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August 30, 2003
KISS "ALIVE IV" IN THE GERMAN CHARTS

In the 4th week in the German charts Kiss are down to # 67.

August 29, 2003

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Silvertone made a new brochure featuring Paul Stanley on the cover holding the Dark Star Guitar. In the brochure you can also see a new Paul Stanley Apocalypse Special Bass.

August 28, 2003

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON STAGE

(from Andrzej Adamcewicz)
Gene Recently Turned 54 and was presented accordingly with a Birthday Cake onstage by some very nice ladies in waiting at the recent Boston show while on a Huge whirlwind tour of the States.......
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August 28, 2003

KISS CAR
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Dear friends!
Here is the news I got at the General Motors press cite. Also include photo of the new car, Gene and Paul.

Best regards,
God=Of=Thunder,
Moscow.

ACDelco, Kurt Johnson, KISS And Cavalier Form Hot Rod Supergroup

Grand Blanc, Mich. - The crashing thunder of rock power chords and deep bass crescendos of 1,300 horsepower combined to create a medley of high-performance music together at the official unveiling of Kurt Johnson's ACDelco NHRA Pro Stock Cavalier Z24 on August 14. Featuring artwork by renowned motorsports artist Sam Bass, Johnson's Cavalier sports a visual theme inspired by the rock group KISS.

Johnson was joined by KISS band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley at the car's unveiling as part of Employee Enthusiasm Day at General Motors Service and Parts Operations (GM SPO) headquarters in Grand Blanc, MI. The car will prove that it's more than just a pretty, rock'n'roll painted face when it squares off at the Strip at the ACDelco NHRA POWERade Las Vegas Nationals on October 23-26. Simmons and Stanley will serve as Grand Marshals of the race for the second consecutive year.

This will be Johnson's second tour of duty as the pilot for the KISS Drag Racing Army, having carried their colors during the final two races of the 2002 Pro Stock campaign. With a win in Las Vegas and a No. 1 qualifying position in Pomona, Johnson intends to repeat his success with images inspired by "The Greatest Rock N' Roll Show on Earth" emblazoned on his Cavalier.

"We had a blast with the KISS crew last year, and I know Gene and Paul got a kick out of our sport," Johnson said. "Our goal is to have them once again join us in the winner's circle in Las Vegas."

ACDelco General Manager Scott Mackie explained the linkage between KISS and ACDelco. "There is a natural bond between the people who love racing and those who love rock and roll," Mackie said. "We're ready to build upon the tremendous response we received from last year's promotion, and we're thrilled to welcome KISS back to the ACDelco team."

This marks the second year that Sam Bass will pen the KISS-themed ACDelco ride. Bass, of Charlotte, NC, is well known for his dramatic paint schemes in both the NHRA and NASCAR circuits, including those of current ACDelco drivers Kurt Johnson and Ron Hornaday. A devoted member of the KISS Army, Bass relished the opportunity to design a racecar featuring the band.

"I have been a KISS fan since their debut album," Bass recalls. "When I saw them for the first time in 1976 I was absolutely blown away by their makeup, music and phenomenal stage show. I never could have imagined I would have this incredible opportunity to work with KISS and ACDelco and design their race car. To me this has been the ultimate rock 'n' roll fantasy."

August 28, 2003

KISS SYMPHONY DVD PARTY & E-CARD

(from Joop van Pelt)
Along with the Dutch record company BMG, the KISS Kollector Fanclub is organizing an official launch party for the upcoming Symphony DVD.
BMG built an e-card for this event: Click here for the e-card

August 24, 2003

KISS IN THE PRESS

The September-issue of "Classic Rock" (UK) features a 2-page Review of "Alive IV".

August 24, 2003

KISS "ALIVE IV" IN THE GERMAN CHARTS

In the third week in the German charts Kiss are dropping 4 places to # 36, making it their third week in the German Top 40.

August 21, 2003

ALIVE IV COVER DESIGNS

(from Jerry Cornish)
I just checked out the web site of "T42 Design" - the design house that KISS used for a few recent projects like the new Symphony Alive IV release
 (The box set, recent tour books, etc)
.  Anyway, they have updated their website and the Alive IV cover development is the Featured Project this month.  It's extremely cool to see the many different ideas that bounced back and forth in the development of the final cover.  They even feature a few of Paul Stanley's idea sketches! The website can be found here:  www.t42design.com
Once you enter the site, click "Portfolio" and then the lowest bubble will be for "Featured Project".


August 20, 2003

ALIVE IV COVERS

Kiss have been on quite a few covers in Europe since the release of "Alive IV". Surprisingly the media attention in Europe has been by far better than in the rest of the world.
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August 19, 2003

DETROIT DATE

(from big Ray)
The new date for the Detroit show is September 7th.

August 17, 2003

KISS SYMPHONY DVD
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Here are some infos about the upcoming KISS Symphony DVD:
Release-date: September 8, 2003 (Europe), the day after in the USA
DoubelDVD
Dolby Digital 5.1
Running time: over 3 hours
Find out more details about this DVD here.

Additional Release Material:
Documentary 
Production Interview

Tracks:
The Kiss Symphony Story:
1. Intro/Overture
2. Detroit Rock City
3. King of the Night Time World
4. Do You Love Me
5. Great Expectations
6. Shout It Out Loud
7. God of Thunder
8. Love Gun
9. I Was Made For Lovin' You
10. Black Diamond
11. Rock and Roll All Nite

Kiss Symphony Act Two:
1. Beth
2. Forever
3. Goin' Blind
4. Sure Know Something
5. Shandi

Kiss Symphony Act One:
1. Deuce
2. Strutter
3. Let Me Go Rock and Roll
4. Lick It Up
5. Calling Dr. Love
6. Psycho Circus


The DVD can be pre-ordered in the Kiss Fan Shop. In further DVD news, "Kiss my ass" will be released on September 15, 2003 in Europe and Australia. More infos about this release soon.

August 15, 2003

magMetalHeart2003-09Germany.gif (3525 Byte)KISS ON THE COVER OF "METAL HEART"

(from J÷rg Papstein)
KISS are on the cover of the new issue of "Metal Heart" in Germany. It includes a 5-page article and a full page ad for "Alive IV".

August 15, 2003

DETROIT SHOW CANCELLED

As most of you know, big parts of the United States lost all electricity power yesterday, including Detroit Rock city. Todays concert in Detroit has been cancelled. It may be rescheduled for a later date.

August 14, 2003

ROCK 'N ROLL HALL OF FAME

(from Angel Punko)
We the KISS Army members has started a petition to help get the greatest band in the world into the Rock-N-Roll Hall Of Fame. Myself and some of my Kiss Army brothers and sister has created a website that offers a place to sign, some flyers and bookmarks  that can be printed and handed out or just to keep for your personal use. We will have some T-shirt designs here in the next few days. So, what you need to do is just visit our website and show your support for KISS and sign the petition. All, of the petitions will be hand delivered and every one will be updated on the outcome of the effort that we have all put fourth. We are hoping to get KISS inducted into the Rock-N-Rool Hall of Fame or at least get their attention and make them realize that KISS can't be ignored.
We hope to hear from the KISS Army soon. So, lets get this petition going.
LONG LIVE KISS AND THE KISS ARMY!!!!!!  Click here:
http://groups.msn.com/KISS-InductionSignatureSite

August 13, 2003
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KISS IN THE PRESS

In Spain the new issue of "Bateria Total" has Eric Singer on the cover with Make-up. The magazine comes sealed with a CD, that also has Kiss on the cover.

August 8, 2003

NEW CONCERT DATES

(from Robert)
I just got this from the Aerosmith mailing list. Thought you might wanna know about it:

Get ready to party it up with Aerosmith/KISS in Las Vegas this October!

These two shows go on sale to Aero Force One this
Tuesday, August 12, at 10:00 PM EST (7:00 PM PST):

October 24: MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Octover 25: MGM Grand Aerna, Las Vegas, NV

August 8, 2003

CONCERT REVIEW

(from www.billboard.com)
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Yes, they haven't made a great album in decades. Yes, their show basically hasn't changed in eons. Yes, Paul Stanley's comments are often corny. And, yes, they seem a million times more interested in money than the music these days.

But when the members of Kiss take the stage in full makeup and costume, when they bring the full-on fire-filled, monster-truck-riff-laden, blood-spewing spectacle, it's hard to deny that what you're seeing is indeed what it is often dubbed -- the greatest show on Earth. [read the rest]

August 7, 2003
KISS IN THE CHARTS

(from www.melodicjourney.com via Manuela Gomba)
KISS entered the german media control charts for next week. as highest new entry on position 15 with their current album “Kiss Symphony - Alive IV” and THE RASMUS climbed on number 1 in the german single charts. Congratulations!!!  

August 3, 2003

KISS STARTS NEW TOUR

Yesterday Kiss started their new Co-Headline Tour with Aerosmith in the USA. Here is the set list:

Detroit Rock City
Deuce
Shout It Out Loud
King Of The Nightime
Do You Love Me
Let Me Go Rock and Roll
Firehouse
I Love It Loud
I want you
God Of Thunder
100,000
Black Diamond
Beth
Rock And Roll All Night


"Love Gun" was missing, but instead "I want you" was played. Kiss played a powerful 75 minute set (same as Aerosmith) on a shortened Farewell Tour stage with a lot of Pyros! There was also new Merchandise available, such as shirts (with Tommy Thayer) for $ 35,-, key chains for $ 15,-, and a new Tourbook for $ 30,-.

August 2, 2003
BILLBOARD KISS SPECIAL

Billboard, the magazine that publishes the weekly US charts, are about to release a Kiss Special issue on August 9th. More details and an interview with Gene & Paul can be read here.

August 1, 2003
ACE SPEAKS OUT AT BILLBOARD.COM

(from www.billboard.com)
With Kiss nearing the launch of its co-headlining trek with Aerosmith, the band's former guitarist, Ace Frehley, wants to make certain that fans know he won't be a part of the tour, and that he's hard at work on his next solo record.

In an exclusive interview with Billboard, Frehley says he will not be hitting the road for two reasons: In 2001, when Kiss finished its Farewell tour, he says he was told by bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley that the jaunt would be the band's last. And, as a result, at the end of that tour, he began planning and working on his seventh, as-yet-untitled, solo record, which he didn't want to delay for another nostalgia-focused tour with Kiss. [read the rest]


August 1, 2003
KISS IN THE SWEDISH CHARTS

(from Niclas Andersson)
Kiss went up 11 places to # 23 the second week in the Swedish Charts.

August 1, 2003
magSwedenRock2003-07Sweden.gif (3081 Byte)KISS IN THE PRESS

There is a full page ad for "Alive IV" in the German Metal Hammer magazine. In Sweden Kiss are on the cover in the July-edition of "Sweden Rock".

August 1, 2003
KISS TOUR STARTS TOMORROW!

The new tour starts tomorrow in Hartford, CT, USA. Kiss will tour in the USA until late October. For exact tourdates see Pollstar. There are plans to come to South America, Australia, and also Europe in the summer of 2004.

August 1, 2003
KISS ON THE CHARTS

Kiss entered the Billboard Charts in the USA at #18 selling 41.000 copies of "Alive IV" last week.