KISS at the Forum July 8, 2014

Marc Loren

Hey guys, thought I’d share this clip from last night. It’s the last two songs complete with confetti storm, fireworks and some great audience reaction shots. Hope you enjoy! The band was fantastic last night.

The Stephen James NOX Cover Story Pays Tribute to Famous Band Kiss

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famous-bandStephen James channels an opulent rocker for this latest NOX magazine cover story that tributes famous band KISS. The tattooed top model is captured by photographer Juanjo Molina’s lens while posing in an industrial, mechanic’s garage.

Art direction and styling for this image series is courtesy of Abraham Gutiérrez who hand-picks Stephen’s wardrobe of colored suits, transparent rain gear and pattern-clashing separates.

The model sports the latest from Givenchy, Jimmy Choo and Balenciaga for this KISS-themed editorial that also recreates the famous band’s makeup looks. Antonio Estrada for REDKEN and MAC is in charge of grooming for the photo series and gives Stephen a clean-cut hair look that offsets cosmetics worthy of KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Wears Gene Simmons’ Kiss Costume

Jeff Giles | Ultimate Classic Rock

philkissWhatever else happens on Def Leppard‘s summer tour with Kiss, we can at least be sure that Lep guitarist Phil Collen is having fun.

Collen’s flair for road shenanigans surfaced recently on the Kiss Facebook page, where the band posted a picture of their tour mate all gussied up in Kiss bassist Gene Simmons‘ trademark costume while also wielding his distinctive axe. The photo was taken during the July 6 stop in Chula Vista, Calif. for the tour, which started June 23 in Salt Lake City, Utah and is scheduled to wrap up Aug. 31 in Texas.

Good as Collen might look as the Demon, don’t expect him to trade his Leppard spots for greasepaint anytime soon — once they wrap up this round of tour dates with Kiss, Def Leppard will get right back to work on their next album, their first since 2008′s ‘Songs from the Sparkle Lounge.’ And although the new record was initially supposed to be an EP, Collen says once the songwriting sessions started, the new material just kept flowing.

“We’re actually blown away, ’cause it normally takes us about five years to write 10 songs, and we’ve got 15 songs already — not finished, but we’re gonna have an album out next year,” he recently enthused. “So for us, that’s our big goal. Next year’s gonna be a really important year. We’ve got this great album. The recording has been really going fast and flowing, so we’re ultra-excited about that.”

 

KISS’ Paul Stanley Interview Part III – “Clearly, There Was A Time Where Backstage Was Hedonism At Its Finest… When You Are Given The Keys To The Candy Store, You Tend To Eat A Lot Of Candy… I Certainly Had A Sugar High”

Mitch Lafon | Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles

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In June, Paul Stanley held a special press only conference call to discuss KISS’ upcoming tour with Def Leppard and his New York Times’ best selling book, Face The Music: A Life Exposed. Journalists from across Canada and the US were able to ask one question plus a follow-up. What you will read below are Paul’s answers to the questions that were posed (in proper sequence) by the various media invited to the one-hour event. In part three, Paul talks about the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Shame (Fame), his favorite apps and how backstage has changed over the last forty years.

Please note: none of the questions were asked by this reporter.

In your book, Face The Music: A Life Exposed, you mention the 1974 show at the Paramount Theater (now the Kirby Center) in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Why did you include that specific show in your book?

“I just remember this questionable choice of an opening act. This poor guy was up there was juggling and riding a unicycle when people were clearly there to see these four madmen blow the place up, celebrate rock n’ roll and the cause of celebrating life. It just resonated with me that this poor guy was out there having pennies pitched at him and doing his best to do what he was hired to do. I don’t know why that stood out for me.”

You’ve been performing a lot of these songs for years. Have they taken on a new meaning for you?

“All of these songs are songs of victory. They are all songs of celebrating our winning. That we are here forty years later and singing these songs is a source of incredible pride and accomplishment. Each one of those songs is a celebration of going against all odds and going against the critics, the people who didn’t like us and winning. So, these are the songs of a battle won.”

How does your approach to the show change when you’re performing outdoors compared to an arena?

“We try to be observant of low flying planes when we’re outdoors, but it doesn’t change anything because what we do comes from the heart. It comes from who we are. It’s a different environment though because in an arena there’s a sense of being enclosed, entombed or encapsulated (which has its pluses), but being outside during the summer is a terrific dichotomy / contrast between what we do and being outside in the midst of a great summer night with the stars shining and everything else. We’ve been doing this for forty years and the reason people still buy tickets to see the classic acts is because you know that we will deliver the goods.There are countless acts nowadays who sing on a song that was basically put together in somebody’s living room on a computer and auto-tuned. You know damn well that those people are not going to be able to put on a show. Many bands and many artists who sell nowadays or certainly have downloads in huge numbers are nobody who you want to go see live because they haven’t learned the craft. The ones who have enough money to put on a great show are invariably dependent upon

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With half the number of players and a field half the size of what you see in the NFL, the pace of an LA KISS arena football game is twice as fast, higher scoring, and non-stop action. (EGP Photo by Fred Zermeno)

With half the number of players and a field half the size of what you see in the NFL, the pace of an LA KISS arena football game is twice as fast, higher scoring, and non-stop action. (EGP Photo by Fred Zermeno)

The LA KISS suffered the biggest defeat of its short history last Saturday, losing 46-64 to the Spokane Shock at the Home Depot Center in Anaheim, delaying a chance to win a spot in the playoffs.

It was a hard fought, action-packed, fast pace game, but at the end of the day the LA KISS offense was no match for the Shock’s defense, which shut down a couple of crucial drives on their road to the win. Adding to the loss were two interceptions thrown by six-foot-one KISS Quarterback Aaron Garcia (Sacramento State) that killed a pair of promising drives.

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Strange Ways podcast 25 – A discussion about the ALIVE albums. Part 1

285>_9710627Episode 25 finds your KISS ARMY bros,Jody Havenot and D-ROCK, joined by our Canadian Co-Anchor, ANDREW KISS!!! We got together for a little discussion about the Alive! legacy. We had a blast, and hope you do too! The conversation went a little long, so it is divided into 2 parts. Both are live and available for your auditory pleasure. And as always, thanks for listening, and keep on rockin’!

4th and Loud, Reality Show on Inaugural LA KISS Arena Football Season, Kicks Off Aug. 5

Matt Coker | OC Weekly

4th-and-Loud_AMC_560pAMC announced Wednesday that 4th and Loud, a docu-series following the inaugural season of the LA KISS Arena Football League team that plays home games at the Honda Center, premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Despite the headline to Daniel Cohn’s pre-season cover story above, LA KISS is not winning, having two victories at home and only one on the road for a disappointing 3-10 record in the National Conference’s West Division. The 14-0, division-leading Arizona Rattlers crushed LA KISS 83-47 on Saturday. The home team returns to Anaheim to play Spokane tomorrow night.

Even though LA KISS has not lived up to the hype, that does not mean 4th and Loud will be unworthy reality television. Remember how great Hard Knocks was when it followed the lackluster New York Jets?

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Live review: Kiss and Def Leppard at Sleep Country Amphitheater

Robert Ham | Oregonian

15311487-mmmainThe iconic hard rock band arguably invented the arena rock spectacle, replete with synchronized pyrotechnics, elaborate stage sets and, of course, their signature face paint and glam rock demon costumes.

However, at some point — and we can debate all day long about exactly when this occurred — the pageantry became more important than the music.

And for the many fans that packed the Sleep Country Amphitheater on Friday night to see Kiss is concert, that’s something they readily accept and anticipate. Sure, hearing “Rock and Roll All Nite” was great, but hearing it while being showered in an unrelenting spray of confetti is apparently even better.

In that regard, everyone got what they wanted out of this deal: Kiss got their captive audience; the attendees got their sensory overload.

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Peter Criss of Kiss joins WindMill’s 10,000 Hot Dogs

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PETER-CRISS-LIBRO1The WindMill’s 10,000 Hot Dogs fundraiser just got a rock ‘n’ roll injection.

Peter Criss, the former drummer for Kiss, has signed on to be an honorary chairman of 10,000 Hot Dogs, a summer-long benefit for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean counties.

“Summer time is fun on a bun,” said Criss, a resident of Wall, in a statement. “Help us feed our community and feed the hungry.”

The 10,000 Hot Dogs kickoff featured a concert by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes atop of the iconic WindMill restaurant in Long Branch on May 23. Johnny and the Jukes performed for a half-hour and crammed in hits like “I Don’t Want to Go Home,” “The Fever,” “Havin’ a Party” and more.

Customers who make a $5 donation at the WindMill through Labor Day via the Website 10000hotdogs.com or by texting “hotdog” to 41444 will help the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties deliver 15 meals to those in need this summer. Also, hot dog maker Sabrett will donate up to 10,000 hot dogs, matching each $5 donation with a goal of raising $50,000. That would mean 160,000 meals for Monmouth and Ocean counties families.

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Honorary Seabreeze toast to Bill Aucoin this Saturday

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This June 28th marks the 4th anniversary of the passing of Bill Aucoin. As we always do, we encourage a Seabreeze toast (or whatever you may have in hand at the time, wherever in the world you might be) in his honor. So Cheers! and as always, “Onward and Upward!”

*To enhance the sense of connection between the participants of this event all over the world, we suggest getting your hands on a fine cigar (or cheap, no one cares), but a nice Partagas or Romeo & Julieta would be right up Bill’s alley. And if you want to blast some music, well, of course KISS, Billy Idol and Billy Squier are obvious suggestions. But some of Bill’s favorites are: Neil Young, Cat Stevens, and The Mamas and the Papas (Monday, Monday was a particular favorite).

- Apologies to anyone “not invited” but Facebook is capping event invites at approximately 1000 and unfortunately I have no control over which 1000 of Bill’s friends are “invited” since the code seems to pick them randomly. But if you find your way to this event page, we encourage you to join in. Cheers!

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Review: KISS, Def Leppard rock ‘n’ roll Usana crowd

Brennan Smith | Salt Lake City Tribune

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West Valley City » A warm summer night saw music legends KISS and Def Leppard rock an estimated 20,000 people at Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley City.

KISS lived up to its billing as one of the best live acts in rock ‘n’ roll, lighting up the Utah night sky with pyrotechnics, confetti and anthemic songs.

Opening song » ”King of the Nightime World,” played with fire shooting behind the band as bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist and lead singer Paul Stanley strutted around the stage.

Highlight » A dual encore of “Detroit Rock City” and “Rock and Roll All Night” saw the crowd explode with applause as white confetti rained down, three band members were elevated above the stage and Stanley smashed his guitar into three pieces.

Crowd favorite » For the seventh song of the set, Simmons “vomited” his signature fake blood and was raised to a microphone high above the stage. The blood dripped down his metallic chest plate as he sang “I Love It Loud.”

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Paul Stanley’s 1988 Porsche from the Reason to Live video up for sale

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These guys and girls are diehards. Nothing wrong with that, in my book.

And though some would argue that the members of the make up wearing, platform sporting instrumentalists have taken the franchising of their group to the extreme, others would say it’s simply good business. That’s what this is about at the end of the day, right?

Before I fall down a slippery slope though, let’s get on topic. Paul Stanley’s — better known as Star Child — Porsche has hit the free market. For those of you interested, it’s a 1988 928 that was gifted to him from Gene Simmons, KISS’ demonic lead singer.

In a video that’s way too long, the seller is more than happy to play some tracks, do a full walkaround and even present documentation proving that it was Stanley’s ride. I have to say for a vehicle that’s more than 25 years old, it definitely looks clean and well taken care of. Then again, I am relying on the world of YouTube and a touch of pixelation.

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35 Years Ago: ‘The Return of Kiss’ Tour Hits a Snag Read More: 35 Years Ago: ‘The Return of Kiss’ Tour Hits a Snag

Chris Epting | Ultimate Classic Rock

In February of 1978, Kiss ended a grueling five-year touring cycle that helped them become one of the biggest bands in the world. Yet, when the foursome returned to the road a year and a half later for a jaunt dubbed ‘The Return of Kiss,’ they found their position in the rock hierarchy was anything but secure.

The tour was to follow one of Kiss more audacious stunts, the release of four solo albums after the conclusion of their ’78 dates in support of ‘Alive II.’ They’d then issued a disco-fied hit ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’ in advance of the May street date for ‘Dynasty,’ with concert dates set for the entire second half of 1979.

These concerts would be the biggest and boldest yet from a production standpoint, even while reflecting those solo efforts through the individual band members’ costumes. Each contained colors from their respective solo albums — so Paul Stanley’s costume was purple, Gene Simmons’ was red, Ace Frehley’s was blue and Peter Criss’ was green.

The ‘Dynasty’ tour also saw the introduction of several new effects in the Kiss live concert arsenal. It was during this tour that fans first got to experience Simmons flying in midair. Frehley’s guitar, meanwhile, was tricked out with a new rocket-shooting stunt as well.

But something had changed since the last time Kiss toured the United States. Audiences had begun shifting away from the band’s classic and bombastic presentation. By this time, both punk and disco had gained solid footholds in the country. All of a sudden, the Kiss circus seemed somewhat out of step. Markets that had once been surefire sellouts were canceling gigs or downgrading to smaller venues.

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