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July 30, 2002
5TH ANNUAL CLEVELAND KISS EXPO
(from Stephen Campbell)
IIT'S BACK AND IT'S GOING TO BE BIG! The 5th Annual Cleveland KISS And Rock Collectors Expo is all set for Sunday September 29th 11am - 8pm at the massive Rollerworld Center in Parma, Ohio (5310 Hauserman Road I-480 & Tiedeman). Special guests include ex-KISS guitarist Mark St. John and Legendary KISS Manager Bill Aucoin who will both be doing Q&A sessions, sign autographs and take photos with all fans. Both special guests have a surprise for those who attend that will be announced later! Incredible tribute band Destroyer will perform live. There will be lots of other cool events including a look-a-like contest judged by Bill Aucoin. The first dozen people in the door will receive a special Cleveland KISS Expo t-shirt. There will be lots of other door prizes and giveaways. Tickets for this event are $18.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. The facility is an arena so the will be no problem getting tickets at the door. You will be available to order online through the new lochnessmonster.ca site (opening August 1st). If you want to mail for tickets you can send $18.50 to Loch Ness Monster Productions, P.O. Box 39253, 235 Dixon Road, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9P 2M5 Canada. There is no Ticketmaster service available/needed. For out of town attendees the Cleveland Airport Ramada Inn is offering a KISS Expo rate of $59.00. This is going to be a great show with fans already flying in from Japan, Europe, Canada and all corners of the US. For updates and additional info check lochnessmonster.ca or email productions@lochnessmonster.ca. See you September 29th!

July 29, 2002

GENE SIMMONS COMIC BOOK SIGNING
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(from John/MyKissArmy.com)
I went to the Gene Simmons Comic Book signing at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles, California on July 27, 2002. It was another great experience.  I got there around 10:30 A.M., Gene started signing at 3 P.M.  They allowed you to have one "personal" item signed and as many comic books as you wanted. The comic books come with three different covers. The first is a cartoon cover, like the inside of the book. The second is a photo of Kiss and the third is a different photo of Kiss which is a special San Diego Comic Convention cover. They ran out of the San Diego edition fairly quickly, so I was able to get the other two covers. There were about 20 people in front of us in line. When it was our turn to meet Gene, he was so friendly. He would sign anything that you wanted. He spent a lot of time talking to his fans. He was talking to people on cellular telephones and posing with some people for pictures. I chose to get my Kiss picture disc "Alive II" signed and my comic books.  Gene was very friendly and willing to spend a lot of time with his fans. Overall, it was a great experience.   See the pictures at www.MyKissArmy.com


July 24, 2002

ACE ON COVER OF "GUITAR CLASS" MAGAZINE

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(from Marcio)
The new issue of the brazilian magazine called Guitar Class has Ace Frehley on the front-cover. Issue #18 includes 17 pages with the transcriptions (tablatures) of the greatest Kiss songs and a great Ace photo on the centerfold.

July 23, 2002

THE VERY BEST OF KISS RELEASED AUGUST 27

(from www.kissonline.com)
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ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE WITH ALL THE HITS FROM THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD COLLECTED ON THEIR BIGGEST-EVER SINGLE-DISC RETROSPECTIVE: THE VERY BEST OF KISS

With more than 80 million albums sold, SRO tours and more gold-plus awards (24), the #1 American Gold record champ (third overall behind only The Beatles and Rolling Stones), including late 2001’s KISS Box Set, KISS are a rock ‘n’ roll institution. They’ve outlasted their first critics who now embrace them like long lost brothers while their rabid fans, the KISS Army, have stood by them the entire way.

Now the band’s greatest hits album serves as both an introduction to KISS for new fans and the one KISS album listeners who just want the hits-and-nothing-but-the-hits will need. The Very Best Of KISS (Mercury/UTV Records), released August 27, 2002, collects the original versions of all of their biggest hits on one 21-track album. Featured on the chronologically sequenced The Very Best Of KISS are the band’s two gold singles--"Beth" (from 1976’s Destroyer) and "I Was Made For Loving You" (from 1979’s Dynasty).

Critics and fans alike have noted the flaws in previous compilations, from 1978’s platinum Double Platinum and 1988’s double platinum Smashes, Trashes & Hits to the most recent attempt, 1997’s Greatest Kiss. Truly living up to its "Very Best Of" billing, from the original hit live version Of "Rock And Roll All Nite," the group’s breakthrough, to the ‘80s anthem "Lick It Up," The Very Best Of KISS is the ultimate summation of their career for a general audience yet assembled.

The album kicks off with two tracks apiece from the band’s first two albums: "Strutter" and "Deuce" from 1974’s KISS and "Got To Choose" and the title track from that same year’s Hotter Than Hell. "C’mon And Love Me" was culled from Dressed To Kill (1975) and "Rock And Roll All Nite" from ALIVE! (1975).

Two albums from the following year, Destroyer and Rock And Roll Over, are represented by "Beth," "Detroit Rock City" and "Shout It Out Loud" from the former and "I Want You," "Calling Dr. Love" and "Hard Luck Woman" from the latter. 1977’s Love Gun also contributes three tracks: "I Stole Your Gun," "Christine Sixteen" and "Love Gun." Finishing off the ‘70s are "New York Groove" from Ace Frehley, one of 1978’s simultaneously released 4 separate KISS solo albums, and "I Was Made For Loving You" from 1979’s Dynasty.

Taken from the ‘80s are "I Love It Loud" from Creatures Of The Night (1982), "Lick It Up" from the 1983 album of the same name and "Forever" from Hot In The Shade (1989). The Very Best Of KISS aptly concludes with a track from Revenge (1992), "God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II." The Very Best Of KISS is absolutely the best!

The legend continues....

TRACK LISTING (all the original versions):
1. STRUTTER 3.10 (original version from KISS, 1974)
2. DEUCE 3.06 (from KISS, 1974)
3. GOT TO CHOOSE 3.54 (from HOTTER THAN HELL, 1974)
4. HOTTER THAN HELL 3.31 (from HOTTER THAN HELL, 1974)
5. C’MON AND LOVE ME 2.57 (from DRESSED TO KILL, 1975)
6. ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE live 4.01 (radio hit version taken from ALIVE!, 1975)
7. DETROIT ROCK CITY 3.38 (from DESTROYER 1976)
8. SHOUT IT OUT LOUD 2.49 (from DESTROYER 1976)
9. BETH 2.45 (from DESTROYER 1976)
10. I WANT YOU 3.04 (from ROCK AND ROLL OVER, 1976)
11. CALLING DR. LOVE 3.44 (from ROCK AND ROLL OVER, 1976)
12. HARD LUCK WOMAN 3.34 (from ROCK AND ROLL OVER, 1976)
13. I STOLE YOUR LOVE 3.04 (from LOVE GUN, 1977)
14. CHRISTINE SIXTEEN 3.14 (from LOVE GUN, 1977)
15. LOVE GUN 3.18 (from LOVE GUN, 1977)
16. NEW YORK GROOVE 3.03 (from ACE FREHLEY, 1978)
17. I WAS MADE FOR LOVING YOU 4.30 (from DYNASTY, 1979)
18. I LOVE IT LOUD 4.15 (from CREATURES OF THE NIGHT, 1982)
19. LICK IT UP 3.56 (from LICK IT UP, 1983)
20. FOREVER 3.52 (from HOT IN THE SHADE, 1989)
21. GOD GAVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO YOU II 5.18 (from REVENGE 1992)


July 21, 2002

EDDIE TRUNK'S BIRTHDAY BLOWOUT WITH ACE FREHLEY

(from www.eddietrunk.com)
WNEW's Friday & Saturday Night Rocks Presents:

Eddie Trunk's Birthday Blowout with Ace Frehley

Don Hills Nightclub 511 Greenwhich St. (corner of Spring) NYC August 9th 2002

Doors open @ 9PM, Eddie Trunk broadcasts Friday Night Rocks live from the club from 11P-2A.

Come and celebrate Eddie's birthday (which is really the 8th) as the Ace Frehley Band performs live on stage!

Due to the small size of this club, tickets are STRICTLY limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets will go on sale Monday July 22nd at 2PM at Don Hills ONLY. There is a STRICT 2 ticket limit per person. Tickets are $40 each and can be paid for with CASH ONLY. 21 & Over ONLY! There is no opening or support acts, no press and no guest list at all. This is a rare chance to see Ace in a small, intimate setting, and celebrate Eddie's birthday live on WNEW!

Another exclusive concert event from Eddie Trunk's Friday & Saturday Night Rocks!


July 21, 2002

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Here is a picture of Paul Stanley at the premiere of "Lilo and Stitch" in Hollywood last month.

July 18, 2002

BOOTLEGS

Jan Laursen, our Danish webmaster has put a site together with the best Kiss Bootlegs around. It is just meant to be a guide to the unofficial recordings/videos out there and nothing more. Click here to check out the site.

July 16, 2002

NEW KISS KOLLECTOR MAGAZINE OUT EARLY AUGUST

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The August issue of the glossy KISS Kollector magazine will be out soon. Issue no. 41 includes part 2 of our revealing Sean Delaney interview, a great interview with former KISS account manager Chris Lendt, an interview with legendary drummer Anton Fig along with a review of his new album featuring Ace Frehley, a report on Ace Frehley's birthday bash, a review of the premiere issue of Gene Simmons Tongue magazine, a sneak preview of the upcoming 'holy grail' of KISS books titled KISS Alive Forever - The Complete Touring History, a review of Richie Scarlet's new solo album featuring Ace Frehley, lots of never before printed photos (recent shots as well as rare photos from the early seventies) and much, much more.


July 16, 2002

KISS FIGURES ADVANCE SET ARRIVED!

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One advance set of each the Unmasked and the Alive! Box Set Figures have arrived in the Fan Shop. McFarlane never realized, that the Unmasked Figures are not from the Creatures of the night-Tour, so they all say "Creatures" on the Box. Check out real photos of the Unmasked Figures with the boxes here, and pics of the Alive! Boxed set Figures  here. They will be available in the english version of the Fan Shop shortly.

July 16, 2002
ROCKOLOGY RELEASED IN BRAZIL

(from Marcio)
The Eric's CD Rockology has been released in Brazil by Sum Records. There's nothing different than the original edition. Same cover, same tracks, etc...

July 14, 2002

UPDATES

Some pages have been updated, there are a lot of new entries:
2 new Tribute-Bands:
Deuce (USA)
Kisstory (USA)

new Fan Pages:
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Hauer Erwin (Austria)
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FlaggeGERMANY.gif (900 Byte) Soydas Cagatay (Germany)
FlaggeCANADA.gif (1004 Byte) Lepsi Dennis (Canada)
FlaggeNETHRLDS.gif (919 Byte) Lichtenberg Albert (Holland)
FlaggeGERMANY.gif (900 Byte) Piller Wolfgang (Germany)
FlaggeGERMANY.gif (900 Byte) Schade Thomas (Germany)
FlaggeARGNTNA.gif (900 Byte) Tade Martin (Argentina)
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and a lot of new entries in the Tattoo-page

July 14, 2002

ERIC & GENE AT CHEAP TRICK SHOW IN L.A.
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I flew to San Diego for a 4-day class related to work, so I made a Kiss / Cheap Trick week of it. I went to CT Sunday nite in San Diego, and spoke with Tod Howarth...
Tuesday I drove to Hollywood to the House of Blues. I spotted many in the crowd, including Gene, Eric Singer, Alice Cooper, Scott Ian, the skater Scott Hamilton, Jack Douglas (producer), etc...I had CT sign my box set and Gene and Eric sign a Lane Bryant KISS postcard/gamecard. Gene was alone and Eric was with a date. I asked Eric about the new song for the Ramones trib. lp. He said it is jut him, Gene, Paul, and the sax player from Pink Floyd on it. No lead guitarist. They finished it last week, and he said it sounds good. I asked about the concert in England for the Queen, w/ Queen ..He said Phil Collins was tapped for that job, and he wasnt a part of it. Gene was in an interesting mood. Two of us asked for an autograph. He started in on us, saying we were "professionals"- referring to autograph sellers, etc. (Uhh- Gene I have a full time job and have given 1/10th of my earnings to you and do not sell autographs but thanks for your concern) and how he can spot us a mile away, etc. I asked about Ace stating he may return for a 2003 tour. Gene rolled his eyes and said "Somebody better ask me!" I asked where he and Shaquille O Neal were at his Las Vegas Party (I was there but only saw Gene briefly)- Gne wouldnt give me a straight answer. The valet parking man came up to him and asked if he was waiting for his car. Gene snapped that he has been waiting 30 minutes and thinks they are joyriding in his Navigator. 2 different musicians from bands approached him w/ cigarettes in hand, which Gene had comments about. A person near me said Gene was wearing a George Washington wig, and she was going to get a dollar bill signed. All in all  I ended up w/ 2 Kiss autographs, 4  Cheap Trick autographs, 30 Rick Nielsen guitar picks, and 1 setlist in my 2 concert adventure (and I was supposed to be at work).


July 13, 2002

BATTLE OF THE SONGS
In the coming months we are going to find out what the most poular KISS song is. The opinion poll continues with "Alive II".  What is your favorite studio-song from this album? Everybody is able to vote only once, otherwise you will be punished by Britney Spears...
 

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Click here to Vote for your favorite song of other albums!

July 13, 2002

PETER CRISS TO RE-JOIN KISS?
There was not much going on with Kiss lately. Gene Simmons was busy lately doing promotion for his new magazine "Gene Simmons Tongue", which has hit the US market already (but is still not available as import in Europe as it seems...). He did guest appearances on several US TV shows and threw several release-parties, on which some Kiss band members appeared as well, including Peter Criss. Gene has also interviewed Peter for the second issue of his magazine. To find out what they were talking about you'll have to buy the second issue of "Gene Simmons Tongue magazine". Gene already stated in interviews, that Peter Criss would be welcome in the band again, if he does accept the offer he refused last time. It seems that Peter is also considering to at least think about the offer, if Ace will be in the band as well.
If Ace will renew his contract with Kiss is up in the air. He does not have a record deal yet and no booking agent for his upcoming solo-tour, and it is said he has not even started writing songs for his new album yet.

Kiss want to have Ace in the band again, but they will go on tour early 2003 with or without Ace. In the meantime Gene is busy and Paul is supposed to have his hip surgery.
With Kiss anything is possible, and like they stated in interviews recently there might even be a band named Kiss with no original band members at some point...


July 13, 2002

KISS "ALIVE II" SMITI PLAYSET
ActionFiguresSMITISAliveIiset2cm2002.jpg (3365 Byte)The "Alive II" Smiti Playset is now available for pre-order in the Fan Shop.
Recreate the concert experience with the KISS ALIVE II SMITI Playset! This SMITI Playset captures the entire stage set-up of the famous gatefold cover from KISS ALIVE II and KISS' 1977 tour.   Included are all 4 KISS member SMITIs, stage, 2 speakers, 3 platforms, 6 platform poles, drum riser, 2 stairs, 3 guitars, 2 microphones, 2 drumsticks, 5 cymbals, 5 drums, 2 backdrops, 2 flames and snake for a total of over 40 pieces in all.. Shippind date: end of September. Click here for more details.

July 13, 2002

BALTIMORE KISS EXPO
(from George Decampo)
The 2nd annual Baltimore Kiss Expo is coming in October. Visit the Expo page for all the ticket and hotel info http://members.aol.com/kittycriss/baltimore/expo.html

July 13, 2002

GENES OWN HAIR (WIG) FOR SALE
(from Alexander Zihlmann)
During the Crazy Nights Tour Gene was wearing over his own hair a wig that had longer hair than his own especially at the sides. I've been told that Gene had about three of these wigs and that this one was worn at the Tokyo 1988 concert (see video).

The wig comes from THE AUCTION by Butterfields/Greg Manning. Some big collectors who bought a lot from the auction had the possibility to buy items outside the auction. And that's the way it finally came to me.

If you are interested please make an offer to kiss@kiss.ch (also trade is welcome)

Photos: wig (lying on the floor) from left, right and behind, Gene with wig 1987/88.

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July 9, 2002

KISS JOIN ROB ZOMBIE'S RAMONES TRIBUTE LP
(from www.VH1.com via Rene Jongsma)
Just when it appeared the Ramones tribute album We're a Happy Family was nearing completion, a few more artists have signed on for the project.

Garbage and Kiss approached Happy Family co-producer Rob Zombie after Dee Dee Ramone, the group's founding bassist, died earlier this month [.. read the rest].

July 9, 2002

ACE ON EDDIE TRUNK RADIO SHOW
Ace Frehley called in again at Eddie Trunks Radio Show last Friday and had some news to tell: his studio will be finished in about 3-4 weeks, his solo album will be out in the fall and he will be ready to go out on tour (Solo-tour) then immediately. His solo album will be sold on his website www.acefrehley.com if he can't get a record deal. Meanwhile Kiss are begging him to come back for a 2003 Kiss tour. He said if his solo album will be a Top 10 hit and really takes off, he will be doing his own things, otherwise negotiations are going on for a possible 2003 Kiss tour with Ace, but it all depends on how his solo album will be doing. He also mentioned the New York Steel concert from last year might come out on DVD. And by the way, the Spaceman seriously said an UFO landed in his garden and he has it on video-tape. Hear the interview (about 16 minutes) at www.eddietrunk.com.


July 8, 2002

KISS IN THE PRESS
The Brazilian magazine called "CD Expert Games" has the Kiss Pinball Game on the front-cover. You can check out the cover at http://www.cdexpert.com.br


July 3, 2002

GENE AD FOR FORD IN "AUTO BILD MOTORSPORT"
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Ford advertises in the recent issue of "Auto Bild Motorsport" (June 25, 2002, Nr.14) with a picture of Gene, where he spits fire on a full page, followed by 2 more pages which have nothing to do with Kiss.


July 2, 2002

LOADED DECK & 12 PICKS CD'S RELEASED IN BRAZIL
(from Marcio)
"Loaded Deck" and "12 Picks" has been released in Brazil by Rock Story Records. They come with a cardboard sleeve presenting a different photo of Ace (wearing make up), a different booklet with 12 pages and also a guitar pick with Ace signature. A collector's item, indeed!! The Rock Story Records is the official Brazilian representative of Megaforce Records.
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