The Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom Outfit

Ltd Ed Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom Outfit: Epiphone is proud to announce our tribute to Ace Frehley, one of rock’s most influential guitarists, with the Epiphone Limited Edition Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom Outfit. As the lead guitarist for KISS (and the original designer of the famous KISS logo) Ace Frehley is renown around the world as one of the Les Paul guitar’s most exciting ambassadors as well as one of rock’s greatest showman. Ace single handedly inspired a generation of guitarists to pick up rock and roll’s most powerful axe. Now, Epiphone makes this iconic guitar available to players everywhere.

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KISS’ Gene Simmons offers life lessons to private equity crowd

Mark Calvey | SF Business Times

Gene Simmons, who has turned the 1970s band Kiss into a licensing powerhouse, offered plenty of advice on how to succeed in business and life in speaking this week to a private equity audience in San Francisco.
“Spreading the risk is not just good business advice, it’s an important life strategy,” Simmons told 500 people attending the Association of Corporate Growth’s 2012 West Coast Corporate Growth Conference in San Francisco Jan. 17.
Simmons shared some the history behind the creation of Kiss in 1973, while he was working as a New York public school teacher.
“You can’t just do the rock-band thing. You need something else to fall back on,” was his mother’s early career advice. (Asked later who is his most influential adviser, Simmons was quick to say, “My mother. She’s very pragmatic. She’s the smartest person I ever met.”)
“I played in a band because I noticed when the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan show, all the girls were going nuts,” Simmons said. “That looked like a pretty good job.”
And definitely a step up from his first job at the age of 12, scraping the fat off a butcher’s block and bringing up meat from downstairs.
Simmons was far ahead of today’s career advice to brand one’s self.
“The business model of Kiss was decidedly different than almost any other band that came before us — underlying rights, ancillaries, these are big words like gymnasium,” Simmons said. “I had to find out about trademarks and how to amortize our costs and maximize profits.”

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KISS confirm Australia tour

sarahanne | Louder Faster

KISS manager Doc McGhee has told TMN that the glam-rock giants will return to Australia in 2013.

Despite having finally reached the big 6-0, Gene Simmons and co show no sign of slowing down (or shying away from spandex) in their golden years. In fact, when FL faced off with Simmons back in 2008 he made it clear that he would be strapping on his platforms for as long as he is walking this earth: “There’s no high like a KISS high. You get up on stage and you get to wear more make up and higher heels than any woman ever has. Come on. And I wear a codpiece big enough to house every farm animal in Brisbane, so there’s a lot of fun and games there. And of course the other fun is doing the encores back in the hotel. It doesn’t suck. It’s a lot of fun.”

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Hansen asks Gene Simmons to sign his hockey stick

Jim Jamieson | The Province

Ben Nelms, REUTERS

The crowd at Rogers Arena definitely got a kick out of rocker Gene Simmons kissing his wife Shannon Tweed during Sunday night’s Canucks-Ducks game, but Jannik Hansen one-upped everybody before the puck was dropped.

Hansen skated over the penalty box during the pre-game skate and got Simmons, the former KISS frontman and the star of reality TV show Family Jewels, to autograph his hockey stick.

“It’s not every time you get a chance to meet a guy like that, so I thought I would see if I could get him to sign my stick,” said Hansen after Monday’s practice. “He was there with his wife and a couple other people. There was no problem signing my stick.”

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Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair in KISS Boots at Vanity Nightclub

Erik Kabik | RETNA

Playboy Playmate of The Year Claire Sinclair posed in the official KISS boots in celebration of the upcoming opening of KISS by Monster Mini Golf.  She was photographed by Erik Kabik at Vanity Nightclub at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Claire’s makeup was done by Sumita Beauty by Ziba Beauty. Claire is pictured wearing Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley’s Boots with their signature accompanying guitars. Select photos will be auctioned off at the grand opening of KISS by Monster Mini Golf on March 15th to benefit Wounded Warriors.
Claire Sinclair is one of many celebrities featured in KISS by Monster Mini Golf’s “These Boots Are Made For Rockin!” campaign.

See the entire photo set here.

Peter Criss Drum Hall of Fame induction video

An excellent complete video of Peter Criss’s induction into the Drum hall of Fame at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last Saturday, January 14 2012. The award, given  for influencing today’s drummers, was dedicated to former manager Bill Aucoin, Peter stated in his very heart-felt speech.

A different angle,  from of  Peter’s Speech along with Terry Bozzio’s,  can be seen here:

B.C. abused kids’ centre named after Sophie Tweed Simmons

CBC News

Video of Sophie Tweed Simmons’ opening speech is here.

Metro Vancouver’s first child protection centre opened Sunday with some rock star clout from KISS singer Gene Simmons and his family.

Sophie’s Place, named after patron Sophie Tweed-Simmons, will bring together counselors, doctors and police under one roof in Surrey to give abused children under 12 a safe place to tell their stories.

Sophie Tweed-Simmons, left, prepares to cut the ribbon at Sophie's Place, as Surrey Mayor Diane Watts, right, and rock star father Gene Simmons, centre, look on.
Sophie Tweed-Simmons, left, prepares to cut the ribbon at Sophie’s Place, as Surrey Mayor Diane Watts, right, and rock star father Gene Simmons, centre, look on. (CBC)Tweed-Simmons, 19, got involved in the project after meeting Surrey Mayor Diane Watts.

“It’s really important for me to have kids have a place where adults can take them seriously and where they can express what’s happened to them in a safe environment,” said Tweed-Simmons.

“I have been blessed growing up in a house where I am treated as an equal and with love. The least I can do is help show children that that can be a possibility for everyone.”

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Peter Criss to be Honored at Drum Legend Induction

This weekend Peter Criss will be honored at the Drum Legend Induction along with Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons). The Drum Legend induction recognizes icons in the drum world that have paved the way for today’s drummers. The award is given to those whom have made significant contributions to the craft and have hugely influenced players by their style and illustrious musical career. Past inductees include John Bonham, Billy Cobham, Nicko McBrain, Steve Smith, Dave Garibaldi, Alan White, Greg Errico, and more.

In addition to the induction, Peter Criss will be on the panel of judges for the 23rd annual Guitar Center Drum-Off – the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer with a $50,000 grand prize going to the winner.

This event is open to the public at Club Nokia in Los Angeles California this Saturday January 14, 2012. Tickets are $20.  KISS fans – come down to see the show and maybe be lucky enough to get the chance to rub elbows with the Catman!

Searching for the World’s Hottest KISS tribute band

KISS Tribute Bands are plentiful and not hard to find these days. All seem to be fantastic beyond belief because each and every one of them put their hearts and souls into paying homage to their all-time heroes. But which one can brag they are the greatest fire-breathing, guitar-smashing rocking and rolling facsimile of all time? Well, we will find out on March 15, 2012 at the grand opening of the KISS Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas Nevada! Tommy Thayer himself will be the judge of the KISS Monster Mini Golf KISS-Off contest and the winning band will have the honor to play at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Cafe, right across the street from the KISS Monster Mini Golf grand opening! Entries are due January 15, so get your act together and submit your video. Fans will also be able to vote for their favorite on January 16 – 17.

Visit the link for all info and submissions for the KISS Monster Mini Golf KISS-Off.

From Adele to Kiss’ Paul Stanley: Why Are So Many Award-Winning Singers Undergoing Vocal Cord Surgery?

Chris Connelly and Aude Soichet | ABC News

Even superstar music legends like Paul Stanley of KISS believe it’s never too late to look after your voice. With thousands of performances and over four decades of touring, Stanley said those years of hitting screeching notes and high-octane stage raps can take their toll.

“As soon as you hit the stage, you are a complete idiot,” he said. “People are cheering for you, so you do the impossible and when you don’t have enough time to recuperate afterwards, it just catches up with you. Literally speaking my voice was cracking. It was cracking quite a bit on stage.”

Those years of strain are why the Kiss vocalist had surgery on his vocal cords this year by the noted Dr. Steven Zietels, an otolaryngologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center, who also operated on Adele.

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KISS, tribute band to rescue

Steven Foskett Jr | Telegram & Gazette
A local KISS tribute band decided to turn a shipping mix-up into a continuing effort to raise money for the fund set up for the children of Worcester Firefighter Jon D. Davies, who died Dec. 8 in a fire on Arlington Street.

Hundreds of items of memorabilia related to KISS, the longtime arena rockers, litter the pages of eBay, but amid the posters, plaques, and even a 34-year-old combination guitar pick/bloody towel thrown by lead singer Gene Simmons (“USED BLOODY TOWEL from DECEMBER 16TH at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN KISS ALIVE II TOUR,” the description reads), is a brand-new Washburn Iceman guitar, signed by all four members of KISS: Mr. Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. Bidding had reached $5,400 as of last night.

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Gene Simmons – Gene Simmons: Sex Is Key To Happy Marriage

Gene Simmons says having a wife who is a ”Madonna in the kitchen and a w***e in the bedroom” is the key to a happy marriage.
Gene Simmons believes the key to a happy marriage is a healthy sex life.
The KISS bass player tied the knot with his girlfriend of 28 years, Shannon Tweed, in October despite previously claiming he would never marry and Gene admitted it is the couple’s wild antics in the bedroom that have kept them together for so long.
He told “Romance is interesting, but somebody much more prolific than I am put it better; she should be a Madonna in the kitchen and a w***e in the bedroom. That’s pretty accurate.”
Shannon’s advice is “Keep having sex in different ways. Try to think of something new.”
Gene also revealed the couple’s two children Nick, 22, and Sophie, 19, are not phased by their parents’ prolific lovemaking and just leave the house when they hear the “noise from upstairs”.

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Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed Prefer Sex Over Romance

People | Dahvi Shira


Newlyweds Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed, who dated for 28 years before tying the knot in October, aren’t as interested in romance as they are in sex.

The key to keeping their marriage active is to “put out,” the KISS rocker, 62, told Hollyscoop on Thursday. “Romance is interesting, but somebody much more prolific than I am put it better – she should be a Madonna in the kitchen and a wh–– in the bedroom.”

Tweed, 54, took no issue with her husband’s comments and even joked that she liked him insinuating she’s a “wh––.”

“[You have to] keep having sex in different ways,” Tweed, 54, explains of spicing up her love life. “Try to think of something new.”

Even the couple’s kids know not to question their parents’ antics in the bedroom.

“Thank god the children are grown up,” Tweed says. “As soon as they hear noise from upstairs, they leave the house. That’s good.”