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November 26, 2007
PAUL ON WIOD RADIO WEDNESDAY

(from paulstanley.com)
Paul will appear on South Florida's WIOD News Radio, this Wednesday November 28 at 7:40AM EST . He will be on the station discussing his upcoming Florida Art shows.
CLICK HERE on Wednesday to listen to the interview live

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November 24, 2007
SMOKING GUITAR

(from John Creran)
THE SMOKING GUITAR tm (patent pending) is a product we developed and started selling on the world wide web. Our customers are overwhelmingly Ace Frehley fans. Surprisingly, a high percentage of buyers do not play the guitar, but they own one of Ace’s signature Les Pauls and want it to smoke like Ace’s for their collection.

Each kit contains all the necessary components to create the Smoke Effect and enough smoke cartridges for 3 performances. Using the step-by-step instructions provided, it takes less than 45 minutes to install in any Epiphone or Gibson Les Paul Standard/Studio with little more then a screwdriver and pliers. The Kits retail for $119.95. Additional Smoke Cartridges can be purchased in two sizes; Short Length (30-40 seconds) for $45.99 or Long Length (80-90 seconds) for $55.99. An optional Light Kit ($74.95) is available which gives the appearance that the inside of the guitar is on fire while smoking.

The Special Effect SMOKING GUITAR is durable and low maintenance. Throw the switch and the guitar begins to smoke. The video was shot indoors using the Short Term smoke option. The professional guitarist in the video is a friend of mine and has met Ace through the years as both are from New York. His name is Jack Frost (Savatage, Seven Witches, Lizzy Borden).


Click here to watch the video.

SMOKING GUITARS ARE CURRENTLY BEING USED IN THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE AND SOUTH AMERICA BY NINE MAJOR KISS TRIBUTE BANDS including GODS OF THUNDER in California, KISS FOREVER in Germany, KISStory in Belgium and REVENGE in Chile’.

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November 24, 2007
TOMMY THAYER AT CHICAGO KISS EXPO

Tommy Thayer made a surprise appearance at the Chicago Kiss Expo today. He answered questions from the fans and also signed some autographs for fans as well.
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November 23, 2007
KISS AD FOR GRAND PRIX

(from Kissonline)
Here's a advertisement for KISS' performance at the Grand Prix in Australia next March!

KISS will perform their full concert extravaganza for race fans on a specially erected stage, just after the FORMULA 1™ race on Sunday, 16 March.

While everyone with a valid Grand Prix ticket for Sunday March 16 will be able to watch the concert, a limited number of tickets named “KISS Pole Position” will be available in a reserved general admission area at the front of the stage for $149 inclusive - $50 more than the standard general admission ticket price. Patrons in this area will receive a souvenir KISS 2008 FORMULA 1™ ING Australian Grand Prix ticket and lanyard on entry to the “KISS Pole Position” area.

Patrons with corporate, grandstand or standard general admission tickets valid for Sunday will be able to purchase a $50 upgrade voucher for the “KISS Pole Position” area while space lasts.

“KISS Pole Position” tickets for the reserved general admission area will go on sale to the general public on Friday, 30 November from Ticketek - 131 931 or www.ticketek.com.au .

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November 22, 2007
GENE RADIO INTERVIEW

(from wzlx.com)
The Demon himself calls into the Karlson & McKenzie show. Click here to listen to it.
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November 22, 2007
GENE ON "GOOD DAY COLORADO"

(from myfoxcolorado.com)
LOS ANGELES - Gene Simmons...the Rock & Roll star of KISS and other entertainment ventures...appeared on Good Day Colorado to talk about his TV show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels."

Instead, he got into a debate with anchors Heidi Hemmat and Steve Kelley about other things.

Click on the video thumbnail on this page at the right to watch it unfold as it happened on live television.

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November 20, 2007
GENE AT AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

Gene presented the Favorite Female Artists Award to Fergie at the 2007 American Music Awards. Click here to see some photos from this event.
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November 18, 2007
ACE FREHLEY SOLO CONCERTS

Tickets for 3 more Ace Frehley solo concerts in December have gone on sale. Check out Ticketmaster for dates and tickets.
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November 16, 2007
KISSOLOGY VOL. 3 BONUS DISC

The Bonus Disc for Kissology 3 from Amazon will be the infamous “first reunion performance” on 6/15/96 at the KROQ WEENIE ROAST!

Track listing from KISS - KROQ WEENIE ROAST - IRVINE MEADAOWS AMPHITHEATER IRVINE, CA 6/15/96 is:

"Deuce", "Love Gun", "Cold Gin", "Calling Dr. Love", "Firehouse", "Shock Me", "100,000 Years", "Detroit Rock City", "Black Diamond" and "Rock And Roll All Nite".

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November 15, 2007
RARE BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW FROM 1997

Click here to see a rare backstage interview from 1997. In this interview Ace said he can't go down on his knees anymore because of an injury he had in his knees.
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November 15, 2007
VOTE FOR KISS

On http://votenumber1.com  you can vote for Kiss as the best rock group of all time.
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November 13, 2007
WASHBURN PAUL STANLEY PREACHER SERIES

(from Kissonline)
Washburn Guitars today announced the the addition of the very cool looking Preacher Guitar to the Paul Stanley Signature Series. The shape is like a Les Paul with a bit of KISS attitude thrown in! The Paul Stanley Preacher comes in four models and the PS9200WH pictured left is the top of the line deluxe guitar Paul has been playing on tour which is crafted in the Washburn custom shop along with the PS9000 and comes with Art deco headstock inlays, Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates pickups and is available in black and white.

"What I wanted to do in designing the Preacher was to create a new guitar with an old soul," said Paul Stanley of Kiss. "In essence, a historical classic that could have, but never actually existed. The design incorporates all the features, tone and spirit of an old iconic guitar but with better neck access and a unique take on a familiar shape. I was determined to retain all the characteristics that made a legendary guitar the gold standard for the last 50 years and yet create something new, unique and improved. I like to call it 'history with an attitude.'"

Click here to view the entire Washburn Paul Stanley Signature Series .

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November 13, 2007

GENE SIMMONS Q & A

(from Billboard)
How did you get involved with NGTV?

I think they wanted to add my name to the roster, possibly to raise funds and attention. I brought over my partner Rich Abramson and told them we'd come on board subject to a few provisos. One was that it would no longer be called NetGroupie. I came up with No Good TV and trademarked it. I found the building where it's based. And it's been a nice steady climb.

What drew you to the company?

Part of it is the uncensored thing. But a ship is only as good as the people who work on it. They have a terrific team of young, talented people who didn't just look at the clock -- and everybody does what they needed to do. That's my style too.

For a young company, it's taken off quickly. To what do you attribute their success?

You can't put your finger on it, but you can recognize pieces of the puzzle. The VIPs of the world in pop culture decide among themselves where they want to go and who they want to be associated with. That's called buzz. It's difficult to create it. It's like if you open a disco in the middle of Manhattan and it has 20,000 square feet with modern this and modern that, and you expect the stars to go ... good luck. But you can have a little roach-invested bar downtown in the Meatpacking district and the stars will come out knowing full well they'll be photographed.

NGTV is one of the few projects that you're associated with that you didn't create yourself. What makes this different?

I trust my own gut. I like to create my own stuff, but every once and a while something comes across that just looks too good to be true. The day-to-day is still Kourosh (Taj, co-founder and head of programming). All I've done is co-raising the money with Rich, and branding it No Good.

You've got the third series of the Kissology DVD coming out next month. Is there much more we can expect coming?

There'll be 10. No one -- and that includes the Beatles and Elvis -- can touch our (KISS') merchandising and licensing. Nobody. Outside of the music world, it's only Disney and Lucas. But in the music world, they can't shine our shoes.

Any touring plans?

We'll tour a few dates next year. We don't have anything to prove to anybody or do press to convince anybody we're important. We're doing KISS festivals around the Indy car racing series. Simmons Abramson Marketing markets and brands Indy cars. I came up with the I Am Indy brand, by the way. They go on the night before. We'll do 15 dates or so. We'll also go to Australia and New Zealand and maybe to four to six shows -- but nothing comprehensive until we feel like it.

It has been nine years since we've seen a new KISS album. Any plans to get back into the studio?

The record industry is in such a mess. I called for what it was when college kids first started download music for free -- that they were crooks. I told every record label I spoke with that they just lit the fuse to their own bomb that was going to explode from under them and put them on the street. There is nothing in me that wants to go in there and do new music. How are you going to deliver it? How are you going to get paid for it if people can just get it for free? I will be putting out a Gene Simmons Box Set called "Monster" -- a collection of 150 unreleased songs. KISS will have another Box Set of unreleased music in the next year. The record industry doesn't have a f*cking clue how to make money. It's only their fault for letting foxes get into the henhouse and then wondering why there's no eggs or chickens. Every little college kid, every freshly-scrubbed little kid's face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there in the beginning. Those kids are putting 100,000 to a million people out of work. How can you pick on them? They've got freckles. That's a crook. He may as well be wearing a bandit's mask. Doesn't affect me. But imagine being a new band with dreams of getting on stage and putting out your own record. Forget it.

But some artist like Radiohead and Trent Reznor are trying to find a new business model.

That doesn't count. You can't pick on one person as an exception. And that's not a business model that works. I open a store and say "Come on in and pay whatever you want." Are you on f*cking crack? Do you really believe that's a business model that works?

So what if music just becomes free and artists make their living off of touring and Merchandise?

Well therein lies the most stupid mistake anybody can make. The most important part is the music. Without that, why would you care? Even the idea that you're considering giving the music away for free makes it easier to give it away for free. The only reason why gold is expensive is because we all agree that it is. There's no real use for it, except we all agree and abide by the idea that gold costs a certain amount per ounce. As soon as you give people the choice to deviate from it, you have chaos and anarchy. And that's what going on.

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November 13, 2007
KISS TO ROCK GRAND PRIX

(from Kissonline)
The rumors are true. KISS will provide a spectacular conclusion to the 2008 FORMULA 1 ING Australian Grand Prix by performing their full stage show for race goers in Melbourne on Sunday, 16 March 2008.

KISS will be flying to Australia especially for the Grand Prix and are looking forward to being part of what is widely regarded as the best round of the Formula One World Championship.

"Let me see - high octane, roaring horsepower testing the threshold of sound and speed. And then the Formula One Grand Prix!” said Paul Stanley. “No way we'd miss this! We'll be firing on all cylinders and the audience will need their seatbelts."

"We'll be firing on all cylinders and the audience will need their seatbelts."

"We miss Australia,” added Gene Simmons. “The people. The culture. And the Melbourne Grand Prix. This is gonna rock!”

March 16 will be able to watch the concert, a limited allocation of tickets named “KISS Pole Position” will be available for a reserved general admission area at the front of the stage. Patrons in this area will receive an exclusive souvenir ticket and lanyard on entry to the “KISS Pole Position” area.

Tickets go on sale on November 30.

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November 11, 2007

STADIUM DEAL SEALED WITH KISS

(from The Dominion Post)
It is time to Kiss and tell.
The veteran rock band - best known for garish make-up, outrageous costumes and pyrotechnic stage effects - is to play Wellington's Westpac Stadium as part of a giant two-day rock festival.

At least three other big-name overseas acts - yet to be announced - will also perform in the Rock2Wgtn festival in the stadium next Easter, March 22 and 23.

It will be the first time the stadium has hosted bands over two days. Promoter Phil Sprey, who brought Sir Elton John to the stadium last year, would not elaborate on the other acts, but said: "They're all big acts. Kiss is just the only one (named) so far."

Music festivals in New Zealand sometimes include artists performing around the same time in Australia. Big names performing across the Tasman in the days before the festival include Ozzy Osbourne and Sinead O'Connor.

Mr Sprey promised the lineup would have broad appeal and would include Kiwi acts.

"This is for baby boomers and their kids alike and will appeal to more than one generation."

He saw Kiss play in Auckland in the 1970s and had always wanted to bring them back to New Zealand.

"That was a great concert."

He is also bringing Sir Elton to New Plymouth next month and Bon Jovi to Christchurch in January. Details about ticket prices for the Wellington event and when they go on sale are yet to announced.

Kiss, formed in 1972, were one of the biggest bands of the 70s and early 80s, especially known for their spectacular stage shows.

The single I Was Made for Loving You was No1 in New Zealand for four weeks in 1979.

Frontman Gene Simmons - known for his long tongue - has featured in reality television shows.
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November 11, 2007
"LIVE TO DREAM" AT CHICAGO KISS FEST

(from paulstanley.com)
We're excited to announce that LIVE TO DREAM!, an insider's glimpse into the creative process of Paul Stanley and his new concert film LIVE TO WIN Live, will be premiered at the Chicago KISS Fan Fest on Saturday, November 24! LIVE TO DREAM! director D.P. Carlson and LIVE TO WIN Live director Louis Antonelli - will attend the Fest for a Q&A with the fans.

Click here to view a clip of LIVE TO DREAM!

Additionally, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick will perform many of his classic KISS solos live at the Fest! Bruce will also be available for autographs and photos throughout the day.

There will be KISS Karaoke, trivia contests and a grand prize raffle! KISS merchandise and collectibles will be on sale and KISSONLINE will be attending the expo too!

The 2007 CHICAGO KISS FAN FEST:

Saturday November 24th from
1:00PM to 7:00PM (NOON for VIP holders)
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
150 S. Gary Ave
Carol Stream, IL 60188

For special rates on Hotel rooms - call 630-665-3000 by November 15 and ask for the Expo Rate.

For more info on the CHICAGO KISSFEST CLICK HERE.
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November 11, 2007

KISS WINS CLASSIC ROCK AWARD

Kiss won a Classic Rock Award for the Kiss Alive box set for the best Reissue of the year. More infos here.
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November 9, 2007
KISS ROCKING TO WELLINGTON

(from Newstalk ZB)
Plans have been announced for a two-day rock concert at Wellington's Westpac Stadium next Easter, featuring the American band Kiss.

Kiss, starring Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, are well known for their theatrical make up and stage antics.

The event is being organised by Wellington-based promoter Capital C Concerts, who are already bringing Elton John and Bon Jovi to New Zealand this summer for one-off concerts.

Promoter Phil Sprey says the other acts will be announced shortly, but he is promising a unique 'Rocktacular', with a landmark special effects package.
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November 6, 2007
ACE FREHLEY MIXES WITH JAY MESSINA

(from www.mcp-studios.com)
Ace Frehley and mix engineer Jay Messina chose Studio 4 to mix new material for Ace's upcoming release. Manhattan Center's Halsey Quemere assisted.
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Pictured above (L-R) are: Ace, Halsey, and Jay

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November 4, 2007
ACE INTERVIEW ONLINE

The Ace Frehley interview from Eddie Trunk before Halloween can now be heard online here:
http://www.eddietrunk.com/interviewsindex.php
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November 2, 2007
HALLOWEEN BASH 2007 WITH ACE FREHLEY

(from www.eddietrunk.com)
Sorry for the late report, still recovering and catching up from the big show Wed night. Everything went well and the response to the event and Ace's set has all been positive.
The night started with comics Jim Norton, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson joining me on stage to judge the costume contest, won by Ace "Peely". There was a slight delay in Ace getting on stage due to some minor technical issues, but he finally got on around 10PM. Ace's new band consists of bassist Anthony Esposito (Lynch Mob) and drummer/vocalist Scott Coogan (Brides Of Destruction). Rythmn guitar was handled by Derek.
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November 2, 2007
BILL BAKERS ACE FREHLEY ARCHIVE

(from Bill Baker)
Bill Baker is back with a November update to his Ace Frehley Archives website.
 
I've just added a new live Ace video clip of "Breakout" from Hammerjacks in Baltimore, MD 1992. This clip has been remastered with stereo audio by Ace Frehley Archives website designer Matt C.
 
I've also started a special Ace Frehley Archives Youtube page - http://www.youtube.com/AceFrehleyArchive . Here you can find some clips from my Ace Archive along with few special Youtube only clips. The first clip on offer is "Shot Full Of Rock" from Hammerjacks that’s been remastered again by Matt C. The second is a rare clip from my Fractured Mirror bands rehearsal before the 1998 NY Kiss Expo. Fractured Mirror is performing "Torpedo Girl" in this clip. There's also some video of my recent trip to California where I visited my friend Dickie Peterson of BLUE CHEER now on Youtube. I recently built him a bass and personally delivered it. Please check it out!
 
We are going to be working on some more Youtube only exclusive clips in the near future. So please keep checking back. And yes, I'm still working on the book!
 
For all things Ace please check out – http://www.theacefrehleyarchive.com and http://www.youtube.com/AceFrehleyArchive

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November 2, 2007
BRUCE KULICK INTERVIEW

Click here for an interesting new interview with Bruce.
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November 2, 2007
AD WITH GENE

(from siggi38/Kiss Forum)
In the new issue of "TV Spielfilm" is a full page advert about "Family Jewels"
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November 1, 2007
ACE LIVE CLIPS FROM YOUTUBE FROM YESTERDAYS SHOW

Here are some live-clips from yesterdays gig in New York:
Rip it out

Deuce
a bit of "New York, New York" & solo
Hard times
New York Groove
Parasite

Rocket ride
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November 1, 2007
ACE LIVE AT HALLOWEEN

Ace reportedly played a great dynamic show last night in New York. The set-list included:
Rip It Out
Hard Times
Parasite
Snowblind

I Want You
Rock Soldiers
Breakout
Into The Void
Strange Ways
Shock Me
New York Groove
Shot Full Of Rock
Rocket Ride
Medley (My Generation, How Many More Times, Bring It On Home, Highway To Hell)
Love Gun
Deuce
Cold Gin

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