"Today Show" Appearance Cancelation News
From: Gerri Miller
For those wondering why KISS' appearance on the Today Show was canceled, Gerri Miller informed KISS ASYLUM that, "It was apparently due to logistics. Since KISS had to be in LA for the presentation of the star on the Walk of Fame, along with playing at the DRC Premiere party, they just did not have enough time to pack up all of their equipment to play in NY on the Today Show."
Cinescape Online Reviews "DRC" Movie
From: Cinescape Online via email@example.com
"Darth Maul, Austin Powers, Tarzan, John Travolta, Julia Roberts, Cartman, James West, and killer sharks... What else would summer 1999 require? KISS. That's what we need. With all the teenager movies stinking up the multiplexes recently, the only relief is a film featuring the Knights In Satan's Service. Recalling Dazed And Confused and channeling Rock N' Roll High School, Detroit Rock City is a heaping portion of good fun. Filled to the brim with energy and acted by a cast of clever actors who probably can't even shave yet, this new music-packed comedy might just be what the doctor (Dr. Love, that is) ordered.... Detroit Rock City is silly and sometimes childish, but it never stoops to the constipated laughs of American Pie or the plain ugliness of other similar "boy" intensive teenage comedies. Detroit is often sharp, always silly, slightly tasteless, but a seriously rocking late summer film that makes up for the usual garbage that litters August. You wanted the best, you got the best.--------- 9/10"
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"Detroit Rock City" Soundtrack Review from EW
From: Doug Brod of Entertainment Weekly
In the August 6th issue of Entertainment Weekly on page 65 they review the "Detroit Rock City" movie soundtrack giving it a "B." It reads: "The soundtrack to this writer's youth mixes deathless dirtbag anthems like "Running with the Devil," "Iron Man," and "Shout It Out Loud" with covers ranging from why-bother (Everclear's "The Boys Are Back In Town," and the Donnas' "Strutter") to just plain strange (Marilyn Manson on the "Highway to Hell"). Highlight: the resurrection of Sweet's sublime glammy-gum "Little Willie." Low: the schmaltziest KISS ballad since "Beth."
Enter TNT Roughcut.com's "KISS Off Kontest"
From: TNT Roughcut
At roughcut.com August is Movie Music Month, so what better way to get it going than by giving you a chance to win some "Detroit Rock City" stuff? How about hats, T-shirts, posters and stickers? Winning is easy! All you have to do is answer some questions. We'll pick the winners randomly from those with the correct answers. Good luck! And, if you live in or around (of course, "around" is relative to how far you're willing to roadtrip!) Atlanta, GA, Nashville, TN, Birmingham, AL, Charlotte, NC or Raleigh, NC, scroll down past the entry form for a chance at FREE PASSES to the "Detroit Rock City" premiere in your area! Click Here To Enter The Contest & Get Your Free Movie Passes!
Official KISS Magazine #2 from Starlog
From: K. Coughlin
I just received a preview copy of The Official Kiss Magazine #2 put out by Starlog and it it is chock-full of up to date info on KISS and their soon to be released motion picture "Detroit Rock City." The 100-page glossy mag, fully authorized by Gene Simmons, contains photos of the recent Psycho Circus Tour by KISS' own on-tour photographers and on the set clips from the "Detroit Rock City" film. Also, included is a conversation with Bruce Kulick and his relationship with his former band. The magazine is set to hit news satnds around August 10th, in time for the movie's release.
"DRC" Movie Website Update - M.A.T.M.O.K
From: KISS Asylum
"Mothers, it would be down-and-out devilish of us to ignore the marching music of evil troops approaching our Holy City. The troops I speak of, of course, are comprised of the leather-wrapped, high-booted hate-soldiers of KISS; the Holy City I speak of is the scared space we have created here for our children. Are we to sit idle while the devil's minions get busy all over our once peaceful dominion?"
Yes, the "DRC" movie website at www.detroitrock.com has been updated again with another funny message from the M.A.T.M.O.K (Mothers Against The Music of KISS). The website also added some more features which include a Bulletin Board, Detroit Rock City Trading Cards, and their DRC Website Magazine. Visit the Detroit Rock City movie website to sign up for their mailing list and read the latest messages from the M.A.T.M.O.K.
"Nothing Can Keep Me From You" Going For Top 40
From: Jason Savage, Program Director WNUQ
I am the program director for WNUQ radio in Albany, Georgia. Just thought I'd let everyone know that KISS is going for CHR (Top 40) airplay with "Nothing Can Keep Me From You." There is a full page add for the song in a radio trade magazine (Radio and Records) this week! I think it would be awesome for KISS to have another Top 40 hit since they haven't had one since 1990's "Forever." As the program director of a CHR station you can be sure I'll be adding the song!
"Tale of the Fox" Canadian Availability Information
The "Tale Of The Fox" home video, which chronicles the life of the late, great KISS drummer Eric Carr, will be available in Canada for 24.99$ (CND) from Stand Back Entertainment Inc., 3488 Paul Sauve, Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC J7V 8P5. Shipping is 4$. It will also be available in stores and from the Canadian distributor's website at www.hardelmuzik.com. You can pre-order it in person at the Montreal Kiss convention on Aug 8th.
Gene Simmons Punisher Bass Contest
From: Island DefJam
Want your chance to win an autographed Gene Simmons Punisher Bass? To celebrate the release of New Line Cinemas' "Detroit Rock City," Island DefJam is giving online fans a chance to win an awesome Gene Simmons "Punisher" bass guitar personally autographed by Gene Simmons, Art Alexakis of "Everclear," and "Detroit Rock City" cast members Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, and Sam Huntington! Twenty (20) runners up have a chance to win a special limited edition autographed "Detroit Rock City" poster! All you have to do to be eligable to win these great prizes is fill out the form and tell Island DefJam in 30 words or less how this Gene Simmons Autographed "Punisher Bass" will change your life from being lame to complete! Click Here to enter this Island DefJam contest!
Sneak Preview of the KAOL Soundtrack
From: Kathy Labonte
As you know, the Dale Sherman novel "A World Without Heroes" is being released in late fall by MusiCare Online. The KISS Army OnLine is creating a spectacular 25 song Soundtrack CD to accompany the book, each song representing a different chapter as the music follows the storyline from beginning to end. Starting now until the release date, each week we'll bring you a 60 second sample of one of the Soundtrack cuts.
CHAPTER 3 - Mr. Blackwell: This week we'll feature Chapter 3 - Mr. Blackwell, performed by one of our International KAOL bands, SAND from Sweden. Click Here to listen to "Mr. Blackwell" in either WAV or MP3 format. Enjoy, and while you're listening to the sample read how you can email your reservation for the book and have your name printed INSIDE of the novel - forever a part of KISStory! Watch for a new audio sample next week!
TNT Roughcut's "KISS Off Kontest"
From: TNT Roughcut
At TNT Roughcut August is movie music month. What the hell does that mean? Well, many things. But what you will be most interested in is a our "Roughcut.com KISS Off Kontest" to celebrate the August 13th release of Detroit Rock City. We are giving away Detroit Rock City merchandise and movie passes, and we'll also have Q&As with the Detroit Rock City filmmakers and Gene Simmons. And, if all goes well, we'll be hosting a Yahoo! Chat with Gene Simmons, as well! Stay tuned to TNT / roughcut.comfor more details!
New England KISS Expo Update
The first 200 fans to buy a VIP ticket (available in advance only) will recieve a free DETROIT ROCK CITY promo movie poster! The Expo will be held September 26 in MA with special guests Mark St. John and Andre Augustine. Frank Dimino and Barry Brandt of the legendary 70's band ANGEL will be performing some of their classic hits, and New York's own DRESSED TO KILL will also be performing live! And of course, KISS dealers from around the world will be buying, selling, and trading new and vintage KISS merchandise. For more details visit The New England KISS Expo webpage!
Louisville "DRC" Movie Party
From: William Ramos
The Louisville "Detroit Rock City" movie party will take place Friday, August 13, 1999 at 6:45 p.m. at Tinseltown Theater (Westport Rd). The Fox 100.5 (WTFX) plans to be handing out promotional prizes, and we'll also be holding a KISS look-a-like contest. Contestants who dress up in make-up will have an opportunity of winning "Detroit Rock City" posters and CD's. Also joining us will be one of the best KISS tribute bands! They will not be playing live, but will be there for the fun. Our friends at Camelot Music will be donating KISS CD's as well. A Detroit Rock City hotline has been set up, and you can call (502) 412--0455 to keep updated about our amazing event and get involved if you choose!
KISS DRC Limited Edition 7" Clear Vinyl
From: Metal Edge
Two songs from the Detroit Rock City soundtrack, KISS' title tune and The Donnas' cover of "Strutter," will be available on a limited edition 7" clear vinyl 45, beginning August 31. Only 5000 copies will be pressed. The DRC soundtrack hits stores August 3, as does The Official KISS Detroit Rock City Movie Magazine. The movie itself will be released August 13, following a Hollywood premiere on the 9th.
KISS Joins The Donnas On Vinyl
From: MTV Online via Steve Araki
Has KISS cast aside the major-label life to hook up with an indie punk label? Not exactly, but the band will turn up on Lookout Records sharing a 7-inch with Palo Alto, California's foremost rock daughters, The Donnas. The band's cover of the KISS classic "Strutter" will grace the A-side of the single, while KISS is kicking in a version of their "Detroit Rock City" for the AA-side. Only 5000 copies of the clear vinyl 45 will be pressed, and they should hit stores on August 31. The Donnas recorded their contribution to the 7-inch for the soundtrack of the upcoming KISS-themed flick, "Detroit Rock City," which hits theaters on August 13. "They wanted us to do a Heart song at first, 'Barracuda,'" guitarist Donna R. recalled. "They asked if we wanted to do any song, and they had a list." "I really wanted to do [the KISS song] 'Mr. Speed,' but they said I wasn't Mr. Speed," singer Donna A. said. "She's not a mister," Donna R. added. While the band had its sights set on something from the KISS catalog, the folks putting the soundtrack together had other ideas. "Also, they wanted us to do a Runaways song," drummer Donna C. said. "We kind of have this rule against that." "We really like them, we've just been compared to them so much," Donna R. explained. "We don't want to bludgeon that metaphor to death," Donna A. added. "And we just love 'Strutter,' so we were like, 'Yeah, let's do it,'"Donna C. concluded. You can check out the results of that decision when the Donnas-KISS split 7-inch hits stores on August 31 or when the "Detroit Rock City" soundtrack arrives on August 3.
Andre Augustine Book Signing Appearance
From: KISS Asylum
Detroit/Pontiac area KISS fans take note! Former KISS security director Andre Augustine will make an in-store appearance at the Barnes & Noble on Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills on August 14 from 2-4 p.m. to sign copies of his new book "Guardian of the Gods." Author Mark Rodgers will also be there with Andre to meet fans and sign the book. For more information about this appearance you can call 248-540-4209. Also, Andre will be having a table for his book at the Detroit KISS Expo August 1.
"Guardian of the Gods" Reviewed in Detroit News
From: Lisa Jackson of The Detroit News
"'Guardian' Digs Into the Challenges of Keeping Rock's Stars Safe."
If you've been gently "escorted" from a KISS or an Aerosmith concert in the last several years, it's likely that Andre Augustine was your personal guide to the parking lot. Augustine, a bear of a man and a former defensive lineman for the New York Jets, is probably the top rock 'n' roll security expert, with gigs ranging from Run DMC to the KISS Reunion Tour that began at Detroit's Tiger Stadium in 1996. Now his experiences in the entertainment security business have been compiled by Mark Rodgers in a new book, "Guardian of the Gods." Most fans might think that keeping a band safe is a cakewalk. Not so, according to Augustine. Not only is it difficult with sex and drugs and sycophants running rampant, it's a huge mental strain. But the job isn¹t without its joys. Augustine says he holds fond memories of his employers and most of the fans who love them. Told in a breezy, anecdotal style, the book is broken down into three different sections best described as rap, rock 'n' roll and heavy-metal extravaganza. Click here to read the full review!
Gene on Bass Frontiers Cover
From: KISS Asylum
For those who haven't checked it out yet, don't forget to pick up a copy of the July/August (Volume 6 Number 4) issue of Bass Frontiers magazine. Gene Simmons is the cover story, interviewed by Caroline Paone. Caroline has interviewed Gene for a previous Bass Frontiers cover story, and once again gets some interesting information out of the Demon. The Gene cover issue is on the stands now, so go grab a copy! And on a related note for UNION fans, Caroline's interview with UNION bassist Jamie Hunting will be appearing in the August/September issue of Bass Frontiers.
Detroit KISS Expo News
From: Jeff Necker
Just wanted to let everyone who is planning on attending the Detroit KISS Expo (August 1) know, that New Line Cinemas will be in attendance throughout the day. They will be showing the movie trailer and doing some give aways. They will have an "Enter To Win" box for DRC related prizes, which could include pre-screening movie passes for August 10th. I was told they are also bringing T-shirts, hats, lighters, stickers, posters, and they even have lip balm. We should also have a copy of the soundtrack playing throughout the day, so you can hear it before you buy it next tuesday. To round out the DRC theme, Metal Edge has given us the opportunity to make available their "Detroit Rock City" Special magazine, which doesn't officially hit news stands until August 9th. Hope to see you all Sunday.
Click Here For More Detroit KISS Expo Information!
Detroit DRC Movie Party
From: Brett Meyer
Detroit area KISS fans, take heed, the Metro Detroit DRC movie party will be held at the Livonia AMC 20 theater in Livonia, MI on August 13, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. There will be free giveaways and a make-up/costume contest. Check out my website for more info. I will be at the Detroit KISS Expo on August 1st. Stop by and get the latest news on the party.
Official "Detroit Rock City" Movie Shirt
From: David Snowden Promotions
Just announced! Be the first KISS fan in your town to have the official "Detroit Rock City" Movie T-shirt. Full color image printed on white cotton t-shirt. Available in sizes Large & Extra Large! Due in stock first week of August! Item DRTS. Price: $17.99 Accepting preorders now exclusively at the KISS Asylum KISS Shop
KISS Today Show Appearance Canceled
From: KISS Asylum
According to the "Today Show" website KISS is not scheduled to perform on August 13th as was previously reported by Metal Edge. The calander of performers on the Today Show website lists Hootie & The Blowfish as the scheduled performers on that date. KISSonline confirms that the performance has been canceled.
"Camp Tod" Website Update
From: KISS Asylum
Just wanted to remind everyone that former Frehley's Comet guitarist/lead vocalist Tod Howarth's new website Camp Tod is officially up and running. In addition to being able to pick up Tod's first two solo albums "Silhouette" and "Cobalt Parlor" via the website, you can also hear sound clips and get great updates straight from Tod about the progress of his latest solo album "West of Eight." You can check out all that and more out at http://www.todhowarth.com
KISS Asylum Online Poll - Rock The Vote!
From: KISS Asylum
Last week KISS Asylum redebuted our online KISS Poll. We had incredible response in only days, but unfortunetly we had some technical problems that caused a loss in the statistical data. Thus, we are encouraging everyone who voted in the poll to vote again so we can get everyone's feedback on our latest question, which is: "Do you think the 'DRC' movie or its soundtrack will be more successful?" Click Here to vote or use the "Fan Feedback" form on the right side column of the front page.
KISS Nite II & UNION Show Reviews
From: KISS Asylum
Wow! We've received some cool reviews and photos of both KISS Nite II and the recent UNION shows. The reviews and photos of both will be posted soon, so stay tuned in the next few days!
Autographed "Guardian of the Gods" Winners!
From: KISS Asylum
Well, the autographed "Guardian of the Gods" contest is over. In addition to entries from every corner of the United States, we received hundreds of entries from all over the world including such places as: Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Canada, South America, Japan, Russia and even the Czech Republic! The winners have been selected, and the individuals below will be receiving a copy of "Guardian of the Gods" autographed by both Andre Augustine and author Mark Rodgers.
Last Week To Enter Ace Les Paul Contest
From: KISS Asylum
Don't forget that this week is the last week of the Ace Frehley Signature Les Paul Guitar giveaway contest from KISS Asylum and David Snowden Promotions. Entries will be accepted through July 31, 1999, and then one lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive an authentic Ace Frehley Signature Les Paul Guitar valued at $5365.00! And if you don't win the guitar, well, the runner up prizes aren't that bad either. The Second Prize winner will receive a $500 shopping spree from KISS Shop and the Third Prize winner will receive a $100 shopping spree from KISS Shop! Click Here To Enter!
KISS Asylum Bulletin Board Update
From: KISS Asylum
As some of you may have noticed, we are experiencing a little bit of difficulty with the KISS Asylum bulletin board system. Due to the immense popularity of the bulletin board system the server has experienced an internal error in handling the large volume of traffic (a similar problem occurred in the same time frame on the Bret Hart wrestling bulletin board housed on the same server). Rest assured this is actively being looked into and will be corrected as soon as possible. Please bear with us in the meantime.
KISS Freaks Special Delivery CD-ROM
From: Steve Stierwalt
KISS Freaks.com Special Delivery Volume 1 takes you through the first nine issues of this innovative fanzine that helped up the ante on the KISS fanzine world. The idea behind the KISS Freaks.com Special Delivery magazine was to fill the void for fans that were not online and unable to experience the features of some of the Internet’s best KISS websites. With submissions and involvement from several different KISS sites across the Internet, something very special was achieved. The gap between the Internet KISS fan and a non-Internet KISS fan quickly dwindled. The main goal, get them out quickly! The worst thing about a fanzine is the speed at which you receive it. Often fanzines are out of date by the time you receive them. KISS Freaks SD was shipped within a week of the latest news. Nine issues were issued the first year, making it the most published and fastest KISS fanzine on the planet! So whats on the cd you ask..... The cd contains the first nine issues of the KISS Freaks.com Special Delivery magazine in full color. The cd also includes several of the features from the website. Such as reviews from the KISS Expos, Roch Vaillancourt's Celebrities in KISS Makeup, Newspaper articles on the band, concert reviews, album reviews and so much more. Also included are several files from the Downloads section of KISS Freaks.com, such as desktop themes, fonts, screensavers and much more. So hurry up and order one before they are all gone! Click over to KISS Freaks.com for information on how to order this cool CD-ROM.
Howard Stern Gives Two Thumbs Up To "DRC"
From: Charlie Reussner
This morning on The Howard Stern Show he had on porno star Kendra Jade. She was talking about making the video with Everclear for the movie "Detroit Rock City." Howard commented, "I just saw Detroit Rock City and thought it was great, a really funny movie."
Cleveland KISS Expo '99
Here is all the information on the August 29th, Cleveland KISS Expo.
Message From Tod Howarth - Frehley's Comet
From: Tod Howarth
I'm busy putting the finishing touches on my new solo CD here at the home studio, and took a break to let everyone know that I've built my own website at http://www.todhowarth.com. I have .wav files of some of the stuff I am working on, as well as past material, pictures of Frehley's Comet, information on myself and the previous bands I've been in and more. Drop by and check it out!
Sign Up To The KISS ASYLUM Mailing List
From: KISS Asylum
UNION Rerelease, Weekend Concerts & More!
UNION's debut album was rereleased by Spitfire records this week on July 20th. The rerelease contains a bonus track, the Beatles cover "Oh Darlin.'" You can pick it up at major record stores, or order it online at CDNOW by clicking here. California UNION fans will also want to check out the band tonight at the KISS Nite At The Ballpark II event in Rancho Cucamonga, California (5 minutes from Ontario International Airport, 40 miles from LA). UNION Merchandise will be available and they guys will be on hand for autographs. Also, don't forget to check out UNION this weekend as they play Pleasures (3570 E. Foothill Blvd, 626-795-1259) in Pasadena, California on July 24th, and the Mason Jar in Phoenix on July 25th. For more upcoming UNION tour dates make sure to check out the UNION Asylum Tour Dates page. Also, don't forget to pick up the ESP album which was released nationwide July 20th. The album features UNION band members Bruce Kulick and John Corabi, and can be ordered online at CDNOW by clicking here.
KISSin UK's KISS Lyrics Server
From: Paul Finn
KISSin' UK is pleased to announce the launch of the KISS Lyrics Server, this new server will let you search for any KISS lyrics that you're after in a number of ways:
"Detroit Rock City" Movie Website Update
From: KISS Asylum
The "Detroit Rock City" movie website at www.detroitrock.com has been updated with a funny mock letter from the M.A.T.M.O.K (Mothers Against The Music of KISS) "asking parents to NOT let their kids go to the movie on August 13th." An excerpt from the funny promotional letter reads, "Down with DETROIT ROCK CITY! I implore all responsible parents to go to your local theaters on AUGUST 13th and prevent your child and others from attending this vile movie which promotes pre-marital sex, rebellious and irresponsible behavior in our country's youth." Visit the Detroit Rock City movie website to sign up for their mailing list and read the full letter.
Happy 1 Year Anniversary KISS Army Russia!
From: KISS Asylum
Wow! One year has already passed since KISS Revenge began bringing online KISS news to Russian fans. It's great to have a situation where fans from different countries all over the world can be united in their common interst and love for a band, with no thought to the distance and differences that seperate us. We are proud to help KISS Revenge keep all the great Russian members of the KISS Army up to date with all the latest news about KISS and the band's activities. We are equally as proud to receive the latest KISS related news from Russia to share with all the fans here in the United States. And to that end, check out the Bruce Kulick interview recently conducted by KISS Revenge Russia, and stayed tuned for KISS Revenge's Gordon G.G. Gebert interview tomorrow!
KISS Hell Online Interview with Adam Mitchell
From: Joe D.
Last month Joe D from KISS Hell fanzine had a chance to sit down with songwriter Adam Mitchell to fill in the KISS fans on what is going on with this former KISS song co-writer. Adam is best known to KISS fans as a co-writer on suchs albums as "Killers," "Creatures of the Night," "Crazy Nights," and "Hot In The Shade." Most recently Adam Mitchell along with Bruce Kulick and Loretta Caravello have put out the "Rockheads" CD filled with 4 songs by Eric Carr to have been used for the "Rockheads" cartoon. Adam talks about all that and much more in this very cool interview. Click Here To Read The Interview!
KISS Song Sample in New NIN Album
From: Timo Harjunen
The band 'Nine Inch Nails' released their new single 'The Day The World Went Away' on the 20th of July (yesterday, that is). The single featured a b-side called 'Starfuckers, Inc.' which contaided a sample of KISS' 'Shout It Out Loud'. There is a sample at the end of the song from 'Shout it Out Loud' in which Paul Stanley thanks the audience. The sample is taken from the 'Alive II' -version of the song. There are also a few smaller, harder-to-notice samples.
New Line & DRC Join KISS Nite II
From: Pat Filippone
Great News KISS Fans! New Line Cinemas is going to provide 500 Detroit Rock City posters for KISS Nite at the Ballpark II! The Quakes will hand them out to the first 500 people who arrive to see tribute band Mr. Speed. Mr. Speed will go on at 6:05 PM and will be playing in the Plaza section of our stadium, which is the East side (closest to the main parking lot). There will then be a brief intermission where we will play KISS Trivia, with KISS gift packs and other items from KCAL being awarded as prizes. To find out about what other great surprises are already lined and how you can get your tickets for this awesome event click over to the Official KISS Nite II webpage athttp://kissasylum.com/kissball/
Update on Paul Missing Phantom Shows
From: Joe Teresi
I thought everyone might like to know more about Paul. I also was there. I spoke to many different people in management at the theater and they all told me the same story. Paul seems to have pinched a nerve in the back of his neck. This effected his ability to move around. He called the theater an hour and a half before the show was schedualed to begin. Since Paul had the last 3 days off, many of the people employed at the theater said that Paul may have gone home to California to rest and be with his family. His next performance is schedualed for Tuesday the 20th. If at any time Paul doesn't perform, the ticket booth with trade your tickets for another show as long as you trade them in before the show begins.
Paul Expected To Return Tonite
From: Metal Edge
Paul Stanley missed his first performances in The Phantom of the Opera this weekend when he became ill just before going on. His understudy filled in for him, but he is expected to return to the Toronto stage musical tonight (7-20). Those holding tickets to the missed performances who were disappointed by not seeing Stanley in action can fax a copy of your ticket with a letter of explanation to Grant at (416) 324-5468.
WCKW "Detroit Rock City" Movie Party
From: Gerald & Colleen
KTAV and Rock 92.3 WCKW has teamed up to bring you, the fan, the biggest and best party around. We all know "Detroit Rock City" opens Friday the 13th of August, but lets have a Rock And Roll party to celebrate. Listen to WCKW to win your tickets to the early screening of the movie and join us at the theatre on August 13th for the party! Wear your KISS t-shirts! Wear your make-up! There will be a look-a-like contest with special prizes to be given away! Also, a live band will be in the parking lot playing KISS songs! WCKW's Rolling Thunder will be their also! There will be many other activities to celebrate this great event. There will be TV and newspaper coverage for this event, so shout it out loud! Listen to WCKW 92.3 FM for more news or come check out our web site for the times and places this will take place at http://www.kissintime.com Thanks and hope to see you all there.
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KISS Army Q&A with Andre Augustine
From: KISS Asylum
Once again the worldwide KISS Army came through, sending tons of great questions for Andre. Some were about Andre's time with KISS, some about Andre's book "Guardian of the Gods", and some were general questions about what it's like being the the security director for a major rock band. From all the great submissions Andre has answered the dozen questions below, trying to address those that had either not been asked before or found a new perspective on an "old" question. These questions represent only a brief glimpse at the kind of great, behind the scenes material Andre talks about in "Guardian of the Gods." Roughly 1/3 of the book, including some awesome photos ( wanna see Paul, Eric & Bruce at Disney World?), is dedicated to Andre's time with KISS, and the other chapters that chronicle his time with bands such as Aerosmith, George Thorogood and Bon Jovi are equally entertaining and informative. This book really is a must read for rock fans, particularly fans of KISS! And remember, the Autographed "Guardian of the Gods" book contest runs until July 25th so send in your entry before it's too late!! Click Here For Andre's Fan Q&A '99!
Paul Misses Phantom Performances
From: Andy B.
Paul Stanley was unable to perform both performances of the Phantom of the Opera Saturday, July 17th. No notice was given until seconds prior to the opening of the matinee performance. An immediate outpouring of boos and hisses came from many in the audience. We learned after the end of the first act that Paul withdrew from the performance only 10 minutes before the show began. He was in full stage makeup. One of the ushers told me he became sick in his dressing room. My wife and I visited the ticket office at the end of the first act. About 20 people were in line demanding their money back; a very ugly scene. The ticket officers would only comp seating for a future show. We opted to go to the 8:00 p.m. show and, again, he did not perform. We were, to say the least, very disappointed -- especially due to the treatment we received from ticket office staff. Hope all is well with Paul.
KISS, ICP Line Up For WCW
From: MTV Online via Javier Chavez
Following the lead of Master P and Megadeth, both KISS and the Insane Clown Posse will turn up at World Championship Wrestling events in the coming weeks. On Monday, when the WCW heads to Rockford, Illinois for this week's edition of its live "Monday Nitro" broadcast, ICP will hit the stage to perform, much like Megadeth did earlier this month. Meanwhile, KISS' involvement with the Ted Turner-owned wrestling outfit is a bit more elaborate. The band will essentially loan their endorsement and legendary makeup to a group of wrestlers dubbed in the press as "The KISS Warriors" (though a spokesperson for WCW says that a name for the collective has yet to be chosen). The first man to grapple under the KISS banner will be fashioned after Gene Simmons' demon persona and will be introduced during WCW's "Monday Nitro" on August 23. That broadcast, which will come live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand, will see KISS turn up and perform to help introduce the new WCW personality. The move is similar to one that recently saw Master P guide his No Limit Soldiers into the ranks of the WCW and turn up at a number of WCW events.
New 24" KISS Figures - Love Gun Version
From: Jeff Necker
I went to the Chicago Comic Con this past weekend. The people from Art Asylum were in attendance and had a really cool display of the 24" Destroyer Figures. It really brought them to life. Their back drop was a back-lit version of the boxes when lined up. Behind their booth they had logos of all the products they were licensed to produce and I noticed that under the KISS logo it said "Destroyer" and "Love Gun". I was told that they were doing another set of 24" figures. They will use the same Body style and Head, however these figures will have the "Love Gun" outfits and the boxes will reflect the "Love Gun" Album. I think She said they would be available by November again, exclusively at Spencer's. Also, for any Ozzy Fans they are doing an Ozzy figure. It won't be the same type of body style as the KISS figures, it will look more like the large Jason and Freddy figures that Spencer's sells.
KISS On The Ropes
From: Entertainment Weekly via Elvira
In the July 23, 1999 issue of Entertainment Weekly on Page 13 there is a picture of Gene with his tongue sicking out and it says "Simmons To The Mat." There is an article: KISS ON THE ROPES - "Sure, Goldberg is a bad-ass but can he breathe fire? Professional wrestling is about to heat up: Aging rock group KISS have decided to sponsor an army of WCW grapplers named, approximately enough, the Warriors of Kiss. According to front man Gene Simmons, the inaugural Warrior - dubbed the Demon-will sport Simmons' famed make-up and come equipped with his own formidable combustible breath. The Demon will debut sometime this fall, though no firm date has been set. "The bottom line is, other bands can't have fun. They consider what they do art," says Simmons. "If we were R.E.M. we couldn't do this."
Year 2000 - The Year of the KISS Army Online! The Year of K.A.O.L.
From: Kathy Labonte
We have 2 KAOL projects left before calling it a day. The 2 previous KAOL CDs have raised $4,000 for The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the name of the KISS Army and in memory of Eric Carr. At the $5,000 mark, a KAOL plaque (along with Eric's name) will be hung in the pediatric cancer wing. The KISS Army will raise that and a lot more with the final 2 projects coming up.
Click Here To Read All About The Final 2 KAOL Projects!
"Detroit Rock City" Movie Advance Screening
From: Jeff Spector
I saw an advance screening last night of "Detroit Rock City" and I'm happy to report the fans will not be disappointed! This is every KISS fans' story so this 90 minute comedy no doubt will have all army members clamoring for more. I was most impressed by the producers careful attention to detail (when the camera pans on side 1 of "Love Gun", you actually hear "I Stole Your Love"!) They evoked 1978 perfectly, right down to period-era cereal boxes!! Moreover, I found the film to be a loving tribute to hardcore fans everywhere who were really put to the test in defending their love for this band (you know who you are). From disapproving parents to disco-obsessed meatheads who denounced KISS at every turn, "Detroit Rock City" at last provides a cinematic voice for all of us who've stayed true to the ideals of KISS throughout the years.
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KISS Part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
From: Metal Edge Magazine
KISS has become part of a permanent exhibit at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. To commemorate KISS' performance at last years Super Bowl, Wasburn created a special one-of-a-kind Paul Stanley Signature PS2000 guitar which is unique in that instead of the normal mahogany bass it is green to symbolize the NFL playing field as well as includes engraved logos of the NFL, the Super Bowl, and last years two participants, the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons. The guitar is signed by each member of KISS and will be part of a special display honoring those entertainers that have made the Super Bowl great.
UNION Tour Dates
Great news UNION fans! The guys have 6 shows lined up over the coming month to help fans get their UNION fix until the new studio album comes out. If you've checked out the guys' live album you know what a treat these shows will be so make sure you get out to see them! And don't forget to bookmark and check the tour dates page at UnionAsylum.com regularly for announcements concerning future appearances!
Gene On The Cover of "Bass Frontiers" Magazine
I just got back from Tower Books here in Nashville, and picked up a copy of the new issue of "Bass Frontiers" Magazine ($3.95 USA, 4.95 Canada $4.95) with a fantastic Live shot of Gene Simmons from the Psycho Circus Tour on the cover. The issue has a 4 page interview with Gene, and some other cool photos. Gene basically discusses new projects he's working on to keep the KISS machine rolling along. Gene is a very busy (businessman) these days.
KISS Kollector Kontest
From: KISS Kollector Online
Another great KISS Kollector Fanclub contest, in fact it's the first one on the KISS Kollector Online web site. Thanks to the wonderful people at Juniorpress, who publish the KISS: Psycho Circus comics in Holland, we have ten copies of the second issue of the Dutch edition of KISS: Psycho Circus (Image Special 15) up for grabs. Plus five copies of the awesome French made Carnival Of Souls CD booklets donated by Florent Villeret. To try and win one of these great prizes, all you have to do is answer five simple questions. Read the rest at KISS Kollector Online http://kiss.animalize.com/
KISS in UK's Top 50 of Most Bootlegged Artists
From: KISS Kollector Online
While Led Zeppelin have been named as the most bootlegged artist in the UK by the Anti-Piracy Unit of the British Phonographic Industry recently, KISS appears at number 27. Or, at least in the Top 50 as listed by the APU following their latest round of clampdowns on bootleg CD traders in the UK. The latest APU figures only cover recordings available on CD, vinyl or video and go no way towards gauging the extent of bootlegging of artists on the Internet. On a worldwide base, at least based upon our figures, KISS would easily be at the number 4 or 5 spot, even if it only would be for bootleg CD's. So, why the APU has only found or listed so few illegal KISS titles remains a mistery. Read the rest at KISS Kollector Online http://kiss.animalize.com/
Autographed ESP CD Daily Winner Update
From: KISS Asylum
The response to the ESP Autographed CD contest/Eric Singer Q&A has been amazing, with hundreds of questions pouring in from all over the world! The first two daily winners are:
ESP Sneak Preview
From: All Access with Eric Singer
We did it again! Listen to the new songs from the forthcoming ESP album, we got a 90 sec. sample of 'Twenty Flight Rock' and 'Won't Get Fooled Again' in streaming Real Audio. You can also download the sample. We also got the 2 demos from the Japanese version of the ESP album, 'Snortin' Whiskey' and 'American Band'. Check out our multimedia section for the exclusive soundclips. http://www.nextlevel.com/ericsinger/
KISS Events In The Works
From: Metal Edge Magazine
There is a great interview with Gene Simmons in the most recent Metal Edge Magazine (October Issue). Gene was quoted as saying the following things are in the works for KISS: upcoming KISS TV special on Fox, KISStory II, Sold Movie Rights to CBS for a movie-of-the-week called "Rock & Roll All Nite", KISS Toilet Paper, new studio album / live album and videos. Gene also stated that on the fall KISS tour "Jesse Camp and the 8th Street Kidz" will be the opening act. To read more about what Gene had to say in the interview pick up the latest Metal Edge magazine on newsstands very soon.
New England KISS Expo Update
We are proud to announce that Frank Dimino and Barry Brandt of the legendary 70's band ANGEL, will be performing live at the Expo! They will be playing 3 classic Angel hits and signing copies of their new CD "IN THE BEGINNING". New York's Own DRESSED TO KILL will follow with a full concert! Mark St. John (former Kiss Guitarist), Andre Augustine (former road manager and security chief) will also be in attendance!! The New England Expo will be held September 26 in MA.(10 minutes from Providence, 40 minutes from Boston, and 2 1/2 hrs from NY city!) Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. (children under 12 are free). Charge your tickets by phone by calling 1-401-725-7156. Expo info 1-401-722-3981. Special room rates av. at the Quality Inn 1-508-678-4545 (mention the Kiss expo). A really large dealer turn out is expected, to reserve your table call 1-401-722-3981 ASAP! Check out our half page ad in the Metal Edge Special Detroit Rock City, coming August 10. For more info please check out our web site by clicking here The New England KISS Expo
KISS To Invade WCW: "Warriors of KISS"
From: Metal Edge Magazine
In addition to the upcoming live KISS performance at WCW on August 23rd, Gene Simmons has recently signed a contact with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) to develope a series of KISS wrestlers. The first one to debut is going to be called "The Demon" where Gene is quoted as saying "the back story is, he's going to look like me but grew up worshiping KISS and that is what he wants to do as a homage." According to Gene, later on the rest of the band members likenesses are going to show up in various forms as characters with other wrestlers named "Wild Child" and "Lady Demon" as well as beautiful women in KISS make up. They will be known as the "Warriors of KISS."
KISS To Perform on WCW Nitro August 23rd
From: KISS Asylum
Eric Bischoff, president of WCW, announced tonite on WCW Nitro that KISS will be appearing and performing LIVE on WCW Nitro, Monday, August 23rd in Las Vegas on the TNT Network. Tickets go on sale July 17th for the Las Vegas WCW Monday Nitro
KISS Nite At The Ballpark II News Update
Big news for Kiss Nite II - Bruce Kulick and UNION will be appearing! As he did last year at the first KISS Nite at the Ballpark to great reception, Bruce will play the National Anthem prior to the game. UNION will also have a table set up displaying their merchandise and will be available for autographs. Bruce & UNION bandmate John Corabi were fantastic at the game last year, and we are flattered that the entire band will be appearing for KISS Nite II. KAOL will also have a table set up to showcase their projects, which are dedicated to raising money for the Eric Carr charity. A bunch of other surprises are still in the works and we'll keep everyone updated down to the wire. For more information and details about what is already in place, check out our Official KISS Nite II page at KISS ASYLUM.
Mark St. John CD Release July 27th
From: Stephen Campbell
Mark St. John has returned with his best effort to date in the form of his new band THE MARK ST. JOHN PROJECT. The self-titled, limited edition (only 5000) five song EP is set for release July 27th. The band also consists of vocalist Phil Naro (CRISS, Naro), bassist Stan Mizcek (Sass Jordon, Honeymoon Suite) and drummer Roger Banks (Empire, Naro). The musicianship of this band is at a level equal to or above any other band around today, and Mark's playing alone really shows the talent we never really got to see. Songs "AWOL" (instrumental), "Between The Lines", "Love For Sale," "No I'm Not Afraid" and "Bagdad" (instrumental) will really be a pleasent surprise for all fans who give this CD a listen. A full length CD (14 tracks: 10 with lyrics, 4 smokin' instrumentals) is scheduled for sometime late this year. Make no mistake, Mark is back. You can order the 5 song MARK ST. JOHN PROJECT CD by sending $9.99 US plus S&H ($3.00 in US/Canada - $5.00 International) to: Loch Ness Monster Records, P.O. Box 39253, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9P 2M5 Canada.
KISS Bio Film; DRC First Single From Everclear
A major film company is reportedly stepping up to work on a biographical KISS motion picture that chronicles the birth of KISS in the glitter-glam era of New York City circa 1972. Wesley Strick, who wrote Cape Fear and Final Analysis, will be writing the movie, with Gene Simmons producing. In other KISS news, the first radio single from the Detroit Rock City soundtrack will be Everclear's cover of "The Boys Are Back In Town." The single will be released to radio for adds on June 19th.
KISS Freaks Special Delivery
From: Steve Stierwalt
KISS Freaks.com Special Delivery Issue 16 Highlights:
KISS Sighting On "Tonight Show"
From: Charles Purvis
Last night on The Tonite Show with Jay Leno, while mocking some fake summer recreation products, Jay unveils the Gene Simmons slip and slide complete with a 7 foot roll out tounge and with actual Gene Simmons saliva!
"Details" Proclaims "Alive" Greatest Live Album
From: Kenn Hoekstra
The July issue of Details Magazine cites KISS - Alive! as the greatest live album of all time.
From: Keith Leroux
The self titled ESP CD will be released July 20th on Rock Hard Records through Island Def Jam Group distributed by Universal. The Cd is a totally repackaged version of the internet release that came out last winter. The Cd includes 2 additional tracks - "Twenty Flight Rock" sung by Eric and "Won't get Fooled Again" sung by John. The Cd will be in most stores. Chains whose orders are already in include Strawberries, Camelot, Coconuts, Circuit City, Record Town and Tape World among others. It will also be available from Amazon.com, CdNOW and other web companies.
Visit Eric Singer's All Access with Eric Singer website for more info.
4th of July KISS Marathon
Live from Lewiston Maine this 4th of July, its the eighth annual KISS MARATHON, hosted by yours truly and Mr. Rivas. Broadcasting live from Bates college Maine. You can listen live via the internet @ www.bates.edu/wrbc or if you are in the Androsscoggin area of Maine then tune to 91.5 WRBC on your f.m. dial. This is an all request program so while you're listening, e-mail us your request and we will deliver. The show starts at noon and will air till 6:00 p.m. eastern standard time.
E! Plays "Detroit Rock City" Movie Trailer
From: Keith Hayse
Just wanted to let everyone know that E!'s Coming Attractions show played the movie trailer for "Detroit Rock City" which was the same as the one shown before Austin Powers in the theaters. The show airs a couple of times a week and during the weekend so check your local listings and set the VCR.
Ace Signature Guitar Giveaway Contest Expanded!
From: David Snowden Promotions & KISS Asylum
Due to the incredible amount of interest shown by the KISS Army online since David Snowden Promotions & KISS Asylum debuted the Ace Frehely Signature Model Les Paul Guitar Giveaway this past Monday, we have added two runner up prizes to this already awesome contest. The Grand Prize remains the Ace Frehley Signature Guitar, but there will now also be a 2nd and 3rd Prize winner chosen during the drawing on August 1st. The 2nd Prize Winner will receive a $500 Shopping Spree and the 3rd Prize Winner will receive a $100 Shopping Spree to select the merchandise of their choice from any currently available at KISS Shop!! So, if you've already entered you now have three chances to win - there's nothing left to do but click over to KISS Shop and check out all the great merchandise you can pick from if you win! And if for some reason you haven't already entered yet (what are you, crazy?!) just click over to the KISS ASYLUM KISS Shop for more details and to enter the most awesome online KISS Kontest ever!
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