued simultaneously with solo discs from band mates Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley. So to commemorate the release of One for All, we got the pajama-clad New York native, whose complete last name is Criscuola, to wax on a few topics near to his feline heart.

Peter Criss calls from his Jersey City home while sitting in his pajamas. The infamous Catman from influential rock group Kiss, the guy who pounded the skins and took a breather to sing the hit ballad "Beth," lounging at his hacienda decked out in PJs. It's not the '70s anymore, folks. Mr. Criss is 61 and no longer in the iconic makeup. In fact, his new CD, One for All, sounds pretty mature.

On the reminiscent nature of One for All:
As I have grown and become a real adult — kind of — it's an album of my life. It's an album of the phases that I have gone through, and the band and the fans have gone through with me. There are not many drummers that are singers and songwriters. On this particular piece of work I really dug deep down and pulled out the stuff that I felt. If you look at my background, even back to the four solo albums, I have been into more than just three guitars. I'm a major R&B, swing and jazz fan. I was very into horns and violins even since I was a kid.

On success, his pending autobiography, a big house and playing golf:
Sitting back on my laurels would be a wonderful thing. I have a wonderful house. I appreciate what I have. What I still have is my music. I can't help myself. I don't want to play golf. I don't want to sit on the porch. I haven't finished my book and I don't want to because when you're done with that it's time to go play golf. I'm just not ready, man.

On producing One for All:
I decided I'm going to produce this myself. Would I do it again? No. Producing is a nightmare. You have to keep looking at the clock and minding the money. And I don't like confrontations with the guys who are playing. I know what I want to hear. I know what I want. But this is a whole new Peter Criss on this record.

On the Kiss legacy — and garish makeup:
Now I'm proud of the Marilyn Mansons and M÷tley CrŘes, all the bands that followed us with makeup. I never expected what Kiss did because I never went into it for that. I wanted to play music. … Maybe we would have some success, maybe I would eventually live comfortably. It has gone beyond my dreams could ever take me. We have been so emulated. No one had ever done it and nobody will ever do it the way we did it. I don't have any great expectations of my music going to Grammy-nominated places. But I still have an amazing following. You should see the heavy e-mails on my Web site.

On the Kiss 1996-97 reunion tour:
I remember when we were doing the reunion sitting next to Gene and we were putting the makeup on. It was the scariest moment because it was so long ago. But it was wonderful. It was like I was 20 years old again. We went back to the '70s. It was an incredible ride again. History did repeat itself. I thank God for the second chances.

On the humanity of a Catman:
The album is all about real moments that I jotted down in my little book. By the end of it all I had songs. It truly does come from the heart. It makes the Catman human. It's a nice feeling for me. When I'm the Catman it's a whole different ball game of rock 'n' roll. It's amazingly magical. When I do my own thing it's not so stressful as the band. I am alone and I am on my own and I like it. I am 61. I paid my dues. I'm a kid inside and the music keeps me young.

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July 24, 2007

"ALL FOR ONE" RELEASED TODAY
Peter Criss' first solo album in over a decade is being released today. He will be at Virgin Megastore in New York for a sign session. Check out www.petercriss.net for details.

Eddie Trunk interviewed Peter for MSG TV (pic: www.eddietrunk.com)
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July 22, 2007

"ALL AMERICAN MAN" LIVE
Click here to see Kiss perform "All American man" live for the first time ever.
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July 22, 2007

GENE SIMMONS SIGNS UP FOR "CELEB"?
(from digitalspy.co.uk)
Gene Simmons has signed up for the next series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!, according to a report today.
The Daily Star claims that producers expect the Kiss singer to spice up the jungle with his outrageous opinions and bad boy antics.
Simmons is no stranger to reality TV; he has previously starred in Channel 4's Rock School, which saw him turning a class of youngsters into a rock group.
It is rumoured that Gene will be joined in Australia by former supermodel Janice Dickinson and TV psychic Sally Morgan, when the show returns later this year.

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July 21, 2007

KISS LICK IT UP

By Slackhopper
SooToday.com
Saturday, July 21, 2007

At at rock n' roll show as big as the KISS concert at Kewadin Casino Friday night, it pays to make friends with security. I made friends with Eric.
The flattering young security staff member was quick with conversation, jokes and offers to bounce anyone who got in our way. And he brought us bottles of water.
I do believe Pete and I converted him into yet another loyal SooToday.com reader. Since releasing their first record in 1973, KISS has been worshiped, emulated, mocked, spoofed and followed the world over.
Their influence is undeniable and an entire generation was born and raised listening to the driving beats and screaming guitars that launched them into a state of infamy of God-like proportions.


After the cancellation of a Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan appearance a couple of years ago, KISS made the Sault one of only three stops they're making this year. Mayor Tony Bosbous felt this in addition to the band's devotion to the industry, their country and massive fan base just cause to award KISS with the Key to the City of Sault Ste. Marie.

"This may be the biggest event in the history of Sault Ste. Marie," Mayor Bosbous told the Soo Evening News.Amid huge canisters of carbon dioxide (used for pyro), a long line of local media and a few lucky fans witnessed Commissioner Ray Bauer present the key to Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. I bet other media members Simmons would lick the key. He didn't.

As the ceremony wrapped up and the sun set over the mighty stage, the 10,000 fans who ranged from two to 60 years of age, began chanting, "We want KISS!" After waiting an hour in line to buy t-shirts and spending $110 for cases of Bud Light, the stage exploded with the familiar sound of Detroit Rock City.
Mayhem ensued. "I know we're in Michigan because I can smell Detroit," said Stanley.

The following is the complete set list.

Detroit Rock City
Deuce
Makin' Love
All American Man
Calling Dr. Love
Lick It Up
I Love It Loud
Fire House
Do You Love Me
C'mon and Love Me
Hotter Than Hell
Watchin' You
Shout It Out Loud
God Of Thunder
Got To Choose
Love Gun
Black Diamond


Encore:

Let Me Go, Rock and Roll
God Gave Rock and Roll To You
Rock and Roll All Night


Professionals to the end, Simmons continuously engaged the fans in the front while Stanley played to the back row and everyone else in between. From this performance, you'd never guess they're pushing 60.
Thayer's close working relationship with Ace Frehley in the mid-90's paid off as he stepped in to fill the mile-high space boots as lead guitarist.
Singer's experience playing with Lita Ford, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Queen and KISS during the make-up free years make him a more than apt replacement for Peter Criss on drums.

The Sault asked for the best, and they got the best. The hottest band in the world.

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July 21, 2007

KISS CONCERT PHOTOS

Click here to see a lot of photos from yesterdays concert.

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July 21, 2007

KISS SET LIST

Here is the set list of yesterdays concert:

1. DETROIT ROCK CITY (no curtain, Kiss just went on stage)
2. DEUCE
3. MAKIN' LOVE
4. ALL AMERICAN MAN
5. CALLING DR. LOVE
6. LICK IT UP
7. I LOVE IT LOUD
8. FIREHOUSE - followed by Gene's fire-breathing
9. DO YOU LOVE ME?
10. C'MON AND LOVE ME
11. HOTTER THAN HELL
12. WATCHIN' YOU
13. SHOUT IT OUT LOUD
14. GOD OF THUNDER - no blood, lift or bass solo
15. GOT TO CHOOSE
16. LOVE GUN
17. BLACK DIAMOND
--------- ENCORE ---------
18. LET ME GO ROCK 'N' ROLL
19. GOD GAVE ROCK AND ROLL TO YOU
20. ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE

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July 20, 2007

TODAYS KISS CONCERT

10.000 tickets were made available for todays concert at Kewadin Casinos in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. 7.500 have been sold until yesterday according to this report.
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Soundcheck photo by Kissonline

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July 20, 2007

NASHVILLE KISS EXPO JULY 29

Get A Life Inc and KISSaholics present the 2007 Nashville KISS Expo. Get ready for another great KISS Expo!

The 2007 Nashville KISS Expo will be held Sunday
July 29th from 12:00PM to 8:00PM
(11:00AM for VIP holders)
The Holiday Inn Select Opryland/Airport
2200 ELM HILL PIKE
Nashville , TN 37214
For hotel rooms - call 615-883-9770
Ask for the KISS Expo rate!

The Nashville KISS Expo is back! Special guests include Eric Singer(KISS, Alice Cooper and ESP). Eric will be answering questions and will be available for autographs and photos. Paul Stanley has authorized a special sneak peak of his upcoming LIVE TO WIN Concert DVD! "I'm really proud of this film and there's no reason to wait for the DVD release to share it with the fans," Paul stated. “Everyone at KISS Expo are in for a treat that will leave them wanting and waiting for more." Director Louis Antonelli has put together a wonderful 30 minute piece including a trailer from Paul's Chicago House of Blues Show. Antonelli will be on hand to intro the film and will hold a Q & A directly after the screening.

Just added, KISS Online's Keith Leroux will do a Q/A. Keith will be discussing the new KISS Army Fanclub and upcoming merchandise releases. There will also be special KISS Online prize giveaways!

Children 12 and under get in free! KISS merchandise and collectibles will be on sale throughout the day. There will be giveaways and contests too. This is the first KISS Expo in Nashville in a long time. So let’s make it awesome return to Nashville!

VIP ticket holders will be able to get in one hour early (11am) and get a FREE collectible. VIP tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Regular admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

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July 20, 2007

PETER CRISS IN "FRAME OF MIND" MOVIE

(from Blabbermouth.net)

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss co-stars in a new movie called "Frame of Mind" alongside Chris Noth ("Law & Order", "Sex and the City") and Vince Curatola ("The Sopranos"). The film, which was shot entirely in Carlstadt, New Jersey, was directed by Charles Evans, who co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Kipps. A release date has not yet been announced, but production has wrapped, according to IMDb. Plot outline: A New Jersey police detective comes across new evidence in the Kennedy assassination.

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Peter Criss will make a rare live special appearance at Virgin Megastore in New York City (52 E. 14th Street) to personally sign copies his new solo CD "One for All" on the day of release, July 24, at 6:00 p.m.

"One for All" will be released on Silvercat Records, distributed by Sony/RED. The CD is said to be an autobiographical collection featuring Criss' self-penned tunes, in addition to several cover songs and tribute songs to his fans, that reflect his outlook on life at this point in his long-standing career. In addition to arranging and writing the lyrics and melodies for most of the material on the CD, "One for All" is the first fully self-produced CD by Criss. He was also joined by longtime friends and acclaimed musicians — bandleader Paul Shaffer and bassist Will Lee, as well as guitarist Mike McLaughlin.

In dedication to his fans, Criss personally autographed a limited amount of CDs of the "special edition" package, which will be marked with a "gold" sticker on the CD, and will be available in the U.S. at the retail chain Best Buy.

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July 20, 2007

KISS REHEARSALS FOTOS

Auf Kissonline gibt es einige Fotos von Kiss bei den Proben zu sehen.

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July 20, 2007

PAUL STANLEY BEHIND THE SCENES ON THE DAILY BUZZ

What happens in the studio behind the scenes? Click here to see some behind the scenes footage from "The daily Buzz" interview with Paul Stanley.

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July 20, 2007

EDDIE TRUNK INTERVIEWS PETER CRISS FOR TV

(from www.eddietrunk.com )
7/17/07: Did a brand new interview with Peter Criss yesterday for my new TV gig on MSG Network. Peter talks about Kiss, his new CD and much more. I will post air dates and times when I have them in the TV section of this site. The interview will air inside the show MSG-NY. MSG Network is only available in the NY/NJ/CT Tri state. You can only get it outside of the NYC area if you subscribe. It is a free channels however on all basic satellite and cable systems in the Tri-state. Peter's new CD is not a hard rock album, but he did tell me he has an album in that style in the works! He will be doing an in store signing at Virgin in Union Sq in NYC 7/24 at 6:30PM.

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July 19, 2007

KISSOLOGY VOL. 2 REVIEW CLIP

Here you can see a preview of "Detroit Rock city" from Sydney 1980. Also great news about Kissology 2 is, that is is region free according to Amazon. That means, it can be played everywhere in the world on every DVD player. It is in NTSC, but most TV sets do play NTSC and probably almost every DVD player or DVD recorder is able to show NTSC DVDs as well. Also Kissology Vol.1 is now available for a special price...

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July 17, 2007

INTERVIEW WITH ERIC SINGER

(from Cybercomic69@aol.com)

Drummer Eric Singer was recently interviewed live onstage at the 21st annual NY/NJ Kiss Expo by rock & roll comic C.C. Banana. Part serious interview and part comedy roast, the exchange has been transcribed and is now available online. Topics include original Kiss drummer Peter Criss, Eric's numerous hirings and firings from the band and Ace Frehley's experimentations with Viagra. A few excerpts from the interview follow:

C.C. Banana: You first became part of the Kiss family by playing drums for Paul Stanley on his first solo tour in 1989. How did you get the gig and was there any talk at the time that you were being considered to fill the Kiss drum slot?

Eric Singer: Well, at that time I was in New York, recording an album with Badlands. They had the same management as the guy who played bass on Paul's solo tour, Dennis St. James... whose real name is actually Dennis Feldman. Why do Jewish guys in the music business always try to Americanize their names? Anyway, Dennis mentioned to the management that Paul Stanley was planning a solo tour and was in need of a drummer. Since by then I had already finished recording my Badlands tracks, they sent me over to the Kiss management office, which was literally around the corner from my hotel. There I met with Paul and gave him some of the CDs I'd played on. He actually ended up hiring me based solely on those credentials. Realistically, I had no reason to think I'd wind up drumming for Kiss because Eric Carr was still in the band at the time. The next year, Kiss did the Hot in the Shade Tour and it wasn't until the following year that Eric Carr became ill. That's when they had me play drums on God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You for the Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey soundtrack. After that, they began considering me for the band and for their upcoming album, which ended up being Revenge.

C.C. Banana: In 1995, it was you who suggested to Gene and Paul that they should let Peter Criss sit in with the band at one of the official Kiss Konventions. This set off a chain of events that ultimately led to a reunion of the original Kiss lineup, causing you and Bruce Kulick to be fired from the group. Looking back, how badly did you want to kick your own ass for making that suggestion?

Eric Singer: Well, it was Gene and Paul who told me that Peter wanted to come down to the convention with his daughter. They wanted to know if I would be
uncomfortable with that. I told them that not only would I not be uncomfortable, they should let Peter come up and play. That led to the taping of MTV Unplugged, which eventually led to the full reunion. But they still had no idea how things were going to play out with Ace and Peter. So if the reunion ultimately
didn't work or if the tour was a flop, they already had the Carnival of Souls album in the can and they still had Bruce and me on retainer. That's why they kept us on the payroll, so they could just pick up where they left off. We were sort of a "Plan B." That part wasn't so bad because we were still getting paid while they were out doing the reunion tour.

C.C. Banana: Were they actually paying you enough to make it worth your while to sit around and do nothing while Kiss was on tour without you?

Eric Singer: Well, they were out there making millions while we were at home just collecting a paycheck! Until one day when I got a call from Gene... I think this was sometime in July 1996. He'd called to say that Kiss would soon be coming to L.A. to play The Forum and that we should probably get together for a meeting. I knew right then, I was about to get fired! The next day, I listed my car for sale in the newspaper. 

C.C. Banana: In 2001, you got the call to return to Kiss at the tail end of the so-called Farewell Tour, replacing Peter Criss for the Japanese and Australian dates. What was it like putting on the make-up and costume and performing with the classic Kiss line-up for that very first show?

Eric Singer: Actually, the first time I wore the make-up was for the first photo session. Paul was the one who put it on me because I didn't know what the hell I was doing. Ever since then, I've done it myself and by now it's just like doing a paint-by-numbers! But yes, the first time I put on the make-up before a concert was kind of freaky. Our first shows were in Japan and we hadn't actually done any production rehearsals in make-up. I just remember looking out at the stage during the concert and thinking, "Wow, that's Gene Simmons... that's Ace Frehley... that's Paul Stanley... and they're all in make-up... and I'm playing drums!" It was kind of like a good acid trip.

C.C. Banana: Did they give you your own costume or did they make you wear Peter's smelly old one?

Eric Singer: No, they made me a new one. Peter and I are the same size but I'm built a little differently. The boots fit almost perfectly but Peter's costume is a little bigger in the middle because I'm a bit thinner. Although at the moment I'm a little chubby, so I don't think I'd fit into either one!

C.C. Banana: Do they let you hang onto the costume or do they make you leave a deposit and check it in at the end of the tour?

Eric Singer: No, I get to keep it! I'm smart, I made that part of my deal! I actually have two complete costumes -- two different ones from the two tours I've done.

C.C. Banana: Do you ever put on the costume just for fun? Maybe for Halloween or entertaining dates on the weekends?

Eric Singer: Uh... no.

C.C. Banana: In 2003, you were kicked out of the band again when Peter Criss returned for the World Domination Tour with Aerosmith and the recording of the
Kiss: Symphony album. At the time you were so upset that you vowed never to work with Kiss again... and yet, here you are. What got you to finally change your mind and do you feel like you're always getting sloppy seconds?

Eric Singer: Oh, I am always getting sloppy seconds! But you know what? Sloppy or not, at least I get to eat! As for why I went back... you know how Gene
signs his autograph with a big dollar sign? That's why. Money talks and bullshit walks. Bottom line, I play drums for a living and whether I like it or not, it's still a business. Gene will tell you the same thing. It's not "music friends," it's "music business." So I have no regrets.

C.C. Banana: Speaking of Peter Criss, it was recently announced that he will soon be releasing his first solo album in 13 years. Will you be playing the role of Peter Criss on that, too?

Eric Singer: Hey, I'm open to it! You never know, I might get the call.

C.C. Banana: Have you ever been in the presence of Peter Criss while wearing the make-up of Peter Criss?

Eric Singer: Not yet. But there's still time.

C.C. Banana: Have you ever received a kiss from a member of Kiss?

Eric Singer: Ace might have tried to kiss me at some point. I remember Paul telling me that once back in the old days, they were all sitting around the dressing room and for whatever reason, Peter just went over to Ace and put his dick on Ace's shoulder! Then Ace turned around and kissed it!

C.C. Banana: Note to self -- don't put dick on Ace's shoulder.

Eric Singer: Ace has a giant schlong too, you know. One night before a Kiss show, he actually took Viagra because he wanted his dick to be hard during the
concert. When I asked him why, he said, "So people can see me get hard in the costume." He even tried snorting it once!

C.C. Banana: Ace Frehley snorted Viagra?

Eric Singer: Yep! He thought it would get into his system faster. So Ace snorted the Viagra... but do you know what happened? His nose swelled up instead!
True story! When I tell this stuff to people, they think I'm lying or embellishing. But it's all absolutely true. Anyone who has ever worked with Ace will verify it. You'll never meet another person like him. Ace Frehley stories are the absolute best.

C.C. Banana: In that case, tell us another Ace Frehley story!

Eric Singer: Well, Ace was really mad at Gene and Paul while we were on tour in Australia. One night before a show, we were all in the dressing room, putting on our make-up... all of us but Ace. Apparently there had been some schism earlier in the day so when he finally did show up, he was really mad and really late. He came in without saying hi to anyone, put his bag down and went over to this big chalkboard that happened to be in the dressing room that night.
He then proceeded to draw a huge pentagram on it, putting our initials on all 5 points -- G for Gene, P for Paul, E for Eric, A for Ace and D for Doc, our manager. Then he came over to me and whispered in my ear, "Something bad is going to happen in the show tonight. I just put a hex on Gene and Paul." I swear to God, he actually said this! Apparently Ace had been hanging out with a magician the night before and the guy had taught him some black magic. Anyway, nothing happened that night but the next night we played the same place, so Ace came into the dressing room again and added even more symbols and stuff to the chalkboard.

C.C. Banana: Did anything bad happen that night?

Eric Singer: No, nothing happened that night, either.

C.C. Banana: I think I liked the penis story better.

The entire interview is available here:
http://www.CCBanana.com/sludge/20questionsericsinger.htm

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July 17, 2007

ACE IN TV COMMERCIAL

Click here to see the new Ace Frehley Dunkin' Donuts commercial.
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July 17, 2007

PAUL LYNDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ON DVD!

Yes! The "Paul Lynde Halloween Special" will be released on DVD on October 2, 2007! And yes, it will include all 3 songs that Kiss performed on that show (Detroit Rock City, Beth, Kind of the nighttime world)!
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July 17, 2007

ACE IN TV COMMERCIAL

(from www.kissonline.com)
Dunkin' Donuts said today it is debuting new TV ads featuring supermodel Naomi Campbell and Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley.
Dunkin' Donuts is a coffee and baked goods chains operated by Dunkin' Brands Inc. of Canton.
The TV ads were developed by Boston ad agency Hill Holliday, and the spots were directed by screenwriter, director, producer, and actor Zach Braff, the chain said.
The Campbell and Frehley ads support Dunkin' Donuts iced tea and iced latte summer beverages respectively, the company said.
Dunkin' Donuts said the ads use the celebrities as "foils to illuminate how Dunkin' Donuts understands and celebrates the everyday folks who make America run."
(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff)

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July 12, 2007

KISS TO PLAY "ALL AMERICAN MAN"

(from www.kissonline.com)
KISS wanted you to vote on which rarely performed song they should play this summer and you responded in a big way! Over 12,000 KISS fans from around the globe voted for their song of choice and the winner is.... "ALL AMERICAN MAN".

"ALL AMERICAN MAN" was clearly the fan favorite, receiving over one quarter of all the votes!

Here are the complete voting results:

ALL AMERICAN MAN - 26%
MR. SPEED - 17%
ROCK BOTTOM - 10%
ALMOST HUMAN - 9%
MAGIC TOUCH - 8%
SWEET PAIN - 8%
MILLION TO ONE -7%
LADIES ROOM - 6%
STRANGE WAYS - 5%
LET ME KNOW - 4%

KISS will perform "ALL AMERICAN MAN" at the following shows this month:

Kewadin Casinos in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on July 20.

Rock Fest 2007 in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 21.
Soboba Casino Arena in San Jacinto, California on July 27.

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July 12, 2007

GENE SIMMONS TALKS TRASH

(from www.spinner.com)
You don't have to be a viewer of Gene Simmons' household reality series 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' to pick up on the fact that the Kiss mastermind is a man of, shall we say, strong opinions. While expounding on a variety of topics, from why rappers exemplify the rock & roll lifestyle better than today's rockers to how spoiled Americans are, the man born Chaim Witz in Israel has a take on subjects from pacifism to creativity that is uniquely outspoken and uniquely controversial. Simmons' overriding philosophy? As he tells Spinner, "Life is like being a stripper: Eventually you've got to take it all off." And with Simmons' baring-all attitude demonstrating that his world-renowned tongue is as sharp as it is long, we count down the fire-breathing rocker's top ten Simmons-isms, as recently shared with Spinner.

10. Gene Simmons on the death of rock stardom:
"No, there's not a single rock star left. All the rock stars and the biggest ticket sellers in the world are from days gone by. There's not a new band in the world that even comes close. Paris Hilton is a bigger rock star than anybody ... she just doesn't play guitar.

9 ... on his type of woman:

"I don't want to read a book with a girl, I'm sorry. It's not politically correct, but I really don't. I want her to be sexy, I want her to buy stiletto heels, and I want makeup and perfume."

8. ... on originality:
"Creativity is highly overrated. If I want to succeed and I want to open a restaurant, I'm going to go where the most popular restaurant is and rip it off."

7. ... on the crisis in the Middle East:
"I want those people stopped now. I want regime change and I want regime change all over the world, even if it means breaking international law."

6. ... on the "drugs" part of "sex & drugs & rock & roll":
"Getting high was considered the lowest of the low. And then, of course, Hollywood made it socially acceptable. And rock stars, of course, who were qualified to do nothing except shine your shoes, took it even further and made it into a kind of lifestyle."


5. ... on how Americans don't know how good they have it:
"When people come as an immigrant -- [as I did] myself -- we're shocked at how pampered and spoiled everybody is, which is really to say you live in the land of milk and honey and you don't realize that the rest of the world isn't a nice place."

4. ... on why rappers are more rock & roll than rock & rollers:
"So if the white boys ... all want to look like Kurt Cobain, then the public goes to rap stars, who sing about getting laid all the time. None of them sing about getting married, 'cause the male of the species doesn't want to."

3. ... on his disdain for anti-war protesters:
"What we did to our veterans of Vietnam was just the lowest form, and America should be ashamed of itself -- and every crackhead who tried to burn the flag, I wish I could get them in my sights in front of a baseball bat."

2. ... on why it doesn't make sense for Jews to be pacifists
"You can take a humanistic point of view: You don't have the right to take a human life. That's fine, but then you can't complain when your whole family is wiped out at Auschwitz. And my family almost was. And for Jews, especially in America, to be pacifists is astonishing.

1. ... on his own greatness:
"While all the rock stars, the few that are remaining, they're in bands, I'm the only brand, baby. No matter how big Mick Jagger or U2 is, there are no Rolling Stones or U2 comic books or Visa cards."

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July 10, 2007

BEST OF "GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS"

There will be a "Best of Season 1 & 2 Gene Simmons Family Jewels" DVD released on September 18, 2007. The Extras include also a never before seen episode.
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July 7, 2007

PAUL STANLEY INTERVIEW

Click here to see an interview with Paul Stanley from The Daily Buzz.
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July 7, 2007

PETER CRISS IN STORE APPEARANCE

Peter has announced on his website www.petercriss.net , that he will make a special in store appearance at Virgin Records in NYC on July 24 to sign copies of his new solo CD.
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July 7, 2007

KISSOLOGY VOL. 2 LARGO BONUS DISC

Kissonline has announced the set list for the Largo '79 Bonus Disc for Kissology 2:

"Radioactive", "Move On", "Calling Dr. Love", "Firehouse", "New York Groove", "I Was Made For Lovin' You", "Love Gun", "Tossin' And Turnin' ", "God Of Thunder", "Shout It Out Loud", "Black Diamond", "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock And Roll All Nite".


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The cover says 7/7/79, but it should be from 7/8/79, the version circulating in collectors circles.

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July 4, 2007

KISSOLOGY VOL. 2 DETAILS

According to Kissonline, the Kiss movie is confirmed to be on Disc one, but the "Land of hype and glory" 1978, the "Tomorrow" show 1979 and "Countdown" 1980 are just shown in part (excertps).
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July 2, 2007

PETER CRISS LIVE ON RADIO/INTERNET JULY 19

(from Radio Reality Check)
JULY 19TH AT 8PM (PT) 11PM (ET) (USA)
RADIO REALITY CHECK WILL BE HOSTING A 2 HOUR KISS SPECIAL! KISS THIS!

SPECIAL GUEST WILL BE "PETER CRISS"! YES! "THE CAT MAN" WILL BE ON THE SHOW!

KISS FANS CAN CHAT LIVE WITH OTHER FANS AROUND THE WORLD AND REQUEST KISS SONGS DURRING THE SHOW!

LISTEN AND CHAT LIVE JULY 19TH 8PM (PT) 11PM (ET) AT:
www.radiorealitycheck.com

WE HOPE TO SEE THE KISS ARMY WORLD WIDE IN FULL FORCE!

JOHN TURNER
RADIO REALITY CHECK

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July 2, 2007

DAYTON KISS EXPO SEPTEMBER 15, 2007

Get A Life Inc presents the first ever Dayton, OH KISS Expo. Get ready for another great KISS Expo!

The 2007 Dayton KISS Expo will be held
Saturday September 15th from 1:00PM to 8:00PM
(11:00AM for VIP holders) at:
Dayton Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
2455 Dryden Road
Dayton, OH 45439
Call for hotel reservations at: 937-294-1471

Special Guests include the ultimate KISS tribute band Mr. Speed. The same band that Ace Frehley jumped up on stage with at the first anniversary of the KISS Coffee House and performed Shock Me.  More guests and surprises to be
announced soon!

Children 12 and under get in free! Merchandise and collectibles will be on sale throughout the day. There will be giveaways and contests too. Let’s make this first ever Dayton KISS Expo a success!

VIP ticket holders will be able to get in two hours early (11am) and get a FREE collectible. VIP tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Regular admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

For vendor information contact us at:
sstierwalt@getalifeinc.com

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