kissnewslogoUSA.jpg (9920 Byte)
   


english


deutsch


franšais


italiano


svensk


espa˝ol


nederlands


May 31, 2009
GENE ON "EXTRA"

Click here to see Gene being interviewed on "extra".
[Comments]

May 31, 2009
WAYNE JOHNSON

(from rockpages.gr)
We continue our KISS special feature with the 28th interview of a KISS-related figure. This week, Wayne Johnson, shares some details about his guitar solo of “Beth” on CRISS’ “Cat #1”! Here’s an excerpt:

Rockpages.gr:
You played the guitar solo on one of the most famous KISS songs ever (“Beth”). Did you have the chance to listen to the original version?

Wayne Johnson:
Yes…and as with many other fans…it is one of my favorite KISS songs.

Rockpages.gr:
Listening to your version, one can tell that you gave the tune an almost Latin feel on the solo. Do you agree?

Wayne Johnson:
Yes, very good ears you have! I play a lot of acoustic music as well most of which is focused on Latin grooves. I love the percussive aspects of these types of music…different Latin + Flamenco grooves.

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

[Comments]

May 30, 2009
ALBUM ARTWORK FINISHED

In a radio interview yesterday Paul mentioned, that the artwork for the new album is already finished and that it has a classic look.
[Comments]

May 30, 2009
GENE & PAUL RADIO INTERVIEWS

Gene and Paul appeared on the "Mark and Brian" radio show to promote the upcoming album and tour. Click here to listen to the interview.

They also appeared on the "Hill-Man Morning Show". Click here to listen to the interview. However, nothing really new has been revealed during these interviews.
[Comments]

May 29, 2009
GENE & PAUL ON SEATTLE RADIO INTERVIEW
Gene and Paul just were on "The BJ Shea Morning Experience" on the Seattle radio station KISW 99.9 FM. However, nothing new was revealed during this interview.
[Comments]

May 29, 2009
NEW KISS ALBUM TITLE
Ross Halfin mentioned in his online diary (May 26th) that Kiss already have a title for the new album (which he did not tell).
[Comments]

May 29, 2009
INTERVIEW WITH PAUL STANLEY
(from Kissonline)
Paul Stanley will be on Alan Handleman Show Friday at 4:00 PM (EST). The Show aires on North Carolina's Superstation -FM Talk 101.1 WZTK.
CLICK HERE on Friday at 4:00 PM to listen to the interview live  (only works, if you live in the USA).

[Comments]

May 29, 2009
NEW KISS TRADING CARDS COMING
(from Kissonline)
Press Pass released preview information for its second set of non-sports cards for the band KISS on Thursday with KISS 360 scheduled for release on Aug. 12

Each box will include 24 packs of five cards with a suggested retail price of $1.99 a pack with autographed and memorabilia cards from the band’s four original members — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss – included. (Odds still to be determined.)

The 360 set follows on the heels of the popular KISS Ikons set that Press Pass released earlier this year.

There will be a 90-card base set, made up of several subsets — nine Unmasked cards, nine The Demon Speaks cards where Simmons “reveals the secrets to his success,” nine 2009 cards with highlights from this year, 18 Behind the Curtain cards, 12 Road Stories cards, nine Behind Starry Eyes cards, six Welcome to the Show cards and 18 Albums cards focusing on, well, their albums.

The insert card lineup will include Snapshots, a 12-card plastic insert (1:6 packs), and Transformation a six-card lenticular insert featuring mask on/mask off transformations that will be found one per hobby box. Also returning will be the Blood-spitting parallel cards as well as a few other surprises.

[Comments]

May 29, 2009
BRUCE KULICK INTERVIEW
CallesRockCorner has posted an interview with Bruce Kulick online. Click here to read the interview.
[Comments]

May 29, 2009
GENE SIMMONS ON "PRIVATE SESSIONS" ON A&E
(from Youtube/PSLover722)
Sunday, May 31st at 9am EST - Only on A&Es PRIVATE SESSIONS Rock prodigy and media magnate Gene Simmons sits down for an in-depth interview with host Lynn Hoffman and shares his wildest and most masculine thoughts on sex, drugs and rock n' roll. Plus, a sneak peek of whats coming up in the 4th season of Gene Simmons Family Jewels! Check out www.aetv.com/privatesessions   for more info.

Preview clip 1
Preview clip 2

[Comments]

May 28, 2009
KISS IN THE PRESS
(from Javier Rueda Moya)
T
he new number # 134 of Spanish magazine called Guitarra total ( total guitar ) has Tommy Thayer on the cover and 6 pages inside talking about Kiss and his collection guitar.
magGuitarraTotalNo134-2009Spain.jpg (50867 Byte)
[Comments]

May 27, 2009
BUCKCHERRY TO OPEN FOR KISS ON SUMMER TOUR
(from Billboard)
May 27, 2009 01:03 PM ET

Ray Waddell, Nashville
Buckcherry will support Kiss on all dates for the band's upcoming North American tour, Billboard has learned. The tour, which begins in September, made headlines last month when it was announced that Kiss had partnered with live music social networking site Eventful to route the tour through the top-voted North American markets as determined by demand on the Eventful website.

Voting will continue until June 30 and Buckcherry fans are expected to enter the fray. According to the Kiss camp, more than 8,000 cities and towns are already represented on the fan-submitted list. By voting, fans have the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets prior to the general on-sale and will also receive merch discounts and other perks. Fans are also encouraged to create their own viral videos online, motivating their fellow residents to participate in casting votes for a Kiss show in their city. City-specific "best-of" compilation reels of these videos will be shown on jumbo screens at venues before each concert.


Click here to read the rest.

[Comments]

May 26, 2009
"SEX MONEY KISS" BOOK IN GERMAN
Gene Simmons' book "Sex Money Kiss" will be released in German in April 2010. Thanks to Andreas Balzer for the info.
SexMoneyKissWerbung.gif (21559 Byte)
[Comments]

May 26, 2009

NEW AUSTRALIAN KISS TRIBUTE SHOW
(from Shareen Barnes)
Rock City Promotions proudly presents KISSPERIENCE, Australia's hottest new KISS Tribute Show. Appearing this sunday nite at Rosie's Tavern in Brisbane (235 Edward St). KISSPERIENCE is a 90 minute blood spitting, fire breathing, high energy tribute to one of rock's most legendary bands. Special guests teenage superstars ANGELS OF FIRE. Entry is $10. Doors open at 8pm. Don't miss it !

KISS-AOFFlyer.gif (17042 Byte)
[Comments]

May 22, 2009
28,8 MILLION SAW KISS
According to "TV by the numbers", the American Idol finale averaged 28.8 million viewers.
[Comments]

May 22, 2009
INTERVIEW WITH KISS
Click here to see an interview with Kiss backstage at American Idol from "extra".
[Comments]

May 22, 2009
THE GREIF COMPANY...
... is currently producing not just "Gene Simmons Family Jewels", but also the upcoming Kiss Special "Kissteria". Click here for more infos.
[Comments]

May 22, 2009
KISS IN THE PRESS
(rom Javier Rueda Moya)
The new number ( #2) of the Spanish Metal Hammer Special Poster magazine is about Kiss. Contains 8 posters and this is the cover and back cover.
SpecialMetalHammerPosterExpressNo2-2009Spain.jpg (62840 Byte)SpecialMetalHammerPosterExpressNo2-2009backSpain.jpg (46483 Byte)
[Comments]

May 21, 2009
NEW PHOTOS
Click here to see photos from Kiss' appearance at "American Idol" (live and also backstage).
[Comments]

May 21, 2009
KISS ON "AMERICAN IDOL"
Kiss performed a medley of "Detroit Rock city" and "Rock and Roll all nite" together with finalist Adam Lambert at the finale of "American idol" last night. Click here to see the performance. Here you can also see a clip from the American Idol press room.
[Comments]

May 21, 2009
KISS ON "AMERICAN IDOL"
Everything hints indeed, that Kiss will be on the US Tv show "American Idol" tonight. Since there never was an official announcement it is upposed to be a surprise appearance....
[Comments]

May 20, 2009
NEW ACE FREHLEY PHOTOS
Ace has updated the 12 pics section of his website with 12 new pictures, including some rare family photos and a classic make up pic. Click here to see them.
[Comments]

May 20, 2009
PRESS PASS' ASSOCIATE PRODUCT MANAGER INTERVIEW
An interview with Jesse Leadbetter, Associate Product Manager of Press Pass, the company responsible for the awesome new KISS Ikons Trading Card Series, is available on Diamant Noir, the First French KISS Website!
[Comments]

May 19, 2009
NEW BOOK
(from Greg Prato)
Greg Prato here (author of 'Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music,' among other books), and I recently issued a new book, 'No Schlock...Just Rock!'


This book is a compilation of articles I wrote for such UK publications as Classic Rock, Guitarist, Metal Hammer, and Record Collector, and has several Kiss-related items, including:

1. Paul Stanley picking his favorite Queen song and explaining why.
2. Anthrax's Charlie Benante explaining why Kiss 'Alive!' is his favorite album.
3. Lordi's Mr. Lordi explaining why Kiss 'Destroyer' is his favorite album.

[Comments]

May 19, 2009
KISS TO PLAY AT MILWAUKEE SUMMERFEST

Kissonline reports, that KISS will rock the Milwaukee Summerfest on Saturday June 27! The show will take place at the Marcus Amphitheater. For more infos click here.

upcoming Kiss shows:
27.06.2009: Marcus Ampitheater, Milwaukee Summerfest, USA

10.07.2009: Bayfest, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
11.07.2009: The Colosseum, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
13.07.2009: The Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
15.07.2009: Ottawa Bluesfast, Canada
16.07.2009: Quebec City Summer Festival, Canada
18.07.2009: Commons Park, Halifax, Canada
20.07.2009: Casino Rama, Toronto, Canada
21.07.2009: Casino Rama, Toronto, Canada

28.07.2009:
California Mid-State Fair, USA
01.11.2009: Voodoo Fest, New Orleans, USA

[Comments]

May 18, 2009
KISS PHOTO ALBUM

Almost 18.000 photos have been uploaded to our Photo Album already. Great new photos are being uploaded by our users every day. For example today user kjetil71 posted a photo of the band in Destroyer outfits, but Paul wearing his 1975 boots and Ace his 1974 boots. Very strange indeed...

[Comments]

May 17, 2009
WHEN KISS WAS COOL: ALEX COOLEY'S ELECTRIC BALLROOM - JULY 18, 1974

(from Dogmatic)
Continuing on with our look at classic-era KISS, here’s the band in 1974 getting ready for a gig at Alex Cooley’s Electric Ballroom
.
[Comments]

May 15, 2009
NEW PAUL STANLEY INTERVIEW: NEW ALBUM COMPLETED IN TWO WEEKS!

Paul appeared on NBC 10 Philadelphia for an interview to promote his art gallery shows this weekend. He mentioned that the album is about two weeks from being completed! Click here to watch the complete interview.
[Comments]

May 15, 2009
KISS ON "AMERICAN IDOL"?

"US Weekly" is reporting, that Kiss will make an appearance on "American Idol" on US-TV on May 20th. This is unconfirmed information.
[Comments]

May 15, 2009
PAUL STANLEY INTERVIEW

To promote his two art shows this weekend in King of Prussia, PA, Paul appeared on Fox News this morning. Click here to see the interview.
[Comments]

May 15, 2009
ACE FREHLEY & ALICE COOPER LIVE IN BOSTON

Ace has posted another clip from the recent gig in Boston. Click here to see Ace perform "Rock and Roll all nite" together with Alice Cooper and the Supergroup.
[Comments]

May 15, 2009
KISS TO ROCK CALIFORNIA

(from Kissonline)
The California Mid-State Fair announced Thursday that legendary rock and roll band KISS has been signed to perform at the 2009 Fair on Tuesday, July 28.

KISS, one of the most influential rock bands of all time, will be performing in the Main Grandstand Arena at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. There will be a KISS ARMY presale..stay tuned for details.

You can buy tickets at the California Mid-State Fair box office, online at www.midstatefair.com, any Vallitix outlet, or charge by phone at 1-800-909-FAIR. In addition, a special phone number has been added to better serve ticket buyers: 866-872-2007.

[Comments]

May 14, 2009

INTERVIEW WITH BRUCE KULICK

(from growingbolder.com)
To fans of rock guitar, Bruce Kulick holds a place of ultimate respect. He's not a founding member of KISS, but he was lead guitarist for a decade, helping craft the sound of five successful albums.

And just as important as his music, is his personality. He's the ultimate team player who believes individual ego takes a back seat to the good of the entire band, and that is pretty rare in the music business.

It's part of the reason he's had such a unique perspective of rock over the last three decades. He played guitar for Meat Loaf on the very first Bat Out Of Hell tour, he played on several Michael Bolton albums and for the last decade, he has been the six-string force behind yet another iconic band, Grand Funk Railroad.

This year the band celebrates its 40th anniversary of existence. He's a great storyteller with a passion for his craft. He's one of those few who is exceedingly grateful for every opportunity he's been presented with and takes the time to pay it forward.


Click here to hear the audio interview.

[Comments]

May 14, 2009
KISS PODKISST #16

(from podkisst.com)
Face front, KISS Army! This is YOUR PodKISSt! In this installment, we celebrate the greatest fans of the greatest band! Join Ken, James, and Gary for the longest PodKISSt yet… a 2-part, 2 hour program all about you… us… the KISS Army! You’ll hear an exclusive PodKISSt interview with KISS Army founder Bill Starkey, who shares his thoughts on the KISS legacy from their humble roots to the modern-day juggernaut. You’ll also hear letters from our listeners, heartfelt testimonials from long-time fans, and (of course) plenty of great tunes from throughout KISStory! So get comfortable… this is a double album!
Click here to listen to the podcast.

[Comments]

May 13, 2009
ED KANON

(from rockpages.gr)
We continue our KISS special feature with the 27th interview of a KISS-related figure. This week, Ed Kanon, Peter Criss’ long-time drum technician and the guy who replaced Peter behind the drums for a show back in 1997, tells us what he remembers from that experience! Here’s an excerpt:

Rockpages.gr:
You were in the very distinguished place –back in the April of 1997- to replace Peter behind the drums for the KISS concert in Columbus. Describe to us the whole experience and especially your feelings after the end of “Deuce”…

Ed Kanon:
Well, it went really fast. We (the crew) were all set up, ready for the band to do sound check, and we noticed they weren’t even in the building yet. We waited, and waited, and waited. Then the vans pull in. The band gets out, and heads to the dressing rooms. I notice there was no Peter. HHHHMMMMMM?????????? Doc (McGhee) walks up to me and says “Nice Goatee, SHAVE IT!!!!!!”. Then says “Come on, we have to go to the dressing room” The first thing I thought was “Is Peter ok?” I got kind of scared. We walk into the dressing room. Paul is sitting there and says “We have good news, and bad news. Bad news is, Peter can’t do the show. Good news is, you are.” I remember at that moment, I could have freaked out, and probably ruined the whole thing, or don’t even think about it until later, and just do it. I chose the later. I said ok. I thought about the beginnings and endings of all of the songs. I seemed to be ok with everything. I shaved, and started getting into costume. I remember Ace being really pissed off about it. But he ended up playing anyway. Tommy put my makeup on. I knew it would be alright, because I had played with them in sound checks, and a few rehearsals here and there, but never in a show setting with everything happening. Gene was nervous; I could see it on his face. I was cracking jokes with him to lighten the mood a bit. Paul seemed to be confident, or at least did a great job acting like he was. He seemed to be in good spirits. So, we are ready to hit the stage. Next, I remember right before the show. We are on the stage. The rumbling is happening. I’m looking down at the 3 of them, looking at me, in makeup. Looking and my hands and arms, that are covered in jewels from Peters outfit, and thinking, “WOW, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON??????” “Well, here we go.” Deuce started, the concussion hit scared the shit out of me, and we’re off to the races. I fucked up the beginning of “Let me Go”, started it WAY to fast. But it was ok. We picked it right up. Next thing I know is we are most of the way through the show. I haven’t played that long of a set in a long time. My arms were really tired. So, doing some arm yoga, I was able to loosen up and not hit so hard, and the adrenaline was wearing off. Next thing I know. It’s “Rock and Roll all night”, and it’s the end of the show. It went that fast. Then Doc said “You’re gonna look really stupid up there tearing your drums down in the make up.” Doc is got a great sense of humor. They all do actually. It was a surreal experience to say the least.

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

[Comments]

May 12, 2009
ACE FREHLEY PICTURE DISC

Ace Frehleys "Greatest Hits Live" Picture Disc LP has now been released! It is limited to 500 copies!
[Comments]

May 12, 2009
KISS COVERED ON BULGARIAN POP IDOL CONTEST

(from Pavel Hromada)
Forever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKEkXAsW5Hw
I was made for lovin' you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgX4-vS4Axs

[Comments]

May 12, 2009
INTERVIEW WITH PAUL STANLEY

Paul was a guest today on the John Debella radio-show to promote his upcoming art shows this weekend. He also talked about the new Kiss album, which he said was almost finished and will come out in September. Again Paul said it sounds like a typical '70s Kiss album and he said that Kiss will start a new tour then with the biggest show they have ever done.
[Comments]

May 12, 2009
PAUL STANLEY ON THE RADIO ON JOHN DEBELLA SHOW

(from Kissonline)
Paul Stanley will be on The John DeBella Show on Tuesday at 8:05 am.
The Show aires on Philadelphia classic rock station 102.9 WMGK.
The audio can be streamed at www.wmgk.com .
Afterwards, the podcast can be heard at www.wmgk.com/debella .

[Comments]

May 8, 2009
ACE LIVE IN BOSTON

Ace has posted another live clip of him performing with the Supergroup in Boston recently. Click here to see the performance of "New York Groove".
[Comments]

May 8, 2009
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

Google is scanning the most important books and put them online. Billboard magazine gets also scanned by Google. Most of the Billboard issus are already online. You can check out when Kiss have been in the US Charts.
[Comments]

May 8, 2009
BIDDER PAYS $ 100.000 FOR EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO KISS SHOW

(from Blabbermouth)
According to the New York Daily News, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons paid $20,000 for a pair of gold sunglasses at an auction for Wonderwall.com's Rally For Kids With Cancer campaign. He also donated his own lot to the sale — a bidder paid $100,000 for exclusive backstage access to a KISS show.

A guest at the auction, which raised more than $400,000, tells the New York Daily News, "[Gene] bought 18-karat gold sunglasses for $20,000, among other things. Gene also donated a trip with his band when they travel on their tour."

[Comments]

May 7, 2009
MONTREAL SHOW SOLD OUT

(from Patrick Hughes)
The July 13th MONTREAL show is now SOLDOUT, all 15,000 tickets are sold.
Called the production company this morning for tickets and was told the show was a sellout.

[Comments]

May 6, 2009
GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS RETURNS TO A&E FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON

SEASON FOUR OF THE HIT UNSCRIPTED SERIES PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 7 AT 10 PM ET/PT WITH A SPECIAL ONE-HOUR EPISODE

New York, NY, May 6, 2009 – Legendary rock god and multi-hyphenate Gene Simmons and his unconventional family are back and better than ever for an all-new season of A&E’s hit unscripted series “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” premiering with a special one-hour episode on Sunday, June 7th at 10:00 PM ET/PT. The 15-episode season kicks off with Sophie’s sweet sixteen party, giving viewers an all access pass to the milestone celebration. When a case of sibling rivalry spirals out of control, Nick pulls on dad's heartstrings and his sense of theatrics to escalate the low key party she wanted into the blowout of the century, all to the dismay of shy Sophie.

In addition to Sophie’s sweet sixteen, the new season will give viewers a behind the scenes look at the entire family’s many adventures. From Gene’s appearance on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?,” to Gene filming a Japanese monster flick, to Shannon preparing for a role in a roller derby exploitation film, to Nick getting his own apartment, to Sophie fending off ill-intentioned teenaged boys, viewers will follow the Simmons-Tweed clan as they set out to prove, yet again, why they are the most non-traditional, traditional family in America.

Leslie Greif, Adam Reed, Adam Freeman and Gene Simmons are the series executive producers. “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” is produced by The Greif Company and the Gene Simmons Company. Robert Sharenow and Neil A. Cohen are the A&E Executive Producers.
[Comments]


May 6, 2009
BRUCE KULICK
Bruce took part in the "Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp" in Hollywood. Click here to read his daily camp blog.
[Comments]

May 5, 2009
ACE FREHLEY

Ace has posted the following statement on his website:

"As promised.....Here's how I spent my birthday this year!!!....In Boston with Alice Cooper, Lynn Hoffman (from A&E Sessions), Chad Smith, Simon Kirke & the rest of the Supergroup singing Happy Birthday!!!!....Wild!!!!....My thanks to the Right Turn Organization for inviting me this year & to Ricky Byrd for orchestrating the music.........I know times are tough, but this is a great cause......... if you would like to contribute here's the link: http://www.right-turn.org/.....

http://www.acefrehley.com/rocket-rides/
More vids from the show in the next few days.......Stay tuned!!    Ace"!

[Comments]

May 5, 2009
BRUCE KULICK INTERVIEW

Kiss Army Brasil has received an exclusive interview (Q&A) with Bruce Kulick by Marcel Eisen.
Click here to read the questionaire:

part 1
part 2

[Comments]

May 5, 2009
GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS

The 4th season of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" will start airing on June 7th, 2009 on A&E in the United States. There will be 15 episodes.
[Comments]

May 5, 2009
KISSOLOGY VOL. 1 TO BE RELEASED IN FRANCE

Diamand Noir is reporting, that the KISSOLOGY DVD series will be released in France (Region 2) on May 26th. Distributed by Eagle Vision, two versions are already available for preorder on Amazon France.
[Comments]

May 4, 2009
KISS IN COLOMBIA

Click here to see some TV reports from the Kiss concert in Bogota.
[Comments]

May 3, 2009
NEW MOVIE FEATURING GENE SIMMONS

"Extract" will be coming out on September 4th, a new movie featuring also Gene Simmons.
[Comments]

May 2, 2009
KISS MENTIONED IN NEW BOOK

(from Greg Prato)
Greg Prato here - I'm the author of the new book, 'Grunge is Dead': 
The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music.' KISS is mentioned several times throughout the book (turns out they were quite a big influence  on grunge bands), including a story about a Seattle KISS/Cheap Trick show serving as an inspiration for Mother Love Bone's Andy Wood to become a singer, Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron's first band was a KISS tribute band, the Melvins' admiration of KISS, and several other KISS mentions.

[Comments]

May 2, 2009
PAUL STANLEY INTERVIEW

Click here to hear the interview with Paul Stanley at the WYSP-FM / The Danny Bonaduce Show Philadelphia. It was done to promote Pauls gallery shows in Philadelphia on May 15 & 16 in Philadelphia. Paul mentions also, that they will have a new Kiss album coming out in September, which will be as good, if not better than their classic albums.
[Comments]

May 1, 2009
MY 30TH ANNIVERSARY AS A KISS FAN

(from Dan "Bach" Griffiths)
DanBach.jpg (6258 Byte)In the month of May of this year, I’m celebrating 30 years of being a KISS fan. I happened to be watching the BBC’s Top of the Pops programme and up came the video for I was made for loving you, the stage show, the makeup and the parents – What the hell? sealed it for me – been a fan ever since.

People ask me constantly “Why Kiss, Why the makeup, Why this & Why that”? I’ve had to face jokes, sarcasm, comments and physical abuse over my liking of KISS. I defend them now as vigoursly as I did in the beginning. They are “my band” – the makeup, the costumes, the concert shows, the album sleeves artwork & packaging and the music all play their part in the jigsaw; that is my fascination in this band.

My fave track is Hard Times from Dynasty, the first album I bought. That track, Hard Times and Rock n’ Roll Hell, from Creatures, helped me with growing up. Then hearing Crazy, Crazy Nights on national radio in the fall of 1987 it became the UK KISS Army anthem, a feeling of belonging. I would confuse people by requesting No, No. No on the jukebox flipside – that awesome guitar lick by Bruce certainly turned heads.

KISS’s music whether it be original lineup, or the unmasked era or the Reunion era – hits me where it hurts – in my r’n‘r heart. I put a track on and straight away I join in with the words or try to emulate Crisscuola or Caravello or Singer drum patterns. KISS’s music is not technical neither is it simple – it’s good time music; it entertains and it uplifts.

Gene and Paul mention their influences were the British rock invasion of the mid/late 60’s. KISS have greatly influenced me both directly – their music and indirectly – travelling the world to see them.

In my 30 years as a KISS fan I’ve been fortunate in meeting most of the group’s members at conventions, at record store signings, press visits, outside the concert venues. My first KISS concert was at Stafford Bingley Hall, October 1983. I have encountered KISS members at their best and worst, showing they are human beings after all. This communication is to thank all members of KISS for their talent, musicianship, their hospitality and time in making my life a great deal better. It is with deep regret that we have lost two “members of the family” along the way – Paul Caravello and Mark Norton.

Thanks to Chiam Witz, Stanley Eisen, Peter Crisscuola, Paul Frehley, Anton Fig, Paul Caravello, Vinnie Cusano, Mark Norton, Bruce Kulick, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.

I will be celebrating my fan anniversary with friends, fellow UK KISS fans in the company of the UK tribute band – Dressed to Kill at Bilston, West Midlands on May 15th - www.therobintickets.co.uk/ticketshop/giglist.asp?month=5&year=2009#1614

I’ll be rocking out to tunes I loved in years gone by, still love and will love in years to come.

Who am I? I’m the UK KISS dwarf with the 8 face KISS tattoo on his back, I’m featured on Gene’s Family Jewels, I was invited onstage by Ace at his London solo show, Eric S and Bruce know me from the ESP and Union tours. I have met Peter at Chiller Theater 2006, and Paul Caravello’s family know my dedication to his memory.

[Comments]